Quite possibly the best voice you will hear all day, that’s because when you hear Chris Malone weekdays from 3pm to 7pm, your workday should be about done. Chris keeps your favorite music going strong as you head down the home stretch. Keep 98.5 KTK with you in the car, as hitting the rush hour adds stress; Chris keeps you cool with an hour of commercial-free music starting just before 5pm!
A little friendly, neighborhood competition is nothing new during the holidays. It usually involves a Christmas display much like the 2006 movie Deck The Halls with Matthew Broderick & Danny DeVito. Ok bad example but if you want to one-up your competition, consider renting real camels for your live naivety scene. It is a growing trend.
You can get some free digital items from Apple, and all you have to do is download an app. Apple has announced 12 days of free gifts will be available to those in the U.S. for the first time. If you download the 12 gifts of Christmas app from the app store you will get a free gift every day from December 26th to January 6th in the form of an app, book, song or film. Apple has run this promotion for the last couple of years outside of the U.S., and it's definitely worth the download as previous gifts have included episodes of Top Gear, tracks from One Direction, games from Sega and books from author Lee Child.
According to new research, the most perfect, memorable photo you can take at a party should be taken at 9:36 PM. Experts say by that point, most party goers will have drank enough to appear relax, but won't be sloppy drunk. To find this, British researchers polled two-thousand adults about when they feel they look their best at parties. One party planner says, "After a couple of drink and a bit of warming up during the meal, partygoers are usually at their most [lively], and that's when we'd recommend people get their photos. After 10 PM ...photos [can be ruined] by sweaty faces, smeared lipstick or [people acting inappropriately.]" Researchers say the time of 9:36 is based on a party where the start time is 7 PM and the end time is 10 PM. (Daily Mail)
Christmas shopping can be time consuming and stressful, and new research finds that mothers spend an average of 13 hours and 23 minutes choose their partner perfect presents. Fathers are apparently able to pick the perfect gift more quickly, and only spend an average of four hours and 10 minutes on the task. Fifty-seven-percent of mothers surveyed confess they are disappointed with Christmas gifts given by their husbands or boyfriends and 25-percent say they frantically dropping hints now in hopes that this year it will be different. The U.K. survey covered one-thousand parents, and found that one-in-ten mothers say they are expected to wrap all the gifts that are put under the tree. Researchers also found that 11-percent of men are so clueless as to what to buy their wives that they let her choose her own gift. (Daily Mail)
Probably one of the more disturbing items to come across my desk in quite a while. An entire Christmas dinner in one single can. The Christmas Tinner as it is known a contains 9 layers of Christmas dinner classics designed for those who find it a bit too much to put down the video game controller and enjoy Christmas dinner.The full nine layers, from top to bottom, include scrambled egg and bacon, two mince pies, turkey and potatoes, gravy, bread sauce, cranberry sauce, Brussels sprouts with stuffing - or broccoli with stuffing - roast carrots and parsnips and Christmas pudding, The Christmas Tinner is available in limited stores in the UK and expected to launch in more stores before December 25. Read the entire story by clicking here.
I stumbled across this article in The Gainesville Sun & The Ocala Star-Banner about the State of Florida DCF partnering with One Simple Wish to seek out those who wish to be a secret Santa for current and former foster kids. I can only imagine the pain and sorrow these kids go through during this time of year. Not to mention many are forgotten so if you can help, click on the link below to find out more!
Having a potted plant on your desk apparently makes for more than just good scenery. British researchers say a houseplant in your workspace has been found to aid concentration, increase productivity and boost wellbeing by 47-percent. To find this, researchers had 350 people measure their productivity, creativity and happiness in four differently designed work environments in a series of 90 experiments. Researchers say pariticpants recorded a creativty boost of 45-percent and a productivity boost of 38-percent when working in environments with plants. Researchers say the results of the study give "company managers a real incentive to share control of office space with their staff and create meaningful, less didactic and more group up space." (Daily Mail)
The matchup for the BCS championship game is set, with undefeated Number 1 Florida State to play against Number 2 Auburn on January 6th in Pasadena, California. This will be the final BCS title game before next year's College Football Playoff system begins, which will involve a selection committee picking the four teams to play in national semifinals, with the winners playing for the championship.
There is usually one Christmas shopping list item that makes it year after year and that would be batteries. But with so many choices, brands and packs, which one's are the best you can buy? Consumer Reports has the answer and explains which batteries are the best for which gadget. Click here for the Consumer Reports story.
Supporters of the Calgary Hitmen hockey team tossed 25,921 stuffed toys onto the ice for the 19th annual Teddy Bear Toss. Fans are asked to bring a bear to throw when the Hitmen score their first goal or the "teddy bear" goal. In total, 25,921 toys were gathered and will be distributed amongst local charities in time for Christmas, including the Cerebral Palsy Assocation, Salvation Army, Boys and Girls Clubs, and the Alberta Children's Hospital. (Telegraph)
It probably won't be that big of a shock to us all that a new study found men's and women's brains are wired differently. LiveScience.com reports that the research found that male brains had more connections within hemispheres, whilefemale brains were more connected between hemispheres. The results suggest, therefore, that male brains may be optimized for motor skills, while female brains are optimized for combining analytical and intuitive thinking.
The 87th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will kick off at 9 a.m. on Thursday (November 28th), featuring the iconic giant helium character balloons -- weather permitting -- floats, marching bands, dancers, clowns, celebrities, Broadway show performances, the Radio City Rockettes, and much more before ending with the traditional arrival of Santa Claus to usher in the holiday season. The nationally-televised parade will wind its way on a route through the streets of Manhattan before ending at Macy's flagship store on 34th Street.
There is a question about whether the parade's signature giant balloons will be able to fly this year because of weather conditions. City rules say that if there are sustained winds over 23 miles per hour and gusts over 34 mph, the balloons can't be used. The current forecast is close, calling for sustained winds of 20 mph and gusts of 36 mph. Macy's says the determination will be made on Thanksgiving morning based on real-time weather conditions. The balloons were grounded only once in the parade's history, in 1971, because of bad weather.
BALLOONS: If the giant helium balloons do get off the ground, there will be 15 of them this year, including four new additions:
Adventure Time with Finn and Jake -- Featuring Finn and Jake from the hit Cartoon Network series.
Toothless -- The midnight-black, green-eyed dragon star of the How to Train Your Dragon movies and TV series is positioned with his giant wings folded in a landing pose, as it about to land among the parade-goers.
SpongeBob SquarePants -- SpongeBob returns to the parade in a new incarnation, wearing a Santa hat and a big smile for his trip down the parade route.
Snoopy and Woodstock -- This is the 37th time Snoopy's been in the parade and his 7th balloon look, this time flying high with his buddy Woodstock.
There will also be a special giant hot air balloon celebrating the 75th anniversary of the The Wizard of Oz, featuring images of the characters from the classic film and carrying the wizard himself. Accompanying it will be Dorothy and balloonhead characters of the Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion and the Wicked Witch of the West.
To celebrate the first time in the parade's history that Thanksgiving falls on the first night of Hanukkah, there'll also be a special spinning dreidel balloonicle.
FLOATS: There are five new floats among the 30 in the line-up:
Despicably Delicious -- Universal Studio's float features the Minions from Despicable Me 2 whipping up some goodies in a bake shop that features larger-than-life cupcakes.
Dreamseeker -- This float from Cirque du Soleil is in the form of a flying ship, and comes with trampolines and Chinese poles that allow the troupe's acrobats and characters to put on a parade performance.
The Enchanting World of Lindt Chocolate -- A giant master chocolatier oversees the pouring and casting of Lindt bear and other chocolate figures for the holidays in a spectacular chocolate shop. Live puppets and giant spoons get in on the act.
A Sea of Surprises -- This float celebrates SeaWorld's 50 years, featuring an ocean scene of rolling waves and sea creatures, with the image of Shamu the killer whale at the center of it all.
A World at Sea -- Cruise line Royal Caribbean's float features 3-D postcards in a revolving panorama the show scenes of all the fun to be had on a Royal Caribbean cruise.
CELEBRITIES: Among the celebrities who'll be appearing are: singers Kristin Chenoweth; Gavin DeGraw; Brett Eldredge; Fall Out Boy; The Roots, joined by Jimmy Fallon; Florida Georgia Line; Goo Goo Dolls; Ariana Grande; Joan Jett and the Blackhearts; Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings; Austin Mahone; Kellie Pickler; and Mannheim Steamroller; The Robertson family from Duck Dynasty; TV personalitiesSandra Lee and Richard Simmons; Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri; NFL legends Joe Namath, Bart Oates, Amani Toomer andHines Ward, and NHL legends Cam Neely andMike Richter.
PEFORMANCES: The first hour of the broadcast will include performances from the Broadway musicals Matilda and Motown, and a special appearance by Carrie Underwood and other cast members from NBC's upcoming, The Sound of Music Live!
At one point this holiday season most of us will be anxiously checking the tracking number for a package delivery status. A new study found that 1 in 10 packages are received damaged. But it's not all bad as most often package contents are unharmed even if the box looks like it went two rounds with Joe Frazier. So out of the USPS, Fedex and UPS, which is noted for the most damage? Click here to find out!
A recent study conducted by GfK for Monster.com found that Americans disliked their jobs the most out of seven countries surveyed. Just over half, 53 percent, of American workers said they liked or loved their jobs, with 15 percent saying they disliked or hated them. At the other end of the spectrum, Canadians were the happiest with their work, with 64 percent liking or loving their jobs and just seven percent saying they were dissatisfied, with the Netherlands and Indian close behind. Yahoo's The Exchange suggests the results may reflect the longer average workweek and less vacation time that U.S. workers have, as well as growing income inequality, and shrinking health care and retirement benefits.
It's well-known that Thanksgiving is day reserved primarily for eating, but just how much do we eat on average? A new survey from BASIS Science and printed in Women's Health reveals the average person consumers 4,500 calories at their Thanksgiving meal. The researchers found that most people believe they're eating less than half of that amount, and as a result wildly underestimate how much activity they'd need to do to burn it off. Twenty-five-percent of those surveyed said they thought they could burn off their turkey feast by working out for two hours, when in reality it would take a 130-pound woman more than 15-and-a-half hours of brisk walking to burn that off. Sixty-percent of those surveyed said they go for a walk after their meal, while others said they'd get busy in the bedroom later to burn it off.
Drum roll please...the Oxford Dictionary Word of the Year award goes to: Selfie! Yes, the social media word used to describe taking a self portrait edged out other buzz words like "twerk" with a 17,000% increase in usage over a year ago.
Pediatricians are warning parents that very spicy snacks, like Flamin' Hot Cheetos and other chips, are sending many children to emergency rooms every year, according to Medical Daily. Eating too much of the snacks can cause inflammation of the stomach lining, which can lead to severe pain. Dr. Martha Rivera of White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles told the local ABC-TV station, "We have a population who loves to eat the hot, spicy, not-real foods, and they come in [to the emergency room] with these real complaints. [The kids are being] set up for ulcerations, erosions and . . . peptic ulcer disease."
Today's Perks deal is for a microdermabrasion session with Dr.John W. Tyrone. If you are like me you've wondered what can you expect from this procedure, does it hurt and what are the results. To answer these questions I volunteered to have the deal performed yesterday morning. The results are quite wonderful! To be honest I didn't know what to expect but since I am approaching a milestone birthday in the next few weeks I thought it would be worth a try. So I arrived for my appointment I was immediately taken into the procedure room with Brigitte Javaheri, a Registered Nurse with plenty of experience with a career at Shands and her own private practice. I think this is why I was so comfortable, Brigitte is a wealth of knowledge and fully explained every step of the procedure in easy to understand terms. She always gave me the option to stop if I felt uncomfortable, which was comforting! But there was no need to stop. All the time I was laying on my back in a heated chair, snuggled in a soft blanket I was more than relaxed and eager to get started. First she cleaned my face and explained the several layers of skin and that the microdermabrasion would remove a small amount and make the skin brighter and smoother . Then she began the procedure with a few sweeps on my face with an instrument that was not painful at all. Next came the actual microdermabrasion which again was pleasant. At this point I was beginning to fall asleep in the warm, cozy chair but I knew my job was to report to you about this experience, so I focused on staying awake. Apparently I was more than occupied in my mind about staying awake when Brigitte began explaining the different levels of the pumpkin cream that was about to be put on my face. She told me that pumpkin and pineapple actually are very good for skin exfoliating and I was more than happy to try the pumpkin out (as it is the season!). She tried a small part of my face to make sure I didn't have a negative reaction (again very impressed about the care) and we began the process. The pumpkin exfoliating paste was applied to my face and to be honest, it tingled a bit but not to the point where I wanted to stop even through Bridgette said to let her know if it was too much and she'd immediately remove it. Needless to say it was fine and after 3 minutes it was removed. Then she cleaned my face and it was done.
The result? It's kinda hard to explain other than my face is less shiny, more youthful in appearance and a smooth as a baby's bottom! It was hard to believe that years of sun damage and age wear and tear were reduced in 30 minutes.
In conclusion I can honestly say the procedure was pleasant and the results incredible. No it isn't as dramatic as a facelift or turning back the hands of time but it is noticeable and worth doing at least once. Brigitte told me customers generally do this once or twice a year. The procedure is normally $150 but half off with our Perks deal today.
So you had 8 hours of sleep last night (ok, 6 if we're being completely honest) yet you are still tired and unable to shake the sleepiness. What is going on? Here are 7 reasons as to why you may be waking up tired. Click here for the reasons and remedies.
Here's a pretty neat deal that Home Depot is offering through Sunday (11/17/13).You can bring in those old incandescent Christmas lights, working or not, and get a discount on purchasing new LED lights. Not only are the LED lights brighter, they use less energy and they last a really long time.
Here's a great idea, cook Thanksgiving dinner (well, a lot of it) using your slow cooker! For instance, if you are only cooking a turkey breast, use your slow cooker. Plus you can use the remaining liquid for gravy! But that's not all, there are several recipes you can cook in that tried and true slow cooker.
The final Feel Downtown Ocala concert is set for tonight with The Little River Band performing a free concert! Bring your lawns chairs and blankets to Citizen's Circle with gates opening at 6:30 with Wade Williams opening.
For $30, you can purchase a VIP ticket.
There are so many uses for pumpkins beyond the traditional pies, lattes and carved out decor we usually associate with them. Did you know pumpkins are an great exfoliant? Or that birds love to eat them?
A website called DreamsCloud wants to help you find out what your dreams mean, offering analysis within 24 hours of the description of your dream that you upload to the site or mobile app. A team of experts, including licensed psychologists, social workers and life coaches, combine their expertise to provide the free dream analyses, called "reflections," to users. Robert L. Van de Castle, who is an adviser to DreamsCloud, told Yahoo News, "My life mission is to get people executed about dreams. It's our one common language." Van de Castle notes, however, that the dream reflections aren't scientific.
I'm in a spilling all the secrets mode today! :)
Besides posting secret restaurant recipes, I also found how you can book a cruise for as much as 82% off the regular price. As you would imagine, cruise ships set sail regardless of they are sold out. But the cruise companies don't want empty cabins. So the offer them at deep discounts if you are flexible with your dates.
But don't look for these discounts on their main web sites. I mean how would you feel if you paid full price only to see the same deal you got is being offered for significantly less. So the big cruise ship companies use third party web sits to sell remaining inventory weeks, if not days, before it set to sail.
Yesterday I alerted you that we're about 8 weeks (and 3 paychecks) away from Christmas. But that doesn't mean you have to miss out on all your favorite restaurant foods and settle for a cold ham sandwich. The Food Network scientists (or spies) have spotted 30 secret restaurant recipes of our favorite foods, TGIF's Green Bean fries, Olive Garden's breadsticks and Chick-Fil-A's chicken sandwich. So go ahead and save a few bucks and never lose your tastes for the finer things in life :)
I know what you're saying, it's way too early for Christmas! Although I agree in principle, the reality is we are 8 weeks out and 3 paychecks away from the big day. So here are some practical ideas on how to have a merrier Christmas without break the bank! You can click here for the complete article from MainStreet.com.
Instead of giving $20 each to a dozen relatives, why not get together with other relatives to do one special thing? If someone is in nursing care, and you all gather around them with a big screen for the home, that's a big deal. Sharing the burden can bring a soldier relative home for the holidays.
Giving time and money to a local charity – especially time – and making that the heart of a heartfelt Christmas letter teaches your kids a valuable lesson and can keep spirits high no matter how bad your year was.
Secret Santa is designed to be a money-saver. But instead of buying a lot of small gifts get together with your family on one great gift for one special person. You'll save money and probably get something you really like in return.
Shop year-round. When you find a great bargain, something you can't personally use, buy it. Put it away and when it's time to do your Christmas list, wrap it up for someone special. It's the "reverse lay-away."
Try high-end yard sales. Sites like EstatesSales.Net and EstateSales.Org offer listings and e-mails. Some folks even pre-shop the sales and send out e-mails with pictures of the best stuff. Christmas lets you turn your hobby into something almost profitable.
Zombie weddings are on the rise, no pun intended. A recent study conducted by wedding website TheKnot found that 24-percent of couples threw a theme wedding in 2012, and it seems many of them were horror themed. Diane Forden, Editor-in-Chief of Bridal Guide magazine says, "Couples don't feel as bound to tradition as they once did and are more likely to incorporate personalized themes that reflect their joint interests." She says other reasons couples may throw themed weddings may be a feeling of competition with other couples, or because of finances. Forden says when the recession hit the wedding industry experienced a huge do-it-yourself movement, which made weddings more unique. Forden says, "The zombie trend, for examples, may be a natural extension of creating a unique wedding," but she cautions against bloody costumes for your wedding saying, "In your golden years, do you really want to flip through your wedding album and see blood?"
Have you ever tried to quit smoking? NBC News reports that new research finds that tobacco addicts are most likely to think about quitting on a Monday. To find this, a team of researchers analyzed weekly Google search terms, and found that the volume of stop-smoking searches was about 25-percent higher on Mondays than on the rest of the days of the week. Researchers say the findings are important because previously it was believed that the impulse to quite smoking was random or chaotic, and with the new knowledge public health campaigns and stop-smoking efforts could direct more of their resources toward the beginning of the week and have better results.
