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Start Your Workday with the 9am ALL Music Hour! MONDAYS are Commercial Free ALL DAY!
Take a little of the sting out of Monday with your favorite music all day at work. Each Monday we give you the 9-5 Commercial FREE Workday! And every weekday we begin your work day with the 9am all music hour commercial free!
Your Holiday TV Guide!
The Christmas Holidays are here and now we all can enjoy our favorite holiday TV specials.
NOTE: All times are EASTERN
SAFETY FIRST IN THE GULF!
If you're heading to the beach , please remember to check the flag colors flying overheard before you enter the waters. Click HERE for what all the flag colors mean.
If you get caught in the gulf during a bad rip current, HERE are some safety tips.
How's Traffic on the Bridge?
Wanna get an update on traffic on the Hathaway Bridge? Now you can check out traffic on the bridge before you head out. Click HERE for access to one of 8 cameras!
Save HUNDREDS Each Month on Groceries!!
Besides the rent/mortgage or car payments, much of our money each month goes to groceries. How do you reduce your grocery bill each month and not starve? Well...
These are ALL worth bookmarking...
Logan's wife Leanne LOVES Southern Savers. This site alone can help you save significantly each month on groceries. Bookmark it HERE
Thanks to my buddy Cynthia Gardner who loves E-mealz - a meal planning resource for busy moms and frugal family cooks. Save time, money and make time for family with delicious weekly meal plans everyone will love. Easy recipes with concise directions and aisle-by-aisle grocery lists. Here you go...
Then the world famous "Coupon Mom" offers 10 ways to save big HERE (EXCELLENT)
You probably want to go to bookmark the coupon mom's website because she helps you organize and save time AND money. Her site is HERE
BEST DAY TO SHOP FOR GREATEST SAVINGS
You may prefer to shop on Sundays because it fits your schedule best or you choose Tuesday afternoons because it's less crowded. Maybe it's time to rethink your strategy and instead shop on the day that offers the best deals. What day is that? It depends on what you're buying. SmartMoney figured out the best days for the deepest discounts. That means that prices for the exact same item in the exact same store could be lower on Sunday than it is on Wednesday. Here is SmartMoney's advice on what to buy on which days:
Appliances: Prices for washers, dryers, ovens and refrigerators are about 1 percent to 2 percent cheaper on Sundays, which works out to about $10 saved on a mid-range model.
Groceries: While most grocery stores publish their weekly sales circular on Wednesdays, Sunday is the best day to shop. Clip coupons from Sunday's newspaper for more savings.
Personal Care Items: You'll find the best deals on toothpaste and deodorant at the drugstore chains on Sundays. You must go early to get the best deals.
Skirts and Dresses: Skirts sell, on average, for 77 percent off the retail price, while dresses are discounted, on average, 54 percent.
Cars: Cars are cheapest on Mondays as dealerships are more willing to negotiate. This holds true whether weekend sales were lackluster and they want to makeup for that or whether weekend sales were robust and they want to continue it.
Electronics: Computers, televisions, digital cameras and even video games are between 2 percent and 4 percent cheaper on Mondays.
Airfares: Since most domestic fares are posted on Monday evening, there is a scramble Tuesday morning to match prices. The number of cheap seats peaks at about 3 p.m. on Tuesday.
Clothing: Both brick-and-mortar stores and online retailers tend to begin their weekend sales on Thursday. You'll find the best deals and the most in-stock items. However, there are exceptions. See Monday.
Books: Books are 11 percent cheaper on Saturdays; they are priced at their highest on Fridays.
Your child has been asking for a pet for a while now. He’s hoping you’ll cave and buy a puppy or kitten for Christmas. Be a good parent: give your child a video or book on cat or dog care, and plan to adopt a cat or dog after the holidays.
The holidays are busy. We’re either traveling or having a house full of guests. Bringing home a new pet on Christmas Day means you can either ignore your guests or that new puppy or kitten.
Here are a few reasons why you shouldn’t bring a pet home on Christmas:
1. Pets require a lot of attention—especially when they are introduced to a new environment.
2. Puppies, kittens, dogs, and cats need time to adjust, and those first few days in a new home are critical.
3. It’s hard to house train a puppy when your home is filled with guests.
4. The gifts, gift wrap, foods, and other items can be hazardous to your new pet’s health—especially if you are too busy to be watching over him.
5. Christmas time can be too noisy for pets.
6. You will need to supervise new pets and children when they are together. This will prevent any harm coming to the child or the pet.
7. If your child didn’t ask for a pet or has not done any research, he may not be ready for the responsibility. You need to sit down with your child and talk to him about what’s involved in caring for a pet. This should be done over the course of a few weeks.
We’ve likely all opened a gift and immediately thought, “What am I ever going to do with this?” After digging around for the gift receipt in vain, the situation might seem hopeless. But there’s one alternative you might not have considered: regifting.
