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These ‘Soulcalibur’ Warriors Are the Best Thing Since Sliced Head

Transcending history and the world — and several console generations — Soulcalibur VI will continue a tale of soul and swords that began a quarter-of-a-century ago. That said, it’s been on quite a worrying hiatus for fans like us. Soulcalibur V came out in 2012 and made the sort of massive missteps one only sees in a ring out loss.

Be that as it may, six years have passed and we figure newcomers ought to know which souls burn the brightest in the roster. Most of the fighters in this list have been confirmed as returning and any absentees here had best be shoehorned in come launch time, lest the legend of this franchise die an untimely death.


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Mistrugui fighting in the an ancient Greek-inspired stage. SoulCalibur VI is shaping up to be one of the best looking fighting games ever made.

1. Heishiro Mitsurugi – Token Samurai Guy

Every fighting game needs a stoic Japanese guy — an embodiment of bushido with a bigger headband fetish than Daniel LaRusso (if possible). Street Fighter has Ryu, Virtua Fighter boasts Akira Yuki and Tekken has three generations of crazy-eyebrowed Mishimas. Mitsurugi is the Souls series answer to this archetype and he’s been present and accounted for since 1995’s Soul Edge.

What’s his deal? Mitsy looks a little geriatric in his recent Soulcalibur VI incarnation and is still very much designed to be an approachable all-rounder. Pro players bemoan his predictable, scrub-friendly toolset but the fact is he’s quite lethal at any range in the right hands.

Much like Haohmaru from the Samurai Shodown series, Mitsurugi is meant to resemble legendary swordsman Miyamoto Musashi. You could also argue that his tragic peasant-rags-to-ronin-riches backstory mirrors Kikuchiyo from The Seven Samurai.

Mitsurugi’s hobbies include collecting every sword in the world (except the actual franchise MacGuffin) and almost never putting on a shirt properly. He’s a “one sleeve and leave it” kind of guy.


Taki charges her sword up with electricity. It's an OH&S nightmare.

2. Taki – Demon Huntress of Spandex

Another OG fighter who hails all the way back to this series’ inception, Taki is the kunoichi who loves a good spray-on onesie. The only thing she dislikes more than evil is the comfort and support of common sense chest protection.

What’s her deal? Don’t let the diminutive kodachi blades lull you into a false sense of security. What Taki lacks in steel length she more than makes up for with acrobatic prowess and hyper-mobility. She’s basically Yoda on red cordial. Keep her well at range or you’ll get a bunch of new speed-holes installed.

Apparently Taki’s chosen name wasn’t the devs throwing shade on her fashion sense by making a play on the word “tacky”. It actually means “much rejoicing,” though fans who played Soulcalibur V didn’t rejoice very much when they found her replaced by Natsu, a younger protégé. Thankfully, Project Soul has seen sense and Taki will be back again in Soulcalibur VI.


Talim looks to camera. The single tear she's about to shed for being cut out of the series has yet to be rendered.

3. Talim – Jettisoned Fan Fave

This tonfa-wielding wind-priestess is a weird one. She’s insanely popular with the fanbase but, strangely, we almost never got paired against her in Soulcalibur IV‘s online mode. Something extra weird about Talim: she had no copycat successor, nor a roster spot, in Soulcalibur V. She was just there one day and gone (possibly with the wind) the next.

What’s her deal? The ill-advised idea to bring two nightsticks to a sword fight means Talim isn’t your heavy-hitter of the piece. She’s based around cunning evasion and speedy, pressure-oriented combos that are designed to wrong-foot her opponents.

Though Talim was considered to be Filipina on her debut, she never actually had any realistic features of that racial background. Oddly, fans were quick to demand Project Soul fix her skin tone in Soulcalibur III and yet nobody raised a single eyebrow at her ability to weaponise wind, presumably via chronic flatulence.


A problem has come along and Ivy has decided to whip it. She's whipped it good.

4. Isabella ‘Ivy’ Valentine – Whips it Good

Say “hello” – or murmur another, shorter safe-word – to Ivy, a buxom snake sword exponent who’s been brawling since 1999’s Soulcalibur. She started out life as the illegitimate daughter of franchise antagonist and undead pirate Cervantes de Leon. The apple didn’t fall far from the tree here: Ivy has the evil gene and though she’s no buccaneer she’s arrr-rated in other ways. (Sorry.)

What is the dominatrix? Essentially, Ivy is a zoner who has been equipped with the longest reach weapon in Soulcalibur (a snake sword can shift from a broadsword into a chain whip form). She’s difficult to master, too — her command throws are so tricky to pull off they’ve had Xbox achievements tied to them in the past. So best of luck with that.

Ivy’s been used extensively in promotional material for the series and over the years certain parts of her design were stripped back whilst other facets saw enhancement. That’s about as diplomatic as we can get on this topic, to be honest. Lastly, if you’re wondering why she’s so spry and gravity-resistant at age 50, the answer is: immortality siphoned from a very bad sword. That, or good genetics and Maybelline. One of the two.


Kilik is praying before a match. Praying to rod.

5. Kilik – In Rod He Trusts

Speak softly and carry a big stick: that’s the motto of Kilik. He’s basically the head of staff in the Soulcalibur series — a drubber of faces who twirls a very mean broom handle. Also, this palindromic warrior monk has had a Jedi-padawan relationship with Edge Master (a jack-of-all-styles fighter) over the years.

Why should you put your faith in rod? If you like to keep people frustrated and at distance you should select Kilik (or seek counselling — that’s really unhealthy behaviour). Mind you, this is OG Kilik I’m talking about. Strangely, Project Soul made him a filthy “mimic” character in Soulcalibur V, a random fighting-style copycat with no unique form of his own.

Beyond that cardinal sin of character design, there haven’t been a ton of changes to Kilik over the years. The holy mirror of Dvapara-Yuga (read: the mystical item that keeps him from turning evil) has been shrunk from a bandolier down to a stylish necklace, so that’s nice, functional fashion.

The best recent change is that in Soulcalibur VI he’s no longer a style-less parrot. Kilik is back to sticking with what he knows best (which would be…sticking).


A promo shot advertising the fact that Mitsurugi and Geralt will face off. Oddly, they're not actually facing one another.

Honourable Mentions – Crossover Craziness

Before we tie this off, let’s not discount the power of novelty-factor here. Over the years the Soul franchise has had some cracking one-time visitors, like Spawn, Link, Kratos, Apprentice (Starkiller), Heihachi Mishima, Devil Jin, Darth Vader, Ezio Auditore, and Yoda.

Soulcalibur VI will be no exception. Be sure to get your preorder in to play as the White Wolf himself, Geralt of Rivia. And if you’re listening, Project Souls, we’ll pay good money for a themed stage that has Roach the horse bugged out on the roof of a nearby village hut. Universe authentic.

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Trump Has Already Interviewed These 4 Possible Replacements for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy

President Donald Trump has spoken to four potential replacements for retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, according to people familiar with the matter.

The four, all federal appeals court judges, are Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh, Amul Thapar and Raymond Kethledge, said the people, who were granted anonymity to discuss the interview process. They were the first candidates interviewed for the nomination, which the president said he’ll announce July 9.

Kethledge has impressed those within the White House, the people close to the process said. He was considered for the last Supreme Court vacancy, but didn’t meet with Trump then. On Monday, Trump expressed strongly favorable opinions about him, triggering talk that he’s not a candidate to be ignored.

“I had a very interesting morning,” Trump told reporters at the White House. The “person that is chosen will be outstanding.”

White House Counsel Don McGahn will oversee the nomination and confirmation fight, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement earlier. Trump said again that he’ll name his nominee on July 9. The White House aims to have Kennedy’s replacement confirmed in time for the court’s next session in October.

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The president spent the weekend at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf resort, where he had “extensive” conversations with McGahn about the nomination, an administration official said. He studied up on the backgrounds of potential nominees but didn’t interview anyone in person.

Sanders’s top deputy, Raj Shah, will take a leave from his current role to oversee communications, strategy and “messaging coordination” with allied lawmakers, Sanders said Monday. The director of the White House Office of Public Liaison, Justin Clark, will be in charge of outreach to interest groups and other outside allies.

Trump has said he’s narrowed his search to about five finalists, including two women. Abortion has rapidly emerged as the critical issue in the nomination: Kennedy’s replacement could be a fifth vote to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.

Senator Susan Collins, a Maine Republican who supports abortion rights, said Sunday on ABC’s This Week that she wouldn’t support someone who would overturn Roe. Republicans hold 51 seats in the Senate and need at least 50 votes to confirm Trump’s pick.

Another person familiar with the process said Friday the White House was focusing on Kavanaugh, Barrett, Kethledge and Thapar, as well as Thomas Hardiman, another appeals court judge.

When Barrett was confirmed in 2017 for her appellate court judgeship, she drew the support of all Senate Republicans and three Democrats — Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Tim Kaine of Virginia.

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If You’re Not Grilling These 12 Foods, You’re Doing Summer Totally Wrong


I remember some of the best — and strangest — foods I‘ve eaten. Do you? Those delicious and unusual meals have a way of staying with me.

Last summer, I made an avocado pie that was the talk of a party. Every single person asked me for the recipe, and now I’m expected to bring it to all gatherings.

Whether you’re a foodie or just getting tired of boring old hot dogs, we’ve assembled a list with some expert help of unexpected nibbles you can totally grill that will give your guests something to talk about.

Warning: Side effects may include never wanting to cook on the stove again.

12 Weird Foods You Never Thought to Grill Until Now

Here are 12 weird foods you’ve probably never thought to grill before that will change your cookouts to a new level this summer.

 

1. Pineapple

 

This tropical treat doesn’t need any dressing up before grilling, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t explore all the mouthwatering options. Sprinkle it with brown sugar and cinnamon, or brush it with olive oil, honey or teriyaki sauce.

You can cut the pineapple into big chunks or use canned rings; both come packed with flavor. Toss them on a burger or salad, roast them on a skewer, or serve them as a summertime side dish.

2. Watermelon

Go spicy, sweet or sour with cayenne pepper, honey or lime zest. Or you can keep it simple and sprinkle a bit of salt and pepper on your wedges.

Toss wedges with feta and mint, or dress them with a balsamic glaze or cilantro. Just make sure you get a seedless watermelon to work with.

Beware: Your guests will expect it every year.

3. Greens

Take your greens game to the next level by grilling them. Think heads of lettuce, bok choy, Swiss chard, romaine, kale and collard greens.

“Greens are a huge surprise the first time you try them,” said Mark Bittman, author of “How to Grill Everything.”

Keep the greens and core attached rather than breaking them apart individually, and cut bigger heads in half. Baste and add seasonings of your taste. This gives the outer layers a nice, caramelized char that cuts through the cruciferous bitterness, while keeping the inner leaves crisp.

Make them into an open-faced salad, or add them to another dish. Whatever you do, don’t take your eyes off them while cooking, as they go from delicious to depressingly wilted in a matter of seconds.  

4. Cakes/Donuts

Why not? Donuts have served as the buffer for burgers, breakfast sandwiches and even ice cream. Toast them on the grill. You can add berries, give them a brulee take or add a French toast twist.

The same concept applies to pound or short cake. Brush premade pieces with butter and top with ice cream, whipped cream, berries or the glaze of your heart’s desire. Bittman has explored on-the-grill cakes and breads, which he said can either be cooked in advance or while you eat the main dish.

5. Beef Tongue

Bittman suggests this offal cut. Like other organ meats and entrails, it’s usually a bargain and helps prevent food waste. He described it as “shockingly good cooked slowly on the grill.”

It can be seasoned with onion, garlic and olive oil, or cooked with a chimichurri sauce. It’ll definitely give your guests something to talk about for months to come.

6. Artichokes

Artichokes were meant to be grilled. Steam them before grilling, and then season the fleshy leaves with salt, pepper, lemon or garlic. There’s nothing like the smoky taste their bite-sized leaves soak up. Serve them with hollandaise or an aioli. In the end, you’re rewarded with the heart of it all.

7. Avocados

Avocado: the fruit that keeps on giving. Turn the grilled pods into handheld bowls, and stuff them with tomatoes, salsa, quinoa or shrimp. Or skip the bowls, and drizzle them with a cream sauce, lime, Sriracha sauce or cheese.

Add grilled avocado to nachos, tacos or a sandwich. Pair them with grilled watermelon for a mouth explosion of yummy. Or simply elevate that avocado toast game and have your life forever changed.

8. Peaches

Just thinking of the warm peaches with dollops of ice cream on top has me salivating. Slice these summertime treats, and grill them for five minutes on each side.

Season with brown sugar, cinnamon and/or butter, or confuse your taste buds and add pepper, basil or prosciutto to the mix. You can’t go wrong with this seasonal favorite.

9. Eggplant

No need to drench and bake eggplants with cheese and sauce. Peel and slice up this purple bad boy in either direction, and give it a new crispy life on the grill. Keep it simple and season it with butter, salt, pepper and garlic. Or take it up a notch and add Cajun seasoning, top with bruschetta or turn it into a Parmesan boat.

Fun fact: Eggplant is one of Bittman’s favorite vegetables to grill, whole or sliced.

10. Bananas

This breakfast and pre-workout staple evolves into a must-have dessert on the grill. Turn a whole one into a banana boat filled with marshmallows, chocolate and nuts, and then wrap it in foil and grill. Or slice it lengthwise with the peel on and grill it.

Serve it with maple syrup, toffee, honey and cinnamon or transform it into bananas Foster. Warmth so good, it tastes like home.

11. Oysters/Clams

Get a few dozen oysters, scrub ’em down and heat them up until they open. Pry the rest of the way, and drizzle them with lemon butter or hot sauce. Or shuck them and roast them open, face up. Top with a cream or barbecue sauce, basil, cheese or garlic.

You can do the same with clams. Cook them your preferred way over the grill. Toss them with garlic, tomatoes and white wine or a lemon-cayenne mixture. Careful, they’re hot — and cook in no time at all.

12. Grapefruit

No longer bound by juice or as a breakfast side, grapefruit can become dessert when paired with the grill. Cut it in half and sprinkle the inside with cinnamon, sugar and a little butter, or drizzle with honey. Caramelize it on the grill. Serve it with mint leaves, coconut, nuts or creme fraiche.

4 Grilling Tips to Remember

Always make sure your grill grate is clean and free of remnants before cooking new items. This avoids cross-contamination (and hot dog-flavored bananas).

Keep a close eye on the heat and the food you’re cooking. Nothing is worse than investing time and money into a dish that burns in 30 seconds.

Watch for food thieves. They’re lurking and will swipe bites left and right until there’s none left for you. Store a backup plate for you to enjoy later.

Have no waste. Grill everything. Believe Bittman when he says, “I can’t think of a vegetable that can’t be grilled.”

Stephanie Bolling is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She’s never had chestnuts roasting on an open fire.

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Planning a Summer Family Road Trip? These 9 Free Apps Will Make it More Fun


Nothing ruins a car trip more than being asked “Are we there yet?” a half dozen times before even reaching your halfway mark.

Keeping the kiddos entertained during a family road trip is a top priority. Here are nine free apps that’ll help make your next long car ride go a little smoother.

‘Read’ a Book

Just because the kids are on summer break doesn’t mean they can’t get some reading in. But some children — and grown-ups — experience motion sickness if they try to read words on a page — or a screen. The solution: audiobooks.

  1. Hoopla: If your local library uses the Hoopla app, you can check out audiobooks at no cost. There are hundreds of titles for kids and teens. There are even children’s audiobooks in Spanish. Hoopla also offers access to music, TV shows and movies — but you don’t have to tell the kids that.
  2. OverDrive: OverDrive is another app that public libraries offer to patrons for free. This service is similar to Hoopla (and also provides access to streaming videos), but The Penny Hoarder contributing writer Emily Young tells us there isn’t a monthly cap on how many titles you can check out like with Hoopla. Contact your local library to see if it partners with this app.

Make Your Own Music

If you’re on a long trip, listening to the same songs on the radio can be tiresome. Let the kids create their own music with these apps.

  1. Piano: With Gismart’s Piano app, your back-seat passengers can learn to play popular songs on the keyboard even if they’ve never had a formal lesson. The app turns music lessons into a game. Just make sure to pack a set of headphones! If your kid isn’t into the piano, Gismart also has similar apps that teach people to play the guitar, ukulele and drums.
  2. Karaoke: The whole family can get in on the fun with Gismart’s Karaoke app. Let the kids take turns selecting the genre and song. They can also play around with different animated masks and audio effects. Don’t forget to hit the record button for future embarrassing playback. This app is available to download only via Apple’s App Store.

Learn a Language

You may be trapped in the car, but you can still take the time to try something new. After all, you probably have plenty of time on your hands. These kid-friendly apps will help the kiddos pick up a new language — or at least a few foreign vocabulary words.

  1. Duolingo: The Duolingo app uses games to teach children (and adults) how to speak over 25 different languages. It’s even testing a course in Klingon for “Star Trek” fans. Make this a learning opportunity for the whole family, because even with headphones on, your kids will be repeating words and phrases aloud.
  2. Stories by Gus on the Go: This language learning app uses classic children’s stories to help kids learn Spanish, French, Greek or Hebrew. Though this free app was built as a sequel to the original Gus on the Go app (which costs $ 3.99 to download), it can be used by kids who already understand some words in another language. This app is available to download only via Apple’s App store.

Prevent the ‘Summer Slide’

Studies have shown that some children have trouble retaining knowledge after being away from school all summer. These apps can help them use what they’ve learned on the way to that vacation destination.

  1. Mad Libs: Adjective? Adverb? Your kids can practice using the right word choices with the tech version of the classic Mad Libs game. The goofy stories they create will likely cause back-seat giggles.
  2. Money Pieces: This app from The Math Learning Center will help your future Penny Hoarders understand the value of different pieces of currency while reinforcing basic math skills, like counting and addition. The Math Learning Center also has a variety of other free apps to teach more advanced math skills, like fractions and geometry.
  3. Geo Touch: Going on a road trip is the perfect opportunity to teach kids a little geography. Young travelers can learn about U.S. states, state capitals, state flags and other countries around the world with the GeoTouch app. This app is available to download only via Apple’s App store.

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The back and forth between Jimmy Fallon and President Donald Trump is anything but over.

Following Fallon’s apology for his 2016 interview with the then-Republican candidate, Trump made time during Monday’s campaign rally in West Columbia, S.C. to take another shot at Fallon – and the other hosts of late-night television.

“Did you see Jimmy Fallon?” Trump asked the crowd, who booed at the The Tonight Show host’s name. “Jimmy Fallon… The guy screws up my hair, going back and forth… He was so disappointed to find out it was real. He couldn’t believe it.”

Fallon’s feelings on ruffling Trump’s hair were not lost on Trump himself, who tweeted on Sunday that Jimmy Fallon was “now whimpering to all” about the “famous ‘hair show’” and called on the comedian to “be a man.”

Later that Monday night, Jimmy Fallon responded to Trump’s Twitter barb with a monologue, where he wondered if the President had better things to do than take a swing at him on social media.

After attacking Fallon at the South Carolina rally, which was meant to support Republican Gov. Henry McMaster, Trump continued his tour of other late night hosts that annoy him, doubling down on his thoughts on Stephen Colbert.

“The guy on CBS, what a lowlife. I mean, honestly, are these people funny? I can laugh at myself,” he said after bemoaning the lack of Johnny Carson-level talent on TV.

Trump also worked in a jab at Jimmy Kimmel, saying he said has “no talent.” He ruled out any future appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, where he has also appeared.

“Now I wouldn’t do his show. That guy’s terrible,” he said. But Fallon isn’t completely out of the President’s good graces, as Trump made a point of calling him “a nice guy,” though he did add that “he looks like a lost soul.”


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Summer is almost here! I can’t wait. Our family is so done with schedules and schoolwork, and we’re ready for some hiking and swimming and other outdoor adventures.

But it’s good to be aware of the risks as well. Not so we can sit at home afraid to go out, but so we can be prepared to handle emergencies if we should have to. I fervently hope we do not.

summer safety tips for babies and children

Sun Safety Tips:

-Sunscreen

The FDA, the Mayo Clinic, and most professionals recommend that babies under 6 months do not wear sunscreen, but instead remain out of the sun. This is especially important between the hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. when the sun is at its peak. Be sure to keep your baby in a hat with a wide brim, sunglasses, and sun-protective clothing. All children over 6 months old should wear sunscreen of at least SPF 15 when you go outside. Be sure to reapply often — at least every two hours, and every time after they get out of the water. Also, most people don’t apply enough — be sure to use at least as much sunscreen as would fill a shot glass.

You can find more information on sun safety here. 

-Heat

Be sure your babies and young children are also well-protected from heat stroke. Dress them in light, loose-fitting clothing and keep them in the shade as much as possible. Cool the car before taking them anywhere. Breast milk and formula will provide enough hydration for babies, older children should have plenty of water handy while they’re out and about.

We never, ever want to consider the possibility that we might forget a baby in the car, but it does happen. It’s even happened to me (fortunately, only for about 30 seconds, but enough for me to realize that we’re all susceptible). I once heard the suggestion that you take off your shoes and put one (or both) next to your baby’s carseat when you get in the car to drive. This post has some more great suggestions. Also remember to keep cars locked at home to prevent kids from playing inside.

