Christmas Movie Marathon List

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Now that Thanksgiving break is over, it’s time to start getting ready for the most wonderful time of the year, Christmas! What better way to get into the spirit than with a little movie marathon and dance session to some holiday jingles. We decided to throw together some of our favorite holiday movies and songs, enjoy!

KISS FM’s Top Christmas Movies:

  • Elf
  • Love Actually
  • Christmas Vacation
  • Home Alone
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas
  • How The Grinch Stole Christmas
  • The Holiday
  • A Christmas Story

KISS FM’s Top Holiday Song Playlist:

  • All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
  • Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Frank Sinatra
  • Blue Christmas – Elvis Presley
  • I Saw Mommy Kissin’ Santa Claus – Jackson 5
  • Where Are You Christmas – Faith Hill
  • Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee
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Travel Tips

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I love to travel! Not too long ago, I was an elite frequent flyer. I learned how to maneuver my way around airports, and how to manage the crowded lines at security. Flying can very stressful especially if you are traveling with a group or with kids! With the holidays, airports and security lines are going to be busy. After many times of experiencing the worst an airport can dish out, I want to share some helpful and useful tips for traveling by plane:

Packing your checked bag or carry on: Roll your clothing when packing, except for jeans or bulky sweaters or jackets. When you lay your rolled clothing into the suitcase, it will leave a little space for you to fill with the smaller items such as socks or undergarments. I always lay jeans or jackets on top of the rolled clothing, and utilize those drawstring bags to pack your shoes into your suitcase!

Security Check: . Security can be a hassle. You are trying to get through it quickly, but also follow the rules of the TSA. I would suggest having a plan before entering security. Make sure you know what you are wearing so you can be prepared to remove items before the metal detector. Remember belts, jewelry, coins, and certain clothing with metal might set off the metal detector or be difficult to see in an x-ray machine. It is best to remove those items and place them into a separate container at the security checkpoint. Be sure to have items that need to be removed from your bag on top and visible. This will ease the process of putting everything into those plastic bins.

Stay hydrated: Travel with an empty water bottle. You can fill it up once past security at any water fountain. Sometimes I will pour my soda into it on the plane. This will allow you to stay hydrated and alert so you don’t mix up your gate, terminal, or departure time. In addition to bringing an empty water bottle, bring your own tea bags or drink flavorings. Things that mix easily with water are options to buying sodas or teas. Plus some airlines only offer coffee or water on short flights.

Tame your stomach: Carry snacks that will keep you energized and full for a longer time. Snacks like beef jerky, nuts, dried fruit. You can even make sandwiches packed in your carry on. My favorite snack to carry on planes are bagels. Almost every airport has a bagel shop too. It fills me up and the carbs keep me energized. It is also cheap, but filling!

Just-in-case: Sometimes mistakes are made and you end up with no luggage at your destination. I always pack one change of clothes including undergarments in my carry on or purse. Something that is light to pack like a dress and leggings. It is helpful to know that you are not stranded without a change of clothing if this mistake is made.

Always be comfortable: Carry on a jacket or sweater that you can easily put on and take off. Planes and airports are cold, but security will ask you to take it off at times so be prepared to remove it.

The children: If you are traveling with children, bring entertainment for the kids. Movies and books can keep them entertained for a while. I brought Etch-a-sketches for my children to play with. It didn’t require many materials to get out. Tablets are great because children can play several games or do many activities using one item. However, do not forget to bring entertainment for yourself. You will need it to relax while the kids are relaxing.

Sanitize: Planes and airports can be very dirty and you are using your hands several times to either remove your shoes for security or touching the railing. I always pack a travel size hand sanitizer in my liquid zip-lock bag. This can be useful during the flight so you do not have to get out of your seat to wash your hands before snacking or eating.

