Blog Posts by Diane Mizota, Host of This Week in M.O.M.

  • Getting Green in 5 Minutes, 5 Days, 5 Months

    Think Green! Think Green!


    Happy Earth Day! Living green is something I am genuinely passionate about and although Earth Day comes once a year, there are plenty of easy changes we can make to show our love for Mother Earth every day. I've chosen some of my favorites that any busy family can try, whether you've got 5 minutes, 5 days, or 5 months…


    In 5 minutes you can:

    1. Cancel catalogs with your kids: All over America, kids are joining the "Catalog Canceling Challenge" and saving thousands of trees throughout the world.

    2. Save water by setting a timer for showering. Turn it into a family competition to see who can take a shower in under 5 minutes. Keep the timer in the bathroom to remind everyone about this good habit after Earth Day is over.

    3. Replace paper napkins and paper towels with cloth napkins and micro fiber towels.

    4. Make your own eco-friendly all purpose household cleaner: mix ¼ vinegar, 2 teaspoons borax, 1 table castile soap, 1 liter hot water. Store and keep.

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  • Kate Beckinsale Passes on a Family Tradition


    THIS WEEK IN M.O.M…Kate Beckinsale shares the joy of reading! Kate has teamed up with "The Nestlé Share the Joy of Reading Program" to raise awareness about the importance of children's literacy. Watch as she tells us about her love of books, just how she's passing this shared family tradition on, and what she considers to be her finest performance.

    What are some of your family's favorite books? Share and leave us a comment below…

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  • Don’t Be These People

    After reading this headline about a Tennessee father suing his ex-wife over baptizing their 5 and 7 year old children without his consent, I got to thinking about post-divorce co-parenting and what a minefield it is to navigate.

    Divorce is ugly. Every decision can be fraught with danger, conflict and animosity. It's one of the hardest things I've ever been through, but looking back, I'm proud of the co-parenting relationship my ex and I have forged. I'm no poster child for it, but I am proud to say that I'm not pursuing legal action to send my children's father to prison for baptizing our son. Thankfully, we are not "those people".

    Civil, respectful co-parenting doesn't come naturally, it takes concerted effort, and an occasional ego check, but as I, and my friends can attest, it is possible. For any of you going through divorce, contemplating it, daydreaming about it, or coming out on the other side, here are some ground rules to not be "those people".

    1. Always keep in

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  • What Do Your Kids Love About Easter?


    THIS WEEK IN M.O.M…Easter has arrived and it's time to celebrate! Candy, eggs, and the Easter Bunny himself make this one of the happiest holiday for kids. Happy Easter from our family to yours!

    What is your family's Easter tradition? Leave us a comment below…

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  • Motherhood: Something to Blog About

    I love nothing more about this job than connecting with other moms and talking about all the stuff that bonds us as women, moms, wives, and parenting bad asses…or rather hopeless amateurs depending on the day, right?

    Mama MantraMama Mantra

    Last week, while waiting for the crew to set up at a This Week in Mom shoot, a fabulous clothing designer, her lovely publicist and I, struck up an organic conversation about our post-partum depression. I find it remarkable that three women who met mere minutes ago can sit on a dark sound stage sharing post partum war stories as if we were 3 margaritas in…but such is the bond that motherhood creates.

    "Ever have that feeling when you're pushing your stroller on the 2nd story at the mall and you can picture yourself pushing your child off?"

    "Yes!"

    "Not that you'd ever do it, but it's just so scary. Where do those thoughts come from?"

    "Hormones are no joke."

    "What about every time I held a knife in the kitchen and thought about that mother who cut off

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  • Share Your Breakfast with a Child in Need!


    THIS WEEK IN M.O.M… What did you have for breakfast? We want to know! It's all part of the Kellogg's "Share Your Breakfast" campaign. Did you know 1 in 5 children live in a home where breakfast is hard to come by? That statistic is about to change because Kellogg's has teamed up with Action for Healthy Kids in their mission to share 1 million breakfasts with children in need, and you can help!

    Log on to facebook.com/Kelloggs and simply tell us what you ate this morning, and then a breakfast will be shared with a child who needs it. It's that easy! Together we'll see the power of breakfast in action!

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  • This Week in MoM: Is Honesty the Best Policy?

    To lie or not to lie...to your kids?To lie or not to lie...to your kids?I try not to just dabble in honesty, I strive to live there. But how much is too much? Is it possible to parent with complete, unflinching honesty?

    With myself, in relationships, work, and parenting, I've experienced how insidious secrets and lies can be, so to avoid drama, my mantra is this: total honesty, coupled with kindness, is universally the best policy. But, how do you go about teaching and instilling that in your kids?

    It's hard for a preschooler to navigate truth from lies, and I've begun to catch my son lying to me without even realizing it. I want to nip this in the bud before we get to the tween years, so at my house we are at Honesty def-con 2. Red alert. But it may not be working out quite the way I had anticipated…

    I've tried a few different tactics and thought I was doing a pretty good job modeling honesty. Until, last week, feeling self-righteous, and a little grandiose about my parenting skills, I made this bold proclamation to K:

    "I have NEVER

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  • Kid Comedians Crack Us Up!


    THIS WEEK IN M.O.M…we're joking around with some hysterical home videos of the smallest kid comedians you've ever seen! There's something about watching a child try to make us laugh that brings a smile to any proud parent's face, right? Well, just try not to smile at these little ones as they try to crack us up!


    Is your child a jokester? Share your story with us below…

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  • Mom Chat: Kate Gosselin

    I'll admit it. I wasn't prepared to like Kate Gosselin. Seemingly everywhere in the media for so long now, she no longer seemed like a real person. I was like many of you out there: I was judgy. Super judgy.

    Mom ChatBut when Kate and I sat down to chat, we talked about normal mom stuff, like two moms on the playground. I was reminded of why I liked her in the first place, before the media circus. She's a mom in difficult circumstances doing the best she can. She has faults, she struggles, and she keeps going. And what mom can't relate to that? I realized we had a lot more in common that my prejudgment had allowed me to see.

    Divorce. Single motherhood. Working in media, with the accompanying hustle and constant worry of how to provide for your children financially and emotionally. The common ground accumulated and my judgment faded.

    Kate & Diane in studio

    So who am I, or who are any of us to judge her or how she's trying to put food on the table for her family, or raise her kids?

    Read on for an

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  • Kate Gosselin’s New Role...Coupon Mom of 8!


    THIS WEEK IN M.O.M…Kate Gosselin, the famous mother of eight, sits down with us to talk coupons, cruises, and how she's adjusting to being a single mom of eight! In her latest role as spokesperson for CouponCabin.com, the former Kate Plus 8 star shares her tips on how couponing has helped her take charge of a hungry household. Watch as our host Diane Mizota sits down for an exclusive interview with fellow mom Kate Gosselin!

    [Related How one family lives on $40k a year without coupons]

    Do coupons make a difference in your family's monthly spending? Share your thoughts with us below…

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