Social Parade!

Smart and Trendy Moms

I am always trying to find ways to meet new people via my blog and gain readership. So I have decided to do the social parade!

I am getting the kitchen cleaned currently and then I plan on donning the swimsuit I fought hard for and headed to the Y! yay!

Be Funny Friday- The Natural Hair Edition


I am so excited to announce that Family and Life in Las Vegas has teamed up withCrazy About My Baybah to create our own Friday Follow!! We have loved linking up to other Friday Follows so much, we decided to create our own. We are calling it Bee Funny Friday Follow, because being funny is what it is all about!! Basically in addition to posting the Bee Funny Friday Badge, we ask that you also post pictures and/or stories about something funny that happened during the week. Something fun to get the weekend started.
Here are a few simple guidelines we would like you to follow:
1. Add a main link to your blog weekly.2. Follow the hosting blogs in the # 1 and # 2 spots.
3. Post pictures and/or stories on your blog about something funny that happened during the week.
4. Put our Bee Funny button in your post to share the fun.
5. Visit as many blogs as you can, and let them know that you are there from Bee Funny Friday Follow. Follow the ones you like, and we are sure you will get follows back.
6. But most of all, Bee Funny! Because Beeing Funny is what it is all about!

Bee Funny is open to family friendly sites ONLY, all others will be deleted.



Bee Funny!


My hair has been looking a little...odd lately. I don't know if it is the heat, or the constant switch up in conditioners this week, but the look took me straight back into the 1980's. During fancy occasions, like Bands in Review (where we played our recorders!) my mom would gather my jheri curl (don't ask) in a banana clip to match my outfit. 

My friends would oooh and ahhh. I would preen. Now I look back and think.. what the hell?

Anyway my hair has been looking how it looked in the banana clip.. WITHOUT THE BANANA CLIP!  i don't know what is going on but it needs to be fixed. I hope to band it some time this weekend.

Swimsuit Scandal 2010

In my last post I mentioned that it was the first time in several years that I have purchased a swimsuit. What I forgot to mention is that I have TERRIBLE luck with swim suits. The last swimsuit I purchased fell off in the ocean in front of a friend and her boyfriend. So yeah, not the greatest luck with swimsuits.

I should have known last nights bargain was too good to be true.

You see, I didn't try the suit on in the store. It was the hottest day of the year in Indiana. I was just trying to find something and go home and be with my dogs. I nabbed the first one I could find in my size, did the peanut butter and Jelly time dance and ran to go pay.

later on that evening I pulled it out to look at it again. I took a closer look.

I had bought a swimsuit..TOP.
No bottoms. Nothing

I was trying to go to Y yesterday evening. Can't really go swimming without bottoms. Unless I want to scandalize some people.. and possibly anger my husband.

So today I went back to fashion bug in search for bottoms.

They sold their last two pair of bottoms this morning.. and they were a size 8 and a size 6. Even if I knew how to sew well (which I don't) and sewed those together, It might cover a THIGH. ugh. I had to drive to Castleton to find the hubs some swim trunks (we are both plus sized.. so this crap is a chore) and I knew that Avenue was on the way there, so I figured I would check them out.

I found a swimsuit....for 30 dollars. Sadly enough, that is with 50 percent off. *sigh* I then proceded to find my husband some swim trunks...

Editors note: If Plus size male fashion would mainstream like plus size women fashion has, they could make a KILLING. I seriously over paid for swimtrunks. Cute or not. Bastards.

So here we go again.

Swimsuit shopping and Banding

I am going to be honest with you. I haven't owned a swimsuit in possibly 5-6 years. Why? I'm fat, I live in the Midwest, and.. well, that's about all. When it gets hot, I don't go to the pool to cool down. I sit in the house. In the blessed air conditioning. With my dogs.

Things have to change though.

You see, I have always been an active person. Whether it be shopping, working, and cooking, I was always doing SOMETHING.

That has come to an end here recently. I've gotten so big that it has sapped my energy. It hurts to even move. I can't shop because within 30 minutes, my back aches like I just walked 20 blocks.

Things have to change.

