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Better Things’ Mom’s Night Out with Pamela Adlon! (GIVEAWAY)

September 15, 2016

This post is sponsored by FX Networks and Better Things, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

A couple weeks ago my husband and I experienced a celebrity sighting and it jogged a conversation between us: which celebrity would you want to bump into in Hollywood?

Mine was a no brainer: Pamela Adlon. Although she’s been acting practically her whole life, I first learned about her watching Californication where she played Marcy Runkle – a tiny little spitfire with a lot of heart and a rock hard butt. (Adding the butt thing in there out of sheer jealousy.) Her larger than life persona quickly made her my favorite and I crossed my fingers that Pamela carried a similar personality in real life in the off chance I’d get to shake her hand and see her in action.

Lo and behold, I received an invite to attend a Mom’s Night Out to advance screen two episodes of her new show Better Things that she created with Louis CK! Better Things is a comedy focused around Sam Fox, a single mom raising three daughters with very different personalities while trying to make a career in Hollywood work. The event took place at Estrella Sunset in West Hollywood.

Better ThingsWhen I watched the first two episodes of Better Things, I was immediately struck by how relatable the show is — but not just on a parenting level for me now. It reminded me of the hellish teenage years I dragged my mom through — sorry mom — and what life is like living in Hollywood. Here are a few of my favorites.

  • The judgmental stranger/whiny daughter combo — Sam’s youngest wants a pair of earrings from the store that she already owns because she wants them RIGHT. NOW. Sam notices a stranger’s judgmental gaze and tells her she should buy them for her if she’s so concerned. Justice served.
  • Sam is upstaged by a prominent Hollywood actress — Let me preface this by saying that I just about DIED when I saw this part. My husband and I talk all the time about how we feel like Pamela Adlon and Constance Zimmer are very similar in their acting styles. Cue Constance popping up in a scene where they poke fun at their likeness to each other. Then Julie Bowen upstages them both!
  • That moment when Sam’s daughter asks her for drugs — Because “Like, don’t you want me to have clean, organic pot?!”

I won’t give away the plot line of episode two (it’s airing this Thursday, Sept. 15th), but there’s a must-watch scene revolving around some mother-daughter bonding time, this time with Sam’s own mother who happens to live across the street. 

Better ThingsAt the end of the screening, Pamela came out to chat about her incredible new series, covering topics from what parts of the show were ripped directly from her life to how she works her filming hours around being a mom — she even touched on the amount of f-bombs she was allowed to insert into the series (3!).

My favorite admission had to be when Pamela acknowledged the last scene of the pilot episode where Sam tries to get a risqué scene cut from filming because she thought it might embarrass her daughters. Pamela says this happened in real life during the filming of Californication! If you’re a fan of that particular series, you may remember an incredibly awkward scene where Charlie and Hank are hunkered down behind a couch while Marcy and Stu have a little too much fun. That’s the one!

img_0643#BetterThingsFX was kind enough to send me a box filled with Better Things goodies including Ray-Ban sunglasses, a Chipolo bluetooth keyring, leather clutch, emergency beauty kit, hypoallergenic travel pillow, ultra-soft travel pillow protector, essential oils blend mini, skinny lip balm, and mints! And guess what? I have another to give away to a reader!

Better Things FX GiveawaySimply comment below with the item you’re most excited about in the gift basket to enter the #BetterThingsGiveaway! You’d think mine would be the Ray-Bans, but this travel pillow is totally my jam.

The winner will be announced on Sept. 24. Entrants must be residents of the US, 18+ only. Winner will be randomly selected from comments on this blog post, Facebook, and Instagram. Good luck and don’t forget to tune in Thursday to see episode 2!


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  • Reply Emmah September 15, 2016 at 11:01 am

    Definitely the hypoallergenic travel pillow!!

  • Reply Dominique September 15, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    Okay I follow you simply because I love your gorgeous family and you are living the life! I love hearing about all your adventures! Sounds like a great show and fun night. You looked amazing!! I have been dying to try the essential oils everyone is raving about so I think I am most excited about that item of the giveaway! Hoping to win! xo
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    • Reply Sarabeth McElhaney September 16, 2016 at 10:40 am

      You are too kind to me, sweet friend! The essential oil was up there on my favorites (until Fox opened it this morning and dumped it on me while I was still asleep — haha).
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  • Reply Sharon September 16, 2016 at 8:27 am

    My favorite is definitely the Ray Bans! Thank you for the chance! #BetterThingsGiveaway!

  • Reply dianne September 18, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    Definitely the ray bans!! Thanks for the chance!!

  • Reply Kenny September 18, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    Yes that travel pillow looks wonderful 🙂 So do the Ray Bans

  • Reply MJ September 19, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    I’ve got my eye on the travel pillow- the holidays are coming before we know it, and it would be fantastic to have some extra comfort on the road!

  • Reply Denise K. September 19, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    Oh definitely the Ray Bans!!! Love them

  • Reply Nicki Joseph September 19, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    The travel pillow because I am going on a long road trip soon!

  • Reply meredith September 20, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    The ray bans would be amazing – I moved to FL and its super sunny here! Thanks for a great review – I look forward to this series!

  • Reply Susan D September 20, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    The Ray Bans; I have always wanted a pair =)

  • Reply beth September 21, 2016 at 9:41 am

    I’m with you on the travel pillow!

  • Reply Starla September 23, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    This is so awesome! I am most excited about the travel pillow- it seems awesome!

  • Reply Sarabeth McElhaney September 24, 2016 at 7:50 am

    Thanks for entering, everyone! The winner has been announced on my Instagram (@thefebruaryfox). I look forward to my next giveaway 🙂
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  • Reply Kelly September 25, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    The Ray Bans! Already loving Better Things! I’m a big fan of Pamela Adlon.

  • Reply Meghan September 26, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    I would love the leather bag or Ray bans!

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