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Nationally renowned garden expert Melinda Myers helps everyday gardeners find success and ease in the garden through her Melinda’s Garden Moments radio segments. Melinda shares “must have” tips that hold the key to gardening success, learned through her more than 30 years of horticulture experience. Listeners from across the country find her gardener friendly, practical approach to gardening both refreshing and informative! On this page, Melinda shares some more extensive garden tips, which expand on the information provided in her one-minute radio segments.

New tips are added throughout each month, providing timely step-by-step tips on what you need to do next in your garden! Visit Melinda’s website www.melindamyers.com for more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and answers to your questions.
Posts from July 2014


Wine Bottles – Out of the Recycling Bin and Into the Garden
Stop! Don’t recycle those wine bottles, instead give them a second life in your garden.

Use wine bottles to create a colorful edge along a path or around a planting bed. Set the bottle, top-side down in the ground.  Individual bottles make great hose guides.
 
Or create colorful outdoor lighting. Remove the bottom of the bottle with a glasscutter. Place over LED bulbs. Strategically place individual wine bottle lights throughout the garden or use multiple bottles over a string of lights.
 
Put your glasscutter to work creating a planter. Remove a section from one side of the bottle. Lay the bottle on its side, secure in place, fill with soil and plant.
 
Or remove the top of the bottle. Invert and place in the bottom of the bottle. The original opening is now your drain hole and the bottom of the bottle is your saucer.
 
And of course you can always place them on a bottle tree.
 
A bit more information: Convert wine bottles into watering devices. Punch a small hole into the soil of your container garden. Fill the bottle with water, invert and place into the soil. Plant Nannies are hollow terra cotta spikes that can be set into the soil to hold the wine bottle in place.
 
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Leaf Spot on Rudbeckia
Once thought to be the answer to low maintenance perennial gardens, Goldstrum Rudbeckia’s reputation has been tarnished by several leaf spot diseases.
 
A bacterial and several fungal leaf spot diseases cause purplish-black spots on the leaves of rudbeckia. Severe infestation can totally blacken the leaves and cause the plants to dieback a bit earlier in fall.  Fortunately most of the diseases are cosmetic and the plants will continue to flower and return each year.
 
Reduce the risk of this disease by providing adequate light and air circulation around the plants.  Use a soaker hose or watering wand to apply water directly to the soil when needed. 
 
In fall, remove and destroy all diseased plant parts.
 
If disease is a yearly problem, plant more resistant cultivars like Becky, Cherokee Sunset, Irish eyes, or Prairie Sun.
 
A bit more information:  Or keep the plants and hide the diseased leaves. Plant something slightly shorter in front of the Goldstrum Rudbeckia plants to mask the discolored leaves, but allow the flowers to show through.
 
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Crown Rot Causing Sudden Wilting and Death on Ajuga (Bugleweed)
Sudden wilting, yellowing and death of ajuga, also known as bugleweed, means crown rot may have invaded the planting.

This fungal disease is most common in warm wet or humid weather. It first appears as sudden wilting and dieback in colder climates and yellowing and death of plants in warmer areas. The stems of infected plants turn brown or black and rot. 
 
This disease can be introduced into the garden on infected plants or soil or spread by tools and water. Since the disease is in the soil it is difficult to eradicate.
 
Remove and destroy infected plants and the surrounding soil immediately. Be sure to disinfect your tools with a one-part bleach and nine-part water solution during and after the process.
 
If the disease continues to spread or has destroyed much of the planting, it is time to start over in a new location with disease-free plants.
 
A bit more information:  Reduce the risk of crown rot to healthy plantings by thinning groundcover plantings every few years or before they become overcrowded. And avoid planting crown rot susceptible plants in the bed where the Ajuga died.  Consider amending the soil with compost, peatmoss or coir to improve drainage before planting.
 
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Cool Splash Diervilla Shrub for Shady Gardens
Brighten up the shade with a Cool Splash Diervilla.
 
This cultivar of the southern bush honeysuckle was selected for its creamy to yellow leaf margins. The variegated leaves are topped by fragrant yellow flowers in midsummer. They help attract hummingbirds and butterflies to your garden.
 
Cool Splash is hardy in zones 4 to 8 and grows equally well in full sun or partial shade with moist well-drained soil. Once established, it is heat and drought tolerant.
 
