Thursday, March 5, 2015

Another Snow Day

The meteorologists got it right for a change... they said a major winter storm was coming in over night. And it did. I woke up (very early - I was waiting for word on whether The Broadcast would be cancelled today) and snuck out of the house before the kids woke up to take some pics. This was the most snow we've gotten here since 2010... and it was beautiful.





Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Fashion Stars for a Cause

Suicide. I remember hearing the news a couple years ago that former NFL great Junior Seau had taken his own life. It was devastating. Junior was too young. He was too happy. He was the guy that always had a smile on his face... who was always making sure everyone else was okay. He had money, good looks, a great family... everything. But he's gone... a single gunshot wound to the chest. All I could think about in the days following is death was how lonely, how hopeless he had to be to think that leaving his children without a father was the right choice. I can't imagine that pain. But it happens to people. It happened to Junior.














When I was nominated by Yvonne Crum to participate in this year's Fashion Stars for a Cause benefiting the Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas, I thought about Junior. I said "yes" without hesitation hoping my participation would help raise funds for this incredible resource in North Texas. From the 24-hour crisis line staffed by trained volunteers to programs that help those who have lost a loved one to suicide, it certainly is an incredible resource for those here in the metroplex and across the country.

Photo - Danny Campbell




















Fashion Stars for a Cause is a great way to raise funds for the center and there are a couple of fun ways to get involved. You can join us for the Gala Dinner on March 20th at the Dallas Country Club. My former co-host of The Broadcast Suzie Humphreys will emcee the event (honorary) chaired by Toni and Daniel Hunt. My fellow fashion stars and I will be showcasing fashion by Belk. It's going to be an awesome event. Tickets can be purchased for $250 each - a small price to pay to support the services and support offered by the center. For more information, click here or email Yvonne Crum at yvonnecr@flash.net.

In addition to the gala, raffle tickets are available and I've got to tell you about the incredible prize up for grabs - it's a royal dinner party with the Royal Chef himself, Darren McGrady! He is the former chef to Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Diana, Prince William and Prince Harry. Chef McGrady has been on the Broadcast a couple of times and always has wonderful stories to tell about his time with the royal family. Your dinner party will include the following:








  • A 4 course dinner based on the dishes served at Buckingham Palace including food and wine pairings;
  • Butler service to prepare your table, greet and serve your guests;
  • An autographed copy of "Eating Royally" - Chef McGrady's top selling cookbook - for each guest;
  • Chef McGrady will join your table and will share stories with you and your guests;
  • You'll consult with the Royal Chef on the menu;
  • All errands will be taken care of - the food purchase, shopping, and preparation;
  • Table set up and tear down.
And as if all of this isn't worth the cost of the raffle ticket alone, the winner will also receive a $5,000 gift card from Belk!!!! It truly is an incredible prize package. Tickets are $50/each or 3 for $100. You can purchase them from me or online here. Make sure you put my name in the description box at the top of the order form.

Thank you so much for supporting the Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas! Join us for an incredible night raising funds for this incredible cause!

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If you asked me what my dream job is, it's hosting a television program. My prayers were answered when The Broadcast came along. Being asked to host Take Charge Parenting was the icing on the cake. I loved everything about the show - working with our producer Dina and the Kid's Doctor herself, Dr. Sue; learning from the cream of the crop from Children's Health about issues ranging from healthy eating habits to allergies; and knowing that as parents we get freaked out every once in a while... and that's okay. Thanks to the info I learned on Take Charge Parenting, my daughter has actually stopped sucking her thumb!

So it's with great sadness (for me anyway) I share that Take Charge Parenting is heading over to WFAA and will begin airing March 17th. I looked forward to the show every week and I'm going to really miss being a part of it. I am so sad to see the show go - but I wish the crew all the best as the start their next chapter for the show. I'll be tuning in!


Saturday, February 28, 2015

Snowpocalypse - Day Two

























Enough said.

Why Ray Rice Contemplating Suicide is No Joke...

The first video we saw was bad enough. The grainy surveillance video showed NFL star running back Ray Rice months earlier dragging his then-fiance Janay unconscious out of an elevator after some sort of altercation. In a Kobe-esque press conference, Janay sat next to her man holding his hand supporting him as he apologized for his actions. Nevermind he never actually apologized to her. The NFL handed down a two-game suspension and that was that... just another blip on the criminal arrest saga that has come to define the NFL offseason.

