The zipline that will take you an hour back in time

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Traveling between countries has become so predictable. You can catch a cruise or flight to almost anywhere these days, but where’s the excitement? We humans have a habit of getting bored of things so quickly that we never stop thinking about how to make things better. It’s that endless drive for improvement that spurred Englishman David Jarman to create the Limite Zero zip line that takes you from Spain to Portugal. The unique selling point? It takes you back in time!

How does it work?

Okay, so this zip line might not be a time machine, but it still technically does what it advertises. Due to the one hour time difference between the two countries, every time you travel along the zip line, you’re technically going back an hour in time. How’s that for déjà vu? It’s not often that you can cross through time zones as easily as this.

Making the trip

The zip line starts in Sanlucar de Guadiana, a localidad in Andalucia, Spain and ends in the Portuguese town of Alcoutim. Set more than 2300 feet in the air, the trip only lasts about 60 seconds, but passengers can reach speeds of around 50mph when flying high over the Spanish countryside. The zip line covers a distance of 720 meters, 150 of which is made up the Guadiana River which separates the two nations.

Once people land in Alcoutim, you’re free to explore the local area. There’s no time limit on your trip, so they can stick around for several hours if you want to experience what the town has to offer. When you’re ready to return, the service provides a ferry that’s just a five-minute walk from the landing zone. These ferries run regularly and are free to use, because the cost of them is included as part of the zip line payment. How much do you have to pay? Only 18 euros (which is around $ 22).

First of its kind

The Andalucia to Alcoutim zip line is the first of its kind ever to be created. The proximity of the two countries meant that setting up a structure like this was possible, although not necessarily an easy feat. However, Jarman admits that “I love a challenge” and that a zip line was the best way to “unite both places.” There had been a lot of discussions before his intervention about building a bridge over the river. However, no plans for this ever came to fruition, so Jarman took it upon himself to bring the two countries together in a much more exhilarating way.

Terms and conditions

People wishing to use this zip line have to abide by certain conditions. For instance, no-one under the age of 14 is legally allowed to use it. Those between the age of 14 and 16 must have parental guidance, and need to be collected by their represented adult once landing in Alcoutim. The zip line also has a weight restriction of 242lbs.

These limits are liable to change should the weather conditions force them to reconsider safety precautions for certain individuals.

We wish that traveling from one country to another could always be as exciting as this. There’s nothing like an adrenaline rush to make crossing over borders an experience you’ll never forget.

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This is the one time Meghan couldn’t break the fashion rules

Meghan Markle is known for shaking up the sartorial rules a little (see her sheer engagement dress and her Trooping The Colour dress), however Royal Ascot was one occasion where she had to abide by the Royal fashion etiquette.

The Duchess of Sussex today made her first appearance at Royal Ascot, alongside Prince Harry and The Queen, and chose to wear a design by Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy for the occasion.

It’s the third time she’s gone with the French fashion house, after her wedding dress of course and the cream dress she paired with The Queen’s earrings just last week on their first outing together.

As we all know, Royal Ascot rules are super strict, and Meghan’s white shirt dress ticked all the right boxes (though there was no sign of that special name badge all the Royals have to wear).

Traditionally, dresses should be of modest length, and shoulders should be covered by a strap that’s at least one-inch wide straps.

Plus, any old fascinator won’t do, as you have to have a base of at least four inches in diameter, which again Meghan’s hat more than covered.

She also kept her midriff covered (another big no no) with a chic black belt, which gave the traditional lace pattern a bit of an edge. Because Meghan is a maverick after all.

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Creative ways to spend your time on a layover between flights

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The idea of packing our bags, sweeping through the airport in a pair of oversized sunglasses, and glamorously boarding a plane can be wonderful, but in reality, it usually involves a pair of sweats and lots of fidgeting. Plus, the layover between flights can just prolong the pain. Have no fear; all the time on the ground doesn’t have to be wasted as there are plenty of creative ways to spend your layovers.

Get up and moving

If you have just been sat on a plane for hours, you may not want to spend the next few sat in an airport lounge waiting for your connecting flight. Now, you don’t have to. The time in between flights is a great way to get active before your next stint on the plane. To top it off, many airports now have built-in gyms or yoga studios that offer up the perfect space to exercise. If not, find a quiet area and get stretching. It will feel so good.

Get out and about

If you have a long layover and you’re struggling with things to do, then why waste your time in the airport? This is the perfect time to have a whistle-stop tour of the local area without having to fork out on expensive stays. You could take it all in by booking a tour, heading to the local museums, or taking a walk and seeing where you end up. It’s like you get two vacations in one thanks to your brief visit to a brand new city.

Pack some games

Many airlines let passengers take a backpack or handbag on as a carry-on. Some items are a must, but there is always room for some layover entertainment. Why not fill some of it with a board game or two? After all, Monopoly alone can take hours. Board games won’t take up too much room (especially travel versions of them) and will give you a chance to unwind before cramming yourself back on the next plane.

Make new friends

Chances are you’ll be surrounded by people all going to the same place. If you are looking for a creative way to spend your layover time or you’re traveling on your own, then the airport can be the perfect place to make some new friends. Who knows, you could be sitting next to someone that knows some hidden gems where you’re headed. All it takes is saying “hello” and you could have made yourself a new travel buddy.

Get drawing or writing

Sometimes inspiration for creativity just takes finding a new space to work. If you’re suffering from writer’s block or looking for something new to draw then watching the world pass by at the airport can offer up plenty of new ideas. Maybe it is an overheard conversation? Or perhaps it is the view out of the window? Whatever it is that gets the creative juices flowing – this could be the perfect source of inspiration.

Freebies

Many airports offer up freebies of all kinds that are yours for the taking. It could be using the free wifi to call a loved one, catch up on emails, or watch a movie, or using the complimentary amenities on offer. If you’re lucky, there could be a free spa that will help you relax before the next part of your trip. Or there could be a games area that has foosball, air hockey, or any other arcade games. Before you know it, you’ll hear your flight being called.

Layovers don’t have to be boring. In fact, they can be the perfect opportunity to catch up on the creativity you have been missing in your travels. No longer do you have to find yourself watching the clock. Now, you could be wishing the hours would last even longer.

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The Duchess and the Queen have arrived!

