Ever Wonder How a Class Action Works? We Talked to an Expert to Find Out


The numbers are always striking.

Honest Co. agreed to pay out more than $ 7 million after a dispute over ingredients.

Another $ 11.2 million is coming from adultery website Ashley Madison after a massively embarrassing security breach revealed customer data.

And a judge ordered that Dish Network pay a whopping $ 61 million for telemarketing calls a contractor made on behalf of the company to people on the National Do Not Call Registry.

If you qualify for even one of these class-action lawsuits, seeing settlement agreements in the millions can make you feel like you’ve won the lottery, at least in the beginning. But if you’ve ever received a payout, you know that in most cases, by the time your check arrives in the mail, your cut of the pie can feel pretty insignificant.

To understand why, you need to understand a bit more about the life cycle of a class-action lawsuit, and the difference between how we use some terms colloquially and what they really mean to legal professionals.

First, let’s start with the phrase “class-action lawsuit.”

A lawsuit is classified as a class action when a group of people sue the same company, accusing it of the same wrongdoing. In a traditional lawsuit, a single person or company sues another person or company.

The phrase “class-action lawsuit” is often used in newspapers, on TV and even by us at The Penny Hoarder from the moment a lawsuit is filed against a company. But the lawsuit isn’t technically a class action that early in the process, according to corporate attorney Jeff Lieser.

“You’re basically just putting the defendants on notice that you will be seeking to have a class certified,” he said. “Just because I decide I want to file a class-action lawsuit and I entitle the complaint a class-action complaint against John Doe for ripping off consumers, that does not make it a class action. It’s up to the judge.”

(Disclosure: Lieser works for the Lieser Skaff Alexander law firm, which handles legal issues for The Penny Hoarder.)

When Is a Class Action Really a Class Action?

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In some cases, class certification comes in the early months of a lawsuit. In other cases, that can take years, if it comes at all.

In the Ashley Madison case, class certification happened during the settlement process.

According to Lieser, pretty much every one of those scenarios can be considered normal. When it happens is less important, but the class certification is necessary if anyone other than the person or group handling the legal battle is going to get paid.

And getting a judge to certify a class can be tough.

The prerequisites for a class action in federal court are laid out in Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Most states have rules modeled after Rule 23 to govern class-action lawsuits filed in state courts.

Here’s what Rule 23(a) says must be in place before a lawsuit can be certified as class action:

  1. There have to be enough members in the class for it to be impractical for each to file individual lawsuits.
  2. The law has to apply in the same way to each member of the class.
  3. The claims of individuals in the class must be similar, and the company’s defense against each class member must be similar as well.
  4. The class representative — this is the person whose name is usually on the lawsuit as the plaintiff — and their attorney have to be willing to protect the interests of the class.

If all four prerequisites are met, the court moves on to Rule 23(b).

Here, only one of three items must exist for the lawsuit to move forward as a class action. The most common is the final item, Lieser said: The class members’ similarities should be greater than their difference to show that what happened to each person is a common practice of the company being sued.

Of course, if you are considering being the class representative for a class-action lawsuit, you’d have a lawyer to make sure these requirements are met. For most of us, though, we’d be among the unnamed participants waiting to see if it ends in a win at trial or an out-of-court settlement followed by a check.

Why Do Companies Settle and Say They Did Nothing Wrong?

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If you’ve ever read even one article about a lawsuit that’s been settled, you have probably read that despite a multimillion-dollar settlement and the promise to change business practices, the company still “denies all wrongdoing.”

If you think this seems contradictory, you’re not alone. But Lieser said the laws governing class-action lawsuits make it so companies can right wrongs without admitting guilt.

“If you’re changing your business practices, people are going to assume that they need to be changed because they were screwed up before or you did something wrong,” Lieser said.

But legally, agreeing to settle and change practices without conceding guilt is allowed.

“That is because courts want to be an agent of change, and they don’t want there to be a disincentive to remedying those things that are out there that can cause harm,” Lieser said. “They don’t want something used against you… The courts want companies to do the right thing.”

That’s why the apparent inconsistency is allowed: The courts don’t want a change in practice or a large settlement to eventually lead to more lawsuits against a company that has just admitted guilt.

OK, There Was a Settlement. When Do You Get Paid?

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Like just about every other question we had about class-action lawsuits, the answer is: “It depends.”

“It’s always going to be years,” Lieser said. “It’s just a matter of how many years. It’s a safe bet that it’s going to be anywhere from two years to 10 years or more in some cases.”

Then, when a case is finally over, the large cash settlements cover much more than consumer payouts.

The money must also cover attorney’s fees, which Lieser said normally hovers around one-third of the settlement, and the cost of informing members of the class that they’re owed money.

That means the bare-bones websites that go up so people can file electronic claims; any ad space purchased in newspapers, online or on TV; the pay for people on hand to answer questions from those trying to see if they qualify for a payout. All of that could come out of the settlement.

“Class actions often get a bad rap for this,” Lieser added.

And depending on the size of the class and the settlement, it could mean just a few dollars, like the Red Bull settlement a few years back, or more than $ 1,000, like the Dish Network case.

The deadline to file a claim is usually stated in the settlement agreement, but in some cases, that can be extended. In the Wells Fargo fake account settlement, for example, the deadline to file was extended to July 7 after the bank failed to properly notify consumers about the settlement.

No matter how long it takes, if you’ve been promised a settlement and you can prove that you qualify, you’ll likely get paid eventually — even if it’s just a few bucks.

Desiree Stennett (@desi_stennett) is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder. She writes about how government and court actions impact your wallet.

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The Bachelorette Recap: Becca Hopes That Love Will Find Her in the Bahamas

Things are getting really real on The Bachelorette because hometown dates are just around the corner. The men are now required to say things like, “It’s getting real, man” and “Meeting my family is a really big deal.” That’s right, we’ve reached the point in the show where the L-word is bandied about by the newly-serious men gnawing the spray tan stains off their fingernails and hoping they are vulnerable and open enough to get a rose and try to make up new things to be honest about so Becca rewards them with a rose.

Here’s what happened this week on The Bachelorette:

Drama Free Zone

The number one thing that Becca is looking forward to in the Bahamas is no drama. She wants a drama-free zone so much that she can’t even manage to say the obligatory, “I’m looking forward to falling in love in the Bahamas” because falling in love would be too much drama. Becca then makes a rookie mistake saying that she can’t wait to have a relaxing time and she just hopes that no one ruins it. If that’s not the ominous sound of foreshadowing.

Bahamian Viagra

Becca invites Colton out for The Bachelor franchise’s standard boat date: They wear revealing swimwear, flirtatiously splash in the water, make out in front of the cameras, and generally recreate the Jay-Z on a jet ski meme. Back at the hotel, the men have nothing better to do than sit around the hotel room laying bets on whether or not Colton is planning on telling Becca that he is a virgin on his one-on-one date or just keeping the secret until one of the men is forced to tell Becca in a quiet, but intense conversation. Despite the fact that the producers failed to set this date on the Virgin Islands, Colton is still considering telling Becca his truth. However, the moment he works up his nerve, a man appears and bullies them into diving for conch, and then eating the conch’s piston, which is a well-known aphrodisiac known as the Bahamian Viagra. Between jokes about Colton’s big conch, Colton finally manages to tell Becca his big secret. He tells her that sports is a big conch blocker and he was too busy playing football to have girlfriend and he is a virgin. Becca replies, “Really?” And then excuses herself for one second to (guessing!) go scream, “Really???” in the bathroom and wish that she could call a girlfriend and scream, “Really?????” There is, of course, no way that Becca would dump Colton for being a virgin, but the show needs drama so she has to make the big old football player sweat a little. She returns to the table, thanks him for being vulnerable and honest, and rewards him with a date rose.

What A Beach

Becca then invites noted Instagram fanatic Garrett for a nearly identical date to the one she went on with Colton, but with a sea plane instead of a boat and 100% fewer conch jokes. Becca and Garrett romp, frolic, flirt and recreate that one scene from From Here To Eternity while a cameraman zooms in on their hands touching PG-13 style. Becca admits that she is falling for Garrett, but also has questions for him, like his feelings about hateful Instagram memes? Instead she asks him about his ex-wife and his family. She pins the rose on him and Garrett tells the camera that he no longer sees Becca as his girlfriend but as his “potential wife.” Then they strip down to their swimsuits and go for a night swim as Becca claims she has never felt this way about anyone — not even Arie!

We Were On A Break!

Just as Becca is about to choose who will fill the vacancy in her heart, the reality show is interrupted by Donald Trump’s reality show-style announcement of who will fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court. Brett Kavanaugh, will you accept this rose?

Horsing Around

Then Becca invites Blake on the exact same date that she went on with Colton and Garrett, but with 100% more Baha Men performing their hit, “Who Let the Dogs Out?” Becca has so much fun that she feels “like she is glowing from the inside out.” She and Blake make out on a beach, make out in the water, ride horses on the beach, and get vulnerable with each other, which is not euphemism. Blake tells her that the last week has been really tough for him mentally and Becca decides the best response to that is to tell him that she now sympathizes with Arie because she too likes a few people and understands why he brutally dumped her on live TV to take up with her runner up. Blake doesn’t look thrilled about hearing that his girlfriend loves multiple people, but hey buddy that’s what you signed up for. Over dinner, Blake tells Becca that his mom had affairs with his basketball coach and English teacher. After that confession, Becca definitely wants a hometown visit. She quickly gives him the date rose. To seal the deal, Blake tells her he loves her and Becca tells the camera that she is in love with him, but has to hold back for dramatic purposes.

Beach Bumming

To decide which of her remaining suitors will earn the last rose, Becca invites Wills, Jason, and Leo out on a three-on-one date. Then she makes them play beach volleyball for her love. Wills and Becca spend a lot of time kissing and talking about family. Jason, whose name I still have to read off the bottom of the screen, is very excited to introduce Becca to his family and they engage in some light canoodling. Leo and Becca have an honest talk and they both admit that they aren’t quite at the meet-the-family point in their relationship. As Becca rejoins Wills and Jason, Leo stands alone in the waves staring off into the middle distance. They leave him alone on the shore as they continue their date. At dinner, Wills tells Becca that she made him believe in love again, while Jason says that “the vibe they are forming” is like nothing he has ever felt before. Guess which one Becca chose? Wills tries not to cry on national television and almost manages it.


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This is how to find the right bra size

Never wear the wrong bra again

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Did you know most women wear the wrong bra size? Well this wouldn’t be the case if we all knew how to find the correct bra for our size, including measuring ourselves, would it? So we thought we’d grill two lingerie experts on everything you need to know about the subject, including how often to change bras, how often to wash them and everything else you need to know about the lingerie staple.

How to tell if you’re wearing the wrong bra size

Check the cups

Figleaves Garment Technologist Victoria Shelton says, ‘The cups should fully encase your breasts with no spilling out or sitting away.’

Check the underband

Debby Duckett, Buying Director at Boux Avenue, explains, ‘if it is rising up your back, lifting up at the front, or is too tight that it’s causing discomfort, we’d recommend going for a bra fitting.’

Check the straps

Victoria says, ‘The straps should sit comfortably on your shoulders with the majority of the support coming from the underband. The underband should be snug, supportive and sit level without riding up.’

