BLOG: Be Brave, Be Strong & Always Fight for Happiness (for Lesley & Caroline)

***I wrote the blog below years ago after visiting my sister in Georgia. It’s about my niece and her fear of being alone, but it was also a thinly veiled message to my sister who was stuck in an unhappy marriage. She wanted out so badly but had convinced herself there was simply NO WAY. Since that time, she has lived through one of the ugliest divorces on record and discovered a whole new life. She also found a brand new love. My sister is happier and more peaceful than I’ve EVER seen her. Not only that, she just shipped her daughter off to France where my niece is currently partying like a college-student-abroad.
If you look at the picture above, you’ll see how happy they are and understand just how proud I am of them both.
Remember, there’s always a way out and yes, second chances are possible.
They say that HOPE is a dangerous thing but without it, we might not see that we deserve more or BETTER. Hope might be dangerous, but it’s also the first step towards happiness. Continue reading →


BLOG: Who Wants To Watch “Trainwreck” WITH Amy Schumer & Bill Hader?

I love Amy Schumer. Everybody does by now, right? She’s like that really AWESOME babysitter you had as a kid, who let you watch R-rated movies and stay up late. Then you saw her going out with her girlfriends one night and she looked so grown-up and sexy that you thought, “WHO are YOU?”

Obviously, I have a wicked-bad Amy Schumer girl-crush.

Anyhow, she has this new movie coming out July 17th called Trainwreck that looks hilarious. I haven’t seen it yet but they screened it at SXSW this year and everyone there called it “The Best Comedy of the YEAR!” It’s clear that we have to see this movie, but wouldn’t it be better to hit the Trainwreck premiere WITH Amy Schumer and Bill Hader? Well, you could.

All you have to do is donate to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to possibly win a 2 night trip to NYC and a walk on the red carpet at the premiere. Bill Hader will bring truffle popcorn to your seat and Amy Schumer will give you a “disappointing lap dance.” I wonder if she’ll give you a second one if it isn’t disappointing enough? There are different levels of donations but they start at $10 and even I can swing that. Click HERE to FINALLY have that shot at making Amy Schumer your bestfriendforlife, but you’d better share her with me. Or at LEAST share some of that Bill-Hader-Popcorn.


BLOG: Help Local Kids Bring Fresh Water to Uganda

My friend Brenda Rasco has some pretty amazing kids.

Her 10-year-old Parker is taking part in a summer academic camp called Junior DECATS Dallas. That’s where Parker learned that kids in Uganda don’t have fresh water. He also found out that those same kids often travel long distances just to drink from dirty rivers, which can make them sick. They spend so much time seeking out water that they don’t often get to go to school. This upset Parker so much that he decided to donate all of his savings to build a well for these kids. Evidently, Parker had earned $205 by doing chores this year and was planning to buy an iPad Touch. Instead, he said this to his Mom.

“Since you and dad provide for all my needs, I want to donate all my money to build a well in Uganda so those kids can go to school.”

How sweet is THAT? So Parker is donating his allowance AND he’s taking part in a WATER WALK this Wednesday to honor the struggle of kids in Uganda. The goal is to raise $3050 to build a well at the Ongutoi Primary School so the kids can focus on their education and have the clean water they need. Click HERE to donate and between you & me, I hope Parker’s parents go ahead and get him that iTouch.


A BLOG For My Husband On Father’s Day (THAT’S How Cheap I Am)

My oldest daughter Emma has been a Daddy’s Girl from the start. She even brags about it and doesn’t understand why it annoys me. Her little sister Lucy however, is a Mama’s Girl through and through. Lucy was a restless baby and could only sleep if she was lying on my chest in the beginning. I think that’s why she imprinted on me so strongly, but it was little consolation for her Dad. She was never flat out MEAN to Dave, but she was more than a little apathetic about him. She also rarely responded when he said, “I love you, Lucy.”

He kept trying though.

He took Lucy on “Adventure Princess” camping trips and practiced soccer with her. He read books to Lucy nightly and occasionally switched them out for Super Mario Brothers on her DS. He never gave up or got angry with Lucy for putting him on the back shelf. He just kept trying.

