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August 05, 2012

Interview: Back to School on A Budget with "Super Coupon Queen" Jill Cataldo

 Super Coupon Queen, Jill Cataldo of joined me recently to dish the must have back to school supplies every student needs and tips for getting the best deals online!


Super Coupon Queen Jill Cataldo. Image courtesy of




Candace Rose: With over 77 million children and adults heading back to school soon, when's the best time to start shopping?

Jill Cataldo: "Well, for school supplies, the best time is now. A lot of the school supply deals began about three weeks ago, and one of my favorite strategies is shop those sales. Watch what's on sale each week at your favorite retailer and pick those things up when the prices are low because every year what we see happening is in the week before the kids get ready to go back to school a lot of stores actually raise their prices a little bit because they're going to take advantage of people that waited until the last minute. If you shop a little bit earlier now, you're going to save in the long run versus getting nailed when the prices go back up. And the opposite strategy in my experience is true for clothing. I understand that the kids all want new clothes to go back to school in- I have three kids myself, but what I usually do is buy them a couple of outfits to get ready for back to school and then push the rest of my clothing shopping into September because as soon as we get past Labor Day you're going to see a lot of those prices come down more. Stores are going to be offering coupons for dollars off, percentages off for even bigger savings on the clothes."


Candace Rose: Where are the best deals?

Jill Cataldo: "Well, for the physical supplies themselves, you're going to find them at the office supply stores, the drugstores and things like that. They're what I call the crazy deals- the quarter crayons, penny rulers, and things. But if your kids are a little bit older you're going to see things on lists that they need like graphing calculators or they may want a laptop or a tablet computer. For things like this, I like to head to Ebay. They've got incredible value and selection, and their main Ebay mobile app will bring millions of new and hard to find items right to your fingertips on a smartphone or on a tablet computer. You can even shop from your favorite retailers like Best Buy who have a site within the site, and this brings a lot of new ready to buy items to you at great fixed prices. I think that's really important when we're all on a budget, and it let's you say 'hey, this is what I want to spend for a calculator' versus heading down to the store and saying 'well, this is what they're charging today, and this is what I have to spend."

Super Coupon Queen Jill Cataldo recommends shopping on Ebay for the best in back to school supplies!
Super Coupon Queen Jill Cataldo recommends shopping on Ebay for the best in back to school supplies!


Candace Rose: What can we do to stretch the life of school supplies?

Jill Cataldo: "Well, again, quality counts. We are going to see some really great bargains out there. Every year I see the five dollar backpacks and I have been tempted and I have bought them. Usually the five dollar backpack does not last all year long. Do you want to replace it all year or do you want to make a little larger investment and get something that will last? I'm always balancing price versus quality. And even for something as simple as a pen, quality is important too. I like the BIC Atlantis ball pens. They feature the easy glide ink system, which is an exclusive ink technology for ultra smooth writing. What kids love about them is their bright colors. They come in all different inks and they're just fun and stylish. It's also a great pen, it's something that's going to last them all year long and it doesn't cost that much more than maybe buying the no name bag of cheap pens that might leak or dry out before the year is over. It's something that will last."


BIC Atlantis pen
BIC Atlantis ball pens


Candace Rose: What are some of the other must have school items?

Jessica Cataldo: "Well, again with the older kids it's back to the gadgets- the laptop cushions, laptop desks, wireless mice. Some kids are requesting voice recorders like an MP3 audio recorder so they can record lectures in class. And another one that's popping up on lists this year which may seem unusual is schools requesting printer paper and printer ink for the classroom because again, they rely on the parents a lot of times to supply the things for the class."


Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information you'd like to share?

Jill Cataldo: "For more info on everything we talked about today, you can visit"

Video: The Greatest Olympian of All Time, Michael Phelps on His Achievements and Retirement at The Visa Press Conference


Credit: Al Bello, Clive Rose, Chris McGrath, Jeff Gross, Ronald Martinez; Photos: Getty. Image courtesy of Just Jared
18-time Olympic gold medalist Credit: Al Bello, Clive Rose, Chris McGrath, Jeff Gross, Ronald Martinez; Photos: Getty. Image courtesy of Just Jared

"I said all along I wanted to be the first Michael Phelps." - Michael Phelps, the greatest Olympian of all time.


