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Storytime with Dana, featuring Dana’s corny jokes

In the midst of all of these abrupt changes, with offices and schools closed during the coronavirus outbreak, so many people are grappling with how to manage taking care of their children while also taking care of business. I have lots of friends who were staring into the future thinking, “How are we going to do this?” I had an idea of how to help – to provide a few minutes each afternoon of Storytime with Dana. I loved being read to as a child, and I remember Mrs. Laura Bush encouraging families to keep a story time routine with children as much as possible, especially during times of stress and uncertainty. I hope that parents will be able to take a breather while I try to keep their kids occupied and entertained for a few minutes every day. Today, I have a very special treat: My famous corny jokes! Just click here to watch and listen!

SO corny!  Thanks Dana!!     🙂

Dana Perino grew up in Colorado and was the Press Secretary to former President George W. Bush.  She currently hosts FOX News Channel’s (FNC) The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino (weekdays 2-3 p.m. ET) and also serves as co-host of The Five (weekdays 5-6 p.m. ET). She joined the network in 2009 as a contributor. Follow her on Twitter@DanaPerino.

Storytime with Dana: ‘Dragons Love Tacos’

In the midst of all of these abrupt changes, with offices and schools closed during the coronavirus outbreak, so many people are grappling with how to manage taking care of their children while also taking care of business. I have lots of friends who were staring into the future thinking, “How are we going to do this?” I had an idea of how to help: by providing a few minutes each afternoon of Storytime with Dana. I loved being read to as a child, and I remember Mrs. Laura Bush encouraging families to keep a story time routine with children as much as possible, especially during times of stress and uncertainty. I hope that parents will be able to take a breather while I try to keep their kids occupied and entertained for a few minutes every day. Today’s book is one I know everyone can relate to: “Dragons Love Tacos.” Who doesn’t love a good taco? Click here to watch and listen!

Fun!!   Thanks Dana!!      🙂

Dana Perino grew up in Colorado and was the Press Secretary for former President George W. Bush.  She currently hosts FOX News Channel’s (FNC) The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino (weekdays 2-3 p.m. ET) and also serves as co-host of The Five (weekdays 5-6 p.m. ET). She joined the network in 2009 as a contributor. Follow her on Twitter@DanaPerino.

‘Impossible’ puzzle features clear pieces, 4 difficulty levels

Hey, puzzlers — looking for a real challenge? We have a clear-cut winner here. As many Americans approach two, even three weeks or more of their coronavirus lockdown period, they may already be bored with those tired, conventional puzzles featuring puppy dogs, hot air balloons or scenic landscapes. But now there’s an “impossibly difficult” transparent jigsaw puzzle that may just be the challenge you crave. Now available for pre-order, the Little Flower Pot Shop on Etsy describes their clear, acrylic puzzle as “insanity,” with four tiers of difficulty: “easy, okay, hard and crazy.” Pricing starts at $16.99 with nine 2-inch pieces, which should take less than five minutes for most. The OK and hard levels contain 25 and 49 pieces, respectively. But all that is kid stuff. Pro-puzzlers will opt for their most intense option, “crazy” — a total of 144 half-inch pieces for $24.99. “We really didn’t think anyone would rise to the challenge,” the seller writes of their “crazy” puzzle. “No hints here, just days of fun assembling them.” During the COVID-19 pandemic, puzzles have once again emerged as the most sought-after time-killer since their popularity peaked during the Great Depression, according to the American Jigsaw Puzzle Society. To illustrate the trend, contemporary puzzle retailer Ravensburger announced this week that demand for puzzles has spiked 370% during the past two weeks. And those numbers would have us believe that those who love jigsaw puzzles — or are merely using them to pass the time — may have already reached the bottom of their board game bin. But the Little Flower Pot Shop is still doing its best to properly challenge puzzle fiends: It promises no repeated pieces and only one correct solution for each puzzle, with no indication of which side of the piece goes up. Unfortunately, those who dare rise to the challenge will likely wait a minimum of four weeks as the item has soared in popularity. But the product has pleased many a puzzler, according to buyer reviews. “I only have 2 pieces together so far, but I’m loving this!” wrote one happy customer. “Great product that is very ingenious in its design,” said another. “There are some very clever tricks in the design that will definitely surprise and delight anyone who likes puzzles.”

