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10 Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

                                                 

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Another month means another holiday. Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and if you haven’t figured out your plans yet, don’t worry we have your back here at KISS! Check out our Favorite 10 ideas for a fun Valentine’s Day!

  1. Eat in to avoid crowds. Cook a nice meal or order delivery, cuddle up on the couch, and put on your favorite movie.
  2. Recreate your first date. Throw it back to where it all began! See just how many details you both can recall.
  3. A relaxing spa day for two. You can never go wrong with a day at the spa! Try out a couple’s massage or facials.
  4. Sing your hearts out. How fun does a night out at the karaoke bar sound?! After a couple drinks, grab a mic and start belting out your rendition of Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You!  
  5. Helicopter ride. Hop on your favorite daily deal site and check out the great offers for helicopter rides around the city! After you’re done flying around, grab dinner or drinks at your favorite restaurant.
  6. Check out a new movie. We know, this one’s a little cliche! But what better day to see a rom-com or thriller than on a day strictly about love?!
  7. Fondue night. Melt delicious chocolate, cut up some fruit, and jump into chocolate fondue for a romantic night in.
  8. Paint pottery. Put your Picasso skills to work and take your loved one to relax and paint pottery together!
  9. Bowling. Create some Valentine’s Day memories with the whole crew. Get some of your friends together and head to the bowling alley for a friendly competition.

Brunch and a nature walk. If the weather allows (let’s hope!) take a nice walk and then head to a yummy brunch. Fresh air AND Eggs Benedict? Yes please!

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And The Oscar Goes To…

Did your favorites receive a nomination? The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the following nominees for the 90th Academy Awards:

Best Picture
Call Me by Your Name
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
Get Out
Lady Bird
Phantom Thread
The Post
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Director
Christopher NolanDunkirk
Jordan PeeleGet Out
Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird
Paul Thomas AndersonPhantom Thread
Guillermo del ToroThe Shape of Water

Best Actress
Sally HawkinsThe Shape of Water
Frances McDormandThree Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Margot RobbieI, Tonya
Saoirse RonanLady Bird
Meryl StreepThe Post

Best Actor
Timothee ChalametCall Me by Your Name
Daniel Day-LewisPhantom Thread
Daniel KaluuyaGet Out
Gary OldmanDarkest Hour
Denzel WashingtonRoman J. Israel, Esq.

Best Supporting Actress
Mary J. BligeMudbound 
Allison JanneyI Tonya 
Lesley ManvillePhantom Thread 
Laurie MetcalfLady Bird 
Octavia SpencerThe Shape of Water

Best Supporting Actor
Willem DafoeThe Florida Project
Woody HarrelsonThree Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Richard JenkinsThe Shape of Water
Christopher PlummerAll the Money in the World
Sam RockwellThree Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Score 
Dunkirk
Phantom Thread
The Shape of Water Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Original Song
“Mighty River” – Mudbound (Mary J. BligeRaphael Saadiq)
“Mystery of Love” – Call Me by Your Name (Sufjan Stevens)
“Remember Me” – Coco (Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez)
“Stand Up for Something” – Marshall (Diane Warren, Lonnie R. Lynn)
“This Is Me” – The Greatest Showman (Benj PasekJustin Paul)

Best Animated Feature
The Boss Baby
Coco
Ferdinand 
The Breadwinner
Loving Vincent

Best Original Screenplay
The Big Sick
Get Out
Lady Bird
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Adapted Screenplay
Call Me by Your Name
The Disaster Artist
Logan
Molly’s Game
Mudbound

Jimmy Kimmel  hosts The Oscars live on ABC on March 4th.

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5 Gadgets For Music Lovers

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Are you obessed with music? You’re going to love these awesome products selected just for you! Click on the photo or the price to purchase.

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#1. Wireless Waterproof Speaker – $24.99
This speaker is great for the outdoors as well as in the shower! Who doesn’t love listening to music and singing in the shower? This speaker has a detachable suction and aluminum alloy metal hook. This makes it convenient to hang and attach it anywhere you want. It also includes a built in rechargeable battery that supports up to 6 hours of playing time.

 

earbud#2. Bluelounge Cableyoyo
Earbud Cable Management
$9.95
Do your earbuds turn into a tangled mess no matter how neatly you put them away? With the Cableyoyo you will never have to fight with your earbuds again. The Cableyoyo is an earbud cord spool with a magnetic center to keep earphones tidy and tangle-free. The spool design makes it quick and easy to wind and unwind earbuds in a matter of seconds. This product comes in Dark Grey, Light Grey and Lime Green.

 

turntable-2#.3 Crosley Portable Turntable – $87.95
This turntable is lightweight and you can easily take it anywhere. The built-in stereo speakers allow listening to music without having to connect it to a speaker system. Still working on your record collection? This turntable includes an auxiliary port so you can still enjoy tunes through your phone or MP3 player. There are 11 different color options to choose from.

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#4. Belkin Rockstar Multi Headphone Splitter – $14.99
Share music with your friends with this headphone splitter! This gadget allows you to connect to 5 headphones. Now you don’t have to awkwardly share your earbuds to listen to a song with a friend. You can also mix music by connecting multiple music players at once. This handy gadget comes in 5 colors and connects to all phones, mp3 players, and portable dvd players.

 

bedphones.PNG#5. Bedphones: Sleep Headphones – $39.95
Do you love listening to music while falling asleep, but always end up taking your earbuds out because they’re uncomfortable? You need Bedphones! These headphones are so comfortable you can wear them to bed. The custom 23mm drivers lie flat against your ears (not inside of them). Available in black and blue.

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KISS Spring Break Tips

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Road Trip tips

  • Take turns behind the wheel. Also make sure the person sitting shot gun stays awake to help keep the driver up and alert.
  • Get snacks prior to the road trip. Bring a cooler and fill it with water, energy drinks, gatorade, etc. It saves money and time!
  • Make sure to get your car serviced before long road trips.
  • Have updated ID, insurance, and vehicle registration in your car at all times.

Safety tips

  • Turn off your locations when on social media
  • If needing to go to an ATM, make sure to go with a friend or a couple people.
  • Drink lots of water if out in the sun.
  • Know the local laws, whether in a different state or in a different country.
  • Don’t carry all your cash and cards on you. Keeps some in the hotel safe.

Money saving tips

  • If you’re staying at a hotel, try to book one with complimentary breakfast/snacks. You’ll save a ton without having to worry about going somewhere to get breakfast.
  • Download budgeting apps (ie. Mint) and stick with the budget. Be careful on spending money on things you don’t really need.
  • Try renting a bike to get around places. Plus who doesn’t like riding a bike with beach views?!
  • Bring your student ID with you everywhere, you never know when they might have student discounts.
  • Once  you arrive at your destination, get groceries! You’ll save money on snacks especially.
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Spring Break Tips

Road Trip Tips

  • Take turns behind the wheel. Also, make sure the person sitting shot gun stays awake to help keep the driver awake and alert.
  • Get snacks prior to the road trip. Bring a cooler and fill with water, energy drinks, gatorade, etc. It saves time and money!
  • Make sure to get your car serviced before long road trips.
  • Have updated ID, insurance, and vehicle registration in your car at all times.

 

Safety Tips

  • Turn off your locations when on social media
  • If needing to go to an ATM, make sure to go with a friend or a couple people.
  • Drink lots of water if out in the sun.
  • Know the local laws, whether in a different state or in a different country.
  • Don’t carry all your cash and cards on you. Keeps some in the hotel safe.

 

Money Saving Tips

  • If you’re staying at a hotel, try to book one with complimentary breakfast/snacks. You’ll save a ton without having to worry about going somewhere to get breakfast.
  • Download budgeting apps (ie. Mint) and stick with the budget. Be careful on spending money on things you don’t really need.
  • Try renting a bike to get around places. Plus, who doesn’t like riding a bike with beach views?!
  • Bring your student ID with you everywhere, you never know when they might have student discounts.
  • Once  you arrive at your destination, get groceries! You’ll save money on snacks especially.
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Top 10 Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

KISS FM’s Valentine’s Date Ideas

 

Another month means another holiday. Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and if you haven’t figured out your plans yet, don’t worry we got your back here at KISS! Check out our Top 10 ideas for a fun Valentine’s Day!

