Saturday, August 14, 2010

Katy Hall At The Huffington Post Crossed The Line At Bald Head Island, BabyMama Blows A Stack

I received a few e-mails asking my thoughts on the Huffington Post article written by Katy Hall. Well I first thought that this woman's parents obviously let her know Kate Gosselin was on the Island. Just a hunch. For her to say that it was a total coincidence that she arrived a day later and her house is right across from the Gosselins to me smelled like pure freakin BS. What she writes in the article completely pissed me off. We know how that The Huffington Post has written some of the most hurtful comments about Kate Gosselin out there. I seriously do not put it past this woman or her magazine to orchestrate this supposed "expose" by using the ruse that she "just so happened" to be in the house next door and saw all these EXCLUSIVE things that no one else can see just for the sake of her job. How was Katy Hall supposed to be relaxing when all she did was stalk the Gosselins for a week?

What pissed me off was the snark, nasty things she said about the family and especially Kate. Making comments about her c-section scars is disgusting. Saying that her joy in taking pictures just to watch Kate "touch legs" with Steve was borderline pathetic. The Huffington Post has shown themselves to be the epitome of trash at this point. Anything they can do to attack Kate they will. When you read what this woman wrote, they way that she made a HUGE point about accusing the kids were "working" just to get a rejoice from the haters, made my skin crawl. LEAVE KATE ALONE, ENJOY YOUR VACATION.

Should I have made this a whole post? No, they don't deserve it. But I was so pissed when I read this article I wanted to see if I was the only one that felt this way. So I ask you to please comment about this article and tell me what you think in my comments section. Did this woman cross the line of her "personal" assessment of the Gosselins? Or was it painfully obvious that she was there from the start to do what her job wanted her to do, which was make Kate Gosselin look as bad as possible, then stage it as truth when she was the only one who saw anything and could basically write anything and people would believe it. Or am I such a Kate Gosselin supporter that I'M seeing this all wrong? I need to hear from my loyal followers. I want to know!

'Kate Plus 8' On Bald Head Island: Exclusive Details On The Gosselin Family's Working Vacation  By Katy Hall,
Kate Gosselin, her eight kids, bodyguards and a TLC crew took the ferry to Bald Head Island, N.C., on Sunday for a week of camera-ready beach fun. The next day I arrived with little more than a swimsuit and a stack of books, hoping to unplug for a whole week for the first time in years.

It was with a mix of vexation and glee that I learned the Gosselins were renting the house (at $8,025 for the week) directly across from me. I had been warned during my trip over. "Kate Plus 8!" was the subject line of several emails my devoted but celebrity-ignorant dad sent me, along with wildly distant photos of the sextuplets on the beach. My mom, who recognized the Gosselins only from reading my work, filled my voicemail with tales of Kate jogging at 7 a.m., Kate standing with her hands on her hips while her kids played with the camera crew, the piles of new pink and green beach toys and towels stacked in their packaging on their porch. It was a lot of excitement for an island where the biggest disruptions are intimate beach weddings, allowed only in off-season.

Bald Head Island is an isolated community filled with maritime forest preserve and lavish houses painted in muted colors. It's the same place John Edwards was once reported to be eying an estate for himself and Rielle Hunter (the listing is still on the market, much to the relief of homeowners who came for the quiet and privacy). It's also where Kate Gosselin took the kids last summer just before she and Jon announced their divorce. The only way to reach the island is by ferry, and golf carts are the only way to get around once you're there. I've been visiting my family's Bald Head home for years. I go to clear my head of pretty much everything but how to prepare the fish each night. I do not go to think about whether and why I care about the Gosselins.

But I had little choice as their vacation, and mine, began with a photo op. I was sitting on the beach when they all paraded out of our shared beach access walkway with a camera crew, two bodyguards and a couple of boom guys. First came Cara and Mady, followed by their six younger siblings, the girls in pink polka dot two-pieces and the boys in Hawaiian print trunks. Finally Kate, in a sensible pink and white bikini, appeared. Blonde weave blowing straight behind her and one hand planted just below her waist, she smiled at the cameras. When the family reached the ocean they were directed to turn right around and head back to the house. One of the boys hung back, looking longingly at the water. His mom hadn't noticed, but eventually one of the crew ran back and whisked him into line. The next day, the crew and sextuplets were out, but no Kate. The kids played in the ocean and fought for the attention of a young camera guy who patiently played a few dozen games of rock, paper, scissors. All were having fun until an argument over a granola bar led Alexis to spit on one of her brothers. "Alexis Faith!" the babysitter yelled, and the kids were soon assembled into a line to march back inside.

