Category Archives: Health

A Colonoscopy, No Big Deal….And Saves Your Life

This morning I had my first colonoscopy. This preventive procedure was done because I was over the age of 25 and experienced some light hemorrhaging (Your body completely changes after having a baby).

The colonoscopy was easy, but the preparation was agonizing. Yesterday, I was not allowed any food except for broth or jello. I was able to drink only clear liquids such as water, tea, coffee, etc. (no red or purple drinks).  Then at 6pm, I took the laxative and then again at 3am. By the time the colonoscopy started, I was very empty and hungry.

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The procedure itself lasted twenty minutes; and to my surprise the doctor did find two benign polyps. Otherwise, I am a healthy 34 year old. I am glad I called the doctor as soon as the problem began.









If you have a health issue, call your doctor immediately. Don’t be embarrassed….doctors have seen and heard it all.

Follow up: I received a call from my doctor today; and the polyps are Adenomas. Polyps, which, if left alone, could turn into colon cancer. These are considered pre-cancerous. So, I will be having a colonoscopy again in five years. Thank goodness for early detection.

Comeback of the Year: The Caboodle!

On this Throw-Back Thursday, raise your hand if you had a Caboodle in the 80’s/early 90’s. I should be seeing lots of hands in air because it’s what every girl with mall bangs and a cassette tape of Debbie Gibson’s Electric Youth brought to sleepovers.


So let’s go back to the future, I was in need of a new way to organize my makeup. I love my makeup bag, but it was not doing the job. I went to Target; and in the makeup aisle I spotted them….Caboodles. Not only do I get to relive my youth, but I am able to organize my makeup easily and keep it clean.




The Caboodle comes with lots of organizational shelves. To keep my trays clean, I am using a trick from my MIL….lay paper towels underneath your makeup. This keeps your trays clean and change out towels when dirty.



Then I filled the Caboodle with my makeup (items I use more on top); and now I am ready to use my Caboodle for everyday use and when traveling.



Retail: Target $13.99 (Pink and Purple)

Happy Organizing!

Parmesan Crusted Tilapia

In an attempt to prepare for warmer weather and eat more healthy (sundresses, swimsuits….swimming competitively in almost 15 years), I am curbing my intake of red meat. Don’t get me wrong…I could never entirely cut out steak and potatoes from my diet.

Today, I made Parmesan Crusted Tilapia. Easy recipe that requires 4 ingredients and 15 minutes to cook.


1 fresh Tilapia filet, 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, 2 teaspoons of dried parsley and 1/4 cup bread crumbs.



Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place Tilapia filet on a greased piece of foil on top of a cookie sheet. In a bowl, mix together cheese, parsley and bread crumbs. Then sprinkle mixture over filet. Bake for 10 minutes and then broil on high until topping is golden brown. (Note: Keep careful watch on filet when broiling….you don’t want burnt fish!)



Serve warm and Enjoy!

Choosing The Right Hairstylist

Your hair is very important! Physically, it’s one of the first things people notice about you. And your hair needs to be kept healthy and protected…just like any other body part.

If you take the time to find a doctor that fits your needs, then you should definitely take the time to find the best stylist for your hair.

While having my hair cut, colored and styled this morning, my stylist, Nicole, and I discussed the reasons for choosing and breaking-up with a hairstylist.

Reasons for choosing a hairstylist:

1. Educated on the latest trends/products

2. Highly recommended by others

3. Happy with your haircuts and colors

4. Your personalities mesh

5. Fits your budget

6. Always giving you suggestions for cuts/colors to bring out the best in your hair






7. Not only cuts your hair, but can see your whole family (saving time)






If any of these reasons are the opposite, it’s time to break-up with your hairstylist. Normally, most people just stop calling for appointments when ending this relationship. However, if you remain at the same salon but see another stylist, it’s best to schedule appointments when your former stylist isn’t working.

Happy Hair! I went with the long bob (Lob)! It’s a must for Fall….see Cosmo article.












Summer Hat Trends

No matter if you are at the pool, beach, park or out-door festival, it’s important to cover your head during the long, hot summer months. A very common area for skin cancer to grow is on your head. So besides, spraying a little SPF 30 on your locks, cover them up with this summer’s hottest hat trends.

