You Don’t Have to Be Walt Whitman to Win This $1K Poetry Scholarship Contest


Roses are red, violets are blue, and you could win $ 1,000 by sharing what a mentor meant to you.

Is there someone in your life who has inspired or guided you along the way or assisted in your personal development?

Here’s a chance to pay that person homage and enter to win a $ 1,000 scholarship toward college.

Power Poetry is holding an “O Captain, My Captain Scholarship Slam” scholarship sweepstakes.

How to Enter the Poetry Scholarship Contest

The contest is open to all current and former high school students who are in college or will attend college within the U.S.  All entrants must be 25 years old or younger to enter.

Before you enter, you must register as a member of the Power Poetry community, which promotes the writing of poetry.

Once that’s done and you’ve composed an ode to your mentor, all you have to do is submit your original poem with a title. That’s it.

The $ 1,000 scholarship winner is chosen in a random drawing — which means this is more about luck than being a wordsmith. Just keep your submission original and cross your fingers.

The deadline to enter is Oct. 25, 2018.

Check out the contest rules and contact Power Poetry with any questions.

May the odds be ever in your favor.

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And if you’re looking for even more scholarships to apply for, be sure to check out our list of 100 scholarships that will help you pay for college.

Stephanie Bolling is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She’ll always be thankful for the wisdom and compassion of her mentors.

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3 Types of People Who Definitely Need Life Insurance (and 5 Who Don’t)


When I turned 25, my parents set up a meeting with their insurance agent to sign me up for a life insurance policy. I was single, with no kids or even pets, and barely making enough money to pay the rent.

I got the policy, but never understood it. A few years went by, and I let go of it.

Life insurance is a confusing topic. That makes a lot of us just want to ignore it completely. Do you understand the different types of life insurance?

“Consumer demand for life insurance is greater than actual ownership,” according to the 2018 Insurance Barometer Survey by LIMRA. In other words, we think we need it, but still don’t have it.

The same survey notes that 44% of millennials overestimate the cost of life insurance by about five times the actual amount.

OK, so it’s probably not nearly as expensive or as difficult as you think. If you want to see just how much it would cost you, take a couple of minutes to get a free quote online.

A company like Policygenius offers you an easy way for anyone to compare and buy life insurance online. The search engine allows you to compare policies and get instant quotes. Once you find the right fit, you can apply right there.

If you’re young and mostly healthy, consider purchasing term life insurance online from Ethos. It partners with a major A-rated life insurance carrier to provide policies for a low price. For example, $ 30 a month could get your family $ 1 million of coverage.

But… do you need it?

I asked three insurance pros to weigh in on the life insurance needs of eight personas I created. Does one of these sound like you? You may be surprised at what the pros have to say.

Illustrations of eight different personas who might or might not need life insurance.
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Katy, 22, Recent Grad on a Bartender Budget

Katy is 22 years old and fresh out of school with a bachelor’s degree. She hasn’t found a career yet, but she’s keeping things together with a full-time bartending job. She rents an apartment and has no children. She’s living on a tight budget for now, but she’s hoping to land her dream job any day.

Someone this young can’t need life insurance, right?

That’s right, according to Mike Windle, a retirement planning specialist at C. Curtis Financial, Plymouth, MI.

“No need for term insurance as of yet,” Windle wrote in an email. “Term is best to either supplement income for a spouse that is lost, or to pay off large debts (i.e. a house). Without either of these there is no need.”

Quinc Pearcy, financial planner and wealth manager at Fort Wealth Management in Houston, Texas, sees some benefit to signing up for a policy early.

“A small term policy would fit [Katy] well and be cost effective. At her age, as long as she is in good health, life insurance would cost less than a night out to dinner,” Pearcy explained via email. “It doesn’t need to be a large policy but enough to cover things like outstanding student loans, car payments, credit cards and sudden death. None of us want to leave our parents with the burden of paying our outstanding debts.”

The verdict? Katy probably doesn’t need a life insurance policy yet, because no one is really dependent on her. But she may be able to lock in a good price by starting out early.

If that bit about student loans startled you, remember that many federal student loans are discharged if you die. If you have private loans or someone co-signed with you, your estate could be responsible for covering it.

Josh, 24, Starting Down the Career Path

Josh is 24 years old. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree and has found a salaried position within his field of choice. He’s making decent money, is not married, currently rents an apartment and wants to buy a home. He’s financially stable, but has not built up an abundance of savings or wealth just yet.

“Josh is on the cusp of fitting into the criteria of needing life insurance,” said Windle, “He should definitely get it through his work (typically two to five times his salary is what they offer, for a great price), but I would still hold off on getting term … If he waits until he buys his house he will also be able to be more accurate with the amount he needs.”

Pearcy sees benefits to Josh getting a policy now.

“Since he has steady income, it would be very easy for him to allocate enough money for a mid-size term policy. I would suggest a 10-, 20- or 30-year term to lock in the 24-year-old rate for the entire life of the policy.”

The verdict? Nope, Josh doesn’t need life insurance just yet. However, he’s in a good place to start looking at policies and maybe lock in a low rate. When he buys that house, it’s definitely time to get a policy.

Wesley, 28, A Newlywed With Big Plans

Wesley is a 28-year-old newlywed. He and his wife have no children (yet) but they are proud, new homeowners. Both Wesley and his wife work full time.

I would go big here,” said Pearcy. Wesley and his wife are both young enough, he said, “they would have no trouble qualifying for a large term policy. The amount would need to be enough to cover any outstanding debt: credit cards, mortgages, car notes, kids, college funeral costs.”

Windle agrees Wesley and his wife are in prime position for life insurance.

“Both Wesley and his wife should get insurance, again the first place is with their work (if offered) but with owning a home and relying on two incomes, it would be important they both have enough insurance to pay off the house and replace their income should one pass away.”

The verdict? Yes! With a spouse and a home, Wesley is firmly in the realm of those who need life insurance.

Dora, 31, Engaged Entrepreneur

Dora is a 31-year-old entrepreneur who owns her own bakery. She is engaged, has two dogs and no kids. She employs four people at her bakery.

Pearcy believes the business is a big factor for Dora.

“Without proper planning, the premature death of a business owner may result in assets having to be liquidated, the business being sold or the business becoming a burden on family members,” Pearcy said. “She must consider the four employees she has as they are dependent on her business for their income.”

“Dora is definitely a candidate for insurance,” Windle agreed. “She should have enough insurance to pay off her business debt and personal debt.”

The verdict? Yes. Dora’s business means she could have considerable debts and people counting on her. The dogs? She could even factor them in if she wanted.

Dan, 35, Homeowner and New Dad

Dan and his wife are in their mid-30s and are new parents to a baby girl. They own a small home. Each of them works full time making $ 50,000 to $ 70,000 annually.

“This is the most common client we see,” said Pearcy. “Married with kids and steady income. A lot to protect. I would build them a large 30-year term on both, as much as they can qualify for, with a child term rider for the new baby. The rider is inexpensive and means they do not have to buy her a separate policy.”

A child term rider is basically life insurance for the child of the primary insured person. As an add-on, it’s usually quite affordable.

Windle also sees Dan as a prime candidate.

Dan and his wife now have the added (financial) burden of a child so having insurance for each of them makes a lot of sense. By having $ 400,000 to $ 600,000 each, they should be able to ensure that their spouse and daughter will be taken care of should anything happen to them.”

The verdict? Oh yeah. These guys are right in the life insurance sweet spot. They’re young enough to get good rates, and have enough responsibility to really need it.

Gina, 36, Happily Single and Successful

Gina is 36 years old, single and happy about it. She owns a modest home she’s paid off. She’s been working full-time and making six figures since college. Her retirement fund is booming, and she keeps five months’ expenses worth of emergency savings in the bank.

Gina’s ability to earn and save on her own makes life insurance a lower priority, according to the experts.

“She sounds like she might be self-insured at the moment, but she has a couple of options,” said Pearcy.

By “self-insured” he means Gina has enough money saved to pay for an emergency or any costs after death. Instead, he thinks she could look towards her legacy, an amount of money she’d leave to a person or charity through a will.

“Being single, she does not need to cover legacy, unless she has a favorite nephew she wants to help pay for his college, or maybe she is active in her church and would like to leave them something tax-free,” he said.

The verdict? Nope. Gina has herself covered. However, she could look into life insurance as an alternative means for growing her wealth or providing a legacy.

Monica, 66, Recently Retired and Comfortable

Monica and her husband have recently retired. Their kids are grown with families of their own. They have adequate but modest retirement funds and own their home outright.

“A ‘second-to-die’ [policy] would be a great way to leave a tax-free (not tax-deferred) inheritance to their heirs,” said Pearcy. “Either spouse or both could get a ‘first-to-die’ insurance policy if an analysis showed the surviving spouse would need an additional lump sum of money to generate income.”

“This scenario is more about their legacy goals,” said Windle. “As far as replacing income and paying off debt, they don’t need insurance, but if they want a cheap way to leave tax-free funds behind to their kids and grandkids, then insurance can accomplish that.”

The verdict? No. Monica and her hubby are in a good place financially and don’t need the safety net of term life insurance. There may be some good reasons to look at getting a policy, but they don’t truly need it.

Rupert, 75, Living in Assisted Living

Rupert is 75 years old and living in an assisted-living establishment. He has one son who is in his 40s and is a successful business owner. Rupert’s only income is Social Security payments.

To Pearcy, this isn’t as clear-cut a scenario as it seems.

“This one is tough … unless Rupert or his son have the money set aside already for his funeral and burial, then a final expense policy would be necessary,” he said. “I would suggest the son pay the premiums and Rupert be the insured. Now, since the son is a successful business owner, he may have enough in savings to basically self-insure his father’s final expenses; in that case they would not need the policy.”

Windle is not in complete agreement. “Rupert should not waste any of his limited income on insurance. If his son is successful and Rupert doesn’t have enough assets for a funeral, then his son would be able to cover that expense.”

The verdict? Not likely. If Rupert’s son can take care of his funeral and any lingering expenses, Rupert should keep his money and enjoy life to the fullest.

How Much Life Insurance Do You Need?

If the thought of looking for a life insurance quote makes you cringe, I don’t blame you. How do you know the agent you speak to isn’t just trying to sell you the biggest policy out there, even if you don’t need it?

Here’s the good news. To get a life insurance quote, you don’t need to talk to an agent. Here are a couple of other great options for you.

Both Policygenius and Ethos offer you an easy way to buy life insurance online.

It never hurts to look into your situation and see just how much it would cost to be covered. Chances are, you’ll be surprised at how affordable it can be to sleep a little easier at night.

Tyler Omoth is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder who loves soaking up the sun and finding creative ways to help others. Catch him on Twitter at @Tyomoth.

