Sunday, October 5, 2014

My Favorite Things!

Every once in a while I come across products that I just can't say enough good things about. I figured I'd start sharing them in a feature called My Favorite Things. I was so excited about a package I received Thursday that I just had to share.

I'd seen the ads on Facebook (daily - like, numerous times a day) for a subscription service featuring beauty and health items. I'd previously been a subscriber of Birchbox and eventually cancelled my subscription. The products were sample sizes and things I didn't really use. But this ad intrigued me. This subscription service delivers a new box of full-size goodies every three months. For just $49.99, the box is filled with over $200 worth of products. I had to give it a try... and with that, I became a Fab Fit Fun VIP!

When the box arrived, I was very pleased with it's contents. This box includes the following:

-Jessie Steele Apron (retail - $32)
-The Honest Co. Hydrating Shea Butter Cleansing Bar (retail - $4.95)
-Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster (retail - $56)
-Gramr Gratitude Co. Thank You Card Set, Sealing Wax, and Wax Press (retail - $43)
-Great Soles Pink Ribbon Ballet Barre Ped (retail - $12)
-Beauty for Real True Color Lip Cream "Always There" (retail - $22: and it's a totally wearable color!)
-CHI 44 Iron Guard (retail - $14.50)
-LaNatura Travel Size Body Butter (retail - $18)
-FitFusion 3-month Digital Subscription (retail - $29.97)

All of this... for $49.99! It's so worth it. There were also a couple of samples (crackers and tea) and since I used a code I received on Facebook, I got a free water bottle with a fruit infuser in it! This is literally the best subscription service I've come across by far and I highly recommend it! Looking forward to the winter box! 


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Adios September!!!


















Big news on this last day of the month - Dallas is officially the first city in the U.S. with a confirmed case of Ebola! Eek! But thankfully we talked about Ebola and Enterovirus this morning on Take Charge Parenting. Dr. Sue's advice - CHILL OUT! More people die from the flu but people aren't all up in arms about it. She certainly eased my fears. As soon as the episode is posted, I'll be sure to provide a link!

My outfit today is from Loft at Watters Creek. Super cute and comfy - I might have to buy this one!




























Monday, September 29, 2014

A belated birthday wish....

This little guy turned 10 last week... I still can't believe it. Happy birthday Will!



Today on The Broadcast...

Beauty queens and singing kings... it doesn't get much better than that. Miss Texas Monique Evans and The Voice contestant Luke Wade joined us as co-hosts on The Broadcast today. There were LOTS of laughs. Check out my YouTube channel for some of today's clips or visit www.thebroadcasttv.com.



























My dress today is by White House Black Market at Watters Creek. Click here

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

People Always Ask Who I'm Wearing...

And if it's a black tie event around town, chances are I'm wearing a dress by Watters. Yes, the company is known for it's amazing wedding dresses, but they have tons of options that are black tie-appropriate. I wore it to host the red carpet at this year's Night of Superstars at the Gaylord Texan Saturday night.

I call this is dressy selfie - it's all about the dress.


Friday, September 19, 2014

The Mighty Bruins Came To Town

"Jerry? Who's Jerry?"

The man sitting next to me last Saturday night at "Jerry World" (aka AT&T Stadium - home of the Dallas Cowboys) kept screaming, "GO JERRY." So I asked him, "Who's Jerry?" He was referring to the Bruins second-string quarterback Jerry Neuheisel who came into the game after our starting quarterback was injured in the first half of the game. Things looked bleak, very bleak and we'd pretty much lost all hope that we were going to win this game. 

And you have to understand why this is such a big deal... We're Bruins... in Texas... playing the Texas Longhorns... in Texas... surrounded by our neighbors... in Texas... who love them some Longhorn football. Yes, it was just a football game, but the prize was being able to hold one's head high after the win. But things looked bad.  

The Longhorns were up with a couple minutes left in the game. Ryan and I wanted to beat traffic (and avoid the minions) so we made our way to the exit. But then it happened... the Bruins started marching down the field. Then sure enough, with little time to spare, Jerry Neuheisel scored the game-winning touchdown and we beat the Longhorns 20-17. I screamed so much and so loud that I couldn't talk for two days. But it was so worth it.

The best part was watching the Bruins raise young Jerry Neuheisel onto their shoulders and carry him off the field into the tunnel. It was an awesome day.

A bunch of Ryan's former teammates were in town... big dudes... really big dudes.




With friend and fellow attorney Jeremy



















With UCLA's iconic yell leader - he's been leading the 8-clap for years!

After the win - so glad we didn't miss it!

Take Charge Parenting - Episode 7















On this week's Take Charge Parenting, Dr. Sue and I tackled some big issues, including how to talk to your kids about domestic violence. We also chatted with a doctor from Children's Medical Center of Dallas about what to do if your kids are short in stature. It's an issue I've never really thought about because our kiddos are so tall, but the conversation was so interesting.  

