Best Days To Do Things from the Consumer mag Which?
BUY A CAMERA – Monday:
Recent sales figures reveal that Monday is when there are the most sales of cameras online. They are already one of the cheaper electronic devices you can buy so many stores discount them even more to drive customers to their site after the weekend.
EATING OUT – Tuesday:
Most restaurants do not get deliveries over the weekend. By Tuesday, everything is fresh again. Chef Anthony Bourdain says: “At anything less than a really good restaurant, Monday’s probably not your best day to eat fish.”
HAVE A BARBECUE – Tuesday:
This is the driest day of the week. The Met Office say overcast conditions appear more frequently on a Friday afternoon, Saturday or Sunday.
ASK FOR A PAY RISE – Wednesday:
Seven out of ten managers said that Wednesday was the best day to be asked for a pay rise when polled by recruitment company Office Angels.
GO SHOPPING – Wednesday:
This is the least crowded day of the week in supermarkets. For even more quiet, only four per cent of shoppers head out between 9pm and 8am.
HAVE SEX – Thursday:
You should choose the morning too, according to researchers at the London School Of Economics. Their study revealed that natural cortisol levels, which stimulate sex hormones, are at their highest on this day.
SELL YOUR HOME – Friday:
Sellers who list a home on a Friday will have a greater chance of success, according to American estate agent Redfin. They analysed 1.2million listings in 16 markets over 21 months to determine their findings.
GET MARRIED – Friday:
Traditionally weddings fall on a Saturday, but having your do one day earlier can knock down the price of the reception and ceremony by half.
END AN E-BAY AUCTION – Sunday:
Online sellers generally have the best results when their deadline falls on the traditional day of rest.
LAWLESS-- (Opens Today on 2300 Screens) “A MUSCULAR SLICE OF GRISLY AMERICANA ROOTED IN FLAVORFUL PROHIBITION-ERA OUTLAW LEGEND. WHILE A TOUCH OVERLONG, IT’S COMMERCIALLY ACCESSIBLE AND COULD ATTRACT A CROWD WITH AN ENSEMBLE CAST OF RECOGNIZABLE NAMES.” Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Guy Pearce and Gary Oldman. 1 Hour and 56 Minutes. Rated R.
OOGIELOVES IN THE BIG BALLOON ADVENTURE-- (Opens Today on 2000 Screens)STRICTLY KIDS’ STUFF, PLUS THE PARENTS WHO HAVE TO ESCORT THEM TO THE THEATER. Toni Braxton, Christopher Lloyd, Chazz Palminteri, Cary Elwes, Cloris Leachman, Maya Stange and Jaime Pressly. 1 Hour and 23 Minutes. Rated G.
FOR A GOOD TIME, CALL-- (Limited Release on Friday) “A FEEL-GOOD RAUNCHY-COMEDY WHOSE DIRTY-TALK PLOT COMES FROM A FEMALE PERSPECTIVE INSTEAD OF FEELING LIKE IT’S BEEN CUT-AND-PASTE FROM WRITER-DIRECTOR JUDD APATOW. THERE’S A CHANCE IT MIGHT BREAKTHROUGH DURING THE LATE-SUMMER DOLDRUMS. Ari Graynor, Lauren Anne Miller, James Wolk, Nia Vardalos, Mimi Rogers, Mark Webber, Justin Long, plus Kevin Smith and Seth Rogen. 1 Hour and 26 Minutes. Rated R.
THE POSSESSION-- (Opens Friday in 2700 Theaters) Natasha Calis, Kyra Sedgwick, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Madison Davenport, Grant Show and Matisyahu. 1 Hour and 31 Minutes. Rated PG-13.
A new survey by the American Institute of CPAs reveals that parents give their kids an average of $780 a year in allowance. Other findings:
- kids rake in an average of $15 a week in allowance
- 61% of parents pay an allowance
- good grades also get rewarded, with each 'A' harnessing an average of $16.60 above and beyond regular allowance pay.
- 50% of parents expect to financially support their children until age 22 or older.
Healthy Foods That Keep You Fuller Longer from realbeauty.com
Water, Water, Water. When you're trying to lose weight and exercising more, water should become your new best friend, but it's not always easy to drink the required eight glasses a day. Experiment with calorie-free flavored waters like Vitaminwater zero. They can satisfy your taste buds and keep you hydrated on your way to the beach.
