Betty White, Previlean, Eylashes and The Beach


Tomorrow I’ll give you the Betty White backstory but today y’all can see what I did this morning by watching this video.

I dragged William along with me and he took great video but I think the folks from P&G slipped him some cash because his focus was a little off when it was time to pictures.

From Betty and Tide I ran home to have a G+ hangout with Previlean. I’ll post it to my YouTube channel later this week so y’all can have some of your questions answered.

After the hangout I had to go to the beach because Jane needed to be picked up there. Shockingly I was an hour and a half early so I had to lay on the towel that I just happened to have with me and read my book that I just happened to bring along.

Parenting can be difficult.

From the beach I ran to UCLA to grab Alexander from tennis camp, it took an hour and fifteen minutes to get from Sunset and PCH to UCLA. This is not a tenable situation. LA needs to make some changes stat.

I flung a little food at as all and took Jane and a friend to an eyelash and fake nail (Eylure and Elegant Touch) event at ULTA. I am a huge fan of nail stickers because I hate waiting for polish to dry and I love doing my nails in bed. I’m also a fan of fake lashes. When the girls saw the Katie Perry eyelashes they freaked out.

So now I’m the cool mom and really that’s all that counts. More on the lashes and nails later because they deserve a video of their own. Also they gave gift bags to both of the girls (which was outrageously generous and totally unnecessary) so I declare ULTA, Eylure and Elegant Touch heroes of the day.

The Special Olympics, P&G and all of Us


Over the course of the last month I’ve spoken to everyone I know about the Special Olympics. I’ve found facts about it that I hadn’t before known, I’ve been moved by stories of success and sat at my desk cheering GO TEAM KNOX.

Through my work with Procter and Gamble and their Thank You Mom campaign I’ve had opportunities to talk to large audiences online and in conference rooms what giving back can mean. I was able (just yesterday) to tell a group of bloggers that P&G asked the athlete’s moms what they wanted and that they wanted P&G to donate money to the Special Olympics.

I learned to ask questions kindly and gently. I’m still not sure that I’m as comfortable as I’d like to be, but I think that’s okay. I think it’s important to be a little extra sensitive, because we all know I can pop off at the mouth and it never leads to anything good.

We see the world through Mom Colored Glasses, and here at 41 I look at the athletes and I see a family. I can’t help it, I imagine myself cheering Jane or Alexander over hurdles and through long swims. I imagine the Moms of the Special Olympics cheer just the same. I see the world a little differently.

I’m glad the folks at P&G do too. They’ve hit their interactive goal and $250,000 has been donated to the Special Olympics to honor the Moms. I want to thank all of you who have joined the Thank You Mom facebook page, and if you haven’t yet, I’d encourage you to do so.

So the next time you hear “Thank You Mom” maybe you’ll be like me, and think ooh that’s for all us moms.

She Swims With a Smile


This is part of a series brought to you by P&G to support the Special Olympics if you don’t click through to YouTube and thumb this one up then I know you’re made of stone.

The Special Olympics is Tough Stuff


When the folks from P&G asked me to write a series of blog posts about their relationship with the Moms of Special Olympians I replied pretty quickly with Sure. I thought it would be easy to talk to y’all about how P&G supports The Special Olympics, most specifically the Moms. It’s the easiest ask in the world, every time you leave a comment, like or share the Thank You Mom campaign on facebook Procter and Gamble will donate a dollar (up to $250,000) to support Team USA’s journey to Athens.

No brainer, slam dunk.

But it hasn’t been easy. I’ve written and deleted a half dozen posts because I’m scared to write the wrong thing. I’ve been terrified of writing the wrong thing about the families or the kids. Which is actually a really great example of how The Special Olympics benefits us all. I don’t know how I’m supposed to talk about someone else’s child who has special needs.

This is a discussion worth having, but it isn’t one that I’d be initiating here if I wasn’t involved with the Special Olympics. It’s an issue I’d have continued to sidestep and avoid because I am terrified of being hurtful. When the Special Olympics come around it’s like we all have these athletes to cheer for, and they’re all our heroes and Moms like me can ask questions that we might not otherwise find the words for.

I guess what I’m hoping for here is input from all of you. Many of you have children who are competing in the Special Olympics. How does a mom like me keep her foot out of her mouth? How do I tell you how very much I admire you without sounding patronizing or like I pity you? How can a blogger like me, support a community like yours?


I’m That Mom from the Commercial


Last night I was watching TV with Mr G when a Thank You Mom commercial came on. Since we live in the house that TV built we love a commercial, and I said to Mr G, that! That commercial is my campaign. I’m that mom.

He looked at me, a little puzzled and said, “What do you mean you’re that mom?”

“Honey, I’m totally that mom. And that is MY CAMPAIGN because I’m using my blog to talk about the Moms and the Special Olympics and P&G and OhMyGawdHoneyIsn’tItTheBestSetOfCommercialsEver?”

And then he sort of looked at the ceiling. I guess he’s still looking for leaks.

So I added, “I mean, besides the ones that you make.” And then we were happy.

Please don’t forget that whenever you like, share or comment on a Thank You Mom page on Facebook another dollar is donated to support Team USA’s travel to Athens.