Meghan Markle stepped out in northwest England on Thursday morning alongside the ultimate royal companion: Queen Elizabeth herself. The monarch wore a lime green suit dress by Stewart Parvin and a matching hat by Rachel Trevor Morgan, while Meghan wore a light beige pencil dress with a cape top by Givenchy (her wedding dress designer!).

The new Duchess of Sussex, 36, and the Queen, 92, disembarked in Cheshire, some 200 miles from London, via the royal train in Runcorn after spending the night aboard. The train is a favored travel option for the Queen and other senior royals because it allows them to work and relax en route.

Not even a month since Meghan married Prince Harry on May 19, this is the first occasion the Queen has taken her new granddaughter-in-law on an official visit. The joint outing is “happening at triple speed” compared to Meghan’s predecessor, Kate Middleton, royals author Ingrid Seward previously told PEOPLE.

First on the pair’s agenda: the Mersey Gateway Bridge, where Meghan and the Queen met architects, planners and community representatives. They also watched a performance by local school children before Elizabeth formally opened the bridge.

Their next stop is the Storyhouse in nearby Chester, where they were set to meet a Syrian settlement group, watch a performance by the Fallen Angels dance company and catch a medley of songs from a current production of A Little Night Music.

Their last appointment is set to be a lunch at Chester Town Hall with locals brought together by the council.

The outing is seen as the Queen’s way of helping immerse Meghan into public royal engagements. “It is the way of the royal family—all part of the training and getting used to being in public life and under public scrutiny,” Elizabeth’s former press secretary, Charles Anson, tells PEOPLE. “Showing people the ropes is a high priority for the Queen.”

Seward, author of the recent biography of the Queen and Prince Philip, My Husband & I, adds, “The Queen knows the potential pitfalls of not giving a guiding hand. She can’t expect Meghan to know everything without being shown. I’m sure she feels Meghan needs a steadying hand in these early days.”

Meghan returned to public royal outings shortly after her secret honeymoon with Harry, when she joined in the annual celebration of the Queen’s birthday, Trooping the Colour, on June 9.


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What’s the best time of day to photograph your kids?

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It’s getting late in the afternoon, their bellies are full from dinner, the sun is setting, the weather is cooling down. It feels like the perfect time to head outside.

“Let’s go for a walk,” I called after a long day inside homeschooling and reading lots and lots of books. We can travel far and wide through text in a book, but that doesn’t mean we don’t still need to get outside.

 

When it comes to playing, they’re happy to do it together no matter what it is. Sometimes that means my son’s dinosaur is “eating” the doll my daughter is twirling around. Their favorite kind of play however goes beyond dollhouse walls, even beyond the walls of our home.

“Have you ever played Freeze Tag?” I asked as we reached the park.

“No, what’s that?” My daughter asked. My 11-year-old sister was there to help break it down.

“It’s like regular tag but when the person who is it tags you, you have to freeze in place,” she explained. The evening was full of belly laughs and side aches.

Then I watched as my kids pretended a rock wall was a castle wall to waiting to be climbed. They jumped off to escape the dragons, then flew back up again.

My favorite photos to capture are at this time of day, when the sun is setting, the shadows are long and the light is golden. It’s hard to beat the warmth and joy these photos bring. But the best time to photograph our kids? Right now.

Whether your child is a baby learning to lift his head up, or a toddler learning to walk, a preschooler playing pretend, or a big kid trying something new. Now is always the best time to capture a moment with your child. So, quick, go snap a pic. Trust me, you’ll thank me later.

This post was originally published March, 2017.

Jennifer Borget is a domestically-challenged part-time journalist, and a full-time mom. She’s a photographer and storyteller challenging families to cherish and make the most of every day on at Cherish365.com To catch more of her motherhood journey, follow @JenniferBorget on Instagram and join her #Cherish365 community on Facebook.

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Why Response Time Is So Important for Contractors with New Leads

If you own a home improvement contracting business, you already know how to hustle. But there’s one way you may be letting potential customers down and losing good business: by being too slow to respond to new leads.

Online leads are a powerful source of new business, but only if you have follow-through and the ability to act fast. Leads coming from online contact forms and lead generation services tend to go cold fast, and that window is growing more narrow as technology continues to improve business response times.

To stand out from the crowd, you’ve got to be able to get on the phone and call. And if that means organizing new workflows or hiring new employees, it may be time to make that investment. Need more convincing? Here’s what the data says about lead response time—and how you can improve the call-back times for your business.

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Customers Expect Fast Turnaround

In an ideal world, leads would wait patiently while you finished laying that tile. But that’s just not realistic. Homeowner expectations are influenced by the consumer world, where you can instantly chat with a customer service representative at your bank or cable provider, 24/7.

Customer service outsourcing platform Arise researched the matter and found that 37% of surveyed customers expect businesses to respond within an hour. Less than 20% said they’d be satisfied with a response time over 24 hours. And if past trends continue to hold true, those time frames will only get narrower. You’ve got to be fast if you want to score new customers!

A Fast Response Time Sets You Apart from Competitors

The internet is a big place. If leads can’t get the answers they need from you, they’ll just go somewhere else—most likely to your competitors. Don’t assume that the customers who reach out to you are set on using your services. It’s just as likely that they’re using the contact forms on your competitors’ websites as well.

Of course, if you’re using a lead generation service, the likelihood of another competitor swooping in is increased. You’re probably not the only one with access to those leads. With lead generation, it’s all about the survival of the fittest—or in this case, fastest.

The good news, though, is that your competitors are probably also pretty slow to the draw. When Harvard Business Review studied business response times, they found that many weren’t able to hit that first-hour benchmark. Only about 37% reached out within 60 minutes. Twenty-four percent took over 24 hours, and a surprising 23% never responded at all!

The big takeaway here is that if you can reduce your initial response time to one hour or less, you’ll beat out about two-thirds of businesses. And that will definitely give you a reputation for being outstanding in your field!

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Leads Are More Likely to Convert When You Respond Quickly

Response time directly correlates to lead conversion success rates. Study after study confirms that the faster you answer an inquiry, the more likely you are to land a sale. According to the research, if you can reach customers within one hour of contacting you, you’re seven times more likely to qualify the lead—i.e., set an appointment—than if you call back in the second hour.

