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“A Child to Love” October 28, 2012

Did you know that there are more than 300 children living in foster care in North Texas. There are more than 1,000 children in North Texas waiting for a forever home. That is too many! Organizations like Child Protective Services and Gladney Center for Adoption are always working tirelessly to find these children forever homes.

Guests include: Starla Abraham
FAD Recruiter Dallas County
Child Protective Services
Website: www.dfps.state.tx.us

Starla is a recruiter for Dallas County. She brought with her Anastasia, a girl looking for a home. According to www.adoption.com, there are over 100,000 children waiting for a home. Texas makes up just 6.3% of that number. That is still too high.

Texas Child Protective Services (CPS) is a great organization that really has the welfare of a child as their first priority. It is used to report suspected abuse or neglect of a child, provides services to children and families in their own homes, places children in foster care, provides services to help youth in foster care make the transition to adulthood, and places children in adoptive homes.

If you fear a child is in a life threatening situation, immediately call 911. There are other ways to report abuse. Call the Abuse Hotline at 1-800-252-5400 (its toll free 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, nationwide) or go to www.txabusehotline.org.

 

Guest: Traci Brandon
Gladney Center for Adoption
Website: www.adoptionsbygladney.com

Traci works for the Gladney Center for Adoption. Gladney has been a leading voice for helping children, adoptive families and birth parents for 125 years. Their mission is to make a difference in the lives of birth parents, families and children here and around the world. Gladney is a not-for-profit, licensed adoption agency. Gladney is able to complete home studies in many states including Texas, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania.

Traci introduced is to Colin and his new mom Shawn. Colin and his sisters were foster children taken in and loved by Shawn.

There are also two big events coming up. November 3rd is the Foster Care Appreciation Dinner and November 10th there will be a very in-depth Awareness Fair at the Gladney Center for Adoption office in Fort Worth. The informative fair starts at 10 am.

If you want to find out more information about adoption or foster care, here is all the information you need.

Gladney Center for Adoption
6300 John Ryan Drive
Fort Worth, Texas 76132-4122

Headquarters: 817-922-6000
Pregnant?: 1-800-GLADNEY
International Adoptions: 1-800-INT-ADOP
Domestic Adoptions: 1-800-687-3097

Website: www.adoptionsbygladney.com

 

“Not So Perfect” Radio Show
“Honey: Precious as Gold” October 21, 2012

Have you noticed how popular honey is these days? Whether you eat it, use it to combat allergies or watch the very funny Honey Boo Boo on TV, honey in most cases is very good for you. In fact it’s often called “precious as gold”. Here are some other facts about honey:

-An average worker honey bee makes 1/12 teaspoon of honey in a lifetime.
-A worker honey bee lives approximately 42-45 days in peek season.

- Bee pollen is high in DNA & RNA.
- Utah is known as the bee hive state.
- 70,000- 100,000 Honey Bees live in a hive.
- Honey Bees do not sleep, they take mini cat naps.

Today’s Guests Include: Nathan Sheets
President/Owner Nature Nate’s Honey Company
Website: www.naturenates.com

Nature Nate’s history starts with Nathan himself—when a post-honeymoon hobby turned into a mission. Busy juggling a job and a new family, he bought a beehive on a whim. There was just something fascinating about these industrious, honey-making marvels! As with many pastimes, this one soon turned into more “full” than part time, and after much prayer and long conversations with his wife, Nathan traded his day job for a new life’s work. And Nature Nate’s 100% Pure, Raw and Unfiltered Honey was born.

Nature Nate is committed to producing honey higher in naturally-powerful vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and pollens.

Nature Nate is known for it’s raw and unfiltered honey. What does that mean?
Raw means the honey is very close to the condition of the original hive honey. Unfiltered means that it is minimally processed and not heated above 120 degrees so it maintains its vitamins and minerals.

Honey is considered a functional super food. It provides health benefits that go beyond basic nutrition. These benefits include:

• Provides a quick energy boost
• Decreases muscle fatigue
• Soothes sore throats and ease coughs
• Topically, for minor scrapes and skin irritations

Visit Nate online at www.naturenates.com to read more about Nate and the honey he makes.

Guest: David Jones
City Leader, Boosterthon Fun Run
Website: www.Boosterthon.com

There are many ways to help raise money for your school or community. One great option is the Boosterthon Fun Run. It’s so much more than a fundraiser.

Here’s more on the history of Boosterthon:

Since 2001, the Boosterthon Fun Run team has been serving schools across America, providing a fun, healthy alternative to sales-driven fundraisers. The Boosterthon Fun Run is based in Atlanta, Georgia, and will serve more than 500,000 students at 700 excellent schools in 16 states across the U.S.

Boosterthon believes if you want to strengthen your school, it begins with people.

Chris & Lyndie Carneal started the Boosterthon Fun Run in 2001. It is based on four core values:
-Integrity
-Enthusiasm
-Leadership
-Results

The Boosterthon Fun Run experience combines a fun fitness event, an interactive character program, and a highly profitable school fundraiser. It’s all wrapped up in an unforgettable experience that is fun for students and hassle-free for schools.

If you want to learn more about Boosterthon, go to http://www.boosterthon.com/.

 

“Not So Perfect” Radio
“Affair of the Heart” October 7, 2012

Do you love going to the State Fair of Texas? It seems like we all have an “affair of the heart” when it comes to this annual event. And this year, the State Fair is celebrating 126 years at Fair Park. And Big Tex is celebrating 60 years. It’s a great year to go and celebrate the many milestones. What do you know about the State Fair? We found a State Fair quiz online. See how you do.

 

Guests include: Sue Gooding
State Fair of Texas
www.bigtex.com/sft
Call: 214-565-9931

The State Fair of Texas has a rich history beginning as the The Dallas State Fair & Exposition back on Jan. 30, 1886. A group of Dallas businessmen including W.H. Gaston, John S. Armstrong and Thomas L. Marsalis are credited with starting the State Fair. There have been many incarnations of the State Fair. Read more about it’s history online.

This year the State Fair of Texas is celebrating 126 years at Fair Park. Of course the fair is known for Big Tex, Fletcher’s Corny Dogs, car shows, and of course the Red River Rivalry between Texas and Oklahoma. This college football game is the highlight for many.

Food is also a big part of the State Fair. Besides the world famous corny dogs, fair-goers are looking for the fried food.

And here are this year’s winners:
Best Taste:
Deep Fried Jambalaya

 

Most Creative:
Fried Bacon Cinnamon Roll

Past winners include:
2005 Most Creative Viva Las Vegas Fried Ice Cream
2005 Best Taste Fried PB, Jelly and Banana Sandwich
2006 Most Creative Fried Coke
2006 Best Taste Fried Praline Perfection
2007 Most Creative Deep Fried Latte
2007 Best Taste Texas Fried Cookie Dough
2008 Most Creative Fried Banana Split
2008 Best Taste Chicken Fried Bacon
2009 Most Creative Deep Fried Butter
2009 Best Taste Fernie’s Deep Fried Peaches & Cream
2010 Most Creative Fried Beer™
2010 Best Taste Texas Fried FRITOS® Pie
2011 Most Creative Fried Bubblegum
2011 Best Taste Buffalo Chicken in a Flapjack

If you plan on attending the fair this year, here’s a link to a few State Fair deals and discounts.

Have you heard about Arnold Schwarzenegger new book? He wrote a book about his life and he is getting some criticism for admitting to several affairs. Paige, Jennifer and Tony give us their take on this new book. And if you want to read a review of “Total Recall” by Arnold Schwarzenegger, here is what the NY Times had to say.

Guest: Elizabeth Aloni
Relationship Coach, Founder EJoy Coaching
www.ejoycoaching.com
Call: 650-440-0945

Elizabeth is here to talk about healing a broken heart. She says: “Once you are able to see through the pain of infidelity, it can be an opportunity to be honest about your relationship and yourself and be able to be in a place where you can create a fulfilling, connected and loving relationship either with your partner or with someone new.
Reach out to a coach or therapist who can assist you in gaining clarity and can provide you with tools to make the changes you need to make to live the love of your dreams.”

Here is more about Elizabeth:
Since the launch of EJoy Coaching in 2002, Elizabeth Aloni has Coached hundreds of one-on-one clients across the U.S. She has served as an ongoing Coach for Spark Networks, owners of JDate.com, AmericanSingles.com and many other dating sites. Elizabeth published her book, The Mating Manual (available on Amazon.com) in 2005, she has been featured on NBC’s Average Joe as the makeover Coach, served as a Relationship Coach for Club Med trips geared for singles and has conducted seminars on relationships, sales and business throughout the country. In 2004, she met and married her soulmate Sam. They now live in Dallas with their son, Jonah. And in 2010, Elizabeth became a certfied Bringing Baby Home™ educator. She conducts workshops and seminars to educate expectant couples and parents to equip themselves with the knowledge and skills needed to cope constructively with the changes brought about by the birth of a child.
If you want to learn more about Elizabeth and the services she provides, visit her website, www.ejoycoaching.com.

 

“Not So Perfect” Radio Show
“Perseverance” September 30, 2012

You’ve heard the saying “If first you don’t succeed, try, try again!” Perseverance can be the key to any success. So what does it take to stay strong and persevere? Here are some stories of great entrepreneurs who succeeded through perseverance. Thanks to Tom Zeleznock who wrote a story on these success stories. Here is some of what he wrote.

Steve Jobs
You always hear about a “long road to the top,” but perseverance isn’t limited to the early stages of a person’s career. Oftentimes, failure can occur after a long period of success.

Steve Jobs achieved great success at a young age. When he was 20 years old, Jobs started Apple in his parents’ garage, and within a decade the company blossomed into a $2 billion empire. However, at age 30, Apple’s Board of Directors decided to take the business in a different direction, and Jobs was fired from the company he created. Jobs found himself unemployed, but treated it as a freedom rather than a curse. In fact, he later said that getting fired from Apple was the best thing to ever happen to him, because it allowed him to think more creatively and re-experience the joys of starting a company.

Jobs went on to found NeXT, a software company, and Pixar, the company that produces animated movies such as Finding Nemo. NeXT was subsequently purchased by Apple. Not only did Jobs go back to his former company, but he helped launch Apple’s current resurgence in popularity. Jobs claims that his career success and his strong relationship with his family are both results of his termination from Apple.

Simon Cowell
Nowadays, Simon Cowell is a pop icon and a very wealthy man. But early in life, Cowell faced his fair share of struggles. At age 15, Cowell dropped out of school and bounced around jobs. He eventually landed a job in the mail room of EMI Music Publishing. Cowell worked his way up to the A&R department, and then went on to form his own publishing company, E&S Music.

Unfortunately, E&S folded in its first year. Cowell ended up with a lot of debt, and was forced to move back in with his parents. But he never gave up on his dream of working in the music industry, and eventually landed a job with a small company called Fanfare Records. He worked there for 8 years and helped the company become a very successful label. From there, Cowell spent years signing talent and working behind-the-scenes before launching the “American Idol” and “X-Factor” franchises that made him famous.

Even though he is rich and successful, Cowell continues to work on new projects. This kind of dedication no doubt helped him overcome his early roadblocks.

J.K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books, is currently the second-richest female entertainer on the planet, behind Oprah. However, when Rowling wrote the first Harry Potter book in 1995, it was rejected by twelve different publishers. Even Bloomsbury, the small publishing house that finally purchased Rowling’s manuscript, told the author to “get a day job.”

At the time when Rowling was writing the original Harry Potter book, her life was a self-described mess. She was going through a divorce and living in a tiny flat with her daughter. Rowling was surviving on government subsidies, and her mother had just passed away from multiple sclerosis. J.K. turned these negatives into a positive by devoting most of her free time to the Harry Potter series. She also drew from her bad personal experiences when writing. The result is a brand name currently worth nearly $15 billion.

Today’s Guests Include: Ken Fleming
Partner, Director of Business Development, Group Dynamix
Website: www.groupdynamix.com

Group Dynamix is hosting “Family Day for Mack” on Sunday, Oct. 21st from 2-6 p.m. to raise support for Stephen “Coach Mack” Mackintosh and his family to help defray the considerable costs related to his spinal cord injury that happened on July 17. While riding his bike home from work, he was distracted and crashed into a parked semi-trailer along the road. His head took the full force of the collision bending his spinal cord causing a C4 injury. He immediately realized he was paralyzed from the neck down. A good Samaritan named Mike Dunst saw him on the road and stopped and rendered aid. Mack was rushed to the hospital and was in intensive care unit for a month recovering from his injury including a bout with pneumonia.

Read more about how Group Dynamix started:

Group Dynamix evolved from the construction of a small indoor ropes course at the Dallas Fun & Fitness Center in 1995. It was called the “Adventure Course” and it quickly became one of the most popular activities for teenage youth groups in the area. The course was unique in several respects. Although built indoors, it modeled a traditional outdoor challenge course. But far from traditional, the vast majority of the programs conducted on it were recreation in nature, a departure from the highly-focused team building and therapeutic programs commonly associated with outdoor challenge courses.

The owners of the Dallas Fun & Fitness Center, brothers Ken and Steve Fleming, joined with Stephen Mackintosh in September of 1997 and formed the business that is now Group Dynamix. At that time, they decided to expand their business to include recreation events and team building programs for corporations and organizations. Since then, Group Dynamix has assembled what many consider to be the best “people, programs and place” in the industry. In the summer of 1998, Group Dynamix moved into its new 13,600 sq. ft. facility in Carrollton expanding to 17,600 sq. ft. in 2008 making it the largest team development center of its kind in the nation.

Again “Family Day for Mack” is on Sunday, Oct. 21st from 2-6 p.m. There will be a lot of fun activities for the family including: inflatables, archery and laser tag shooting games, pedal cart races, win-it-in-a-minute contests, prizes, food and much more. They are requesting a $20 minimum donation per person and $60 maximum for families. All of the proceeds will be donated to a trust fund set up to support the family.

Go to www.groupdynamix.com for more information.

Guest: Tim Ostermeyer
Fun Adventure Wildlife Books
Website: www.funadventurewildlifebooks.com

Titles include: Adventures of Rusty + Ginger Fox, Snowball’s Antarctic Adventures, Titus + Tiana, Frosty + Snowy Arctic Adventures, Donald Discoveries True Love, Snuggles Japanese Alp Adventures, Adventures in Australia + New Zealand.

Tim Ostermeyer is a Master Photographer who has won 250 first place awards for his photography including 14 wildlife images that are considered to be the best in the world by its inclusion in the Professional Photographer Loan Collection books (best images in world by professional photographers). He has traveled the world for the last 25 years, taking images of wildlife from the Arctic in the north to the Antarctic in the south. He has taken the best images from his travels over these 25 years to place in these 4 children books. Tim’s first book “Adventures of Rusty & Ginger Fox” has 40 great online reviews and sold 480 copies in the first 6 weeks of sales. All of these books have raised letters on the cover, cute story lines, fact boxes with 10 facts of each animal in the book, and a nice moral to the story. Tim will be on a national tour this year visiting all the large cities signing these 4 books with book signings in major bookstores, and book readings in schools, hospitals, and nursing homes. Tim lives in Allen, Texas.

Want to learn more about Fun Adventure Wildlife Books? Go to www.funadventurewildlifebooks.com/

 

 

“Not So Perfect” Radio Show
“Pageants” September 9, 2012

Are you hooked on reality shows? It’s become a real addiction in the world of television.  The latest temptation is a show called “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo”. It’s the biggest sensation since “Toddlers and Tiaras”. So this week, we decided to do a show on the real story behind beauty pageants, especially those featuring kids.

Wikipedia defines a beauty pageant as “is a competition that mainly focuses on the physical beauty of its contestants, although such contests often incorporate personality, talent, and answers to judges’ questions as judged criteria.” But we all know the real drama is what goes on backstage.

 

Guests include: Tiffany Egan
Paramount Pageants
Website: www.itsyourpageant.com

Paramount Pageants’ hosts beauty pageants for all girls and women ages 0-Woman. Paramount Pageants offers pageants that meet all girl’s needs – Adorable Dolls Glitz Pageant & Sweet Plums Natural Pageant for ages 0-12. Tiffany Egan is the official director of Texas Perfect Pageant and Little Miss Perfect. Paramount Pageants also has a pageant for girls diagnosed with special needs or challenges.​​

​Paramount Pageants provide girls and women with development of self-assurance, poise and grace, public speaking confidence, development of self awareness, proper etiquette, and experience with stage presence and modeling. All contestants gain friendship, leadership and the opportunity to leave a legacy which will boost respect for themselves and others.​

​Paramount Pageants mission is to provide contestants the opportunity to experience the world of pageantry in a nurturing and healthy competition.

Visit www.itsyourpageant.com to learn more about Paramount Pageants!

 

Guest: Amy Vanderoef
Host, Good Morning Texas (WFAA)
Former Miss Connecticut

Amy has been with WFAA’s “Good Morning Texas” since 2006. But she is also a former Miss Connecticut, so she knows a little something about beauty pageants. She gives Paige, Jennifer and Tony the inside scoop on pageants.

Here is Amy’s bio from WFAA:

Since joining GMT in 2006, assignments have taken me everywhere: live from Los Angeles on the set of Dancing with the Stars, to New York City where I was a guest correspondent on ABC’s Good Morning America. I was even featured in two network Daytime dramas: All My Children and One Life to Live. I’m not a native Texan but like the bumper sticker says, my husband and I got here as fast as we could. My last name is of Dutch origin and is pronounced “Van-der-off” (I’m not sure why there’s an extra “e” in it!). I’m a proud graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in New York City and actually began performing with the New York USO, entertaining US military forces and veterans at bases and hospitals. This was such a special time for me, and I work to feature American military people on GMT whenever possible. I also worked as a performer for the US Department of Defense entertaining American Armed Forces stationed overseas in countries such as Bosnia, Macedonia, Iceland, Germany and Croatia. There is no greater audience than our troupes! We traveled the war torn countries performing patriotic shows, bringing a bit of “home” with us and spent a number of holidays overseas, including the Fourth of July and Christmas. So many of the men and women hadn’t seen their families for a year or more, and they were so appreciative. My time as a USO performer was unforgettable, and will always be remembered as some of the best years of my life. If you’re a fan of children’s books, you’ve probably heard this famous phrase: “Take chances, make mistakes, get messy!” I said that a lot when touring America as “Ms. Frizzle,” the irrepressible science teacher from “The Magic School Bus.” It was a blast: my costume featured bright red hair and some pretty way-out looks. Working on “The Magic School Bus” was an adventure, and a terrific program that continues to help children learn and love science.

In 2001 I took on a much different challenge when I was crowned Miss Connecticut USA, and became the state’s representative at the Miss USA Pageant. I must say, although I didn’t win the national title (not even close!) I loved the experience. It was a bit intense, however I have an incredible scrapbook of memories and remain great friends with several of my fellow contestants. Performance remains a big part of my life. I am signed with the Campbell Agency here in Dallas, and continue to do voiceovers and other commercial work. I also coach those who are in pursuit of an acting career! In Connecticut, I operated The Actors Academy, an acting school for children and adults. I also worked in casting for Mazzarella Productions, a children’s production company. In 2004, my husband Grant — a television journalist — and I relocated to the Dallas area. We celebrated the birth of our son, a native Texan, in 2009.

 

“Not So Perfect” Radio show
“Cheater, Cheater, Pumpkin Eater” September 2, 2012

Have you ever tried to get ahead by cutting corners or cheating? From cheating on a math test to cheating at sports to even cheating on a spouse or partner, we all know cheating is wrong — so why do so many do it? We can’t answer that question for you today but we will show you how people are cheating these days (and no we don’t condone it).

Here’s a list of the top 5 famous sports cheaters in history. This list comes from ESPN. Here’s the link: http://sports.espn.go.com/oly/columns/story?id=2039471

5. Tonya Harding – Before the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics, Nancy Kerrigan was favored to win gold. But Harding’s husband, Jeff Gillooly, decided not to wait for the Games to seek an advantage for his wife. He hired someone to club Kerrigan on her right leg. Kerrigan won the silver medal, Harding finished out of the running and Gillolly ended up in jail.

4. The East German Olympic Team – In the 1970s and ’80s, the East German Olympic team doubled their gold medal count. After the fall of the Iron Curtain, records revealed that trainers and coaches doped thousands athletes with banned substances.

3. Spanish Paralympians – Spain won the 2000 Payalympic gold medal in basketball with a group of mentally challenged athletes. The only problem was, it was fiction. The team returned the gold medals and forced the resignation of three top officials in Spain.

2. Ben Johnson – The Canadian sprinter was hailed as the “Fastest Man Alive” after beating Carl Lewis in the 100-meters at the Seoul Olympics in 1988. But days later he tested positive for a banned steroid. He was stripped of his gold medal.

1. The 1919 Chicago White Sox – This very infamous story was about the 1919 White Sox who “threw” the World Series after being paid by gamblers to do so. “Shoeless” Joe Jackson was among the eight players found guilty.

Guests include: Michael Dear
President, Spy Centre Security
Website: www.spycentre.com
Call: 1-800-292-7748

The Spy Centre specializes in sales and installation of custom camera systems with digital recording. Their mission is to provide the highest quality surveillance equipment with exceptional customer service. Customers include retail stores, commercial businesses, government, school agencies, custom residences, and wholesale dealers. They believe in maintaining a competitive advantage by offering more experience, service, and quality than their competitors.

Spy Centre Security has been serving the Dallas/Ft. Worth area for over 20 years. Their trained staff are able to assist with the most basic system designs to intricate wireless IP or Mega Pixel systems. Spy Centre has 4 brick and mortar retail locations, open to the public in, Plano, Lewisville, Dallas and in Addison. Find out more by visiting www.spycentre.com.

Guest : Clark Gable
Host of CHEATERS, Bobby Goldstein Productions
Website: www.Cheaters.com

CHEATERS will be premiering its 13th season on Saturday, September 22nd on the CW33 (KDAF) at 10 PM.

Cheaters is in its 12th year of original programming. There are only 25 programs that have run on longer than Cheaters. Each year Cheaters is on in original shows, that list gets smaller and smaller. After Season 13, there will only be 17 shows that have run longer than Cheaters!

Check out CheatersSpyShop.com for all of your investigative needs. Or read more about the show online at http://www.cheaters.com/

And yes if the name Clark Gable sounds familiar, there is a good reason for it. Here is his bio:

Clark James Gable is an American actor and model. Gable was born in Malibu, California, the son of John Clark Gable and Tracy Yarro. His legendary grandfather is the late great iconic leading man of Tinseltown, Clark Gable, The King of Hollywood. He is the second of four siblings, with sister Kayley Gable and brothers Jason J. Scheff and Connor Scheff, who are the sons of Gables stepdad musician Jason Scheff from the band Chicago. He grew up in Malibu, Tarzana and Agoura California, and currently splits his time between Dallas and Malibu.

He has modeled for many designers including Prada, Chrome Hearts, Disney and most recently, the Converse campaign for Jack Purcell shoes. Gable started modeling at the age of 5 and is still modeling as part of his career today. Gable studied at the New York Film Academy and just completed his first film in Italy and music videos for Madison Cain and Lucy Schwartz.

Gable spends his free time surfing, fishing, snowboarding and RC aerial photography. He also races dirt bikes competitively. Gable has a passion for flying as he is currently working towards his private pilot’s license. Alongside modeling and acting on camera, Gable has a huge interest in behind the scenes action working in production and likes to do his own stunts and action work on film.

When not in front of the camera, Gable volunteers his time in LA working with different charities helping the needs of families, couples and individuals involved in crisis situations.

 

“Not So Perfect” Radio Show
“Letting Go” August 26, 2012

Today’s show is an extremely important show that needs your attention. It’s about life’s experiences, the good and the bad. It’s a show that will touch you, make you cry and make you smile. How’s that for a tease? Paige, Jennifer and Tony will address the very important topic of bullying. Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns will talk about what area schools are doing to prevent bullying. Then on a lighter note, Sharon Parker from Six Flags Over Texas will bring us back to our childhood with a look back at the Texas Chute Out. Enjoy the show – and hug your family a little tighter tonight.

Guests include: Joel Burns
Fort Worth City Council District 9
www.joelburns.com

Councilman Joel Burns first made headlines back on October 12, 2010 when he publicly spoke about being bullied as a 13 year old boy in Crowley, Texas. He talked about the countless suicide thoughts he had because he was bullied. Joel revealed many personal details about that time in his life during the council meeting back in 2010.

Here is a link to the entire 12 minute speech he gave at the Council meeting:

http://joelburns.com/bullying-prevention/

Joel talks about what schools in this area are doing to prevent bullying. Joel has some great information on his website. Here is just a little about what he says about what schools are doing to prevent bullying.

Joel partners with parents, teachers, administrators, and students, both in Fort Worth and nationally, on ways to end bullying in our schools.

“No child should be made to feel like they are without worth. It is not the responsibility of the child to put a stop to bullying. It is our responsibility and obligation as adults to ensure that every child can grow and learn in a safe environment.”

For his efforts to end bullying, Joel was honored with the 2011 Elected Official of the Year award from the National Association of Social Workers in North Central Texas-Fort Worth Area Branch. Joel’s commitment to Fort Worth youth also earned him the 2011 “Believing in Youth” award presented by Santa Fe Youth Services.

Joel supports strong anti-bullying legislation that gives teachers access to the tools they need to prevent, identify, and report bullying. He also supports federal legislation, the Safe Schools Improvement Act, which would direct schools and districts to adopt codes of conduct to prevent bullying and harassment.

In the face of parks and recreation budget cuts, Joel saved and raised private donations for the Summer Mobile Recreation Program, a program that helps low-income kids in District 9 build self-esteem and character through summer recreational activities.

Joel also mentions a website to find out more information. Go to www.thetrevorproject.org or www.glsen.org, www.hrc.org or visit Joel’s website at www.joelburns.com.

 

 

Guest: Sharon Parker
Six Flags Over Texas
http://www.sixflags.com/overtexas/index.aspx

Here is what Wikipedia says about Six Flags:

Six Flags Over Texas is a 212-acre theme park located in Arlington, Texas, east of Fort Worth and about 15 miles (24 km) west of Dallas. It is the oldest park of the Six Flags chain. The park opened on August 5, 1961, following just a year of construction and an initial investment of US$10 million by real estate developer Angus G. Wynne, Jr.

Since its opening, Six Flags Over Texas has consistently performed well in terms of attendance and revenue, despite its history of ever-changing owners and expansions. The park currently has several amusement rides and attractions, bringing in thousands of visitors daily.

In early 2010, the Texas Giant roller coaster was closed to be renovated into a super-hybrid coaster and was reopened on April 22, 2011, as the NEW Texas Giant for the park’s 50th anniversary. In late 2010, Six Flags began the process of removing licensed theming from attractions. They terminated several licenses including their licenses with Tony Hawk. Tony Hawk’s Big Spin was renamed to Pandemonium In the middle of the 2011 season. Mr. Freeze was closed briefly to feature new backwards facing trains. The newly named Mr. Freeze Reverse Blast reopened on May 12, 2012.

On August 2, 2012, Six Flags Over Texas announced the last chance to ride Flashback and Texas Chute Out is September 3, 2012, before it closes. As of August it is unknown if another ride will take their place.

Go to http://www.sixflags.com/overtexas/index.aspx for more information including deals on tickets.

 

 

“Not So Perfect” Radio Show
“Back to School” Part 1, August 19, 2012

Are you ready for school to start? As the hot summer draws to a close, parents everywhere are celebrating the start of the school year. No-one is happier than Paige! She calls this the happiest time of the year. And for most parents it is. Most just want to get back into a regular routine. The good news is that most Texas kids will be back in school before the month is out.

So today Paige, Jennifer and Tony are going to get you ready for the school year with their favorite back to school traditions. All agree picking up school supplies is their favorite. And when it comes to lunch boxes, each has a favorite. Can you guess? Listen to the show to find out!

 

Guests include: Tonia Tomlin
Professional Organizer, Sorted Out
www.sortedout.com

Tonia is an expert in organizing. In fact it’s a passion for her (and she is really good at it). Here is a little background on Tonia:

Tonia Tomlin is a professional organizer and founder of Sorted Out organizing service in Plano, Texas. Sorted Out offers a wide range of organizing and consulting services to help clients regain control of time and the disorganization in their lives.

Characteristics of neatness, tidiness, and order resulted in a successful career in the mortgage industry. Tonia’s career at Chase Manhattan flourished in both Michigan and Texas. A Senior Loan Officer, she operated the Subprime Lending Group of Texas. Tonia worked with more than 100 loan officers in both the Houston area and Dallas Metroplex.

Development and maintenance of these relationships was critical and Tonia took great pride in succeeding. Others counted on her to be organized because she was handling so much detail. Tonia left her job with Chase Manhattan to commit to her professional organizing career on a full-time basis.

So what is Tonia’s advice for getting the family ready to go back to school? Here are some tips:

Evening routines: Do as much as you can for the next day, the night before. Make lunches, lay out outfits (this helps if something important has to be laundered), sign papers and review homework, de-clutter backpacks and repack, review the schedule for the next day to prepare yourself mentally.

Establish drop zones: Entryways can be a mess with everyone’s backpacks, shoes, and sports gear. To keep this clutter under control, have a sturdy hook for each child for their back pack and coats, and a basket for their shoes. When you create a home for your kid’s belongings, they can develop a routine of putting their items away where they belong.

Supply area: Establish a place at home where you have extra supplies for the kids, like pens, pencils, paper, project boards, etc. These supplies change depending on the age of the child. If you have project supplies on hand, you won’t need to rush out to get for any last minute projects.

Time Management: Starting training your children now to learn how to manage their time. Give them an assignment calendar that they can use to plot out their large projects, or term papers, and plan time each week to work on those projects. Often these things are left to the last minute and we “cram” the night before to get it done. However, teaching them now how to do a little at a time will help them in college and later in life.

Tonia is also the author of “Chaos 2 Calm”. Find out more about Tonia and Sorted Out on her website, www.sortedout.com.

 

Guests: Nicole Sparks and Jenna Marwitz
The Crockin’ Girls
Author of “The Slow Cookin’ Campanion”
Website: www.crockingirls.com

The Crockin’ Girls are the master of the crock pot. They have every recipe under the sun for their favorite appliance. In their new cookbook, “The Slow Cookin’ Companion”, they offer many suggestions for families dinners especially once school starts.

Here is what they say about crockin’ during the school year: “We love that by mid-morning we know what’s for dinner. We don’t have that 5 o’clock panic. Something is always crockin’. It makes life easy. You spend less time in the kitchen and more time with your family. Our kids tend to be needier at that time of the day (the not-so-happy-hour) when you need to be cooking. This way you can be with them and not worry about preparing dinner. It’s ready when you are.”

In “The Slow Cookin’ Companion”, you will find over 150 recipes from breakfast to dessert that are simple and delicious. Find their cookbook and crockin’ recipes at www.CrockinGirls.com.

 

 

 

“Not So Perfect” Radio Show
“Getting the Bite” August 12, 2012

Have you been beaten by the “bug”? You know, the “bug” that keeps you in a job that doesn’t pay very much. Or the “bug” that keeps a dream alive, or even the “love bug” that helps you find happiness. We have all been bitten by one “bug” or another at different times in our lives. And sometimes a “bug” is something that never goes away. If you have been bitten, you will appreciate this show. Paige, Jennifer and Tony talk about what different events have changed the course of their lives.

Guests include: The ROBOTIX – Kids Music Group
Logan “Robot” Gladden – drums/vocals (age 8);
Angelina Baez – lead vocals (11);
Brendan James – guitar/vocals (11);
Yuto Miyazawa – lead guitar/vocals (12);
Jared Devino – bass/vocals (13)
Website: www.TheRobotix.com
www.yutoguitar.com;
www.LoganRobot.com

The Robotix is an amazing new international kids rock band with its debut 5-song EP being released via iTunes in mid-August 2012. The band features 12 year old guitar prodigy Yuto Miyazawa from Japan (as seen on tour with Ozzy Osbourne and the Ellen Show) and 8 year old rock star drummer Logan “Robot” Gladden (described in the media as “the next Justin Beiber – only he rocks out”). The band also features 11 year old singing sensation Angelina Baez from Los Angeles and 11 year old Brendan James and 13 year old Jared Devino from DFW. Combined age of band is 55.

The band was first noticed by LA session guy Aaron Sterling (drummer for John Mayer, etc.). Aaron put a team of songwriters, sound engineers, and others together to create the album, which was recorded in Dallas and LA. The band worked off and on for 2 weeks in Feb. and March and another week in July to complete the record.

The Robotix’s first single PSYCH is available now on iTunes and the full 5 song EP will be released in mid-August. The EP features 3 original songs and 2 classic rock covers. The band plans to record a full album this fall and tour around their school schedules.

 

Guest: Scott Patterson
Educator at the Museum of Nature & Science in Fair Park
Website: natureandscience.org
Call: 214-428-5555

A new traveling exhibit called “Planet Shark: Predator or Prey” is currently at the Museum of Nature & Science in Fair Park. It runs through September 16, 2012.

Admission to Planet Shark: Predator or Prey exhibition requires a surcharge in addition to the purchase of MNS general admission for a total admission cost of $18 for adults 18-61; $16 for seniors 62+ and students 12-17; $13 for children 2-11; and $5 for MNS members of all ages. Children under 2 are free. (Planet Shark tickets include admission to all MNS buildings.)

The exhibit covers the history and evolution of sharks, protective gear that divers wear when observing sharks, information about the tools used to track sharks in the ocean, known as shark tagging, conservation efforts to avoid shark finning and a special area for children to let them get hands-on with activity books and a daily art mural that they can contribute to. The exhibition features include:

o 12,000-square-foot exhibition with five galleries including:

o Shark specimens and life-size models

o Thousands of real, fossilized shark teeth

o Jaws from the Great White, bull shark, great hammerhead, tiger sharks and more

o A real tuna and a shark fossilized in ice and located in a glass case

o Interactive touch screen activities

o “Jaws” film memorabilia

o Just for Kids area where children can contribute to a daily art mural, play with underwater figurines and activity booklets

Here are some other highlights of the exhibit:

The Museum offers Sharky Sundays from 1-3 p.m., offered through September, where children of all ages and adults can learn about sharks and topics related to the underwater world, including ocean wildlife, engineering and conservation.

Shark Dissections on Saturdays at 1 p.m. (Through September 15, 2012) and included with the cost of general exhibits admission. Shark dissections are performed by a member of the MNS education team who will also be on-hand after the dissections to interact with families who want to learn more about the anatomy of the shark. After the dissection, our education team member will remain on-hand to answer shark dissection questions and even allow visitors to don a pair of gloves and participate in a portion of a dissection.

Shark feedings on Wednesdays and Fridays at 11am (Through September 14, 2012) and included with the cost of general exhibits admission. The shark aquarium is located in the Museum of Nature & Science, Science Building and belongs to the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park. The Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park administers the Wednesday and Friday shark feedings at the Museum of Nature & Science.

For more information please visit natureandscience.org or call 214-428-5555.

 

 

“Not So Perfect” Radio Show
“All Over the Place” August 5, 2012

Why is it that the summer always seems busier than usual? And by busier, I mean crazier! Our lives are being pulled in a million directions and yes we have to deal with 100 degree plus weather. That combination has us all over the place when it comes to keeping it together. So today’s show is a little like this crazy summer, all over the place. Enjoy!

Guests include: Ann Goade & Kim Saker
MOPS Field Leaders, MOPS International
Website: www.mops.org
Call: 800.929.1287

MOPS stands for Mothers of Preschoolers. MOPS is about meeting the needs of every mom of a child from conception through kindergarten. A MOPS group allows you to meet and build friendships with moms in your local community. The early years of being a mom are just as foundational to you as they are to your baby, and those years are filled with unique needs that other moms instinctively understand

MOPS groups exist to support every mother of a preschooler and adapt to fit the size and personality of the group’s community. The groups are not Bible studies, but a safe, inviting place for women to grow closer together and develop a personal relationship with God.

MOPS groups vary in size from 10 to 200 women.

MOPS groups meet as often as once a week or as infrequently as once a month; groups meet during the day, in the evenings or on weekends.

MOPS groups meet in small and large facilities, using the space and resources that are available If you want to find out more about MOPS or find a local group, log onto www.mops.org.

Guest: Christy Rost
PBS Host, Chef, Author
Celebrating Home: A Handbook for Gracious Living
Website: www.christyrost.com/

Christy Rost’s expertise in cooking, decorating, and celebrating home and family was first featured on national public television in the fall of 2009 on PBS stations and Create TV with the premiere of the one-hour Thanksgiving production A Home for Christy Rost: Thanksgiving. The Thanksgiving program has enjoyed great success since its premiere in 2009, reaching more than 86 percent of the country, on 338 stations in 43 states. The show will air again November 2012.

With Celebrating Home, her newest book, to be released in Autumn 2012, Chef Rost is also author of The Family Table: Where Great Food, Friends, and Family Gather Together and Where’s My Spatula? Fast, Healthy Meals When Your Kitchen or Your Life Is A Mess. Rost hosts her national television special from her historic 1898 mountain home, Swan’s Nest, in Breckenridge, Colorado, viewed by millions across the United States on PBS and Create TV each November. Connecting with viewers in every part of America with her warm and clear approach to cooking, decorating, and family celebrations, the A Home for Christy Rost: Thanksgiving public television program is centered around Christy’s and her husband Randy’s extensive restoration of Swan’s Nest, set overlooking the stunning Rocky Mountain Ten Mile Range. Rost’s national programming is the sole national public television cooking and lifestyle content based in Colorado.

A Home for Christy Rost: Thanksgiving is an introduction to Christy’s forthcoming national television series for American Public Television, At Home with Christy Rost, which is currently in pre-production.

In her new book Celebrating Home: A Handbook for Gracious Living (Bright Sky Press), Christy answers the question about gracious living. It arrives in stores this Fall to show everyone all of the benefits of this refreshing way of approaching the every day.

Celebrating Home focuses on the joys of nesting and at-home gatherings, and features a refreshing blend of recipes, stunning photographs, decorating inspiration, table settings, party vignettes, helpful serving suggestions, warm interiors, step-by-step instructions in flower arranging, and inspiration for creating a gracious home.

The new book features exciting and innovative recipes inspired by Christy’s life in Texas and the Colorado Rockies, cost-effective home decorating ideas, creative table settings, fresh floral arrangements, insightful sub-sections such as “Before Guests Arrive,” “Parties – Taking Advantage of Small Spaces,” “Overnight Guests,” “The Magic of Lighting,” and more.

More than 100 full-color photographs, by award-winning photographer Rick Souders, add irresistible beauty and depth to this book, all photographed in Christy and Randy Rost’s 1898 historic mountain home Swan’s Nest, built by a Colorado gold baron as a gift for his bride.

Find out more about Christy on her website, www.christyrost.com/

 

“Not So Perfect” Radio Show
“What’s Bugging You?” July 22, 2012

We all have little annoyances or pet peeves that get under our skin. It’s easy to get bothered when waitresses don’t write down your order, or when cars don’t let you merge onto the highway! These are normal in our everyday crazy lives. Today’s show is about dealing with what’s bugging you!

Guests include: Joy Weaver
Socially Savvy Expert (Certified Etiquette Expert)
Website: www.justaskjoy.com
Call: 214-965-9555

Joy truly believes that our biggest challenge is communication. Joy teaches us to communicate with people using basic etiquette practices. She also believes that we must first understand a person’s personality. There are four basic personalities!

Here is more about Joy:

In a world where we have advanced more technologically than socially, where rudeness runs rampant Joy Weaver will polish your team into the reality that the rules of etiquette and great manners translates into happy customers and big business. In her high-energy and fun style Joy will polish your company into a customer centric organization that is socially savvy in all situations.

Joy Weaver is a nationally recognized certified etiquette and customer service expert, speaker, and author of “Just Ask Joy… How to Be Socially Savvy in All Situations”—a book highly endorsed by Zig Ziglar.

Her clients vary in range from corporate giants such as Raytheon, Sprint and Balfour Construction to Junior Leagues, Churches, and National Charity Leagues across the nation. Joy represents designer Joseph Ribkoff and is a regular guest on ABC’s Good Morning Texas.

Joy is nationally published and has been featured on ABC’s The View, in the Associated Press, New York Times, USA Today, Southern Living Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and The Dallas Business Journal.

Socially Savvy is based in Dallas and has served clients across the country since 2000.

Find out more about Joy online at www.justaskjoy.com.

 

Guest: Steve Moore
President, inventor of All Clear Mister and co-inventor of the Safety Net Mosquito Defense product line
Mosquito Steve, LLC
Website: www.mosquitosteve.com
Call: 214.536.9487

If mosquitoes are what “’buggin” you, Mosquito Steve is here to help. Mosquito Steve Moore has been studying and solving mosquito problems in Dallas for over a decade. He was the first from Dallas to install misting systems and has helped to develop some of the most innovative products on the market. In the name of research he has subjected himself to thousands of mosquito bites. He knows the mosquito business like no other.

So what’s the difference between a pesticide and a repellent?

A pesticide kills insects and a repellent repels them away. The problem is that it is highly unlikely that there will ever be a product that only kills mosquitoes without harming other insects. Obviously, few would have an issue killing mosquitoes but nobody wants to kill ladybugs and butterflies right? That is why we prefer repellent.

What makes your product safe?

Our product is safe to use around kids and pets because it is made up of ingredients from the EPA’s 25b list, also known as the “exempt list.” These are products the EPA does not require registration on.

What types of products do you test and are there available for the public?

There are generally four types of products-

1. Area Sprays, or misters, foggers

2. Traps- like the Mosquito Magnet, sugar traps, honey traps, CO2 traps

3. Spray on or rub on skin repellents- OFF, Cutter with DEET, Skin So Soft with Picaridin

4. Granules, yard treatments

These are all adulticides. Larvacides are products like donuts that float in water and kills the baby mosquitoes. They have come a long way with these. There are even some biological bacteria type products that are being tested around the world. The common thinking is that residential clients should use IPM or integrated pest management.

