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While it’s always important to be open and honest in relationships, it seems there are a lot of people keeping secrets from their significant other, especially when it comes to money. A new poll CreditCards.com finds that 23% of people in relationships say they have hidden a bank account from a partner, with people who don’t live with their significant other more likely to be keeping such a financial secret.

And while you may think it’s innocent enough, plenty of people feel that’s absolutely not okay. In fact, 31% of those in relationships say keeping a credit card, checking or savings account hidden from your mate is wore than physically cheating. What’s more, those who make less than $40,000 are more likely than those making a lot more to believe keeping a secret account is worse than an affair.

It also seems like a lot of people are a little suspect of their partners when it comes to financial issues. While 85% of people say they are honest with their partner about money, only 77% actually think their partners are telling them the whole truth.

Source: CreditCards.com

There are plenty of Americans who are committed to getting themselves healthy and in good shape but it turns out achieving that goal doesn’t come cheap.

According to a new survey, the average American between the ages of 18 to 65 spends $155 per month towards health and fitness. While that may not sound like a lot, over the course of a lifetime that comes out to about $112,000, which is actually more than the average cost of a four-year college tuition, which is about $98,440.

So what are they spending all that money on? Well, on average, Americans spend about $33 a month on gyms, although many are paying much more than that. In addition, they are shelling out $56 a month towards health supplements, $35 on workout clothing and accessories, plus $14 a month for trainers and $17 a month for healthy meal plans.

And while this sounds pricey, the truth is a lot of younger people are spending a lot more, thanks to boutique finesses classes. In fact a 2016 study found that millennials tend to prefer specialized fitness classes, which cost way more than a regular gym membership.

Source: Moneyish

There are plenty of folks who are willing to go under the knife or get fillers to make themselves look younger, but there’s a new beauty fad that’s poised to be the next big procedure, and we can thank the Kardashians for it.

On a recent episode of “Keeping Up With The Kardashians,” Kris Jenner decided to get earlobe reduction surgery so she could have “cute ears” again, and, while the simple procedure has been around for awhile, many believe it will likely start gaining in popularity because of the episode.

Most people go under the knife to get their earlobes fixed thanks to years of wearing heavy earrings that cause the earlobe to stretch as we get older. To fix it, doctors inject a local antithetic, cut a piece out of the earlobe and then reattach the remaining earlobe to the head. Another option is to get fillers inside the lobes which give them a plumper appearance, and allows them to handle heavy earrings. 

  • Of course, with most surgeries, earlobe reconstruction doesn’t come cheap, and it can cost a few thousand dollars for the fix. 

Source: Fox News

Despite what women’s magazines want us to think, we’re not all good at romance. Some of us are actually uncomfortable with romantic gestures and that makes Valentine’s Day even more awkward. But being bad at romance doesn’t mean you don’t love your bae and want to celebrate the Hallmark holiday that February 14th has become.

So if you despise rom-com-style gestures and still want to celebrate Valentine’s day with your sweetie, here are some date ideas for the romantically challenged.  For what it's worth, we don't think these are great ideas, but whatever rings your bell...

  • Go bowling - It’s fun, you can usually drink beer, and competition makes it interesting. Plus, bowling is just about the least romantic sport around, so it’s perfect for Valentine’s Day. You shouldn’t have any trouble getting a lane, everyone else will be at romantic candle-lit dinners that night.
  • Head to an archery range - Shooting bows and arrows doesn’t seem very romantic, so it’s an ideal date for spend Valentine’s Day if you’re not into all that sweet stuff.
  • Drink at a dive bar - Do a shot, drink a beer, play darts, and listen to the jukebox while you and your S.O. avoid all the pink Valentine’s Day-themed cocktails being served at other trendy bars.
  • Netflix and chill - It’s not a romantic date if you watch something very unromantic, like “Dark,” Seamless messy nachos instead of making a charcuterie board, and wear your old PJs instead of sexy lingerie.
  • Do your laundry together - This is pretty much the opposite of a romantic Valentine’s Day date. It’s a practical, productive date, one where you accomplish things you need to get done, and it may be the least romantic way to spend that love holiday.

Source: Elite Daily

Even when you’re trying to stick to a healthy eating plan, carbs are not the enemy. But not all carbs are created equal, and it’s those simple carbs we have to watch out for. Carbs like white bread, pasta, and white rice are more likely to cause weight gain because the body breaks them down into glucose faster, which causes a spike in blood sugar and leaves us hungry and reaching for another snack.

But if we’re going to eat carbs anyway, because let’s be realistic here, we’re going to do it, when is the best time of day to eat them? We’ve had the idea that consuming carbs first thing in the morning was best because that way we have the whole day to burn them off. But according to a new study, there could be an evening sweet spot.

A study from the BBC had volunteers eat a fixed amount of carbs every day, either in the morning or the evening. Researchers monitored blood glucose levels and found that they were overwhelmingly lower in the evening. The study also finds that going a long time without carbs - like overnight or all day long - means your body will be more ready to handle a big bowl of pasta.

Dr. Adam Collins from the University of Surrey is planning a larger study based on the results of this one, but he has some great advice on carbs for now: Don’t worry so much about what time of day you eat the carbs, just don’t overdo it. So pizza for breakfast is fine, sometimes. All things in moderation and all that.

Source: Delish

Lots of us are starting 2018 with high hopes for living healthier and if you’re one of us and you’re still drinking diet soda, it’s time to put it down. No one’s saying it’s going to be easy, but you’ll be better off without it and this is why.

  • It causes bloating - Those bubbles might taste refreshing, but they’re not helping your belly. Turns out, drinking carbonated beverages regularly can cause bloating and discomfort. So skip the fizz and sip something like iced tea instead.
  • It can cause weight gain - A study from the University of Texas Health Science Center found that folks who drink diet soda have a higher risk of becoming overweight. Even just a can or two a day can cause your waistline to get bigger!
  • It alters your body's natural hunger hormones - Researchers from Palestine found that drinking diet soda increases the production of the hormone ghrelin, which regulates hunger cues. When ghrelin is higher, you feel hungrier, even if you don’t need to eat yet, and that can lead to overeating and weight gain.
  • It can mess with your mood - Aspartame, a common ingredient in diet soda, can alter your mood. So if you’re a Diet Coke junkie and you feel cranky, upset, or angry for no reason at all, this could be why.
  • It has serious effects on your health - Here’s a scary stat: research from the University of Miami shows drinking diet soda every day can make you 44% more likely to suffer a heart attack than those who never drink it. And a daily diet soda habit can make you much more susceptible to developing type 2 diabetes. So quit diet soda now and you’ll be healthier down the road.

Source: PopSugar

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