Trusted World

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.

Clothes
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 →

McGarry & Fisk

OUT & ABOUT: Back-to-School Events, Concerts & Cary Elwes (Plus My “Annabelle: Creation” Review)

I was on Good Morning Texas recently, talking about all the events you need to hit before the kids head back to school. Yes, it’s already that time! I’ve got everything you need to know about new movies, sports and activities for the kids so watch the segment HERE, then find the links below. Continue reading →

finding-dory-movie-poster-nemo-wallpaper
4 Comments

“Finding Dory” Double Feature-DORY AFTER DARK!

My kids are weird because they don’t like to stay up late. They’re the ones at sleepovers who yell at the other kids Keep it down! We’re trying to sleep! They wouldn’t tackle this double-feature without sleeping bags, but it just might be worth it.

See, select theaters across the country will have a Dory After Dark Double Feature on Thursday June 16th, just before Finding Dory opens. They’re going to show Finding Nemo first, then follow it up with the brand new Finding Dory right afterwards. Disney will have some freebies to share with fans, as well. Continue reading →

FullSizeRender-177

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!

FullSizeRender-142

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.

FullSizeRender-143

10423281_543494035791608_8549607404132192053_n
1 Comment

Rihanna & Jim Parsons are coming to Plano TODAY!

Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) and Rihanna (Please,You Know Who She Is) are coming to town and will be walking the red carpet at the Cinemark West Plano TODAY at 5pm! They’re starring together in the new movie Home (opening March 27th) and are in Texas for the Premiere. Special thanks to Cheryl Jackson and Minnie’s Food Pantry for making THAT happen! 

Organizers are usually hush-hush about local premieres when celebrities are attending but not this time! They hope to have big crowds cheering for Jim & Rihanna so feel free to come on out! Continue reading →