Rotisserie-Cooked Turkey or Chicken Breast. Keep a Tupperware container filled with precooked chicken or turkey breast in easy reach. These are convenient sources of protein that keep your blood sugar from dipping and your appetite from rising. Eat them cold or reheated; sliced, diced, or cut into strips; alone or on salads and in fajitas.
Summer Vegetables. You'll benefit from keeping vegetables such as zucchini, yellow squash, and red, green, and orange peppers on hand to make meals more flavorful and filling, with fewer calories. Use them in wraps or to fill out pasta dishes, serve them as a side dish, or keep it simple and pile them high on a plate sprinkled with freshly grated cheese.
Melons. Throughout the summer, stock up on an array of seedless watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew to cube and have on hand when you feel the urge to "pick." Their high moisture content dilutes the calories per serving and provides you with more water - a great way to hydrate and feel fuller sooner.
Fat-Free Yogurt. Protein-rich dairy foods have been shown to aid in weight loss, so try starting your day with a yogurt parfait. Layer your favorite fat-free yogurt (try Fage 0%, which is thick and super-creamy) with berries and crushed nuts or granola. Bonus tip: This makes a great dessert, too.
DVDs and CDs for August 28
Posted: 08:55PM August 26, 2012 PST
THINK LIKE A MAN--Taraji P Henson, Regina Hall, Meagan Good, Gabrielle Union, Michael Ealy, Kevin Hart, Romany Malco, Jerry Ferrara, Terrence J, Keri Hilson, Chris Brown and Ne-Yo. 1 Hour and 45 Minutes. Rated PG-13.
THE LUCKY ONE--Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling, Blythe Danner, Riley Thomas Stewart, Jay Ferguson and Adam LeFevre. 1 Hour and 41 Minutes. PG-13.
BATTLESHIP--Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgard, Rihanna, Brooklyn Decker and Liam Neeson. 2 Hours and 10 Minutes. Rated PG-13.
THE PIRATES! BAND OF MISFITS-- (3-D Claymation) Hugh Grant, Brendan Gleeson, Jeremy Piven, Brian Blessed, Lenny Henry and Salma Hayek. 1 Hour and 28 Minutes. Rated PG.
DARLING COMPANION--Diane Keaton, Kevin Kline, Elisabeth Moss, Richard Jenkins, Dianne Wiest, Mark Duplass and Sam Shepard. 1 Hour and 43 Minutes. Rated PG-13.
THE MOTH DIARIES-- (Straight to DVD) Sarah Bolger, Lily Cole, Sarah Gadon and Scott Speedman. 1 Hour and 22 Minutes. Rated PG-13.
TWO AND A HALF MEN-- (Ninth Season) Jon Cryer, Ashton Kutcher, Angus T Jones, Conchata Ferrell,Courtney Thorne-Smith, Judy Greer.B
THE WALKING DEAD-- (Second Season) Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden and Jeffrey DeMunn. 13 Episodes.
JERSEY SHORE-- (Season Five) Snooki, The Situation, Pauly D, J-Woww, Ronnie, Sammi Sweatheart, Vinny and Deena Nicole Cortese. 11 Episodes.
A new survey by mortgage provider ING Direct reveals that a child's messy bedroom can knock $12,000 off the value of one's home. Other findings:
- 30% of buyers are turned off by animal smells and animal hair
- 65% of buyers detest smelly bathrooms
- 59% of buyers hate dirty kitchens.
- 19% of buyers are turned off by poor landscaping
Dollar Store Deals: What To Buy And What To Skip from ivillage.com
BUY THIS: Cleaning Products
BUY THIS: Shampoo
BUY THIS: Greeting Cards
BUY THIS: Spices
BUY THIS: Bottled and Packaged Foods
SKIP THAT: Batteries
SKIP THAT: Toys
SKIP THAT: Medications and Vitamins
SKIP THAT: Paper Products
SKIP THAT: Drinks
BACK TO SCHOOL: NCAA Champions Gain in Student Population
Posted: 09:01PM August 23, 2012 PST
(LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY) “March Madness” leads to a September Surge in student population. Winning the NCAA basketball tournament encourages high schoolers to investigate the college and make applications. Kentucky, which won the tourney, stands to have a large student body by several thousand.
