SUMMER OF LUV!

 

Hey everybody!

It’s finally Summer y’all!  After the longest winter ever, I cannot wait to indulge in all the things I love.  No, wait… what I really want to do is gorge myself on all my favorite summer pleasures.  I want to read trashy fun novels, watch cheesy good romantic movies and share all the fun with all of you.  Allow me to present…

POP CULTURE PARENT’S SUMMER OF LUV!

Every week on Tuesday night, I will watch and live-tweet a romantic movie.  Some will be rom-coms and others will be weepy tear-jerkers.  But, I guarantee every week we’ll have fun!  You can follow the live-tweet on Twitter and Facebook.

As an extra bonus, I will be starting an online SUMMER OF LUV book club!  No pressure here folks, the books are all going to be light summer reads (romance, chick lit, etc.)  For every book we read together, we’ll have an online chat.  Fingers crossed, I’ll even get an author or two to join us!

So that’s it!  The fun starts Tuesday, June 10th with a romantic movie favorite… DIRTY DANCING!  Join me at 6pm CST (7pm EST).   All the links you need are below.  And don’t forget the popcorn!

 

Twitter:  @pcparent

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**movie fun facts provided by @twiladang on Twitter

***don’t forget to like and follow me on Twitter and Facebook! (Thank you!)

 

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50 Shades of NOT IN PUBLIC!

The holy grail of “mommy porn”, 50 Shades of Grey finally found a director for its film adaptation.  The good news is, it will be directed by a woman.  Sam Taylor-Johnson is a British director whose most notable film was Nowhere Boy.  Naming a woman director for a film based on a female zeitgeist shaping film is a classy, intelligent and savvy move.  The content of this movie can easily become lurid and offensive in the wrong hands.  As someone who has read the books (don’t judge me!), I think it’s important to have someone at the helm that can strike a balance between offering the sizzle and the steak.

Now for the bad news. Nobody’s going to see this in a movie theater! Continue reading

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I have a theory…

I have a theory that Pharrel Williams is trying to bring 70′s music back.  Don’t believe me?  Well, he’s featured and produced all of the following this Summer and they all sound like they were recorded in 1978.  Take a listen…

 

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What the DAD in My Life (and probably yours too) Really Wants for FATHER’S DAY

It’s that one special day of the year when the world revolves around Dad.  When our family’s focus turns to his favorite things – grilling, napping and large quantities of meat! Of course I’m talking about the SUPER BOWL! Just kidding! It’s FATHER’S DAY people!  As someone who makes her living assembling large amount of seemingly useless information, I think I can impart some wisdom that will make your Father’s Day enjoyable for all (*Please notice my tongue firmly planted in cheek).

First, He wants to be KING of the castle!  You cannot take this King of the Castle experience too far!  Let him be right all day.  Hand feed him elaborate meals.  Get him a crown and septor for his ultimate throne (you know he’ll wear it in the bathroom).

Second, He wants to be UNCLE DAD!  You know, all the fun with none of the responsibility.  Let him wrestle with the kids on your bed and you clean it up!  Let him sugar the kidlets all up and you wash up the sticky, hyper monsters after.  Let him blow their bedtime and you put them back to bed (over and over, since they’ll be overtired and crabby).

Third and Finally, DISREGARD the first and second pieces of advice!  It’s Father’s Day, not his last day on the planet!  Give him some extra hugs.  Make the customary little kid card.  Cook his favorite family meal (and do the dishes after).  And for heavens sake, give the man the remote and just put up with the sports that day.  No matter what you decide to do, make sure the Dad in your life knows you appreciate him.  Because if you’re lucky (like we are) he’s an awesome Dad!  HAPPY FATHER’S DAY EVERYBODY!

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The Oscars in 3 words or less!

Oscar Statuette image property of A.M.P.A.S.

Seth MacFarlane…meh

Shirley Bassey…my spirit animal

Mrs. Obama…working the beading

Jennifer Lawrence…America’s new bestie

Anne Hathaway…unfortunate darting

Shatner…never again

Adele…school marm chic

Django Unchained…only whites won?

Daniel Day Lewis…awwww!

Ben Affleck…double awwww!

 

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Well HELLO everybody!

Well HELLO everybody!  I’ve been off the site for a minute. (okay, maybe more than a minute :) It’s been an exciting few months for me with the new radio gig and I needed a little time to make sure my home/work life had a strong structure to support this exciting new opportunity.  Big Daddy and the kids have been great!  They pitched in to help keep our family life running smoothly.  The station has been a wonderful chance to realize a dream and it turns out, I might have some potential!

