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11.1 SO Humiliating!

Have you ever gone shopping ... loaded all of your items onto the counter ... gone to pay ... and then realized YOU DON'T HAVE YOUR WALLET?! Happened to me this morning at Target and let me just tell you ... I felt like the biggest idiot EVER! I told them i'd come back for my stuff tomorrow, but wow - talk about humiliating!

Oh ... and a word to the wise and a note to self - DON'T WATCH AMERICAN HORROR STORY before bed. I literally couldn't fall asleep until 3am and all morning I keep THINKING I see someone walk by - and there's no one here. That show is crazy good ... but definitely not something you should watch immediately before bed if you're easily spooked! :)
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10.31 Happy Halloween!

Vinyl one piece cat suits are impossible to get in and out of to pee. Thus, I cut mine in half and only wore the top, along with some shiny leggings I already own. Check out the finished product . . . Cat Woman and Joker! :) Boyfriend is SUCH a good sport ... a face full of makeup ... and we drove to New Jersey for a party IN COSTUME!



Jeff is dressing up tonight ... as Leatherface! He stitched his mask all by himself! Check him out tonight at The Woodlands, or check back tomorrow for pics! :) Have a safe and Happy Halloween! xo
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10.27 Halloween Relief!

After FINALLY putting a rush order on my catwoman costume ... the order was cancelled bc they only had size small. Yeah, a  small one piece vinyl suit is small enough, that wasn't happening. I had a little bit of a freak out because Boyfriend and I are going to visit my bf from college on Saturday for her birthday/SUPERHERO themed Halloween party. He's the joker and i'm catwoman, or so I planned to be.  A wonderful person called us in the studio yesterday and suggested I try Frazzeta's in East Stroudsburg and OMG ... thank you whoever you were because they have an AMAZING selection of Halloween stuff still. I got my catsuit, catwoman mask/headpiece, tail, whip ... all of it! Such a relief! I wanted to get yellow contacts, but they were $65 and that was just not happening for a one-time wear.

We're up to over 1 MILLION votes so far in the PREGNANT PUMPKIN PAGEANT! We'll announce a winner TOMORROW for a year supply of diapers, so get your votes in now!!!



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10.26 Old Navy Outfit of the Week!

Totally coincidental . . . Jeff and I match today! Today on PA LIVE for Email Wednesday, we talk about a woman who is trying to choose bewtween her own happiness and her family's feelings about her moving away with her young son. Tune in or catch the video!



Old Navy in WB has some seriously awesome sales right now!
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Horse and buggy!

I spent some time in Amish country on Saturday and holy good god. They still get around on horse and buggy! I've HEARD this was true, but I finally got to see it for myself and WOW. Talk about traditional ... it's kind of cool that they stick to what they believe in and stick to the traditions and all ... but I felt like I traveled back in time.

Boyfriend and I went to meet up with his parents, who came for a dinner train at Strasburg Railroad. It was pretty awesome! We toured the train museum, boarded the train, and then got served dinner as we rode around. It was old fashioned and really yum!

I couldn't get over the number of horse and buggy we saw ... and had to sit behind (because you treat it like a car) on the road. The amish even go around selling "quillows" to the visitors ... which I guess are quilts that fold into pillows. (I'm not gonna lie, I wish I was around when that guy came around bc that sounds like an enjoyable purchase.)

Sunday was spent doing some MUCH needed cleaning! It's nice to finally see the floor again! :) Don't you hate when it gets THAT bad?! Hope Monday's treating you well! XO
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10.24 Halloween Cake Pops!

After a few failed attempts and an "ok" batch . . . i've finally mastered making CAKE POPS! These babies are WAY more time consuming and expensive than baking cupcakes (which was my most recent baking obsession) but they are are so darn cute, I just couldn't help myself from trying to make them again!

I did a ton of Google searches looking for the easiest directions as to HOW to do them and really, I feel like these people over-complicate it all. Instead, I chose trial and error and finally have my own system DOWN! If you want to try making cake pops for the upcoming holiday season, maybe a birthday, or for no reason at all. I'll walk you through the process. (A few of you emailed me the last time I made them and wanted more information ... here's the rundown!)  If you have any tips for me - i'd LOVE to hear them! Amanda@985krz.com

Before you start - here's what you need.

Cake mix. (These pops are so much work that I don't both making my own mix)

A can of frosting (You'll only end up using less than half ... make sure the color goes with the cake, as you'll be mixing them together!)

Melting chocolate (Michaels or AC Moore - you can choose from TONS of colors to go with whatever theme you are making!)

Sprinkles, candy (Whatever you want ON the cake pop ... you could use crushed cookies, candy, sprinkles)

Cake pop sticks (You can get them at Michaels or AC Moore - there's a whole cake pop section)

Wrappers ( You'll need something to wrap them in once they are finished - they sell lollipop clear bags with twist ties ... for Halloween I found spider bags!)

Styrofoam (You'll need some sort of base to stick the cake pops into after you've dipped them in chocolate to dry standing up, so you don't get flat tops like you would if you rest them on wax paper.)

NOW GET STARTED!

1. Bake the cake. Let cool.

2. Cut the cake up and add a few dollops of frosting. Mix together by hand, cover the cake, let chill in the fridge. (Leave it overnight)

3. Take an ice cream scooper or spoon and make 1.5inch balls of cake. It's much easier to wear clear plastic gloves and make the balls by hand like meatballs, but do whatever works for you. Don't make the cake balls too big, or they will fall off the stick. Put on wax paper.

4.) Dip the end of a cake pop stick in some melted chocolate (the kind that will harden after melting) and then insert into cake pop. (The chocolate acts as a glue) Do the entire batch and return to fridge for a little while.

5.) Dip cake pops in melted chocolate and decorate as you want! I've been sticking to sprinkles, but there are some CREATIVE things you can do with cake pops. Stand the stick up in a stryrofoam base to dry!

Check out lots of cake pop ideas here.  http://www.bakerella.com/category/pops-bites/cake-pops/

After I passed all of pops I made out to co-workers, I remembered I need a photo of them! ONE example! There were a bunch though ... with orange chocolate, white chocolate, lots of different sprinkles! I'm going to get a little more creative for Christmas. I'm thinking SANTA and RUDOLF pops! :)
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10.21 HEAVEN IS FOR REAL ... a must read!

YAY for Friday!!! I've been meaning to tell you about a book I ride over vacation over a month ago, but it kept slipping my mind ... and since I passed it on for someone else to read, I haven't seen the cover until today when I happened to come across an article. Heaven is for Real is a New York Times Bestseller and literally gave me chills. Whether or not you are religious doesn't really matter with this read.

Heaven Is for Real is the true story of the four-year old son of a small town pastor who during emergency surgery slips from consciousness and enters heaven. He survives and begins talking about being able to look down and see the doctor operating and his dad praying in the waiting room. The family didn't know what to believe but soon realized that the boys stories were too vivid and realistic to be anything but a true account.

The boy said he met his miscarried sister, whom no one had told him about, and his great grandfather who died 30 years before he was born, then shared impossible-to-know details about each. He describes the horse that only Jesus could ride, about how "reaaally big" God and his chair are, and how the Holy Spirit "shoots down power" from heaven to help us.

If you're looking for a warm, thought-provoking book to read ... I definitely suggest this one. There were times while reading it, I was in tears ... others I got chills ... and sometimes I had to just put it down and TELL SOMEONE ABOUT EVERYTHING I couldn't believe I was reading. 

If you've already read it, i'd love to get a chat going. What did you think? Have you heard anyone else with a similar story?

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Another singer screws up The Star Spangled Banner?!

At GAME 1 of the WORLD SERIES last night, Scotty McCreery sang "No Jose" instead of  "Oh Say" ... (around the 1:20 mark)

He's such a huge baseball fan ... can you imagine how he must feel today? On another note, why can't anyone sing the words correctly?!? It seems like every couple of weeks we're talking about another celeb screwing up the lyrics to our NATIONAL ANTHEM!

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10.20 Oh my gosh ... best video of the day!

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!! This is the best video i've seen all day. This poor girl is just jammin out, enjoying a Beyonce concert, when Beyonce comes over to her and shoves the mic in her face .... waiting for her to sing! The girl obviously doesn't want to ... begs "No I don't want to sing!" and then does ... and it's awesome, because she clearly knows she can't sing. Local bands do that ALL the time. You never sound quite as good on mic as you think you do SCREAMING along!

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OMG! You haveeee to check out the newest PPP entries!



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You HAVE to see the new entries in the Pregnant Pumpkin Pageant! We posted 15 new bellies today and they are AMAZING! The deadline to submit an entry is FRIDAY! Voting continues until next week!
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10.19 Old Navy OUTFIT of the WEEK!

OLD NAVY is totally bringing it with the fun, flirty tops! I picked this one out to go with my ON skinny jeans and boots and to my surprise ... it was a sale, BIG time!  A bunch of you weren't fans of me in blue a couple weeks ago, so what do you think of off-white ruffles!? (Dont judge my hair today - the rain wasn't hair friendly)

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10.18 Jeff's turn to take the heat . . .

Jeff makes fun of me ALL the time for different things in my wardrobe. Last year, he told me my purse looked like a CAR ENGINE and posted pictures online and let people vote whether or not I should be seen using it. Then he made fun of a shirt, some boots . . . it never ends. FINALLY ... he wore something semi-ridiculous! Jeff claims this shirt is "from L.A." which is supposed to automatically give him a free pass with the fashion police.

You decide. Love it or hate it?! Someone already wrote to me to say he looks like a faded roll of lifesavers! Haha

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HALLOWEEN COSTUME DROP OFF/PICK UP for KIDS!

Do you have a bunch of gently used Halloween costumes that your kid has outgrown? There's a local kid that needs a new costume this year and won't be able to get one.

DROP OFF COSTUMES thru Oct. 20 at the following locations:

Wyoming Valley CYC - 36 S. Washington St. Wilkes Barre

The Arc of Luzerne County 16 W. Linden St. Wilkes Barre

Odyssey Fitness - 401 Coat St. Wilkes Barre

Tobyhanna Federal Credit Union - 880 Schecter Drive

PICK UP COSTUMES SATURDAY OCTOBER 22 from 12-6p @ Wyoming Valley CYC - 36 S. Washingston St. Wilkes Barre! No cost! :)
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10.17

I love everything about Fall ... and this weekend I good dose of it all. Pumpkin spice coffee, Octoberfest beers, crunchy leaves, football, and the chill in the air that makes you have to wear a scarf! Boyfriend and I spent the weekend by his college for their homecoming/reunion. It was awesome meeting a bunch of his friends that I haven't had the chance to meet before ... and we sort of relived our college days into the night. It's hard to believe it's been 5 years since I graduated from college. Weird.  The things that remind you that you're an adult now . . . haaaaa!

