Monday, April 18, 2011

4/19 DIY's Jeanne Benedict, Teen Drivers, Travel on a Budget, Leslie Segrete's Green Garden Tips!

What's Cookin' Today Hour ONE:

Jeanne Benedict of DIY’s “Weekend Entertaining” and Author of “Celebrations” On How to Perk Up Your Patio and Plan a Party!

This is the time, says entertaining and lifestyle expert Jeanne Benedict, to sweep off the deck, junk the old grill and prep the patio for the outdoor barbecue season! In fact, two in five of the millions of Americans who fire up their grills each year, say they light them up for the first time in the spring.

Jeanne Benedict’s popularity has been on the rise since her four season run as the host/chef/ designer of the TV theme party show, Weekend Entertaining, on the DIY network. TV viewers also know Jeanne from over 100 appearances as a lifestyle/party expert and chef on shows such as The TODAY Show, Live with Regis & Kelly, The Ellen Degeneres Show, The CBS Saturday Early Show, The Bonnie Hunt Show, and many more. Jeanne’s also the author of the books, Sophisticated Entertaining and Celebrations.

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Teen Drivers Are Hitting a Road Block When it Comes To Getting A License and Driving! Larry Thursby, Vice President of Auto Product and Pricing at Nationwide Insurance Tells Us Why!

There may be no greater milestone for a teenager than obtaining their driver’s license, but as gas prices reach highs not seen in years and the economy continues its windy course, results of a new survey show fewer parents are giving their teens the green light to get a license.

The survey, conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Nationwide Mutual Insurance, shows one in seven parents say they will either postpone when their child gets their driver’s license or not allow them to take the car out, due to the increasing costs of driving.

Households with teen drivers spend nearly $3,100 a year to allow their teens to drive, according to the survey of 1,483 parents of driving age teens, ages 15-19. This amount includes insuring their teen to drive, as well as the cost of gas and other automotive expenses. According to the survey, 41 percent of parents say they pay for all of the costs associated with their teen’s driving, while just under a third say the costs are shared with their child. Only one in six parents say that their teenage driver pays for all costs related to their driving.

What's Cookin' Today Hour TWO:

Fuel Prices are Soaring. Will They Sidetrack Your Summer Travel Plans? Travel Guru Chris McGinnis Reveals How to Save on Every Part of Your Vacation!

The economy is improving. But just when many Americans thought it was safe to take a vacation, along come skyrocketing air fares and gasoline prices to match.

Nationally-known travel guru Chris McGinnis tells us how to make our vacation dollar stretch this Spring and Summer without giving up the fun!

Chris McGinnis is one of the nation's top travel experts. As a management consultant, for years he lived out of a suitcase. From there, McGinnis was a travel correspondent for CNN Headline News, authored two travel books and was a travel columnist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Entrepreneur magazine. Today, he blogs on travel for Best Western's and offers travel advice for ABC, CNN, Fox News, and more. He is an interesting, experienced and entertaining guest who can bring the excitement of travel to an interview, and to your listeners!

Home Improvement Expert Leslie Segrete Gives Us Great Backyard and Garden Decorating Ideas for a Environmentally "Green" Garden!

Earth Day is around the corner (April 22) and we will be addressing how to have a "green" garden!

Thanks to the brutal winter we’ve had this year, millions of Americans are anxiously waiting for spring and looking forward to spending more time in their backyards and gardens, taking advantage of their outdoor living and dining space.

Home improvement expert Leslie Segrete gives amazing tips on how to decorate your backyard-- and will also give unique ideas on how to make it environment friendly and "green".

You'll probably remember Leslie from TLC’s Trading Spaces and While You Were Out. During the interviews Leslie will discuss tips and tricks for creating a fresh look for an outdoor living space this summer -- no matter what the budget or home aesthetic.

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