Jan. 05.

KC Fashion Week

On February 24th and 25th I attended the KC Fashion Week show.  Friday night I walked the red carpet with Carrie Hruza, my great friend and Mrs. MO United States 2012.

The next night I participated in the fashion show as a model for Watercolors High Fashion and their fundraising fashion Angels and Aviators.

May. 26.

Silent Auction Fundraiser

February 23rd we held a Silent Auction and Dinner Fundraiser for my Mrs. America adventure.  We held it in my hometown, Lee’s Summit, downtown at the historic Stanley Event Space.  I had the most wonderful friends and family come to support me!  Sassy Chic dressed me in an adorable Sherri Hill cocktail dress, Debra Lawrence captured our candid moments on camera, Paula Hoffman brought a photo booth, Steven Donahoo DJ’d, my Mom catered, and countless people donated to my auction!  It was a great time and we hit our goal!  I have the most incredible support team!

Cheers,

                                                                                                        Tina

May. 26.

KC Magazine Cover Contest

March KC Magazine Cover Girl

In February Mrs. Kansas America, Bobbie Padgett and I were asked to come model forKC Magazine and do their fashion spread for the March edition.  Neither of us had this opportunity and we have a great friend and stylist Jen Thomas to thank for it!  We spent an entire day shooting in an amazing house!  I fell in love with the clothes that we got to wear!  So colorful!  And again, with the full hair and make-up team, we were so spoiled!  We later found out that the cover for the magazine was going to be a contest!  They would call it the “Border Showdown”….Mrs. KS vs. Mrs. MO.  So on FB there was a way to vote for your favorite.  Then the a week before the magazine was to hit newstands, they announced and showed the cover of the magazine on our local news in the morning!  My kids were up bright and early for school and started screaming with excitement.  Wow!  What a crazy thing to see your face on the newstands at the grocery stores, book stores, and in restaraunts, everywhere!  So we made it this little joke….’where’s Waldo’, only it was Where’s Mrs. MO?  I had friends snapping pics like this one in Barnes and Noble to the left.  I was stopped in stores and asked if it was me on the cover because it looked like me!  What an unbelievable memory to have!

Cheers,
Tina

May. 26.

Polar BRRRR Plunge!

This was one event that I was so excited to be a part of I could barely wait!  I was asked to judge the costume part of the Polar Plunge.  Let me explain if you live somewhere warm….each year the Special Olympics has a huge fundraiser at one of our local lakes.   Longview Lake has a beach even that we set up on.  Teams are formed and they come dressed up and ready to take the plunge to raise money for the Special Olympians.  Now the “Polar” part of this plunge is the fact that it is held in January (we are in Missouri ya know…not warm in January) and it is in water that has been snowed on, iced over sometimes, and well downright cold!  The official water temperature this particular day was 38 degrees!  I am a competitive person who when faced with a challenge goes full steam ahead!  So when the organizers asked if I would like to judge I naturally said YES, and when they followed that with, “you can plunge if you want to”, I said YES!  So there I was, bundled up to judge, but with my “Queen” plunge gear in the dressing tent.  Off I went to join the last group of plungers, a fraternity from a local college (so funny)!  I had a black cocktail dress, a Mrs. Missouri America banner, and my crown securely fastened to my head!  You MUST run down the beach into the water…go all the way out to where the dive team stands in dry suits, and high five all 10 of them before you are allowed (with dignity) out of the water!  I encouraged my team of college men and we took off down the beach…and then it hits you!  BAM!  Completely knocks the wind right out of you, that cold water instantly freezing your legs.  The good news is, you no longer can feel those legs and you see all of these people running through the water.  You will NOT be disappointing yourself, the athletes, or the hundreds of people watching you from the beach.  You give high fives as fast as your numb legs will run, laughing at yourself the entire time.  I made it up the beach where my family was cheering me on, waiting with my Pink Mrs. Missouri robe, and my Special Olympian handing me a towel.  What an awesome thing to give to people with the most amazing hearts!  Definitely one of the highlights so far! www.SOMO.org

Cheers!

Tina

May. 26.

First Event of the New Year!

