First it wasÂ a Nick Cage lookalike from an 1870 photogragh that had everyone talking that he could be a vampire, but now a remarkable likeness ofÂ his Face/Off costar John Travolta is showing up on Ebay for $50,000!Â Could John Travolta be a vampire too?Â Â The resemblance is kind of eerie!!Â What do you think?
Here's how the leaderboard stacked up:Ricky Lake & Derek Hough: 23
J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff: 22
Kristin Cavallari & Mark Ballas: 22
Chynna Phillips & Tony Dovolani: 21
Elisabetta Canalis & Val Chmerkovskiy: 21
Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus: 21
Rob Kardashian & Cheryl Burke: 21
Hope Solo & Maks Chmerkovskiy: 19
Carson Kressley & Anna Trebunskaya: 18
David Arquette & Kym Johnson: 18
Chaz Bono & Lacey Schwimmer: 17Who do you think has danced his or her last step tonight? Who was your fave? Do you think Ricki was first-place material?!Â Â I think Elisabetta needs to go home!!
The Red Cross has an excellent checklist of things to have on hand if your are asked to evacuate because of a wild fire.Â As we have learned every second counts , I know I am going to do this right away!Â
Wild Fire Safety Checklist
Â Â Supplies to take with you if you need to evacuate:
Waterâone gallon per person, per day (3Âday supply)
Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by the wildfires in Central Texas.Â Below is some of the important information you need to know.
Due to the fires in Bastrop County, Bastrop ISD has canceled school for the rest of the week.
Smithville ISD has cancelled classes for the rest of the week.
You can call the phone numbers below to find out more informationÂ for your area . Travis County (Steiner Ranch)Â 512-974-6199Bastrop - 512-581-4023Bastrop Citizens Information lines are 512-332-8856 and 512-332-8814Hays - 512-753-2180Bastrop Official SheltersBastrop Middle SchoolAscension Catholic ChurchSmithville Recreation CenterBastrop Church of ChristBastrop Community Outreach ChurchElgin Family WorshipTemporary HousingHomeaway Owners Offering Vacation PropertiesAustin-based HomeAway, Inc. has organized a Central Texas Wildfire Housing Directory of vacation homes available for rent, some at reduced rates or free of charge, to evacuees in need of housing. For HomeAway's Central Texas Wildfire Housing Directory go to:Â http://community.homeaway.com/docs/DOC-2067More than 30 properties, ranging from one-to-five-bedroom homes, are available in locations throughout Austin.Fully-furnished homes can be rented for short- and long-term stays. Individuals should contact the owners directly; more information is available on the site.More ways to help at www.gatewaychurch.comDonations: Rundell Business Park704 Hwy 71 W512-332-880711am - 8pmAnimal Rescue Donations512-694-5129The Red Cross of Central TexasÂ is helping out and if you would like to help with a donation you can go to their website here.The Austin Disaster Relief NetworkAustin Disaster Fire Victim Hotline - 512-331-2600Our sister station Talk 1370 has more updates here.
It's hard to believe that summer is almost over and the kids are back in school! Â When I was in school one of my first homework assignments was to tell the class what I did on my summer vacation. Â This year I spent my first summer in 6 years in my home state of Michigan !! Â Here are some of my favorite photo's from my trip! Â Enjoy!
I lived in St. Joseph Michigan for most of my teenage years!! It's a beautiful town on the banks of Lake Michigan !! You can see the lights of Chicago on the other side at night!
I must say I gotta have it! This beautiful southwestern teal vanity that I found this past weekend at The Home Consignment Center! The price is amazing too!! This is why I love shopping there so much!! Check out the gorgeous desk for back to school, the lovely Lennox china cup and saucer and the fabulous pillows and throws I found too!! Now off to the Home Consignment Center to make sure this vanity is mine!!!!
Prince William and Kate Middleton arrive in Los Angeles at 4pm this afternoon , 6pm out time!!Â They will most certainly take the west coast by storm.Â Here is their complete schedule.Â It looks like a fun packed weekend!Friday:Â Arrive at LAX at about 4 p.m.Friday Afternoon:Â Recpetion at Beverly Hilton.Friday Night:Â A reception at the British Consul-General's residence. The couple will stay at the Hancock Park home during the weekend.Saturday:Â The couple will attend a charity event for American Friends of The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry at theÂ Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club. William will play in a polo match at the club.Â Saturday Night:Â A black-tie dinner at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles. William is president of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, which will host the event.Sunday Morning: It's breakfast with American patrons of Tusk Trust
, an African conservation charity.
Later Sunday:Â They will travel to Skid Row to visit the Inner-City Arts school, a nonprofit academy that provides free classes in visual and performing arts to children from poor neighborhoods. At the school, the duke and duchess will join grade-school students in painting and working with ceramics and will watch a performance by teenage dancers.
Sunday Afternoon:Â They will attend a job fair for veterans at Sony Studios in Culver City before leaving Sunday night.
Â Our Majic listeners called it!! Â In our online poll you picked Scotty McCreery as the next American Idol! With a record 122 Million votes cast it was clear that Scotty was "In it to win it"!! Â I was hoping Lauren would pull it out since it has been 5 years since a gal has won this thing!! Â Maybe next year, if there is a next year! Â I think everyone in the Top 5 will have amazing careers! Â All season I have been thinking that Scotty looks like someone.....what do you think?Â
Check out Scotty's winning moment below! Â He really holds his own with Tim McGraw too!! Â Enjoy!!
Look for a little kiss on the lips between Scotty and Lauren after Ryan's big announcement of the winner!
The President and First Lady had lunch today with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge better know as Will and Kate at Buckingham Palace.Â Here is the first photo of today's lunch and one of the first of the royal couple since getting back from their honeymoon!Â I wonder what Prince William and the President are talking about?
This weekend was the finale of Saturday Night Live and while the season started out great, the writing and the performances of the last few months were not the best. This weekends SNL was a pleasant surprise! Justin Timberlake was hilarious and Lady Gaga was great too! It all boils down to great writing and from the opening to the close this one was one of the best SNL's I have ever seen! Check out JT's opening monologue below!! So funny!Beyonce won the Millenium Award at the Billboard Music Awards last night and did one of the most amazing performances I have ever seen of her current hit " Run The World (Girls)! Using the lates technology it really is stunning! Enjoy!
I was lucky enough to join some of our Majic listeners last night at the AT&T Center for the Josh Groban show last night!!Â If you have not seen Josh Groban perform live, you must!!Â He is amazing and may I add sweet and handsome too!!Â I first met Josh 10 years ago in Detroit when his career was just getting started, he is the same nice guy he was then!Â I love that!!
The semi-finals brought out everything last night on DWTS, drama, great dancing and injuries, including a scary one for Kym Johnson and her partner Hines Ward. Though the injury was very serious Kym performed all 3 dances last night with a few pain killers to help her along. These dancers really are amazing! Something new was added last night called the "Last Chance Cha Cha Cha"! It was a dance off of all 4 couples with one getting a bonus 15 points added to their total score! Check out the video below to see who one and the leaderboard totals. Things aren't looking too good for the Karate Kid this week!
Dancing with the Stars Leaderboard – Semi-FinalsChelsea and Mark: 73Hines and Kim: 60Kirstie and Maks: 54Ralph and Karina: 48
If you want to save a lot of money, yes there is an app for that!! Â I found 3 fabulous and free apps that will save you money on gas, groceries and everything else! Â Check out Keri Bellacosa and myself on "Good Day Austin" and the links below to start saving now!
He was "In it to win it" but American Idol hopeful James Durbin was sent home on Amercian Idol last night. He is in good company, if you remember Chris Daughtry was sent home the same week several years ago and his career continues to skyrocket! Â I expect the same thing will happen for James! Â Judge Steven Tyler premiered his new video last night andÂ American Idol Jordin Sparks debuted her new single "I Am Woman" and it's not Helen Reddy's version.Â Jordan looks fantastic! Â Â Check it out below along with James Durbin's goodbye to American Idol!
Lady GaGa was in the house and it made all the difference in the world when it came to confidence and Â creative performances from the final four Idol contestants!!Â James Durbin and Scotty McCreeryÂ wereÂ two of my favorites last night.Â Check out their performances below.
Drama, drama and more drama! Â Kirstie wasn't eating enough, Ralph danced despite a major injury and Chelsea and Mark had a heart to heart talk over his attitude!! Â That's why we love DWTS!!
Dancing with the Stars leaderboard for May 9, 2011:1. Chelsea Kane and DWTS pro Mark Ballas - scored 55 out of 60 (29 for individual + 26 for Instant Salsa)
2. Hines Ward and DWTS pro Kym Johnson - scored 54 out of 60 (28 for individual + 26 for Instant Jive)
3. Kirstie Alley and DWTS pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy - scored 53 out of 60 (28 for individual + 25 for Instant Salsa)
4. Romeo and DWTS pro Chelsie Hightower - scored 52 out of 60 (27 for individual + 25 for Instant Salsa)Â Â Â
5. Ralph Macchio and DWTS pro Karina Smirnoff - scored 46 out of 60 (25 for individual + 21 for Instant Cha Cha)Â Dancing with the Stars 2011 leaderboard consisting of combined scores for season 12:
1. Hines Ward and DWTS pro Kym Johnson - 268
2. Chelsea Kane and DWTS pro Mark Ballas - 261
3. Romeo and DWTS pro Chelsie Hightower - 251
4. Ralph Macchio and DWTS pro Karina Smirnoff - 249
5. Kirstie Alley and DWTS pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy - 248
I love my view of downtown Austin from our Majic 95.5 studios. Â One of the perks of getting up early is the gorgeous sunrises we get to see from time to time. Â Here are a few of my favorite pictures from Wednesday morning! Â I call these Majic sunrises! Â Enjoy!
Â Now that the Royal Wedding is history, I thought it would be fun to focus on 2 recent wedding that are both unusual and very special!
Forget Will and Kate, the hottest newlyweds are Rose Pollard and Forrest Lunsway. Rose is 90-years-old and Forrest is 100, which makes them the oldest newlywed couple ever. The two lovebirds tell us about their relationship in this adorable video. Try not to get emotional, just try.
Wow! Â I loved the Royal Wedding , didn't you? Â I am used to getting up early so I actually slept in a bit before tuning in just in time to see Kate Middleton arrive at the church in her gorgeous wedding gown! Â Perfection! With all the bad news out there it was refreshing to see this lovely wedding! Â Keri Bellacosa from Fox 7 and I got together Friday morning to give our thoughts on the Royal Wedding. Â Check out the video below!
Carole King never sounded so good!Â I was a bit leary of this week's musical theme, but these 6 talented contestants pulled it off last night , doing both solo and group performances of some of Carole King's classic songs.My two favorite performances were from James Durbin and Lauren Alaina!Â Check them out below.
Chris Jericho and fan favorite Cheryl Burke were sent home last night on DWTS!Â Â Â I love that Chris had such a great sense of humor about it!Â Saying it was a good thing he was going home , since he had to go to the Royal Wedding and that would have been tough for rehearsals.Â Â I was surprised to see Ralph Macchio up for elimination, but like American Idol no one is safe at this point.I loved the NKOTB and BSB performance, and Pia Toscanno looked and sounded lovely.Â Check out the performances below!
I love my Peeps, and I always seem to have some left over after Easter.Â Here is a fun recipe that is a colorful twist on the old Rice Krispie Treats recipeÂ Enjoy!Â
3 tablespoons butter
6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
In large pot, melt butter over low heat. Add Peeps and stir until completely melted. If using different colors, melt in separate color sections within the pot. Do not mix colors until Step 2. Remove pot from heat once butter is melted.Â Add Rice Krispies cereal.Â Stir until well coated.
Step 3 , Evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 1 1/2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool completely before cutting into desired shapes. Store in an airtight container.
What an amazing night on American Idol, even if they left Bruce Springsteen out of the telecast. Â All 7 Idol hopefuls were fantastic, not a weak one in the bunch, but someone has to go home. Â I think it may be fan favorite Jacob Lusk who had a hard time hearing his track when it messed up , he kept on Â singing anyway!Â
My favorite performance this week was from James Durban who sang the Muse hit "Uprising" and was amazing!!
Kasey Abrams was also fabulous doing his rendition of Maroon 5'sÂ "Harder To Breathe".Â He even snuck in a kiss for J-Lo!
On Friday I picked up my new Fiat 500 from the Fiat Design Studio in the Domain 2!! This car really is the perfect fashion accessory!! It comes in 14 fabulous colors and with so many different interior options and extras no 2 Fiat's are alike!! The Fiat 500 you design will be yours alone!! This little beauty also gets 38 miles to the gallon , so you can still have money to shop!! I took my Fiat 500 everywhere with me this weekend!! Check out the pictures below and go to the Fiat of Austin website to design your own Fiat 500!! You'll love it!
Finally a guy is sent home on American Idol!Â Though he was surprised I think Paul McDonald was also a bit relieved to be sent home last night.Â He's a star and he knows it.Â He not only has a great smile but a great attitude to match!Â It also looks like those Casey and Haley romance rumors may be true, they sure were heating things up during their duet last night! Â Â Â Check out Paul's farwell from last night and Casey and Haley's duet performaces Â below!
The natives were restless last night on American Idol last night! They have gotten brave and are starting to not only disagree with American Idol mentor Jimmy Iovine but were actually saying no and staying true to what they love to sing!! I love it!! They are such a talented group this year! My two favorite perfromances last night were Casey Abrams doing "Nature Boy" and Jabob Lusk doing "Bridge Over Troubled Water". Who did you like?
