Monday, October 10, 2016

Looking for a New Guilty Pleasure TV Show To Watch? - Check Out "Timeless" Which Airs Mondays 10/9c on NBC​ #ad

Disclosure:  This post was sponsored by the Role Mommy Writer's Network.​  However, all views shared are mine and mine alone.

Did you tune in last week and catch the new show on NBC, "Timeless"?  I did, and can't stop talking about it with family and friends.  I have to say out of all the new shows I have seen so far this fall, this show is my favorite!

If you haven't seen or even heard of "Timeless", check out the official trailer and background on the show...

"Timeless" which airs Monday nights at 10pm ET. 

About the Show:

"From Eric Kripke ("Revolution," "Supernatural"), Shawn Ryan ("The Shield") and the producers of "The Blacklist" comes this thrilling action-adventure series in which a mysterious criminal steals a secret state-of-the-art time machine, intent on destroying America as we know it by changing the past. Our only hope is an unexpected team: a scientist, a soldier and a history professor who use the machine's prototype to travel back in time to critical events. While they must make every effort not to affect the past themselves, they must also stay one step ahead of this dangerous fugitive. Can this handpicked team uncover the mystery behind it all and end his destruction before it's too late?
The cast includes Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter, Malcolm Barrett, Goran Visnjic, Paterson Joseph, Sakina Jaffrey and Claudia Doumit.

Eric Kripke and Shawn Ryan serve as writers and executive producers. John Davis, John Fox, Marney Hochman and Director Neil Marshall also executive produce. "Timeless" is produced by Davis Entertainment, Kripke Enterprises and MiddKid Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television."

Pictured: (l-r) Matt Lanter as Wyatt Logan, Malcolm Barrett as Rufus Carlin, Abigail Spencer as Lucy Preston

One reason that drew me to this show is that the bad guy Lucy and Wyatt Logan are after is none other than , who used to play Dr. Luka Kovač on the hit NBC television series ER. 

Goran Visnjic as Garcia Flynn

 I loved Goran Visnjic back then and love seeing him back on television in his soon to be hit show.  


Another reason why I am loving this new series is the story line.  Who doesn't like time travel?  I know we have all wished at one point or another that we could back in time and relive a moment or even change a moment.  Well, thanks to this new television series we can see what would happen if you traveled back in time.  Not only would you find yourself having to dress for that particular time period as to blend in, but how your actions could possible change the outcome of present day.

In the pilot episode of Timeless we see Lucy, Wyatt Logan and Rufus Carlin board the prototype time machine as the final product one was stolen by Garcia Flynn.  They travel back to when the Hindenburg crashes and have to find out why Garcia Flynn stole the time machine and why he transported himself back to this time period.  What they can't do is change anything that could alter the outcome of the events as we know it in history, like trying to prevent the Hindenburg from catching fire or trying to save passengers or onlookers.  But, leave it to Wyatt Logan to go against orders and try and save a popular figure in history.  Don't worry, I will not ruin it if you haven't seen the episode.  What I will say is that when Lucy, Rufus and Wyatt return to present day, one of them finds life as they had known it, isn't what they left it.  Wonder who?  Alright you are twisting my arm..... When Lucy  goes back in time, her future is altered which impacts her mother and sister with a ICYMI moment at the end of the episode.  Nail biter for sure.  You will have to check out the pilot episode of Timeless to see what I am talking and what you missed. :-)  Want to see the entire pilot episode of Timeless?  You are in luck. Head on over to where you can view the first episode prior to tuning in tonight at 10 PM ET, when the second episode airs.


I had the opportunity to join in on a call with Abigail Spencer who plays Lucy, and got to ask her a question.  Even though Abigail has been acting for awhile, this was the first time I saw her in something.  She is an amazing actress, and is also a mom to an 8-year old.  During the phone call, she talked about juggling work and family life and making a point to present in her child's life, and not letting work get in the way of their private time together.  I oftentimes wondered how actors and actresses enjoyed quiet family time as they are usually in the spotlight all the time or being picked out of a crowd by paparazzi or fans. But, after hearing Abigail speak, she seems to be a well-rounded actress who over the years has learned to balance work and life beautifully.  Hats off to her!

