Bradley Cooper IN PERSON!!! (and my “American Sniper” review)

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There it is ladies and gentlemen! The only halfway decent photo I got of Bradley Cooper at the “American Sniper” Red Carpet Premiere in Plano. He came whizzing by like a well-coiffed dust-devil and I barely got a glimpse of him, much less the Bradley-Cooper-Selfie I so desperately desired. I fared far better than most of the media people though. They had been PROMISED a few moments with Bradley Cooper, only to watch him glide right by. I’m not gonna lie. That sucks. Continue reading →

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How to Make a Kid Shut Up

There’s a horrible reality about parenting. Sometimes we wish our kids would just shut the hell up.

A child who has your attention will talk continuously and it’s usually about something like “My Little Pony” or Minecraft. You, as a loving parent (who wants to keep future therapy bills to a minimum) will smile and nod and do your best to keep up. Yes, because a child who is telling you A VERY IMPORTANT STORY will stop occasionally to make sure you are listening so you can’t zone out and make a mental list of shoes you’d like to buy. That’s why you listen and keep listening until you can distract the child long enough to escape the room.

I have found a way to stop all of that. Continue reading →

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Open Letter to My Friend Who’s Turning 40

I am so excited about celebrating your 40th Birthday this weekend, but I know you have mixed emotions. Crossing over from your 30s into your 40s isn’t exactly FUN. Believe me, anyone who says they’re excited about it is secretly crying into a bottle of vodka. There ARE some good things about turning 40 though and I would know. I’ve been in my 40s so long that I’m already mentally-preparing for my 50s, so here’s my birthday present to you. It’s a brief list of the things you actually have to look forward to when you turn 40. Continue reading →

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MOVIE REVIEW: “Inherent Vice”

New in theaters this week is the latest from director Paul Thomas Anderson, “Inherent Vice.” It’s based on a novel by Thomas Pynchon and is the very first time one of his books has been adapted for the screen. I’m not familiar with Pynchon’s work but from what I understand, his books are even more incoherent than this movie.

It opens on a shabby beachside home in 1970, where Private Investigator Larry “Doc” Sportello (played by Joaquin Phoenix) is sleeping off a buzz when his ex-girlfriend Shasta shows up. Shasta is played by Katherine Waterson, who just might be the most gorgeous woman I’ve ever seen. She has this incredible body and thank GOD we get to see her naked eventually. If I looked like Katherine Waterson, I would never wear clothes again and my kids wouldn’t even be embarassed. They would say, “Have you seen my naked Mom? SHE LOOKS AWESOME!!!” Continue reading →

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Is “Trinity Groves” Really Family Friendly? We Put It to the Test!

Trinity Groves describes itself as a “restaurant, retail, artist and entertainment” destination. I got that directly from their website: http://www.trinitygroves.com/

I think we’re all AWARE that there’s a cool collection of restaurants over by the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge but most of my friends don’t frequent that area. That’s because most of us have kids and feel like we can’t take them to hip eateries because they’ll complain loudly if there aren’t chicken tenders. Trinity Groves CLAIMS to be a family destination though and encourages people to bring their kids so I took them up on the challenge. For the record, my kids think that Chicken Tenders qualify as Mexican AND Chinese food, because that’s what they order everywhere. Continue reading →

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Bradley Cooper Coming to Plano for “American Sniper” Benefit Screening

Yep, you read that correctly! A special screening of “American Sniper” is going to be held Wednesday, January 14th at 7pm and according to a press release I just received, Bradley Cooper AND Chris Kyle’s wife Taya will be in attendance as well as Veteran Jacob Schick. It’s a benefit for Kyle’s Foundation and that’s where you purchase your tickets. Here’s a link:

http://www.chriskylefrogfoundation.org/events/american-sniper-preview-screening-dallas/

See you there!

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RECIPES: Comfort Food for the Guilt Ridden Soul

The day started off innocently enough.

My husband has a wicked case of Whatever-Is-Going-Around so I took our daugthers to McKinney for the afternoon. We had a blast running around The Heard Nature Center and pretending to be scared of the animatronic dinosaurs. Then we hit the historic downtown square for some shopping and lunch. We capped the whole thing off with a massive piece of chocolate pie at Spoon Cafe before heading home for the day.

We were about 20 minutes into our drive back to Dallas when I realized I’d done something horrible. Continue reading →

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A Domed Ski Resort in TX? Can We Call It Logan’s Run?

Am I the only person in the world who is kind of excited about ski-slopes in Grand Prairie?

Have you heard about this? It’s a $215 million dollar project called The Grand Alps Resort which promises year-round skiing and a Hard Rock Hotel next door. Here’s a link to the most recent story in the Dallas Morning News:

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/metro/20141230-vote-on-grand-prairie-indoor-ski-resort-coming-as-soon-as-january.ece

There are already TONS complaints about this proposed resort, some more coherent than others. Some people are worried about the impact it would have on the environment and the lost funds if it fails, but most people just seem to think it’s a stupid idea. Continue reading →

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RECIPE: Sit-In-It Dip

Years ago, my sister came to visit for my birthday and bought me the most incredible looking grocery-store cake. Most store-bought cakes don’t look that great but this one was all fluffy white-icing Heaven. She and I were ogling it when she said, “Kinda makes you want to sit in it, doesn’t it?”

My husband stood there stunned for a moment before saying, “Wait, what? NO!!! No, I definitely DO NOT want to sit in that cake!”

I understood his shock but I also knew EXACTLY what she meant because sometimes, it’s simply THAT GOOD.

I’m telling you this story so you’ll understand why I’m renaming this particular dip. Continue reading →

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New Year’s Resolutions: Make-Up, Kayaks & Lady-Boners

If you ran into me on this day in 2013 and asked where I thought I’d be in a year, I would’ve been WAY off. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve lived through BAD years and I know that 2014 doesn’t qualify as one, but it definitely could’ve ended on a higher note.  That’s why I’m making New Year’s Resolutions for 2015.  I don’t usually believe in resolutions because I think you should change things whenever you want. Waiting for a new year seems pointless, right? But it’s appropriate for me now because someone tore my life into little pieces & threw it up in the air. I’m just lucky because now I get to piece it back together into a pattern I really like. Continue reading →