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The Daily Dish – Friday, December 11

On Thursday, The Talk co-host Carrie Ann Inaba called in sick to work with COVID symptoms.
Carrie Ann posted a video from bed. She warned her followers that despite being vigilant about safety protocols, she still caught the coronavirus. Carrie Ann said on Instagram Stories (quote) “I just tested positive for COVID-19. So I am home. I am following the guidelines. I have a fever and bad cough and lots of aches and pains.”
Carrie Ann Inaba added a reminder from the CDC to wear a mask to protect yourself and others. Keep your distance when possible. Wash your hands frequently. (People)

Keeping Up With the Kardashians has a new home. The family’s reality series will move to Hulu after the 20th season airs on the E! Network.
Three months ago, Kris Jenner announced the finale season, which starts early next year. At the time, it sounded as if the show had run its course. The sisters, in particular Kourtney Kardashian, appeared exhausted by the constant intrusion of cameras. Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner reportedly threatened to quit.
Disney must have offered them a sweet deal, though details are scarce. About a year from now, new Keeping Up With the Kardashians episodes will stream on Hulu. Disney’s announcement said the family would create “global content” for Hulu. (E! News)

Things just keep getting uglier in Kelly Clarkson‘s split from estranged husband Brandon Blackstock — now that she’s accused him of stealing millions of dollars.
Kelly, who filed for divorce earlier this year, went to the California Labor Commission, claiming her ex, who also served as her personal manager, overcharged her in a big way and she wants him to pay her back. Brandon’s company, headed up by his dad, previously filed a suit against Kelly claiming she owed the company $1.4 mil in commissions.
This is the latest in a series of divorce squabbles: Kel won custody of the couple’s kids, but Brandon now wants $300,000 a month in spousal support. (TMZ)

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Friday, December 11

  • International Mountain Day
  • Have a Bagel Day
Also … It’s December 11th … exactly two weeks till Christmas. Are you ready?

Seems virtual love isn’t all it’s cracked up to be … Apparently a lot of people who “fell in love” over Zoom had a very different reaction when meeting in real life. The sparks that flew virtually just didn’t carry over to real-life chemistry. “What’s happening is when we meet someone for the first time after video dating, there’s some familiarity already,” said Jacqueline Mendez, an L.A.-based marriage-family and sex therapist. “We feel we know this person, but we really only know the presentation of this person.” (NY Times)

What would we do without our furry friends? A survey by DogTV revealed that dogs really are our emotional support animals – even if they aren’t officially designated that way. 64% of dog owners surveyed said they don’t know where they’d be without their dog’s love and support. And 70% said their dog knows them better than they know themselves. Those surveyed said their pups had helped them get through everything from starting new jobs, to moving, to heartbreak. And a whopping 68% said their dogs are the only reason they’ve stayed sane during coronavirus lockdowns. (SWNS)

Just in time for Christmas, the perfect stocking stuffer: an over-the-counter COVID test has been approved by the FDA. You’ll have to send your nasal swab sample to a lab for testing, but still – no long lines! The kits are already being sold online and should be in stores soon.

Are people busy eating cookies as therapy through these hard times? You bet! And, Pepperidge Farm can’t keep up! The coronavirus has people out sick at Pepperidge Farm production plants. Problem is, their cookies with their unique shape can’t be sent out to another manufacturer, plus with high demand, get ’em while you can in stores. Since the pandemic began, cookie buying is up 25 percent. One in five Americans eat over three cookies per day.

Music News – Friday, December 11

She’s done it again. Taylor Swift has announced via social media that she will drop a new album titled evermore. It premiered at midnight today.
Taylor shared a post on Instagram saying the surprise project is the “sister” to her earlier 2020 release, folklore. She writes, “It feels like we were standing on the edge of the folklorian woods and had a choice: to turn and go back or to travel further into the forest of this music. We chose to wander deeper in.”

