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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Soap Opera Lovers REJOICE All My Children & One Life to Live are back via The Online Network (@TOLN) on Monday, April 29th!

Butterflies, I don't know if it started for you the same way it did for me, but my first sick day when I was in Junior High School turned out to be a bonding moment and TV habit that would last for decades! I was home sick and well past my cartoon days, so Mom let me in on her favorite daytime 'me time', Soap Operas! Mama Butterfly introduced me to all the characters and patiently caught me up on story lines so I could figure out what was happening. Like many moms, she created a monster, I HAD to know what was going on! And subsequent sick days always meant me in my PJ's watching 'soaps' with mom!

When All My Children and One Life to Live were cancelled it was the shot heard around the world. Many loyal watchers considered each character 'family' and many soaps were passed down throughout the generations in families. Even those who couldn't watch their 'stories' during the day would be sure to record them so they could watch them at night. Soap Operas were favorite water cooler fodder, and the networks were definitely barraged by outraged fans.

And while it had been rumored for what seems like a very long time coming, I can indeed confirm that All My Children and One Life to Live are BACK! The shows are being brought back on The Online Network and can also be viewed on Hulu, Hulu Plus and iTunes! You can check out All My Children (AMC) on Hulu at and One Life to Live (OLTL) on Hulu at

Fans no longer have to settle for the crossover of their favorite characters on General Hospital. (And while I know I'm in the minority on this one, I didn't like the character crossovers from OLTL characters on General Hospital. I personally felt that they just didn't 'fit'.) They belong back in their home, and now they will be!

I am SUPER excited to know not only that All My Children and One Life to Live are back, but it's like they are re-invented and being re-born on the web. It's like Soap Opera's 2.0, bigger, better and hopefully built to last!

Show synopsis: All My Children revolves around the lives of the residents of fictional Pine Valley. For nearly forty years, this town has seen the trials and tribulations of its dynamic families. Now your favorite stories are back, and more dramatic than ever!

Plot outline: Since 1970, the residents of All My Children's Pine Valley, PA -- including its most famous citizen, Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) have seen their fair share of scandalous hookups, feuds, and devastating murders. Pine Valley luminaries include resident hero Ryan Lavery (Cameron Mathison), Fusion Cosmetics maven Greenlee du Pres (Rebecca Budig), perpetual troublemaker David Hayward (Vincent Irizarry), funnyman Tad Martin (Michael E. Knight), and the unforgettable romantic duo of Angie and Jesse Hubbard (Debbi Morgan and Darnell Williams).

All My Children actors include returning actors include Debbie Morgan as Dr Angie Hubbard, Julie Barr as Brooke English, Sal Stowers as Cassandra Foster, Eric Nelson as AJ Chandler, Denyse Tontz as Miranda Montgomery, Jordan Lane Price as Celia Fitzgerald, Ryan Bittle as JR Chandler, Eden Riegel as Bianca Montgomery, Cady McClain as Dixie Cooney, Ray MacDonnell as Dr. Joe Martin, David Canary as Adam Chandler, Heather Roop as Jane McIntyre, and Francesca James as Evelyn Johnson will be returning once the soap moves online.

What Luke and Laura are to General Hospital, Jesse and Angie are to All My Children! I remember where Dr. Angie Hubbard's storyline last left off, and I literally can't wait to find out what direction they are going to take her character and her storyline!

Show synopsis: One Life to Live follows the complicated lives of three main families: the wealthy Lords, the powerful Buchanans and the strong-willed Cramers. The quiet simplicity of small town living is often interrupted by the drama between them yet despite the struggles, strong family bonds keep them united.

Plot outlineThe good people of Llanview, Pennsylvania, lead complicated lives. In a town of questionable marriage ethics, teenagers grow up fast and fall in love quickly. The quiet simplicity of small-town living on the Llantano River is frequently upset by an over-abundance of multiple personalities who disturb the peace. Despite the jealousy, betrayal, and occasional baby-swapping, Llanview is where the Buchanan, Lord, and Cramer families struggle to retain the strong family ties that have always united them.

