Huckberry’s big Summer Sale, Italian Made Boots, a Moonphase Watch, & More – The Thurs. Men’s Sales Handful

Sales that deserve some attention heading into the weekend or a bit earlier. Might not be some massive once a year event, but still worth a look. Those are what make up these handfuls. Five of the better sales, one for each finger, are below, plus bonus sales if need be. Included are a few picks worth pointing out. 

 

Huckberry: Big ol’ Summer Sale

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It’s mid season clearance time people. Now that we’re all sweating balls, what better time to buy some boots, eh? It actually is a good time, considering the prices. They want to get this stuff out of their warehouse to make room for the new fall stuff on the way. So this old stuff from last fall has gotta go. Still can’t believe those Astorflex boots are kickin’ about at ninety bucks. Also. Levi moon sale? Awwww yeeeeeeeah. Big thanks to Brandon D. for the tip!

 

Brooks Brothers: Summer Online Sale + Clearance

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This is a weird one because they’re advertising a summer clearance AND a summer sale… yet most prices don’t look like they’ve moved much if at all? Beats me. I thought the Allen Edmonds for Brooks Brothers shoes were long gone. But it doesn’t appear that way. Some people insist that these aren’t AEs, but… the Park Avenue style (the plain oxford cap toes) are still labeled as AEs. And if they aren’t from Allen Edmonds… who’s making them? Made in the USA and Goodyear welted. Boots are obviously Red Wings.

 

Spier & Mackay: New Items Added to Sale + 2 for $ 40 Polos (reg. $ 30 each)

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Sizes are scattered (it’s Spier & Mackay after all) but there are still some solid deals to be found in their sale section right now. And it’s not just suits and sportcoats. Trousers, sweaters, ties… etc. But if you are going for something more dressed up/tailored, head here for a review of their slim fit suits, and head here for a review of their more generous contemporary fit. Meanwhile, for those who are a fan of their polos, they’re doing a two for $ 40 deal through 7/15. That’s a savings of $ 10 each when you buy two or more.

 

Massdrop: Allen Edmonds Chukkas Still Available – $ 249.99 FINAL

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Looks like the chocolate brown is sold out, but the other colors are still fair game. I’m wondering if the timetable is just too long this time. It’s the middle of summer, and you’re asking guys to lay down a quarter of a grand on shoes they won’t see until the very end of October (the estimated ship date). That’s a lonnnnnnnnnnng time. AND you can’t return them if they don’t work out? That’s a big ask.

 

Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale Early Access Starts NOW

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And we’re off. If you’re a cardmember. For the rest of us, we’ll have to wait until Friday July 20th. And yes, we’ll have a full run down of picks then when the doors are thrown open to the general public.

 

BONUS  Massdrop: Glycine Moonphase – $ 399 FINAL 

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Oddly easy to dress up or down for a moonphase. Swiss made automatic with a true moonphase cutout (it’s not some AM/PM indicator). Final sale of course, being that once again this is Massdrop.

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I’m a fireworks fan.

Give me a clear night, a cold drink, and something sparkly in the sky, and I’m all set.

When I was in college, I even took a class about the history and development of pyrotechnic devices, because I’m a nerd who also likes to have a blast.

Obviously, I wanted to pass this love along to my child.

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Four summers ago, my child was due on July 4. I remember sitting on a blanket in a field near my house, watching the city’s Independence Day display and rubbing my belly. Each boom seemed to reverberate through me, and the baby acknowledged them with a series of kicks. I couldn’t wait for my son to make his debut and experience the fireworks with his own eyes.

The following July 4th, I was tired. My almost-1-year-old dozed in his crib, and I was just happy to have a sleeping child. I didn’t dare disturb him.

But last year? It was on.

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My son was already asleep by the time it was dark enough for the celebration to begin. So I woke him up, and I carried him to the field near my house – the field where I once waited and dreamed and hoped for my own little sparkler. With every rocket that whistled into the sky and burst into magnificent spiderwebs of glimmering light, my child wailed. howled. screamed his tiny head off.

He wasn’t having any part of these fireworks, no matter how attractive I tried to make them.

“Look at the colors!” I said.

“GAAAHHHHHH!” he said.

“Look at the lights!”

“BBBWAAAHHH!”

“It’s so sparkly!”

“WAAAEEEYYOOOOAAAGGGHH!!!!”

I couldn’t understand it. Don’t kids love things like this? Aren’t fireworks fun?

It’s only now, as I am making plans for this year’s festivities, that I have realized the error of my ways: Things that go boom are scary.

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Sure, fireworks can be glorious for those of us who have a little experience navigating the world. But for the new little ones among us, it’s terrifying to be taken out of bed, dragged outside – sleepy and disoriented – and see explosives.

Hi, mom of the year here.

This time around, I’ve been talking to my son about fireworks and I showed him a couple of videos, getting him excited about the possibility of seeing them in real life. But I still haven’t decided if we’re going to make a point of going outside to see them or not. It doesn’t matter to me so much anymore. I’ve watched a lot of fireworks before, and I will again.

But spending time with my child – keeping him happy and content and feeling safe in the world? That’s what really gets me fired up.

Do you watch fireworks displays with your children?

This post was originally published in June, 2017.

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‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ made $500 million before it even hit U.S. theaters

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was a half-billion dollar moneymaker before its U.S. release on Friday. It has an outside chance of hitting the $ 1 billion milestone by the end of next weekend.

Not bad for a movie series about a Disney-style theme park built around resurrected-from-extinction dinosaurs.

The latest Jurassic adventure adds an estimated $ 150 million in U.S. ticket sales to its overall total this weekend, bringing Fallen Kingdom‘s cumulative global box office up to $ 711.5 million. The movie opened outside the U.S. as far back as June 6, so we’re technically now in its third weekend since release. Read more…

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As August turned into September in 2017, the eyes of the nation were glued to their tablets, phones and TV screens. Hurricane Harvey had just slammed Texas with record rainfall and catastrophic flooding, and Hurricane Irma was tearing through the Caribbean with its sights set on Florida.

It seemed like The Weather Channel was on wherever you went.

Brett Brown’s eyes were fixed on his computer screen too, but for different reasons: He was hunting for a job.

Fresh out of grad school with a degree in plant pathology, Brown was back in his hometown of Mobile, Alabama, and looking to put his education to good use. But as we all know, landing a job is easier said than done.

So when Brown got a phone call from an old family friend about a temporary job opportunity, he was intrigued. Would he be willing to do some work in Florida for a few weeks after Irma passed? The friend told Brown that he could make enough to pay off most of his student loans, if not all of them.

Naturally, Brown was skeptical. Usually when you get a call out of the blue about a job that pays thousands of dollars and requires no previous experience, it’s too good to be true. But for independent insurance adjusters in the aftermath of a natural disaster, those kind of earnings are very real.

So Brown loaded up his truck and headed to Florida.

Becoming an Independent Catastrophe Claims Adjuster

A pitch gauge is an important part of Brown's tool kit.
A pitch gauge is an important part of Brown’s tool kit. Jeff Haller for The Penny Hoarder

Independent adjusters work as a contractor for an adjusting firm. Earnings vary, depending on the amount of work put in and the adjusting firm’s fee schedule, but skilled independent adjusters can make upwards of six figures a year.

Like staff adjusters, who work for one company, or public adjusters, who represent policy holders, independents can handle daily claims, catastrophe claims or a mix of both. Daily work consists of routine claims that happen all the time, like water damage from a busted pipe.  Catastrophe claims are the result of a natural or man-made disasters, such as a hurricane or an oil spill.

Brown hadn’t abandoned his goal of working in horticulture, but when an opportunity to make good money comes a-knockin’ (or, in this case, calling) he took it.

Adjusters Needed — Badly

Because Harvey and Irma happened in such quick succession, Florida faced a monumental problem: a shortage of insurance adjusters. Staff and independent adjusters from all over the country had already made their way to Texas by the time Irma barreled through the Sunshine State.

With two of the country’s largest and most populated states hit hard by hurricanes that caused over $ 290 billion in damages, independent catastrophe adjusters were in high demand, and firms were willing to take on people with little to no experience.

So on Sept. 12, 2017, Brown found himself at the Quality Inn & Suites in Gulf Breeze, Florida, to start training as an independent claims adjuster for the Canada-based company Catastrophe Response Unit. He had zero experience and wasn’t quite sure what he’d had signed up for.

The Training Process

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While working as a claims adjuster, Brown would spend up to 16 hours a day working using a ladder, pitch gauge, tape measure and his phone to photograph roofs and other damaged property. Jeff Haller for The Penny Hoarder

Brown and about 70 other people in his group spent the next five days filling out paperwork, watching training videos, taking tests and listening to presentations on proper procedures for inspecting and processing claims. Since the need for adjusters was so high, the training process was streamlined.

“They were just trying to get people out in the field and get clients seen and properties inspected as soon as they possibly could,” Brown says.

He had to learn the industry’s standard software for property claims estimation. And he had to buy it — for $ 150. Independent claims adjusters cover their expenses — lodging, gas, food, the whole nine yards — out of pocket. Fortunately for Brown, he already had a laptop, a ladder and a truck.

“[Catastrophe Response Unit] stressed that you don’t think about the money that you’re spending now,” Brown says. “Just think about the investment that you’re making for yourself in the next month or two.”

Claims adjusters, even temporary ones, must be licensed, and each state has its own rules and regulations. After completing the five days of training and certification, Brown earned an emergency license. Several states — Florida being one of them — make these available during catastrophe situations.

