Friday, March 27, 2015

#ImagineSpring Shopping Spring Styles at OshKosh B'Gosh

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for OshKosh B’Gosh. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.


The sun is out, the birds are chirping, and the weather is finally warming up. With that, I find that it is time to put away the sweaters and other winter clothing items, and revamp my families wardrobes with Spring clothes! With Spring break and Easter upon us, finding both the everyday clothes as well as those adorable threads for Easter for both boys and girls is what I look for.

For the kids, I like to find clothes that are not only bright and fun, but also clothes they can run and play in, whether they are at school or at home. And one place that I enjoy shopping at for my kids, where I can find those seasonal wardrobes at amazing prices, is OshKosh B'Gosh.
When I shop at my local OshKosh B'Gosh or on their online site, I can find a variety of fun shirts, shorts, and those must have overalls for my boys. I find that shopping in store, is a lot less stressful than when I shop at other clothing stores with my kids, because not only is the staff very nice, kid friendly,  and helpful, but the stores are also made kid friendly, with fun activity areas set up for kids to play at while parents shop! On the mom friendly aspect, I look forward to the sales, and I also seek out those coupons I can use while I do my shopping.
I like that the clothes from OshKosh B'Gosh are not only cute, but they are made to last, so when my kids go on those adventures, and play at the park, I can find a large selection of clothes for my kids that are made to be kid tough! Then when it comes to the selection of the World's Best Overalls, I can find a great selection of different designs, for babies and toddlers, that are not only very cute, but also comfortable and move with my kids as they run around!

Making OshKosh B'Gosh, a one stop shop when it comes to updating my kids wardrobes, where I can stock up, getting clothes for Spring for both boys, and even the newest baby in our family, all under one roof. So as you put away those winter clothes and head out to revamp your kids wardrobes for Spring, be sure to head to your local OshKosh B'Gosh store or shop their online store, and also be sure to print off the coupon below so you can be sure to save 25% on your next trip!






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Easter Fun with the itty bittys from Hallmark

As I go out looking for those gifts to add to the Easter Baskets this year, one place I adore shopping at, is my local Hallmark! I like that I can find gifts for everyone, from those cards to send to my parents and my sister, to the gifts that make for the perfect additions for those Easter baskets for the kids! One line of products that we have fallen in love with from the Hallmark line, that make for the perfect gifts to give the kids and put in those Easter baskets are the itty bittys.

To help with this years Easter baskets, we were sent the very adorable, Miss Piggy itty bitty from the Disney Muppets line! Being the lifetime Muppets and Hallmark fans we are, Miss Piggy makes for a great addition to our line of itty bittys! I like that we can also add some itty bittys to the boys baskets as well, because right now when we head to our local Hallmark or shop their online site, we can take advantage of the buy one get one 50% deal on the itty bittys! Making the line of itty bittys from Hallmark a great gift to give this Easter!


Product received, thank you to Hallmark as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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After School Snacks with Skippy with Salted Caramel

Having 3 kids, and 2 in school, when it comes to snack time, all 3 look forward to what I will serve for the after school snack. One snack that I can remember my mom making my sister and I, that I see as a great fast and easy snack to serve my kids is peanut butter and apples.

So when we were sent some of the new Skippy with Salted Caramel, I knew that this would not only be a great tasting peanut butter to try out, but also one that would taste good when I serve it to the kids for a after school snack with some apples!
We all like the unique taste, and paired with the apples, the kids find it as a very tasty and satisfying peanut butter to put on their apples! Aside from the snacks we made we also found that this peanut butter also goes great with some desserts, like adding it as a topping for brownies and more! Making the new Skippy with Salted Caramel, a great flavor of peanut butter to have in the home!

Product received, thank you to Skippy as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Wonderforge Games for Easter Baskets

In my house when it comes to finding fun gifts, whether it is for a birthday, Easter or for a rainy day, we like to seek out new games to play! One company that is a go to when it comes to those fun games for the kids is Wonder Forge, so when we were sent some of their new games for Spring, we were excited to check them out!

With this selection of games, we can enjoy some fun matching games for the kids to play together or even play together as a family, during one of our family game nights. I like that there are games with not only adorable animals on them, but also a selection of games that feature their favorite characters!

I also can really appreciate the different games that are available, so the kids can play a variety of games that are meant for their various ages! Making the new games that are available from Wonder Forge this Spring, a great selection for both those Easter Baskets as well as great additions to our own family game nights!


Product received, thank you to Wonder Forge as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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What Do You Do After A Head Injury?