It makes sense when you think about it. Homeowners lead busy lives—it’s easy for other commitments to crowd their thoughts and distract them from your business. Don’t let your business drop off their radar. Get out in front of them and get projects rolling as fast as you can. It’s all about hustle!

Tips to Improve Your Response Time and Lead Conversion

Okay, you’ve heard the why—but what about the how? If a fast response time was easy, you’d already be doing it. Fortunately, there are a couple of ways you can simplify the process and get better lead conversion rates.

  • Use Technology. An automated response is a lot better than no response at all. Use auto-responders to send an instant email to customers who complete online contact forms. That will buy you a little time if you’re not able to call right away.
  • Delegate. Phone calls are very effective for converting new leads, but you probably don’t have a lot of spare time to spend on the phone. If you’re having trouble personally responding to leads yourself, hire a call center employee or administrative assistant who can help qualify leads and set appointments. If it helps you get more business, it’s worth it!
  • Follow Up. It may take another try before you’re able to connect with your lead. If you get voicemail the first time, call them again after a few hours. Don’t trust that leads will return your message—many appointments are booked with a second follow up call to potential customers.
  • Take the Long View. You never know when a lead will convert—maybe homeowner who turned you down yesterday will decide they actually need your services two months from now. Treat every homeowner you talk to with the kindness and consideration you’d show to a potential hot lead, and you may find customers are crawling out of the woodwork to work with you!

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Snack time doesn’t have to be rushed

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Planning wholesome meals for your family can be totally stressful, particularly when everyone comes to the table starving and cranky. Building in snack breaks in your day to keep your kids’ energy stable is a great idea — but it can devolve into junk food all too easily. This has been a problem for me for years. But in the last few months of mom-life, I’ve finally hit on a system that works for me. Taking just a little time out of your week to snack-prep will make your life so much easier. Here’s what I do.

Designated snack baskets

My kids know where to go to if they’re hungry and it’s not meal time yet. We have one big basket for the pantry items, and a couple of smaller baskets for the cold items that need to be refrigerated. I can’t count how many times a day I used to hear, “I’M HUNGRY, I NEED A SNACK PLEASE!!!” It makes it a lot easier when I have their snacks all prepped and ready for them to grab and go.

To be honest, they still whine for something to eat, but instead of having to get up and make them something, I can remind them to go grab something out of the snack box. Bonus, it’s encouraging them to be independent!

Prep the snacks beforehand

Now that I’m finally getting this parenting thing down pat, I’ve learned that preparation is the ultimate key to success. Keeping snacks stocked and ready is literally a lifesaver and I thank myself for doing it every time. I’m probably not alone here when I say that my kids are ALWAYS hungry or thirsty. I guess it makes sense; they’re growing like weeds, but dang! Give Mom a break!

Instead of letting them eat straight out of the cracker box, ultimately creating bad eating habits, I buy the “grab and go” snack sizes of peanut butter, guacamole, fruit cups, hummus, apple sauce, Nutella, yogurt, and cheese. Then I fill up some snack bags with cut up apples, washed grapes, crackers, pepperoni, pretzels, etc. That way, they can grab a few different things and mix them up. This also makes it easier to put together a plate for an after-school play date. Give them a buffet and you’re the best mom ever (even if nobody actually says it out loud).

Mix it up

Don’t get in the habit of buying the same old things over and over again. Try adding at least one new item to your snack baskets every week or two. This will help your children try new things and not get stuck on the same snacks every time. This is something we have struggled with at our house — if I don’t seek out new items, it makes my life harder whenever they have to try something new.

Find a juice you can trust

In the last couple of months, my kids started to refuse the juice boxes I had been buying for them. When I tried them myself, they tasted more like flavored water than juice, and I didn’t blame them for wanting to drink plain water instead. But with the summer coming up, I really wanted to find something other than water and almond milk that they liked and would ultimately keep them hydrated.

Like many other moms out there, I have to monitor my children’s sugar intake. You give these kids an inch, they’ll take a mile. I am constantly on the lookout for a product—especially when it comes to juice; that has no added sugar. I had seen that Capri Sun had an organic line with no added sugar*, and wanted to give it a try. It has been reformulated with all natural ingredients and is free of added flavors, colors or preservatives. Not only have they made the product with all-natural ingredients, they also listened to consumers a few years back and created packaging with a clear bottom so you can see what you’re giving your kids.

Growing up, Capri Sun was always my juice of choice. (Yes, I’m a millennial mom!) So I figured if the kids didn’t care for them, I’d finish them off. Turns out they loved them, and rightfully so.   Throwing away almost-full juice boxes is a thing of the past in this house.

Pro tip!

My kids hate when their apples oxidize and start to turn brown. After a certain point, they’ll totally refuse to eat them. Restaurants I’ve worked at would soak their apples in Sprite (!!) to keep them from browning. I’ve tried pineapple juice in the past, but they ended up tasting way too sweet. After trying the Capri Sun Organic Apple Juice, I knew it would be perfect to soak our apples in after slicing, and it worked like a charm!

 

What are favorite easy snacks your kids love?

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Retail Jobs Are Making a Comeback — Just in Time for Summer


With the recent news about Sears closing more than 70 stores and the lingering fear of a so-called retail apocalypse, you’d think encouraging teenagers to “fall into the Gap” for a summer job would be pretty dumb.

But with five months of growth in retail jobs — May saw thousands of new jobs at traditional brick-and-mortar stores — folding jeans and stocking shelves might be a good option for summer work.

“It certainly does signal that the retail industry is hiring,” said Jack Kleinhenz, chief economist for the National Retail Federation. “And, of course, we have a significant number of job openings like other industries.”

Seriously. Check out the numbers.

In May, department stores, clothing stores, sporting goods retailers and supercenters added a combined 34,700 jobs, according to a Penny Hoarder analysis of the latest employment figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s more than triple the 10,000-plus new jobs these stores recorded the previous month.

Here’s the kicker: Those traditional retailers actually helped buoy the retail industry as a whole last month.

Nonstore retailers, like, ahem, Amazon, saw the first month-to-month decrease in employment in four years. With 1,100 fewer jobs than the previous month, e-commerce sites recorded the first negative employment growth since May of 2012.

While Kleinhenz noted that the NRF “believes all retail jobs are equal — be it brick-and-mortar or online,” a strong economy is putting more money in consumers’ pockets. And their spending is boosting the entire retail industry.

