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WalletHub has just come out with their list of the happiest states in America, judging states on 28 key metrics, including depression rates, sports participation rate, income growth and more.

Top Ten Happiest States in the U.S.

  1. Minnesota
  2. Utah
  3. Hawaii
  4. California
  5. Nebraska
  6. New Jersey
  7. South Dakota
  8. Iowa
  9. Wisconsin
  10. New Hampshire

 Ten Least Happiest States in the U.S.

  1. West Virginia
  2. Oklahoma
  3. Louisiana
  4. Alabama
  5. Arkansas
  6. Mississippi
  7. Kentucky
  8. Missouri
  9. Tennessee
  10. Alaska

Source: WalletHub

A new thread on the anonymous Whisper App has workers sharing the most unreasonable customer complaints they’ve ever received.  One person complained that a worker wouldn’t let her take money from the tip jar to pay for coffee, while a bank teller had to deal with someone who wanted them to just give him money despite having nothing in his account.  One older woman complained that a store’s watermelons were too heavy, while another was upset Little Caesars didn’t sell rice!

Among the bizarre customer complaints:

  • “’I bought these socks here a week ago and they itch me, can I return them?’ The old lady was wearing the socks as she told me this.”
  • “I had a lady get mad we didn’t have Black Friday deals at my work. I work at a gas station.”
  • “This guy wanted one single 99 cent swisher cigar and then proceeded to pull out three credit cards and when I told him I can’t charge three credit cards for a 99 cent cigar he yelled at me.”
  • “’This is too cold.’ They grabbed a frozen pizza out of the freezer section.”
  • “I work in a restaurant and an adult woman ordered a children’s portion for herself and then complained that it was too small.”
  • “Literally had a customer complain because we wouldn’t return his American Eagle shirt…to our Abercrombie & Fitch store.”

Source: Whisper

It looks like we're getting worse at saving our money...according to a new survey, 57% of Americans have less than $1,000 in savings.  39% having absolutely no savings, which is up from 34% in 2016.  43% of people do have at least $1,000 in savings, and more specifically 25% say they have at least $10,000. 

Source: GoBankingRates.com

Let’s be honest - no one really likes the term “plus-size” and people don’t really want to shop for “plus-size” clothes. And Kmart feels us on this, so the retailer has announced a new merchandising strategy to deal with it.

Kmart is going to start extending the sizes of all their in-house brands. This means they’ll be making all their clothing in full-size runs. But the bigger news is that they’re going to stop using the term “plus-size” on their products altogether. And they’re replacing it with something much better. Their new way to describe those larger sizes will be “fabulously sized.”

"When we reached out to our members on social media, they told us we needed to have a better assortment and that we should call it something different," explains Kelly Cook, Kmart's chief marketing officer. She continued, to my surprise: "They absolutely love this whole mantra of ‘Fabulously Sized.'"

The next best thing would be for stores to give up the whole distinction, so clothes could just be clothes and you get the size you need without needing that label...can't we just do that?

Source: Glamour

Now that your little ones are back in school, picture day is coming soon. Since we can’t be there in person to help get the perfect shot, here are some tips from photographers for getting great school pictures.

  • Choose an outfit they can look good in all day long - You might have found the perfect outfit for your child to wear on picture day, but if it’s not comfortable, it’ll show. As photographer Jeanne Sager points out, “Kids in uncomfortable clothes look, well, uncomfortable in photos.” So dress your kid in fabrics they can move in instead.
  • Rethink that Pinterest hairstyle - You could get lucky and your little one will have their photo snapped early in the day, but they could have to deal with that complicated hair do all day and it might not look so hot by the end. They can’t fix it themselves after jumping rope at P.E., so style accordingly.
  • Skip the crazy photo backgrounds - Sanger suggests making the background selection for the photo yourself instead of letting our kid take charge. "Choose the background wisely," she says. "You don't want your child's outfit and the colors behind them to clash. If you want to go with one of the more fun backgrounds, opt for a simpler outfit."
  • Use this trick to get an authentic smile out of them - Photographer Crystal Kells knows how to avoid getting that forced smile or deer-in-the headlights look in your young kid’s school pics. She says tell them when the photographer says “Smile” or “Say cheese” the child should say, “I have stinky feet!” and that works great.
  • Remember, even an awful school photo is still a keeper - Relax, mama. Even if the school picture isn’t perfect, it’s still a funny memory and a family treasure.

Source: The Stir

You’re probably really good about washing your sheets and pillowcases regularly, but when was the last time you washed your actual pillow? If you had no idea you were supposed to be laundering that thing, you’re not alone. But you’re going to want to toss your pillow in the washer soon.

According to a new study from Dow Polyurethanes, our pillows are pretty nasty. That thing we lay our head down on every night isn’t clean just because the pillowcase is. The study finds that a third of a pillow’s weight contains dead skin, bugs, dust mites, and their droppings. And that’s after two years. Imagine how gross an older pillow is!

But not only are they gross, dirty pillows can affect our health, too. The study finds that 10% of folks and 80% of allergy sufferers are allergic to the proteins in waste and decomposed dust mites. Try not thinking of that while you’re trying to drift off tonight.

So what can we do to clean our funky pillows? Buy washable foam, down, or fiberfill pillows and wash them. Once every three to six months is best.


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