Friday Flotsam

F          ursday. I mean!… F           onday. I mean!….F      aturday. I mean!…..FRIDAY.

apples in a tree

You guys I just took a sip of coffee and then right after a sip of beet juice and MY TONGUE IS LIVID WITH ME.

Why would I do that? One can have their coffee and have their beet juice, but not side by side! Never side by side. Horrible decision.

And I keep trying to drink more coffee to mask the angry flared-up taste buds in raging protest on my tongue, but it’s not helping. They know what I did. The damage is done.

Especially the buds in the back. You know the buds in the back? The ones that are baaarely starting to turn a pale pink, almost white. Doesn’t the white color mean disease? Malnutrition? Botulism?

They’re not WHITE white, just pale. Right where the tongue starts to waterfall back into your throat.

Don’t you ever wonder what the END of your tongue looks like? Or rather, the beginning? What does it look like way back there? You can move your tongue around back there, sort of, and almost feel it, but what does the very end look like? How does it join up with your throat? Tell me where the tongue ends, SHEL SILVERSTEIN.

This took an odd turn.

Well, chances are you’ve already heard the news, or watched the video, but just in CASE you only stay in touch with me on this website, and not Instagrams or Facebooks, I’ve got the.most.exciting news of my career. I have a show with the Food Network! (!!!)




It’s called Mom Wins, and it’s a four-part digital series that will live on the Food Network’s website, and You Tube. We’ll be releasing and sharing a new episode each Tuesday (that’s our first episode!^^), so if you like what you see, I’d be tickled PANK if you subscribed and shared it! The more you like and subscribe, the more we get to film. And that would be rad.

I’d also like to thaaaaank you all so much for the INSANE outpour of support and excitement you’ve shown me this week. I’m floored at the flood of sweet words and messages and texts (oh my), and beyond flattered that you’re all so pumped for this. (sorry I said pumped.)

So thank you! Thank you thank you thank you. It’s honestly because of YOUR LOYALTY to my ridiculousness and this silly website that we’re able to make these videos for you. I still can’t wrap my head around that.

But I love you. And I thank you.

Can I kiss you?

You’re like, TOO FAR, SIS. TOO FAR.

cider hill apple orchard

What’s the appropriate amount of time for a three-and-a-half year old to be in timeout?

One hour?

Two hours?

Two and a half hours?

Guys I’m kidding!

…So like, a little over two hours?

eureka springs

We need to talk about Lulu Lemon. Or is it just Lululemon, one word? Llululullelleleulemon.

Either way, I need you to be straight with me – IS IT ALL IT’S CRACKED UP TO BE?

Errrrrrbody talks about this brand like it’s the be all end all to workout gear. And I’m like, IT HAS THE WORD LULU IN THE NAME. Why would they do that? Can you imagine them all sitting around a huge round table with iced coffees at the meeting to decide the name of the company, “You guys I’ve got it. Let’s have the word LULU in the name. It sounds like a pretentious kitten made of unicorn feathers. People with love it!”

I’m sure it’s great, whatever.

Do you love it? Do I need to be on this luleeelmeomeoemlemon bandwagon? Or is there another worthy-of-mentioning workout clothing company that doesn’t sound like a baby nursery?


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Weekend plans?

I have 18,724 food shoots today, but once that’s done – HALLELUJAH it’s rosé in the face party time.

And by that I mean me on the sofa.

I used to say couch until my longtime girlfriend snapped at me, “You are classy, you say sofa! What is this, COLLEGE?”

Sometimes I still say couch in my head out of rebellion. Then pop a 40.

SPEAKING OF, I still haven’t had a rosé 40! That’s it.

Weekend mission: A ROSÉ 40.

I desperately need friends.