To everyone that’s checked out the site after hearing the show… WELCOME!!! It’s so much fun to have you hear and I promise, it will only get better from here.  To everyone that’s been here from the start…. I missed you guys!  And that’s why I’m back.  This site is my first love.  It is not just the intersection of Parenting and Pop Culture, It’s the intersection of my past, present and future.

I’m building a site where it’s ok to love Pop Culture, take it seriously, analyze it critically and apply it to our lives.  It’s been a great ride so far.  And it just keeps on getting better.

Talk to you soon!

T.

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Happy Holidays!

The holidays are here!  My family couldn’t be more excited.  We  love this time of year, mostly because one of the best gifts we every received came in December (Hey kidlet!)  I know it can be overwhelming and stressful to pull together a great holiday celebration, so I’m here to help.  These are my five full-proof holiday tips.

One – stick to what you know. Now is not the time to try making a rack of lamb if you’ve never done it before.  The holidays are about tradition and you can’t go wrong with an old favorite. Continue reading

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Another Day, Another Pot Shot Aimed at Moms.

So I came across this article today at the XOJane website.  You can read the article here.  Long story short… the author thinks moms are horrible, selfish people.  After I read it, I felt compelled to say something.  My comment is quoted below.

“I’ve been a mom for almost 10 years now.  In the early years, I was hormonal, tired, overwhelmed and generally crazed.  Having “an alien-like shitter out of your ass, have it clamp onto your nipple, and then never ever go away” will do that to you.  But, those were the early days of motherhood.  It’s where you try desperately to find your own mom voice while blocking out your parents, your relatives, your mom friends, your pediatrician, hospital staff, well-meaning strangers and just plain rude people.  All of whom feel that they can help you raise this human being better than you.  That fight to define yourself AND raise a child leads to a strange phenomenon I call the mother moral high ground.  In this mystical place, moms have to be right.  We have to be (even when we’re not).  Because the alternative is to be wrong and steamrolled over by every naysayer that exists.  It takes time to be comfortable in your own skin.  Imagine how hard it is to be comfortable in the role of mom when no one gives you time to figure it out without judgment.  I guess this is where I have a bone to pick with the author.

I agree with the author that some moms can be crazy and selfish.  Having a child doesn’t change what you already have in your personality toy box.  If you’re lucky, you get enough clarity to dial it down a little in favor of your baby.   The problem I have with the author is that she didn’t say SOME. She said “moms are selfish and crazy.” The article was framed as a commentary on how bad biological mothers who raised their own kids are.  Period.  There was no counterpoint.  There was little sympathy.  This was a well-crafted exercise in trolling.  Much like all the arguments that media outlets use to keep women from mobilizing and exercising our power in society.  Take your pick – working moms v. stay-at-home moms, childless women v. mothers, younger women v older women, etc.  They all leave us, as women, doing the same useless thing.  Focusing our energy on petty things rather than pulling together, setting OUR agenda and moving women to a place of true equality in the world.

I almost took the bait this time but instead I’m going to go hug my kid and remember that I’m lucky to have the choices I have. And I hope time will bring the author an opportunity to diversify her mom experiences.  We ain’t all bad.”

I figure that was a fairly calm rant.  Now, it’s your turn.  What do you think of the XOJane article?  Do you agree?  Disagree?  Let me know.

 

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Pop Culture Parent is coming to a radio near you.

Big news! Pop Culture Parent is coming to the radio!  Actually, Twila Dang (my government name :) will be hosting a Pop Culture talk show called POP LIFE on MyTalk107.1 in St. Paul, MN.  The show will air on Saturdays from 9am to 11am beginning on December 1, 2012.  MyTalk107.1 is the only entertainment talk radio station in the USA and I’m thrilled they’re giving me a shot.

You can join in on the fun by listening to MyTalk107.1 (locally) at 107.1 on the FM dial.  You can also listen live & or download shows on the MyTalk107.1 website here. You can even listen live & or download shows with your smartphone using the FREE MyTalk1071 app (just check your iTunes or Android app store).

And don’t worry, the site is here to stay and will only keep on getting bigger and better. So come check out the show. You know you wanna hear what I really sound like.  (here’s a hint – aiming to be Claire Huxtable, can’t seem to stop sounding like Vanessa Huxtable).

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iCarly said iGoodbye and I cried.

Yeah, I said it.  I cried.  iCarly was the first real crossover experience of enjoying a kid’s program aimed at my kids with my kids.  I logged many Continue reading

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