Keep your money safe: When I travel, I separate out my cash or cards in different bags. I put some money in my purse, some in my carry on, and/ or some in my checked on bag. This prevents from being completely robbed if one of your bags is stolen or lost. You are able to access some money incase this was to happen. Thus, remember to keep all bags close to you as possible!

 

– Beth Cruise

Tips for Surviving the Holidays

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Here at KISS FM we want to make your Holidays a little easier! Check out these tips for  traveling, family gatherings and just plain old saving money for the upcoming holidays. We even have a few post-election time tips too!

Traveling:

  • Keep up to date on your flight with apps such as Flight Status, GateGuru, or if you’re driving, GasBuddy.
  • Pack light. If you check a bag, make sure to have most important things in your carry-on. (Just in case your checked bag gets lost!)
  • Don’t wrap gifts instead wrap them after you get to your destination or send them in the mail. TSA suggests that to not wrap presents as they might have to unwrap them during checks.
  • Travel early in the morning or late at night to avoid heavy traffic.

Saving Money:

  • Take advantage of websites that have “free shipping” days.
  • Use coupons from magazines, newspapers, websites, and emails.
  • Use cash or debit card as much as you can, that way you won’t put it on a credit card and ring up a bill. The cash or debit card will come right out of your account.

Family Gatherings:

  • Be prepared. Realize that you might get into disagreements but remember it’s the holidays, so relax and breathe. Let the arguments go for the day.
  • Take some personal time. If you normally go on a morning run, go on a morning run and then get ready for the family gathering. Try taking a walk or a nap after the Holiday dinners to give yourself some alone time.

Post-Election:

  • Stay off social media – it helps to not get caught up in the drama.
  • Watch the news to stay informed.
  • If you know friends or family that have different view than you do, try not to talk politics with them for the next few weeks… or just cut off talking to them for awhile so you don’t get into heated arguments!

Spook-tacular Halloween Decorations: Free Printable Download

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Halloween is just around the corner so that means, it’s time to start decorating for trick-or-treaters and halloween parties. Jack-O-Lanterns, cob webs in the corner of the doorway, graveyards along your front sidewalk, and fog machines all add to the spooky atmosphere. Outdoor decorations are fun and exciting, but don’t forget about something for the inside of your home. We have created a printable Halloween Graphic that is free to download. Just save the image below, print it at home and put it in a frame. You could even have the kids create their own frame for it!

kiss_halloweenprintableIf you decide to use our graphic in your Halloween decor, we would love to see it. Share it with us on Facebook and like our page. Happy Haunting Kiss fans!

Road Trip Playlist

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Are you ready for a road trip? Give yourself a little Fall break and visit a friend or relative, or maybe go somewhere new alone! We at KISS FM have created the ultimate road trip playlist to suit all of your traveling needs. Fill up your gas tank, roll down your windows, and blast your speakers!

  • Closer – Chainsmokers ft. Halsey
  • This is What You Came for – Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna
  • One Dance – Drake
  • Needed Me – Rihanna
  • We Don’t Talk Anymore – Charlie Puth ft. Selena Gomez
  • Send My Love (To Your New Lover) – Adele
  • In The Name Of Love – Martin Garrix
  • Heathens –  Twenty One Pilots
  • Into You – Ariana Grande
  • Don’t Let Me Down – Chainsmokers ft. Daya
  • Sit Still Look Pretty – Daya
  • Never Forget You – Zara Larsson Ft. MNKE
  • No – Meghan Trainor
  • Still Falling For You – Ellie Goulding
  • Pillowtalk – Zayn
  • Side to Side – Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj
  • Too Good – Drake ft. Rihanna
  • Greenlight – Pitbull
  • Work From Home – Fifth Harmony
  • Luv – Torey Lanez

 

 

Autumn To-Do List

Autumn is the time for football, long-sleeves, changing leaves, and apple cider.Happy first week of Fall! What will you do? Who will you share these memories with?? We compiled a list of our top 45 activities for Fall….

