B Watches Kathie Lee & Hoda


It’s Thirsty Thursday! Maybe that’s why I started watching? Or maybe it was because I couldn’t find the willpower to move from my perfectly comfortable position on the couch…who knows! This is what the day after Christmas is for! Pajamas and the news, or whatever version of the news that happens during the 4th hour of Today.

Hoda started it off by saying “anal” and Kathie Lee yelled, mid-champagne gulp, NOT TO SAY THAT WORD the day after Christmas!

Hot topic to move the conversation along? When to take your holiday decorations down. Candy canes are a no past Jan 1; white lights are free range to stay up until the 4th. Really, ladies? I love America too but no one wants to be the Griswolds.

Then five minutes were spent on whether or not you should get married even if you have cold feet AND if it’s a smart move to buy a house together before making it official. This titillating conversation was of course interrupted by a singalong of Bruno Mar’s “Marry You.” Classic. The segment got even better when they used Kim and Kanye as a positive example. This is America, people!

The silver lining? Hoda’s playlist featured one of my Nashville favorites, Paul Sikes, and his sweet Christmas tune released last year so that was a WIN. Go Paul! May your iTunes reflect H & KL’s glowing endorsement.

As Kathie Lee started listing how many unwanted gifts and random gifts she had lying around her house that she would gladly donate if she had the time, I got up for my second cup of coffee. Really hate I missed the ambush makeover.

Should old acquaintance be forgot, right?


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Need Help Getting Into the Christmas Spirit?


Is your Christmas Cheer-o-Meter running low? Try one or two or three of these and pretty soon you’ll be dashing in the snow to the tune of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer…

1. Buy Christmas-scented candles and light them. My favorite is cinnamon with a touch of pine. Also, this creates instant ambience.

2. Make some hot cocoa, from scratch meaning milk-heacy cream-cocoa-baby mallows. Leave the instant mixes to the college kids who don’t have an actual stove.

3. Cue the Christmas tunes! It’s amazing how much I listen to Mariah Carey and Michael Buble this time of year.

4. DVR some cheese-tastic Christmas movies – basically every network is FULL of them – then watch them while snuggled up in a blanket with your Christmas tree glowing and hot cocoa in your hands.

5. Send Christmas cards! Photo optional; humor is a must.

6. Make a very bad for you treat, or buy holiday Joe-Joes from my friend Trader Joe, and indulge in the name of ole’ Saint Nick. Love the fact that you are still young enough to eat three servings and work it off at spin the next day.

7. Hang mistletoe.

8. String some lights around your house, but not all over – be selective or you might be confused with Clark Griswold. (Not that there is anything wrong with that.) My advice is to go for vintage white bulbs so you can leave them up long past New Years and everyone will just think you’re uber chic.

9. Spread your Christmas cheer by being generous to strangers, i.e. Buy the coffee for the person behind you in line at Starbucks. Pay $10 for that Contributor. Hold the door open with a smile. Get creative!

10. Make use of the mistletoe and thank me later.


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Obsessed: The Wild Feathers


“They’re like if Led Zeppelin & The Band had a baby in Joshua Tree that grew up listening to Ryan Adams covering the Stones 70’s country influenced songs.”

If the classy description above – written by the band, themselves – doesn’t make you want to listen to these guys I’m not really sure what will, BUT here’s what I adore about the Feathers:

They’re from Nashville

They all have great hair

They covered Tom Petty and it didn’t suck

…and then the NYT gave them props for it

They have a song titled “I Can Have You”

One guy looks like Dan Auerbach 

Conan loves them

So does Rolling Stone

Your homework for the weekend? Go buy their album and listen to Left My Woman immediately. You need a break from the Christmas music, anyways.


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B’s Guide To Burning Holiday Lbs.


Thanksgiving came and went. I’m not sure about you, but this girl went HAM on everything but well, ham. (Gross.) There was turkey, carbs, copious amounts of sweet tea and you guessed it, more carbs. The closest thing to Whole Foods on my plate was strawberry pretzel salad and I’ll let you in on a little secret – the main ingredients were whipped cream cheese and sugar.

Oh, and then TIME told me this morning that the average Thanksgiving dinner is the equivalent of 9 large boxes of fries at McDonald’s. I don’t say all that to scare you but to relate before bestowing knowledge. We all need a little community to accomplish anything, am I right? With Christmas just shy of 25 days away, we’ve got to reign it in so we can indulge in Santa-shaped everything in the coming weeks. So in the spirit of giving, here are my preferred fun-ish ways to burn off some of those post-Thanksgiving lbs…

Flow Yoga, Spin Class, Repeat

Drink a lot of water and even more piping hot green tea

Make out with an attractive someone – mistletoe optional.

Take a long nap

Clean your place, Monica Gellar style

Box up all those clothes you don’t wear anymore and take them to Goodwill or a shelter in town – tis’ the season!

Pull out all of the boxes marked “CHRIMMA”

Put up your Christmas tree while watching Home Alone and reciting every line

Rearrange your furniture to accommodate said Christmas tree

Happy December, glorious people. Let’s make the most of the yuletide.


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