You Can Call this a Comeback

With the end of the year approaching I’m suddenly inspired to reflect on 2015, take inventory of the positive, find solutions to the negative and ultimately decide what I want to bring with me into 2016.  One of the things I want to bring with me is this very blog. Hey blog, missed ya! And in true Golden-fashion, I said to myself, “Self, why start tomorrow what you can do today?” You know, make a habit of it starting NOW. Amirite?

So, here goes. Whether you’ve followed my blog because you’re a fan of the content, or of me, or thought that this website was the Jewish version of Keeping Up with the Kardashians (my Sunday night family dinners should be filmed)…

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Sunday night family dinner

I think giving you a few updates on what I’ve been doing these past few years is the perfect place to start. Do-Re-Mi, my friends.

Where I’ve been…
Since my last post back in June, 2012, I’ve been BUSY. I’ve continued to host after shows at Afterbuzz TV for Impastor, The League, Truth Be Told, Dads, The Americans, and more. Then I got an exciting call, I was cast as the co-host for The Art of Life of The Lifestyle Network! WHATTT. My first broadcast TV gig. Major. I even got my very own blue check on Twitter. I was also cast as the new co-host on the Sam in the Morning show on LA Talk Radio. At the same time, my YouTube channel, Two Drunk Girls TV got some serious cred and bestie,

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Two Drunk Girls

Lauren Leonelli, and I got signed by Fullscreen for management and soon after came Gersh as our agents! I know, we’re still pinching ourselves. I guess it’s true, if you build it they will come. And they did. That brings us to the latest and greatest. Lauren and I set out to do a radio show of our own on LA Talk Radio, so we created a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds and get the show off the ground.  Not only did we meet our goal (thanks to many of you), but we threw ourselves a super fab launch party. The first show went live on October 7 and we’ve been booked with some seriously awesome guests since with no sign of slowing down! I’ve also picked up a love of yoga and practice regularly, because how else could I stay centered with all of this going on?! Sounds like a lot, doesn’t it?

What I want to bring with me…
Gratitude. And not just because it’s Turkey Day tomorrow but because duh. It’s something we all strive for, try to remember, post super deep memes and quotes about on Instagram, and then completely forget about because life happens and we say bye to gratitude like it’s Felicia. So here I am on November 25th resolving to maintain my gratitude each and every day. Why you may ask do I need to up my gratitude levels when I am clearly very thankful for the aforementioned resume? Because dear readers, even I forget all that’s happened until I put pen to paper and take stock for this here post. While in the thick of things I felt stressed, overwhelmed, busy, and under-accomplished (I will probably always feel this one due to my overachieving Capricorn nature, insert therapist’s name here ___), but you get my point. Why the F do we get on this damn hamster wheel?  We do it to ourselves which is the worst part.  I know I do. Welp, it comes to an end here and now, hopefully for good. At the very least, I’m going to pour a healthy amount of champagne into my hamster wheel water bottle and celebrate my accomplishments along the way. Who’s with me?

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It’s Complicated

While we’re all feeling festive and suddenly gracious, I would greatly appreciate you lovely people tuning in to my new radio show called It’s Complicated on LA Talk Radio, Wednesday’s at 12PM, and let me know what you think! Part of taking stock is also humility, so I’m going to exercise mine now. Any and all feedback is welcome.

And finally, thanks for supporting my comeback as a blogger folks. I appreciate your support over the years, and now, more than ever.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

 

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See Me on AfterBuzz TV!

If you haven’t had enough of me already, you can now watch me every Tuesday night this summer co-hosting the Rizzoli & Isles after show on Afterbuzz TV alongside Krisily Kennedy and Roqui Theus.  And, in true Jen fashion…the episodes are free!

AFTERBUZZ TV is Maria Menounos’ and Keven Undergaro’s network designated to producing “after show” webcast and podcast content for TV series, movies, and events of all kinds.  It’s pretty fantastic and innovative if you ask me.  When fans finish watching their favorite programs, they can go online to afterbuzztv.com and watch or listen to an after show that features hosts, in a state of the art, multi-camera HD studio, breaking down and discussing everything they viewed and thought, taking calls from fans worldwide and interviewing guests such as cast members, celebrities, show runners, etc.  Thanks to viewers’ support, AfterBuzz TV is now the largest new media platform on the web and fan’s #1 source for after show entertainment!

