How Charity Makes You Hot!

Mission Hot Mama Founder

Jenni Hogan, Mission Hot Mama Founder

My good friend, Jenni Hogan, is inspiring all moms to get back their hotness.  One of the ways she is doing this is through her site, Mission Hot Mama, which she created shortly after the birth of her daughter. Like Jenni, I created A Mom Knows Best, shortly after the birth of my daughter.  Our girls are only a few months apart.  Jenni and I are also both TV people with normal husbands.  I say this because we are both extremely lucky to have such supportive spouses and because, quite honestly, I can’t imagine being married to another TV person.  The amount of drama that unfolds in television newsrooms makes both Jenni and I crave for normalcy once we get home to our families.

We both grew up volunteering with different organizations and, now, charity work is often an extension of our careers.  Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Recently, Jenni helped spearhead an amazingly successful mobile tweet up in her city of Seattle, which raised more than $8000 for The Moyer Foundation.

Last week, I wrote about how cancer has reared its ugly head in my family.  I didn’t want to leave you with a sad story.  I wanted you to feel like you could do something to help others who had cancer….kids with cancer.  Why kids?  Because I don’t know if you’ve ever toured a hospital, full of kids with cancer, but it’s heart-breaking. By clicking on this link and hitting the “like” button, A New England Company is going to donate $1 The Tomorrow Fund to benefit kids with Cancer.  Our goal is to get 5000 “likes”, which = $5000 for some well-deserving kids.   Jenni was nice enough to pick up the story and share it on her site MHM, because when you do for others you feel better about yourself.  After all, a truly hot mama, is beautiful on the inside and outside!

There is just one day left of this campaign, so we would love your support and any help you can give spreading the word!


Pregnant in Heels: my feet hurt for these women!

Have you seen the new TV show on Bravo, Pregnant in Heels? I caught my first episode the other night and was reminded that there is a completely different universe than the one I’m living in. Namely, pregnant women living in New York City who have a completely different reality than my own. I don’t know about you, but I’m only 16 weeks pregnant and my feet complain after just hearing the word “heels.” These women teeter around in 4 inch heels at 39 weeks pregnant through the cobblestone streets of NYC!

Mina and her husband, Herman

The episode I viewed is titled “Clueless” and there couldn’t be a more apropos title. The show is hosted by a really cool woman named Rosie Pope who is a “Maternity Concierge” and basically caters to affluent pregnant women who know more about spending money than raising babies.

The first woman on the show is named Mina Au and has never even held a baby before. She thinks that her husband and the nanny can do all the diaper changes, after all- “there are people for that.” Mina couldn’t understand why Rosie said the dog’s “pee pad” had to come up when there’s a baby crawling around the apartment floor. Diaper pail, what’s that? I need one of those?

Michelle and her husband, Gary

The second woman on the show is named Michelle Shaeffer, a Catholic woman married to a nice Jewish man named Gary. Michelle can’t understand why Gary has a problem raising their daughter Catholic, after all  it is “her” daughter. Apparently they never once brought up how they would raise children with their two different religions. Rosie brings in Lisa Oz (Dr Oz’s wife) to mediate the heated discussion and manages to bring the couple to a compromise.

The first 45 minutes of the show I kept asking myself “Are these women serious? OMG! Wait till that baby comes!” Somehow Bravo manages to humanize these princesses in the last 15 minutes so you don’t completely despise them, but it still amazes me that there are women out there so self-absorbed. I know it’s reality TV, but some things can’t be edited by Bravo producers.

Being a toddler mom and pregnant myself, I don’t know how these high-rise Mommas do it in NYC. My hat is off to them. I love being able to drive my car to the grocery store and not worry about lugging car seats into cabs every time I want to run an errand.

Pregnant in Heels gives a really unique glimpse into the lives of pregnant women who don’t live like “the rest of us.”  The host, Rosie Pope, is charming. I adore her London accent and her honesty with secondary infertility struggles on the show is endearing. She works with her clients with a unique blend of grace and straight forwardness. I can’t wait for the next episode to air!

If you’re looking for a new show to watch, I recommend giving Pregnant in Heels a chance. You can watch the show on Bravo, Tuesdays at 10 pm EST or watch full episodes on BravoTV.com.

Have you seen the show yet- what did you think? If not, what’s your favorite show at the moment?

Photos courtesy of Bravo TV

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