Posts Written ByAmanda Rodriguez

You're Probably Not Thinking About Buying A Bodysuit, But Just In Case...

  Honestly, I’ve struggled to make sense of why they exist. Like, why on earth would grown up ladies want to hunch themselves up into all kinds of impossible positions to snap the coochie-clasp of a bodysuit on themselves? Like onsies aren’t hard enough to put on babies. Like fumbling around down there just to pee is normal. Like a regular shirt doesn’t just make more sense. But, I figured before I judge too hard, I should try one. Newsflash: a bodysuit was as unflattering and ridiculous as you can imagine. But, it was also stretchy. And soft. And soooo comfortable! I have…

"The BFG" — the funniest, fartiest, friendliest giant you'll ever meet!

  I have never been a huge Roald Dahl literary fan. I like all of his books-turned-movies; but, I never really enjoyed the book version of his stories. I know, weird. The books are always better than the movies! Always! But, I guess Roald is just not my jam. The BFG was no different. I have no less than three copies of that book tucked into various shelves and nooks and crannies in my home (I was a teacher, I have young kids, people give me free books all of the time, and I am a hoarder), and I never…

This is how to talk to your kids about Orlando.

  Tragedy is an unfortunate and scary part of life. And, as a parent, I feel like it’s even more frightening when something horrendous happens. You have the natural fear of wanting to protect your children, and then the unfortunate task of figuring out what to say to them about it. It’s a scary truth for all parents, but one that’s uniquely challenging when it comes to kids like my youngest, who suffers from an anxiety disorder. His fears, irrational or not, are real and intense and overwhelming on a safe day. On a scary day they are worse. My natural…

Alice Through the Looking Glass - a review!

  Tim Burton makes odd movies. Odd, interesting. Odd, artsy. Odd, weird. Whatever you think “odd” means is basically what it means when it comes to Tim and his flicks. The recently released Alice Through the Looking Glass is no exception. It is odd. And, if odd is your jam, you should totally go see it. I will admit, though not a huge fan of any origin, even I enjoyed the whimsical story and lively, colorful scenes of the latest iteration of Alice in her Underworld. SPOILER ALERT: Alice Through the Looking Glass If you didn’t catch the first Alice…

Watch "The Nice Guys" (And Not Just For Ryan Gosling)

  When Ryan Gosling makes a movie, you better know I am going to make considerable effort to see it. Drop the kids with their grandma, pay a teenager to sort of pay attention to them while they play video games and she texts her friends incessantly, or haul them to the theater with me and deposit them in whichever kid movie is playing around the same time with definitive instructions and $5 to blow in the arcade afterwards (this time it was Angry Birds and they loved it) – all of that is on the table. I made it happen…