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Nigerian Girls Coding Their Way to a Better Future

Growing up, Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin didn’t feel like girls were encouraged to pursue careers in STEM. Now, with Girls Coding, she’s focusing on teaching girls from disadvantaged backgrounds in Nigeria how to program, giving them a voice through technology. By investing in people, she’s building the next generation of mathematicians, doctors, lawyers and thinkers.

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Offset’s Sidepiece Summer Bunni Wrote Some Struggle Bars About Their Relationship

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For the foreseeable future, Offset will be looking mighty funny in the light after allegedly stepping out on his lady for women who are in Cardi B’s line of work but nowhere near her level of fame. Summer Bunni, the alleged mistress of Offset, apparently put together a track in honor of her relationship with the Migos rapper and insisting that she didn’t intend to be a homewrecker. 

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Summer Bunni tells The Blast, she penned “Don’t Matter” over the summer when she was experiencing “mixed feelings” about Offset. “I just wanted to write about how I felt at the time,” Bunni says, adding that she felt her emotions were being neglected during her brief fling with the hip-hop star.

As we’ve reported, Cardi B shocked the entertainment world this week when she announced a split with Offset after claiming the two had been trying to make the relationship work for a “long time.” Shortly after news broke, text messages went viral appearing to show Offset was trying to organize a ménage à trois with Bunni and another woman, Cuban Doll.

Bunni is mortified that she has been labeled as a homewrecker and says she never intended to be a catalyst for rapper’s split. “I really thought he and I were for real,” Bunni admits, saying she sincerely hopes the “Bodak Yellow” star can accept her apology one day.

If you want to hear the track, you’ll have to wait to next Tuesday (Dec. 11) or check out The Blast‘s exclusive teaser on their site.

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A little self-love and care goes a long way! Viola Davis and Aja Naomi King both spoke to Us Weekly about when they feel like their best selves and what goes into it. And the two actresses who star alongside each other in Shonda Rhimes hit show How to Get Away With Murder had similar sentiments to share.

Davis, 53, admitted she feels her most powerful when she’s just being herself. “When I can be myself and I am comfortable being myself, when I can totally be in the moment, that’s what makes me feel powerful,” she said at The Hollywood Reporter’s 27th Annual Power 100 Women in Entertainment Breakfast in Hollywood.

King has certainly taken note. “Viola is kind to every single person she encounters, the 33-year-old actress explained. “She loves to joke, she loves to dance. She is just fun to be around. I think it comes from self confidence. She’s not afraid of making a fool of herself. Not trying to pretend to be cool. She’s silly and just incredible.

For the two ladies to feel like their most authentic selves, they love to be surrounded by women who support them.

“A lot of times what’s aligned is if I’m in the company [of people] who understand and encourage my authenticity and a lot of times its me, just sort of talking to myself and honoring my inner voice,” she said at the Fiji-sponsored event.

As for King? “I value myself. I typically surround myself with people who value themselves. The way that I am with my friends. … I hope that everyone has that experience. To be surrounded by people who are like ‘Yeah, you’re special. You’re worth it,’” she told me Us at the L’Oréal Paris Thirteenth Annual Women of Worth Awards.

If the two ladies ever need that extra confidence boost, they’re all about taking a little time out for self-care. Davis’ activity of choice? “Epsom salt baths. Oh, my God. The best, absolutely,” she exclaimed. And King enjoys letting her mind rest for a moment. “Sometimes I get really stressed out. Stress wreaks havoc on the body. I’m trying to be more mindful about how I let things affect me … and just breathe through everything because a problem is only a problem if you make it one,” she explained.

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Peta Murgatroyd’s Christmas Present Involves a Naked Maksim Chmerkovskiy Decorating Their Tree

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This Couple Made Enough Dough Baking Biscuits to Quit Their Teaching Jobs

Sometimes when an opportunity arises, you just gotta roll with it.

Jesse Thompson and Lee Valenti were school teachers who dreamed of opening a learning center they’d call Hey Giant Robot, but they needed a way to fund it.

They decided to raise money by baking biscuits to sell at a pop-up market within the learning center.

“We were thinking we could sell them and make a couple hundred bucks on the weekend,” says Thompson, 39, who recalls they’d bake 500 biscuits and sell them for $ 3 to $ 4 a pair. “But then every weekend, we were selling out, and people were lining up.”

Within three months, the couple realized they didn’t have a side hustle baking biscuits to support their learning center.

They had a biscuit-baking business.

“We decided to flip our model,” Thompson says.

Instead of selling biscuits out of the learning center, they housed the learning center inside a bakery.

The couple found a location in Tampa, Florida, that could handle both the baking and the learning. They retained a bit of their original idea for the establishment’s name: Hey Giant! Little Biscuits.

A year and a half later, the biscuit shop employs six to seven part-time workers and costs an average of $ 15,000 per month to operate — “right now our profits range somewhere in $ 3,000 to $ 5,000 a month,” Thompson adds.

Valenti, 41, quit her teaching job last year when the couple realized that she could match her $ 45,000 annual salary by running the shop.

“Starting out, it was the goal to make almost the same or, if not, just a little bit less than what I was making teaching,” says Valenti, who attributes much of the business’s growth to catering events. “We did that fairly quickly.”

This year, Thompson quit his job so they could open a second location.

The pair aren’t alone in trying their hands at baking — here’s another baker who turned her passion into a sweet gig. There are 7,757 retail bakeries in the U.S. as of the first quarter in 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s a 14.6% increase since 2008.

But that doesn’t mean the baking business was everything Thompson and Valenti dreamed of.

Our vision of what we thought running a biscuit shop would be like was completely different than what it actually is,” Thompson says. “You think, oh, this is going to be cool — make a couple biscuits, hang out all day and when it’s slow, just sit and read some books.

“No, there’s none of that — we’re constantly making food.”

And although the path was unexpected, Thompson and Valenti say that starting over with new careers isn’t as much of a pie-in-the-sky idea as you might think.

Recognizing an Opportunity

Details of a person preparing biscuits and baked biscuits

From the beginning, the couple set themselves up for the possibility of expansion — just in case.

“When we tested the waters with our pop-up, we said, ‘Let’s rent a space and get the licensing,’” Thompson says. “‘Because if this works out, we can keep going forward. And if it doesn’t, then we’re not out too much — it’s going to be a meager Christmas, but that’s it.’”

Investing time and money turned out to be the incentive the couple needed to make some big decisions early on.

It was too much work to be half in,” Valenti says, and Thompson adds, “If you don’t find some level of commitment, you’re less motivated to keep driving forward.”

Transferable Skills

A man greets a customers at a biscuit shop

Although neither had previous experience in the food-service industry, Thompson and Valenti did bring translatable skills from their previous careers.

We’ve relied on and applied our teaching methods and our classroom management,” Thompson says. “You have to deal with different types of learners, and that flexibility on the management side has helped.”

Serving up biscuits behind the counter during a mid-morning rush, the pair calls out to customers by name — looking a lot like teachers at the head of a classroom.

After spending most of their professional careers in teaching, Thompson admits the couple misses certain elements of their old life — particularly when they attended an open house at their children’s school and realized they wouldn’t be setting up their own classrooms.

“If you do a career for 15 to 20 years, like we have with teaching and education, you’re going to miss it,” Thompson says. “There are certain routines and certain ways of life that you’re just used to.”

But the biscuit business has also offered the creative control that was sometimes missing from teaching, Valenti points out.

“Teaching is creative, but for us, we needed another outlet of something we ran,” Valenti says. “The biscuit shop is cooking, but it’s also a creative outlet for us — where we design the place, we make the menu, we make the recipes.

“It really feeds something that both of us are always looking for.”

Not Losing Sight of the Goal

The couple may have discovered a great way to make some dough, but what about their original idea, the learning center?

Thompson describes their vision for the first location as a junky robot repair shop that kids could explore before entering the learning center hidden in the back.

“None of that was realistic,” he says with a laugh.

The learning center is instead housed in a room off the main bakery, hidden behind a sliding chalkboard door that announces Biscuit Specials like Mississippi Maple and Nutter Butter Fluffer Nutter.

Staffed by volunteers, the center offers free tutoring, writing workshops and art classes after the bakery closes for the evening and on weekends.

Thompson notes that, although they enjoy baking, he and Valenti still consider the shop a way to fund their learning center.

“Being part of the learning community and sparking creativity is kind of our ultimate goal,” Thompson says. “We love making biscuits, but if we could [operate the center] full time, we would.”

Taking a Chance on New Careers

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The couple agrees that, despite the risks of leaving steady teaching jobs for the uncertainty of the culinary world, they have no regrets.

“You have those conversations of, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if one day,’” Thompson says. “We decided this has to be that ‘one day,’ because if we don’t, three years from now, we’ll get back to ‘what if.’”

Valenti notes that by challenging themselves to learn something new and by being flexible about their options, they’ve had an opportunity they thought they could only dream of.

Thompson’s advice to others fantasizing about a new career? You’ll never know if you don’t try.

“You have to take that plunge,” Thompson says. “Just be open to where it takes you.”

Tiffany Wendeln Connors is a staff writer with The Penny Hoarder. Data journalist Alex Mahadevan contributed to this article.

