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Work it!

This is where I'm losing all my weight...Ellipse Fitness! I'm down six pounds as of last week and hoping with all the support and motivation from Ellipse Fitness that I lose another 2 to 3 pounds. Come work out with me at Ellipse Fitness in Brookfield, or work out at their other 2 locations, Mequon and Milwaukee. Right now you can get a FREE 30 day membership by going to ellipsefitness.com All classes, all the time, is such a great way to get into shape. So get your FREE 30 day membership and begin your journey to a heathier YOU by joining Ellipse Fitness. I take kickboxing classes on Monday and Wednesday's at 6am...see you in class!
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What is it?

Each year in the US there are roughly 1,600 surgeries to reduce the size of what? Answer may surprise you.... Nipples...yikes!
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Look at that form...

 That's me taking a kick boxing class at Ellipse Fitness. Talk about a great workout...whew! Right now you can join me at Ellipse Fitness and take advantage of the Ellipse Fitness 30 day FREE membership. Go to Ellipsefitness.com and sign up. Ellipse Fitness has all classes, all the time so I'm sure you will find a class that fits your fitness goals! Ellipse Fitness has 3 location...Milwaukee, Mequon and the location I work out at...Brookfield. All info on their website at Ellipsefitness.com My boxing form is pretty good hey? But I need a tan..lol!
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My first trip to Milwaukee Vein & Laser Center!

At the Milwaukee Vein and Laser Center, they offer a spectrum of minimally invasive, non-surgical and anti-aging skin care services; all supervised by board certified physicians. They provide expert medical evaluations and innovative techniques to improve skin appearance, vascular health and reduce unwanted body fat and unwanted hair. Follow Jojo's journey and find more out about Milwaukee Vein & Laser Center...click here.
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Earthquake...

It happens once a century...an earthquake rocks the East Coast! Well, it happened again yesterday (Tues. 08/23/11) a 5.8 magnitude quake hit the East Coast. Experts say the quake caused cracks in some of the stones at the top of the Washington Monument...crazy. Have you ever been in an earthquake? I have never experienced one but I think I'd freak out!
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Walk...

It's time to walk and get healthy! Join me Jojo and Walgreens at the West Bend High School for "Relay For Life" this Friday, August 5th from 6pm-8pm.

Walk with Walgreens is a program that rewards you simply by walking! It's time to get healthy with Walgreens...see you this Friday at 6pm!

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What? Watch This...

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Slow Down...

Rumor has it that Nikki Reed and this year's American Idol contestant Paul McDonald are engaged. Really? I don't know what the rush to get married in Hollywood is but live together first...date awhile..geez!
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WOW...

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Look 20 Years Younger...

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Cute.

This is cute...but who has a racoon in their tub? weird.
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Have A Craving?

How about eating a couch? Sounds weird doesn't it?  Adele Edwards has been eating the foam from inside her couch for 21 years. She has a rare disorder called Pica. Just last year she ate 7 sofa's...whoa. Do you have any weird addictions?
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What The...

It looks like the Packers will have to wait for their Super Bowl rings. In a labor battle a lockout could prevent the Packers from getting their rings. The reason?...as long as the current lockout is in place...players and owners are prohibited from contacting each other. Therefore, the Packers management can't consult with the players on the design or anything else do do with the ring....WTF right?
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Advantage?

Coming up on Sunday for the big game in Dallas some may say it's looking good for the Green and Gold and here are just a couple reasons why. 1) temperatures are going to be colder than normal. (advantage Pack) 2) Rumors going around Dallas that Ben Roethlisberger is out drinking with buddies. (advantage Pack) check this out: What do you think? Is that him?
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Get Ready...

With the big blizzard of 2011 getting ready to hit with up to 2 feet of snow being dumped...we could look like this in the next couple days.
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Love...

Michael Buble has set a date to marry his sweetheart -- and they're already talking about starting a family! He is one of the most talented and nicest guys in the biz...Congrats!
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Awwww...

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Still has it...

Jon Bon Jovi still looks good in his tight little blue jeans...ooolalala! Bon Jovi is coming to Chicago, March, 8th 2011 and I have your tickets all this week (8th-12th) Tickets go on sale this Friday( 11/12/10) at 10am so get your tickets before they sell out. I love this man! HHHHHOOOOTTTT!
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Heartthrob?

70's heartthrob David Cassidy arrested in Florida arrested on DUI charges. He don't look so good. What do you think?
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This is hot...

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This would be great on every airline!

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You decide?