How Payment Is Made

Independent adjusters work on a contract basis, with their pay based on a fee schedule rather than a salary or hourly wage. An insurance company pays the independent adjusting firm a certain fee per every claim closed; the percentage paid is based on the final claim settlement. Once the company receives its fee, it pays the adjuster a portion, which generally ranges from 55% to 70%. (With CRU, Brown’s was around 60%.)

To break it down a little further: When Brown processed a claim of up to $ 20,000, he made $ 600. For claims between $ 20,000 and $ 50,000, he took home $ 900; over $ 50,000, his fee was $ 1,200.

In other words, the more difficult and costly the claim, the higher the payout.

A Day in the Life

Brown shows a typical photo he would take using his phone as a claims adjuster.
Brown shows a typical photo he would take using his phone as a claims adjuster. Jeff Haller for The Penny Hoarder

After completing the speedy training process, Brown headed south to set up base in Tampa, Florida. With no previous experience in claims adjusting, the learning curve was steep. His first week was pretty rough.

Brown started with 50 claims. He had to contact each policyholder to schedule a time to view the damage before he could get out in the field. He booked visits to homes near one another in order to maximize the amount of visits he could make in a day.

Once he had some inspections scheduled, the hard, physical work really kicked in.

Brown set his alarm for 6 a.m., with his first inspection starting as early as 7:30. Although he was based in Tampa, his appointments took him all over central Florida.

Inspections averaged about an hour, depending on the amount of damage. While he only took on one or two inspections a day in the beginning, Brown added more as he grew comfortable. By his second week, he was logging four or five claims a day. At his busiest times, Brown handled up to 10 in a single day.

Once he found his groove, he was earning between $ 600 and $ 6,000 a day.

Whether the property was missing a few shingles or had lost an entire wall, each one required extensive inspection. Hauling around a ladder and climbing up on roofs was part of the job — and don’t forget this was all in Florida, where autumn is an urban legend and 90-degree days are standard.

It was on one of those roofs, about a week in, that Brown realized his worn-out New Balances were not proper footwear. He found himself trapped on a particularly steep roof, in danger of sliding off. Brown avoided his own catastrophe, but invested in some sturdy, non-slip work boots.

After a long day of inspections, with maybe a 30-minute lunch break squeezed in, Brown would head back to the rental house he shared with other CRU adjusters he met during training. But his work was far from over. In order to get the claim processed, paperwork for each inspection was required. He’d stay up until about midnight entering damages into his software and drawing up paperwork, then set his alarm and wake up at 6 to do it all over again.

Brown’s insanely long hours are an industry norm during a catastrophe. “They stay in a fleabag hotel and work 16 hours a day, six to seven days a week,” says Peter Crosa, who owns Peter J. Crosa & Co. and has been in the adjusting business for over 40 years. “They end up making a lot of money… but it’s tough duty.”

In addition to being away from home, driving to properties scattered across several counties and working 16-hour days, Brown had to meet with people who were dealing with the nightmare of a damaged or destroyed home. That part was challenging and emotionally draining.

In all, though, Brown found the job quite rewarding. He was, after all, helping people in times of dire need.

The Net Result

Brett Brown poses at the water front in Fairhope, Ala.,
Brown has decided to maintain his skills as a claims adjuster as an option for a way to make extra money in the future. Jeff Haller for The Penny Hoarder

On Nov. 1, Brown packed his bags and headed home to Alabama. Less than two months of working 16-hour days, seven days a week had grossed him over $ 60,000.

After deducting taxes, which as an independent contractor he had to handle on his own, Brown netted about $ 40,000. He decided to put a little bit away for rainy days and investments. The rest went toward his student loans, and he was able to pay off the majority. Brown still has some debt left, but imagine the relief of paying off $ 40,000 worth of loans in one sitting.

So was it all worth it?

“Oh, absolutely,” Brown says. “The first couple of weeks, I was doubting myself and the opportunity as a whole, but after that second week it really became clear that this was not just blowing smoke.”

Brown still plans to pursue a career in horticulture. But he says he won’t totally rule out doing some short-term claims adjusting in the future — especially now that he knows what he’d be getting himself into.

After all, he’s still got more student loans to pay.

Kaitlyn Blount is a junior staff writer at The Penny Hoarder.

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The E3 Game Announcements That Made Us Giddy With Excitement

The annual Electronic Entertainment Expo, a.k.a. E3, has come and gone. From eagerly awaited sequels to brand new IPs, publishers announced their upcoming video games.

Here are the ones we’re most excited for.

EA

First out of the gate was EA. Though to be fair, EA wasn’t really “at” E3; the studio ran its own EA Play event.

It was a quiet press conference, all things considered. Announcements included Unraveled 2 and Sea of Solitude.

Most importantly, fans learned there’s a Star Wars game being developed by Respawn — the studio that brought us the Titanfall games. It’s called Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and it takes place between Episode III and IV. Players will play a Jedi who survived the Order 66 massacre and is hunted by Imperial forces. We have some ideas on the game’s antagonists and settings, which you can read about here.

While there was no gameplay from Fallen Order, we got a look at Battlefield V‘s Grand Operations mode. There will also be a Battle Royale mode coming to the game. Surprise?

We also got the chance to see Anthem in action. It won’t have any romance options, so we rounded up a few of BioWare’s best romances over the years.

Finally, Command & Conquer is heading to mobile with Rivals. That sentence alone is probably enough to break your heart.

Read more about the E3 EA press conference here.

Microsoft

The usual suspects made an appearance for Microsoft. We’re getting a new Gears of War (and two spin-offs), a new Forza Horizon, and a new Halo.

But the publisher and manufacturer surprised everyone by announcing the acquisition of five new studios. They aren’t lightweights, either — we’re talking big players like Ninja Theory. Clearly, Microsoft was out to show it’s dedicated to solving its first-party title crisis.

Truth be told, the best parts of this hype-filled conference were the third-party games. Leading the way was Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, one of several Asian-themed action games.

Speaking of Asian-themes, a huge roar came when footage from Jump Force — a kinetically charged Dragon Ball ZNaruto-One Piece fighting game — was shown. The anime style is brought to life in fleshed-out 3-D models.

We saw trailers for Kingdom Hearts 3 (featuring the Frozen characters), and the highly anticipated Cyberpunk 2077 — all of which look absolutely fantastic. Oh, a little NES game called Battletoads was announced, too.

Yep, the fighting frogs are back.

Read more about the E3 Microsoft Xbox press conference here.

Bethesda

Also known as Pause for Applause: The Press Conference, this at times awkward show dilly-dallied a bit before getting to the Fallout 76 section we all wanted to see.

Then we had the huge announcement that each other person from your vault in 76 will be a real person, in a 100% online experience. Fallout Shelter was also announced to be on new platforms on the same night.

Gameplay from another post-apocalyptic first-person shooter, Rage 2, was shown including some wild vehicles and weapons.

On the fantasy front, an Elder Scrolls: Blades game was revealed: a procedurally generated dungeon crawler. An Elder Scrolls Legends relaunch is coming with all new visuals, and lastly, we were shown a beautiful logo for The Elder Scrolls VI with some rolling hills in the background, leaving us to speculate on where it could be set.

Read more about the E3 Bethesda press conference here.

Square Enix

Square Enix had perhaps the most disappointing presentation of the convention. Their pre-recorded announcement included looks at the previously announced Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Kingdom Hearts III, and Dragon Quest XI, but nothing that was particularly enticing.

Another prestige RPG, Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood will have a crossover with Capcom’s Monster Hunter World.

There was a sneak peak of Babylon’s Fall, the new game from Platinum Games, maker of Bayonetta and Nier: Automata. Not much was revealed, but due to the quality Platinum is known for, all eyes are on that one.

We also got quick looks into Just Cause 4 and The Quiet Man, the latter of which features a deaf protagonist who seems up for a bit of a scuffle.

Read more about the E3 Square Enix press conference here.

Ubisoft

The majority of what Ubisoft showed off was Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, The Division 2, and Skull & Bones. All three titles were playable at E3, and all of them were received very positively. Stay tuned for our impressions.

There’s also a new Trials game in the works: Trials Rising. It looks to increase the number of players in a multiplayer match and hopefully will have just as much in the way of level building and sharing.

A good deal of time was spent on previously released titles, and in this case, we see that as a good thing. The amount of post-release love Ubisoft has given Rainbow Six Siege has seen it become one of the most popular FPS games today, offering a different kind of information war that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will be doing its best to emulate this year.

For Honor boasts a similar story. After a disastrous launch and a year of fixing, Ubisoft made it into a playable, fun experience worthy of competitive play, and it had more content to show off at E3.

The Crew 2 was also on display, as was a new IP from Ubisoft in Starlink: Battle for Atlas.

Read more about the E3 Ubisoft press conference here.

PC Games

Not to be forgotten, there was the PC Gaming Show at E3. We got to see some progress on Star Citizen, which won’t be out anytime soon, and some more quirky indie titles that look promising on PC.

Maneater is one of those titles, in which you play a shark preying on humans who stray too far from the beach. Stormland is an open world VR game in which you play a robot who can continually upgrade itself.

We also got a look at Mavericks, a battle royale game aiming for a ridiculous 1,000 players in one game. We got the chance to play a smaller scale demo of the game and speak to the developers, so stay tuned for more info on FANDOM.