Hit the Mall For Your Summer Job This Year

I worked at a pet store every summer during high school, and I can tell you that retail is the ultimate summer job for teens.

You learn soft skills you may not pick up in other industries — like how to deal with an irate mother after selling her son an extremely poisonous scorpion (sorry again, ma’am). Those customer service and social skills go a long way in any career you may end up choosing.

But, you also learn about how payroll works and how inventory functions (the flake fish food goes a lot faster than the pellets). Summer retail jobs give you a frontline look at what it takes to run a business.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to writing a resume you might want to peruse before heading to the mall. And while you’re at it, you might as well update your LinkedIn profile, too.

Still, if you’re looking for something outside of retail, The Penny Hoarder Jobs page on Facebook has tons of postings from a variety of industries.

Long-Term Trends Still Show Struggle for Traditional Retail Stores

All in all, May was a pretty good month for brick-and-mortar retail.

But if you look at the long-term trend, you can’t ignore the Amazon Effect.

Between May 2017 and last month, non-store retailers experienced 4.2% job growth, while clothing stores and sporting goods retailers saw a decline. Hiring at department stores has only grown 0.4% over the last year.

And one concern for the entire retail industry has flared up in just the last week: the much-discussed tariffs on foreign imports.

“Trade barriers ultimately impact the consumer,” Kleinhenz said.

Alex Mahadevan is a data journalist at The Penny Hoarder. He used to have to clean scorpion cages, so you probably shouldn’t mess with him.

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17 self-care tips for moms who have no freaking time or money

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Maggie Downs

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Self care is the buzzword du jour, I guess.

After I gave birth, everybody talked about it, including the doctor, my friends, my mom’s group, and a random person in the drugstore aisle. And while they meant well, I always wondered how?

How can you possibly care for yourself when time is in short supply, money is tight, and all your energy is given to the tiny human who depends on it?

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I do think it’s true that moms – and new moms especially – require a solid dose of self-care as a necessary part of caring for others.

But putting on the oxygen mask first before you care for others feels counterintuitive as a new mom. Moms routinely eat cold food as they feed their own children first, abstain from sleep to tend to another, and do without the resources they need in order to provide for the babies. It doesn’t surprise me that women report higher rates of extreme stress than men.

Whenever my well-intentioned acquaintances offered suggestions of self-care, like, “You should treat yourself to a pedicure!” I couldn’t help but laugh like a maniac. Yeah, I know my needs should come first, but who will take the baby? How will I pay for it? Is it worth the guilt I’ll feel for spending resources like time, energy, and cash on myself?

 

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There has to be a better way to self-care.

After 2.5 years of mothering, I think I’ve finally realized I needed to change my own definition of what it means to treat myself. Self-care doesn’t have to be a costly day at the spa. It doesn’t have to involve spending money. And it doesn’t always mean spending a large chunk of time away from the family.

It’s anything that returns your focus to you. It’s making room for at least one happiness in a day of chaos and poopy diapers. It’s recognizing that you and your health needs are essential.

And then it’s integrating this into your daily routine.

As the writer and activist Audre Lorde said, “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation.”

Here are some suggestions for doing just that:

• Cross something off your to-do list.

• Play your favorite song and have a five-minute dance party with your child.

• Unplug from electronics for an amount of time, whether it’s a half-hour or an afternoon. Put the phone on vibrate. Don’t answer email. Turn off the news.

• Plan some healthy snacks ahead of time. Cut up veggies or fruit, make bean dip, freeze homemade juice popsicles, have a smoothie ready to go.

• Light a candle.

• Put flowers on the table.

• If your child is doing something crafty, join in. It’s fun to draw, scribble, paint, or get your hands in clay.

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• Cuddle an animal.

• Look at beautiful things, whether that means window shopping or an art museum.

• Use your old coffee grounds to make a bath scrub that feels decadent but costs almost nothing.

• Get some fresh air. (During my son’s naps, I often brought the baby monitor outside while I sat on the front steps. Just having a few minutes of air and sunshine made my entire day better.)

• Take a walk.

• Do something nice for someone else.

• Play on the playground. (My non-scientific opinion: Swings are the best.)

• Drink an extra glass of water.

• Stretch. Find some good videos on YouTube.

• Go to bed early.

How do you care for yourself?

Images by Maggie Downs, and Unsplash and iStock

This post was originally published in March, 2017.

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Motherhood can be exasperating. And the decisions we make just to feed our children can be enough to scramble your brain. There are so few times a product is 1) easy 2) affordable and 3) not terrible for you.

Whitney Barthel kidsA completely typical moment at our house.

I’m a mother of five; all three of these things are important to me. So when I find something that hits the trifecta, it’s enough to make me jump for joy…or perhaps just watch my kids do it. And from then on, having said product on hand is a real no-brainer.

Here’s the thing: my boys insist on bringing their lunch to school, mainly because all their friends pack a lunch, and heaven forbid they have to wait in line for hot lunch while their friends are already hanging out at a table.

Anyway, this obviously complicates things when I’m scrambling to get three kids out the door and onto the bus by 7 a.m. To make my mornings a tiny bit more manageable, I keep a few key products around that are easy to throw in a lunchbox as part of a well-rounded meal — or at least one I know I won’t get a call about from the principal or PTA.

One of these key items is Capri Sun. The brand has evolved from the one you grew up with, and now offers a ton of different options for picky parents like me who want to give their kids a decent juice drink. Right now, the boys and I are really digging the 100% Juice, Organic, and Fruit Refreshers lines, both at school and at home. They’re made from all-natural ingredients, and contain no added sugar* (THANK YOU!), artificial color, flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives. Oh yeah, and according to my boys, they are super yummy .

While all three of the Capri Sun lines are made with all-natural ingredients, there are a few differences between the products.

  1. The 100% Juice line is just what it says — 100% Juice. Every pouch contains 3/4 cup of real fruit juice**. Try the apple, berry, fruit punch, grape or watermelon flavors.
  2. The Organic line is made from USDA Certified organic fruit and is available in apple, fruit punch, grape, tropical punch, and strawberry lemonade. My boys love the strawberry lemonade. They tell me it tastes extra delicious after getting all hot and sweaty riding bikes or wrestling on the trampoline.
  3. The Fruit Refreshers are my personal favorite and contain 50 percent less sugar than other leading juice drinks***. Fruit Refreshers come in four flavors: Awesomely Apple, Very Berry, Aloha Mango and Orange Pineapple Tango.

