Review Bad Moms

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At the time of writing, Bad Moms has apparently already made almost $56 million big ones at the box office and it’s my bet it will double, triple and even inspire a TV series. Yes, sisters, it’s. that. good.

Think the Hangover meets Sex and the City – Bad Moms is crass, irreverent and confronting, yet oh so relatable it will make you squirm in your seat on more than a few occasions. And just like SATC, if you’re a Mum, you’ll see yourself in at least one (if not all) of the main characters which can uncomfortable, comforting and hilarious all at the same time.

Continuing on with our SATC comparison, the main characters could be Carrie, Samantha and Charlotte (ditching Miranda, I mean, who ever liked her anyway?) but are now Mums living in the burbs. Amy, Carla and Kiki but ‘living the dream’ of the white picket fence variety, swapping their Manolo’s for Kumfs and their Cosmopolitans for long blacks, their days as Moms are tedious, long and unfulfilled.

The main character of Amy Mitchell (Mila Kunis) is as genuinely sweet and likeable as Carrie, albeit less the expansive wardrobe and cigarettes. Married to husband Mike, Amy has two children after shacking up early with her first baby arriving at aged 20. But life is far from rosy – Mike is useless, lazy and narcissistic. More like a flatmate than a husband, he offers next to nix when it comes to responsibility in providing, housework or child-rearing let alone noticing his wife’s undeniable attractiveness or needs. After catching him cheating on her over the internet, Amy has no option but to confront her feelings of rage and complacently towards him. Kicking him to the curb and out of the house, she realises his only purpose may well have been to be the glue that held her, and in turn the family unit together simply by sitting on the couch.

In between this, Amy (like most Mums nowadays) is juggling more than her fair share of burdens in running the entire household; think school projects, soccer practice, working a part-time (aka full time) job in a coffee company for a clueless hipster boss and throw in a sick dog with vertigo “Who knew this was even a thing?”, she’s almost at breaking point. The final blow is Gwendolyn (Christina Applegate) who, as the head of the PTA strives for perfection in not only herself but demands it of others, pushes Amy that little bit too far regarding delivery of bakery goods in the upcoming all American bake-sale. Think Michael Douglas in Falling Down, you just know Amy’s about to blow but, depending on the wind direction, we just don’t know which way.

It’s here she meets fellow unfulfilled and equally unhinged Moms Carla (Kathryn Hahn) and Kiki (Kristen Bell) who, for their own miserable reasons have all converged at the local dive bar for sweet relief. It’s over a few shots, wines and basically anything to get them drunk that they bond over their shared loathing of the perfect Mom (whatever the hell that is), of Gwendolyn and her ilk and compare stories of their perceived shitty mother skills. They bond even further after a drunken romp around the fluorescent-lit local supermarket culminating in an all-night bender. Deciding to quit striving for unobtainable perfectness at her own expense, Amy throws down the gauntlet to her newfound besties to just, well, fuck it. “Let’s be bad Moms”, she declares. What ensues is a battle against the excellence Gwendolyn represents and what we behold as good parenting, all to side-splitting results. Nothing is sacred or off limits in this film and it’s here you can tell comedy genius Judd Apatow (think Train Wreck, This is 40 etc) had a heavy hand in its production.

Reuniting Kunis and Bell since Forgetting Sarah Marshall, the cast truly deliver a stellar performance with Kathryn Hahn the lubricant that completes the triangle of deranged friendship as the hilarious, sexually- empowered single Mom. Bell is subtle and on-cue with Applegate simply picking up her role of Veronica Corningston from Anchorman and placing it down with a side-dish of bitchy to perfection. Jada Pinkett-Smith (cue Miranda?) is in there somewhere too.

