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J Kay

Young starving college kid.  Trying to find my way in the world. :)

Makes me happy: coming home and seeing my excited puppy (Trooper), taking long walks, trying a new recipe and having it turn out perfectly delicious, funny cat videos

Makes me sad: those dang ASPCA commercials, change, seeing dead animals on the side of the road

Hobbies: tennis, stumbleupon.com, cooking

Vices: martinis

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Celebrity Birthdays for July 3 – Montel Williams, Tom Cruise and More

Here’s a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

Montel Williams
Age: 55
Occupation: Talk Show Host and Activist
Known For: His tabloidy syndicated TV series, ‘The Montel Williams Show,’ his work with the Partnership for Prescription Assistance, and founding the non-profit MS Foundation after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in the late 1990s

Tom Cruise
Age: 49
Occupation: Actor
Known For: Films such as ‘Mission Impossible’ and ‘Jerry Maguire,’ being a

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Scott Kirkland, Getty Images
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All About Ronnie Dunn

Scott Kirkland, Getty Images

We all have a special place in our hearts for Mr. Ronnie Dunn.  With his solo career taking off like a fire cracker I can't help but be happy for him (Ronnie Dunn Tops Billboard With New Album).  Take a gander at what Dunn had to over come in his life.  Maybe you can get some insight into why he is so amazing.  Ronnie Dunn facts after the jump.

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Top 10 Country Songs About Summer

With triple digit heat now upon us I would like to take the time to savor my favorite summer songs. These songs remind me of simpler times and heading to the lake with a truck full of friends. Let me know which ones are your favorites, or remind me of another one that should have made the list! Stay cool y'all.

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Flickr, kerryj.com
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So Nice, I Made this Salad Twice

I totally feel like a fatty mcfatfat after lunch today.  One cheese burger (with veggies) and a side of fries really has a way of ruining any diet.  For dinner tonight I will quickly whip up this great salad!  I mean come one, read the ingredients and you will feel healthier and by keeping away from the usual ranch and iceberg lettuce combo you stock up on the nutrients

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Grilling
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Charcoal vs. Gas – Grill Showdown

Summer is officially here!  Memorial Day is the official kick off to carefree summer days.  Down here in Texas you all take your BBQ'ing very seriously.  It is fun to ask people for their preferences and tips for grilling that perfect steak.  The passion heats up when you have two people talking about their love for the two different types of grilling!  To help you out if you are new to the BBQ adventure we did a quick run down of the different ways to BBQ. After the jump we pros and cons of charcoal and gas grilling.

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Can You Afford Not To Afford College?

Student loans are so much fun. I love being in debt and 21. With that being said, I am very pleased with my decision to go to a Junior College. Compared to my friends who are currently going to big bad awesome Universities and I doing very well. Since I chose to go Tyler Junior College I save money on living expenses because I still live at home and I have job security because I don't have to leave in the summer. (More after advice after the jump)

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Lawn
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Best Summer Job Ideas – KNUE’s Top Six

Attention all seniors we have compiled a list of great summer jobs in Tyler and Longview!

You are about to graduate and that means it's time to grow up,  no more summer days of sleeping-in until mid afternoon.

Before you start school in the fall it would be a great idea get some work experience under your belt.

Here are some ideas to kick start your job search in Tyler & Longview after the jump -- Good Luck and Best Wishes.

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Crawfish
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‘Suck the Head – Pinch the Tail’ Everything You Need to Know About Crawfish

Crawdads, they are delicious little lobsters.  But in other parts of our great country they are called crayfish, crawfish, mudbugs or yabbies.

Regardless of the name they are fresh water crustaceans that breathe through feather-like gills and live in bodies of water that don't freeze.

These little buggers are hard work  for a small amount of meat. At a crawfish boil the entire body is served but you just want to go after the tail.  Some die hard mudbug fans actually suck the head so they can enjoy the seasonings and flavors that were boiled inside the little critter. (Delicious details after the jump.)

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Wedding
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Best Places in Tyler for a Bachelorette Party

Weddings are amazing, every girl dreams up her perfect day. I remember walking Barbie down the aisle to marry Ken countless times. But one thing I never dreamed about was the pre-celebration with my best friends. A bachelorette party is a way for the bride and and bride's friends to kick back and enjoy the moment.

Bachelorette parties have been around for a long time believe it or not. They go way back in the day to when a bride and her friends would have a little pre-wedding tea party and wear conservative dresses. Fast forward a couple of centuries in Tyler and we have the top places for a Bachelorett Party, some of which would make our fore-mothers blush -- juicey details after the jump.

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