Chris Malone

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!


New Movies Opening This Weekend (With Previews)

Opening today (Friday April 18th) is the new documentary, Bears. The film, narrated by John C. Reilly, follows a mama bear and her cubs as she teaches them life lessons in Alaska.

Bears is rated G and has a running time of 1 hour and 17 minutes.

Also opening today is the new science fiction film, Transcendence, starring Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Kate Mara Cillian Murphy and Morgan Freeman. The film follows a scientific genius' pursuit of knowledge which evolves into a dangerous thirst for power.
Transcendence is rated PG-13 and has a running time of 2 hours.

Opening today is the new comedy, A Haunted House 2, starring Marlon Wayans, Jaime Pressly, Dave Sheridan, Essence Atkins and Gabriel Iglesias. The film follows Malcolm who, after exorcising the demons of his ex, is getting a fresh start with his new girlfriend and her children. But after moving into their dream home, Malcolm realizes he is still plagued by paranormal events.

A Haunted House 2 is rated R and has a running time of 1 hour and 27 minutes.

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This is the Inspiration for Lorde's Royals song

Every wonder what inspired Lorde to pen Royals? It's not about the Royal Family as I thought. Actually it's because of a photo in National Geographic of Kansas City Royals third baseman George Brett. Lorde said the word "Royals" on his jersey struck a chord with her and inspired her to write the song.

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Princess Elsa Dress Is The Must Have Item

Remember when "Tickle Me Elmo" prompted people to trample each other? The newest "hot toy" is here-- and parents are forking over thousands of dollars for it. It all stems from Disney's Frozen, which is now officially the top-grossing animated film in box office history. Little girls are all asking for Princess Elsa's blue gown, and parents are scrambling to find it. This has led to people sewing their own versions of the dress and selling them on Etsy and eBay for a thousand dollars or more. One mom told TODAY, "I didn't realize this movie was going to be such an obsession. We saw this film and then out of nowhere, she wanted all this stuff and it was unavailable." One toy retail expert says, "You just can't get it. It's really sold out and it's probably the hottest thing out there right now."
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New Hurricane Storm Surge Risk Maps

National forecasters will be introducing new maps for the Atlantic hurricane season this year that show not only the potential winds, but the potential for flooding from storm surges. The maps are being introduced because it was found that most Americans living on hurricane-vulnerable coastlines were paying too much attention to the wind strength predictions and not enough to storm surge in deciding whether to evacuate. Storm surge specialist Jamie Rhome of the National Hurricane Center said, "We are not a storm surge savvy nation. Yet storm surge is responsible for over half the deaths in hurricanes." The new maps, which will be issued 48 hours before landfall and updated every six hours, will enable people to see whether their property is likely to flood.
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Tax Relief Promises Are A Heaven For Scammers

This may not come as a surprise but those ads that offer to settle your debt to the Internal Revenue Service for a fraction of the bill may be a scam.

According to the Washington Post, officials with the Federal Trade Commission are warning consumers to be aware of these so-called "rescue" programs that, in reality, can cost consumers thousands of dollars and provide no tax relief.

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Purchase Google Glass Tomorrow Only

If you've been dying to get your hands on Google Glass you'll get your chance tomorrow (April 15th.) Google says anyone in the U.S. with 1,500 dollars to spend can attempt to buy one of the controversial pieces of technology. Google says a limited number of the products will be available, and they'll go on sale 9 AM Eastern time. Google says it's making the move in an effort to get more feedback about Glass.

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Daycare Costs More In Florida Than College

Eek! New research blogged by The Washington Post reveals the costs of raising a child comes earlier than expected. A report from Child Care America reveals that the annual cost of day care for an infant exceeds the average cost of in-state tuition and fees at public colleges in 31 states (and Florida is one of them). The study found that in Florida, the average annual cost of daycare averages around $8,229, while a year of public college tuition runs around $6,882. The difference is $2,067.
Researchers say that in New York, for example, day care will set you back nearly 15 thousand dollars, while in-state college tuition is just 6,500 dollars. The other top states with huge price gaps between day care and public college are: Massachusetts, Maryland, Colorado and Oregon. In South Carolina, however, the opposite is true as college intuition is higher than the cost of day care by about four thousand dollars a year
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Geocache Is The Winning Word

