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If given the choice, 41% of people would actually rather have more paid vacation time than a pay raise.  70% of workers believe paid vacation is a right of employment, as opposed to a benefit, while only 58% consider it a benefit.  30% of employees feel guilty about using their vacation time, with 42% hesitant to take their time off because they are worried about how it would affect their team’s workflow.

Source: The Business Journal


A new study finds that older teen drivers are likely to get into more accidents than younger teen drivers, likely because they become overconfident and start thinking of themselves as safe drivers.  57% of high school senior drivers have accidents or near misses, while only 34% of sophomore drivers experience the same.  70% of teens 15 and 16 say they’d be punished with loss of their license if they got into an accident, while only 55% of those 18 and older suffer the same consequences.

Source: Yahoo Finance


During the summer more people go on vacation and when they exercise, they like to do it outdoors. That means gyms are more likely to be empty and offer discounts to get new customers in the door. So if you’re looking for a new fitness club or class, August is a great time to do it. Even if you don’t score a deal on the price, you could try to get freebies like training sessions thrown in. Here are some of the best deals for new customers this month.

Source: Moneyish


Plenty of people have a tough time falling asleep at night and part of the problem is that we’re trying to drift off while holding our phones. But instead of that harsh blue light from electronics that disrupts our rest, now there’s a way for grown ups to unwind like we did when we were kids - with a bedtime story.

Calm is an app that features bedtime stories written just for adults. The tales are meant to help us transition from our hectic daily lives to the relaxing night. Instead of stimulating our brains, like TV and scrolling through social media do, Calm is here to “power down your mind.”

The stories are like mini audio books, with soothing voices to lull you to dreamland. And you can choose from fiction and nonfiction tales, narrated by different readers. So if British actor Stephen Fry doesn’t do it for you, maybe NPR’s Laura Sydell is more soothing to you.

Most stories are about 20 minutes long, so you have time to relax before falling asleep. But once we’re lying down and quiet, it’ll probably only take about five minutes before we’re out.

Source: PureWow


Childhood obesity and diabetes are real concerns, but so is finding healthy food your kid will actually eat when you send them to school. We know not to pack lunchboxes with candy bars and soda, but this listicle about what to avoid sending with your student is just too much. See if you agree with their idea of what not to send in your kid’s lunch.

  • Fruit Snacks - The lunchbox police point out that these aren’t actual fruit. And we know that these aren’t fruit, we’re not stupid, just busy. So we give these an “A” for not being Skittles.
  • Lunchables - Sure, these pre-packaged meals are processed, but some mornings that’s all mama has time to throw in the backpack.
  • Deli meat sandwiches - Yeah, yeah, deli meat has nitrates and sodium. But who has time to bake a whole turkey each week to slice for sandwiches as the article suggests? Not us!
  • Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches - The healthy lunch list advises using fruit slices instead of jelly and natural peanut butter. But we’re pretty sure a picky six-year-old can tell the difference and won’t appreciate the switcheroo.
  • Kid-friendly yogurts - The list points out that these can be a hidden source of sugar and suggests packing plain or lightly-sweetened yogurt with fruit instead. But until they shove plain Greek yogurt into a plastic sleeve with Elsa on it, some kids won’t touch it.
  • Granola bars - Sugar is the issue with these too, so the health nuts advise just making your own granola bars. So get on that, mamas, right after you roast your weekly turkey for sandwiches. Or just go for the convenient things you know your kid will eat and refuse to feel guilty about it.

Source: Scary Mommy

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