Read more about the E3 PC press conference here.

PlayStation

It might not have had the 50 games shown in Microsoft’s presser, but the PlayStation conference was all about quality. Trailer after trailer was shown of some seriously sweet looking games, starting with a long gameplay demo of The Last of Us Part 2.

We were also treated to a stretch of gameplay from Ghost of Tsushima, a brilliant open-world samurai simulator from Sucker Punch, the studio behind the Infamous games.

Nioh 2 was announced, and the brief trailer made it seem like the protagonist will have some kind of demon transformation available.

Another long stretch of Death Stranding was shown, and still nobody has any idea what the game will be like other than the protagonist is a Norman Reedus-lookalike carrying a big backpack. Oh, there’s also a mysteriously de-aged Lindsay Wagner (our article image).

Marvel’s Spider-Man featured the Arkham-brand of choreography combat seems made for Spidey, but we were a little worried about its quick-time events. The web-slinger has his hands full with a slew of foes.

A remake for Resident Evil 2 is in the works, and the Remedy game we were all expecting to be Alan Wake 2 is instead Control, which is looking very interesting indeed. Control features a female protagonist who has telekinetic abilities.

Read more about the E3 Playstation press conference here.

Nintendo

Nintendo had the last press conference of the event. There were many things we would’ve loved to see — a new Star Fox, a new Advance Wars, the new Metroid, to name a few — but the main announcement came in the form of a new Smash Bros game: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The changes to gameplay look great, and fans were delighted. Every character from the previous games will be playable.

Fortnite will be Fortnite, and the battle royale phenomenon stole many of the headlines with the announcement that it was coming to Switch.

We also saw Pokémon Let’s Go, and Fire Emblem: Three Houses, which look great, but we really do wonder when Nintendo will give the Fire Emblem treadmill a break in favor of an Advance Wars game.

We’re big fans of Killer Queen here at FANDOM, and Killer Queen Black looks great as well.

Read more about the E3 Nintendo press conference here.

Let it never be said that 2018 was a quiet year for E3 game announcements. There’s a lot there to feast your eyes upon, and a lot to get excited about. The second half of this year just got a lot more crowded, and the early months of 2019 are looking to be almost as packed.

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How Kate Spade Changed Women’s Fashion—and Made Us Smile

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Kate Spade’s handbags were cheerful and quirky: They came with polka dots, were shaped like typewriters, a Dalmatian, a vintage car, and candy wrapper, or a pair of mirrored sunglasses with the New York battle-cry “Taxi” issuing forth from them.

They came in hot pinks and oranges, and with red polka dot bow ties on the front. They were roomy and bucket-shaped, and had even more bold patterns on their innards. One was designed in the shape of a heart.

The bags had style, but they were also designed to make you smile. They were fashionable, but encouraged you to have fun with whatever your definition of fashion was. They were a zippily placed pin in the balloon of aesthetic pomposity—even if, for all that she became known for this playful whimsy, Spade’s first popular bag was the simple black “Sam” bag, which in its color and functionality was so-very New York.

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On June 6, 1998, Sex and the City premiered on HBO.

Twenty years later, I learned that someone I work with self-identifies as Berger, the man who infamously dumped Carrie Bradshaw via post-coital Post-it note. I also learned that you shouldn’t ask your entire office which Sex and the City character they are unless you want to be completely mystified by the people you work with every day and start to question if you can ever really know anyone at all.

I couldn’t help but wonder, in this year of our future governor Cynthia Nixon 2018, why people weren’t more ashamed to out themselves as a Carrie. And to my co-workers who did not respond to me, or simply responded with the name of the character a BuzzFeed quiz assigned them, in the immortal words of Kim Cattrall: “We’ve never been friends. We’ve been colleagues.”

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s lawyers composed a secret 20-page letter to special counsel Robert Mueller to assert that he cannot be forced to testify while arguing that he could not have committed obstruction because he has absolute authority over all federal investigations.
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Wondrous dunes on Pluto are made of grains of frozen methane

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Scientists have detected another exotic feature on one of the solar system’s most wondrous worlds, a large field of dunes on the surface of the distant, frigid dwarf planet Pluto apparently composed of wind-swept, sand-sized grains of frozen methane.


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Kenya Moore Shares A Pregnancy-Related Post & Disables Comments After Haters Made Her Delete The Baby Bump Pic

Kenya Moore cannot think about something else, rather than her pregnancy. She even posted a photo in which she was showing a small baby bump, and she was together with her husband, Marc Daly.

But, unfortunately, after lots of haters left her horrible comments accusing her of faking her pregnancy, Kenya decided to take the baby bump pic down.

Now, she has another pregnancy-related post, but this time she made sure to disable the comments s that no more haters insult her and her family.

You can see the latest emotional post below and read the story that it shares.

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This comes right after, Kenya had another message for her fans just the other day that she posted on the same social media account.

That message was supposed to help us feel encouraged and have more faith that good things will come for everyone. As we already said, she also deleted her baby bump pic after haters slammed her.

‘Keep dreaming God has your back. #god #love #peace’ Kenya captioned her latest post.

‘This speaks volumes to my spirit brought tears to my eyes THANK YOUR LORD I needed this inspiration!!!🖤🖤🖤’ one of her followers told Kenya.

‘U took ur belly photo down 😢 don’t let them haters get to u. Just shut off the comments,’ a disappointed fan noticed and advised Kenya not to care so much about the haters and their messages. It seems that she took the fan’s advice and shut down the comments.

We really hope that Kenya enjoys her pregnancy and has enough strength to not care about the haters and what they’re saying regarding her pregnancy.

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‘Made in China’ label sheds light on old Java Sea shipwreck

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A fresh examination of Chinese ceramics and other cargo from an important Java Sea shipwreck has led researchers to conclude that the vessel sank a century earlier than previously thought, providing insight into Asia’s maritime trade more than 800 years ago.


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Happy Mother’s Day! 20 Celebs & the Moms Who Made Them Who They Are

There’s nothing like a mother’s love, and these stars will be the first to tell you that the love, support and dedication they’ve received from mommy dearest got them through their toughest times, and ultimately, made them who they are. Celebrate Mother’s Day by checking out stars such as Beyoncé, Rihanna, Michael B. Jordan and […]

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Former professional boxer, Laila Ali has always had the gift of giving within her.

Even as a little girl, growing up alongside her father, legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, she has witnessed charitable deeds day-in and day-out that have instilled a bigger sense of purpose and passion in her now as an adult.

Everything from seeing her father handing out $ 100 bills to homeless people while riding around parts of L.A. in his Rolls-Royce convertible to developing a dedication for the culinary arts, Laila has continuously found ways to improve the lives of others around her. And even with what some may consider as a burden—having an icon as a parent—she has still followed her passion toward many different paths in life…

Read the full, exclusive interview with Ali at Black Enterprise‘s partner site, The Shadow League.

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Facebook just made an important decision regarding the abortion referendum

Facebook has decided to block any foreign ads related to the upcoming abortion referendum to preserve ‘integrity’ of the vote

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On the 25th of May 2018, the Irish abortion referendum will take place. Voters will be asked whether or not to approve the Thirty-Sixth Amendment to the Constitution Bill. According to TheJournal.ie, this amendment will allow repealing (removing) Article 40.3.3 (known as the Eighth Amendment) and replacing it with this line: ‘Provision may be made by law for the regulation of termination of pregnancies.’

Pro-choice protestors

In December, the Oireachtas (the Irish legislative body) committee on the Eighth Amendment supported the repeal and made a recommendation that abortion without restriction be legal up to the twelfth week of pregnancy. Groups supporting the ‘Repeal The Eighth’ movement, such as the London-Irish Abortion Rights Campaign, have sought to highlight how thousands of Irish women a year are forced to leave the country, simply in order to get access to safe abortion services.

Of course, such a historic vote means that tensions and emotions are running high, and campaigns by both sides are dominating the internet and the airwaves. Facebook, whose value plunged by $ 36bn in the days after the Cambridge Analytica scandal was announced, has now taken the step to block any foreign spending on adverts regarding the referendum in order to protect the ‘integrity’ of the vote. As part of this, Ireland has also become the first country outside of the US to receive a collection of ad-tracking tools, (which were promised in early-April.)

Pro-choice protestors in London

In a statement, Facebook said, ‘This is an issue we have been thinking about for some time. Today, as part of our efforts to help protect the integrity of elections and referendums from undue influence, we will begin rejecting ads related to the referendum if they are being run by advertisers based outside of Ireland.’

They continued: ‘What we are now doing for the referendum on the eighth amendment will allow us to operate as though these tools, which are not yet fully available, were in place today with respect to foreign referendum-related advertising.’

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Jared Kushner keeps filing the wrong information about two of his loans borrowed from Bank of Internet, which is under federal investigation. The disclosure form has been updated at least 40 times in regards to his properties in Brooklyn, ProPublica reports.
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Karl Lagerfeld Made Nautical Fashion for the Street (Style) at Chanel’s Cruise 2019 Show

In lieu of an exotic destination, Chanel staged its Cruise 2019 runway show right at home in Paris’s Grand Palais. But Karl Lagerfeld and his team managed to make it feel like more of a voyage, erecting a literal cruise ship as the backdrop (and party venue) for the runway. And what do you get …

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Late last year, Apple admitted that it has been throttling performance on older iPhones with worn-out batteries. The admission won Apple a legion of bad press and enough lawsuits to keep its legal department in fancy cars for the next decade. Since then, Apple has mostly appeased its customer base with a discounted iPhone battery replacement plan, some promises to be nicer, and the requisite CEO prime-time soul-searching interview.