Bonus for moms like me who sometimes need a little treat after a grueling session of 8-minute abs: all Fruit Refreshers flavors are between 45-50 calories. Score!

Honestly, Capri Sun has made it really easy for moms to give our kids (or ourselves) a guilt-free beverage…and one that won’t bust your grocery budget either. #MomWin

When was the last time you checked out Capri Sun?

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*Not a low calorie food

**As part of well-balance diet, eat a variety of fruit every day and be sure to make most of your fruits whole fruits. USDA MyPlate recommends a daily intake of 2 cups of fruit from a 2,000 calorie diet. See ChooseMyPlate.Gov for more information on healthy eating

***This product 10g of sugar per six ounces; leading average fruit juice 20g of sugar per six ounces

 

 

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8 wedding dress shopping hacks for the bride who has no time to waste

8 wedding dress shopping hacks for the bride who has no time to waste


8 wedding dress shopping hacks for the bride who has no time to waste

Shopping for your wedding dress is an exciting and overwhelming experience. After all, your this gown will likely be the most important (and expensive!) item of clothing you’ll ever wear. For a successful and stress-free shopping experience, keep these ten things in mind during your time at the bridal salon.

1. Never stray from your budget.

While shopping for a wedding dress, you may fall in love with a drop-dead gorgeous gown before realizing it’s outside of your price range. Prevent potential heartbreak by trying on gowns that fall safely within your budget, and never test elaborate designer dresses “just for fun.” Also, keep in mind that budgets include more than your wedding dress; brides also need to shell out money for alterations, taxes, and accessories.

2. Don’t get sucked in by deals.

Never buy a discounted gown simply for the deal. While a reduced-rate designer piece may seem irresistible, it’s best to find a gown you truly love—even if it doesn’t have a widely-recognized label.

3. Dresses look different on the hanger.

Your consultant may suggest trying on a gown that looks shapeless and frumpy on the hanger, but don’t shrug it off immediately. Many dresses undergo a complete transformation once on the body. You may adore a dress you normally wouldn’t give a second glance.

4. Love your gown from all angles.

Thanks to a constant flash of cameras on your big day, the dress you choose will be photographed from every imaginable angle. Take advantage of the large salon mirrors and ensure you love the dress from the front, back, and both sides. Consider having your entourage take photos from a distance as well, in order to predict how the dress will look in your photo album.

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5. Test out the gown’s comfort.

You’ll have to sit, stand, walk, and dance on your wedding day. At the salon, take the gown on a test run to ensure it’ll stay comfortably fitted throughout these various activities. No woman wants to wear something that restricts her ability to bust a move!

6. Happy tears won’t always happen.

On reality shows, the bride-to-be often breaks down in happy tears after discovering her dream dress. In real life, however, many brides won’t have this “aha!” moment. Think twice before letting the lack of emotion alter your decision; if you truly love a gown, and if you can purchase it without regrets, you may have found your perfect match.

7. It’s okay to second-guess your decision.

Shopping for a wedding dress comes with an insane amount of pressure. Brides have a limited amount of time to locate a dress that falls within budget, matches the wedding aesthetic, and pleases herself and her entourage. Given all of the stress, a bride may second guess her choice of gown immediately after leaving the salon. Rest assured that this is normal, and the feeling will likely pass as your big day draws near.

8. Focus on your happiness. 

Perhaps the most important piece of advice: Choose a dress that you love. Your entourage and consultant will have their own opinions on each wedding gown, and it’s nearly impossible to please everyone. To avoid feelings of regret and resentment, always follow your heart, and choose the dress that makes you happiest.

This article originally appeared on Martha Stewart Weddings.

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Hugh Grant Is Married! Star Ties Knot for First Time at 57 with Girlfriend Anna Eberstein

Hugh Grant is a married man for the first time at 57.

The Love, Actually star and his longtime Swedish girlfriend and mother to three of his children, Anna Eberstein, 39, tied the knot in London at the Chelsea Register Office on Friday, May 25.

Photos from the venue show the happy couple beaming amongst friends and family.

News of the couple’s engagement went public after a photograph of their wedding banns — a notice publicly displayed in the register office for 28 days that includes details of where you intend to get married — was posted in several British newspapers over the weekend.

The private couple has been linked for over six years and are parents to a 2-year-old daughter, a son named John Mungo, 5, and a third child who arrived this spring and whose name they have not revealed. The Paddington 2 star is also dad to son Felix Chang, 5, and daughter Tabitha Xaio Xi, 6 — his children with ex Tinglan Hong.

Grant’s ex and close friend Elizabeth Hurley spilled the beans on the latest addition to the family during an appearance on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen in March. Asked whether she was “surprised” Grant was a father to multiple children, Hurley replied, “Well, he had another last week. He has five.”

“He was over 50 when he spawned them all,” joked the model and actress, 52, adding on a slightly more serious note, “No, he’s an enchanting dad. Really, really sweet. Having these kids has transformed him from a very miserable person into a fairly miserable person. It’s improved him. He’s gone up the scale.”

Speaking to PEOPLE’s editor in chief Jess Cagle in January, Grant said of fatherhood. “It was the nicest thing that’s ever happened to me —he said sounding clichéd — but it happens to be true,” he said. “It’s just lovely to have all that love around. Suddenly you love someone more than yourself. It’s unheard of in my case and they love you and it’s all enchanting.”

Though Grant has never married, he has been involved in several high-profile relationships, including with Hurley who he dated for 13 years before they split in 2000.  He’s also been linked to socialite Jemima Khan.

In 2016, the actor got candid about his thoughts on monogamy while appearing on Howard Stern‘s SiriusXM radio show, saying marriage can be “unromantic.”

“If you ask me the question, ‘Do I think human beings are meant to be in 40-year-long monogamous, faithful relationships?’ No, no,” he said. “Whoever said they were?”