This small-scale shrub suckers, forming a dense mass of cascading branches. It eventually reaches 2 to 3 feet tall and wide, making it suitable for small space gardens as well as mixed borders and shrub beds.  Use it to mask leggy stems or visually anchor taller trees and shrubs to the ground.
 
And don’t let the common name honeysuckle fool you. Though a member of the same family, this is not the invasive honeysuckle taking over our woodlands.
 
A bit more information: Combine Cool Splash with shade tolerant perennials. Hosta, astilbe, Brunnera, coral bells and ginger are just a few. For more shade tolerant shrubs watch my Shrubs Made for the Shade video.
 
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Smart Irrigation Month – Planning a Watersense Irrigation System

Watering our landscapes properly can save water and improve our plants’ health. And if you decide to invest in an irrigation system make sure to get the best value and water savings by doing your homework first.
 
Look for systems that include EPA approved WaterSense irrigation controllers. These are like thermostats only they’re for your irrigation system, adjusting watering schedules based on weather and soil moisture instead of the calendar.
 
Select a system zoned to water plants at different rates. Established trees require less frequent watering than annuals. Use drip irrigation or low volume sprinklers in gardens to apply water slowly and right where it is needed.
 
And consult a certified Irrigation specialist that understands how irrigation works, the local environment and will help you comply with any building codes.
 
A bit more information: Your time invested in research before investing in an irrigation system can reduce water use, repair costs and plant replacement. Experts estimate we could reduce water use by 50% just by eliminating improper watering. If you already have a system, inspect it regularly. Check for and repair any leaks, clear clogs, adjust direction and repair damaged sprinkler heads. For more information visit these web sites:
http://www.irrigation.org/Certification/Certification_Splash.aspx   http://www.epa.gov/WaterSense/products/controltech.html
 
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Grow Star and Heart Shaped Veggies
Add a little star power to your meals with the help of cookie cutters and veggie molds.
 
Cut cucumbers into ¼ inch thick round slices. Use a small heart shaped cookie cutter to remove the center of the rounds. Use these in salads, on sandwiches or relish plates. Save the outer ring. Slide two grape or cherry tomatoes onto a toothpick so they resemble a heart. Place them in the center of the outer ring of the cucumber and secure in place.
 
Or grow heart and star shaped fruit. Cover immature fruit with vegetable molds. Use twisty ties to hold the fruit filled mold onto the vine or support. Check the fruit regularly as some may be ready to harvest in as few as 5 to 7 days. Once the fruit has filled the mold and is fully colored, it is ready to harvest.
 
Creating heart and star shaped vegetables will dress up your meals and may encourage everyone to eat more veggies.
 
A bit more information: For more information on vegetable molds visit http://www.veggiemold.com.  And watch for postings on my Facebook page as I grow a few star powered vegetables of my own.
 
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Less Mowing and Hand Trimming, Better for You and Your Landscape
Eliminate hand trimming around garden statues, playsets, narrow spaces and individual trees and shrubs. Invest a bit of time now to eliminate time spent on these tasks in the future.

Create mowing strips around raised beds and stonewalls to eliminate hand trimming. You can purchase and lay pavers and other edging materials or just remove a narrow strip of grass and cover with mulch. Run one set of your mower wheels on the mowing strip and cut the grass right up to the structure.
 
Connect individual trees and shrubs with mulch beds. The trees will benefit from the mulch and you will spend less time trimming around each plant. Plus the mulch bed protects the plants from weed whips and mowers that injure the plants as we try to cut the grass as close as possible.
 
And if this is too much mulch, try filling the area with perennials and groundcovers for added beauty and seasonal interest.
 
A bit more information: Mulching around trees also eliminates the frustration of surface roots. For more ideas watch Melinda’s Garden Moment video Dealing with Surface Roots http://www.melindamyers.com/Pasquesi-Landscape-Care/landscape-care/dealing-with-surface-roots.html
 
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Taming Floppy, Leggy and Less-Than-Attractive Annuals
Break out the pruners and groom your unsightly annuals back to their original beauty.
 
Some annuals tend to develop long leggy stems with few flowers. Regular deadheading and removing the top few inches of the stem encourages more compact growth and continual flowering.  Don’t worry if your busy schedule allowed your plants to get out of hand. Just cut back the stems halfway.
 
