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According to a new poll, 32% of workers have a side hustle, with women more likely to have them than men (35% vs. 28%).  Of course, those making less are more likely to be looking for income elsewhere, but even 25% of those making over $75K and 19% of those making over $100K say they have side hustles. As for what those side gigs are, some of them are likely what you'd expect, while others may be considered, well, unique. How so? Common side gigs include:

  • Survey taker
  • Babysitter
  • Chef/baker
  • Dog walker
  • Blogger
  • House sitter
  • DJ
  • Bartender

But then there are those making money in ways you wouldn’t expect, like:

  • Barrel racer
  • Face painter
  • Gourd artist
  • Soap maker
  • Rapper

Source: The Street


A new survey finds that 48% of college students are less than very confident they will finish college without dropping out permanently, with 55% thinking they will at least need some time off at some point.  43% of students admit they’ve thought about withdrawing and 53% aren’t very confident they can get their degree in four years.  52% of parents are doubtful their kid will get their degree within four years

And these kids aren’t considering withdrawing just because of bad grades. The most common reasons given include:

  • Family emergency – 69%
  • Stress – 66%
  • Mental health condition – 66%
  • Physical health condition – 60%

Source: Yahoo Finance


Summer is more than halfway over and that means Pumpkin Spice Lattes will be at Starbucks soon. While they haven’t announced when the prized PSL will be making its annual comeback, Starbucks is tiding us over with some pumpkin spice products that’ll be available at supermarkets this month.

According to a press releaseStarbucks Pumpkin Spice Flavored ground coffee will be hitting store shelves and so will ready-to-drink Iced Pumpkin Spice Lattes. The 14-ounce bottled beverage should retail for $2.79 and features all the cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove spice flavors people love.

And the coffee, which is described as a light roast, will sell for $9.99 for an 11-ounce bag. And don’t worry if you’re more of a Pumpkin Spice K-Cup gal, or love the VIA Instant Pumpkin Spice Latte, those will be coming back soon, too. So until people can get their hands on a real Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte again, these products should stand in for the fan favorite.

Source: Cosmopolitan


All things pumpkin spice aside, fall is bringing some interesting things to the table this year. Here are the food trends you’ll be seeing on menus, at the supermarket, and of course, on Instagram.

  • Water, water everywhere - Move over coconut water and make room for all the new mineral-rich, plant-based waters. There’s chlorophyll water, which might help clear your skin, cactus water, birch tree water, and even rose water.
  • Everything but the bagel - Everyone knows the best part of this bagel flavor is the crunchy topping and “everything bagel” snacks will be huge this fall.
  • Soup is the new juicing - This isn’t your grandma’s soup! Cold, ready-to-drink soup brands like Zupa NomaBonafide Provisions and Mucho Gazpacho are trendy now. And they’re lower in sugar and more filling than that beet, kale, apple juice anyway.
  • A taste of Morocco - We’ll see more North African spices on menus this fall and you can add your own Moroccan twist at home with harissa, cumin, ginger, coriander, and cinnamon.
  • Tiny treats - Those over-the-top enormous delicacies are so last season. Now the big thing you’ll see all over Instagram is little goodies - like mini eclairs, mini ice cream sandwiches, and mini bagel balls.
  • Some assembly required - Educational food kits like Chameleon Cold Brew KitAnnie B’s Caramel Apple Kitor Farm Steady’s Mexican Fresh Cheese Making Kit are trendy now and we want to try them all!

Source: PureWow


A new thread on the anonymous Whisper app has guests revealing the most awkward moments they’ve experienced at a wedding.  In one case a groom’s other wife showed up, and in another a bride threw up when her boyfriend crashed the wedding.  One officient pronounced a groom’s last name embarrassingly wrong, while another officient showed up in a track suit to a black tie affair.  Click the link for the full list!

Source: Whisper

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