Sunday, May 30, 2010

Less than two weeks to go!

Mrs. Texas is less than two weeks away and I'm in full preparation mode. There are 29 contestants this year vying for the title and I found out today that I'm contestant #16! This is pretty significant - last year I was #29. During the first round of swimsuit and evening gown, my group went last - that's a lot of time standing offstage with stress and anticipation building. When I made it to the top 15, I was one of the last people on stage during the second round of competition. So imagine standing there posing and smiling while your competition is sashaying their way off the stage. So lucky #16 - that'll put me in the second group and hopefully will alleviate the onstage posing and smiling stress.

Training for this year's pageant was definitely different. Last year, I wasn't working. I was able to workout early in the morning, rest while Bryn napped and Will was at school, then get on with my day. This year since I'm working, I've had less time to workout and I'm eating food on the go (trying to find healthy fast food is quite the chore). I'm at a happy weight thanks to Sheila's boot camp, but I don't feel I'm as toned as I was last year (I'm missing my tiara trainer Dennis' workouts!). But I'll be ready. I have to be careful though - lose anymore weight and my gown won't fit!

I'll spend the next week and a half practicing my pageant walk and my poses. I'll be ready - we'll see how far we can make it this year!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Brynie's week-long 2nd birthday festivities!

We started celebrating Bryn's birthday on May 14th and finally had her birthday party yesterday. Fun was had by all. Check out the pics!

And a big shout out to Michelle Thompson of M Patisserie - she made Bryn's wonderful cake. It was a delicious red velvet cake with super yummy frosting. Will couldn't wait to tear into it! Make sure you check out Michelle's blog!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Happy birthday Brynie pie!

Our sweet girl is two today.

So, we all know this sweetie pie is feisty - she is her mother's child. Bryn was breech and I had to have a c-section. We didn't know what we were having, and as soon as our ob made the incision, he saw butt and girl parts - he proclaimed "it's a girl" and then took a bit longer to pull this princess out! I always joke that she came out telling the world to kiss her butt.

Anyway, bring on the terrible twos (they actually started a while ago)...

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

It takes a village...

So what do you think goes into making folks like Jennifer Lopez, Heidi Klum, Halle Berry and Giselle Bundchen flawless and beautiful? I mean, we've seen those "stars without makeup" pics - clearly they don't wake up looking that good. Nope. It takes a village - stylists, makeup artists, hair stylists, a good crew (who, if the talent is on camera, bathes said talent perfectly crafted light). I mean, good genes help, but two hours in makeup and hair will do it!

I have the pleasure of working with the most amazing set of folks on the set of The Bite each week - here's a picture from last week's shoot. The help me go from mom to movie (or restaurant) star in no time!

Now the funny thing is when this crafted facade follows me into my post-movie star life like a law firm or Walgreens. Sure lawyers wear that much makeup. Well, maybe they do on t.v.

Boot camp fun

"Boot camp" and "fun" usually don't go together, especially at 5:30 in the morning! But let me tell you - my girl Sheila Stoutmire has a good thing going on up in Prosper. Sheila's one of my official pageant sponsors and she's helping me get in shape for Mrs. Texas next month. The work is hard, but we do have fun - there was a lot of laughing going on this morning. What a neat group of ladies to work out with at the butt crack of dawn! Thanks Sheila - looking forward to showing off our results next month!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Here we go....

Tomorrow is the 10th... that means I've got a little over a month to prepare for the Mrs. Texas America pageant where I will once again be representing the city of Frisco! After making it into the top 15 last year, I figured I'd give it another go now that I have somewhat of a pageant clue and I know what to expect. I'm aiming for the top 5 but taking the crown would be awesome!

My "budget" evening gown is hanging upstairs in the guest room closet. I call it "budget" because it cost a fraction of what some of the ladies pay for custom pageant gowns. And it still wasn't cheap!

I also found my pageant interview suit. I am absolutely in love with it - it's perfect! Again, it's also a "budget" find - I found it on sale for a 1/3 of it's usual cost. SCORE!

I'm still on the hunt for the perfect bikini to sashay across the stage in. This year, the required color is red. We can wear any suit of our choosing, but it has to be red. Who knew it would be so difficult to find a good, nice fitting bikini in red! I guess it's not a popular color for swimsuits. And seriously - I've come across suits for $200+! Really, for some string and patches covering my private parts?!? That's a tough pill to swallow.

Now that crunch time is here, the pageant diet has started - I eighty-sixed bread and my crack - no, not that crack, I mean Diet Pepsi. It's about time to lose the rest of my beloved carbs too - like pasta. And about 10 days before the pageant, the fun really begins. I'll replace two meals a day with protein shakes as I try to get lean and temporarily lose some of my age/mommy evidence (i.e. cellulite and stretch marks). And anything I can't fix with diet and exercise, my awesome makeup artist, Bonnie Benavidez of Avasiare Professional Skincare & Cosmetics ( will help me hide!

Speaking of exercise, I miss my tiara trainer Dennis this year. We've switched gyms, so he's not around. He graciously hooked me up with a couple of workouts to follow over the next couple of weeks - it will be hard without his motivation though.

But I've got the fitness factor covered thanks to Sheila Stoutmire - she runs the most AMAZING and motivational boot camp. The hardest part about the workouts is that I'll be getting up at 4:45 a.m. three times a week for the next month for 5:30 workouts. But once I'm out on the field doing squats and bear crawling, time flys and I get a great workout in. Couple that with the Advocare supplements Sheila's got me hooked on, and I'm good.

So, expect updates over the next couple of weeks as the pageant gets closer (when I'm not too tired or hungry to post)...

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To all of the wonderful women out there who do the most difficult, yet rewarding, job in the world - HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Silver Dollar Ball

First, the word "y'all" became a part of my vocabulary. Next, I learned that I'd have to settle for Tex-Mex instead of "regular" Mexican food to satisfy my taco cravings. Finally, I bought my first pair of cowgirl boots to wear to Silver Dollar Ball this past weekend. It's official - I'm a southern girl.

On Saturday, over 700 folks gathered at XO Ranch in Aubrey, TX ( for the 3rd annual Silver Dollar Ball benefitting the American Cancer Society. I served as the Publicity Chair for the event, so it was really awesome to see all of our hard work come to fruition. D210 was also on hand covering the event. It was an awesome party with food, fun and a live performance by country music star Mark Chesnutt. Fun times were had by all. I can't wait until next year's event!