Wednesday, November 26, 2008

USA FOR AFRICA! STILL GIVES ME CHILLS!

This was such a cool thing! To see all these FAMOUS artists coming together to sing this song was really amazing. Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Cindy Lauper, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson, Steve Perry and so many more! Wow! Just taking a walk down memory lane!

WHO DOESN'T LOVE LIONEL RICHIE? CHECK THIS OUT!


Here is Lionel on a German television show.
He is singing his hit song, "Hello" while he is inhaling helium! It's hilarious!



Click Here to watch the video!

TEST THE QUALITY OF YOUR RELATIONSHIPS


Great Advice from author and life coach Cheryl Richardson. This comes from her book, "Take Time For Your Life"


Since soulful connections require an investment of time and energy, you'll want to choose the people you spend time with wisely. To determine whether a relationship drains you or fuels you, ask yourself the following questions.

1. Write down the name of a person in your life.
2. Am I able to be myself with this person? Do I feel accepted by him/her?
3. Is this person critical or judgmental of me?
4. Does the relationship provide an even give-and-take exchange of energy?
5. Do I feel upbeat and energized when I'm around this person, or depleted and drained?
6. Does this person share my values? My level of integrity?
7. Is this person committed to our relationship?
8. Can this person celebrate my success?
9. Do I feel good about myself when I'm with this person?

Wondering how to confront people who drain you mentally, physically and spiritually?
Once you have identified that you have a toxic relationship in your life, there are specific words that you can use to confront this family member or friend in a graceful, loving way. Your goal is not necessary to sever all relationships, it's to set boundaries with this person. If you feel the relationship can be healed, follow these steps.


Step One: Set the stage."In an effort to honor our relationship, I need to tell you the truth..."

Step Two: Follow up with how you feel."When you _______ it makes me feel ______..."

Step Three: Then ask your family member or friend."Are you willing to stop doing that?"
Examples:
"In an effort to honor our relationship I need to tell you the truth. When you complain about your boss every week, it leaves me feeling drained of energy. If you're willing to do something about the situation, I'll support you 100%, but I can no longer listen to your complaints. Are you willing?"
"In an effort to honor our relationship I need to tell you the truth. When you put me down I feel angry and hurt. In order for us to continue seeing each other, I need to ask you to stop. Are you willing?"
"In an effort to honor our relationship I need to tell you the truth. When you criticize me I feel drained and upset. I'd like to ask you to stop doing that so we can move closer instead of further apart. Are you willing?"

READY? SET? SHOP! HELPFUL TIPS FOR HOLIDAY SHOPPING

It's that time of year, and as serious shoppers know, only the strong will survive. Some of you are preparing to brave the mall at 5 a.m. for rock-bottom bargains. (No, we don't think it's at all ridiculous to wake up that early to catch some steals and deals. In fact, we understand.) But before you step out of the house to buy your loved ones a few guilt-free gifts, check out these eight need-to-know shopping tips from the experts.


Tip 1: Make a List and Budget It Twice


"Estimate the costs of not only gifts, but of the entire holiday season, including cards, stamps, gifts for teachers, tips for postal workers and doormen, and various other expenses," says finance and debt expert Todd Cook. "Cut down and revise your list to make it fit into your budget. When you add everything up, make sure it doesn't exceed your overall spending limit and try to include a cushion for unexpected items or price fluctuations."


Tip 2: Do Your Research


Expand your sources beyond newspaper flyers, as there is a lot of information available on the Internet days—maybe even weeks—ahead of time. "Web sites like BlackFridayAds.com clue shoppers into what will be on sale at major retailers like Wal-Mart, Best Buy and Toys R Us on Friday morning," says Kim Danger, a family savings expert and author of 1000 Best Baby Bargains. "A quick check online on manufacturer and retailer Web sites, or coupon Web sites like Coupons.com before you go out can yield substantial additional savings on all types of products."

