Real Simple put together a list of five easy tips to make your day awesome. And some of them might surprise you. An awesome day sounds, well...awesome. I hope you have one! ~Dennis
1. Eat the same breakfast every morning. The idea is that your morning is less stressful if your first meal is already decided. And you're supposed to make it healthy, like oatmeal or an omelet. Last minute choices tend to be stuff like donuts.
2. Savor your morning coffee. It may sound crazy to slow down when you've got things to do, but experts claim that you should try to ENJOY what you're drinking, instead of mindlessly gulping it down.
3. Write out an "ignore" list. This is pretty much the opposite of a "To Do" list. Make a list of all the non-essential stuff that you can ignore . . . like emails that you don't need to answer, vacuuming, and anything else that you can postpone. (Sometimes I think I'm on my kids "ignore" list!)
4. Take some time to zone out. You're supposed to get to a place where you're not thinking about anything. But don't make it that complicated. Just let yourself listen to music, play a game, or watch TV, guilt-free.
5. When you ask "how are you?", actually listen to the answer. It's a throw-away question, and we don't really pay attention to what people say in response. But try to. It's supposed to lift your spirits, and help you connect.
You always hear how you shouldn't eat anything before bed. But there are some foods that HELP you sleep better, as well as a bunch that make it harder. Yahoo has a list of the five best and worst foods to eat before bed. Sweet Dreams1 ~Dennis
Here are the five best:
1. Cereal and milk. Obviously sugary cereals are bad. But a healthy combination of carbohydrates and protein helps your body produce hormones that will help you relax before bed.
2. Passion fruit. You can eat the raw fruit, or drink passion fruit juice or tea. It contains a chemical called somniferum, which helps bring on sleep.
3. Bananas. They have a lot of magnesium, which is a muscle relaxant. And the potassium can also help regulate sleep patterns.
4. Cherry juice. It has extremely high levels of melatonin, a chemical in the brain that helps you relax. A recent study in a journal of nutrition found that people who drank two glasses of cherry juice a day slept an average of 39 minutes longer than usual.
5. Warm milk. This one might have more to do with the fact that it's warm, as opposed to any chemicals in the milk. So non-caffeinated tea would work just as well, if you don't load it up with sugar.
And here are the five WORST:
1. High-protein foods. Too much protein will just give you a lot of energy, and keep you awake longer. Sleep experts recommend high-carb snacks under 200 calories instead.
2. Alcohol. A lot of people get sleepy when they drink. But it won't last. You'll tend to wake up earlier and sleep less deeply all night.
3. Fatty foods. These can cause heartburn or upset stomach after you lie down.
4. Spicy foods. Sometimes you can have NIGHTMARES after eating spicy foods.
And one study also found that people who ate spicy foods before bed tended to have higher body temperatures in the first part of the night, which caused them to wake up more.
5. Caffeine. Obviously caffeine is bad before you go to sleep. But some people don't know that it keeps working for up to ten hours.
So if you're serious about getting a good night's sleep, you have to avoid caffeine pretty much from lunch until bedtime. :(
An auction of HUNDREDS of items from "Breaking Bad" has ended, and some things went for big money. Wow! ~Dennis
Here are a few highlights:
BRYAN CRANSTON'S character Walter White was shown in his underwear many times, but the pair of tighty-whiteys he wore in the pilot episode brought in $9,900. (The auction does not specify whether or not they've been CLEANED.) (???)
Walt's copy of the book"Leaves of Grass" went for $65,500.
Hector Salamanca's bell went for $26,750 . . . two versions of the pink teddybear went for more than $20,000 each . . . Tuco's grill went for $20,250 . . . Jesse's Hello Kitty phone brought in $4,600 . . . and Jesse's HAZMAT suit went for $3,100.
According to a new poll, 36% of Americans say they live paycheck to paycheck almost every month. Which is actually down from 40% last year, and a high of 46% in 2008.
But even when money is an issue, there are some things we absolutely REFUSE to give up. And the number one thing is . . . the INTERNET. Check out the top seven things Americans say they'd keep paying for, regardless of their financial situation. Does your list look the same? I think mine would be pretty close to this. But I would keep my Ipad over my smartphone! ~Dennis
1. Their Internet connection . . . 55% said they'd never give it up.
In case you didn't hear, the sole winner of last week's $400 MILLION Powerball jackpot came forward yesterday. I wish we were related! Here's what IS known about him . . .
He's from Columbia, South Carolina, and he wants to remain anonymous. And he's lucky he can. Only South Carolina, Delaware, Kansas, Maryland, North Dakota, and Ohio let Powerball winners stay anonymous.
A few hours before the drawing last Wednesday, he went to a convenience store called Murphy's Express . . . to buy his wife some HOT DOG BUNS for dinner. But the store didn't have them. So he decided to spend the $20 bill he had on lottery tickets.
It was only the second time he'd ever bought lottery tickets in his LIFE . . . and he didn't realize he'd won until he checked his ticket the next day. He said the first person he told was the family dog as he redeemed the prize yesterday.
The full jackpot was actually $399.4 million. It's the fourth-largest in Powerball history, and lottery officials didn't say if he took the lump sum of $233 million, or the annual payouts.
Your resume has probably cost you a few potential interviews in your life, without you even knowing it. CareerBuilder.com just surveyed more than 5,000 people and asked them to name the DUMBEST resume mistakes they'd ever seen. I'm sure it's never happend to you but here are the top five!