During the phone call, Abigail answered many questions including how she prepared herself for the role of the heroine Lucy and how she related to the character.  I was hoping one blogger would ask her to share details of a potential relationship between Lucy and Wyatt Logan -- you can tell from watching the first two episodes that while Wyatt Logan gets on Lucy's nerves, there could be sparks between the two...just saying. Come on, everyone loves a little romance in a television series. :-)

I could talk your ear off about the amazing woman Abigail Spencer is, and how down to earth she is.  But, you will see this in how she portrays Lucy in Timeless.  This is one of the main reasons I will continue to tune in. I have found another actress to watch and can't wait to see how Lucy's character and the others develop over the course of the show.  
Doesn't this show look and sound great?  It really is an amazing show and one that will have you tuning in each week and leave you wondering where Lucy and Wyatt Logan will be time traveling to next.  If you are curious about what will happen on tonight's episode, where is a sneak peek at what you will see...

“The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln” airs Monday, October 10 at 10/9c on NBC


"Lucy (Abigail Spencer), Wyatt (Matt Lanter), and Rufus (Malcolm Barrett) chase terrorist Garcia Flynn (Goran Višnjić) to the night of Lincoln’s assassination, where they’re horrified to learn that Flynn’s linked up with history’s most notorious assassin, John Wilkes Booth (guest star Kelly Blatz). 

Putting aside a tragedy of her own, Lucy speculates that Flynn intends to send the fragile nation into chaos by making a bad thing worse, and a debate rages among the team: should they alter history if it means changing it for the better? Also starring Paterson Joseph, Sakina Jaffrey and Claudia Doumit. Guest starring Neal Bledsoe, Michael Krebs, Terry Lewis and Lucia Frangione."

Not only was I able to participate in a group phone call interview with Abigail Spencer, the actress who plays lead character, Lucy, but I was also given the opportunity to watch the above second episode before it airs tonight, and all I have to say is this episode is not to be missed.  It was even better than the pilot. :-)

So, if you are looking for a new show to tune in to each week, why not check out Timeless, which airs Monday nights on NBC at 10PM ET.  You will not be disappointed!  I am already giving it two thumbs up. :-)

Disclosure:  This post was sponsored by the Role Mommy Writer's Network.​  However, all views shared are mine and mine alone.

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Snazaroo is Helping Me "Paint a Smile" This Halloween with Their Non-Toxic Face Paint Kits #ad #Snazoween

Disclosure:  This post is part of a sponsored campaign for Snazaroo.  I received compensation for my participation, all views shared are mine and mine alone.

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Halloween is almost here.  Have your kids picked out their costumes yet?  Or, do you make their costume, and are finding yourself rushing to put finishing touches on their must-have costume?  While I love doing arts and crafts type stuff with my girls, I lack the ability to knit or sew.  So, when Halloween rolls around, I take the girls shopping for their costumes.  I try to find costumes that come with a face mask or ones that you don't have to do much to get into character.  But, I am finding that as my girls get older, they love to challenge me in the face painting department. 

This year, Savannah is going to be a puppy dog, while Bella chose a chocolate bar costume.  And, go figure...both costumes need face paint to pull the whole look together.  So, while parents and grandparents who make their own costumes are busy working their magic, I have been spending the past week trying out different face painting techniques to satisfy my girls.  Who knew they were so picky?  I guess they take after their perfectionist mom. :-)  I lost count after 6 puppy dog looks for Savannah.  And, after Bella decided she didn't want her whole face painted for the chocolate bar costume, she is creating her own look with dramatic eye paint as she calls it.  This coming from the girl who when asked in preschool what she wanted to be when she grows up answered..."A face painter!" That's my girl! :-)

But, thanks to Snazaroo and their line of face paint kits, I have been busy honing my face painting skills....don't worry...I will not be getting a side job as a face painter any time soon.  Just looking for Halloween to come and go. :-)  

What I like best about the face paint kits from Snazaroo is that they are non-toxic, and perfect for kids 3+.  And, if you are like me and don't have face painting skills, then you will love that their kits come with a step-by-step painting guide, which offers popular face paint requests like a cat, tiger, dog, pirate, princess, dragon, and so many more.  I, for one, like how this tutorial book is laid out with step by step pictures to help guide us novice face painters.  It really made my life so much easier when it came to trying to satisfy my girls' face paint requests.

