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!
People are judging each other all the time, we all know it. Now scientists say they've found that we trust strangers with easier-to pronounce names. Researchers from the University of California say when someone has an easy-to-pronounce name they come across as more familiar, and safer. Researcher even found that people thought claims attributed to easy-to-pronounce names were more likely to be true. Researchers say, "When we encounter new information, how easy or difficult it is to process plays and important role in all sorts of situations. For example, research shows people think food additives with easier names are safer than those with difficult names."
First Lady Michelle Obama yesterday (February 27th) announced an overhaul of the nutrition label found on most packaged foods, the first major change in more than two decades. The changes, which have been in the works by the Food and Drug Administration for more than 10 years, are meant to make it easier for consumers to understand the labels and to make them reflect the latest scientific information. The changes include:
"Calories" appearing in a larger font and the number of calories even bigger and bolded.
Serving sizes updated to reflect the amounts that people actually eat. The number of servings per container will also appear larger and bolder.
New subcategory added under sugar for "added sugar" which doesn't occur naturally in the food.
Vitamins A and C will no longer be required to be listed, but vitamin D and potassium are being added because data show people aren't getting enough of them.
The daily value for sodium is slight decreasing, while the daily values for dietary fiber and vitamin D are increasing.
First Lady Michelle Obama yesterday (February 27th) announced an overhaul of the nutrition label found on most packaged foods, the first major change in more than two decades. The changes, which have been in the works by the Food and Drug Administration for more than 10 years, are meant to make it easier for consumers to understand the labels and to make them reflect the latest scientific information. The changes include:
"Calories" appearing in a larger font and the number of calories even bigger and bolded.
Serving sizes updated to reflect the amounts that people actually eat. The number of servings per container will also appear larger and bolder.
New subcategory added under sugar for "added sugar" which doesn't occur naturally in the food.
Vitamins A and C will no longer be required to be listed, but vitamin D and potassium are being added because data show people aren't getting enough of them.
The daily value for sodium is slight decreasing, while the daily values for dietary fiber and vitamin D are increasing.
Most all popular music acts and performers are sharing one common thing when it comes to their songs...a rhyme. Prince, Whitney Houston, Adele, the Rolling Stones, Madonna, Elton John, Bob Dylan, and Kanye West are sharing this word bond and in fact, song analysis of every song on Billboard’s Year End Hot 100 between 1960 and 2013 suggests that this rhyme might be the most popular in pop music history. So what is it? Click here for the answer!
It's all too common. The new year starts with resoluters joining a health club/gym only to abandon it by mid-February...or in as little as 6 weeks. The most common reason? Injury! So there are 7 very common exercise errors that might deter you from continuing to get healthy. Not only will you learn of the errors but how to correct them.
just remember that you didn't get unhealthy overnight and becoming healthy takes a lot longer than a reality show series would have you believe. Keep motivated to improve yourself because it will happen, if you really want it!
It is amazing to know that many couple commonly make huge financial mistakes together! So take a look at these 9 money mistakes couples make and find out how you can avoid them to live happily ever after!
Seems that everyone I know has developed a cough! Not that I'm afraid of catching something from their coughs but it can be annoying and distracting (for both the cougher and coughee) when you are trying to work. SO take a look at these 10 cough remedies that are not only cheaper than medicine but they are all natural!
Yes, I'm hooked on Downton Abbey. For those unfamiliar with the British import, it's a soap opera type show based in the early 20th century that follows an aristocratic family. One of he many facets that makes this series great are the costumes. In fact, the costumes are so good that some of the cast look very different without makeup. Take a look here at the cast with their Downtown Abbey costumes and without.
Revlon is marketing scented fingernail polish. The Parfumerie collection consists of 24 shades, in three fragrance categories (Fruits & Florals, Sweets & Spices and Freshes). Each $17.50 polish shade gives off its own perfume, thanks to fragrances and essential oils that release once the polish is dry.
Goodbye credit card signatures and hello PIN numbers. In a move that could better protect consumers from massive security breaches, major credit card companies are looking to implement a chip-and-PIN system instead of the tired and true swipe-and-sign method used across the country.
Both MasterCard and Visa have outlined a planned shift to the new EMV system and set a October 2015 deadline to begin using the system, The Wall Street Journal reports.
