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  • Should this team have been suspended?

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

     

    A Florida eighth-grader was told by school staff to change her T-shirt that they deemed "inappropriate."

    The T-shirt read:  “Don’t Drink & Park. Accidents cause kids”

    She had received the T-shirt the night before at a Christian conference where teenagers pledge to remain abstinent until marriage.

    The school's official dress code prohibits clothing which contains anything "sexually explicit".  

    The school administrators are standing by their decision.

     

    What do you think??

  • The dirtiest spot in your kitchen..ew

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

     

    Think your kitchen is squeaky clean? Not so fast. "Moisture and food particles make it the perfect environment for growing germs that can make you sick," says Kelly A. Reynolds, PhD, an environmental microbiologist at the University of Arizona's Zuckerman College of Public Health in Tucson. "If you're not killing them, you can go from 10 microbes to millions within 24 hours." And the more germs there are, the more likely you are to get sick from one. Here's where they're hiding and what you can do about it. Photo by Thinkstock.

    Your Coffee Maker

    Coffee might not be the only thing brewing in there. The NSF found yeast and mold growing in about half the coffee pot reservoirs they surveyed. "These organisms can cause allergic responses in some people," says Dr. Donofrio-and make your coffee taste bad too, says Dr. Reynolds.

    What to do: Once a month, fill the reservoir with vinegar and let it stand for 30 minutes. Run a cycle with the vinegar followed by several clean water cycles. Between uses, wash the individual coffee pot parts (such as the brew basket) and let them dry. Although single-serve coffee pots weren't tested, Dr. Donofrio suggests following the same regimen for them.

    Your Kitchen Sink
    "There can be millions of pathogens (disease-causing germs) clinging to the sink, the seal of the drain and the rubber gasket around the garbage disposal," says Dr. Reynolds. While proper cooking lowers your chance of foodborne illness, germs like salmonella, which lives in much of the chicken you bring home, can linger in your sink after you wash the food that contains it. Touch your face after touching the sink and you've just spread the germs.

    What to do: Clean your sink immediately after rinsing raw meat, veggies and pet bowls and once a day even when you don't wash food or pet dishes. Spray a disinfectant (look for the EPA registration number in tiny print on the label), which kills most bacteria and viruses, on the faucet, sink sides, sink bottom and sink strainers. "Don't just wipe and go. Leave the product on the surface for the contact time recommended on the label," says Dr. Reynolds.

    Your Sponge, Dish Rag and Dish Brush
    The public health organization NSF International recently found that more than 75% of household dish sponges and rags carry disease-causing Coliform bacteria such as E. coli. "Using the same dishrag day after day spreads the microbes," says Robert Donofrio, PhD, director of microbiology at NSF International. A dirty rag contaminates any surface it touches, so if you eat off one of those surfaces, you can fall ill.

    What to do: Replace dishrags daily. Launder in hot water and dry on hot, which kills more germs. Change out sponges every few days, or throw one in the microwave-make sure it's damp so it doesn't catch on fire-for two minutes every day, says Dr. Donofrio. For a dish brush, spray it daily with disinfectant or put it in the dishwasher, says Dr. Reynolds.

    Your Hands
    If you've just cracked an egg or handled unwashed produce, raw meat or poultry or pet bowls, your hands can transfer disease-causing germs to the next surface you touch, says Dr. Donofrio.

    What to do: Plan ahead. "Get out everything you need, such as the knife, the cutting board and the pot, so you're not opening cabinet drawers and contaminating surfaces" once you've touched the food, says Dr. Donofrio. After dirty duties, soap up the tops and bottoms of your hands, in between fingers and under nails. Scrub for 20 seconds (hum "Happy Birthday" twice), then rinse. Dry with a clean hand towel or paper towel.

