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New I-Phone App
Here's a new iPhone app for ladies who are sick of catcalls and leering colleagues. "Not Your Baby" provides awesome one-liners to tackle a range of compromising situations. Users are instructed to enter information about their scenario, including the setting and the identity of their harasser, then receive lines that are generated based on submissions from other users. I'm not your baby! The iPhone app that gives women the perfect withering one-liners to answer embarrassing catcalls | Mail Online
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Confessions of a Single Woman
What would you add to our list...

1. Sometimes I don't shave my legs during the winter months
2. I hate going to wedding showers
3. I don't want to be set up with any of your friends
4. I actually enjoy my freedom
 
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Coupon Clipper
We're happy when we extract a discount, refund or other concession from a store. We're even happier when we lie to get it. Why? Because it takes more work, according to new research. Why customers get satisfaction out of deceiving retailers - Bottom Line
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What's for Dinner?

There’s a reason Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is on TLC and not The Food Network.  On a recent episode, Mama June grossed out viewers when she whipped up one of her signature dishes- “sketti,” or spaghetti noodles topped with a sauce made with microwaved ketchup and butter.  June prides herself on feeding her family of six on a thrifty $80 a week, and with meals like “sketti,” we can see how she does it!  The episode inspired mixed reactions across the internet, with some people wrinkling their noses at the dish and others admitting they, too, grew up eating noodles with ketchup.  In fact, some people still eat it!  Unsurprisingly, it’s popular among college kids- after all, it’s cheap, easy to make after a few too many beers, and you have to be drunk to stomach it.

What do you think of “sketti?”  Have you ever eaten noodles with ketchup and butter?  Does your mom have any slightly strange signature dishes?  Do you like them, or do you secretly think they’re gross?  What’s your go-to meal after you’ve had a too much to drink?

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Your Facebook Photo
A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND COMMENTS

Looks may not be everything, but they’re pretty important on Facebook.  It’s no secret that the first place most of us look when we visit someone’s Facebook profile is their photo.  A new study found that we actually judge people’s attractiveness based on the comments on their profile pics left by other users.  Experts say that when measuring someone up, we rely on other people’s opinions to help form our judgments.  The study also found that people tend to prefer profile photos that feature people in action over simple head shots.

Do you judge people’s attractiveness based on other people’s opinions/judgments?  Why or why not?  Do your friends’ comments influence your choice of Facebook profile picture?  What kind of profile pictures do you prefer?

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Parent Regrets
WOULDA, SHOULDA, COULDA

There are moments- the terrible twos and the rebellious teenage years, for example- when some parents may regret ever having kids at all. But according to a survey, the number-one regret parents have is spending too much time at work during their kids’ early years. Rounding out the five most common parenting regrets are worrying too much about the little things, not playing with their kids more, not going on more vacations and not taking enough photos.  More than 60% of parents wished they’d done more activities with their children, and almost 20% worry their kids’ lives were affected by something they did or didn’t do.  Two thirds of parents said they would do things differently if they had the chance, and six out of ten parents with multiple children said they actually did change their ways the second time around.

What’s your biggest parenting regret?  Did you raise your second child differently from your first?  In what way?  Is there anything you wish your parents did differently when raising you?

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Annoying Words
JUST SO YOU KNOW

These are literally some of the most annoying words in the English language!  You’re probably guilty of using so-called “crutch words,” a.k.a. over- and often misused terms people say to appear smarter, add emphasis or simply fill space in conversation.  Some of the most common and cringe-inducing crutch words and phrases include: Obviously, irregardless, I’m not gonna lie, per se, personally, quite frankly, totally, fascinating, with all due respect and the thing is.

What’s the most annoying crutch word/phrase?  Which one(s) do you often find yourself saying?

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Disney Drinks
CH-EARS

The Happiest Place on Earth just got a little happier!  Disney announced that they are going to start serving alcohol inside the Magic Kingdom.  Beer and wine will be added to the menu at the French-inspired Be Our Guest restaurant in Fantasyland.  Disney’s resorts and other theme parks (like Epcot) already serve booze, but until now Magic Kingdom has always been dry.  While some folks are upset about the development, it’s likely to be a welcome change for the many adults who accompany their kids to the park every day.  Wouldn’t you need a stiff drink after a day at Disney?

Do you think alcohol should be served at Disney parks?  Why or why not?  Have you ever been to a Disney theme park?  Which one?  Do you like Disney theme parks?  Do you think alcohol would enhance the experience?