We all do our best to plan all aspects of our daily lives. One of the things that we can’t plan for is an accident that severely injures a family member. A head injury in particular can have a serious impact on the person injured and their immediate family. Head injuries account for about 1.5 million emergency room trips every year in the United States. For most moms, there is little that can be done to prepare yourself, not to mention your family, for coping with this type of serious injury.
So, if a spouse, loved one or friend has sustained a head injury on the job or due to a car or other type of accident, here are a few tips for preparing yourself and your family to deal with the expected and unexpected consequences of this unfortunate reality.
Maintaining Family Life after a Head Injury
Unfortunately, head injuries are an all too common result of motor vehicle accidents and certain occupational work accidents. While there is not much that can be done to prepare for the accident, there are several things you can do to ensure your family is properly coping with the fact that dad has been injured.
1. Talk to Your Children about the Injury
While this may sound obvious, it is actually the hardest thing for most moms to do. Moms have a tendency to shield family members, especially children, from stressful or unpleasant situations. This is perfectly normal, but in this instance, your children need to know and understand what has happened. If they're left in the dark, they may create their own, incorrect explanations for why dad has been acting different or doesn't do all the things he used to do, prior to the injury.
recent article from BrainLine Kids addresses the steps a mother can take before talking to her children about head injuries. The goal here is to help your children understand, not to keep them in the dark about the situation. Though we are naturally driven to protect the emotions of our children, silence is not the answer when it comes to dealing with a head injury in the family.
2. Double Up on Your Routines
Do not misinterpret this as the need to increase the number of routines in your family life. It means that you should review your current routines and streamline them to be more effective. Because of their injury, your spouse will need your assistance more than ever. Prior to the injury, they may have been completely independent. But it’s likely, depending on severity of the injury, that they’re going to become dependent on you and the rest of the family more now than ever. Anything you can do to make more time for handling their needs will be beneficial. For example, if you normally spread out your laundry duties over two or three days, consider getting it all done in one day and freeing up that additional time for helping your spouse accomplish tasks or chores that they used to handle on their own.
3. Consult Others for Support
Panic is the first emotion you’re likely to feel when you find out your spouse has sustained a head injury. However, panicking will only lead to unnecessary stress that in turn reduces your ability to effectively and efficiently manage your family while your spouse is recovering and out of work.
Take things one day at a time until you find a rhythm that works best for you and your family. Part of this approach is to consult with others who can offer you support. This support can come from a family member, friend, coworker or a professional trained to help you through these types of situations.
Where to Start When Dealing with a Spouse’s Head Injury
The first step following this type of incident should always be contacting a qualified personal injury attorney to handle your spouse’s case. The tips listed above are simply pointers for helping you get yourself and your family adjusted to the new circumstances that arise as a result of a head injury.
Once you start implementing these tips, you’ll see that over time things will start to get easier and become more routine for you, your spouse and your family. Depending on the severity of the head injury, your spouse could be out of work for anywhere from a few months to a couple of years. Regardless of the amount of time, you need to prepare for the road ahead. Using the strategies shared in this article will get you started down that path a step at a time.


This post was created by a guest writer.
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Thursday, March 26, 2015

#Giveaway The Hobbit The Battle of The Five Armies Blu-ray #TheHobbit



The wait is over, and the final movie to the trilogy of The Hobbit is now available to bring home and watch over and over again! For my house, having the final movie on Blu-Ray, was not only a way to watch the movie anytime we want, but also the final piece to our Hobbit Trilogy Blu-Ray collection!

In the final movie, you have Bilbo, along with the Dwarfs, who have now made it to the mountain. Smaug, the dragon who ran the dwarfs from their home many years prior, is awake and ready to take his vengeance on Lake Town. And is the final movie, you can watch and see how Smaug goes about to show his fury, and how a battle that is one that not only changes things, but also bring the Lord of the Rings into light comes to an amazing conclusion to the story of The Hobbit!




Well to celebrate the release of The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies, the wonderful people from Partners Hub would like to give one of my readers their own copy of the movie on Blu-Ray!





Each household is only eligible to win One (1) Blu-Ray copy for The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.



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Easter Gift Ideas with Sew Cool #SewCoolWorld

With Easter making its presence known when you head out to do the shopping, I find that I like to seek out products for the kids, that will not only make for a great gift this Easter, but also be a gift that they will get a lot of use out of. Well having a pre-teen in the home, finding those gifts can be a lot easier said than done, so I look for products that she will really like, and with my daughter one thing she really adores is doing crafts. Over the past couple of years she has found a interest in sewing, so when we were introduced to the products from Sew Cool, I was excited to check them out and share them with my daughter!

I like that with the Sew Cool products, my daughter can their very unique sewing machine and create fun crafts, safely, without having to use any needles. The projects she can create are endless, by either choosing to use some of the ideas that we can find when we go to the Sew Cool site and YouTube channel, when we buy the various Sew Cool products, or by coming up with and creating her own projects.


The sewing studio gives my daughter a way to really open her mind when it comes to her creativity, and with the refill packs that we can purchase, we can ensure that she will be able to have plenty of fabrics and project ideas! So whether you are in search of a great gift idea to get your daughter's creative juices flowing or looking for a Easter gift that will keep on giving, then be sure to check out the Sew Cool Sewing Studio along with all of the refills and projects that are available from the Sew Cool line! Also, when you create things using the Sew Cool products, be sure to share them with the people from Sew Cool by following them on Instagram and using the hashtag #SewCoolWorld!



Product received, thank you to Sew Cool as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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#Giveaway ‪#‎DKidsEaster‬ Adding Hatch'ems this Easter

With the clock ticking, it is time to find those gifts to add in those Easter baskets and unique eggs to hide for the big hunt this year. I find myself in search of the products that will make Easter that much more exciting for Easter. So when we were sent some of the Hatch'Ems to review, I was very curious to check them out!

For our Easter egg hunt this year, we will be adding fun and unique eggs to the mix, and of those will be the Hatch'Ems. We were sent the Animal Planet Hatch'Ems Sea Creatures along with a set of the Hatch'Ems Pets! These eggs will make for a great set of eggs to hide, along with a great toy surprise for the kids as well. To get started with the Hatch'Ems, you need to place the eggs in some water, to watch as the eggs hatch. Then from there, the animals that you find in the eggs are put into water, where you and your kids can watch their animals grow, up to 10x's their original size!

