While Halloween celebrations seem to last for days, the holiday itself has and always will be on October 31st, right? Well, not if some folks have a say in it.
Believe it or not, a group calling itself the Halloween & Costume Association has started a Change.org petition to change the date of Halloween from October 31st to the last Saturday in October, arguing it would make for a “Safer, Longer, Stress-Free Celebration!”
“Why cram it into 2 rushed evening weekday hours when it deserves a full day!?!” the group argues, noting that Halloween itself can be dangerous because parents don’t usually take proper precautions and most parents don’t accompany their kids trick or treating.
And it turns out a lot of people agree. The petition so far attracting over 24,000 of the 25,000 signatures needed. “It makes more sense to have it always on a Saturday so that we don’t have to worry about getting the kids home and in bed early for school the next day,” one woman commented. “Also, for most people, they wouldn’t have to worry about working that day or the day following.”
- Of course there are plenty of people are opposed to it, calling out the petition as being motivated by money. “This is ridiculous. People already celebrate the weekend before regardless of what day of the week it falls on. You clearly do not know the origins of Halloween,” one writes, while another adds, “The ONLY reason they want the date changed is for money reasons. The more people trick or treat, the more costumes sold, the more money in their pocket! Get real!!”
Source: New York Post
They say time is money, which may be the reason lots of folks are willing to spend money not to have their time wasted. A new Harris Poll finds that folks are so sick of waiting that they’d easily pay more to speed things along.
The international survey finds that 69% of people would gladly spend extra money to shorten wait times for products and experiences, with folks, on average, willing to spend 21% extra. When it comes to the U.S. alone, that number goes up to 29%, with Millennials the most anxious, willing to spend 40% above the regular price to get faster customer service
Overall, Americans are wiling to pay the most to speend things up, with folks in he UK willing to spend 23% more, while those in France would pay 18% and those in Germany would spend 15%.
- Meanwhile, the same survey finds that Americans aren’t exactly being careful with their personal data. In fact, 53% of Americans would gladly share their personal data with a company that will personalize service or products based on that data, while only 43% of those in the UK, 39% of those in Germany, and 36% of those in France say the same.
Source: The Harris Poll
Some people love that Saturday night in the fall when we set our clocks back and get an “extra hour” of sleep, but the time change can have negative effects on our bodies. Just because we change the clocks doesn’t mean our internal clocks immediately reset and the transition to leaving the office after the sun sets most days isn’t always easy, but these tips can help.
- Boost your vitamin D levels - With less time in the daylight, nutritionist Naomi Mead says we need to get more vitamin D by eating foods like wild salmon, eggs, dairy, and mushrooms. Vitamin D can affect our moods, and it can be hard to get enough from diet alone, so you may want to consider taking a supplement to make sure you’re getting enough.
- Load up on foods with tryptophan - Spending less time in the sun could also affect brain chemicals including serotonin and melatonin, which regulate mood, sleep, and appetite. But eating foods high in tryptophan, including poultry, eggs, bananas, and oats, can help give a boost.
- Stick to your normal bedtime - After we set the clocks back an hour, your brain still thinks it’s an hour later than it really is, so you’ll feel tired earlier in the evening. But hang in there until you normally go to sleep so you help your body adapt to the new schedule. And then in a few months, we’ll have to go through all of this again when we “spring forward” to Daylight Saving time again.
With the holidays fast approaching, we have lots of festive cocktails and beverages in our future. But we don’t want to end up looking like snowmen at the end of the season, so it’s best to know what we’re sipping in those delicious holiday drinks. Here are the calorie counts of some of our beloved holiday beverages.
- Eggnog - calorie count: 340-435. Is it really the holidays if you don’t sip a glass of eggnog? It’s a seasonal favorite, but with upwards of 400 calories and anywhere from 20 to 30 grams of fat, maybe capping it at one glass is best.
- Peppermint Mocha - calorie count: 240–540. That sweet chocolate and mint combo is tasty, but a grande Peppermint Mocha from Starbucks has 18 grams of fat and 68 grams of sugar!
- Hot Buttered Rum - calorie count: 220–350. With ingredients like brown sugar and butter, you know it’s going to be indulgent.
- Pumpkin Spice Latte - calorie count: 210–470. These seasonal favorites are made differently depending where you get them, but a grande PSL from Starbucks with whipped cream and 2% milk packs 380 calories and 50 grams of sugar.
- Hot Cocoa - calorie count: 170–420. When you need to warm up after walking in a winter wonderland, hot chocolate can be the perfect fix, but all the sugar, whipped cream, and marshmallows add up quick.
If protein bars are a necessary part of your life, but have never been your favorite snack, we’ve got news for you. Apparently, people have found a way to bypass the chalky taste or super chewy texture some protein bars have - by popping them in the microwave.
It turns out, zapping that protein bar in the microwave for a few seconds heats it up to a sweet, softer, dessert-like texture that’s much better than the vitamin taffy some of them can be. There’s even a whole Reddit thread about it. Who knew? A user who warmed their CLIF bar for 20 seconds says it basically tasted like a delicious chocolate peanut butter cake.
So it’s not the same as dessert, it’s actually better because it’s high-protein. But if it turns that healthy-ish snack into a next-level treat, sign us up. A little warm-up in the microwave can soften the glaze on the outside of the bar and turn the inside from dense to soft and crumbly and that’s about as good as it gets with protein bars.
Source: Women's Health