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How Miles Morales and the Spider-Verse Heroes Got Their Powers

Spider-Man, Spider-Ham, Spider-People. Sony’s brand new animated adventure, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, brings us a whole roster of Spider-Heroes that are getting their big screen debut. In each universe there’s a different version of the Spider-Man we all know, and this movie throws them all together. Expect crazy costumes, unique origin stories and a quest to save every single reality in the Spider-Verse. But who are these new Spider-Heroes and how did they get their powers?

Peter Parker



Let’s get the obvious hero out of the way, Peter Parker. Everyone’s friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. If after three different live action franchises, several animated TV shows and thousands of comics, you don’t know his origin, it’s quite simple. He was bitten by a radioactive Spider and has the ability to climb walls, sense danger and also has super strength. Jake Johnson voices an older Peter in the movie who’s been Spidey for quite some time.

Miles Morales



Voiced by Shameik Moore in the movie, Miles Morales becomes Spider-Man after the death of Peter Parker in the Ultimate Comics Universe. He’s bitten by a spider engineered with Peter’s blood after his death. The spider had crawled out of a bag carried by Miles’ uncle, Aaron Davis, when he visits Miles at his family’s apartment. Aaron Davis is also known as The Prowler, and had actually broken into Oscorp when the Spider crawled into his bag. Is it a coincidence The Prowler has a role in the movie? Definitely not.

In the comics, Miles originally wore a red and blue Spider-Suit like Peter’s, before being told it was in poor taste. Nick Fury gifts the young hero a black and red suit, cementing his role as the new Spider-Man.

Spider-Gwen



What if Peter Parker never became a hero, and the radioactive spider bit someone else in his class? Say hello to Spider-Gwen. That’s right, in an alternate universe Gwen Stacy becomes the wall crawler, and she’s known as Spider-Woman or Ghost Spider.

On Earth-65, Peter Parker wanted revenge against his high school bullies, and experimented on himself to become The Lizard. His fight with Spider-Gwen ultimately led to his death because of the toxic chemicals in his body. Talk about re-spinning the story…

Spider-Man Noir



Peter Parker is a light-hearted hero considering every tragic thing that’s happened to him. In the Marvel Noir universe, Spidey exists during the Great Depression in 1933, except he’s not that fun. When Peter begins working with Ben Urich at the Daily Bugle, he scopes out a shipment of stolen antiques. One of the antiques smashes, releasing a horde of spiders. When Pete’s bitten, he dreams of a Spider-God and later awakens with super powers.

After the deaths of both Uncle Ben and Ben Urich, Peter vows end organized crime in his city, and dons a black costume like every dark brooding vigilante. Lighten up Pete, it’s not all bad – you’re voiced by Nicholas Cage!

Peni Parker + SP//Dr



Are you a fan of huge fighting robots? Peni Parker might just be your new favorite hero. She’s a Japanese-American student adopted by Aunt May and Uncle Ben after her parents died. She’s inducted into a program where she pilots the SP//Dr robot by using a mental link with a radioactive spider. She fights huge monsters and also another robot called VEN#M. It’s like Pacific Rim meets Spider-Man, and we love it.

Spider-Ham



There’s no easy way to say it, the original Peter Porker used to be a spider before he was bitten by a radioactive pig, May Porker. He then became a pig with Spider-Powers, because that’s just how the Marvel Universe works. There’s no way of taking him seriously, and this is probably one of the silliest characters Marvel has ever produced. Even Howard the Duck has credibility!

His universe is full of other animal alternate heroes, like Captain Americat, Goose Rider and Black Panda. Luckily, John Mulaney will be playing Spider-Ham as silly as possible. Talk about saving your bacon.

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The Winemakers and Champagne Houses Making Their Mark With U.S. Consumers Ahead of New Year’s Eve

Thanksgiving is all but a distant memory now. Black Friday and Cyber Monday, just fleeting moments as we make the usual motions through the holiday shopping season.

Amid all the consumerism is (sometimes) some yuletide fun, often shepherded by warm spirits, mulled wines, and–of course–bubbly bottles of Champagne.

Always an easy gift for a host or hostess at a holiday party, there are many new options for U.S. consumers to consider as a number of smaller (as well as familiar) French houses have started to bring their trademark sparkling wines across the Atlantic.

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Champagne Pommery: Newly released, the Pommery Blanc de Blancs is made from 100% Chardonnay grapes, sourced from the northern terrain of the Montagne de Reims and the hills of Nogent l’Abbesse. According to the winemakers, this particular terroir combination lends a special springlike freshness to the cuv?e. The bubbly offers subtle floral notes of jasmine as well as acacia, linden, and citrus fruit, notably fresh apple and yellow grapefruit. SRP: $ 67.

Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte’s signature One Fo(u)r bottles

Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte: Perhaps the most ready for your holiday f?tes that surely will end up on Instagram, Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte has a number of options to wow guests, starting with pint-sized Champagne bottles. (Maybe a bit gauche, but then again, no glassware that needs to be cleaned. Just toss in the recycle bin after). The single-serve bottles, in either the traditional Brut R?serve or Brut Ros?, also come with–wait for it–a wrist strap for making it easy to carry around the party. (Certainly solves the problem of where to put your drink while trying to eat at a cocktail party.)

For something a little more serious, but no less fun, are the 2018 Limited-Edition Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte “Enchanted Meadow” bottle with an elaborate holiday wonderland-inspired exterior as well as the very high-end Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte’s Palmes d’Or, one of the house’s finest crus aged for at least six years to advance the delicate flavor. SRP: $ 13 for the Signature One Fo(u)r 87-milliliter bottles; $ 36 for the Enchanted Meadow; $ 136-$ 200 for the Palmes d’Or.

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Mo?t & Chandon: As one of the world’s largest wine producers, Mo?t & Chandon isn’t taking the holiday season off. The 149-year-old house is releasing a limited edition series of”Art-de-Vivre” bottles, featuring iconic Parisian elements such as the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre as well as images synonymous with the brand, like a champagne tower and the logo neck ties. SRP: $ 39.99 for the Mo?t Imp?rial Brut; $ 49.99 for the Mo?t Imp?rial Ros?; and $ 59.99 for the Mo?t Nectar Imp?rial Blanc, touted by the house to be “tropical, exciting, and daring” with flavors of pineapple and mango.

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Luc Belaire Brut GoldLuc Belaire

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Luc Belaire: Crafted by a 5th- and 6th-generation father-and-son team at a 118-year-old house in Burgundy, Luc Belaire might not be able to implement the official “Champagne” label given its geographical location, but it does reside in the heart of one of the world’s most well-known and respected wine regions. Produced from a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes, Belaire Brut Gold is a versatile option as its winemakers tout it as ideal for pairing with nearly any menu. To get a better idea of what you’re working with, the Brut Gold, the latest addition to the Luc Belaire portfolio, sports a hint of stone fruits (pear and peach) and brioche with a dry finish. For the dosage, Luc Belaire uses organic sugar cane, which the company says offers more structure to the wine while leaning on a style popularized during the 1920s. SRP: $ 30-$ 35.

Frank Family NV Brut RoseFrank Family Vineyards

Frank Family Vineyards: For something also outside of the traditional Champagne region but inspired by the style all the same is Frank Family Vineyards in California’s Napa Valley. The 2014 Sparkling Brut Ros?, a blend of 88% Pinot Noir grapes and 12% Chardonnay, is made in the traditional French method in which the secondary fermentation occurs in the bottle. The wine is then rested on the spent yeast cells for two and a half years before disgorgement. Almost millennial pink to its core, the Brut Ros? will likely impress oenophiles of any age or experience with wine thanks to its balanced palate of summery, fruit flavors (namely strawberry sherbert, orange peel, and red cherry) with a number of toasty and creamy nuances. SRP: $ 55.

“Prosecco Pie” by Ruffino and the Little Pie CompanyThe Little Pie Company

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Prosecco Pie: Not everyone is a sparkling wine lover. But what if I told you that you could consume sparkling wine–namely a very familiar Italian varietal–in…pie form? For over 33 years, Manhattan’s The Little Pie has gained a cult following–including with some familiar names like Oprah and Sarah Jessica Parker. This holiday season, The Little Pie Company collaborated with Tuscan wine producer Ruffino to produce a seasonal pie inspired by the apple and citrus flavors in the Italian winemaker’s signature Prosecco. The real star here is the topping to the pie rather than the filling itself, with strands of salted caramel criss-crossing a bed of brown sugar and warm apples. The pies are available in 5-inch and 10-inch sizes–the former of which comes with, naturally, a mini bottle of Ruffino Prosecco. SRP: $ 9.50 for the 5-inch version and $ 45 for the full-sized pie, plus shipping for delivery nationwide.

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Babies kicking in the womb are creating a map of their bodies

The kicks a mother feels from her unborn child may allow the baby to ‘map’ their own body and enable them to eventually explore their surroundings, suggests new research. For the study, researchers measured brainwaves produced when newborns kick their limbs during rapid eye movement sleep, finding that fast brainwaves — a brainwave pattern typically seen in neonates — fire in the corresponding hemisphere.
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This 30-Day Challenge Will Help Any Married Couple Conquer Their Money Woes

Congratulations! You’ve said your vows. You’ve thrown that bouquet (who knew Grandma could jump like that?). You’re even rocking a nice tan from your honeymoon.

Now married life really begins. Like it or not, your finances are a major factor in your marriage. According to Dave Ramsey, 86% of couples who got married in the last five years started out in debt.

