the top 15 love songs of all time

the best love songs of all time via the Mama Mary Show

Tomorrow is my 13 year anniversary, so I’ve compiled a list of my favorite love songs of all time, which I am dubbing The Top 15 Love Songs of All Time (there is irony behind this list so be sure to tune in tomorrow). They are in no particular order.

If you’re younger than 35 years old, you may not have heard of many of them, but you should know them so be sure to give a listen on the Spotify player below each song.

1. Leather and Lace by Stevie Nicks and Don Henley

2. Time in a Bottle by Jim Croce

3. Faithfully by Journey

4. Crazy For You by Madonna


11 ways to know a true friend

“Friends are the family you choose.”

That has been one of my favorite quotes through these past 42 years and I searched high and low on the Interwebs to give credit to the originator of the quote but it has been said and re-worded so many times that I couldn’t track down who said it first. That’s how TRUE it is.

It certainly is MY truth.

The women in my life keep me sane, keep me in check, and keep me going. Having strong, passionate, smart, successful and FUN friends is a blessing that is not lost on me.  I choose my friends wisely, I cherish them, and I thank God for them daily.

And here is how I know I have TRUE FRIENDS:

11 ways to know a true friend

1. They just listen when you need to vent.

2. After listening to you vent, they validate what you’re feeling with curse words and then offer sound advice, like “Pour a drink, it’s wine o’clock!”

3. You can call them at any time, day or night, and they will take your call.

4. They remember your birthday, without needing Facebook to remind them. And if they forget, it’s no biggie because you both know that life gets in the way and we’re too old to worry or care about that stuff.

5. They get you a gift that you totally want but would never get for yourself. 

24 lessons to learn by the age 42

24 lessons to learn by 42

Twenty years ago, 42 was a number I wanted to roll while playing 3 Man, a popular drinking dice game, in which rolling a 4 and a 2 meant “SOCIAL!” to celebrate  the NFL hero, Ronnie Lott.

42 is also the number of the legendary baseball player Jackie Robinson who broke barriers and set all sorts of records that changed the course of our nation’s history.

And, according to Douglas Adams’ book, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, “the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything is 42.”

For me, 42 is now the age I will write down when filling out bureaucratic paperwork for the next 365 days.

Though I don’t feel in any place to give life advice considering my professional and personal life are in great flux at the moment, I’ve been reflecting on the past 42 years and came up with these tidbits of wisdom that I will be passing on to my kids and all of you. These lessons were all learned the hard way, BTDubs.

  1. Never choose a guy over a friend. Friends are priceless, guys are guys.
  2. Never leave someone hangin’ on a high five.
  3. Never send an email, tweet or Facebook post while under emotional duress. Sleep on it, and if you still want to send it in the morning, then go for it.
  4. Never send an email, text or social media post that you don’t want your mom, the police or the local news to get a hold of.
  5. Never give a limp handshake. Think firm, not fish-like.
  6. Never give up or think you’re going to lose, even if it’s looking bleak. Familiarize yourself with “The Play” during the 1982 Big Game between Stanford and Cal if you need inspiration.
  7. Never go to the gyno with stinky feet or smelly socks. Of course you’ll want to thoroughly wash your nether region as well, but remember your feet too.
  8. Never play “I’ve Never” with your best friend(s) present, unless you have some equally embarrassing story about them to reveal in case they rat you out.
  9. Never touch your eyes, your privates, or someone else’s private after cutting or eating a jalapeño.
  10. Never wait to return something you’ve borrowed it until the person asks for it back.
  11. Never show up to a party empty handed. When in doubt,

ditch the excuses, walk it off

Ditch the excuses and walk it off with Omron

Have you ever gone on a walk and regretted it? Most likely not, you know why? Because, nothing bad can come from going on a walk. The cons of walking are, um, nil (except for maybe blisters if you’re in the wrong shoes) and the pros are plentiful.

Here are just a few pros of walking:

  • Blowing off steam
  • Burning calories
  • Breathing fresh air
  • Becoming one with the nature
  • Bun toning (though, I’m not sure my what-were-once-toned buns can ever recover from the amount of cheese I’ve consumed in the past 20 years)
  • Burst with creative thoughts (in fact, my last spoof video was conceived out on the trails behind my house)

Boom!

With all of those pros, why do I not “walk it off” every day, all the time, 24/7?

That conundrum has been burning a hole in my brain, like, forever. Sometimes, I can come up with 1001 excuses to not go on a walk or a run or workout in some capacity, because frankly, sitting on my buns sounds so much better than any form of exercise, even though I KNOW the pros are plentiful and the cons are nil. Lately, it seems, I have been taking making excuses and I think I’ll ”sit on my bum” option more often than not. No good, friends, no good.

