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by Builder posted Nov 27 2014 8:14AM
You hear Chris, John and Jane talk abouth them every year...and now you can have John's balls on your Thanksgiving table!

John's Dressing Balls Recipe:

2 loaves any bread, torn into small pieces
1 cup butter or 1 cup margarine, melted
1 large onion, chopped
2 1/2 stalks celery, finely chopped (optional)
2 cups of chicken broth
1 large egg
Ground Sage
Poultry Seasoning
Parsley flakes

Preheat oven to 350°.

Tear bread into small pieces and place in large bowl.

Sauté onions and celery in butter or margarine tender.... Pour over bread and toss with hands to mix.

Start adding in seasonings....start with tsp of salt, tsp of sage, tbsp of poultry seasoning, tsp or more of parsley and shake in pepper generously. Mix all well by hand...then taste. If it needs more seasoning, keep adding. You can add any seasoning you like in stuffing.

Put egg and chicken broth in another bowl and whisk together...then add enough of the egg/broth mixture to the bread mixture to allow it to be moist enough to form into balls.

Form into 2" balls and put in a baking dish.

Bake uncovered for about 45 minutes or until golden brown.

Enjoy John's Balls!
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by Ian posted Nov 26 2014 7:43PM
Chinese driver Van Hu recently set a Guiness World Record for the "Tighest Parallel Park". There was just 3.15 INCHES between his car and the other two! What's more spactacular is HOW he does it- watch!


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by Megan Z posted Nov 26 2014 12:18PM

What a heart warming story about a gentleman who just wanted to not be alone for Thanksgiving and the couple that are making sure that doesn't happen. Warning you might want kleenexes for this one.Image title

Homeless Man's Posting Nets Thanksgiving Dinner with Family

by Builder posted Nov 26 2014 7:27AM

A professor at Cornell University monitored one family's early Thanksgiving dinner to figure out how many calories they were taking in. And while it's just a sample size of one family, it SEEMS pretty universal.

1. The average person ate around 2,000 calories worth of food just at dinner. And that doesn't even include drinks or appetizers.

2. Some people ate almost DOUBLE that. The best way to eat close to 4,000 calories is to dive in for seconds on the least-healthy side dishes . . . like stuffing, macaroni and cheese, or sweet potato casserole . . . or dessert.

3. People added at least a few hundred calories before dinner even started by eating appetizers, rolls, or picking little pieces off the turkey.

4. At a 10-person Thanksgiving, it's realistic to assume you'll eat a combined 25,000 calories together.

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by Ian posted Nov 25 2014 7:31PM
TGI Friday's is getting people into the holiday spirit... By attaching drones to mistletoe! It's all part of a crazy new marketing campaign called #Togerthermas and the drones even have "Kiss Cams" attached to them! Check it out below!

by Builder posted Nov 25 2014 1:54PM
Here are some great gift ideas for the country music lover in your life....Some of your favorite artists offer some great products! You can get Faith Hill perfume, Eric Church shot glasses, a Dierks Bentley beach towel, a Blake Shelton custom cooler and more!

Check out more gifts here.....
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by Megan Z posted Nov 25 2014 9:31AM

There's extravagant and then there's this...the most expensive Thanksgiving Dinner probably ever. If a person can afford it they're in for more than just a Turkey dinner however, read on to see what is all included in this $35,000 meal!

New York City Restaurant Serves Up $35,000 Thanksgiving

by Builder posted Nov 24 2014 1:45PM

Blow out the scented candle and ditch the aerosol spray can. Now there's a deodorising toilet seat that claims to eliminate embarrassing bathroom odors.

The 'Purefresh' seat has a hidden fan that sucks in air and pushes it through an odor-eating carbon filter, before adding a more pleasant scent.


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by Megan Z posted Nov 24 2014 1:23PM

You really can cook pretty much anything in the Microwave, including your Thanksgiving Dinner. I'm not talking a microwave TV dinner but the actual meal...follow this with how to do just that!

How to Cook Thanksgiving Dinner in Your Microwave

by Megan Z posted Nov 24 2014 8:40AM

If you're a football fan, you have heard and hopefully already seen Odell Beckham and the crazy incredible catch he made last night against the Dallas Cowboys. If not check it out and if you did, watch it again, why wouldn't you?!

Odell Beckham Jr. hauls in spectacular one-handed TD catch

by Builder posted Nov 24 2014 7:13AM

2014's Best & Worst Retailers for Black Friday Deals

by Richie Bernardo
From: Wallet Hub & blackfriday.com

WH Best Worst Retailers for Black Friday Deals BadgeFollowing a hearty Thanksgiving feast, armies of turkey-stuffed consumers will descend on America's stores into the wee hours of the night to conquer one mission: save bigtime. It's one of our country's most sacred holiday traditions. If you're familiar with the custom and need a reason to be grateful this year, you can appreciate us for finding the retailers with the best — and worst — Black Friday deals.

And who could blame consumers for their Black Friday enthusiasm? After all, a U.S. economy on the mend appears to be boosting consumers' confidence and beefing up their wallets. This holiday season, including November and December, the National Retail Federation estimates that total retail sales will reach $616.9 billion, an increase of 4.1 percent from nearly $592.7 billion in 2013.

As a further expression of their gratitude, more consumers are planning to shop on Black Friday in 2014 than in years past. Two-thirds plan to do so, according to Accenture's latest Holiday Shopping Survey, compared with 55 percent in 2013 and 44 percent in 2007. But the Black Friday tradition is evolving as more and more online shoppers ditch department stores and shopping centers. That could mean fewer consumers getting trampled on or losing their children in stores — one more reason to give thanks.

To help consumers maximize their savings this Thanksgiving holiday, WalletHub surveyed 5,525 deals from the 2014 Black Friday ad scans of 22 of the biggest U.S. retailers. We included the average markdown of those 5,525 items, which are categorized into their appropriate categories for easy digestion. You can check out the results and our detailed methodology below. As a bonus, you can find additional shopping wisdom from several experts we consulted for this report.

Main Findings


Average % Discount by Retailer

JCPenney 65.44%
Macy's 53.52%
Rite Aid 53.34%
Meijer 50.85%
Sears 50.19%
Walgreens 46.74%
Office Depot and OfficeMax 43.89%
Ace Hardware 41.01%
Kohl's 39.89%
Staples 38.56%
hhgregg 38.26%
RadioShack 36.49%
Kmart 35.91%
Target 35.61%
AAFES 34.84%
CVS Pharmacy 34.32%
Dell 32.41%
Wal-Mart 32.16%
Best Buy 32.08%
Amazon 26.10%
Big Lots 25.24%
Costco 21.14%
All retailers 39.45%

