I don't remember the last time I had such a wonderful Christmas! I hate to be cheesy, but this was like a dream come true - getting to see my WHOLE family, waking up together Christmas morning, the look on my nephew Benjamin's face when he unwrapped his presents, what a blessing! Allow me to unload some pictures on you. I feel you'd like to know my family better. Because they're total strangers who you will probably never meet. With an odd sense of humor.... and questionable footwear.... kay, here ya go. You lucky dog...
My parents and I at Carl Von Luger in Scranton the night they arrived - YUM!
My sibs! (from left) big bro Jason, me, nephew Benjamin, Ben's mom Sara, brother Andy, his GF Devon :)
me & Benjamin shopping for an Iron Man action figure
Benjamin putting on Grandpa's hat
I'm teaching Benjamin how to do "rock hands".... isn't he CUTE in my sunglasses?! And already taller than Ronnie James Dio. Haaaa
Aunt Devon & Uncle Andy reading Sneeches On The Beaches to wondernephew
This is one elf I'd never put on a shelf ;)
Grandma & Benjamin on Christmas morning
THE WHOLE BUNCH OF US!! I feel so blessed to have such an amazing, fun family. But I also feel blessed to have YOU, KRZ family! I truly appreciate everything we share - humor, music, facebook friendships, texts, I feel like we're all connected. *Internet hug!!*
....kay, seriously I'm done being cheesy now. Somebody add salsa to me and microwave it cuz I'm a big emotional bowl o' Velveeta over here. God bless us! Enjoy the season! And here's to a cheese free 2013 :) xoxo ~Liss
Hi friends! It's been a hectic week or so, but I wanted to take a minute to share some pretties with you for a great cause. This is not a paid endorsement, I just love these bangles and love that the company keeps is all here in the U.S. and gives lots of money to charity. While we don't have an Alex and Ani store here in Pennsylvania (YET!) they ARE popping up all over the country and have a booming website as well. Alex and Ani is a company that is based in my hometown of Crantston, RI. They are constantly releasing new bangles and charms ... and each of them has a story to tell and a purpose - of spreading positive energy. I've been collecting these bracelets for a while now and shared a few over the summer, including the GODMOTHER one I was given at my godchildren's Christening.
For Christmas, I received 3 new Alex and Ani bracelets that have quickly become some of my favorites.
Pictured above is the TODAY IS AN OPPORTUNITY BANGLE which represents Courage | Appreciation | Influence.
Opportunity is here; invite it in. In this moment you can choose to take action and contribute your gifts of courage, kindness, and love. You have the ability to allow your light to shine and illuminate another. Today is an opportunity to lead, to inspire, to volunteer, to make a difference.
20% of all Alex and Ani sales of the Today is an Opportunity Charm, with a minimum donation of $10,000, will go directly to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network to advance research, support patients, and create hope for anyone affected by pancreatic cancer.
(See why I love these so much?)
Then there's the arrow ... which is the STAND UP TO CANCER BANGLE. It stands for Collaborate | Honor | Change.
In this moment lives are changing. People are uniting, standing up to better the world, and protecting the future. Together we are unstoppable. Join the movement and stand up to honor, connect, and accelerate change.
20% of all Alex and Ani sales of the Stand Up Charm, with a minimum donation of $10,000, will go directly to Stand Up To Cancer, a ground-breaking initiative created to accelerate innovative cancer research that will get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now.
The purple? That's my birthstone and my godchildren gave me that one on Christmas Eve! :)
If you're looking for a gift for ANYONE in your life ... these bracelets stand for a lot, give back a lot, and are crowd pleasers. :) Spreading the positive love and energy ... i'm out until 2013! (That sounds way longer than it is!) Jeff and I return on Wednesday! XOXO Have a safe and Happy NEW YEAR!
Hi friends! Hope you had a nice holiday with friends and family! I've been dying to post these all week, but had to wait until after Christmas because John and I surprised our parents with a photo on Christmas! We had a secret engagement photo session with Bruce from I'mage Photo Studios and it was so hard to keep quiet about it. We managed to get a lovely December Saturday in downtown Scranton for photos. Bruce is amazing. He does some work with us here at KRZ and I couldn't even consider working with anyone else when it came time to choose a photographer. He is so lovely to be around and takes beautiful photos. I've heard such horror stories from friends who have worked with photographers that are grumpy and not so pleasant, so I was so happy Bruce was available to do our photo session ... and our WEDDING in October! He was not only accomodating with our request for shoot location, but he also had so many great ideas. We also hit Nay Aug park to do some photos in front of the holiday light displays! (last photo) We couldn't love the pictures more and our moms cried! :)
Can you tell we were FREEZING in this last one!? The hardest thing about this entire process was choosing which photos we wanted! There was 140-something to choose from! The Save the Date photo is being kept off Facebook and the blog for now ... :) It's a sweet one.
So, that's a sneak peek at the engagement photos. Wedding planning is coming along quite nicely and my FIANCE is being SO helpful! Many women have told me not to expect my Fiance to help much when it comes to the planning, but John is good with techy stuff and has put those skills to work for the wedding. I'll get into that more in the next entry! Let's just say, he's being SUPER helpful!
I wanted to jump on here real quick to THANK each and every one of you for making it another FANTASTIC YEAR waking you up at KRZ!!! We have what I feel are the BEST listeners on the planet. And you proved it again this year.
So again, THANKS for being there with us every morning. We try our best every day to make waking up and getting stuck in traffic a little easier to deal with.
Here's a few of my favorite moments and pics from 2012.
To you and yours, all the best in the coming year.
We started the year off right...Stripper Sister vs. Pregnant Sister on the Springer Show. Nice road trip!