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A Birthday Surprise!
Check out what my Grandma gave me for my birthday! A New Kids On The Block T-Shirt and it still has tags on it.

She bought it for me when I was 12, but found out from my Mom I was over them and she decided not to give it to me. She came across the shirt while cleaning her house the other day and gave it to me now for my 31st birthday!
So sweet :)
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Simply Amazing!
Have you ever seen a sunset that made you stop dead in your tracks because it was so gorgeous?

These pictures don't due it justice, but after yesterday's rain, this was how the sun looked when I was leaving BayShore.
 
Definitely put a smile on my face and reminded me just how magnificent nature really can be when you stop and take notice.
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What does your drink say about you?
When you go out to a bar what drink do you order? Here's a new list of what that drinks says about you and what celebrity you are most like:

VODKA AND SODA – I’M TRYING TO GET DRUNK…PRINCE HARRY
VODKA CRANBERRY – I’M JUST A GIRL HANGING OUT…JENNIFER ANISTON
TEQUILA SHOTS – PLEASE VALIDATE MY COOLNESS…KANYE WEST
REGULAR BEER – I’M HERE TO HAVE A GOOD TIME…RYAN GOSSLING
FANCY BEER – I’VE MATURED SINCE COLLEGE…JOHN MAYER
FANCY COCKTAIL – I WANT YOU TO THINK I’M INTERESTING…KIM KARDASHIAN
BLOODY MARY – I’M HUNGOVER…LINDSAY LOHAN
GIN & TONIC – I’M BORING…TOM CRUISE
SCOTCH – LOOK HOW SOPHISTICATED AND MYSTERIOUS I THINK I AM…GEORGE CLOONEY
WINE – CLASSY AND I’M NOT HERE TO GET WASTED….OPRAH
MARGARITA – I DON’T LIKE THE TASTE OF ALCHOLOL BUT I WANT TO DRINK – TAYLOR SWIFT
(Photo - from Kidd O'Shea's cell phone during one of his fun days out)
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Phillip Phillips LIVE!
"American Idol" winner Phillip Phillips was in Milwaukee yesterday for the Idols Live Tour at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. I was able to sit down with Phillip and chat with him before the show.

I can tell you that is is the sweetest guy I've meet to date from the "American Idol" TV show.
 
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Reality TV Drama!
I can't believe what I saw last night! I know "The Bachelor Pad" is considered trashy TV by reality show haters, but it's my guilty pleasure!

If you had a choice what would you choose $250,000 or love? That's basically what the show comes down to in the end. And the finalists, Rachel and Nick were faced with that dilemma last night.

She wanted love, but her boytoy around the mansion Michael dumped her. So maybe she'd win the money. Nope.
Nick chose to "keep" all of the money and Rachel walked away with nothing. DRAMA!!! My jaw dropped. And Nick just laughed in her face. A guy like that might have money, but good luck getting love if you treat a friend that way and laugh in her face and kick her when she's down.

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Uh, oh...it's coming!
Fall is on it's way and so is Halloween!!

I was driving on the freeway yesterday and there it was in front of the Wisconsin State Fair grounds - the big, orange pumpkin.

It seems like the holidays get pushed up even earlier every year!
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I WANT this!
Wouldn't you love a dog washing station in your house?

I was touring this year's MBA Parade of Homes and one of the houses had this in their mud room off of the garage...isn't it cute!

