On-the-Air: Denver

One of the reasons I love my job so much is that I get to do segments with super-nice, super-fun people like Kathie Jay at Colorado's "Everyday" show!

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One look at our recent segment on Halloween treats, and you'll see why!  She has such amazing energy - and even makes a great save when that pumpkin bouquet almost took a flying leap off the table.

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Check out the full segment here!

You can check out this post for more details on the items from the companies that sponsored this segment.

On-the-Air: Los Angeles

Fall always inspires me to do a little redecorating, even if it is just moving around pictures, editing the bookshelves, or picking up a few new colorful throw pillows.

This year, we actually went a step further and repainted our bathroom, along with replacing the bathroom vanity and sink.  That may not sound like a big job to you, but when you live in New York City, even a tiny project like this requires mountains of paperwork to get everything approved by the co-op board to ensure there is no damage to building.  More on that another time, although it's a process we really don't mind because it protects our home from possible damage from construction in other apartments as well.

To kick off the season, I shared a few quick, easy, and affordable tips for sprucing up your home for fall at CBS Los Angeles.  You can check out the full clip below.

Watch Me Sunday on "FOX & Friends"

If you're up early this Sunday, please tune in for my segment on "FOX & Friends."  Grab a cup of coffee, settle in, and watch us take over the FOX News plaza in midtown Manhattan with all of the latest gear for college dorm rooms.  

I am scheduled to be on the show between 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. ET (that's 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. CT), but that time can always shift due to breaking news.  If you don't see me right way, please stick around for a bit - or just set your DVR.

If you want to get a extensive look behind-the-scenes of the show, please follow along on my Instagram stories.

See you in the morning!

Home Sweet Dorm

Midsummer always puts me in a back-to-school mindset.  Cute new school supplies hit the shelves, and I get to work with Bed Bath & Beyond to decorate dorm rooms for TV shows and share tips on organizing a stylish and functional space.  

This year, I'm more in the college state of mind than usual, since I am in the midst of doing a master's degree program online.  While I don't have a dorm room to decorate, gearing up for these shows always inspires me to do a bit of redecorating and organizing in our little Manhattan apartment.

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Whether you are planning that first dorm or apartment, or you're a junior or senior who wants to change things up a bit from previous years, here are a few tips:

Do your homework.  It is exciting to shop for the dorm or new apartment, but if you're living in student housing, check the school's website to get the floor plan, what is furnished, and - importantly - the list of things prohibited in student housing.  Checking in with your roommate to plan who will bring what can also save time and money.  

Sleep tight.  That dorm bed has probably been around awhile, so you'll want to layer linens to make it cozy and comfy.  A memory foam mattress topper will give you a comfy and supportive foundation, and a mattress protector that completely encases the mattress is great for people with allergies.  Top it all off with a comforter set or bed-in-a-bag that expresses your personal style and sets the tone for the overall room decor.

Multi-task.  Space is limited, so bring things that can do double- or triple-duty for you.  If your bed can be lofted, these bed lifts create tons of extra storage space underneath - and the extra power and USB outlets on them come in handy with all of the gadgets that have to be charged. Storage cubes provide storage and decorative accents, and also serve as seating or footstools.  Desk and floor lamps with USB outlets provide needed light and charging space, and over-the-door or hanging closet organizers can corral everything from shoes and sweaters to school supplies and snacks.

Travel light.  When I headed to college for my freshman year, there was barely room for me in my parent's van after we packed in all of my stuff.  I wish I could have had a program like Bed Bath & Beyond's "Pack & Hold" program. You do your shopping at a store close to home, but they then package everything for you to pick up at the store closest to college!  No packing, shipping, or schlepping.  

Get expert advice.  Bed Bath & Beyond is offering free in-store events in July, where you can shop with an expert, learn how to organize your room, and get access to special offers.  Check the this schedule to find an event near you.

Happy shopping!

On-The-Air: Portland

How do you make friends at TV stations?

One word: food.  Especially if you show up for an afternoon talk show with a tableful of appetizers and entrees for a Super Bowl party.  Happily, the crew made quick work of helping us clean up after the segment!

As a followup to yesterday's post, here is a clip of today's segment on "game day celebration ideas" on "Afternoon Live" on ABC Portland.   (Be warned, however: this may make you hungry).