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  • Carrot Cake recipe-very good for you:)

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

    1 cup all-purpose flour

    3/4 cup whole wheat flour

    1/4 cup oat bran

    1 cup Splenda

    2 teaspoons baking powder

    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

    1/2 teaspoon salt

    1/2 teaspoon baking soda

    1 cup egg beaters

    3 cups finely shredded raw carrot

    1/2 cup applesauce

    1/4 cup canola oil


    4 oz. reduced-fat cream cheese

    4 oz. silken tofu

    1/2 cup fat-free whipped topping

    1 cup powdered sugar

    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    1 tablespoon orange juice


    1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease two 9 x 1.5 inch round cake pans. Dust with flour.

    2. In a large bowl stir together flour, oat bran, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

    3. In another bowl combine the egg beaters, carrot, oil and applesauce. Add this mixture to the flour mixture. Stir until combined. Pour the batter into the prepared pans.

    4. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool on wire racks for 10 minutes. Remove from pans and cool completely.

    5. To prepare the frosting: Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix with an electric mixer until smooth. Frost cake as desired.


  • You want a hug from Taylor Shift?

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

    ~~ A website is devoted totally to getting a hug from Taylor Swift.

    A trio of 22-year-old Auburn University students came up with a random idea to film a documentary and series of webisodes... to get a hug from Taylor. The boys' site,, features their blogs, videos and stats.

    One fella said he heard Taylor's 'Teardrops on My Guitar' a few years ago and has been a fan ever sense. He says, "Despite all the fame and celebrity that has followed her, she has somehow remained truly grounded, and that is something that is admirable in any celebrity. And she seems like such a cool person to hang out with."

    The guys decided a hug was the most they should ask for, and what sealed the deal was a quote from Taylor, which said "I've always been a hugger ... if we all hugged more, the world would be a better place."

    Taylor took a peek at the website recently and posted her own video in response. She started a game with them-- she will issue them various challenges along the way.

    For the first challenge, she wants them to do a simple good deed, film it and post it to their site. That deed: "helping a little old lady across the street." The boys have accepted the challenge so they can realize their end goal: to get a hug from Taylor Swift.

    Click here to go to link

  • Brooks and Dunn-You pick the song

    Posted by Charli McKenzie


    ~~ Brooks & Dunn will let their fans decide which one of six past hits the duo will perform on the 45th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, which are scheduled for 7 p.m. on April 18, live on CBS from the MGM Grand.

    This is Brooks & Dunn’s final ACM Awards performance, with the duo launching its farewell tour this summer.

    The first phase of voting, which narrows the song list to three, started yesterday at Fans can choose from: “My Maria”; “Brand New Man”; “Red Dirt Road”; “Neon Moon”; “You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone”; and “Boot Scootin' Boogie.”

    The second phase of voting begins April 14 and will continue to run until Brooks & Dunn’s performance on the show.

    Click here to vote

  • How to deal with public tantrums

    Posted by Charli McKenzie


    Tantrums are a normal part of childhood, but that doesn't make them pleasant for parents -- especially when they happen in public places.

    Still, there are things parents can do to minimize the stress of the situation.

    First, don't be embarrassed by your child's fits, says psychologist Aletha Solter, author of Tears and Tantrums: What to Do When Babies and Children Cry.

    "It's normal," sayas Solter, who runs the Aware Parenting Institute in Goleta, Calif.

    Solter believes in letting tantrums run their course but, if possible, move the child to a quiet corner of the store or take him or her to the car. Don't punish children or give them what they want in an attempt to quiet them, she says.

    "It's OK if she has a meltdown," she says. "You don't have to give in. You don't have to buy the candy."
    Child psychologist Rich Gilman also suggests moving the child to a less distracting location and implementing a timeout so the child can calm down. For Gilman, a timeout isn't a punitive measure -- it's an opportunity for children to "get themselves under control."

    Gilman, a coordinator of psychology and special education programs at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, counsels parents to use timeouts at home and in public when children are having difficulty with self control or aggression.

    Solter recommends calmly telling the child: "I see that you're upset. I'll stay with you until you feel better." By validating their feelings, you help children realize they can share their feelings with you, she says.

    If a child becomes violent during a tantrum and tries to hit or kick you, stop them, Solter says. Tell them: "I cannot let you hit. I need to hold your arms right now. It's OK to scream and cry, it's not OK to hit me."

    Both experts say parents can try to prevent public temper tantrums by monitoring their children's moods. If a child seems tired or irritable, consider skipping a trip to the grocery store or other outing, they say.

    Another way to avoid public tantrums is to remind children on the way into a store or restaurant how you expect them to behave, Gilman says, adding that a child who knows what's expected will try hard to meet those expectations.

  • Are you sad that she's leaving??

    Posted by Charli McKenzie


    Katherine Heigl has finally confirmed she's leaving “Grey's Anatomy.”

    In an interview with “Entertainment Weekly” the actress says she is leaving the ABC medical drama after six seasons.  She adds “It's sad but it's what I wanted."

    She says she wants more time to focus on her 16-month-old daughter Naleigh, whom she adopted from South Korea with husband Josh Kelley last September.

    And a source says that Heigl also wants to focus on her film career.

