Better to be lucky than good. TV Gold. #abcnews

7.01.2015

Look Ma, I'm on TV! Two days ago, a posting caught my attention in our Virginia Bloggers Club group. María José Ovalle(the popular blogger of a Very Busy Mama) posted about a news opportunity with ABC 7 news for Good Morning Washington. By the time I got to the post, several people had already responded and liked the post. I knew that meant the opportunity was most likely taken. I did not feel defeated, however, there was a phone number and a contact name. I grabbed my smart phone at lightning speed and hopefully dialed the numbers.

Upon talking to the contact person, she informed me that the opportunity was indeed available. What luck! I promptly stated that I would do it and to kindly send me details. Elated and terrified, I knew this opportunity was meant for me. A long series of events had to unfold in order for me to get this opportunity(the story of my life). Two well-qualified and wonderful bloggers turned the opportunity down before it even got to me. I do believe it is better to be lucky than good. A few hours later, I found out Mary Garcia(the amazing foodie blogger of a Goodie Godmother) already responded to the opportunity, however, she turned it down.

This is where the real adventure begins. I received an e-mail with all the required information on Qrunch Foods, how to act on camera, and most importantly time/location of the LIVE skit. Step 1 check. Step 2, locate Qrunch Foods quinoa veggie burgers! Finding them was a bit tricky, but it really only took two stops. I needed to memorize vital information about the company and quinoa. I never had quinoa until two days ago, but it is indeed addictive and delicious. By the way, if you are looking for a incredible quinoa veggie burger then you have to try Qrunch Foods. They have several flavors: Classic, Spicy Italian, Curry, Spicy Buffalo, and Green Chile. Brand name dropping aside, I was terrified. Terrified is a strong word, but I was.

http://www.wjla.com/video/2015/06/amanda-soule-talks-healthy-bbq-options.html 

Scared yes, but not enough to fain a secret illness and cancel. Honestly, I felt ready and looking back at the video I was. Although I left two hours early, I barely made it to the station. I am a very timely person and thinking about being late made me nauseous. Especially, for a LIVE skit on Good Morning Washington! My husband works from time to time in the same building and THAT is really why I made it. He gave me detailed instructions on the routes I should take/avoid, where to park, and little details that saved me precious time. 

Upon arrival, I had no idea which floor ABC 7 news was on. I guessed and came to a floor that looked like it was a winner. It appeared a bit vacant, but it had to be it! I tried the door and nothing. So, I asked the man "at the desk". "Take the escalator downstairs", he said. With my heels and all my veggie burger possessions, I tried not to plummet head first down the escalator as time is ticking away. At this point, it is close to 9:30 am and the LIVE skit is at 9:45 am. Lord, have mercy! I am here.
I pulled the door hard and entered the studio. "Heather"? Yep, that's me! I was visually scolded for not taking the Metro. Next time guys. I turned to my left and I see a ray of sunshine beaming next to me. "Denise Austin", she says beaming and shaking my hand. Wow, really?! My mom had some of her first VHS exercise videos! She looks outstanding. As you can see, her biceps are a thing of beauty!

They swiftly escort us to the back where there are bathrooms and chocolates. Thank goodness! I thought it would be the worst time to pee myself, so I quickly ran to the bathroom before anyone could approach me. I pre-cooked the Qrunch Foods veggie burgers and I had all the fixings in my plastic grocery bag. I had cherries too, but spilled half of them in the car...rush hour is a real jerk. I was approached by two really nice people(who were obviously running the show and keeping everything flowing properly) and they told me I would be taken to a staging area soon to set up.

I realized*head slap*, that I should have composed my quinoa burgers before leaving the house! I took out my crappy butter knife and started butchering the tomato and slicing the fresh mozzarella. Also, I forgot the other box of quinoa at home and my fresh lettuce. All I had for the camera was an open and mangled box of quinoa veggie burgers. Then I was asked, "Do you have a table cloth"? Nope. I did not even have plates! I had no idea that I needed all this stuff! What a rookie! You cannot tell in the video, but the quinoa veggie burgers are sitting on a plastic Tupperware lid. Wow, right?

