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Can’t afford a babysitter?

You’re not alone.  Childcare now costs more than rent in a majority of states. (including Missouri and Illinois).  With more parents working, demand is way up for nannies and daycare centers.  In fact, demand is up 168% since 1990!

What does your face shape say about you?

Experts say the shape of your face says a lot about your personality.  They say people with a diamond face shape like Taylor Swift enjoy taking control and they want things a certain way.  They are also very detail oriented.  Folks with oval faces like Beyoncé are practical, methodical, and over achievers in their careers.  People with triangle-shaped faces like Kelly Osbourne tend to be artistic, creative, and sensitive but also fiery.

The shape of my face just means that I have a big head!  A jumbo dome!!

Larry the Cable Guy live

The We’ve Been Thinking Tour featuring Larry the Cable Guy and Jeff Foxworthy opens in Kansas City tomorrow night, and lands at Peabody Opera House for two shows on Friday, October 30th.  To celebrate this bodacious blue collar occasion, Larry the Cable Guy will be doing what he does best in today’s Laughter at 5 After live!  Be sure to check him out at 5:05pm, or thereabout.



A recent bride sent a wedding guest a bill for $75 after she didn’t turn up for the reception.  The bill came with a note saying, “This cost reflects the amount paid by the bride and groom for meals that were RSVP’d for.  Reimbursement and explanation for no-show, card, call or text would be appreciated.”

Jessica Baker was getting ready for her friend’s big day when she got a phone call from her mother saying she could no longer watch her children, who were not allowed at the ceremony or reception.  Without a babysitter, Jessica couldn’t go.  A few weeks later she received a bill for $75 asking her to cover the cost of her and her husband’s meals.  According to the bill, they “would have had two herb crusted walleye.”  There was also a service and tax charge.

Jessica wonders, “I guess I don’t know what the right answer would have been.”  She does know however that she isn’t paying the bill.

Traditionally, guests have one year to send a gift or card, and are expected to do so if they RSVP’d “yes” to a wedding.  Sending a bill is another thing.  According to the editor of Bride magazine, “Under no circumstances should you choose to follow up after the fact… kind of questioning why they couldn’t attend or much less sending a bill.”

Billy knows about Christie’s new BF

Billy Joel was in concert at Madison Square Garden the other night and while onstage, he made a crack about his second wife Christie Brinkley.  After playing “The Longest Time,” one of his anthems about Christie, Billy said, “And now she’s dating John Mellencamp.”

John and Christie were spotted having dinner together recently in New York City.  No one knows how serious they’ve become, but a new John Mellencamp song could clarify things.  I’ll be on the lookout!

Going to Taylor?

There is a report that Taylor Swift is cracking down on fans who share live footage of her concerts through Twitter’s Periscope app.  She has supposedly hired an online police force who are scouring the web for unauthorized Taylor Swift content.

Vladi calls Elton, for real this time

Russian President Vladimir Putin called Elton John and agreed to meet him to discuss LGBT issues in Russia.  The Associated Press reported the news from Moscow Thursday, and the Russian Embassy in the U.K. tweeted a confirmation.

Last week, after Elton posted a message on Instagram thanking Putin for calling him, two Russian pranksters admitted they’d called the rock star and gay rights activist and tricked him into believing that Putin called to chat.

Yesterday a rep for Putin said the Russian leader had indeed called Elton and said, “I know that those phone pranksters fooled you.  Please don’t be angry with them.”

Putin also said that he understands how popular Elton is, so if their schedules permit he will meet with him in the future and discuss his concerns.

Could you?

Dianne Hoffmeyer walked into a Michigan Tim Horton’s with her 22-month-old daughter.  Two women standing in line behind her, unprovoked, lobbed insults her way.

“Oh look at her hair.  It’s nasty looking and the roots are coming through.”

“Oh she’s a whale, oh the whale needs to eat”

The insults stung Dianne.  She “instantly started to cry, because it hurts.  I don’t know the women.  I don’t know why they would choose to say something like that.”

But what she did next is really surprising.  She told the cashier, “I’ll pay for their coffee.”  She then turned around and went to her car where she cried.

She says she wants to set a better example for her children by paying it forward rather than lashing out at the women.  Should she encounter the women again she says, “”I’d like to buy them another cup of coffee and talk to them.  And explain to them how it made me feel.”

Try This

Apparently, people can’t tell which toe is which.  Researchers at Oxford University said it may be hard for people to tell which toe is which if their eyes are closed and someone’s touching them.  In a study, scientists had a group of 19 healthy volunteers stick out their feet and have their toes prodded.  While 94% knew it was their big toe or little toe being touched, only 57%, 60% and 79% could correctly identify their second, third, and fourth toes respectively.  The most problems came in differentiating between the second and third toes, and no subject was able to guess every toe correctly.

Try it tonight with someone you love, or at least trust!