Tweet and Heard: The 10 Funniest Tweets About the Government Shutdown

I know the government shutdown is no joking matter but I can’t help but find some of these tweets hilarious! Leave it to Twitter to bring Republicans, Democrats,Tea Partiers, Independents, and Anarchists together to laugh at the incompetence of the U.S. government at this time.

10) If we survived the apocalypse I guess everything else seems small in comparison

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9) I bet there are members of Congress that don’t understand Internet lingo
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8) For the Breaking Bad obsessed
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7) The Grammar Police are in full force
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6) Watching grown men fight on ice skates is definitely more entertaining than a Congress debate 
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5) If the government shutdown inspires another movie with Justin Timberlake starring as Sean Parker, I’ll take it.
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4) Was National Treasure based on a true story? Is there really a map on the back of the Declaration of Independence?
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3) There’s nothing better than using Nicki Minaj lyrics to explain the government shutdown 
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2) Nope, they’re still spying on you
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1) All I can say is poor Leslie Knope
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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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Join Us Friday For a Twitter Party for “The Lorax”

Get ready for a fun-filled Twitter party this Friday night at 8:30 pm ET/7:30 pm ET when we celebrate the March 2 premiere of “The Lorax.” Our Twitter event will simultaneously take place with a fun filled cocktail party at Blissdom, which kicks off in Nashville this weekend. So if you’re home with your kids, make sure you log onto Twitter to join in on the fun! We’ve got tons of prizes that we’ll be giving away compliments of “The Lorax” and Seventh Generation. Take a look…
(5) $50 Fandango Gift Cards
(5) The Lorax Gift Bags (Tote filled with Soundtrack, Seedling, Water Bottle, Lunch Bag, Fuzzy Mustache, Activity Card, Book and Bookmark)
(2) $100 Fandango Gift Cards
(3) Seventh Generation Green Clean Kits (featuring The Lorax)
It’s simple to join the party. Make sure you fill out this form, follow @TheLorax @RoleMommy on Twitter enter the #LoraxBliss and get ready to test your Dr. Seuss and Lorax trivia!
tumblr_lzt9clVrrA1r3140g.jpegFrom the creators of “Despicable Me” and the imagination of Dr. Seuss comes the 3D-CG feature Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax,” an adaptation of the classic tale of a forest creature who shares the enduring power of hope. The animated adventure follows the journey of a 12-year-old as he searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.
Danny DeVito will lend his vocal talents to the iconic title character of the Lorax, while Ed Helms will voice the enigmatic Once-ler. Also bringing their talents to the film are global superstars Zac Efron as Ted, the idealistic youth who searches for the Lorax, and Taylor Swift as Audrey, the girl of Ted’s dreams. Rob Riggle will play financial king O’Hare, and beloved actress Betty White will portray Ted’s wise Grammy Norma.
Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax is the third feature created by Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment (Despicable Me, Hop).
If you’re a huge fan of the trees, then make sure you Like The Lorax Facebook page and visit their Pinterest page for tons of fun green tips.

Tweets & Facebook Posts of the Week

Since I spend half my day being distracted by tweets and Facebook posts, I’ve decided to compile the top three for the week that caught my attention…
1. The @BronxZoosCobra. Ever since a deadly snake went on the lam at the Bronx Zoo, someone who must be an aspiring comedy writer created a twitter handle for the slithery creature and amassed over 228,000 followers in a matter of days! They finally captured the snake and this undercover Tweeter made the news.
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2. Betty White is going to host her own reality show. This one came from Facebook by way of MSNBC. No matter how I found out, I am so getting my senior citizen parents and their friends to audition for this new show about seniors. Honestly, if they shot the whole thing at my parent’s retirement community in Bonyton Beach, Florida, they’d probably attract millions of viewers.
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3. The Oprah Live Tweet-up. The Queen of Talk Shows actually live tweeted during her behind the scenes show on OWN. Coolest thing about that show was seeing Jill Van Lokeren – an amazing producer who I knew from way back when since we both started out at The Maury Povich Show. Kudos to Oprah for tweeting back to real people and for whoever convinced her to do it. Nicely done! Meanwhile, this week, we get to see Hugh Jackman injure his eye while zip-lining onto the stage. Never a dull moment with Oprah!
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Have any Tweets or Facebook posts you’d like to share? We’d love to hear about them!

