If you still haven’t gotten your sweetie something for Valentine’s Day, you probably shouldn’t worry about spending a boatload of money. A new poll finds that most folks don’t expect their partners to break the bank on the romantic holiday. In fact, the Valentine’s Day survey by Debt.com finds that only 2% of people are expecting their boo to spend more than $100 tomorrow, while 45% actually expect them to spend nothing at all and 47% expect them to shell out only $50.Overall, 48% of people say Valentine’s Day is “somewhat important,” but they only spend about $50, while 22% say it is important and spend between $150 and $400 on their S.O. and 12% say it isn’t important and don’t spend any money. Oh, and then there are the single folks, with 11% of singletons saying they absolutely don’t care about Valentine’s Day, and another 7% of singles who say they spend whatever they want on themselves.One thing folks definitely don’t want their partner to do is to spend money on Valentine’s Day that they don’t have. About 90% of those surveyed say if their partner was having financial trouble they wouldn’t expect anything from them tomorrow, although 8% said they wouldn’t expect a gift, but their partner's finances would make them worry about their relationship.ONE MORE THING!When it comes to who should be spending the most money on Valentine’s Day, the poll finds most people think folks who are married should shell out the most dough (45%), followed by those who are boyfriend/girlfriend (37%), and then engaged couples (13%).
While some folks are happy with just flowers, candy or a romantic meal on Valentine’s Day, many people do feel the pressure to go all out on the romantic holiday, and unfortunately they don’t always succeed.Not every person is adept at finding that perfect Valentine’s Day gift, and now some folks are sharing with Buzzfeed some of the truly awful gifts they’ve been given on what’s supposed to be the most romantic day of the year. Some are so bad you may wonder how they ever found someone to date them in the first place.Truly awful Valentine’s Day gifts include:“
I got a T-shirt with a picture of my boyfriend on it that had a poem on the back detailing how awesome and sweet he was.”“I was about to move eight hours away for a life-saving lung transplant and was on oxygen 24/7. My boyfriend of four years bought me jeans because he was tired of me 'not caring about my appearance” and wanted me to dress nicer.'”“My ex gave me a handful of seeds. He said he was allergic to flowers, so I could grow my own. They weren’t even in a bag or anything, he took them out of his pocket!”“My ex made us dinner reservations at a nice steakhouse which he cancelled. To try to make up for it, he wrote me a note and SPELLED MY NAME WRONG. We had been together over a year.”“ My ex got me frozen flowers he stole from a local cemetery.”“My now ex picked me up in a limo, took me to the fanciest hotel in town, wined and dined me all V-day weekend. When he brought me back home via limo, he says to me, ‘Oh, your half of the cost is $450...can you write me a check?’”“I got a 24-pack of instant oatmeal.”“I didn't get anything because my ex boyfriend's birthday was on Valentine's day. He said that was his day.”
When the original Barbie dolls first came out way back in 1959 they were all blonde, tall, thin white women, but times have changed. Now there are Barbie dolls in a range of shapes, sizes, colors, and careers so all of the kids who play with them feel represented and to encourage them to follow their dreams of what they want to be when they grow up. And now there are two new Barbies that also promote inclusivity, one comes with a prosthetic leg and another comes in a wheelchair.The new additions are part of Barbie’s Fashionista line and they give kids with disabilities like these the chance to feel represented by the iconic dolls. The Barbie with the prosthetic leg is actually the result of a collaboration with 13-year-oldJordanReeves, who founded the nonprofitBorn Just Right, which works to “find creative solutions that help kids with disabilities live a more enjoyable life.” In a Ted Talk, she shared her struggle to find dolls that represented her and when Mattel, maker of Barbie, heard about it, they reached out to team up with her on this project.The Fashionista line includes many of the newer Barbies of different races and body types and that kind of diversity is important. Having dolls in a range of sizes and colors is more realistic and gives more kids the chance to play with a toy that looks like them, whichresearch showshelps them become more compassionate and empathetic. The new Barbie in a wheelchair and with a prosthetic leg will be out sometime later this year.
Lots of us enjoy ice cream as an after dinner treat, but that bedtime snack can make it tough for some folks to sleep afterwards. But now there’s a new ice cream that claims to be sleep-friendly, but what does that mean exactly?Nightfoodwas created with the help of sleep expert doctors, but it’s not a sleep aid, it’s just made with ingredients that make it “less disruptive” to the sleep cycle.So eating a bowl of Nightfood isn’t like popping an Ambien, but it is made by “removing/minimizing stuff that’s in most other ice creams” that can mess with sleep, like caffeine, and they tweak the recipes so they’re less likely to keep you awake because of digestion issues, acid reflux, and blood sugar spikes. And Nightfood is made with certain minerals and amino acids that research suggests help sleep quality as well as ingredients that are sleep-friendly.The sleep-friendly pints come ineight flavors: Full Moon Vanilla, Midnight Chocolate, After Dinner Mint Chip, Cold Brew Decaf, Cookies n’ Dreams, Milk and Cookie Dough, Cherry Eclipse, and Bed and Breakfast. Pints are $5.99 atNightfood’s online shop, butshipping is expensivebecause it requires coolers, dry ice and special handling because it is still ice cream after all.