The lovely Scarlett Johansson was out jogging with her new boyfriend Sean Penn and his friend Owen Wilson in LA yesterday and revealed a bit of a tummy! Â Is she or isn't she? Â Here is the anatomy of this rumor.Step 1: Catch the celebrity at an awkward angle
"She's outside running and it's simply the placement of her shirt that is misleading," her rep, Marcel Pariseau, tells PEOPLE of Johansson.Step 2: Single out theÂ one photo that portrays her as a mere mortal
"She was followed and photographed for over 20 minutes and I'm sure there are other photos in the series that show and prove that she is not pregnant," the rep points out.
Step 3: Set the record straight
"Scarlett is not pregnant," Pariseau says, adding for good measure, "She's been training forÂ The Avengers for over four months and is in the best shape of her life."
What do you think?
Sugar Ray Leonard and his partner Anna Trebunskaya were voted off DWTS last night. Â They were near the bottom so this was not a big surprise, but the top scoring duo of Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas were also in jeopardy. Â I wonder if new girlfriend Pia Toscanno's luck is rubbing off on him!!
She really does it all!! Angelia Jolie has her own jewlery collection , "Style of Jolie" The collection, which she designed over the course of the last nine months with jeweler Robert Procop, is currently on display by invitation only at Julien’s Gallery in Beverly Hills, but we have a sneak peek! In the clip below. Though Jolie won’t be on hand to showcase her jewels, proceeds from the exhibition will benefit Children in Crisis, the charity of her choice
I loved the full orchestra on DWTS last night! Â The Viennese Waltz and the Paso Doble were the dances for the contestants this week. Â Kirstie Alley lost her shoe, (love her) and it looks like Sugar Ray Leonard or Kendra may have lost the night. Â The results are tonight at 7pm with Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson performing. Here's the leaderboard rundown:Chelsea Kane & Mark Ballas: 26
Hines Ward & Kym Johnson: 25
Ralph Macchio & Karina Smirnoff: 25
Chris Jericho & Cheryl Burke: 23
Petra Nemcova & Dmitry Chaplin: 23
Romeo & Chelsie Hightower: 23
Kirstie Alley & Maks Chmerkovskiy: 22
Sugar Ray Leonard & Anna Trebunskaya: 21
Kendra Wilkinson & Louis Van Amstel: 18
If you are still upset about Pia being eliminated from Amercian Idol, check out the interview below. American Ido Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe addresses the issue, plus if there will be changes in voting and if another female will ever win American Idol. This interview puts a lot in perspective.
Join the lovely Keri Bellacosa and myself every Friday at 9am on Good Day Austin on Fox 7!! Â Majic 95.5 has teamed up with Fox 7 for everything Â "Fabulous" for women in Austin. Â You can also hear Keri on Majic every Tuesday morning at 6:12 for more "Fabulous" information coming to "Good Day Austin" Â Check out our new promo below!! Â Make sure to join us for all the fun!!
Pia was voted off of American Idol last night after giving one of her best performances ever on Wednesday night!! Â This is the one big problem I have with American Idol. Â Not matter how great and talented the woman are over the last 5 years men have won the competition!! Â Everyone sent home in the Top 13 this year have been female!! Â Of the Top 8 left on Idol Â Haley and Lauren are the only gals left in the competition. Â I wish American Idol would do what DWTS does and have the audience vote and the judges vote go in together. Â See Pia's shocking elimination below!
Wendy Williams and her partner Tony were sent home last night on DWTS.Â No big surprise and Wendy look relieved and thanked everyone but decided not to do the last dance with her partner.Â One good reason may her poor , aching feet!Â The picture below was tweet by Wendy on Monday after rehearsals!Â OUCH!!!Â Â
Like Majic 95.5 on Facebook and you could win tickets to see Michael Buble' , June 1st at the Frank Erwin Center!! Â Â Click here to like us , then comment on our Michael Buble' photo for your chance to win!!
Week three of "Dancing with the Stars" was touted as an "emotional" journey in which each couple performed a personal story to a song of their choice. The biggest surprise of the night was Maksim Chmerkovskiy falling at the beginning of his dance with Kirstie Alley. They recovered and completed their dance but their 21 points placed them below four other couples on the leader board. Also falling in points were Ralph Macchio and partner Karina Smirnoff, who also earned 21 points. Supermodel Petra Nemcova and NFL star Hines Ward were the top dancers on Monday with 25 points each. Showing tremendous improvement former playmate Kendra Wilkinson tied for third with Disney star Chelsea Kane. They each had 23 points.The celebrity and his or her professional dance partner who receive the lowest combined score of judges' points and viewer votes will be eliminated on tonights show at 7pm of ABC.Â Â Check out the video of Maks and Kirstie below.Scores for the third week of competition:25: Supermodel Petra Nemcova and Dmitry Chaplin25: NFL star Hines Ward and Kym Johnson23: Former playmate Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett and Louis van Amstel23: Disney star Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas21: Actor Ralph Macchio and partner Karina Smirnoff21: Actress Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy21: WWE star Chris Jericho and Cheryl Burke20: Boxer Sugar Ray Leonard and Anna Trebunskaya20: Singer Romeo and Chelsie Hightower15: Talk show host Wendy Williams and Tony DovolaniÂ
We only had a week to wait for the first photo's of Reese Witherspoon's wedding to Jim Toth last weekend!Â People magazine has the scoop!Â I don' t this Reese has ever looked happier or more beautiful!Â Enjoy!
I love this guy!! Â His name is Chas, Â he is 40 years old , he lives in San Francisco and he is looking for a wife! Â Not a big deal you say? Â Well if you can find Chas a wife he will pay you $10,000!! Â This is not a late April Fools joke either. Â Do you know someone who is looking for the one? Â Â Check out his website here!Hereâs how ChasÂ explains it all:
What is this?
Itâs simple. Introduce me to the girl I end up marrying, and Iâll give you ten grand!
Sounds kinda sketchy.
Fair enough. Basically, I work a lot and never had much luck with online dating. I figured, why not create a site where Iâm the only guy.
If this helps me find a soulmate, itâll be worth bazillions. But I donât have bazillions. $10K seemed to say, âIâm serious but not insane.â
40 and still single? Hmm.
Thanks to a decade of âlife coachingâ and some insightful relationships, I can honestly say Iâm ready to start a family. For realz.
When Michael Buble' hits the stage at the Frank Erwin Center on June 1st he will be off the market!Â Michael married Argentine actress Luidana Loreley Lopilato de la Torre in a civil ceremony in Buenos Aires yesterday.Â This weekendÂ he will have a bigger more formal ceremony with family and friends!Â Check out the picture of the happy and gorgeous couple below!
It seems that the iconic wedding gown worn by Princess Diana on her wedding day was not the only one made.Â It turns out there was a backup in case the orignal dress was seen or photographed before her wedding day.Â Take a look a the never before seen "backup" dress below.Â Â David and Elizabeth Emmanuel who designed the original dress also designed this one.
Last night on Dancing With The Stars everyone danced like they want to win!! Â That made for some fun dances , and great performances. Â The judges were also more harsh not that week one is out of Â the way, especially Len!! Â Overall I thought that Ralph Macchio was the most fun to watch , but I really love Hines Ward and his smile too!! Â Kirstie Allie did not disappoint , but pink is not her color!The scores and votes from tonight will be combined with those from last week and one couples will be sent waltzing into the dark. Â Here are the judges' scores from last week and the slit each couple received.Here's the leaderboard rundown, with tonight's score in parentheses alongside their two-night totals:Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff: 45 (21)
Hines Ward and Kym Johnson: 44 (23)
Kirstie Alley and Maks Chmerkovskiy: 43 (20)
Chris Jericho and Cheryl Burke: 42 (23)
Romeo and Chelsie Hightower: 42 (23)
Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas 39 (18)
Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett and Louis van Amstel: 37 (19)
Petra Nemcova and Dmitry Chaplin: 36 (18)
Sugar Ray Leonard and Anna Trebunskaya: 34 (17)
Wendy Williams and Tony Dovolani: 31 (17)
Mike Catherwood and Lacey Schwimmer: 30 (17)Tomorrow is the results show starting at 8pm on ABC. Â This year there will be a "pro dance troupe of six world renowned performers" appearing throughout the season. Â They will dance with the competing professionals for their first performance and then perform on their own. Â Chris Brown will also perform before someone waltzes off into the dark. Â I think it's Mike and Lacy! Â What do you think?
I love SATC and forgot how great those shows were! Â I watched every one of them on HBO and have seen them all a dozen times since. Â Â This past weekend I discovered them again on the E network. They are running all of the original episodes (with a bit of editing) and I am falling in love with them all over again!! Â It's my new guilty weekend pleasure!!
At this stage of the game on American Idol every vote counts. Â Tonight's results proved that! Â I also believe the order of the performances early on can make a difference. Â Tonight's results proved that too!! Â The amazingly talented Casey Abrams had the lowest number of votes and shockingly faced elimination. Â Clearly performing early I think a lot of voters forgot about him. Â I am so glad the judges used their one save of the season to keep Casey!! Â I have a feeling a bit of this was staged on the judges part , but Casey had no idea and his face and reaction are quite emotional!! Â Check out the video below if you missed it!Stevie Wonder sang his classic "Happy Birthday To Ya" to Steven Tyler in honor of his 63rd birthday!! Â Hey Steven you "don't look a day over fabulous " either! Â Check out Steven's fun birthday cake! Â Yummy!!
More fabulous stuff from last night's show!
It was Motown night on American Idol and one of the best show's ever!! Â Everyone tried to bring their A game and while some succeeded , so did not. Â Nobody gave a bad performance but as you know with American Idol some talent grows and some does not and it begins to show the further into the competition we get. My favorite performance belonged to Jacob Lusk doing a soulful rendition of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell's "Your All I Need to Get By". Â Steven Tyler actually ran up on stage to give Jacob a hug, call ing him baby Luther after Luther Vandross! Â Ryan Seacrest Â then invited the whole front row to do the same. Â Who was your favorite? Â Check out Jacob's incredible performance below!American IdolÂ Top 11Â Performances:
Casey Abrams â I Heard It Through the Grapevine
Thia Megia â Heat Wave
Jacob Lusk â Youâre All I Need to Get By
Lauren Alaina â You Keep Me Hanging On
Stefano Langone â Hello
Haley Reinhart â Youâve Really Got a Hold On Me
There will be many tributes to the legendary star Elizabeth Taylor in the coming weeks after her death today at age 79.Â I love this one done by another legend who is no longer with us, Paul Newman.Â Â Take a few minutes to look at the video and I think you'll agree it sums up her incredible and wonderful life perfectly!Â
Dancing With The Star's premiered last night and there were some big surprises! Â I've missed it and I am so glad it's back!! Â My favorites were Ralph Macchio and Kirstie Alley! Â It was fun as always and this week there will be no elimination. Â Next Monday the couples will perform again and then next Tuesday will be the first elimination. Here's how the leaderboard stacked up:Ralph Macchio & Karina Smirnoff: 24
Kirstie Alley & Maks Chmerkovskiy: 23
Chelsea Kane & Mark Ballas: 21
Hines Ward & Kym Johnson: 21
Chris Jericho & Cheryl Burke: 19
Romeo & Chelsie Hightower: 19
Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett & Louis Van Amstel: 18
Petra Nemcova & Dmitry Chaplin: 18
Sugar Ray Leonard & Anna Trebunskaya: 17
Wendy Williams & Tony Dovolani: 14
Mike Catherwood & Lacey Schwimmer: 13 Below are all the official photo's for this year's cast. Â Who is your favorite?
What a crazy weekend!! Â I'm sure you feel the same way!! Â There was so much to do in Austin! Â Of course there was SXSW, Rodeo Austin and March Madness for you NCAA Basketball fans! Â Let's not forget the "Supermoon" which was amazing!! Â I had a chance to hang out at SXSW, head on over and see how things are going at the new Fiat of Austin Design studio in the Domain 2 and get a spectacular view of the moon on Saturday night! Â Check out some pictures from my weekend below!!
Every girl remembers her prom!! Â It really is a special time in a girls life! Â I remember my mother made my prom dress and I loved it!! Â As you know the cost of going to the prom can be very expensive! Â For some girls who come from underprivileged circumstances prom night had become more of a dream and less of a reality!My friends at Westbank Dry-Cleaning have teamed up with Prom Rack to help make these girls dreams come true! Â Check out the details below to see if you can help, or if you know a young girl who needs help attending her prom .
The Prom Rack has two events annually. The first is a private, one-day event for the benefit of youth in the foster care system. Each child is treated to a day of special attention from head to toe and is outfitted with full attire for their prom.The second is a community-wide event open to girls with financial limitations in the Austin area. This event will take place on April 7th, 2011 from 4:30-7:00 p.m. at the Capital City Events Center.(location)Donations of current prom dresses, like new shoes and accessories can be taken to any of our eight locations year-round.Please see our donation guidelines below:
Dresses should be no more than 5 or 6 years old and in good shape of any size
We do not accept dresses with broken zippers, rips or tears or permanent stains.Â We do not accept wedding dresses
It is also National Clean Out Your Closet Week!! Â There may be a few prom dresses waiting for a new home , or if you just have some wonderful items you no longer need you can donate them to many wonderful places like Goodwill or Â The Assistance League of Austin!! If you ever needed the motivation to clean out your closet , helping other's and giving back is the perfect motivator!
Happy 40th Birthday Starbucks!! Â I had no idea Starbucks had been around that long, I thought maybe 25 years, but 40? Â That is a milestone! Â To celebrate Starbucks is introducing Â Starbucks Petites!! What are Starbucks petites? Â Here are the delicious descriptions!