Former intern Snuggy and the guys from the Backyard Alehouse kicking off St. Pat's weekend on the Friday Morning Happy Hour.
James Durbin from American Idol on the KRZ St. Pat's float in Scranton.
Intern Challenge with Zack & Wonderbread
"Summer Smash" performer Neon Hitch and her special way of saying hi!
One of our Wheel of Bieber contestants getting a Nightcrawler Facial.
The Penguins gave Sue her own jersey on her last day @ KRZ. We all miss you Sue!!!
Hosting Friday afternoon Happy Hour at Cooper's. Bridal parties are always the best.
"kNOw Bullying" rally at Hazelton Elementary & Middle School.
I'm TOTALLY not one of those people that is fearing the world will end tomorrow, but JUST IN CASE it does . . . it's been real! I guess you could consider this an end of the year, Merry Christmas kind of post too. It's been an awesome year and thank you for listening each day, checking out the blog, and for all of your awesome Facebook messages. We've had a really fun year on the show and are looking forward to lots of laughs in the new year!
I'm taking a few days off to spend some time with my family and my in-laws to be, but will return late next week! Have a Merry Christmas! XO
I've been asked by the American Cancer Society to spread the word about a very important project.
Last night we held a rally to kick off CPS-3, also known as CANCER PREVENTION STUDY-3 at the Coal Street Ice Rink in Wilkes-Barre.
Most of us know someone affected by cancer. What if YOU could prevent even one family from hearing the words "you have cancer"? What if YOU could help save lives from cancer and give people more of their most precious resource: time?
Please join me in participating in this study. You really can MAKE A DIFFERENCE and help create a world with LESS CANCER and MORE BIRTHDAYS.
Enrollment is taking place at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins training facility, the Coal Street Ice Rink in Wilkes-Barre at the following times:
We got a bunch of calls after we played this on KRZ this morning.
Every year DJ Earworm does a mashup of the biggest songs of the year. Check out this year's "United State of Pop".
And here's your Mashup Cheat Sheet:
"Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen "Diamonds" by Rihanna "Die Young" by Ke$ha "Gangnam Style" by PSY "Glad You Came" by The Wanted "Good Feeling" by Flo Rida "Ho Hey" by The Lumineers "Home" by Phillip Phillips "It Will Rain" by Bruno Mars "Lights" by Ellie Goulding "One More Night" by Maroon 5 "Payphone" by Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa "Set Fire to the Rain" by Adele "Some Nights" by fun. "Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye featuring Kimbra "Starships" by Nicki Minaj "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" by Kelly Clarkson "Too Close" by Alex Clare "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" by Taylor Swift "We Are Young" by fun. featuring Janelle Monáe "What Makes You Beautiful" by One Direction "Whistle" by Flo Rida "Wide Awake" by Katy Perry "Wild Ones" by Flo Rida featuring Sia
THANK YOU to Buddy the Cake Boss for coming on the show this morning and being so cool!!!! He's doing a live show at the Kirby tonight (tickets still available, stop at FM Kirby Center Box Office or just walk up - starts at 8pm) so he stopped by to see us this morning and meet some fans...
Me & Buddy - what a NICE guy!!
Me with the kids and Buddy :) It was the twins' birthday! But all the kids were smart and brought something for him to sign! They got autographs, pictures, hugs, what a wonderful day!
It’s not VERY OFTEN that Lissa and I agree on something, but this morning was a no brainer. She has a friend that just last week broke up with her boyfriend after 2 years. And the ex’s family still wants the girlfriend to show up for dinner and gifts on Christmas.
If you were the girlfriend that broke things off, what would you do? Would you go?
My take? It sounds like a ploy by the family to get the 2 back together. I see Mom filling fantasy daughter-in-law up with ham and wine and then sneaking off into a corner somewhere and laying the hammer down. That’s what my Mom would’ve done!
Here’s what YOU had to say this morning--
Bad idea. I was with someone for 5 years. He broke up with me last yr two days before thanksgiving.
The breakup was not mutual and I would never want him go come over and pretend.
Don't think it's a good idea to see your exes family on the holidays, that's weird.
Make arrangements for a private visit a few days after Christmas.
There is just a bigger pic that needs to be explored. Most would lean towards steer clear .. If anything not to confuse him or give false hope.
Absolutely not! One of my friends still remains close with her ex's family even though he has moved on. Holidays, birthdays, and all. All of my friends cringe when we see her hanging out with his family and still starting problems with his current girlfriend. It's been about 5 years since they broke up.
Seriously? I can't even understand why she is considering this. If she goes, she is being selfish. She gave up him but wants his family? Regardless of how close they were, she chose the end it and it means end it all. It is not fair to him for her to put him in this position. She will ruin his holidays. Worse yet, he will have the hopes that since she is back with the family she may want him back, it may give him false hope.
What of he was going to propose and that's why they want her there, change her mind...awkward
I remained friends with the sister and the family of an ex but I've never gone to holiday dinners after the breakup. I'd suggest getting together with the family afterward the holidays when you know ex isn't going to be around.
My parents invited my ex last Christmas behind my back and it just made things awkward and uncomfortable because my aunts grandparents and all thought we were still together
What's the dilemma? Why would she even consider going if she broke up with him?
I would totally go...maybe they will make up under the mistletoe.
I definitely would not go. An ex asking to be friends after breaking up is like a kidnapper asking you to keep in touch after he lets you go. It's better just to go separate ways.
She shouldn't go. She broke up with him for a reason and why go to a place to make things uneasy.
Regardless if the family likes her or not, she made a decision and she has to deal with it.
Only go if she can bring her new man!
She shouldn't go for dinner but she should visit them at another time When he isn’t around.