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Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert’s Divorce: A Wake Up Call for Sensitivity

Tue, 7/21/2015 2:08 PM

Fans were shocked and saddened this week when country music’s beloved couple Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert announced their split. On the heels of Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck’s recent divorce news, the Shelton/Lambert revelation was another blow to those who want to watch celebrity partnerships and love connections thrive.

The pain of navigating a divorce, or any emotionally challenging situation, is difficult enough without being a headliner. And while most uncoupling celebrity couples request privacy and hope for an absence of sensationalized speculation, the world seems full of clueless spectators who can’t help but commentate. Some say the world loves to watch a train wreck, but witnessing the pain of others shouldn’t be a spectator sport.

The Shelton/Lambert joint announcement, released by their representatives to Us Weekly, was a sensitive and powerful one, that reminds us of the fact that, regardless of the reasons, when our dreams die, we all struggle. “This is not the future we envisioned,” read the statement. Indeed, when we marry, most of us do so with honest and hopeful intentions and a vision of a bright and fulfilling future with a special person. Like most married couples, divorce probably wasn’t a topic Shelton and Lambert were entertaining four years ago when they headed down the aisle. Celebrity or not, couples make commitments and plans, and hope for a wonderful partnership. Shelton and Lambert were no different.

Today, they are likely mourning the loss of one dream, finding support from close friends and family, and trying to individually find the right path on a new journey. It’s time to recognize the complexity of this process, and respect the privacy of the situation whether it involves our neighbor or a celebrity. Everyone deserves that kind of sensitive consideration.

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Love Those Numbrix Puzzles!

Tue, 7/21/2015 5:00 AM

Marietta Ball in Xenia, Ohio, writes:

I greatly enjoy your Numbrix puzzles and am curious about why I enjoy them since I am not good at math and am not successful with any other puzzles involving numbers. A friend also enjoys Numbrix, but I have noticed that we enjoy them in a different way. She is good at math and takes special pleasure when she can complete a Numbrix grid in one fell swoop, going from one to eighty one without any erasures, while I love it when I get totally stumped and have to repeatedly erase and start over. A quick finish elates her, while the longer I wrestle with it, the more I enjoy it. I love it when I have to go backwards in order to connect with a number in the other direction, and I love it when things look hopeless. I often do not know what I have done right when the puzzle is suddenly finished, often somewhere in the middle. I also erase and do the same puzzles over and over, after a time lapse, with each time feeling brand new. I do not remember the number order from having done it previously.

I am reminded of the way I enjoyed high school geometry and was good at it although I struggled with algebra, and I always did well on tests of spatial relations. I suspect the same principles might be in effect here. I suspect, in fact, that Numbrix puzzles have nothing to do with mathematics, although numbers are what we are juggling.

Marilyn responds:

You’re quite right! Working Numbrix exercises one’s fluid intelligence, which may be loosely defined as the ability to reason or think logically. By contrast, the ability to do mathematics is a skill that requires the use of fluid intelligence.

 

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Nexus4 – July 21

Tue, 7/21/2015 12:00 AM

Nexus4 #82
To solve online, click the link below the puzzle.

How to play
The next Nexus4 will be posted 7/23

Solve online (thanks to J. Eric Ivancich)

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Numbrix 9 – July 21

Mon, 7/20/2015 8:00 PM
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Breakup Shocker: Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton Call It Quits

Mon, 7/20/2015 3:10 PM

After four years of marriage, chart-topping country superstars Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert announced Monday they have separated.

“This is not the future we envisioned,” the couple told Us Weekly in a statement. “And it is with heavy hearts that we move forward separately. We are real people, with real lives, with real families, friends and colleagues. Therefore, we kindly ask for privacy and compassion concerning this very personal matter.”

Despite months of rumors that the power couple’s marriage was on the rocks, Lambert, 31, had steadfastly said, “We really love each other and have a real marriage.”

Shelton, 39, and Lambert met in 2005 at CMT’s 100 Greatest Duets Concert, began dating in 2006 and were married May 11, 2011, in Texas.

Did their careers drive a wedge between the pair? Lambert told Parade in 2012, “We definitely have friendly competition, but we’re just lucky that we get to celebrate together.”

Lambert, a seemingly unstoppable force in country music, won in three major categories this year at the 50th annual ACM Awards, including Album of the Year, and snubbed her hubby in her acceptance speech.