But Apple’s problems aren’t over. BBC’s Watchdog program, one of TV’s longest-running consumer advocate programs, aired a deep dive into Apple’s battery replacement program this evening, and the results aren’t exactly glowing for Apple.

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J Crew Factory Jumps in the Tech Polo Ring, USA Made Dress Shoes, & More – The Thurs. Men’s Sales Handful

Sales that deserve some attention heading into the weekend or a bit earlier. Might not be some massive once a year event, but still worth a look. Those are what make up these handfuls. Five of the better sales, one for each finger, are below, plus bonus sales if need be. Included are a few picks worth pointing out. 

 

J. Crew Factory: 50% off (suiting excluded) + New Arrivals

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What have we here? “Performance” polos from J. Crew Factory? Ordered. And don’t worry, the annual polo palooza is fast approaching. Last year wasn’t the best polo crop. There are some good ones this year. Fingers crossed these make the list as a winner.

 

Brooks Bros: $ 100 off $ 300, $ 200 off $ 500 w/ SP18BC

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See what we’re doing here? We’re using socks from the sale section (at post time this is working) to trip the $ 300 threshold. At $ 300, use the $ 100 off $ 300 code SP18BC and you end up with Goodyear Welted, made in the USA shoes for just north of $ 200. Not bad being that they aren’t 2nds quality.

 

Target: Goodfellow & Co. Oxford Cloth Pants – $ 24.99

Target: Goodfellow & Co. Oxford Cloth Pants

So the site says these things are “poplin” but… it sure doesn’t look like it. Big thanks to Ryan N. for the tip who saw these in person, in store. Available in either slim or straight fit. Could be perfect for those hot summer days. Also, I don’t know what the “printed” distinction means on these pants. They just look like they’re heathered/chambray-ish/oxford cloth-y. Beats me.

 

 Allen Edmonds Anniversary Sale ends MONDAY

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How’d tax day shake down for you. Good? Got some money back? Y’know, that’s actually not good. But. I totally understand how it makes one feel. Anyway, sock that return away in the emergency fund. But if you just can’t stand it, there’s the big AE sale.

 

Massdrop: Seiko SKX – $ 169.99 FINAL

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Well look what’s back on Massdrop. It’s worth noting that while $ 169.99 is a fine price for a Seiko 007 or 009, they’re final sale. If you want the ability to return the thing, head over to Amazon or JomashopThey’ve got much of the SKX series for $ 179.99. BUT… and this is a big difference from most Massdrop products, THIS time Massdrop actually has these in stock. No waiting. Ships in 2-3 days.

 

BONUS  Huckberry: LeviMoon is back!!! – $ 239.98 ($ 289)

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Good God that’s a lot of money ($ 240!!) for what amounts to a small lamp (if that, depending on how much light it casts). But… good grief I want one. Levitates thanks to magic. Or, magnets. Magic or magnets. I dunno. I didn’t major in the science.

 

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5 Black Pulitzer Prize Winners Who Made History

On Monday, it was announced that Kendrick Lamar won a Pulitzer Prize for his 2017 critically acclaimed album, DAMN, making him the first rapper to receive the honor. In addition to marking the first time that a music Pulitzer was given to a hip-hop album, this also sets a new precedent for an artist with such commercial appeal and success. Rather, the honor has traditionally been awarded to more obscure classical and jazz compositions.

Here are four other African American trailblazers who were recognized with the prestigious honor.

Gwendolyn Brooks

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Gwendolyn Brooks became the first black person to win a Pulitzer Prize in 1950 for her book Annie Allen, which chronicles the evolution of a young Black girl into womanhood through poetry. Brooks, a literary giant who focused much of her work on documenting the lives and struggle of African Americans and migrants, was also the first black woman to serve as the poetry consultant to the Library of Congress.


Suzan-Lori Parks

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In 2012, Suzan-Lori Parks became the first black woman playwright to be awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play Topdog/Underdog, a story of two African American brothers struggling with romantic relationships, poverty, addiction, and racism.


Lynn Nottage  

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Playwright Lynn Nottage made history when she became the first woman to win two Pulitzer Prizes. She won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the Broadway play Sweat and her first Pulitzer in 2009 for Ruined, an off-Broadway.

“On some level, I’ve always been a writer,” the Brooklyn native told Black Enterprise. “When I was 5 years old, I began crafting stories in my living room for my parents, and whenever they would have guests over, I would create little drama productions to perform for them, and I would get my brother to be one of my performers.”

In addition to joining an elite group of black Pulitzer-winning writers, Nottage is an associate professor of theater at Columbia University.


George Walker

Black Pulitzer Prize Winners

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George Walker became the first African American to receive a coveted Pulitzer Prize in Music in 1996 for his work Lilacs. Walker, who is noted as one of the greatest composers of his time, was also the first African American to graduate from the Curtis Institute in 1954, receive a doctorate degree from Eastman School in 1956, and become a tenured faculty member at Smith College.

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How and why I made all my new mom friends on social media

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I’m still waiting for a book that actually talks about the real realities of new motherhood. How the early days of breastfeeding don’t just hurt, it feels like your nipple is being inserted into a pencil sharpener. How you won’t just be tired, you’ll feel as if you’re the subject of a sleep-deprivation study performed by sadists.

You’ll also be lonely. True, the population of your household will increase by at least one. Friends and family members will be visiting. Your partner may even be home on family leave. There will be more people around you than usual. Yet you’ll feel like you’re stranded atop a glacier in the middle of the ocean. Alone, with no one in sight.

There’s a cure. It’s mentioned, but I found its importance was glossed over. It should be written in bold and surrounded by flashing lights: moms need other moms friends. It’s imperative to our survival as new moms — no, just as moms at any stage. As humans, too.

Two moms each hold a baby on lap and smile at one another

And while befriending any person who is or has been responsible for raising a tiny human, one who’s doing so at roughly the same stage as you is even better. There is something magical about telling a friend, “My child screams like a howler monkey the second we step inside a restaurant,” and hearing “Same here!” in response.

Sounds pretty great, right? It is. However, making those mom friends is difficult. At least it was for me.

I moved in my third trimester and went on bedrest a week later. Sure, I tried to catch the eye of other pregnant women in the waiting room of my ob-gyn’s office or in birthing class. But my haphazard efforts weren’t successful. I gave birth friendless. 

Yes, my husband and parents were around. No, it’s not the same.

During the first few weeks of my son’s life I had insomnia. I was nursing a newborn every 2-3 hours and wide awake in between. Despite knowing that screen time would feed my inability to sleep, I logged on. Often.

I was desperate to do online what I couldn’t do in my daily life: make mom friends. 

Buoyed by exhaustion masquerading as confidence, I made a bold decision. Choosing full transparency and honesty I came clean on my Instagram account (my social media platform of choice). “I’m lonely,” I explained, in a photo caption. “Scared, with no idea what I’m doing as a new mom. And I need friends. Anyone interested?”

I was flooded with excitement and anticipation when my inbox began filling up. People commented. Introduced me to their friends. I started my journey, albeit a non-traditional one, toward making mom friends.

With a growing confidence I went on Facebook. The BabyCenter Community boards. I began commenting, engaging, responding. I soon had a new group of virtual mom friends. I was blown away by how many others were in my situation and were more than happy to connect.

Instagram became, and still is, my lifeline. I’ve also helped other moms connect there as well. I’ve been supported in the dark days of my PPD journey. I’ve had others celebrate with me, cry alongside of me. And never let me feel alone.

Due to geography I haven’t been able to convert all of my virtual friends into “in person” pals. Most are in other states, a few are even in other countries. Distance has never impacted our connection or friendship.

But I’ve been able to meet up with quite a few. Some even attended my son’s birthday party. It makes me smile when I’m asked how me met and I answer, “on Instagram.” It’s a sign of the times. Our connection, virtual. Yet somehow more real than many other relationships in my life that are face-to-face.

There’s something unspoken that two women share once they become moms. We know. We’ve felt it, thought it, laughed or cried about it. And are happy to be there for others as they experience it, too.

I could have been consumed by loneliness and fear. Yes, I had friends. Some were moms. But none were in the same trench at the same time I was. So I took what was at my disposal at the time — the internet — and made it work for me. 

Toddler boys play in water with backs to camera

I didn’t have many other options at 3 a.m. in the midst of a cluster feeding session. It’s not conventional. But it turned my life around.

My husband and I recently moved again. This time I went straight to social media to announce our plans and solicit friends in our new area. I actually had play dates arranged within days of our arrival. 

Sure, social media has its downfalls. But it’s also really good sometimes, too. Great, in fact. 

Just ask me and my mom friends. 

For more mom moments — or to be virtual mom friends — follow me on Instagram at Witty Otter.

Have you ever used social media to make friends? How did you meet your mom friends?

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This College Dropout Made a $1.9 Million Clothing Business (Without a Loan)


Kyla Smith was exhausted, working 15-hour days, unsure if this whole entrepreneurship thing was worth it.

She was sitting in a coffee shop chatting with some friends, when a woman interrupted them.

“Excuse me, are you talking about Evolve Fit Wear?” she asked. “My friends and I love that site!”

And in that moment, Smith’s exhaustion evaporated. Seven years into her business, she finally felt like she had made it.

