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  • Trace Adkins loses home in fire..

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

    A fire destroyed Trace Adkins' Brentwood, Tenn. home.

    GONE are all of his music awards and his family's possessions.

    Trace and wife Rhonda called the once-beautiful 5,000-square-foot mansion home for almost 11 years, she said. Now, it is a total loss.

    Two of the couple’s children were in the house when the fire started — the youngest, ages 9 and 6 — along with houseguests who were looking after them. Everyone made it out safely, including the family pets.

    Rhonda Adkins is sad, but says:  “You can replace things, not people. I’m just glad that my children are safe.

    “I’m sad because we lost irreplaceable things like all Trace’s awards and our family photos.”

    She was about three minutes away from the house when she saw the smoke and a neighbor called to say: “Your house is on fire!”

    By the time she got there, "the house was fully engulfed”.

    Trace Adkins was on a plane to Alaska Saturday afternoon...

    He will be back in Nashville this week for the CMA Music Festival. He is scheduled to take the stage at LP Field Saturday night.

    Rhonda Adkins said the family plans to stay at their farm in Eagleville.


  • 12 tips to Shrink Your Bill When Eating Out..

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

    Although staying in to eat is a lot cheaper than going out, foodies can't help but indulge in their favorite restaurants once in a while. Food is one of the biggest joys in life, and nothing is better than sharing a good meal and conversation with the ones you love. In fact, the restaurant industry in America makes about $1.7 billion on a typical day, according to the Restaurant Association. That's a lot of money we're spending meals out! On your next food outing, be sure to keep these tips in mind to shrink your bill:

    Use Coupons: Go to and enter in a coupon code for that'll get you a $25 voucher for only $3 (the current promo code is FLAG). You can find the coupon code by searching online at sites like Buy a local Entertainment book worth $15 that will give you lots of buy one get one free coupons for restaurants.

    Earn Rewards: Do your research on sites like Mint and Credit Card Guide and figure out which credit cards give you the best rewards for your diner bucks. Oftentimes, if you're a loyal member of a mileage program, you can even earn some miles by eating at the restaurants the airline partner up with. For example, Southwest has a Rapid Rewards Dining program that credits three points for every dollar spent with their restaurant partners.

    Skip the Drinks: Sodas, alcohol, and other non-tap water drinks tend to be overpriced at restaurants. Get water with your meal, and if you're really itching for a particular drink, wait until dinner's over and head to a convenient store to buy it.

    Order the Kiddie Meal: The meals for kids are generally cheaper and most of the times are the perfect size for adults! This option is also great for portion control and your wallet.

    Read on for more tips to save when dining out.

    Get Takeout: Skip the long wait and the service tip by taking out a meal from the restaurant and enjoying it at home. This way, you won't be tempted to spend money on drinks and dessert.

    Do Your Research: Yelp the restaurant to death before eating at the establishment. A big waste of money is not eating your food. Check out if the restaurant is worth your bucks and see what dishes are highly recommended by fans. Sometimes the opinions of the masses are more accurate than your friendly waiter.

    Bring Back the Leftovers: Bring back a doggy bag and make the most of your leftovers. Sometimes you can even make an entirely new meal out of them. For example, when I had leftover steak one time, I chopped it up and stir-fried it with veggies for a brand-new dish.

    Split a Meal: Since portions are usually way oversized, split an entree with your eating partner and perhaps an appetizer to share.

    Order Appetizers: Ask the waiter how big the appetizers are at the restaurant or look at what the people near you are eating. Sometimes the appetizers in itself are big enough for a meal!

    Go For Lunch: Oftentimes, the lunch menu is a lot cheaper than dinner. Check out your restaurant in the daytime and be sure to pick their lunch specials.

    Wait For Deals: Look out for daily deals from sites such as PopSugar City, Groupon, and LivingSocial, and be sure to snap up that coupon for a good deal at the restaurant.

    Don't Go Hungry: Don't skip a meal before you go to the restaurant just to have that extra space in your stomach for food. When you're hungry, you're more prone to ordering more than you can eat.

