Quick Hits

As parents, there are some candies we like to lift from our kids’ trick-or-treat bags because they are our favorites - Almond Joys and Reese’s Cups come to mind. But then there are the candies we get rid of first for our own sanity, like these.

  • Nerds - Since we’ve never seen a kid eat a little box of Nerds without spilling 80% on the floor, these are the first to go. We don’t to clean those up again!
  • Tootsie Rolls - Kids like them, but when they get tired of chewing them, they spit them out and we’re over it, so they’ve gotta go.
  • Jolly Ranchers - Not only are they choking hazards, kiddos also chew them up or suck on them for hours, both of which are terrible for their teeth.
  • Fun Dip - We don’t hand our kids sugar packets in restaurants, so we don’t like giving these to our offspring either.
  • Pixie Stix - These are basically Fun Dips that come inside a faster method of ingestion. So nope on these sugar sticks either.
  • Dubble Bubble - Some moms are fine with their kids chewing bubble gum, but after finding it in places it shouldn’t be - like your kid’s hair, under a table, or in your new carpeting - you might reconsider allowing it.
  • Butterfingers - Sure, they’re delicious, but that flakiness makes them a nightmare when kids eat them. And after they make a mess eating it, we have to scrape-brush Butterfingers off their teeth, so no thanks.
  • Ring Pops - They’re like Jolly Ranchers that last for three hours!
  • Dots - Since these always get spit out, we’ll save our tots the effort and get rid of the Dots before anyone tries them out this year.


A women asked the internet whether 15 was too old for her daughter to be going out trick or treating with friends.  Most people agreed that it was too old, with some suggesting they may terrorize neighbors or demand money instead of candy.  Others think it’s just fine as long a they’re respectful and polite.

Source: The Daily Mail

According to the National Safety Council, Halloween can be a pretty dangerous evening, with 107 people killed on the roads last Halloween.  21% of those deaths are pedestrians, with fatalities spiking not only because of increased pedestrian traffic, but due to things like lower visibility from costumes, alcohol consumption and shorter daylight hours.  The NSC offers some tips on how to stay safe tonight as you celebrate Halloween.  Tips include:

  • Avoid masks, which can obstruct vision
  • A responsible adult should accompany young children
  • All pedestrians should keep heads up and avoid running across the street
  • Keep trick-or-treaters visible with reflective tape or glow sticks on costumes and bags
  • Watch for children, and enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully
  • Always driving attentively and disconnect from your cell phone, even hands-free
  • Designate an alcohol and drug-free driver or arrange alternate transportation
  • Discourage new, inexperienced drivers from driving on Halloween

Source: National Safety Council

Today is Halloween, but chances are you’ve been celebrating for a little while now. And hey, we get it, it’s hard not to indulge in sweet treats this time of year. But with the endless supply of baked goods and Halloween candy everywhere, we tend to overindulge and now we’re coming down off a sugar binge and it’s not pretty.

So how do we recover? First, registered dietitian Keri Glassman suggests not dwelling on it. There’s no point in feeling guilty, she says it’s better to focus on what you can do today to get back on track - which means paying attention to your body and eating the right nutrient-packed foods.

After you come down from your sugar high, Glassman warns there are some tell-tale signs you’ve overdone it with the candy. When your blood sugar levels finally drop, you’ll feel that familiar sugar crash, leaving you sluggish and tired. But don’t reach for another Snickers bar to perk back up. Here’s what she suggests you do instead:

  • Don’t skip breakfast - But make sure it’s something low-sugar. Eggs and sliced avocados come highly recommended from Glassman.
  • Eat fish, raw nuts, and vegetables - The fiber will help clean out your gut and slow digesting foods, like protein and healthy fats, will keep you full longer and keep blood sugar from going high again.
  • Drink more water - Fill up your reusable 32-ounce bottle twice a day and add some lemon for an antioxidant boost.

Source: My Domaine

A new report reveals the five-type of monster bosses out there who are making employees jobs a nightmare. Types of monster bosses include: 

  • Esteem Killers – These bosses are experts at knocking their employees down, whether it’s by taking credit when they do a great job, or blaming the employee when results aren’t spectacular, even if the employee did everything the boss asked for. To survive such a boss, experts suggest colleagues need to “support each other” because such esteem killers can easily pit you against the people you work with. 
  • Creepy Commanders – These bosses like to demand you do all sorts of things for them, and dismiss your work as “not that important” even if you’ve put your all into it. If such demands aren’t part of your actual job description, experts say you need to look at whether the rest of your job is worth dealing with such annoying tasks. If it isn’t, you may want to start looking for another gig. 
  • Bloodsuckers – These bosses think all your time should be spent thinking about work, and they contact you at all hours of the day, night or weekend with things they need done a.s.a.p. Experts say you need to set strict boundaries with these types of bosses, and you especially need to resist the urge to respond to them at all hours.
  • Self-Obsessed Ghouls – These people have no respect for other employees, will walk away while others are talking to them, take calls in the middle of meetings, and even mock people and expect you to find it funny. According to experts, these are some of the most dangerous types of bosses and can easily destroy people. The best bet is to plan a way out, and as one expert put it “bite your tongue while you bide your time.” 
  • Control Freaks – These bosses will let you know when even the tiniest thing is wrong, like coming in just a few minutes late, or will make a federal case out of a simple email mistake. As long as these folks aren’t punitive, they can be good people to work for, that is if you comply with their rules. If you don’t, you aren’t likely to have a great working experience.

Source: New York Post

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