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Holiday Gift Ideas

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Christmas is right around the corner and will be here before you know it! With only a couple weeks left until everyone’s favorite holiday, we here at 105.9 Kiss FM want to give you some ideas on holiday gifts for both students and teachers! Sometimes holiday shopping can be hard but we hope this list makes it a little easier to find that perfect gift.

Teachers:

 

  • School Supply bouquet
  • Personalized grading stamps
  • Amazon or Bookstore gift cards
  • One big classroom gift/giftcard
  • Bath and Body works hand sanitizers and soaps

 

College students:

 

  • Keurig
  • Portable phone charger
  • BlueTooth Speaker
  • Adult coloring books
  • Leggings/Workout clothing
  • George Foreman grill
  • Concert Tickets
  • Fuzzy socks
  • Spotify Membership
  • Food gift cards

 

 

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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

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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!
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Learn about your KISS Crew!

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Learn a little more about your KISS Crew!

Are you Single?
Shonzi: “Nope, actually hopefully soon to be engaged”
Andy: “Nope!  I’m happily taken by someone who’s willing to put up with my sarcasm and gaming habits.  We’ve been together for well over a year now.”
Cruise: “Nope…married.”

Where are you originally from?
Shonzi: “Topeka, Kansas.”
Andy: “I’m originally from Syracuse, New York.  I very much prefer the winters in Kansas.  At least out here we measure snow in inches, not feet.”
Cruise: “Dallas and Austin, Texas. I just moved to Kansas last year.”

What do you like to do when you’re not DJing? Any Hobbies?
Shonzi: “I like to play baseball, soccer, basketball, and do some rock-climbing in my spare time. I like reading.  I’m a huge movie nerd.  I love to travel and camp.  I hope to take as many trips over my lifetime as possible.  Also, if I have a spare second, I love to write. But so far it’s all bad. Not terrible. Just not good.”
Andy: “Whenever I’m not at KISS FM, I keep busy by reading books (mostly sci-fi and fantasy), writing, playing Nintendo, and listening to podcasts.  I’d like to get a podcast of my own off the ground, as well.”
Cruise: “Spending time with my family and girlfriends …Any hobbies? I really love spending time with my family, trying new restaurants, traveling, Zumba, Pilates & Yoga.”

What is your favorite movie?
Shonzi: “I feel like nobody has just one answer for this question, so I’m going to name off a few.  Aliens, The Godfather, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Once Upon a Time in the West, and anything in which Buster Keaton stars.”
Andy: “To be honest, I don’t watch a lot of movies.  But if I had to pick a favorite, it would be Monty Python and the Holy Grail.  An all-time classic that will never *not* be funny.”
Cruise: “I can’t say that I really have a favorite, but I love Disney movies, comedies with the family and a ladies night out with Magic Mike on the screen.”

Tell us an interesting/unique fact about yourself.
Shonzi: “I have 3 tattoos and hope to get more, but also want to get the one on my chest covered up.  I’m hoping to get that done soon.”
Andy: “Once my friends and I graduated high school, we decided to start up a comedy troupe and did these little radio skits and plays and posted them online.  Don’t bother asking to listen to them now–they’re pretty garbage, and I’ll never tell you where they’ve been uploaded!”
Cruise: “I come from a really large Asian family, they live all over the US! They live in New York, Virginia, Maryland, Florida, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Texas, Michigan, and Oklahoma.  

Tell us about your first radio DJ job:
Shonzi: “My first radio job was at this magical place called Great Plains Media.  Maybe you’ve heard of it.  I started as a promo assistant way back in 2012, not really knowing anything about the radio business.  Now I pretty much run this place.  Can you imagine if I didn’t work here anymore?! I think the building would just fall down.”
Andy: “My first radio job was producing the morning shows and jocking the midday shift at this station near the Canadian border that shot into Montreal.  There was a lot of swearing at the news guy to get his stuff in on time, snap learning enough French to understand what people were trying to say, and Nerf gun fights with the other morning guys.  Other stuff happened too, but it ranges from NSFW to NSFL.”
Cruise: “I was the party patrol girl for a country radio station in Dallas. I would broadcast live from different night clubs around town on weekends. It was the best job for a senior in college!”

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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!

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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