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Project Runway: Season 12, Episode 8 – Having a Field Day

Heidi Klum NB Challenge

Tweet! Time to wake-up designers! It is the Heidi Klum New Balance challenge! What? Five hours of sleep is not enough for you to be fresh and ready to work for Heidi for free?

The designers are going to design activewear / workout clothes for Heidi Klum’s New Balance line. First, however, they have to race in teams of two to win their choice of fabric and an extra hour of work!

Alexander says he hasn’t exercised since 1876. OMG! He IS a vampire! I guess Alexander bit Helen, not the other way around. What a twist!

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Project Runway: Season 12, Episode 7: Shoes First

On the last episode of Project Runway, Tim used his Tim Gunn Save to rescue Justin. Fans have been dissecting the save and wondering whether it was truly merit-based, since Justin’s output so far has been just middle of the road and his design for the Glamping Challenge was pretty bad. What happens in a challenge when a top contender makes a serious misstep?

That’s on the minds of the designers, too. Bradon and Jeremy, in particular, have gotten a lot of love from the designers but have also found themselves on the bottom. Kate, on the hand, knows that she already has her second chance and that the save was never for her.

OMG! SHOES!

After a little introspection, we are whisked off to the offices of Marie Claire where the designers get to select shoes to inspire their designs.

Project Runway Shoes

Marie Claire editor Anne Fulenwider explains that many readers say they get dressed “shoes first” and wonder “where are these shoes going to take me?” Read more

Project Runway: Season 12 Episode 6 – Let’s Go Glamping!

In the opening sequence, Ken is still seething from Alexandria calling him out on the runway as a jerk. He says she reminds him “of Judas…in the Bible…” as opposed to all those other people named Judas? Also, over dramatic much?

It is getting too stressful in here..time for a change of scene!

Glamping

Tim, looking like the proverbial cat who ate the canary in his camo suit, enters with Heidi to announce that the designers are going glamping (you know, glam + camping?) for their next inspiration. Read more

Project Runway: Season 12 Episode 5 – You Choose Your Materials

It is almost as if the producers heard the twitterverse and blogosphere say, “How many elements can you possibly fit in one challenge???” during the Yoplait/crowdsourcing/Coney Island/carnival prize challenge and decided to answer, “Ha! You ain’t seen nothing yet!”

Designers

That’s right designers and viewers in the home audience! It is the Lexus/gourmet foods/vintage wallpaper/home and party goods/team challenge!

Let’s break this down: the designers are split into teams of three to drive a Lexus, which may or may not serve as an inspiration point…whatever! you choose! who cares as long as the check clears!…around town to at least two of three different locations to source unconventional materials. Each designer is responsible for one look but the looks must be a cohesive part of a collection. The suggested budget is $1500, which one designer will spend but the others must reimburse…and why did we need to know that let’s get shopping and sewing, people!

Got all that?

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Project Runway – Season 12, Episode 4: Ties A-Plenty

Well…that was…really…an episode of television, wasn’t it?

Sorry about the late recap…it was my daughter’s birthday on Friday and I was managing mermaid crafts and make-your-own sundaes for seven year old girls. And the results were less messy than this episode of Project Runway.

1 - Guest judge Jesse Tyler Tim

The Season 12, Episode 4 of Project Runway gets off to a lovely start as Tim introduces Jesse Tyler Ferguson. Ferguson explains that he started a charity, “Tie the Knot,” which sells bow ties to benefit marriage equality organizations. Tim outlines the challenge: the designers will design a garment inspired by the ties and may use the ties in their design.

So, a charity that actually speaks to the industry and requires the designers to be inspired by fashion. Too logical–something’s gotta go bonkers.

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Do You Tip Camp Counselors?

Tipping Counselors

A question about tipping counselors created quite a stir on my personal Facebook page.

Tips and teacher gifts always seem to be a subject of great confusion for parents. I know some parents who tip everyone (counselors, private after-school teachers/coaches, bus drivers) and give a big teacher gift and others who do none and others who fall somewhere in between.

I lean towards tipping, especially teenagers who are working with my kids, because I was a young counselor once. I never expected a tip, nor would I ever treat a child differently based on this, but it sure was a nice way for a parent to say thank you.

The reason I was even asking was because my kids had only attended 6 days at that camp. If they had been there for 4 weeks, it would not have even been a question for me.

And then several of my friends, a few with experience as counselors themselves, and the former camp director for whom I worked as a teen chimed in and the conversation got quite heated! Read more

Project Runway – Season 12, Episode 3: An Unconventional Coney Island

Talk about overkill…this entire challenge was in need of some serious editing.

First, the contestants head to the Coney Island Boardwalk. The episode is “An Unconventional Coney Island.” Is there any other kind?

Designers on Coney Island Boardwalk

Once there, they find out they will be playing yogurt vendors with Yoplait Yogurt. They will be handing out free samples and the descriptive words from the public will serve as their inspiration. Already, that’s one too many toppings on that sundae.

Oh, and they are assigned teams.

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Project Runway – Season 12, Episode 2 : Million Dollar Runway

Judges
Nina, Zac Posen, and Heidi, with special guest Eric Daman, are back to look witheringly at your fashion design.

The designers are greeted by armed guards and make various stupid remarks about the police, the military, and being afraid of guns. I’m sure the former soldier bit her tongue so hard it bled.

The big reveal is that the models are wearing gazillions of dollars of precious gems and the models must design a dress as a showcase for the jewelry.

While on the surface this sounds like an awesome challenge (ooo, sparkles…who doesn’t love sparkles? besides Timothy, of course), I sense a flaw. The perfect showcase for show-stopping jewelery is a simple, dark, cocktail dress or gown that will not compete with the main attraction. You could ask the designers to create something “inspired by” the jewelry but that would call for some less conventional jewelry. I guess, in a way, this is the challenge part of the challenge–design something interesting that compliments the jewelry.

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Splish Splash Water Park in Calverton, New York (Long Island)

Splish Splash Ride

Although I have lived on Long Island for about 6 years and have been spending summers out here ever since I started dating my husband (almost 15 years ago), this weekend was my first time at Splish Splash Water Park in Calverton, New York, and it was the kids’ first time at a water park. The kids had a blast and it was a great family fun day trip on Long Island. There are a few things we’d probably do differently next time we go so I thought I would share them with you.

We considered going to a water park on our Disney Social Media Moms trip but one of the water parks was closed and we ended up spending so much time in the other parks and at Sea World that we skipped it. So, we promised the kids we would check out Splish Splash when we were back on Long Island.

Splish Splash Ride

Parking and Tickets – Military Discount!

First thing you have to know is that you are going to be shelling out a lot of money. Read more

Life in the Backseat with Subaru Forester and a $1000 Giveaway #Subaru

Subaru Forester wants to know what’s life like in your backseat? Is it a jungle back there? A sporting goods store? A motel on wheels?

Or maybe there’s a baby disco in your backseat? This video is 43 seconds of total cuteness. If you are sad, this will make you happy. Forty-three seconds is totally worth instant happiness, right? Read more