We all reminisce about the gold 'ol days of when gas was under a dollar a gallon but those days appear to be gone for good. It's a hard pill to swallow but and we have to accept the fact that the price of fuel will continue to increase. With that in mind, AARP blogger Jeff Yeager suggest you start a $4 A Gallon Gas Savings Club.
The idea is simple, budget for gas to be $4 a gallon today even as gas hovers well below that number. With the current price of gas around $3.50 a gallon now, what do you do with the extra $.50? Save it! As mentioned earlier, the price of petroleum is likely to increase before it decreases. The theory is that your budget will not be whacked out as long as gas doesn't go over $4 a gallon...AND you enjoy some extra money you can save to pay for fuel once it goes over $4; again without throwing you out of your budget (at least for a short time).
Something stinks, doctors warn that there has been a recent rise in the production of counterfeit fragrances and that they can post a health hazard. One researcher says, "What is often in fake fragrances are ingredients like antifreeze, poorly based chemicals and urine." Experts say the fake perfumes are often sold online or by street vendors and discount retailers. The FBI encourages consumers to be on the lookout for signs that the fragrance is a fake, saying the packaging will vary slightly from that of authentic brands, and the products are often advertised as "limited edition" and sold at dramatically lower prices. Researchers say you should also look at the fragrance's color saying, "If it's too pale, that means it's heavy alcohol. If it's too dark, it is most likely using faux chamicals."
On March 8, Kentucky will travel to the O'Connell Center to take on Florida in what could be the biggest game of the conference season. While both teams are expected to have locked up at-large bids by that point, there is the added possibility that the regular season title could be on the line. And with the conference's best team going up against its most talented group, all eyes will be fixed on The O'Dome.
To make things extra special, Florida wants to bring in "The President of Pop" to sing the national anthem.
That's right, Florida's student organization, known as the "Men's Basketbal Rowdies," named after the "Rowdy Reptiles" student section, is actively campaigning to have Justin Timberlake sing the "Star Spangled Banner" before the biggest home game of the season.
A new report found that the number of parents offering more than $10 or $20 a week for allowance is on the rise, Reuters reports.
The number of parents offering below $10 a week for allowance fell to 68.4% from 77.3% in 2011. On the flip side, 4% of families are giving their children between $41 to $50 per week. For a few lucky kids, there are the more than 1% of families that give between $91 to $100 per week.
Stuart Ritter, a senior financial planner with T. Rowe Price, who conducted the Parents, Kids & Money Survey. said there are a few reasons higher allowances are cropping up: a better economy and sharing financial decisions with kids, such as paying for their own clothes.
Additionally, older children are also to blame for allowance inflation, Ritter says. The more typical $5 won’t get much for a 14-year-old these days.
Shelling out big bucks for your child’s allowance might not be doing much good when it comes to teaching your kid financial responsibility, Lewis Mandell, the former management dean at SUNY, says.
When reviewing financial literacy tests, Mandell found that kids with unconditional allowances tended to do the worst. He suggests parents tie chores and allowance together to show that money is valued and earned.
Parents should also stick to their guns when little Johnny comes home crying that little Bob gets enough allowance to buy the entire class happy meals.
Remember, you’re not a terrible parent if you only give your kid $10 a week in allowance, Mandell says.
Well it's happened. Time has gone by, your kids have grown up and now (as your parents said about you), kids today do some strange things! Take a look at things kids do today that parents just don't understand, like never listening to voicemails, wearing drop crotch pants and why they don't want to hang out with you anymore!
Click here for the Buzzfeed.com list
There’s no need to go searching all over the Internet for recipes to make party food fro Sunday's last football game of teh season. There are plenty of crowd-pleasing recipes right here that you can make with ingredients that you trust. Thanks to MotherNatureNetwork.com
Best Buffalo Wings – One of the event’s most popular foods can be brought in, cold and soggy, from a local pizzeria. Or, you can make amazing Buffalo Chicken Wings at home, including the blue cheese dressing.
Jalapeno Poppers – For those how like some heat without the meat, these three-cheese, cumin and shallot filled poppers do the trick.
Spicy Toasted Nuts – What is it about the Super Bowl and spicy, hot treats? Maybe it’s because spicy foods go well beer. This quick and easy mixture of nuts and spices takes five minutes to throw together and 20 minutes in the oven with a few stirs.