Best & Worst Retailers for Black Friday Final v7

Detailed Findings

Average % Discount by Major Category for Main Retailers


Apparel & Accessories

Computers & Phones

Consumer Electronics

Consumer Packaged Goods



AAFES 52.72% 24.55% 36.97% 39.12% 34.95% 33.13%
Ace Hardware N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Amazon 33.45% N/A 28.72% N/A 20.58% N/A
Best Buy 27.44% 28.37% 30.58% N/A N/A 33.77%
Big Lots N/A 20.18% N/A N/A N/A 46.87%
Costco 19.29% 19.11% 27.16% N/A N/A 18.38%
CVS Pharmacy N/A N/A N/A 44.99% 35.10% N/A
Dell N/A 28.63% 41.97% N/A N/A N/A
hhgregg N/A 29.74% 42.18% N/A N/A 35.58%
Kmart 41.42% 29.86% 25.66% N/A 21.41% 30.18%
JCPenney 62.62% N/A N/A N/A 31.13% 49.79%
Kohl's 58.28% 32.41% 43.06% N/A 48.18% 40.58%
Macy's 62.34% N/A 65.29% 59.47% N/A 48.62%
Meijer 54.68% N/A 39.56% N/A 33.43% 25.16%
Office Depot and OfficeMax N/A 40.63% 43.23% N/A N/A N/A
RadioShack N/A 34.67% 44.23% N/A N/A N/A
Rite Aid N/A N/A N/A 53.32% N/A N/A
Sears 69.02% 30.14% 39.71% 39.42% N/A 40.22%
Staples N/A 35.30% 45.26% N/A N/A N/A
Target 57.51% 25.31% 34.57% N/A 33.87% 34.62%
Walgreens N/A N/A 30.56% 51.12% N/A N/A
Wal-Mart 41.41% 34.07% 29.81% N/A 24.48% 32.44%
All retailers 48.35% 29.50% 38.15% 47.91% 31.46% 36.10%




Books, Movies & Music

Video Games (Software Only)

All Other Product Categories

AAFES N/A 33.61% N/A N/A 49.73%
Ace Hardware 43.12% N/A N/A N/A 40.52%
Amazon N/A N/A 29.34% N/A 36.00%
Best Buy N/A N/A 53.74% 46.55% 36.94%
Big Lots 23.84% N/A N/A N/A 23.88%
Costco N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
CVS Pharmacy N/A N/A N/A N/A 29.96%
Dell N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
hhgregg 44.53% N/A N/A N/A N/A
Kmart 33.98% 78.75% 54.28% 31.67% 37.98%
JCPenney N/A 66.40% N/A N/A 68.68%
Kohl's 59.60% 24.89% N/A N/A 67.25%
Macy's 37.43% 65.94% N/A N/A 63.22%
Meijer 48.34% 78.67% N/A N/A 40.69%
Office Depot and OfficeMax 53.85% N/A N/A N/A N/A
RadioShack N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Rite Aid N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Sears 57.65% N/A N/A N/A 45.91%
Staples 55.37% N/A N/A N/A 64.69%
Target N/A N/A 60.74% 40.77% 42.22%
Walgreens N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Wal-Mart N/A N/A 62.49% 34.32% 34.65%
All retailers 45.77% 58.04% 52.12% 38.33% 45.49%


In order to identify the retailers with the most and least money-saving bargains this Thanksgiving holiday, WalletHub surveyed 5,525 deals from the 2014 Black Friday ad scans of 22 of the biggest U.S. retailers and calculated the average discount that each retailer will be offering on Black Friday. The average discount was weighted based on the pre-discounted price of the item in order to give more credit to the retailers that are discounting higher-ticket items. Our sample excludes deals that did not have calculable percentage markdowns.

Afterward, we organized the deals into 11 product categories such as "Apparel & Accessories," "Consumer Electronics" and "Video Games." When calculating the category averages, we took into account only the retailers that had at least five discounted items in that particular category.

For this report, we examined the following 22 retailers:

  1. AAFES
  2. Ace Hardware
  3. Amazon
  4. Best Buy
  5. Big Lots
  6. Costco
  7. CVS Pharmacy
  8. Dell
  9. hhgregg
  10. Kmart
  11. JCPenney
  1. Kohl's
  2. Macy's
  3. Meijer
  4. Office Depot and OfficeMax
  5. RadioShack
  6. Rite Aid
  7. Sears
  8. Staples
  9. Target
  10. Walgreens
  11. Wal-Mart

Please note that the following retailers did not respond to our requests for data despite our assurance that we would not disclose the names of their specific discounted items:

  1. Apple
  2. Home Depot
  3. IKEA
  4. Lowe's

Amazon did not provide all the requested info for all their Black Friday deals. As a result some deals could not be included in the calculations.

Source: Data used to create these rankings were obtained from BlackFriday.com.

by Builder posted Nov 21 2014 2:54PM

Choosing Christmas gifts can either be the best or the worst part of the festive season, depending on who you are buying for.

But a new app is aiming to take all of the stress out of picking the right present by using the information from a person's Twitter page.

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by Megan Z posted Nov 21 2014 11:40AM

Check out this adorable video of two boys being interrogated by their father on what they did wrong.

Kids play with paint a get it all over their faces

by Builder posted Nov 20 2014 1:57PM

If it seems you are permanently single while everyone else around you is in a relationship, blame your DNA.

Scientists have identified a 'singleton gene', and found that those who have it are 20 per cent more likely to be single than others.

Read More..

by Megan Z posted Nov 20 2014 10:40AM

I get it designer brands just tend to be more expensive, but this is a little ridiculous. Yes you get a gorgeous bottle with crystals, yes you get the brand name...but how great is this polish? Does it last for weeks the way gel polish does? Is there specks of gold that is going on my finger nails with this? At that price I myself would rather have a pair of heels to adorn my feet rather than a pretty crystalized bottle that like all nail polish bottles, despite how beautiful it might be, I will throw away eventually and will have more than likely barely used the polish. But hey that's just me...what do you think?

Why is Christian Louboutin's New Nail Polish $675?

by Megan Z posted Nov 20 2014 10:13AM

When a prank is one that benefits someone and doesn't humliate them in anyway...I'm all for it! Check out this video from break.com!

Housekeeper Receives Life-Changing Surprise

by Megan Z posted Nov 20 2014 9:35AM

Lots of candidates up for TIME's Person of the Year. Ultimately TIME will decide but they're still giving you say. Some of the people who are in the running might surprise you and make you ask why? Check out who you can vote for now!

Who Should Be TIME’s Person of the Year? Vote Now #TIMEPOY

by Builder posted Nov 20 2014 8:23AM

Italian Sausage and Bread Stuffing

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Italian Sausage and Bread Stuffing recipe

photo by Ditte Isager

Makes 8 (side dish) servings

active time
45 min

total time
2 1/4 hr

This is the stuffing of your dreams, in which everything is a little more rustic, rich, and intense than you remember.


  • 1 (3/4- to 1-pound) round Italian loaf, cut into 1-inch cubes (8 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 pouns sweet Italian sausage, casings removed, divided
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 3 medium onions, chopped
  • 4 large celery ribs, chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream, divided
  • 1/2 cup turkey giblet stock or reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano (2 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • Equipment: a 4-qt shallow ceramic or glass baking dish (14 by 10 by 2 3/4 inches)


Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in middle. Generously butter baking dish.

