Ben’s balloons

Last year I did 3 events at The Tar Pit, our now shuttered bar and restaurant, called Cocktails and Crayons. An especially big hit on mother’s day it featured great food and drink for all ages, and the best balloon artist I have ever seen. Ben Gordon is a sweet heart. He is a tall young man who is really skilled with balloons. My mom remarked that his creations would make great centerpieces.
At the Tar Pit events after he had doled out characters to the kids adults would would ask if he would come to their table and do something for them. Perhaps part of my fascination is that this takes the kind of crafty, spatial arrangement skills I was not born with. He is very patient with kids, and adults who have had a few drinks.

I asked him to make a house call for Rex and be interviewed in the studio.

Ben is available for parties- young or old—and if you are in the LA area I highly recommend him. If you mention coolmom he will give you a discount to boot. Check out his FB pager after the vid.

The Coolios 2011! The Cool Mom Awards

Did you think awards season was over? Oh, no.  Enough with the Oscars and those other amateurs.  Now it’s time to judge the best of a tiny web series made in a women’s house!!

It’s time for the 2nd annual Cool Mom Awards.  Now, this is will require you do a little work, but it will be fun!  I need you to look at three playlist. They will go quickly and since this is the best of the best of Cool Mom I think you will enjoy it. Perhaps you missed some over the last year. Now, is your chance to catch up on the best of Cool Mom.  The nominees were based on  very scientific subjective criteria.

1) video views

2) comments

3) what still made me and my producer Michelle laugh.

Okay, watch this vid and then click on the playlists and VOTE.  Please leave your votes here.

We are all stars!!
( about 14 min)

Best Videos with Mark ( about 3 min)

(running time about 9 min)

I’m hoping for a star studded award show when the winner’s are announced!!!

Please vote for your faves in the three categories.  Enjoy watching the best of Coolmom’11.  I know I did!


Getting Organized with Martha

Happy New Year!

Is one of your resolutions to get more organized?  You are not alone.  Ever wish a professional organizer would come to your house and set you right?  Of course, but my that would be a lot of money.  Would their advice be practical?  Something you can live with?

Well, I was thinking how great it would be if Martha Stewart organized my life ( actually she would run back to prison if she saw how scattered I am).  But, I don’t know her and she has bigger fish to fry.  So I did the next best thing.  I channeled Martha.

So, here “Martha” give you a great tip on decluttering your home.

Bon Annee!

Reunions: A YouTube Playlist

Thanksgiving inspired this playlist. If none of these vids make you teary eyed, don’t worry. It just means you don’t have a heart. I start of light… a little “Sound of Music” reunion anyone?

We have so much to be grateful for!  I’m grateful for people who come to coolmom!

Lady Shows

Ah, that sweet hour. The kids have finally gone to sleep. I have brushed my teeth, washed my face, put on my nightgown and thrown moisturizing product in a vain attempt to fight the aging process. I climb into bed and decide which of my DVR’d shows I will watch tonight. It’s my time, me time.  But, once in a while, my hardworking chef husband is home to share this magic hour before slumber befalls us. Will he partake in my favorite shows?

In my “lady shows”?

I can hear Lou Rawls singing.. “Lady Shows”…


It’s You Tube Tuesday!  I am doing these playlists for Momversation, but I wanted to highlight this one here because it’s particularly delish.

Shut the door for five and have a little me time with yourself and Mr. George Clooney.  Yes, George, I finally featured you on Cool Mom, just like you have been asking.

Best of Cool Mom: Summer 2011

It wouldn’t be hard to beat last summer. Summer of 2010, my dad’s health suddenly went off a cliff and we lost him on August 2nd.

I still bawl my head off when I hear “If Ever I Should Leave You” or “Try to Remember the Times of September” — a song my dad sang during my childhood if I was alone in the car. I am sure I always will.

But this has been a sweet summer. I didn’t oversubscribe Vivien in camps. Rex is a great playmate for her so I don’t have to knock myself out driving around for playdates. My dad would have loved our new backyard. It was so much fun to finally be settled. That was our summer vacation. That we could stay put.

I was still churning out some Cool Mom vids, but I did take note that traffic is DOWN in the summer. Moms who want a chuckle don’t have the same downtime to come to Cool Mom and check out my latest witty bit from my kitchen.

So, I put together a little “Best of Cool Mom: Summer 2011”.  Some of the better vids that maybe you missed while you were slip ‘n sliding with your kids.

Hope you enjoy.

Kid Audition

I feel like I am sharing a dirty secret of mine: Rex has an agent. Hear me out. It’s because of cool mom and segments on Fashion Team where Rex appeared in a few little gigs he was asked to do with me. I plunked the cash right into his 529 or IRA. (By the way, Coogan Law which is supposed to protect child actors only requires that 15% of the gross of the child’s earnings be deposited in his Coogan account. I think it should be more.)

Since Stanley Chais and Madoff decided Rex didn’t get that money for his education, I thought, hey, if the kid can score a few bucks great. All the better while he is so little that he won’t feel like a piece of meat. When I have been on shoots with kids, other kids, they have always been treated very well. Which is why our recent experience auditioning was all the more shocking. It’s also why Vivien wants no part of it.

The Mid Morning Show with Cool Mom: Hail to the Chief!

Oh, yes, when the big guy drops by your house you have to keep him there for more. In my continued attempt to bring my salute (parody) to TV chat shows I am fortunate to have President Obama come and sit on my couch.

You know what?  He is as human as any of us.

Note: this Obama was all improvised and I think really gets the flavor of how the President tries to frame things.