Fun!!   Click here to get on the waiting list:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/749652176/impossibly-difficult-clear-jigsaw-puzzle?ref=shop_home_feat_1&frs=1&bes=1

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Coronavirus lockdown: People are buying tons of alcohol

Bottoms up, while we’re all locked down. The global coronavirus pandemic is reportedly driving millions of Americans to bend an elbow amid a future of uncertainties through the COVID-19 outbreak. Sales of alcoholic beverages in the U.S. rose 55 percent in the week ending March 21, according to Nielsen data. As for drinks of choice, spirits like tequila, gin and pre-mixed cocktails were the clear front-runners, with sales leaping 75 percent in comparison with the same period last year. Beer sales were up 42 percent, while wine sales rose 66 percent. The market research firm also reported that online alcohol sales were up a whopping 243 percent, far outpacing in-store sales. However, Nielsen vice president Danelle Kosmal suspects that the incredible spike in growth rates may prove to be a peak, as Americans stocked up their liquor cabinet before state stay-at-home orders took effect. Data for the week ending on March 28 may prove to be a more accurate representation of demand moving forward, Kosmal said. With that inspiration, click here for five different ways to prepare a “quarantini,” the quarantine-inspired cocktail of the moment.

Cheers!!    🙂

TCM host Alicia Malone reveals 6 comforting old Hollywood films to watch during coronavirus pandemic

Need an escape while social distancing during the coronavirus crisis? Take a step back in time to Hollywood’s golden era. Staying indoors due to concerns about spreading COVID-19 is incredibly crucial. But having plenty of free time can also be a great opportunity to unwind and explore some of the most influential, feel-good films that have forever shaped Hollywood. Film expert and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) host Alicia Malone shared some of her favorite classic films to watch for some much-needed comfort and joy that families can experience. Not only are all of these films part of TCM’s upcoming lineup, but some are also being featured in the TCM Classic Film Festival: Special Home Edition, which will air from April 16-19. Many of these films are also accessible through your favorite streaming services. Click here to see Malone’s six favorite old Hollywood films to watch while quarantined:

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Wendy’s giving away Jr. Frosties with drive-thru orders

The people behind the Wendy’s Twitter account took a short break from skewering rival fast-food chains to announce a bit of good news for anyone who could use a treat during the coronavirus pandemic. On Monday, Wendy’s confirmed that it would be giving away a free Jr. Frosty — either chocolate or vanilla — with every drive-thru order, beginning that day at participating restaurants. The promotion will run for a “limited time,” according to the chain. “The little things can make all the difference sometimes,” Wendy’s wrote in a Tweet shared Monday. “Get a free Jr. Frosty with every Wendy’s drive-thru order starting today.” Wendy’s, meanwhile, has suspended all dine-in services amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, although drive-thru and carryout service will still be available, depending on the location. Food is also available for delivery via DoorDash, Grubhub and Postmates. “With the rapid pace at which things are changing around us, we are continually adapting to best support the Wendy’s Family, including our team members, franchisees, customers and all of our Company employees who have been providing unwavering support to our franchisees and restaurant teams during these difficult times,” said Todd Penegor, Wendy’s president and CEO, in a statement shared Sunday. “While there is much uncertainty right now, we do know that our restaurants are essential to feeding our communities, and we are doing everything possible to keep our restaurants open, while following public health guidance and the evolving guidelines from national, state and local governments.” Wendy’s is just one of dozens of national restaurant chains to modify service in response to health and safety guidelines.

‘Storytime with Dana’, featuring Peter and Jasper

In the midst of all of these abrupt changes with offices and schools closed during the coronavirus outbreak, so many people are grappling with how to manage taking care of their children while also taking care of business. I have lots of friends who were staring into the future thinking, “How are we going to do this?” I had an idea of how to help – to provide a few minutes each afternoon of Storytime with Dana. I loved being read to as a child, and I remember Mrs. Laura Bush encouraging families to keep a story time routine with children as much as possible, especially during times of stress and uncertainty. I hope that parents will be able to take a breather while I try to keep their kids occupied and entertained for a few minutes every day. Today is an extra special “Storytime” with a story about my dog Jasper!

Dana Perino grew up in Colorado and was the Press Secretary for former President George W. Bush. Currently she hosts FOX News Channel’s (FNC) The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino (weekdays 2-3 p.m. ET) and also serves as co-host of The Five (weekdays 5-6 p.m. ET). She joined the network in 2009 as a contributor.  Follow her on Twitter@DanaPerino.        🙂