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With Easter coming up this Sunday, a lot of folks have probably begun their shopping for Easter dinner and they may have noticed their bill a little higher than last year. The American Farm Bureau Federation’s Spring Picnic Marketbasket Survey finds that prices for typical Easter meal fare have gone up this year, and should set you back $51.05, which is an increase of $1.05, or 2%, from last year. 

Now if you’re like most people, you’re probably thinking you’ll be lucky to get a piece of ham and some veggies for $51.05, but the AFB says it’s enough for 16 items for your meal, with nine of those items going up in price from last year, and seven going down.

So, what do you get for your $5105? Well, your meal will include: 

  • Eggs - up 37% to $1.80 per dozen
  • Orange Juice – up 8% to $3.46 per half-gallon
  • Bagged Salad - up 4% to $2.42 per pound
  • Deli Ham - up 3% to $5.59 per pound
  • Vegetable Oil - Up 2% to $2.61 for a 32-ounce bottle
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese - up 2% to $4.20 per pound
  • Ground Chuck - up 2% to $4.01 per pound
  • Bacon - up 2% to $4.75 per pound
  • Sirloin Tip Roast - up 2% to $5.12 per pound
  • White Bread - down 7% to $1.60 per 20-ounce loaf
  • Whole Milk - down 6 % to $3.07 per gallon
  • Chicken Breast - down 2% to $3.10 per pound
  • Toasted Oat Cereal - down 2% to $2.78 for a 9-ounce box
  • Apples - down 1% to $1.53 per pound
  • Flour - down less than 1% to $2.34 for a 5-pound bag
  • Potatoes - down less than 1% to $2.67 for a 5-pound bag

There’s no doubt that there are tons of high school seniors anxiously awaiting word on whether they’ve gotten into the college of their choice, and the whole process is just stressing them out. And their parents aren't having an easy time either. 

The Princeton Review's 16th annual “College Hopes & Worries Survey” was just released and notes that 73% of college applicants and their parents are reporting high levels of stress, which is an increase of 17% from when Princeton Review first started the survey in 2003. Overall, students (74%) are reporting more stress than their parents (69%), which is pretty understandable.

As for what’s causing parents the most stress, money seems to be the biggest issue with 99% of respondents saying they are going to need some for of financial aid to pay for school, while 65% said it would be “extremely necessary.” 

The survey also asked respondents to name the “dream college” they’d want, or want their kid, to attend if money and acceptance weren’t an issue and it seems both parents and kids agree that Stanford University is the ultimate, with the school topping both lists for the sixth straight year. For students, Harvard came in second, while parents preferred Massachusetts Institute of Technology as their second choice.

Students’ Top Ten Dream Colleges

  1. Stanford University
  2. Harvard College
  3. New York University
  4. Princeton University
  5. University of California—Los Angeles
  6. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  7. Columbia University
  8. Yale University
  9. University of California—Berkeley
  10. University of Southern California

Parents’ Top Ten Dream Colleges

  1. Stanford University
  2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  3. Princeton University
  4. Harvard College
  5. Yale University
  6. Brown University
  7. University of Michigan—Ann Arbor
  8. University of Pennsylvania
  9. Columbia University
  10. Cornell University

Source: Princeton Review

Nothing adds a pop of color to the room and brings the outdoors in like fresh flowers. A bouquet from the flower shop could be costly, but you can get fresh blooms at the grocery store for a fraction of the price. And just because they’re inexpensive doesn’t mean they have to look cheap. These two tips can make your budget-friendly flowers look fancier on your table this Easter.

Cut the stems WAY down - Supermarket flowers come with really long stems and they can make the bouquet look sparse in the vase. And since you already need to cut the stems to make the flowers last longer, when you make the cut at a 45-degree angle to give the stem more surface area to suck up water, cut them short. How short? Down to about half the height.

Then, use a smaller-than-usual vase - With your stems almost half as tall, put the flowers in a shorter vase and they’ll cluster together without any empty spaces. You can even use a drinking glass if you don’t have a short vase. You’ll end up with a smart, expensive-looking full bouquet that’s perfect for Easter.

Source: The Kitchn

Some dieters see carbs as their enemy, but new research shows that eating toast for breakfast could actually help you lose weight. A study from Tel Aviv University, which was testing people with diabetes and obesity, found that people who ate a big breakfast - with carbs included - then a medium-sized lunch and a small dinner lost more weight than those who ate six small meals a day.

