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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.
OMG. Ready to laugh your butt off? If I were you, I'd make it a point to put down your beverage before watching this video of a brother and sister reacting to their mom's pregnancy news -- because if you don't, you'll likely spit coffee, water, whatever all over your computer screen.
The clip of siblings Penny and James was shared on Ellen's Good News, and when I tell you it's absolutely priceless, that's probably the understatement of the year.
Their parents decided to break the news to them together, so they wrote a little note, which they had James read out loud.
My absolute favorite part of the whole thing is right after James reads the news and starts getting all excited suddenly Penny realizes what's happening and gets this stone cold look on her face.
And then it gets even better when her dad tries to cheer her up by telling her the baby will be born around her birthday. Um, hello? That's HER day, Daddy. And now this baby is going to come along and steal her thunder in addition to ruining her entire life. Of course, I'm sure Penny will warm up to the idea of being a big sister once her little sibling makes his or her entrance. One can hope. And if not? Oh well, at least the kid's big brother is ecstatic about adding another member to the family.
Everything we say to our kids is shaping them.Everything. No pressure, parents, we are only raising little beings who will go on to live their own lives without us to save the day when a tiny bump just needs a kiss to be forgotten. Which means our words matter, really matter. And the words we choose can help or hurt them. So I came up with a list of things we should stop saying to our kids in the name of raising the best and most caring and well-rounded children who can grow up to be the best and most caring and well-rounded adults.
Don't worry -- you've not a green monster if you've said these things to your kids. I've been guilty of saying just about all of these (and there have been other moments of weakness where I've said worse). But I'm working on it because it's kind of a big deal.
1. "Hurry up." I personally hate when I'm told to hurry up. It makes me all angsty and flustered and I end up forgetting something and then I'm annoyed. Being rushed just puts me in a bad mood. So I'm trying not to do the same to my kids. So what if we are late for preschool because my son has decided he wants to tie his own shoes for once. I don't want to make them feel like they have to rush through everything, and they don't need that added anxiety.
2. "No!"* No is just so negative. And while we shouldn't just say yes to everything, perhaps we can limit the no so it's not as if kids were just hearing no no no no no no no all the time -- that's not helpful. *Saying no is okay, but overusing it may not be the best idea.
3. "That's wrong." Yikes. A little harsh. And while we can't be tiptoeing around our kids because that isn't useful for them, we should instead explain in a helpful way. For example, say you are working with them on writing their name and they write the "e" upside down. Tell them that the "e" is upside down instead of just saying "that's wrong." Then work with them on getting it right.
4. "Don't cry." Sometimes we all need a cry. Telling your child not to cry negates their feelings. But I get it -- we don't want our little ones to cry! Instead try "what can we do to make you feel better?"
5. "It's not a big deal." This also negates their feelings. Especially for the little kids, the little things are a big deal. It's how they learn to deal with the bigger things as they get older.
6. "Wait until your father finds out." This could make them either scared of dad or not worried about what you think. Nobody wants that.
7. "Why did you do that?" Younger kids cannot understand this question and it could cause them to get frustrated. Instead, for example, if your child pushed another child, we should ask if they acted out because something upset them and go from there.
8. "Because I said so." I hear my own mother's voice when anyone says that sentence. And while I turned out fine (generally speaking) and my mom said this to me a lot, it's kind of a cop-out. (Sorry, mom! You're awesome.) We want our kids to have reasons and understand actions and reactions, so we have to teach by example. With reasons.
It's a common trope that kids sneak around every year trying to find their presents. (And let's not mention the adults who do the same.) Where can one find a safe spot, away from prying eyes? Here are some of our favorite ideas — be sure to share your own below!
1. Secret Stash Spots: The absolute best spots are those that were designed as hiding places from the get-go. We've discussed secret hiding spots before, but if you aren't currently in possession of one and you would like to be, consider trying Manmade's recent tutorial on making a secret spot in your bookshelf, or this Design*Sponge favorite.
2. The kitchen cupboards you never use. In my house growing up, there were always some cabinets that were far out of reach that held only the most occasional items: a deviled egg tray, dip bowls, party platters, and the like. This won't work if your kitchen space is at a premium, but if you've got some spare ones, tucking things far into the rarest corners can be a good tactic.
