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 it away with the Stress-Free Drive Home, starting weekday afternoons just before 5.
We've come a long way in the world on sunscreens. A while ago A friend introduced me to a pump action sunscreen. Wow! What a wonderful invention; especially when self-applying to your back! Then comes the aerosol spray which takes sunscreen to the new level of ease. i love this stuff and it doesn't leave you feeling oily. But are they effective and safe? Click on this link to read an article that explores sunscreen.
Did you know that what you typically put on your plate speaks volumes about your personality? Discover what your choices mean by completing this quiz and find out more about you:
Your typical breakfast is:
Hot cereal with blueberries.
An English muffin.
Eggs and toast.
Your favorite sauce over pasta is:
Garlic and olive oil.
You eat most of your food:
By munching throughout the day.
When you're nervous, you tend to eat:
Nuts, chips or fruit.
Candy, cake or cookies.
Mostly "a" - You're a practical person who opts for good nutrition that tastes delicious, too. You're also quite confident in the kitchen your favorite room in the house where you prepare innovative recipes for family and friends.
Mostly "b" - You're so energetic and open to new things that your food choices are an eclectic mix. You're more concerned with enjoying yourself than worrying about consequences. You figure pleasing your palate is worth some extra exercise.
Mostly "c" - You're wise enough to eat nutritious foods while feeling no guilt over an occasional indulgence. Being so conscious of what it takes to stay healthy makes you a happy person who's less likely to ever become overweight.
It's hard to believe we are a little over two weeks away from the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year. (August 19) As time flies by don't let opportunities to make memories with your kids pass you by. Check out these 25 fun family activities to do before the end of summer. Some great thought-starters and are way easy and sound really fun!
There are many points in your life that are forever etched as a cherished memory, such as your wedding day. For parents and children alike, the father/daughter dance is unforgettable and for Rachel Wolf of Auburn, California she got to make this memory long before having an opportunity to be in her own wedding.
You see, the 25 year old woman isn't engaged or even close in planning her wedding. However time isn't on her side. Rachel's father, Dr. James Wolf, is dying of pancreatic cancer and only has a few weeks left.
Love Pandas? There's a channel for that! Internet users will be able to watch live broadcasts of giant pandas living in China next month. The "Giant Panda Channel" or ipanda.com will give users around the clock access to the cameras in the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. The online television station has already attracted 15,000 users
It's Monday, so let's find out something about yourself. Did you know that the pasta you crave reveals your personality. Oh yeah, what you love to eat isn't solely determined by your taste buds. In fact, the kinds of foods you crave are directly related to what you want out of life. In particular the type of pasta you most like to sink your teeth into is a tell-tale indicator, says leading food expert Chef Joseph Bonanno.
You have a quick wit and high intelligence, and there is nothing you like better than a challenge. People in your circle look to you when they have a problem to solve. You possess superior organizational skills that you use to keep your household running smoothly while getting high marks from a demanding boss for your competence and expertise on the job.
Spaghetti and Meatballs
There's nothing you desire more than spending most your time with your family. Your job is important simply because it provides the money you need to support your loved ones. They are the center of your universe, and the strong bonds you have with your family give you the self-confidence you need to meet any challenge.
You appreciate the finer things in life, and you're willing to work hard to get them. A veteran shopper, you manage to find the most amazing bargains, and both friends and family appreciate your generosity -- you have the best taste in gifts. You also have the ability to stick to a strict budget in order to save enough cash for that special indulgence.
Macaroni and Cheese
You've never lost the wide-eyed wonder you had as a child. You thoroughly enjoy life with an infectious gusto that draws people to your side. Having fun is your top priority, and you are usually in charge of group outings and parties. Your upbeat, positive approach to life is a source of inspiration to others.
You strive to live the healthiest life possible, and you are raising your kids in your image by making sure they eat a healthful diet and get plenty of exercise. You bring the same zest to other aspects of your life, never losing sight of your goals. You're known for your tenacity and both your family and pals often turn to you when things get rough.
Happy Friday! Does your life need a little pick me up? Here are some ways to spruce it up!
1. Take stock
How now, Dow Jones? That is the question. Bank bailouts? Sub-prime mortgages? If you're not confused, you aren't paying attention. But ignorance will cost you, so make a point of reading the financial section of your newspaper every day. Lesson No. 1: If your best friend loses her job, it's a recession. If you lose yours, it's a depression.
2. Buy an item of clothing that's so not you
Leather pants, stilettos, a bikini that, if translated into Morse Code, would be two dots and a dash.