Finally, be sure you don’t make this common mistake — putting a blanket, even a very thin one, over a baby’s stroller to shield him from the sun can cause the inside temperature to rise and your baby to overheat.

You can find information on heat stroke in babies here. 

Water safety

-When to take babies in the water

In this BabyCenter article, Dr. Howard Reinstein, a pediatrician and American Academy of Pediatrics spokesman, recommends parents not take babies younger than 2 months in pools, lakes, or other swimming places. Newborns are vulnerable to illness and it’s safer to wait until they’re older. When you do take babies swimming, remember that they’re not as able to regulate their body temperature — watch your baby for signs they’re cold and dry them off when necessary. Also, be sure babies and young children do not drink the water in pools, streams, or wherever you’re swimming.

-Help prevent drownings

An estimated 370 drownings and 5,600 near drownings involving children under 15 occur in pools and spas each year, and 77 percent of those are children under the age of 5. The Life Saver Pool Fence’s Guide to Pool Safety recommends multiple layers of protection for pools — access doors that lock, pool alarms, a pool fence, water survival training for children who are old enough to crawl or walk, and CPR and rescue training for parents who own pools. Parents can buy wearable immersion alarms for their kids to wear, which go off if the child falls into the water.

Also, be sure children can’t climb over any fences using chairs or tables, and be sure doggy doors that would allow access are also blocked. Practice “touch supervision” as well — parents should be within arm’s length of a toddler at all times they’re near water.

We always had our babies and toddlers wear a PFD (personal flotation device) fitted for their size — babies are wiggly and I wanted that extra layer of protection. And even now that our kids are older and my husband and I are good swimmers, everyone wears PFDs when we’re kayaking, paddleboarding, or doing other boating activities. Our other personal rule is that no one swims alone with a baby. If something were to happen to a parent (we hit our head, got a cramp, whatever) I wanted an extra person there to help out.

Check here for more information on water safety. 

Tick and Mosquito Bites:

The best way to prevent tick and mosquito bites (and the diseases they carry, such as Lyme disease and West Nile virus) is to make sure the environment around your house isn’t one they like. Keep ticks out by keeping your lawn well-cared for and manicured. Create a tick barrier — a wide strip of wood chips or bark — that separates your lawn from taller grass or brush. Keep deer out of your tick-free zone by putting up a deer fence. Also, ticks get Lyme disease from mice, so eliminate any wood piles or other nooks and crannies where mice like to live. Keep mosquitoes out by eliminating any standing water around your property, including places like flower pots or birdbaths. Make sure you have screens on your windows to keep mosquitoes out of the house.

You can also avoid bites by wearing long sleeves and long pants (I know…exactly what everyone wants to hear in the summer!). Children and adults should use bug spray, but talk to your pediatrician about what kinds of bug spray are for babies and kids, and how old they should be before wearing bug spray.

Inspect kids for ticks when they come inside and remove them immediately with tweezers. And call your pediatrician immediately if your child develops any out-of-the-ordinary reactions, such as a rash, fever, or flu-like symptoms.

Johns Hopkins has more information on ticks here, and the CDC has information on ticks and mosquitoes here.

This post was originally published in May, 2017.

Do you have any summer safety tips?

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You probably shouldn’t wear these 7 things as a wedding guest this summer

You probably shouldn’t wear these 7 things as a wedding guest this summer


You probably shouldn’t wear these 7 things as a wedding guest this summer

If you’re dreading purchasing another dress to wear to your eighth wedding this summer, we get you—wedding season is a lot to handle. There’s no shame in re-wearing outfits from one event to another, and you can pretty much wear any dress of your choosing so long that it is appropriate for a wedding. That last part is important, because there are a number of different outfit mishaps that often occur at weddings, the pros say. To ensure you don’t make a fashion misstep, we chatted with four stylists to find out what you should or maybe shouldn’t wear as a guest this summer. Here are their best suggestions on what to avoid.

Anything that even resembles white.

You know the drill—the bride should be the only one wearing white at the wedding. This includes every color that could potentially be considered in the white family, such as cream, bone, ivory, beige, and off-white. The one and only exception to this rule is if the bride and groom are having a “white-themed wedding” and request that their guests wear the hue. Still, even in this case, Ali Levine, celebrity stylist, fashion expert, and TV personality, warns guests never to wear anything that looks like a wedding dress.

Denim anything.

If you’re thinking of pulling a throwback to that iconic Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake denim moment, don’t. “Save your jeans for the backyard BBQ! Jeans are not welcome at a wedding no matter how casual it is,” says Toni Ferrara, a celebrity stylist who’s dressed Kim Kardashian, Matthew McConaughey, and Kate Beckinsale. “It’s just not a fabric that is meant to have a wedding moment.” Make sure your date knows this, too.

Anything too revealing.

Style experts agree that all eyes should be on the bride. “Drawing attention to you in a ‘sexual’ way is disrespectful in my opinion,” says Rayne Parvis, a certified Style Coach, personal stylist, media personality and author of Ultimate Guide to Style: From Drab to Fab!. She recommends staying away from anything too tight, that reveals too much cleavage, or with a completely open back. “A great rule of thumb is to accentuate one body part in a respectful way, not all three; cleavage, legs, and back,” she adds. Mayes agrees, adding, “Not only will your outfit be frowned upon, but you just may fall right out of that extremely plunging neckline.”

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Related article: A comprehensive guide to wedding guest attire 

Out-of-season hues.

Levine recommends wearing colors that are in-line with the summer season, so keep your orange-, auburn- and maroon-colored gowns in the closet until fall and winter. “Certain colors, fabrics, and aesthetics tell us it’s summer and makes us feel a certain way about that season,” she says. “Do not show up wearing fall colors and heavy fabrics in June, July, or August.”

A dress that matches the wedding colors.

Unless you’re in the wedding party, Parvis warns against intentionally wearing colors to match. “If you’re not a bridesmaid and you show up dazzling in the same color, it will appear you’re trying to be part of the wedding party versus a guest,” she says. “You’ll get questions and confusing looks.”

An oversized hat.

Sure, you hate it when the sun’s in your eyes, but that’s what sunglasses are for. Leave your oversized hats out of the equation when it comes to selecting your wedding attire. “Excessively large hats may block the view of the other guests, especially if you are seated in the front row,” says Ty-Ron Mayes, a celebrity stylist who appeared on America’s Next Top Model. “If you do not want to wear a smaller hat, consider a fascinator. Your sense of style and appropriateness will be well received.”

Anything too casual.

It might be hot, or even a beach-themed wedding, but leave your poolside attire where it belongs. “Unless the bride and groom tells you in the invitation to bring a change of casual clothing, or that it is a casual affair, stay nicely dressed,” says Levine. The same goes for your shoes. “Leave sandals at home—even if they’re beautiful.”

This article originally appeared on Martha Stewart Weddings.

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Tuesday’s World Cup match between Japan and Colombia may have gotten a little dirty, but the stadium was left spotless.

Even after Japan came out on top 2-1 in a stunning win, several Japanese fans stayed behind to pick up litter left behind at the stadium, BBC reports.

Videos on social media show fans equipped with trash bags sweeping through the rows collecting plastic waste left on the stadium grounds.

Internet users praised the Japanese fans for bringing their manners to the pitch.

Japanese audience members earned similar accolades back in 2014 at the World Cup in Brazil, where some were spotted picking up their own trash after the Japanese team lost to the Ivory Coast 2-1.

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Donate to these 7 organizations if you want to help separated immigrant families

Donate to these 7 organizations if you want to help separated immigrant families


Donate to these 7 organizations if you want to help separated immigrant families

Nearly 2,000 children have been separated from their families as part of the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy on immigration. Despite the ridiculous back-and-forth between the president and Congress on who’s to blame, the fact of the matter remains: There are thousands of immigrant children being held in facilities near the border, the conditions of which have been described as “prison-like,” and that is unacceptable.

As you would expect, big nonprofit organizations, like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), are doing their part to help. In fact, the ACLU filed a national class-action lawsuit on March 9th to challenge the Trump administration’s policy. As Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, said in a release at the time,

“Whether or not the Trump administration wants to call this a ‘policy,’ it certainly is engaged in a widespread practice of tearing children away from their parents.”

In addition to the ACLU, the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP) is another great organization that’s working hard to prevent wrongful deportations by providing support and emergency legal aid to those seeking asylum.

If the news coming from the border troubles you and you’re inspired to help, making a donation to organizations and activist groups such as the ACLU or ASAP is great. But there are also smaller organizations doing good work right now that don’t get quite as much attention as they should. So here are some other organizations you should also consider donating to.

1. RAICES

The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) is a Texas-based nonprofit organization that offers both free and low-cost legal services to immigrant families. As of right now, their main site is down due to “capacity problems.” However, here is a link to their donation page if you want to help support them at this time.

2. The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights

The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights works to “promote the best interests of unaccompanied immigrant children.” On May 31st, the Young Center launched a new program that specifically helps families being separated at the border. The Immigrant Child and Family Project is staffed by attorneys who are fighting to protect immigrant families and help change policy. If you want to support their cause, you can donate here.

3. The Florence Project

The Florence Project provides free legal and social services to immigrants who are detained in Arizona. The organization has been working to help immigrant families in Arizona for over 25 years and separated families is an issue they’re familiar with. In an interview with CBS News, Lauren Dasse, the executive director for the Florence Project, said the organization has seen 300 recent cases of family separation in Arizona, with 100 new cases in early June alone. If you want to make a donation to The Florence Project, you can do that here.

4. Neta

Neta is a “Latinx-run progressive media platform” based in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas that’s working hard to inform the public about the immigration situation and bring you the reality of what’s going on at the border. Having the facts is super important, so if you want to support the work of the journalists there, you can donate here.

5. Fuerza Del Valle

The Fuerza Del Valle Workers Center was created to support workers’ rights and immigrant communities in the Rio Grande Valley. On June 20th, they are holding an interfaith prayer and walk in support of keeping immigrant families together. If you want to support them financially, you can donate here.

6. Al Otro Lado

Al Otro Lado is a cross-border legal service for refugees and families separated by deportation in Los Angeles and Tijuana. Ever since news of the crisis at the border hit, the organization has been providing “critical assistance” to immigrants, including infants and unaccompanied minors. If you want to support, you can donate here.

7. Together Rising

Together Rising is another organization that’s helping to provide legal assistance to migrant children who were separated from their parents. If you’re looking to support their work, you can donate here.

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The U.S., Mexico and Canada won a joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup, bringing the soccer tournament to North America for the first time since 1994.

The combined bid overwhelmingly won a vote against Morocco, its only challenger at the FIFA Congress in Moscow on Wednesday. North America gained 134 votes, while Morocco got 65.

Sixteen cities spanning the continent will host the 80 games of the 2016 World Cup tournament. Of those games, 60 will be played in the U.S., while Canada and Mexico will host 10 games each. The last game of the tournament will take place at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. There are now 23 cities, including three in Canada and three in Mexico, that are up for selection to host the 2026 World Cup.

See which cities could host the 2026 World Cup matches below.

U.S.

Boston

New York/New Jersey

Philadelphia

Baltimore

Washington, DC

Cincinnati

Nashville

Atlanta

Orlando

Miami

Kansas City

Dallas

Houston

Denver

Los Angeles

San Francisco Bay Area

Seattle

Canada

Edmonton

Montréal

Toronto

Mexico

Monterrey

Guadalajara

Mexico City

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Credit card companies are taking a hatchet to their benefits for customers — and there’s no end in sight, with the latest announcement from one of the nation’s biggest issuers.

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Chase gets ready to eliminate Price Protection and Return Protection

Effective August 26, Chase will no longer offer Price Protection or Return Protection to its customers. Some customers were informed of the change over the weekend.

Price Protection is a beloved benefit that’s available across several card networks. In general, it promises to refund the difference in price between an item you buy and an advertised sale price that may pop up on that same item anytime between 60 and 90 days down the road.

Chase’s competitor Citi announced just days ago that they’d be paring down their proprietary price protection program called Citi Price Rewind.

But Chase is going one step further than Citi did and axing its version of price protection completely.

Also being shut down at Chase is Return Protection, which makes it up to customers if they buy something they’re unhappy with and the merchant refuses to take it back and refund their money. Chase currently offers up to $ 250 for each eligible item with a $ 1,000 annual maximum as part of its current return protection policy — but all you’ll get is a big, fat goose egg come August 26!

Yet as Chase taketh away, the card issuer also giveth. Cardholders of select products such as the Chase Freedom Visa Platinum will have Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance added to their card on August 26.

Beginning on that date, the added coverage will provide reimbursement of up to $ 1,500 per person and $ 6,000 per trip for pre-paid, non-refundable passenger fares. To meet the criteria to get the money, your trip must be canceled or cut short by sickness, severe weather or other covered situations.

Money expert Clark Howard has long recommended trip insurance for cruises and for when you’re going to be touring or traveling on a trip that requires prepayment of thousands of dollars.

So on the plus side, Chase’s addition of cancellation/interruption insurance for some customers could negate the need for them to buy third-party trip insurance. Just be sure you read through Chase’s policy carefully to see what it covers and what it excludes before deciding to forego traditional trip insurance you might buy elsewhere.

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Get Pippa Middleton’s Parisian Look With These 9 Dresses

Pippa Middleton may not be officially royal like her sister Duchess Kate, but that definitely doesn’t stop her from dressing like a queen. Middleton appeared with her husband James Matthews at the French open tennis match at Roland Garros in Paris on May 27 looking pretty as a princess in a bright red printed wrap dress. She paired the ladylike frock with a very on-trend woven crossbody bag and neutral-toned espadrilles. But perhaps our favorite part of the look was Middleton and her hubby’s matching fedoras.

Because we’re loving this prim and elegant look so much, we rounded up nine dresses so that you can get the same perfectly understated vibe as Middleton, perfect for a warm spring day whether you’re watching a tennis match or lounging around a terrace with friends and a cool glass of rosé.

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I work a traditional 8-to-5 office job, and it is taxing in many ways. I have to get up early, make myself presentable and start my commute early enough to reach the office on time. What starts as an eight- or nine-hour workday easily morphs into 10 or 11 hours once I take preparation and commute times into account.

The average commute for an American worker is up to 26.4 minutes according to 2015 U.S. Census data — and that time increases if you live in a metro area. It’s no wonder more employees are asking to work remotely, either on a full-time basis or as needed. Working from home, or WFH, offers numerous benefits to employees — but, as it turns out, offering WFH options also benefits the employer.

Employer Benefits

Global Workplace Analytics evaluated thousands of studies focused on companies who offered work-from-home flexibility. While they found too many to list in this article, the main benefits included an increase in productivity among employees, fewer people calling in sick (and therefore less lost time) and a reduction in burnt-out employees.

Steve Pritchard, HR manager at Cuuver, brings up some additional benefits for employers. “Giving employees the opportunity to work from home if they wish is great for helping to retain staff, especially those who have quite a long commute to work,” he explains. “You can list it on your job advertisements as one of your company benefits, which will help to attract a high caliber of applicants.”

Another perk for employers concerns sick-day usage. “If a member of staff doesn’t feel up to coming into the office but they can get work done from home, this means you aren’t a man down – this makes for a massive perk for both the business and the employee,” says Pritchard.

As far as managing remote employees, Pritchard thinks it’s doable. “Naturally, it can be harder to manage remote workers, so the best way to do this is to implement a progression tool,” he says. “Whether it’s a Google Calendar or specialist software like Zoho or Trello, remote workers can feed into the system what work they are doing, how long it is going to take them and when it will be completed by. Phone calls also help everyone to stay connected when working from home.”

Employee Benefits

The benefits of working from home for employees are probably pretty obvious. You save time (and money) on your commute, you don’t have to adhere to a dress code (though some clothes are preferable) and you can hang out with your dog (or cat, no judgement here).

But there are hidden benefits to working from home that you might not have considered.

As The Muse points out, working from home doesn’t mean you’re stuck in your office all the time. It’s actually a great and flexible way to still get work done when you’re traveling. You can also take your laptop outside and get some work done when the weather is nice, instead of being stuck inside a stuffy office.

I spoke with Dahna Heineman, senior security program manager at DXC Technologies, to learn more about the benefits of working from home for employees. Heineman has been working from home full time for five years and loves the benefits it provides her.

Heineman has no commute and spends less than ever on things like makeup, hair products and dry cleaning. She’s also found that working from home has allowed her to become more attuned to changes in tone of voice.

Heineman also appreciates the ability to work uninterrupted from home. “No one randomly pops up at your desk to interrupt your train of thought while you are working on a security product workflow for multiple services and regions,” she says. “No office noise around or people chatting in the background make it easier to concentrate.”

Drawbacks

Of course, just because working from home can be beneficial for workers and their employers doesn’t mean everyone can (or should) do it. While Heineman generally likes working from home, she acknowledges that there is also a downside.

No commute might sound heavenly to many workers, but it could actually be detrimental. “You have zero time from when you stop working to decompress,” explains Heineman. Rather, you go straight from work life to family life without stopping to take a break.

And while working from home gives you the peace to concentrate on the task at hand, it can also be lonely. “No one ever pops up to give you a break, a laugh or interact with you,” says Heineman. If you’re a social person this can be extremely demoralizing.

Working from home could also mean you take fewer breaks throughout the day. For lunch, Heineman says, “You tend to grab your food, eat it alone and not take a full hour as your break.” Additionally, you could end up “schedul[ing] back to back calls and never even stand[ing] up for six hours.”

This can lead to issues with your health — both mental and physical.

Do’s and Don’ts

If you’re lucky enough to have an employer that supports working from home, you need to be aware of some do’s and don’ts to make sure you don’t take advantage of the policy and potentially ruin it for your co-workers.

Do get ready for work in the morning.

Diane Gottsman writes in an article for HuffPost that getting dressed, brushing your hair and washing your face can help you get in the right mindset for the workday. It might be tempting to work in your pajamas, but putting on pants and a shirt will tell your brain that it’s time to work rather than lounge.

Do make sure you are available during regular business hours.

“Your availability to colleagues should be no different when working remotely than it would be if you were in the office,” Barry Chignell writes in an article for CIPHR.

Don’t skip your lunch break.

“You have the luxury of being more flexible with your day,” writes Gottsman, “but sticking to a routine, which includes planning for healthy meals, will enable you to work more resourcefully than wandering around the house for a cup of noodle soup or a few handfuls of chips.” You’ll enjoy the mental break and will return to work ready to conquer your busy afternoon.

Do create a home office.

“Preferably, you need natural light and a door, so that you can separate your work from your home life when the workday is done,” writes Bill Murphy Jr. in an article for Inc. It might be tempting to work from your couch, but having a designated office space in your home will help you focus on the task at hand.

Don’t get distracted.

Sure, it’s easy enough to do a few chores throughout the day when you’re working from home, but make sure you’re still putting in your hours. “Whether you work in a brick-and-mortar building, local coffee shop or your personal domain, it’s up to you to control your personal disturbances,” explains Gottsman.

That means turning off the TV, staying off social media and scheduling breaks if necessary to take care of things around the house.

Working from home isn’t for everyone, but if you have the right mindset it can be a very rewarding experience. Whether your employer allows the occasional remote day or lets you telecommute full time, make sure you stay productive and switched on when working away from the office.

Catherine Hiles works from home very occasionally in her day job, and as a freelance writer. She prefers the social aspect of an office environment, but appreciates flexibility when she needs to focus on important tasks.

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Survey: These cities are home to the most ‘Bridezillas’

If you’ve ever gotten married or been involved in a big wedding, you know all about the nerves, jitters and general uptight-ness that can consume the bridal party and their families in the months and weeks leading up to the big day.

The term “Bridezilla” was coined to describe a too-be-married woman who gets a little too caught up (some might say obsessed) with making her big day perfect. According to a new survey, they are legion — and they may actually be thriving in the city where you live or one near you.

The survey, conducted by the WE TV network (conveniently home to a reality TV show called Bridezillas), revealed the top 15 media markets where Bridezilla behaviors are most prominent.

These cities have the highest concentration of ‘Bridezillas’

According to a WE TV blog post on the findings, the term “Bridezilla” is about empowerment and taking control of your wedding. So, if you happen to know a bride (or groom) who fits the bill, hopefully they’ll say “I do” to your assessment.

Here are the top 15 “Bridezilla” cities, according to WE TV.

  1. New York City
  2. San Francisco
  3. Detroit
  4. Houston
  5. Tampa
  6. Minneapolis
  7. Philadelphia
  8. Seattle
  9. Dallas
  10. Los Angeles
  11. Atlanta
  12. Chicago
  13. Boston
  14. Washington, D.C.
  15. Phoenix

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Bring Your Lunch With These Environmentally Friendly and Stylish Office Lunch Containers

If you’re like us, you bring your lunch to work when you’re trying to save money, meal plan for healthier eating, or to be more eco-friendly and avoid all of those takeout containers. If you want to do those things, plus maintain a professional look even if you’re just eating at your desk or on a park bench outside, we’ve rounded up a variety of stylish office lunch containers, including adult lunch boxes, bento boxes, ice bags for keeping your lunch cool, insulated storage that will keep cold things cold and hot things hot, reusable storage bags and food wraps, a restaurant that serves even takeout food in reusable bowls, and more, including the Mr. Bento Lunch Jar Set pictured here. Readers, how often do you bring lunch to work? What are your favorite environmentally-friendly and stylish office lunch containers? Compared to brown lunch bags, Ziplocks, and individually-packaged food — what swap do you think makes the biggest impact environmentally? What is the easiest swap to make? 

