I have produced prose professionally for most of my adult life, adore alliteration, and prefer to write with an actual pen. Along the way, I have earned a black belt (and a few black eyes) in multi-tasking. In any spare time, I watch copious amounts of reality television and run recreationally to preserve my sanity and out of necessity to keep up with my 9-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter.
In August I attended a Disney event for bloggers to celebrate the release of the diamond edition of The Little Mermaid on Blu-ray/DVD. It was an amazing trip in so many ways. We got to meet Jodi Benson, the voice of Ariel (and even heard her sing!); we spoke to writers and directors -- John Musker and Ron Clements -- who brought the movie to life; and we got to see original sketches from the movie’s development. My favorite part, however, was coming home and impressing my Ariel-obsessed 4-year-old daughter with all I had seen.
It was somewhere in the midst of all the excitement of the gifts I brought home that I said something about us needing to watch the movie again, when she informed me she’d never seen it. I was shocked, and assured her she was wrong. But then I got to thinking and searching our CD collection, and the fact was she was right. Somehow, she had never watched The Little Mermaid.
Finally, it was the moment we've been waiting for all season on The Real Housewives of New Jersey (also pretty much the only thing we've talked about all season) -- the showdown between Teresa Giudice and Penny Drossos. Or I should say the big moment take two after that first fake, staged one when Penny backed up Teresa's story that they were not friends (with Teresa staring her down).
Melissa Gorga (aka Melissa Gaga) confronted Teresa with the accusations Penny had made about her last week, and Teresa, of course, denied them, saying she didn't know Penny from a hole in the wall. Then tweets about the Lauritas faking their son's autism for publicity started coming from Penny's husband, and everyone wanted answers as to why these people were so focused on taking down their family. Kim D's big store opening provided the perfect opportunity.
Here's an easy family dinner no one will be able to resist -- Baked Spaghetti Braid. It's basically traditional spaghetti with red sauce and lots of cheese, but instead of serving it with bread, you actually bake the spaghetti inside the bread.
The recipe is from Her View From Home, and it's incredibly easy, especially if you use pre-made pizza dough for the crust. It doesn't call for any meat as is, but if you have a bunch of carnivores like I do, adding some sausage or pepperoni to the sauce can kick it up a notch. Bonus: You can also make it ahead of time and freeze, then just defrost and pop in the oven when you're in need of a quick dinner.
Talk about a big mistake. Coca-Cola came under some well-deserved fire recently when a woman found a horrible message printed inside the cap of her Vitamin Water bottle.
BlakeLoates of Canada opened the bottle, screwed off the top, and read the words underneath it: "YOU RETARD." She told Metro news that she and her husband were simply shocked. While anyone should have been appalled to see such a message, Loates said it hit her particularly hard because she has a younger sister -- Fiona, 11 -- who has autism and cerebral palsy. "The R-word is just something we don’t say in my family,” she said.
How many times have you heard of something that's happened on Toddlers & Tiaras and wondered why on earth parents are allowed to let their children do that? From sexualizing them in skimpy costumes to pumping them full of sugary, caffeinated drinks so they're ready to compete with their flippers and fake tans, we've seen acts that should be criminal. And now they very well may be ... at least in France where they are they moving to ban child beauty pageants.
According to CNN, the French Senate voted to ban beauty pageants for anyone under 16. Organizers could be thrown in jail for up to two years and face step fines. The bill still has to pass a few more hurdles, but if signed into law, it will be tres magnifique.