    Source: Thinkstock
  • 8 AMAZING beauty secrets

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

    There’s only so much time in the day and getting ready in the morning or before a big night out on the town can be a hassle for busy ladies. Here are the 8 best beauty shortcuts I’ve come across. I’m sure some of them will be familiar to you and you might already incorporate them into your daily routine. If you have some additional ones to add, please feel free to leave them in the comment section.

    8. Use baby powder to eliminate greasy hair

    Both baby powder and cornstarch can be used to cut the grease in your hair when you don’t have time to wash it. This is the best beauty shortcut to save time. Sprinkle a small amount of powder along the crown of your head and rub it in. You can also put a small amount on your finger tips and massage your scalp where the hair follicles are the greasiest.

    7. Use hemorrhoid cream to get rid of bags under the eyes

    Hemorrhoid cream is meant to shrink swollen tissue, so it works very well on puffy eyes when you don’t have time to lay down with a couple of cucumber slices over your eyes. Apply a small amount to the swollen area under the eyes and be sure not to get any directly into your eye. Once it has soaked in you can apply your makeup as usual.

    6. Stick to neutral shades of makeup so they match with anything you wear

    Some of the best beauty shortcuts involve things to avoid. For instance, blue eye shadow only goes with so many outfits. If you wear makeup consisting of neutral tones, you won’t have to worry about your makeup clashing with your clothing. You can always have an assortment of brightly colored eyeliner pencils if you want to add a small amount of color at the last minute.

    5. Wash hair with a shampoo/conditioner combo

    Shampoo with conditioner included in it is a huge time saver. Some formulas don’t condition all too well, so it would be a good idea to invest in a quality shampoo/conditioner combination. Applying a spray-on conditioner will help to smooth out any frizzies that appear afterwards.

    4. Allow conditioner to set in hair while bathing

    If you can’t seem to part with your separate bottles of shampoo and conditioner, then shave off some time in the shower by applying conditioner before you wash your body. Shampoo and rinse your hair as usual. Add the conditioner to your hair and massage it in completely before you begin bathing. By the time you have finished scrubbing your body, you will be able to rinse your hair and body at the same time. In addition to being the best beauty shortcut, this method also makes for silky, moisturized hair.

    3. Dip freshly painted fingernails into a bowl of ice water for quicker setting

    Your nail polish will need to air dry for a couple of minutes before your fingernails can be placed into the bowl if icy water. After the two minutes have passed, plunge your fingertips into the ice water and keep them in there for at least 3 minutes. The hardest part will be keeping your fingers in the frigid water for that length of time. I think it’s worth it though, because there’s nothing more frustrating than smudging a freshly painted fingernail.

    2. Repair a torn fingernail with super glue and a tea bag

    It will only take a few minutes to get your nail looking good once again. Remove any fingernail polish on the torn nail. Cut a small square from the tea bag and dab of super glue to the torn section of the nail. Apply the paper square and let it dry completely. Use an Emory board to file the paper down slightly and then paint the nail as usual. Depending on the tear, you might be able to simply use super glue by itself to fix the nail.

    1. Use lemon juice to fix streaks in a fake tan

    It’s summer once again and not everyone is comfortable heading outdoors in their shorts with pale legs all aglow. A canned tan is a quick way to cut down on the glare of your pasty winter skin, but it can occasionally lead to skin with a streaky appearance. Douse a cotton ball with juice from a freshly squeezed lemon and pass the cotton ball over the streaked areas. The lemon juice will help the streaks blend together a bit better.


  • 5 Things Not To Say To A Woman over 30

    Posted by Charli McKenzie


    One of the great challenges for women turning 30 is the feeling of being somewhat accomplished but still not feeling like it’s enough. And this feeling of "enough" is hard for me to express but in my opinion may be the single most important thing to understanding women over 30. "Enough" is not quantifiable by money, degrees, shoe collections, or babies (in no particular order) -- it’s something bigger.

    Let me use a football metaphor to explain: Reaching 30 for women is like a diehard fan reaching the end of the second quarter at a really good football game. You can stay and double down for the second half, or you can go home at half time. For women, you start to see two clear paths: one to career and one to family. Only when I turned 30, and my professional and personal life started to really develop, did I give much thought to how exactly I was going to do it all: have a job, a husband, children, and my sanity. I don’t have an answer for that, but I think I’m like most women in that I didn’t really think about the specifics until I turned 30.