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33 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Kellie September 15, 2017 at 8:20 am #
    Many congrats on your success with the Food Network! I've found that Lululemon is worth the cost for certain things. Their leggings have been my best friend since my c-section last November. They basically have built-in shapewear, which is a must if I'm going to wear leggings in the first place.
  2. Emily September 15, 2017 at 8:43 am #
    I refuse to try anything from the store. 1. I can't pronounce the name, and 2. WHAT KIND OF STORE JUST POSTS A SYMBOL ON ITS STOREFRONT WITH NO WRITTEN NAME??? Do you know how long it took me to figure out what "the symbol store" was called? Sorry, no. I'm not even going to try.
    • Emily September 15, 2017 at 8:50 am #
      And my comment above was supposed to come across funny and not negative, but I think I missed the mark. Sorry! It's not letting me go back and adjust the comment. PS: Congrats on your show!
      • Bev Weidner September 15, 2017 at 9:35 am #
        Girl, everything I say probably sounds persnickety when I'm trying to be funny. :) You mean, NOT ONLY do they have the word LULU in the name, but they're also just a symbol? PASS.
  3. Abby September 15, 2017 at 9:02 am #
    LOVE the video. Skip on the Lulululuul lemon. it's overpriced, shotty quality and everything has holes everywhere. i mean like by design but i don't always want the sides of my legs showing when i wear leggings, ya know? can get just as cute stuff at old navy for a fraction of the price.
    • Bev Weidner September 15, 2017 at 9:34 am #
      OLD NAVY - exactly! That place is my jam. (<--why can't I quit saying that?)
  4. Lori S September 15, 2017 at 9:06 am #
    I've been doing yoga for 6 years - Lulu is ok, but I think the quality has gone down in recent years and I find everything runs long on me (I'm 5'3" ish). I much prefer Athleta - everything fits great and is super comfortable - pricing is on par with lulu but maybe a little cheaper and they have better/more often sales. Their new-ish powervita fabric is like butter.
    • Cassidy September 16, 2017 at 7:29 am #
      YES I agree! I used to be obsessed with Lululemon but their quality has gone down, they just arnt as good anymore. Their company doesn't have the greatest morals and it's just not what it use to be. Recently I've been trying to go to Athleta and their costumer service is not only extremely better but their quality and their mission of their brand! I won't deny that I do love my lulu leggings but trying to stay away from the company. Their CEO fat shames women!
  5. dixya @food, pleasure, and health September 15, 2017 at 9:24 am #
    i absolutely lovedddddd your video and looking forward to many more. Cheers!
  6. Jennifer September 15, 2017 at 9:59 am #
    I definitely prefer Athleta to Lulu - much more affordable, but still very high quality. And they actually have sales, so I typically wait for those to do a big purchase.
  7. Christina @ Every Little Thing She Does... September 15, 2017 at 10:07 am #
    Congrats on your show! How thrilling! I jumped on the Lulu bandwagon about six years ago when I was obsessed with Bar Method classes. It's expensive, but I still own everything I purchased (minus a few pre-baby sport bras - womp, womp) and they are still in great condition. I haven't purchased anything from them in a long time because I can only have so many pair of black leggings and running shorts. I also switched to Athleta. The quality is great, it's slightly cheaper than Lulu and they have a greater variety of clothes to pick from. Check them out!
  8. Heather September 15, 2017 at 11:05 am #
    Loved the video, congrats again! When I read "Lululemon" my brain reads it every time as "lulu-le-mon" like kinda Frenchy.
  9. Katie September 15, 2017 at 12:01 pm #
    Fabletics and Zella for leggings and Athleta and Old Navy for everything else! LLL ain't worth your dime nor your time, sister friend!
  10. Kaye L September 15, 2017 at 12:39 pm #
    Athleta and Old Navy all the way! Zella leggings are great too! Can't wait to see Episode #2 - hope the gremlins make it into that one as well...or will they be in time out.......hmmmm.....
  11. Elizabeth P September 15, 2017 at 1:01 pm #
    I think Lulu is fine but overhyped. I own a pair of leggings from Lulu and they are comfy but for the price, I don't think they are as life changing as they were marketed to me as. I am a pretty big Under Armour fan but would also suggest Lorna Jane or second the calls for Athleta and Old Navy.
  12. Mystic September 15, 2017 at 1:13 pm #
    Lulu is ok, but you can get better quality for less. Lulu is super expensive and not very durable. Try Athleta, which has the world's best return policy, or Calia by Carrie Underwood.
  13. Marielle September 15, 2017 at 1:18 pm #
    Zella for the win. Reminds me how in high school I always called it 'e'spirit instead of ESPRIT. The gals in the Brass Plum would always look at me like I was clueless. Whateva! Save your dollars
  14. Abbey September 15, 2017 at 2:22 pm #
    I wish I lived by you so we could be friends and hang out. You make me laugh so hard. Congrats on the show, you seriously did so good in it.
