Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Found My Engagement Photos Photographer!

That didn't take very long at all. I did touch base with UrLoved Photography but our schedules weren't working out. As stated in my recap of the Valdez wedding, they are excellent to work with, produce great photos and are quite reliable. However at this time, our schedules didn't work out. They were pretty booked! Get on it, Folks, and book your session with them.

So what I did was post an ad on Craigslist for a TFCD (Trade For CD) of images: My time in exchange for a CD of photos, or back then, for prints (TFP). This is how I started modeling back in my early 20s for fun. I didn't start modeling because I thought I was hot stuff or had a unique look. I did it for fun and if something came out of it, great! But it was for the experience and I'm not shy in front of the camera at all. So why the hell not? I did get my photos on the cover of two books, a CD cover for a band, did fashion shows, was an extra in a few music videos (including Michael Jackson's 'Cry' video - Downtown San Francisco, but you can't see me) and independent films.


ANYWAYS, I posted my ad stating what I was looking for. There are new and experienced photographers out there just looking for experience, wanting to try a new genre of photography, or just to update their portfolio, or people that were just like me that did it as a hobby. And of course, like everyone and their mother, someone has an opinion and I received a nasty email from a so-called photographer that didn't want to leave their name, or showcase their talented work to me, saying I am insulting them (photographers) by wanting work for free. I wonder how many photographers posting TFP but requiring nudity get these sort of emails. Little that these people know, that I am a gracious person and they're work will be greatly rewarded and appreciated.

I received quite a few responses to my ad and found a great photographer that I can't wait to unveil his work to you all.

Don't let opinionated people get you down. Never be afraid to ask for what you want. You never know who's willing to give it to you.

Have you had a Craigslist nightmare?

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

My Most Engaging Post Yet

Christmas is just days away. A storm in the Bay Area has passed. Two holiday parties were a success. But these past 18 hours have been a whirlwind for sure.

Yesterday evening, after dinner, in our home office discussing the home we are in process of purchasing, holding a gray box from The Shane Company, my boyfriend (wearing a black long sleeved shirt and his Adidas pants with white paint stains from painting the condo earlier this year, and I in jeans, my Toby Keith blue tank top from his Las Vegas “I Love This Bar” restaurant, my blue SFSU zipper up sweatshirt, and my brown childhood blanket draped over my lap) got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.

“Yeah.”

I hugged him tight and kissed him repeatedly. He was shaking and said “I can’t believe you said ‘yes.” I couldn’t stop smiling and crying and saying “I love you.” And I couldn’t help but laugh when I called him my fiancé for the first time. Wow, we’re really engaged!

Since we were in the process of negotiating buying our first home together, it was inevitable that our engagement was going to happen sooner or later. As stated in my blog posting about our anniversary trip to Yosemite, DB alerted me that he wasn’t going to propose this time, but assured me that he has a ring. He said he has had it for awhile but has decided that he wanted to get me something different. I was disappointed at first but then I thought it was really smart of him to let me know before we were on our way. But if that wolf attacked us in the middle of that open field, I sure wish he would’ve at least proposed. But the wolf kept his distance… Upon our return from Yosemite, Christy confirmed he indeed had a ring. She said he told her a long, long, LONG time ago that he had a ring for me. That was news to me. When we went to the East Coast to visit his family and went to New York City and tried engagement rings in the Diamond District and Tiffany’s on 5th Avenue, I may have put too much pressure on him as to what I wanted. None the less, my FIANCE did a spectacular job. The Cut, Carat and setting is exactly what I wanted. The Color and Clarity is fit for a queen. It is GORGEOUS! Don’t you agree?



My first call was to Christy. That girl works crazy hours and is so busy but she has been my rock for when I hit bottom and a friend I would do anything for. She didn’t answer and I didn’t leave a message but I texted her a photo of the ring and told her I loved her for being my rock (now showing off mine) and that I wanted her to be the first one to know.

My next call was to my sister. My first question to her was “How much do you like DB?” She loves him. Her husband, Dan, and DB get along so well. And just this past weekend while babysitting Brent, Brent definitely made it clear to DB that he loved him.