Times are changing for tobacco farmers. As more people ditch the tobacco habit farmers were left wondering what they could grow in its place. The answer is Stevia, a South American plant which is 300 times sweeter than sugar and contains no calories! Click here for the rest of the story.
I stumbled upon this blog post that caught my attention. How many times have you called your credit card company to request a lower APR? Or for an increase to your credit limit? How successful have they been? Come to find out there are unpublished phone numbers to departments at your credit card issuer with more power than customer service to lower your APR, increase your credit limit, etc.! Click here for the link and give it a try. Nothing is guaranteed but it worth a shot!
The Ocala Star-Bannerreports that Interfaith Emergency Services food bank & the Salvation Army's Center of Hope food bank are desperately low and monetary donations are running $60,000 behind last year. "We are also having to buy food," said Maj. George Patterson, the commander of the Salvation Army in Marion County. "Donations of food, as well as the cash side, are down." Karla Grimsley, Interfaith's executive director, said the situation is even more desperate than it was in 2011. Any donation of non-perishable items would be greatly appreciated!
If you're someone who hits the snooze button when your alarm goes off every morning, trying to eke out just a few more minutes of sleep, it's time to end the habit. The Week cites an essay in Pacific Standard that says of the snooze button: "Not only do we delay the start of our days, but we compromise the very sleep we are trying to steal. . . . When we hear the first sound of the alarm, our bodies release adrenaline and cortisol, hormones that wake us, interrupting our natural sleep cycle to make us alert. Surrendering to the temptation of the snooze erases that hormonal surge: Our bodies try to reenter the deeper periods of sleep. Only those restorative levels of sleep take a lot longer than nine minutes to enter, so every snooze confuses our bodies even more." The essay argues, in fact, that "snooze sleep" is worse than not getting any extra sleep because it throws off your circadian rhythms and you'll actually feel groggier than if you'd just gotten up naturally.
A true story of sportsmanship and a glimmer of hope in humanity! Noah VanVooren wraps up his senior high school year as the Little Chute, Wisconsin waterboy for the Mustang's football team. Noah was born with Downs Syndrome but that hasn't stopped him from being the true spirit of the team. So for the last game of the year, his team mates had a surprise for him.
After more than a decade on top, silver is no longer the world's most popular car color, according to PPG Industries, the leading supplier of automotive paints, which says it's been passed by white. PPG said 25 percent of the vehicles it supplied in the 2013 model year were white, up three percent from the previous year. Silver and black tied for second, at 18 percent each. PPG's Jane Harrington, the manager of automotive color styling, and her team determine color trends by watching fashion, architectural paint colors and other predictors. She believes more deep jewel tones are coming and more earthy metallics, like reddish orange.
In addition to all the pumpkin-flavored items this time of year, consider having some fun with the kids and making mini Scream mask pizzas! They are adorable and easy! Click here for the recipe from SheKnows.com!
Santa may be waiting a bit longer to do his Christmas shopping. NBC's Today Show reports that You may have noticed big retailers recently their "hot toy" lists, and you should ignore them, for now. Mark LoCastro, public relations manage at DealNews.com says stores release these lists well ahead of the holiday season to "create a sense of urgency that these toys may not be available later on." DealNews did some research and says that toy prices will be lowest during the first two weeks of December, and that items on the "hot toys" list dropped by as much as 27-percent during the first two weeks of December. Edgar Dworsky, founder of Consumerworld.org says, "It's almost impossible to snag the absolute lowest price because prices are not totally predictable. If you shop a store that has a good price-matching guarantee or you use a credit card that has a price-guarantee feature, you're protected if the price drops after Black Friday."
Now I've heard everything! The Huffington Posts reports that a Japanese pet supply company has created a wine exclusively for cats. B&H Life is selling the wine made for cats. The wine is called "Nyan Nyan Nouveau" (nyan is Japanese for meow) and doesn't actually contain any alcohol. The drink is made of grape juice, Vitamin C and catnip. The wine costs $4. The concept was created because customers wanted to celebrate holidays with their cats
Men's Health reports that you're not alone if you think Sunday's are depressing. New research out of Canada finds that compared to 30 years ago, people now spend nearly twice as much time on Sundays on job-related work. Additionally, data collected from more than 50-thousand people revealed that time spent doing household chores, taking care of kids, and shopping increased from 2.9 hours to four hours each Sunday. At the same time the data reveals people are spending less time doing leisurely activities on Sundays such as socializing with friends, reading, watching TV. Turns out Sunday is no longer a day of rest, but researchers say doing your tasks in the morning and saving afternoons and evenings for relaxing is a good way to balance the day.
Get ready for this one! There is a growing trend in weight loss involving a corset....I kid you not! Celebrities like Jessica Alba are singing the praises of lacing up to shrink the waist, and a number of doctors are even recommending it. Beverly Hills-based Dr Alexander Sinclair told ABC News that by being strapped into the device for three to five hours a day (before eventually working up to 12 hours a day), some of his patients have lost six inches from their waistline. You can read the rest of the story by clicking here.
1. Keep your bananas bangin’, not browning: You might already wrap the entire bunch of bananas in plastic wrap at the stem, but separating each piece of fruit and then wrapping the stems will keep them fresher. The wrap keeps the fruit’s ethylene gas from browning and ripening bananas and any other fruit nearby. This will slow down that process a wee bit.
2. Freezer burn no more aka The Moment Your Life Changed: For ice cream, trim the tub as the level of ice cream goes down. That will help keep freezer burn at bay, as it’s the extra air in the container that provides a nice place for the crystals to set up shop.
3. Talking tomatoes: Store tomatoes stem down at room temperature. This way, less air and moisture will enter the tomato’s scar and gives it a little extra stamina.
4. Potatoes and apples are BFFs: Keeping your potatoes with the apples will help prevent early sprouting — that same ethylene gas that ripens bananas will put a damper on potato sprouts.
5. Nobody likes brown guacamole: Drizzle a thin layer of water over leftover guacamole to provide a barrier against oxygen. I also keep the avocado pit in the container, a trick learned that’s always done wonders.
Wedding crashers used to just show up, uninvited to weddings, but now they're doing something different. Rising hotel costs means more people are trying to get the discounts at hotels, even if that means claiming they're guests of a wedding they're not invited to. People searching out the wedding block rates simply type "wedding block" into google and then look at couple's wedding webistes with often include guest information and special codes to book rooms. Experts say hotels aren't overly concerned about crashers since it's better to sell a room than have it go empty, which unfortunately means it's up to the couple to catch the liars. Alan Fiels, co-autho of "Bridal Bargains" says that couples who are offering guest a room block to check to see who has booked, especially if the block is close to selling out, because if an interloper takes a spot one of your guests should have your guest will end up paying a higher rate.
Holding a job once in work cubicle land I know there are some setbacks to the configuration. Namely noisy co-workers. Those one's who talk loudly when you are on the phone, burn popcorn in the office microwave and keeps repeating a song over and over on the computer. How can you quiet that person while maintaining a healthy working relationship? Click here for the story!
New research finds that happiness can be found in rewarding relationships, not material wealth. The research comes from Sweden, and researchers arrived at their conclusion by analyzing articles in Swedish newspapers for words that occurred most often in the same articles that contained the Swedish word for happiness. The study found that terms such as "grandmother" and personal pronouns such as "you", "me", "us", and "them"were most often in the same articles as "happiness." Resaerchers say this shows a collective perception among members of society as to what should make us happy. One researcher says, "Just as the Beatles sang, most people understand that money can't buy you happiness or love."
October could very well be known as the month of Pumpkins! Not only is there a pumpkin-flavored everything, there are sports that use pumpkins in play! From bowling to chunkin', there's a pumpkin-themedsport for you!
It seems many brides are trying to get married on a Tuesday in fall-- percisely November 12th which will be 11/12/13. Brian Beitler, executive vice president of David's Bridal predicts that about "2,300 weddings will take place on 11/12/13, compared to a little over 350 that took place last year." Numerologist Julian Michael says it's about the numbers more than the dates, "If you look at 11/12/13, the number 11 is really significant. You see it everywhere and some people who believe its connection to angels make a wish whenever they see it." One psychologist notes that "Numbers like this ignite our superstitions and our search for meaning. People think we must be special if we're the only generation to ever see this sequential date, right?
It's hard not to notice the popularity of earbuds. Every day when I'm at the gym, I see those familiar white cords streaming down from the ear. The alarming problem is that many people have the volume set too loud. It's apparent to me this when I'm next to a guy or girl at the gym and I can hear their music clear enough to know the song! At what level is loud noise damaging to our hearing? Typically at 85 decibels, about the level of a hair dryer or a food processor. Compared to traditional-style headphones that rest over the ear, earbuds can have a higher output level of sound by about 7-9 decibels. An audiologist at Wichita State University who pulled earbuds off students to find out how loud their music was discovered that most students were listening to music at 110-120 decibels, well over the recommended volume. At that level, loud noise can cause permanent hearing loss after just an hour and 15 minutes. With numbers like these, it’s no wonder that the number of teens with hearing loss has jumped 33 percent since 1994, according to a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association.
Best-selling author Tom Clancy, whose Cold war thrillers made him the premier military novelist of his time, died on Tuesday (October 1st) in Baltimore. He was 66. Clancy's attorney said he'd died after a brief illness, with no other cause of death given. Several of Clancy's best-sellers, including The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger were later made into hit movies, and another film based on his CIA hero, Jack Ryan, is due out on Christmas. In addition to his military fiction, Clancy also wrote military fact -- nonfiction works on the military -- and even went into the field of video games.
Lets face it, no one likes cleaning the bathroom. Not to mention the shower! Now bachelor logic dictates the shower stays clean because you are getting clean yourself while in the shower. Not true of course but what can you use to clean without resorting to toxic chemicals and pricey gadgets? Sayward Rebhal of Networx.com came up with a pretty easy and cheap recipe.
It’s a simple solution made from time-tested “green” cleaning products. Here’s the recipe:
1 cup water
1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide
1/2 cup vinegar
1 teaspoon castile soap
optional: essential oil for scent, 20 drops
In a large non-metal mixing bowl, combine the water and castile soap and whisk until the soap is dissolved. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. This DIY solution can be used as a refill in an existing contraption, like an automatic shower cleaner. But it can also be added to an empty spray bottle, and applied manually. It’s meant to be used daily, after the shower, and there’s no need to rinse it off. Just spray it, leave it, and forget it.
It's hard to believe it but Thanksgiving and Christmas are a couple months away. So if you are planning to travel by air, here are some important dates on when to get the lowest price. Rick Seaney, CEO of FareCompare says that the prices of flight in fall usually take a dip because kids are back at school, and airlines stuggle to fill seats on plane between summer and the start of the holiday season. Seaney says between October and the first few weeks of November flights are cheap, and this time is called the "dead zone." The other dead zone occurs between a few days after Thanksgiving and continues through mid December or so. Seaney warns be careful of buying tickets too close to Thanksgiving as demand is much higher and therefore prices are higher too. Seaney says the most expensive days to fly are the day before Thanksgiving (November 27th) and the Sunday after Thanksgiving (December 1st). If you must fly for Thanksgiving, consider flying on Thanksgiving itself and you'll save a time at the airport and money.
October 1 begins Breast Cancer Awareness Month and besides allthe pink you'll see, the Food and Drug Administration has recently approved the first-ever pre-surgical use of a drug called pertuzumab. According to the clinical trial results, about 39% of those who received the triple play of pertuzumab, Herceptin and chemo were found to have no invasive cancer in the breast of lymph nodes. By comparison, only 21% of patients who received Herceptin plus chemo reached this same state. Click here to read the entire article.
A skin cancer drug that first came on the market two years ago is being hailed as a "major breakthrough" after new findings that show patients with advanced melanoma may now survive up to 10 years longer than before by taking it, much longer than originally anticipated. The drug, called ipilimumab, which is sold in the U.S. as Yervoy, is an antibody that activates the immune system to fight the skin cancer. Melanoma is the deadliest type of skin cancer, and although it's almost always curable if found and treated early, it can spread to other parts of the body, and then becomes almost always fatal, with most patients living less than 18 months after diagnosis. Although the new drug is far outperforming expectations, it doesn't work for everyone, with about a 20 percent chance or greater that it will have no effect on a patient.
Lets face it, waking up kids in the morning is not an easy task! I remember my mother turning on the overhead light in an effort to get me to roll out of bed. Instead I just ducked my head under the covers.....yeah, she REALLY loved that!
A new chapter in the American story begins tomorrow with the open enrollment of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare as it is commonly known. Although it is a hot button of political talk and there are passionate opinions on both sides, I only wanted to share with you the official web site.
Experts warn to only use the official government website and not an alternative link because of the scam risks. So here is the web site:
I just went through it and had a few questions to ask and it is pretty straightforward. Of course nothing about the costs for coverage are posted yet. The wegb site says it will be up and running October 1.
A study by workplace consulting firm Kimberly-Clark Professional revealed that nearly 60 percent of employees go to work when they're sick, and 30 percent of those sick workers said they do so because they are too important to their business's operation to stay home. So how can you keep the flu out of your workspace? Click here for the story.
Did you know that colored mashed potatoes are used as ice cream in ice cream ads? Or that glue is used as milk in cereal ads? How about motor oil used as maple syrup being poured over pancakes? These are visual ricks used by advertisers for years! Take a look at what other tricks are being used in the trade!
First the Twinkee was resurrected and now it appears Wonder Bread is heading back to store shelves. Flowers Foods bought the Wonder Bread brand from Hostess earlier this year and is returning it and three other brands to grocery stores across the country, including Merita, Home Pride and Butternut bread brands. Now what about that burning question we all want to know, will it taste the same as the smushy white stuff of memory? Read the rest of the article by clicking here
When the final bell of the school day rings, what will the kids do to keep them entertained? yes, there is homework but check out these fun after school activities that every kid will love! Click here to find out!
The Ocala Star-Banner reports that The Friends of Rainbow Springs are searching for volunteers to help upkeep Rainbow Springs State Park. Lovers of the outdoors and our state parks can help run the concessions stands, help decorate for the Santa Over The Rainbow festival, Art In The Park, Dark Side of the Rainbow Halloween event and more. To volunteer call 465-8555.
Some good news for Ameica! A new survey out yesterday showed a big increase in recent months in the number of companies considering bringing production back to the U.S. from China, CNNMoney.com reports. Boston Consulting Group said its survey found most large American companies now plan to move some production to the U.S. or are actively considering doing so. The number of firms that have shifted manufacturing back to America or will do so in the next two years has nearly doubled over the past 18 months. The survey found the main drivers of the trend are labor costs, product quality, and a desire to be closer to customers. Lower energy prices and declining labor costs have made America a cheaper place to manufacture goods, while China is seeing rising wage costs and an impending labor shortage.
It's amazing what we will tolerate for youthful skin. A few years ago it was a bird poo facial and now the growing trend involves slimy snails! The snail facial all started in a Tokyo spa. During the procedure, an esthetician places live snails on the face of the client, whereby they distribute their mucus to remove dead skin cells and, somehow, improve the skin’s ability to hydrate. But does it work? Read the article by clicking here.
Bathroom wipes are being blamed for creating clogs in sewer systems around the country, with an increase in the problem roughly coinciding with the growing popularity of the pre-moistened towelettes over the past four years. Wastewater authorities say that even though many of the wipes are labeled as flushable, they aren't breaking down as they go through the sewer system, which is costing municipalities millions of dollars as they have to deal with clogs and replace and upgrade machinery. Manufacturers contend that flushable wipes aren't the problem, saying instead that it's adults using baby wipes and other cleaning wipes that are labeled non-flushable. AP cited a trade group as saying sales of bathroom wipes have increased nearly five percent a year since 2007, and they're now a $6 billion-a-year industry.
Who won what award last night at The Emmys? Here is a rundown of the winners:
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series - Tony Hale, Veep
Outstanding Writer for a Comedy Series - Tina Fey and Tracey Wigfield, 30 Rock
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Merritt Weaver, Nurse Jackie
Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series - Gail Mancuso, Modern Family
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series - Jim Parsons, Big Bang Theory
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Outstanding Reality Competition Program - The Voice
Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program - Heidi Klum & Tim Gunn, Project Runway
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series - Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series - Henry Bromell (deceased), Homeland
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Bobby Cannavale, Boardwalk Empire
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series - David Fincher, House Of Cards
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Jeff Daniels, Newsroom
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series - Claire Danes, Homeland
Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special - The Colbert Report
Outstanding Directing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special - Don Roy King, Saturday Night Live
Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series - The Colbert Report
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie - Ellen Burstyn, Political Animals
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie - James Cromwell, American Horror Story: Asylum
Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special - Abi Morgan, The Hour
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie - Laura Linney, The Big C
Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special - Steven Soderbergh, Behind the Candelabra
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie - Michael Douglas, Behind The Candelabra
Outstanding Miniseries or TV Movie - Behind The Candelabra
Outstanding Drama Series - Breaking Bad
Outstanding Comedy Series - Modern Family
Outstanding Choreography - Derek Hough, Dancing With The Stars
Outstanding Animated Program - South Park
Outstanding Reality Program - Undercover Boss
For immigrants to the United States, taking the citizenship test is one of the most difficult and stressful events of their lives. Yet for many naturally-born Americans, knowing how many Senators are elected from each state is trivial. If you were seeking citizenship, do you think you could pass the U.S. Citizenship Test? Find out by answering some of these questions.
Fans (including myself) of The Walking Dead series on AMC TV will be happy to know that the network is working on a companion series to the zombie drama. No firm date of when this project will hit the small screen but the "Walking Dead" comics creator Robert Kirkman and executive producers of the TV show Gale Anne Hurd and Dave Alpert are all on board! Season 4 returns October 13th
I don't think there is a soul alive who doesn't know where they were when they heard and saw planes crash into the WTC and the collapse of the towers. It a day that changed us all. What I can' believe are the numerous companies and businesses who use the 9/11 anniversary for profit and promotion! Newspapers subscriptions, golf courses, fast food chains and even sports teams, companies and businesses thought it a fitting tribute to the thousands of Americans who lost their lives to promote their business and push sales. Click on the links bellow for a slew of poor taste commemorations. Be forewarned, it will make you angry.