What we have found is that most people want to put very little effort into it…they just want the mosquitoes to go away! That is why misting has become so popular. It is expensive but it works.

Why do you do it?

It isn’t because I love mosquitoes! I can’t stand them and they irritate me. (By the way- hot water in the shower followed by Cortisone 10 is what I use to stop the itching after a night of testing.)

I think it is a travesty that millions of people still die each year from mosquitoes. I think it is a travesty that people are told nothing works or that safe products don’t work. People have come to expect a lot less from safe and environmentally friendly products and that should not be the case!

If you want to learn more, visit Mosquito Steve online at www.mosquitosteve.com.

 

 

“Not so Perfect” Radio Show
“Special Discovery” July 15, 2012

Are you having a great summer so far? We have enjoyed our vacations — we hope you are enjoying yours. Did you happen to go to the beach? If so, did you find any buried treasure? Or use one of those metal detectors to find jewelry and end up with pennies? That is a rite of passage for summer. But there are some success stories of people who made a special discovery on the beach and struck GOLD.

Read more about those who stumbled on a fortune online at www.mentalfloss.com.

Guests: Deanna & David Vickery
Texas GeoCaching Association
www.texasgeocaching.com

Geocaching is a high tech treasure hunt that inexpensive, fun, gets families outside and TXGA is happy to share our love of the sport & help teach families all about it.

Here is what you need to know about geocaching-

What is Geocaching?
Geocaching is an outdoor sporting activity in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches”, anywhere in the world. A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook. Larger containers such as plastic storage containers (Tupperware or similar) or ammo boxes can also contain items for trading, usually toys or trinkets of little value. Geocaching is often described as a “game of high-tech hide and seek,” sharing many aspects with benchmarking, orienteering, treasure-hunting, letterboxing, and waymarking.

How do you Geocache?
Using a GPS or a special application on your phone you enter coordinates to take you to a certain location and then you look for the container. If you go to www.geocaching.com you will find the coordinates and information about each cache that you look for.

Why does TXGA exist?
TXGA exist to help promote geocaching in the state & to work with municipalities and groups to spread information about the sport. We also hold events to bring cachers across the state & country together. What organization do we work with? We work with city governments, Girl & Boy scout groups, public libraries, The Texas State Park system. Basically anyone who asks for help we will be there!

Where are some places you might find a Geocache?
A state park, your local walking trail, the Wal-Mart parking lot, a national Monument, Just about anywhere!

What types of geocaches are there?
A traditonal, A multi (where you find the location of the original cords there you find additional cords that lead you to a final location). Unknown (these are usually puzzles you solve before or at the location to find or open the container), Event (where a group of cachers gather to talk, sometimes eat & talk about the sport), Earth cache (these are at areas of special interest the salt mines or the grand canyon or a special earth formation. These cache pages will included information on the area of interest) Virtual (these are places where you will find no log book but are a special location. To log these you have to answer a question about the location)

How does someone get started geocaching?
Go to www.geocaching.com and sign up. You get to pick your own account name and password. Then either use an application on your phone or a GPS enter the cords and go look! You can also attend an event at a local library or park or contact us at TXGA and we can help you get started!

 

Guest: Dr. Bruce McCoy
Exhibition Director, Dead Sea Scrolls & the Bible
Southwestern Seminary
Website: www.SeeTheScrolls.com

“Dead Sea Scrolls & the Bible: Ancient Artifacts, Timeless Treasures “is at Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth through January 2012. Twenty one (21) Dead Sea Scroll fragments are now on exhibition.

Here is some history of the Dead Sea Scrolls:
The Dead Sea Scrolls rarely leave the nation of Israel. To get to see fragments of the oldest known copies of the Bible is a rare opportunity. The fragments are more than 2,000 years old.

In 1947, a goat herder stumbled upon a cave filled with clay jars holding parchment scrolls. He was looking for a lost goat. Instead, he found the greatest manuscript discovery of our time – the Dead Sea Scrolls. Anyone with an interest in history, archaeology, religion, the Bible and similar topics will want to check out the exhibition.

Dead Sea Scrolls & the Bible is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to view actual fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls—including 12 being exhibited publicly for the first time in history. You’ll walk through a replica of one of the original caves where the scrolls were found. You’ll check out actual excavation tools from the original site. And in the specially-designed scriptorium, you’ll have the chance to view the scrolls as scholars do now, as high-definition images that reveal even the thickness of the ink.

The exhibition has value for visitors of all ages. And, just outside the exhibition, at the Qumran Simulated Dig Site you can experience what it’s like to be a real archaeologist. Under the guidance of Ph.D. students, you’ll learn how to take elevations, record measurements and tag artifacts in a replica of an ancient city that’s buried in several tons of dirt, limestone and rock. It’s the next best thing to traveling halfway across the world to perform your own excavation. And, if you find one of the pot sherds buried there, you can keep it.

All the details of the exhibition are online at SeeTheScrolls.com. You can even purchase tickets in advance, and plan a trip to see other great cultural institutions and museums in Fort Worth

 

 

 

 

“Not so Perfect” Radio Show
“Kidpreneur” June 17, 2012

It’s hard to believe that it’s not officially summer yet! But for us Texans, it’s definitely summer! So it’s time to start looking for a summer job. Paige, Jennifer and Tony will talk about their first summer jobs and what they enjoyed about them.

Speaking of jobs …. are you wondering if it’s time to find a new one? There are some tell-tale signs that it may be time to start looking for another job. Here are some scenarios we found that may have you ready to jump ship.

1. You no longer believe in what you’re doing or in your company’s mission.

On the surface, changing jobs because you don’t feel that you’re contributing meaningfully to society may sound corny; it’s not. We all need to have confidence in the value and usefulness of our lives. People who believe in their work tend to be excited about it. They seek out knowledge related to their jobs and tend to perform well. Others, in turn, are attracted to their enthusiasm and seek their advice. Inevitably, these factors contribute to career success.

If you believe in your company’s mission but your job is no longer satisfying, consider looking for another position within your company. Transferring to another department often is the easiest, most effective way to rejuvenate your career.

If you question your employer’s integrity, you have few choices.

2. You’re no longer growing and learning in your job.

Many people believe that to grow in their careers they must move upward. But in the downsized ’90s where flattened organizational structures are the rule, climbing the ladder may be impossible. If you can do your job with your eyes closed, consider trying to enrich your current position. If it can’t be made more challenging, it’s time to find another job, perhaps by moving laterally to a position that offers different responsibilities but with a similar pay scale and title.

To enrich your current job, volunteer to serve on cross functional teams that will expose you to other areas of the company, or tackle problems that no one else has time for. Volunteering for special assignments within your organization also can lead to a better position.

3. You suspect that your job will be eliminated or redefined.

It’s far better to take the initiative and move to a different position than passively hope that someone in the company will find another job for you. Don’t ignore the following warning signs that your position could be eliminated:

–Your division’s product line is being discontinued.
–You’re left out of meetings you should be attending and don’t receive important memos.
–Your work suddenly is being criticized unfairly.
–Your boss withdraws critical support you need to do your job.

4. You call in sick more because your job satisfaction is falling.

Are your health problems really physical, or could they be caused by stress at work? The link between stress and illness is clear. If you dread the alarm clock every weekday morning, if your scratchy throat feels better as soon as you’ve called in sick, or if your bone weary tiredness completely disappears during vacations, your job may be the reason.

5. The chemistry between you and your boss isn’t right and can’t be fixed.

Poor chemistry between boss and employee is the cause of most terminations, although it’s seldom stated. Don’t wait for the boss to find an excuse to fire you (or eliminate your position).

Take action to find another job, but don’t consider the situation your fault (unless this happens to you often). Women especially should note the tendency to regard bad chemistry as a personal failure, and avoid exerting superhuman efforts to save a hopeless situation. Both sexes should know when to cut their losses and move on.

Good luck and remember change is good!

 

Guests include: Dallas Crilley
Speaker, Entrepreneur and Author of “Kidpreneur–Genius Ways For Kids to Pay Their Way Through College”
Website: www.kidpreneurclub.com

If you are considering getting a summer job, why not think about creating your own business or career? Dallas says kids don’t have to wait until they’re 18 or some magic number to start a business. Find something you are passionate about – there’s nothing a kid can’t do.

Here’s a description of the book:

Kidpreneur is a book for kids written by a kid. The tagline on the book is “How to Make a Million Before You Learn to Drive.” That’s not hype. This short, fun, information-packed book is filled with true stories of kids who built a fortune before they finished high school.

15-year old Dallas Crilley takes readers on a journey of discovery. Kids will find the joy of building a business and saving money for college. This young author strongly believes that if you love what you do, it’s not work.

Many parents think that making their child get a job in the mall making popcorn is teaching them the value of money. Dallas Crilley disagrees. He thinks all you’re doing is crushing their entreprenuerial spirit and teaching them that making a living isn’t fun.

This 111-page book is filled with true stories of kids who proved that building wealth is child’s play. Most kids have had some kind of job at some point in their life, whether it’s dog walking, lawn mowing, or babysitting. But it takes a special kind of drive to turn those jobs from just another way to make burger money into a successful business.

This book helps inspire kids to stop wasting away their youth playing video games all day or chatting with friends on the computer. If you’re a child, prepare to be changed. And if you’re a parent or grandparent, get ready to smile with pride at the sudden burst of motivation that special child in your life finds after breezing through this book.

Dallas says:
I love the story of Michael Dell, the founder of Dell Computers. Long before he started his computer business, he was a kidpreneur. He had a paper route in high school and was so successful selling new subscriptions, that buy the time he was a senior in high school, he had a bunch of kids working for him and was making more than his principal by his senior year.

Find out more online at www.kidpreneurclub.com. You can find the book on Dallas’ website or on Amazon.

Guest: Misty Davis
Independent Designer, Origami Owl
Website: www.misty.origamiowl.com

Origami Owl Living Lockets are the perfect item for every occasion. They make great gifts for graduation, bridesmaids, grandparents, new parents, causes, military, etc.

History of Origami Owl:

Origami Owl’s story starts with a teenager and a dream. Our company was founded by 14 year-old Isabella in the fall of 2010. Fueled by a goal to raise enough money to buy a car for her 16th birthday, she started the business with $350 worth of babysitting money and a matched contribution from her parents. She sold her unique line of personalized jewelry at home parties and events and quickly realized that this brand has an energy all its own. People absolutely love creating and wearing personalized jewelry that has meaning and is special to them.

Origami Owl’s success has catapulted since its inception in 2010. Today our signature jewelry collections are available online and through our trained Independent Designers, who sell our products exclusively at home parties and events-just as Isabella did from the very beginning! Our parties are a fun way to bring together a group of friends for a unique, memorable and highly personalized experience.

With Isabella as our inspiration, we at Origami Owl are strongly united in the core belief that: if you can dream it, you can do it. Whether you aspire to raise money to further your education, buy your first home or go on a dream vacation-it’s all possible with hard work and dedication.

Here’s how it works: First you pick out the charms that tell the story of the locket you want to make. Then you select a locket. Medium lockets hold 4-7 charms, large lockets hold 8-12. Then you can upgrade the chain if you choose to a longer or thicker one. Lockets do come with a standard 18” ball station chain. Next you can add a hand stamped plate if you don’t want your locket to be see through and you can finish off you locket by adding dangles around the outside.

Visit www.misty.origamiowl.com to get started on your locket, or find out how you can become a locket designer.

 

 

“Not So Perfect” Radio Show
“Lazy Days of Summer” June 10, 2012

It’s already starting — the Lazy Days of Summer are upon us. And while we look forward to the cooler fall and winter days, we still need to get through these lazy days. Paige, Jennifer and Tony will give you a little inspiration this week.

From a motorized ice cream taster to a bathroom dryer, find out what types of “lazy gadgets” are now available for the lazy in all of us.

Actually you can read more about it online at http://walyou.com/lazy-gadgets/.

It’s also wedding season!

Did you know the average cost of a wedding these days is $26,000? That is considerably less than a Japanese wedding which costs more than $93,000.

Here are some other fun Wedding facts:
• The average American engagement lasts 16 months.
• The average engagement ring costs $4,411.
• The most popular months for weddings are (in order): June, August, September, October and May.
• Every year an average of 2.4 million weddings are performed in the US.
• 80% of weddings are performed in churches or synagogues.
• 175 guests are invited to an average wedding.
• The top wedding destinations are Las Vegas (100,000 weddings/year) and Hawaii (25,000 weddings/year).
• The average age for a first-time bride is 27; for a groom it’s 29.
• The average wedding has 5 bridesmaids and 5 groomsmen.
• The average amount spent on a bridal gown is $800.
• David’s Bridal accounts for 20% of all bridal-gown sales.
• 99% of newlyweds take a honeymoon.

 

Guests: Courtney Buday and Melissa Pugh
Whatchamacallit-Dallas
Website: www.whatpromdress.com

When it comes to a wedding, there is a certain etiquette most women follow. That etiquette is also important of the Mother of the Bride and the all important Mother of the Bride Dress. Whatchamacallit Dallas is here to take the stress out of selecting a Mother’s dress.

Courtney and Melissa say “Moms spend all their time worried about other details in the wedding they forget about themselves. The mother of the bride is considered the host of the event and the Mother of the bride is considered the most honor guest. “

“So the best rule of thumb is to start looking 4-6 months before the wedding. Although WhatchamaCallit offers in-stock Mother’s gowns. There are times that one may need to order, in these cases, special ordering will takes about 3 months.”

Courtney and Melissa say that Mother’s are not advised to match the bridesmaid’s dresses. So what are some other Do’s and Don’ts:
DO: Choose a Color that looks good on YOU.
DON’T: Bring wedding party to your dress selection.
DO: Think outside of the box – dresses look very different on the hanger.
DON’T: Worry about Size. Accept the Size you are and remember it’s not about you!

Here’s some great news! Whatchamacallit is having a company drawing to giveaway a Mother’s Package. All you have to do is go to www.whatpromdress.com and register to win.

In case you are wondering, Whatchamacallit- Dallas is located at 14999 Preston Road in Dallas or Whatchamacallit –Fort Worth at 4601 West Freeway in Fort Worth.

Youu can also check out more Mother’s of the Bride dresses on the Whatchamacallit website. Some really stunning dresses!

 

Guest: Phil Shepherd
The Right Reverend or the Whiskey Preacher
The Eucatastrophe Church
Website: www.whiskeypreacher.com

Phil’s message is that having courage is about facing your fears and not letting your fears dictate your path in life. We could all use some of that advice. But where did the name “Whiskey Preacher” come from?

“I was doing an interview with now a good friend of mine who was looking for a crazy church planter and he told me he was looking for a “Whiskey Preacher.” I asked him what he meant by a “Whiskey Preacher?” He told me that it was someone who loved Jesus and loved whiskey almost as much as much as Jesus…I told him I was his man. Even though I didn’t get the job the nickname “Whiskey Preacher” stuck.

I later found out that the term “Whiskey Priest” came from a Graham Greene novel called, “The Power and The Glory.” The Whiskey Priest was an unlikely agent of grace in the novel and that really resonated with me, so when I decided to create my new website I called it The Whiskey Preacher.”

More about Phil:

Throughout the last 17 years in Phil’s journey as a speaker, pastor, lay leader, mentor, and writer, Phil has helped create and facilitate many different experiences via public speaking, spiritual formation mentoring, writing, pastoral counseling, preaching, and alternative worship events in the organizations and communities.

What Phil wants you to know about his church:

We have a saying at The Eucatastrophe, the church I co-founded with my wife Stephanie, “We all have a calling in our lives, and no one calling is greater than another, but we all have callings.” I truly believe that when we were created, each and every one of us were created with dreams and we can choose to live into those dreams or let fear deny us of our calling in life.

Find out more online at www.whiskeypreacher.com

 

 

“Not So Perfect” Radio Show
“Tested” June 3, 2012

Can you imagine being imprisoned for decades for a crime you did not commit? It’s really hard to think about. A book reveals the stories of some local men who spend years behind bars because of being at the wrong place at the wrong time. The book, “Tested: How Twelve Wrongly Imprisoned Men Held Onto Hope” take us inside the lives of 12 men wrongly convicted and since acquitted of their crimes.

Here’s a recap:

Across the country, DNA testing is revealing the innocence of wrongfully convicted and imprisoned people. Dallas leads the nation in these exonerations. TESTED: How Twelve Wrongly Imprisoned Men Held Onto Hope dramatically reveals how these men kept their hope, their faith, and their sanity. As authors Peyton Budd and Dorothy Budd interviewed these men, they discovered the secrets of what sustained them behind bars. These innocent men illuminate both the failures of the justice system and the resilience of the human spirit. Their surprising stories teach us that no matter how we are tested in our lives, it is never wrong to have hope.

The book is written by Peyton Budd and Dorothy Budd.

Bios:

Peyton Budd: Her combined interests in psychology, writing, and criminal justice led Peyton Budd to the creation of TESTED. Selected for the University of Virginia’s Young Writers Workshop and for an international studies exchange program in Switzerland, she has published poetry in Vibrato, an award-winning literary magazine. Peyton continues her studies at Colorado College where she focuses on writing, literature, psychology, and Arabic.

Dorothy Budd: A former child sex crimes prosecutor for the Dallas County District Attorney’s office, Dorothy Budd has worked as a DA in the Juvenile Division, trying juvenile, domestic violence, and child welfare cases until becoming a felony prosecutor in the Crimes Against Children Division. Reverend Budd also holds a Masters in Divinity from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. She now serves as an Episcopal deacon at The Church of the Incarnation in Dallas

Paige, Jennifer and Tony spoke with three of the men. Billy, Richard and Johnnie – all three with different stories but fortunately the same outcome.

You can find the book “Tested” on Amazon or in your favorite book store.

Oh in case you were wondering. Here is what they missed while in prison the last 20 years.

Cellphones
Car phones were around in the 1970s, but it wasn’t until 1983 that Motorola introduced the first widely available handheld cellphone, the DynaTAC 8000x.

Laptop computers
The 28-pound Compaq Portable – Compaq Computer’s very first product – was the first portable IBM-compatible PC on the market.

Debit cards
Ka-ching! Who needs cash when you’ve got a debit card? They took off after visa launched its check card in 1995.

Caller ID
Bill collectors are easy to ignore with this invention introduced by BellSouth in 1984 in Orlando.

DVDs
Americans traded all those hours rewinding video cassettes for hours with the introduction of digital video discs in 1995.

iPods
Walking down the sidewalk hasn’t been the same.since November 2001, when Apple introduced its iconic portable digital music player.

Pay at the pump
A gas station chain in Abilene, Texas, invented technology that turned the pump into a quasi-ATM.

Digital cameras
Kodak unveiled a digital camera for professionals in 1986. Apple followed with the first consumer version eight years later.

Microwavable popcorn
General Mills paved the way with the launch of Act II non-refrigerated microwaveable popcorn in 1984.

High-tech footwear
Plain canvas sneakers got tossed to the back of the closet when Nike launched Air Jordans in 1985, followed by Reebok’s The Pump in 1989.

Disposable contacts
Daily disposables- contacts worn for just a day before they’re tossed – arrived in the USA in 1995.

 

These men were sure unlucky but there are others in our history that are considered “The 7 Most Bizarrely Unlucky People Who Ever Lived”. It’s a story written by Alex Cipriano back in 2009. Here is the list:

#7.Jason and Jenny Cairns-Lawrence

Unlucky Because:

They’ve been attacked by terrorists more times than John McClane.

It wasn’t just New Yorkers who were traumatized by the September 11th World Trade Center attacks. Tourists from all over the country and the world were in the city at the time, as they would be on any given day. Tourists like the English couple Jason and Jenny Cairns-Lawrence, whose relaxing vacation was interrupted by the worst terrorist attack in history, experiencing a once-in-a-lifetime horror. Read more online.

#6.Violet Jessop

Unlucky Because:

She almost went down with a sinking ship… three times.

Traditionally, sea captains considered it bad luck to have a woman on board when they weighed anchor. Women were said to make the sea angry. On the flip side, the superstition said, if the woman was naked, it would calm the sea. If only Violet Jessop had gone around showing off her hoo-ha, perhaps the Titanic would never have hit the iceberg.

#5.Robert Todd Lincoln

Unlucky Because:

Knew numerous US presidents… and basically all of them got shot.

When your father eliminates slavery, pens one of the greatest speeches ever written and navigates the country through a bloody civil war, you’ve gotta have feet the size the U.S.S. Nimitz to fill those shoes. Read more online.

#4.Ann Hodges

Unlucky Because:

She got hit by a meteorite.

On November 30, 1954, Ann Hodges was taking an afternoon nap on her couch. Unbeknownst to her, a meteorite was fireballing its way across the sky. The chondrite rock, which we’re assuming means “douchebag” in Latin, fragmented into three pieces during its descent. One of the pieces smashed through her roof and hit Hodges in the hip.

#3.Roy Sullivan

Unlucky Because:

He was struck by lightning. Seven times.

#2.Jeanne Rogers

Unlucky Because:

Pretty much everything.

Sure, she hasn’t been struck by lightning as many times as Roy up there, but she has been struck. Twice.

Then, when she was 18, Rogers was with a friend on a cruise ship taking pictures. She backed up a little too far and fell over the railing into the ocean. Her friend ran to get help but slipped and knocked herself unconscious. The Three Stooges were painting a wall nearby but were too engrossed in their slapstick routine to help. After regaining consciousness, Rogers’ friend got the boat to turn around and pick her up.

#1.Tsutomu Yamaguchi

Unlucky Because:

Only two cities have ever been destroyed by atomic bombs. This man was in both of them.

Born in 1916, Tsutomu Yamaguchi was on a business trip to Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945. As he stepped off a tram an atomic bomb blew up less than two miles away, fucking shit up in an extraordinary way. Eardrums destroyed and temporarily blind, Yamaguchi scrambled to figure out just what the hell happened.

Read more of this article online.

 

 

 

 

 

“Not So Perfect” Radio Show
“A Tribute to Moms” May 13, 2012

It’s Mother’s Day so Paige, Jennifer and Tony honor mom today. From a look at famous moms in history to great gift ideas including the latest Non-Fiction book from Best Selling Author Brad Meltzer.

Some famous moms include:
Mother Theresa – As one of the most infamous mothers throughout history, Mother Theresa never actually gave birth to her own children. However, her humanitarian work and care of the poor, sick and homeless, have made her one of the most influential mothers and humanitarians to ever grace the earth.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton – Most notably the most important figure in the women’s suffrage movement, Elizabeth Cady Stanton played a large role in giving women the many civil liberties they have today. She perhaps did more for women’s rights than any other activist at this time.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis – One of the most well-known public figures and fashion icons of all time, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, or “Jackie O” was the wife of the late president John F. Kennedy. Throughout her life, she experienced many trials and tribulations, but as a mother, she endured for her children.

Julia Ward Howe – Poet and Activist Julia Ward Howe planted the first seeds to making Mother’s Day a national holiday in the United States. She was the first to propose a “Mother’s Day”, after introducing her “Mother’s Day Proclamation” in 1870. Based on her experiences as a wife and mother throughout her tyrannical marriage and the violence she witnessed while living through the Civil War, the proclamation declared that women should have more social responsibility beyond the domestic duties of the household.

Madam Marie Curie: Modern Science Researcher and Mother

Rosa Parks: The “Mother of Montgomery” who launched the civil rights movement.

Anna Mary Robertson Moses, A.K.A. Grandma Moses: One of America’s best known primitive painters and mother.

Angelina Jolie: Good Will Ambassador, Actress, and Mother.

A mom can be defined by many things. But have you ever seen a job description for mom. Here’s one that says it all.

POSITION: Mother, Mom, Mama

JOB DESCRIPTION: Long term, team players needed, for challenging permanent work in an often chaotic environment.

Candidates must possess excellent communication and organizational skills and be willing to work variable hours, which will include evenings and weekends and frequent 24 hour shifts on call.

Some overnight travel required, including trips to primitive camping sites on rainy weekends and endless sports tournaments in far away cities. Travel expenses not reimbursed. Extensive courier duties also required.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The rest of your life. Must be willing to be hated, at least temporarily, until someone needs $5.

Must be willing to bite tongue repeatedly. Also, must possess the physical stamina of a pack mule and be able to go from zero to 60 mph in three seconds flat in case, this time, the screams from the backyard are not someone just crying wolf.

Must be willing to face stimulating technical challenges, such as small gadget repair, mysteriously sluggish toilets and stuck zippers.

Must screen phone calls, maintain calendars and coordinate production of multiple homework projects.

Must have ability to plan and organize social gatherings for clients of all ages and mental outlooks.

Must be willing to be indispensable one minute, an embarrassment the next.

Must handle assembly and product safety testing of a half million cheap, plastic toys, and battery operated devices.

Must always hope for the best but be prepared for the worst.

Must assume final, complete accountability for the quality of the end product.

Responsibilities also include floor maintenance and janitorial work throughout the facility.

POSSIBILITY FOR ADVANCEMENT & PROMOTION: Virtually none. Your job is to remain in the same position for years, without complaining, constantly retraining and updating your skills, so that those in your charge can ultimately surpass you

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE: None required unfortunately. On-the-job training offered on a continually exhausting basis.

WAGES AND COMPENSATION: Get this! You pay them! Offering frequent raises and bonuses. A balloon payment is due when they turn 18 because of the assumption that college will help them become financially independent.

When you die, you give them whatever is left. The oddest thing about this reverse-salary scheme is that you actually enjoy it and wish you could only do more.

BENEFITS: While no health or dental insurance, no pension, no tuition reimbursement, no paid holidays and no stock options are offered; this job supplies limitless opportunities for personal growth and free hugs for life if you play your cards right.

 

Guests include: Michelle Chism
Manager, Public Affairs
Central Market, H-E-B
Website: www.centralmarket.com

Central Market is the perfect place to pick up a gift for mom. From flowers to plants to a beautiful gift basket, Michelle has some ideas on picking up something special for mom.

Central Market is a place for people who are passionate about food. Never been before? Stop by and savor the vibrant colors and aromas of their fresh coffees, hot baked breads, peak-of-season vegetables, fruits and herbs.

History of Central Market:
In 1992, Charles Butt acquired a special piece of property on the corner of 38½ and Lamar in Austin, Texas. His goal? Build a destination market that would turn grocery shopping into an enjoyable experience by providing unparalleled food products and customer service. He turned to John Campbell, whose 30-year career at H-E-B began as a store checker, to make it all happen.

Campbell’s quest to create a different kind of grocery store took him to the world’s finest markets for inspiration. On his journey, he had an epiphany. Rather than carry products that customers could find almost anywhere, he decided Central Market would feature a wide array of foods never before offered in Texas.

H-E-B opened the first Central Market in Austin in 1994. It was quickly dubbed “an amusement park for food lovers.” The European-style fresh market concept amazed shoppers and chefs alike, and the store quickly became one of Austin’s most popular tourist destinations. In fact, it boasts an average of 2 million visitors each year!

After years of witnessing customers drive hundreds of miles to stock up on fantastic food finds at the original Central Market, H-E-B decided to bring the Central Market experience to San Antonio, Houston and a second location in Austin. By 2002, Central Market had added three more stores in Dallas, Plano and Fort Worth, each one a fun and unique addition to the Central Market family.

In 2006, the eighth Central Market opened in Southlake, increasing the company’s presence in North Texas. A ninth store was added to the corner of Preston Road and Royal Lane in Dallas in 2012. Each debut of a Central Market location has attracted national attention for its innovative grocery experience that brings a “must-have” quality-of-life enhancement for food lovers.

Find a Central Market near you by logging onto www.centralmarket.com.

 

Guest: Brad Meltzer
Best Selling Author, TV host, “Decoded”
Website: www.bradmeltzer.com

Brad has just released his second Non-Fiction book called “Heroes For My Daughter”. As he tells it, after “Heroes For My Son”, his daughter came to him and said “when are you going to write a book for me”. So Brad went right to work. This book includes such heroes as Rosa Parks, Christopher Reeve, Marie Curie, Lucille Ball and a lot more.

More about Brad:
Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle, as well as the bestsellers The Tenth Justice, Dead Even, The First Counsel, The Millionaires, The Zero Game, The Book of Fate and The Book of Lies.

He is also one of the co-creators of the TV show, Jack & Bobby—and is the Eisner Award-winning author of the critically acclaimed comic book, Justice League of America.

His first non-fiction book, Heroes For My Son, is a collection of heroes – from Jim Henson to Rosa Parks. He is the host of Brad Meltzer’s Decoded on the History Channel. And his newest thriller, The Inner Circle, is in bookstores now.

Raised in Brooklyn and Miami, Brad is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Columbia Law School. The Tenth Justice was his first published work and became an instant New York Times bestseller. Dead Even followed a year later and also hit the New York Times bestseller list, as have all eight of his novels. The First Counsel came next, which was about a White House lawyer dating the President’s daughter, then The Millionaires, which was about two brothers who steal money and go on the run. The Zero Game is about two Congressional staffers who are – literally – gambling on Congress. The Book of Fate, is about a young presidential aide, a crazed assassin, and the 200 year-old code created by Thomas Jefferson that ties them together. For authenticity, The Book of Fate was researched with the help of former Presidents Clinton and Bush. The The Book of Lies , is about the missing murder weapon that Cain used to kill Abel, as well as the unsolved murder of Superman creator Jerry Siegel’s father. Brad is one of the only people to interview Jerry Siegel’s family about the murder and, with his charitable site www.OrdinaryPeopleChangeTheWorld.com, has been the driving force behind the movement to repair the house where Superman was created. His newest book, The Inner Circle, is based the idea that George Washington’s personal spy ring still exists today. A young archivist in the National Archives finds out the spy ring is still around. He doesn’t know who they work for — but the greatest secret of the Presidency is about to be revealed. While researching the book, former President George HW Bush also gave Brad, for the very first time, the secret letter he left for Bill Clinton in the Oval Office desk. Oh, and yes, Brad was recruited by the Department of Homeland Security to brainstorm different ways that terrorists might attack the US.

His books have spent over eleven months on the bestseller lists, and have been translated into over 25 languages, from Hebrew to Bulgarian. In The Tenth Justice, the opening lines are: “Ben Addison was sweating. Like a pig.” In the Hebrew translation, it became: “Ben Addison was sweating. Like a horse.” We’re not sure if it’s a kosher thing or what!

Brad has played himself as an extra in Woody Allen’s Celebrity, co-wrote the swearing in oath for AmeriCorps, the national service program, and earned credit from Columbia Law School for writing his first book, which became The Tenth Justice. Before all of that, he got 24 rejection letters for his true first novel, which still sits on his shelf, published by Kinko’s.

Brad currently lives in Florida with his wife, who’s also an attorney.

Find out more about Brad and his collection of books online at www.bradmeltzer.com.

 

“Not So Perfect” Radio Show
“I YAM WHAT I YAM!” May 6, 2012

One of the most beloved super heroes in our history has to be Popeye! Not many people think of him as a super hero but he started as a super hero helping police solve crime in a popular comic book. That spun off to a new series that included Olive Oyl, Brutus and a host of characters. This year, Popeye turns 80 years old. It’s hard to believe! Help celebrate this anniversary with Paige’s pop quiz on Popeye!

And speaking of Olive Oyl – the Olive Oil business is a booming one! Meet one local “mompreneur” that has turned Olive Oil into a business. Then Paige, Jennifer and Tony introduce us to another super hero of sorts. Craig Boyer was diagnosed with follicular B-cell lymphoma, a form of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. He recently completed a journey where he and his wife took their 3 kids on a sailing trip for one year. Meet this amazing family.

 

 

Guests: Rebecca Knop
Lovers Lane Olive Oil Company
Grapevine Olive Oil Company
Websites: www.loverslaneoliveoilcompany.com
www.grapevineoliveoilcompany.com

Rebecca saw a need in the DFW area so she created the first self-serve Olive Oil Company in North Texas. Lovers Lane Olive Oil Company and Grapevine Olive Oil Company offer the most selection and best quality olive oil and vinegar.

Some of their unique flavors include Espresso Balsamic Vinegar, Spicy Hot Honey Serrano Vinegar, and Milanese Gremolata Olive Oil. Visit either store for the best Olive Oil in town. And remember to bring back your bottle for a refill and get $5 off. Find out more at www.loverslaneoliveoilcompany.com or www.grapevineoliveoilcompany.com.

 

Guests: Craig and Wendy Boyer
Sailing with 3 Kids for a year
Website: www.threekidsandaboat.blogspot.com
Email: c.boyer@me.com

Ten years ago Craig was diagnosed with follicular B-cell lymphoma, a form of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. The family went on a journey and sailed for one year with their three kids. Here is how it all started as described by Wendy:

Craig and I met in December 1994. We both had signed up for a 10 day Outward Bound snow camping trip in Colorado. He was looking for like minded people and I was doing a bit of soul searching. We had a bond from the very beginning. I knew we would be friends forever. Craig was in his second year of medical school at the University of South Carolina. I was working for a food consultant company in the San Francisco Bay Area. On our OB trip, we endured 25 below freezing temperatures while sleeping in a tent! We learned how to cross country ski with a 60 lb pack. We had avalanche training, learned expedition planning and made some great life long friends.


Craig graduated from med school and we married May 31, 1997. We moved to Seattle in 1998 for Craig’s Anesthesia residency at the University of Washington. Not long after I found a job, I found out I was pregnant. Maggie arrived in March. Kate followed a couple of years later 5 days after 9/11.

When Kate was 9 months old, Craig was diagnosed with stage 4, Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. It was pretty devastating news to say the least. He underwent 6 months of chemotherapy. His body responded to the treatment and he went into remission. Of course, this sounds easy enough as I write it but it was the most difficult thing we have ever endured. We were very thankful for a relatively new drug that had become available and to all our wonderful friends and family for their never ending support!

Craig remained in remission for 18 months, after which the cancer came back. Another devastating blow, even worse than the first time because we didn’t really believe it could come back (even though the doctors said it could). And, we knew how awful the treatment was the first time around. Once again, Craig underwent more treatment and again he was in remission.

We weren’t sure if we could have another child (due to all the chemo), but a couple of years later, Olivia arrived. Three girls and our family was complete. After Olivia arrived, we realized how crazy busy we were trying to keep up with kid activities, both of us working and looking for a very expensive fixer upper house. We decided to make a huge, life changing move that we hoped would improve our quality of life. With the encouragement of our family and friends, we moved to Dallas, Texas in 2007, right as Maggie turned 8. Craig got a great job with a private practice group, I stopped working, the kids go to a fantastic public school and we could live in a place that was like a small town (University Park). Yeah, Dallas may not be anything to write home about, but our neighborhood is beautiful and our day to day life is pretty easy.

Once we were settled into our house, school and job, Craig’s cancer came back again (it had been 5 years since the last recurrence). The treatment was 2 years long this time and he was back in remission.

This story is important because it is a huge part of why we are taking this year to go sailing. We never imagined doing such a thing because we felt like Craig’s cancer was a limiting factor. This summer when we talked about our dreams and this type of trip in particular, we decided that he was healthy at the moment and the girls were at the perfect age. We soon discovered that if you want something bad enough, the roadblocks and barriers that stood in your way, soon start falling down. So many people wait to do their life long “dream” until later, when the kids are older, they retire or maybe never. Nobody knows what tomorrow will bring and we have learned to seize the moment and live our life today. This is an amazing opportunity and we are going to take it. We want to experience this together as a family and have memories for a lifetime.

You can follow their journey online at www.threekidsandaboat.blogspot.com.

 

“Not so Perfect” Radio
“Centennial Celebrations of Helping Hands”

2012 has been an incredible year so far. But did you know that 100 years ago, our ancestors witnessed historical moments that will be remembered for future lifetimes! 1912 was a year to remember. And if you enjoy looking back in history, here’s a list of events, inventions and prominent births from 1912.

• Albert Berry is reported to have made the first parachute jump from a flying airplane.
• Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo gives 3,000 cherry trees to be planted in Washington, D.C., to symbolize the friendship between the two countries.
• RMS Titanic strikes an iceberg in the northern Atlantic Ocean. She sinks the following day with the loss of 1500 lives.
Girl Scouts of America was established.
• Fenway Park in Boston Opens

 

Notable inventions included:
• The Dixie Cup
Lifesavers
• Motorized Camera
• Neon Sign
• Stainless Steel

 

Notable births included:
Byron Nelson
• Woodie Guthrie
• Julia Child
• Gene Kelly
• Minnie Pearl
• Lady Bird Johnson

 

You may have noticed that the sinking of the Titanic happened in 1912. And you may have seen many biographies that look back at this tragic event. I find this so interesting and I hope you will too. Here is some fascinating trivia from that voyage.

• In 1898 (14 years prior to the Titanic tragedy), Morgan Robertson wrote a novel called Futility. This fictitious novel was about the largest ship ever built hitting an iceberg in the Atlantic ocean on a cold April night. The fictional ship (named Titan) and the real ship Titanic were similar in design and their circumstances were remarkably alike. Both ships were labeled “unsinkable”.
• Two dogs were among the Titanic survivors.
• There were no cats on the Titanic. Cats were often brought on ships as a form of good luck. They also controlled rodents.
• The Titanic is about as long as the Empire State building is tall.
• The Tower Bridge, located in London England, is approximately the same length and height as the Titanic.
• No one ever claimed that the Titanic was “unsinkable”. The quote, “practically unsinkable” was taken out of context. In 1911, Shipbuilder magazine published an article describing the construction of the Titanic. The article stated that when the watertight doors were closed, the ship would be “practically unsinkable”.
• It was customary to break a bottle of champagne on the bow of a boat when launched. The Titanic launching did not include the traditional bottle-breaking.
• Many of the passengers were not originally suppose to be traveling on the Titanic. Due to a strike, coal was in short supply. This shortage threatened Titanic’s maiden voyage and forced the White Star Line to cancel travel on the Oceanic and Adriatic and transfer their passengers and coal stocks to the Titanic.
• There were 13 couples on board celebrating their Honeymoons.
• Captain Smith was planning to retire after Titanic’s maiden voyage.
• The Titanic had 4 elevators (3 in First class and 1 in Second class).
• At the time, Titanic’s whistles were the largest ever made.
• Titanic’s whistles could be heard from a distance of 11 miles.
• The Titanic carried 900 tons of baggage and freight.
• The Titanic used 14,000 gallons of drinking water every 24 hours.
• Coal consumption per day: 825 tons.
• Carried 20 lifeboats and 3560 life jackets. The life jackets were made of canvas and cork.
• More than 3 million rivets were used to build the Titanic.
• In a test done to determine stopping distance, the Titanic was accelerated to 20 knots and then the engines were reversed at full power. The distance required to stop the Titanic was about half a mile.
• The Titanic’s radio call sign was: MGY.
• Port of Registry – Liverpool, England. Registry date: March 24, 1912.
• Official ship number: 131,428
• The number 3909 04 was NOT assigned to the Titanic as a hull number.
• The lookouts in the crow’s nest did not have binoculars. Having binoculars might have prevented the Titanic tragedy.
• The time interval from first sighting of the iceberg to impact was a little over 30 seconds.
• The Titanic sank 2 hours and 40 minutes after hitting the iceberg.
• It probably took Titanic about 15 minutes to sink to her final resting place on the ocean floor. That means that Titanic sank at a rate of 10 miles per hour (or 16 km per hour).
• The Titanic hit the iceberg on the starboard (right) side of the bow. It has been speculated that the Titanic may have suffered only minor damage and minimal loss of life had it hit the iceberg head-on. It has also been suggested that the Titanic may have completely avoided colliding with the iceberg had the bridge not requested that the engines be reversed (“Full Astern”), prior to steering the ship to the left (“Hard-a-starboard”). This action would have decreased the forward momentum of the Titanic causing it to turn at a slower rate.
• July and August are the only two months the weather permits expeditions to the Titanic wreck site.

Price of a ticket (in 1912):
• First Class: $4,350 (price of finest 1st class suite)
• Second Class: $1,750
• Third Class: $30

Guests include: Santa Richard Jones
Santa Doug Portwood

Lone Star Santas / Santa-America Disaster Relief For Children
Email: santaportwood@aol.com
richardjones100@yahoo.com

One of the primary missions of Long Star Santas is the Santas Convoy of Toys, a Disaster Relief for Children to provide LOVE, HOPE, and JOY and a Toy, all wrapped up in a big Santa HUG to children affected by disasters. They also provide support and guidance to other Santa groups across the United States. This has developed into a National effort as well; Santa-America has added Lone Star Santa Disaster Relief For Children type activities as one of their national initiatives. SA is a National Organization with a 501C3 Charity designation. Their initiatives are Santa visits to Hospice care families, hospital visits, military children families, Autistic children, other special needs children and of course Disaster Relief For Children.

Richard and Doug talk about how the Lone Star Santa’s came about:

The Lone Star Santas wanted to help the community of Joplin MO after the F5 tornado ripped through their town May 22. 2011; one of the LSS founders Jim Fletcher called several of us Lone Star Santas with the question ‘should we take some toys to Joplin;? We answered yes, and the Convoy of Toys mission was started. The Lone Star Santas is a Texas non-profit group.

Sometimes children are shuffled aside after a disaster, parents are focused on immediate needs, shelter and food, let alone dealing with the destruction of their homes. We wanted to reach out to the children, they may have lost all their toys and ‘stuff’ too. We wanted to make sure the children had something to hold and give them comfort and maybe replace a toy or two in their time of need.

If you want to help or make a donation to Lone Star Santas Disaster Relief for Children, send you donations here:
Lone Star Santas
P. O. Box
Cypress, Texas 77429

Guest: Jane & Bruce McGregor
Transitional Care Families
The Gladney Center for Adoption
Website: www.adoptionsbygladney.com

For over 125 years Gladney has been a pioneer and leading voice for improving the lives of children, adoptive families and birth parents. With unwavering commitment, through good economic times and bad, we have focused on our mission and made a difference in the lives of birth parents, families and children here and around the world. Gladney is excited to announce that they have now placed 30,000 children in forever homes.

