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The Price is Right!!!

Drew CareyFor as long as I can remember, I have been a fan of The Price is Right. When I stayed home from school as a child due to illness, I would always look forward to watching the show. Several years later when I became a stay at home mom, my baby conveniently needed to nurse during the time of the show, so the two of us would snuggle up on the couch and watch. My daughters aren’t babies anymore (nor do they nurse), but they still watch with me and they love it almost as much as I do. The games are fun, the prizes are exciting, and Drew Carey and the announcer, George Gray are HILARIOUS. Watching TPIR is always a highlight to our morning.

Two months before my birthday, I went on The Price is Right’s website on a whim, and noticed I could get priority tickets for a taping of the show, the day before my birthday. What a great way to celebrate turning 28! (By the way, tickets are always free. Why didn’t I do this sooner?!?!) I spread the word to friends and family and before long, I had my parents, my husbands grandmother and uncle on board to go, as well as another couple that wanted to meet us there.

Excited!

While January is typically a somewhat depressing month with Christmas being over and the cold lingering, sometimes even crazy ice storms that have ruined several of my birthdays in the past, this year was different. No crazy ice storms for us Georgians and I had The Price is Right to look forward to! So here’s a rundown of how the process works when you go be on the show.

waiting in line

They tape two shows a day at the CBS studio in Hollywood. The arrival time printed on our ticket was 8:30am, although in the fine print they suggest getting there a little earlier. We arrived at about 7am and stood in line outside of the gate. We were each given a number and we had to stay in numerical order for the next several hours. I was number 72 out of 300!

Number 72!

At 8am, the security guards opened the gate and we were let into the lot. There was a covered seating area outside of the studio where we had to sit in order and fill out paperwork stating that we don’t know anyone that works for CBS, and that we haven’t been a contestant in the last ten years. Pens are limited so bring your own!

While the paperwork is being filled out, Charlotte will come around and ask for your ID (you will be turned away if you do not have proper ID with you!) and she will write your first given name in all caps on the most beautiful name tag you have ever worn. I totally saved mine in my journal! (This process takes over an hour. You will have easy access to the restroom as well as the CBS gift shop to buy T-shirts, buttons, stickers, key chains, etc.)

Charlotte writes the name tags

my perfect name tag

Next, you will get your photo taken individually, as well as with your group in front of a green screen. Afterwards, you will be ushered to another covered area with bench seating where you will wait about an hour or more while everyone completes their paper work, name tags and photos. You will still have access to the restroom, but you must return to your seat on the bench in your numerical order. If you brought snacks, and I hope you did, you will be ready to bust those out. (Bring plenty of snacks, sandwiches and water. You’re gonna need it!) Also during this time, employees will approach your group with iPad in hand, ready to show you your individual and group photos recently taken. They are $20 each, and are a 6×8 I believe, which comes in a TPIR folder. If you purchase the photo, you can immediately post the photo to your social media while using their iPad.

Group shot!

Finally, it’s time for your interview. Make it count people, this is your chance to impress the producer to get called on stage. You will be lined up with a group of 20-25 people for your interview. The producer will start with the first person in line and ask what they do for a living. He will probably make a joke about it and then move on to the next person. “You’re a butcher? Show me your fingers. Ok they are all there folks!” Your time is very limited to be noticed, so sell yourself. Be funny! 

Once your group has been interviewed, you will be herded to the backside of the building, which has more covered seating, where you will turn in your cell phone to security and receive a blue ticket for pickup. Don’t lose it! Get comfortable on your bench, make friends with those around you, and enjoy watching an episode of the show as well as bloopers on the giant hanging TVs. A cute waitress will come out to give you instructions about how to purchase food for lunch. If you haven’t eaten since breakfast, you will be starving at this point. The food is cash only as well as expensive. A personal pizza or personal nachos cost $10 each. My dad bought a coke and small bag of Doritos which cost him $8. You are allowed to bring your own food and beverage which I strongly suggest you do. 

After about an hour and a half to two hours in that waiting area, you will finally be ushered in to the STUDIO!!! I can not tell you how excited I was for this. The ushers will seat your group together in the row that they choose, and you must put your bag and any food you have left under your seat and clear from the aisle. There will be loud music playing to get you pumped up and ready for the best game of your life.

Once everyone is seated, George Gray will come out and explain a few rules about standing, sitting, and about no jumping on Drew. That seriously drives me crazy when people run up on stage and tackle the poor guy. He had to get neck surgery recently so give him a break! Anywho, just keep a smile on your face, clap, cheer, and enjoy the comedy act that plays out on stage between Drew and George. It’s time for THE PRICE IS RIGHT!!!

Tune in to watch us on April 2, 2015 on CBS at 11am EST!