Remember last month when I mentioned that Scrabble was updating their dictionary and asking for your help in adding a new word? Well the new word added is geocache, which means, "to seek items by means of a GPS device as part of a game." As an eight-letter word, it will be challenging to use, since players have only seven letters at a time. The Number 2 word was "zen," while other runners-up were: "bitcoin"; "cosplay"; and "ew." Hasbro had asked fans to nominate their picks on the company's Facebook page.The update will be available in stores this summer and is the first update ever in the 9 years the Scrabble dictionary has been available. So does this mean you can use the word now? Or wait until summer?
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3 New Movies Opening Today (With Previews)

Here is a rundown on new movies opening today:

Oculus-rated R and has a running time of 1 hour and 45 minutes
Stars Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, Rory Cochrane and Katee Sackhoff. The film follows Kaylie and Tim who are determined to prove Tim's innocence ten years after their parents were murdered and track down the mirror they think contains a supernatural power that they think caused their parents' deaths. But when they find the mirror and discover that previous owners met the same fate as their parents, Tim and Kaylie realizes too late that their childhood nightmare is beginning all over again.



Rio 2-rated G and has a running time of 1 hour and 41 minutes
Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, will.i.am, Jamie Foxx, George Lopez and Tracy Morgan lending their voices for this animated flick. The film follows Blu, Jewel and their kids after their moved from the magical city to the Amazon. In his new home, Blu must face the vengeful Nigel and meets his most fearsome adversary yet, his father-in-law.



Draft Day-rated PG-13 and has a running time of 1 hour and 49 minutes
Stars Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary, Ellen Burstyn and Frank Langella. The film, set on the day of the NFL draft, follows general manager Sonny, played by Costner, who has the chance to rebuild his team and trade for the number one pick. But when personal and professional lines are blurred, Sonny must quickly decide what he is willing to sacrifice in pursuit of perfection.



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How To Avoid Spoiling TV Shows For Others

There are so many shows to watch and many times, I have to record one show so I can watch another and then the art of of avoiding certain friends and social media until I watch it becomes a challenge. Spoilers are everywhere!!! Taking the joy of finding out how a show or series ends. So how can you avoid becoming "that guy"? Click here for tips on how to avoid spoiling TV shows for others.

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13 Natural Remedies For Ants

So Ants have invited themselves into your home. How do you get rid of them? Here are 13 all natural remedies to rid yourself of ants.

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10 Things You Should Always Buy Used

Video games, instruments and weights are just some items experts say you should buy used. Why? What else should you buy used?

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Are You Storing Fruits & Vegetables Correctly?

Looking to maximize the shelf life of fresh fruits and vegetables? You may not be storing them correctly. Experts say that garlic, apples, corn and potatoes are generally stored incorrectly leading to a shorter shelf life.

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Hitting Your Funny Bone Isn't Funny And Here Is Why

Your first reaction is to say hitting your funny bone isn't funny. True, it's not funny as in "haha", but gives you a funny feeling you have all up and down your arm that usually accompanies tears, screams and clinching!

Here are some factoids about the funny bone you might find interesting...not"haha" interesting but enough to keep you interested! :)

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Inspire 2014 Event Pictures

Take a look at Monday night's Inspire Celebration Event that honored 21 women who are amazing!

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Planning A Vacation While At Work Will Cost You

Everyone needs a break sometimes, but new research finds you shouldn't book your getaway from your desk at work. A poll of 4,500 U.S. vacationers reveals that people are more likely to book a more expensive hotel when they book from work. Researchers found that people who made reservations during business hours not only booked more expensive hotels, but were also less satisfied than people who stayed at the same hotel, but booked during non-business hours. Researchers say, "We speculate that occurs because people are either more fatigued at work and tend to buy more expensive items or that vacations seem more appealing while people are at work. This kind of preliminary data indicates that people should not be making purchases when they are working." Researchers also found people enjoyed their vacations more if they paid for it in advance.
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Washing Hair With Dry Shampoo

Washing your hair with dry shampoo does sound like an oxymoron but it has actually been around for centuries. It has enjoyed a recent resurgence of popularity because many beauty experts recommend washing your hair less frequently to keep it healthy. So what is it exactly?  Click here to find out.

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Most Popular State Attractions: State by State

I'll give you one guess as to what the number one attraction is for the state of Florida?  Yes, it's Walt Disney World.  But what's the number one attraction for New York?  Minnesota and Oregon? 