Workers in the service industry and customers pay attention, recent changes to IRS rules may make the automatic charge of 18% gratuity for large groups a thing of the past. As you would expect, it isn't a good thing for waitstaff.
Deep friend Twinkles, Oreos, Kool-Aid and now soup? Yes, seems there is no limit to what can be deep fried! It appears the nation of Japan is in the midst of an all-out fad fit over a creamy corn potage. It’s the trend du jour there and KFC has developed a way to deep fly it...for a limited time!
Once considered unsafe, experts now say using a mobile phone app to access your bank accounts is safer than using a PC. As long as you are using an encrypted Wi-Fi or a cellular data connection. Read the rest of the story by clicking here.
I don't think it would be a stretch in saying just about everyone with an email account has received the "Nigerian Prince" email scam. You know the one about a rich Nigerian Prince with millions of dollars needs your bank account info to transfer money so he can get it out of Nigeria and you get a portion. Well quite possibly the oldest scam in the world may become extinct.
OK Bookworms, blog site Squidoo.com, writer James Chapman and host of "A Passion for Writing," did the research to compile the list of the most-read books in the world, and the result is fascinating.
The top 10 most-read books in the world:
1. The Bible
Consisting of the Old Testament and New Testament, the Bible is a canonical collection of texts considered sacred in Judaism and Christianity as it is believed to be the Word of God.
2. "Quotations From Chairman Mao Tse-tung," by Mao Tse-tung
This collection of selected statements from speeches and writings of the former leader of the Chinese Communist Party was published from 1964 to 1976 and widely distributed during the Cultural Revolution.
3. "Harry Potter," by J.K. Rowling
This collection of seven fantasy novels chronicles the adventures of a wizard named Harry Potter and his friends Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger, all of whom are students at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
4. "Lord of the Rings," by J.R.R. Tolkien
This epic high fantasy novel in three volumes tells the story of the Dark Lord Sauron, who created the One Ring in an earlier age in order to rule the other Rings of Power as the ultimate weapon in his campaign to conquer and rule all of Middle-earth.
5. "The Alchemist," by Paulo Coelho
This 1988 allegorical novel was originally written in Portuguese and later translated into more than 55 languages. It tells the story young of an Andalusian shepherd named Santiago and his adventures in Egypt, to which he travels after having a recurring dream of finding treasure.
6. "The Da Vinci Code," by Dan Brown
This 2003 mystery-detective novel follows symbologist Robert Langdon and cryptologist Sophie Neveu as they investigate a murder in Paris's Louvre Museum.
7. "Twilight: The Saga," by Stephanie Meyer
A four-book fantasy series that includes "Twilight," "New Moon, "Eclipse" and "Breaking Dawn," this is a romantic and suspenseful story that captures the struggle between defying our instincts and satisfying our desires. Oh, and vampires. Lots of vampires.
8. "Gone With the Wind," by Margaret Mitchell
First published in 1936, this historical novel is set in Clayton County, Georgia and the city of Atlanta during the American Civil War and Reconstruction and tells the story of Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler. As the spoiled daughter of a well-to-do plantation owner, Scarlett must use every means at her disposal to come out of the poverty she finds herself in after Sherman's "March to the Sea."
9. "Think and Grow Rich" by Napoleon Hill
This 1937 motivational and self-help book espouses a philosophy that can be used to help people succeed in all lines of work to do or be almost anything they want.
10. "The Diary of Anne Frank," by Anne Frank
Written from June 14, 1942 to August 1, 1944 and published in 1947, this is the diary kept by Anne Frank while she was in hiding for two years with her family during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands.
I can remember when I sent the last payment to Sallie Mae and basking in the glow of FINALLY paying off my student loans! Fortunately my school was too expensive (or prestigious) as many friends of mine who are saddled with $40,000+ in education loans that must be repaid within 10 years. I stumbled across this article about student loan forgiveness and that nearly 33 millions of Americans could be eligible but do not take advantage of several forgiveness programs! Teachers, soldiers, firefighters, policeman, doctors and nurses could potentially be missing out on the government paying off their loans. Read the article by clicking here.
I read this blog post from Kimi Davis and thought it made much sense in how your child can develop a palate to eating a diverse group of foods. In short, it found that what a mother eats in her pregnancy and while breastfeeding can greatly impact if your child is a picky eater or not. Read about it by clicking here.
Even as I grow older, and supposedly wiser, I can not tell you how my FICO credit score is truly determined. I know it is based on my payment history, number of accounts and debt but as I check my score month to month it goes up and down and differs from once reporting agency to another. Now there is a growing trend of credit companies using your social media accounts to determine your credit worthiness! Yes, the people you interact with on Facebook and twitter could possibly impact your FICO score! And it isn't just those sites, Amazon, EBay and other online shopping pages are being used my a few companies to determine if they want to lend you credit or not!
The kids are back in school and the college football season starts this weekend. Although the weather doesn't yet reflect it, autumn is on the way! Time to think about your fall vegetable garden that includes onions, radishes and lettuce. Click here for a professional's guide to fall gardening.
Not one of the classiest post ever but an important subject to talk about. Clay cat litter is not a big friend of the environment and potentially bad for your cat's health. It is generally stripped mined used clumping clay cat litter never biodegrades in the landfill. Clay litter contains silica, which is a known carcinogen when inhaled. Clumping clay litter contains sodium bentonite which expands to 15 times its volume and forms an insoluble mass when it contacts liquid. It does the same thing when cats ingest it as they groom themselves after using the litter box.
So here's a look at green cat litter. The pros and cons:
What are green litters?
Green cat litters are made using natural ingredients, such as pine sawdust, cedar sawdust, corncob litter, wheat husks and silica gel pearls or crystals. There are even litters made using recycled paper, such as Yesterday's News cat litter.
While eco-friendly kitty litters are nicer to the environment, not all of them are an ideal choice for your pet, according to Dr. Justine Lee, chief veterinarian and pet expert for Wayfair. Some of them are less dusty, while others simply contain fewer chemicals — but you might have to try several brands and types to find which one fits your lifestyle.
All about kitty
Before you make the jump to a new product, remember that your cat might not be as excited as you are about the switch. And if your cat doesn't like the litter, he might end up urinating somewhere else in the house instead.
Ready to give it a try anyway? Lee recommends doing it gradually. "Cats do not tolerate sudden changes as they are creatures of habit," she says.
Keep in mind that many green litters (like newspaper and sawdust) don't clump, so you'll have to replace the litter more often, which can get expensive. If you buy a litter that does not absorb moisture well and the bottom of the tray stays wet and foul, your cat is less likely to go in frequently, according to Lee. "Cats that go into the litter box less often are more likely to develop signs of feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD)," Lee says. The answer? Keep your eyes open when switching litters to make sure things go smoothly.
What's that smell?
For all the good things about green cat litters, there's one thing you won't get from them... great odor control. That's because the odor control in most cat litter comes from the addition of synthetic chemicals that eco-friendly litters don't have.
The solution? Scoop daily. If you have several cats, multiple litter boxes might be the answer — so the litter stays clean for longer. You can also add some baking soda to the litter box to help absorb the odor. Some green litters, like those made from pine, have a natural scent that will help mask other odors and make them a better choice if odor control is really important to you.
Thank you all who dined at IHOP's in Gainesville and Ocala Saturday! 10% of your bill will be donated to Chris Malone's Miracle Money Makers for the 2013 Radiothon for Kids! Here is a snapshot of what happened at the S. Pine Ave IHOP in Ocala.
Joan and her staff at the IHOP on S. Pine Ave welcomed 98.5 KTK with open arms! They were excited for the day to begin!
My Team's Co-Captain, Caitlyn Dunning, was hosting the event at the SR 200 IHOP in Ocala.
IHOP was filling up fast as customers happily ordered breakfast. I suggested that since 10% of their bill was going to help CMN kids to order extra...like an extra side of bacon!
It's so nice to see kids donating money to CMN! In exchange, they were able to fill a balloon to show their pride in helping other kids!
Overall it was a great event for us all. A special thank you to IHOP Restaurants, who made today possible. I like to think that we all have given a little cash and a a lot of hope to the hundreds of children and their families of Shands patients, kids currently at the hospital and those we have lost. I sincerely thank you all for participating! It means so much to me!
A report shows that men are 70 percent more likely to die from malignant melanoma , the most serious type of skin cancer, than women. This despite that the incidence of diagnosis is roughly the same for men and women, 17.2 men compared to 17.3 women per 100,000. So it's not that men get skin cancer more often than women, but that they die from it more often. Why? Click here for the story.
Thankfully most of my voice is back! Thank you all so much for your calls and notes of concern. I truly feel fine...it's just my voice...and being without a voice when you work at a radio station is a frustrating thing!
Can a marriage be like a lease? Or perhaps a better question: Should a marriage be like a lease?
Alright KTK family, here's is your chance to help the kids at Shands while enjoying a delicious breakfast! Ocala Eye & Malone's Miracle Money Makers invite you this Saturday (8/24), between 6am and 12 noon to either IHOP locations Ocala and in Gainesville as 10% of your bill will be donated to our upcoming Radiothon for Kids, benefiting the children and families of UF Health Shands Children's Hospital! I will be at the S. Pine Avnue restaurant in Ocala, my team co-captrain, Caitlyn Dunning will be at theSR 200 location and represenitives from CMN will be at the Gainesville store.
Choose either location & click on it for directions:
I noticed that my voice was getting hoarse Saturday night at dinner and sure enough I couldn't make a squeak Sunday morning! It's not a good thing when you depend on your voice for you livelihood. SO I'm gargling salt water and resting my vocal chords today. I'll be back as soon as I can and thank you for al your well wishes! :)
Although I am at a loss of the spoken word, I can certainly type and share with you this gem! You know they made a movie based on the board game Battleship, so what other board games could be turned into a Hollywood Blockbuster?
Monopoly is arguably the most popular game in the world. There are hundreds of themed editions. Everything from "I Love Lucy" Monopoly to FedEx Monopoly. The desire to become insanely wealthy and force your friends into bankruptcy has universal appeal. There are so many directions you could go with a Monopoly movie, but how about a drama about the housing bubble? It's 2006. Geraldine Pennybags has just graduated from college and wants to do something important with her life. But her rich Uncle Pennybags uses his gleaming top hat and jaunty white mustache to seduce her into the family business of glamorous high-end Manhattan real estate. But then 2007 hits and everything starts to go horribly wrong. The whole thing ends on the Atlantic City Boardwalk, the most expensive space in the game.
Enough horror movies have featured Ouija boards over the years. Why not base an entire plot around one? Of course, Ouija boards aren't actually games, although they're packaged and marketed as such. They lack things most games have, like a purpose or rules. But they provide other pleasures. Like playing Hangman with the undead. Or trading one-liners with Dorothy Parker from beyond the grave. Mostly Ouija boards are good for freaking out your friends. Maybe your friends who killed a lonely miner during spring break last year. And now, one by one, they're showing up dead with pickaxes through the head. And the only way to find out the next victim is by spelling their name on the board. But that gives the killer an advantage because you'll all be in the same place at once.
Why are there no college sex romps set at medical school? Not every medical school is Johns Hopkins. There must be one where the residents drink beer right before work and the nurses are impossibly buxom. Nothing says sexual tension while drunk at a dorm party like Twister. And nothing says botched nose job like Operation. So why not combine the two into one crazy mash-up movie? There could be a buzzing sound whenever one of the characters does something wrong. The audience would be encouraged to drink every time it happens. The film could end with an indictment against plastic surgery with a feel-good message about being yourself at any cost. And then everyone shotguns a beer and tries to put their left hand on red when their right hand is all the way over on green.
Children are terrified of cooties, but for some reason they've loved the game Cootie since 1949. To play Cootie, children must assemble a plastic bug from various assorted parts. Whoever completes their bug first wins. The bugs are brightly colored and adorable, not creepy and crawly. The concept's still a little weird, though. Adorable and a little weird are perfect ingredients for a kids movie. Just imagine a super-cute Cootie on the hunt for his one missing leg. Add in a couple of wisecracking Cooties as sidekicks and a pretty pink Cootie for a love interest and you've got a movie. It may not be very sophisticated, but hey, neither is playing Cootie.
Everyone loves a good murder mystery, but Hollywood just doesn't make them anymore. You can see people solving crimes every night of the week on television, but it's much more fun do it at the movies. What's that, you say? Clue is already a movie? Brownie points to you for remembering 1985's "Clue." The film starred Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Lesley Ann Warren, Christopher Lloyd and Michael McKean. The novelty marketing angle was that the movie had three different endings. You didn't know which one you would see when buying your ticket. All three solutions appear on the DVD version. "Clue" is tons of fun and provides a great showcase for six comic actors. It's about high time to combine the board game trend with Hollywood's love of remakes. If only to see Jeff Bridges play Col. Mustard. We saw him doing something very suspicious with lead pipe in the conservatory. Um...wasn't this a movie?
The Game of Life
The title really says it all, doesn't it? Created in 1860 by Milton Bradley, Life was the first board game to become a hit in American homes. In the original version there was actually a square labeled Suicide. Landing on it would end the game immediately. Luckily, the game has gotten a little less macabre in the past 150 years. The recent Hollywood trend is adapting self-help books like "Think Like a Man" or "What to Expect When You're Expecting" and giving them a narrative. The same technique could be applied here. The possibilities with Life are endless.
The Workforce Connection of Citrus, Levy and Marion Counties will hold 3 job fairs Wednesday (8/21), Thursday (8/22) and Friday (8/23) for 250 PT & FT jobs. Burlington Coat Factory, Caregiver Services and Custom Window Systems are hiring. Each are at different locations and have different requirements, so click here to get all the information you need to get one of these jobs!
Ocala Eye presents Malone’s Miracle Money Makers are back for another year of fundraising fun for now our 13th annual Radiothon for Kids to benefit Florida Health Shands Children’s Hospital. Our Radiothon is scheduled for Thursday, September 19th but the fundraising has already begun!
Talk about beauty, personality and dedication! 3 years ago Caitlyn had this persistent pain in her stomach. Being a student at Trinity Catholic High School and a competitive Cheerleader flier (the one launched into the air) she had little time for pain. But as it got worse, mom Christi decided to take her to her pediatrician. Then the simple office visit turned Caitlyn’s life around. She was immediately referred to Shands Children’s Hospital, where Dr. Saleem Islam, through extensive testing, discovered the root of Caitlyn’s pain. Caitlyn had ulcerative colitis, a type of inflammatory bowel disease where the body’s immune system attacks the intestines. Would that slow Caitlyn down? NO! For a year, she received injections of a drug called REMICADE every other month. The medication reduced the symptoms of ulcerative colitis, but it didn’t work as well as Caitlyn had hoped. The only other option was to surgically remove the entire colon, an option that Caitlyn didn’t take lightly. After research, other options and a lot of emotional trauma, Caitlyn had a colectomy 18 months ago. But as I said earlier, nothing seems to slow Caitlyn down! She is doing well, quite well to be honest. She has begun a teen support group of children who have Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis and devotes much of her free time in helping others. Her cheerleading team recently took 2nd place in competition and the 16 year old is learning to drive! Her negative has turned into quite a positive with Caitlyn already planning her premed undergraduate school courses. I am proud to have Caitlyn on my Radiothon team. In the next few weeks, she and I will tell you about events that we’re working on to raise funds. Plus a special day at Gainesville and Ocala IHOP restaurants where you can help!
For instance, "front" vowels made with the tongue forward in the mouth (i and e) bring to mind "small, fast, or sharp" things, while vowels made with the tongue further back in the mouth (o, a, and u) make us think of "larger, heavier" things.
Pretty fascinating stuff so check it out!
My vegetarian friends swear by soy and tofu as a substitute for meat, cheese and fish. Come to find out too much of anything is a bad thing and the same is true with soy and tofu. In fact, unfermented soy contains anti-nutrients, such as phytate, which can literally block your body from absorbing nutrients. Find out more about soy and tofu by clicking here.
In summary, moderation is the key. if you love soy and tofu, aim for the organic kind and use it sparingly.
The most powerful of thew 5 senses, in my opinion, is smell. So what does the smell of your home say about you? Take a look:
People who like the clean scent of lemon often prefer their home to be uncluttered and organized. They prefer white or light-colored furnishings and have a take-charge approach to life. You will find lemon-lovers outside a lot, taking a jog, walking their dog or enjoying a bike ride at sunset. If you are studying for a test or writing a term paper, you want to consider this scent as it was found to improve alertness, relieve stress and reduce keyboard errors by 50%!
This citrus scent attracts people who are whimsical and creative. Even though their house may not always be spotless, it is always warm and inviting – and is often the neighborhood hang-out. If you are feeling stressed or down, you may want to surround yourself with this scent. An Austrian study found that an orange odor gave people a more positive mood and greater sense of calmness.
Those who love this fresh, crisp scent are often nature lovers. They live a green lifestyle and make a point to recycle, avoid plastic and drive a fuel-efficient hybrid car. Their pastimes include gardening, mountain biking and skiing and hitting up their local farmer's market. Their home is often decorated in earth tones, with leather furniture and nature-themed home decor.
The scent of ocean breeze is loved by people who are laid-back and easygoing. They are often pet lovers and treat their animal like a member of the family. In fact, many are huge advocates of animal rights and love searching out and helping to protect endangered species. You will find ocean breeze lovers at a local charity, as they love getting involved in causes that are important to them and giving back. Their home is often decorated in light colors and has a shabby chic feel to it.
Lovers of lavender often have high-stress jobs and they love the relaxing scent of this purple flower. Many are trying to juggle multiple areas of their life, such as a job, family and household responsibilities, and will often unwind at the end of the day with a book and a glass of wine. They love vacationing at a wine vineyard or taking a yoga retreat to help them reconnect. Lavender can be traced back to the Egyptians and Greeks of ancient times and was used for its calming and stress relieving properties.
Those who love a sweet floral scent are often romantics at heart. They have a soft spot for love stories, classic movies and believe wholeheartedly in love at first sight. They often have their home decorated comfortably, with warm colors and lush fabrics. Many lovers of floral scents forge a strong bond with friends and family and are known for their upbeat and caring attitude.
It's no surprise that saving for retirement is becoming a higher priority for us all. But what if you've just started contributing to your 401K Or if you haven't contributed enough? Not to worry because there is a solution that can catch you up. See what that solution is by clicking here for the story!