Then it was time to just rest and hang out with my new, beautiful, fiancé. We ended up watching Pawn Stars and that Pickers show. I didn’t get done what I needed to that night but who cares?

One of the first things that DB mentioned the next morning (today) was his shock at why I haven’t changed my Facebook status or Twittered the big news. I can hear him saying “Mommy’s Twittering again!” I wanted to call people personally and tell them and not blast it over social networks. I did, and now I’m blogging about it. I didn’t want to forget such a wonderful moment in our lives.

One person I had to call was one of my long-time friends, Tara. We met in middle school and we’ve remained close through the years. I remember I was traveling doing radio remotes along the West Coast and was in Salt Lake City. I missed her call twice in one day. We may be close but we don’t talk every week, or maybe not even month. But when I missed her call twice in one day, I knew something was up. I was in my suite, sitting on the bed, at The Little America Hotel and thought, ‘Man, I gotta call this girl back! Something must be up.’ And she told me about the romantic proposal Kenny planned for her. And she asked me to be a bridesmaid. Uh, yeah! No question about it. So today I called her twice. She was working and left her a voicemail asking if she was in Utah and that she had to call me. She texted me back. And I texted her the photo I sent Christy. I got a call back.

On my way home today, I’ll be giving a call into my future parents-in-law to say how happy I am to be a part of their family. I LOVE his parents. I decided not to call on my way into work this morning because I knew I was going to cry.

Among this fantastic news, we ALSO received MORE fantastic news that the bank agreed to our counter offer and the house we’ve been wanting to purchase is OURS!!!! DB would occasionally post sweet things on FB that he has the car, the dog, and the girl and that life was good. I couldn’t possibly agree more right now. I have absolutely EVERYTHING right now and couldn’t be happier. I look forward to building our home together, growing old together, raising our kids (and dogs) together, and being the best wife to my loving husband. I love you, Baby.

For those of you inquiring about a wedding date or other info, that has yet to be determined. I foresee this Wedding Planner’s wedding to be small, simple and intimate… possibly beachy. *wink* *wink* Start racking up those air miles! (Maybe.) Our priority is getting our future home together in order, getting our Hayward condo ready to be rented out, etc…

Stay tuned for wedding and house warming party details.

Thanks for reading,
A Bride-to-Be

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Spanish, Summer, Church Wedding - CANCELED

I was hired to work a July 2011 wedding in the Santa Clara/San Jose area last month. This was a referral from a fellow WIN colleague I met in our San Mateo training office. We met in the middle at a Starbucks after a discussion over the phone. I obtained as much information I could in terms of their needs and expectations.

The wedding ceremony was to be held in a cathedral and for a full Catholic mass in Spanish. This would be my first ceremony in another language. The cathedral they had their eyes on was the beautiful Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph’s in San Jose, California. It could be challenging as the Event Planner to get detailed information from some churches. Some will not even release their availability or ballpark ‘donation’ or cost. They usually like to speak directly with the bride or groom. Though it may be deceitful, you may need to pose as either party to get more information. The Basilica was not difficult to deal with and I would have to say they were the most helpful and pleasant when gathering initial information.
The couple’s date was not confirmed and many churches and venues have very few options available for weekends in the summer. Therefore, first step was to find a ceremony location. Once options were laid out, I had to kick the ball back to the couple to make appointments to speak and meet with the priests. I provided them with a complete status sheet that included their tentative timeline for tasks and day of events, a list of all the churches I have reviewed and made contact with, and indicated specifics and next steps.

A church and date was selected. While they gathered and filed the necessary paperwork for the church and enrolled in marriage and family planning courses that need to be completed before they marry, I began working on putting a list together of possible venue locations and recommended vendors. (Are you on it? :) ) A vision or look and feel was not decided upon yet in terms of the reception but I kept plugging away.

But sadly, the wedding has been canceled. I am reassured by the groom that they were not unhappy with my services:

I greatly appreciate all your hard work and dedication to make sure our
needs were met. Your professionalism and timeliness were outstanding. We
will definitely call you again when we need an expert in your field. In the
same manner, we will gladly refer you to anyone who might be in need of your
services.


It was definitely a great experience and I hope to work with them in the future. I wish them nothing but the joy in whatever they decide.