3. Switch your Swatch -- to the other wrist
"Any time you make an adjustment, no matter how small, your brain has to work a little harder," New York psychologist Arlene Kagle, Ph.D., says. "It's good mental exercise." Another noggin workout: Figure out a math problem in your head rather than on a calculator.
4. Stop apologizing already!
This is probably silly... If this isn't a good time...With those soggy preambles, you're trivializing your requests -- and yourself.
5. And while we're at it
Stop apologizing for apologizing.
6. Read one of those books your English teacher talked about
War and Peace, The Brothers Karamazov, Ulysses. This will give you a head start on a resolution for 2013: Finish War and Peace, The Brothers Karamazov, Ulysses...
7. Give something back
Got 30 seconds? Go to greatergood.com to support sites that help people, pets, and the planet -- with one click you provide books to literacy programs, food for malnourished kids, or protection for endangered forests.
8. Learn how to tell a joke
if your jokes fall flatter than Kate Moss's abs, maybe it's the way you're telling them. Eighty percent of a joke's effectiveness lies in the delivery, 20 percent in the content. "Make your tone conversational," says comedy writer Mark Simone. Don't talk too slowly; you want to sound like you're telling a joke, not reciting one. "And smile a lot," he says. "If it doesn't go over, just laugh and say, 'Well, I thought it was funny.'"
9. Renew a childhood passion
Try pottery. Perfect your Pictionary game. Take your piano skills from "Chopsticks" to Chopin.
10. Do something you hate for someone you love
Lunch with his mom, his college reunion (complete with kegger), or a movie that's long on action and short on plot.
11. Add color to your life. Buy a sweater in cerulean
Paint your living room a dramatic red. Vivid colors can boost your mood. And really, who could possibly be blue in purple?
12. Stop with the why-ning
"Why?" is a perfectly lovely question coming from a toddler, but not from you. Why am I stuck in this stupid job? Why don't I have a better boyfriend? A better question: "How?" How do I get a better job, a better guy?
13. Find a bra that fits
Because right now, we're guessing that yours doesn't (a study showed that eight out of 10 women don't know their correct bra size). To prevent cups that runneth over and underwires that dig, get a pro to measure you at your local department store. Or try the Bra Size Calculator at balicompany.com
14. Learn to say no
Put your tongue against the back of your top teeth, make an oval shape with your mouth, and let go. Feels good, no?
Done. With. The. Rain. There, I said it! I know, it's Florida and it;s summer but come on!!! I almost want to just wear my bathing suit to work since I get drenched every evening walking to my car! Perhaps a day or two break would be nice but of course weather doesn't work on my schedule! :)
OK, now for discounts that you may be missing. yep, you are potentially missing out of hundreds of dollars of savings. Kendal Perez, the creator of the Haassle-Free Savings website, says that consumers may not be aware of many discounts that cross their paths every day. Here are some that she says are commonly overlooked:
1. Receipt coupons
Don't just shove your receipts into your bags after a trip to the store. Not only should you review them to make sure you weren't overcharged, but you should also check them for coupons you can use the next time you shop.
2. Catalina coupons
Similar to receipt coupons, Catalina coupons are usually printed from a small machine at the register, Perez says. These coupons are triggered by your purchases and provide discounts on products you typically buy. Perez says she usually gets future discounts ranging from 50 cents to $2 for each receipt and Catalina coupon she receives.
3. Customer service surveys
How many times has a cashier told you that you could get a discount on your next purchase by simply going to a website or calling a phone number listed on your receipt and answering a few questions about your shopping experience? And how many times have you actually taken one of these surveys? If your answer is zero, Perez says, you're missing out on an easy resource for savings (for example, $10 off a purchase of $50 or more).
4. Mobile coupons
If you have a smart phone, you have easy access to coupons while you're shopping. Just download a free coupon app, such as Coupon Sherpa, and search for discounts at the store where you're shopping, or download grocery discounts directly to your loyalty card. Perez says she saves up to 40% on purchases using mobile coupons.
These are coupons attached to a product for immediate use. However, Perez notes that "these sticky gems do you no good if you fail to point them out to the cashier." So make sure you remove them from products and hand them to the cashier.
6. Status discounts
Seniors aren't the only ones who can get discounts. Students, teachers and military personnel are among those to whom retailers, restaurants, hotels and others offer savings of usually 10% to 20% (up to 50% for military members at some fast-food restaurants). Perez says it never hurts to ask whether discounts are available for your particular status -- just be ready to show the necessary proof to get a deal.
