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It’s no secret that pet owners love their animals like family, but sometimes that responsibility of having a dog or cat can get in the way of your life. A new survey finds that’s especially true when it comes to travel.

According to a survey by TrustedHousesitters, 49% of American pet owners have not traveled outside the country since getting their furbabies. And that’s not all. Another 33% of owners say they will change their travel plans because of their pet.

Now sure there are family members and even kennels that can watch a pet while their owner’s gone, so that’s not necessarily the reason many pet owners aren’t traveling. In fact, 68% of pet owners say it’s the guilt of leaving their pets behind that keeps them from going anywhere, with 82% of pet owners worrying about their pet when they travel.

And it’s not just travel that pet owners are missing out on. The average pet owner actually skips out on 30 social events a year because of their animal, which comes out to about 300 missed events if their pet lives to 10. But the truth is animal lovers also use their pets as an excuse to get out of social gatherings at least once a year. 

  • Meanwhile, if pet parents actually do decide to go away, they are very particular in how their animals are cared for. The survey finds that 47% leave them at a friend or family member’s house, while 30% would pay for a pet sitter to stay with them so they could be in their own environment and not disrupt their routine. 

Source: SWNS Digital


It’s looking more and more like we’ll soon be saying goodbye to plastic straws for good. Just a week after Starbucks announced that it will be fazing out plastic straws, Marriott International is jumping on the bandwagon.

The hotel brand has just announced that it will remove all disposable plastic straws and stirrers from their more than 6,500 properties across 30 brands around the world. The plan is for straws and stirrers to be gone by July 2019, which would eliminate more than one billion plastic straws per year and about a quarter billion stirrers. As part of the initiative, hotels will offer alternative straws, but only on request.

"Removing plastic straws is one of the simplest ways our guests can contribute to plastic reduction when staying with us,” Arne Sorenson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Marriott International, says, “Something they are increasingly concerned about and are already doing in their own homes."

  • Marriott previously took steps to reduce their plastic consumption earlier this year, when they started replacing the small toiletry bottles in their bathrooms with in-shower dispensers. They are expected to be added to more than 1,500 hotels by the end of the year.

Source: Market Watch


Nothing feels quite as good as kicking off your heels and taking off your restrictive shapewear at the end of the day. And if those wardrobe stables are leaving you in pain, that’s a sign they could be damaging your health.

Medical professionals warn these clothing items could be bad for our health:

Heels - We love them because they lengthen our legs, but high heels also put pressure on the spine, back, and knees, can cause tendonitis and joint pain in ankles and knees. Podiatrist Dr. Miguel Cunha says heels can also cause ingrown toenails and hammertoes by pushing toes together in the shoe. Flats and sandals can be good alternatives, but pick a pair with arch support.

Heavy bags - If you’re shoving everything you need for the day, including gym clothes and your computer, in your bag and slinging it over the same shoulder every day, that heavy load can cause back and shoulder pain. Backpacks with two cushioned straps are a better alternative because they evenly distribute weight.

Thongs - They’re great for getting rid of visible panty lines, but Dr. Adeeti Gupta, an OB/GYN, warns thongs can also “spawn uncomfortable bacterial infections.” If you must wear a thong, she advises wearing it as briefly as possible.

Shapewear - We squeeze into these undergarments to flatten the tummy and create an hourglass figure, but shapewear can compress your stomach, intestine and colon and give us stomach pain, gas, bloating and even acid reflux. Like thongs, Dr. Gupta recommends to “take off the stuff as soon as you can” if you feel like you must wear it.

Skinny jeans - Before you slip into a pair of these for casual Friday at the office, know that skinny jeans post another constriction risk. A woman in Australia spent four days in the hospital in 2015 after her skin-tight jeans damaged her nerves and calf muscles so much she showed signs of myonecrosis, or dying muscle tissue. And the British Chiropractic Association has claimed skinny jeans restrict mobility, causing pressure in the joints. So get skinnies with stretchy fabric that have a little wiggle room.

Source: Moneyish


When it comes to our teeth, we’r smart enough to know that lollipops and caramel aren’t great for them. But dentist Dr. Peter Chuang explains there are plenty of other culprits that could be damaging our smiles and some of them are foods we consider healthy. These are the foods and drinks he warns could be eroding or straining our teeth:

  • Citrus fruits - Sure, oranges and grapefruits are healthy for us, but they also have high levels of citric acid, which can raise the risk for enamel erosion and make teeth more sensitive.
  • Pickled foods - We love that distinct flavor of pickled foods but the acidic vinegar isn’t great for our teeth.
  • Tomato sauce - A big bowl of pasta is comfort food at its finest, but tomatoes are high in citric acid and canned tomatoes, which are often used in making pasta sauces are even higher in acid.
  • Popcorn - It’s the perfect movie snack at home or in the theater, and while popcorn doesn’t naturally contain any acids or sugars, chomping down on a hard, unpopped kernel of corn can crack your teeth! And if you prefer caramel corn, those hard, sticky sugars are a no-no for your teeth, according to the dentist.
  • Ice - Some of us love chewing on ice, but like other hard foods, chewing on ice can increase the risk of tooth fracture, especially teeth with large fillings.
  • Misleading “healthy foods” - Read labels on energy bars and cereals and if sugar is near the top of the ingredient list, pick a different snack. And know what you’re reading, terms like fructose and sucrose are just another way to say sugar. Sweet drinks like fruit juice and lemonade are bad for teeth, too, even the sugar-free versions, which can still contain acids that damage tooth enamel.

Source: Women's Health


We love having fun in the summer sun and we know how important it is to protect our peepers with sunglasses, but it’s super annoying when our sunglasses are forever sliding down our nose. It’s hot and we’re sweaty, so it feels like something we’ll just have to live with, but this hack could stop the slide for good.

So what’s the secret? Something you probably already have in your makeup bag: eye shadow primer. You use it to hold your shadow in place on your eyelids and it creates a matte, slightly sticky grip, so dabbing a bit on the bridge of your nose right where your glasses hit is all there is to it.

That slightly sticky grip is supposed to keep your glasses in place. And the best part? It works on bare skin as well as over makeup. Plus, the hack works for regular glasses as well as sunglasses. So try it to stop the sunglasses slide.

Source: PureWow


Forget what you thought was your very first memory, a new study says it could be nothing more than a “figment of the imagination.” Researchers from University of London, the University of Bradford and Nottingham Trent University in the U.K. surveyed 6,641 people about their earliest memories and found that 38% had a memory from before their second birthday.

But researchers don’t think our brains are developed enough at that age for us to be able to hold onto memories. They say recollections we have before the age of three are based on “fragments of experience” - which include flashes of people, places, and things we regularly saw in our early years combined with things people tell us later in life.

So our earliest memories aren’t really memories, but we keep linking them together over time and eventually they become what we believe is an actual memory from our past. “Crucially, the person remembering them doesn’t know this is fictional,” says study co-author Martin Conway. “In fact when people are told their memories are false they often don’t believe it.”

Conway explains that this is because the systems that allow us to remember things are very complex and we don’t form adult-like memories until we’re five or six and our brains have developed. So that memory you think you have of when you were two? It’s probably a fake.

Source: The Sun

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