Try staggering severe pruning to keep your garden looking good throughout the renewal process. Do this by pruning back only one third of the plants in a flowerbed or one third of the stems on individual plants at one time. Repeat each week. By the time you prune the last few stems the first group will be producing new flowers on more compact stems.
 
Reduce your workload next season by selecting annuals bred for long bloom and compact growth. You’ll have better-looking plants all season long with less work.
 
A bit more information: Regular grooming can help keep foliage plants like coleus looking their best. Remove the coleus flowers as soon as they form to prevent leggy growth. Prune back leggy plants as described to keep these beauties looking their best.
 
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Grow a Pickle in a Bottle
Add some mystery and fun to this season’s harvest by growing a pickle in a bottle.
 
Just like the ship in a bottle, finding a large cucumber in a clear bottle with a small opening will keep friends and relatives guessing.
 
Start by selecting a small immature cucumber. Leave it attached to the plant and slide it into a bottle. Leave your bottled cucumber tucked under plant leaves or create a little shade with cloth or newspaper to prevent it from overheating and rotting in the sun.
 
Check your cucumber regularly and watch it grow. Cut it off the vine just before it fills the bottle. Your cucumber in the bottle will only last a few days, but will provide lots of fun. Preserve it to extend the fun.  Boil 2 cups of vinegar mixed with 2 cups of hot water and 3 tablespoons of pickling salt. Cool and pour the mixture over the cucumber and seal the jar shut.
 
A bit more information: Add some more fun to the garden by scratching your name, design or a message into the rind of winter squash. Take a sharp object and lightly scratch your idea into, but not through the rind of an immature winter squash. As it grows, matures and hardens your message will become clearer. 
 
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Upcycle Pool Noodles into the Garden
Don’t throw away those worn out or forgotten pool noodles. Put them to work in the garden.
 
Make a lengthwise cut halfway into the noodle. Then use it to top a chicken wire or hardware cloth fence or plant cage. It prevents cuts from sharp wires and adds a bit of color and whimsy to the garden.
 
Or bend and insert the noodle into a lawn bag to hold it open. Adding green debris for recycling will be much easier, especially when it’s a one person job.
 
Cover ½ inch PVC to create colorful structures in the garden.  Stand on end and securely anchor in the ground for a trellis. Or create colorful arches for added interest or fun for the smaller gardeners in the family.
 
Or cut the noodle to the desired length and cover with ribbon, flowers, pine cones or other materials to create a wreath for your front door, garden entrance or shed.
 
A bit more information: Create a raised bed with the help of old window well sections and noodles. Bolt two window wells together. Top with a noodle to protect you from the sharp edges. Set in place, fill with soil and plant.
 
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Plan and Plant Now for a Bountiful Fall Harvest
Now is the time to plan and plant vegetables for a bountiful fall harvest.
 
Start by looking for vacant spaces in the vegetable garden that are left after harvesting lettuce, spinach and other early maturing crops. Expand your search to other plantable areas in flowerbeds and mixed borders.
 
Sow seeds of beans, cucumbers, carrots, beets and other short season vegetables. Simply count the number of days from planting to the date of the average first fall frost in your area. Then check the back of the seed packet for the number of days needed from planting until harvest. As long as you have enough time for the seeds to sprout, grow and produce before frost, they can be added to the garden.  Or extend the season with coldframes and floating row covers.
 
Those in frost-free areas can plant longer season crops that benefit from maturing during the cooler months of fall.
 
A bit more information: Wait for the soil to cool before planting lettuce and other vegetable seeds that require cooler temperatures to germinate. Or start the plants indoors and move them into the garden as transplants. Help keep the soil cool by mulching plantings with shredded leaves, evergreen needles or other organic mulch. For more ideas and information on late plantings watch my Melinda’s Garden Moment “Still Time to Plant” video or listen to the audio tip on this topic as well as the Grow a Bountiful Harvest All Season Long audio tip.
 
 
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Celebration Maple

Add seasonal color and shade to your landscape with Celebration maple. This fast grower provides beauty with less maintenance.
 
Celebration maple is one of the freeman maple varieties. The freeman maple hybrids display the best qualities of each parent while minimizing their less desirable traits.  The red maple provides the better structure and fall color while the silver maple increases vigor and high pH tolerance.
 