Jaren Pope says (quote) “Males seem to have the [basketball] tournament on their radar early on, but if your team gets to the championship, males and females are influenced about equally.”
Economists at BYU and the University of Chicago studied where high schoolers send their standardized test scores for the admissions process. Universities received approximately 10% more scores just following a championship season. This is true for basketball, football, and hockey.
Lacrosse championships don’t impact student’s interest in a college.
REGRETS: Elderly List the "Worst Regrets" in Their Lifetime
Posted: 11:23PM August 21, 2012 PST
(MIAMI, FLORIDA) Two of the more popular catch phrases these days are “You Only Live Once” [YOLO] and No Regrets”. However, Bonnie Ware says that most people have plenty of regrets once they realize the end is near. She interviewed hundreds of people in healthcare facilities, who were just a few weeks away from dying. Here are the common themes they regretted:
Courage to live an authentic life -- not one others expected
Work too hard, and too many long hours
Express my feelings more honestly
Stayed in touch with friends
Allowed myself be happy
8 Ways To Divorce-Proof Your Marriage from foxnews.com
1. Get emotional support from someone other than your spouse.
2. Share scheduling duties to plan new activities that you will both look back on fondly.
3. Make the relationship a priority.
4. Take responsibility for your own well-being and happiness.
5. Compliment rather than criticize.
6. Expanding your own horizons will invigorate you and make you much more exciting and appealing to your spouse.
7. Be affectionate in your words and actions.
8. . Say “no” to others so that you can have more time alone as a couple.
LEFTOVERS: Americans Allow 40% of Their Food to Spoil
Posted: 10:01PM August 21, 2012 PST
(WASHINGTON, DC) More than ever before, Americans waste food. About 40% of all the meals produced in the United States goes directly into the garbage. The typical household wastes over $2000 each year on food that eventually spoils. The most common reason is eager that we’re overly optimistic when shopping for vegetables. We stand in the produce aisle, convinced that we'll start (again) to eat healthy. But once we get home, we reach for the quick & easy foods rather than the healthy veggies
The people at Zip-Loc say that leftovers make up about 12% of the contents of refrigerator. In recent years, our taste has faded for leftovers. A story in the New York Times featured several Americans talking about their disgust for leftovers in the refrigerator. 26-year-old Sacha Witt told the paper (quote) "I'd rather eat a spoonful of peanut butter than eat leftovers."
HIT & RUN-- (Opens Today on 2700 Theaters) “DAX SHEPARD'S MOVIE BENEFITS FROM A SURPRISINGLY SWEET VIBE AND EASYGOING CHEMISTRY BETWEEN HIM AND REAL-LIFE FIANCÉE KRISTEN BELL. ITS HIGH-OCTANE BUT LOW-STAKES ACTION MIGHT BE JUST THE THING FOR MOVIEGOERS IN SEARCH OF THIS SUMMER’S GUILTY PLEASURE.” Dax Shepard, Kristen Bell, Bradley Cooper, Kristin Chenoweth and Tom Arnold. 1 Hour and 36 Minutes Rated R.
PREMIUM RUSH-- (2100 Screens) Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jamie Chung, Michael Shannon, Dania Ramirez, Jamie Chung, Aaron Tveit and Aasif Mandvi. 1 Hour and 31 Minutes. Rated PG-13.< /b>
TABLOIDS: Sales Plummet as They Can't Keep Pace with Radio
As an industry, magazine sales are stagnant, except for one segment of the market: Tabloids have seen newsstand sales plummet.
People magazine is down almost 20%, while Star, In Touch, and Us Weekly are all down double-digits. According to the Audit Bureau of Circulations, women are not buying as often these magazines from the grocery store aisles. John Harrington, an industry consultant, said "Celebrity magazines are suffering because by the time they're published it is old news – by standards of the radio.”
RINSE REPEAT: Watching TV Reruns Helps Rejuvenate the Brain
The current belief is that self-control is like a muscle—it fatigues. So at the end of the day we’re likely to give into temptation more than we would in the morning. We regain the strength to delay our impulsive behavior though exercise, self-affirmations, and socializing with loved one. And apparently, by watching TV reruns. Sitting down to another episode of Two and a Half Men is just as good as keeping to your diet by skipping the drive-through.