Have you had or worked on a wedding that was canceled? Please share your thoughts on how it effected you as part of the bridal party, family, friend or vendor.

Starting off the New Year…


To go hand in hand with my “Merry Mass Appeal Giveaway”, I will be attending this workshop with friends and colleagues to kick off 2011. Please let me know if you’re interested in joining us!

I personally know these four presenters and have the utmost respect for them. I am looking forward to enjoying this event and learning how to live a healthier life.

Since Thanksgiving, I can honestly say that I have not been to the gym regularly, nor eating well. I KNOW I’m not alone. How about you?

12 Drinks of Xmas = 16 Hours

I received a referral from a repeat client and great couple regarding a friend of theirs wanting to throw a holiday party the following weekend. In a week’s time and 10 hours of prep time in two days, a successful ’12 Drinks of Xmas’ holiday party came about in a one bedroom, Marina District apartment in San Francisco, with a very small kitchen space for me to prepare,store and heat items.



I would estimate about 60 people were in attendance. There were 12 different stations for different drinks, paired up with hot or cold food such as Samosas, Popcorn Chicken, Shrimp Salad, Chips and Salsa, Fruit Salad, Cream Puffs and my favorite, vanilla Belgium waffles pieces drizzled with chocolate and sprinkled with powdered sugar.

The hallway was decked out in red, the bedroom in silver and blue with Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer playing silently on the small television, the dining room had wine with a cheese, meat and cracker platter. The living room ceiling was wrapped like a present and a photo op station with silly Christmas hats and a photo printer to print and post the photo on a wall.

People were having a great time and they really liked the host’s idea of the ’12 Drinks of Xmas’ idea. I can honestly say that wasn’t my idea. I worked 11.5 hours the day of the party, constantly on my feet. I failed to bring my Shoes for Crews non-slip shoes but the Skechers sufficed. I received quite a bit of thank yous and “You’re doing a great job” remarks. Those are nice to hear when you’re constantly moving. I wish I could have stood around for more than 20 seconds to receive more praise. ;)

I received a nice text from the host the day after:
”Thanks so much for last night. Really appreciate it all.”


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Merry 'MASS APPEAL' Giveaway!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

If you missed the Black Friday code for a big discount on some great wellness products, here’s your chance to enter to WIN a product to begin using just in time to fulfill that New Year’s Resolution. TheWellnessShot.com will be giving away a month’s worth of MASS APPEAL (a $71.95 value.) Mass Appeal is our muscle-boosting product for men AND women. Just because there’s a ripped guy on the box, don’t think that only men use it.
Read below for specifics as seen on TheWellnessShot.com


HOW TO ENTER:
Answer this question in a comment:

What is your New Year’s Resolution and how do you plan on achieving it?


Receive an additional entry by following me on Twitter (@bappletree). Unfollows before this giveaway ends on December 25, 2010 will disqualify the entry earned for the initial follow.

Receive TWO additional entries by ReTweeting promo tweets about this giveaway.

***BONUS***
After you’ve entered as instructed above, you’re on Twitter and you follow my favorite BAD GIRL by the time the giveaway ends on Christmas Day, December 25, 2010, you could be one of five winners to receive an authentic, autographed photo of her. Now who could she be???


GOOD LUCK! Please contact me if you have any questions.

Wishing you Physical, Mental & Financial Wellness this holiday season and into 2011,
Bernadette


RULES:
Giveaway entries are accepted until 11:59 PM Saturday, December 25, 2010. A winner will be drawn at random by a third party December 26, 2010. The winner and five BONUS winners will be posted here, notified via email and publicly announced on Twitter. Entrants’ personal information will not be sold or provided to any third party.


