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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 the age of Twitter and Facebook, it's easy for the annual Christmas card to feel a bit dated.
Set to Will Smith's "Miami" (warning: it will get stuck in your head), "Christmas Jammies" includes standard Christmas card fare -- announcements about each family member's individual accomplishments, including (surprise!) mom and dad's new marketing and media company. Penn works as anchor for WNCN (he announces he's quitting mid-video, shortly after rapping about his vasectomy); meanwhile, Kim has experience in the entertainment industry.
So, yes, it is ultimately, a clear publicity stunt, albeit an effective one with very high production quality.
Since going viral, the video has been touted around the web as well as on Good Morning America and Fox and Friends. All of this web success, however, comes in the midst of a literal viral storm at home. Dad says on his blog that Kim and their daughter, Lola,have an actual stomach virus that is sort of keeping them from fully embracing the moment.
Hope you feel better soon Holdernesses -- and enjoy the time in your jammies too!
Beware: Google just made it easier for people to know if you’re opening their email messages.
The web giant announced a change to its popular Gmail service: Images embedded in emails will now be automatically displayed, saving users from clicking on a “display images” link and, Google claims, making “your messages more safe and secure.” But buried in the fine print, a different picture emerges.
The new setup also means that people and companies who send you email will be able to find out when you’ve opened and read their messages, because loading these images requires a call back to the sender’s server. That said, the sender still has to know how to rig their emails to take advantage of this, and that means that sophisticated corporations are far more likely to take advantage of this privacy hole than your friends and relatives. They’ll have to evade Google’s filters for “suspicious” content, and you’ll have to check your Gmail over the web — not via a local client — for this change to impact you. But it’s an important development.
Other email clients automatically load images, but Google’s change brings this to what is now the world’s largest service. The good news is that you can turn off the new change. But most people won’t know any better.
Here’s how Google phrases the issue with a disclosure in the last paragraph of a recently posted support document: “In some cases, senders may be able to know whether an individual has opened a message with unique image links. As always, Gmail scans every message for suspicious content and if Gmail considers a sender or message potentially suspicious, images won’t be displayed and you’ll be asked whether you want to see the images.”
In other words, Google will try to protect you from malware and scammers, but the new image-loading system can, by its very nature, leak information on your email reading habits. That’s because the images in question, the images that used to be regularly suppressed by Gmail and which will now be regularly shown, are loaded from remote servers and laid into emails constructed like webpages, using the HTML markup language.
Previously, Gmail took a stronger stance on privacy. For example, back when competitors like Yahoo Mail regularly attached users’ home IP addresses to their mail messages, Gmail left such privacy-eroding data out. So it’s sad to see Google taking a step backward — and being less than forthcoming about the implications. For bulk business emailers, this development is a big plus. For ordinary humans, not so much.
I know we've all seen plenty of these heartwarming military reunion videos -- but this new one of a 4-year-old girl clinging to her father after he surprised her with his homecoming is definitely one of the best yet.
Little Neveah had not seen her daddy, Sgt. Sedale Benjamin, in an entire year before he walked into her preschool classroom last Thursday. Yep ... a year. He had not been on U.S. soil since December 12th, 2012. (Think about that for a sec.)
His wife organized the surprise reunion with Neveah, and when she finally saw her daddy, well ... I think the video speaks for itself.
With all the emphasis on buying for family and friends during the holidays, the idea of tipping people who provide services to you may not be top of mind.
But don't worry, we've got you covered.
Diane Gottsman, the owner of The Protocol School of Texas, offers a holiday tipping guide for whom to tip and how much to give this holiday season. From your apartment doorman ($20) to your babysitter (one night's pay), Gottsman said the guide offers suggestions — not hard-and-fast rules.
"You're going to give what's comfortable with you and what's in your budget," she said.
Generally, you should give an extra holiday tip to people who rely on tips throughout the year and who you see regularly during the year, Gottsman said.
"They have treated you loyally. They have given you good service and you would enjoy receiving future service with them," she said.
Here are some of the people to consider giving a holiday tip to:
A $10-20 tip for each barista you see every morning, who knows your name and has your drink ready before you even order it.
2) Mail carrier
Government regulations do not allow U.S. Postal Service workers to receive cash gifts. A non-monetary gift under $20 is appropriate. FedEx drivers can receive tips and gifts, but they should not exceed $75. UPS prefers its drivers to receive gifts, rather than cash, but leaves it to the customer's discretion.
3) Dog walker
A cash gift of one day to one week's pay.
4) Newspaper delivery person
A cash gift of $10-$30.
A cash gift of one week's pay. A 2012 holiday tipping survey by Consumer Reports found 64% of Americans who use house cleaners tipped them for the holidays with a median of a $50 holiday tip.
6) Building handyman
A cash gift of $20-$50, if you see them on a regular basis.
