Mike, Mary, Dani, and Adrianne from Great Rivers United Way stopped by this morning to talk about the importance of giving to the United Way campaign. Last year, gifts to the United Way touched more than 111,000 lives. Four out of ten Coulee Region residents are on the verge of falling below the Federal Poverty Line. They are one unexpected bill or emergency away from financial disaster. The need here is great, but so is the generosity. Even $1.00 a week can make a huge difference!
If you'd like to help, you can donate by texting the keyword: WEWIN to the number 40403 or to donate online, click HERE!
Abby and Amanda from La Crosse Park and Rec stopped by this morning to talk about all of the fun events going on this year with Winter Rec Fest! CLICK HERE for the full schedule of events and registration information!
Yesterday the full list of songs for the new 50 Shades movie was released and it looks awesome! Even Christian Grey himself, Jamie Dornan, will be on it!
‘Fifty Shades Freed Official Soundtrack’ Tracklisting:
1. Capital Letters – Hailee Steinfeld x BloodPop®
2. For You (Fifty Shades Freed) – Liam Payne & Rita Ora
3. Sacrifice – Black Atlass featuring Jessie Reyez
4. High – Whethan & Dua Lipa
5. Heaven – Julia Michaels
6. Big Spender – Kiana Ledé featuring Prince Charlez
7. Never Tear Us Apart – Bishop Briggs
8. The Wolf – The Spencer Lee Band
9. Are You – Julia Michaels
10. Cross Your Mind – Sabrina Claudio
11. Change Your Mind – Miike Snow
12. Come On Back – Shungudzo
13. I Got You (I Feel Good) - Jessie J
14. Ta Meilleure Ennemie (Pearls) - Samantha Gongol (of Marian Hill) featuring Juliette Armanet
15. Deer in Headlights – Sia
16. Diddy Bop – Jacob Banks & Louis the Child
17. Love Me Like You Do (Fifty Shades Freed Version) – Ellie Goulding
18. Freed – Danny Elfman
19. Seeing Red – Danny Elfman
20. Maybe I’m Amazed – Jamie Dornan [Bonus Track]
21. Cross Your Mind (Spanish Version – Sabrina Claudio [Bonus Track]
22. Pearls – Samantha Gongol (of Marian Hill) [Bonus Track]
I have struggled with my weight for the past 10 years. The scale kept going up and I kept pretending that it didn't bother me. I was having fun. I was eating whatever I wanted. I was having as many cocktails as I wanted. My clothes kept getting tighter and I was forced to buy bigger sizes. It bothered me, but I just kept pushing it off to the side and I would find outfits that would hide the parts of me that I disliked the most. In pictures, I would often think to myself...that doesn't even look like me. But for some reason, it still didn't register. Sure, I tried a few diets over the years. I tried cutting out carbs and had some luck temporarily. But then I looked at a french fry, and I gained it all back and then more on top of that! It was out of control.
I had pretty much given up on dating because I had dated all of the wrong guys who treated me poorly. I finally found Mr. Awesome in October of 2015. At my heaviest weight, this amazing man wanted me. How was that possible? He thought I was beautiful, even though I wasn't skinny like I used to be. So, of course...that did not help with my motivation. I was fat and happy in love. Or so I thought. While looking at my friend's profiles on Facebook, I had seen a couple of them transition into healthier bodies with the help of NuYou Weight Loss and More in Onalaska. So I started asking questions and in November of 2016, I went in for a free consultation. They told me everything about the program. The cost, how it would go, my commitment, etc. I left the clinic and I did not sign up that day. I wasn't ready to commit.
January 21, 2017 Mr. Awesome proposed to me and made me the happiest woman on the planet. But within 12 hours that would all change. The next morning, I fell backwards off of the stage at Wedding World and I suffered a traumatic brain injury. As you know, I lived! It was a miracle. Although there was intense therapy, difficult healing procedures, and I'm still recovering...I'm alive. That day, everything changed. My outlook on life and how I viewed it. I was not healthy. I was too over weight and I was unhappy. Once I was cleared by doctors to start a weight loss program, it was time to start. I went back to NuYou in February 2017 and started the program on February 28th. I knew it wasn't going to be easy. I knew it was going to take will power and dedication. But I knew that after what I had suffered through with my accident, I could handle anything.
I started with the NuYou Fast 1000 program, did the NuYou Fast 800 program and also tried the NuYou Pronto program. The journey has not been easy, but it has been worth every dollar I've spent and every decision I've made to make healthier choices to get to a better me. I'm a brand new person. As of October 27, 2017 I lost 80 pounds and over 80 inches. I'm healthy, happy, and I love shopping for clothes. No more size 18 pants and XXL shirts. I'm now wearing a size 8/10 pants and a Medium size shirt. It feels amazing and now I'm happy and most importantly, I'm healthy! It's your turn to start the next chapter. Click here!
Hogmanay, Scotland's New Year celebration, is a 4-day party with some weird celebratory traditions.
Here's our favorite, which is apparently celebrated in other parts of the UK as well:
"At midnight, the man of the house would open the back door to let the old year out and then open the front door of the house to let in the new year. The household would also make as much noise as possible to scare off evil spirits."
Um, what if I want to go out on NYE?!
Scroll down for an amazing video from a Scottish lady named Erin that runs BeautyCreep ;)
It's the first extremely cold day of winter and baby it's COLD OUTSIDE! We're expecting a high of 1 degree above zero with wind chill readings 25 to 30 below zero! This will continue for about a week or so, and everyone in the midwest is tweeting and posting about it. #WindChillAdvisory
23 year old Chloe Kohanski won Season 13 of NBC's The Voice! Brittany and Ballzer got a chance to check in with her this morning, check it:
Photo and bio from NBC.com
Miley was one of Chloe's musical inspirations growing up. She has always wanted to be a singer but after graduation, she decided to go to college to be an English teacher. Soon after, she realized that wasn't for her, so she quit school and started playing in a blues band. Her decision to pursue music wasn't exactly what her parents hoped for, as they have always been concerned that the music industry can be unpredictable. While they always want what's best for Chloe, they are still supportive of her singing. The Voice is Chloe's chance to make her parents proud and get validation of her musical talent.
Follow Chloe's journey!
Photo credit: Zack Smith Food Network
Jen Barney, who owns Meringue Bakery in Stoddard, just won the Food Network's Holiday Baking Championship! We were lucky to score a chat with her the morning after her big win:
We can't wait to see what Meringue has in store for you all at Wedding World next month!
You can check out WIZM's coverage here
Office Fans rejoice! After the success of the Will and Grace reboot, NBC is looking to bring back The Office. Right now, details are scarce and it looks like Steve Carell won't be returning but still exciting!!
Check out the deets HERE!
Our friend Amy DuPont who used to work on one of our local TV stations is now working at Fox6 in Milwaukee, and she's gone viral! On Wednesday, Amy was about to go live when her photographer nailed her in the face with a snowball. Amy had to go live within 30 seconds and had to pull herself together. She's a pro! Being that Amy and I are besties (she was in my wedding this past October), we got an exclusive interview with Amy this morning! Check it out! And when Ellen calls...remember who loves you most :)
And because we can't stop watching it, here's the snowball to the face!
We had a fabulous time being Celebrity Servers at Lincoln Middle School today! Thanks to Kinsey and Rox in the kitchen for the invite and hugs to Kate and Maryann for asking us to sit with them ;)