Then the second video was released - the video from inside the elevator that showed Ray upper-cutting Janay and knocking her out cold. I texted my producer at The Broadcast the morning after its release and said we had to talk about it during table talk - this video would change everything. For the first time, the NFL was on the defense and losing the PR battle, badly. The only person having the bigger nightmare than the NFL was Ray Rice. As he describes it, he became the most hated man in America, and he was right. He was the poster child for domestic abusers even though there had been plenty of candidates for the job before him... you know, the Ray Carruths of the NFL. I mean hell... Kansas City Chiefs player Jovan Belcher killed his three-month-old daughter's mother and then turned the gun on himself back in 2012. Even that incident wasn't enough for the NFL to change how it approached players' off-the-field issues with domestic violence. It was Ray Rice and that now infamous knockout blow that did. 

So it's no surprise to me that in an interview with the Baltimore Sun, Rice admitted to contemplating suicide as a result of becoming the most hated man in America. In the interview, he said, "Honestly, I almost felt like at one point that it wasn't worth living. I see why people commit suicide." While some on social media questioned his sincerity (i.e. maybe Rice was continuing to spin the PR wheel; maybe he only regretted losing his millions), I was immediately troubled by his comments. You see, when this whole thing happened a year ago, my first thought was how Rice and his now wife were thrust into early NFL retirement - his ties to his team were cut; his income was gone; endorsement deals discontinued; role model status severed; his identity, no longer. There was an immediate feeling of empathy... in ways, I knew what he and Janay were probably feeling watching his former teammates out on the gridiron every Sunday while he was sitting on the couch. I hoped she had good people around her to support her. I bet there was a loss of a sense of purpose. It probably felt like someone died. Depression had probably set in. Hopelessness. The savings account dwindling. Life after (or in between) football is tough... and until you've experienced it, it is virtually impossible to know what it feels like. 

I'm not excusing Rice's behavior - I've been one of his harshest critics. And I'm certainly not comparing our situation to his - I'm married to the sweetest, gentlest, nonviolent giant I know. He wasn't cut... his contract ran out and after literally putting his life on the line over the course of a 10-year pro-ball career, no one wanted him anymore. So in some ways, I do feel like I can relate to some of what Ray (and I'm sure Janay) experienced over this last year.  It's hard. Really hard. So hard that former players like Junior Seau are literally killing themselves over it. Many are now beginning to contemplate and understand the depression former players experience - ESPN writer Jim Trotter just wrote about it in a wonderful piece published just this week. So while we can question Rice's sincerity and whether or not he brought all this on himself, I, for one, and deeply troubled about his suicidal thoughts. I don't want to hear about one more current/former NFL player contemplating/committing suicide...

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Coincidentally, today is the last day of our NFL health insurance coverage. Former vested players get 5 years of health insurance after their last credited season and 18 months of COBRA eligibility and ours expires at the end of the day. I knew the day was coming but now that it's here, it is a reminder that this chapter in our lives is closed and that life goes on after the NFL. But it's tough. And there are struggles. I hope we're all paying attention to the toll this league is taking on these players and their families. And that folks can find a way to show a little compassion... even for the most hated guy in the world... 

Friday, February 27, 2015

Today's OOTD

We wrapped up a short week on The Broadcast with a bang - my dress from Tootsies Dallas is Jay Godfrey. Now do you see white and gold or blue and black?


























The best part about this pic is that my co-host in the pink (the fabulous Lisa Pineiro) had me crackin' up when I was trying to be serious... 

Let it Snow!!!!!!!

After two "ice days" and a declaration of Icepocalypse earlier in the week, we finally got some snow in Texas. Real, bona fide, fluffy white snow. It took me almost an hour and a half to get home from work today but I couldn't wait for the kids to get home so we could go out and play. And play we did! 





















Of course, most of us around here don't have the proper snow gear. I threw on my Uggs and some mismatched layers while my neighbor Jennifer came outside sporting a full-length fur. I love it!

























And Bryn couldn't go outside without her Elsa costume on. Forget Let it Go - Let it Snow!