Too Much Noise

I’m sitting here in my den in dead silence and yet when I’m online reading an endless stream of Twitter and Facebook comments, it’s becoming increasingly clear that there’s way too much noise out there on the digital highway. No matter how quiet it is, we as consumers, bloggers, writers and entrepreneurs are being bombarded by messages. Messages about our personal goings on. Messages about great articles we should be reading or videos we should be watching. While I find myself conversing less and less on the phone, I’ve found that online communication is overtaking my life.
On the Twitter front, I watch as the people I follow are all at a digital convention I had never even heard of until this year. And then on Facebook, some of those people have trickled their comments over to my friend page. And so, I jump off the page and visit a few of my favorite blogs. But no one is writing blog posts. Instead, they’re tweeting, podcasting, vlogging, talking about SXSW (if you’re there you know who you are) anything, but writing scintillating content.
There used to be a time where I’d write for hours, but today, unless I can come up with 140 characters or less about my personal and professional pursuits, I am pretty much toast. And now matter how hard I try to stay away from it, I’ve become addicted. Addicted to Twitter, Facebook and Google. Let’s face it, without Google, I’d be lost. Whenever I have a question about anything (from breast buds, to leg cramps to what to do with your family on a lazy Saturday afternoon), I have a consult with Google and within seconds, find exactly what I’m looking for.
But the worst addiction in this social networking traffic jam is my Blackberry. I cannot shake my addiction to email and even though it’s not that important, I am constantly checking to see who is writing, spamming, following me, Facebook-ing, you get the drift. Wait, I think I hear some real noise. Looks like the troops have returned home to break up the deafening silence. I guess it’s time to leave my Twitter and Facebook friends behind for a while so I can return to the real world and make dinner. Until next time…

Meet Mom of Reinvention, Terri Camp

Role Mommy: What did you do before you became a mom?
Terri: Was I ever not a mom? It was so long ago, it’s the only thing I remember. Okay, 22 years ago I was an airman in the Air Force, but then I became a mommy. I was a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom for 22 years.
Role Mommy: When did you decide to reinvent your life?
Terri: My life changed dramatically when I discovered my husband had molested a couple of our children. It was a sudden reinvention. I had always been home with the kids, never worked outside of the home. I had written books and traveled around speaking, but that was it. Suddenly I was the sole provider for the remaining children.
Role Mommy: How have your children influenced your career path? How many do you have?
Terri: I have eight children, seven who are still living at home. The biggest influence is that they have always been homeschooled and have always had a full time mommy. I didn’t want to give that up. I did go to work for 18 months as the manager of a homeschool bookstore. The children were able to take classes there, so I felt like I was still a huge part of their lives. The oldest child who moved with me said to me, “The kids have always been homeschooled, so I will stay home with them while you work.” Even working more than 40 hours a week, I didn’t make enough to pay my rent living in an apartment. The desire to work from home was huge for me.
I took the classes required and passed the state licensing exam to become a real estate agent. I’ve been able to continue homeschooling the children, and selling real estate. Unfortunately the market has been horrible the last several months, so I’m finding myself once again struggling with the decision to work outside of the home.
Mommy ministry has always been a huge part of my life, so ideally I would like to be able to make money at home, and minister to Moms in a very tangible way.
Role Mommy: What’s your favorite “Time Out” tip for moms (taking time for yourself)
Terri: I wish someone had told me a long time ago that taking time for me was vital. But instead I always felt guilty for taking a leisurely bath or reading a book or magazine. Not anymore! It’s VITAL for our survival and well being to take time for ourselves. I like to go out to eat – soup is inexpensive and gives a lovely feeling of warmth and comfort.
Role Mommy: What does your website offer moms or kids?
Terri: My current website offers moms encouragement and support for where they are. The website I’m working on will be more of a site where Moms can go to learn to be better moms. It will offer a place to unwind, a place to take a little time out, and also a section where they can grow as moms and as women. It’s going to be a phenomenal place on the web for Mommies. It is more of a coaching site for moms, to encourage them to take the steps that are required of them. A lot of times we don’t take care of ourselves, and it shows in all aspects of our lives. My goal is to help women to see that they are important and that they deserve kudos, so they can pass that on to their children. Ta-Dah! Mom!
Role Mommy: What do you hope for your own kids?
Terri: For one I want my kids to feel safe and secure in their own home. I want them to know without a doubt that I will move mountains to keep them safe. It’s not about how much we have, but that we have each other. I want them to grow up knowing that they are dearly loved and that I will encourage them to be whatever God has called them to be!
Role Mommy: Who is your Role Mommy?
Terri: Sarah Palin is my role mommy. I first read about her over a year ago. Something about her resonated with me. When she was nominated, I cried. I felt like I was up there on the podium with her, with arms locked, telling the world, Moms can do anything!

