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Today’s Family: Fighting in Front of Your Kids.  Okay, in case you didn’t know, this is not a good idea.  You should try not to fight in front of your kids.  If you do, make sure the kids know that you still love each other and it’s okay to argue once in a while–everyone does.  Psychotherapist, Robi Ludwig, from a story out of “Cookie Magazine,” gave advice to “wives and mothers” that your child can really be affected by your fighting.  Excuse me?  Wives and mothers?  Who are they fighting with, themselves?  Why wasn’t this advice geared to both “wives and mothers” and “husbands and fathers?”  In another segment of obvious information, this psychotherapist managed to insult half (if not more of) the audience by putting all the blame on “wives and mothers” for their kids’ psychological problems.  Read more of this if you care to on The Today Show website or “Cookie Magazine,” but I’ve heard enough.

Moving onto Today’s Travel where they featured The Best Island Beaches.  Lizard Island is in Australia and costs about $1,000/night.  A better deal is on The Greek Isles – Shipwreck Island in The Ionian Sea which only costs $380/night.  On to The Bahamas at Pink Sands Beach on Harbour Island which costs $600/night.  Then to Jamaica, 7 Mile Beach in Negril which will run you only $365/night.  But a better deal is right here in the U.S. on Ocracoke Island Beach in North Carolina at $200-260/night.  If you care to go to Texas, you can stay at South Padre Island where it only costs $199-289/night.  But don’t go during spring break since it’s legal to have kegs on the beach.

They have this thing going on called Harry Potter and Today’s Mystery Question, with this being the fourth installment.  I’m not a Harry Potter fan, so this means nothing to me.  Not knowing the names of anyone else but the main character (why is he the only one with a normal name?) I can’t even attempt to remember what the question was or who it involved.  I don’t even know why they’re doing this.  Maybe the winner gets some kind of prize.  I’m sure there is more information on their website if you need to know.

Next was a story entitled, Just as Sweet: Fake Cakes at Weddings.  They’re made out of styrofoam and cost much less than their edible competition.  And you can rent them!  With costs in the hundreds to thousands for a real wedding cake, I think it’s a great idea.  Some of them even come with secret compartments where you can stash twinkies.  Who wouldn’t rather have a twinkie than a miniscule piece of overly decorated wedding cake?

Onto Today’s Kitchen: Grilling Around the World: Going Greek.  They roasted some peppers and some kind of meat–probably chicken.  There was an array of other foods for the grill, too. 

Fall Out Boy was their Summer Concert Series musical guest and finished the show with their first hit “Dance Dance.”

Obviously running long on time again and short on content, they ended early at around 9:52 with sappy hightlights of previous shows. 

Maybe they’ll have heavier stuff next week when the regulars come back from vacation. 

Till then.  Have a great weekend!

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We started off at Kensington Palace–not a bad start for the 9:00 hour even if most of it was just a recap of Matt’s visit and a replay of his earlier interview with Earle Charles Spencer, the late Princess Diana’s brother.  He bares a striking resemblence to both princes William and Harry.  Luckily for them, they don’t look at all like their father.  They really dodged a bullet there.  The Today show execs sure are playing up Matt’s interview with the princes, but who could blame them.  William and Harry are easy on the eyes and are classy, eloquent and charming–everything a prince should be.  Obviously, they both take after their mother.  Paris Hilton could learn a thing or two from them.  Just because you’re born into a life of privilege doesn’t mean you have to act like a spoiled brat.  You could actually do something with your life and make a difference.  Anyway, the princes are promoting “The Concert for Diana,” the musical tribute to their mother which airs on Sunday on NBC.

Next up was a mommy make-over for a mother of six.  That’s right, six kids.  Too bad they couldn’t make over her brain.  She needs a spa vacation, perhaps in a mental health facility.  Six kids?  At least her husband appreciates her hard work and that’s why he set her up with the make-over.  I’m not sure how I would react to my husband saying I needed a make-over.  “Are you saying you don’t like the way I look now?”  No, that wouldn’t go over well.  Her husband might as well have told her she looks fat in those jeans.  And, to tell the truth, I don’t think she looked much better after the make-over–not that she looked so bad to begin with.  They cut her hair into a style a mother of six doesn’t have time to do herself and gave her bangs about two inches above her eyebrows.  It looked like one of the kids took the scissors to it.  The stylist called it a retro 60’s look.  I call it a mistake.

There was a brief mention of the upcoming 7th Harry Potter book, but I didn’t really hear what was newsworthy about it.  Yes, it will hit bookshelves near you soon.

Then there was Rum 101: Things you need to know.  Did you know most rum is made in the Carribean?  And there is a vast selection of flavors and colors.  Spiced is one  of the fastest growing and 10 Cane is one of the newest.  I love to see The Today Show anchors drinking rum in the morning.  Like I said yesterday, good job if you can get it.  They ended that segment drinking rumaritas–you guessed it, rum instead of tequila.  Wonder if it comes with more or less of a hangover. 

Hillary Duff sang another song.  Apparently, she was the summer concert performer today.  She did a song from her new album, appropriately titled, “Coming Clean.”  Paris, Lyndsay and Brittney could learn a thing or two from her as well.  How to be a good role model for young girls.  But they don’t care about stuff like that.  It’s not fun enough.  Not like getting hammered, crashing cars and going into and out of rehab and jail.

The show wrapped up with the author of the book, “The Live Earth Global Warming Surval Handbook.”  I couldn’t remember his name, so I googled it for you: David de Rothschild.  His name is almost as long as his book title.  I don’t usually go to that kind of trouble if I can’t remember a name, but this book is for a good cause.  And the guy is gorgeous.  I’d buy anything he was selling and you should too.  Some pointers from the book: unplug your appliances when you leave for the day–I assume that doesn’t include the refrigerator.  Also, turn down the heat and put a sweater on when it gets cold.  If that’s all it takes, then I am extreme greenie.  You should see how cold my house is in the winter.  Usually around 65 at its warmest, but not because I’m comfortable at that temperature.  Have you seen the prices of oil and electricity?  You have to be a billionaire to have a warm house in the winter.  Unless you’re lucky enough to live in a warm climate during the winter.  And, of course, don’t use paper or plastic bags at the supermarket.  Take your own canvas bags.  Who cares what they look like?  This isn’t high school fashion.  Just do it!

And that wraps up this week with Yesterday on Today.  Hope you enjoyed it.  Have a great weekend and see you on Monday!

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