Women in comedy: interview with Wendi Mclendon-Covey

A highlight of my trip to Blog Her ’11 was interviewing one of the stars of my favorite film of 2011, “Bridesmaid”, Wendi Mclendon – Covey.  She had my favorite line in the entire hilarious picture and I gushed to her about that.  She is the comic spokesperson for Hillshire Farm and we chatted about those funny commercials… seriously, funny.

She is a trooper, while I think I’m way fun to talk to, I know she had done quite a few interviews that day, yet seemed fresh as a daisy. Watch us here

Check this one out.  It’s the new one.  (Best line “We’re pretty!”) If only all commercials were that clever, but hey they can’t all be Pack It.  I also brought up a legend’s birthday that had resonance with her.

wendy mc

As someone who interviewed actors on TV for years it was nice to have more than 90 seconds to chat.  That’s one of the advantages of the web. I really hope she continues to get work, funny women usually get shafted… oh we talked about that too.

This the third and final installment of posts with Hillshire Farm.  I’ve enjoyed doing them and was given a wide berth creatively which I love.  I also got some great coupons from them at Blogher and the deli meats have been getting gobbled up at the Brogdon/Peel household.

Getting my daughter to eat breakfast, & Blogher ’11 : Sponsored

Busy week.  Shot two days worth of Her Say ( check out at www.hersay.com). Body suddenly racked by grief on Tuesday ( see previous post). Leaving for super speedo getaway with family. Hard to find the time. When you buy a house the travel budget does dwindle. My kids are so excited for their trip. Vivien packed last night unaided.  This morning I found Vivien was ready to go and had put her stuff in my closet to let me know.

Fwd: Ready to go!

The day after we come back I am going to Blogher’11 in San Diego.  First time going.  I’m going in part so I can check out the activities at the Hillshire Farm booth.  I’ve been collaborating with them this month I’m going to interview their spokesperson, “Bridesmaid” star  Wendi McLendon-Covey.  She will be signing autographs and meeting people there.
I also want to check out the food styling workshop they are doing.  This would be of help to food bloggers and to wives of chef’s who try to take pictures of food with little success.  Who could that be? Mark has told me hilarious stories about what makes food look good in pictures, sometimes it’s car oil.  Seriously, yummy food and yummy photography are not the same thing.  Since I’m his wifeager I think I need more knowledge.
So, maybe I will see you there.
Okay, back to yummy food.  Here is a vid Vivien and  I did about how I get her to eat breakfast.  Yes, it is a win-win.
CLICK HERE to watch… in case you missed it.  Did I mention to click here, no not here, the other here.
Go to http://facebook.com/hillshirefarm for all their blogher info.

Yes, I am being paid a kings ransom to write about Hillshire Farms. It’s crazy money, I could have bought Candy Spelling’s place. Well, maybe some of her wrapping paper. But, I love smoked turkey.  I should have asked for smoked turkey.

Getting a toddler to get his iron: Sponsored

getting them to eat cake is the easy part

Getting them to eat cake is the easy part

At Rex’s last check up the doctor said he was borderline anemic.  I panicked.  “Oh, my poor baby!”  She assuared me it was fairly normal, but gave me a list of iron rich foods to feed him.

Now, if your toddler is like mine it’s hard to get them to eat anything, except cookies.  He grazes, so the “let’s sit down for a full meal” only works at dinner time.  I don’t force him to eat as a rule, but I did–and do want him to get enough iron.

After chasing him around the house with a beef rib.  “come on, let’s play doggie.”

Failing at bribing, “if you eat this ham I will give you a cookie.”  ( Not sure why girls are easier to bribe with food than boys, but sorry equality folks, they are)

I ate a lot of meat myself while trying to get Rex to sit down and eat.  SIT DOWN AND EAT, SIT DOWN AND EAT!!!  ( yelling didn’t work either). As he started drawing one day I had a Eureka moment.

“Rex, Let’s paint !”  Yeah, he said with a smile.  “Where is my paper mommy?”

I put down the art supplies on the table and next to it the slices of ham, broccoli tops and a glass of orange juice ( vit. c helps the body absorb the iron).  As he drew I got little bits into his mouth. Not a ton, sometimes he refused them, but some.  He “finishes” a drawing pretty fast so I had to keep handing him paper and give him a motivation.

“Grandma needs a picture.  Aunt Cec needs a picture. The mailman needs a picture.” He couldn’t think for a minute I was feeding him.  The words “eat” must not pass my lips.

I don’t always have to resort to Food Art and sometimes I’m too pooped to try, but it’s in my bag of quills.

Share your own secret motivations at Hillshire Farms Facebook page and check out the funny ads Hillshire Farms is doing with Wendi McClendon-Covey , the scene stealing actress from “Bridesmaids”  ( the frustrated married one.  Her line about the Daily Show made me snort soda out of my nose).  I wish I look that cute in my own kitchen, alas, I don’t have the lighting.

This the first of four posts that are sponsored by Hillshire Farms.  Which basically means they ask me if I can write or do a vid on themes they are using in their marketing.  They are easy themes to connect with so I readily agreed.  I am going to receive some money for this.  Whoops, I forgot to also ask for sausage. I love sausage.