She, a college dropout, had built a successful fitness clothing website — without any investors, without any loans.

“Just to hear that out of a random person was the most rewarding feeling,” she says. “When you’re completely burnt out, life will bring up these little moments to remind you you’re on the right path.”

From Shoe Saleswoman to Pop-Up Shop

In 2007, Smith was in her early 20s, living in Los Angeles and working as a sales representative for a shoe brand.

Although she spent most of her time traveling around the country, she had several months off each year. She grew bored during those periods and started brainstorming ways to make extra money.

Since she had sales experience, enjoyed exercise and yoga and had attended a year of fashion school, she thought selling workout clothing might be a perfect fit.

“I love how good I feel when I put on a new workout outfit,” she says. “It makes me feel so healthy. I chose to sell workout clothing because I love that feeling, and think it inspires people to work out.”

She contacted several workout clothing brands and asked for a “line sheet,” which lists wholesale prices and minimum orders (often between $ 500 and $ 1,000).

“It was all about repping the smaller brands,” she says. “Finding cool unique ones that weren’t Lululemon, because they have enough representation.”

Eventually, she settled on three lines from Brazil and one handmade line called Sandra McCray.

Then she took $ 5,000 of her shoe saleswoman savings and bought clothing from each.

The next Saturday, she packed her call full of inventory and set up shop in the lobby of a high-end gym.

She nearly sold out.

With her profits, she purchased more inventory and began spending all her weekends selling clothing at the gym’s different locations.

Each day, she paid the gym a flat fee of $ 150 and then sold between $ 2,000 and $ 3,000 of clothing at a 50% profit margin.

“I just kept bankrolling the money into more and more inventory,” she says. “After nine months of doing that every weekend I was home, I had a 14-foot trailer and five racks of clothes.”

That added up to about $ 30,000 worth of inventory, which Smith calls the “sweet spot” for retail.  

At this point, she was three years into an international business degree, and still working her full-time job at the shoe company. Something had to give — and she dropped out.

“I wanted to be an entrepreneur,” she says. “I don’t regret that.”

Taking Her Operation Online

About a year after starting her business, Smith realized she needed a website.

“I was hauling this trailer around LA, which isn’t good for parking or driving,” she says with a laugh.

And since she was only at each gym every few months, customers started asking her to meet up in gas stations and parking lots around the city.

A website was the obvious solution — but one big thing stood in her way.

Smith was, as she puts it, “the least technical person ever.”

Deciding to persevere anyway, she worked through the process step-by-step and took photos of her inventory with a cheap camera. Much to her surprise, it started selling.

So, determined to improve her technical skills, she took online courses on topics such as Photoshop, search-engine optimization, Quickbooks, photography and marketing. And, alongside her knowledge, her online business grew.  

Drop-Shipping to Success

Women have a pool party for a photoshoot.
Evolve Fit Wear now has an office, warehouse, photo studio and five staff members, as well as an in-house clothing line. Photo courtesy of Kyla Smith from Evolve Fit Wear

For five years, Smith kept her full-time job while hustling Evolve on the side.

“A lot of entrepreneurs think they’ll quit their job and live happily ever after,” she says. “But it takes a long time [to build a business].”

Finally, in 2012, she quit her job and moved to Portland, Oregon, where overhead was cheaper than LA.

With the move, she also took her business entirely online.

Today, 50% of her sales come from “drop-shipping,” which means Evolve doesn’t keep the physical inventory at its location.

Instead, if it gets an order for, say, a Spiritual Gangster muscle tank, it’ll send the order details to Spiritual Gangster, which will then ship the shirt to the customer directly from its own warehouse.

“Any new brand, we drop-ship,” Smith explains. “That way, we can offer a large selection from that brand and see what sells before we invest in inventory.”

It’s an interesting business model that, according to Smith, works well with smaller brands who also want exposure.

“If you’re selling something online, sell the brands that no one really knows,” she says. “They’d be more likely to drop-ship because they want the opportunity for growth, too.”

Another 30% of Evolve’s sales comes from Amazon: Two years ago, the web-retail giant approached Smith to see if Evolve would be its vendor for yoga clothing. It didn’t want to deal with the myriad smaller vendors, preferring instead to go through one store.

“I was hesitant at first,” says Smith. “But it’s turned out to be a great channel.”

Positivity #FTW

Evolve now has an office, warehouse, photo studio and five staff members. It also has an in-house clothing line, which includes the most incredible goat yoga leggings.

The company’s sales have almost doubled each year since 2014 — in 2017, they totaled $ 1.9 million, with a profit of $ 325,000.

Smith attributes her success to several factors.

The first is smart marketing: 65% of the website’s traffic comes from organic search, which she helped by writing keyword-rich blog posts about Evolve’s products. The company also gets some sales through affiliates; bloggers who earn a 5% cut if customers find Evolve through their sites.

Another key to success has been excellent customer service, with Smith explaining: “We talk to people like they’re our friends.”

And the last? Evolve’s body-positive messaging.

“We steer away from ‘here’s how to look skinny’ or ‘these pants make your butt look great,’” Smith says. “It’s important for me to spread the message to be healthy in your body.”

(She even organized a yoga-pant parade last year, in response to a man making the ridiculous statement that women over 30 shouldn’t wear yoga pants.)

Smith, who’s now been selling workout clothes for over a decade, applies that positive thinking to all aspects of her business.

“There are some days when I’m like, ‘What am I doing?’” she says. “But there’s always a new day. There are going to be ups and downs — and there’s always going to be an up around the corner.”

Susan Shain is a freelance writer and digital nomad. She covers travel, food and personal finance (basically, how to save money so you can travel more and eat more). Visit her blog at susanshain.com, or say hi on Twitter @susan_shain.

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Here’s How Much We Made Selling Our Media Collections to Decluttr


Editor’s note: This post was originally published  in June 2016 and updated by The Penny Hoarder staff in 2018.

In college, I liked to show off my movie collection.

The shelf stood proud in my living room, not far from my TV. It was like a status symbol — in my mind, at least. When people came over, they knew they had options.

Over the years, I’ve amassed about 100 movies and TV shows on DVD and Blu-ray.

Looking back, I’m not sure which status it might have bestowed on me. At what point do you cross the line from hobbyist to hoarder?

But I was proud of it.

A decade later, the collection is less something I brag about and more something I’m forced to deal with every time I move.

So far, it’s been easier to wrap my movie shelf in packing tape and shove the whole thing into a U-Haul than to actually sift through and decide what’s worth keeping.

But I got married recently, so maybe I’m finally feeling like an adult. Maybe.

My wife and I have been listening to The Minimalists podcast, and it’s making us look twice at all the junk we have lying around.

The podcast raises the question, “Does this add value to my life?” If not, why keep it?

These DVDs and Blu-rays used to, in one way, add value to my life. But now, they just collect dust in a cabinet.

But now I’ve found a way to make them literally add value to my life.

The Easiest Way to Sell My Clutter Online

Even though I hate the clutter, I hate the idea of throwing away perfectly good movies way more.

And I don’t want to just dump them at a thrift store. I paid good money for those once!

There are a few ways I could go about selling them.

I could list everything individually on Amazon or Ebay — but for dozens of titles, that sounds like a nightmare.

I’ve seen some people do OK selling CD and DVD collections on eBay. But even those aren’t guaranteed to sell. And if they do, I’d have to deal with shipping and, potentially, an annoying buyer.

Extra closet space doesn’t seem worth the trouble.

Instead, I tried Decluttr.

Decluttr buys your old media and electronics. The service saves you the hassle of managing a listing, handling payment and dealing directly with buyers.

It accepts CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays and video games, plus hardware like cell phones, tablets, game consoles and iPods.

It looked like a simple way to unload some of our junk, so I decided to give it a try.

How Much Can You Make on Decluttr?

I had no idea what to expect going in.

I’m a huge movie fan, and even I haven’t touched most of these DVDs, Blu-rays and Playstation 3 games in years. Would they be worth something to anyone else?

I did some research, and other people who have sold their collections to Decluttr report getting about 50 cents per item.

One user, Gil Flores, sold about 100 DVDs and 75 CDs — he had so many, he said, that he’s not certain of the exact number anymore — and made $ 275, an average of $ 1.57 each.

Flores had tons of media just sitting in his garage, because he’s moved everything he wants to watch or listen to over to his digital library. He was ready to clear it out — and why not make some money while you’re at it?

My collection was less impressive, but I had 86 items to sell. It could definitely add up.

I downloaded the Decluttr app and used my phone’s camera to scan the barcode of each item I wanted to sell. The app gives you an instant offer.

For most of my DVDs, the offers were consistent with my research — between 10 cents and $ 1 each.

A few surprised me.

I got a $ 2.10 offer for “MacGruber” (the 2010 Will Forte “Saturday Night Live” spinoff movie) on DVD. I can’t believe I just let it sit on the shelf for six years! I only watched it once, but not for lack of trying. My friends just don’t get the humor.

These are some of the best offers I received:

  • Grand Theft Auto: V (PS3) — $ 6.81
  • “Hot Rod” (Blu-ray) — $ 4.50
  • “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” (DVD) — $ 1.88
  • Flip Skateboards: Extremely Sorry (DVD) — $ 1.42 (I was stoked it would pay so much for something so niche!)
  • “Full Metal Jacket” (Blu-ray) — 75 cents
  • “World War Z” (Blu-ray) — 74 cents
  • “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (DVD) — 50 cents

Altogether, Decluttr offered $ 54.60 for a combo of 86 titles, including DVDs, Blu-rays and a few PS3 games. Shipping is free, and the company takes everything in one order, up to 500 items.

