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  • 50 Best Dates in America

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

     

    From outdoor adventures to cozy bed and breakfasts, and north to south, and east to west, these not-to-be-missed attractions demand a romantic tour of the US of A. REDBOOK.

    Alabama
    3…2…1…lift-off to the cutest nerd-date on the planet. Sign up for a tour at Space Camp in Huntsville and geek out on the largest collection of rockets and other space memorabilia in the U.S. Astronaut ice cream not optional.

    Alaska
    Venture to the far reaches of these here United States in one of the Northern Alaska Tour Company's seaplanes to Barrow, the northernmost city in the U.S. and the ninth northernmost city in the world. Make sure to dip your toe in the Arctic Ocean - but not for too long!

    Arizona
    You'll be singing "Cowboy Take Me Away" with a visit to the all-inclusive Tanque Ranch just outside Tuscon. The working dude ranch is set in the heart of the Sonoran desert and was the real-life setting for Nickelodeon's quirky teen show, Hey Dude. (We knew you'd like that.)

    Arkansas
    The Buckstaff Bath House is the only remaining operational bath house within the boundaries of Arkansas' famed Hot Springs National Park. The natural thermal mineral waters are known for their therapeutic value, and Swedish massages only enhance the complete relaxation experience.

    California
    Skip the Hollywood Walk on Fame and cheer on Los Angeles' real stunners. The Derby Dolls, SoCal's all-female roller derby league, let you experience the retro sport bruise-free.

    Colorado
    We don't recommend biking while intoxicated, but cyclist-friendly Fort Collins is home to more craft breweries than you can visit in a weekend. Rent a bike for free at the Fort Collins Bike Library , and spend a summer day sipping Imperial IPA at Fort Collins Brewery, Easy Street Wheat at Odell Brewing Co., and Sigda's Green Chilli Ale at CooperSmith's.

    Connecticut
    Mystic, Connecticut, is known for many things - amongst them a now-classic Julia Roberts movie set at a restaurant of the same name - but it acquired an extra sheen of romance when Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall picked the Inn at Mystic, which boasts sweeping views of the Long Island Sound and Mystic Harbor, as their honeymoon spot in 1945.

    Deleware
    The newly-launched Delaware Culinary Trail takes you to all regions of the First State to highlight 24 delicious Delaware restaurants. They've even launched a companion cookbook called First State Plates: Iconic Delaware Restaurants and Recipes so you can recreate your favorite dishes - like Walter's Steakhouse Bone-In Rib-Eye - back at home.

    Florida
    What began in 1970 as an art exhibition by a collective of gallerists in a small town uniquely situated on the border of France, Germany, and Switzerland is now a global event with three annual exhibitions in Basel, Hong Kong, and Miami Beach. Hobnob with top art collectors and experts as you peruse collections of well-established and emerging artists' work.

    Georgia
    With over 10 million gallons of water, Atlanta's Georgia Aquarium is the largest in the world. Set up camp, and snooze with the fishies at one of its adults-only sleepovers, which includes live jazz and behind the scenes and gallery tours.

    Hawaii
    On Oahu, take a scenic car-trip up Tantalus Drive, through vine-draped trees for breathtaking views of Honolulu from a place that seems worlds away from the big city.

    Idaho
    Located between Driggs and Victor, Idaho, the Spud Drive-In is one of only two theaters listed on the National Register of Historic Sites. The 1950's-themed concession stand is known throughout Idaho for their burgers and, of course (this is the spud state), fries.

    Illinois
    The Chicago Architecture Foundation and First Lady Cruise's architecture tour on the Chicago River is a must-do activity for tourists and natives alike. The tour highlights the city's historic and modern architecture as well as its growth from a small back-country outpost to a major U.S. metropolis in just 100 years. Don't forget to wear sunscreen (warns this tour-taker).

    Indiana
    California's not the only state with great vineyards. The Indy Wine Trail features seven distinct wineries all within minutes of downtown Indianapolis. If you visit all the stops and get your Wine Trail passport stamped at each one, you're entitled to a free gift. Wine and presents? Done.

    Iowa
    RAGBRAI, as the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa has come to be known, is an annual seven-day bicycle ride across Iowa that's actually the oldest, largest, and longest bicycle touring event in the world. Since it's a ride, not a race, RAGBRAI participants have adopted a laid-back, celebratory attitude that makes the 468-mile tour of Iowa quite the event.