The Better Business Bureau has put out a national alert to consumers to be on the lookout for any recent charge for $9.84 on their credit or debit card, warning that it could be fraud. A worldwide scam has been discovered in which stolen cards are being used to make small charges in that amount that could easily be missed, attributed to websites with names like EETsac.com, CEWcs.com and EduAcc.in that claim to support customer services. It's not yet clear how widespread the scam is and when the credit card numbers were stolen.
The iPhone’s secret Undo Button. This function isn’t meant to be a secret, but most iPhone users don’t know about it—and it can save a lot of headaches. If you ever make a mistake typing, deleting, cutting, or pasting, here’s what to do. Just shake your phone like you’re furious. (This will not be hard.) An undo option will pop up on screen. Click undo, and your text will be restored.
You may be wise to the many tricks and secrets grocery stores use to get the most coin from your pocket. But some of them are truer and some are not. For instance, notice the check out lane has gotten narrower? That's because supermarkets don't want you to change you mind at the last minute and not buy items. SO there is limited space for you to dump it! Ever notice the music played is slower during the day and weekends? On average, you will spend 29% more time in the store when the songs are slower tempo ( buy more). These and other tricks of the trade are leaked to Reader's Digest.
Advocates of Bulletproof Coffee trend, a cup of black coffee with grass fed butter and medium-chained triglycerides (MCT) oil mixed in, created by Dave Aprey, owner of Bulletproof Executive, are saying that adding the butter to your coffee can help kick your day into overdrive. Kerry Bajaj, a Health Coach at Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in New York says, "Bulletproof Coffee is a great way to get healthy fats first thing in the morning." It is thought that starting your day with healthy fats is good for cognitive function. Bajaj says that if you're not into butter in your coffee, try having black coffee with scrambled eggs cooked in MCT or coconut oil.
According to gastroenterologist Dr. John Kuemmerle, dermatologist Dr. Maryann Mikhail and chiropractor Dr. Karen Erickson, Spanx can lead to health issues. The shapewear compresses your stomach, intestine and colon which can worsen acid reflux and heartburn as well as provoke erosive esophagitis. It can also cause blot clots due to decreased circulation or numbness, tingling and pain in your legs when sitting because it compresses a nerve in your thigh. This can come and go but it could become constant. Dr. Erickson noted that posture can also be affected because instead of using your muscles to hold yourself up, the Spanx can become a crutch to avoid using those muscles.
Who has time to relive stress? I've got a million things to do and to quote Sweet Brown, "Ain't Nobody Got Time For That!" And thinking about the million things that have to be done stresses me out even more! It's this vicious circle of stress! But now it's time to relax and check out these 40 ways to relieve stress in 5 minutes of less. From chewing gum to counting backwards, any help in reducing stress is always welcome.
Looking to make your selfies better? AskMen.com has some suggestiosn for you! 1. Forget your reflection. 2. Check what's going on behind you. 3. Your face should be naturally lit, but avoid direct sunlight. 4. Keep it clean. 5. Find your best angle. 6. Don't do the mouth pout. 7. Smile. Without actually smiling. 8. Take as many as you can and choose the best one. 9. Relax the muscles in your neck and stick your head out. 10. Be confident.
If you got an email from Target last week about the store's recent mega security breach, be careful. Target did indeed send out emails offering customers one year of free credit monitoring, but scammers are also on the prowl and are sending out similar emails. Target says it has identified and stopped at least 12 scams preying on customers via email, Facebook and other ways. To make sure the email you received from Target is legitimate, check out what it should look like here: http://tgt.biz/1hfzkTl . If your email doesn't match you should not click any links on it or give any personal information. Security experts warn that if your data was compromised in the data breach it's not just Target that customers needs to worry about, but also scammers posing as other retailers or even the IRS.
