On-the-Air: Los Angeles

Each year, we put up our Christmas tree before Halloween. This year, it went up on October 14.

I also start working early in the season on our main family holiday gift: the annual Sewell Family Yearbook, a photo book that I have created for the last eight years.

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This year, with Thanksgiving falling very early, I am getting an early start on sharing holiday gift guide segments as well. Here are a few of the items I showed this morning on KCAL-TV in Los Angeles. The segment and this post are sponsored by the featured companies.

Thanksgiving Week Deals

It was great to be back at “FOX & Friends” this morning with some great shopping deals for Thanksgiving week!

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I rarely talk about Black Friday much anymore, since many of the deals now start much earlier - and run much longer.

Here are the deals I discussed. The segments and this post were sponsored by featured companies:

NordicTrack x22i Incline Trainer - 30% off from November 23 to 26 from NordicTrack.

Beautyrest Foam Queen Mattress from Mattress Firm - $99 per piece on November 21 and from 8 a.m. to noon on November 23 (in-store only).

Oven-Ready Ham and Prime Rib Feast from Omaha Steaks - $219 through December 31. This price represents a 47% savings compared with buying the same items separately. Available online and in Omaha Steaks stores.

2-Carat Pear-Shaped Engagement Ring from Helzberg Diamonds - 20% off through December 24. Also, when you spend more than $1199 at Helzberg through December 24, you get a free Nintendo Switch System! Available online and in-store.

Motorola moto z3 5G Upgradable Smartphone - 50% off at $240 through December 31. Available exclusively at Verizon.

43” Samsung 4K UHD Smart TV at Best Buy - 27% off at $277.99 from November 22 to 24. Available both in-store and online.

PS4 Spider-Man Bundle from GameStop - More than 30% off from November 18 to 26 for just $199. Available both in-store and online.

Holiday Greeting Cards and Stationery - 50% off at Shutterfly from November 16 to 18.

Augmented Reality Toys - Augie, a robot that teaches kids how to code, is 30% off at Target from Thanksgiving through November 26. Additional STEM toys from Pai Technology are 30% off at Staples from November 18 to December 1.

Happy shopping!




Better With Bacon

Even though we put up our Christmas tree on October 14 - a new personal best for me - I do wait until after Halloween to start my Thanksgiving preparations and TV segments.

That TV tour kicked off in a delicious way last week with a recipe for Pecan Pie with Bacon from Farmland Foods, which sponsored the segment and this post.  In my opinion, this offers that perfect combination of salty and sweet that makes dessert so delicious. 

Surf on over to their site for the recipe!

Snacks for the Road (and the Sky)

Several years ago, I found a yummy recipe for roasted chickpeas in a magazine. 

They were delicious, inexpensive, and healthy - and I could season them however I wanted (pass the cayenne pepper, please!). But, they required a bit of a time commitment (drying out the garbanzo beans, and keeping a close eye on them in the oven) and they weren’t exactly portable for my frequent travels.

So, I was super-excited to come across Biena Snacks - which is sponsoring this post and my recent segment at CBS in Los Angeles. These crunchy little snacks, loaded with flavor and texture, satisfy my need for a combination of salt and just a little bit of fat. Think potato chips, but protein-packed chickpeas instead. The savory ones also make a great topping for soups and salads (just sayin’). Don't let the “all-natural, gluten-free, vegan” label scare you - they are THAT GOOD, and receive two thumbs-up from my decidedly non-vegan husband.

I showed a variety pack with Sour Cream & Onion, Habanero, and - my personal favorite - Rockin’ Ranch. While I am partial to the savory varieties, for those with a sweet tooth, Honey Roasted or Cinnamon Crunch might fit the bill. If you have an affinity for chocolate - they even have a variety that tastes like Girl Scouts Thin Mints Cookies

You can find them at a wide range of stores, but buying them online lets you pick from all of their varieties and save when customizing your own variety pack of favorite flavors.

On the sweet side, granola bars and granola “minis” from MadeGood snacks are another new favorite in my carryon bag. They come in tiny portions for when you want just a little something sweet, which also makes them perfect for kids. And - they are “school safe” (and airplane-friendly), since they are free of the eight most common allergans like peanuts and tree nuts. But again, don’t let that scare you away! With a chewy granola texture and yummy flavors like chocolate chip, apple cinnamon, and chocolate chip banana, there is something to suit just about every taste.

Happy snacking!

A Spotty Situation

When we bought our apartment six years ago, we ripped out the nasty, buckling parquet floors (yuck) and installed wall-to-wall carpet.  It was quicker and easier than doing hardwood floors, and with a couple of rooms with odd corners, we realized that carpet would also be a lot less expensive than hunting down rugs for each room.  

As much as I love warm, cozy carpet under my feet in the morning, I was quickly reminded that keeping carpet looking clean and bright can be a challenge.  Especially when one of us (me) tends to walk around the apartment with a full cup of coffee early in the morning.

But now, I feel a bit more at ease if coffee, red wine, or dirt gets into the carpet.  This fall, I am doing a series of TV segments for Carbona, which is sponsoring those segments and this post, showing their Oxy-Powered Carpet Cleaner.  To test this out at home, we tried it out on some set-in dirt stains that had been in our living room for way-too-many-years. We brushed it into the stains, and they came out immediately!

Since red wine tends to be one of the most dreaded carpet spills, in each of these segments, I spill red wine onto carpet and show how quickly and easily Carbona cleans it up! (in case you’re wondering - that is why there is a glass of merlot in front of me on this table).

You can check out the full segment from the syndicated "Daytime" show here.

Happy cleaning!