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The Download [My Playlist 3.3.16]



Whether I'm running errands or at the gym, chances are I'm listening to music. To say I'm obsessed with new music is probably an understatement. If you were to ask any of my friends they'd tell you that I'm constantly trying to play new songs for them. I'm the one asking if I can plug-in my playlist while we're driving or if I can dj our Uber (for the record-- they always say yes). They'll occasionally get turned off when I play a random trap song, but what can I say, your girl likes rap!

I thought it'd be cool to start sharing my playlists with you guys, just like I do with my friends (since I consider you guys friends too). I make a new playlist every month, so every time I make one I'll be sure to post it for you. Hopefully it'll help you find some new jams!

  1. "Couch Potato"- Jakubi (this song transports me to Cali and I LOVE IT. Thanks to my sis, Jessica, for telling me about it. Playing this now while I'm typing.)
  2. "Work from Home"- Fifth Harmony ft. Ty Dolla $ign
  3. "Stole the Show"- Kygo ft. Parson James
  4. "Fast Car"- Jonas Blue ft. Dakota (nothing compares to Tracy Chapman's original version, but since I've always been a fan of her, I love this reboot)
  5. "Again"- Fetty Wap
  6. "Damn Daniel"- Bombs Away Remix (it's kind of super annoying, yet I oddly like it. Think of it as a guilty pleasure and you can thank my brother, Michael, when it gets stuck in your head)
  7. "Promise"- Kid Ink ft. Fetty Wap
  8. "New Romantics"- Taylor Swift (from the 1989 D.L.X. album)
  9. "Work"- Rihanna ft. Drake (something about just mumbling along and not even trying to actually pronounce words is awesome)
  10. "Lush Life"- Zara Larsson
  11. "Say It"- Tory Lanez (I've listened to this since October and it's made my playlist every month since then. Not sick of it just yet, even though radio is now playing it)

If there is a song you're loving now and would like to share it, be sure to leave it in a comment below. Let me know if you end up loving one on my list too!

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Valentine's Day Gift Guide + How Jimmy Fallon Almost Ruined Valentine's Day


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Valentine's Day is rapidly approaching and if you're in a relationship then hopefully you've already picked out the perfect gift. In the slight chance that you haven't, you still have a little time! That's why Brian and I worked together to create a last-minute his & hers gift guide. Hope it helps!

OH! And I HAVE to tell you the story about the gift Brian got me! Spoiler alert: It ends with me having to apologize for Jimmy Fallon...yes, the Jimmy Fallon.

First, the back story: I was recently wearing the Tory Burch Fitbit bracelet that Brian got me for Christmas. Unfortunately, there seems to be a defect with them, because it falls off a lot and the tracker often falls out. Well, that happened at a restaurant and I looked all over for the tiny black tracker, but to no avail. My Fitbit was nowhere to be found.

Fast forward to this week: Brian knew I didn't have a Fitbit and that I always wear it, so instead of waiting till Valentine's Day, he surprised me with one this week! I was not expecting him to even think of getting me a new one. I thought the Fitbit was a great gift! Jimmy Fallon on the other hand...apparently didn't. I'll explain...

Last night: Brian and I were watching Jimmy Fallon, like we always do. LOVE HIM! Well, his "Pros and Cons" bit came on. Brian loves this bit so much that he even sings along with the jingle, "Pros and Cons and Pros and Cons". We were BOTH cracking up and enjoying the segment, that was until a minute in... Fast forward to 1:10 to see why:

Needless to say, Brian felt like crap...yet, I couldn't seem to stop laughing! I thought it was freaking HILARIOUS! Here is Jimmy Fallon making fun of the EXACT gift Brian had just given me! SO FUNNY, right?! Brian didn't think so.

Brian started explaining his reasoning about why he got me the Fitbit and said that he didn't mean it offensively or anything like that. I knew he didn't, but that still didn't stop me from laughing and MAYBE rewinding that part to watch it again. He turned over in bed upset, convinced that I now HATED my Fitbit and that I just didn't want to tell him that it was a "crappy Valentine's gift". Maybe rewinding the segment was a bad idea...

"I SWEAR I LIKE THE GIFT!" I kept telling him that Jimmy Fallon doesn't know the situation and that I really do love the Fitbit, "I'm sorry for laughing! I'm so sorry! I love the Fitbit! Jimmy Fallon didn't mean it! He's sorry too!" I continued chuckling. That was the first night in our almost six years of dating that Brian went to bed mad at me.

I get that his feelings were hurt and thankfully he accepted my apology. I still find humor in the entire thing though, and while Jimmy Fallon might have meant what he said, I meant it too-- I really do like my Fitbit Valentine's Day gift.