Put bread in 2 shallow baking pans and bake, switching position of pans halfway through baking, until just dried out, about 10 minutes.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over medium-high heat until it shimmers, then cook half of sausage, stirring and breaking it into small pieces, until golden brown, about 6 minutes. Transfer with a slotted spoon to a large bowl. Brown remaining sausage in remaining tablespoon oil, transferring to bowl.

Pour off fat from skillet and wipe clean. Heat butter over medium heat until foam subsides, then cook onions, celery, garlic, and 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper, stirring occasionally, until golden, 12 to 15 minutes. Add vegetables and bread to sausage.

Whisk together eggs, 1/2 cup cream, turkey stock, cheese, and parsley, then stir into stuffing and cool completely, about 30 minutes. Reserve 5 cups stuffing to stuff turkey and spoon remainder into baking dish, then drizzle with remaining 1/4 cup cream. Cover stuffing and chill.

About 1 hour before stuffed turkey is finished roasting, bring dish of stuffing to room temperature. When turkey is done, increase oven temperature to 425°F and bake stuffing, covered tightly with foil, until hot throughout, about 20 minutes. Remove foil and bake until top is golden and crisp, about 15 minutes more.

cooks' notes:

· Bread can be toasted 3 days ahead and kept (once cool) in a sealed bag at room temperature.
· Stuffing can be prepared (but not baked) 4 hours before roasting turkey.
· If baking stuffing at the same time as potatoes, put stuffing in upper third of oven and potatoes in bottom third (allow extra time).

by Chris Hanson posted Nov 20 2014 7:56AM

Each year, millions of Americans race to their electronic devices in a panic to find out one thing: How the heck do I roast a Thanksgiving turkey again?

More than 40 percent of the country types in "turkey recipe" on Google each Thanksgiving, getting a jillion results from countless food sites to figure out how they're going to cook that massive bird. Turkey can be pretty terrifying to prepare -- it's large and inherently difficult to cook perfectly. The last thing anyone wants to do is spend five hours


Finding that recipe online can be daunting: There's no shortage of roast turkey recipes on the internet. How are you supposed to make sure that overgrown chicken you just paid a bunch of money isn't a total fail?

So, in an act of public service, we tested classic turkey recipes from some of the most respected food sites out there -- Martha Stewart, Real Simple,Food Network, The New York Times, and The Kitchn -- to find out who had the best classic roast turkey.

Recipe Criteria

When we say simple and classic, we mean it. We excluded any recipe that required two time consuming, but relatively common steps: Brining (either dry or wet-brine) and stuffing. Spatchcocking -- that is, removing the bird's backbone so it lays flat while roasting -- can produce awesome results, but isn't a classic step that everyone is comfortable with doing themselves.

Our goal was to come away from this test with a recipe that requires minimal active cooking time and stuck to the basic, standard roast turkey ingredients.

Our Review Process

We evaluated each recipe using five basic categories.

How well is the recipe written? An excellent recipe is virutally useless if it's difficult to follow or missing vital information.

How moist was the turkey meat? Uncle Larry complains every single year about dryness, amirite? We wanted to solve that problem. We tasted every piece of the bird, from breast to drumstick, to determine whether the meat was moist or not.

How does the turkey taste? Flavor! There are so many factors in a recipe that affect the flavor outcome of your turkey. Were aromatics used in the cavity? Did the recipe call for any vegetables, herbs, or liquid in the pan?

How crisp is the skin? Soggy skin is the enemy of just about any cooked meat, but especially a centerpiece like Thanksgiving turkey. We were on a quest for crackly, well-seasoned skin.

How does it look on the table? Finally, did the called-for combination of cook time and temperature yield a bird that's gently browned and worthy of stares from everyone around the table?


#5: The New York Times "Roast Turkey"

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There are almost too many issues to list here.

In short: The turkey was dry, underseasoned, and the skin got too dark too quickly. (The dried paprika made it look ... scabby.) Our main takeaway here was that it's critical for the bird to be seasoned on the outside of the bird as well as the cavity.

Recipe Writing: 4th

Moistness: 2nd

Skin: 5th

Taste: 4th

Appearance: 5th

#4: The Kitchn's "Simplest, Easiest Method" Roast Turkey

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We applaud the folks at The Kitchn for incorporating a detailed how-to, but our testers found the actual recipe much too wordy and difficult to navigate when it came time to actually make it. While The Kitchn often overcompensated with too much information, there were odd pockets of vagueness -- they suggested you choose your own aromatics to stuff the cavity without specifying exactly what or how much to use.

The recipe requires a temperature change, but a different one than any other recipe we tested: The oven preheats to 450º before the turkey is put in and is lowered to 350º as soon as it's added. Ultimately, it produced middle-of-the-road skin, relatively bland meat, and the untied legs made for an, um, less-than-ideal presentation.

Recipe Writing: 3rd

Moistness: 4th

Skin: 3rd

Taste: 5th

Appearance: 4th

#3: The Food Network Test Kitchen's "World's Simplest Thanksgiving Turkey"

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Spoiler Alert! This recipe doesn't call for Donkey Sauce. That's because it's from Food Network magazine's test kitchen and not Guy Fieri or one of the TV network's celebrity chefs.

Our biggest issue with this recipe is that it didn't call for any aromatics or liquid in the pan. Actually it doesn't call for much of anything. They literally do not list the ingredients. But the lack of anything in pan -- even a rack! -- proved to be the biggest issue. The turkey stuck to the pan, something that lost it a few presentation points when we had to scrape the bird off the bottom. They also had to tent the turkey with aluminum foil near the end of the cook time (something that the recipe doesn't call for) because it began getting too brown.

Recipe Writing: 5th

Moistness: 5th

Skin: 4th

Taste: 3rd

Appearance: 3rd

#2: Real Simple's "Basic Roast Turkey"

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From a visual standpoint, this turkey was practically perfect -- lightly browned skin with a slew of carrots, celery, and onion in the pan. And, while all of those ingredients created great flavor, the prolonged high-heat cooking period (it's lowered after about 45 minutes) resulted in uneven breast meat. The target end temperature of 180º is higher than any of the other recipes we tested and a possible culprit for the occasionally dry meat.

Recipe Writing: 2nd

Moistness: 3rd

Skin: 2nd

Taste: 2nd

Appearance: 1st

OUR WINNER -- #1: Martha Stewart's "Herbed, Roasted Turkey"

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For the amount of effort required, this turkey is just about perfect. It ranked in the top spot in most categories, a show-stopping bird in just about every way. Our testers found that the recipe was the most clearly written of the bunch, with all the important information and procedures included.

But the key to Martha's recipe is the herbed oil mixture. Chopped parsley, rosemary, sage, tyme, and garlic is mixed with olive and rubbed underneath the bird's skin before cooking.Throw some lemon and rosemary in the cavity and a bit of apple cider in the pan and you have the best turkey we tested in terms of flavor, skin, and moistness.

Put simply, if you're not using an Epicurious recipe, this is the turkey you should be putting on the Thanksgiving table this year.

