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Now that Halloween is over all our attention can be turned to Thanksgiving, and it seems a lot of folks will be celebrating this year. In fact, some folks may be celebrating turkey day more than once.

A new survey finds that 62% of younger Americans will plan more than one Thanskgiving meal, although only 38% of those 35 and older will indulge twice. The reason for two holidays is likely because more and more people are celebrating Friendsgiving. And while friends are important, the thing people are most thankful for this season is family (53%) followed by health (21%), friends (9%) and food (7%).

Of course as much as we love Thanksgiving, it isn’t always smooth sailing, and it can often be quite stressful. For women, the top stressor is preparing the meal (49%) while for men, family is causing them the most tension (47%). All this stress could be the reason alcohol has grown in importance on the holiday. The survey finds that 71% of people will be serving booze with their meal, up from just 62% last year.

  • ONE MORE THING! Yes we all love turkey on Thanksgiving but that’s far from everyone’s favorite food. In fact, the survey finds most people are actually looking forward to mashed potatoes (76%). Other favorite Thanksgiving foods include:
  • Pie (71%) (pumpkin being the favorite at 79%)
  • Rolls (68%)
  • Gravy (62%)
  • Green beans (59%) 

Source: Meyocks

We’re officially in November, which means it’s time to start thinking about the holidays, and Starbucks is already in the holiday spirit. Starting today, Starbucks is debuting their annual holiday cups, and thankfully, it seems there won’t be any controversy surrounding this year’s selections.

While previous holiday cups have gotten folks in an uproar, this year’s designs have a simple holiday theme, with four cups in total, all in shades of red and green. A press release describes the cups as “retro,” noting they are inspired by the company’s “heritage.” This year's options include:

  • “Stargyle” – a green cup that incorporates the stars from the Starbucks Siren’s crown.
  • “Stripes” – a red and white cup with a design that mimics the seam on the back of a Starbucks cup.
  • “Flora” – a red, white and green cup with holly, that’s inspired by “coffee cherries.”
  • “Espresso Houndstooth” – A red cup inspired by flames that roast coffee.
  • And that’s not all. For the first time, Starbucks is also introducing a re-usable holiday cup in red. Anyone who orders a holiday drink today will get it for free, and if they reuse it between November 3rd and January 7th they’ll get 50 cents off their drink.
  • But cups aren't the only way Starbucks is getting into the holiday spirit. They’ve also introduced three new holiday snacks – Pistachio Honey Croissant, Sugarplum Cheese Danish and Chocolate Swirl Brioche. In addition, traditional holiday flavored beverages will return starting today, including Peppermint Mocha, Toasted White Chocolate Mocha, Caramel Brulée Latte, Chestnut Praline Latte, Gingerbread Latte and Eggnog Latte. So far no new holiday beverages have been announced.

Source: Starbucks


Now that the trick-or-treating is over and the candy has been sorted, parents are left to figure out what to do with another year’s worth of costumes. There are probably some local churches or groups that you could donate to, but these are some other options for what to do with your family’s gently used Halloween costumes, so they don’t end up wasting space in your closet or in a landfill.

  • Donate it to kids in need - The Halloween Helperscollects gently used costumes and dance class outfits and sends them to places like community centers and shelters for families who don’t have the resources to buy costumes. ’Ween Dream is a similar organization that collects clean, pre-worn costumes to donate to families living at or below the poverty level and those affected by a “traumatic event” like Hurricane Michael.
  • Try online secondhand stores - If the costume is in really great shape, you could try selling it online at sites like Poshmark or ThredUP. With Poshmark, sellers upload photos to the site and with ThredUP, users send in clothing which is then evaluated for resale. Both accept kids’ costumes year-round.
  • Let social media do the work - People sell everything from furniture to electronics on social media, so why not Halloween costumes? Facebook Marketplace could help you sell your old costumes and if you’re lucky, you could even make enough to cover the cost of next year’s costumes.

Source: Huffington Post

Between work, relationships, a social life and whatever else fills up our lives, it’s easy to feel like there’s no time left for ourselves. We can get so caught up in the daily grind that we don’t even realize how much we’re missing in life, but making these little changes can help make things feel a little better and brighter.

  • Buy flowers for yourself - Why wait for someone else to bring you flowers when you can treat yourself? They’re a colorful reminder that you deserve nice things and they’re scientifically proven to help cheer you up.
  • Don't wear headphones on your morning commute - Headphones block out the world, which keeps you in a bubble, but makes you miss what’s happening around you. So try commuting without the headphones and interact with the outside world for a change.
  • Don't watch "stories” - If watching people’s Instagram stores makes you feel bad about yourself or compare your average life to all the exciting things they’re sharing online, why not stop watching them?
  • Talk to strangers - As kids we’re warned not to talk to strangers, but keeping that guard up all the time means you don’t get to interact with lots of the people you encounter. Don’t keep everyone at a distance, you never know what you might learn from someone new.
  • Walk slowly - We’re busy and have things to do and places to be, so we rush to get there. But slowing your pace can ease stress and help you appreciate everything around you. Enjoy the journey of getting where you’re going and slow down so you can really see what’s around you.

Source: PopSugar

A “Sports Illustrated” bikini model reveals just how easy it is to edit a photo to make it look “Instagram-ready” to show how picture-perfect models aren’t always what they seem. Plus-size model Kate Wasley uploaded an Instagram video showing how just a few fast tweaks on the computer can make someone appear completely different.

The 24-year-old shows a photo of herself in a bikini that’s been Photoshopped to change her shape and skin. In just a few seconds, stretch marks and cellulite are edited out and her figure is slimmed down. The altered photo shows Wasley’s hips and legs thinned out, her bust accentuated and smooth skin, all thanks to Photoshop.

The model is trying to expose what we perceive as perfection compared to the reality and to encourage others not to compare themselves to the models they see on social media. Wasley is an advocate for body positivity and uses her Instagram to battle body shaming.“It might be Photoshop, it might be a pose, it might be that the person you’re comparing yourself to is a completely different build and body type to you,” Wasley explains. “When you compare yourself to someone online you’re probably thinking of yourself at your worst and you’re comparing that to someone’s best fragments of their life that they choose to share with the world.”

Source: New York Post

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