    Kansas
    Home to NASCAR and GRAND-AM races, the Kanrocksas music festival, and the Hollywood Casino, the Kansas Speedway can seat up to 72,000 thrill-seeking fans.

    Kentucky
    Go where the spirit (pun intended) leads you on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail tour of seven famous distilleries nestled in beautiful bluegrass country.

    Louisiana
    La Maison Marigny is the only bed and breakfast located on world-famous Bourbon Street. The inn sits in the more quiet, residential part of the street (so nighttime Nola noise won't disturb you) but is mere steps away from the French Quarter and jazz-heavy Frenchmen Street.

    Maine
    Acadia National Park's Cadillac Mountain is the first place the sun rises in the United States, so pitch a tent, snuggle up to your hubby, and take in the sights.

    Maryland
    Baltimore is home to the National Aquarium, which houses more than 16,000 animals including sharks, puffins, dolphins, turtles, parrots and more. The Aquarium is a non-profit organization, so you're also supporting vital conservation efforts and education programs when you visit.

    Massachusetts
    The coastal town of Marblehead has the makings of your perfect preppy date: beautiful harbor views, a picturesque lighthouse just right for picnics, and plenty of sailor pubs in walking distance from the most charming Federalist-Mansion Inn ever. We don't blame you if you come back covered in tiny little whale print.

    Michigan
    Get in the groove, and subject your hubby to a little girl-power when you visit Detroit's Motown Museum. The hot new exhibit, "Girl Groups: The Grit, The Glamour, The Glory" pays tribute to groups like the Supremes, Martha and the Vandellas, and the Marvelettes.

    Minnesota
    Sure, it's a shopping center, but the Mall of America is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. Couples get a special date-night deal at the mall's theaters on Tuesdays, and - besides shopping at over 520 stores - you can play mini-golf, go on rides in Nickelodeon Universe, visit Lego Land and the Minnesota Aquarium, and even get married (over 5,000 weddings have been performed at the mall).

    Mississippi
    The Mississippi Blues Trail is a collection of nearly 170 influential places in the cradle of the blues. Couples should make it a point to stop at the Shack Up Inn, where the rooms are sharecropper shacks on the Hopson Plantation, the Ground Zero Blues Club, which is co-owned by Morgan Freeman, and the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretative Center in Indianola.

    Missouri
    STL's quirky City Museum may just be the coolest adult playground ever, complete with its own surrealistic treehouse/art installation/jungle gym named "Monstro." Continue the fun with a complimentary tour (and sampling) of America's favorite beer at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery. Finally, sample a starry night, St. Louis-style, at Chase Park Plaza, whose elegant rooms have been graced by U.S. presidents, rockstars and sports legends.

    Montana

    Chico Hot Springs Resort & Day Spa sits in the heart of Paradise Valley, just north of Yellowstone National Park. The two open-air mineral pools average temperatures of 96 and 103 degrees Fahrenheit completely naturally, and the hot springs are known for their curative powers.

    Nebraska
    Little Lauer Lake Cabin is a quaint and rustic authentic log cabin situated on a fishing pond that also boasts 21st-century amenities if you prefer to "rough it" with satellite TV.

    Nevada
    Take a break from the Sin City of Vegas and visit the Pinball Hall of Fame, home to games from the 1950s to 1990s, for some friendly competition.

    New Hampshire
    A trip to Mount Fuji's quite the undertaking, so trailblazers would do well to hit the second-most hiked mountain in the world, Mount Monadnock. Stay at the nearby Harrisville Inn, which offers views of the mountain from its front porch.

    New Jersey
    You'll shed any association with Jersey Shore as you hike the Pine Barrens, a stretch of largely rural, undeveloped land that covers more than 20 percent of the state. But be careful - according to legend, the New Jersey Devil is said to inhabit the area.

    New Mexico
    Find out for yourself if the chili really does contain aphrodisiac qualities in the heart of spice country - Santa Fe. Get your foodie fill on one of the three different restaurant crawls hosted by the city's own School of Cooking & Market.

    New York
    Go beyond the food truck trend, and visit Smorgasburg, where you'll indulge in gourmet street food on the Brooklyn waterfront. Typical offerings include hot dogs made of Chinese BBQ pork belly and onions, salted caramel macaroons, and peanut chicken stew. Staying open through winter for the first time, the food festival is running a pop-up at Whole Foods Bowery.