Celebration is a more compact cultivar with good structure that is more resistant to wind, ice, snow, and storm damage.  The red flowers add a touch of subtle color to the spring landscape, while the red and yellow fall color end the season with a blaze.
 
This heat, drought and pollution tolerant tree is hardy in zones 4 to 8, and possibly 9, and grows 45 to 50 feet tall and 20 to 25 feet wide.
 
A bit more information: Celebration® Maple (Acer x freemanii ‘Celzam’) is virtually seedless, so you will have minimal seeds (also known as helicopters) to sweep off the sidewalk. And those that are grown on their own roots will not heave walks and drives.
 
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Midseason Fertilization for Vegetable Gardens
Increase this season’s harvest with a midseason fertilization.
 
The amount and type of fertilizer needed is dependent on your soil, past fertilization practices and the type of plants you are growing.

A soil test is the best way to get the information needed to develop a fertilization program for your garden.  But until you have your soil tested, consider following these guidelines.
 
Select a low nitrogen slow release fertilizer like Milorganite to avoid damaging plants during hot dry summer weather.
 
Fertilize leafy vegetables when they are about half size.  Wait until the tomatoes and peppers start producing fruit before fertilizing them. 
 
Apply 1 pound of a low nitrogen fertilizer for every 100 square feet.  Sprinkle granular fertilizer along side or around the plants.  Gently rake it into the soil if needed. Liquid fertilizers are applied by a sprinkling can or garden hose.
 
A bit more information: Always read and follow label directions for the mixing rates and application methods for the fertilizer you select. And with proper care you will have plenty of produce for you, your family, friends and the hungry in your community. Contact Garden Writers Association’s “Plant a Row for the Hungry” program for information on donating extra produce to the hungry in your community. Call toll free 1-877-492-2727 or visit www.gardenwriters.org/.
 
