Next WIA Conversations…comin’ right up! But last year?! Whoa!!! AMAZING.

TWO INCREDIBLE EVENINGS. Honestly, I’m not sure where to begin, which is why it’s probably taken me so long to write this post.

As I look back at last year and realize that I sat down and hosted two such out-of-this-world evenings with women I so greatly admire, my head spins. And to think of what’s to come…hehe!

At the beginning of 2017, I once again hosted Women in Animation‘s Conversations event, with our guest being Laraine Newman. I mean…what can I say about that, really, that would do it justice? Held at Dreamworks’ Campanile Theater, I was SO honored to share the stage with her, to help share her journey in front of a live audience.

Really, if you’re reading this, you should just become a member of WIA, so you can see what an f’ing insanely awesome conversation we had. The audience AND Laraine seemed to dig it, including her fam and friends in attendance. Laraine Newman?!! Are you kidding me?

She brought her talent and wit, and as I always try to, I shared some pics and stories that she perhaps didn’t expect…a good thing for her and the audience. Hysterical, insightful, random…so great.

When it comes to surprises, I loooooove doing that for the guests we have for our Conversations nights. I did something similar for the super fab Kari Wahlgren later in the year.

In addition to a kick-ass audience in attendance, a few of Kari‘s closest friends were in the front row, there for support as I brought on tears of joy as we talked about her some of recent roles, one of which being the role of Dorothy in Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, which Laraine is on, as well. I mean, come on now!

There were SO many special moments throughout both of the chats, I do highly recommend you become a member, so you can not only help out a killer organization that’s making serious waves, but by doing so, you can also watch these super duper interviews..chats…Conversations might I call them?!?!

They’re the most fun. If you can attend in person, please do! We’re in the planning stages of the next one. Stay tuned and check out www.womeninanimation.org for more info!

20 Second Parenting Tips From PlayKids

I am incredibly proud to host PlayKids 20 Second Tips! Let’s just say…parenting ain’t easy, and with the multitude of advice provided by family, friends, books, tv & the internet, you really have to look deep within yourself and decide what’s best for you and your kiddos. That being said, when I was asked to host some short, helpful DIY parenting ‘hacks’, I knew the only way they could be truly useful is for them to be applicable to every family…and work!

Everyone is on-the-go these days. 20 seconds is the perfect amount of time to allot for a quick and extremely helpful parenting tip. From easily cleaning off permanent marker on wood furniture to setting up a “Good Jar”, most all moms and dads will love these 20 Second Tips!

Here’s one that will help you get all that sand off after a trip to the beach:

And another…about using cupcake liners to help keep your car cupholders clean:

And another all about making messy, drippy popsicles…less messy!

You can find all of them here.

And while you’re at it, the PlayKids app is super duper awesome!!! PlayKids is a children’s content network and app that is geared towards children and parents in 27 countries (and 6 languages!), and being a part of this global company is truly an honor and privilege. Here in the United States, the PlayKids app is my daughter’s favorite, and she’s not alone. According to Venture Beat, there are more than 3 million monthly active PlayKids app users.

Come join the PlayKids fun! If you’re a mom, dad or kiddo, the PlayKids app and PlayKids Parents are where it’s AT!