Thursday, February 26, 2015

Today's OOTD

With the rough weather that rolled through Dallas this week, we were off Monday and Tuesday. I wore a fun, springy BCBG dress yesterday, but today's dress... OH-EM-GEE! It's Halston Heritage and just sucked everything in in all the right places. I think this one is a keeper! A big ol' shout out to Tootsies in Dallas for hooking us up!



A Walk In Paris

Ryan and I have been supporters of the Autism Treatment Center here in Dallas for the past couple of years. Their Pegasus Ball is one of my favorite charity events every year and we were thrilled to emcee the event last year.

This year, they've made a wonderful addition to their fundraising efforts - a fashion show and luncheon! I'll be working the catwalk along with some of my local celebrity friends in Binzario Couture! It's going to be an amazing event benefiting an amazing local resource for families affected by autism. Please consider joining us or purchasing a raffle ticket! For more information, click here.




Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Happy Birthday!!!!

The Broadcast celebrates two years tomorrow! We've got a show packed-full of fun and giveaways. Tune in at 10 am or 4 pm CST or online for the live stream to win!















I love my job!

My new buddy Jazz from the Dallas Zoo was on today's show!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The calm before the storm...

























There is just something about a sunrise that gets me...

Every... single... time.

So when I walked into our studio this morning and saw this sight, I had to pause for a minute. The lights were out. The calm before the storm.

It was an early morning for me - I had a scheduled pre-tape for Take Charge Parenting that didn't work out. And that's okay. Because if I hadn't had to be at "the office" early, I wouldn't have seen this. It was a beautiful start to the morning.

We had a very spirited discussion during table talk about children (and adults too, really) being accountable for what they post on social media. Call me crazy, but I think parents are responsible for teaching their kids about safely and respectfully posting on social media. Yes, parents should monitor what their children are doing on Twitter, Snapchat and any of the other mediums our kids are using these days. And I'm always perplexed when someone says, "You just wait until you have teenagers." You know what?!? Bring it. Because by the time my kids are in their teens, I would've hopefully instilled in them the importance of accountability. Yes, they'll make mistakes. But conversations regarding this stuff should happen BEFORE there are issues, not after. Check out the clip and let me know your thoughts.


We had fun on Take Charge Parenting as well. NFL great Drew Pearson stopped by to talk about his new show and to share his thoughts with us on sportsmanship. You can see today's episode here.



















My Tootsies look for the day is another gem from Tadashi Shoji - lace is in this season, and I'm lovin' these dresses. 





Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Odysseo by Cavalia

The tent went up weeks ago - a massive, eye-catching structure erected in the parking lot of Dr. Pepper ballpark in our hometown of Frisco, Texas. It was hard to ignore. It drew us in every time we drove by. The show's stars were horses - at least that's what we gathered from the sign next to the 125-foot big top. Odysseo by Cavalia. Yes, we'd have to see this show.

Imagine my surprise and delight when some of the (human) performers from the show made an appearance on The Broadcast last week. A troupe of acrobats discovered on the beaches of Guinea performed for us. Drums. Dancing. Excitement. Yes, we'd have to see this show.

And we did. Last week we were guests at Odysseo's Rendez-vous VIP experience and the show was SPECTACULAR! From the moment the horses first entered the arena we were in aw. There were no trainers... just these beautiful white horses seemingly exploring their surroundings for a couple of minutes undeterred. It was breathtaking. Then the fun began. 

I'm not sure who's routines were more impressive - the acrobats who performed a human carousel or the majestic horses galloping around the 80,000 gallon lake that magically appeared before our eyes. All I can say is that Odysseo was like a dream and we were transfixed for the entire two hour show. There are a few more shows in Frisco - Odysseo will be here through this weekend. See it if you can. You won't regret it!!  For more info, visit www.cavalia.net.


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Dinner with the Royal Chef himself?!? I'm in!







Guys and gals - I need your help. I have to sell 100 raffle tickets for one of the best prize packages I've ever seen. Tickets are $50 each or 3 for $100. But check out what you can win:

*A 4-course dinner for 10 prepared by the Royal Chef himself - Darren McGrady - based on dishes he served to Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Diana and Princes William and Harry. The dinner includes the food and wine pairing.

