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A new survey finds Thanksgiving is the most popular time for folks to conceive a child. According to a new survey,  17.7% of Americans say they conceived their child on or around Turkey day, giving it the slight edge over what you’d think would be the more popular choice, Valentine’s Day (17.3%). Other popular conceiving holidays include:

  • Christmas (14.3%)
  • Independence Day (13.9%)
  • Halloween (13%)
  • Memorial Day (12.1%)
  • New Years (11.3%)

Source: The Daily Mail

Only 50% of consumers believe they can determine whether an online site is legit, while 35% have decided to not go through with a purchase because of security fears. For 27% of people such online scams during the holidays cause them excess worry, while 12% actually lose sleep over them. Nearly 119,000 phishing sites were created last November alone, with the most spoofable sites being retailers like Amazon (82%), Walmart (36%) and Target (20%).

Source: Yahoo Finance

The Huffington Post has just come out with a list of 35 questions they suggest will promote thoughtful discussion over the holidays.  Questions include (click here for the entire list):

  • What did you do for Thanksgiving when you were a kid?
  • What’s your favorite place you’ve visited?
  • What’s your favorite way to give back and help others?
  • Do you remember your first kiss?
  • If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  • What would you do if you won the lottery?
  • When did you know you’d found “the one”?
  • What’s your earliest memory?
  • What fictional place would you most want to visit?
  • What was your favorite band in high school?
  • What’s your favorite family tradition?

Source: The Huffington Post

Put down your Pumpkin Spice Latte, there’s a new drink at Starbucks. It’s a festive holiday hot chocolate and it’s even dairy-free. Meet the new Toffee Almondmilk Hot Chocolate, available now at the coffee chain.

The Toffee Almondmilk drink is made with what else, steamed almondmilk, as well as mocha sauce and toffee nut syrup and it’s finished off with whipped cream and a crunchy caramel brulée topping. If you want to keep your beverage totally dairy-free, ask your barista to “hold the whip” when you order.

This new hot chocolate joins the ever-growing line-up of holiday beverages at Starbucks, which also includes the peppermint hot chocolate and the one we really want to try, the Toasted White Chocolate Mocha. Thanks Starbucks for creating more sweet treats we can’t turn down.

Source: Delish

If you’ve wished for a personal assistant to help you make it through the holidays in one piece, we have the next best thing: the Amazon Echo, better known as “Alexa.” She’s a device that sits on your counter and will answer questions and follow commands better than any family member. Here are some ways Alexa can help you this holiday season:

  • She can cue up your favorite Christmas tunes - Sync your Echo with Spotify or another music streaming service and Alexa will play your holiday faves on request. She won’t even judge you for listening to “All I want for Christmas is you” three times in a row.
  • She can book a last-minute hotel or rental car - Travel booking sites like Kayak or Expedia allow you to make hands-free travel plans by voice. You just need to have an account with your credit card deets plugged in and you can call up rates and confirm the reservation.
  • She can set timers for holiday baking - Call out “Alexa, set a timer for 12 minutes,” or if you need to set more than one timer - she can do up to 100 at once - get specific with the timer name by saying, “Alexa, set the Christmas cookie timer for 12 minutes.”
  • She can tell you about airport delays - If you know your airline name and flight number, Flight Tracker can tell you if the flight is on time.
  • She can order your holiday gifts - Amazon Prime-eligible items can be ordered by calling out, “Alexa, order (item name),” then confirming the buy when she repeats it. Just make sure your default credit card and shipping address are up to date first.
  • She can turn off your Christmas lights - You’ll need a smart plug and then all you need to do is ask Alexa to switch off your Christmas tree lights and she’ll do it.
  • And she can even put your kids on the nice or naughty list - Hack the to-do list feature and say “Alexa, add Timmy to the naughty list,” and his ears will really perk up when Alexa says “Okay, adding Timmy to the naughty list right now.”

Source: PureWow

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