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.
I can remember when I sent the last payment to Sallie Mae and basking in the glow of FINALLY paying off my student loans! Fortunately my school was too expensive (or prestigious) as many friends of mine who are saddled with $40,000+ in education loans that must be repaid within 10 years. I stumbled across this article about student loan forgiveness and that nearly 33 millions of Americans could be eligible but do not take advantage of several forgiveness programs! Teachers, soldiers, firefighters, policeman, doctors and nurses could potentially be missing out on the government paying off their loans. Read the article by clicking here.
I read this blog post from Kimi Davis and thought it made much sense in how your child can develop a palate to eating a diverse group of foods. In short, it found that what a mother eats in her pregnancy and while breastfeeding can greatly impact if your child is a picky eater or not. Read about it by clicking here.
Even as I grow older, and supposedly wiser, I can not tell you how my FICO credit score is truly determined. I know it is based on my payment history, number of accounts and debt but as I check my score month to month it goes up and down and differs from once reporting agency to another. Now there is a growing trend of credit companies using your social media accounts to determine your credit worthiness! Yes, the people you interact with on Facebook and twitter could possibly impact your FICO score! And it isn't just those sites, Amazon, EBay and other online shopping pages are being used my a few companies to determine if they want to lend you credit or not!
The kids are back in school and the college football season starts this weekend. Although the weather doesn't yet reflect it, autumn is on the way! Time to think about your fall vegetable garden that includes onions, radishes and lettuce. Click here for a professional's guide to fall gardening.
Not one of the classiest post ever but an important subject to talk about. Clay cat litter is not a big friend of the environment and potentially bad for your cat's health. It is generally stripped mined used clumping clay cat litter never biodegrades in the landfill. Clay litter contains silica, which is a known carcinogen when inhaled. Clumping clay litter contains sodium bentonite which expands to 15 times its volume and forms an insoluble mass when it contacts liquid. It does the same thing when cats ingest it as they groom themselves after using the litter box.
So here's a look at green cat litter. The pros and cons:
What are green litters?
Green cat litters are made using natural ingredients, such as pine sawdust, cedar sawdust, corncob litter, wheat husks and silica gel pearls or crystals. There are even litters made using recycled paper, such as Yesterday's News cat litter.
While eco-friendly kitty litters are nicer to the environment, not all of them are an ideal choice for your pet, according to Dr. Justine Lee, chief veterinarian and pet expert for Wayfair. Some of them are less dusty, while others simply contain fewer chemicals — but you might have to try several brands and types to find which one fits your lifestyle.
All about kitty
Before you make the jump to a new product, remember that your cat might not be as excited as you are about the switch. And if your cat doesn't like the litter, he might end up urinating somewhere else in the house instead.
Ready to give it a try anyway? Lee recommends doing it gradually. "Cats do not tolerate sudden changes as they are creatures of habit," she says.
Keep in mind that many green litters (like newspaper and sawdust) don't clump, so you'll have to replace the litter more often, which can get expensive. If you buy a litter that does not absorb moisture well and the bottom of the tray stays wet and foul, your cat is less likely to go in frequently, according to Lee. "Cats that go into the litter box less often are more likely to develop signs of feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD)," Lee says. The answer? Keep your eyes open when switching litters to make sure things go smoothly.
What's that smell?
For all the good things about green cat litters, there's one thing you won't get from them... great odor control. That's because the odor control in most cat litter comes from the addition of synthetic chemicals that eco-friendly litters don't have.
The solution? Scoop daily. If you have several cats, multiple litter boxes might be the answer — so the litter stays clean for longer. You can also add some baking soda to the litter box to help absorb the odor. Some green litters, like those made from pine, have a natural scent that will help mask other odors and make them a better choice if odor control is really important to you.
Thank you all who dined at IHOP's in Gainesville and Ocala Saturday! 10% of your bill will be donated to Chris Malone's Miracle Money Makers for the 2013 Radiothon for Kids! Here is a snapshot of what happened at the S. Pine Ave IHOP in Ocala.