LONDON: 18-time Olympic gold medalist (and 22-time Olympic medalist) Michael Phelps spoke with reporters at the Visa Press Conference in London this morning to talk retirement, his goal of taking swimming to a new level, his idol Michael Jordan, how Words with Friends with his mother and sisters is feeding his competitive streak, and where he'll swim next.


Michael Phelps on competing in Brazil in 2016:

"And no, I'm not coming back don't get any ideas." - Michael Phelps


Michael Phelps on retirement:

"I'm looking forward to moving onto the next part of my life. And as my mom said last night, 'turning the page to the next chapter'. Who knows where that leads me, but this is my first day of retirement, and this is the first day of my new life."




Video courtesy of The News Market

August 03, 2012

Images: British Band The Wanted Featured in Glamour's First Ever Full-On Fashion Issue!



Victoria Beckham covers Glamour magazine in September
Fashion designer, Victoria Beckham covers Glamour magazine in September! Image courtesy of Glamour



Fashion designer and Glamour magazine's September guest editor and cover model, Ms. Victoria Beckham herself, handpicked British band and “Glad You Came" hit makers The Wanted to appear in Glamour's first ever "Full-On Fashion" issue which will be available on newsstands and digitally on Tuesday, August 7th.


Here's a sneak peek of the guys with models in this mod-inspired fashion spread!


Clockwise from top left, Max George, 24; Jay McGuiness, 22; Siva Kaneswaran, 23; Tom Parker, 24; and Nathan Sykes, 19
Clockwise from top left, Max George, 24; Jay McGuiness, 22; Siva Kaneswaran, 23; Tom Parker, 24; and Nathan Sykes, 19. Courtesy of Glamour magazine


Check out what the guys had to say about fashion and style below…

·      “It’s scary getting groomed. There’s pressure to look decent— that’s a hard task!” says Nathan.

·      “I like fingers running through my hair,” (note his shaved head!) says Max.   

·       A super-stylish-boy problem, “If you dress awesome all the time, when you make an effort, it doesn’t have as much impact,” according to Jay.

·      “I know how to dress up,” says Siva.

·      “Growing upI was inspired by Nirvana, Oasis, Red Hot Chili Peppers. Anything with a guitar, really,” says Tom.



For more information on The Wanted in Glamour please follow the link:


Photo/Fashion creditsPhotographed by Frederike Helwig, the models pictured with the band wear a Marc Jacobs coat, blouse, skirt, hat, socks and heels and Blumarine pants (on Charlene) and a Marc Jacobs jacket, skirt, hat, socks and heels, AllSaints shirt, Banana Republic pants and Marni earrings (on Lydia Charron). The band wears: a Gucci jacket, Louise Vuitton shirt, Ray-Ban sunglasses (on Max); an Etro blazer and shirt, American Apparel pants (on Jay); a Diesel Black Gold jacket, Tom Ford shirt, Joe's pants, Dsquared2 boots (on Siva); a Thomas Pink shirt, Ray-Ban sunglasses, George Cox Footwear boots (on Tom); and a Topman jacket, Acne shirt, American Apparel pants, The Generic Man shoes (on Nathan). 


August 02, 2012

Interview: Author & Registered Dietitian Heather Bauer Shares Tips for Simplifying Your Life!

Author and registered dietitian Heather Bauer joined me yesterday to share her top five nutrition tips and simple ways you can make your meals and snacks healthier!


Heather bauer registered dietitian
Author and registered dietitian Heather Bauer




Candace Rose: With this week being Simplify Your Life week, can you share your top five nutrition tips with us?

Heather Bauer: "Sure, it really is important to keep nutrition simple, and my advice is really to find ways to live your life and not your diet. As a nutritionist I work with so many different types of clients and they're all looking for the same thing- how do I live a healthy lifestyle that I can actually stick to. So today I really wanted to give you some tips that will really help you learn how to simplify your nutrition.


    And I figure why not get started with breakfast? That's a meal that a lot of people either skip or they make the wrong choice because they say they don't have enough time. And I think if you have good healthy choices at your fingertips it's easy to make the right choice. So one recommendation would be to start with Greek yogurt. You take a low fat 0 or 2% Greek yogurt, add some high fiber cereal to it and then put some berries in it and that's a great breakfast that will get you started off on a much better note than if you end up eating a bagel for example at breakfast. You can also even opt for just two hard boiled eggs for breakfast- that's another great choice with just a piece of fruit. Again, you get the protein in and it really keeps you full until lunch and gets you jump started for a really good day.


