6:15—The Sound of Music is coming on tonight with Carrie Underwood doing the lead role. The best part is that it will be broadcast LIVE!!!! So there are a couple of things. I think it's great for her to take on a role that shows that shes' versatile.
Also in the Herald Mail this morning, there's a guy from Hagerstown that will be part of the group of performers involved in the production tonight. Neat.
Finally, since this is sort of a remake, I talked about bad remakes that should have never been made. Like Jaws II, Anything Police Academy after the first two installments, Same goes for Rocky...and another 30 or so are on this list. I agree! Click here to see the full list!
6:45 Gave away tickets to see Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. in Berkeley Springs next Wednesday at the Star Theatre. I'll have more tickets and his new CD "Christmas Made for Two"
A new study confirms what most women already know-selective hearing is a real thing, and men do indeed suffer from it. What may come as a shock is that women do too! In the study, researchers made a list of words thought to be more relevant to men (like 'beer' and 'football') and women (like 'shopping' and 'chocolate'). When they read the list out loud to 80 participants, men correctly recalled more "male" words than "female" words, while the opposite was true for women. No wonder your husband always forgets to fold the laundry but remembers poker night.
7:15 I chatted with Becky Linton From Christmas Cash for Kids. She told us where we are in the campaign and talked about some of the exciting giving opportunities like the children's day at Living Room Church this Sunday. Today, I'll be at the Shepherdstown Rd ROCS from 11am-1pm. Danielle will be at the Kelly Island Road ROCS from 3pm-5pm. Stop by to make a donation and help the kids!
6:45- Did you get your Black Friday Shop-a-thon on? If so, you weren't alone (duh) and you did your part to boost the economy-
Holiday Weekend shopping a success.
Looks like a lot of us worked off our Thanksgiving dinners by doing laps around the mall. Forty-five million people wentshopping last Thursday, an increase of nearly 30% over last year. But even the best Thanksgiving Day deals couldn't beat Black Friday, which saw 92 million Americans hitting the stores. Overall, more than 140 million people were expected to seek out deals during the holiday weekend, up from 139 million in 2012. Many waited until yesterday to start crossing off their holiday lists. A projected 131 million took advantage ofCyber Mondaydeals from various online retailers. But despite the countless sales and promotions, experts say spending during the holiday weekend actually declined around 3% this year, possibly because many sales started as early as last Monday.
7:15 New Poll-- What is it that kids are doing on their cell phones? THIS!
If you guessed texting, you'd be right. A poll asked U.S. internet users between the ages of 13 and 17 about themobile activities they engaged in during the last month, and texting came out on top at 87%. The second most popular activity was playing mobile or online games, which 82% of teens have done in the last 30 days. Other popular digital activities include…
8:15 I'm not a big fan of that song "The Christmas Shoes". If you've never heard it, here's the video for it below. As you can see, it's totally designed to have you crying your eyes out like a baby. I'd rather not thanks! I understand that it makes me sound like a heartless Grinch but that's me, I'm not into being made to cry. So when I saw this humorous blog post about how to avoid the song, I had to laugh and post it. Check it out. Judging from the responses on Facebook, others feel the same way and that is AWESOME! I feel so validated. Here's the blog: http://stuffchristianslike.net/2013/12/02/5-best-ways-survive-christmas-shoes/
It's good to be back to the old grind huh? Well, I know I enjoyed my Thanksgiving holiday. Hope you did too.
6:15- We all know it's holiday season and people tend to overdo it and gain weight. Enter Bahar Takhtehchian, Editor-At-Large, at Shape magazine. We chatted this morning about weight loss tips and decoding myths this holiday season. Here's the interview:
Today is Cyber Monday...do you get lots of your presents online? You might want to...
6:15-Bahar Takhtehchian, Editor-at-large, at Shape magazine called and we discussed Decoding diet trends and increasing healthy habits during the holiday season. Great stuff
7:15 Cyber Monday Tips and tricks. So many tips...so little time!
Stick to shopping on trustworthy websites. Tempting deals from obscure websites might be a scam in disguise.
Use a credit card. Under federal law, charges may be disputed if an item is not received.
Confirm your online purchase is secure. On pages where you will enter a password, credit card or other personal information, look for the "s" in "https://" and in the lower-right corner for the "lock" symbol.
Understand the return policy.
Know your rights. Federal law requires that orders made by mail, phone or online be shipped by the date promised or, if no delivery time was stated, within 30 days.
Check your credit statement frequently. By the time the bill comes in the following month, a thief may have burned through your limit.
Beware of phishing (soliciting personal information through electronic communication). Legitimate businesses do not send emails claiming problems with an order or an account to lure a buyer into revealing financial information.
Protect your computer. Make sure your computer has the most recent updates for spam filters, anti-virus and anti-spyware software, and a secure firewall.
Anyone with questions or concerns about holiday scams can contact the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-800-441-2555, or to file a complaint online.
Here's another Cyber Monday bunch of tips...Some shoppers opt to forgo Black Friday shopping and do Cyber Monday online shopping instead. Others prefer to avoid online shopping altogether.
Whatever you choose to do this week, make sure you're informed.
Here are several things to keep in mind before clicking the "buy" button for a bargain. The holidays are big business for retailers and for thieves.
READ THE FINE PRINT – It's important to read the terms of service so that you don't get hit with extra fees or charged for subscriptions you signed up for inadvertently.
BE VERY CAREFUL OF PUBLIC WIFI – Make sure the internet connection is secure. You want to avoid getting hacked which can lead to identity theft.
USE APPS – It is a quick way to find sales and promotion codes for your favorites stores. One app called Slice will let you know when prices drop by sending you an alert. You can also track shipping with this app.
KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR FREE SHIPPING – This goes without saying. If you've got a great deal, you don't want shipping fees to make the purchase equivalent to buying it in the store. Retailmenot.com has free shipping codes.
TRY BEFORE YOU BUY – Inspect the item you want to buy (in the store) before you buy it online. It may help you avoid buyer's remorse.
After you make an online transaction, check and double check your billing statements to make sure you were charged the correct amount.
8:15 My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard...$500 milkshake? C'mon man!
A MILKSHAKE WITH BLING THAT COSTS $500 _ In Hollywood, a chic new cocktail bar called The Powder Room is advertising its $500 milkshake. Although the recipe has yet to be refined, this milkshake will contain edible gold leaf, "the finest" Belgian chocolates, and a $190 Swarovski Nirvana Mountain Ring mixed in with an assortment of liquors. The ring can be taken home after consuming the drink, and is perfect for "a bachelorette party or a special occasion."