Although we had technical difficulties last night and video was down, check out afterbuzztv.com to hear the first Rizzoli & Isles after show and subscribe for FREE on iTunes.

Want to chat with us about the show?  Dial (424) 256-1729 to give your opinion on-air, or tweet at us @jenthejew, @krisily@roqui_t, and @afterbuzztv, and be sure to include #RizzoliandIsles.  If you’re a superfan too and want to be a guest on our show, email me at jenifer.golden@afterbuzztv.com!

Billboard Bang for your Buck

Recently I discovered how easy it is to spend invisible money on iTunes in one sitting.  I mean really, without knowing it, or choosing to pretend the songs didn’t cost a thang, I purchased $26 worth of songs like it was nothin’.  And then it hit me, why would I continue spending money on music?  No, no.  Not that I mean to steal it.  I may be many things (Jewish), but I am not unethical.  Of course I’d pay for it, but pay for it smartly guys!  Jeez.

In case you’ve been living under a rock, Spotify is a new music application that’s essentially the love-child of iTunes and Pandora and it’s FREE!  Spotify will literally change your life.  Consider this, unlimited music streaming ALL DAY LONG on your computer.  Now, for a measly ten bucks a month, you can have that same never-ending bank of unlimited tunes on not only your computer, but your phone too.  And you can play your beloved playlists offline, just as you would if you purchased songs from iTunes and had them readily available to you whenever you so chose, ad-free.  Yea, by now you’re doing the math.  That’s $120 for the year, for UNLIMITED songs.  Not 30, not 50, not even 100.  Unlimited songs yo!  Gym, car, party.  You name it, you’ll have your rad playlists wherever you and your digital appendage go.

This brings us to the Billboard Music Awards this Sunday.  Now you’re probably wondering how the Billboard Music Awards have anything to do with being budget friendly.  Time for some more math.  Let’s say you are a music fiend like me and want to purchase and download all of the nominees’ songs.  That’s over 40 categories with five nominees in each, hello! We’re now at at least 200 nominees, but what if you want to hear a whole album or even just a couple of an artists’ songs?  Wowza.  At this point, if you weren’t already, you’re probably singing a different tune.  Pun completely intended.

And here, kind Growing Up Golden readers, I give you a complete Billboard Music Awards Spotify playlist.  Give your ears the party they deserve.

Happy listening!

A St. Tropez Summer

Summer is quickly approaching and that means two things.  1.  It’s time to kick it into high gear at the gym, and 2. you need a pre-tan base of course before showing off your amazing bod in scantily clad attire. Enter tanorexia.

“Tanorexia: the term often used to describe a condition in which a person participates in excessive outdoor sun tanning or excessive use of other skin tanning methods (such as tanning beds) to achieve a darker skin complexion because they perceive themselves as unacceptably pale. The syndrome is different than tanning addiction, although both may fit into the same syndrome and can be considered a subset of tanning addiction.” (Wikipedia.com)

Now if you’re like me and have added/buried a line item into your monthly budget for a tanning membership, it’s time to remove it and your chances of that little (big) thing we call skin cancer.  You heard me fellow tanorexics!  Call and cancel it, because I’ve found a solution that helps you save a few bucks now and later on much-needed medical treatments…and you still get to keep your tan.  Hey now!

Remember that handy drugstore website I shared with you just a post ago?  (If not, now would be the time to read it.)  Well, they sell quite the nifty yet seemingly expensive St. Tropez tanning lotion.  Now, alone this product may seem as though it’s an unnecessary luxury item.  But in comparison to your monthly skin cancer membership, spending say $20-40/month, it’s a steal.  For all intents and purposes, let’s assume you tan a few times a week, or would like to at least.  Or, weeks go by where you don’t even use your membership at all.  Here’s where the fun happens.  One bottle of St. Tropez Everyday Gradual Moisturizer/Tanner costs a mere $30, qualifies for free shipping, earns you 5% cash back toward future purchases on our new fav site, doesn’t stink or stain and can be applied at your leisure completely sans streak.  And again, if you’re like me and have fallen victim to the infamous “bunny tail” (caused by frequenting lay down tanning beds), you will now no longer have that silly looking spot on your butt from being pressed up against the glass.  Yes folks, that happens.

