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Local vs. National News…Is There a Difference Anymore?

Local vs. National News…Is There a Difference Anymore?

I believe I’ve mentioned (over 200 times) that I’m more of a morning person. I like getting up and attacking the day. It always feels like I’m getting ahead of everyone else!

When I wake up, I immediately shut my alarm off (as to try not to disturb my slumbering husband) and head to the living room with my computer in hand. I start getting caught up on my emails and turn on the TV to watch some news. Since I get up so early, I obviously start with the local news…seeing what the whether’s going to be like, if there are any traffic concerns for the morning and watching the top headlines of the day.

Next, the clock strikes 7am and it’s time for the national morning news. Time to get caught up on the national, top headlines of the day.

Wait a minute…didn’t I just watch this?

Is it just me or are the top headlines of the local news really just the top headlines of the national news? What happened to the local news stories that AREN’T pay-to-play, sponsored segments? Where’s the information on what’s going on in my community? What happened to the headlines that happen in my neighborhood? Where did the local angles go?

The local news industry has just changed so much. I know there’s been a lot of downsizing over the last few years, but stop downsizing our local news. I don’t want the national headlines at the local level…I’m going to get those everywhere – the news, the radio, my Facebook timeline, my news alerts. Give me local! Who else is with me? Raise your hand! How can we get our local news back to covering local?

Mid-Week Break: Getting Ready for the 4th of July

Mid-Week Break: Getting Ready for the 4th of July

It’s time for a celebration this week! Independence Day is this Wednesday – in the middle of a workweek. I think it’s kind of nice to have a mid-week break from a regular work week…two days to hit it hard, a break and then two more days to get things done. But what do you think? Would you rather have a long weekend to celebrate the holiday or do you also like the idea of a mid-week break?

4th of July Activities

Independence Day is one of my favorite holidays…mainly because it’s in the Summer – my favorite season. I think you all know by now that I’m a big beach and pool person. If I could go everyday, all day I would! So you can bet that’s where I’ll be on Wednesday!

I like to do a lot on Independence Day to really celebrate being independent. Some of the additional activities I like to include:

  • kayaking/paddle boarding
  • grilling out with neighbors and friends
  • dressing up in my favorite red, white and blue clothes/bathing suits
  • watching fireworks from the roof

What do you have planned to celebrate Independence Day?

The Chew Ends: 7 Years Comes to a Stop

The Chew Ends: 7 Years Comes to a Stop

As you well know from the previous blog post Daytime TV Obsessions Working from Home, I’m a regular viewer of The Chew. Well…it looks like I’m going to have to find something else to have on in the background while working since this Friday (tomorrow) is the very last day The Chew will be on air.

I can’t lie…it’s not my favorite show in the world, but I did enjoy it and part of me feels really badly for the hosts – and their entire cast and crew totaling 150 people. How do I know how many people work on the show? Carla Hall has repeatedly mentioned this week and last week how many people will be out of a job.

While the hosts – Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly and Michael Symon – have tried their hardest to make these last few days as upbeat and fun as possible, but it seems they all have more of an edge to them in the form of quips being said on air about being cancelled / out of a job.

Today they recorded the show for today (Thursday) as well as their Grand Finale taking place tomorrow (Friday). I know I’ll definitely watch to see what happens, what else is said and how many tears are shed.

Take a look at how the hosts reacted when finding out they were being cancelled. (via Deadline)

 

 

 

Summer is Coming…Are You Ready?

Summer is Coming…Are You Ready?

My favorite season is DEFINITELY summer! That’s right…I love summer in Florida. For me, every weekend is about hitting the pool or beach, riding with the top down and sipping on summer-inspired cocktails at restaurants along the beach and intracoastal.

This summer, I’ve vowed to do more than my usual routine (even though it doesn’t get old for me). I want to take more advantage of Florida in the Summer. In case you need a little inspiration for your summer (at least when it’s not pouring outside), take a look at my summer bucket list below.

  • Visit a natural spring in Florida
  • Pedal power my Summer by booking a Cycle Party tour with friends and family
  • Ride my bicycle more around town
  • Make my way to Miami more and visit unique locations like Concrete Beach Brewery
  • Write more (see…I started already!)
  • Go hair-free with Body Details to make Summer fun even easier

What do you want to accomplish this summer?

 

Daytime TV Obsessions Working from Home

Daytime TV Obsessions Working from Home

It’s been over 5 years now that i’ve pretty much been working from home. I can’t even imagine going back into an “office setting” – no matter how open-concept or work/fun balance it may be. Obviously, you have to get into the grove of the work-from-home lifestyle and routine. I myself am more of a morning worker starting at around 6 or 7am. It’s so awesome! It feels like you’re cheating on the world…getting work done while others are still sleeping. (Granted the same is true for night owls like my biz partner Emily!)

One thing that has significantly changed since going from a regular office to working from home is my “background noise” that keeps me company during the day.

It may sound crazy, but it’s become a very important part of my day. I obviously stay informed on what’s going on in the world and I get great ideas for clients. TV doesn’t always have to be the enemy…it can be a very useful tool. Take a look at my TV day during work below!

Breakdown of my Work Day – TV Style

  • 6 – 9am: Today Show / local news
  • 9am – 12pm: Netflix / recorded shows from the night before
  • 12 – 1pm: Local news yet again
  • 1 – 2pm: The Chew (which I won’t be watching much longer since they’re being cancelled – another blog post for another time)
  • 2 – 4pm: Combination of Food Network and HGTV (depending on the day)
  • 4 – 6pm: Local news for the last time before making dinner

Obviously there are variations of my TV/work day, but for the most part that’s what’s on in the background keeping me company and inspiring me throughout the day!