Good Day Alabama for April 22, 2014

Good Day Alabama for April 22, 2014

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Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for April 22, 2014:

JEH JEH LIVE - The Junior League of Birmingham's Bargain Carousel is this weekend in the former JCPenney location at Century Plaza Mall, located at 7580 Crestwood Boulevard. The Junior League of Birmingham's Bargain Carousel has over 4,000 shoppers over a three day period and everyone walks away with a unique find.  A 1000-family garage sale, Bargain Carousel has been labeled the "largest garage sale in Birmingham."  The Junior League of Birmingham's Bargain Carousel provides shoppers with quality items at affordable prices.  There will be over 100,000 items for sale including adult clothing, appliances, art, books, music, children's clothing, electronics, furniture, heirloom items, holiday decorations, home décor, infant furniture and accessories, kitchen Items, lighting, linens, office equipment and furniture, outdoors and supporting goods, rugs and toys. One hundred percent of the proceeds raised at Bargain Carousel are returned to the community through the Junior League of Birmingham's Community Projects. For more information visit www.bargaincarousel.net.

BETH K - How much alcohol is okay? UAB Nutritionist Dr. Beth Kitchin says April is the National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence Alcohol Awareness Month making this a great time to talk about how much alcohol is too much and how much is just right! People throughout history have enjoyed drinks like beer, wine and liquor. , and today is no different.  Over the past 20 years or so, research has shown that alcohol may be beneficial to prevent some diseases but harmful for other diseases. Alcohol in even small amounts is related to an increased risk of some cancers like breast cancer. Alcohol in excess can increase the risk of osteoporosis. Excess can also increase triglycerides and blood pressure – increasing the risk of heart disease.  But alcohol in moderation is related to stronger bones and a lower risk of heart disease!  The obvious key to potential health benefits is moderation. So what is moderate alcohol? One alcoholic beverage  day for women and two alcoholic beverages a day for men. The differences between men and women are largely because women make less alcohol dehydrogenase in the stomach than do men. Alcohol dehydrogenase is an enzyme that helps break down alcohol.  The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans advise limiting alcohol to one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men. The actual serving size for an alcoholic beverage depends on the type of drink: 12 ounces of a beer or wine cooler, 5 ounces of table wine, and 1.5 ounces of 80 proof distilled spirits. Now, just because moderate alcohol may have some health benefits, does not mean everyone should drink.  Many people have very good reasons for not drinking – so we don't recommend that you start drinking for your heart and bones! If you choose to drink alcoholic beverages, always do so responsibly. If you're thirsty, start with a nonalcoholic drink, then drink an alcoholic beverage slowly. And eating helps slow the absorption of alcohol, so don't drink on an empty stomach.

MONEY TUESDAY - Most kids arrive at the ‘real world' with little or no financial training.  Think about it.  The schools or college rarely teach any courses about how to manage personal finances and many parents are living a financial tightrope struggling to pay their bills throughout the year.  It's no wonder that generation after generation of kids struggle with money management.  One of the greatest gifts a parent can give a child is the gift of the best education for which they can qualify.  Higher education is proven to produce, on average, higher lifetime incomes.  One of the second best gifts a parent can give a child is a strong foundation in money and personal financial management.  If you're not sure where to start, here's a simple guide:
Step 1.  Start young.  If you want a reminder of just how smart your kid is, hand her your iPhone and watch her mesmerize you with her skills.  Given the right incentives, kids are just as smart at learning money skills.  First, I'm not a fan of paying children an allowance for such things as cleaning their room, making their bed, taking out the garbage or clearing the dinner table.   These are responsibilities each family member shares.  Once they are old enough, I am in favor of giving them money-making activities such as cleaning windows, washing the car, digging the garden or babysitting and pay them for their ‘work'.  Your goal is to have them make the connection between work and money.  As they get older and can accept more responsibility, give them bigger opportunities to make more money.  Research suggests that parents will spend an average of $241,000 to raise a child to age eighteen.  This is for parents earning between $60,000 and $100,000 per year and does not include the costs of college!  It includes a broad range of expenses including healthcare, child care, food, clothing, housing and transportation as well as discretionary children's activities like summer camp.  If you're going to spend the money anyway, why not use some of it to teach children about how to manage money?  
Step 2.  Establish some money ‘rules'.  Here's a great opportunity to teach lifelong lessons in money responsibility.  When you pay them for their activities, have them deposit the money into various ‘accounts'.  I like to use the ‘jar' system.  Get four jars and label them (actually, have your children label them):
•    Give Jar (10%). The most successful people I know are big givers.  They give to their church or synagogue; they give to their communities; and they give to charities.  Reaching out and helping others makes you feel better about yourself.  Allow them to choose how to give this money away.  
•    Save Jar (10%-20%). This is where you help them set some longer-term goals like saving for a bicycle or saving for a car or a mission trip…things that will take more effort, time and planning.    
•    Invest Jar (10%). Here is where your child just might amaze you but they'll need your help to get started.  You can either open an account in their name with you as custodian or open it in your name but let them know it's for them.  A good place to start is a discount broker such as Charles Schwab (www.Schwab.com) or Scottrade (www.scottrade.com).   Let your child pick a stock of a company they love such as McDonalds, Disney or Coke Cola and show them how to read about it, buy it, and follow it on-line.  Reinforce when they drink a Coke that they own part of the company!
•    Spend Jar (60%-70%). This is the money they get to spend on things they want.  As they get older, this can include money for purchasing clothing (yes, you get to approve their purchases!) and entertainment (movies, dating, eating out).  
Step 3.  Set goals and a budget.  Start with simple goals and ones that are easy to accomplish.  You want your children to experience success early and often.  An example might include saving for an Xbox game with you offering a ‘matching' bonus for reaching the goal.  As they get older, the goals should become more challenging such as saving for a car.  Budgeting should also start out as a simple exercise.  Start by consistently funding all of the jars in the amounts indicated.
Step 4.  Set monthly ‘Power Reviews'.  Your child will need feedback on how she is doing.  Find reasons to praise her for what she's accomplished and together decide how to make ‘course corrections' as needed.
Step 5.  Allow them to fail.  Failure and success are two sides of the same coin.  Virtually all success is built on some amount of failure.  Don't ride in on your white horse and save your children every time they fail.  If they run out of money because they spent frivolously and now don't have money for gas, let them walk!  You'll find they are fast learners and it will be a lesson that will serve them well their entire life.
The final step…the best lesson for your children is to watch you handle your money well.  You can use these same steps to build your own money skills!