7) Nursing home workers
If you have an elderly relative in a nursing home, consider bringing a tray of cookies for the entire staff. Because there is more than one shift, bring a tray for each shift.
8) School bus driver
A $10-$20 gift card. If cash gifts are not allowed under the company policy, a nice gift is a pair of driving gloves.
9) Hair stylist, manicurist, personal trainer, massage therapist
A cash gift equal to one visit.
10) Pool cleaner, lawn maintenance worker
A cash gift equal to one week's pay.
There are some people you should not tip, including doctors, dentists, accountants or anyone who is a salaried employee, Gottsman said. It would be appropriate to give them a small gift, like a tin of cookies, if you happen to see them in December, she said.
AT A GLANCE
• Light bulb manufacturers will cease making traditional 40 and 60-watt light bulbs at the start of 2014
• This comes after the controversial phasing out of incandescent 75 and 100-watt light bulbs at the beginning of 2013
• In their place will be halogen bulbs, compact fluorescent bulbs, LED bulbs and high efficiency incandescents
• All are significantly more expensive than traditional light bulbs, but offer significant energy and costs savings over the long run
Light bulb manufacturers will cease making traditional 40 and 60-watt light bulbs -- the most popular in the country -- at the start of 2014.
This comes after the controversial phasing out of incandescent 75 and 100-watt light bulbs at the beginning of 2013.
In their place will be halogen bulbs, compact fluorescent bulbs, LED bulbs and high efficiency incandescents -- which are just regular incandescents that have the filament wrapped in gas. All are significantly more expensive than traditional light bulbs, but offer significant energy and costs savings over the long run. (Some specialty incandescents -- such as three-way bulbs -- will still be available.)
The end of old light bulbs will likely anger some consumers that are already faced with higher prices for a variety of goods. But it will also tick off tea party activists since the ban is the result of the final phase of government-mandated efficiency standards.
The rules were signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2007. They are designed to address gross inefficiencies with old light bulbs -- only 10% of the energy they use is converted into light, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, which has a handyfact sheet about the changes. The rest is wasted as heat.
But the rules have drawn fire from a number of circles -- mainly conservatives and libertarians who are unhappy about the government telling people what light bulbs they can use. They argue that if the new ones really are so good, people will buy them on their own without being forced to do so.
The Republican-controlled House first tried to overturn the law. When that failed, Congress prevented the Department of Energy from spending money to enforce the new rules.
But light bulb makers still have no plans to make the old bulbs after the first of the year, noting the law is still the law and that state attorneys general have the power to enforce it.
"We haven't seen any problems with respect to compliance," said Kyle Pitsor, vice president for government relations at the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, which represents 95% of all light bulb makers in the United States.
The manufacturers association was a big supporter of the new rules, arguing they headed off a patchwork of pending state laws that would have made the business highly complicated.
While there were initial grumblings from consumers when the ban was first announced, Pitsor said most of the concerns faded away as people become more familiar with the new light bulbs and realize they can still buy high efficiency incandescents.
Experts point out how much consumers can save with more efficient bulbs.
The high efficiency incandescents cost about $1.50 each, compared to 50 cents or so for the old bulbs. But they last twice as long, and use 28% less power.
With LEDs, the saving are even greater. While a 40-watt LED goes for about $7.50 -- a big drop from the $50 or so it cost just a few years back -- it uses 85% less energy than a traditional bulb.
Over the course of the year, a LED will consume about $2 in power under normal circumstances, said Mark Voykovik, national light bulb merchant for Home Depot (HD,Fortune 500). That compares to over $7 for an incandescent.
"In two years, you pay off that bulb," said Voykovik. And because LED bulbs are expected to last at least 20 years -- it's all savings for the next 18 years.
Moreover, LEDs are free from many of the issues that plagued compact fluorescent bulbs. They turn on instantly, do not contain mercury and give off a warm light similar to an incandescent.
Fayetteville, Ark. and Waco, Texas were also hot markets, a fact Home Depot attributed to local rebate programs and the warm climate, where air conditioning drives up power bills.
Nationwide, about 12% of a home's power bill goes towards lighting, according to the EPA.
While LED sales are growing rapidly -- Voykovik said they doubled in each of the last two years at Home Depot -- most consumers still opt for incandescent bulbs. The percent of sales that are LEDs are in the single digits, he said.
Andrew Zimmern is a James Beard award-winning TV personality, chef, food writer and teacher. As the creator and host of Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern and co-host of the Go Fork Yourself podcast, he travels the globe, exploring food in its own terroir.
There were highs (brilliant Filipino food!), lows (Twitterverse predicts Sriracha shortage!) and things that were downright baffling (New Yorkers lining up for pastry at 3 a.m.?). Here’s a round-up of the moments that captivated the food world this past year.