Joan and her staff at the IHOP on S. Pine Ave welcomed 98.5 KTK with open arms! They were excited for the day to begin!
My Team's Co-Captain, Caitlyn Dunning, was hosting the event at the SR 200 IHOP in Ocala.
IHOP was filling up fast as customers happily ordered breakfast. I suggested that since 10% of their bill was going to help CMN kids to order extra...like an extra side of bacon!
It's so nice to see kids donating money to CMN! In exchange, they were able to fill a balloon to show their pride in helping other kids!
Overall it was a great event for us all. A special thank you to IHOP Restaurants, who made today possible. I like to think that we all have given a little cash and a a lot of hope to the hundreds of children and their families of Shands patients, kids currently at the hospital and those we have lost. I sincerely thank you all for participating! It means so much to me!
A report shows that men are 70 percent more likely to die from malignant melanoma , the most serious type of skin cancer, than women. This despite that the incidence of diagnosis is roughly the same for men and women, 17.2 men compared to 17.3 women per 100,000. So it's not that men get skin cancer more often than women, but that they die from it more often. Why? Click here for the story.
Thankfully most of my voice is back! Thank you all so much for your calls and notes of concern. I truly feel fine...it's just my voice...and being without a voice when you work at a radio station is a frustrating thing!
Can a marriage be like a lease? Or perhaps a better question: Should a marriage be like a lease?
Alright KTK family, here's is your chance to help the kids at Shands while enjoying a delicious breakfast! Ocala Eye & Malone's Miracle Money Makers invite you this Saturday (8/24), between 6am and 12 noon to either IHOP locations Ocala and in Gainesville as 10% of your bill will be donated to our upcoming Radiothon for Kids, benefiting the children and families of UF Health Shands Children's Hospital! I will be at the S. Pine Avnue restaurant in Ocala, my team co-captrain, Caitlyn Dunning will be at theSR 200 location and represenitives from CMN will be at the Gainesville store.
Choose either location & click on it for directions:
I noticed that my voice was getting hoarse Saturday night at dinner and sure enough I couldn't make a squeak Sunday morning! It's not a good thing when you depend on your voice for you livelihood. SO I'm gargling salt water and resting my vocal chords today. I'll be back as soon as I can and thank you for al your well wishes! :)
Although I am at a loss of the spoken word, I can certainly type and share with you this gem! You know they made a movie based on the board game Battleship, so what other board games could be turned into a Hollywood Blockbuster?
Monopoly is arguably the most popular game in the world. There are hundreds of themed editions. Everything from "I Love Lucy" Monopoly to FedEx Monopoly. The desire to become insanely wealthy and force your friends into bankruptcy has universal appeal. There are so many directions you could go with a Monopoly movie, but how about a drama about the housing bubble? It's 2006. Geraldine Pennybags has just graduated from college and wants to do something important with her life. But her rich Uncle Pennybags uses his gleaming top hat and jaunty white mustache to seduce her into the family business of glamorous high-end Manhattan real estate. But then 2007 hits and everything starts to go horribly wrong. The whole thing ends on the Atlantic City Boardwalk, the most expensive space in the game.
Enough horror movies have featured Ouija boards over the years. Why not base an entire plot around one? Of course, Ouija boards aren't actually games, although they're packaged and marketed as such. They lack things most games have, like a purpose or rules. But they provide other pleasures. Like playing Hangman with the undead. Or trading one-liners with Dorothy Parker from beyond the grave. Mostly Ouija boards are good for freaking out your friends. Maybe your friends who killed a lonely miner during spring break last year. And now, one by one, they're showing up dead with pickaxes through the head. And the only way to find out the next victim is by spelling their name on the board. But that gives the killer an advantage because you'll all be in the same place at once.
Why are there no college sex romps set at medical school? Not every medical school is Johns Hopkins. There must be one where the residents drink beer right before work and the nurses are impossibly buxom. Nothing says sexual tension while drunk at a dorm party like Twister. And nothing says botched nose job like Operation. So why not combine the two into one crazy mash-up movie? There could be a buzzing sound whenever one of the characters does something wrong. The audience would be encouraged to drink every time it happens. The film could end with an indictment against plastic surgery with a feel-good message about being yourself at any cost. And then everyone shotguns a beer and tries to put their left hand on red when their right hand is all the way over on green.