Click here for a map to the most popular state attractions: State By State

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Yawning May Be A Good Sign For Your Relatonship

Do you yawn right after your partner yawns? Researchers say the faster your partner yawns back at you, the healthier your relationship is. One scientist claims that humans don't pick up contagious yawning until they reach age four or five because certain parts of the brain need to develop, namely the parts related to social skills and empathy. This scientist says he wonders "if you could tell someone was falling out of love with you by the timing of their yawn delay." Previous research has revealed that people yawn more quickly after an acquaintance yawns then when a stranger yawns, and that the more familiar and attached a person is to the yawner the more likely he or she will return the yawn quickly. (Daily Mail)
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How To Keep Companies From Tracking You Online

Privacy please!  It seems that nothing we do is private anymore, especially with the era of the Internet.  yes, everything you search for and click through is tracked by companies (now you know how those specialty ads pop up).  Now you can reclaim your privacy!

Google and Apple recently rolled out a feature called the “Do Not Track.” DNT lets consumers opt out of third-party web tracking. To date, only 19% of users say they use this feature, according to a Forrester Research report, but it’s one of the simplest ways to keep third-party trackers at bay.

To initiate “Do Not Track” on your browser, go into your browser preferences and look for the tab labeled “Privacy.” Check the box to enable the DNT feature. You can get the same protection on your mobile phone by enabling DNT via your browser privacy settings. Most popular browsers offer a DNT option, including Google’s Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Explorer and Safari.

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Yard Sale Tips Guaranteed To Make It A Success

If spring cleaning is on your list of to-dos, a yard sale or garage sale should be too. Sure, it's a lot of work, but all the lugging of boxes and bags can be worth it if you know how to turn a profit. Experts chime in their advice on the best ways to turn an average yard sale into a real money-maker!

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7 Workout HabitsThat Are Bad For Your Skin

Hopefully you are sticking to your New Year's resolution guns and exercising on a regular basis.  One thing we overlook many times are the and things we do when we're trying to be good, like protecting your skin.  Did you know you should be wiping off exercise machines BEFORE you use them?  Or that your shower's water temperature is too hot?  7 bad workout habits that wreck havoc on your skin are just a click away!

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Universal Mardi Gras Ticket Winners


Congratulations to these 98.5 KTK listeners who won a pair of 1 day/2 park tickets to Universal Orlando!


Jennifer Shaw
Christine Aponte
Brian Prudy
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Kathryn Watson
Andrew Petit
Debbie Moore
Laurie Jarrett
Ron Belanger
Joyce Starr

Remember that Universal Mardi Gras continues through June 7!
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Modern Family Home For Sale

The home used for the exterior shots of the Dunphy family residence on Modern Family is up for sale. According to Huffington Post, the 4 bedroom/4.5 bathroom house located in West L.A. is on the market for $2.35 million.

Current owner, Paul Chaimes, scores a paycheck from ABC every time the property is shown on the show and the new owners will most likely have the same kind of offer from the network.  But be warned, Paul revealed to The Hollywood Reporter that his house has become a bit of a tourist attraction with people regularly knocking on his door asking to take pictures in his front yard.

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16 Possible Scenarios That May Have Happened To Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

The developing story of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is starting to sound like an episode of CSI than reality.  I can only imagine the horrible emotional roller coaster these families of the passengers and crew are going through with each new bit of information released. Here are 16 possible scenarios on what may have happened to the flight.

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10 Bad Foods Now Embraced

Once was bad for you is now good?  Seems like one report debunks another!  So to add to the melee, here are 10 foods once considered bad for you that are now embraced!

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Add Words To The Official Scrabble Dictionary

Hasbro is inviting fans to be involved in updating the Scrabble dictionary, letting them pick words they think should be included in the first update of The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary -- used for online and real-world play -- in nine years. Fans can nominate picks on Hasbro's Facebook page through March 28th, after which 16 words will picked from the nominations for a March Madness-style bracket. The winning word will be revealed on April 10th.
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A Telemarketer Explains How To Banish Telemarketers

If you’ve signed up for the Do Not Call List, you shouldn’t get phone solicitations except from companies you do business with and charitable organizations. But if those calls are a bit too much,a telemarketer gives you some guidance to stop these calls too!

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Why You Cannot Escape Allergies

Do you suffer with seasonal allergies? Don't bother packing up and moving. U.S. researchers say you can't escape your allergies, no matter where you go. Researchers say, "This study suggests that people prone to developing allergies are going to develop an allergy to whatever is in their environment. It's what people become allergic to that differs." To find this, researchers analyzed blood serum data from about ten thousand Americans. They say they found that children between the ages of one and five, and children from the southern states displayed a higher prevalence of allergies than their peers living in other parts of the U.S. Researchers also found that people in higher socioeconomic status groups were more commonly allergic to dogs and cats, while those in lower socioeconomic status groups were more commonly allergic to shrimp and cockroaches.  (UPI)
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5 Foods To Stash In Your Desk For Emergencies

Yes, I know that 2:30 feeling  Many of us stash some sort of food in our desks for an afternoon pick me up.  Take a look at these 5 foods that will do a body good when hungry. Be forewarned, a candy bar is not one of them!

