On-The-Air: "FOX & Friends First"

It’s always a fun - and early - morning when I get to see my friends at “FOX & Friends.”

I had a great time this morning chatting with host Jillian Mele about gift ideas for Mother’s Day!

You can check out the full clip here!

This post and segment were sponsored by the following featured companies:

Happy Mother’s Day!

Cheers to Easter!

After a couple of months of silence on this blog (more on that soon - I spent the first two months of this year wrapping up a master’s degree!) - my travel schedule is now packed with spring and summer segments.

What better way to pick the pace back up than with Easter celebrations? I teamed up with Kobrand Wine and Spirits and Omaha Steaks, which sponsored the segments and this post, to share ideas for pairing wines with a traditional Easter menu.

Here is a link to my recent segment on ABC15 in Phoenix; full details on the pairings are described below:

Easter is a celebration, so why not break out the bubbles? In my opinion, Champagne goes with pretty much anything, but the delicate bubbles and flavor of Taittinger Brut La Francaise pair nicely with saltiness of Easter ham and the creaminess of scalloped potatoes. Another nice pairing with ham is Louis Jadot Rosé, which has fruit and floral flavors that enhance the sweetness of the glaze on the ham.

The dark plum and blackberry flavors of Sequoia Grove Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon bring out the rich flavors of leg of lamb and other red meats, as well as potatoes roasted with butter and sage. For a versatile, food-friendly white wine, the buttery, smooth finish of St. Francis Chardonnay is also a nice match with the creaminess of whipped potatoes or rainbow glazed carrots.

All of these wines are paired up with the yummy array of options from Omaha Steaks, which has complete Easter dinners that are, for the most part, “heat and eat.” Choose from sweet, smoky, or savory country hams, along with savory sides and a mouth-watering selection of carrot cake, pineapple upside down cake, and other desserts. Order online to have them delivered to your door. Or, pick them up locally if you are lucky enough to have one of their stores nearby.

Happy Easter!

On-The-Air: Los Angeles

Being a Southern girl, I am always up for any occasion that calls for a party and a football game.

The big game coming up next Sunday is a great excuse to gather friends, even if some of them are more focused on the commercials than the game itself.

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If you’re hosting people next Sunday, here are a few food and drink ideas I shared today at CBS Los Angeles. This segment and this post were sponsored by the featured companies:

On-The-Air: "FOX & Friends"

Live TV is very unpredictable. Segments can get cancelled, rescheduled, or shortened last-minute due to breaking news.

Despite the busy news morning at “FOX & Friends” today, I was still able to share a variety of last-minute gift ideas you can wear, watch, eat, or play. We covered everything you see on this table in just over two minutes - check out the full segment below!


Holiday Gift Guide: Fun and Games

Chances are your holiday gift list includes at least a few toys and games for children of all ages.

This month, I have had a great time showing fun toys and games for the entire family on my holiday gift tour! The TV segments, and this post, are sponsored by featured companies.

With more than 200 million people (!) playing Fortnite, chances are at least one of them is on your gift list. GameStop has a Deep Freeze Bundle that includes the Battle Royale Game, along with premium content and extras that give you a competitive edge. At GameStop’s Game Days sale, which is going on through Christmas, you can also save on everything from Xbox One consoles to new and pre-owned games that make perfect stocking stuffers.

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It’s hard to believe that this year marks the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. To celebrate - and support PBS programming - PBS has a variety of gifts, including a Mister Rogers Sweater-Changing Mug (he changes from his suit jacket into a sweater when you pour in a hot beverage!) and your very own Neighborhood Trolley

Photo courtesy of PBS.

Photo courtesy of PBS.

To inspire creativity without adding screen time, i love these Dress-Me Notepads from Little Biscuits. These are perfect for budding fashionistas who can create their own outfits, and provide space for children to dream and draw themselves as anything they can imagine!

Photo courtesy of  Little Biscuits .

Photo courtesy of Little Biscuits.

Finally, for surprising finds at amazing prices, check out the toy section at Marshalls. Among other things, they have one of this year’s most popular toys - squishy play foam - that will keep kids busy for hours, with no mess!