Making the Hatch'Ems not only a fun egg to find during the Easter Egg hunt this year, but also a fun gift that continues to give, as the kids hatch their eggs, watch them grow, and even learn about the creatures they grow from the Animal Planet collection! Well, aside from the Hatch'Ems we were sent for Easter this year, right now when you head on over to the Discover Kids Facebook page, you can enter to win your own Hatch'Ems to share with your kids this Easter! To enter, follow Discover Kids on Twitter https://twitter.com/discoverykids and tweet to them, your favorite Easter activities with the hashtag #DKidsEaster!



Product received, thank you to Hatch'Ems as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Easter with R.M. Palmer Company + Bunny Big Shots Contest

With Easter just around the corner, like many parents out there, I am in search of those fun goodies to put in the kids baskets this year! One thing that I can remember getting as a kid and that we put in our kids baskets each year, are those chocolate bunnies. As a parent, I have noticed, that when it comes to those chocolates for Easter, they have become a lot more fun then they were when I was a kid. So when we were sent some of the Easter candies from the R.M. Palmer line, I was excited to see what new products they had for this year along with the other great chocolates for Easter!

I was pleasantly surprised to see an amazing assortment of chocolate goodies. In this pack we received a fun, Color Me Cottontail along with a Fun n' Games. The Color Me Cottontail is not only a delicious chocolate bunny that the kids can enjoy eating, but it also includes a fun picture for the kids to color and some crayons! And with the Fun n' Games the kids will get a fun maze to play with that is also made with edible crispy chocolate!

For my little guy, who adores rubber duckies, we were sent the very fitting Candy Quax, which resembles those adorable duckies that he enjoys playing with. I found the Double Crisp Bunny Pops to make for another bunny treat that the kids will enjoy, and with the Baby Binx, we can treat the little ones to a fun and very adorable chocolate bunny!

Then when it comes to filling those eggs for the big hunt this year, we can fill them with the adorable chocolate carrots, along with the variety of chocolates you can find in the bag of Flopsy's Easter Mix! Making the products we can get from the R.M. Palmer line of Easter candy, a great choice of products to put out this Easter!








Well aside from the delicious and very adorable variety of Easter treats you find from R.M. Palmer, you can also enter to win big! You can do so with the Bunny Big Shots Contest, which is going on now through April 7th, where to enter you can upload your favorite Easter pics! The picture with the most votes will get $250 and $500 Visa Gift Cards! Also, the photo that shows the most fun being had for Easter using the R.M. Palmer products will will a 50" Smart TV!

It’s easy to enter, so even the most time-stressed parents will have a shot at a prize. They can enter in two ways:
·         Upload a photo at http://goo.gl/hPAco6.
·         Post a photo on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter using #BUNNYBIGSHOTS.
The photos should be on one of four themes: Visiting the Easter Bunny, Decorating Easter Eggs, Easter Egg Hunt or Easter Morning.
Official rules and details are on the contest website. 



Product received, thank you to R.M. Palmer as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Checking out the New Feeding Line from The Honest Company

When it comes to my kids, I like to give them the best start possible. I do this by having products in the home, from the foods we eat to the products I use for everyday cleaning and such, that are natural, safe and effective, and one company that I adore where I can find those products for my family and home is The Honest Company. I was first introduced to The Honest Company shortly after I had Wyatt, when I started using their diapering products. Like so many others out there, I fell in love not only with the adorable designs that I could choose from with the diapers from The Honest Company, but also the fact that their diapers are gentle both on babies bottom and the environment.

From there, my love just kept on growing. I found their line of bath and body products for the whole family to be a must have, due to the skin sensitivities we have in our home. Then with their cleaning products, I have found a line of natural cleaning products from the cleaners themselves to the cleaning tools, that are safe and effective to use in my home for everyday use.

For me, I am one who adores the products I can find when I shop the line of products from The Honest Company, and I also adore the bundles I can purchase or the individual items I can choose from when I am needing just a couple of items to stock up with. So you can imagine, that when I learned about the all new feeding line of products from The Honest Company for baby, I was not only excited to share the products with others, but check them out for myself as well!


This new line of feeding products for baby offer items for both breastfeeding and bottle feeding moms, giving new moms choices on products to help give their little ones the best possible starts in life! I can appreciate the choices, having been a mom who chose to both bottle feed and breastfeed my babies, giving parents a great selection of breastfeeding support products, along with formula and bottles to choose from for parents who bottle feed and formula feed.

I really like that the formula that is offered is organic, and to help with ensuring that baby gets that DHA that comes highly recommended, parents can get both the organic formula along with the DHA drops to put in babies bottles. Also, to help with the preparation when it comes to the formula from The Honest Company, parents can use the Formula Dispenser, which helps to make feeding time hygienic with the 3 compartments, even when parents are on the go!

For moms who are breastfeeding, there is a large selection of products to choose from with the nipple balm to the nursing covers and nursing pillow. I also like that breastfeeding moms can use the Lactation Plus, to help support breast milk production, naturally!

Then with the new bottles that you can find from The Honest Company line of feeding products, you get a soft, silicone nipple and a bottle that mimics the breast with the softness and the flexibility of the bottle. Which not only makes the transition from breast to bottle and back a easy one for parents and caretakers, but also helps to reduce gas, colic, reflux and spit-up! These new bottles are available in 2 sizes, 5 oz and 8 oz, and you can also find the nipples for these bottles which are all available to purchase from The Honest Company. Making my love for The Honest Company, one that just keeps growing and one that I adore sharing with others!