Bad Moms is of course a comedy (and a great one at that) but at it’s core, its an insight into the struggles of all Mums who said they wanted it all, yet didn’t realise this meant they had to do it all. Dad’s don’t feature much in this film and that’s the point – it makes us question the reality of the enormous pressures we are all under as Mums and the additional expectations we put on ourselves and those around us. The answer of course is a life-hack from John Farnham in ‘taking the pressure down’ by drinking more, supporting other Mums and to quit being all Rebecca Judd-gey about whose life is better. Because at the end of the day, we all suck at it. Some of us just look better on Instagram. Ya dig?

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Time for a tyre check
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Bob Jane T-Mart Tread Safely Week

Tread Safely week launches 5th to the 11th of September each year and just like a breast check for Pink Ribbon Day, it was created in order to remind you to check your tyres.

Given the health of your tyres is super important to ensure the safety of yourself and your precious cargo (not to mention other road users and pedestrians), the wonderful people at Bob Jane T-Mart (aka BYTM) have created a pretty nifty was to check your tyres, DIY style.

Like most women, we can safely assume you know next to nix about tyres. Thing is, you can use some handy-dandy items easily found in the bottom of your bag to check them out all by yourself.

Whether it’s your nail file, hair comb or even a good old Lady Jayne bobby pin, just look for the groove on your tyre and gently wedge it in; if the depth of your tyre is less than 2mm, it’s time to high tail it to your nearest BJTM.

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Sneak peak of 2017 Pirelli Calendar

When you’re talking about the ultimate in celebrity endorsement, you can’t go past the famous Pirelli Calendar.

Tyres have never looked so good with the soon to be released 2017 calendar snapped by world renowned photographer Peter Lindbergh on location in Berlin, London, Los Angeles, Le Touquet (North of Paris) and in New York.

Dating back to 1963, the Pirelli calendar is well known for not only showcasing the world’s most beautiful models photographed within - but for the photographers who shoot it.

This year, however, the line up is more movie star than model with snaps of A-list actresses featuring such names as our very own Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, Uma Thurman, Robin Wright and Penelope Cruz Sanchez gracing the month by month pages.

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It's Time for a Tyre Check

There is only one thing more boring on the face of this planet than cricket, and that’s tyres. You can shine, style and soup them up all you like, but at the end of the day (and that day is looooong for most women), all roads lead back to Snoozeville. Women simply are not that interested in tyres. Yet we should be. And here’s why:

Sorry to be the Richie Benaud of the automotive world. However, we need to have a serious conversation. Sure we all know the tyres on our car keep us safe – yeah, yeah, we get it already. But do you?

Driving on bad tyres can result in you losing control of your vehicle, and can cause a serious accident – and we are meant to check them every fortnight! The reality of buying and maintaining the right tyres on your car can truly be the difference between life and death, and at some point, all tyres will start to lose performance in terms of their traction and braking ability. It’s time to tread carefully, sisters.

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Review Bad Moms

At the time of writing, Bad Moms has apparently already made almost $56 million big ones at the box office and it’s my bet it will double, triple and even inspire a TV series. Yes, sisters, it’s. that. good.

Think the Hangover meets Sex and the City – Bad Moms is crass, irreverent and confronting, yet oh so relatable it will make you squirm in your seat on more than a few occasions. And just like SATC, if you’re a Mum, you’ll see yourself in at least one (if not all) of the main characters which can uncomfortable, comforting and hilarious all at the same time.

Continuing on with our SATC comparison, the main characters could be Carrie, Samantha and Charlotte (ditching Miranda, I mean, who ever liked her anyway?) but are now Mums living in the burbs. Amy, Carla and Kiki but ‘living the dream’ of the white picket fence variety, swapping their Manolo’s for Kumfs and their Cosmopolitans for long blacks, their days as Moms are tedious, long and unfulfilled.

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How to Choose the Right Yummy Mummy Mobile

Written by By Juliet Potter: 24-June-2008

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Along with baby names, there are just so many to choose from and as a mum myself, I'm feeling your pain with the confusing decision ahead!

