Radio DJ. College professor. Mom. Host of "Because I Said So". A single working mom of two lovely little boys (2 and 7), I'm curious about the people, places and things that make up the world around us. I love working out and spending time with my boys; and I am as likely to tear up a karaoke stage as to deliver a dynamic lecture in the classroom. I am also the Associate Professor of Communication and Media Arts at SUNY Genesee, and a SUNY Chancellors Award winning educator. A lifelong WNYer, born and raised in Cheektowaga, I now live back with my parents and my kids. I've been on the radio in Buffalo since the 90s and am known to change hair colors frequently.
What To Do With Leftover Halloween Candy
Usually, there are no leftovers in my house, especially this close to Thanksgiving. But this year, with multiple school parties, indoor trick-or-treats, and the Big Day -- there's more than enough to get my two littles through from now until Easter.
Don’t Fall For This Holiday Gift Facebook Scam
The Secret Sister scam is making the rounds on Facebook again this year, here's what you need to know.
Here’s The Top Baby Names of 2019
The year has almost come to a close, and the data is in. Here's the top baby names for 2019.
Val’s Holiday Shopping Secret: Planning and Budgeting
Val makes a budget for each person on her list, and she was thrilled to learn about all the tools Good Neighbors Credit Union has to make planning even easier.
Ice Skating At Canalside Nov. 20 Opening Day
It's almost time to lace up the skates for another season on the Ice at Canalside.
Now You Can Spend The Night At 42 North
If your budget doesn't have you heading somewhere tropical this winter, there's lots of options to get into staycation-mode here in Western New York., including the new Lofts @ 42N.
Should We Have This In The US: Car Seat Alarms
Italy just passed a law that requires the use of alarms that would notify parents if a child is left in a car seat.
Amazon Sells A Bracelet That Shocks You When You Do Something Bad
For anyone on your Christmas list that struggles with self-discipline, perhaps this is the gift of the season.
Lockport To Get New Skate Park With Help From Tony Hawk’s Foundation
The city was the recipient of a grant through the Tony Hawk Foundation and Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation -- both grants total $600,000 for the new skate park.
On This Day: When The Jumbotron Crashed In Buffalo
It was on this day in 1996 the brand new $4M Jumbotron scoreboard crashed to the ice at the then-named Marine Midland Arena.
Turkey Defrosting Tips for a Perfect Thanksgiving Dinner
According to foodsafety.gov frozen turkeys between 16-20 pounds will need up to 6 days to defrost in a refrigerator.
Do Not Put Your Child in a Car Seat With a Coat
It might seem counterintuitive -- especially when we live in such a cold climate -- but it turns out you're making your kids less safe when you secure them in a car seat while wearing a winter coat.