Nothing says ringing in a New Year with New Resolutions than a Fashion Show at a Bridal Fair!  As a Mrs. it is a wonderful time to be at a Bridal Fair! All the women young and old, dreaming up their perfect day, their daughters perfect day, while Father of the Bride follows close with a calculator in hand!  I went to our state capitol, Jefferson City, for their annual event which includes a fashion show.  I must say, I am getting quite spoiled with all of these shows that have hair and make up stylists…is it too much to ask to have the same at home? Ha Ha!  I rounded up the married women and encouraged them to step out of their box and join me at the next Mrs. Missouri Pageant!  My favorite part I must admit was the food sampling!  All of the caterers and the WEDDING CAKE!  I would get married (to my husband of course) over and over again, just to have different wedding cakes!  They are so cool now! 16 years ago they were not nearly as creative!  Being a Mrs. at a Bridal Fair, I sure hope I was able to encourage these brides that marriage is a wonderful life experience and that I am having the time of my life as a bride still!

Cheers!

Tina

 

 

Jan. 07.

Happy New Year!

Well here it is! 2012 already and we are all starting with a foot forward ready to charge ahead!  What will you do for yourself in the new year?  I always find it so easy to think of resolutions, but then it can be such a challenge keeping them!  I have found, that if you tie a goal in with the result, say “I want to lose 10 pounds,” then you might say “I will start jogging every day”. For me it was easy!  I wanted to get in the best shape of my life!  However I know me, if I wanted to do it….there just had to be a reason for it!  So I tied that goal into competing for this title.  And, since it didn’t happen the first couple of tries, I had to maintain my drive and willingness to be in the gym, eat right, and live a healthy lifestyle. 

Eventually you create a habit, then you can’t be without it! 

My New Year has not started off great….I went to the hospital on NYE and watched the ball drop from the Emergency Room…then I was admitted for a few days.  All of the nurses were fun and told me “hey, at least you got a head start on your weight loss goals for the new year”!  Well I could’ve picked a much better way, ha ha!  Please, if we meet, don’t ask if I would like Jello or Chicken Broth!  Not my favorite foods at all now!  I have been knocked down at the height of my drive, New Year’s Resolutions.  But guess what! Nationals are in 3 1/2 months and I am ready to work my tail off!

So here is what I suggest….make your list of resoultions, my chart your path to get there.  Let there be a reward at the end.  Maybe you drop $1 in a jar for every mile you run, and then you use that money for a pair of fabulous shoes!  Set yourself up for SUCCESS!  You can do it!  If you need a buddy, send me a message on FaceBook!  I absolutely love encouraging others because it motivates me more!

Everyone deserves the feeling of accomplishment, but you are the only one that can ultimately make yourself happy!  May each of you find YOUR successes in this new year!  I am so excited to see what it holds for me!

Cheers,

Tina 

Mrs. Missouri America 2012

Dec. 12.

Holidays For Harvesters

December 8, 2011

Zona Rosa is a beautiful outdoor shopping experience in Kansas City.  3 of the boutiques in the district organized a special event and Fashion Show as a fundraiser for Harvesters, a local food bank.  I was asked to Host the event after I asked if I could help in any way. 

 We had a show with amazing clothing by Apricot Lane, Watercolors High Fashion, and La De Da.  It was held at a delicious restaraunt called Buddah by Kenji Fusion.  The ladies were so wonderful and welcoming!  I had a lot of fun hosting and shopping after.  I loved the dress that Apricot Lane put me in….so it came home with me!

I love clothes, fashion shows, but most of all…we filled a big barrel with food that will help feed families that are in need!

Cheers,

Tina

Mrs. Missouri America 2012

 

Dec. 12.

Sedalia and St. Joseph Christmas Parades

December 3, 2012

So with the parades here in Missouri comes a great deal of crazy weather.  We were expecting rain and snow and so I was not quite sure how this day would end up!  Our first stop this saturday morning was WK Chevrolet Dealership in Sedalia.  Dave, Mr. Missouri was my driver this day and the poor guy had to drive a brand new 2011 convertible Chevy Camaro! Ha Ha!

It was actually a pretty morning with abundant sunshine!  It was still a bit cold so after, we made a much needed pit stop into the Starbucks for a warm cup of Chai tea for me!

