Don’t Go Shopping: 12 Better Ways to Spend Your Time on Black Friday

What are you planning to do on Black Friday? Will you wake up at 4 a.m. to fight your way through crowds? Stand in line for hours only to discover that this year’s hottest toys are sold out?

That doesn’t exactly sound like fun. And no, leaving Thanksgiving dinner to visit the mall on Thursday night isn’t the answer, either.

Instead of battling the crowds as suggested by this tongue-in-cheek post, put your time to better use. Erin Burt shared 10 great ideas for Black Friday on Kiplinger, which inspired me to add to her list.

Here are 12 more smart strategies to make the most of your time on Black Friday — and most will leave you with extra money in your pocket.

1. Sign Up for Free Money

Yes, you read that right. Take advantage of bank account promotions to earn free money from several banks. While chasing sign-up bonuses isn’t always worth your time, these ones could earn you a pretty penny:

Chase

Go to this Chase Total Checking page and enter your email to get a coupon. Take this coupon to a Chase branch and use it to open a Total Checking account. Set up direct deposit, and you’ll get a $ 200 bonus!

You’ll need to use the coupon by Jan. 18, 2018, and set up direct deposit within 60 days of opening your account.

TD Bank

You’ve got two options here:

1. Open a new Premier Checking Account by visiting this page and entering your city and state (this account isn’t available in every state). Click the “open account” button and follow the instructions. (You have to open the account online through this page to get the bonus.)

Set up direct deposits of $ 2,500 or more within 60 days of opening the account, and you’ll get a $ 300 bonus. If you keep at least $ 2,500 in the account, TD Bank will waive the $ 25 monthly fee.

2. Open a new Convenience Checking account and get a $ 150 bonus. Scroll down to the “online offer only” box, click the “open account” button and follow the instructions. (If you don’t see an online offer box, the account’s not available in your state.)

Set up direct deposits to add $ 500 or more to the account within 60 days, and you’ll get a $ 150 bonus. If you keep a daily balance of $ 100 in the account, TD Bank will waive the $ 15 monthly fee.

2. Sell Your Stuff

Instead of going out and waiting in line to buy new stuff, why not make some money off the stuff you already have.

Start shuffling through your old movies or CDs because Decluttr will pay you for them.

Decluttr buys your old CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays and video games, plus hardware like cell phones, tablets, game consoles and iPods.

One user, Gil Flores, sold about 100 DVDs and 75 CDs and made $ 275 — an average of $ 1.57 each.

Just download the app, and start scanning the barcodes on your media to get immediate quotes. It’s completely free to use: There are no listing or seller fees.

Payment is pretty fast — it’ll take a day or two — but shipping is free.

Right now, when you send in your trades, Decluttr grants you a $ 5 bonus when you enter BLACK5 at checkout.

3. Find a Seasonal Job

While many people think it’s too late, there’s still time to pick up a seasonal job for the holidays. Some businesses will have finished their hiring already, but you might luck out — especially if you hustle early this week.

Try Snagajob, which specializes in hourly work, as well as good old-fashioned walk-ins — though you probably don’t want to try those on Black Friday itself.

4. Get Your Kids a Job

No, not at the mall. Signing your kids up to be toy testers is a fun way to help Santa save a little cash on presents.

Companies like Fisher-Price and Step 2 need feedback on new toys, such as whether they’re engaging and how they hold up to the wear and tear of playing, and the best people to share their feedback are kids and their parents.

Curious? Learn more about how to land toy-testing jobs in this post.

5. Strengthen Your Online Presence

Your social media accounts are great for sharing your professional accomplishments, your comments on polarizing issues or your photo of that amazing steak you grilled last night.

But did you know your posts can also earn you free stuff — and put cash in your pocket?

Spend a few hours beefing up your Facebook profile, Twitter stream, LinkedIn network and other channels, and you could create new opportunities for yourself.

To learn more about Facebook and Twitter contests and earning opportunities, check out this post. And all of your sharing and tweeting helps build “influence,” which Klout measures and rewards with free Perks.

Bonus? Your new, improved social media presence could also help you and your kids land those coveted toy-testing jobs.

6. Plan a New Small Business

Whether you’re ready to hit the ground running or you’re researching your options for the new year, start planning a way to earn money on the side. Figure out a way your skills and experience could help people, and then capitalize on it.

Good with words? Try making money as a writer. Work in tech? Do a little freelance web development.

Love dogs? Think about leading dog adventures or planning pet parties. Handy with tools? Consider building catios (yes, they’re a thing) or repair and resell used appliances.

Need a few more ideas? Try some of these low-cost business options. Here’s what you’ll need to know to set up your business.