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Dunking Cookies Now Mess Free

Science marches on to make our lives better.  Perhaps you’ve faced the age-old problem of an aching hand while waiting for a cookie to soften in a glass of ice cold milk? What about those unsightly milk covered fingers that come along with trying to retrieve a sunken treat? These snacking disasters may finally be solved with a revolutionary new device called Dunkin' Buddy by inventors Jason Wells and Kiana Machnicz.This new apparatus allows you to submerge any cookie of choice completely hands free. WHHHAAATTT?????

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50 Things Turning 50

I remember reading an article a while ago talking about the human lifespan is getting longer and longer and that every generation is outliving the previous.  So being 50 maybe like 30 40 years ago...or something like that! :) Anyways, what do Jeopardy, The Lottery and Buffalo Wings have in common?  The turn 50 this year.  Find out what other favorites are golden this year by clicking here.

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Daylight Savings Time Makes Us Grumpy

Ever notice an extra set of grumpiness that follows the switch to daylight savings time? Grumpy grocery shoppers, grumpy drivers, grumpy co-workers all have one thing in common...the loss of one hour. But you can combat the negative vibes yourself!

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Lunchables For Adults

Love Lunchables?  Now there are adult versions.

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People With Hard To Pronounce Names Untrustworthy?

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."
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Nutrition Label Get Face Lift

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.
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Nutrition Labels get Face Lift

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.
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Justin Bieber & The Beatles Share This Common Rhyme

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!

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What Your Starbucks Order Says About You

Another look at what your buying habits say about you!   Take a look at what your Starbucks orders says about you by clicking here.

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7 Exercise Errors And How To Fix Them

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!

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Money Mistakes Couples Make

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!

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Do Food Expiration Dates Really Matter?

According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, Americans throw away up to 40 percent of the nation's food supply every year. That's $165 billion in food. Partially to blame are food labels and those expiration dates.  Thanks to inconsistent and confusing labeling, Americans throw away huge portions of perfectly edible food. Find out what you can keep beyond its expiration date and what you should make a point of using on time. 

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11 Features You Don't See In Cars Anymore

Pull up a chair and let me tell you about the good ol' days, when cars came with bench seats, ash trays and full-size spare tires!  Seriously, like fashion, our cars evolve with the demands of the day.  Gone are many features once hailed as innovative.  See 11 features you will no longer see in cars by clicking here.

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Ten Natural Cough Remedies

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!

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Crystal Pepsi Is Making A comeback

Nostalgia will make a comeback for a limited time.  Who could forget Crystal Pepsi?  The early 1990s soda flop is being reintroduced later this year for a limited time.

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Downton Abbey Cast Without Makeup

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.

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50 Crazy Facts About The Winter Olympics

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Scented Figner Nail Polish

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.

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Credit Cards To Stop Requiring Signatures By 2015

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.

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Gas Savings Club

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 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).

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Warning About Counterfeit Perfumes & Colognes

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."
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Forgot Your Coupon? These Retailers Got Your Back

Never fails that you never have that valuable coupon with you when you need it.  Fortunately there are many retail stores that feel giving you a coupon discount even though you forgot yours is worth it to keep your business.  Bed, Bath & Beyond, Kohls, and even JC Penney's have a reputation of finding a coupon for you, even if you don't have one!  Click here for the compete list of national retailers that employ this culture along with what you need to know about each to ensure you always get a discount.

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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. 

So what can you do to help this happen?  Click here to read the rest of the story.  #BringJT2UF

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CVS To Stop Selling Tobacco Products By October 1

CVS/Caremark, the country’s largest drugstore chain, announced on Wednesday that it planned to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products by October 2014.  Click here to read the story.

To be honest, I never understood why a pharmacy store, devoted to healthcare, would ever sell tobacco.  It will be interesting to see if other drug stores follow CVS's direction.

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Allowance Inflation

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.

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Do Detox Diets Work?

Seems that a lot of people I work with are on a cleanse diet.  Fruit juice, vegetables, etc. But do these type of diets really work and cleanse the body of toxins?