*Butler service to prepare your table, greet and serve your guests

*An autographed copy of "Eating Royally" for each guest 

*Chef McGardy will join your table, greet and serve your guests

*Consulting with the Royal Chef on the menu

*Food purchase, shopping, preparation

*Tables set up and tear down

All of this alone would be well worth the cost of a raffle ticket, but let me add that the winner is also going to receive a $5,000 gift card to Belk!!!!!!

Please consider purchasing a couple tickets - all proceeds benefit the Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas. Holler!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

#OOTDs for the rest of the week

It was another great week of fashion thanks to our friends at Tootsies in Dallas. Here are pics from the rest of the week!

My dress: Rebecca Taylor

My dress: BCBG

Alice+Olivia

Tadashi Shoji































































































Tootsies Dallas is located at the Plaza at Preston Center, 8300 Preston Road, Suite 200. And remember - you can see all the clips from this week's The Broadcast and Take Charge Parenting at ktxdtv.com.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

It's that time of year again... Mrs. Texas 2015!

Last weekend I attended the annual workshop for the upcoming Mrs. Texas pageant. This year's competition is going to be fierce. Insane really. There are 50 contestants - I think the most I've ever competed with is 35 or 36. Former winners can also compete - sounds like there are three total titleholders competing again. This will be my 7th year competing and I'm excited about the competition - it will be great!

And thanks to my returning dream team, that crown is always within reach! Bonnie Benavidez of Avasiare Professional Skincare & Cosmetics will be doing my makeup again. And Dr. Naila Malik (who is the only person I let stick needles into my forehead) will be hooking me up with her awesome skincare services. And of course Katie Tellor will be hooking up my hair again. I don't know what I'd do without these awesome ladies! 

Let the preparations begin!

Bonnie Benavidez, Avasiare

Dr. Naila Malik
Katie Tellor

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

It's Only Tuesday???

It was one of those mornings. My alarm sounded at 6:30 a.m. and I quickly hit the off button. 30 minutes later I woke for the second time... yep, I'd fallen back to sleep and was running late. I'm not sure if it was the residual effects of the craziness that was yesterday, but I was dog tired and wanted to stay in the bed. Surprisingly, I still made it to work on time. 

And it was a good day at the office indeed. My OOTD (outfit of the day) from Tootsie's was a beautiful Tadashi Shoji dress. It got tons of compliments.


























Monday, January 26, 2015

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

One of my goals for the new year was to blog a bit more consistently and do a better job at keeping y'all caught up with the craziness that is my life. But a nasty stomach bug went through this house and I was down for the count (Bryn too - well, she actually gave it to me). So here we are on a Monday and I figured today is as good a day as any to get started.

I had my second root canal today so coherently typing this is going to be somewhat challenging. So, I'll keep it short.

We had a great time on The Broadcast this morning. We started with a SAG Awards red carpet discussion. My favorites:

Joanne Froggatt - Downton Abbey

























Reese Witherspoon


Camilla Alves


























Sadly, my list of "worsts" was way longer as I was COMPLETELY UNDERWHELMED with the red carpet at the event.

Sadly, Rosamund Pike, who I absolutely adore, was a miss again. I know she recently had a baby but you has options. I will say this dress is better than the maxi pad looking garment she wore to the Golden Globes.

























The other two I didn't particularly care for were Julia Roberts and Jennifer Aniston. Julia has rocked some amazing pantsuits - this one did nothing for me. And Jennifer... the tatas aren't as perky anymore. I've seen her in low cut, very revealing, plunging outfits lately that give SAG a whole new meaning. Both women are so beautiful... I hate when I disagree with their chosen garb for the evening.


























THE BROADCAST

Today was a fun Monday on the show. I interviewed an advertising exec who gave me the scope on this year's Super Bowl commercials and jammed with some of the dancers from Cirque du Soleil's Cavalia show that is set up here in my hometown of Frisco. But the highlight of my morning - Chef Blythe came in to cook. I love, love, love Chef Blythe. She made this delicious tacos that were perfect. My co-host Lisa and I instantly plotted our trip to see Blythe in her element at her restaurant Kitchen LTO this upcoming Friday night. She had me at "fried chicken and waffles."

I like tacos...

























And it's a Tootsie's week on the Broadcast. My dress is by L'Agence. It was so comfy - loved the silhouette. 

























Come back tomorrow for my thoughts on Miss Universe and for pics from my pageant watch party!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas from the Neufelds!








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