Blog Posts by MQ

  • People Mag Recap: Cramming 144 Pages into 1 Post

    My trick for this Friday is thumbing through the October 20, 2008 issue of People Magazine. Let's see if I can cram 144 pages of wonderfully entertaining, yet useless gossip, into one blog post. Betcha I can…

    Cover: Nicole Ritchie looks like a 12-year-old hippie. Harlow is a cutie-pie. Cheryl Burke IS NOT fat. Seriously, she's gorgeous. But I find it odd that her exclusive, "Dancing's Cheryl Fights Back - Do You Really Think I'm Fat," is located right under "Wow! Angelina's Body (& New Tattoos!) After Babies." So we're trying to end the obsession with skinny while promoting being skinny? Interesting approach. And by the way, Angelina is skinny because she doesn't eat. It's not rocket science.

    I'm not shopping at JCPenney, not matter how Polo-looking the ad might be.

    Indy's too old to be back.

    Hugh Jackman with gun is yummy. George Clooney with mustache is not.

    Victoria Beckham weighs less than the stapler on my desk.

    Swedish Fish ad is just plain weird.

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  • A woman scanned the guests at a party and spotted an attractive man standing alone. She approached him.

    "Hello" she said. "My name is Carmen Gold."

    "That's a beautiful name," he said, "Is it a family name?"

    "No", she replied. "I gave it to myself. It reflects the things I like most in life -- cars, men, and fine jewelry."

    "What's your name?" she asked.

    He replied, "B. J. Titsengolf"

  • Ten Fabulous Fall Colors for Your Toes

    Brrrr! The weather outside is almost frightful, but your toes will look oh-so delightful in these delicious colors from OPI. Check out OPI Studio where you can give colors a virtual test drive. Whether you're going devilishly dark or ferociously fuchsia, pretty toes are always in season. And thanks to open toe shoes being popular all year long, your little tootsies will be making an appearance more than you think!

    Royal Rajah Ruby - India Collection

    Black Cherry Chutney - India Collection

    Got the Blues for Red - The Classic Collection

    New! I'm Fondue of You - La Collection de France

    New! Eiffel For This Color - La Collection de France

    Lincoln Park After Dark - The Classics Collection

    New! Fantasy - Designer Series Collection

    Romeo & Joliet - The Classics Collection

    It's A Doozi, Says Suzi - The Classics Collection

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  • I Am Cupcake, Hear Me Roar

    No longer hidden in the shadows of cake, the cupcake has emerged as the sophisticated petite treat of choice. Today even the daintiest cupcake is larger than life. Taking a tasty departure from my daily routine, MommyQ - a cupcake novice, explores the wild world of cupcakes.

    Before this blog post, I thought cupcakes were just mini cakes born from tiny tins or shiny foil. According to Sprinkle Cupcakes, I couldn't be more wrong. "Let's be clear, they're not just pint-sized cakes. Cupcakes are something else entirely." Boy, do I feel foolish!

    Cupcakes are more than a passion, they're an obsession. In fact, there are so many cupcake enthusiasts online it's hard to absorb every morsel. One of my favorite blogs is CupcakeRecipe where a UK-based cupcake aficionado blogs to "share my passion for cupcakes and cupcakes recipes. Art has been a passion in my life and I love to create art in cupcakes." I had never seen the words "passionate" and "cupcakes" used in the same sentence prior to

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  • Rushing to the drug store after work to pick up essentials, I'm walking through the door at Walgreen's making a mental list in my head of the things I need, "diapers, formula, milk…" When all of the sudden a maniacal voice starts shrieking at me!!!! My heart skips a beat and I nearly jump out of my skin. I quickly realize I've triggered one of those annoying motion-activated Halloween witches. Aaaaahhhhhh!!!!!! I hate those things!

    I'm not sure when drug stores started hanging those creepy cackling motion sensor Halloween decorations all over the place, but enough is enough. You know the ones I'm talking about. The hanging prop with the little witch face or the skull that screams and cackles at you when you get too close. Some of them wiggle and shake too, and actually have strange little skeleton hands that move. Ugh!

    As a mom, I have to avoid the drug store at all costs during the month of October. One-year-olds and four-year-olds don't react well to a loud unexpected

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  • Tasty Boon Baby Gifts Under $10

    Boon is a brand that puts the "oooooh"in baby products. When it comes to mealtime fun, it's hard to beat the one-of-a-kind modern design Boon brings to the table. 'Tis the season to start thinking about gift ideas and we all know shopping for small children can be difficult. If you're looking for fun and functional goodies under $10, MommyQ thinks Boon will make you swoon.