Recipe Writing: 1st

Moistness: 1st

Skin: 1st

Taste: 1st

Appearance: 2nd

What We Learned

It doesn't take much to make your turkey a whole lot better.

If you have a rack, use it. If you don't, a bit of crumpled aluminum foil or a layer of chopped vegetables will do the trick.

We discovered that cooking your bird 13 minutes per pound produces the best results, not the 15-minute ratio that's conventionally recommended.

What did we learn from Martha? It's worth taking five minutes to put fat and herbs underneath your turkey's skin -- it makes the skin delicious and flavors the meat. The same goes for a bit of aromatics in the cavity -- turkey is subtle, but an empty cavity leads to epic blandness. Adding liquid to your pan is a critical move, keeping the turkey moist and helping it hit the table looking perfect.

This year, if Uncle Larry has a complaint with the turkey, tell him to take it up with Martha -- but he won't.

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by Builder posted Nov 20 2014 7:01AM

1. Air Storm Firetek Bow, $15-$24.97

Marketed to children eight and above, the warnings on this toy include not pulling back arrows "at more than half strength" (even though they can fly up to 145 feet) and not playing in complete darkness even though the illuminated arrows are designed for "night or day."

dangerous worst toys 2014 firetek bowREUTERS/Courtesy W.A.T.C.H.

2. Radio Flyer Ziggle, $39.99

Children between three and eight years old apparently are supposed to swerve and spin on this thing. Since children are encouraged to play on it outside, W.A.T.C.H. says a car could hit the child since the toy is low to the ground.

dangerous worst toys 2014 ziggleREUTERS/Courtesy W.A.T.C.H.

3. Catapencil, $3.99

"Because the pencil is mightier than the sword" is what the packaging says, but W.A.T.C.H. warns that "sharpened pencils should not be marketed as playthings, much less a miniature slingshot-style launcher."

dangerous worst toys 2014 catapencilREUTERS/Courtesy W.A.T.C.H.

4. The Alphabet Zoo Rock & Stack Pull Toy, $19.99

This may seem like a fun toy for babies (18 months and over), but there is a choking hazard. According to W.A.T.C.H., there's a possibility of strangulation since the cord is 20 inches long, and not the standard 12 inches the industry requires for safety.

dangerous worst toys 2014 pull toyREUTERS/Courtesy W.A.T.C.H.

5. Swat Electric Machine Gun, $9.99

This replica of a real weapon was designed for the amusement of kids ages five and older. But the packaging warns that "this product may be mistaken for an actual firearm by law enforcement officers and others." This isn't just scary for kids — it's scary for adults, too.

dangerous worst toys 2014 swat assault rifleREUTERS/Courtesy W.A.T.C.H.

6. Wooden Instruments, $9.97

There are no warnings on the packaging for these cute, eco-friendly instruments, but W.A.T.C.H. is nervous about the drumstick. "The manufacturer provides no warnings regarding the slender, rigid approximately 4½" long drumstick, which has the potential to be mouthed and occlude a child's airway," it says.

dangerous worst toys 2014 wooden instrumentsREUTERS/Courtesy W.A.T.C.H.

7. Bottle Rocket Party, $14.99

It should be pretty obvious why these bottle rockets (for children eight and above) could be bad news. The kit warns that the rockets should be played with "under the strict supervision of adults" and comes with yellow caution tape, but no safety goggles for "rocketeers," according to W.A.T.C.H.

dangerous worst toys 2014 bottle rocket partyREUTERS/Courtesy W.A.T.C.H.

8. LIL' Cutesies! Best Friends Doll, $4.84 - $7.99

This doll — touted as "the perfect friend for your little one" (ages 2+) — comes with a decorative bow made with ribbon that can detach and poses a choking hazard, according to W.A.T.C.H.

dangerous worst toys 2014 best friends dollREUTERS/Courtesy W.A.T.C.H.

9. True Legends Orcs Battle Hammer, $14.49

This hard plastic hammer is marketed for kids three years old and over, but measures almost two feet in length. Despite the fact that wielding such a hammer has the potential to cause blunt impact injuries, there are no warnings or cautions with this toy.

dangerous worst toys 2014 battle hammerREUTERS/Courtesy W.A.T.C.H.

10. The Colored Hedgehog, $10.99

This soft, colorful hedgehog is sold for infants, but can cause a choking hazard since its long hair is not "adequately rooted" and can be easily torn off and eaten, according to W.A.T.C.H.

dangerous worst toys 2014 The Colored HedgehogREUTERS/Courtesy W.A.T.C.H.

You can read through all of the warnings and see the toys at the W.A.T.C.H. website.

by Builder posted Nov 19 2014 12:55PM

Carrie Underwood and her husband, Mike Fisher, both had a feeling they were having a baby boy -- but they didn't want to find out in the doctor's office during her sonogram. In fact, they went to great lengths to keep themselves in the dark.

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by Megan Z posted Nov 19 2014 9:22AM

People Magazine has revealed who they believe to be this year's sexiest man alive and the honor goes to Chris Hemsworth, aka Thor! Find out who also makes the hot steamy list! You shouldn't be disappointed!

Sexiest Man Alive 2014: Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pratt, Photos : People.com

by Builder posted Nov 19 2014 6:28AM
Want to save money when you go shopping – then watch out for these store tricks!!

They have the mannequins make eye contact with you. Instead of looking straight ahead, a lot of mannequins are set up so they're looking at YOU when you walk by. And without realizing it, you feel obligated to stop and check out what they're wearing.

They use your sense of smell. Researchers have found we spend more time shopping if a store smells like flowers or citrus.

They play songs that make you nostalgic. If you're in a store's target age range, the music they play is usually inspired by songs that were popular when you were 18. Meaning covers of old songs, or songs that just sound similar to stuff that was popular when you were in high school.

They print "sale" signs in red. Almost ALWAYS, because studies have shown red lettering subconsciously makes us more excited about a sale.

They put things in tall, skinny packages. In most cases, they could fit the same product in a short, wide package. But studies have found that when we see a tall, narrow box, we automatically think there's more in it.

They CLAIM something's cheap, and we believe it. In a 2007 study, researchers offered overnight shipping for "a $5 fee." Then they changed the ad so it said "a SMALL $5 fee" . . . and suddenly 20% more people were interested.

Price anchoring. That's the term they use when they put a price on something that's way higher than they EVER planned on selling it for. Like at a clothing store, you might see a tag that says the "original" price was $56. But in reality, the store NEVER sold it for that price. They just put it on there, because then you see $32 and think it's a DEAL.

Bigger Shopping Carts. When you're dieting, you're not supposed to use big plates, because it subconsciously makes you eat more. And apparently that rule applies with shopping carts too. The bigger your cart is, the more food you buy. One study found that when they doubled the size of shopping carts, people bought about 40% more. And in the last two years, even the carts at Whole Foods have almost doubled in size.

They Lower Prices on Popular Products, Then Raise Prices on Other Things. For example, they might have a really good price on eggs . . . which everyone buys . . . but they make up for it by marking up everything ELSE. They get away with it because when you see a good price on something like milk or laundry detergent, you naturally assume they have low prices on EVERYTHING.