ABOUT MASS APPEAL (as seen on TheWellnessShot.com)
Utilizing natural muscle-boosting, Mass Appeal is specifically formulated to enhance athletic performance without side effect. Creatine, the primary ingredient in Mass Appeal, functions as a storage molecule for high-energy phosphate bonds. These high-energy bonds provide greater energy during exercise requiring short periods of intense activity, such as weight lifting, sprinting, and jumping. Creatine causes a “cell volumizing” effect within the muscle by forcing additional water into the muscle cells. This promotes an increase in protein synthesis within the muscle which facilitates growth while slowing down the destructive breakdown of muscle cells that occurs during normal exercise. Mass Appeal also contains the branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) L-leucine, L-valine and L-isoleucine, which also increase protein synthesis and are oxidized inside muscle cells leading to a protein-sparing effect which indirectly increases anabolism by reducing the muscle’s need to burn its own proteins during strenuous exercise. Other key ingredients used to protect against muscle catabolism include alpha-ketoglutaric acid and L-glutamine. Inosine, an important compound within Mass Appeal, is known for its role in helping make ATP (adenosine triphosphate), the body’s main form of usable energy. Additionally, it may augment oxygen utilization within red blood cells and increase flow of these cells into muscle tissue. Through supplementation, the normal catabolic breakdown of muscle can be minimized and the muscle tissue preserved. This product is gluten free.

Mass Appeal may:
• Enhance athletic performance
• Augment muscle size and strength
• Reduce normal catabolic muscle breakdown
• Reduce fatigue and post-exercise recovery time

Mass Appeal has been listed in the Physicians’ Desk Reference® (PDR®) for Nonprescription Drugs and Dietary Supplements, the authoritative reference for health care professionals for decades.

Serious athletes are delighted to learn that WIN Worldwide BV participates in the Netherlands Security System Food Supplements Top Sport [NZVT] system with the following products: ProXtreme™, Mass Appeal™, Sure2Endure™ and Phyto-Vite®. This system controls only on a batch basis; for additional information see www.necedo.nl/nzvt.

English Labeled Product
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, mitigate or prevent any specific disease or class of diseases.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

I Won Two FREE Tickets!

So, it appears I won 3rd place in the promo contest for Los Lonely Boys’ newest album. I won two free tickets to any concert. I still haven’t redeemed last year’s winnings for a promo concert for their ‘1969’ album. I won four tickets for that contest. I still got the marketing skills I guess. If I were to use them, I’d probably use ask for tickets if they were going to play at a winery like Ironstone in Murphys, CA. Their tickets are really expensive and it’s a huge venue! I am very tempted to go to Texas for a show as I’ve never been and WIN’s headquarters are there where they do college training sessions. So we shall see. I’ve never been to Texas.

Here are photos from this year’s Cache Creek show and getting to chat with them outside. The year before is when they sang me Happy Birthday. I was in tears. Such a memorable birthday. Gotta love these guys.


Tasina & I
A very good friend and we do road trips often together for concerts.

JoJo & I.
Notice Ringo in the back. I didn't get to have a photo with him.

Henry & I

JoJo and the gang


And my Birthday song – September 2009



Forever a fan and a supporter!

NEXT: Headed to Vegas for Turkey Weekend. The last time I was there was when they played poolside at the Hard Rock.

Monday, November 22, 2010

The Code is 'BLACK'

As promised, 'BLACK' is the code for 20% OFF at www.BeeMWellness.com. The below email was sent to family and friends. Readers - please feel free to use the code and forward it to friends! HAPPY THANKSGIVING! I'll be heading out to Las Vegas!


Hi Family & Friends,

As some of you know, I have added to my list of 'jobs' as a Wellness Distributor. Working with brides that want to lose weight and have their skin glowing for their big day, me loving to go to the gym, and overall just help people live longer and healthier - doing this just made it a no-brainer for me to take advantage of this opportunity. According to economists, the wellness industry will be a trillion dollar industry by 2012 and I hope it will help
DB and I get our dream home, get our BMW back and assure our family will grow up in a good neighborhood and receive the best education. (No, not pregnant.)

SO, to play along with the big boys this week for Black Friday, I am offering you 20% OFF amazing products I personally use myself and will not do without.You can read about some of my personal experiences with these products on my blog (http://bernadettemanzano.blogspot.com), but if there's one product that everyone should be on is our OMEGA-3. My LDL is back to normal, my nails are stronger, no more dry scalp and studies show it decreases the chance of developing breast cancer. BIG DEAL for me and my Lagade family with two members already affected. OK, enough! Here's the code to use at the time of checkout at http://www.BeeMWellness.com:


"BLACK"


Code good NOW thru Black Friday.
Please pass onto family and friends you care about.