Speaking of scarves --- have you been to the new store Charming Charlie at the Shoppes at Montage?! It's like ... Claires on steriods. This store is HUGEEE and FULL of accessories that are all organized by color. It's a little overwhelming if you don't go in with a goal in mind - so be warned. It's pretty awesome and they have really cute scarves! :)

I posted this video last week because I thought it was SO SWEET how much this little girl admires Nicki Minaj  . . . and so exciting for her to actually get to meet and sing with her! Well, the post and on air discussion turned into a huge debate ... was it wrong to encourage this little girl to admire Nicki ... considering she sings about scandalous things? No matter how you feel about her as an artist .... you have to admi this is the freaking cutest thing ever ...
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BEAUTY BLOG in NEPA! Help a local girl win a SHAPE Magazine contest!

Shannon Nelson is from Wayne County and has been writing an awesome beauty blog for 6 years called A Girl's Gotta Spa! It's been recognized by SHAPE Magazine as one of the Top 20 beauty blogs in the country and features local reviews of spas and salons, as well as reviews on makeup, skin care and hair care products. Vote for her in the SHAPE Magazine Best Beauty Blogger contest and turn to her blog for the latest in beauty trends.

Shannon needs your votes! Most of the blogs are from girls who are based in LA or NY, but come on . . . let's help out NEPA girl win! The grandprize winner  wins  a video series with SHAPE.

There's no registration required to vote.  

GO HERE : http://www.shape.com/lifestyle/beauty-style/shape-best-blogger-awards-20-top-beauty-blogs-active-chicks?page=15

Them, just click vote for this blog, and that will bring up another page with the ballot. Select A Girl's Gotta Spa and you're done. :) It'll take you just a minute . . . and would be SO awesome if we could help Shannon win!

Shannon asked me to participate in a BEAUTY Q & A  and it's front page on Shannon's Beauty Blog, A Girls Gotta Spa . . . now! You can check it out here. I'm not proud of my short relationship with white eyeliner in my teen years. :)
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10.12 OLD NAVY Outfit of the Week!

Check out PA LIVE today at 4p on WBRE for today's Email Wednesday! A girl wrote to us because the guy she's been seeing for over 2 months won't make a move. She's wondering what we think is up with him. You think he's just a gentleman?

Our OLD NAVY OUTFITS OF THE WEEK! These dark skinny jeans fit perfect under my boots and this top, while something I wouldn't typically pick up . . . I really like a lot. It comes in a ton of different colors, but this one, camel, is perfect for fall!



Read our latest BITCH & BRAG in The Weekender! http://www.theweekender.com/bonus/bitchbrag/BITCH__BRAG_101211.html

... and just because this is awesome - check out Nicki Minaj and the little youtuber that sings her song "Super Bass!"
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10.11 . . . 21 LESSONS FROM STEVE JOBS

My aunt forwarded me an email this morning and 99% of the time . . . if the subject line starts with "fw:" I usually delete it without looking. I'm not a huge fan of forwarded emails because they usually have some kind of superstition at the end that I end up feeling really paranoid about. This one was different. 21 Lessons From Steve Jobs.

 It's a cool reminder that life is short, but sweet . . . some cool eye opening thoughts too :) check it out . . .

#1 Skate to Where the Puck is Going to Be


In 2007, Steve Jobs said, “There’s an old Wayne Gretzky quote that I love. ‘I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.’ And we’ve always tried to do that at Apple. Since the very, very beginning. And we always will.”

Steve’s ability to anticipate future trends helped Apple dominate now-burgeoning markets like digital music sales (through the iPod and iTunes Store).

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#2 Accentuate the Positive


Steve started life out on the wrong foot. He was given up for adoption at birth because his mother had wanted a daughter.

Tough break? Young Jobs didn’t think so: he was thankful for his loving adoptive parents — who happened to live in Palo Alto, California (which would eventually become Silicon Valley).

#3 Learn from Others


In high school, Jobs attended lectures at a small computer technology company called Hewlett-Packard. Before turning 21, Steve had worked for both HP and Atari. He saw what these companies were doing and learned what he wanted to do differently with Apple.

#4 Start Early


Because Steve was still a sponge-brained teenager when he started working with computers, he learned quickly.

It also helps that he started Apple in his early 20’s: when he was still full of energy, fresh ideas, and not yet restrained by a family or career.

#5 College is Important…


At its best, higher education challenges us to make connections and solve problems.

Jobs credits a college calligraphy course for part of the Macintosh’s development:
“If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts.”

#6 …But it’s Not Necessary


Reed University was expensive and Jobs didn’t want to drain his parents’ savings. If Jobs hadn’t dropped out, he would have been a junior in 1975. He co-founded Apple Computer that year instead.

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#7 Travel the World


The year before he founded Apple, Jobs journeyed to India. Travel has a way of broadening a person’s perspective and expanding their sense of what’s possible – good traits in an entrepreneur.

#8 Surround Yourself with Good People


Steve Jobs wasn’t a great computer engineer. Apple would have had no chance if Jobs was the only one building the computers. That’s why he recruited Steve Wozniak.

Through the years, Jobs’ companies have blossomed thanks to the brilliant people he’s brought on board – like Apple CEO Tim Cook and Pixar CCO (Chief Creative Officer) John Lasseter.

#9 Expect Greatness


People tend to rise to expectations.