7. Get Creative

Let your inner artist run wild while everyone else is still in their turkey coma. Create something cool, like jewelry, walking sticks or other crafts, that you can give to friends and family for the holidays.

My biggest hit last year was a wine-tasting kit: I simply sewed four bottle-shaped fabric covers and painted a number on each, to make it more fun to blind taste-test different bottles.

Want to earn some cash with your crafts? Consider setting up shop on Etsy or another online marketplace.

8. Write an Ebook

Have you been talking about writing a book forever? Put your money where your mouth is and write it already.

Not sure what to write about? Steve Scott, who has published more than 60 Kindle ebooks, recommends picking a niche market and then offering value by solving a problem for readers.

Once you’re ready to share your work with the world, here’s how to self-publish it online.

9. Go for a Walk or Hit the Gym

While you might not feel like being active after stuffing yourself with turkey (and stuffing), perhaps a little financial incentive would motivate you to get off the couch. What if you could earn money for your workout — or even a walk around the block?

That’s right, these sites and apps will pay you to exercise:

  • Pact (formerly Gympact): Set a goal for your workouts, including hitting the gym, visiting a yoga studio or walking outside, and earn cash by sticking to your pact.
  • Diet Bet: Bet on yourself losing a certain amount of weight in a given time period, and earn up to $ 100 if you’re successful.
  • Healthy Wage: Similar to Diet Bet, but competing with a team could earn you payouts up to $ 10,000.

10. Sell Your Blood Plasma

It takes about two hours and yes, it involves a needle, but selling your plasma could earn you about $ 25 for your first visit. The process is simple, and you’re free to read or watch TV while a machine draws your blood and separates the plasma.

Interested? Search “plasma center + [your city]” for options, and ask your friends for referrals — many centers offer referral sign-up bonuses.

If you prefer just to donate blood — which the American Red Cross says is especially necessary between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day — look for a blood drive near you on its website or download its Blood App.

11. Plan to Give to Charity

If you’re going to make any charitable donations, you’ll want to make them before the end of the year so you can deduct them on your 2016 taxes.

Make sure to read the the IRS guidelines first — you’re only allowed to deduct donations to qualified organizations, not individuals or political campaigns, and donations of property or goods are treated differently than cash.

12. Shop Online, Strategically

If you really need to get started on your holiday shopping, do it from the comfort of your own home and use these tricks to save extra cash and earn rewards.

For example, signing up for Ebates earns you cash back on purchases you’re going to make anyway — like 8% on TOMS shoes, 8% on Backcountry.com and 8% at Saks Fifth Avenue.

And when you buy your gifts, always use your rewards credit card to earn cash back or travel points. Your holiday gifts might as well give you something in return!

BONUS: Spend Time With Family and Friends

OK, so this option won’t earn you any extra money.

But whether you’re traveling for Thanksgiving or enjoying a day off at home, take a little time to relax this week. After all, what’s the use in earning cash and rewards if you never enjoy them?

*Chase Fine print:

Checking offer is not available to existing Chase checking customers, those with fiduciary accounts, or those whose accounts have been closed within 90 days or closed with a negative balance. To receive the $ 150 checking bonus: 1) Open a new Chase Total Checking account, which is subject to approval; 2) Deposit $ 25 or more at account opening; AND 3) Have your direct deposit made to this account within 60 days of account opening. Your direct deposit needs to be an electronic deposit of your paycheck, pension or government benefits (such as Social Security) from your employer or the government. After you have completed all the above requirements, we’ll deposit the bonus in your new account within 10 business days. You can only receive one new checking account-related bonus per calendar year. Bonus is considered interest and will be reported on IRS Form 1099-INT.

**Account Closing: If your checking account is closed within six months after opening, we will deduct the bonus amount at closing.

Editorial Disclosure
This content is not provided by the bank advertiser. Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of the bank advertiser. This site may be compensated through the bank advertiser Affiliate Program.

Heather van der Hoop is senior editor of The Penny Hoarder. When she’s not reading, you can usually find her playing along with Jeopardy! or climbing rocks, mountains and trees.

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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The subject of the diagnosis was not named in the study, but was reported by CNN to be Fred McNeill, who died in 2015 at age 63. McNeill played 12 seasons as a linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings before retiring in 1985.

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(NEW YORK) — Shalane Flanagan dethroned Mary Keitany on Sunday and became the first American woman to win the New York City Marathon since 1977, potentially ending her decorated career with her first major marathon victory.

Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya won the men’s race, holding off countryman Wilson Kipsang by 3 seconds for his first major victory.