Today my husband and I joined the YMCA. I am going to start out swimming. When I have lost enough weight I will work on the machines. I want to be fit and able. I want to be able to have kids. When I do have kids, I don't want to be the bump on the log that parks them in front of the TV.

Things are going to change.

So, with the whole swimming gig, that means I need a swimsuit. It is incredibly late in the summer apparently to be swimsuit hunting. I first started at Wal-Mart.

...I know... I KNOW! But I was there... and it was a good thing I was there too.

There was a teenage plus size girl crying with her mom.
Apparently the girl was upset that the only thing available at Wally world was bikinis. She was feeling fat and unloved. (haven't we all felt this way?) She tugged at my heart strings. I did the only thing I could do in a situation like that; I spoke to her.

"Uh.. excuse me?"
the girl looked up at me mortified. "My name is Leslie..uh... I couldn't help but overhear you having issues with the swimsuits. I'm plus sized too...but, you are smaller than me, and I know for a fact they have a couple of great swimsuits here in your size that will not show a whole lot of skin." I pulled two random pieces from the rack. One was a skirted piece and the other was a halter piece that came to the edge of the skirt. Her mom thanked me and she ran off to the dressing room. There wasn't much there for me (very slim pickings) so I left and went to Fashion Bug.

People, before I continue further, I need to let you know that it is the hottest day of the year. I don't sweat and I AM SWEATING. The walk from Walmart to my car culminated into me being a big hot sweaty fat girl. Don't you just LOVE that visual.

I get to Fashion Bug and walk in. Fat, blobby, sweaty and ugh. The sales lady was nice to me either way. I explained I needed a swimsuit and she frowned.
"We don't have many left, but I will show you what we got." She leads me to a rack of swimsuits and I begin digging. LO AND BEHOLD!  I spy a gem of a swimsuit. In my size! that looks decent! OMG!!!! I go up to pay.. AND IT IS EVEN FURTHER ON CLEARANCE!!!  This damn swimsuit is like 10 bucks. I must stop this story.. and do the robot.

*does the robot*

I am ready YMCA. Bring it ONNNN!!!!!

In natural hair news, today I have decided I am going to band my hair.  I will take before, during and after photos of the whole thing. I am excited.

Today's hair outlook is kind of bleak. I conditioned and moisturized my hair within an inch of its life. I don't know if it is the heat or what, my hair feels horrible. It feels like straw.

I went today to purchase bands and a wide tooth comb so that I can comb the conditioner through my hair when I am deep conditioning tonight. While I was at the store, I came across a darling hair accessory. It is a pink flower with a crystal gem on it. It has three small plumes of feathers on it. I have a wedding to go to this month and have been looking for something like this. YAY!!! It was really inexpensive too. It was 1.99 I will take a picture for my banding entry and put it up there.

Now I need to go read about all the fun stuff the Y offers. I want to get strong enough to take a Zumba class!

Lady Writer

Alas, pretty much the only thing I’ve been productive about lately is my writing. Even that is an ehhhhh. Because I hate writing about myself, I’ve tried to keep posting something here at least once a week. Hence the ehhhhh. It’s hard when you haven’t really done anything new but be a new and present lump in the great state of Nevada. This is not the exciting and shocking stuff that dreams and stars are made of, not that I do anything really shocking…..ever. Shocking for me was trying Boca meatless crumbles a couples weeks ago, which are rather tasty. Again, ehhhh.

There has definitely been some writing. Along with this blog I’ve been working on my film review blog. That still has yet to be a force to be reckoned with, but it’s getting there. Some novel ideas have popped in my head that I’m looking at pursuing. I have an idea about a romantic comedy about a Jane Austen fanatic who meets someone a little out of this world. This probably sounds crazy, and I agree. I have to remain cryptic to a point. I don’t want to ruin the whole story before I’m done with it. There is a real following for these kinds of books for Jane Austen fanatics. I should know, because being a fanatic myself, I own quite a few of them. It just kind of popped out. Did I forget to mention that it is still strictly an idea? Hehehe, I’m a slacker.

I’ve also been thinking about starting some children’s book. This is mostly due to my want to give Kellan special stories. What better gift for me to give to the little stinker than my love for imagination. I have been toying with an idea featuring a cat and the shenanigans that it will get into. Recently I wrote a little story for him to help him understand about his Dad being gone on deployments. That one is kind of special right now. I’m trying to join forces with an artist to illustrate this and make something fantastic for my brother’s family.