Alex and I love our hard boiled eggs, we're addicted!! Â We are always talking about the right way to boil and egg, I found one that not only works, (I tried it this past weekend) but is fun too! Â Check it out here from "Eggwatchers"!! Check out a little preview below! Â Enjoy your incredible, edible, hard boiled eggs!!
I found this fun "Brain Teaser" over the weekend. Â Read the following paragraph below and it will explain it all to you!! Â You and even Charlie Sheen can read this!! Â Enjoy and Happy Fat Tuesday!!
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Monday's after a lovely weekend , like we just had can be a bit tough to start! I love this "Just The Little Things" tumblr! It 's a list of all the simple things we should appreciate. There are too many to pick favorites. Go check it out;) Here are a few of my favorites below! Enjoy!!
As you know I love shopping and I love getting a fantastic bargain even more! Â This weekend I was at one of my favorite places to shop and save money...Nordstrom Rack in the Gateway Center!! Â Â I found these fun Tory Burch flip flops for just $16.50!! Â I almost passed these by, they were in the show clearance bin, but I decided to take a look through everything , and there they were in my size 8 just waiting for me. Â Never forget to take your time when looking for bargains! Â It really pays off!! More fabulous news there is a new Nordstrom Rack coming to the Sunset Valley Shopping Center next Thursday March 10th! Â Wonderful if you live south, but wherever you live , we now have TWO Nordstrom Racks to indulge in!! Â You can become a Rack Insider here, and get the inside scoop on all the great deals before anyone else ( I love that!!) Â Happy Shopping!
DANCING WITH THE STARS’: THE SEASON 12 COUPLESKirstie Alley and Maksim ChmerkovskiyRalph Macchio and Karina SmirnoffSugar Ray Leonard and Anna TrebunskayaWWE star Chris Jericho and Cheryl Burke Kendra Wilkinson and Louis van AmstelWendy Williams and Tony DovolaniRapper Lil Romeo and Chelsie HightowerDisney actress Chelsea Kane and Mark BallasFootballer Hines Ward and Kym Johnson“Psycho” Mike Catherwood and Lacey SchwimmerPetra Nemcova and Dmitry Chaplin (Welcome back!)
ABC’s official announcement is tomorrow.
"The King's Speech" was the big winner at Sunday's Academy Awards, taking home four Oscars, including best picture, best director and best actor for Colin Firth.I was less than thrilled with the Academy Awards show this year, it seemed most of the audience in the Kodak Theater agree when Billy Crystal made a surprise appearance he received a standing ovation! Â No chemistry with James Franco and Anne Hathaway, but Anne clearly was the better of the two.There was also a redesign of "The Envelope" too! Â It looks fabulous but appeared hard to open for many of the presenters!There wasn't an award for best dressed but my favorite by far was the fabulous Cate Blanchett!!Here's the complete list of winners at the 83rd annual Academy Awards Sunday night:Best picture: "The King's Speech"
Best director: Tom Hooper,
"The King's Speech"
Best actor: Colin Firth, "The King's Speech"
Best actress: Natalie Portman, "Black Swan"
Best supporting actor: Christian Bale,
Best supporting actress: Melissa Leo,
Best animated feature film: "Toy Story 3"
Best documentary feature: "Inside Job"
Best foreign-language film: "In a Better World" (Denmark)
Best original screenplay: David Seidler, "The King's Speech"
Best adapted screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, "The Social Network"
Best original song: Randy Newman, "We Belong Together," from "Toy Story 3"
Best original score: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, "The Social Network"
Best cinematography: "Inception"
Best film editing: "The Social Network"
Best documentary short subject:
"Strangers No More"
Best animated short film: "The Lost Thing"
Best live-action short film: "God of Love"
Best art direction: "Alice in Wonderland"
Best costume design: "Alice in Wonderland"
Best makeup: "The Wolfman"
Best visual effects: "Inception"
Best sound editing: "Inception"
Best sound mixing: "Inception"
American Idol has its Top 24 for Season 10. And, if you believe Randy Jackson, it's a group that includes the most talented person ever on Idol (Casey Abrams) and the singer who gave the show's best performance ever (Jacob Lusk).Whether you buy that or not, it's a group that holds a lot of wild cards, both in terms of personalities and musical styles.Here's your cast:WOMEN
Clint Jun Gamboa
The 12 male semifinalists take the stage for the first time Tuesday, March 1 (8:00-9:30 PM ET/PT), and the 12 female semifinalists sing their hearts out for America and the judges on the following night Wednesday, March 2 (8:00-9:30 PM ET/PT). Then, itâs the moment youâve been waiting for when this seasonâs finalists are announced Thursday, March 3 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.Full voting details will be on AmericanIdol.com shortly. Check back soon for further information. Â Including voting online which will start on Tuesday March 1st!
Here is my favorite printable version of the 2011 Oscar Ballot! Â I use this one from MovieFone every year! Â Click here to get yours! The 83rd Annual Academy Awards are Sunday night at 7pm on ABC! Â I am rooting for "The Kings Speech" and the gorgeous Colin Firth!!
I am not a cook, but do love making a few select dishes.Â My favorite is meatballs, with Swedish meatballs being my specialty!Â Â I found at that Oprah loves her meatballs too!Â Her favorite come at a price, $26 for 3 meatballs at Tratoria Mollie in Montecito California where Oprah lives!Thank you Mollie for sharing your recipe so we can make them at home.Â The secret ingrediant to these yummy meatballs is raisins!!Â Yes, raisins!!Â I plan on making these very soon, and you can too!!Â Enjoy!!
Turkey Meatball (Polpette alla Mollie)
makes 18 meatballsÂ
1 pound hot Italian turkey sausage
2 ounces fresh breadcrumbs , plus 10 ounces to coat meatballs
1 whole egg , plus 4 more for egg wash
2 ounces Parmesan cheese , plus extra for garnish
2 tablespoons fresh chopped Italian parsley
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
Pinch salt and pepper
2 tablespoons whipping cream
3 ounces black raisins
4 ounces white flour
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 cloves chopped garlic
12 tablespoons chopped shallot
1 tablespoon brandy
4 cups fresh tomato sauce
1 tablespoon fresh chopped oregano
Heat oil to 400 degrees F in deep fryer or large, heavy pot suitable for deep frying.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
In a large bowl combine sausage, 2 ounces breadcrumbs, 1 egg, 2 ounces Parmesan cheese, 1 tablespoon Italian parsley, crushed red pepper and a pinch of salt and pepper. Mix together briefly to distribute seasonings. Add raisins and mix them in. Shape into 2.5-ounce meatballs and set aside.
Put flour in shallow bowl. In another bowl, beat four eggs. In a third bowl, put 10 ounces of fresh breadcrumbs.
Lightly coat meatballs in flour, dip in egg wash and roll in breadcrumbs coating meatballs evenly.
Using slotted spoon, cook batches of meatballs in deep fryer until golden. Remove from oil and drain on paper-lined plate.
Put olive oil in large frying pan on medium high heat. Add chopped garlic and shallots, cooking until golden. Stir in a pinch of red pepper and add brandy. Put tomato sauce into pan and transfer meatballs, covering them with sauce.
Put pan into preheated oven for 20 minutes, until meatballs are cooked. When finished, take out and garnish with 1 tablespoon Italian parsley, oregano and Parmesan cheese.
Serve alone or with pasta.
When visiting Chantal O's family in Seattle Brad got to meet her adorable puppy!!Â I am not sure what kind of dog this is but he is too cute for words!!Â I think Brad like the dog alot too, either way Chantal says her 2 cats and puppy are a package deal, they come with her!!Â I really don't think Brad will object to this cute little guy!!
It starting to get good...very good! Now that American Idol has whittled it down to the Top 50 contestants some amazing talent is starting to shine! Last night was the first time I have seen Jacob Lusk but I will never forget this performance...amazing!!
She's back!!Â Celine Dion arrived back in Las Vegas yesterday to get ready for her return to the stage at The Forum at Ceasar's Palace.Â She brought along her husband, her 9 year old son Renee Charles, and her adorable 4 month old twin boys Nelson and Eddy!
This is one of those "Why didn't I think of it"? moments. Â I received a unique catalog yesterday for a store called "Flor". Â It's a design it yourself way to do your carpet using carpet squares in different colors and textures and the designs are limitless! Â Each square is priced Â and sold separately so you can buy as many as you like and mix and match!! Â Check out the website here! Check out the fun pictures below which are just a sample of the many fun and creative ideas with this fabulous concept!! Â Enjoy!
Starting today through Valentine's Day you can get delicious cupcakes and "Luvcakes" from a new temporary Hey Cupcake Location! This location is on Research between Great Hills Trail and Braker Lane.This is just north of the junction at Mopac and 183! Â Just go North on 183 and take the Braker Lane exit! Â See the map below! Remember you can only get your cupcakes here through Valentines Day! Â They are open to sell out each day! Â Enjoy!!Hey Cupcake is only selling their "Luvcakes" through Valentine's Day too! Â Check out the cute video below and make this an extra sweet Valentine's Day for someone special!!
After the Super Bowl during the new episode of Glee the new "X-Factor" commercial with Simon Cowell ran! I loved it!! If you want to audition for "X-Factor" the cities and dates have just been announced! Check out the details below!From a Fox press release:“THE X FACTOR” … HAVE YOU GOT IT?
“THE X FACTOR” ANNOUNCES $5 MILLION SONY MUSIC/SYCO RECORD DEAL FOR WINNERSINGERS AND VOCAL GROUPS AGE 12 AND OVER ELIGIBLE TO AUDITION IN FRONT OF AUDIENCES OF THOUSANDSYoung Guys, Young Girls, Older Singers and Vocal Groups Who Have What It Takes To Be a Global Superstar Are All InvitedAuditions Begin Sunday, March 27, in Los Angeles; Chicago, Dallas, Miami, New York/New Jersey and Seattle Also to Host AuditionsSign Up Now for Audition Information at www.fox.com/theXfactor
I grew up in Dearborn , Michigan just outside of Detroit and until I moved to Austin in 2006, I lived and worked there. I liked some of the Super Bowl commercials, but this one with Eminem for Chrysler really moved me. I used to work at a radio station downtown and all of the landmarks here mean so much to me. I worked in the building with the doorman and saw many fantastic performances at The Fox Theatre on Woodward Avenue. I passed The Spirit of Detroit statue everyday on my way to work and the statue dedicated to Joe Louis (the fist you see in the commercial) is a landmark too. This is such a powerful commercial in so many ways!
Living in Michigan for most of my life I am used to ice and snow, just not all the hills that Austin has!! Â One thing I am glad I kept since moving to Austin in 2006 is my "Super Scraper"!!Â It comes with a brush to get the snow off of my car and and ice scraper to scrape off the ice!!Â I don't know if you can buy one here in Austin, but you can buy one here!!Â Hopefully I won't have to use if for another 5 years!!
It's been Â 5 years since the USDA updated it's dietary guidelines. Â Here is a link to the updated guidelines, you can also Â download the complete pamphlet issued yesterday! Â The biggest change is to cut our sodium intake! We all need to watch the salt , but even more so if we are over 50 or African American! Here's to a healthier New Year!!
Lauren Alaina is the first American Idol contestant I have seen so far this year that will make it to the Top10! She is only 15, but what a talent!! As Randy Jackson says in this video, Lauren has God given talent!! Check it out if you missed it and I am sure you will agree!
She has the closet of all closets!! She supposedly has every Louis Vuitton bag ever made, and more shoes than anyone can dare imagine , she is Kimora Lee Simmons!! She has her own fashion label , Baby Phat and her own reality show, "Kimora: Life In The Fab Lane"! Want to take a peek inside this fantasy land? Let Kimora be your guide! Warning: The contents of this closet may make you green with envy!! Enjoy!
'The King's Speech' rules the 83rd annual Academy Award nominations -- with nods for best picture, best actor, best supporting actress and best supporting actor!Â This is my favorite picture so far this year!Â The awards are Sunday February 27th at 7pm on ABC!!Best Picture
'The Kids Are All Right'
'The King's Speech'
'The Social Network'
'Toy Story 3'
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Javier Bardem, 'Biutiful'
Jeff Bridges, 'True Grit'
Jesse Eisenberg, 'The Social Network'
Colin Firth, 'The King's Speech'
James Franco, '127 Hours'
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Annette Benning, 'The Kids Are All Right'
Nicole Kidman, 'Rabbit Hole'
Jennifer Lawrence, 'Winter's Bone'
Natalie Portman, 'Black Swan'
Michelle Williams, 'Blue Valentine'
Best Actor in Supporting Role
Christian Bale, 'The Fighter'
John Hawkes, 'Winter's Bone'
Jeremy Renner, 'The Town'
Mark Ruffalo, 'The Kids Are All Right'
Geoffrey Rush, 'The King's Speech'
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams, 'The Fighter'
Helena Bonham Carter, 'The King's Speech'
Melissa Leo, 'The Fighter'
Haille Steinfeld, 'True Grit'
Jacki Weaver, 'Animal Kingdom'
Darren Aronofsky, 'Black Swan'
The Coen Brothers, 'True Grit'
David Fincher, 'The Social Network'
Tom Hooper, 'The King's Speech'
David O. Russell, 'The Fighter
Best Original Screenplay
'The Kids Are All Right'
'The King's Speech'
Best Adapted Screenplay
'The Social Network'
'Toy Story 3'
Best Foreign Film
'In a Better World,' Denmark
'Outside the Law,' Algeria
Here is a link to a complete list of the 2011 Academy Award nominations!