Moral of the story: save some money, save your skin, and save your friends the embarrassment of being seen with someone who resembles Magda.

Drugstore Delivery

Behold…your days of toiletry and beauty shopping in-store are over.  How is that possible you may ask?  Or even retort with, “been there done that.”  Well, if you’ve never online shopped for these items, or if you have but don’t get cash back and free samples, I share with you my new favorite website, http://www.drugstore.com.  It’s an oh-so-convenient combo of CVS, Sephora and GNC and is beyond fabulous.  Literally, “two sites, one shopping bag” offering over 60,000 products ranging from shaving cream, to high end makeup, to prescriptions, to contact lenses.  With each order, you get 5% back to use on a future order, and your receipt with cash back comes in the form of an email – not a pesky hard receipt which you’re bound to lose or toss accidentally in a frantic spring cleaning session.  Oops.  And to top it off, you get free shipping on orders over $25!  After a thing of toilet paper, some tooth paste, and shower gel, you’re bound to reach the minimum.  I know, I die too.

So let’s recount the basics, you’re rewarded for shopping for things you’d normally buy anyway, your stuff shows up right on your doorstep, you get money back, and you get awesome free samples of things you’d actually use.  I’d say it’s a pretty win-win situation, wouldn’t you?

Happy shopping!

To Don’t List

Happy Monday everyone!  A friend recently shared this extremely inspiring article with me and I wanted to share it with all of you.  What better way to start your week than with a “To Don’t List” of the 30 things to stop doing to yourself.  It’s a quick, moving and ultimately useful reminder of the basics that are easily forgotten while life happens.  Once you’ve read it, be sure to check out the follow up article with “To Do’s” that you can start applying right now…

Enjoy, and have a great day!

Identity Crisis

A girl walks into an accounting office, sits down with her accountant and shows him her W2 and tells him what her write-offs are.  Accountant says great, you’ll be getting a refund of $X.  She pays her accountant and leaves a happy camper not-so-secretly planning what to do with her impending funds.  Fast forward to 6PM that same day and the girl gets a call from her accountant’s wife delivering the awful truth.  The girl’s identity had been stolen, her social security number had already been used to file taxes for 2012.  What?!  She thought to herself and all of the Twittersphere.  This couldn’t happen to me!  This was a rare occurrence that only happened to some people, but not me.

Well folks, it happened to me and it was not pretty.  In fact, it’s still not even resolved yet and my poor, much-needed refund is still in limbo while my identity thief remains out there probably tap-dancing and celebrating his/her temporary victory.  I have no idea how it happened or when, but it did and that’s that.  This brings us to my point, while this happened to me and is also happening to a boat-load of other unsuspecting people in the US, I will share what I’ve learned from the process so hopefully you can avoid this mess yourself, or at least know what steps to take should it unfortunately occur.

Things to avoid:

  • Losing your wallet.
  • Buying anything from a site that does not start with https:  (the S stands for secured)
  • Using your debit card at a gas station.  Apparently these criminals know how to use your info to fill up even after you’ve left.
  • Using your debit card at mom and pop shops.  Unfortunately, to make extra bucks, these people sell the info from their card reading machines to the folks that then steal your identity, all by hooking up the card reader to a computer and downloading the history.
  • Using the same password for everything, and not changing it regularly.