They Put You in the Mood to Shop. A lot of stores stack high-priced items near the front. But it's not just because they want you to buy them. They know that even if you DON'T buy them, seeing high-end stuff when you first walk in makes you more likely to buy OTHER things.

And here's one trick for you…. A trick for spending LESS is to go shopping ALONE. When you're with another person, you spend up to 17% more.
by Ian posted Nov 18 2014 7:11PM
Hope you're not afraid of heights! "SkyScraper" With tracks that loop in and out of a entertainment complex, the coaster will stand at a whopping 570 feet tall and will feature speeds of up to 65 mph.

"Skyscraper will not only take riders higher than ever before, but also introduce one thrill right after the next - there's no 'down time' on this four-minute coaster experience," President of US Thrill Rides, Michael Kitchen, told the Orlando Sentinel. The coaster plans to open in 2016.

The current record holder for world's tallest roller coaster is Kingda Ka, a 456-foot tall thriller located at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, N.J. The world's fastest roller coaster is the Formula Rossa at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, which reaches speeds up to 148.1 mph

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by Builder posted Nov 18 2014 2:00PM

Do you spend hours hunched over your phone, checking texts, tweets and emails? Do you also suffer from neck and back pain?

If so, the two may well be related. New research has found that slumping to read a text or study a selfie can put undue pressure on the neck, leading to a sore back.

This is because bending the neck increases the the pressure put on the spine.

Read More....

by Megan Z posted Nov 18 2014 11:57AM

Florida Georgia Line take a line from the movie 'Office Space' in their fun new video!

Florida Georgia Line - Sun Daze

by Megan Z posted Nov 18 2014 10:26AM

Each year new words are added to the different dictionaries and Oxford has deemed it's Word of the Year for 2014. Check out the word and the runner-ups. I believe there are a couple terms on the list that many wish would go away, but it looks like they may be here longer than we had hoped.

Oxford names 'vape' 2014 Word of the Year

by Builder posted Nov 18 2014 8:03AM

The NFL has suspended Vikings Running Back Adrian Peterson for the remainder of the 2014 season without pay. He can't be considered for reinstatement until April 2015.

Commissioner Roger Goodell expanded on his decision in the following letter to Peterson:

"The timing of your potential reinstatement will be based on the results of the counseling and treatment program set forth in this decision. Under this two-step approach, the precise length of the suspension will depend on your actions. We are prepared to put in place a program that can help you to succeed, but no program can succeed without your genuine and continuing engagement. You must commit yourself to your counseling and rehabilitative effort, properly care for your children, and have no further violations of law or league policy."

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by Builder posted Nov 18 2014 7:39AM

Great article from HUFFINGTON POST:

"Oh, I can't have you over," other moms say. "My house is a mess." As soon as I arrive for a playdate, before hello, they say: "Don't judge me, the house is a wreck. No, seriously, it's destroyed. Please don't look. I'm so embarrassed."

Lies. Lies, lies, lies.

Because when I go into that house, the house of the mom who is so apologetic about the condition of her kitchen, or the toys in her living room, or the invisible dirt in her bathroom, I can't decide if I want to laugh in her face or deck her.

Girl, please. Not only is your house not messy, your house is immaculate. You have guest towels laid out. Your children's spilled toys remain confined to a rug -- which, by the way, is not sprinkled with crumbs. Sippy cups stay in the kitchen. Play-Doh dares not enter here, and the dog doesn't shed. Insisting your house is dirty speaks to clinical delusion, your misunderstanding of small children, your secret desire to make me feel guilty or maybe your desperate need for reassurance. Probably all of the above. Seriously, stop it.

So, for all of you mamas insisting your immaculate house is messy, and all of you normal mamas therefore afraid to have anyone come into your house ever, because that level of clean is just not achievable due to kids/time/dogs/life/constant art projects, let's set some guidelines. You can either have a sense of shame or small children, and I've got three boys under age 5.

Normal: There is a room in your house that always stays cluttered and messy, and much like Lady Macbeth's hands, will never be clean. In my house, it's the dining room, furnished with my great-grandmother's cherry dining suite, including buffet and china cabinet. I sew on the table and store art supplies in and around and between the hunt board and the wine rack. Remember when the local AC Moore went out of business? Yeah, it relocated to my dining room, where I stash file cabinets in available floor space, dry glitter art next to the sewing machine and sometimes train tracks under the table. None of that gorgeous cherry is currently visible. I neaten this room for birthdays and holidays requiring fine china. Otherwise, you aren't allowed to see it, Judgy McJudgerson.

As long as they're clean, you're home free.

Normal: Your laundry is everywhere. Current house tally: five clean baskets in the laundry room (blocking the auxiliary fridge and probably creating a certifiable fire hazard); one clean basket in the master bedroom; a clean load in the dryer and one in the washer. There is no basket of dirty clothes anywhere. We're this week's laundry heroes! Will those clean baskets make it to folding, or, even more daunting, into drawers? Maybe. I'm feeling it lately. But a relative of mine, who shall not be named, once had to hide her kids' Christmas present -- a pet snake -- from all the kids and her husband for two weeks. She stashed it under the laundry baskets in her bedroom. She's the all-time laundry hero, ladies.

Normal: Your sink is full of dishes, your dishwasher is full of dishes, your table and counter are full of dishes and you can't find a clean spoon. So, you use a teaspoon for your cereal. When you get to the giant soup spoon or worse, start to contemplate that spikey grapefruit spoon at the bottom of the silverware drawer, then you need to do a load. Only so the kids have plates for lunch.

Normal: Your kids' bath toys are right where they left them after the bathwater drained. Don't pull that shower curtain shut. We know what's behind it.

Normal: Some type or types of toys are scattered all over the house, and no matter how hard you try, or what bribes you offer, or what god you pray to, you never get every piece picked up. True story: I have found those stupid ball-pit balls in my washer, my front yard and stuffed between carseats. We have the same problem with Duplos, which I confiscated on seriously tenuous grounds, and Star Wars figures. If I come over to your house and notice plastic army men in the space behind your toilet, I'm not judging.

Normal: Cups and cups and cups. Everywhere. All the time. Somehow, we didn't perish of dehydration in the '80s when my mother wouldn't let us out of the kitchen with a Tupperware sippy of Kool-Aid. But it's 2014, and my kids will shrivel into complaining oblivion without a cup of juice at all times. Except they leave them everywhere, and then get a new one. They now hold up drinks and ask, "Is this good, Mama?" before taking a swig. So do yours. Don't lie.


Normal: Art Damage. My bathtub has some hopefully/maybe/eventually-will-fade tie-dye stains. I need to repaint part of the kitchen wall, because who let her toddlers use her acrylics? This mama! At the very least, your toddler took a pen to the wall and you haven't had time to Magic Erase it yet.

Normal: You can't see the floor of your car. Where else are you supposed to toss all those Chick-fil-A cups? Or the spare diapers? Or the dirty sippy cups? Seriously. Your husband probably complains about it.

