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Half Pint Is All Grown Up and Now It’s Time to Say Goodbye

This week will be a hard one! After over 2 years, Half Pint is leaving WKDQ for a grown-up job. We have lived through her engagement, shower, wedding, post wedding drama, family issues, school, 21st b-day and graduation from college. And although we have been hard on her at times both on air and off, we love her dearly and she will be greatly missed. But as with our real children, even our radio daughter must leave the nest. :-(

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Sadly Evansville Indiana Ranked Number One in Obesity – 2013 Is the Year of Change

I found this video on Youtube and although it was reported and posted almost a year ago, I felt I should bring it up again.

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Baby Alive – Leslie Unleashed

On the show this morning, I revealed that besides my 'Pet Rock,' the dumbest toy I ever had was a 'Baby Alive' doll. Apparently, I am NOT alone.

 

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Kids and gadgets
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Are Your Kids Still Interested In Toys?

Christmas is now over and your kids might still have their toys scattered all over the place or maybe not. Remember the days when every Christmas there was some 'must have' toy that people would line up for days in advance to make sure they got one? Things like a Furby, Tickle-Me-Elmo or a Razor scooter were almost impossible to find at the height of their popularity. That doesn't seem to happen much anymore and manufacturers like Mattel and Hasbro are becoming very concerned.

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Sandy Hook School Shooting – Where Do We Go From Here?

As I woke this morning, sat in my kitchen and drank my coffee, I felt a sense of sadness that I could not shake. Like most of you my, sadness was mixed with panic. I DID NOT want to send my kids to school today. After what happened in Connecticut on Friday, I was afraid to let them out of my sight .

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Santa’s Pipe Disappears In a New Version of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’

Here we go again... political correctness at it's finest and this time the target is Santa, or more specifically, Santa's pipe. Pamela McColl of Vancouver, Canada has published a new version of "Twas the Night before Christmas' where Santa loses the pipe and pipe tobacco. McColl is an anti-smoking activist who mortgaged her home and spent $200,000 of her own money to get this new version of the story published.

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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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How to Write a Letter to Santa, Today

When I was a child, we got out the paper and crayons and we wrote our letter to Santa. Days were spent, filing through the Sears Catalog toy section, (yes, sadly that was our only resource, lol) making sure everything we wanted was on the list. We would then go to the mall and hand deliver it to the big guy. But today, kids don't even have to leave the house. Santa is on their computer screen!

 

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(Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
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Presidents and Other Cool Carved Pumpkins

In the last few years carving a pumpkin has come a long way baby.  No longer are we satisfied with simply cutting two eyes, a nose and a mouth into our orange gourds - we want something with style, pizazz and a little yowza!  (or even a zombie!)

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Hotel Transylvania, Looper and Won’t Back Down – In Theaters Today [VIDEOS]

Just in time for the Halloween season, some scary stuff is showing at the movie theater this weekend! Take a little Dracula and mix it with being trapped in time and then add some school kids into the mix...you've got terrifying! ;-) Check out the trailers.

 

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Will New Ad Campaign Shaming Parents Help Fight Childhood Obesity [Poll]

There is a controversial new ad campaign being rolled out geared towards overweight parents in an effort to get a handle on childhood obesity. It is no secret that children have an increased risk of being overweight or obese if they have an overweight or obese parent

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Best Dad Ever Sends Toy Train Into Space [VIDEO]

We assumed this guy was the world's worst dad for taking his son's favorite toy and launching it into space. But it turns out he could track it using GPS so that it wouldn't be lost forever, and he is actually the coolest dad on earth because now his kid has a video of his train in space

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