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A bridesmaid who reached out to JetBlue for help after she was dumped from her gig in a wedding party has touched a nerve on the Internet. Courtney Duffy posted a plea to the airline regarding a flight she booked for a friend’s wedding after the friend sent her an email disinviting her as a bridesmaid.

“I am laughing & crying & must avoid this wedding at all costs. Pls help?" she tweeted. In an email Courtney later shared, the bride explained that she needed Courtney to “relinquish your duties as a bridesmaid” because Courtney's school schedule kept her too busy to attend all the events surrounding the wedding. And not only was she dumped as a bridesmaid, the bride asked if she could send the bridesmaid jumpsuit she was going to wear so another girl could wear it.

As you can imagine, the Internet was blowing up over the whole thing, with many siding with Courtney and calling the bride a bridezilla. “Brides need to stop treating their bridesmaids like unpaid interns,” one person wrote. “They’re not here to work for free. They want to celebrate with you and see you happy.”

  • A few didn’t think the bride was being unreasonable, but they were definitely in the minority. And then there was a whole other group of users who couldn’t get over that the bridesmaids were wearing jumpsuits, with one noting, “Jumpsuit for a bridesmaid dress? You may be thankful you'll never be photographed wearing it. “
  • As for JetBlue, they quickly jumped in to help, and get some good publicity, and offered to waive Courtney’s change fees so she can use the ticket on another flight. They added, "We can all understand the customer’s desire to get some distance from the situation.” (Note: Courtney eventually made her Twitter account private)

Source: USA Today


These days a vacation doesn’t mean much to people unless they can make their friends and family feel jealous by posting pictures on social media sites. And if you’re one of those people who are feeling envious of your friends and family’s travels, a new app is here to help you level the playing field without ever leaving your home.

The Krome photo editing website and app now provides Instagram-worthy travel photos without the travel, plopping folks into any location for just $12 or less. “You name it and we can do it,” the company says on its website. “Anything is possible.”

The site offers users the chance to be photographed in front of the Eiffel Tower, or any other far off destination without the price of an airline ticket. All customers have to do choose one of their own photos, select a background and send in any special instructions. The site can even merge together multiple images, correct colors, add and remove items and more.

Source: USA Today


We all know that having a child isn’t a cheap endeavor, and when it comes to childcare, these days it’s just simply unaffordable in a lot of places in the country. In case you missed it, a new Care.com report reveals just how expensive childcare is across the country. Overall, the average cost to put in infant in a day-care center is $211 a week, while it costs $195 to put them in a family care center and $580 to hire a nanny.

Shockingly, 33% of families say they spend 20% or more of their annual household income on childcare, while 20% spend a quarter or more of their income. What’s more, 70% of parents are paying higher rates than the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says is considered affordable.

The survey finds that 60% of families say their childcare costs have increased over the last year and these astronomical rates are affecting how many babies people have. In fact, 33% of families say childcare costs influenced their family planning, with some either having fewer children or waiting longer because of the expenses.

  • Of course, where you live can affect how much you’ll be paying to care for your child. The study finds that costs of putting a child in a childcare center can run from $6,615 in Arizona to $19,805 in Washington, DC, while having a nanny from one child can cost anywhere from $27,566 in Utah, to $34,592 in Massachusetts. 
  • Overall, Maryland is the most affordable state to hire a nanny, while Mississippi is the least affordable state. And when it comes to daycare, North Dakota is the most affordable state, while Washington, DC is the least affordable. (This is based on the average cost of care in relation to the state median family income among households with children.)

Top 5 Least Affordable States For A Nanny

  1. Mississippi
  2. New Mexico
  3. Arkansas
  4. Alabama
  5. Louisiana

 Source: Care.com


You know those little pamphlets that come in your birth control pills? Chances are you’ve never taken the time to read all that small print, but if you had, you’d know that storing your pills the wrong way can make them less effective. Pretty scary, right?

Well, most meds should be stored in a dry place at room temperature, somewhere around 68 to 77 degrees. If drugs are exposed to temperatures much hotter or colder than that range, they can lose potency. And it turns out, hormone or protein-based drugs, like oral contraceptives, can be particularly affected by not storing them at the right temp.

Here’s what to avoid, according to Dr. Margaret Long, an OB-GYn at the Mayo Clinic.

  • In the bathroom - Keeping your pills in here is a double no-no because of the humidity, which can break down the drug, and the heat from the shower. So skip the medicine cabinet; linen closets or kitchen cabinets are safer for your meds.
  • On a plane - Keep your pills in your carry on because things can get a lot colder in the baggage compartment than they do in the cabin and that can make the pills less effective. So don’t take a chance with your birth control.
  • In your car - It depends for how long and how hot it is, but don’t leave them on the dashboard baking in the sun.
  • Running errands - If your pills live in your purse and you’re running around all day tackling your endless to-do list, you’re better off leaving your pills at home while you’re on the go.

And if you’re ever worried your pills could be compromised, call your doc for a replacement or be sure to use a backup birth control method, just in case.

Source: Marie Claire


We know we’re supposed to eat our veggies, but they’re not all created equal. A new study actually finds that cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower, along with yellow and orange veggies like carrots and yellow bell peppers are the best for lowering the risk of breast cancer for women between the ages of 27 and 59.

Researchers also learned that women who eat more than five and a half servings of fruits and vegetables a day had an 11% lower risk of breast cancer than those who eat two and a half servings or fewer. The study also finds that eating more produce is linked to a lower risk of more aggressive tumors.

And when you’re loading up your plate, these are the cancer-fighting fruits and vegetables you want to fill it with:

  • Kale - It’s high in carotenoids, the pigment that gives fruits and veggies their dark colors and helps prevent cancer. And kale has beta-carotene, which has been shown to reduce the likelihood of cancers of the lung, breast, bladder, mouth, esophagus, and others.
  • Tomatoes - They’re full of lycopene, which is also known to help ward off cancer.
  • Watermelon - This summer favorite is also high in lycopene.
  • Oranges - It’s the vitamin C in oranges that’s been found to lower risks of cancers of the esophagus and stomach, and the antioxidant neutralizes cancer-causing chemicals in the body.
  • Peppers - They’re high in vitamin C also, with yellow peppers having the most and green ones having the least.
  • Brussels sprouts - This cruciferous veggie contains flavones and indoles that have anti-cancer properties.
  • White grapefruit - It’s got more selenium than most fruits and also has the antioxidant powers from vitamin C and beta-carotene.
  • Spinach - The leafy green is high in carotenoids and selenium, too.

Source: Byrdie


Anyone who’s ever gotten lost in a good book knows how easy it is to get sucked into whatever world you’re reading about, but a study from the University of Buffalo shows that’s a good thing. Researchers found reading fiction can make us less lonely by “providing a collective identity that’s easily assumed and psychologically rewarding.”

The study shows that reading satisfies our need for human connection because we don’t just feel like the characters we’re reading about, but we kind of become part of their world and even get an emotional boost from the book. We know social connections are important and it turns out, reading can mimic the effects of socializing with a group, according to researchers.

Now that doesn’t mean that you should trade in your besties for books, but this study shows that solo activities like reading and watching movies can bring the same fulfillment as interpersonal interactions. And that’s great news for introverts as well as bookworms.

Source: Bustle

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