A Week in the Media

Thank you Good Things Utah and the Today Show for the amazing opportunities!

Thank you Phyllo.com and Athens Foods for your products that inspired my Itty Bitty Brown Betty!

What a week it has been.

My friend Dawn said something to me today that I don’t think I’ll ever forget.

She said, “Shauna, I wish I could show you to your ten-year-old self”.

She was telling me that ten year old girl would be pretty proud.  How cool is that to hear from someone who’s known you all your life?

She and Chad both told me that there’s a reason I’ve had to go through tough things in my life.  Those things have made me a fighter.  I’m not just determined, I’m hell bent, and I walk through most of my days that way.  I’ve always been a big dreamer.  To see some of those dreams come to fruition this week makes me want to work all the harder.

It all started last Saturday when I was putting the final touches on my Halloween party (which I realize I have yet to post about).  I was just about to begin the frenzy of attempting to get all the food out of the oven and onto the table in one piece for my guests, when I heard my phone vibrate against the top of the microwave.

I picked it up to see that someone from New York, New York was calling me.  I answered to a lovely lady who told me she was from NBC.


You know THE one!

I made all kinds of karate chops in the air and put my finger violently to my lips to tell everyone to be QUIET.  I tried to mouth the words, “The Today Show”, but they just stared at me like I was nuts, so I ran upstairs and locked myself in Mason’s room so I could attempt to hear what they were telling me.

I actually won one of the final three spots in Joy Bauer’s Too Good to Be Healthy Competition and they were flying me to the Big Apple on Tuesday to show off my Itty Bitty Brown Betty!  I think I literally died in that moment and came back to life.


The Betty also won the monthly contest on Phyllo.com.

Thank you again Athens Foods, your products are amazing…wait until you see what I made with your phyllo sheets this week!

Let’s just say I had an absolute blast in New York.  I was flown in on a lovely not-to-be-taken-for-granted, non-stop flight.  I was put up in the gorgeous Club Quarters Hotel right on 51st Street in Manhattan across from the Radio City Music Hall.  Here is the view from the hotel lobby door.


Excuse the crummy photo, it was getting dark and all I had was the i phone.  I just had to try and capture a little bit of the excitement.

I was literally a half a block from Rockefeller center and the NBC studio.


I sat on 5th Avenue last Tuesday night in the unseasonably balmy October night and just watched people-took it all in.  What a beautiful city.  I had some Halal food from a street cart and headed back to my hotel to work on the blog and prepare for the next day.

As I sat in the green room at NBC Studios Wednesday morning, I felt a woman brush by my knees.  I looked up and she smiled at me.  Such a pretty lady…wait…THAT WAS PAULA ABDUL.  ARE YOU KIDDING ME?  I was just in the same room with Paula Abdul.  Straight up, I’m telling you :)

It’s a funny thing to go on live TV.  It’s kind of an out of body experience.  You sit on a director’s style chair in front of one of those big mirrors with all the lights around it and they buff you up.  They give you the run down in about three minutes, tell you that you’re going to be fabulous, and push you right on out there like you know what in the heck you are doing.  It is terrifying.  But then something takes over and you kind of float through it and you’re done.

I was actually INSIDE the Today Show studio looking out at those screaming crowds of people.  It was unreal.

I can’t believe that I met Willie Geist and Tamron Hall in person.  Let me tell you, they are beautiful people and so nice.  Joy Bauer was amazing.  She treated us like gold.  After the segment, she wouldn’t let us leave until we got our picture with  her even though we had to try about five different rooms to find one empty.  It was good to know there are really nice celebrities out there.

Today Show Pic w Joy Bauer

I floated home on a cloud.

You know, there is something that happens when  you are doing things that you love in your life, when you’re having fun, when you make room to do what is important and you find bits of success on the way.  You become bold.  Ballsy. Daring.

In that 24 hours in New York I made up my mind, like I do everyday with this blog, to make it all I can make it.  I emailed a local TV show called Good Things Utah  and let them know why I’d be an amazing guest.

And guess what?

They called.

This morning I appeared on the show to talk about the success I’ve had with cooking contests and to give some blogging tips.  It was so wonderful to be able to share something I love with the community I live in.  I have watched that show forever, so to be able to be there was a real treat.  Thanks so much for having me Good Things Utah!

