Super Bowl XLIX Weekend Survival Guide

Friday, January 30, 2015

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Whether you're a passive fan or a rabid one, here's all you need to know about the Super Bowl XLIX matchup between the Patriots and Seahawks. 

As for Deflate-gate/Ballghazi (which name do you prefer?), the NFL says the 108 balls used during Super Bowl XLIX will be under extra security before the game.

Here are 19 of the craziest Super Bowl XLIX prop bets including:
  • What will halftime performer Katy Perry be wearing at the start of her performance? 
  • What kind of hoodie will Bill Belichik be wearing?  
  • How many times Tom Brady's wife Gisele Bundchen will be shown?
  • Will Marshawn Lynch grab his crotch after scoring a touchdown?

A ton of Super Bowl ads are already on YouTube. You can watch 10 of them in the box above, including the Victoria's Secret one. You're welcome, gentlemen.

Are you going to a Super Bowl watching party? Here are the 25 rules for Super Bowl parties.

My Super Bowl XLIX Plans & Prediction. Share Yours!
I'll be watching the game at home. We're leaving for Beaver Creek on Monday to attend the Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail. We won't be cooking anything special. Our menu will likely be a takeout salad or Tex-Mex.

I believe this will be a phenomenal matchup and think the Seahawks will become the first team to win back to back Super Bowl titles since the Patriots did in 2004 and 2005. I like Seattle's edge. Given how closely matched up these teams are, I am going with the one that has the better defense. Good defenses usually beat good offenses. I can hear my old coach now:

Defense wins championships. Seahawks win 24-21. 

What are your Super Bowl plans? What's your prediction? Please share in the comments section. 

The Grill With Evan Grant & GIna Miller, Live From Cane Rosso In Deep Ellum

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Watch The Grill here!

Rangers Spring Training starts next month. Are you ready for baseball season? Evan Grant and Gina Miller are here to help. They're firing up The Grill Friday, January 30th live from Cane Rosso in Deep Ellum at 2:30pm CT. 

They'll take your Rangers questions, share some of Cane Rosso's famous pizza and more. 

Click this link to watch or simply bookmark this page and watch in the video box above. 

Miss the last episode of The Grill? You can check it out below.

Valentine's Day Gifts For Her

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Valentine's Day Gifts for her, Valentine's Day Gift Guide

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Guys, I'm here to help. I told all my gals what you REALLY want for Valentine's Day. Now, it's your turn to step up to the plate.

I'm the aberration: I think this is a lame holiday. Maybe it's because I was never much of a dater. I was always too busy working to date much. But for 75% of the women out there, Valentine's Day and its gifts are a big deal.

I have had girlfriends complain about getting Tom Thumb carnations, cheap jewelry and bad dinners. If you focus on these categories when it comes gifts, you will likely have the best Valentine's Day ever.

Purses & Jewelry
Purses and jewelry are great gifts. Most women go crazy over a new purse. They go even crazier over a designer one. Think Louis Vuitton, Prada, Gucci, Tory Burch (a relatively affordable designer brand). You can't go wrong.

TIP: if you're at the point in your relationship where that engagement ring might be expected, go with a purse. She'll be heartbroken if you give her some earrings and she was expecting an engagement ring. That's happened to three of my girls.

If you're married, get some bling. Designer stuff is better. She can get the cheap stuff for herself. A simple Kendra Scott necklace is a nice touch. A Cartier Love Bracelet? Amazeballs. Anything in between, ranging from David Yurman to Lagos or gorjana, would be awesome.

Nice Flowers
Women really do love flowers. Don't go the cheap grocery store carnation route. Get some nice flowers. In Tom Thumb's defense they have lovely bouquets. The thing is you will probably have to order them in advance because most guys who wait until Valentine's Day are stuck with those cheap carnations.

If she is a girlie-girl, you can get the bouquet of roses (Gilt City is running a special HERE). If she kills weeds or has a more sophisticated eye, a gorgeous orchid bouquet will knock her socks off. Bonus? Orchids last forever.

Good Champagne and Chocolate
I am not an advocate of dining out on Valentine's Day (AKA Amateur Night). Restaurant menus are usually dumbed down to appeal to the folks who dine out only a few times a year. Get creative and cook dinner or order something. Buy some good champagne (Ruinart, Mo√ęt & Chandon or Veuve Cliquot are all wonderful) and chocolate or chocolate covered strawberries (Gilt City has a deal on them HERE) to end the night. My favorite Valentine's Day memory involved a bottle of Krug and chocolate covered strawberries.