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Apple has done something unusual this year, entirely killing off the 2017 iPhone X in favor of new and shinier models. Normally, when a new flagship comes out, Apple simply discounts the previous-year model, and it becomes the “cheap” iPhone option. This year, that isn’t going to happen, because in addition to the iPhone XS, Apple also launched the iPhone XR, a $ 749 iPhone for people who don’t care about things like OLED vs LCD.

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Hilaria Baldwin isn’t throwing out her maternity jeans. The yoga instructor, who shares four children with husband Alec Baldwin, admitted she isn’t sure if her family is complete.

“I’ve said, ‘Yes, I’m done, but if I’m honest, I don’t know,” Hilaria revealed at Us Weekly’s Most Stylish New Yorkers party on Wednesday, September 12. 

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The fitness guru, 34, and the 60-year-old Oscar winner are parents of Carmen, 5, Rafael, 3, Leonardo, 2, and 3-month-old Romeo. Alec shares daughter Ireland Basinger-Baldwin, 22, with is ex-wife Kim Basinger.

Hilaria confessed to Us she feels some pressure from Carmen to have another baby. “She wants a sister, because I have three boys,” she said. “We’ll see!”

For now, the Living Clearly Method author is enjoying being bump-free. “People who say that pregnancy is the best time in their life, I think, ‘How uncomfortable is the rest of your life!?’” the mom quipped to Us.

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Minutes arriving at the party, Hilaria received a call that Rafael had split his chin. The star walked the red carpet and then rushed off to meet her family at the emergency room.

While life for the Baldwins is in Hiaria’s words “really crazy” she and Alec make the perfect team. “He is very, very, very, very organized,” she told Us in July, adding that the 30 Rock alum keeps all the toys tidy. He also enjoys playing with them. “A plastic train goes missing and we’ll find it in his office, on his desk,” she laughed at the time. “Like, OK. You’re literally stealing the children’s toys because you like them.”

Alec opened up about his love for his wife of six years years on Tuesday, September 11, telling Us: “Every day I think . . . What is my strategy overall to keep distracting her from the fact that she can do a lot better than me?” 

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3 Ways to Evacuate Ahead of a Hurricane If You Don’t Have a Lot of Money


As a Florida native who yawned while Hurricane Matthew crawled up the eastern coastline of Florida two years ago, I never thought I’d find myself caught up in the usual hysteria.

After all, I’d dealt with major storms before as a local reporter: I’d trudged through knee-deep waters after Tropical Storm Debby pounded Siesta Key in 2012 and photographed college students kayaking the streets of Longboat Key during Tropical Storm Colin four years later.

But Hurricane Harvey, and the devastation it brought to Houston, changed all that.

So there I was in September of last year, waiting three hours in line in south St. Petersburg, Florida, to fill my own sandbags. I watched as news poured in about a run on water, gas and batteries as Hurricane Irma bore down on the state.

Luckily, I had already put together most of my disaster-preparedness kit, and on a budget at that.

But next came the big question: Should I stay or should I go?

Ask Yourself: Do You Actually Need to Evacuate?

“Run from the water. Hide from the wind.”

That’s the refrain Sarasota County Emergency Management Chief Ed McCrane repeats every time a tropical cyclone threatens the vulnerable Gulf Coast county.

If you live in a home in a newer subdivision, or at least one that’s been built under current construction guidelines, and have hurricane shutters, you shouldn’t worry about the high winds. The storm surge and flooding will be the biggest threat to your home, McCrane said.

If you’re in a flood zone, you should be prepared to evacuate as a hurricane approaches. Check your county’s emergency management website to determine if you fall in an evacuation zone.

You should also plan to flee the storm if you live in a mobile home park or manufactured home.

For some, it’s just a matter of gassing up the SUV and heading to a hotel in another state if they want to evacuate. But what if you don’t have the luxury?

It may be slim pickings, but there are three resources for people who want to evacuate ahead of a hurricane.

1. Hurricane Shelters Could Be Your Best Bet

Hurricane shelters are there for a reason.

They are usually schools built under strict new construction guidelines that make them the safest place for your family and pets. Yes, your county should have a pet-friendly shelter available, McCrane said.

But what should you actually schlep with you over to the local shelter?

Bring everything you would need for your emergency kit at home, plus a few things to make yourself comfortable: pillows, blankets or air mattresses; folding or lawn chairs; extra clothing, shoes and glasses; toothpaste, deodorant and other hygiene supplies; important papers, identification and family keepsakes; extra medication; and toys or games to keep the kids — and yourselves — sane.

And if you have any furry family members, don’t forget your pet emergency kit.

Also, your insurance policy will be your golden ticket after the storm, so don’t forget that either.

Keep an eye on your local media stations to see when shelters open — don’t assume.

2. Reconnect With Friends and Relatives

Who says a natural disaster can’t be a good time to catch up with old friends?

Forget about paying inflated hotel room costs — let alone finding availability — and reach out to friends and family to see if they have an extra room or couch on which to crash.

“All you have to do is go tens of miles, not hundreds of miles,” McCrane said.

If you have to travel further than a few miles, bring plenty of cash in case ATMs are down and a filled gas can, if possible. Make sure to follow specific instructions like these on how to safely transport it. You’ll want to strap it to the top of your vehicle or secure it in the bed of a truck.

That way you’ll have an emergency stash if gas stations along the highway begin running out, and you can take advantage of current gas prices.

Bring everything mentioned above that you would take to a shelter, and make sure to let as many family members as you can know where you’re headed.

3. Look for an Airbnb

In 2012, Airbnb launched Open Homes, a disaster relief program that encourages Airbnb hosts to provide free temporary shelter for those affected by natural disasters.

Airbnb currently has open homes available for those affected by Tropical Storm Gordon.

The company has not yet announced open homes available for Hurricane Florence — but the storm is expected to make landfall later this week, so be sure you have those emergency kits ready (with lots of water).

But the best advice we have as you prepare your supplies and decide whether to evacuate is not to panic.

As we reach the peak of this year’s hurricane season, we’re reminded of the guidance offered by St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman last year as Hurricane Irma approached:

“I know we’re all on edge, but another important reminder as we prepare for Hurricane Irma — let’s be nice to each other. It costs nothing.”

Alex Mahadevan is a data journalist at The Penny Hoarder. He covered hurricanes and tropical storms for five years in Sarasota, Florida.

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Menswear Gimmicks You Don’t Need

Have you ever wondered if those collar stickers, sock garters, and shirt stays, are worth their money? Then you’re in luck! We break down the most overrated menswear gimmicks that are simply not worth their money.

If you know the Gentleman’s Gazette, you know that we like classic things but that doesn’t mean that we’re against any form of innovation. There has been some great innovation in terms of fabric technologies and we embrace that and think it’s a good thing.

At the same time, there are lots of gimmicks out there that just cost a lot of money and they’re more like a band-aid, not really fixing a problem but just covering it up. You’re much better served in turning off the tap of water and fixing a problem at the source, it will cost you less money down the line, it’s less annoying and more comfortable.

Saxx mesh underwear

Saxx mesh underwear

1. Pouch Style Underwear

You may have heard of Saxx underwear that comes with mesh sides or sheath that has an entire pouch and its underwear that’s meant to keep you more comfortable and less sticky down there. Personally, I like underwear made out of innovative micro modal or other fibers that are really soft and comfortable on your skin.

We actually tried the pouch underwear and we had one pair with a pouch and we cut out the pouch on the other pair simply to try it out and figure out if there was a huge difference. In my experience, there really isn’t. Yes, the underwear may be comfortable but it’s because of the general fabric that is used, not necessarily because of the pouch.

Softness Scale - MicroModal Air, MicroModal, Modal, Cotton Blend, Cotton

Softness Scale – MicroModal Air, MicroModal, Modal, Cotton Blend, Cotton

If you find that you need the pouch, that’s great, go for it but I suggest you really test it yourself and don’t just believe in the marketing because oftentimes, they just want to sell you a product and not really solve a problem. Feeling uncomfortable? Time to upgrade to newer materials, skip your 100 % cotton and maybe switch to blends that include micro modal because it’s a lot softer in your skin and just more comfortable all year round.

Sock suspenders just look uncomfortable

Sock suspenders just look uncomfortable

2. Sock Suspenders

Don’t let anyone tell you that sock suspenders are actually fixing a problem. If you have proper over the calf socks in the first place, there is ZERO need for sock suspenders. So what are sock suspenders? They are little bands that you can put on top of your knee or below your knee that clip onto your socks and are supposed to prevent them from falling down.

Over the calf length socks that sits over the calf

Over the calf length socks that sits over the calf

Now, I give it to them. They actually do the job and keep the socks up but they’re extremely uncomfortable and just think about being on a date and when you’re ready for action, you’ll show your sock suspenders that simply kills the mood. On top of that, you really only need them if you have mid-calf socks that slide down all the way or cheap over the calf socks that simply don’t stay up.

3. Sock Tapes/Glue

It’s kind of a sticky tape that you glue onto your skin and the socks so you don’t see it unlike the sock suspenders unless you take off the socks. You have some sticky tape down there that you need to rip off along with your hairs and that must be extremely uncomfortable. Again, it really fixes a problem that shouldn’t be there in the first place. Get right socks, get quality socks that stay up and you don’t have to worry about anything else.

Magnetic collar stays that don't work

Magnetic collar stays that don’t work

4. Shirt Collar Products

The problem many men have is that the tip of the shirt collar points up or it curls at the very end and so there are multiple solutions on the market to fix that. It ranges from glue products that supposedly don’t leave any residue behind and includes products with magnets and most of them don’t work.

One thing that does work that’s not a gimmick are regular shirt collar stays. A lot of shirts have the option to remove your collar stays which are either little sticks with a point made out of metal or plastic and those really help to keep your collar look straight and neat, at least at the regular part of the collar. If you go down to the tip, oftentimes, you see a curling in the shirt and that’s not something a collar stay can prevent, that’s actually just poor workmanship on the shirt. Because when you sew fabric together, you have two layers, right? If you sew them together at an angle, as you do in a collar, they are angled and then tightened. Now when you wash them, they shrink at different rates because of the angle and that is a problem in itself that a well-tailored shirt will not have.

Stayclip Collar Stay Holder

Stayclip Collar Stay Holder

Let’s say you have the ribbed polo shirt collar that’s very flimsy, if you use a magnetic product or if you use those sticky products, they in fact work and keep the collar down. Now the sticky products are consumables so they cost you a lot of money down the road. The mechanic products are not consumables but you lose them eventually, you may lose them in the wash or someplace else but it’s just one more thing to keep in mind and one more thing to take care of.