3. Someone else's house. If your family has the most intensely prying eyes, then don't even give them the chance to peek. Keep things in a friend or family member's house if you really want to ensure your loved ones' surprise.
4. Your car trunk. This is a good option only assuming that your kids won't be using the trunk, or if you're hiding your gift from a significant other, assuming they don't use the car. But I've hidden small treasures in the spare tire part of my trunk on multiple occasions to great success.
5. Your work office or cubicle. Again, this keeps the possibility of discovery entirely off the table.
6. Amidst any big piles of clutter you may have. This is the one occasion in which you can revel in any unsorted stores of junk. Messy garage? Room full of junk? Many of those items have probably been there for years, and if you're careful with your hiding, then there's no reason to assume that your hidden gifts won't be safe there as well.
You're out with your girlfriends having a great time (and maybe some wine), and you reveal a little more information than you should. Your TMI story about your high school boyfriend may be OK, but you've got to be extra careful when you veer into husband territory. Some truths about your main squeeze should be left unsaid-even if you want your friend's input. Learn which 10 subjects should be off limits (and why), so oversharing doesn't damage your marriage.
1. His fears. "Women aren't typically reluctant to share fears," says Audrey Sherman, PhD, developer of PsychSkills. But divulging that he's scared of, say, thunder or big dogs, can make him appear weak. More importantly, the fears were shared with you in confidence; telling his secrets shows you're not safe to confide in, says Sue Johnson, PhD, author of Love Sense: The Revolutionary New Science of Romantic Relationships. "This is a classic first step in loss of trust," she adds. Before you share his fears, think about how this would make him feel, which can prevent causing real hurt, Dr. Johnson says.
2. Your sex life-unless it's rave reviews. Swapping juicy stories is part of the fun of a girls' dinner. Bringing up your husband's size, appearance or functioning, though, is forbidden, says Elizabeth Lombardo, PhD, author of A Happy You: Your Ultimate Prescription for Happiness. "Women tend to be sensitive about their looks," points out Dr. Lombardo, so imagine if your husband told his buddies that you wear Spanx every day or that you'd really aged the last few years. You'd feel insulted and betrayed, right? So if you share between-the-sheets details, keep it positive-and brief.
3. His annoying habits-to his family. Putting down your hubby, even for seemingly innocuous things like leaving shoes out, can create tension between you and those relatives. "Your husband's flaws could be viewed as a negative reflection of them," Dr. Lombardo explains. "Plus, they're protective of him." Feel the need to vent about tripping over his loafers again? Tell your friends. If it's done in a jovial manner, it isn't a violation of trust. Just don't divulge more serious problems that you haven't discussed with your spouse.
4. His less-than-ideal income or lack of success at work. Telling your friends that your husband was passed up for yet another promotion does more harm than good. "Our culture teaches us that men are supposed to be capable and in control all the time," says Dr. Johnson. While we know that this is impossible, making it clear that your husband isn't in control can be emasculating. The exception? When your hubby asks for help in finding a new job. In that case, spread the word to friends positively ("it's not that he's miserable at work; he's just looking for new opportunities), and it can make a big difference.
5. His un-handiness. He can't change his own oil, and he screws up any home renovation project. But your friends don't need to know this. "Men equate masculinity with being able to fix things," says Dr. Lombardo, because of traditional roles in which men provided food and shelter for their families. Even though this idea may seem old-fashioned, for many men, it's hard to shake. Want to tell the funny story about your three-legged table? Clear it with him first, or better yet, let him tell it.
6. A major flaw you haven't mentioned to him. Whether he has trouble connecting with your children or is so stubborn he never compromises, make your husband aware-not your friends. Learning that you talked about serious issues behind his back could irrevocably damage your relationship. According to Dr. Johnson, the compulsion to share partners' faults is less about those characteristics and more about a distressed relationship. In other words, it might be time to see a therapist, who can teach you to communicate in effective, loving ways and help you reconnect, adds Dr. Johnson.