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A1 to reunite with all four members for first time in nearly 15 years

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The 90s pop group are set to tour as a four piece of Paul Marazzi, Christian Ingebrigtsen, Mark Read and Ben Adams to mark their 20th anniversary.
Announcing the news on Twitter, they shared: “WE’RE SO EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THE 1ST OF OUR 20TH ANNIVERSARY REUNION DATES – STARTING WITH SINGAPORE..MORE TO FOLLOW. #a1Reunion (sic)”
Whilst Ben, Mark and Christian added in a short statement: “We’re unbelievably excited that Paul will be joining us again to bring the original line up of a1 back together for the very first time in nearly 15 years.”
The band – famous for their hits ‘Like A Rose’, ‘Take On Me’ and ‘Same Old Brand New You’ – started out as a four piece but in 2002, Paul decided to leave the band, citing “personal reasons”.
Mode Entertainment wrote on their page: “Formed in 1998, this year marks the 20th Anniversary of a1! With a long string hits such as “Like A Rose”, “Take On Me”, “Same Old Brand New You” (and many more!), popular boyband a1 is back to charm their Singapore fans on 20 October 2018 (Saturday), 8PM at MES Theatre with an extraordinary Reunion Tour concert that will include well-missed former member Paul Marazzi! This marks the only time the Original Line Up is appearing together since 2002. Expect lots of hits, laughter and tears at this Once In A Lifetime Reunion Concert! Don’t miss it for the world! #a1Reunion (sic)”
Further dates are expected to be announced in due course.

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In Donald Trump’s America, there really are two Americas.

In one, America’s intelligence community caught wind of the fact that Russia was attempting to influence the various inexperienced and sketchy members of the Trump campaign, and sought to investigate this possibly dangerous behavior, using various methods at their disposal, including confidential informants on the inside.  

In the other America—and make no mistake, there are tens of millions living in this alternative universe—the Obama administration sought to wiretap and spy on the Trump campaign for completely nefarious reasons. They were out to get him from day one.

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John Varvatos to Offer Jewelry for First Time

John Varvatos is going into the jewelry business — and not in a small way.
Through a licensing deal with Gurhan Orhan, the designer has created his first signature jewelry collection, which will consist of more than 100 pieces of bracelets, cuff links, necklaces and rings. The designs will be crafted using precious and semiprecious stones, sterling silver, bronze, brass, leather and 18-karat gold.

The line includes bracelets, rings and necklaces. 

And like the designer’s apparel collection, the jewelry will have a rebellious, rock ‘n’ roll edge and is intended to complement his men’s wear. Prices will start at $ 198 retail.
Among the materials that will be used are black diamonds, sapphires, lapis lazuli, black onyx, sodalite, pyrite, gray obsidian, jasper, turquoise and labradorite. Varvatos stressed that the stones were all hand-selected from various sources around the world that ensure ethical treatment of those who mine, produce and deliver the stones. Diamonds were sourced in compliance with the guidelines of the Kimberley Process, a certification system developed to prevent conflict diamonds from entering the market. And the collection was hand-finished by artisans in Istanbul.
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How to make time for travel despite a busy schedule

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With so much of the world to see, we can often find ourselves torn between our desire to explore the hidden gems of the Earth, and our need for the time and money to do so. Because many of us are not lucky enough to take months off from work to leave our troubles behind and travel, we have to find time in between working long shifts, paying bills and everyday adult responsibilities (which we pretend we don’t hate, when we really do) to finally get out of your office chair. So if you need some advice on how to make time for travel when you have a busy schedule, look no further.

Enjoy weekend trips

Okay, so you can’t really go too far over the course of two days, but you can at least get away from the same town you see week-in, week-out. Sometimes, just two days away from your normal hustle and bustle can settle your travel bug for a while. Spend a weekend in the country, check out a new city, take a long hike, or even just find a great place for a spa weekend. Your options are endless. And if you want to spend a bit more time away from your everyday life, try and take off either the Friday or the Monday for a long weekend.

Use your work holiday breaks

Unless you work for the worst boss in the world (sorry if you do), you should get most of the main holidays off from work, e.g., Christmas, Thanksgiving, national holidays, etc. These holidays are the ideal times to take a trip and travel somewhere new – you could even have Christmas on the beach this year! If you don’t mind missing some of your usual traditions, this could be perfect for you.

Travel on top of your work trips

If you’re lucky enough to be able to travel for your job and are sent on business trips during various times of the year then it’s super easy to just travel a few days earlier, or stay a little bit later to actually explore the place you’re visiting. More often than not, you get sent to your business trip destination, do the work, have the meetings, stay in a dodgy hotel and fly home again; without actually exploring your surroundings. Ask your boss if you can stay a few days later and see something new!

Make traveling one of your priorities

When you’ve got a busy work life and a hectic schedule, it can be hard to think of traveling as a priority when you have so much to do. However, everyone needs free time – but this can only be attained when you realize this. You need to find your own money, time and energy to plan and work out the logistics of your trip. Without this, you’re going nowhere. Except back to work.

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Avengers: Infinity War Wins Box Office Again and Becomes Fifth Highest Grossing Film of All Time Worldwide

(LOS ANGELES) — “Avengers: Infinity War” is still ruling the box office in its third weekend in theaters, easily beating out the mom-themed fare.

The Walt Disney Studios on Sunday estimates that “Infinity War” has added $ 61.8 million from North American theaters bringing its total domestic earnings to $ 547.8 million. Globally the film has now grossed over $ 1.6 billion— $ 200 million of which was from its massive opening in China this weekend. It’s now the fifth highest grossing film of all time worldwide.

The superhero blockbuster overpowered newcomers like the Melissa McCarthy comedy “Life of the Party” and the Gabrielle Union thriller “Breaking In,” both of which were strategically timed to debut on Mother’s Day weekend. Both films drew overwhelmingly female audiences, too.

In a distant second, “Life of the Party” earned an estimated $ 18.5 million, which is a few million short of some of McCarthy’s other comedy collaborations with husband Ben Falcone like “Tammy” and “The Boss.” It also got similarly mixed reviews from critics. The Warner Bros. release stars McCarthy as a woman who decides to go back to college with her daughter.

The studio is “thrilled” with the results.

“It’s escapist movie palace fare,” said Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros.’ president of domestic distribution.

The modestly budgeted “Breaking In” took third place with $ 16.5 million, over-performing most industry expectations despite lackluster reviews. The film stars Union as a mom who has to fight to save her kids from a group of home invaders.