Click here for the answer and the story from MotherNatureNetwork.com

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Parents Just Don't Understand

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
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School Closings For Thursday, January 30, 2014

Winterly weather has caused some of the area school districts to cancel classes for students and faculty Thursday, January 30, 2014

SCHOOLS CLOSED THURSDAY, JANUARY 30, 2014
Bradford County
Columbia County
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SCHOOLS OPEN THURSDAY, JANUARY 30, 2014
Alachua County
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Conditions may change, so please click on your county for the latest news from the school board

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Simple And Delicious Football Party Food Recipes

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.
  • Roasted Red Pepper Hummus – A decade or so ago, might have seemed like an odd choice for many Super Bowl parties. This Mediterranean spread has become mainstream, and everyone loves it as a dip for veggies, crackers and chips. It’s so versatile, too. (If Roasted Red Pepper doesn’t strike your fancy, try Black Garlic Caramelized Onion Hummus or Roasted Red Beet Hummus or Pumpkin Rosemary Hummus.)
  • Slow Cooker Black Bean Chili – A simple basic beef and bean chili where you control the heat. Serve with grated cheese and some sour cream.
  • Vegetarian Pumpkin Chili – A no-meat version of chili with pumpkin (or other squash), turnips, corn and beans.
  • Guacamole – This basic guacamole will go quickly, so you might want to double it for a big crowd.
  • Pizza Dough – If you make your own, this dough is chewy and flavorful. Spread with a family’s favorite, homemade pizza sauce and add the toppings of your choice.
  • Ranch dressing and dip – Don’t buy bottled. This recipe can be thinned out for dressing or thickened for a dip and has none of the sugary, chemically taste that store-bought dips can have.
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Check Your Bank Statement For a Charge Of $9.84

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.
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The iPhone Secret Undo Button

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.

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Make a Mailable Postcard That Looks Like A Valentine's Day Cookie

This Valentine's Day, mail your sweetie an extra-special treat that looks good enough to eat. A sugar cookie postcard is guaranteed to be memorable this Valentine's Day

Click here for the sugar cookie postcard recipe from SheKnows.com

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10 Signs of Identity Theft

WIth millions of Americans credit/debit card information hacked, you need to be aware of the signs of identity theft. 

Click here for the 10 Signs of Identity Theft from MainStreet.com.
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17 Grocery Store Insider Secrets You Need To Know

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.

Click here for the 50 tricks and secrets of Supermarkets from Reader's Digest by clicking here (slideshow).

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Take The Made In The U.S.A. Quiz

So what is made in the U.S.A.. and what isn't?  Take this quiz to see and test your knowledge of items we make right here at home.

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Adding Butter To Your Coffee Adds Boost To Your Day

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.
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5 Weirdest Tings You'll See At The Super Bowl

Super Bowl Sunday is this weekend and with the game.  Forecasters have predicted 5 of the most weirdest things you'll see at this year's game.

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Funniest Wedding Photobombs

From Yahoo! Shine, take a look at 30 of the funniest photobombs of wedding photos you'll ever see!

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Spanx Hazardous To Your Health?

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.

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40 Ways To Relieve Stress In Under 5 Minutes

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.

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How To Take Better Selfies

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.

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Beware Of Free Credit Monitoring Scam

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.
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Worst Password Of 2013

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)
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Superbowl Distupts TV Show Episodes

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!
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Full House Mini Reunion?

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.
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Marryoke Making Its Way To A Wedding Near You

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)
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Older Brains Slower Due To So Much Knowledge

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.
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Mountain Dew Flavored Cheetos

Talk about multi tasking!  Now you can enjoy two snacks at once.  Thanks to Japan for introducing to the world, new Mountain Dew Flavored Cheetos!

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Pizza Chain Offering 50% off To Mark Milestone

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!

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Internet Connected Toothbrush

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.
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How To Make A Great Online Dating Profile

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)
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New Florida Laws For 2014

The new year brings in new Florida laws, including a minimum wage increase of $.14 per hour.  Click here for other Florida laws that took effect Wednesday, January 1, 2014.

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7 Easy WAys To Be More Productive

Another new year and another list of resolution to keep.  So if one of your resolutions is to stop wasting time, take a look at these 7 easy step to be more productive.

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Florida Set To Pass New York In 2014

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.
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Tim Tebow Lands TV Deal

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.

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NYE TV

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
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eaturing 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. 

