The MOMS (Denise Albert) hosted a Virtual Mamarazzi event with Alicia Witt to celebrate her new book, Small Changes: The Easy, No-Rules Way to Include More Plant-Based Foods, Peace, and Positivity in Your Life. Plus, Lana Kerr, CEO of Co2Lift, Visionary, Health & Wellness Innovator, coach and Advocate, thought leader, Author,Serial Entrepreneur and Bad Ass Female!
To Learn more about plant based eating and the skincare line that can rejuvenate your entire body, click the video below!
The MOMS, Denise Albert, hosted a Virtual Mamarazzi with Tamera Mowry-Housley and Bill Yosses, Hosts of Hulu’s Bakers Dozen, and mom bloggers and their kids. Bill was the Executive Pastry Chef at the White House for President Bush and President Obama. He shared their favorite desserts and why he won’t be sending Barbara Bush a baby gift, though he did send well wishes. (Ok, think…. hard to send! But all good feels)!
Watch to learn more about the new show, now streaming on Hulu. Don’t miss some masterpieces from so many kids in the audience, plus some of Tamera and Bill’s favorites and tips for kids and their eating habits.
The MOMS (Denise Albert) hosted a Virtual Mamarazzi event with Lily Hevesh Tuesday, August 24th at 6:30 PM EST for the release of her new film, Lily Topples The World, coming out on Aug 26th. Lily is a You Tube Star with over 1 Billion Views and over 1 Million Followers. Lily shared with the audience of mom influencers and kids why Jimmy Fallon is her favorite celebrity she has worked with so far (and the list includes Will Smith and Katy Perry among others. When asked who she wants to work with, of all people in the world, her answer was Gary V. Read more and watch the video to hear why. Plus Lily shares how kids can also become You Tube stars, why Dominos and You Tube are great ways to learn….kind of like You Tube University…..
The MOMS Denise Albert hosted a virtual Mamarazzi with Andrew McCarthy for his new to celebrate the release of his new memoir BRAT:an 80’s story, along with LEDVANCE the makers of Sylvania General Lighting kickoff their #BrighterDaysAhead Contest.
Watch here to listen to the conversation where Andrew shared about his Brat Pack Days, who would be in his brat pack now, why he’s on social media, what his kids think about the movies we all grew up watching and loving him in and how he gets his kids to talk to him and more!
2020 was difficult for all of us. The good news is with the vaccine rolling out and businesses opening more, there are Brighter Days Ahead. To celebrate this light at the end of the tunnel, LEDVANCE, the makers of SYLVANIA General Lighting, launched it’s Brighter Days Ahead with SYLVANIA General Lighting Campaign that asks, “What are you looking forward to in Brighter Days Ahead?” For some, it’s a wedding that was postponed or finally being able to see a new grandchild for the first time. For others, it’s being able to have friends into their homes for game night or book club or just a regular Tuesday night.
From May 20, 2021 to July 31, 2021, people can go to www.sylvania.com/brighterdaysahead to share what they are looking forward to this year. 10 people in the U.S. & Canada will win $1,000 and a selection of the latest SYLVANIA General Lighting products to help make their Brighter Days Ahead moment a reality.
Yes! Hear what we’re taco-ing about with Melissa Joan Hart. Who is her “Corona Crew”, what movies got her through with her kids, what’s her favorite taco and more about her career, life and work during these times!
We are all “Together In This”. Natasha Bedingfield’s song from (movie name) is the perfect Anthem of the times and she lit up our #MamarazziEvent talking about the song, parenting and who she goes to for mom chats. Thanks to our partners The Makers of SYLVANIA for hosting with us. Please check out their latest products here.
The MOMS Denise Albert and Melissa Gerstein hosted Brooke Shields for an online #Mamarazzi to celebrate her to celebrate her new “At Home Workout” series. Brooke shared all her body type, what she did to celebrate turning 55 in quarantine, how she instilled a” fear factor” into her daughters and how she loves food.