Do you have a good password? SplashData, a company that makes programs to manage passwords, has revealed that "123456" is the worst password of 2013. The worst password of 2012 was "password" which now falls into second place. The other worst passwords, in order were: "12345678," "qwerty," and "abc123." SplashData's CEO says "Seeing passwords like 'adobe123' and 'photoshop' on this list offers a good reminder not to base your passwords on the name of the website or application you are accessing." (Fox)
HBO has decided to move new episodes of Girls and Looking from February 2nd to February 1st to avoid competition with the Super Bowl. The network did the same thing last year. Other networks such as ABC, CBS,and NBC have also decided not to air any new programming that night aside from NBC's Dateline. PBS will still be airing new episodes of Downton Abbey and Sherlock. Set your DVR's accordingly!
Dannon Oikos is teasing their big Super Bowl commercial by staging a Full House mini-reunion. The Greek yogurt brand already uses John Stamos as a spokesperson but has also recruited Dave Coulier and Bob Saget to get in on the fun. They have released a 32-second teaser showing Stamos getting ready to head to bed for the night and turning to Coulier and Saget asking if they are ready as well. The promo invites viewers to tune in on Super Bowl Sunday (February 2nd) to see the next chapter.
Traditional wedding videos may be on the way out as couples have started making videos of them lip syncing to pop hits instead, and it’s being called “marryoke.” In this type of video, the bride and groom and their guests all get to star in their own pop video, in which they lip-sync along to their chosen song. The footage is all cleverly edited together to include all of the traditional moments of a wedding day. A husband and wife team set up their company at Marryokes.com three years ago, and says they travel the world shooting these music videos for clients. The couple says clients seem to like it because it’s unique and different and because people like having something to post on social media that will get attention. (Daily Mail)
Scientists believe that older people take longer to remember things not because of mental decline, but because they have more information in their brains to sort through, Britain's Telegraph reports. German researchers programmed a computer to read a certain amount each day and learn new words and commands. When they let the computer take in only so much, its performance on cognitive tests resembled that of a young adult. But when the same computer with the same processing capacity was exposed to the experiences we might have over a lifetime, its performance was like that of an older adult.
Pizza Hut says a Pizza Hut pizza was the very first Internet purchase ever made in 1994. And now to mark that mushroom, pepperoni and extra cheese pizza sold 20 years ago, the chain is offering 50% off online pizza orders through January 10! So what’s the catch? Click here for the complete story!
A new product unveiled Sunday (January 5th) at a preview event for the annual Consumer Electronics Show exemplifies just how much the online world is becoming ever more deeply involved in even the most mundane parts of our daily lives -- the Internet-connected toothbrush. Created by French-based startup Kolibree, the Kolibree toothbrush includes a sensor that detects how much tartar is being removed from the teeth in each brushing. It also records brushing activity so there's consistent cleaning each time it's used. The toothbrush sends the information wirelessly to a smartphone app, which can tell users if they've missed hard-to-clean areas or aren't getting a thorough brushing. The creators say it could also be particularly useful for parents who want to check on how good of a brushing job their small children are doing.
If you're looking for love online in 2014, post a full body profile picture a new study finds what your profile should have. The study looked at more than four-thousand online daters and found that a full-body image will boost both sexes' messages by an average of 203-percent. When a women's photo was taken indoors she received 60-percent more messages, while men received 19-percent more messages if their photo was taken outside. Posting photos with pets in them is not a good idea, and reduced women's popularity by 53-percent and men's by 42-percent. Also, honesty is usually the best policy as men who mentioned divorces and separations in their profiles got 52-percent more messages, and if they mentioned a son or daughter they got a seven-percent boost. However, women should not be so honest, mentioning children got them a seven-percent dip in messages received. Additionally, keeping it short and sweet is best, as users with profiles that were 100 to 200 words received ten-percent more messages than those with longer profiles. (Daily Mail)
Figures out from the Census Bureau Monday showed that the U.S. population grew just 0.72 percent last year, the lowest rate in more than seven decades. The figures also show that New York remained the third most populous state, after California and Texas -- but just barely. New York has just fewer than 100,000 people more than Florida, which is expected to take over the third place spot at some point in 2014.
In a separate release, the Census Bureau projected that on January 1st, the U.S. population would be 317,297,938, a 0.7 percent increase from January 1st, 2013.
Tim Tebow is embarking on a TV career. The Heisman Trophy winner has been hired by the new SEC Network as a college football analyst on the pregame show SEC Nation. In announcing the new gig, Tebow and the network noted that the job does not preclude a return to the NFL.