Here is a little more information on Snazaroo and why I can't stop recommending their line of face painting kits to family and friends this Halloween season...


Snazaroo offers top-quality products that are made in the UK with FDA-approved ingredients. Their products are non-toxic and safe for kids ages 3+.  I personally love how they are paraben and fragrance-free, making them perfect for children with sensitive skin.  And, best of all, the face paint washes away easier, without having to rub hard or for days to get off. 

Face Paint Pirate Skeleton Green 

I found using baby wipes or even one of my makeup remover wipes took the paint right off. And, there was no skin irritation or rash left behind, which was always the case in years past with other face paint kits I used on them.

If you are looking for inspiration or ideas on how to fulfill your child's wish for a certain face paint design, look no further than  Here you will find terrific, step-by-step printable tutorials on a broad range of Halloween looks your kids will love - from aliens to zombies and everything in between.  

Learn how to achieve this fairytale princess look here 

You will also find designs for popular animals, seasonal themes, princesses and fairies, pirates and heroes, and of course Halloween and horror. Boo! :-)  


Remember how I said I was a novice face painter?  Well, after trying out a handful (really more) different puppy dog looks and meshing a few looks together, Savannah has chosen this cute Dalmatian dog look to pair with her costume this Halloween.  Thanks to the guides on, which include everything from what color foundation to use to how to add detail and even what kinds of brushes and work best, I was able to work my magic and come up with looks my girls loved, and which even surprised me.

I tried to do a step-by-step tutorial using photos, but I found Savannah grew restless after sitting for a few minutes having me paint her face white to start things off.  But, here are so photos I took along the face painting journey to give you an idea of how to pull of a similar look if your child is asking to be a puppy dog this Halloween.

First, I started by painting her entire face white.  Then, I painted her nose black, as shown above.

Then, I proceeded to paint one eye black and colored in her other eyebrow black.  I painted her lips black, painted on a red tongue on her chin to make it look like she was sticking her tongue out.  I outlined the tongue in black and added a little black line down the middle to give the tongue some definition.  I also added little black dots on her upper lip and black line to connect the nose to the mouth.

Lastly, I added a handful of black spots all over her cheeks to give her the Dalmatian dog look.

After looking at the photos I took of her, I have to say I didn't do that bad.  While it doesn't look like a professional face painting job, it isn't that bad.  Savannah loves that is all that matters! :-)

And, remember how I said Bella is being a chocolate bar, but skipping having me paint her face brown.  This is the eye art she wants me to do for her.  I guess she is going for a posh or fashionista-type chocolate bar. :-)

Snazaroo has a wide range of colors, glitters and stencils to help parents and caregivers easily create a spooky look this Halloween, or even for a fun look if you are called on to provide your face painting skills at your child's birthday party or a play date.  

My girls love having their friends over and pretending to be makeup artists/face painters and create glam and sometimes "oh my" looks for each other.  But, they are having fun, so that is all that counts!  I love seeing the girls express themselves creatively with their face paint art.  And, I have captured many precious moments of Daddy and Me time when the girls go to town on my husband creating fun looks for him with Snazaroo face paint.  :-)

To learn more about Snazaroo and their face paint, kits and accessories for kids, which are available for purchase at, visit


Stay up-to-date on all things related to Snazaroo including photos from consumers sharing their face art using Snazaroo Face Paint Kits, special offers and savings on Snazaroo products, and so much more, by following their social media pages below...


I can't wait to see what amazing face paint art you create for your child's/grandchild's Halloween look this year.  So, be sure to tag me and or send me an email showing me your work. :-)  I know you will love the Snazaroo Face Paint kits just as much as I do, as they are perfect for novice through professionals, and are safe for your child...even those with sensitive skin like my girls.