Feel free to call/email me with any questions.

Love,
Bernadette

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 2010 & Locks of Love

I have been wanting to do something different for a couple of reasons. I wanted a new change for my 30th and I wanted it to be beneficial to more than just myself. I went up to Seattle for a quick 2.5 day trip in September with Christy to visit our mutual friend and former coworker, Dr. Christine, aka Shoe. While we were there, I spotted a salon called Habitude down the street from where Shoe lives, and I decided to chop off my hair. I sat in the chair of a girl that just moved there from Texas and she reminded me of a former colleague I worked with in my advertising days. I chopped off my hair and donated it to The Locks of Love. This was my second time donating my hair.

My last photo with long hair with Indiana.

Measuring - about 13" was cut off.

First cut

Detached for a good cause


Representing Habitude in Ballard

And Locks of Love thank you card. It was completely worth it.


As seen in my previous posts attempting to raise money for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, the following photos are from the event for TEAM LAGADE! A smaller group this time but we definitely still made a difference.


Making our Team Lagade sign honoring Auntie Gi and Cousin Natalie.

Starting point

My Sis

Team Lagade


We FINISHED!

And just one photo from 2006, reppin' my City Beach shirt.


December 14, 2010
Today, I am sending in my collection of Yoplait lids to help raise $.10 for every lid to fight against breast cancer. Every dime helps.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Client Appreciation Dinner - August 6, 2010

The day after I got back from Carlsbad, California (an 8-hour drive) for my family's 3rd Family Reunion that I planned and coordinated, I worked this annual Client Appreciation Dinner in Emeryville, California.

Caterer: Namie's Kitchen
Rentals: Classic Party Rentals - as for Gwen O.
Staff provided by myself

Set-up


Namie makes the best use out of the limited amount of space provided.

Dessert

Thank yous!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Lagade Family Reunions - 2005, 2008, 2010


August 14, 2010
Carlsbad, California



Honoring the strong women in our family affected by Breast Cancer

Honoring family members that are looking down upon us from above.

Decor

Men Hard at Work

Chatting


Thank yous from Family



"Thank you for planning the reunions; you are awesome!" – Donna

"The brilliant people behind this fun, fun, fun event! Thanks for doing a great job AGAIN....EVERYTHING was great!" - Lena

My review on Yelp.com of the park:

My cousins picked out a great spot for our family reunion. It was large, had plenty of parking, had bathrooms with toilet paper and seat covers available, baseball fields, playground, lots of grass, BBQs, garbages, covered picnic tables and surrounded by a good neighborhood. We didn't have sketchy strangers come around. It was more of housewives pushing strollers in their work out gear.
Great spot!

No dogs allowed. Too bad for my puppy dog.


August 2008
Monterey, California


August 2005
Pacheco, California




Until 2012 in the Bay Area, Lagade Family!

Attention Black Friday Shoppers!!!

Black Friday will be upon us in no time. Do you know what you want to get friends and family for the holidays? Will you be standing out in the cold and rain after Thanksgiving dinner outside Wal-Mart or Best Buy or Target to get a $300 flat screen television or laptop?

Last year, laptops were going for $300 at Best Buy. We arrived at 5 AM and the line to get inside wrapped all the way around the block and then some. The first 100 or so in line received a ticket or voucher to ensure that they got what they came for. The rest were in line HOPING to get a good deal on something. We did not wait in line and snuck in before 100 people were let in and we left with nothing because we really wanted that laptop but since we didn't have a ticket or voucher for it, we didn't get it. We left empty-handed and went home to go back to sleep.

What are your plans for Black Friday?

If you're looking to give the gift of wellness, stay tuned to me on Twitter @bappletree for a discount code on your entire order at www.BeeMWellness.com

I will also be running a promo for Sarah Michaels fans for Black Friday for www.TheWellnessShot.com. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Support our Troops

I received this from a friend and already have my letter and photo printed to send to the troops in Afghanistan. Please take the time to do one or as many of the below:

1) Tweet about this effort
2) Tweet me (@bappletree)with your message to the troops and and I'll print it and send it in the care package
3) Email me at bernadettemanzano@hotmail.com your letter and photo and I'll include it in the care package
4) Contact me regarding your donation of materials on their wish list or helping with shipping costs via Paypal
5) Start your own care package

The holidays are approaching and they are a world and many seas apart from their families - all to support and represent the USA. The least you can do is send them well wishes, some holiday love and appreciation for what they do if you cannot support the cause with items on their wish list.

