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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.
"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.
(flickr/12 days of christmas)
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.
We all know how we feel when sleep-deprived: tired, groggy, and grumpy. But have you ever considered all of the ways just a single poor night of sleep may be messing with you? Science has revealed a great many ramifications that you’ve probably never thought of.
1. You’re more depressed and anxious. In 2008, researchers assessed 226 individuals who had six or more hours of sleep the previous night and 112 individuals who had less. The “poor sleep” group scored significantly higher in levels of stress, depression, and anxiety compared to those that slept longer.
2. You pee more the next night. During the night, urine production naturally declines, permitting us to achieve uninterrupted sleep. But if you’re sleep deprived from the night before, this mechanism doesn’t work as efficiently. Examining 10 male and 10 female subjects over a 48-hour period, scientists found that when sleep deprived, both genders produce “markedly” larger amounts of urine, potentially translating to additional nighttime visits to the bathroom.
3. You eat more, and more unhealthily. What happens if young men get four hours of sleep instead of eight? They consume about 560 additional calories the following day. Moreover, when both men and women are sleep-deprived, they choose foods like pizza or doughnuts over healthier fare.According to researchers at Berkeley, a lack of sleep seems to dampen activity in the brain’s frontal lobe — an area tied to complex decision-making — and elevates activity in the reward centers.
4. If you’re a man, you think that women want to have sex with you. Compared with rested men, men deprived of sleep for one night rate womenas more interested in having sex. The researchers warn that this more risqué perception could lead to increased incidents of inappropriate advances and sexual harassment.
5. You look sadder and less attractive. In two separate studies undertaken by Tina Sundelin at Stockholm University, untrained observers compared photographs of subjects who had been awake for 31 hours with photos of the same subjects after eight hours of sleep the night before. Observers were blinded to the conditions and viewed the pictures in random order. In the first study, observers rated sleep-deprived people as less attractive. In the second study, sleep-deprived people were deemed to looker sadder.
6. You feel more excluded. According to sleep researcher Tina Sundelin, “Pretty much everyone gets upset if they feel others are excluding them, but… a sleep-deprived person reacts even more strongly to social exclusion than their well-rested peers do.”
AT A GLANCE
• Facebook engineers came up with the idea of a "Sympathize" button
• People can use when friends have sad news to share and the "Like" button would be inappropriate
• Facebook has decided now is "not exactly the right time to launch that product"
Not sure what to do when a friend puts news of a break-up or a bad day on Facebook? There's no "Dislike" button in the cards, but the company is looking into another way to expand the range of responses people can make to friends' posts, the Huffington Post reports. At one of its periodic "hackathons," engineers came up with the idea of a "Sympathize" button people can use when friends have sad news to share and the "Like" button would be inappropriate.
The idea was for users to be given a list of emotions when they posted a status, and for the "Like" option to be changed to "Sympathize" when "sad" or "depressed" was selected, the San Francisco Chronicle explains.
A Facebook engineer says that while the idea was a big hit at the hackathon, the firm has decided now is "not exactly the right time to launch that product." But many other ideas that surfaced at hackathons have already become part of the site—including the "Like" button itself.
As joyous a time as the holidays can be, sometimes it gets a little difficult to stay calm with all the family outings, gifts to buy, parties to attend, and so on. We get it. And so does Jaime Kulaga, Ph.D. Kulaga shares some tips that she recommends to her stressed-out clients below. Start practicing them now and you could be stress-free by 2014.
1. Don't Focus on Others. Focus on You. If your friend just got engaged and you're still single, or if your coworker got a promotion that you wanted, don't stress out. Comparing yourself with others automatically makes you feel like the inferior one. Instead, focus your energy on you and how you can improve your life. "You are in control of you and need to take the time and energy to explore who you are," says Kulaga.
2. Stay Active. "Find ways to beef up your energy so that you can handle any stressors that come your way," says Kulaga. For example, if you know you have tons of work to do, make sure to treat yourself to a nice healthy breakfast first, or take a break to fit in a workout in the middle of a hectic week.
3. Don't Add Extra Worry. Live in the now as much as possible, because obsessing over things that might go wrong won't help prevent any of them. In fact, "if you create anxiety and tell yourself that something might go wrong, and then in fact it goes wrong, then you lived the pain twice," Kulaga says.
4. Avoid Negative Friends. "Negativity truly is contagious and stressful," says Kulaga. And once you adopt those negative thoughts, the bad effects can stick around for a while. Pessimistic thoughts act as internal stressors on the body, says Kulaga. They activate our "fight or flight" response and can keep us agitated for long periods of time. So make plans with your positive friends instead!
5. Appreciate What You Have. Yes, not everything may be perfect in your life, but give yourself some credit—you worked hard to get to where you are. "Once you realize you earned what you have (whatever that is), your confidence goes up and [as a result] stress goes down."