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According to a new RetailMeNot survey, 54% of shoppers plan to start their holiday shopping way before Black Friday/Cyber Monday.  45% shopping will start before November 1st, another 25% plan to start this month and 12% already started over the summer.  Shoppers plan to spend on average about $330 on their children, $196 for their significant other, $105 for parents, $90 for siblings and $57 on their best friends.

When it comes to gifts, what is everyone going to be spending their month on this year? Well, the survey finds: 

  • 53% are looking for clothing or shoes
  • 51% are interested electronics like the iPhone 8 or Google Home
  • 32% are buying the latest toys
  • 16% of shoppers are going to spend on jewelry
  • 15% are interested in new restaurants/entertainment
  • 15% of consumers will spend money on travel

Source: RetailMeNot

A new survey finds that 82.9% of supervisors say they would reach out to employees after hours.  28.6% of supervisors say they expect to hear back from their workers within a few hours, while 49% of supervisors say they wouldn’t expect an answer until the next day.  80% of managers reach out to employees after hours via email, with 42% calling them, and 25% either using social media or chat software.

Source: 24/7 Wall Street

As we scarf down a fun-size Snickers from our coworker’s candy stash or take goodies from our kids’ trick-or-treating haul, we like to fool ourselves into thinking those tiny candy bars don’t have calories. But sadly, even though they’re small, they still do. And reading the calorie count doesn’t deter us from snacking, but you know what might? Seeing how many jumping jacks you’d have to do to work off those Halloween treats.

Doing vigorous jumping jacks for one minute - which is about 60 jumping jacks - burns only nine calories. That means for one fun size Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, which has 110 calories, you’d have to do jumping jacks for 12 minutes and 12 seconds, or 734 jumping jacks, just to burn off those calories. But they’re so good, it’s worth it!

To put all those empty candy wrappers in perspective, here’s a list of how many jumping jacks it takes to burn off some of our favorite treat/fun size Halloween treats, based on a 150-pound woman:

  • 3 Musketeers - It has 63 calories, so it takes eight minutes or 420 jumping jacks
  • Almond Joy - 80 calories, so 534 jumping jacks, or eight minutes, 54 seconds
  • Butterfinger - 85 calories, nine minutes, 24 seconds, or 567 jumping jacks
  • Jelly Belly Jellybeans - Just 35 calories, so only four minutes or 234 jumping jacks
  • Kit Kat - It has 70 calories, so you’ll be doing jumping jacks for seven minutes and 48 seconds or 467 jumping jacks
  • Peanut M&Ms - They have 90 calories, so get ready to work - you’ll need to do 600 jumping jacks, or do them for 10 minutes
  • Nerds - This childhood favorite is only 50 calories, so five minutes and 36 seconds of jumping jacks, or 334 of them.
  • Snickers - These 80 calories are so tasty, you won’t mind the eight minutes and 54 seconds of jumping jacks, or 534 of them.
  • SweeTarts - This is the lowest calorie option on the list at just 10, so you’d only have to do 67 jumping jacks, or do them for one minute and six seconds.


On Halloween you get the chance to dress up as anything you want to be. But if you’re a female who doesn’t to dress up as something sexy - like a sexy hot dog or a sexy Sriracha bottle, your options are more limited. If you’re looking for a female-centric costume that shows you’re a strong, independent woman, here are some iconic female characters who kick butt.

  • Wonder Woman - You can choose from the classic Lynda Carter costume or update to the modern metallic Gal Gadot look and you can’t go wrong either way.
  • Cookie Lyon from “Empire” - She knows what she wants and won’t take no for an answer, so we’re thinking head-to-toe cheetah print, a faux fur and plenty of diamonds and bling.
  • Peggy Olson or Joan Holloway from “Mad Men” - When you want to go retro, these strong female characters are perfect.
  • Beatrix Kiddo from “Kill Bill” - To recreate Uma’s iconic role, you’ll need that famous yellow jumpsuit, maybe a sword, and the attitude that goes with being that powerful.
  • Elle Woods from “Legally Blonde” - She’s the classic example of not judging a book by its cover and to dress up as her you’ll want lots of pink.
  • Buffy Summers - She may dress like a normal high school student, but Buffy’s a strong, capable hero in those leather pants.
  • Princess Leia/General Leia - You can go old school or make it contemporary with a General Leia look, either way you’re a princess who can totally rescue herself.

Source: Hello Giggles

The holiday season can be a whole lot of fun, but when you’ve got anxiety, it can feel like a long, low-key panic attack. Between all the events, decorating, cooking, family time, traveling, and shopping, it makes total sense anxiety levels spike during the holidays. So here are some things you can do now to ease your mind and your to-do list before stress takes you down.

Start planning your holiday travel now - Now’s the time to take a look at the calendar and think about where you’re going to be for the holidays. If you know you’re going to be spending Thanksgiving with your S.O.’s family now, you’ll have time to breathe into the idea and relax. Whatever your travel plans are, getting ahead of them will make it easier.

Start the whole thing early - If you need to buy gifts, make that list now and get started. Stores aren’t crowded yet, your budget isn’t blown yet, and as soon as Thanksgiving is over, it’s madness out there. Anything you can take care of early will save you stress later on.

Make a plan for the rough moments you might encounter- You know at some point your anxiety will get the best of you, so having a strategy to get through it will help so much.

Set up fun stuff now - You need things to look forward to during the holiday season so it’s not all hustling around shopping for presents and having to attend get togethers you don’t even want to go to. Schedule a mani/pedi for the future when things get hectic and you need a self-care break or plan a besties brunch to balance out that family time you’re dreading. If it’s fun for you, make it happen so you can hold onto your sanity.

Remember that it’s okay to skip them - You can decide how deeply you want to participate in holiday cheer and festivities. If you feel overextended, stay home from that party or dinner. The world won’t end and managing your anxiety is more important.

Source: Hello Giggles

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