“It’s an edge-of-the-seat thriller that you may not always associate with Mother’s Day, but it worked extraordinarily well,” said Jim Orr, Universal’s president of domestic theatrical distribution.

The Universal Pictures release is just the latest in a long string of successful collaborations with producer Will Packer, who also produced “Girl’s Trip” and the “Ride Along” films.

“We have a great partner in Will Packer and ‘Breaking In’ is another example of his very talented approach and our mutual success,” Orr said.

Also benefiting from the Mother’s Day timing was “Overboard,” which earned $ 10.1 million to take fourth place, down only 31 percent from its debut last weekend. And rounding out the top five was “A Quiet Place” with $ 6.4 million. The John Krasinski-directed thriller has now earned $ 169.6 million domestically.

“This is a typical Mother’s Day weekend with a big blockbuster in the mix and some counter programming thrown in for good measure as we await the arrival of ‘Deadpool 2’ next week,” said comScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian.

Because of the massive success of “Infinity War,” the box office is up 4.9 percent for the year, and a slew of blockbusters coming up are hoping to continue the success, including “Deadpool 2” and “Solo: A Star Wars Story” just one week later.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1.”Avengers: Infinity War,” $ 61.8 million ($ 281.3 million international).

2.”Life of the Party,” $ 18.5 million ($ 2.9 million international).

3.”Breaking In,” $ 16.5 million ($ 1 million international).

4.”Overboard,” $ 10.1 million ($ 8.2 million international).

5.”A Quiet Place,” $ 6.4 million ($ 2.8 million international).

6.”I Feel Pretty,” $ 3.7 million ($ 3.5 million international).

7.”Rampage,” $ 3.4 million ($ 6.4 million international).

8.”Tully,” $ 2.2 million.

9.”Black Panther,” $ 1.9 million.

10.”Blockers,” $ 1.1 million ($ 1.2 million international).


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Carrie Underwood is returning to her roots.

The Grammy Award winner gave a rousing performance at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, on Friday night to celebrate her 10-year anniversary since she became a member of the legendary concert hall.

Underwood, 35, shared a selfie of herself on Instagram before taking the stage, writing in the caption, “10 year anniversary #OprySelfie @opry ❤❤❤.”

The Grand Ole Opry’s Instagram account also shared videos of the momentous occasion on its Instagram Story. As part of her set, the singer sang some of her hits including “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” “Cry Pretty” and “Temporary Home.” She also sang a Randy Travis classic, “An Old Pair of Shoes.”

To round out the night, Underwood was surprised by Travis himself onstage with a bouquet of flowers. It was a full circle moment as it was Travis who invited Underwood to join the institution during a show in March 2008.

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In a photo of Travis and Underwood, the institution wrote in the caption, “A surprise visit from RANDY TRAVIS to celebrate!”

Another caption on the same photo read, “It was Randy Travis who invited @carrieunderwood to join the #Opry 10 years ago, and he made a surprise visit to celebrate with her tonight! ✨ #OnlyTheOpry.”

While onstage, Underwood told the cheering crowd, “This is my anniversary tonight. And we are very glad that you guys are here to celebrate with us!”

Underwood has been hard at work for her forthcoming album, titled Cry Pretty — her first work since she fell down the steps of her home and needed over 40 stitches on her face.

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Last week, the mother of one released the music video for her album’s first single, “Cry Pretty,” in which the star can be seen crying in the shower before making a triumphant return to the stage and handling the pressures of fame.

She opened up to Today show’s Hoda Kotb about the accident and her recovery from the facial injuries and a broken wrist.

“Plain and simple, it was just kind of a freak accident,” Underwood told Kotb. “I just fell. I just tripped taking my dogs out to do their business. It could happen to anybody.”

She added, “I say if I would have fallen anywhere else, it wouldn’t have been a problem. There was one little step that I went to catch myself on and I missed.”

 


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On top of giving your resume a boost and being able to converse with the locals while you’re traveling, learning a second language offers a slew of other benefits. It turns you into a better multitasker; helps you make sounder decisions, drastically improves your attention, and makes your brain bigger. Not everyone has the luxury of enrolling in a foreign language class full time, but that’s why learning apps like busuu exist. Busuu allows you to grasp a new language at your own pace, at your own time, anywhere, and even offline.

A busuu subscription awards you full access to 12 different language courses, each one covering the four main language skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Every course provides a variety of learning options, from lessons on how to build sentences with advanced grammar units to intensive vocabulary training, making sure you never forget the words you’ve discovered. All courses are downloadable for unlimited use, giving you the opportunity to practice anywhere and anytime. It’s effective, too: a team of experts from the City University of New York and the University of South Carolina found that 22 hours of busuu Premium is equivalent to one college semester.

To accelerate your language learning, busuu offers level tests, which you can take to earn official McGraw-Hill level completion certificates. And to hone your conversational and writing skills, you can practice with actual native speakers and receive personalized feedback. In exchange, you can assess the progress of other busuu learners who are trying to familiarize themselves with your native language.

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If you’ve gone to a music festival — or otherwise outdoorsy event — you likely know the struggle of finding a seat. While plopping down on the ground is always an option, it’s often not the most desirable one. This is where the Sitpack 2.0 comes in. It’s a compact portable seat that collapses to the size of a can when not in use. The portable seat lets you take a load off wherever you may be, and it’s on sale for nearly 40 percent off the usual price.

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The Sitpack lets you discreetly pack a seat wherever you go and give your legs a rest when the day gets long. It normally retails for $ 65, but you can get it on sale today for $ 39.95, saving nearly 40 percent off the usual retail price.

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Time’s Up for R. Kelly—Because It’s Long Past Time to Believe Black Survivors

Women of color within the Time’s Up campaign have joined forces with the activist-led #MuteRKelly protest co-founded by Kenyette Tisha Barnes and Oronike Odeyle, joining a community of black activists demanding accountability for the allegations of assault, exploitation and abuse against the entertainer spanning decades.

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Inspired by the recent guilty verdict of Bill Cosby, Time’s Up published an open letter calling on members to join the social media campaign. “As women of color within Time’s Up,” they wrote, “we recognize that we have a responsibility to help right this wrong. We intend to shine a bright light on our WOC sisters in need. It is our hope that we will never feel ignored or silenced ever again.”