So start thinking about all of the meals you could take to work and how much waste you could save by making just a few changes to your routine with these items. Or, if you have your own lunch accessories that you swear by, feel free to share with us in the comments!

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Adult Lunch Boxes That Will Blend In With Your Other Bags

Whether you’re ready for an upgrade or just want a new way to carry your lunch on your commute, whether it’s by car or public transit, we found a range of options and price points. Links, where to buy, and prices are below each image:

Penguin Lunch Tote (Target, $ 12.99)

Thermos Raya Tote (Target, $ 10.99)

Igloo Mini Crescent Cooler Bag (Target, $ 9.99)

Scout Doggie Bag Insulated Lunch Box & Soft Cooler, (Amazon, $ 20)

LunchFox Eco-Friendly Neoprene Lunch Bag Tote, designed in L.A. (Amazon, $ 19.97)

Vaschy Neoprene Lunch Tote Bag (Amazon, $ 13.99)

Rachel Ray(TM) Insulated Satchel And Tote Combo (Office Depot/Office Max, $ 39.99)

Bento Boxes for the Office

We’re loving bento boxes for their minimalist look. Plus, most of them are stackable and great for meal planning when portion control is one of your priorities. Several of the containers even come with flatware, so you won’t find yourself needing to keep a box of plasticware in your desk.

Black+Blum Box Appetit Lunch Pot (Amazon, $ 24.95)

Black+Blum Box Appetit Lunch Box (Amazon, $ 24.95)

Takenaka bento bowl (Nordstrom, $ 34)

Bentgo all-in-one stackable lunch box (Target, $ 14.99)

Bento boxes that come with carrying cases:

Pack To Go Leakproof Bento Lunch Box Container Set w/Insulated Lunch Bag (Amazon, $ 23.95)

Prepd Pack Lunchbox with Cutlery (Nordstrom, $ 69)

Insulated Containers for Adults: Keep Hot Foods Hot and Cold Foods Cold

Insulated containers have come a long way since you were bringing your own cold milk or hot soup to elementary school, but the basic principle is still there: maintain the temperature of whatever is inside. (Hint: search in sports & outdoors for more options.)

Thermos Stainless King 16 Ounce Food Jar with Folding Spoon (Amazon, $ 24.99)

MIRA Lunch, Food Jar, Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Lunch Thermos, 13.5 Ounce (Amazon, $ 15.50)

Mr. Bento Lunch Jar Set (Target, $ 35.49)

 

Ice Packs To Keep Cool

Whether you have a long commute, don’t trust your coworkers when it comes to the office fridge, or if there simply isn’t room for your stylish lunch bag without having to take out all of your perishables when you get to work, here are a couple ice pack options — a smaller one and a larger one — with good reviews.

Cool Pack Slim Long-Lasting Ice Packs (pack of four, 7 x 4.7 x 0.5 inches) (Amazon, $ 12.99)

LunchFox Chill Pack Reusable Thin Ice Packs (set of two, 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.75 inches) (Amazon, $ 11.97)

Reusable Snack Bags and Food Wraps

If you find yourself using too many plastic baggies, and don’t really want to rinse and clean something that is already fairly flimsy and not meant for more than one use, check out these reusable baggies and food wraps.

Blue Avocado Reusable Zip Bag 5 Piece, made from FDA-grade PEVA material (which is also PVC, BPA and Lead free) (Target, $ 16.99)

ModernKitchen Reusable Silicone Food Storage Bags + Scrubber Sponge  (Amazon, $ 23.97)

Bee’s Wrap Assorted 3 Pack, Eco Friendly Reusable Food Wraps is made of organic cotton, sustainably harvested beeswax, organic jojoba oil, and tree resin. (Amazon, $ 18)

Bee’s Wrap Bees & Bears Print Food Storage Wraps Lunch Pack (Nordstrom, $ 21)

Organic Reusable Food Wraps by Etee, Pack of 3 Wraps are made of hemp and Certified Organic cotton fabric infused with USDA Certified Organic Beeswax, coniferous tree resins, a touch of non-gmo soy wax, organic jojoba oil, organic cinnamon essential oil, and organic clove essential oil (Amazon, $ 17.95)

Other Ways to be Ecofriendly at Lunchtime At Work:

Many restaurants, including office cafeterias, obviously offer reusable plates, cups, and silverware if you’re dining in, but if you live in one of the markets with Just Salad – Chicago, New York, Philadephia – they have reusable bowls for all orders, even takeout.

Other restaurants in Durham, N.C., San Francisco, Portland, Oregon, and Brooklyn are starting to promote reusable take-out containers, as well. In April 2018, the City of Berkeley even proposed a tax on disposable take-out containers.

Finally, if you need to use a straw, consider bringing your own. Many options for stainless steel, silicone, glass, and other reusable materials can be found on Amazon.

If you already use or decide to buy any of these stylish office lunch containers, or if you have other suggestions on what you already use — or if it even matters to you if you lunch bag looks professional or whether you’re still rocking a Fraggle Rock lunchbox you found at a thrift store — let us know what works for you!

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Bar none, one of the best inventions for new parents over the past few years has to be all the TV-on-demand services out there.

In the middle of the night when you’re up feeding the baby, or in those precious few minutes after everyone’s in bed for the night, you can now choose from hundreds of shows and movies. And now — lucky us! — there are two shows on Netflix that highlight the new mom experience in a way that resonates amazingly well.

The Letdown is an Australian TV comedy series that premiered on Netflix in April. As I watched the first few episodes, I had to stop myself from shouting, “THIS!! This is what I wanted from Tully! Exactly this!!”

The show stars Alison Bell, also a co-creator and writer, as Audrey Holloway, a mother trying to navigate her first few months of parenthood. She joins a non-judgmental new mothers’ group (that’s actually kinda judgy, in the way these things tend to be) and shows up late and flustered for her first meeting. The show made me laugh out loud at several of the situations she faces — including one where she tries to bargain with a drug dealer when she accidentally parks in his spot after driving a crying baby around all night.

It also made me tear up several times as well. In one scene, she cries into her partner’s shoulder while she lists all the ways she’s a terrible mother. I may have done this last week, and I don’t even have a baby anymore. It tackles Instagram-perfect moms and the hidden challenges they fear they can’t share.

One episode wonderfully shows the tension Audrey feels when she wants to go out with her pre-baby friends, but realizes things have changed irreversibly now that she has a newborn. It’s a perfect blend of snarky, slightly dark comedy and drama that shows the struggles that come with motherhood.

Fair warning: there is plenty of swearing in the show. In fact, one of my favorite running gags is when Audrey forgets herself, curses, and then belatedly covers her 2-month old’s ears as if that might help.

I also recently watched Ali Wong’s Hard-Knock Wife, which was released on Netflix on Mother’s Day. She performs the stand-up while heavily pregnant, and even if it had been a flop (it’s not), watching her do high kicks, squats, and some serious dance moves while walking around the stage for over an hour is impressive in itself. I could barely get off the couch at that stage.

This is Wong’s second comedy special — she filmed Baby Cobra while pregnant with her first child — and she talks about a variety of topics including sex and childbirth (she says those mesh panties we all know so well are “made of the same material they use to package fancy Korean pears in”).

She talks about her emergency c-section and wonders, “Why the f*** did I do all that pushing when there was this perfectly good emergency exit?” She also takes on breastfeeding, saying it made her feel like The Giving Tree. And she addresses the low parenting standards for dads, compared to what moms are expected to do for their babies. It’s funny, and relatable, and very dirty — she may talk about kids but this definitely isn’t something to watch around them.

Both shows are wickedly entertaining…and both might make you feel like finally, in the land of television, someone actually gets how new moms feel.

Do you have any favorite shows right now that perfectly capture the new mom experience?

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These are the first set of Love Island 2018 couples and cue our new obsession

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Love Island is back and we’re already cancelling any and all plans. To our friends, lovers, family members, doctors and whoever else may be concerned, we’ve got something more important to do: namely, watch a bunch of beautiful people hook up in a villa. Well, the pilot episode of the new season just aired on ITV2 and the first set of couples have been locked in.

Now that we’re over all that Kem drama and have met the new Love Island 2018 contestants, we’re already invested in the drama.

Love Island 2018 Contestants

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This year’s cast members include Dani Dyer, the daughter of EastEnders’ Danny Dyer, Dr. Alex George, West End performer Samira Mighty and others. There’s another former pop star called Eyal Booker in the line up and here’s hoping there’s another anticlimactic Marcel x Blazin’ Squad reveal on the show with the rest of the villa.

So, who shacked up with who in the first episode? Here’s the gossip…

Love Island 2018 Couples

Niall Aslam and Kendall Rae-Knight

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It was love (or something like it) at first sight for Niall, who was the first boy to be thrown into the lion’s den. Kendall clearly liked what she saw as she stepped forwards and didn’t budge from her choice.

Dr. Alex George and Samira Mighty

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Things got a little awkward for poor Alex and Samira, as they had a pretty rough go of it this episode. To begin with, nobody stepped forwards for the doctor when he stepped out and he wound up choosing Laura (which didn’t last long). He and Samira were then paired together, as she was last on the bench.

Wes Nelson and Laura Anderson

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In the first tense moment of the season, Laura said goodbye to Alex and stepped forwards when Wes came into the picture. The bubbly blonde and kickboxer forced Alex back to the bench when Wes chose her.

Eyal Booker and Hayley Hughes

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It might have been his former pop idol status, but Eyal had the ladies seeing stars when he put his best foot forward. Three women – Dani, Samira and Hayley – all threw their hats in the ring, but it was Hayley who came out on top.

Jack Finchan and Dani Dyer

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Although Samira and Dani both stepped forwards for clean-cut Jack, it was Dani who eventually won him over. Who knows, maybe he’s a low key EastEnders fan?

And then there was Adam…

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Adam Collard arrived at the end of the episode to shake things up a bit and had the boys quaking in their flip flops. The Newcastle-based personal trainer has 24 hours to decide which of the girls he’ll be sweeping off their feet (and away from another contestant), so you’ll have to stay tuned for tonight’s episode…

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These are the fashion exhibitions not to miss this year

From Azzedine Alaia at The Design Museum to Dior in Colorado, these are the must-see fashion exhibitions you simply can’t miss.

Photograph Nickolas Muray

Words by Lisa Walden

Dior: From Paris to The World

November 18 – March 3 2019

The Denver Art Museum in Colorado will swing open its doors this November for an exhibition surveying more than 70 years of the House of Dior’s enduring legacy and its global influence. Here, you can expect to see a selection of 150 haute couture dresses, accessories, photographs, archival material and exclusive runway footage. “Artistic interpretation has always been a key factor to the House of Dior’s success in creating a global legacy for the French haute couture house,” explains the exhibition’s curator Florence Muller. “Visitors will witness this through thematic exhibition sections, and will also begin to understand how the Americas contributed to the success of the house over a seven decade period.”

Dior fashion models wearing “Vert gazon,” “Gavroche,” and “Flirt” ensembles (Spring-Summer Haute Couture collection, Slim Look line)
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© 2013 Mark Shaw

As well as profiling Christian Dior’s own inspirations, the major retrospective will also take a look at the brand’s artistic directors, from Yves Saint Laurent in 1958 to Maria Grazia Chiuri’s vision now. Elsewhere, make sure not to miss the dramatic visual display of the Dior atelier’s exquisite technique — something you won’t get to see anywhere else. 

Denver Art Museum
100 W 14th Avenue Pkwy, Denver, Colorado, 80204, USA
Tickets: Enquire online

Fashioned from Nature

April 21 – January 27 2019

The future of fashion and our planet are a cause for celebration at the V&A’s new unmissable exhibition spanning over 400 years. There is plenty to see here. From botanical embroidery pieces on show, to stellar earrings made from birds of paradise, the retrospective will take visitors on a journey through the centuries of fashion that have plundered the natural world. Expect to be bought closer to nature: take a walk around and you’ll hear the sound of birdsong as well as other animals in their natural habitat. With our second May bank holiday creeping up quickly, add this must-see exhibition to your weekend plans.

Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Road, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL
Tickets: £12

Inside Azzedine Alaia: The Couturier

Until 7 October 2018

On May 10, The Design Museum opened its doors for a must-see exhibition charting the inimitable work of Azzedine Alaia, looking at his journey from sculptor to couturier. From stories of his life and career, to iconic garments spanning back to the 1980s, you can expect an exclusive insight into the designer’s work and life — which was co-curated by the designer himself before his death in November 2017.

Photo: Mark Blower

One of the most anticipated exhibition openings of the year, this retrospective will shine light on the late designer’s signature nipped-in body-con waist, described as “second-skin dressing.” The consummate craftsman understood the female body, moulding clothes to fit the female form — and changed the fashion landscape as we know it. You’ve still got October to see this one so make sure you don’t miss out.

The Design Museum
224-238 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London W8 6AG
Tickets: £16

Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up

Opening 16 June

Experience Frida Kahlo’s compelling life story through her most intimate personal belongings, on display exclusively at the V&A this summer. The Mexican artist, best known for her self-portraits, was inspired by the nature and artifacts of her homeland. It’s her physical and emotional pain that were often depicted in her works, shining light on a turbulent relationship and a lifetime of suffering (she had over 30 operations across her life). More than 200 of her personal items will be on display at the retrospective, including clothing items, jewellery, makeup used by the artist and a prosthetic leg in a red leather lace-up boot. You’ve got one month until the doors open so why not book your early bird ticket now. 

Frida Kahlo, c. 1926. Museo Frida Kahlo. © Diego Riviera and Frida Kahlo Archives, Banco de México, Fiduciary of the Trust of the Diego Riviera and Frida Kahlo Museums.

Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Road, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL
Tickets: £15

Orla Kiely: A life in Pattern

May 23 – September 23

Next week, The Fashion and Textile Museum will open their doors for the first-ever exhibition dedicated to the designer Orla Kiely. From her first collection of hats shown at London Fashion Week in 1994 to her iconic bag in the mid-sixties, the exhibition will chart the growth and success of the renowned Irish designer.

Courtesy of Orla Kiely. © Orla Kiely

Drawing on an archive of over 20 years of work, there will be brilliant insights into every area of her work. You can expect a behind-the-scene look into Kiely’s methods, concepts, sketches, samples and her making techniques. Make sure to head to the shop on your way out to pick up some exclusive Orla Kiely accessories of your own.

The Fashion and Textile Museum
83 Bermondsey Street, London, SE1 3XF
Tickets: £15

Margiela/ Galliera, 1989-2009

March 3 – July 15

If there’s one exhibition not to miss before the summer it’s Palais Galliera’s new stand-out retrospective which unpacks the life and work of Martin Margiela. The Belgian designer’s conceptual approach to creating garments is celebrated under the roof of the Galliera, tracing back his career from 1989 to the summer of 2009. He was best known for his technique of deconstructing (he would expose the inside of clothing, leave unfinished parts and embrace pleats and shoulder pads).

artin Margiela, sleeveless jacket, Spring-summer 1998 Wool and polyester fabric flattened by an iron
© Françoise Cochennec / Galliera / Roger-Viollet

Using more than 130 silhouettes, house archives and special installations the curators here take an unprecedented look at the life of the most prolific designer. And with just a Eurostar journey away, there’s no excuse not to hop on a train this weekend to see it for yourself.

Palais Galliera
Rue de Galliera, 75016 Paris, France
Tickets: €10

Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Colour

September 7 – January 5 2019

Pink might not be your colour, but at The Fashion Institute of Technology’s new exhibition there is something for everyone. Launching this September, the retrospective will trace back through bright pink dresses from designers including Elsa Schiaparelli, Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Rei Kawakubo, Gucci and Moschino — a vibrant collection that hasn’t been seen together anywhere else.

From Schiaparelli’s 1930 ‘Shocking Pink’ dress to Yves Saint Laurent’s 1960s cocktail dresses, the objects on display depict how pink was coded as the ”feminine” colour in the 18th and 19th century. Elsewhere, the exhibit will also be accompanied by a new book which will be published by Thames & Hudson in October. Expect dresses, history and a whole lot of pink.

The Fashion Institute of Technology
227 West 27th Street, New York, NY 10001, USA
Tickets: Free

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Get Your Feet Sandal-Ready With These Foot-Smoothing Products

When we think about our feet during the dark days of winter, it’s usually in reference to covering them up to keep warm. We debate about whether we could slip on one more pair of socks and we shop for the warmest pair of fleece-lined boots we can find. Now that it’s sandal season, we realize we’ve pretty much ignored our feet for the last few months.

For feet in desperate need of a pampering session, there’s no need to book an intensive pedicure. There are a number of buffing, smoothing and soothing foot products that can be used at home. Foot peels are always good, but that’s just one option. If you’re not into shedding your skin like a snake, you can try foot scrubs, intensive moisturizing creams, heel treatments and even sock-like foot masks. They all have the common goal of turning callused, dry soles into smooth, baby soft feet you can show off this summer. Ahead, shop some of the best foot treatments for sandal season.

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Earning the Trust of Homeowners: How to Get Ahead of These Top 4 Homeowner Fears

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Most homeowners enjoy small-scale renovations and often complete basic DIY jobs on their own. But when it comes time for a larger project—and hiring a pro to do the work— many homeowners have a number of concerns and fears about the home renovation process. This makes them wary of placing a stranger in charge of their home improvement projects.

As a home improvement professional, your job is to alleviate these fears and make homeowners comfortable with you and your business. Here are 4 of the top homeowner fears and some ways to help get ahead of them.

Uneasiness and trust issues

For homeowners who haven’t ever hired a professional to complete a home improvement project before, this is uncharted territory. The first time you work with a new client, establishing a positive working relationship is essential if you want to earn their trust.

The easiest way to do this is by keeping lines of communication open and explaining the process from start to finish. Answer any questions your clients might have and speak openly and honestly about their fears—including budgets, timescales, and their expectations about the final product. If they know what to expect, your clients will be more likely to trust you to do a good job.

Cost

Even if your clients are seasoned home renovators, budgeting a home improvement project will probably cause them some stress. This is completely understandable, since homeowners can easily sink a lot of money into their remodeling projects. As a construction professional, you need to help homeowners understand exactly where their money is going and guide them through the decision making process.

Keeping a current pricing structure for your products and services is a great start. Once a client decides to go ahead with a project, prepare an exhaustive estimate of all the building costs (including labor, materials, and other incidentals) and discuss this with them in detail. Finally, show clients some of your past work and reviews, and make sure to add these to your website portfolio. This will help them to feel more comfortable about spending their money on you and to know that you are worth the cost.

Timescale/disruption to home life

After building a trusting relationship with construction professionals and cost, one of the next greatest fears of homeowners embarking on a large scale home improvement project is how the building work will disrupt their home life. Some worries your clients may have include:

  • How long will the project take?
  • Will I be able to use my home in the same way during the building process?
  • Will my home be too dirty to live in?
  • Who is going to be in my home? During what times of day?
  • Will the noise and activity anger my neighbors?

Answering these questions a) honestly and b) before beginning a project should help to alleviate these kinds of fears. After all, a homeowner’s house is still their home even when renovation work is taking place. Good practice for residential building projects includes:

  • Keeping regular hours of work (for example, between the hours of 9am and 5pm)
  • Cleaning up the building site at the end of each working day where possible
  • Giving homeowners the chance to meet builders and subcontractors
  • Providing clients with clear timelines and trying to stick to them as much as possible

Disliking results

After all is said and done, hopefully your clients will be pleased with and pleasantly surprised by the results. However, some homeowners worry that the finished project will be less than perfect and not what they expected. Stress relating to the finished project often includes worries about whether the result will look good and stand the test of time. Homeowners also might worry about failure to complete their project and what they might do if they don’t like the result.

While you can’t predict the future, you can give satisfaction guarantees to your clients. If, for example, they are unhappy with any part of the completed renovation project, try your best to make it right (or compensate them when this is not possible). As far as these other worries are concerned, regular communication throughout the building project should help to keep clients updated and aware of the progress being made and help them to feel confident that their wishes are being taken into account every step of the way.

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Check Your Apocalypse Food Supply — These Spam Products Were Just Recalled


There is a national treasure hiding in the small town of Austin, Minnesota: the Spam Museum. It’s a real place, and it’s awesome. I know because I’ve been there.

When you tour the Spam Museum, you’ll learn how the iconic canned meat product played a crucial role in World War II. You’ll see just how many flavors of Spam are currently out there. (Hint: It’s over a dozen!)

You’ll even discover that the Hormel Girls were a living, breathing, dancing and singing troupe that helped promote the deceptively salty and delicious stuff.

Today, they’d be singing a different tune. Less than one year after Minnesota celebrated Spam Day, Hormel has ordered a massive Spam recall.

Why More Than 200,000 Pounds of Spam Just Got Recalled

On Saturday, Hormel Foods issued a recall for 228,614 pounds of products that may be contaminated with foreign matter — specifically, metal pieces.

According to a news release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the products are:

  • 12-ounce metal cans containing Spam Classic with a “best by” date of February 2021 and production codes F020881, F020882, F020883, F020884, F020885, F020886, F020887, F020888 and F020889. These products were shipped throughout the United States.
  • 12-ounce metal cans containing Hormel Foods’ Black Label Luncheon Loaf with a “best by” date of February 2021 and production codes F02098 and F02108. These products were shipped to Guam only.

