Friday, February 20, 2009

MoViE mAdNeSS aNd RaChAeL rAy

Today's the day. Our taping from last week hits the air already, and since those few minutes of my life are a bit of a blur, I nervously anticipate how it will play out. I think the blur comes from the fact that everything went by rather quickly. You know how when you show up somewhere to just do what you do and then you walk away going "did I do what I was supposed to do?" You know what I'm talking about..... All in all, it was great fun, Rachael and her team were awesome and I look forward to our next one.
A few fun facts from the experience:
• We cut up one of Rachael's favorite movie DVD's that she hadn't been able to find anywhere. "Son of Rambow". Hopefully, the art department was able to help her out with that and find a few more copies!
• They have a great set with the whole 'lazy susan' audience thingamajiggy!
• We were sporting similar fashion statements, so 'you know who' had to change!
• Their art department was knee deep in cornstarch...literally. A big, gooey delightful mess was getting stirred up in a swimming pool (yes, a swimming pool) on the other side of the set and thankfully it had nothing to do with the daily 'snack'. Gotta love the science guys!
• I really wanted Rachael to try soldering, but we were a little crunched for time and it didn't play out that way. Next time, Next time!
• Other than the corn starch experiment, I have no idea what else took place during that show.
• Did know it was oscar themed due to the projects they requested from me, which is funny, because anyone who knows me, knows they don't want me at their Oscar party. I will not have the foggiest on the who's, what's, where's of the big event and I'd be more interested if people showed up in dresses designed by their friends or local designers. I'm the furthest thing from a movie buff, shamefully...not because I don't like movies, mind you, it's just an activity I have never seemed to make time for and therefore, am not able to make much of a conversational contribution to. I look at it this way...when I do have the time, there will be SO MANY movies I have never seen before and can look forward to watching. Nonetheless, I'm glad she didn't ask me about any of the 'movies I created with'!
• Awesome hair and makeup gal. (Not used to that you know, it's do it yourself in every which way around here.........and I'm sure that shows on some days!:):)
• Listened to Rachael's husband's band, The Cringe's CD 'Tipping Point' in the hotel room (no, we didn't cut that one up)...good tunes!
• Had a fabulous time catching up with a girlfriend from high school who lives in the city and works for the Wall Street Journal.
• Interesting air travel....first flight which should've taken 50 minutes took 4 hours to reach destination with a lot of mid-air 'holding' and a flight attendant who shared with us that the captain was not feeling well....Why would she tell us that?...I don't know about you, but I definitely don't want to know that the pilot is 'under the weather' while we are in the air!....Got to start my journey home with the news of a tragic plane crash..I'm kind of a nervous flyer as it is, anymore...and some news is best not known. Always grateful when we safely land.

Since the projects were presented in pretty much a fun 'show and tell' manner, we've made the stepouts available for all of the projects HERE! Take any of the ideas and make them your own, my friends!

Cheers to all the Rachael Ray Fans out there...a lot of talented people work really hard on that show, so enjoy!

For a few more fun facts uncovered through a recent chat with Big Ken and Colleen of Star 102.5, Listen Here!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

fUeL YouR GreAtNeSS

Did you know.....February is National Plant the Seed of Greatness month? What exactly does that mean, you ask? Well, it's about awareness. If you are unhappy with how your life is going at the moment, this month has been set aside to sit-back and reflect on what you can do to improve your situation. Think about change during this month, and give your life a close examination, and find ways that you can improve it for the better. Plant some seeds for all the areas in your life, career, and long term goals. Greatness can be as simple as consistently exercising, learning a new skill like gardening or sewing, committing to a charitable cause, or pursuing continuing education. It comes in many shapes and sizes, and our friends at Nature Made® are currently seeking stories of everyday, individual greatness for their upcoming documentary: Fuel Your Greatness™. The Documentary. I have been asked to serve as an expert panelist along with fitness expert, Denise Austin; heart and emotion expert, Karen Salmansohn; and cognition and memory expert, Chester Santos to help select five finalists who will appear in the documentary. Now, I personally know every one of you out there has a story of greatness to share and I invite you to do so today. Visit by April 25 to submit your greatness!
Participants have a chance to win $1,000 (and who can't use a little extra cash these days?!) and to be featured in Fuel Your Greatness™. The Documentary.
Greatness is a GREAT thing to celebrate so take action on yours and spread it around, my friends


Thursday, February 12, 2009

Thrifty V-day Love on NPR!

Good morning masses, Zach here, Michele's ruggedly handsome editor. Just thought I'd pop in and let everyone know that Michele did an interview on the "What Would Rob Do?" show on National Public Radio yesterday. The Segment was about saving on Valentines Day, you can check it out at the link I've attached below. I'm sure Michele would have loved to tell everyone herself, but she is taping for the Rachael Ray show today, I know we are excited to see it too. Make sure you check back for that air date and check out this radio interview.

Radio Interview Click Here

In Michele fashion I better give a cheers, So Cheers to Red, Pink, and White Valentines Day Parties..

Zach Out

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

New York, New York.. Back again!

Movie madness has consumed my creative projects as of late, as I have been preparing for a guest appearance on the Rachael Ray show. I just thought I'd drop by and tell you how excited I am to be traveling to New York today for the show taping. Check back in the next couple of days for the official air date. (they must like keeping secrets, because I don't even know which day next week it is going to air!) And of course, the projects will follow.

Cheers MB