1. A guy who mentioned spending time in jail for assaulting a former boss.
2. A person who put that their previous job title was, "Mr." Not, like, "Research Director." Just plain old 'Mister.'
3. A person who applied for the exact same job they'd just been FIRED from.
4. A person who claimed that leading warrior clans in an online role-playing game was an example of leadership experience.
5. The "Skills" section was spelled "S-k-e-l-z-e."
As for the more common resume mistakes, employers said the WORST thing you can do is have spelling mistakes. The other big mistake a lot of people make is sending in a generic resume that doesn't seem customized for the job.
Employers also say they've passed on someone for having an inappropriate email address, printing their resume on decorative paper, or including a photo.
Forbes.com has released its annual list of The Highest-Paid Celebrities . . . and this year, MADONNA tops it, thanks to her highly profitable tour. She banked $125 million over the past year. Must be nice Material Girl! ~Dennis
This breaks OPRAH WINFREY'S four-year run at the top of Forbes' list. Oprah dropped to #13 this year.
Here's the Top 20, along with their earnings over the past year:
1. Madonna, $125 million
2. Steven Spielberg, $100 million
3. A three-way tie between Simon Cowell, Howard Stern and "Fifty Shades of Grey" author E.L. James, who all made $95 million
6. Author James Patterson, $91 million
7. Glenn Beck, $90 million
8. Director Michael Bay, $82 million
9. A tie between Lady Gaga and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, who both made $80 million
Bruckheimer is best-known for producing the "CSI" shows . . . and a ton of blockbuster action movies, including "Top Gun","Armageddon", "Black Hawk Down", "Pearl Harbor" and the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise.
11. A tie between Tiger Woods and Tyler Perry, who both made $78 million
13. Oprah Winfrey, $77 million
14. Robert Downey, Jr., $75 million
15. Dr. Phil, $72 million
16. Tennis player Roger Federer, $71 million
17. TV show producer Dick Wolf, $70 million . . . He's probably best-known for creating the "Law & Order" franchise.
18. Rush Limbaugh, $66 million
19. Toby Keith, $65 million
20. TV show producer Mark Burnett, $63 million . . . He's best-known for producing the U.S. versions of "Survivor" and "The Voice", but he also created the History Channel's "Bible" miniseries this spring.
The new issue of "TV Guide" magazine has their annual report on TV's Highest Paid Stars. The full list of 150 stars is only available in the magazine but some highlights have already hit the Internet. Nice work if you can get it! ~Dennis
DRAMA (per episode):
Mark Harmon ('NCIS'): $525,000 Claire Danes ('Homeland'): $250,000 Michael Weatherly ('NCIS'): $250,000 Peter Dinklage ('Game of Thrones'): $150,000 Tatiana Maslany ('Orphan Black'): $50,000
COMEDY (per episode)
Ashton Kutcher ('Two and a Half Men'): $750,000 Jason Segel ('How I Met Your Mother'): $225,000 Amy Poehler ('Parks and Recreation'): $200,000 Robin Williams ('The Crazy Ones'): $165,000 Max Greenfield ('New Girl'): $75,000
Howard Stern ('America's Got Talent'): $15 million per year Keith Urban ('American Idol'): $5 million per year Blake Shelton ('The Voice'): $4 million per cycle RuPaul ('RuPaul's Drag Race'): $50,000 per episode Reza Farahan ('Shahs of Sunset'): $18,000 per episode
LATE NIGHT (per year)
Jon Stewart ('The Daily Show'): $25-30 million Jay Leno ('The Tonight Show'): $20 million David Letterman ('Late Night'): $20 million Jimmy Kimmel ('Jimmy Kimmel Live'): $10 million Andy Cohen ('Watch What Happens Live'): $2 million
NEWS (per year)
Matt Lauer (NBC): $22-25 million Rachel Maddow (MSNBC): $7 million Megyn Kelly (Fox News Channel): $6 million Scott Pelley (CBS): $5 million Chris Cuomo (CNN): $2.5 million
DAYTIME / SYNDICATION (per year)
Judy Sheindlin ('Judge Judy'): $47 million Katie Couric ('Katie'): $10 million Michael Strahan ('Live with Kelly and Michael'): $4 million Sharon Osbourne ('The Talk'): $1 million Aisha Tyler ('The Talk'): $1 million
There are some words that pretty much everyone mispronounces. Check out this list from Buzzfeed and see if you (or someone you know) has trouble with any of these! ~Dennis
1. "Mischievous." You might be saying "miss-CHEEV-ee-us." But it's supposed to be "MISS-chiv-us."
2. "Chipotle." A lot of people think it's "chi-POL-tay." But it should be "chi-POAT-lay."
3. "Often." It rhymes with "soften." Don't say "OFF-ten."
4. "Sherbet." Not "SHER-bert" . . . "SHER-bet."
5. "Candidate." You might be used to hearing "CAN-a-dit." But it's actually "CAN-di-dit."
6. "Banal." If you use this word at all, you're probably saying "BAY-nul." But it's "buh-NAHL."
7. "Prerogative." Don't say it like Bobby Brown. Don't do ANYTHING like Bobby Brown. The word is "preh-ROGG-uh-tiv."
8. "Seuss." As in, Dr. Seuss." Everyone says "SOOSE," but it's supposed to be "SOICE." Even the Doctor himself gave up and started accepting the wrong way.
9. "Bruschetta." Almost everyone says "bruh-SHETT-uh." But you should be saying "broo-SKETT-uh."
10. "GIF." Don't say "JIFF." It's "GIFF," with a hard "G."