Music-news.com says Taylor Swift has donated $26,000 to two fans in need. Nikki Cornwell and Shelbie Selewski received the money after falling on hard times.
Taylor posted the following message to Nikki: “I’m so sorry for everything you’ve had to go through this year and wanted to send you this gift, from one Nashville girl to another.”
She told Shelbie: “No one should have to feel the kind of stress that’s been put on you. I hope you and your beautiful family have a great holiday season.”

Hello magazine says Mariah Carey is petitioning to meet the Queen of England. She tweeted: ”Petitioning for an audience with the Queen re: All I Want For Christmas Is You” No word yet as to why she wants to meet the queen so bad in the middle of a pandemic to talk about a song she made in the 90s.

Happy Headline from United Federal Credit Union – Thursday, December 10

When she was just two years old, Aryn Diggs was diagnosed with cancer. Thanks to surgery and chemotherapy, Aryn recovered and bounced back in a big way.
But … She remembered a few things that she didn’t like about the experience, including the socks she had to wear. She remembers those hospital socks as being “drab.”
Now that she’s at full-strength, 7-year-old Aryn is doing all she can to brighten the days of other young people battling cancer.
Aryn and her mom, Marissa, worked together on a book called “Socks With Stories,” and recently shared that book with kids in the hospital.
The kids get the book, along with fun, fuzzy socks, which were designed by other children battling cancer.
Everyone involved understands that socks are a small thing, but they can change a patient’s experience.
Whenever Aryn meets someone, her message is clear: “Be confident. Don’t be scared.”

The Daily Dish – Thursday, December 10

Johnny Depp’s reputation took a big hit during his U.K. defamation case. Now he’s poised to take an even bigger hit in his American defamation case.
According to The Hollywood Reporter the case has uncovered shocking details about Johnny’s life. The big rumor? He was allegedly “romantic” with co-stars Angelina Jolie, Marion Cotillard and Keira Knightley. Even worse: He’ll have to turn over “all responsive communications” with the actresses as part of the case.
Johnny’s seeking $50 million in the suit over a December 2018 essay by ex-wife Amber Heard in the Washington Post in which she wrote about  abuse, but never named Depp.
In July, the actor argued against involving his past romantic partners in the case, claiming documents related to them would be “irrelevant, immaterial, or unnecessary.”
The new defamation case will go to trial in early 2021 in Virginia.

Jessica Simpson is producing not one but two TV shows based on her best-selling memoir.
The star has signed a deal with Amazon Studios to executive produce a “fictionalized” series and an unscripted docuseries inspired by Open Book.
On Instagram, the singer wrote, “I am humbled and honored to partner with @amazonstudios to bring my story and heart to life on the screen and executive produce a fictionalized coming of age series about my mid-twenties, a new intimate unscripted docuseries with music as a key component and 2 essays where I will share my soul and perspective while holding your heart close to mine.”
Open Book, which came out in February, details Jessica’s past relationships as well as her struggles with addiction.

George Clooney lost 28 pounds for his role in The Midnight Sky — and it landed him in the hospital.
According to the U.K.’s Mirror, the 59-year-old developed pancreatitis a few days before filming was set to begin and was hospitalized with stomach pains.
George tells the Mirror, “I think I was trying too hard to lose the weight quickly and probably wasn’t taking care of myself.”
Clooney, who also directs the film, adds, “It took a few weeks to get better and as a director, it’s not so easy because you need energy. We were out on this glacier in Finland, which made it a lot harder work. But it certainly helped with the character.”
In the movie George plays a scientist who races to contact a crew of astronauts in the Arctic to warn them not to return to Earth.
The Midnight Sky comes out December 23rd.