1. THE CRONUT
This is a brilliant marketing lesson that should be taught at business schools around the country. Here is a dish that has been cooked in many forms for a hundred years. But now a superb New York City chef, Dominique Ansel, has perfected a version of it—proving that with scarcity comes power. As thousands of people willing to line up in the wee hours of the morning have shown, the Cronutization of America is a social construct built around wanting something you can’t have.
2. FILIPINO FOOD
This is the year, finally, that Pinoy foods have their day in the sun. Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Korean, Vietnamese: One by one, they’ve all delighted and inspired American diners, and Filipino cuisine is next. Just as the Southern food revival can be tethered to chef Sean Brock’s early legacy at Husk restaurant in Charleston, South Carolina, the Filipino foods movement will one day be traceable to Paul Qui serving dinuguan (pork blood stew) at his restaurant Qui in Austin, Texas.
3. FRIED EGGS ON EVERYTHING
I love it, and do it at home all the time. Thirty years ago, I was a line cook in New York City and would do the same thing. It’s stoner food, it’s what cooks make each other for snacks—but it went mainstream and is now overdone. It’s like The Gypsy Kings: They were cool in 1983, but if I hear “Bombaleo” one more time, I will kill whomever is playing it.
4. SRIRACHA HOT SAUCE
It’s the most overrated item of last 20 years, but brilliantly marketed and distributed. I’ve written a lot on this subject and I’m bored with my own opinions of it. There are a hundred hot sauces and chile condiments I prefer, but I wish I owned this company.
5. CROWD-FUNDED FOOD PROJECTS
It works, it’s cool and it makes a difference. Kevin Sousa, for example, is trying to use food and restaurants as engines for urban renewal in depressed areas of Pittsburgh. His latest project is in the old steel town of Braddock, Pennsylvania. It’s a desperate place in need of real help. Sousa has launched the Kickstarter Braddock project, which will house a restaurant, a job-training facility and a farm in a former Chevy dealership. This is just one example of how we can help our communities by taking ownership, literally.
6. GREEK YOGURT
I devour it. I have always hated the thin, watery, American yogurt since the first time I visited Eastern Europe in the late 1960s with my dad. I dug into the thick stuff and never went back. And its mainstream appeal just continues to grow: Nearly every major brand is in on the Hellenic act, such as Yoplait, who launched a new Greek version this year, and Danon, who will be expanding its Oikos line to include Starbucks parfaits.
7. RAISING MINIMUM WAGE
This year Punch Pizza, a fast-casual restaurant in Minnesota’s Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul guaranteed all new hires a living wage of $10 an hour. This kind of investing in people is a smart trend that creates a more vibrant economy. It’s the type of big thinking that launched an upwardly mobile U.S. middle class and grew our country into a superpower. We should get back to that. Fast food workers should all be guaranteed the same fair wage. So should everyone else.
8. RAMEN BURGER
Everything that’s wrong with the world is summed up in this dish that has gone nowhere in a hurry but had its Warholian 15 minutes of fame this past summer. Who wants a noodle bun? It’s a terrible gimmick. Say what you want about the Cronut or sriracha, but at least they taste good.
As Greenpeace reports, “The fish don’t stand a chance.” This threat is real, yet for whatever reason, the notion that we need to eat sustainably is thought of as an idea or at best a suggestion. Fish are going to be gone from our oceans in thirty years unless we make some hard choices and diversify our food choices and our diets.
0. HIGH-TECH EDIBLE MARVELS
Hampton Creek Foods created a plant-based egg last year and is using it in a commercial vegan mayonnaise called Just Mayo. Plant-based eggs require very little energy to produce, cost less, present no health hazards like chicken eggs, are shelf stable and offer superior nutrition. Mark my words, HCF founder Josh Tetrick will win a Nobel Prize one day. You heard it here first.
Here's a manifesto for the importance of recording special family moments that barely needs any words at all.
Twenty-five years' worth of Christmas morning home videos, dutifully recorded by dad and edited together by Nick Confalone (who co-stars in the footage), show a sister and brother grow from pajama-clad cherubs to adults in their own right, with cameos from other members of the family (some four-legged) and, eventually, Nick's sister's husband. Gifts don't even make an appearance; they don't need to.
Originally posted in 2010, this compilation is clearly one for the ages. Meanwhile, Nick has been delighting Vine fans with mini-vids of his own little one, telling Tribeca Film's site, "I guess videotaping my kid is an inherited trait."
In 2011, 31-year-old schoolteacher Ali Nunery passed away from a rare form of lung cancer, leaving behind her husband Ben and a 1-year-old daughter named Olivia. After an emotional journey, daddy & daughter decided to move out, but before they did, they wanted to do something special. So they asked Ben's sister in law to take some pictures of them before they left to help them find closure. What follows is a powerful reminder of the impact of humanity.