    Your Handbag, Backpack, Briefcase or Computer Bag
    You set these items on dirty surfaces, like the shopping cart seat where diapered baby bottoms and raw foods leave behind germs. Then, you toss your bags on the kitchen counter when you get home. "Anything you carry with you all day can pick up germs," says Dr. Reynolds. "In fact, about half of women's handbags have fecal bacteria on them." (Yuck!)

    What to do: Because no product disinfects fabric, keep items you carry daily away from food preparation areas, says Dr. Reynolds. If your bag is leather, swipe a disinfectant wipe across the bottom once a week. But test in a hidden area first to make sure it doesn't damage the material.

    Refrigerator and Cabinet Handles, Stove Knobs and Light Switches
    "We often forget about these areas because they may not look dirty," says Liz Trotter, owner of American Maid Cleaning in Olympia, WA. But any area you touch multiple times a day is highly likely to be contaminated.

    What to do: Wipe down these areas as part of your regular kitchen disinfecting routine, says Trotter. Keep cleaning products in a bucket under the sink so they're always handy. At a minimum, swipe a disinfectant wipe across these surfaces at least once a month and immediately following touching them after handling unwashed produce and raw poultry and meat, advises Dr. Reynolds.

    Your Garbage Can

    No matter how careful you are, food particles, meat juices and other nasty stuff build up on your trash can. "That's why it gets smelly. The odor is the mold or bacteria multiplying," says Dr. Reynolds. Touching the lid and then another surface can transfer germs.

    What to do: Once a week, take your garbage can outdoors or haul it into your shower, says Dr. Reynolds. Spray inside and out with a disinfectant, let it sit for the time recommended on the label, then rinse and let it air-dry. Don't forget to disinfect the cabinet handle and door if your garbage can is the pull-out type, says Trotter.

    The Countertop
    Even if you wipe it down every day, it's not necessarily clean. Anything you place on the counter-unwashed produce, grocery bags, lunch boxes, backpacks-can deposit germs. In fact, the NSF International study found that about a third of counters had Coliform bacteria, aka fecal contamination, says Dr. Donofrio.

    What to do: Disinfect your counter before and after preparing both raw and cooked food, says Dr. Reynolds. Keep pets and their dishes and toys off the counter, since they can carry bacteria such as Staph. And don't drop items you lug all day, like your purse, on the countertop.

    Your Microwave
    You'd think the heat kills germs, but "your microwave isn't a sterile environment," says Dr. Reynolds. "Bacteria are resilient and can lie dormant if you're not regularly disinfecting the surface."

    What to do: Wipe down with a disinfectant inside and out at least once a week, advises Dr. Reynolds. Clean up spills as they occur to prevent microbes from multiplying-and the odors that result. Cover foods to prevent splatters and future microbe growth.

    Reusable Grocery Bags

    Half of these bags tested in a recent University of Arizona/Loma Linda University study carried disease-causing bacteria such as E. coli. They don't start that way, though; no unused bags contained germs. "The problem is most reusable bags are porous, so juices from meat can soak into the fibers," says Dr. Reynolds. "They're also often not made of materials that can withstand a hot water wash."

    What to do: Look for bags that are washable (usually those made of cotton, not the commonly used woven polypropylene), then launder in hot water and dry on hot after use or at least once a week.

  • Want to add "Spark" to your marriage, after you've had kids?

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

     

    My hubby and I have been together for almost 15 years. We still act like teenagers in love at times and we also act like old college roomates that pass by each other every now an dthen to say 'hello'....when kids are brought into the picture, it's gets tough to add or keep that 'spark'..I loved these tips and I hope they help you out ;)

    ~Charli

    February is the month for romance and the ideal excuse to turn the spotlight on your marriage. Once you implement these 7 steps, your intimacy will be the envy of the playground!

    1. Synchronize Your Schedules
    Sure it's tempting to send email late into the night while he falls asleep in front of the TV, but if this sounds familiar, you need to change this pattern. If you crawl into bed at the same time as your spouse each night, sex is an option. If you don't, it is completely off the table. Your goal is warm bodies cuddling every night.