It’s OK. Take a deep breath. We’ve put together a one-month challenge for married couples to get your finances in shape for your happily ever after.

Do you accept the challenge? If so, say, “I do” (again).

Day 1: Check Your Credit Scores

Your credit score is important, now more than ever. The better your score, the better deal you’ll get on a mortgage, rental deposit, car loan or credit card. If either you or your spouse has a less-than-ideal credit score, it’s time to start working on it.

To keep a closer eye on your credit, get your credit score and a “credit report card” for free from Credit Sesame. It breaks down exactly what’s on your credit report in layman’s terms, how it affects your score and how to address it.

Signing up for Credit Sesame will only take you a couple of minutes each, and it’ll even help you tackle any issues you see.

Day 2: Tackle Your Credit Card Debt

Sometimes “for better or for worse” includes taking on your spouse’s credit card or other high-interest debt. Don’t let it get you down. Instead, take those balances down in a smart way.

A good resource is consumer financial technology platform Even Financial, which can help match you with the right personal loan to meet your needs.

Even searches the top online lenders to match you with a personalized loan offer in less than 60 seconds. Its platform can help you borrow up to $ 100,000 (no collateral needed) with fixed rates starting at 4.99% and terms from 24 to 84 months.

Day 3: Get Paid to Get Fit

Your honeymoon was full of buffets, decadent desserts and pina coladas. Totally worth it. Now it’s time to make up for those fun times.

There’s a cool company, HealthyWage, that will literally pay you for losing weight.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Read our full HealthyWage review, and sign up.
  2. Define a goal weight and the amount of time you’ll give yourself to achieve it.
  3. Place a bet on yourself ranging from $ 20 to $ 500 a month.

Depending on how much you have to lose, how long you give yourself to do it and how much money you put on the table, you could win up to $ 10,000!

Wondering if it can really work? We talked to one woman, Teresa Suarez, who lost 68 pounds — and made over $ 2,400.

The couple that gets fit together stays together, right?

Day 4: Budget Your Wedded Bliss

A budget is not fun, but you’ll be surprised at how freeing it can really be, especially for a married couple. You’ll know your limits and take the mystery out of your monthly spending.

The Empower app is a powerful budgeting tool that can help you figure out how you’re spending your money and develop a budgeting plan to keep you on track.

Link the app to your bank accounts, and it will track your spending. It will also categorize your spending so you can see exactly where you are overdoing it.

That’s right: It will show you just how many times you went out for dinner because it was your turn to do the dishes.

Day 5: Start Adulting With a Life Insurance Policy

When you’re married, you have someone else who counts on you. If you have a family, the last thing you want is to leave them without any financial support once you’re gone.

Getting a life insurance policy is a smart move — and it’s not as hard as it used to be.

Ethos, for example, can get you term life insurance in less than 10 minutes — with no medical exam — for coverage up to $ 1 million. Ethos offers a digital application, and customer service is available if you have questions.

It partners with a major life insurance carrier to quickly offer policies as low as $ 6 a month.

You don’t really want to think about “‘til death do us part,” but it’s a conversation you need to have. You’ve got this!

Days 6 and 7: It’s the Weekend! Find Free Stuff in Your City

What? You thought we’d make you work every day? Good marriages need room for quality time to have fun together, too, right? Just don’t spend a lot of money doing it.

From museums to community movie nights, there’s most likely a rich menu of 100% free things to do wherever you are!

Check your local newspaper or city website, and see what you can get into — without paying a dime.

Day 8: Find out If You’re a Power Couple

How do you compare to your peers? Are you the neighborhood’s power couple, or are you barely keeping up with the Joneses? It’s time to find out.

Status Money is an app that allows you to anonymously compare your financial situation with your peers without asking those awkward, prying questions. Link an account to tap into this database and you’ll be able to compare your income, debt, interest rates, credit score, spending… you name it.

By seeing how others are doing, you can see what you need to work on — or where you can sit back a little and just breathe easy.

Day 9: Wash Your Car, and Clean up Your Car Insurance Bill

You each have a vehicle. One took you on your first date. The other was topped with streamers and balloons on your wedding day. Now it’s time to give them both a good wash — and then clean up your insurance bills.

Yes. There’s no getting around car insurance, unfortunately. But one way you could save money is by shopping around and comparing rates at least once a year. So, just like you compare the prices of flights, shoes and laptops before purchasing, why not compare car insurance?

The Zebra, an online car insurance search engine that offers “insurance in black and white,” compares your options from 204 providers in less than 60 seconds.

Day 10: Make a Shopping List — and Get Paid

You probably shopped online before you were married. You won’t likely stop now, right? But now it’s even more important to save money where you can.

One of our favorite ways to save is with Ebates, a cash-back site that rewards you nearly every time you buy something online. For example, Ebates gives you 10% cash-back on online purchases at Walmart.

Plus, you’ll get a free $ 10 gift card to Walmart for giving the site a try.

Day 11: Stock the Fridge and Pantry With Savings

They say that 90% of marriage is asking “What should we have for dinner?” That number may actually be a bit low.

One of the best ways to avoid this trap is to get ahead of it. If you plan your meals for the week and shop accordingly, you’ll be all set. You know what makes your meals taste even better than butter or salt? Savings.

Believe it or not, Ibotta will pay you cash for taking pictures of your grocery store receipts.

Before heading to the store, search for items on your shopping list within the Ibotta app. When you get home, snap a photo of your receipt and scan the items’ barcodes, and earn cash back.

Ibotta is free to download. Plus, you’ll get a $ 10 sign-up bonus after uploading your first receipt.

Pre-planned dinner plus a pay day? That’s romance, right there!

Day 12: Put the Gold in Your ‘Golden Years’

When you said “I do,” you made a promise to make a future together. That future will look a lot better if you plan for your retirement right now.

If you’re like most people, you have no idea whether your 401(k) is on pace for retirement or just sputtering along.

Chances are, your 401(k) could be doing a lot better. Take control with help from Blooom, an SEC-registered investment advisory firm that can optimize and monitor your 401(k) for you and keep it speeding toward retirement.

It just takes a few minutes to get a free 401(k) analysis  that will show you whether your investments are allocated properly and whether you’re losing money paying hidden investment fees. It’ll even tell you just how much more money your account could earn by the time you want to retire.

After that, if you sign up, it’s just $ 10 per month to have Blooom monitor and maximize your 401(k). Bonus: Penny Hoarders get the first month free with the code PNNYHRD.

Think of Blooom like a mechanic constantly fine-tuning your car’s engine so it gives you the best possible performance and gas mileage. Except it’s your 401(k) — and your future.

Days 13 and 14: It’s The Weekend! Relax, and Grab a Glass of Wine

You’ve made great strides! Hey, marriage isn’t all work. Give yourself a break today. You’ve earned it.

Tonight, kick back, relax and enjoy each other’s company with a glass of wine. Of course, you don’t want to go overboard and spend a bundle on that bottle. Find a great bottle of wine for under $ 20, and toast to your financial progress.  

Day 15: Clear Your Clutter

Wow. Now that there are two of you, all of your stuff really adds up, doesn’t it? It’s not just the things you have two of, like ironing boards and disco balls; it’s clothes, shoes and furniture.

Set up shop, and make some extra money from the stuff you don’t need (and probably don’t have room for anymore).

You can sell virtually anything on Letgo. This intuitive app lets you snap a photo and upload your item in less than 30 seconds. It removes a lot of the hassle of selling things online, and it’s 100% free to use.

Marriage tip: Only sell your stuff. Posting your spouse’s items is a one-way ticket to the dog house.

Day 16: Feel the Thrill With a Free Lottery

There’s something so satisfying about those gas station scratch-off tickets, but it’s better to avoid them because, well, that’s not Penny Hoarding.

Instead, try scratching for free using an app called Lucktastic. Each day, it releases a new assortment of digital scratch-off tickets. Lucktastic says instant wins range from $ 1 to $ 10,000. You can also earn tokens that you can exchange for free gift cards to retailers, including Amazon, Walmart, Kohl’s, Sephora and more.

You can even compete with your spouse. Who can win more tonight?

Day 17: Relax, and Watch a Good Show

OK, you’re ready for a little snuggle time. That’s fair.

Tonight, pop some popcorn, pour a cool beverage and plop down on that loveseat. But instead of watching a movie, earn some money by watching movie previews or other short videos.

InboxDollars lets you actually get paid to watch TV online. The site hosts a ton of stuff to watch, including cooking, entertainment, news and health shows. The shows are sponsored by brands that need to get them in front of as many eyeballs as possible.

Every time you watch one, InboxDollars will credit your account with a little bit of cash.

Day 18: Get Money for Past Purchases

What couple couldn’t use a little extra money? Here’s an easy way to see whether you could get money back on purchases you’ve already made.

One of our secret weapons is called Paribus — a tool that gets you money back for your online purchases. It’s free to sign up, and once you do, it will scan your email for any receipts. If it discovers you’ve purchased something from one of its monitored retailers, it will track the item’s price and help you get a refund when there’s a price drop.

Plus, if your guaranteed shipment shows up late, Paribus will help you get compensated.

Day 19: Protect Your Nest Without Robbing Your Nest Egg

If you own a car, you know that you need to protect it (and yourself) with insurance. But did you really check out your options? You could be paying too much for your coverage. Shopping around for insurance can be time consuming, though.

