“SURPRISE! HAPPY 40th BIRTHDAY, SAMANTHA”
Samantha was truly shocked when her husband of nearly 10 years surprised her with a birthday fete, saying:
“Michael pulled off the greatest fake-out ever. I thought we were going to dinner with friends but that I also had a drinks meeting with an endorsement prospect at Caufield’s beforehand. Smart on his part, because that way I wore something more special and made sure my hair and make-up were better than the usual night out — getting ready with our girls under foot! He REALLY got me!”
What also added to the shock value was her family who flew into town:
“Quickly realizing the party was for me, I scanned the room and noticed so many of my friends but most excitedly saw my mom, sister, step-dad and step-sister who had flown in from Minnesota. The icing on the cake was that my sister Aimee, who doesn’t get to town often, got to stay with us for a few nights after the party for some rare quality girl time!”
Samantha didn’t realize just how long her hubby had been planning the soiree:
“When I threw him a 40th surprise party a few years ago, I think I started figuring it all out 2 months ahead. Michael let me in on all the pre-planning details for this party on the car ride home. He began it all back in April with a call to my mom and sister to determine what weekend would work best for them. He is always so thoughtful and this party really exemplified that! I feel like a lucky girl.”
Samantha shares her love for fitness, passion about the country’s leading hunger relief organization Feeding America (www.FeedingAmerica.org) and details about her holiday traditions and how she and her husband will celebrate Hanumas with their little girls. Samantha says,
“What a blast! The ladies of The Mom’s View were so gracious to have me on their show and I loved sharing so much with them. Thank you for having me!”
Samantha’s summer issue of Women’s Running magazine
Check it out here!
Read on to also find out why this veteran TV Host just became a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)!
Prepping for this shoot was not as easy as it used to be for Samantha, who has two young daughters. She says,
“It was much harder getting back into shape after baby No. 2. So this time around, I asked a good friend who is a Nike elite trainer for advice on how to firm up — so for 3 days beforehand, I avoided dairy, bread and dessert… and loaded up on eggs, green veggies, berry smoothies with protein powder and chicken & fish. I have to tell you, though, it felt great come the day of the shoot! Then I got to go home and dive head-first into my dark chocolate-covered raisins after dinner!”
This is Samantha’s 10th fitness/health magazine cover (number 11 will come out in October!). Often asked to speak about how she stays in shape and what she eats, Samantha felt it was time to back up all her talk:
“I am incredibly passionate about health and fitness – both for myself and for creating a healthy home for my family. Setting a good example for our girls is important to me as well as being educated about the things I speak about often. So, I went a big step further by taking on a new challenge — study for and take the exam to become a Certified Personal Trainer. I passed with a high percentage! No, I am not giving up my career as a TV Host and journalist, but I wanted to have more credibility when talking about living a healthy lifestyle and getting fitness into our daily lives, as so many of need to do more.”
Wounded Warrior Project’s Carry Forward Awards
Samantha met many of the wounded veterans who are given incredible support through the mission of WWP and all it does to help those returning from tours of duty since 2001. For more info, visit: www.woundedwarriorproject.org
In the days before that, Samantha was honored to host the March Of Dimes national awards luncheon in Orlando, FL.
To learn more about how much MOD does for pregnant women and newborns, please visit: www.MarchofDimes.com
Keeping her busy just prior to that trip, Samantha hit the red carpet at the star-studded Women In Film event sponsored by Elle magazine.
Check out her stunning Bo-ho chic dress by Marchesa.
(WWP Carry Forward Awards red carpet photos by Karen Reuter Photography)Read More