Check where the bra sits

Debby says, ‘It’s also worth checking where your bra is positioned. If it’s standing away at the centre front, or if the wire is sat on breast tissue, it’s not fitting you properly. You can check this by pressing the wire at the end; if the wire bounces it means it is sat on breast tissue and isn’t secure.’

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How to measure your bra size

The easiest way to get your bra measurements is by going in for a bra fitting, however if you don’t have time, or would rather do it at home, then Debby says you can do it in three easy steps.

  1. Grab a tape measure and start with measuring your underband, which is the part of the bra that provides the most support. Standing in front of a mirror with the centimetre side facing outwards and keeping the tape measure straight, level and tight, measure the circumference of your body, just underneath your bust.
  2. Use the conversion chart below to find your underband size.
  3. You can then work out your cup size from there, by comparing the new underband size to your previous underband size. If your underband size is now smaller, it’s likely that you’ll need to go up a cup size. If your underband size is the same but your bust is spilling out of the cups, you’ll need to go down a cup size. If the cups are gaping and there is space, go down a cup size.

Conversion chart

Underband
CM Back band
58/60/62 28
63/65/67 30
68/70/72 32
73/75/77 34
78/80/82 36
83/85/87 38
88/90/92 40

How often to go for bra fittings

Your breast size can fluctuate due to varying factors like hormones, ageing, weight gain etc, so experts recommend getting bra fittings every six months.

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How to check your bra fits

Victoria says, ‘I would recommend checking the fit every few times you wear the bra. Check the straps are sitting correctly on the shoulders and with the right amount of adjustment. The underband should be snug but supportive, over time the elastane in the bra will become worn and less supportive, it is vital to change your bra at this point.

How long do bras last?

‘With regular wear, bras can last from 6 months to a year,’ Victoria adds.

When is it time to change your bra?

‘Colour and shape are the two main areas that tell you when it’s time to replace a bra. If the underband is too loose on the tightest hook or the straps are no longer staying in place, your bra is no longer giving you the support you need. If the colour has started to fade and the fabric has gone a little frayed, you have the perfect excuse to treat yourself to some new lingerie!’ Debby says.

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Designer Plus Size Clothing for Professional WomenWondering where to find designer plus-size clothing for professional women? As readers have noted in the past, trendy, fast-fashion spots abound for plus-size work attire — so finding quality fabrics and classic styles for polished looks can be difficult. We wanted to do a roundup of high-end brands and websites that include investment pieces made of high-quality fabrics to add to your everyday workwear collection, plus a few options if you’re in the market for a date-night outfit or special occasion.

We recently rounded up where to find stylish plus-size suits for work, and we’ve done roundups in the past for the best workwear for plus sizes as well as workwear in size 16 and up — for more plus-size content, please sign up for for CorporettePlus, our newsletter! Signing up helps us gauge interest in the project, and we promise not to blast your email more than once a week at most. (Right now it’s more like once a month.)

We also want to hear from you: What are your go-to brands or fashion sites when seeking out designer plus-size clothing for professional women that’ll last, in terms of style and substance? Here are some of the interesting companies we know of in this space — we’d love to hear if you know of any others!


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    • 11 Honore: With the tagline “The runway, edited,” 11 Honore was created last year to give women access to designer brands in sizes 10–20, including pieces exclusive to the company. Those on offer include Theory, Badgley Mischka, Black Halo, Zac Posen, and Christian Siriano. Just to look at one category, dresses right now start around $ 325 and go up to $ 1500.
    • Anna Scholz: This brand with feminine styles is now sold exclusively at AnnaScholz.com; this pocket blouse or lace-trim tee might be lovely for work. Prices range from $ 25–$ 500.
    • And Comfort: One of the newest brands with plus-size fashion in mind has “custom milled [their] own premium organic and pima cotton,” which provides a high-quality, easy-to-wear line of basics up to size 28 that includes a mandarin-collar tunic shirt, apron dress, and wrap skirt. Prices range from $ 45–$ 150.
    • Basler: The German company was placed into liquidation last year and acquired by TriStyle Group, whose brands include Long Tall Sally and others. Not surprisingly, it seems to be in a time of transition (and has closed its brick-and-mortar stores), but a few pieces can be found at Saks (all on sale) and a few dozen (tops, blazers, sheath dresses) at OFF5TH. Prices range from $ 45–$ 615.
    • Gravitas: Founded in 2012 and available at Lord & Taylor as well as the company’s own site, Gravitas offers workwear basics in classic styles; many have a hidden shapewear component. Dresses are around $ 275.
    • Jibri: With sizes from 10–28, Jibri offers pieces that are handmade-to-order, including several wardrobe basics, a long-sleeved, mock-neck pencil dress, and full-sleeve satin flare dress. Celebrities who’ve worn this line include Jill Scott, Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes, Tess Holiday, and Gabourey Sidibe. The yellow dress pictured is $ 230 and comes in a ton of colors, and is “made by hand in Atlanta.”
    • Kiyonna: Since 1996, American-made Kiyonna has been offering multiple colors, fabrics, and styles for plus-size fashions size 10–32, particularly their popular and flattering wrap dresses and cocktail dresses. (The brand also shows up in some of the high-end style boxes.)
    • Lafayette 148 New York: Available online and in department stores including Nordstrom, and at their own locations around the U.S., the high-end retailer sells blouses, suits, skirts, dresses, and other must-haves made from the finest European fabrics, up to size 24.
    • LoubenNordstrom‘s house brand is great for suiting basics. Prices range from $ 158–$ 380.
    • Marina Rinaldi / Persona by Marina Rinaldi: Part of the Max Mara family, the brand has more traditional dresses and more whimsical, casual options as well. You can find the brand at Nordstrom, Saks, and other designer stores; prices range from around $ 210–$ 1000+. Red dress pictured.

  • MM.LaFleur: A Corporette reader favorite, the workwear company extended its sizing last year by remaking its core pieces from scratch in sizes +1, +2, and +3, which correspond to a range of 14–22 (with a goal to add more styles). You can find tops, dresses, sweaters, and more. Pictured polka-dot dress.
  • navabi: This retailer (based in Germany) offers several different brands — too many to list here — that offer sizes 10 and up, categorized by work dressestrouser suits, and jackets and blazers. You can search by size, designer, or choose a trend that suits you.
  • Nic + Zoe: This brand is guilty of some… bold patterns, shall we say — but if that isn’t quite your style, some of their solids are great for workwear, including their popular Twirl dress and skirt, their four-way cardigan, the riding jacket, and the “Perfect” line of pants. You can find them at a bunch of retailers, including Nordstrom and Amazon.
  • Of MercerSpecializing in workwear — as they put it, “your nine-to-five (and then some) wardrobe” — Of Mercer extends to size 20 and allows you to search the site not only by size, color, and price but also categories such as “hourglass shapes,” “hips,” and “tall.”
  • PLVSH Style: With this retailer, you can either opt for a style box, or shop online for a range of high-end items size 14 and up. Prices range from $ 80–$ 280+.
  • Rita Phil Custom Fashion: Like the name suggests, this skirt designer can do custom orders, and the site’s FAQ page states there is “no size limit.” (BuzzFeed’s Kristin Chirico also gave it her seal of approval.)
  • Stizzoli: This Italian brand offers bold prints and patterns along with neutral pieces — both a bit trendy and more classic. You can find many Stizzoli pieces at Saks.
  • Universal Standard: This line has been receiving high praise from fashion mags, blogs, and our own readers for its workwear options. They are offering an executive workwear kit that includes eight pieces where you can choose the color and size for each piece, and they do the rest. Pictured at top (in navy) and in red.

Other Possibilities for Designer Plus Size Clothing for Professional Women

Readers, have you tried any nicer options for plus-size designer clothes workwear lately? What’s the number one thing you look for when you seek out investment pieces from plus-size labels? Fit? Fabric? Style? Do tell…

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Kim Kardashian West knows beauty, so when she shares some of her know-how, we make sure to take notes. The beauty icon has been using her app to give us an inside look on the products she uses to achieve her glowing skin and covetable makeup looks and one of her latest picks didn’t disappoint. The mogul opened up about the one product she uses to remove all traces of makeup before bed and the best part is that it’s available at your local drugstore. Better yet? It’s only $ 6.

To remove her makeup, Kim uses Makeup Remover Night Calming Cleansing Wipes.

“One of my secrets to getting it all off is to use Neutrogena Makeup Remover Night Calming Cleansing Wipes,” she wrote on her app. “You can get them at any drugstore and they’re only $ 6! I love how soothing they are—plus, they wipe every last bit of your makeup off, so your skin feels SO clean.”

There are plenty of makeup wipes on the market, but this towelette tips the scale. Formulated to be gentle and calming, these wipes work to cleanse your skin gently while dissolving all traces of dirt, oil and waterproof mascara with ease. Featuring a unique calming scent, taking off your makeup with these wipes prepare you for a good night’s sleep and ensures your skin is glowing when you wake up. It even removes waterproof mascara!

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Ready to look forward to removing your makeup? Grab your own Neutrogena Night Calming Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes. Thanks for the heads up Kim!

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Panache wants women to know their bra size.
The intimate apparel brand is continuing its “Find Your Fit” messaging that it developed in 2017 after finding out that more than half of women have never had a professional bra fitting. The campaign included 400 global fit events that took place in the U.K., Europe, U.S. and Australia.
“When we learned this stat, we realized the importance of creating regional fit events,” said Sarah Froggatt, marketing director at Panache. “Panache’s ‘Find Your Fit’ events are giving women an opportunity to discover their true bra size and find styles that complement their figures. It’s a comfortable and fun environment for women to have a bra fitting — nothing daunting — and we’re excited to bring this opportunity to women around the world.”
For 2018 they’ve expanded on this idea and will hold events at participating retailers. Panache is carried by stores including Rigby and Peller and Town Shop. The events will feature a Panache bra fit expert and offer its full range, which includes Panache, Cleo, Panache Sport, Panache Swim and Sculptresse. Panache is hoping to host 75 to 100 events in the U.S. this year.
Froggatt said these events usually result in women purchasing a bra.
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Food trucks have grown in popularity over the past ten years as they are able to provide customers with quick and convenient food, but with restaurant quality flavor. Food trucks seem to be having competitions against each other over which one can create the craziest dish, while still being super tasty. We have found some of the most innovative dishes to have been created in food trucks across the world.

Sizzling watermelon

So you go to a food truck to get a dish that’s full of carbs and end up walking away with a portion of watermelon. What happened?! There is a dish from a food truck that brings together watermelon, chili, and Pop Rocks. The chili makes it burn, and the Pop Rocks make it explode on your tongue but thankfully the watermelon is there to cool things down. A very original dish found on the Canadian TV show Eat St.

Korean/Mexican fusion

A food truck in Los Angeles has combined the flavors of Korea and Mexico to create a supercuisine. It offers the warming comfort of Mexican food with the tangy BBQ spice from Korean cuisine. The result is incredible, and if you are ever in Los Angeles, you should track down the Kogi BBQ truck. Make sure to ask for the Kogi Kimchi Quesadilla, and wash it down with the chocolate Tres Leches Cake for dessert.