The same news release said that some minor injuries have been reported due to metal fragments in the product. Consumers are urged to check any Spam products in their pantries against these label images to see if their product falls under the recall.

If you do have recalled products, either toss them out or return them to the store where they were purchased.

Spam Lovers, We’ll Get Through This

I know what you’re thinking. How can you get by without the meat product that saved the world? If you’re anything like the guy from the U.K. who eats Spam every day and has actually changed his middle name to “I love Spam,” this could be a very bleak day, indeed.

Fear not. We’ll survive this.

The recall is for only two of the many Spam products. You can still enjoy your Spam Teriyaki, Spam Jalapeno or Spam with Real Hormel Bacon.

Just watch your labels and be smart about it, and you can breakfast like a champion, and maybe even wow your friends with a Spam musubi recipe at your next Stanley Cup watch party.

Tyler Omoth is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder who loves soaking up the sun and finding creative ways to help others. Now that he lives in Florida, he regrets not buying the Spam Beach Towel at the Spam Museum. Catch him on Twitter at @Tyomoth.

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Morgan Freeman Issues A Second Statement: ‘I Did Not Assault These Women’

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Soon after CNN broke the news that eight women accused Morgan Freeman of sexual harassment, the Oscar-winning actor issued a second statement stressing that he is innocent.

“I am devastated that 80 years of my life is at risk of being undermined, in the blink of an eye, by Thursday’s media reports,” Freeman writes.

“All victims of assault and harassment deserve to be heard. And we need to listen to them. But it is not right to equate horrific incidents of sexual assault with misplaced compliments or humor.”

However, he claims that all he did was make jokes and had no intention to make anyone uncomfortable.

“But I also want to be clear: I did not create unsafe work environments. I did not assault women. I did not offer employment or advancement in exchange for sex. Any suggestion that I did so is completely false.”

 

As we previously reportedCNN released an exclusive report in which they spoke with 16 people, eight of which say they experienced harassment at the hands of the 80-year-old actor.

One source who worked as a production assistant on the 2015 film, “Going In Style”  told the outlet that she experienced months of harassment. In several instances she alleged that Freeman frequently rubbed her back and tried on several occasions to lift up her skirt, inquiring whether or not she had on underwear.

“He never successfully lifted her skirt, she said — he would touch it and try to lift it, she would move away, and then he’d try again,” CNN reports.

However, one woman has come forward to say that CNN mischaracterized her statement and that she does not want to be included among any accusers.

Essence.com reports:

Chicago WGN-TV’s Tyra Martin is saying that she has issues with the way her comments were presented in CNN‘s report.

“Hey, still getting a lot of nasty messages from people who think I AM one of the accusers,” she told TMZ. “I’m not, never was. CNN totally misrepresented the video and took my remarks out of context.”

According to CNN’s report, eight women said Freeman created an uncomfortable work environment with frequent sexual comments and unwanted touching.

Martin, who had interviewed Freeman multiple times, described the actor as casually inappropriate with her — enough for her to become accustomed to his bawdy comments. In one specific interaction,  Freeman commented inappropriately about her skirt.

“When I stood up, I pulled my skirt part of my dress down and he did say, ‘Oh, don’t pull it down now,’“ Martin recalled.

Martin doesn’t change her testimony, but she does take issue with being named as one of his accusers. Instead, she saw many of his comments, though inappropriate, to be said in jest.

“That wasn’t my experience of Morgan Freeman,” she clarified her comments on Friday during WGN-TVs morning show. “The experiences were always fun for me.”

Freeman issued an initial statement apologizing on Thursday (May 24) when news hit of the damning report.

“Anyone who knows me or has worked with me knows I am not someone who would intentionally offend or knowingly make anyone feel uneasy. I apologize to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected — that was never my intent.”

Freeman has already been pulled from his ubiquitous Visa ads.

 

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Even Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are fans of these best-selling scented candles

Aren’t we all?

Just like us, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are big fans of one of the most popular fragrance brands.

We already know that both Meghan and Harry wore a unisex fragrance created by Floris on their big day, but they went with a different perfume house to scent the venue.

The couple chose French perfumer Diptyque to scent their wedding and, although we don’t know the exact fragrance, its reported the couple chose a selection of fresh and floral scents.

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A spokesperson for the brand has said, ‘We would like to express our sincere congratulations to Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on their wedding.

‘We were delighted to help scent their special day.’

The Sussexes aren’t the only Duke and Duchess who love a luxury candle, though; Kate Middleton and Prince William reportedly chose for Jo Malone candles to scent Westminster Abbey for their wedding back in 2011.

Kate’s fragrance of choice is reportedly the brand’s ever-popular Orange Blossom; an excellent choice, we might add.

It just goes to show that nobody is immune from a scented candle addiction…

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Gluten Free? These Apps Make It Easier to Grocery Shop, Cook and Eat Out


Celiac disease affects about 1% of the American population.

For people with the autoimmune disorder, ingesting even trace amounts of gluten — a protein found in wheat, barley and rye — can damage the small intestine.

My partner Nick has celiac disease, which means our house is gluten-free.

The more than 200 symptoms associated with celiac disease can make diagnosis challenging, according to the Celiac Disease Foundation. Common symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea and other digestive problems; seizures and migraines; fatigue; muscle soreness; rashes; and oral health issues like canker sores, enamel defects and cavities.

Exposure to gluten over time can heighten an affected person’s chances of developing cancers and contracting other autoimmune disorders like Type 1 diabetes, epilepsy, infertility, multiple sclerosis and anemia.

So it’s crucial for people with celiac to ensure they’re not ingesting gluten directly or via cross-contamination (using cookware, dishes or utensils that have touched gluten, sometimes even if they have been washed).

Since Nick has celiac disease and we live a gluten-free lifestyle, we only dine out at restaurants with true gluten-free options.

A number of gluten-free apps have made our lives easier in that regard. And because we’re true penny hoarders, we make use of all the free ones.

Here are some of our favorites.

Best Gluten-Free App for Eating Out

A person walks out of a kitchen in a restaurant.
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Dining out can be a dangerous occasion for people with celiac, but because everyone deserves some time out of their own kitchen, Nick and I try to find restaurants that cater to people with celiac.

Here in Nashville, we’ve found some nice local spots that do a good job of gluten-free like The Red Bicycle. But some larger chains make a good effort, too, including Red Robin and Chipotle (just make sure to ask them to change out the ingredient bins and the spoons and put on fresh gloves).

How do you know if a restaurant is gluten-free? And how can you be sure they are held accountable?

Our favorite app for dining out is Find Me Gluten Free, and users agree. It has 4.5 stars in the Google Play store and 4.8 stars on the App Store.

Find Me Gluten Free is the perfect app for finding restaurants in your area or when exploring new places. The app allows you to search by current location, address or by category and shows you how expensive restaurants are (for budget-friendly consumers). You can also read reviews to determine how celiac-friendly a restaurant actually is.

This is big for people with celiac. Many restaurants claim to have gluten-free options but don’t have processes in place to reduce the chances of cross-contamination and haven’t properly trained their staff to handle gluten-free needs.

By reading comments from others with celiac, you can determine how likely your chances are for cross-contamination.

Comparable alternatives include AllergyEats and Dine Gluten Free.

Best Gluten-Free App for Dining In

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Because Nick has suffered contamination during many of our dining out experiences, we tend to eat at home most nights. I’ve been called stingy in past relationships for not wanting to dine out, so I welcome this change of pace.

We find a lot of our recipe ideas from the gluten-free cookbooks lining our kitchen shelves or by simple online searches.

Sometimes, though, Nick and I will fire up the iPad and open our favorite gluten-free recipe app, Cookpad (4.4 stars on Google Play and 3.9 stars on the App Store).

Cookpad is a recipe sharing app that allows you to search by dietary restrictions, but it also has a social aspect. Overbearing but well-meaning relatives who have wanted to learn how to accommodate Nick’s celiac disease have joined the app, and we can all share recipes we have tried.

The app also lets you keep a food diary, so Nick and I can track our favorite recipes without dog-earring our cookbooks or bookmarking a webpage on my office desktop upstairs.

Best Gluten-Free Apps for Shopping

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Luckily, Nick does most of the shopping for our family, but when he’s out of town or busy with a project I’ve had to brave the store to hunt and gather that week’s meals.

Ingredients labels at Kroger (specifically Kroger-brand items), where we shop most weeks, have gotten a lot better at identifying when foods have gluten or other “red flag” ingredients in them, like peanuts, milk and soy.

Still, some food items can be less clear, and I often find myself wondering if something has gluten in it because gluten will not typically be the ingredient listed. Instead, you’ve got to look for words like “wheat” or “barley.”

The number of times I have forgotten if oats have gluten is embarrassingly high, but now I just use The Gluten Free Scanner (3.4 stars on Google Play and 4.7 stars on the App Store).

Using this app is incredibly easy, though I have had trouble in one Kroger near my house where I always have a terrible signal. The app uses your phone’s camera to scan a barcode and instantly pulls up the product to let you know if it’s gluten-free.

I have had great luck with most products I’ve scanned, though it is by no means comprehensive. The paid version’s database is likely more complete and comes at the cost of $ 3.99 on the App Store.

One caveat: Reviewers on Google Play have commented that the app seems to be incompatible with the Samsung Note 8.

A comparable alternative is Gluten Free Food Finder (Android only).

A celiac diagnosis can be overwhelming: It means you must change your diet completely and get accustomed to a new way of dining out and shopping for groceries. These apps make the gluten-free lifestyle a little more manageable and help you prioritize your health every day.

Timothy Moore is an editor and freelance writer. His favorite apps are Find Me Gluten Free, FitBit, Netflix and Ticket to Ride.

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You’re a people person.

You love talking to people, you love learning about people, you love helping people.

And now you can be a people person from the comfort of your couch.

Business services company Concentrix is hiring multiple work-from-home product and purchase support representatives who can provide world-class customer service for a third-party technology company.

You can choose between full- or part-time positions, which are open to anyone in the United States except residents of Vermont, Alaska, California and Seattle, Washington. You’ll need a flexible enough schedule to work varying shifts, including weekends and/or holidays.

Besides being a people person, you’ll need problem-solving, critical-thinking, analytical and data-entry skills, according to the job posting.

And although soft sales are also part of the job description, Concentrix promises there are no quotas  to meet — you’ll only be expected to offer callers extensive product knowledge and helpful customer service.

Pay starts at $ 10 per hour, but the company notes that the rate can vary based on the skills required for a particular assignment and on geographic location.

And while the equipment requirements list might seem extensive, the company’s careers FAQ page says you don’t need to have any of it in place until you are offered a position and begin training (i.e. — Don’t buy anything until you get the job).

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For additional job opportunities with Concentrix, check out the virtual career fairs scheduled for June 14 and June 25 (scroll down to the Virtual Career Fairs section to sign up).

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Work-From-Home Support Representative at Concentrix

Pay: $ 10 per hour

Responsibilities include:

  • Speaking with customers over the phone, demonstrating proper “etiquette, empathy, patience and professionalism”
  • Establishing a rapport with customers to obtain relevant information
  • Helping customers determine the best tech product for their needs
  • Operating in several programs and applications simultaneously

Applicants for this position must have:

  • One to two years of customer service experience
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Minimum typing speed of 25 words per minute
  • Wired internet service (no wireless or satellite)
  • Landline phone service with all call features removed
  • Corded headset with noise-canceling microphone (headset must plug directly into your telephone base)
  • Telephone with amplifier and mute button
  • Monitor that is at least 21.5 inches
  • MAC-compatible USB mouse, keyboard and adapter
  • Distraction-free work space

Benefits include:

  • Monthly performance incentives
  • Health insurance

Apply here for the work-from-home support representative job at Concentrix.

Tiffany Wendeln Connors is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She thinks people who need people are the luckiest people in the world — she’s just not one of them.

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These little baby milestones are breaking this new mama’s heart

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This morning I woke up to baby giggles. Not dream whimpers, not cries of discomfort, not even yells of hunger. Just sweet baby giggles and chatter. My 5-month-old was awake and was entertaining himself until I woke up. As precious as it was, I couldn’t help but feel a tiny twinge of sadness at the sight of my happy baby boy. He looked so big.

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What was once a little baby (as little as an almost 9-pound baby can be), is now growing into a kid, and it’s so strange to see these changes take place. I’m certainly not complaining about my wake-up call, but it’s all a little hard to take sometimes.

There have been the milestones we were expecting, like sleeping through the night and rolling over for the first time, but there have been so many others, little skills and actions, otherwise insignificant moments that have surprised me and reminded me that my baby is growing up.

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It’s in the way his tiny hands now reach up to hold his bottle. Those little hands that love to grasp my fingers and play with my hair, now are figuring out how to feed him and attend to his own needs.

The way he now pushes his legs to stand up. He grunts and groans until he’s up in the air and then grins so proudly. It’s adorable and wonderful and terrible all at once, this independence he’s longing for.

When he loses his pacifier but quickly finds it again, all on his own.

When he cries in the night but comforts himself before I can even reach for him, putting himself back to sleep.

All things he should be doing. All things I wanted him to do. All things that at some point in the middle of the night when he was a newborn I hoped and prayed he’d figure out so we could all sleep and function one day.

All things that are now slowly breaking my heart a little.

No one told me about these little milestones. The ones you don’t write down in the baby book, or even photograph. But I guarantee you, the first time I saw him hold his bottle on his own is forever etched in my memory.

These moments are so bittersweet. Of course I want him to grow and develop, and become more independent of me. But each new skill, each new milestone, is one step closer to my baby not being a baby anymore.

Everyone told me how fast time would go. How “the nights are long, but the years are short.” How right they were, and we’re just getting started! I blinked, and my little baby got not-so little anymore.

We’ll be approaching the 6-month mark soon. He’ll turn a year old in a heartbeat and I’ll blink a few more times to see he’s graduating high school and leaving my care. Which is just how it should be. But I think I’ll rock him a little longer tonight, just the same.

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Heartbreak and Outrage: These Are the Victims of the Santa Fe High School Shooting in Texas

On Friday, a gunman killed ten people, mostly students, in a mass shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas. Among those killed were an exchange student from Pakistan and a substitute teacher.

The attack, which began around 7:30 a.m., comes just months after a mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, killed 17 people — and, less than a year before that, a mass shooter at a concert in Las Vegas killed 58.

The suspect in the shooting has been identified as 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, according to a news release from the Galveston County Sheriff. He is being held in the Galveston County Jail with no bond on capital murder charges.

In addition to the dead, ten people were injured, including a school police officer who confronted the gunman and helped prevent more deaths, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said.

Here is what we know about the slain, including their names, ages, photos and backgrounds, where available.

Sabika Sheikh, 17

Sabika Sheikh, a Pakistani exchange student, was confirmed dead by the Embassy of Pakistan in Washington, D.C.

The Pakistan Association of Greater Houston posted on Facebook that Sheikh was in Texas as part of the Youth Exchange & Study (YES) Programme. According to the post, she was due to come back home to Pakistan on Eid, a religious holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.

Sheikh hailed from Karachi, a city of 18 million people in southern Pakistan, reports Al Jazeera. The outlet spoke to Sheikh’s father, Abdul Aziz, who said, “She was extraordinary, genius, and talented.”

Aziz added, “At such a young age she would say such huge things, that sometimes I couldn’t believe it. Even now I cannot believe that my daughter is gone.”

Cynthia Tisdale

Multiple family members confirmed on Facebook that Cynthia Tisdale, a substitute teacher, was killed.

According to her niece, Leia Olinde, Tisdale was substituting in the art class where the gunfire broke out.

Her brother-in-law, John Tisdale, wrote that Tisdale’s husband was stricken with an incurable lung disease that forced him to stop working, so Tisdale worked at Santa Fe High School and took a second job as a server to make ends meet.

“I am certain if we could talk to Cynthia, who is in heaven, the first thing she would say is she is concerned how is going to make it,” John Tisdale wrote.

Olinde wrote that Tisdale “was another mother to me. Someone I could talk to about anything and go to for everything.”

She added, “I have no words to describe the way I’m feeling now.”

Christopher Jake Stone

The sister of Chris Stone, 17, confirmed his death on Facebook.

“My baby brother was killed yesterday morning,” Mercedez Stone wrote. “Why my family, and why my beautiful baby brother.”

Mercedez described her brother to CNN as “adventurous” and “willing to try anything.” He liked played football and video games, and he enjoyed hiking, jet skiing and ziplining, she said.

According to the Houston Chronicle, one of his friends described Stone on Twitter as a “sweet and funny boy.”

Shana Fisher

Shana Fisher’s mom described her to the Chronicle as “shy and sweet,” saying, “She had a lot of love in her heart.”

A GoFundMe page launched in her memory says, “Her family is devastated” and “absolutely grief-stricken.”

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Sometimes we wonder how people managed their money way back when…

You had to put pen to paper to draw up a budget? You had to actually walk into a bank to get a loan? Or read a newspaper to keep tabs on your stocks?

And you couldn’t automatically save money; you had to intentionally deposit $ 50 into your savings each week?

Count us out.

OK, we’re being a bit flippant here, but in reality iPhones and their apps have made managing money incredibly simple.

“People are finding that the apps take away the pain and mystique of dealing with our finances and replace it with processes that are as easy as buying a shirt online or swiping right on Bumble,” Fast Future Publishing founder and CEO Rohit Talwar writes in an email.

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If personal finances intimidate you, we get it. But financial apps can really help make managing money simple.

Talwar says these tools are breaking down the barriers of complicated financial jargon and are making it easier than ever for folks to make smart financial moves.

So, iPhone users, open the App Store and start downloading these recommended apps.

1. Credit Sesame: Keep an Eye on Your Credit Score

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It’s easy to push your credit score to the back of your mind.

After all, how do you even check it? What’s it really matter? But then you go to take out a mortgage, buy a car or apply for a rewards credit card… shoot.

Take care of your financial health by keeping tabs on your credit score. One of our favorite free credit-monitoring tools is Credit Sesame.

You can sign up online or through its app, and you’ll gain access to your credit score as well as your credit report card. It’ll also offer tips on how to increase your score for when it matters.

Take Jerry Morgan, for example. He and his family have had a difficult 10 years financially.

When Morgan signed up for Credit Sesame back in September 2017, his score was at about 500. In six months, he was able to increase his score 120 points — thanks, in part, to the platform’s recommendations.

Keep your credit score in your back pocket by downloading the Credit Sesame app.

2. WinWin: Save Money

Picture this: It’s payday, and you immediately head to the bank to cash your check and move $ 50 of it over to a separate savings account.

Yeah, right.

OK, if you have a lot of willpower, maybe this was the case, but saving money proves difficult. So why not turn it into a bit of a game? Try using an app called WinWin.

First, download the app, and WinWin will walk you through how it all works. Here’s the gist: You’ll automate your savings, plus play games for chances to win more money to boost your savings.

You can earn instant prizes by playing the daily games (think: classics like pinball and breakout). The more often you play, the more chances you have to win daily prizes — which include free plays (i.e. another chance to win) and cash prizes between 10 cents and $ 5 that go into your WinWin savings account.

So you’re saving money — and playing for a chance to win even more. Fun, right?

The app is free to download and costs $ 2 a month after that.

3. Acorns: Invest in Stocks

Alex Orfinger sitting at his home in Ormond Beach, Fla. using various phone apps.
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Honestly, old-school investing just conjures images of Wall Street trading room chaos, so we’ll stop while we’re ahead.

Investing isn’t nearly as intimidating nowadays with microinvesting apps. Yes — these apps allow you to invest in smaller groupings of stocks, called exchange-traded funds.

Acorns is a stellar example. Download the app, and turn on the round-up mode. Each time you make a purchase with a connected debt or credit card, it’ll round your total up to the nearest dollar. Once your round-ups hit $ 5, Acorns will invest the spare change for you.

Jeremy Kolodziej, for example, uses the app as a way to help him save. In less than two years, he’s managed to save $ 2,087 — without thinking.

“So many people use plastic and debit cards,” he explains. “Not a lot of people carry cash, where you can have a coin jar at home. It’s a virtual coin jar. You don’t even think about it.”

The app is free to download, then you’ll pay $ 1 a month for balances under $ 1 million. If you sign up through The Penny Hoarder, you’ll bank a $ 5 bonus to give you a boost.

4. Varo Money: Put Your Savings to Work

Varo Money has combined traditional banking tools with modern technology to help its customers become financially healthy. Its big selling points include:

  • All-in-one: In addition to a  bank account, you can open a Varo Savings Account, earning 1.25% Annual Percentage Yield — nearly 20 times the average savings account.
  • No fees: With Varo, as long as you use one of its 55,000 ATMs across the world, you’ll never pay fees. Additionally, you’ll pay no monthly service fees, no minimum balance fees, no foreign transaction fees and no cash replacement fees. You’ll just pay out-of-network ATM fees and cash deposit fees if you deposit cash in-store through Green Dot.
  • Early access to your paycheck: Get paid up to two days before your check is typically posted when you set up direct deposit with Varo.
  • Varo Forecast: Varo keeps tabs on how much you spend across all your accounts so you can better analyze and project your cash flow. It also allows you to set spending caps.