Not a bad way to make a little extra money.

More recent and easier-to-sell titles command the highest offers. Reddit users discussing the service note offers of up to $ 3, $ 4 or $ 5 for a few titles in each order.

With about standard prices, a few things about Decluttr stood out and made me choose it over similar services.

It Pays Cash, Fast

While you might earn the same amount of money selling to Amazon Trade-In, it only pays in Amazon gift cards.

Decluttr pays in real dollars, via direct deposit, and the payment would hit my bank account the day after the company accepted my order.

Best Prices on Electronics

When we compared offers from several buyback sites, Decluttr came out on top for prices on electronics.

For example, we asked Decluttr for a quote on an iPhone 4, which one of our writers has been thinking about selling. The site quoted her $ 75.

Compare that with just $ 31.85 in her pocket through Glyde, which quotes a marketplace range, connects you with a seller, takes a 15% cut and charges $ 1 to $ 6 for shipping.

Just for kicks, we looked up what a 32GB iPhone 5 would go for — it could net $ 120! The same item would only get $ 45 from competing site Gazelle.

Decluttr also offered me $ 55 for my 32GB Playstation 3 game console. I recently upgraded to a PS4, so I only use the PS3 for Netflix — might as well get paid for it (and have six months of Netflix free).

Free Shipping

Speaking of shipping your order, did I mention Decluttr covers it for you?

Once you accept the offer, the company emails you an order pack with shipping labels to cover the cost. Just print the labels, pack your items in any box and ship it.

Make it easy and free for yourself, and ask for a box from your local grocery store. They’re usually happy to hand them over — and it’s environmentally-friendly.

Easier Than Selling Direct

I’ve held onto these DVDs for years, partly because selling items directly on Ebay and Craigslist is a ridiculous hassle.

As Flores put it, when he found out he could sell his clutter with a simple app, “A problem became nothing.” The hassle is gone.

My main goal was to get rid of these things. That’s what Decluttr is really good for.

You don’t have to manage several individual listings and wait to catch a buyer’s interest.

You don’t have to deal with sales, payment and shipping for dozens of buyers.

And you don’t get stuck with those duds in your collection absolutely no one wants to buy. Typically, you can unload your most unsellable items through Decluttr.

Practically Guaranteed Sales

It was much easier getting offers for my movies from Decluttr than it would have been to find a seller for each in the market.

Decluttr reports it makes an offer on nearly every item customers scan — over 97% of barcodes are usually accepted.

Who’s looking for a “Stripes” DVD, if I’m being honest with myself? I mean, someone should be. It’s a classic.

Get Cash for Something You’d Otherwise Throw Away

Some 54 bucks might not sound like much, but it’s basically free money for something I would’ve either thrown away, donated or left unused in a box in the closet.

And, Clements pointed out, when you get rid of CDs, you don’t even lose the media. He still has access to any music he wants through iTunes.

Even with a relatively small clearing out like I did, the extra money can add up! And my experience isn’t unusual. According to Decluttr, the average basket price is between $ 50 and $ 60.

Plus, Penny Hoarders can enter FREE5 at checkout to get an extra $ 5 on your trade-in.

Will Decluttr Accept Your Items?

As you might expect, it would be a pretty big risk for Decluttr to guarantee money for your items, sight unseen.

It’ll determine the final amount you receive after inspectors look at the items you ship in.

Almost all items will be accepted, users report. Decluttr boasts a 97% acceptance rate and operates on a “reasons to say yes” strategy when going through your stuff.

Here are a few helpful tips from Decluttr’s terms and conditions:

  • All items must have a barcode.
  • Artwork must be intact and in good shape — no tears, marks or stickers.
  • However, it doesn’t matter if the disc itself or the case is slightly marked.
  • When you ask for quotes for electronics, be clear about their condition.

Decluttr’s site explains what “good,” “poor” and “faulty” condition mean, so make sure you get a quote based on the honest condition of your items.

The company guarantees to pay the first price a customer was offered for any electronics, or the customer can request to have the item(s) sent back for free, no questions asked.

Overall, scanning barcodes into an app and packing the movies into a recycled box is simple enough work to earn $ 54.

I think we’re really going to enjoy this minimalist thing.

Better get to work on the spare closet next.

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Matt Wiley (@wile_style) is an editor at The Penny Hoarder. Find him skateboarding around and frequenting local breweries, dingo in tow.

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UMBC’s Historic March Madness Upset Made a Bunch of Other Universities a Ton of Money

UMBC made more than history in the NCAA Tournament.

By becoming the first No. 16 seed to beat a No. 1, the Retrievers made about $ 1.7 million for the America East Conference. Loyola-Chicago’s buzzer-beating run to the Sweet 16 will be worth double that to the Missouri Valley Conference. Nevada’s consecutive comebacks were also worth about $ 3.4 million for the Mountain West. The MVC and Mountain West will pocket at least as much from NCAA Tournament units as the Pac-12, which had three teams in the field, all bounced after one game each.

Units are what the NCAA calls its revenue distributions from the basketball performance fund, which rewards teams for tournament performance. The NCAA Tournament generates more than $ 700 million in revenue for the association and its schools, the vast majority from its media rights deal with CBS and Turner.

Units for this year’s tournament are worth approximately $ 273,000, according to the NCAA, but their value ends up being greater than that.

The units are paid out annually each of the next six years, increasing in value each year by about 2-3 percent. The payout system means that one upset by UMBC should be worth more than $ 1.7 million. Units are earned every game a team appears in, with the exception of the first game played by an automatic qualifier and the NCAA championship game.

The money goes to the conferences, unless the school is an independent in basketball. The NCAA encourages equal distribution by conferences among its members, but it is not required. Most do.

The Missouri Valley has in the past received multiple bids, but only champion Loyola-Chicago got in as an automatic qualifier this year. The MVC distributes the units revenue equally among 10 members — though the NCAA Tournament participants receive an additional half-share to cover travel expenses, MVC spokesman Ryan Davis said Sunday.

The Atlantic Coast Conference has been rolling in units in recent years, with a total of 64 from 2015-17, worth more than $ 100 million . This season, the ACC got nine teams into the field, more than any other conference, and placed four teams in Sweet 16. Two of them — Duke and Syracuse — play in the regional semifinals, limiting the conference’s earning potential.

The Big 12 also placed four teams in the round of 16. The Southeastern Conference and Big Ten each have two.

For the ACC — and other Power Five conferences — NCAA units account for less than 10 percent of conference revenue. The ACC reported $ 373.4 million in revenue for fiscal year 2016 — most of which comes from a television rights deals with ESPN — and paid out about $ 25 million to each of its members.

For low-major Division I schools such as UMBC and the eight other members of the America East, those units are real money.

UMBC’s athletic budget for 2017 was $ 9.3 million. NCAA records from 2010-15 show the America East earned a total of eight units and $ 2,086,514 in basketball revenue.

Over that same period of time, the Missouri Valley earned 21 units and $ 5,477,099. The Mountain West earned 33 and $ 8,606,870.

All that money helps explain why the American Athletic Conference lured tournament-regular Wichita State from the MVC last year, despite the Shockers not having a football team, and why the Mountain West is trying to strike a similar deal to pull Gonzaga out of the West Coast Conference.

The Shockers went out in the first round, upset by Marshall, Conference USA’s only tournament team. But Gonzaga is back in the Sweet 16 after padding the WCC coffers with a Final Four appearance last year.

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The second that Saturday Night Live announced Bill Hader would host the show on March 17th, everyone’s first thought was, Stefon. A Hader-hosted show would be nothing without his iconic character. Luckily, Lorne Michaels and co. know that. Stefon’s glorious return to Weekend Update was the perfect post-Oscars performance. It was Stefon at his best, and it will probably make you wish that Hader could re-join the SNL cast every weekend.

As you probably know, Stefon is an outrageous character who used to show up on Weekend Update to provide a rundown of New York’s hottest clubs. Those clubs include ridiculous items that Stefon describes in great detail. Take for example: “Lights, psychos, Furbies, screaming babies in Mozart wigs, [and] sunburned drifters with soap sud beards.”

While Stefon’s clubs have unbelievable quirks, so does the character. Most times, Hader would break and start laughing because the whole thing was just too funny. Everyone watching would inevitably break down into delirious laughter too, and it was the best.

We knew it was coming. But still, when Hader brought Stefon back, we cheered. And he even found a way to surprise us. This time, he brought a friend: none other than John Mulaney, the comedian and former SNL writer who helped create him. Mulaney played Stefon’s attorney Shy who’s also “a conceptual piss artist.” If you didn’t think that Stefon would go there, then you should re-watch some of Hader’s past performances.

Watch Hader’s latest performance as Stefon, including Mulaney’s cameo.

Whatever Mulaney whispered to Hader must have been funny, because it made him break into laughter. It was the perfect throwback.

If you haven’t heard the story, Mulaney used to mess with Hader during Stefon sketches back in the day.

“I figured it would be fun to keep messing with him so that he’d laugh every time so I just started putting new jokes on the cue cards in between dress and air,” Mulaney told Conan O’Brien in a 2012 interview. “I need to throw Bill off somehow, I need to be unprofessional about this.”