DVDs and CDs for August 21
THE DICTATOR-- Sacha Baron Cohen, Anna Faris, Jason Mantzoukas, Ben Kingsley, John C Reilly and Megan Fox. 1 Hour and 24 Minutes. Rated R.
BERNIE-- (Straight to DVD) Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey.1 Hour and 50 Minutes. Rated PG-13.
CHIMPANZEE--(Documentary) 1 Hour and 18 Minutes. Rated G.
HOUSE MD-- (Season Eight) Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Sean Leonard, Jesse Spencer and Peter Jacobson. 22 Episodes.
THE CLOSER-- (Seventh Season) Kyra Sedgwick. 21 Episodes.
MIKE & MOLLY-- (Second Season) Billy Gardell, Melissa McCarthy, Swoosie Kurtz, Katy Mixon, Reno Wilson, and Holly Robinson Peete. 3 Disc Box Set.
REVENGE-- (First Season) Madeleine Stowe, Emily VanCamp, Gabriel Mann, Henry Czerny, Ashley Madekwe and Nick Wechsler. 22 Episodes.
THE EXPENDABLES 2-- (3200 Screens) “CAPS OFF THE SUMMER BOX OFFICE WITH EXPLOSIVE ACTION. WITHOUT ANY SIMILAR COMPETITION AMONG THIS WEEK’S OPENERS, THE SEQUEL SHOULD FARE EXTREMELY WELL AGAINST REMAINING HOLDOVERS.” Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Randy Couture and Liam Hemsworth. 1 Hour and 43 Minutes. Rated R.
ParaNORMAN-- (Animated on 3100 Screens) “THE STOP-MOTION COMEDY FOLLOWS A YOUNG BOY WITH THE ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE WITH THE DEAD. THOUGH IT HAS THE MAKINGS OF SOMETHING MORE SUBSTANTIAL, IT ULTIMATELY COMES UP SHORT. THERE SHOULD STILL BE ENOUGH TO ENGAGE BOTH THE STOP-MOTION AND ZOMBIE-FLICK AFICIONADO, YET IT LIKELY WILL BE TOO INTENSE FOR YOUNGER VIEWERS.” Kodi Smit-McPhee, Tucker Albrizzi, Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Leslie Mann, Jeff Garlin, Elaine Stritch, Bernard Hill andJohn Goodman. 1 Hour and 33 Minutes. Rated PG-13.
SPARKLE-- (2200 Screens) Jordin Sparks, Whitney Houston, Derek Luke, Mike Epps, Omari Hardwick and Cee-Lo Green. 1 Hour and 34 Minutes. Rated PG-13.
THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN-- (2500 Screens) “A FAIRY TALE ABOUT PARENTING THAT UNSURPRISINGLY CONCLUDES THAT ANYONE WHO REALLY WANTS A CHILD SHOULD HAVE ONE. IN TUNE WITH AN OVERALL OPTIMISTIC VIBE, IT SHOULD PLAY RESPECTABLY WELL AT THE BOX OFFICE.” Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton, CJ Adams, Odeya Rush, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Rosemarie DeWitt, David Morse, Dianne Wiest, Ron Livingston and Common. 1 Hour and 44 Minutes. Rated PG.
MIRROR MIRROR: Woman Went One Year Never Seeing Herself
Last night on ABC’s “20/20”, Robin Roberts interviewed a woman who went an entire year without looking in the mirror. Even on her wedding day, Kjerstin Gruys avoided looking at her image. Meaning, she ignored mirrors and photographs.
Her blog documenting this social experiment is called Mirror Mirror Off the Wall. She told “20/20” (quote) “The project was to get rid of mirrors with the intention of focusing on everything else in my life. There is nothing wrong with enjoying your image -- but it's important for every woman, and man -- to think about whether there is a point of diminishing returns. Because we have so much more to offer the world than just our looks.”
GOLDEN GIRLS: United States Women Dominate in Medals Haul
Posted: 11:49PM August 12, 2012 PST
The United States lead all nations with the most medals: 104. A total of 46 of those medals were gold, thanks in large part to gymnastics, swimming, and our track stars.
Most telling: Of those 46 gold medals by the United States, 29 of them were earned by women. For the first time ever, the US team brought more women to the Olympics than men. They proved their dominance by climbing to the top of the medal podium 29 times. Congratulations.
