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.
October 8 is National Pierogi Day
October 8 is National Pierogi Day and what better place to celebrate than Buffalo, NY.
Tonight Will Be Buffalo’s Coldest Night Of The Season
Temperatures are expected to dip into the 30s overnight, ushering in the likely first-frost of fall.
Target Selling Adorable Haunted Halloween Houses For Cats
As long as you're not the owner of a scaredy-cat, you'll want to check out these adorable cardboard haunted houses just for cats.
Hamburg Festival of Lights Sets Opening Date
We might be weeks away from Halloween still, but it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas already in Hamburg.
Busch Light Releases ‘The Buschel’ 56-pack Cans
Anheuser-Busch has released a literal 'buschel' of beer -- 52 cans of Busch Light in one convenient, albeit heavy, package.
If You Were a Kid in 1986, The NFTA Wants to Give Back Your Artwork
The NFTA is dismantling a mural that features artwork created by Buffalo-area kids in 1986, and if you were one of the artists, you can finally take your work home.
How To Use Glitter Paint in Your Home
This week, I tried out glitter paint -- because I fancy my living spaces to as closely resemble a Lisa Frank fever dream as possible.
Going Beyond Picklebacks — Cocktails To Soothe Your Pickled Soul
Since pickle-paired concoctions are all the rage, I sourced up a handy video from Delish, so that you can up your pickle power at the next cocktail party.
Star of Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ is a University at Buffalo Grad
There are a LOT of stars who come from western New York.
How-To Make Val’s Lego Cake
If you’d like to make my Lego cake, I’ve put together a guide for you, hopefully saving you all the time in researching the best “carve-able cake recipe."
DIY Minecraft Halloween Costume
This is probably the coolest costume I've made, to date, for one of my kids.
Best 90s Halloween Costumes
There's nothing I love more than a themed Halloween costume party.