Almost everyone has the dream of a love that lasts a lifetime. And while it's not the impossible dream, it does take more than white lace and promises to turn it into a reality. Married psychiatrists Philip Lee and Diane Rudolph of New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center offer eight tips on how to keep the flame burning -- even after decades together.
1. Be diplomatic
Instead of screaming and throwing a tantrum about the things that make you upset, praise your partner for doing the things that are helpful to you.
2. Give your partner space
Give yourselves a chance to unwind before tackling the evening's chores. You both need some transition time after work, and once you've had that time you will both be much better listeners and probably more willing to cooperate with each other.
3. Remember the good old days
Almost everyone remembers the "early days" of the relationship as more fun than the present. It's probably because you weren't arguing about how to get to the restaurant, where to sit or how much to drink.
4. Be polite
Try being polite for a week. There's no shame in saying "Thanks for picking up the kids" or "Great looking dinner! Can't wait to try that chicken." While it may seem silly to talk that way to your partner, just remember you would do the same for a business partner, employee or your child.
5. Break the cycle of arguments
You don't have to voice your displeasure about everything. Rather than "expressing yourself" in a negative way, break the cycle of blame and recrimination by treating your spouse more like a friend or co-worker. You wouldn't argue with your coworker about mundane details because you want to have a civil relationship with this person.
6. Never say never
Don't begin sentences with "You never..." As in: "You never clean up after..." "You never take my feelings into account..." "You never think of anyone but yourself..." This places your spouse on the defensive and accomplishes nothing. It is a losing start. Try this instead: "You know what would be really great?" or "It would really help me if you could..."
7. Say "thank you."
Show your appreciation for all the things that your partner does no matter how small or how you may really feel. Something as simple as a "thank you" can make a dramatic difference in your relationship in a matter of weeks. "Thanks for picking up the kids." "Oh, look, the dry cleaning is back. Thanks, honey, for picking it up."
8. Just listen
Try just listening to your partner without offering suggestions, criticism or a solution to his/her problems. Most of the time your spouse just wants you to listen and calmly empathize without saying any more. Even if it seems pointless to you, that's often all that the person needs.
You touch it. Other people touch it. But do you ever clean it? We're talking about everyday items that most people never think to swab down, such as credit cards, ceiling fans and toilet paper holders. The Huffington Post's StyleList assembled a list of the top 10 most dirty, dusty and germy places in your home and how to clean them.
1. Credit/Debit Cards
You're not the only one handling your credit and debit cards. Other people touch them, too - -and who knows when they last washed their hands or what they touched five minutes ago. Even if you only swipe your card and never hand it over, what is lurking inside that card-swipe machine or ATM? Grab some disinfectant wipes and take a minute or two to clean your credit cards. Do let them dry completely before returning them to your wallet.
Your electronics -- from your cell phone to your e-reader--are coated in germs and the level of contamination is horrible. Some studies show cell phones contain 18 times more germs than toilet handles. Swab them down with disinfectant wipes.
3. Toothbrush Holders
Want to see something gross? Take your toothbrush out of the holder and peer inside. Do you see mold? Discoloration? Grime? That could end up in your mouth! Pour a solution of one part bleach and three parts water into the toothbrush holder and let it soak for an hour. Rinse and dry upside down on a dish rack.
4. The Bottom of Throw Rugs
This is easy and fast to do and will help keep your wood floors cleaner for a longer time. When vacuuming, turn over the throw rugs and vacuum the underside.
5. The Top of Large Appliances
They're too tall for you to see it with a step stool, but the top of your refrigerator, stove vents and other big appliances are dusty and grimy on top. Wipe down the surfaces with white vinegar and rinse with a water-lemon mixture. Dry it with a clean cloth. If you can move them, do the same thing with the bottom of the appliances.
6. Ceiling Fans
Pull out a ladder and look at the top of your ceiling fans. Chances are, there is a thick layer of dust on them, which could contain residue particles that resemble mold on ripe fruit. Turn on the fan, and those particles are dispersed throughout the room. To clean the top of the ceiling fan, put two tablespoons of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spritz the solution into an old pillowcase. Insert the pillowcase around the fan blade and drag the bag along the bag's surface. This will collect and clean the dust. Use a clean cloth to clean up anything that remains on the blades.
7. Toilet Roll Holders
When you flush the commode, water inside the toilet bowl is sprayed around the area -- including the toilet roll holder. Disinfect it once a month with a sanitizing wipe or clean it with a bleach and water solution.
8. Box Springs
Ever look underneath your bed? Chances are the box spring is covered in dust. It's easy to clean with a vacuum hose.
9. Light Switches
Bacteria is easily and quickly transferred from person to person in your home just by touching the light switches. Spray rubbing alcohol or an all-purpose cleaner into a clean cloth and wipe the switch and plate until they are clean and grease-free.
10. Salt and Pepper Shakers
When the salt and pepper shakers are empty, clean them in the dishwasher before refilling them. These common household items are known to contain the highest concentrations of germs that cause cold and flu viruses. Between washings, use disinfectant wipes to sanitize the outside surface.
Knowledge is power, and in the case of home energy suckers, you can use your knowledge to power down your energy bills. Check out the U.S. Department of Energy's assessment of the top five energy suckers in your home It's natural to want to feel comfortable in your home; whether it's 30 or 105 degrees outside, chances are it's a comfortable 68 to 72 degrees inside. According to the Department of Energy, heating and cooling account for 54 percent of your home's energy costs. To keep your monthly bills from getting out of hand, try the following:
Install a programmable thermostat to prevent the heater or AC from running when you're away from home.
Seal your windows and doors to ensure there are no air leaks.
Increase your wall and ceiling insulation to help maintain a comfortable temperature, and see whether it's time to upgrade your doors and windows with Energy Star types.
Having hot water on demand accounts for 18 percent of your total energy bill. Long, hot showers definitely account for part of the problem, but washing your clothes in hot water is a big drain, too.
Keep your showers short.
Ditch hot-water laundering altogether. Opt for cold-water washing with cold-water detergents.
Look into switching out your old washing machine for an Energy Star appliance. These use significantly less water, which saves even more energy.
Large Kitchen Appliances
When combined, your cooking and refrigeration costs account for eight percent of your total household energy drain.
Ditch your old-school appliances and invest in an Energy Star oven, stove and fridge.
Keep your freezer stocked and your fridge moderately filled. Frozen goods help keep the freezer cold, but overstuffing the fridge actually increases energy usage.
Think about all the computers, electronics and small electrical appliances you have in your home: TVs, DVD players, cell phones, microwaves, toasters, coffeemakers and more. Even if they're not in use, plugged-in electronics draw electricity, accounting for roughly six percent of your total home energy costs.
Unplug appliances when they're not in use, or plug them into a power strip with an "off" switch.
Look into solar-powered charging docks for your personal electronics.
When you're in the market for new appliances, look for Energy Star models.
If possible, switch to battery-operated mixers, coffee grinders and other electronic kitchen tools. With the efficiency of today's rechargeable batteries, you could end up saving a lot over the course of their lifetimes.
Lighting also accounts for about six percent of your home's energy costs.
Be environmentally responsible and switch from incandescent and CFL bulbs to LED. LED bulbs can provide light for up to 50,000 hours -- roughly eight to 10 years.
Solar lighting options have made great strides, so consider replacing your exterior lights with solar-powered versions.
Turn the lights off! There's no need for light when nobody's home.
Time to be extra hip and impress your friends. Check out these fast food items that you'll never find on the menu but exists! For instance, did you know you could order a Neapolitan milkshake at McDonalds & Burger King? Or that Taco Bell has a secret green chili sauce that is delicious? See what else is out there not on the menu by clicking here!
It's only after being older that I can look back with wisdom and say that I wished I'd made better food choices in my life. Being a teen generally means you can eat anything in the house and it's never quite enough. So how can you make those food choices become healthy ones?
You can tell school will be starting soon because this weekend, you can purchase many back to school items without paying Florida sales tax.
Florida's BTS Sales Tax Holiday begins tomorrow (Friday, 8/2/13) at 12:01am through 11:59pm Sunday (8/4/13) and new to the sales tax exemptions this year are personal computers and certain related accessories.
Congress agreed to lower interest rates for student loans and President Obama is expected to sign today or tomorrow. Under the new plan, Undergraduates this fall would borrow at a 3.9 percent interest rate for subsidized and unsubsidized loans. Graduate students would have access to loans at 5.4 percent, and parents would borrow at 6.4 percent. The rates would be locked in for that year's loan, but each year's loan could be more expensive than the last. Rates would rise as the economy picks up and it becomes more expensive for the government to borrow money.
Most of us have been guilty of snapping a quick picture of a food item and posting it online. A great meal, beautiful vegetable or sinfully delicious chocolate cake. So here are tips from the pros on how to make those pictures even better.
We've come a long way in the world on sunscreens. A while ago A friend introduced me to a pump action sunscreen. Wow! What a wonderful invention; especially when self-applying to your back! Then comes the aerosol spray which takes sunscreen to the new level of ease. i love this stuff and it doesn't leave you feeling oily. But are they effective and safe? Click on this link to read an article that explores sunscreen.
Did you know that what you typically put on your plate speaks volumes about your personality? Discover what your choices mean by completing this quiz and find out more about you:
Your typical breakfast is:
Hot cereal with blueberries.
An English muffin.
Eggs and toast.
Your favorite sauce over pasta is:
Garlic and olive oil.
You eat most of your food:
By munching throughout the day.
When you're nervous, you tend to eat:
Nuts, chips or fruit.
Candy, cake or cookies.
Mostly "a" - You're a practical person who opts for good nutrition that tastes delicious, too. You're also quite confident in the kitchen your favorite room in the house where you prepare innovative recipes for family and friends.
Mostly "b" - You're so energetic and open to new things that your food choices are an eclectic mix. You're more concerned with enjoying yourself than worrying about consequences. You figure pleasing your palate is worth some extra exercise.
Mostly "c" - You're wise enough to eat nutritious foods while feeling no guilt over an occasional indulgence. Being so conscious of what it takes to stay healthy makes you a happy person who's less likely to ever become overweight.
It's hard to believe we are a little over two weeks away from the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year. (August 19) As time flies by don't let opportunities to make memories with your kids pass you by. Check out these 25 fun family activities to do before the end of summer. Some great thought-starters and are way easy and sound really fun!
Love Pandas? There's a channel for that! Internet users will be able to watch live broadcasts of giant pandas living in China next month. The "Giant Panda Channel" or ipanda.com will give users around the clock access to the cameras in the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. The online television station has already attracted 15,000 users
It's Monday, so let's find out something about yourself. Did you know that the pasta you crave reveals your personality. Oh yeah, what you love to eat isn't solely determined by your taste buds. In fact, the kinds of foods you crave are directly related to what you want out of life. In particular the type of pasta you most like to sink your teeth into is a tell-tale indicator, says leading food expert Chef Joseph Bonanno.
You have a quick wit and high intelligence, and there is nothing you like better than a challenge. People in your circle look to you when they have a problem to solve. You possess superior organizational skills that you use to keep your household running smoothly while getting high marks from a demanding boss for your competence and expertise on the job.
Spaghetti and Meatballs
There's nothing you desire more than spending most your time with your family. Your job is important simply because it provides the money you need to support your loved ones. They are the center of your universe, and the strong bonds you have with your family give you the self-confidence you need to meet any challenge.
You appreciate the finer things in life, and you're willing to work hard to get them. A veteran shopper, you manage to find the most amazing bargains, and both friends and family appreciate your generosity -- you have the best taste in gifts. You also have the ability to stick to a strict budget in order to save enough cash for that special indulgence.
Macaroni and Cheese
You've never lost the wide-eyed wonder you had as a child. You thoroughly enjoy life with an infectious gusto that draws people to your side. Having fun is your top priority, and you are usually in charge of group outings and parties. Your upbeat, positive approach to life is a source of inspiration to others.
You strive to live the healthiest life possible, and you are raising your kids in your image by making sure they eat a healthful diet and get plenty of exercise. You bring the same zest to other aspects of your life, never losing sight of your goals. You're known for your tenacity and both your family and pals often turn to you when things get rough.
Happy Friday! Does your life need a little pick me up? Here are some ways to spruce it up!
1. Take stock
How now, Dow Jones? That is the question. Bank bailouts? Sub-prime mortgages? If you're not confused, you aren't paying attention. But ignorance will cost you, so make a point of reading the financial section of your newspaper every day. Lesson No. 1: If your best friend loses her job, it's a recession. If you lose yours, it's a depression.
2. Buy an item of clothing that's so not you
Leather pants, stilettos, a bikini that, if translated into Morse Code, would be two dots and a dash.
3. Switch your Swatch -- to the other wrist
"Any time you make an adjustment, no matter how small, your brain has to work a little harder," New York psychologist Arlene Kagle, Ph.D., says. "It's good mental exercise." Another noggin workout: Figure out a math problem in your head rather than on a calculator.
4. Stop apologizing already!
This is probably silly... If this isn't a good time...With those soggy preambles, you're trivializing your requests -- and yourself.
5. And while we're at it
Stop apologizing for apologizing.
6. Read one of those books your English teacher talked about
War and Peace, The Brothers Karamazov, Ulysses. This will give you a head start on a resolution for 2013: Finish War and Peace, The Brothers Karamazov, Ulysses...
7. Give something back
Got 30 seconds? Go to greatergood.com to support sites that help people, pets, and the planet -- with one click you provide books to literacy programs, food for malnourished kids, or protection for endangered forests.
8. Learn how to tell a joke
if your jokes fall flatter than Kate Moss's abs, maybe it's the way you're telling them. Eighty percent of a joke's effectiveness lies in the delivery, 20 percent in the content. "Make your tone conversational," says comedy writer Mark Simone. Don't talk too slowly; you want to sound like you're telling a joke, not reciting one. "And smile a lot," he says. "If it doesn't go over, just laugh and say, 'Well, I thought it was funny.'"
9. Renew a childhood passion
Try pottery. Perfect your Pictionary game. Take your piano skills from "Chopsticks" to Chopin.
10. Do something you hate for someone you love
Lunch with his mom, his college reunion (complete with kegger), or a movie that's long on action and short on plot.
11. Add color to your life. Buy a sweater in cerulean
Paint your living room a dramatic red. Vivid colors can boost your mood. And really, who could possibly be blue in purple?
12. Stop with the why-ning
"Why?" is a perfectly lovely question coming from a toddler, but not from you. Why am I stuck in this stupid job? Why don't I have a better boyfriend? A better question: "How?" How do I get a better job, a better guy?
13. Find a bra that fits
Because right now, we're guessing that yours doesn't (a study showed that eight out of 10 women don't know their correct bra size). To prevent cups that runneth over and underwires that dig, get a pro to measure you at your local department store. Or try the Bra Size Calculator at balicompany.com
14. Learn to say no
Put your tongue against the back of your top teeth, make an oval shape with your mouth, and let go. Feels good, no?
Done. With. The. Rain. There, I said it! I know, it's Florida and it;s summer but come on!!! I almost want to just wear my bathing suit to work since I get drenched every evening walking to my car! Perhaps a day or two break would be nice but of course weather doesn't work on my schedule! :)
OK, now for discounts that you may be missing. yep, you are potentially missing out of hundreds of dollars of savings. Kendal Perez, the creator of the Haassle-Free Savings website, says that consumers may not be aware of many discounts that cross their paths every day. Here are some that she says are commonly overlooked:
1. Receipt coupons
Don't just shove your receipts into your bags after a trip to the store. Not only should you review them to make sure you weren't overcharged, but you should also check them for coupons you can use the next time you shop.
2. Catalina coupons
Similar to receipt coupons, Catalina coupons are usually printed from a small machine at the register, Perez says. These coupons are triggered by your purchases and provide discounts on products you typically buy. Perez says she usually gets future discounts ranging from 50 cents to $2 for each receipt and Catalina coupon she receives.
3. Customer service surveys
How many times has a cashier told you that you could get a discount on your next purchase by simply going to a website or calling a phone number listed on your receipt and answering a few questions about your shopping experience? And how many times have you actually taken one of these surveys? If your answer is zero, Perez says, you're missing out on an easy resource for savings (for example, $10 off a purchase of $50 or more).
4. Mobile coupons
If you have a smart phone, you have easy access to coupons while you're shopping. Just download a free coupon app, such as Coupon Sherpa, and search for discounts at the store where you're shopping, or download grocery discounts directly to your loyalty card. Perez says she saves up to 40% on purchases using mobile coupons.
These are coupons attached to a product for immediate use. However, Perez notes that "these sticky gems do you no good if you fail to point them out to the cashier." So make sure you remove them from products and hand them to the cashier.
6. Status discounts
Seniors aren't the only ones who can get discounts. Students, teachers and military personnel are among those to whom retailers, restaurants, hotels and others offer savings of usually 10% to 20% (up to 50% for military members at some fast-food restaurants). Perez says it never hurts to ask whether discounts are available for your particular status -- just be ready to show the necessary proof to get a deal.
7. Preferred-customer offers
Some retailers offer programs that allow customers to earn rewards after spending a certain amount. It makes sense to sign up for these free programs at stores where you frequently shop. For example, Perez says she gets $10 in shoe retailer DSW Rewards occasionally, and her husband scores $10 discounts on his Dick's Sporting Goods purchases because they accrue points through preferred-customer programs.
8. Sports tickets
Check your ticket stubs, as you'll likely find coupons for local restaurants or retailers on them.
Don't be so quick to pull out and toss subscription offers in magazines. Perez says she has found coupons and free samples attached to these offers.Recycling programs. Some retailers and manufacturers offer discounts if you recycle their products. When Perez bought a box of Kashi cereal, she was prompted to sign up for Recyclebank.com and enter a code printed inside the cereal box to earn points toward product discounts. Your community must participate in the Recyclebank Home Recycling rewards program in order for you to earn points for recycling products. However, the site offers other ways for you to earn points, such as taking online quizzes about recycling.
Go out and save my KTK family! Save like the wind! :)
I am one of those who believes the next big bubble to burst is the student loan debt. Let's be honest, most of us borrowed to attend college in the hopes of landing a more financially viable job. But with the recent impasse with congress letting interest rates of student loans double and tuition continuing to increase and the confusion of how many loans, where they are and when each of them become due for payment it raises some serious questions on what happens if you default?
