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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.
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.
's not running anymore – that much is clear from the cover of his latest single, "Who You Love."
Dueting on the track, which they , Paradise Valley, the couple posed for professional portraits to accompany the release of the track.
"I'm excited to give you the first look at the single artwork for 'Who You Love,' shot by the great Mario Sorrenti," Mayer, 36, writes in a post on his Tumblr. "Get it at the iTunes Store, and then head over to Vanity Fair to see exclusive photos from the shoot."
"And yes, we pretty much all the time," the musician jokingly adds.
Debuting the cover shot on his Instagram, Mayer captioned the image, "Proud of this song, proud of this artwork, proud of this girl."
The pair, who began dating in the summer of 2012 before in four additional shots on VanityFair.com. and getting , are featured
Mayer wraps later this month before heading to Australia in April, while Perry kicks off her 2014 world tour in early next year.
Go HERE listen to "Who You Love."
The holidays don’t have to be stressful; in fact, with a few tips in mind, you can make sure this is your most spectacular celebration season yet. Basically, it’s all about balance and knowing your limits – countering those extra desserts with a Zumba class or taking time for a relaxing bubble bath before or after a big party.
1. Do: Enjoy parties with friends
This time of year, you can find yourself feeling overwhelmed with a lot of invitations to holiday parties, and sometimes the inclination is to not go to any if you can’t make them all. After all, you don’t want to offend one friend when another finds out on social media that you ditched his party for a different invite, right? Just plan early and be upfront with anyone whose invite you can’t accept. In this day and age, if you fake a cold, someone will inadvertently expose you on social media! But don’t play Scrooge and hide away in your home, just be realistic about how many events you can take on in one season.
2. Don’t: Plan a last-minute party and expect everyone to come
One solution to the problem of trying to see everyone at once may be to plan your own party. However, you have to be realistic and understand that everyone is over-committed this time of year. If you expect people to fit you into their plans in the last six weeks of the year, you need to claim your date early! Otherwise, you’re likely to find yourself disappointed as most of your guests are unavailable.
3. Do: Keep up your exercise routine
Alright, so most of us are not going to drop those extra 10 pounds between now and New Year’s, but you can still look great at your holiday fetes if you stick to your regular exercise schedule. Sweating it out at the gym also helps to reduce stress, and it can provide some much-needed alone time in your chaotic end of year whirl. No one can begrudge you an hour at the gym to take care of yourself, so be sure to work in time to work it out.
4. Don’t: Eat your last meal for two months straight
Sure, you’re going to indulge in some treats now and then, but many of us use the holidays as an excuse to eat like there’s no tomorrow. Then we wake up in January and our pants don’t fit. Not this year!
5. Do: Buy presents on your exotic vacation
It’s always nice to bring a hostess or a friend a little “thinking of you” trinket from your trip, preferably a local specialty that cannot be purchased in your hometown. You don’t need to go overboard to be remembered.
6. Don’t: Bring back junk from the sale bin at Disney
Your adult friends and family don’t want Piglet coffee mugs. And they know you bought them on sale.
7. Do: Make time for yourself
Either after or before a big social night, take some time for a long bubble bath or your favorite guilty pleasure reality show. You need some down time to counteract the high energy social butterfly nights.
8. Don’t: Over-commit
The best way to avoid disappointing people is not to over-commit yourself. If you know you can’t see someone during this time, make a coffee date for January when life has calmed down. Your friend will appreciate the coffee date more than you either having to cancel last-minute or being so distracted that you can’t focus on your time together.
9. Do: Enjoy yourself!
Take the time to appreciate your friends and family, and to enjoy the time you have with your loved ones. Sometimes, the quieter moments can be the ones we will remember the most.
10. Don’t: Expect perfection
Things will go wrong – your awkward relative will offer everyone his unwanted political opinions, your older brother will hurt your feelings or Aunt Lucy will have too one too many glasses of (spiked) eggnog. These are all facts of life during the holidays, and if you expect the holidays to go off without a hitch, you’re guaranteed to be disappointed. Take the bad with the good and you’ll get through the season with a smile.
1. Give kids a surprise to wake up to (and gain an extra hour or so of sleep for yourself) by hanging stockings by their beds filled with breakfast snacks such as cereal bars, travel-size board games, crayons, and activity books.
2. In Sweden, families mark the beginning of the holiday season on December 13 with the celebration of Lucia (the word means "light"): Kids wake up at dawn to deliver breakfast in bed to their parents, carrying candles to illuminate the dark morning.
Kids here might enjoy treating their parents, carrying flashlights instead of candles.
3. For this tradition, it's good to be the youngest: On Christmas morning, have kids wait before going into the living room. When everyone has gathered, a parent goes in and turns on the tree lights to reveal the presents Santa brought. Then the kids can enter -- youngest to oldest -- and run to their stack of gifts.
4. Encourage one another to keep this year's resolutions by exchanging small New Year's gifts on January 1 related to everyone's goals. Share your resolutions earlier in the season, then draw names to determine whom to get a gift for.
5. Let kids celebrate on New Year's Eve with their own version of a toast: For every child older than 4, fill a Champagne flute with a dozen grapes to be eaten as the clock strikes midnight. An old Spanish custom says that doing this will bring good luck all year long.
6. Keep a visual record of how much your kids have grown by taking their picture in front of the tree every year. Try to photograph them on the same day at about the same time. Set aside an album or scrapbook especially for these photos.
7. Santa's not the only one who deserves a snack for all his hard work the night before Christmas. Along with cookies for Santa, set out carrots for the reindeer (leave an extra one for Rudolph).