Instead, simply invest in a polo shirt with a shirt style collar that is not flimsy and stays down all day every day so you don’t ever have to think about it, everything looks neat and proper, and you don’t have to make any additional investments. Also if you want to wear your shirt collar without ties, there are shirt makers who cut their shirts specifically for the purpose so you don’t need any magnets or sticky items. Honestly, in my experience, a quality dress shirt fixes all those things and yes, they cost more upfront but then you don’t have to worry about it down the line.

Shirt Stay

Shirt Stay

5. Shirt Stays

Now those are little devices that are similar to suspenders that you clip at the bottom tail of your shirt and on the top part of your socks so they’re connected. Ye,s they do the job, they keep your shirt tucked in, and they keep your socks up, but it’s extremely uncomfortable to wear them and I would never want to do that.

It’s something that’s popular with the military because they wanted the ultimate look and they’re willing to sacrifice comfort, however, when it comes to everyday situations, I think getting a shirt that is probably tailored with small arm holes will mostly alleviate the issue of having a shirt that comes untucked and having quality over the calf socks solve both of these issues.

Elastic sleeve garter

Elastic sleeve garter

 6. Sleeve Garters

They are a thing that became popular in the 20’s and 30’s when shirts were oftentimes sold in just one sleeve length especially the more inexpensive ones, that’s all someone could afford. The sleeve garter would help you pull up that shirt sleeve so it wouldn’t hang down and get soiled.

Correct Sleeve Length

Correct Sleeve Length

Sometimes as you watch old movies or photos, you can see men wearing them when they have their jackets removed. Now if you want to go for a vintage look, they are a legitimate item, at the same time today, it’s very easy to get shirts either custom tailored to be exactly your size or many shirt makers offer different sleeve lengths so you can find exactly the right one for you. So there’s really no need to have that extra sleeve garter.

On top of that, a proper dress shirt should fit snugly around your wrist so even if the sleeve was slightly longer it should never dangle past your hand and get soiled that easily.

Half Windsor Knot with Thin Tie by Fort Belvedere

Half Windsor Knot with Thin Tie by Fort Belvedere

7. Tie Holders

If you have ties that are made of printed silk and very slim, they are likely to slip down more on the knot than let’s say a knit tie or a grenadine tie simply because there’s less friction and less texture. Now, years back, I tested a little device called a tie tack and you actually clipped it in behind your tie knot and it did the job for most of the time unless it didn’t when it slid off and eventually, the company folded because they simply couldn’t market it enough and sell enough of those.

Steve McQueen with Tie Tack

Steve McQueen with Tie Tack

What I found is if you have issues with slipping tie knots, maybe tie a tighter tie knot if possible, otherwise, change your ties with a slightly different texture and if that’s not an option, I suggest to go with a tie bar because it helps to fix your tie so it pushes up a little bit and it prevents your tie from coming loose. There’s no solution that remains a hundred percent effective and over the course of the day, your tie knot will likely loosen even if your shirt collar is exactly the right size but that’s when you simply go to the bathroom and just readjust your tie, pull up the knot, so everything looks neat and dapper.

Shirt Collar iron

Shirt Collar iron

8. Shirt Iron

The idea is it’s a little travel iron that you can bring along that is specifically meant for your shirt collar. It’s true, the shirt collar is one of those things that are immediately visible but if you need to iron your shirt collar, you also likely have to iron at least the front of your shirt if you wear a jacket so it looks neat. So my question is, why is it worth carrying around an extra weight just for your shirt collar if most hotels and Airbnbs offer an iron? I simply don’t know the answer to that.

A company once sent me one of those shirt irons, I tried them, used them, they heated up quickly but they didn’t have any steam so you don’t really get out wrinkles out of your shirt body or collar anyways. Instead, iron your shirts with a regular iron and invest money into your ironing table.

Frey detergent for men

Frey detergent for men

9. Laundry Detergents & Soaps “For Men”

I get it, the more specific you can target a customer the better it is, that being said, the difference in laundry detergent for men or for men’s clothing is usually just the fragrance. So at the end of the day, the soap is no more or less effective for your men’s clothing, it just has a different scent.

Now, why would you want scented laundry detergents? Honestly, I don’t know. I much rather choose a scent that suits my style and my skin tone and I want my laundry detergent to be as neutral as possible. What I do care about though is that it gets out the stains. Regular laundry detergent does the job just as well as any other marketed laundry detergents and it’s really nothing that you should spend extra or additional money on simply because it doesn’t have an additional benefit other than the fragrance.

Pocket square holder

Pocket square holder

10. Pocket Square Holders

I get it, most pocket squares out there are too small to actually stay in your pocket and over the course of the day, it will slide down. The issue here is that the manufacturer cuts them so small because that way, they get the most yield out of the fabric width. Obviously, the manufacturer is interested in making as much money as they can. You, as the person wearing the pocket squares, simply wants to look good.

Because of that, at Fort Belvedere, we decided to actually look at each fabric individually and cut the size exactly right so it’s perfect for your pocket square. Because if the square is too big, it looks very bulky. If it’s too small, your pocket square will disappear. So if you buy a properly sized pocket square, you don’t need any pocket square holders. You can have interesting folds every time.

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Don’t Miss Out on Potential Awards From These Class Action Lawsuits


A wide variety of categories are covered in this month’s array of class action settlement opportunities.

If you received unwanted phone messages from Art Van Furniture, paid unexpected fees on your lease-to-own vehicle purchase through Ally Financial, or found the grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence where you used Scotts Turf Builder EZ Seed, you could be eligible for some free cash.

Art Van Furniture Telemarketing Phone Calls

If you received a pre-recorded telemarketing call from Art Van Furniture, you could be eligible for a portion of a $ 5.8 million class action settlement.

Art Van Furniture allegedly sent consumers repeated, unwanted phone messages in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).

Class members include “all individuals and entities who were called by or on behalf of Art Van Furniture through the use of pre-recorded voice technology between May 23, 2013 and July 23, 2018.”

Art Van Furniture admits no wrongdoing, and the potential individual award is to be determined.

Don’t table the decision to submit a claim if you qualify because claims must be submitted by Sept. 26, 2018.

Click here for a claim form and more details.

Business Information Group Consumer Report

If Business Information Group sourced a consumer report on you from TransUnion, you could be eligible for part of a $ 3.3 million settlement.

A class action lawsuit alleges Business Information Group procured consumer reports from TransUnion that were outdated. At least one consumer alleges the information provided to his employer contained incorrect, derogatory comments.

Business Information Group (BIG) denies allegations that it failed to follow reasonable procedures to ensure the accuracy of the consumer reports it keeps and maintains on consumers, but agreed to the class action settlement.

Three different classes with separate timelines qualify for various settlements. The certified settlement classes are:

  • Injunctive Relief Class: Includes U.S. residents who were subject to at least one BIG consumer report sourced from TransUnion from Dec. 17, 2010 to June 28, 2018 and whose report contained a public record.
  • Rule 23(b)(2) Subgroup Class: Includes all Injunctive Relief Class Members who were subject to at least one BIG consumer report dated Dec. 17, 2013 to June 27, 2016, where the consumer report contained a public record (other than a bankruptcy) sourced from TransUnion, and where BIG’s records don’t reflect that the Class Member filed a dispute with BIG about the report.
  • Automatic Payment Class: Includes U.S. residents who were subject to at least one BIG consumer report dated Dec. 17, 2013 to June 27, 2016, where the consumer report contained a public record sourced from TransUnion and where BIG’s records show that the Class Member filed a dispute with BIG about the report.

Potential awards are estimated between $ 56 and $ 500, but members of the Automatic Payment Class might be entitled to more money if they provide proof they suffered damages as a result of the publication of the public record. Potential awards are as follows:

  • Injunctive Relief Class Members are not entitled to compensation; however, they have the right to sue individually for actual or punitive damages related to loss of employment, embarrassment or distress.
  • Rule 23(b)(2) Class Members can submit a claim form to receive a cash payment, which will be distributed pro rata. According to the settlement notice, if 10%of Rule 23(b)(2) Class Members file a claim, they will receive approximately $ 56.
  • Automatic Payment Class Members will be paid according to the number of points they are awarded based on their specific situation. It is estimated that the minimum payment will be approximately $ 500.

Click here for more information and to submit a claim by the Oct. 9, 2018 deadline.

Scotts Turf Builder EZ Seed

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If you purchased Scotts Turf Builder EZ Seed in California or New York, you could be eligible for a cash payment from a class action lawsuit settlement.

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company Inc. and The Scotts Company LLC allegedly falsely advertised that Scotts Turf Builder EZ Seed grows grass “50% Thicker with Half the Water” as compared to regular grass seeds. They deny the allegations, but agreed to the settlement to avoid ongoing litigation.

The EZ Seed product entered the marked in 2009, at which time Scotts called it a “revolutionary seeding product” that contained an absorbent material that acted like a sponge, expanding and surrounding seeds with a moist layer to provide them with constant water and nourishment.

The class action lawsuit alleged the product backfired because the absorbent mulch competes with the seeds for what moisture is available and “actually prevents it from growing.”

If your EZ Seed product resulted in the mulch mowing down the moisture that never reached the seeds, you could be eligible for up to $ 90 cash.

Class members of the Scotts EZ Seed settlement include consumers who bought any variety of Scotts EZ Seed including the 50% Thicker Claim in California or New York between Jan. 1, 2009 and Sept. 30, 2014.

Those without proof of purchase will receive a payment of $ 15 or more per package, up to a maximum of $ 45. Class members who provide proof of purchase can claim up to six packages for a total of $ 90.

For more details and to submit a claim form, click here.

Babyganics Lotion, Sunscreen, Diapers, Wipes

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If you purchased Babyganics baby care products, you could be eligible for a portion of a $ 2.215 million class action settlement from KAS Direct LLC.

The Babyganics organic class action settlement was reached after KAS Direct was accused of falsely advertising that its products were organic and made from “mineral-based ingredients.”

Consumers allege the only thing organic was what their babies supplied in the diapers despite the fact that Babyganics brand lotions, toothpaste, shampoo, diaper rash cream and sunscreen were advertised as organic.

Class members include those who bought certain Babyganics organic products between Sept. 7, 2010 and June 26, 2018 for personal use.

Consumers with proof of purchase will receive a full refund, and those without proof of purchase will receive a partial refund of up to eight covered Babyganics products.

KAS Direct admits no wrongdoing, but will update its packaging and advertising to help consumers determine whether or not the product ingredients are organic.

For details and to submit a claim by the Oct. 29, 2018 deadline, click here.

Medicredit Call Recording

If you were in California and you received a call by Medicredit on your cell phone, you could be eligible for a portion of a $ 5 million class action settlement.