With 2 big dogs, I feel like this would be a must in our next house! I LOVE it!
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Great visit from Mom-Mom!
My Mother-In-Law's been in town for the last 10 days, visiting from Phoenix. There are 2 reasons that Mom-Mom came to visit: to see her Grandchildren and …to see her grandchildren! Seriously! That's perfectly fine, we KNOW she loves us too! Wait, make that 3 reasons…our house is spotless now too…THANKS MOM! I think we've shown Mom a great time during her visit. Sarah and the kids took her to the Milwaukee County Zoo, then a pool day at Cool Waters and the last thing we did was Festa Italiana! THAT was her favorite! Festa Italiana was AMAZING! We went on Friday night and HOLY RICEBALLS! And lasagna sticks! And zucchini sticks! And eggplant sticks! And calamari! And CHOCOLATE CANNOLIS! SOOOO many great foods to eat, music to hear, things and people to see…was a great experience! Can't wait for next year! As always, THANK YOU for reading and for listening to 99.1 The Mix! Hope you have a GREAT week! -Mark Summers
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4th Of July Weekend 2014...AWESOME!
4th Of July Weekend 2014 was one for the ages! LOVED having my daughter and our adopted son Cameron (not really, but kinda) here for the fun! Here's how it went down: Friday: First Summerfest experience for the family and I and it didn't disappoint! Food, FUN, laughs, music and just a great time enjoying a MILWAUKEE SUMMER DAY…it FINALLY showed up! Saturday: Used bumpers and STILL got beat by a 3-year old, two 14-year olds, a 15-year old and my wife Sarah. I'm NOT GOOD at bowling! Sunday: Spent the day in Lake Geneva and ya' know…NO BIG DEAL… just drove a speedboat for the FIRST TIME EVER! WHAT A RUSH! Can't wait to do it again! Kids jumped off the boat and swam around for a bit and we just relaxed for a couple of hours…was PEACEFUL & AMAZING! I hope you and yours had a GREAT holiday weekend as well! As always, thanks so much for reading and THANK YOU for listening to 99.1 The Mix! Have a great week! -Mark Summers
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4th Of July Weekend 2014...AWESOME!
4th Of July Weekend 2014 was one for the ages! LOVED having my daughter Alyssa and our adopted son Cameron (not really, but kinda) here for the fun! Here's how it went down: Friday: First Summerfest experience for the family and I and it didn't disappoint! Food, FUN, laughs, music and just a great time enjoying a MILWAUKEE SUMMER DAY…it FINALLY showed up! Saturday: Used bumpers and STILL got beat by a 3-year old, two 14-year olds, a 15-year old and my wife Sarah. I'm NOT GOOD at bowling! Sunday: Spent the day in Lake Geneva and ya' know…NO BIG DEAL… just drove a speedboat for the FIRST TIME EVER! WHAT A RUSH! Can't wait to do it again! Kids jumped off the boat and swam around for a bit and we just relaxed for a couple of hours…was PEACEFUL & AMAZING! I hope you and yours had a GREAT holiday weekend as well! As always, thanks so much for reading and THANK YOU for listening to 99.1 The Mix! Have a great week! -Mark Summers
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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. For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com
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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. For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com
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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. For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com
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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 For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com
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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. For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com
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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 For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com
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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. For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com
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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. For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com
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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. For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com
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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. For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com
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WHAT A WEEKEND!
If I had to pick JUST ONE WORD to describe this past weekend, it'd be: AMAZACRAZYAWESOME! (I totally just made that word up) Spent the weekend with the family at Key Lime Cove and WE HAD A BLAST! Alyssa, Anthony, Ben and Cameron had the time of their lives on the water slides! Sarah and I LITERALLY DID NOTHING on the lazy river, which I think is the idea when you're on that LOL. Embarassing moment alert: I fell asleep on my tube and some random kid cruisin' down the river decided he'd flip me over (that's HARD to do)...that was a fun way to wake up! It really was a GREAT family getaway…FUN & RELAXING! Highly recommend! As always, thank you for reading and thank you for listening to The Mix! -Mark Summers
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LIFE.IS.GOOD.
WHEW!  Now that the U.S./Germany game is over and the U.S. backed into the KNOCKOUT ROUND of the World Cup, I can write about how AWESOME the last few days have been and HOW MUCH FUN the next 2 weeks are gonna be!   On Tuesday, my daughter Alyssa came to visit for 2 weeks from NJ!  Yesterday, Neon Trees came by before their SUMMERFEST performance…then Jonathan Jackson from the hit show “Nashville” came to the radio station and did his thing for us.  Last night, we sat around the dinner table and played Apples To Apples.  FUN GAME!   This weekend, my son Anthony has a baseball tourney in Crystal Lake, IL and his games are on Saturday & Sunday.  Soooo, what are we gonna do IN BETWEEN?  Glad you asked!   Key Lime Cove for the ENTIRE WEEKEND and just a GREAT TIME as a FAMILY, TOGETHER!  Sorry, CAPS LOCK is broken LOL (not really)   What MORE could I ask for?  That’s right, not much.  I already have what I need…including YOU!  Thanks as always for listening,  thanks for reading this and most importantly, thanks for allowing me to be a part of your daily life!  Means SO much to me!   Have a GREAT WEEKEND! -Mark Summers
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