  1. Eat in to avoid crowds. Cook a nice meal or order delivery, cuddle up on the couch, and put on your favorite movie.
  2. Recreate your first date. Throw it back to where it all began! See just how many details you both can recall.
  3. A relaxing spa day for two. You can never go wrong with a day at the spa! Try out a couple’s massage or facials.
  4. Sing your hearts out. How fun does a night out at the karaoke bar sound?! After a couple drinks, grab a mic and start belting out your rendition of Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You!  
  5. Helicopter ride. Hop on Groupon and check out the great deals for helicopter rides around the city! After you’re done flying around, grab dinner or drinks at your favorite restaurant.
  6. Check out a new movie. We know, this one’s a little cliche! But what better day to see a rom-com or thriller than on a day strictly about love?!
  7. Fondue night. Melt delicious chocolate, cut up some fruit, and jump into chocolate fondue for a romantic night in.
  8. Paint pottery. Put your Picasso skills to work and take your loved one to relax and paint pottery together!
  9. Bowling. Create some Valentine’s Day memories with the whole crew. Get some of your friends together and head to the bowling alley for a friendly competition.

Brunch and a nature walk. If the weather allows (let’s hope!) take a nice walk and then head to a yummy brunch. Fresh air AND Eggs Benedict? Yes please!

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Super Bowl Sunday Snacks

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With the Super Bowl approaching this Sunday, we thought we’d share Shonzi, Andy, and Cruise’s favorite appetizers for you to try out this weekend. Is there really anything better than a Sunday filled with food, friends, football, and a half-time performance by Lady GaGa?! Check out these super quick, easy recipes and let us know which one you will be trying out for the Patriots vs. Falcons Super Bowl!!

Shonzi’s Buffalo Chicken Dip

1 Package cream cheese softened

1 cup chicken breast (can be canned or rotisserie)

½ cup buffalo sauce

½ ranch OR bleu cheese dressing

2 cups monterey jack cheese

Tortilla chips, celery, and crackers

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Spread cream cheese into an ungreased shallow 1-qt. baking dish. Layer the chicken, wing sauce and salad dressing. Sprinkle the cheese on top.
  2. Bake, uncovered, 20-25 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve with chips, crackers, and celery.

Andy’s BBQ Nachos
4 slices of bacon chopped into 1” pieces
½ red onion chopped
1 lb. ground beef or chicken
Kosher salt
Ground pepper
1 cup barbecue sauce
3 cups shredded cheddar
¼ cups sliced scallions
Tortilla chips

  1. Preheat oven 350 degrees
  2. Heat large skillet on medium. Add bacon and cook until crispy. Drain bacon pieces onto paper towel (set aside). Keep about 2 tablespoons of bacon fat in pan. Add in onions and saute. Stir in ground beef (or chicken). Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook, stirring often, until beef or chicken is throughly cooked. Add barbecue sauce to pan and bring to mixture to a simmer.
  3. Spread chips onto baking sheet. Pour bbq mixture on top of chips and sprinkle evenly with cheese and bacon pieces. Bake until cheese is melted, for about 8-10 minutes. Garnish nachos with scallions.

 

Cruise’s Bacon Cheddar Ranch Pinwheels

2 packages cream cheese
1 cup mild cheddar
½ cup cooked bacon (chopped, about 5 pieces)
½ tsp. parsley flakes
½ tsp. Dill weed
½ tsp. Garlic powder
¼ tsp. Onion powder
Salt and pepper to taste
5 tortillas (10 inch each)

  1. Add all ingredients into large bowl.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat on low until creamy. Add in salt and pepper.
  3. Divide mixture between tortillas and spread evenly.
  4. Tightly roll tortillas and place in dish. Refrigerate overnight.
  5. When ready to serve, cut into wheels.