I love the idea of #GivingTuesday. It's the perfect thing to counteract all the shopping we've done on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Personally I would rather give my time than money to an organziation but I know it's tough for people to find time in their schedules to volunteer. So if you're looking for a way to do a little good, here's a list of my favorite organizations in the St. Louis area.
First up, Habitat for Humanity St. Louis. Each year, KMOV sponsors Home for the Holidays and it's an incredibly rewarding opportunity to help build a home for a family. You get your hands dirty and feel like your truly making a difference knowing you are helping make a better life for a family. Contrary to common belief, the homeowner is not given the home, they buy it at no-profit for the organization and are given affordable and supportive financing. Giving people the opportunity to own their home helps every one in the community.
The YWCA in St. Louis is an organization that I am proud to be a part of. I recently joined their Young Ambassador Board and I am excited to get more involved. They have a multitude of programs including offering transitional housing for women, working with children through Head Start programs, and helping to eliminate racisim and empower women in our community. Donate here.
Yoga Buzz is a non-profit that not only hosts incredibly fun events around town but they also work to make yoga accessible for everyone. Donations to the group allow for them to provide scholarships to those that cannot afford to practice as well as training for teachers in underserved communities. Donate here.
Anew Nature is a company I recently did a story on and I can't say enough how impressed I am with what they're doing to better the St. Louis community. It started with a simple idea, train ex-cons in interview skills, carpentry, wood working and other basic skills. They work with Mission: St. Louis (another great local non-profit) to help find permanent jobs for men in the communtiy who've spent time in prison. They build incredible furniture and are now expanding to create their own line. This way they can employ more people in their own company. They have a Kickstarter fundraiser happening now. So not only can you give on #GivingTuesday but also get a little something from the campaign. Here's the link.
And finally, if you haven't seen the news, there are massive and devastating wildfires in East Tennessee right now. Several people died and hundreds of homes and buildings have been destroyed. The Smokey Mountains are one of my favorite places in the world and they hold such a dear place in my heart. If you would like to help the best thing volunteers are asking for is money towards the Red Cross. They have received tons of water and supplies but have very little space to store it all. If you would like to donate, the link to the East Tennessee Chapter is here.
I would say if there's one word for today's journalist its multitasking. This is what you don't often see. The behind the scenes scramble to get to the 6:00/10:00 news. Writing, editing, and of course making myself camera-ready in the car. This is a shot from Election Day and I can't believe it's almost December, because the month of November simply flew by.
In TV news, November is sweeps month, which means our ratings matter more than ever because it determines our rates for advertisers, aka how we make money. So it's always an intense month. When you add a presidential election and several major local stories, than all of a sudden life gets crazy. But despite the work craziness I still found time to explore some new spots and enjoy the unseasonably warm fall we had here in St. Louis. Here were just a few of my favorite moments from this month, including scenes from hosting Thanksgiving at my new apartment.
Hosting is one of my favorite things and now that I FINALLY have a dining room table (I've been eating off my coffee table since April…don't judge) I can't wait to host more. We kept it classic with all the Thanksgiving staples - I made turkey, mashed potatoes and apple pie. Everyone else brought the rest. I also have to say I feel like I have finally mastered the Instagram-worthy cheese plate. One day perhaps I'll do a post on making one! Now that sweeps has ended and life (maybe?) is slowing down, I'm working on posting more content here and updating the look of the blog. All part of that multitasking process. But this means multi-tasking work, life and this side-hobby over here on the blog. Stayed tuned!
Well this was supposed to be a Halloween post but Halloween turned out to be quite the busy day at work. I always get asked if I know what I'm reporting on each day and the reality is, I don't know the answer until our afternoon meeting. And even then, that can change. Last night we switched stories half way through the night and drove from basically one end of the viewing area to the next. I didn't even have any Halloween candy! But I thankfully baked these guys earlier in the day to bring in for the newsroom.
Cooking and baking are my best forms of procrastination. So while I could have been doing a million other things yesterday before work (and today...) instead I decided to bake brownies and make jack-o-lantern stuffed bell peppers (did you see my instagram post? Honestly they're my favorite thing I've made in a while.) Check them out here!
Does anyone else use baking as a way to avoid doing other things? In college I always used to want to clean my room right when I needed to study for finals. At least I can multi task a little while cooking. I got to FaceTime with my sister and catch up on her Halloween weekend. See the phone in the shot? That's Krista! Say hi! She was very jealous of the brownies because right now she's living in Spain and pumpkin is very tough to find. Who knew?
But just because these were my Halloween day treat, doesn't mean they have to end once the calendar turns to November. These brownies are just so FALL. My co-workers were a little hesitant with the idea of chocolate and pumpkin but were quickly silenced when they popped one of these brownie muffins in their mouth. I personally love the combo. Chocolate chip pumpkin bread is another favorite of mine. I also only add a little swirl of pumpkin on top so it's not overly pumpkin-y. Also I was not interested in being overly ambitious before work so I used box brownie mix...feel free to be a better cook than me and make it all from scratch! So if you want to blow the mind of your co-workers this is the recipe for you! But don't forget to save a few for yourself!
pumpkin swirl brownies
Welcome to my blog! Here you'll find a behind the scenes look at the day-to-day life of a TV news reporter. I have a love for food, traveling and all things St. Louis. This is a place for me to write about my passions.