Platten sang You Belong and The Fight Song during their online Mamarazzi and shared why her baby had a tantrum, thanked a mom for noticing her book is diverse and what that means to her. Platten also shared how she probably doesn’t do enough in Hollywood and what she would tell her teenage self. CLICK BELOW TO WATCH and hear who the light in her world is. Plus available on Amazon, this exclusive LED portfolio offers the best natural light by mimicking the natural light spectrum to deliver clean natural light.
The MOMS and Glade hosted JoAnna Garcia Swisher for an online #Mamarazzi to celebrate her Netflix show, Sweet Magnolias. Though her daughter broke her arm the morning of, Garcia showed up online early. Watch to see what she was wearing, to hear about her quarantine routine, what her husband thinks of her quarantine hygiene and how her cast supported her most during the shoot….
The MOMS Mamarazzi Events have moved online!We want to keep seeing you.
The MOMS and JoAnna Garcia Swisher invite you to celebrate her Netflix Show, Sweet Magnolias! We hope you will join The MOMS community, bring a glass of wine and be ready for a fun night in! CLICK HERE TO JOIN (and then you will be sent a zoom link)
The MOMS hosted a #MamarazziOnline Tammin Sursok (Pretty Little Liars) for her new film, Braking For Whales. You will never believe how she and her husband, Sean McEwen , who she co-wrote the film with do their zooms these days! Plus, you must watch to hear how her husband is as a kisser and how she shared that Melissa was one of his long lost childhood crushes and what they have in common 🙂
What is YOUR contribution to making the earth a better place? The MOMS hosted a #MamarazziOnline with AppleTV+’s new short, #HereWeAre: Notes for Living on Planet Earth. It’s available to stream now (and free for 7 days!). Take a look at the Zoom event with Philip Hunt and Angela Edmonts, the Director, Writer, EP and Animation Producer for Studio AKA. Watch to hear what they say about working with Meryl Streep, Apple and why this moment of pause is important.
The MOMS hosted a #MamarazziOnline with Laura Prepon for her new book You and I As Mothers with over fifty moms. Moms joined from five countries to talk to Prepon about her book, her newborn, why she hadn’t shared his name yet and what she tells her daughter about why we are all wearing masks. The MOMS highlighted a nurse who is helping other families in NYC and the Child Mind Institute who is hosting live Facebook events everyday at 10 am and 4:30 om to answer your questions. Click to watch the event!
What does Joan Lunden see when she looks in the mirror? Who is the best person she ever interviewed? Watch The Minute With The MOMS with Joan Lunden! PLUS, Do you want to win a free trip to Beaches Resorts? Go to TheMOMSNetwork on Instagram and Facebook to more from our Mamarazzi event and to find out how you can enter. We are celebrating Skip Gen Travel. That’s where Grandparents take the Grandkids away and give moms a break or a vacation too!
Cancer affects everybody on Earth and if it’s ever affected you, you know that it can lead to very confusing thoughts and feelings. You start to ask questions like what is the best treatment? How will we afford treatment? Which trauma insurance providers in australia cover this type of cancer? Will it affect my ability to work? But with the right support group, you can process the diagnosis and focus on getting better. We can achieve a lot when we unite forces – which brings us to the topic of today’s post.
What do a seven-time Olympic medalist in gymnastics and an award-winning journalist and television producer have in common? Much more than you would think.
During a MAMARAZZI event in May, Melissa and I were joined by Shannon Miller as part of a partnership with Our Way Forward and TESARO, Inc., an oncology-focused business within GSK. In getting to know Shannon, who many of you know as a decorated gymnast, I realized that while I was diagnosed with breast cancer and she is an ovarian cancer survivor, we share many similar experiences, emotions and challenges in our journey.
In 2011, Shannon Miller was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer. As I have spoken about before, I was diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2015. During our discussion, it became apparent that there are so many similarities between our diagnoses, the impact cancer had on our families, parenting and finding unity with others in the cancer community. We hope that many of you can unite with us in our shared experiences and continue to learn and share with one another.
