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GoBankingRates.com surveyed over 7,000 folks in the U.S. and found that debt is the largest cause of financial stress.  For the second consecutive year, debt was the number one cause of financial worry in America.  Other financial stressors include every day costs, healthcare, taxes, housing and education.

Source: GoBankingRates.com


A new poll finds that 30% of women under the age of 35 are regular users anti-wrinkle products, and that includes 20% of women under 24.  The average millennial starts using such products by 26, while someone who is 55 likely didn’t start using them until 47.  28% of women 25 and under say they “regularly” worry about getting wrinkles, with the number going up to 42% for those 25 to 34, and 54% for those 35 to 44.

Source: New York Post


Walmart has just come out with their list of the top 25 toys for the holiday season! Check out some Walmart’s top toys: (click here for the complete list)

  • Hatchimals Surprise (details to be released on October 6th)
  • littleBits Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit
  • Num Noms Nail Polish Maker
  • FurReal Friends Roarin’ Tyler The Playful Tiger
  • Barbie DreamHorse and Doll
  • L.O.L. Surprise Fizz Factory
  • Soggy Doggy Board Game
  • Huffy Electric Green Machine Trike
  • Nerf Rival Nemesis MXVII-10K
  • RECOIL Starter Set
  • Dusty the Super Duper Garbage Truck
  • Paw Patrol My Size Lookout Tower
  • Disney/Pixar Cars 3 Ultimate Florida Speedway
  • Mickey and the Roadster Racers Transforming Hot Rod Mickey
  • Disney Junior Doc McStuffins Baby All in One Nursery

Source: USA Today


A new thread on the anonymous Whisper app has parents sharing first day of school confessions.  As you can imagine, most of them didn’t handle it well. Parents’ first day of school confessions include:

  • “I blubbered like a baby after dropping my son off for his first day of school… ugh he’s too big. I never thought I’d be that mom.”
  • “About to walk my son to his first day of school. I’m gonna cry.”
  • “My son started his first day of school today, I didn’t even get to say goodbye!! I want him back. I want him back now!!”
  • “I’m so wrapped up in my own head I forgot to take a first day of school pic with my daughter. What kind of parent am I?”
  • “My son starts his first day of school. I’m more scared than he is. I’m just going to miss him a lot.”
  • “I just dropped my son off for his first day of school. He didn’t even want to say goodbye – just ran off to play. I’m proud and yet a little hurt too.”
  • “I just took my daughter to her first day of school. She was so happy. I’m dying inside letting her go.”
  • “My son doesn’t want me to be the one to take him to his first day of school.”
  • “So excited taking my daughter to her first day of school. She is getting so big. Daddy loves you.”
  • “I’m more nervous about the first day of school than my daughter. I’m 29, she’s four.”
  • “I took my daughter to her first day of school today and cried. I’m a 22-year-old guy covered in tattoos and piercings. I don’t want her to grow up.”

Source: Whisper


We’ve been told that eating before bed is a no-no, but research shows that smart nighttime nibbling can actually help you sleep better. The key is what you eat and how much you have. So make sure your snack is truly snack size and avoid things that could upset your stomach or give you heartburn - like cheese, chocolate, spicy foods and citrus. And then give one of these “sleepy snacks” a try.

  • Pumpkin seeds - Think of the magnesium in these as nature’s Ambien. It calms and helps lull you off to sleep and you only need a quarter-cup to get half your daily dose of this soothing mineral.
  • Popcorn - The feel-good chemical serotonin is the key to a good night’s sleep here. And since 80 to 90% of it is made in the gut, noshing on high-fiber eats like popcorn can boost the growth of serotonin-producing gut bacteria, according to Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Marjorie Nolan Cohn.
  • Soy - According to one study, women who are two or more servings of soy daily were almost twice as likely to catch eight hours of Zs than women who didn’t eat soy. Try soy nut butter or roasted edamame soybeans to get your fix.
  • Tart cherries - These tasty treats can also raise your melatonin levels, which tells your body it’s time for sleep.
  • Salmon - It’s full of B vitamins, antioxidants, and omega-3s, but it’s the vitamin D in salmon that’s believed to affect the parts of the brain that help you fall asleep and stay there.
  • Yogurt - If you start worrying about your growing to-do list when your head hits the pillow, eating yogurt could help you unwind. Research shows that probiotic-filled fermented dairy (like kefir or yogurt) can lead you to shut-eye by lowering levels of cortisol - the stress hormone that leaves you wired and awake.

Source: Women’s Health Magazine


There’s a new hair color trend for fall and this time it has nothing to do with pumpkin spice. This season’s hottest hair color is “Cream Soda.”

So what does this shade look like? Los Angeles-based hairstylist Sunnie Brook describes it as having “beige brown and warm gold tones to it. And she says it’s THE color her clients - who include Elisabeth Moss and America Ferrera - are asking for this season.

This hue can work well for both blondes and brunettes and the golden highlights in the “cream soda” color give that “lit-from-within” look we all love and want. Plus, since the blonde isn’t all-over, there’s less damage to the locks from bleaching.

So forget cereal-inspired hair, platinum blonde, or mother-of-pearl locks. This fall, the color to get is cream soda.

Source: Allure

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