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Thursday, December 10

  • The first day of Hanukkah: The Festival of Lights begins today at sundown.
  • Human Rights Day
  • Nobel Prize Day
  • National Lager Day

It’s time to start thinking about those New Year’s resolutions … and if you want 2021 to be the year you’re finally successful with your resolution(s), you should start with re-wording your goal. Seems when most people make a resolution, they often vow to “quit” doing something. According to a new study from Stockholm University in Sweden, the key to success is vowing to “start” doing something instead. The researchers found that people are 12% more likely to stick to their resolutions for the year if they avoid making vows like “I will quit …” or “I will avoid …” and instead say, “I will start …”
According to study author Professor Per Carlbring, “In many cases, rephrasing your resolution could definitely work. For example, if your goal is to stop eating sweets in order to lose weight, you will most likely be more successful if you say, ‘I will eat fruit several times a day’ instead.” (Daily Mail)

Is there a book you loved this year? A candle you can’t do without? A bottle of wine you love? When it comes to shopping for holiday gifts, a lot of us are making it so much harder than it has to be. According to a study from the University of Cincinnati, we tend to avoid getting the people on our list the same thing … even if we think more than one person would like this particular gift. Seems we look at buying the same gift for multiple people as taking the “easy way out.” Don’t make yourself crazy. If you think more than one person will love a gift, just get it. (Women’s Health)

Vaccine or vodka? People all over the world are hopeful that new COVID vaccines will lead us all back to a normal way of life soon, but it’s leaving Russians in the tough position of having to choose between vaccine or vodka. Health officials there are warning people that if they receive the Russian-made Sputnik V vaccine, they will have to give up booze for about two months after, because alcohol could weaken the immune system. There’s been no word yet from Pfizer or Moderna whether Americans will also need to stay sober for their versions of the vaccine. (TMZ)

Music News – Thursday, December 10

Kelly Clarkson didn’t just clean house after splitting with Brandon Blackstock, she got rid of her house and snagged a brand new one.
She opened up to Fran Drescher, who went through a very public divorce several years ago, when the actress appeared on her talk show earlier this week. When Fran talked about starting over in a new home, Kel chimed in, saying  “It’s like you were in my last therapy session. I got a new house, it’s very white and clean, the same reasoning. And I also redid my office here. I looked at Kevin in our art department and I was like, ‘Please help me make this make sense.’ I was like, ‘I need to feel cleansed.’ I just wanted to feel happy and it does, the colors make me feel really good.”
Kelly sold her old suburban L.A. estate for $10 million earlier this year.

Mariah Carey splurged to create her Magical Christmas Special for Apple TV Plus.
She spent upward of $5 million for sets, costumes and guest stars, including Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Billy Eichner and Snoop Dogg.
A source said, (quote) “The special was created with huge production values. Mariah does nothing by half. Her styling alone, including hair and make-up, cost nearly $200,000. But everyone who knows Mariah knows she’s worth every penny.” (The Sun, UK)

Happy Headline from United Federal Credit Union – Wednesday, December 9

Because the tourism business declined this year, the residents of the coastal town of Ketchikan, Alaska, have been struggling a bit.
But, the appearance of a humpback whale has boosted the spirits of those residents — and has become a local hero.
Almost daily for the last month, the whale, nicknamed Phoenix, shows up, feeds on some fish and lunges out of the water — sometimes just yards away from onlookers on the shore.
The residents have started a Facebook page to keep everyone updated on the whereabouts of Phoenix.
This is a special whale, as many of Alaska’s humpback whales have actually moved on to Hawaiian waters.
But not Phoenix. For now, he’s hanging out in Alaska, enjoying his meals and dazzling the people there with his daily appearances.

The Daily Dish – Wednesday, December 9

For those paying attention, there have been a few different iterations of Spiderman over the last 20 years in the movies. And now it looks like they all might converge into one movie, somehow. MovieWeb News says Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst and Andrew Garfield are all going to star in the next Spider-Man movie with the most recent Spiderman star, Tom Holland. Emma Stone is also in talks to join the trio. No word on how the producers are going to use Maguire and Garfield alongside Holland. Jamie Foxx is also returning as Electro.

Olivia Jade Giannulli appeared on Facebook Watch’s Red Table Talk to talk about the college admissions scandal.
The 21-year-old daughter of Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli admitted she was “ashamed” by the case that put her parents behind bars.
Olivia told co-hosts Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith and Adrienne Banfield-Norris: “I felt so ashamed and embarrassed … although I didn’t really 100 percent understand what had just happened because there was a lot that, when I was applying, I was not fully aware of what was going on. When I got home [from spring break], I just felt so ashamed.”
Olivia said she was “too embarrassed” to go back to the University of Southern California, where she and her sister, Isabella Rose, were accepted as rowing recruits, even though they never played the sport.
Olivia said she doesn’t deserve pity and only wants a chance to own her mistakes publicly.

