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HOW TO BE A BETTER DONATOR (for the sake of Harvey’s Victims)

I spent a few hours at a donation center this morning, sorting through items collected for Hurricane Harvey victims. I encourage everyone to do the same, and not just because it’s so desperately needed right now. I learned a lot today, about the items that are donated and how, despite good intentions, they aren’t always useful. Volunteering some time at a donation center can teach us all to be better DONATORS in the future because, let’s be honest, this won’t be the last time we have to pull together and help.

First of all, think about packaging. Countless old shopping bags showed up today, filled to the brim and often tearing along the sides. Recycling is great but a plastic or paper bag filled with goods is flimsy doesn’t stack well. Boxed items are easier to pile on a pallet and move around. Think about separating and labeling your donations, as well. Valuable time is spent digging through bags and filtering goods into specific stacks, but boxes filled with soap and labeled SOAP, for example, had an immediate home.

Volunteering at the donation center gave me insight into what NEEDS to be donated, as well. I saw thousands of water bottles and diapers, but some of the donated items had never occurred to me, like adult diapers and baby formula for sensitive tummies. There was a stack of back-to-school items as well, which evacuated kids who are visiting North Texas schools now will definitely need. That hadn’t even crossed my mind.

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Smells like armpits & onions.

The enormity of the task at hand really hits home when you start sorting through the donated clothes. See that pile above? It’s a day’s worth of stained, torn or just plain STINKY clothes that were donated but considered not-usable. I even pulled a few pairs of used panties out of the bags (thank God for rubber gloves). Gently worn clothes are OK, but consider donating a cheap pack of undies from Target instead of cleaning out your own underwear drawer. Continue reading →

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Chatting About MAY MOVIES on “Good Morning Texas”

I know what you’re asking yourself today.

What am I supposed to do AFTER I’ve seen Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2?

Well, you could go see another movie (after you’ve seen GOTG2 a second and third time, of course). Believe it or not, there ARE other films opening this month and some of them look fantastic. I was on Good Morning Texas last week, discussing the phenomenon of movies that AREN’T Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and you can watch that by clicking HERE. I didn’t get a chance to cover every interesting movie that’s opening this month, so I made a handy list for you with links to purchase tickets. Find that below, and remember that we won’t judge if you panic and just go see that new Guardians movie again. Continue reading →

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OUT & ABOUT on “Good Morning Texas” Halloween Edition

I was Out & About on Good Morning Texas this week to talk about fun Halloween events in DFW. There are, OF COURSE, a million haunted houses and haunted forests to hit but we’ve heard rumors of rain all week long. Fortunately, it looks like the worst of it will hit Friday night and be on it’s way Saturday so we can Trick-or-Treat as planned. Rain won’t effect the Freaker’s Ball that 97.1 The Eagle is throwing again this year. Marilyn Manson, The Cult and Theory of a Deadman are some of the bands playing so click HERE for tickets.

If you’d like to watch the Good Morning Texas segment from Wednesday, just click HERE. I got most of my information from the The Dallas Haunted Houses Website, which has just about EVERYTHING cool that’s happening in North Texas this Halloween. It’s also where I found out about the Zombie Safari in Forney, which sounds AWESOME. Their website is http://www.zombiesafari.net/ but I encourage you to watch the Good Morning Texas segment anyway, if only for the last 30 seconds. That’s when Carrie McClure asked me if the zombies on the Zombie Safari were people dressed in costumes. That’s why I’m cracking up in the picture above, after telling her that NO, they were real zombies. Love you, Carrie!

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I’m OUT & ABOUT on “Good Morning Texas”

I started a new segment on Good Morning Texas this week called “Out & About.” It’s a collection of fun upcoming events and I THINK it’s going to be a regular thing. I taped another one for next Friday so pretend you don’t notice that I’m wearing the same clothes. You can watch the first Out and About by clicking the link below.
http://www.wfaa.com/videos/entertainment/television/programs/good-morning-texas/2015/08/07/out–about-ideas-for-your-weekend-entertainment/31291211/

If you’re interested in any of the events listed, here are some links for more details.
Klyde Warren Parkhttp://www.klydewarrenpark.org/
Core Power Yogahttp://www.corepoweryoga.com/node/29526
Dallas Arboretum Dollar Dayshttp://www.dallasarboretum.org/
Fantastic Fourhttp://www.fandango.com/fantasticfour2015_179982/movieoverview
Rascal Flatts at Gexa http://www.livenation.com/artists/42462/rascal-flatts
Dallas Comedy Househttp://dallascomedyhouse.com/

Quick thanks to Kyle Tatum at Blow Salon for the fresh cut and summer highlights. If you’re in the market for a new hair-stylist, you should definitely hit Kyle up. YES, you have to schedule your appointments months in advance but he’s beyond great and totally worth it. I love everyone at Blow but London Michael is also one of my favorites. It doesn’t hurt that both of these men are sweet, gorgeous and have a wicked sense of humor. Go when you can drink some wine while getting your hair did.