    2. Make Your Husband Your Gay Best Friend
    In the best marriages, spouses are best friends. Your husband should have the most intel on your life. Do you have good news? Tell him first. Bad news? Tell him first. Leaning on your husband leads to greater connection and intimacy.

    3. Do Bite-sized Check Ins
    Over a glass of wine or a cup of tea, make time to have a 20 minute check in each day - morning or night. Keep it to 20 minutes or your partner is less likely to want to do it tomorrow. The daily check-in results in intimacy because it literally holds your life together and insures you are on the same path.

    4. Have a Weekly Date Night
    Set up a weekly sitter so that date night becomes as much a part of your schedule as work or school. And remember that date night is not for problem solving. If you are doing your bite-size dailies, there is no need to use date nights for anything but fun. Trade off the planning responsibilities and enjoy.

    5. Create Your Dreamables
    Remember when you first met and the two of you giddily talked about your vision for the future? Just as a growing company periodically rethinks their plan, at least once a year you want to dream with your partner. Look 3-5 years ahead, look 10 years ahead. Think about careers, kids, travel, health, and money. Dreaming together is a great reminder that you are a team. Dream achievable - set a vision that you can aim for and get to.

    6. Settle on a Sex Quota
    Every couple is different and you need to do what works for both of you. Talk to your spouse about how much you each want to be having sex, meet in the middle and aim to achieve it! Getting in touch with each other's desires will help you meet one another's needs.

    7. Fly Solo
    The two of you need to do a couple's trip without kids at least once a year. Even two days at a local hotel will rejuvenate your marriage. And go guilt-free because taking some time to intensely connect will benefit the whole family upon your return. It is hard to be an unhappy kid with two happy parents.

  • 50 ways to tell someone you like them (without just telling them)

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

    When you like someone, and you think they might like you too, but you’re not sure, it’s not always best to put your hand over your heart and tell them how you feel.

    But there are ways to drop hints and open the door for them, so that if they are interested, they’re more likely to start showing it. Here are 50.

    1. Touch your face and hair when you’re talking to them.

    2. Touch them, casually, on the arm or knee when you’re talking to them.

    3. Laugh at their jokes.

    4. Touch their arm or knee when you laugh at their jokes.

    5. Notice when their glass is empty, and always offer to fill it up or get them another.

    6. Make eye contact from across the room at parties; smile.

    7. If you get an inside joke going between just the two of you, bring it up as much as possible. Never let it die.

    8. Say their name when you’re talking to them. (It’s true! People thrill at the sound of their own name—especially when uttered by someone they’re interested in.)

    9. Find a common enemy: another party guest, an annoying guy at the bar, a broken jukebox, the lack of pizza joints in this part of town. It’s you two against the world.

    10. If they mention an ex, or a date gone bad, tell them that they’re too good for that person, anyway.

    11. Give them a ridiculously huge tip. (This only works if they’re your waiter, bartender or barista. Obviously.)

    12. Email them because you just saw something and it “made me think of you.”

    13. Treat them to something sometime.

    14. Make up a nickname for them. Be the only one who calls them that.

    15. Invent any excuse for them to come over — a new movie, a sports game, a dinner party, a home repair project you really need help with.

    16. Be genuinely delighted every time you see them — make no effort to hide it.

    17. Loan them a book that you “just thought they would like.”

    18. Offer to hold their purse/bag/coat/cup.

    19. MIX TAPE! (No one makes a mix tape/cd for you unless they like you.)

    20. Make sure to get pictures of the two of you when you’re out together.

    21. Handwrite a note on your business card when you give it to them. i.e. “Really good to meet you.”

    22. Remember what their drink is without having to ask. Order it for them.

    23. Show up to their art opening/soccer game/open mic night/thing.

    24. Don’t leave without saying goodbye.

    25. That shirt/perfume/ring/pair of shoes they once mentioned they liked? Wear it. A lot.

    26. Remember what you talked about the last time you saw each other, and ask them how things turned out the next time you see each other.