#10 Fake it Before You Make it


In Apple’s early days, Steve recognized that Palo Alto, California was the epicenter of innovative computer technology. Steve wanted his company to be associated with this place – but Apple was still headquartered out of a garage in nearby Los Altos.

Jobs’ solution was to set up a PO Box in Palo Alto and hire a voice answering service. A potential client would get the impression that Apple was a big company in the heart of Silicon Valley – even though the truth was that it was still just two sweaty guys in a garage across town.

#11 Obstacles are meant to be Overcome


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Jobs and Wozniak ran out of money while developing the first Apple computer. Instead of giving in, Jobs sold his van and Wozniak sold his graphing calculator. When there’s a will, there’s a way.

#12 Don’t Value Money


As CEO of Apple, Jobs earned $1 a year. Jobs wasn’t incentivized by his salary, but by his own unrelenting pursuit of excellence. (Then again, his expansive stock holdings may have been some incentive.)

#13 Value People


Jobs hired passionate people and cultivated exceptional company cultures at both Apple and Pixar – and their work speaks for itself.

#14 Take Risks


Jobs was willing to cannibalize his company’s products in the name of progress. Many CEOs would have been hesitant to develop the iPhone, knowing full well that it would help to make the iPod obsolete – but Jobs did it anyway (and took a big bite out of the lucrative mobile market).

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Don’t be afraid to take risks. Especially smart ones.

#15 Create a Personal Brand


Steve Jobs was one of the first people to recognize the growing importance of personal brands in the Internet age. His black turtleneck is as instantly recognizable as the Apple logo.

#16 Have a Higher Purpose


Buddha said, “We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.”

Jobs has turned his vision into reality since he began practicing Buddhism in the 1970’s.

#17 Find the Right Partner


There is no more important decision in your life than the person you decide to share it with. Choose wisely (as Steve did), and you have a partner who will help see you through daily challenges.

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#18 Fail Forward


Everybody fails. It’s how you respond to those failures that makes all the difference. In 1984, Steve Jobs was fired from Apple.

At Stanford’s 2005 commencement address, he had this to say about it:
“I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.”

#19 Learn How to Take a Brick to the Head


More inspiring words from the Stanford speech:
“Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work.”

#20 Remember You’ll be Dead Soon


“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.”

Our time on this earth is short. Let’s make it count.

#21 Put a Dent in the Universe


Jobs once said, “We’re here to put a dent in the universe. Otherwise, why else even be here?”

Having a higher purpose doesn’t just help you find success. It redefines the meaning of the word.

Ready to Redefine Success?


I’ll let Jobs have the last word:
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”


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PREGNANT PUMPKIN PAGEANT!!!

Have you checked out the entries that are coming in?!? Our 4th annual PREGNANT PUMPKIN PAGEANT is underway! Click the link below to check out the entries and vote for your favorites!! :) If you know someone who's expecting, they could win a YEAR SUPPLY of diapers! Tell them about it!



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10.10 A busy weekend!

It was a BUSY, but great weekend in NEPA! For starters, the weather was incredible. I just assume a weekend in October is going to be freezing cold and kind of windy, but this weekend . . . wow . . . warm and not a cloud in the sky. Perfect days for some awesome events around NEPA. Saturday was our annual BRAS ACROSS THE BRIDGE . . . and thanks to the support of YOU who came out to support loved ones, friends, and family who have fought or are fighting breast cancer, we raised THOUSANDS of dollars for the American Cancer Society!



The pictures are my favorite. Look at all of that pink! October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month . . . rock your pink! :) This weekend, our sister station Froggy 101 is having a REALLY cool event for breast cancer awareness month called Strike Out Breast Cancer. It's an annual event in its 4th year that is REALLY cool . . . if you're interested in a fun day of bowling and entertainment with 100% of proceeds going to the American Cancer Society, check it out and swing by THIS SATURDAY! Details here : http://www.froggy101.com/Strike-Out-Breast-Cancer-4/10916555 



(the bras stretching across the Market St. bridge!)



Sunday was a GORGEOUS day for a walk! This is PART of TEAM KRZ from Sundays Autism Speaks Walk at Pocono Raceway. We lost some of our team at the end! Thanks to everyone who came out on Sunday and walked with Team KRZ! It was so great meeting all of you! xo Make sure to keep in touch!
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10.7 Great new gloss!

I've been on the hunt for a goooooood tinted lip gloss for a while and the ones I usually LOVE, are so expensive. I took a chance with L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Le Gloss Lip Gloss and let me just tell you . . . I LOVE IT. For $6, I compare it to NARS, which is well over $20 a tube. I got it in 154 Watermelon Crush and while tube makes it look like you'll have HOT PINK on your lips, it doesn't actually come out like that, but it a nice punch of pink! Don't you hate when you think you're buying one color and it really ends up being DULL when you apply it? This is like that, but in a good way ... the tube is REALLY bright.

Just wanted to share my new favorite beauty find! :) Hope to see some of you out this weekend either at BRAS ACROSS THE BRIDGE or the AUTISM SPEAKS walk on Sunday! xo

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10.6

Has anyone else been listening to/watching the Conrad Murray trial today?! HOLY. This poor coroner investigator is really getting GRILLED! Conrad Murray's attorneys are trying SO hard to get her admit she made mistakes whiel gathering and reporting information from the scene of Michael Jackson's death . . . but she's staying strong and delivering the facts - even though these lawyers are cocky butts! Ugh - I hate defense attorneys . . . I have a few friends who are currently in law school and i'm praying to god they don't end up being slimey lawyers.