Tip 3: Shop Co-Op


You can cover more territory faster by shopping in a group, says Eva Yusa, shopping expert for the Chicago-based comparison shopping site, ShopLocal.com. Split up, sending co-shopping pals to different stores with everyone's wish lists in hand. "That way, when one person finds that special item, he or she can buy it for someone," says Eva. "You can learn from other shoppers, too," Eva says. Message forums likes on ShopLocal.com feature comments from consumers on where to find bargains, what's hot, shopping secrets and more.


Tip 4: Delegate


"Decide who—in your family or group of friends—will shop for each recipient," says Brad Stroh, national consumer spending and debt expert. "On days like Black Friday, this can help ensure you get to priority sales and stores, and make sure no one doubles up."


Tip 5: Be Size Wise


Shopping for a glamorous new outfit to get decked out during the busy holiday party season? Before you make a purchase, carefully measure your bust, waist and hips. Odds are, on a busy shopping day like Black Friday, trying something on is near impossible with long lines at the fitting room. "Keep in mind there is no standard of sizing in the apparel industry," advises Phyllis Brasch Librach, president and founder of a specialty retailer selling plus sizes. “The tag in two garments can read the same size, but on a critical measurement, like the waist, you may be surprised to find up to four inches difference between two manufacturers."


Tip 6: Price Match and Find Discounts


Shopping and finance expert Fatima Mehdikarimi reminds shoppers to take advantage of stores with price-matching policies. "Many stores will match and sometimes beat a competitor's lower price," she says. "Don't run from store to store for the best price. Save time and ask a store manager to price match."


Tip 7: Make Friends


They say it's good to know people in high places. That couldn't be more true when it comes to holiday shopping. "Befriend the sales staff at your favorite stores," advises Dara Fleischer, founder and editor of FashionJunkie.com, an online style source for serial shoppers. "They'll often suggest gift ideas you would have never thought of and will call you first when there's a special promotion." They'll even put items aside to hold it for you so no one else snags it, Dara adds.


Tip 8: The Online vs. In Line Debate


"Many retailers will run the same sale on their featured products online or in the retail location, while others even offer 'online only' incentives," says Cyla Weiner, owner of an intimate apparel and swimsuit boutique. Shopping online will reduce your time standing in line and searching for parking spaces, so if that's an option, make that your first stop.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

NEED THANKSGIVING HELP!


Turkey still frozen and dinner just an hour away? The bread won't rise? Still not sure what temperature you're supposed to cook stuffing to? Help from holiday cooking hot lines is just a call or click away.

Crisco Pie Hotline: 877-367-7438

Butterball Turkey Talk-Line: (800) BUTTERBALL or Butterball.com

Monday, November 24, 2008

HOLIDAY TELEVISION PROGRAM GUIDE


RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER
DECEMBER 3rd ON CBS 8PM

NOVEMBER
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8:00 PMCharlie Brown Thanksgiving (ABC)
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27
9:00 AMMacy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (NBC)
2:00 PMMiracle on 34th Street (NBC)
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8:00 PMThe Polar Express (ABC)
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4:00 PMHoliday Celebration on Ice (NBC)
DECEMBER
1
8:00 PMShrek the Halls (ABC)
8:30 PMHow the Grinch Stole Christmas (ABC)
2
8:00 PMSanta Claus is Comin' to Town (ABC)
3
8:00 PMChristmas in Rockefeller Center (NBC)Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (CBS)
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8:00 PMDr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (ABC)Greatest Holiday Moments: TV & Film Countdown (NBC)
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8:00 PMMiracle on 34th Street (My Network TV)
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8:00 PMBlizzard (My Network TV)Charlie Brown Christmas (ABC)
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8:00 PMOlive, the Other Reindeer (My Network TV)Santa's Funniest Moments (My Network TV)
10
8:00 PMHome Alone(My Network TV)
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8:00 PMFrosty the Snowman (CBS)
8:30 PMFrosty Returns (CBS)
13
8:00 PMIt's a Wonderful Life (NBC)
14
8:00 PMThe Santa Clause 2 (ABC)
15
8:00 PMI Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown (ABC)
16
8:00 PMCharlie Brown Christmas (ABC)The Spirit of Christmas (My Network TV)
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8:00 PMA Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa (NBC)Christmas Is Here Again (My Network TV)

TURKEY RECIPE! GOBBLE GOBBLE!