Gladney’s main office is in Fort Worth but they have regional offices in Dallas, Houston and Midland, Texas; Phoenix, Arizona; Brandon, Florida; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; New York, NY; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Here’s what Gladney has to offer:
For adoptive parents, we offer:
•International and domestic adoption programs
• A caring and experienced social work staff
• Counseling and education about adoption
• Thorough and knowledgeable legal services
• Access to parent support groups nationwide
• Openness and flexibility in the adoption process
• Permanent maintenance of vital adoption records
• Parenting education
•Post adoption services
For birth mothers, we offer:
• Openness and flexibility in the adoption process
• A residential opportunity offering support through the adoption process
• A community service caseworker who offers support through the adoption process while living at home
• Private medical care
• Individual, peer, and group counseling
• Thorough legal services by staff attorneys experienced in adoption law
• Educational opportunities through our school program and Career Development Program
•Post adoption services

For birth fathers, we offer:
• Access to adoption counselors
• Access to our post adoption services
• Input into the selection of adoptive parents

For adopted persons, we offer:
• Comprehensive post adoption services
• Counseling, education and campus tours
• Maintenance of all adoption records
• Sharing of information between adoptive parties, if requested
• A mutual-consent voluntary registry, after age 18, when requested by both parties

You can also learn more online at www.adoptionsbygladney.com.

 

 

“Not So Perfect” Radio Show
“Robots” April 22, 2012

Do you remember the classic cartoon “The Jetson’s”? This year marks their 50th anniversary. It’s hard to believe it was 50 years ago that this space-age cartoon hit our airwaves! Growing up I always thought we would be able to do the things they did on the show. For example, wouldn’t it be great if you pushed a button and your hair and makeup was done? It’s fun to think about what life would be like if we had robots in our lives.

Today’s show takes a look at this very topic. Find out what robots Paige, Jennifer and Tony would like to have.

We look back and forward at how robots change our lives!

Guest: Chris Hawes
Medical City Children’s Hospital
Website: www.mcchildrenshospital.com
Email: chris.hawes@hcahealthcare.com
Call 972-566-7111 (physician referral line)

Medical City surgeons are performing more robotics surgeries, because they cause the patient much less pain and have faster recovery times. They just got a new robot, and want the help of DFW-area kids to name him or her! Contest forms are on our website, www.mcchildrenshospital.com.

Medical City is also having a very fun girly spa event on May 15. Email Chris is you want to attend. She will send them an invite to the VIP reception from 5:30-6:30. Chris’ email is chris.hawes@hcahealthcare.com.

Remember to enter their Name the Robot contest so your child can be in their ad! Go to www.mcchildrenshospital.com for details.

Guest: Diane ONeil
Author “Don’t Do What I Did! – Teaching Teens with Divorced Parents How to Have a Successful Marriage”
Website: www.YouWontLearnThisInSchool.com

Author Diane ONeil talks about her book “Don’t Do What I Did! – Teaching Teens with Divorced Parents How to Have a Successful Marriage”. Diane offers advice for parents dealing with the teenage years.

Here’s more about Diane:

Diane O’Neil is the creator of You Won’t Learn This In School! When a young adult strikes out on their own after high school or college, they need to know about budgeting, cooking, searching for a job, relationships, buying a car, maybe even doing laundry!

Our goal is to teach teens and young adults these very important life lessons, that they are not taught in school. Do you have a book that would be a good fit for You Won’t Learn This In School? Send Diane an e-mail!

“There are so many important topics that our kids don’t learn in school. As parents, it’s our responsibility to teach these subjects to our kids. But, what if we need a little help with that? Where can we turn?”

As a divorced mom of three kids, I want to do everything I can to ensure that they will not follow in my footsteps, and make the same relationship mistakes that I made. I believe with all my heart that my kids are able to have one happy, healthy, life-long marriage. That’s why I developed the Don’t Do What I Did! workshop for youth groups, scout groups, and any other venue where teens will get together. Our book and accompanying workshop teaches teens some of the common mistakes they might make when choosing a spouse. Each workbook includes a bunch of discussion questions, and fun exercises.

In our “mini-kit,” specifically for a parent and teen, we provide a student workbook, leader’s guide and a CD that contains the original book in PDF format, and also an audio version. A presentation to help the leaders with the course is also on the CD.

The original book is available for Nook and Kindle for only $0.99.

Visit www.YouWontLearnThisInSchool.com for more information.

 

 

“Not So Perfect” Radio Show
“Here Comes the Tax Man” April 15, 2012

It’s that time of year again ~ the tax man is knocking at our door. If you are scrambling to get your taxes done before the April 17th deadline, you are not alone. One-third of Americans will wait until the last minute to file their taxes.

In today show, Paige, Jennifer and Tony put their own spin on tax season. And they will explore how the government spent it’s money in 2011. Some of these expenses will surprise you.

Here are a few examples:

-$764,825 for a study on how college students use cell phones and social media

- $136,555 for teachers to retrace Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales in England

- $55,660 on butter packaging

- $606,000 for a study about online dating

- $484,000 for a pizza restaurant

- $48,700 towards the Second Annual Hawaii Chocolate Festival

- $147,138 to build a magic museum

- $96,000 on iPads for kindergarteners

- $175,587 for a study on the link between cocaine and the mating habits of quail

- $130,987 for dragon robots

Hmmm, dragon robots? I’m sure we all would agree this money could have been spent in better ways. How would you have spent that money?

 

Guests include: Elizabeth Aloni
Life Coach & Licensed Bringing Baby Home Educator
EJoy Coaching
Website: www.ejoycoaching.com
Call: 888-726-6789

Elizabeth Aloni is a life coach and licensed bringing baby home educator. It’s her job to make sure new parents are prepared to bring home baby with a birthing class, finding the perfect “things” for baby – baby registries, decorating the nursery, choosing the perfect classes for baby, baby proofing their home , etc. One thing Elizabeth says is often forgotten is the importance of their relationship and the importance of babyproofing their marriage! Elizabeth Aloni’s Bringing Baby Home Workshop is a MUST for new and expectant parents to learn the fun and easy tools to strengthen their marriage and reduce the stress of the exciting yet often overwhelming transition to parenthood.

More on Elizabeth in her own words:

I am a Life Coach and launched EJoy Coaching 11 years ago to help people create richer relationships as couples and parents. I am a Licensed Educator for the Bringing Baby Home workshop and conduct workshops for new and expectant parents several times a year. I am a mom to a 3yr old boy Jonah and to a 10 month old girl named Addison and have been married to Sam for 7 years.

I am an author of The Mating Manual, have appeared on NBC’s “Average Joe” as the show’s on-camera life coach and have been an adviser to several top websites in the field of dating and relationships.

I am passionate about helping couples stay in love and make each other a priority as they work together to raise confident, strong and happy children through the use of sensitive and responsive parenting.

Elizabeth has some advice on dealing with family stress:

In the Bringing Baby Home Workshop we have an exercise that we ask couples to do every day. It only takes 20 minutes and it makes a huge difference to each person individually and as a couple. It is called the “Stress Reducing Conversation”. Each person gets 10 minutes to share about their stresses OUTSIDE of the marriage. So you can talk about anything except for issues that have to do with your partner (we have other tools for that!). For 10 minutes you have un-interrupted time to just vent about what is eating at you. The listening partner does just that. Listens. They can ask questions for clarification and should be fully tuned in. No cellphone, TV, pagers, just undivided attention. The listener should be supportive and on their partners’ side. (This is not a time to side with the boss). Nodding, hand on a knee for support, eye contact.

After 10 minutes the couple changes positions and the other person has the same opportunity.

It only takes 20 minutes out of your day but the impact of supporting one another and having the opportunity to take things off your chest is immeasurable.

Massage has been shown to be very important in calming, relieving stress and depression. The power of touch is amazing both for couples and babies. A research study showed that premature infants who were massaged fro 15 mins 3 times a day showed a 47% greater increase in size in just 10 days!

Make 5 minutes a day to massage your partner. It can be while you watching TV or making dinner. Shoulders and neck are usually the most calming but foot and hand massages can be wonderful too. Taking just a few minutes each day to massage each other will not only help to relieve stress but it is also a great way to connect with one another.

Baby massage is wonderful for the baby and the parent. If mom is the primary caregiver, massage can be a great way for dad to connect with baby and have some special time. A tip for relaxing baby with massage is to do relaxing strokes which are those that move away from the heart. As baby for permission before beginning, rub your hands together to warm them and start with the legs, then arms and chest always checking in with baby. Talk slowly and calmly. Singing songs, telling stories or talking about what you are doing is always nice.

Find out more about Elizabeth Aloni and learn how you can manage your stresses while connecting with your partner and your baby at the next Bringing Baby Home workshop. You can reach Elizabeth at Elizabeth@ejoycoaching.com and at 888-726-6789 and please LIKE her on Facebook at Bringing Baby Home Dallas.

 

Guest: Dave Lieber
“Watchdog Nation”
Website: www.watchdognation.com
Dave talks about the benefits of being wary of the swindlers and snake-oil salesmen of today. Dave Lieber is a popular keynote speaker and entertainer, humorist, storyteller and award-winning columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, has used stories to change the world.

Nothing motivates people more, the Texas motivational speaker believes, than stories about positive change that help people change positively.

His stories of wrongdoing and right-doing in newspapers and magazines have led to countless changes in governments, schools and communities.

As an inspirational and comedy speaker, Dave Lieber delights his audiences with stories that bring laughter and tears.

Because of his ability to combine real-life experiences with outstanding storytelling skills, Dave Lieber is consistently rated by audiences as one of their favorite speakers. He is a member of the National Speakers Association.

The winner of the coveted Will Rogers Humanitarian Award from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists for his good deeds in the community, Dave was named Best Columnist in the American Southwest by the Press Club of Dallas.

His newest book, Dave Lieber’s Watchdog Nation, now available in the expanded 2010 edition, is the winner of two national book awards for social change.

His motivational, inspirational and delightful talks always bring results and smiles to conference planners and audiences.

Visit Dave’s website, www.watchdognation.com to learn more.

 

 

 

 

“Not So Perfect” Radio Show
“Spring Seeds” April 8, 2012

Happy Easter Sunday! Today Paige, Jennifer and Tony reminisce about their favorite Spring traditions. One being Easter! And you couldn’t enjoy Easter without the candy. In fact, Paige did some research on the most popular Easter candy, Peeps!

Did you know that we consume over 700 million Peeps this time of year? Here’s more on the history of Peeps:

- Nearly a century ago, a young Russian-born man named Sam Born was living in France, where he learned the fine art of chocolate making. Sam immigrated to the United States in 1910. Seven years later, he opened a small candy shop in New York City, where he not only sold sweets, but made them, too.

- As Born’s operations outgrew his store, he moved his company, by then coined “Just Born”, out of New York City to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

- That’s right: Bethlehem! First, the birthplace of Easter’s superstar, and then (much) later, the site of the most popular treat eaten in his honor.

- In the mid 1950s, Just Born acquired another company that had invented a three-dimensional marshmallow mold that turned out Easter chicks and bunnies, called Peeps. With some fine-tuning of their assembly line and clever marketing, Born had an Easter hit on his hands.

Other Peep Facts:

1. PEEPS are now on film. A documentary , a reenactment of Lord of the Rings, and more have brought PEEPS to a new phase in their career.

2. There is no one way to eat PEEPS. Loyal PEEPS fans like their marshmallow chicks fresh, frozen, stale, and even on pizza. Of the over 200 unofficial PEEPS websites, many include recipes–ranging from the imaginable, like PEEPS S’mores, to the bizarre, like PEEPS Waldorf salad.

3. With a shelf life of two years, PEEPS are notoriously indestructible. In 1998, two Emory University scientists conducted several experiments to see how PEEPS reacted to various “conditions and stimuli.”

4. Many newspapers offer PEEPS diorama contests near Easter.

5. “Peep jousting” is a game in which two PEEPS are placed in a microwave with toothpicks stuck in them. As the PEEPS expand, one stabs the other, and the owner of the winner gets to eat both.

6. Today, it takes just six minutes to make one PEEPS chick. Just Born, the company behind PEEPS, produces more than 1 billion PEEPS a year, and as many as 4.2 million a day.

Ok now that you have learned everything you could possibly learn about Peeps, let’s move onto today’s show.

 

Guests include:

Leslie Finical Halleck
North Haven Gardens ,Dallas
Website: www.nhg.com
214-363-5316

Leslie helps us kick off our Spring with advice on gardening. From Vegetables to Roses, from container gardening to planting in a yard, North Haven Gardens has you covered. They offer a variety of services including garden coaching, garden clubs and which plants will work best in your yard. Spring is the time for creating a garden. Let North Haven show you how.

For more information, log onto www.nhg.com.

 

Ashley Parks
The Saving Seed
Certified Financial Planner, Author and speaker
Website: www.savingseed.com

Ashley talks about the importance of teaching your children to be responsible with their finances. She believes “A key parental responsibility is ensuring our children are equipped to leave our care and become responsible adults. Financial responsibility is an often overlooked, but critical seed that we must plant in our children, cultivate and help our children grow.”

Here’s more of what Ashley says about teaching children about money:

Becoming a mother challenged me to leave this Earth a better place, by contributing in a way I knew I could. I could help parents learn how to teach children about money. My 13 years of advising families on financial matters, of interacting with them, of asking the deep questions, led me to get out of my comfort zone enough to add “Author” to my job description. I wanted to impact more people than just the ones I came across. I want children to understand money and to grow up with a healthy relationship with it. I wanted to give parents an interesting, practical, user-friendly resource to guide them in modeling healthy behaviors.

My book, The Saving Seed: Growing a Financially Healthy Family Tree, is what was born from my desire to do my part to change the world. In a way, I felt like I’d had another child since the conception was an idea that grew into much more.

Children develop their sense of self very early on. Moral development is crucial between the ages of 5 and 10. By teaching lessons such as responsibility, limits, earning, delayed gratification and so on, we’re laying a foundation for much more than just financial health. Money is part of everyday life and it needs to be introduced in a healthy way when they’re young.

Find out more online at www.savingseed.com.

 

Raya Ramsey
D Magazine
Lifestyle Editor
Website: www.dmagazine.com

D Magazine is in the middle of their Best of Big D Readers Choice survey online right now. They are asking North Texans to vote on their favorite nightlife spots, favorite water holes, favorite patio spot, best cocktails just to name a few.

So what are Raya’s favorites:

-BarBelmont for a Dallas skyline at night

-Saint Ann’s for outdoor dining

-The Den for a breath of fresh air in Uptown

-Ginger Man to bring your dog

-Katy Trail Ice House for lots of room and people watching on Katy Trail

If you want to vote for your favorites, log onto www.dmagazine.com. You can vote once a day every day! Voting goes on through April 15th.

 

 

“Not So Perfect” Radio Show
“Retro-Spective” March 25, 2012

We can all look back and identify past trends and events that shaped our lives. Today’s show celebrates some of the trends that defined who we are and some we would like to forget.

For example:

Pet Rocks
Beanie Babies
Cabbage Patch Dolls
Leg Warmers
Cropped Pants
Ant Farms
Mood Rings

Today’s guests help us take a trip down memory lane.

Guests include: J.M. Richardson
Author “The Twenty-Nine”

Richardson writes about America in turmoil. What would happen if the States are no longer united? The path leads to devastation and America is in a Civil War that starts in Texas. Here’s a brief synopsis of Richardson’s book:

“The Twenty-Nine”

In the opening chapter, two modern American armies converge within a northern suburb of Dallas, TX. The invading force hopes to take control of the city, a major center of finance and business for the newly formed Republic of America. The defending army fights to protect their land, their families, and their freedom of the tyranny of the United States of America. As the battle rages without relent, there is a sudden flash and shock wave originating from downtown. A nuclear weapon has been detonated, yet neither army is responsible.

The story begins nearly two years before. In Fort Worth, TX, a young man in his senior year of high school experiences the normalcy of suburban life. However, though Texas is spared the hardest of the recession, the effects of economic downturn are felt close to home. Kyle Perkins is beginning to find his own identity, form relationships, and form his own political views as the country prepares to vote in one of the most prolific and important presidential elections in history. Simultaneously, Derek Putnam, a young Ohio auto mechanic supporting himself and his out-of-work mother, dreams of making a better living for his household. He decides to join the Marines and goes off to basic training.

The presidential campaign is bitter and the country is divided in what they feel is right for the country. Rallies turn to brawls and families disown loved ones over political views, but in the end, the nation elects Cindy Chandler, the country’s first female president. From the beginning, she is met with fierce opposition from Republicans in Congress as she attempts to pass a stimulus bill that will provide relief to the recession-suffering people of America. The bill passes and secretly, key Republican leaders throughout the country plot and organize to secede their states from the US—twenty-nine states in all. The Republic of America, an all red state nation, begins seizing federal property, especially military bases within their territory. Virginia and Maryland, Republican states, surround Washington, D.C., threaten the security of the capitol, and threaten to overtake key institutions such as The Pentagon and the CIA. With this, President Chandler orders military action to secure the borders Washington, D.C., take possession of the State of Maryland, and take control of government institutions within Virginia. Seeing this as tyranny and unprovoked aggression, the Republic retaliates, and war breaks out.

Amid serious social and economic changes throughout both countries, both sides prepare for war. Kyle’s best friend enlists in the Republic’s army upon graduation. Kyle, slightly liberal, is pressured by his conservative father to join as well. He goes to training, where his life-long friend is killed in a firearms exercise. Kyle becomes angry with his father, life, and the United States, and is eventually assigned to a post north of Dallas, which is quiet for the time being. Meanwhile, Derek is a part of a Marine division that takes part in some of the most important invasions in the US military strategy, including the amphibious invasion of Mobile, AL, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Houston, and then the siege of Dallas.

While the United States military fights a campaign that is largely crushing the Republic’s defenses, the Republic’s fleet gains access to Chesapeake Bay and the lower Potomac. They unleash unprecedented shelling of the US capitol, killing thousands and laying most of the city to waste. The president and her staff survive the barrage within the White House bunker, and as the Republic’s fleet is repelled, she emerges to oversee the final crushing of the Republic at Dallas and Fort Worth.

While the two warring and distracted countries struggle for supremacy, two members of an Arab terrorist group plot their own attack. They, disguised as Mexican migrant workers, smuggle a small nuclear weapon across the border at El Paso, and then transport it undetected into downtown Dallas soon before the US military begin to surround the city. While the two armies battle in the outer suburbs, the blast occurs, shocking both sides. Kyle is still enraged, though he has made peace with his father. His first time in battle has activated his adrenaline, and though the other soldiers have ceased fighting in the wake of the detonation, he fires upon an unsuspecting Derek Putnam. Both survive and return to their lives and an unknown future with their love interests while the US and the Republic pledge to form a new alliance to fight and destroy the terrorist group that destroyed an American city.

Pick up a copy of “The Twenty-Nine” on Amazon.com.

 

Guest: Robin Glaysher
Owner-Operator , Fairmount Bike Taxi
Website: www.fairmountbiketaxi.com
Call: 817-927-2785

Fairmount Bike taxi operates a fleet of bike taxis from the Fairmount Neighborhood and the Near South Side of Fort Worth.

Robin says “Our mission is to be a part of the transportation options in DFW. We want pedicabs to become a part of the fabric of our metro-life, in particular for large events, and high-pedestrian traffic areas. We believe pedicab operations provide a service to those in need of short-distance transportation, whether it be purely for entertainment purposes, special events, or to assist the elderly, disabled or otherwise incapacitated person (pregnant, hurt etc) get to their destination, or participate in an event that they otherwise might not have been able to get to.”

“My vision is to keep adding to our fleet and expanding our operations so that one indeed has the option of hopping into a pedicab, because there is one on every corner. I don’t want pedicabs to just be a side-show at a sporting event, I want residents of this area to expect to use a pedicab as part of their daily routine. I know cars are not going to go away, I even own one, but I also know that having simple transportation options like a pedicab that can connect to mass transportation systems, are part of the solution for a growing population, not part of the problem.”

Find out more at www.fairmountbiketaxi.com. You can also “Like” them on Facebook and follow on Twitter @FWBikeTaxi.

 

Guest: Jeremy and Kelsey Turner
Owners of The Vintagemobile
Website: www.thevintagemobile.com
Call: 469-449-4440

The Vintagemobile is Dallas’ first and only mobile vintage clothing shop. It travels around the Dallas area selling vintage clothing for men and women.

Jeremy says “We typically try to only sell pieces that are in great condition. We stock lots of dresses and blouses from the 50’s and 60’s (Mad Men Style), the kind of clothes some of my favorite shops try to re-create today. Jeremy loves to find the super soft graphic t- shirts from the 80’s – even some tour shirts from famous bands. For men, a big seller is our western pearl snap shirts. We also sell accessories, shoes, cowboy boots, purses and I love to stock the bus with vintage costume jewelry.”

Prices include a blouse from $20-$40, dresses range from $30-$90, jewelry is around $10. You can walk out of the bus with a new outfit for less than $100.

You can find the Vintagemobile by following www.thevintagemobile.com or on facebook.com/vintagemobile and on twitter. @vintagemobile

 

 

 

Not So Perfect” Radio Show
“Spring into Summer” March 11, 2012

“Are you ready for the summer?” You remember that great classic 80’s movie “Meatballs” where Bill Murray is the cool camp counselor. We all wanted to attend that camp when we were growing up. Camps have changed a lot since the 1980’s. Now there is a camp for just about everything. And it helps you send your child to something that fits their personality and interests. It’s a good idea to start planning your summer now, so you don’t miss out on your favorites.

In case you are looking for something to do this Spring Break, we have you covered today too.

Guests Include: Melissa Plaskoff
CEO/Founder, Lemons to Aid
Website: www.lemonstoaid.org
Call: 214-632-8946

Melissa has some great ideas on how to spend your Spring Break:

Volunteering as a family during a school break ALWAYS bonds a family! Choose an activity you enjoy and it will probably become an annual event! You may also want to volunteer with a local organization and continue volunteering throughout the year.

What are some ways kids/families can make a difference this spring break?

IN THE CAR

This is a perfect time to clean out your book collection! Take used books to a library in the town you are visiting – have your child write a note inside the donated books “ENJOY THIS BOOK!” and then have them sign their name and the city they live in.

Clean out your closet – donate used clothes to a shelter in the town you are visiting. Starting off your vacation with a feel good activity is going to make the vacation memorable!!

Read-a-thons/Sing-a-thons/Knit-a-thon

Get your reading eyes ready! Get pledges from friends and family.

Example – If you read 10 books, you get a donation. Come up with your own level of giving. Your kids will have fun reading books and raising money for this cause. You can do the same thing with Sing-a-thons. You might need to play the quiet game after the sing-a-thon!

Also – kids can knit a scarf for a resident at an assisted living center or a homeless shelter.

ON THE PLANE

Kids can make cards for people that are not feeling well – easy! Bring paper and markers and your kids can decorate cards as soon as the flight takes off!

They can use the same paper and make placemats for Meals on Wheels!

What can we families do if they are staying in town over Spring Break?

Check out the Volunteer Center of North Texas. Their site helps guide parents to possible opportunities to serve in the community with their children.

Visit local non-profits

(SPCA) for at home “field trips.” Kids can bring a leash or a dog/cat toy and give a gift to a dog or a cat during their visit. This is a great way to learn about the non-profits located in our backyard! Your kids will want to visit again!

SPRING CLEANING!

Clean out your closet – donate used clothes to a shelter.

Visit an assisted living center – read a book to a resident, do a craft together, bring cookies…your kids will get so much out of this experience!

Whether you are in town, on the road, in the air or in another city, take a moment this spring break to help others. I promise you – this will be your most memorable spring break! Your kids will want to do it again next year!

Thanks Melissa!

Guest: Holly Homer
sheisdallas.com

It’s hard to believe but we really do need to start planning for summer now. And part of that planning includes preparing for summer camp. Don’t get left behind, schedule your kid’s camp now. Looking for ideas? Holly has some great ideas on which camps to choose. She says listen to your kids and their interests in choosing a camp. And be sure they are ready for camp, especially a sleep away camp. From science camp to dance camp, there are many to choose from. Check out their free summer camp guide online at www.sheisdallas.com or www.northtexaskids.com. This list is free. And if you have a camp you want to feature, email Holly or Minette at North Texas Kids.

 

Guest: Jacqueline Porter
Park Cities Dance camp
Park Cities Dance
info@parkcitiesdance.com

Park Cities Dance can also be found on Facebook

Twitter: @parkcitiesdance

SUMMER 2012 PROMISES TO BE YET MORE AMAZING THAN 2011, with a dazzling roster of guests and 12 full weeks of camps to choose from including ADULT camps and certification workshops.

FABULOUS NEW 10,000 SF STUDIOS shared by Park Cities Dance and The Dallas Conservatory for the Arts means an unrivaled offering of Arts and Fitness under one world-class roof! Every form of Dance, as well as Theatre, Music, Art, Photography and TV/Film means one-stop summer drop-offs for all the kids!

  • Over 200 classes and camps weekly for ages 18 months through ANY AGE ADULT. (For ex: our oldest yoga student is 85 with no former experience. Our oldest Absolute Beginning Ballet dancer is in her 60′s!)
  • We specialize in Ballet, but our dancers are not only YAGP winners, they are top NYCDA winners too! It IS POSSIBLE to do everything well including ballet and we can show you how.
  • Our summer pre-pro intensives have proven, completely amazing results and include private instruction if you desire! The money you might spend on a New York apartment to do “the usual” well-known intensives could be far better spent in Dallas on individualized, extraordinary, positive one-on-one training
  • The dancer in the photo above had this photo taken on her ONE YEAR anniversary of ballet training at The Dallas Conservatory. She had never studied at a ballet school before. She is 10 years old.

 

Guest: Emily Bennet
Hawaiian Falls Summer Camp
Director of Marketing for Hawaiian Falls
Hawaiian Falls Summer Camps
214-494-0528
camps@hfalls.com

The focus of each Hawaiian Falls Summer Camp is Servant Leadership. Servant Leadership is defined as putting others interests in front of your own. These daily lessons include curriculum elements such as courtesy, manners, honesty, integrity and leading by example.

The entire park is open to the campers prior to the park opening. Campers will have a blast in the morning learning their lessons through games and crafts. The afternoon will bring more excitement as they experience the whole park!

With the Keiki Kamp and Camp H2O Half-Day option, children will still participate in the same activities as the full-day option through lunch when parents will pick up their camper. Parents may also pay a discounted admission price and enjoy the rest of the afternoon with the child at the park. Camp Counselors will not be responsible once lunch ends for children who are participating in the Half-Day option.

Keiki Kamp
Ages: 6-12
Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Morning Sessions will focus on fun activities, crafts and games combining the 4 “C’s” of Camp Hawaiian Falls Splash Camp– Compassion, Consideration, Camaraderie and Conduct. Campers will then be able to select from an assortment of healthy lunch items before enjoying an afternoon at the waterpark supervised with appropriate breaks by our experienced staff.

12:30 Half-Day parent pick-up*

*Parents may collect their children or come in at a discounted rate to enjoy the rest of the day at Hawaiian Falls.

Camp H20
Ages: 8-13
Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Morning Sessions will focus on activities and experiments as we explore the wonders of the earth with an emphasis on the 4 “C’s” of Camp Hawaiian Falls Splash Camp – Compassion, Consideration, Camaraderie and Conduct. Campers will then be able to select from an assortment of healthy lunch items before enjoying an afternoon at the Water Park supervised with appropriate breaks by our experienced staff.

12:30: Half-Day parent pick-up*

*Parents may collect their children or come in at a discounted rate to enjoy the rest of the day at Hawaiian Falls with their children.

$250 (price includes Season Pass, T-shirt, lunch, experiment materials)

Jr. Guard Class
Ages: 12-14
Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Morning sessions will provide a comprehensive program aimed at teaching the basics of lifeguard skills and water safety. Our experienced and dedicated staff will focus on providing the necessary requirements for a future job as a lifeguard while embracing the Hawaiian Falls Splash Camp “4 C’s” – Compassion, Consideration, Camaraderie and Conduct. Campers are then welcome to enjoy the afternoon at the Water Park.

Early Drop Off – 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. – Cost $25.00

Late Pick-Up – 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. – Cost $25.00

 

 

“Not So Perfect” Radio Show
“Ode to Dr. Seuss!” March 4, 2012

We all have a favorite Dr. Seuss book! Whether it be The Cat in the Hat, or Green Eggs and Ham or even How the Grinch Stole Christmas, we all have a favorite Dr. Seuss book! This week is Theodor Seuss Geisel’s birthday, the genius behind Dr. Seuss.

He published 46 children’s books, which were often characterized by imaginative characters, rhyme, and frequent use of trisyllabic meter. Geisel won the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1958 for Horton Hatches the Egg and again in 1961 for And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street.

Because his birthday is March 2 – this day has been adopted as the annual date for National Read Across America Day! Pick up a Dr. Seuss book today, you will be happy you did.

In honor of Geisel and Dr. Seuss, Paige, Jennifer and Tony created their own original poem. What do you think?

Paige’s Poem
Have you Ever Met a Pinky Pink?
First Cousin of the Rinky Dink.
Unlike a Dink, they are quite Pink
But Sadly Both May be Extinct!
But Please Don’t Let Your Spirits Sink
Though Pinky Pinks may be on the Brink
A Few Exist under Stone Sinks
And Always in Roller Rinks

Jennifer’s Poem
Hello I am a Durtle and I can’t wait to see the world
I am 3 I am 4 I am 5. Wait- I can’t believe I can dive.
As sure as I am alive- I can see your vibe.
Your heart shows me the Shrine to your Soul.
Oh yes you see- I can see you- and I know the special places you have in your heart. Please don’t be alone, afraid or sad because I am a Durtle and I can dive and I and I can swim to the bottom of your heart and back again and see your thoughts, dreams, hopes and loves. Don’t you understand- I am a Durtle and I am your best friend.
To Paige with love from Jennifer

Guest: Britt Krieger: NSP
Project Manager, Earth Day Dallas
Website: www.EarthDayDallas.org
Call: 214-310-1200

The new movie Dr. Seuss “The Lorax” is about a young boy trying to find the last tree in the land to impress a girl. It brings to mind the importance of trees in our culture. And with Earth Day Dallas on April 21st and 22nd at Fair Park, Britt talks about educating North Texans about becoming more environmentally conscious in their everyday lives.
Earth Day Dallas is an annual, free two-day festival that seeks to elevate environmental awareness and influence the way North Texans think, live and work. Through exhibitions, entertainment and education for all ages we hope to inspire our community to lead a more sustainable lifestyle.

2012 marks the festival’s second year, and it will be held April 21-22 at Fair Park in Dallas.

Here are Britt’s suggestions on helping your family become eco-friendly.

By structuring your family’s green efforts as part of your child’s everyday household contribution, they can really take ownership and have fun doing it. It all starts with simple choices:
Turn off the water while showering and brushing teeth.
• Switch all your light bulbs to CFLs
• Stop using disposable bags—buy a few reusable bags from your local grocer or make your own.
• Buy an inexpensive reusable water bottle, and stop buying plastic disposable bottles
• Reuse scrap paper. Print on two sides, or let your kids color on the backside of used paper.
• Walking, carpooling or taking the bus to school or work.
• Repurpose unused items. For example, empty egg cartons make great paint wells, seed starters or treasure boxes for kids.
• Turn off lights

At the festival, families can learn even more ways to live a greener life.

Find out more about Earth Day Dallas at www.EarthDayDallas.org.

Guest- Charles Cohen
Dentist by Day, Dr. Seuss Sleuth by Night!

Charles talks about the influence Ted Geisel, the creator of Dr. Seuss, had on the world. He not only created these unique stories but did some incredible things in the world. And Charles believes there are many “lost stories” by Dr. Seuss still unaccounted for. Charles is on a mission to find them.

Charles is a collector of all things Ted Geisel – and Dr. Seuss, including many books. Charles says:
There is so much more to Ted Geisel than the Dr. Seuss books that we know and love. He was endlessly creative, so there are not only stories of his that you’ve never heard of, but also things he did in many fields that were pretty remarkable.

Find out what Charles really thinks about this incredible man who brought us so much when you listen to the show!

 

“Not So Perfect” Radio Show
“Kids and Self-Esteem” February 26, 2012

All parents hope that their children will have a lot of self-confidence. But sometimes circumstances make it hard for kids to feel good about themselves. Today’s show is about programs that give back to young children who struggle with their self-esteem.

Guests include: Jen Ohlson
Writer, Director: Health Needs a Hero
Website: www.healthneedsahero.com

“Healthy Kids, Healthy Families” is a three-year initiative designed to encourage health education, prevent and manage disease, promote physical activity and support safe environments for children. The program hopes to reach children through their schools.

Health Needs a Hero is a powerful and inspirational documentary detailing with the epidemic of our childhood health issues, told through the hearts of children and key stakeholders. The film’s objective is to bring together thought leaders, policy makers, philanthropists, health advocates, corporate champions and citizens who have the authority to make a difference and open conversations about restoring America’s health – especially our children’s lives – to a state of overall wellness, vitality and happiness.

One of the girls highlighted in this film was Ashley.

Jen talks about Ashley’s story.
We started filming during Ashley’s senior year in HS, just documenting but when I realized she had never ridden a bike and when she finally got one, there was no one to teach her, I began driving down every Sunday to teach her and over that spring we became very close…and it took 13 weeks but she eventually did learn to ride! When she graduated, she was still in June 2010; she was still 80 lbs. from reaching her goal weight to join the Air Force. So I asked her to stay with me for a few weeks over the summer in Austin to help get her on a better path to health. She ended up living with me for 13 months. The point of the film is that this young women took responsibility for her own health and did all the work but it also takes support, proper resources and education for sustainability…environment has a big part in success and sustainability. And what we learned is that that can’t happen when a child is 19, like Ashley was, we need to start as early as kindergarten or even sooner, we need to change the way our schools are organized to promote activity, change our lunchroom nutrition standards and really getting corporate America involved is one of the biggest keys.

The documentary will make it’s Dallas debut at the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas headquarters in Richardson on March 1st.

Learn more about this unique program at www.healthneedsahero.com.

 

Guests – Tricia Davis, Paige Killian
B.A.M (Beautiful Amazing Me)
Website: www.beautifulamazingme.com

Tricia and her sister Paige created B.A.M from a class they taught girls at TCU last summer. It was designed to address the low self-esteem of girls in the community. The sisters expanded their class into a program that is dedicated to creating strong, healthy, self confident, young women. Tricia and Paige how to give girls the skills they need to thrive even in the hardest of situations.

Tricia says : I was alarmed at how wide spread bullying, poor body image and low self esteem is for young girls in our community! Having a safe environment with peers to express your feelings and thoughts can be so helpful. We provide several exercises to express your feelings that can lead to a life skill such as journaling. Journaling is a safe and easy way to release your feelings. I wish I had a program like BAM when I was a teen and not have to wait till I was 40 to figure it all out. We offer workshops with schools, youth groups and summer retreats. We are looking forward to offer a workshop at FWCD at the end of this month and working with the youth group @ Beth El Temple in Fort Worth in March.

Our goal with B.A.M. is to reach girls at a young age and be preventive. We want to prevent girls from going down the wrong road with poor self confidence. When you don’t have self confidence in yourself, it will take one little disaster to start your spiral down. I recently heard Dr. Stephanie Setliff from the Dallas Pediatric Eating Disorders Center state that 1/3 of middle school girls already have an eating disorder. A child with self confidence and good self image doesn’t seem faded with bullying and other daily negativities in their life.

We are thrilled to be having our screening of the film “Miss Representation” March 22nd, the film is about how tough the media is on our young girls. I want to start the conversation with our community about what WE can do to help our girls. We sold out in over 2 weeks. The theater will be filled with 81 Fort Worth locals, teachers, parents, Dr’s, etc. We will never change the media or industry, but we can change ourselves, our actions and our choice of words!

You can find out a lot more online at www.beautifulamazingme.com.

 

 

“Not so Perfect” Radio Show
“Phobias ~ What are you afraid of?” February 19, 2012

Everyone would admit to being afraid of something – bad dreams, losing your job, untimely illness. But are these fears phobias? Dictionary.com defines it as “a persistent, irrational fear of a specific object, activity, or situation that leads to a compelling desire to avoid it.”

Here are some phobias we wanted to share:
Ablutophobia fear of washing, cleaning and bathing
Chorophobia fear of dancing
Koumpounophobia fear of buttons; or discs, coins, etc.
Arachibutyrophobia the fear of peanut butter sticking to the top of your mouth.
Phobophobia the phobia of developing a phobia.
Estiophobia fear of clothes
Caligynephobia fear of a beautiful women.
Scopophobia is the fear of being looked at.
Euphobia the fear of hearing good news.
Ambulophobia – the fear of walking
Anablephobia – the fear of looking up
Arachibutyrophobia – the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of one’s mouth
Aulophobia – the fear of flutes
Barophobia – the fear of gravity
Cataptrophobia – the fear of mirrors
Chionophobia – the fear of snow
Chromatophobia – the fear of colours
Chronomentrophobia – the fear of time
Cnidophobia – the fear of string
Cyberphobia – the fear of working with computers
Genuphobia – the fear of knees
Geumapobia – the fear of taste
Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia – the fear of long words
Hypnophobia – the fear of sleep
Kyphophobia – the fear of stooping
Levophobia – the fear of objects to the left
Metrophobia – the fear of poetry
Mnemophobia – the fear of memories
Octophobia – the fear of the figure eight
Ommetaphobia – the fear of eyes
Optophobia – the fear of opening one’s eyes
Peladophobia – the fear of bald people
Scuirophobia – the fear of squirrels
Siderophobia – the fear of stars

Guests include: Mark V Johnson
Clinical Hypnotherapist, Good Vibes Hypnosis
Website: www.pastliferegressiondallas.com
Call: 214-432-6624

Mark says “There are events that occur in past lifetimes that can bring forward physical, mental and emotional challenges in our current life. Many times these create fear, phobia and even physical pain into the current life, and quite often this is the result of what happens at the end of the past life. By paying attention to the death scene in the past life, it is possible to understand why these challenges have been brought forward into the current life. Sometimes it is not even necessary to release the effects as just knowing the root cause is often enough to provide relief from the events.”

Some of the most common phobias are fear of flying, heights, water, loss, intimacy, starvation, success, failure. Claustrophobia is also a common phobia that can result from being locked in a small place or even being strangled.

More and more people are open to the idea of Past Life Regression. While there are some people who reject the idea of reincarnation due to religious beliefs, there are actual quotes in the Bible that reference reincarnation. The more people accept the belief that it might just be possible that we do reincarnate and that past lives are a reality, the more people who call me for sessions, and I have had an unusually high number of people contact me for Past Life Regression this year.
Is it real or not? I tend to go along with Dr. Brian Weiss, one of my teachers. After the first time he was able to resolve his patient’s issues using Past Life Regression he decided that it does not really matter if it is real or not if it works and helps people resolve the challenges in their lives.

Here is more information about Mark:
Hypnosis was a normal part of growing up for Mark and from an early age he developed an interest in both music and hypnosis, and made the decision to pursue a career in music. His father had incorporated hypnosis into his medical practice in the late 1950’s, eventually delivering over 1500 babies using hypnosis for pain control during delivery. While growing up, Mark was excited to have the opportunity to observe and participate in a variety of hypnosis sessions with his father in their home. These sessions involved habit control, stress reduction, stage hypnosis as well as regression.
The decision to pursue a career in music, lead Mark to study music at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA and North Texas State in Denton, TX. While finishing his Master of Music degree in Denton, Texas , where he used hypnosis for test anxiety, Mark became interested in what would eventually become his second career, computer programming. After 12 years of teaching piano classes, he made the transition to programming. Although he did not realize it at the time, both of these experiences were setting the stage for what would come next in his life, Hypnosis.
The mind has been compared to a computer, a very powerful computer. Many of our habits, activities and actions we do everyday without thinking about them are based on programs that are stored in the subconscious mind. Some of these programs are good, like the one that tells your heart to beat and the one that tells you to continue breathing. These autonomic “programs” reside in the subconscious mind as do other habits which may affect you in a negative way.
Using hypnosis to help others involves the process of teaching people how to make permanent changes in their life by making changes to the programming in the subconscious mind. After a successful career as a music teacher and a second career as a computer programmer, Mark has been able to integrate his knowledge of hypnosis with his experiences as a teacher and a programmer to discover the secret to helping people change their minds, and change their lives with hypnosis!

The study of hypnosis is a never ending process that includes both training and practical experience working with a variety of issues. After completing his initial 500 hour training and several certification exams, Mark was awarded the Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist certification from the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners. Over the years his studies have taken him from coast to coast as he has studied with the top trainers in the field including, Gil Boyne, Ormond McGill, Michael Newton and Dolores Cannon, among others. He is also a Certified Hypnotherapist with the National Guild of Hypnotists and is a member of the Michael Newton Institute of Spiritual Regression.
Mark has a growing practice in Dallas, Texas where he works with individual clients and teaches a variety of classes including Self Hypnosis and Instant and Rapid Induction Techniques for Hypnotists.

Guest: Candace
Texas Multi Mamas
Mother of triplets
Website: www.wetv.com/shows/texas-multi-mamas

Amped up and on-the-go, Candace makes no compromises in her life. Being the mother of four year-old triplets, Brooks, Reese, and Sloane hasn’t slowed her down in the slightest, despite being the oldest of the moms at age 42. She’s all about being cool, fun and fit. She prides herself on getting out and partying with her girlfriends while still making sure her kids get lots of attention. She also makes lots of time for romance with her husband, Steve, an accountant and aspiring poet. Candace wants it all!