I had such a great time and was again treated like gold.  The hosts, producers, and crew were true professionals and again, gorgeous people.  These TV people are just flawless, yet so down to earth.  I just loved the experience.

When I look back at the last week, I no longer wonder why I am almost too exhausted to write this post.  I threw a Halloween party, I’ve been to New York and back,  appeared on the Today Show ,worked a full time job, cooked five dishes yesterday for cooking contests and the blog, cleaned my house, and prepped and appeared on Good Things Utah.  What a whirlwind, and complaining, I’m not.  Who wouldn’t want such an adventure?

I am so blessed and thankful for the opportunities I’ve had and whatever happens, I’m so smitten with the experiences that blogging and doing what I love to do has brought me.

Thanks to those that support Have Yourself A Time.


Especially Chad.

It means the world to me.



  1. Oh my dear friend. What a different view of the Apple you’ve had! I remember our first trip to New York City!! You’ve had such a better time now! Lol!! I’m so proud of you! I totally agree with Dawn and Chad! You’ve had to suffer some growing pains, but have always fought for what you wanted! You’re an amazing young woman Shauna!! I know you’ll continue on this path and have continued success! I love you and girl!!

    • Hi, Julie! I will always remember our first trip to NY. You were there for me when I needed it and I’ll never forget it. We had a great time, didn’t we? I love ya & appreciate your friendship and kind words. Thank you :)

  2. Kathy Franson says:

    I knew you had “star quality” the minute I met you. Congratulations on your success and exciting adventures!! YOU GO GIRL!! Love ya !!

    • Kathy, that is so sweet of you to say. It is great to hear from you lady-I miss your spunky self at bunco. I hope all is well with you :)

  3. Shauna, I just want to keep telling you this: you truly are amazing. Your energy is contagious and awe-inspiring. And your tenderness for your sweet and supportive man made me teary-eyed. What a team the two of you make. So very happy for you!!!! ♡

    • Wren, it is so wonderful to hear you say this because you’ve always been such an inspiration to me since I first met you. You are a true artist and your philosophy about life has really helped me through this last year. It is really wonderful to be able to have you as a friend. I feel like I could show up on your doorstep at my worst and you’d let me in. Thank you for being so supportive of me, it means more than you could possibly know!

  4. Shauna – Howdy from Houston! I am so happy for your and your success. I am inspired by you! Keep going! I love your blogs and the food is AMAZING! Keep it up!

    • Hi, Sarah! It is so great to hear from you. Chad and I were actually just talking about you today. Wasn’t it your house that we had our first date when we watched that movie about those people being stranded after a plane crash? It has been 21 years almost to the day since then. I sure do miss you and am delighted to see that you are doing so well in Texas, as I always knew you would. I love to hear about your studies and how driven you are. You inspire me too! Thanks for reading the blog, glad you like it. Please stay in touch!

  5. Natalie Hendrickson says:

    I seriously have tears in my eyes! I am seriously so proud of you! It is wonderful that now the whole world is beginning to see what an amazing person you are! Love ya! Can’t wait to see what happens next! We totally need to get together, do you guys still play couples bunco? With my hubby home, maybe I will join back up if you do.

    • Love you Natalie. You have supported me on this blog since day one, and I have noticed. You were one of the first people to read my stuff and take time out of your busy day to comment on my posts. I know I’ll always get one “like” on Facebook because you never fail to have my back. I am so very thankful for your friendship and I’ve got your back when you need me.
      I would LOVE to get together. We still do bunco and you are always invited. I will message you with the November date. I think it’s at Ginny’s. We’d love to have you there :)

  6. The world is finding out how talented and amazing I have always known you to be.

    • Thank you Chaddie. I honestly don’t care if the world knows. It’s fun, but I know what’s important and I have that at home.

  7. What a great experience, and back to the big city in a couple weeks. Surreal!

  8. What a week, I can barely keep up.

  9. I’m so happy for your success Shauna, I am glad you wrote about your whirlwind week.

    • Thank you, Ginny. I owe you so much for encouraging me to be brave. You have been such constant support. I’m glad to have a dreamer for a friend :)

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