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Online Tool Lets You Know If An App Is A Data Hog

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.
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5 Healthy Late-Night Snakcs

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
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13 Most Useless Food Inventions of 2013

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?

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Melbourne Police Hand Out Lottery Tickets With Speeding Tickets

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.

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Lower Risk Of Nut Alllergy By Eating Them

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)

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Chill You Bottle Of Bubbly For Good Reasons

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)
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FOMO in 2014

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."
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Chocolate Shortage: Everybody Panic

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)
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Foot Numbing Spray To Numb Pain Out Of High Heels

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)
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Paying Kids To Eat Vegetables Pays Off

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)
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Super Saturday Sales Last Chance For Santa

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.

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Top Hoaxes Of 2013

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.

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12 Tips To Make Your Holiday Baked Good Even Better

The holidays aren't the same without baking delicious treats.  You know those treats you normally wouldn't cook at all?  Those treats that bring a smile to everyone's face and bring back memories of Christmases past?  Here an interesting article you can use to make those holiday treats even better!  Click here for 12 tips to make your holiday baked treats even better (Yahoo news)
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Say Goodbye to 60w & 40w Incandescent Lightbulbs

On Jan. 1, 2014, it will be lights out for standard incandescent 60- and 40-watt light bulbs. In order to comply with efficiency standards outlined in the Energy Independence and Security Act, which was signed into law by President George Bush in 2007, it will be illegal to manufacture or import them after Dec. 31. But retailers will still be able to sell off any remaining stock. In 2012, all 100-watt bulbs were phased out, and 75-watt bulbs disappeared the following year.
Click here for expert tips to comply with the new law, as well as to balance energy efficiency and cost savings with aesthetics
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Dorito Dust Coming To A Spice Rack Near You

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)
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Breast Cancer Breakthough

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.
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One-Up Your Neighbors Navity Display With A Real Camel

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.

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Free Digital Items With Free 12 Gifts Of Christmas App

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.

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Best Time To Take Your Christmas Party Picture Is At 9:36pm

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)
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How Long Do You Spend Christmas Shopping For Your Spouse?

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)
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New Invention: Christmas In A Can

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.
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Walt Disney World Winner's List

Congratulations to Barbara Payne of Ocala on winning the 4 annual Preferred Passes to Walt Disney World!

Kudos to these 10 people who each won a $50 Walt Disney World gift card, valid at Disney Theme Parks & Resorts, Disney Cruise Line, Disney Store and DisneyStore.com.
 
  • Joan Partridge-Reddick
  • Sheila Springs-Archer
  • Heather Hartley-Gainesville
  • Nicole Sorrentino-Ocala
  • Cathy Dear-Dunnellon
  • Helene Vanderslice-Homosassa
  • Jim Fisher-Gainesville
  • Kathryn Eyes-Ft. White
  • Jodie Eaton-Ocala
  • Travis Mchenry  -Gainesville
Congratulations to all our winner and have a Merry Christmas!
 
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Help Foster Kids This Chrsitmas By Being A Secret Santa

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!
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How To Select A Bottle Of Wine

So many Christmas parties to attend and it is customary to being a gift to the host.  Many times that gift is a bottle of wine.  But how do you pick out a good bottle?  What kind of wine should you get? These questions and many more are answered by clicking here. 
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Plants Make You More Productive

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)
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2013 College Football Bowl Schedule

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.

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Best AA Batteries Money Can Buy

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.

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Teddy Bear Toss of 25,921

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)

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Men & Women Brains Wired Differently

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.
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Tips To Avoid Shipping Glitches

Don't guess the ZIP code, use a sturdy box and write clearly.  Just some tips the Post Office has for shipping gifts this holiday season.  Click here for the compete list.
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Insiders Guide To 87th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

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 personalities Sandra Lee and Richard Simmons; Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri; NFL legends Joe Namath, Bart Oates, Amani Toomer and Hines Ward, and NHL legends Cam Neely and Mike 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!

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10 Plants Perfect For Your Office Cubical

Wanting to add a little personality to your work space cubical?  Check out these 10 plants that thrive in small, indoor places.

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1 In 10 Chance Your Mailed Package Will be Received Damaged

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!
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Don't Be Duped By Some Black Friday Deals

With so much pomp and circumstance over black Friday deals it's easy to get caught up in the hoopla.  Be careful as many of these deals are not anywhere close to qualifying as one.  Click here and find out which deals are bogus and worth avoiding.  Happy shopping!
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U.S. Workers Least Satisfied With Job

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.
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How Much Will We Eat At Thanksgiving?