With The Broadcast now airing from 10-11 am each day, Take Charge Parenting will now be on from 11-11:30 am on Tuesdays.

Click here for this week's episode!

The Week in Review - The Broadcast Edition

I always say I'm going to do a better job updating my blog, but then life happens and next thing you know it's been almost a month since my last post. Well, get ready... I'm going to rapid fire a couple of updates.

First up - The Broadcast. It was an interesting week for us on the show as we started our new format. Instead of being on from 9 - 11 am every day, we're on from 10 - 11. Time-wise, I love the change - I get to sleep in a little bit later (although that means sitting in traffic on the way to work) and the show is over in a snap. But the content just keeps getting better - here's a quick wrap up of the week.

I've gotta be honest - the beginning of the week is a bit of a blur and seems so long ago (which reiterates the need to update this blog more frequently). But I did a great segment with Chef Richard Chamberlain talking about this weekend's Oktoberfest in Addison. He took me back to my German roots with some yummy cabbage and sausage. And don't forget the beer! 

Repost - Chef's Facebook Page



















My favorite part of the show Wednesday was discovering the band Barcelona. This Seattle-based group just spent the summer opening up for the group The Fray. Lead singer Brian had me at "we're inspired by '90s R&B." I came home and downloaded a bunch of their music. You should check them out! 

























White House Black Market provided my wardrobe for the latter part of the week. This is their Iconic Artist Moto Zip dress - so comfy and stylish. 

Yesterday I did a great segment with some folks from the DFW Walk Now for Autism Speaks. The annual walk is a little under a month away and will be held at Texas Motor Speedway again. We've signed up Team Will again - you can make a donation to our team by clicking here. The ladies and I also competed in our first annual homecoming mum contest. For those of you outside of Texas, mums are a tradition here - the girls wear huge ones around their necks while the guys where garters on their arms. It's tradition. Well, I'm happy to report that our friends at McShan Florist chose mine as the winner. I was so pumped!

























I wore the tulip wrap dress yesterday from White House Black Market - LOVED IT!

























I had a little oopsie moment yesterday. I have a love-hate relationship with the teleprompter - sometimes it's just not my friend. I had to tape an interview with former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb about a film he consulted on called "The Forgotten Four." After we wrapped up the interview, I was informed that I called him "Donovan McNam." Nice. I'm still beating myself up over that. DOH! Clearly I hadn't had enough coffee and was still half asleep.

And finally today - an absolute highlight was having comedian Godfrey in studio. I missed his visit last time he was on the show - and apparently there were fireworks!!!! I quickly realized today that Godfrey is not only funny but unbelievably intelligent. He'll tackle hot topics that can be controversial and uncomfortable but he makes you laugh while he's doing it. I knew we'd get along when I realized neither of us are fans of Kim Kardashian. I wrapped up the week chatting with the Weekend Insiders and enjoying a brew being featured at Oktoberfest. It was a good week.













































This was my favorite outfit of the week. This lace print skirt was so fun and comfy and the faux leather sweater top were perfect! I actually purchased the skirt since I loved it so much!

Don't forget to check out my YouTube channel or Facebook page for all of the clips from this week's shows. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

REJOICE! It's the first day of school!

I was up and out the door before the kids got out of bed this morning... Ryan handled daddy duties like a champ and sent the kids off to their first day of school looking... perfect. Will is now a 4th grader in Miss Bigger's class. Bryn is a 1st grader in Mrs. Thornton's class.




Thursday, August 14, 2014

Milestone...

Bryn lost her first tooth yesterday... and the tooth fairy stopped by last night. Of course.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Star Power on The Broadcast This Week!

I've mentioned before how much I love my job. Today was a great example of just how cool it can be. My morning started with an interview with movie director Thomas Carter.  You may have heard of some of his movies - Coach Carter and Save the Last Dance to name a few. His new movie When the Game Stands Tall tells the true story of De La Salle's high school football dynasty in California. I had a chance to screen the movie last week and it is phenomenal. It was a true honor to meet and chat with Mr. Carter. You can see his interview here.

Dress by Belk at Galleria Dallas - Nanette Lepore






















I had a chance to chat with some of the ladies from Braxton Family Values via satellite. Their insanely popular reality show on WE TV is getting ready for it's 4th season. From what these sisters had to say today, it's going to be another great season.






















Then host of The Talk Sheryl Underwood stopped by.  I missed her the first time she was on the show but not today. This lady is the real deal and such a hoot! You'll have to check out her clip from the show today for some laughs. 



Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Take Charge Parenting Debuts!

What an exciting week! Yesterday, we debuted a new show on KTXD called "Take Charge Parenting." It's the television version of the widely popular website and radio show The Kid's Doctor featuring pediatrician Dr. Sue Hubbard. The show is live right after The Broadcast on Tuesdays from 10:30-11. Click here for a link to our first episode and stay tuned for more to come! I am thrilled to be hosting this new show and I'm excited about what's to come! 

Twitter: @takechargetv


Friday, August 1, 2014

It's Time For Saying Goodbye...

When it comes to goodbyes, two songs come to mind. The first is "Saying Goodbye" from The Muppets Take Manhattan. The second is "Hard Candy Christmas" from The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (I know). Both songs floated around in my head today as we said "goodbye" to our fellow Broadcast co-host Suzie Humphreys. 

Suzie is an institution in Dallas - from her early days at KVIL to her motivational cross-country speaking engagements, everyone I've encountered lights up when I mention the name "Suzie Humphreys." Suzie and I have been rotating hosting duties for several months now so we often missed each other at the table. Fortunately, there has been plenty opportunity for us to get to know each other, and while we haven't always seen eye-to-eye on issues, I've got the utmost respect and admiration for this incredible woman. Her presence on The Broadcast will certainly be missed.


Photo credits: Amy Kushnir

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Do You Want to Build a Snowman?

If you're a mom or dad of young kids, you've undoubtedly seen the movie Frozen 900 times and can sing all of the songs because you know them by heart. We're pretty Frozen-obsessed in this house, so when planning Bryn's birthday party back in May, picking the party's theme was a no-brainer. 

I've figured out a pretty great formula for a kid's birthday party - set up a movie screen and bounce house in the backyard, provide popcorn and movie snacks for the kiddos and don't forget the beer and frozen margaritas for the adults. Alcohol at a kid's birthday party? Oh, you bet. It seems to be the one thing that makes parents stick around (vs. them dropping off the kids and using the party as two hours worth of free babysitting). The formula worked again this year and the party was a HUGE success.

































Whenever I host a birthday party for the kids, candy bars are my party favor of choice.  I always try to color coordinate the candy with the theme. Most of the candy comes from Candy Warehouse. If I need to supplement, I'll purchase from Oriental Trading. I even picked up a couple of things are Party City - they sell single color candy now. Candy Warehouse is my go-to website though because you can search candies by color - it makes coordinating a lot easier.























I was pretty impressed with my spread. The kids loved it too - especially Bryn.  Seeing her smiling face while everyone was singing "Happy Birthday" made all the running around worth it.
















After searching EXTENSIVELY for a reasonably priced Elsa birthday cake, I was referred to Well Frost My Cakes in Wylie, TX. The cake was AMAZING! It was as good as it is cute - a real hit with all of the kids (and adults)!


















After chowing down on cake and sno cones from Bahama Bucks, it was movie time. And whatever you do, don't forget glowsticks!!!


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

What Happened On My Last Day "Off"

Today was supposed to be a day "off." With Suzie Humphreys leaving The Broadcast at the end of the week, I'll be taking over daily duties at the host table.  Today was my last day to sleep in on a weekday. Thank goodness I got the call yesterday that a couple of the hosts were going to be out and I needed to fill in.

The show started out with one of my FAVORITE barbecue spots in Dallas - Off the Bone. This cute, family-owned spot is on Lamar Street downtime. The ribs are to die for - they literally fall off the bone. I devoured four of them this morning - two live on the air.






















We had some serious star power in the room during our second hour of the show.  You remember Bo Duke (aka John Schneider) from the Dukes of Hazzard right?  He was live, in studio today.  What a fun, personable gent.  We chatted about tonight's season finale of Tyler Perry's The Haves and the Have Nots and about John's new studios in Louisiana. He even took the time to pose with some fans that congregated outside. 


















And I've mentioned before that I'm a major Twihard! Ali Faulkner from Twilight: Breaking Dawn was in studio. Gotta love a hometown girl who makes it in the big leagues.






















My dress today is from Banana Republic at Galleria Dallas - you can find the link here.  And shout out to jeweler Bobby Schandra who hooked me up with a fabulous pair of studs. Food, superstars and jewelry all in one show?  It doesn't get better than that.

Monday, July 28, 2014

I Believe I Can Fly...

Bucket List

Fly on a trapeze - CHECK!!!!

Yesterday was probably the hottest day yet this year in Dallas, but that didn't stop some friends and me from putting on our own circus act in downtown Dallas for my friend Miesha's birthday.  With the Dallas skyline behind us, Donovan and his gang at Skyline Trapeze literally showed us the ropes.  After a quick demonstration, we were flying through the air.

This was by far the most fun I've had in a while.  The trapeze is terrifying and challenging, but the rush you get from flying in the air is so worth it! We'll definitely be trying it again... SOON!