Compensation was provided by The Honest Company via MomTrends. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of The Honest Company or Momtrends
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

#Giveaway Makeover your Bathroom with Organic Products from Coyuchi and Zabada


Spring is in the air, and like so many out there, I find it is time to begin that Spring cleaning. For me, that means updating my linens, adding brighter colors to the home as we open windows allowing that Spring breeze to come in, and also updating various rooms like the bathroom. Having a home where allergies and skin sensitivities come into place, I like to seek out linens and cleaning products that offer materials that will not irritate the skin, along with cleaning products that will not harbor any bacteria and help me get the job at hand done. So when I was given the chance to update my bathroom with all new towels from the Coyuchi line and new cleaning products from the Zabada Bathroom Care line, I was excited to check them out!

With the Bathroom Handy from the Zabada line, I get a cleaning tool that fits right on the hand, making it easy to clean all parts of the restroom, shower, and even laundry areas in my home. I like that the materials that are used to make this cleaning cloth, help to remove calcium, soap, toothpaste and more from surfaces. I also like the fact that I do not have to use harsh chemicals or sprays to get a good deep clean, helping to alleviate any irritants in my home. In fact, all I need is some cold water, and I can go to town with the cleaning of my bathroom surfaces to get that grime, mildew and more, safely off and get rid of up to 99.9% of germs and bacteria!

The care of the Bathroom Handy is also simple, by placing it in the bag it came with, I can put it in the wash, minus any fabric softeners. Helping me to not only reduce my use of cleaning products, but also save me money by not having to buy any sponges, due to the 130 week lifespan I can get from using this one product! Then along with the Zabada Bathroom Marvel, I can ensure my sinks, toilets, and tubs shine, with no streaks left behind, when I use the Bathroom Marvel after using my Bathroom Handy.

With the Bathroom Marvel, I can dry the surfaces by removing all moisture. Making the choice to add both the Bathroom Handy and the Bathroom Marvel to my bathroom cleaning regime a very smart choice!
Then to complete my bathroom makeover with products that help me to rid my home of harmful chemicals when cleaning, and allergens when it comes to the linens, I was sent a set of the Air Weight Bath Collection Towels from Coyuchi.

These towels are made from pure organic cotton, and come in colors that are also pure being earth tones and colors you can find in nature! They dry quickly both when hung up on the towel rack or in the dryer. I like that when we wash the towels in this set, they are not only easy to get clean, but also keep their shape after being washed! Making them the only collection of towels needed when updating the bathroom!

So this Spring, as you do your own Spring cleaning, be sure to update your bathrooms with the organic products from the Coyuchi and Zabada line of linens and cleaning products! Also, to help with those Spring cleaning updates, the wonderful people from these two lines of products would like to update one of my readers bathrooms by offering one winner a Organic Bathroom Makeover with bathroom towel, handy and marvel. !!



Product received, thank you to Zabada and Coyuchi as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Easter Fashions from Lands' End


Like so many others out there, with Easter just around the corner, I find that it is time to seek out those adorable Easter fashions for the kids. I like to find outfits that they can not only wear on Easter Sunday, but also be great outfits to wear for the Spring. So when I was given the chance to review a outfit from the Lands' End line, my daughter and I both knew that we wanted to check out one of the Lands' End Twirl Dresses!


With the Girls Seersucker Tie Shoulder Twirl Dress, my daughter can get a dress that is great for wearing this Spring, and also a perfect dress to wear over Easter Sunday. My daughter likes the dress because she says it makes her feel like Dorothy from The Wizard of OZ with the light blue color, and she can twirl with it. I like it for the lightweight fabric, along with the length it gives her. Making it a very pretty, fashionable dress for the Spring!

To go along with the Twirl Dress, we decided to add a nice, lightweight cardigan, which can help to keep her warm in those cool Springtime breezes. We found a great selection of cardigans to choose from, and decided that the Girls Long Sleeve Solid Sophie Cardigan in white, was a great match to go with the dress we chose! We both liked the color selection that we found from Lands' End when it came to the cardigans, and with the cardigans I like that they can be used for wearing with both her dress clothes and play clothes!


Then to help complete the outfit, we were sent the Girls' Classic Ballet Flats, which are not only very pretty and sparkly, but also come in a range of colors to choose from. Being that we were seeking out a pair of shoes to complete my daughters Easter ensemble, we chose to go with the Faint Grey Sparkle. My daughter adores the sparkles, feel, and look, giving her a pair of dress flats that are comfortable and sparkle as she twirls in her dress, and I like that they are a great pair of flats that will go with a variety of her dresses this Spring!

In all, making the selection of kids clothing that we can find from the Lands' End line, a great selection for those Easter ensembles as well as for those Springtime wardrobes!


Product received, thank you to Lands' End as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Keep Everything You Need Close with the EYN Phone Cases

When it comes to phone cases, I am one who likes to have a variety to choose from for various occasions. One particular occasion where I take my phone, but can not take my purse in with everything in it is when I go to the gym. When I go to the gym the only items I need are my key card, my ID, my credit or debit card and maybe some extra money so I can grab a water. But like many others I see, I would end up bringing my purse and locking it one of the gym lockers, making it a inconvenience to have, while at the gym. Recently I found a solution to my issue when I was sent a EYN Phone Case to review.

With the EYN Phone Case, you can literally carry everything you need, all in the phone case. Helping to eliminate that bulky purse when I am at the gym, and allowing me to carry my ID, cards, and even cash, so I have it on hand when I need it! I also like the mirror that is in the case, so if I need to check my makeup or get that eyelash out of my eye, I can utilize the mirror like a compact.