7. Preferred-customer offers
Some retailers offer programs that allow customers to earn rewards after spending a certain amount. It makes sense to sign up for these free programs at stores where you frequently shop. For example, Perez says she gets $10 in shoe retailer DSW Rewards occasionally, and her husband scores $10 discounts on his Dick's Sporting Goods purchases because they accrue points through preferred-customer programs.
8. Sports tickets
Check your ticket stubs, as you'll likely find coupons for local restaurants or retailers on them.
Don't be so quick to pull out and toss subscription offers in magazines. Perez says she has found coupons and free samples attached to these offers.Recycling programs. Some retailers and manufacturers offer discounts if you recycle their products. When Perez bought a box of Kashi cereal, she was prompted to sign up for Recyclebank.com and enter a code printed inside the cereal box to earn points toward product discounts. Your community must participate in the Recyclebank Home Recycling rewards program in order for you to earn points for recycling products. However, the site offers other ways for you to earn points, such as taking online quizzes about recycling.
Go out and save my KTK family! Save like the wind! :)
I am one of those who believes the next big bubble to burst is the student loan debt. Let's be honest, most of us borrowed to attend college in the hopes of landing a more financially viable job. But with the recent impasse with congress letting interest rates of student loans double and tuition continuing to increase and the confusion of how many loans, where they are and when each of them become due for payment it raises some serious questions on what happens if you default?
It is ridiculous to have so much debt in hopes of landing a better paying job. What's the point? Colleges and universities need to remember that when asking each student to pay more in order to reach the American Dream.
Women who have had kidney stones are at an increased risk for developing heart disease or another cardiac issue, a new study says. Further evaluation found that women with a history of kidney stones were about 30 percent more likely to develop heart disease, have a heart attack or undergo a procedure to open blocked heart arteries than men.
What can you do to help prevent kidney stones? Make sure you have enough potassium in your body. This mineral helps balance many different body processes. Adequate levels of potassium decrease the amount of calcium excreted in urine. This makes kidney stones less likely to form. It also helps protect bones from osteoporosis. Potassium may also enhance the action of insulin in the body.
Average adult consumption of potassium is now between 2,100 and 3,200 mg a day. Many adults consume considerably less. Although some researchers suggest 2,500 to 3,500 mg as a good target for adults to aim for, the latest federal dietary recommendations encourage a daily potassium intake of 4,700 mg.
To get more potassium, concentrate on eating more vegetables and fruits. The forms of potassium found in these plant foods are preferable to the forms of potassium found in grains, meats, dairy foods and supplements.
Had a wonderful time at Universal Orlando! Make sure you are listening for those code words and enter them in your Club KTK account and you could win tickets!
Go ahead and take a handful of Advil now. You're welcome. Say goodbye to the rest of the afternoon, because you'll either be entertained for hours by these, or you will somehow chew off your own ears and go to the hospital. A recent survey found these songs as the most that get stuck in your head!
"Love Shack"-The B-52s
"I'm Blue" - Eiffel 65
"Mmmbop" - Hanson
"Come Sail Away" - Styx
"Kung-Fu Fighting" - Carl Douglas
"The Impression That I Get"-The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
"Informer" - Snow 8
"Steal My Sunshine"-Len
"Peanut Butter Jelly Time" - No clue. The devil, presumably.
Well for the first time in my 20+ years working in radio, I am traveling to Minnesota for a Radio Programmer conference tomorrow. I'm pretty excited to meet some people I've only known through emails and phone calls. Plus my first meeting isn't until Wednesday. So when or team arrives in Minneapolis Tuesday afternoon, I'll have a few hours to explore this upper mid west city. As luck would have it, I stumbled across this article from Chris Bucholz of the web site Cracked on the 5 travel myths we believe as true. for instance, public transportation in the big city. Sounds good on paper but riding on a bus or train I could miss some real local culture.
To look as amazing as you do takes work! The daily shampoo, the blow dryer, the flat iron and the brushing. You might want to scale back on all that work. How you style your hair, along with the styling tools you use, can cause significant hair damage that can make your hair brittle, frizzy and lackluster. Or even fall out! But you don't have to leave the house with a bag over your head. Instead, follow these tips from dermatologist Paradi Mirmirani, M.D., assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco. "Hair myths, such as brushing your hair one hundred strokes each day, can cause split ends," she explains. "Having healthy hair is possible if you know how to care for your hair before and after styling."
Here are eight tips to help prevent hair damage and hair loss:
1. Instead of using a blow dryer, dry your hair by wrapping it in a towel after a shower or bath or let it air-dry.
2. If your hair is straight, handle it as little as possible when it's wet; wet hair breaks more easily when combed or brushed. But if your hair is tightly curled or textured, do brush it when it's wet to decrease the chances of hair breakage.