It is ridiculous to have so much debt in hopes of landing a better paying job. What's the point? Colleges and universities need to remember that when asking each student to pay more in order to reach the American Dream.
Women who have had kidney stones are at an increased risk for developing heart disease or another cardiac issue, a new study says. Further evaluation found that women with a history of kidney stones were about 30 percent more likely to develop heart disease, have a heart attack or undergo a procedure to open blocked heart arteries than men.
What can you do to help prevent kidney stones? Make sure you have enough potassium in your body. This mineral helps balance many different body processes. Adequate levels of potassium decrease the amount of calcium excreted in urine. This makes kidney stones less likely to form. It also helps protect bones from osteoporosis. Potassium may also enhance the action of insulin in the body.
Average adult consumption of potassium is now between 2,100 and 3,200 mg a day. Many adults consume considerably less. Although some researchers suggest 2,500 to 3,500 mg as a good target for adults to aim for, the latest federal dietary recommendations encourage a daily potassium intake of 4,700 mg.
To get more potassium, concentrate on eating more vegetables and fruits. The forms of potassium found in these plant foods are preferable to the forms of potassium found in grains, meats, dairy foods and supplements.
Had a wonderful time at Universal Orlando! Make sure you are listening for those code words and enter them in your Club KTK account and you could win tickets!
Go ahead and take a handful of Advil now. You're welcome. Say goodbye to the rest of the afternoon, because you'll either be entertained for hours by these, or you will somehow chew off your own ears and go to the hospital. A recent survey found these songs as the most that get stuck in your head!
"Love Shack"-The B-52s
"I'm Blue" - Eiffel 65
"Mmmbop" - Hanson
"Come Sail Away" - Styx
"Kung-Fu Fighting" - Carl Douglas
"The Impression That I Get"-The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
"Informer" - Snow 8
"Steal My Sunshine"-Len
"Peanut Butter Jelly Time" - No clue. The devil, presumably.
Well for the first time in my 20+ years working in radio, I am traveling to Minnesota for a Radio Programmer conference tomorrow. I'm pretty excited to meet some people I've only known through emails and phone calls. Plus my first meeting isn't until Wednesday. So when or team arrives in Minneapolis Tuesday afternoon, I'll have a few hours to explore this upper mid west city. As luck would have it, I stumbled across this article from Chris Bucholz of the web site Cracked on the 5 travel myths we believe as true. for instance, public transportation in the big city. Sounds good on paper but riding on a bus or train I could miss some real local culture.
To look as amazing as you do takes work! The daily shampoo, the blow dryer, the flat iron and the brushing. You might want to scale back on all that work. How you style your hair, along with the styling tools you use, can cause significant hair damage that can make your hair brittle, frizzy and lackluster. Or even fall out! But you don't have to leave the house with a bag over your head. Instead, follow these tips from dermatologist Paradi Mirmirani, M.D., assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco. "Hair myths, such as brushing your hair one hundred strokes each day, can cause split ends," she explains. "Having healthy hair is possible if you know how to care for your hair before and after styling."
Here are eight tips to help prevent hair damage and hair loss:
1. Instead of using a blow dryer, dry your hair by wrapping it in a towel after a shower or bath or let it air-dry.
2. If your hair is straight, handle it as little as possible when it's wet; wet hair breaks more easily when combed or brushed. But if your hair is tightly curled or textured, do brush it when it's wet to decrease the chances of hair breakage.
3. Keep brushing to a minimum. Brushing your hair 100 strokes each day can cause split ends.
4. Reduce the use of "long-lasting hold" styling products. Using a comb to style your hair after you apply the product can cause the hair to break and can lead to hair loss over time.
5. Allow your hair to partially air dry before you style or comb. Decreasing the number of times per week that you blow dry also helps limit damage.
6. Flat irons should be used only on dry hair on a low or medium heat setting. Use a flat iron no more often than every other day.
7. If you use a curling irons, leave it in place for just a second or two. No matter your hair type, excessive heat can damage your hair.
8. Do not continually wear braids, cornrows, ponytails and hair extensions. These styles pull on the hair and can cause tension that leads to breakage. If the tension continues, permanent hair loss can develop.
The Ford F-250 crew-cab is the most stolen vehicle in America! The group bases its theft rankings on the number of insured vehicles of each type on the road. Today’s report looks at vehicles from model years 2010 to 2012. The claim frequency for F-250 crew-cab pickups was seven per 1,000 insured vehicles and an average loss payment per claim of $7,060.
GM’s Chevrolet Silverado 1500 pickup, Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 pickup, GMC Sierra 1500 pickup and Ford’s F-350 pickup rounded out the top five of the most popular theft targets among vehicles, based on the insurance claim rates. All of the top 10 were either pickups or SUVs made by Ford or GM.
Now you can have your wine, and eat it too. Wine-soaked popcorn is the newest snacking trend out of New York City. To make the strange snack food, artisan popcorn maker Populance teamed up with New Zealand winery Kim Crawford to make two wine-soaked popcorn flavors: Pinot Noir Chocolate Drizzle and Sauvignon Blanc Kettle. Creators say each flavor is meant to be paired with its respective wine. Populance founder Maggie Paulus says, "To me, the perfect snack satisfies both a sweet and salty crunch but remains low in calories, low in fat and is gluten-free with all-natural ingredients."
Over the years I've been able to detect subtle differences in regional accents. For instance, a Tennessee accent is different than an Alabama accent or Pennsylvania dialect. In the spirit of summer and its oppressive heat, here are some regional slang sayings describing how hot it is outside, courtesy of Joan H. Hall, editor of the Dictionary of American Regional English.
1. Hotter Than Dutch Love in Harvest (Wisconsin/New York)
2. Hotter Than Hell's Back Kitchen (Vermont)
3. Training Grounds for Down Below (Macon, GA)
4. Hot Enough to Roast a Lizard (Peak, SC)
5. Awful Selsery (Kaskaskia, IL)
6. The Bear Got Him ("the bear" is heatstroke; South Carolina)
7. She Sure is A-Beamin' (Silver City, NM)
8. Hot Enough to Melt Clabber (no location given)
9. It's a Torcher (Bayfield, WI)
10. Full of Moist (no location given)
11. Hot as a Half-Flaked Fox in a Forest Fire (Scottsburg, VA)
Back to work Monday after a wonderful holiday weekend! MY cousin from South Carolina came down and we wrapped up the weekend with a trip to one of the theme parks in Orlando it was the first full day in quite a while where it didn't rain!
I found this bit of information that I though was interesting. Whether you stay up to all hours or awaken with the birds, your favorite time of day reveals plenty about your personality. "These hours of the day when you're firing on all cylinders definitely influence your behavior," says clinical psychologist Mike Marsh. This is what your best time of the day reveals about you:
You always wake up before the alarm sounds.
Your day usually runs from 6am to 10pm. You generally need a midafternoon nap to boost your energy level. You're an early bird who's up and alert the moment your open your eyes. Your sunny disposition, you usually wake with a smile, makes you popular with friends and colleagues. You also have a shrewd mind and methodically analyze difficult problems to systematically arrive at the perfect solution. But despite your people pleasing demeanor, you tend to be a solitary person when it comes to work. You prefer to handle tasks both on the job and at home on your own because peace and quiet gets your creative juices flowing.
You're ready to hit the sheets right after prime time shows end.
You easily acclimate to dramatic changes in your schedule. You're up by 8am and snoozing by midnight. Practically nothing this side of an atom bomb can crack your cool, calm and competent self. You have the wisdom to know some things will never change and going with the flow can also be a means to achieving your desires. Your flexibility makes you a productive team member. You are open to new ideas and places, dreaming of escaping the humdrum to experience the excitement of the unknown. You're in your glory when given the opportunity to widen your knowledge and appreciation of the world.
You like to sleep until at least 9am.
You're often filled with the vitality to work on projects in the evening. Your energy and activities rarely end before 9pm. Just when many people are slowing down, you come to life after the sun sets. This streak of independence from the norm makes you an excellent candidate for a job that requires little supervision. Your brain additivity is markedly increased in the evening, stimulating your intellect and igniting incredibly fresh ideas. Your natural internal rhythm may be at odds with most of the world, but you simply have more spark once the sun goes down. Your ability to accomplish many goals at night puts you ahead of the daylight pack.
This is the $6million question, what fireworks are legal to use in Florida. According to Florida statutes, any pyrotechnics that leave the ground or explode are illegal for recreational use, unless handled by a professional. But if you've been inside those fireworks tents that dot the Heart of Florida, most of the offerings not only leave the ground, they fill the sky with colors of red, purple, white and green. The air is filled withthe sounds of booms, whistles ans screams.
So how can it be possible to purchase "illegal" fireworks? As with many laws, there is a loophole.Florida law allows anyone over 18 to purchase them by signing a waiver, where the customer agrees to use the purchase under an exemption. The exemption: using fireworks to scare off animals from farms or fish hatcheries.
So that is why you sign that piece of paper at checkout. But know, buying illegal fireworks is not illegal, however using illegal fireworks is illegal. Confused yet?
Kinda feels like a Friday in the office. Although we have tomorrow off as a holiday, Friday is a work day. But most of the staff here took Friday off to make 4 day weekend and I wish I could say that I'm one of them.
Have a wonderful Independence day stay safe!
You can say anything to your best friend, right? Well, yes and no. Your close relationship gives you lots of leeway, but there's a fine line between honesty and insult. While you may think you've never said anything offensive to your BFF, there have likely been times when your words have inadvertently stung. Saying something as simple as "Hey, have you lost weight?" could elicit a different reaction than you expected, thanks to its loaded meaning, says Jill Melton, communication expert and author of "The Power of the Zip." Read on for nine things you should never say to your best friend, plus learn better ways to get your point across.
"Don't you want children?"
Sure, there are obviously offensive comments you wouldn't make to childless friends, like what a pal once told Helen: "Good thing you never had kids -- you can hardly take care of yourself!" But even the mild-sounding Don't you want children? makes assumptions about what's going on in another person's head and life, says Melton. What if your friend desperately wants kids but is struggling with infertility? Or what if she doesn't want to be a mother but would rather avoid an awkward conversation about her decision? When it comes to discussing kids, let your friend take the lead. "If she wants to discuss her choice, she'll bring it up herself," says Melton.
"You've lost weight!"
"Weight is a dirty word -- period," says Lillian Glass, Ph.D., body language expert and author of "The Body Language Advantage." If you're trying to give a compliment, this statement can confuse, or even insult, your friend. What if she lost weight because she's been depressed? Or perhaps she didn't think she'd lost any weight and now worries that you thought she was overweight before. If you suspect that your friend has slimmed down, just say, You look wonderful! advises Glass. Who knows? She could look great thanks to a fabulous haircut or new outfit; there's no need to make assumptions about what changed. That said, if a friend has dropped an alarming amount of weight and you're worried about her health, then bring it up in a way that conveys your concern, says Melton. Try, I've noticed you're looking thinner lately. Is something going on that you want to talk about?
"That guy you're dating? Not marriage material!"
Lisa's* friend asked her opinion about a new beau, and she gave him the thumbs-down -- with friendship-fizzling results. "My pal ended up marrying the guy, and now she's distant," says Lisa. "I thought I was being a good friend by pointing out the facts, but I should have listened to my dad's reminder, 'Everyone chooses their own sweetheart,' and kept my mouth shut." If your friend's guy seems like a bad choice to you -- but she hasn't asked your opinion -- then keep your judgments to yourself. Aside from having hard evidence about serious stuff (like he has a wife and kids in another city, or is a drug dealer, for example), you really don't know if he's "wrong" for her. If she does ask what you think, then "turn it back to her," suggests Melton. Try, I don't know him as well as you do. Tell me what you like and don't like about him. Then you can base what you say on her response, so your thoughts don't seem out of the blue.
"You bought what?"
if your best friend constantly complains about tough financial times before showing up with a trendy designer bag, then it can be tempting to call her out on her spending. But a judgment-riddled Are you kidding me? What did that cost? is decidedly the wrong thing to say, because "you're not in charge of her budget. She is," says Melton. Consider, too, that you may not know where her money's coming from, says Glass: "What if she's spending a gift from someone else?" So if you notice something brand-spanking new and expensive, then just say, Wow, cool boots or What a great new car. That said, if she asks you for help managing her money (or to borrow some of yours), then gently point out ways she can trim her costs.
"Congrats on a well-deserved promotion! You've been in that position for so long."
What's the problem with a congratulatory remark? A lot, if it's actually a backhanded compliment. The above implies that your friend didn't quite earn the promotion. Instead of suggesting that anyone in her (worn) shoes would have gotten a bump at work, try a hearty, Good for you! Very impressive! suggests Melton. And if your friend suspects that she, say, got that promotion because she'd been in that job so long it would've been embarrassing not to, then leave the door open for her to discuss that with you. You should be a sounding board for your friend, not a sniper.
"How dare you not tell me [you bought a new car/got a new job/met a new guy]!"
On the one hand, says Glass, "It's reasonable to feel slighted if your good friend doesn't share news with you." It's expressing your anger over being left out that's a no-no. "Some friends don't keep you posted on everything for reasons that have nothing to do with you," says Melton. Saying something like this makes the situation all about how you feel excluded, not about what's happening in your friend's life. When you do hear your pal's good news, just tell her, I'm so happy for you. If this happens often and you worry that your friend is keeping updates from you, then open up a discussion about it. Could it be that you haven't been that enthusiastic about her news in the past, or that you've shared her info with others without her permission? See what you could do differently before scolding her for not filling you in.
"I wish my husband were as great as yours!"
Why wouldn't it be wonderful to hear you've scored big in the life-partner department? Because the friend who says this is subtly (or not so subtly) downgrading her own spouse, which can be awkward for the person on the other side of the conversation. "A friend said that to me about my husband when she was going through a divorce," says Shelly.* Feeling uncomfortable and unwilling to bash her friend's spouse, Shelly's taken to responding with, "Yep, he's a good guy," and changing the subject. While occasional compliments are completely fine, avoid making comparisons: "They reveal jealousy," says Glass. If you're having problems with your partner, then you can certainly ask your happily married buddy for advice, adds Melton, "but since every relationship is unique, a comparison isn't a good way to start that conversation."
"Your wedding was so tiny!" or "You're so much bigger than I was when I was pregnant!"
What may seem like a harmless observation to you can actually come across as a cruel comparison. Anna's* friend once said, "It was good you got married first; now I know what I don't want at my wedding!" Anna was floored. Before you say something like that, examine your motives for wanting to do so, suggests Melton. Anna's friend, for example, may have wanted planning advice, and she could have told Anna what she loved about her wedding instead of cutting down her friend's choices. "Try to figure out what exactly your friend's wedding [or pregnancy] triggered in you," says Melton. Are you having second thoughts about some of your wedding choices? Worrying about how much weight you've gained by your second trimester? Once you uncover what's at the root of your observations, you can express your feelings without sounding snarky.
"Don't worry. It'll be fine."
Shelly still feels the sting of friends' trite platitudes when her mother was terminally ill, because, of course, things weren't fine. In situations like this, your friend might be worried for good reason, so saying Don't worry is dismissive, explains Melton. Instead, use your judgment based on the situation. In some cases, saying It'll be fine in a loving, sincere way can show your compassion, says Glass. But much of the time, it's better to use words that show your friend that you feel her pain, that you're pulling for her, and that you may not know what it's like to, say, lose your mother, but you're in her corner as she goes through the worst of it. A simple I'm here if you need me goes a long way, especially if you follow that up with concrete ways to help her through her rough time, whether that's picking up her kids from soccer, bringing over dinner, or just sharing some wine and company.
1. The first Independence Day celebration took place in Philadelphia on July 8, 1776. This was also the day that the Declaration of Independence was first read in public after people were summoned by the ringing of the Liberty Bell.
2. The Declaration of Independence was first presented to Congress on June 28, 1776, after more than a year of trying to appeal the practice of taxation by England without representation in the English Parliament.
3. The flag was adopted on June 14, 1777. (Find out more about that in our roundup of fun facts about Flag Day.)
4. 50 flags are flown 24 hours a day at the Washington Monument.
5. Originally, the stars on the flag were arranged in a circle to denote the equality of all the colonies.
6. Setting off firecrackers formed part of the early Independence Day celebrations. This made the horses miserable.
7. Thomas Jefferson died on the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. So did John Adams who also signed the Declaration.
8. Iowa has more places with 'liberty' in its name than any other state (there are 31 places nationwide). There are also places with 'freedom', 'independence' and 'patriot'.
9. According to one article, if Benjamin Franklin had had his way, the turkey would have been the animal on the flag instead of the bald eagle.
10. Only John Hancock actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. All the others signed later.
11. President Calvin Coolidge was born on July 4, 1872.
12. Bristol, Rhode Island has been celebrating independence continuously since 1785.
13. Only 2.5 million people lived in the US in 1776, about 314 million live here now.
14. The 4th of July only became a national holiday in 1941.
15. The White House held its first 4th of July party in 1801.
16. Barbecue is big on Independence Day, with more than 74 million Americans planning one. We eat around 150 million hot dogs and buy around 700 million pounds of chicken.
17. Fireworks are traditional on July 4th, but these were actually invented in China. The US imported $232.3 million worth of fireworks in 2011.
18. The US imports about $3.6 million of American flags each year, most of them from China.
19. In 1854, the words 'under God' were added to the Pledge of Allegiance.
20. The tune of the National Anthem was originally used by an English drinking song called To Anacreon in Heaven.
The class of 2014 doesn't wear watches (well, except maybe an iWatch), doesn't write in cursive and has no idea why Nirvana is awesome. That's according to Beloit College's annual Mindset List, aimed at helping teachers understand today's cultural references. However, Time took a look at other bygone experiences today's kids will miss.
In old photo cameras -- you know, the ones with film -- you have to concentrate on every shot, every frame, because you paid for some 24 exposures, and there are no do-overs. But today's digital cameras are an endless blank slate, where the number of shots you can take seem limitless and mistakes are erased with a click. Gone are the days of hearing the film rewind into its casing, transporting it to a photo lab and patiently waiting to find out how amateurish your snapshots look. In this instance, the present definitely trumps the past.