    North Carolina
    If your husband's outdoorsy, he'll love a trip to the U.S. National Whitewater Center, which is home to the largest man-made recirculating river. Get adventurous, get wet, and hop into that boat.

    North Dakota
    Animal lovers, rejoice. Tucked away in Bindord, ND is Prairie Isle Dog Trekking, which offers a two-hour dog sledding experience. So bundle up, and stare into those bright blue Husky eyes.

    Ohio
    Voted best amusement park in the world for 15 consecutive years, Cedar Point opens GateKeeper, a new wing coaster with the world's longest track, longest drop, most inversions of any wing roller coaster this May. When the ride hits 67 mph, we guarantee you'll be screaming with glee.

    Oklahoma
    Experience country living at its most authentic at the Hoot Owl Guest Ranch, a fully-operational cattle ranch built in the nineteenth century. Kick back and relax with activities like bird-watching, hiking, four-wheeler rides, and tours of the ranch.

    Oregon
    Can't get enough of Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein's hilarious send-up of the country's latest bohemian hipster mecca? Take a tour of Portland as seen through the eyes of Portlandia's wacky characters, and blend in with the natives by putting a bird on everything you wear.

 Portlandia: A Guide for Visitors, $10.98, Amazon.

    Pennsylvania
    Nothing spells more romance than an adorable B&B, and for one of the best selection in the country, try Bucks County, PA, which is home to more than 40, more than 20 of them in the one-square mile riverside town of New Hope. Our little secret favorite is Porches on the Townpath, tucked away on a quiet lane fronting the Delaware Canal.

    Rhode Island
    Both a work of art and a source of interactive entertainment, Waterfire suspends 80 bonfires above the three rivers of downtown Providence on select Saturday evenings between May and October. Stroll through the area holding hands, and you may come across a dance troop or live band performing.

    South Carolina

    Fans of low-country classics like shrimp and grits won't be surprised to hear how good the food is in Charleston, but thanks to an influx of some big name chefs, it's become a major foodie stomping grounds. Recently dubbed its Hottest Chef of 2013 by Eater, Chef Frank McMahon, of famous Hank's Seafood, reveals where you can find him after hours: grabbing a slice of pie at Monza, beer in hand at Closed for Business, late night at Butcher & Bee, at the bar of McIntosh ("The Mac") or the newly opened Rare Bit.

    South Dakota
    Take a historic lantern tour through Jewel Cave, the third-longest cave in the world. Park rangers dress up in 1930s garb to stimulate what exploration was like in earlier days, making the experience admittedly kitschy, but also an original way to explore one of America's natural wonders.

    Tennessee
    Relive the slip-n-slide experiences of your childhood summers at Zorb Smoky Mountains, where you and your hubby can sign up for a ZYDRO ride. You'll be enclosed in a water-filled ZORB globe and rolled down a hill for what's best described as a cross between a water-slide and a roller coaster.

    Texas
    The meandering paved walkway runs about five miles through the heart of the city and is home to many restaurants, cafes, bars and excellent shopping. Follow the famous canal to Bowen's Landing, a romantic spot known as Wedding Island, where more than 250 chose to tie the knot just last year. Hop back on one of the slow canal barges back to the centrally located Mokara Hotel. Kissing and cuddling will be impossible to prevent.

    Utah
    Aside from the few weeks it's celeb-packed with film festivalgoers, Robert Redford's Sundance Resort exudes rustic charm. Have a drink at the Owl Bar - the bar itself is the original 1890s one that Butch and Sundance used to visit.

    Vermont
    The best feeling on earth? Snuggling up with your hubby in front of a warm, toasty wood fire after a day of snow-shoeing. The romantic suites at Top Notch Resort & Spa in Stowe have their own fireplaces and sink-in-style beds, perfect for getting cozy after a bone-chilling day. The best part? Since the lobby's now undergoing construction, you can score these boutique style rooms at discount rates.

    Virginia
    Live out John Denver's famous ode to country roads as you drive leisurely along the Blue Ridge Parkway, which offers sweeping views of pastoral landscapes and the rugged Appalachian Highlands.

    Washington
    Perhaps best known for their appearance on Twin Peaks, Snoqualmie Falls, which actually rises higher than Niagara Falls, will give you a sense of peace you simply can't get in everyday life.