Medicredit allegedly violated California’s Invasion of Privacy Law when it recorded phone calls without consent.

According to California law, all parties on a line must give permission before a call can be legally recorded.

Class members were in the state of California and received a call between June 29, 2014 and Feb. 26, 2015 from either Medicredit or The Outsource Group, which worked on Medicredit’s behalf.

Both companies deny the allegations but agreed to the settlement to avoid ongoing litigation.

The potential award will be distributed pro rata to class members who submit a timely and valid claim form by the Sept. 8, 2018 deadline.

Ally Financial Hidden Auto Leasing Fees

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If you leased-to-own a motor vehicle through Ally Financial’s SmartLease Contracts program, you could be eligible for a portion of a $ 19.7 million settlement.

Consumers who decided to purchase the vehicle they had been leasing alleged they were charged extra fees known as “dealer fees” or “documentary fees” that were not listed in the SmartLease Contract and that they never agreed to pay.

The company admits no liability under the terms of the settlement.

Class members include those in the U.S. who paid dealer or documentary fees not included in their SmartLease Contracts between June 4, 2009 and June 18, 2018.

The potential award will be adjusted on a pro rata basis, and the deadline to submit a claim is Jan. 9, 2019.

Click here for a claim form.

Walmart, CVS, Walgreens CoQ-10 Supplements

Lang Pharma Nutrition Inc., Wal-Mart Stores Inc., CVS Pharmacy Inc., Walgreen Company and Meijer Distribution Inc. agreed to a $ 1.3 million settlement regarding allegations their Coenzyme 10 (CoQ-10) supplements were misleadingly labeled as more effective than they were.

The products covered by this CoQ-10 class action settlement include:

  • Walmart’s Equate Clinical Strength High Absorption CoQ-10 100mg
  • CVS/Pharmacy Ultra CoQ-10 100mg
  • CVS/Health Ultra CoQ-10 100 mg
  • CVS/Pharmacy Enhanced Absorption Formula CoQ-10 100 mg
  • CVS/Health Enhanced Absorption Formula CoQ-10 100 mg
  • Walgreens Well at Walgreens CoQ-10 Enhanced Absorption Formula 100 mg
  • Walgreens Well at Walgreens CoQ-10 Enhanced Absorption Formula 200 mg
  • Meijer’s Ultra CoQ-10 100 mg

According to the lawsuit, CoQ-10 is an antioxidant nutrient produced naturally in the heart, liver, kidneys and pancreas. CoQ-10 has proven health benefits, but it is not soluble in water and is poorly soluble in fat.

Even though Lang Pharma and other retailer defendants allegedly advertised their supplements as highly absorbable, plaintiffs claimed lab tests proved otherwise.

Class members of the CoQ-10 settlement include anyone in the U.S. who purchased a CoQ-10 product manufactured by Lang Pharma and sold by CVS, Walmart, Walgreens and Meijer under store brand labels between July 1, 2013 and July 24, 2018.

Those who submit timely, valid claim forms may choose between a $ 3.50 cash payment or a $ 12.50 product credit towards a variety of Lang Pharma products.

Don’t let this settlement opportunity dissolve before you have a chance to cash in.

Click here to submit a claim form by the deadline of Sept. 4, 2018.

Tesla Enhanced Autopilot Feature

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Tesla has agreed to a $ 5.4 million settlement regarding allegations the software updates for the Model S “Enhanced Autopilot” feature were delayed, allegedly leading to a dangerous defect.

Class Members include “All U.S. residents who purchased Enhanced Autopilot in connection with their purchase or lease of a Tesla Hardware 2 Model S or Model X vehicle delivered to them on or before September 30, 2017.”

The potential award varies from $ 20 to $ 280, depending on when the Tesla Model S was purchased.

No claim form is needed, but for more information on this settlement click here.

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Bilingual children from immigrant families are not two monolinguals in one. They develop each language at a slower pace because their learning is spread across two languages. A researcher shows strong evidence that the rate of language growth is influenced by the quantity of language input. She challenges the belief, held in and out of scientific circles that children are linguistic sponges who quickly absorb the language or languages they hear and become proficient speakers of both languages.
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BEVERLY HILLS, California — “I’ve always been self-centered and hedonistic,” says Danny DeVito, flashing a naughty smile.

We’re seated together on a couch off the lobby of the Beverly Hilton, where the cast of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (minus Glenn Howerton) has assembled to entertain members of the Television Critics Association as part of its summer press tour. The 13th season of the FX series will premiere on Sept. 5, and it’s already been renewed for a 14th, which will tie it with The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet as the longest running live-action sitcom in U.S. television history. 

DeVito plays Frank Reynolds, Dennis and Dee’s pistol-packing, prostitute-frequenting sorta-father—and arguably the most mischievous, thrill-seeking member of The Gang. Though the charming 73-year-old actor is quick to defend his iconic character: “Frank is not a bad guy—if you’re on his gift list. He does a lot of giving, takes care of them,” he says.

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First came the selfie, and most people pointed their phone cameras to their face. Then came the selfie stick, which left some tourists rolling their eyes at others who used them. Then came the selfie filter. And that has left some people–notably plastic surgeons–speaking out against the trend. Or rather, against the wish that people could look in real life the way that Snapchat can make them look in its app.

A trio of dermatologists at Boston University released Thursday a paper in the JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery Viewpoint titled, “Selfies – Living in the Era of Filtered Photographs.” The paper outlined a new twist on the condition known as body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) in which people have an excessive preoccupation with a perceived flaw in how it appears to others.

“A new phenomenon, dubbed ‘Snapchat dysmorphia,’ has patients seeking out cosmetic surgery to look like filtered versions of themselves instead, with fuller lips, bigger eyes, or a thinner nose,” the paper read. “This is an alarming trend because those filtered selfies often present an unattainable look and are blurring the line of reality and fantasy for these patients.”

Although the dysmorphia is named after Snapchat, the condition can also be inspired by the peer-pressure photo platform of Instagram as well as the facial-flaw editing apps like Facetune. Psychologists have worried about the role that Facetune can play, beyond removing blemishes or wrinkles, in creating unrealistic expectations in one’s appearance.

“It can be argued that these apps are making us lose touch with reality because we expect to look perfectly primped and filtered in real life as well,” the paper said. “Filtered selfies especially can have harmful effects on adolescents or those with BDD because these groups may more severely internalize this beauty standard.”

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons estimated that Americans spent $ 16 billion on cosmetic surgical fees in 2016.

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Here’s how to stream Shark Week 2018 if you don’t have cable

Here’s how to stream Shark Week 2018 if you don’t have cable


Here’s how to stream Shark Week 2018 if you don’t have cable

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. That’s right, we’re talking about Shark Week 2018, baby. Shark Week 2018 is extra special, as the Discovery Channel’s annual week-long event of all-shark-everything turns 30 years old. When it returns on Sunday, July 22nd at 7 p.m. ET, it will officially be the longest running program in cable television history. Crazy, right?

You may be wondering: How can you stream Shark Week 2018? And how can you celebrate Shark Week if you don’t have cable? The answer, dear friend, is through free trials. The trick, as Bustle reports, is to sign up for a trial from one of a variety of different services. One option is Philo, a streaming service that offers several channels for $ 16 a month, with a 7-day free trial. Perfect.

You can also test out DirecTV NOW or PlayStation Vue, which cost about $ 40 a month normally, but also offer week-long free trials. Just be sure to cancel in time if you decide that you don’t want to pay for a streaming cable package once Shark Week ends.

But the Shark Week 2018 viewing options don’t stop there.

If signing up for a free trial sounds too complicated, you can just check out the Discovery Channel’s YouTube page, which includes short clips and miniseries. While it’s not as good as the real deal, it’s a low-effort way to sink your teeth into some Shark Week 2018 content for free.

The Shark Week 2018 lineup already sounds incredible based on its kickoff night alone. Tonight, the Discovery Channel will air Alien Shark (an examination of the strangest breeds), Bear vs. Shark (as in, Bear Grylls), and Shaq Does Shark Week, in which Shaq confronts his fear of the sea creatures. Obviously you can’t miss that.

Other fun shows throughout the week will include classics like SharkCam, new documentaries about sharks, and more celebrity-themed content like Guy Fieri’s Feeding Frenzy. Time to get streaming.

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Don’t Trust Dollar Stores, You May Be Paying More for Less

Dollar Tree and other discount chains have been popping up in bulk around the country and making a mint in recent years. The three largest dollar-store chains have opened more than 1,800 stores in 2017 alone, giving consumers convenient access to shop on a budget. But some experts warn that dollar-store shoppers looking for a good deal may be getting swindled.

According to a recent article by The Guardian, dollar store patrons often pay more than wealthier consumers who shop in bulk at stores like Costco and Walmart. Here’s how The Guardian breaks down the cost of buying basic goods, like flour and milk, in a dollar store versus a supermarket or big retailer.

The bags of flour at a Dollar Store just south of San Francisco cost only $ 1, but they also only weigh two pounds. Most bags in the supermarket are five pounds, and can be scored for less than $ 2.50 at cavernous retailers like Walmart or Costco – though these require time and, often, a car to access.

 

Dollar store raisins are only 4.5 ounces. At a big box store, however, 72 ounces of raisins cost $ 10.50 – meaning dollar store customers are paying 52% more.

 

Cartons of milk at a dollar store are only 16 ounces – which prorates to $ 8 per gallon, more than what you would pay for even top-of-the line milk at Whole Foods.

 

Deep-discount retailers have flourished in recent decades, popping up like mushrooms in the depressed locales big-box stores economically eviscerated in the decades before.

On the other hand, it is more cost-effective to buy certain items, like toys, greeting cards, and hangers, at a dollar store. Plus, they offer cheaper products than many local liquor and convenience stores. However, these discount stores can induce mindless shopping since many customers resort to simply counting the number of items in their cart rather than researching to be sure that they’re really getting a deal on each product. As a result, Dollar Tree, which acquired Family Dollar in 2014, now operates over 14,000 locations in the U.S. and Canada and earns a whopping $ 20.7 billion a year. So who’s really getting a bang for their buck?

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‘We Don’t Support Black Business Owners’ Note Left At Indiana Business

An Indiana business that hasn’t even opened up shop yet is being harassed simply because the owners are black. The owners of Level UP Gaming Lounge in Irvington, Indiana, told FOX 59 that an anonymous note was delivered to his business in June after a gaming event was held at the location.

“Close Shop! We don’t support black business owners!” the note read. Owner Sami Ali has already reported the incident to police. “I made a police report to document that people are doing hate crimes towards our business. Thank god it was just a note. No broken windows or anything,” Ali told FOX 59.