    #1 - The Fluid No-Spill Toddler Cup - This is possibly the coolest sippy cup on the planet. The unique shape makes it easy to grasp, even for little hands and fingers. It's BPA-free too. $6.00

    #2 - The Snack Ball - How can a little orb with treats inside be so darn cute? I don't know, but it is. Comes in orange and pink. $6.50

    #3 - Squirt Food Dispensing Spoon - It may look a bit crazy, but most moms think it works like a charm. Two words come to mind - less mess! $8.00

    #4 - ModWare Toddler Utensils - Have you ever seen such a funky fork & spoon? Do they make a set that serves 12?

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  • Who is Watching Over Our Autistic Children?

    I like to end my weeks on a positive note for my readers, but that's not going to happen today. I just read an article about Isabel Loeffler, an eight-year-old autistic girl who spent three hours isolated in a glorified closet, a "time out" room, at school. Read the full story here.

    There's also this story about Jose Gabriel, a three-year-old autistic boy who was left alone on a school bus for more than six hours. He evidently rode the bus to school and was still sitting in the back of the bus when the school day ended - scared and sweating - six hours later. The bus matron was supposed to look after him.

    And then there was the heartbreaking story about Alex Barton. In May 2008, his teacher kicked him out of his class saying he was "voted out" by a 14-2 margin. Alex's classmates also told him why they didn't like him and his teacher thought that was appropriate.

    As the parent of an autistic child I am not only outraged and disgusted by these events, but also deeply

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  • Plastic Schmastic: What Your Reusable Bag Says About You

    I'm a diva!I'm a diva!

    I'm NOT a Plastic Bag! I'm a Diva!
    You're a starlet-in-the-making and you can't deny it. With a Starbucks Grande Skinny Half-Caf Mocha Frappuccino in hand and bangle bracelets rattling up to your elbow, you like to make a bold statement at the grocery store. Look at me, world! I'm making a difference! I'm, like, hot.

    I'm hilarious!I'm hilarious!

    Plastic Schmastic, Oy Vey!
    You're Jewish and you're hilarious. End of story.

    Green & lovin' itGreen & lovin' it

    I Am What I Do and I Do Plenty.
    You heart the Earth and the Earth hearts you. You're the type of person that silently guilts your neighbors into using their recycle bin. So you snoop through their trash the night before trash day to make sure they've sorted correctly? So what! That's the responsible thing to do.

    One responsible mommy hereOne responsible mommy here

    I Am Green Mommy, Hear Me Roar
    You've done your homework and you found the Re-Run, a diaper bag made from recycled plastic bottle fabric. Your babies happily crawl around in Fuzzi Bunz cloth diapers, drink from Siliskin glass baby

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  • Doggone Cute Toys for Baby & Toddler

    For dog lovers who happen to be parents, here are 10 cool baby & toddler gifts featuring sweet puppies, perfect pooches and adorable canines. Woof!

    Sit 'n Walk Puppy - If only all dogs were as easy to walk! This little pull-along pup obeys all commands all of the time. And he's made by Plan Toys, an eco-conscious toy company. BabyEarth $17

    My Little Puppy Playset - This cute little plush doghouse by Gund comes with a cuddly puppy, plush bone, striped ball and even a water dish. Perfect for at-home or on-the-go fun. Nordstrom $28

    My Pet Lamp - Begging Buddy - Toddlers love this doggy-inspired lamp because it does tricks! Look at him beg, just like a pro. Made of non-toxic, odorless plastic with a low voltage (12v) replaceable bulb that bathes a room in soft light, Begging Buddy is already a huge hit this holiday season. BabyEarth $59

    Robeez Puppy - These playful little soft shoes feature a brown puppy with black suede ears. Robeez keep baby's

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  • Things You DON'T Wanna See Going 80 mph

    MommyQ has a rather long daily commute. I take several different highways so I'm usually going pretty fast most of the time, as opposed to be stuck in stop & go traffic. Well, over the past few months I've observed some seriously peculiar (and alarming) events that have nothing to do with drivers texting or talking on their cell phones. Here's my list of the Top 3 Things You Don't Wanna See Going 80 MPH.

    #1 - The driver beside you is taking swigs from a bottle of wine.

    True story! I was driving home from work at 6:45 p.m. and happened to glance at the guy driving beside me. He took a swig from an incredibly large bottle. Today beverages do come in huge bottles, but this one was way too big and the bottle had a long skinny neck. Then it hit me - it's a WINE bottle!!! I glanced at him again and sure enough, it was a very recognizable wine label featuring a kangeroo. Some people like to sip their Yellow Tail wine out of a fancy glass at dinner, while others prefer to swig it

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