Through the years, Lambert and Shelton have found strength collaborating on projects including co-writing the emotional hit song “Over You.” Fans are now left to wonder how the split will affect their separate careers.

Shelton’s set to return this fall as a judge for season 8 of the NBC hit reality series The Voice. Lambert is on the road on her all women’s Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars Tour.

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The Daily Cute: We’ve Got Crabs!

Mon, 7/20/2015 1:57 PM

To be honest, I never thought that crabs were cute until I saw the photo above and decided to dig a little deeper into the wonderful world of crabs. As it turns out, they’re not only cute, but, thanks to personification, they also look happy, worried, and, yes, crabby. Launch the gallery for a crab-tastic show.

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The Fresh Beat Band Star, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, On Her New Music Video, Havana

Mon, 7/20/2015 1:54 PM

Is there anything Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer cannot do? The singer, actress, author and songwriter (who released her latest single Havana as Ava Gold) stars as Kiki in the Emmy Award-winning Nickelodeon TV series The Fresh Beat Band. And she played Gina Mendes on Criminal Minds. (She seized the opportunity to use the name “Ava Gold” to work under a new creative umbrella.)

Gonzalez-Nacer, who has performed with Ne-Yo, Jason Mraz, Wyclef Jean, Gloria Estefan and Justin Bieber, has a new music video, Havana, which celebrates her Cuban-American roots and her parents. “Havana is very special to me because the song was inspired by my parents coming to the states from Cuba,” says Gonzalez-Nacer. “The song is hopeful, and talks about the sacrifices you have to make sometimes for a better life, all the while, never forgetting who you are or where you come from.”

Watch Ava Gold’s video below.

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Exclusive Clip: Take a First Look At the Half Dinosaur, Half Construction Vehicle Heroes of Dinotrux

Mon, 7/20/2015 11:50 AM

Kids love dinosaurs and kids love trucks. So what could possibly be better than combining the two into one monstrous animated series to make something that your kids won’t be able to stop watching? Premiering exclusively on Netflix on August 14, DreamWorks Animation’s latest series, Dinotrux, features giant creatures that are half dinosaur, half construction vehicle. Featuring characters like Ty Rux (a Tyrannosaurus Trux) and Revvit (a Reptool), the Dinotrux and Reptools join forces to build a massive world and take down the devious D-Structs.

We have yet to see the show, so we can’t say definitively how good it is, but if it continues the great track record that DreamWorks Animation has up to this point, your kids are absolutely going to love it.

Parade is excited to premiere this exclusive first look at the opening titles from Dinotrux. The exclusive clip features a look at the fun, catchy song and animation that opens the brand new DreamWorks Animation series that your kiddos are sure to dig.

Dinotrux premieres only on Netflix on August 14.

Courtesy of DreamWorks Animation and Netflix Dinotrux premieres only on Netflix on August 14! (Courtesy of DreamWorks Animation and Netflix)
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Queen Elizabeth II’s Nazi Salute—Royals Urged to Open Archives

Mon, 7/20/2015 11:39 AM

Who would have thought that 17 seconds of grainy black-and-white footage could have such an impact on Britain’s most prestigious family? But that’s exactly what is happening in the wake of the Sun’s decision to make public a video that shows a 6-year-old Queen Elizabeth II, her 3-year-old sister Princess Margaret, the queen mother and their uncle Prince Edward giving Nazi salutes to the camera in the gardens of Balmoral castle.

In the video, which is thought to have been shot in 1933 or 1934—possibly by the princesses’ own father, the future King George VI—Elizabeth and Margaret appear to imitate their mother and uncle after observing them perform the salutes. It is not the naïve actions of the two young princesses that concerns those who are calling on the royals to open archives that may reveal disturbing links to the Nazi regime, but those of the adults in the video.

Elizabeth’s uncle, the Prince of Wales, who briefly became King Edward VIII in 1936 before he abdicated and married American socialite Wallis Simpson, was a known Nazi sympathizer who even met with Hitler in 1937.

The actions of the future Queen Elizabeth—the queen mother—have also sparked speculation about the extent to which Hitler was held in admiration by certain British aristocrats, although at the time the video was shot, it would be some years before the horrors of the Nazi regime became clear.

British historians have urged the royal family to open up their archives, which they say will provide historical context to the monarchy’s links to the Third Reich.

