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Twin Thursday: Toddler Talk

Visiting the Set of Graceland

Last week, I had the exciting opportunity to go on a press trip to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. for a set visit of USA Network's hit hour-long drama series, Graceland.

In prep, I watched all the episodes from the first season, back-to-back, bingeing on them like a TV junkie. And like a junkie, I found the show to be highly addictive. I love when I can’t predict what is going to happen next and this show has so many twists and turns, I was continually having my mind blown. Plus, the hot looking guys in the show also helped to keep me glued to the tube.

I really got a kick out of being on the set and walking around the beach house that is at the core of each episode. I felt like I was trespassing or something, lol. Unlike other sets that I've been on, this one is actually setup like a real home, with each of the character’s rooms totally decked out and completely enclosed with walls, windows, ceilings and everything. The furnishings were so cool; they could be featured in a House Beautiful magazine. I definitely would purchase several of the posters and furniture that I saw.

Here’s the famous Choir Wheel referenced and seen in several episodes. The post-it note reads: “Johnny- Where is the freakin vacuum? -Charlie” Gotta love the detail!

In addition to the set tour, we saw a scene being filmed from the 7th episode of the second season and conduct interviews with each of the six main actors and actresses. All of whom, were super down to earth and very friendly.

When I first started watching the show it was the handsome Daniel Sunjata who I recognized right away from Grey’s Anatomy, Sex and the City and for his role as Ranger in One for the Money. He also starred in TV’s Rescue Me and in the last Batman film Dark Knight Rises. In Graceland, he’s a mysterious, cocky, bad ass. He walks a fine line between good and bad, but yet you can’t help rooting for him.

I was familiar with Aaron Tveit's musical career on Broadway and his role in the latest Les Miserables movie, but this was my first time seeing him in a role sans singing. In-person, his hair was perfect and I felt like I was being drawn in by his eyes. He was also well spoken and sincere.

Manny Montana was super personable and even led us on the set tour himself and led us over to the food services truck and ate lunch with us.

Brandon Jay McLaren, who I liked from She’s the Man, was especially good at keeping the spoilers in season two to himself.

Serinda Swan meanwhile wasn't filming that day so we met up with her over breakfast, which was a special treat. We also got to meet her french bull dog Buddha (photo).

And our final interview of the day was with Vanessa Ferlito inside her character Charlie's room. She was funny, dropping F' bombs and telling it like it is. We all got a kick out of her refreshing interview.

I also had fun visiting the props truck, where I picked up a fake bag of cocaine, which was filled with brownie mix, making it feel like real powder inside. The FBI badges and plastic guns were all surprisingly heavy also adding to the realism.

For more photos from my visit on the set, check out my Google+ album.

And for a sneak peek for what's ahead on Season 2 of Graceland read my Huffington Post article.

Twin Thursday: Future Lock Pickers Video

Here's an iPhone video of my 16-month-old twin boys teaming together to break into the mini fridge in their playroom and easily bypassing the childproof lock put there to thwart them. We didn't teach them this, but one day discovered they knew how to open it on their own. I guess they saw us do it enough.

    

I know, I probably shouldn't have laughed when they first did it, because now it's a game for them, but I couldn't help it.

An Evening With Rob Lowe

I only wish it was like it sounds...but there were 40 other bloggers in the room too :( ... for a Q&A with the film and TV actor. Nevertheless, I was still only 10 feet away from his prettiness though.

Embedded image permalinkThe event was hosted by The Moms and Arizona Ice Tea to discuss Rob Lowe's new book Love Life, with stories he only tells to his best friends. His first memoirs were published in 2011 with rave reviews and rocketed to the top of the bestseller list. Now, in Love Life, he expands his scope, using stories and observations from his life in a poignant and humorous series of true tales about men and women, art and commerce, fathers and sons, addiction and recovery, and sex and love.

He looks as good in person as he does on the screen. Do you believe he is 50???


What else did I learn about Rob?

  • He's been married for over 20 years, now doesn't that make him even sexier? 
  • He talked about how he moved his family out of Hollywood, so they could be out of the spotlight.
  • His role model is Robert Redford. 
  • He says he can't dance well.
  • He practices proper punctuation in TXT messages. 
  • Says you only have your kids a short time, so be present and invest in them. (His kids are now in their twenties).
  • He's funny and seemingly humble. 
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Rob Lowe is holding an invisible baby!

We Found Our Family Car at the NY Auto Show

Mark your calendars - The New York International Auto Show will be in town April 18 - April 27. This year, I'll be attending a Girls Night Out party on Opening Night as a guest of She Buys Cars, and sponsors Toyota and Dr. Oz Magazine. Can't wait!

I am by no means knowledgeable about cars, but that doesn't stop me from enjoying and going to the auto show. The first time I ever attended was while on a date with Raphael back in '06, but have been several times since. I usually take photos in the different hot cars, stroll around and see what's new, but last year we went with a purpose ... to shop for a new SUV that could accommodate our infant twins. And what better place to do that then at the NY Auto Show, which is like a shopping mall for cars with no pressure to buy either.

We went into the exhibit hall with a list of third row vehicles that we wanted to see in our price range. With two infant car seats installed in the backseat and mom and dad in the front, there was never room for grandma or any other passengers in our previous Lexus RX, which we loved. However, we really needed that third row and we weren't ready to take the minivan plunge either.

We spoke with the different knowledgeable reps about MSRP, MPG, GPS, but most of all we liked that we could actually see the vehicles up-close, sit in the front seat, checkout the trunk space, etc. It was during one of these impromptu vehicle tours that we discovered that we needed backseat bucket seats, which then eliminated some of the SUVs on our original list. With bucket seats we could keep the boys' car seats in place and still access the third row, instead of having to remove them every time to fold down the seats and allow passengers into the back. Having to remove and re-install car seats is my nightmare, so this was a great discovery.

Thanks to the show, we walked away with a brochure for our next vehicle and a contact at our local dealership. We went with the Toyota Highlander Limited all-wheel drive with bucket seats! We liked that it's in the same family as Lexus. Plus, with its third row, you could have one seat up or the whole bench. And with one seat up, we could still fit a stroller too, giving us a lot more options. Plus, we have no room for boring ;)

For more NY Auto Show talk, please join me, @TravelingMom and more for a #NYIAS Life In Cars Twitter Party on April 14, 9-10 p.m. ET. Register at http://bit.ly/1oIwJIV. During the party we will be giving away three family 4-packs of tickets to the show.