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A new survey finds that 66% of Americans plan to travel this summer, which is a 5% increase from last year.  While more people will be traveling, they’ll do so for shorter periods of time, with Americans taking an average of 1.4 weeks of vacation, as compared to 1.7 in 2016.  41% of Americans say they plan to vacation in the U.S., with urban destinations being the most popular (46%), followed by beach vacations (43%).

Source: Yahoo Finance


A new Reddit thread asked folks, “What was the craziest rule or punishment you had to deal with?”  Some of the answers were downright scary, while others are just sad.  One person got grounded for two years for getting a B on a report card

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Source: Reddit


A poll finds that 69% of women say they find dad bods attractive, with that number going up to 74% for moms. 78% of women feel men with dad bods are more confident, while 83% of mothers would feel proud of their man if they had a dad bod. 80% of men with dad bods say they are content with their overall life, while 61% say their dad bod gives them a sense of pride.

Source: Yahoo Finance


As a busy mom, you don’t always squeeze time into your packed schedule for regular sweat sessions. But you’re still getting some exercise in because being a mom is pretty physical. Here’s how your mom moves are making you more fit, according to Dr. Cate Shanahan, family physician and director of the Los Angeles Lakers PRO Nutrition Program.

  • Shopping at a big-box store - Turns out that trip to Costco can be a good workout. Pushing a shopping cart down those huge aisles can burn five to 10 calories a minute. And the more you buy, the heavier the cart, which means you burn more. Bonus!
  • Pushing a stroller - When you and the kids head out for fresh air, pushing that stroller can also burn between five and 10 calories a minute and more if you head uphill or haul more weight.
  • Going to the pool or beach - If you’re swimming laps, you can blast up to 20 calories a minute, depending on intensity. But Dr. Shanahan explains that “just playing around in a weightless environment can improve your flexibility.” So get in that water, mama.
  • Picking up a toddler - Holding your tired two-year-old is good for upper-body strength and your spine’s bone density. Dr. Shanahan explains that women lose bone density in their spine after age 40 much faster than in their hips, possibly because we stop picking kids up then. Just make sure you bend at your hips and using good form.
  • Taking a hot bath - This has to be the most relaxing form of fitness of all. According to a study from Loughborough University in England, soaking in 104-degree water for an hour melts 140 calories.

Source: Working Mother

We’ve all spent enough time in meetings at work to know how much of a waste of time they can be. But we can’t always avoid them altogether, so knowing how to make them as efficient as possible is key.

As CEO of Amazon and owner of “The Washington Post,” Jeff Bezos is an extremely busy man. And he knows a little bit about how to manage meetings. One rule he's known for following helps minimize the monotony of meetings – he calls it the “two pizza rule.”

It’s pretty simple: don’t have more people in a room than you could feed with two full-size pizzas. And it makes sense because the more people you pack into a meeting, the less productive it becomes. So if two pizzas couldn’t feed the whole group, cut the attendees down so you can get more done. Because if you have to be stuck in another meeting, you at least want to accomplish something in there.

Source: Stylist

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