I like that the EYN Phone Case is very easy to use, so I can take my phone in and out easily, and I can even prop my phone up, for facetime, chatting or anything else using the kickstand in the back! I also like that the case does not make it too big and bulky, so I can put it in my pocket, carry it on my wrist using the strap that came with my case, and even carry it on my arm holder while at the gym. Making the phone cases from EYN, a great choice for those who are on the go and not wanting to carry a large wallet or purse, and also a great phone case to use when heading to the gym!

Product received, thank you to EYN as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Q&A With the Writers from Mysteries of Laura on NBC


NBC UNIVERSAL – The Mysteries of Laura
March 20, 2015
12:00 pm CT

Operator:               Our first question comes from the line of Rebecca Fry from My Spartan Life. Please go ahead.

Rebecca Fry:         Yes. When it came to having Debra Messing, did you know you wanted her or did she audition for the role?

Amanda Green:     Debra Messing does not need to audition for anything. She is, as you probably all know, so iconic and so present. I mean she was a dream. We just felt completely lucky that she was willing to do this show; not the other way around.

Kelly Fernandez:   That was Amanda Green.

Amanda Green:     Oh, sorry. Amanda forgets to identify herself. But the great thing I’ll say about having Debra is that she is herself a mom. And having a mom play the part of Laura is just so key, because I’m not saying an actress who isn’t a mother couldn’t handle the role, but Debra brings her own valid, grounded experiences as a parent - as a single parent - to this part. And she’s just awesome.

Laura Putney:        Yes. I think she’s willing to touch some things that would otherwise be considered third rail. This is Laura Putney by the way. You know if you don’t have your own kids, sometimes it can be hard to have that sort of - a bit of an edgy approach to child rearing.

Amanda Green:     What Laura is saying is that moms make poop jokes.

Laura Putney:        Yes. And we, you know, sort of - she’s just been there with the mom fails that we do on the show. And, you know, she gets - she brings a level of experience to it that I think it would be harder for an actress who’s not a mom to do.

Rebecca Fry:         Thank you.

Amanda Green:     You’re welcome. Great question.

Operator:               Our next question comes from the line of Dianna Ranere with FSM Blogs. Please go ahead.

Dianna Ranere:     Hi. I was wondering, because you all are writers and I was reading that both you - two of you come from like an improv background. And the show is kind of a dramedy, which I love because it’s not all serious stuff, and Debra Messing is funny.

                              Is it easier to write for just a straight up drama - let me try that again - comedy or drama? Yes, there’s the comedy. So is it easier to write for a dramedy because you can kind of throw both in there? Or is it easier to write for a drama or a comedy?

Margaret Easley:   This is Margaret Easley. I will say that having the improv background, it just sort of brings comedy to every moment we write. We are huge procedural fans. So writing a great procedural script, and then finding the comedy that organically comes out of that is a thrill.

                              It’s, I think, easier than writing straight comedy actually because you’re creating a world and a gritty story, and then finding the humor that comes out of that.

Laura Putney:        You don’t have to force the comedy. This is Laura. We’re into every moment. It only comes in where it occurs organically. So I think I like it better.

Dianna Ranere:     Thank you.

Amanda Green:     Thank you.

Operator:               Our next question comes from the line of Iris Barreto with Fangirlish. Please go ahead.

Iris Barreto:           Hi. I wanted to say I love the twins on the show. They’re so cute and adorable, and, you know, a little bit of trouble. But so I wanted to know, did you guys take any experiences from your own life of your children to use for this show - for any of the scenes?

Amanda Green:     I think your question could probably be paraphrased as did we take anything today of our children. It’s pretty constant and chronic, and between the three of us we have seven kids.

Iris Barreto:           Oh.

Amanda Green:     Yes. And so they are a constant source of inspiration, of - I mean we’d be talking about them even if we didn’t have the twins to write for because that’s what we talk about, right, as human beings, as mothers - what our kids do. It drives us crazy. It’s adorable. It’s ridiculous. It’s aggravating. It’s why we get up in the morning - why I got up at 5:00 this morning because my daughter just doesn’t get daylight savings time yet.

                              But yes, it’s - a lot of what the twins do and have done, I mean often comes as we’re creating a scene straight from what one of our children did today.

Margaret Easley:   That was Amanda by the way. This is Margaret. And I will say that in the time we’ve been writing this, there’s been a great turn in my life where I’m at home, at the end of my tether, almost sobbing. And then that little voice in my head goes, “oh, I can totally bring this into the writer’s room.” It’s been a good thing for my parenting.

Amanda Green:     I think - this is Amanda again. I think, and I bet you all know this in your own writing, is to be able to take the crises of our daily life with our children as - or with our mom’s help - and to turn it into art or comedy or relatable drama, is medicine.

                              You know, as Margaret was just saying, it redeems those moments where otherwise you’d be saying that’s it, put me in a straitjacket and ship me off because I can’t take another minute, into knowing that you can share that experience and that vulnerability through this show with lots of other moms. And that’s fantastic.

Laura Putney:        Especially as it creeps towards the end of the school year, and I keep remembering that the mommy blogger that went - that did the “you should have seen us in September.” We had it together. It’s one of my favorite blog posts that went around - was it last year or the year before last?

                              So man, and I - that is definitely coming into play now as we are creeping towards the end of the school year.

Iris Barreto:           Thank you so much for that answer - those answers. They were perfect.

