You may not know it but I am obsessed with Jill Kargman and the Bravo television show Odd Mom Out. When it debuted last year I immediately saw myself in Jill, if I lived on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Watching her weekly antics made it easy to declare Jill my “spirit animal”.
When I heard she was releasing a book entitled, ‘Sprinkle Gitter On My Grave‘ I immediately thought, “I need to cop that shit”. Cause if there was a book that needed to be apart of my mommy humor collection this was it! My follow up thought was, I hope my ass gets invited to a book release event.
Guess what? I did! And it was great!! I mean its Jill there would be no way this event would be anything less. It was hosted by Diva Moms and Armitron watches, and took place at the Armitron showroom in New York City.
I don’t know what I expected when the doors opened, but I know I wasn’t expecting to see the crowd that was there. I couldn’t even get off the elevator and it took me 15 minutes to make it out of the lobby area. It was amazing to see so many women from all walks of life come out to show their love. In turn, the red carpet was rolled out for us as Armitron gave out complimentary watches to all the guests.
If you haven’t purchased Jill’s book yet then you need to. She’s giving us classic Jill quirky humor. Things that would make others cringe and cry anre hysterical moments for Jill. Sprinkle Glitter On My Grave will have you laughing and talking along with her as she poke fun at everything from life in general to her own family and friends, nothing is off limits.
The holiday’s are coming up and this is a must buy for all your odd mom out friends!
Check out my Snapchat Video to get a glimpse of how it all went down.
And if meeting Jill wasn’t enough a couple of days later Armitron emailed me to say that I had won the giveaway they were running. All one had to do was share a pic of yourself wearing the watch during the event. My IG gif (shown below) won me FOUR more watches!! Can you believe it! I can’t wait to show you what I ordered.
I don’t usually talk about this topic outside of those closest to me, and I definitely have never spoken about it on this site. I just didn’t think there would ever be a reason to mention it, until now.
Things are gonna get heavy but stick with me.
For as long as I can remember I have always been intrigued by the afterlife. The question of what happens to us after we die is a question I think many people have. It’s a natural curiosity. I morbidly think about the deaths of my loved ones. I don’t know why, I just do. And it’s not in the sense of that I want them to die, no. I mean cause if I had it my way we’d never age and walk this earth forever. I think more about how I would feel. The pain. The loneliness. I know death is inevitable, but it’s the how and when that keeps me (hell, all of us) on pins and needles. And since I don’t know, I can only from time to time wonder.
But I don’t know how I would feel if someone told me my husband’s time was almost up? This is a double edged sword because I want to know, but I know in reality I couldn’t handle it, and beg the memory to be erased. However, this DID happen to a woman, on a very random day in her kitchen more than 10 years ago. There she was washing dishes when a powerful voice boomed into her head and told her that her husband would die soon. She didn’t know how to process this information. Where did it come from? Who said it? What did it mean?
So she did what anyone else would do and pushed it out of her mind. But in less than 3 months she would find herself laying inside her flipped over car, in snowy ditch on the side of the road next to her deceased husband. The real life woman this happened to is named Irene Weinberg, and this is her story.
Bagels in Heaven made me laugh, it made me cry, and it also let me know that just because our loved ones may not physically be here for us to touch and talk to, they are still around us, showering us with love and guiding us on our path in life. This book touched me in so many ways, especially with my Grandmother’s one year anniversary approaching in April. It helped me understand that she is still very much with me, I just have to open my mind to signs that she sends me.
What kind of signs you ask? Well, how about the time I was sitting at a red light thinking about her and out of nowhere her favorite song More Than Words came on. This made me think of her standing in the window of her high rise apartment looking at the New York City skyline sipping a hot cup of tea. Then out of no where my 4 year old breaks my thought to ask if she can have some tea when we get home. Talk about a clear and direct message. All in a split second waiting at a stoplight my grandmother wanted me to know she was there. These are the signs Irene wants us to pay attention to because they bring us solace and comfort.
Irene’s book also spoke about soul mates. The love Irene and her late husband Saul have for one another spans more than just the one lifetime, which is why I speak of it in the present tense. And thanks to a now famous celebrity medium (who I will not mention because I want you to be surprised when you read it), Irene became aware of those past lives, some of them are happy and others are more tragic than the loss that she suffered this life. But what I loved the most was reading how they come together in each of them. I can only describe their love as the type of love that’s desired by most, but sadly only experienced by few. And it got me thinking, I wonder how many lives me and Jeff have lived together before this one? I mean, how else does a Haitian guy from Brooklyn end up meeting a Haitian girl from Jersey City? I always felt it had more to do with a pre-determined fate rather than some random fluke.
They Serve Bagels In Heaven is a great read that will take you no time to finish because once you start you’ll want to keep going.
IRENE ON EMBRACING YOUR AWAKENING SPIRITUALITY
A few weeks after I finished Irene’s book I found out that she would be hosting an intimate event in New York City to not only talk about her book but also give tips to help me tap into my spiritual awakening.
See how things come together. Don’t you just love when that happens?!
During her two hour event she taught me four keys things to help me live life full of happiness and positivity.
1 – Lovingly detach from those around her who did not exude positive energy and light
2 – Follow my intuition and only walk through doors that feel right
3 – Understand that the only things we can control in this life is ourselves.
And lastly, (this is the biggie) she talked about how holding grudges and the inability to forgive (cause this is so me), stunts our own spirit from growing. It took me back to the popular saying, I’m forgiving you for ME. It makes sense when you really think about it.
All in all, I learned so much from Irene in this little bit of time we had together. Regardless of your spiritual background there are so many life lessons that can be applied to everyone’s life. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a loved one nearing a transition or if that person has already crossed over, or if you’re interested in the spiritual realm and past life romances. You can get a copy of They Serve Bagels In Heaven on Amazon.
Mommy R+R is a self-care escape exclusively for moms. It was created after attending one too many playdates where I noticed the only thing other moms talked about were their kids. That lead me to wonder who they were prior to being a mother, and Mommy R+R was born. It’s time for moms to get back in touch with who they are so they can rediscover and reconnect with themselves.