Wednesday, October 29, 2014

One of those days....

I may have jinxed myself with my positivity yesterday...

Or maybe it was Glenn...

























But today was just all bad. I'm talking B-A-D bad.

Insomnia runs in my family (thanks mom) and last night was just one of those nights - a lot of tossing and turning with very little sleep, even after medicating! I knew today was going to be rough.

It was a busy morning - we had more people in studio than I've seen in a while. My co-hosts and I also had to set up a camping tent for a segment AND I had to pre-tape two segments. No biggie. Except I was tired. Really, really tired. My first satellite interview was with the one-and-only-all-sorts-of-award-winning Herbie Hancock. Having grown up with his songs playing on my mom's radio, I was excited to talk to him about his new book Possibilities. I'd done my research like I always do and took some time over the last week to read the book. There were all sorts of interesting things to talk about - from his drug addiction that he revealed for the first time in the book to the Buddhism he's practiced for years. Unfortunately for me, I made a mistake... a big one... right at the beginning of the interview. I excitedly asked about the Beverly Hills Cop theme Mr. Hancock had written. Only problem... he actually didn't write it. He smiled - then said it was a common misconception that he'd written it, then said again it wasn't him. Um, fail. And because I was so tired (and now a little frazzled... heck, a lot frazzled), it took me a couple seconds too long (in my book) to recovery. We chatted for another couple of minutes about his book, his music and any regrets he had in life (to which he answered, "No."). I thanked him for his time, read the tag, then the screen faded to black.

I WANTED TO DIE!

I don't like making mistakes. I make them - we all do. But I try to be prepared so that mistakes like this don't happen. I was hoping it didn't look as awkward as it felt, but it did. As producer Stuart exclaimed "DOH" loudly in the studio with all of our studio guests watching, I pseudo-hid in our dressing room because I was embarrassed. And mad at myself. I don't make those kinds of mistakes.

We were only two segments into the show, so I had to go back into the studio and get back to work. I had a great wine segment with the folks from Napa's Bennett Lane Winery. I gingerly sipped on one of the best blends I've had in a while... I wanted to chug-a-lug the glass then pour another one, then go hide in the tent we pitched earlier because I just don't mess up that bad. But then I read the tease for the next segment and energetically told viewers about the gentleman who'd be featured. Only problem... he was standing against the wall and wasn't told he needed to be in the tease! MISTAKE #2 of the morning. So I'm still tired, still reeling from mistake #1, then this happens. It was at that point I decided I was being punked. Or Glenn had cursed me. Either way, it wasn't one of my better days.

Thank God I get another shot tomorrow...

National Cat Day

I'm not a old cat lady - I'm a young one! Happy national cat day Yoda, Winston and Frisco!


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Surreal Life

Monday morning. 8:30 a.m. Production meeting for The Broadcast. Our executive producer runs through the run down of the show. Texas singer Taylor Phelan who is a current contestant on NBC's The Voice is joining us in studio. He's our third guest from The Voice - fellow Texas crooners Reagan James and Luke Wade have already been on the show. I'm excited to meet him.

























I'm informed I've got a couple of pre-tapes. Our show airs live from 10-11 CST. We conduct satellite interviews with folks all over the country either before or after the show, then those interviews are during the show or on a later date. I learned I'd be interviewing actor Jay Harrington about his new legal dramedy on USA called Benched. Then, very nonchalantly like it's absolutely no big deal, my producer tells me I'll be interviewing Shirley MacLaine. YES, THAT SHIRLEY MACLAINE! Having grown up with movies like Terms of Endearment and Steel Magnolias, I have to say, I'm a fan. The Benched interview aired yesterday. My interview with Ms. MacLaine was supposed to air today.

Well, we had to bump Ms. MacLaine on today's show because Dallas Mavericks GM Donnie Nelson stopped by to talk about the Mavs' season opener tonight against the San Antonio Spurs. My buddy and former Dallas Cowboy Marcus Spears was guest co-hosting today, so I was already giddy that we got to talk sports on the show. Two segments... two incredible sports figures... sitting there in studio on our couch chit-chatting about sports. Man, I was happy. It was a good day. Check out my Youtube channel here to see today's clips.