One saving grace – gone are the days of the moving toaster, that giant box-like thing on wheels that took 'people moving' way too literally. Today, car manufacturers have a more holistic approach to designing cars – comfort, safety and style being top priorities. So with all this in mind – let's shop!

Family car check-list – safety features

Child seats

Did you know that 70 per cent of all child restraints aren't fitted correctly? That's a disturbing statistic! Also, a report conducted last year by the Motor Accidents Authority of New South Wales revealed that 82 per cent of children admitted to hospital after a car crash were not properly restrained at the time of the accident. Australian-Standard-approved child restraints are therefore vital to your child's safety and the right one depends on the weight of your child.

* The baby capsule
(0-6 months, up to 9kgs)
* Convertible restraints
(0-4 years, up to 18kgs)
* Forward-facing seats
(6 months-4 years, up to 18kgs)
* Booster seats
(3-8 years, up to 26kgs).

Once you've bought the right baby seat, it's time to install it – properly. Call the traffic authority in your state (e.g. RTA for NSW, Vic Roads for VIC) and find out where the nearest recommended installation centre is to you (e.g. RTA Authorised Fitting Station in NSW; phone 13 22 13). Alternatively, your local car dealership should be more than happy to help.

Airbags

You definitely want airbags – the more the better! Crash tests in Australia indicate that the risk of serious head injury is reduced by 50 per cent or more by having airbags in most popular makes of family-sized cars.

Most cars fit front airbags that blow up on impact and others offer side and curtain airbags at different package costs. Obviously the more airbags, the increased safety you're offering your family. Note: If car seats are not fitted correctly, airbags can have an adverse affect and cause injury. We therefore strongly urge that these be fitted correctly at a fitting station. Call the transport authority in your state for advice.

Mum-friendly features

Let's face it, when it comes to having kids, making life that extra little bit easier is just plain essential. The latest features that make your life a little bit easier include:
* Side steps – for little legs
* Fridge/chilled glovebox (no more hot bottled baby milk!)
* Reverse parking sensors
* Reverse camera
* Steering wheel controls
* Remote central locking
* Leather seats – for easy care
* Luggage pod and cargo net – a handy option for trips away
* DVD – to keep the kids entertained
* Bluetooth – for hands-free phone calls.
Most cars nowadays also have the option to have these features and more added for your pleasure!

ESP

Electronic Stability Program/Control (ESP) helps prevent your vehicle from swerving out of control by reducing the ability to skid! This is done with sensors that can determine when the car is driving off-course. This new technology can reduce single car crashes by up to 67 per cent and is becoming increasingly popular with new model cars. Make sure you choose a car with ESP!

ABS

Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) has been around for a while and is a technology that prevents the wheels from locking while braking, which can lead to loss of steering control. This is particularly useful in wet weather conditions. Add this to your checklist!

Space & storage

Having kids puts a whole new meaning to needing some space, especially in your car! Keep in mind when buying a family car whether the car capsule/seat will fit, and whether there will be enough room to fit another car seat in should you wish to expand. Is there enough room for a pram, groceries and any other objects you might require? Also, long car trips should be a consideration where comfort would be a major concern.

Top-10 best cars for mums

So you have kids but you still have the X factor, right? I can sympathise. These babies are just the trick for the mummies who make Elle look like she needs a darned good holiday. Sexy, roomy, safe yet saucy – all these cars have been test-driven and given the tick of approval by us.
1. Subaru Tribeca
2. Volkswagen Passat wagon
3. Subaru Forrester XS
4. Volkswagen Touareg
5. Mazda CX-7
6. Citroen C4 Picasso
7. Lexus LX 570 (has Australia's first 'no blind spot' technology)  
8. Ford Territory Ghia
9. Lexus RX 350 
10. Honda CR-V 
Find more yummy mummy mobiles here!

Check out www.ancap.com.au and www.crashprevention.com.au for the best safety information around.


 

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