Recently, the four of us were sitting on the sofa watching Star Wars. Lucy was snuggled up next to Dave, but I heard her clearly when she said to him,

“Don’t ever think that I don’t love you, because I do.”

Dave gave her a squeeze and they went back to the movie as if nothing had happened, but I know how important that moment was. I also know that there’s nothing in the world I could give Dave for Father’s Day that would be any more precious.

So Happy Father’s Day, Dave. You already got your gift, though it was one of your own making. Happy Father’s Day also to all of the Dads out there who saw the challenge in front of them and met it head on. THANK YOU for never giving up.


PODCAST: Boozy Movies Reviews “Magic Mike XXL” And Makes It Rain

We were lucky enough to catch an early screening of Magic Mike XXL and to be honest, things got out of hand. There were stacks of fake money and hot guys dancing on boxes, and that was before the movie even started! I was joined by the usual Boozy Movies Film Critics; Rebekah Black, Sybil Summers and Richie Whitt but we also had a Special Guest Critic, Jasmine Sadry from Jagger Mornings on 102.1 the Edge! Here’s what we thought of the movie and well….someone just MIGHT have to turn in their Film-Critic Card.


VIDEO: White Rock Lake Spillway Before & After BILL

Sometimes I have a BRILLIANT idea that fizzles out like a damp sparkler. The most recent case of FIZZLE happened today when I completed my White Rock Spillway Series. I thought it would be fun to see the difference in the Spillway before and after Tropical Storm Bill, so I walked over there in the rain on Tuesday for the BEFORE shots. I got so many mosquito bites in the process that I had to dose up with Benadryl to get ANY sleep that night. I also found this giant, dead spider…who didn’t look so giant in his photos.

I returned today, completely covered in bugspray, and was disappointed to find that the lake hadn’t changed that much. I made the video anyhow and then spent the next 2 hours trying to figure out how to edit it all together. THAT’S why I’m posting this video. Not because it’s cool or shows anything dramatic. No, I’m posting it because I spent too much time on it NOT to post it. So here you go. Prepare to be underwhelmed.


REVIEW: New “Plat” App Brings the Grocery Store to YOU

Have you ever craved a freshly cooked meal but didn’t have the ingredients you needed? Maybe there was, oh I don’t know, a tropical storm named BILL dropping rain by the bucketfulls outside your house and you just didn’t want to drive to the store. This would be the perfect time to try the “Plat” app on your iPhone. Continue reading →


MOVIE REVIEW: “Me And Earl And The Dying Girl” (This Is Gonna Hurt)

Sometimes you fall in love with something even though you KNOW you shouldn’t. You go into it knowing that your heart will be broken, so you TRY to not get emotionally attached. Then, without even realizing it, you are head over heels and completely committed. That was my experience with Me and Earl and The Dying Girl. I knew immediately what was going to happen, but I let it hurt me anyway, so I guess I have no one to blame but myself. Continue reading →

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MOMMY-MOVIE-REVIEW: Disney Pixar Hits Puberty With “Inside Out”

Pixar hasn’t had the best luck with film critics recently. It’s last three movies Cars 2, Brave and Monsters University were met with mixed reviews and had some wondering if the animation giant had lost it’s edge. Now they’ve given us Inside Out, a film about an 11-year-old’s emotions which is Pixar’s most ambitious project to date. It also has film critics frantically searching Thesaurus for new ways to say “sweet” and “inventive.” Continue reading →


BLOG: Kids-At-Camp Blues

I know I’m not supposed to say it, but I miss my kids.

Well, I do NOW. Yesterday I dropped them off at camp and drove away filled with a sense of freedom I haven’t felt since college. What was I going to do with all of this FREE TIME? What WERE the things I enjoyed before I had kids? I could go to see a band. I LOVED live music before I had kids, but MAN they start playing so LATE these days. I could go shopping but any spare funds I had went into summer camp. I could take up smoking again. I use to LOVE that! My husband wouldn’t appreciate it though. Continue reading →