Ali, who grew up on the east side of Indianapolis and has put thousands of dollars into the gaming lounge, said he is making an investment in the neighborhood.

“A place to come in and meet people face to face and then the adults can sit there and enjoy a glass of wine. It bothers me that people still think that way but it is not going to stop me from doing what I want to do,” said Ali.

The note he said does not represent the support that he has received from other Irvington businesses who are upset and disappointed. Wolfe, who owns a coffee shop just across the street from Level UP, said the area is ready for the gaming lounge to open.

“Honestly, I was shocked. It sounds like something out of the 1960s. It is difficult enough to get people to come in and now for people to behave this way…that is just ridiculous,” Wolfe said.

Ali is remaining optimistic though. He said he is ready to open the doors even sooner.

“We got your note but we are not going to back down. We are going to push forward and maybe open up sooner,” said Ali.



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9 Drops You Don’t Want to Miss This Week

This week’s drops roundup features Supreme, Heron Preston, Ignored Prayers, FTP, Gucci, Gosha Rubchinskiy x Burberry, Vetements, BAPE, and Drake‘s tour jacket commemorating his fifth studio album, Scorpion.

With a busy first half of the year, Supreme has continued to push an assortment of provocative collaborations, along with its staple mainline collection. This week is no exception as the drop sees bold graphics from the AK Football top, and absurd 7’10” Advanced Elements Packlite inflatable Kayak (complete with oar), and a Supreme x O’brien life vest. Elsewhere, Heron Preston‘s eponymous label releases its SSENSE exclusive NASA-themed capsule. BAPE goes back to its colorful ways for Fall/Winter 2018, combining vintage sporting silhouettes with relaxed cuts — seen in the track pants, track jacket, stadium jacket and long coach jacket.

Supreme Spring/Summer 2018 Drop 20

We’re now at drop 20 of Supreme‘s Spring/Summer 2018 releases and so far, this week looks to be relatively quiet. Since there are no special collaborations, the most noteworthy pieces are the box logo accessories — a Supreme x Advanced Elements Packlite Kayak (an inflatable one-person kayak with a pump and oar) and a Supreme/O’Brien Life Vest. The water activities theme will extend to a few unseen items releasing this week, which will include an embossed beach towel, taping water shorts, mesh strip tank tops, tracksuits, crusher hats and more. It appears that this will be the last Supreme SS18 drop. We’ll update this post as more info rolls through, so keep checking back.

When: July 5, 11:00 am GMT (for London), 11:00 am EST (for NYC); July 7 for Japan
Where: Supreme NYC, LA, Japan, European locations and online at Supreme’s web store

BAPE Fall/Winter 2018 Collection

Continuing its string of releases, BAPE recently unveiled its Fall/Winter 2018 collection. Already looking towards the colder months ahead, the range features the Japanese imprints signature graphics, camo print, tiger head embroidery and an emerging barcode-style logo. The Desert-camo print that appears on bomber jackets, caps and waist bags expresses the strong military influence BAPE went with the range. While new footwear styles, including new BAPESTA colorways and high-top sneakers complete with the classic shark-head graphics center the FW18 collection in the streetwear realm.

When: July 7
Where: BAPE’s web store and physical stores

Vetements Fall/Winter 2018 Graphic T-Shirts

A slew of bold graphics emblazon the much-anticipated debut of Vetements’ Fall/Winter 2018 collection. The concise assemblage include T-shirts and hoodies with prints inspired by astrological signs and nostalgic children’s drawings; “World’s Best Dad”, “I Have a Drinking Problem” and the satirical “I Heart NY” motifs grace the garments.

When: Now
Where: DSM London web store

Gosha Rubchinskiy x Burberry Fall/Winter 2018 Collection

Gosha Rubchinskiy and Burberry prepares for a limited edition collaborative capsule. The Russian designer’s take on classic British style is reinterpreted in a range of trench coats, duffle coats, button-ups, scarves and loafers. Burberry’s iconic trench coat makes an appearance while the traditional duffle coat features beechwood toggles and a detachable hood that comes in check, dark green and claret. Other standout pieces include the duo-check flannels and cashmere scarves, while plaid bucket hats and burgundy loafers round out the capsule.

When: July 7
Where: Burberry’s web store and physical stores

Gucci Spring/Summer 2018 & Pre-Fall 2018 Collection

Gucci has released new pieces from its pre-fall 2018 and Spring/Summer 2018 collection, which offers signature kitschy extravagance and nostalgic wear including logo tracksuits, cartoon graphic sweaters, bowling shirts and more. Notable pieces include the all-over GG print tracksuits available in jacquard, chenille and jersey versions, the SS18 runway “Never Marry a Mitford” knit pullover, which references the infamous aristocratic family of the ’50s, as well as the the Snow White sequin jumper and the Bugs Bunny wool sweater, which features a SEGA-inspired “GUCCY” logo on the back.

When: Now
Where: Gucci’s web store and physical stores

Heron Preston NASA Collection & SSENSE Exclusives

Heron Preston‘s NASA pieces from his Fall/Winter 2018 “PUBLIC FIGURE” collection have released along with SSENSE exclusive black colorways. The aerospace agency-themed range features cozy lounge pieces such as hoodies, sweat pants, long- and short-sleeve tees, hats and socks. All pieces feature embroidered NASA and American flag patches, printed text, and an orange logo stripe at the back for the tops. The SSENSE exclusive black colorway features contrast orange stitching, whereas the mainline red and white colorways come in tonal makeup.

When: Now
Where: SSENSE

Drake Scorpion Tour Jacket

With Scorpion SZN reaching fever pitch, you can now personalize your very own Tour Jacket for Drake’s fifth studio album. Similar to the themed Varsity Jacket circulating before the project’s release, the back of the customizable jacket features the album’s title expressed boldly at the top followed by “TOUR/TWENTY EIGHTEEN” and “by DRAKE.” While the front of the left chest area found in the front features an area for fans to place their name under “EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY.”

When: Now
Where: Drake’s official merchandise web store

FTP Spring/Summer 2018 Collection

With summer finally upon us, Fuck The Population recently returned with its latest Spring/Summer 2018 collection. Comprised of streetwear staples, the warm-weather offerings feature a mixture of colorful tones and heavy graphics. With light jackets and hoodies dominating the range, the FTP put its spin on zip-up trucker jackets, anoraks, vests and pullovers with bold branding motifs and embroidered patches. While the graphic emblazoned T-shirts and choice headwear tie the Americana-inspired collection.

When: Now
Where: FTP’s web store

Ignored Prayers Spring/Summer 2018 Delivery 2

Following up its initial Spring/Summer 2018 release, Ignored Prayers recently returned with the second delivery of its latest seasonal range. This time around a greater focus on graphic stories is found in addition to an extended use of the different inks, pigment dyes and printing techniques employed in the initial set of offerings. Expressing a lived-in washed look, the SS18 Delivery Two pays homage to icons like William S. Burroughs and Grace Jones, along with expressions of vintage trademark designs and NASCAR Racing accents. Some notable pieces include the Public Image Ltd.-inspired Sacred Alphabet T-shirt, collage-style Power T-shirt and the Chaos-embroidered Six Panel Cap.

When: Now
Where: Ignored Prayers’ web store

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Don’t drive distracted! Cheap $5 to $10 hands-free options are available

With all the improvements technology has made to our lives, distracted driving remains a sore spot for motorists, pedestrians and law enforcement alike.

That’s prompted 15 states to put distracted-driving laws on the books that forbid you from holding a mobile device while you’re behind the wheel. Come July 1, the state of Georgia will join that group.

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A cheap option for hands-free driving

Christa DiBiase, our General Manager here at Clark.com, is already complying with the upcoming Georgia law thanks to a couple of cheap purchases she recently made.

For months now, Christa has had something called a Pop Socket on her phone. The Pop Socket is a large button you stick on the back of your phone that expands and contracts thanks to an accordion mechanism.

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When you have a Pop Socket on your phone, the socket can prop your phone on its side, or you can use the socket itself as a grip.

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Some people find holding the phone by the Pop Socket while talking is more comfortable than doing so without — particularly for long conversations.

Pop Sockets like the one pictured above routinely sell for anywhere from $ 2 to $ 10 on Amazon.

But with the advent of the July 1 distracted driving law in Georgia, Christa still needed a way to be able to look at Waze while driving. She needed her phone to be at eye level, but she couldn’t have it in her hands, of course.

That’s why she purchased a $ 10 vehicle mount for her Pop Socket on Amazon.

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It sticks on her dashboard at eye level near her steering wheel and she can easily hook her phone on it before driving and remove her phone from it when she’s parked at her final destination.

Here’s an illustration of the process:

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Of course, a lot of physical stores offer similar solutions — making this one purchase you don’t necessarily have to do online. Among them are Five Below and Walmart.

Walmart offers a magnetic mounted mobile phone holder for $ 5 that looks like this:

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Five Below, meanwhile, has several options also priced at $ 5 including this one that attaches to your vehicle’s air vent:

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The point is, there are a lot of cheap options out there to help you comply with distracted-driver laws in your state!

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Don’t make the fireworks mistake that I made

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Maggie Downs

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I’m a fireworks fan.

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

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

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

Two fireworks exploding in shimmery gold against a deep blue sky

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

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

But last year? It was on.

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

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

“Look at the colors!” I said.

“GAAAHHHHHH!” he said.

“Look at the lights!”

“BBBWAAAHHH!”

“It’s so sparkly!”

“WAAAEEEYYOOOOAAAGGGHH!!!!”

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

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

World's cutest toddler wears a navy tee shirt with an American flag embroidered on the front and a straw fedora

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

Hi, mom of the year here.

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

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

Do you watch fireworks displays with your children?

This post was originally published in June, 2017.

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Melania Trump Wears Jacket Saying ‘I Really Don’t Care’ During Child Detention Center Trip

First Lady Melania Trump visited a Texas detention center Thursday to check in on immigrant children who have been separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.

After the White House announced its “zero-tolerance” policy in April, over 2,000 children have been separated from their parents. Trump decided to make the trip a day after the president signed an executive order to stop the separation of families, but it’s not her timing people are questioning–it’s her fashion choice.

When boarding the plane in Maryland, Trump was spotted wearing a khaki green jacket with the words “I really don’t care, do you?” scrawled in white graffiti-style writing on the back. Trump removed the jacket before deplaning, but the internet had already latched onto this paradoxical clothing choice, some finding it hard to believe.

Others compared the event to the 2014 incident when then-President Barack Obama was bashed for wearing a tan suit, or the time in 2009 when conservatives criticized Michelle Obama for wearing a dress than exposed her bare arms.