Normal: You forgot trash day again. So your trash can's overflowing and your recycling bin looks like a seriously committed alcoholic lives at your address, but really you just forgot garbage day two weeks in a row. It's cool. As long as you got the trash out of the house, you're a garbage day winner! High-five!

Normal: You have not dusted. Perhaps ever, or at least since your parents last visited. I think I maybe own Pledge? Somewhere? Don't look at the upper bookshelves, especially if you suffer from allergies.

Normal: Some part of your house is in do-not-use disrepair, and has been for longer than you would publicly admit. My oldest son has never seen us use the shower in our master bath. He's 4. We need to replace the tile and just haven't managed somehow. I thought this was a horrible, abnormal, horrific shame until, in flagrant disregard for social mores, I mentioned this to other mothers. Two of them copped to unusable bathrooms. One mentioned a deck with holes. Another has to warn visitors not to attempt the front stairs. I salute you, my sisters in disorder.

So, there you have it. Either your house is really, really clean and you should stop apologizing, or at the very least you can stop your shame and host playdates for once. We're all in the same boat. I won't look in your dining room if you don't look in mine.

This post originally appeared, in slightly altered form, in Columbia SC City Mom's Blog and www.manicpixiedreammama.com.

by Ian posted Nov 17 2014 7:00PM
Rember a couple years back when "Gaghnam Style" was a craze, yet no one had a CLUE what it really was? Well, step aside because THIS is officially the weirdest music video to come out of Asia...

Can anyone explain what the heck is going on?!?!?!?!?
by Builder posted Nov 17 2014 1:27PM

Would you buy clothes from Ikea? Business experts predict a future where shoppers pick out clothes from the store to build at home! Stefan Engeseth predicts ready-to-assemble clothes is the future! Customers could choose different colors, buttons and sleeve lenght. He thinks Ikea has the perfect business structure to kick-start the trend!


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by Builder posted Nov 17 2014 9:36AM

Have you ever had the argument, who's better at directions: Men or Women? Did you ever come up with a conclusion? Now there's a science behind it.

"Researchers from the University of Utah went to Namibia in Africa, and had dozens of people from remote tribes try to navigate with maps for the first time.

And the MEN did noticeably better than the women.

The researchers think there's an evolutionary reason . . . men needed the ability to figure out directions to more remote places when they were looking for wives. So men who were better at navigating were more likely to reproduce, and pass on their genes.

The researchers found that the men from the tribes who were the best at reading maps ALSO had more children than men who weren't as good."

Great argument and all but I think the real debate is who is better at GETTING directions when a person gets lost...Men or Women? Debate that one.

(Daily Mail)

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by Builder posted Nov 17 2014 6:50AM
The video is bit gross...but funny how Dierks Bentley handles the situation...

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by Builder posted Nov 16 2014 11:32AM
Spatchcocking is a new way to cook your thanksgiving bird...and the turkey is done in half the time!!

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by Jay Farley posted Nov 14 2014 12:10PM
In an interview with Billboard Magazine, Kenny Chesney gives his thoughts on "Bro Country", his new album and heading back out on tour!

Read all about it here......

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by Megan Z posted Nov 14 2014 9:25AM

Please tell me I'm not the only one who has a really hard time swallowing pills! Ever since I was a child I've had a hard time with them, so much that I with no shame take gummy vitamins each day. If you haven't tried them don't mock. However, I'm most definitely going to try these tricks to see if they will help! Thank you Science for figuring out the best way to swallow those dang horse pills!

Researchers at the University of Heidelberg in Germany found these are the two best ways to get pills down smoothly, without any trouble.

1. The "pop bottle" method. Put the pill on your tongue, tightly wrap your lips around the mouth of a water bottle, then tilt your head back slightly and SUCK the water down. That will create a vacuum that gets the pill down.

2. The "lean forward" method. Sit in a chair, put the pill on your tongue, take a sip of water, and as you swallow it, tuck your chin and lean forward.

Both methods should work for most pills, but the researchers say the "pop bottle" method is best for chalky tablets, and the "lean forward" method is best for denser capsules.

(Daily Mail)

by Megan Z posted Nov 14 2014 9:24AM

Your gut is telling you something doesn't seem right. You question whether or not are they being faithful? Here are some signs that you may never have thought of before that, say yes they just might be cheating.

13 Secret Signs Your Partner Is Cheating On You

by Builder posted Nov 13 2014 4:22PM

Tim McGraw has released the video for his latest single, 'Shotgun Rider.' The live footage was filmed during his concert in New York City.

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by Megan Z posted Nov 13 2014 9:26AM

This excerpt comes from the website pewinternet.org and talks a lot about internet privacy and how adults feel about it. How do you feel about it, do you feel you are protected? The most interesting thing I took from this was the amount of people who google themselves...do you ever google yourself? See how many people are doing just that.

"Not everyone monitors their online reputation very vigilantly, even though many assume others will check up on their digital footprints

Some people are more anxious than others to keep track of their online reputation. Adults under the age of 50 are far more likely to be “self-searchers” than those ages 50 and older, and adults with higher levels of household income and education stand out as especially likely to check up on their own digital footprints.

  • 62% of adults have ever used a search engine to look up their own name or see what information about them is on the internet.

  • 47% say they generally assume that people they meet will search for information about them on the internet, while 50% do not.

  • However, just 6% of adults have set up some sort of automatic alert to notify them when their name is mentioned in a news story, blog, or elsewhere online." -PewInternet.org

Read on to learn more!

Public Perceptions of Privacy and Security in the Post-Snowden Era

by Ian posted Nov 12 2014 7:04PM
Are you a Twitterer? If you are, there's somg big changes that were unveiled today that you should know about...

1. What You Missed

Twitter is getting rid of FOMO -- that's fear of missing out. Now you can step away from Twitter and rejoin the conversation without worrying that you've missed a relevant tweet.

"We can use information like who you follow and what you engage with to surface highlights of what you missed and show those to you as soon as you log back in or come back to the app," Twitter said in a blog post.

2.Taking a Conversation Private

It will soon be easier to take a public conversation private. Twitter says the first change, allowing users to share and discuss tweets natively in direct messages, will be rolled out next week.

3. Video Made Easier

Twitter is getting rid of the hassle of sharing video. In the first half of next year, Twitter says users can expect an update that will make it easier to record, edit and videos natively.

4. Instant Timeline

Twitter wants to inject some life into newbie's timelines. Expect to see tweets from people you don't follow but who Twitter thinks may be relevant to your interests.

So what do you think? Is Twitter changing for the better?
(Story courtesy ABC News)
by Farley posted Nov 12 2014 2:00PM
The human species has been known to attract mates using the art of dance. Some are better at this technique than others, and now we might have a better understanding of which moves garner more success at drawing positive attention.

See the dance moves here...
by Builder posted Nov 12 2014 9:49AM

Growing up I lived for snow days during the winter. It meant day of sleeping in, but lets be honest I never actually could sleep more after the excitment of knowing school was closed for the day. It was a day off of goofing off, playing in the snow, watching movies, making hot chocolate and whatever fun activities my brothers and I could come up with around the house. Those days may be over kids, sorry, and it might all be because of our beloved internet and technology! Read this story out of St. Cloud, MN and see what you think!

