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  • Another reason Aaron Rodgers is pretty amazing

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

     

    Aaron Rodgers and David Gruber surprise Brandon, a cancer survivor. Brandon fought Leukemia as a 12 year old and today has a great story. Aaron and David help him tell it. This is the full story of their time together. Very inspiring.... 

     

     

     

  • Would you trust this vacuum?

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

     

    Theres a new vacuum cleaner that can be operated simply by using voice commands.

    The Roboking will pause whenever you clap your hands twice, and can move in the same direction as the user by comparing audio from microphones around its case to work out where the voice is coming from.

    It also contains cameras and ultrasonic sensors so it can create a virtual map of the room it is cleaning. The vacuum can also spot any objects in its path and work around them.

    Once fully charged, the cleaner can be used for 100 minutes, and LG also claims it is so quiet it can be used while homeowners are watching TV.

    It’s set to go on sale in Korea for around $760.

  • Boston Bruins fan singing National Anthem

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

    he Boston Bruins suited up for their first home hockey game since the attack on the city's marathon.
     
    Thousands of fans came together to sing an emotional rendition of the National Anthem.

    The Bruins hosted the Buffalo Sabres. The Boston Fire Department Honor Guard led the crowd in "The Star Spangled Banner," which at times featured only the voices of the crowd. 
     
    The pre-show at TD Garden featured a “Boston Strong” video honoring first responders, which included the song "Home" by American Idol alum Phillip Phillips.

     

  • 10 types of women that men WONT marry..

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

     

     

    Miss "Bossy Pants": This woman usually can't help herself; she has bossy in her DNA. Men can’t stand being told what to do all the time.

    Miss "Playing Games With His Heart": The man might be intrigued by a hard to get lady in the beginning, but as soon as he decides that he is interested in her, all he wants is an honest straight shooter.

    Miss "I Want To Change You": The woman claims that she loves her guy just the way he is, but little by little, she chips away at just about everything about him.

    Miss "Suspiciously Jealous": This woman is on edge all the time because she is very distrusting. The man will have no choice to leave her because he can't go through his life being prosecuted for somebody else's crimes.

    Miss "I Live For You And I Have Nothing Else Going On": This woman is very difficult for a man to date, let alone marry. At first, he is flattered that she is so into him, but very quickly, he feels overwhelmed and suffocated by her.

    Miss "I Have Daddy Issues": This woman usually dates older men and deep down is looking for a father figure, not a boyfriend or husband.

    Miss "I Speak To My Mother Five Times A Day About Everything": When a guy first meets her, he thinks it's nice that she is so close to her family, but soon, he finds it to be way too much.

    Miss "Shhh, I Shouldn't Really Be Saying This, But...": This woman loves to gossip and talk about other people the guy might be entertained by her anecdotes but eventually, he begins to wonder what she is saying behind his back.

    Miss "Keeping Up With The Joneses": This woman needs to be at least as good as everyone else she knows. The man justs gets fed up that she can't appreciate what they have instead of wishing she was someone else.

    Miss "I Don't Eat": This woman picks at her food, is on a never-ending diet The fact is men like to eat; they like steak, they like trying different foods, they like dessert and women should be eating too, at least sometimes.

  • Tragedy in Boston....

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

     

    There were two explosions during the Boston Marathon and at least three people are dead, including an 8-year-old boy. 

    More than 150 people are injured. 17 of them are critical and some of them are not expected to survive.

    The explosions came about 10 seconds apart and about 100 yards from each other at the finish line.

    Officials said the bombs may have been packed with ball bearings, which could explain why so many victims lost limbs. Four people reportedly had to have amputations at the hospital.

    Every one of the 2,100 Boston police officers in the city was ordered to the scene.

    The feds are calling this a ‘coordinated attack’ and an ‘act of terrorism’. President Obama said those who are responsible will feel the “full weight of justice”.

    The FBI is heading up the investigation to find out how someone planted bombs along the busiest stretch of the race during a high-profile event.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • 9 Fitness and Diet Myths..DEBUNKED!!

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

    Think crunches are the answer to a six-pack? Or that lifting heavy weights will make you look like The Hulk? Trainer Sara Haley, creator of The Daily Sweat® workouts, Expecting More and Sweat Unlimited, debunked these fitness myths and more, so you can start your get-summer-ready routine in the right direction (heavy weights included). 

    MYTH: Fewer calories is always better. With Weight Watchers and nutrition apps like MyNetDiary now diet staples, calorie counting is still a big diet trend. But less isn't always better. "You need to fuel your body, especially when you are working out," says Haley. "If you don't take in enough calories, your body may think it's starving itself and actually holds on to weight as protection." So fuel up often, and stash healthy snacks in your purse or at your desk.

