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According to a recent report, the amount of unmarried couples over fifty and living together has increased 75% from 2007 to 2016, which is the largest increase of any age range.  The numbers could just be reflective of the amount of baby boomers there are and increasing divorce rates also play a part, since divorce amongst those over the age of 50 has doubled since the 1990s.  There are also advantages to just living together when you get older, since you don’t take on a spouse’s debt, it won’t affect pension benefits and more

Source: New York Times

 

GrubHub analyzed their food orders to uncover the most popular healthy eating plans nationwide.  The Paleo plan is the most popular healthy eating choice across the nation with orders for Paleo food increasing 370% last year as compared to the year before, by far the biggest increase. Men are more open to getting healthy with a low-fat diet, while women seem to take to the juice cleanse instead.

Most Popular Eating Plans Nationwide

  1. Paleo (up 370%)
  2. Raw – (up 92%)
  3. Juice cleanse - (up 89%)
  4. Vegan – (up 58%)
  5. Gluten-free – (up 35%)
  6. Low-fat - (up 21%)
  7. Mediterranean – (up 7%)
  8. Keto – (up 5%)

Source: Grub Hub

 

According to a new Travelzoo survey, three quarters of Americans are planning long weekend getaways this summer.  Most folks plan to travel three hours or more to their long weekend destination, while most will be traveling by car.  More than half of those polled say they’d prefer a beach getaway, with the main goal rest and relaxation, along with touring and dining

Source: Yahoo Finance


Mother’s Day is this Sunday. And since you’re going to be doing something special to honor all the moms in your life anyway, why not save a little while you’re doing it. Here are some restaurant and retail deals to make mom’s holiday even better. Not all offers are available at each location, so check with your local one first.

  • Applebee's - Get a free $10 gift card when you spend $50 0n gift cards.
  • Baskin Robbins - Save $3 on your Mother’s Day ice cream cake when you order online with the promo code MOTHER
  • Carrabba's - They’re offering a special Mother’s Day menu now through May 14. And if you buy $50 in gift cards, you’ll get a free $10 gift card.
  • Fandango - Buy movie tickets and get a free bouquet from The Bouq.
  • Hooters - Some mamas might like going to Hooters, and they’re offering moms a free entree with a drink purchase.
  • KFC - The chicken chain is giving away their new romance novella, “Tender Wings of Desire” with Colonel Sanders as the love interest. The book can be downloaded for free on Amazon.
  • Logan's Roadhouse - Another gift card deal: spend $50 on gift cards, get a free $10 one.
  • Macaroni Grill - Treat mom to a $19.99 per person prix fixe menu on Saturday and Sunday. It comes with salad, choice of entree, and a dessert. The Italian chain is also offering 25% off e-gift cards with the promo code MOM17, through Sunday.
  • Marble Slab Creamery - Save $3 on any 8-inch round or quarter sheet ice cream cake when you order online with promo code MOM17.
  • Outback Steakhouse - Get free $10 gift card with the purchase of $50 in gift cards.
  • Pilot Flying J - Moms get a free cup of coffee - any size - from Sunday through May 20 when they use this coupon.
  • Ruby Tuesdays - Spend $50 on gift cards, get $15 more in gift cards.
  • Ruth's Chris - The steakhouse is offering several Mother’s Day specials starting around $50. Plus, moms who eat there this Saturday or Sunday will get a $25 credit for a future visit. And some locations are opening at noon on Mother’s Day.
  • Shoney's - Take mom to Shoney's buffet on Mother's Day and she’ll get a free slice of strawberry pie.
  • Starbucks - You don’t even have to be a mom to get half-priced Frappuccinos each day from 3-6 p.m. through May 14.
  • TCBY - Come in on Mother’s Day for a free treat for mom.


We all want to raise kids who are caring, understanding, polite and ethical, but it’s not always easy to know we’re doing a good job of it. But according to human development researchers at Harvard, here are some guidelines we can follow to raise kinder children:

  • Spend time with your kids regularly and engage in meaningful conversation. This will teach them to be caring and loving by example. So show them affection, take a genuine interest in their life, encourage and praise them. Show them what a good relationship looks like so they can create that with others.
  • Be a solid role model and a strong mentor. Make sure you’re following the advice you give them about honesty, humility, and contributing to the community, so they’ll want to do the same.
  • Send clear messages and prioritize being kind. Encourage your children to be kind to others and to work out problems by thinking about the people who will be affected by their actions.
  • Provide opportunities to be caring by giving responsibilities. Give kids chores to do around the house and talk to them about what they can do to help the community as well. And be sure to express gratitude and appreciation to them and motivate them to do the same for other people.
  • Help children to "zoom out" to understand the range of hardships and experiences other people face. Help them see the big picture, beyond their friends and family. Talk about how they can help, encourage them to listen to others, and value understanding and compassion.
  • Provide opportunities for kids to take action, join causes, and do for others. Find ways for them to volunteer with a cause they care about.
  • Help children to identify feelings and resolve conflicts with self-control. Teach them to recognize and understand their feelings and to manage them with deep breaths and counting to calm down.

Source: POPSUGAR

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