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According to a poll by CareerBuilder, a lot of people simply aren’t making enough money to live comfortably.  78% of Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck, with 38% of workers saying they sometimes do, 17% usually do and 23% say they always do. 71% of all workers saying they are in debt, with 56% of those folks admitting they feel like they will always be in debt. But regardless of that debt, there are some expenses that folks just don’t want to give up, including:

  • Internet connection: 54%
  • Mobile device (smart phone, tablet, etc.): 53%
  • Driving: 48%
  • Pets: 37%
  • Cable: 21%
  • Going out to eat: 19%
  • Traveling: 17%
  • Education: 13%
  • Buying gifts for people: 13%
  • Alcohol: 11%

Source: Yahoo Finance


"U.S. News & World Report” has just come out with their list of the Best Romantic Getaways for 2017-2018. 

Best Romantic Getaways in the USA

  1. Napa Valley, California
  2. Kauai, Hawaii
  3. Maui, Hawaii
  4. Charleston, South Carolina
  5. Savannah, Georgia

Best Cheap Romantic Getaways

  1. Savannah, Georgia
  2. Portland, Maine
  3. Sedona, Arizona
  4. Cannon Beach, Oregon
  5. Asheville, North Carolina

Best Honeymoon Destinations

  1. Tuscany, Italy
  2. Tahiti, French Polynesia
  3. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
  4. St. Lucia
  5. Fiji

Click here for the complete list of romantic getaway destinations.

Source: US News & World Report


A new Robert Half survey finds that 56% of human resources managers say that in recent years their companies have opted for an open floor plan. 65% of workers say that having that open floor plan is good for employee collaboration, although just as many say other floor plans like semi-private cubicles and private offices work just as well. Overall, workers in offices with open floor plans and semi-private cubicles say they have among the lowest productivity levels because of their workspace, with those in private offices having the highest productivity levels.

Source: Robert Half


Google is now offering an anonymous screening questionnaire for clinical depression. The medically validated form, created in collaboration with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), will be offered up to anyone who searches for information on depression. The site hopes it will help “more people will become aware of depression and seek treatment to recover and improve their quality of life.”

Source: Google


If you’ve spent any time around tweens and teens recently, you probably noticed that they’re really into slime. They like making it and playing with the goo and one teen from Virginia is capitalizing on the craze and making thousands.

Kaitlinh Nguyen calls herself a “slimer” and she’s so into it, she makes slime to sell on Etsy and her own site. This isn’t some small-time project either. The 13-year-old has made over $5,000 selling batches of homemade slime and that’s a lot of slime since each one goes for between $6 and $12.

Videos of her slime show the varieties of colors and textures she’s created, from glittery “galaxy swirl” to one that looks like soft serve ice cream, complete with sprinkles. And people are really into it - some of Kaitlinh’s vids have tens of MILLIONS of views. And she’s got an Instagram followingof 530,000!

As for how she’s going to spend her slime earnings, that’s still being worked out. “The money from Etsy my parents want me to save for college,” Katilinh says, “but I kind of just want to spend it on a stand mixer to mix my slime so it’s a lot faster.” So she’s smart, enterprising, and efficient, too!

Source: New York Post


Now that summer’s winding down, it’s time to focus on fall. We know you want to stay on trend, so here are some of the looks that’ll be big this season.

  • Braided accents - Expect to see little, tiny braids down the middle of a part or a few throughout the hair as accents. These are a much more subtle version of getting your hair braided on an island vacation.
  • Dipped manicures - It’s like a French manicure with a modern twist. This technique has a splash of color at the tips and a little beyond, to create a “dipped” look.
  • Eye gloss - Put down your matte shadows and oil-controlling eyelid primers, because the dewy, glossy look is in for lids.
  • Short cuts - Pixies, blunt bobs, and close crops will be big this fall, making it a lot easier to style those tresses.
  • Smudged lips - This look is soft, natural and a little messy. To create it, use a lip balm then dap a little lip stain in the center of your pout and presto - smudged lips.
  • Middle waves - We’re all for this style, that’s basically what we were doing by accident when we fall asleep with our hair wet. Just keep the roots and ends of your strands straight and use a wand or curling iron to create some waves in the middle of your hair.

Source: PureWow


We like peanut butter as much as the next person, especially when it’s encased in chocolate! But as much as we eat this pantry staple, we never noticed the affect one woman in Micronesia claims it has on her hair.

American-born Andrea Colson lives on the island-state of Chuuk in the Western Pacific and she swears that peanut butter that keeps her hair strong and shiny. And she’s got 64-inches of it, it’s down to her ankles, so she knows what works for her strands.

The 33-year-old eats spoonfuls of peanut butter every day, and does coconut oil treatments, twice-weekly washes, and an occasional rinse with apple cider vinegar all for the health of her hair. But she claims the peanut butter is the most important part of the process.

“I have done this faithfully for years, and can honestly say that peanut butter makes my hair healthy and strong, and also makes it grow fast,” Colson writes on her blog. “I notice my hair becoming dry and brittle if I haven’t eaten any.”

We might not have seen the same results from eating peanut butter, but since it’s fairly healthy and delicious, we’ll keep eating it. Especially if it’s in the form of a Reese’s cup.

Source: Refinery29

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