Before there were cell phones, text messages and instant messengers, there were landline phones -- some were even the rotary kind. But cellular phones changed all that. A February study by the Pew Research Center found that 41% of Millenials don't have landline phones as opposed to the 13% of baby boomers who are cell-phone only. The study also found that 83% of Millennials have slept with their cell phone either on or right next to their bed. Dependent much? Another side effect of the cell-phone age is that pay phones have all but disappeared, answering machines are a thing of the past, and "waiting by the phone" is just not done anymore. For most young folks, the only way they will own a landline phone is if cell reception is bad at home or if a cable triple-play package is more cost effective.
Remember door-to-door encyclopedia sales? The transformation of books and the way we read has been swift and remarkable thanks to the Internet, and the idea of buying 26 World Books in monthly installments seems absurd in an age of free Wikipedia. (Not to mention the obsolescence of the venerable dictionary, which began collecting dust with the advent of spellcheck.) And it's not just reference texts that are left ignored on shelves or propping up iffy furniture the world over. More and more people are reading ebooks, with sales of electronic editions besting hardcovers for the first time this summer. The iPad is set to further challenge the physical book's 600-year reign.
The days of asking for directions are done. Smart phones make life so easy. Now countless apps can utilize GPS technology to pinpoint your location and direct you to your desired locale with ease and precision. While it makes getting from A to B a breeze, it means the days of stumbling upon something new and great while lost are probably done. Gone are the times when you might happen across a tasty looking restaurant and pop in for a bite. (Smart phones with restaurant review apps ruin the surprise of trying new eateries, anyway.) Brainy mobiles are great, but they can also make us lazy friends. Running late to meet a pal? No need to worry. Simply text that you'll be there in 10 minutes. Then they can't get mad, right? Take a wrong turn on the way? Pull out your phone to map new walking directions. Whoops, better text again, now you're 15 minutes late. Geez, what did people do when they had to pick an exact time and place to meet? Oh yeah, they showed up on time.
Music Videos on MTV
Remember when MTV played music videos? Remember when the M in MTV stood for "Music" (a word which the company officially removed from its name last year)? Remember when no one had ever heard of Snooki? The television station once famous for forward-thinking music video shows like 120 Minutes and Alternative Nation -- even the early years of Total Request Live -- now can largely be summed up in three words: gym, tan, laundry. What happened?
Back when the world was analog, we listened to cassettes, and carried portable audio cassette players with pride. Yesteryear's Walkmans were indispensable, allowing us to take our beloved mix tapes everywhere. But the equipment was overthrown. First came the Discman, then the iPod. A new vocabulary developed -- "MP3s," "iTunes playlists" -- and before you could hit pause, words like "rewind" had lost all meaning.
The Glory Days of Nick at Nite
Each night the normally children-focused Nickelodeon television network shifts gears to feature content for adults after the kiddies are in bed. Traditionally, Nick at Nite was the place for the classics: The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Munsters and later The Brady Bunch, Happy Days and The Wonder Years and more. That was then. Since, the network has made a switch to contemporary shows like George Lopez, Malcolm in the Middle and Everybody Hates Chris. Classics? I think not. What will kids beg for today? A rerun of a show that was new last week?
If you were born in or before the 1980s and your parents allowed you to eat candy, chances are good that you encountered tan M&Ms. But for those of you who had your first chocolate experience in the mid-90s, you will probably know the current M&M color line up, which includes the color blue. In 1995, the Mars candy company decided that having two shades of brown M&Ms were unnecessary, so they did away with the light brown ones, leaving only the colors red, yellow, green, dark brown and orange. Mars held a replacement contest, inviting candy lovers to call a 1-800 number and vote for their favorite proposed color: blue, pink, or purple. Blue won, and M&Ms never looked the same since.
Oh Czechoslovakia, we hardly knew you. You seem now a faraway land, your name tripping off the tongue. What kid these days will think of your triumphant soccer teams, your famous dissidents? Will they remember a time when an Iron Curtain fell across the West? Will they know what it was like when the battle for democracy was finally won? And will they lament the ethnic nationalism that, in 1993, ultimately cut you in half? No, they won't. They'll just visit Prague, pretend to read Milan Kundera, and drink all your cheap beer.
We've all seen pictures of weddings past, with the blue tuxes, frilly wedding dresses and big hair. Today's weddings are embracing the technology trend. If you want to have that hip wedding, give these a try!
Giving Your Wedding A Hashtag
Couples are encouraging guests to take lot of photos at the wedding and post them on Instagram using a hashtag that's unique to the celebration. People not at the wedding can follow along picture by picture, and they'll all be archived forever on social media.
'You're Not Invited' Alerts
The Today Show recently did a segment on these hurtful yet handy little announcements, and it seems like they're going viral. If a couple doesn't have enough room in their budget to accommodate everyone, they have taken to alerting the less fortunate -- who will inevitably become privy to the wedding via social media -- through the simple click of an email.
Pinterest Wedding Activity Boards
All brides are basically addicted to Pinterest in the midst of wedding planning, which is why it makes sense that Pinterest is now becoming a part of the welcome package for guests when they check in for the big day. Instead of traditional welcome letters, the couple are creating a Pinterest board with things to do, eat, and see in the city where they're getting married.
So, great Aunt Dolores can't attend your wedding because she lives in Montana? Enter the wedding webcast, where far-flung relatives and friends can watch your wedding as it unfolds in real time. For under $1,000, couples can turn their wedding into a live broadcast available on the Internet for anyone and everyone to witness.
Foregoing Invitations In Favor Of A Facebook Event Page
This might not work if you're a stickler for tradition, but it's definitely effective in today's social media-captivated society. A Facebook event page saves money, time, and a whole lot of frustration over whether or not the bride received all the RSVPs by mail.
What's better than a sentimental and witty toast? A sentimental and witty toast over Skype. For family and friends who can't attend due to distance but are still looking to surprise the couple or make up for their absence, Skype is their app of choice. Well-wishers are able to get a glimpse of the atmosphere and the couple gets to enjoy a heartfelt speech rather than a few lines in an email. Cheers all around.
No one wants an unhappy bridesmaid, and brides might finally be getting the hint. Creating online surveys for bridesmaids takes the hassle out of deciding on a dress that flatters everyone. Bridesmaids can select which color palette and dress style they like on using survey platform sites, such as surveymonkey.com, so no one gets stuck in the classic banana dress.
If you can register for a toaster, why can't you register something you definitely have never had before: a honeymoon? Traditionally, guests who don't want to select a gift might offer a monetary present instead, but now they can know exactly what their money is going toward via a simple and safe online transaction using a site like Honeyfund.com.
And then there are those who love to buck the trend by doing the exact opposite. In the case, by opposite we mean "unplugged weddings." Couples want their guests to be fully present in the moment, which is why they're asking that all phones and cameras be turned off at the wedding and reception while the photographer and videographer capture the special moments. Amen to that!
If you are a fan of All My Children and One Life To Live, you might want to set your DVR to Oprah's TV network, OWN, starting July 15th. The channel is hosting a summer fling for soap fans by airing the first 40 episodes of The OnLine Network's reprisal of the popular daytime dramas. It's a special exclusive 10-week limited engagement. Half-hour episodes of each show will air Monday through Thursday beginning Monday, July 15 with All My Children at 1 pm and One Life to Live at 3 pm eastern time on OWN.
Baseball fans who wish they could catch a foul ball are in luck! Technology has brought us IdealSeat, an iPhone app has been developed that will help youfind the best places to sit at a Major League Baseball game if you're hoping to catch a foul ball.
No, there isn't a huge jackpot that could set records. Just a measly $29 million dollars estimated for this Saturday that you could win, but that a few million more than most of us have, so why not play the lottery?
Honestly, you have a better chance on winning when the jackpot isn't making headlines. Plus these tips from seven-time lottery winner Richard Lustig, who has pocketed more than $1 million from his lottery wins, reports ABC, could make the winning difference!
1. Pick your own numbers.
It's easy to let the computer choose the numbers, but don't do that. Pick your own. Allowing the computer to choose your numbers does not necessarily increase your chances of winning.
2. Do your homework.
Before you choose your own numbers, research online to make sure the set or sets of numbers you play have never come up before.
3. Stick with your strategy.
Learn which numbers to play and how often to play. Commit to your numbers and stick to it.
4. Avoid lottery fever.
When the lottery jackpots get so high they make the news, people get lottery fever. They tend to spend more on lottery tickets than they normally would and sometimes spend more than they can afford. Resist that temptation.
5. You have to play if you hope to win.
Dream all you want about what you will do if you win, but if you don't buy a ticket, you'll never have a chance--no matter how miniscule--to make those dreams come true. And if you should win, don't go on an immediate spending spree. Instead, seek professional financial advice. And then you can go on a spending spree!
It's hot enough outside to warrant a nice, cool treat. Here are 5 do it yourself recipes for frozen fruit pops
Lime Coconut Fruit Pops
Sweet and tart, your taste buds will be humming on the bracing combo of citrus and cream.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 4 hours
Yield: 6 pops
4 tablespoons heavy coconut cream
4 ounces milk
4 tablespoons organic sugar
Combine remaining ingredients in blender. Add fruit juice. Process until blended, about 30 seconds.
Pour ingredients into molds about 2/3 full. Cover with a sheet of plastic wrap and place form in freezer, about 1 hour. When the pops are slushy, slash small holes in covering and insert sticks. Freeze until firm, about 4 hours.
Remove from freezer. Run molds under warm water for a few seconds. Thaw 2-3 minutes. Gently tug on sticks to remove pops from mold and serve.
Orange Yogurt Fruit Pops
Silky on the edges then crunchy in the middle, these creamy pops are a lower-calorie alternative to ice cream.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 4 hours
Yield: 6 pops
1 cup fresh orange juice, any combination of navel, tangerines, tangelos, Valencia
1 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
2 tablespoons organic sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Combine juice, yogurt, sugar and extract in a blender and process until blended for about, 30 seconds.
Pour ingredients into forms about 2/3 full. Cover with a sheet of light plastic wrap and place form in freezer. When the pops are slushy (about 1 hour), slash small holes in covering and insert sticks. Freeze for about 4 hours until firm.
Remove from freezer. Run mold under warm water for a few seconds. Thaw 2 to 3 minutes. Gently tug on sticks to remove pops from mold and serve.
Pineapple Sweet Chili Fruit Pops
The unlikely pairing of fresh fruit and chili sauce delivers a mouthwatering flavor combo.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 4 hours
Yield: 6-8 pops
1 cup filtered water
4 tablespoons organic sugar
2 1/2 cups pineapple, peeled and cubed
1/2 lime, juiced
1 tablespoon sweet chili sauce
Bring water to boil in saucepan. Add sugar and stir until dissolved. Set aside to cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes.
While simple syrup cools, cut pineapple in half, peel skin and cube.
Combine pineapple, simple syrup, lime and chili sauce in blender. Process until blended, about 30 seconds.
Pour into molds about 2/3 full. Cover with a sheet of plastic wrap and place form in freezer for 1 about hour. When pops are slushy, slash small holes in covering and insert sticks. Freeze until firm, about 4 hours.
Run molds under warm water for a few seconds. Thaw 2-3 minutes. Gently tug on sticks to remove pops from mold and serve.
Mango Chili Fruit Pop
First the "Ah!" then the "Oh my!?" A staple of Mexican cuisine, the sweetness of fruit meets the heat of chilies.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 4 hours
Yield: 8-10 pops
1 ripe mango, peeled and diced
1/2 teaspoon chili pepper powder
2 cups frozen mango pieces
1 cup pineapple, chopped
3/4 cup filtered water
4 tablespoons organic sugar
1/2 lime, juiced
Dust diced mango with chili pepper powder and salt.
Combine frozen mango, water, sugar and lime in a blender. Process until smooth, about 30 seconds. Pour into molds about 2/3 full. Add diced mango to each mold. Cover with a sheet of plastic wrap and place mold in freezer for 1 about hour. When the pops are slushy, slash small holes in covering and insert sticks. Freeze until firm, about 4 hours.
Remove from freezer. Run molds under warm water for a few seconds. Thaw 2-3 minutes. Gently tug on sticks to remove pops from mold and serve.
Banana Cardamom Fruit Pops
A pinch of spice makes banana pops even more nice.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 4 hours
Yield: 6-8 pops
4 cardamom pods
2 bananas, peeled and cubed
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 tablespoons organic sugar
Grind cardamom pods in pestle to a fine powder. Remove husks.
Combine remaining ingredients in blender. Add cardamom. Process until smooth, about 30 seconds.
Pour ingredients into molds about 2/3 full. Cover with a sheet of plastic wrap and place form in freezer for 1 about hour. When the pops are slushy, slash small holes in covering and insert sticks. Freeze until firm, about 4 hours.
Remove from freezer. Run molds under warm water for a few seconds. Thaw 2-3 minutes. Gently tug on sticks to remove pops from mold and serve.
I found this list of spices that do more than make our food taste better. in fact many spices are good for our mood, memory and keeping us vibrant and young! Take a look!
Cinnamon is a nutritional powerhouse, with antioxidant properties that keep cells safe from oxidative stress and dangerous free radicals. Antioxidants help fight such diseases as cancer, Alzheimer's, diabetes, and Parkinson's. What's more, cinnamon is a powerful weapon against cardiovascular problems. Cinnamon helps the hormone insulin work better, which reduces blood sugar levels. That's great news for the one in ten North Americans with type 2 diabetes and the millions more with prediabetes. Keeping blood sugar low can help treat diabetes or even stop it before it starts. Cinnamon may also help prevent Alzheimer's. A study in 2011 found that an extract from cinnamon bark inhibited the formation of amyloid plaques in mice with Alzheimer's. It even helped restore cognitive levels and correct movement problems in the animals.
It's hard to imagine continental cuisine without the aromatic addition of thyme. But its antimicrobial properties are what get researchers excited. If you've used Listerine or a similar mouthwash -- or even some green household cleaners -- chances are it contained thymol, a volatile oil component of thyme. A 2004 study showed that thyme oil was able to decontaminate lettuce with Shigella, a particularly nasty type of food poisoning, and other studies suggest it's also effective against staph and E. coli. Thyme is also a good digestion aid, helping to reduce gas and other discomfort, says Duke's Beth Reardon, and it's good for the scalp and hair.
Ginger has been used in both ancient and modern medicine for its stomach-settling properties. In a series of human and animal studies, ginger has been shown to help quiet nausea, speed food through the digestive tract, and protect against gastric ulcers. Small studies have also shown that ginger can help with pain, including menstrual cramps, muscle pain, and migraines. Ginger is also a powerful COX inhibitor, Reardon says, so it's a great choice for anyone with osteoarthritis or other chronic inflammatory conditions. It's best to check with your doctor before ingesting large quantities of ginger, though, since it can cause heartburn and gas, worsening of gallstone issues -- and it may interact with some medications, including warfarin.
Rosemary has been associated with memory since ancient Greece, when students would wear it in their hair when studying for big exams. Modern science agrees: Carnosic acid, a component of rosemary, is thought to protect the brain from free-radical damage and therefore to lower the risks of stroke and Alzheimer's. Rosemary is also full of antioxidants; a recent study from the American Association of Cancer Research linked carnosol, another component of rosemary, with inhibiting cancer growth. Like any herb, feel free to use rosemary in moderation. But check with your doctor before rushing out to buy rosemary supplements. In large quantities, it's been linked to seizures and inefficient iron absorption. And avoid serving a rosemary-heavy dish to a pregnant woman, since it's traditionally been used to induce abortion.
Saffron is the most expensive spice in the world. Grown mostly in the Middle East, saffron threads are actually the stigmas of a particular kind of crocus, each of which needs to be carefully gathered by hand. Still, its high price might be worth it for some of its health benefits. According to a 2007 animal study, saffron had antidepressant properties similar to Prozac. And a small human study in 2006 showed antidepressant effects higher than a placebo. Another study showed that saffron increased blood flow to the brain, which might help increase cognitive performance, and a 2009 study in Italy showed that saffron had beneficial effects on the genes regulating vision cells, potentially slowing or reversing degenerative eye diseases.
Basil, while often associated with Italian food, actually comes from India, where it's traditionally used to treat asthma, stress, and diabetes. Like thyme, basil has strong antimicrobial and antiviral properties, even against nasty bugs like Listeria and E. coli. Basil is a natural COX inhibitor, which means it's especially great for anyone with arthritis or other inflammatory health problems. Basil is also a great source of beta-carotene, which turns into vitamin A, as well as magnesium, iron, and calcium. How much: Aim for a tablespoon of fresh basil or quarter to half a teaspoon of dried basil three times a week.
People have been cooking with chili peppers for a long time -- almost 10,000 years, according to archaeologists. Since then, they've been used for everything from spicing up food to deterring would-be attackers. Japanese karate athletes eat chili to strengthen their willpower, and African farmers use it to keep elephants away from their crops. Luckily, you don't need elephant-size quantities to get the health benefits of these potent peppers. Studies have shown that capsaicin, the active ingredient in peppers, works as a great topical pain reliever for headaches, arthritis, and other chronic pain problems. Capsaicin inhibits the release of P-protein, which in turn interrupts the transmission of constant pain signals to the brain. If you don't feel like smearing it on yourself, oral capsaicin has been linked to the release of endorphins and the regulation of blood sugar. And scientists have demonstrated anticancer properties in test tube studies.
I was driving yesterday afternoon and took this picture of rain while the sun shines. It is such a Florida weather phenomenon.
With summer here that usually means high utility bills and power consumption to keep our homes cool. But here are some ways to save money on your power bill this summer:
Use Appliances At Off-Peak Times
You can save money on your electric bill by not only monitoring how much you use your air conditioner and other appliances, but also by monitoring when you use them throughout the day.
"Check with your utilities company to see if they offer a time-of-use rate, which will allow you to save money by using appliances at off-peak times," says Suzanne Jones, vice president of marketing for the Association of Energy Services Professionals.
For instance, the energy company Consolidated Edison offers lower rates during weekends, holidays, and weekdays from 10 p.m. to 10 a.m.—when usage and the cost of electricity are low—through its Time-of-Use program.