Now, if only we could find out what Mulaney said to make Hader break.

You can probably bet that it had something to do with someone in a wig.

Is it too early for Hader to host again? Mulaney can come too!

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Mary J. Blige Says She Made No Money From Oscar-Nominated Performance in ‘Mudbound’

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Just because Mary J. Blige has two Oscar nominations doesn’t mean that translates into coins. She claims that despite her history-making role in Dee Rees’ “Mudbound,” she didn’t coup a dime.

In court documents related to Mary’s upcoming divorce trial to ex-husband and manager Kendu Isaacs, she states her expenses overcame her salary.

According to The Blast, papers stated Mary stressed “that it’s been necessary to seek out new projects to earn income, however, the roles in TV and film have not been lucrative.” They are instead a means to support her brand and image.

The “No More Drama” singer also stated that her main source of income is touring, but because she is a “legacy artist,” she doesn’t have the opportunity to go on tour frequently. Even worse: Mary doesn’t even own her catalogue of music and owes $ 25 million in advances she took.

This doesn’t even account for all the money she has to pay Kendu each month for spousal support and the debt they accrued together that Mary has to pay off on her own.

We are praying that Mary will finally get her finances together because this is too much.

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French figure skater Maé-Bérénice Méité has not shied away from the spotlight at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Midway through her performance during the ladies’ single free skate program that aired Thursday night, Méité pulled back a portion of her black skirt to reveal a bedazzled, sparkling one underneath. That sparked another mid-program change, with the music shifting from Chopin to the more upbeat “Happy” by C2C, a French band.

With a fall during her program, Méité earned a score of 106.25 for her long program. That makes her final score in the event a 159.92, putting her in fourth place after she skated early in the final event Thursday evening, before top competitors like Alina Zagitova and Evgenia Medvedeva took the ice.

Méité’s risk-taking follows similar attention-grabbing moves she made previously during the Olympic Games. Earlier this week, Méité skated to Beyoncé’s hit “Run the World (Girls)” — a choice made possible by a new rule that allows skaters to perform to music with lyrics. And she did so wearing black pants — an ensemble that stood out compared to her competitors’s more traditional costumes.

The skater received praise for her popular song choice by Beyoncé fans around the world — including Saturday Night Live‘s Leslie Jones, who’s known for her Olympics fandom.

Although the figure skater likely won’t crack the top 10 in the singles event at the Games this year, her creativity appeared to be well received Thursday night by fans on Twitter.

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At first, my Instant Pot sat in its box, staring menacingly at me from across the room.

I have to admit I was pretty intimidated at the thought of using a pressure cooker to make meals, so for a while, I simply pretended it didn’t exist.

Of all the pressure cookers out there, the name Instant Pot seems to come up regularly in my circles. My friends raved about the ease of use and bragged about how little time they now spent cooking nutritious and delicious meals for their families. And so, when the Instant Pot was on sale on Amazon at the end of 2016, I took the plunge.

But soon enough, I realized I needed to stop being a wuss and just try it. And once I did, I understood why my friends were such huge fans of this appliance.

Now, many people rave about how easy it is to cook meat in the pressure cooker, and I’m sure that is true. But as a vegetarian, I was looking for meatless meals I could make in my Instant Pot.

When I first started searching, I realized most veggie-based Instant Pot recipes were for side dishes and quickly got discouraged. But once I’d tried out a few recipes and felt more confident, I decided to start converting some of my favorite recipes to Instant Pot recipes.

After some trial and error, I have a list of my favorite vegetarian Instant Pot recipes — some designed for pressure-cooking and some that I have converted. Here are three of my favorites.

Chillie in a bowl next to vegetables

Quinoa chili is vegetarian friendly without sacrificing flavor or texture. Carmen Mandato/The Penny Hoarder

Leek and Potato Soup

I’ve always been a fan of leek and potato soup, so I was thrilled to see this recipe from Instant Pot Eats. The soup requires some sauteeing before pressure-cooking, which is easy using the Instant Pot’s sauté setting. Before eating, I puree the soup using my hand blender, which I find easier than pouring the soup into a traditional blender in batches.

The original recipe calls for you to peel the potatoes, but I skipped this step because I wanted the extra nutrients from the potato skin.

Ingredients:

1.2-1.4 ounces of butter (about 3 tablespoons): 30 cents

2 large leeks, sliced: $ 1

1.3 pounds white potatoes, diced into large cubes: $ 1

3 large handfuls of kale leaves: 49 cents

3 cloves garlic, diced: 18 cents

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard: 3 cents

1.5 liter vegetable broth (about 4 cups): $ 1.99

Salt and pepper, to taste

Total: $ 4.99 for 4 servings

Red Lentil Masala with Spinach

This red lentil masala from Naturally Ella has been one of my favorite recipes for a while. It’s tasty, filling and comforting, and it pairs well with rice or naan bread — or both, if you can’t choose!

This isn’t a pressure-cooker recipe, but I was able to convert it using the recipe guide that came with my Instant Pot. I followed the original recipe up until I added the lentils, coconut milk and tomatoes, and then cooked for 15 minutes using the manual setting.

Once the 15 minutes were up, I left the pressure to release naturally for about 10 minutes and then released the remaining pressure using the quick-release function. I then added the spinach and put the lid back on, letting it remain on the warm setting for about 5 minutes before serving.

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive or coconut oil: 10 cents

1 small red onion, diced: 49 cents

2 cloves garlic, minced: 16 cents

1/3 cup masala paste (see original recipe for details): $ 2.44

1 cup stewed tomatoes: 99 cents

1 cup coconut milk: $ 1.25

1/2 cup red lentils: 47 cents

2 cups spinach, packed: 31 cents

Total: $ 6.21 for 4 servings

Quinoa Chili

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 One benefit of the Instant Pot is that you no longer have to pre-cook the quinoa; it can be added right along with the other ingredients. Carmen Mandato/The Penny Hoarder

Cooking Classy’s quinoa chili is another recipe I adapted for the Instant Pot. I’ve tried many recipes for vegetarian chili, but they all seemed to be missing something.

The addition of quinoa in this recipe adds texture and flavor to the chili, which has become one of my favorites. I like to serve it on top of a baked sweet potato, but it’s equally good with a toasted peanut butter sandwich (go ahead and call me weird).

Rather than pre-cooking the quinoa like the original recipe suggests, I add mine into the Instant Pot raw at the same time as the remaining ingredients. Per my Instant Pot recipe guide, I use a 1:2 ratio of quinoa to liquid, which means I add 1 ⅓ cups of water to the chili before cooking.

Once the quinoa is cooked, I let the pressure come down naturally for 10 minutes before releasing any remaining pressure manually. I then add the corn and beans and let it sit for a few minutes to warm through before serving.

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The time required for meal prep and clean-up is cut in half when using the Instant Pot. Carmen Mandato/The Penny Hoarder

Ingredients:

⅔ cup quinoa: 56 cents

1 ⅓ cups water

1 tablespoon olive oil: 10 cents

1 large yellow onion, diced: 49 cents

4 cloves garlic, minced: 24 cents

Two 14.5-ounce cans diced tomatoes: $ 1.98

One 15-ounce can tomato sauce: 99 cents

One 14.5-ounce can vegetable broth: 99 cents

One 7-ounce can diced green chiles: 49 cents

Seasonings: 68 cents

Two 15-ounce cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed: $ 1.98

One 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed: 99 cents

1 ½ cups frozen corn: 33 cents

¼ cup chopped cilantro: 35 cents

1 tablespoon lime juice: 7 cents

Total: $ 10.24 for 6 to 8 servings

If you’re intrigued by pressure cooking but feel intimidated by the sheer number of recipes out there, give these vegetarian options a try — you’re sure to become an Instant Pot convert in no time!

Pressure cookers seem to be all the rage lately. Gone are the pressure cookers of yore that were intimidating to use and potentially dangerous. Today’s models are electric, easy to use and affordable.

Catherine Hiles loves trying new recipes out on her family, especially now that she has discovered pressure cooking. She also enjoys running, working out, reading and watching “Sesame Street” with her toddler.

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Yasmin Le Bon, 53, brands menopause a ‘bit of a s***’ as she reveals it made her pile on weight and became grumpy and forgetful

SUPERMODEL Yasmin Le Bon has opened up about the effect the menopause had on her figure and her mental health.

She said that it caused her to develop a “layer of padding” all over her body.

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Speaking to Red magazine, 53-year-old Yasmin said: “The menopause is a bit s***, actually.

“You ache all over, you’re tired and fractious and you develop a layer of padding all over.

“You can’t remember to maker that appointment to see the damn endocrinologist. You can’t remember where you parked the car.

“It’s important that you tell people this. I share this with my girls because I want them to be a bit more prepared than I was.”

Yasmin has been married to Duran Duran rocker Simon for 32 years
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She says the secret to successful relationship is to never “leave things unsaid”
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Yasmin was once the highest paid model in the world during the 1980s, but previously admitted that she gained a stone in weight during her 40s.

She cemented her star status when she married Duran Duran rock Simon Le Bon in 1985, and the pair – who have now been married for 32 years – have three daughters together, Amber, 28, Saffron, 26, and Talullah, 23.

She also opened up about the key to their happy marriage, saying “space is the saviour for any relationship. Headspace and physical space.”

She added: “In marriage – in any relationship – do not leave things unsaid. Life is too short.”

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She has opened up in the past about her wellbeing, admitting in 2016 that she’d been in a “dark place” when she was juggling her career with motherhood.