Keitany had won three straight New York marathons, but Flanagan pulled away from the Kenyan great with about three miles to go. Flanagan finished in 2 hours, 26 minutes, 53 seconds, about a minute faster than Keitany.

The American cried and yelled as she approached the finish line all alone.

“It’s indescribable,” the 36-year-old Flanagan said. “It’s a moment I’m trying to soak up and savor.”

The last American woman to win New York was Miki Gorman, who took consecutive titles in 1976-77.

Flanagan finished second in New York for her first marathon in 2010 but hadn’t run this race since. This was her first marathon since finishing sixth at the Rio Games due to a fracture in her lower back. The injury kept her out of the Boston Marathon in the spring but set her up to train hard for New York with an eye on Keitany.

Flanagan had called Keitany “the alpha racer” and said she was ready to “suffer dearly” while keeping pace with the unpredictable Kenyan.

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On the podium, Flanagan put her hands over face and began to cry again when she was announced the winner. She turned to hug Keitany before accepting her medal.

“This is the moment I’ve dreamed off since I was a little girl,” Flanagan said.

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American running great and 2009 New York winner Meb Keflezighi completed his 26th and final marathon in 11th place at 2:15:29, collapsing as he crossed the finish.

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This Org Is Building Up Black Communities and Curbing Gentrification One Block At a Time

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Earlier this year, Jay-Z released 4:44, which was critically acclaimed as one of the most transparent and prolific studio albums that he ever recorded. In addition to spilling intimate details about his marriage to superstar Beyoncé, he rapped about entrepreneurship, the advantages of saving, and economic empowerment, especially for people of color.

 

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“F— livin’ Rich and Dyin’ Broke” – Jay-Z

 

In the track “The Story of OJ,” the retired street-hustler-turned-music-artist stresses the importance of ownership as a means to financial freedom. “Please don’t die over the neighborhood that your mama rentin.’ Take your drug money and buy the neighborhood, that’s how you rinse it,” he raps. That one powerful lyric advises hustlers not to risk their lives over property that is either owned by the government or other; rather, Jay tells them to use their earnings to make investments back into their communities. Not only does this build equity and wealth, but it can also be used as a tool to stop gentrification in urban areas from pushing minorities and working class folks out of prime real estate neighborhoods where they live. While real estate investment is an intimidating and risk concept for many, Lynn P. Smith is showing people how to put Jay’s invaluable advice into practice through her organization, Buy The Block.

 

 

Buy The Block

 

Buy The Block is a crowdfunding intermediary platform that connects real estate developers seeking to crowdfund any type of property. It is also one of the only black-owned platforms in the country that is dedicated to making investments in real estate as a group more accessible. With the focus on the black communities around the nation, Buy The Block is currently on track to raise millions of dollars in funding for development projects in communities of color. It projects that it will eventually change the face of crowdfunding real estate investing in America by taking on more significant projects and contracts. Another goal is to curb gentrification by empowering African Americans to purchase property and remain in their communities.

“Indeed, we have loads of challenges, but I am determined to educate our community and make this work… thanks to everyone out there that united as one to embrace and support this unique concept,” said Lynn, the founder and CEO, in a statement.

 

 

How It Works

 

A press release published on BlackNews.com further explains how the Buy The Block model works.

This enviable initiative offers every Black American an opportunity to invest as little as $ 100, and connect with other investors – with an added advantage of helping every member buy a piece of their first block. Having a growing database of BlockVestors and Block Developers, all it takes to be a member is by signing up on their website.

With the platform, acquiring property or block of choice in one’s local area is achievable. Getting the funds to make such a big difference can also be without hassles. All that is required of a member is to; find a property, make an offer, bring the property to Buy The Block, get the needed funding from other investors if they so desire, and then purchase the block.

The ability to share wealth depending on each person’s investment makes it a win-win situation for all block investors. Buy The Block can manage any project from concept to end, and they aim to develop a large number of construction projects, in areas such as; residential, manufacturing, retail, multi-family, medical, religious, and pre-engineered building construction.

With the focus on the Black communities in America, Buy The Block is on track to raise millions of dollars in funding for development projects in these communities. Having the capacity to take on more significant projects and contracts, they project that they will soon change the face of crowdfunding real estate investing in the country.

They intend to do this by committing their time to getting great projects and making it a win-win for all sponsored projects. Their mission as stated on their website is to “change investing from confusing and frustrating, to an accessible and enjoyable social experience.”

 

For more information, head to www.BuyTheBlock.com.

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THE Apprentice is the BBC’s business-based reality show where candidates battle it out for Lord Sugar’s approval – and, more importantly, his money.

