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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.
On Tuesday, he interviewed Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning as Burgundy before hosting SportsCenter in character. The results were predictably awesome.
Ron Burgundy hosts the 6pm/5pm CENTRAL "SportsCenter" on Thursday, Dec. 5, joined by Champ Kind.
The holidays do indeed have the potential to be a tender, happy time, when we lovingly share in each other's joy. But rather than letting half-hidden beliefs and expectations govern how you feel, it's worth your while to try rewriting these common old stories for yourself, so that you can love the holidays as they are, not how they should be.
Stressful Belief #1: My family should get along during the holidays.
Maybe the family in question is your mother and father, or your children, or even your co-workers. But the need for people to treat each other and you well around the holidays can be intense, leaving you disappointed, resentful and hurt.
Try this: Seek out loving friendship. If this belief aligns with a core value for you, such as strong emotional connections, embrace it while trimming away some of the pain it creates. In this case, be proactive about filling the well of connection for yourself. In the midst of all the holiday parties, reach out to one or two good friends or family members and get a date on the calendar for a brunch, dinner, what have you. Or offer to help with a cookie-making marathon. The event doesn't have to be special -- your relationship is what will sustain you when your family squabbles over the turkey dinner again.
Stressful Belief #2: I must make this the perfect holiday.
Look deep enough and you probably can see the roots of this in childhood, when something along the lines of "If I do x, then my parents will love me," was a powerful tool of control. Now, though, you've outgrown its usefulness. All this belief does now is drive you to distraction and keep you from appreciating the holidays you've actually got.
Try this: Catch your thoughts. If you find your mind starting to twitch for perfection, closely observe the ticker tape of thoughts you've got going. Listen for key phrases like "I'm the only one who knows how to do it," or "If I don't get this done right, it will be ruined." Notice how these thoughts feel, and then challenge them: Here I go again, treating Thanksgiving dinner like a death match. It doesn't make sense in my life to do that anymore. Perfection isn't the goal.
Then: Focus on your breath, letting it deepen and slow. Tuning into your physical sensations will keep you connected to the present moment -- and melt the iceberg coming straight at you.
Stressful Belief #3. I should give -- and get -- the perfect gifts.
Presents take on extraordinary weight this time of year, as if a chenille scarf or new smartphone can really express the depth and breadth of a person's love. And even if you do craft the exquisite lavender-scented, silk-covered, organic buckwheat-filled eye pillow, there's no guarantee the recipient will respond the way you want him to.
Try this: Aim for gratitude. The best way to handle unrealistic icebergs that you only run into in a very specific situation is to steer around them. In this case, set your sights on gratitude.
During shopping season, keep a gratitude journal and every morning (or evening), write down three to five things you're grateful for. The morning before you open gifts, send a thank-you text message or email to someone who did something nice for you recently.
When you make gratitude a practice and express it to others, you shore up your own sense emotional well-being. Gift-giving can then be what it really is: a small sweet moment in a long, rich life.
AT A GLANCE
• Netflix will launch its first original series for kids, DreamWorks Animation's Turbo FAST, on Dec. 24 at 12:01 a.m. PST
• The first five episodes will be available this holiday season, with additional episodes premiering throughout the year
• In Turbo FAST, Turbo and his adrenaline-fueled snail stunt team will go on daring new adventures, race on more tracks and take on crazy challenges
• The Turbo FAST series was announced before the release of the film
• The movie grossed more than $280M worldwide but only $83M in the U.S
Netflix will launch its first original series for kids, DreamWorks Animation's Turbo FAST, on Dec. 24 at 12:01 a.m. PST, it was announced today.
The series, produced by DreamWorks Animation Television, is based on DWA's Turbo film about a snail that wants to race in the Indy 500. In Turbo FAST, Turbo and his adrenaline-fueled snail stunt team will go on daring new adventures, race on more tracks and take on crazy challenges. Veep's Reid Scott will voice Turbo in the series, with Ken Jeong reprising his role from the movie as Kim Ly, manicurist turned home-shopping icon.