Dionne Warwick was crowned Queen of Twitter this week. She went viral after she joined and began roasting celebs like Chance the Rapper and The Weeknd over their stage names. But some haters were speculating that it wasn’t actually the 79-year-old music legend tweeting. So, she posted a video to set the record straight.            She says her  niece set up her account, and she’s been having a blast ever since.

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Wednesday, December 9

  • Christmas Card Day: A reminder to get your Christmas cards ready to send out.
  • National Pastry Day

Are you the first-born child? How are you doing compared to your siblings? According to a new study by the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and the University of Sydney in Australia, the oldest child tends to be smarter, does better in school, and earns more income than their younger siblings. The reason? Seems the first-born child gets more attention from their parents, especially when it comes to thinking and learning skills. First-borns are often read to more and engaged with more than subsequent siblings.

We may not be going on exotic vacations that take us on airplanes. But perhaps you took a road trip this year. If you did, you’re not alone. In fact, a new survey found that 69% of respondents said taking road trips in 2020 has helped them deal with the stress of the year. (SWNS)

Are you working from home? Are you sitting a lot more than usual? Are you sitting in a less than ergonomic way? Well, it doesn’t take that much to combat the couch potato flab. In fact, according to a new study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, it takes just 11 minutes of brisk walking a day to reverse the harmful effects of sitting for hours at a time. Even better? Try to get about 35 minutes of walking or jogging in a day. (Fatherly)

A 100 year-old football tradition has just been cancelled thanks to COVID. It’s one of the biggest rivalries in college football, but this year’s Ohio State-Michigan game has been scrubbed after a bunch of Michigan players were forced to quarantine. COVID cases are spiking within both teams. They’ve faced each other every year since 1918.

Music News – Wednesday, December 9

Gwen Stefani has her pick of the best musical minds in the world, but when she really wants an expert opinion, she sticks close to home — and asks Blake Shelton.
Gwen tells Billboard that she’s consulted her fiance about the songs she’s been working on for her comeback — especially the new single, “Let Me Reintroduce Myself.” She says, “It’s funny, because Blake was the one who was listening to all of the songs. We were trying to decide, if we did put something out, what would it be? And he goes, ‘[“Let Me Reintroduce Myself”] just keeps making me feel like it should be that song.’”
And as she puts it, “Blake’s been on The Voice for like 19 seasons, picking songs for people — and sort of has 27 number-one radio hits — so he’s really good at picking songs, I really trust him.”

Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello have gone from breakup rumors to wedding rumors in record time — and Shawn is letting fans “Wonder” about the potential of the two getting hitched.
The Canadian cutie tells Entertainment Tonight, “She’s been one of my best friends since I was, like, 15 years old. I don’t know…at the same time, I know we’re really young, so I don’t want to jump, like, insanely fast, but I think when you find your person, you feel and you know that you have found your person.”
The couple first met way back in 2014, when Shawn was still an unknown singer opening for Austin Mahone.

Madonna is no longer like a tattoo virgin — as she just told the world via Instagram,
On Monday, the Material Mom posted a photo of herself sitting in a tattoo artist’s chair as the inkmaster works on one of her arms. She captioned it “inked for the very first time,” but didn’t reveal what image she chose.
And, yes, both Madge and the tattooist are wearing masks, so it’s clearly all legal.

