Toasty Tuesday



As I was watching the Real Housewives of Orange County today, Tamra gave an emotional speech at a women’s expo.  It was really heartfelt about her life.  She closed her speech with a great motivational quote, “Strong is the new skinny.”



Since I’m in full blown training for the Chicago Women’s Half Marathon, I am definitely noticing a difference in my body and it’s strength.  I used to look at my legs as a nice body part, but now I look at them as the vehicles to allow me to finish my 13.1 miles on June 23rd!

I’m starting to transition my mind speak from negative to positive.  It’s about being strong and pushing your body to limits you never thought possible.

See, Tamra Barney and the Real Housewives can be a positive experience.


Toasty Tuesday {Reality TV edition}



Oh boy, oh boy.  This week has been crazy and it’s only Tuesday.  How is it only Tuesday?

This week is focused around my love for reality television.

I love reading the Bravolebrity (yes, that is a word) blogs each week to see what her reaction is to the week’s episode.  I like the ones when the ladies talk about the episode and give more detail into what’s happening in their daily lives.

So, a recap of the Real Housewives of Orange County is making my heart warm (and the man’s head hurt).

The characters (for those of you who don’t have an obsession):

Vicki Gunvalson – “I’m my own boss, and it’s time for a raise.”  She is the only remaining original housewife out of all the franchises.  I loved Vicki in the first few seasons because she was an entrepreneur (she has her won life insurance company), she loved her 2 kids and fought with her husband in a cute way.  This season (season 8) Vicki is a little annoying.  She has been divorced from her husband who I really liked for 2 years, is dating this awful guy from Mississippi who only loves her for her money and just seems down in the dumps.  Where’s the old Vicki?!

Tamra Barney – “The best thing about starting over is never looking back.”  Tamra is the fire cracker of the group.  She flies off the handle when she’s upset, curses like a sailor, and has a bangin’ bod for someone whose had 4 children.  She’s been on the show for a few seasons and we’ve seen her go from a loving stay-at-home mom with a husband who liked to control her, to opening up her own fitness studio with her new fiancee.  (She did get divorced!)  I like Tamra when she’s being a little snarky because she has some fantastic one liners: “You’re psychotic Jesus Jugs!”  I don’t like her when she’s stirring up sh*t.

Heather Dubrow – “I may be married to a plastic surgeon, but I’m 98% real.”  This is Heather’s second season on the show and I have to say, she’s probably my favorite.  She lives in this amazing house with her plastic surgeon husband, Terry, and their 4 gorgeous children.  She put her career as an actress on hold to be with the kids but has gotten the itch again.   She is level-headed, has an incredibly large vocabulary and rolls her eyes at her husband’s ill-timed jokes.  She is a breath of fresh air!  (I should mention that they are insanely wealthy – the biggest house, she always has on some kind of Chanel and their garage floor has their wedding monogram on it!  WHAT?!)

Gretchen Rossi – “When life gets tough, I just keep getting stronger and stronger.”  When Gretchen joined the show back in season 4 (I think), she was engaged to a much older man who was dying of leukemia.  No one really accepted her because no one believed she was in love with her fiance.  Well, unfortunately, he passed away, and now she’s engaged to Slade Smiley, who was engaged to one of the original housewives of the franchise.  Are you confused?   I don’t love Gretchen because I think she can’t take her own medicine and always wants to stir the pot.  And she has a heinous purse line and make-up line.

Alexis Bellino – “I know who I am and God does, too.”  Can you guess who Jesus Jugs is?!  Alexis joined 3 seasons ago and I liked her at first.  She seemed level headed with a nice marriage.  But then, her husband seemed to be quite controlling and didn’t want her working because she needed to stay home with their children (even though they had 2 nannies)!  She seemed pretty pretentious, except she wears a CZ ring because she’s afraid someone will steal her “real” engagement ring, and only wanted God on her side.  She’s not my favorite.  I don’t like people a) talk about God when it’s not necessary and b) talk about how many cars they drive and on what days and c) think they can be an actress or designer without any real training.