Regifting isn’t just for those considered cheap or inconsiderate. According to a survey by Money Management International, 58% of respondents said they regift or are considering doing so. Other research published in Psychological Science suggests the original givers don’t care as much about regifting as we assume.
If the research doesn’t convince you, the benefits of regifting just might. It saves money, reduces landfill waste and, if you’re thoughtful about how you do it, ends with a happy recipient.
Ready to regift? Here are the rules to follow for giving with care.
1. Be honest with yourself
The second you rip open that tacky sweater or random kitchen appliance, you know if you’re going to wear it or use it. Don’t live in denial, thinking someday you’ll change your mind. Unworn and unused evidence in your closets and garage proves otherwise.
Trust your gut on whether you’ll use your gift or should consider regifting.
2. Make sure regifting makes sense
Not every present you get and don’t like is a good candidate for regifting. Before putting it in your regifting pile, ask yourself if you could give it to someone else without feeling guilty or embarrassed.
If the giver spent great time and care choosing this gift for you, consider holding onto it instead of risking hurt feelings.
Personalized or monogrammed items are almost always off-limits, except in the unlikely case you share a name or initials with someone else.
Don’t try to get away with regifting anything used, either. At the very least the receiver won’t like it, and they may be offended.
3. Label to-be-regifted items
Every regifter’s worst nightmare is being caught. Even worse: accidentally giving the gift back to the original giver
Preventing disaster is easy. Make sure to label items you plan to regift with the name of the original giver. Write down others who saw you open the gift too, since there’s a chance they’ll recognize the item later.
4. Check the packaging
Before regifting, make sure to erase any evidence the item was originally intended for you. Did Aunt Mary tuck a note inside that book? Or did Uncle Ernie write your name on the box somewhere?
Be thorough in your search, and get rid of any packaging or personalization that’s a giveaway it’s a regift.
5. Keep a catalog
If you’re a serial regifter, track your inventory. Use a notebook or a computer spreadsheet to make a list of what the gift is, who it came from, and where you’re storing it in your house.
Before shopping, consult your handy regifting list to see if you have anything that matches up with the recipient’s tastes. You might already have the perfect gift for them, saving time and money.
6. Find the perfect recipient
Obviously you shouldn’t regift just anything to anyone. The gift should still be a good fit for the receiver, not just a free way for you to get rid of something you don’t want.
An easy test is to ask if the gift is something you would’ve picked out for them or that they’ve specifically asked for. If not, rethink your regifting choice.
7. Go where regifting is encouraged
Can’t think of anyone? You can still regift without making it personal, and regifting is even encouraged for some parties.
Yankee Swaps with your friends and family or at the office are a great option for tossing your gift into the ring and increasing the chances it’ll find a happy owner. Parties like these might specifically say regifting is OK to keep costs down while making the swap more entertaining.
8. Wrap it right
Just because you’re regifting doesn’t mean you can re-wrap your gift with the same paper and packaging it came in. Not only is this inconsiderate, it’s also more likely to be noticed.
Take the time to put the gift in a fresh box with new paper and the thoughtful presentation will make your regifted item less likely to be detected.
9. If in doubt, consider alternatives
If you’re not sure if you should regift something, you might be better off looking at other options for your unwanted stuff. A few options include:
Returning it. You might be able to return your gift to the retailer and get store credit to spend on something you like better.
Selling it on eBay or Craigslist. Someone else might be willing to buy what you don’t want, even if the item isn’t brand new.
Donating it. For stuff you can’t sell or return, charities accept almost anything that’s still useful.
It is the season of goodwill, so Apple has announced 12 days of free gifts for one and all.
Hold your horses. iPads and MacBooks aren't being dished out. These are downloads, but they're still pretty good.
By downloading the 12 gifts of Christmas app from the app store you will be given a free gift every day from December 26 to January 6 in the form of an app, book, song or film.
It's like a post-Christmas advent calendar offering no-strings-attached goodies available for free for only 24-hours before the next one comes along.
Apple has run this promotion for the last couple of years outside of the United States, and this year the tech giant is bringing the freebies to the US and it's definitely worth the download. Previous years have seen episodes of Top Gear, tracks from One Direction, games from Sega and books from Lee Child. It's all free swag so what's not to like?
"Oscar has been trained to "fetch" using clicker training," writes YouTuber Terry Crowfoot. "I have been working at speeding up the rate of run-out and return. He is improving but has a long way to go!"
Well, we think Oscar's doing amazingly well. And we can't wait to see him learn to sit, stay and roll over!
Santa Claus has his elves and Kelly Clarkson has her buddy Blake Shelton!
The expecting singer is hosting her first-ever holiday special for NBC on Wednesday night, titled Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale and is calling on some of her famous friends for a little help. Shelton's task? Well, it doesn't involve him lending his swoon-inducing vocals!
