Archive for the ‘Celebrities’ Category

‘Dancing’ Gossip, Christmas Lights and Tim Gunn

November 30, 2007

Editors note: I recently moved my blog to a new server. You can find this same post (and all my others) at the new location:, where I post daily.

I’ve been working on the next version Balancing for the past couple of days; it includes a redesign that I hope to launch in the next couple of days. In the meantime, enjoy some random links I found while taking a few breaks.


Trust the Mommy Sense

September 20, 2007

I recently wrote about how mothers have a sixth sense, a gut instinct, when it comes to our kids. While watching yesterday’s “Oprah Winfrey Show,” actress Jenny McCarthy mentioned this same sense, she calls it the Mommy Sense. She used this in diagnosing her son with autism.

When a doctor told her that her son had epilepsy, she knew the diagnosis was incorrect … from her gut, she knew, she explains. She pushed forward, with another doctor and got the correct diagnosis — autism. Had she not listened to her Mommy Sense, who knows when she would have received the correct information.

We all need to use this as a reminder to trust our Motherly instincts, our guts, our hearts. Even when you can’t explain why you know; if you know you are right, press on.

Parents Need Consistent Date Nights

September 7, 2007

Since having my son nearly two years ago, my dates have dwindled. My husband is good about trying to establish dates, but it gets hard with busy schedules — and it’s so expensive now that we have to add a babysitter to the evening’s tab. I think we’re pretty good about getting out, but it gets hard. I know some parents who rarely, if ever, get out for a night alone. This can’t be good for a marriage, but it’s certainly understandable.

The other day, while watching “The View,” Co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck mentioned that she and her husband have “You Tube Dates.” The other Co-hosts had to ask what she meant; I immediately thought, what a great idea. They schedule an hour to grab some snacks and sit in front of the computer watching the latest videos from You Tube users. I wouldn’t say it’s my idea of the perfect date, but it’s time they are spending together and it’s something different. We might have to try it.

Quotes From TV

September 5, 2007

I collect inspirational quotes that I hear on TV. It may sound like a strange place to find inspiration, but I find that it’s something to which everyone can relate. You’ll be surprised some of the shows that I pull something out from. I’ll start today with a quote I heard yesterday on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” when Oprah was asking Bill Clinton what we should call him now that he’s no longer in office:

“I’m not so worried about what I’m called. It’s what I’m called upon to do.”

— Former President Bill Clinton

The Oprah Winfrey Show
September 4, 2007

In the coming weeks I’ll post a quote here and there, maybe one every week, and then I’ll post then as I hear them on TV. Send me any you hear.

Celebrity Kids on Magazine Covers

August 31, 2007

While in the checkout line at the grocery store the other day I was eyeing the celebrity magazines. They are hard to ignore while waiting for the person in front of you to write a check for her diet soda and ice cream purchase. I noticed something that bothered me, not the bad habits of the person in line in front of me – nearly all of the magazines had Britney Spears on the cover, and they all included photos of her kids.

I get the fact that Britney is a celebrity and will always get media attention, but I am bothered that the media is bringing her kids into the fold, plastering their innocent faces on the covers of their magazines. On this particular trip to the grocery checkout line, I counted five covers that Britney and her kids were on.

The same goes for the kids of Angelina and Brad, and Tom and Katie. The list goes on. These kids should be allowed to be kids without having to be on the cover of every magazine. I’ll note here that I’m talking about all of the photos that are taken by the paparazzi — not the photos where the parents have control over the images.

This wouldn’t have bothered me as much (if at all) before I had a child. Now that I have one I am keenly aware of children and want to protect my own and I am more aware of others around me.

Do what you want with the adults, but leave the kids out of it.