“It’s a jacket. There was no hidden message,” said Melania Trump’s publicist, insisting reporters instead focus on the First Lady’s detention center visit.

Trump toured the facilities of the Upbring New Hope Children’s Center in McAllen, Tex. and participated in a roundtable discussion with staff members. She inquired about the children’s physical and mental care. When she asked how often children are allowed to speak to their families, she was told children with verified families get a 10-minute phone conversation twice a week.

“We all know they are here without their families and I want to thank you for your hard work, your compassion, and your kindness you are giving to them in these difficult times,” Trump told the staff members.

This visit was an attempt to lend support to those caring for the immigrant children, although Trump did not make a public statement about the plight of separated families until this past Sunday. While the visit shows Trump is making an effort to be involved with the care of the children, her jacket choice sent a confusing message.

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The FDA says benzocaine-based products should no longer be used for teething.
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FDA: Don’t use teething products with benzocaine

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Claudia Boyd-Barrett

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Over-the-counter teething products that contain the pain reliever benzocaine are dangerous to your child and should not be used, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned parents this week.

The agency is ordering companies to stop selling these products, and to add warnings on other types of oral-use benzocaine medications stating they not be used for teething pain or given to children under age 2.

Benzocaine can lead to a rare but potentially fatal condition in young children called methemoglobinemia, which greatly reduces the amount of oxygen in the blood, the FDA stated. Signs and symptoms can occur within a few minutes to a couple of hours after using the product, and include pale, gray- or blue-colored skin, lips and nails; shortness of breath; sleepiness; headache; lightheadedness; and a rapid heart rate, the agency said.

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Over-the-counter medicines that contain benzocaine include the brand names Anbesol, Baby Orajel, Cepacol, Chloraseptic, Hurricaine, Orabase, Orajel and Topex, as well as store brands and generics, according to the FDA. They’re sold as gels, sprays, ointments, solutions and lozenges. In addition to finding benzocaine in teething products, you might also find it in products marketed for treating sore throats, canker sores, and mouth and gum irritation.

It’s not the first time the FDA has issued warnings about teething products. Last year, the agency told parents not to give children homeopathic teething tablets that contain the ingredient belladonna.

Ironically, tablets and gels aren’t very effective at easing babies’ teething pain anyway, experts agree. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says medication rubbed onto your baby’s gums for teething tends to wash out within a few minutes. Instead, help your teething baby feel better by giving him something firm or cold to chew on, or rub a clean finger softly over his gums.

What drug-free teething remedies have worked best for your child?

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Gabby Barrett Sang ‘Don’t Stop Believin” in Front of Journey’s Steve Perry — and He Loved It

Gabby Barrett sang Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” in front of millions — but there was one unexpected (and legendary!) guest in the crowd that took her breath away.

During Sunday’s episode of American Idol, the Pittsburgh native took on the fan-favorite tune for her last performance of the night. Little did she know, she was singing in front of the iconic rock band’s former lead singer, Steve Perry.

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“That was insane,” Barrett, 18, told PEOPLE after the show. “I’m actually surprised I knew who it was at first because he’s older now, but I looked over and I knew his face. I was like, ‘Oh my gosh.’ I had no idea he was coming. That was such an honor.”

She added, “He said that my version was the best version that he ever heard. That’s so crazy. My dad would always play Journey in the car and I remember watching him perform on the television. I remember him wearing a yellow t-shirt and some tight skinny jeans and just seeing him here and being able to sing his song in front of him was such an honor. Holy monkeys!”

After Barrett completed her song for the evening, she noticed Perry standing near her parents and quickly said, “Oh my gosh, I know who that is!”

Instead of the judges critiquing her performance, Katy Perry suggested that Journey star do the honors.

“She was amazing, that’s my critique,” he said.

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Ryan Seacrest escorted a star-struck Barrett to Perry and the two embraced in a sweet hug.

“It was the most amazing version I’ve ever heard,” Perry — who reunited with Journey for their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in 2017 — told the crowd. “Swear, it was just beautiful!”

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I compare myself to moms I don’t know on Instagram

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Maggie Downs

posted in Life

The other day I unloaded over the phone to one of my close friends. Fights I’d been having with my husband, frustration with my toddler’s independent/insolent streak, work and other personal challenges. I spilled all the tea, basically.

“Wow, that does not sound good,” my friend finally said. “But at least your life looks great on Insta.”

I laughed, because it was true. But I can’t stop thinking about how strange that is.

The world's cutest toddler runs through a field of orange poppies

You can see the stunning field of wildflowers I posted on Instagram, not the argument we had in the car on the way home. You see my son frolicking on a trail, not the no-nap wildebeest who stomped through the house later.

The world's cutest toddler runs through a field of delicate purple flowers and yellow wildflowers

It made me think about how often I open the Instagram app and gaze at the images from moms I don’t know.

They’re lean and fit, wearing gauzy dresses as they bathe their pudgy, adorable babies in farmhouse sinks. They live in minimalist houses with toys made out of wood. They cook healthy, sensible but whimsical-looking lunches (plus the occasional ice cream cone for #FriYay). They take long walks along a foggy beach with their hot partners, their babies snoozing contentedly in natural-fiber carriers. Even their “Whoops! We made a mess baking cookies!” posts are cozy and inviting.

I have a messy, imperfect life, but these moms have “lifestyles.”

I know that things aren’t perfect for these families. I mean, I know that on a rational level. The things on Instagram are carefully curated images, designed to show a small sliver of someone’s life. There’s no complete picture.

It’s easy to forget that when I scroll through the feed, though, longing for a clean house with gleaming hardwood floors or a baby who coos instead of screams. It’s easy to want what they have. Heck, even jealousy feels authentic and meaningful when you’re looking at mamas who exude wellness and inspiration. (Once I closed the app on my phone, growling, “I want a smoothie bowl in a Mason jar with granola on top! I want to make things that are healthy for me!” So if jealousy motivates you to do things that are good for you, what could be wrong with that?)

But I still look at their profiles and wonder if the perfect lifestyle is just one #vanlife journey away.

A field of orange poppies in California. They are bobbing their heads in the gentle breeze

So what’s the solution? I don’t think weaning myself from social media is the answer. I’ve written before about the connections I’ve cultivated through these platforms, and I believe the good far outweighs the bad. Besides, I really like to look at pretty photos. Instagram still feels like a haven on the Internet, even if it comes with a hefty side dish of envy.

I think I just need to remember what my friend taught me: It’s possible for both the flowers and the fights to coexist. I know that from my own experience.

People are complicated. Our lives as mothers are complex and multifaceted, and there are as many ways to raise a family as there are families. (Some do it in flowy linen dresses; I do it in old tee-shirts and yoga pants.) And while a picture might say 1,000 words, our realities consist of entire libraries. It’s not necessarily a fabrication to only reveal one chapter at a time.

And here’s the other thing: I still want to spend my days frolicking through flowers with my son. Even if it never ends up on Insta.

Do you compare yourself with other moms on social media?

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Don’t Block The View That You are Selling

An eat in kitchen is a must-have on many home buyers lists but in a small space, a table and chairs can cause a few problems. If the eat-in kitchen blocks a beautiful outside view or obstructs the view of the newly upgraded kitchen, this is an issue. After all, buyers are buying the view and the space, not your furniture! It is also necessary to ensure that there is always a clear path between rooms (at least 36”) and a clear path to doors that go outside. Furniture has to be as compact as possible to accommodate the traffic flow.

The solution for smaller spaces? A glass table is the answer. It doesn’t block the view and it gives you the ability to decorate on top without appearing “heavy/large” in a small space. In this space, a round table softens the very rectangular shaker style doors and the square accent details on the patio doors as well. We chose low profile chairs with minimal bases which ensures that the view is also not blocked by seat backs. Ensure that the chairs can be pushed under the table to minimize the size of the entire set. We chose to go with neutral/soft chair colors that blend in with the rest of the space and chrome bases that further modernize the kitchen and tie in the stainless steel appliances and door handles.

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The one thing we left out? Bar stools! In this particular case, low profile bar stools could be added to the counter top are for additional seating but to ensure great flow and keep the space from feeling to crowded, we choose to forgo those.

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Study: 6 in 10 Homeowners Don’t Plan On Moving Anytime Soon

The most recent S&P/Case-Shiller home-price index shows that home values have increased by 6.3% over the past year. Wages have increased 2.7% in the past year, and the unemployment rate is at the lowest its ever been post-recession, which is why most homeowners say they don’t plan on moving anytime soon.

A new Bankrate.com report found that over 6 in 10 homeowners (62%) say they do not ever plan to move while the remainder anticipates that they’ll be staying in their current home for at least another five years.

“Americans are essentially staying put in their homes for the foreseeable future, either by choice, or by necessity or some combination,” said Bankrate.com senior economic analyst, Mark Hamrick. “Because of this, prospective homebuyers are finding a real lack of quality, affordable inventory, which can lead to bidding wars and risky overspending.”

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While the majority of homeowners (79%) don’t plan on moving in the next half-decade, 35% say they are more likely to remodel, upgrade, or add to their current home during that time. Over the next five years, the likelihood of making improvements to their current home exceeds the likelihood of moving to a new home across all age and income brackets.

Statistics:

  • More than 1 in 5 Americans (21%) own their primary home without a mortgage.
  • Another 32% are currently paying off their mortgage.
  • The median reported mortgage rate is 3.95%
  • Nearly 3 in 10 mortgage holders (29%) either don’t know or won’t say what their mortgage rate is.
  • For groups who could benefit from a good refinancing opportunity like millennials, the statistic is higher at 37% and Gen Xers at 35%.
  • Thirty-nine percent of both Gen Xers and Baby Boomers (ages 54–72) say they have a mortgage on their primary home.
  • Twenty-seven percent of younger Boomers (ages 54–63), 38% of older Boomers (ages 64–72), and 51% of The Silent Generation (ages 73+) own a home without a mortgage.
  • Sixty-one percent of those ages 18–30 say they do not own their main home. However, older millennials (ages 31–37) are equally as likely to own a home than not (43%).

For those unaware of their mortgage rate, Hamrick urges them to “immediately take time to learn that rate as well as whether they have an adjustable or fixed-rate mortgage.” To find the answers, it might require logging onto a website, calling a mortgage service, or digging through paperwork.

At issue is whether one should consider refinancing, including  going into a fixed-rate mortgage, before rates and monthly payments head higher from here,” Hamrick said.

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5 Anime Shows That Don’t Have Any Fan Service

Fan service (AKA the ever so unsubtle art of shoehorning in scantily clad characters or other unnecessarily pervy plot points that don’t serve the story into a show) is something you can’t really escape in anime. In fact, its become so common that even an entire fan service sub-genre (called Ecchi) isn’t enough to keep all the innuendo bottled up, with even the biggest anime shows bowing to the online pressure and writing in fan service more regularly than you’d think.