R. Kelly is an influential R&B musician, producer and songwriter who, for over two decades, has also been a known sexual predator and assailant. In 1994, he secretly and unlawfully married musician Aaliyah when she was just 15 years old; just last year, reports broke that he was brainwashing, abusing and holding young women against their will. Despite consistent and persistent allegations of abuse, sexual misconduct with minors and even child pornography, Kelly has, for too long, evaded criminal charges, maintained a successful career and dismissed and silenced his accusers.

“Over the past 25 years, the man known publicly as R. Kelly has sold 60 million albums, toured the globe repeatedly and accumulated hundreds of millions of plays on radio and streaming services,” the Time’s Up letter reads. “During this time, he also married a girl under 18 years of age; was sued by at least four women for sexual misconduct, statutory rape, aggravated assault, unlawful restraint and furnishing illegal drugs to a minor; was indicted on 21 counts of child pornography; has faced allegations of sexual abuse and imprisonment of women under threats of violence and familial harm.”

At long last, however, R. Kelly’s time is up.

In an interview with Glamour, Odeleye placed the Time’s Up letter and the growing interest in her campaign in context—crediting the #MeToo movement for a long overdue call for accountability for Kelly and other men who have abused and exploited women, and particularly women of color, with impunity. “When #MeToo broke, I knew it was an important conversation,” she told the magazine. “It’s an important step that women in power decided to take. They spoke out about their real experiences, and it emboldens the rest of us—if those women could do it, I can speak up, too. But the fact that it lacked representation of women of color in the beginning frustrated me, because it’s often women of color who experience this kind of stuff and don’t feel like there is a place to come out and talk about what’s happening to them.”

Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement, echoed those sentiments in an interview with NPR. “We have seen 24 years of allegations leveled against R. Kelly, and he has gone unscathed,” she told reporters. “So what the letter does is join the #MuteRKelly campaign, that was well on its way already, and joined the chorus of black women around the country who have been saying we want some accountability. Those things have to be interrogated. And I think at the very least we need to see corporations step away from them until we have satisfactory investigation into these allegations.”

As the #MeToo movement and the Time’s Up campaign both continue to create new spaces and conversations around sexual harassment, abuse, exploitation and violence, it is critical that we continue, as well, to ensure that nobody gets left behind. This is only the beginning, and we must continue to listen to and believe black women—and finally mute R. Kelly.

Jordannah Elizabeth is an author, lecturer, music critic and feminist writer. Her work has appeared in Cosmopolitan, Bitch Media, LA Weekly and Village Voice and is bi-coastal by nature. She is the author of Don’t Lose Track Vol 1: 40 Articles, Essays and Q&As.

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Return to Tunis: why now is the time to visit this historic city

Tourism is on the rise in Tunisia after the 2015 terror attacks, but international visitors remain in short supply in its capital, leaving its Roman ruins and key attractions largely empty

It’s late evening at Tunis’s Sidi Bou Said TGM train stop. A group of teenage boys skip across the tracks to disapproving looks and head for the waiting room where a homeless person is asleep. It turns out they are looking for somewhere with an echo so one of them can sing. When the boy begins, the sleeper sharply suggests they go away.

The boys move to another waiting area where the sound of unaccompanied singing soon drifts along the platform. Tunisians heading home after a Saturday evening wait to board the service for La Marsa Plage, the last stop on the line. The train, when it comes, is a little scruffy.

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It’s Time for John Kelly to Shape Up or Go

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Idiot, moron, unhinged. There’s a whole section of the thesaurus for that ways that the President’s closest advisors have reportedly described him. The latest addition to this thread comes from White House Chief of Staff John Kelly who reportedly referred to his boss as an idiot.

Kelly says it’s a lie. But either way, the episode is part of an ongoing series of leaks, from the White House, that raise questions about Kelly’s ability to manage the place. After all, a chief of staff who not only can’t control leaks in general, but can’t even control leaks about himself, doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence.

All of which begs the question: why General Kelly is still around? The answer is, he shouldn’t be, at least not unless he steps up soon.

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Amazon Is Increasing the Cost of Prime for the First Time in Four Years


It all started in 2005 with free two-day shipping.

Since then, Amazon Prime has evolved into the preeminent paid subscription service, with over 100 million members getting access to popular TV series, movies and music, select free Kindle books and free shipping that now includes two-hour delivery.

Prime is one of those things that people make fit into their budgets because it’s a good deal. But now you might have to give up a trip to The Sizzler to afford the luxury.

Starting May 11, Amazon is increasing the price of Prime membership from $ 99 per year to $ 119.

Prime renewals will follow the price increase beginning June 16.

Regular and student monthly memberships will continue to be $ 12.99 and $ 6.49 per month, respectively. The annual student membership will increase to $ 59 per year.

No change has been announced to increase the price on discounted memberships for Medicaid recipients.

It’s been four years since Prime’s last $ 20 price hike from $ 79, shortly after which Amazon introduced Prime Music.

What’s to come for Amazon Prime members is yet to be fully revealed but there are a few things we know.

Whole Foods is eliminating its rewards program beginning May 1 in favor of a program integrated with Prime. And Amazon has acquired rights to stream two years of the NFL’s Thursday Night Football games for a cool $ 130 million – a perk that will only be available to Prime members.

If you’re not a Prime member and won’t be ready to pull the trigger before May 11, you can still ask your mom for a digital gift card for a year of Prime and pay her $ 99 back later.

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Isn’t It About Time We Stopped Loathing Mickey Spillane?

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They got abandoned, slapped around, and drowned. They got strung up, whipped, knifed, and/or shot. Women had it rough in Mickey Spillane novels, which led to predictable charges of misogyny, but those doing the charging tended to ignore the fact that men had it just as rough and, more to the point, Mickey Spillane didn’t give a good goddamn what the critics thought about his work. He became one of the best-selling authors in the history of the printed word because the only thing he cared about was satisfying his millions of fans.

Hold on. That last sentence contains two errors. “Hell, I’m not an author, I’m a writer,” Spillane once said. “I’m just trying to entertain.” As for his audience, he added, “I have no fans. You know what I got? Customers.”

How refreshing! In an age when writers grovel for critical acclaim and prizes, when careerist MFAs rule the literary world, and political correctness has infected American fiction like some devious vanilla virus, we could use a little of Mickey Spillane’s earthiness and lack of pretension.

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