Children are terrified of cooties, but for some reason they've loved the game Cootie since 1949. To play Cootie, children must assemble a plastic bug from various assorted parts. Whoever completes their bug first wins. The bugs are brightly colored and adorable, not creepy and crawly. The concept's still a little weird, though. Adorable and a little weird are perfect ingredients for a kids movie. Just imagine a super-cute Cootie on the hunt for his one missing leg. Add in a couple of wisecracking Cooties as sidekicks and a pretty pink Cootie for a love interest and you've got a movie. It may not be very sophisticated, but hey, neither is playing Cootie.
Everyone loves a good murder mystery, but Hollywood just doesn't make them anymore. You can see people solving crimes every night of the week on television, but it's much more fun do it at the movies. What's that, you say? Clue is already a movie? Brownie points to you for remembering 1985's "Clue." The film starred Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Lesley Ann Warren, Christopher Lloyd and Michael McKean. The novelty marketing angle was that the movie had three different endings. You didn't know which one you would see when buying your ticket. All three solutions appear on the DVD version. "Clue" is tons of fun and provides a great showcase for six comic actors. It's about high time to combine the board game trend with Hollywood's love of remakes. If only to see Jeff Bridges play Col. Mustard. We saw him doing something very suspicious with lead pipe in the conservatory. Um...wasn't this a movie?
The Game of Life
The title really says it all, doesn't it? Created in 1860 by Milton Bradley, Life was the first board game to become a hit in American homes. In the original version there was actually a square labeled Suicide. Landing on it would end the game immediately. Luckily, the game has gotten a little less macabre in the past 150 years. The recent Hollywood trend is adapting self-help books like "Think Like a Man" or "What to Expect When You're Expecting" and giving them a narrative. The same technique could be applied here. The possibilities with Life are endless.
The Workforce Connection of Citrus, Levy and Marion Counties will hold 3 job fairs Wednesday (8/21), Thursday (8/22) and Friday (8/23) for 250 PT & FT jobs. Burlington Coat Factory, Caregiver Services and Custom Window Systems are hiring. Each are at different locations and have different requirements, so click here to get all the information you need to get one of these jobs!
Ocala Eye presents Malone’s Miracle Money Makers are back for another year of fundraising fun for now our 13th annual Radiothon for Kids to benefit Florida Health Shands Children’s Hospital. Our Radiothon is scheduled for Thursday, September 19th but the fundraising has already begun!
Talk about beauty, personality and dedication! 3 years ago Caitlyn had this persistent pain in her stomach. Being a student at Trinity Catholic High School and a competitive Cheerleader flier (the one launched into the air) she had little time for pain. But as it got worse, mom Christi decided to take her to her pediatrician. Then the simple office visit turned Caitlyn’s life around. She was immediately referred to Shands Children’s Hospital, where Dr. Saleem Islam, through extensive testing, discovered the root of Caitlyn’s pain. Caitlyn had ulcerative colitis, a type of inflammatory bowel disease where the body’s immune system attacks the intestines. Would that slow Caitlyn down? NO! For a year, she received injections of a drug called REMICADE every other month. The medication reduced the symptoms of ulcerative colitis, but it didn’t work as well as Caitlyn had hoped. The only other option was to surgically remove the entire colon, an option that Caitlyn didn’t take lightly. After research, other options and a lot of emotional trauma, Caitlyn had a colectomy 18 months ago. But as I said earlier, nothing seems to slow Caitlyn down! She is doing well, quite well to be honest. She has begun a teen support group of children who have Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis and devotes much of her free time in helping others. Her cheerleading team recently took 2nd place in competition and the 16 year old is learning to drive! Her negative has turned into quite a positive with Caitlyn already planning her premed undergraduate school courses. I am proud to have Caitlyn on my Radiothon team. In the next few weeks, she and I will tell you about events that we’re working on to raise funds. Plus a special day at Gainesville and Ocala IHOP restaurants where you can help!
