Martha Stewart Insults Her Biggest Fans…Bloggers

martha.jpg I’ve been reading lots of really great blog posts over the last two days about a recent firestorm that has directly affected the blogosphere. You see, the queen of crafts, the diva of DIY, the countess of culinary skills and the high priestess of horticulture completely insulted bloggers who have looked up to her for years. Who am I talking about? Well, if you haven’t guessed already, it’s none other than Martha Stewart.
Stewart is not one to mince words and during a recent interview for Bloomberg News she decided to let it all hang out and finally say what was on her mind about the thousands of bloggers claiming they are experts in all things crafts and cooking. Stewart looked at her interviewer and blurted, “Who are these bloggers?” She continued that they are not editors at Vogue (who incidentally probably didn’t train at a culinary school either) and they do not test their recipes like they do at magazines. Take a look:

In my nine years as a blogger, I have had the great fortune of meeting and working with some of the most talented lifestyle and food bloggers on the planet. Take Jennie Perillo from In Jennie’s Kitchen and best selling author who tests all the recipes she features on her blog. Oh and maybe you’ve forgotten that Ree Drummond, aka Pioneer Woman started out as a blogger. Who is that woman anyway??? How dare she claim to know anything about cooking?
If you’d like to head on over to party planning, then look no further than Partybluprints. Founded by Dawn Sandomeno and Elizabeth Mascali, these two gorgeous moms know how to throw a party right down to the floral arrangements, canapes and fruity drinks with flare. They even create customized “blu-prints” on how you too can re-create the same party right in your home. Incidentally, I’ve been to several of their events and they are absolutely fabulous.
Moving right along to crafts. Martha, have you ever heard of Make and Takes by genius DIY crafter Marie LeBaron? Marie is a former teacher turned crafter extraordinaire. Marie has a loyal following and is a published author too. How dare she claim to be a design expert? Um. Because she is.
Want to hop on over to fashion? Well let me introduce you to Audrey McClelland from Mom Generations. She’s a graduate of Brown University, who previously worked for Donna Karan before becoming a work at home mom. She now has five children, co-hosts a television show in Rhode Island, is a spokesperson for countless brands and has launched Getting Gorgeous events along with her best friend and popular fashion and entertainment blogger Vera Sweeney who pens Lady and the Blog.
Need a travel expert? Well I have two for you. Kim Orlando, the founder of Traveling Mom who has traveled across the continent with her family and has launched a blog network comprised of traveling moms who share their real experiences vacationing with or without their family. I’d also like to introduce you to Katja Presnal – except Katja now lives in Sweden where she runs the hugely popular blog Skimbaco Lifestyle. An avid skier, traveler, speaker and lover of all things style, Katja has launched an online brand which embodies the notion that everyone should live life to the fullest. Now if that’s not a good thing, I don’t know what is.
There are even more talented individuals who were actually part of your Martha Stewart blogger network, except, now that they feel unwelcome, many have decided to pick up stakes and leave. Wonder if Gwyneth Paltrow will be launching a blogger network soon. I heard you insulted her too because how could an Academy award winning actress know anything about being a lifestyle expert? Honestly, the same could be said for a former stock broker turned domestic guru.
I know you have bigger foie gras to fry (can you actually fry foie gras?) and could care less about annoying bloggers who are experts in being couch potatoes (okay truth be told — that’s me) but next time when you’re asked, you might want to think twice about pissing off the one group who used to worship the ground you walked on.
Here’s hoping you offer my talented blogging friends an apology. And if not, it’s been nice crafting with you.

Join Us for a Redbook Happy Hour Twitter Event

Here at Role Mommy, we are always in the mood for a good time and just in time for summer, we’ve got the perfect virtual treat for our readers…a Twitter party with our favorite entertaining divas at Partybluprints, Dawn Sandomeno and Elizabeth Mascali, brought to you by Redbook!  Take a look…


On Tuesday, June 26 from 8:30-9:30 pm ET/5:30-6:30 PM we’ll be offering summer entertaining tips straight from the editors at Redbook and we’ll be giving away prizes throughout the hour to get you in the party spirit.  Here’s a sneak peak of what you could win…

  • 20 REDBOOK subscriptions are up for grabs!
  • Two shoppers will take home a $50 Target gift card 
  • Two fabulous foodies will win a $50 Whole Foods gift card 
  • One stylish tweeter will win a pair of Ray Ban sunglasses 
  • Two digital divas will win a fabulous Beauty Basket compliments of L’oreal Paris 
To participate in the Redbook Happy Hour Twitter Event, make sure you follow @REDBOOKmag @Rolemommy @PartyBluprints and @Dawnsandomeno and don’t forget to enter the hashtag:  #REDBOOKhh

And if you plan to join in on the festivities, please fill out this form so that we have your information in advance of the party.  Good luck and looking forward to tweeting with you!  Please visit Redbook for sweepstakes rules.
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A Day of Beauty with ULTA