3. Keep brushing to a minimum. Brushing your hair 100 strokes each day can cause split ends.
4. Reduce the use of "long-lasting hold" styling products. Using a comb to style your hair after you apply the product can cause the hair to break and can lead to hair loss over time.
5. Allow your hair to partially air dry before you style or comb. Decreasing the number of times per week that you blow dry also helps limit damage.
6. Flat irons should be used only on dry hair on a low or medium heat setting. Use a flat iron no more often than every other day.
7. If you use a curling irons, leave it in place for just a second or two. No matter your hair type, excessive heat can damage your hair.
8. Do not continually wear braids, cornrows, ponytails and hair extensions. These styles pull on the hair and can cause tension that leads to breakage. If the tension continues, permanent hair loss can develop.
The Ford F-250 crew-cab is the most stolen vehicle in America! The group bases its theft rankings on the number of insured vehicles of each type on the road. Today’s report looks at vehicles from model years 2010 to 2012. The claim frequency for F-250 crew-cab pickups was seven per 1,000 insured vehicles and an average loss payment per claim of $7,060.
GM’s Chevrolet Silverado 1500 pickup, Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 pickup, GMC Sierra 1500 pickup and Ford’s F-350 pickup rounded out the top five of the most popular theft targets among vehicles, based on the insurance claim rates. All of the top 10 were either pickups or SUVs made by Ford or GM.
Now you can have your wine, and eat it too. Wine-soaked popcorn is the newest snacking trend out of New York City. To make the strange snack food, artisan popcorn maker Populance teamed up with New Zealand winery Kim Crawford to make two wine-soaked popcorn flavors: Pinot Noir Chocolate Drizzle and Sauvignon Blanc Kettle. Creators say each flavor is meant to be paired with its respective wine. Populance founder Maggie Paulus says, "To me, the perfect snack satisfies both a sweet and salty crunch but remains low in calories, low in fat and is gluten-free with all-natural ingredients."
Over the years I've been able to detect subtle differences in regional accents. For instance, a Tennessee accent is different than an Alabama accent or Pennsylvania dialect. In the spirit of summer and its oppressive heat, here are some regional slang sayings describing how hot it is outside, courtesy of Joan H. Hall, editor of the Dictionary of American Regional English.
1. Hotter Than Dutch Love in Harvest (Wisconsin/New York)
2. Hotter Than Hell's Back Kitchen (Vermont)
3. Training Grounds for Down Below (Macon, GA)
4. Hot Enough to Roast a Lizard (Peak, SC)
5. Awful Selsery (Kaskaskia, IL)
6. The Bear Got Him ("the bear" is heatstroke; South Carolina)
7. She Sure is A-Beamin' (Silver City, NM)
8. Hot Enough to Melt Clabber (no location given)
9. It's a Torcher (Bayfield, WI)
10. Full of Moist (no location given)
11. Hot as a Half-Flaked Fox in a Forest Fire (Scottsburg, VA)
Back to work Monday after a wonderful holiday weekend! MY cousin from South Carolina came down and we wrapped up the weekend with a trip to one of the theme parks in Orlando it was the first full day in quite a while where it didn't rain!
I found this bit of information that I though was interesting. Whether you stay up to all hours or awaken with the birds, your favorite time of day reveals plenty about your personality. "These hours of the day when you're firing on all cylinders definitely influence your behavior," says clinical psychologist Mike Marsh. This is what your best time of the day reveals about you:
You always wake up before the alarm sounds.
Your day usually runs from 6am to 10pm. You generally need a midafternoon nap to boost your energy level. You're an early bird who's up and alert the moment your open your eyes. Your sunny disposition, you usually wake with a smile, makes you popular with friends and colleagues. You also have a shrewd mind and methodically analyze difficult problems to systematically arrive at the perfect solution. But despite your people pleasing demeanor, you tend to be a solitary person when it comes to work. You prefer to handle tasks both on the job and at home on your own because peace and quiet gets your creative juices flowing.
You're ready to hit the sheets right after prime time shows end.
You easily acclimate to dramatic changes in your schedule. You're up by 8am and snoozing by midnight. Practically nothing this side of an atom bomb can crack your cool, calm and competent self. You have the wisdom to know some things will never change and going with the flow can also be a means to achieving your desires. Your flexibility makes you a productive team member. You are open to new ideas and places, dreaming of escaping the humdrum to experience the excitement of the unknown. You're in your glory when given the opportunity to widen your knowledge and appreciation of the world.
You like to sleep until at least 9am.