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.
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Selfie Is The Word Of The year

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.

Read the rest of the story and how selfie was selected by clicking here and reading the rest of the story published in The Chicago Tribune.
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Doctors Warn Kids To Stay Away From Spicy SNacks

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."
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First Microdermabrasion Ever

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.
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7 Reasons Why You Are Waking Up Tired

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.
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Trade In Old Christmas Lights For Discount On LED Lights

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.

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Cook Thanksgiving Dinner In A Slow Cooker

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.

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Bacon Flavored Candy Canes?

The flavor of bacon has soared to new heights and has merged with a Christmas favorite.  This Christmas you can enjoy bacon-flavored candy canes.  I wish I was joking about this one but the web site Archie McPhee sells the breakfast meat favorite in candy cane form.  Along with other creations like pickle-flavored candy canes and blue & white Hanukkah candy canes that are sure to be the talk of the town!
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Free Little River Band Concert Tonight In Ocala

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.

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9 More Uses Of Pumpkins

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? 
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How To Tell if Baking Powder & Soda Still Good To Use

With the holidays approaching many of us will put on the apron, grease the cookie pan and start cranking out baked goods.  But how do you know if that supply of baking soda and baking power is still active and ready for baking?  Good questions!  Two simple tests can easily determine if you can use your stash or if you need to head to the grocery store.

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Website To Interpret Dreams

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.
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Catch A Cruise That Costs Less: The Know How

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.

Read the entire article and find out how to tell if the 3rd party site is authorized by clicking here and happy sailing!

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Secret Restaurant Recipes

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 :)

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Have A Merrier Christmas Without Being A Grinch

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!
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  • 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.
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Latest Trend: Zombie Weddings

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?"
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Deep Fried Twinkee Burger Is Here

Just when you thought the deep fried Twinkee was enough and only available at a fair or festival, now there is a burger.  Take a look at the beef patty, covered in cheese, bacon, creme-filling and sandwiched in between two deep fried Twinkees.

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Early Christmas For A Boy Dying Of Cancer

The Christmas spirit has come early for an Ohio boy who may not make it to December.  Toledo News Now and WTOL-TV report on this story.  Just watch the video below.

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Quit Smoking This Monday

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.

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What Your Handwriting says About You

Another one of these personality tests I love so much!  Today we zero in on your handwriting.  Click here to see what your handwriting says about you!

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Tobacco Farmers Switch To Stevia

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.

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Secret Credit Card Backdoor To Get What You Want

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!

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Pet-O-Ween Pet Costume Contest Winner



CONGRATULATIONS to Jane Hurley & her ferret Clarence, the winner of $500 in the Pet-O-Ween Online Pet Costume Contest! Thanks to EarthWise Pet Gainesville for sponsoring the contest!


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Being Conservative Can Cost You More At The Store

Here is an interesting article about a person's political view and the cost of items at the store.  Click here to see why Conservatives maybe paying more at the grocery store than their moderate and liberal counterparts.

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Marion County Food Banks Desperate For Help!

The Ocala Star-Banner reports 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!
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Stop Snoozing!

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.
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Heartwarming Sportsmanship For Waterboy With Downs Syndrome

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.

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Foods For Healthy Teeth

Cranberries, tea and cheese are all foods that are healthy for your teeth!  Click here for the rest fo the story!

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White Is The New Silver

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.
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Top Financial Fear For Women

An interesting artcile that found the #1 financial fear of women is not wha you would think.  Clickhere for the story from MainStreet.com.

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Trick-Or-Treat Goodies That Aren't Candy

Here are some great alternatives to handing out candy for Halloween! Click here!

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Mini Scream Mask Pizzas For Halloween

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!
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Toys Are Cheaper In December

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."
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Betty White Safety Video

Betty White hosts a new Air New Zealand flight safety video that is seen before the flight take off.  Also a cameo from Gavin MacLeod, the captain from The Love Boat!
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Wine For Cats

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
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Sunday No Longer Funday

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.
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The Corset Diet

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.
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5 Ways To Keep Your Food From Getting Gross

There is nothing more disgusting than reaching for your favorite food only to find out that it has turned into a gross glob of goo.  Lifehacker.com came up with these 5 tips that you can use to keep your food from becoming gross

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.

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Travelers Scamming Wedding Parties At Hotels

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.
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Quiet a Noisy Co-Worker, Nicely

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!

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True Happiness Is Priceless

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."
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10 Sports Involving Pumpkins

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!