Griddled mac ‘n’ cheese

Many people thought it was difficult to improve on the comforting perfection that is mac ‘n’ cheese, but one food truck has now managed to make the dish portable. By coating it in breadcrumbs, they can mold the mac ‘n’ cheese into a long rectangular shape before they throw it on a griddle pan to seal it. Now you’ve got a mac ‘n’ cheese shaped like a candy bar that you can take away with you and eat while walking down the street. Perfect.

Bugzz

There is a crazy food truck in Holland that is offering up bugs from a food truck, and people seem to be loving the idea. They justify the food choice by commenting that 80% of the world’s population eats them, so why shouldn’t humans? They claim the bugs have more iron than spinach and offer vital vitamins found in other foods. We think we’d rather just eat a bit more spinach than get our vitamins this way, but whatever floats your boat! The truck offers fried bugs on sticks, as well as a portion of larvae as a french fry substitute. The truck is an eco-friendly food provider, with sustainability at the heart of their actions.

Red velvet bread pudding

Let’s finish off with something sweet because that’s when you’re supposed to have your dessert, right? Another of Los Angeles’ food trucks offers up a host of sweet treats for its customers, and the pick of the bunch is their red velvet bread pudding. It combines the sweet gooeyness of the bread pudding with delicious red velvet, and it couldn’t be tastier if it tried.

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I spent my first two days in Antigua, Guatemala, walking the cobblestone streets, taking in the old ruins and majestic Spanish colonial architecture. Finding my way through this new-to-me-place with my boyfriend, David, was the fun part.

What wasn’t fun: discovering that this city was significantly pricier than we anticipated.

We’d been in Antigua for less than 36 hours when the reality hit. Tired and hungry from a day of exploring our new surroundings, we wandered a few blocks away from our Airbnb to a pizza restaurant on the outskirts of the city center.

Dinner was good, but kind of basic. We shared a large cheese pizza and a house salad. I enjoyed a glass of red wine. Then the check arrived. Our meal came to $ 40.

What?!

We scanned the bill for errors, but aside from a 10% tip that was automatically included (pretty common here), nothing else was unexpected. Back in Chicago, the equivalent meal at Pequod’s Pizza, one of my favorite sit-down Chicago pizza spots, would have cost about $ 30.

Over the next few days, several experiences reinforced that Antigua isn’t a cheap spot. Local tour operators quoted us upward of $ 120 per person for a day hike to one of the nearby volcanoes. Weekend brunch cost us about $ 12 each.

It’s not that these prices are alarmingly high, but the research I did when planning our stay suggested that life in Antigua would cost less than what we’re accustomed to paying in Chicago.

According to major travel websites like Lonely Planet, you can “dine well and inexpensively” right near the central area. Couple that with the favorable exchange rate — about 7.4 quetzals for $ 1 — and Antigua’s popularity as a backpacker destination, I figured it would be easy to stumble upon plenty of budget-friendly options.

Long-Term Travel on a Budget

A cobble stone residential street with Volcano Agua in the distance. Photo courtesy of Jaclyn Schiff.

The plan was to hang our hats in Antigua for about six weeks; slow travel is a major perk of being a digital nomad. While a big part of working from different parts of the world is to indulge my wanderlust, finances are a significant part, too.

When I became location-independent in March 2017, I saw it as an opportunity to lower my cost of living and pay off some debt. I designed the opportunity so after about a year of living without a permanent address, I’d also have saved more money.

So when food, drink, and entertainment costs in Antigua didn’t look like they’d be as cheap as I originally thought, we had to improvise to keep pace with my financial goals.

Figure Out What Things Actually Cost: Online Reviews

After the price surprises during our first few days, I paid more careful attention to online reviews before venturing out for a bite to eat or drink.

People tend to look at reviews when they are about to decide where to go or what to eat. I didn’t think of them as a tool to consult before we arrived. But the more I looked through reviews, the more I realized the answers I was seeking about cost were staring me in the face — and in a more practical, user-friendly way than other resources like cost-of-living indexes.

Had I looked through online forums like TripAdvisor, Google, and Facebook beforehand, I probably would not have had sticker shock when we first got to Antigua (and would have dug up the cheap eats sooner).  

Reviews are helpful because they’re raw and typically unedited. But they are also totally subjective, so the key is to look for patterns. Here’s an approach for how to strategically scan for price information when planning your next travel stint.  

Step 1 – Skim through the reviews for general cost trends

To get a sense of whether a lot of places are pricy, take a look at reviews in the lowest-cost and moderately priced categories. This works best for restaurants but is also applicable for tour operators, shuttle services and landmarks.

Are a lot of people commenting on price — either noting that it’s cheap or expensive? Reviewers tend to note price when it’s remarkable, so this is a good way to get a feel for whether a place is especially inexpensive or overpriced.

It’s also helpful to look at where the reviewer is from. Someone from New York City is going to have very different price standards than someone from Columbus, Ohio, for example.

The key with this exercise is not so much to focus on single reviews — there will always be outliers — but to skim through a few listings and see whether you notice patterns. Here are a few I came across during my early days in Antigua that made me realize I wasn’t alone in being caught off-guard about prices:

Yelp isn’t available in Antigua, so my go-to review website has been TripAdvisor. I also joined a few active Facebook groups, including one for expats living in Guatemala, which has proven to be an excellent forum for information. Google reviews and the review tabs on Facebook pages have been helpful to get aggregate information as well.

Step 2 – Search the reviews for cost-sensitive keywords

Once you’ve selected a restaurant or other TripAdvisor listing, you can search all the reviews on that page. You can also use keyboard shortcuts like Ctrl+F to search a word on a page.

If you’re planning a trip, I’d suggest looking through a few recommended tour operators and restaurants and doing searches using keywords such as “price,” “cost,” “cheap” and “expensive.”

For example, here are returns I got when I searched “price” within the listing for Cafe Condesa, one of the most popular moderately priced cafes in the center of town:

Price is a great search term because it’s a neutral word, so if reviewers are mostly using it to say prices are too high, that tells you something. For the same cafe (and I don’t mean to pick on this place, just using it as an illustration), a search of “cheap” vs. “expensive” is telling. When I searched the word “expensive,” I got almost twice as many results.  

The same thing works on Facebook. Groups have a search function that looks through all posts. Using that tool in the expats group, with the keywords mentioned above, I found a few comments confirming my observations and some helpful threads with recommendations for cheaper eats.  

As my time in Antigua winds down, I’m not too sure when or where my next travel stint will be. But the wanderlust is sure to kick in again at some point, and when it does, I’ll know exactly where to go to get a good idea of what things will cost.

Jaclyn Schiff is a freelance writer and digital nomad who believes the finer things in life don’t (always) need to come at a higher cost.

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KOSTOLAC, Serbia (Reuters) – Serbian archaeologists at the site of the ancient Roman city of Viminacium have found an intact sarcophagus with two skeletons bedecked with gold and silver adornments.


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Where to Find Stylish Plus-Size Suits for Work

where to find stylish plus-size suits for workHere’s a topic we haven’t addressed in a while that seems apt since we just did our big roundup of the best women’s suits in 2018: where to find stylish plus-size suits for work? Plus-size readers, please chime in — which are your favorite stores to buy plus-size workwear, from dresses to blazers to suits? (We’re actually working on a story on plus-size splurges and investment shopping — please share any favorites if you have them!) We haven’t talked about this since we did our last roundup of plus-size suits and more (including business maternity suits, petite suits, and suits for tall women) or the best workwear for plus sizes.

(If you are interested in plus size workwear, please sign up for CorporettePlus, our newsletter, for plus-size news as well as workwear picks in plus sizes! Signing up helps us gauge interest in the project, and we promise not to blast your email more than once a week at most. (Right now it’s more like once a month.))

Wondering where to find stylish plus-size suits for work? These are some of the top spots we know of, in alphabetical order — your best bets for conservative interview suits are in bold…


Pictured at top: navy skirt suit / gray skirt suit / navy pants suit

No Suits, but Stylish Plus-Size Workwear of Note:

  • Gwynnie Bee – Members can borrow a lot of workwear (but not, as of right now, suits)
  • MM.LaFleur – their newly-launched suiting line only goes up to 16 at the moment, but they have a number of their dresses and other pieces in “additional sizes” up to 22W
  • Of Mercer – They offer extended sizes up to 20W
  • Universal Standard – they don’t really have traditional suits with matching pieces, but their Executive Workwear Kit is worth checking out (sizes up to 28W) – note that with their new Fit Liberty line you can exchange pieces if you change sizes

* limited options for traditional suiting

Wondering where to find stylish plus-size suits for work? We rounded up a TON of shops and brands (including some foreign ones) that make interview suits and other traditional, conservative suiting options in plus sizes for women lawyers and more!

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My daughter recently celebrated her fifth birthday, so it’s safe to say my husband and I are pretty far removed from all of that baby human stuff.

Between a couple of moves and several attempts to clean out our garage, only one item remained from my daughter’s infancy: the stroller.

So when I found out I was pregnant with my second child, I did what any newly expectant mother would do: I panicked.

Those first-year essentials really do add up.

With our impending bundle of joy fast-approaching, I’ve made it my mission to buy eco-friendly, BPA-free, phthalate-free, non-toxic products at price points that won’t break the bank.

But unlike with my first child, when I loaded up my registry and hoped friends and family would cover costs, I’ve learned a handful of baby products are better to buy used.

To find cheap baby stuff and save nearly $ 800 on brand name products like Stokke and Baby Bjorn, I turned to second-hand sites like Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, and even the return section of Buy Buy Baby.

In total, I spent $ 310 thrifting my way on must-haves for baby No. 2 — pennies in the bucket compared to the $ 1,122 I could’ve spent buying everything at full price.

My Big Craigslist Find

Stokke Tripp Trapp Highchair, retail value: $ 249

Purchase Price: $ 50

Murphy purchased the Stokke Tripp Trapp highchair on Craigslist for $ 50. Aileen Perilla/The Penny Hoarder

The Stokke Tripp Trapp high chair was at the top of my list. It’s European design caught my eye, but I balked at its hefty retail price. A few weeks into my highchair hunt, I stumbled across a nearby Craigslist post asking $ 200.

The price felt a bit steep but this was one I was willing to splurge on. I offered $ 160 but the seller wouldn’t go lower than $ 190 so I begrudgingly walked away. Fortunately, the key to a good deal is patience.

On a recent trip to Sarasota to visit family about two-hours from my hometown of Orlando, I bought the Stokke Tripp Trapp highchair from a mom on Craigslist for $ 50.

Score! That’s a savings of $ 200.

Essentials on Facebook Marketplace

Baby Bjorn Balance Bouncer, retail value: $ 168.99

Purchase price: $ 40 (Bonus: includes the Googly Eye Toy Bar, retail value: $ 59.99)

Purchased through the Facebook Marketplace, this Baby Bjorn Balance Bouncer is gently-used and included the Googly Eye Toy Bar attachment for $ 60. Aileen Perilla/The Penny Hoarder

With my first, we had an electric baby swing. I didn’t want to spend $ 150 or more on a bulky item I’m only going to be using for a few months, so this was my cost-saving, minimalist solution.