It was stolen – next steps:

  • Police Report – Call them immediately, they are your friends and they even make house calls, or in my case came to my office.  You will need a copy of this report for several of the other items listed below.
  • Credit Agencies – Set a 90-day fraud alert for yourself on each site stat.  You’ll need to see a history of your credit to know how long ago your identity was stolen, as well as what may have been purchased, etc.  Print them for your records.  You may need to use these as proof eventually.
  • IRS.gov Affidavit #14039 – Fill this bad boy out with proof of ID and send as certified mail with return receipt requested ASAP to the IRS.  It doesn’t hurt to throw in a copy of the police report, as well as any info you may have received from your accountant in regards to your social security number being compromised.
  • Social Security Administration – Call them at (800) 772-1213 and tell them what happened and how you found out.
  • Federal Trade Commission – Call them at (877) 438-4338 and tell them your story too.  These folks will generate a version of the IRS affidavit that you could use with all of your other proof to show you’re who you say you are, what happened, and it’s an official document.
  • Passwords – Change ’em all, especially your banking passwords and security questions.  You never know if someone hacked your email, saw a receipt or message from your bank and put together the answers to any personal questions from your inbox or outbox.

The moral of the story is this, cash is king.  But if you’re like me, and rarely have cash on you, then you are definitely susceptible to identity theft in any capacity.  So be careful.  The good news is although it’s a major speed bump and pain in the ass, if you use all of the steps mentioned here, this too shall pass and it will all work out in the end.  Identity in tact.

 

Happy Drawers, Happy Life

What better time to resurface than a lovely spring holiday weekend celebrating both Passover and Easter.  Two holidays bringing together family, slowing down the hectic pace of life, reminding you of what’s most important, and of course, concluded by a giant feast and if you’re lucky, hopefully stomachache- free.

And with that, what better time then to also do some spring cleaning, letting go of clutter in your home, as well as your life.  I, like many people, am reluctant to throw things out, with the hopes, or fears, that some day I might need that precious item I have buried deep beneath the top layer of clothes in each drawer.  

Well, let me tell you – that rule of thumb that if you haven’t worn it in the past year, it’s likely you will never wear it again is…true!  The photos I’ve included supports my enthusiasm of this endeavor, and I’ll say this, drawers that can close feels.so.good.

Now, once you’ve rid your drawers of your fashion fall-outs, and decided what to give friends and family, DONATE!  Bag up your items that are no longer of use to you, and give them to someone who’d be through the moon to gain your treasures, and to top it off, you get a tax write-off – WHAT!  They even have those nifty drive-thru donation sites which make it a no-brainer.

While you’re spring cleaning, why not make a party of it and clean up other areas of your life too by taking a good look at your relationships, friendships, work, and person you are and want to be.  It’s never too late to make a change, or even relish in and appreciate what just might already be an amazing life.  Let go, de-clutter, and take a breath.

Happy cleaning, and happy holidays everyone!

Love,

Jen the Jew

JTJ: Slow Children Crossing

Hey everyone!  If you’re looking for a fun and FREE way to start your weekend, join me tonight at the Comedy Central Stage at The Hudson Theater for Robotic Chocolate: The ReMix, featuring LA’s hottest sketch comedy troupe, Slow Children Crossing.  How could you pass this show up with an inappropriately amazing name like that?  The talented SCC troupe provides a fast-paced rollercoaster ride of never-ending laughs!  Seriously, folks.  With their assortment of high and low brow, political, satirical, scatological, and musical humor, you’ll find yourself laughing even after you’ve left the show.   Who knows, even you too may appear slow at that point.

If you are the “too soon” type and giggle during sex-ed than this is the show for you.  Reserve your free tickets now at (323) 960-5519!

Click here for more information on the cast and show dates.

Robotic Chocolate: The ReMix
Thursday Sept 22nd  @ 8pm
Comedy Central Stage at The Hudson Theater
6539 Santa Monica Blvd
LA, CA 90038

It’s Closing Time

What happens when one of the guys reenters the dating scene after a long-term relationship break up?  Well it’s survival of the fittest of course and he’s got to learn the new tricks of the trade to stay in the game…

Brett Gursky’s short film, Closing Time, will be screening tomorrow at the HollyShorts Film Festival, an annual festival showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the world.  Yea baby, the world.

I just happen to be in this particular film along with a few other familiar faces, so if you’re free Tuesday from 12-1:30PM, come check it out!  During this block you can also catch some of the other celebrated shorts and if you ask me, this is a real bang for your 10 bucks.

Click here for tickets and more info on Closing Time!