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These days, most people literally don’t go anywhere without relying on a navigation app, but it’s no secret that some apps are better than others. Folks have definite opinions about which apps they prefer to use to get them from one place to another, and a new survey reveals which ones are favored by most people.

According to a survey by The Manifest, Google Maps is by far the favorite navigation app. In fact, 67% of people prefer to use Google Maps for their directions, which is six times more than the second-most popular navigation app, Waze, which gets 12% of the vote. Apple Maps is just slightly behind Waze with 11%, while Mapquest is only favored by 8% of people. As for why they love their favored app, 25% say it’s because it provides clear and better directions.

Overall, 77% of folks use navigation apps, with 90% of smartphone users saying they primarily use it for driving. Interestingly, more people in the Northeast use navigation apps for non-driving directions, like cycling, walking and public transportation. Specifically, 24% of those in the Northeast use navigation apps for non-driving directions, while only 12% in the Midwest and West, and 8% in the South use them for something other than driving.

Source: The Manifest


While some people love to get behind the wheel of their car and drive, others dread having to go anywhere in their vehicle, and where you live could play a role in which side of that opinion you fall on. 

Well, WalletHub has just come out with their picks for the Best and Worst Cities to Drive in, looking at 100 of the largest U.S. cities on 29 factors of driver-friendliness, including gas prices, annual hours of traffic delays, cost of a new car, average commute time and more.

Overall, Raleigh, North Carolina tops the list as the best city to drive in, scoring a 68.40, and getting high marks for cost of ownership and maintenance. When it comes to traffic and infrastructure, Corpus Christi, Texas tops the list, while Irvine, California is tops for safety.

Top Ten Best Cities To Drive In

  1. Raleigh, NC
  2. Corpus Christi, TX
  3. Orlando, FL
  4. Greensboro, NC
  5. Plano, TX
  6. Winston-Salem, NC
  7. Durham, NC
  8. El Paso, TX
  9. Jacksonville, FL
  10. Tampa, FL

On the flipside, Detroit, Michigan is the worst city to drive in, scoring just a 35.13, and landing second to last for safety and in the bottom ten for traffic and infrastructure.

Ten Worst Cities To Drive In

  1. Detroit, MI
  2. San Francisco, CA
  3. Oakland, CA
  4. Philadelphia, PA
  5. Seattle, WA
  6. Boston, NY
  7. New York, NY
  8. Newark, NJ
  9. Los Angeles, CA
  10. Chicago, IL 

Click here to find out where your hometown falls on the list.

Source: WalletHub


While for most of us it seems like summer has just begun, and school is likely the last thing on most kids’ minds, there are loads of parents already thinking about the new school year to come, and they have lots to worry about. 

A new Back-to-School survey finds that 70% of parents say back-to-school shopping is stressful, and the rising costs of school expenses, and pressure to buy the latest fashions isn’t helping. Overall, 67% of parents say school costs are increasing, with 47% saying they plan to spend between $101 and $300 per child.

And the costs don’t stop there. The survey finds that 90% of parents will have added expenses during the year, for things like extracurricular activities, field trips projects and more, with two-thirds of parents saying those costs could result in an additional $51 to $300 spent this year. As for the biggest back-to-school expense, most parents agree it’s clothing, with 60% of parents saying their kids' need to keep up with the latest fashions can cost a pretty penny. 

  • And when it comes to actually doing the shopping, 60% say they do their back-to-school shopping with their kids, although 49% who do shop with their kids say they spend more than if they shopped without their kids (32%). 

Source: Business Journals


Let’s be honest, our days are numbered, so we should make the most of it and not let mistakes ruin the fun…right? Yes, we thought we were invincible back in the day, and we looked at the small picture. And that’s okay. 

As we get older mindfulness kicks in, so we’re going to be mindful now and share a few things to avoid so you have less (if any) regrets. Like what? Like these:

  • Holding grudges.
  • Not going to the dentist regularly.
  • Losing touch with friends.
  • Letting fear get in your way.
  • Burning bridges.
  • Keeping toxic people around.
  • Not being there when someone needed you most.
  • Treating your parents badly.
  • Ignoring your body.
  • Not saying “I love you.”

The list goes on! Check it out here.

Source: Pop Sugar 


When it comes to getting your gut health in order, probiotics have been all the rage, but there’s something more important; prebiotics.

While probiotics, like bacteria in foods which help your gut health, are a short term boost for your tummy, prebiotics act as long term nourishment for your system. There are several varieties and you just know what foods to eat to get them. You’re going to like the list! These are the must have prebiotic foods you should add to your diet.

  • Dark Chocolate
  • Walnuts
  • Onions
  • Oats
  • Red Lentils
  • Corn
  • Leeks
  • Apples

We told you the list wasn't bad!

Source: Women’s Health

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