    West Virginia
    Snowshoe Mountain offers a ski village experience with both winter and summer activities. In the winter, you can ski, snowboard, and ride a snowmobile for two; in the summer, adrenaline-seeking couples can climb in a Green Zebra Tomcar to ride through 11,000 acres of wilderness and go mountain biking or clay-target shooting.

    Wisconsin
    This Midwestern state is home to two of the country's best summer festivals. Summerfest, one of the world's largest musical festivals, hits Milwaukee June 26-30 and July 2-7. Over Labor Day weekend, Taste of Madison showcases the college town's diverse culinary scene with offerings that will deter your notions of what fair food is.

    Wyoming
    Teton National Park is your own personal playground with over 200 miles of trails to explore. Take a hot air balloon ride, float along the Snake River in a tube made for two, or just take in the vast, open skies from the outdoor hot tub at the excellent Teton Mountain Lodge.

  • Best Days, Months, Hours to spend money

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    We all want to spend our time and money wisely, and now a new book explains how to do both — how to get the most bang for your buck by simply timing our purchases right. “Buy Shoes on Wednesday and Tweet at 4:00” offers tips on various transactions, from leasing a car to getting a haircut.

    Shoes

    A girl can never have too many pairs and online retailers make it very simple to find whatever we want day or night. But sales tracker ShopItToMe.com says if you can hold off until Wednesdays to buy a pair that caught your eye, you’ll likely save about 40% off the regular price.

    Hair Cuts

    How about a new “do” to got with your fancy footwear? Well, you may want to think twice before getting a haircut on a Saturday. Stylists interviewed for the book say it’s their busiest day of the week and when they’re under the most pressure. Instead, schedule an appointment with your barber or salon on Tuesday, often the slowest day for business. Hairstylists say they’re less stressed and make fewer mistakes — plus you’ll get their full attention.

    Life Insurance Policies


    Timing matters here, as well. If you haven’t invested in a policy yet, the time to act is sooner rather than later. In fact, you’ll get the best rate on a policy before your next birthday, as monthly premiums tend to creep up with each passing year.

    Gym Memberships

    Managers at Fitness agree summer is actually the best time to become a member. By then, most of the news year’s resolution crowd has given up and gyms will often wave sign-up fees and offer a free month, just to get you in the door. Plus, with most people exercising outdoors, you’ll have your choice of equipment in air-conditioned comfort.

    Homes

    While summer may be the best time to get serious about exercise, winter is the ideal time to get settled into a new home. Not many people move during the cold season and even fewer do around the holidays. Building managers say that’s why they tend to offer tenants the lowest rent and best deals in December. For those moving in, don’t forget to ask for a lower security deposit or a free month’s rent.

    Cars

    Switching gears to the auto market, whether you’re buying or leasing a car, the book says it’s often best to shop at the end of the month. That’s when dealers will be eager to meet their monthly quotas, giving you the upper hand. Browse midweek when business is usually the slowest. You’ll have the full attention of the sales staff and more bargaining power.

    If you opt to lease, September is the best month because that’s when the newest car models start rolling out. Lease rates are calculated based on the residual value or worth of the car at the time the lease expires. That dollar figure should be high, so you want the car to be as new as possible at the time you drive it off the lot.

    Car Washes

    Finally, when you’re ready to wash your new set of wheels, avoid evenings and weekends. It’s better to go first thing in the morning to avoid the rush of folks on their way home from work or running errands. The machinery will be clean, there won’t be a line and workers will have more energy to spend on your car. Some car washes even offer discounts to lure in drivers before 9 A.M.

  • New Album release dates

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

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  • Pinch Pennies on date night...NOT looking cheap :)

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

     

    Begin at the Beginning
    Instead of going out for dinner, order a couple of appetizers to share. The hubby and I like to hit the local Mexican restaurant on Margarita Monday - We can linger over a shared nacho plate and grab a cheap drink.

    Do Lunch
    Or, skip dinner altogether in favor of a less expensive lunch. We like to sneak away while the kids are in school, when the meals are often lower priced.

    Cook at Home
    There's nothing more romantic than a candlight dinner for two - especially when it's in the privacy of your own home. It's fun to work together in the kitchen, and I'm totally up for donning this hot little number while we cook!

    Play Games
    Whether your tastes run to board games or video games, there's nothing like a night of fun after the kids are asleep! Just last week, we spent hours playing old school Nintendo games after dinner, laughing and enjoying one another.

    Have Coffee
    Check with your local coffee house or bookshop for details on open mic nights, free concerts, or poetry readings.