To sign up for Varo, you’ll have to download its free iOS app.

5. Stash: Invest in Real Estate

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We’re familiar with the old-school way of investing in real estate — buy a house, apartment, duplex, warehouse, land, whatever it is. But that calls for a big chunk of change and commitment.

If you don’t have that kind of time or money, you may want to look into real estate investment trusts (REITs). These are funds pooled together from thousands of investors to invest in one property, like a mutual fund.

There are several ways you can invest in REITs, but perhaps the easiest is through an app called Stash. You might have heard of it. It helps folks invest and save small amounts of change. It also helps us invest small amounts into real estate.

If you don’t already use Stash, sign up here.

When you invest your first $ 5, you’ll get another $ 5 bonus to invest — on us. Now, you’ll have access to all of Stash’s tools, including its real estate investments. The app costs $ 1 a month.

If you already have Stash, great. Go ahead and explore the REIT feature through your existing account.

Just a friendly reminder: As with any investing, there’s risk, though investing in REITs is less risky than investing in an entire shopping mall on your own.

6. Chime: Bank From Anywhere

Alexa Vincent navigates her mobile apps, including Lyft, Uber, and Uber Eats in St. Petersburg, Fla.,
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We try to avoid using “literally” around here, but you can literally do anything through an app these days — including all of your banking. I mean, can you imagine having to set foot into a bank?!

Chime is a great example of an online-only bank. It offers some unique features that many traditional banks haven’t caught on to yet.

For example, you can do just about everything from its app, which boasts more than 2,000 five-star reviews in the iTunes store. You’ll be able to:

  • Open a checking account — which Chime calls a “spending” account. While you’re at it, set up direct deposit. Then, Chime will allow you to get paid up to two days early — as soon as your paycheck is posted. No delay.
  • Enroll in Chime’s automated Saving account, where you can automatically squirrel money into a separate, hands-off account.
  • Avoid bank fees. We’re talkin’ no overdraft fees, monthly maintenance fees, foreign transaction fees or minimum balance fees.

Last year, we chatted with Samuel Demeny, who opened a spending and savings account with Chime. He switched so he could avoid Well Fargo’s daily spending limits. He’s also been able to save about $ 800 in nine months with the automatic savings option.

Demeny also loves that he gets his paycheck two days early, which he says helps him budget before the weekend rolls around.

Start managing all your money from your phone by opening a free account with Chime.

7. Google Sheets: Create a Budget

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We’re going to be totally honest on this one. We haven’t quite found a budgeting app we’re in love with yet. (Seriously, email us any suggestions. We’re all ears!)

That’s why we’ve largely stuck with the old-school spreadsheet. Gasp. We know, but once you get it set up in Google Drive, download the Google Sheets app (or the less popular Numbers) to keep it mobile.

Start off easy by using it to simply track your income and expenses. Break down your expenses by categories that are most relevant to you: groceries, restaurants, utilities, rent, transportation… It’s all totally customizable. Sum up the categories for a total. Then, subtract your income from your expenses. Bam.

Set a personal goal for how much you want to see leftover each month. You’ll have to play with these a bit, but that’s the joy of the spreadsheet: You can adjust it whenever you want.

Carson Kohler (carson@thepennyhoarder.com) is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She wants to know: Which iPhone apps do you use to manager your money? Shoot her an email, and let her know!

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There is nothing like a walk through the woods. Birds chirp, the air feels cleaner, and the way that the sun filters through the trees and the leaves is simply divine. Forests have this sublime magical quality about them, and you can feel the magic within flowing out of the ground. That must be the reason that they are so relaxing to walk through!

However, not all forests are created equally, with some garnering much more attention than others due to their unique flora and fauna. Here are five incredibly beautiful forests which will take your breath away.

Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, Madagascar

This forest, located on the Western side of the African island of Madagascar, not only has beautiful jungles replete with lemurs, lizards, and hawks, but also is home to a unique geological formation.

Called “Tsingy” (meaning “the place where one can not walk barefoot” in the local Malagasy language), these are giant limestone hills which have been eroded by the wind and the rain so much that the hills are now razor sharp!

Because of this, it is nearly impossible to walk there except with special equipment. However, because there are so few humans in the area, the park has seen an explosion in bird and lemur populations!

Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Costa Rica

This forest is one of the last remaining virgin rainforests in the world. First settled as recently as the 1970’s, the Costa Rican government knew that they had to preserve it for future generations, and to keep the 70,000 tourists who visit the forest every year happy.

And happy they are. With over 500 animal species and 2,500 plant species, the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is one of the most bio-diverse placed on the planet. This is helped by the fact that the reserve is actually a cloud forest, meaning that there is some level of cloud cover all day every day across the canopy.

If you want to go see this forest, the best way to see it isn’t to hike through it, but to zip line over it!

Hoosier National Forest, Indiana

Designated a national forest back in 1935, this forest has seen 12,000 years of human habitation. The Hoosier National Forest is relatively unknown as it is located in the rolling hills of southern Indiana, but that just makes it all the more intimate. With a collection of hickory, oak, buckeye, and sycamore trees, as well as the fact that so few people go there, this quintessential American forest is one of the nicest and most preserved in the entire nation.

Comprising over 260 miles of hiking paths, creeks, and streams, this immense park is not only easily accessible at any time, it is also completely free to enter.

Dragon’s blood forest, Socotra

Located on the Yemeni island of Socotra, this forest, just like everything else on the island, looks like it came from outer space. The trees which make up this forest are called dragon’s blood trees due to the red sap which comes out of them when the bark is cut.

Due to the fact that these trees are located on a desert island off the coast of the Arabian Peninsula, it’s really nice that these trees are able to provide so much shade. They have an almost umbrella like appearance, with a huge head of leaves at the top being supported by a strong system of branches at the bottom.

Crooked Forest, Poland

Located close to the German border on the Polish side lies the Crooked Forest. And the forest definitely deserves its name. Comprised of several acres, it is not this forest’s size which makes it so compelling.

Instead, it is in fact the strange shape of the trees in the forest. Every single tree is crooked and bent near its base, and nobody’s quite sure how or why. But one thing is for certain – it was done by man.

Some prevailing theories are the German tanks bent the saplings in World War Two, or that they were curved in order to be used for wood to build boats.

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These countries have the best hiking spots in the world

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Hiking is one of the most popular pastimes, so outdoor and activity lovers from across the globe strive to find some of the best hikes around. Sometimes, they could be right in your backyard (not literally. Unless you’re really, really lucky). Other times, you might need to travel further afield to find the best spots. But if you’re stuck for ideas of where to visit, these are five countries that have the best hiking trails in the world.

Peru – The Inca Trail

Peru is known across the world as one of the most famous, and probably the most popular, hiking destination. Home to the incredible Inca Trail, this hike will take you across 26 miles of rough terrain, inclines, declines and so much more (perfect for the adventurous hiker). The trail worms its way through forests, jungles, ruins, and mountains – so you definitely won’t be short of something to look at! What’s more, once you’ve reach the end, you’re rewarded with the incredible sights of Machu Picchu.

United States – Pacific Crest Trail

The United States is home to nearly every kind of terrain, landscape and weather imaginable – which means the country is teeming with new and different hiking trails. One of the most popular among hardcore hikers is the Pacific Crest Trail. The whole trail covers around 2,650 miles and will take you around seven months to complete – but you don’t have to do it all. The trek winds through seven incredible National Parks and will take you through the desert, all the way up to heights of 13,000 ft.

Chile – The Torres del Paine ‘W’ Circuit

Chile probably isn’t the first destination you’d think of when it comes to planning a hiking trip – but The Torres del Paine ‘W’ Circuit is one of the most popular hiking routes in the world. The hike takes you through the beautiful Torres del Paine National Park, complete with lakes, volcanic peaks and glaciers (so definitely take your camera!) The whole trail covers 37 miles and is ideally done between October and April for the best conditions and views.

France – GR20

If you’re looking for a more testing sojourn for your next hiking trip, the GR20 in Corsica will definitely put your skills to the test. The hike is a whopping 104 miles long (168 km) and will take you through the communes and towns of the likes of Calenzana and Balagne, finishing off just north of Porto Vecchio, Conca. Along the way, you have to make your way along small and rickety wooden bridges, bogs, ice, mountains, forests, and rivers.

Sweden – Kungsleden

Loosely translated into English, the Kungsleden in Sweden is known as ‘The King’s Trail’ because it is a hike perfect for a king – especially with those views. The whole trail is 275 miles, but there are many options to choose from for shorter hikes that show you snippets of the area. One of the most popular choices is the 65-mile hike that covers grassy tundras, Arctic landscapes, glaciers and views of Sweden’s highest point, Mount Kebnekaise.

 

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“It’s just been crazy,” says Michael Avenatti.

Over the past week, Stormy Daniels’ sound bite-dropping lawyer has made dozens of appearances on cable news—and one on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert—responding to the various developments in their case against President Donald Trump and his fixer Michael Cohen.

The media escalation began on Wednesday, when Rudy Giuliani, a member of Trump’s legal team for all of two weeks, made an appearance on Sean Hannity’s Fox News program. There Giuliani, appearing slightly manic, claimed that Cohen “funneled” the $ 130,000 hush payment to Stormy Daniels “through a law firm” and that “the president repaid it.” He further divulged that Cohen was reimbursed for the funds via a $ 35,000 monthly retainer. Giuliani’s assertions ran contrary to statements made by both Trump and Cohen alleging that the president was unaware of the payoff to Daniels in the final weeks of the election—one that some legal experts argue qualifies as an illegal campaign contribution.

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These Very Wet Kentucky Derby Fans Won’t Let a Little Rain Ruin Their Race

The Kentucky Derby quickly turned into a muddy affair as rain poured on Churchill Downs Saturday

However, thousands still came out to watch the Run for the Roses. The weather also brings in an interesting element for those betting on the race as some horses run better on mud than others.

It seems like many Kentucky Derby-goers weren’t betting on rain though, and many were clad in ponchos over suits and summery dresses. Umbrellas also aren’t allowed at the Kentucky Derby to prevent obscured views.

It’s forecast to continue raining through the 144th Kentucky Derby’s post time of 6:34 p.m. on Saturday – making a likely repeat of last year’s soggy derby in which Always Dreaming won.

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These People Set Financial New Year’s Resolutions. Here’s How They’re Doing


Remember three months ago when you rang in 2018 with a list of New Year’s resolutions?

I know, it seems like an eternity ago… and maybe they didn’t make it to today. That’s OK.

But back in January, I featured three folks who had some serious financial resolutions for this year. Their goals ranged across the board, from wanting to save up to buy a car to being debt-free.

It’s already time to follow up with them. (I know, this year is already blowing by!) I asked them a few questions to gauge how they’re doing.

Let’s see where they’re at with their financial goals!

Mikaela Herres: Is She on Track to Double Her Savings in 2018?

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Mikaela Herres hasn’t doubled her savings yet, but she’s on her way to building it up. Tina Russell/The Penny Hoarder

Mikaela Herres is the ultra-busy college student who’s already grinding on the full-time job life.

Her goals for 2018 were to double her savings account (bringing it to $ 10,000) and build an emergency account. To do so, she planned to save 15-20% of everything she made this year.

Let’s see how she’s doing:

On a scale of 1-5, how would you rate yourself in terms of being on track to hit your goals?

I would rate myself at 3.5-4! I’m on track for goals just slightly lower than wished.

  1. The last time we spoke, you had around $ 5,000 in your savings. One of your goals was to double it in 2018. How’s that going?

I wasn’t able to quite double it. I’m a little more than the middle ground of that goal!

  1. You also wanted to build an emergency account –– have you started that? If so, how much is in it?

I did and currently have $ 1,200 in that account.

  1. Have you been able to maintain the goal of saving 15-20% of everything you’ve made? Why/why not?

I’ve been able to do more on the 15% side. I had a couple health setbacks and massive weight loss then needed to take care of doctors, new clothes, etc. I’m also trying to graduate in the middle of the semester, so my school life got insane and I wasn’t able to do as many collaborations (on Instagram).

  1. What are some difficulties or challenges you’ve faced so far this year, in terms of managing your finances?

I had some car issues like new tires, brakes, fluids and belts. High-ticket items. And then, like I said in the previous question, health issues that were unexpected that I need to deal with. School workload.

  1. Have you had any setbacks?

Besides the ones I previously stated, I haven’t had any other setbacks.

  1. Anything else you’d like to share?

I started using a personal Instagram closet page, Poshmark and Depop to sell things from my closet, which helped for a little cushion with my challenges.

Chelsea Daubar: Why Her Financial Goals Changed

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While Chelsea Daubar hasn’t made all her financial resolutions come true, she is eliminating unnecessary spending on things like takeout and Friday happy hour. Tina Russell/The Penny Hoarder

Since we last caught up with Chelsea Daubar, she’s gotten engaged!

Her 2018 goals were to cut down her credit card debt and save for a big goal of buying a used car. How’s she handling it now that she’s about to put a ring on it?

  1. I hear you’re engaged — congratulations! How is the engagement affecting your financial goals, if at all?

Thanks! It has completely readjusted our financial plans and budget. We are paying for a lot of the wedding expenses ourselves and have to save it slowly. It is really the only thing I am saving for right now. I’m saving about $ 500 a month, which was allocated for the money I was going to put toward extra loan payments and car savings.

  1. Do you have new financial goals now?

No new goals. Just the wedding.

  1. When we last spoke, you wanted to save money to buy a used car. How is that coming along?

Not a priority anymore. I have spent some money fixing a couple of issues to my current car to make sure it runs as long as possible.

  1. Did you get approved for the income-based repayment plan on your student loans? Is that helping you manage your payments? Are you still making three payments a month?

The three payments a month was only going to be if I could do automatic smaller payments, but that is not an option through my loan provider. I did get approved for the income-based payments, but it’s still a $ 100 payment a month.

  1. Is there anything different you’re doing to save for the wedding? Cutting back in other areas of your budget, etc?

The biggest thing we are doing is cutting out extra unnecessary spending. We are suckers for take-out and after-school Friday happy hours (my fiance is a teacher as well!), so we have been telling ourselves that we have food at home and getting creative with making meals out of what’s left in the fridge.

After the wedding, I would love to focus on my original goals. Obviously, I can’t drive my car forever and looking further down the road, I will need a car that can fit a car seat!

It is also important to note that saving is especially important for us because neither of us will be receiving our promised raises next year. Now, it hasn’t officially been stated, but based on the fact that those who were due for their raises this year have yet to see an extra penny and the fact that the district will be starting next school year with a $ 16 million dollar deficit, it seems pretty clear that we will be going without a raise, as well. If we were going to get them, it would be an additional $ 8,000 to our annual combined income. Without it, saving gets harder because prices of everything go up while our pay remains the same.

Our wedding is next March (2019) so we have some time, but you just never know what life is going to throw at you. We are trying to be prepared for everything!

Khiem Nguyen: Did He Make His Final Student Loan Payment?

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Khiem Nguyen reached his financial resolution of paying off $ 8,000 in student loans before his birthday. Tina Russell/The Penny Hoarder

You might remember Penny Hoarder social media video strategist Khiem Nguyen as the man who had his sights set on paying off his student loans by April. He did have a bit of credit card debt getting in the way, though –– so is he on track to smash his goals?

  1. On a scale of 1-5, how would you rate yourself in terms of being on track to hit your goals?

I would say a 4. I am so close to being debt- free!

  1. You had a big goal of paying off your remaining student loan balance of about $ 8,000 by your 31st birthday on April 13. Did you end up doing that?

I did! It was a process, but I was really happy to accomplish it. There were a few major developments that helped me make my goal. First, I was explaining my goal to my mom, and she told me she had a savings account of about $ 1,600 that she kept to the side since I was little. I asked her to give that money over to me. Second, I started a swing dance lifestyle clothing brand, Killer Diller, and it took off in the last few months, earning me an additional $ 400 (plus dance gigs). And lastly, I put all my tax return to my debt, which allowed me to pay it all off two days before my birthday.

  1. How’s the credit card debt going? You had about $ 2,000 last time we spoke –– have you paid any of it off?

I paid all my credit card debt this month and have been able to manage expenses pretty effectively. Unfortunately, I just received my medical bills from being in the hospital in January, so that is now a setback of $ 4,000 🙁

  1. Did you cancel your OrangeTheory subscription? Have you cut costs other ways?

I did end my membership! That saved me $ 80 a month. I am using the money I saved on more swing-dance-related classes/workshops, running at home and going to my friend’s fitness room at his apartment complex to round things out. I started cooking at home and meal prepping three to five meals a week. This cut my food expenses a bit (probably saving me $ 30-$ 50 a week) and also gives me the added benefit of eating a little healthier.

  1. What are some difficulties or challenges you’ve faced so far this year, in terms of managing your finances?

For me, looking at my debt balance and being so close to paid off has made me anxious. I want to pay it off in full sooner than later, which led me to put more money toward that student loan debt than what I budgeted. I dipped below what I was comfortable with in my checking account and have a very meager savings.

  1. Have you had any setbacks?

The biggest setback was being sick in January. I got the flu and then had to go to the hospital for three days. If it wasn’t for insurance, those three days would have cost me another few years of debt. If it weren’t for my being sick, I think I would have paid the one, if not all, of my debts by now.

  1. Anything else you’d like to share?

I have been really happy about my focus on paying down my debt. I have found ways to allow myself to live a fun and fulfilling life without having to spend a fortune to do so! I am excited to have no debt to pay off and grow my wealth finally!

Kelly Anne Smith is an email content specialist at The Penny Hoarder. Catch her on Twitter at @keywordkelly.

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Launching a startup? These are the 5 skills you need to have.

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No matter how groundbreaking your startup idea is, you won’t be able to get it off the ground if you don’t possess the necessary technical and interpersonal skills. In an era where startups are a constant, having a strong work ethic and encyclopedic knowledge on the subject alone just won’t cut it. Learning the necessary skills is a must.

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Want to prolong your life expectancy by more than a decade? A new study suggests that you can do just that by following these five healthy habits: never smoke, maintain a healthy body-mass index, keep up moderate to vigorous exercise, don’t drink too much alcohol, and eat a healthy diet.


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Who needs water anyway? Take a look at these beautiful deserts

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There is something beautiful about the desert. It is almost completely silent, with only the whistling of the wind providing any sounds. These are the places of legends and dreamers, and where only the toughest are able to flourish.

With a serene beauty, these places are unique both as biodomes and in and of themselves.

The Namib

The Namib is a beautiful, expansive desert which goes up and down the coast of Africa’s southern Atlantic shore, stretching 1,200 miles from Angola all the way to South Africa.

Meaning “the vast place” in the local Nama language, the desert is primarily sand dunes and has almost no human habitation in it whatsoever. Yet many animals have adapted to the tough, dry conditions, thriving in the heat. These animals include sidewinder snakes and a whole lot of beetles.

The coast of this desert is called the “skeleton coast” due to the fact that there are thousands of ships beached on the shores. There are no ports in this vast desert, so when trouble struck out on the open ocean, the sailors of these ships sailed straight for – and into land. They then left their ships to be taken over by the elements.

The Negev

The Negev comprises the entire southern region of Israel, taking up over 50 percent of the country. The desert has been conquered and reconquered innumerable times throughout the millennia.

Along with beautiful rock formations and incredible hiking trails, one can find ruins from the ancient Hebrews, ancient Egyptians, ancient Greeks, the Romans, and many others here.

Coming from the Hebrew root word meaning “to dry out,” the Negev is actually full of natural springs and wildlife. There are also lots of people living in this desert, from Bedouin Arab nomads to people living in towns dotted all across the landscape.

The Thar

The Thar is a beautiful desert located on the border between India and Pakistan, and has some of the most magical scenery in the world. The desert is also densely populated for how dry the area is, and has a rich and storied history going back thousands of years.

In fact, this desert has played a huge role in human history, specifically in the history of people living in the desert. For instance, it turns out that camels are indigenous to the Thar desert. The people living in this area were the first in the world to domesticate the animal who then went on to sell them to various civilizations throughout the millennia.

Additionally, Roma are thought to have originated from this desert. Having split off from the Dom people during their migration out of the Thar desert approximately 1,000 years ago, the Roma now live all over the world.

The Danakil


This magnificent looking desert is located in the Afar region of northern Ethiopia and is situated on the border with Djibouti and Eritrea. This desert is actually a natural depression on the African continent which is caused by the African continental plate moving away from the Asian continental plate.

The beautiful colors seen here are the result of various hydrothermal vents depositing minerals into the soil.

One of these minerals is salt. For thousands of years salt has been worth more than its weight in gold, and the people who live in this desert – called the Afar people – have been mining salt for over 4,000 years, transporting the valuable mineral via camel to markets all over Ethiopia.

The Sonora

This desert is known for its huge saguaro cactuses as well as its rolling red hills and scrubland. Despite being a desert, snow routinely dusts this beautiful landscape which borders the Gulf of California and crosses between Arizona and Mexico.

Many people have lived and become captivated by this beautiful desert, including seventeen native American tribes, as well as being home to both Phoenix and Tucson Arizona.

Although people don’t typically use camels or see huge sand dunes in this desert, the red rock formations, as well as the greenery which arrives during the winter and spring, are definitely worth the trip!