The 2017 series is in full swing – here’s everything you need to know about the show and the latest batch of hopefuls…

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What is The Apprentice and when is it on BBC One?

The fourth episode of The Apprentice airs on Wednesday November 1 at 9pm on BBC One.

It goes head -to-head with Trust Me, I’m A Doctor on BBC Two, Doc Martin on ITV, Grand Designs on Channel 4 and Big Family Values: More Kids Then Cash on Channel 5.

The Apprentice is a hit BBC reality show, now in its thirteenth series, featuring hour-long episodes.

Each series of the programme aims to find a new apprentice for billionaire business mogul and Amstrad founder Lord Alan Sugar, who’s worth £1.4bn.

It aims to recreate the toughest of business environments and tasks for its set of contestants, but it is often very funny due to the incompetence and arrogance of the competitors.

The show began in 2005 and has a US equivalent that kicked off in 2004, with Donald Trump in Lord Alan’s equivalent role.

There are celebrity and junior versions of the UK show, too.

Alan Sugar is joined by Karren Brady and Claude Littner
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Who are The Apprentice 2017 candidates?

The following people have been selected as the new contestants for this series:

The new contestants will be put through their paces
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How does The Apprentice work and who has won it recently?

Each series of The Apprentice begins with ten contestants – five men and five women, claiming to be the cream of entrepreneurial talent – being shoved into a posh house in London.

Then once a week they are woken up early, sent to a mystery location and split into two teams, with one of Lord Sugar’s aids spying on each.

The teams are given identical tasks and must assign a team leader and other roles before getting down to work.

As the teams compete against each other to see who can, usually, make the most dough, weaknesses inevitably appear in the teams’ infrastructures.

Sometimes their tasks last a day, sometimes they last longer – all we know is that at the end, one of the contestants from the losing team “will get fired.”

The episodes culminate in a nail-biting boardroom meeting, with Lord Sugar and his aids announcing the winning team, who are sent off to enjoy a prize.

After a tough discussion with the losing gang, Lord Sugar tells the team leader to bring back two people to the boardroom, and at least one of those three ends up getting sent home in a black cab.

“Fired” contestants are brought back to help in the final tasks.

The overall series winner is the contestant who survives until the end – and impresses Lord Sugar with their business idea.

Before the competitors reach that stage they must have a terrifying job interview with business experts, who pick their CVs apart like a plate of nachos.

The most recent winners have been Alana Spencer, Joseph Valente, Mark Wright, Leah Totton and Ricky Martin.

Who is on the show’s board with Lord Sugar?

Lord Sugar needs “ears and eyes” on the ground during each week’s tasks.

He used to be helped by silver-tongued Nick Hewer and uber-shrewd Margaret Mountford.

But after legal aid Margaret left in 2009, West Ham CEO Karren Brady took over the role.

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Is it time to retire the Halloween candy-eating prank?

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Laura Falin

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It’s the question that has divided most parents I know for the last few Halloweens. Is Jimmy Kimmel’s annual prank, where parents tell their children they ate all the kids’ Halloween candy, funny or mean?

I’ve always found it unsettling. I swear I have a sense of humor. I like joking with my kids. I really like Jimmy Kimmel and I think he’s hilarious, too. There were a few years when I wondered if I was being too uptight. But this particular prank never sat well with me.

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Then today, I stumbled across this Washington Post article that perfectly articulated all the reasons it made me uneasy. This sums it up here:

“I have a different view. In my opinion as a longtime child psychiatrist, the children in the clips — most of whom appear to be between 3 and 7 years old — are reacting not so much to the temporary loss of candy but to a sense of betrayal that will linger long after their parents own up to the joke.”

Aside from the fact that we have plenty of crying around here already, and I do not need to introduce reasons for more of it, there’s that sense of betrayal. The writer, a child psychiatrist, states that kids see things as strictly right or wrong. We don’t understand nuance, or shades of gray, or pranking, until we get older. So either you’re a good guy, or a bad guy. When parents deliberately lie to their kids, and steal on top of that, it confuses them.

The author also points out that this is the first time a lot of kids get some independence. They get to pick out a costume. They get to knock on doors, and ask for candy, and keep that candy in a special container just for them. And then we consider this:

“But they are still very young. Their bonds with their parents are built on trust — trust that Mom and Dad would never do anything to hurt them. And it can feel like a violation of that trust to hear that Mom and Dad have stolen and eaten all of their hard-won spoils, the stuff they went to bed dreaming about.”

I’m probably going to let my kids down more times than I can count before they’re grown. I hope those times will all be unintentional, and I hope my kids will forgive me. Why would I add deliberate disappointments to that?