I found a gently-used version selling for $ 60 on Facebook Marketplace. Plus the listing included the Googly Eye Toy Bar attachment. I could see the item was listed a while ago, so assuming she didn’t have other offers, I again decided to go lower than the asking price.

My $ 40 offer was accepted. It never hurts to try for a better deal than what’s being offered!

Baby Bjorn Carrier Original in Dark Blue, retail value: $ 79.99
Purchase Price: $ 10

Murphy shows off the Baby Bjorn carrier purchased for just $ 10 on the Facebook Market place. Aileen Perilla/The Penny Hoarder

This find was a straight-up steal. I purchased this item for $ 10 on Facebook Marketplace. No stains, no tears, and in excellent working condition.

That’s a savings of roughly $ 70. Talk about a bargain!

Primo Infant Bath Tub, retail value: $ 24.99

Purchase price: $ 10

The Primo Infant Bath Tub goes for a retail value of $ 24.99. Murphy was able to find it used for $ 10. Aileen Perilla/The Penny Hoarder

Bathtubs are another great item to buy used. I found a like-new tub for $ 15 on Facebook Marketplace, but my $ 10 offer was accepted. It never hurts to ask for a better price.

Ubbi Diaper Pail in White, $ 69.99

This Ubbi diaper pail retails for $ 69.99. Aileen Perilla/The Penny Hoarder

Purchase price: $ 25

A mom from the Cocoa Beach area was selling the Ubbi Diaper Pail on Facebook Marketplace. She just so happened to be passing through Orlando so we met up in a Whole Foods parking lot off of Interstate 4 to make the exchange. I like this item because it is made of steel so, in theory, it shouldn’t absorb stinky diaper smells like a plastic diaper pail. It also keeps in line with my goal of staying plastic-free/no BPA products.

Baby Bjorn Cradle, retail value: $ 349

Purchase price: $ 80

Murphy saved $ 269 on this gently-used Baby Bjorn cradle by purchasing it through the Facebook Marketplace. Aileen Perilla/The Penny Hoarder

My biggest deal was yet to come. Between constant feedings and changes, having a bassinet by our bedside is a must.

I first went to buy this item in like-new condition for $ 200 on Facebook Marketplace. At $ 150 off the retail price, it was a good deal but not a great deal. Since it was the only one available in my area, I arranged the pick-up for the next morning but diligently kept searching for a better price.

That evening, I found another seller asking $ 80. For anyone keeping track, a few extra searches saved me $ 289. Persistence is key!

Scoring in The Return Section

The return, sale and clearance sections at children’s stores (think Target, Walmart, and other similar retailers) can be a gold mine for a good deal. At the Buy Buy Baby I visited, the return section was right up front.

Skip Hop Explore & More Activity Center, retail value: $ 119.99

Purchase price: $ 95

Murphy puts the pieces together for the Skip Hop explore & more activity center she purchased in the return section of Buy Buy Baby. Aileen Perilla/The Penny Hoarder

Aside from online deal hunting, I also perused the return section of my local Buy Buy Baby, where I saved $ 25 on this open-box item.

While these sections vary from store-to-store, check with a retail associate to find out exactly where it’s located. Just be sure you’re only buying cheap baby stuff you need, and not tempted to spend money on an item just because of the discount!

Not Every Deal is a Good Deal

Cautionary tale: I purchased a used Ubbi diaper pail from Mercari.com, but when the item arrived it was not as described by the seller and didn’t match the picture on the site. Mercari sent me a return shipping label and promptly refunded my money.

There’s no getting around it: Preparing for a new baby isn’t cheap. But my time investment — a few hours of online searches and in-store shopping — leaves me with an extra $ 788 to spend on diapers and wipes. I’ll take it!

Rachel Murphy is a former network TV news producer turned freelance writer. She lives in Orlando with her husband, two English bulldogs, curly-haired little girl, and is deal-hunting her way to prepare for baby No. 2.

This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017.

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Taylor Swift Kicks Off Her Reputation Stadium Tour in Arizona — Find Out All the Details

She’s back!

Taylor Swift returned to the stage Tuesday night at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona to kick off her massive Reputation Stadium Tour.

Camila Cabello and Charli XCX opened for Swift, who performed a total of 24 hits throughout the night. Her set list included nearly all the songs off her latest album reputation and fan favorites like “All Too Well” off her Red album and “Shake It Off” and “Style” off her 1989 album.

As teased by the Grammy winner, 28, over the last couple weeks, she had plenty of costume changes and surprises in store for her loyal Swifties.

“Taylor couldn’t be more excited about the tour. She has been rehearsing nonstop and perfecting everything. She can’t stop talking about it. It’s so fun to see her this happy and excited,” a source close to the entertainer tells PEOPLE exclusively, adding that Swift’s boyfriend Joe Alwyn will be attending shows when he can. (The actor was spotted by fans in the crowd, and Swift reportedly pointed at him while singing her hit “Gorgeous.”)

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“The team that she hired for the tour is equally excited. It’s the best to work for Taylor. She is demanding and wants everyone to give 100 percent, but she is also very appreciative and takes amazing care of her team,” adds the source. “The tour will be a really fun experience for everyone.”

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A record-breaking 59,157 fans made up the audience, and many excitedly shared photos and snippets of the superstar on stage:

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Swift also opened up about the “low” point in her life “a couple of years ago” before singing “Long Live” and alluded to her feud with Kim Kardashian West, who leaked a phone call between the singer and her husband Kanye West in 2016.

“A couple of years ago, someone called me a snake on social media and it caught on. And then a lot of people called me a lot of names on social media,” Swift told her audience. “And I went through some really low times for a while because of it. I went through some times when I didn’t know if I was gonna get to do this anymore and I guess the snakes … I wanted to send a message to you guys that if someone uses name calling to bully you on social media and even if a lot of people jump on board with it, that doesn’t have to beat you. It can strengthen you instead.”

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Hours before kicking off her first show, Swift revealed a surprising gift from fellow pop star Katy Perry, whom she’s had a complicated relationship with over the last several years.

“Hey Old Friend — I’ve been doing some reflecting on past miscommunications and hurt feelings between us,” Perry, 33, wrote in the partially obscured letter, in which she also wrote she was “deeply sorry” and wanted to “clear the air.” The note was accompanied by an olive branch.

And on Tuesday morning, Swift’s close friend and fellow singer Kelsea Ballerini shared a sweet message on her Instagram account wishing her good luck.

“Happy tour kickoff to my friend that is equally as inviting, warm, and entertaining drinking wine on the couch as she is on stage,” Ballerini, 24, captioned a seemingly recent image of her with Swift, barefoot on a sofa sipping vino. “That being said, I can’t wait to come fangirl and get inspired. Potentially with a sign. Potentially also with some kind of snake apparel. Go get em, sister.”

Swift’s Reputation Stadium Tour  will see her play dates across North America, Europe and Oceania through November.


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‘Fear the Walking Dead’: Morgan Helps Nick Find Peace

SPOILER ALERT: Warning, this article contains spoilers from the Season 4, Episode 3 of Fear the Walking Dead. Proceed at your own risk.

There are a lot of parallels between Nick and the Morgan from three or four seasons ago in The Walking Dead. Both spent a chunk of time being a solo savage on in the open, both took it so far they lost themselves, and both tried to right the ship by going into a self-prescribed exile — the season started with Morgan locking himself up in Jadis’ junkyard and Nick on a long stint of refusing to leave The Diamond.

“You try to do the right thing, and you end up doing the worst,” Nick tells his mother Madison in a flashback to when the Vultures still had The Diamond under siege. He went out hoping to help his mom find food, and when a mustachioed Vulture – and Charlie, who continues to stab the group in the back – arrive at their spot and take the supplies before them. Nick nearly kills the man.



Morgan notices early that they’re kindred spirits. After Al’s botched escape that dumps the SWAT truck into a ditch, everyone but Nick and Morgan head off on a mission find something to pull it out – a mission that only amounts to the two groups earning a bit of good will from each other – and the two left begin to bond. Nick offers Morgan half a protein bar after seeing the man’s sweet skills with a staff, and he secretly sees Al’s tape of Morgan’s story. The bonding comes to a screeching halt when the two see a blue Camino drive by – the same the mustachioed Vulture drove in the flashback – and Nick takes off after it.

The two end up in a small town, and take cover in a drugstore. Nick confronts Morgan about why he doesn’t kill – because almost every character has to at this point. He already knows the answer – “I lose people, and then I lose myself” – because he watched Al’s tape, but it doesn’t stop him from prying.

“You don’t kill, but I bet you did,” he tells Morgan. Morgan tries to talk him out of finding the man in the Camino, but Nick takes off to look over the town. He eventually finds the car, and the Vulture from the flashback. The man is surprised to see Nick, but Morgan – who stumbled across the man first, and was trying to get him to leave – stops him from killing the Vulture. The man heads off and Nick tells Morgan the only way to stop him is to kill him, so Morgan lets him go and Nick gets himself some sweet, bloody revenge.

“I know where you are Nick, because I was there,” Morgan tells a blood-soaked Nick after he kills the man. He brings up his time with Eastman, and lets Nick take his Art of Peace book. Morgan seems ready to pay-it-forward the way Eastman did for him.

Nick wanders off to read the book, and pulls a blue bonnet – picked from a field him and Madison found where she told him to try to find something good every time they leave The Diamond – from his pocket. He looks at peace, and seems ready to let Morgan help him. And that’s when Charlie shows up and shoots him in the chest.

Yep, the show’s new direction seems hell-bent on brushing a lot of aspects of what made FTWD interesting for three seasons – different time period, visually unique setting, it’s characters – under the rug as quickly as possible. Charlie shot Nick for killing the Vulture and runs off just as the others arrive with the SWAT truck. He dies choking on his own blood surrounded by his sister Alicia, Luci, and Strand.

The last scene cuts from his bloodied, dead body to one of him laying in a field of blue bonnets. Maybe Morgan helped him find peace after all.

Some unanswered questions:

– How long ago was the Vulture’s siege on The Diamond? The guy Nick kills seems genuinely shocked to see him.

– Where is Madison? Dead? Taken by the Vultures?

– Hopefully this week’s episode wasn’t Frank Dillane — one of the original cast member’s — last. If the season continues with flashbacks, he should still be around.

– Was there some chemistry between John and Luci?

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There’s a lot of great menswear on eBay, but to find the good stuff, you have to search for hours. Which is why we do these roundups, so that our readers can find good deals easily and quickly. For those looking to get an extra round-up each week, subscribe to our Inside Track newsletter. We not only cover the best of eBay, we also list each week’s store sales.

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How to Find Mules That Fit

I’m calling mules the shoe of the season. They are a closed-toe shoe with an open back that exposes the heels and ankles. The slip-on style had its heyday in the ‘90s, and is back with a vengeance, transitioning from fringe to mainstream this year. 

Mules tend to work best on high-volume feet with high insteps, high arches, shorter toes and a wide foot print. They are just about the worst type of footwear style for low-volume feet. They tend to fall off when you have low insteps, low arches, long toes, bony feet, and a narrow foot print. I have low-volume feet, and developed foot cramp trying to keep mules on my feet when I wore them two decades ago. Walking up and down stairs was the worst. So I was the first to say no thank you to the recent resurgence of mules.