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These are the world’s most hipster neighborhoods, apparently

Is your hometown one of them?

Beards, tattoos, man buns and coffee art galore, the world is slowly being taken over by hipsters.

But some areas of the world are much more hipster-populous than others, new research has shown. MoveHub has published a list of the top 50 hipster cities in the world, calculated by a ‘Hipster Index.’

While the majority of the top 20 are US cities, Brighton and Hove has been ranked as the most hipster place in the world.

‘Because hipsters have such specific tastes like tattoos and artisan coffee and prefer less bustling city locations, we can map themaround the world quite accurately, which is really interesting,’ said Fred O’Brien, who oversaw the research for MoveHub.

‘You would struggle to find any other group that changes cities at the rate that hipsters do – once a city has been chosen as a trendy area, the hipsters bring in all sorts of new independent businesses and this injection of consumers can really transform these cities.’

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The world’s most hipster cities

1. Brighton and Hove, UK

2. Portland, USA

3. Salt Lake City, USA

4. Seattle, USA

5. Lisbon, Portugal

6. Fort Lauderdale, USA

7. Miami, USA

8. Orlando, USA

9. Helsinki, Finland

10. Spokane, USA

11. Tampa, USA

12. Eugene, USA

13. Minneapolis, USA

14. Atlanta, USA

15. San Francisco, USA

16. Rochester, USA

17. Bordeaux, France

18. Pittsburgh, USA

19. Las Vegas, USA

20. Richmond, USA

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Calling It: Everyone Will Be Wearing These Shoes for the Next 6 Months

Spring weather is finally set to hit (any day now—we’re sure of it), and we couldn’t be more excited because it finally means we can break out our favourite 2018 shoe trend. Yep, mules. While some savvy street stylers have been braving it through the chilly months by layering theirs with cute socks, it finally feels like the time to free our ankles and for full-on mule season to take over. And judging by the flats, stilettos and kitten heel mules we’ve already spotted from the likes of Saint Laurent, Mansur Gavriel, Zara, Topshop and more, what a season it’s going to be.

Now if it’s your first foray into mules, fear not; we’ve already compiled an impressively thorough guide to the best outfits to pair with mules of all styles. You’ll also be glad to know they’re one of the most versatile footwear trends your wardrobe will ever see. From midi dresses and jeans to work-ready co-ords, you can be sure there’s a mule style that’ll work with all three. Whether you’re shopping for your first-ever pair or are simply expanding the collection with a new-season update, we’ve got the ultimate pick of 2018 mules you need to see ASAP. Keep scrolling to see the 13 pairs we’re dying to add to basket right now.

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Jeans or dresses; these will elevate any outfit. Available in Italian sizes 35 to 41.

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These are the things Meghan and Harry aren’t allowed to wear on their wedding day

And wait ’til you see the wedding guest rules

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Royal fashion etiquette is a law unto itself, from dictating which kind of bag Kate Middleton should wear to whether or not Princess Diana was allowed to wear gloves. So it comes as no surprise that the Royal wedding has a very strict dress code.

The wedding invites went out earlier this month, and the formal dress code was set: day dresses and hats for the women; uniforms, morning coats, or lounge suits for the men. But there are a few other rules wedding guests are expected to follow, as well as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, so here’s a breakdown which will especially be handy for non-Royal and non-British guests – well, we wouldn’t want a sartorial faux pas from Meghan’s Suits castmates now, would we?

Female guests should wear hats and day dresses for the day

Beatrice and Eugenie didn’t just wear hats to become the meme of the year (well, pretty sure that wasn’t their intention either), they had to. Ladies must wear hats in church as a sign of respect, and the bigger and more jovial the better. However, hats aren’t recommended for the evening, as that’s when the tiaras come out. For the day, dresses are expected to be on the conservative side (it’s a church wedding after all), and colour is encouraged, though of course black and white are discouraged.

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For the evening, expect guests to wear fancier and longer dresses.

Male guests should wear uniforms, morning coats or lounge suits

According to Town & Country,  military men are encouraged to wear their uniforms, but failing that, a morning coat and all the trimmings is a must. Think tail coat, waistcoat, tie etc, though if that’s not their bag, a lounge suit, which despite the name is really just a nice suit, is allowed. However it’s deemed ‘inappropriate’ for men to wear hats, and polished black shoes are a must.

Prince Harry will probably wear a uniform

When Prince William married Kate, he wore his uniform, and as Harry was in the military too, it’s likely he will follow suit as it’s traditional for Royal men to do so.

Meghan Markle’s bouquet will have myrtle

According to Bustle, it’s a Royal tradition to include myrtle in the wedding bouquet, as it symbolises love. It all started when Victoria included a sprig in her bouquet, and it has since been grown in the Royal garden. Princess Diana, Kate Middleton and the Queen all had it in theirs.

Meghan Markle will have a classic manicure

No bold colours for Meghan, as only neutral manis are allowed for Royal events.

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The bride’s wedding ring must contain Welsh gold

Another tradition, started by the Queen’s parents. When they got married, they got given a gold nugget from a mine in North Wales, and a bit has been used for each Royal bride since.

Meghan Markle’s wedding dress will be by a British designer

This isn’t official, but since Queen Victoria, The Queen, Princess Diana and Kate Middleton all wore British designers, it’s safe to assume Meghan will follow suit. Which ties into the whole Erdem designing the wedding dress very nicely indeed.

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Grab your sleeping bag, because these museums are hosting a sleepover

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A night out at the museum sounds too good to be true especially if you are a culture savvy. Usually when people, families or a group of friends decide to pay a visit to a museum, they might not be limited in terms of how long they can explore the site for, but at some point, the lights will shut off and the doors will be locked, and you’ll have to leave the museum. Can you imagine what it would be like to sleep under T-Rex’s bones? Or just next to Roosevelt’s portrait? Or just touring with a flashlight in your hands? Well, apparently, these days, if you want to extend your visit, let’s say to the extent that you wish you could spend the night there, then you’ll be happy to hear that some museums are actually hosting a sleepover.

There has to be some added value to spending the night there, otherwise why would that option be possible? Think about how awesome it would if your kid wanted to throw a birthday party with a sleepover, so instead of throwing another boring one at your home, you can move the party (and the mess) to the closest museum. Now, there’s only one question left, what do you pack for an overnight at the museum? Start with your dragon PJs maybe. Here are 5 museums which offer a little bit more than history. #aboutlastnight at the museum.

The American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History in New York is one of the biggest museums in the world and has over 30 million different specimens of fossils, animals, plants, human remains and more. In fact the film, Night at the Museum was actually shot there, so it really doesn’t get cooler than that. If you’re into cosmos then that’s your place. Enjoy the planetarium midnight shows or a flashlight tour of T-Rex and his buddies.

The National Archives

Located in Washington D.C. this nonprofit museum will really get you inspired by the heritage of the country. Some of its objectives is to get citizens more engaged and involved in the country’s democracy. Guests of the museum can roll out of their sleeping bag and find themselves laying next to the Bill of Rights of the Declaration of Independence.

National Aquarium

In the Harbor area of Baltimore, Maryland, the National Aquarium will offer its guests a real oceanic experience where you can get as close as possible to the sharks, and literally have a sleepover with your new swimming friends, well with a bug glass wall separating you, but still.

Intrepid Museum

If your kid is obsessed with space and anything related to, then the Intrepid Museum offers a unique opportunity stay night aboard an aircraft carrier or a space shuttle. The overnight excursions include flashlight tours, educational talks, visits to never-seen before flight simulators and a goodie bag filled with souvenirs. We love the name of the activity as well, ‘Operation Slumber’. It’s great for school or camp groups or all of you who still think you are kids at heart.

Rubin Museum of Art

It’s time to zen out and get into the contemplative mode. Ironically situated in New York City, the city that never stops, the Rubin Museum offers a ‘Dream Over’ for those guests seeking some quiet time from their hectic lives. The overnight activity includes a self-reflective survey and after filling it out, you get to sleep close to your favorite piece of artwork. When you wake up, you’ll get the opportunity to talk to a professional dream interpreter about your dreams and overall experience.

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Ever since Donald Trump was elected President of the United States, a popular conversation topic has been his wife Melania Trump‘s facial expressions, with the public often commenting on the First Lady’s seemingly glum mood.

Whether standing on the White House balcony with POTUS and a giant easter bunny or frequenting public events hand-in-hand with her husband, the First Lady is rarely seen to be smiling, and when she does, the public have been quick to point out that it looks strained.

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In fact, on the very first day of Trump’s inauguration, Melania’s apparent unhappiness was a common theme in the global women’s march, with multiple people taking to the streets with banners reading, ‘Free Melania’.

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There were jokes that the First Lady’s straight face could be due to the company of her husband, with some fans pointing out that the 47-year-old looked noticeably happier when she was spotted solo.

Unfortunately for Trump, her most recent public appearance has only added fuel to the fire, with Melania making headlines when she attended Barbara Bush’s funeral at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, Houston, this weekend.

But it wasn’t the fact that she attended solo that got the internet talking, with the president nowhere to be seen. Instead, it was her demeanour, with Melania – who in the absence of her husband was sat next to former President Barack Obama – looking happier than the public could remember seeing her.

Twitter users were of course quick to point out the comparison, with Patton Oswalt tweeting, ‘What the hell is wrong with Melania’s mouth? I’ve never seen it do that before’.

‘After over a year in office, Melania has not smiled once in the presence of Donald Trump’, tweeted another user Ed Krassenstein. ’10 minutes with Obama’s, and look what happened!’

‘Find someone who smiles at you the way Melania Trump smiles at Barack Obama’, another Twitter user, Grace, posted to her account.

While the First Lady has yet to comment on sitting next to Obama, she did Tweet a tribute to Barbara Bush, posting, ‘It was my honor to travel to Houston to give my respects to Barbara Bush and the remarkable life she led as a mother, wife, and fearless First Lady.’

‘My sincerest thoughts and prayers continue to be with George H.W., and the entire Bush family.’

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You Could Save Money by Ditching These Disposables and Buying Reusables


Saving the planet doesn’t always come cheap.

Many of the disposable products we often use and love are easy to access at low prices, making them preferred over their reusable counterparts.

But the convenience of disposable products often comes at a steep cost to the environment. Plastic bags and straws pollute the ocean and end up being ingested by sea animals. Disposable diapers take hundreds of years to decompose in landfills.

Buying reusable products may cost more up front, but you may be surprised to find out how soon they end up paying for themselves since you can use them again and again instead of buying more of the disposable versions.

We took five household products and compared the costs of the reusable versions to the disposable versions. The prices were sourced from Amazon on April 6, 2018.

Straws

A reusable straw costing $ 1.19 each is equal to the cost of about 30 disposable straws at 4 cents each. After 30 uses, the reusable straw has essentially paid for itself.

Water Bottles

One reusable water bottle costing $ 13.88 is equal to the cost of about 63 single-use water bottles at 22 cents each. After 63 uses, the reusable water bottle has essentially paid for itself.

Diapers

One cloth diaper costing $ 4.50 is equal to the cost of about 16 disposable diapers at 28 cents each. The cloth diaper has essentially paid for itself after 16 diaper changes.

Sandwich Bags

One reusable sandwich bag at $ 5.75 each is equal to the cost of about 192 plastic sandwich bags at 3 cents each. After 192 uses, the reusable sandwich bag has essentially paid for itself.

Paper Towels

One cloth kitchen towel costing $ 1.33 is only slightly more than the cost of one roll of paper towels at a cost of $ 1.10 per roll.

Nicole Dow is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder.

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Do you want to set your own work hours? Are you tired of working a full-time job and answering to others? Does the idea of working 9 to 5 for the next 30 years totally stress you out? If you answered yes to either of those questions, or if you’ve every found yourself Googling “What is the secret to work-life balance,” then a freelance career might be good for you.

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The Word Is Out: Never Wear These Shoes With Leggings 

There is no denying that leggings have become a streetwear staple to the wardrobes of nearly every It girl in existence. Remember the great debate of whether or not leggings were pants? Well, that’s been put to rest, as celebrities like Gigi Hadid and Chrissy Teigen not only wear them on the regular, but they style them in ways unthinkable. In case you weren’t aware, Gigi and Chrissy have the same stylist, Monica Rose, and during a three-day trip hosted by Reebok, I had the opportunity to interview the genius herself.

Curious to pick her brain on all things legging- and sneaker-related, I first asked Monica what the best sneakers to wear with leggings are. She said, “I think a [Reebok] classic leather is good to wear. I just think it’s such a comfortable shoe. When I wear them, I’m excited for work and excited to be comfortable. But for leggings, I think any sneaker really goes with them.” If you aren’t familiar with the Classic Leather sneakers Monica speaks so highly of, don’t worry, we shopped out the best colors below.

In addition to the best sneakers to wear with leggings, I asked Monica what the one item was she would never style with leggings. Without hesitation, she clearly stated to consider leaving your thigh-high boots at home. If Monica Rose, the mastermind behind some of the most memorable looks in fashion right now, says she would never put thigh-high boots with leggings, that means the powerful clan that is Monica’s clients won’t be wearing that boot style with leggings anytime soon.

Go on to shop the sneakers Monica Rose says look the best with leggings, including the Reebok Classic Leather style.

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You should hang out at these places if you want to meet celebs

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If you keep up with the Kardashians, are up to date with Taylor Swift’s latest squeeze and cried over the fact that Brangelina broke up, then you’re a definite celeb spotter. Sometimes, reading the news and looking at their pictures just aren’t enough, and you just wish you could bump into them on the street one day or while they’re on vacation. To maximize your chances of meeting your favorite celebs, check out the best places to travel to with your autograph book.

The Hamptons

The Hamptons is notorious for being a celeb hotspot. The Hamptons lies on Long Island, just outside of New York and is a playground for celebs when they go on their summer vacations. This area of the country holds some of the most expensive houses and epitomizes the lives of the rich and famous with their luxurious spas, and exclusive parties. The likes of Jennifer Lopez, P. Diddy, and the Kardashian family are all known to party here. You might need a bit of money before you choose the Hamptons as your next vacation spot, though.

Dubai

Dubai attracts celebs from all around the world, at all times of the year. Lying in the middle of the desert, Dubai eludes extravagance and luxury and is one of the most expensive holiday destinations. If you want to up your chances of meeting a celeb in your hotel corridor, you’ll need to stay at the incredible 7-star Burj Al Arab Hotel or the Emirates Palace Hotel which has housed the likes of Selena Gomez, Paris Hilton, and Rory McIlroy. You can even rent your own private beach while you’re there…

St. Tropez, French Riviera

If you’re looking to go a bit further afield, the French Riviera is teeming with celebs in the summer. Brigitte Bardot put St.Tropez on the celeb map in the 50’s, and it has gained huge popularity since then. With its quaint architecture and French culture, St.Tropez is a beautiful destination, and it is no wonder the rich and famous travel here. In the summer, the celebs flock to the 5.8-mile long beach so you won’t be able to miss them…

Dubrovnik

If you want to see celebs and marvel at Europe’s hidden gem, Dubrovnik is the place to go. Beyonce has been named an honorary citizen in Dubrovnik, after she visited the country while pregnant with her first child, and named her Blue Ivy after she saw a blue tree there. Need any more reason to go? The UNESCO World Heritage Site is a popular vacation spot for other celebs, from Tom Cruise to Bon Jovi, and they all seem to fall in love with the historical walled medieval city.

Wimbledon

Many celebs flock to the UK between June and July each year to watch the famous Wimbledon Tennis Championships. If you have watched it previously on TV, you’ll see the likes of Prince William and Kate, Hugh Jackman, and the Beckhams all brushing shoulders in the stands watching the famous tennis stars on the courts. And, of course, enjoying a glass of Pimms and some strawberries and cream. If you fancy bumping into celebs, book your next holiday to London.

Miami

Because celebs need a bit of sun sometimes. Celebs travel to Florida at all times of the year to de-stress and take a well-earned break from being their perfect selves. You’ll be sure to see a celeb or two bathing on the beach or having a dip in the sea. They also fly over to enjoy the nightlife that Miami has to offer, so if you’re lucky, you might get to be in the same club as Drake and Christina Aguilera. A dream come true!

If you are a big celeb spotter, knowing where they go on holiday are going to drastically improve your chances of finally meeting your favorites. So get booking.

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Getting through the first months of parenting is kind of like going through boot camp. You’re thrown into nonstop challenges that test you physically and mentally, and coming out on the other side (relatively) unscathed feels like a real accomplishment. Now that I’m three months in, I’ve had time to make lots of mistakes and learn what works for us.

Now, clearly I’m no parenting pro, but I do feel like I have a tiny bit of knowledge to share with a new mom on a few things, one of which would be keeping your baby happy with their feeding routine. Since breastfeeding exclusively didn’t work out for us, we quickly had to move to bottle-feeding and find our flow there. And when I had the chance to check out MAM Anti-Colic bottles, I knew just what I was looking for.

When it comes to bottle-feeding my baby, I’ve got a few strict standards about what I buy and use.

1. A trusted name I know

MAM Anti-Colic Bottles

When I was pregnant I started my search for must-have products and asked lots of moms for recommendations on trusted brands they loved. From pacifiers to bottles, MAM has always made the list of “mom favorites,” with great quality products that have met the needs of parents and babies for years.

There was no need to convince me to try these bottles, MAM’s reputation speaks for itself.

baby eating from MAM Anti-Colic bottle

2. Bottles that are easy to clean

Anyone who is bottle-feeding knows how important it is to have bottles that are fast and easy to clean. (This might be my top criteria, in fact.) No one wants to spend all their free time disinfecting bottles — MAM Anti-Colic Bottles are easily sterilized with just 3 minutes in the microwave, no separate sterilizer necessary. The bottles unscrew at the top AND bottom with wide openings, making them easy to clean, prep, and put together. All important features when you’re making bottles in the middle of the night.

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If you need to sterilize lots of bottles at once, MAM also has a microwave steam sterilizer that will hold up to six bottles and all their parts.

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3. Feeding that is easy, efficient, and keeps your baby happy

MAM Anti-Colic Bottles have a SkinSoft™ textured nipple that, for babies who are still breastfeeding, makes for an easy transition between breast and bottle. The bottles also have a vented base that regulates pressure, ensuring my little guy doesn’t get air in his tummy while he’s eating. The milk flows evenly, without bubbles and without foaming.

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baby eating from MAM Anti-Colic Bottle

The MAM Anti-Colic Bottles meet all my criteria for a great baby bottle and I’d recommend them to new or expecting moms. There was a noticeable difference in how my son ate with these bottles, compared to some others we’ve tried. Less drooling, less gas, and clearly, a happy, full baby. You can’t argue with that!

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What other things do you look for in a baby bottle?

This post is sponsored by MAM.  All opinions are truthful and my own.

 MAM Anti-Colic Bottles have a SkinSoft™ textured nipple that is accepted by 94% of babies and a patented vented base that regulates pressure, ensuring babies do not get air in their tummies while feeding. The wide openings make it easy to clean, fill and assemble. The bottle self-sterilizes in 3 minutes in the microwave in 3 easy steps for easy cleaning.

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Buying a Car From CarMax? Read These Honest Customer Reviews First


When I upgraded my tiny green 2012 Mazda 2 hatchback to a larger Subaru Outback to accommodate my child and her immense amount of stuff, I decided to check out CarMax to sell my car rather than trade it in at the dealer.

I’d dealt with that whole trade-in thing before, and I honestly felt like I’d been screwed over when I saw my former car for sale for a whopping $ 5,000 more than the dealer had given me for it.

So off I trekked to CarMax, mostly just to see what they would offer me. Kelley Blue Book told me my car was worth anywhere from $ 6,000 as a trade-in to $ 8,000 via a private seller.

At CarMax, I was able to get $ 7,000 for my car, which I received immediately by check. I cashed the check and used it as part of the down-payment for my new, family-friendly car.

My personal experience with CarMax is fairly limited, though it’s good. I didn’t have to wait long, and I got what I thought was a fair price for my car. But the one thing I didn’t do — buy a car — is the main reason most people go to CarMax.

This nationwide retailer prides itself on its no-haggle pricing — a feature that’s very attractive if you’ve ever bought a car from a dealership, where haggling often comes with the territory.

I talked with two customers to get a feel for the buying side of the CarMax experience. Here’s what they had to say.

The Good

Susan Hickey, a physical therapist from Dayton, Ohio, had a great experience at CarMax and says she would definitely buy from them again.

“We found the exact car we were looking for online, and we definitely liked the no-haggle thing,” she says. “We walked in and told them what we wanted. Turns out they had the same model but with fewer miles at their store in northwest Indiana for the same price.” Hickey paid a fee of about $ 200 to have it delivered to a local CarMax.

It only took a couple of days for Hickey’s car to arrive. Her salesman at CarMax called to let her know it was there, and she went in to test drive it with her husband. It was exactly what they wanted, so they signed the paperwork right there and drove home in their new family vehicle.

“It was so easy,” she says. “There was no stress, no pressure to try to ‘beat the offer. I know that hasn’t been everyone’s experience, but I would definitely do it again.”

The Bad

Just like any car dealership, CarMax has customers who had negative experiences during the car-buying process. One customer, Andréa Van Sickle, a work-from-home mom living in Dayton, told me her story, which was a stressful experience for her family from start to finish.