Mark Almond, professor of modern history at Oxford University, told the Guardian, “Opening up aspects of the queen’s early years is not going to damage respect for the monarchy. It can only reinforce her standing with the public. This film reminds us of how many challenges this country has overcome in the last eight decades under the Windsors.”

Dr. Karina Urbach of the Institute of Historical Research said, “This is information that should have been in the public domain 50 years ago. The royal archives contain matters of state. The role of monarch is not a purely personal matter. We no longer have the divine right of kings.”

In response to the publication of the leaked footage, Buckingham Palace said, “It is disappointing that the film, shot eight decades ago and apparently from her majesty’s personal family archives, has been obtained and exploited in this manner.”

 

 

 

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Jadium – July 20

Mon, 7/20/2015 6:00 AM

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Another Gold-Coin Puzzle Solution

Mon, 7/20/2015 5:00 AM

David Canfield in Bloomington, Indiana, writes:

I stopped at the point you suggested in your column about determining with one weighing the bag that contained the false gold coins, and came up with a different solution. (June 14, 2015) Obviously, your solution works fine, and is arguably simpler, but the principle is more or less the same.

I would take two of the bags, remove one coin from the first one, then weigh both bags together. Say the bags each had 10 coins, and the total weight was 19.9 oz (9.9 + 10). You would know that the first bag (from which you had removed one coin) was the bag with the fakes. If, however, the combined weight was 20 oz, you would know that you had removed a genuine coin from the first bag so that bag’s remaining weight was 9 oz, leaving you with 11 oz (10 x 1.1) worth of fake coins in the second bag. If the total weight of the two bags came to exactly 19 oz, you’d know that the third (unweighed) bag contained the fakes.

I don’t know if you like my solution as much as the one you gave (it would allow the puzzle to be refined to include touching only one coin, but might not work if you aren’t allowed to count the number of coins in each bag), but it’s interesting that there are at least two possible solutions to a problem that would likely seem unsolvable to some.

Marilyn responds:

I like your solution, though it does require an extra step–counting the coins. I think this extra step makes it somewhat less desirable as the ideal solution, but hey–it works!

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Numbrix 9 – July 20

Sun, 7/19/2015 8:00 PM
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Are More Stars Visible in South America than North?

Sun, 7/19/2015 5:00 AM

A friend from South America says more stars are visible from the southern hemisphere than from the northern one. I disagree. Aside from more lights in North America, which I realize may obscure our view from some locations, how can this be possible?

—M. L., Santa Fe, N.M.

More stars are indeed visible with the unaided eye from the southern hemisphere, but not because more stars exist in that direction of the universe. The reason is that the South Pole is oriented toward the center of the Milky Way, our own galaxy. It’s easier to see those relatively nearby stars than stars that are farther away.

 

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Nexus4 – July 19

Sun, 7/19/2015 12:00 AM

Nexus4 #81
To solve online, click the link below the puzzle.

How to play
The next Nexus4 will be posted 7/21

Solve online (thanks to J. Eric Ivancich)

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Happy Birthday, Disneyland! Celebrate 60 Years of Magic with 13 Record-Setting Feats

Fri, 7/17/2015 2:58 PM

In the words of Mickey Mouse, “Oh boy!” Disneyland celebrates 60 years of pixie dust, popular characters and picture-perfect moments with its Diamond Celebration, which began in the park on May 22. The park’s splendor is enhanced with three new nighttime shows, a few additions to favorite rides and dazzling decorations throughout, including a festive Sleeping Beauty Castle adorned perfectly for the occasion.

In honor of the momentous occasion, we’re delving deeper into the world of Walt Disney to bring you the inside scoop on some exclusive tips and age-old questions. Take a look at these lists from expert Chris Strodder in his new book about all-things Disney, The Disneyland Book of Lists: Unofficial, Unauthorized, and Unprecedented (Santa Monica Press), which features nearly 250 lists exploring the past 60 years of “The Happiest Place on Earth.”

13 World Records Set at Disneyland

Many of these records have since been eclipsed, but all were established at Disneyland.

