Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama:
JEH JEH LIVE - The UAB School of Optometry's Community Eye Care program is UAB Eye Care's outreach arm to the local community. Vision screenings are provided at many area schools and day care centers as well as at senior citizen centers and community events throughout the Birmingham Metro Area. Through the "Gift of Sight" event each December, UAB is able to provide hundreds of residents from local shelters with an eye examination and glasses. The UAB Eye Care/UABSO makes an impact on the community year-round. It wants to make a Call to community to drop goods in collection boxes for distribution. Comprehensive eye care is provided at Western Health Center in Midfield, The Foundry in Bessemer, Lovelady Center in East Lake, M-Power Ministries in Avondale, and at the United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Birmingham Adult Day Program at LincPoint, off Lakeshore Drive in Homewood. UAB Community Eye Care also partners with various campus entities to provide care to underserved citizens throughout the Birmingham metro area as well as in the Black Belt communities throughout Alabama. For more information, contact UAB Eye Care at (205) 975-2020.
LOVE DOCTOR - Mike talks with Dr. Misty Smith, LPC, from Convenient Therapy about holidays and relationships. Holidays & Relationships: Will they make it or will it break them? The shortened daylight hours between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day may create issues for people. They are more tired and irritable, and self-medication becomes highly utilized. We're in the midst of a period of less light and warmth, and way more pressure. Research has shown that couples' communication skills deteriorate under stress. Is there a more stressful time?
1. The new relationships, have to decide on meeting or not meeting the family. Which is worse? What if you realize you don't want to become part of his family? Even long-married couples can crack with mass exposure to family--money, career and fertility become more of an issue when families get together.
2. The couples who have most to fear and the most to lose are those whose connections are shaky. Many times people might just be trying to get through the holidays before they break up. Cracking under the pressures could send the couple over the edge. After the holidays, losing a bad partner may become your number one resolution, if you're not careful. Just remember, that may not be such a bad thing because not all relationships are worth saving.
There are ways to cushion each other from the worst blows:
-Don't worry so much about the little things
-Be understanding of the good/bad of each family
-Take a breather
-Learn new traditions
-Talk about your expectations for the holidays with your partner beforehand
-Discuss gifts in advance
-Have a sense of humor
For more information, you can contact Dr. Smith at 205-529-2731 or visit convenienttherapy.com.
GIFT GUIDE FOR TODDLERS - They aren't old enough to tell you yet what they want, so what Christmas Gifts do you get for the smallest members of the family? Cecilia Pearson with Alabama Baby and Child Magazine shows us ideas for gifts for toddlers.
- Delight Touch Steering® 3-in-1 trike - Available at major retailers
- Playnest® Car - Available at Once Upon a Time
- Baby deedee Sleepers - Available at My Favorite Laundry
- Books to Bed - Available at Once Upon a Time
- Pull-back Busy Santa Book - Usborne
For more information, visit http://albabymag.com/.
BARGAINOMICS LADY - Judy Bates - the Bargainomics Lady - joined us with some ideas to save you money this season! If you're shopping for any preteens or teenagers, you already know that the best gift is either cash or a gift card. Rue 21 is a popular shop for the younger set with styles for guys and gals and right now you'll get a $5 cash card with every $25 gift card you buy or $15 with $50 or $25 with $75. Sign up to place your orders electronically online or through the Taco Bell app on your smartphone or other smart device and you get $2 off any $10 purchase. Other perks include bonus freebies and more. Everybody's going app crazy and McDonald's is no exception. Download their mobile app and then you can register for a free sandwich and other bonuses, plus exclusive weekly specials. Sign up to receive Arby's deals by email and they'll send you a coupon good for a free roast beef classic with the purchase of a beverage. And if you're 50 or older, no matter where you are, ask if they offer senior beverages. This is apparently an individual location's option if they offer this at all or what age you have to be to qualify because she's asked for them at all sorts of fast food restaurants and have gotten them for any price from free to 79 cents. Remember my motto: the worst thing they can tell you is "No." For even more deals, visit Bargainomics.com.
DECKED OUT DASH - The Arc of Jefferson County will hold its annual Decked Out Dash on Saturday, December 12th at Heardmont Park in Shelby County. The 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run will start at 8 a.m. that day with registration on-site starting an hour prior. A carnival has been added to this event and includes a pancake breakfast, hot chocolate, photos with Santa, letters to Santa, Holiday face painting, cookie decorating, ornament crafting, reindeer games, holiday costume contest, Christmas karaoke, and a Frozen bounce house. Whether it's a red and green tutu, a Santa hat, or a tacky Christmas sweater, come "decked out" in your most festive attire and join in the fun! Registration fees are $40 for the 5K and $15 for the one-mile fun run. Tickets are $1 per person for the Carnival and $5 per plate for the pancake breakfast. Participants can register now by logging onto arcofjeff.org. All proceeds benefit The Arc of Jefferson County's programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. These include job placement programs, day activities and residential homes for adults and an early intervention program for children. For more information on the Decked Out Dash, go to arcofjeff.org or contact Scarlet Thompson at 205.332.4937.
PET OF THE WEEK - Courtney Underwood with the Greater Birmingham Humane Society introduced us to a pet today looking for a forever home! Her name is Cassie. For more information on today's pet or others up for adoption, call 205-942-1211 or visit gbhs.org.
You don't want to miss Good Day Alabama tomorrow! We have several treats for you.... Ruben Studdard teams up with his old bandmates for a special Christmas concert! They perform for us in the studio and tell you how to get your tickets! The longest-serving White House chef comes to town and joins us in the Good Day Kitchen the famous gingerbread house recipe! How do you talk with your kids about the violence and tragedies in the world today? We find out! Join us for this and much more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!