    MYTH: Lifting heavy weights will make you bulky. Lifting weights builds muscle, but strength training alone won't turn you into The Rock. "It's more likely that you will bulk up from eating the wrong foods (or too much food) in combination with not enough cardio," Haley explains. "For example, body builders take in a ridiculous amount of calories and lift heavy weights, thus increasing their body mass (which some consider 'bulky'). By eating a balanced diet, doing cardio and lifting heavy weights, you will be stronger and leaner."

    MYTH: Doing crunches will get rid of belly fat. Crunches create muscle, but they won't eliminate any fat on top of the muscle (or that winter muffin top). "You need to combine cardiovascular work with your core training program (more than just crunches) to get rid of the belly fat," says Haley. "Cardio will help you burn the fat. Core training will help create the muscle."

    MYTH: If you're not sweating, you're not working hard enough. You should never base your workout on sweating because everyone has different sweat glands and some sweat more than others. Instead, Haley recommends paying attention to your breath intake. "If it is becoming harder to breathe, you are working harder. If it never becomes harder to breathe, you will never see an increase in your cardiovascular endurance."

    MYTH: Heat and vigorous exercise helps you sweat out toxins. We've seen plenty of people layer on clothing in the summer heat, with the idea that sweating is the fitness world's answer to a cleanse. But Haley explains why this idea just doesn't work. "Sweating is a way for your body to release heat and even though it may contain tiny amounts of toxins, the amount is small enough to be almost insignificant."

    MYTH: You must stretch before a workout to prevent injury. Stretching can prevent injury, but it depends on the type of stretching! Our stereotypical static stretches (where we hold a position for a certain amount of time) can actually put your muscles to sleep. "Dynamic (active) stretches" - such as straight leg kicks - "are a better way to go because they increase blood flow and warm up the body, which ultimately helps you prevent injury."

    MYTH: Doings squats will make your butt big. "Doing squats will make your butt strong, give you a butt-lift (a perkier butt), and help tighten up your muscles," says Haley. "It will not make your butt big." So think firm, not pudgy.

    MYTH: You can target trouble spots. "Every person is genetically different and can see changes differently on their body," Haley says. So instead of focusing on your stomach or thighs, indulge in a well-rounded workout. "You do not want to just target trouble spots, but rather have a combination of cardio, strengthening and toning exercises to help create a lean strong body."

    MYTH: An empty stomach means more fat burn. If you work out on an empty stomach, you may not have enough energy to even get through it. "Your body needs fuel to burn fat. Working out on an empty stomach is just going to hinder your workout." So eat, work out, repeat.

  • Amazing One-Eyed Cat Story....

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

     

    The owners of a one-eyed cat feared the worst when it disappeared outside a vets' surgery. Ginger was so reluctant to go to the vets that he burst through the carrier outside the vet and made a run for it. After failed attempts to find the four-year-old, his owner and staff at the centre almost gave up hope. But ten days later the former stray suddenly turned up in the garden of their home – five miles away.

    Owner Jayne Middleton, 55, of Redhill, Arnold, said: "Ginger had never been in a cat carrier before but we managed to get him in it and off we went. We had to park across the road and as we carried him he pushed the door off the carrier and he ran off. 

    After looking in the snow and ice for more than an hour the staff from the surgery went back to work and Miss Middleton returned home fearing the worst. This was until ten days later, when to everyone's relief Ginger returned home.  I shouted him and rushed to meet him with some food. I heard a meow and then he started eating.

    "I could not believe it, I was totally amazed and I thought that it was a miracle. It is very rare for a cat to successfully make its way back after being so far away. He covered a lot of terrain in bad weather and crossed some busy roads. I have never heard of anything like it before."

  • As moms..we NEED to stop feeling guilty about these things!!

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    Mom guilt. We are wracked with it. OMG, I didn't breastfeed long enough. OMG, I breastfed too long. OMG, I'm a working mom and I don't get to spend enough time with my kids. OMG, I'm a stay at home mom, and I spent too much time with my kids!

    Ladies, ladies, ladies!

    That's quite enough, from all of you! There are plenty of people in this world who are going to take great pleasure in telling you how much you suck; you don't need to add to it. So here it is, my list of things moms really need to forgive themselves for doing ... right now.

    1. When your school-aged kid forgets their lunch. Instead of smacking yourself for not noticing the bag on the counter, how about recognizing that your 7-year-old is old enough to be responsible for her own G.D. lunch by now!?

    2. When your kid complains you're the only mom who never volunteers to chaperone the Girl Scout trips
    . First, you're not the ONLY mom. Trust me. Second, would you rather have a job that keeps you from chaperoning or not have a job and not be able to afford Girl Scouts at all?