Happy Headline from United Federal Credit Union – Tuesday, December 8

In Corrales, New Mexico, Chad Akenhead and his family are selling Christmas trees with the idea of helping both their customers and small businesses in the area.
Chad and his family set aside more than 40 trees to sell, asking people to pay what they can for the trees.
And then, all that money will be donated to small businesses in the area.
The promise from the Akenhead family is real. The trees are available for whatever families can afford to pay, even if it’s nothing.
Their efforts have already raised more than $1,000 for businesses in need.
Chad explained that “money is cool,” but during these crazy times, nothing beats making people happy.
See more on this story from KRQE-TV

The Daily Dish – Tuesday, December 8

The KardashianJenner family’s famous Christmas Eve party has been canceled.
Khloé Kardashian writes, “The Covid cases are getting out of control in CA. So we decided that we’re not doing a Christmas Eve party this year. It’s the first time we will not be having a Christmas Eve party since 1978 I believe.”
The reality star added that they plan to put “health and safety first,” and that “taking this pandemic seriously is a must.”

Brookline, Massachusetts police recently arrested a man for breaking into Tom Brady’s Brookline mansion. The home is currently for sale. No word on if the man took anything. TMZ says the suspect, Zannini Cineus, was previously arrested for stealing a Tom Brady jersey from the New England Patriots Hall of Fame exhibit. Officers found Zannini laying on a couch in Tom’s home.

Carole Baskin tells The Observer newspaper that she was shocked after watching ”Tiger King” because she has never spoken to Joe Exotic. “At the end of it. I just sat there with my [current] husband, looking at each other, like: ‘What was that?’ Such a missed opportunity. Because there was so much they could have shown people about the egregious abuse that these animals suffer. Instead, they just glamorized this yahoo in Oklahoma, and tried to create a feud. I’ve never even spoken to Joe Exotic. I’ve seen him in person I think four times. It was like watching a dumpster fire, you just couldn’t turn away from it. It was just mesmerizing that there could be this many crazy people doing so many wretched things to animals.”

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Tuesday, December 8

Pretend to Be a Time Traveler Day
National Brownie Day

What songs are a must on your workout playlist? According to a survey commissioned by Rock My Run, 65% of respondents said they had “no motivation” to exercise without their workout music. And when it came to top music genres for workout playlists, there were no clear favorites — with most people saying they mixed it up with a little bit of everything. But some songs seem to be a staple on everyone’s workout playlists. Rock My Run has named the 50 Best Workout Songs of All Time. The winning song at the top of the list? “We Will Rock You/We are the Champions” from Queen.

From labor to lawyer … The Chicago woman who made headlines in October when she went into labor during the bar exam, gave birth, and then finished the test, is more than just a new mom. She’s also a new lawyer — because she found out last week that she passed the bar. To refresh your memory … Brianna Hill was supposed to take the exam in July, three months before her due date, but when the pandemic pushed it off to October, she knew it might conflict with her delivery — and she was right. Her water broke during the first part of the two-day exam. She gave birth later that day and then finished the test the next day in the hospital. Congrats, Brianna! (WMAQ-TV)

Forget gingerbread houses, charcuterie houses are all the rage this year. Yep, instead of gingerbread, icing, candy canes and gumdrops, these savory houses are made of cold cuts, cheese, crackers, nuts and veggies. (Shape)

Music News – Tuesday, December 8

Gwen Stefani is the kind of star who needs no introduction, but she’s offering one anyway — on the comeback single, “Let Me Reintroduce Myself.”
Gwen debuted the bouncy tune last night on The Voice, and she tells fans to expect a bit of a throwback. She says, “The idea was to write a song that had a bit of a nostalgic feeling to it, so I think musically it reminds you of back in the day, going back to where I started musically which was with ska and reggae. I’m still the same me but here’s something a little bit new in case you feel like hearing a little bit more of me.” You can find it on YouTube…it definitely sounds like a No Doubt track!

Cyndi Lauper‘s taking her annual Home for the Holidays benefit show virtual this year — and she’s making it bigger than ever.
Taylor Swift, Cher, Dolly Parton, Billie Eilish, Boy George and Adam Lambert are among the dozens of artists who’ve signed on to perform or speak at the 10th incarnation of the event. The show premieres Friday on TikTok and will stream again on Lauper’s YouTube channel and Facebook page on December 13th. Cyndi will pop on to chat with fans during all the streams.
Proceeds from Home for the Holidays will go to True Colors United, which Cyndi co-founded 12 years ago to prevent and end homelessness among LGBTQ youth.

Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello are looking to spread some warmth for the holidays, so they cuddled up by an open fire… To record their lovey-dovey version of “The Christmas Song.”
Camila introduced the duet on Instagram, writing, “This holiday season, it is more important than ever to spread love and kindness to everyone! Shawn and I wanted to send all our love to you amazing humans so we put together something special for you.”
“The Christmas Song” is featured on the holiday deluxe edition of Shawn’s new Wonder album. The feel-good song will also do good for others. Camila says that proceeds from sales will go to Feeding America — and she and Shawn will match that with a $100,000 donation of their own.

Happy Headline from United Federal Credit Union – Monday, December 7

Thomas Panek is blind — but that didn’t stop him from running a 5K loop in Central Park in New York City, without the help of a human partner or guide dog.
Amazingly, Thomas just used the Guideline app from Google. The app gave him instructions that he was able to hear in his headphones — that allowed him to safely put one foot in front of the other.
Thomas believes “humans are born to run,” and has dedicated his life to helping others get out there, regardless of any challenges they face.
Running a long distance without any assistance was a huge victory for Thomas, who appreciates the feeling of freedom and independence, every step of the way.
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The Daily Dish – Monday, December 7

David L. Lander, who played Squiggy on Laverne & Shirley, has died at 73.
The actor passed away Friday evening from complications related to multiple sclerosis at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
He went public with his diagnosis in 1999, and later worked closely with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Director Kevin Smith tweeted, “This funny man made my childhood happier with his work on Laverne & Shirley and his guest appearance on The Simpsons as himself still makes me laugh today.”
Lander’s other credits include A League of Their OwnWho Framed Roger Rabbit, Used Cars and Scary Movie.

Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas have taken their relationship to the next level.
The couple are shacking up in Ben’s Los Angeles home. A friend of Affleck also says “their relationship continues to be strong.”
Ana sold her place in Venice, California before making the big move.
The two have been romantically linked since early this year after they met shooting the thriller Deep Water.

The Sun says Tom Cruise wants to film some upcoming scenes for Mission Impossible 7 and 8 in space. A source tells the newspaper, “Tom is well known for doing his own stunts and the Mission films have had some of the ­biggest and most elaborate movie moments ever shot. But he’s keen to push things further than anybody has ever done before — and, obviously, the big unknown is can you actually film in space. He’s pretty certain he can make something work and has spoken to Nasa about it, too.”

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Monday, December 7

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day: It’s the 79th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941.

How do you string the lights on your Christmas tree? According to multiple TikTok videos, the easiest and best way to put the lights on your tree is to string them vertically instead of going round and round like usual. Apparently, it not only looks just as good, but it’s easier, will take you less time, and you’ll need fewer lights. (House Beautiful)

Not the same ol’ resolutions … New Year’s Resolutions are going to be a whole lot different this year. Seems the last year has had an effect on people’s priorities. A new survey found that the typical resolutions – losing weight, exercising more – are being replaced by things like learning new life skills, having new experiences and saving money.

What do you do to calm down after an argument with your significant other? A 48-year-old man in Italy decided he needed to go for a walk … for 280 miles. The man was walking for more than a week when police finally found him. According to reports, he was “a little tired” but otherwise fine. But that long walk came with a price … he was fined almost $500 for breaking Italy’s coronavirus curfew, which requires people to be off the streets from 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. (Insider)

Yahoo News says Eva Welch, of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, has created a Totally 80’s Christmas tree. It’s decorated with Cabbage Patch dolls, Yoda, Gizmo, the green slime ghost from Ghostbusters, 80’s video games, New Kids on the Block dolls, 80’s candy, 80’s toys, a View-Master, Teen Beat magazines and a Punky Brewster doll.
Eva says, “It is about going back to simpler times. It made me feel good in a time that is not so good.”