You're often filled with the vitality to work on projects in the evening. Your energy and activities rarely end before 9pm. Just when many people are slowing down, you come to life after the sun sets. This streak of independence from the norm makes you an excellent candidate for a job that requires little supervision. Your brain additivity is markedly increased in the evening, stimulating your intellect and igniting incredibly fresh ideas. Your natural internal rhythm may be at odds with most of the world, but you simply have more spark once the sun goes down. Your ability to accomplish many goals at night puts you ahead of the daylight pack.
This is the $6million question, what fireworks are legal to use in Florida. According to Florida statutes, any pyrotechnics that leave the ground or explode are illegal for recreational use, unless handled by a professional. But if you've been inside those fireworks tents that dot the Heart of Florida, most of the offerings not only leave the ground, they fill the sky with colors of red, purple, white and green. The air is filled withthe sounds of booms, whistles ans screams.
So how can it be possible to purchase "illegal" fireworks? As with many laws, there is a loophole.Florida law allows anyone over 18 to purchase them by signing a waiver, where the customer agrees to use the purchase under an exemption. The exemption: using fireworks to scare off animals from farms or fish hatcheries.
So that is why you sign that piece of paper at checkout. But know, buying illegal fireworks is not illegal, however using illegal fireworks is illegal. Confused yet?
Kinda feels like a Friday in the office. Although we have tomorrow off as a holiday, Friday is a work day. But most of the staff here took Friday off to make 4 day weekend and I wish I could say that I'm one of them.
Have a wonderful Independence day stay safe!
You can say anything to your best friend, right? Well, yes and no. Your close relationship gives you lots of leeway, but there's a fine line between honesty and insult. While you may think you've never said anything offensive to your BFF, there have likely been times when your words have inadvertently stung. Saying something as simple as "Hey, have you lost weight?" could elicit a different reaction than you expected, thanks to its loaded meaning, says Jill Melton, communication expert and author of "The Power of the Zip." Read on for nine things you should never say to your best friend, plus learn better ways to get your point across.
"Don't you want children?"
Sure, there are obviously offensive comments you wouldn't make to childless friends, like what a pal once told Helen: "Good thing you never had kids -- you can hardly take care of yourself!" But even the mild-sounding Don't you want children? makes assumptions about what's going on in another person's head and life, says Melton. What if your friend desperately wants kids but is struggling with infertility? Or what if she doesn't want to be a mother but would rather avoid an awkward conversation about her decision? When it comes to discussing kids, let your friend take the lead. "If she wants to discuss her choice, she'll bring it up herself," says Melton.
"You've lost weight!"
"Weight is a dirty word -- period," says Lillian Glass, Ph.D., body language expert and author of "The Body Language Advantage." If you're trying to give a compliment, this statement can confuse, or even insult, your friend. What if she lost weight because she's been depressed? Or perhaps she didn't think she'd lost any weight and now worries that you thought she was overweight before. If you suspect that your friend has slimmed down, just say, You look wonderful! advises Glass. Who knows? She could look great thanks to a fabulous haircut or new outfit; there's no need to make assumptions about what changed. That said, if a friend has dropped an alarming amount of weight and you're worried about her health, then bring it up in a way that conveys your concern, says Melton. Try, I've noticed you're looking thinner lately. Is something going on that you want to talk about?
"That guy you're dating? Not marriage material!"
Lisa's* friend asked her opinion about a new beau, and she gave him the thumbs-down -- with friendship-fizzling results. "My pal ended up marrying the guy, and now she's distant," says Lisa. "I thought I was being a good friend by pointing out the facts, but I should have listened to my dad's reminder, 'Everyone chooses their own sweetheart,' and kept my mouth shut." If your friend's guy seems like a bad choice to you -- but she hasn't asked your opinion -- then keep your judgments to yourself. Aside from having hard evidence about serious stuff (like he has a wife and kids in another city, or is a drug dealer, for example), you really don't know if he's "wrong" for her. If she does ask what you think, then "turn it back to her," suggests Melton. Try, I don't know him as well as you do. Tell me what you like and don't like about him. Then you can base what you say on her response, so your thoughts don't seem out of the blue.
"You bought what?"
if your best friend constantly complains about tough financial times before showing up with a trendy designer bag, then it can be tempting to call her out on her spending. But a judgment-riddled Are you kidding me? What did that cost? is decidedly the wrong thing to say, because "you're not in charge of her budget. She is," says Melton. Consider, too, that you may not know where her money's coming from, says Glass: "What if she's spending a gift from someone else?" So if you notice something brand-spanking new and expensive, then just say, Wow, cool boots or What a great new car. That said, if she asks you for help managing her money (or to borrow some of yours), then gently point out ways she can trim her costs.