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Prehistoric Funk
I just stumbled on this video from a few months ago, but it's perfect for some holiday fun. One of the hottest songs of the year so far has been Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk." Turns out the beat and music are very similar to "Walk The Dinosaur," a song by a group called Was (Was Not) in 1987. Pretty amazing how close these two are. I wonder if Robin Thicke had anything to do with "Uptown Funk?"  
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"Nobody Sees It, Didn't Happen"
Trailer # 2 has been released for Black Mass, the story of Boston's most notorious wanted man, Whitey Bulger, starring Johnny Depp. Johnny's unrecognizable in this one - as he is in most of his films. But funny thing, he does call to mind two other actors. First, Jack Nicholson's character in The Departed. Second, and only in one of the shots in the sunglasses, James Spader's character in The Blacklist. What do you think? (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); The most feared, most wanted, most notorious gangster in U.S. history. Watch Johnny Depp in the exclusive new #BlackMass trailer. Posted by Black Mass on Friday, May 22, 2015
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Dick's Still Got It
Dick Van Dyke's a song-and-dance man at heart. Sure, he's an actor and comic too, but deep down inside, he's a song-and-dance man. So it's not surprising to see him moving quite well - especially given that he's 89 years old - in this video for Dustbowl Revival's song, "Never Had to Go." He's still got his comic chops too.  
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Thank You for Your Service
It's Memorial Day, a time to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service of our country. We should all the take the time to stop and say thank you to those who've gone before us. And let's not forget to say thanks to those that are still here. This amazing video is from a year ago, but it remains poignant. Runners in San Jose, California were participating in a charity race benefitting the military. A 95-year-old veteran named Joe Bell set up a chair in front of his home, and sat in his old uniform tunic and cap to watch the racers pass. And before long, the race was all about Joe, as the runners came up to him and shook his hand to thank him for his service. Touching. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); The sight of a 95-year-old veteran cheering on runners in a military charity race in San Jose triggered a spontaneous show of patriotism that captured the nation's attention.Joe Bell was waving at the runners when suddenly he became the one being honored. One by one, participants ran over to Bell, shaking his hand and thanking him for his service.The race benefited the Pat Tillman Foundation, set up in honor of the fallen Army Ranger and San Jose native.Watch KTLA's video here: http://ktlane.ws/1kwcgo9 Posted by KTLA 5 News on Tuesday, March 4, 2014
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Dave Grohl - The 5th Beatle
Music fans in London got a treat on Saturday night. Paul McCartney was in concert. Like that's not enough. But, he invited Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters on stage with him to assist with a Beatles classic, "I Saw Her Standing There." Couple of observations... (1) Paul's voice is holding out pretty well for a guy about to turn 74. (2) Dave and Paul together is a very cool collaboration. And I would love to see more of them!  
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"Can You Smell What the Rock is Officiating?"
So, Nick Mundy from Screen Junkies is a huge fan of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Over the years, they've developed an actual friendship. Enough so that the rest of the crew at Screen Junkies was able to get The Rock to help out when they wanted to pull a prank on Nick. Well, not really a prank. It was a surprise wedding. Not only did The Rock agree, he decided he wanted to be the wedding officiant, so he went and got ordained and registered with the state of California. Check out the footage - it's actually pretty cool.  
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Managing and Enjoying Reseeding Perennials
Melinda's Blog is brought to you by American Transmission Company. More is often considered better, except when it comes to unwanted seedlings. Self seeding perennials mean lots of free plants to move to other gardens in the landscape, but sometimes it just means more unwanted plants to control. Purple coneflower and Black-eyed Susan are two popular perennials that can quickly fill your garden with their offspring. You can reduce the problem by removing faded flowers and thus eliminating the seeds. The downside, the birds will miss eating the seeds and you'll miss the winter beauty and bird activity the seeds provide. I choose to leave the seedheads intact, enjoy the birds and share the seedlings with friends, community organizations or my compost pile. Garden phlox is another prolific seeder. Deadheading – removing the faded flowers - reduces reseeding, but also encourages additional bloom. A bit more information: Plume poppy, Northern sea oats, columbine and blackberry lily are other perennials that tend to self seed. Share your extra seedlings with friends. Keep a few old pots or plastic bags and a trowel on hand. When your gardening friends come to visit, hand them a trowel and container and let them dig a few of their favorites. You'll have fewer seedlings and they'll have more plants for their garden. For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com
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Who's Got the Dramamine?
The folks at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California have a new roller coaster that could be perfect for you - if you're a daredevil. It's called Twisted Colossus, and as advertised, it does things that other coasters don't. Or can't. Or both. It's a hybrid steel-and-wood double-track coaster, and the folks at Theme Park Review call it "insane." That's the ride itself, not the riders - although that may also be accurate. Check out this amazingly scary video. And let me know - would you ride in the front seat? Would you ride it at all? (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); Twisted Colossus REAL POV! OMG! Insane!!! OMG! Twisted Colossus at Six Flags Magic Mountain is absolutely out of control! This ride does things no other roller coaster has done! You HAVE to see this video! Who wants to ride? Posted by Theme Park Review on Wednesday, May 20, 2015
