Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama today:
JEH JEH LIVE- Jeh Jeh joined us live from Riders Harley Davidson in Trussville. And we are Treating children like royalty. When some kids come to Royal Family KIDS camps, a nationwide network of week-long camps designed for abused, neglected and abandoned kids ages 6 to 12, they often struggle with the belief that no one loves them. But when the kids get off the bus at camp, they walk down a red carpet and are greeted by a 'big camper' -the adult volunteer- holding up a sign with their name on it and the entire team, cheering them on. This, for most of the kids, is their first experience with being treated like someone of great worth! By the time they leave camp, they have had a healthy dose of fun and care from trust-worthy adults and the campers leave with a heart full of positive memories.
Royal Family KIDS is the leading network of camps for abused and neglected children operating across the U.S. There are five such camps in the state of Alabama. Alabama's camp, #218, is home based in Pinson, Alabama and serves kids from North Jefferson, Blount, Walker, St. Clair, Talladega, Shelby, Bibb, Coosa, and Chilton counties.
RFK programs are designed to bring area churches and state social services together for the betterment of kids. It is through unpaid volunteers from local churches that turn compassion into action to meet the needs of hurting kids. Each local camp is tasked with the responsibility of raising the funds necessary for this one, life changing week every summer. To help Camp #218 raise awareness and the money needed to take 56 kids to camp in June, they are hosting a motorcycle ride on April 18th. S.T.A.A.R. - Stop The Abuse Awareness Ride - has been awarded a State of Alabama Governor's Commendation, recognizing Camp #218 for their dedication in confronting child abuse and helping to change the lives of abused, neglected and abandoned kids in the State of Alabama. S.T.A.A.R. is a statewide ride from Madison, Alabama to Gulf Shores, Alabama, ending with a concert at Lulu's Buffett. Visit palmerdale.royalfamilykids.org/staar-ride/ or call Cindy at 205-681-9766 x 10 for more information on this exciting event.
WHERE IS THE LOVE- Mike talked with Dr. Misty Smith, LPC, from Convenient Therapy about overcoming divorce.
1. Create healthy boundaries with the ex.
-this is easy if you don't have children, if you do have children that you are going to have to continue to see this person whom you are still highly emotionally connected to.
-only talk about the things that you absolutely must talk about.
-don't try to support each other during the divorce
2. Build your familial & social network.
-If you have children, weekends may be difficult, and you are going to need a lot of friends and family to keep you busy.
-you're going to need people who want to take trips with you because taking a trip and getting out of town occasionally after a divorce is very healthy -you are going to need people who will allow you to talk and cry on their shoulder when you are feeling like you just can't handle it anymore
3. Keep yourself healthy.
-give yourself a makeover
-go to the gym
-don't overindulge in alcohol
4. Do something that is emotionally healthy.
-give your bedroom a makeover
-write a goodbye letter to everything that you are giving up in the divorce whether it be things, people, or your roles & responsibilities -write a hello letter to all of the things that you plan to reestablish in your life now that you are divorced -journaling -meditation -get a counselor for you to talk to you so you don't have to spend all of your time talking to your family and friends about the divorce
5. Allow yourself time to grieve and don't rush into any new relationships.
For more information, you can contact Dr. Smith at 205-529-2731 or visit convenienttherapy.com.
BARGAINOMICS LADY- Judy Bates told us about the latest deals! She got her blouse from Kohl's for $6 with an 80% discount. Sales are everywhere and the discounts can be significant. And speaking of not spending too much money, how would you like an app that helps you get out of debt? Undebt.it does just that. This mobile app works with your own choices to generate a payment plan to help you get all of your bills paid. You can choose different plans and the app will calculate the most cost effective way to pay your bills and even show you the dates when those debts will be paid off. It's free and easy to use. Sign up at undebt.it. They do offer a more in-depth plan that isn't free, but I'd say stick with the free one, particularly until you see how well it works for you. Now how about some free entertainment this weekend? On Saturday, Downtown Rogersville will be having all sorts of special events from special sales and late hours in all the shops to photo ops with the Easter Bunny and a trike to bike contest and parade for all ages. They'll wrap up with Gospel singing from 5 to 8. Find out more at RogersvilleAlabama.com. This time of year is Baby Bird Season, which means the Alabama Wildlife Center at Oak Mountain State Park will be caring for a number of injured and orphaned babies. See for yourself how they care for these birds by visiting the Center. Admission is free, but you do have to pay a small fee to get into the park. Any donation you choose to make to the center is greatly appreciated and helps to keep this place going. Learn more at AWRC.org. For more information go to bargainomics.com.