As a former Elementary School Assistant Principal, Candace takes a balanced and communicative approach to parenting. Three four year-olds might be too much for most parents, but Candace handles everything they throw at her with apparent ease. She’s very much on top of her parenting – and pretty much everything else.

Like many in Dallas, Candace works hard to keep up appearances. In addition to staying on top of fitness and fashion, she enjoys being the social organizer for the group of moms. Candace considers herself a loyal friend to Tonia, having helped Tonia through her painful divorce. But sometimes putting herself in the middle of everything gets tricky. Her go-getter attitude and uncompromising approach to life doesn’t always rub everyone the right way. But as Candace will tell you, “Love it or leave it baby!”
Multi-Mamas Candace, Casey, Stephanie, Suz, Tonia and Teryn are struggling with the same everyday challenges that all moms face. But in their cases, the challenges come in twos, threes and fours! Thankfully, this group knows how to let loose and party.

WE tv’s new series Texas Multi Mamas, premiering Tuesday, December 27 at 8|7c, is an energetic look inside the lives of a group of Texas women with big personalities, staunch opinions, and wild lives as they support each other in their moms of multiples group.

“Not so Perfect” Radio Show
“Slow Down! You’re Missing the Ride” February 12, 2012

Valentine’s Day is only a few days away and while we pick up cards, chocolates, flowers and other gifts we have to be reminded that this is the season of love. So are you sharing the love in your family? Paige and Jennifer want you to tap into your “Love Language”. Here are a few examples:

Love Language #1: Words of Affirmation – Basically, a word of affirmation in the simplest terms is a compliment. Have you ever met a person that seems to always be saying good things about other people? Often times they will be the ones that go up to the soloist at a concert and tell them how much they appreciated the beauty of their voice as they sang. They are always saying nice things about other people. At times, it may even seem a little over the top … you can pretty much bet the bank that this person’s love language is Words of Affirmation. If you are married to this person, a well timed, “I think that you are the most wonderful ____________.” will make you the cream of the crop in this person’s eyes. They will feel appreciated and that they are loved.

Love Language #2: Receiving Gifts – This love language is one that is easily recognizable … this person loves to give you things. They may spend hours looking for the perfect gift for you especially if they love you. You will find that they pay attention to what you like so that they can buy something that you really appreciate and enjoy. They love to give and they look for every opportunity to do so … This person really appreciates it when you give them a gift usually it doesn’t matter what it might be … they get excited at the thought that you cared enough and thought enough to get them something. If you are married to a person whose love language is receiving gifts then if you miss a birthday, holiday or God forbid anniversary you can count on them being extremely hurt and resentful.

Love Language #3: Acts of Service – This love language is demonstrated through service. The person who operates in this is the one that you see doing the dishes or helping when everyone else is sitting down. They may offer to come over and clean your house if you are sick or do your laundry. You will find this person going out of their way to help you if you are in need. Often they will think about ways to help another person that no one else may think about because they like to serve. This person may be the one that asks you to help or do things for them. The signature of this language is they love to serve but if you aren’t serving them in return they feel neglected and unloved.

Love Language #4: Physical Touch – This love language is probably the most popularly exemplified in the form of physical intimacy. It can take the form of a hug, a kiss, hand holding or yes … you guessed it… sexual intimacy. Have you ever met someone that is always hugging people? They greet everyone with a hug even people they may not know. The person whose love language is physical touch is always touching you in some way. They enjoy snuggling on the couch, holding hands, dancing, kissing, etc … If you know someone whose language is physical touch, step it up in these areas and they will be assured that you truly care about them.

Love Language #5: Quality Time – The person whose love language is quality time is the one that is always planning things with other people. They like being with those that they love and enjoy spending time just being together. Often you will find that they are the ones that are asking you what you are doing and would you like to get together. This person enjoys being with other people. When you offer to spend time with a person whose love language is quality time they are overjoyed at the thought that you value them enough to take time with them. They think of time as valuable and a gift when given. If you don’t plan time to spend with this person, they will feel that you don’t care about them or love them.

Here’s another gift you can give yourself. The gift of slowing down and enjoying your family and your life. Today’s guests can help do just that.

Guests include: Cassy Lawson and Julie Pettit
Partners, Project Mom
Website: www.ProjectMom.com

Project Mom is an organization that provides valuable resources and enjoyable events for moms of all ages and stages. Project Mom events include one-day get-togethers and weekend-long getaways for moms who want to be inspired and rejuvenated while relishing some much-needed “me” time. They have an upcoming event in Fort Worth on February 24th and 25th and then in Dallas on April 27th and 28th.

Cassy Lawson has always had a passion for children. With a background in missions and children’s ministry, her commitment to parenting and the development of children is evident in everything she does. With three children of her own, Cassy’s inability to find a “mom conference” is what originally sparked the idea behind Project Mom. Cassy and her husband, Chad, live in Plano, Texas.

Julie is currently a hospitality attorney who specializes in conference and event planning. Prior to practicing at her current law firm, she worked for a national trade magazine and conference company where she held the positions of General Counsel and Editor-in-Chief. Julie and her husband, Matt, live in Dallas, Texas.

Find out more at www.projectmom.com.

 

 

 

Guests: Jenna Marwitz & Nicole Sparks
The Crockin’Girls
Website: www.CrockinGirls.com or www.facebook.com/happycrockin

Small-town girls, best friends, and business partners Jenna Marwitz and Nicole Sparks are well-known to their many slow-cooking aficionados as the Crockin’ Girls.
What started as a fun and fast way to post and share recipes with their family and friends quickly went viral, burgeoning into a highly trafficked website and widely “Liked” Facebook page. Their tagline, “Slow Cookin’ Mamas in a Fast-Paced World,” perfectly encapsulates their philosophy of helping busy folks spend less time in the kitchen and more time with their loved ones.
The Crockin’ Girls’ first cookbook—which will be brimming with recipes for nutritious, delicious, and easy-to make meals—is due out this spring.
Also an avid crafter (besides Crockin’, sewing is her favorite pastime!), Jenna and husband Stanton, who works as a coach, are the proud parents of two young children. In addition to her Crockin’ Girls duties, Nicole owns a local dance studio, where she works full-time as an instructor. She also is wife to Kris, who owns an insurance agency, and mommy to two precious kiddos. Both Jenna and Nicole live in Brownwood, Texas.
The Crockin’ Girls have become a Face-Book phenomenon because of their love of slow cooking. And now they are about to share their recipes in a cookbook. There will be over 150 recipes to come out in the spring.

Check out their website for tons of crockin’ recipes at www.CrockinGirls.com.You can see the girls live and visit with them at Project Mom in Fort Worth on Feb 24-25 and in Dallas on April 27-28.

Finally…..

TIME is hard to find when it is buried under 10 loads of laundry and a pile of unpaid bills. It’s tough to squeeze out even a few drops of time when you’ve been tapped out by work deadlines and household obligations. So how can you find the time to GIVE when you don’t have time find matching socks? In a word – SLOW DOWN. By slowing down – you can uncover that illusive “Father Time” and use him to YOUR advantage. Here are a few ways to Slow Down and Gain Time to Sustain life’s most important treasures – Your Relationships:

1. Do less. It’s hard to slow down when you are trying to do a million things. Instead, make the conscious choice to do less. Focus on what’s really important, what really needs to be done, and let go of the rest. Put space between tasks and appointments, so you can move through your days at a more leisurely pace.

2. Be present. It’s not enough to just slow down — you need to actually be mindful of whatever you’re doing at the moment. That means, when you find yourself thinking about something you need to do, or something that’s already happened, or something that might happen … gently bring yourself back to the present moment. Focus on what’s going on right now. On your actions, on your environment, on others around you. This takes practice but is essential.

3. Disconnect. Don’t always be connected. If you carry around an iPhone or Blackberry or other mobile device, shut it off. Better yet, learn to leave it behind when possible. If you work on a computer most of the day, have times when you disconnect so you can focus on other things. Being connected all the time means we’re subject to interruptions, we’re constantly stressed about information coming in, we are at the mercy of the demands of others. It’s hard to slow down when you’re always checking new messages coming in.

4. Focus on people. Too often we spend time with friends and family, or meet with colleagues, and we’re not really there with them. We talk to them but are distracted by devices. We are there, but our minds are on things we need to do. We listen, but we’re really thinking about ourselves and what we want to say. None of us are immune to this, but with conscious effort you can shut off the outside world and just be present with the person you’re with. This means that just a little time spent with your family and friends can go a long way — a much more effective use of your time, by the way. It means we really connect with people rather than just meeting with them.

5. Appreciate nature. Many of us are shut in our homes and offices and cars and trains most of the time, and rarely do we get the chance to go outside. And often even when people are outside, they’re talking on their cell phones. Instead, take the time to go outside and really observe nature, take a deep breath of fresh air, enjoy the serenity of water and greenery. Exercise outdoors when you can, or find other outdoor activities to enjoy such as nature walks, hiking, swimming, etc. Feel the sensations of water and wind and earth against your skin. Try to do this daily — by yourself or with loved ones.

6. Eat slower. Instead of cramming food down our throats as quickly as possible — leading to overeating and a lack of enjoyment of our food — learn to eat slowly. Be mindful of each bite. Appreciate the flavors and textures. Eating slowly has the double benefit of making you fuller on less food and making the food taste better. I suggest learning to eat more real food as well, with some great spices (instead of fat and salt and sugar and frying for flavor).

7. Find pleasure in the simple things. This is related to being present, but taking it a step farther. Whatever you’re doing, be fully present … and also appreciate every aspect of it, and find the enjoyable aspects.

8. Breathe. When you find yourself speeding up and stressing out, pause, and take a deep breath. Take a couple more. Really feel the air coming into your body, and feel the stress going out. By fully focusing on each breath, you bring yourself back to the present, and slow yourself down. It’s also nice to take a deep breath or two — do it now and see what I mean. :)

 

 

“Not So Perfect” Radio Show
“Valentine’s Day” February 5, 2012

The season of “love” is quickly approaching – are you ready? Valentine’s Day may be the one day a year we celebrate our significant other, but don’t you think we should honor them all year-round?

Regardless, we are going to help you prepare for the big day with great gifts under $25!

And if you don’t have a sweetheart, a singles coach is going to offer some insights into making the most of this holiday and maybe lead you to finding someone special.

 

Do you have a favorite romantic movie? Here’s a list compiled by www.sheisdallas.com, of the top 10 Romantic movies of all time.

  1. An Affair to Remember (1957)
  2. The Way We Were (1973)
  3. The Notebook (2004)
  4. Love Actually (2003)
  5. Casablanca (1942)
  6. When Harry Met Sally (1989)
  7. Ghost (1990)
  8. The English Patient (1996)
  9. While You Were Sleeping (1995)
  10. Shakespeare in Love (1998)

Other favorites include “Pride and Prejudice”, “Gone with the Wind”, “You Got Mail”…. What’s your favorite? Let us know what you think on our Facebook page!

 

Guests include: Justine Santaniello
Lifestyle Expert
Website: www.twitter.com/JNSantaniello

Justine says, when it comes to Valentine’s Day, you don’t need to spend more than $25 on your sweetheart.

Here’s are some of Justine’s ideas on who to make this a memorable Valentine’s Day:

-First and foremost, no matter your plans, or who you spend it with, Valentine’s Day is about love so make sure to tell the ones you love why you love them and what makes them special.

-Don’t forget the card! It’s the place where we can express how we feel

-Don’t get something generic! There are tons of new cards you can personalize with your own greeting, singing cards, etc.

-Try a “blooming expressions” flower

-If you are in a new relationship, embrace it, be corny and have a sense of humor. You can pick up a heart-shaped box of chocolates or a box of candy conversation hearts

-Remember Valentine’s Day is not just for the ladies! Show your guy how much you care with an “MVP of my heart” baseball. The stitching is in the shape of a heart and you can write your own personalized message right on it!

-Now guys, take notes! Check out the “little book of I love you”. It has tons of ways to express your feelings that she can always keep!

- Instead of the traditional love coupon books try a book of love notes! This “pillow talk” book can be used all year long to keep the romance alive

- This holiday isn’t just for lovers! Send the kids to school with a special reminder of how much love them. A “Bug ‘em” delivers tons of surprises, fill it up with cards and goodies

-For the teens check out these bedazzled phone cases in all these fun heart patterns

 

What should you NOT get your Valentine? Here’s a list Paige and Jennifer came up with:

10. Super Sexy Lingerie

9. Gym membership

8. Public Serenade

7. Car Accessories

6. Off-Brand Perfume

5. Tickets to an outdoor Jazz concert

4. Bungee Jumping

3. Giant Stuffed Animals

2. Plant

1. Season Tickets to the Renaissance Festival

 

Guest: Nina Atwood
The Singlescoach®
www.singlescoach.com
Love Strategies Internet Radio
www.blogtalkradio.com/nina-atwood

If you are single this Valentine’s Day and looking for love, Nina offers some great advice. And you will notice, she puts it in terms all football fans can appreciate. First, you need to know where the goal line is before you get on the field and into the game of dating. The goal line is committed relationship leading to marriage. All other dating is just for sport, and not the right kind!

Here are the right plays for guys and gals:

  • Guys – take the lead – be on offense, not defense! The number one thing women look for is CONFIDENCE. Good guys ask me: why do women go out with the bad boys? The answer: confidence! Bad boys have loads of confidence – they are cocky, they swagger, they have no problem approaching hot women, they don’t fear rejection (not much). Bad boys don’t deserve to get the women and you good guys can kill that competition by taking one page out of their play book – develop confidence, go on the offense, and take the lead!
  • How? Get out and practice! Practice walking up to women at social events and striking up a conversation. Don’t be worried about trying to get a date; just practice having the conversations. Those who practice get better and those who get better win!
  • First downs lead you to the goal line. The first down is getting that first date! NOT having sex. Sex is special and is reserved for committed relationship and marriage.
  • Look out for the penalty: Waiting around for women to take the lead lands you on the bench, out of the game, and killed off by the competition.
  • For women, the number one play is being ready to catch the ball – let him take the lead. You will develop far more confidence when you let a guy show you just how much he is into you by letting him take the lead.
  • Taking the lead yourself gets you a penalty – you’ll become needy as you try to get validation from him. That’s a turnoff so he will distance, and it becomes a vicious negative cycle.
  • Number two play for women: put off sex for a LONG TIME while you allow him to pursue you. Having sex too soon means the choosing is over for you and the chasing is over for him. Once he gets lazy with you it’s “game over” ladies!

 

Each play is like a date: your opportunity to advance the ball and move the relationship forward. Fourth down might be the time to reflect and have the “you and me” conversation: where is this going? Should we punt and say “next” or go for the first down and move forward?

The red zone: getting really serious and intentional – thinking about engagement, really looking at marriage. Make sure you share the same values and want the same things out of life. If you don’t, it’s time to start a new game with someone new.

If you want more great advice, check out Nina’s website, www.singlescoach.com or listen on Love Strategies Internet Radio, www.blogtalkradio.com/nina-atwood.

 

 

“Not So Perfect” Radio Show
“Groundhog Day” January 29, 2012

Groundhog Day is this week, February 2nd! And every year in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, Punxsutawney Phil comes out of hole and makes his prediction: an early spring or six more weeks of winter! This annual event is celebrated in the tiny community in Pennsylvania. This tradition is depicted so well in the 1993 movie, “Groundhog Day” starring Bill Murray. Murray’s character get’s locked into the same day and lives it over and over again. Enjoy a look back at the movie with Film Critic Gary Cogill plus his Oscar predictions

Here’s some movie trivia from IMDB:

• Director Harold Ramis originally wanted Tom Hanks, Chevy Chase, Steve Martin or John Travolta for the role but determined they were all “too nice”

• There are exactly 38 days depicted in the film either partially or in full

• Bill Murray was bitten by the groundhog twice during filming

• The song “I’ve Got You Babe” by Sonny and Cher was in the original script from the very beginning

• Ramis kept Murray’s famous overcoat

Here are five facts you probably didn’t know about Groundhog Day:
1. Punxsutawney Phil has seen his shadow 97 times, has not seen it 15 times, and nine years are unaccounted for.

2. The National Climatic Data Center reportedly stated that Phil’s prediction’s have been correct 39 percent of the time. This number is in conflict with Phil’s club, which states he’s been right 100 percent of the time.

3. According to the funny website groundhog.org, there’s a legend that during Prohibition, Phil threatened to impose 60 weeks of winter on the community if he wasn’t allowed a drink.

4. In the years following the release of Groundhog Day, a 1993 film starring Bill Murray, crowds numbering as high as 30,000 have visited Gobbler’s Knob, a tiny hill in Punxsutawney where the ceremony takes place.

5. Though groundhogs typically live only six to eight years, Groundhog Day lore suggests that Phil drinks a magic elixir every summer, which gives him seven more years of life.

Guest: Gary Cogill
Emmy award-winning journalist, Three-time Katie award winner
Managing Partner, Producer Lascaux Films
Website: www.lascauxfilms.com

For 24 years he served as the film critic for WFAA-TV in Dallas (ABC), reviewed more than 10,000 films and conducted more than 20,000 interviews with actors, writers, and directors. Gary sat down with the biggest names in the business including the likes of Robert DeNiro, Meryl Streep, Stephen Spielberg and Clint Eastwood.

His favorite films include “To Kill A Mockingbird”, “Schindler’s List”, and “Waiting For Guffman” (which he considers to be a comic masterpiece). Gary, along with Tim Robbins and Kate Winslet, are devoted Guffmanites.

Gary also built a solid reputation with viewers covering the rapid growth of the Texas arts scene. He produced news features about Maestro Jaap Van Zweden and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the opening of the Winspear Opera House & Wyly Theatre.

Some of Gary’s favorite moments include an evening with Oscar-winning composer John Williams conducting the Ft. Worth Symphony Orchestra, The Vail Valley Music Festival, a groggy Chuck Liddell falling asleep during a live television interview on “Good Morning Texas”, countless hilarious interviews with Robin Williams, Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Denzel Washington, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Judi Dench, Anthony Hopkins, George Clooney, Julia Roberts… the list is endless.

Gary is also a much sought after speaker and moderator, hosting on stage countless “Evenings With” John Travolta, Robert Duvall, David Mamet, Stephen Sondheim, Ken Burns, Danny Glover, Brooke Shields, Martin Sheen and more.

Gary’s voice is also familiar. He has, over the years, been the voice for hundreds of characters for radio, television and animation. He is an avid fly fisherman, a voracious reader, considers cooking an art form and jogging a life saver. He grew up in Portland, Oregon where he sat thru “Lawrence of Arabia” four nights in a row as a ten year old. Sharing that Portland upbringing with him is childhood buddy June Jones. Jones, a former NFL football player turned college coach, revived the Hawaii football program and is in the process of doing the same thing at SMU.

Gary’s love for film is only surpassed by his love for his two daughters.

Here are Gary’s Oscar picks:
Film editing – The Artist
Foreign language – A Separation
Make-up – Harry Potterae2
Music/original score – The Artist
Music/original song- Man or Muppet Movie
Original screenplay- Midnight in Paris
Adapted screenplay – The Descendants
Visual effects – Hugo
Sound mixing – Hugo
Sound editing – Hugo
Cinematography – Tree of Life
Costume design- The Artist
Art direction – The Artist
Animated feature – Rango
Supporting actress – Octavia Spencer (The Help)
Best actress- Viola Davis (The Help)
Supporting actor – Christopher Plummer (Beginners)
Best actor- George Clooney (The Descendants)
Best picture- The Artist

 

“Not so Perfect” Radio Show
“What’s Your Plan B?” January 22, 2012

Wikipedia defines Plan B as “a popular term used to mean a reserved, secondary plan, in case a first plan (a hypothetical ‘Plan A’) fails”. Most of us hope that Plan A doesn’t fail but if it does, we hope that Plan B will be even better. In fact, some Plan B’s workout better than what you thought you would do. For example: Martha Stewart was a stockbroker before becoming the Queen of the home. Julia Child was a government spy before she started to cook. And Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor before opening his first theme park. Wow! So it’s not so bad to have a Plan B – do you have one?

Guests include: Jeff Kloster
VP of Ol’ Docs Bottling Company (formally the Dublin Dr. Pepper Plant)
Website: www.dublindrpepper.com

Jeff talks about the recent events taking place at the Plant. If you want to read more about it, check out this recent article.

 

Guest: Libby Spears
Author “What’s Your Plan Be”
Owner, Bravo Communications & Consulting aka, Bravo CC
Website: www.bravocc.com
Number for Consumers to call: 972-754-6023
Libby says that you have the power to write your Plan BE. No matter what age you are or where you are in your life, the opportunity is yours to chart the course for your future. Ask So What? And Who Says? Be a rule breaker and be true to yourself.
Here is more of Libby’s advice: Plan BE is a new way of thinking about who you are and what you do. My take is this: Plan A was set/determined/written by someone else. Plan A sets itself up as the right way to do things. As if there was a right way to do anything. We live in a moment in history where things are changing rapidly thanks to the development and evolution of technology, media, travel, and lifestyle. We have SO many choices and the irony is that these choices are actually making our lives more complicated and confusing than ever before. Our Plan A reality has resulted in the most over-scheduled + over committed + over stimulated generations in ALL of history! Many of us are dying slow deaths from all the material items we have, the overload of information in our face all day, every day, and the personal and professional demands placed on us.

Plan BE is about finding your plan as a PROFESSIONAL and in your PERSONAL life –and more importantly giving VOICE to it. I believe with a fierce and fiery passion that no one should sell themselves short or define their reality based on limitations and sit in the passenger seat and let someone else drive.

Libby’s advice: Find your three words | Be Inspired
Take a moment and brainstorm words that describe you best–don’t judge the words, just write. When you are done let them sit there for a moment and reflect. Take your pen and circle the three that best describe how you see yourself. These are the words that represent who you want to be. Don’t pick a word because Plan A says you are supposed to be those things. Don’t choose a word because it is how people have always labeled you but does not speak to the truth of who you are. Take the time to ZERO in on the words that capture the essence of who YOU are. Finding the three words that encapsulate who you are gives you a reference point for making decisions in your personal and professional life.

Libby’s three words are: educator | liberator | entertainer
It took me a little time to arrive at these three words. After all there are so many to choose from! But these three words define me. At my core I am an educator. I am always teaching. As a kid what I loved to play the most was teacher.
My second word, liberator was chosen to help explain what I do for a living in more depth. When a client hires me, my job is to identify the communication strategies used by an individual or an organization that are holding them back from their success and liberate them from those bad habits and replace them with new ways of telling their story.
Finally, I am an entertainer. As the youngest of three girls I think I come by this naturally. I love telling stories, making people laugh, and having a good time.
Once you have found your three words, create a new plan. Write out your goals for the next 6 months, 12 months, 2 years that will help you embrace these three words and put them into practice. After you have written your plan, share it with someone else in your life that can help you be accountable.

 

Guest: Kim Pollard
Owner, Bookkeeper Girl
Website: www.bookkeepergirl.com
Number for Consumers to call: 940-566-9787
Bookkeeper girl is a growing, thriving bookkeeping firm that provides online bookkeeping & payroll services to small business owners. The corporate office sits in downtown Denton, Texas, and continues to open local remote offices in cities throughout the Unites States, including Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, and upcoming sites in Houston and Mountain View.

Here’s what Kim says about her Plan BE:
Because I have never been one to take the easy road in life, starting my business seemed to be a new chapter in my life that would prove to fit the part of Be Bold, Be Daring, Be READY FOR HARD WORK! Being a perfectionist & entrepreneur by heart (well, at least how I see it), my desire to conquer the world & do it as fast as I can takes over when I have to train new employees or new clients! In my eyes, the world has never moved quick enough. That was my Plan A – Be the best and do it immediately.
As a small business owner being impatient with employees and clients is not a good thing. It can cost relationships and hurt my business. For me, finding my Plan BE began with Being Slower. Not having to do everything right this moment. Being able to take the time to listen and understand someone before jumping to the answer. I’m learning to listen to the words my dad continuously preached to me growing up: Slow down girl! What words of inspiration to a girl of my nature! However, these words of wisdom that he taught me with that sentence seems to pay off, and perhaps I will be able to inspire other women and young girls who find it “unnatural” to slow down!

 

Guest: Stan Key
President, Metro Beekeepers Association
Website: metro beekeepers.net
Owner of Stan’s Bee-Loved Honey

Here’s a lesson in beekeeping. Bees pollinate 80% of all crops, and are directly responsible for one in three bites of food we take each day.

There are many reasons that bees are disappearing, they include mites, other pests, now parasitic flies, and the use and misuse of so many chemicals in the environment.
Stan thinks bees are an early warning system to us, the proverbial “canary in the coal mine” so to speak.

Virtually all bees in a hive are female. Generally, there is only one queen. Worker bees that are all female kick all the male drones out of the hive and they die of cold or starvation in the Fall. Honey is the only food that does not spoil. It should never be refrigerated or placed in the microwave oven. Honey is also spoken of as a wonderful food in Proverbs in the Old Testament, about 2500 years ago.

Eating local honey that has not been processed or flash fried, allows a person to build up immunity to local allergens, a huge issue in this part of Texas. In additional amino acids that are beneficial are present. And finally, the taste and flavor of unprocessed or raw honey is without comparison.

 

“Not So Perfect” Radio Show
“In One Year and Out the Other” January 15, 2012

How are you doing on your New Year’s resolutions? According to some New Year’s statistics, 45% of American’s make one or more resolutions each year. Among the top resolutions, you guessed it, weight loss, exercise and quitting smoking. You will also find a lot of people wanting to be better with money and cut-out their debt.
Unfortunately only 75% of resolutions stick past the first week and after 6 months only 46% of resolutions stick. So are we being too unrealistic when making a New Year’s Resolution? Maybe the best thing we can do is set goals.
Today’s guests will help do just that – set goals and life changes without the pressure of a New Year’s Resolution.

As we start the new year, Jennifer says goodbye to her beloved Grandmother. We send along our thoughts and prayers to Jennifer and her family!

 

Guests include: Allison Bottke
Author, Speaker
Website: www.settingboundariesbooks.com

Allison’s bio:
An innovative, risk-taking, entrepreneurial woman, when Allison Bottke’s life changed, it wasn’t merely another bend in the journey. It was a brake-locking, tire-screaming U-turn in the middle of a fast moving highway in order to head in a completely opposite direction.
Captivating audiences with a mesmerizing tale of hope and healing, Allison reaches into hearts and leaves a lasting impression as she shares her journey from decades of New Age searching to a faith-filled life as a Christian. Her transparent vulnerability when addressing painful topics enables Allison to connect with people in a very real and down-to-earth way.
As a bestselling inspirational author and speaker, her international outreach includes 25 published non-fiction and fiction books, including the acclaimed God Allows U-Turns compilation book series and the new Setting Boundaries series. A frequent guest on national radio and TV programs around the country, Allison has been featured on James Dobson’s Focus on the Family, the 700 Club, Guideposts Magazine, Praise the Lord, the Dr. Laura Show, Good Morning Texas, CBN.com, and others. She has appeared on the covers of such national magazines as Writer’s Digest, BOND, The Christian Communicator, CWO, and O.H. Magazine.
You Make Me Feel Like Dancing is Allison’s newest novel based on three baby boomer entrepreneurial women. Allison’s first two novels, A Stitch in Time and One Little Secret are both being considered for adaptation into major motion pictures. Her novels are called: “Contemporary women’s fiction with an attitude.”
She has been on faculty at several national writing conferences, including Jerry B. Jenkins Writing for the Soul Conference, North Texas Christian Writers Conference, Blue Ridge Writers Conference and others.
In addition to her own writing projects, Allison also conducts private consulting, editing and ghostwriting. She recently completed a book for Fox 11 News Anchor, Christine Devine.

Allison advice on New Year’s Resolutions: “It is sheer insanity to think that it is healthy, good, or honorable to ignore the need to protect our hearts and not set healthy boundaries in our lives. With so many New Year resolutions focused on outward appearances, it’s a good thing to remember that true SANITY comes when we learn that our inner spirit is every bit as important as our outer appearance”
“It isn’t selfish to define healthy boundaries that allow us intentional time to meditate, pray, reflect, and to thoughtfully prioritize our relationships and responsibilities. It’s easy to get caught-up in the drama, chaos, and crisis that accompanies busy lives…but we can always choose how we’re going to respond to whatever comes our way. Responding with love and joy is much easier to do when we’re operating from a place of peace”

 

Guest: Miranda Davis
PerfectFit
Website: www.1perfectfit.com
Call: 817-360-5301

Miranda believes meditation can be a pathway to peace in the mind and body. In today’s hurried and hectic world, meditation can bring focus, clarity and serenity to everyday life. Meditation is easy to learn, does not take hours of time and has numerous mental and physical benefits. Anyone with a desire to de-stress, focus and find peace will enjoy a balanced lifestyle as a result.

Miranda suggests these books to get you started:
Creative visualization by Shakti Gawain
Journey to the Heart by Melody Beattie

The basic format for meditation is:
1-create a serene and sacred space, free from distraction to practice meditation
2-sit or lie in a comfortable position
3-focus on the breath, long slow inhales and complete exhales
4-find deep, peaceful balanced energy

 

If you want to learn more about Miranda and her meditation, visit her website www.1perfectfit.com. And look for her upcoming meditation workshop.

Meditation workshop:
Demystifying Meditation: Bringing an age old practice into everyday life
Hosted by PerfectFit with Miranda Davis
March 25, 2011
3:00-4:30pm

For more information go to www.1perfectfit.com

 

Guest: Larry North
Lifestyle and Fitness Expert
Website: www.larrynorth.com
Larry North was born in NY and raised in Dallas, Texas. In 1981 he started his first business at age 20. His media career started shortly after that by arriving on talk radio where he performed for over 25 years. Shortly after that his best selling infomercial became one of the most popular weight loss infomercials ever. Three books, a chain of health clubs, and thousands of TV appearances and live presentations here and abroad have turned Larry North into a household name in fitness, weight loss, and health. He continues to spread is motivational messages and wisdom to dozens of fortune 500 companies and just about anyone who will listen. He can make you laugh, touch your heart, and more importantly connect with you in a way that makes you want to Change Your Body and Your Life!!!!

Larry is an incredible motivator. Visit Larry on his website, www.larrynorth.com to find out more about getting started.
“Not so Perfect” Radio show
“Think Adoption” Original air date: November 13, 2011

November is National Adoption Month—a time set aside to raise awareness and the need for loving and permanent homes for children. It’s also a very special month for both Paige and Jennifer. They actually met at the Gladney Center for Adoption in Fort Worth, where they worked together. Both quickly entered into a friendship — but they would soon have a lot more in common. Paige and Jennifer are also adoptive parents. And while this may not have been the reason they became friends, it’s the reason they share a special bond.

On today’s show you will hear both Jennifer’s story of her adoption of her sweet, precious boy Ben; and Paige’s trip to Columbia where she found her sweet angel, Victoria. Both stories are uniquely different but with the same end result – bringing a child together with his and her family!

This is a very special show for Paige and Jennifer and you may even need to keep a tissue handy.

Guests Include: Valerie Westfall
Author “Searching for …. The You We Adore”
Website www.TheYouWeAdore.com

Here’s Valerie’s bio:
Freelance writer Valerie Westfall holds a degree in Business Marketing. Her career choices demonstrate a common thread of love for art and children. Since graduating college in 1983, Valerie has managed an art gallery, imported art and furnishings for an exclusive resort, worked with first graders, and now writes for children. The author lives in Texas with her husband and two sons.
Searching for…The You We Adore is Westfall’s debut picture book. While her inspiration to write this story was drawn from a childhood friend with adopted children, Valerie has long understood the important role that unconditional love plays in a child’s life.
“During my college and early married years, I served as big sister to an adolescent foster child named Cindy,” she says. “Cindy had been removed from an abusive home and placed in foster care. Our relationship was special, but it also changed my heart. For the first time, I understood how starved some children are for the security of a loving home and a measure of joy in their lives. I made it my goal to be a source of joy and laughter for Cindy during our times together and set a lifetime goal to aid ‘overlooked’ children. I had a very happy childhood because my own parents have loved our family unconditionally. It’s easy for me to draw from that well and share with others.”
Her love for children led Valerie to begin writing joyful material for young children. Her love for beautiful artwork led her to contact Richard Cowdrey to illustrate The You We Adore.
“My vision to include world class illustrations in this book caused me to turn down traditional publishing contracts because I would have lost control over the art direction. The book I envisioned was expensive to produce, a risk that large publishing houses prefer not to take in a niche market.” While grateful to those publishers, Valerie’s plan wasn’t simply to publish a book. “My goal was to produce a beautiful book that would touch the hearts and lives of adoptive families,” she says. Luckily, Cowdrey held similar convictions and also was looking for a meaningful project. After viewing online portfolios of more than 1,000 artists, Valerie asked him to illustrate her book. Cowdrey is well known for his beautiful illustrations that grace many children’s books, including the New York Times #1 bestseller Bad Dog, Marley! Cowdrey quickly agreed to collaborate with Westfall. The author and illustrator share a common concern for children, especially orphans, and both their families have had long-term relationships with Compassion International children.
It brings joy to Valerie and her family to give back to charities that directly benefit children. The Westfalls have supported World Orphans, Compassion International, Gladney Center for Adoption, Crisis Pregnancy Center, and International Justice Mission. Because she believes that unconditional love builds security in children’s hearts, Valerie hopes adoptive parents will embrace every opportunity to express her story’s joyful message to their children, “We love and adore you!”

 

Guests: Shane and Heidi Fausel
Adoptive parents of 4
Founders, Christmas Milk
Website: www.christmasmilk.com

Shane and Heidi have adopted 4 children (ages 6-12) through the Foster Care system. In the years of adopting these children they created “Christmas Milk”. Here is their story:

It all started when I was laid off from my corporate job, of nearly nine years, in early 2009. I was devastated, though not surprised; nothing was certain anymore with the economic climate the way it was. My job had been “my life”. I had put everything second to it. So now what? My husband and I had a new 9 year old son we had adopted, from Texas, just a few months prior. I realized I hardly knew him (this was a sad realization on my part to say the least). So the first step was to get to know him…


It was during this “get to know you” phase that the discussion of Christmas Milk returned. The story surrounding Christmas Milk was true and it had taken place the previous Christmas. It’s a wonderful story and every time I would tell it, people would smile. That’s when we decided to take our story and turn it into something that would help other children.

With both my husband, and son’s help, we launched Christmas Milk, The Elves’ Favorite Drink. We wanted the brand to be something fun and unique to the market – being that the story was unique in itself. We went with Red and Purple (my favorite color) for our colors and created a logo that would be easily identified and a name both children and adults would easily remember and be synonymous with giving – after all, Christmas is the season of giving!

The result…

Christmas Milk brought my family together. For our son, it was watching a dream become reality, an important lesson for him to never give up on his dreams. We’d like to thank all of you who believe in our dream and to show our appreciation; a portion of all sales will go towards agencies that help match those children in foster care to a new forever home.

Happy Christmas!

If you are interested in adoption, they encourage you to reach out to the Gladney Center for Adoption, in Texas for 125 years. If you’re interested in adopting foster children, check out their New Beginnings program! Find out more about Christmas Milk on their website, www.christmasmilk.com.

 

Guest: Katelyn Klempnauer
Birthmother
The Gladney Center for Adoption

In her own words, Katelyn describes her story:
I was 17 when I found out I was pregnant, I knew for me abortion was an option. And basically what led me to adoption was my mom told me about it and she grew up with people that were adopted from Gladney and how amazing the place is. And so that’s what I did I actually lived in the dorm for about 3 months to let the effect of me being pregnant where off and let my parents except the new reality. I found out I was pregnant by the obvious one missing my period and then I was thinking to myself surly Im not and I took two test and they came back positive and my world changed forever.”
“Well placement went very good I actually asked for the adoptive parents and their families to be there when I had this little girl and they were all more than thrilled to be there and I actually asked Cristina to be in the room when I delivered and if she would cut the cord and she said yes! So it was all very bitter-sweet. And I also wanted all of them to be in the room while I signed the papers and god gave me such a peace and he was in the room that day and it was his hands I signed the papers and they let me hold my daughter while they all prayed over me and I kissed my daughter and hand her back to Cristina and I told my baby I will see you later because this wasn’t a goodbye at all this was just a see you later and that’s what has helped me the most knowing that I will see her again and I have already and I get to see her again in December when the adoption if final! And Im so excited to see all of them there just part of my family. And I love them all so much.”
“Adoption can truly be a blessing you just have to make it your own and accept what you’re doing for your child is the best thing. And be proud of what your adoption is, were all mom’s whether or not were parenting being a mom is all about being strong for your child and by us doing adoption were being strong for a babies to make this decision for a better life.”

You can watch a video of Kateyln’s adoption story.

The photos in this video were taken by Kristin Laughlin of Kristin J Photography. She is a Dallas, TX and Austin Area Baby, Children & Family Natural Light Photographer. Kristin’s fresh, clean approach to photography captures the beauty, simplicity and playfulness of life, love and family.
Kristin also specializes in newborn photography and custom birth announcements in Dallas and Austin.

If you are interested in a fun and relaxed modern photography session, please contact us to schedule your newborn, children’s or family’s portrait photography session in Dallas or Austin today.
Or schedule your Austin or Dallas High School Senior Portraits Photography session right away.

Kristin J Photography also offers Adoption Photography packages to photograph/document families traveling for domestic or international adoption.

Kristin, and Adoption Photographer also has featured on her website images from her photography while in Africa.
Take a peek into the lives of those photographed in Uganda, Burundi Ethiopia and Zambia on her website.

www.kristinjphotography.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And just because they are so adorable — here are more photos of Paige’s daughter, Victoria and Jennifer’s son, Ben!

There is something so special about adoptive parents and the parents who put their children up for adoption.

If you ever want to learn more about adoption, email Paige or Jennifer. They will tell you everything you need to know. Or at least point you in the right direction.

 

“Not so Perfect” Radio Show
“Say Cheese” Original air date: November 6, 2011

When we think of cheese, we think of something we pair with a fine wine or as part of our favorite sandwich. There is no question cheese is a delicacy that is to be enjoyed and savored. But “cheese” can also mean what you say when you smile for a photo or those roll-your-eyes lines someone feeds you. Well we have you covered today with all three.

First those “cheesy” lines; we have all heard them before – Jennifer found some of the cheesiest. Here’s a few on her list:

• See my friend over there? He wants to know if you think I’m cute.
• Oh No! Something is wrong with my cell phone. {Oh Really. What is that?} Its just that…your numbers not in it.
• You may fall from the sky, you may fall from a tree, but the best way to fall… is in love with me.
• Can I have your picture so I can show Santa what I want for Christmas?
• Do you believe in love at first sight, or should I walk by again?
• It’s a good thing that I have my library card. Why? Because I am totally checking you out!!
• I’ve been wondering, do your lips taste as good as they look?
• Did you have lucky charms for breakfast? Because you look magically delicious!
• If I could rearrange the alphabet, I’d put U and I together.
• I hope you know CPR, because you take my breath away!

Today’s Guests Include: Deanna Frazier
“Dee The Dating Diva”
Website www.theuniversityofdating.com
Or DeannaFrazier.com

Here’s Deanna’s bio:
“Dee The Dating Diva,” (a title that particularly suits Deanna Frazier, a vivacious and energetic woman) has experienced every possible kind of dating experience possible. Her qualifications as “romance expert” are related in part to her life as both wife and single woman, and the fact that she has been “dating” and observing the ritual of dating for a good part of her life.
Dee is the founder of The University of Dating and author of “Dating 101, The Second, Third or Fourth, Time Around,” both developed to meet the needs of men and women as they re-enter the dating scene and ultimately find the romance and partner that is suited for them.
Dee appeared with Katie Couric on The Today Show as part of their “Finding Love After 40” series and is nationally published. She also appears regularly to discuss dating and relationship issues on national television and radio shows.
As a Certified Coach and a member of the International Coaching Federation, Dee’s 30 years of experience as an executive coach has included hundreds of seminars, training and coaching sessions, as well as appearances on nationally syndicated television shows.
Dee has assimilated the collective personal experiences of others, and applied her own astute observations of life to create tips and tactics to “Become the Date or the Mate You Want to Have.” She believes that being single can be both challenging and rewarding, and that by using one’s own experiences to create a positive new outlook, dating can be fun, exciting, and perhaps lead you to that very special partner. For Dee, dating is a way to reach out to the world.
For more about Dee, visit DeannaFrazier.com.

 

Guest: Jayme Nourallah
Miette Photography
Website www.jaymenourallah.com
Number 214.823.9308

Here’s a little bit about Jayme and her amazing business.
Miette Photography is a boutique photography studio in Dallas, Texas owned and run by Jayme Nourallah. I specialize in newborns, babies and children as well as maternity and family fine art portraits. I am an award winning, internationally published photographer who has been working in the field for over seven years. In my work, I strive to capture each child’s personality while creating a timeless work of art with each portrait. My studio, conveniently located near downtown Dallas, offers a comfortable environment for creating my one-of-a-kind images using both natural and studio lighting. I also shoot on location in your home or at an attractive outdoor setting of your choice. I am available for travel. For travel sessions, please plan to book in advance and contact me for a quote.