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Letterman's Very Last Top 10 List
When you think of David Letterman, one of the first three things to come to mind has to be his nightly Top 10 lists. And what better topic for his last Top 10 than the Top 10 Things I've Always Wanted to Say to David Letterman. And who better to pronounce these than good friends to Dave and his program, like Bill Murray, Tina Fey, Peyton Manning, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Chris Rock, Jim Carrey, Jerry Seinfeld, Steve Martin, Barbara Walters and Alec Baldwin. What a way to wrap up this tradition.  
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What the Other Late Night Talk Hosts Did
Did you wonder what the other late night talk hosts did to mark David Letterman's retirement? Earlier this week, we posted Jimmy Kimmel's tribute. That was very special. On the night of Dave's last show, Conan O'Brien did his regular show for 35 minutes, and when the clock hit 11:35PM, he and his guest, Patton Oswalt, urged people to go and watch Dave's show. Pretty cool - and watch what they did afterwards!   James Corden, the new host of The Late Late Show that until Wednesday followed Dave, sang a special tribute song to Dave with the help of a heavily-bearded Sting. Also pretty cool...  
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JWoww Delivers a Smackdown
Jenni Farley - aka JWoww from Jersey Shore - took to Instagram to talk about pictures of herself in a bikini. Someone snapped and published a bunch of pictures of her at a pool in a bathing suit. She was with her daughter and her fiance. People being what they are - sometimes pretty stupid and rude - they made comments about JWoww's body, calling her flabby and referring to her "cellulite-ridden caboose." Others would have curled up in a corner and cried a while But this is JWoww, after all, one of the toughest young ladies on the Eastern seaboard. Check out what she has to say... And tell me if you feel like standing up and cheering...     I want to sit here and say that I'm embarrassed by these pictures but honestly I'm not. I'm a new mom that loves to work out but also loves food as well. I was at my girlfriend @joeidfox wedding at an all-inclusive resort and decided to indulge and have the best time of my life with my daughter at a pool. I also decided to pick a wedgy (which is a pretty amazing photo in itself). But at the end of the day I am not perfect and neither is my body... And to make it worse someone decided to sell even more awkward photos of me on vacation with my family So tabloids can get a nice laugh and write mean things... I will always try to eat healthy and take @310nutrition supplements and consistently work out But I'm also a human and I love being me and I love my life I will never try to follow the trend of being stick thin I follow the trend of what I love in life... And what I love is me Everyone love yourself and consider yourself #flawless βœŒπŸΌπŸ’œπŸ’— A photo posted by Jenni JWOWW (@jwoww) on May 19, 2015 at 3:45pm PDT
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The Rock Melts
This happened earlier in the week, but it's pretty uplifting and worthy of sharing. Dwayne Johnson - aka The Rock - posted a picture to Instagram. It shows him reading a letter, grinning like a child at Christmas. Turns out the letter is from Steven Spielberg - yes, that Steven Spielberg - who wrote to say that he is a fan of Dwayne's work. Dwayne was moved, because growing up, he'd been a huge fan of Steven's. Look at the picture. And read what he said. So cool!   Grinnin' now like a big ass kid... When I was 8yrs old I sat front row to see a sold out INDIANA JONES in its opening weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina. I walked out of that theater excited and wanted to be "Indy".. cool, funny, charming with the ladies and kickin' ass w/ a smile. But at 8yrs old I was also perfectly content playing w/ my Star Wars figures and sneaking off listening to Richard Pryor concerts. Throughout the years I've credited this man and his movies as being my greatest inspiration in becoming an actor and wanting to always make "his kind" of movies - entertaining, quality and above all else.. heart. Just receiving this personal letter from him and its not only made me incredibly humbled and grateful, but it's also brought me back to being that 8yr old boy again who not only loves movies, but I now get to make the movies I love and enjoy the impact they have on others. THANK YOU STEVEN SPIELBERG for these inspiring and motivating words in your letter and cheers to making sure I'm always listening to that little voice in my gut. #CoolestGiftEver #BigAss8yrOldKid #SpielbergInspired A photo posted by therock (@therock) on May 15, 2015 at 9:34pm PDT
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Don't Let the Door Hit You on the Way Out!
It wasn't even 24 hours since David Letterman signed off for the last time. Crews from CBS descended on The Ed Sullivan Theater yesterday to dismantle the Late Show set. Dismantle is a gentle word. They destroyed it. Chopped it to pieces. Tossed it into dumpsters. The New York Post has a series of pictures showing the travesty. Click here if you dare. According to reports, Dave's desk was carefully bubble-wrapped, and will be shipped off to the Smithsonian. As for the rest - headed for a scrap heap in Jersey, most likely. A pretty unceremonious epilogue for Dave's career, don't you think?
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Mine! Mine! Mine!
This is an amazing video. A guy in Holland was on the seashore, trying to lunch on some herring. He hung it over his mouth - that's the way you eat herring in Holland, they say - and had it half in his mouth when a seagull swooped in and grabbed it from him. Looks like the seagulls in Finding Nemo, doesn't it?   (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); Wait, what just happened? Posted by Good Morning America on Monday, May 18, 2015
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Embrace Who You Are - J-Lo Does!