For my fellow pumpkin spice coffee fans .  .  . I bought pumpkin spice K- cups this morning and they pretty freaking amazing! Found them at Walmart! Mmm yummm! God I love fall.

Hope you have a great Thursday! :) This Saturday is our 3rd annual BRAS ACROSS THE BRIDGE at Kirby Park in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Sunday is the Autism Walk at Pocono Raceway . . . hope you can squeeze these events into your weekend plans . . . and see you there!
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10.5 Old Navy Outfit of the Week! :)

Hi friends! What a BEAUTIFUL Fall day, huh!? There's just enough chill to wear boots and a light scarf, but not too cool that you need a jacket. That's the best. I drank my first pumpkin spice latte of the season and it was deeeeee-lish!

Don't forget to check out Jeff and I on PA LIVE this afternoon. We got an email on Email Wednesday from a guy who wants to know if it makes him look cheap if he uses one of those 1/2 off deal coupon/gift certificate things on a first date! What do you think? Shouldn't that be a time when you're trying to impress someone you have interest in? Tune in at 4! :)

Old Navy in Wilkes Barre is dressing up for PA LIVE each week starting today . . . check out our outfit of the week! I'm stepping out of my usual neutrals comfort zone and wearing some COLOR! They have some great fall tops right now and these skinny jeans fit perfect with boots - finally a good pair of denim! Jeff and I didn't intend to match, but BLUE is in for Fall, I guess we both got the same memo! Ladies, if you're into blouses, wait til you see what i'm wearing next week! :)

SEE today's PA LIVE : http://pahomepage.com/palive-details/?nxd_id=203766



Wednesday is a busy day! Our feature in The Weekender hit newsstands today too! Read BITCH AND BRAG in the newest issue of The Weekender! :)http://www.theweekender.com/bonus/bitchbrag/BITCH__BRAG_100511.html

Oh . . . and if you were listening yesterday when he had our STICK OUT YOUR TONGUE TUESDAY SPELLING BEE and heard us both stick our tongue into an electric fly swatter . . . you might want to SEE it. If you missed it, brace yourself. http://www.985krz.com/pages/4961682.php?
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10.4 Have you been to OLD NAVY recently!?!??! :)

The day after vacation is always crazy ... but i'm back! Boyfriend and I had an awesome time at my friend Christine's wedding in New Orleans and on our cruise to Mexico. How GORGEOUS was she?!?! Christine looked stunning on her big day and the whole ceremony was so romantic! I, on the other hand, am not used to New Orleans humidity and my hair couldn't handle it! haha

. . . and this was the view from our balcony on the cruise :) Just to bring a little warmth to you today in chilly NEPA!



As great as vacation is, I love having a routine and coming back to work just feels like home. Weird. Jeff watched our cat Asti and i'm happy to say, she survived. He was a great kitty sitter . . . well, besides letting her out in the yard and letting her eat a worm and almost a frog. Jeff decided after watching her for 7 days that he hates cats. She's SUCH an energetic kitty that she probably drove him nuts.

Jeff and I spent the morning at Old Navy in Wilkes Barre . . . and oh my gosh . . . have you been in there recently??!?!! They have SO MANY CUTE things and TONS of great accessories. I walked in and got over-excited and stupid giddy. I stepped outside of my usual comfort zone and got some bright blouses that i'm really excited to wear. They're dressing us for our weekly PA LIVE segment - so make sure you check out our outfits each Wednesday! Modeling the latest looks from Old Navy in WB! :)

Ohhh btw - just a few more spots left on TEAM KRZ at this Sunday's Autism Walk at Pocono Raceway. Come walk with me! Register for TEAM KRZ shirt - we only have a limited number of TEAM KRZ shirts left!
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9.23 WHOA ...

Whoa. My fellow ARMY WIVES loving friends will totally be shocked at this video. Actress Kim Delaney, who plays Claudia Joy, was asked to speak at a ceremony honoring U.S Defense Secretary Robert Gates. Her speech was COMPLETELY scripted - but watch as we SLURS the entire thing and acts totally out of it. Not the Claudia Joy we're used to seeing. Plus, what was up with her hair? It was all over the place! They eventually STOP her and pull her off stage! She battled substance abuse issues in the past, so people are thinking that might explain her bizarre behavior.



I happened to catch a little of X-Factor last night and THANK GOD I tuned in when I did because I happened to catch this girl sing. She's 18 and well, incredible. Talk about getting chills. Holy.



Did anyone else catch the premiere of the new show WHITNEY and absolutely LOVE it like me? I was literally laughing out loud, by myself, watching tv. Not very often that happens. :)

I'm making lists and checking them twice - tonight is packing night! Boyfriend and I leave for vacation tomorrow, so i'll be off next week. One of my best friends from high school is getting married on Sunday in New Orleans and then we're hopping on a Carnival cruise from New Orleans on Monday! Looking forward to some fun in the sun . . . with LOTS of sunscreen of course!  :) See ya'll next Monday! XO
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9.21 Someone Like You

A local guy named John Rodgers sang this cover of Adele's "Someone Like You." I just love the song and covers of it, so I thought it was pretty impressive when he sent this video to Jeff yesterday. Take a listen! :)



Tonight's the night . . . MODERN FAMILY is back! Oh yeah! Happy tv-viewing friends! :)
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9.20 Fall TV . . . rough for the indecisive

There were SO MANY good new shows on TV last night and it's going to be a pick and choose kind of week since it's FALL premiere week! I was super excited about the premiere of How I Met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men, and the Charlie Sheen roast . . . and that's all I watched. There were just TOO many good options! I caught up on highlights of Dancing with the Stars, but with so many contestants in the beginning, it's hard to care. Tonight is going to be another tough tv decision making night with the premiere The New Girl, Glee, The Biggest Loser, and the second week of Ringer on CW. (Ringer has me though. I can't WAIT to find out what happens next . . . if you missed the premiere- what it online and get on board - it's GOOD!)

