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Halloween is a lot of fun, but there are a few things to keep in mind to make the night better for everyone. Here are the dos and don’ts for staying sane, being a good neighbor, and what to do if you’re a newbie to this whole passing out candy for trick-or-treaters thing.

  • DO spring for the good candy - No one wants raisins or stale black licorice. Plus, if you buy candy you actually like you can treat yo self to a few pieces.
  • DO leave your light off if you forgot to buy candy or aren't home - Not everyone abides this unwritten rule, but not having your lights on usually signals you’re not home or have no more candy to give.
  • DON'T leave candy outside unsupervised - It seems like a good idea, but some little jerk will come by and dump the whole bowl into their treat bag.
  • DON'T ask kids what they are - Just ask them to “Tell me about your costume” instead.
  • DO wear a costume - If you’re going trick-or-treating or to a Halloween party, make the effort to dress up.
  • DO be original with costumes - Get more creative than a sexy mouse or a sexy deer. You’re better than that.
  • DON'T forget to say please and thank you - Be polite, good manners are always appreciated.
  • DO be extra cautious - It’s dark, kids are all over the place and they’re wearing costumes. So pay attention and take it easy on the roads.
  • DON'T hand out homemade treats - Your homemade baked goods are probably delicious but no one will know because the number one for trick-or-treating is you aren’t allowed to take unwrapped treats, so don’t waste your time.
  • DO clear a path so your walkway is easy to navigate - Save your plants from getting trampled and keep those little witches and superheroes safe with some lights and a clear walkway.

Source: The Kitchn

There’s only one week left until Halloween. That means time is running out for finding the ideal costume. And if you’re still trying to come up with what to be this year, you can always count on pop culture for some inspiration. Here are a few of the best ideas from this year.

  • Hugh Hefner and his lovely companion - Stay comfy in silk pajamas and a velvet robe like the famous Playboy founder. A captain’s hat and a pipe complete the look for him.
  • “Big Little Lies” - Dress up like the stars from the show did at their fundraising costume ball, and you could be Audrey Hepburn or
  • “Stranger Things” - Throw on a pink dress, a retro jacket, and grab a box of Eggo waffles and you’re all set.
  • Versace Spring runway finale - Going out as a group? How about a glam girl squad decked out in head-to-toe gold, so you look like the supermodels who closed the fashion show?
  • Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” - This is your chance to try out a little patent leather corset dress and a riding crop, or go as any other version of the singer from any of her other videos. So many possibilities.
  • AOL’s Iconic Running Man - Feeling nostalgic? Dress up as the AOL man in a second-skin yellow bodysuit as you mourn the loss of AOL Messenger.

Source: Vogue

According to a new report, 43% of people say they’d end a friendship if someone owed them money.  36% of people say they’d kiss a friend goodbye if they owed them between $100 and $500, but one in three would end things over a debt of $100 or less and 4% would call it quits over $10 or less.  44% of people say they’d rather talk about family drama, weight, their love life and personal hygiene than to discuss money with friends.

Source: New York Post

A new poll finds that average amount of debt of all people polled, including those without debt, is $63,000, but that total goes up to $140,113 when you look at just people with debt.  65% of the country have mortgage debt, with the most common amount owed being between $150,000 to $200,000.  Other common types of debt include

  • credit cards (50%)
  • auto loans (32%)
  • student loans (25%)
  • medical expenses (21%)

Top 5 States With the Highest Average Debt

  1. Hawaii: $869,250
  2. Maryland: $284,851
  3. Texas: $185,583
  4. Oklahoma: $174,838
  5. Indiana: $166,844

Top 5 States With the Lowest Average Debt

  1. Washington, D.C.: $1,611
  2. Arkansas: $2,286
  3. Louisiana: $6,139
  4. South Dakota: $6,738
  5. Nebraska: $8,426

Source: GoBankingRates

A new poll by waterpik finds that only 16% of people floss every day, while 8% don’t do it at all.  55% of people don't floss because they can’t fit it into their schedule, 15% say it’s painful, 9% find it disgusting, and forgetfulness, and laziness are also an excuse. 61% of people say they’ve used a fingernail to get food out from between their teeth, while 7% have actually used a strand of their own hair.

Source: The Daily Mail

When you find healthy foods that you like to eat, you may want to work them into your daily diet. But variety is the spice of life, even with good-for-you foods. Eating a range of different foods helps you get the different vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants you need. And too much of a good thing can actually be bad for your health, so here are some healthy foods you shouldn’t eat every day.

Smoked salmon - We always hear about how we should be eating more of this superfood, but when it’s smoked, there are limits. Registered dietitian Ginger Hultin explains that smoking fish generates polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons(PAHs) and eating a lot of it can raise your lifetime cancer risks. So stick to once or twice a week or enjoy your salmon cooked another way.

Kombucha - Sure, it’s full of gut-friendly probiotics, but it’s an acidic drink, so too much of it could give you heartburn. It’s best to stick to just one or two booch beverages a day.

Tuna - We love it because it’s high in protein, iron, calcium, zinc, and magnesium. But it’s also got a lot of mercury, and too much of that can lead to mercury poisoning, which can cause vision problems and muscle weakness. So limit tuna to two to three servings a week.

Coconut oil - People can’t get enough of this healthy stuff, but it is a saturated fat with 121 calories per tablespoon. So watch portion sizes and aim for a max of two tablespoons a day.

Canned soup - The dangerous thing here is the sodium, so read labels, go for low-sodium varieties, or better yet, make your own using herbs and spices for flavor.

Grilled meat - Hultin explains that when meat is cooked at high temperatures - like pan frying or grilling - it can create cancer-causing compounds. So the American Institute for Cancer Research recommends limiting grilled and processed meat consumption to 18-grams a week, that’s about three six-ounce burger patties a week.

Source: Women's Health

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