Tag: Friends of Ricki

How I became “inducted” into FRIENDS OF RICKI (FOR)!

I moved to California almost five months ago. During that time I have had many unexpected opportunities come my way. None more surprising than becoming involved with a social media group for the new RICKI LAKE SHOW.   It all started when Britt Michaelian, my 411 VOICES co-founder,  introduced me to a few tweeps via #FriendsofRicki.  She encouraged me to upload a video on to their FACEBOOK as they were looking for pitch ideas for the show.. So, I did.  You can view my initial video   here.

Before you knew it, I was being spotlighted as FRIEND OF THE WEEK.  And, that my friends started the ball rolling and my formal “induction” in to the FRIENDS OF RICKI (FOR) community!

This is what I do KNOW about being a FOR.  First, you get to come to see the tapings of the show as a VIP.  Cool right!  I even got to bring my mom! I also get to have a voice, through open pitch meetings, writing for the online Ricki Lake Show website and much more.  The women at 411 VOICES  have been very supportive of the Friends of Ricki social media efforts by giving much  of their TWITTER-LOVE and online support!

The best part of being  part of the FOR cadre are the friendships and connections you make.  From chatting with Ricki Lake, herself to meeting and dining with amazing folks via the Ricki Lake MeetUps (which are now available nationwide).  I believe that I may have made some friends “for life” thanks to TEAM RICKI!

Here is how you can become a FRIEND of RICKI, too!

On TWITTER simply tweet with the hashtag #friendsofricki

Go to the website for more connections THE RICKI LAKE SHOW WEBSITE


 Below are some photos from various events for FRIENDS OF RICKI..

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NEW on my shelf and in my KINDLE… ah.. random joys…

 Summer is a great time to curl up poolside with a book or magazine.  Here is what is sitting on my summer reading bookshelf  this month.  Note to readers- the list is as random as the writer!


          by Rallie McAllister, MD and Jennifer Bright Reich. (Available Amazon. Twitter as @MommyMdGuides)

I had NO IDEA what to expect when this book arrived.  I was approached by the authors who thought that my blog may be a great fit for a review.  I had a preconceived notion that  it would be a traditional parenting guide with some step by step directions of how to care for your baby.  Color me WRONG!

This book is clever, unique and educational. Written with the input from the personal experiences of  dozens of  physicians and other medical professionals, all who write about their own personal journeys into parenthood.  These vignettes are then juxtaposed with sound advice on topics ranging from breastfeeding to developmental milestones.  The Psychologist in me  LOVED THIS BOOK!  In fact, it is now on my list of books to give as a baby gift for rookie parents and suggest for early intervention programs to place in to their infant-toddler lending libraries.  Wonderfully written. Easy to read.  A++ . Bravo!


New Magazine for the Ricki Lake Show- airing September  10th. Photo property of Ricki Lake Show magazine.

  I think it really is awesome that there is a community of people from all over the world who have one common link this year  –  They are Friends of Ricki – a group based on social media bonding!  Banded together as fans of the timeless and quirky actress, Ricki Lake (who I LOVED in HAIRSPRAY ). Her social network groups are genius. Her magazine is engaging.  Her book is a must read.   Frankly, it is so raw and honest you almost feel guilty for reading it!

Ricki– I love all  of the energy your team has built  from your groups to your magazine. And, I can’t wait to see you back on the air starting September 10th!


LITTLE GREEN by Arnold Rudnick is the second book I have reviewed for this author. This preschool – early elementary level book is based on the concept that one should accept themselves for who they are, including their limitations.  Beautifully illustrated it is a good conversation starter for parents and children. I can see this book being a wonderful addition on bookshelves of families who have children with special needs or considerations.


This next book I adored!  I love the concept that you can find smiley faces in common objects throughout our natural environment. That is the premise of the children’s book , THE SMILEY BOOK OF COLORS.   Children and parents can read about colors on common objects – which make a smiley picture!  There is one draw back of this book… it is addictive.  Now, I find myself looking for spontaneous smileys EVERYWHERE!  Below is a video of my “findings” and the authors,  Ruth Kaiser.   I also inserted some real kids smiling!  As a side note, I recently met Ruth at the premier of the new RICKI LAKE SHOW. She is as wonderful in person as her book! And, she has a beautiful smile!

Blogs that make me smile and think….

I read a lot of blogs.  Not just one or two, but a whole bunch.  Many are for professional reasons, such as on education. Others are just for the “heck of it”.  Recently, I have come across a number of blogs that make me smile and think “out of the box”.  There is something about them that is full of either “warm and fuzzy feelings” or ” pearls of wisdom”.  Since, I believe in sharing information that is helpful for others, feel free to comment below.  By the way, none of the authors know I am writing this blog and including theirs in my list.  Welcome to my random list.. can’t wait to read yours.

NOAHSDAD.com  Meet Noah, an adorable toddler who happened to have been born with Down Syndrome. His Dad has been chronicling their lives for quite some time. This blog is full of beautiful photography and pure joy.  I love the videos including NOAHS FIRST STEPS.  Warning, you may feel your ears swell with happy tears.


Jodi, Jodi, Jodi!  Where were you and your college financial blog when our family started the college search and savings plans?  Well, our loss should be another’s gain… so readers…please run , don’t walk to Jodi Okun’s blog College Financial Advisors   Also, follow Jodi on TWITTER 

He is fab and so is his blog.  Gotta love the DAILY DIMMICK blog by Stephen Dimmick.  We met via FRIENDS OF RICKI   (THE social media group in conjunction with the Ricki Lake Show).  I found his sense of humor hysterical and his dedication towards helping animals in peril- a true mitzvah!  Glad I came across Stephen’s blogs and hope you will, too!

I LOVE TWITTER... should I shout that AGAIN!  Really, TWITTER has introduced me to people and services, that I would have no idea about if I hadn’t connected via this venue. This leads me to my “visual website choice..”  Amy Goodman.   You may know Amy from  various television programs. I recently, read her book  WEAR THIS, TOSS THAT.     This book is a perfect summer time read.  I really started salivating at some of the purses and outfits and honestly hope we meet someday so Amy can access my wardrobe selections.  The book has a fair amount of constructive tips on assembling a commonsense wardrobe.  Even for those who are far from being a fashionista- like myself.   Her website is chocked full of great info, too.  Bookmark it!

Another great “find” on TWITTER was Allana Pratt.   Known as an intimacy expert, she has a great blog that helps heal and nurture relationships. Much of her work is to help those who have had complicated lives and are in need of assistance with healing from the inside outward. Allana is your person.   Her website is for mature audiences, meaning those who are in need of intimacy help.  CLICK HERE    

Alanna Tweets as @AllanaPratt


If you are a TWEETER like myself and scores of others, feel free to follow ME as @LouiseASL

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