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According to a new Travelzoo survey, 53% of folks say there’s pressure to book unique or exotic vacations, and 40% say they feel pressure to book adventurous vacations.  47% of people say the pressure for those types of vacation comes from social media, with 30% of people booking trips specifically because they think they'll look good on their feed.  Still, 56% of people still say their top goal of a getaway is relaxing, while 44% say it’s enjoying great food.

Source: Travelzoo


Chrissy Teigen recently admitted on Twitter she was having a “rough day” and asked other parents to tell her “stories of kids being mean to them,” and plenty were more than happy to share their tales.  Stories of kids being mean include:

  • “Last week, my 20 month old offered me a bite of her food. As I went to accept it, she snatched it back & ate it. When I made a sad face she lifted her tiny pudgy fists to her eyes and slowly rotated them while saying ‘wah wah wah’ at me. I just wanted a bite of her Mac n cheese and she crushed me.”
  • “My preschooler found my wedding picture. ‘Oh, look at daddy! So handsome!’ ‘Who is with daddy?’ ‘A person.’ ‘That's your mommy!’ Looks me up and down. ‘No. That's a pretty person.’””
  • “When my son was 4, he told me my hair was an abomination. Stunned, I asked him what that meant. He said ‘something I don’t like.’
  • “I made French toast for dinner once and my middle kid said they tasted like sorrow.”
  • “I hugged my 3 year old and she was like ‘did you like that hug?’ And I said yes and she said ‘I am never hugging you again.’ And walked away.”
  • “My 13 month old says ‘dada’ but every time I ask ‘can you say mama?’ she looks me in the eyes, says ‘no’ very clearly and then laughs.”
  • “My 4 year old son asked me why I was putting on makeup and I said ‘To make me look pretty.’ He replied ‘I don't think it's working.’”

Source: The Daily Mail


More than 179-million Americans will be celebrating Halloween this year, which is eight million more than last year.  Halloween spending is estimated to be about $9.1-billion, up from $8.4-billion last year. 

Top Ten Children’s Halloween Costumes

  1. Action Hero/Superhero
  2. Batman Character/ Princess
  3. Animal
  4. Spider-Man
  5. Star Wars character
  6. Witch
  7. Pirate/Marvel Superhero (not including Spider-Man)
  8. Disney Princess
  9. Ghost
  10. Wonder Woman

Top Ten Adult Halloween Costumes

  1. Witch
  2. Batman Character
  3. Animal
  4. Pirate
  5. Marvel Superhero
  6. Vampire
  7. Zombie
  8. DC Superhero (excl. Batman/Wonder Woman/Star Wars character)
  9. Slasher Movie Villain
  10. Wonder Woman

Source: National Retail Federation


Women know their intuition is real and now research is backing that up. Intuition is being able to understand something right away, without reasoning - it’s a gut feeling. And now science is confirming this “Spidey sense” females are known for having is real.

In a recent study published in "The Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease," scientists used fancy technology called SPECT to show that women “may exhibit more empathy, intuition, collaboration, self-control, and appropriate concern because of increased blood flow to the brain.” They analyzed 46,000 studies on 25,000 men and women and found that women have more blood flow to the brain, especially the parts that control emotions, mood, anxiety, and depression.

So in the parts of the brain that let us know things ahead of time and feel things deep down, women have more brain activity. That helps us sense things sooner and trust our gut feeling when we do.

Of course, women don’t need studies to prove intuition is real, but it is nice to know that science agrees.

Source: ScaryMommy


It’s officially fall now, so pumpkin flavored treats are everywhere. The problem is, most of them are covered in sugar, whipped-cream, or chocolate. So if you’re looking for the healthiest options at your favorite fast food spots, here are registered dietitian-nutritionist Maggie Michalczyk’s top picks:

Starbucks - The ever popular Pumpkin Spice Latte is loaded with 50 grams of sugar, which is a huge sugar bomb to start your day with. But you can get the flavor you want with this nutritionist-approved twist: She suggests ordering a tall PSL with one pump pumpkin sauce, nonfat milk, and no whip. And she advises steering clear of the scones in the bakery case - they have 44 grams of sugar and 500 calories, but you can treat yourself to a cheesecake bar, which has almost 200 fewer calories and about half the sugar.

Dunkin’ Donuts - It’s hard to have willpower when there are pumpkin lattes, donuts, muffins, and cream cheese here, but Michalczyk says the healthiest way to go at Dunkin’ is by just getting a few Munchkins. These donut holes are only 60 calories each, so you’ll get a taste without overdoing it.

Auntie Anne’s - When you indulge in the pumpkin pretzel nuggets here, this nutritionist suggests splitting the order with a buddy and skipping the sweet glaze altogether since it has 38 extra grams of sugar.

Au Bon Pain - Instead of being tempted with the pumpkin pie bon tart, which is “just a glorified Pop-Tart” according to the expert, she recommends the bonte cristo sandwich. It has turkey breast, ham, swiss, and maple pumpkin butter, so you get the flavor fix but the protein will keep you full without all the sugar.

Source: Delish


General Mills removed artificial colors and flavors from Trix about two years ago. Consumers complained that the color wasn’t vibrant enough so the company is bringing back the artificial ingredients.  Next month they will introduce “Classic Trix,” which will feature the bright colored and fake fruity flavors folks grew up loving.

Source: Today

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