Of course, Shelton isn't the only familiar face viewers can expect to see pop up during the one-hour special: Reba McEntire, Trisha Yearwood, Whoopi Goldberg, Robin Williams, William Shatner and many more will appear to celebrate the holiday season with Clarkson, who will also show off her comedic chops. (Though, anyone who watched her appearance on CBS' sitcom The Crazy Ones already knows Clarkson is quite the comedienne.)
The special is a comedic and musical take on a traditional Christmas morality tale that will feature festive tunes off of Clarkson's new Christmas album, Wrapped in Red. (Which is totally awesome, by the way.)
Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale airs Wednesday at 9pm Central on NBC.
One dad in Tulsa, Okla., really wanted to give his daughter a Christmas to remember.
“I’m a husband and father of a beautiful 6-year-old girl named Ashley that I would do anything for,” Jay Perkins, 49, wrote to GoodMorningAmerica.com.
So not only did he continue his annual holiday tradition of adorning his front lawn with an elaborate Christmas light display, but Perkins, a software engineer, also synced up the light display with one of Ashley’s favorite songs, Ylvis’ “The Fox.”
Every year since 2005, he begins setting up the light show on Nov. 1 so it’s up and running by Thanksgiving.
“I always try and have it running on Thanksgiving Day so that families in the neighborhood that have visiting family can have their kids enjoy the show before they have to leave,” Perkins explained.
Setting up the actual yard display takes about three weeks. But the most difficult part of the entire synchronized light show is the electronics of it all, adding new controllers and setting it to the music.
And although last year’s light show, which he set to Psy’s “Gangnam Style” was a roaring success, he says this year’s definitely takes the cake as his favorite.
“This year has been the best because my daughter has been really involved,” he explained. “I’ll go to her and say, ‘What do you think about this?’ Nothing beats that father-daughter bonding. It’s so cute.”
He hopes families that take the time to view his light display enjoy bonding time with one another as much as he has with Ashley.
“It boils down to the time you have with your children,” said Perkins. “I have all LED lights, so it really illuminates the street, and you can see the children’s faces very clearly. You can see the kiddos looking out the side window of their car and they are just, both parent and child, so happy.”
This holiday season has been a coming out party of sorts for online shopping. Though initial survey data suggested that shoppers may not have spent as much at brick and mortar stores over Black Friday weekend as last year, Cyber Monday was a smashing success. As more and more shoppers move online, cyber shopping behavior will increasingly detrermine what’s hot with consumers. Retail technology company Mercent works with more than 500 major vendors like Home Shopping Network, Office Depot, and Brookstone to help them sell products online. This gives the company a good (though not definitive) real-time look at what cyber shoppers are buying this holiday season. Mercent shared its data with TIME, so without further ado, we present the seven best-selling products of the official holiday shopping season so far.
1. HP 15.6′, Quadcore laptop with 8GB RAM, 750 GB hard drive: Though tablets continue to gain ground against PCs, for those folks who want a lot more storage room and the full functionality of a laptop, it’s tough to beat the price of this HP notebook. Home Shopping Network was selling this product for around $450, before they sold out.
2. The North Face Osito Fleece Jacket: Ah the fleece jacket! Warm yet light-weight and versatile, beloved by soccer moms everywhere.
3. Flips Audio Headphone/Speaker Hybrid: We truly live in a golden age for audiophiles. For a couple hundred bucks you can get a pair of headphones whose sound quality can put to shame stereo systems that would have cost thousands of dollars a generation ago. This neat little product, which can serve as both headphones and portable speakers kills two birds with one stone for any mobile music lover.
4. Razor Crazy Cart: Razor, the company responsible for those tiny silver scooters that were ubiquitous ten years ago has really upped it’s game with a new battery-powered go cart that can reach speeds of up to 12mph. This ain’t your father’s Power Wheels, that’s for sure.
5. GoPro Hero+ Black Edition: The latest version of this popular video camera includes better battery life and an improved lens.
6. Beats By Dr. Dre Pill Wireless Bluetooth Speaker: Fresh from revolutionizing the market for headphones, Beats By Dr. Dre is wading into the mobile stereo space with this sleek, lightweight speaker that still packs a punch.
7. Fitbit Force Wireless Activity and Sleep Wristband: This past year saw the rise in popularity of the “quantified self,” whereby people use technology to monitor all sorts of bodily functions. Fitbit has moved aggressively into this space with its line of self-monitoring wrist bands, which can monitor your sleep and exercise, helping you navigate the fitness minefield that is the holiday season.
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The "Twelve Days of Christmas" was originally written to help Catholic children, in England, remember different articles of faith during the persecution by Protestant Monarchs. The "true love" represented God, and the gifts all different ideas: The "Partridge in a pear tree" was Christ.