7. The not-so-nice things he says about you, your family and friends. "Sharing negative statements may make your friends not want to be around him," says Dr. Sherman; it alters their feelings about him. And revealing problems you two might be having can make family "over-involved in trying to 'fix' matters for you," she adds. If your husband constantly bashes a certain friend or relative, bring it up to him to correct it. If he makes occasional disparaging remarks, let it go. "Assume that your partner has positive motivations and focus on them," says Dr. Lombardo. "When you do, you'll both be happier."
8. His political or religious beliefs. While you may feel comfortable having heated debates with your friends, unless your husband's vocal about his thoughts, they shouldn't come up. He may have professional or personal reasons to keep these things to himself. The important lesson here is communication: "Knowing this information about each other can eliminate the guesswork," says Dr. Sherman. If you have to mention his religious or political beliefs, keep it simple. For example, if you're invited to a christening your partner wouldn't be comfortable attending, try saying, "'My husband isn't a Christian and might not want to come,'" without going into further detail, suggests Dr. Johnson.
9. His strained relationship with a family member. Men can be slow to address things that bother them, especially with relatives. "It's a coping mechanism instilled in boys," says Dr. Lombardo. As upset as you are that he won't deal with it, mentioning it when he's not around won't bring about a resolution. "Because it's his family or friends, he gets to choose if he discusses his relationship with them," says Dr. Lombardo. You may not understand his process, but try to respect it. "Showing empathy is crucial for a safe, loving bond," says Dr. Johnson.
10. Tough times from his past. Women seem to be hard-wired to share troubles and rehash the past, and "our culture allows that vulnerability," says Dr. Johnson. But "men are less likely to want the past brought up," says Dr. Lombardo. So it's unfair to share challenges he's faced without his permission. If you're proud of something he's overcome or think a friend could benefit from his story, encourage him to share it by emphasizing benefits that he finds important, rather than getting angry when he closes off, suggests Dr. Lombardo. For example, remind him of how helpful it would've been to have a trusted guide when he needed it most. He may be more likely to share once he's aware that he could be helping someone he cares about.
AT A GLANCE
• The Beastie Boys have threatened GoldieBlox with copyright infringement over viral "Girls" video
• In the ad, as a parody of "Girls" plays, the little girls in the commercial put together a Rube Goldberg-esque chain reaction machine
• GoldieBlox is aiming to break gender stereotypes by releasing toys focused on engineering and science (as opposed to the color pink)
• The toy company filed a preemptive lawsuit in California in an attempt to get a declaratory judgement that the video falls within fair use
You've probably seen it on your Facebook feed this week: the latest inspiring ad from GoldieBlox, the toy company aiming to break gender stereotypes by releasing toys focused on engineering and science (as opposed to the color pink). In this ad, as a parody of the Beastie Boys hit "Girls" plays, the little girls in the commercial put together a Rube Goldberg-esque chain reaction machine. (Think lyrics like, "Girls—to build the spaceship/Girls—to code the new app/Girls—to grow up knowing/That they can engineer that/Girls—that's all we really need is girls," sung by little girls.) But the band isn't happy about the use of its song.
"The Beastie Boys have now threatened GoldieBlox with copyright infringement," says the toy company, which filed a preemptive lawsuit in California in an attempt to get a declaratory judgement that the video falls within fair use.
As the Hollywood Reporter notes, to determine whether fair use applies, a judge will consider—among other things—"the purpose and character of the use." Which, inspiring though the video may be, is ... selling stuff. (Adam Yauch's will prohibits the use of any of his songs in ads, Rolling Stone notes.)
But the video is certainly popular, having been viewed nearly eight million times, and "there's no doubt that this particular advertisement has earned some cultural cachet," writes Eriq Gardner.
Update: Nov. 24, 6:53 p.m. -- A source familiar with the matter said the Beastie Boys have not made such a claim, adding that GoldieBlox has sued the band preemptively. We will update again once we receive more information.
Nov. 24, 10:28 p.m. -- A representative for the Beastie Boys explained: "There was no complaint filed, no demand letter (no demand, for that matter) when [GoldieBlox] sued Beastie Boys."
Funniest thing I've seen this year in college football! This is how the University of Minnesota's GOLDEN Gophers distract the opposing kicker. Check it out HERE