Van Sickle says she was at the end of her pregnancy and desperate. She and her husband needed a new car for their growing family, and CarMax seemed like the best place to find what they were looking for. However, Van Sickle felt the salesman used their desperation to sell them an overpriced car that ended up having multiple issues.

“There were red flags with the car that we overlooked because of the stress in our lives at that time,” says Van Sickle. “We had issues right away with the car that they ‘fixed,’ or told us wasn’t a concern.”

One of these issues was a revving sound when the car went downhill, which CarMax claimed they didn’t hear and therefore couldn’t fix. Another issue was that the seat belts wouldn’t retract. CarMax claimed to have fixed it but Van Sickle still has issues with the driver seat belt, which gets stuck in the door frequently.

“When we bought it in again later they told us it was our responsibility, even though we had the coverage plan with them,” she says. “Since then, we have had nonstop issues with the sensors in the car as well as recurring issues with the catalytic converter. In hindsight, I should have taken it back for a refund within the first 30 days when the minor symptoms first presented themselves.”

“I love the car, when it works,” says Van Sickle. “But we definitely feel like we were taken for a ride. What we owe now on the car is way more than what it would ever sell for.”

Even though Van Sickle’s experience was a negative one, she won’t rule out shopping at CarMax again.

“I would just be more vigilant about making sure the car is in good shape by getting a third party to evaluate its condition within the first 30 days and knowing the value of the car I’m looking to purchase before agreeing on a price,” she says.

It Comes Down to Your Local CarMax

CarMax has 191 stores located across the U.S., according to its website. As with any dealership, your experience will likely depend on the sales representatives at your local store.

Before you commit to buy, read some reviews online of your nearest CarMax to see if they are overwhelmingly positive or negative.

Even if your local store comes recommended by most reviewers, you should follow your gut when it comes to whether you want to buy there or not. Shop various used cars at local dealerships as well to see if CarMax truly has the best deal.

When you test drive a car, use your own judgment to determine whether you trust the salesperson or not. You are completely within your rights to ask for a different salesperson if the one you meet gives you a bad feeling.

At the end of the day, when it comes to buying a used car, CarMax might be the best choice for many drivers. With so many stores, you’re likely to find what you want even if it’s located elsewhere, and you can easily get the car shipped to your local store, though you might have to pay an additional fee.

But as with any transaction, you could have a negative experience. If this is the case, ask to speak with the manager at your store and relay your concerns to see what can be done.

Buying a used car doesn’t have to be a stressful experience, whether you choose to buy at CarMax or elsewhere. Before deciding on a dealership, shop around to find the best deal, and don’t be afraid to walk away if necessary.

Catherine Hiles is a writer and editor living in Dayton, Ohio. Although she has never bought at CarMax, it remains a possibility should she ever need to replace her beloved Subaru.

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My Mom Vouched That These Mother’s Day Gifts Will Be a Hit

With Mother’s Day right around the corner (May 13, people—mark your calendars), we’re already putting some thought into crafting the perfect gift for her. Our moms have done so much for us, so when it comes to celebrating Mother’s Day, it’s all but impossible to land on a gift idea that encapsulates why we love her so much. This year, we’re taking the guessing out of it and going straight to the source.

I had my own mother weigh in on the items I thought she’d love. At times too candid, she gave me her honest feedback on the gift ideas I was sure she’d fall in love with, like a classic pajama set (“I’d never wear that!”) or a pair of slingback pumps (“Oh, you know I’m not a heels type of person”). My mom, like I’m sure many moms out there, has pretty specific tastes. We landed on some real winners, too. She likes very clean, polished basics (Everlane’s were a hit), and as a yoga teacher, I knew she’d love anything related to the practice (Outdoor Voices nailed it with its colorful leggings).

I bonded with my mom while introducing some of my favorite brands to her. It was beyond helpful to hear her unfiltered thoughts, so I had to share her insights. The following gifts were ultimately a hit with my mom, so there’s a high chance they’ll be a hit with yours too.

“I like the thicker straps and the pretty bodice design. And I have to have a longer nightgown, so the length is perfect too. Honestly, this is just really pretty. It would make me feel so luxurious.” A winner, indeed. Available in sizes S to L.
She admitted to never having heard of Diptyque, which made me laugh a little because I consider it to be the holy grail of candle brands. But the candles spoke to her interior décor sensibilities: “I like that they’re fresh- and clean-looking. These make me want to put music on and light them when friends come over for a dinner party or when I’m entertaining.”
“I use body oil every time I shower for a hydrated glow, so I’d definitely use this! I love that this has an earthy rose smell to it, and the fact that it’s vegan and organic is really important to me. I only put organic products on my body.”
“I love cashmere. It’s my mainstay, and I actually wear it year round. It’s super soft, and this sweater has a nice clean look in the cream white.” Available in sizes XXS to XL.
“You know I love my Converse, I have three pairs, and I wear them almost every day. I like that this pair is rendered in white leather. It’s sporty, but it’s better than my canvas pairs because it seems a bit dressier and still goes with everything.” Available in UK sizes 3 to 9.
“I like that this has Maca powder, which gives you energy. It’s a grounding property that I’m already using daily in my morning smoothies. I’d swap this out so I can have all these energy-enhancing supplements together.”
“I love the big clear and round face and the fact that it’s like a delicate bracelet and a watch all in one. It’s a dressier piece. And the stainless steel.”
“I love the colors in this scarf and how the brown edge gives it a grounded appeal. It’s a nice whimsical piece that would just make me happy every time I wear it.”
“I like that they hug the body and keep everything tight. I’d wear these to yoga instead of my plain black pair because they’re so beautiful!” Available in sizes XS to XL.
This convertible backpack/crossbody bag was a necessary hit for my mom who lives in New York and takes the train to work every day. “I’m always carrying a million bags with me wherever I go. Right now it averages to about three bags per day (!): One to carry my lunch, one with extra clothes in case I go to a yoga class or an event after work, and a smaller bag that’s just my purse.” We both decided this would make her life 100% easier.
“Love. I would actually wear this bath oil as a perfume or I’d use it in a bath on a spa night. So luxurious!”
“I love the fact that they’re simple and earthy and neutral-toned. They’re definitely sandals I’d wear with skinny jeans.” Available in Italian sizes 35 to 42.
“This yoga mat is so cool that it’s reversible because, as someone who practices frequently, I often get tired of the same texture. Sometimes you just want a different practice, and this one offers both depending on what type of class you go to. I would use the smooth side for Yin yoga and the rough side for Vinyasa yoga.”
She hesitated when I showed her this face mist. “I don’t put anything on my face as a general rule,” but ultimately conceded that since it passed her all-natural beauty test, “wait, rose and coconut? This sounds like something I would actually use!”
“I want to wear this to the beach and every day in the summer. I love that it’s a shoulder bag because some of the other woven bags I see don’t have that shoulder strap, so this is perfect!”
“I love daisies—they’re one of my favorites. The colors are so vibrant in this bouquet. I would feel so special getting these on Mother’s Day.”
“I like that these earrings represent the lotus flower (one of my favorites), and I like that it’s sterling silver. It’s a delicate yet hardy design, and really interesting.”
“I love what that it says ‘full eternal love.’ So meaningful! And of course, I appreciate the Sanskrit text, which I learned when I studied to become a yoga teacher.”
This skincare set she prefaced once again by letting me know how selective she is about her skincare. But after explaining to her that Tata Harper is one of the nicest all-natural skincare lines right now, she admitted that if it passes her test of all-natural and organic, she would be more than happy to use it.

Now you have a solid idea of which gifts are sure to win over your mom this Mother’s Day.

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Based on These Quotes, Someone’s Very Probably Dying in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

Before Captain America: Civil War, there was speculation that an Avenger would die in the movie. Which didn’t come to fruition. And in the run-up to the release of Avengers: Infinity War, there has been similar chatter online. With the world strangely obsessed with one of earth’s mightiest heroes kicking the bucket for our viewing pleasure.

So we asked the directors of those movies — Joe Russo and Anthony Russo — how they felt about this desire for Avenger death. You can watch what they said in the video above, or continue reading below.


Avengers: Infinity War directors Anthony and Joe Russo.

“I think they all crave stakes,” came the response from Joe regarding the fans. “To be honest, you diminish the power of something if it doesn’t have an ending at some point. It has to have an ending. For us, as comic book fans, we appreciate when a character death would occur in the books, because then a new run; a new voice would come in years later and re-interpret the characters.

“For us, I think it’s valuable that this 10-year experiment comes to a close. Prior to a new experiment beginning with new characters. So there will be some endings, and new beginnings out of this. But this is the final chapter of this book.”

We followed up by being more direct about whether an Avenger might actually die in this instalment.

“This closure could involve death,” came the response from Joe, understandably keeping his cards close to his chest. “We certainly appreciate stakes, and we’re not afraid of stakes from a storytelling standpoint. And I will say that Thanos is without question the most difficult villain that the heroes have faced.

“The theme of the movie is: ‘What does it take to be a hero in a complicated world?’ Well, the Avengers are going to have to answer that question in spades because it’s going to cost them a lot in order to defeat Thanos. He’s a nearly invincible character with a genius-level intelligence.”

We reckon that definitely, nearly, almost, surely, maybe, certainly means an Avenger will die during Infinity War. The next question is, which one?

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I’m about to say something that might make me a ton of enemies: At a certain point, Walt Disney World just isn’t that magical anymore.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a born and bred Florida Man who can tell you the difference between the taste of the water in the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at the Magic Kingdom and the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros at Epcot. Don’t ask.

But here’s the thing: I live two hours away from Kissimmee, so I’m never subjected to weeklong tours of all the Orlando theme parks have to offer. But according to families that are, things can sort of drag the last few days.

Plus, everything in and around theme parks costs an arm and a (turkey) leg.

If my older brother brings his family from Chicago, I’d spend a day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. I might even enjoy an overcooked steak at the kitschy Rainforest Cafe. (I say that with love; I’ve been a loyal and enthusiastic customer for decades.) But then I’m out of there.

Now, there are actually lots of fun things to do in the immediate vicinity of the big mouse-eared utility pole flanking Interstate 4.

There’s Cocoa Beach, where I once spent an extremely ill-advised spring break. There’s also Disney- and Universal Studios-adjacent stuff for adults, like Universal CityWalk or Disney’s Boardwalk.

But sometimes, if the kids seem to be able to handle a few hours in the car, it’s time to leave the magical grip of Orlando and hit the road — Florida style.

These 10 Day Trips From Orlando Will Save You From Another Disney Day

First off, when we say Orlando, we mean the region from Kissimmee north 20 miles on Interstate 4. Let’s call it theme-park central.

So, you don’t technically have to have spent the week touring Disney parks to enjoy these (sort of) short road trips.

1. Cedar Key

Cedar Key is on the opposite coast of Florida, an it’s just about as antithetical to Orlando’s theme park strip as possible.

Rolling over the bridges connecting the cluster of islands, you’ll see it’s as Old Florida as you can get. No giant water slides, towering Ferris wheels or massive roller coasters here. Just tens of thousands of birds, acres of winding mangroves and miles of waterways to explore via kayak or paddleboard.

It’s the perfect way to wind down a weeklong vacation of excessive expenditures and nonstop stimulation. Plus, you might even bring home some fresh-caught seafood to teach the kiddos that not everything in life is available at a themed cafeteria.

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2. Weeki Wachee

A mermaid swims at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park
Whitney Roberts drinks a Coke underwater during the Fish Tails show at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. Sharon Steinmann/The Penny Hoarder

Ok, so you’ll start to see that I really dig Old Florida destinations. But this one even has real-life mermaids.

Yes, Weeki Wachee, with its population of 13, is certainly magical — and not in the animatronic way. You can swim, and even sort of bunk with majestic manatees in the river named after the town.

And if you need a little taste of theme park action, spend half that day at Buccaneer Bay, which is right in Weeki Wachee Springs State Park.

If you want a tasty snack to bring back home, try scalloping in the river. It might be the most Florida thing you can do.

Drive Time: 2:02

3. St. Augustine

A little bit of real history and a few tall tales are the bedrock of any historic Florida city (at least according to author Craig Pittman and his essential read, Oh, Florida).

St. Augustine, with its very fake Pirate Museum and very real Castillo de San Marcos fort, might be the quintessential example. But, this dichotomy also makes it perfect for a family trip.

Check out the baby albino alligators at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park, where you can zipline above all the critters for a quick thrill. And to recover from said thrill, parents, have a cocktail at the St. Augustine Distillery.

To give the kids a taste of culture after the traipse through Walt Disney World, you have to tour all the historical oddities at the Lightner Museum.

(Just a side note: I might be a little bit biased since St. Augustine, specifically the Lightner, is where I got married.)

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4. Cassadaga

As you already know, Florida is weird. And if you’re ready to ditch the conformity of Celebration to find out just how weird we can get, you’ll have to hit up Cassadaga.

Known as the psychic capital of the world, this little town is just up I-4 from where you’re probably staying, and promises just as much “magic” as the Kingdom. Channel the unknown with a workshop at the Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp.

Or, find out if the kids will behave in the car ride home with a reading from one of the hundreds of psychics in town. Listen, it’s not your average day trip, but it’s the best way to get your Florida Man or Florida Woman certification.

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5. Clearwater Beach

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(Left to right) Christane Thomas, Brandy Fralin, and Sherenthea Barber bike at Clearwater Beach. The friends were visiting from Roanoke, Va. Chris Zuppa/The Penny Hoarder

Quite a departure from some of the previous destinations, Clearwater Beach is a booming, sand-soaked barrier island on the Gulf of Mexico.

You’ll hit some traffic, but the beach is as laid-back as any in Florida. In fact, it’s been voted the No.1 beach in the country.

On your way there, you can stop by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and meet one of Florida’s most famous residents: Winter the Dolphin. But this day trip should probably best be spent soaking up the sun (don’t forget the sunblock!)

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6. Lake Wales

I came across this little Florida gem while trucking my wife to a horse show in Brooksville. It’s sort of in the middle of nowhere, but Lake Wales — and specifically Bok Tower Gardens — are totally worth a day trip.

The peaceful gardens will be music to your ears after a week in the crowded Orlando parks. Literally. The “singing tower” carillon is the highlight of the Central Florida attraction.

And, of course, to tie in Florida weirdness, you’ll have to roll up to Spook Hill, where an optical illusion involving the road will leave your jaw agape. Well, it’s sort of interesting, anyway.

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7. Siesta Key

Home of another No. 1 beach, Siesta Key is another cheap option for relaxing after a week on the go.

The bleached-white, quartz sand is world-famous. And following a $ 21 million renovation a few years ago, the county park has plenty of food and fun for the family.

For a quieter locale and some awesome snorkeling, visit Point of Rocks or Turtle Beach at the south end of Siesta. And, after baking in the sun for a while, you can sip on a frozen drink at Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar in Siesta Key Village.

Drive Time: 2:15

8. Gainesville

I’m a Florida State University graduate, so it pains me to do this, but Tallahassee is just too far away for a nice day trip from Orlando. So, I have to send you to Gainesville.

Avoid the college area, and head out into some good old Florida wilderness to see Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park, one of the most unusual geological features you’ll see in our wacky state — a mini rainforest. Plus, it’s where Tom Petty used to go to make out.

If that sounds too risque, take the family to the Butterfly Rainforest at the Florida Museum of Natural History. And if you’re into spookier winged creatures, then visit the University of Florida Bat Houses.

Drive Time: 2:05

9. Merritt Island

It’s borderline criminal to visit Florida without swinging by the heart of the Space Coast. I mean, did you check out that SpaceX launch?!

It’s pretty expensive — between $ 40 and $ 50 a person — to tour Kennedy Space Center, (which is why it’s so far down on this list), but if you’re from out of state, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance to take in everything NASA. And maybe you’ll even buy the kids some astronaut ice cream.

And the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge should supply you with enough alligator and manatee sightings to give you the Florida Woman or Florida Man certification we talked about earlier. But remember, please no riding the manatees.

Drive Time: 1:19

10. Plant City

If you flew into Tampa on your way to an Orlando theme park, you traveled through Plant City. And you most definitely saw Dinosaur World.

Yep, the giant brontosaurus peeking out over Interstate 4 will lead you to an archaeological theme park that costs a lot less than another day at Disney. Plus, it’s 100% Florida Weird-certified.

If you happen to be here in March, bring your sweet tooth to the Florida Strawberry Festival, a fair-like celebration of the year’s harvest — you might even get to meet the Florida Strawberry Festival queen. If not, antique shopping in downtown Plant City might yield cobwebbed treasures (I know, I know, the kids might get antsy. But they just had the time of their lives at Disney.)

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So when you’re over the magic of Disney, remember, there are tons of cool, weird and wild places that will give your family a real taste of Florida.

Alex Mahadevan is a data journalist at The Penny Hoarder. He’s trying to visit as many weird Florida places as possible this year.

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New Kid in Town? These 7 Tips Can Jumpstart Your Job Search


Over the past four years, I’ve lived in six different cities.

No, I’m not homeless. I’m not unstable. (Well, that’s debatable, depending on who you ask!)

I’m a traveler, and I’m always on the go. Only one of those moves was due to an employment offer. In the other five towns, I had to find a new job from scratch.

There are plenty of reasons we find ourselves in new places. Reasons that have nothing to do with our careers. I’ve relocated because I graduated from college, moved back in with my parents, traveled, decided to live with my significant other (now husband) and followed him to a large university where he began a master’s program. Each new city brought an overwhelming job search.

So how do we find positions in new cities? Particularly in places where we don’t know anyone?

Here’s how to find a job in a new city.

1. Put a Local Address on Your Resume

If you search for positions before you’ve arrived in your new city, you’re probably filling out online applications.

Whether you apply through LinkedIn or a job service website like Indeed, make sure you submit a resume with a local address. Even if you haven’t moved to that city yet.

You may not move to that town for two more weeks. But if you’ve already found a place to live, go ahead and put that address on your resume.

Although I’m writing primarily to people who don’t have any connections yet, if you do have family or friends in the area, ask permission to use their address if you don’t have one yet.

Many employers receive hundreds of applications for one position. If they see you don’t live in the area, they might toss your resume aside before even looking at it.

One caveat, however: Only include a local address if you can do so ethically. Don’t just make up a random address to make yourself look better.

2. Mention the Big Move in Your Cover Letter

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This advice is especially important if you can’t ethically include a local address in your application.

This way, if your potential employer overlooks your address and reads further, you can give context to your living arrangements in the cover letter.

Even if you have a local address listed, you should still mention the move in the cover letter.

The fact you’re moving could make you stand out from other applicants. At the very least, this gives you the opportunity to mention your earliest date of availability.

3. Update Your Online Profiles

Whether you use LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter or another social media profile, go ahead and change your location to your new city, even if you haven’t moved yet.

Annoying as it may be, many employers do look at potential employees’ social media accounts before making a hiring decision. Posting your new city could help them find you. And if you have included a local address on your resume, putting that same city on your profiles will eliminate any confusion.

4. Apply to Tons of Jobs Online

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Search online job hubs such as IndeedMonster and CareerBuilder for the field you’re interested in.

Then apply.

And apply.

And apply.

5. Narrow Your Search to Five Jobs

Once you’ve finished your online application marathon, narrow down your search to your five favorite positions. You might end up accepting a totally different job offer, but it’s helpful to have your favorites picked out.

Now, when you arrive in your city, take a couple of days to settle in. On day three, walk into any of the five businesses you haven’t heard from yet.

That’s right. Don’t email. Don’t call. Walk in, introduce yourself, and hand in another resume so they can look it over while they talk to you.

This tactic sounds intimidating, but it’s worked for me multiple times. As a potential employee, I come off just so-so on paper. (That whole “moving to a new place every six months” thing doesn’t look great on a resume.) But I leave a good first impression. Walk into the office so people can actually meet you.

Hopefully, this strategy is super successful, and you land yourself a job! But just in case, take a look at items six and seven on this list.

6. Consider a Temporary Job

After a week or two, you may need to start generating income. If you still haven’t heard back from any of those five jobs, consider a short-term gig to make yourself some cash.

You can always go through a temp agency. Or consider a job where you can start right away, such as serving tables at a restaurant or making coffee at Starbucks.

7. Network, Network, Network

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As time goes on, you’ll meet people in your new city.

Take advantage of conversations with people at that temporary job or at a local pub. Share your passions with them. You never know what will come of it.

If you’re moving to a new area and don’t know what you’ll do for income yet, hopefully this list has given you some fresh ideas to keep you from freaking out!

Follow these steps and your biggest concerns will be what to wear on your first day and topics you can bring up to spark conversation around the water cooler.

Laura Grace Tarpley is a teacher and freelance writer in Athens, Georgia. She spends all her free time playing with her new corgi puppy, Tuna.

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You Can Still Look Cute While Camping—Just Pack These

What to pack for camping (or glamping, let’s be honest) can be a bit of a head-scratcher, especially for a fashion girl. As much as we’d like to tell you to just channel the ’90s classic film Troop Beverly Hills and wish you luck out in the great outdoors, your weekend in the wilderness is going to require a little more sartorial planning. And since that’s where our expertise lies, we’re not going to remind you to bring your flashlight, canteen, and bug spray (although those are essential). Instead, we’re going to remind you which shoes, jackets, and accessories to fill your weekender bag with.

