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According to the Social Security Administration, Noah was the most popular baby name for boys in 2016, and Emma was the most popular for girls.  Noah has topped the list for the last four years, while Emma has been on top for the last three. Names decreasing in popularity include all forms of Caitlyn, including Caitlin, Caitlyn, Katelynn and Kaitlynn for girls, as well as Jonael, Aadren, Triston and Freddy for boys.

Most Popular Names For Girls In 2016

  1. Emma
  2. Olivia
  3. Ava
  4. Sophia
  5. Isabella
  6. Mia
  7. Charlotte
  8. Abigail
  9. Emily
  10. Harper

Most Popular Names For Boys

  1. Noah
  2. Liam
  3. William
  4. Mason
  5. James
  6. Benjamin
  7. Jacob
  8. Michael
  9. Elijah
  10. Ethan

Source: CNN


Something called “avocado hand” is on the rise, which is when folks injure themselves as they try to cut into an avocados’ rubbery skin to take out the pit.  So many people have cut themselves working with avocados that some surgeons want a warning label put on the fruit.  One hospital says they get a “post brunch surge” of injuries related to avocados on Saturdays.

Source: New York Post


A new Reddit thread has folks revealing some wedding horror stories and some are really shocking.  One bride had an aunt ask if it was okay for her daughter to wear white just two days before the wedding.  Other horror stories include a cousin who stole a video camera for some dirty fun, a mother of the bride who loudly objected to a union, an aunt who informed a bride that her grandfather was dying just before the ceremony, and a bride and groom who asked way too much of their guests.  Click the link for more!

Source: Mamamia


If you’ve tried everything from drinking tart cherry juice to meditation to get a better night’s sleep but it hasn’t helped, maybe you need a new strategy. You’ve probably heard that exercise can help, but according to a study from the University of Pennsylvania, these workouts actually promote healthy sleep habits.

  • Running - Lace up your sneakers and let your feet take away the stress negativity you’re dealing with as you clear your mind on a run. You might not think of a run as relaxing, but even just 20 minutes of running can get you tired without exhausting you. And it gets you in a calmer mind-set so you’re ready for restful sleep.
  • Walking - Not all of us are runners, so how about a post-dinner walk instead? Your heart won’t be pumping as hard, but a brisk walk will get your blood flowing and help with digestion, too.
  • Yoga - Some types of yoga are incredibly relaxing, but others, not so much. So if you’re heading to a class, make sure it’s not intense power yoga or Bikram, or just lead yourself through a simple flow at home to unwind at the end of the day.
  • Weight lifting - It seems pretty intimidating if you’ve never tried it, but they say lifting can work for practically anyone. The workout can be scaled to your physical capabilities and while you’ll be sore the next day, you’ll get some good sleep that night.
  • Gardening - You might not think of it as a workout, but the University of Pennsylvania researchers say it is. There is a lot of squatting and lifting in gardening, plus it’s peaceful and meditative. And not only does it make you tired, you get a lovely garden from all your hard work.

Source: PureWow

Even if you’re a pro at concealing and highlighting and your beauty routine is full of peptides, it’s tough to get rid of under-eye bags. And no matter how much of a glow your skin’s got, they can make you look exhausted and years older.

But there hasn’t been a good solution to the puffiness problem until now. The super smarties at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have come up with new technology they're calling “liquid Spanx” - and with a name like that, this sounds like the under eye bag fix we need.

Here’s how it works: first you dab a layer on your eye bags and let it sit for a minute. Then you put on layer two, and this is where things get magical. The second layer sticks to the first and creates a hardened film that tightens skin and removes bags and puffiness.  And get this - researchers say the product also has blurring and mattifying effects, so it also helps hide dark circles.

While the brilliant minds at MIT created this to work specifically on under-eye tissue, it could end up working for other skin issues like cellulite. Now we just have to wait for the “liquid Spanx” to make it to the shelves

Source: Allure

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