    So, on the eve of my 31st birthday, I’ve taken it upon myself to compile a list of the top five things never to say to a woman nearing thirty. Enjoy!


    No.5 "Ah, the big 3-0!"

    Turning 30 is a milestone for women for absolutely no good reason. It’s like April 15th for taxes -- a seemingly arbitrary date that makes you take stock of all that you have, all that you’ve done, all that you are, and all you hope to be. It’s serious stuff and, candidly, super annoying.


    No.4 "Women are like fine wine..."

    Any silly jokes or comparisons to fine wine are outlawed. Turning this age isn’t the same as 21; you don’t feel cool. In fact, any comparisons to fine wine and women like Angelina Jolie who are "still hot in their 30s" simply don’t work. Not only is she, and other celebrities like her, super-human, but most of them have already been married (at least once) and probably have enough kids to field a basketball team.


    No.3 "So, is that your biological clock I hear ticking?"

    Just do yourself a favor and don’t mention the biological clock. Women will tell you they aren’t thinking about it, but I’m here to tell you they are. Every single woman (married/single/gay/straight) has "the talk" with our doctors. We’re either ignoring it or obsessing over it -- or a combination of both. Since babies are on the brain, it’s a good idea not to nervously ask, "So, did you think you’d be married by now?" Save your breath -- the answer is yes. I was in complete denial that I even wanted to get engaged until my now-fiancé teased me about it, and I got all huffy and exasperated. I was lucky he had already bought the ring!


    No.2 "You should really start taking care of yourself."

    Don’t suddenly tell us we should really start taking care of ourselves, like somehow eating poorly at 29 was acceptable because we were so young, but now that we’re 30 our metabolism is going to hell and our dark circles will actually stay put. We do know how to take care of ourselves -- we’ve made it to 30, haven’t we? Enough said.


    No.1 "Aren’t you too old for that?"

    Over the past year, I’ve discovered there are very few things a 29-year-old can do that a 30-year-old can’t. One thing that comes to mind is a 30-year-old can’t blame her naiveté for bad decisions with men, career or fashion, as we once did in our 20s. For example, turning 30 made me strangely suspect of short skirts. I suddenly started to analyze what hem lengths are appropriate in my "old" age. But reflecting back, I don’t miss anything about my 20s. Not even the shortest of skirts. The bad jobs, bad dates, bad apartments, the never-ending hustle to pave a way in a career defined my 20s, and all of that seemed glamorous for about 2.5 seconds.

  • Dad of the year...

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

    Dad Drops Daughter To Catch Foul Ball At Dodgers-Marlins Game

    Some people are made famous through foul balls. Sometimes foul balls find their way to famous people. Whatever the case may be, fans have to act quickly -- and sometimes with questionable levels of intelligence -- when it comes to foul balls.

    In the ninth inning of Saturday's game between the Los Angeles dodgers and Florida Marlins, a father holding his daughter noticed a foul ball coming his way. He reacted as fast as he could, dropped his daughter and tried to catch it.

    Unfortunately, the father ended up dropping the ball as well.

  • Look who's leaving Grey's Anatomy..

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

    McDreamy Confirms Next Season Of Grey's Will Be His Last

    Those who have stuck with Grey's Anatomy the last seven years have grown fond of Patrick Dempsey, but will soon have to learn to do without him. In his recent interview with Italian Vanity Fair, McDreamy confirms that the upcoming 8th season of Grey'swill be his last. While he calls the show a "great part" of his life and leaving "bittersweet," he reveals that he "can't see [himself] doing it anymore."

    In truth, it revitalized his career, but he's right - it's time for him to move on.

    So, that's one. IncludingEllen Pompeo, there are only four other original cast members remaining at Seattle Grace. As we recall, all of their contracts are up this season. Could we be seeing the last of Meredith & Cristina, Dr. Bailey and Alex as well? If they go, will the show last much longer anyway? And if they stay, but Patrick leaves, what will that mean for Meredith and Derek?!

    So many questions that only Shonda Rhimes can answer!!! Dun, dun, dun!

    What do U think?