BIRMINGHAM FASHION WEEK
- Birmingham Fashion Week is an annual event designed to bring unity to the community through fashion. The 4th annual Birmingham Fashion Week is April 21-26th. Harold & Mod will be showcasing its vintage collections as a featured designer on Tuesday night's runway show at 7:00pm.  The event will be held at Pepper Place in Birmingham. For more information, visit http://bhamfashionweek.com. Janice talked with Tara Gray, host of Birmingham Fashion Week, and Milo Beloved, creator of Harold&MOD. Tara is an Alabama native who is now a tv personality in California. Milo left Atlanta in 2008 to move to Birmingham. Never expecting the move to be permanent, he was surprised to find an undeniable magic that could only exist in a city like Birmingham – a unified desire among artists to see growth in culture, design, and art. Before moving to Birmingham, Beloved worked as a stylist and personal shopper in Atlanta. Never fully satisfied with a particular niche of style, Beloved began dreaming of the concept long before launching the brand. Harold&MOD presents three categories of clothing for men and women composed of a collection of discovered vintage, re-imagined and custom vintage, and freshly designed garments made with vintage materials. Much like the city of Birmingham, which he now calls home, Beloved seeks to create something beautiful and unique out of once discarded materials. Also featured will be Jewelry and accessories by Alabama Funk

GARDENING - Jimmy Rockett showed us how to care for roses. Jimmy says that now is a great time to prune your roses if you have not yet done so. Most roses bloom on new growth. The only rose that you should not prune in the spring blooming climbing rose. If you do so now, you may be pruning off your long awaited blooms. There are lots of rose care products available, but he likes the Bayer Advanced products just because he uses the same type indgedients. Also, if you have hybrid T, florabunda or grandiflora roses, spraying the weekly is wise and do it the same day every week. Jimmy says to always mark on your calendar when you apply anything so you can follow up in a timely basis. Jimmy does recommend using the organic fertilizers but not the organic insect/fungus sprays. He says that you will need to use them more often and that takes more time. He also mentions that when it comes to watering, overhead irrigation is really not the best. For more information, call Jimmy at (205) 981-1151, email him at jimmyrockett@att.net, or visit  www.jimmyrockett.com.

MO WILLIEMS - That silly pigeon is back, but this time - he needs a bath! Except, the Pigeon's not so sure about that. Besides, he took a bath last month! Maybe. It's going to take some serious convincing to get the Pigeon to take the plunge. Mo Willems' newest children's book, about that very same pigeon that wanted to drive the bus and found a hot dog  (Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!) was released this month, and sure enough, it looks like the pigeon is up to some more tricks. Similar to other books in the series, "The Pigeon Needs a Bath" engages readers with an entertaining story and clever illustrations, while delivering a message of its own to children and parents alike. Mo Willems (www.pigeonpresents.com), a number one New York Times best-selling author and illustrator, has been awarded a Caldecott Honor on three occasions (for Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, and Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity). Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! was also an inaugural inductee into the Indies Choice Picture Book Hall of Fame. And his celebrated Elephant & Piggie early-reader series has been awarded the Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal on two occasions (for There Is a Bird on Your Head! and Are You Ready to Play Outside?) as well as three Honors (for We Are in a Book!, I Broke My Trunk!, and Let's Go for a Drive!). Other favorites include Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed and City Dog, Country Frog, illustrated by Jon J Muth. Mo lives in Massachusetts with his family.


LIFE AFTER 50
- Barbara Hannah Grufferman, Author of "The Best of Everything After 50: The Experts' Guide to Style, Sex, Health, Money and More" gives us ways to save money over 50 with 10 tips every boomer should know! Some of these include tap into sales and special offers on social networking sites and online forums, download apps and online services that can provide advice, encouragement, or practical tools for budgeting and investing; consult high-tech, web-based financial experts for their take on retirement savings plans; and go green in 2014 to save money while saving the planet. For more information, visit  www.aarp.org/rewards-for-good.

Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, get ready for some yummy goodness this weekend at the annual gumbo gala! One of the featured artists at the Magic City Art Connection joins us with a look at his work and what you'll find at the park this weekend! And the pet doctor joins us to take questions about your pets' health! Plus we get the scoop on the American Idol top 6 as they prepare for this week's big show! Join us for this and much more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama.

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