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A new report by the Consumer Expenditure Survey has determined where exactly most people are spending their money.  The report looked at the spending habits of over 12,000 people breaking down expenditures into 12 different categories.  Housing takes up the biggest chunk of people’s budgets, about 41% and that includes not only rent or mortgage but also things like furnishings and supplies.  As for the rest of the budget:

  • 16% goes for transportation
  • 14% goes for food
  • 8% goes for healthcare
  • 7% goes for utilities
  • 5% goes for entertainment
  • 4% goes for miscellaneous
  • 3% goes for clothing
  • 2% goes for education

Source: USA Today

Since we were kids we’ve been hearing that we shouldn’t eat too much sugar. And even though we know it’s not healthy, but we do it anyway. But now research shows there’s another downside to the overdoing it with the sweet stuff that doesn’t have anything to do with weight or your teeth - now it’s our mental health that could be affected.

A recent study has found a potential link between eating too much sugar and the onset of mental health issues like stress and depression. A study published in The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry pointed out the link between inflammation in the brain and having depression or stress.

And previous research suggested that eating lots of starchy and sugary foods lead to much higher levels of inflammation than diets high in veggies and healthy proteins. So if you put all this information together, it suggests that a diet high in sugar could trigger depression or high stress, in theory.

Nurse Rebecca Lee agrees with the idea. She explains, “Sugar increases inflammation throughout the body, including the brain.”

Of course, more research needs to be done into the possible correlation, but this could be another reason to cut back on the sweet stuff, as much as it pains us to say it.

Source: Cosmopolitan

A new study suggests that online shopping could be making folks weak. Because people are no longer carrying heavy bags home from shopping their muscles are getting weaker. At least 25% of people 65 and older are no longer doing things like shopping, gardening and vacuuming, all of which are great strengthening exercises. Such exercises are crucial to preventing falls and other age-related health problems.

Source: New York Post

As much as we love the finished product, putting up the Christmas tree has to be one of the season’s biggest pains. It doesn’t matter if it’s a fresh-cut tree or an artificial one from a box, with all the straightening and positioning, it’s not easy. That’s why we’re so excited about this faux tree that does all the hard work for you.

The Emerson Grow & Stow Christmas Tree makes it so easy, all you have to do is plug it in and push a button and it expands and sets itself up. The tree’s height also adjusts between six and nine feet, so it can fit in lots of different spaces. The base has wheels, so moving it is simple and it has a remote control so controlling it is too.

This tree is also prelit with 700 lights, which can be white or multi-colored. So all you have to do is take it out, plug it in and hang a few decorations on it and you’re done. There’s nothing like the smell of fresh Christmas tree, but this thing sounds kind of amazing.

The only downside to this high-tech tree is that they really charge you for all that convenience. It sells for $500, but it does seem worth it to not have to hassle with putting the tree up and hanging the lights and all.


Nothing can derail a new relationship and humiliate you faster than a text we shouldn’t have ever sent. We may have self control in other areas of our life, but not so much with texting. So here’s a handy list of times it’s not okay to send a text, no matter what.

  • After a few too many - Nothing’s worse than waking up hungover and frantically checking your phone to discover you texted “hi” at 3 a.m. or worse - that you sent a mostly nonsensical message about your feelings.
  • When he knows you’re doing something fun - If you’re out doing something fun and exciting, don’t spend the night texting your S.O. Let them imagine you’re having such an amazing time you temporarily forgot all about them. The mystery of it all is more exciting.
  • After you’ve said you won’t text again - If you’ve made that dramatic declaration, don’t go back on it now.
  • When you’re sick - If you’re in a relationship and you want to text your S.O. to pick up tissues and soup, go right ahead. But don’t send your new love interest a message while you’re in bed with the flu, feeling pitiful. Call your mom instead, that’s what she’s there for.
  • When you haven’t heard from him - If you didn’t hear from him after your date or hookup, he’s just not that into you. Sending him an angry text won’t change his feelings and you’ll end up feeling worse, so just don’t.
  • When you see an online article that reminds you of him - This one is okay if you’re in a relationship, but resist the temptation to send an article called, “Seven questions for bonding with your partner” to the guy you just started seeing. Just don’t.
  • After an Ambien - Nothing good can come of this. Ever.

Source: The Zoe Report

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