Lydia McLaughlin – “You only live once, but if you work it right, once is enough.”  Lydia is the newest member of the franchise and I actually like her.  Even though she’s “Christian on steroids” (as says Alexis), she seems very welcoming, level headed and talks to her pot-head mom about not smoking around her 2 adorable sons.  She seems to speak her mind and do so eloquently.  She and her husband own a lifestyle magazine, she designs jewelry and travels to Italy every summer.  I think I like her.

Okay, so that was a lot and not really a recap, but I’ll be brief.  This week’s episode surrounded Heather’s guest appearance on Hot in Cleveland and that’s it.  There wasn’t any drama and it was pretty boring.  The only drama: Alexis wasn’t invited and she decides to take an acting class.  I hate when these housewives who have never had a desire to act, now want to act because they are “celebrities.”

Heather did a wonderful job and Gretchen shows up late because she was having a rendezvous with Slade where he gave her a Rolls Royce for her birthday.  Now, just last season Slade was complaining about not having any money as he lost his job in the mortgage industry.  It should also be mentioned that Slade’s son (with a woman who isn’t Gretchen) is 13 and has a life threatening brain tumor.  But, he can afford a Rolls Royce?!  Those Jones’s sure like those fancy cars.  Come to find out, Gretchen leased a Mercedes and the lease was up, so Slade took it upon himself to trade-in for the RR because it was only “a couple hundred more dollars a month.”  You know what I could do with a couple hundred extra dollars a month.  I certainly wouldn’t lease another car!

It was a boring episode, but just recapping the characters made me happy!!!

Toasty Thursday



Wow – Tuesday went by incredibly quickly.  That’s a really good sign.  I like when the work week’s go quickly!

What’s making my heart warm this Tuesday?




His new cd, To Be Loved, is one of the greatest albums ever!  I can’t stop listening to it.  What is it about his wonderful voice that is so relaxing?  It always puts me in a good mood, and makes me want to eat.  In college, we during sorority formals, we always played Michael Buble at dinner.


I bought my copy on iTunes and have listened to “Something Stupid,” his duet with Reese Witherspoon on repeat.  P.S. poor Reese Witherspoon.  I feel pretty bad for her.

What’s your favorite music to listen to when you’re eating?  Do you love Michael? 

Toasty Tuesday



Hello All!!  Happy Tuesday.  I can’t believe the day is over – but tomorrow is my Friday and I can’t wait for our long weekend to celebrate my sister’s college graduation.

Now, let’s get into what’s making my heart warm on this Toasty Tuesday!



Today’s topic is: Levo League.  According to their web site, Levo League is “a community for Gen Y women looking for mentoring, jobs, career advice and peer networking.”

I love this web site.  I visit it daily.  They have an incredible group of women working and volunteering there to provide Gen Y women articles on career advice, fashion and how to balance life and working.  They also hold Office Hours, which are weekly video presentations and Q&A sessions with strong leaders.  For example, they have recently interviewed Warren Buffet, Sheryl Sandberg and Kelly Cutrone.  There is an archive of all the past Office Hours that you can watch on your own time.  These videos are incredibly inspiring and make me want to work to my fullest potential.

Levo League also has Local Levo – local “chapters” where young women can get together to network, mentor and discuss things happening in the workforce.  There isn’t a Detroit chapter yet and I am on the planning committee to bring Local Levo to Detroit.  It’s a great way for women new to a city to make friends, for women looking to network with similar age groups and to hear local leaders discuss what it takes to be successful.  Be sure to check out the chapters to see if one is available in your area!

Working with a group of women is always inspiring.  I believe women need to lift each other up and focus on the positives and not the negatives.  I know I love the drama that is Bravo, but I believe that women are a powerful group that should be taken very seriously.  I don’t love drama in my life, I love to watch it on tv.

What do you all think about networking?  Would you join your Local Levo chapter?

Toasty Tuesday


Here’s to the very first Toasty Tuesday!  Tuesday’s weekly column is for a quick discussion about what’s making my heart toasty lately.

What’s making my heart all warm inside this week?!


If you watch Ellen, you already know who Sophia Grace and Rosie are, if you don’t, they are these 2 adorable girls from England who are incredible singers.


Here are some YouTube videos of them singing.  Absolutely incredible.  Enjoy!  Happy Tuesday!