I do like the look of mules because of the closed-toe and the modern retro vibe. I prefer the way they look to most open-toed sandals. So earlier this year I started looking for a style that would work for my feet. I found the Simonette Mule (in narrow), which had an enclosed silhouette, narrow fit and thick sole. These features made the style work for me. No cramping, and no “clacking” when I walk. I couldn’t be happier with them.

Simonette Mule

The lesson is to consider the following variables when looking for mules that feel stable, supportive and stay on your feet:

  • Width: Mules must create a snug fit to feel secure, which means getting the right width for your feet. For low-volume feet, choose a NARROW width. If you have wider feet, try a regular or wide size because mules will also fall off your feet when they’re too narrow.
  • Coverage: Choose styles with extra vamp coverage across the top and sides of the feet. Those that skimp on the coverage tend to slip off. My mules have good coverage on top but its the side coverage of the vamp that does the trick.
  • Sole: If you’re looking for flat mules, choose a thick and substantial sole — something more substantial than a flip-flop or bedroom slipper. You don’t want to feel the ground as you stride. The Naturalizers that I bought have the added advantage of soft leather and a cushioning footbed that make my unpadded feet very happy.

Wearing socks and hosiery with mules is treacherous because they make your feet slippery. Mules also aren’t orthotic-friendly. If you’re after more arch support, choose a heeled version instead of flats.

I’m eating my words because I found mules that work for me. The styles in the collection below tend to tick off the boxes when it comes to the variables discussed up top. It’s a visual starting point if you fancy the idea of wearing mules, but think they will be hard to fit.

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Archeologists find 4000-year-old buildings in Egypt that were used to make beer

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Nowadays, when we think of history, we think of the ‘80s – with our multi-colored leg warmers, our permed haircuts and our epic (okay, pretty awful) dance moves. However, the world is a helluva lot older than you would think, and looking back at history can take you back thousands of years. Around 4000 years ago, the Egyptians ruled the land with their hieroglyphs, their papyrus, their fancy headdresses and their Kings and Queens. While most of them think they spent their days lugging rocks to build their pyramids and worshipping cats (what’s new?) it seems these guys loved a drink just like the rest of us…

A discovery

In recent months, researchers from the University of Chicago have taken a trip to southern Egypt to excavate the land and learn more about our Egyptian ancestors. While this country is laden with clues towards the past, they made a hugely important discovery during one excavation that led them to a conclusion that has shocked the world. After they found two large buildings that were built in 2400 BCE, these researchers were able to understand a little more about life in Ancient Egypt – including their love for bread and beer!

Ruled by Pharaohs

As they dug even further and brushed away the dust on these buildings, the researchers were able to piece together dates and information regarding the buildings and their uses. They later came to the conclusion that these buildings were in use while the region was ruled by Pharaohs. In fact, the Pharaoh during this period was King Djedkare-Isesi, who was notorious for bossing around his servants and sending them off to the desert to bring him back precious metals. Historians have been able to translate this from hieroglyphs that feature both King Djedkare-Isesi and his servants. While they were on their missions to locate these metals, the researchers believe this servant baked both bread and brewed beer for themselves and for the higher officials. But how did they come to this conclusion?

Searching for clues

While they were searching the area, which is located around 400 miles away from the capital of Egypt, Cairo, the researchers searched for clues that would confirm their hypothesis. As they looked around the intriguing buildings, the researchers came across numerous objects such as containers, pieces of copper and weights that convinced them of their thoughts. With many of these buildings and workshops around the area, they were convinced that the buildings were used as breweries and bakeries.

What the researchers have to say

Of course, the researchers were amazed with their discovery and couldn’t believe what they had found. One of the lead researchers on the exhibition, Nadine Moeller, has noted that it’s amazing to find relics from that era. Nadine and her team had been working on the area for a whopping 20 years before they made their discovery, and their findings have since changed thought and belief surrounding the Ancient world.

Although it’s hard to think of Egyptians getting tipsy and drinking beer in their free time, it seems they were a fan! Of course, they wouldn’t drink without a piece of bread to line their stomachs…

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How to Find and Collect Unclaimed Inheritances

Wrapping up a person’s life with one document is difficult and sometimes doesn’t go as planned. Even using a Last Will and creating extensive estate plans doesn’t always cover all of the necessary bases.

In some instances, assets get missed and left out or are purchased after a Last Will was created. Other times, beneficiaries fail to claim their portion of their estate or don’t even know they’re entitled to a gift from the estate. When this occurs, portions of a person’s assets can end up unclaimed.

In this post, we go over how money goes unclaimed, what happens to an inheritance when it is not claimed, and how you can find out if any inheritances are owed to you.

How Does Money Go Unclaimed?

Money can go unclaimed in all sorts of ways and it doesn’t just happen when someone fails to collect their inheritance after a relative passes away.

Unclaimed money from past wages, life insurances, pensions, tax refunds, and more are all examples of how money can be abandoned by a person and then defined as “unclaimed”.

As an example, in 2013, nearly 60 million dollars was left unclaimed by Americans.

In terms of unclaimed inheritances, there are a variety of reasons as to why someone’s estate goes unclaimed.

For instance, it could mean:

  • A beneficiary in the deceased’s Last Will did not accept their gift (or passed away before it was gifted)
  • The asset was left out of the Last Will (perhaps due to error or because that asset wasn’t owned when the Last Will was drafted)
  • The deceased didn’t have a Last Will before passing away (i.e. they died “intestate”)

What Happens to Unclaimed Inheritances?

When you pass away without a Last Will, your property is divided between your heirs in a pre-determined order, often starting with your spouse (if you have one), your children, and so on until you have no living relatives left. If you have no living relatives, your estate becomes state property.

So, if your relative passed away without a Last Will, claiming your inheritance could be as simple as identifying yourself as a rightful heir to their estate with the proper authorities.

Likewise, if your relative had a Last Will but you didn’t claim your inheritance, it might also end up with the state and thus require you to do some digging and come forward in order to retrieve it.

How Do I Search for Unclaimed Inheritances?

If you think you might have an inheritance waiting to be claimed, it’s time to put on your detective hat to find it.

The US Government recommends to first check your state, which you can do using National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators (NAUPA).

There are also a few other organizations that could help such as missingmoney.com and Bureau of The Fiscal Service.

With the assistance of one of these services, you may be able to find the information—or money—you were looking for.

There isn’t just one service to use, so use your judgment when contacting an agency who specializes in finding your unclaimed cash and returning it to you and, most importantly, be careful of scams.

 

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Finding Your Unclaimed Inheritances

The easiest way to claim your inheritance is to do so during the reading of your relative’s Last Will and Testament. However, attending the reading—or even knowing about it—isn’t possible for everyone, which is why knowing what happens and how to find unclaimed inheritances is important.

Do you have any unclaimed inheritances you are going to search for? Let us know in the comments.

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‘Power’ Is Back…But Not Just Yet! Find Out When Season 5 Is Coming And The Good News About Season 6

Power is on the way. Starz announced today that the Season 5 debut will happen on Sunday, July 1st. Back for Season 5 is Larenz Tate, co-creator Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson Omari Hardwick, Joseph Sikora, Naturi Naughton, Lela Loren and the rest of the Power clan except for, well, a few casualties of last season, who we won’t name in case there are folks who still need to catch up. The good news is, you have some time!

 

 

Starz also announced that a Season 6 has already been greenlit, so whatever happens in Season 5, there’s a guaranteed next season after that. We’re sure Hardwick is happy about that, as he may be the only cast member whose survival is likely assured until the final season.

 

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“As ‘Power’ wraps production on season five, we want to acknowledge and thank our spectacular ‘Power’ team for producing another great season. We are also pleased to announce a pick-up for season six,” said. Starz President of Programming Carmi Zlotnik.

Oh, and Jackson is directing the first episode of Season 6, and show co-creator Courtney Kemp remains on board as well.

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There’s a lot of great menswear on eBay, but to find the good stuff, you have to search for hours. Which is why we do these roundups, so that our readers can find good deals easily and quickly. For those looking to get an extra round-up each week, subscribe to our Inside Track newsletter. We not only cover the best of eBay, we also list each week’s store sales.

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Where to Find Suits With Dresses (Instead of Skirts or Pants)

suits with dressesReader M had an interesting question about where the heck to find suits with dresses (instead of skirts or pants) these days:

I’d love an article on buying suits that are dress + jacket combinations (as opposed to skirt/pants + jacket combinations). They look a more polished, they eliminate the step of finding a shirt to go underneath the jacket, and they’re one less thing to pack on trips. AT’s selection is limited – I own both and love them; Talbots’ is matronly. Need ’em conservative enough for court appearances, but not “mother of the bride.” (I’m 35.) Slightly fashionable would be a bonus!

Great question — and you’re right, they are disappearing; it was a bit of a hunt to find some to feature here. Readers, do you prefer to wear suits made up of a dress and blazer — or do you prefer other suit separates like pants and a skirt? Where are your favorite dress and jacket skirts from? (We discussed non-suit dress+jacket combinations in this post…)

Some options I found for you on the market right now, below (the individual pieces range from $ 159-$ 435):

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Above: black blazer and dress / Beige blazer and dress (also in plus sizes) / black blazer and dress / navy blazer and dress

Pictured at very top of post: Gray dress and blazer (actually a tiny black dot pattern). A few other options not pictured: cobalt sheath dress with matching jacket, gray suit with dress, plus size dress and blazer with piping

Some easy tips: On the budget end, check out TJ Maxx and other similar discount places — a lot of times these dress+jacket suits are sold on a single hanger and can be found for some serious steals. If you like colorful suits or suits with a lot of colorblocked details, keep an eye on Macy’s and Lord & Taylor — they have a lot of brands like Kasper, Tahari, Calvin Klein, and Anne Klein that I traditionally associate with this kind of look.

On the higher end, keep an eye on Boss, Theory, Reiss, and Brooks Brothers — they often have suiting separates that include dresses — and on the much higher end, St. John’s suits often have a matching dress.

Readers, let’s hear from you — do you like to wear suits with dresses instead of skirts? What do you see as the pros and cons to the look? Where’s your favorite dress suit from — and where would you go to look for one in 2018?

A 35-year-old lawyer wrote in wondering where to find suits with dresses instead of skirts or pants -- so we went on a hunt for her! What are your favorite dress suits, suiting dresses, and sheath dresses with matching blazers, ladies? Do you like to wear them for interview outfits -- or just as office looks or courtroom attire?

Pictured above, top row: light gray / dark gray; bottom row: black / navy / beige

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Four Ways to Find $1,000 in Your Budget This Month

If you are looking for ways to find more money, you may be closer to $ 1,000 than you think! Here are a few ways to find extra cash in your budget this month!

Get a handle on your dining-out budget

To find more money now, you simply have to start with a budget! One great way to get started is with Mint.com.  This is a great app because it allows you to track expenses. According to the Bureau of Labor, individuals spend about $ 3,008 per year on dining out. That is $ 250 per month. Many more people spend even more than this!