Fortunately, a service called Gabi will do it for you, and you don’t even have to fill out any forms. Simply link your insurance account and provide your driver’s license number, and Gabi will go to work.

Once you link your insurance account to Gabi, it will:

  • Scan your existing insurance plan.
  • Analyze what coverage you have.
  • Compare the major insurers’ rates for that same coverage.
  • Help you switch on the spot if it finds you a better rate.

Gabi says it finds an average savings of $ 720 per year for its customers.

It is a true apples-to-apples comparison at the same coverage levels and deductibles you currently have. Once you sign up, you never have to shop again. Gabi’s software has your policy on file and keeps on monitoring for savings as your life changes.

Day 20 and 21: It’s the Weekend! Enjoy Free Stuff at Your Gym or Apartment Complex

If you have a gym membership or a fitness lounge at your apartment complex, you might be missing out on lots of luxurious freebies.

Think tanning beds, massage chairs or complimentary personal training sessions.

Get down there, and treat yourself!

Day 22: Take the First Baby Steps to Investing

Marriage makes you think about the future. A lot. A big part of preparing for your financial future is investing. Now that you’ve invested in that ring, it’s time to go further.

Consider starting an investment account through Acorns.

You can start small and stack up change over time with its “round-up” feature. That means if you spend $ 10.23 at the grocery store, 77 cents gets dropped into your Acorns account.

Then, the app does the whole investing thing for you.

The idea is you won’t miss the digital pocket change, and the automatic savings stack up faster than you’d think. For example, we reviewed how Penny Hoarder Dana Sitar was able to save at a rate of $ 420 a year!

At that rate, you could set aside $ 1,000 in about two and a half years — without trying.

The app is $ 1 a month for balances under $ 1 million, and you’ll get a $ 5 bonus when you sign up.

Day 23: Optimize Your Credit Card Rewards

So you want a credit card, but there are too many to choose from. What to do?

Should you leaf through your junk mail and just accept one of those credit card offers that show up in your mailbox? That would be quick and easy, right?

No, no, a thousand times no! Don’t do that. That’s a good way to end up unhappily shackled to a credit card that’s all wrong for you.

At least one in five cardholders are carrying around a credit card whose fees and rewards don’t match their actual spending habits, according to a 2016 study from J.D. Power.

To help you avoid becoming a statistic, here’s our guide to everything you need to know about credit cards — including how to pick the one that’s right for you.

Day 24: Focus on Some Extra Cash

You and your spouse take the most awesome pics, right? If you have a smartphone and a photographic eye, making money might have just gotten a lot easier.

An app called Foap lets you turn your smartphone photos into cash.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Download the free app and create an account.
  2. Take a quality photo and upload it to Foap’s marketplace.
  3. Someone buys the license to your photo for $ 10. You make $ 5.

If your photo sells 20 times, you make $ 5 each time and end up with $ 100 in your pocket — all for about five minutes of work and probably a nice stroll in the park with your spouse. Pretty cool, right?

Day 25: Put Your Bills on a Diet

Good news: As a married couple, you’ll share bills. Bad news: They’re still bills.

The price of internet — and cable, if you’re still into that kind of thing — certainly isn’t decreasing. If anything, prices are steadily climbing.

And if you’ve had to chat with a representative from your internet/cable company recently, you know how long you can sit on hold.

That’s why it’s time to call in a robot. The negotiation bot Trim will negotiate your cable or internet bills down for you.

It works with Comcast, Time Warner, Charter and other major providers.

You can sign up simply with Facebook or your email address. Then, upload a PDF of your most recent bill, and Trim’s AI-powered system gets to work. If at first it doesn’t succeed, it’ll keep negotiating until it can save you some money.

Also, if you have any outages, Trim believes you deserve a credit, and it’ll handle that for you. Trim takes 25% of the savings tab, and you get the rest.

26: Go Window Shopping, and Earn Gift Cards

No extreme physical activity or pulled muscles required for this money-making trick that’s fun for couples. All you need to do is download the Shopkick app.

Once you sign up, the app pays you in “kicks” for walking into certain stores (including Walmart, Target, TJMaxx and more). You can redeem them for gift cards to a number of retailers, including Amazon, Target, Walmart, Starbucks, Sephora and Best Buy.

It pays you even more kicks for photos of receipts that include qualifying items you purchased in-store with a connected credit or debit card. You can also earn kicks for online purchases. You don’t have to do anything; your linked cards will automatically apply your kicks.

But don’t make the mistake of buying things you don’t need just for kicks, you know better than that.

Once you’ve earned your gift cards, you can enjoy them with a little quality time together.

Day 27 and 28: It’s the Weekend! Go to a Park

When’s the last time you went to the public park in your area?

You might be able to walk nature trails, goof around on a swing set, or just sit and watch the leaves fall. Take the time to simply be together and enjoy nature. It’s relaxing and relationship-building.

Day 29: Plan for a Bad Day. Seriously.

Few things stress marital bonds like sudden financial drama. A car breaks down. Someone breaks a toe, and medical bills pile up. The roof starts to leak.

The simplest way to avoid letting life’s little mishaps turn into financial disasters is to start an emergency fund. It’s simply a bank account with enough money to get you through a minor emergency or surprise bill.

But if you’re going to save, you might as well make some interest on that money, right?

An iOS app called Varo Money combines traditional banking tools with modern technology to help its customers become financially healthy.

Here’s the best part: Pair your Bank Account with a Varo Savings Account where you’ll earn 1.75% annual percentage yield. That’s nearly 30 times — repeat, 30 times — the average savings account, based on a 0.06% average reported by CNN Money.

Day 30: Play the Slots — and Earn More Interest Than at Your Bank

It’s Day 30!! Go ahead; relax, and play some games. But you’re not done helping your finances just yet.

The folks who created Long Game have you covered with a game that’s fun and helps you achieve your financial goals.  

As you save and accomplish missions, you’ll earn coins to play mini games for cash prizes. We’re talking the classics, like slot machines, scratch-offs and spin-to-win wheels.

Once you link your bank account, you’ll earn 300 coins, so you can start playing while you wait for payday. If you sign up before Nov. 30, 2018 and enter the code PENNY5, you’ll also get a bonus $ 5 in your account!

You Did It!

See, that wasn’t so bad, was it? When you start thinking long-term, you need to think about your finances. When you bring someone else into the picture, it becomes even more important.

Tackling a few of these items can help set you up for a much better financial future. That’s worth a month’s work, right?

Now… let’s talk about having kids.

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.

This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017.

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BEST DEAL UPDATE:

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J. Crew: 50% off Most Full Priced their site crashed on Black Friday Sale

TGIF = 50% off at J. Crew (exp Sun 11/25)

What the hell was that? The biggest shopping day of the year, an unusually high discount for the brand in question, a company that’s struggling… and their site crashes and burns?

I’m guessing not a lot of people in the J. Crew tech department was saying “TGIF” yesterday. Plus, that code would imply that it expired on Friday. When their site was in the gutter, twitching uncontrollably. But it DIDN’T expire yesterday. It expires today. Saturday, 11/24. So in case anyone still cares, and has any cash left you’d care to spend, here’s the best of the best from this rare half off sale at J. Crew. Now do me a favor and keep your darn site up and running today, okay J. Crew?

SUNDAY UPDATE: After more website trouble yesterday, J. Crew decided to extend this 50% off TGIF code through today (Sunday, 11/25.) It appears that the J. Crew website is stable. For now.

 

Goodyear Welted Kenton Leather Pacer Boots – $ 124 ($ 228)

Absurdly good prices for this in-house, Goodyear Welted boot. Lots of sizes at post time, which is kinda crazy considering the price. Indiana Jones boots for the not quite as well-off.

 

Ludlow Shawl-Collar Velvet Blazer – $ 149 ($ 298)

Ludlow Shawl-Collar Velvet Blazer

It’s too sexy! Look, velvet blazers aren’t for everyone, especially with that throw-back shawl collar, but now if you’re unsure? The risk has been mitigated by the major discount. Big fan of that dark green.

 

Rugged Merino Wool Shawl-Collar Pullover in Heather or Donegal – $ 49 ($ 98)

J. Crew Rugged Merino Wool Shawl-Collar Cardigan Sweater

Four color options. Basically the same sweater (at least it looks to be from here?) but one is considered to be heathered, and the other is donegal. Beats me.

 

Legacy Blazer in American Wool in Ludlow or Crosby Fit – $ 175 ($ 350)

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A total classic that’s not the frumpy gold-buttoned, hard shoulder kind that your boss favors on the weekend.

 

Ludlow Blazer in Herringbone English Tweed – $ 149 ($ 298)

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These always make the annual best sportcoats of fall post and for good reason. Softer tweed than what you might be envisioning. Less construction too. Half lined. Shown above is a 40R on 5’10″/ 185. Full review here.

 

New Balance for J. Crew 791 Leather Sneakers – $ 37.40 ($ 79)

Killshot knock offs! Wait, can you knock off one of your own collaborations with another collaboration? Doesn’t matter. They’re on sale, and thus, getting an additional 50% off. Crazy.

 

Slim American Pima Cotton OCBD – $ 34.75 ($ 69.50)

J. Crew OCBD

A classic OCBD that comes in a true slim fit and is made from American grown Supima cotton. Tons of colors to pick from. Yes, they’re made overseas, but the reviews are solid. Are there cheaper OCBD options out there? Absolutely. But not many now that they’re half off.

