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No matter what small town you’re in, there are some types of mothers you’re bound to see driving their minivans to their tree-lined cul-de-sacs. These are the suburban moms you’ll find in the suburbs.

  • The One Always Wearing Yoga Pants - She always looks like she’s on her way to or from a workout anytime you see her, but you’ve never actually seen her at the gym.
  • The Day Drinker - She always brings a bottle of wine to playdates and you’re not so sure that’s coffee in her thermos at soccer games on Saturday mornings. You try not to judge though, because you never know when you’ll need a drink from her.
  • The Endless Errand-Runner - She hits Whole Foods, Costco, and Trader Joe’s on her way to the post office and the dry cleaners, but somehow after running all those errands, she still has more stops to make the next day.
  • The One Who Just Moved From The City - Maybe she left for better schools or a lower cost of living, but she did it kicking and screaming and she’ll never stop saying, “Well, when I lived in…” while talking about the best manis, or the “food scene” in the burbs.
  • The Martha Stewart Impersonator - This mama never met a Pinterest project she couldn’t handle and she always has her hair and makeup done flawlessly, even after a morning of backyard beekeeping. She can teach you to fold a fitted sheet properly but don’t ever try to top her prize-winning brownies at the school bake sale.
  • The Gossip - Great when you need intel on your new neighbor, but keep her on your good side because she knows everything.
  • The Carpool Driver - She’s always volunteering to drive the kids everywhere and this is why you love her.
  • The One With All the Help - This mom has a nanny, a tutor, a housekeeper who’s there so much you wonder if she lives there, a gardener, and a personal chef, but she still feels like she does it all.
  • The "Cool Mom" - All the kids want to play at her house because she serves Doritos and Dr. Pepper, has an in-ground pool, a big screen TV with all the new video games and even gives them cupcakes for breakfast after a sleepover.
  • The Camp Counselor - Life in the suburbs is never boring for this mom. She’s got arts and crafts projects and vacations planned and she’s happy to help you find ways to get your family engaged too.

Source: PopSugar


We bet a lot of people made New Year’s resolutions to find a new job in the New Year and if you’re looking to nab the best job possible, you may want to pay attention to report that was just released.

Glassdoor has just come out with their report of the 50 Best Jobs in America for 2018, which is compiled based on a career’s overall Glassdoor Job Score, which takes into account earning potential based on median annual base salary, job satisfaction rating and number of job openings.

Topping this year’s list for yet another year is a Data Scientist, thanks to a 4-point-8 (out of five) Job Score and a 4-point-2 job satisfaction rating. What’s more, there are currently 4,524 job openings for data scientists at a median base salary of $110,000.

 Top Ten Best Jobs In America For 2017(click here for the complete Top 50)

 

  1. Data Scientist (overall Job Score 4.8)
  2. DevOps Engineer (4.6)
  3. Marketing Manager (4.6)
  4. Occupational Therapist (4.5)
  5. HR Manager (4.5)
  6. Electrical Engineer (4.5)
  7. Strategy Manager (4.5)
  8. Mobile Developer (4.5)
  9. Product Manager (4.4)
  10. Manufacturing Engineer (4.4)

Source: Glassdoor


It’s no secret that obesity is continuing problem in America and it turns out your neighbors could be a bad influence on you when it comes to weight. A new study out of the University of Southern California suggests that people are more likely to be overweight if they live in counties with overweight people, meaning obesity could be contagious.

The study looked at 1,519 families from 38 military bases around the U.S., since military bases cause diverse people to live in a close community. The families all contained at least one parent and one child, aged 12 or 13. After comparing average BMI levels around the country they found BMIs were higher if families were assigned to a base with overall high obesity levels.

And the study shows the longer people are around other obese people, the greater the chance they too will have a high BMI. In fact, teens who lived on these type of military bases for more than two years had a higher obesity rate than teens who never lived there.

As for why, researchers suggest that social networks, like communities, can have a strong influence on people’s health habits, suggesting a need whole communities in order to fight the growing obesity problem in America. Of course, the study isn’t foolproof. The researchers admit that living near someone doesn’t necessarily mean they are part of your social network, plus there wasn’t any way to know the BMIs of the families before they got to the new military base, as well as the BMIs for the base they came from.

Source: Los Angeles Times


While a lot of people love their cars, driving in them is another thing, especially if you live in an area that’s known for traffic. And it’s not just traffic that can ruin a perfectly good trip in the car, road hazards, gas prices and more can put a damper on your driving fun. Well, there’s no doubt drivers in some areas of the country experience these problems way more than others, and a new report reveals which folks have it the best, and the worst. 

WalletHub just came out with their list of the best and worst states to drive in, judging the 50 states across 23 key indicators of a positive commute, including things like average gas prices, share of rush-hour traffic congestion, road quality and more. 

The overall best state for driving is Texas, which scores a 63.68 out of 100, earning a high rating for access to vehicles and maintenance. When it comes to traffic and infrastructure, Nebraska tops the list, although it ranks third overall, while believe it or not, New York ranks highest for safety, although overall it ranks 41st on the list.

Top Ten Best Driving States(click here to find out where your state ranks)

  1. Texas
  2. Kansas
  3. Nebraska
  4. Iowa
  5. North Carolina
  6. Oregon
  7. Georgia
  8. Alabama
  9. Arkansas
  10. Illinois

As for the worst driving state, that would be Hawaii, which scores just 31.83, coming in dead last when it comes to cost of ownership and maintenance, and pretty low on the list for traffic and infrastructure and access to vehicles and maintenance.

Ten Worst Driving States

  1. Hawaii
  2. Washington
  3. Maryland
  4. California
  5. Connecticut
  6. Alaska
  7. Massachusetts
  8. Rhode Island
  9. New Jersey
  10. New York 
  • ONE MORE THING! When it comes to rush hour, no surprise but California is the state with the worst traffic congestion, while Mississippi has the least. 

Source: WalletHub


We all want to be successful in our careers, but we don’t always set ourselves up for success with our actions. Regularly showing up late or unprepared for work is definitely not okay and here are some other career mistakes we should avoid at all costs.

  • Not owning up to your mistakes - We all make mistakes, so don’t waste time blaming others or yourself, admit the mistake was yours and spend your energy trying to solve the problem. “If you own your mistakes people will trust you more,” CEO and Co-Founder of Ellevest, Sallie Krawcheck says.
  • Burning your bridges - Treat the intern with as much respect as the department head, because it’s the right thing to do and because they could end up being your boss one day.
  • Underselling yourself in job interviews - Research shows women routinely sell themselves short, downplay their achievements, and don’t apply for jobs if they don’t meet 100% of the requirements. If selling yourself feels like humble-bragging, use evidence to backup your accomplishments at work.
  • Not asking questions - If you don’t have a thorough understanding of exactly what someone is asking for in a work assignment, don’t walk away until you ask questions. Ask 10 if you have to because asking for clarification will save you time and resources later.
  • Being “a drain” - Don’t be the person who’s overly negative, sucking the energy from everyone else. Be “a radiator,” someone who exudes warmth, honesty, positivity and enthusiasm. Constantly coming to your supervisor with complaints and problems instead of useful solutions is one of the biggest career mistakes you can make.

Source: MamaMia

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