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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.
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."
Spice Up Your Holiday With These Fun, Festive Gift-Exchange Games.
1. White Elephant (a.k.a. Yankee Swap)
Classic, but for a reason! This game exists in many versions, but this is the easiest one we've tried.
Each person brings one wrapped item, usually an inexpensive gag gift, but not necessarily. The host selects a random person to pick the first gift and unwrap it. Each subsequent person in the circle can choose either a wrapped gift or steal an unwrapped gift from another person (you must wait at least one turn to steal an item back). Finally, once everyone has a gift, the first person in the circle has the opportunity to steal a gift (since they had to pick from the unwrapped pile on their initial turn).
2. Spoons: Holiday Edition
Ever played the card game Spoons? This is basically that, but replace the spoons with unwrapped gifts.
Arrange for each participant except one to bring an unwrapped, inexpensive present. The dealer begins with a full deck of cards (or two, if you are playing with a large group), giving four to each player (including the dealer). The aim is to obtain four of the same card. The dealer draws one card, decides whether or not to keep it, and discards that card or another from the original hand to the right. The player to the right picks up the card and does the same. Once you have obtained four cards, you can grab a gift — and the faster you go, the better, because you don't want to be stuck with the lamest gift in the pile, or worse, no gift at all! The game continues until all gifts are gone and one person is left empty-handed.
3. High-Stakes Taboo
We've all played the classic party game Taboo, to varying degrees of frustration. This is a group version with notably higher stakes in the form of presents!
Request that every member bring a wrapped gift (or two if you're working with a smaller group — the more the better!), and place them all in a pile. The group picks a gift and the lucky (or unlucky) participant to describe it. The person unwraps the gift out of site of the group, and then tries to explain what it is. In this version of Taboo, everyone can guess at once, and the winner gets to keep the present!
4. Holiday Scavenger Hunt
This one is a bit weather-dependent, and requires some planning — but we've tried it and it is beyond fun.
Have everyone contribute a small sum of money, then plan a large-scale scavenger hunt around town leading up to an awesome group prize (concert tickets, straight-up cash, a set of cool lipsticks...you decide!). This works best with a close group of friends — the places and activities can be inside jokes or memories. The planner creates a checklist of activities that must be completed and distributed to the players. Remember, this isn't a treasure hunt, so you don't need clues — just various activities that they need to check off a list. You can create teams among the group and whichever team finishes first, wins the prize — but it's also equally fun to do it just for the experience! And please, don't include anything that requires driving — everyone will be having too much fun to be worrying about road safety.
5. Dollar Dash
Cheap and fun? You can't do better than that.
Assign a recipient to each participant. Have everyone contribute $9 to a group fund, and then spend an additional $1 on a hilarious dollar-store gift of their choice. The host uses the group fund to purchase a larger, nicer gift. Everyone exchanges their presents and shares with the group. Then take a vote on the best $1 gift...the buyer wins the big prize!
Gone are the days when a simple box of paints or school book was all you wished for on Christmas.
But for 7-year-old Homer Mellen in 1915, those very basic items, along with a handful of other equally unassuming gifts, were all the boy from London, Ontario, had hoped to receive from Santa.
“It says so much about the lack of appreciation for those things that truly are a special gift,” Homer’s son, Larry Mellen, 79, told GoodMorningAmerica.com of his father’s modest Christmas wish list compared to those of children today. “We just take it for granted that you’re going to have that stuff at Christmas time, or any other time for that matter.”
Homer’s perfectly penned, remarkably polite, nearly 100-year-old note to Santa Claus will stop you in your tracks before adding another bullet point to your wish list this holiday season.
“Dear Santa Claus,” the boy begins in cursive handwriting. “Will you please send me a box of paints, also a nine cent reader, and a school bag to put them in.”
He modestly continues, “And if you have any nuts, or candy, or toys to spare, would you kindly send me some.” If so, Homer concludes, “You will please a seven year old boy.”
The Mellen family kept and cherished this note for 98 years in a little box containing “private little things like locks of hair, or the first picture that was taken,” Mellen explained, in order to “put away for memories for grandchildren.”
And that’s exactly what Homer’s humble wish list had done, as his granddaughter, Laurie Bloomfield, 49, of Nova Scotia, shared it with us after reading a recent story about one little girl’s extravagant expectations from Santa this year.
“I’m a teacher, so as teacher I get to hear a lot of kids’ wishes,” Bloomfield said. “What I find with this generation is they want to talk a lot, they want to put out a lot of information. They have lots to say and want to tell it all.”
That certainly seems true with the little girl’s list that ended up going wildly viral last week with one of the 17 items on the list being “A little thing that can turn into anything at anytime,” which her father was quick to point out was impossible, flatly responding, “You cannot have this.”
The little girl also asked for “1,000 bucks,” to which her dad quipped, “This is Christmas, not an Italian wedding.”
“We just take for granted that whatever we want out there we can have, and that isn’t the case,” said Mellen. “When my father was young, to put your stocking up with care and knowing that you were going to get maybe an orange, that was the magic of Christmas.”
Mellen believes his father did indeed receive the reader, which was a book required for school, because otherwise he “no doubt would have been borrowing somebody else’s,” and also the candies and Christmas nuts “he would have gotten as a special treat.”
You long ago figured out how to beat the crowds and bumper-car parking lots by shopping online. Now you need to make sure you -- and your identity -- stay safe online. In the hustle and bustle of clicking the "buy now" button, you run a higher risk of identity theft. According to the Identity Fraud Survey Report conducted by Javelin Strategy & Research, 40 percent of all identity theft victims had their information misused while making an online purchase, compared to 13 percent for purchases made over the phone or through the mail. That doesn't mean online shopping isn't safe. It just means you need to be smart.
Top 5 ways to protect your identity while shopping online:
1. Protect your passwords
Never reveal your passwords to anyone--even your family and friends. It's sad but true that many cases of ID theft involve those closest to you.
2. Make sure your antivirus program is up-to-date
A current antivirus program, such as McAfee, will automatically update your PC against new threats.
3. Only shop on secure sites
You can tell if a site is secure if you see a closed padlock on the browser's status bar. In addition, the website's URL should change to "s-http" or "https" when you are asked to provide payment information.
4. Don't click the link
If you receive an e-mail advertising a great sale, don't click on the link in the e-mail unless you know and trust the retailer. Instead, type the URL and check the site for authenticity and credibility. Malicious links sent in e-mail are the No. 1 way for cyber crooks to insert Trojans and viruses on computers, including the kind that can steal your personal information--and you'll never even know it until it's too late.
5. Pay by credit card, not debit card
All credit cards come with specific consumer protection that is far superior to checking account debit cards. In addition, frequently monitor online your credit card and banking accounts to make sure only the items you have charged or purchased are listed.
• A new study found that children who had romantic relationships earlier in life are more likely to have issues as they grew older
• Those who start dating young are more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol, among other social problems
• Teens are more likely to form unhealthy attachments to their partners and take breakups a lot harder than the rest of us due to lack of cognitive development
A new study published in the Journal of Adolescence found that children who had romantic relationships earlier in life are more likely to have issues as they grew older (via The Daily Chronicle). Interestingly, their problems aren't necessarily centered around their future dating life: those who start dating young are more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol, among other social problems.
That's because young kids are more likely to form unhealthy attachments to their partners (blame the hormones), make poor decisions because of their partner (like trying drugs if he does), and take breakups a lot harder than the rest of us due to lack of cognitive development. A rough breakup could cause deeper and more long-term emotional problems in children compared with adults.
But just because you got to first base in third grade, it doesn't mean you're destined for a life of crime. The researchers do note that open talks about relationships between kids and parents, especially after a breakup, are essential to make sure everything is being processed in a healthy manner. It's natural for kids to want to date, but it's essential to make sure they're processing everything properly and making healthy decisions.
The George W. Bush Presidential Center has joined the holiday festivities, offering for sale a Christmas tree ornament that features a painting by the former U.S. head of state.
The ornament, selling for $29.98, is an unsigned Bush painting of a cardinal on a tree branch in a metal frame, with a ribbon attached so it can be hung.
Bush has taken up painting in his retirement, producing still lifes, self portraits and images of animals. His wife, Laura, thought the painting of the cardinal could be used to celebrate the holiday season.
"Laura liked the bright red of the cardinal and the greens of the foliage, and chose my painting, for which I am grateful, to become the Christmas card and the ornament," Bush said in a video for the presidential center.
Proceeds from sales go back into the center, which opened this year, and to charities it supports.