    Check for Deals
    We've had great luck with daily deal sites for fun activities to do together. We've been rock climbing and to museums. We've bought tickets to comedy clubs, movies, and sporting events. I love taking advantage of the specials to find new things to do in our area.

    Be a Kid Again
    This is one of my favorite pictures, racing down the slide at the Children's Museum. We've also ridden the carousel horses together, gone to the batting cages, mini-golfed, and spent hours at the Pinball Hall of Fame playing arcade games - all are inexpensive and so much fun, even without the kids!

  • What do Toddlers and First Dates have in Common?

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    I never liked first dates. Even when they went well, there was this constant worry that maybe things wouldn't go as well next time. What do I wear? Where should we go? Should I pay for my meal or let him pay for all of it? Do I shave my legs? What if I can't stand him? What if he smells? WHAT IF? Thankfully I haven't had to go on a first date in over a dozen years, but I've recently realized that every outing with my toddler, Presley runs the risk of being very similar to a terrible first date. From the risk of embarrassment to the awkward conversations, here are some of the reasons I stress about outings with my little bundle almost as much as I worried about those first dates. Click through for 7 things toddlers and first dates have in common

    They're Unpredictable
    Are you going to get the charming person who smiled at you from your computer screen, or will you land yourself with an unpredictable, terribly cranky, impossible to please date? WHO KNOWS?

    High Likelihood for Extreme Embarrassment
    I was on a first date years ago when a woman stormed into the restaurant and began yelling at my date. Turns out, the woman was his mother and he had failed to mow the lawn. She was FURIOUS. She dragged him out, leaving me alone with the bill and all eyes on me. Six years ago I was taking care of some personal business in a Chicago airport restroom with a toddler corralled in the stall with me. After a minute, I suddenly realized my toddler had swung the bathroom door wide open to a whole line of women waiting to use the restroom. My pants were around my ankles and my pride was down the toilet.

    Have an Emergency Out
    We've all had friends call to check on us during a questionable first date, and it's nice to know you have an emergency out just in case. Get stuck with a toddler? There's a chance you may have to cut and run. I've abandoned many a full shopping cart when an outing went from pleasant to hairy. The article below was written by a girl named Casey Mullins and it's dead on..so I thought Id share it with you!!
    ~Charli

     

    Bodily Functions
    I fart when I'm really nervous. I spent a lot of time suppressing the urge to toot in front of my partner on our first date. I liked him a lot, and the butterflies in my stomach wreaked havoc on my tender digestive system. When you're out with a toddler there's double the bodily functions to keep track of, whether they're still in diapers or potty training.

    Everything Revolves Around Food
    Meeting for coffee, going out to dinner, grabbing lunch - there are many different ways to approach a first date and almost all of them involve food at some point. No matter where you go with a toddler or for how long, food will somehow be involved. Whether it's the snacks packed away deep in your bag just in case or a quick stop at the Target cafe for a bag of popcorn, food is essential. Don't believe me? Forget snacks and your wallet when you're out with your toddler, and watch all Hell break loose.

    Awkward Conversation
    I think this one is totally self explanatory from the point of view of a first date. As for the toddler comparison? Vivi's favorite thing to say is "MAMA POO-POO! MAMA POOOOOOO! MAMA POOP! POOP POOP POOP!" (I blame her older sister for this one). She also likes to call every man "daddy" and every kid under 15 a "baby." No really, it doesn't make anyone uncomfortable at all. After all, everybody poops and everyone is somebody's baby.

    A Chance at True Love
    There are some outings with toddlers that go perfectly. They are charming, well behaved, and we have an amazing time. No fits are thrown, no snacks are spilled, and no tears are shed. They're the rare reward outings for all the ones that go so terribly wrong. As with dating, some first dates I will remember forever, while others, well, I'd like to forget those ever happened.

     

  • Happily After the Fairytale...

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

    Jon Cozart hilariously and darkly harmonizes about what happens after dreams come true in Disney movies.

     

     

     


  • American Idol...Behind the Scenes

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

    Backstage at American Idol: The Real Scoop on Nicki Minaj's Late Arrival

    A hoodie-sporting Nicki Minaj may have shown up late to American Idol's top 10 performance show tonight, but it turns out she wasn't quite as tardy as it appeared to viewers at home.