Sorry, Brian! <3

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What Happened to Sarah, Ty, & Mel


sarahtyandmelandsamy What happened to "Sarah, Ty, & Mel"? That's the question I've been inundated with over the last week. One day we're on-air and the next we're off. Unfortunately, the answer to that question and the answer no one really wants to hear, is that our show was cancelled. The station decided that they are going in a different direction. We didn't know that Monday, November 9th was going to be our last show. A lot of you have asked that and wondered why we didn't say goodbye. I had no idea that the 8:20am Rundown would be my last and that by the same time the next morning I'd be unemployed. That's the reality though; the reality of getting laid off. For those who are in this ever-growing and undesired club of getting a pink slip, I know you can relate. I know this too, because so many of you have reached out. I've compiled several of your messages and posted them below. Your support has amazed me!!!

Getting laid off is new to me. I've never been laid off or fired in my life. It's humbling, to say the least. It also sucks. Yes, I must include that it TOTALLY SUCKS! Fortunately for me though, I have an amazing support system that includes all of you. Your outpouring of positive messages on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and all of your e-mails have truly made my heart smile. Yet again, another reason I love social media! To know that I impacted so many of your mornings (a time in which most people would rather be sleeping) and that I helped make them the least bit more enjoyable is extremely gratifying.

It was also rewarding to get to work with a group of people who I truly consider to be my good friends and some, family. Albeit a crazy family-- I often joke we're one tent away from being a full-blown circus. I'm proud of Sarah, Ty, Samy and myself though. We created a show from scratch and were able to build a following in a short period of time with little resources. Being part of a morning show from its inception is an experience I'll never forget. It's invaluable. I'm also proud of us for creating original content. It's easy to "mail it in", but we strived to be different and not take the easy road. From "Deep Thoughts from the Men on Tinder" to Samy reading lyrics for "Kickin' it Ole' School", we created some great tune-in moments.

I'm thankful to DC's 107.3 for giving me this opportunity and to Cumulus for allowing us to have such creative control. I loved getting to think outside the box and come up with ideas like the Starbuck's card giveaway on our Instagram. I'm so happy you all loved that so much! Apparently it's become so popular that they're doing it at other stations and nationwide now! Knowing that I came up with that and people are enjoying free coffee because of it, people I don't even know, that's wonderful. You all know how I feel about coffee and if you don't: coffee = life. Now you do.

As for what my next move is, to be completely honest, I really don't know. I'm still living in DC and absolutely love it here. Of course, Brian (my boyfriend) is chomping at the bit for me to move home to Florida. No boxes have been packed or moving companies paid though and I'm still looking for jobs in the area (and elsewhere). Brian is aware of this and has been unbelievably supportive. He understands that radio and broadcasting is an extension of me, in that it's my passion. The last thing he'd ever want is for me to be unhappy or make a decision too soon, so I'm taking some time to figure it out.

My immediate plans include focusing on my blog, starting a YouTube channel, and replying to all of your awe-inspiring e-mails and Facebook messages. Outside of all that, the next step is still very much unknown. Maybe a move to Florida until I find something? Maybe a move to Florida for good? Maybe I move to California to pursue being an entertainment news reporter? These are the questions I'm focusing on now. I'll be updating my blog as I go, so if you'd like to follow along you can subscribe at the top right of this page.

I can't thank you all enough for spending your mornings with me and the rest of the STM crew (DJ Flounder, Luis, Jeremiah, Noah, and the interns-- I didn't forget about you!). This last year and a half has challenged me in so many ways and has been a huge growth period for me personally. While I'm looking forward to getting my full name back "Melanie", sleeping in, and getting to stay up late enough to watch Jimmy Fallon when it actually airs...I'll miss all of you and getting to see my extended family every morning. I can't wait to figure out my next step and see what awesome ventures the rest of the team decide to embark on.

"Don't be afraid of change. You may lose something good, but you may gain something even better." -Unknown

Feel free to leave me a comment below. I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time!

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Training for the runDisney Princess Half Marathon


IMG_0126 Training for my first half marathon has officially begun! I'd always seen pictures on social media of people doing the runDisney Princess Half Marathon and I thought it looked like a lot of fun. Plus, let's face it-- I love Disney. This year I decided that instead of letting the race in February come and go again, I'd sign up. I set a reminder in my phone almost a year ago. The day finally came and I waited on my computer for the race registration to open, debating if I was really going to spend the money and commit to doing this. The site was so busy that I had to try several times before it would even load. Eventually, the site did load and I went through with it. I actually registered for a half marathon. Wait, what?! Still can't believe I did that. What was I thinking? So, here I am.