The cast of my favorite show "GLEE" is posing in the November issue of GQ...but the way they are posing is what's causing an uproar! Some people are saying they are sexualizing  the actresses who play high school aged characters. What do you think?
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Positive Message

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Are you ready for some...

FOOTBALL! TONIGHT...Packers...Bears...who will win?
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What Is Wrong With Some Parents?

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Little Monsters...

Here I am with Lady GaGa before her concert. Doesn't she look like a wax figure? I'm so happy she wasn't wearing her meat dress the night I met her(if you watched the VMA's you know what I'm talking about).
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I'm a bit bias, but my son Anthony is a GREAT BASEBALL player. I think he's a great athlete in general. Now though, for the first time EVER, he's a HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYER! (GO GREENDALE PANTHERS) Anthony's been asking my wife and I to play football for the last 2+ years and our answer has always been "nah, you're a baseball player buddy, focus on that" LOL! Well, I admit that MOST of the reason for our answer was b/c he REALLY TRULY is a great baseball player and we didn't want him getting HURT playing football…I also explained to him that playing high school football wasn't anything like just getting together in the backyard with friends and throwing the ball around and that it's ALOT of work, practice, sweat etc… Well, he's not backed down AT ALL and we just figured hey, he wants to do it, let him find out all of the hard work involved and see what happens! The result: HE'S RAN WITH IT and is excited to be doing it! He's already gotten hurt in camp, got whiplash, was out for a week and came back WITH MORE FIRE to do it! We didn't DOUBT he'd have the passion and drive to do it…we just worried he thought it was something that it's not. He's showed us he's ready for the challenge! It's been FUN to watch him learn something new…and he'll get better and better as the practices and games begin! My wife and I look forward to being a FOOTBALL Mom & Dad for the first time and just enjoying the ride! In the end, it's ALL about the experiences Anthony will have and the memories he'll start making in high school that TRULY matter! Thanks for reading! Thanks for listening! Just…THANKS! -Mark Summers
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Disease Resistant Major Wheeler Red Honeysuckle Vine
Add a spot of red to the garden and help bring in the hummingbirds. Major Wheeler honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens 'Major Wheeler') is a cultivar of the North American native honeysuckle vine. It has been called the best red by many growers and is resistant to powdery mildew. Gardeners and growers report clean, mildew-free leaves even when plants are overcrowded or growing in droughty conditions. The red flowers appear in late spring and repeat throughout the summer. Remove the first set of blooms as they fade to increase the intensity of summer blooms. Grow this twining vine up a trellis, over an arbor, on a fence or climbing over a rock wall. The stems grow 3 to 8 feet long. And the plant is hardy in zones 4 to 8. You'll have the best results growing this plant in full sun and moist well-drained soil. It is heat and drought tolerant once established and will tolerate a bit of light shade. A bit more information: Try growing this and other vines in a container. It is a great way to add vertical interest to your container garden or a colorful accent on a patio or deck. For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com
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Build a Bee House
Convert scrap lumber into homes for native bees to raise their young. Native bees are important pollinators needed for plants to produce fruits, seeds and berries. Planting native flowers such as asters and beebalm and trees like lindens will provide food to help attract bees to your landscape and keep them healthy. Providing housing will also help attract these visitors to your garden. Drill holes into, but not through, any size block of untreated wood. The holes should be about 3 to 5 inches deep and 5/16th an inch in diameter for Mason bees. Insert straws into each hole to make cleaning easier. Paper straws are good for nesting but glass or plastic reduce the risk of mold formation. Mount the bee house on the south side of a fence or building. Keep your bees safe by eliminating the use of pesticides on or near the bee house. Better yet, use bee-safe insect control methods in your garden and landscape. A bit more information: No construction skills? Don't worry - you can use hollow stemmed grasses and reeds as the nesting cavities. Place these in a bucket or bundle them together to create a bee house. Click here for more information on building bee houses. . For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com
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Blossom Drop and Fruit Rot on Vegetables
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Controlling Ragweed, the Allergy Sufferers Nemesis