While all the pieces highlighted below are undoubtedly stylish, they’re also functional. Because if you’re freezing once the sun sets or your feet are killing you on that five-mile hike, you won’t care how cute you look (trust us). But you can be cute, prepared, and comfortable with the right gear. Ready to start planning your stylish camping adventure?

Read on to shop our favorite camping gear (that’s also fashion girl–approved, naturally).

You’ll want to carry this millennial pink backpack everywhere (not just the camp site). 
Perfect for a dip in the lake.
Definitely pack shorts but don’t forget the sunscreen and insect repellant. 
Rose gold sneakers > regular sneakers. 
Look cool while protecting your face.
Always pack a pair of pants that will shield your legs from sticks, brush, and bugs.
Aviators just feel right for a camping trip.
Don’t let rain hold you back—shield yourself with this cool jacket. More sizes available here. 
These scream “cool girl who camps”.
Successfully conquer any terrain with cool, functional hiking boots.
Also, lightweight socks for the above hiking boots.
This tie-dyed tee will look great in your camping trip Instagram posts.
Every seasoned camper knows that a bandana (or several) is a must.
It can get unexpectedly chilly once the sun goes down (especially in the mountains), so come prepared. 
You’re going to need something to transport all this cool gear in, right?
Cute pajamas are a requirement. Shop the bottoms here. 
If you’re camping near a river or lake, you’ll be glad you packed these water shoes.
The perfect camping outfit: These cargos with a tee, your hiking boots, and a bandana. Next up, check out 6 packing tips you’ve never heard before.

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Use these tips to organize your traveling suitcase

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Going on vacation is one of the most exciting times of the year – but when it comes to packing your suitcase, it just seems like a chore. By the time you’ve got out everything you want to take, you’ve gone over your weight limit, your favorite hat is getting squashed, and you just know your shampoo and conditioner is going to leak in your bag. But never fear, we have the solution. Use these tips to organize your traveling suitcase.

Use a rolling duffel bag instead of a hard case

It can be difficult to imagine going on your travels without your trusty hard case – but actually, it could be causing more trouble than it’s worth. With a rolling duffel bag, you can still easily maneuver your belongings around the airport. One of the advantages of the duffel bag is that they are often lighter than your average hard case – meaning more weight for that extra pair of shorts.

Roll your clothing

One of the handiest packing hacks is to roll your clothing rather than fold it. Not only does this ensure you can pack even more clothes as there is more space, but this method also leaves your clothes wrinkle free when you get to your destination. No more having to spend your vacation ironing.

Stuff your shoes with smaller items

There’s nothing worse than getting to your hotel and not being able to find your charger amongst your clothes. And don’t even get us started on trying to find your toothbrush to get that airplane taste out of your mouth. But if you stuff your shoes with these smaller items, they will stay in place during the flight, and you’ll know exactly where to find them when you get to your hotel.

How to prevent leaks

One of the worst things to happen is that you open up your suitcase and find that all of your shampoo or all of your sun lotion has exploded all over your (once) clean clothes. Holiday ruined. To prevent leaks, open the bottles up and cover the holes with cling film. Screw back on the lids and look forward to a leak-free suitcase. It’s a super smart hack you’ll wish you’d known sooner.

Don’t overpack

Let’s be honest; we’re all guilty of this. We all think we need six dresses for our long weekend, when really – we don’t. One way to combat this is to gather all of the clothes you think you need to take together and lay them out on your bed. And then, get rid of a third of them. The aim is to wear everything you are going to bring with you, so think logically and plan ahead.

Take compression bags

Throughout your vacation, you’re stuck with dirty laundry that takes up so much room you can’t find space to bring back that extra large bottle of rum from the Bahamas. Because they’re dirty, we don’t care if they get wrinkled – so stick them in a vacuum compression bag and shrink them down to make more space for more important things. Like the rum.

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These books will make you fall in love with traveling

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Sometimes we have that itch to do something crazy, to just up and leave and go somewhere. But who can do that? We all have responsibilities, we are all tied down by something or someone. So what is the next best thing? Maybe reading some of the world’s most famous travelogues. Your friends may be happy that you are sitting at home reading instead of leaving them, but maybe these books will inspire you to get up and go see whats out there.

In Patagonia

This book was written by Bruce Chatwin, a reporter for the British magazine The Sunday Times. He had always wanted to go to Patagonia in Argentina as a child due to some mysterious artifacts a relative brought home as a child, but had always put off the trip. One day, while he was in Paris, he was interviewing a woman who had a giant map of Patagonia on the wall. After saying he had always wanted to go there, the woman said “me too. Go for me.”

He then up and left and spent six months traveling around the enormous region, interviewing anyone and everyone he ran into. This book was written by him and details his incredible travels.

Travels with Charley

John Steinbeck wrote this epic travelogue near the end of his life. He had been writing Americana fiction and about Americans for most of his career, but by the time he was 58 he had already been living in europe for almost 20 years, and had been living in New York City for even longer. He felt New York was a bubble separated from the rest of the country, and he decided to see the US for himself.

So he took his dog, bought a camper, and went on a 10,000 mile road trip across all of the United States. This book details how he re-discovered America and how he got back in touch with the American people.

Arabian Sands

This travelogue was written in 1959 by a British officer who was responsible for researching how to get rid of locusts in the Arabian desert. The officer, named Wilfred Thesiger, travelled around Ethiopia and Sudan as well as going all around the Arabian Peninsula.

One of the most impressive parts of the book is when he becomes one of the first ever westerners to go through the empty quarter of the Arabian desert – an area with no life or water whatsoever. This book will definitely make you want to learn more about the Middle East.

The Broken Road

Set in the 1930’s before World War Two and the Cold War, this amazing travelogue details British traveller and author Patrick Leigh Fermor as he travels across Europe. However, it isn’t just the fact that he went all the way across Europe, but how he did it which is incredible.
Starting in Hook of Holland in The Netherlands, Fermor walked, on foot, all the way across Europe to what is now known as Istanbul in Turkey. He travelled through nearly every country on the continent, crossed almost all of the major rivers there, and saw and met extremely interesting people. In fact, there are people today who try to recreate his journey.

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Anxious traveler or not, getting held up at the airport is the not the best way to kick off a vacation. Which is why mastering the ins and outs of TSA is crucial to easy, breezy air travel. While we’ve talked to former-agents about what to avoid wearing before, we thought it best to investigate a little further. With the popularity of sneakers at the airport, what are the best and worst styles to wear?

First things first, Lisa Farbstein, the TSA’s spokesperson notes, “the best footwear is the kind you don’t take off at all. Global entry and TSA pre-check are my recommendation if you find it burdensome.” Signing up for the programs allows you to keep on your shoes and belt, along with eliminating the need to take your laptop out of your bag, but while ideal, the program isn’t an option for all fliers.

With that in mind, Farbstein has some reccommendations. “As it relates to sneakers, some things are obvious,” she says. “Styles you can slip on and off, and those with velcro straps don’t take as long.” Conversely, Farbstein notes that certain styles can be especially tricky, “high tops can take longer to unlace and relace,” she adds that after her own experience navigating TSA in a pair of tricky-to-remove cowboy boots, she hasn’t made the same mistake since, “I learned by experience.”

Bottom line: “the ideal is a pair of shoes you don’t have to take off, but otherwise a slip-on sneaker is the way to go (these are my go-to airport sneakers, BTW). So, with that expert advice in mind, we rounded up the best easy on-and-off sneakers to try for your next trip to the airport. 

These simple Vans are perfect to take the hassle out of that airport security line.  Available in sizes 6 to 10. 
Nothing says easy more than no laces and no straps – these Nikes are perfect for those rushed airport days! Available in sizes 6 to 10. 
Get colorful with these effortless pink slip-ons. No need for stress in security when slipping these off!  Available in sizes 5 to 11. 
Stick to the basics with these sneakers that go with any airport outfit.  Available in sizes IT 35 to 42.
Perfect for making it through the security line and running to your gate after, these Adidas sneakers do the trick.  Available in sizes 6 to 10.5. 
Who says travel shoes need to be boring? Go bold and trendy with these easy slip-on sneakers.  Available in sizes 5 to 11. 
These Rag & Bone sneakers will have your fellow travelers coveting your footwear. Plus, they’re a breeze to get on and off! Available in sizes 5 to 11. 
Let your inner fashionista out no matter where you’re traveling – these Fendi sneakers epitomize ‘traveling in style’ while keeping the hassle of security at bay.  Available in sizes 5 to 10.5. 
Feeling a cozy travel ensemble? These lounge shoes are perfect for getting through security quickly and keeping your feet comfy on that 8-hour flight.  Available in sizes 5 to 10. 
Exude Italian elegance while keeping it easy and comfortable – these Via Spiga’s will become your new go-to airport shoe.  Available in sizes 5 to 9.5. 
For a fun yet comfortable travel shoe, opt for these cute EYTYS sneakers. Available in sizes IT 35 to 41.
Nothing is easier for those pesky airport security lines than slides. Dress it up a bit with these flowery sneakers.  Available in sizes 5 to 11. 
Futuristic and comfy, these Acne sneakers find that perfect balance between functional and fun for those long travel days.  Available in sizes 5 to 10.
Can’t bear to part with your favorite sneaker trend for those boring, no-hassle airport shoes you have? Well, with these Emilio Pucci sneakers, you can have the best of both worlds.  Available in sizes 5 to 11.
Although airport security might think they’re metal, these sparkly Miu Miu sneakers won’t set off any alarms and are perfect for the chic traveler.  Available in sizes 4 to 12. 
Perfect for traveling in comfort and ease, these summery mule sneakers will have you ready to step off in the French Riviera looking fresh and fashionable.  . Available in sizes 5 to 11. 

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Nursing Moms: These Are Your Rights When It Comes to Pumping at Work


Before I gave birth to my daughter, I was committed to breastfeeding exclusively for as long as I could.

Not only is mother’s milk a great source of nutrition and a health benefit, but breastmilk is relatively free, while formula is not. And as a single mom without a lot of financial resources, that was important to me.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that mothers exclusively breastfeed infants for about the first six months of life and continue breastfeeding until babies are at least 1 year old, while introducing complementary foods. The World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding up until age 2 or beyond.

My own initial experience with breastfeeding was pretty successful, but I had to return to work 10 weeks after having my daughter. That’s when I struggled.

I would pump about twice a day in a scary-looking bathroom, the only private space in the office where I worked. I was always paranoid about pumping for longer than 10 or 15 minutes, though I didn’t produce nearly enough milk in that length of time and had to turn to formula.

I didn’t talk to my employer about my rights to have a better space to pump because I didn’t want to make any waves. Plus, I was afraid the solution I’d be offered would be to transfer to another office within the company that had the private space available — but that would mean a much longer commute from my newborn at home.

My experience, unfortunately, is just one of many breast pumping horror stories.

Luckily, laws exist to protect working mothers rights’ and to make pumping at work a less stressful experience. Going to work to earn money for your family shouldn’t mean sacrificing how you provide nutrition for your little one.

Laying Down the Laws

Cheryl Lebedevitch, senior workplace program manager and policy analyst for the United States Breastfeeding Committee, gave me the rundown on two federal laws that protect the rights of working mothers who need to express milk on the job.

The Break Time for Nursing Mothers law, which became effective in 2010, is a provision within the Fair Labor Standards Act.

“It requires employers to provide reasonable break time in a private, non-bathroom space for specific workers to pump during the work day for one year after the child’s birth,” Lebedevitch explains.

Because of how it is wrapped within the Fair Labor Standards Act, it only covers employees who are considered non-exempt and are eligible to be paid overtime wages. That means the Break Time for Nursing Mothers law will generally cover workers who receive hourly wages but not salaried employees exempt from overtime pay.

Then there is Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which gives additional employment protections to lactating moms.

Passed in 1964, the Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination based on sex, Lebedevitch explains. In 1978, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act expanded the definition of sex to include pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions.

However, for much of the law’s existence, lactation was not considered a related medical condition, Lebedevitch says.

That all changed about five years ago.

“In 2013, there was a court case that found firing or discriminating against an employee on the basis of lactation was… pregnancy-related discrimination,” Lebedevitch says. “There [have] been other high-ranking court cases that prompted the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to update their enforcement guidance to specifically include lactation.”

Protections for Various Workers

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Lebedevitch says both laws can be tricky for the average mom to understand and interpret. That’s why the USBC does its part to spread education and awareness.

“You shouldn’t have to be a lawyer to figure out how to successfully breastfeed your baby at work,” Lebedevitch says.

We chatted about what working mothers can expect in several different scenarios.

For instance, if an employee works part-time, the Break Time for Nursing Mothers law still applies as long as that worker is classified as non-exempt and eligible to receive overtime pay. She does not have to actually work any overtime hours.

Mothers who have to travel for work are protected. Lebedevitch says the Department of Labor has stated it would be the responsibility of the employer to ensure the employee was accommodated within that other space.

New employees can benefit from the Break Time for Nursing Mothers law from day one. They don’t have to be on the job for a specific amount of time for coverage to kick in.

Even small business workers are covered, though Lebedevitch says that is a commonly misinterpreted aspect of the law.

“All non-exempt employees covered by FLSA are protected, regardless of the size of their employer,” she says. “Within the statute, there is an exemption for businesses that employ 50 or fewer employees.”

The exemption says in the event of undue hardship that would cause significant expense or get in the way of the operations of the business, an employer may be considered exempt from these requirements, Lebedevitch says.

However, she isn’t aware of any cases in which an employer has been granted an undue hardship exemption. She said it may be difficult for businesses to qualify for one due to the space and time flexibilities written into the law.

The protections under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act applies to employers that have 15 or more employees.

How Pumping at Work Affects Pay and Schedules

Despite having rights to break time, nursing mothers may not be paid for taking the time to pump milk.

Employers are not required to pay workers for this break time, Lebedevitch says. However, if a nursing employee is not completely relieved from duty during a break to express breast milk, the time must be compensated as work time.

Employers are not legally able to dictate how long or how often working mothers can take their breaks.

“In the event of an investigation, [an employer] would not be considered to be in compliance with the law if they had tried to set any sort of limitations that did not meet the threshold of each time the employee needs them,” Lebedevitch says.

The Break Time for Nursing Mothers law does not define what “reasonable time” is. One benefit of the vagueness of the law is mothers’ pumping needs can vary, she explains.

And what happens to all the milk that is pumped? Having space at work to safely store pumped milk is pretty essential, Lebedevitch says.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean there has to be a fridge with dedicated space, she says. Allowing the worker to have some sort of cooler in the workplace could be a solution.

Opportunities for the Better

While the current federal laws may not cover all nursing mothers, new legislation could bring change.

“There is a bill that we’ve been working on for several congressional sessions called the Supporting Working Moms Act,” Lebedevitch says. “This would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act so that salaried workers are covered as well.”

She said the bill has not made it out of committee, but has been gaining support.

Individual states may also have their own laws regarding the right to pump milk on the job. In cases where the state law is stronger than the federal laws, the state law would stand, Lebedevitch says.

USBC has taken an inventory of all the state laws and has compiled the information into a series of state guides to the rights of breastfeeding employees.

Making Sure Working Mothers Are Accommodated

Lebedevitch says an employer’s breastfeeding support has been shown to result in higher loyalty, better productivity, lower healthcare costs and lower turnover.

But when you’re a new mom returning back to the workforce after giving birth, it can be challenging to discuss pumping needs with your employer — especially when there isn’t already a set system in place.

It’s important to realize accommodations for breast-pumping workers don’t have to be anything extreme, like building a dedicated nursing room.

“There really are very simple cost-effective or cost-neutral solutions that can be found,” Lebedevitch says.

The Office on Women’s Health developed a resource called Supporting Working Mothers at Work: Employer Solutions, which gives examples of how businesses from all across the country in different industries have made accommodations for breastfeeding employees.

When discussing your needs for pumping at work, Lebedevitch advises to come prepared with potential solutions for your boss. She recommends to try framing it as: “This is something I need, and this is how I think we can meet both my needs and the needs of the business.”

If your employer isn’t being compliant with the laws, Lebedevitch advises women to file a complaint with every agency for every law they are covered by.

The USBC has a resource and referral guide that can point women to where they can go for help. Those needing legal support to challenge their employers’ legal compliance can turn to organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union, A Better Balance or the Center for WorkLife Law.

Nicole Dow is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She enjoys writing about parenting and money.

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

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These 3 Things Make Concert Tickets Harder and Harder to Afford


Remember when your all-time favorite band finally released a long-awaited list of tour dates?

You scanned the list of cities for anything within a four-hour drive, called your concert buddy to get on board and then clicked over to the ticket site to snag some seats — just to find that this experience would be costing you a few hundred dollars (and that’s for the “cheap” seats).

Womp, womp.

No, your music spectacle-loving eyes do not deceive you.

Concert ticket prices are on the rise (and have been for a few years now), and it’s starting to get a little ridiculous.

But why in the name of all things rock and roll is it so incredibly expensive to take in a live show these days?

Well, it’s because you (yes, you) downloaded that illegal song off LimeWire back in middle school.

OK, I’m mostly kidding (but sort of not).

The real reason involves both those buy-up bots that allow for major price gouging and the artists themselves.

The Good Old Days

Decades ago, the live-music scene was a very different place.

In the year 1965, a ticket to see The Beatles at Shea Stadium in New York would have run you a whopping $ 5.65 (the most expensive ticket price offered for that show).

In 2014, the most expensive ticket tier to one of One Direction’s MetLife Stadium tour dates in New Jersey averaged $ 900. (The most expensive resale ticket was listed for $ 4,895.)

By comparison, adjusted for inflation, that $ 5.95 your Aunt Linda dropped to see Ringo (yeah, she was a Ringo fan — fight her) would have cost about $ 44.72 in 2014.

But these insanely high ticket prices aren’t just a problem for fevered boy-band groupies.

Last summer, the average ticket price that would get you in the door at an Adele concert was calculated to be $ 395.79 — the most expensive average ticket price for a touring female artist. Taylor Swift made the second spot on the list at (a slightly more affordable?) $ 236.65, while Lady Gaga’s show clocked in at just over $ 186.

And those are average ticket prices, meaning some people are paying much, much more.

In anticipation of Taylor Swift’s “reputation Stadium Tour” this year, some fans are dropping a whopping $ 896.50 (face value) for VIP tickets for the “Snake Pit Package,” which gets you an up-close-and-personal view of the singer, a collector’s box with a digital video component, a limited edition “reputation” book and an LED laminate and lanyard.

For the same show at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, you could pay as little as $ 69 for seats in the nosebleed section — if you could snag them in time. But previously bought seats in the same (not great) section are already being resold for $ 228.60.

Even if you manage to lock in the original price, though, it’s not unusual to pay an additional $ 17 or more in service fees and taxes, bringing that $ 69 ticket to $ 86 for a seat with a pretty disappointing view, where you’ll end up watching the show on the giant screens that flank the stage.

Blame the Bots

These extreme ticket prices are happening for a couple of reasons.

On one hand, it has a lot to do with the common frustration among music lovers everywhere: those bots and scalpers that buy up all the tickets in batches the second they drop, only to turn around and resell them at double, triple or even quadruple the original price.

We’ve all experienced some version of the same disappointment: You set your alarm for 10 a.m. on (what could be) a fateful Tuesday, you sign on to your account, you wait for that countdown clock to hit zero, select the first seats you see (no time for strategy!) and click through — only to be told those seats already have been sold.

So you cross your fingers and refresh the page. You see two more seats, this time across the stadium from each other (you can gush about the show with your friend on the ride home, right?), throw them in your cart and click through.

Nope, those have been sold, too.

You refresh again, but you’re met with the stark image of a stadium full of grayed-out seats. The whole experience lasted less than three minutes. You’ve missed the window, and it’s due largely to bots and scalpers.

If you’re still planning to attend the show at this point, you’ll be paying dearly for the opportunity.

But while it’s nearly impossible to stop individual buyers from reselling their tickets at exorbitant prices, most ticket-selling sites are trying to eliminate the use of bots.

Adele, for her part, famously worked to keep her tickets out of scalpers’ hands, saving her fans an estimated $ 6.5 million on resale ticket prices. Bruce Springsteen (definitely) and Taylor Swift (debatably) did the same.

But there’s no foolproof plan when it comes to scalpers. During that same tour season, resale tickets for the Adele show in Denver, Colorado, were going for as much as $ 579.

Or Is It the Artists?

While the resale value of concert tickets is often sky-high due to these pesky bots, the exponential rise in face-value ticket prices can be blamed on (attributed to?) the artists themselves.

But why?

The easy answer is that artists simply aren’t making money off record sales anymore.

With the introduction of streaming services and free music platforms (and the rise of illegal downloading over the past two decades), it’s getting harder and harder for artists to make a buck off recorded music.

To recoup some of those losses, artists are charging more for live concert experiences.

As the demand for more spectacular spectacles grows (think: indoor fireworks, laser shows, an army of backup dancers, giant flying hotdogs), these shows are becoming more and more expensive to put on.

After all is said and done, the artists themselves take home only a portion of the total ticket sales. Take, for example, Lady Gaga, who reportedly took home $ 10 million less than Elton John during the 2011 touring season despite having similar upfront sales figures.

Look, it’s not like these artists are hurting for money: Gaga’s $ 90 million take-home pay that year was nothing to take lightly.

But even when artists work to k