But what if you could watch anime fan-service-free? Well, don’t worry – we’ve got you. In order to ensure you can stay engrossed in the story without having to worry about confusing storylines or disconcerting camera angles, we’ve compiled a list of great anime series that are totally devoid of fan service.

There are a few to choose from so we are going to skip over some of the more obvious ones you might have seen and also focus on the ones you can actually watch online easily.

Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit


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Balsa about to kick ass with her trusty spear

Moribito is an anime with some great action scenes that comes to us from director Kamiyama Kenji; director of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. Moribito introduces Balsa, an accomplished spear wielding mercenary who takes the job of protecting a prince from assassins. Interestingly, these assassins have been sent by his own father — the emperor — who believes his son is the reincarnation of a water demon that will bring ruin to his empire.

Chased across a fantasy world resembling feudal Japan, our duo comes across a nice variety of interesting characters. The real standouts though are Balsa and the other female characters, who refreshingly don’t pander to stereotypes and have character arcs that are surprisingly well fleshed out. Even the villains of this show are much deeper than originally presented and crucially have understandable motives. The actions scenes are spectacular and use the picturesque settings to full effect, giving each fight its own individuality. With consistently top-notch animation, great characters and detailed world building this is one anime you need to check out.

Trigun


Vash from Trigun
The animation from Trigun is about as 90s as they come

A staple classic in the anime genre, this Sci-Fi western centers around a sixty billion bounty on the head of a legendary gunslinger named Vash. Due to the bounty and his past life, Vash has spent years trying to hide from civilisation just to stay alive. Being plastered with a 60 Billion dollar bounty and being instantly recognisable, tends to lead to some tricky situations and A LOT of destruction.

So much in fact that an insurance company decides it’s more cost effective to have two of their employees accompany Vash full time and try to stop him getting into trouble.

A large part of the comedy in Trigun comes from all three characters trying to stay out of danger and failing in a multitude of ways. Added to this you have a gunslinger who now refuses to kill; a character quirk that slowly develops into a plot point providing key insights into Vash’s beliefs.

It’s little touches like these throughout the show that help flesh out the characters and keep you watching. The animation is very 90s and doesn’t hold up that well in the HD era, but if like me you enjoy some retro animation now and then this will be great for you.

Natsume’s book of friends


Madara from Natsume
Madara in his huge and cuddly wolf like form

Natsume has the ability to see spirits, and upon the death of his Grandmother inherited a book. The Book of Friends has the names of spirits in it which grants Natsume power over them and the ability to release them from the bond of the book.

Throughout the series, Natsume comes across spirits that need his help. Unfortunately for him though, not all are kind and some of the more malicious spirits attempt to kill Natsume and take The Book of Friends for themselves.

The eccentric spirits give this anime a great amount of variety from episode to episode. Character development has rarely been done better in anime, with the spirits often being more complex than the humans they interact with. Each episode tackles touching and emotional subjects in relatable ways that may affect you just as much as the show’s characters. The artwork can be simple at times, but does the job well for an anime that is much less about flashy visuals and more about making you feel something.

Fate / Zero


Magic and legendary heroes come together to fight for a wish

Now, something a bit different. Fate/Zero is a fantasy battle royale where teams of two fight to the death, with their prize being an all-powerful wish granted to each member of the winning team. The team members are all mages of one type or another, giving us some nice visual embellishments to go with their magic use.

The other member of the team is the spirit of a legendary person; for example Alexander the Great, Gilgamesh or King Arthur. Yep, THAT King Arthur.

Not all the characters in this are paragons of light, however. In fact, some of them are horrendously terrible people and the idea of them getting an all-powerful wish gets prespine-chilling. The choice of a single wish in such a dark world is handled well.

In a story built around killing everyone in sight, this was never going to be an uplifting romp, what’s surprising though is how psychologically disturbing it is to both the characters and the viewer. Be warned, this show doesn’t mind killing children. You won’t actually see anything but a child whisked off screen by a demo, but the sounds that follow are grim enough. Luckily, this is quickly forgotten when a fight starts and you are drawn in by visual flourishes and an entertaining variety of fighting styles. The fantastic fights coupled with the character intentions make Fate / Zero a great dark anime you can watch without worrying about fan service cropping up.

Mushishi


Ginko from Mushishi
The artwork is beautiful and understated

As something of a pallet cleanser after an intense list, we have Mushishi, a beautiful show that explores nature and humanity in a way that will make you think. The show follows Ginko as he travels around tackling a variety of problems thrown up by life forms called Mushi.

Mushi appear in increasingly fantastical forms and affect humanity unwittingly in a myriad of ways. Surprisingly, no two incidents are alike and the creators play around with a variety of ideas that keep the series feeling fresh throughout. Protagonist Ginko himself mirrors the artwork, simple on the surface yet increasingly intriguing as you watch more.

The Mushi are beautifully drawn, with no two ever feeling alike. The countryside is enchanting too, and shots linger on stunning scenery in order to pull you ever deeper into this charming world. As you glide through the series each episode introduces you to new characters that are thoughtfully fleshed out and believable; a hard feat to achieve when you are starting from scratch at the beginning of every episode.

If you want something a little slower and more thought-provoking than your average anime romp, this is the best way to round out a viewing session of anime without any pesky fan service.

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Sarah Jessica Parker to Hollywood: Don’t disregard men

OHMYGOSSIP — Sarah Jessica Parker hopes the entertainment industry won’t “disregard men” in its bid to bring more opportunities to women.
In light of the gender inequality issues that have surfaced throughout the entertainment world over recent months – including allegations of sexual harassment and pay gaps – many stars have called for more female-led movies to give opportunities to actresses.
However, Sarah Jessica, 53, has said that she won’t be writing off men completely when it comes to her production banner Pretty Matches Productions, and hopes other companies don’t either.
She told People magazine: “I don’t want to disregard men – there are really critical, important men in our industry as there are across all industries. We’ve always functioned as a majority female production company. We’re excited about female stories and storytellers, directors, producers, writers, sound mixers, production designers, editors.
“But I think the place we want to get is to where all stories are important and being told, and men are included in those stories. Men play a role in our lives so if we isolate too much, we’re gonna be missing out on interesting and complex stories. I think it’s just finding ways of moving a pipeline towards job opportunities for women of all backgrounds and colours.”
The ‘Sex and The City’ star previously spoke about the need for men to be involved in the women’s rights movement, and praised her agent Kevin Huvane for supporting her during a time when she could have fallen victim to sexual misconduct.
She said recently: “My agent sent a car and a plane ticket [to the film set] and he said, ‘If anybody makes you do anything that you’re not comfortable doing, you don’t.’ Given what’s happening now and the stories told from that particular period, I know how lucky I am that there was someone – in this case, a man – who stepped in.”

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Don’t buy iPhone X leather cases from Apple when 6 different colors are discounted on Amazon

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Apple makes pretty snazzy leather cases for its new flagship iPhone X, but at $ 50 they’re pretty expensive. That said, they do offer very good protection and they also look fantastic, which is no surprise since Apple made them. Of course, why would you pay full price at an Apple store or on Apple’s website when you can get Apple’s OEM iPhone X Leather Case on Amazon in a bunch of different colors at a discount? Six different colors are covered in Amazon’s sale, including the post popular colors Black and Saddle Brown. Our favorite is Charcoal Gray, and it’s even cheaper than the two aforementioned colors right now, as is Midnight Blue. Finally, you can also save on Taupe and (PRODUCT)RED leather cases for the iPhone X.

Here’s what you need to know about these cases from the product page:

  • They’re made from specially tanned and finished European Leather, so the outside feels soft to the touch and develops a natural patina over time.
  • The machined aluminum buttons match the finish of your Leather case, while a microfiber lining inside helps protect your iPhone.
  • You can keep it on all the time, even when you’re charging wirelessly.; These Apple-designed cases fit snugly over the curves of your iPhone without adding bulk

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Don’t Let NCAA Hypocrisy Ruin This Amazing March Madness

Quick, and be honest now: When you filled out your March Madness bracket a few weeks back, along with millions of your fellow Americans, did you actually pick 16th-seeded University of Maryland, Baltimore County to upset the University of Virginia, the top team in the entire NCAA men’s basketball tournament? Or Loyola University Chicago to knock off a string of bigger-name and better-funded programs on its way to the Final Four, which tips off on March 31 in San Antonio? And you certainly didn’t put any money on a 98-year-old nun emerging as the biggest celebrity of all, right?

No, of course you didn’t. No one saw UMBC’s win coming–the first time a top seed has lost in the first round–nor were we prepared for the joy that is Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, Loyola-Chicago’s team chaplain, who has inspired her underdog charges while throwing shade at brash college hoops analyst Charles Barkley in a national television interview.

This is a March Madness for the ages–which only makes the hypocrisy surrounding the tournament all the more troubling.

In 2016–17, revenue for the NCAA, the nonprofit organization that oversees major college sports, exceeded $ 1 billion for the first time. Broadcast rights to the men’s basketball tournament alone delivered $ 761 million of that haul. The NCAA goes out of its way to protect the financial interests of its tournament sponsors. All members of the media sitting courtside at games, for example, are required to pour their drinks into Powerade cups, since parent company Coca-Cola is an NCAA “corporate champion.”

Meanwhile, the NCAA takes extraordinary measures to impede the financial interests of the tournament’s main attraction: the players. The organization’s amateurism rules prohibit student-athletes from earning any money above a stipend that covers the cost of living at school. Yes, players receive athletic scholarships that cover hefty tuition bills. That’s a valuable prize. But the vast majority of the kids lighting up your TV screen were recruited to their school to play basketball, not study chemistry. And don’t think they don’t know it.

While players are governed by draconian rules, coaches can enjoy the fruits of the free market. The University of Connecticut, for example, just lured coach Danny Hurley with a six-year contract worth roughly $ 3 million a year. Coaches are also free to profit from their celebrity by giving paid speeches, hawking branded products or selling instructional videos.

This disparity is all the more unseemly since the FBI has started nosing around college basketball’s shady underbelly. The ongoing federal probe has led to the arrests of assistant coaches and corporate-marketing representatives who allegedly arranged under-the-table deals to steer promising players to certain schools or tie them to financial advisers after turning pro. The scandal led the University of Louisville to fire Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino after $ 100,000 was allegedly funneled to the family of a top prospect in exchange for his commitment to the school. Pitino has denied knowing about such a payment.

This black market is a direct result of the NCAA’s outdated restrictions. If a school thinks a player is worth six figures, then that player should have a right to maximize his earning power. Even if the NCAA refuses to allow players a fairer share of its $ 1 billion pie, the organization could permit them to earn money through sponsorships with shoe companies or local car dealerships.