    Backstage after the two-hour show, Curtis Finch Jr.—who was first up to sing and thus missed out on an on-air critique from Nicki, who was, according to Ryan Seacrest, stuck in L.A. traffic—told us that Minaj actually caught at least part of his rendition of Fantasia's "Believe."

    Just not from her seat at the judging table.
    Miss tonight's Idol? Catch up with our recap!
    "During the performance, she was backstage," he revealed. And that's where he almost literally ran into her as he made his exit after performing. "It was literally like, 'step, step, step, curtain, Nicki,'" he said. "And she was like, 'Good job today.'"

    The singer was relieved to find her there, and to get some feedback, even if it wasn't on air. "To see her backstage," he said, "was comforting."

    Still, the Idol wannabes weren't exactly surprised Minaj was a tad tardy. "It's not the first [time] and probably not the last," said Paul Jolley with a laugh, explaining that the judge had previously been late to some Hollywood Week performances. "Bu I'm OK with it. I love Nicki."

    So, clearly, does Burnell Taylor, who impressed the judges with a cover of Westlife's "Flying Without Wings" tonight. "I mean, when you look that good," he said of the hip-hop superstar, "you have to be late!"

    Devin Velez, whose take on Carrie Underwood's "Temporary Home" didn't quite wow the judging panel, had an idea to help keep Minaj from getting snarled in LA's notoriously bad traffic again. "Maybe we could get [her] a helicopter," he suggested. "Or some tennis shoes, so she can run!"

    http://www.eonline.com/news/397509/backstage-at-american-idol-the-real-scoop-on-nicki-minaj-s-late-arrival

     

  • 90's HUNKS..then and now..

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

    Some of these guys of the 90's have gotten way hotter, some..not so much..

    Enjoy

    ~Charli 

    Justin Timberlake

    Justin Timberlake

     

    Joshua Jackson

    Joshua Jackson

    Usher

    Usher

    Mark-Paul Gosselaar

    Mark-Paul Gosselaar

    Ryan Phillippe

    Ryan Phillipe

    Joey Lawrence

    Joey Lawrence

    John Stamos

    John Stamos

    Nick Carter

    Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys

    Leonard DiCaprio

    Leo DiCaprio

    Val Kilmer

    Val Kilmer

    Mark Wahlberg

    Marc Walberg

    Will Smith

    Will Smith

    Rob Lowe

    Rob Lowe

     

  • The Naughtiest pets...

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

    Top 10 Naughtiest Pets from discover.com

    Boxer A survey conducted by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals lists the top 10 most mischievous pets. Boxers wound up in the number 10 spot for getting into things they shouldn’t. Boxers are spirited and need daily exercise. A tired dog is a good dog. Tired dogs do not get into trouble by eating things they shouldn’t.

    Beagles are the ninth naughtiest pet, according to the survey. Owners need to “pet proof” their homes, just like child proofing. Take your own medication in a closed room away from your pet. Do not leave any food, such as chocolate, on counters or tables.

    Shih tzu dogs may look small, cute and innocent, but their craftiness lands them at number 8 on the survey, mostly attributed to their curious nature.

    American pit bull terriers came in at number 7. Guests should always be informed about these dogs and other pets. You may know not to put your purse or suitcase on the floor, but grandma may not. Many animals get into medications, cleaning products and other potentially poisonous concoctions that way.

    German shepherds are number 6 on the survey. German Shepherds are a high energy breed. If this energy is not channeled into appropriate behaviors, they can get themselves into trouble eating toxic items.

    Yorkshire terriers, number 5 on the list, often get into trouble as a result of their curious nature. Their tiny size allows them to sneak into places they shouldn’t.

    Golden retrievers may look majestic, but that doesn’t prevent them from getting into trouble. They wound up in the number 4 spot. Goldens love to ‘mouth’ things, as it is in their retriever genes. Finding appropriate chew toys is very important to keep them from eating inappropriate things.

    Chihuahuas, number 3 on the list, are notorious for ingesting dropped pills. They are like little vacuums.

    Cats lumped into one group as domestic shorthairs -- are in the No. 2 spot. Cats are into plants and will drool profusely if they get a bad taste in their mouths. She added that many owners see this happening after flea spray has been applied and call the APCC. The cat is usually OK and is just trying to spit out the yucky-tasting substance.

    Labrador retrievers earned the dubious distinction of being the most naughty pets. Labradors are very popular and they are a very busy and mouthy breed. They like to eat both food and non-food items. The latter often get them into trouble.