    3. When you realize your kid is wearing shoes that are a size too small. I felt like the worst mom EVER when this happened, and then I remembered ... my 6-year-old hadn't bothered to tell me that her feet hurt. Moms, unless you graduated from Hogwarts, stop punishing yourself for not being able to read their minds!

    4. When you're too tired to play with your kids. A few months ago I got home from a whirlwind business trip, and I was WIPED. My daughter was all excited to see me after three days with Daddy, and when I crawled into bed, her face dropped. It broke my heart, but let me tell you ... if I'd stayed up, I would have been a cranky, bitchy Mommy. Sleeping for 21 hours straight (yeah, really) made the time we got together the next day sooo much better. Remember you don't want to just give your kids time; they need quality time.

    5. When you eat the last piece of candy.
     Even if you did it while hiding in the bathroom, there is no shame in eating the candy YOU bought. Got that?

    6. When the school nurse calls and you realize you sent the sick kid to school.
     Listen, kids fake sick. A lot. And sometimes it's hard to tell if they're just "not feeling like going to school" or "not feeling well." Schools have nurses for a reason!

    7. When they want you to read a fifth bedtime story, and they REALLY should be asleep already. You know what happens to kids who get everything they want, don't you? If you don't, maybe the story you really need to be reading is the one about bratty Veruca Salt.

    8. When the parenting rules change. A LOT has changed since my daughter was born: the BPA stuff, the time to start solids, the science on rear-facing car seats. I could get really mad at myself that I didn't know these things then, but I won't ... and you shouldn't either.

    9. When you don't feel like making a "real" dinner. It would be a perfect world if every night your dinner table looked like a pin on Pinterest. But if this was a perfect world, every man would look like Adam Levine. One night of cereal for dinner isn't going to kill anyone. 

    There it is ... I've done it all. And as you can see by the photo way up at the top, my kid loves me anyway. That's good enough for me to lay down the mantle of mom guilt I've been carrying around.

  • A child's birthday on a budget!

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

    In response to the Birthdays on the Breadline report, Family Action and Money for Life have compiled some top tips on how to organize a birthday party on a budget:

    1. Why not consider having a party at home this year instead of at an external venue? Setting up a birthday party at home for your children and their friends is cost effective and with a little time and planning you can give your child some very happy memories at home.

    2. Set a budget for your party and try and stick to it. It may be cheaper to pick an external party venue with an all-inclusive cost per child, or it may work out cheaper to do it yourself at home. Do the sums and make sure. Use this opportunity to teach your children about budgeting – help them decide between a more expensive party with fewer friends, or a cheaper party with more friends.

    3. If your child's birthday is in the summer, why not plan a picnic or a treasure hunt in the park? All you’ll need is some blankets, picnic food and games for the kids - which you can even ask friends to bring along with them.

    You can also design your own games, bring along a pen and paper and a few small prizes such as sweets to keep the kids happy. This not only will save on pennies but it’ll also save you from a messy home at the end of it.

    4. Start saving up in advance. Put loose change in a bottle each week to collect for your child’s birthday - you’ll be surprised at how much you can save!

    5. Providing party bags is often expected for kids’ birthdays but they can be expensive to put together and tend to include useless items that get thrown away within a few days. Try to minimize the amount you spend on these items by buying in bulk at the supermarket or pound shop or see if your venue will include a party bag in the cost. You could also try a ‘lucky dip’ as an alternative for the children to pick one small gift each as they leave the party.

    6. If relatives offer to buy a gift for your child’s birthday ask them to pay for fees like swimming lessons, karate or any other groups the child attends. This will save you money when the bill comes through.

    7. A trip to the cinema with some friends makes a great birthday treat but the cost can quickly spiral out of control
    . However, many cinemas now show kids' films at the weekend at a fraction of the cost.

    Check out your local cinema to see what’s on offer. And, if your local cinema allows it, remember to take your own snacks with you to further reduce the cost.

    8. If sending out invitations why not send out an e-invite to parents and their kids instead. It’s cheaper than buying cards and you’ll also save time, and money on postage.

    9. Make the birthday cake instead of buying one. Whilst shop bought cakes look great they are also expensive- some shop bought cakes can cost more than £20. There are tons of simple, delicious recipes online that you can make for under a fiver. 

    Pinterest is a good source of inspiration for cake designs and creative party foods. Or try googling “fruit animals” for a healthy alternative to cake.

    10. Think about timings of the party. If you get this right you can save a lot of money. Organise a party in between lunch and dinner, as this will save you on food costs. Or when inviting people clearly state that it’s snacks that will be provided and not lunch or dinner.

