Father's Day Gift Guide

When it comes to gifts, I am all about things that are practical.  Maybe that comes from living in small apartments since I graduated from college, but I don’t have room for a lot of extraneous stuff and assume that most people don’t either.

Since practicality is the name of the game for most guys, that philosophy tends to work well for Father’s Day gifts.  With that in mind, here are a few of the things I am showing on behalf of several companies on TV segments this month for Father’s Day.  These segments and this post were sponsored by featured companies.  You can be assured these gifts will be put to good use right away!

On-the-Air: Nashville

As a little girl, I was not a big fan of Easter.

While I was perfectly fine with getting a basket of candy, I was utterly terrified of the Easter Bunny.  I'm not really sure where that came from, but I'm thinking the bunny's crazy eyes and giant fangs might have played a small part.

As the years went on, and I learned what Easter was really about, the holiday took on a whole new meaning. 

These days, after church, we generally have friends over after services to gather around our table for brunch.  Of course, there is always a ham on that table!  When they are already cooked and perfectly sliced, like the hams I showed for Smithfield this morning on CBS Nashville, it makes getting a meal on the table a breeze.  This segment and post were sponsored by Smithfield.

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You can find a ton of great recipes and Easter meal planning ideas here.  Happy Easter!

On-the-Air: Los Angeles

I am an early riser.  As in by 4:30 a.m. most days, sometimes earlier.  I wake up without an alarm clock, which means that during my frequent trips to the west coast, I'm up and ready to go between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m.  I usually follow the same sleep routine whatever time zone I am in, which means I am usually sound asleep by 8 p.m.  That routine definitely keeps me well-rested, even with a crazy schedule.

Sleep is definitely on my mind today, with Daylight Saving Time just hours away (!!!).  I am flying to London tonight, which being several hours ahead of New York, theoretically means I should be able to sleep past 6 a.m.  We'll see!

Before I leaving, I stopped by KCAL-TV in Los Angeles to share a few tips on getting a good night's sleep.  You can check out the segment here.

Sweet dreams!

Sunday Stories

A cold, rainy Saturday was the perfect time to read this classic for the first time.  I also watched the brilliant, stylish Kenneth Branagh movie on my flight home on Friday night.  Loved both the book and movie!

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“The Americans” final season coming next month.  Will miss it when it wraps, but that agree six seasons is about as long as even the best series can go.

A new rule of New York City real estate: “When the designer pups arrive, rising home prices may not be far behind.”

Having started my business after age 35, some good food for thought here.

Baking these this weekend.

Now that I reflexively write in APA style for graduate work, I am firmly in the “pro” camp on the Oxford comma

More than once, I have refrained from buying a handbag or other item because it has a logo on it.  Your thoughts?

Have a lovely week!