Be Your Own Advocate: Listen to Your Body
DENISE: At 41, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I went to my regular mammogram and it was fine. Weeks later, I got a letter which said, “The tissue of both breasts is heterogeneously dense.” I didn’t even see that part of the letter because the top of it said, “normal.” Months later I felt a small lump that hurt and went right to the doctor.
SHANNON: I had a similar situation. I was actually on the phone to re-schedule my routine appointment but something told me not to. That day, my doctor found a baseball-sized cyst on one of my ovaries. I brushed off three primary symptoms of ovarian cancer. I attributed all the symptoms to something else, like weight loss because my body was changing post-baby, bloating and stomachaches, I assumed were due to my monthly cycle. It’s so important for women to listen to our bodies and speak up when something doesn’t seem right.
DENISE: I couldn’t agree more. Even now, I may be cancer free, but the diagnosis and continuing medications and decisions are forever. I scheduled an elective surgery, a salpingo-oophorectomy, a procedure to remove my ovaries and fallopian tubes. I carry the HER2 gene so my cancer can return anywhere. But ovarian cancer is hard to detect. It’s often diagnosed at a later stage.
SHANNON: I think that’s the scariest thing. I had this mass growing but I could go to my doctor and tell him I felt perfectly fine. Not only was I dismissing my symptoms and general health concerns, I hadn’t even considered ovarian cancer as a cause. I didn’t want to complain. I didn’t want to be a burden. I didn’t want to give it much thought, I had too much to do. Now when I feel like something isn’t right, I say something right away.
Parenting Through a Cancer Diagnosis
SHANNON: My son was only 14 months old when I was diagnosed and it threw another wrench into the challenges of parenting. I remember when I would leave the house, my son would say, “Mommy don’t forget your hair.”
DENISE: Just like there’s no parenting manual, there’s no cancer manual. Combine the two and it’s scary. All I could think about was how I would care for my boys. When I’m sick, how will I do it? But I’m strong. I’m tough. And I called on friends. I relied on family.
SHANNON: And the community. I was scheduled to give a speech that fell during my chemo treatments. I was reluctant to cancel and hadn’t realized how difficult the treatment would be. That day, I felt absolutely awful. I didn’t know how I was going to even stand up through the 45 minute speech. But right before I went up, a woman came up to me and took my hand. She said, “I had the same rare tumor you have and the same doctor that you have. That was 10 years ago and now I have two amazing children. You are going to be okay.”
DENISE: That’s so inspiring. Especially because fertility is something that is discussed for many ovarian cancer diagnoses now.
SHANNON: Exactly. I was so fortunate that almost four years after our son, our daughter was born. We were fortunate that my other ovary “kicked in.” And thankfully, with the advancements in medicine, there are more fertility options than ever before for women with ovarian cancer, like egg freezing. It is important for women to be aware of these options and proactively start these conversations.
Uniting as Sisters in the Cancer Community
DENISE: Getting diagnosed wasn’t easy. Treatment wasn’t easy. But after sharing my cancer story, I was inundated with support. Calls, texts, emails and messages from friends and strangers saying how brave I am and it’s truly incredible to hear all of their stories.
SHANNON: You are brave! Cancer doesn’t care who you are, where you’re from, or how many gold medals you have – we’re never alone in our journeys. Finding and forging personal connections can help us better navigate our new normal, from diagnosis through survivorship.
DENISE: How do you find those personal connections? Because I have been public about my journey, people reach out. Do you have a similar feeling?
SHANNON: I do. For me, I was so excited to partner with the Our Way Forwardprogram, which offers resources and support for individuals diagnosed with ovarian cancer and their loved ones. I wish I had a program like this when I was first diagnosed. During treatment, we have this incredible support team around us but the day treatment ends, you suddenly feel alone. Our Way Forward provides resources to help keep that morale going. We need to have more of that communication and feeling of community so we don’t feel so alone.
DENISE: That’s great. I feel like it’s also my responsibility now to help others in the community. Sharing my story helped me, and speaking to my new cancer-community friends each day gave me more inspiration to keep sharing and hopefully helping others.
SHANNON: There is a sisterhood in cancer and the journey it takes us on. And what hope we give to each other just by sharing our experiences.