Disclosure:  This post is part of a sponsored campaign for Snazaroo.  I received compensation for my participation, but my review and opinion are my own.
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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Must See TV -- Tune In This Friday for a New Dr. Ken Episode That Will Have Everyone Talking! #ad @drkenabc #drken

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by the Role Mommy Writer's Network.  However, all views shared are mine and mine alone.

Dr. Ken airs Fridays at 8:30PM EST/7:30PM Central on ABC.

Fall shows are in full swing now, with new shows premiere's and favorites returning.  One show I have been waiting to see back on television with new episodes is Dr. Ken.  Are you a fan of this show?  It is Ken Jeong in the leading role as Dr. Ken.  

The name may sound familiar as he is also known for his comedic roles in major blockbusters like the Hanover and The Hanover 2.  I first was introduced to Ken Jeong and fell in love with comedic scene stilling skills when I saw Knocked Up.  There is just something about this comedic actor that has you falling in love with whatever product he takes on.

Did you know before becoming a stand up comic and then television and movie star, Ken Jeong was a doctor?  I couldn't believe this either when I found out years back.  I, like others, wondered why he would leave a lucrative job as a doctor to pursue comedy and acting.  But, then, I found myself in a crossroads in my life and had to choose to stay with my dream job of being a health educator or becoming a stay at home mom, and pursuing work from home opportunities including my blog which I love.  

I also have another thing in common with Ken Jeong in that his wife is an 8-year cancer survivor.  She battled breast cancer, while I battled nasopharyngeal carcinoma.  I love that Ken Jeong is such an advocate and supporter of cancer causes like Stand Up 2 Cancer, and shares how his wife is his rock and makes him laugh at home.  Funny how he says his wife is the one with all the jokes and cracking him up, while he is one we have come to love for his unique sense of humor, which he says he is still crafting.  

Recently Ken Jeong chatted with a group of bloggers via telephone, sharing more about his personal life and his hit show, Dr. Ken.  Unfortunately, my youngest daughter has been battling a bad cold, so I was not able to make the call.  But, thanks to a fellow blogger friend, she took notes from the call and shared the with me.  In the call, Ken Jeong talked about how his transition into acting was an offer that came to him, and one that he is grateful for.  He has a glass half full perspective, in that he said you can only do what life offers you...and, at this moment in time acting is what is happening, and he wouldn't change it for the world.  I love how passionate he is about his life and family and how he continues to apply the same work ethic he had as a doctor to his acting.  He takes a lot of pride in his work, and you can see this every time he appears on the television in Dr. Ken.  His unique comedic style and witty behavior make this a stand-out comedic television series that I know will be around for years to come.  

And, pride is not only for his show, as Ken Jeong is having a special guest star on his upcoming episode, which airs tomorrow at 8:30 pm ET/7:30 pm Central on ABC.  Can you guess who it is?  Alright, I can't keep a secret...he will have one of his 9-yr. old twin daughters on the show.  She will be playing a boy obsessed girl who stands outside Dr. Ken's home watching his TV son, in hopes of getting a wave or acknowledgement.  Weird, right?  Not only is this weird, but it also makes for a fun episode that will surely be filled with lots of laughs.

Here is more about the upcoming episode titled, "
Ken's Banquet Snub (Episode 203) 
", which airs Fridays at 8:30 pm ET/7:30 pm Central on ABCl:

Ken's Banquet Snub (Episode 203) 

"It's Welltopia's Annual Banquet, and for the first time in years, Ken isn't asked to host -- Pat is.  At first, Ken is upset, but Allison tells him to take the high road, buy Pat a bottle of scotch, and let him enjoy his time in the spotlight.  When Ken is leaving to get the scotch, he crashes into Pat's car.  Everyone thinks Ken did it intentionally, even though he says he's taking the high road.  The night of the banquet, Pat is MIA - he got pulled over because of his broken taillight, then his bumper falls off.  The committee asks Ken to host, and after a moment of hesitation, Ken takes the high road and goes to pick up Pat.  When they return, we see that Allison stepped up to host, and absolutely crushes it. 