 

Guest: Paula Lambert
Founder/Owner/Cheesemaker
Mozzarella Company
Website: www.mozzco.com
Number: 214 741 4072

Applauded as one of America’s pioneer artisanal cheesemakers, Paula Lambert is also entrepreneur. In 1982 she founded the Mozzarella Company, a small artisanal cheese factory in Dallas. Her hand-crafted, award-winning specialty cheeses are sold throughout the United States to restaurants, hotels and gourmet shops, as well as to cheese lovers at her factory shop in the Deep Ellum section of Dallas and via her website www.mozzco.com.
Paula recalls, “When I returned home after living in Italy, the thing I missed most was fresh mozzarella, and no one even know what it was. So, I decided to build a cheese factory and make mozzarella in Dallas!” Since 1982, the Mozzarella Company has grown from making a very small amount of fresh mozzarella (about 100 pounds per week) to producing a long list of specialty gourmet cheeses from cows’ milk and goats’ milk. Many have been inspired by Paula’s travels in Italy, France, Mexico and Greece while others are reflections of more recent culinary trends. In 2009 the Mozzarella Company produced over 200,000 pounds of handmade cheese.
As the years have passed, the Mozzarella Company’s cheeses have become famous…they have been featured in countless publications including Gourmet, Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, Saveur, and The New York Times…they have been served at the Academy Awards and to presidents and royalty…and have won many impressive awards themselves: In 1994 and again in 2001, Paula’s Fresh Mozzarella was judged first place at the American Cheese Society Competition. In total, since 1985, her cheeses have captured well over 100 prestigious awards. In 2010 Mozzarella Company was one of 20 food industry companies nationwide singled out by The Gourmet Retailer for their 1st annual Industry Innovator Award, in recognition of Paula Lambert’s unique contribution to the gourmet retail industry.
In 2000 Paula’s first cookbook The Cheese Lovers Cookbook and Guide was published by Simon and Schuster. It was a Finalist for the World Cookbook Awards in Cork, Ireland and has been reprinted numerous times. Paula’s second book Cheese, Glorious Cheese! was published by Simon and Schuster in 2007.
Paula takes an active role in many professional organizations. She served as President of the International Association of Culinary Professionals and on the boards of many professional groups including the American Institute of Wine and Food, the American Cheese Society, the National Association of Specialty Food Trade, the International Women’s Forum Dallas, and Les Dames d’Escoffier. She was a member of the Small Business Advisory Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Currently serves on the boards of The Culinary Trust, Uptown Dallas, the Better Business Bureau of Dallas and The Friends of WRR Classical Music.
Paula was chosen for Who’s Who in Food and Wine in Texas in 1988 and received the Roundtable for Women in Foodservice’s Pacesetter Award in 1992. She was elected to the James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America in 1998. In 2005 she received the Career Achievement Award from her alma mater Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia. She received the Award of Excellence from the International Association of Culinary Professionals as Entrepreneur of the Year in 2006. Other awards have included: The Spirit Award from Savor Dallas and the Award of Excellence in the Arts from the Dallas Historical Society.
Paula travels extensively, speaking before groups and teaching cooking classes in the United States and abroad. She is a frequent radio and television guest. Paula enjoys gardening, traveling, and walking with Teddy, her Standard Poodle.

 

“Not So Perfect” Radio Show
“A High/Low Christmas” December 18, 2011

Have you ever played the High/Low game? Paige plays this at the dinner table with her family. It’s where you go around the table and everyone says what the “high” of their day was and the “low”. It’s kind of like the holidays. There are many highs and many lows. Hopefully you have more highs than lows but in case you don’t, Paige and Jennifer will help you get through it.

Guests include: Sophie Keller
Author “How Happy is….”
Website: www.howhappyis.com

“No matter how happy we might think we are, there is always room for happier” says Sophie Keller. The happiness expert writes about attaining happiness through her series of guidebooks “How Happy is…” These books include four volumes that give the reader advice on all aspects of life (marriage, love, health, and home).
Happiness expert, life coach and TV personality Sophie Keller writes the popular How Happy Is column for the Huffington Post. She has been a featured life coach for Whole Living magazine and has appeared on numerous TV and radio networks across the country including FOX, NBC, ABC and CBS, and can often be seen on the KTLA 5 Morning Television News where she shares happiness tips and lifestyle advice with audiences in Southern California in her Balanced Life segments. She lives in Santa Monica, California with her husband and two-year-old son. For more information about the How Happy is… series and author, please visit her at www.howhappyis.com.

 

Guest: Rev. Cyndy Twedell
“Blue Christmas” University Christian Church
The “Blue Christmas” Service is Sunday, December 18th at 3 pm.
Website: www.universitychristianchurch.org/

Here is what Rev. Twedwell says about this service:
“Feeling “blue” at Christmas is not unusual. Christmas can be a bittersweet time as we remember people and events that have been part of our lives in the past, but are now changed or gone. There’s an empty chair at our table. The diagnosis is devastating. They’re downsizing at work. We can’t seem to get everything done. Our lives aren’t all tied up with a pretty Christmas bow like the TV commercials would suggest.
For several years now, we have offered a special service, a Blue Christmas Service, to help acknowledge the pain and loss and offer hope to those for whom Christmas is especially difficult. The Blue Christmas service at University Christian Church is Sunday, December 18 at 3 pm. The labyrinth walk will be available from noon to 3 on Sunday for those who find meaning in the ancient Christian practice of walking the labyrinth.
We are human. Christmas can be hard. The losses and disappointments of life seem bigger when they are framed in the tinsel of Christmas. But at its heart, Christmas is a time to remember that the love born in a smelly barn is most certainly born in us. God is with us. And even in the darkness, a light shines. And nothing can overcome it.”

Rev. Twedell is the Associate Minister at University Christian Church in Fort Worth. She’s been married to Jack for thirty years and is the mother of two children, Jackie and Chris. Cyndy enjoys cheering on her grown children, spending time with friends over a cup of tea, digging in her garden and curling up on the couch with a good book.

 

Guest: Martha Needling
Gaylord Texan
Website: www.gaylordhotels.com/gaylord-texan/

From The Gaylord Texan website:
Gaylord Texan’s annual holiday events are back and better than ever! The awe-inspiring ICE!™ attraction — carved from 2 million pounds of ice — will for the first time showcase DreamWorks’ Shrek the Halls! Additionally, Lone Star Christmas at Gaylord Texan will provide a winter wonderland including 1.5 million holiday lights, a 52-foot rotating Christmas tree, a life-sized Gingerbread House, 12,000 ornaments, and Santa Claus himself, just to name a few. We invite you to enjoy a magical holiday experience your family won’t soon forget!
And now you can animate your holiday getaway with The DreamWorks Experience! Vacation with the beloved characters from such films as Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and Madagascar through interactive experiences including:
• ICE! featuring DreamWorks’ Shrek the Halls
• Kung Fu Panda Awesome Snow Tubing
• ShrekFeast Interactive Character Meal
• “Character Passport” Meet & Greets
• Gingy’s Gingerbread Decorating
• DreamWorks 3D Theater Experience
• DreamWorks Themed Scavenger Hunt
• DreamWorks Welcome Amenity with Package Check-In
• and even Special Wake-Up Calls by DreamWorks Characters!

Find out more on the Gaylord Texan website. You can also find some incredible deals during the holidays.

 

“Not So Perfect” Radio Show
“A Charlie Brown Christmas” December 11, 2011

What is your holiday tradition? Some of us enjoy cutting down our own Christmas Trees or hiding the “Elf on the Shelf” or even baking Christmas cookies. For others, Christmas wouldn’t be the same without our favorite Holiday movies. Some have even been around for decades. We are going to devote this show to one in particular … “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” was first released on December 9, 1965. The great Charles M. Schultz, the creator of Charlie Brown, wrote this holiday classic. It had an estimated budget of $150,000 and won a Primetime Emmy award. But when CBS executives first saw the special, they were concerned over a Christmas special having such a blatant message. And there were a lot of religious references in the movie. But Mr. Schultz fought to keep it in and the story of Charlie Brown’s message about Christmas being too materialist stayed the way it was written.

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” remains the second longest running holiday special. Second only to “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” — it premiered one year earlier in 1964.

 

Guests Include: Jean Schultz
Widow of Charles M. Schultz, Peanuts creator

Charles “Sparky” and Jean married in 1973 after meeting at Schultz’s hockey rink. They were married for 26 years before Charles death in 2000. Aside from his gift of Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang, Schultz’s legacy includes The Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa. It opened on August 17, 2002, two blocks away from his former studio and celebrates his life’s work and art of cartooning. And at Sonoma State University, the information center is named for Jean and Charles Schulz. Jean donated $5 million to build and furnish the structure.

You can read more about Charles and Jean Schultz on Wikipedia. And you can find out more about the Charles Schultz museum online at www.schultzmuseum.org

 

Guest: Wendy Collinsworth
Chef, Haute Cakes and Cookies
Website: www.hautecc.com

Wendy has over 25 years of experience with cakes, sweets and other sugary desserts. She is also the daughter of a New Orleans pastry chef. Haute Cakes and Cookies specializes in rolled fondant cakes, cookie bouquets and gift boxes, chic cupcakes, mini tiered cakes, decadent chocolate truffles and more!
Wendy just recently competed in the Charlie Brown Food Network Challenge. You can watch what happened here:

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Challenge Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=sX_FmiCts44
Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Challenge Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IghFR95Eeh8
Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Challenge Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycXxLwq9TfQ

Find out more about Wendy and Haute Cakes and Cookies by logging onto www.hautecc.com.

 

Guests: Johnny Minshew
Owner, Vending Nut Company
Website: www.vendingnut.com
Call: 817-737-3071

Vending Nut Company offers a large assortment of nuts to choose from, like peanuts, pecans, cashews, walnuts and macadamia nuts. They also carry apricots, dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds, dried cherries and sesame seeds. And if you are thinking about giving something a gift from the Vending Nut Company, they have gift containers, baskets, decorated tins and a ceramic Texas Bake Dish to choose from.

Log onto www.vendingnet.com for more information. You can also visit their Fort Worth store on Montgomery Street.

 

 

“Not So Perfect” Radio Show
“Dog Days of Christmas” December 4, 2011

The “Dog Days of Christmas” can mean a lot of things. The hustle and bustle of the holidays can certainly wear on us. But that is not what we are talking about. Christmas is not just for our kids, it can be for our pets too. Did you know that pet owners spend on average $46 on their animals during the holidays? A new AP-Petside.com poll shows that 68% of pets get some kind of toy. 45% get a treat, 8% enjoy new bedding, 6% show off a new outfit, 3% find a new leash under the tree and another 3% get new grooming products. This can be a lucrative holiday for our pets too!

Guests Include: Three Dog Bakery
Website: www.threedogdfw.com
Number to call: Southlake or Plano (817) 310-3DOG (3364)

Three Dog Bakery cares about your dogs. They sell safe and healthy food for your pets. From food to treats to birthday cakes, you can find it all at Three Dog Bakery. Their food is made with the finest quality, natural ingredients to provide healthy digestible proteins and specialized nutrients. Their food is all natural and oven baked. Three Dog Bakery is also involved with many dog rescue groups. In fact, a lot of their dogs that you will see in their stores are rescue pets. Meet Dozer and the twins, Danica and Duchess!

For more information, log onto www.threedogdfw.com.

 

Guest: Maura Davies
VP Communications, SPCA of Texas
Website: www.spca.org
Number to call: 214-742-7722

The SPCA of Texas receives animals who have been surrendered by individuals and animals we have transferred from other shelters and groups. We do not euthanize animals for lack of space and the clock is not ticking for animals. We call ourselves a Reservation Required, or selective intake, shelter.

The SPCA of Texas does not take in stray animals for surrender in an effort to increase the likelihood of a stray being reunited with their owner. Instead, people finding a stray animal will be directed to the animal control agency closest to where the animal was found. The SPCA of Texas is asking the community to be a partner in the process of finding new homes for animals.

The SPCA of Texas recommends that anyone interested in giving pets as presents should consider giving an adoption gift certificate instead and waiting until after the holidays to adopt as a whole family so that the gift receiver can take the time to make an informed choice about the pet and make sure everyone is in agreement. We also encourage families to bring in their current pets (up to date on vaccinations, of course) in for a meet and greet before making the adoption final. After all, adopting a pet is adding a family member, and not a spur-of-the-moment decision.

If you want to adopt a pet for the SPCA, visit their online gallery of adoptable pets at www.spca.org/findapet and then visit one of their shelters (8411 Stacy Road in McKinney, 362 S. Riverfront Blvd. in Dallas until December 31 and at our new Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center at 2400 Lone Star Dr. in Dallas beginning January 2, 2012) or a satellite adoption center (PetSmart locations around town) or an offsite adoption location (NorthPark Center through December 23 – Sunday-Friday from Noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday from Noon to 7 p.m.!).

Regular adoption fees are $185-$285 for puppies 0-6 months, $95-$195 for adult dogs 6 months or older, $75 for senior dogs 7 years or older, $50 for VIP dogs, $95 for cats, $125 for kittens, $75 for senior cats 7 years and older and $50 for VIP cats. Fee includes spay/neuter surgery, age-appropriate vaccinations, a heartworm test for dogs six months and older, initial heartworm preventative for dogs, a feline leukemia test for cats four months and older, a microchip, a rabies tag and a free leash or cat carrier.

Here is some advice for choosing the best pet to fit your family:
1. Make sure you’re ready to adopt. A pet is a 15- to 20-year commitment. Make it a family responsibility to feed, bathe, play with, brush, walk and train your animal and you will honor the promise you made when you brought your companion home.

2. Research breed types and compare them to the characteristics you’re looking for in a pet. Just because you fall in love with a certain “look” of dog or cat doesn’t mean the behavior, needs and personality of that breed will match yours.

3. Choose a pet who will fit right in with your lifestyle.

4. Choose a pet (and breed) that works for your home and your family.

5. Make sure your current pets will get along with the new one.

6. Make sure that neither you nor anyone in your family is allergic to the animal you want to adopt.

 

Guest: Jim Leslie
Frisco Square Development
Website: www.friscosquare.com
Number to call 469-633-1721

Christmas in the Square is the largest choreographed holiday light show in Texas and is a partnership with the City of Frisco. This is the 6th year and it runs nightly through January 7, 2012 from 6-10pm. Christmas in the Square is the 3rd largest event in North Texas behind the State Fair and Stock Show and Rodeo. The first year drew 80,000 visitors and last year it was up over ½ million visitors from Texas and neighboring states.

This year they have Lights on Ice Outdoor Ice Rink presented by Sooner Management, LLC, which is the 1st outdoor REAL ice skating rink in North Texas in a decade. Lights on Ice Outdoor Ice Rink is open daily through January 8, 2012 and the hours are Mon-Thurs 2pm – 10pm and Fri-Sunday Noon – 10pm. It is only $10 per person to skate (including skate rentals) and you can skate for as long as you like on the day of purchase.

Some upcoming special events:
December 9-10- Carriage rides, humvee rides, trackless train rides. There is also a train display and David McDavid Honda will display some of their latest models. A parachuting Santa and his elves arrive at 5:15pm on Saturday. And of course you can meet with Santa.
December 16-17 – Carriage rides, humvee rides, train rides and train display and cars from David McDavid Honda on display. Saturday night the popular 3-lane inner tubing snow slide and the hot air balloon glow!!! The Hot Air Balloon glow mimics large holiday ornaments and they synchronize their burn to music!

Find out more at www.friscosquare.com.

 

 

“Not so Perfect” Radio Show
“Ready, Set … Christmas” November 27, 2011

It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is now behind us and the Christmas season has begun! Are you ready? Most people have already put up their Christmas trees or outside lights. It’s a great time of year. Today Paige and Jennifer are going to get you ready for the season. From gift ideas to tips on wrapping, you will find it all on today’s show. And to top it off, Santa calls in from the North Pole!

Guests Include: Sierra Cody, Mark Bennett
PAPYRUS
Website www.papyrusonline.com
Call : NorthPark Center 214.265.7187, Galleria Dallas 972.386.8744, The Shops at Willowbend 469.443.1433, Southlake Town Square 817.488.0514

Papyrus is known as the leading destination for all your social expression needs. From beautiful handmade cards to personalized stationery and invitations, unique gifts and exquisite gift wrap. The stores are filled with a collection of incredible holiday cards and goodies.

When it comes to wrapping, what does Papyrus suggest?

Tissue Paper in the box, folded neatly…. Not crumpled up. Beautiful Papyrus gift wrap. Double stick tape, regular tape, scissors, as many styles and colors of ribbon you want to compliment your paper. A perfectly placed enclosure under the bow finishes off your gift in style.

 

Guest: Holly Quartaro
Stylist, Galleria Dallas
Website: www.galleriadallas.com
Call: 972-702-7100

No more fuzzy reindeer! There are many great fun alternatives to the Christmas sweater. Donate the sweaters with the bells, bows, reindeer and Santa Claus and go shopping!

Here are some of Holly’s ideas for the holiday season:

 

1- This is the year for fur – just not fuzzy reindeer! A faux fur vest from Zara over a shiny cream colored blouse is a great holiday look and the blouse adds some shine. Or, the vest will dress up any basic sweater and can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.

2- Sparkle and shine are must-haves for the season. Pick up something with shine.

 

 

 

 

3- Tunics are in and this embellished black with gold beads tunic from Marciano gives the look of sparkle and shine

4- Rather than a sweater, consider a great Tuxedo jacket like this one from Zara. The menswear look is so good for the holidays and this jacket can be dressed up with a black sequined top or down with a black t-shirt and jeans

 

 

 

 

Guest: Rebecca Small
Dietetic Intern and Master’s student
Texas Woman’s University
Website: www.kidseatright.org

Parents can help their children learn the joy of giving from the heart with handmade gifts that are not only great tasting and fun but also nutritious and healthy.

According to the National Retail Foundation, the average family will spend $700 on Christmas this year with $400 on gifts for family members alone. Giving a handmade gift also helps children see that a gift is about more than spending money. It’s creating something useful and interesting that someone else will enjoy. And finally, it teaches kids about good nutrition and the gift of good health.

Consider putting together baskets: a fruit and low-fat cheese basket, a healthy snack basket or a healthy dinner basket.

You can put together the ingredients for a recipe like soup mixes, bread and muffin mixes, seasoned rice mixes or trail mix. Tie the recipe on the jar or basket with a ribbon.

Check out www.kidseatright.org for short articles, recipes and videos to make healthy eating fun and taste good.

 

Guest: Santa Claus

Follow along with Santa’s journey and even write your letter to Santa on www.northpole.com.

If you want to create your own special memories, visit NorthPark Center’s Santa Claus. Children feel right at home in Santa’s cozy living room, complete with fireplace, holiday tree and comfy leather armchair. Santa also hosts Storytime with Santa Claus free November 25th-December 23rd. This is located on Level One in Macy’s Court. Santa Claus has been entertaining children at NorthPark Center for more than 20 years. Make him part of your family’s annual tradition.

Check out NorthparkCenter.com for more information, including dates and times to visit Santa or to listen to Storytime.

 

 

“Not so Perfect” Radio Show
“Talkin’ Turkey” November 20, 2011

It’s amazing how fast the year goes once we hit the holiday season. Can you believe this week is Thanksgiving already? It’s not just Thanksgiving but it’s the start of family, friends and good food. This is a great time of year. Today’s show takes a closer look at what’s important this time of year. Paige and Jennifer talk turkey with Farmer Dan and give you advice on dealing with the family during the holiday season.

 

Guests include: Dan Probst
Turkey Farmer, Bageniece Farms
Website: www.polishfarm.com
Call: 469-387-0625

Farmer Dan’s advice this time of year: “Eat more HAM!
Real Turkeys only get respect on Thanksgiving or as deep fried legs at the State Fair! Nobody has a pet Turkey, but they should. Just think of them as a “goofy big bird” that is very human friendly.
But NO!, today we order them on bread at Jimmy Johns, on salads with croutons for lunch, or we just get the Bulk Pack at the warehouse store – EXCEPT FOR THANKSGIVING! They are a whole lot more than a low-cal dinner, they are beautiful birds.”

Bageniece Farms raises two breeds of turkeys, Narragansett and Royal Palms. The Narragansett is the grand daddy of American Turkeys, originated by crossing domesticated Central and South American turkeys with wild New England turkeys. They are great meat birds – i have a 40 lb. Tom. The Royal Palm is said to be a smaller cousin of the Narragansett, weighing in at about 20 lbs. One quality the Royal Palm exhibits is a ferocious appetite for bugs.
Both breeds are great layers, and it isn’t uncommon to see 2 or 3 hens lay on a large brood of eggs. Both species would be a great addition to any barnyard.
Bageniece Farms is located in Poetry, Texas. They are located just north to Terrell, Texas. Bageniece Farms breeds free range chickens, turkeys, ducks and geese.

For more information, visit www.polishfarms.com.

 

Guest: Crisco Pie Hotline
Hotline available all day Thanksgiving
1-877-FOR PIE TIPS ((877) 367-7438)

There are many hotlines available on Thanksgiving. It’s for anyone having a food crisis that can’t wait. It’s a great idea. Here is how Crisco describes their hotline:
Great pies start with great crusts therefore the makers of Crisco products are offering access to live pie pros on the Crisco Pie Hotline with extended hours for the holidays (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET) during November 14-23, 2011 and December 12-22, 2011. Now in its sixth year, the Crisco Pie Hotline continues to be a one-stop resource to help ease the stress of baking for thousands of bakers each year. The hotline is available 24 hours a day, and live pie experts can be reached year round Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET at 1-877-FOR PIE TIPS ((877) 367-7438), to answer some of the most common pie-baking questions including: How can I bake a flakier pie crust? How do I prevent my pie crust from shrinking?
In addition to one-on-one counsel from the live pie pros, the Crisco Pie Hotline will feature tips and trends from award-winning pie expert and author, Michele Stuart. She is the owner of Michele’s Pies (located in Westport and Norwalk, CT) and the author of the recently released cookbook Perfect Pies (Random House, 2011). Michele also took home the first place prize in the “Citrus Category” for her Twisted Citrus Blackberry Pie at the 2011 American Pie Council Crisco National Pie Championships® this past April. Now bakers can call the hotline to hear Michele’s tips for pie baking.
Some of the most frequently asked questions are:
• Can I freeze my pie crusts?
• What’s the best way to store my pies?
• Why do my meringues weep?
• Why does the bottom crust of my pie become soggy?
• Consumers also inquire on pie crust recipes for double crust pies and pies of various sizes (8, 9 10 inch., etc.)

If you have a Thanksgiving food crisis, call 1-877-FOR PIE TIPS ((877) 367-7438) for help!

 

Guest: Kathy Peel
Family expert and Family Manager
Website: www.familymanager.com

Kathy Peel is called “America’s Family Manager” by journalists and millions of readers. In her engaging and entertaining style, she delivers sage advice and smart solutions on how to:
• Create a happy, low-stress home
• Cut costs without cutting fun and style
• Simplify busy schedules
• Raise responsible, respectful children
• Build a strong family team
• Create a vibrant marriage, sharing the work and the joy
• Conquer clutter and get organized
• Discover your God-given potential

She is founder and CEO of Family Manager Coaching. She has written 21 books (over 2 million sold), including Desperate Households, Family for Life, Be Your Best, The Family Manager’s Guide to Summer Survival, Discover Your Destiny, The Busy Mom’s Guide to a Happy, Organized Home(2009 winner of the prestigious Mom’s Choice Award and 2009 NAPPA honoree) and her latest — The Busy Couple’s Guide to Sharing the Work & the Joy.

Kathy writes for AOL’s ParentDish and serves as AOL’s Family and Kids’ Coach. She is a popular speaker at conferences, corporate events, and churches. She writes regularly for HomeLife and American Profile, and is frequently interviewed as an expert on home and family management, women’s health and well-being, marriage, parenting, holidays, family traditions, family travel and fun/frugal family living.

She has been a repeat guest on many television and radio programs, including Oprah, Good Morning America, Today, The Early Show, CNN, MSNBC, HGTV, Lifetime, The Discovery Channel, The Fine Living Network, The Food Network, Focus on the Family, and Moody Midday Connection. Her ideas and advice have been featured in hundreds of newspapers including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Daily News, The Dallas Morning News, The Chicago Tribune, The Orange County Register and many others. Her articles and interviews have appeared in magazines such as Family Circle, Women’s World, First for Women, American Baby, Reader’s Digest, Ladies Home Journal, Redbook, Women’s Day, Parenting, Parents, Working Mother, InStyle, Entrepreneur, Business Week, and Today’s Christian Woman. She is listed in Who’s Who in Media.

She has served as spokesperson for many national brands that offer quality products and services for women and families.

She lives in Dallas with her husband Bill. They have three grown sons, two beautiful daughters-in-law and two Border Collies.

On today’s show, Kathy offers some advice for getting through the holiday season. This is a time of year when organization is key to avoiding holiday stress. Kathy says “Your kids won’t grow up and remember if your table was perfectly set and your house spotless, they will remember if home was a good place to be and if mom/dad were fun people to be around”


 

“Not so Perfect” Radio show
“Think Adoption” November 13, 2011

November is National Adoption Month—a time set aside to raise awareness and the need for loving and permanent homes for children. It’s also a very special month for both Paige and Jennifer. They actually met at the Gladney Center for Adoption in Fort Worth, where they worked together. Both quickly entered into a friendship — but they would soon have a lot more in common. Paige and Jennifer are also adoptive parents. And while this may not have been the reason they became friends, it’s the reason they share a special bond.

On today’s show you will hear both Jennifer’s story of her adoption of her sweet, precious boy Ben; and Paige’s trip to Columbia where she found her sweet angel, Victoria. Both stories are uniquely different but with the same end result – bringing a child together with his and her family!

This is a very special show for Paige and Jennifer and you may even need to keep a tissue handy.

Guests Include: Valerie Westfall
Author “Searching for …. The You We Adore”
Website www.TheYouWeAdore.com

Here’s Valerie’s bio:
Freelance writer Valerie Westfall holds a degree in Business Marketing. Her career choices demonstrate a common thread of love for art and children. Since graduating college in 1983, Valerie has managed an art gallery, imported art and furnishings for an exclusive resort, worked with first graders, and now writes for children. The author lives in Texas with her husband and two sons.
Searching for…The You We Adore is Westfall’s debut picture book. While her inspiration to write this story was drawn from a childhood friend with adopted children, Valerie has long understood the important role that unconditional love plays in a child’s life.
“During my college and early married years, I served as big sister to an adolescent foster child named Cindy,” she says. “Cindy had been removed from an abusive home and placed in foster care. Our relationship was special, but it also changed my heart. For the first time, I understood how starved some children are for the security of a loving home and a measure of joy in their lives. I made it my goal to be a source of joy and laughter for Cindy during our times together and set a lifetime goal to aid ‘overlooked’ children. I had a very happy childhood because my own parents have loved our family unconditionally. It’s easy for me to draw from that well and share with others.”
Her love for children led Valerie to begin writing joyful material for young children. Her love for beautiful artwork led her to contact Richard Cowdrey to illustrate The You We Adore.
“My vision to include world class illustrations in this book caused me to turn down traditional publishing contracts because I would have lost control over the art direction. The book I envisioned was expensive to produce, a risk that large publishing houses prefer not to take in a niche market.” While grateful to those publishers, Valerie’s plan wasn’t simply to publish a book. “My goal was to produce a beautiful book that would touch the hearts and lives of adoptive families,” she says. Luckily, Cowdrey held similar convictions and also was looking for a meaningful project. After viewing online portfolios of more than 1,000 artists, Valerie asked him to illustrate her book. Cowdrey is well known for his beautiful illustrations that grace many children’s books, including the New York Times #1 bestseller Bad Dog, Marley! Cowdrey quickly agreed to collaborate with Westfall. The author and illustrator share a common concern for children, especially orphans, and both their families have had long-term relationships with Compassion International children.
It brings joy to Valerie and her family to give back to charities that directly benefit children. The Westfalls have supported World Orphans, Compassion International, Gladney Center for Adoption, Crisis Pregnancy Center, and International Justice Mission. Because she believes that unconditional love builds security in children’s hearts, Valerie hopes adoptive parents will embrace every opportunity to express her story’s joyful message to their children, “We love and adore you!”

 

Guests: Shane and Heidi Fausel
Adoptive parents of 4
Founders, Christmas Milk
Website: www.christmasmilk.com

Shane and Heidi have adopted 4 children (ages 6-12) through the Foster Care system. In the years of adopting these children they created “Christmas Milk”. Here is their story:

It all started when I was laid off from my corporate job, of nearly nine years, in early 2009. I was devastated, though not surprised; nothing was certain anymore with the economic climate the way it was. My job had been “my life”. I had put everything second to it. So now what? My husband and I had a new 9 year old son we had adopted, from Texas, just a few months prior. I realized I hardly knew him (this was a sad realization on my part to say the least). So the first step was to get to know him…


It was during this “get to know you” phase that the discussion of Christmas Milk returned. The story surrounding Christmas Milk was true and it had taken place the previous Christmas. It’s a wonderful story and every time I would tell it, people would smile. That’s when we decided to take our story and turn it into something that would help other children.

With both my husband, and son’s help, we launched Christmas Milk, The Elves’ Favorite Drink. We wanted the brand to be something fun and unique to the market – being that the story was unique in itself. We went with Red and Purple (my favorite color) for our colors and created a logo that would be easily identified and a name both children and adults would easily remember and be synonymous with giving – after all, Christmas is the season of giving!

The result…

Christmas Milk brought my family together. For our son, it was watching a dream become reality, an important lesson for him to never give up on his dreams. We’d like to thank all of you who believe in our dream and to show our appreciation; a portion of all sales will go towards agencies that help match those children in foster care to a new forever home.

Happy Christmas!

If you are interested in adoption, they encourage you to reach out to the Gladney Center for Adoption, in Texas for 125 years. If you’re interested in adopting foster children, check out their New Beginnings program! Find out more about Christmas Milk on their website, www.christmasmilk.com.

 

Guest: Katelyn
Birthmother
The Gladney Center for Adoption

In her own words, Katelyn describes her story:
I was 17 when I found out I was pregnant, I knew for me abortion was an option. And basically what led me to adoption was my mom told me about it and she grew up with people that were adopted from Gladney and how amazing the place is. And so that’s what I did I actually lived in the dorm for about 3 months to let the effect of me being pregnant where off and let my parents except the new reality. I found out I was pregnant by the obvious one missing my period and then I was thinking to myself surly Im not and I took two test and they came back positive and my world changed forever.”
“Well placement went very good I actually asked for the adoptive parents and their families to be there when I had this little girl and they were all more than thrilled to be there and I actually asked Cristina to be in the room when I delivered and if she would cut the cord and she said yes! So it was all very bitter-sweet. And I also wanted all of them to be in the room while I signed the papers and god gave me such a peace and he was in the room that day and it was his hands I signed the papers and they let me hold my daughter while they all prayed over me and I kissed my daughter and hand her back to Cristina and I told my baby I will see you later because this wasn’t a goodbye at all this was just a see you later and that’s what has helped me the most knowing that I will see her again and I have already and I get to see her again in December when the adoption if final! And Im so excited to see all of them there just part of my family. And I love them all so much.”
“Adoption can truly be a blessing you just have to make it your own and accept what you’re doing for your child is the best thing. And be proud of what your adoption is, were all mom’s whether or not were parenting being a mom is all about being strong for your child and by us doing adoption were being strong for a babies to make this decision for a better life.”

You can watch a video of Kateyln’s adoption story.

The photos in this video were taken by Kristin Laughlin of Kristin J Photography. She is a Dallas, TX and Austin Area Baby, Children & Family Natural Light Photographer. Kristin’s fresh, clean approach to photography captures the beauty, simplicity and playfulness of life, love and family.
Kristin also specializes in newborn photography and custom birth announcements in Dallas and Austin.

If you are interested in a fun and relaxed modern photography session, please contact us to schedule your newborn, children’s or family’s portrait photography session in Dallas or Austin today.
Or schedule your Austin or Dallas High School Senior Portraits Photography session right away.

Kristin J Photography also offers Adoption Photography packages to photograph/document families traveling for domestic or international adoption.

Kristin, and Adoption Photographer also has featured on her website images from her photography while in Africa.
Take a peek into the lives of those photographed in Uganda, Burundi Ethiopia and Zambia on her website.

www.kristinjphotography.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And just because they are so adorable — here are more photos of Paige’s daughter, Victoria and Jennifer’s son, Ben!

If you ever want to learn more about adoption, email Paige or Jennifer. They will tell you everything you need to know. Or at least point you in the right direction.

 

 

“Not so Perfect” Radio Show
“Say Cheese” November 6, 2011

When we think of cheese, we think of something we pair with a fine wine or as part of our favorite sandwich. There is no question cheese is a delicacy that is to be enjoyed and savored. But “cheese” can also mean what you say when you smile for a photo or those roll-your-eyes lines someone feeds you. Well we have you covered today with all three.

First those “cheesy” lines; we have all heard them before – Jennifer found some of the cheesiest. Here’s a few on her list:

• See my friend over there? He wants to know if you think I’m cute.
• Oh No! Something is wrong with my cell phone. {Oh Really. What is that?} Its just that…your numbers not in it.
• You may fall from the sky, you may fall from a tree, but the best way to fall… is in love with me.
• Can I have your picture so I can show Santa what I want for Christmas?
• Do you believe in love at first sight, or should I walk by again?
• It’s a good thing that I have my library card. Why? Because I am totally checking you out!!
• I’ve been wondering, do your lips taste as good as they look?
• Did you have lucky charms for breakfast? Because you look magically delicious!
• If I could rearrange the alphabet, I’d put U and I together.
• I hope you know CPR, because you take my breath away!

Today’s Guests Include: Deanna Frazier
“Dee The Dating Diva”
Website www.theuniversityofdating.com
Or DeannaFrazier.com

Here’s Deanna’s bio:
“Dee The Dating Diva,” (a title that particularly suits Deanna Frazier, a vivacious and energetic woman) has experienced every possible kind of dating experience possible. Her qualifications as “romance expert” are related in part to her life as both wife and single woman, and the fact that she has been “dating” and observing the ritual of dating for a good part of her life.
Dee is the founder of The University of Dating and author of “Dating 101, The Second, Third or Fourth, Time Around,” both developed to meet the needs of men and women as they re-enter the dating scene and ultimately find the romance and partner that is suited for them.
Dee appeared with Katie Couric on The Today Show as part of their “Finding Love After 40” series and is nationally published. She also appears regularly to discuss dating and relationship issues on national television and radio shows.
As a Certified Coach and a member of the International Coaching Federation, Dee’s 30 years of experience as an executive coach has included hundreds of seminars, training and coaching sessions, as well as appearances on nationally syndicated television shows.
Dee has assimilated the collective personal experiences of others, and applied her own astute observations of life to create tips and tactics to “Become the Date or the Mate You Want to Have.” She believes that being single can be both challenging and rewarding, and that by using one’s own experiences to create a positive new outlook, dating can be fun, exciting, and perhaps lead you to that very special partner. For Dee, dating is a way to reach out to the world.
For more about Dee, visit DeannaFrazier.com.

 

Guest: Jayme Nourallah
Miette Photography
Website www.jaymenourallah.com
Number 214.823.9308

Here’s a little bit about Jayme and her amazing business.
Miette Photography is a boutique photography studio in Dallas, Texas owned and run by Jayme Nourallah. I specialize in newborns, babies and children as well as maternity and family fine art portraits. I am an award winning, internationally published photographer who has been working in the field for over seven years. In my work, I strive to capture each child’s personality while creating a timeless work of art with each portrait. My studio, conveniently located near downtown Dallas, offers a comfortable environment for creating my one-of-a-kind images using both natural and studio lighting. I also shoot on location in your home or at an attractive outdoor setting of your choice. I am available for travel. For travel sessions, please plan to book in advance and contact me for a quote.

 

Guest: Paula Lambert
Founder/Owner/Cheesemaker
Mozzarella Company
Website: www.mozzco.com
Number: 214 741 4072

Applauded as one of America’s pioneer artisanal cheesemakers, Paula Lambert is also entrepreneur. In 1982 she founded the Mozzarella Company, a small artisanal cheese factory in Dallas. Her hand-crafted, award-winning specialty cheeses are sold throughout the United States to restaurants, hotels and gourmet shops, as well as to cheese lovers at her factory shop in the Deep Ellum section of Dallas and via her website www.mozzco.com.
Paula recalls, “When I returned home after living in Italy, the thing I missed most was fresh mozzarella, and no one even know what it was. So, I decided to build a cheese factory and make mozzarella in Dallas!” Since 1982, the Mozzarella Company has grown from making a very small amount of fresh mozzarella (about 100 pounds per week) to producing a long list of specialty gourmet cheeses from cows’ milk and goats’ milk. Many have been inspired by Paula’s travels in Italy, France, Mexico and Greece while others are reflections of more recent culinary trends. In 2009 the Mozzarella Company produced over 200,000 pounds of handmade cheese.
As the years have passed, the Mozzarella Company’s cheeses have become famous…they have been featured in countless publications including Gourmet, Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, Saveur, and The New York Times…they have been served at the Academy Awards and to presidents and royalty…and have won many impressive awards themselves: In 1994 and again in 2001, Paula’s Fresh Mozzarella was judged first place at the American Cheese Society Competition. In total, since 1985, her cheeses have captured well over 100 prestigious awards. In 2010 Mozzarella Company was one of 20 food industry companies nationwide singled out by The Gourmet Retailer for their 1st annual Industry Innovator Award, in recognition of Paula Lambert’s unique contribution to the gourmet retail industry.
In 2000 Paula’s first cookbook The Cheese Lovers Cookbook and Guide was published by Simon and Schuster. It was a Finalist for the World Cookbook Awards in Cork, Ireland and has been reprinted numerous times. Paula’s second book Cheese, Glorious Cheese! was published by Simon and Schuster in 2007.
Paula takes an active role in many professional organizations. She served as President of the International Association of Culinary Professionals and on the boards of many professional groups including the American Institute of Wine and Food, the American Cheese Society, the National Association of Specialty Food Trade, the International Women’s Forum Dallas, and Les Dames d’Escoffier. She was a member of the Small Business Advisory Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Currently serves on the boards of The Culinary Trust, Uptown Dallas, the Better Business Bureau of Dallas and The Friends of WRR Classical Music.
Paula was chosen for Who’s Who in Food and Wine in Texas in 1988 and received the Roundtable for Women in Foodservice’s Pacesetter Award in 1992. She was elected to the James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America in 1998. In 2005 she received the Career Achievement Award from her alma mater Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia. She received the Award of Excellence from the International Association of Culinary Professionals as Entrepreneur of the Year in 2006. Other awards have included: The Spirit Award from Savor Dallas and the Award of Excellence in the Arts from the Dallas Historical Society.
Paula travels extensively, speaking before groups and teaching cooking classes in the United States and abroad. She is a frequent radio and television guest. Paula enjoys gardening, traveling, and walking with Teddy, her Standard Poodle.

 

 

“Not So Perfect” Radio Show
“Halloween” October 30, 2011

Halloween, also known as All Hallow’s Eve or All Saint’s Eve, is a day that means different things to different generations. Early on, it signified the end of the year before the cold winter started on November 1st. Some even believed it was a night when the spirits of those who had died that year were unleashed — food and drink were left to help the spirits, or keep them away. But for most of us, it’s simply a fun holiday that gives us an excuse to dress in costume and eat candy. No matter the reason you celebrate Halloween, it’s meant to create memories that will last a lifetime. So what do you believe about Halloween?

 

Guests include: Cheryl McMillen
Clairvoyant/Psychic
Owner of Dallas Psychic Fair and Psychic YOUniverse
Website: www.cherylandrea.com, www.dallaspsychicfair.com, www.psychicYOUniverse.com
Number for Consumers to call: 469-767-2727

Since early childhood Cheryl has experienced communication with other dimensions.

She did not understand that they were uniquely “her” experiences and not those of others as well. Quite often she would ask her mother about somewhere she’d been before or memories of someone, and her mother would patiently explain that that had “never happened”. She would tell Cheryl that she was “traveling again” and it was how she learned that she was hearing, seeing or feeling experiences that others around her weren’t.
By age 8, astrology fascinated her and she was aware of feeling energies, being sensitive to others thoughts and feelings and seeing color around plants. She was also keenly aware of other life in our Universe and longed to journey with them through the stars!

Cheryl has always understood that she has purpose in assisting others in remembering who they really are. She often felt a sense of urgency to ‘grow up’ and help make a difference in our world. Over the years, her “human experiences” have varied greatly with lessons in compassion, judgment, tolerance, understanding and love. She has developed an intense appreciation for being consciously aware and responsible in her life.

It is through a gentle and compassionate understanding of being human and with a clear intent to assist as a facilitator that she “receives” information for someone in the form of what she calls readings. She has been professionally reading for clients since 1997 although she’s had a lifelong experience of receiving information from other dimensions for the benefit of healing.

If you are interested in something particular or you simply want to find out what your guides have to say, Cheryl can assist you by tuning into your vibration and listening, feeling, and communicating with energies found within. She then reflects this information back to you. Your birthright gives you Free Will to choose how to use this information. The information is always for the highest and best good of all.

Cheryl looks forward to assisting you in your journey back to Self by gently guiding you with information about the larger picture!

She is also the owner of Dallas Psychic Fair, a monthly event held on the first Sunday of each month in Dallas, TX as well as Co-Founder of Psychic YOUniverse and host of a radio show “YOUniversal Guidance” on blog talk radio. Please visit www.dallaspsychicfair.com and www.psychicYOUniverse.com for more information.

 

Guest: Chris Huston
Partner, sheisdallas.com
Website: www.sheisdallas.com

How will you spend your Halloween? If you want to try something new this year, why not trick-or-treat at an apartment building or at a public event. Rent.com offers some advantages to trick-or-treating at an apartment building this Halloween.
Less Tricking, More Treating: Apartment buildings have the potential for kids to grab a lot more treats in less time. Hitting 10 apartments on one floor is a lot faster than walking between 10 homes!
No More Bundle Up Blues: There is nothing worst than having a great costume and having to cover it up with a coat because it’s too cold. If you’re inside an apartment complex, chances are you won’t need a jacket. No layers inside.
Separation Anxiety, be Gone: It’s really easy to lose track of your group or parents when going from house to house. Inside the cozy halls of an apartment building, parents can spend less time worrying about getting separated and more time having fun.
Do Without the Danger Zone: There is also less traffic to worry about inside a building or complex. So it’s much safer than walking the streets.
Treating Then Retreating: With less time spent walking from house to house, more time can be spent at a Halloween party or just enjoying all the treats you collected.
Host With the Most: And if you live in a complex, why not host a fabulous fright fest in your apartment. Encourage your neighbors to take part so trick-or-treaters have more to do than just grab candy.

