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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.
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.
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• A 21-foot high gingerbread house in Bryan, Texas has been declared the biggest ever by Guinness World Records
• The house was built by the Traditions Club near Texas A&M University to help raise money for a trauma center at the regional St. Joseph's Hospital
• The Texas creation consists of 1,800 pounds of butter, 2,925 pounds of brown sugar, 7,200 eggs, 7,200 pounds all-purpose flour, 1,080 ounces ground ginger and a few other ingredients
• The bakers tried to cut back on the butter and baking soda as much as possible to help the gingerbread better stand up to the weather
Holiday cheer in Texas has become even sweeter thanks to a giant gingerbread house that has broken a world record for confectionary construction.
Coming in at 35.8 million calories and covering an area of 2520 square feet, or nearly the size of a tennis court, the 21-foot high gingerbread house in Bryan, Texas, 90 miles northwest of Houston, has been declared the biggest ever by Guinness World Records.
The house, with an edible exterior mounted over a wooden frame, was built by the Traditions Club near Texas A&M University to help raise money for a trauma center at the regional St. Joseph's Hospital.
"We think big around here and we are competitive," said Bill Horton, general manager of the club.
The Texas creation topped the previous record holder for gingerbread houses, a 36,600-cubic-foot model constructed in Bloomington, Minnesota's Mall of America in 2012.
The recipe is simple. Mix 1,800 pounds of butter (820 kgs), 2,925 pounds (1,327 kg) of brown sugar, 7,200 eggs, 7,200 pounds (3,266 kg) all-purpose flour, 1,080 ounces (31 kg) ground ginger and a few other ingredients, bake and form into panels for mounting.
The bakers tried to cut back on the butter and baking soda as much as possible to help the gingerbread better stand up to the weather.
The edible and aromatic panels, icing and candy were mounted over the wooden frame and have so far stood up to the Texas sun as well as a few storms.
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• Carrie Underwood has slammed her Sound of Music Live! critics
• She tweeted, "Plain and simple: Mean people need Jesus"
• Underwood responded to "mean people" just hours after the internet exploded with some harsh words about the show
Jesus take the wheel! Carrie Underwood isn't letting Sound of Music Live! critics get her down. The country singer has slammed "mean people" via Twitter on the very same day the film's original star, Kym Karath, bashed Underwood for her acting chops. Karath played Greti von Trapp in the 1965 musical film The Sound of Music. Watch video of her performances here.
"Plain and simple: Mean people need Jesus," 30-year-old Underwood wrote via Twitter on Friday, Dec. 6. "They will be in my prayers tonight...1 Peter 2:1-25." The Bible scripture Underwood cites states to "rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind."
Underwood responded to "mean people" just hours after the internet exploded with some harsh words about the show. Karath was one of many to comment about the live event, and slammed the singer for landing the role of Julie Andrews' Maria von Trapp. At the time, Karath was watching the three-hour program with former costars Charmian Carr (Liesl von Trapp) and Angela Cartwright (Brigitta von Trapp.)
"Mystified & disappointed so far by SOM special," Karath tweeted during the live performance on Thursday. "So far only happy with Stephen Moyer." (True Blood star Moyer played Christopher Plummer's Captain von Trapp.) "Must admit some scenes are actually painful to watch."
She added: "Love Carrie Underwood but this role is just not right for her. She is lovely her voice is beautiful but acting is wrong."
Despite snarky tweets from viewers, Underwood shared her excitement for how well the production went shortly after the curtain closed. "Glory to God tonight...I couldn't be more proud," she tweeted. "What a tough thing to pull off and we did it! I am so blessed!!!" Sound of Music Live! ultimately pulled in 18.47 million viewers for NBC.
The whining and the crying and the messes and the sticky faces and the “she hit me!” and the “where’s my homework?” can be a bit much sometimes. But you know what they say -- don’t cry about it when you can laugh. Which is why this "What Does the Kid Say" parody of Ylvis’ YouTube sensation "The Fox" is brilliant.
It's as much a part of your daily existence as your diet and exercise routine, and yet, even those who prioritize movement and nutrition are a bit misled when it comes to sleep. Much of this in-the-dark behavior stems from a misunderstanding of some of the most important factors affecting your sleep (which, by the way, affects your waistline as well as your performance at work and in the gym). To set the record straight, we asked Equinox advisory board member and sleep expert James B. Maas, Ph.D., author of Sleep for Success!, to dispel five of the most common falsehoods.
Myth #1: Sleeping too much makes you gain weight.