Wednesday finally brought an off-camera beach outing. Kate had swapped the modest two-piece she'd had on for filming for a nude-colored sparkly string bikini. The only other adult present, a middle-aged, athletic man with a full head of gray hair, sat very close to her. "Steve, Steve!" the kids called as he splashed them from a bucket of water. I later identified him as Steve Neild, a longtime bodyguard and travel companion who is married and was rumored to have served as Kate's boob job consultant last year. I took a couple pictures with my phone and ended up catching Steve's attention. He jogged over to my beach chair and asked in a stern British accent, "Would you mind not taking pictures of the children?" I didn't point out I was more interested in snapping him and Kate touching legs. I agreed, and firmly, protectively, he said, "Erase those, now." I knew he had no legal basis, but allowed him to bully me because I had already saved the halfway decent ones and I did not want to become his enemy with several days left in the week. In exchange, Steve asked if I would like a picture with Kate. It seemed like a routine offer meant to disarm citizen paparazzi. "Sure," I said, and we strolled over to Kate, who was staring into space, apparently unaware of the exchange. "I'm a big fan of the show," I told her. I have never seen an episode of the show, but it seemed like the least sinister motivation to offer. Steve asked Kate to pose. "Come now, get up!" he said. "In a bikini?" she whined. Her skin was a deep orange, her stomach dimpled by a pair of scars (tummy tuck and c-section, I guessed), her long nails perfectly French manicured. She wore dangly silver earrings and multiple necklaces. She pulled on a long white cover-up, ignoring Steve's repeated assurances that she looked "fantastic" in her bikini. "One condition," she told me. "You can't post this on Facebook or anything. We're anonymous here and we'd like to stay that way."

I nodded, wondering how she equated anonymity with bringing a large crew to film her family vacation. Kate struck a red-carpet pose, hand on hip, facing into the wind ("My hair blows back this way," she explained), and we awkwardly embraced as Steve fumbled with my iPhone. The next day it was back to work. The kids were forced to fly large, expensive-looking kites for the cameras even though the wind was blowing more than 20 miles per hour, too fast for small boats to go out. Not a single kite made it into the air as the crew and babysitter struggled with the kids' kites for more than an hour while Kate adjusted her black sundress. For this she earns a reported $250,000 per episode, more than twice what Jon Hamm makes for each hour of 'Mad Men.' Five days into the Gosselins' trip, a celebrity photo agency had finally learned of their whereabouts and sent a paparazzo to the beach. He sparred with both beachgoers and 'Kate Plus 8' crew, but INF captured the kite-flying misadventure here. The crew and entourage had swelled to about 15, and homeowners were starting to vent as they gathered to watch the reality circus that had taken over their beach and blocked their beach access. "She is not a classy person," said a woman who had seen Kate, the kids and cameras invade the Bald Head Island Club pool the day before. "Just talking on her phone, ignoring her kids. And that tattoo!" Someone called the police, who were eager to respond to something other than a speeding golf cart. The complaint was that the crew had trodden upon the protected sand dunes--an offense that carries a $300 fine--and that was as good a reason as any to get them off the beach. A camerawoman who had been shooting from a dune blamed the children, and a burly director type rushed over to establish himself as the go-to police liaison.

On Friday the family stayed in, and that night a newly chastened Steve circled the house several times looking for paparazzi before allowing everyone out for a sunset stroll. From my porch I watched Kate, Steve and the kids walk down the beach access and start flying a kite. The wind had finally died down and the sky blushed pink. Then a confrontation erupted between Steve and a paparazzo who had been laying curled in the sand. I would have felt bad had they embraced this sort of limelight hating earlier in the week. There were moments that resembled a normal summer vacation--the twins shucking corn on the porch before dinner, Aaden in his glasses standing spellbound at the edge of the ocean, Kate running up to the house to get snacks and juice boxes for her kids. Maybe there will be more of these if they leave the cameras behind next year.