I second the writer when she says she hopes this is the year the prank is retired for good. Let the kids have their candy without any pranking. And if we’re going to take a piece or two (and I will…I definitely will…), let’s be honest with our kids about it from the start.

What do you think? Is the candy-eating prank funny or not?

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When Daylight Saving Time 2017 Is and Why We Do It

Daylight saving time (DST) ends on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 2 a.m. ET. Most Americans will set their clocks back an hour at this time. This makes for darker days, but they will gain an extra hour of sleep.

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Don’t lose your mind when Daylight Saving Time ends

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Laura Falin

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It’s coming.

You have a week and a half to get ready, but make no mistake. The end of Daylight Saving Time will be here on Sunday, November 5th, and, unless you live in Arizona, life as you know it will change.

I used to love the end of Daylight Saving Time. It meant staying up late Saturday night and getting a blissful extra hour of sleep on Sunday. Not any more. Babies, as it turns out, do not actually care if we turn our clocks back. They still go on waking up at the same time their bodies tell them to, regardless of whether we gain an hour or not.

Actually, this goes on for years — even my older kids still wake up too early and can’t fall back asleep. Which means tired, grumpy kids for at least a week afterward around here.

This year, I’m going to try and plan better. Fortunately, there are some great time-change resources here on the BabyCenter blog. And since you’re reading this with plenty of time before the Big Day, there are even things you can start doing now to help your baby or young child adjust.

1. Gradually move bedtimes and wake-up times.

You can start now. Each night, try moving bedtime back by 10 minutes, and get everyone up 10 minutes later in the morning. You can even try moving your time one night, then staying with that time for a few nights, then move it back a little more until everyone’s adjusted. There’s also no rule that says you have to be on schedule by November 5. If it takes a few more days after that to get settled, move at the pace your child needs.

2. Keep bedtime routines the same.

Routine is going to be key when you’re moving bedtimes for small children and babies. The sense of normalcy while the time changes will be comforting, and sometimes the visual cues you use when getting them ready for bed can help them understand that now it’s time for sleep.

3. Adjust the lighting in their rooms.

At this time of year, it will likely be dark when they go to sleep. But you may want to consider blackout or dark curtains to keep the light out in the morning. Also, if your children are old enough to understand, you may want to try a sleep-training alarm clock. The clock lights up when it’s an acceptable time for them to get up in the morning. There are a few good ones – including this one on Amazon.

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4. Take it easy.

I just prep myself for having cranky kids for a bit. I plan on us laying low. None of us (including this tired mama) will be on our best behavior for the week surrounding a time change, and we’ve done it enough now that we simply plow through until everyone’s adjusted on the other side.

Do you have any tips for helping babies and little kids adjust to a time change?

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Will royal wedding bells be ringing soon? All signs point to yes. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have had several important milestones lately, including their first public appearance at the Invictus Games in Toronto, but the most telling indication that an engagement announcement is forthcoming is a recent meeting with Queen Elizabeth herself.

According to the Daily Mail, the Suits actress met with Her Majesty on Thursday, two days after she returned from her extended summer trip to Scotland. Since Prince Harry is fifth in line to the throne, he must get the Queen’s approval to marry, and it seems like she’s received the official royal thumbs up.

Markle has already been introduced to his father Prince Charles and step-mother the Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, as well as brother Prince William and Duchess Kate, so the meeting with the Queen was the final royal approval the 33-year-old Prince needed. 

With all the royals aligned, it seems like they’ve already begun discussing a wedding date. “William and Kate are expecting their third baby mid April, and Harry won’t want to overshadow the birth of another prince or princess, and, of course, the Duchess will need some time to recover before she is at such a high-profile event,” a source told Vanity Fair. “The most likely date is early summer 2018, which neatly ties in with Harry and Meghan’s second anniversary.”

Markle recently told the producers of the USA show Suits that she won’t be returning for another season, which has everyone believing that they may already be engaged. We’ll be waiting with bated breath for the official announcement. 

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Time kids spend on mobile devices has tripled in past 4 years

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A report released Thursday by Common Sense Media reveals some interesting — and concerning — trends about about screen time for kids ages 8 and younger.

The nonprofit organization, which focuses on helping children, parents, and educators thrive in the world of media and technology, released a report titled The Common Sense Census: Media Use by Kids Age Zero to Eight. For this report, 1,454 parents of children 8 and younger took part in an online survey in January and February about how their kids use media. Its findings show that young children are spending an average of 2 hours and 19 minutes per day on screen media.