"Sleep is actually the best diet there is," says Maas. "Research shows that if you sleep just one extra hour a night, you can lose a pound a week." According to a study out of the University of Colorado, subjects who didn't get ample sleep ate about six percent more calories than those who did. Here's why: Levels of leptin, a hormone that controls your appetite by telling your brain your fat stores are fine and you've got enough energy, drop when you haven't had enough sleep. And Maas says that even if you get six hours a night (and not the generally recommended eight to nine), leptin decreases. You wake up starving-and probably craving high fat and carbs to feel satiated. "So, the brain is tricked into eating more than you need to," he says.
Myth #2: You can catch up over the weekend.
Sure, sleeping in on a Sunday to counteract a super late Friday or Saturday night-or even a week's worth of running around-may make you feel like a million bucks, but it's not that easy to really reset a sleep deficit. "You can't replace lost sleep, be it a week's worth or a one-nighter, in one shot-it can take several days or a few weeks," says Maas. A good rule of thumb is to sleep for half the amount of time you're awake. As in: if you're up for 16, then you should be asleep for eight. But catching up is crucial. "Just like how you can't ignore a charge on your credit card because it will keep building up, if you ignore your lack of sleep, it doesn't disappear into thin air," says Maas. "You literally have to think of it like a sleep bank account."
Myth #3: You can condition your body to need less sleep.
You know how some people brag about being able to run on only a few hours of sleep because their body is used to it? Don't believe them. "You can become conditioned to waking up earlier but you can't alter your body's sleep requirements," says Maas. In fact, 'getting by' on less could mean you're doing your health a great disservice. "There are so many people that say that five hours is all you need-that's a giant mistake," says Maas. "It may be there are individual differences and genetic factors like what your parents sleep habits are and so on and you might be one of the lucky few that really only need seven hours, but if not, over time, some aspect of your health like weight or mental focus will be effected by lack of sleep."
Myth #4: One glass of wine promotes deeper sleep.
While a little bit (or a lot for that matter) of vino can sure make you feel like you can sack out the minute your head hits the pillow, you won't get the same quality of sleep as you would if you were completely sober. "Any alcohol within three hours of bedtime can disrupt REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, so you never get into the deepest sleep possible, which is the critical sleep," says Maas. Do that one or more times a week and not only will your sleep deficit increase, but you'll risk the associated weight gain and memory loss issues.
Myth #5: Sleeping straight through the night is crucial.
Between taking a few sips of water, getting up to use the bathroom, or just tossing and turning, you could end up waking up a few times a night. The good news: NBD. "It's actually unusual for someone to sleep through an entire night without interruption," says Maas. The critical element however, is whether or not you fall back to sleep within 10 minutes of waking. It's only when you keep tossing and turning that ample sleep as well as memory consolidation gets sacrificed. "If it takes you longer than 15 minutes to go back and you're up for 90 minutes or longer, the equivalent of more than a full REM deep sleep cycle, that's when it's disrupting and [could be a] sign of insomnia."
2013 will go down as the year the viral video industrial complex went on steroids. More outlets than ever jumped on the YouTube beat, and with so much competition, the viral video world became a true meritocracy.
No longer could mediocre clips like Obama Girl spread like wildfire among a bored populace. Now, only the best videos could rise to the top, whether they were an unusual exercise trend,a doomed Drake-inspired pickup attempt, or these ten favorites from the past calendar year. What happens next will astound you...
1.3M views and counting
Three-year-old Grayson Clamp was born with CHARGE syndrome, a congenital disease that leads to deafness and blindness in newborns. With the help of doctors at the University of North Carolina, Grayson was able to receive an auditory brainstem implant, which led to this heartwarming footage of him hearing something he'd never heard before: his father's voice.
3.8M views and counting
Sometimes, the sequel is better than the original. "Goats Yelling Like Humans" was already a major hit in its own right, but it took an anonymous wag's inspired idea to add the screaming goats into the dubstep drop of Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble" to create a mashup for the ages.
3.9M views and counting
Patrick Stewart moved to Brooklyn in 2013, and soon he was all over the Internet – protesting domestic violence, bromancing Ian McKellan, and dressing as a lobster for Halloween. But our favorite Sir Patrick moment came this summer, when the former Jean-Luc Picard demonstrated his mastery of comedic form.
6.3M views and counting
Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight had been missing for years, and many Cleveland residents were beginning to doubt they'd ever be found. But on May 6, Berry was able to escape from the home of kidnapper Ariel Castro with the help of neighbors Angel Cordero and Charles Ramsey. Ramsey's interview with the local news in the aftermath of the rescue showed the courage and humility of an ordinary man who had heroism thrust upon him.