Dave and I set off to our state capitol, Jefferson City.  This parade is very unique since you get to light up your cars and floats.  They start the parade as soon as the sun sets and you travel right in front of the capitol throught the beautifully lit downtown.  We had another great volunteer who was to escort us in this parade in a classic mustang convertible.  Unfortunately an hour before the parade was to begin, the rain started pouring down.  I will tell you how fun it was to improvise!  We got our Red, White, and Blue  lights out and decorated the top of my car.  I popped out of the sunroof with my lit up umbrella and we put my Mrs. MO magnets on the side of the car!  It was cold and rainy, but all of the thousands of people there, standing along the rain soaked streets just to see this gorgeous parade….made it so worth it!  And what a story!

Cheers,

Tina

Mrs. Missouri America 2012

Dec. 12.

St. Louis Thanksgiving Day Parade

November 24, 2011

First of all let me explain….being a part of the pageant just as a contestant is so rewarding!  Mrs. Washington 2010 and I became super close friends before we met…thank you FaceBook!  We just hit it off, to the point that our husbands just roll their eyes as we have the same name, our dogs have the same name, and I kid you not… I went to St. Louis to meet them at a mall one weekend and Tina and I were dressed almost exactly the same!  We live on opposite sides of the state but we MUST have been separated at birth! 

So naturally, when I was told that I would be participating in the St. Louis Thanksgiving Day Parade, I called her and asked if she could handle a party of 5 extra mouths for Turkey Dinner!  Of course she welcomed us into her home and adopted us into the family for dinner.  THIS is why pageant are so fun…you get so much more out of them that lasts a life time, no matter who the winner is!

So my kids, happy to go see our dear friends, but also excited about going to this televised parade.  It was quite cold that day, but my friends at Sassy Chic Boutique had again set me up to look like a million bucks!  They dressed me in this amazing, flowing green gown…I didn’t even want to put the small jacket on I had because it was too beautiful to be covered up! 

Once I sat down on the car, I stuffed 3 fleece blankets under the dress on my lap to keep me warm! Ha!  It worked!  I had another great volunteer to drive me (friend of my friends Brian and Tina Ruether), Mike Guittar.  Thanks so much again Mike for your generosity on Thanksgiving!

I did make it on the televised program and I am researching how one might get a copy of it! 

Cheers,

Tina

Mrs. Missouri America 2012

Dec. 12.

Birthdays, Crownings, and Parades

November 18th and 19th, 2011

 

As the next pageant comes, we will be adding a National Princess America Pageant to our line up.  So on November 18th in Chillicothe, we crowned this years Missouri Princesses as our new National title holders and their respective runners up, the new Missouri Princess titleholders.  It was a beautiful ceremony and celebration, complete with Santa!  And so, it also was my day to celebrate my 36th Birthday.  Santa led the crowd in a Happy Birthday song and gave me a gift of pink ribbon goodies to hand out at appearances. 

 As the crowd started to leave, Mr. Missouri packed myself and the kids up and headed out to dinner.  Well, Teresa and him had a nice surprise party for me planned so I could celebrate with all of the 2013 Contestants that could attend.  It was a wonderful surprise with the BEST cake I think I have ever had!  YUM!

 

On the 19th we woke up and prepared for the Chillicothe Holiday Parade.  This is a HUGE parade in a small town which I think is AMAZING!  Teresa does a fabulous job as always and has a big Float for Mrs. Missouri and her princesses.  The truck driving the float has the contestants sitting in the back so they know what it will be like to participate when one of them are crowned!

My fabulous red gown was provided by Sassy Chic Boutique!  Thank you ladies!  After the parade we were off to Cameron for their Christmas Parade.  We could not have asked for a more beautiful day full of sunshine (which definitely helped it to be a little warmer).  I have a friend that asked her Dad to drive me in the parade.  I thought it was awfully kind of him to color coordinate his Mustang with my dress! Ha ha!  Thank you Don and Rhonda Wilt!

It was a jam packed fun weekend!  I am so looking forward to the holiday parade season! 

Cheers,

Tina

Mrs. Missouri America 2012