I don't know about you, but I am ready for Spring! Â I just found the latest colors that one of my favorite nail brand Essie is offering for spring!! Â The new collection is called "A French Affair". Â These pretty sorbet like colors will get you into the mood for spring! The A French Affair collection will arrive in stores in February, as well as online at Essie.com. Each color retails for around $8.On a side note, Essie is reportedly planning to launch a 100-shade color collection in the next few months that will include previous favorites, bestsellers and several limited edition mini-collections.I will need to stock up on my can't do without shades "It's In The Bag". Â Ask anyone who knows me, it is the only color I ever wear!! Â Try it and see for yourself!!
I think Victoria Huggins is the most adorable contestant to audition for American Idol ever!! She has the looks, personality and she really can sing!! She is 16 and 3/4 years old and from North Carolina and even if she doesn't win she certainly won the heart of the judges and everyone who watches this video! Enjoy!
If you don't know what a "Trenta" is , you will this week if you are a fan of Starbuck's like I am. Â Starbucks will be offering the new extra large size drink starting this week!! Â The "Trenta" will be 31 ounces-one ounce shy of a quart- and available for iced coffee, Tazo shaken ice tea (my favorite) and iced lemonade!! Â Read more about it here!! I can't wait!!
According to the Minnesota Planetarium Society, here is where the real signs of the Zodiac should fall. Get ready for your world to change forever. Â I am no longer a Libra but a Virgo...not so fast!!! Â I'm not switching!!Capricorn: Jan. 20-Feb. 16.
Aquarius: Feb. 16-March 11.
Pisces: March 11-April 18.
Aries: April 18-May 13.
Taurus: May 13-June 21.
Gemini: June 21-July 20.
Cancer: July 20-Aug. 10.
Leo: Aug. 10-Sept. 16.
Virgo: Sept. 16-Oct. 30.
Libra: Oct. 30-Nov. 23.
Scorpio: Nov. 23-29.
Ophiuchus: Nov. 29-Dec. 17.Â (Yep, this one is new â read all about the Ophiuchus way of life here)
Sagittarius: Dec. 17-Jan. 20.If you are like me and don't want to change you sign and don't really believe in all of this anyway you make like this!
This is so fantastic!!Â Here is a list of the new proposed guidelines for our children's lunches by the USDA.Â These are the first changes in over 15 years!Â What do you think?
The announcement is a proposal, and it could be several years before and schools are required to make changes.The new USDA guidelines would:
_ Establish the first calorie limits for school meals.
_ Gradually reduce the amount of sodium in the meals over 10 years, with the eventual goal of reducing sodium by more than half._ Ban most trans fats.
_ Require more servings of fruits and vegetables._ Require all milk served to be low fat or nonfat, and require all flavored milks to be nonfat._ Incrementally increase the amount of whole grains required, eventually requiring most grains to be whole grains._ Improve school breakfasts by requiring schools to serve a grain and a protein, instead of one or the other.
It is one cold Winter that's for sure! Â Though we have not experienced any snow in Austin, Â the map above shows just how far the snow has reached!! Â It looks like Florida is the only snow free state this year!
Â We are all busy and on the go these days andÂ sometimes a little pre-packed foodÂ is what we need to make our lives easier.Â Here is a great list from "Women's Health" magazine!Â They have just released a list of the 125 Best Pre-Packaged Foods For Women, and there are some great choices here!!Â Â Check out the list here!
When Piers Morgan new show air's on CNN January 17th , his first guest will be none other thanOprah Winfrey! Check out the video of the new promo that CNN has just released! Getting Oprah will be hard to top though!
IfÂ you have made a New Year's Resolution to lose weight , or just to keep the weight off here are 3 great weightloss tips from Women's Health magazine to help you out!Â The best part is they are simple and easy to do!!1.Â Eat protein with every meal and every snack.2. Never skip breakfast!!3. Eat before and after you exercise!For a full explanation of these tips and more information click here!
If you've watched the news or logged onto the internet in the last 24 hours you most likely have heard about Ted Williams, the man with the "Golden Radio Voice" or the "Homeless DJ". When I first took a look at this video a friend posted on Facebook Tuesday afternoon, I had a Susan Boyle moment!! Remember now, I have been in radio for over 30 years and have worked with some of the best voices in the business and I was stunned at how talented Ted is!! That's not all, within 24 hours Ted had several BIG job ,MTV, many radio stations and even the Cleveland Calvelier's have offered him an announcer job and a home!!After watching the heart warming effects of this viral video , 2 thought's came to mind;1. How powerful the internet has become2. How powerful people are who open their hearts to help someone less fortunate then themselves. We see many pan handler's like Ted on street corner's all over Austin. Maybe it is time to look at them in a different way and remember everyone has a story and deserves a second chance. You can check out video's of Ted's journey below.
If it's true , Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds started of the new year right here in Austin at Bess Bistro, Sandra's restaurant on 6th Street. Â The word is they were holding hands that night and left and went to Sandra's home!! Â I'm not sure if it's true. Â The rumor is the Sandra is being a great friend and consoling Ryan during the holiday's after he and Scarlett Johansson filed for divorce. Â Some of the best relationships start out as friendships so I give this a big thumbs up!!
I love Westbank Dry Cleaning! Â I have been using their new free delivery service for over a month now and it has saved me so much time!! Â Twice a week they pick up and drop off my clothing here at work, but they can also pick up and drop off at your home too!! Â The price is the same as in store service and you can have it billed to your account. Â It really is hassle free!! Â Call 512-236-8611 and sign up now!! You will also automatically be signed up for their VIP Rewards Program which will save you money too!!I had a chance to ride along with Logan , who is one of Westbank Dry Cleaning's amazing delivery guys. Â He treat's everyone like family and is so attentive to every detail too! Â I made a video of our delivery run, check it out below!! Â You also have time to drop off a toy for Westbank Dry Cleaning's Toy Drive going on now through this Friday December 17th! Click here for all the details!!Westbank Dry Cleaning now delivers to the following Austin Zip Codes!! Treat yourself to this wonderful service now during the holiday's and all year long! Â You deserve it!
Cher always looks lovely for her age, but she hasn't gone the facelift route, but the tape route instead.Â Â A closeup from the Burlesque permiere in London has the evidence!Â Everyone has their secret's for looking fabulous!!
Two Royal engagement photo's were released on Saturday. The royal couple Â had formal and casual pictures taken by Mario Testino who took many pictures of Lady Diana.Â Prince William picked him for the job and the photo's as you can see are fantastic!Â Kate Middleton is very photogenic!
Barbara Walter's is interview Oprah Winfrey in a 1 hour special tonight at 8pm on ABC, prior to her Most Fascinating People of the Year Special at 9pm. Here is a very revealing clip from the interview tonight!
After zooming from one end of the mall to the other, don't you deserve a quick bite? Of course. Does it have to be greasy fries, gooey cinnamon buns, or some other equally fattening, sodium-loaded calorie bomb? No way! Believe it or not, you can eat healthy while you tackle holiday errands. Check outÂ these delicious, nutritious picks.Â Check them out here!!Â Happy eating and shopping!Â
Ever wonder what stars eat while shooting movies?
A set chef from Angelina Jolieâs new movie revealed what she eats every day while on location or her directorial debut film:
âPogacsa scones (a Hungarian specialty)
âMixed seeds and nuts
âChopped broccoli & Cauliflower
The last two items sound heathy at least.Â Â If I could eat chocolate croissants and look like Angelina Jolie I would!
Join me tomorrow night at the Four Season's Hotel tomorrow night at 9pm for the 5th Annual Rags To RagsÂ Fundraiser and Fashion Show!Â Â This years theme is "Austin Goes Hollywood" and I will be channeling my inner Beyonce' as "Foxy Cleopatra" with my dog Austin Powers!Â Â It's going to be so much fun and it is a pleasure to help our Lisa Starr and the wonderful people at the Austin Humane Society!Â The show starts at 9pm and tickets are still available.Â Get all the details here!
Today is World Aids Day and in honor of it many of your favorite celebrities have signed off Twitter until a$1 million dollars is raised to support the "Keep A Child Alive" charity started by the lovely Alicia Keys.Â Celebrities have been posing in the campaign as corpses!Â Â Below is Kim Kardashian and here is a link to the rest including, Ryan Seacrest, Alicia Keys and Elijah Wood.Â Â Â You can donate to "Keep A Child Alive" here!
I really love this dress, even though I am not a fan of blue for me.Â I do think this dress would look good on just about anyone. While it sold out within hours in London, American women coveting the blue Issa dressKate Middleton wore to announce her engagement are in luck: Starting immediately, reservations can be placed on the $535 long-sleeved silk-jersey dress on net-a-porter.com, with orders expected to be shipped in January.
Â Time to shop til you drop online today!Â Here is a link to some of the best deals out there and some time and money saving tipsÂ are below too!Â Happy shopping!!Cyber Monday Shopping Tips:
+ Log on Early: Some sites will offer doorbuster-style deals that will last only for a few hours online. Many other retailers will post specials on their sites as early as midnight on Thanksgiving day and continue through Cyber Monday. (That's a total of five days of online shopping!) Both JC Penney and Radio Shack will start their Cyber Monday sales early on Thanksgiving.
+ Shop Safely: Make sure you're shopping on secured sites. Check for a padlock icon or that the website begins with "https://" -- both signs that the site is encrypted and safe. Also, avoid following links that are included in an email, as doing this will risk being linked to a fake Web page. Instead, type the URL of the store directly into a new window.
+ Skip the Shipping Fees: The one downside of shopping online (versus shopping at the mall) are the shipping fees. But the good news is many retailers offer free shipping deals on Cyber Monday. If you don't find free shipping deals on a retailer's site, check a competitor's. Also, some sites offering free shipping deals require a promotional code, so check up on bargain-hunting sites like RetailMeNot.com, Currentcodes.com, Savings.com and Couponcabin.com. Or you can simply do a Google search for the name of the retailer you're buying from plus the words "promotion code."
+ Shop Smart: Price comparison sites, like pricegrabber.com, are extra helpful when you're shopping online to ensure you're getting the best price for a particular item.
As the Music Director for Majic 95.5 , I feel I owe it to you my Loyal Listener's to provide you with a few songs to add to your Thanksgiving Day Soundtrack! Happy Thanksgiving!!LINGER - THE CRANBERRIES!
MASHED POTATO TIME - DEE DEE SHARP
GREEN ONIONS - BOOKER T & THE MG'S
AMERICAN PIE - DON McLEAN
Here's how the leaderboard stacked up:Jennifer & Derek: 60 (30, 30)Kyle & Lacey: 56 (27, 29)Bristol & Mark: 52 (27, 25)On tonight's two-hour finale, the finalists will dance twice more for judges' points only and, following music from Christina AguileraÂ and a whole lot of filler, a new winner will claim the mirror-ball trophy.
She did it again!! Â Everyone got a car, and not just any car! Â Oprah gave everyone in today's audience a new, redesigned Volkswagen Beetle! Â No one will be able to actually see the car until May, (except for the talk diva herself). Â We did get to glimpse a shadow of it though! Â Who cares? Â Everyone got a car!!!!Here is the complete list of Oprah's Favorite Things!! There really is something for everyone here! Â My favorite are the black sequined Uggs!!
Oprah revealed a lot of fabulous things this afternoon in Part One of her favorite things show! Â How about a diamond watch, the best macaroni in cheese in the world , a 3D TV and a cruise on the world's biggest cruise ship? Â These are just a few of her favorite things! Â Check out the entire list here! You can win some of her favorite things by entering an online contest here!!
The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince William to Miss Catherine Middleton.
The wedding will take place in the Spring or Summer of 2011, in London. Further details about the wedding day will be announced in due course.
Prince William and Miss Middleton became engaged in October during a private holiday in Kenya. Prince William has informed The Queen and other close members of his family. Prince William has also sought the permission of Miss MiddletonÂ¹s father.
Following the marriage, the couple will live in north Wales, where Prince William will continue to serve with the Royal Air Force.
Here's Â last night's leaderboard:Jennifer Grey & Derek Hough 60 (30, 30)
Kyle Massey & Lacey Schwimmer 58 (29, 29)
Brandy & Maks Chmerkovskiy 57 (27, 30)
Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas 53 (27, 26)Annie LennoxÂ and Enrique Iglesias perform on tonight's Â results show, and then 3 of the remaining stars will move onto the finale.
It's been 25 years of picking the "Sexiest Man Alive" for People Magazine!!Â Last year Johnny Depp was the sexiest man for the second time and this year People will announce the 2010 winner with a TV show to celebrate the 25th year of the annual tradition that we ladies love!
Below is the entire list of winners at the 2010 CMA Awards:
Entertainer of the Year: Brad Paisley
Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert
Male Vocalist of the Year: Blake Shelton
New Artist of the Year: Zac Brown Band
Vocal Group of the Year: Lady Antebellum
Vocal Duo of the Year: Sugarland
Single of the Year: “Need You Now,” Lady Antebellum
Album of the Year: Revolution, Miranda Lambert
Song of the Year: “The House That Built Me,” Miranda Lambert
Musical Event of the Year: “Hillbilly Bone,” Blake Shelton and Trace Adkins
Music Video of the Year: “The House that Built Me,” Miranda Lambert
Musician of the Year: Mac McAnally, guitar
Check out Gwyneth Paltrow's much anticipated performance! I thought she was fantastic! What do you think?
On last night's Dancing With the Stars, each of the five remaining couples performed one ballroom routine, and an "instant dance" to a surprise song.
Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer were first up with a Viennese waltz. Kyle then reached into the mirror ball and picked their next song, "Good Golly Miss Molly." Their jive earned them a combined score of 56 out of 60 for the night.
Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy performed the waltz before Brandy pulled out the song "Teenage Dream" by Katy Perry. Score: 57
Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya performed the waltz for their first routine, and then did a cha cha cha to "Hella Good" by No Doubt. Score: 48
Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough performed the quickstep for their first routine, and then performed a rumba to "Waiting for a Girl Like You" by Foreigner. Score: 57
Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas performed the Argentine tango for their first routine, and then did a samba to "Mas Que Nada." Score: 47
One letter is all it took! This woman wanted to win that trip and solved the "Wheel Of Fortune" puzzle with just one letter!! This was not a small phrase either!! " I've Got A Good Feeling About This" was the phrase that paid off for 27 year old Caitlin Burke! Check out the video below!
This is the year I am going to see " A Tuna Christmas" at The Paramount Theater!!Â I know it has been a holiday tradition in Austin for years!!Â Alex and I had a blast this morning when the creators of this hit Broadway show stopped by our "Four Hands Home Lounge" to chat!!Â It was a hoot meeting Aunt Pearl and Vera stopped by to talk a show!!Â Â You don't want to miss it!Â It opens November 23rd and runs through November 28th!Â Get your tickets and info here!!
Here is the cover of the new Michael Jackson cd has just been released.Â The cd will drop on December 14th but you can here a preview starting Monday on Michael Jackson's official website here!Â The first single is called "Breaking News".Â Check out the new cover below.Â I think Michael would have loved it!!Â What do you think?
It won't hit Texas until February 10thÂ of 2012, but the Michael Jackson Cirque Du Soleil show is a go!!Â Check out the poster that was just released for the show!Â It looks like this will be an exciting show!!
Someone must have had a blast putting this light show together to Michael Jackson's "Thriller"! It runs a little over 6 minutes long , but really is fun to watch! Check it our when you have time! Hope your Halloween was a fun one!
Over in the UK they are launching the new "Spanx" for men!Â Yes ladies even men have a way to tighten things up now!Â It was rumored that Simon Cowell was endorsing the product, but on closer examination of the photo's , it turns out that it's just a clever look alike!Â Last minute Halloween costume anyone?Â Check out the pictures below.Â Â
October 25 DWTS Scores (Week Five):
*Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy -- 26/30 + 10/10 = 36/40
*Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovolani -- 24/30 + 8/10 = 32/40
*Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke -- 24/30 +6/10 = 30/40
*Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer -- 23/30 +7/10 = 30/40
*Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough -- 20/30 + 9/10 = 29/40
*Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas -- 23/30 + 5/10 = 28/40
*Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya -- 18/30 + 4/10 = 22/30
The dancers ended the night with a marathon dance to get more points, with each couple eliminated one by one, with the first one out getting four out of 10, and the winner getting 10 out of 10 as their score.
After weeks of speculation as to whether or not Jennifer Lopez would star alongside her two-year-old twins, Emme and Max, in Gucciâs latest campaign, the fashion house finally confirmed this morning that the beautiful threesome is indeed gracing the ads for the yet-to-launch line, which will hit stores in spring 2011!Â I just love this picture!
There is alot of Oscar buzz these days for Gwyneth Paltrow in her upcoming movie "Country Strong"! Some are saying she could have a career as a country singer if she wanted too! Check out a the video preview of Gwyneth's performance below. What do you think? Is she the next Martina or Reba?
My favorite show on TV right now is Modern Famiy!Â I love Sofia Vergara who is as funny as she is gorgeous!Â Here is the just released photo of Sophia and her 19 year old sonÂ Monolo!Â Like mother like son, he is gorgeous too!!Â Sophia does not look old enough to have a 19 year old son but said she had him when she was just 19!Â This is proof the milk does a body good!!
Taylor Swift's Â latest album is shaping up to be an open book about her love life. First sheÂ wrote a songÂ about 'Twilight' hunk Taylor Lautner. Now, she's reportedly taking aim at John Mayer, which confirms rumors that the two were romantically involved in 2009 while collaborating on 'Half of My Heart,' a track from his last album. Based on lyrics from Swift's new song 'Dear John,' off her forthcoming 'Speak Now,' Mayer broke her heart.Â Wow!Â What do you think?
The chorus of the song reveals the pair's romance ended badly:
I see it all now that you're gone
Don't you think I was too young
To be messed with
The girl in the dress
Cried the whole way home
I should've known.
It was wrong
Don't you think nineteen's too young
To be played
By your dark, twisted games
When I loved you so.My mother accused me of losing my mind
But I swore I was fine
You'll add my name to your long list of traitors
Who don't understand
And I'll look back in regret
I ignored what they said 'Run as fast as you can."
Â October 18 DWTS Scores (Week Five):
*Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy -- 27/30
*Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough -- 25/30
*Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya -- 24/30
*Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke -- 24/30
*Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovolani -- 23/30
*Florence Henderson and Corky Ballas -- 21/30
*Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer -- 20/30
*Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas -- 18/30
You knew it was going to happen, but this soon?Â There are already talksÂ to begin filming a movie about Chilean miner number 21 nicknamed "Miner of Two Loves".Â He has a wife and a mistress who met each other at a vigil for the miners andÂ the mistress was there when he was rescued yesterday!Â Wow! Javier Bardem is being considered for the role...good choice....yum!!
Back To The Future is celebrating it's 25th Anniversary this month and so they are releasing a special DVD set to mark the occasion. On the disc for the first film director Robert Zemeckis talks about his first choice to play Marty McFly was actor Eric Stoltz! After 5 weeks of filming they decided to go with Michael J. Fox instead. I can't imagine Back To The Future without Michael J. Fox. Check out a clip from the DVD as everything is explained and we get a glance at what could have been, and thankfully wasn't!
A one of a kind Barbie doll by jewlery designer Stefano Canturo will be featured in an upcoming Christie's auction for between $300,000 to $ 500,000!Â Â Â Once sold this Barbie will be the most expensive sold so far!!Â The doll is pictured above
Canturo spent four weeks designing every detail of the iconic doll from her black strapless dress to her hairstyle and makeup. The highlight of the Barbie, however, will be her collar necklace made from three carats of white diamonds and a one-carat Fancy Vivid purplish-pink diamond. Colored diamonds, according to Christie's, command more than $300,000 per carat and is the driving factor behind the Barbie's exorbitant estimate.
I don't think this is one the kids will be playing with this one anytime soon!Â You can check out a history of the 50 year old Barbie Doll here!
Even celebrities get starstruck! Hoda Kotb was interviewing Beyonce's mother for a fashion segment on the Today Show, when Beyonce' made a surprise appearance as a model. Hoda's reaction is priceless! Check out the video below!
There were 12 finalists but only one clear winner for the Magazine Cover Of the Year!Â Twilight is not just a big movie franchise but translatesÂ well with it's two young stars on a Harper's Bazaar Magazine Cover.Â The American Society of Magazine Editors voted this the clear winner.Â Check out the cover below!Â Here is a link to all of the nominee's.
Â With Fall finally here it's time for the movie studios to release their biggest pictures just in time for Academy Award consideration.Â Here is a list of the 10 with the biggest Oscar buzz.Â Some have been released and some have not, but there is something for everyone!
There are conflicting reports that Sarah Palin was booed when she appeared on DWTS last night. I thought it was because Jennifer Gray and Derek Hough had gotten a much lower score than they deserved. Here is the video from last night. What do you think?
Here's the line-up and songs for tonights DWTS!Â Looks like a Super Songs of the 70's Weekend!
You've got to love yet another ironic song choice by Bristol PalinÂ ... "You Can't Hurry Love" -- she clearly didn't "just have to wait." Definitely not ironic ... Audrina dancing to "Love Machine." A hugging, kissing fiend indeed!
Here's the rundown:
-- Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke -- "Tush" (jive)
-- Florence Henderson and Corky Ballas -- "Suddenly I See" (quickstep)
-- Brandy and Maks Chmerkovskiy -- "Magic" (jive)
-- Michael Bolton and Chelsie Hightower -- "Hound Dog" (quickstep)
-- Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovalani -- "Love Machine" (quickstep)
-- Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough -- "Shake It" (jive)
-- Margaret Cho and Louis Van Amstel -- "Dreaming" (jive)
-- Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer-- "I Want You To" (quickstep)
-- Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya -- "Danger Zone" (jive)
-- Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas -- "You Can't Hurry Love" (quickstep)
-- The Situationand Karina Smirnoff -- "We No Speak Americano" (quickstep)
This was one of the best meals I have ever had!! The Emerald Restaurant is a hidden gem right of Hwy 71 right next to the new Backyard! Check out the video of my visit and meal below! Get a $50 gift certificate to the fabulous restaurant for just $25!! Get yours now before they are gone!
Â Â Here are the standings for DWTS for last night!Â Who do you think should go home?Â Alex and I think Margaret Cho is gonna go!!
Jennifer & Derek: 24
Brandy & Maks: 23
Kyle & Lacey: 23
Rick & Cheryl: 22
Audrina & Tony: 19
Kurt & Anna: 19
Bristol & Mark: 18
Florence & Corky: 18
Michael & Chelsie: 16
David & Kym: 15
Margaret & Louis: 15
The Situation & Karina: 15
No dilly-dallying this season. Someone is getting the bootÂ tonight Â following performances by Santana, Daughtry and India.Arie.
Here are the songs and dances being performed on tonight's season premiere of DWTS!
The most shocking performance -- Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas -- they Cha Cha to "Mama Told Me (Not to Come)" ... are you listening Levi?Â But the best part -- Bristol will rip off some "tear-away clothes" while Sarah Palin sits in the audience!Â
David Hasselhoff will also be dropping a "Sex Bomb" of his own -- Tom Jones style -- complete with sunglasses and a pyrotechnics.
Here's how it will break down ...
-- Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovalani -- Cha Cha Cha -- "California Gurls"
-- Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas -- Cha Cha Cha --Â "Mama Told Me Not to Come"
-- Margaret Cho and Louis Van Amstel -- Viennese Waltz --Â "We are the Champions"
-- Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough -- Viennese Waltz -- "These Arms of Mine"
-- Florence Henderson and Corky Ballas -- Cha Cha Cha -- "Kiss Me Honey Honey Kiss Me"
-- Brandy and Maks Chmerkovskiy -- Viennese Waltz -- "Cry Me Out"
-- Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya -- Viennese Waltz -- "This Ain't a Love Song"
--Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer -- Cha Cha Cha -- "My First Kiss"
-- Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke -- Viennese Waltz -- "Crazy"
-- David Hasselhoff and Kym Johnson -- Cha Cha Cha -- "Sex Bomb"
-- Michael Bolton and Chelsie Hightower -- Viennese Waltz -- "Life After You"
-- The Situation and Karina Smirnoff -- Cha Cha Cha -- "Break Your Heart"
Here is a picture of Penelope with Johnny Depp on the set of the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie.Â It has just been confirmed that she in 4 1/2 months pregnant with husband Javier Bardem!!Â That is going to be one gorgeous baby!!
I love the Home Consignment Center! Â I always find one of a kind , unique, and most importantly quality pieces of furniture and accents for my home. Â I went up Â the Home Consignment Center in Bee Cave to check out what was new and exciting! Â First of all a huge new shipment was being unloaded when I got there! Â This is what happens all the time at the Home Consignment Center! You never know what you are going to find, but one thing is for sure, you will get it at a fabulous price! Â The Home Consignment Center also had some beautiful jewelry in just in time for the holiday season! Â Rose who runs the jewelry department said they had just gotten in 200 new pieces of gorgeous jewelry! Â Check out some of my favorites items from my visit below and make sure to stop by the Home Consignment Center soon, you will love what you find! Â Two locations in Austin, Bee Cave and Arbor Walk!
In an effort to promote her new movie "Burlesque" coming out in October, the 64 year old Diva took to the stage to present the Video of the Year award to Lady GaGa at the VMA's!!Â Â She looked Amazing!! She wore a Bob Macki outfit from 25 years ago!Â Check out the picture below!!
Tonight is the 2nd Annual Stand Up To Cancer Telethon!Â This fantastic event helps to raise money for cancer research!Â This commercial free one hour event begins at 7pm on all the major networks and cable stations.Â Click here for a list of stars who will be appearing !Â It will be hosted again this year by Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer and Brian Williams!Â Â Here is a picture of me and the wonderful Katie Couric when I stopped by the Today Show back in 2003!
Wow, just a little vacation home for a family of 8!Â Brad Pitt and Angelia Jolie just purchased this lovely $40 million vacation home in Valpolicella , Italy!!Â I wonder if they would like a housesitter when they are away!Â Sign me up!
What better place then Paris to fall in love!!Â Halle Berry is making a new movie in France calledÂ "Dark Tide" and her co-star the yummy Oliver Martinez and Halle are becoming more than co-stars!Â Check out the photo below courtesy of People.com!Â How romantic!!
Bristol Palin said she wanted modest and she does look great in her official DWTS photo.Â Here are a few more of your favorites and a link to all of them!Â DWTS season 11 premieres Monday September 20th on ABC!
Ooops!Â Paris tweeted this picture of her new Chanel bag back in July!!Â Guess what?Â It's looks like the same one she was using in Las Vegas that was carrying her "gum" (cocaine).Â Is this admisable in court?Â By the way I love this bag!!
It's kind of like chocolate and peanut butter, put them together and WOW! Well 3 of your Glee Cast members are set to appear on "The Simpsons" for the 22nd season opener on September 26th! Â Here is a sneak peek at Rachel and Finn as the appear in the "Elementary School Musical" episode!
First it was here mom jeans that made her look fat, now thisÂ "sausage dress" is making news.Â I must admit it would not be flattering on anyone who wasn't over 5' 7"!Â Here are the pictures , she is hardly recognizable! Â
I am starting to believe the rumors that Mariah Carey and her husband Nick Cannon might very well be expecting a little bundle of joy!Â Here is the lates picture of Mariah, looking much heavier and actually wearing a Pea In The Pod maternity dress.Â What do you think?
