I went to my very first Dairy Breakfast this weekend! It was the Vernon County Dairy Breakfast at the Wall-Stone Holsteins of rural De Soto. They hosted the 38th annual Vernon County Dairy Breakfast, and I had the honor of singing the National Anthem and judging the Grilled Cheese contest! Wisconsin State Senator, Jennifer Schilling was another judge and co-owner of Driftless Cafe in Viroqua, Ruthie Zahm was the third judge! The 4-H Clubs had to use all different ingredients and non-cheddar cheese to come up with a delicious and unique spin on a grilled cheese sandwich! It was amazing!
CLICK HERE for more info on the Wall-Stone Holsteins and check out the awesome pictures and video from my day of fun!
It was so cool watching the cows get milked by these machines! Amazing how they just know to go in, get in their stalls, get milked, the gates come up, and they leave. Wow! Just really neat to watch. I guess they can train them to do this in just a couple of days.
On the heels of two celebrity suicides this week, we felt it was an opportunity for us to acknowledge the fact that suicide does not discriminate. Fame, fortunate, age, gender, race...none of these things matter when it comes to mental health and the risk of suicide creeping in to take over one's thoughts. The tough conversations need to be had, and we need to start getting more comfortable having them with our friends, family members, co-workers, anyone you notice that's struggling around you. Sure, it's tough...but losing people to suicide is much more difficult.
We spoke with Licensed Counseling Phychologist, Jennifer L. Mueller, Ph.D. from Gundersen Health System's Behavioral Health Department. Check out our interview:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
The Miss America organization has eliminated the swimsuit portion of its competition for the first time in its 96-year history. “We will no longer judge our candidates on their outward physical appearance,” said Miss America chairwoman Gretchen Carlson. “It’s going to be what comes out of their mouth that we’re interested in, when they talk about their social impact initiatives.” Carlson said the competition would focus on the talent and interview phases to determine scholarship awards, rather than operate as a beauty pageant. “We’re moving forward,” she said, “and evolving in this cultural revolution.” The changes will start with this year’s broadcast September 9th.
Brittany and Ballzer checked in with Raeanna Johnson, former Miss Wisconsin and local and regional title holder, about her thoughts on the changes:
Scroll down for the Gretchen Carlson's announcement on GMA yesterday.
It's National Gardening Exercise Day! A day to get out and exercise with your plants.
Perhaps Brittany's plant didn't feel like exercising because they were indoors...or...it's just lazy...
Just in time for Father's Day, a recent study of 1,200 dads has compiled quite the list. Check out the full article HERE
The Top 25 skills modern dads have to master:
- Cooking a meal
- Providing the best environment for a good education
- Guiding them through college / university
- Setting up the home wifi and a Netflix account
- Building flatpack furniture and painting their first home
- Updating a computer and setting up new games consoles
- Teaching them about technology and all those different TV wires
- Having 'the chat' and giving advice on relationships
- Teaching a son how to shave
- Firing up the barbeque
- Taking part in the night feed
- Doing the school run
- Untying difficult knots
- Telling the kids bad jokes
- Taking good family photographs and videos
- Replacing a favourite toy when an old one breaks
- Playing make believe
- Setting up parental controls online and on the television to protect them
- Knowing the latest tech releases such as smartphones, apps and gaming
- Fronting the deposit for my son or daughter's first home
- Knowing the words to songs in the charts
- Knowing how to braid hair
- Being active on social media and knowing the latest slang
- Keeping up with latest fashion trends
- Teaching them how to host their own YouTube channel
Welcome all of those who are participated in the WIAA State Track Meet this weekend in La Crosse! Also, welcome spectators!
The Z93 Morning Buzz had some fun with our friend of the show (and Z93's Race Car Driver) Mandi Eckelberg this morning. We are trained and ready for the track meet! Are you?!
AGT premieres tonight on NBC but they already leaked an amazing rap from 14 year-old Flau'jae from Georgia!
Scroll down for the video and check out her website HERE!
