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!





















Wednesday, July 23, 2014

More Fashion on The Broadcast






















I love, love, love this dress I wore yesterday from Belk.  It's a Julia Jordan dress and was fun and flirty. I paired it with a cute pair of snakeskin sandals.

















And today was a rarity - we never coordinate outfits and usually come out in all different colors. Not today - all black and white with a splash of blue. I wore a Kensie dress with a pair of strappy black sandals.

Monday, July 21, 2014

This Week on The Broadcast...






















Belk at the Dallas Galleria will be providing my wardrobe on the show all week. Check out this beautiful Tahari dress... and you know I love Tahari!


Coming soon!

A must-not-miss event!


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Happy birthday to me!!!!

Some people dread birthdays. I cherish each and every one of them. Seems like every other day I'm hearing about someone's passing. So I celebrate being blessed with another year!  

While we didn't do much to celebrate, my little sister and big cousin came into town. Good times were had by all!

The big 3-8!

 
At Mexican Sugar in the Shops at Legacy

Heading to a friend's 40th ON my birthday - July 13th

Monday, June 30, 2014

There is something wrong with me!!!!!

I while back, I sought medical attention for a variety of issues - extreme fatigue, heart palpitations, high blood pressure, sleep issues.  Over and over I was told the same thing - you're busy, it's stress.  Then last labor day, I was sitting at my desk in my home office after a weekend trip in Washington D.C. when I looked down and noticed by ankles were swollen.  We'd flown home earlier that day - certainly the enormous ankles must be because of the flight.  But I was worried so I headed to urgent care.

The nice young male nurse was nice and exchanged pleasantries with me while he was hooking me up to all of the intake gadgets.  At one point he said, "Your heart rate is a little high."  My response - "Well, I can feel my heart racing.  It does that.  But my cardiologist says I'm fine.  I did a stress test and an echocardiogram.  I have palpitations, but my heart is totally and completely healthy.  But what's my heart rate?"

147.

My resting heart rate should've been somewhere between 60-100.  It was 147.

My urgent care visit immediately turned emergent... and after a quick EKG to rule out a heart attack, I was sent home after two IV bags and fluid and told my potassium was low.

During the subsequent weeks, my neck became enlarged, my feet were swollen and I started losing weight.  One day, I stood in my office and I reached to get some papers and I realized my hands were shaking.  It was something like MS.  I just knew it.  That afternoon I sat in a doctor's office in tears saying I wasn't leaving until they told me what was wrong with me.  It wasn't stress.

That's my big ol' thyroid bulging in my neck... 






















I had blood work done - my thyroid levels were elevated.  They sent me to an internal medicine doc.  His diagnosis was almost instantaneous after listing off symptoms - hyperthyroidism.  I was at an endocrinologist's office the following day.

After swallowing a radioactive pill and having an ultrasound, I was told my thyroid was fine (no cancer), just overactive.  So I've been on medication since September.

These meds... I'm experiencing hair loss and weight gain.  I'm still tired all of the time.  I want to go to the gym but I just don't have the energy.  When I do go to the gym, I have to make sure I take blood pressure medication.  It's just a mess.

Hopefully I'll get some better results at my next appointment in July.  I will keep you posted.  But if you're experiencing any of these symptoms and your doctor tells you its just stress, have him check your thyroid!!!


Last week though....

Back at my old firm in 2010, I started working on a case.  Here we are halfway into 2014 and that case is finally being considered by the Texas Supreme Court.  You may be asking - "But Dawn, you left your firm in March - I thought you were taking a break from practicing law...."  Well, not this case.  It's way too important to me.  We won at the trial court level and were overturned on appeal.  I spent most of last week working on the brief that is due this Wednesday.  I need another vacation.

I did have some time last week to emcee the Hand in Hand luncheon benefiting Helping Restore Ability.  The highlight of the luncheon was meeting and interviewing the wonderful Marlee Matlin.  The Academy-Award winner was incredibly inspiring.  It was such a pleasure hosting this event and hearing her motivational words.


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Playing catch up... again! But I've got an excuse!

I've been on vacation.  I'll update y'all this week on the past couple weeks. But tonight's post - you've got to check out this adorable dress from Banana Republic that I wore on The Broadcast today.  The pockets were my favorite part!


Friday, May 30, 2014

Great way to wrap up the week!!!

We had a very special guest on The Broadcast this morning - comedian Rob Schneider!  This guy had us in stitches - no doubt the folks who head to the Addison Improv to see him tonight will be rollin'!  Better yet, he dropped some knowledge on some not-so-funny topics - I was thoroughly impressed with his stance on pharmaceuticals (overuse) and vaccines.  Check out clips at www.thebroadcasttv.com.



c. Paul Stofer

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Neufeld, Party of 9

I got the call Friday afternoon - we'd put in an application to adopt the most adorable kitten a couple of weeks ago and he was ready to come home.  Now there are four humans, one dog, three cats and a fish in this house.  Introducing Frisco the cat!




Star Power on The Broadcast

What can I say?  My job has some definite perks.  Like when actor, writer, director extraordinaire Marc Menchaca stopped by the show...






















But the absolute highlight of the week... interviewing one of my favorite country music groups Parmalee.  These guys are the real deal - super nice and unbelievably talented.  I hope my mic was closed while I was singing along to "Carolina."