This is random, but too funny to share. As I’m writing this, Kellan was given some of the macaroni and tomato I made. Not only did he find it yummy, he discovered the prospective skin care attributes of it. I kept hearing squishy noises coming from him, and I looked over to find him moisturizing. This is the typical mischief that I get to witness on the daily basis, a large plus of my moving out here.

Until next time….

The Accidental Husband

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Director: Griffin Dunne

Screenplay: Mimi Hare, Clare Naylor, Bonnie Sikowitz

Starring: Uma Thurman, Colin Firth, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Dr. Emma Lloyd is a popular and well-respected love guru with her own radio talk show. For Patrick Sullivan, she is the woman that ruined his life after she gave advice to his fiancé to call off the wedding. Knowing that the good doctor herself will be getting hitched soon, Patrick decides to get a little payback by hacking into state records and making her married to him. The comedy proceeds as Emma tries to sort out the mistake and still keep her wedding together. The marriage mistake seems to take a backseat to her new problem, her growing attraction to Patrick. Who will she choose?

I personally purchased this, because I had yet to see it and enjoy Colin Firth. Now I wish my logic of not buying it at full price won out my carefree whim. It’s not great, but it’s not terrible. This is a standard chick flick. It’s so standard that I’m a little surprised that it was not an original Lifetime movie, yet I still would have seen it, if it was. The story follows the basic which guy does the girl choose plot line, and it remains pretty basic. If your significant other is usually opposed to these films, be kind and do not force him to watch this. There are plenty of other rom coms out there that will make everyone laugh even without admitting it. This is not one. Watch it yourself or with a few friends who enjoy the same type of movie.

I can only sum up this movie as cute and entertaining. If you’re bored, go ahead. If you like the actors, okay, try it. I warn you, though each of these actors has shown great talent in other films, this is not one, and I don’t entirely blame the actors for that. I felt the writing was not compelling enough to offer them a chance to expand the characters any more than they did in the film. I also certainly do not recommend purchasing this film like I did, unless you find it on a bargain rack. Do not dive off the regular price cliff that I found myself doing.

I give this film 2 ½ Buttery Kernels.

Coming Soon: Across the Universe

Product Review: Curls Nurture Cream by Fleurzty

A couple of months ago, I ordered some product. I made a big rant about it on the blog (see here) about the customer service of it all. Eventually I did receive the product. I've been using it off and on for a couple of months and feel like I have enough info to talk about it.
The product is called Curls Nurture Cream. I found it on the website: http://www.textureplayground.com/blog/?page_id=3079
I will type what it says on the jar as far as a description goes.
Provides moisture, shine, definition and softness to your curly styles whether achieved naturally or by setting the hair. CNC is a non-greasy moisturizer. 

Uses: Apply this cream after your leave-in conditioner to style. Will keep your hair moisturized for long lasting styles.

My thoughts: Okay, so the stuff works. It's rather nice actually. I can apply this to DRY hair and it absorbs this stuff. I have never had a moisturizer do that before. If my hair was not wet, it would just sit there. and i would look like Don King with grey hair in a cone shape with product on it. I was amazed by that. 
However after a couple of hours, my hair felt sort of dry again. Not the crispily crackly dry that I sometimes wake up with if I don't moisturize before bed, but fairly dry. That is something to watch out for.
Oh lord the scent. The scent is incredibly off-putting. You know that pink medicine you had to take as a child for an ear infection? The one your parents tried to convince you was bubble gum but you know good and well you never had a piece of Bubbalicious that tasted like that nonsense? That is what this stuff smells like. Luckily, the scent does not stay in your hair. While putting it in my hair I have flashbacks and the next thing you know I am on the floor screaming "I DON'T WANNA TAKE THE MEDICINE!!!" 
It's a decent product. The whole dryness after a couple hours and the scent is off-putting, but it is not bad enough that I wouldn't use the product again. 