Music News – Monday, December 7

Lewis Capaldi has been named Songwriter of the Year by Variety, and he’s proud of the honor — but says the overall darkness of 2020 helped make him the man of the hour.
Lewis says “It’s genuinely overwhelming, especially this year, to know that through all this [crap] that has been happening, people are listening to my music. Whether or not they wanted to — maybe someone was listening on the radio and they went, ‘This [stuff] is terrible, turn that off. I’ve soundtracked the worst year of many people’s lives. That’s quite a feeling!”
So how does he write downer songs like “Someone You Loved”? He jokes, “What I do to get, as you say, in that zone, is: Immediately before a song, I will go to the bathroom, look into the mirror and I‘ll pick my nose hairs out or pluck my ear hairs out, while also just filling my own head with little things like, ‘Oh, you’ve got that weird tooth thing that Tom Cruise also has, where your teeth don’t line up. You’ve got one of those tuck-in chins that is not desirable at all.”

Life & Style Weekly Magazine says Gwen Stefani has been busy planning her wedding to Blake Shelton. A source tells the magazine, “The first will be small with family at the house in Oklahoma. That’s when they’ll officially exchange vows. Gwen would love to have a Christmas wedding with the family there. When the pandemic is over, the big ceremony and party will take place. They’re hoping it’ll be next year at their new Encino home because it’s easily accessible for their celebrity friends and the perfect setting. Blake’s written a love song about Gwen, too, which he’ll sing live.”

Furry Friends Friday with CiCi & Hops from Berrien Co Animal Control – December 4


This week we are bringing you not one, but TWO cute bun buns! Meet CiCi and Hops. Both young adult rabbits (6-8 months old).  Hops is an all black sleek New Zealand mix and CiCi is the Jersey Wooly mix.  Both bunnies are as sweet as can be and love to socialize!  Hops and CiCi are quite attached to each other, always eating at the same time, drinking at the same time, and even grooming each other!  Both girls can be adopted for only $20 with two carry home boxes!  Please contact Berrien County Animal Control at 269-927-5648 for more information about our adorable duo, CiCi and Hops.... [Read Full Story]

Happy Headline from United Federal Credit Union – Friday, December 4

6-year-old Chip Matthews of Opelika, Alabama, loves to get the mail for his family — and this is something his mail carrier Tawanna Purter has noticed over the past few months.
Tawanna also noticed that Chip’s house was decorated with birthday balloons.
So when Chip showed up to collect the mail — along with all the birthday gifts that had been sent to him — Tawanna wanted to make things extra special for him.
She was able to hand him the packages, along with some cash from her own pocket.
Chip was ecstatic about the extra-special and unexpected gift — and showed his appreciation of Tawanna by meeting up with her again and giving her a thank you card.
Chip is putting the money toward a Spider-Man action figure he’s saving up for. But, more importantly, he’s creating fun memories with a kind woman that will last long after things go back to normal.

The Daily Dish – Friday, December 4

Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special is now streaming on Apple-plus. Invited guests for a sing-a-long on her original Christmas song “Oh Santa!” are Jennifer Hudson and Ariana Grande.
Magical Christmas Special guest stars include Tiffany Haddish, Billy Eichner, Snoop Dogg, ballerina Misty Copeland, Mixed-ish star Mykal-Michelle Harris and Mariah’s 9-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe. (Billboard)
And, soon you can hear Mariah share inside secrets about her holiday special when she appears on Live with Kelly and Ryan. Their annual holiday episode features Mariah for the hour.
Live with Kelly and Ryan @ Home for the Holidays airs on Tuesday, December 22nd. (Walt Disney TV)

Good news if you have a subscription to HBO Max. All of Warner Bros.’ 2021 movies are heading to the streaming service next year on the same day they hit theaters.
Earlier, Warner Bros. made the same announcement for Wonder Woman 1984. Now The Matrix 4, the Dune remake and The Suicide Squad sequel, among others, will follow suit.
The movies will be released in 2021 on HBO Max for 31 days. After that, they’ll only play in theaters, until they return to home rental platforms video.