If you are telegenic like John Hamm you get the best seat in the house for the Emmy's!Â Check out the pictures of where some of your television favorites will be sitting.Â The Emmy's air this Sunday at 7pm on NBC!!
With her divorce final from Tiger Woods , Elin Nordegren is speaking for the first time to People magazine! This means there must be no provision in the settlement for her not to speak!Â Oprah will be next, wait and see!Â Here is your first look at the new People magazine cover. Here is a link to part of the interview!
If marrying Â Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) wasn't enough on Saturday, the lovely Anna Panquin (Sookie Stackhouse) wore this gorgeous Neil Lane necklace valued at a cool $ 1 million !!Â Check it out!Â Queen Sophie would be jealous!
Â Here's a video of some of the wedding courtesy of Pop Sugar!
This week My Austin Perk is a fabulous deal! A $300 Photofacial certificate for just $150 at Light Touch Aesthetics! Take a look at the video of my visit this week and find out about this amazing procedure! Dr. Troy M. Gras the Medical Director of Light Touch Aesthetics takes you through the benefits of a Photofacial. You can find out more about all of the procedures that Light Touch Aesthetics has to offer here!Purchase your certificate here before they are gone!
Zagat's asked over 6,500 of their subscribers to vote on their favorite fast food. Â Drumroll please...here are the big winners! Love In-N-Out, but none here in Austin! Â I have to try Five Guys soon! The 2010 Zagat Fast-Food Survey's Best Burgers:1. Five Guys
2. In-N-Out Burger
4. Burger King
5. McDonald'she 2010 Zagat Fast-Food Survey's Best French Fries:1. McDonald's
2. Five Guys
3. In-N-Out Burger
5. Burger KingI love the fries at Mighty Fine here in Austin! Â If you haven't tried them check out this fun video and you will want to!
Every young actress in Hollywood wanted this role, but it went to one girl!Â Her name is Roony Mara!Â You may not know her now, but after getting the lead in the trilogy of films about to be made you will.Â The Girl With The Dragon Tatoo will be released in December 2011!
I think everyone looks great in this hairdo!! Â The 1920's "Bob" appears to be returning for fall! Â Halle Berry just did a cover shot for Vogue looking fabulous in it and pop star Katy Perry was caught with the hairdo this weekend. Â Now both Halle and Katy are wearing wigs, but it seems this lovely hairdo is back once again! Have you worn it or would you consider it? Â I have worn this hairstyle off and on for years, maybe it's time to give it another shot!
Here something to make your Monday morning a whole lot brighter ladies!Â George has a new movie thriller coming out called "The American".Â It is being shot in Italy and the pictures will be in the September issue of "W" magazine.
I love Edible Arrangements!!Â It is one of my favorite places to go for gifts and I love recieving a gift from Edible Arrangements too!!Â This weeks My Austin Perk is a $50 gift certificate that you can purchase for just $25!!Â Â Edible ArrangementsÂ® has a fresh fruit bouquet to make any occasion special - from birthdays, anniversaries and congratulations to business events and client gifts. Our bouquets are made fresh with premium fruit arranged in a variety of stunning displays. Customers can visit one of or 868 stores worldwide, order online or via phone. Each bouquet can be complemented with chocolate dipped fruit including dipped strawberries, dipped pineapple daisies, dipped banana slices, dipped Granny Smith apple wedges and more! Make every occasion special with Edible ArrangementsÂ®.Â We have 3 locations here in Austin!Â Find out more on their website here!!
She may be a desperate housewive on TV, but in real life Terri Hatcher is not!Â She wanted to make a point by photographing herself in her bathroom after a shower without make-up or Botox!!Â Terri wants everyone to know that sheÂ does notÂ use it.Â She looks lovely, what do you think?
Here are a few of the actors and other's being considered to play Jet Blue Flight attendant Steve Slater.Â Hollywood sure moves fast these days doesn't it?Â Â From left to right on Top: Neal McDonough, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and designer Michael Kors.Â From left to right on the Bottom: James Michael Tyler, Neil Patrick Harris and Ian Zierling. ActorÂ James Michael Tyler in theÂ lowerÂ Â left hand corner fromÂ "Friends"Â gets my vote!
When I lose my temper it's not good, that is why I count to 10 when I feel a temper tantrum coming on! This Jet Blue Flight attendant is in some hot water! Check out the video! UPDATE!! This flight attendants bail has been set at only$2,500! He can't afford it, so will remain in custody!!
This morning at 7am the Frank Erwin Center began handing out wristbands for American Idol 10 auditions.Â These will be held this Wednesday, August 11th!Â Â The wristbands are the only way to get into the auditions and are available until 8am the day of the auditions.Â My daughter was down there to get her's this morning and said the wait was not bad at all.Â Once youÂ have your wristband you can begin to line up theÂ audition process at 5am on Wednesday.Â Â No camping out will be allowed at the Frank Erwin Center!Â Here is a link to the audition details!Â Â Here is a link to the FAQ page!Â Good luck and let's make Austin the city to beat this coming season!!Â
This weeks perk is everyone's favorite! A $50 Gift Card to Tiff's Treats for just $25! These sell out fast so make sure you get yours! You can purchase them here! Check out my video of my recent trip to Tiff's Treats in case you missed it the first time!! Warm delicious cookies sound fantastic anytime right?
I had a chance to catch the trailer for the new movie "The Social Network" about the invention of Facebook. In just over 2 minutes this movie trailer tells the story well. The films release date is October 15th! Check it out!
This weeks My Austin Perk is a fantastic one if you have sons or grandsons in the 6th , 7th or 8th grade! The Enlightened Warrior Bootcamp is led by director Nael Chavez. The program is an intervention, correcting challenges that middle age boy’s encounter, teaching them life skills and helping them become boys of virtue and purpose. It is also a great source of physical fitness!! This week's My Austin Perk is a $90 gift certificate for just $45!! Take a look at the video below to find out more about this fantastic program! Buy your certificates here!
Â Leonardo DiCaprio is on the cover of the latest "Rolling Stone" looking yummy!!Â He is back at the top of the box office with his latest movie "Inception" and though I have not seen it yet there is plenty of Oscar buzz!!Â This is a must for me to see this weekend!Â Â Here is a look a Leo and just click here to read some of the very interesting interview too!!
Carrie Underwood was married this past weekend and People Magazine got the exclusive photo's!Â Look for it on your newstand starting today, but here is a sneak peek at the cover.Â She looks beautiful!!
Ladies rejoice!!Â Brad Pitt decided he had enough of the beard he has been wearing for the last year or so and so had his many female fans!Â I wonder if Angie put her foot down.Â I am just glad it's gone!
If you are looking for a fun way to get fit this summertime , GO Fit Austin is amazing!Â Â They use the beautiful city of Austin as a backdrop for you to get fit!Â It's never boring and you are outdoors using nature and your surrounding to get the body of your dreams!!Â This week's My Austin Perk is a $195.00 gift certificate to GO Fit Austin for just $85!!Â That is over half off of one of the best bootcamps around!!Â This certificate alone will get you in the best shape of your life and for that price you and a friend can team up to save money and get fit!!I love the motto at GO Fit Austin, "Get Outside and Get Fit with FO Fit"!Â Â You still have time to get in shape and GO Fit Austin makes it easy with bootcamps in 3 locations.Â You can fit at Lady Bird Lake, or in SW Austin at Dick Nichols Park and in Lakeway!!Â For more information you can call 350-6339 or 627-1207!Â You can also check out their fantastic website here!!Â Get fit with prices to fit any budget at GO Fit Austin!!!Â
Â The nominations for the 62nd Annual Emmy Awards was this morning.Â As usual there were surprises and snubs!Glee, Modern Family. American Idol and after several years of being ignored, fan favoriteÂ Lost got several nominations!Â One of the biggest snubs was Conan O'Brien being nominated for his time on The Tonight Show while Jay Leno did not get a nomination....interesting!Â The show is SundayÂ August 29thÂ at 7pmCMT on NBC.Â Check out all of the nominees here!
I had the pleasure of attending and hosting my first 4th of July fireworks in Austin this year!Â The HEB Austin Symphony Orchestra was fantastic and seeing so many Majic listeners was fun too!!Â The Carus Dental fans went fast and we registered so many of your for our fanastic weekend getaway to San Antonio!Â Â Majic 95.5 will be a sponsor of next years 4th of July Fireworks so I can't wait to do it again!Â Check out some of my pictures from this years spectacular event!!
Warm delicious cookies , baked just for you and delivered right to your door, there is only one fabulous place in Austin that does just that....Tiff's Treats!! This weeks My Austin Perk set a record the last time we sold $50 Gift Certificates for just $25! They sold out in 3 hours!! It's no surprise, these are the most delicious cookies ever made!! They have 3 locations here in Austin and you can even order online at http://www.cookiedelivery.com/austin/Check out the video of my visit to Tiff's Treats newest SW location on Bee Caves Rd!! I loved meeting Jeff, Ricky and the rest of their wonderful staff!! Jeff even has a new surprise to reveal! Check it out and enjoy some warm, delicious cookies this summer with Tiff's Treats!! Buy My Austin Perk here!!
I have known Kim Stewart for almost 5 years now. I follow the Kim and Alex Morning Show and after 5 hours on the air Kim is always friendly and energetic when I come in everyday!! She will truly be missed by me and I know all of her listeners here in Austin!! Here is a little video I put together of some of the people behind the scenes and the microphone that she has worked with over the 5 years that she has been at Majic 95.5. I made this video for Kim but really wanted to share it with you her listeners too!!
The lovely Tameca Jones from New Braunfels is our "Sing Like John Mayer" finalist!! Tameca is so talented and we want her to be the national winner! There is so much talent in Austin and Tomeca is no exception. She has been playing and singing in a local Jazz Quartet around Austin, called the Tameca Jones Quartet!! She is amazing!! I think it's time she get's the stardom she deserves! Here is more information about Tameca! Check out a video of her performing live below! You can vote for Tameca here!! You have until Thursday July 8th at 7pm!! Good luck Tameca!!
I have always loved tennis, and this is the time of year for it!Â I usually spend my 4th of July weekend glued to the tv watching the Wimbledon finals.Â Â The last time I played tennis myself was in high school on the tennis team.Â Those days are long gone, but when Loriana Hernandez and Fox 7 asked me to participate in the Dell Fox Get Fit Weekend to benefit Maggies Hope and organization helping families of children experiencing Austism , I said yes!Â Â It was time to get off the couch and instead of watching tennis, begin playing again.Â Loriana and I will be playing in the Tennis Classic on Saturday July 24th at 1pm at The Lakeway World of Tennis! We will be teamed up with tennis star's Melanie Oudin and Sloane Stephens!Â I knew I had to get to work and what better way then to head to Horseshoe Bay for some cardio tennis!!Â Wow this workout is incredible and I felt the effects for day's!Â Check out the video to see what this challenging class is all about!Â One of the best things is that it is free!!One of the things I have discovered while getting ready for this fun and challenging Tennis Classic is how much I really love playing tennis!Â It's great to be getting back into it, the benifits are amazing!Â Find out more about the Horseshoe Bay cardio tennis class and more places in and around Austin to "Get Fit For Free" here!Â See you next month at The Lakeway World of Tennis!!Â Buy your tickets to this special event here!
I am sure you've seen the one of a kind sign on Barton Springs near Lamar.Â The heart with Romeo's in neon light!Â I had always wanted to try Romeo's since I first saw that sign.Â I have since eaten there many times and have enjoyed every delicious bite of every delicious meal!!Â From start to finish Romeo's Italian Grill &Â Bar Â has the most delicious food, and it tastes just like my mom used to make!Â I was so excited when I found out it was this weeks "My Austin Perk"!Â The last time these fabulous $50 Gift Certificates were offered for just $25 they sold out!Â Now you have another chance to experience this wonderful restaruant at a fantastic savings!Â Buy your gift certificates here before they are gone!! Â Bon Appetit!!Â Note my portion of Chicken Marsala was a half portion, I split it with my daugher!Â The portions are larger than they appear here.Â Romeo's Italian Grill & Bar has Live Music , Thurday -Saturday on a great patio!Â They also have a wonderful Happy Hour from 5pm - 6pm!Â Just $5 for drinks and appetizers!!Â
The longest tennis match in Wimbledon history just ended. It only took 11 hours and 5 mintues but the John Isner of the USA won. He beat Nicolas Mahut of France. The final score was 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 70-68!! Amazing!! The longest tennis match prior to this one was at the French Open , that one lasted 6 hours 33 minutes back in 2004!! The 5th set of this match lasted 8 hours and 11 minutes, one for the history books!!
Sandra Bullock strapped on a guitar and teased the audience at last nights "Nashville Rising" a star studded show that helped raise 2 million dollars for the flood victims in Nashville.Â Though she just played a few notes on the guitar, it brought the house down!Â She may not have a Grammy in her future but she does have that Oscar, and a huge heart!Â Check out the video below!
A picture is worth a thousand words right?Â This picture is just too cute for words butÂ let's start with awwwww for this one!Â One of the cutest pictures I have ever seen!Â I thought I would share, so you can smile as big as I did when I saw it!!Â Happy Tuesday!
I am not a big fan of soccer but I LOVE watching the World Cup fans.Â There really is something for everyone at the World Cup!Â Like many sporting events the fans love to show their loyalty with alot of paint and creativity! Â If you've Â missedÂ any of the World Cup,Â here are a few of my favorite pictures! Â Check out more World Cup Craziness here!Â Hey it's Monday and we can all use a good laugh right?