One Life to Live actors include Corbin Bleu as Jeffery King as well as returning actors Erika Slezak as Victoria Lord Buchanan, Robin Strasser as Dorian Lord, Tuc Watkins as David Vickers, Robert S. Woods as Bo Buchanan, Kassie DePaiva as Blair Cramer, Jerry verDorn as Clint Buchanan, Florencia Lozano as Tea Delgado, Melissa Archer as Natalie Buchanan Banks, Hillary B. Smith as Nora Buchanan, Kelley Missal as Danielle Manning, Josh Kelly as Cutter Wentworth, and Andrew Trischitta as Jack Manning. Recurring actors include: Sean Ringgold as Shaun Evans, Shenaz Treasury as Rama Patel, and Nick Choksi as Vimal Patel.

The Buchanans are the power family of OLTL, and true fans know that Erika Slezak who portrays Victoria Lord Buchanan is a very versatile actress, she certainly plays many roles!

I got to see the premiere episodes and am sworn to secrecy, but I do have previews I can share with you!

All My Children | New Season Preview:

After a gunshot was fired five years ago, how has life in Pine Valley changed? Who will find love? Who will seek revenge? The characters you have come to love, the characters you will meet for the first time..Find out when all new daily episodes begin, Monday, April 29th!

One Life to Live | New Season Preview:


Character driven drama One Life to Live is back with all new must-see episodes. Filled with action, romance, comedy and it pushes the boundaries of entertainment by exploring cutting-edge social issues.

I just couldn't resist including this Photo of Snoop Lion helping to countdown the days until OLTL's return!

30 minute episodes will be available each weekday with a recap on Friday, and with Guest Appearances by Snoop Lion (formerly known as Snoop Dogg, notorious OLTL fan who has appeared on the show before), as well as Riff Raff and Nervo, and without the restrictions that sometimes come with daytime TV, folks this is NOT your mama's Soap Opera!

Get Social:

A fun way to get ready for Monday would be to interact with each show's Social Media Pages:

All My Children:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - If you aren't already, you can 'Like' AMC on Facebook

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Stalk, ahem I mean Follow them on Twitter (as shown above, the hashtag is #WATCHAMC)

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Wanna see their pictures? Then Follow via Instagram too!

One Life to Live:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - 'Like' OLTL on Facebook

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Follow them on Twitter (as shown above, the hashtag is #WATCHOLTL)

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Follow via Instagram too!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - And for my Tumblr Peeps: Follow OLTL on Tumblr too

The Online Network:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Follow them on @TOLN on Twitter

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Follow them on YouTube/tolnsoaps

My Take:

Again, I have seen the first episodes but I am sworn to secrecy and cannot reveal any spoilers, but I am so happy to have both shows back on the air! This is not your Mama's Soap Opera butterflies, this is the digital age at it's finest, taking the old and adding a whole new twist to how you watch your beloved shows and now with the added availability of watching on the go, what's NOT to love?

Butterflies, on Monday after you've seen both episodes, come back here and sound off, let us know what YOU think!

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FTC Disclosure: This is a Sponsored Post from One2One Network and The Online Network, however all opinions expressed herein are 100% my own. I am a long time Soap Opera fan, and a 'General Hospital Moms' Blogger.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Not So Wordless Wednesday: @JordinSparks, My Migraine Triggers App, @DuaneReade + @Excedrin {Photos} #DRExcedrin #cbBigApple #cbias

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Excedrin Migraine Relief Poster at Duane Reade New York City

If just hearing those sleigh bells jinglin', ring ting tinglin' to is starting to make your head throb, and the stress of the upcoming cooking marathon that is Thanksgiving Day has your head aching and you feel a Migraine coming on, knowing what your actual triggers are is half the battle won. For some of us it's Stress, for others it's hunger, sleep deprivation and more.

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Tracy, Ascending Butterfly Founder and Editor walks the carpet at Duane Reade/Excedrin My Migraine Triggers App Launch in Herald Square New York City!

Last week, Duane Reade and Excedrin hosted a wellness event in Herald Square, New York City to help promote the launch of 'My Migraine Triggers' a free, easy-to-use, convenient Migraine Tracking Tool. The Makers of Excedrin® Migraine teamed up with a neurologist to create the My Migraine Triggers™ app, the app will allow you to:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Keep track of your everyday activities, such as exercise, stress and eating habits to help identify your potential migraine triggers

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ -Chart out daily log information into customizable reports to easily understand which activities, foods and beverages are associated with the onset of your headaches

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Print or email your log and results to share with your doctor to better diagnose and treat your migraines, the more you use it, the more it helps.

Note: Since migraines can set-in up to 48 hours after being exposed to a trigger, it is important to record potential triggers whether or not a migraine has started.

Don’t wait until your next migraine. Download the My Migraine TriggersTM app on itunes and start tracking your migraines today!