“The report actually shows that kids’ overall media use has stayed about the same since our 2011 report (2:19 versus 2:16). What’s changed is how they’re using it,” James Steyer, chief executive officer and founder of Common Sense Media,  said in an email to CNN. “Mobile is totally taking over — it now makes up 35 percent of screen time, compared to 4 percent in 2011.”

Here are some other key stats from the new report:

• The amount of time 0- to 8-year-olds spend on mobile devices each day has tripled. It’s gone from 5 minutes in 2011, to 15 minutes in 2013, to 48 minutes in 2017.

• Nearly half (49 percent)of kids ages 8 and younger have screen time within an hour before bedtime. This includes watching TV, play games, using a smartphone and more, and it goes against pediatricians’ recommendations.

• Ninety-eight percent of kids 8 and under live in households with mobile devices — compared to 52 percent in 2011 and 75 percent in 2013.

• Forty-two percent of kids 8 and under have their own tablet device, compared to 1 percent in 2011.

• Families with young kids are more likely to subscribe to a video service like Netflix or Hulu (72 percent) than they are to have cable TV (65 percent.)

Along with the release of this report, Common Sense Media is highlighting simple ways families can help make media a positive influence during the early years. Part of this effort includes a series of PSAs starring Will Ferrell, which aim to encourage parents and kids to ditch their devices during dinnertime. You can watch the first PSA in the video, below.

As I was reading through these stats, I kept nodding my head thinking, “Yep, that’s my family.” My 6-year-old and 3-year-old each have their own tablets. (Our 1-year-old does not.) And although we don’t have cable TV, we do have Netflix, Amazon Video and sometimes Hulu. We also allow tour kiddos to chill out to the TV between bath time and bedtime each night.

It’s not surprising to me that mobile devices are making up increasingly larger percentages of screen time. Heck, I didn’t even have a smart phone back in 2011. But now? I’m not sure what I’d do without one. With that said, I’m sure we could all benefit from carving out more strict, no-screen time with our families. Because our kids are watching and taking cues from us. And they’re more than worth it.
 

What do you think of this report? Do the stats align with what’s going on in your household?

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Despite the explosive outcry against the political sentiment and executive orders being pushed under the Trump administration, Shawn Baldwin, chairman of the AIA Group, says there are plenty of ways for African Americans to prosper in our current economic and political environment. In fact, Baldwin explained 4 Ways Black People Can Thrive Under the Trump Administration earlier this month. In a follow-up phone interview with Black Enterprise, the internationally renowned investor discussed how and why African Americans should purchase property while Trump is in office as a means to generate wealth.

“For most people, the acquisition of real estate is one of the best ways for them to become wealthier,” he told BE. “For the average person, their wealth is concentrated in their home and non-depreciating assets,”—unlike a car or “retail jewelry, which is purchased at a markup and not worth as much as fine jewelry. However, now is a prime time for people of color to invest in urban re-development, which he says will be a primary focus under Trump’s administration. In turn, this will create opportunities for people of color.

“The acquisition of additional real estate can create wealthmainly because [Trump] will try to make the focus of the development of communities a prioritythis is going to create two opportunities: One, to add to your balance sheet, [and] two, to create places where other people of color are going to want to come and live.”

According to Baldwin, rather than just applying for a small business loan, people of color should invest in property and then use it as a stream of revenue to fund their business ventures. “Systematically, we have been denied loans, but we can do other things that can create significant wealth,” he said. “It’s more difficult to get a bank to fund you as a business.”

He continued, “They’re not going to give us money that they deem is risky. [Banks] are going to want to give a loan that is based on collateral,” he said, adding that 25 percent of all bank activities are commercial real estate based. “Most of the time, the loans that most people of color can get is a home or real estate loan.”

Rather than applying for a business loan, he advises entrepreneurs to what he calls the “backdoor method.” After you accumulate real estate, he says you can mortgage it and use that money to fund your own ideas. “If you acquire a bunch of real estate and it’s cheap, then use it as cash flow by leasing it out to people,” he adds.

Baldwin also suggests that people of color focus on areas “where there have been significant mortgage defaults because the banks will have pressure to lend in those areas. They don’t have pressure to lend in development because it is incredibly risky.”

“We’re not going to get back to prices that there were set in 2007, but the prices will climb and if you can get the properties on a discounted basis, then you can make significant wealth doing that.”

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Closing Time at the Boys’ Club

The boys’ club is alive and well. In fact, it still prevails. Male-dominated industries—from tech to Hollywood to politics—have continued to foster sexual harassment, gender discrimination and bullying. To add insult to injury, they have also continued to protect abusers and assailants.

It’s long past time to close the club. To do that, we have to break cycles of silence and shame. We have to give power back to the women who have been told not to speak up—and we have to protect them when they do.