Your dinner will be the talk of the TOWN!! You should try this! Sure to bring smiles from your guests! Here is a new way to prepare your Thanksgiving Turkey.

1. Cut out aluminum foil in desired shapes.
2. Arrange the turkey in the roasting pan, position the foil carefully. (see attached picture for details)
3. Roast according to your own recipe and serve.
4. Watch your guests' faces...



May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
Have never a lump.
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinnerStay off your thighs!
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Friday, November 21, 2008

How to get STAR hair!

What Not to Wear's hair guru Nick Arrojo tells you how to style your tresses like the stars!


JESSICA ALBA
How to get the look:

1.Apply volumizing mousse all over, and – using a medium-sized round barrel brush – blow-dry smooth.

2. Wrap hair sections around the brush, and blow-dry for five seconds. Blast with cool air to set and unravel.
3. Twist the pieces together to "create loopy, bouncy waves," says Arrojo.

Bonus tip: You can also use hot Velcro rollers – but be sure to cool hair before removing them. "Otherwise, you'll lose the bounce," he says. Finish with hairspray.





SIENNA MILLER
How to get the look:
1. Use a volumizing product to blow-dry and tousle hair with fingers.
2. In the jar, blow-dry a small amount of pomade until it liquefies. Dab onto palm and apply "to create separation and texture," says Arrojo.
3. For a "more carefree look," use a curling iron to loosely loop the ends.

Bonus tip: "Add extensions to give your hair pieces of length in areas," he says.








JESSICA SIMPSON
How to get the look:

1. Apply mousse and blow-dry with your hands, then scrunch it under a diffuser.
2. Use a curling iron to emphasize the loops. But "don't do every curl – you'll achieve a look that's too set," says Arrojo.
3. Blow-dry the front with your fingers, and "get a little bit of a flick" with the curling iron. Finish with a detailing mist or high-shine hairspray.
Bonus Tip: Lightly tease the crown of your hair with a bristle brush. Gives nice body and will stay all night.

DEBRA MESSING
How to get the look:
1. Apply a thermal protector and blow-dry hair smooth.

2. With a curling iron, take 10 sections of hair around the head and curl in at the root. Allow hair to cool.

3. Take a small amount of de-frizzing serum, turn your head over and run fingers through hair or use a vent brush to break down the curl.

Bonus tip: On one side, curl three strands toward your face for a "nice curved scoop," says Arrojo. Finish with hairspray.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Put this on your Christmas List: Games to play with your pets!..huh?


That's right! Board games, card games and even dice games for you and fido or kitty to play together! This is not a joke. No skills are needed to play Darf pet games. You'll be amazed at what you can get your dog or cat to do with a small amount of encouragement, instruction and treats. You, your friends, family and dogs or cats will have lots of fun. PLUS, your pet will gain self-confidence, pay more attention to you and learn new tricks! Click here to see what I'm talking about! My sweetie, Zuko, thinks it's boring! :) He'd rather chase his tail.

15 THINGS EVERY MAN SHOULD DO FOR THE WOMAN HE LOVES!


(From Glamour magazine)


1.) Slow down in bed.

2.) Speed up on the toilet.

3.) Buy tampons for her without feeling emasculated.

4.) Log her size into your memory, because what's more depressing than trying on a wrong-size gift?

5.) Get over any jealousy of any "alone time" for her that doesn't require your participation.

6.) Before you leave on a trip, give her a sappy card that says how much you'll miss her. (Extra credit: make it yourself.)

7.) Send a massive bouquet of flowers to work (ideally on a Monday, so she can flaunt it all week).

