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Your Love of Energy Drinks Could Put You in the ER

It's about 3 o'clock...are you feeling a little sluggish and need a pick me up? Maybe an energy drink would come in handy right now...and maybe not. My 19-year-old son and 18-year-old daughter love to drink Monster and I have a friend who swears by his daily 5-Hour Energy drink. According to a new survey of U.S. hospitals, the number of trips to the emergency room that are tied to energy drink consumption has doubled over the last four years. Great, first no large sodas in New York City and now this - is there no end to the debauchery?

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Grayville, Illinois School District Closes Because of Flu Outbreak

The flu season is here and the Tri-State is being hit hard, as is the rest of the country. This is one of the largest flu outbreaks in years and all of us are being warned to take precautions. Schools in Grayville, IL have taken the unusual step of closing their schools for the next three days, starting today.

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New CDC Study Says 1 in 24 Drivers Admit to Falling Asleep Behind the Wheel

We have all heard about the dangers of texting while driving and how those types of accidents are on the rise. There have also been reports about the dangers of eating while driving. A new study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention says that drowsy driving could be the most dangerous habits for motorists and some don't even realize they are doing it, which is the really scary part of this.

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Patience is a Virtue – Leslie Unleashed

How patient are you? I am NOT! Whether if it's on the computer, in traffic or even waiting on a response - I am terrible! My husband says that my lack of patience is one of my biggest flaws and I would have to agree. So, when I heard about a website to help me with my problem, I quickly logged on. Maybe it can help you, too.

 

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Young Mom Gives Her Son the Best Gift – Freedom Thanks to Telus

The Telus company recently asked their Facebook fans a very simple question: If you could give anything to anyone, what would you give? They received many responses and most were very touching. They even decided to make a few of those come true, but one response stood out above the rest.

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The Secret for Longer Life and Healthier Younger Looking Skin Is Stinky Cheese

I read this and immediately thought of my wife, who is always complaining about her skin and feeling old. Apparently, there is actually a secret food that helps French women to be some of the skinniest, most beautiful and longest living people in the world - STINKY CHEESE!!

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Kids and TV
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Is Having a TV in Your Child’s Bedroom a Good Idea?

First of all, let me start by saying that I am NOT in favor of TVs in kids bedrooms, much to the dismay of my sons. This issue is such a hot button for me; it was one of the factors that led to a divorce. There is a new study out that links TVs in the kids' room to increased risk of obesity and disease, which is no surprise anymore because everything it seems puts kids at risk for something.

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The Five Second Rule for Dropped Food Is Not Always the Best Idea

Dropped food on the floor? We've all been there, and for whatever reason, we like to invoke the five second rule. It basically means it's okay to eat it as long as it hasn't been on the ground longer than, you guessed it, five seconds. However, it may not always be the best rule to follow. Do you know what happens to dropped food at five seconds?

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Russia Is Offering an End of the World Kit

The ancient Mayans predict the world is going to end on Dec. 21st, which really upsets me because, that means, my husband won't have a chance to redeem himself for not getting me a birthday gift. GRRRRRRRRRRRRR. LOL Well, anyway, a Russian company is trying to cash in AND make the end of the world a little happier with vodka. Throw in some fish, candles and a notepad... now you've got a party!

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Leslie’s Holiday Gift Idea – The Wine Sippy Cup

Don't be alarmed! I know what you're thinking. And NO, this sippy cup has nothing to do with kids - just adults who are prone to spills! ;-)

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Leslie’s Holiday Gift Idea – The Toilet Tatoo

Have you seen the commercial with the little boy who is so surprised about a something in his room he about passes out? You've seen it, it's a commercial for Fathead. Well, think Fathead but instead of wall, think toilet!

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Holiday Safety Tips for Your Pet

As you know, I adopted a beautiful dark chocolate brown cat from the VHS last Spring. Well, this is her first Christmas and she loves the tree. She also loves the candles candy and all my Christmas trinkets. So, I needed some pet safety tips and this is what I found.

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