Follow Friday The Drag Queen Edition


I have decided to link up with Family and Life in Las Vegas to do Bee Funny Friday Follow! It's got some rules, and they are really simple:

1. Add a main link to your blog weekly (Linky will open every Thursday night at 8 p.m. Pacific and close at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday mornings Pacific).

2. Follow the blogs in the # 1 and # 2 spots.

3. Post pictures and/or stories on your blog about something funny that happened during the week. That way others can smile, or get a good laugh.

5. Put our Bee Funny button in your post to share the fun.

4. Visit as many blogs as you can, and let them know that you are there from Bee Funny Friday Follow. Follow the ones you like, and we are sure you will get follows back.

6. But most of all, Bee Funny! Because Beeing Funny is what it is all about!


Bee Funny is open to family friendly sites ONLY, all others will be deleted.

Are you ready to Bee Funny!?


Last weekend as foretold I went to a bachelorette party. We went to Talbott Street bar (a fabulous gay bar) and watched a drag show.  I asked to get my pic taken with one.


I know I am short. I am somewhere inbetween 5'1-5'2.. but you never know how truly short you are until you are standing next to a beautiful drag queen

The Runaways

Genre: Drama/Biography

Director: Floria Sigismondi

Screenplay: Floria Sigismondi (Based on the memoir by Cherie Currie)

Starring: Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning

Adapted from Cherie Currie’s memoir, this is the story of the mid 70’s all girl rock band, The Runaways. Being the first of its kind, the idea of an all female group was offensive and laughed off, if not dismissed by their rock peers. What made the band even more radical was the fact that they were all barely adults.

Guitar player, Joan Jett, approaches record producer, Kim Fowley, with her plan of starting an all girl rock band. He helps her find a few more girls that can play instruments and thus group is created. There just seems to be one more thing missing for Fowley. The girls need something to give them that edge. Enter Cherie Currie. With her vocals and rocker glam look, The Runaways become a force and create enough of a following to get a record deal, jumping into the world of fame.

Life for a teenager in the mid 70’s had its challenges, whether it was with easily obtainable alcohol and drugs or sexual experimentation. For the The Runaways, these temptations were only magnified with their new found celebrity status, forcing crumbling holes within the band and especially in the young Cherie Currie.

This is a bio-pic, so there isn’t a deep and mysterious storyline. Not everyone may have known the story of The Runaways and their trials as a band, but because at least one person does, the substance that will make this kind of film a success falls directly in the hands of the actors. Their challenge to create something that was real into something believable for the audience cannot be done by just any actor. Bad acting in a film like this will kill it instantly. There is no contest with this picture that the actors, Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart, not only held their own, but were Joan Jett and Cherie Currie.

Dakota Fanning was recognized for her acting skills as a young child, a talent that she has been cultivating with every picture. Her portrayal as Cherie Currie is so convincing that at times, I would forget it was her. What was even more shocking for me was when I did realize it was her, and my internal morals would flare up. I would judge her for playing such a shocking part at her age. I quickly remembered that Cherie Currie was the same age, and this was actually her life. I do not believe that there are any reward nominations hinted at or confirmed for her role in this film, but I would not be surprised if she is honored with a few.

I can only hope that after seeing Kristen Stewart play Joan Jett some of her integrity as an actor will return. She has been criticized for her performances in the Twilight series, and I, myself, have been one of them. The difference between most of her critics and I is that I know she is a very capable actress and will most likely become an outstanding actress of our generation. This is bold, but she has the films to prove her presence. They have just been shadowed by the hype of the Twilight series. Is she deserving of any kind of award nomination for this part? Yes, but I feel as only a supporting part. It would not surprise me if she does or does not get nominated, because even though Joan Jett was showcased in this film, Cherie Currie was the main focus.

It really is an wonderful film that I feel will not disappoint. The film stands out as much as the band it portrays. The acting is moving, if not compelling. Being that it is based on a rock band, the soundtrack does not disappoint, either, using influential music from the era, the band, and Joan Jett’s. A nice little twist to the soundtrack and one that adds to their acting chops is that Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart provide their own vocals, making the film feel more authentic. I feel bold enough to say that even if The Runaways music is not your cup of tea, you will still enjoy the journey that created the rock band.

I give this film 4 Buttery Kernels.

Coming Soon: Accidental Husband