I will be mailing my package out on November 30th.

Do you have a friend and family member in the armed forces? Post their name, ranking and where they are stationed here. They should get some recognition.

----------------
CARE PACKAGE INFORMATION LIST
Address:
JAMES OWENS (c/o Free Store)
FOB TORKHAM, AFGHANISTAN
APO AE 09310

(MAIL takes about 14-17 days to reach us)
(see some of our daily real customers below)

Background of this unit – we can’t say much about what we do here in Afghanistan, but we can tell you we are here fighting a different battle, we deal with the people and we help the government. You will not see us on TV. We are doing fine; just need that occasional touch from home every now and then. The human connection from home is important.

Next time you see something on TV, it will not be us, but you know we are here, that’s what really counts. We have U.S. and “other” Soldiers, U.S. Contractors, special people and all are a long way from home. I have started this effort for the soldiers here. The holidays are coming soon and it will just be another day for us. But we can celebrate later, with family. There is nothing like a little something from home, no matter what it is or who it is from. It just means someone took the time to send something we can use. If you can, just drop in a picture of yourself or a little letter just saying hello, we will pin it up in our “free store,” that’s how we do things here so everyone can share. Thank you and GOD bless, we will be home as soon as we can. Remember, next time you see a soldier, shake their hand or just say “thanks” they will understand.

o Most items requested are small like travel size because we have to take them with us
Toothpaste
Deodorant
Used DVDs
Kleenex (small)
Shoe insoles
Dehydrated fruit
Tylenol
Ibuprofen
Saline nasal spray
Q-tips
Shaving Crème
Carmex, chapstick
Chewing gum
Kids toys (small)
Body lotion
Nail clippers
Socks
Stationary, post cards
Laundry mesh bags
Sun block
Baby wipes
Shampoo
Body wash
Soap
Eye drops
Hard candy (we give to the kids)
Peanuts (all types)
Playing cards
Trail mix
Jelly beans (candy that doesn’t melt easy)
Zip lock bags
Cigars
Towels, wash clothes
Computer mouse

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Bad Girls Club & Love Games, Sarah Michaels, IS the Wellness Shot!

I became a fan of the Bad Girls Club when a Season 3 marathon was airing (in 2008, is it?) and I just had the television on while I was doing chores around the house. Every now and then I’d hear “*BEEP* you, you *BEEP*ing *BEEP*!”, some screaming and “This is the Amber Show” do-do-do-do-do-Doo! Eventually I was glued to the screen and not doing chores anymore and spent most of the day laughing and thinking “ohnoshedidn’t!” They were NUTS! I don’t think I could live my life with a camera following me around and for the whole world to see and criticize. But I kept on watching and when fights broke out, my boyfriend would hear the screaming from another room and ask “WHAT are you watching?!?”

I am not one for reality television. MTV had it with The Real World with Pedro, Puck, Pam and whoever… when it was in San Francisco. (GO GIANTS!) With all these Big Brother, The Bachelorette and other shows popping up, there were just too many to pick and choose from to watch. And I was never a big TV watcher. It just took too much time to stay on top of what is going on! Anyways…

Season 3 of the Bad Girls Club was entertaining to watch. My favorites included Whitney, aka Boston, a hard ass from Boston. Every time I answer the question “What kind of dog is that?”, I always like to say Bevo is a Boston Terrier in their accent… or try to. Amber M., aka Cookie, with her down to have a good time attitude but can hold her own against Compton’s own, Kayla. She loves gummy bears and was half of The Amber Show. Then, there was Sarah.

