I’m always talking to my kids about karma in the world. I tell them – put good things into the universe and great things will come back to you. Does it always work? I have no idea. But it can’t hurt to put more positive energy out there.
I was recently standing in line at the airport, waiting to buy a snack. The line was long and there was a flight attendant behind me. I figured planes can’t take off without the flight attendants so I let her go ahead of me. She was very grateful and handed me a Southwest drink coupon. And then another flight attendant handed me a free wifi coupon. Wow. Karma is really working!
Eventually, I got on my plane and settled in to watch some dumb romantic comedy I had downloaded earlier. But at our cruising altitude, I realized I had no earphones.
I’m not going to tell you which child removed the earphones from my bag (mostly because I don’t know) but I wasn’t happy.
Well, they must have some on board! (Don’t ever assume this.)
I asked a flight attendant if they had any and she said she’d check. Meanwhile, she was taking drink orders. Since I was headed to New Orleans where I was going to have one or two or thirty frozen margaritas, I figured I didn’t need to start drinking on the plane. When I heard the guy in front of me order an alcoholic drink, I handed my coupon to the flight attendant and said, “I don’t need this. He can use it.”
(Because what better way to ensure the plane has headphones than give my drink coupon away!!)
So the flight attendant said to the guy, “The girl behind you wants to buy your drink.”
OMG. I can’t even see this person and now the flight attendant has me trying to date him.
She sort of immediately realizes this and continues talking. “I mean, she has a drink coupon she doesn’t need. She doesn’t want your number or anything.”
Okay, I guess that clears it up.
So then I sat back to be thanked graciously by the guy in front of me and to be rewarded with headphones. Well, he never even bothered to turn his head and thank me (but in his defense it is very exhausting to turn one’s head) and then the flight attendant came back to tell me that they had no headphones on board.
What is happening here? Did karma fly standby and not make the flight?
With no way to watch my dumb romantic comedy, I read for a bit and then decided to get up and pee. As I was waiting for the bathroom, I chatted with the flight attendant. I expressed my sadness at not having headphones. I’m sure she was very moved by this sad, tragic story.
She starts fishing around in her apron pocket and unbelievably pulled out a little crushed bag of headphones that she didn’t even know was in there.
Karma did make the flight!
The headphones didn’t work all that well but I was so grateful for the rest of the flight.
It just never hurts to put a free drink coupon (AKA good energy) into the world.
Remember when you read (okay skimmed) all those parenting books and there was a lot about swaddling and pacifiers but not much about what to do when you’re on a plane and your baby throws up on the person next to you?
Finally, there is a a new parenting book called, But Did You Die? – a hilarious collection of stories – that gives you the advice you really need. And will make you feel way better about your own parenting.
As one of the authors Michelle Back perfectly explains, “These are the missing pages from that other parenting advice books.” This anthology was put together by New York Times best selling author and blogger extraordinaire Jen Mann. (It’s the 5th book in the bestselling I Just Want to Pee Alone series.)
And I’m in it too! Yup, I tell a cringe worthy story about my first baby Dylan with some major takeaway advice you will definitely appreciate. Basically I lived it so you won’t have to.
But Did You Die? will be published June 11 and pre-sale coming soon. If you want to know when it’s ready to order, just click on my Amazon author page and hit “follow.”
So forget all the other dumb parenting crap you’ve read. We’ve got you covered.
Is there seriously anyone on the planet who doesn’t love Judy Blume?! Because if there is – I’d like to meet them. Just to find out what is wrong with them. Because Judy Blume is the definition of a national treasure.
She’s also one of those people that you have to say her whole name every single time you refer to her. I don’t know why. It’s just the way it is.
I adored Judy Blume’s books as a kid and I’ve loved reading them to my own children. We were just in Key West and we found out that Judy Blume has a bookstore there. In fact, she’s lived in Key West for more than 20 years. My 10 year old daughter Summer asked if we could go to the store and we said, “No, we’d rather go on a booze cruise.” Ok, kidding. We said, “Of course!”
All I really wanted from the visit was to get in and out of Judy Blume’s bookstore without my nearly 4 year old son doing some major redecorating. And by redecorating, I mean destroying.
Judy Blume’s husband was there and before we knew it, he called his wife Judy Blume and she was coming over to the store. JUDY BLUME WAS COMING OVER TO THE STORE. Do you think her husband thinks to himself – holy crap, I’m married to Judy Blume! Probably. How could he not?
So how do you prepare to meet the amazing, iconic Judy Blume?! While we waited, I read to my kids because they asked me to and because wouldn’t Judy Blume be impressed that I was giving my children the gift of literature and learning.
Within 15 minutes, she had arrived. JUDY BLUME HAD ARRIVED.
We loved chatting with her. She was so chill. And mild mannered. She doesn’t write books anymore, instead runs her bookstore. As she put it, “Fifty years is long enough to write books.” The woman is 79. She looks damn good.
