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Not very long ago, I was squarely in the anti-reality camp. I could snicker at those who spent their evenings watching “Survivor 43” (seriously, how long as that show been on?) and the “Surreal Life.” Oh, I spent my evenings watching television (and some of it was very low brow) but I liked to think of myself as above the reality fray. Things have changed.

Reality tv is like a drug. You sample just a little bit and you’re hooked. It’s cheap, easy to get and feels so good. I blame my baby Summer. A couple times a day, I put on Sesame Street for my toddler and nurse my baby in the other room (Summer can not focus on nursing when her spirited and chatty sister is in the same room). So for twenty minutes, I need something to watch. First, it was Kathy Griffin’s reality show. Entertaining and funny. Call it a gateway reality program. Then Paul Abdul’s show. Painful to watch but still addictive.

Then I went further down the dark road of reality addiction. “Scott Baio is 45 and Single” filled up my DVR. As each show ends, I want more. “The Hills” (as I’ve discussed in depth) came next. And now, perhaps my most shameful moment, “The Fashionista Diaries” on the Soapnet channel. Yes, you read that correctly. I’m now watching the Soap Network. I think I’ve hit rock bottom. The show follows six New York City interns in the public relations, magazine and beauty industries. I’m right now in the middle of a “Fashionista Diaries” catch-up marathon. How do I even find the time to blog?

I tell myself once I wean Summer, I will wean myself off this mindless, candy tv. I’ll just quit and never record again. I’ll watch a movie with my husband. Maybe even hire a sitter and grab dinner outside of the apartment. That might be fun. Maybe I’ll run into one of those fashionista interns in the ‘hood. How cool would that be.

mama bird notes

The always glowing mama, Alex Goveia, will now be sharing her insider beauty knowledge with the rest of us in a new mama bird feature called, “the beauty diary.” You can find it under the menu bar on the right hand side of your screen. Alex comes to us with top beauty credentials (check out her bio under “this manhattan mama”). Each week, she’ll tell you about products that will make your skin glow, eyes pop and your outer beauty shine. Let’s face it. Inner beauty can only get you so far. She will turn you from a drab mama to a yummy mummy in no time.

10 Responses to my dark reality

  • francine Kasen says:

    I love to watch SUPER NANNY and point out to my husband all the things I did right and he did wrong raising our grown kids. ie; "If YOU had been on the same page as me when it came to ….(fill in whatever it is that your 25 year old does that pisses you off)….. then he/she wouldn't be like he/she is." And of course he ignores me just like he did 20 years earlier. Unfortunately my kids turned out well so I can't get too much satisfaction in pointing out his parenting flaws! But it's a great show!

  • Abby says:

    UGH…I also got sucked into Fashionista Diaries and this morning I actually got excited when I saw it was on instead of 90210 (I"m pathetic). But that Bridget girl is a FOOL!!! UGH, can't stand her!

  • Heidi says:

    I can't wait to nurse and watch the Soap Network. There, I said it. Are you hooked on Newport Harbor yet?? Teen awkwardness at its finest (with Range Rovers of course)!

  • Kimberly says:

    ok, you've officially got me to dvr fashionista diaries.. i thought it was the ONE reality show i might actually escape.. but, i'll give it a shot… I second the Newport Harbor recommendation.. DEFINITELY teen awkwardness at its finest!

  • Kelcey says:

    Now I've hit rock bottom. Checked out Newport Harbor. I'm hooked. There is no way I looked that good in high school. Do these girls have personal stylists? Are we soon going to be watching junior high kids in Orange County?

    Summer is counting the days til Project Runway.

  • Margo says:

    Wow you've truly sunk to a new Reality TV low. Never heard of it but as a fellow fan of Scott Baio & the Hills, you and I seem to have the same taste in bad TV. Might have to check it out. xo

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