10,000 Staples Shoppers to Win Up to $5000!

Last week, I was invited to attend a lunch hosted by Staples and Coach Tom – the retailer’s current spokesman who, after appearing that morning on the Today Show, had a lively discussion over burgers and fries with mom bloggers and pregnancy website editors.
Coach Tom was on hand to talk about a cool giveaway campaign Staples is running this holiday season. Here’s the scoop – if you shop at Staples, you could be eligible to win $5000 worth of office supplies and there will be 10,000 winners so your odds of winning are pretty good! So if you’re planning to shop for a laptop or printer, camera, desk, photo paper, stationery, file cabinets, you name it, shop at Staples and you just may wind up walking out a winner.
Meanwhile, after I was interrogated by Coach Tom about Role Mommy and our web traffic (here’s to readers clicking on this page thousands of times), he reached over into his gym bag and handed me a trophy. He then started giving trophies and medals to everyone else at the table – including the wait staff and then after he left our lunch, proceeded to distribute trophies to unsuspecting New Yorkers and tourists.
When I returned to my office, Coach Tom left me a twitter message and when I didn’t post a reply, he wrote back a few days later wondering why no one was responding to him. So I twitter-ed back that he should write about the Motrin moms controversy and he’d be sure to get a few followers. And you know what? He twitter-ed right back with a really funny comeback line and since then, I’m really liking that Coach Tom guy. If you’d like to follow Coach Tom on Twitter, then click here or if you’re on Facebook, you can click here to add him as a friend too. Plus there are plenty of funny YouTube videos featuring Coach Tom (like the one above) – so get to know him – he may be giving Jared at Subway or the Verizon guy a run for their money.
And if you’re in need of office supplies, then look no further than Staples – shop till you win – you never know – with 10,000 winners you can totally increase your odds if you shop there a few times a week – heck the Staples near me even carries paper towels, water and snacks – if only there was a frozen food and deli meat section – I’d be there three times a week!

Motrin Gives New Moms a Headache

16purses.533span.jpgIt looks like the power of twittering moms led Motrin to remove an online ad that bloggers felt was derogatory toward new moms who carry their babies in slings. If you missed all the controversy since you don’t know what Twitter is (a mini blog site where you post everything and anything about your life, favorite finds, etc.), here’s the inside scoop…
While surfing around Twitter, I discovered the latest discussion among in the know moms – Motrin and their new ad campaign geared toward new moms who like to wear their babies in slings and carriers. If you’d like to check it out the ad yourself, feel free to click here and see why moms are annoyed over one company’s attempt to relate to them.
The discussion among moms who love baby slings and carriers are simple – they don’t get a headache while carrying their kids and they want Motrin to know that they’ve got them all wrong. In fact, some even complained that the people responsible for these ads are twentysomethings without kids so how do they honestly know what moms are feeling. As a marketer, publicist and mom, I have to agree that these mothers are dead on. You cannot tell your audience what they think unless you’re living through it. Now of course, if a sling wearing mama at Motrin came up with the ad campaign, then I take it back, but something tells me, even if a mom was in the brainstorming session for this ad, she probably was an anti-sling wearer so again, she probably couldn’t relate to those who actually enjoy carrying their babies this way.
As for me, I did use a Baby Bjorn back in the day and never really got a backache from it – I actually developed a pinched nerve in my neck from my 45 pound purse that I carried back and forth to work every day – so if Motrin really wants to target moms, then I say – here’s a surefire way – show a mom carrying a Dooney and Burke satchel bag (that would be me), along with a laptop, Dunkin Donuts coffee and a train ticket. Then follow that woman as she climbs up 75 steps to the train, 75 steps down, maneuvers her way onto the train but is forced to stand the entire time and then keep following her as she arrives at her destination and has to climb another set of stairs so she can hit the subway and travel another 10 minutes downtown on a crowded train.
Finally, once our working mom arrives at her office, watch as she rubs her neck, squints her eyes and asks her co-worker if she has any aspirin. Now that’s a commercial I can get behind.
Have you ever gotten a headache from wearing a sling or a heavy bag? We want to hear from you!