If you are looking to find money in your budget for dining out, here is what to do. Determine the amount your budget would allow. Next, whether you eat out or buy groceries, combine this total and commit to sticking to this amount. Find places near your job and on your usual path where you are able to stop if needed that are both affordable and offer healthy options. This way, you have a plan when it’s time to eat.

Audit your budget expenses

Next, audit your expenses. Write out each expense you are required to pay. Then audit each one. Make a commitment to reduce or eliminate a few. Take time to cut unnecessary expenses. More importantly, contact service providers to determine whether amounts can be reduced. Think about it. If you spend $ 200 per month on cable but you’re saving $ 0 per month, you have to make a change! Remember, no one deserves your money more than you do.

Review your insurance policies

Do your homework! Contact your insurance agent and determine ways to save money this week on your insurance premiums. Eliminate duplicate coverages. For instance, you may be paying for roadside assistance coverage but your cell phone provider may offer a free service with your cell phone plan. Shop around for lower premiums but be careful to not eliminate what you need. Speak with an agent and discuss what options you may have. Don’t forget to ask about discounts.

Make adjustments to your withholdings

Are you overpaying in taxes? Don’t allow Uncle Sam to use your money throughout the year interest-free! If you are getting a refund at tax time, chances are you are withholding too much! Essentially you should break even at tax time. Consider checking the IRS withholding calculator (which will be available at the end of the month) to determine how much money to withhold regarding your personal tax situation. This too can help you save more money now.

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Who knew this thrift-shop find would offer hours of priceless family bonding?

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When my husband brought home a record player he found at a thrift store last year, I rolled my eyes. We are not skinny-jean-wearing, man-bun-loving hipsters. Actually, my husband has very little hair at all but we do not speak of this. I thought this vinyl business was a passing interest that he’d have for a week or two and then we’d all move on and I’d have to find somewhere to put this piece of junk.

But the kids were intrigued. They were fascinated by everything that went into actually playing music. It wasn’t just a push of an on-screen button. There was work involved – finding the records, putting them on the turntable, placing the arm and the needle on the vinyl, hitting play, adjusting an actual knob that turned. It was a whole process, and they began to clamor to pick the music at dinnertime.

Going back to vinyl record albums also broadened our listening repertoire. If I download music for us, it’s usually kids’ songs or current music. Even satellite radio stations from different decades tend to focus on only the most popular songs of the time.  But the record player inspired us to branch out. My parents heard we had a player and sent the records they collected as newlyweds – groups like The Supremes and Simon and Garfunkel. They gave us records of classical music beyond what you hear on the radio. We bought records at thrift stores as well, which weren’t exactly recent. We found early Elton John and Stevie Wonder. Michael Jackson’s first album. Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass (anyone? Anyone have any idea what I’m talking about? See, this is why you need a record player.)

Our thrift store record trips became something the kids looked forward to. Their dad would take one or two of them with him, and they’d browse together, picking up anything that looked good, or unfamiliar, or very, very strange (you can do that when you’re spending a dollar a record). They’d come running in the house, full of excitement to play their latest find.

I promise I’m not one of those people who’s obsessed with the past and thinks everything was better then. I love my podcasts and my satellite radio and these tiny amazing music machines that let me listen while I’m on a run. That record player, though – there’s something special going on there.

Does your family have an unusual bonding activity?

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What happens when a fun, relaxing game night with friends turns into a very real game of life or death?

In the new comedy Game Night (in theaters February 23), game enthusiasts Max (Jason Bateman) and Annie (Rachel McAdams) find their regular old game night thrown into disarray when an old familiar face (Kyle Chandler) shows up with a new game — a murder-mystery that sends a group of buddies on a wild death-defying adventure they won't soon forget.

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There’s a lot of great menswear on eBay, but to find the good stuff, you have to search for hours. Which is why we do these roundups, so that our readers can find good deals easily and quickly. For those looking to get an extra round-up each week, subscribe to our Inside Track newsletter. We not only cover the best of eBay, we also list each week’s store sales.

If you’re looking for a great pair of shoes, there are styles for almost everyone in today’s roundup, from work boots to Chelsea boots to sneakers to dressier lace-ups. These unlined Allen Edmonds chukkas are also incredibly soft, making them extra comfortable for weekend wear. 

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How to Find Clients That Make You Want to Swipe Right

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Let’s face it: when homeowners and contractors match up, the connection can be the beginning of a beautiful relationship. A healthy contracting business should generate about 50% of its leads from repeat customers or referrals, so it pays to woo your clientele the right way.

But developing that kind of client/contractor partnership takes work—and it starts by finding the right kind of customers in the first place. These are the kinds of homeowners who are such a joy to work with that you practically get goosebumps every time they call. Clients like these can easily turn into lifelong customers, but only if you lay the groundwork for a successful relationship. As our Valentine’s treat to you, today we’ll teach you how to find quality leads—and keep them coming back for more!

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Identifying Clients That Make Your Contractor’s Heart Go Pitter-Patter

You can’t expect to get any dates if you don’t put yourself out there (that’s pretty much why dating apps like Tinder exist in the first place). The same rule applies to your business, too. The more time you spend on lead-building, the better your chances for a genuine connection.

Of course, there are leads, and then there are quality leads—blindly playing the numbers game isn’t a great strategy for your business or your love life. So the question then is how can you find leads that are both likely to convert and fit within your business model, budget, and timeline?

  • Invest in lead building. Sounds obvious, right? But for many small residential contractors, it’s a vital leap to make to go from part-time handyman to full-scale business owner. Top remodeling businesses dedicate almost 60% of their earnings, on average, to winning new business, so if you want to play with the big boys, you’re going to have to spend some money (and time!) creating a lead generation strategy.
  • Make yourself available. These days, you can’t play the field without social media profiles, a website, and a quick way to be contacted. And that’s not just when it comes to the dating scene. For quality connections, you need a high-ranking website with relevant content and contact information and forms. You’ll also want an active social media presence and profiles on social review sites like Google and Yelp. Make it easier for leads to come to you.
  • Learn to market your brand. You’re probably enjoy the hands-on part of your business more than you do marketing, but these days, it’s virtually impossible to grow your business without some form of marketing. Just what form that takes depends on your market and your budget, but whether it’s an ad on Facebook or a direct mailing program, marketing is a sure way to attract new admirers.
  • Do your homework. Every seasoned contractor has a story about lead generating services. There are the ones that send out cold, dead leads and the ones who bill you dearly for pretty poor service. Forget those guys. What you need is someone who can link you directly with clients in need, quickly. Go for a service with a sterling reputation and a full call center that can connect you with leads quickly.

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#RelationshipGoals: Turning First-time Clients into Repeat Customers

Of course, a match and a message does not a relationship equal. Similarly, getting those regular, repeat customers takes some hard work—and no less trust, either.

  • It’s all about communication. Ghosting your customers is no way to ensure that sparks fly (and checkbooks fly open!). Always return calls quickly and follow up with customers if you feel like something might have been lost in translation. You’d be surprised how often customers report that a contractor left them hanging or cut off communication entirely. Don’t be that guy. Return your clients’ calls!
  • And even more communication. Miscommunication is the number one cause of failed relationships and failed projects. Part of expert contracting is managing expectations. Don’t promise your clients the world—tell them in very explicit terms what contractors can and cannot handle. Give them a realistic schedule and put it all in writing. There’s truth in the old sales adage, “underpromise and overdeliver,” so try to wow them with your service, not an impressive estimate.
  • Follow your gut. Ever been on a date where you felt like something just didn’t click? Some clients are just difficult, and it’s okay to turn down a job (or offer a premium bid) if you think they might become a problem. Signs of pending issues might be a client who’s “talked to seven different contractors,” or one who thinks your job is simple and balks at the cost of the project. Trust your instincts on this one and keep those nightmare clients out of your project timelines.
  • Sweeten the deal for repeat customers. You can spend your whole life looking for “the one,” but if you’re looking for that special somebody to fill your next project slot, you don’t exactly have all the time in the world. Most contractors offer a small discount for returning customers, say between 5% to 15%. And some will provide touch ups, service visits and other freebies for customers who they’ve come to count on—and maybe even a small “finders fee” for ones who send you new referrals. Make it worth their while to get to know you, and you may just find yourself knee deep in repeat customers!

We can’t say these tips will help you all that much with your love life, but hey, being the owner of a healthy, growing business can’t hurt, right?

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Lingerie model Amber Tolliver has posed for underwear brands such as Aerie and Jockey, and once even had her scantily clad body plastered onto a Times Square billboard. Yet the 5-foot-9 curly-haired beauty has had major issues finding a bra that fits her. “I’m a 32E, and every time I would go to a store,…
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Find Me Here – the S/S18 Collection Launches

Find Me Here: This SS18 we are going off the beaten path and pursuing unknown horizons. Disconnecting, off the grid and exploring new terrain to expand our definitions of what is possible. Journey with us, leave it all behind to get lost, chase your truth and find yourself anew on the other side… 

MATT & NAT launches a Spring/Summer 2018 collection like you’ve never seen before! With new categories of product and expanded previous offerings, this season is full of surprises. But don’t just take our word for it…

Launching February 2018, our SS18 collection is inspired by travelling off the beaten path. Find Me Here, a reference to the famous map locator marker, speaks to the wandering spirit of the MATT & NAT lover. This collection is for the journey – here or abroad. Full of fabulous bags in a plethora of new shades like SAND, a saturated yellow or HORIZON a deep luxurious sea blue, and fresh silhouettes such as: our KIARA and STELLA circular bags as well as many more go-to footwear styles.

A first for us is our COAST, a sleek carry-on luggage with extendable handle. And of course, we would never forget your little furry travelers with our new small pet carriers, HAAZ.  Other firsts include, an edgy yet highly wearable capsule sunglasses collection.

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Lead designer Maria Mastrangelo take, “In this collection we have introduced new detailing such as embroidery and patches as well as trend forward colours like energetic Grass and vibrant Ruby as well soft pastels like Blossom and Sky. Our print of the season is Camo which is offered in two-tonal colour ways, classic black camo and an orchid –lilac palette. We always have our staple core colours which are chili, black and Ink for men. With its fusion of vibrant colours, unique shapes and dynamic design detail there is no doubt that this season’s collection is sure to please.”

Our much sought after footwear collection, has grown to showcase a broader selection of styles, both for women and men, with a greater focus on fit, comfort and fabrication.  Ideal for an evening out or adventurous strolls, these new silhouettes are the perfect counterpoint to your MATT & NAT bags in versatility and style.

This season, get lost – chase your truth but don’t forget to send us a postcard! Share your journeys with us this SS18 and #MNFindMeHere IG to be featured in our Instagram stories and win a $ 150 gift card toward your next purchase.  Well, what are you waiting for? Adventure awaits you.

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There’s a lot of great menswear on eBay, but to find the good stuff, you have to search for hours. Which is why we do these roundups, so that our readers can find good deals easily and quickly. For those looking to get an extra round-up each week, subscribe to our Inside Track newsletter. We not only cover the best of eBay, we also list each week’s store sales.