Cash got to hang with her a bit and I can only assume he was bragging about how he had not destroyed her store.
We talked about one of my all time favorite characters Fudge who is utterly obsessed with money (just like my son Chase). The character is based on her grandson who like many children thought the way you get money is just from going to the ATM. Who needs a job? Money just comes out of that machine!
It seems like everyone had a Judy Blume story. A certain book. A specific character. A moment in life.
This is now my Judy Blume story.
This is a sponsored post for The Diplomat Beach Resort.
I just love a fabulous hotel. And The Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, Florida is like a one stop destination for fun. The hotel just underwent a major renovation (like 100 million dollars!) and it’s quite spectacular. It has an enormous lobby with a great bar.
There’s nothing like the feel of a cool hotel bar. Right?
You can enjoy the beach or two amazing pools…
This pool has a waterfall that would keep my kids happy for hours. And when your children get bored of that, there is a splash park with two water slides. At. The. Hotel.
Anyone hungry? Because you have soooo many choices. And unbelievably more coming soon. These are the ones currently open where you can find everything from fine dining to yummy food to go. Good luck if you’re indecisive.
There is the Diplomat Prime (a boutique steakhouse led by Executive Chef Nicolay Adinaguev), Bristol’s Burgers (at The Diplomat Landing Marina overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway and $5 happy hour menu from 5 to 7 pm), Portico Beer & Wine Garden, Point Royal (created especially for the Diplomat by celebrity chef, restaurateur and television star Geoffrey Zakarian), Counterpoint (specialty espresso drinks, smoothies, sandwiches and salads) and The Canteen (convenience food and drinks).
I had the chance to eat at Point Royal which has indoor/outdoor seating and the resort’s only raw bar. I adore seafood so this was the perfect choice for me. See how happy I look…
We tried all kinds of creative seafood dishes like…
Crispy Crab Croquettes
Hamachi Crudo (Cranberry Relish, Cucumbers, Fuji Apples, Crispy Shallots)
GZ Butter Poached Lobster Roll
Braised Mussels (Kaffir Lime, Ginger, Coconut-Curry Broth)
The hamachi was my fave. And I still wish I had tried the Shrimp & Anson Mills Grits…house made shrimp andouille, cheddar, scallions and pickled mushrooms. Sounds so good.
Whether you are planning a destination or just looking for somewhere new to eat (or drink!) in South Florida, you will want to visit The Diplomat. Parking is complimentary if you visit any of the restaurants! What more do you want?! Go.
This is a sponsored post for The Diplomat. All ideas are my own.
I went to Miami this weekend with some friends from New York. Have you gone anywhere without kids? It’s very relaxing. I’m thinking of doing it every weekend. And week.
Throughout the weekend, I would get pangs of guilt that I had left my husband home alone with 5 kids but then I would have a glass of Rosé and rub on some more sunscreen and those pangs would just disappear!
I ran around South Beach with these funny, gorgeous gals (and when I say running, I mean a slow saunter to croissant and coffee shops).
We took a lot of important photographs while we were there that I can only imagine will be used by the Miami tourism board to lure more people to South Beach.
This is is me telling a young girl, “Could you please move – I’m trying to take a picture with Hello Kitty.” Kids can be so self centered.
Only my friend Smeredith (name has been changed) could look this photogenic while sticking her head in an alligator.
And here’s my friend Smonica (name has also been changed), the beautiful horticulturist.
I got the opportunity to watch Smonica FaceTime her dog from the hotel room which was obviously very special. She told me I could only share this fact with you if I posted her dog’s official commissioned portrait.
The great thing about South Beach is that you can go right from the beach to the streets with no change of clothes required.
But it’s very hard to wear your cute, strapless jumpsuit if you forgot to put on sunscreen. I wonder who this is…
We also carried around a “Reserve” sign so that no matter where we went, we looked fancy and important. You’re welcome for the travel tip.
If someone is looking for a stolen “reserved” sign, we were never at the Delano.
Eventually the weekend ended and my friends had to return to cold weather. Something about snow armageddon. Just know that here in South Florida, it’s totally not 75 and sunny. I mean, probably not.
Just wanted to share a few other articles I’ve written lately. On SheKnows, I’ve recently written about the most ridiculous mom jeans on the planet (and they are actually sold by TopShop at Nordstrom). Plus, some second graders wrote some very funny condolence cards, a pregnant woman gives out a trophy when a guy finally offers her a seat on the subway and a woman breastfeeds on live TV and almost gets away with it.
Over at Alpha Mom, I wrote about the best family friendly restaurants in Fort Lauderdale. Like these are restaurants adults will love too. And if you’re in the potty market, don’t miss my review of the best potty seats and chairs to get your kids out of diapers. I was exhausted sitting on all of those potties. Oh, fine. I had my 3 year old do it. But I did write the review! Enjoy.