Call me a professional hypocrite: I write about how to raise kids for magazines like Parents, American Baby,Parenting, and other publications, but rarely follow my own mothering advice. Yeah, my kids watch TV and play in a rock band instead of on a soccer team but you know what? They're cool. (Can you tell I was raised by hippies?) Follow me on Twitter!
Coffee if it's a weekday; margaritas if it's a mom's night out.
If there's one thing we need in this world, it's clearly MORE vampire shows on TV. Seriously! True Bloodisn't on all year round, you know. So I was totally rooting for NBC's new mini-series, Dracula -- even if the original Bram Stoker tale seems to be getting just a teensy bit played out at this point. Maybe this shiny new version, starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers of The Tudors, would be innovative and clever and sexy! Optimism, friends!! Did I mention Dracula is from the producers of Downton Abbey?? How bad can this thing be?
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but these just-released photos from True Blood season 6 are worth so much more ... a thousand drops of blood, perhaps? These super-hot pics pack some serious hints about the perilous plot twists and risky romantic entanglements to come. Like this shot of Tara, Sookie, and Lucy, for example: By looking closely, we can tell that the three vamps are watching something shocking and dangerous go down ... and that Tara has developed a taste for leopard print pants. (That's gotta be Pam's influence!) Anyway. Just wait until you see the rest of 'em!
Like most 7-year-old girls, Suri Cruise seems to be obsessed with pretty dresses. Particularly pretty pink dresses. And shiny/sparkly shoes, also ideally in pink. Unlike most 7-year-old girls, however, Suri Cruise is turning her love of fashion into a career: The only daughter of Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise has reportedly signed a deal to launch her own clothing line for approximately $2.2 million. The line, which will be for young girls and called (appropriately) Suri, is set to debut at an as-yet-undisclosed New York department store this fall with plans to expand across the country (if all goes well).
Okay, so, certainly there are many eyes rolling at this news. And I must admit, if I were, say, a struggling designer, I would pretty much be banging my head against the wall in frustration right about now.
Best news of the month so far? Season 4 of the Walking Dead has finally started filming!! Oh, happy day. Granted, we have to wait until October for the season premiere, but at least now we can find some comfort in the promise of spoilers to come -- not to mention pics straight from the set. Case in point: This lovely-to-look at shot of Andrew Lincoln (Rick) back in action. Awww yeah, baby! Except ruh-roh ... turn around, Rick! There's a walker behind you with, um, a very unique style. Seriously, is that a dress over pants (never a good look) with a suit jacket on top? And what's with the hair? Silly walker, Jesus hair is for ... well, not zombies.
No pressure, all you non-moms out there, but DON'T SCREW UP Mother's Day. Just saying, moms don't typically ask for much. Seriously. And whatever we do ask for -- someone to clean his or her room, for example, or load the dishwasher, perhaps -- oftentimes we don't get it. No, I'm not nagging! You bought your own ticket for this guilt trip, young man/lady/mister. Ahem. The point is, this is one day out of the year that you really want to try extra hard to make mom happy. Which is pretty simple, really. Here are a few basic tips to keep in mind.