    11. Make up the games instead of having a child’s entertainer. Good old-fashioned party games are just as fun for little ones. Musical chairs and musical statues are fun for kids and many children’s games don’t need prizes, you could just buy a cheap packet of gold stars to stick on the winners to make them feel special! Have a look at www.partydelights.co.uk for fun sticker collections and other ideas.

    12. If your child receives gifts that they already have or that you know they won’t use, why not sell them on eBay? 
    This can be a great way of earning some extra money and putting it in savings, or towards something that they do want or need. Another option is to recycle them by giving them to a different friend in a different social group.

  • 7 Ways to Save Money on Taxes....

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

    1. Go green and save some green. You can get tax credits under the Energy Policy Act for reducing your home's energy use. To find out what qualifies, go to energystar.gov. 

    2. As long as you itemize, nearly all of your medical expenses can be deducted, from prescription drugs and doctor visits to surgery. See the full list of medical deductions at irs.gov to make sure you're not forgetting anything. 

    3. You already know you can deduct charitable donations, but don't forget any ticket you've purchased that had a "suggested donation." You can also write off out-of-pocket costs you incur while doing charitable work, like the ingredients used in a dish you regularly prepare for a soup kitchen. 

    4. Certain costs for managing your money that top two percent of your annual gross income are deductible, like safe-deposit box fees, calls to your broker, tax-prep fees, and subscriptions to investment journals. 

    5. Still paying for that pricey diploma? Student loan interest is deductible, even if you don't itemize. 

    6. Send in next January's mortgage payment early - if you make the mortgage payment in the current tax year, you can deduct the interest this year. 

    7. Chin up, unemployed college graduate. If your job hunt leads you to relocate for your first job, keep track of your receipts as you pack up. Your moving expenses are deductible. 

    What recession? Keep your wallet padded with 43 more tips for saving money on clothes shopping, your commute, grocery shopping and eating out, and your energy bill.

     

    PLUS....

    The Mommy Tax: 7 Penalties Paid by Parents on April 15 (And Every Other Day)

    Tax Day is looming, but when you're a parent, April 15 is hardly the only day you pay the price. Having kids is a miracle, and it's wonderful and amazing, but it takes a toll - and not just a financial one (although that, too). Here are 7 ways that moms (and dads) are assessed penalties on days that the IRS isn't even looking.

    Clothes 
    It's bad enough that parents of young kids rarely wear anything but yoga pants, but when those pants then get spit-up, pooped or drooled on, it means one of two things: 1) We'll just stay home today since the only the only other clothing option is a cleaner pair of yoga pants; and 2) Who are we kidding? If every pee stain from a child meant we couldn't leave the house, the fire department would be called in to un-fuse the love seat from our butts.

    Bathroom 
    Brushing your teeth, using the toilet or taking a shower -- if it's in the bathroom, your time as a parent is taxed in the form of never, ever being alone. It's one of those things that's as reliable as death and, well, taxes. Except the Grim Reaper in this case is usually under 42-inches tall and thinks that personal space is a right afforded to everyone except you.

    Body 
    Being a parent - especially in the very early years - often means surrendering your body to that of your child. You simply don't have control of any one of your limbs - or any part in between. Whether it's your breasts to a nursing baby, your shoulders so a little one can get a better view at a parade or your lap at their every whim... because God forbid anyone should ever sit in their own seat.

    Adult Relationships 
    It's always good when parents can find time to spend with those who don't require others to wipe their butts. Except that when you have little ones in your life, it gets to engage in a conversation that doesn't include your little ones.

    Other Adults Relationships 
    Good luck trying to maintain a healthy, uh, relationship with your significant other while there are children present, awake, and able to open doors. Let us know how that works out for you -- especially since you've already removed the locks from the doors after that one time the police had to be called in to rescue your child from the bathroom.

    Dining 
    Your idea of a nice meal used to be a bottle of wine paired perhaps with something containing exotic-looking mushrooms in a sauce covering something else that maybe once swam in the ocean. However, when you became a parent, the tax on you is such that a nice meal becomes filling up on whatever your toddler tossed from their plate onto on the floor while simultaneously dreaming of popping open a beer and watching something on Bravo for a few minutes before falling asleep.

    Time 
    Having time to yourself is taxed from the moment that little one enters your house until the day they leave for college. Aside from the time spent doing the shopping, folding, cooking, carpooling, homework-helping, boo-boo attending, cuddling, nose-wiping and tear-blotting. Calculate the time you spend thinking about your children. It's amazing there are enough hours in the day for the thinking, worrying and planning - not to mention the actual doing.