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While we are likely to always see a lot of black or red on the runway and in stores, a new color is expected to emerge as a favorite in 2019 that may help folks keep calm in the coming year.

According to the Pantone Color Institute, “Living Coral” will be the color for 2019. The company describes the color as, “an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge.”

The site adds that the color, which can be found in nature, “embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment,” and notes it, “is a nurturing color that appears in our natural surroundings and at the same time, displays a lively presence within social media.”

“Color is an equalizing lens through which we experience our natural and digital realities and it’s particularly true for Living Coral,” Pantone executive director Leatrice Eisman explains. “With consumers craving human interaction and social connection, the humanizing heartening qualities displayed by the convivial Pantone Living Coral hit a responsive chord.”

  • Previous colors of the year include Ultra Violet (2018), Greenery (2017), Rose Quartz and Serenity (2016) and Marsala (2015).

Source: Pantone

While you’re out searching for just the right gifts this season, remember that you have a chance to make not only your recipient and yourself happy with your purchase, but to help others at the same time. Lots of presents out there give back to worthy causes, so buying a present can have a positive effect on the world. Here are some of our favorites this year.

  • A bracelet that gives peace of mind - Alex and Ani'scollection with the Meditating Eye helps the wearer remember to relax and sends money to the David Lynch Foundation, a group “dedicated to working on the epidemic of trauma and toxic stress.” ($42)
  • A cocktail holder that gives water to others - This pretty copper pineapple can be used as a fancy drinking vessel or a bar cart decoration and every sale gives access to one week of water to someone in need. ($99)
  • Soft skin for a better world - It’s dry skin season, but this Lush Charity Pot body cream will keep skin smooth and smelling good and you can feel good knowing 100% of the proceeds from your present are donated to small grassroots groups working for environmental conservation and human rights. ($8)
  • A blanket that will warm your heart - Baby, it’s cold outside which is why blankets are a classic holiday gift, but why not take it to the next level with one from Mitscoots Outfitters. They employ folks transitioning out of homelessness into stable employment and with every purchase, a blanket of equal quality is donated to a shelter. ($89)
  • Cheers to charity - When you’re picking out wine for hostess gifts this holiday season, you can choose one that gives back. One Hope Wine allows you to contribute to all sorts of causes, from ending childhood hunger to supporting veterans, with each bottle you buy. ($25)

Source: Marie Claire

Even with best friends there are some subjects folks don’t love to talk about, and according to a new study the one topic that seems to be off limits for most people is…money.

A new survey by Capitol Group finds that Americans would rather talk about almost anything rather than finances. When asked what discussions were off limits with friends the top four were related to money, including household earnings (39%), retirement savings (38%), debt (32%) and inheritance (25%). Surprisingly, they were way more willing to talk about things like politics (17%), drug use (14%) and even racial issues (8%).

As for the reasons money talk was taboo, many said finances were none of other people’s business, while others said it was awkward, and some worried it would create ill feelings amongst friends.

So, who do people talk to about money? Well, the common responses were spouses and financial advisors. Interestingly, while 50% of women say they’d talk to their spouse, only 36% of men say the same. As for financial advisors, 50% of women would go to them, while only 41% of men would. And when it comes to generations, Millennials are the most likely to talk to friends about money issues (23%), and are also more likely to talk to their parents (father 28%, mother 24%).

Source: Capitol Group

Going out on New Years Eve is always an expensive proposition, but it’s even more expensive if you’re a parent. That’s because you’re likely going to have to hire a babysitter, and if you can actually find one working, they will charge you through the roof. 

A report by Urbansitter finds the average cost of a babysitter on New Years Eve will be $16.43 an hour for one child, $18.86 for two, or $20.56 for three. Now if you spend four hours out ringing in the New Year that means you’ll likely be paying $65 more than on a regular evening. And that doesn’t even include extras, with 46% of parents saying they tip their sitter, while 80% will pay for things like dinner and transportation home.

Of course, where you live will play a big role in how much you pay for that NYE babysitter. According to a report, folks in San Francisco, California will be paying the most, $19.70 an hour.

Five Priciest Cities For a New Years Eve Babysitter

  1. San Francisco, CA: $19.70
  2. Salinas, CA: $18.90
  3. Boston, MA: $18.85
  4. New York City, NY: $18.44
  5. Kansas City, MO: $17.73 

Source: Market Watch

When you’re looking for a babysitter for your kids it’s understandable to be a little picky, but one woman has taken things a bit too far, and the Internet is slamming her for it.

A Reddit user shared an alleged advertisement on the online forum, titling it “Delusional Babysitter Requirements.” The woman who was looking for a babysitter for her three kids had a whopping 14 requirements for the gig, some of which were good references, no problems with the law, CPR certification, a driver’s license and more. 

But there were also some requirement that folks felt were just a little outrageous, including, “No tattoos…No sketchy social media behavior AND/OR public pictures,” adding that the sitter “must be okay with emergency last-minute calls” and “perfect attendance 100 [percent] required,” along with non-negotiable 24/7-hour availability. The post adds that the sitter needs to be, “willing to pay for some snacks,” and is “ideally a Trump fan.”

Not only were the demands outrageous, but the pay wasn’t that great either, with the woman noting she was willing to pay $10 bucks an hour under the table, explaining, “It’s like making $15/hr normally but without paying taxes.”

  • As you can imagine, folks on Reddit had a few things to say about this outrageous post. “It REALLY sweetens the deal of looking after and feeding 3 young children and 2 dogs all day every day for $2 — sorry, $3!! — per mammal, per hour, doesn’t it[?]” one person noted, while another added, “The ideal babysitter must have "NO problems with the law" but its okay for this choosy beggar to illegally dodge tax!" 

Source: Fox News

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