Summer starts on Monday, but already feels like it and the perfect place to cool off in the summer is Volente Beach Waterpark on beautiful Lake Travis!!Â Family fun is what Volente Beach Waterpark is all about!Â Â With exciting water rides and the fabulous Blu Parrot Restaurant, plus a beautiful relaxing beach, you can't beat it!!Â There is also live musicÂ Friday and Saturday nights and Summercamp for the kids!! Â This weeks my Austin Perk is a $50 Gift Certicate that you can buy for just $25!Â Last time we offered this wonderful perk we sold out within days!!Â Don's miss out!Â Check out the video below of all Volente Beach has to offer and enjoy!!!!Â Buy your certificate here!
Biggest Loser trainer Jillian Michaels has always opened up about her struggles with weight, but I have never seen pictures of her until now!Â She shared it all with Redbook, check out the picture below!
Father's Day is almost here, and while many of us have a hard time finding just the right thing for Dad, I found a list of a few things you should NOT get him!!Â Funny stuff!Â Check them out here and below!!
I think eating the same thing each and everyday would get boring, but if I could look as great as Jennifer Aniston and Courtney Cox, maybe I will.Â During those 10 years they worked together on "Friends" they ate lunch together and had the same thing everyday,Â drumroll please....a Cobb salad!!!Â Now I love a good Cobb salad, but everyday forÂ 10 years!!Â I hope they changed it up a bit from time to time.Â I have a friend that used to work at Warner Brother's and always tells the story of how he would see Jennifer and Courtney walking to lunch everyday , who knew it was to the same Cobb salad? Here is a picture of a Cobb salad in case you were wondering what it is.Â Here is more on Jennifer and Courtney's salad habit!Â
I love road trips any time of year , but let's face it summertime is the best time to hit the road and discover this fun and facinating county of our's!Â I found a list of the "Coolest Road Trip Destinations" and of course Austin was on it!!Â Check out all 12 here and start planning a fun trip today!!
Wally's Menswear in an Austin institution!Â They have been providing the best service and quality menswear for over 32 years!Â With a great location in central Austin this family owned business is a true treasure!Â When shopping for Father's Day or any day, the best dressed men in Austin have been to Wally's.Â Wallace Showalter started his business back in 1968 and carries some of the best menswear lines around.Â These include Polo by Ralph Lauren, Vineyard Vines, Sperry Topsider, and UT apparel by Cutter & Buck!!Â Check out my tour of Wally's Menswear below and make sure to get My Austin Perk, a $50 Gift Certificate for just $25!!!Â These make wonderful Father's Day gifts too!!Â Check out the Wally's Menswear website here!!
Taylor Swift stepped out to the 2010 CMT Music Awards in Nashville last night, and her hair was stick-straight! We're so used to seeing Taylor with curly locks that we were taken by surprise--pleasantly, of course--by her sleek 'd do!!Â What do you think?Â I love it, but know from experience it's hard to keep up!
A beautiful black dress worn by the then Princess Diana was sold at auction for $276,000!!Â Experts thought they may get as much as $61,000 for it, but never underestimate the power of Lady Di!Â This was the dress she wore at 19 for her first date with Prince Charles.Â It was designed by the Emanuel's who also made her wedding gown.Â She only wore this dress once and not in public.Â Word is she lost so much weight prior to her wedding that a second smaller dress was made.Â The one that sold was the original though and is lovely.Â Who bought the dress?Â A fashion museum in Chile'!!
Every year the Independent Commercial Producers (AICP) pick the Best TV Commercials! This year one of my favorites from this past year won an award! It's the Old Spice Commercial featuring the "man on the horse"!! I'm sure you've seen it and every time it comes on I just have to watch it! You can view it below just in case you may have missed it!
Last week I had the chance to meet a remarkable young woman named Danielle Villasana. She is in her Sophomore year at UT and she is part of a wonderful charity event called the Sense Corp Texas 4000. Each year a group of UT students bikes from Austin to Alaska to raise money for the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Danielle will be riding with next years team. The ride is a gruling 10 weeks, over 70 miles per day. The cost of the ride each year is around $50,000!! The team was luck enough to become part of the Pepsi Refresh Project and all they need are your votes to win a $50,000 grant so all of the proceeds from next years ride can be donated to MD Anderson.This is where you come in. Only the Top 10 vote getters will receive a grant, so we need your vote to help Danielle's team!! It's so easy. Just go to this link and vote once a day during the entire month of June, and we together can help fight cancer!! Check out my video of Danielle below, you will admire her as much as I do!! Thanks for your help!! Find out more about the Sense Corp Texas 4000 here! Together we can work MAJIC!!!
My beautiful daughter Katie celebrated her 24th birthday last week!Â I wanted a special cake for the occasion and turned to my new friend Kellie Lowe Moore of Kellies Kandies & Cookies to make one that was not only delicious , but pretty too!!Â Â My daughter love's Â carrot cake and sunflowers so Kellie designed a lovely cake just for her!!Â Not only that but the most delicious carrot cake we have ever had!!Â Check out Kellies fabulous work below and check out her website here!!Â You can also purchase a $50 gift certificate to Kellies Kandies and Cookies here!Â It's one of My Austin Perks!!Â Â Â Thanks Kellie!!!
This weeks My Austin Perk is the wonderul Arthur Murray Dance Studio!!Â If you have always wanted to learn to dance like they do on DWTS, this is the place to go!Â They teach dance to all ages and also have competitions and dance workshops!!Â There is something for everyone, all you have to do is love to dance!!Â Get a $50 gift certificate for just $25 while supplies last!!Â Â Buy yours here!!Â Â Shall we dance??Â
Over the past few weeks I have learned about a wonderful annual event.Â It's the Sense Corp Texas 4000 For Cancer ride.Â This ride kicks off in June with just over 50 UT students taking a bike ride from Austin to Alaska to help raise money for MD Anderson and the American Cancer Society.Â These wonderful students will ride for 10 weeks and an average of 70 miles per day!!Â Amazing!Â I am so excited to help bring this to your attention.Â In the coming days I will be telling you more about the ride and how you can help next years team!!Â Tonight there is a Sunset Happy hour at the Oasis from 6pm to 8:30!Â Tickets are just $20 and you can find out more here!!Â The ride kicks off tomorrow morning at 8am!!Â The first leg of the journey is calledÂ The Atlas Ride and goes from Cedar Park to Lampasas, a 75 mile ride!Â Find out all the details here and come to see them off on this fantastic journey!!
Here are 6 new weight loss rules anyone can stick to!Â My favorite, saying yes to dessert!Â Check them out courtesy of iVillage!!1.Â Eat Dessert!2.Â Eat When You are Hungry (even if it's after 9pm)3.Â A 15- Minute Workout Counts!!4.Â Eat Carbs!5.Â SkipÂ the Treadmill6.Â Throw Out the Scale!Check out all the details here!!
I was so surprised to see that Kim Cattrall decided to cut her long locks after all these years!!Â I guess she was ready for a change!Â What do you think?Â I like her longer hair better, but she still looks fabulous!!
Wow!! This months "Get Fit For Free" was one of the most challenging yet! I was feeling the effects of Better Bodies ATX for days after my workout with Loriana Hernandez from Fox 7!! While this was a tough workout the effects are worth the effort! The motto at Better Bodies ATX is "Making Texas Better One Body At A Time"! Trainer's Sheldon Williams and Herb Ware were tought, but also patient and taught me how to do each exercise the right way! Better Bodies ATX is an amazing way to get fit! Check out their website here! Check out the video of our workout with Better Bodies ATX below and find out more about Fox 7's s and Loriana Hernandez's "Get Fit For Free" program here!
So the big newsmaker in the hair department this morning is Austin's own Willie Nelson.Â He was basically tired of the maintenance!!Â While Willie's braided pigtails were a trademark, I love the new look!!Â Who can wear pigtails and who can't?Â Seventeen Magazine put up a great infographic chart to show us!!Â I think the pictures speak for themselves!Â Enjoy!
Last night was so much fun!!Â Majic 95.5 had our SATC2 Premiere at the fabulous Gold Class Cinema's in the Domain!!Â Everything was first class and we had a blast and everyone loved the movie!!Â Our lovely winners were channeling their inner Carries, Miranda's , Charlotte's and Samantha's as they walked out pink carpet!! Â If you are not a Majic Loyal Listener yet , become one now and join us for more fun and exclusive events!!Â Check out some pictures from last night below!!Â Thanks again to Gold Class Cinema's , they made all of us feel like Diva's for the night!!
We all work hard and most of us have To Do lists that are a mile long.Â I found one this morning I think we should all have, at least one day a week!Â Sometime's it take the mind of a child for us to see our life as it should be....simple and fun!!Â
Thinking positive is always the way to go, but sometimes on a Monday that can be hard to do! Here's a cute little video I found that say's it all!! Check out Jessica's Daily Affirmation....so adorable!
Â Here's some exciting news for all you cupcake lover's out there!!Â A new and delicious flavor from Hey Cupcake!Â It's called Sweetberry , just in time for summer snacking!Â It's a strawberry cupcake with strawberry cream cheese frosting!Â Want to get one?Â Don't wait another minute, I'm not!Â Â Check out the coupon below, here's to a Sweetberry Summer!!
It's that time of year, it's time to smooth things out for summertime! If you have never tried laser hair removal , now is the perfect time and the perfect place is Alite Laser, this weeks My Austin Perk! The entire staff is fabulous, and they are located right near the UT Campus at 504 W. 17th Street! This week get a $50 Gift Certificate for just $25!! They also do skin rejuvination and spider vein treatments! Check out the video of my visit to Alite Laser and check out their website here for more details!! Save now with this weeks My Austin Perk!!!
London is the setting of the 2012 Summer Olympics!Â Today the new mascots for the games were revealed and for some they seem strange and different.Â Meet Wendlock and Mandeville!Â They are named after two small English towns. Â One is representing the Olympics and the other the Paralympics.Â Â They are also meant to represent the new digital age and have their own TV series.Â Check out the video below!Â What do you think?
I love Twitter!Â I can find out what's happening around town the minute it does!Â I follow a local childrens clothing store Izzy and Ash in Westlake.Â I picked up a quick tweet that Sandra Bullock and her adorable new baby Louis made a stop into the store to pick up some new clothes!!Â So Sweet!Â Â You never know what you will see on Twitter , but that's what makes it fun!Â Follow me on Twitter here!***Here is a Sandra Bullock update from People!Â It looks like Jesse James Sandra's husband may also be spending more time in Austin!Â Read the article here! In case you have not seen them yet, I found some lovely pictures of Sandra Bullocks home in NOLA !Â Lucky baby Louis!!
Exciting news!!Â The Eagles are coming to ACL on Sunday October 10th!!Â I've had the pleasure of seeing The Eagles together and seperately and they are always fantastic!!Â Between their group and solo hits , there are many, many musical memories!Â ACL announced the line-up for 2010 at midnight and it looks like it's going to be one heck of a show!!Â Â 3 day tickets are sold out, but you can still get individual tickets while they last here!!Â To check out the entire ACL line-up click here!!Â Â This years ACL Festival runs October 8th - 10th !!Â Â
Â Â Â I love this time of year, Round Rock Express baseball and firing up the grill and making my favorite All American CheeseburgerÂ using Kraft Singles like my dad used to!Â Â So delicious and it brings back so many memories too!!Â I am soÂ excited to bring you the news that Kraft Singles, The American Cheese is teaming up with Minor League Baseball and the Round Rock Express to bring you their fantastic "Tuesday Night Tickets" promotion.Â
This weeks My Austin Perk is Mathnasium!! Math can be fun and so is saving money! Why not do both at the same time with a trip to Mathnasium!! Starting now you can get a $100 gift certificate to Mathnasium for just $50!! You do the math!! That's a 50% savings on something that is so important for our childeren, learning and having the edge they need all while having a fun time!! I have alway's love math and I love Mathnasium! I had a great time meeting and talking with the director of Mathnasium Lakshmi Jagarlamudi! Check out the video below and get more information at Mathnasium's website here! Get your gift certificates now while they last!!
Ever since Betty White has become televisions " It" girl again, it seems that there is a new interest in our senior citizens! I love this trend! It shows you can be vital, fun and yes sexy at any age! Being older is suddenly cool! There is even a new reality show called Sunset Daze on WeTV! Check out the video below!!I also found a video from the infamous Britains Got Talent, the show that launced Susan Boyles career! Here is the latest contestant Janey Cutler to wow the judges and she may not be Susan Boyle but what a voice for 80!! View this performance here!
As Music Director for Majic 95.5 I get asked hundreds of questions about the artists and music played on Majic 95.5! There is one question though that I am asked more than any other! That question is....Who does the opening song for the Delilah show? This beautiful and soothing instrumental is everyone's favorite and believe it or not the song is 34years old!! I also found out the song was written by Carlos Santana, but has no guitar in it! So the answer to my most asked question is...."Europa"by Gato Barbieri! The song is off of his cd "Caliente" which was recorded back in 1976! I have put up a video of the original and a live performance with Gato and Carlos Santana performing it live in 1977!! Enjoy them and continue to ask your Majic 95.5 music question! I love answering them all!!
I must admit I have not watched Saturday Night Live as much as I used to. I would tune in once in awhile, but I made sure to not only set my DVR, but to make sure I was planted firmly on my couch Saturday night to see the wonderful Betty White host! Not only was she wonderful but she gave SNL their best ratings in over 2 years!! Check out Betty's opening monologue from SNL in case you missed it! I love the Facebook jokes! You can follow Majic 95.5 on Facebook here. If you want to see more of Betty White on SNL click here!!