Have Fun
Don't be afraid to have some fun with your gift. If she's not into the holiday, like me, this cute pajama set or something else that will make her laugh is perfect.

What Are Your Plans?
Thinking about something for Valentine's Day? Don't be afraid to share your plans in the comments section.

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What He Really Wants For Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day Gifts for guys.
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I have worked with men my whole life. I am more comfortable having cocktails with a group of guys than I am with a group of girls. They tell me things they don't tell their girlfriends or their wives.

Girl, I'm here to tell you:

He doesn't want a tie or cologne for Valentine's Day. 
He wants your booty.

He's buying some cute trinket or purse for you. All he wants for February 14th is some V-Day action. Sorry. 99.8% of the men I know complain about the lack of booty. So to make your man's Valentine's Day, or any day for that matter, give it up. Give something up.

Now that we have that out of the way, these are fun gifts he might actually like. Again, this is from years of mingling with guys who complain about the lame gifts (most of them) and brag about the cool gifts (rare) the women in their lives give them.

Do you celebrate the Hallmark holiday? Personally, we stay in on Valentine's Day. It, like New Year's Eve, is another amateur night when people who never go out venture out for dinner at restaurants that dumb down their menus to feed the masses. Man, I sound old and bitter.

What are you Valentine's Day plans?

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News To Help You Have A Healthier Week

Monday, January 26, 2015

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Monday. Again. Make this week your bitch. Here's some diet and fitness news to help you do that.

The best time of day to exercise is first thing in the morning before you eat. Here is the science behind it. Don't make that an excuse not to exercise, though. Any time you get moving is good. Personally, I need coffee to get going before I exercise. I am not a crack-thirty gym-goer.

You will be shocked when you see how much the ideal woman's body has changed over the years. From waifs to hourglass shapes to buff abs and bootylicious babes, I think this is proof that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes.

The LA Times offers 5 ways to improve your health starting right now. Here's Cliff's Notes version:
  1. Walk more. My favorite tip to walk more: park far away when you're shopping or running errands. Enjoy taking those extra steps! (Tweet this)
  2. Protect yourself from the sun. I'm a certified sunscreen and wide-brim hat addict. Check out my favorite sunscreens at the end of this post.
  3. Schedule your annual physical. I just had mine last month. Got a mammogram coming on the books. Yes, I am mammogram age. 
  4. Get more sleep. Yes, please!
  5. Slash the sugar. This is my absolute biggest demon. Do you have kick-the-legal crack (aka sugar) secrets? I'd love to hear yours. 
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NBA Logos Video Game Edition

Friday, January 23, 2015

Designer Mark Kenny, AK 47 Studios, NBA Logos as Video Game Characters

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Graphic designer Mark Kenny has created more sports logo brilliance. This time he's tackling NBA logos as video game characters.  His work is super cool.

The Mavericks logo is among the most popular, garnering more than 1100 likes as of Friday morning.

Check out Kenny's Instagram for the entire collection. Which one do you like the best? Except for the Super Mario Brothers Luigi Celtics logo, I have no clue who the majority of these characters are. Is that sad? Or is it sadder that I get geeked out over cool logos?

SkinPen Review: Dynamic Results With Little Downtime

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Press play for a sneak peak of my SkinPen facial at Luxury on Lovers

If you're anything like me, you're over wasting money on beauty treatments and products that don't work. I am at the point where I'm willing to spend a bit more to get results from a treatment versus some bargain procedure that doesn't really do anything. That's why I am always on the lookout for beauty innovations that work. Friends, the SkinPen facial does the job.

What Is The SkinPen?
The SkinPen is a micro-needling device, created by Dallas-based Bellus Medical, featuring 12 tiny surgical-grade needles that produces microscopic punctures in your skin. That, in turn, stimulates the production of collagen and elastin which give you a more youthful appearance. There are no lasers or heat involved. It mimics what a fractional laser does but with little downtime.

"(There is) no risk of burning, hypo or hyper-pigmenting the skin," says Lisa Cobb, owner of Luxury on Lovers, a leader in the SkinPen treatment.  "We can do it any time of year. Sun exposure should be limited for a week or so after but one does not have the risk of photo-sensitivity like with lasers."