Remember if you are thinking about going to an apartment building or complex you do not live in, call ahead to make sure that building welcomes guests. I would hate for you to show up and be turned away because the apartment is not taking part in Halloween.

And if you live in an apartment and want to prepare for a “spooktacular” Halloween, here are some tips Rent.com compiled for tenants. This will generate a little excitement and participation from all your neighbors.

Get Your Building on Board: Post a note and sign-up sheet in the lobby of your building. Be sure to include different “tasks” allowing neighbors to volunteer for picking up things like candy, decorations or pumpkins.
Confirm Candy Time: There is nothing worse than turning in for the night and hearing a knock at your door. Establish a start and end time for all trick-or-treaters. Plan to open your doors early for the younger crowd.
Share the News: If you live in a densely populated area, consider inviting neighboring apartment buildings to join in the fun.
Bring In the Kids: Notify everyone in your building including the doorman or lobby attendant to make sure they are on board. They can also help turn away trick-or-treaters if it’s past the intended time.
Lay the Ground Rules: Communication is the key to a successful Halloween. There may be some neighbors who don’t want to participate. Make sure you hang signs on the doors of those apartments that are giving out candy. And if you will not be home, but want to join in the fun — consider leaving packaged candy outside your apartment for kids to grab.

There are also some great local events for kids to enjoy Halloween. Here are a few around town:
Ft. Worth Boo at the Zoo
October 30
www.fortworthzoo.org
Cost: Adults $15.00, Children ages 3-12 $12.00, Children TWO and under are free, but there is still a $3 admission for them to enter Boo. Also, the prices for members are different because there is no admission cost for members. For members, the cost of Boo at the Zoo is $3 per person, no matter what age.
• Dress the kids in their Halloween Costumes and bring them out to Boo at the Zoo to see the zoo decked out in Halloween decorations while visiting their favorite zoo animals. There will be games, entertainment and even trick-or-treating for candy!

Dallas Arboretum Family Fun Weekend
Sunday October 30th 11:00am – 4:00pm
www.dallasarboretum.com
Trick-or-treat from 12pm – 4pm throughout Cinderella’s Pumpkin Village and seven Fairy Tale Castles. Cinderella and her fairy tale friends will pass out treats to children ages 10 and under. Other activities to enjoy in Pecan Grove include: •Magician 11am-3pm •Petting Zoo 11am-3pm •Face Painting 11am-3pm (line closes at 2pm)

Museum Aviation Experience Plus Safe Trick or Treating – Cavanaugh Flight Museum
Sunday, October 30th, 11:00am – 5:00pm & Monday, October 31st, 9:00am – 5:00pm
www.cavanaughflightmuseum.com
Cost: $8.00 Kids (0-12) in costumes who want to trick-or-treat; Adults $10.00; Children $5.00 who are not trick-or-treating
Come out and enjoy a fun way to experience the wonderful history of aviation while also gathering Halloween goodies in a safe environment.

Treat Street In The Fort Worth Stockyards
October 31st, 2011 at 5:00 p.m.
www.stockyardsstation.com
Cost: FREE!
Join Stockyards Station and RADIO DISNEY for a safe, family-friendly Halloween Party in the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards that’s FREE and FUN!
-Trick or Treat at Stockyards Station shops
-Free Hayrides
-Costume Contest, Pumpkin Decorating, Games, Prizes and More

There are also some safety rules all kids and adults should follow when trick-or-treating.
• Give your child a flashlight or glow stick to help them see what is in front of them and help them to be seen by others. Reflective tape on the costume is also helpful for making sure others see your child.
• Halloween is one of the top five days for fires caused by candles. Don’t let children get too close to candles and other open flames in outdoor decorations such as jack-o-lanterns.
• Help your child choose a costume that will be comfortable and safe. Make sure that masks have good ventilation to keep oxygen flowing well. Also make sure that your child’s vision isn’t impaired by the mask. Try to avoid long costumes that drag the ground or stick out too much. These can be fire hazards, cause your child to trip or bump into other children as everyone crowds onto a doorstep looking for candy.
• If a house does not have its light on at the front door then do not stop there for trick-or-treating.
• Young children should always go trick-or-treating with an adult even if they are with a group of other kids
• Stick to well-lit sidewalks and avoid dark alleys.
• Never enter a stranger’s home.
• And, the toughest safety tip of all…remind your children that they should not eat any candy until they have returned home and let you inspect it. Candy should be discarded if the wrapper appears to be tampered with in any way. Younger children may need to give up gum, hard candy, or any other small candy that may pose a choking hazard
Find out more online at www.sheisdallas.com. Sheisdallas.com is a great resource for local news, personal stories and upcoming events in North Texas. Read about DFW written by those who live here.

 

Guest: Rachel Caine
Vampire Author “The Morganville Vampires”
Website: www.rachelcaine.com

Rachel Caine is the New York Times, USA Today and internationally bestselling author of more than 30 novels, including the immensely popular Morganville Vampires series, the Weather Warden series, and the Outcast Season series.

In 2011, Rachel will publish the first novel of her new series, The Revivalist, with the release of Working Stiff in August.

She has been honored with a Paranormal Pearl Award and an RT Booklovers Award, and was recently awarded a Career Achievement Award from Romantic Times. Her first young adult novel, Glass Houses, was chosen for the Texas Tayshas List in 2009.

Rachel has appeared as a guest at over 100 science fiction, fantasy, mystery and romance conventions and conferences over the past 20 years, including Dragon*Con, San Diego ComicCon, the World Fantasy Convention, and the World Science Fiction Convention. She has been featured in several national publications including People magazine, Entertainment Weekly, and Vanity Fair, and on international, national and local television and radio.

She was born at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, attended Socorro High School in El Paso, Texas, and earned a bachelors degree in business administration from Texas Tech University. She’s worked in many jobs, including accounting, graphic designer, insurance investigation, corporate communications, and web design, to name just a few. She became a full time writer in 2010.

Rachel is married to award-winning fantasy artist R. Cat Conrad, and has two iguanas as pets: Popeye and Darwin
Find out more about Rachel’s other books on her website, www.rachelcaine.com.

 

 

 

“Not So Perfect” Radio Show
“All in the Family” October 23, 2011

As we enter into the home stretch of the year, it’s a time to really think about family. October brings cooler weather and more family outings. We have our pumpkin picking and trick-or-treating. Then November brings home cookin’ and Thanksgiving, and then December brings family together for celebration. This is a great time of year – and it’s all about family. So today’s show honors family and a time of year made for memories.

Guests Include: Gloria Mansfield
Founder of Character Avenue, The Happy Camper Family Expert
Website: www.CharacterAvenue.com

Character Avenue is an on-line family resource center providing an exclusive collection of amazing positive products and resources that instill family values and teach character education. We’re helping parents with tips on parenting to create happy homes & helping teachers create happy classrooms with online children’s books, games, home decor, and more.

Character Avenue features, “The Sow & Grow Collection” an unique collection of inspiring products that encourage sharing, respect, kindness, patience… planting character to last a lifetime. Our inspiring products are handpicked to meet our exclusive selection – The Happy Camper Stamp of Approval.

Gloria has great advice on creating a happy home. She says to start with positive images.This can be done using family photos, inspirational home decor, and fun decorations that bring joy, love, peace, and happiness to your home.

And what’s the best way to nurture your family relationship? This can be done by eating dinner together and creating unforgettable memories, having family game night, and of course, by smiling and hugging more.

Always be mindful that parenting is a seasonal gift, so it is essential to enjoy and capture these moments now.

For other great advice on creating a happy home, visit Gloria’s website www.characteravenue.com.

 

Guest: Dr Pete Stavinoha
Child Neuro-psychologist
Author of “Stress Free Potty Training”
Website: www.dfwdrpete.com

Dr Pete is a licensed psychologist with specialized training and experience in neuropsychology with children and adolescents. He is board certified in Clinical Neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology and American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology.

He directs the neuropsychology service at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, and he is a Professor of Psychology/Psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.

Dr. Stavinoha has extensive training and experience evaluating the neurocognitive, educational, social, and emotional aspects of a variety of developmental disabilities, learning issues, disruptive behavior disorders, brain injuries, and other neurological conditions.

Whether birth order makes a difference in a child’s developing personality is a topic for which there are no clear answers. Researchers have been looking at this topic for years, and the fact that there are few, if any, definitive statements that can be made is probably pretty good evidence that there may not be clear patterns that are meaningful to understanding an individual child.

So what is the importance of birth order? Here’s what Dr Pete has to say about it.

Thus, the impact of birth order is probably more fiction than fact, though family size does appear to play a role. Unfortunately, most of the studies on birth order have not adequately controlled for family size. Scientific studies and reviews don’t bear out the existence of a pattern of meaningful impact of birth order on major personality traits or on the development of intelligence (two of the more important areas where people think birth order makes a difference).

It is also possible that parents may cultivate certain traits in their children because of expectations based in birth order – if parents believe certain traits to be associated with being the oldest or youngest or middle child, the parent may treat the child in a manner that reinforces those traits.

There is some suggestion that there is a birth order effect within the family of origin but that the effect is not necessarily apparent when the individual is outside the family of origin. In other words, within one’s own family there may be an effect of birth order (i.e., a pecking order and influence on family roles), but characteristics demonstrated within the family may not be apparent when the person is interacting outside the family.

Some of the explanation for the possible existence of differences in personality and intelligence include:

  • Firstborns do not have to share their parents’ attention and material resources
  • Firstborn children are exposed to more adult language
  • Firstborns (and older siblings in general) often have to answer questions and explain things to their younger siblings.

These explanations make sense, but they also make sense in terms of family size. In other words, the size of the family will also impact these benefits with earlier born children having greater access than later born children.

What follows is copied from a website (http://childdevelopmentinfo.com/child-development/birth_order.shtml) and I think illustrates how much we want to be able to explain the complexity of human behavior and interaction on something as simple as birth order. I think this is a good example of over-generalization to simplify behavior and personality. For every example of a child fitting this pattern, there is an example of a child who does not.

The following characteristics will not apply to all children in every family. Typical characteristics, however, can be identified:

Only

  • Child Pampered and spoiled.
  • Feels incompetent because adults are more capable.
  • Is center of attention; often enjoys position. May feel special.
  • Self-centered.
  • Relies on service from others rather than own efforts
  • Feels unfairly treated when doesn’t get own way.
    May refuse to cooperate.
  • Plays “divide and conquer” to get own way.

First Child

  • Is only child for period of time; used to being center
    of attention.
  • Believes must gain and hold superiority over other children.
  • Being right, controlling often important.
  • May respond to birth of second child by feeling unloved and neglected.
  • Strives to keep or regain parents’ attention through conformity. If this failed, chooses to misbehave.
  • May develop competent, responsible behavior or become very discouraged.
  • Sometime strives to protect and help others.
  • Strives to please.

Second Child

  • Never has parents’ undivided attention.
  • Always has sibling ahead who’s more advanced.
  • Acts as if in race, trying to catch up or overtake first child.
  • If first child is “good,” second may become “bad.” Develops abilities first child doesn’t exhibit. If first child successful, may feel uncertain of self and abilities.
  • May be rebel.
  • Often doesn’t like position.
    Feels “squeezed” if third child is born.
  • May push down other siblings.

Middle Child of Three

  • Has neither rights of oldest nor privileges of youngest.
  • Feels life is unfair.
  • Feels unloved, left out, “squeezed.”
  • Feels doesn’t have place in family.
  • Becomes discouraged and “problem child” or elevates self by pushing down other siblings.
  • Is adaptable.
  • Learns to deal with both oldest and youngest sibling.

Youngest Child

  • Behaves like only child.
  • Feels every one bigger and more capable.
  • Expects others to do things, make decisions, take responsibility.
  • Feels smallest and weakest. May not be taken seriously.
  • Becomes boss of family in getting service and own way.
  • Develops feelings of inferiority or becomes “speeder” and overtakes older siblings.
  • Remains “The Baby.” Places others in service.
  • If youngest of three, often allies with oldest child against middle child.

NOTES: 1. The middle child of three is usually different from the middle child of a large family. The middle children of large families are often less competitive as parents don’t have as much time to give each child and so the children learn to cooperate to get what they want. 2. Only children usually want to be adults, and so don’t relate to peers very well. When they become adults, they often believe they’ve finally “made it” and can now relate better to adults as peers. 3. During their formative years, only children live primarily in the world of adults. They must learn how to operate in the big people’s world as well as how to entertain themselves. Thus they often become very creative in their endeavors.

 

Guest: Sarah Morris
Founding Director, This Side UP! Family FUN Center
Website: www.thissideupfamily.org
Number for Consumers to call: 972.633.8783

This Side Up! Family FUN Center is a new non-profit (opened in January 2011) which provides a safe, family- friendly environment while giving parents all the tools, skills and quality activities they need to move their families from surviving to thriving! Weekend activities like movie nights, live entertainment and parent/child date nights provide fun together time, always including an opportunity for parents to teach kids about a value and sending them home with ways to build on values in their home. On weekdays, parenting education, coffee talks, book clubs and marriage enrichment offer opportunities for parents to learn from both the best outside resources and from the experiences of other parents. Also, planned community involvement activities allow parents to model for their kids the importance of giving back to others.

The 8500+ sq. foot FUN Center has a large family entertainment area where families talk and learn together at tables, plus a snack bar, childcare room, parent education rooms, book and resource center, and more!

At This Side Up! Family FUN Center, we believe that every family can move from barely surviving to having a thriving family life with thought, care and action. In thriving families parents take an active role in the family’s well-being and seek the know-how to deal with what each stage of life brings. Thriving families spend time growing together, affirming each other and giving back to their communities, establishing a firm foundation of happiness and success that impacts future generations.

Parenting, marriage and family time can (and should) be PROACTIVE — and tons of FUN!!! Embracing this concept will truly change the life of your family! And if enough families take this seriously, the world will be changed!!!

Sarah says to start small.

  • Put 1 Family Night (either at TSU or at home) on your calendar.
  • Decide to become more intentional and less rushed in one area.
  • Declare a no electronics day or night (parents, too) and focus on connecting!
  • Small beginning lead to BIG impact! Families need that!

Visit www.thissideupfamily.org to get plugged in to what’s happening at This Side UP!

 

“Not So Perfect” Radio Show
“Soap Saga” October 16, 2011

“You can’t hurt me, I’m Erica Kane”- Erica said famously to a grizzly bear! That bear ran away! Ah the soap opera. What would our lives be without them. All of us can admit that at one time or another daytime television was part of our daily lives. Maybe it was in college or during a maternity leave. Whenever it was, we all knew who Erica Kane was or can remember the exact day Luke and Laura got married. It seems like soap opera’s are a dying breed – or are they? Today’s show is dedicated to the soap saga. Whether it be on television or online or even in the bathroom – soaps are still part of our daily lives!

 

Guests Include: Claudia Hall Christian
Serial Writer “The Queen of Cool”
Website: www.sheisdallas.com

The Queen of Cool is serial fiction about good people who struggle with difficult times and somehow manage to get through with the help of their family and family of choice. The story, set in Fort Worth, follows the life of Lorraine ‘Lo’ Downs as she tries to uncover the conspiracy that killed her husband, burned down her home, and stole all of her money. Listeners can read the Queen of Cool for free at SheisDallas.com.

As the story develops, Loraine, her friends, family and co-workers will interact with real places and real people. The Queen of Cool has a dash of mystery, a smattering of intrigue, & relationships you will yearn for all wrapped up in an entertaining, fun & addicting story.

In the style of true serial fiction, the Queen of Cool is published as it is written. The story will be posted Monday through Saturday at She is Dallas beginning April 18. The Queen of Cool will be published two chapters a month for a year at She is Dallas. A paperback book and eBook will be available at the end of the year.

The first two chapters will be published on this blog, The Queen of Cool and Stories by Claudia two weeks after they are published at She is Dallas. The first chapter will be published here and at Stories by Claudia on May 2, 2011. Chapter Three through Chapter Twenty-Four will be posted here after the year at She is Dallas in April, 2012.

About the author – Claudia Hall Christian:

Claudia Hall Christian is an author and beekeeper. Her specialty is fiction set around heart pounding relationships set against fast paced serial fiction and thrillers. She has been writing the Internet sensation Denver Cereal, a serial fiction set in uptown Denver, Colorado, since June, 2008. She is also the author of the Alex the Fey thriller series. The Queen of Cool is created for She is Dallas.

Claudia can be found at Facebook, Twitter, Linked In or on her personal blog On a Limb with Claudia. If she’s not there, she’s likely to be with her bees or hanging out with her husband and/or Vizsla, Rose.

 

Guest: Karla Suarez
Soap Addict
Website: www.thesoapaddict.com

The soap addict is a natural soap product created by Karla Suarez. Here is how she describes her soap.

How did you get started making soap?

I started using handmade soap in my own house about 5 years ago when I switched most of my personal care and household products to ‘natural’. I bought a couple bars of handmade soap to use in my shower, and loved how much better my skin felt! I also loved that I knew what all the ingredients listed on the packaging were, and using handmade soap felt like a special treat every time I took a shower. I quickly became a soap addict, and collected handmade soap from all over the country! After stockpiling soap for months, I decided I should try making soap myself. After my first batch, I was hooked. I received rave reviews from my friends and family, and they began encouraging me to sell my soaps. I left my ‘real’ job doing corporate marketing in January of 2010 to work on Soap Addict full time.

What’s the difference between handmade soap and ‘regular’ soap?

The soap you buy at the grocery store is not actually soap. It’s made of detergents and artificial additives that don’t absorb well into your skin, which is why a lot of them leave that film on your skin. Natural soap is made of oils, like olive, coconut, almond, and avocado, which leave your skin feeling soft and clean. When the oils used to make soap are mixed with lye, a chemical reaction occurs that turns them into soap. A natural byproduct of this reaction is glycerin, which naturally occurs in every bar of handmade soap. Grocery store soap has glycerin added to it to try and mimic this since the detergents used to produce it can be harsh on your skin.

What types of ingredients do you use in your soap?

I use only vegetable oils, essential oils for scent, herbs, spices, clays and other natural additives. Your skin is your body’s largest organ and it absorbs 60% of what you put on it, so it is really important to me that my products are truly natural. I think it’s just as important to put healthy things on your body as it is to put them in your body. Most of my soaps are vegan, and I don’t use any preservatives, artificial fragrance or color.

Where can we purchase your products?

My products are available on my website: www.thesoapaddict .com or in my Etsy store (www.thesoapaddict.etsy.com). I am in several stores in the DFW area – you can find that list on my website as well. I am also participating in a number of art and craft shows in the next few months in both Dallas and Fort Worth. I have a list of upcoming events on my website as well.

 

Guest: Kim Matula
Actress, The Bold and the Beautiful (Hope Logan / Hope Forrester)

Texas native Kim Matula has been acting since she was 12, years old and when she turned 15, she sent out her headshot and managed to land an agent.

After graduating from high school, Matula studied film at the University of Texas at Arlington, but dropped out because her acting career was taking off. In 2008, she appeared in the TV movie QUEEN SIZED with Hairspray‘s Nikki Blonsky and had a recurring role on the show PINK.

The next year, the actress moved to Los Angeles and booked roles on HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, as well as the movie Crown Thy Good. Then in January 2010, she landed the part of Brooke’s now-grown daughter, Hope.

Though she’s a newcomer to soaps, Matula was thrown into a juicy storyline when Brooke unintentionally slept with Hope’s boyfriend, Oliver. As the secret came out, the actress did some impressive work while portraying Hope’s heartbreak and got a chance to show off her acting chops.

When she’s not acting, Matula enjoys reading and painting.

You can find Kim on Facebook.

 

“Not So Perfect Radio Show”
“That Was Easy” Original Air Date: August 31, 2011

You know the Staples commercial where someone’s having a hard time with something and out comes the “easy” button? This show was created with the simple premise; wouldn’t it be nice to have an easy button? Today’s show is about making life easier. All of our guests provide a service to do just that.

Whether we work or not, have children or not – life seems to get more difficult as we get older. And if you are a parent, you know how challenging life can be. Jennifer found the perfect description of a parent:

Long term, team players needed, for challenging permanent work in an, often chaotic environment. Candidates must possess excellent communication and organizational skills and be willing to work variable hours, which will include evenings and weekends and frequent 24 hour shifts on call. Some overnight travel required, including trips to primitive camping sites on rainy weekends and endless sports tournaments in far away cities! Travel expenses not reimbursed. Extensive courier duties also required.

RESPONSIBILITIES : The rest of your life. Must be willing to be hated, at least temporarily, until someone needs $5. Must be willing to bite tongue repeatedly. Also, must possess the physical stamina of a pack mule and be able to go from zero to 60 mph in three seconds flat in case, this time, the screams from the backyard are not someone just crying wolf. Must be willing to face stimulating technical challenges, such as small gadget repair, mysteriously sluggish toilets and stuck zippers. Must screen phone calls, maintain calendars and coordinate production of multiple homework projects. Must have ability to plan and organize social gatherings for clients of all ages and mental outlooks. Must be willing to be indispensable one minute, an embarrassment the next. Must handle assembly and product safety testing of a half million cheap, plastic toys, and battery operated devices. Must always hope for the best but be prepared for the worst. Must assume final, complete accountability for the quality of the end product. Responsibilities also include floor maintenance and janitorial work throughout the facility.

POSSIBILITY FOR ADVANCEMENT & PROMOTION : None. Your job is to remain in the same position for years, without complaining, constantly retraining and updating your skills, so that those in your charge can ultimately surpass you.

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE : None required unfortunately. On-the-job training offered on a continually exhausting basis.

WAGES AND COMPENSATION : Get this! You pay them! Offering frequent raises and bonuses. A balloon payment is due when they turn 18 because of the assumption that college will help them become financially independent. When you die, you give them whatever is left. The oddest thing about this reverse-salary scheme is that you actually enjoy it and only wish you could do more.

BENEFITS : While no health or dental insurance, no pension, no tuition reimbursement, no paid holidays and no stock options are offered; this job supplies limitless opportunities for personal growth and free hugs and kisses for life if you play your cards right.

Sad but true. Read more at http://www.squidoo.com/parents-job.

 

Today’s Guest: Bobbi Schwartz
Owner, The Bobbi Schwartz Group
Website: www.thebobbischwartzgroup.com
www.bobbielizabeth.com
www.bedirectstyle.com
Number for Consumers to call: (214)443-6200

Bobbi and her team are personal shoppers. They take the stress of finding clothes to wear out of your hands. Bobbi really believes that having a personal styling service can build confidence, careers and save time and money. There are two divisions of Bobbi’s company: 1-A personal shopper for higher end professionals and stay at home moms. 2- Clientele that has less disposable income and is made up of business professionals who pay a lower price point for services by stylists who have been thoroughly trained and certified by me. They do everything from the obvious of closets and wardrobe shopping to all sorts of gift shopping, wrapping and delivering.

Bobbi answers the question, why is a personal stylist so important? “People sum you up in nano seconds, it takes 7 positives to overcome a negative so if your first impression was less than stellar…have a good time trying to work past it. You are selling yourself everyday and it is a documented fact that women are still struggling in every way to prove themselves in the workplace. This is one way to stack the deck. And it can make or break a career. Research shows that the average woman spends 45 min. a day figuring out what to wear. We help our clients simplify their existing wardrobe by culling what isn’t needed, then building on to the existing wardrobe by creating a needs list based on their budget and lifestyle. After which we shop, we create wardrobe cards to help the client look fabulous everyday and use all of her wardrobe.” Wardrobe cards are cardstock that can either hang on the basic item being used (for example black pants) or can be put into booklet form. They also are generally categorized by event, such as work, luncheon, cocktail, date night, dinners, business dinners etc.

If, for example, you are using the black pants as your foundation item, the pieces to go back with that item (tops, shirts, sweaters, accessories, shoes and boots) will be listed and all go back and forth with each other.

They are worth their weight in gold as they really do help clients use their wardrobes.If you want to talk to Bobbi or find out more about her services, log onto her website www.bobbielizabeth.com

 

Guest: Holly Muller
Chef of My Private Chef
Website: www.my-privatechef.com
Number for Consumers to call: 214.679.0999

Preparing and eating well balanced (not diet) meals, whether for your kids or yourself, is achievable! Holly can even be covert in her recipes by masking healthy ingredients so your kids aren’t aware that they are eating healthy. She can hide or easily supplement nutritional ingredients in every day meals like burgers, meatloaf, spaghetti, burritos, etc. for kids or any age audience.

My Private Chef caters to anyone who either doesn’t have the time, talent or discipline to prepare well balanced meals that are high in fiber and protein and low in sugar and salt. Holly prepares these well balanced meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner & snacks) fresh, freezes them and then delivers them to her clients’ doorsteps or meals are picked up at her Deep Ellum kitchen.

Some of Holly’s tricks of the trade include:

  • quinoa pasta instead of standard white pasta -tastes just as good and a similar texture
  • Himalayan salt instead of kosher salt -loaded with minerals
  • Agave nectar or honey instead of standard white sugar

And hide veggies like squash, spinach, red bell peppers, black beans, etc. in burgers, meatloaves, meatballs and linguini when you can.

Some of Holly’s popular dishes include: Mini turkey meatballs with quinoa spaghetti, Veggie Lasagna, whole wheat burritos, chix quesadillas with whole wheat tortilla, Jalapeno Cheddar Salmon Cakes, whole wheat oatmeal raisin pancakes w/ scrambled eggs, almond delight snacks, hamburgers (turkey burgers) with hidden veggies such white beans, flax seed, brown rice, low sodium soy, etc.

Holly offers group cooking classes as well as one-on-one lessons and also has been hosting the popular Underground Dinners with well known chefs at her kitchen and showroom; these will be every Saturday night. If you are interested, visit the website, www.my-privatechef.com for details.

 

Guest: Robert Granado
President, On the Run
Website: www.ontherunerrands.com
Number for Consumers to call: 214.274.6800

On the Run is a personal errand service that gives people back their valuable time. So how does it work? For $40 per hour you can cover several errands. There is same day service with team members “on call”. There is no gas surcharge as long as the errands are within the Dallas Metroplex. It’s very easy to use, they handle everything and send only one bill. Robert and his staff are available 5 days a week from 8 – 6, after hours and weekends with prior notice. What are the types of errands they do: dry cleaning, car inspections and repair, personal shopping including clothes and gifts, grocery shopping, wait for service providers and pick up lost luggage at airport. They also make special deliveries such as wedding cakes. Robert says there have been some really interesting errands too. For example they selected and purchased a car for client, purchased 60 frozen turkeys for employee holiday gifts, posted bond for law firm’s client, decorated a Christmas tree for Katie Couric while staying at local hotel and delivered Wild About Harry’s hot dogs and Tums (second trip!) for Bill Cosby while staying at local hotel.

Check out Robert’s website www.ontherunerrands.com for more details.

 

Guest: Jennifer Calyer
Owner, SeekingSitters
Website: www.seekingsitters.com
Number for Consumers to call: 972-408-6847 Collin Dallas Denton NE Tarrant Counties

SeekingSitters is an easy, safe solution for all types of babysitting needs! It doesn’t matter if you need full time, part time, or even last minute needs. SeekingSitters doesn’t just do background checks, they use investigators to help get a better read on the character of their team and the families. Their sitters also provide age appropriate activities for the kids so they are engaged and having fun while you are away. All sitters are certified in CPR/ First Aid as well.

*SeekingSitters Sitters have S.T.Y.L.E! Their Sitter’s have to adhere to the Sitter S.T.Y.L.E. guideline. This is trademarked by SeekingSitters and means Safety, Time, Yak, Look, and Exit.

There is a 4 hour minimum and you pay with your credit card. They offer two types of memberships as well. You can read more online at www.seekingsitters.com.

SeekingSitters makes it easy for you to have a day off, to go to work, to get last minute care around your family’s busy schedule! Whether you choose SeekingSitters to make it easy or want to do it all on your own, make sure you are thoroughly checking your sitter out!! Remember too, once you find that great sitter, they will stay with families that take care of them.

They service all of Collin, Dallas, Denton, Tarrant Counties and Ft. Worth areas. You can choose the location that is closest to you and a local mom and owner will assist you with your childcare needs.

“Not So Perfect” Radio Show
“Beyond The Comfort Zone, Passing Go and Going Forward” October 2, 2011

Do you lead a comfortable life? In most cases that is a really good thing. But when we talk about comfort as a “rut”, or getting “locked” in – it can keep you from growing. We all love routines and we are thrown off when our routine changes. So how can we live comfortably, in our structure, and adapt to change? Today’s show will help us step out of our comfort zone and help someone by doing it.

Guests include: Julie Miller and Andrea Ferguson
Pearls of Hope Inc.
Website: www.pearlsofhopeinc.org

Pearls of Hope is a non-profit that reaches out to high risk girls in Fort worth TX. Most of these girls are from single parent homes. Their goals are to enhance the lives of these girls and develop them into their full potential — into the pearls that they were designed to be. In turn allow them to help themselves, their families and their community.

How can you get involved?
“We have about 40 volunteers that bring food, tutor, mentor, teach, we would love to have a mentor for each girl and a tutor that hones in on one girl to help her reach her full potential and overcome the mindset that “I can’t do this!” to “I can do this, with work!” Financially we are needing to take large steps, we need to get a permanent facility in the Morningside area that will allow us to grow and expand the outreach of Pearls of Hope. We are looking at buying a portable building and having it moved onto a lot near the school. We need the funds to free our staff to be there on site daily and not be working other jobs. We will be setting up a play ground and basketball court. So you see there are big steps right in front of us and we would love to hear from individuals that would like to help write the next chapter of pearls of hope.”

If you want to help, log onto pearlsofhopeinc.org.

Guests: Stephen Mackintosh & Steve Fleming
Group Dynamix
Website: www.groupdynamix.com
Number for Consumers to call: (972)416-9646

Group Dynamix evolved from the construction of a small indoor ropes course at the Dallas Fun & Fitness Center in 1995. It was called the “Adventure Course” and it quickly became one of the most popular activities for teenage youth groups in the area. The course was unique in several respects. Although built indoors, it modeled a traditional outdoor challenge course. But far from traditional, the vast majority of the programs conducted on it were recreation in nature, a departure from the highly-focused teambuilding and therapeutic programs commonly associated with outdoor challenge courses.

The owners of the Dallas Fun & Fitness Center, brothers Ken and Steve Fleming, joined with Stephen Mackintosh in September of 1997 and formed the business that is now Group Dynamix. At that time, they decided to expand their business to include recreation events and teambuilding programs for corporations and organizations. Since then, Group Dynamix has assembled what many consider to be the best “people, programs and place” in the industry. In the summer of 1998, Group Dynamix moved into its new 13,600 sq. ft. facility in Carrollton expanding to 17,600 sq. ft. in 2008 making it the largest team development center of its kind in the nation.

Learn more at groupdynamix.com.

 

Guest: Diane Golden
Owner/Founder, Golden Adventures
Website: www.GoldenAdventures.com
Number for Consumers to call: (214) 370-8300

Golden Adventures has been a labor of love for Diane. You can hear her passion in her description of her business – or pleasure!

Golden Adventures began casually…hangin’ out with my running buddies, trying to decide which marathon to do next. Top priority: it had to be a ‘cool’ place where we could run AND have fun. We ended up in New York…and yours truly planned the trip!

Then it was on to the San Francisco, Chicago, San Diego, Chicago and Vermont marathons. A couple of cycling trips to Europe followed…a ski trip or two…and I was in the trip planning business!

By the fall of 2000, it was time to launch Golden Adventures full time. I had dreamt of doing this for a living for many, many years.

Marathons still are my core business, and I am the official travel agent for the Dallas White Rock Marathon. But, since a lot of other people and myself enjoy more than running, Golden Adventures has become so much more than that. European cycling sojourns, dive trips to Belize and Costa Rica, and Big Bend hiking and rafting trips, to name a few. And new active adventures are born every year. Honestly, I plan my very best vacation and ask y’all to come with me. I’m having the time of my life!

And when I’m not organizing or on the road, I like to socialize and meet people in person instead of via e-mail. That’s how the Golden Adventures Happy Hours got started. I invite everyone from the athletic community to get together for a little fun…and have been since 2001.

Diane says “I always hate to hear people say “one of these days” or “I’ve always wanted to” or “when I’m not working so much”. I’m a carpe diem kind of person. Who knows what tomorrow will bring. I always say, “missing the fun stuff makes me grumpy”. I’d like for people not to miss the fun stuff!

My company tag line: “Let’s go somewhere!” It’s what I do best!”

Find out how you can go on the adventure of a lifetime at www.goldenadventures.com.

So do you want to get out of your comfort zone? Read this:

7 Ways to Break Out of Your Comfort Zone and Live a More Exciting Life

by Henrik Edberg.

It’s easy to get stuck.

Nestle yourself deeper and deeper into that warm, safe and comforting comfort zone.

But if you want to improve your life you’ll sooner or later need to step out of that zone. Because it’s there you’ll find all those new and exciting experiences. Where you’ll find freedom from boredom.

Here are 8 ideas that can help you get out of your comfort zone. Some are ways to make the process easier. Some are ways you may not have thought of (or forgotten).

1. Face your fears. But do it in small steps.

This is one of the best ways to overcome fears and get out of your comfort zone. What holds us back in our zone of comfort is often a fear or that facing that fear straight on might be overwhelming. This is a solution to those two problems. It allows you to stretch your comfort zone slowly making it less uncomfortable and frightening.

If you’re for instance nervous socially you might not feel able to ask people out on dates right away. The fear of being rejected and that others might think less of you if you get turned down can make many of us feel unable to ask the question.

So you take small steps instead. Steps like first just saying hi to people. Or starting to talk more to people online via forums and Instant Messaging. And then trying to be more involved in conversations at work or in school to exercise your conversation-muscles.

I guess one could say that you gradually de-sensitize yourself to social situations or whatever you are afraid of. Or, seeing it in a more motivating light, that you are building courage and expanding your comfort zone in this part of your life (which is something that often seeps over to other areas of life too.)

So, identify your fear. Then make a plan with some smaller steps you can take to gradually lessen your discomfort.

2. Try something weird.

One obvious way to move out of your comfort zone is to do something new. But a more interesting option might be to think of doing something weird. When you choose something new you may choose something that is line with your personality. So your experiences can become limited. Instead, choose something that’s out of character for you. Something that isn’t you as you are right now. Something that you – and/or the people close to you – wouldn’t think that you would do.

3. Make a new acquaintance.

This will expose your to new experiences, opinions and interests. And it’s not just about meeting new people the usual way. Try just picking up a biography about someone you know nothing about. Start reading a book from a writer you haven’t read before. Read about a random topic at Wikipedia. Or add an unexpected RSS-feed about something you normally never read about.

4. Take a friend with you.

In general, it’s often easier to not go it alone. And this applies to many situations. Including when you are going for the emotional bungee jump that getting out of your comfort zone can be.

I’d say this probably the most popular way to get yourself out of comfort zones. If you are going to a party where you know few people then it may be easier to bring a friend. If you have decided to start going to the gym it might be easier to actually get going and keeping going there every week if you have a gym-partner.

However, there are potential downsides to bringing friends too. If you are at the party with your friend then you might not meet and get to know that many new people. If you are going to the gym with a partner it might lead to the two of you talking and focusing less on getting a great workout.

5. Educate yourself.

Your comfort zone might be protecting your from imaginary dangers. Maybe things aren’t as difficult or scary as you imagine? Do a bit of research. Getting some good information can dissipate quite a bit of your fear and nervousness.

Do a bit of Googling. Read books and blogs. Ask someone who has been there before. By reading/hearing about what others that have done the same thing you are about to do saw, heard, felt and did you can not only lessen negative feelings but also get some very valuable and practical tips.

6. Awash your mind with positive memories.

Realise it can be fun to get out of your comfort zone despite what your mind and feelings might be telling you before you get started. Think back to the previous times when you have broken out of your comfort zone. Focus on the positive memories, when you got out there, when you took a chance. And it wasn’t so bad, it was actually fun and exciting and something new to you.

A lot of times we automatically play back our negative experiences – or negative interpretations of events – in our minds before we are about to do something. And we forget about the positive memories and our previous, positive achievements. Avoid that trap. Let the good memories flow through your mind instead and let things become easier.

7. Use other methods to pump yourself up.

Besides remembering positive memories, there are a whole bunch of things you can do to pump up your emotional state temporarily. Here is a small list of such tips within in this list:

  • Use Music. Listen to uplifting and motivational music.
  • Use Your Body. How you use your body affects how you feel. Move in a confident way and you’ll soon feel more confident. Move in an excited way and you’ll soon feel more excited.
  • Use Your Imagination. Close your eyes. Visualize how great everything will unfold. How wonderful and excited you will feel. This is a whole lot more useful than seeing in your mind how everything will turn out badly.
  • Use Guided Meditation. I like Talking to Win and Self-Esteem Supercharger by Learning Strategies. They are useful for giving you a positive boost for a couple of days.
  • Use Your Breathing. Not exactly a way to pump yourself up but rather to calm yourself down quickly. Have a look at Here´s a Quick Way to Better Breathing.

 

 

“Not So Perfect” Radio Show
“Welcome Fall” September 25, 2011

Autumn has officially arrived and not a moment too soon. After breaking the record for 100+ days this summer, (I think it was around 70, who knows — lost track) the cooler weather has been something to celebrate. Today’s show is all about Fall! What does it mean to you?

Tony’s Soup!
To us it’s: Pumpkins, falling leaves, apple picking, sweaters and soup! So during today’s show, we are going to bring you our version of Autumn. Paige, Jennifer and Tony made their own soup. Here are pictures of Jennifer’s and Tony’s but we don’t have one for Paige….hmmm suspicious!                         Jenn’s Soup!

 

 

 

 

Guests Include: Darian Davis
Special Celebrity Chef
Website: www.chefdariandavis.com

Darian Davis came into this world in front of the cameras. At 16 days old he was on the set with his, plus model/actress, mom Lisa Scott doing a photo shoot for MODE magazine. He’s 12 year old, a student and basketball/football league player. Darian is the eldest of three boys. His brothers names are Dash and Dallas. (Fun fact) Darian and his brothers all carry a unique bond of having their mothers maiden name, which is SCOTT,as their middle names.

Darian started his career working on the movie AMERICAN GANGSTER at the age of seven as an extra along with his brother Dallas.

Chef Darian found this to be so much fun that he forgot he was working and decided from that experience he would be in entertainment. Darian’s passion for cooking started as a dare from his mom. Out of his mom’s frustration with getting his four year old brother to eat fruits and vegetables, his mom challenged him to create a meal that his brother would eat that included fruits and or vegetables. Darian immediately went to work creating healthy fun meals served with a dash of humor and a dose of love. One meal turned to two than three and the rest is history. Hence, the creation of Chef Darian Davis. He found his passion creating kid cool meals that were fresh and healthy. Also, fun to prepare! The added bonus was his younger brother could help in the kitchen without getting hurt. Chef Darian created fresh fruit faces with yogurt, crazy banana day and many more that you will come to know and enjoy.

Darian decided he wanted to create a show of his own. The show is a way for him to share his recipes, tips and most of all, have fun making his recipes with other kids. Every recipe is a twist on something you may have seen before and some recipes are original CHEF Darian Davis creations.

Know that Chef Darian Davis only uses the finest ingredients, all of which are easy to find at your local grocery store. They are not only kid friendly (every recipe is tested out on my four year old brother Dallas), but they are kid friendly and most importantly SAFE. No oven or stove required. All you need is to be hungry and ready to have lots of fun and laughs.

 

Guest: Tracy Martin Taylor
Owner, Eleven 11 Design, Interior Design
Website: www.Eleven11design.com
Number for Consumers to call: 214-725-1272

One thing about Fall we all love, is the decorating. Interior Designer Tracy Martin Taylor offers her ideas for changing your home with the new season. She answers our questions below:

Most people are afraid of making ‘mistakes’ when decorating their home and tend to make safe decisions instead of following their own eye. There should be no rules in design. As long as you choose pieces you love, the room will work.

How do I get started?

First, assess the space and identify what’s tired, worn out or in general drives you crazy! Try to look at the room from a color perspective. Is everything in the room neutral? Do you need some pop? Is there anything that isn’t functional? Is the most comfortable chair NOT facing the TV? Is your favorite piece of art or object hidden in the guest room? Try to look at the items in the room and elsewhere as if they were just unloaded there and have not found a home yet. Start fresh and play with placement. Focus on what you will see the most; use the most and what you want to be the focal points. Then build around those.

How do I infuse more color into my space?

Don’t be afraid! My motto is, if you love it, it will work. If your space is largely neutral, that is the perfect backdrop/blank slate to bring in just about any color. If you have a large Orange vase that you want on the mantle, and the rest of the room is neutral don’t hesitate! Connect it to the rest of the room by bringing in shades of orange here and there to give it some context. A pillow, a throw, a dish…two or three things throughout the room will give that orange vase some orange ‘friends’. Just don’t get too matchy matchy. Use different shades of color throughout the room and you’ll get the pop and the depth you will love.

How do I keep my living room from looking like a playground!?

First of all, create storage for toys that is usable and easy to access but provides decorative cover (IKEA bookshelves and baskets are great). Look for inexpensive and durable décor for the accessible areas and keep the heirlooms out of reach, but still front and center. Colorful trays, wooden pieces, and baskets are durable options.

How do I make the baby’s room last?