For instance, "front" vowels made with the tongue forward in the mouth (i and e) bring to mind "small, fast, or sharp" things, while vowels made with the tongue further back in the mouth (o, a, and u) make us think of "larger, heavier" things.
Pretty fascinating stuff so check it out!
My vegetarian friends swear by soy and tofu as a substitute for meat, cheese and fish. Come to find out too much of anything is a bad thing and the same is true with soy and tofu. In fact, unfermented soy contains anti-nutrients, such as phytate, which can literally block your body from absorbing nutrients. Find out more about soy and tofu by clicking here.
In summary, moderation is the key. if you love soy and tofu, aim for the organic kind and use it sparingly.
The most powerful of thew 5 senses, in my opinion, is smell. So what does the smell of your home say about you? Take a look:
People who like the clean scent of lemon often prefer their home to be uncluttered and organized. They prefer white or light-colored furnishings and have a take-charge approach to life. You will find lemon-lovers outside a lot, taking a jog, walking their dog or enjoying a bike ride at sunset. If you are studying for a test or writing a term paper, you want to consider this scent as it was found to improve alertness, relieve stress and reduce keyboard errors by 50%!
This citrus scent attracts people who are whimsical and creative. Even though their house may not always be spotless, it is always warm and inviting – and is often the neighborhood hang-out. If you are feeling stressed or down, you may want to surround yourself with this scent. An Austrian study found that an orange odor gave people a more positive mood and greater sense of calmness.
Those who love this fresh, crisp scent are often nature lovers. They live a green lifestyle and make a point to recycle, avoid plastic and drive a fuel-efficient hybrid car. Their pastimes include gardening, mountain biking and skiing and hitting up their local farmer's market. Their home is often decorated in earth tones, with leather furniture and nature-themed home decor.
The scent of ocean breeze is loved by people who are laid-back and easygoing. They are often pet lovers and treat their animal like a member of the family. In fact, many are huge advocates of animal rights and love searching out and helping to protect endangered species. You will find ocean breeze lovers at a local charity, as they love getting involved in causes that are important to them and giving back. Their home is often decorated in light colors and has a shabby chic feel to it.
Lovers of lavender often have high-stress jobs and they love the relaxing scent of this purple flower. Many are trying to juggle multiple areas of their life, such as a job, family and household responsibilities, and will often unwind at the end of the day with a book and a glass of wine. They love vacationing at a wine vineyard or taking a yoga retreat to help them reconnect. Lavender can be traced back to the Egyptians and Greeks of ancient times and was used for its calming and stress relieving properties.
Those who love a sweet floral scent are often romantics at heart. They have a soft spot for love stories, classic movies and believe wholeheartedly in love at first sight. They often have their home decorated comfortably, with warm colors and lush fabrics. Many lovers of floral scents forge a strong bond with friends and family and are known for their upbeat and caring attitude.
It's no surprise that saving for retirement is becoming a higher priority for us all. But what if you've just started contributing to your 401K Or if you haven't contributed enough? Not to worry because there is a solution that can catch you up. See what that solution is by clicking here for the story!
Almost everyone has the dream of a love that lasts a lifetime. And while it's not the impossible dream, it does take more than white lace and promises to turn it into a reality. Married psychiatrists Philip Lee and Diane Rudolph of New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center offer eight tips on how to keep the flame burning -- even after decades together.
1. Be diplomatic
Instead of screaming and throwing a tantrum about the things that make you upset, praise your partner for doing the things that are helpful to you.
2. Give your partner space
Give yourselves a chance to unwind before tackling the evening's chores. You both need some transition time after work, and once you've had that time you will both be much better listeners and probably more willing to cooperate with each other.
3. Remember the good old days
Almost everyone remembers the "early days" of the relationship as more fun than the present. It's probably because you weren't arguing about how to get to the restaurant, where to sit or how much to drink.