Amanda Green:     Thank you.

Operator:               Our next question comes from the lines of Tara Settembre from Huffington Post. Please go ahead.

Tara Settembre:     Hi. You’ve had some interesting guest stars. Are there any more funny appearances coming up, or any particular stars you’d like to see on your show?

Amanda Green:     Oh wow, that’s a great question. I’m just trying to think of what we can tell you. I think there’s definitely some fun coming up.

Laura Putney:        We’re not sure what we can say. We’ve got a great mom coming up.

Amanda Green:     Yes. Let’s say, I’m just trying to think of - you know what? You’ve caught me at the end of - all of us - at the end of - we’ve just finished writing the 22nd episode. And I for the life of me can’t remember what we’ve shot, what we haven’t shot, what we’ve written, what we haven’t written, what we’ve released.

                              And gosh, I can’t remember what we’ve - what casting has been announced yet. What we’re trying to say is stay tuned. You will be pleased.

Tara Settembre:     Okay, great. And PS, I’m a mom of twin boys, so I like the twin boys.

Margaret Easley:   I’m so sorry.

Tara Settembre:     Thank you.

Amanda Green:     Well and that’s, you know, it’s always great to hear from moms and dads too, you know? But who - just understand that, you know, that’s what we’re trying to do with this show is to make a show that is honest to the experiences we’re all having. Whatever the job it is we do, whether we’re a cop like Laura or a blogger or a writer or we work at Wal-Mart or, you know, we drive a truck or a school bus or whatever that, you know, we’re all making the same juggle.

                              And we’re just so excited that not only do we get to write this character, but that it connects for everybody else.

Laura Putney:        I’ve had so many - this is Laura. I’ve had so many moms ask me, did you base that on my kids? Because we’re all there, you know? It’s just - and I have to say yes, yours and mine and, you know, my across the street neighbor and the kids at school, yes.

Operator:               Our next question comes from the line of Deirdre Kaye with SheKnows.com. Please go ahead.

Deirdre Kaye:       Hey ladies. So my question is, we know kind of how Laura juggles being a mom and working. But how do you guys juggle being a mom and working in Hollywood? What’s that like?

Margaret Easley:   This is Margaret. I don’t do it very well. So I’m going to turn it over to the other two.

Laura Putney:        Wow, how do we do it? You know, I mean I don’t think there’s anything anymore - any different or more glamorous about being a working mom wherever you work. It is always going to be hard. The hours are always going to be long.

                              And we’d like to think about it as, you know, basically we’re all always failing someone. You can be a hero at work or you can be a hero at home. You usually can’t be both. And Hollywood is no different from any other workplace, except that most other workplaces have to give you things like maternity leave, which we don’t get. But don’t get me started on that rant. That’s for a different call.

                              But I think that the hardest thing - and it is not true of this show - is that usually if you are a working mom on the staff of a TV show in Hollywood, you’re usually alone. It is not a business - writing - where there are a lot of people who are working moms.

                              There are a lot of younger women. There are women whose kids are grown. But working moms are definitely in the minority. And the fantastic thing about this show is that instead of working moms being a stigma, it’s a positive.

                              And this is an atmosphere - I mean not only do we three have kids, lots of the men on this show who are writers are dads. And, you know, we’re all actively involved in our children’s lives and parenting lives. And Jeff Rake is an amazing show runner who actually supports that.

                              And he says, you know, you’ve got - I left early on, yesterday, day before for a parent teacher conference. And I wasn’t sneaking out in shame. I had the support of my show runner, which was amazing. But he pops out for his own parent teacher conferences too. So you don’t feel like okay, you know, this is - I’m stealing time from the show.

                              It’s like we are - and I think that the others among us are picking up the slack, wherever that happens. Okay, so that you can go to your kid’s talent show, you know, for an hour, which is what I was doing yesterday. Then, you know, in that case Margaret was covering for me.

                              And Margaret and I are partners, and that helps too because we are - we’re a team. We count as one writer. So in that sense, that really helps for the mommy balance that we always have. We can have a presence in the office where one of us can be out doing mom stuff. So that’s just another piece of our juggling act, I would say.

Margaret Easley:   This is Margaret again. I’m going to weigh in on my bad parenting and juggling. To me it’s - going off of what Laura said - it’s the micro and macro support of the - to me it’s been the mom community. I mean here in the office, Amanda, Laura and I will bring in bags of clothes for each other.

Laura Putney:        It’s true.

Margaret Easley:   All my kids are wearing Amanda’s and Laura’s kids’ clothes. And, you know, I think it’s a great support group. And we’ll come in and share stories in the morning.

                              And then outside of that, yesterday things went long. Both of my kids got picked up after school by their friends’ parents. So, you know, I just - I sent up the bat signal and some other families rushed into to help.

                              So I think as Amanda said, there is a universal - whether it’s Hollywood or not - you have your village, no matter how small or big it is. And that just makes the whole experience so much better and easier.

Amanda Green:     Yes. And this is Amanda again. I will just say one last time as clearly as possible, as a mom, working on this show is the best thing ever because being a mom here is an asset. It’s not a negative. It’s not an, “oh, she’s a mom. Should we hire her? She’s probably going to leave early for a parent teacher conference or, you know, have to call in sick because her kid, you know, got strep.”

                              And that is actually - having that experience, having that juggle, having that insanity is actually an asset. And as everyone knows, you know, if you’re not living it, you’re not bringing it to the table every day.