"Congrats on a well-deserved promotion! You've been in that position for so long."
What's the problem with a congratulatory remark? A lot, if it's actually a backhanded compliment. The above implies that your friend didn't quite earn the promotion. Instead of suggesting that anyone in her (worn) shoes would have gotten a bump at work, try a hearty, Good for you! Very impressive! suggests Melton. And if your friend suspects that she, say, got that promotion because she'd been in that job so long it would've been embarrassing not to, then leave the door open for her to discuss that with you. You should be a sounding board for your friend, not a sniper.
"How dare you not tell me [you bought a new car/got a new job/met a new guy]!"
On the one hand, says Glass, "It's reasonable to feel slighted if your good friend doesn't share news with you." It's expressing your anger over being left out that's a no-no. "Some friends don't keep you posted on everything for reasons that have nothing to do with you," says Melton. Saying something like this makes the situation all about how you feel excluded, not about what's happening in your friend's life. When you do hear your pal's good news, just tell her, I'm so happy for you. If this happens often and you worry that your friend is keeping updates from you, then open up a discussion about it. Could it be that you haven't been that enthusiastic about her news in the past, or that you've shared her info with others without her permission? See what you could do differently before scolding her for not filling you in.
"I wish my husband were as great as yours!"
Why wouldn't it be wonderful to hear you've scored big in the life-partner department? Because the friend who says this is subtly (or not so subtly) downgrading her own spouse, which can be awkward for the person on the other side of the conversation. "A friend said that to me about my husband when she was going through a divorce," says Shelly.* Feeling uncomfortable and unwilling to bash her friend's spouse, Shelly's taken to responding with, "Yep, he's a good guy," and changing the subject. While occasional compliments are completely fine, avoid making comparisons: "They reveal jealousy," says Glass. If you're having problems with your partner, then you can certainly ask your happily married buddy for advice, adds Melton, "but since every relationship is unique, a comparison isn't a good way to start that conversation."
"Your wedding was so tiny!" or "You're so much bigger than I was when I was pregnant!"
What may seem like a harmless observation to you can actually come across as a cruel comparison. Anna's* friend once said, "It was good you got married first; now I know what I don't want at my wedding!" Anna was floored. Before you say something like that, examine your motives for wanting to do so, suggests Melton. Anna's friend, for example, may have wanted planning advice, and she could have told Anna what she loved about her wedding instead of cutting down her friend's choices. "Try to figure out what exactly your friend's wedding [or pregnancy] triggered in you," says Melton. Are you having second thoughts about some of your wedding choices? Worrying about how much weight you've gained by your second trimester? Once you uncover what's at the root of your observations, you can express your feelings without sounding snarky.
"Don't worry. It'll be fine."
Shelly still feels the sting of friends' trite platitudes when her mother was terminally ill, because, of course, things weren't fine. In situations like this, your friend might be worried for good reason, so saying Don't worry is dismissive, explains Melton. Instead, use your judgment based on the situation. In some cases, saying It'll be fine in a loving, sincere way can show your compassion, says Glass. But much of the time, it's better to use words that show your friend that you feel her pain, that you're pulling for her, and that you may not know what it's like to, say, lose your mother, but you're in her corner as she goes through the worst of it. A simple I'm here if you need me goes a long way, especially if you follow that up with concrete ways to help her through her rough time, whether that's picking up her kids from soccer, bringing over dinner, or just sharing some wine and company.
1. The first Independence Day celebration took place in Philadelphia on July 8, 1776. This was also the day that the Declaration of Independence was first read in public after people were summoned by the ringing of the Liberty Bell.
2. The Declaration of Independence was first presented to Congress on June 28, 1776, after more than a year of trying to appeal the practice of taxation by England without representation in the English Parliament.
3. The flag was adopted on June 14, 1777. (Find out more about that in our roundup of fun facts about Flag Day.)
4. 50 flags are flown 24 hours a day at the Washington Monument.
5. Originally, the stars on the flag were arranged in a circle to denote the equality of all the colonies.
6. Setting off firecrackers formed part of the early Independence Day celebrations. This made the horses miserable.
7. Thomas Jefferson died on the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. So did John Adams who also signed the Declaration.
8. Iowa has more places with 'liberty' in its name than any other state (there are 31 places nationwide). There are also places with 'freedom', 'independence' and 'patriot'.
9. According to one article, if Benjamin Franklin had had his way, the turkey would have been the animal on the flag instead of the bald eagle.