  1. Approximately ninety million viewers, the world’s largest TV audience at that time, watched the July 17, 1955, Opening Day broadcast.
  1. The Grand Canyon Diorama opened in 1958 as the world’s longest diorama (305 feet).
  1. In honor of Disneyland’s thirtieth anniversary and what would have been Walt Disney’s eighty-fourth birthday, on December 5, 1985, Disneyland teamed up with the City of Anaheim to set the record for the largest helium balloon release. Skyfest’s “Million Balloon Salute” was launched from nearby Katella Avenue.
  1. Guinness World Records 2004 declared that the Golden Horseshoe Revue was “the longest theatrical run for a revue,” with 47,250 performances in front of over sixteen million viewers between 1955 and 1986.
  1. The March 25, 1988 Super Hooper Duper event set a world record for having the most simultaneous hula-hoopers (1,527) in a single location (in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle).
  1. Disneyland’s “Let’s Twist Again” event brought Chubby Checker and 2,248 dancers together on March 31, 1989 to set the record for the world’s largest “twist party.”
  1. Disneyland: Then, Now, and Forever claims that the Main Street Electrical Parade’s 3,500 performances played to 75 million guests, the largest audience ever for a live show.
  1. When it opened in 2000, Disneyland’s six-story Mickey and Friends parking structure, with over 10,000 spaces, was the world’s biggest.
  1. To celebrate the Mickey Mouse Club’s fiftieth anniversary on October 3, 2005, about 1,000 people arranged themselves in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle to form the world’s largest pair of mouse ears, a pattern approximately 100 feet across.
  1. Pirates of the Caribbean has entertained something like a third of a billion riders, more than any attraction ever, according to Birnbaum’s 2014 Official Guide to the DL Resort.
  1. It’s a Small World’s theme song may hold an unverifiable world record; according to www.songfacts.com, it is “the most performed and translated song of all time.” While the attraction and song made their first appearances in a Disney park at Disneyland, they’ve spread to Disney parks around the globe, so any record could truly be a “world” record.
  2. Not exactly a world record, but an impressive statistic nonetheless: In December 2014, Instagram reported that the world’s most geo-tagged location (the place where people shared a photo and simultaneously tagged their location) was Disneyland. By comparison, Times Square was third on that list, and Paris’s Louvre Museum was sixth.
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The Daily Cute: Your Weekend Adorabundle

Fri, 7/17/2015 2:35 PM

 

I realized recently that not only is the adorabundle a gallery of tremendously cute photos to round out the workweek, but over time, it will make you start to associate the weekend with cute photos and cute photos with the weekend. And you didn’t think either one could get any better…

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Karen Clark Sheard: Singing the Gospel Truth on Her New Album

Fri, 7/17/2015 12:38 PM

Mind Your Body with Stephanie Stephens features celebrities age 45+ who share their healthy living secrets.  

With four Grammy Awards to her credit, acclaimed soprano Karen Clark Sheard is just getting started. Her sixth solo album, “Destined to Win,” comes out today (July 17) and Karen is raring to go with her record label, Karew Records, distributed by Motown Gospel and Entertainment One Music. She’s known and revered for her singularly stylized multitextured runs, and is said to have influenced artists such as Faith Evans, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Missy Elliott and Beyoncé, among others.

Karen, who’s 54, is also a Stellar and GMA Dove Award-winner. She’s a partner in ministry with her husband, Bishop J. Drew Sheard, pastor of Greater Emmanuel Institutional Church of God in Christ in Detroit, where she serves as First Lady.

Karen’s talent truly “runs in the family,” and she’s part of one of the nation’s premiere gospel dynasties, The Clark Sisters, who have recorded 20 albums. “Destined To Win” was recorded live at Chicago’s House of Hope, with featured appearances from Faith Evans on “The Who Doesn’t Matter” and Donald Lawrence, who also produced the album. The Walmart exclusive version of the album features The Clark Sisters and Karen’s daughter Kierra, along with Kim McFarland. The album showcases Karen’s wide range of musical styles that range from praise and worship to contemporary, urban, and traditional gospel.

According to The Sound Opinion, a Christian music critics’ website, 215 million people listen to gospel/Christian music in a month, and 600 radio stations program the format in the United States. No doubt Karen will be getting plenty of airplay on all of them.

Karen, I saw one of your Facebook posts that says, “I’m staying on my diet.” What’s your eating regimen? And is it tougher to stick to it on the road?

I avoid carbs and try to do fruits and vegetables. Sometimes I’m a junk eater, so I want to substitute fruit—healthier and fewer calories. When I have my sweet tooth, I program my mind and focus more on what I should eat.

Being on the road can be tough on a healthy eating plan for some people. How do you deal with it?