If you suffer from a runny nose, stuffed up sinuses and itchy or watery eyes, the culprit may be hiding under your shrubs, next to your flowers or along a nearby roadway. Ragweed is the main cause of allergy and pollen asthma in North America and Central Europe. Common ragweed is an annual with ferny leaves that flowers in August and September. Giant ragweed has larger less dissected leaves and can reach heights of 8 feet. Mowing and removal not only eliminates the pollen, but also the 30,000 to 62,000 seeds that each plant can produce. Removing one plant means thousands less to weed next season. Keep your lawn mown, gardens weeded and replant ragweed infested areas with native and ornamental plants suited to the growing conditions. Proper selection and soil preparation will help your desirable plants crowd out this weed. A bit more information: A single plant can release as much as one billion grains of pollen throughout one season. And that pollen can travel more than 400 miles. Enlist friends, families and neighbors in the cause. The more we control this pesky weed the better for us all. For more information, click here. For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com
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Leaf Browning, Scorch, on Hostas and Other Shade Plants
Brown leaf edges are common on hostas and other shade lovers when the temperatures rise or the sun is too intense. Brown leaf edges, known as scorch, occur when the plant loses more water than is available or faster than the plant is able to absorb. Reduce the risk of this problem by growing shade lovers like hostas in shady areas free of hot mid-day and afternoon sun. Add organic matter to the soil to improve the water-holding ability of fast draining sandy soils. Water the plants thoroughly and often enough to keep the soil slightly moist. Mulch the soil with shredded leaves, evergreen needles or other organic matter to keep the soil cool and evenly moist. Yes, I know, this also creates the perfect environment for slugs. If a slug problem develops, capture these slimy pests with beer in a shallow can. A bit more information: If slugs are a problem considering planting more slug-resistant hostas. These tend to have thicker leaves like the 2014 Hosta of the Year "Abiqua Drinking Gourd." For more information, listen to my audio tip on Eco-friendly Slug and Snail Control. For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com
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Sneak Some Zucchini on Your Neighbor’s Porch Night
Once again it's time to celebrate Sneak Some Zucchini on Your Neighbor's Porch Night. August 8th, National Zucchini Day, inspired Pennsylvania gardeners Tom and Ruth Roy to encourage gardeners to share their excess zucchini with neighbors. If you've grown zucchini you know it can create an abundance of fruit. Harvesting when the fruit is 6 to 8 inches long gives the best flavor and keeps the plants producing. So after you've enjoyed those first dozen or so zucchini on relish trays, stir-fried or in baked goods you may be looking for ways to "share" the harvest. After friends and family refuse your offering of this tasty veggie you may decide to join the fun and leave a few zucchinis on your neighbor's front porch. Just include a few recipes if you want to keep them as friends. Or better yet, take your surplus vegetables, zucchini and all, to a nearby food pantry. A bit more information: Many seniors and children benefit from the flavorful and nutritious surplus vegetables donated by generous gardeners. Visit Plant-a-Row for the Hungry's web site at or call 1-877-492-2727 to find a food pantry near you. For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com
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Love-in-a-Mist Flower Growing Tips
Add a little love and beauty to your garden with Love-in-a-mist. The fine foliage, white, pink, blue or lavender flowers and attractive seedpods provide season-long beauty. This annual grows best in full sun and moist well-drained fertile soil. The flowers float above the dill-like leaves on plants 15 to 24 inches tall and 12 inches wide. Harvest a few of the long-lasting flowers to enjoy in a vase. Remove the foliage as it tends to wilt much more quickly than the blossoms. And harvest a few of the seedpods to use in crafts and dried arrangements. Pick when the purple or bronze stripes are visible on the balloon shaped pods. Hang in a warm shaded location to dry. Love-in-a-mist is self-seeding. So once you have a plant growing and flowering in the garden, just leave a few seedpods on the plants, don't disturb the soil and you'll be rewarded with lots of new plants each year. A bit more information: This plant is known botanically as Nigella damascena. It does not transplant well. So buy new seeds or collect seeds from existing plants when you want to start this plant in a new location in the landscape. For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com
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Joe-Pye Weed for you and the Butterflies to Enjoy
Add some bold beauty and butterfly appeal to your garden with Joe-Pye Weed. This summer through fall blooming perennial is hardy in zones 3 to 9. It grows best in full sun to part shade and moist fertile soil. The leaves will scorch - form brown edges - if the soil is allowed to dry. So be sure to mulch with shredded leaves, evergreen needles or other organic matter to keep the soil consistently moist throughout the season. Joe Pye weed grows 5 to 7 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide. The leaves give off a hint of vanilla when crushed. The small purple or white flowers form large clusters known as panicles 12 to 18 inches across. If this sounds too big for your landscape, don't fret. Shorter varieties like Gateway at 4 to 6 feet tall and 3 to 5 feet wide and Little Joe at 3 to 4 feet tall and wide may work for you. A bit more information: The Chicago Botanic Garden recently evaluated the various Joe-Pye weeds and their relatives. They looked at plants as short as 17 inches and as tall as 90. See the results of their comparative study by clicking here. For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com
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