    27. If they take your hand, squeeze it or run your thumb over their knuckles.

    28. Text them. Not just to make plans, but just because.

    29. Dress up a little when you know you’re going to see them.

    30. Bring up something little that you remember they once said to you.

    31. Offer to drive them to the airport.

    32. Just talk to them. About anything. Whenever you get the chance.

    33. Check out that TV show/movie/band/restaurant they mentioned. Tell them what you thought of it.

    34. Compliment them on something you think other people might notice about them.

    35. Pass them a note during class/a meeting/at a crowded bar.

    36. Find whatever excuse you possibly can for the two of you to end up at a karaoke bar. Insist on singing a duet.

    37. Always “randomly” have an extra ticket . (To “this movie,” “this art thing,” “my friend’s band that’s playing,” “this lecture that seemed cool.”)

    38. Ask their opinion on things. (“What TV show should I watch next on Netflix?”)

    39. “Like” their stuff on Facebook. (Not too much—just enough to let them know you’re reading.)

    40. Text back right away.

    41. Make friends with their friends.

    42. Tell them, as off-handedly as you can, that they smell good today.

    43. Send them a postcard when you’re away.

    44. Give them your number, so you can take the conversation off email/facebook/twitter.

    45. Assume they want coffee and bring them one. Learn how they take it first.

    46. Post baby animal videos on their Facebook wall.

    47. Remember their birthday.

    48. Find a reasonable excuse (birthday, promotion at work) and send them flowers.

    49. Send them YouTube links to that band they mentioned they liked, or send them links to new bands that you think they’d like.

    50. Kiss them on the cheek and hug them goodbye, instead of just saying it.

      How do you tell someone you like them without actually saying it?

     

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  • Best Home Remedies...EVER

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

    1. Budweiser beer conditions the hair
    2. Pam cooking spray will dry finger nail polish
    3. Cool whip will condition your hair in 15 minutes
    4. Mayonnaise will KILL LICE, it will also condition your hair
    5. Elmer's Glue - paint on your face, allow it to dry, peel off and see the dead skin and blackheads if any.
    6. Shiny Hair - use brewed Lipton Tea
    7. Sunburn - empty a large jar of Nestea into your bath water
    8. Minor burn - Colgate or Crest toothpaste
    9. Burn your tongue? Put sugar on it!
    10. Arthritis? WD-40 Spray and rub in, kill insect stings too
    11 Bee stings - meat tenderizer
    12. Chigger bite - Preparation H
    13. Puffy eyes - Preparation H
    14. Paper cut - crazy glue or chap stick (glue is used instead of sutures at most hospitals)
    15. Stinky feet - Jello !
    16. Athletes feet - cornstarch
    17. Fungus on toenails or fingernails - Vicks vapor rub
    18. Kool aid to clean dishwasher pipes. Just put in the detergent section and run a cycle, it will also clean a toilet. (Wow, and we drink this stuff)
    19. Kool Aid can be used as a dye in paint also Kool Aid in Dannon plain yogurt as a finger paint, your kids will love it and it won't hurt them if they eat it!
    20. Peanut butter - will get scratches out of CD's! Wipe off with a coffee filter paper
    21. Sticking bicycle chain - Pam no-stick cooking spray
    22. Pam will also remove paint, and grease from your hands! Keep a can in your garage for your hubby
    23. Peanut butter will remove ink from the face of dolls
    24. When the doll clothes are hard to put on, sprinkle with corn starch and watch them slide on
    25. Heavy dandruff - pour on the vinegar !
    26. Body paint - Crisco mixed with food coloring. Heat the Crisco in the microwave, pour in to an empty film container and mix with the food color of your choice!
    27 Tie Dye T-shirt - mix a solution of Kool Aid in a container, tie a rubber band around a section of the T-shirt and soak
    28. Preserving a newspaper clipping - large bottle of club soda and cup of milk of magnesia , soak for 20 min. and let dry, will last for many years!
    29. A Slinky will hold toast and CD's!
    30. To keep goggles and glasses from fogging, coat with Colgate toothpaste
    31. Wine stains, pour on the Morton salt and watch it absorb into the salt.
    32. To remove wax - Take a paper towel and iron it over the wax stain, it will absorb into the towel.
    33. Remove labels off glassware etc. rub with Peanut butter!
    34. Baked on food - fill container with water, get a Bounce paper softener and the static from the Bounce towel will cause the baked on food to adhere to it. Soak overnight. Also; you can use 2 Efferdent tablets , soak overnight!
    35. Crayon on the wall - Colgate toothpaste and brush it!
    36.. Dirty grout - Listerine
    37. Stains on clothes - Colgate toothpaste
    38. Grass stains - Karo Syrup
    39. Grease Stains - Coca Cola , it will also remove grease stains from the driveway overnight. We know it will take corrosion from car batteries!
    40. Fleas in your carpet? 20 Mule Team Borax- sprinkle and let stand for 24 hours. Maybe this will work if you get them back again.
    41. To keep FRESH FLOWERS longer Add a little Clorox , or 2 Bayer aspirin , or just use 7-up instead of water.
    42. When you go to buy bread in the grocery store, have you ever wondered which is the freshest, so you 'squeeze' for freshness or softness? Did you know that bread is delivered fresh to the stores five days a week? Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Each day has a different color twist tie.
    They are:

    Monday = Blue,
    Tuesday = Green,
    Thursday = Red
    Friday = White
    Saturday = Yellow.

    So if today was Thursday, you would want red twist tie; not white which is Fridays (almost a week old)! The colors go alphabetically by color Blue- Green - Red - White - Yellow, Monday through Saturday. Very easy to remember. I thought this was interesting. I looked in the grocery store and the bread wrappers DO have different twist ties, and even the ones with the plastic clips have different colors. You learn something new everyday! Enjoy fresh bread when you buy bread with the right color on the day you are shopping.

    Don't forget Gatorade for Migraine Headaches. PowerAde won't work. Pass this information on to friends so they can be informed.

  • The Metorite Crash..did you miss it? Here it is

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

    This seems like the movie "Armageddon" but this was the REAL meteorite crash in Russia..WOW

     

     

    A meteorite fell to Earth in Russia (near Chelyabinsk). At least one piece of the fallen object caused damage. It crashed into a wall near a zinc factory, disrupting the city's Internet and mobile service. Witnesses said the explosion was so loud that it seemed like an earthquake and thunder had struck at the same time, and that there were huge trails of smoke across the sky. Others reported seeing burning objects fall to earth. Office buildings in downtown Chelyabinsk were evacuated. Injuries were reported at one of the city’s secondary schools, supposedly from smashed windows. More than 400 people were injured. No sign of a young Clark Kent!

     

     

  • The DONTS of Valentines Day

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

     

     Ive been with my husband for around 15 years and he STILL DOESNT GET IT..lol....here are some tips for him and you this valentines day

    ~Charli

    1. Don't forget. I think that the worst thing I could do about Valentine's Day is forgetting all about it. Put it on your calendar in big red letters. And a few days before, make sure you put a reminder in your day planner or your PDA.

    2. Don't buy kitchen appliances. Or anything else practical. Valentine's Day is supposed to be a little extravagant. A new blender is not—I repeat, is not—romantic. Whatever gift you choose should be nice and out of the ordinary.

    3. Don't do the same thing you did last year. Even if it worked well, your partner will appreciate something new and different. She wants to know that you thought about her as you planned your Valentine's Day gift or event.

