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According to a new CareerBuilder survey, 61% of workers say the traditional nine-to-five workday is a thing of the past.  Workers in Washington DC are the most likely to say the nine-to-five job doesn’t exist anymore (73%), followed by workers in Boston and Los Angeles (68%), and New York (66%).  48% of workers say they keep working outside the office, with 52% of folks saying the check or respond to emails during non-work hours.

Source: Yahoo Finance


According to a new poll, email is the most effective communication tool, with 73% of CIOs and 53% of office workers believing that email will still be the top form of internal work communication at least until 2020.  Most office workers believe in-person meetings is most effective planning, strategizing and follow-up, with email coming in second, while CIOs prefer email to in–person meetings. 28% of workers say they mostly communicate with co-workers through instant messages, with 76% saying they feel more pressure to respond immediately to an IM than to an email and 90% of workers expecting an immediate response to an IM.

Source: Robert Half


There’s a lot of stuff out there on the Internet that makes us feel like we’re not doing a good job as moms. Sometimes it’s just superficial, humblebrag-y posts about kids who love kale, other times, it’s over-the-top baby birthday photos. These are some of the things that make us feel like we’re just not living up to the Internet’s expectations.

  • Bento box lunches - We hardly have time to cut up the veggies, much less make Pinterest-worthy animal faces out of cucumbers and cheese.
  • Photos of organized pantries on Instagram - Our pantries aren’t so much large, organized walk-ins with glass jars full of quinoa and almond flour as Dollar Store bins shoved in our cabinets full of crap our kids will actually eat. Who has time to be a neat freak when you have kids?
  • Airplane goody bags - We’re already traveling with more gear than anyone else on the plane, with all the diapers, iPads, coloring books, and snacks for our kiddos, do we really need those goody bags for other passengers that parents post on Facebook? Kids cry and get restless, get over it. And where’s my goody bag and “I’m sorry” note from the dude who took his shoes off on the plane?
  • Crafts - We’re not all blessed with that crafty gene, so you won’t see my leprechaun trap or any other art projects on Pinterest.
  • Monthly milestone pictures - Don’t worry moms, even though social media would make you think otherwise, you’re not the only one who didn’t do a monthly photo shoot with your baby to mark the first 12 months of their life, complete with a chalkboard showing baby’s age.
  • Mom lifestyle bloggers - Some days, we’re lucky to get out the door and have all kids have both shoes on! So forget having them pose as mini hipsters in fedoras, or organic cotton dresses that cost as much as a minivan payment, while the mom looks perfectly on-trend with her off-the-shoulder shirt and beachy waves. Who are these people?

Source: Cosmopolitan


Americans love ice cream! Get this - the average person in the U.S. eats more than 23 pounds of ice cream a year! And all that frozen goodness really adds up, especially on our waistlines. So are we better off swapping real deal ice cream for fro yo or some other frozen treat? Here’s what we need to know.

Ice cream - Sometimes only the real deal will do! Ice cream comes in full-fat, reduced-fat, low-fat, light and nonfat varieties and to be called “ice cream” it has to have no less than 10% milk fat. And here’s how the lower fat versions break down:

  • Reduced fat: has 25% less fat than a similar product
  • Low-fat: has three grams of total fat in a half cup serving
  • Light or lite: has 50% less fat or 33% fewer calories
  • Nonfat: has less than 0.5 grams of total fat in a half cup serving.

High-protein, dairy-free, or other ice cream alternatives - There are great options now for folks who want more protein in their frozen treats or can’t tolerate dairy. Some brands have more fat, sugar, or use artificial sweeteners, so just read labels closely.

Gelato - This creamy, Italian treat has less milk than ice cream, usually about 4 to 8%. It’s only made with milk, cream, and sugar - no stabilizers or emulsifiers here. And it’s still so rich and creamy that you can eat a small portion and still feel like you’re indulging yourself.

Frozen yogurt - We know probiotics are good for gut health, and this frozen treat has them. Fro yo generally has fewer calories than ice cream, but when you add crushed Oreos or caramel, that all changes, so watch those toppings.

Frozen custard - It has a minimum of 1.4 percent of egg yolk solids in addition to the 10% milk fat that ice cream has, so it’s creamier, but has more calories. Frozen custard has more protein as well and it’s more dense than ice cream.

Sorbet and granita - These lighter frozen treats are considered more “natural” and diet-friendly than ice cream and it’s relatives and they’re made with non-dairy ingredients. When you’re looking for something icy instead of creamy, these are the way to go. They’re lower in fat and calories, but still have lots of sugar or artificial sweeteners.

So which of these frozen desserts is “best” for us? It’s really all about what you like best. The best part is that you can find pretty much anything that suits your desires at the supermarket these days, so you can enjoy your favorite.

Source: Shape

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