 

Rugged Merino Wool/Nylon Heather Crewneck Sweater – $ 34.75 ($ 69.50)

J. Crew Rugged Merino Wool/Nylon Heather Crewneck Sweater

A basic that you’ve got to admit is at a pretty solid price. Merino wool + nylon blend. Lots of colors to pick from.

 

Made in Italy MacAllister Desert Boots – $ 74 ($ 148)

Made in Italy MacAllister Desert Boots

Stitched out welt construction. Three versatile colors to choose from. A little slimmer than some bulkier desert boots. Really nice price for the made in Italy factor.

 

Oar Stripe Goodyear Welted Chelsea Boots in Italian Leather – $ 149 ($ 298)

Oar Stripe Chelsea Boots

Well? Someone was able to get through their site yesterday. Because these are close to sold out now. Still worth a check if you’re in the market for Chelseas. Shown above is the “burnished ruby.” Not sure how RED OH MY GOSH RED those are gonna be in person, or if they’ll be more of a chili or oxblood. Lots of sizes left on those.

 

Dock Peacoat with Thinsulate – $ 149 ($ 298)

J. Crew Dock Peacoat

J. Crew’s take on the classic Peacoat, now down for around Army/Navy surplus store prices. And these can compete with the real thing. Good wool, a bit of insulation, those hand warmer pockets are a huge benefit, and it’s slightly longer than far too many peacoats that chop the tail short.

 

Oar Stripe Leather Weekender – $ 199 ($ 398)

Oar Stripe Leather Weekender

I don’t know how the leather quality is on these things. Just one review so far, and it’s encouraging, but know that in the past J. Crew has been a little hit or miss on leather accessories.

 

Oar Stripe Canvas Weekender Bag – $ 124 ($ 248)

Oar Stripe Canvas Weekender Bag

A less expensive version of the all leather option. Less leather will do that.

 

Ludlow wide-lapel suit jacket in Italian worsted wool + slim or classic pant = $ 384.49

It’s the slimmer fitting Ludlow jacket, but with a wider more timeless lapel. The jacket is on sale, while the pants are not. So total still comes in under $ 400 for a versatile, “Harbor” blue suit separates pair that should serve you well. Crosby fit jackets are available, but sizing is limited.

 

Oar Stripe Italian Leather Derbys – $ 149 ($ 298)

Oar Stripe Italian Leather Derbys

The bluchers of their new Italian Leather collection. Goodyear welted. One fifty. Not bad for a basic shoe that’s about the shoe-iest shoe to ever shoe.

 

Windowpane Cashmere Scarf – $ 49 ($ 98)

J. Crew Windowpane Cashmere Scarf

A lot of brands push solid cashmere scarfs this time of year. And that’s fine and understandable. But it doesn’t take much of a pattern to set a scarf apart. And here’s the proof.

 

Cashmere Seedstitch Beanie – $ 39.75 ($ 79.50)

J. Crew Cashmere Seed-stitch Beanie

Speaking of small details that can set something apart, check out that stitch. All cashmere once again.

 

Goodyear Welted Kenton Cap Toe Boots – $ 124 ($ 248)

Kenton Cap Toe Boot

Still Goodyear Welted. Still an absurd price point thanks to the sale. But sizes are starting to get a little short here. Fast. Also shown at the top of the post.

 

Field mechanic jacket – $ 99 ($ 198)

A cotton, 3 season (or year-round if you live in a warm climate) classic. One of the better reviewed items from J. Crew’s line up.

 

Ludlow Suit Dinner Jacket in Camel Hair – $ 224 ($ 448)

Ludlow Suit Dinner Jacket in Camel Hair

A niche piece. But a really good looking one.

 

Wallace & Barnes merino wool cardigan sweater – $ 60 ($ 120)

I nice, slightly more substantial (but still not bulky?) looking cardigan from the upgraded Wallace & Barnes line. All wool here. Contrast “racked” stitching at the placket and at other stylistically strategic points.

 

Navy windowpane alpaca scarf – $ 39.75 ($ 79.50)

Super soft, Alpaca wool with a windowpane pattern. Light base with a dark windowpane, which flips the contrast script compared to most other windowpane scarves.

 

Letterman Jacket in Wool – $ 114 ($ 228)

J. Crew Letterman Jacket

What do you call a wool, colorblocked bomber? That’d be a letterman jacket. No letters necessary here either. Also available in a burgundy option that looks more campus-like thanks to a striped collar.

 

14-Wale Cords in SlimStraight, or Athletic Fit in Pacific Navy – $ 39.75 ($ 79.50)

J. Crew Cords

Yes you can find cords for less (see GAP), but some of you are pretty tied to J. Crew’s pant fits. All three fits available here. Lots of colors to pick from. Cotton with a bit of elastane for stretch.

 

Ludlow Unconstructed Wool/Cotton Blazer – $ 99 ($ 198)

Ludlow Unconstructed Wool/Cotton Blazer

No lining here except for the sleeves. A little less stuffy compared to a traditional, hard shouldered, gold buttoned navy blazer. Full review here. Also available in a grey as well as a tan “sandy dune.”

 

Wallace & Barnes Cableknit Crewneck Sweater – $ 55 ($ 110)

Wallace & Barnes Cableknit Crewneck Sweater

Not bad for an all wool, classic cable, not-quite-fisherman’s sweater from their upgraded Wallace and Barnes line.  For being such a simple piece, this thing has a lot of potential.

 

Merino Wool Wide Placket V-Neck Cardigan Sweater – $ 44.75 ($ 89.50)

J. Crew Merino Wool Wide Placket V-Neck Cardigan Sweater

Big fan of J. Crew’s merino cardigans. Nice material, available in classic or slim fit, and unlike much of the competition, there’s a good sized placket here. Thin cardigan plackets can look a little feminine sometimes. Just wish they made them in more colors. You can have it in any color you’d like… as long as it’s navy.

 

Lightweight Striped Wool-Blend Scarf – $ 29.75 ($ 59.50)

J. Crew Lightweight Striped Wool-Blend Scarf

Preppy without going overboard. And sometimes you don’t need that super thick muffler, but you still need a scarf to cover up that V at the top of your topcoat. These’ll do the trick nicely.

 

Wool Sideline Jacket – $ 149 ($ 298)

J. Crew Wool Sidline Jacket

It’s becoming sport for some millenials to rip on J. Crew in their reviews section. As is evidenced by the one review these things are getting. Look, two things can be true. This jacket could stink to high heaven, and the reviewer could also be a whiner. I don’t know. But $ 150 for this seems like a fair risk.

 

American Lambswool Bird’s-Eye Cardigan Sweater – $ 60 ($ 120)

J. Crew American Lambswool Bird's-Eye Cardigan Sweater

Looks a little less Mr. Rogers and a little more Gatsby’s next door neighbor Nick. Wool is sourced from the same mill that makes up the sweater blazer.

 

Ludlow Garment Duffle Bag – $ 124 ($ 248)

Ludlow Garment Duffle Bag

And now… some luggage for those who are gonna be travelling with a packed suit or sportcoats this upcoming season. Cotton canvas body, and unzips/unfurls so you can get your suit or jackets (and shoes and what not) to and fro while minimizing creasing and wrinkling risks. Yes, the zippers weren’t designed the best (read the reviews) but attaching a couple of pulls should solve that problem. And most bags like this will run you a heck of a lot more money.

 

Destination Topcoat in Water Resistant Italian Wool – $ 237.50 ($ 475)

J. Crew Destination Topcoat

Not gonna lie. This is a love it or hate it. (Yet I find myself, personally, somewhere dead inbetween?) This thing is a true knee length, while the rest of the topcoat world has been going just above the knee / mid thigh. And there’s NO vent in the rear. So it’s really… tubular? But what it DOES have going for it, is the middle to lighter weight but still warm and very nice feeling fabric. If you run hot? This is a great coat. J. Crew’s “destination” line is supposed to be a merging of classic materials and technology. So, think breathable, lighter-weight, etc. They say it’s tweed, but it’s soft. Not super rough. Hardly. Raglan style shoulders. Covered placket. Size shown above is a 42R.

The J. Crew 50% off lots of full price & sale stuff code TGIF is set to expire today, 11/24/18. Fingers crossed their website doesn’t crash again.


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FASHION DEAL UPDATE:

Oprah At Home With Gabrielle Union, Dwyane Wade And Their New Baby Kaavia James

Gabrielle Union has been sharing the joys of new motherhood on social media and her fans are here for every moment of it.

The actress wants to be sure y’all aren’t out here butchering her daughter’s name, so she took to Instagram on Sunday to clear up one thing about baby Kaavia James — how to correctly pronounce her name.

“Just greazzzy and happy. That is all,” she beamed in a photo of her and her baby. “@KaaviaJames pronounced Kah-Vee-Uh James.”

Kaavia was born earlier this month via surrogate and has her own social media account with over 147,000 followers.

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“We wanted to include my family in her name so the ‘James’ is from my uncle James Francis Glass who is also my godfather,” she added. “Union is her middle name. I’ve waited this long so fo sho I was gonna get in there.”

Union and her NBA star hubby Dwayne Wade introduced Kaavia to media mogul Oprah Winfrey, who interviewed the couple at their Los Angeles home for an episode of her show on OWN Network.