4. Be polite
Try being polite for a week. There's no shame in saying "Thanks for picking up the kids" or "Great looking dinner! Can't wait to try that chicken." While it may seem silly to talk that way to your partner, just remember you would do the same for a business partner, employee or your child.
5. Break the cycle of arguments
You don't have to voice your displeasure about everything. Rather than "expressing yourself" in a negative way, break the cycle of blame and recrimination by treating your spouse more like a friend or co-worker. You wouldn't argue with your coworker about mundane details because you want to have a civil relationship with this person.
6. Never say never
Don't begin sentences with "You never..." As in: "You never clean up after..." "You never take my feelings into account..." "You never think of anyone but yourself..." This places your spouse on the defensive and accomplishes nothing. It is a losing start. Try this instead: "You know what would be really great?" or "It would really help me if you could..."
7. Say "thank you."
Show your appreciation for all the things that your partner does no matter how small or how you may really feel. Something as simple as a "thank you" can make a dramatic difference in your relationship in a matter of weeks. "Thanks for picking up the kids." "Oh, look, the dry cleaning is back. Thanks, honey, for picking it up."
8. Just listen
Try just listening to your partner without offering suggestions, criticism or a solution to his/her problems. Most of the time your spouse just wants you to listen and calmly empathize without saying any more. Even if it seems pointless to you, that's often all that the person needs.
You touch it. Other people touch it. But do you ever clean it? We're talking about everyday items that most people never think to swab down, such as credit cards, ceiling fans and toilet paper holders. The Huffington Post's StyleList assembled a list of the top 10 most dirty, dusty and germy places in your home and how to clean them.
1. Credit/Debit Cards
You're not the only one handling your credit and debit cards. Other people touch them, too - -and who knows when they last washed their hands or what they touched five minutes ago. Even if you only swipe your card and never hand it over, what is lurking inside that card-swipe machine or ATM? Grab some disinfectant wipes and take a minute or two to clean your credit cards. Do let them dry completely before returning them to your wallet.
Your electronics -- from your cell phone to your e-reader--are coated in germs and the level of contamination is horrible. Some studies show cell phones contain 18 times more germs than toilet handles. Swab them down with disinfectant wipes.
3. Toothbrush Holders
Want to see something gross? Take your toothbrush out of the holder and peer inside. Do you see mold? Discoloration? Grime? That could end up in your mouth! Pour a solution of one part bleach and three parts water into the toothbrush holder and let it soak for an hour. Rinse and dry upside down on a dish rack.
4. The Bottom of Throw Rugs
This is easy and fast to do and will help keep your wood floors cleaner for a longer time. When vacuuming, turn over the throw rugs and vacuum the underside.
5. The Top of Large Appliances
They're too tall for you to see it with a step stool, but the top of your refrigerator, stove vents and other big appliances are dusty and grimy on top. Wipe down the surfaces with white vinegar and rinse with a water-lemon mixture. Dry it with a clean cloth. If you can move them, do the same thing with the bottom of the appliances.
6. Ceiling Fans
Pull out a ladder and look at the top of your ceiling fans. Chances are, there is a thick layer of dust on them, which could contain residue particles that resemble mold on ripe fruit. Turn on the fan, and those particles are dispersed throughout the room. To clean the top of the ceiling fan, put two tablespoons of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spritz the solution into an old pillowcase. Insert the pillowcase around the fan blade and drag the bag along the bag's surface. This will collect and clean the dust. Use a clean cloth to clean up anything that remains on the blades.
7. Toilet Roll Holders
When you flush the commode, water inside the toilet bowl is sprayed around the area -- including the toilet roll holder. Disinfect it once a month with a sanitizing wipe or clean it with a bleach and water solution.
8. Box Springs
Ever look underneath your bed? Chances are the box spring is covered in dust. It's easy to clean with a vacuum hose.
9. Light Switches
Bacteria is easily and quickly transferred from person to person in your home just by touching the light switches. Spray rubbing alcohol or an all-purpose cleaner into a clean cloth and wipe the switch and plate until they are clean and grease-free.