11M views and counting
We can't talk about viral videos in 2013 without talking about Upworthy, the website that made its mission to help emotionally affecting videos spread across the web. The story of Zach Sobiech, a young man who dedicated his life to music after receiving a terminal cancer diagnosis, proved a perfect example of what the site could do – with the help of a new word, the site spread Zach's message to more than 11 million people.
12M views and counting
Press junkets are horrible. Celebrities know it, journalists know it, and the public to the extent that they are aware of them, knows it too. So give credit to Oz the Great and Powerful's Mila Kunis for dispensing with the familiarities and talking to a nervous reporter like a normal person would, cementing her status as the ultimate Cool Girl.
17M views and counting
After Miley Cyrus's controversial appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards, twerking ruled the Internet. As America hungered for more news about the cheeky dance craze, Jimmy Kimmel gave us all exactly what we asked for in the form of the viral hoax of the year, "Worst Twerk Fail Ever – Girl Catches on Fire!"". When Kimmel revealed he had orchestrated the entire stunt, we all had to think long and hard about our choices as a society.
19M views and counting
Months before Gravity, astronaut Chris Hadfield did Sandra Bullock one better, filming a music video for the David Bowie classic "Space Oddity" about the International Space Station. Hadfield changed the lyrics – goodbye lyrics about dying alone in space, hello lyrics about the wonders of orbit – and in the process, the Internet's favorite astronaut became our highest-flying rock star.
50M views and counting
In February, a techno song by a white DJ, which sampled the work of a rap group from Philly and a Puerto Rican reggaeton star, shot to no. 1 on the charts, thanks to a strange blend of bored teenagers, hip tech companies and one well-timed Billboard rule change. This is the way culture works today – messy, context-less free association producing a brand of silliness the likes of which we've never seen before.
245M views and counting
Foxes aren't barnyard animals, which means Old McDonald never got around to telling us exactly what sound they made. That's where Norwegian comedy duo Ylvis came in, with a bizarre music video that attempted to solve the mystery once and for all. They didn't come close at all, really – foxes in real like sound like this – but they did give us the biggest viral video phenomenon of the year.
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• "Radiant Orchid" is Pantone Inc.'s color of the year for 2014
• Pantone Color Inc. said: "It's an invitation to innovation...People associate purple with creativity and originality."
• Pantone's pick for color of the year will have a strong presence in fashion, beauty, home design and consumer products
Orchid is growing on us: A version of the purple hue is Pantone Inc.'s color of the year for 2014. It follows this year's pick of emerald green.
Officially known as Radiant Orchid, the tropical shade is a color-wheel contrast to green, said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, but it's not the red that would have been a more obvious choice. "It's a little different, it's a little off the beaten path, and it's not a primary color," she explains. "It's an invitation to innovation. The purple family offers (an) opportunity to do creative things."
And, she said, that's what pop culture wants right now. "People associate purple with creativity and originality - and those are very valued today. We see words like that being used to describe technologies and products that are seen as innovative and with an approach you haven't tried before."
Pantone sets color standards for commercial use by design industries.
Eiseman expects people will take to it quickly because it's a flattering color for many skin tones and complementary neutral colors, but it will also look like something people haven't seen in a while. That should work in an economy that's uncertain - not totally up, not fully down. "This is an opportunity to look at what you've already got in your closet and add to it. It will feel like the right amount of change."
The runways and red carpet have already had a few orchid moments, and Eiseman notes it's a color that first lady Michelle Obama often wears. Even menswear has seen hints of it, with Salvatore Ferragamo and Ermengildo Zegna incorporating it into ties and trims.
Pantone's pick for color of the year will, in theory, have a strong presence in fashion, beauty, home design and consumer products.
"It's very relevant for spring, but I think even going into next fall it can be very pretty," said Colleen Sherin, senior fashion director of upscale department store Saks Fifth Avenue. "In ready-to-wear, it mixes with other tones like chocolate browns, and burgundy or Bordeaux makes for a deeper, richer tonal story."
Sherin has invested the retailer's resources in orchid, and an orchid-colored Gucci handbag has already been photographed for a Saks ad. It will translate just as well into lip color and eye shadow, and in home furnishings, she said. "I would love it in velvet. It would look so luxurious."
It's a paint color and could be used in upholstery, and she can imagine it on the table, too. "We're seeing more of these infused desserts and cocktails, and I can see them embellished with orchid flowers."
Eiseman said the sign of success in her world is when she sees a color on a coffee maker, and one in orchid is already in the works.