If you love to golf or now someone who loves go golf I have the perfect perk for you this week!Â It's a $50 gift certificate for just $25Â Â to the wonderful Delaware Springs Golf Course!!Â Delaware Springs Golf Course was given 4 stars and voted one of Golf Digests best places to play!!Â Set in the beautiful Hill Country , it's the perfect place to get away and enjoy a great game of golf!!Â Delaware Springs Golf Course also has a fantastic Pro Shop andÂ Golf Academy!Â Find out about golf lessons for all ages here!This 18 hole Championship Golf Course is a perfect place to unwind.Â Delaware Springs Golf Course is open 7 days a week from dawn til dusk!Â Â To call for tee times or to schedule your next golf outing call 512-756-8471!!Get My Austin PerkÂ a $50 Gift Certificate to Delaware Springs Golf Course for just $25 here!!Â They will make great Father's Day and graduation gifts too!!
Last night American Idol eliminated Aaron Kelly , only 17 and so talented.Â While not my favorite this year I think Aaron has a future in the record business.Â I came across a listÂ that Billboard Magazine has put together of the Top American Idol's of all time.Â This list is based only on Record Sales, but as you can see by this list you do not have to win American Idol to have a rewarding music career!Â Â Check out the Top 6, there are a few surprises here!
The Lilith Fair is coming to Austin on August 14th!Â The Statesman just posted the line-up which includes Majic listener favorites Sarah McLachlan and Corinne Bailey Rae.Â Here is the link to the line up!Â Â The venue has not been announced yet, but it is sure to be a great summer concert!
I was watching the first Sex And The City movie last night on HBO!Â I've seen it so many times but always seem to see something new each time I watch it!!Â Here is the latest poster for SATC 2 to temp us until May 27th!!Â Here is a link to the SATC 2 websiteÂ !Â It's loaded with great pictures and interviews to hold usÂ over for theÂ next few weeks! Â Be listening to Majic 95.5Â inÂ the coming weeks for fun and exciting SATC 2 contests!!Â Â I can't wait!!!!
Â Â If you are like me the word diet has become a 4 letter word!!Â We all know what works and what doesn't work by now!Â Â I found these 5 great and easy ways to lose weight without giving up what you love to eat!!Â Number 3 really works, I have been doing it for awhile now and I love number 5 especially on a Monday!
Eat when you're hungry If you think restricting your intake is the right route to go to get rid of some extra weight, think again! Researchers at the University of Toronto found that women who kept themselves properly satiated have a lower average body-mass index than those who eat for other reasons (such as stress or emotional eating). Tune into your body and start to listen to what it is telling you.
Spice it upÂ A little hot pepper can go a long way. They contain capsaicin, a substance that not only jump starts your metabolism, but also fosters a sense of fullness, so you are less likely to overeat. Try adding some extra flavor (and fire!) to your vegetables or sprinkle some over a sandwich.
Say no to salt As I reported in a recent post, not only will taking in too much sodium prompt your body to hang on to water weight which causes bloat, but it is also harmful to your health. Remember to just say no--and you'll see the slimming results.
Pack in the protein Lean protein, in the way of poultry, fish, legumes or lowfat dairy, keeps you fuller, longer--and have been shown to have fat burning benefits as well. A study in the journal Nutrition and Dietetics showed that overweight people who regularly consumed high-protein meals improved their fat burning ability. Add chick peas to your lunchtime salad, try a spin on your boring old chicken recipe, and eat this superfood 2-3 times per week.
Laugh out loudÂ The simplest slim-down strategy (and my personal fave): LOL! According to the International Journal of ObesityÂ giggling for 15 minutes a day activates your abs and facial muscles, burning up to 40 calories, or the equivalent of walking half a mile. And while of course laughter should not replace your exercise routine, tuning into The Office while walking on the treadmill or taking a workday water cooler break from a few chuckles is highly encouraged--especially on a Monday.
This week I have not 1 but 2 fantastic and delicious deals with My Austin Perks!!Â Check them out below, they go on sale at noon today!!Â Get yours while they last!Check out my visit to Frutti Frogurt, so delicious!!Â Check out their website here!Â Buy 5 $10 coupons for just $25 here!!Mesa Ranch is a true Texas Grill and an Austin treasure!Â Â The owners Steve and Lane Ray have put together a restaurant that is both unique and charming with live music to boot!!Â Â Regional favorites can be found here and of course when you visit you have to try the "fried cactus", it's sooo good!Â Check out my fun dining experience at Mesa Ranch below and their website here!Â Â Make sure to get your $50 gift certificates for just $25!Â Buy them here now!! Â They won't last long!Â
Yesterday I could not find my cell phone!Â I would not even call it a cell phone anymore, I mean I can get my email, twitter, facebook, maps, banking, everything is in my phone!Â It took me a long time to get a smartphone, I have only had one for 6 weeks and already it has become glued to my arm.Â I honestly did not think this was possible, a phone addiction.Â Â The worst part is, I have found myself checking it while driving!!!Â Yes, something I know I should not do, has almost gotten me in a few fender benders in the last 2 weeks!!!!Â Â Self Magazine has a great article about the dangers of texting calling it the newest threat to America'sÂ health!! Â Check it out here!Yesterday on my drive home up 360 for the first time in 6 weeks, I had no phone to check, it was upsetting, but you know what, it made me relax more and my life did not come to a halt because I was without my phone for the better part of my workday!!Â Â It was a lesson I won't forget, and I know if I can go 8 hours without my smartphone, I can go 20 minutes without it for the drive home. By the way my cell phone had been with me the whole time, it had slipped down to the side of my seat, I think someone upstairs was trying to tell me something!!Tomorrow Oprah is having her national No Phone Zone Day, I have resisted signing her petition, but after the events of yesterday I think it is a step in the right direction for me and everyone!Â Here is the link for all the details!!Â Texting is not just a teen issue, we all have become more dependent on this technology. Take the No Phone Zone challenge, it's the SMART thing to do!Â
When I woke up this morningÂ andÂ logged into my computer, the first thingÂ I sawÂ was the beautiful picture of Sandra Bullock, with the look of love an adoration directed at her beautiful new son!!Â Â I know that we all have that look when we see our children, and it was wonderful to see Austin's own Sandra looking happy again!Â Â While this is big news today, People magazine has long been putting celebrities and their babies on the cover of their magazine! Brad and Angie have done it several times!Â Here are a few you may remember and a link to some more courtesy of People magazine!Â Enjoy!Â You can also win tickets to our Majic 95.5 exclusive screening of the new movie "Babies"Â , by registering here now! Hurry the deadline is tomorrow at midnight!
Betty White is a national treasure. If there was ever proof that a women can be vibrant and beautiful at any age it's our girl Betty!! She is my hero!! Check out the latest promo for her hosting SNL on Mother's Day weekend, Saturday May 8th! Priceless!!
This past weekend I tried to do a bit of spring cleaning!Â Not an easy task when you have a beautiful weekend awaiting you!Â Â If you like me tend to hang on to things longer than you should, Â I found a great , and short and to the point article on how to get rid of the things you no longer need without guilt!!Â Check it out here!
I can't wait for you to eat at The Emerald Restaurant!!Â I have been in Austin for a little over 4 years now and this is by far the best meal I have ever eaten!Â The little Austin gem of a restaurant is family owned and operated and has been in Austin for 26 years!If you have a special occasion coming up , make sure you take advantage of My Austin Perk this week!Â It's a $50 gift certificate to The Emerald for just $25!Â Â This would be the perfect place to take mom forÂ Mother's Day! Â I know these are going to go fast so get yours now, you can even print the gift certificate right at your desk!Check out the video of my fantastic dining experience at The Emerald Restaurant!Â You can also visit their website here! A big thanks to David (the Chef) and his sister Michelle for the wonderful hospitality!Â I will never forget this meal!! Â Enjoy this one of a kind dining experience for yourself!
Last Fall I had the chance to work with the wonderful Hill Country Conservancy!Â The staff of Majic 95.5 and our sister stations helped to plant trees and it was a fantastic experience.Â They have compiled a list of things to do to help the planet all around the city!Â This is a wonderful guide on where to eat , drink and help out our dear mother earth!!Â Â Majic 95.5 is part of Entercom Austin and we have a wonderul website that will help us keep our earth happy for years to come.Â It's called 1ThingAustin!Â Check it out, we are proud of it and won our company's first Greenie Award this year!!Â Happy Earth Day everyone!!
I have to admit this year that DWTS has been more interesting and exciting to watch than American Idol. The drama on DWTS has been over the top this season , and American Idol , even with the addition of Ellen has been , well...boring! Last night was a big exception though with front runner Crystal Bowersox, better know as Mama Sox to her fellow contestants did an emotional rendition of "People Get Ready". She broke down and shed a few tears near the end of the song which was already an emotional performance. And Kate Gosselins run on DWTS finally , and thankfully came to an end last night. Get out your Kleenex and watch both performances below if you missed them!
A few weeks ago I had no idea what an Eyjafjallajokull was and I still don't know how to pronounce it! Â Well it happens to be the name of a Volcano that not only erupted last week but all but paralized half of Europe whe airports were forced to shut down due to the jet stream pushing the thick volcanic ash across the continent!
Yesterday I found a website that has over 30 photos taken of the Eyjafjallajokull Volcano this past week.Â While it may be deadly and a nuisance to the airline industry , it is also a beautiful force of nature!Â Take a look at more amazing photos here!!
I have to admit I love my handbags!Â I have been known to blow a weeks salary on the must have bag back in the day, who hasn't?Â Over the weekend I came across a handbag that would be more than a weeks pay, a month's pay and for most of us more than a year's pay!Â It'sÂ a Chanel handbag worth are you ready...$216,000 plus sales tax!!Â Let me just say that even if I had an extra $250,000 lying around this is not what I would choose to spend it on, but it is out there if your interested!Â I do have a favorite bag I would love to own from Fendi!!Â Â A girl can dream right?
Okay, tax day is behind us, the weather is a bit dreary today and the forcast for the weekend is not much better, so let me make a suggestion...let's all have a good laugh!!My Austin Perk this week is a $50 gift certificate that will cost you only $25 Â to the Cap City Comedy Club!!Â This year the Cap City Comedy Club is celebrating 25 years of making the city of Austin laugh out loud!!Â Â The comedy club is located at 8120 Research Blvd, So let's lift our spirits this weekend with a trip to the Cap City Comedy Club!Â You can get your certificate here and print them right at your desk!!Â Â Saving money never felt so good!!
Â More on Moshe Kasher here!!
You've heard the saying about death and taxes, well if it makes you feel any better when writing that check today the President of The United States paid $1,792, 414.00Â in taxes this year!Â Check out his, the first ladies and the Vice President's tax returns here!
Free burgers and fries -- Carl's Junior will be handing out free burgers to people dropping off their taxes at the Post Office on 8220 Cross Park Drive in Austin from 5pm to midnight.
Free Coffee -- If you bring a reusable travel mug into Starbucks on Thursday, April 15th, youâll get a free brewed coffee.
Free slice of Ice Cream Pizza -- Maggie Moos is offering what it likes to call an e-âconeâ-omic relief day. The idea is to help you enjoy some relief this tax day, April 15th by giving away free slices of its ice cream pizza from 3 to 7pm. They have stores across the country including one in Round Rock. To find one near you go here.
Free Cupcake Bites -- Cinnabon wants to sweeten up your tax day so theyâre giving away free cupcake bites from 6pm to 8pm.
$10.40 deals -- McCormick and Schmickâs is having a Tax Relief Celebration on April 15th again this year. Come in and enjoy $10.40 food and drink specials at the bar. Anyone who eats at the bar also gets a complimentary gift certificate worth $10.40 for their next visit.
Free Massages -- Hydro Massages is really hoping to take the stress out of tax day by giving away free Hydro Massages Thursday, April 15th through Sunday, April 18th. There are several places across Texas offering this. You can find participating locations here. You will want to call ahead to schedule an appointment.
This list is courtesy of KVUE
Â If you on the off chance happen to be in NYC tomorrow or know someone who is, they can see the Broadway smash Mama Mia for free at Grand Central Station at 6pm!!Â Â So random and fun I had to post it!!
I love SATC from day one on HBO.Â I can't believe it has been almost 2 years since we last saw Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and my favorite Samantha Jones in action, but in just 5 weeks they will be back on the big screen!!Â In preparation forÂ all that is SATC, the lovely Sarah Jessica Parker is gracing the cover of the May issue of Vogue, and she looks amazing!!Â Read some of the interview here!!Â May 27th can't get here soon enough!
Women's Health Magazine has just released a list of the Top 28 Healthy Snacks!Â They also have a great quiz which I took this morning.Â It'a all about portion control and what 100 calories , good or bad , really look like!Â All of my favorite snacks were there, pretzel's , peanut M & M's, pizza, and of course french fries!Â IÂ did pretty good too!Â 18 out of 24 right, so I can call myself a Master Snacker!Â Of course I am, aren't we all at one time or another!Â Â Take this quiz, I found it really helpful, and realized I really do Â have to cut out those french fries!!
I love this weeks My Austin Perk!Â You can get a $50 gift certificate to the fantastic 360 Tans for just $25!Â Â I have always wanted to try airbrush tanning but thought it would be messy, time consuming and expensive!Â Wow, was I wrong!Â Natasha and her wonderful staff at 360 Tans took great care of me and in just 5 minutes I had a gorgeous tan that has lasted and gives me a healthy glow!Natasha one of the owners of 360 Tans calls it "A topical antidepressant!!Â I love that! Get your $50 gift certificate for just $25 while they last!!Â You can look fabulous all year long wih 360 Tans, I'm Â hooked!!Â Â Buy your cerficates here at My Austin Perks!