Livewell Chiropractic and Wellness is now in their new location! Check them out at their new address, 1802 WI-16, with more parking and easier access in the Bluffside Commons Building on HWY 16 and Gillette St. Follow them on Facebook HERE
This is such a fun weekend, full of fun events and time with friends and family. Click on each of these for more details! Also, be sure to take time to reflect and honor those who served time and lost their lives so we could live our lives in freedom. Have a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend from all of us at Z93!
BUCK NIGHT AT THE FAIRGROUND SPEEDWAY (SATURDAY)
ONALASKA MEMORIAL DAY PARADE (MONDAY)
LA CROSSE MEMORIAL DAY PARADE (MONDAY)
Many of you know that I joined NuYou Weight Loss and More in February 2017 to better my life! I needed to take off excess weight and I knew people who had been very successful on their weight loss programs through NuYou. Luckily, I had that same success! In 9 months, I lost 80 pounds and over 80 inches with the help of NuYou's weight loss programs! My life has been changed for the better and I feel fantastic. Since October of 2017 (my wedding month) I've been crushing it. Maintaining the weight loss has been fairly simple and I've been doing well with my calorie adjusting and my maintenance phase of the program. I also became a Lifetime Member at NuYou because it helps to insure my continued success, accountability, guidance, and support. Oh how quickly things can go off the rails...
A few days before my wedding, which was October 14, 2017, my grandma Ida became ill. Up until that point she was a 96 year old woman still living on her own. She was strong and independent and we felt that she was invincible and would live forever. Grandma was so sick she wasn't able to attend my wedding and shortly after, she ended up in the hospital. Then it was back and forth to the nursing home, to the assisted living facility,and to the hospital. She was still doing ok and we were having a lot of great moments with her. This February, things started going down hill quicky and ultimately grandma ended up passing away on May 3rd. As we always knew in our hearts, grandma Ida was not invincible. Throughout these past 3 ½ months it has been particulary difficult and very stressful to watch grandma decline, and then to be with her in the final days of her life was beyond heartbreaking. As we were grieving the loss of grandma, two days after grandma's funeral my uncle Bob passed away (on May 11th) unexpectedly of a heart attack. Nobody could have prepared us for that shock and heart break. It's just not fair. This is when I throw my hands up in the air and I scream, “Really?! Enough is enough already! I can't take any more!” Life went off the rails and it things got rough. The days are still rough, and I have my moments of sadness, but each day gets a little easier.
On May 18th I was very upset to see that the scale was up 8 pounds from where I want it to be and where I feel it should be. I'm not going to lie, all of this stress and heart ache has pulled me away from the determined and structured life I had been building for myself since February of 2017. I have not been eating properly. Sometimes I've skipped meals, especially on those days when I was sitting in the hospital at grandma's bedside. I've made some poor choices depending on my mood and the amount of sadness I'm feeling. I haven't worked out in two months, and my headaches from the brain injury I sustained in January of 2017 have also returned with vengeance. Again...enough is enough. I'm extremely aware of what I'm doing and what needs to change. I'm writing today to let you know...we're all human. The struggle is REAL. Life is full of very big challenges that sometimes pull us down. But my grandma and my uncle were both so proud of me for my weight loss accomplishment and the fact that I was more healthy. I know that I need to get back on track. I will do it for them, but most importantly...I will do it for the whole reason I did this in the first place. I will do it for me and for my husband. So we can have a long and healthy life together. Because I know NuYou's Weight Loss Program like the back of my hand and because I know I have their support and I believe in this program, I'm happy to report that as of today (5/24) I'm already down 2 pounds! One day at a time...
Perez Hilton is one of the original internet gossip columnists and is still going strong after all these years! His site, PerezHilton.com always has his own person spin on things, famous for his doodles on celebrity pics. He's now a father of three and has two YouTube channels: one for celebrity gossip and one personal channel for family and other stuff.
Perez also puts out a weekly podcast with Chris Booker. You can check it out HERE
Perez called in to chat with Brittany and Ballzer, ICYMI:
Next month, the USPS will release their first Scratch 'N' Sniff stamps. They'll smell like some kind of frozen treat, apparently, but the exact scent is a surprise.
Check out the pics and imagine the scent HERE
We wanted to know some good ideas for kids toys this summer so we checked in with Kristen Chase from Cool Mom Picks!
Hear Kristen's fun ideas: