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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.
In a doggone Christmas miracle, an English woman was reunited with her pet dog that went missing nine years ago.
Milissa Mae's cherished canine Niamh, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, was spotted wandering the streets of Salisbury, UK — more than 80 miles from their Worcestershire home.
"I didn't think I'd ever see her again," Mae told the Worcester News. "But last week I got a phone call out of the blue telling me she'd been found and they'd identified her with her microchip."
Mae, 47, drove down to the Bath Cats and Dogs Home to pick up her now 12-year-old dog.
"I think she recognized me," Mae said to the paper. "She's gone a little deaf and a little grey but otherwise she's just the same."
Mae had no idea what happened to Niamh since her disappearance from the family garden in May 2004. A neighbor had removed a fence panel.
The dog-lover eventually gave up after trying to track down her beloved pet with no luck. Last week, her luck changed.
"It was a very, very tearful occasion — even the girls from the dog's home had tears in their eyes," she said.
Mae thinks that someone must have taken Niamh in at some point since she ran away because she is in surprisingly good condition, despite being a bit thin, the Worcester News reported.
"She was very thin but apart from that she's in surprisingly good condition, especially considering she's a 12-year-old dog," Mae said to the British paper. "I don't know how long she'd been wandering but she must have been in someone's care for at least some of those nine years."
Niamh and Mae are together again back in Worcestershire where the long-lost dog Niamh is getting along with Mae's other dog Ferdy, 7.
Ferdy is Niamh's granddaughter.
"She's getting on very well with my children as well," Mae said, "they were only at primary school when she went missing but they remember her and I think she remembers them."
Mae keeps telling her children that Niamh's return is a Christmas miracle.
AT A GLANCE
• A new innovation called iDriveThru is enabling hands-free fast food payments at selected NY takeaways using RFID car windshield tags
• The system uses the E-ZPass transponder that many motorists already use to pay toll booth charges automatically
• It is currently in use at the five drive-thru Wendy’s restaurants in Staten Island
• In addition, customers earn ten reward points for every dollar they spend, with 500 points being redeemable for a USD 5 coupon at Wendy’s
A new innovation called iDriveThru is enabling hands-free fast food payments using RFID car windshield tags.
Physical wallets are gradually disappearing as new technologies enable consumers to pay through more automatic methods, and we’ve even previously seen companies such as Uniqul hint at cash and card-less payments with facial recognition. Although we’re not quite there yet, a new innovation called iDriveThru is enabling hands-free fast food payments at selected New York takeaways using RFID car windshield tags.
The system — which uses the E-ZPass transponder that many motorists already use to pay toll booth charges automatically — is currently in use at the five drive-thru Wendy’s restaurants in Staten Island. Customers first need to link their credit, debit or prepaid card to their E-ZPass through the iDriveThru website. Upon arriving at Wendy’s, the tag’s data is then read by sensors, offering visitors a personalized greeting on the video above the intercom. Once they’ve made their order, the card details are read from the tag and the payment is taken automatically. In addition, customers earn ten reward points for every dollar they spend, with 500 points being redeemable for a USD 5 coupon at Wendy’s.
Although iDriveThru isn’t currently affiliated with any toll agency and New York-based consumers can’t pay for food through their Metropolitan Transport Authority top-ups, the technology shows how payments can be made more convenient and seamless with RFID tags. It’s easy to see how motorists could perhaps be charged for other products and payments by adapting the devices even further, while local authorities could take a cut of the increased revenue.
Kid President's gift guide has everything you need for successful holiday gifting -- like this important reminder:
"The truth is, most people don't need stuff. They need to know somebody cares."
The little executive has some great ideas for giving that elusive thoughtful present. He also knows how you can help kids in need around the world this holiday season.
And as usual, KP says it best: "The perfect gift is something that makes the world better."
Find out how to give a gift that does just that in the video above.
I am all for "being yourself," and being true to who you are. However, if you are having a hard time connecting with people, or maintaining relationships, then perhaps there are some personality tweaks that you can make that might help people relate to you better. Sometimes, we put people off without even realizing it and by following these helpful tips you will notice a big difference in your interactions. People may be more drawn to you, or perhaps long time friends will notice a real change in your energy and how they feel when they are around you! Give these a try and create deeper relationships with people in your life!
9 Ways To Be More Likable:
1. Like yourself! If you don't put much value in who you are, neither will anyone else. Take care of yourself, your health, and your surroundings. No one will ever treat you worse than you treat yourself. You set the standard for what you accept, be sure you have a high enough standard!
2. Get your attitude in check grumpy! People do not like to be around someone who is always angry, cranky, or complaining about things... well except other people who are angry, cranky, or always complaining. Gratitude is one of the best ways to get rid of the grumpies. Focus on the things you have to be grateful for, start with waking up today and go through a list of all your blessings.
3. Chill out and allow other people to manage their own lives! I know, I know ... other people are doing things that annoy you, or they are doing things wrong and you know how to fix them. Well guess what? It is NOT your responsibility so let it go! How much easier would your life become if you only had to worry about living your life and not others? Let other people experience and learn from their own journey.
4. Compliment others and appreciate a job well done! If you notice someone doing a good job, take a moment to compliment them. People are drawn to others who make them feel good. Make time to recognize even small things ... a co-worker's new haircut, or a child's completed project. Say something nice!
5. Smile! You don't have to plaster a fake smile on that never comes off. Just smile when someone walks by. If you are the type of person where people are always asking you "what's wrong," then you may just need to smile more. You might be perfectly content but your body language is sending different signals. Make an effort to smile at people so they know you are approachable.
6. Listen! Too many people think about what they are going to say next rather than actually listening. People like to be truly heard, so truly listen! You don't always have to "solve" the problem, just show you care by being fully present and listening to the other person.
7. Don't gossip! Everyone knows, if you talk about other people, you will also talk about me when I walk away. Nobody likes a gossip so don't say anything about another person that you wouldn't say in front of that person.
8. Don't take that tone! It is not just what you say, but how you say it.Take note of how you use your voice. Do you sound sarcastic, annoyed, indifferent, mad, or unsure? The words mean far less than the tone you use to say it.
9. Love who you are with! People like people who like people! If you genuinely like the people you are with, it will show. If you can't like them, at least find some common ground that you can appreciate. Maybe you can appreciate that you like the same football team, or that you have kids that are similar ages. You can always find something to appreciate if you just take the time to notice.
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!