In today’s roundup, there’s a great jeep coat from Private White VC. Jeep coats descend from the cold-weather blanket coats trappers and hunters used to wear, particularly in the Pacific Northwest. During the Second World War, the US government issued their design. It was made from heavy, rugged twills and worn by US troops. The original jeep coats were short and double breasted, but I like Private White VC’s design – the longer length gives the coat a sense of drama. I just wish the one on eBay was in my size. 

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This brilliant “library” helps moms find the best bottles for their babies

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Maggie Downs

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Until I became a mom, I thought all bottles were the same. Container for liquid, put a nipple on it, boom. You’re all set, right?

Wrong.

I spent countless hours trying to figure out the right bottle for my fussy, gassy baby. After reading hundreds of reviews and buying several types of bottles my son refused, I finally found something that worked — but I lost a lot of time and money in the process.

A baby being fed a bottle

 

Tiffany Page knows that scenario well, because she lived it too. Page is the creator of my local moms’ group, Real Moms of the Coachella Valley, based in the Greater Palm Springs area, and she was also plagued by bottle problems.

As the mom of a 26-week premature child, Page never thought she would be able to breastfeed. But her baby, Henry, took to nursing right away. However, to supplement his diet, Henry also had to drink one bottle of a special, high-calorie formula each day. Even though Henry initially took the NICU bottles just fine, after about a week of nursing, he began to refuse bottles.

“He would gag, chew on the nipple, and cry,” Page said. “Mama all the way.”

She tried just about everything on the market, ending up with practically more bottles than a Babies R Us.

“Ten months, several tears and syringe feedings later, he finally took to a Tommee Tippee bottle,” Page said. “I couldn’t believe that I had spent $ 10, $ 20, and even $ 30 on one bottle, and he chooses the one we had started with.”

That left Page with a stash of more than 20 different kinds of bottles that weren’t being used — but it also inspired an idea. Page started a bottle library to help other mamas in the same boat.

The rules are very simple: The library is available to moms within the local group. The entire collection is “checked out” by a mother in need. When that mom has figured out the bottle her child needs, she passes along the collection to someone else.

It’s a brilliant idea. And unlike a library filled with books, you’ll never have a late fee with the bottle library.

“I decided that no mom should have to be this stressed, worried and out of money over something something as simple as a bottle — something that can be cleaned and sterilized and passed on,” Page said.

Could you use a bottle library?

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The FBI has joined in on the search for a missing Virginia teenager reports WUSA 9.

Sixteen-year-old twin Jholie Moussa of Alexandria, VA was last seen by her family on Friday afternoon when she left home for a party. They have not heard from her since. Moussa’s mother Syreeta Hill said local police initially refused to help look for the teenager because she could be a runaway.

 

When Fairfax County police finally did aide in the search for the Mount Vernon High School 10th grader, they spoke with approximately 20 of her friends. Some of them claimed they have been in contact with Moussa. Detectives said the majority of her friends have not been very cooperative.

But the family has also taken matters into their own hands. They are using social media to get others involved in the search for Moussa and are receiving floods of support. Over 21,000 people have joined the Facebook group Bring Jholie Home. Moussa’s mother and twin sister Zhane have posted a number of videos pleading for anyone with information to come forward.

“This is day 6 and I’ve never been away from my sister this long,” Zhane said in a Wednesday video urging young women and men to use social media to spread the word about her missing twin.

Local police said they have no proof Moussa is in immediate danger. But her family told FOX 5 they are confident she has not run away.

Hill said her daughter is 5’2” and 105 lbs and wearing long blond braids. She was last seen in torn blue jeans, a black and white plaid shirt, black Uggs with bows on the back and a black puffy jacket with brown fur on the hood. Moussa also has an infinity tattoo bearing she and her sister’s first names on her arm.

The family is urging anyone who may have Moussa to simply return her home.

Anyone with information is being asked to call police at 703-691-2131, the FBI Washington Field Office at 202-278-2000 or at https://tips.fbi.gov.

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Will you be chained to your desk until spring? You’ve been warned: The following photos will spark more than a little bit of FOMO. While the rest of us are grinding away on the 9-to-5 schedule, It girls like Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert and Danielle Bernstein are enjoying trips to amazing destinations like Switzerland and the Bahamas.

Luckily, their stylish Instagram accounts are veritable travel guides, giving us plenty of vacation itinerary ideas. Thanks to these six ladies, we know the buzziest new museum in Morocco, the most picturesque pool in Utah, the ideal beach swing in Costa Rica, and more. Read on to see which spots made our bucket list.

Italian editor and stylist Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert knows the best place to stay in Switzerland: the Kulm Hotel in St. Moritz. Whether it was staying cozy inside the hotel or hitting the slopes, leave it to her to look insanely stylish in freezing temperatures.

Feeling envious yet? Danielle Bernstein of We Wore What found the ultimate place to escape winter: The Cove Eleuthera in the Bahamas. She shared beautiful photos of her impeccable private villa and perfect beachside outfits, but we’re especially jealous of this hammock situation. Can we join next time, Danielle?

Australian model Bree Warren showed off her chic bikini at the exclusive Amangiri resort in Utah, which you may have also spotted on Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s Instagram. The remote resort is designed to blend in with the surrounding desert landscape and offer first-class hospitality, so it’s definitely on our list of dream destinations.

Chiara Ferragni took her baby bump to the most Instagrammable hotel in all of Morocco: La Mamounia. (Emily Ratajkowski is also a fan.) Between brunching and taking a dip in the hotel’s stunning pool, Ferragni checked out Marrakech’s new Yves Saint Laurent museum. Is that the perfect vacation itinerary or what?

Aerie model Nià lived the #puravida life at the Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo back in November. How cute are her Urban Outfitters top and Zara skirt? We’re officially dying to book a trip to Costa Rica.

Model Jada Sezer spent New Year’s Eve at the posh Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hong Kong. Fashion girls, listen up: The hotel has teamed up with Vestiaire Collective on the Voyage in Style package—among other perks, the package offers access to a dozen rare fashion items during your stay, including a 1970s Christian Dior minaudière and a limited-edition Hermès Kelly bag. Who could pass that up?

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Women Who Find Their Purpose Unlock the Secrets to Long-Term Health

Originally published April 7, 2015

 

Do you know your purpose in life?

In other words, do you have a strong sense of why you’re here, and what you’re meant to be doing?

If not, you’re not alone. According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 4 out of 10 Americans couldn’t tell you what their life purpose is, and don’t feel they have any clear sense of direction. That’s nearly half. Another quarter don’t feel they have a handle on what gives their lives meaning.

Does it matter? Even if you don’t know exactly where your life is going, or where it should go, do you need to worry your head over it?

Maybe not, but here’s something to consider: Those who have a strong sense of purpose reap critical health benefits.

We’re talking less heart disease, fewer strokes, and a reduced risk of depression, to name just a few. In the end, having a strong sense of purpose might just help you live a longer, healthier life.

Good news, but if you don’t know what your purpose is, how are you supposed to find it?

We can help with that.

The Difference Between Living a Happy or Purposeful Life

Turns out that scientists have been researching this concept of “purpose” for years. We all know that eating a healthy diet, getting regular exercise, and managing stress can help us avoid the major chronic diseases of our time, including heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes. But we’re more than physical machines, and our brains have a big say in just how good we feel as we age.

You’ve probably heard that having a positive outlook can increase quality of life. A 2009 study, for instance, found that women who were more optimistic had lower rates of coronary heart disease and lived longer than more cynical hostile women. A 2011 study also concluded that regardless of income or overall health, a positive outlook affected longevity, and helped people to avoid disease.

But having a sense of purpose goes much deeper than a simple positive outlook. It’s not really about being happy, or upbeat. You can be these things and not have a sense of purpose. When you’re eating an ice cream cone, for example, you probably feel happy, but not necessarily like you’re life has meaning.

The thing about happiness alone is that it’s very fleeting, and can change at the drop of a hat. Researchers noted in a 2013 study, for example, that happiness is essentially a collection of how one feels at different moments, whereas life satisfaction, or purpose, goes beyond momentary feelings to address one’s life as a whole.

“Purpose,” say researchers in a 2009 study, “is a central, self-organizing life aim that organizes and stimulates goals, manages behaviors, and provides a sense of meaning.” They add that purpose provides direction “just as a compass,” offering a person a “self-sustaining source of meaning through goal pursuit and goal attainment.”

And it’s purpose, according to research, that helps us overcome the difficult moments to persevere in life—and that may also give us the good health we need to keep going.

The Health Benefits of Having a Sense of Purpose

That doesn’t mean that we can’t be happy while living our purpose. The two do often go together. But we can be unhappy, too, and still find meaning in what we’re doing. That may be the key to maintaining good health over the long term.

Here’s just a glimpse into some of what scientists have discovered about people who have a high sense of purpose in life:

  • They’re less likely to suffer heart disease: Researchers reviewed 10 studies with data from over 137,000 people, and found that those with a high sense of purpose (defined as a “sense of meaning and direction, and a feeling that life is worth living”), had a 23 percent reduced risk of death from all causes, and a 19 percent reduced risk of heart attack or stroke, compared to those with a low sense of purpose. “Developing and refining your sense of purpose could protect your heart health and potentially save your life,” said lead author Randy Cohen, M.D.
  • They live longer: In addition to the study above, others have shown that those with a sense of purpose are likely to live longer. In 2014, for example, researchers announced the results of a similar study of over 9,000 people with an average age of 65. Researchers had asked the participants questions about their wellbeing, including the feeling that what they did was worthwhile, their sense of purpose, and their sense of control over their lives. Those who had the greatest wellbeing scores were 30 percent less likely to die during the average eight-and-a-half-year follow-up period than those with the lowest wellbeing scores. Researchers concluded that the “meaningfulness and sense of purpose that older people have in their lives is also related to survival.” A second study published in 2014 found similar results—having a sense of purpose was associated with a longer life.
  • They have more enjoyable retirements: Back in 2009, researchers studied just over 1,200 elderly participants and found that a higher purpose of live was associated with a reduced risk of mortality. This time, those with a high sense of purpose were about half as likely to die during the five-year follow-up than those with a low sense of purpose. Researchers concluded that the tendency to derive meaning from life’s experiences and possessing a sense of intention about life—working toward a goal—contributed to successful aging.
  • They’re more resilient: Having a strong sense of purpose in life helps people overcome the inevitable difficulties along the way. If your sole goal is happiness, the loss of a job or loved one, an illness, or other major upset can send you into a downward spiral. If you have something that’s driving you forward, however, you’re more likely to rebound and continue on. “Purpose motivates people to persist rather than quit in the face of difficult situations,” researchers write [McKnight and Kashdan]. They add that it makes us more likely to bounce back, less likely to get ill, and more likely to experience shorter periods of stress. As psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl wrote, “Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose.”

Lead researcher at Rush University Medical Center Patricia Boyle says, “I think the take-home message is that people need to be thoughtful about their lives, because having that sense of meaning or purpose will make a huge difference.”

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How Do I Find My Purpose?

You’re convinced that a sense of purpose is good for you.

But what if you don’t have one?

Don’t worry—figuring out your purpose can be a fun exercise. Even if you already have a sense of purpose, realize that it may change over the years, and returning to the question is never a waste of time.