Goodbye, snow days: Students study from home

by Megan Z posted Nov 12 2014 9:14AM

It's an all new Country Award show and the nominations have been announce with Luke Bryan leading the way. Find out who all was nominated in the different catergories and begin your guesses on who you think will win!

Luke Bryan Leads Nominees For 2014 American Country Countdown Awards

by Builder posted Nov 12 2014 8:33AM
Taylor Swift went for a brand new look for the cover of Wonderland Magazine. Would you even recognize her??

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by Builder posted Nov 11 2014 4:47PM
Oreo Churros, based on the classic chocolate and cream cookie, will soon be available as traditional churro sticks!

Read more....

by Megan Z posted Nov 11 2014 9:31AM

Are you one of the many homeowners who currently has an unfinished home project at home? Don't feel too bad about it, you aren't alone. Check this out, maybe it will inspire you or help you to keep going on it!

BLACK+DECKER Finds More Than Half of Homeowners Have Unfinished Home Improvement Projects

by Builder posted Nov 11 2014 7:49AM

McDonald's is recalling about 2.3 million Hello Kitty toys that came with some of its Happy Meals because they pose a choking risk.

The item in question is a red whistle that came with the Happy Meal Hello Kitty Birthday Lollipop Toy (No. 6) -- a plastic Hello Kitty figurine holding a pink heart-shaped lollipop.

The whistle can be removed from the toy and used to make sounds by inhaling and exhaling.

The company received two reports of children who sucked the whistles into their mouths and coughed out pieces. One child needed medical attention, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said.


by Builder posted Nov 11 2014 7:09AM


The average couple may spend about $30,000 on a wedding, but Jessica Norgard and Isaac Aaron Piche aren't your average couple. Rather than shell out the kind of money that could buy the newlyweds a car, they decided to barter for their entire wedding.

The Fresno-based couple dated for seven years and launched a filmmaking company,Isaac Aaron Media, together before they decided to get married. Piche proposed using a camera-carrying drone that flew the ring to Norgard and edited the whole thing intoa video, naturally. But since their business was only a year old, they didn't want to divert money away from their livelihood for the wedding itself, so they started asking vendors if they'd be willing to provide wedding goods in exchange for film services.

"We started realizing that there were so many people who thought that what we were doing was really special," Norgard, 29, told The Huffington Post. "So we thought:Why should we even pay a dime? Let's just try to do the whole thing on trade."

Piche, 28, is the creative brains behind Isaac Aaron Media and Norgard is the producer and salesperson, so she took the lead on the negotiations for the wedding. She'd just think of something they needed for the big day -- flowers, catering, dresses or tuxes -- and start making calls to fellow small businesses, tailoring pitches to individual vendors. She'd first ask them if their business could use video services and then tell them what Isaac Aaron Media could do for them.

"We thought: Why should we even pay a dime? Let's just try to do the whole thing on trade."

"But we realized with trade, a lot of vendors didn't want to have their names associated with something cheap," Norgard said. "When we would go to these trades, almost everybody was like, 'I know that you're asking for the real basic plan, but let's do a trade for something a little better.'"

Of course, they found a lot more people who said no, rather than yes. Out of the 250 vendors they approached, 25 agreed. But Norgard and Piche had a strategy: Go straight to the owner of the business and find out exactly how they could benefit from video. Norgard said they tried to do a "dollar-for-dollar trade," but admitted that tallying services is a bit trickier than counting dollars and cents.

"It really boils down to what's in it for them," Piche told The Huffington Post. "We really didn't target businesses that didn't think that they needed anything."

In total, the couple ended up agreeing to produce 29 commercials, three web sites, three photo shoots and one web series consisting of five 5-minute videos in exchange for a wedding that cost about $80,000, according to their rough estimate. That five-figure value -- not to mention hours of work -- got them everything from a five-star catered meal, facials before the wedding, golf carts, a venue, rented tuxes and a wedding dress that was Norgard's to keep -- in fact, Black Tie & Bridal Lace threw in the bridesmaids and flower girl dresses for free, too, because they thought the wedding concept was "cool."

In the end, the catering company, The Painted Table, was the biggest trade for the couple, since it required the most work on their end. But the most stressful trade, according to Norgard, were the flowers and decorations, since those weren't locked down until a week before the wedding, when Chocolates & Posies signed on.

"By the time we got the florists and the decorators on board, I was literally telling her, 'Here's what I like, but I don't even care what you do. If you don't come on board, I don't have flowers or decorations, so you run with it,'" Norgard said. "I was at their mercy, but I was just amazed. It was like a fairytale."

The only thing the couple paid for were their rings and a $1,500 deposit for the venue,Paradise Springs Resort in Yosemite. Plus, they managed to pull the whole thing off in just six months, tying the knot on June 5, 2014.

As for the emotional impact of the wedding? The couple simultaneously agreed that it was "absolutely perfect."

"I was at their mercy, but I was just amazed. It was like a fairytale."

For Piche, waiting at the altar for Norgard was the moment that made all of the negotiating and scrambling worth it.

"It kind of hit me wow, it's such a miracle that this all came together when I was standing there waiting for the love of my life," he said. "Getting to experience the wedding itself as a wedding and not as a job or a party, but as a ceremony before our family and God and coming together as a man and a wife -- that was really the special part for me."

"Toward the end of the night we just thought we did this -- what a way to start a marriage," Norgard said. "To pull such an amazing thing off for your wedding, for the thing that ties you together forever, I think there's no better way that I'd rather have the wedding."

That said, both Norgard and Piche conceded that, while it was quite an accomplishment to barter for an entire wedding, they don't plan on trading for an event of that scale anytime soon, especially now that Norgard is pregnant with their first child. This good news also means that the full-length documentary film they're producing about their "free" wedding will be put on hold until next year.

After all, now that the wedding is behind them, they have plenty of work to catch up on in addition to preparing the baby's nursery. And yes, they plan to barter for that, too.

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by Builder posted Nov 10 2014 4:11PM

The Minnesota Twins today unveiled a new primary home uniform, which will be worn starting with the 2015 season.

The new white uniforms feature a clean, contemporary look with team's traditional scarlet red and navy blue accented by Minnesota Kasota Gold, a color symbolizing the signature Mankato limestone which is so prominent at Target Field.

Read More and see the uniforms here...

by Megan Z posted Nov 10 2014 9:38AM

Ever feel under appreciated by your kids...hang in there, it will all pay off and this should make you feel way better about it all!

According to a new survey, the person your kids are most likely to see as being their personal "hero" is . . . YOU.

More than 2,500 people were asked to name the biggest hero in their life. And the number one answer was their PARENTS.

Overall, 26% of people said their mom or dad was their biggest hero. And with young people, it was even higher . . . 43%.

A member of the military was the next most common answer, with 21% of the vote, followed by a religious figure, 19% . . . a medical or emergency worker, 18% . . . a U.S. President, 17% . . . an activist or humanitarian, 12% . . . and a celebrity, 11%.

