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Now that it’s officially October it’s time to start getting excited for Halloween, which means supermarkets will have aisles and aisles of candy ready for you to buy for trick or treating. While everyone has their own personal likes and dislikes when it comes to Halloween treats, there are definitely some that are more popular than other, and now a new report reveals which ones are the most popular, and whether that popularity differs from state to state.

It’s probably not at all surprising, but chocolate is the overall favorite. According to Peapod sales, the most popular Halloween candy is the Snack Size Kit Kat Candy Bars for a third year in a row, with four of the Top Five candies all containing chocolate.

Top Five Most Popular Halloween Candies

  1. Snack Size Kit Kat Candy Bars
  2. Snack Size Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
  3. Fun Size Twix Cookie Bars
  4. Brach's Candy Corn
  5. Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bars

Source: Business Journals

Family vacations can result in lasting memories for you and the kids, but let’s face it, those family trips don’t come cheap. But it seems no matter how expensive, parents won’t say no to a family trip, and they go to great lengths to make sure their family goes on one each year.

A new poll finds that on average, parents will save money for 10 months in order to be able to give their kids that perfect family vacation, with moms and dads stashing aside as much as $416 each month.

As for why, 89% of parents believe it’s important their kids travel, while 74% want them to experience a new area or culture, 73% feel it strengthens family relationships, and 67% say it’s an opportunity for their kids to have fun and learn new things.

The survey finds that the ideal trip can cost almost $5,000, with 60% of parents saying they worked longer hours in order to put money aside, while 55% have shopped at discount stores and spent less time with friends, and 24% have even skipped saving for retirement in order to save money for a trip. And it seems all that saving was worth it, with 63% saying they’ve been able to go on what they described as a dream vacation with the family.

Source: SWNS Digital

We all know work can be exhausting, and somewhere around 3 pm the yawning starts to hit, and most folks could probably use a nap. Well, it turns out, a lot of people are finding ways to get a little shuteye in at the office.

A new poll by The Sleep Judge looked into workplace napping, and while you’d think most companies would frown on it, there seems to be some jobs that are perfectly okay with folks taking a rest in the middle of the day.

The poll finds that 93.2% of workers whose company allows for napping have taken a nap at work, while 46.3% of those whose company doesn’t allow napping have also found a way to take a little siesta during the day. And it seems companies should maybe consider napping a good thing, with 56.2% of workers saying naps increase their productivity.

As for the industries most likely to allow napping, they include:

  • Arts, Entertainment & Recreation
  • Construction
  • Marketing
  • Information Services & Data Processing
  • Technology

Interestingly, even though these industries are the most likely to allow napping, they aren’t the industries where most napping occurs. In fact, the five industries with the highest napping rates, are also the Top Five industries that ban napping. The industries with the highest napping rates include:

  • Transportation and Warehousing
  • Finance and Insurance
  • Medical and Health Care
  • Education
  • Hotel, Food Services and Hospitality (although they are the second-most likely to ban napping)

Source: The Sleep Judge

Kids eating more fast food: While we all know fast food isn’t good for us, it seems parents are still feeding falling back on the big chains to feed their kids. A survey of 800 parents in 2016 finds that 91% had taken their kids to one of the four major fast food chains for lunch or dinner in the past week, an increase from 79% in 2010. And while the increase may be due to such restaurants offering healthier options for kids in the past few years, the truth is even with the options, like fruit and yogurt, or low-fat milk and water, kids are still opting to eat the less healthy items like sugary drinks and french fries.


Screens and lack of sleep affecting children's brains: It's no secret that kids are spending too much time looking at screens, and it's far from harmless fun. A new study suggests that most U.S. children aren't meeting the recommended guidelines for screen time, exercise, and sleep and it could be affecting their cognitive skills.  In fact, the study notes that only 5% of students are meeting the guidelines in all three areas.  As for what those guidelines should be, doctors say kids five through 13 should get nine to 11 hours of sleep, get 60 minutes of exercise every day and should only have up to two hours of recreational screen time.  In reality, when it comes to screen time, the average U.S. child spends three-point-six hours  on devices, with nearly two-thirds of kids spending over the recommended two hours. And those who do spend more time on screens, for the most part performed worse on tests of their memory, thinking and language abilities.

For some of us, dry shampoo and coffee are life. Coffee gives us the boost we need to feel like regular, functioning humans and dry shampoo helps us look like them. And if those two items are high on your list of life essentials, you’ll be thrilled to know you could win a year’s supply of each, thanks to a new contest from Dunkin’ (Donuts) and Dove.

The restaurant chain and the beauty brand are teaming up to offer one lucky winner free coffee and dry shampoo for a whole year! And all you have to do to win is post a photo on Instagram or Twitter of your busy morning, explaining why you run on Dunkin’ coffee and Dove dry shampoo. Use the hashtags #DoveXDunkin and #DxDSweepstakes or go to to upload the photo directly. And even if you don’t win the grand prize - a $600 Dunkin’ gift card and 36 cans of Dove dry shampoo - 15 first-prize winners will get a $25 Dunkin’ gift card and five dry shampoos, which is still pretty good.

Source: Shape

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