Gabby posted an image of them together on Instagram, along with the caption:

“From the Bottle to the Bassinet… No New Friends. Crew. Tight… So excited to share what we have been working on with @oprah & @kaaviajames ..Oprah at Home with Gabrielle Union, Dwyane Wade & Their New Baby”

Oprah’s show airs December 8 at 8PM ET/PT on OWN Network.

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Frankie Martucci is 13. For the past three years, he has kept a familiar nighttime ritual in his Upper West Side bedroom. Rather than scrolling Instagram or watching TV before bed, the teenager lies on his back, then places his hands on his head, stomach, and torso. Martucci practices reiki, a touch-based healing technique.

“It’s a nice way to relax and calm down for at least a half-hour,” Martucci said. “It gets all the bad stuff out of the way, and you think of nothing. It clears your mind.”

Frankie learned how to practice reiki around three years ago, after his mother, Tamara, brought him and his brother to Pamela Miles, a reiki master since 1986 and author of Reiki: A Comprehensive Guide.

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OHMYGOSSIP — Amber Davies has urged her fans to keep an eye on their drinks after hers was spiked.
The former ‘Love Island’ star was hospitalised on Friday (16.11.18) after reportedly collapsing in a pub and she admitted having someone slip drugs into her beverage was something she “never thought” would happen to her.
Amber is now recovering and feels “grateful” to be back home.
She shared a statement on her social media accounts which read: “Thank you so much for all your kind words.
“Getting spiked is something I never thought would happen to me, but I’m so grateful to be home and safe.
“Thank you to my family and everyone who helped me, especially Glan Clwyd Hospital.
“Reminder to never leave your drink out of sight.”
Amber had been out with a friend at the Plough Inn at St Asaph, North Wales, when she collapsed in a car park outside the pub, prompting staff to call for an ambulance.
An onlooker said: “At about 11.20 she was walking up and down the car park with a guy.
“She suddenly hit the floor. She was completely unconscious.
“People came out of the pub to help her and put her in the recovery position.
“She was screaming like she was in agony.
“Paramedics were asking people if she’d taken anything. But no one saw her taking drugs.”
Amber was taken to the Glan Clwyd Hospital in Bodelwyddan and treated for around three hours before she was allowed home.
Despite Amber’s belief her drink was spiked, the bar manager previously insisted he had “no reason” to think there had been drugs on the premises.
The Plough manager Dafydd Jones said: “I have no reason to believe drugs were taken on the premises.
“I will be speaking to North Wales Police with regards to the incident.”

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South Korea’s ‘Garlic Girls’ Have Accused Their Coaches of Derailing the Team

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Garlic Girls, South Korea’s hugely popular Olympic silver medalist curlers, accused their coaches Thursday of ruining the team with abusive treatment in a dispute that has spoiled one of the year’s feel-good sports stories.The women’s claims, if confirmed, suggest a familiar tale of abuse, corruption and nepotism that has regularly marred South Korea’s highly hierarchical elite sports scene. Men often run South Korean sports efforts, and while the team’s head coach is a woman, men in her family, including her father, a former leading figure in South Korean curling, play a prominent part in the team’s accusations of abuse.

“We can no longer work with a coaching staff that is trying to divide the team,” Kim Seon-yeong said in a glum news conference in Seoul. The players also accused the coaching staff of skipping training sessions, holding back prize money and trying to force a married member off the team.

“We need a coaching staff that can train and lead us properly. We want to continue our curling careers and aim for bigger goals at the Beijing Olympics,” Kim said.

The news conference came a day after South Korea’s Sports Ministry and National Olympic Committee announced a joint investigation into allegations that became public after the athletes sent a letter outlining their complaints to sports authorities last week.

The five-member women’s curling team became an overnight sensation after their improbable silver medal run in February’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. They enthralled a country that barely recognized curling before they made their run and became sought-after spokeswomen in commercials. Their nickname is a nod to the famous garlic produced in their hometown in Uiseong, in southern South Korea, where they met and began playing together as teenagers.

In their letter to the Korean Sport and Olympic Committee last week, Kim Eun-jung, Kim Seon-yeong, Kim Cho-hee, and sisters Kim Yeong-ae and Kim Yeong-mi accused former Korean Curling Federation vice-president Kim Kyung-doo of verbal abuse and team coaches of giving unreasonable orders and subjecting their lives to excessive control. In Thursday’s news conference, the curlers said coaches instructed them what to say in interviews and closely monitored their private lives after training hours, scolding them if they met with athletes from rival teams. Letters and presents sent by fans “were already ripped open” before they reached the curlers, Kim Seon-yeong said.

“We can’t understand why the head coach had to rip open and check the presents and letters sent to individuals before they reach the athlete,” she said.

The curlers said the coaches withheld prize money and tried to sideline the married captain Kim Eun-jung after learning of her plans to start a family. They said the coaches also tried to force Kim Cho-hee off the team ahead of the Olympics to open a spot for head coach Kim Min-jung to participate as an athlete; they also said they had to endure a tirade from Kim Kyung-doo after they decided to stick with their teammate.

Kim Kyung-doo and his family had extensive control over the team with his daughter, Kim Min-jung, being the head coach and his son-in-law, Jang Ban-seok, the mixed doubles coach. The curlers organized the news conference after the coaching staff publicly denied the accusations.

“We had thought we could go together with that family, but after going through the Olympics, it became clear to us they were a family that cared only about themselves,” Kim Eun-jung said in the news conference. “They don’t want the athletes to grow and get better. … They don’t want the athletes to become bigger than the organization.”

Jang denied funds were withheld from the athletes, saying the team had agreed prize money would be spent on overseas training and competitions, but Kim Eun-jung said the curlers were kept in the dark about how the money was used.

“We were already receiving (state) training funds as members of the national team, and we couldn’t understand why the prize money was not being distributed to us,” she said.

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Activists in Ireland have taken to social media to post photos of their underwear after attention was drawn to a female complainant’s thong during a rape trial in Cork, Ireland.

In the female defence barrister’s closing speech, she asked the jury to consider the 17 year old’s choice of underwear during their final determination. She stated: ‘You have to look at the way she was dressed. She was wearing a thong with a lace front.’

The accused was subsequently acquitted.

The events of this trial have led to outcry across Ireland, with many women engaging in a viral social media campaign, surfacing on Twitter and Instagram.

Under the hashtag #ThisIsNotConsent, women have been posting photographs of their own underwear in all shapes, colours and materials.

The campaign is to protest the use of such a technique in court, which allows for victims’ underwear to be passed around as evidence.

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The hashtag was created by a Facebook group called Mna na hEireann (Women of Ireland).

Attention was also drawn to the issue by Irish politician Ruth Coppinger, who held up a lace thong in the Irish Parliament during Leader’s Questions yesterday.

While holding the blue lacy underwear, she said: ‘It might seem embarrassing to show a pair of thongs here…how do you think a rape victim or a woman feels at the incongruous setting of her underwear being shown in a court?’

Since when did the shape or material of a woman’s underwear determine the issue of consent?!

Fiery females of Ireland, roar louder!

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The Big Picture: How Two Muralists Make a Living With Their Art

Bekky Beukes had a plan for completing her mural in a week.

As one of 17 local and visiting artists invited to St. Petersburg, Florida’s annual SHINE Mural Festival, she had carefully plotted how she would spend each day — and how she would make up for the time she would miss at her day job.

Beukes works three 10-hour days each week designing marketing materials for a nearby community college. She gets up early, tacking a list of the day’s priorities (no more than three) above her desk at home, which overlooks a thicket of palm trees.

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Beukes paints her mural during the SHINE Festival in St. Petersburg, Fla., on October 6, 2018. Chris Zuppa/The Penny Hoarder

She lives just a few blocks from a rented garage that serves as her studio. It has electricity, but no running water or bathroom. There, she paints, using oils on large canvases to represent the opposing pulls of light and dark.

Her dual creative roles are just one example of what it takes to make it as a working artist. We spent the SHINE Mural Festival with Beukes and another artist to find out how they fight the stigma of being a starving artist. In the process, we learned what it takes to create a mural from scratch on a tight deadline.

Beukes, 34, started painting when she moved to the Tampa Bay area from South Africa in 2014. The former fashion designer didn’t have a work permit yet, so she returned to painting, an art form she had loved as a child, to keep busy in the meantime.

She quickly realized painting could be more than a hobby — it could also be the cornerstone of her professional life in her new home. But doing so takes a balance that requires early mornings and late nights. And sometimes, as was the case during during SHINE, it means working overnight in the rain, on a scissor lift perched 15 feet off the ground.

She knew it would rain. She planned for rain. She didn’t plan for the possibility of a hurricane.

Taking the Leap as a Full-Time Artist

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Gibbs Rounsavall poses for a portrait at his mural on October 13, 2018. Rounsavall and his family live in Louisville, Ky., where he taught high school art for 12 years. He made the career leap to being a full-time artist in May. Chris Zuppa/The Penny Hoarder

Just six blocks away from Beukes’ mural site on the side of a brewery, Gibbs Rounsavall of Louisville, Kentucky, got up before the sun each day to spend hours working quietly on his wall before spectators started to drift by.

There was no shade on the side of this warehouse that sat within sight of three other mural projects. Rounsavall, 43, had only about 8 feet of clearance between his work surface and a busy intersection.

