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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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We're FOOTBALL parents now!
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
Don't let blossom drop and fruit rot reduce this season's harvest. A few adjustments in your garden care can help reduce the risk. Many vegetables will drop their blossoms when temperatures and soil moisture fluctuate. Extreme heat and cold nights can cause peppers to drop their blossoms and tomatoes to stop producing. Use floating row covers to keep things warm on cool nights or during heat waves wait for cooler temperatures for the fruit to form. Be sure to water thoroughly to encourage deep drought-tolerant roots. Mulch with shredded leaves, evergreen needles or other organic matter to keeps roots cool and evenly moist. Even soil moisture also insures the uptake of critical nutrients. A lack of calcium can cause blossom end rot on tomatoes and other fruit. Adjust your watering and mulching before reaching for the fertilizer. A bit more information: Products like Blossom Set will help with tomatoes, but not peppers. The fruit will be smaller, but at least you'll have some. This will not work with peppers since they drop their blossoms during extremely hot or cold temperatures. A few diseases can also cause fruit rot. Remove the squash blossoms as they wilt to reduce the risk of damage caused by these diseases. And be sure to mulch the soil to reduce the risk of soil born diseases from infecting blossoms and developing fruit. Melon and Squash Cradles from Gardener's Supply Company help elevate your fruit off the soil further reducing disease problems. For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com
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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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Cutest Sibling Video EVER!
I can't even handle how cute this video is!!
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