OLYMPICS: London Games Ranks as Top 5 TV Event in History
Posted: 11:31PM August 12, 2012 PST
According to the ratings, NBC has defied expectations and attracted huge crowds.
Never mind the moaning and groaning about delayed coverage and too many commercials. More Americans tuned into these Olympics than any other. The Games will rank among the top 5 television events in history. NBC drew an average of 32 million viewers per night. At least 210 million Americans watched some portion of the Olympics on NBC.
What’s the difference? One expert suggests that the Olympics are reality TV with healthy role models (quote) “Instead of Snooki, viewers this summer have been enchanted with newly minted role models, including swimmer Missy Franklin and gymnast Gabrielle Douglas. You have this younger generation of athletes stepping up, and the younger viewers are coming over to watch them. There have been so many exciting story lines.”
FIFTY SHADES OF GREY: Very Few Readers Ever Finish the Book
(MANHATTAN, NEW YORK) The most popular best seller this year is Fifty Shades of Grey. However, analysis shows that just one-out-of-ten owners of the book finish the final chapter. The other 90% pick and choose their favorite chapters. Many have bookmarked steamy passages and return to re-read them.
It’s a little known fact that ebooks conceal electronic data that is sent back to the publishers. More than two-thirds of the books were sold in this digital format. The most common bookmarks are in chapters 1, 5 and 23.
People are reading and re-reading the conversations between the lover Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey. Surprisingly, these seem to be favored more than the kinky scenes, which get all the media attention.
OLYMPIC FAIL: Worst Dive Ever Received Zero Points by Judges
Posted: 11:58PM August 08, 2012 PST
(LONDON, ENGLAND) Stephan Feck, of Germany, loses control on the 3-meter spring board and flops into the water. All the judges gave him zeros. Feck will go down in Olympic history. In his honor a dive should be named after him: The Feck Up
Posted: 11:01PM August 08, 2012 PST
This month will be one of the biggest homecomings for United States Marines. Compared to any other month this year, more Marines will be returning from Afghanistan. The pullout of U.S. forces this year is expected to reach 23,000 total troops, with August being peak season for coming home.
A new study by Michigan State University reveals that 25% of parents and caregivers settle disputes with their child by spanking them. Other findings:
- 35% of parents settle child disputes with hugging, tickling or gentle patting.
- men are more likely than women to physically discipline a child
= "Is spanking still a good form of punishment?"
Get Healthy Hair Growth With A Healthy Diet from youbeauty.com
Asparagus: Asparagus is rich in protein, vitamin C, vitamin A, and folic acid. It also contains fiber and iron. Asparagus stimulates hair production and is also a good source of silicon for healthy hair. vitamin E also works toward healthy hair and can be found in asparagus.
Broccoli: Ounce for ounce, broccoli contains more vitamin C than an orange. Broccoli is an excellent source of vitamins A and C, which your body needs to produce sebum. Vitamin C is great for your hair as it aids in circulation to your scalp.
Collard Greens: Collard greens are an excellent source of vitamin C, fiber, iron, copper, and calcium. Incorporating these greens will give your body the extra boost it needs, and in turn allows you to improve the chances of growing hair.
Honeydew: Deficiencies in folic acid can cause hair loss, so it is vital to hair growth that you consume folic acid in your diet. Honeydew melons contain folic acid.
Mango: Ripe mangos hold the largest amount of beta carotene. Mangos contain sources of vitamin E, which improves circulation to the scalp by enhancing oxygen uptake.
ALL REVIEWS FROM ‘DAILY VARIETY’ AND ‘THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER’
THE BOURNE LEGACY-- (3600 Screens) “THE BOX-OFFICE MUSCLE OF THIS FINAL MAJOR NAME-BRAND ATTRACTION OF THE SUMMER WILL BE CONSIDERABLE. HOWEVER, IT WILL PALE IN COMPARISON TO PREVIOUS ENTRIES IN THIS FRANCHISE.” Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Stacy Keach, Dennis Boutsikaris, Oscar Isaac, John Arcilla, Albert Finney, David Strathairn and Scott Glenn. 2 Hours and 15 Minutes. Rated PG-13.