10. Salt and Pepper Shakers
When the salt and pepper shakers are empty, clean them in the dishwasher before refilling them. These common household items are known to contain the highest concentrations of germs that cause cold and flu viruses. Between washings, use disinfectant wipes to sanitize the outside surface.
Knowledge is power, and in the case of home energy suckers, you can use your knowledge to power down your energy bills. Check out the U.S. Department of Energy's assessment of the top five energy suckers in your home It's natural to want to feel comfortable in your home; whether it's 30 or 105 degrees outside, chances are it's a comfortable 68 to 72 degrees inside. According to the Department of Energy, heating and cooling account for 54 percent of your home's energy costs. To keep your monthly bills from getting out of hand, try the following:
Install a programmable thermostat to prevent the heater or AC from running when you're away from home.
Seal your windows and doors to ensure there are no air leaks.
Increase your wall and ceiling insulation to help maintain a comfortable temperature, and see whether it's time to upgrade your doors and windows with Energy Star types.
Having hot water on demand accounts for 18 percent of your total energy bill. Long, hot showers definitely account for part of the problem, but washing your clothes in hot water is a big drain, too.
Keep your showers short.
Ditch hot-water laundering altogether. Opt for cold-water washing with cold-water detergents.
Look into switching out your old washing machine for an Energy Star appliance. These use significantly less water, which saves even more energy.
Large Kitchen Appliances
When combined, your cooking and refrigeration costs account for eight percent of your total household energy drain.
Ditch your old-school appliances and invest in an Energy Star oven, stove and fridge.
Keep your freezer stocked and your fridge moderately filled. Frozen goods help keep the freezer cold, but overstuffing the fridge actually increases energy usage.
Think about all the computers, electronics and small electrical appliances you have in your home: TVs, DVD players, cell phones, microwaves, toasters, coffeemakers and more. Even if they're not in use, plugged-in electronics draw electricity, accounting for roughly six percent of your total home energy costs.
Unplug appliances when they're not in use, or plug them into a power strip with an "off" switch.
Look into solar-powered charging docks for your personal electronics.
When you're in the market for new appliances, look for Energy Star models.
If possible, switch to battery-operated mixers, coffee grinders and other electronic kitchen tools. With the efficiency of today's rechargeable batteries, you could end up saving a lot over the course of their lifetimes.
Lighting also accounts for about six percent of your home's energy costs.
Be environmentally responsible and switch from incandescent and CFL bulbs to LED. LED bulbs can provide light for up to 50,000 hours -- roughly eight to 10 years.
Solar lighting options have made great strides, so consider replacing your exterior lights with solar-powered versions.
Turn the lights off! There's no need for light when nobody's home.
Time to be extra hip and impress your friends. Check out these fast food items that you'll never find on the menu but exists! For instance, did you know you could order a Neapolitan milkshake at McDonalds & Burger King? Or that Taco Bell has a secret green chili sauce that is delicious? See what else is out there not on the menu by clicking here!
It's only after being older that I can look back with wisdom and say that I wished I'd made better food choices in my life. Being a teen generally means you can eat anything in the house and it's never quite enough. So how can you make those food choices become healthy ones?
You can tell school will be starting soon because this weekend, you can purchase many back to school items without paying Florida sales tax.
Florida's BTS Sales Tax Holiday begins tomorrow (Friday, 8/2/13) at 12:01am through 11:59pm Sunday (8/4/13) and new to the sales tax exemptions this year are personal computers and certain related accessories.
Congress agreed to lower interest rates for student loans and President Obama is expected to sign today or tomorrow. Under the new plan, Undergraduates this fall would borrow at a 3.9 percent interest rate for subsidized and unsubsidized loans. Graduate students would have access to loans at 5.4 percent, and parents would borrow at 6.4 percent. The rates would be locked in for that year's loan, but each year's loan could be more expensive than the last. Rates would rise as the economy picks up and it becomes more expensive for the government to borrow money.
Most of us have been guilty of snapping a quick picture of a food item and posting it online. A great meal, beautiful vegetable or sinfully delicious chocolate cake. So here are tips from the pros on how to make those pictures even better.