Before you dig into the actual research on the subject, remember these five points:

  1. It’s not always simple: There are a lot of online quizzes out there that promise to deliver your sense of purpose in five minutes or less. Realize that sometimes it takes more time to figure it out. Give yourself that time to sit with the questions and dig deeply into the answers.
  2. Everyone has a purpose: You may have felt discouraged in the past when you were unable to pinpoint it, and worried that you were the odd one out. After all, there are those people who have a sense of purpose when they are children, and it stays constant with them their entire lives. But not everyone is like that. For many of us, our sense of purpose is ever evolving. Concentrate on what gives your life meaning
  3. It’s not always what you imagine it should be: We may think that there are only a few main types of purpose out there. Raising children. Devoting one’s life to a religion. Becoming an artist. But the number of possible life aims is just as numerous as the number of people on the planet. Be willing to find the one that is uniquely
  4. It’s never too late. It doesn’t matter how old you are—you can always find your sense of purpose in life. Maybe you’ve spent your life working a job you don’t really like, or struggling against circumstances that didn’t allow you to express your purpose. That’s okay. Decide today that the rest of your life will be devoted to a new purpose that you design.
  5. Having a purpose doesn’t require you to be the best: You don’t have to be the best businessman, the best teacher, the best mom, or the best painter to be qualified to live your purpose. Just because someone else sells more paintings than you doesn’t mean that painting isn’t your life purpose. It’s all about what brings your life meaning.

With that said, let’s look at some questions that will get you thinking about your life purpose. When you have some time, sit down with a pen and paper (or laptop computer) and let your thoughts flow. Don’t get caught up in having to come up with a convenient one- or two-sentence purpose for your life. Just let your answers guide you to the new adventure on which you’re about to embark.

  1. What do you do in your life today that feels important to you? Think over all the activities you’ve engaged in over the past three months. Which ones felt meaningful, or important, to you? It may be the time you spent with your children or other loved ones, time spent on a creative project, or even the time you spent reaching out to a stray cat. Don’t censor yourself—just write down your answers.
  2. What do you wish you could spend more time doing? Where are your thoughts when you’re bored? What do you wish you could be doing with your time when you have to be doing something you don’t like? Tap your daydreams. They’re full of important clues to your purpose.
  3. What would you do even if it got unpleasant? Have you biked through storms? Continued to write even though you’ve received fifty rejections? Raised money for a project even though it robbed you of leisure time? Think about those things you do even though they get tough sometimes. These are things you really care about.
  4. What do you do that makes time stand still? Do you lose track of time when you’re gardening, working on an old car, or creating a new computer program? Think about those things you do that get you into the “zone,” or “flow.” These are things that come naturally to you, and likely indicate areas where you could find meaning. If you can’t think of anything you do today that makes you feel that way, think back to your childhood. What did you used to spend hours doing?
  5. What do you often think about doing, but are afraid to do? Often what we want and what we’re afraid of are very similar. Do you think about traveling the country and giving presentations on a topic you’re passionate about, but you’re afraid of public speaking? Do you think about singing the songs you’ve written to an audience, but you’re afraid to get up on stage? Do you think about caring for people, but are afraid to go back to college to get your nursing degree? Mine your fears for clues.
  6. How do you enrich the lives of others? Research shows that humans typically find meaning in giving to others. It’s not when we’re satisfying our own little wants and needs that we feel on purpose—it’s when what we’re doing has effects beyond ourselves. Where in your life do you enrich others? How do your efforts contribute to others’ lives? Don’t over-think this. Maybe you give others work and security through your business; provide a clean floor at the theater, school, or museum; arrange beautiful flowers for birthdays and weddings; or cook delicious food. Match those things that benefit others with the things you enjoy doing, and you’re getting closer to your purpose.
  7. What would you do if you couldn’t go home? The police come around and say sorry, you can come home only to sleep at night. The rest of the time you have to go busy yourself. Oh, and by the way, they’re going to take care of your finances, so you don’t have to go to work if you don’t want to. How would you spend your days? Your answer provides insights into what you’re naturally drawn to, and what brings you meaning.

When you’ve finished answering these questions, give yourself a few days, and then come back and revisit them. Hopefully you’ll get closer to finding your purpose in life, and enjoying the health benefits.

Even better if you become motivated to pursue that purpose, for that’s when the real magic happens.

Do you find that having a sense of purpose makes you stronger and healthier? Please share your thoughts.

 

Sources:

Rosemarie Kobau, et al., “Well-Being Assessment: An Evaluation of Well-being Scales for Public Health and Population Estimates of Well-Being among US Adults,” Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, November 2010; 2(3):272-297, http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1758-0854.2010.01035.x/abstract.

Emily Esfahani Smith, “There’s More to Life Than Being Happy,” The Atlantic, January 9, 2013, http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/01/theres-more-to-life-than-being-happy/266805/.

Tindle HA, et al., “Optimism, cynical hostility, and incident coronary heart disease and mortality in the Women’s Health Initiative,” Circulation, August 25, 2009; 120(8):656-62, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19667234.

Ed Diener, Micaela Y. Chan, “Happy People Live Longer: Subjective Well-Being Contributes to Health and Longevity,” Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, 2011; 3(1):1-43, http://internal.psychology.illinois.edu/~ediener/Documents/Diener-Chan_2011.pdf.

Lauren Woods, “Purpose in Life May Help You Live Longer, Mount Sinai St Luke’s and Mount Sinai Roosevelt Study,” Mount Sinai Health System, [Press Release], March 9, 2015, http://www.biospace.com/News/purpose-in-life-may-help-you-live-longer-mount/367858.

Andrew Steptoe, et al., “Subjective wellbeing, health, and ageing,” The Lancet, February 14, 2015; 385(9968):640-648, http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(13)61489-0/abstract.

Patricia A. Boyle, et al, “Purpose in Life is Associated with Mortality Among Community-Dwelling Older Persons,” Psychosom Med., June 2009; 71(5):547-579, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2740716/.

Patrick L. Hill, Nicholas A. Turiano, “Purpose in Life as a Predictor of Mortality Across Adulthood,” Psychological Science, May 8, 2014, doi: 10.1177/0956797614531799, http://pss.sagepub.com/content/early/2014/05/06/0956797614531799.abstract.

Patrick E. McKnight and Todd B. Kashdan, “Purpose in Life as a System That Creates and Sustains Health and Well-Being: An Integrative, Testable Theory,” Review of General Psychology, 2009; 13(3):242-251, http://toddkashdan.com/articles/Mcknight%20&%20Kashdan%20(2009)%20Purpose%20in%20life%20Rev%20Gen%20Psy.pdf.

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Amazon Prime costs $ 99 a year, but is it really worth it? That’s a question many people will ask themselves before deciding to renew their membership — or sign up for one in the first place.

I’ve been thinking a lot about whether that $ 99 is money well spent or if I should cancel my membership.

So, I went through Amazon’s list of Prime benefits (free two-day shipping, streaming of movies and TV shows, the ability to borrow books, etc.) and created a 12-question quiz for myself.

I wanted to share the quiz with you in case you’re also struggling to determine whether Prime is worth it or not.

For some people, the shipping benefits alone make Prime a good value. “Amazon addicts” don’t need this quiz. It’s more of a tool for people who are on the fence about their membership.

Are you ready to find out if you’re getting your money’s worth with Amazon Prime? Let’s get to the quiz…

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Amazon Prime quiz: Is a membership worth it? 

1. How often do you take advantage of Prime’s free two-day shipping?

  • All the time (15)
  • Most of the time (10)
  • At least once a month (5)
  • Very rarely (0)

2. Do you spend less than $ 25 on most Amazon.com orders?

  • Yes (5)
  • No (0)

3. Can you name three Prime-exclusive items you’ve purchased from Amazon in the past six months?

  • Yes (5)
  • No (0)

4. Based on your purchases, how are Amazon’s prices compared to other retailers?

  • Higher (0)
  • About the same (5)
  • Sometimes lower (10)
  • Lower (15)

5. Are any of your favorite shows on Amazon Video?

  • Yes (10)
  • Not really, but I still watch (5)
  • No (0)

6. Do you listen to Prime Music or Audible Channels?

  • Yes (10)
  • No (0)

7. Have you used the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, Prime Reading or Amazon First Reads?

  • Yes (10)
  • No (0)

8. Do you store and organize your photos with Prime Photos?

  • Yes (5)
  • No (0)

9. How often do you use Prime Now or Prime Pantry?

  • At least once a month (10)
  • I’ve tried it once or twice (5)
  • Never (0)

10. Do you pay less than $ 99/year for your Prime membership? (Skip if on a free trial)

  • Yes (5)
  • No (0)

11. Have you received any one-time discounts or free extensions of your Prime benefits within the past year?

  • Yes (5)
  • No (0)

12. Do you use the Amazon Prime Rewards credit card for your purchases?

  • Yes (5)
  • No (0)

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What’s your score?

Now that you’ve taken the quiz, add up the numbers listed next to your answers. What’s your score? The closer to 100, the more likely a Prime membership is a good deal for you.

  • 75 – 100: Definitely worth it
  • 40 – 74: Likely worth it
  • 25 – 39: Maybe worth it
  • 0 – 24: Probably not worth it

Reviewing your order history for the past year may help you determine if you should renew a Prime membership.

In addition, there’s a little-known way to find out the exact amount you’ve spent on the e-commerce site over the years. Read our step-by-step guide to calculate your total Amazon spending.

If you’re a Prime member, what makes it worth the cost? Tell us on Facebook, Twitter or in the comments below.

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Kendall Jenner Is Quitting Her App in 2018: Find Out Why

Keeping up with Kendall Jenner just became much more difficult. The supermodel announced that she plans to quit updating her app in the new year.

“As I look ahead to next year, my goals and priorities are changing,” Jenner, 22, wrote in a blog post on her website on Tuesday, December 26. “I’ve had an incredible 2+ years connecting with all of you, but I’ve made the difficult decision to no longer update my app in 2018. I hope you’ve enjoyed this journey as much as I have, and am looking forward to sharing the next chapter with you.”

Though 2018 is still days away, the app has already been removed from Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Store.

Jenner and her sisters launched their apps and websites in September 2015. The fashion mogul’s paid content primarily consisted of style tips, her favorite beauty routines and behind-the-scenes photos.

Last month, Forbes named the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star the world’s highest-paid model of 2017 with an estimated $ 22 million in earnings. She took the top spot from Gisele Bündchen, who held the crown since 2002. In addition, Jenner is the most-followed model on Instagram with 85.7 million followers.

At the top of this year, Jenner wrote on her app that her battle with anxiety was one of the biggest challenges she faced in 2016. Still, she wrote at the time, “I think I’m finally learning how to cope.”

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eBay RoundupThere’s a lot of great menswear on eBay, but to find…

eBay Roundup

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‘Crazy Fight’ That Caused Jenelle Evans And David Eason’s Secret Breakup Revealed – Find Out What The Huge Argument Was About!

We have learned that Teen Mom star Jenelle Evans and her husband David Eason broke up after a huge argument! Apparently, the reality TV celeb decided to end things with the man only about three months after The Ex Files […]
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This Woman Nearly Had Her Leg Amputated Only to Find Out Her Heart Was Working at 5%

“I look at every day as another day I am alive.”

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