I manage by ordering mostly vegetables. I like eating out versus being at home where I have to cook. I can order a salad, and have more variety—not always the same thing. I get in the habit of eating healthier when I’m out. If I do feel like, for example, that I want something fried, I won’t deprive myself completely. I might have one or two fried things within a certain time period, but no more than that. I’m in the habit of going grilled or blackened—delicious and much healthier.

What’s your physical activity routine? I know you burn calories because of all the energy you put into your music!

I’m not into exercise right now and I don’t want to make excuses. I am going to do better in that area. I take every opportunity to walk farther, like when I park, making it harder instead of easier. I take steps instead of the elevator and I go up and down stairs in my house, down to the basement, too. I have a lot of closets to hold shoes and clothes, and I run between those a lot!

Traveling can be hard, yes. I once had a trainer who told me, “When you get to your hotel room, try to do 20 minutes of exercise.”

How do you sustain emotional, mental balance?

I go to Bible study to get that intake of positive words. I do retain scriptures, and I read them when I’m on a plane. It’s my private time. I study them, and look them up to make my life better. I’m the First Lady at my church, so I read books and the Bible a lot. When I write my messages that I put out, I have so much more energy, and it makes my mind feel even more refreshed. I like to write quotes on Instagram, too, to encourage other people.

For readers here who aren’t as familiar with gospel or Christian music, what would you like them to know?

It’s something positive, and of course, music is universal. I have tunes you can just sit down and enjoy and they convey positive messages. That is just what we need. I promise you will be refreshed, revived and regenerated to move forward in life, better able to cope with trials and tribulations. You can deal with them and not give up so easily. The music will give you motivation and endurance—it’s so inspiring. That’s why I feel it’s important to listen to it.

What do you tell your kids about good health?

I have a wonderful son, John Drew Sheard, II, who’s 25, and a producer. My multitalented daughter Kierra or “Kiki,” is 28, and is such a talented singer. Seems like every day we talk about health, both mental and physical. My son is physically active—gets something in every day. My daughter and I, we want to splurge sometimes. We minister to each other and what I tell her is real. You have to be candid with children.

Women in our family have tended to be heavier so we have to be extra careful and mindful. If we want to live longer, we have to do things better. She does research about health, and has really helped me in the past. We’ve also had problems with blood circulation in our family, me with my leg. She tells me, “Mom, I want you to be healthy and live a long time.”

How do you take care of your voice? Any secret tips, tricks?

I get a lot of rest. It helps my vocal cords and gives me more stamina.

Who are the artists who’ve most inspired you?

First is Aretha Franklin, since I was a teenager. I’ve watched her maintain—without any scandals—and I think she’s just a great woman. I’ve admired her vocally and as a person.

I’d also have to say my sister Twinkie Clark-Terrell. Ever since I was a little girl, I wanted to be like her, so musically inclined. She’s just a genius who can write, play both organ and piano—back in the day, it was very rare to see a woman play like she did.

And of course, there’s my role model mother, Dr. Mattie Moss Clark, who had a Ph.D in music.

What are you most proud of about your new album?

That it’s on MY own label! I’ve always wanted to be an entrepreneur. My husband is CEO of my company, we’re in business together as a family, and it’s a dream come true. He has supported me and my dream all the way and I am so grateful. I’ve been singing for 45 years, and this is another opportunity to be relevant and know that people still love me. I’m still being inspired and empowered.

Heard you’re working on your own clothing line?

I am. Kierra has hers, and it’s called Eleven60. That’s my birthday! (Kierra’s line is for the professional curvy woman and it’s chic, sexy, bold and eclectic).

Thanks so much, Karen. Congratulations!

Stephanie Stephens is certain that at age 45+, the best time of our lives is now! So what are we waiting for? She writes, produces, and hosts her multimedia channel, Mind Your Body TV,  featuring timely health and lifestyle blogs, podcasts, and videos—also seen on YouTube and syndicated by AOL/On.

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10 Classic Clueless Quotes in Honor of the Film’s 20th Anniversary

Fri, 7/17/2015 11:00 AM

This Sunday, Clueless turns 20. To celebrate, here are 10 quotes to help us remember why we fell in love with the classic high school movie in the first place.