10. Only John Hancock actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. All the others signed later.
11. President Calvin Coolidge was born on July 4, 1872.
12. Bristol, Rhode Island has been celebrating independence continuously since 1785.
13. Only 2.5 million people lived in the US in 1776, about 314 million live here now.
14. The 4th of July only became a national holiday in 1941.
15. The White House held its first 4th of July party in 1801.
16. Barbecue is big on Independence Day, with more than 74 million Americans planning one. We eat around 150 million hot dogs and buy around 700 million pounds of chicken.
17. Fireworks are traditional on July 4th, but these were actually invented in China. The US imported $232.3 million worth of fireworks in 2011.
18. The US imports about $3.6 million of American flags each year, most of them from China.
19. In 1854, the words 'under God' were added to the Pledge of Allegiance.
20. The tune of the National Anthem was originally used by an English drinking song called To Anacreon in Heaven.
The class of 2014 doesn't wear watches (well, except maybe an iWatch), doesn't write in cursive and has no idea why Nirvana is awesome. That's according to Beloit College's annual Mindset List, aimed at helping teachers understand today's cultural references. However, Time took a look at other bygone experiences today's kids will miss.
In old photo cameras -- you know, the ones with film -- you have to concentrate on every shot, every frame, because you paid for some 24 exposures, and there are no do-overs. But today's digital cameras are an endless blank slate, where the number of shots you can take seem limitless and mistakes are erased with a click. Gone are the days of hearing the film rewind into its casing, transporting it to a photo lab and patiently waiting to find out how amateurish your snapshots look. In this instance, the present definitely trumps the past.
Before there were cell phones, text messages and instant messengers, there were landline phones -- some were even the rotary kind. But cellular phones changed all that. A February study by the Pew Research Center found that 41% of Millenials don't have landline phones as opposed to the 13% of baby boomers who are cell-phone only. The study also found that 83% of Millennials have slept with their cell phone either on or right next to their bed. Dependent much? Another side effect of the cell-phone age is that pay phones have all but disappeared, answering machines are a thing of the past, and "waiting by the phone" is just not done anymore. For most young folks, the only way they will own a landline phone is if cell reception is bad at home or if a cable triple-play package is more cost effective.
Remember door-to-door encyclopedia sales? The transformation of books and the way we read has been swift and remarkable thanks to the Internet, and the idea of buying 26 World Books in monthly installments seems absurd in an age of free Wikipedia. (Not to mention the obsolescence of the venerable dictionary, which began collecting dust with the advent of spellcheck.) And it's not just reference texts that are left ignored on shelves or propping up iffy furniture the world over. More and more people are reading ebooks, with sales of electronic editions besting hardcovers for the first time this summer. The iPad is set to further challenge the physical book's 600-year reign.
The days of asking for directions are done. Smart phones make life so easy. Now countless apps can utilize GPS technology to pinpoint your location and direct you to your desired locale with ease and precision. While it makes getting from A to B a breeze, it means the days of stumbling upon something new and great while lost are probably done. Gone are the times when you might happen across a tasty looking restaurant and pop in for a bite. (Smart phones with restaurant review apps ruin the surprise of trying new eateries, anyway.) Brainy mobiles are great, but they can also make us lazy friends. Running late to meet a pal? No need to worry. Simply text that you'll be there in 10 minutes. Then they can't get mad, right? Take a wrong turn on the way? Pull out your phone to map new walking directions. Whoops, better text again, now you're 15 minutes late. Geez, what did people do when they had to pick an exact time and place to meet? Oh yeah, they showed up on time.
Music Videos on MTV
Remember when MTV played music videos? Remember when the M in MTV stood for "Music" (a word which the company officially removed from its name last year)? Remember when no one had ever heard of Snooki? The television station once famous for forward-thinking music video shows like 120 Minutes and Alternative Nation -- even the early years of Total Request Live -- now can largely be summed up in three words: gym, tan, laundry. What happened?
Back when the world was analog, we listened to cassettes, and carried portable audio cassette players with pride. Yesteryear's Walkmans were indispensable, allowing us to take our beloved mix tapes everywhere. But the equipment was overthrown. First came the Discman, then the iPod. A new vocabulary developed -- "MP3s," "iTunes playlists" -- and before you could hit pause, words like "rewind" had lost all meaning.
The Glory Days of Nick at Nite
Each night the normally children-focused Nickelodeon television network shifts gears to feature content for adults after the kiddies are in bed. Traditionally, Nick at Nite was the place for the classics: The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Munsters and later The Brady Bunch, Happy Days and The Wonder Years and more. That was then. Since, the network has made a switch to contemporary shows like George Lopez, Malcolm in the Middle and Everybody Hates Chris. Classics? I think not. What will kids beg for today? A rerun of a show that was new last week?
