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Posts from February 2014

Happy Hour with Candy's Place!

Hi friends! If you're looking for a nice night out that will help support a wonderful local cause, please join me for a happy hour to support Candy's Place at Susquehanna Brewing Company! If you're not familiar with the amazing work Candy's Place does, visit and poke around. Candy's Place offers free wellness services and programs to cancer patients and their caregivers. It is an incredible place and helps so many here in our community. Join us for some drinks and fun to support this amazing place! XO

Friday, March 14 from 6-8 p.m.! Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Admission includes beer and wine tasting, brewery tours, beverages, food tasting courtesy of area restaurants, and live music!

Tickets may be purchased in advance at Candy's Place, by phone (570-714-8800), or online ( Proceeds benefit Candy's Place.

XOXO Have a great weekend! Hope to see you in 2 Fridays!
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Surprise = SUCCESS!

HEW! After months of keeping this secret … Saturday was finally the day! I threw my husband John a SURPRISE 30th Birthday Party and it was a total success! With the help of tons of friends, we pulled off an awesome surprise and had the best night celebrating with friends! Just looking at him all night, you could see how happy he was to be surrounded by all of his favorite people!I over-share everything and talk all the time (lucky him) so it was so incredibly hard to keep this party a secret, especially because we needed to get to Harrisburg to make it happen. The majority of his friends live in Harrisburg, so it made the most sense to have the party there. I arranged for a couple hour long open bar and just needed to get him to the bar, but first to Harrisburg. So a few weeks ago I told him our friends Dan and Becky wanted to go out to dinner for his birthday. That was our plan. I told him to invite some friends to meet us out for drinks after dinner. He texted all of his friends and everyone claimed to be busy. (They were all in on it)
We went to dinner with Dan and Becky and had a great time. In his mind, that was our plan for the night. We went out for an after dinner drink to kill some time because we weren’t due to arrive to the party until 8:15. Finally at 8:10, we had one of his friends (thanks SteveO) text him to tell him to come meet up at the Susquehanna Ale House. It was right across the street (part of our master plan) so we walked over. The moment we opened the door, John walked in and 45 of our closest friends screamed “SURPRISE!” It was AWESOME! He was totally surprised. The video isn’t great because of the lighting, but you get the idea.

He was shaking. I’m not sure why he addressed his friends as “Ladies and Gentleman” but it was adorable. Looking at him all night, you could just see how HAPPY he was. He had no idea!

It was a Jack Daniel’s theme because he usually drinks Jack and Coke. I didn’t want to make it too girly, but wanted to have a little theme. It was perfect. The bar was great (so nice!) and the night was awesome. I ordered Jack Daniel’s cake pops from Amy’s Dipped in Pittston to give everyone as a favor. They were a big hit! My friend Alyssa made the JD label cake which was also a HUGE hit. People were eating it until the next morning for breakfast. My friend Tanya (so ridiculously talented) made the SIGN! I’m obsessed with it! It all came together perfectly and I’m so glad it’s over … it was a secret that drove me CRAZY to keep! It was all worth it to see John SO happy and surprised!

We had an after party back at our friends Dan & Becky’s (they were so awesomely helpful through all of the planning and everything) and had a giant sing along in their living room. Dan is super talented and jammed out on his guitar and piano as everyone sang along. There was a keg and beer pong of course … my husband may be 30, but it’s still a frat guy at heart. :)
Have you had to keep a secret that DROVE YOU CRAZY!? This one drove me nuts, but I’m so happy it all worked out and was a SUCCESS!
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Big Brother Day Out

Meet 12 yr old Kaleb, a 7th grader from Plymouth.  Kaleb is one of many cool kids on the waiting list to be matched with Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

Saturday we checked out The Lego Movie at Cinemark.  We BOTH loved it!!!

Here we are getting ready for a head-to-head battle with the Giant Pacman game.

Air Hockey = good times.

Heated competition.

Who turned on the lights?

Kaleb is one of many awesome kids in the program.  He's kicking butt in 7th grade and is super polite.  And he's very competitive in games like air hockey & basketball.

Think you can spare a few hours a month to make a difference in a young kid's life?  Volunteer to be a Big Brother or Big Sister today.

CLICK HERE for more info on how to be a Big Brother or Big Sister.


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Feb 18, 2014 ~ Lissy went looney tunes

Lost my mind yesterday, you guys. Snow finally got to me. The proof.....

My saving grace was the wonderful group of KRZ winners I got to chill with at Salon You in Taylor for our Monday night SPARTY! Check out our purdy painted piggies & digits.....

And BIG THANKS to The Dress Lounge/Bratty Natty's in Kingston for dressing me for the Valentine's Party at River Grille on Friday! I was the hostess, and I had nothing to wear. Nothing. Well, unless you count gym shorts and a Quiet Riot t-shirt but that's more a Christmas outfit....(?).... LOOK AT THIS BEAUTIFUL DRESS!!!

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Happy Birthday Facebook? Not Really.

Happy 10 birthday Facebook…I guess.

I have a love/hate relationship with Facebook.  It’s a necessary evil for my job, but the clutter & negative nonsense kills me.