Overall, the top ten FAMOUS people we consider to be heroes are: Jesus, Ronald Reagan, Barack Obama, Martin Luther King Jr., God, Abraham Lincoln, Mother Theresa, Billy Graham, George W. Bush, and Pope Francis.


by Builder posted Nov 6 2014 2:47PM

Awards shows are filled with riveting performances, emotional acceptance speeches and a plethora of beautifully dressed — and not-so-beautifully dressed — artists, and the 2014 CMA Awards were no exception.

Click Here to see The Boot's compilation of the best and worst dressed of the evening.

by Megan Z posted Nov 6 2014 10:19AM

Actually I know there are a lot of men out there who do cook, so this isn't probably as exciting. However, it's hilarious and how could I not share this on National Men Make Dinner Day. Ladies he has no excuses today...better let him know. Even if he takes you out for dinner, it's a win!

by Megan Z posted Nov 6 2014 8:32AM

Anyone watching the CMA's last night, especially the Red Carpet special before the actual award ceremony began, couldn't help but notice the hair that was Kacey Musgraves. It reminded me of the Loretta Lynn days, who ironically enough Kacey later sang on stage with, perhaps that was the inspiration behind it. But none the less, you have hair like that, people are going to talk. It was the talk of social media and even inspired this funny story from'People' Magazine...what is Kacey Musgraves hiding in her hair?

7 Things that Could Be Hiding in Kacey Musgraves CMA Hair

by Builder posted Nov 6 2014 6:16AM

Here's your complete list of winners . . .

Entertainer of the Year: Luke Bryan

Male Vocalist of the Year: Blake Shelton

Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert

Vocal Duo of the Year: Florida Georgia Line

Vocal Group of the Year: Little Big Town

New Artist of the Year: Brett Eldredge

Album of the Year: "Platinum", Miranda Lambert

Song of the Year: "Follow Your Arrow", Kacey Musgraves. It's a songwriter's award and she co-wrote it so she shares it with Shane McAnally and Brandy Clark.

Single of the Year: "Automatic", Miranda Lambert

Musical Event of the Year: "We Were Us", Keith Urban with Miranda Lambert

Music Video of the Year: "Drunk On A Plane", Dierks Bentley

by Builder posted Nov 5 2014 4:31PM

"The 48th Annual CMA Awards" airs live Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 8|7c on ABC-TV. Country superstars Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood preside over the evening, returning as hosts for the seventh consecutive year. The 2014 CMA Awards promises spectacle, accolades and countless special moments.

The CMA Awards nominees and winners are determined by the more than 6,300 industry professional members of CMA, which when established in 1958 became the first trade organization formed to promote an individual genre of music. The first CMA Awards Banquet and Show was held in 1967. The following year, the CMA Awards was broadcast on NBC television for the first time – making it the longest running, annual music awards program on network television. The show aired on NBC through 1971 and on the CBS Television Network from 1972 through 2005 before moving in 2006 to ABC, where it is set to air through 2021.

Click Here For The List Of Performers

by Megan Z posted Nov 5 2014 11:41AM

Some are really good at multitasking, others not so much. That's okay, here's some great ideas on how to be better at it, no matter what level you are at. Some of them will make you go, why didn't I think of that! Being more productive, never felt bad!

21 Smart Ways To Multitask Like A Boss

by Megan Z posted Nov 5 2014 10:07AM

Some CMA winners have already been announced this morning! Find out who's already got an award!

CMT : News : CMA Awards Reveal Music Video, Vocal Event Winners

by Builder posted Nov 4 2014 2:33PM
Get a behind the scenes look at the "Something In The Water" video.
by Megan Z posted Nov 4 2014 10:05AM

Is your name Elizabeth Gallagher...then here's a treat for you?

A guy named Jordan from Toronto, Canada recently got dumped by his girlfriend . . . Elizabeth Gallagher. And they had an amazing around-the-world trip booked for the end of the year to Milan, Prague, Paris, Bangkok, and New Delhi.

Well . . . Elizabeth isn't going on the trip with Jordan anymore. But he already paid for the ticket, it would cost him too much to cancel it, and he can't change the name on it.

So he's put an offer out on the Internet: If your name is Elizabeth Gallagher, you can go on the around-the-world trip for FREE. He says it doesn't include hotels and you don't even have to hang out with him in the different cities.

He also says he's not expecting anything in return . . . but, quote, "if you feel compelled to toss me a couple hundred bucks, great. Really the only thing I ask for is that you enjoy this trip and that it brings you happiness."

So if your name is Elizabeth Gallagher, email Jordan at jaxani@gmail.com. The trip starts on December 21st from New York and ends January 8th in Toronto. Jordan thinks you might need a Canadian passport but you might be fine with a U.S. one.


by Builder posted Nov 4 2014 9:58AM
Everyone had a favorite toy while growing up. Chances are you might even still have it or if you are like me you realize some of your favorite toys are making a come back...*mmm-hmm* 'Rainbow Brite'. What was your favorite toy growing up?

"Time" magazine interviewed a bunch of toy historians and experts, and came up with a list of the 13 most influential toys of all time. Here are the results . . .

1. LEGO. It's the world's biggest toy company, and has stayed that way for more than 50 years across several generations of kids.

2. Barbie.

3. G.I. Joe.

4. The Nerf Bow and Arrow. When it launched in 1991, it showed Nerf could make more than Nerf balls . . . and they're still big today.

5. Chatty Cathy. She was the first talking doll.

6. The Easy Bake Oven.

7. The Super Soaker.

8. Doc McStuffins. This is the newest toy on the list. It's based on a Disney Junior animated series, and it's the first black doll that's become popular with all races of kids.

9. "Star Wars" figures. They were the first popular toys based on a movie, which opened the flood gates for movie-toy tie-ins.

10. View-Master.

11. The Rubik's Cube.

12. Leap Pad. One of the first toys that successfully made learning fun.

13. Cabbage Patch Dolls.


by Megan Z posted Nov 4 2014 9:14AM

How would you feel if you discovered your significant other had been taking pictures of you while you were sleeping? Do you feel it's great, indifferent about it, think it's perhaps romantic or maybe just feel it's plain creepy? Will Smith does that with his wife Jada Pinkett and when she found out she had this to share...

"I discovered the sexiest secret the other day. My husband takes pics of me in my sleep. He has a whole stash he revealed to me and I really enjoyed getting a glimpse of myself through his eyes. I had to share one with you guys."

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by Builder posted Nov 3 2014 2:54PM

Sesame Street celebrates its 45th anniversary

by Megan Z posted Nov 3 2014 9:13AM
We've seen the meme's, we've seen the pictures and now we can see Grumpy Cat's Christmas movie. It's on Lifetime and even though I'm not a big fan of Lifetime, this looks like something I want to see! What do you think?

Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever

by Chris Hanson posted Nov 3 2014 6:56AM

SEE IT: NBC meteorologist Mike Seidel appears to relieve himself during broadcast; network says he was looking for phone

by Builder posted

Jason Aldean -- ENGAGED to Brittany Kerr

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