Laura Putney:        Right. This is Laura. In the episode where Laura is charged with doing the school carnival booth for her class...

Amanda Green:     Hello, that was a source of - yes, much of that felt that to be our life.

Laura Putney:        We have a lot to bring to this table. Our pitches were pages long. And I remember specifically on that occasion it was like, you know what? Let’s just get the moms in the room. And here are our stories. And come up with, you know, the arc of that.

                              So Amanda said, it’s like - it’s something we bring to the table for this show. It’s an asset. And I think that shows up in the show.

Deirdre Kaye:       All right, perfect. Thank you guys so much.

Amanda Green:     Thank you.

Operator:               And our next question comes from the line of Dusty Bastian with AsMomSeesIt.com. Please go ahead.

Dusty Bastian:      Hi ladies. Many women including myself can definitely relate to Laura. And I love that you guys make her character not able to always do it so perfectly. It’s more relatable. Is there someone in particular that in the beginning inspired her character? Or is it more of a collective of your own lives?

Amanda Green:     Well I don’t know if you know this - this is Amanda - but the show is based on an incredibly popular and successful show in Spain called “Los Misterios de Laura” - literally “the Mysteries of Laura.” And, you know, Laura is played in that very much the same way as our Laura is - as a mom who struggles to find the balance between work and family.

                              Our stories are all independent. We’re not really adapting the individual episodes of the Spanish show. But we certainly fell in love with the character, you know, flawed, human, struggling - but always despite her sometimes cynicism, always ultimately persevering and successful, both as a parent and as a police officer.

                              But I think once, you know, beyond the original character, again we all just turn back to our own lives and our own wealth of funny, sad, tragic, pathetic parenting stories.

Laura Putney:        And yes - this is Laura. I think Debra brings a lot of that to the table too, and had a lot to do with shaping this character, you know, I think as a mom. This is very much who she is, you know? She is very much like this.

                              Yes. And I mean for example, you know, one of the things that we often talk about is, you know, what’s Laura going to pull out of her purse? You know it might be a gun. It might be a juice box. It might be a ninja. And that is something we can all relate to, being moms and having those bags that seem to contain a ridiculous amount of stuff - most of which has nothing with to do with life.

                              But Debra right, you know, plays right into that. You know there was an episode earlier in the season where Billy’s character gets injured. And she reaches into her purse and pulls out a maxi pad and slaps it on his injury. Because, you know, we all know there’s one of those in the bottom of the bag somewhere.

Amanda Green:     And that was Debra’s idea, you know, that, you know, maxi pad - sure, I’ve got one of those in the bag. Don’t we all? And it’s such - it’s always a source of the humor and the fun of the show.

                              Margaret and I had a Twitter war the other day about what’s happening - what we have in our purses. And we just kept pulling out things and taking a picture and posting it on Twitter. And as the objects got - and it was totally just absolutely real life - whatever we happened to have in our purse that day. And I think I won that with a stick on moustache.

Margaret Easley:   Yes, you did. That would do it. You don’t know why you have that. I have no idea to this day why I had this - probably still in there.

Amanda Green:     What I love is I did pull out the other day - out of my bag in a work setting - a pair of my daughter’s size 4T underpants, which were in my purse because, you know, accidents happen. It was Thursday. I hadn’t been running around with her since Sunday. But hey, maybe I’d need them for something else, you know?

Margaret Easley:   This is Margaret. I was on a production call and I pulled out a pirate telescope, which proved very useful for nothing.

Amanda Green:     Yes.

Margaret Easley:   And I was in - to bring these two scenes of the maxi pad in the purse together - I was in synagogue in a very quiet moment with my six year old son. And I gave him, you know, some - my wallet to pull things out so he could just be calm and quiet. And I thought I was doing - I was like patting myself on the back.

                              He was such a model of good behavior, until he pulls out of my wallet a tampon and holds it up high. And I have no idea he’s behind - he’s like sort of behind me. And he’s like - oh boy - holding it up above his head - mommy, what’s this? You heard it here folks. It’s going in a script.

Amanda Green:     That’s right - coming to your TV screen very soon.

Operator:               Our next question comes from the line of Kim Ritter with 2 Kids and a Coupon. Please go ahead.

Kim Ritter:            In Hollywood we used to only see the perfect housewives and perfect mothers like Donna Reed. And we’re finally now seeing, you know, real moms and real parents like in this series. Do you, you know, don’t have everything together - that are real life. Do you see this trend continuing in entertainment?

Amanda Green:     I sure hope so.

Margaret Easley:   Yes.

Amanda Green:     You know I mean I really, really hope so. Because I think and, you know, the audience proves it out. There are a lot of women out there who need to see themselves reflected in media. And it’s not just moms. It’s everything. I mean the amazing boom in diversity on TV screens speaks to the need of all of us to see ourselves reflected, not just, you know, one race, one ethnicity, one dress size, one, you know, hair style.

                              And I’m really hoping the Donna Reed days don’t come back because as classic as, you know, 50s television was, you know, shows like that make 99% of the population feel bad about themselves because their house isn’t clean, because their hair isn’t done, because they don’t fit into a size 2 dress without triple Spanx.

                              And I think we need to see parents of all sort of types across the spectrum that, you know, that encompasses, you know, parents of all forms, and people who are finding solutions that aren’t the same. And I think, you know, the first step is sort of voting with our viewership, because that’s what makes people sit up and take notice.

                              You know if people are watching Debra Messing play a working mom with chaos and paint chips and, you know, schmutz on her blouse or spit up, that sends a signal that this is a new way of looking at motherhood and, you know, the networks will listen.

