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Yesterday we all had to turn the clocks back by an hour for Daylight Saving Time, which means it’s going to be getting dark a lot earlier now.  A new poll finds that 74% of Americans want Daylight Saving Time to end.  People want later sunset times so there’s more sunlight during the day.

Source: EndDaylight-SavingTime.org


The British fashion retailer New Look is getting blasted for charging more money for their plus-size clothing.  One shopper noticed two similar jackets, with the plus-size jacket costing almost twice as much.  The company insists the jackets are made of two different materials, although other plus-size clothing does cost more.

Source: Today


A recent thread on Reddit has current and former servers, cooks and hostesses sharing their advice on what you should never order at a restaurant.  They include:

  • “Seafood specials or buck-a-shuck oysters. It means, ‘My seafood delivery is tomorrow, and I’m trying to get rid of my old stock.'”
  • “Check the menu, and if there is an item used only in one dish, chances are it’s not as fresh as the rest of the menu.”
  • “Ice, almost everywhere. Unless you’ve seen people take apart the ice machine and scrub the whole thing out, there is definitely mold in those.”
  • “As a prep and grill person for a burrito chain that advertises its lack of GMOs, I would say chicken. A lot of cooks tend to under cook it, so you get some raw pieces. I also suspect it’s where a lot of the outbreaks from years past originated.”
  • “Don’t order chili at a certain ’50s diner-style fast-casual restaurant. Just please don’t. I’m begging you.”
  • “Don’t order the fish on a Monday, as chefs get their last fish order of the week on Friday, and they don’t get a new one ’til Tuesday.”
  • “Most special dishes are either ‘trying a new dish to see if it should go on the menu or not’ or ‘trying to get you to buy this product before I have to throw it out.'”
  • “Anything with bacon bits or shredded cheese (like a loaded potato); they just sit in the open, and people snack from them.”

Source: Money


If you’re one of those people who likes to do your holiday shopping early and want to find one of this year’s hottest toys for the little one on your list, you’d better get started now. According to market research firm The NPD Group, one of the best-selling toys this September was something called a Fingerling and prices for them are already skyrocketing on third party sites.

Fingerlings are finger-sized plastic monkeys that sit on your finger and respond to touch, motion, and sound. Robotic toymaker WowWee launched them in August and they were sold for as little as $14.99 at stores like Walmart, Best Buy, and Toys R Us. But now that they’re in high demand, third party sites like Trendly are selling them for up to $180!

The adorable Fingerlings each have a name: Zoe, Mia, Finn, Boris, Bella, Sophie, and Gigi are just a few. And they come with fun accessories like monkey bars, swing sets, and see-saws for $39.99 — if you can find them.

It might seem silly to be searching for this must-have toy now, but Fingerlings could be the Hatchimals of 2017. Remember that hot toy from last year? They were all the rage during the 2016 holiday season and retailed for $59.99, but when everyone sold out, sites like eBay had them selling for up to $1,000.

Source: Moneyish


If you have kids, you may have noticed that they’re not that into cleaning. And we can’t really blame them, since we’re not big fans of it either. But before you bang your head against the wall and plead with your little ones to pick up their rooms once again, here are some pro tips from experienced parents who turned their kids into more eager helpers.

  • Give single, small directives - So instead of “clean your room,” think more like “put your Legos in the basket.”
  • Don’t underestimate the power of a cleanup song - Make it up, they won’t know the difference and it really motivates the under-three set.
  • Start a toy rotation system - Make a rule that you have to put away a set of toys before taking out another. Matchbox cars get picked up so they can play with the blocks.
  • Make cleanup time part of the everyday routine - Like before dinner or after a bath, so it’s expected and tolerated, just like brushing their teeth.
  • Create a friendly competition between siblings - Challenge your kiddos to race to the finish line with a clean room first.
  • Play music they love - Turn on the “Moana” soundtrack and let them sing while they clean.
  • Turn it into a dance party - While you’re playing the music, make it a cleanup/dance party mashup.
  • Barter with them - Make a deal with them that if they put away five things, then you can do XYZ together.
  • Cut them — and yourself — a break - The world won’t end if there are toys on the floor, even if it feels like it will. So relax, mama, you’re all doing a good job.

Source: PureWow

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