~Janna

Items to bring on the show:

  • printed ticket
  • ID
  • pen
  • food
  • bottled water
  • cash

 

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Live Frei Granola

Live Frei GranolaWhen Jesse and I were newlyweds, we spent some time renting out a basement apartment from a great family we met at church. $300 a month got us a small bedroom, bathroom, a sink and a mini fridge. It’s what married-life dreams are made of!

We really enjoyed our time there, especially the opportunity to get to know the family we were renting from. I learned so much from the wife and mother of the home, Cheyenne. She was always there to chat and laugh with me, and she taught me how to make the BEST granola.

I have adapted it a teensy-weensy bit to meet my needs and I get so many compliments when I share this stuff, that I thought I could do y’all a favor and post the recipe. Like all things I cook, it is super easy, but I will warn you that it is time consuming to do the baking portion. So plan to be in the kitchen for a couple hours! (It’s so worth it though, I promise. This granola is cheaper and healthier than what you find in the store.)

Ingredients:

  • 10 Cups rolled oats/old fashioned (NOT INSTANT)
  • 1 Cup flax seeds (optional)
  • 1 Cup shredded coconut
  • 1 Cup sunflower seeds
  • 3 Cups chopped nuts (I typically use pecans and almonds)
  • 1 1/2 Cups brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 Cups oil
  • 1 Cup honey
  • 1 1/2 Cups water
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 3 tsp. vanilla extract

granola ingredients

In an extra large bowl, combine oats, flax seed, coconut, sunflower seeds and nuts. Blend well.

blend well!

In a large saucepan, combine remaining syrup ingredients. Heat until sugar is dissolved. (Do not boil!!!)

Pour syrup over dry ingredients and stir until well coated.

well-coated

Pour onto 5 cookie sheets. Bake at 315 degrees for about 40 minutes, stirring after 20 minutes.

5 cookie sheets

Allow to cool before storing in airtight containers.

air tight

Enjoy! Our favorite way to eat this is like cereal with fresh berries on top. Yum!

~Janna

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Tips On Talking To An Infertile Friend

Jesse & jannaThe last two years have been such a roller coaster while my husband and I have tried to have a successful pregnancy and failed. I think that it has put a strain on some of my relationships because of communication errors. Talking about infertility might not be at the top of your list of “fun things to discuss” but I decided to put these tips out there for you in case you need a little help in regards to talking to an infertile friend.

5) Do not give your friend advice in the sense of, “Stop worrying about trying to conceive.” “You’re trying too hard. Just relax” “You should be having sex __ times a day/week/month.” “Just adopt!” “It will happen when the time is right.” While these comments seem positive, they are often inaccurate and unwanted. (I know I have totally used these same lines on friends before walking in their shoes and realizing, “Wow. My advice sucked back then!”) Instead of giving your friend the same advice she is probably tired of hearing, just be a listening ear, a shoulder to cry on.

4) If you are pregnant, please do not complain to your infertile friend about your pregnancy. If infertile friend says you look great, say “thank you”. Do not drone on for hours, complaining about how fat you feel because infertile friend would trade places with you in a second. Complain to your baby daddy.

3) Again, if you are pregnant, do not tell infertile friend how easy you get pregnant, how you get pregnant every time your husband looks at you, or every time you hold avocados, etc. Smug pregnant chicks aren’t cute.

2) Be patient with infertile friend. If she shies away from baby celebrations and the hospital maternity wing, please don’t hold it against her.

1) Ask her how she’s doing. Show her love and respect. Ask her if she wants to talk about it. Ask her what you can do or say to help her feel better. Remind her of her strengths and talents. Remind her that she is loved and show her.

Infertility has made me feel so fragile, forgotten, unloved, undeserving. When I crawl out of that hole, I know those negative thoughts are just Satan’s lies. So I have to work harder to stay positive and surround myself with positive things. Please lift up your infertile friend and show some love! She will appreciate it.

~Janna

Disclaimer- I know I have been guilty of each of these in the past. Now that I have experienced infertility, I can see the error of my ways and just wanted to share these tips so we can strengthen relationships and support one another. A special thanks to all the ladies who helped me come up with these tips!

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Mango Smoothie

Frozen MangoFall is in the air and I’m already missing all things tropical. (I am such a summer girl) So I just whip up one of these mango smoothies and pretend I’m sunbathing on some beach…

This smoothie is too easy and ridiculously delicious. Wanna try it? You will need just three ingredients:

  • One banana (frozen or room temp)
  • 1 1/2 cup frozen mango
  • 1/2 cup water

Throw all the ingredients in your blender.

Mango SmoothieMix it up.

Mango SmoothieEnjoy!

~Janna

PS- My friend Tara said this tastes like a smoothie she buys at Smoothie King! What a compliment!

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