Thankfully, the news anchor that I chatted with was a pro! Autria Godfrey put me at ease and really led the way. I pretty much blacked-out during the conversation, so I was relieved to find out my husband video taped it for me. I ran out as soon as the taping was through after thanking everyone and apologizing for my rookie incompetence. I can only hope that they will have me back someday.

Moral of the story? Go for it. Give it your all and do not back down from a challenge. Risk failure and with it great rewards. Also, bring plates and a tablecloth.

Davids Natural Premium Toothpaste "10 Winner" Giveaway

6.28.2015

Davids Natural Premium Toothpaste "10 Winners" Giveaway
Davids premium natural toothpaste was born in 2011 after four years of developing! That's right, the owner Eric David Buss spent four years creating the highest quality, most sustainable, and safest natural toothpaste that I have ever used! Davids natural toothpaste is a product that I know is going to be BIG! We are talking Tom's of Maine competition BIG! Davids natural toothpaste is just getting started and mark my words we are going to see Davids lining the shelves coast to coast very soon!

Davids Natural Premium Toothpaste "10 Winners" Giveaway
Davids has that "WOW factor"! The 100% recyclable aluminum tubing has a "retro-feel" that is incredibly appealing and a very rare thing indeed. When I received Davids package, I was surprised to see a metal tool of sorts inside. The tool is for rolling every drop of all-natural minty fresh toothpaste from the tube. Now that is what I call Eco friendly! And now, 10 lucky winners are going to get to try Davids premium natural toothpaste for free. Be prepared to get hooked! The tube is cute and Eco friendly, but does the toothpaste do the job?

Yes, it does. My mouth has never felt so fresh and clean. After nearly a week of use and lots of coffee drinking, my teeth are whiter then they have been in years. Compared to Tom's of Maine, I give Davids higher praise on taste, aesthetics, whitening, sustainability, and overall user experience. Davids is also cruelty free, 98% USA origin, fluoride free, and sulfate free. I am truly impressed with Davids premium natural toothpaste. Davids will change the way you look at your "all-natural" toothpaste!

Who's ready for a Davids minty-fresh giveaway?



Sugar Mint Coffee Scrub #beautyrecipe

6.26.2015

Sugar Mint Coffee Scrub #beautyrecipe
Coffee is one of my all-time favorite ingredients for body scrubs! Coffee grinds are exfoliating and help temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite. The caffeine in coffee stimulates blood flow, which can help with many undesirable skin problems such as cellulite, eczema, etc... Get more information about why coffee is good for our skin and the benefits of coffee scrubs via Frank Body's website in their "about" section. They have a really awesome interactive graphic, which also mentions that coffee has the same PH level as our skin. So that means, it will not leave our skin feeling zapped of moisture post-scrubbing. Besides, coffee just smells fantastic and feels good against our skin! Scrub away and enjoy the tingling effects of gopure naturals peppermint oil in this DIY beauty recipe for Mint Sugar Coffee Scrub!

Sugar Mint Coffee Scrub #beautyrecipe
Ingredients Needed:
1 cup Coffee grounds
1/2 cup Organic sugar cane
1 to 2 tbsp Epson salts(optional)
1/2 cup + gopure naturals Fractionated Coconut oil
10 drops + gopure naturals Peppermint oil

Mix all your dry ingredients together first. Then, infuse your peppermint oil with your gopure naturals fractionated coconut oil. Use glass containers to mix and store your sugar mint coffee scrub! Keep and store in the refrigerator for up to a month. It is that easy. In the picture above, you can see that I have additional gopure naturals oils. I did use gopure naturals Argan and Rosehip oil in my recipe for an additional moisturizing boost. The great thing about DIY beauty recipes is you can make them your own by using what you already have. Happy Beautifying and do not forget to enter the HUGE gopure naturals skincare giveaway LIVE until July 7th!


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