DreamWorks Animation and Netflix announced a multiyear deal this summer, which gave the streaming service exclusive access to new, original TV series produced by the JeffreyKatzenberg-led studio. The deal was Netflix's largest-ever deal for original first-run content.
The pact will cover more than 300 hours of new programming, based on characters from DWA's hit franchises and feature films as well as the Classic Media library it acquired last year, and is a key part of DWA's plan to expand its TV production and distribution. Netflix will be the only home for these shows for now, but there is the possibility of a second-cycle rights deal in the future.
DWA feature films, beginning with The Croods, also will be available on the streaming service in the U.S. and Latin America starting next year.
The Turbo FAST series was announced before the release of the film, featuring Ryan Reynolds as the voice of the titular snail. The movie grossed more than $280 million worldwide but only $83 million in the U.S.
AT A GLANCE
• A survey found that 54% of parents plan on purchasing a tech item for their child this holiday season
• Tablets are at the top of the list and they beat-out video game consoles 28% to 18%
• 36% of parents plan to purchase either a tablet or smartphone
• 77% of parents plan to purchase educational apps for their children
• 90% of parents say that educational apps will play an important role in their child’s education
PBS Kids recently ran a survey on parents and posted results that show that 54% of them plan on purchasing a tech item for their child this holiday season. And that number increases to 59% for the more tech-savvy parents ages 18-34. Tablets are listed as the hot item at the top of the list and they beat-out video game consoles 28% to 18%. The study of over 1,000 surveyed parents with kids between the ages of 2 and 10 also lists that 36% of parents plan to purchase either a tablet or smartphone.
The survey also shows that 77% of parents plan to purchase educational apps for their children as 90% of them stat that educational apps will play an important role in their child’s education.
“There’s a vast and ever-growing population of young children who have ready access to mobile media and, as many parents recognize, that presents an important opportunity to utilize tablets and smartphones to advance children’s learning,” said Lesli Rotenberg, GM of Children’s Programming at PBS, in a press release. “It’s essential that parents think through what kind of apps, online games and video content they make available to their kids. This is one important reason why PBS KIDS has been so innovative in making sure our high-quality, research-based educational content is available across digital platforms to provide a deeper learning experience for today’s learners.”
Other Key PBS KIDS Parent Survey Findings
•Six in 10 parents collaborate with their child to select apps, while a third of parents say they make the choice themselves.
•When selecting games and apps for their children, over half of parents (56%) base their decisions on age recommendations.
•In addition to educational content, 56% of parents pointed to price and 45% cited characters their kids know and love as important factors when choosing apps.
In the video for her new holiday hit "Underneath the Tree," Kelly Clarkson is giving fans a preview of her upcoming NBC Special, Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale. The video consists of her performance of the song from the December 11 special, as well as some behind-the-scenes footage.
In the video, Kelly -- who was pregnant when she taped the special but hadn't announced it yet -- is seen belting out the number in a long, festive red and gold gown as snowflakes fall. But you'll also see her getting her hair and makeup touched up backstage, rehearsing in a bathrobe and laughing with guests Blake Shelton and former Queer Eye "lifestyle guru" Jai Rodriguez. At one point, we see Blake dressed as a very tall Christmas elf. Kelly is also seen goofing around behind another special guest, country star Trisha Yearwood.
"Underneath the Tree" has just topped Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart, becoming only the 15th Christmas song in the history of the chart to do so.
A great-grandfather has put up his Christmas tree for the 84th time this year after his father first bought it from a toy shop in 1929.
Douglas Hewitt, 84, has celebrated every Christmas with the artificial tree since he was born and he and his wife Mavis, 82, have once again put it up this year.
Mr Hewitt's father bought the tree from Redgates toy shop, in Sheffield, just months after Douglas was born.
The 4ft tree has been kept in its original red stand throughout the years and remains the centerpoint of the Hewitt family household during every festive season.