So does this mean we are all a bunch of March Madness–loving, binge-viewing-at-work hypocrites? Without a doubt. But decrying the injustice of big-time basketball’s amateurism rules doesn’t mean you have to stop fueling the college sports economy. March Madness is the greatest guilty pleasure in sports. After all, the NCAA knows what it’s got: there’s a reason TV rights to the tournament will increase to about $ 879 million in 2019, a 16% jump over two years. So please forgive us, Sister Jean, while we root on for Cinderella.

This appears in the April 09, 2018 issue of TIME.
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Vitalie Taittinger: ‘I don’t need to turn myself into a man to achieve the same things’

Champagne businesswoman Vitalie Taittinger is next in our Women Who Win series, giving us some insight into how tough you have to be to hack it as a woman in the alcohol industry…

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You may not have heard of Vitalie Taittinger, but you will definitely know her Champagne house, producing Taittinger Champagne since 1734.

But if you were about to dismiss Vitalie as an heiress, you can think again – only choosing to join the family business when her father bought back the 300-year-old brand after it was broken up and sold against his will.

Now, with her father and brother by her side, Taittinger has gone from strength to strength, becoming the ultimate family business – but there’s no doubt that a lot of that is down to Vitalie, proving herself to be an inspiring businesswoman, boss, mother of four – and did we mention that she’s absolutely lovely?

But how does she do it all?

According to Vitalie, it’s all about mindset and elegance. ‘I don’t want to be a man’, she told us. ‘I don’t need to turn myself into a man to achieve the same things. I’m really conscious that I’m a woman and that’s a beautiful thing’.

Our Women Who Win interview series celebrates strong and inspirational female trailblazers, shaping the future for us all, and Vitalie Taittinger and her unwavering optimism and love for her work and colleagues is that in a nutshell.

We sat down with Vitalie to find out how tough you have to be to survive as a female Champagne boss nowadays and how to use being a woman to our advantage in the workplace…

The Taittinger family

The Taittinger family. Credit: Taittinger

What is the biggest sacrifice you have made?

Deciding to follow my father into the family Champagne business – it totally changed my life. I would have loved to have been an artist – I studied art and that was my plan – but I was so impressed by my father’s dedication to re-buying the family company that I asked to work for him instead. He kept it a secret and the people that knew doubted him – he was quite alone in the project. But he did it, and it wasn’t for ego or money, for him it was something to transmit to the next generation and I was, and I still am, very impressed by that. I had to reorganise everything and accept another life – it was one of the biggest decisions I ever made.

How often are you discriminated against?

I think that women are respected in the Champagne industry. We work in a different way to men – and that’s great. What I’m really trying to do is push the feminine side in business. I don’t want to be like men. I’m really conscious that I am a woman and I don’t want to turn myself into a man to achieve the same things. I don’t need to be a man.

How do you overcome struggles?

It’s all about teamwork. When I’m in a team working towards a goal, I am no longer a Taittinger family member or a woman, I am simply someone who has a job to do – I try to be super dedicated about the objective.

What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?

Someone once told me that if you want to be in good health, you have to love yourself and tell yourself that every day – and I really think it’s true. You have to empower yourself every morning. Instead of seeing your face and telling yourself “I feel old, I have dark eyes, I can see wrinkles”, you have to look at yourself as a beautiful person. It is such good advice – and like all good advice, I never actually manage to follow it, but I do think it is important.

Vitalie Taittinger. Credit: Taittinger

What do you refuse to compromise on?

I refuse to compromise on honesty and trust – they are so important to me. If I promise someone I will do something, I will always follow through and if I get behind something, I get behind it 100%. I will only hire people that I trust – that and authenticity are the two most employable traits and I always take them into consideration when building my team.

What quality do you deplore in others?

Negativity. I need positivity – that is the dynamic that I like and thrive in. I actually wouldn’t be able to work in a negative environment – you can make mistakes, you can have problems – but you have to go on and try to find some positivity – just try it again, correct it – and feel better. When people around you are of the same belief, it is so much easier.

What is your superpower?

I think my superpower is love and joy – I love people, I love my family, I love life. And in the workplace, there’s no greater superpower – when you love people and you love what they are doing, they are so much more encouraged – they want to prove and they want to give. The more generous you are, the more people are generous with you.

When are you at your most productive?

I think I’m the most productive when I’m alone. No day is the same for me and I’m always thinking about a million things in depth and jumping from one to the other. It is hyper challenging, so for me it’s very important to have time to myself to be able to process. I try to make the most and take the benefits from each moment alone, just breathing and taking some distance.

Vitalie Taittinger. Credit: Taittinger

How should women ask for more?

I’m really bad at asking for more – I never ask for anything – I have always been a believer in being patient and letting things happen. I really do feel that if you deserve something, you will get it, but it is important to know your worth. My advice is to go in with the right attitude – don’t voice your frustration, instead explain what you do and the value that your involvement brings. Most importantly, try not to insist too much, go about it in an elegant way.

When are you proudest?

I am super proud when I see my children. I’m proud of what they are and who they are becoming. I love watching them – picking up on their humour, seeing how they evaluate things, watching how they drive themselves. They are becoming individual people and one day they are going to fly. Being a mother is definitely the most valuable act I have done in my life – it does make you feel a bit older though!

How do you celebrate success?

I love celebrating by surrounding myself with the people I love – being with my husband, seeing good friends or staying at home with all of my children. For me it’s kind of success enough to stay in the home I love with the people I love. But a bit of rest, Champagne and good food can help too.

Finish the statement ‘Women should…’

Women should embrace the fact that they are women. Our society has changed so much and we’ve come so far that we’ve almost started to forget that being a woman is a beautiful thing. There are so many things that only we can do – we are so many characters in one. We can be mothers, we can be workers, but it’s important to remember that we don’t have to represent strength and authority all of the time, it’s OK to be tender and creative. Being a woman is a wonderful thing.

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This wasn’t magic. Though the team has Sister Jean at its side, this wasn’t the work of a higher power. Loyola-Chicago proved it’s good. How good? It hammered Kansas State. No, really, how good? The 11th-seeded Ramblers are going to the Final Four.
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Lisa Bonet Rips Into Bill Cosby: “I Don’t Need To Say, ‘I Told You So’”

For those of you who don’t know your Cosby Show history, Lisa Bonet, who played Denise Huxtable, had a contentious relationship with Bill Cosby in real life. Cosby was also allegedly upset Bonet became pregnant by Lenny Kravitz and did a nude scene in the 1987 movie Angel Heart. She was reportedly fired from the sitcom in April of 1991, due to “creative differences.” Bonet has never appeared at any of the multiple Cosby Show reunions and she has barely spoken about her former boss — until now.

In an interview with Net-a-Porter, Bonet didn’t hold back when discussing the 80-year-old who has been accused of sexual misconduct by countless women. When asked if the Cosby allegations “tainted” her memories of The Cosby Show, she said, “No, it’s exactly as I remember it.” She also made it clear she was not aware of him being an alleged sexual predator, but she did sense a “sinister, shadow energy.”

“There was no knowledge on my part about his specific actions, but… There was just energy. And that type of sinister, shadow energy cannot be concealed.” You sensed a darkness? “Always. And if I had anything more to reveal then it would have happened a long time ago. That’s my nature. The truth will set you free.”

She also added, “I don’t need to say, ‘I told you so.’ I just leave all that to karma and justice and what will be.”

Well, damn. You can’t be any clearer than that. We will see if Cosby or anyone else from the sitcom responds. However, Bonet clearly has nothing to lose by saying exactly what is on her mind.

 

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We don’t leave home for date night, I’m guessing we’re not alone

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Laura Falin

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I almost broke my TV last week when a marriage therapist was on. She was giving advice to couples, especially busy parents, and she told them they should go on a date night once a week, have a weekend away once a quarter, and take a couples’ vacation (without kids) once a year.

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA.

I know she was giving us the best-case scenario. Advice for parents who have grandparents or aunts or uncles or nannies or other sitters on hand. If that is you, stop reading and go get these people lined up. Have your partner cling to their leg as you rev the getaway car and take advantage of that sitter right now. Go. Have fun. That grimace you see on my face is mostly me being happy for you, tinged by only the teensiest bit of jealousy.

This was a fun pre-kid Date Night…

But the rest of us… those of us who don’t have family nearby, and don’t want to ask a friend to watch four children for an entire weekend? We do what works for the season we’re in. For me and my husband, this means feeding the kids breakfast for dinner on Friday nights, putting them to bed, and then either grilling or ordering sushi at 9 p.m. We crack open a bottle of wine in the basement, and eat, and have an entire conversation without being interrupted. We don’t have to pay a sitter. We don’t have to plan too far ahead. We can treat ourselves to a nice steak, or an extra tuna roll without worrying too much because we’re saving on the sitter and other costs. It’s what we can do right now.

This was actually our anniversary dinner 

It took me a long time to realize this was okay. Everyone from our pastor to our friends to every expert I saw or read kept saying we needed a date night. The funny thing was, none of them offered to watch the kids. And instead of inspiring me, it made me feel guilty. Were my husband and I headed for trouble if we didn’t go out once a week? And overnights? We’ve been away for two weekends together in the last fifteen years. When your family lives out of state, that kind of thing requires a lot of planning.

I’m sure it’s good advice and I’m sure every marriage could benefit from a regular date night. It’s just that not everyone can manage one.

So what do you do instead? You do what you can. Know that this stage won’t last forever. We’re actually on the verge of freedom — our oldest is at an age where we can head out for an occasional date night now. It does happen eventually, and our late Friday night basement dinners were a good bridge to get us to this point.

So if you’re around next Friday night, let’s all raise a glass – to doing what works for this season of life we’re in.

Do you and your partner have regular date nights?

Photos by Laura Falin

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Two more districts flipped. In New Hampshire, Democrat Philip Spagnuolo won a county legislative seat by 8 percentage points in a district Donald Trump had carried by 13 points. In Connecticut, Democrat Phil Young won a state legislative seat that Hillary Clinton narrowly carried but that had been held by a Republican for the last 44 years. They make the 38th and 39th districts since Donald Trump’s election that have gone from Republican to Democrat.

So: How confident should Democrats be about all this? I’d say pretty confident, for a bunch of reasons. But let’s stick to five:

1. The generic polling has the Democrats pretty comfortably ahead. It’s been bouncing around—while Democrats have always has the lead, it narrowed in January and February but seems to be opening back up a little now. A CNN poll released Monday had it at 54-38. I should say, though, that the fivethirtyeight average as of Wednesday morning is lower, at 47-39.

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