THE CAMPAIGN-- (3300 Screens) “WILL FERRELL & ZACH GALIFIANAKIS MAKE FOR ENTERTAINING RIVALS IN A FLIMSY POLITICAL SATIRE THAT TOO OFTEN MISTAKES BAD TASTE FOR COMEDY. IT HAS THE INGREDIENTS TO GAIN TRACTION ON OPENING WEEKEND, BUT THEN QUICKLY DISAPPEAR.” Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis, Dylan McDermott, John Lithgow, Dan Aykroyd, Brian Cox and Sarah Baker. 1 Hour and 25 Minutes. Rated R.
HOPE SPRINGS-- (Opens Wednesday on 2200 Screens) "MORE COMEDIC DRAMA THAN MIDLIFE ROMANTIC COMEDY, IT OFFERS FEW SURPRISES BUT DELIVERS PLENTY OF WARMTH. ONE CERTAINTY ABOUT ANY NEW MERYL STREEP MOVIE IS THAT CROWDS WILL FLOCK TO SEE THE OSCAR-WINNING ACTRESS. HOWEVER, AS A SUMMER COUNTER-PROGRAMMING STRATEGY, IT MAY NOT POSE A MAJOR CHALLENGE.” Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, Steve Carell, Brett Rice, Mimi Rogers, Elisabeth Shue and Jean Smart. 1 Hour and 9 Minutes. Rated PG-13.
6 Fashion Mistakes Every Woman Makes from thegloss.com
Wearing jeans that give you a muffin top. It's not your fault! Do you remember how popular low rise jeans were? No one was able to find a pair that fit. Maybe there were two people, but they were almost certainly movie stars, and they have their own problems.
Wearing clothing that is too loose. Not everyone goes too tight, but everyone is ashamed of their imaginary fat at some point and opts for things that are too loose.
Dressing like a child. Not knowing quite how to dress like a grown-up when you go to your first job and realizing you really shouldn't wear hair bows, even though you've been doing it FOREVER.
Going orange. Sun-less tan. Did anyone make it through high school without accidentally turning themselves into a streaky tangerine? Raise your hand. Ah. Wait. Your palms are orange.
Overexposed yourself. At some point - whether it's when you realize that your white dress is see through in bright sunlight, or that whenever you lean over your top gapes open - we've all accidentally flashed someone, right?
Wearing dated items. To be fair, if you give it a year people will just assume you're doing it ironically.
Cut Wedding Cake Costs With These 8 Tips from savvysugar.com
Skip the cake: The popularity of cupcakes has prompted many couples to serve them at their reception. While it's hard not to love the tinier bites of cake goodness, it's not all fad: cupcakes, wedding cookies, and even dessert bars are often less pricey than extravagantly iced tier cakes.
Try ethnic bakeries: A friend of mine bought an affordable but beautiful wedding cake at a Chinese bakery. you'll actually be really surprised.
Go to your local baker: Check with your local baker to see if the costs are cheaper. You can usually get a better price with the ones who don't specialize in wedding cakes. Those who bake from home don't have to pay the overhead costs of a brick and mortar bakery, so that may result in a lower cost as well.
Check out the supermarket: There's a burgeoning trend of supermarket wedding cakes, and many are even adding fancy fondant designs and details. The cost of these grocery store wedding cakes can cost you about $300 — a bargain compared to specialty wedding cakes.
Opt for unstacked cakes: Unstacked cakes on risers are cheaper than tiered cakes, so you might want to go for that option.
Buttercream frosting: Buttercream frosting is cheaper than fondant and tastes even better!
Decorate with real flowers: Instead of intricate flowers made out of fondant or icing, consider decorating the cake with real flowers, perhaps the ones you're using at your wedding.
Serve sheet cake: You can get a smaller cake or have a few fake layers made of cardboard or styrofoam while you cut up and serve sheet cake that's cut out of sight with no one the wiser. Many bakers provide this option, so you should definitely ask them about it.
Phelps Makes History. He wins his 19th Career Olympic Medal. Phelps won gold as the anchor in the 4x200m freestyle, making him the most decorated Olympian of all time. The U.S. blew away the field in the 4x200 race.
U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Grabs Gold. They capture their first Team Gold Since 1996. The U.S. women’s gymnastics squad easily defeated the competition to become just the second American team to win gold, putting the "Fab Five" in the same category as the '96 team.
Allison Schmitt Wins Gold. She wins the 200m Freestyle. Allison Schmitt swam an Olympic-record 1 minute, 53.61 seconds for the gold. It goes with her gold medal in the 200m freestyle.