Clark and Damona are excited to bring their boyfriends to the banquet.  Clark observes that Damona and Eric fight a lot, and it's uncomfortable for everyone.  Damona contends that they speak their minds and have an honest relationship, unlike Clark, whose relationship is built more on politeness than honesty.  Damona tries to be amicable, Clark tries to be honest - neither effort goes over well."

Molly sees a girl staring through their window at Dave.  Dave says it's Emily (
guest star Zooey Jeong, Ken Jeong’s real-life daughter)
, and she has a crush on him; Molly says it stalking.  DK scares her away, thinking he's helping, but after she doesn't return, Dave is sad and realizes the feelings go both ways.  He talks to the girl, and she becomes his girlfriend -- meaning she now stands inside, staring at Dave.

Stay up-to-date on all things related to the Dr. Ken show and Ken Jeong by following the official Dr. Ken website and these social media channels...


More about Ken Jeong (AKA Dr. Ken Park):

"Actor, producer and writer Ken Jeong, known for his scene stealing abilities, has established himself as one of today’s top comedic stars.

In May of 2009, Jeong appeared as the Asian mobster Mr. Chow in the sleeper-hit comedy The Hangover, also starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis, which earned him three Teen Choice nominations and an MTV Movie Award. The film was the highest-grossing R-rated comedy to date, with over $467 million worldwide, only to be trumped by The Hangover 2, which grossed $581 million worldwide. 

Since his feature film debut playing the doctor in Knocked Up in 2007, Jeong has gone on to a number of memorable roles in a series of successful comedies. In 2008, Jeong had his first major role opposite Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott as the villain in Judd Apatow’s Role Models, which went on to gross $219 million at the worldwide box office. That same year he also appeared in the cult comedy hits Pineapple Express and Step Brothers.

Jeong’s career path started off on a different course. He earned his undergraduate degree at Duke University and went on to get his medical degree at the University of North Carolina. Jeong completed his internal medicine residency in New Orleans all the while developing his comedy. In 1995, Jeong won the Big Easy Laff Off. The competition, which was judged by former NBC President Brandon Tartikoff and Improv founder Budd Friedman, turned out to be his big break, as Tartikoff and Friedman urged Jeong to head to Los Angeles.

Once in Los Angeles, Jeong began performing regularly at the Improv and Laugh Factory, and was seen on a number of television shows, including The Office, Entourage and MADtv. It wasn’t until he caught Judd Apatow’s eye, who cast him as Dr. Kuni in Knocked Up, that Jeong solidified himself as a feature film actor. 

In 2006 Jeong and fellow comedian Mike O’Connell also left a mark on YouTube as Million Dollar Strong, a spoof rap duo. Since the video’s posting in 2006, the video has garnered over one million views.

In 2011, Jeong reprised his role of Mr. Chow in the summer blockbuster The Hangover 2. Following up on the success of The Hangover, the much anticipated sequel surpassed expectations in every way, already grossing almost $600 million and beating The Hangover while setting box office records for R-rated films. He was then seen in the third installment, The Hangover 3, which showcased his meatiest performance to date. The film went on to gross almost $400 million worldwide. Other film credits for Jeong include The Duff, Transformers 3 and Despicable Me 2.

Jeong was most recently seen in Universal’s Ride Along 2 with Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, and lent his voice to the Lionsgate animated film Norm of the North.

In television, he was a series regular on the critically acclaimed NBC show Community from 2009–2015. The cast won a TV Guide Award for Favorite Ensemble in 2012. In 2015, Jeong directed an ESPN 30 for 30 documentary, Student/Athlete, and he also produced the Sundance award-winning film Advantageous, which received a Film Independent Spirit Award nomination.

Jeong spends a lot of his off time volunteering with Stand Up 2 Cancer, which is a cause very dear to his heart.

Jeong currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and twin daughters."

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by the Role Mommy Writer's Network.  However, all views shared are mine and mine alone.
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