ESPN, which runs the network, specified that the multiyear deal "will not preclude him from continuing to pursue playing opportunities in the NFL." Tebow has been without a team since he was cut by the Patriots in August.
Tebow said of his new job, "While I continue to pursue my dream of playing quarterback in the NFL, this is an amazing opportunity to be part of the unparalleled passion of college football and the SEC.". Tebow will make his debut during pregame coverage of the BCS championship on January 6.
Here is a rundown of New Year's Eve TV programming:
ABC-Dick Clark's Primetime New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacreast-8pm
Ryan Seacreast hosts featuring Jenny McCarthy of The View and Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas as co-hosts. A slew of performances will take place including appearances by Miley Cyrus, Melissa Etheridge, Blondie, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Jason Derulo, Fall Out Boy, Jennifer Hudson, Icona Pop, Enrique Iglesias and Robin Thicke. The program will also feature a performance by Billy Joel, who will be playing a show in nearby Brooklyn, N.Y. at the Barclays Center.
Carson Daly will also be in Times Square to host an NBC special starting at 10 p.m. ET. Angela Kinsey of The Office fame will be on hand to help co-host the event, which will feature performances by Train and The Voice stars Tessanne Chin and Cassadee Pope. Mariah Carey and Blake Shelton are expected to appear, too.
Fox will celebrate New Year’s Eve with a special hosted by Mario Lopez. J. Cole, Krewella, New Politics and Panic! At the Disco will perform.
Rodney Atkins, Susan Boyle and Blues Traveler will perform on Fox News Channel's All American New Year, with Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Bill Hemmer as hosts.
BET will host a special New Year’s Eve event with a 106 & Party special, featuring hosts Lil Mama and Mack Wilds. A$AP Rocky, Trey Songz and August Alsina will perform.
PBS will air the New York Philharmonic Gala Concert featuring featuring guest cellist Yo-Yo Ma.
Have you ever downloaded an app that didn’t seem like it was going to chew up a ton of data only to later find out that it was devouring megabytes without you knowing? A wireless industry group has put together a website that measures data usage on the most popular iOS and Android apps (sorry Windows phone users) so consumers can know what to expect before they download. Click here to find out the name of the app and the rest of the story.
These snacks will leave you feeling full but, according to Angela Lemond, R.D.N., of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, won't do bad things like spike you blood sugar, incite cravings or pack on the pounds.
1. one medium banana & one tablespoon almond butter
2. one medium apple & one ounce of low-fat cheese
3. a quarter cup of black beans & a small corn tortilla
4. one cup of blueberries & six to eight ounces of plain, non-fat yogurt
5. one cup of carrots stick & three tablespoons of hummus
Not every invention is a home run. I see plenty of them when I forget to turn off my TV and wake up in the middle of the night. Some strange item is being pitched for the low price of $19.95. But did that useless food item make the top 13 list of 2013?
A speeding ticket can be awfully expensive, but police in Melbourne, FL, were giving some lead-footed motorists a chance to win enough money to pay off their citations by handing out scratch-and-win lotto tickets and speeding tickets on Christmas day.
Sometimes it really is the "hair of the dog" that can make things better. As nut allergies increase among children mothers have been wondering whether they should be consuming tree nuts while pregnant. Researchers say the answer is yes, eating tree nuts helps. To find this, researchers followed nearly 11-thousand participants form birth through about age four. The participants' mothers reported their diets during or shortly before or after pregnancy, and researchers found that peanut/tree nut allergy incidence was significantly lower among the children of mother who ate more nuts during pregnancy. Researchers say, "This study adds to the emerging body of evidence that early introduction of food allergens leads to the development of tolerance to these food allergies, reducing the risk of developing food allergies." (Fox)
Keeping your bottle of bubbly chilled not only makes it taste great, it makes opening it safer. Researchers from the Champagne region of France have recently discovered that the warmer the bottle of Champagne the faster the cork travels when popped. Researchers say the cork of a bottle kept at about 40 degrees Fahrenheit traveled at about 25 miles-per-hour while the cork of a bottle kept at about 65-degrees Fahrenheit traveled up to 34 miles-per-hour. Researchers claim this happens because the gases inside the bubbles move faster at warmer temperatures, which increases the velocity of the cork. The American Academy of Opthamology says that last year almost a fifth of serious eye injuries were blamed on flying champagne corks. (Daily Mail)
FOMO -- the fear of missing out -- has only recently become a phrase in wider use, meaning the fear that something's going on that you don't know about or aren't involved in, that's been heightened by social media. But AP reports that global advertising and marketing company and trend watcher JWT believes that JOMO -- the joy of missing out -- is going to be gaining ground in 2014. The prediction is that more people will be trying to shut out distractions and focus on the moment. The company's trend-spotter, Ann Mack, explained, "You're enjoying what you're doing in the here and now and not on social media broadcasting or seeing what everybody else is doing. I think the real surprise is the fact that as we get more immersed in technology we're starting to question its siren call, although we're not resisting it entirely. . . . Over the past several years we've let technology rule us and now we're ready to rule it and find a balance in our lives because we realize technology is here to stay but it's fundamentally changing our relationships, our behaviors, perhaps even our brains."
