Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama:
JEH JEH LIVE - Jeh Jeh joined us live from Alfred Angelo in Cahaba Village Plaza where he learned about the Southern Bridal show which is Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. This is a show where Engaged couples are able to meet face to face with wedding professionals and find everything you need to create the wedding of your dreams! You can see a photographer's pictures, taste samples of cakes and foods from the caterers, see your future gown and the tuxedo of your groom on the fashion show runway, listen to the music of your DJ, visualize the flowers that you will be carrying down the aisle, get ideas for your bridal registry, plan your honeymoon and so much more! See the South's most spectacular bridal fashion show production at 4:00 p.m. with professional models, dancers, recording artists and live entertainment! In addition to getting lots of great ideas and seeing the latest trends, you will be able to save time and money while also having fun! Registered brides will also receive a one-year subscription of Brides Magazine and will be eligible to win a deluxe, all-inclusive honeymoon trip! Register by purchasing your tickets on our website, or you will receive a registration form at the show. Tickets are $15 cash only at the door. There is no charge for children five-years-old and younger. Order your tickets online and get express entry to the show! For more information, visit http://www.eliteevents.com/.
PET OF THE WEEK - Debra Morris from the Shelby Humane Society introduces us to a pet that needs a new home. Her name is Ashley. For adoptions, call 205-669-3916 or visit shelbyhumane.org. Ashley also told us about a special going on at SHS. She says the adoption fee for large breed puppies - that are age 8 weeks to 6 months right now and are expected to grow to at least 40 pounds and larger - is only $50 through Saturday.
CES TECHNOLOGY - Mike talked with basketball legend Bill Walton and Consumer Technology Association spokesperson Tyler Suiters about the latest in sports and fitness technology being unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show. CES is the world's gathering place for the business of consumer technology. Held in Las Vegas every year, it has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for more than 40 years.
BAMA TO ARIZONA - Scott Dunn with Visit Phoenix joined us with a look at what football fans can experience there when they visit for the National Championship Game. In the storied, 124-year history of Alabama's football program, the Crimson Tide and its fans have visited Arizona only once—and that was 25 years ago. So when Alabama visits Greater Phoenix for the 2016 College Football National Championship this week, the Tide faithful will have a chance to explore a relatively new frontier. The big game against Clemson kicks off Jan. 11, but in the days before and after it, Bama fans can explore Phoenix's top-seven attractions, shop for high-end houndstooth fashions and follow the personal recommendations of a former Crimson Tide star who now plays NFL football in Arizona. It's pretty much an accepted fact among sports journalists, opposing coaches and NFL scouts: Alabama's defense has the best front seven in college football. All season long they've wreaked havoc on opposing offenses and brought joy to the Tide faithful. In a nod to Bama's vaunted defensive front, here are seven attractions/activities in Phoenix that are consistently a big hit with visitors:
- Camelback Mountain - Phoenix's most famous landmark resembles a dromedary camel in repose and challenges hikers with a rugged but rewarding trek to its 2,700-foot "hump".
- Desert Botanical Garden - A stroll through this beautiful outdoor museum immerses visitors in a world of exotic desert plants—and not just those native to the Southwest.
- Musical Instrument Museum - This must-see museum showcases more than 15,000 instruments—including the last guitar Elvis played in concert. On display now is an exhibit honoring Johnny Cash and the Carter Family.
- Roosevelt Row - USA Today included this downtown-Phoenix district in a recent list of "The 10 Best Neighborhoods Tourists Haven't Found Yet," writing that it "gives urban explorers every reason to visit: an indie cinema, cool shops galore, unusual restaurants, coffee houses, and a steady stream of new galleries."
- Taliesin West - This was the winter home of Frank Lloyd Wright, America's most famous architect. It's open to the public for tours.
- Heard Museum - This famous museum provides insight into Arizona's 22 Native American tribes. And its gift shop is one of the best places in Phoenix to buy artful souvenirs.
- Biltmore Fashion Park - Located near the famed Arizona Biltmore resort, this shopping destination has a garden-park courtyard and plenty of dining options and UNION, a wing of local shops and boutiques.
Rashad Johnson came to Alabama as a walk-on; he graduated as a first-team All-American. Since 2009, when he was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals, he has made his home in the Phoenix area. Here are his Phoenix faves:
- Favorite locally owned restaurants - Sushi Roku at the W Hotel, City Hall, and Stacks
- Favorite place to take visitors for fun/entertainment - Main Event for bowling and laser tag
- Favorite concert/music venue - Ak-Chin Pavillion
- Favorite thing to do outdoors - hiking Camelback Mountain
- Best thing about living in Arizona - the weather with more than 300 days of sunshine every year
For more ideas about things to do before and after the CFP National Championship, Alabama fans can visit www.visitphoenix.com, the official travel resource for Greater Phoenix.
WHERE IS THE LOVE -Mike talked with Dr. Misty Smith, LPC, from Convenient Therapy about how to keep your relationships strong throughout the year. Tips to keep relationships stronger throughout 2016:
1.Remember that you are a team
- Take on challenges together
- Work toward the same goals
- Be open & honest to work thru conflicts with each other
2. Laugh together & be silly
- Take on a new & interesting hobby - salsa dancing, painting, rock climbing
- Don't be afraid to fail at something together...and then laugh about it.
- Share funny stories and do things such as watching comedy shows together
3. Make time for intimacy & don't forget to say I love you often
- ALWAYS make the time, even if it has to be planned -weekend getaways
- Shut out the world & stressors of life
- Spontaneously say those 3 little words
4. Take interest in your partners interests
- Ask about their hobbies
- Encourage them to pursue their interests & allow them time to do this
- Try to enjoy their interests with them
- Ask about & show interest in their work - we ARE there most of the week in many cases
5. Have that special thing that the two of you share
- An inside joke
- A special place...even if it's just the gym
- A certain time of the week
- An obsession with a particular food...pizza!
- A special TV show you indulge in
6. Be very wary of social media
- Don't compare your relationship to Facebook or the movies
- Set limits--not allowing yourself too much time for social media
- Be careful of who you "friend"
- Don't talk about your relationship woes
7. Schedule date nights for the two of you as well as with other couples
- It's good to get away from the everyday stressors...even the children
- It gives you the opportunity to reconnect
- Double dates and group activities allow you to learn more about each other & lets you see that silly struggles are normal
8. Don't forget your individuality
- Give each other space
- It's okay to have something that is just "yours"
- Don't forget to nurture friendships
- There is value in being strong and independent...be a part of one another's world not their whole world