Study author Dr. Daniela Jakubowicz explains that the hour of the day when you eat and how frequently you eat are more important than what you eat and how many calories you eat. She says that starting the day with “a slice of bread leads to a lower glucose response and is less fattening than an identical slice of bread consumed in the evening.”

So when you’re trying to lose weight, this scientist recommends toast for breakfast. And of course, watching portion sizes is important and carb consumption overall, but if we get to eat more bread, we’re happy.

Source: Whimn

If you’re single and tired of your grandma asking when you’re finally going to get married, here’s a science-backed fact you can give her next time she starts in: according to the most recent data, the average age people are getting married right now is the highest it’s ever been in recorded history. Take that, granny!

The most recent numbers from the U.S. Census Bureaushow that in 2017, most brides getting married for the first time were 27.4 years old, on average. For men, the age is a little older at 29.5-years. And that’s the longest Americans have ever waited to get hitched. Back in 1990, the average age for women was 24, in 1980 it was 22 and in the 1950s, it was only 20.

So why are people holding off on tying the knot? Millennials are okay with exploring and experimenting in their 20s instead of feeling like they have to be searching for a life partner. They’re okay with playing the field for longer and those in relationships don’t feel pressured with the ultimate goal of getting married as soon as possible.

Another reason couples aren’t rushing to the altar today is that more unmarried couples are shacking up. In 2016, there were 18-million single Americans living with their S.O., up 29% from 2007, according to the Pew Research CenterSo plenty of people are in committed long-term relationships, they just don’t feel pressured to say “I do” anytime soon.

Source: Women's Health

Even if you deserve a break, taking that vacation isn’t easy for everyone. That’s why Americans end up with so many unused vacation days - a 2017 survey by Glassdoor found that U.S. employees only use about half of their paid time off. So if you have vacation days to use but you can’t get away or just don’t want to deal with the hassle of traveling, taking a staycation could be the perfect solution. It gives you the mental and physical break you need without having to leave home and this is why you should consider a staycation for your next vacay.

  • Think of all that money you’ll save - Mic reports that people spend an average of $581 for a four-night domestic vacation. And if you’re going international, that number shoots up to an average of $271 a day. On a staycation, you’re not paying for travel or accommodations, so all your money can do to drinks, food, and entertainment.
  • You can visit all your favorite places around town - Have brunch at your favorite spot, grab drinks at your #1 go-to bar, and pamper yourself with your local best-ofs.
  • No packing - No hassle of deciding what to bring, hoping you remember it all, or stress of realizing you didn’t bring what you need for your trip.
  • You avoid the stress and anxiety travel can bring - With all the planning and logistics, getting ready for a trip can be stressful before you even grab an Uber to the airport. And with a staycation, you only have to plan as much or as little as you want to do.
  • You’re not wasting half your time off in an airport - Travel time seriously eats into your paid time off from work. But with a staycation, you’ve got no travel time, unless you count moving from the bedroom to the couch, but even then, there’s no TSA.
  • You can do it spur-of-the-moment - Find yourself with a meeting-free Friday? If your workplace is flexible, you could end up with an impromptu three-day-long staycation, and it’s not as easy or affordable to take a spontaneous trip to Tahiti.
  • Your pet can come with you - This should actually be the top reason to take a staycation because it’s always better with your pet by your side.

Source: Bustle

We’ve all had the experience of jolting awake, catching a glimpse of the time and realizing we overslept. That mad rush to get ready for work doesn’t leave much time for anything but the basics required to look put together, so spending half an hour sorting through your overstuffed closet looking for the perfect outfit is out. That’s why busy women like us need these five pieces in our wardrobe.

  • A modest black dress - A versatile dress you can dress up or down is a key wardrobe essential. Throw it on with a blazer, heels, and the right jewelry and you’re set for the office. Bonus if it’s made of a swingy, stretchy, super comfy fabric.
  • Ankle cropped pants - Dressier than jeans but still ideal for a casual setting, slightly cropped pants will be your wardrobe workhorse. You can wear these black basics with plain tees or statement tops and you’ll want them to hit just above your ankle and slim your legs without hugging too tight.
  • A light sweater - Something in a solid color to throw on with those black pants is perfect. Find the color and cut that work best for you and you’ll get lots of wear from this light sweater.
  • A trench coat - It’ll never go out of style and a trench coat looks as timeless with jeans and a tee as it does over your little black dress. Invest a little in this piece because you’ll wear it for years.
  • Black loafers - You need footwear that can tie all these pieces together and black loafers are the chameleons to do it. They’ll look great with tights and dresses or those cropped pants and like you need an excuse to buy another pair of shoes.

Source: PureWow

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