BLOG: Reviewing (my friend) B.J. Cleveland in “The Nance”

You never know who your real friends are until things get ugly. I didn’t know that B.J. Cleveland WAS a real friend until he came to my rescue, TWICE.

We were just acquaintances who chatted through social media until last fall, when I got caught in a storm. I was driving down Northwest Highway when it hit and took conditions down to zero visibility. I pulled off the road to get out of the high winds when I noticed a group of people standing next to a building. They were motioning others to come in so I, in a state of panic, ran from my car and followed them. Continue reading →


BLOG: Volunteering With My Kids at the East Lake Pet Orphanage

If you’ve driven by the building above in Dallas, you’ve probably noticed how cute it is and wondered what was going on inside. I even watched as it was being built, and thought it must be a real estate office or maybe a Bed & Breakfast. It isn’t though, and I promise that what IS happening inside this building is far cuter than it’s exterior.

This is part of the East Lake Pet Orphanage by White Rock Lake in Dallas. The ELPO is a no-kill animal shelter and hospital, which cares for orphans and animals who have homes alike. They’re also known for taking in the pets who are abandoned by the lake, which happens with heartbreaking regularity. The vets and technicians at the ELPO do everything they can to rehabilitate these animals and get them ready for life in a NEW home. Continue reading →


PODCAST: Movie Chat With Trudi & Jim at WCSX in Detroit

I started reviewing movies for Trudi & Jim at WCXS in Detroit back in February when Fifty Shades of Grey came out. I love these guys because A) Trudi is awesome and because B) Jim lived in Plano & worked at KVIL for a while. He is awesome as well. I also love these guy because C) they will let me talk & talk & TALK. Any other radio stations I talk to keep my reviews under five minutes. This review is 14 MINUTES LONG! Lord knows, I could talk for DAYS if given the chance.
This week we discussed Magic Mike XXL, Ted 2, and your chance to see Trainwreck WITH Amy Schumer in NYC!
Thanks again to Trudi & Jim! Hope we can get cocktails together one of these days!


It’s a “Terminator Genisys” SWAG Party in Denton!

Are you excited about the new Terminator: Genisys flick? If you aren’t, take a look at THIS because it might change your mind.

Wow, that’s an awesome cast! You’ve got Arnold Schwarzenegger (of course), Jason Clarke, Jai Courtney and even Emilia Clarke out of her blonde Daenery’s wig. It looks like Jai Courtney’s character is sent back in time to save Sarah Connor again but everything in the past has now changed. It even appears that John Connor is now the bad guy. Continue reading →


PODCAST: Boozy Movies Reviews “Ted 2”

I watched Ted 2 with Sybil Summers and Richie Whitt last night. We were also lucky enough to have guest Film Critic, Mark Walters from Bigfanboy.com join us. In the process, I drank lots of wine and admitted to a Seth MacFarlane fetish that I am now more than a little embarassed about. We also had what Mark called “the most awkward ending” of any podcast EVER, which I tried to edit out but only managed to make it worse. Apologies in advance for that. Otherwise, here’s our review of Ted 2. Enjoy!


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.