Invest in pieces that will work anywhere. Who says the changing table has to be an actual changing table? Find a dresser, side chair, & rocker that are ‘grown up’ pieces and make them the anchors of the room. A low dresser from the previous guest room can be transformed with a coat of paint on the drawer fronts and new pulls with baby animals on them. Repaint the drawers in 4 years to your young daughters’ favorite shade of pink, and then strip it again in another 4 years, and you have only spent a small amount of money and time, yet have several different looks!

What’s the fastest and cheapest way to make an impact in a room?

Paint! Pick the focal wall and paint a strong color that brightens the space. It’s cheap and makes a splash.

What are common challenges for DIYers and what’s your advice to avoid them?

The most common time and money waster I see is picking a wall color off of a fan deck or swatch without trying it out in the space. Paint looks different in every space, and a ‘true’ white can end up looking pale green depending on the room. Always buy samples, put them up on the walls and look at them at all different times of day. I have been known to love a color in the daytime and hate it at night!

Also, avoid creating a home with all matching neutral pieces with no color. Think of your home as your wardrobe. Do you wear beige head to toe? No! Your home shouldn’t either!

Your home is where you should be the most inspired and the most comfortable and should reflect who you and your family are. If you are ever in a store and see something that makes you smile and makes you worry about someone else buying it if you leave it, that means it’s yours. Give it a home!

 

Guest: Gary Cogill
Emmy award-winning journalist, Three-time Katie award winner
Managing Partner, Producer Lascaux Films
Website: www.lascauxfilms.com

For 24 years he served as the film critic for WFAA-TV in Dallas (ABC), reviewed more than 10,000 films and conducted more than 20,000 interviews with actors, writers, and directors. Gary sat down with the biggest names in the business including the likes of Robert DeNiro, Meryl Streep, Stephen Spielberg and Clint Eastwood.

His favorite films include “To Kill A Mockingbird”, “Schindler’s List”, and “Waiting For Guffman” (which he considers to be a comic masterpiece). Gary, along with Tim Robbins and Kate Winslet, are devoted Guffmanites.

Gary also built a solid reputation with viewers covering the rapid growth of the Texas arts scene. He produced news features about Maestro Jaap Van Zweden and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the opening of the Winspear Opera House & Wyly Theatre.

Some of Gary’s favorite moments include an evening with Oscar-winning composer John Williams conducting the Ft. Worth Symphony Orchestra, The Vail Valley Music Festival, a groggy Chuck Liddell falling asleep during a live television interview on “Good Morning Texas”, countless hilarious interviews with Robin Williams, Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Denzel Washington, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Judi Dench, Anthony Hopkins, George Clooney, Julia Roberts… the list is endless.

Gary is also a much sought after speaker and moderator, hosting on stage countless “Evenings With” John Travolta, Robert Duvall, David Mamet, Stephen Sondheim, Ken Burns, Danny Glover, Brooke Shields, Martin Sheen and more.

Gary’s voice is also familiar. He has, over the years, been the voice for hundreds of characters for radio, television and animation. He is an avid fly fisherman, a voracious reader, considers cooking an art form and jogging a life saver. He grew up in Portland, Oregon where he sat thru “Lawrence of Arabia” four nights in a row as a ten year old. Sharing that Portland upbringing with him is childhood buddy June Jones. Jones, a former NFL football player turned college coach, revived the Hawaii football program and is in the process of doing the same thing at SMU.

Gary’s love for film is only surpassed by his love for his two daughters.

 

“Not so Perfect” Radio Show
“Birthdays” September 18, 2011

Today’s show was inspired by a very special birthday. The lovely and very talented Paige McCoy Smith turned XO this week. And we couldn’t celebrate her birthday without a blow-out birthday celebration. So today’s show is all about giving someone the time of their life for their birthday.

How do you like to celebrate your birthday?

Jennifer surprised Paige with a special guest. Checkers the Clown!  Find out more about Checkers on his website.
This is a great gift for someone who is not afraid of clowns.

We found a list of the worst gifts to give your girlfriend or wife. It all seems obvious to us, right? But not to some. Read this article below:

15 Worst Birthday Gifts to Give Your Girlfriend or Wife

As we state often, there are always exceptions to every rule, but some things are fairly universal. Women tend to hold their own birthdays in high regard; there’s the happy party vibe, and there’s the mild self-loathing that accompanies her feeling of getting one year older. It’s a tense time for any would-be gift giver, to be sure. There are certain things that guys simply should not get their girlfriends for their birthdays, however — unless she explicitly asks for them. Some could get a guy slapped, and some might hurt not for what they could get him, but for what he won’t be getting after giving them. These are the 15 worst birthday gifts to give a girlfriend; don’t make any of these mistakes.

Any Household Appliance

Nothing says romance like a vacuum cleaner. You may think you’re being thoughtful, but the sight of a brand new toaster, vacuum, iron, and so on is tantamount to saying “how about you clean up your dump of an apartment.”

Acne or Wrinkle Creams

We see women spend ridiculous amounts of money and time on facial creams, exfoliants, complexion repair treatments, “age-defying” lotions and all the other things they gobble up on a regular basis. Some of us might get the bright idea to get a girl some of this stuff for her birthday, thinking it’s normal and apparently appreciated. We’d be wrong.

Gym Membership

This should be a no-brainer, but it happens.

Nose Hair Trimmer

As odd as this sounds, it’s happened more times than should ever be counted.

A Cook Book

Much like the household appliances, this screams anything but romance. In fact, what it says most is “get to the kitchen and make me sandwich.”

A Bikini Wax Kit

This says “I don’t like the way your whole crotch looks, and I’d like you to change that for me.” Not exactly the romantic message you want to send to a girl on her birthday, is it?

Facial Hair Remover

These things, hilarious as they may be, are all the rage right now among women.

A Stripper Pole

No matter how much she may flirt with the idea of getting one of these things, her birthday is not the day to present her with one.

Workout Videos

Somewhat like the stripper pole, these ridiculous things are often talked about by women who are fully aware of how dumb they are, but still find some recreational and exercise value in them.

Expensive Diet Plans

You watch her eat like a bird, she’s picky as hell, she wants to lose five pounds, she eyes every diet in every magazine, and so on, and so on. It doesn’t matter what she says or thinks, you’re not supposed to agree with her in the first place, much less force any sort of diet on her.

Tickets to an Event You Want to Attend

This is usually pretty hilarious to watch take place, but painful at the same time. It goes something like this: Guy wants to go to game/concert/fight/etc. Girl wants to go see [insert any female singer/songwriter] live in concert. Guy doesn’t listen and/or care and buys “her” a pair of extremely expensive tickets to the event that he wants to see, and hands them to her acting like he just gave her an amazing gift. She struggles not to strangle him, thinks he’s an idiot, and she’s right.

Anything for Her Car

You might think you’re being super helpful and cute by getting her something for her car; maybe it’s a set of matching seat covers or maybe it’s a GPS navigation unit, or even a new sound system that makes your own look like crap. News flash: Chicks don’t really care.

The Walgreens Special

Evidence that a guy completely forgot or blew off his girlfriend’s birthday until the very last minute, the Walgreens Special is simple: You hit up Walgreens or any drug store that lies between work and home, and raid the place for anything and everything that could possibly fill the gaping hole that should be filled with a real birthday present.

A Card with Money

What are you, her grandfather? Nothing says love like a wad of cash, right? Giving her money for her birthday is basically treating her like a prostitute, and that’s how she’ll feel.

Nothing at All

While, in most cases, she won’t even say a word should you get her absolutely nothing for her birthday, this is the absolute worst thing you could do. Just don’t blow it off like you got away with something, she’ll remember it.

Ladies, we can all relate!

 

Today’s Guests: Patty Sanders
Masters Degree in Education
Certified Vedic Astrologer
Website: www.vedicastrologyservices.com
Number for Consumers to call: 972-758-9383

Vedic astrology is a wonderful tool for self understanding and for gaining insights into our connection to the larger cosmic matrix. Also called ‘jyotish’, Vedic astrology is based on ancient teachings from India and Indian philosophical understanding. It is a particular system of astrology incorporating thousands of years of wisdom and practice that can help us determine the most appropriate behavior in a given situation. In choosing the most effective course of action, we take steps toward greater happiness and satisfaction in our life. Since everyone has a birthday understanding our natal chart/birth chart allows us to view a snapshot the heavens at the time and place of our birth. From that higher level view, we can gain some insights into our strengths, challenges and gifts. And, with this blueprint we can incorporate our free will and self knowledge into our everyday decision making process using our own internal compass – our birthday present from the sky!

A ‘birth chart’ is a document that reflects the mathematical calculations of where the planets in our solar system were positioned when you were born. This chart is believed to reflect the potential and possible challenges for a person in multiple areas of their life, i.e. relationships, career, life purpose, financial ups and downs, etc. In the Vedic system of astrology we focus first and foremost on the rising sign which is the sign of the zodiac that was on the Eastern horizon when you were born. In our hemisphere this rising sign can shift every couple of hours so that is one reason the time of birth is so important. And, then we look very closely at the position of the Moon which changes signs of the zodiac roughly every 2 ½ days. We also look to the position of the Sun for guidance on the vitality and strength of an individual and we incorporate all the other planets, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and the nodes of the Moon as well.

While any time is a good time, our birthday really connects all the dots so we can look at our birth chart and the current changes in the sky to better integrate what we can look forward to in the coming year. This chart in Vedic astrology is called a ‘varshaphal’ or yearly chart and reflects the support and challenges for us when the Sun returns to the exact position it was in when we were born. With this information and the life cycle information, we can see if this year will support a new job, a new child or even our travel plans. And, lots of times things are of a ‘mixed’ result for the coming year, but at least we can better prepare and celebrate our birthday in a special way!

Within our birth chart there are many indicators for career strengths and challenges. We are also privy to when certain difficulties in this area might arise for an individual. Some new information about these strengths and the timing of these challenges can be very helpful in allowing us to first of all prepare for our career and, importantly, recognize that things are always shifting. There are some people who are experiencing more difficulties right now but there are others who are thriving and reinventing themselves. The birth chart and the life cycles I mentioned a bit earlier can let us see where we have the most support and determine the light at the end of the tunnel too. One of the key factors in this process is that we are able to utilize the information we gain in a reading to make changes and positive choices – which is empowering in and of itself!

Find out more about Patty on her website, www.vedicastrologyservices.com.

 

Guest: April Prohaska
Owner, The Pooch Patio, LLC
Website: www.thepoochpatio.com

The Pooch Patio is an all-encompassing pet facility offering 2 off-leash optional patios for owners to come and hang out and socialize with their pets.

April’s passion has always been working with animals. She started Paws Professional Pet Services an in-home sitting, dog walking, pet taxi and overnight stay service in 2000 and has grown it to service 10 areas of surrounding Dallas and have over 1600 clients. The Pooch Patio offers all of the typical services that pet owners desired in one location—professional grooming, boarding, daycare, a retail area to purchase all of their pet’s needs, but also to incorporate a social aspect. April worked with The City of Dallas to create a special land use type in order to get my certificate of occupancy, and decided to include a beer and wine bar, coffee house and have a few outdoor areas for animal owners to sit, stay and mingle with their four-legged companion. She wanted a location that was easy to drop-off and pick-up, where an owner could grab an espresso when they drop off their dog, and have a glass of wine at pick-up for our yappy hour.

The Services include:

Daycare: (3) separate dog day care environments separated by size of dog. They offer single day rates based upon size of dog starting at $18 for small breed dogs and going up to $25/day for giant breeds. The 3 different block types come with discounted rates for those that come more frequently.

Blocks of 10—valid for 4 months

Blocks of 20—valid for 4 months

Unlimited—valid for 3 months

And there are webcams for clients to view their dog while they are at work or on vacation

Grooming:

Professional grooming is offered 7 days a week by appointment. Walk-ins are accepted. All sizes, breeds and temperaments are invited. And pawdicures come with your choice of color, offer gel dye or spray in color to give your dog a little extra spunk on different body parts. They were awarded Best Pet Groomer by D Magazine 2010-2011.

You get 10% off if you buy 3 grooms up front and schedule a minimum 1 groom a month over a period of 90 days

Baths:

Full-service baths are offered 7 days a week or a self-serve dog wash for those wishing to do-it-yourself and they clean up the mess! And there is a discounted Dirty Dawg Self Serve option where you can buy 5, get 1 free, or buy 10 and get 10 free.

Boarding:

They have the ability to board up to 50 dogs. With oversized kennels and 3 lounge hound suites, they offer pickup/dropoff 7 days a week. The deluxe boarding rates start at $30/night and that includes free-play day care until noon the next day.

Currently there is one facility located in the Oak Lawn area at 3811 Fairmount Street, but they are offering (2) different prototype options for prospective franchise owners depending on the size and services that a franchise owner would like to invest in.

 

 

“Not So Perfect Radio Show”

“That Was Easy” August 31, 2011

You know the Staples commercial where someone’s having a hard time with something and out comes the “easy” button? This show was created with the simple premise; wouldn’t it be nice to have an easy button? Today’s show is about making life easier. All of our guests provide a service to do just that.

Whether we work or not, have children or not – life seems to get more difficult as we get older. And if you are a parent, you know how challenging life can be. Jennifer found the perfect description of a parent:

Long term, team players needed, for challenging permanent work in an, often chaotic environment. Candidates must possess excellent communication and organizational skills and be willing to work variable hours, which will include evenings and weekends and frequent 24 hour shifts on call. Some overnight travel required, including trips to primitive camping sites on rainy weekends and endless sports tournaments in far away cities! Travel expenses not reimbursed. Extensive courier duties also required.

RESPONSIBILITIES : The rest of your life. Must be willing to be hated, at least temporarily, until someone needs $5. Must be willing to bite tongue repeatedly. Also, must possess the physical stamina of a pack mule and be able to go from zero to 60 mph in three seconds flat in case, this time, the screams from the backyard are not someone just crying wolf. Must be willing to face stimulating technical challenges, such as small gadget repair, mysteriously sluggish toilets and stuck zippers. Must screen phone calls, maintain calendars and coordinate production of multiple homework projects. Must have ability to plan and organize social gatherings for clients of all ages and mental outlooks. Must be willing to be indispensable one minute, an embarrassment the next. Must handle assembly and product safety testing of a half million cheap, plastic toys, and battery operated devices. Must always hope for the best but be prepared for the worst. Must assume final, complete accountability for the quality of the end product. Responsibilities also include floor maintenance and janitorial work throughout the facility.

POSSIBILITY FOR ADVANCEMENT & PROMOTION : None. Your job is to remain in the same position for years, without complaining, constantly retraining and updating your skills, so that those in your charge can ultimately surpass you.

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE : None required unfortunately. On-the-job training offered on a continually exhausting basis.

WAGES AND COMPENSATION : Get this! You pay them! Offering frequent raises and bonuses. A balloon payment is due when they turn 18 because of the assumption that college will help them become financially independent. When you die, you give them whatever is left. The oddest thing about this reverse-salary scheme is that you actually enjoy it and only wish you could do more.

BENEFITS : While no health or dental insurance, no pension, no tuition reimbursement, no paid holidays and no stock options are offered; this job supplies limitless opportunities for personal growth and free hugs and kisses for life if you play your cards right.

Sad but true. Read more at http://www.squidoo.com/parents-job.

 

Today’s Guest: Bobbi Schwartz
Owner, The Bobbi Schwartz Group
Website: www.thebobbischwartzgroup.com
www.bobbielizabeth.com
www.bedirectstyle.com
Number for Consumers to call: (214)443-6200

Bobbi and her team are personal shoppers. They take the stress of finding clothes to wear out of your hands. Bobbi really believes that having a personal styling service can build confidence, careers and save time and money. There are two divisions of Bobbi’s company: 1-A personal shopper for higher end professionals and stay at home moms. 2- Clientele that has less disposable income and is made up of business professionals who pay a lower price point for services by stylists who have been thoroughly trained and certified by me. They do everything from the obvious of closets and wardrobe shopping to all sorts of gift shopping, wrapping and delivering.

Bobbi answers the question, why is a personal stylist so important? “People sum you up in nano seconds, it takes 7 positives to overcome a negative so if your first impression was less than stellar…have a good time trying to work past it. You are selling yourself everyday and it is a documented fact that women are still struggling in every way to prove themselves in the workplace. This is one way to stack the deck. And it can make or break a career. Research shows that the average woman spends 45 min. a day figuring out what to wear. We help our clients simplify their existing wardrobe by culling what isn’t needed, then building on to the existing wardrobe by creating a needs list based on their budget and lifestyle. After which we shop, we create wardrobe cards to help the client look fabulous everyday and use all of her wardrobe.” Wardrobe cards are cardstock that can either hang on the basic item being used (for example black pants) or can be put into booklet form. They also are generally categorized by event, such as work, luncheon, cocktail, date night, dinners, business dinners etc.

If, for example, you are using the black pants as your foundation item, the pieces to go back with that item (tops, shirts, sweaters, accessories, shoes and boots) will be listed and all go back and forth with each other.

They are worth their weight in gold as they really do help clients use their wardrobes.If you want to talk to Bobbi or find out more about her services, log onto her website www.bobbielizabeth.com

 

Guest: Holly Muller
Chef of My Private Chef
Website: www.my-privatechef.com
Number for Consumers to call: 214.679.0999

Preparing and eating well balanced (not diet) meals, whether for your kids or yourself, is achievable! Holly can even be covert in her recipes by masking healthy ingredients so your kids aren’t aware that they are eating healthy. She can hide or easily supplement nutritional ingredients in every day meals like burgers, meatloaf, spaghetti, burritos, etc. for kids or any age audience.

My Private Chef caters to anyone who either doesn’t have the time, talent or discipline to prepare well balanced meals that are high in fiber and protein and low in sugar and salt. Holly prepares these well balanced meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner & snacks) fresh, freezes them and then delivers them to her clients’ doorsteps or meals are picked up at her Deep Ellum kitchen.

Some of Holly’s tricks of the trade include:

  • quinoa pasta instead of standard white pasta -tastes just as good and a similar texture
  • Himalayan salt instead of kosher salt -loaded with minerals
  • Agave nectar or honey instead of standard white sugar

And hide veggies like squash, spinach, red bell peppers, black beans, etc. in burgers, meatloaves, meatballs and linguini when you can.

Some of Holly’s popular dishes include: Mini turkey meatballs with quinoa spaghetti, Veggie Lasagna, whole wheat burritos, chix quesadillas with whole wheat tortilla, Jalapeno Cheddar Salmon Cakes, whole wheat oatmeal raisin pancakes w/ scrambled eggs, almond delight snacks, hamburgers (turkey burgers) with hidden veggies such white beans, flax seed, brown rice, low sodium soy, etc.

Holly offers group cooking classes as well as one-on-one lessons and also has been hosting the popular Underground Dinners with well known chefs at her kitchen and showroom; these will be every Saturday night. If you are interested, visit the website, www.my-privatechef.com for details.

 

Guest: Robert Granado
President, On the Run
Website: www.ontherunerrands.com
Number for Consumers to call: 214.274.6800

On the Run is a personal errand service that gives people back their valuable time. So how does it work? For $40 per hour you can cover several errands. There is same day service with team members “on call”. There is no gas surcharge as long as the errands are within the Dallas Metroplex. It’s very easy to use, they handle everything and send only one bill. Robert and his staff are available 5 days a week from 8 – 6, after hours and weekends with prior notice. What are the types of errands they do: dry cleaning, car inspections and repair, personal shopping including clothes and gifts, grocery shopping, wait for service providers and pick up lost luggage at airport. They also make special deliveries such as wedding cakes. Robert says there have been some really interesting errands too. For example they selected and purchased a car for client, purchased 60 frozen turkeys for employee holiday gifts, posted bond for law firm’s client, decorated a Christmas tree for Katie Couric while staying at local hotel and delivered Wild About Harry’s hot dogs and Tums (second trip!) for Bill Cosby while staying at local hotel.

Check out Robert’s website www.ontherunerrands.com for more details.

 

Guest: Jennifer Calyer
Owner, SeekingSitters
Website: www.seekingsitters.com
Number for Consumers to call: 972-408-6847 Collin Dallas Denton NE Tarrant Counties

SeekingSitters is an easy, safe solution for all types of babysitting needs! It doesn’t matter if you need full time, part time, or even last minute needs. SeekingSitters doesn’t just do background checks, they use investigators to help get a better read on the character of their team and the families. Their sitters also provide age appropriate activities for the kids so they are engaged and having fun while you are away. All sitters are certified in CPR/ First Aid as well.

*SeekingSitters Sitters have S.T.Y.L.E! Their Sitter’s have to adhere to the Sitter S.T.Y.L.E. guideline. This is trademarked by SeekingSitters and means Safety, Time, Yak, Look, and Exit.

There is a 4 hour minimum and you pay with your credit card. They offer two types of memberships as well. You can read more online at www.seekingsitters.com.

SeekingSitters makes it easy for you to have a day off, to go to work, to get last minute care around your family’s busy schedule! Whether you choose SeekingSitters to make it easy or want to do it all on your own, make sure you are thoroughly checking your sitter out!! Remember too, once you find that great sitter, they will stay with families that take care of them.

They service all of Collin, Dallas, Denton, Tarrant Counties and Ft. Worth areas. You can choose the location that is closest to you and a local mom and owner will assist you with your childcare needs.

 

“Not So Perfect” Radio Show

“Guilty Pleasures” August 28, 2011

This show examines a few of our guilty pleasures. Now that the kids are back at school, it may be time for a little more “me” time. How will you be spending that extra time? Let us know on our Facebook page! And be sure to “like” Not So Perfect Parent for your chance to win prizes!

One of Paige’s pleasures now that school is back in session is reading. If you want to start reading again, check out Paige’s article on her “Reading Resolution.”

Here are the top ten kid friendly places to sit and read a book.

  1. In bed. Morning or night, one of the best places to read is in your bed! You are your most relaxed and it’s extremely comfortable. Stack up those pillows or crawl under the bedclothes for some truly exceptional reading time.
  2. At the park. Make a picnic and bring a large blanket, find a nice spot and settle in for a lazy day. A calm overcast day is best for eyes and hair. You won’t tire easily and you won’t be distracted by flipping pages and clinging hair caused by the wind.
  3. In a library. It’s fairly quiet in a library and there are usually places for settling in with a book. Some have little nooks and others have open reading lounges. Find yourself a spot and crack open a book!
  4. On a couch. Like your bed, the couch is a nice and comfy spot to sit/rest and read a book. Armrests make great pillows.
  5. In a tent. Whether this tent is in your room or outside camping, a tent is a great reading space. You’re enclosed and away from prying eyes. It’s private and cozy. You’re cut off from the real world and given all the space you need to enter a book world.
  6. In a tree house. For the same reasons as a tent, plus it’s super cool. Who doesn’t like a tree house? It’s a special secret place just for you.
  7. In the bathtub. Get clean and get time to read at the same time! Add some bubbles or bath salts and you’re really having a party… a party for one, but still as fun!
  8. At a friend’s house. Reading at a friend’s is awesome because you get to hang out in quiet companionship. This is a great way to pass time together without being too involved with each other. You’re not alone, but you’re not required to talk either.
  9. In the car. You spend a lot of time in the car. Open that book and fill those empty wasted minutes spent traveling by traveling to another world.
  10. By the pool. Dangle your feet in the water or lie out on your towel. Both are great for reading. Bring a cool drink to quench your thirst and have fun!

And if you are thinking about creating a peaceful reading nook, read about some of the ways you can create something special: “Make a Reading Nook in Your Room”.

Today’s Guests:
Nancy Klompus
Kristin Skillin
Buy Request
Website: www.nkbuyrequest.com
Number for Consumers to call: 214.725.9527

Buy Request helps you create your own style. Here is their philosophy:

“No matter what the trends, always wear what looks best on you. When you go to buy something, or put something on from your closet, if it doesn’t make you feel fabulous and you don’t love it, then don’t buy it and don’t leave it in your closet.”

The number one must have of the season is an ankle bootie of some sort. This is the number one item that will update what is already in your closet. The most current way to wear a bootie is now, bare leg with shorts or a dress. As the weather turns, throw on a textured tight and you are good to go.

A work of caution: As much as I love those classic side zip ankle boots you have been wearing with trousers and jeans, keep wearing them like you have been. A fitted ankle boot is not the look that works with this 2011 trend. The booties need to fit loose around your ankle – this elongates your leg and makes it look ultra thin and glam. The menswear influence is back. Blazers and jackets are strong right now. Cardigans are still out there in every silhouette7, but the jacket is back. Boyfriend jackets feel new again when paired with a high waist boot cut or full leg jean. I tend to prefer mine with a skinny jean and a cute flat or kitten heel for retro glam. Again, wear what looks best and feels best on you. There is also an oversize movement going on – almost grunge like except that the fabrics are ultra luxurious. Cozy, comfy cashmere sweaters paired with slinky maxi skirts or short pencil skirts. Elizabeth and James personify this look. They love the whole over-sized thing. In fact, they have been showing it for several seasons. The fashion trend world just caught up with them.

What is their 2011 advice?

I have always felt that it isn’t necessarily what you buy, but how you style what you have. When I go into a client’s closet for the closet review, I look at things with a fresh eye towards the new season. How can I style that to make it look fresh and new? Sometimes it is only about buying a few items that can make all the difference. I love putting things together based on your proportion, maximizing your best assets and camouflaging your not so good features.

 

Guest: Lindsey Ross
Schakolad Chocolate Factory
Website: www.schakolad.com
Number for Consumers to call: 817-870-2400

Lindsey believes Chocolate is the food for the soul. It has such rich history and tradition that we can all relate to it one way or another. Chocolate weather plain or mixed with numerous types of ingredients offers many different varieties for many different people. Chocolate also contains a chemical phenylethylamine (PEA) that is a mild mood elevator. This is the happy chemical our brain naturally produces in response to elevated emotions like feelings of joy and love. I also believe that a lot of the time we relate to chocolate from our childhood and being with family, which can make us feel happy.

Schakolad (pronounced shaq-oh-LAD) – a combination of “Schaked” and “Chocolate” – is a name associated with three generations of chocolate making. Baruch Schaked, co-founder of Schakolad, has been a chocolate maker since 1969. And if you are wondering…Milk and Dark are the best sellers. Lindsey says about 50% of my business is milk chocolate, 40% dark, and 10% white chocolate.

 

Guest Katie Moore
Vicki Berg
Trinity Mobile Spa
Website: www.travelingdayspa.com
Number for Consumers to call: 972-422-2200


Traveling Day Spa is a mobile spa that goes to the client, where ever is most convenient for them. Mostly at their home, office, hotel even hospitals. Services include chair massage, table massage, hand/foot massage, facials, manicure/pedicure, and Spa parties. And a popular service is Ladies Night Out.
Traveling Day Spa services all of the DFW Metroplex. There are additional charges for longer distances. Find out more at TravelingDaySpa.com or call 974-422-2200.

“Not So Perfect Radio Show”

“Back to School” August 21, 2011

You remember going back to school…. trying on the new clothes, shopping for supplies and mapping out your new classes! It’s a great time of year, a renewal of sorts – time for a fresh start. I loved the first day of school, especially since the weather was getting cooler. This week’s show is all about fresh starts and starting off the school year on the right foot.

The first guest knows a little about starting over. Reality star, Jake Pavelka has had to start over many times. From his days as a pilot to his downward spiral starting with ABC’s “The Bachelor”, Jake has had to reinvent himself again on a new show, ABC’s  “Bachelor Pad”.

Today’s Guests: Jake Pavelka
Reality Television Star
Website: www.jake-pavelka.com

Jake first appeared as a contestant in the fifth season of the ABC reality show The Bachelorette. He was eliminated from the competition, but was brought back by the network to star in the 14th season of its series The Bachelor. The program’s run ended with Pavelka proposing marriage to contestant Vienna Girardi. The couple split up in June 2010.

Following the end of The Bachelor, Pavelka was named as one of the celebrity contestants for the tenth season of Dancing with the Stars. He and his partner Chelsie Hightower were the fifth to be eliminated. In July 2011, Jake signed on to be a contestant on the second season of Bachelor Pad.

In June 2010, Pavelka was scheduled to guest-star on an episode of Drop Dead Diva as Toby Devlin, contestant on a fictional reality dating show. On January 14, 2011, Pavelka guest-starred on The Bold and the Beautiful.

 

Guest: Neva Cochran, MS, RD, LD
Registered Dietitian
Website: www.kidseatright.org

Neve says that school meals – both breakfast and lunch – play an important role in helping kids stay alert, concentrate more, and perform better academically and physically. And that it must meet strict federal guidelines for calories, fat, sodium, vitamins and minerals. School nutrition programs work hard to make meals not only nutritious but also ones kids enjoy eating. And they do it very economically, too, with a typical school lunch ranging from $1.50 – $2.75. Here are some examples of schools that do it right:

The HEB school district has a sub sandwich paired with an apple, cookie and low fat milk. They also let the kids pick their own sub ingredients like they would at a sub sandwich shop and have a salad bar with lots of ingredients.

Plano ISD has a vegetable calzone stuffed with grilled vegetables and fresh fruit most days instead of a canned. They even make their own whole-wheat rolls.

Another district serves a meal with chili & beans, cornbread, homemade salsa, lettuce, blueberries and apple slices.

To see all the innovative ideas schools are using to create delicious and nutritious meals, check out the Facebook page, School Meals that Rock.

A recent study comparing school meals with those packed from home found that children eating school lunches had higher intakes of protein, vitamins A, D, K and calcium and lower intakes of calories, fat, carbohydrate, vitamin E, and sugar compared with children eating sack lunches. If you would rather prepare lunch at home, simply follow these guidelines: 2 oz meat or meat alternate, 1 grain or bread, 2 fruits and/or vegetables and 8 oz. milk.

Breakfast: hard-boiled egg on a stick, yogurt/berries/cereal in a cup

Breakfast: waffle sandwich (toasted, frozen waffle split with PB and bananas layered between halves) and glass of low-fat milk

Snacks: make-your-own trail mix, small chunks of fruit with yogurt dip, ants-on-a-log (PB on celery sticks with raisins), string cheese stick and crackers.

Check out www.kidseatright.org for short articles, recipes and videos to make healthy eating fun and taste good.

 

Guest: Kay Lee
Coordinator of Workforce Training
Aacely Chavez
Academic Advisor
Tarrant County College
Website: Main: www.tccd.edu
Phone Number: 817-515-TCCD (8223)

Improving your skills in this tough workforce has become a must for a lot of people. Tarrant County College has a wide range of affordable classes available at its five campuses, throughout the community and online that are available for parents who want to enter a new career, improve basic skills or take up or enhance a hobby.

If they would like to take advantage of the DOL grant for retraining into the field of logistics, now is a great time to do so. Logistics is the movement of goods, which is a growing industry in the Dallas/Fort Worth area—the 4th largest inland port. We have a grant to fund all cost for the classes of Computer Numerical Control Machine Operator, certified logistics associate, CLT – certified logistics technician, OSHA – 10 safety training/certification, forklift, 1st Aid/CPR, Cell phone refurbishing, cell phone soldering. Prerequisite is: TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education) testing. Also each of our campuses offers skills enhancement classes in computers, certifications, professional development etc.

Workforce Services has nine Adult Learning Centers throughout Tarrant County that can help with enhancing basic skills for students who feel that they need to work on reading, math and writing. There is no cost to attend these centers but you will need to call TCCD for information. As an academic advisor with our Adult Basic Education Learning Centers, I speak to adults about furthering their education beyond their GED. This would include parents who want to improve their English-speaking skills by taking ESL classes. Our Workforce Services department was awarded by the state ABE Innovation Grant where students can be referred into a certificate program with our Allied Health Careers. Upon referral and acceptance into the program, ABE students will then have their costs paid for by this Innovation Grant.

 

Pharmacy Technician 7 months
Central Sterile Processing 9 weeks
Ophthalmic Assistant 8 months
Nursing Aid 7 weeks

If you are looking for a Continuing Education program, TCCD has that too. Here are some examples of a few classes:

Courses

Cost

Hours

Day/Time

Beginning & Ending

CSCX-4018 ASC: Digital Scrapbooking

$10

0

TH -8:30am – 12:30pm

10-20-11 thru

11-17-11

HPEX-1252 Pilates

$50.00

40

MWF – 9:05 am – 10am

9-7-11 thru

12-09-11

HECX-1890 Cake Decorating

$86.00

18

S – 9:00am – 12:00pm

10-1-11 thru

11-05-11

HPEX-1450 Zumba Fitness

$60.00

9

MW – 11 am – noon

9-14-11 thru

10-12-11

HPEX-1600 Tennis Fundamentals

$63.00

T TH 7-8 PM

9-13-11 thru 10-20-11

HPEX-1020 Golf Fundamentals

$58.00

S 10 – 11:30 am

9-17-11 thru 11-05-11

SPNX-1490 Spanish: Conversation Begin

$133.00

24

T Th Noon – 3 pm

9-20-11 thru 10-13-11

SEPX – 1390 Senior Classes (55 and older)

$25 for 4

Varies

Varies

varies

 

New students must submit a Continuing Education registration form in person, by mail or fax to any campus. You may get a copy of the form from our website.

Returning students can register for classes online at our website – just follow the links.

If you have any additional questions please contact 817-515-TCCD (8223)

If you are a first time student, you could pay while you are on campus registering. Returning students, may print out their form from the website, fill it out and return it in person or by mail. (details about credit card payments are on the form)

Senior classes (55 and older) pay $20 for 4 classes. Other classes vary – see website

Grant classes are even less expensive please call 817-515-TCCD (8223)

Range from $10 to 1800 ( for Allied Healthcare Class)-Please check the website for clarification or call 817-515-TCCD (8223)

TCC is convenient, affordable and has something for just about everybody. Check us out today by calling us at 817-515-TCCD (8223) or online at www.tccd.edu/ContinuingEducation.

 

Guest: Tonia Tomlin
President/Owner Sorted Out
Website: www.sortedout.biz
Phone number: 972-422-5851

Organization is another key to starting the school year off right. Here are Tonia’s tips to getting it right:

Evening routines: Do as much as you can for the next day, the night before. Make lunches, lay out outfits (this helps if something important has to be laundered), sign papers and review homework, de-clutter backpacks and repack, review the schedule for the next day to prepare yourself mentally

Establish drop zones: Entryways can be a mess with everyone’s backpacks, shoes, and sports gear. To keep this clutter under control, have a sturdy hook for each child for their back pack and coats, and a basket for their shoes. When you create a home for your kid’s belongings, they can develop a routine of putting their items away where they belong.

Supply area: Establish a place at home where you have extra supplies for the kids, like pens, pencils, paper, project boards, etc. These supplies change depending on the age of the child. If you have project supplies on hand, you won’t need to rush out to get for any last minute projects.

Time Management: Starting training your children now to learn how to manage their time. Give them an assignment calendar that they can use to plot out their large projects, or term papers, and plan time each week to work on those projects. Often these things are left to the last minute and we “cram” the night before to get it done. However, teaching them now how to do a little at a time will help them in college and later in life.

Find out more on Tonia’s website, www.sortedoutbiz.com.

 

“Not So Perfect Radio Show”

“Radio On Wheels!” August 7, 2011

Today’s show is about, you guessed it, businesses that are mobile! “Mobile Style” has become very popular these days. You see all types of businesses on wheels including: Pet Grooming, Mobile Birthday parties and Mobile Spas. There are so many. What’s your favorite mobile business? Let us know on our Facebook page!

 

Today’s Guests: Meda Kessler
Editorial Director, 360 West Magazine
Website: www.360westmagazine.com

360 West is a lifestyle magazine that gives affluent readers a full-circle view of where they live.
Here’s what Meda says about 360 West Magazine:
“Geographically, we target consumers who live west of Highway 360 — from Westover to Westlake — because we think the western half of the Metroplex is the best half.

What and who surrounds us inspires our name. People are the heart and soul of any community, and our readers not only have the means, but the inquisitive spirit and desire to seek out the best. Every month inside 360 West you’ll find the work of award-winning writers and photographers from this area who enjoy bringing you the people, places and stories that make life west of 360 so rich and rewarding.”

360 West is available at Barnes & Noble, Central Market, by subscription, iphone and ipad apps along with a digital edition at www.360westmagazine.com

 

Guest: Leah Blakely
Totally Twisted Karaoke
Website: www.totallytwistedkaraoke.com
Number for Consumers to call: 214-697-9657

Leah says Totally Twisted Karaoke is one of DFW’s leading karaoke service providers. We offer the most extensive collection of karaoke songs and new release karaoke in DFW. We have been in business since 2009, and have 4 members on staff. We are completely mobile, we bring the party to YOUR location. Karaoke is fun for all age groups, we’ve done parties for kids as young as 5 and folks as old as 95. It’s a fun alternative to hiring just a DJ for your event, with karaoke you party like a rock star!

The beauty of karaoke is that we display the words to the songs for you on a flat screen TV. They are actually color-coded and change color in time to the music when you should be singing them. Anyone can karaoke! You do have the option to rent a karaoke machine. The downside is you will probably pay almost as much as if you hire a professional karaoke provider, and you have to run the equipment yourself. You also get only about 500 songs to choose from, on CDs. When you hire a professional karaoke provider, we bring all the equipment to your location, set it up and run it for you so you can concentrate on your guests and having fun. Because karaoke is our business, we have invested a lot of money in making sure you have the best selection of songs to sing. We have tens of thousands of songs to choose from in our library. TTK has what we believe is the best selection of karaoke music in DFW. We use a professional computer-based karaoke system and bring a 1200watt PA. No party is too big or small.

Prices vary, depending on the distance we have to travel and the number of hours of karaoke requested. A basic 4 hour karaoke party in the Dallas area starts at $250 for 4 hours. We also offer the option of adding a light package which includes a full size disco ball, strobe light, 3 laser generators, fog machine, and disco lights for an additional charge. The lights really transform your location into a dance club atmosphere. The lights are really popular with kids and teenagers.

Find out more at www.totallytwistedkaraoke.com.

 

Guest: Fleetwood Hicks
Owner/Founder Villy Customs
Website: www.villycustoms.com
Number for Consumers to call: 214-596-8420

Villy Customs is the world’s first “Fashion Cruiser Bike Brand” because you can design it the way you want it utilizing our 3D website and view what the bike will look like prior to making your purchase. In addition, we sell direct to the customer (not available at local bike shops), therefore we are able to pass the wholesaler mark-up on and offer you better accessories and more customization at a very competitive price tag to the leaders in the industry. Each of our bikes is made-to-order and we offer so many elements and accessories that are not available on any bike brand in the world. (Hand-Painted Seatcovers (you can even choose your own colors and create your own design), hand made badges (over 18 color styles), over 50 pinstripe colors, colored chains, 12 tire colors, 14 wheel colors, colored pedals, all kinds of handgrips and so on)

If you can DREAM IT, we can pretty much MAKE IT! Our cruisers allow you to put your own personal style into your bike and that becomes a part of you. Our customers love it, especially once they receive and ride their bike.

The company started in December 2009 at Fleetwood’s Kit Kat by SMU. I had an interest in Cruiser Bikes from all of my business trips to LA. I would always go to Venice Beach and rent one and just loved tooling around on it all day exploring the sights and sounds. Anyhow, I got the crazy idea to open a retail location specializing in selling cruiser bicycles here in Dallas. We were initially carrying a leading Brand and a competitive bike shop complained about us selling that Brand (because they felt our location was too close to theirs). The manufacturer canned us (because that bike shop had 3 locations and were ordering all of their bike styles). We had to find a solution. Lemons into Lemonade. I didn’t like any of the other Brands, so, we started bringing in some basic frames and parts and before you know it, we were putting together some unusual bikes. From there, I started researching all of the unique parts and accessories and fused some of my fashion design knowledge into creating more and more amazing looking bikes. The Brand has come a long way in a short time and we will continue to be at the forefront of Custom Cruiser Bike innovation as long as I am running things.

Our average bike runs around $600. You can get one pretty basic for high $400’s. To get really crazy you can spend up to $850. That is pretty expensive for a cruiser bike, but, we put a lot of time and labor into the bike. For the amount of fun and benefits the bike will bring you, it is WELL WORTH the cost. Once you buy the bike, you’ve prepaid for ALL OF THE FUN!

Find out more at www.villycustoms.com.

 

“Not So Perfect Radio Show”

“The True Texan” July 31, 2011

For those who were born here in Texas or those who got here as fast as they could, we all know great things happen in Texas. Texas has consistently ranked in the top 10% of giving states. The notion that everything is bigger in Texas cannot exclude the Texas Heart! Today’s show introduces you to a few of those Texas institutions that will again make you proud to be a Texan.

Guests include: Kim Gregory
Joy Donovan Brandon
American Cancer Society
Website: www.cowtownball.org
817-570-0633

The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the ACS has 12 chartered Divisions, more than 900 local offices nationwide, and a presence in more than 5,100 communities. On today’s show Kim and Joy talked about the amazing support the ACS gives cancer patients. Here is how:

  • Whether you have questions about cancer, need practical solutions to daily problems like finding a ride to treatment, or just want support from someone who has been through it all before, we’ve got answers around the clock.
  • Our phone lines, at 1-800-227-2345, are open every minute of every day and night to help connect people with the answers they need. Each year, we provide information, help, and support to the nearly one million individuals who call us. Our cancer.org Web site, which serves more than 23 million visitors each year, offers access to the latest information and news on cancer and helps people find programs and services in their area.
  • Through the American Cancer Society Clinical Trials Matching Service, we connect patients with more than 64,000 different treatment options. We offer an online support community for cancer survivors and caregivers that has brought together more than 93,000 people since 2000. Through our American Cancer Society Hope Lodge® Network, we provide cancer patients and their families with a free place to stay when they have to travel far from home for treatment. In 2009, we provided 220,000 nights of free lodging to nearly 50,000 patients and caregivers, saving them more than $19 million in lodging expenses. With 140 sites at hospitals and treatment centers across the country, the American Cancer Society Patient Navigator Program provides one-on-one guidance to people facing cancer through every step of their journey. In 2009, the program served more than 67,000 people and fulfilled more than 119,000 requests for services.