“Do you prefer ‘fashion victim’ or ‘ensembly challenged?'” – Cher

 

“Dude, what’s wrong? You suffering from buyer’s remorse or something?” – Dionne

 

“She could be a farmer in those clothes.” – Amber

“You see, it’s like the painting. See, from far away it’s okay, but up close it’s a big ol’ mess.” – Cher

“Cher, I don’t want to do this anymore. And my buns? They don’t feel nothin’ like steel.” – Tai

“I have a note from my tennis instructor, and he would prefer it if I didn’t expose myself to any training that might derail his teachings.” – Dionne

 

“I would like to say this. Tardiness is not something you can do on your own. Many, many people contributed to my tardiness. I would like to thank my parents for never giving me a ride to school, the LA city bus driver who took a chance on an unknown kid and last but not least, the wonderful crew from McDonalds who spend hours making those Egg McMuffins, without which I might never be tardy.” – Travis

“Isn’t my house classic? The columns date all the way back to 1972.” – Cher

“Miss Stoeger, I would just like to say that physical education in this school is a disgrace. I mean, standing in line for forty minutes is hardly aerobically effective. I doubt I’ve worked off the calories in a stick of Carefree gum.”-Cher

“C’mon, let us! Cher’s main thrill in life is a makeover. It gives her a sense of control in a world full of chaos.” – Dionne

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National Ice Cream Day 2015: Free Ice Cream and Deals

Fri, 7/17/2015 10:15 AM

There’s no doubt about it—we Americans love our ice cream. We eat, on average, about 48 pints of ice cream each year (almost a pint a week), and at any given time, 87 percent of us have ice cream in the freezer, according to IceCream.com. California, by the way, produces the most ice cream of any state in this great nation—about 131 million gallons each year, so says the California Milk Advisory Board.

As far as who eats ice cream and where, women are more likely than men to eat ice cream in bed. And one in five of us shares our ice cream treats with our pets.

Ice cream lovers are sure to be super excited for this weekend—it’s National Ice Cream Day on Sunday, July 19 (or should we say Sundae). In fact, July is technically National Ice Cream Month.

As such, I’ve rounded up six ice cream freebies and deals for men and women alike to enjoy-—and, in one instance, your four-legged, furry friends will be able to indulge, too.

1. Carvel
Carvel is celebrating National Ice Cream Day by treating guests to a buy one, get one (or BOGO) free offer on any size, any flavor soft-serve cones all day long on Sunday. All you need to do is show up at your local participating Carvel shop.

2. Friendly’s
Friendly’s locations have two reasons to celebrate this week–National Ice Cream Day and the chain’s 80th birthday! Kicking off the celebration a day early, you can visit a participating Friendly’s on Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19, after 11 a.m. each day, for a BOGO ice cream deal. You’ll get a single scoop, in a cone or dish, for just $1.99, and then the second single-scoop cone or dish is free! Only Friendly’s locations in the following states will be participating: Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Vermont, Florida, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware and South Carolina.

3. Baskin-Robbins
Throughout the month of July, Baskin-Robbins’ guests can upgrade their double scoop of ice cream with a free freshly baked waffle cone. Also, Baskin-Robbins is having its own ice cream holiday on Friday, July 31, offering 31 percent off of all ice cream sundaes at participating Baskin-Robbins locations nationwide.

4. PetSmart
This freebie has gone to the dogs! This Sunday I’ll be taking my rescued fur babies Oscar and Sadie to our local PetSmart with a PetsHotel location. That’s because at PetsHotel locations nationwide, dogs will receive a four-ounce, complimentary serving of dog-safe ice cream, if you visit between noon and 4 p.m. This frozen treat, called Treat Time, is traditionally offered as an add-on service to sweeten a pet’s stay at the PetSmart PetsHotel, whether there for an overnight or just for a few hours of Doggie Day Camp. Check out the PetSmart website to find a participating PetSmart PetsHotel near you.

5. Your Pie
Despite its name referring to pie, Your Pie serves gelato and will be giving it away on National Ice Cream Day. (FYI, gelato is the Italian word for frozen, and gelato is often smoother and lighter than traditional American ice cream.) You’ll find Your Pie locations in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Tennessee and Virginia.

6. Albertson’s Safeway Supermarkets
This deal lets you save $1 with ice cream on sale. That is, Albertson’s Safeway grocery stores are selling Open Nature ice cream pints for $2.99, which is $1 off the usual $3.99 price, on Sunday, July 19 only. Albertson’s says Open Nature ice creams are made with all-natural ingredients. There are 23 different flavors. This deal will be available at Safeway, Jewel-Osco, Acme, and Shaw’s, along with Albertson’s locations.

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