Mr Hewitt, of South Anston, South Yorkshire, said: 'It reminds us of my childhood, our children's childhood and our grandchildren and great-grandchildren's after that.
'They all come and look at it and smile, it's become part of the furniture.
'If we didn't put that Christmas tree up, it wouldn't feel like Christmas. It would be different.'
The tree was passed down to Mr Hewitt when he married Mavis in 1951.
Mrs Hewitt said: 'Douglas was born in 1929 and they went into Redgates and asked for a Christmas tree and they didn't have any.
'The only one that was left was in the widow so his father said, "right, we will have that".
'Year after year we have just carried on using that one. You have to be a bit more careful with it now as it's a little fragile.'
Sadly, it may be the last year that the tree makes an appearance in the Hewitt household, as it stands on its last legs.
Mr Hewitt has said the tree used to have more branches on it and had 'seen better days' but it is once again standing pride of place in the Hewitt family home
Their daughter June Murphy also has fond memories of the Christmas tree.
Mrs Murphy, 60, said: 'It was in my grandparents' home and then it was given to us.
'The lights that are on there now have been there since we went to a three-pin plug.
'It's looking a little thin now as each time you get it out something else falls off.
'It's become a bit of a family joke. Each year someone has to comment "not again!" but it's a Christmas tradition of getting the tree out that we all love.
'We'd all be sad to see it go as I think it would be hard to find such a loved replacement.'
The tree was passed down to Mr Hewitt when he married Mavis in 1951 (left). The artificial tree has been kept in its original red stand throughout the years (right)
Mr Hewitt said: 'There were a lot more branches on it, and it's lost it's feathers that were all along the edge.
'There were little candle holders on the ends and little legs on it, but unfortunately they're been lost over the years.
'It could be its last outing, as it's seen better days.'
Since we were talking holiday family traditions this morning, here's one our family started last year. I came across this book by my favorite author Andy Andrews called "Socks for Christmas" that has a GREAT message about giving. I actually read it in front of my wife's family in Birmingham last year and it touches me every time I read it. It's a quick read, but a message that will stay with you. Get it HERE
Everyone knows, or at least should know, that the best time to buy a huge honkin’ TV set isn’t during the holidays, but in the weeks immediately following the Super Bowl, and that post-Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to get some jewelry at rock-bottom prices. But they’re not the only items on a lot of holiday shopping lists that would be cheaper to buy at some point after Dec. 25.
Kiplinger has a lovely slide show of a dozen items — including the aforementioned TVs and bling — that you should avoid buying during the holiday shopping season. Here are the ones we considered the most interesting on the list, in order of how soon after the holiday you can get a good deal.
1. Cars (Between Christmas and New Year’s)
Sure, it looks a bit romantic in the commercial when the impossible attractive couple with the camera-ready home give each other luxury cars with big red bows on top, but Kiplinger says you’d do better to wait until after Christmas and take advantage of year-end clearance sales at dealerships looking to make room for the next model year. And besides, you know that everyone on the block really hates that adorable couple, and their new cars will be covered in egg and toilet paper by week’s end.
2. Furniture (January)
If you can live with that ratty sofa for a few more weeks, or duct tape that fractured chair leg a couple more times, Kiplinger says you can score some clearance deals on new furniture in January when stores are preparing to bring in next year’s models.
3. Perfume (post Valentine’s Day)
What’s more alluring than some nose-tickling new scent on the neck of your loved one? Knowing you saved up to 50% by waiting until after the Christmas and Valentine’s buying frenzy.
4. Luggage (March)
Okay, so maybe this isn’t as sexy as some of the other items in the round-up, but people do spend a lot of money on luggage and may not know that they can get the best deal in March, as retailers look to keep merchandise moving between the holiday and summer travel seasons.
5. Bicycles (September)
Unless you have a time machine, this is one you’ll have to mark on the calendar for next autumn, when retailers discount current models about 25% to make room for the new two-wheelers. And if you do have a time machine, we’d hope you would use it for more interesting purposes than going back in time a few months to score a discount on a bike.