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88% of folks are planning a summer getaway this year, which is up 7% from last year.  91% of those people will stay in the U.S. for their vacation, with 49% heading to the beach or the ocean, while 44% will go to a city destination.

Top Ten U.S. Summer Vacation Destinations(click here for the complete list)

  • Wildwood, New Jersey
  • Ocean City, New Jersey
  • Lake George, New York
  • Ben Harbor, Maine
  • Ocean City, Maryland
  • Rehoboth, Delaware
  • Ogunquit, Maine
  • West Yellowstone, Montana
  • Montauk, New York
  • Cape May, New Jersey

Source: Yahoo Finance

76% of teens between the ages of 15 and 17 believe they fully understand the financial responsibilities that come with owning a vehicle, while 85% of parents with kids that age disagree.  86% of kids believe parents should help them pay for automobile expenses, while 91% of parents think kids should be on their own for their car expenses.  96% of parents would be willing to help their kid get a car but only if they showed they can be responsible financially.

Source: The Business Journal


64% of millennials say finances and money are their biggest worries in life, and that number goes up to 92% for millennial parents.  56% of millennial parents say they wish they could change their financial situation.  90% of millennial parents say their child’s health is their biggest concern, while 11% say their health is their biggest worry, and 30% cite it as their second-biggest concern.

Source: The Cleaner Home


If you’re someone who thinks the marshmallows are the best part of Lucky Charms cereal you’re in luck. In case you missed it, General Mills just announced they are giving away 10,000 marshmallow-only boxes. Unfortunately, you can’t just go to the store and grab the special boxes. Starting this month, select retailers will be selling specially marked boxes of Lucky Charms that contain a 14-digit code inside, and that code could win you the special marshmallow box. Click here for more info.

Source: Huffington Post


If you’re not dropping pounds even though you’ve been trying for weeks, months, or even years, you could be making one of these common weight-loss mistakes. These are what nutrition and fitness pros say could be keeping us from shedding those unwanted pounds.

  • Going gluten-free - Cutting out gluten when you don’t have celiac disease isn’t the best weight loss tool, according to registered dietitian Marina Chaparro, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition of Dietetics. In fact, going gluten-free can even put you at risk for nutritional deficiencies, like omega 3’s, B vitamins, and fiber. You’re better off eating whole grains and giving up refined carbs like cereal, white bread and white pasta.
  • Cutting out alcohol - Even though alcohol is just a bunch of empty calories, banning things from your diet entirely makes you feel deprived. And then when you do indulge and have a glass of wine, you’re more likely to completely fall off the weight loss wagon, registered dietitian Tanya Zuckerbrot explains.
  • Concentrating on cardio - Sure, heart-pumping cardio does speed up the rate at which we get rid of fat, but only while we’re doing the exercise. Instead, Heidi Powell, ACE-certified personal trainer and co-host of “Extreme Weight Loss” says we should focus on weightlifting and resistance training, along with cardio, because building muscle mass helps boost your metabolic rate.
  • Eating low-fat or low-sugar substitutes - They might save some calories, but low-fat and low-sugar foods tend to lack fiber and protein, so they don’t keep you full for long. You’re better off eating smaller portions of the real thing - like 60% cacao dark chocolate instead of sugar-free chocolates - so your brain feels satisfied and fulfilled.
  • Swapping meals for drinks - Meal replacement juices can be high in sugar and they don’t have enough protein and fiber to fight off hunger to help you maintain a healthy weight. You’re better off eating real, whole foods instead of swapping them for a drink.

Source: Women’s Health Magazine

Before you pop a pill for your anxiety or insomnia, you could try wrapping up in a weighted blanket. They say the deep pressure the blankets give is like getting a big hug, which can stimulate the production of serotonin and endorphins – chemicals your body makes that naturally calm the body.

So if you have trouble sleeping, using a weighted blanket can help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. There are several of these cozy covers available now, and a new one from a brand called Gravity has a Kickstarter campaign going for their version – which is supposed to be the “most innovative and luxurious” weighted blanket yet.

These Gravity blankets aren’t cheap either - they’ll be $279 retail, but if you order early with Kickstarter, you can get it for as low as $179.


If you feel like things are so awful in your relationship that you need to end it, you might need to sleep on it. Science says being tired could be the problem. According to a new study, sleep deprivation affects our happiness, even in our romances.

Researchers had 70 newlywed straight couples complete surveys, which asked questions about how much sleep they got and how good it was. They also had to rate how satisfied they were with different parts of their relationship, like sex or communication, and how happy they were with the relationship as a whole.

And it turns out, the people who slept more were happier in their relationships as a whole, even if something negative happened that day, like an argument. According to the study’s authors, sleep helps maintain our brains’ “self-regulatory strength” - which is the part of the brain that helps us deal with the ups and downs we face during the day and keeps us looking on the bright side.

So when we don’t get enough sleep, we have a harder time overriding the negative stuff and we start thinking one little fight could be a sign we should breakup with our beloved. And if you feel like ending things with your sweetie, maybe take a nap first, just to make sure. It can’t hurt!

Source: Elite Daily

Some of the old-school advice out there is awful. So to keep you safe and to help you avoid looking like your Great Aunt Gertie, these beauty tips should be left in the past, where they belong:

  • Line your lips with a pencil that’s a shade darker than your lipstick - Just don’t. Your lip liner should be the same color as your lipstick or worn all over your lips. Having a darker liner looks outdated and cartoonish - not the look you’re going for.
  • Shave and redraw your eyebrows - This is an antiquated idea you shouldn’t try. There are plenty of good brow products out there to help you get the arches you’re after, but you want your natural brows left on your face.
  • Heat up your eyelash curler with a hair dryer - The idea of turning your lash curler into a mini curling iron seems great, but it’s going next to your eye, and you don’t want to burn yourself or damage your lashes.
  • Skip moisturizer if you have oily skin - It’s a myth that people with oily skin shouldn’t use moisturizer. Your skin needs hydration and without it, your oil glands will produce more to compensate and you get into a big, shiny cycle.
  • Redheads shouldn’t wear red lipstick - This is an outdated idea and gingers should find the shade of red that looks best on them or that they like best, just like people with any other color hair.
  • Your skin should feel squeaky-clean after you cleanse - Your skin shouldn’t feel tight after your wash it, that’s a sign you’ve stripped the natural oils you need. Instead, it should feel smooth and soft, because it’s properly moisturized.
  • Rinse and repeat when you shampoo - Don’t follow those old-school directions to lather, rinse, and repeat, unless you want straw-like hair. Once should do it with shampoo.

Source: Cosmopolitan

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