  • Go Camping/Stargazing
  • Carve Pumpkins
  • Host a Movie Night (Old Classics/Halloween-Based)
  • Pick Apples at an Orchard
  • Watch a Sunrise/Sunset
  • Use Cinnamon/Pumpkin Flavors
  • Go Hot Tubbing
  • Picnic with Loved Ones
  • Participate in a Bake Sale
  • Practice your Photography
  • Watch/Go to Football Games/Tailgate
  • Join in on Hay Rides/ Corn Maze
  • Build an Evening Bonfire
  • Go to the Zoo
  • Make Homemade Soup
  • Rake/Jump in Leaves
  • Make Crockpot Meals
  • Drink Apple Cider/Hot Chocolate
  • Attend Oktoberfest
  • Go on a Nature Walk
  • Play Frisbee with Friends
  • Go Gift Shopping on Black Friday
  • Read a Book
  • Wear Scarves/Long Sleeves
  • Get a Fall-Scented Candle
  • Hike Around the City
  • Complete a Puzzle at Home
  • Run a 5k
  • Write Handwritten Notes
  • Practice Face Painting
  • Unplug Electronics
  • Visit a Haunted House
  • Go on a Horseback Ride
  • Make Popcorn
  • Learn Calligraphy
  • Tell Ghost Stories
  • Turn Clocks Back
  • Go Geocaching
  • Make Crafts/Wreaths
  • Road Trip
  • Visit the Farmer’s Market
  • Go for a Bike Ride
  • Play Board Games
  • Take a Bubble Bath
  • Pamper Yourself

Easy DIY Halloween Costumes

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Believe it or not, fall is here! Even though the temperatures don’t quite show it yet, Halloween is just a month away. Now is the perfect time to get started on your DIY costume that won’t break the bank. Get creative with some of these super easy, common do-it-yourself costume ideas with a little spin!

Medusa

This Greek mythological monster could turn anyone to stone with just one look. To get a look like Medusa’s hair of venomous snakes, put your hair up in braids and then weave some fake snakes through it. Grab some dark, draped clothing and voila!  

Robber and Money Bag

This one is great for a parent trick-or-treating with a little one! The adult can dress in all black with a black beanie and a black piece of cloth over eyes with eyeholes, to look like the robber. For the baby, dress him/her in tan bag with head and armholes and put a money sign on the bag. It will look like you just robbed the bank!

Gumball Machine

This fun outfit requires an old red dress and a whole lot of the colored cotton balls. First, hot glue the cotton balls all over the top of the dress to get the gumball look. Next, cut out a small cardboard rectangle, paint it silver and make a black coin slot. Draw 25-cent price next to it and now you’re a yummy gumball machine!

Where’s Waldo

Easy-Peasy! Grab some blue jeans, red shoes, a red and white striped shirt, old glasses and red beanie. This will create the Waldo look that everyone has searched for!

Rubik’s Cube

Need an outfit that you can wear cozy clothes under?! All you need to do is take an old square box and cut out a torso hole, armholes and a head hole. Then cut out square pieces of different colored construction paper. Hot glue the pieces to look like the ever-so-irritating Rubik’s Cube.

Jellyfish

For a jellyfish look: take an umbrella and attach cloth-like strings of all lengths to the edges. Find some clothes to match the umbrella’s color and put the umbrella over your head for the poisonous jellyfish look. Watch out Dory!

Grapes

Pick your favorite color of grapes and then grab some balloons. Wear the same color as your balloons, blow up the balloons and attach them to your outfit. Just like that you become a delicious bundle of grapes.

Lego

Grab an old cardboard box, solo cups and spray paint. Take the box and cut out a head hole and armholes. Next, superglue six solo cups to the front of the box. Lastly, spray paint the box whatever color you like… now you’re a walking Lego!

Shop & Save Simultaneously!

No catch, coupon clipping or budget crunches!