A healthy breakfast option of lowfat Greek yogurt, cereal and berries
A healthy breakfast option of low fat Greek yogurt, high fiber cereal and berries


    When it comes to lunch, one of my suggestions is to brown bag it because I think a lot of us eat lunch at work anyway, and people say 'I don't have time to pack my lunch up'. But they still go out for lunch and bring it back to their desk. So I would say- 'pack it'. It takes three minutes. You could take light wheat bread, some organic turkey, lettuce, tomato and mustard- the whole thing with some veggies and a piece of fruit is almost under 300 calories, which is really amazing for lunch.


    Breakfast and lunch- those are the two meals that we can control. Dinner gets a little more challenging, which I'll talk about in a minute. The afternoon snack is definitely an area where you can get caught up in white processed refined carbs because if you don't have the right snack at your fingertips it can be really tough. It's one of the reasons why I've partnered with Abbott because they have this great new snack which is the Perfectly Simple bar. I love the toasted coconut, it's delicious; but it also comes in peanut crunch and cranberry almond. But this bar is great because it only has 6 - 10 ingredients, which is really amazing for a bar. And it has 10 grams of protein, and it's gluten free which is a really nice bonus for a lot of people. So this is a really great option if you're looking for that sweet thing in the afternoon, but you still want to be healthy. If you're not into the bar thing, I would say do the Greek yogurt that I mentioned earlier with a piece of fruit or even have a string cheese with a piece of fruit. You can get an organic brand because that's a great way to keep yourself full until dinner.


Perfectly simple bars
Perfectly Simple Bars


    Now when it comes to dinner it really depends on what your lifestyle is like but if you're at home the biggest key to success with dinner is having the staples there. Now if you have frozen chicken breasts in your freezer, take it out in the morning so that it defrosts during the day, that way when you get home all you have to do is take that chicken and dip it in some egg, dip it in some whole wheat bread crumbs and you can literally bake it in the oven at 425 for 20 minutes in a pyrex dish and you get the perfect breaded chicken cutlet, which you could use over and over again. You could use it one night with some arugula and tomatoes and make chicken Milanese with some balsamic vinegar. The next night you could make some healthy marinara with some low fat cheese and make healthy chicken parm. You could even use that chicken cutlet the next day and put it in some lettuce and make a great salad for yourself. So those are a just a couple great tips to keep you healthy for National Simplify week."


healthy breaded chicken recipe
Breaded Chicken Cutlettes



Candace Rose: What would you say are the most common nutrition mistakes that people make?

Heather Bauer: "I definitely think it's the mindless eating and snacking in the afternoon. I think that people don't have the right snack at their fingertips so they end up at the vending machine with the pretzels and the chips and the candy, and that just leads you to more bad choices. So having a snack like the Perfectly Simple bar is a really great option instead of that."


Candace Rose: Do you have any advice for those who are picky eaters or who have food allergies- should they be taking a supplement?

Heather Bauer: "I kind of believe that you get everything that you need through food and supplements are really for people who have deficiencies. For example if you're lactose intolerant and don't eat dairy, then you may need a calcium supplement. If you're someone who has that sort of deficiency like an iron deficiency, you may need a supplement. Or a vitamin D deficiency, but that's something that you should really talk to with your doctor. If you eat a healthy balanced diet, you should really be getting what you need nutritionally."


Candace Rose: Are there certain fruits and veggies that are high on the glycemic index that we should stay away from?

Heather Bauer: "To me, if you stick to fresh fruits and veggies, what I'd be avoiding is the juice and avoiding all dried fruit because those have half the sugar at least and they don't have the fiber in there."


Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information you'd like to share?

Heather Bauer: "For more information you can also go to or you can also check out my website- I have a big blog there, which is or you can get my book which is "Bread is the Devil."


August 01, 2012

Video: Ryan Lochte's Mom & Parents of Olympic Swimmers Attend Speedos 'Meet The Parents' media event at Club Speedo

The parents and families of Speedo sponsored Olympic swimmers were on hand this morning at the Speedo "Meet The Parents" media event at Club Speedo in London to discuss their children's journey to the Olympics and what it means to know they're conquering their dreams! Some of the attendees included Kay and Steve Adlington, parents of Rebecca Adlington, and her sisters Chloe Adlington and Laura Adlington, Ike Lochte, mother of Team USA's Ryan Lochte, Kim and Tony Tancock, parents of Great Britain's Liam Tancock.




Video courtesy of Speedo and The News Market

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