You know the few days of work before you leave for vacation? That's the mode i'm in right now. Making lists, trying to get ahead, and getting super excited for fun! My friend from high school, Christine, is getting married in New Orleans. She's lived down there for a few years and Sunday is the big day! Boyfriend and I are going down and then hopping on a cruise to Mexico on Monday! I'm fully stocked up on sunscreen because i'm, well, paranoid. I love weddings. So much so, that I cry watching Four Weddings on TLC. Have you seen THAT show by the way? Somehow, i've even sucked my boyfriend into watching it and . . . LIKING it. The show follows four brides on their wedding day and they each judge eachother's weddings and gives them scores. The one with the highest score wins a dream honeymoon. It's addicting.
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9.19 Autism Speaks!

Hope you had a wonderful weekend! Boyfriend and I had our first PSU tailgating experience on Saturday and will definitely be back for more! Neither of us went to PSU, but we don't mind acting like we did! What a party! :)

I'm usually not a huge fan of the Emmy's. Past years, they've been a snooze fest. This year, not so much . . . actually, the show was awesome. My favorite part was definitely when The Canadian Tenors sang. I was COVERED in chills and goosebumps!



Registration for my TEAM KRZ at the Autism Speaks walk at Pocono Raceway is ready to roll! Click here to get to the sign up page. Tell your friends. Love you for it. XO

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9.16 Who knew . . .

Yesterday, Boyfriend made his big radio debut! :) After finding he felt strongly about our Email Wednesday topic about the engaged couple who was upset that she wanted to hyphenate her name with his . . . we had Boyfriend on the show. I had no idea he would feel so strongly about something like that, considering he's SO laid back about most other things. According to him, it's belittling to a guy to keep your maiden name or hyphenate it with his. Interesting . . . i've never really given it much thought, but when the email came in, I didn't see what the big deal was. If you've been known as one name for 20+ years, why not keep it in some form so you're still indentifiable by name? I had no idea it would whirlwind into such STRONG opinions!

Tomorrow, i'm experiencing my first Penn State football tailgate. Have I ever mentioned I don't follow college sports . . . at all?! I just follow the party. :)
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9.15

I just saw the Twilight: Breaking Dawn trailer for the first time . . . and whoa. Definitely can't wait to see the movie now! I didn't read any of the books and was kind of late to the party with the movies . . . but I sort of need to know . . . someone who read the books - give me a hint ... what happens?? Is Bella ok? How does their baby come out? I'm dying here!

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PA LIVE & The Weekender

Our Bitch & Brag feature in The Weekender isn't available online yet, but you can get a glimpse here! :)



. . . and our appearance on today's PA LIVE! Check us out on PA LIVE every Wednesday! :)

  http://www.facebook.com/JeffandAmanda#!/photo.php?v=2378308543550
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9.14 Jeff . . . the cat whisperer

Have you seen the new Jennifer Lopez line at Kohl's?! Cute items!!! :) After looking for a good kitty-hotel for Asti while Boyfriend and I go on vacation at the end of the month . . . i've found a kitty sitter. JEFF has offered to take our kitty in for a week! This should be funny . . . he's never had a pet and well, Asti is REALLY energetic. Jeff thinks he's just going to have to take care of her like he does his plants ... water and feed . . . it might be a little rude awakening when she first goes to play with his toes or fingers like they're toys. Hey, she's 5 months . . . she's playful. :) I can't wait to hear about Jeff's experience as a kitty-uncle!



Jeff and I had our first segment on PA LIVE today . . . you'll be able to catch it online soon, or tune in to WBRE! :)

Our new feature in The Weekender came out today too! Check out BITCH AND BRAG in the  new Weekender! xo
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9.12 Wow.

This past weekend was incredible proof that NEPA is an amazing place to call home. KRZ's Entercom Cares flood relief drive was a HUGE success . . . because of you. Over this past weekend, over $17,000 in cash donations and over $200,000 in cleaning supplies was raised to support flood victims… and everything you donated is staying local.  I’ve now witnessed the “valley with a heart” in action. The outpouring of love, quick response to support, and compassion the people of NEPA showed in reaction to the flooding was incredible.

Children donated their allowance, families who were victims themselves donated supplies and money because they knew other people had suffered worse, and together as a community, we filled 4 huge box trucks full of supplies. 

It's hard to find much else to say other than WOW . . . and THANK YOU. :) Read about the relief effort in the Citizen's Voice - http://citizensvoice.com/news/generosity-flows-through-valley-1.1201572#axzz1XlN4R5le

While we spent much of the weekend trying to help the relief efforts from the flood here locally, I spent a lot of time watching coverage of the anniversary of 9/11. This commercial for State Farm distracted me last night and now I can't stop telling people about it. I just loved it. Check it out! :)

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FLOOD RELIEF DRIVE . . . the items needed!

KRZ's Entercom Cares Flood Relief Drive will take place this weekend - 9am-6pm at both the WB and Taylor Walmart. Items needed to assist flood victims are CLEAN UP KIT SUPPLIES. $ donations will also be accepted.