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FREE MOVIE PASSES: Think You Can Make It Through “Poltergeist” Without Peeing Yourself?

Omigodomigodomigod…I am so freaking excited about this movie! Poltergeist is one of my all-time FAVORITE scary movies and probably in my “Top 10 of All Time.” I even wrote a blog about how it ruined my life, which you can read by clicking HERE if you happen to be bored or sitting on a toilet.

I love Poltergeist so much that I was pissed when I found out they were remaking it. Then I saw the trailer. Holy sh*t, I won’t be able to sleep for WEEKS after this.

Wanna go? I have free passes to see Poltergeist in Dallas AND in Austin. If you THINK you can handle it, just click on the links below. I’ll see you there but WARNING: I tend to scream and thrash about through the scary parts.

I AM A BIG BRAVE PERSON WHO WANTS TO SEE “POLTERGEIST” IN DALLAS

I AM A BIG BRAVE PERSON WHO WANTS TO SEE “POLTERGEIST” IN AUSTIN

Remember, THEY ALREADY KNOW WHAT SCARES YOU!!!

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BLOG: Welcome Home (Please Don’t Break Anything)

We got the keys to our new house yesterday. We’re having some work done on it and the actual move-in date is weeks away but we had a celebratory toast in the empty kitchen last night. I still can’t believe it’s really happening.

See, we put our old house on the market a year ago but honestly, this move has been in the works for 7 years. We never intended to stay in Texas and discussed moving to Chicago, Atlanta, and even Denver a few times. The Chicago move almost happened but every time we got close to pulling the trigger, we chickened out. Continue reading →

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CITY HIKES: “Arbor Hills” & Tarantula Valleys

The snow cleared in time for us to take a hike this week so we headed to the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve in Plano. Arbor Hills has paved as well as unpaved & bike trails so we were able to avoid all the mud the snow left in its wake (there WAS enough left for a miniature snowball fight though). The Arbor Hills website (http://www.plano.gov/facilities/facility/details/Arbor-Hills-Nature-Preserve-20) claims that it offers about 200-acres of natural beauty. I missed most of it though because I brought along three little girls who started complaining minutes into our hike. What I saw in that time though was gorgeous. Continue reading →

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CITY HIKES: Dogwood Canyon & Babe’s Scary Bunny

This weeks hike took me back to Cedar Hill because I was interested in the Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center. I discovered it when I got lost leaving the Cedar Hill State Park and the FREE ADMISSION sign virtually screamed at me from the side of the road. Sorry but as much as I love exploring these trails, paying the entrance fees is getting expensive. Especially if I’m taking my kids, like I did this time.

Dogwood Canyon is also right next door to the Cedar Hill State Park which has been my favorite hike so far. I thought it might be the “Lite” version of CHSP and that it might offer a glimpse of the rumored Cedar Hill black panther we’ve heard about. That said, the Dogwood Canyon volunteers looked at me like I was crazy when I asked about the panther so…maybe not. Continue reading →

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Jasmine Sadry & Mr. Mesero’s Damn Sexy Queso

I met Jasmine Sadry 10 years ago when she took over my old position at the Edge in Dallas.

It’s hard to describe how I felt about Jasmine at the time. Is there a word for how you feel when you’re replaced by someone ten years younger and ten times hotter than you? It would have to be a combination of anger and envy, like “Engravy” maybe? Whatever the word is, I was FILLED with it so you can imagine my disappointment when Jasmine ended up being great on the air. She’s also so sweet that no matter HOW hard I’ve tried to dislike her, I simply can’t. Best of all, she has a mouth on her that would embarass the saltiest truck driver and honestly, that’s a direct line to my heart. Continue reading →

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CITY HIKES: CEDAR HILL STATE PARK (With the Dreaded Rattlesnake Alley & Caveman Crossing)

My tour of DFW Hiking Trails took me south of Dallas today to Cedar Hill. The GPS said I had an hour-long drive ahead of me but it was much shorter than that. Cedar Hill State Park is actually only 20 miles from downtown Dallas and 30 miles from downtown Fort Worth (according to their website http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/cedar-hill). We made it in about 40 minutes and I say WE because I got to bring a buddy today! Several friends have asked to join me on these hikes (Come on! The more the merrier! Plus I’ll need someone to carry me when I inevitably step on a rattlesnake). Today Shannon made the trip with me. Shannon is tons of fun and a fast-walker (Dang woman, SLOW DOWN!) but she also brought along a weapon, “Just in case.” It was a heavy black stick on a key-chain so I renamed it her “Bitch Stick.” Continue reading →