8.) Cook a meal that involves more ingredients than pasta and pasta sauce.

9.) Afterwards, clean the dishes

10.) Ask as many questions as you answer.

11.) Look her directly in the eye during all greetings, requests, declarations of love and sex.

12.) Toss out the blue-and-red tartan flannel bedding you got in college and replace it with something else (i.e., thread count over 200, no poly blends).

13.) Stand outside in the rain with a radio or do whatever it takes to make up after you've been a jerk.

14.) Stop harping about threesomes and be happy with the sweet deal you already have.

15.) Memorize this Mantra: If I'm going to be late, call! If I'm going to be late, call!

BIRTH ORDER AND YOUR PERSONALITY: 8 FACTS THAT MAY SURPRISE YOU!


Only borns

Positives: Only-borns are the mega-movers of the world. They are task-orientated; tend to be extremely well organized, highly conscientious and dependable. They are keen on facts, ideas and details and feel extremely comfortable with responsibility.

Negatives: The negative characteristics of only-borns can be tough to handle. They are often unforgiving, very demanding, hate to admit they're wrong and usually don't accept criticism well. To others, they seem very sensitive and indeed, their feelings are easily hurt.


First-borns

Positives: They are natural leaders and often high achievers. The majority of politicians, spokespersons and managing directors are first-borns. They frequently live with a sense of entitlement and even superiority. They often come in two flavours: compliant nurturers/caregivers or aggressive movers and shakers. Both are in control; they just use different methods. As a rule, first-borns are picky, precise people - they pay attention to detail - tend to be punctual, organised, and competent. They want to see things done right the first time. They don't like surprises.


Negatives: They are often moody and occasionally lack sensitivity. They can be intimidating, particularly by pushing people too hard or refusing to take no for an answer. Sometimes they can be a bit 'know-it-all', and often they are poor at delegating - largely because they don't trust other people as much as they trust themselves. They also tend to be bossy, perfectionists and overly-conscientious.


Middle-Borns

Positives: The classic middle-born is very relational, tends to be a people-pleaser and usually hates confrontation. Their basic need is to keep life smooth and their motto might be 'peace at any price'. They are usually very calm, will roll with the punches and are amiable, down-to-earth and great listeners. They are skilled at seeing both sides of a problem and eager to make everybody happy. That makes them good mediators and negotiators.


Negatives: They tend to be less driven than first-borns, but are much more eager to be liked - or at least be happy with them. They have a difficult time setting boundaries. They can drift into becoming 'co-dependent' as they try to please everybody. They are not good at making decisions that will offend others. They also tend to blame themselves when others fail.


Last-Borns

Positives: Last-borns are the world's cheerleaders. You have strong people skills and love to entertain and talk to others. You make friends easily and immediately make others feel at home. You're an extrovert, energized by the presence of other people and you're probably not afraid to take risks.


Negatives: Last-borns tend to get bored quickly. They have a strong fear of rejection and a short attention span. When the fun stops, they've had enough and want to check out. To some extent they're self-centred. They may harbour unrealistic expectations of finding a relationship that is always fun - and of course, such relationships simply do not last.

WHAT SLEEP POSITIONS REVEAL ABOUT LOVE!


Sleeping together is not JUST about sex. How you as a couple share a bed when you're sleeping says much about the state of your relationship. Psychiatrist Samuel Dunkell, M.D., author of "Good-bye Insomnia, Hello Sleep," has been analyzing the body language of sleep for more than 25 years. Along with Dr. Mark Goulston, who is also a psychiatrist, the two have identified specific sleep positions that couples often assume and the silent message they send about the health and well being of the relationship, report the German news service DPA and Redbook magazine.


The Top 5 Sleep Positions:


*The Love Knot- Couples who have just fallen in love often sleep in a "love knot" with their legs and arms intertwined. Be forewarned! It can be difficult and uncomfortable to stay like this all night long.