I never thought she was looking for any drama but when she’s crossed, you better watch out. I kind of related to that. I’m a real sweet girl but I don’t take kindly to b*tches and bullsh*t. Sarah immediately became my favorite on the show when she was the one that took the time to help Boston grieve over her friend’s passing back home. I think you can be a Bad Girl, be proud when being called a bitch because you’re independent, driven, and motivated, but not so beyond bad that you don’t have a heart. The existence of a heart was also displayed when she returned from Mexico and saw Noah. Although I don’t think she was in the wrong, she was big enough to say she’s sorry that her actions caused him pain. Having arguments on the street with your bf/boy toy is no fun. Been there, done that.

Sarah returned to the screen with the rest of the girls for the reunion with a new look. I honestly did not recognize her. She looked fabulous. Post reunion, she returned to Oxygen in the first season of Love Games: Bad Girls Need Love Too with Amber and Kendra from BGC season 4.

Reality love show? Really? I may be judgmental but I never had a desire to watch people fight over Flava Flav or Tila Tequila. But I watched Love Games. And ooooh, did my boyfriend get an ear-full when it wasn’t recorded on our DVR or he was talking during the show. Uh-uh, Honey, not allowed. I thought the show was fun. I was really rooting for Sarah to pick Nick.

I began following her on Twitter. Twitter was another thing I was so against then my clerks at work got me into it since they were on it all the time since we blocked Facebook. And now it keeps me really entertained at work, as do Sarah and Amber’s tweets. The cool thing about Twitter is that for some/most (maybe) of celebs, it’s REALLY them. And then I came across this:

From her tweets, she’s as real as it gets. And I thought it’d be really cool to meet her. The night before, Kate, from Season 4 was in town and she was going to a gay bar in San Jose. I tried to get people to go with me but no one was available. So I went with myself to a gay bar just to meet her. She was with a girlfriend. People were posing with her for pictures and I asked her for one. She obliged but no small talk or anything. So, I got my picture with her and left. The next day, I asked my girl Jenny if she wanted to go dancing at Pearl in San Jose. She was down, so I picked her up and on our way down to San Jose I told her I had a confession to make. I told her that we’re really going down to possibly see/meet Sarah from the Bad Girls Club. She’s never seen the show but is a fan of The Bachelorette. We laughed… whatever! We’ll still have a good time. And low and behold, I did get to meet her… and Kate again.


I waved to her from below her VIP area and she motioned for me to come around. Wow! How sweet. There are some people in the public eye that want to meet their fans and then there are folks that don’t really want that one-on-one interaction. I really didn’t know what to say besides “It’s nice to meet you”, “I love the show” and “Can I have a picture?” It was a fun night. Kate asked me to take a photo of her and Sarah and post it on Twitter. I obliged. And the girls passed out shots to people in the club where we were dancing and I got real tipsy after those shots that I couldn’t drive us home. Sarah Michaels got me drunk. LOL.

Then she and Amber came up from LA to the Bay Area with her family in August 2010. They toured Alcatraz and the city and were going to be at the Infusion Lounge on a Wednesday night. Oooh, Lord, I don’t party hard on weekdays anymore but when she Tweeted me asking if I was going to come by, how could I say ‘no’? So I went…alone. I couldn’t find anyone to go with me! Ugh. So I ended up meeting some people until she and Amber arrived and basically used them to avoid standing alone. And I got free drinks out of it. They arrived and I found them. I said hello and again, Sarah, asked me to come around and gave the OK to the security guard. Small talk, it’s hard to have a conversation in a club. I got to meet Amber. She’s so hilarious. I left before they did as I had to work the next morning and from my earlier blog posts, I had so many events I was working on and I was exhausted.


I said my goodbyes, said I was heading down south for the weekend of August 14th and if she was available…. It’d be cool to grab a drink. While in LA that weekend, Sarah tweeted something along the lines of “I think @bappletree is getting drunk!” That, I was!

So, now, the one and only Miss Sarah Michaels has launched The Wellness Shot:

I sent her products to try for free. She loved them. She wants to share them with you. It’s that simple.
The first 50 people to make a purchase from her wellness site
will receive an autographed photo!

Sarah recommends the Sure2Endure.
Here’s a peek of one of the photos you may receive.

Love the products as well? Let’s chat about being on Sarah’s Wellness Shot Team.
What are your thoughts on my favorite Bad Girl?

For booking Sarah, contact Matt Cohen
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