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Holiday Shopping Help

ID-100116562 Countdown to Christmas…10 Days to Go!

Have you made your lists? Have you checked them twice? Even if you have, you might still be stressed about your holiday gifts. Make sure you don’t forget anyone on your list and keep your gift giving organized with these simple sanity-saving tips:

  1. Plan Your Shopping Attack. Don’t let your last minute holiday shopping get out of hand. The stores are busy filled with lots of distractions. Don’t leave for the mall without a list of exactly what you’re looking for and your budget. Look-up a map of the mall or shopping center before your excursion and plot out what stores you will hit so you don’t waste time wandering and looking for your favorite shopping spot.
  2. Shop in Your PJs. I’m not saying you wear your flannels to the store. But you can shop in your PJs if you shop online. This way you can research and compare prices right from the comfort of your computer chair. Just remember to check the shipping dates to ensure that your gifts arrive in time.
  3. Keep Your Gifts Organized. Easily keep track of what you got for everyone on your list and who you might be missing a gift for. Label a shopping bag or small box for each person on your list and place gifts in the bag/box as you purchase them. This also makes wrapping a breeze. Just wrap and put back in the labeled bag until you have time to put bows and gift tags on them.

Stay tuned for more holiday tips as I countdown to Christmas!

GEORGE CLOONEY, McDREAMY ‘n MOI: See You Same Time, Next Year!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year”…yes it tis the holidays and as Andy Williams croons in this classic Xmas tune , it’s also the hap happiest season of all.

And for me, its also the pap papiest time of year when I get to see my gynecologist whom Ive had a crush on since I first met him 18 years ago due to my miscarriage.  There I was  looking stunning in my hospital gown, eyes puffy from crying and nose red from blowing.  Yes, five pokes in my arm later courtesy of an inept nurse who could not find a vein worthy for the intravenous line, there he stood:  My McDreamy who has a smile like George Clooney (who has Dr. roots from ye ole ER!), holding my hand telling me all would be ok as my then husband lay passed out on the chair woozy from watching Nurse Ratched  (from classic film, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) use his beloved wife as a push pin.

And, McDreamy was correcto since a year and 38 hours later I gave birth via a C-section to a healthy 22 inch, 8 pound baby boy OUCH! Once again, their George McDreamy stood holding my hand, this time yours truly looking even more alluring then when we first met -adorned with body fluids that only our septic tank should witness.  He smiled that cute little smile and sweetly assured me not to worry and all would be ok.  And, once again there was my hubs sitting on the side, nearly passed out, woozy from seeing my blood, sweat and tears.

And, thats how this now 18-year-old relationship began. Its sorta like the movie Same Time Next Year where Alan Alda and Ellen Bursytn meet at a romantic inn, both married and have an adulterous affair same time every year for 26 years sharing a rainbow of emotions

Well McDreamy and I havent exactly shared a rainbow of emotions-pain yes, but anyone whos seen you looking like a character from tales from the crypt and delivers the most important thing in your life is someone whom you will always share a special connection and fondness.  So when its our ‘annual date we always greet each other with a warm hug, catch up on family and kids, I show him pix of Luke, we talk about career, politics, biking, swimming and books weve read. Then its time to get me in the saddle so to speak 🙂

PLEASE NOTE: Unlike the movie, there is no impropriety on either of our part though I confess the thought has crossed my mind but I also have fantasies of Brad Pitt, Bradley Cooper, Hugh Jackman and George Clooney.  Nope McDreamy is all businessDamn it!! Kidding!!And, btw I promised him I wouldnt use his name just in case someone got the wrong idea but tis nice to dream vs. scream during these moments!  Im sure you get how it makes it a lot easier to endure the discomfort of being in those stirrups and having your insides feel like their being extracted during for the exam and pap culture. 

Now you know why Im of good cheer and why this is the pap-pappiest time of my yearAnd, of course knowing all is fine with my bod will make me even happier! 

A bientot my McDreamy.  Cant wait to see you same time next year!  Happy Holidays!

Love as always to hear any of your McDreamy tales etc here, or FB or tweet moi! Spread the glove…hmmm not in the doctoral sense LOL!





YEAH IT’S FRIDAY! More better (nice English eh!) is that I’m back from Chicago, in my comfy home and haven’t had to rush off anywhere today.  I’m still in my sweats, haven’t showered, no make-up (no looking in the mirror;)…Just me by my lonely sipping my fave new bottled water Contrex, hoping the neon male stripper will pop outta the bottle (if wondering what in the heck I’m talking about go pronto to my sanity saving ‘n entertaining Dec.12th blog “ Where’s the Beef! A New Spin on Drinking Water!) 

Yup, I’m enjoying quiet and calm, a beautiful rare gift for all we housewives, moms, working types and recovering Type A personalities.

So before my son comes home from school and starts asking for food, where his Bucknell t-shirt is or asking for money….And, before one of my six back to back biz calls begins at 2, I’m gonna kick back, chill and je ne sais quois with my Contrex…Which also means I’m not going to write much here today.  Instead I’ll let this U-TUBE video starring the studly host of blog radio’s #1 show, Down ‘n Dirty live from the Craftsman Experience, Mr. Guns himself, Frank Fontana and moi do the blogging …Spread the glove!

Gettin’ Down ‘n Dirty with Mr. OMG Guns aka Frank Fontana!


Let me preface this by saying I have been trying to write this since Tuesday. But, alas as my last post:“Life Interuptus” shared, my son was home ill and mommy TLC was in full gear.  I am happy to report he is back in school YEAH! …oh I mean I am so relieved that he’s feeling fine 🙂 since now this accidental housewife can return to her normal schedule albeit a day or two later…Here we go….