Although it's felt like summer for quite some time, today, officially at 1:04am, summer begins with the Summer Solstice. Today is also the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere. The summer solstice is a celebration of sun and light, but misconceptions and superstitions abound. ABC News sets us straight on the four most common myths about the summer solstice.
Myth 1: The seasons change because of the Earth's distance from the sun
Wrong! Since the Earth rotates around the sun in an almost circular orbit, the distance between the sun and the Earth really doesn't change all that much. Astronomer Larry Ciupik at the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum in Chicago told ABC News that in 2011, the Earth was closest to the sun on January 3 and will be furthest away on July 4. "So the distance effect isn't the reason for the summer or season change; they change because the Earth is tilted," he said. That is, in the summer, the Earth is tilted toward the sun, while in the winter, it's tilted away from it.
Myth 2: Summer Solstice is the hottest day of the year
Wrong! Just because the sun's rays are hitting the Earth more directly doesn't mean the summer solstice will be the hottest day of the year. After all, it takes time for the Earth to heat up. The summer solstice brings the most light to the Earth, not the greatest heat. Wait until August for that.
Myth 3: During the solstice you can balance eggs upright on a table
Wrong! One of the biggest superstitions of the summer solstice concerns eggs. The superstition holds that since the Earth's axis is somehow shifting, on this one day of the year, it's possible to balance an egg upright on a flat surface. If you do it right, you can easily balance eggs upright on a table any day of the year, says Ciupik.
Myth 4: Druids celebrate summer solstice because they are worshipping the sun
Wrong! Modern-day Druids are not sun-worshippers. Rather, they celebrate the summer solstice as a way to celebrate light. "We're celebrating the very necessity of having that light to keep things going," Druid John Matthews, a historian who wrote the book "Summer Solstice: Celebrating the Journey of the Sun From May Day to Harvest," told ABC News. While ancient Druids believed in the sanctity of the sun and worshipped it, modern Druids appreciate the sun as the Earth's source of light, food, energy and health.
I'm al little late to the game but I've discovered the dollar stores; mainly for convenience as it's the closest store to my home. Besides having a unique smell (not bad, but unique) there are some real deals and savings. Here are 8 items that are steals at dollar stores
16-ounce bags of frozen vegetables, large baguettes, jars of spaghetti sauce and boxes of pasta: You can feed a family of four for under $5.
2. Office supplies.
High-quality notepads, desk calendars (themes included the New York Yankees, Disney characters , leather journals, steel-blade scissors, highlighters, an entire array of 3M Post-it products, all a dollar each. No joke, you can stock your office for a cool $10.
Welcome to candle central. You’ll find the same shapes and scents as those seen in high-end stores, plus holders in vintage-inspired colored glass, chic votive and mini Nambé-esque styles. And, yes, they’re 99 cents each. Candles, another buck. Plus, a set of 20 gift bags…you guessed it: one dollar.
Load up on one-dollar man gadgets, like pliers, hammers, tire gauges, screwdrivers, drill bits and the list goes on.
I’m not crafty but at the dollar store you can afford to unleash your financial stress onto a blank canvas or other potential work of art. For one dollar each, you’ll find bags of sequins, beads, shells, magnets, neon erasers, markers, chalk, faux feathers and wooden buttons. Not impressed? They also had kits to make your own wallets, spaceships, dog tags and costumes. Let the pop art begin!
Can you really put a price on beauty? The dollar store can. One-buck nail files, eyelash curlers, pedicure sets, tweezers, loofahs, aromatherapy soaps, bath oils, and back brushes mean you can bring your spa habit home for a ten spot. No tip required.
You haven’t lived until you’ve seen a wall of socks. Floor to ceiling, every color from black to neon, every length from footie to tube, and pattern including solids, stripes, argyle and herringbone. It’s a total trip. A quick online comparison found similar styles $8 and up.
Call them shot glasses, call them bud vases, call them dessert flutes—I found an array of multipurpose cylindrical beauties next to the mother load of cocktail steals, including glasses for martinis, wine, juice and [insert creative use here]. Plus, corkscrews, bottle openers, shakers and more…an intoxicating buck each. Read the rest of the story from MainStreet.com by clicking here.
However, I did find one item that costs more at the dollar store than at regular stores and that's charcoal. But hey, one overpriced item for several under priced? Not a bad deal!
There are a lot of smart ways to save on gas. For instance, you can use a website such as GasBuddy to find cheaper gas stations in your area, buy a more fuel-efficient vehicle or drive less aggressively so your car uses less gas. These are all proven methods for reducing how much you need to budget for gas, but there are other widely used methods that don't pass the smell test. Here are a few.
Buy gas early in the morning.
Gasoline is denser at colder temperatures, so the theory here is that if you fill up early in the morning while it's still cool out, you'll get more bang for your buck -- a gallon of gas bought cold will expand to be a little more than a gallon when it gets warmer. But , gas at gas stations is stored in underground tanks, where the temperature varies a lot less than it does on the surface. As such, there's going to be little to no perceptible difference in the density of the gasoline whether you buy it in the morning or at night. With that said, it still might be worth it to fill up in the morning because, given how quickly gas prices have been rising, you might find that the price has gone up by a few cents by the time you get back to the station that evening.
Overinflate your tires.
Yes, it's true underinflated tires lead to decreased mileage, so you should make sure your tires are properly inflated for fuel efficiency and safety reasons. But some people have taken that to the logical extreme by inflating their tires beyond the recommended pressure, the theory being that an overinflated tire will have a smaller contact patch with the pavement and thus less resistance. Alas, it turns out that's not really the case: Popular Mechanics tested this one out and found almost no difference in gas mileage between 32 psi inflation and 45 psi.
Turn off the air conditioning and lower the windows.
The theory here is that air conditioning draws energy from the engine, and that lowering the windows reduces drag. Thus, on a warm day you should turn off the air conditioning and lower the windows to boost your gas mileage. Unfortunately, there appears to be little truth to this method: Edmunds tested it back in 2005 and found that the mileage was the same no matter which method they used to cool themselves. If it's hot out, don't hesitate to blast the A/C.
Leave your tailgate down.
Many pickup truck drivers will leave the tailgate down, the idea being that having it up will "catch" the air flowing over the truck, acting as a sail that increases drag and makes you burn more gas. But the Discovery Channel's hit show "MythBusters" tested this one and then retested it and found that fuel efficiency was actually a little better with the tailgate up. That's right, keeping your tailgate open actually made things worse, and putting a cover on the pickup truck's bed had no real impact on fuel efficiency.
Little tiny ants have been spotted around the house! Ewwww! What to do? Of course there are the chemicals that'll do the job, but do you really want to spray these all over the house? Here are some natural remedies that work to repel the little army of invaders.
1. Lemon juice
Spray lemon juice where you see them enter your home. Something about the acid messes up their sense of tracking…
Use ground cinnamon or cinnamon oil. Draw borders around everything with a Q-tip dipped in it. They won’t cross it.
Some people have enjoy success with peppermint essential oil around windows and doors (any entries). Plus it makes your house smell awesome.
4. Borax, water and sugar
A mixture of borax, sugar, water and a touch of peanut butter appears to work too. It takes a couple of weeks but really works. Here is the site where I found the recipe:
Make a thin paste and spread it on little pieces of thin cardboard or stiff cardstock and placed them near where it seems they are coming into the house. They’ll eat it and take it back to their colony (just like the Terro liquid you can buy). The paste will dry up in a couple days, so you’ll have to make more. But I think I only had to do it twice before they were gone.
6. Diatomaceous earth
Yes … diatomaceous earth (DE) works well . Use food-grade not swimming pool DE. It should be sprinkled around the perimeter of your home and you can also safely sprinkle it inside where you see them. Do not wet the DE or it will not work. DE isn’t an instant kill but should resolve the problem within a week or so.
8. Baking soda and powdered sugar
Ants carry an acidic substance with them always for protection. I do a mix of baking soda and powdered sugar in a plastic lid set in strategic places. I think a little volcanic science experiment happens inside their bodies. Over the course of several days it has made a huge difference.
9. Coffee grounds
People have had success with used coffee grounds, I did know where their entry was, after putting it in the cracks they never returned. I also do know it doesn’t kill them, it just makes them move homes, (we have put them on beds outside and we just see them pop up a small distance away.
Sprinkling corn meal seems to work with any too. If you google it there are a ton of places where it mentions it. Here’s just one link, http://www.ehow.com/how_6395566_kill-ants-corn-meal.html
I've been a fan of Katy Perry ever since hearing her album One Of The Boys. She is one of the hardest working singer/songwriters in the industry and I know that she is very self-conscience of her skin. Now her confidence is allowing her to ditch the heavy make up for a more natural look. This has got to be one of the hardest steps anyone could ever take, especially being a celebrity. I mean we all have something about ourselves we are self-conscious about and the worst fear is someone will exploit it and knock your confidence into the dirt.
I'm sure we are not alone in saying Katy Perry is a beautiful and confident performer and woman!
Call it the power of the piggy bank. Financial literacy -- even for kids -- is more important than ever. Words such as loan default, foreclosure and recession are as common now as savings, bank statements and assets. And if you want your kids to grow up to lead lives where they don't default on loans or experience a home foreclosure, start teaching them now about savings, bank statements and assets. Financial literacy begins at home. Children whose parents teach them about basic finance grow up to be adults who are less likely to suffer financial delinquencies and foreclosures, according to a study published in the journal Social Work Research by Michal Grinstein-Weiss, an associate professor of social work at Washington University in St. Louis. "Nearly all parents agree that making sure children are financially literate is an important task, yet one that they may feel ill-equipped to carry out," Grinstein-Weiss says. "But parents don't need special knowledge or skills to prepare their kids for financial success. Routine family life is rich with opportunities to teach them the ins and outs of money matters."
Here are five ways parents can teach their kids financial literacy:
1. Discuss and explain basic finances
"Parents can and should have this discussion even if you are not saving enough or are deeply in debt. Just cover the basics, and don't scare your kids," she says. "New topics can be introduced as kids mature or the family situation changes. For example, house hunting is a natural time to discuss mortgages, interest rates and buying-versus-renting."
2. Teach kids how to save and set short-term goals (a new toy) and long-term goals (college).
"Kids follow by example, so model this behavior with a grown-up piggy bank on the kitchen counter labeled with a goal, such as 'family vacation,' and save your pocket change each day."
3. Open a savings account for your child as early as possible.
"Take a parent-child field trip to a bank or credit union and open an account for your child. Even if you're used to online banking, visit the bank each month with your child to make a deposit as actions reinforce behaviors," she says. "Review monthly online statements together."
4. Teach kids about budgeting and money-management skills.
"Look at the calendar or newspaper for upcoming events that your child is likely to want to attend and needs to start saving for," she says. "Help them research prices and figure out the time it will take to reach their goal by saving different amounts each week. Pizza night? While munching on a slice, help your child figure out the cost of each serving, adding in all costs, such as delivery, tip or cost of gas."
5. Get kids involved in daily activities and decisions about spending.
"Take them grocery shopping and have them compare prices of different brands," she says. "In a long line at checkout? Let older children estimate purchase cost, count out the cash, and complete the sale with the clerk. And show them how you pay monthly utilities, balance the check book and conduct Internet banking."
I went to see Man of Steel over the weekend and all I can say is...WOW! The story line is completely different and it was a pleasant surprise. It is much more of an action-adventure film with lots of special effects. Defiantly a more violet movie but it does keep you on the edge of your seat. I recommend it but not for little kids.
Did you know that Friday, June 21, is the official Take Your Dog to Work Day? While there are numerous benefits to having your favorite furry companion alongside you as you work, there are also some challenges to overcome if you bring your dog to work with you. How you and your company address these challenges can make the difference between a successful Take Your Dog to Work Day event and a disastrous one.
1. Coworkers who are allergic to dogs
What do you do if you want to take your lovely lab to work with you but you have coworkers who are allergic to dogs? Your best bet is to make sure your pooch is freshly bathed and keep him out of your coworker’s area. At the end of the day, make sure you or the office’s janitorial staff thoroughly cleans all areas that your dog visited.
2. Coworkers who are afraid of dogs
If you have a coworker who is afraid of dogs, make sure you keep your pet away from him for the entire day. Also, never leave your dog unattended. The last thing a fearful coworker needs is an encounter with an unaccompanied dog, no matter how friendly the dog is.
3. Your dog doesn’t like your office
You have your dog ready to go on a little trip; you are excited about the day and can’t wait to show off your four-legged best friend, but when you show up at work, he tucks his tails and refuses to walk into the building. Even the most outgoing and adventurous dog may decide that he doesn’t like the office.
The last thing you want is a fearful and needy dog at work with you – it isn’t good for your dog and it isn’t good for your productivity. If you can take your dog to the office before the official Take Your Dog to Work Day for a test run, do it. If not, bring a favorite toy and maybe even his dog bed. A little bit of home may be all that he needs to feel comfortable at your office.
4. Potty accidents
Dogs have potty accidents, and even the most well trained pooch may have an oops in a new place. As his owner, you need to keep an eye on your dog, and if he’s giving off any of his ‘I have to go potty’ queues, then you need to get outside pronto. Another way to prevent an office accident is to be proactive and take your dog outside more often than you normally would. While an accident may not be a big deal to you, it can be alarming to someone who doesn’t own pets.
Let’s face it, a cute dog in the office is going to be a distraction; both to those who love dogs and those who wish Take Your Dog to Work Day didn’t exist. Do what you can to minimize distractions to both yourself and your coworkers. Taking a 3-month-old puppy to work might not be the brightest idea, but a well-trained 6-month-old puppy might be fine.
Happy Friday! As we honor Dad this Sunday here's way to make him proud...making more money! I found this list of weird ways to make money and wanted to share with you. Take a look:
1. Sell your body.
for science, that is. You can sell whole blood or plasma. According to American Red Cross standards, you have to weigh at least 110 pounds, be 18 or older, and be in good health. Plasma can be sold monthly, and it takes about an hour and 15 minutes. Whole blood can be sold only every two months, but it takes just 10 minutes, on average. Check with your local hospital or clinic to see if it pays for donations. Each visit can be worth up to $35.
2. Do clinical trials.
Provided you qualify, participating in tests of new medicines and procedures can earn you up to a couple thousand dollars. Two sources for finding clinical trials are the National Institutes of Health database and the Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation, which can also help you over the phone.
3. Show talent. Fiverr.com helps you make money from your ability to do anything from retouching photos to singing. You can net $4 (the site takes a $1 cut) for a wide variety of small tasks. And if you don't have a special skill, try being clever or weird. Recently on the Fiverr front page, someone was offering to do voiceovers in a Power Ranger costume and another was offering to write messages on her lips. While lots of this stuff is silly, this site can theoretically be used as an entree for those with serious ambitions to showcase more traditional work.
4. Sell used goods.
If you have stuff you don't use -- and who doesn't? -- there are plenty of places to sell it, from Craigslist to eBay to Amazon. And if you don't want to wait on a buyer, you can trade in used electronics, books, movies and games at Amazon for credit. While this idea isn't particularly weird, if you need money, it's a good place to start.
Better than selling used is selling new -- especially if you have something unique to offer. Websites like Etsy.com can help you launch a side business selling your own crafts, from jewelry to painting to custom purses and clothing. Promoting your crafts on a social network like Pinterest can help drum up business.
6. Work online.
One of the most-asked questions: Is there legitimate work from home? Technically, yes. But finding a legitimate work-at-home job isn't easy, and there are a lot of scams. Still, you can use the Internet to make extra cash. You can provide product research on sites like SurveySavvy.com for anywhere from $1 to $15 per survey, or perform quick menial tasks like tagging images for a few cents each on Mechanical Turk. You can also use the Internet to find offline jobs in your area (like bartending or short-term work as a personal assistant) at Zaarly, where some gigs are worth $100 or more.
7. Find missing money.
"Finding unclaimed cash" explains how to check with government agencies for cash you didn't know you had, like tax refunds, retirement accounts from old employers, abandoned paychecks, and unclaimed life insurance proceeds.
8. Try apps.
As smartphones become more popular, some startup businesses are based entirely on apps that get you to use them in certain ways while you're out and about. There are even apps that reward you for trying and reviewing other apps.
Watching television can make you smarter. Gossiping can make you less critical of yourself. And coffee can help prevent type 2 diabetes. Yes, some bad habits -- in moderation -- may actually be good for you. Ladies Home Journal reports that some bad habits can have surprisingly good effects. Here are five that get a bad rap, but can be good for you.
The good: When you watch shows that exercise your mind, it can actually make you smarter. Some shows can give you a cognitive workout, while others will encourage you to reflect on your marriage and family life. Still others will almost always teach you something new. The bad: If you turn into a couch potato and watch TV excessively while your family does other things, it's a problem. Sitting in front of the TV for too long can drain your energy. If you watch more than two hours a day, it's time to dial down the habit.
The good: Facebook can help you deepen relationships and connect with people from your past with whom you long ago lost touch. It can be a valuable resource for information, too. Posting a message that you need the name of a good plumber or tips for planting a vegetable garden can result in information you would not have otherwise received. The bad: When you spend so much time on Facebook that you neglect your work, family or household chores, you may need to restrict your use by building it into your schedule. Be disciplined and only check in at those times.
The good: When we gossip about other people, it can make us less critical of our own lives. A celebrity's third trip to rehab or the neighbor's failed marriage can make you realize you're doing just fine. Gossip, which is human nature, also relieves stress and can create a culture of closeness. The bad: If you purposely spread vicious stories about someone else that could be potentially damaging, it's time to stop. Too much gossiping can make you seem insecure or egocentric.
The good: Regular coffee consumption is actually good for you! Numerous studies have shown multiple health benefits, including a lower risk for stroke, dementia, Parkinson's disease, type 2 diabetes, liver cancer and gallstones. The bad: If you indulge in fancy, high-calorie java drinks, they can make you fat since they're not only packed with caffeine, but also calories. And pregnant women shouldn't drink coffee at all because it can increase the risk of miscarriage.
The good: So what if your desk is a pile of papers and the junk drawer is so crammed with stuff it won't open? Moderately disorganized people also tend to be more creative and efficient than those who are obsessively neat. The bad: When the boss looks at you like your desk is a fire hazard or you can't find your favorite jeans in your closet, it's time to clean up. Being messy is fine -- to a point. Complete disorder is a problem. Schedule weekly tidy-up sessions to keep things under control.
