Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for December 4, 2012:
MONEY TUESDAY - Stewart Welch joined us this morning with his top 5 tax saving strategies! As 2012 quickly comes to a close, now is the time to sit down and consider what you might do to reduce your April 15 tax bill. This year will be a particular challenge because Congress is planning significant changes to the tax laws and we may not know the new rules until after December 31st. However, we can make some assumptions that are very likely to be true and take actions now to reduce the tax bite for this year. Stewart says consider Capital gains, Charitable gifts, Retirement plan contributions, Convert to a Roth IRA, & Changes to Medicare. Meet with your accountant before the end of the year to see what other strategies may be available to reduce your 2012 taxes. For more information, visit www.welchgroup.com.
JEH JEH - Jeh Jeh joined us from Crestwood Park with today's Red Rock Tuesday. For more information on the many hiking trails and future plans, visit http://www.redrocktrail.org/.
ACHES AND PAINS - Dr. John Palmer of Homewood Friends and Family Chiropractic offers some great tips on how to avoid the aches and pains of the holiday. He also talked about how to manage migraines. He is a little different from other practices in that he takes a complete blood work-up on patients so he can also determine if there other factors affecting their health. Tips for managing stress include: * Schedule time for yourself - don't skip workouts or downtime. It is essential during the holidays to take time for yourself. However, make it something healthy - like a yoga break, or juice break instead of reaching for the calorie loaded lattes.* Stretch it out - In preps for the big holiday meal a lot of cooks spend hours on their feet. Take time to stretch out your back. Demonstrate some simple exercises.* Watch what you wear on your feet - women especially love to break out the heels for holiday events. And yes, you can be stylish, but heels do a number on your back. If you have a lot to do, pack the heels and wear something more practical while running errands.
SHAPEWEAR FOR HOLIDAYS - Wacoal fit consultant Deb Lawler showed us the latest in shapewear to help you look your best in your party clothes this holiday season. Shapewear goes underneath your regular clothing to smooth any lumps and bumps you want hidden or enhance the curves you want to show.
GARDENENING - Sandra Reaves joined us to discuss making a corn shuck angel tree topper. She also talked about seed catalogs and choosing heirloom/non genetically modified seed sources. For more information, visit her Facebook page - it includes lots of pictures, tips, how to videos, and info on veggie trials going on in the garden. It's a "real time, real life" look at home gardening and food preservation. You can find her at www.Facebook.com/JosieGladysGardens.
NEW IN BOOKS - Susan Swagler joined us this morning with "New in Books." Susan Swagler writes about about books at her "Turn the Page" blog and in Birmingham Magazine. Giving and receiving-either way it's a win-win with these books you can share or enjoy for yourself. From fiction to comfort food, here's to some Happy Holidays! She introduced us to:
Don't Feed the Boy by Irene Latham
Leaving Tuscaloosa by Walter Bennett
The Book of Neil by Frank Turner Hollon
The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro
Yes, Chef: A Memoir by Marcus Samuelsson
Cooking With Love: Comfort Food that Hugs You by Carla Hall
Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, Jeh Jeh checks out the latest show - Crique de Symphony! Save yourself the trouble and get your gifts wrapped for you this year! We explain how you can take advantage of the gift wrap program and help local families in need! The doctor joins us to take your questions about depression and the holidays. While it's a busy and cheerful time of year for many, it can be a lonely and depressing time for others. Find out how to help yourself or your loved one having a difficult time. Mickey takes us to the Birmingham Zoo to meet a new friend. That and much more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!