If you were born in or before the 1980s and your parents allowed you to eat candy, chances are good that you encountered tan M&Ms. But for those of you who had your first chocolate experience in the mid-90s, you will probably know the current M&M color line up, which includes the color blue. In 1995, the Mars candy company decided that having two shades of brown M&Ms were unnecessary, so they did away with the light brown ones, leaving only the colors red, yellow, green, dark brown and orange. Mars held a replacement contest, inviting candy lovers to call a 1-800 number and vote for their favorite proposed color: blue, pink, or purple. Blue won, and M&Ms never looked the same since.
Oh Czechoslovakia, we hardly knew you. You seem now a faraway land, your name tripping off the tongue. What kid these days will think of your triumphant soccer teams, your famous dissidents? Will they remember a time when an Iron Curtain fell across the West? Will they know what it was like when the battle for democracy was finally won? And will they lament the ethnic nationalism that, in 1993, ultimately cut you in half? No, they won't. They'll just visit Prague, pretend to read Milan Kundera, and drink all your cheap beer.
We've all seen pictures of weddings past, with the blue tuxes, frilly wedding dresses and big hair. Today's weddings are embracing the technology trend. If you want to have that hip wedding, give these a try!
Giving Your Wedding A Hashtag
Couples are encouraging guests to take lot of photos at the wedding and post them on Instagram using a hashtag that's unique to the celebration. People not at the wedding can follow along picture by picture, and they'll all be archived forever on social media.
'You're Not Invited' Alerts
The Today Show recently did a segment on these hurtful yet handy little announcements, and it seems like they're going viral. If a couple doesn't have enough room in their budget to accommodate everyone, they have taken to alerting the less fortunate -- who will inevitably become privy to the wedding via social media -- through the simple click of an email.
Pinterest Wedding Activity Boards
All brides are basically addicted to Pinterest in the midst of wedding planning, which is why it makes sense that Pinterest is now becoming a part of the welcome package for guests when they check in for the big day. Instead of traditional welcome letters, the couple are creating a Pinterest board with things to do, eat, and see in the city where they're getting married.
So, great Aunt Dolores can't attend your wedding because she lives in Montana? Enter the wedding webcast, where far-flung relatives and friends can watch your wedding as it unfolds in real time. For under $1,000, couples can turn their wedding into a live broadcast available on the Internet for anyone and everyone to witness.
Foregoing Invitations In Favor Of A Facebook Event Page
This might not work if you're a stickler for tradition, but it's definitely effective in today's social media-captivated society. A Facebook event page saves money, time, and a whole lot of frustration over whether or not the bride received all the RSVPs by mail.
What's better than a sentimental and witty toast? A sentimental and witty toast over Skype. For family and friends who can't attend due to distance but are still looking to surprise the couple or make up for their absence, Skype is their app of choice. Well-wishers are able to get a glimpse of the atmosphere and the couple gets to enjoy a heartfelt speech rather than a few lines in an email. Cheers all around.
No one wants an unhappy bridesmaid, and brides might finally be getting the hint. Creating online surveys for bridesmaids takes the hassle out of deciding on a dress that flatters everyone. Bridesmaids can select which color palette and dress style they like on using survey platform sites, such as surveymonkey.com, so no one gets stuck in the classic banana dress.
If you can register for a toaster, why can't you register something you definitely have never had before: a honeymoon? Traditionally, guests who don't want to select a gift might offer a monetary present instead, but now they can know exactly what their money is going toward via a simple and safe online transaction using a site like Honeyfund.com.
And then there are those who love to buck the trend by doing the exact opposite. In the case, by opposite we mean "unplugged weddings." Couples want their guests to be fully present in the moment, which is why they're asking that all phones and cameras be turned off at the wedding and reception while the photographer and videographer capture the special moments. Amen to that!
If you are a fan of All My Children and One Life To Live, you might want to set your DVR to Oprah's TV network, OWN, starting July 15th. The channel is hosting a summer fling for soap fans by airing the first 40 episodes of The OnLine Network's reprisal of the popular daytime dramas. It's a special exclusive 10-week limited engagement. Half-hour episodes of each show will air Monday through Thursday beginning Monday, July 15 with All My Children at 1 pm and One Life to Live at 3 pm eastern time on OWN.
Baseball fans who wish they could catch a foul ball are in luck! Technology has brought us IdealSeat, an iPhone app has been developed that will help youfind the best places to sit at a Major League Baseball game if you're hoping to catch a foul ball.