There’s one thing I love about being a blogging mom and that’s the opportunity to spend time with some of the most amazing women I’ve ever met. So when my dear friends, Dawn Sandomeno and Elizabeth Mascali invited me to a makeover session compliments of ULTA, I jumped at the chance to get dolled up with my favorite blogging girlfriends.
While I was feeling a bit under the weather (unbeknownst to me, I was battling a respiratory infection), I slipped on my favorite dress and my new suede boots and I got ready for my close up!
The moment I arrived at Caravan studios in New York City, the ULTA team and my favorite “Plan to Party” hosts and authors Dawn and Elizabeth whisked me over to a make-up chair where I was given the royal treatment. Take a look…

Photo Credit: Caleb Miller

Even though I was feeling a bit under the weather, the Ulta make up artist made me feel like a million bucks…

Photo credit: Caleb Miller

Nothing like a day of beauty to get you in a good mood!
And now for the reveal…with Partybluprints ULTA-mate hosts Dawn and Elizabeth…love them!!!
To find out how you can go from drab to fab with ULTA cosmetics, visit their website and get in on the fun! Special thanks to Dawn and Elizabeth for truly making my day!

The July 4th Fave Five

In honor of Independence Day, we’ve selected five links that celebrate and salute our heroes – from a poignant essay from Lee Woodruff, to patriotic recipes and more – click away and enjoy the read.
Support Our Troops!.jpeg1. Red, White and Blue by Lee Woodruff – A bittersweet reflection from Lee Woodruff about the injured service men and women who should never be forgotten.
2. Three Easy Party Ideas for the Fourth of July – The gals at Partybluprints are back with some fabulous recipes, decorations and flowers just in time for July 4th.
3. Support our Troops with Just One Click – There’s still time to help the USO support our US service men and women overseas! Every time you click on the Taste of Home flag cake recipe, Taste of Home will donate 10 cents to the USO up to $100,000! Every dime raised allows a service member to call home free for 2 minutes. So what are you waiting for? Click now and support our troops!
4. What’s Great about America at Traveling Mom – Recently, the folks at Traveling Mom held a Twitter Party to share their favorite 140 characters about the U.S. Check out these great TMOM tweets and see if you agree! And make sure you join #TMOM on Mondays at 9pm ET/PT for some informative and fun Traveling Mom Twitter events.
5. The Best July 4th Movies – If you want to bring your patriotic spirit indoors, then check out CNN’s fave five list of the best military movies of all time. My personal fave: “Born on the Fourth of July.”
Have a wonderful July 4th holiday everyone!!!

Ladies Night In with Chef Marcela

With the help of Sauza® tequila, we had a fabulous time with Partybluprints, who pulled out all the stops for our Ladies Night In party with Chef Marcela Valladolid, host of Mexican Made Easy on the Food Network. The event was sponsored by Sauza® tequila.
If you want to find out how you can throw the ultimate margarita party with your friends, then check out our live webcast featuring Chef Marcela Valladolid (author of the cookbook FRESH MEXICO: 100 Simple Recipes for True Mexican Flavor).

Chef Marcela shared some of her favorite recipes – including lime shrimp flambe, all while chating virtually with fans and our amazing regional party hosts Beth Rosen (The Midlife Wife, Tonya Staab and Julie Maloney (Momspective) who joined in on the fun by way of Chicago, San Diego and North Carolina! And take a look at all the amazing moms who joined us for our New Jersey event!
Bottom row (right to left): Beth Feldman (Role Mommy), Melissa Anglert (Girly Mama), Marcela Valladolid, Dawn Sandomeno (Partybluprints), Elizabeth Norton (Party Planning Professor).
Second Row: Zareen Fidlon (Cooking with Z), Elizabeth Mascali (Partybluprints), Liz Thompson (This Full House), Kimberly Coleman (Mom in the City), Nancy Friedman (From Hip to Housewife), Rebecca Levey (Beccarama), Katja Presnal (Skimbaco Lifestyle), Melissa Chapman (Kids in the City), Deborah Smith (Jersey Bites), Shannon Ott, (Chester County and Montgomery County Moms)
A heartfelt thanks to all these busy women who braved rainstorms, traffic delays and tornados to make it to our event and still looked absolutely gorgeous. Incidentally, our guests received ground transportation to get them to our party because if you plan to serve alcohol, you should always make sure that your guests have a designated driver or a ride home.
If you’re planning to host you’re own Ladies Night In party, I discovered two incredible services that will drive your car for you or provide you with a ride that’s much cheaper than a regular cab. I tried out WeDriveU which was great and Dawn suggests Safe Ride America – which sends motorized coaches or cars to pick up your group and take them home and the prices are really reasonable!
If you’d like to try out some of Marcela’s recipes, then visit Partybluprints where they’ve got all the ingredients you’ll need for the perfect ladies night in! And check out Mom in the City who shares her personal story from our very special evening.