Late night talk show host Stephen Colbert developed an “irritating medical condition.” It’s called benign positional vertigo.
Abrupt movement of his head can cause intense dizziness. Typically, benign positional vertigo lasts several weeks to months. Colbert confessed, “It’s almost entertaining, until I forget. I go to stand up, and then I just fall down.” (Vanity Fair)
Benign positional vertigo is commonly caused by blows to the head or damage to the inner ear, which controls balance. A childhood tumor forced doctors to remove Colbert’s eardrum. (People)

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Friday, December 4

National Cookie Day: A good day to make some Christmas cookies.

Since we’re talking about sweets… We’ve all been indulging in our fair share of comfort foods and sweets since March, and according to Häagen-Daz’s Flavor of 2020 report, our favorite ice cream flavor of the year has been … vanilla. Coffee came in a close second with strawberry rounding out third place. (Fox News)

How many people are you buying gifts for this year? A new survey by Omaha Steaks found that the average American will spend about $323 on holiday gifts this year — for six different people. Millennials plan to spend the most on gifts this year – with an average budget of $331 — about $12 more than Boomers and Gen Xers. According to the survey, Gen Z will spend the least – about $220. Gen Zers will also exchange gifts with only about four people.
Here are the Top 10 gifts people will buy this year, according to the survey:
  1. Gift card — 51%
  2. Clothing — 43%
  3. Fashion Accessories — 36%
  4. Household Items — 35%
  5. Food/drink — 25%
  6. Smartphone accessories — 25%
  7. Computer accessories — 25%
  8. Books — 23%
  9. Other — 18%
  10. Exercise Equipment — 16% (SWNS)

And then there are the gifts no one wants … A new survey by Vistaprint revealed the five most-hated Christmas gifts to receive, based on the items people say they are most-likely to re-gift.
They are …
  1. Picture frames
  2. Body care products
  3. Scented candles
  4. Beauty gift sets
  5. Box of chocolates

Music News – Friday, December 4

Justin Bieber Zoomed into a Florida hospital on Wednesday to help Ryan Seacrest open the latest outpost of his charitable Seacrest Studios.
The new studio, located in Orlando’s Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, will offer hospitalized children a chance to host radio and TV shows, watch live musical performances, play games and interview celebrity guests. Over the years, Seacrest Studios have been visited by stars like Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears and Usher.

Britney Spears celebrated her birthday yesterday by offering fans a couple of gifts — a classic album reissue with two rare tracks, one of which is now out as a single.
The revamped version of Glory is due just before Christmas, but we’re getting a taste of what’s to come right now, with “Swimming in the Stars.” That track is streaming, but is also available as a limited-edition single, exclusively at Urban Outfitters.

Billboard magazine just gave its annual Women in Music Icon Award to Jennifer Lopez — and though she’s honored, she says that success hasn’t changed her.
J-Lo tells Billboard, “I will always be Jenny from the Block. I’m the people’s icon. I’m the person that you look at and say, “I can do that because she did it. I am the person that people relate to, the person who’s down to earth, who’s loving and cries and is caring and tough — all the things you would expect this little Puerto Rican girl from the Bronx to be.”
And as for being elevated to Icon status? “I think of an icon as somebody who defines a moment or an era. Someone like Barbra Streisand — a singer, actor, producer and a director who wound up defining movies in a different way, because her beauty wasn’t typical. When I started working in my early 20s, it was size zero  models on the cover of magazines. Tall, blonde, white, sometimes Black. But never Latina. I didn’t shy away from being from the Bronx, I didn’t shy away from my humble beginnings. I embraced all of it to be who I was and offer something really different.”

Happy Headline from United Federal Credit Union – Thursday, December 3

In Madison, Alabama, a World War II veteran named Major Wooten was released from the hospital after beating the coronavirus — just in time to celebrate his 104th birthday.
Major served in the U.S. Army for several years overseas, and then went on to build railroads and work on rail cars in Paris in the 1940s.
This year, he found himself in the hospital because of the virus, but he battled back in a big way.
On Tuesday he was released, with a parade of nurses, doctors, friends and family cheering him on and singing “Happy Birthday” to him — because his birthday was the very next day.
Family members said they were thankful to have him home, both for his birthday and for the Christmas season ahead.