Jennifer Lopez is the cover girl for US Weekly's Best Bodies issue. And she offers up a video commentary on the photo shoot for the cover that's vintage J-Lo. She knows she's not a classic model - tall and leggy and a size 0. "I embrace who I am," she says. "I feel sexy, I feel youthful, I feel pretty sometimes." And she's a 45-year-old cover model. Not bad. Not bad at all.  
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Bill Murray, Entertainment Tornado
Bill Murray was David Letterman's last guest on Tuesday night. He popped out of a cake, and did shots of vodka with Dave. Then he went out to dinner, had a little wine, and zipped off to MSNBC - at their invitation - to talk about his appearance on Dave's show. Naturally, Bill was a little, shall we say, under the weather thanks to the night's libations. The folks at Inside Edition have the whole thing captured, including Bill landing on his butt trying to get onto a chair.  
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Mickey Says No Selfie Sticks Here!
The folks at Disney have officially banned the use of selfie sticks on their rides at Disney World and Disneyland. Let's face it: they can be obnoxious, the way people use them. But more importantly, they can be downright dangerous on a fast-moving amusement park ride. So Disney decided to make it official, with signs all over their parks. Now if we could just get them banned everywhere else, we'd be doing something... No Selfie Sticks sign outside Big Thunder Mountain! Good call, Disney. pic.twitter.com/OnzNRTT9Uj — Inside the Magic (@InsideTheMagic) May 17, 2015
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Can the Bromance Survive a Commute?
Adam Levine and Blake Shelton have a bromance. It's one of the most talked-about elements of The Voice, just how close these guys are. They put the relationship to the test recently, driving to work together. Adam's driving, and Blake's in the passenger seat with his Thermos of soup. It's like watching an old married couple squabbling. And it's pretty funny. Check it out.   (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); Adam and Blake, together in one car. Will their bromance survive? Ride along as they commute to the set of The Voice. #VoiceCommute Posted by The Voice on Tuesday, May 19, 2015
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A Truly Touching Tribute to Letterman
We weren't the only ones watching David Letterman's farewell show last night. Other late night hosts were watching too. Like Jimmy Kimmel, who posted this touching tribute to Dave yesterday from his show on Tuesday night. And he didn't do a new show yesterday, out of respect for Dave. Those are genuine tears too....  
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Dancing with Rumer
In case you missed it, Rumer Willis - daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore - was crowned the winner on this season's Dancing with the Stars. She and her partner Val Chmerkovskiy danced to Rumer's own song, "Toxic." So she dances, and she sings. And does both pretty well. Check out her winning performance.  
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Gwen Stefani Star Struck
Gwen Stefani's worked with some of the biggest names in the entertainment world. But when she visited Sesame Street recently, she got all weak in the knees when she met Elmo. She told US Weekly it was sort of an "out-of-body experience" for her. "Never in my life could I imagine I'd be standing here with Elmo!" She also told the magazine that Elmo's a lot easier to work with than her co-star on The Voice, Blake Shelton. Check out the video.  
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Holy Prom Outfit, Batman!
Jaden Smith, son of Will Smith, went to his high school prom over the weekend, dressed formally. And by formal, I mean he was wearing a completely white Batman outfit. Because that's what most high school boys wore to their proms this year, right? Some people are saying he's just a teenager having fun. Me, I'm thinking he should check his belfry. And also let Alfred know he's using too much bleach in the wash. (At least he threw a shirt, tie and jacket on for this picture. But you can still see the rest of his superhero outfit.)     prom A photo posted by Mecca “Crystal Mec” Kalani 🌞 (@meccandcheese) on May 16, 2015 at 10:26pm PDT
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No Better "Better Man"
The stars are coming out in force to help David Letterman say farewell. And each and every one of them is leaving everything they've got on that stage at the Ed Sullivan Theater. Like Eddie Vedder, who performed "Better Man" with Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra the other night. These will go down in TV history as some of the finest late night moments. Letterman's final show airs tonight. Will you be watching?  
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The Kissing Nun
Mother Delores is a 76-year-old Benedictine nun living in a convent in Connecticut. But before she got herself to the nunnery, she had a different career. In Hollywood. As an actress. Between 1957 and 1963, she appeared in 10 movies - two of them opposite Elvis Presley. She even has the distinction of sharing Elvis' first on-screen kiss. And the telling of that story has helped raise over $3 million to help keep her convent open. She wrote an autobiography, goes on speaking engagements and made a documentary called God is the Bigger Elvis that was nominated for an Oscar a couple of years ago. Check out the trailer for Loving You, the movie where she kissed Elvis...  
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Here's the Beef
This is one of those stories you can't make up. Police in Northumbria, England, shot a cow that had escaped from a nearby farm. Shot it dead, because it was distressed and posed a danger to humans and local traffic. It was one of three wandering cows. The other two were contained. And now, people are holding vigils for the cow, and have created a Facebook page for it as well. Click on the link with the post below, and read the accounts. They're quite serious, but they read like a comedy routine. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); Why did police have to shoot a cow dead in Tyne and Wear? Hundreds of people will attend a vigil in the cow’s honour.... Posted by BBC Radio 2 on Tuesday, May 19, 2015
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