I'm no runner by any means, so this is definitely out of my comfort zone. While I enjoy running, I've never been particularly good at it, unless it's running to the sales racks on Black Friday. Now that, I have down! I need that toaster for $5 dollars and a slew of dvds for a $1 that I'll never even take the plastic wrap off of. That's different though; I have to train for this. 13.1 miles is no easy feat and I certainly wouldn't run that to get to $1 dvds.

Thankfully, runDisney has a training program (different programs for all different levels). Training for beginning runners is 22-weeks long and started on Tuesday. Here is a link to the program. Good news is-- my friend Katy (who's done other runDisney races) signed up for the run as well and is training with me. It always helps to have a buddy/someone to kick my butt into gear. Keep in mind that you don't have to be doing the Disney Princess Half to use the running guide! So, feel free to check it out if you're just interested in starting to run in general. Good luck!

Anyone else training for a run or attending the runDisney Princess Half?

I'll be posting my current running playlist soon too, because without music I wouldn't even make it a mile!

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National Coffee Day Giveaway [UPDATE: Winner Selected]


Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Happy National Coffee Day! Since I work on a morning show, this day is especially close to me. Coffee gets me through my day-to-day life and I honestly can't imagine a morning without it. I can admit I have a problem lol. In honor of this ever so special day, I thought it'd be fun to do a giveaway.

I love this limited edition DOTS Starbuck's ceramic tumbler. I use mine all the time (for tea too). They've been sold out online and in stores since last year and are impossible to find online, even on Ebay. Luckily, I happened to have one stashed away for my awesome blog readers, and what a better day to give it away then on National Coffee Day?!

To enter to win this limited edition Starbuck's tumbler follow the instructions below.


  1. Subscribe to my blog. The "Subscribe" button is located on the right side of my homepage, below "Currently Craving".
  2. Follow me on Pinterest & Facebook: HERE & HERE.
  3. Leave a comment below with your favorite Starbuck's drink. I always love to try new ones!

Must complete numbers 1-3 to be eligible to win. The winner will be announced on my blog on 9.30.15.

Good luck coffee lovers!

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UPDATE!!! Thank you all SO much for entering and I will be replying to lots of your suggestions soon. Some of those drinks I've never even heard of before and can't wait to try! Make sure to stay tuned for more giveaways.

With that being said, I have selected a winner at random...


Cheers to 5 Years!


Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Hey guys! I can't believe it's already been a week since my last post. I promise I'm working on getting a schedule together in order to update my site more frequently. My goal is to have at least two posts a week. Life tends to get in the way though. Prime example: As I'm typing this I'm watching "The Real Housewives of Orange County" and Ziggy (my yorkie) is driving me nuts. He keeps wanting to play fetch and keeps bringing his toy to me. He has no qualms about actually walking ONTO my keyboard, even while I'm typing. It's super annoying, but also ridiculously cute, so I can't complain too much.

The most exciting news that I have to share with you today is that it's my boyfriend's and my 5 year anniversary. Holy crap! Where has time gone? and wait, why is my left ring finger still not sparkling?! I kid...sort of. ;)

For those who don't know, my boyfriend and I are currently long-distance. He's in Florida and I'm in DC. We have only been doing this long-distance thing for the last year of our relationship, since I moved to DC to take a job. That might sound crazy to you-- why move away from the man of your dreams for a job?! Sometimes I think the same thing, but hear me out. A. A relationship doesn't pay my bills. B. I got offered a great position doing something I love and C. There was no ring on my finger. Okay, okay, I'll stop bringing up the ring thing. lol

Anyway, I wouldn't trade my decision to move for the world. I've gained so much work experience, have made amazing friends, and absolutely love living in DC. It truly has made Brian's and my relationship stronger than ever and I've grown so much individually as well. Long distance definitely tests your commitment to each other though. I'm not talking about the monogamy part; you must also commit time to one another. Taking time to "check-in" during the day or an hour to face-time at night is what really keeps our bond strong. I still fall in love with him more and more everyday.

As tough as it is that Brian isn't in DC today for our 5th anniversary, it was extremely special to come home to the two-dozen roses that he sent. This long-distance chapter of our relationship will surely be something that we will both never forget. Even though we're celebrating tonight apart, it's a celebration nonetheless. It's a celebration of the last 5 amazing years together and to the many years to come. It also helps knowing that he'll be here next week. ;)

Hope you all have an amazing day and HAPPY ANNIVERSARY BABE (if you're reading this). I LOVE YOU!

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