by Kidd & Elizabeth in the Morning,posted Aug 8 2011 5:55AM
If you think having kids will just drain all your energy AND your bank account, here's a list from AskMen.com of the top five hidden benefits of children.
Â #1.)Â They Might Actually LOWER Your Blood Pressure.Â Stress makes your blood pressure go up, so you'd think it would be the opposite.
Â --But researchers at Brigham Young University hooked up monitors to 200 married men and women for 24 hours straight.Â And the people with kids had significantly lower blood pressure.
--The researchers think it's because having kids gives people a greater sense of purpose, and the healthy effects of THAT sort of cancel out the negative effects of stress.
Â #2.)Â Kids Help You Save Money on Your Taxes.Â According to a recent study, the average family can save $3,500 a year by claiming child tax credits, education credits, and child-care credits.
Â --Just keep this in mind:Â The projected cost of raising a child from birth to age 18 is just under $200,000 . . . not including college.Â So having kids probably isn't the EASIEST way to get rich.
Â #3.)Â Kids Get You Better Parking Spots.Â More and more stores adding designated spots for families and pregnant women.
Â --And having a kid in the back seat also makes it legal to drive in the carpool lane.Â Yes, even a baby counts as a second person.
Â #4.)Â Kids Give You a Convenient Excuse.Â Single people always complain that their married friends never go out after they have kids.Â And it's true that kids take up a lot of time.
Â --But sometimes parents just use their kids as an excuse because they don't WANT to go out.Â And if they tell you they're staying in because their kid is sick, there's not much you can say.
Â #5.)Â Kids Make You Happier in General.Â Obviously, the rule doesn't apply for EVERYONE, but researchers studied 200,000 parents in 86 countries between 1981 and 2005.
Â --And they found that once people reached the age of 40, they were much more content if they had between one and three children.Â But more than three kids had a negative effect on happiness.
Â --However, once they were over 50 . . . and most of their kids were grown . . . people with ANY number of kids were happier than people who had no kids at all.
Photo credit paparutzi via Flickr
by Kidd & Elizabeth in the Morning,posted Apr 14 2011 4:30AM
Are you, or do you know a deserving Wisconsin family that could benefit from a new house from "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition?"
WISN-12 announcedÂ that producers from the hit TV show are looking forÂ a family in southeastern Wisconsin whose home deserves an Extreme Makeover.
The deadline for submitting nominations is Sunday,Â April 25th.Â
According to the press release, to be eligible, a family must own a single family home and be able to show producers how a makeover will make a huge difference in their lives.Â
Interested families should e-mail a short description of their family story to: Castingwisconsin@gmail.com.
Nominations can be submitted by the family or a member of their community. For more information on how to apply, visitors can go to the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition website at: http://abc.go.com/primetime/xtremehome/index?pn=apply.
by Kidd & Elizabeth in the Morning,posted Nov 16 2010 4:21AM
A new online survey found that over 30% of women lie about their cooking - meaning they really didn't MAKE it, they BOUGHT it.
Have you ever known someone to lie about their cooking? Do you think it matters or does it only matter if the stuff tastes good.
by Kidd & Elizabeth in the Morning,posted Jul 15 2010 5:29AM
A mom has added a page to her website in hopes of finding a date for her 31-year-old single son.Â He loves the idea and now other moms can use the website to help their kids find love.
Is this going too far?
Click here to check it out.
by Kidd & Elizabeth in the Morning,posted Jul 14 2010 5:50AM
This poor bride didn't need to worry about getting cold feet; her problem was that she got all wet! The best man tripped and toppled the beaming bride into a pool.
Has something like this ever happened to you?
by Kidd & Elizabeth in the Morning,posted Jun 25 2010 3:32AM
Check out these new limited edition Huggies Â® Jeans Diaper.
Could this be a skit on a future episode of SNL?
Huggies Â® is calling this "the coolest you'll look pooping in your pants."
Would you put your baby in these diapers?Â For more information, click here.
They Got To Me...
The two guys from A Great Big World stopped by the Mix studios to sing their hit, "Say Something" and it happened...I cried.
If you have not listened to the song yet...well...I suggest you do, but don't cry :( These guys are very nice and I wish them nothing but success!
I recently spent some time a La Reve...want to see what I enjoyed?
#yum #alist #wisn
A-List: Best French Cuisine
12 News Contributor Kidd O'Shea stops by La Reve, 2012 A-List winner for the
Which One Is Your Favorite?
I am getting a custom made suit from Richard Bennett at Mayfair and I need your help. Which one do you like best? Did you know that Richard Bennett makes tailor made suits? This means you will looking amazing this holiday season because you are wearing something that is made just for you. You will feel great knowing you look great and that is when you play great! Visit them today inside Mayfair and let them know I sent you.
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Create a Pest Management Calendar
Is your mailbox filling with next year's calendars? Put them to use managing pests in the garden.
No, I'm not talking about smashing insects with the rolled up calendar. Instead, use them to develop a pest-monitoring calendar for next year.
Take a few minutes to review this year's garden journal. Look for notes on any pest problems you encountered. Make a note to watch for these pests in next year's calendar. This helps with early detection; a key to successful control.
Consider adding notes about the weather and control measures you tried that were effective. Try using preventative eco-friendly measures like barriers and traps to prevent problems. Covering your cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower before the cabbageworm moths are active allows you to prevent damage.
Setting out shallow cans of stale beer will help you minimize feeding damage by slugs and snails during wet weather.
A bit more information: No garden journal? This is a good opportunity to create one that includes your growing successes, failures as well as pest problems. Use a spiral notebook, three-ring binder or computer calendar or spreadsheet. Just make it easy and fun. That way you are sure to keep recording, referencing and putting your gardening experiences to work.
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