Laura Putney:        And I - this is Laura - I would add it’s not just the 50s and Donna Reed. You could bring that forward, you know, because I’m just thinking of the shows that I sort of grew up with. And it was, you know, Mrs. Cosby of the Cosby Show or, you know, Little House on the Prairie - went all the way through the 70s and the 80s.

                              We’re just now I think coming as you suggest in your question to the notion that that’s not real. But those characters and that ideal of motherhood is in the back of our minds. And it does make us critical of ourselves, and feel like we, you know, that we’re failing because there’s an unrealistic ideal that’s been set up.

                              And so I totally agree. I hope it doesn’t go back to, you know, shift back to a more idealized version of motherhood because I don’t think it’s good to have that in your head and to be judging yourself all the time and feeling like you’re not doing it right.

Margaret Easley:   And this is Margaret.

Kim Ritter:            Okay, thank you.

Margaret Easley:   Oh, I have more. You’ve unleashed a beast when you talk about - this is Margaret. I just wanted to say I think we are all of a community. I think social media has been a huge part in changing that. There’s such an instant access to what’s real and painful and relatable.

                              And what you guys are putting out there and what we’re trying to put there is a more universal, real approach and view and vision of motherhood. So I think we’re all in this together. Now I’m done.

Kim Ritter:            Thanks.

Margaret Easley:   Can I ask a question? Is that weird? I’m just kidding.

Operator:               We do have one more question now.

Margaret Easley:   Yay!

Operator:               It’s coming from the line of Deb Rox with BlogHer. Please go ahead.

Deb Rox:               Thanks. I was trying to ring in. Because why don’t we end it with sex? I was...

Group:                   Yes.

Deb Rox:               I love how your show approaches the single mother’s story as sexy and as reclaiming her sexual agency and relationships, both as she looks back and as she looks forward and as she manages all of that. So I’d love to hear you guys talk about how you break that story and that part of her character as writers, and what we can look for in that theme.

Amanda Green:     Well you can certainly look for a lot. I mean I think that without giving major spoilers away, you know, one of the things that we really wanted to make sure was a part of Laura’s journey was exactly what you said - reclaiming her sexuality.

                              From the littlest things like feeling good and sexual and adult in her body which we all know is not always like overnight after you have kids - especially twins - that, you know, to see her also reclaiming after divorce, the idea that she’s entitled to love and happiness with an adult partner as well as with her kids.

                              And, you know, as a woman who is divorced herself - not from the father of my children, but previously - I, you know, I think a lot about how hard it was for me without kids to risk getting out there, to risk dating again, to risk starting over. And I think we’re all very sensitive to wanting to show Laura three dimensionally.

                              But it’s not enough to show her as a mom who’s struggling after divorce, but as a woman. And I think what we can say is that, you know, she’s going to take some major steps in the last five episodes which you guys haven’t seen yet, as she moves towards really embracing what she wants, but not without some pitfalls, you know?

                              And there’s a lot of big questions like when do you introduce a new partner to your children? When is it okay for that partner to stay overnight? How does your ex feel about a partner spending the night or spending more time or spending summer vacation with your kids?

                              And, you know, Laura and Jake by the way are going to encounter these questions and more. And we’re really excited to have that mature, adult, honest look at the complexity of dating after divorce.

Laura Putney:        Yes - this is Laura. I’m really excited about the last six I think episodes that haven’t aired yet in terms of Laura’s relationships. I think that’s a big piece you have to look forward to, going on her journey with her.

                              And you’d asked about the room and how we break those stories about Laura’s sex life. And I’d say we spend, you know, as much time and attention on that as any part of this show. I think that’s a real - that’s a driver of what this show is about. And it’s a, you know, it’s equally important as her relationship with her kids, is her, you know, relationship with her - as herself - as a sexual person out in the world dating again. And who she’s with or not with is as important as anything else about the show.

Amanda Green:     And what’s interesting - this is Amanda again - is that we struggle in the writer’s room with the same issues that women and men struggle with when they’re getting back into the marketplace. Like when should Laura have sex? Is she a first date kind of girl? Is she not for a month kind of girl?

                              And what goes into making that decision, and how hard it is? And what’s interesting is the debates that we have around the table in the writer’s room, are the debates that we also have as human beings inside our own heads, you know?

                              What’s too soon? What’s too fast? What’s too slow? What’s too prudish? What’s too promiscuous? And all the - we try to ask ourselves the questions that we believe the character would be asking herself. And also to bring them, you know, to normalize the questions.

                              I mean Laura talks about, you know, a Hitachi magic wand. That’s in her sexuality. And without, you know, I’m still waiting for the scene where the kids find the vibrator in the bedside table. Maybe if we get a season two - but to say all this is okay. The questions are okay. The doubts are okay. The insecurities are okay. And all the solutions and the searching for the solutions is okay. It’s messy but it’s okay.

Margaret Easley:   Right.

Operator:               And we have no further questions on the phone line.

Margaret Easley:   Awesome.

Amanda Green:     Thank you so much.

Laura Putney:        Thanks for your time ladies.

Kelly Fernandez:   Thanks everyone for joining today’s call, especially Amanda, Margaret and Laura. You guys were great. And everyone, don’t forget to tune in to The Mysteries of Laura which returns with all new episodes on March 25 at 8/7 Central on NBC.

                              Thank you guys. Have a great day.

Amanda Green:     Thanks.


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