By: Cruise

kiss_blogsaveLet’s be honest. We all wish we could stretch dollars further, and it’s never fun to live paycheck to paycheck! Here are some tips to help you save money!
 
Avoid bank fees! Most banks will give you free checking as long as you enroll in direct deposit.
 
If you want to book travel, check out Hipmunk and Matrix.itasoftware.com to shop for flights. The only airline not on  these sites is Southwest. Price shop and flying out on most Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays will be cheaper, except for Holidays. Also, flying to a different airport will save you money, if you can fly into an airport in the same area. For example, flying into LAX is much cheaper than flying into Orange County (SNA).
 
Sign up for hotel rewards programs and airline awards programs! Sometimes these rewards programs will allow you to have free wifi or even earn free nights.
 
If you shop online or dine out, link your credit card to a special program such as Southwest Airlines dining rewards or American Airlines Advantage shopping. You can earn miles for your online or dining out purchases…I earned 30 airline miles from buying from one of those daily deal sites!
 
Join your favorite grocery store’s rewards program, and utilize their digital coupons! Some stores offer free items if you download their digital coupon. Plan your grocery list and base your meals on the weekly ads of your favorite stores. Another example–if chicken is on sale, come up with meals using chicken that week. There are lots easy recipes for various foods, too. Sometimes buying the value pack of meat is cheaper! Then you can cook some and freeze the rest.
 
If you have a coupon, put it into your wallet so you remember to give it to the cashier when you check out.
 

Price compare when you can. Some stores will match their competitor’s ads and some will even match an  online store’s price.

These simple tips help keep the price of daily needs down for myself and my family; if they help you out, let me know! Would love to hear feedback on how these thrifty tips help you out!

 

Quick, Easy Recipes

We are all busy and need to eat in a hurry more often than not. Fast food gets old really quick, so we gathered up some of our office favorite recipes that are quick and easy for you to prepare!

Beth’s Crock Pot Meals:

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Just put meatballs in a crockpot with pasta sauce on low the morning before you head out. Make some pasta when you get home and now you have a quick spaghetti and meatballs.

Put beef roast or pot roast in a crockpot with a packet of onion soup mix, water, bay leaf and some garlic salt on high.

Shonzi’s Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas:

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1 can creamy of chicken soup
1/2 cup sour cream
1 can green chiles
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 shredded chicken breasts
1 package of Colby and/or Monterey Jack cheese
10 flour tortillas

Combine creamy chicken soup, sour cream, chiles and ground cumin. Spread over the tortillas and then spread the chicken and cheese on top. Roll them up and place into a cake pan. Top them with the rest of the cheese and any left over soup/sour cream mixture you may have. Bake in the oven for 35 minutes at 350 degrees.

Ali’s BBQ Chicken Pizza:

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2 boxes of Jiffy pizza dough mix

1 bottle of bbq sauce

2 chicken breasts

1 package of mozzarella cheese

Start by making the Jiffy pizza dough and spreading it across a cookie sheet. Spread half the bottle of bbq across the pizza dough. Add shredded chicken as desired and pour the rest of the bbq sauce on top. Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese on top. Follow the directions for the pizza dough and bake until dough is golden brown.

 

 

 

 

Labor Day Party Tips

Keep Calm & Party On This Weekend!

School just started… Whether you’re a student or have one of your own, Labor Day sneaks right up each year! Only a few weeks ago we were all stressing about the start of the semester, and so, again, this fun holiday celebration sneaks up on us!

Don’t let a holiday become part of the everyday to-dos on this never-ending list we call, ‘life.’ Instead, check out these helpful tips for a fun and stress-free Labor Day weekend celebration!

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If you’re hosting, attending or just hanging out this three-day weekend, I hope you found these tips helpful for this and every Labor Day weekend! Either way, surely we’re all happy for a holiday so close to the beginning of the school semester, right? 🙂

Thank you for reading and following!
As always, please share if any of the information is of interest to yourself or someone you know!

-Cruise