There are many ways to locally support the American Cancer Society. Coming up on August 4, 2011 it’s ladies night out at BlackFinn American Saloon. It benefits the ACS Cowtown Ball event held on November 12, 2011 at River Ranch in the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards.

To find out more about both events, log onto www.cowtownball.org.

 

Paula Perskey
Teskey’s Uptown in Fort Worth
Website: www.teskeys.com

Teskey’s saddle shop is one of the most trusted names in the horse industry. With over 1000 saddles, hundreds of bits and spurs, boots, clothing, ranch and farm equipment and all your equine medical needs, we are your one stop shop.

Teskey’s ranch equipment, home decor, boots and apparel lines have grown tremendously and are second to none in quality. Teskey’s is also an Exclusive Master Case knife dealer. With one of the largest selections of Case Knives in Texas, you’re sure to find the perfect knife for you or someone you love.

Our website is constantly growing with an incredible amount of items to choose from. With over 50,000 square feet of store space, we are striving to make Teskey’s a destination for the entire family.

With our newly updated website we hope to add even more of the products you love, and will continue to carry the mainstays you’ve come to expect at Teskey’s.

Check out Teskey’s Uptown in Fort Worth, in the heart of the new West 7th Development. Teskey’s Uptown carries an expanded line of clothing and footwear, along with all the accessories. It’s where Rock ‘n Roll meets Cowboy Soul.

Find out more at www.teskeys.com.

 

Bob Phillips
Texas Country Reporter
Website: www.texascountryreporter.com

Here’s what Wikipedia says about Bob:

Bob Phillips is an American television journalist best known for his long-running program Texas Country Reporter. In 2005 Phillips was inducted into the Silver Circle of the Lone Star Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the association that gives the Emmy Awards; the honor is extended to professionals who have spent at least 25 years of their career in television in Texas and have made significant contributions to their industry and their communities.[1]

Phillips was born in Dallas, Texas, where he graduated in 1969 from Bryan Adams High School. He grew up around the hotel industry with a mother whose specialty was helping hotels to establish their housekeeping staff; in a 2006 interview, Phillips stated that his first paying job was assisting the executive chef at the Dallas Hilton Hotel, adding, “I found out real fast that washing dishes was not what I wanted to do.”[2] He attended Southern Methodist University, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1973 and a Master of Liberal Arts degree in 1977.[3]

An admirer of CBS broadcast journalist Charles Kuralt, Phillips chose the same field. He began working at local CBS affiliate KDFW as a gofer his first year in college, started learning to use a TV camera, and within three months was reassigned as a photographer. He got his break in March 1970 when he was sent to shoot film about a possible drowning and no reporter was available to interview the youths involved, who had in fact survived; after preparing the equipment, Phillips stepped in front to report the story while the camera ran itself, a procedure that would come to be his regular mode of operations.[4]

Initially focusing on political and sports coverage, the novice reporter pursued his goal of filming feature stories for inclusion on local broadcasts. Instead, the management decided to package his features in a separate half-hour weekend program, and 4 Country Reporter debuted in 1972.[1] In 1986 he left Channel 4, renamed the show Texas Country Reporter, and began producing and syndicating it through his own company, Phillips Productions; the show aired in all 22 broadcast markets in Texas including rival station WFAA, which renamed the show 8 Country Reporter, and eventually was added to stations in neighboring Louisiana. When RFD-TV launched in December 2000, Texas Country Reporter was one of its featured programs, introducing the show to audiences around the nation. Phillips was closely involved with the channel’s development from the time he was approached about adding his show to the lineup, and through his company assisted with management of the fledging channel.[4]

As an extension of his 35 years of broadcast journalism, Phillips has authored several books — mostly on Texas travel and cuisine — and serves periodically as a host at Escondida, the Texas Country Reporter Hacienda and Spa, in Central Texas’ Hill Country region.[2] He teaches at Amberton University. In 2007, Bob married KFDM-TV anchor Kelli Adkins. They currently reside in Beaumont, and also have a home in Dallas and a ranch in Medina, Texas.[5]

Find out more about Bob and his show online, www.texascountryreporter.com.

 

“Not So Perfect” Radio Show

“The Do-Over” July 24, 2011

Have you ever wanted a do-over in life? Most of us would say yes! The Macmillan Dictionary defines the do-over as “to do something again from the beginning especially because you did it badly the first time.” Today’s show focuses on the “do-over” and three people who talk about making the most of a situation that may have called for a do-over. And we’ll learn about one do-over Paige and Jennifer wished they had.

Today’s Guests include:

Dave Lieber
Author “Bad Dad” & “The Watchdog” columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram
website: www.baddadbook.com

Dave Lieber, a newspaperman for more than 30 years is also a sought after public speaker who speaks to more than 175 groups a year in the DFW region.

Learn more about Dave, his books and his public speaking at BadDadBook.com, YankeeCowboy.com, DaveLieber.org and WatchdogNation.com.

Dave’s do-over has a lot to do with his book “Bad Dad”. Several years ago, Dave and his son were having breakfast at McDonalds when his son started to act out. Dave asked him to settle down or he was going to make him walk home. Needless to say, Dave left his son at McDonalds. When he came back 10 minutes later, the police were there. His son was not harmed at all but Dave was eventually arrested and charged. Dave talks a lot about what he learned after this experience and the irony that someone who played a whistle-blower role in society, had been on the other side of the situation. Dave writes about his experiences, including the media storm this caused in his book.

How are things with Dave’s son now? Dave says “14 is a difficult age. Like every other family with a teenager, we have our problems, but we learn and grow through them together. I’m very proud of him. I try to be a good dad. He’s a great son.”

And what advice would he have for other parents “Take a deep breath. Think of me. Take another deep breath. Remember that what is happening between you and your child is not something you should take personally. Don’t overreact. Speak calmly. Take another breath. And if you have problems that are too big to overcome on your own, contact the Parenting Center in Fort Worth because they have the tools to help you become a better parent.”

If you want to pick up a copy of Dave Lieber’s book “Bad Dad”, visit his website, BadDadBook.com

 

John Kador
Author “Effective Apology: Mending Fences, Building Bridges and Restoring Trust”
Website: www.theeffectiveapology.com

John Kador is an author, consultant, and speaker who acts as if every word is a moral choice. His work centers on identifying and describing best practices in leadership and promoting the highest standards of personal accountability, humility, and transparency. This book, which describes the benefits that leaders accrue when they embrace apology rather than shy from it, is squarely in that tradition. His personal credo is that different is not always better, but better is always different.

Here are the Five R’s of a wholehearted apology:

  • Recognize the wrong and the person harmed;
  • accept moral Responsibility for your actions and consequences;
  • express Remorse;
  • provide meaningful Restitution;
  • and offer assurance that the offense will not be Repeated.

Again find out more about John on his website www.effectiveapology.com.

 

And if you were wondering what the worst apologies are, read this article we found at CNN.

“The 8 worst apologies ever

Despite what that old chestnut love story will have you believe, love doesn’t mean never having to say you’re sorry.

In fact, one of the most important components of any relationship is the ability to suck it up and apologize every now and again.

It’s hardly brain surgery, but who among us hasn’t been the recipient of an apology that wound up making you feel even worse than the original transgression?

For something that’s basically a no-brainer, there’s a bevy of ways to get it very, very wrong.

In fact, the late Randy Pausch’s bestseller, “The Last Lecture,” has an entire chapter called “A bad apology is worse than no apology.”

Now granted, men are definitely more prone to the botched apology (see John Edwards, Bill Clinton, etcetera), but we ladies have also been known to blow an act of contrition on occasion. Here are some apology strategies to avoid:

1. The blame shifter

Witness the number one worst way to say sorry of all time: “I’m sorry you feel that way.” Interesting game plan — blaming the person you’re ostensibly making amends to for getting rightfully pissed off at your horrendous behavior. If you’re not sorry for your actions, don’t apologize. If you are genuinely repentant, take off the training bra, squeeze ‘em into the underwire, and take responsibility like a woman.

2. Lady liquor made me do it

So you had a little too much to drink at a friend’s birthday party and ended up making out in the bathroom with the bartender. When your boyfriend finds out, it’s probably best to just own up to the mistake rather than say, “But I was drunk!” Those five shots of tequila only gave you the courage to do something stupid and regretful, it didn’t actually do it for you.

3. It’s all in the genes

What I wouldn’t pay to be a fly on the wall the first time some cheater tries to use the new study showing that some men have a genetic predisposition towards non-monogamy. Sorry ladies, so far there’s no equivalent study for us female types, so don’t even think about it.

4. Forcing forgiveness

“You have to forgive me — you must!” Demanding absolution is possibly more annoying than your original sin. This is a lose/lose.

5. The big but

An acquaintance’s wife apologized for sleeping with a coworker with the caveat, “But he came onto me!” So obviously she had no choice but to cozy up. Oh, please. Inserting the word “but” into any apology immediately negates it.

6. The sympathy bid

A boyfriend once “apologized” for standing me up by ruefully rambling on about how his tragic childhood left him ill-equipped to deal with obligations. What this had to do with blowing off dinner still eludes me. You’re supposed to be making a plea for forgiveness, not hosting a pity party for one.

7. e-Sorry

There are very few occasions that warrant an e-card. Screwing up and subsequently begging forgiveness via an animated teddy bear and a terrible jingle is definitely not one of them.

8. Skirting the issue

“I’m sorry I hurt your feelings,” is not the same as “I’m sorry I cheated on you with your best friend, in your bed, while you were at your uncle’s funeral.” Though either way you phrase it, I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for forgiveness on that one.

 

Anna Patty Duke Pearce
Actress, Author, Spokesperson
Website, www.officialpattyduke.com

Patty or Anna Duke Pearce talks candidly about her incredible journey through life. In reading her biography you learn so many interesting things about her. You will also find this incredibly interesting. Here is Anna’s biography in her own words.

“I subscribe to the theory that says you’re a product of all your experiences,” recently said Anna Patty Duke Pearce. And with a life that has been described as being close to one out of a Dickens novel, Anna Pearce, better known to the world as Patty Duke, has experienced more in her life than most heroines in classic novels do. Her story, as a woman, who has emerged from a person who was self-loathing and struggling with a mental illness and suicide attempts, to a mental health speaker and one of the most brilliant actresses of any generation, is one which could serve as an inspiration for most anyone.

Anyone could look at her brilliant work in classic films such as The Miracle Worker, ground-breaking television like My Sweet Charlie, and the eternally fun-to-watch Patty Duke Show and Valley of the Dolls and think they know this actress known to the world as Patty Duke. But there is a lot more to her story than what is seen on the screen. The teenager, and later woman, who seemed to possess everything any American ever wanted: fame, fortune, and respectability, has lived a life far from most of the various characters she has played over the years. This is the story of a tortured young girl who beat all of the odds, to become one of the greatest survivors of our time. This is the story of Anna Patty Duke Pearce.

Read more of Patty Anna Duke’s Biography here.

 

“Not So Perfect Radio Show”

“When the Sizzle Has Fizzled” July 17, 2011

Has your marriage or relationship lost its sizzle?  If so, this is the perfect show for you.  Paige and Jennifer find out how to get back the sizzle if it’s already fizzled.  Whether you have lost the sizzle or not, this show offers a few good reminders on how to keep the relationship strong.  You may even blush a little during the show.  Jennifer introduces us to a Truth or Dare game with can play with your partner.  You can find it online at Barnes and Noble.

Whether your relationship is sizzling or fizzling, the journey is always worth it. Paige and Shay have been married for 15 years. Jen and Tom the same. Both hope you are as happy as they are.

Today’s guests include:
Victorya Rogers
Life and Dating Coach
Victorya Rogers Coaching, Southlake, TX
www.victorya.com

Debby Wade
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Sex Therapist
ACTSolutions, Grapevine, Tx
www.debbywade.com

Other resources: www.straighttalkaboutsex.com

Love & Life Coach Victorya Michaels Rogers is a relationship expert who helps women make better choices so they can finally live the life of their dreams. Victorya walks women through all phases of life from singleness, marriage to all major life transitions. She is the author of four books, including Finding a Man Worth Keeping and The Day I Met God. Rogers discovered the secrets to finding and keeping the man of your dreams and is the host of the popular website ManToKeep.com.

Certified Sex Therapist Debby Wade helps enrich marriages through helping men and women actually talk about sexual intimacy. She is the host of the DVD “Straight Talk About Sex for Christian Couples,” She also founded Authentic Christian Therapeutic Solutions to aid in the emotional and spiritual growth of individuals, couples and families.

According to Victorya and Debby every relationship faces times of fizzle. Life just happens–stress, work, kids, family crisis, finances–and that affects desire and romance, you bet! But you can get back that loving feeling by making the effort to do what you used to do–date each other, flirt, talk and spice up the bedroom!

And although sexual intimacy is not the most significant part of a marriage, when it’s not there, it can seem the most important part of marriage. And it is complicated. It doesn’t just come naturally, it has to be worked at just like anything else that is significant in marriage.

So how do you get back the sizzle? They say date your spouse! Get back to where you once were! Reflect on your dating life together.  Victorya says that she goes on a date with her husband every week.  Here’s a tip on how to begin.  FLIRT with your husband. That is huge.  Debby says make the same effort all over again.  Start with flirting, the dating and the heartache that follows. Yet if you put that SAME effort into your spouse you deepen your marriage and gain back the sizzle without heartache and devastation.

There are so many ways couples can remain creative and playful, even adventuresome the bedroom. Bring Sizzle by creating romantic get aways; creating a romantic atmosphere in your home; surprising your spouse with something that he is not expecting (new lingerie to new positions, new places)… there are so many ways to be creative.

Life happens. Time passes.  And yes every relationship faces fizzle but that doesn’t have to be the end! You can bring back that loving feeling–Date your mate, Flirt with each other. Face your sexual intimacy issues together–get help, read books, talk to a therapist or relationship coach and check out our DVD Straight Talk About Sex for Christian Couples. Call either Debby or Victorya for coaching you on your love life!

 

Guest:  Lea Elsbury
General Manager, Lucky Strike
www.bowlluckystrike.com
817-566-1470

Lucky Strike is a new bowling alley on the second floor of the West 7th district in Fort Worth.  With 10 bowling lanes, a 40 foot bar serving ten beers on tap, billiard tables, outdoor patio and plenty of big screen TVs to watch the games – Lucky Strike is more than a bowling alley.  The 18,000 square-foot venue just opened in May.  It’s open Sunday through Saturday from 11am to midnight Sunday through Thursday and Friday & Saturday 11am to 2am.  After 9pm daily it is 21 and over.  There is a dress code as well.

The bar also offers electrical outlets for a laptop or to charge your phone, plus purse hooks located at the 40-foot bar.  The menu was designed by Bill Starbuck, who has provided the food for the Emmys, the Grammys and hundreds of Hollywoods’s largest movie premieres.  The food is restaurant quality dishes.  For example; Grilled apple & brie quesadilla with grilled apple slices and brie cheese that is folded in a toasted flour tortilla, drizzled with mustard-maple syrup and smokey bacon bits, Yum!  It is a dish that you will not find at any other bowling alley.   Lucky Strike is a great place to eat lunch or dinner even if you don’t feel like bowling.

Lucky Strike is also a great place to throw a party.  Visit this new Fort Worth attraction.  For more log onto www.bowlluckystrike.com.

Paige and Jennifer visited Lucky Strike recently and had a blast.  In fact, Jennifer took a few pictures of her favorite memories.  Their boys and the food.

Enjoy your trip to Lucky Strike!

 

Guests: Rainy Flynn
Paris Brown
The Popcorn List
817-822-3059

Rainy Flynn is a small town girl with a heart for the big city who appeared in television, theatre and film across Texas, and owns Indie Scene Productions, LLC, which produces The Popcorn List.  The Popcorn List provides internships for technical  high school film students and recent graduates to gain valuable experience in the film industry.  Rainy has a passion for not only film but also community outreach programs that encourage others to never give up, never surrender and to always follow their dreams!

Paris Brown is a young film critic and performer from North Texas with a life-long passion for the film and television industry. He received his degree in Radio, Television and Film from the University of North Texas with a focus on film writing and criticism. Paris has since worked as a creative media coordinator for The Studios at Las Colinas and has also written and performed locally for the sketch comedy group the Dallas Comedy Conspiracy. In his spare time Paris gives back to the community by being a founding member of the Muller Film and Television Education Foundation where he helps provide training and instruction for students starting out in the media industry.

The Popcorn List is the funniest, hottest, most amazing, fastest growing, national, weekly movie review show on TV.  We make movie criticism sexy!!  It’s very similar to the “Siskel & Ebert” format with a distinctively modern twist — they not only review current films but classic and independent productions as well, and each week they give a fresh perspective on film with their weekly TOP 5 FAVE category.  What makes The Popcorn List so exciting is that they rate movies not solely on their film making value but whether or not audiences will find them enjoyable. Rainy provides a more general audience opinion whereas Paris gives a more critical and in-depth perspective of films. Together their expertise shines and informs viewers if films are worthy of being added to “the popcorn list.

So what are their favorite all-time movies:

Top 5 List – Paris
1. “Chasing Amy” (1997)
Kevin Smith

2. “True Romance” (1993)
Quentin Tarantino

3. “Garden State” (2004)
Zach Braff

4. “Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind” (2004)
Charlie Kaufman

5. “Romeo + Juliet” (1996)
Braz Luhrmann

Top 5 List – Rainy
1. “Gone w/the Wind” (1939)
Victor Fleming
Margaret Mitchell – novel

2. “The Notebook” (2004)
Nick Cassavetes

3. “The Sound of Music” (1965)
Robert Wise

4. “Bull Durahm” (1988)
Ron Shelton

5. “Pretty Women” (1990)
Garry Marshall

Honorable mentions:  Jane Eyre, Beauty & the Beast, Titanic, As Good As It Gets, When Harry Met Sally

Visit The Popcorn List online for more information.

“Not So Perfect Radio Show”

“Red, White & Blue”

In the spirit of the show theme, Paige and Jennifer created the ultimate in Americana — the Apple Pie. And you may have noticed their “friendly” competition during the show. In case you were wondering what the finished product looked like, here are a few photos.

Paige

 

 

 

 

Jennifer

If you want to test out the Apple Pie’s for yourself.  Here are the recipes both Paige and Jennifer used.

Today’s guests include:

Linda Tinnerman
Connie Carmen
Hugging Grandmothers

Both Linda and Connie have a connection to the Armed Forces, not to mention a soft spot in their heart for the military. They love volunteering with the USO/DFW so they can spend time with the troops, especially those who visit the DFW International airport.

Seven years ago they started going out to the airport to welcome home the troops. Over the years, they have developed relationships with soldiers and their families.

“Our hearts swell with pride and happiness for the troops when we see their family there to greet them home. Of course we have shed a lot of tears along the way as well, tears of joy as well as sorrow.”

To this day, they continue to email some of the soldiers they met along the way. They share photographs and family updates.

Linda and Connie believe that laughter is good medicine so they try and share a big dose with the troops every day.

If you would like to learn more about the USO at DFW, log onto http://affiliates.uso.org/dfw/.

 

And if you ever run into Linda and Connie, be sure to thank them for everything they do. Don’t forget to ask for a hug (they are really good huggers!)

 


Charlie Mclvain
Granbury Convention and Visitors Bureau
www.granburytx.com
(877) 936-1201

Granbury is such a fun and unique getaway and just a short drive from the metroplex! It’s known for its beautiful lake which is great for boating and Jet skiing. Granbury even has a beautiful white sand public beach.

There’s also a lot of great golf courses, walking and biking trails and a nature center Granbury has wonderful shopping! The historical square is so quaint and has everything from antiques, to clothing and accessories boutiques, home decor, gourmet items and art. There is always something going on in Granbury! From outdoor concerts in the park and beach to live entertainment on the square! We also have a beautiful historic Opera House that features plays, melodramas and musicals (Red White and Tuna is showing now) and even an authentic 1950’s drive in movie theater!

Something else fun to check out is our wild west reenactments from the Historic Granbury Gunslingers and even ghost tours.

Also the Inn on Lake Granbury and The Pan Handle offer cooking classes featuring celebrity chefs. Over 20 bed and breakfasts with everything from Victorian homes and cabins, to lofts on the square to romantic B&B’s with amazing lakeside views. There’s camping for the nature lovers and hotels as well! And there’s even a great Spa!

Visit www.granburytx.com for more details.

Paige recently visited Granbury with her family. Here’s a picture from the trip (Paige was taking the photo!)

 

 

Christy Howard
3 Dog Bakery
www.threedog.com

Its hard to believe American’s spend $41 billion a year on their pets. That is more than any other country in the World! Christi Howard and 3 Dog Bakery provide the best products for your dogs. Here is what she has to say about 3 Dog Bakery.

It’s really that simple. We love dogs, so we make the best all natural, oven-baked dog treats, pastries, and food. We select premium all natural ingredients and then oven bake them to perfection. We do NOT add chemicals, fillers, or refined sugars-only the best dog food for our companions! It’s our way of helping your (and our) pets live a long, healthy, happy, tail-wagging life. In fact, this is why dogs love us!

Oh, by the way, we love cats too! That’s why we make the best, all natural We Pity the Kitties cat treats.

Find out more at www.threedog.com.

Sydney Coley-Berglund
Sher Briggs
Wild About Harry’s
www.wildaboutharrys.com
214.520.3113

Wild About Harry’s will celebrate its 15th anniversary at the Knox Street location on September 1st. They first opened in 1996. It was created to allow everyone to have a piece of the same childhood Harry had. Where everyone knows your name and thinking about going there brings a smile to your face.

Wild About Harry’s top three dogs are:

The Texan – which is a chili dog with mustard, cheddar cheese and onions
The Chicago – mustard, relish, onion, sport peppers, dill pickle spear and celery salt
The New York – spicy mustard, sauerkraut and onions

July is National Hot Dog Month, and according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, Americans will be consuming the infamous little red tubes of “meat” in record numbers this summer. The Council estimates that over seven billion hot dogs will be eaten by Americans between Memorial Day and Labor Day. During the July 4th weekend alone (the biggest hot-dog holiday of the year), 155 million will be downed.

Every year, Americans eat an average of 60 hot dogs each. They are clearly one of the country’s most loved, but most misunderstood, comfort food

Former President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month in 1984. He also appointed the third Sunday in July as National Ice Cream Day. Reagan recognized the popularity of ice cream in the United States (90% of the nation’s population consumes ice cream) and stated that these two events should be observed with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.”

National Ice Cream Month — Here are ten fun facts about ice cream:

  1. We Americans slurp up the most ice cream per person than folks in any other nation – a whopping 48 pints for each of us per year.
  2. Vanilla orders account for anywhere from 20% to 29% of all ice cream sales. Chocolate’s second snagging about 9 to 10 percent of the market.
  3. A serving of vanilla ice cream was offered to immigrants at Ellis Island, as part of their “Welcome to America” meal.
  4. Among the wacky flavors of ice cream manufactured are avocado, garlic, jalapeno, azuki bean and pumpkin. Maybe the nuttiest of all was dill pickle ice cream, marketed to expectant mothers.
  5. One out of every five ice cream eaters lets “Fido” and “Fluffy” join in the fun.
  6. For reason no one is entirely clear about, the fine folks in Omaha, NE, are the most voracious ice cream eaters, beating out the citizens of California, Florida and other warmer climates.
  7. The first ice cream parlor in this country made its debut in New York City in 1776. About 70 years later, the hand-cranked freezer was invented, allowing Americans to make ice cream fairly easily at home.
  8. Ice cream was first mentioned in writing in this country in a letter from the 1700s, which admiringly described the ice cream and strawberry dessert a Maryland governor served at a fancy dinner party. Back then, ice cream was enjoyed mostly by a very elite few, including George Washington.
  9. Air is a major ingredient of ice cream. Nope, you’re not being gypped. Without lots of air, ice cream would be just about as hard as concrete.
  10. Such novelties as ice cream on sticks and ice cream bars, introduced in the 1920s, may seem like kid’s stuff, but the fact is, adults gobble nearly half of all such treats.

Top 10 Most Popular Ice Cream Flavors:

  1. Vanilla (29%)
  2. Chocolate (8.9%)
  3. Butter pecan (5.3%)
  4. Strawberry (5.3%)
  5. Neapolitan (4.2%)
  6. Chocolate chip (3.9%)
  7. French vanilla (3.8%)
  8. Cookies and cream (3.6%)
  9. Vanilla fudge ripple (2.6%)
  10. Praline pecan (1.7%)

So what’s the difference between ice cream and custard?

Custard is actually a premium French vanilla which is made with an egg yoke base. The yoke is what gives the ice cream its richness and decadent flavor.

Our vanilla frozen custard has only 220 calories with only 10 total grams of fat and only 14 grams of sugar. Compare it to others on the market like:

Ben & Jerry’s: 230 calories, 14 grams of fat and 19 grams sugar

Haagen Dazs: 270 calories, 18 grams of fat and 21 grams sugar

It’s lower in calories, fat and sugar. And makes you not feel so guilty when you come in and have a scoop.

Wild About Harry’s is a proud to celebrate National Hot Dog & Ice Cream month. We have created a new Happy Hour from 3-6 p.m. Monday – Friday with hot dogs with 2 for the price of one and buy a scoop of frozen custard get one free. YUMMY!

Learn more at www.wildaboutharrys.com.

 

“Not So Perfect Radio Show”

“Great Girlfriends” June 26, 2011

Today’s Guests Include:

Importance of Girlfriends…
Cathy Hamilton
BoomerGirl Multimedia
www.BoomerGirl.com

Cathy is a media/marketing professional who reviews products with “boomer appeal”. She is also the author of 16 books, one called “The Girlfriend’s Bible”. Cathy was inspired by her own high school girlfriends to write about relationships among women. She feels that girlfriends should never be taken for granted and always nurtured and respected. Cathy says there are no rules when it comes to friendship just a code of honor. She adds, “There are things real friends do and don’t do, even in the little things – like shopping or going to the clubs.” And girlfriends are most important in “times of loss, teenage years, college, motherhood and especially when you’re older.” Is it important to have a best friend? Cathy says she now tends to have a lot of good friends and a select few very close friends she turns to in certain situations. And her motto: “Make new friends but keep the old; one is silver and the other gold” (it’s also the Girl Scout song)

Read more from Cathy’s website at www.boomergirl.com. And look for her books online at www.amazon.com.

 

Girlfriend Getaway….
Linda Hatfield
Canton First Monday
www.cantontxfirstmonday.com

First Monday Trade Days in Canton, Texas is considered the largest flea market in the United States. It is the oldest, largest continually operating outdoor market in the USA, operates on hundreds of acres, and provides spaces for about 6,000 vendors.

If you want to visit Canton’s First Monday, here’s the schedule for the rest of the year.

  • June 30 – July 3, 2011
  • July 28 -31, 2011
  • September 1 – 4, 2011
  • September 29 – October 2, 2011
  • November 3 – 6, 2011
  • December 1 – 4, 2011

And directions to get there: Access from Dallas or Tyler and Shreveport is via Interstate 20. While several exits are available for Canton, most visitors choose to use Exit 527, which is Texas Highway 19, also known as Trade Days Boulevard.

Girlfriends in Business…
Kathy L. Patrick
Founder The Pulpwood Queens Book Club
www.beautyandthebook.com
www.beautyandthebookshow.com
www.pulpwoodqueen.com

The Pulpwood Queens Book Club is the largest meeting and discussing book club in the world. It’s also the only hair salon/bookstore in the country (located in Jefferson, Texas).

Kathy also wrote the book “The Pulpwood Queens’ Tiara Wearing, Book Sharing Guide to Life”. Here’s a description of Kathy’s book: When licensed cosmetologist turned publisher’s rep Kathy Patrick lost her job due to industry cutbacks, she wasn’t deterred. One year later, she opened Beauty and the Book, the world’s only combination beauty salon/bookstore. Soon after, she founded The Pulpwood Queens of East Texas — a reading group that dared to ask the question, “Does a book club have to be snobby to be serious?” The idea spread like wildfire. Now there are about 70 chapters nationwide. The overriding rule — aside from wearing the club’s official tiara, hot pink, and leopard print outfits — is that the groups must have fun. The club’s mission: To get America reading.

 

THE PULPWOOD QUEENS’ TIARA-WEARING, BOOK-
SHARING GUIDE TO LIFE celebrates female friendship, sisterhood, and the transformative power of reading. It includes life principles and motivational anecdotes, hilarious and heart-warming stories of friendships among the Queens, and stories from Kathy about the books that have inspired her throughout her life, complete with personalized suggested book lists.

Kathy is also the founder of Girlfriend Weekend, the annual Pulpwood Queens Club Convention. The next one is coming up on January 12-15, 2012.

You can find out more about Kathy on her websites. Her book can be found on www.amazon.com.


Not so Perfect Radio Show

“The Pursuit of Happiness” June 19, 2011

Today’s guests include:

Happy Spirit….
Sonja Lyubomirsky
Professor, University of California, Riverside
www.thehowofhappiness.com

Sonja is the author of “The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want”

Drawing on her own groundbreaking research with thousands of men and women, research psychologist and University of California professor of psychology Sonja Lyubomirsky has pioneered a detailed yet easy-to-follow plan to increase happiness in our day-to-day lives — in the short term and over the long term. The How of Happiness is a different kind of happiness book, one that offers a comprehensive guide to understanding what happiness is, and isn’t, and what can be done to bring us all closer to the happy life we envision for ourselves. Using more than a dozen uniquely formulated happiness-increasing strategies, The How of Happiness offers a new and potentially life-changing way to understand our innate potential for joy and happiness as well as our ability to sustain it in our lives.

Find out more about her book and her strategies, on her website The How of Happiness.

Happy Body…
Miranda Davis
Yoga Instructor- PerfectFit
www.1perfectfit.com

Miranda has always had a passion for Dancing. She calls it her first love, in fact she was an instructor by the age of 18. Her dance career includes working with the Texas Ballet Theatre, Gracey Tune with Arts 5th Ave, and various local theatres and dance troupes. She has performed and choreographed several award winning dance routines.

Miranda began Yoga and Pilates practice at the prompting of a friend in 1999. She suffered frequently from a chronic condition, IBS, which brought about bouts of stress and illness to her body. Willing to try a more holistic approach to healing she felt yoga would be a good fit. She was hooked after her first class. Today she is free of IBS and credits the Mind/Body/Meditative side along with her strong Faith in Jesus Christ to being instrumental in her healing, health, and well-being. The creation of PerfectFit is derived from scripture and Col 1:28. “We proclaim Him admonishing and teaching in all wisdom so we may present everyone perfect in Christ”.

To find out more about Miranda, visit PerfectFit.

Happy Soul…
Jennifer Weintrop
Photographer-Sugar Photography
www.sugar-photography.com

Jen, founder and chief photographer, has a love and appreciation for the emotions that photography can evoke, and strives to capture that in her work. She loves nothing more than to look at a picture and gasp…at the tiny feet of a newborn, the unflinching gaze of a toddler, or the playful smile of a child. Mothers expecting a miracle, babies wrapped in their parents’ arms, children being swung in the air by those they love and trust. These are the things childhood is made of.
A session with Jennifer is laid back and playful, taking place at your house or the location of your choice.
Her favorite sessions are those in which you open your lives and allow her to follow you and capture forever those fleeting moments that you might one day forget. Photographs captured in this photojournalistic manner are true memories, capturing your everyday life in a beautiful and artistic manner.

You can find out more about Sugar Photography online.

Happy Living…
Mary Ann Mahoney
Boulder Convention & Visitor’s Bureau
www.bouldercoloradousa.com

Boulder, Colorado is considered the Happiest Place to live in America. It continues to make all the Top 10 Lists for best places to live. Why is that? We asked Mary Ann to run down the list of what Boulder has to offer. It’s her Top 7 List:

1-Boulder was recently named the “Happiest and healthiest city in the U.S.” by Gallup-Healthways Wellbeing index. Ranked #1 in overall all well-being, out of 162 large and mid-size cities. Topped in list of work experiences, healthy behaviors, physical health, and access to basic needs for a healthy lifestyle, and emotional health.

2-“America’s Foodiest Town”– Bon Appetit. Home to over 300 great eating and drinking establishments, 10 local breweries, three wineries, and three distilleries.

3- #3 on “America’s Best Bike Cities” Bicycling Magazine, as of 2011 and #4 “Most Bike Friendly Cities in the World’ by Virgin Vacations. Boulder owns over 45,000 acres of open space, which is more skiable terrain than the entire state of Colorado. In 27 square miles there is over 200 miles of bike path, trails and lanes in the City of Boulder. We were the first community in the region to require bike rack on the outside of regional buses for commuters. Just this month June 2011, Boulder opened a 40 acre Bike park for all levels of riders, toddlers to test professional mountain biker’s skills.

4– Top 25, #9 Small cities for art, American Style magazine. Boulder is located 30 minutes from Downtown Denver, and has the highest concentration of artist in the state of Colorado.

5-Over 300 blue sky sunny days, mild moderate winter when you can ski or snow shoe (30 minutes away) and golf or road bike in the same day. Boulder is known for people being outdoors a good part of every day

6-Home to 29,000 University of Colorado under and graduate students which are included in our 102,000 population. Also home Naropa University a contemplative liberal arts college.

7-Home to four federal laboratories, and 10 adjunct share labs with the university, which has the highest concentration of climate scientist in the world.

To find out more about Boulder, log onto www.bouldercoloradousa.com or call 800-444-0447.

 

Paige and Jennifer want to leave you with this….
The Pursuit of Happiness
by Chris Green

I’m one of those strange people that actually enjoys watching documentaries. Not the boring ones, though. I’m talking about the kind of documentary that takes a slice of real life and places it under the microscope and expands on the raw beauty of reality.

Several months ago, I found myself killing a few extra hours watching “The Human Experience.” The movie is the story of a band of brothers that set out to find the common thread that binds each of us on this planet. They spend time living life on the street with the homeless people of New York. They journey to Peru and find real connection with orphans and disabled children. Finally they go to the remote forest of Ghana to spend their afternoons visiting with people that had been exiled because of leprosy. And while I’m no film critic, I can honestly say that this movie invaded my mind and changed the way I look at people.

The power behind “The Human Experience” is that it exposes the common story that we all share and pulls back the veil to remind each of us that we are more alike than we are different. We are all on a similar journey during our short time on this planet whether we are investment bankers or tribe members, nurses or Nascar drivers, preachers or politicians. We all want to find that thing we call “happiness.”

While happiness is a word that is broad and overused, its allure continues to beckon each of us into a myriad of pursuits on a daily basis. Whether it’s relationships or hobbies or service to others, one of the primary motivations for us as humans is the desire for happiness. As Pascal once said, “All men seek happiness. This is without exception. Whatever different means they employ, they all tend to this end.”

Although there is a recent increase in “happiness studies,” it seems that there are no easy answers for us when it comes to finding authentic happiness. Too often we settle for what amounts to a happiness booster-shot to give us the rush of happiness in the short term without ever truly satisfying the unrest in our souls. In the mean time our relationships remain shallow, our appetites are only briefly quenched with a giant chocolate shake, and our money continues to flow to those that sell happiness for a low, low price.

Perhaps we need to rethink our understanding of happiness. Is it possible that happiness is less about eliminating pain and bad feelings and more about finding meaning in the life that we live today? Maybe it is more of a journey of ups and downs than a destination somewhere over the rainbow. If happiness can be cultivated in the here and now of our lives, then our forefathers blessing of “the pursuit of happiness” is actually a call to fully live into the lives we’ve been given and the shared experience of being human.

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Chris Green is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Associate with over 14 years of experience in a variety of therapeutic and pastoral settings. Specializing in couples therapy and families with adolescents, Chris works to help his clients find sustainable solutions to real life issues. For more information or to schedule an appointment go to www.greencounselingservices.com.

 

Not So Perfect Radio Show

“What’s Hot Part 2″ June 12, 2011

Today’s guests include:

Randy Elledge
United Caterers- Yum-Yum Food Truck

The use of mobile food trucks is becoming more and more popular. Randy talked about his company promoting the expansion of gourmet food trucks in the DFW area. His company makes trucks available to restaurant owners and entrepreneurs for sale or rent. Randy says his goal is to “possibly create food truck food courts around the metroplex and possibly be able to rotate various trucks to keep the selections to the consumers fresh and exciting”. Right now you can find Randy’s trucks in a variety of locations, but mostly in the downtown Fort Worth area. He hopes to expand to Dallas. If you are wondering what kind of food he serves, right now it’s self-made burritos and south of the border style hamburgers and hand cut fries.

Click here to find out more about United Caterers.
Jo Giudice
Dallas Public Library

A public library is a great place to escape the heat and to be productive during the summer months. The Dallas Public Library offers FREE summer reading programs and storytime at all of their 26 locations.

The Mayor’s Summer Reading Program is FREE and open to all children ages 0-18 with prizes given out weekly for reading from June 4- August 13 (10 Weeks = 10 prizes). Some of the prizes include tickets to a Texas Rangers game, tickets to the Dallas Children’s Theater, Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center, Auntie Anne’s Pretzel, Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus tickets and books. No library card is required to participate in this program. A calendar of events is available online.

There are also fun things you can do from home using your own computer and your library card. BookFlix allows kids to ‘watch’ stories online—you pick a book and can read it or have it read to you and there are activities to play after each story. There is also DASH – Dallas Afterschool Homework Help where kids spend some time taking practice tests just to prove how smart they are! This program also offers resume and job skills help as well as GED prep for our big kids out there who might want to spend the summer learning too! There is also HeritageQuest for those who wish to look back at their family history and Novelist for K-8 to help you pick out what to read this summer. And last—but not least you can download books to your PC, iPhone, or other device with Overdrive.

Here are some of Jo’s summer read recommendations:

Children:
(under 6 years old)

MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS by Richard Atwater

SHARK VS. TRAIN by Chris Barton; illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

MISS BROOKS LOVES BOOKS (AND I DON’T) by Barbara Bottner

LITTLE WHITE RABBIT by Kevin Henkes

PETE THE CAT by Eric Litwin; illustrated by James Dean

A PIRATE�S GUIDE TO FIRST GRADE by James Preller; Illustrated Greg Ruth

CITY DOG, COUNTRY FROG by Mo Willems; Illustrated by Jon J. Muth

ART AND MAX by David Wiesner

(under 10 years old)

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON series by Cressida Cowell

TINY TITANS series by DC Comics for beginner comic readers

DIARY OF A WIMPY KID series by Jeff Kinney

SCHOOL: Adventures at the Harvey N. Trouble Elementary School

by Kate McMullen and George Booth

JUDY MOODY series by Megan McDonald

BIG NATE IN A CLASS BY HIMSELF by Lincoln Peirce

HENRY AARON’S DREAM by Matt Tavares

JUSTIN CASE: School, Drool and Other Daily Disasters by Rachel Vail

(over 10 years old)

39 CLUES series

MOCKINGJAY (HUNGER GAMES SERIES) by Suzanne Collins

WARRIORS series by Erin Hunter

THE GIFT (WITCH & WIZARD SERIES) by James Patterson

HEART OF A SAMURAI by Margi Preus

THE LOST HERO (The Heroes of Olympus series) by Rick Riordan

THRONE OF FIRE (The Red Pyramid series) by Rick Riordan

Teens:

STARCROSSED by Josephine Angelini

SHIP BREAKER by Paolo Bacigalupi is the (2011 Printz winner)

CHANCE FORTUNE AND OUTLAWS Series by Shane Berryhill

BEAUTY QUEENS by Libba Bray

PROM AND PREJUDICE by Elizabeth Eulberg

BEASTLY MOVIE TIE-IN EDITION by Alex Flinn

I’M NOT HER by Janet Gurtler

CLARITY by Kim Harrington

HEREAFTER by Tara Hudson

THE IRON QUEEN by Julie Kagawa

I AM NUMBER FOUR by Pittacus Lore

TEN THINGS WE DID (and probably shouldn’t have) by Sarah Mlynowski.

LOST VOICES by Sarah Porter

DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth

SHIVER by Maggie Stiefvater

FOREVER by Maggie Stiefvater – (Third book in the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy coming out July 12)

A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL by Suzanne Young

Adults:

HAVE A LITTLE FAITH by Mitch Albom

THE SIXTH MAN by David Baldacci

RIVER MARKED by Patricia Briggs (6th book in Mercy Thompson series)

SOMETHING BORROWED by Emily Griffin

WATER FOR ELEPHANTS by Sarah Gruen

DEAD RECKONING by Charlaine Harris (the latest Sookie Stackhouse book)

I’LL WALK ALONE: A Novel by Mary Higgins Clark

UNBROKEN by Lauren Hillenbrand

INSIDE OF A DOG by Alexandra Horowitz

IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS by Erik Larson

A GAME OF THRONES by George RR Martin (SciFi)

THE PARIS WIFE by Paula McClain

THE GREATER JOURNEY by David McCullough

THOSE GUYS HAVE ALL THE FUN by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales

10th ANNIVERSARY by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

THE NAME OF THE WIND by Patrick Rothfuss (fantasy)

BURIED PREY by John Sandford

Upcoming:

THEODORE BOONE: THE ABDUCTION by John Grisham ( June 6)

ROBOPOCALYPSE by Daniel H. Wilson (SciFi – June 7)

HIT LIST by Laurell K. Hamilton (June 7)

CARTE BLANCHE by Jeffery Deaver (June 14)

AGAINST ALL ENEMIES by Tom Clancy (June 14)

SMOKIN’ SEVENTEEN by Janet Evanovich (June 21)

THE KID by Sapphire (July 5)

 

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