Monday, February 28, 2011

Eating Disorder Warning Signs

Last week was Eating Disorders Awareness Week.  Dr. Tracie Pasold of Arkansas Children's Hospital stopped by to share some of the possible warning signs of an eating disorder.

Warning Signs of possible Eating Disorder
  • Obvious weight loss
  • Extreme concern regarding weight and body shape
  • Obsession with calories, fat grams, carbs (reading food labels)
  • Dieting, especially in a child or adolescent
  • Skipping meals
  • Avoiding foods previously liked
  • Long stay in restroom after meals
  • Missed menstrual periods
  • Fainting
  • Not eating with family
  • Food rituals, such as cutting food up in tiny pieces
  • Excessive exercise or exercise becoming a priority above all other activities
  • Evidence of bingeing; signs of purging (vomiting)
  • Social isolation/withdrawal
  • Change in mood (depression) or irritability

For more information on this or other topics you can visit the Arkansas Children's Hospital website:

Friday, February 25, 2011

Renee's Big 6 Oscar Picks

Below are Renee’s predictions for “the big 6” Oscar categories. 
How do you think she did?  Do you agree?  We’d love to hear your predictions.  Don’t forget to watch the Oscars Sunday to see how you and Renee did predicting the winners.

Actor in a Supporting Role
Christian Bale The Fighter-Renee's Predicted Winner
John Hawkes Winter's Bone
Jeremy Renner The Town
Mark Ruffalo The Kids Are All Right
Geoffrey Rush The King's Speech

Actress in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams  The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter  The King's Speech
Melissa Leo  The Fighter-Renee's Predicted Winner
Hailee Steinfeld  True Grit
Jacki Weaver  Animal Kingdom

Actor in a Leading Role
Javier Bardem  Biutiful
Jeff Bridges  True Grit
Jesse Eisenberg  The Social Network
Colin Firth  The King's Speech-Renee's Predicted Winner
James Franco  127 Hours

Actress in a Leading Role
Annette Bening  The Kids Are All Right
Nicole Kidman  Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence  Winter's Bone
Natalie Portman  Black Swan-Renee's Predicted Winner
Michelle Williams  Blue Valentine

Darren Aronofsky for Black Swan
David O. Russell for The Fighter
Tom Hooper for The King's Speech-Renee's Predicted Winner
David Fincher for The Social Network
Joel Coen & Ethan Coen for True Grit

Best Picture
Black Swan
The Fighter
The Kids Are All Right
The King's Speech -Renee's Predicted Winner
127 Hours
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter's Bone

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Tips for Severe Weather Preparations

Today's weather forecast shows the potential for severe weather.

Bridgette Williams of the Arkansas Red Cross stopped by the share some tips for being prepared if severe weather happens.  She also left us some detailed pointers you may not think of when preparing for severe weather.  Our thanks to Bridgette and the Red Cross for the great tips below!

Bottom Line Basics

  • Have a NOAA weather radio, in the event power goes out. 
  • For cell only households make sure your phone is charged up; should power go out, don’t use the phone to chat, but to receive or give needed information.
  • Have working flashlights.  If you use candles, in the event of a power outage, blow them out before going to bed.  
  • Make back up plans if you have medical equipment that uses electricity in the event of an outage.
  • Fill up your gas tank.  Northeast Arkansas is already under a flood watch, you never know if you may need to evacuate. All 75 counties can and have flooded.
  • If traveling check weather conditions all along your route before departing. 
  • Pay attention to watches and warnings and take them seriously.
  • If you live in an area that is prone to flooding, pay additional attention to rainfall and flood warnings.  Be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice.
  • And, do not drive through flooded streets, even if you’re familiar with the area.  Water can be deceptive in its depth and strength to move objects, not to mention washing away roads and bridges.
  • Talk to children about the possibility of severe weather, letting them know their teachers will take care of them.  Should something occur—such as severe storms at dismissal—let them know you will be there as soon as it’s safe to travel.  Obviously this conversation is had on level each child can understand and handle.  It’s not to alarm them, but to let them know they will be taken care of and Mom and Dad are aware of what’s going on with them, even if they aren’t together.
  • Make certain emergency number and emergency pickup contacts are updated at school with daytime numbers of people who are answering phones.
For more information you can visit the Red Cross wedsite at:

And for the latest weather information, along with watching channel 7, you get follow the Arkansas Weather Blog:

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Tobi Fairley Design Camp Tuition Giveaway

GMA and Tobi Fairley Interior Design want to help you "Decorate like the Pros".  
One lucky winner will get to attend an upcoming Tobi Fairley Design Camp valued at $500.00.  At the 8 hour camp the winner will learn how to lay out a floor plan with ease, pick paints like a pro, turn your inspiration into reality, create successful fabric pairings, and accessorizing with style. 
This valuable and informative class takes place in a workshop environment at the Tobi Fairley Design Studio in West Little Rock.  The winner will be up-close and personal with one of this nation's rising stars of design, Tobi Fairley, and learn her tips and techniques to use in creating a gorgeous home. After one 8 hour session with Tobi the winner will be well on their way to creating designs for each room in their home that looks like they are straight out of the latest design magazines. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks are provided day of camp.  People are coming from across the nation to Tobi's acclaimed Design Camps and now you one lucky person can see first hand what all the buzz is about.

