Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama today:
AMERICAN IDOL - Mike and Janice talked with Dollar Bill and Madison from 102.5 the Bull about last night's performances on American Idol. The contestants sang three songs - round one was Scott Borchetta's Choice, round two was from the Hometown Dedications, and round three was the Judges' Choice. All four contestants performed and then Ryan revealed which three make it to the finale next week. Rayvon headed home while Jax, Nick, and Clark make it to the finale. Tune in again next Tuesday at 8pm for part one of the finale.
JEH JEH LIVE - The Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley wanted to continue the tradition from two other retreat centers in the region with the new Living River: A Retreat on the Cahaba. But it wanted to create a camp and retreat center in a larger and more central location with updated facilities, better access for the disabled, and the capacity to host larger and more diverse groups. Living River is located on the Cahaba River near Montevallo. A Board of Directors was appointed by Presbytery Council and Living River became a 501c3 non-profit organization associated with the Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley. After years of fundraising, developing site infrastructure and constructing facilities, Living River opened last month and hosts groups of scouts, from churches, and more. For directions and more information, visit livingriver.org.
COACH CLARK - FIELD OF DREAMS - Janice talked with former UAB Head Football Coach Bill Clark about UAB Football and a new project he's working with - the St. Jude Field of Dreams. The Birmingham community welcomes the inaugural St. Jude Field of Dreams to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. An inaugural celebration called the St. Jude Field of Dreams is planned for 6:30pm on Saturday, May 9, at Regions Field to raise awareness and funding for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and honor the University of Alabama at Birmingham former football coach Bill Clark. Rick Journey will serve as emcee while guests of the St. Jude Field of Dreams enjoy southern-inspired cuisine through tasting stations, cocktails and entertainment by II Da Maxx while raising money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital through silent and live auctions. Items available include a three night stay at Capella Resort in St. Lucia, a two night stay at Hotel Bel Air in Beverly Hills and an SEC sports package including a signed football by Nick Saban and Gary Pinkle. Tickets can be purchased at stjude.org/fieldofdreams. Thanks to generous donors who support participating individuals and teams, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Contributions give St. Jude the freedom to focus on what matters most – saving kids regardless of their financial situation. Local patient families like the Anderson's and Schefano's understand firsthand the significance of events like this one. Slade Anderson and Sophia Schefano are local St. Jude patients that will be honored by the community during the inaugural St. Jude Field of Dreams. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other deadly diseases. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since it opened more than 50 years ago.
BARGAINOMICS LADY - Judy Bates- the Bargainomics Lady - joined us with some deals! Judy showed us her shirt that she found - a Tantrums brand top - at the United Thrift Store in Fairfield for only $2.98. This was her first visit to United, but it definitely won't be her last. Dirt Cheap is a fun bargain store with a variety of new merchandise in every condition from pristine to not-so-great. From furniture to jewelry and electronics and groceries, Dirt Cheap really has a little bit of everything. Their stores are all over the southeast, with 10 in Alabama, including Tuscaloosa and Gadsden. And in about an hour, they'll have the grand opening of the new store on Wildwood Parkway in Birmingham. If you've never shopped Dirt Cheap, Judy thinks you're going to like this place. A year or so ago, she showed off a pair of Avon earrings she bought at the one in Tuscaloosa for only 25 cents. Find all their locations by going to ILoveDirtCheap.com. Judy found a great place to pick strawberries this week: the internet. The websites u-pick.org and pickyourown.org list pick-your-own farms all over the U.S. You'll find a huge list of Alabama farms on both websites. That's u-pick.org and pickyourown.org. And whether you're growing your own fruits and veggies, hitting the u-pick farms, or buying them at your grocer or other places, don't just rinse them in water – that's really not doing much to get rid of any germs. Instead, mix a formula of half water and half vinegar in a spray bottle and spray your fruits and veggies with this before rinsing them with water. This is just as effective as store-bought fruit and vegetable washes and much less expensive. Vinegar has hundreds of household uses, one of which is it's a great natural disinfectant. For more on these and other deals, visit bargainomics.com.
PET OF THE WEEK - Mary Grace Martin with the Greater Birmingham Humane Society introduced us to a pet today looking for a forever home! Her name is Bella. For more information on today's pet or others up for adoption, call 205-942-1211 or visit gbhs.org.