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Met The Real Siri

So is Siri a real person?  well, yes, it's Susan Bennett and she tells her story on how she became one of the most recognized voices in the world. Video courtsey of CNN

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DIY Glow In The Dark Halloween Decorations

Whether it's a Halloween party or just to decorate for the trick-or-treaters, check out these do it yourself Halloween decorating ideas!  They are extra neat as they can glow in the dark to give your decorations that extra touch!

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11/12/13 Weddings

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?
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Earbuds Are Causing Hearing Loss At An Alarming Rate

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.

So what can you do to still enjoy your music while protecting your hearing?  Click here for the rest of the article.

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Tom Clancy Dead At 66

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.
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Homemade Shower Cleaner

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.
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Bargain Airfare For The Holidays

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.
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Breast Cancer Awareness Month Starts With an FDA approved Pre-Treatment Drug

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.

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Major Skin Cancer Breakthrough

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.

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How To Get Sleepy Heads Out Of Bed

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! 

Here are some tips you can use to get those sleepy heads out of bed.  Click here for the story.

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National Heath Insurace Open Enrollment Begins Tomorrow

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:

http://www.heathcare.gov

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.


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Zen At Wrok

How often do you have that moment at work when you just feel like screaming??  Here are 5 tips on finding Zen in the office.  Save that screaming for when you win the lottery!

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Avoid The Flu At Work

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.

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Tricks Advertisers Use To Visually Enhanced Products

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!

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Wonder Bread Returns To Store Shelves

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?
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Fun After School Activities

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!

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Friends Of Rainbow Springs Needs Your Help

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.
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Made In the USA Making A Return

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.
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Latest Trend: Snail Facials

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.

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Bathroom Wipes Being Blamed For Clogged Sewers

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.
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What Your Coffee Says About You

New research finds the type of coffee you sip may say something about your personality. To find this a clinical psychologist observed and surveyed one-thousand cofee drinkers.

Black Coffee- Those who perfer their joe without sugar or cream tended to be "no nonesense" individuals who tended to be abrupts and dismissive.

Llatte Drinkers-tended to be more neurotic and eager to please people who often went out of their way to help others, but didn't take good care of themselves.

Sweet Coffee-Those who added sugar or sugar subistute were found to be "socially bold overgrown kids"

Decaf Coffee-These drinkers were found to be obsessive, controlling and detail-oriented.

Head researcher, Dr. Ramani Durvasula warns not to take the findings too seriously, saying, "We are no more defined by our coffee orders than we are by our astrological signs."
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2013 Emmy Winners

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
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80, 529 Thank Yous!

A big thank you to you for making the 13th Annual Radiothon For Kids such a success.  Because of you we were able to raise $80,529 for UF Health Shands Children's Hospital

Another big thank you to our sponsors:



Sunstate Federal Credit Union


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Could You Pass The U.S. Citizenship Test?

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.

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Ace That Test With These 5 Apps

Who couldn't use some extra help in scoring big in that test?  These five apps can help you study like a pro and ace your next quiz or test.  Click here for the list.

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Eat At Beef O' Brady's Ocala West Tonight For CMN

Malone's Miracle Money Makers invite you to meet Team Co-Captain Caitlyn Dunning as she hosts a Radiothon donation event on Tuesday, September 17th at Beef O' Brady's-Ocala West on SW 93rd Court in Ocala



15% of your meal will be donated to this year's Radiothon for Kids!  So save this date and we'll see you there!
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A Walking Dead Spinoff Is On The Way

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

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5 Common Yoga Mistakes

Are you making these common yoga mistakes?  Click here to find out and see how easy it is to fix!
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Drinking During Pregnancy, What Experts Say

It's a hot topic debate, can a pregnant mother consume alcohol and not endanger her child in the womb?  Well the answer is yes and no.  See what experts have to say by clicking on this link for the entire story.

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Shameful Ways Companies Commemorated 9/11

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.

Click here for 5 Awful Ways Companies Commemorate 9-11 from Crqacked.com

A Roundup Of 9/11 Promotions from The Consumerist.

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Late Back-To-School Bargains

OK Johnny Come Lately, you can still get some great deals for back to school, especially if you are wanting your college student to fly home for the holidays.  Click here for the rest of the story!

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Days Of The Automatioc Gratuity May Be Numbered

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.

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Cures For A Stinky Washing Machine

Ironic how the machine that cleans your clothes itself can become stinky and smelly!  Here are some tips for keeping your washing machine clean.

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