And Lissa & I both revealed today that we each joined Facebook for pretty much the same reason…to spy!  I signed on to keep tabs on my son in college.

This morning we asked:  Who or what convinced you to join Facebook?
It was the cool thing to do in 8th grade.

I still have never set up a facebook account till this day and am surviving just fine. Someday I may decide to join but for now just on twitter.

This is so funny. A friend of mine kept bugging me to join Facebook. We kept up with each other she lives in Philly I live in the Poconos. I didn't vote for Barack Obama. So she yelled at me and told me she could never be my friend. She deleted me from Facebook. And I haven't heard from her again. We were life long friends at that point.

I joined because my mom made an account for my 13 b day

I joined when my children were teenagers, so I could keep an eye on them :) now I'm hooked!

I joined Facebook in 2008 My friend signed me up when we were in a foreign country and I couldn't afford the international calls

I joined in 2009 to show off my daughter when she was born.

My daughter left for college at syracuse and my son entered high school so i wanted to follow them on facebook

I remember people leaving myspace because it took to long for the pages to load because of all the stuff we used to personalize it. I loved my MySpace

I joined to keep in touch with my brother when he moved to Iowa with my sister in law and nephew. I recently deleted my account because people on there can be sooo dramatic! I would read their posts and literally think to myself "oh shut the hell up" ha ha ha. I dont miss Facebook at all.

I joined in 2006 because my older brother had it & I had a HUGE crush on his friend. Haha. Crazy right?!

I joined because nobody was on myspace anymore.

I'm still not on facebook and neither is any of my famil! Including my teenage daughter! Too much trouble and drama!




Feb 4, 2014 ~ SHIPROCKED!!!

Thank you for all the "welcome back" messages in our text club this week! I was hosting Shiprocked Cruise last week with my rock radio show (The Tour Bus in NYC). Went all over the Bahamas with some of my favorite bands, emceeing shows, hosting meet & greets, even got to perform a little bit! Awesome fun!!! A few pics to share...

My cohost and I with Five Finger Death Punch

the crowd view from onstage.... YEAH!!!!!

On the beach with my friend Cheri Mae

with comedian Jim Breuer - got to host his show :) LOVE HIM!!

with Lajon from Sevendust

with Lukas Rossi from Halo Method

blue blue H20!!!

we raised over $140,000 for our charity "Cancer Sucks" at our Rock n Roll Auction!!

cruising back and forth between shows....

bringing Candlebox on stage with my cohost

I see a tree, I must climb it!

last night of the cruise, that's me singing in front - what an honor to jam with all these AMAZING MUSICIANS!!!
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Happy New Year!!!

Sue & I spent Saturday night celebrating the Chinese New Year with our friends Barb & Craig.  What an amazing night of food and fun.

Craig and his family spend months preparing for the big night.  And this year's feast was unbelievable.

One of Craig's specialties:  Chicken feet.  Would you?  Could you?  I did!

Time for dessert.

Thanks again to Craig & Barb for inviting us into your home and treating us like family.  And here's to great fortune this year...the year of the Horse.

The Menu—

Dim Sum
Turkey Sui Mai
Pork Sui Mai
Shrimp Toast
Chicken Feet
Jellyfish Sala
BBQ Spareribs
Gai Choy in oyster sauce
Stuffed Bean cake

Pork Dumpling and watercress

Bean Vermicelli with chicken and shrimp
Hainanese Mutton Stew with lotus root
Lucky 8 mushroom medley in oyster sauce

Steamed sweet bean buns
Mixed fruit
Ice Cream
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Super Bowl Sunday and My Dad

As I get ready to watch the Super Bowl today, I was reminded of a blog I wrote a few years ago.  I lost my Dad on Super Bowl Sunday in 2006.  That was the year Pittsburgh & Seattle met.  Super Bowl Sunday is always a time for reflection. 

Here's the blog I wrote about my Dad in 2011.

Enjoy your day!


My Dad & Vince Lombardi are linked for life.  They never met & I bet the only thing they had in common was a love for football.

Vince Lombardi of course was the legendary coach of the Green Bay Packers.  He won the first 2 Super Bowls as their coach.  The trophy awarded to the winning team is named after him.  It has been since 1970.
I read this week that 78% of all Americans will be watching.  I’ll be one of them.

Once again this year I'll be watching the game with mixed emotions.  It was Super Bowl Sunday 8 years ago that I lost my Dad.  It seems like yesterday yet it seems like 100 years ago.  If you've ever lost someone close, I'm sure you know what I'm talking about.

My Dad of course got me into football when I was young.  I still remember watching the 1964 NFL Championship as a 7 year old.  It was the last time my team, the Cleveland Browns, were NFL champs.  If you’re a Chicago Cubs fan you know what I’ve been through—a lifetime of “wait til next year!”

 As a kid growing up in North Jersey, the local high school (which I would later attend), would play their cross town rival on Thanksgiving.  Even in the snow my Dad would take me.  This is where my love of football first took shape.  I’ve been a fan ever since…thanks to my Dad.

I’ll be thinking of you a lot this weekend, Dad.  And here’s hoping someday soon you’ll be smiling down on me as OUR team finally plays in the big game.

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