He has only been a full-time artist since May; he worked as a high school art teacher for 12 years while painting geometric abstract art on the side.

“I kind of fell into teaching because it allowed me to continue developing my craft,” he said while painting a long carnation-pink stripe one day, sweat dripping at his temples. “I knew that whenever the day came when this became a more demanding schedule that I would take that leap.”

He misses teaching sometimes, but diversifying his artwork allowed him to develop his business over the course of those years. He said he was making a salary in the high $ 50s as a teacher but increasingly painted commissions along with gallery art. A lot of his work is corporate art, perhaps for a new restaurant. He recently sold a piece to be displayed at the Kentucky International Convention Center.

“I think a lot of artists have to do that if they want to make a living at it, to diversify,” Rounsavall said. For a few years, he’s been selling fine-art prints of select pieces that have already sold. The prints cost around $ 225 and provide access to his art for those who might not have the budget — or space — for one of his original oil paintings, which can cost anywhere between $ 450 and $ 8,000.

Crunch Time, All the Time

 

Beukes has been exhausted for months.

She delivered two big projects at her design job this year. She also had two solo art shows, which she planned herself down to the last detail. One of those work projects overlapped with preparations for one of the art shows, adding to the stress.

“I just feel like I’m under pressure all the time,” she said. “Obviously, because I’m delivering. I have obligations. I get it done.”

Beukes’ twin career paths allow her to be creative in different ways, but the schedule is starting to wear on her. “I don’t have space for normal human things, you know?” she said plainly. “Like, my relationships are affected. I don’t have social… I have everything allocated.”

The studio can be lonely, with only the paint and maybe some music for company. But at the mural site, it became obvious how full Beukes’ life is. Friends and fellow artists gathered on lawn chairs set up at the base of her mural, sometimes late into the night, when she worked by way of a portable work lamp and one flickering street light.

She already knows that 2019 needs to be a different kind of year: one with more studio time and fewer shows; one with streamlined work projects and resisting the urge to always say yes.

“There’s no space for panic,” she said a few weeks prior to the festival.  

But a few days in, it was a matter of getting the colors right on the wall. This wasn’t her first large mural, but it was her first using acrylic and spray paints, mostly unfamiliar territory. Her forearm started to cramp after about a half-hour of pressing the trigger on a can of gold spray paint to add dimension to an angel’s wings on one side of the mural.

In a moment of frustration, she decided she didn’t like the gold armor on the other figure’s shoulder, and painted it over with black. When it dried, she started that part over again.

When asked how the deluge of rain from the passing outer bands of Hurricane Michael affected her mural progress midweek, she barely blinked. “It’s crunch time,” she said. “I did 12 hours yesterday.”

Riding the Self-Employment Wave

Gibbs (left) and his wife, Sara, work on his mural.Gibbs left his job as a teacher last May to work on his art full-time. Chris Zuppa/The Penny Hoarder

This was Rounsavall’s first mural project with time constraints. “It forces you to change the process,” he said.

His mural, “A New Day,” started to come together once his wife, Sara, joined him midweek. Their two children were back home with their grandparents, and Sara, a food stylist, jumped at the chance to join her husband on the road.

She’s been a freelance artist for five years. The stability of Gibbs’ teaching job made it feasible for her to build up her business, Sara said. Now it’s his turn to take a career leap.

Resting in a sliver of shade one steamy October afternoon, Sara explained that health insurance was the biggest question they considered before Gibbs stopped teaching. The two sole proprietors considered forming an LLC, then tried COBRA insurance when Gibbs left his job. But the first COBRA bill made Sara scream. They’re on an Affordable Care Act insurance plan now, although she admits that even with a tax credit, it’s expensive.

Under the large brim of her hat, Sara smiled, admitting that while she’s not a numbers person, she’s the family’s chief financial officer by default. She described their family as “aggressive savers.” As a self-employed person, she was used to receiving irregular payments instead of predictable paychecks. She and Gibbs spent a lot of time going over the numbers before he decided to focus on his art.

“We talked about, ‘How much [does Gibbs] need to contribute?’ in a 12-month breakdown,” she said. “Then what? Well, maybe one painting could float his contribution for three months. Or you sell X paintings per year. Or you do X murals per year.”

Going over different scenarios helped the couple identify the realities of their cash flow as two full-time, independent artists.

“You learn to ride the wave of this work style,” she said. “The phone’s going to ring or it’s not going to ring. And if it’s not ringing, I know how to hustle.”

When the rain came, as it did almost daily, the Rounsavalls took cover under a neighboring business’s back-alley carport. When the clouds cleared and they heard another artist’s lift starting up again, they knew the raindrops had started to dry.

The Instagram Effect

Beukkes paints her mural during the SHINE Festival into the night on October 6, 2018. Chris Zuppa/The Penny Hoarder

Beukes’ first painting measured 5 feet square and sold for $ 5,000.

“I didn’t feel anything about putting big prices on the work after that,” she said. “I did not mind selling the work for what I believed it was worth considering the amount of time I put into the work.” Starting with high price tags has allowed her to maintain those rates, she explained.

“It’s very difficult to sell art,” she said. “But there’s a way to do it, and you have to believe in the work.” Putting a $ 100 price on a painting that took hours, she explained, makes it difficult to sell a painting later for $ 1,000. She hasn’t sold an original piece for less than $ 750.

Beukes, Rounsavall, and the rest of the SHINE artists each earned $ 1,000 for their murals, a fraction of what they might make for a private commission. But the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance also covered travel, lodging, supplies and most meals for each artist during the festival. The invited artists know that having a new mural in a busy downtown area can provide a major visibility boost.

(Left) Beukes paints; (right) her hand is covered in gold paint.

“The respect flows two ways,” Beukes said. “It’s an honor to be a part of something like this.”

For more than a week, she was an ambassador at her mural site, readily jumping off her lift to answer questions and chat with local children.

And then there’s Instagram. During the festival, art fans posed in front of mural sites and visitors asked for selfies with paint-smeared artists at all hours of the day.

“The whole world can come into my studio,” Rounsavall said of the power of social media. “They can see what I’m doing… it’s definitely made it easier to reach people, make connections and have that turn into work.”

Social media, he said, “Has changed my whole career.”

Just One Human

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Beukes poses for a portrait at Hillsborough Community College in Ybor City on October 25, 2018. Beukes is a professional artist who works three 10-hour days for the college designing marketing materials. This frees days to produce art. Chris Zuppa/The Penny Hoarder

Beukes wonders if she’ll have to choose one side of her career over another at some point.

Her day job gives her stability; her art rounds out her creative fulfillment.

“It’d be great to be able to find something where I’m able to combine the two, and maybe that’s my solution,” she said. “Yes, I want to do a million things. But… you have to remember that you’re just one human, and I think that’s something that’s very difficult for me to do.”

Toward the end of the week, she seemed to be as well versed in driving heavy machinery as wielding a paintbrush or spray can. Her oversized sunglasses with mirrored, rose-colored lenses hid how tired she was. She admitted that about two hours of sleep in the early morning hours was all she was getting. But it was easy to see her mural site was where she wanted to be.

When it’s over, she’ll go back to work for a few days, then back to her studio in the heat. But first, “I just have to be able to say, at the end of every single day, ‘are you completely spent?’ Because that’s how I measure whether or not I’ve done my best,” she said. “We’re covered in paint, we’re done. Great day. Good day. And that’s it.”

Always the Hustle

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Sara Rounsavall helps her husband, Gibbs, work on his mural. Both Sara and Gibbs are self-employed; he as an artist and she as a food stylist. Chris Zuppa/The Penny Hoarder

Rounsavall is the broker, the negotiator, the shipping specialist. “You have to be everything,” he said. “A lot of people don’t understand all that goes into [creating art].” But there’s more to it than sitting down in front of a canvas and waiting for a muse.

He hopes that one day grants will fund more of his work, but he acknowledges that the process of applying for opportunities takes time and energy alongside his day-to-day tasks.

“Am I making what I put into it?” Rounsavall asked the wall as he paused before painting another stroke. “Absolutely not. I would love to get to that point, but I don’t know. If there’s a lucky artist out there that is compensated for all the work they put into it, I hope they’re aware of how lucky they are. All that behind-the-scenes stuff, it just adds up.”

Without a salary to rely on, he has to be able to count on his craft. “There’s still pressure. There’s always going to be the hustle,” he said. “But when it’s something like this that I’ve been working on my whole life, you like the hustle. You’re all in for it.”

On the last day of the festival, he woke up at 4:15 a.m. to make sure he’d have time to complete his mural. He was greeted by two emails: a grant acceptance and an invitation to a juried art show in Louisville.

“It’s a ton of good news,” he beamed. “I’m going to take that momentum home with me.”

Lisa Rowan is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder.

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Wendig, an openly progressive and occasionally combative presence on social media, had been the target of a long-running harassment campaign* fueled by reactionaries in the Star Wars fan community. His books were review bombed; he dealt with SWATing attempts, harassment from bots and sock-puppet accounts, and creepy personal messages. “People have been trying to get me fired from Star Wars since Aftermath came out. Since before it came out, actually,” he told The Daily Beast in an email. “[Lucas Film Licensing] has always had my back, and with Marvel, my politics never came up. And I haven’t been shy about those politics—or about being vulgar, which has been part of my voice so to speak since my first novel, Blackbirds, which is a very vulgar book…I never received any warnings about my behavior.”