HYDRATION - summer is coming, and it's only going to get hotter. Jessica Cox, Wellness Dietitian at St. Vincent's One Nineteen, explained how to stay hydrated throughout the summer. So how much water do you need each day? She says it depends on the climate conditions, clothing worn, level of activity and duration of activity. It's also dependent on how much you sweat. If you're a person who tends to sweat a lot, then you need to drink even more fluid to replace what you lose through sweating. So remember, "if you're dripping, then you better be sipping!" Water really is what your body needs to hydrate. And it's calorie-free, and has no added sugar or caffeine. You can add flavor without adding any additional calories by infusing your water with fruits, vegetables and herbs. You can also use sparkling water if you like something fizzy. Another great way to help stay hydrated throughout the day is to enjoy foods that have a high water content, like watermelon, grapes, berries, lettuce, bell peppers and tomatoes, yogurt and milk. Low-fat dairy contributes fluid and is a nutrient-dense choice. When choosing drinks or foods, it's best to choose ones that have a high density of nutrients, like vitamins and minerals, compared to the number of calories. So dairy contains carbohydrates and protein to help you recharge after a hard workout, as well as bone-building calcium and Vitamin D, making it a nutrient-dense beverage choice. A lot of people go for sports drinks that are electrolyte-enhanced. Sports drinks can help to replenish electrolytes lost through sweating, but you really don't need the extra electrolytes or extra carbohydrates unless you're exercising or being active for more than 90 minutes. You want to focus on getting plenty of fluids throughout the day to prevent dehydration, otherwise you're playing catch-up. So keeping a bottle of water at your desk at work or in your bag when traveling is a great way to keep you drinking throughout the day. If you are feeling fatigued or sick, experience severe dry mouth, or develop a headache, dizziness or lightheadedness, these can all be signs of dehydration. At that point, you want to sit, down and sip fluids, preferably water.
OUR HOUSE - William Wright from Marvin's Building Materials showed us simple ways to fix cracks in your patio, sidewalk, and driveway. He says regardless of whether your making repairs to asphalt or concrete surfaces, the first thing you need to do is make sure the area being repaired is free of excess dirt, grease, oil, algae or any other substances that might prohibit the proper application of a repair product. You can clean an area using a pressure washer or using a stiff bristled brush and soapy water. Also it's very important to note the application temperatures and cure time of each product noted on the package prior to making any repairs. For small cracks up to 3/8" wide and 1" deep, try a pourable crack filler formulated to seep deep into cracks and seal the opening, preventing water from getting under the area causing further deterioration. For cracks that are up to 1" wide but still fairly shallow (up to 1" deep), try rubberized crack and joint filler applied using a caulk gun. It is good for sealing expansion joints in sidewalks and driveways, along with cracks in masonry foundations. If you have cracks that are up to 3" wide and greater than 1" deep, try a cement-based, latex fortified patching product that you apply using a trowel or putty knife for a smooth even finish.
WHERE IS THE LOVE - Mike talked with Dr. Misty Smith, LPC, from Convenient Therapy, about what men really mean when they say something. She looked at some common phrases -
"It would take far too long to explain to a woman, baby." - He doesn't have a clue how it works.
"We're going to be late." - He thinks this gives him a legitimate reason to drive like a NASCAR driver.
"Take a break, honey. You're working so hard. You deserve to rest." - He can't hear the football game over all of the noise.
"It's a guy thing." - There is no rational thought in his actions so do not hope for a rational explanation.
"You look amazing!" - He is begging you to stop trying on every outfit in your closet so you can finally get to dinner.
"That's interesting, dear." - He is wondering why you are still talking, and/or has no idea what you are talking about.
"It's not here." "I can't find it." - He opened the door, and it didn't jump out into his arms.
"Uh-huh." "Sure, honey." "Yes, dear." - There is no real meaning to any of these. They are conditioned responses.
She also offered some tips for women to improve this communication with her husband:
1. Make sure to make eye contact
2. Pause and/or turn off the TV, but do NOT turn it off in the middle of a game.
3. Ask him to repeat what you just said.
4. Be specific...short, sweet, and to the point - most men aren't detail oriented.
For more information, you can contact Dr. Smith at 205-529-2731 or visit convenienttherapy.com.