1. The Floppy









2. The Cowboy








3. The Fedora











Also, when working out, you may need a sweatband. These are the best and great prices:











Pools open in 12 days. Be prepared and have a wonderful and safe summer!





Women In Front Of The Camera: The Broadcast Meteorologist

Today, I am continuing the series, “Women In Front Of The Camera”. I would like to introduce you to a woman I consider a sister, friend, classmate, etc., Angela, a broadcast meteorologist for KTVI-FOX 2 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Angela had a lifetime interest in weather. She decided to attend Western Illinois University; and received a Bachelor Degree in Geography specializing in Meteorology. After graduation, this Midwest girl uprooted her life; and began her career at KTVA CBS 11 in Anchorage, Alaska. Then two years later, she returned to St. Louis advancing her career in a larger television market.

Angela can also be heard on the radio (550 KTRS) giving weather forecasts. She regularly speaks at schools, businesses, and often emcees charity events and trivia nights across the St. Louis area. Plus, she is known to take on important news assignments.

Since Angela works in front of the camera, I wanted to know how she stays fit and trendy!

1. How do you keep fit? Biggest temptation…Carbs?

“I have to work out regularly. I love food; and have a passion for cooking, so regular exercise in a MUST. I have never been “skinny” and was a plump teenager, but when I decided to pursue a career in television I knew I needed to make a change. I run, take cardio classes, and/or do weight training every week day. Taking long walks with my husband and dog also help. My biggest temptation: sweets! I love ice cream.”

2. Favor designer?
“Despite what a lot of people think, not everyone is television makes a lot of money. So I don’t wear much of anything with a designer name. I will say that I do like the MICHAEL Michael Kors and Alfani lines at Macy’s. I do have certain stores that are my favorite for work attire. Macy’s is one, but I also love The Limited. My secret shop is Dressbarn. I used to think this was a store that only ‘moms’ shopped at, but I find great pieces for great prices there. Their dresses are adorable and most are just $40.”

3. Favorite trends for Spring/Summer 2013?
“I think my favorite trend for spring is the return of color, especially teal and tangerine. I like the mint trend too, but since I work in front of a green screen I can’t wear that on the air. I have not gotten into the colored pants trend since my legs often don’t show on the air. I tend to focus more on my tops with more classic, basic slacks or skirts.”

4. Does the camera really add 10 pounds?
“The camera can add ten pounds if the lighting is bad. Strong, flat light directed straight at a person flatten the features by killing shadows. That makes you look heavier. In theory, your lightning should be better than that in the news studio. I don’t wear a lot of stripes or tight patterns just to be safe.”

5. Advice for keeping on trend and staying within a budget?
“Don’t be afraid to shop all over. Perhaps you by a staple piece at a more expensive store, but pick up a few on-trend pieces at Target or Kohls. My on-air clothes are from many different stores. Also, don’t feel the pressure to “be on trend” with everything. Just like with food, all things in moderation. Sometimes, a current trend just doesn’t work on you or isn’t right for your job.”

6. Favorite/Worst parts of your job?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                “I love my job because I get to do what I love, talk about the weather. I enjoy getting to let my personality shine through. Working at a TV station, you also get to meet a lot of interesting people from local notables to well-known celebs. However, working in TV in the age of social media can be tough. Everyone is a critic and sometimes your presentation, your clothes, your hair, etc. is not someone’s ‘cup of tea’. The criticism can be tough to take sometimes. Also, my schedule can rough. I work weekend mornings regularly; and often fill in on the weekday morning show. Those early wake up calls can be difficult on a sleep pattern and your social life. Plus, putting makeup on at 2:00 a.m. is never much fun.”

I hope you have enjoyed getting to know a little about Angela and her style. She is an intelligent, beautiful and caring friend. It’s just hard to believe that we met over twenty years ago on our grade school’s softball fields, became close friends and had the honor of being in each other’s weddings. If you are in St. Louis, make sure to tune into Angela for the most up-to-date weather forecast!