    4. Don't give her lingerie. Now, I know the people at Victoria's Secret will not like this, but lingerie is a very dangerous gift. You can get the wrong size, which is a big problem. You can get the wrong color. But most importantly, when guys give lingerie they often have one thought in mind, and giving lingerie can really backfire. Just resist the temptation and be a little more creative.

    5. Don't have unrealistic expectations. While your partner wants to be pampered, you also have to understand that her day is filled with many demands—kids, work, house, and more. Make sure you go the extra mile, but keep your expectations realistic and in check.

    6. Don't overspend. Particularly if you share a bank account and a credit card with your sweetheart, breaking the bank is a bad idea. Keep within your budget and have the nicest evening you can afford. If it is too much, she'll likely be panicked about money and too stressed to have fun.

    7. Don't talk about an ex. One of the surest ways to spoil a Valentine's Day evening is to have your partner think you are thinking about another woman. Don't talk about your former wife or girlfriend; keep the conversation focused on your woman and life will be better.

    8. Don't give her a generic card. She will not be impressed with the nicest card from the local Hallmark if you just sign your name. Add a note about how much you love her, how much she means to you, and any other positive feelings you have. The personal part is what is romantic to her, not how much lace is on the card or how much you spent on it.

    9. Don't do guy stuff. Your favorite NBA basketball team may be in town, or you may be tempted to take her to a sports bar for dinner. Just don't. This is her night, so stay away from the guy stuff, and put her first. You can always record or TIVO the televised game and watch it tomorrow.

    10. Don't spend the night online. Too many of us tend to get in front of the computer late at night for gaming, chatting or other online stuff. For this one night, leave the computer off and focus on your woman. She will be grateful for your undivided attention.

     

  • Valentine's Day Money Saving Tips...

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

     

     

    Whether or not you think Valentine’s Day is a holiday created by greeting card companies, if you’re in a relationship you’d better be ready to celebrate.

    Here are 10 ways to bring home the romance without breaking the bank on February 14th.

    1. Instead of eating out, take advantage of dine-in-for-two deals at your local super market.

    2. While you’re at the supermarket, pick up your flowers there - they are usually cheaper and last longer.

    3. Wake up your significant other with breakfast in bed.

    4. Make a creative present instead of spending money - a card or a letter.

    5. Stick post-it notes around your house or apartment letting your partner know how much you love them.

    6. Bring a surprise picnic to their work for their lunch break.

    7. Head to a local event in your community.

    8. If you don’t have someone to celebrate with - offer to babysit for a couple and earn extra cash.

    9. Create a voucher for a special night out, so that you can enjoy a romantic atmosphere on a different night without all the Valentine’s Day couples.

    10. Be a tourist in your city and check out free museums and other cultural experiences.

  • Grammy Re-cap...

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

    Um LOOK AT ALL THIS HOTTNESS!?!?!  Can you imagine a dinner date with these two amazing couples? I love this picture so much!

     

     

    What did you think of Miranda's dress? I thought it was cute, but didn't fit her body all that good..My husband called her "thick"...Nice

     

    Funniest picture of the night...Ellen Degeneres, her wife-Portia, and Katy Perry..lol

     

     

     

    What did you think of Carrie's dress? She can wear a burlap sack and look amazing, but I htought this was pretty cool!!

     

     

     

    And of course, what outfit wouldn't be complete without $31 million dollars worth of jewelry?

     

     

    And of course, there was the big memo going out from the grammy's saying NO ONE is to show any body parts or step over the FCC guidelines, one person in particlular was Jennifer Lopez who famously showed off her boobs one year, well she didn't show them-she showed leg..ALL LEG~

     

     ~Charli

     

  • Who's dumber......him or her?

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    A tattooist (in Russia) inked his name across his girlfriend's face less than 24 hours after they first met.

    They met on an online chat room and say they fell head over heels in love.

    She allowed him to sign 'Ruslan' over her face in giant Gothic script on the day they met. They are now engaged.