The day of the kite flying fiasco, two old ladies in one-piece swimsuits stopped to take in the scene. They asked me what everyone was looking at and I told them a big family was filming a reality series. "What happens in the show?" one of them asked. "Pretty much this," I gestured at the crew coaxing the tired, bored kids to play, Kate standing over them pointing her fingers and fixing her hair. "I thought 'Seinfeld' was the show about nothing!" the other woman snorted, and they continued their walk down the beach.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

What Will Kate Wear To The Emmys? What Type Of Parent Are You? My Favorite Kate Recipe!

Hello Gosselin fans! Just when you think all is quiet on the Gosselin front and the negative naysayers wish that her 15 minutes were up...They are sadly WRONG! The world is a buzz with more Kate news..How exciting is it to be the opening skit for the Emmy's? They were super smart this year to get Ms. Gosselin to really get people excited for the show. Will she walk the red carpet? Will she be funny? Will she shock us? Love her or hate her, you can never stop talking about her. And I for one am happy to smirk just a little more at those that thought bigger and better things would never happen for the hardest working mother on TV. (In my opinion anyway ;)

So how cool is it that I was Googling "Kate Recipes" for my new post and my old Blog Post was the FIRST thing that came up?Trying to not let me head swell lol, but on of my first posts on my old blog still gets the most hits..And each week I will once again put up my favorites since the organic meatloaf is still simmering in our brains! However in honor of her "Back To School" blog post, I decided to showcase her famous Peanut Butter Play Dough! Hey and please come say hi in our comments section. We would love to hear from you!

Kate Gosselin's "Back To School" Peanut Butter Playdough
1/2 cup peanut butter, 1/2 cup honey & 1cup powdered milk
Knead until smooth but add a dash of flour for texture

Kate Gosselin is going to the Emmys:

Details are mum, but E! News reports that Gosselin, 35, will appear at the very beginning of the Aug. 29 telecast – and she'll be getting close to some huge TV stars. The same day that Gosselin's Emmys plans were announced, a TLC rep confirmed that the reality mom will appear on the Nov. 14 episode of Sarah Palin's Alaska, the former Alaska Gov.'s upcoming reality show. Said TLC president Eileen O'Neill: "This project is going extremely well. I've been on location in Alaska, and it has become clear that it takes a special individual to thrive in Alaska."

What should we expect from Jimmy Fallon at The Emmys? I'm thinking this lol:

5 Parenting Types: Which Describes You?

We all parent a little differently. Some of us our raise voices, others impose consequences. Some let anything go, others keep it all in check. Moms and dads are people with different life experiences, different personal philosophies. But that shouldn’t stop us from boiling it all down into a few easy categories. Which parenting type describes you best? Which categories do you straddle?

Momania blogger Theresa Walsh Giarusso, writing in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, thinks that she, like Kate Gosselin, might be a punitive parent. This is the mother who can turn what should be fun into a punishment. For Gosselin, this was a home chicken coop her brood of eight wasn’t excited enough about building. So instead of letting the fun in home-farming reveal itself, Gosselin said poop-scooping duties would go to those who misbehave. Giarusso knows she’s a punitive parent when she forces her son go swimming, even though he doesn’t want to (because her other two do want to). Or making all three go to the science center despite howls of protest. Here’s how she describes punitive parenting: …things that I think will be fun often turn into a forced march with my kids and then you get ugly about it The benefits of punitive parenting are, I suppose, they get your kid over the hump to try new things, which, they may some day come to enjoy (probably not the chicken poop thing.

Then there’s idle parenting, which means backing the heck out of your kids way and expecting them to self-entertain. The benefit with idle parenting is that you, the mom or dad, don’t go nuts. And your kids? They’re masters of their own destiny rather than lost little 24-year-olds confusing the American Dream with entitlements. Authoritative parents, as opposed to authoritarian parents, set clear boundaries and expectations — and enforce them with lots of snuggles and empathy. The benefit of this style is that you have healthy kids (regular family meals are apparently a hallmark of this parenting type) who thrive on the various routines set by Mom and Dad. Authoritarian parents are similar to authoritative but they don’t follow any of the commands with warmth or emotional connection. The benefit? Parents get their way! But then there’s the drawback of sad, depressed children among other consequences. Then, there’s Ghetto Parenting, the latest label to be offered alongside “Hello, My Name is” stickers. Ghetto parents argue in front of their children (oops), curse around the children (uh oh), and put their child off on friends and relatives in order to hang out in the street (well, if by street you mean the movies or a quiet restaurant, guilty as charged!). I don’t mean to be greedy but I’m a little of all five types, depending on the day (hour? minute?). What about you?