However, ever since I received the Omron Alvita Ultimate Pedometer in the mail a few days ago, as part of this sponsored campaign, I’ve had a brand new outlook.

Yes, my “new outlook” was initially inspired by money since I’m getting paid for this post, but once I read the instructions (yes, I actually read the instruction manual and it was so interesting I put it on Instagram) and put it on, I felt like a mack-daddy from the 90’s with a pager on my side and I immediately wanted to go on a walk.

And that’s exactly what I did. I walked it off, yo. In fact, I’ve gone on a walk every day since. 

While on those walks, I realized that when I live in such a gorgeous city with ridiculously rad climate, I could be out walking or running nearly EVERY DAY. Check out the view around my house:

 

I’ve also started walking my 5 year old to school, which is only 2 blocks away, which I normally drive (one of the blocks is a hill, fyi).

After a few days of walking it off, I came up with my next spoof video idea.

Picture this: It’s called “Gotta Walk it Off,” to the tune of Snoop Dogg’s ”Drop It Like It’s Hot.” (if you’re not familiar with the song, the next part of this post won’t make any sense, so have a listen on Spotify first).

Video opens on Mom sitting behind her laptop, her muffintop proudly on display, with a spoon in the peanut butter, an empty gaze of writer’s block, and nagging kids in the background (does this scenario sound familiar to anyone?).

Mom gets fed up with it all, stands up, puts on her flashy Nike’s that match her Lululemon jacket and she sets off to “Walk it Off.”

 

LYRICS BEGIN:
When the words aren’t comin’ to ya,

Gotta Walk it Off Gotta Walk it Off Gotta Walk it Off

 

When the spoon’s in the peanut butter

Gotta Walk it Off Gotta Walk it Off Gotta Walk it Off

 

When the kids’ coppin’ attitude

Gotta Walk It Off Gotta Walk it Off Gotta Walk it Off

 

I got the iPhone on my arm and my Lululemon on

And I’m rollin’ like a pimp ‘cause I got my Omron

*******

Well, what do you think? Can you hear it? You think I have the next viral video, dontcha? No? Well, whatever. 

Somehow, between this “Gotta Walk it Off” refrain repeatedly playing over in my mind and feeling like a pimp with a pager, I mean pedometer, on my hip, I have officially been motivated to revive my affinity for walk/runs, so viral video or not, this chick has her walking mojo back. 

How bout you? How often do you go on walks? What motivates you to walk?

Every step you take is in the direction of a healthier lifestyle, so start tracking your progress with Omron’s new Alvita Ultimate Pedometer (HJ-325). Special technology allows you to stow it in your pocket or purse and still get an accurate step count, while also offering the traditional option of wearing it on your hip. Like Omron on Facebook and challenge yourself to walk it off!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Omron. The opinions and text are all mine.

lots of juicy parenting topics and the new spring collection from children’s place as seen on fox 5

We had another fun day at Fox 5 this week. Here are the parenting questions we tackled in our first Ask the Moms segment:

  • What to do if you don’t like your daughter’s boyfriend
  • Should parents reward kids with sugary treats?
  • How to motivate teen to get his driver’s license

HOT TOPICS:

My kiddos also got in on the action this week as the lovely Chloe Noelle of Kids Korner and True Blood fame hosted a spring fashion show with darling outfits via Children’s Place.  We even got to keep the clothes, so Lexi now has her Easter dress! 

New spring fashions for 2014 from The Children's Place

Check out the entire collection in this clip below. (more…)

when fecal matters

A few months ago, I received a pitch with the following subject line:

safe streak free way to clean phones with sani-screen

I clicked “delete” at almost the same instant that my eyes read the word “fecal.”

Guhross!

But something in me grew curious, so I retrieved it out of the trash and read the first paragraph.

1 in 6 phones are contaminated with fecal matter

 

While stifling my gag reflex, I almost hit delete again.

Then, I envisioned my iPhone and iPad screens that are streaked and crusted and smeared with all sorts of stuff, for which there is a 1 in 6 chance that it could be, apparently from the pitch email, fecal matter.

Guhross!

So, after having a glass of wine or two, I replied to the pitch with,

“Yes, I’d love to try your Sani-Screen wipes, send ‘em on over. “

Within a day or two, I was wiping poop off of all of my screens and having a field day. My kids helped too. They crack up at anything having to do with poop so you can imagine how they loved joining in the fun.

1 in 6 phones are contaminated with fecal matter

Now, I have no way of testing if there was any fecal matter on my phone, and/or if it was sufficiently removed, but, I did feel streak free, so that’s good.

The most important lesson I learned through all of this poop pitching and removing, is