Experts say the world is facing the worst cocoa deficit in 50 years. Cocoa demand reportedly exceeds output, and experts say in the next 10 months the gap between demand and supply will be a whopping 70-thousand metric tons. The International Cocoa (ICCO) Organization says that shortfall could persist for six years, which would be the longest running shortage since the ICCO began collecting data in 1960. One researcher explained the shortage by saying, "It's produced in countries in West Africa that tend to be politically unstable, and the weather can be difficult to predict." Researchers also say that demand has increased very much as once-poor populations are becoming middle class, and have more money to spend on luxuries such as chocolate. (Yahoo)
Women may grin and bear it in order to walk around in sky-high heels, but a new invention may take the pain out of the fashion. Biochemistry has invented a foot-numbing spray called Heel No Pain. The spray claims to relieve foot pain for up to three hours and will be released in the U.S. just in time for New Year's Eve. The plastic surgeon who invented the spray says, "The pain simply dissipates and [this] lasts two to three hours. It's certainly enough to get you through a red carpet event." The inventor explains that the spray is a painkiller with heat treatment that is able to penetrate the skin. The stuff is FDA approved, and will cost you 15-bucks for one ounce. (Daily Mail)
Not surprisingly, new research finds that kids will eat more fruits and vegetables at school if they are paid to do so. Researchers from two universities ran a week-long experiment with 15 different schools in which they offered students a nickel, quarter or raffle ticket for eating a serving of fruit or vegetable. The raffle ticket was for a chance to win a larger prize, and researchers found that offering the small rewards increased fruti and vegetable consumption by 80-percent, and decreased food waste by 33-percent. Researchers say when the study was over the students went back to the same level of fruit and vegetable consumption as before, but they are not studying whether extending the experiments over three to five weeks might yield lasting behavior changes. (UPI)
The Friday after Thanksgiving has a name, so does the Monday after and now this Saturday has it's own moniker. Super Saturday is the final push for retailers hoping to trade deals for your cash before Christmas. The Consumerist says there will be deals but certain items will go even lower after the holidays.
Yep, we've been duped and more than once this year. Mashable.com has tabulated the top hoaxes of 2013 which include Manti Te'o's girlfriend, the kiss cam breakup and the zero tip on a $100 restaurant bill.
Who doesn't like Doritos? After the popular cheesy corn chips took the Taco Bell crowd by storm in the form of taco shells, the tangy chip-dust may start popping up elsewhere. Doritos' parent company, PepsiCo, just made a deal with the chain Buffalo Wild Wings to serve its beverages, and says it will work with the chain to create "unique menu offerings." The company sees Doritos as a topping for wings and even side dishes like French fries. A Wild Wings representative said she was shown ideas for salad dressings and sandwich and chicken wing sauces that incorporated PepsiCo's colas, including Mountain Dew. (Daily Mail)
Very encouraging news for women with a history of breast cancer in their family!A study of 4,000 women at high risk of developing breast cancer because of family history or bad genes found that a daily hormone-blocking pill cut the risk of developing the disease by more than half after five years. The results were reported yesterday (December 12th) at a cancer conference in Texas. The drug, called anastrozole and sold as Arimidex, can cause hot flashes, joint pain and other side effects, but they were nearly as common among women who took a placebo, and are often due to menopause and aging.
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.
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