Items needed include:

Surgical Mask
... Latex Gloves
Large Sponge
Scrub Brush Bleach
Cleaner - Ameriking Cleaner w/Bleach
Disinfectant, Pine-Sol @ 28 oz.
Regular Broom Head
Small/Large Mop Head
Large Black Garbage Bag
Broom Sticks
Garden Gloves
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Flood Relief Drive!



For those who live in areas that were not directly affected by the tragic flooding and want to help those who have lost everything . . . we are setting up locations across NEPA to help flood victims.  This weekend, please help us fill trucks with items people NEED right now.  

Times & Locations : 9am -6pm Saturday and Sunday at Wilkes-Barre Township and Taylor WALMART

I'll be at the WB Walmart on Sunday from 9a-12p. If you can and want to help, come stop by - we'll be there all weekend. xo
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9.9

Yesterday was a pretty insane day . . . and we hope everyone affected by the record flooding is safe and well. KRZ is working on putting together a flood relief drive as we speak and we'll have more information later on this afternoon how you can help those who lost everything in the flooding.

It's so hard to believe that Sunday is the 10th anniversary of 9/11. I was just reading a few celebs recall where they were when they found out about the attack on 9-11-01. People always say you never forget where you were and what you were doing on huge days like that that go down in history. I was only 15 and I still can remember like it was yesterday. I was a junior in high school and I was sitting in the computer lab. We were learning about internet navigation (I was still using AOL at home, that's how fresh the internet was to us) and a teacher ran into the lab and told everyone to do a search for "NYC towers." Before that day, we weren't really allowed to just do searches on our own, but learned the power of quick information that day. We watch pictures keep updating on our screens. The rest of the day, every classroom watched coverage on tv and didn't open a single book. We'll never forget. <3

IN MEMORY OF ALL WE LOST, THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11- STATISTICS: Times of impact: 8:46 a.m. and 9:02 a.m. Time the burning towers stood: 56 minutes and 102 minutes. Time they took to fall: 12 seconds. 2819 dead from 115 different nations. 343 Fireman/paramedics, 23 NYPD, 37 Port Authority officers.

I'm listening to Lady Antebellum's new cd Own the Night in the office today. It's not even out yet, but my friend works at our country station and gets her hands on the good stuff before it's released. God I love them.
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9.7

Howdy friends! How about all of this rain? Ew. I wore BOOTS into work today. My shoe tendencies usually allow for open toed shoes throughout the entire month of September . . . so all of this flooding and downpouring rain is no bueno! Let's hope it lasts this week only and then returns to some gorgeous sunny days until the brisk chill of fall kicks in! Mmm . . . like most women, I LOVE the fall. I love scarves, boots, pumpkin spice coffee, cinnamon scented everything, and most of all . . . CRUNCHY LEAVES!!!
There's something about this weather that puts me in the mood to listen to country music. I love this Blake Shelton song . . .WHO ARE YOU WHEN I'M NOT LOOKING.  http://youtu.be/0xXD9-1mLBY

If you check out this week's WEEKENDER, you'll find me in the middle! :)

http://www.theweekender.com/bonus/whois/Amanda_of_KRZ.html
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9.6

My godson Shawn turned 4 this weekend, so Boyfriend and I drove up to Rhode Island for his CARS themed birthday party! There was a pinata, lots of crying babies, and face painting too. There's the birthday boy!

 

On the way to Rhode Island we also stopped at the famed Mystic Pizza, in Mystic Connecticut! The pizza there is sooooooo good and there's Julia Roberts stuff everywhere from the movie Mystic Pizza.  It was a great weekend with family and friends! :)

Jeff and I have a couple really cool things in the works that we're super excited about. Starting next week, you'll be able to read a column from us in The Weekender! Also starting next week, you'll be able to catch us on PA LIVE, the new daily talk show on BRE - dishing out dating and relationship advice! We'll keep you posted on both of those things . . . and details are coming SOON on our annual Pregnant Pumpkin Pageant too!!!

Did anyone else get sucked into yesterday's How I Met Your Mother marathon!?!? God I love that show. It's funny how there are certain shows that you never watch when they are on new, but when they are in re-runs, you get addicted. I was a late-comer to Grey's Anatomy that way and now i'm obsessed. Same with HIMYM - who will she be?!?!? New season starts September 19 at 8p!!! :)

Don't miss TRY IT OUT TUESDAY today - we're testing out EZ MOVES - the AS SEEN ON TV product that claims it can move a car! XO
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9.2 Meet ASTI! :)

In the middle of all of the medical drama and surgery last week, Boyfriend and I celebrated our 1 year anniversary! He surprised me with a kitty! Meet ASTI! We love champagne . . . so it was only appropriate to name her Asti Spumante. We were torn at first between Pinot and Asti, but after Facebook voting on her name, we settled on Asti! She's REALLY high energy and cute, but needs to learn to not walk on my lap top WHILE i'm typing. She's gutsy. Boyfriend says she has my personality since she's really high energy, jumps around all day, and never wants to go to sleep! This was the only picture I had on my blackberry. I'll upload more soon! :)



My mom calls her her Grandkitty!