*The Spoon- The most common sleep position for the first three to five years of marriage, the spoon is comfortable and emanates feelings of safety and security. However, it indicates that one partner--usually the man--has dominance over the other. "When a woman assumes the posterior position, it may indicate she is the more giving partner or that he needs special nurturing," Dunkell told Redbook.


*The Royal- Typically, the man lies on his back face up, while the woman, also on her back, rests her head on his shoulder. This suggests that the woman is dependent and compliant. Still, by viewing the world from the same position, it can also add a feeling of comradeship and protection. Couples who sleep like this tend to have a lot of trust in one another and a strong commitment.


*Zen Style- Couples who sleep with their backs facing and their derrieres touching are bonded sexually but enjoy their independence. This is a common sleep position for those who have been married for a long time.


*The Freeze Maneuver- Partners who retreat to their own side of the bed and don't touch at all during the night, instead turning their backs to each other, are probably experiencing tension.Don't panic if your sleep position is a silent signal of trouble."


Sleep habits are very individual and therefore shouldn't be overestimated," Elmar Basse, a therapist from Hamburg, Germany, told DPA. Some couples, who get along fine and have a great sex life, just don't like to cuddle while they sleep. However, when one partner suddenly doesn't want physical contact, especially when both once enjoyed touching while sleeping, it could be problematic.

Calphalon's Herb Roasted Turkey and Traditional Sage Stuffing






Herb-Roasted Turkey with Gravy

Course Type: Entree

Serving Size: serves 8 - 10




Ingredients:

Turkey1 10 - 12 pound turkey, whole with giblets removed

2 Tablespoons of fresh herbs, chopped (equal parts of rosemary, sage, thyme and parsley)

6 ounces butter

1 garlic clove

Salt and pepper to taste

2 Lemons

Gravy3/4 cup

white wine1/2 cup

(+/-) all-purpose flour

4 cups chicken stock

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350F.Rinse and dry the turkey and place on rack in roasting pan.Combine herbs, butter and garlic. Rub the butter under and over the turkey skin. Cut the lemons in half and squeeze the juice over the turkey. Place the lemons in the cavity of the turkey. Season the turkey with salt and pepper. Place the roasting pan with the turkey in the oven and cook, basting every 30 minutes. Roast for 3.5 to 4 hours or until a meat thermometer inserted in the turkey thigh registers at 165F. When the turkey reaches 165F remove from the oven and allow to rest for 15 - 20 minutes before carving.



For the Gravy, transfer the turkey drippings from the roasting pan into a bowl. Skim off the fat from the drippings and reserve both. Add flour to the reserved fat and form a paste. Return roasting pan to stove top over medium heat. De glaze the pan with the white wine, scraping the bottom of the roaster to capture the caramelized bits and reduce the liquid until almost dry. Add 1/2 cup of the roux (fat/flour mixture) and whisk to combine. Add the turkey drippings and 3 cups of stock and whisk well. Bring to a boil. Add more roux if too thin or more stock if too thick. Once you have the desired consistency season with salt and pepper.




Traditional Sage Stuffing

Course Type: Side Dish

Serving Size: Serves 8 - 10



Ingredients:

4 Tablespoons unsalted butter

2 stalks celery cut into small dice

1 medium onion cut into small dice

2 teaspoons fresh chopped sage

2 teaspoons fresh minced thyme

1/2 teaspoon caraway seed

4 cups (+/-) chicken stock

Salt and pepper to taste

10 - 12 cups dried bread cubes

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350F. Melt the butter in a Calphalon One Infused Anodized 10 inch Fry Pan. Add the celery and onion and saute for 5 minutes. Add sage, thyme and caraway seeds and saute for a minute. Place the bread cubes in a large mixing bowl. Add the sauteed ingredients and the chicken stock to the bread cubes and combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Place all ingredients in a baking dish or casserole and bake for 25 - 30 minutes and the top is golden brown. Cooked, crumbled sausage could be an excellent addition to this classic stuffing.

