Today's Lifestyle News!

Before the royal wedding, Meghan Markle and Prince Harryknew lots of folks would want to give them a wedding present, so they asked people to donate to one of several charities they chose for causes that are close to their hearts. And while this was a lovely idea, the newlyweds still received a whole bunch of gifts from people as well as businesses, but it turns out, most of them will be returned.

According to Express, Kensington Palace has received lots of packages and parcels from companies and celebs, but royal aides are trying to keep them from using the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex to get publicity. So they’re sending back around $9.3-million in wedding gifts because of official rules that say: “When gifts are accepted, the consent of the Member of the Royal Family should be contingent upon the enterprise undertaking not to exploit the gift for commercial purposes.”

So because of royal protocol, the couple can’t accept gifts like the personalized matching bikini and swim trunks from a company called Bags of Love, which was hoping Harry and Meghan would wear on their honeymoon for a little free publicity. But there’s one wedding gift they’re sure to keep and that’s the one from the Queen. She’s reportedly giving her grandson and his new bride a home - York Cottage in her Sandringham Estate. Must be nice to have the Queen of England for your grandma!

Source: Harper's Bazaar


Father’s Day is just a few weeks away and if panic is starting to set in about what to get that special dad in your life, you should know about the meat candle. Sure, candles aren’t the first thing you think of for a man’s gift, but what about one that smells like beef?

A1, the steak sauce made by Kraft Foods, is selling meat-scented candles this year and it’s no coincidence they’re here in time for Father’s Day. You can pick your scent, too, they’ve got “Burger,” “Backyard BBQ,” and “Original Meat,” so you really can’t go wrong for your meat-loving man. The candles sell for $14.99 and are supposed to burn for 50-70 hours, so that’s a long time of filling the air with a meaty aroma.

“Father’s Day gifts are always the same,” a press release from A1 reads. “Year after year, it’s another tie, a book, a bottle of cologne, or a mug saying world’s greatest dad. They are a truly unique gift that will celebrate Dad with an added bonus. They will evoke memories of Dad’s cooking and grilling using A.1. sauce and – they smell amazing.”

Source: Scary Mommy


We all know that when buying a home the three most important things to consider is “location, location, location,” but what folks want from a location can depend on the person.

According to a new Ally Home survey, 88% of Americans say the "vibe" of a neighborhood is a key factor when deciding where to live, with 49% saying it’s very important. What’s more, 80% of adults say their neighborhood has to fit their personality, with 82% saying they’d actually think about moving if they didn’t like their neighborhood, and 73% saying they’d actually take a smaller home or pay more for a house if it was in their perfect neighborhood.

So, what kinds of neighborhoods are most people looking for? Well, 36% are looking for a “Quiet and Quaint” neighborhood, like the one on NBC’s “This is Us,” although more Millennials, 28%, want an area where they can walk to everything, close to reasonably priced bars, restaurants and coffee shops.

Other neighborhoods people look for include:  

  • Ones with ample outdoor space, near trails and farmer's markets (25%)
  • “Family Centric” neighborhoods (21%)
  • Ones near Cultural attractions (15%)
  • Tech-friendly neighborhoods with good cell phone coverage (12%)
  • Upscale urban setting (9%)

Source: Ally Home


These days most people are just happy to have a decent job, but we all know there are some jobs that seem more desirable to people than others. Well, CareerCast just came out with their 2018 Jobs Rated report revealing best and worst gigs out there, and you may be surprised by what made it on to the list.

Topping the list of the Best Jobs for 2018 is Genetic Counselor, with a salary of over $77,000 and a 29% growth outlook to 2026. Overall, STEM and tech-related gigs land several spots in the Top Ten, including Mathematician (2), Data Scientist (7). Information Security Analyst (8), Operations Research Analyst (9) and Actuary (10).

Top Ten Best Jobs for 2018

  1. Genetic Counselor
  2. Mathematician
  3. University Professor (tenured)
  4. Occupational Therapist
  5. Statistician
  6. Medical Services Manager
  7. Data Scientist
  8. Information Security Analyst
  9. Operations Research Analyst
  10. Actuary

On the flipside, gigs making the worst jobs list have at least two things in common. Most are seeing a decline in projected hiring outlook and they also have low pay, with only two of the worst jobs earning more than $40K a year. Topping the list as the absolute worst job is Taxi Driver, thanks in part to the growth in ride sharing services. Taxi drivers currently make about $24,880 a year, with only a 5% growth outlook to 2026.

Top Ten Worst Jobs for 2018

  1. Taxi Driver
  2. Logger
  3. Newspaper Reporter
  4. Retail Salesperson
  5. Enlisted Military (E-3, 6+ yrs. experience)
  6. Corrections Officer
  7. Disc Jockey  (Jay & Dawn disagree)
  8. Broadcaster
  9. Advertising Salesperson
  10. Pest Control Worker

Source: CareerCast


If it seems like your teens are constantly either eating or looking for food, it may make you feel better to know you are not alone. In fact, food seems to be on teens' minds a lot.

A new survey of 2,000 families finds the average 13- to 19-year-old spends almost 135 hours per year thinking about food and what their next meal will be. That means that throughout the seven years of their teen life, those teens will spend 945 hours, or 39 days, thinking about food. As for eating it, teens usually snack about two or three times per day, with the most popular treats being chips, fruit, pizza and frozen snacks.

And it seems teens aren’t necessarily satisfied with whatever may be in the house. They have some real opinions about their food, with parents saying that 30% of the weekly grocery bill is taken up by by teens' preferences and eating behaviors.

  • Food is about more than just sustenance to teens these days. The survey finds that 72% of teens say food is something to enjoy and taste, with a quarter of teens saying they enjoy being experimental and adventurous in the kitchen and are also willing to try all different types of food.
  • And it turns out, parents are having a hard time keeping up with their foodie kids. Believe it or not,  52% of teens say the food they’re served by their parents doesn’t suit their taste or dietary lifestyle, while 48% don’t like the meals served at home about four times a month on average.

Source: Fox News

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