Today's show was followed by Take Charge Parenting. I have to say, I think it was our best episode yet! You can check it out here. We talked about the flu, Halloween safety, and what to do if your child is having behavioral issues. This show is such an incredible resource. I get all of my mommy questions answered - it's great! 

























One last thing... with it being Halloween week and all, we've had a special guest in studio. His name is Glenn. Keep an eye out for him on the show this week!



Sunday, October 26, 2014

What a Week!

I know I've mentioned before how much I love my job. Every week on The Broadcast, we have incredible guests - people who I've followed on social media and greatly admire end up sitting across from me on the couch. I'm so blessed to do what I love and meet incredible people along the way. Last week was no exception. You can click here to see all of last week's clips on Youtube.

Monday was a bit chill - a great way to start off the work week if you ask me! I had a chance to sit down with our executive producer and talk about the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light the Night walk coming up soon. And I was really excited to learn about Power Swabs tooth whitening system. I have really sensitive teeth so tooth whitening has been out of the question - I'm excited to try this system!

Tootsie's in the Plaza at Preston Center dressed us last week - I started out the week in one of my faves... Trina Turk.

























Tuesday was kind of epic! Flashback to June - we had a relatively unknown group called Echosmith on the show. Their song "Cool Kids" was quickly climbing the music charts. Since their visit, they've exploded! About a week from now their song will be certified platinum. They came back to visit Tuesday and we had so much fun. 

I was so excited about Echosmith that morning that I forgot my dress at home. Fortunately for me, my night in shining armor braved the tollway rush hour traffic to bring me my Trina Turk dress for the day. So I looked good while chatting it up with the band, doing my other segments including one with the Dallas Zoo, and broadcasting another episode of Take Charge Parenting. I mean it - Tuesday was indeed EPIC!




























On Wednesday, singing duo Jackopierce stopped by to introduce us to their new wine... my red Black Halo dress was the perfect outfit for some wine tasting! Another highlight - an interview I did with one of my favorite actresses ever - Jessica Chastain - aired. 


























Thursday was pretty awesome too. I played with a tarantula, talked about how to beat holiday stress AND interviewed one of the hottest up-and-coming movie directors! I had a chance to screen the movie Dear White People a couple of weeks ago and I loved it. Director Justin Simien and I sat down after the show to post-tape an interview about the movie that aired Friday. You have to go see this movie! It's an incredibly funny satirical look at race relations on a post-racial college campus. The movie reminded me a lot of School Daze back in the day.

The dress? Diane von Furstenberg of course! 


























Then Friday happened... and it couldn't be outdone by the rest of the week. We started the show chatting with country crooner Charlie Worsham. My guest co-host Jolene Devito and I then sat down with the dynamic Sophia A. Nelson to talk about her new book The Woman Code. I've followed Sophia on Twitter for a while now - it was great to meet her in person. After the show, we post-taped an interview with our friends from SeaWorld San Antonio. I can't imagine a better way to wrap up an awesome week on the Broadcast! 

The dress... THEORY! Probably my favorite look of the week but they were all so awesome.




Thursday, October 23, 2014

Don't Stare at the Sun!!!!

There was an eclipse today... but I wasn't about to risk my eye sight trying to look at it. Sure enough, as the sun started going down today, I caught the tail end of it - you can see a bit of the crescent right at the top of the sun. I can assure you this picture doesn't do it justice.


Dear White People...

Quite the title, isn't it? I got an email a couple of weeks ago inviting me to attend a screening for this movie called "Dear White People." The title caught my attention but after I read the synopsis, I had to see the movie. Here's the movie in a nutshell:

"The lives of four black students at an Ivy League college converge after controversy breaks out due to the ill-conceived theme of the campus humor magazine's annual Halloween party."

The movie is a smart and fun satirical look at our "post-racial" society within the confines of an institution of higher learning. I loved the movie - it's been a while since I laughed so hard watching a film. 

The movie's director Justin Simien stopped by The Broadcast today to chat about the movie. This young man is the real deal. The movie won an award at Sundance and Justin was featured in Variety Magazine as one of the top 10 directors to watch. The interview will air tomorrow - don't miss it!



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.