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I have lived in the boys’ club for over 20 years, during which I’ve climbed the ladder in the corporate world. It’s disheartening to say, but in the span of my career—since 1994—it feels like I have seen zero change. A culture of sexism and harassment has been a consistent part of every company I’ve ever worked for. And at each organization, I was taught not to challenge the boys or their club—as it could hurt my job, opportunities for advancement and my reputation.

I was told to stand down on such topics early on in my career, ironically by a woman who served then as a human resources director. I was having problems with my male manager at the time—they came not in the form of sexual harassment, but in the form of bullying and intimidation. A lot of the women on our team shared my experience and had faced the same behavior from him, and everyone was angry and confused, but weren’t sure what to do. I put my neck out to see how we could stop it.

“Holly, realize who you are going up against?” that HR Director told me when I finally called about my manager. “He has been with the company for years versus your short tenure. He is a well regarded manager. Just know that you will certainly not win in this situation.”

I didn’t know this was a contest.

This conversation stayed with me for years, and it kept me quiet. I was afraid to continue standing up for myself. I learned to be quiet and just accept men’s bad behavior, because they were going to “win” anyway.  I continued to work for mostly male managers and consistently had similar situations and outcomes.

I’m not the only woman who has been stuck in this muck. The messages we receive in workplaces like these are that we don’t—and should not—have a voice. If we want to succeed, thrive and prosper, we better keep our mouths shut. The result? Women are trapped in a vicious cycle of silence and sexism.

That cycle keeps the boys’ club open.

The cycle stops now.

The men have insulated their pack. I can’t tell you how many times I have been at a work function and I’m just surrounded by men in golf shirts and khakis. Consider this their breeding ground. They tend to relate, promote and hire people just like themselves. Too often, they choose to stay in their comfort zone—expanding the pack and reinforcing its behavior.

Those men have been taught that treating women poorly is completely acceptable. Sexism is laughed at. Harassment is tolerated. I have seen this first hand, and I know where it ends. Unchecked sexism from one corner of a corporate office bleeds into the entire company culture, and soon everyone finds themselves laughing at sexist jokes and numb to the shock of witnessing or hearing about harassment. Soon everyone is playing their part in reinforcing that cycle—and women feel less and less hopeful that pathways to justice or change are open.

And women have been told to take the path of least resistance. When a woman comes out loudly about these issues, she puts herself in a situation where she will be attacked and basically told to accept it. There is a reason why it takes years for allegations against men like Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby and even Donald Trump to surface. It can take years for women to talk about it and put themselves out there for criticism and comments. It can take years for women to find each other—and find solace in finally recognizing that they aren’t alone. And it takes a lot of courage and chutzpah to put yourself on the firing line.

But we can push back. We can work to finally close the doors to the boys’ clubs. And we can start with having bold conversations about what needs to change—and making examples of the Harvey Weinsteins of the world. To do that, we need to make room for women and girls to be vocal. They can no longer be afraid to speak up.

That’s on us. We need to prove to them that this is a fight they will win. 

Holly Caplan is an award-winning manager and author of Surviving the Dick Clique: A Girl’s Guide to Surviving the Male Dominated Corporate World. 

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It takes a special kind of horrible to trash pregnant Kate Middleton for looking “too thin” (on the official Kensington Palace Instagram account, no less) after weeks of her terrible case of hyperemesis gravidarum — severe, debilitating morning sickness.

It’s especially horrible considering the recent photos of the former Kate Middleton come from her appearance at a World Mental Health Day reception at Buckingham Palace on Oct. 10 — her public debut after weeks of bed rest (and the official announcement of her third pregnancy).

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Never mind that Kate’s got two other kids running her ragged (because we’re sure even adorable tots like Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 2, have trying days). Never mind that this is the third time the duchess has suffered from the condition. Never mind that Kate dragged her exhausted self out of bed to champion mental health advocacy. And never mind that she looked ridiculously fabulous in a demure blue lace Temperley London (one of her favorite designers) dress. Nope. The internet trolls pounced anyway.

“I can’t believe she’s prego, she looks too thin,” wrote one commenter.

Another called her “emaciated” and “severely malnourished.”

A third asked, “Is she pregnant?”

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For the love of all things good, people, just stop with the judgment. Don’t make Pippa Middleton come after you; an insider told Us that the duchess’s sister has been with her at the palace regularly. Kate is still not out of the hyperemesis woods yet, either, according to a royal aide who spoke with Hello! (can’t imagine the palace would keep that particular royal aide if they knew said aide was chatting up tabloids). The aide said, “The Duchess’ condition is improving, but she is still suffering.”