U.S. Soccer Defeats North Korea. Abby Wambach scored the only goal as the U.S. women’s soccer team defeated North Korea, 1-0.
Tsonga Wins Longest Olympic Tennis Match. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France defeated Milos Raonic at Wimbledon. The grueling match was the longest in Olympic history. Tsonga won 6-3, 3-6, 25-23 (48-game marathon third set ... 3 hours long)
The London Philharmonics recorded all 205 national anthems. Each one is supposed to play for 60- to 90-seconds as the flags are raised at the medal ceremony. The challenge was that one anthem naturally runs 7-minutes and had to be uber-edited. Another one was just 15-seconds long and had to be stretched into a full minute.
Trivia: Even though 205 anthems were records, more than 120 of them have never been heard at the Olympics. An athlete representing that country has never one a gold medal
The 7 Most Common Male Summer Fashion Mistakes from askmen.com
Socks and shoes. Any other time of year, we seek to keep our feet bundled up in warm socks: argyle ones for work, a low-cut athletic pair for the gym and, on occasion, the heavy-duty wool variety in the cold months. But summer calls for no socks at all, especially with the footwear of the season -- namely, men's sandals, drivers and boat shoes. Suffocating your feet in any of these with a bright white pair of socks should also require a camera bag and return ticket to Bratislava. Still insisting on coverage of some sort? Invest in knot socks, the no-show alternative to the tourist-favored tube.
Cargo shorts. You remember cargo shorts -- the circa '97 type that you could use to store everything from lunch leftovers to a small child. Yeah, well, those are so two decades ago, and this brings us to the next men’s summer fashion mistake. The huge pockets bow out at the sides and force the shorts to sag. It’s time to try a silhouette from this century. Cuts are slimmer (like your favorite pair of jeans) and patterns range from bold plaids to seersucker; even everyday khaki is a fine choice. The secret to a great pair of men's shorts is finding ones that don’t stray away from a straight line running from hip to hem. And speaking of hems, yours should always end an inch or two above the knee.
Strong fragrances. Summer may be hot and heavy, but that heavy cologne from last winter is just too much musk for summer’s sweat-inducing temps. The combination of a weighty, woodsy scent and your natural eau can be nauseating this time of year. Summer is the signal to switch to something light and lean. Anything with citrus notes or hints of grass like vetiver is exactly what you want when the sun kick-starts the water works.
Flip-flops. Summer’s official footwear is undoubtedly the between-the-toe flip-flop, which leads us into our next men’s summer fashion mistake. It’s the barely there cover for your feet ideal for a backyard barbecue or a beachside jaunt. And that’s about as far as a flip-flop should go. Any other outing should get the sandal treatment -- not the Kumbayah kind with fabric straps à la Teva or a thin-strapped European mandal.
Tank tops. The tank is meant to be worn as an undershirt. And unless you’re a bronzed weight lifter or sick spousal abuser bearing this shirt’s nickname, the tank top is one garment that should be left under wraps, or better yet, quarantined on the Jersey Shore. So, what’s a guy to do in the harsh heat of summer? Try a light colored V-neck T-shirt or polo shirt instead. Both of those should provide at least some of the breeze you’re looking for without having to spend a lifetime at the gym.
Board shorts. Perhaps the season’s most prevalent men’s summer fashion mistake of all comes in the form of a billowy board short. It dips below the knee, and in the worst cases is so shapeless the lines merge into a mono-legged swimming skirt. More grown-up and indeed flattering options exist for even the most body-conscious men among us. Men’s swimwear should look and fit like a great pair of everyday shorts. Slim ones that sit just under the waist (not unlike a lower-rise jean) and finish somewhere between mid-thigh and an inch or two above the knee work best for every beach-going guy.
Wraparound shades. Blocking the sun’s blinding rays is critical for surviving the season. But that doesn’t mean you have to reach for Terminator-type wraparounds to protect your eyes. Sure, sport-inspired sunglasses are perfect for a round of golf or a game of tennis -- everything in context. But, outside of an athletic activity, everything else requires an aviator, Wayfarer or other such style-savvy shape. And while you may be thinking that fashion-friendly frames don’t look good on you, remember this piece of lifelong advice: Finding the right pair of sunglasses takes time.