Father's Day isn't just about kids showing appreciation for their dads. It's about everyone showing some extra love to all the dads in their lives -- including your husband. Although it's cute to help your kids make pop breakfast in bed on that Sunday, here are a few creative ideas for spending the day with the man with whom you've created your awesome family.
1. Walk down memory lane
Whether it's the place you and your husband first met, or the restaurant where you told him that you were pregnant with your little one, a trip down memory lane is always a great way to not just celebrate the past, but the present. It's also a fun lesson for the kiddos to hear your love story.
2. Scavenger hunt
Nothing says fun, like an all-afternoon hunt through clues that will ultimately end at one of dad's favorite places. With cute notes of trivia and funny suggestions (make dad do the "Funky Chicken" before he gets hint #4!), spend the day having dad run in circles just to get him to Yankee Stadium for a game, or some other place he loves.
3. Alone time
Yes, Father's Day has a lot to do with the kids that made your husband a dad, but it did take some alone time. Let the kids have Saturday to celebrate their dad with all their homemade craziness, then get a sitter and take off Saturday night into Sunday. A loungy day in a hotel bed without the fear of the little ones running in is just what you both need.
4. Work on the family tree
It took a lot of dads before to get to the father your husband is today, so why not pay homage to the all the fathers in your family? Break out the old photographs and teach the little ones about their ancestry. Or, if the kids love arts and crafts, start branching out with marker and crayons.
5. Let dad choose the menu of the day
The best way to keep dad happiest is to surround him with his loved ones and keep his belly full. Have dad hand over a list of all his favorite foods and make every single one of them for him.
6. Build something
Even if your husband isn't exactly a whiz when it comes to power tools, having the whole family participate in building something will be a blast. From making a birdhouse for the family of sparrows in your back yard to creating paper-mâche dinosaurs just for the hell of it, anything where there's going to be a mess, there will be laughs.
7. Throw a party
That's right. If you're stressing out as to what to do and how to make the day extra special for dad, host a barbeque -- it's the time of year for it -- invite all his pals and their families and make it a group celebration he'll never forget. Everyone likes a party, especially when it's in honor of them.
I went and saw Avenue Q at the Hippodrome last night and what an amazing performance. Sometimes you forget how many neat things there are to do in our neck of the woods. Kudos to the actors, actresses and performers who did a great job!
Did you know that 70% of your longevity is determined by your lifestyle? So, in a way, you are in control of your destiny. Taken together, all of the following lifestyle changes will help you live as much as 30 years longer. Here are tips from Dr. Sanjay Gupta's book "Chasing Life".
5 years: Don't smoke
It's not cool to smoke. You smell, your teeth turn yellow, your skin looks like leather and your voice gets low and raspy. It also gives you lung cancer. Ick.
5 years: Eat power foods
It's all about the antioxidants. Every day you should eat a handful of dark chocolate and almonds, as well as fruits, vegetables, garlic and even a glass of wine.
4 years: Skip the fast food
Drive past the drive thru windows and you'll live a lot longer since you're not ingesting all that fat and cholesterol.
3 years: Get moving
Run for 30 minutes, five days a week and you can live up to four years longer. If you walk, you'll add three years.
3 years: Get married
Numerous studies have shown that married people are happier and healthier. Why? They take care of each other. Face it, most men see a doctor because their wives made the appointment and told them to go.
3 years: Eat salmon twice a week
Eating fatty fish that contains omega 3 fatty acids, such as wild salmon, herring, mackerel and sardines, not only appears to lower your risk of Alzheimer's disease, but also helps control triglyceride levels and inflammation.
3 years: Lose the fat
You'll not only look and feel better, but you'll be healthier if you lose weight. Being overweight increases your risk of death by 20 to 40 percent. Now that's motivation!
3 years: Have sex
Having sex two to three times a week helps you live longer by cutting in half your risk for heart disease and stroke. How? Sex burns about 200 calories, which is the same as running for 30 minutes.
1 year: Floss daily
The greatest benefit of regular flossing is healthy gums. Research has shown that gum inflammation is linked to heart disease. Keep your gums healthy and your heart may follow
OK, common foods that are poisonous?!?! It's true! Take a look at these 8 common foods that are poisonous. The key is know what to eat and how to prepare.
1. Lima beans
Like many legumes, the seemingly innocent lima bean should not be eaten raw – doing so can be lethal. (And who wants to die in such an ignoble way as death by lima bean?) Also known as butter beans, the legumes can contain a high level of cyanide, which is part of the plant's defense mechanism.
Here in the U.S. there are restrictions about cyanide levels in commercially grown lima bean varieties, but not so in less developed countries, and many people can get sick from eating them. Even so, lima beans should be cooked thoroughly, and uncovered to allow the poison to escape as gas. Also, drain the cooking water to be on the safe side.
Whoever ate the first pufferfish must have been adventurous. (And most likely died shortly thereafter.) Almost all pufferfish contain tetrodotoxin, a deadly toxin that is up to 1,200 times more poisonous than cyanide. The poison in one pufferfish is enough to wipe out 30 humans, and there’s no known antidote.
Yet, many people eat it. Called fugu in Japan, the meat of the pufferfish is a highly prized dish that is prepared by specially trained, licensed chefs. Even so, according to government figures, there were 23 deaths among 338 fugu poisoning cases recorded in Japan from 2000 to 2009.
3. Castor beans
Many a granny came armed with a spoonful of castor oil to heal all ills, and studies show that it does indeed have health benefits to offer. Just be sure not to eat the beans from which the oil came. If castor beans are chewed and swallowed, they can release ricin, one of the most toxic poisons known to man. Eating just one or two castor beans can easily cause the demise of the eater. Ricin has been investigated as a warfare agent, and has even been employed by secret agents and assassins.
Any reader of old-school mystery novels knows what the smell of bitter almonds signifies: death by cyanide, my dear Watson. And that’s because some plants, including apples and bitter almonds, have cyanide in them to discourage herbivores from devouring them.
But don’t fret; bitter almonds aren’t the same as sweet almonds, the ones we eat in the United States. Since about 20 bitter almonds are enough to kill an adult, they aren’t sold here. That said, almond extract is made with the oil of bitter almonds, but rest assured, it can’t be used as a murder weapon.
Also known as manioc or tapioca, bitter casava is native to South America and is the third most important source of calories in the tropics; and like bitter almonds, cassava also harbors cyanide. When properly soaked and dried, and especially when people have protein in their diet, bitter cassava is okay; but when any of the process is skimped on, problems arise.
Due to correct food processing and strict regulations, cyanide-laced cassava poses little threat to Americans who eat the root. But, in Africa, where cassava has become a major part of subsistence diets, many poor people suffer from a chronic and crippling form of cyanide poisoning known as konzo. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is helping in the efforts to breed cassavas with less cyanide, but success has not yet been achieved.
Rhubarb stalks may lend a super tart tang to strawberry pie; but their leaves offer something altogether different. Rhubarb leaves contain oxalic acid, a chemical compound found in bleach, metal cleaners and anti-rust products. The leaves also contain anthraquinone glycosides. Eating the leaves can lead to a burning sensation in the mouth and throat, nausea and vomiting, gastric pain, shock, convulsions and even death.
Although rhubarb sold at the store genrally has most of the leaves removed, be careful if you grow it at home; although using every part of a vegetable is generally great ... in this case, the shock, convulsions and death aren't quite worth it.
7. Tomatoes and potatoes
The leaves and stems of both tomatoes and potatoes, members of the nightshade family, contain a toxic alkaloid called solanine. In potatoes, it is particularly concentrated when the spud starts to sprout and when the eyes and flesh turn green.
Prior to 1820, Americans considered tomatoes to be poisonous, but the chance of suffering symptoms of solanine toxicity from tomatoes isn’t that likely. Potatoes have higher concentrations – and a report form the University of New Mexico notes that wild potatoes in the Andes can be more than double that of cultivated potatoes. But even so, a 100-pound person would need to eat 16 ounces of a fully green potato before solanine poisoning would occur. If you happen to have a taste for green potatoes, keep an eye out for excessive salivation, diarrhea, slowed pulse, reduced blood pressure and respirations, and cardiac arrest.
No list of poisonous foods would be complete without mention of mushrooms, and specifically, Amanita phalloides, the deadly (and dastardly delicious) “death cap” mushroom. Responsible for a multitude of mushroom poisonings, along with its cousin, Amanita ocreata, better known as the “destroying angel.” The Amanita genus in general is responsible for about 95 percent of all mushroom poisonings, with 75 percent of fatal poisonings attributed to death caps and destroying angels.
Our fascination with funghi goes way back and we continue to poison ourselves with various members of the mushroom family. Why? Because they are amazing to eat, while at the same time, it's hard to differentiate between those that are good and those that are deadly.
Nothing says summer like flip-flops, our number one summer shoe choice -- from the pool to a swanky evening out on the town. "While flip-flops are perfectly fine -- and far better than going barefoot-- in a number of settings, they do have some drawbacks," warns Christina Sigur, a podiatrist and instructor in orthopedics at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. "They really don't offer too much support or protection. Wearing them too often or for certain intensive activities can lead to a variety of foot problems." Here are five smart tips for wearing flip-flops, courtesy of the American Podiatric Medical Association:
1. Purchase flip-flops made of high-quality soft leather. Leather minimizes the potential for blisters and other types of irritation.
2. Gently bend the flip-flop from end to end, ensuring it bends at the ball of the foot. Shoes of any kind should never fold in half. Do not choose shoes that are too flimsy.
3. Make sure your foot doesn't hang off of the edge of the flip-flop. A good shoe fit is vital to healthy feet.
4. Don't wear the same pair of flip-flops year after year. If they show signs of severe wear, discard them.
5. Don't ignore irritation between toes, where the toe thong fits. This can lead to blisters and possible infections.
When it comes to avoiding injury, always use your common sense.
Don't wear flip-flops while walking long distances. Even the sturdiest flip-flops offer little in terms of shock absorption and arch support.
Never do yard work while wearing flip-flops. Always wear shoes that fully protect feet when doing outside activities such as mowing the lawn or using a string trimmer.
Don't play sports in flip-flops. This can lead to twisting of the foot or ankle, as well as sprains and breaks.
Get ready for your mind to be blown! Here are 10 myths that many of us hold as truths.
1. Going out in the cold with a wet head will make you sick
"Put a hat on or you’ll catch your death of a cold," screeches every micro managing momma as her charges march off into the winter wonderland. But in numerous studies addressing the topic, people who are chilled are no more likely to get sick than those who were not. And a wet or dry head makes no difference.
2. Vikings wore horned helmets
Is there anything more "Viking warrior" than a helmet fitted with horns? Alas, horned hats were not worn by the warriors. Although the style did exist in the region, they were only used for early ceremonial purposes and had largely faded out by the time of the Vikings. Several major misidentifications got the myth rolling, and by the time costume designers for Wagner’s "Der Ring des Nibelungen" put horned helmets on the singers in the late 19th century, there was no going back.
3. Sugar makes kids go bonkers
The Journal of the American Medical Association published a review of 23 studies on the subject of kids and sugar, the conclusion: Sugar doesn’t affect behavior. And it's possible that it is the idea itself that is so ingrained as fact that it affects our perception. Case in point: In one study mothers were told that their sons had consumed a drink with a high sugar content. Although the boys had actually consumed sugar-free drinks, the mothers reported significantly higher levels of hyperactive behavior. That said, some scientists warn that sugar can make you dumb.
4. You lose most of your body heat through your head
Everyone knows that you lose somewhere around 98 percent of your body heat through your head, which is why you have to wear a hat in the cold. Except that you don’t. As reported in The New York Times and elsewhere, the amount of heat released by any part of the body depends mostly on the surface area — on a cold day you would lose more heat through an exposed leg or arm than a bare head.
5. You will get arthritis from cracking your knuckles
It seems reasonable, but it's not true either. You will not get arthritis from cracking your knuckles. There is no evidence of such an association, and in limited studies performed there was no change in occurrence of arthritis between "habitual knuckle crackers" and "non crackers." There have been several reports in medical literature that have linked knuckle cracking with injury of the ligaments surrounding the joint or dislocation of the tendons, but not arthritis.
6. Napoleon was short
Napoleon's height was once commonly given as 5 feet 2 inches, but many historians have now given him extra height. He was 5 feet 2 inches using French units, but when converted into Imperial units, the kind we are accustomed to, he measured almost 5 feet 7 inches inches tall — which was actually slightly taller than average for a man in France at the time.
7. You have to stretch before exercise
Stretching before exercise is the main way to improve performance and avoid injury, everyone stretches … but researchers have been finding that it actually slows you down. Experts reveal that stretching before a run can result in a 5 percent reduction of efficiency; meanwhile, Italian researchers studying cyclists confirmed that stretching is counterproductive. Furthermore, there has never been sufficient scientific evidence that pre-exercise stretching reduces injury risk.
8. Cholesterol in eggs is bad for the heart
The perceived association between dietary cholesterol and risk for coronary heart disease stems from dietary recommendations proposed in the 1960s that had little scientific evidence, other than the known association between saturated fat and cholesterol and animal studies where cholesterol was fed in amounts far exceeding normal intakes. Since then, study after study has found that dietary cholesterol (the cholesterol found in food) does not negatively raise your body’s cholesterol. It is the consumption of saturated fat that is the demon here. So eat eggs, don’t eat steak.
9. Dogs age at seven years per one human year
Your 3-year-old dog is 21 years old in human years, right? Not according to experts. The general consensus is that dogs mature faster than humans, reaching the equivalent of 21 years in only two, and then aging slows down to more like four human years per year. "Dog Whisperer" Cesar Millan’s site recommends this way to calculate your dog’s human-age equivalent: Subtract two from the age, multiply that by four and add 21.
10. George Washington had wooden teeth
Our first president starting losing his teeth in his 20s, but contrary to popular belief, his dentures were not made of wood. Although built-in toothpicks would have been handy, Washington had four sets of dentures that were made from gold, hippopotamus ivory, lead, and human and animal teeth (horse and donkey teeth were common components in the day). Also of note: The dentures had bolts to hold them together and springs to help them open, all the better to eat one of his favorite treats, Mary Washington's seriously delicious gingerbread.
Well Tropical Storm Andrea left as fast as she arrived.We got some good rain out of the storm and unfortunately for my neighbor, a tree limb fell on his car right through the windshield! Thank God no one was hurt in that incident.
I recently had a friend down on his luck and feeling sorry for himself. i reminded him that he has the power to shape his life and to think positively. Its cliche to say but you do have your health.
So I thought I'd post these traits of successful people. For most people, success is no accident. Winners are winners for a reason just as losers are losers for a reason. Here are some differences between successful people and those who are not.
1. Winners do things losers won't do.
Oftentimes, it's the people who go to almost unthinkable lengths who manage to make it to the top. Thomas Edison reportedly tried more than 1000 different substances as filaments before he found the right one for the light bulb. Henry Morton Stanley, who was one of the greatest explorers in human history, nearly died time and time again going on expeditions across Africa that took years under some of the most dangerous and miserable conditions imaginable. Ross Perot and his wife both worked and then they lived off his salary while they saved every cent of her salary to fund his new business. These are people who went to extraordinary lengths to reach the top and they did it instead of complaining that life is hard and giving up.
2. Winners fail more often than losers.
The loser tastes defeat and quits. The winner gets knocked down and keeps on getting back up. "I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." -- Michael Jordan
Winners have "been there, done that, and got the t-shirt" -- so when they're in that same situation again, they've learned from hard experience what to do and what not to do. Losers, on the other hand, fail, decide it's too hard, and they quit before they've ever really gotten started.
3. Winners are optimistic while losers are pessimistic.
Both optimists and pessimists tend to think their view of the world is more "realistic." That's because whether you're optimistic or pessimistic, you're probably right. That makes sense if you think about it. If you expect to fail and have a setback, then it's all too easy to say, "I knew it wouldn't work," and give up. On the other hand, if you expect to succeed and things go badly, then you're much more likely to just shrug it off and keep going forward. As Richard Bach has said, "Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can."
4. Winners know what they're trying to do while losers go with the flow.
This one is a little trickier than the other items on the list because after all, not every successful person has mapped out his future. Moreover, there are plenty of successful people who ended up taking their first steps toward success and prosperity without realizing the path that they were on. That being said, you don't just show up one day and become a CEO, astronaut, or gold medalist. As a general rule, it takes a lot of effort, planning, and grunt work to be exceptional at ANYTHING. Even if you just want to be a great father or the best friend you can be to another human being, it helps a lot to know that's what you're trying to do. That's because it's very rare that anyone is "accidentally" great at anything over the long haul. People get good at things because they have figured out it's important to be good at them and then they take steps to improve.
5. Winners take responsibility for their own lives while losers point the finger elsewhere.
It's not society's job, Wall Street's job, or the government's job to take care of you. That's YOUR JOB. Winners take responsibility for what happens to them, their own lives, and their future. That gives them a sense of control over their own destiny. It also puts the onus for change on the shoulders of the only person who has any sort of realistic chance to make a difference: YOU! On the other hand, losers evade responsibility and point the finger elsewhere when they fail -- which is a huge mistake because it cedes control of their own life to other parties. If you're waiting for family, "society" or the "government" to show up, fix all your problems, and make you into a success, you're going to be in for a long, long wait.
6. Winners work harder than losers.
Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else is an outstanding book. Its central theme is this: What people often think of as natural talent is really the result of a freakish amount of "deliberate practice." Put in 10,000 hours of well-coached focused practice and you, too, can appear to have an extraordinary amount of "talent." There's a lot to this way of thinking. Although hard work alone isn't sufficient to make you into a winner, it's a prerequisite for being a winner. That's why successful people are almost inevitably busy people. Long story short: You're never going to become a champion at anything working 40 hours a week and then spending the rest of the week kicking back in the La-Z-Boy watching TV and playing Xbox.
7. Winners ask. Losers wait to be asked.
As Robert Ringer wrote in his book Action!: Nothing Happens Until Something Moves , asking for what you want is one of the biggest keys to achieving your goals. Perhaps only 45% of success is showing up, while another 45% of success is asking. Asking is the simplest, most efficient, and potentially most rewarding action a person can take.