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Kate Gosselin At The Emmys? "Alaska" Not Till November, What Does Sarah Palin Have In Common With Kate?

Kate Gosselin Is Going to the Emmys?! : E!

And we're happy to report that things seem to be coming along quite nicely. Make that quite hilariously. We just got some major scoopage on plans for the big show, happening on August 29. We're not going to spoil things by revealing everything, but one thing that really caught us off guard is…Kate Gosselin! So what on earth doe she have to do with the television industry's most important night of the year? Read on...If all goes as planned right now, the notorious reality TV mom of eight is going to be at the Emmys. Why? It's not like she's nominated for anything, right? And nope, she's not a presenter.

We'll tell you this: you must must must watch the start of the show. If what we know actually happens, host Jimmy Fallon is going to kill it right out of the gate. And that includes an all too familiar Kate Gosselin getting thisclose to some of today's biggest and brightest television stars. And thankfully, Gosselin doesn't take herself too seriously—at least she won't be on Emmy night.

Palin, Kate Gosselin TV Show Confirmed:

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin and reality TV mom Kate Gosselin will appear together in a special episode of Palin's new series on TLC. But what's creating a buzz on the Internet is a report the two celebrity moms didn't hit it off on a camping trip. The National Enquirer claims Kate Gosselin stormed off a camping trip with the Palins after two hours when she was told her bathroom facilities would be a plastic bucket. Later, paparazzi photos showed the Gosselin family looking tired on their way back to Wernersville, Pa. from Los Angeles and Alaska.

That story is getting more press on the Internet than TLC's announcement of Palin's series. The network told TV critics that its new multi-million dollar series, "Sarah Palin's Alaska," will debut in November and Kate Gosselin will be featured in one episode. TLC President Eileen O'Neill said that the Palin family "graciously shared their Alaska with the Gosselin family," and confirmed their adventures will be part of an episode of Palin's reality show. The show will reportedly have the Gosselins fishing and hiking with the Palins. The network didn't comment about the Gosselins camping with Palin, after reports for weeks that the two celebrity moms camped together. It should make for interesting television, since Gosselin had issues camping with her eight children on "Jon & Kate Plus 8."

The National Enquirer story is also stirring up a ton of Internet buzz. When Palin's TV show was announced last spring, there were also reports that Gosselin was dismissive of the show and bragged she sold more books that Palin. Palin is also reportedly getting $1 million an episode of the 8-part series, dwarfing Gosselin's salary for her two TLC shows.

5 Things "New BFFs" Sarah Palin and Kate Gosselin Have In Common?:
We’re guessing the first conversation between new pals Sarah Palin and Kate Gosselin went something like this: Palin: “The media loves to hate me.” Gosselin: “Me too!” Palin: “I can’t go anywhere without a hoard of paparazzi following.” Gosselin: “Me too!” So it’s little wonder the two moms have become fast friends, with word leaking the other day that Gosselin and her eight children will be appearing on Palin’s new reality show. Palin will appear on “Kate Plus 8,” too, after Gosselin took the kids camping in Alaska.
So what other things do these new besties have in common? Here’s five things:
1. They’re both bestselling authors. Gosselin published her first book, “Multiple Blessings,” two years ago, while Palin’s “Going Rogue” was a bestseller in late 2009.
2. They’re both trailblazers. Palin was only the second woman to run for vice president. Gosselin and her ex-husband, Jon, are one of just a handful of U.S> couples to successfully conceive and birth sextuplets.
3. They both have shows on TLC. Gosselin’s “Jon & Kate Plus 8″ started its run on Discovery Health before moving to TLC, where it was one of the top programs on cable last year. Palin’s new Alaska-focused reality show will debut on TLC on Nov. 14.
4. They both come from big families. Palin has three siblings, while Gosselin has five.
5. They both have a famous “look.” Palin’s glasses became her trademark during the 2008 campaign. Gosselin’s asymmetrical hair has drawn more attention than most presidential mandates over the past two years.

What's Tonight For Dinner at our house? Why Kate's Meatloaf of course!