Meet Twittermom Founder Megan Calhoun

Twittermoms profile pic.JPGRole Mommy: What did you do before you became a mom?
Megan: Before I became a mom I got a full night’s sleep, never left the house without makeup and was SANE. In my professional life before kids, I had over 15 years as a public relations executive and sales professional.
Role Mommy: When did you decide to reinvent your life?
Megan: I don’t think there was a certain moment, but as a full time stay-at-home mom I know I wanted to do something else once my oldest began preschool.
Role Mommy: How have your children influenced your career path? How many do you have?
Megan: I have two children – a 3.5 year old boy and a 19 month old girl. My children have inspired and influenced the direction of my life from the moment they were born. They completely changed my perspective on life and challenged me to be my best.
My children were my inspiration for writing my first children’s book called Oscar the Pig: Mommy Goes to Work ( Once my son experienced separation anxiety for the first time, I knew I wanted to help other moms out there. Separation anxiety is something every mother can relate to whether they are going back to work, dropping their children off at daycare or just trying to get a work-out in.
And, as a mother, I wanted to connect with other moms to share advice, tips and struggles so I launched a social networking site for moms. In just two months it has exploded with thousands of moms joining!
Role Mommy: What’s your favorite “Time Out” tip for moms (taking time for yourself)
Megan: Make sure you get a few minutes a day to do something you enjoy whether it’s reading a few pages of a book, watching Oprah or talking a bath. It will make you a better mom!
Role Mommy: What does your website offer moms or kids?
Megan: offers moms a fun and supportive place to connect with each other on a variety of topics including business, parenting or special interests. TwitterMoms has over 150 interest groups – there’s one for moms who love wine, fitness, green-living, blogging, moms of twins, teenagers, the list continues.
Role Mommy: What do you hope for your own kids?
Megan: My hope for my children is they grow up to be happy, positive and contributing members of society. And, always remember to be grateful for whatever life hands them.
Role Mommy: Who is your Role Mommy?
Megan: My role Mommy’s are all the moms on I have met and made friends with some extremely smart, fun and supportive women! They inspire me everyday and I am so grateful to all of them!

Twitter Party Crasher

I have been desperately trying to get with the program with Twitter but you know what? I feel like a party crasher and every time I try to comment when someone makes a clever remark, no one ever responds. Translation – why are you interrupting our conversation you Twitter party crasher you?
I mean, I signed up for Twitter several months ago and didn’t know what all the fuss was about. Kept seeing emails flying back and forth on everyone’s Twitter handle (that would be nickname) and just ignored it thinking I’d never get around to “Twittering.” And then, suddenly, it happened. I tried it out and now as I watch all those tweets go back and forth without anyone responding to me, I’m starting to think I am so over the hill with the social networking crowd. I’m trying my best but I totally need a crash course in tweeting, vlogging, digging, using del.ic.ious, tagging, SEO, you name it, I need a tutorial from a 14 year old or a 20 year old attending college who just launched a social networking site.
Anyway, just venting that nobody is paying attention to my tweeting. I think I’m heading over to Facebook. At least my friends over there answer me when I make a lame comment.