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How I styled it? - Outerwear: Jacket by Wilsons Leather and  Handbag: Linea Pelle Dylan Tote!

The Event Kicked Off with Massages provided by Oasis Day Spa, I don't know about you, but a good massage definitely helps me relieve stress!

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Meeting my Masseur!

Getting Started!

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Masseur at work!

If you spend as much time in front of a computer as I do, your neck muscles probably get super stiff and sore too!

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My Masseur has his work cut out for him, I hold a lot of tension in my shoulders!
A sunny, breezy November Day, you can just start to feel the chill in the air, but a massage just makes this beautiful day in New York City that much better!

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As you can see we had to spend quite a bit of time on my shoulders!

By this time more of a crowd was starting to form, you know free massages in the heart of the shopping district is going to draw attention!

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Ah! A little slice of Heaven in the City that never sleeps!
Can't help but love being a New Yorker on a day like today!

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All Smiles! I'm one happy butterfly!

But I think this massage was to get us ready for what came next!

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Reporters jockeying for positions!
Jordin Sparks is not just a songbird with a beautiful voice, she is a Migraine sufferer too, no wonder she is the 'voice' of this campaign!

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Ascending Butterfly hoists her Olympus Camera in the air and hopes for the best!

Close but yet so far away! I got the top of her head, as she sings the song 'Faith' (A capella no less!)

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Jordin Sparks greets the crowd at the My Migraine Triggers App Launch Event in Herald Square New York City!

As 'The Official #TwitterPartyDJ' I can assure you, it's not studio work on that voice, she can really belt it out!

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Um, Did I mention I had to jump up on a platform for this shot?
While events can be fun, it's not so fun or so easy jockeying with the pro-photographers for the perfect shot!

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Jordin Sparks greets the crowd at the My Migraine Triggers App Launch Event in Herald Square New York City!

OK that killer smile made all the jockeying worth it!

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Jordin Sparks heads off for one on one Media Interviews! Butterfly did good, if I do say so myself!

Team Excedrin's Street Crew handed out discount coupons for Excedrin Migraine to the crowd, so I headed over to the Duane Reade on 35th and Broadway with a few of the bloggers in attendance to check out the Excedrin Migraine display and do some shopping!

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Looks like it's Aisle 3 for Pain Relief!
I am sure we confused the poor store staff. A group of bloggers with Cameras is not an everyday occurence, not even in New York City!

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Eureka! We found it!
Is it just me, or are Migraines getting pretty expensive? Thank goodness for the discount coupon from the Excedrin crew! Thanks Excedrin!

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Excedrin Migraine it is!
Because of Hurricane Sandy followed by a NorEaster in the North East, all of my meetings and events got shifted to the following week (last week), I literally put in 16 hour days for 7 days last week, to say I was stressed was an under-statement, I can tell you I made sure to keep my Excedrin in my desk at work and at home and I also kept some in a pillbox in my purse too! There was no time for Yoga last week, so having something to treat a Migraine with me was super important!

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This was on the floor near the Excedrin Migraine Display in Duane Reade!

Parting is such sweet sorrow!  I literally had to run from this event to another one but I had a great time with  both team Duane Reade as well as team Excedrin! And I greatly enjoyed hearing Jordin Sparks sing, she has an amazing voice!

Get Social With It:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - 'Like' Duane Reade on Facebook (don't forget to enter the Show Us Some Leg contest on Duane Reade's Facebook Page, I will be posting another reminder about it soon!)
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Follow @duanereade on Twitter
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Subscribe to Duane Reade TV, their YouTube Channel (by the way you might spot yours truly in one of the videos there! Find me if you can!)

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Like Excedrin on Facebook (While you are there check out the 'What's your Migraine Relief Story? for a chance to win $5,000 - I bet that tidy sum would come in handy just in time for the holidays!)
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Follow @Excedrin on Twitter

You can get social with Jordin Sparks here:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Follow @JordinSparks  on Twitter

You can check out the photos from this shop on Ascending Butterfly's Google Plus Page or on our Pinterest Account!

Butterfly: How do you find relief from Migraines? Happy (Not So) Wordless Wednesday! Bloggers feel free to link up your Wordless Wednesday posts as a comment to this thread so we can all check out your pictures too!

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FTC Disclosure: I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This post has been compensated/sponsored as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and Duane Reade #CBias #SocialFabric #DRExcedrin All opinions are 100% my own.