One lucky second place winner will win a "room rescue plan" for their room to be revealed on the Tobi Fairley Blog. This do-it-yourself plan will include 5 easy steps that can make a big impact, giving your room an instant face lift. This winner can then take these tips from Tobi's blog and use them as a guide for improving their space.  
The second place prize is a concept only and no product or labor is included. It's like having one hour of Tobi's time to get her top 5 suggestions for improving your room. Value $250.00

To enter to win a Tobi Fairley Design Camp Tuition or the second place "room rescue" prize, send a photo of the room in your home that you would most like to work on and why you think you should be selected to attend design camp to  Entries must be received by noon March 18.  We'll announce the winner in Tobi's segment on March 30. The winner must be in the Channel 7 viewing area.

You can find more interior design ideas on Tobi's website at
or on her blog at 

Good luck!

Oscar Mania

The 83rd Oscars are this Sunday!  Have you made your picks?  

Renee Shapiro will share her Oscar Picks for the "big 6" categories Friday morning.  So don't forget to tune in around 9:30 to see what films the movie guru thinks will win the statues this year.

If you'd like to follow along, print the ballot below:

Don't be afraid to make your own picks and have fun at your Oscar celebration.

If you are still searching for a great way to celebrate the Oscars, tickets are still available for the Oscar Night America at the Peabody.  The Wolfe Street Foundation hosts this event each year.  For more information, visit the website at

Don't forget to follow our friend Julie Wax, the creator of the I Heart Heels blog, on Twitter as she takes us through a fashion play-by-play. @iheartheels

Once you've seen the dresses, and the I Heart Heels play-by-play, tune in next Wednesday to see some "look alike" dresses you can find in Central Arkansas thanks to Rita Mitchell-Harvey & The Fashionistas. 

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Kiwi/ Grapefruit Mask & Skin Tightening Mask

Food for your face...
But aren't talking about eating.
Dee Dee Helbig of Ava Bella Day Spa joined us to share some great skin tightening and whitening recipes.  The whitening (Kiwi/Grapefruit) mask helps with pigmentation.

Kiwi/ Grapefruit Mask
1/2 kiwi
juice & pulp of a 1/2 grapefruit
Mix together and put on face-will be runny-but you only want to use these without any thickening ingredients-to get the full benefit.
Kiwi helps to minimize pores- also has a whitening effect because of the vit. C in it-
Grapefruit is rich in citric acid (an alpha hydroxy acid), grapefruit extract is a powerful exfoliator and will loosen dead skin cells and exfoliate dry skin.
According to the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago, research has shown that men believed women wearing grapefruit were, on average, six years younger.

Skin Tightening Mask
Note:Egg whites help tone and tighten the skin.
2 large pineapple chunks
1 beaten egg white
1 tsp of raw honey
Blend the ingredients in the blender.  Apply the mask on the face and lie down on a flat surface.  Leave on for 20 minutes.  Rinse well with tepid water and pat dry.
Note: Egg whites help tone and tighten the skin.
The benefit of the pineapple is the enzymes. Enzymes are mostly derived from "live  foods" such as fruits and vegetables. Not only are they able to break down fats, proteins and carbohydrates, they are also known to help remove toxins from the body.

For more information on Ava Bella Day Spa's services visit their website:

Spring Consignment Sales!!!

Many moms (and dads) around Arkansas look forward to the Fall & Spring consignment sales because these are great opportunities to find good products for great prices.  Last week, Rhea Lana Rhiner stopped by the GMA Studio to share some great sale finds and some pointers for kid/baby product recalls.  Below are just a few of the Rhea Lana Sales happening this Spring.

Rhea Lana's Greater Little Rock
Through February 26
McCain Plaza
(next to Bed, Bath and Beyond)
North Little Rock

Conway March 6-12
Benton/Bryant March 9-13
Searcy March 15-19

Of course there are more Rhea Lana Consignment Sales in Arkansas.  You can find all of the sale dates and locations at:

There are also several Duck Duck Goose Consignment Sales scheduled for this Spring.  For details on these events visit:

If you know of others kids consignment sales, feel free to leave us a comment with the details and we'll update this list.