Tra la la la la the holidays as we know far too well are in full gear… Complete with the stress of holiday shopping, getting your home ready for family and friends, and all else betwixt and between.  But unlike most days where I  focus on the must dos I did a wanna do the other day.  Yes, I actually took some of my own sanity saving advice. I decided to smell the chestnuts roasting on the open streets of NYC before they were replaced by souvlaki. I did this following my always fun appearance with my fave TODAY SHOW gals Kathie Lee ‘n Hoda. I threw caution, schedules and my son’s dinner to the wind (and for those of you who may be wondering it was NOT due to him suffering from starvation that he got sick but rather due to his providing TLC to his GF whom was sick first).  

I mean how could I not!  It was a perfect December day—sunny, mild and midtown Manhattan was aglow in holiday cheer.  The time was ripe for me to be there now and enjoy a Mary Tyler Moore kinda moment.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the reference to Ms. Moore please tune into TV LAND and click here for some background on the show http://www.museum.tv/eotvsection.php?entrycode=marytylermo For those too engrossed in this blogger’s tale, here’s a sentence or two: The Mary Tyler Moore Show was a 70’s must see sitcom about a young professional single gal, jilted by her live-in medical school boyfriend (radical then) who moves to Minneapolis (I know not exactly my first choice if I were single…forgive me Minnesotans I love your state and it’s beautiful in the warmer months but the winters are brutal for this NE lass as my fingers turn from white to black even in air-conditioned theatres!) But, I digress:  Mary moves there and gets a job working in the newsroom of a fictional TV station-WJM -and the rest my friends has become TV history (and BTW the ever young Betty White was a part of this terrific show and ensemble).  

I refer to it here because as I took in the sites and sounds of NYC, I felt like Mary in the intro to her show where she is experiencing her new city full of smiles, childish enthusiasm and feeling anything is possible as she tosses her beret up in the air http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ql8G0Ikko5I …As the show’s theme song says “Love is All Around, No Need to Waste It”.  And, that’s exactly what I did that day complete with that same wide smile but sans beret.  

My inner childhood excitement was in full gear as I stood outside the Cartier building, wrapped  in a gigantic red ribbon (wishing I could go inside and have my prince charming make the holidays truly bright with a shiny diamond babble or two or 3 but then I would have been dreaming and not there live):


Angels and I blowing our horns:

There me blows!

Rat-a-tat-tatting our drums:

Drummin up some holiday cheer!

Viewing Saks Fifth Avenue’s Land of The Bubble Maker window complete with the latest fashion to wear which I saw as a terrific multi-tasking design to look good and dust too LOL! 

Fashion that mulit-tasks-feather dustin dress LOVE THAT!

And, of course the one and only Rockefeller Xmas Tree—pitter-patter pitter patter:


Ahhh ‘tis the season…but alas, like all good things, this accidental housewife was reminded that I was not Mary Tyler Moore when my cell phone rang and my son greeted me with ‘When you gonna be home? I’m hungry and I ate all the leftovers!”  My brief wonderlust was over.  I was thrust back to my regularly scheduled demands of housewifely motherhood programming.  

Hey, please know I am not complaining.  I feel incredibly lucky to have least had this brief time with my fave photographer whom I need to thank now or I will not even get a holiday card from lest a diamond or zirconium babble…u da best D xo! Nope, I  am thrilled I took the time before another year passed and I missed it all again. Holiday shopping, cleaning, prepping etc can wait a few hours-remember the holidays are about celebrating and spending time with family and friends not worrying about dust bunnies. So please take a breath and the time to ‘smell those chestnuts’.  We deserve it!  Love is truly all around and we shouldn’t waste it!

Okay so there’s my holiday sanity saving advice…I’ll get off my pulpit or rather step ladder now….

Love to see your fave pixs of holiday decorations in your home town, if you’re visiting somewhere or hear any fave Mary Tyler Moore moments you’ve seen on TV LAND so please blog back here, tweet me @accidentlhouswfe.com or FB me….

Spread the glove!


Working from home on Monday’s TODAY SHOW segment with Kathie Lee and Hoda.  Always have fun time with them…even if  we’re not cocktailing which they love to do! That and tease me as they did last summer during a post July 4th spot I was doing on Red, White &Blue Cleanup. Well for some reason, which I still can’t figure out, I forgot one of my pink gloves which like my American Express Card I never leave home without. But I did.  And, during the segment I started talking with a British and then later an Italian accent…No real clue why except that without my gloves I sorta felt naked or like a ventriloquist without his dummy! Anyway I included it here for you to watch! Oh, and BTW a little trivia: according to many historians the Declaration of Independence really wasn’t signed on July 4, 1776– it was approved and then signed On August 2, 1776…another day for us to celebrate!  

Now, back to my day and  Monday’s segment  which is about MANI-CURE FRIENDLY HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING TIPS N TRICKS to minimize clean-up…I’ve got some fun ideas like using automotive wax as a pretreator on your stove –non-flammable of course …don’t wanna be too accidental!  I also have some serving suggestions that minimize clean-up, ways to get stiletto marks off your floor without bending down–cause as Joan Rivers says “If God wanted us to bend down he would have put diamonds on the floor'”, and I’m prepping some apps in my dishwasher as it’s running through the rinse cycle! Honest!  No I’m not drinking yet!!! –I call it CLEAN CUISINE and I love multi-tasking n saving time whenever I can!  I would also love for YOU to share any cool and unusual ideas and I’ll try to include them in one of my media appearances, tweets, blogs etc so pleeeze blog here LIVE FROM HYSTERIA LANE, tweet @accidentlhswife.com or facebook moi  http://on.fb.me/sKB9d0! Spread the glove!