Speaking to The Mail on Sunday’s You magazine about when her daughters were teenagers, she said: “Nobody can tear your heart apart within a couple of words like [your children] can…

“I had been a punchbag for a long time and it was having an effect.

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“That whole emotional drain pushed me over the edge…I was in a dark place.”

Despite being a self-confessed foodie, Yasmin says she does follow some guidelines to remain trim, saying that she watches what she eats, avoiding wheat and eating plenty of fats such as coconut oil, butter and avocados.

The interview with Yasmin appears in full in the March issue of Red magazine

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This Guy Made Millions Betting on the World Series. Here Are His Plans for the Super Bowl

(LAS VEGAS) — The same bettor who took this city’s legal sports books for millions of dollars on the World Series is looking to cash in again at the Super Bowl.

The bettor placed a $ 500,000 wager on the Philadelphia Eagles at the South Point sports book, oddsmaker Jimmy Vaccaro said. If the money line bet pays off, the gambler will walk away with $ 1.32 million, with a profit of $ 820,000.

“He’s one of the guys who was floating around betting all that money on the World Series,” Vaccaro said. “I don’t think he lost a bet then, we’ll see how he does now.”

The bettor, who Vaccaro did not publicly identify, also could be behind a bet of more than $ 2 million on the Eagles at the Mirage sports book made earlier in the week. Officials at MGM Resorts International, which owns the Mirage, declined to say whether it was the same bettor, but confirmed the bet was for more than $ 2 million.

“He’s indicated if the conditions are right he might want to bet a little more,” said Jay Rood, who heads sports betting operations for MGM Resorts.

Another $ 700,000 bet was taken on the Eagles at one of the sports books run by CG Technologies, a company official said in a tweet. The bettor was also not identified.

The bets helped move the line at both the South Point and at MGM’s hotels, where the New England Patriots dropped from a 5.5 point favorite to 4.5. They were part of an unusual early flood of money on the Eagles at a time when historically most bettors wait until the days just before the game.

“We’ve had swift betting in first days here,” Rood said. “It’s not abnormal but it has been really swift and strong.”

The bettor at the South Point should have cash to spread around after scoring big during the World Series. Sports book operators said a big bettor went from sports book to sports book to place six figure wagers on at least five of the seven games.

The bettor increased the size of his bets after each win, pocketing millions at various books. The big wins helped Nevada sports books to lose a record $ 11.4 million on baseball bets in November.

“He’s an event player, who bets 4-5 times a year and picks certain spots where he can bet a lot of money,” Vaccaro said. “Nice kid, very easy to work with. It’s the first time he’s bet with us since the World Series.”

Vaccaro said the player made four different bets at $ 125,000, with the money line narrowing with each play. The Eagles must win the game outright for him to win.

Most of the early money on the Super Bowl has been on the Eagles, who opened as much as a 6.5 point underdog in Las Vegas sports books. Odds fluctuate as money is bet, with bookmakers moving them to try and draw equal money on each said.

While some big bets have already come in, the majority of the money bet on the Super Bowl comes in the last few days before the game. Wynn Resorts oddsmaker Johnny Avello said he has already been approached about some big wagers.

“I’ve had some inquiries on a couple of million dollar bets people want to make,” Avello said.

Bookies say they anticipate total legal betting on the Super Bowl to break the record of $ 138.5 million, set just last year. Billions more are believed to be bet on the game illegally around the country.

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Sales that deserve some attention heading into the weekend or a bit earlier. Might not be some massive once a year event, but still worth a look. Those are what make up these handfuls. Five of the better sales, one for each finger, are below, plus bonus sales if need be. Included are a few picks worth pointing out. 

 

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Further reductions and no more tiers. Meanwhile, around thirty bucks is an amazing deal on those merino wool henleys. Sure, they require a bit more care in terms of washing, but they’re light years ahead of crappy cotton henleys.

 

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DSW’s excellent for the price chukkas are back. Some deals to be had for sure if you like DSW’s house brand lines. Aston Grey has always been a nice budget brand. You can check out a full review of those chukkas right here.

 

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The J. Crew Factory clearance section can be less than impressive sometimes. But now? It’s actually kinda solid. Who knows how much stock they have left, but their merino wool sweaters (v necks, cardigans, and crews) are quite nice. Especially for 50% off the on-sale price.

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Harvey Weinstein made his assistant clean semen off the couch after his sexual encounters, according to a new lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court. Sandeep Rehal, who worked at The Weinstein Company for two years between 2013 and 2015, claims she felt demeaned and terrified while working for the disgraced film mogul.

Weinstein even made the then-26-year-old type down e-mails he dictated while naked, according to the suit.

“As Ms. Rehal soon learned, Harvey Weinstein’s assistants were expected to be available at all times; there was no boundary between Harvey Weinstein’s work life and personal life,” the lawsuit claims. “Much of Ms. Rehal’s work as an employee of TWC involved catering to Harvey Weinstein’s sexual appetites and activities, and catering to his demeaning and often abusive family members.”

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Becoming a mom made me a mean wife

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Joanna Venditti

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The day my husband Mike threw his back out, we had made plans. We were going plant some trees in our backyard for some much needed privacy. But when I got that call from Mike while I was out grocery shopping last Saturday morning, everything changed.

He ended up having to go to the hospital to see if his injury from lifting way too much wood at once without bending his knees had done permanent damage. It hadn’t, but he was sent home with strict instructions to rest. The gardening would have to wait.

When we returned from the emergency room I jumped into action, making sure Mike was comfortable on the couch, while I did parental double duty. He kept apologizing, and I kept reassuring him that it was no big deal. We would just take it slow and count our blessings. I meant it, too.

Later that evening, when the work of parenting our four kids and caring for my husband was taking its toll, I began to think:  Two years ago I would have been pissed off. I would have been annoyed plans changed and that he hurt himself.

You see, two years ago our marriage was in trouble, and we knew it. We were in the trenches with four young kids and what started as a romance filled with compassion, had rotted away to unfounded anger.

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We were exhausted and spread thin, and started blaming each other.

In the midst of the diapers, the cooking, the crying, the bedtimes, the sleepless nights, the mess, and the expense, we forgot how to be kind to each other. On that fateful day almost two years ago, Mike and I were really honest with each other and admitted we were at war.

We realized that two things had to change to turn our marriage around.

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First, we had to start dating each other again.

Four kids is a lot, and it was hard to find quality alone time together where we could just share and listen to one another.

You can read more about why I started dating my husband again here.

Second, we had to remember to be kind to one another.

This may be such a simple task, but we had turned on each other and it was time to start showing some compassion. This small gesture has had a huge impact on our relationship. It has stopped us from having many fights, and turned the atmosphere in our home into a calm, relaxing place.

I am saddened to think that I once used to be so annoyed and angry, but am so thankful that Mike and I were able to acknowledge what the problem was and to remember the kindness in our relationship.

For all the details on how our weekend unfolded, head to my blog, Nesting Story. Don’t forget to follow our family’s journey by liking Nesting Story on Facebook.

Photos by Sarah Martin Photography and Blue Bird Creative

This post was originally published in May, 2017

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Seth MacFarlane Says He Made Weinstein Oscars Joke ‘on Purpose’

Long before Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexual misconduct by dozens of women, Seth MacFarlane made a joke at the 2013 Oscars about the film producer’s alleged behavior.

“That one was on purpose,” the Family Guy creator, 44, told Us Weekly exclusively while celebrating the 300th episode of the Fox animated sitcom at a party in Los Angeles on Wednesday, January 10.

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Emma Stone and Seth MacFarlane onstage at The 85th Academy Awards Nominations Announcement held at AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater on January 10, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage.com

During the awards ceremony, MacFarlane was on stage with Emma Stone to announce the nominations for best supporting actress when he quipped, “Congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein.” Video of the joke resurfaced last October after Weinstein, 65, came under fire for mounting allegations of sexual harassment and assault, prompting MacFarlane to issue a statement.

“In 2011, my friend and colleague Jessica Barth, with whom I worked on the Ted films, confided in me regarding her encounter with Harvey Weinstein and his attempted advances,” he wrote on Twitter on October 11. “She has since courageously come forward to speak out. It was with this account in mind that, when I hosted the Oscars in 2013, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to take a hard swing in his direction.”

After releasing his statement, the American Dad cocreator was accused on social media of knowing about Weinstein’s alleged misconduct and not speaking up. In response, he told Us on Wednesday, “I was speaking after having heard a personal account that enraged me. And yeah, if I had to do it over again, I would do it again. I had the good fortune never to have worked with him, nor would I ever have worked with him. But I am happy that I spoke up when I did, even if it was in the form of a veiled satirical moment.”

The Oscars weren’t the only time that MacFarlane essentially predicted the future. In a 2005 episode of Family Guy, Stewie ran naked through a mall, screaming, “I’ve escaped from Kevin Spacey’s basement!” Eleven years later, the House of Cards alum, 58, was also accused of sexual misconduct.

Family Guy writers were almost hearing a lot of the same rumors that everyone else was,” the Ted star told Us. “If we in some way contributed to the exposure of a lot of this stuff, then that’s a positive thing and I’m happy the show was a part of that, indirectly or not. … There is a lot of press out there that says we were sort of these prognosticators, that we knew things that everyone didn’t. It’s not true. I wish it were. It would be a lot more badass if it were, but it’s not.”

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