Celebrating the Regional Emmy Awards 2021

Still soaking up the National Academy of Arts and Sciences Pacific Southwest (NATAS-PSW) Emmy Awards. I love being president of this chapter. 

While I was honored to be nominated for “Outstanding Achievement for Special Events Coverage” of last year’s virtual show, I did not receive an Emmy Award this year. However, I had so much fun on the pre-show Zoom and participating in the virtual awards. 

Then on Saturday we distributed the statues at Viejas Casino and Resort. A photographer snapped red carpet pictures and a videographer recorded acceptance speeches. We also enjoyed a little swag – check out the delicious popcorn gifted by Popped Gourmet Popcorn

Behind the Scenes Prep for Virtual NATAS-PSW Emmy Awards

Our 47th Annual Pacific Southwest Emmy® Awards will be virtual again this year, due to the Coronavirus pandemic. However, the show must go on!

Our virtual awards show will be broadcast, Friday, June 4, 2021 on Facebook @nataspsw.

Here’s a behind-the-scenes pic of me getting ready to shoot my president’s message for the upcoming virtual Emmy Awards. Shout out to my sister-in-law for the hair and makeup assist 💄

Gardening and Outdoor Living Tips from “Queer Eye” Designer Bobby Berk

Every day is Earth Day when you surround yourself with plants.

In my Mediaplanet article, “Queer Eye” designer Bobby Berk, who calls plants, “an investment to your well-being,” shares his home gardening tips and outdoor living tips.


Here’s an excerpt from the article:

Berk advised planning before starting a garden. “Do your research and you’ll be good to grow.” He said to consider location, the type of plant you use, and good soil. 

“You really have to pay attention to how the sun moves throughout the entire day and choose a location that gets at least six hours,” Berk said. “Using proper soil is also so important. An in-ground garden needs different soil than a container garden, and succulents and cacti have their own special soil needs, too.”

2021 Wedding Trends

The pandemic’s impact can be seen in weddings this year.

My Creators Syndicate article looks at 2021 wedding trends, including wedding size, meals, the honeymoon and more.

Here’s an excerpt:

Earl McCoy at Penny Photographics has noticed couples, especially brides, are getting more comfortable and less formal within their respective weddings.

“Brides are choosing comfortable shoes over high heels and not just wearing them for the dancing afterward, but wearing them throughout the day,” he says. “They want to be comfortable and most of them know that wearing heels for 12+ hours would be exhausting on their feet.”

He says many brides, instead of veils, are choosing simple headpieces or nothing at all, explaining, “This allows for more movement and freedom to hug, dance and move around without worry.”

📷: Penny Photographics

Carrie Ann Inaba Shares Her Autoimmune Disease Journey During Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month

March is Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month and TV host and dancer Carrie Ann Inaba is talking about her chronic pain from autoimmune diseases.

In my Mediaplanet article, she shares how she manages the pain and how she’s helping others through her platform Carrie Ann Conversations.

Here’s an article excerpt:

“Pain is a powerful teacher,” said Inaba, who wants to be a resource for people living with pain and autoimmune disorders. She recommends taking notes at each medical appointment since the appointments can be stressful and distracting. She also encourages communicating your pain to your doctors, and if a doctor isn’t helping you, to seek another opinion. 

“You can’t give up,” she said. “Life with or without pain is a gift and I’m grateful for it all.”

Spring Gardening Tips from the Big City Gardener

Kick start your spring with these gardening tips from Timothy Hammond, known as the Big City Gardener.

Here’s an excerpt:

Hammond says he wants gardeners to find their why. Why do they want to garden? For food? Fun? A way to relax or connect with nature? He advises new gardeners not to get caught up in what other gardeners can do, especially when looking inspiration on Instagram. Instead, start small.

“Don’t try to plant your entire garden,” he says. “Don’t wake up one day like, ‘Man, I’m going to turn this whole backyard into a garden.’ Just start with one bed, and then allow it to grow with you, as your love for gardening grows.”

Cheers to Life’s Celebrations

Whether you’re celebrating the big game or an upcoming event like a wedding, this is a pretty cool way to toast the special occasion.

Thanks Sans Wine Co. for sending me these wines to sample. #gifted

These stylish canned wines are convenient, tasty and available in choices like Rosé Bubbles and Carbonic Carignan.

They’re sans additives, sans chemicals, naturally crafted, old vine and vegan-certified.

The wines are the passion of husband and wife team, Jake Stover & Gina Schober. Cheers to all the big days ahead!

Make Your Own “Snow” Day

If your kids are bored this holiday season, here’s a fun activity: making “snow” at home. Warning: this can get messy so I recommend doing it outside or in an area that’s easy to clean.

My son, who is in second grade, did this activity recently as homework. It only requires two ingredients – baking soda and hair conditioner. I recommend using cheap conditioner or even conditioner you’ve gotten while traveling.

Here’s the recipe: mix 2 1/2 cups of baking soda with 1/2 cup hair conditioner. Then let your kids smush it together. You can mold it into snowmen or simply use it as a wintery backdrop, which is what we did.

Enjoy your snow day!

Guilt-Free Holiday Treats

Indulge your sweet tooth this Christmas season without the guilt. My Creators Syndicate article has recipes for healthier holiday desserts.

Thanks Wholesome Yum,  Heather Barrett and the North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission.

Here’s an excerpt:

Healthified sweets are the ticket to indulging your sweet tooth without the guilt this holiday season. Whether you serve them after a holiday dinner or nibble on them as a yummy snack, these recipes look great, taste great and can be made without a lot of fuss.