AP Photo/Evan Vucci On the list of things most important in life, I’d say the birth of your first child-or rather, ANY child-ranks an easy #1. But it seems not everyone agrees. New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy missed the season opener, as well as three other days while on paternity leave to witness the birth of his first child, as okayed by Major League Baseball. Former NFL … Continue reading»

The couples! Ben Seewald and Jessa Duggar; Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar; and Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard-photo courtesy Jim Bob Duggar, PEOPLE online If my parents had insisted on coming with me on my dates in high school and college, I’m pretty sure I would have been mortified. Not that my parents would have done anything really embarrassing…although there was that one time my dad showed up … Continue reading»

Competing on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” is tough. But what if you don’t have legs? Pro snowboarder and Paralympic bronze medalist Amy Purdy lost both her legs below the knee due to bacterial meningitis when she was 19 years old. But that hasn’t stopped her from doing….well, anything! “We can’t judge you any different to any other star in the competition, and I think that’s how you’d … Continue reading»

I love Mondays. I know some people usually dread the thought of a new week and the whole “back to the grind” thing, but I personally look forward to the day after a long weekend. Part of that is because I usually have a nice, busy day ahead of me and, as anyone who knows me well knows, I’d always rather have too much to do that not … Continue reading»

Sports Illustrated-AP   The newest “girl” to grace the cover of “Sports Illustrated” magazine isn’t a real human. Under the caption “The Doll That Started It All,” Matell’s Barbie is posed in a black-and-white one piece suit with sunglasses, a gorgeous long blond pony, and a gold bangle decorating her delicate wrist. “As a legend herself, and under constant criticism about her body and how she looks, posing … Continue reading»

Clay Aiken for Congress

My friend and former American Idol contestant Clay Aiken is running for congress. As a Democrat, Aiken is hoping to be a voice for the people of North Carolina. “I’m not a politician. I don’t ever want to be one, but I do want to help bring back — at least to my corner of North Carolina — the idea someone can go to Washington to represent all … Continue reading»

You can’t win for losing. Tuesday night’s “The Biggest Loser” finale showcased the contestants and their new, fit bods. All of them lost an insane amount of weight-some more than half their original body weight! That is a “huge” accomplishment! But winner Rachel Frederickson has come under fire for possibly taking the show too far. Starting out at 260 lbs, Frederickson ultimately lost 165 lbs, which means she now … Continue reading»

Sunday was a big night for television. Between the Grammy’s, the Pro Bowl, the Australian Open, and Sean and Catherine’s wedding, our two DVR’s were on overload. I didn’t catch much of the Grammy awards, but one amazing performance I did see live was P!nk’s. Let me tell you why I loved it. P!nk is, I believe, one of the most underrated pop vocalists. She is amazing. Her … Continue reading»

American Idol Season 13 kicks off

Frank Micelotta / FOX   Who will be the next American Idol? “You will decide. The journey starts now.” Hard to believe another season of American Idol is airing again. 11 years ago one of those terrified, excited, nervous, and somewhat clueless contestants was me. One of 100,000 hopefuls trying to achieve my dream and “make it” in the music industry. I had never seen the show. So … Continue reading»

2014 Golden Globes were a “beautiful mess”

The Golden Globe awards aired this past Sunday on NBC with hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. It was a “beautiful mess” as Fey so perfectly described the evening, with the expected awkward acceptance speeches that ran too long with the winners thanking too many people or trying to be too insightful all the while trying to beat the wrap-up music. But what really surprised me were how … Continue reading»