  15. Jennifer September 15, 2017 at 2:27 pm #
    I agree with others that Lululemon is way overpriced. My stuff from Target does the job just fine. I'll have to try Old Navy for workout gear- thanks for that. Congratulations on your show! You deserve it! I don't know how you juggle all this with twins. Kudos! I've been following your website and Instagram for a couple years now, and it is a delight. Thanks for the great recipes and humor :) PS- Tried your slow cooker stroganoff the other night and it was fab!
  16. Catherine September 15, 2017 at 3:30 pm #
    Congrats on the show, Bev!!! It's fab and fun and I hope we'll get to see more than 4! I have a pair of lulu leggings, but honestly they're see-thru and I spent too much money on them to show my cheeks...know what I mean?!? Maybe try Athleta and/or Old Navy both have cute workout stuff and both are less spendy. Cheers!
  17. Kristin September 15, 2017 at 3:58 pm #
    I made the lasagna last night. AHHH YASSS. Thanks for the recipe. And congrats on that new show!
    • Kelly September 16, 2017 at 5:10 pm #
      I Love the mom wins video! But why can I not find the recipe for the lasagna? I'm sure I am missing something totally obvious, but can only find the video that does not have the exact ingredients list or instructions on how to make. Can anyone help??
  18. Christine September 15, 2017 at 4:01 pm #
    I am WAY late to the game because I didn't know you had a show with Food Network and I am STOKED for you!!! I forgive you for saying pumped, btw. Also, I let you know my opinion earlier on IG stories about Lululemon and it ain't pretty.
  19. Kristen September 15, 2017 at 5:51 pm #
    I have some Lulu- as the peeps call it. The moms in my town are decked out in it at drop off. I have a few pieces because my mother in law thought a GF would be fun for me...naaah. I will say this the leggings...I think they're called naked are buttery buttery soft . But, you have to get the right ones. I'd hit up a store and feel the fabric... I have a scuba sweatshirt and it's pretty rad - other than that I'd pass...ok. Love the mix tape! I've been in a nostalgic mood and listening to Billy Bragg- remember him? !!!!!!
  20. Susan September 15, 2017 at 6:41 pm #
    Sooooo.....which twin needed a time-out....and what did he or she do to deserve it?
  21. Bryn Broussard September 15, 2017 at 7:52 pm #
    Old navy all the way. I don't think I expected it to be so great, but I love it. But....oddly enough my very very favorite yoga pants aren't from Costco. Do I lose my cool card? Did I ever have a cool card? They are amazing and maybe $15. And the video was perfect. Congrats!!!
  22. brandy u September 15, 2017 at 8:09 pm #
    Another plug for Athleta- their magazine models are varied in age and body shape/size, which I really appreciate! They also have a sweatshirt that feels like pure luxury:
  23. Emma September 15, 2017 at 9:09 pm #
    Congrats on the show! I can't wait to laugh all while stuffing my face with all your delicious food. Ditch the Lulu. Zella is the answer.
  24. Meyers September 15, 2017 at 11:45 pm #
    I was a lulu die hard (I lived in the city where it started when they were new), but I agree the quality has declined. I still have some pieces that I love, but athleta and Zella are great too. I do think if you're really going to sweat/move in it, it can be worth it to spend a bit more. Also- Supposedly the whole reason behind the name lululemon is that Japanese people can't pronounce it and Chip thought it was funny :/
  25. Klara Donovan September 15, 2017 at 11:55 pm #
    The unicorn kitten called Lulu definitely brought up some traumatic feels, because friends of ours had a cat called Lulu and she was the most nasty-ass cat on the planet. Like you'd be visiting their home and she would approach you just to attack you. Long story short, they had to rehome her when they had a baby. Obviously. ALSO I'm disappointed for you that the coffee-juice thing didn't work out. I loved ordering coffee and juice together when I was a young thang with a disposable income. I remember it fondly.
  26. Sara sheridan September 16, 2017 at 7:58 am #
    Congrats again on the show! I will share and like the crap outta it. I own a few pairs of lulu pants that I bought at their outlet store. They were a fraction of the cost of their regular priced retail and the quality has been fine. They really can work miracles with a mom bod. See if they have any outlets near you. Cheers
  27. Jennifer (@nuckingfutsfarmhouse) September 16, 2017 at 12:30 pm #
    LOVED the video!!! Especially the lasagna noodles all over the floor -- too funny! Can't wait for more videos! As for Lululemon, I do love their tanks for working out & their leggings, but I'm loving Athleta a little more these days. Their new Restore line is like heaven on earth -- so soft!
  28. Kathy September 17, 2017 at 7:33 pm #
    Athleta for sure!! Lulu is more expensive with lower quality. They also have a much healthier attitude about body image and empowering women and young girls! My husband calls Lululemon Moomoomelon?

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