OUR HOUSE- It's that time of year to start spending more time outside and what better place than on you exterior deck? Ever wonder how you can bring out the natural beauty of the wood in your deck? What is the best way to keep it looking good and protect it throughout the season? Well, if you have asked yourself those questions then we have just the person to explain that and more to us. David Cobbin is here from Marvin's Building Materials and Home Centers to explain "How to Clean & Care for an Exterior Deck".
David: Whether your deck is relatively new or several years old it is important to clean and treat it to prolong its life and keep it looking great. Everyone first needs to start by cleaning the deck. Then you have several options in products to treat your deck to enhance its appearance and longevity. Select from a basic waterproofing product, a semi-transparent stain, or a solid stain. Make your selection based on the look you are trying to achieve.
1.How do you know when its time to treat and protect your deck?
•All decks can be treated whether they are new or established. It is especially important in the South to keep your deck protected against the elements and our seasonal changes in temperature and moisture.
•The most popular application is a clear water proofer. We offer two excellent products from Thompson, a basic multi-surface clear water proofer and an advanced clear water proofer. The basic multi-surface clear water proofer gives one year of protection and can be applied to wood, brick and concrete. The advanced water proofer can be applied to all the same surfaces and gives two years of protection. Another advantage to the advanced product is that it can be applied to a new deck as soon as the deck is completed. The basic product requires that you allow a new deck to weather for 3 to 6 months prior to the first application.
2. Is there anything I need to do to my deck before I apply a protectant or water proofer?
•It is very important to clean an established deck with a high-quality deck cleaner prior to application of a water proofer.
•Deck cleaner will eliminate the dirty grey look of an older weathered deck.
•First make sure to cover nearby plants and shrubs to protect them from overspray.
•Apply the deck cleaner at full strength with a pump sprayer or roller and make sure to cover the entire surface. Do not allow the product to dry. Thoroughly rinse the deck with a garden hose. No scrubbing is required.
3.Can a pressure washer be used to clean the deck prior to waterproofing?
•Using a pressure washer is a great way to clean a deck but there are several things you need to keep in mind. Test the pressure washer in an obscure area before doing the entire deck.
•Make sure the fan pattern is adjusted to the wide position as opposed to the narrow one so that the pressure will not damage the deck's surface. A "pin point" pattern will damage the surface.
•Keep clear of the nozzle. Never direct the high-pressure spray at a person, animal or yourself.
•Always turn the water "on" before turning the pressure washer "on." Running the pump when dry can cause serious damage.
•Pressure washers are powered by either electricity or gasoline.
4.What if I want to change the color of my deck?
•If you want to change the color of your deck, you can choose from either a semi-transparent stain or a solid color stain.
•The semi-transparent stains provide some color while allowing the natural wood grain to show through. There are many color options and custom colors can be mixed. Semi-transparent stain will protect your deck for 2 to 4 years.
•A solid color stain gives 3 to 5 years of protection, but it allows less of the natural wood grain texture to show. Both are available in latex or solvent bases. If you are covering a high-traffic area, we recommend the semi-transparent stain because it is less susceptible to surface wear.
SHELBY PET OF THE WEEK- Forrest Cortes from the Shelby County Humane Society introduced us to a pet that needs a new home. Her name is Cocoa. For adoptions, call 205-669-3916 or visit shelbyhumane.org.