My godson's 4th birthday is this weekend in RI, so we're heading there tomorrow morning. I haven't been "home" since April, so i'm long overdue. See you Tuesday! Enjoy the long weekend! :)
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JESSUP FAMILY FIRE . . . DROP OFF! :)

This afternoon we mentioned a family of 6 in Jessup that lost EVERYTHING in a fire Tuesday. The Jessup Hose Company No. 2 is collecting items for the family today, tomorrow, and Saturday.

They need anything and everything from toothpaste and shampoo . .  to clothing, diapers, baby wipes, and towels. (Calling all Extreme Couponers of NEPA who stockpile items in their basement!)

There is a mom, boys ages 13,7,6 and 1...plus an 8 year old girl.

If you can help - please drop off items at the Jessup hose company no.2 today or tomorrow between 5-10pm or Saturday 10-5 :)

Thanks in advance for your awesome generosity! ♥ ♥
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9.1 I'm back!

It feels SO good to be back! Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to reach out to me over the last few weeks . . . I really appreciate all of the support, love, and prayers! It was a really stressful couple of weeks. The worry that comes with surgery is enough stress, but waiting for biopsy results is the worst. It's scary having all of those days to wait and see what comes next. Thankfully, in a nutshell, I caught it just in time.  I don't want to start getting all preachy, but this cancer is best cured when found early. Check yourself. Get to know your skin. That's the best way you'll know if a mark on you has changed at all. The earlier you find something irregular, the better chances you have to fix it and save yourself.

Did you know there are 90 cancers that are curable if caught in Stage One? Read about the initiative to educate people about early detection! :)

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504943_162-20099446-10391715.html

My mom came to town from RI to help take care of me, which was a blessing. Boyfriend also learned how to put my hair up in a ponytail post-surgery . . . (his first girly hair grooming experience) because I couldn't do it myself. (They cut under my arm to get to the lymph nodes. They were life savers and waited on me like crazy. So much love. <3

I had a lot of time on my hands to rest over the past week and received awesome care packages, cards, and flowers from friends and family. One of my best friends happened to send me the book "The Help" and thanks to Hurricane Irene and the loss of power, I read the entire book in just over a day. Let me just say  . . .  this is the first book in a while that is one I can mention to ANY friend of mine and be able to have a conversation about it. Everyone is reading it . . . and everyone is loving it. Even some of my friends that don't usually read, are reading it! If you're looking for a MOVING, well written book with a message . . . definitely pick it up. Last night I was talking to my friend Christina about and she was saying that her favorite part of reading it is that she sounds Southern in her own head when she reads it because of the way they speak. Come to think of it, you DO sound Southern in your head reading it! If you've read it . . . email me! Who was your favorite character? I loved Aibeleen and Miss Celia  . . . there was something about her white-trash and underdogness that made me feel for her. Did anyone else want more conclusion to everyone's life at the end, too?

It's show time now. Just want to thank everyone again for the nice words and encouragement. Now, let's go have some fun on the radio! :) xoxo
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8.22 I was a busy bee this weekeend . . . cake pops, Liquid, and a KITTY!

Hi! :) Hope you had a fabulous weekend! I got a ton done . . . and finally put new tires on my car. Everyone who walked by my car made some kind of comment about my front tires being bald, so I got new ones and hopefully everyone can shhh now! :) Friday night, Boyfriend surprised me with a KITTY! She's tiny ... only 4 months old, and she gets to come home on Thursday! We're still deciding on names and taking a vote. Which one do you like better . . . Pinot or Asti? :) She's really sweet! I'll post pictures once she comes home!

Saturday night, we went on a double date with our friends Pete and Wendy! (Wendy is like this awesome scrapbooker and totally hooked me up with lots of fun scrapbooking materials - i'm so looking forward to making one!) We went to Liquid in Stroudsburg (such a cool place with an awesome martini menu) and while I don't like sushi, I ADORE sushi presentations! Check out how pretty these were!



It's a girl here at the office's birthday (Happy Birthday Shannon!) so I made cake pops! This was my second attempt at cake pops and it went SO MUCH better than the first try. The trick? One you put the cake into balls, CHILL IT for a few hours. It made the world of a difference and the KRZ office is loving them today! :)



Tomorrow is surgery day, so I won't be on the air for the next few days. I'll try and check in on the blog. XO
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8.19 SO freaking SWEET!

Yay for Friday! I'll be hanging at the Scranton Hardware Bar tonight if you're out and about . . . come swing by! $1 drinks 8-midnight! :)

Have you seen this video yet? This guy completely planned a wedding and surprised his girlfriend with it . . . it's SO freaking sweet . . . and begs the question . . . how the hell did he pull that off?

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8.18 Whoa. Ready to get emotional?

Thursday feels good! So close to the weekend . . . and flying by! Speaking of this weekend, join me Saturday morning at Ken Pollock Suzuki on 315 in Pittston and have a chance to win a shovel to come dig to win keys to a new car NEXT weekend! Man, I still love their Kizashi. I'm going to need to put the Jetta to rest soon . . . :)

My friend posted this video on her blog this morning and I didn't even get 1:30 through it before tearing up. I'm probably a little more sensitive to the subject with my upcoming surgery on Tuesday, but what a great video.
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8.16 Lady A COMING to WB!

Holla holla! Have you heard Lady Antebellum's new song?! It's called "We Owned The Night!" I heard it for the first time a couple days ago and this morning my friend who works down the hall at our country station was playing it in her office . . . so I thought i'd share! :) 

BY THE WAY . . . I just read this morning that Lady A is coming in concert! 12/16 at Mohegan Sun Arena! I've already called a GIRLS NIGHT for that evening! LOVE them!

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