And we’re still suffering hearing about the incessant body-judging and -shaming that Kate (and plenty of other women) are receiving. Enough horribleness, humanity, OK? Enough.

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Our favorite comment on the Kensington Palace Instagram sums it up better than we can. “It is my sincere hope that EVERY SINGLE UNEDUCATED twit who is criticizing The Dutchess [sic] of Cambridge is stricken with intractable vomiting for a few days DO [sic] THEY CAN SEE what this precious young woman is experiencing and has been FOR MONTHS. it’s quite hard to gain any weight when you are puking your toenails up all day. Not to mention she is very tiny all the time. She has two other children she is expending calories on every day. Mainly I want to say thank you Kate for caring enough to make Mental Health a priority and mustering the energy and strength to show support even going through a rough patch of several months. If you are one of the ass hats commenting on her size in a negative way shut the fuck up and educate yourself.”

If we didn’t know better, we might think Pippa wrote that herself.

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Galen Rupp crossed the finished line at 2 hours 9 minutes and 20 seconds. Kenyan Abel Kirui came in second, 28 seconds behind Rupp. Another Kenyan, Bernard Kipyego, was third.

The women’s race was won by Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba in 2 hours 18 minutes and 31 seconds. Brigid Kosgei of Kenya came second and American Jordan Hasay was third.

The last American to win the men’s race was Khalid Khannouchi in 2002.

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On Thursday I attended a toddler time at a nature preserve, the kind of thing I’ve gone to a hundred times before – a brief storytime followed by an easy craft and a room full of spirited, exuberant kids.

But this time was different.

This time I was a visitor to Las Vegas in the wake of a mass shooting that took place just 9 miles away.

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So as families entered the room to the Stevie Wonder song, “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing,” the lyrics felt steeped with meaning. As the docent read, “The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything,” I couldn’t help but wonder if the title was supposed to transmit a message to the adults in the room. And as parents gave each other hugs that lingered a little too long, I understood.

It’s only by happenstance that I am in Vegas right now, a road trip that was planned a long time ago.

A toddler boy stands against one of the colorful boulders at Seven Magic Mountains, located outside Las Vegas

Of course I never imagined that I would be steering my son around memorials on The Strip or he would see me cry as a message about trauma counselors flashed across the glitzy, sparkly sign at the Mirage. But here I am anyway.

 

This was the first time many of these parents had seen each other in a week, and the relief was palpable — all these residents of a parched landscape, living in a preposterous desert city that defies the odds to even exist. Though it is a dismal, daunting time, they were here in this room for each other. I didn’t purposely eavesdrop on their conversations; they were just happening around me, and it was touching, intimate, and revealing.

“We just got back from Wisconsin last night,” one mom said.

“Oh good, you weren’t there,” said her friend. “I wondered.”

Another mom seemed to collapse into her friend. She said a mutual friend had been hurt and was critical. The two clung together there, in a room wild with markers and glue, shouts and song, like the calm eye in a fierce storm.

They didn’t clarify what they were talking about. They didn’t have to.

The classic Fabulous Las Vegas sign lit up at night

 

This community of parents was doing what we all do for our children.

They cloaked the terror and tragedy of the world by speaking around the subject.

Nobody at toddler time mentioned a shooter or guns or terrorism, but it was crystal clear what they were talking about. It was almost as if there was an unspoken code.

These parents also dared to find some semblance of normalcy during a time fraught with fear, anger, and uncertainty. They made their way out into the world, even while the town was still reeling from tragedy, because that’s how a community shows strength and courage.

And here’s the part that fills me with optimism:

They’ll do it next week too. The parents will show up again and again, week after week, bringing children together, in the hope that the future will somehow be better.

How do you navigate current events and tragedies with your children?

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Inside Bob Dylan’s ‘Time Out of Mind’ Sessions

In 1996, Bob Dylan met Daniel Lanois in a hotel room in New York. He wanted Lanois to listen to some lyrics that he'd put together and tell him if there was enough there for his first collection of original songs in more than half a decade. Dylan and Lanois had not much kept in touch since the contentious New

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The Time Donald Trump Turned Away in Disgust While a Man Was Bleeding to Death in Front of Him

Howard Stern is the greatest celebrity interviewer alive, bar none. He is possessed of an uncanny ability to induce self-revelation, stroking and feeding the ego until it swells up and bursts. And nobody’s ego is bigger than Donald Trump’s, the bloviating New York real estate baron turned bumbling politician. The two lascivious man-children were a match made in shock jock heaven (or is it hell?), with each successive boast offering peeks into the Donald’s damaged psyche.

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