AT HOME HAIR COLORING TIPS


Due to the sagging economy, some of us are shunning the salon in favor of at-home hair color for a number of good reasons. It's easy. It's quick AND IT'S CHEAP. But with trying something new usually comes a hairy mistake or two. Here are a few professional tips to ensure that you skip the mistakes and make it straight to healthy, shiny hair land.


• Dye your hair, not your face. Apply petroleum jelly around the hairline to keep drips in check.


• Celeb stylist Rita Hazan noted in People magazine that sprinkling a packet of Sweet 'n Low into the mix will help prevent that burning sensation that some at-home dyers experience.


• A pinch of cornstarch doesn't hurt the formula but does make it a little thicker and easier to apply.


• Stay close to your natural hue to avoid "hot roots" (fugly roots which are lighter than the rest of your hair) and a color that doesn't match your skin tone.


• If you mess it up, don't try to dye over it – see your stylist immediately!

Butt Out: The Great American Smokeout


Don't be a drag! STOP SMOKING TODAY!



The American Cancer Society has declared today The Great American Smokeout in the hopes that smokers will soon turn into non-smokers. The only rule? Don’t smoke for 24 hours.
This year, the American Cancer Society will be holding health fairs, school events among others in the hopes of educating the public on the effects of smoking. Check the web site for information on what is going on in your area.
GASO began officially in 1977 but six years prior, Arthur P. Mullaney laid the groundwork when he challenged the citizens of Randolph Massachusetts to put their ciggies away for one day and instead donate the money saved to a high school scholarship fund. He then coined the term “Smokeout.”



Minnesota’s Monticello Times editor Lynn R. Smith then organized Minnesota’s first D-Day or Don’t Smoke Day in 1977. The idea then spread.



So why should you or someone you love quit? Here are some (scary) facts about smoking: Cigarette smoking is responsible for almost 438,000 deaths (that’s 1 of every 5 deaths) in the United States. It harms nearly every organ in the body. In fact, more people die from tobacco use than from HIV, drug and alcohol use, suicides, murders and motor vehicle injuries—combined.

KEEP YOURSELF HEALTHY AT THE OFFICE

A study from the University of Arizona found that your office desk has way more bacteria than your building's bathroom.A man's workspace has three to four times less bacteria than a female coworker's. But the worst office offender of all is a man's wallet-your warm back pocket is the perfect spot for bacteria to form.


Here are five more workplace germ zones:

The Phone
The Desktop
The Keyboard and Mouse
The Water Fountain Handle
The "Enter" Button (on the Fax Machine, the Photocopier, Etc.)

CLICK HERE for details.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

I'M GETTING DOT THERAPY FROM BELEZA MED SPA!!!

This Saturday I'm going to be going into Beleza Med Spa for a revolutionary NEW laser treatment called DOT THERAPY! It is laser resurfacing and it produces AMAZING results with a much faster healing and recovery time. It's all about the laser. I recommend that you go to http://www.belezamedicalspa.com/ and read all the information about DOT THERAPY. There is even a 10 minute video that shows the procedure being done on a patient. Right now, Dr. Broder from Beleza Med Spa is offering a special on DOT THERAPY so now is the time to check into it. A consultation is free and Dr. Broder will show you exactly how the laser works.

I will be posting before and after pictures taken in Dr. Broders' office this weekend.

It's so exciting. I'm saying sianara to years of sun damage on my face and the melasma (brown areas on my face) that appeared when I got pregnant with my second son almost 10 years ago. For years, I have been so self conscious because my face looked dirty. Now I can put my best face forward!

There are 2 locations for Beleza Med Spa, one in Round Rock and one in Austin. Call 246-2639.




FUEL: THE DOCUMENTARY


It's time for all of us to step up and think about how to save this planet. We had "Fields Of Fuel" movie maker Josh Tickell in studio today (11/12) to talk about this important film before it's Austin premiere at The Arbor Theatres Wednesday evening. To find out more about this documentary and Josh's work go to http://thefuelfilm.com/




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