    (BTW: She was scheduled to appear in this season's final five episodes, but that's no longer happening. The Jan. 21 episode was her last as Izzie.)

    Heigl said: "I know I'm disappointing the fans. I just had to make a choice. I hope I made the right one."

    The whole story is right here

  • The Plastiki

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

    The Platstiki set sale yesterday for a month long journey on the Pacific ocean...the boat was constructed using 12,000 plastic 2-liter bottles, which have been pressurized using dry ice powder, making it buoyant enough to carry four people on the 11,000 miles from San Francisco to Sydney. It'll take 100 days they think, with the electricity coming from solar panels, wind turbines and exercise bikes that the four crewmembers will be using.


  • 10 Bad Habits and What they Cost You

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

    Well, right off the bat I am guilty of 4 of these...YIKES. My husband and I are trying to get on a budget and this was given to me by my finaancial planner. Click the link below to see the whole article...

    rinking Soft Drinks
    Let's put the price at $1.50, which is about what you'd pay for a 16-ounce bottle of Pepsi or Coke at a gas station. Paying $1.50, if you have one soda a day, you've spent $547.50 a year (before tax). If you have three a day, you've just flushed away $1,642.50.

    Reading Gossip Magazines
    Here's what the major gossip mags cost per issue on the newsstand: Life & Style, $3; Us Weekly $4; OK!, $3.50; Star, $4; In Touch, $3; People $4. The average person chooses two. Figuring on an average of $3.50 each, that would cost $7 a week.

    Annual subscription cost for one a week: $78
    Annual cost if it's People: $116
    Annual subscription cost for two a week (People and one other): $194
    Annual cost for one off the newsstand each week: $182

    Buying Coffee
    If caffeine didn't give you the jitters before, this annual figure will: $1,442. That's the cost ($3.95) of a midsized ("grande") cappuccino at a Starbucks, multiplied by 365. Subtract weekends from that because you're not at work, and it's still $1,031 over the course of the year.

    Playing the Lottery
    Playing the lottery gives you hope, right? It's fun. It's a good time finding out that today, once again, isn't going to be the day. Annual cost for playing one set of numbers a day: $365

    Getting Fries With That
    On average, a combo meal costs $6 for a burger, fries, and soda. The burger, by itself, costs $3.79, and a medium soda by itself costs $1.69. Together, they're $5.48 before tax, or 51 cents cheaper if you forget the fries. That 51 cents may not seem like much, but it adds up. Have fast food once a week and you'll spend $26.52 a year. Three times a week, and you'll spend nearly $80.

    Click here for more info

  • 9 places NOT to use your debit card

    Posted by Charli McKenzie
    While credit cards and debit cards may look almost identical, not all plastic is the same. Since a debit card is a direct line to your bank account, there are places where it can be wise to avoid handing it over... here are 10 of them:

    1. Online: If you have problems with a purchase or the card number gets hijacked, a debit card is vulnerable because it happens to be linked to an account.The Federal Reserve sets a consumer's liability for fraudulent purchases at $50, provided they notify the bank within two days of discovering that their card or card number has been stolen. Getting 100% of the money that was stolen back into your bank account is another story.

    2. Big-Ticket Items: With a big ticket item, a credit card is safer. A credit card offers dispute rights if something goes wrong with the merchandise or the purchase. With a debit card, you have fewer protections.

    3. Deposit Required: Putting a deposit on your bank account puts a freeze on those dollars in your account. Using a credit card ensures that you have access to 100% of your money at all times.
    4. Restaurants: The danger: Restaurants are one of the few places where you have to let cards leave your sight when you use them. The other problem with using a debit card at restaurants: Some establishments will approve the card for more than your purchase amount because, so the amount of money frozen for the transaction could be quite a bit more than the amount of your tab. And it could be a few days before you get the cash back in your account.

    6. Buy Now, Take Delivery Later: Buying now but taking delivery days or weeks from now? A credit card offers dispute rights that a debit card typically does not.

    7. Recurring Payments: We've all heard the urban legend about the gym that won't stop billing an ex-member's credit card. Now imagine the charges aren't going onto your card, but instead coming right out of your bank account.

    8. Future Travel: Book your travel with a check card, and they debit it immediately. So if you're buying travel that you won't use for six months or making a reservation for a few weeks from now, you'll be out the money immediately.

    9. Gas Stations and Hotels: This one depends on the individual business. Some gas stations and hotels will place holds to cover customers who may leave without settling the entire bill. That means that even though you only bought $10 in gas, you could have a temporary bank hold for $50 to $100. Same with hotels, except it could be hundreds of dollars.


  • Dolly Helping Make a Wish kids!!

    Posted by Charli McKenzie


    ~~ Dolly Parton is joining forces with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to help raise some cash.

    Dolly recently announced that she would be recording a song and releasing it as a fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  But it's not one of her own songs.  Instead she will be recording the song "Don't" from the musical "In Your Dreams."

    No word on when you'll be able to buy the  emake, but you can listen to the original song HERE.

    You can also find out more about the Make-A-Wish foundation HERE

  • New Betty White comedy

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

    This is a MUST-SEE-TV for this trailer for the new Betty White sitcom on TV Land...