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Today Kate was back on British soil to shoot new movie Toff Guys with Hollywood hunk Matthew Mcconaughey.

Dressed casually in jeans and fluffy jacket, the actress looked in good spirits as she met crew on set.

She wore her long hair in a high high ponytail and shielded her eyes with a pair of oversized sunglasses.

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The pair had enjoyed a meal at the restaurant Craig’s, a popular celeb hangout in Hollywood, before heading to the Blind Dragon karaoke lounge, where they were seen snogging.

They were then snapped entering The London Hotel at 3am looking very cosy.

Two months ago Kate, a divorced mother of one, was pictured with on-off American toyboy Matt Rife.

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An onlooker said: “No one would expect someone like Jack to bag one of Hollywood’s hottest actresses. You couldn’t get a more unlikely romance.

“They were like a pair of loved-up teenagers and weren’t trying to hide their feelings.

“They were practically sitting on top of each other in the booth of the nightclub and were laughing with each other.

“As the night progressed, he seemed to be growing in confidence and put his arm around her and gave her a hug.

“Then he decided to put his hand around the back of Kate’s neck and pulled her across him, where they started to passionately kiss.”

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Jack split from long-term girlfriend Gemma Chan, 35, star of Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them, last December, after six years together.

Kate’s 12-year marriage to American film director Len Wiseman, 45, ended in 2016 after he filed for divorce.

She shares 19-year-old daughter Lily with her former husband, the actor Michael Sheen, 49, who she split from in 2003.


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Disappointed By Big-Screen DC? Their Animated Movies Pack the Biggest Punch

Oh, what a frustrating time it is to be a DC Extended Universe fan. Or Worlds of DC to use the newly coined title. Just when it seems like all the pieces are finally in place for our heroes to push forward into a brave new era of screen adventures following the conclusion of 2017’s Justice League, we’re hit with the news that the solo Flash outing is indefinitely delayed. Not to mention the fact that discussions for Henry Cavill’s next appearance as Superman have broken down. If there’s one thing the DC movies have been lacking, it’s consistency — something the MCU has championed for so long. And it doesn’t look to be arriving any time soon.

While the live-action universe’s overall trajectory remains uncertain, there is an avenue where DC fans can get a reliable, respectful fix of the comic-book giant’s most beloved characters. And that’s the DC Animated Universe. A continuing series of direct-to-video film projects originally intended for mature audiences, these animated features are well-directed, often standalone, and are generally more aligned with the comic book stories readers will be familiar with – all while pushing them in new directions.

Some of the most notable comic arcs translated so far include: Flashpoint ParadoxGotham by Gaslight, and even The Dark Knight Returns in a fully fledged two-part epic. These stories, and some new ones, are treated with the love and care they deserve, free of the need to waste time setting up undercooked plot threads that will likely never happen. Forget the universe formerly known as the DCEU, here’s why DC’s animated movies pack the biggest punch.

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Quite understandably, blockbuster interpretations like Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad aren’t likely to take any real creative risks. Especially in the latter’s case; even in a film fronted by a ragtag team of supervillains we’re expected to believe that they’re merely misunderstood – rather than seriously disturbed – individuals sure to see the value of good before eventually fighting off ‘true evil’. They’re written and filmed to appeal to a broad audience of cinema-goers, after all, thus making any big-screen representation of DC’s strong character slate pretty cut and dried. Or worse, watered down.

The DC Animated Universe stories are the opposite of this, by comparison, going so far as to explore characters like Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, and The Flash in much more depth than their straight-laced, silver-screen versions. Take Justice League: Gods and Monsters, for example. It’s an entirely original and unique storyline that riffs off the origin stories of Superman and the gang, presenting a universe where Batman is a pseudo-vampire, Wonder Woman is a god willing to kill, and Son of Zod, rather than Kal-El, was the baby exiled to Earth following the destruction of Krypton.

Even when universe lore is kept classic, very rarely do these animated features waste time explaining characters’ backstory or origins, unless it’s crucial to the central story about to unfold. Remaining confident that viewers will have a basic understanding of these heroes that have been ingrained in pop culture for 70+ years now, DC animated movies like Batman: Assault on Arkham – in which the Dark Knight largely takes a backseat – can be the perfect jumping in point for newcomers as well as die-hard DC fans not wanting to be pandered to.

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Whereas the Marvel Cinematic Universe has shown bravery in letting its lesser-known characters come to the fore in eponymous movies such as Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange, the Worlds of DC probably hasn’t established itself well enough yet to get quite as wacky. The DC animated films, however, have done a great job at highlighting the stranger side of superheroes. Released with little fanfare on store shelves last year, Justice League Dark is the perfect example of this.

In it, we follow Batman as he recruits the DC universe’s supernatural slate of characters, with John Constantine, Swamp Thing, Deadman, and more coming to the fore in order to stop a mystical force threatening the world. These characters make sense in a story that is noticeably darker than what the light and bright members of the Justice League world normally face – in a world where mythology and mystery are woven together. Hollywood director Doug Liman was allegedly developing a live-action version of Justice League Dark, but as with most Worlds of DC projects announced these days, it wouldn’t see the light of day.

Unexpected Twists on Familiar DC Arcs


It’s nice to see certain beloved comic book arcs given the animation treatment.

So far, we’ve explained how the DC Animated Universe does right by comic-book fans looking for something slightly off-kilter and new. However, every so often, the folks spearheading this animation arm of DC Entertainment see fit to adapt an established comic book arc – with a welcome twist. The animated interpretation of Gotham by Gaslight, for example, dreams up an entirely different identity for the Jack the Ripper that Batman has been chasing. Batman vs Robin, on the other hand, takes elements from Scott Snyder’s celebrated Court of Owls storyline before choosing to delve deeper into the relationship between Bruce and his estranged son Damian Wayne.

In lifting these much-beloved DC one-shots off the page though, the risk is that they aren’t always done justice. Take 2015’s animated adaptation of The Killing Joke. The original Alan Moore graphic novel works out at a perfectly paced 50-or-so pages. This wasn’t enough material for a 100-minute home video feature, meaning that creative liberty was taken by way of a new prologue. Many took against this change – proving that, despite best intentions, in animated form, it’s still possible to get things wrong.

Occasional hiccups like this don’t take away from the runaway success of so many of the entries in the DC Animated Universe, which for the most part explore far more interesting territory than DC’s big-screen offerings likely ever will. While seeing our favourite characters and stories done right on the big screen can be a thrilling experience, it’s in the DC Animated Universe where the truly great stuff is happening.

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Stealing Candy from a Baby! Jimmy Kimmel Gets Parents to Pull Halloween Candy Prank on Their Kids

Trick-or-treat! These kids didn’t get something good to eat!

For the eighth year in a row, Jimmy Kimmel has convinced parents to trick their children into thinking they ate all of their Halloween candy.

On the Nov. 1 episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the 50-year-old television host presented his audience with a compilation of parents filming their kids’ reactions to the hilariously cruel prank which he has dubbed “I Told My Kids I Ate All Their Halloween Candy.”

“Now it’s time to find out just how easy it is to take candy from babies,” Kimmel began.

In the first clip, one small boy grimaces like Marvel’s Hulk after being told his mom and dad ate all of his treats.

The boy later tells his mom “You’re going to get sick.” He then says his parents are going to “poop all over the floor.”

In the next video, one boy is in such disbelief about his parents taking his candy that he repeatedly says “but it was in there,” in reference to his trick-or-treat bucket.

He later became too frustrated to speak and just screamed to the top of his lungs.

One little girl took the mature route and told her mom, “I’m so disappointed at you.”

Next up, was another boy who runs into his kitchen to find all three of his buckets completely empty. When his younger sister comes in and asks ‘What happened?’ he just breaks down in tears.

Some kids even resorted to violence after hearing what their parents had done.

One little boy, who was dressed as a firefighter, began hitting his dad on the forehead after his candy went missing.

A different boy also began hitting his father after being asked if he wanted broccoli instead.

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Interestingly, not every kid was upset. In fact, some didn’t even mind that their parents took their treats.

“I’m not mad at all. I would never be mad at you because you’re my mom,” one little boy said and his mom responded with “You’re too sweet. It’s gross.”

One little girl said, “I forgive you mommy. I love you.”


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5 celebrities who totally killed it with their Halloween costumes this year

Heidi Klum included, ofc…

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Halloween is a time to go wild with your creativity – and let’s be honest, celebrities always do it best. With their unlimited resources, they pull it off every year. There were endless winners this year, but we’ve picked our top 5…

Heidi Klum as Shrek’s Princess Fiona

Every year, Heidi Klum knocks it out the park with her outlandish outfits and epic Halloween party. We loved last year’s Jessica Rabbit, but she may have just topped it with her scarily lifelike Princess Fiona.

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Lupita Nyong’o as Clueless’ Dionne

We’re obsessed with how dead on this interpretation of everyone’s favourite Clueless BFF is, from the nose ring to the chunky 90s phone that she didn’t put down all night. That’s dedication.

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Winnie Harlow as RuPaul

What a Queen! Winnie’s take on RuPaul was bang on – and pretty damn sexy! Nailed it.

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Kourtney Kardashian as Ariana Grande

Ok, hands up if you think the resemblance is uncanny?! KK did a great Ariana, captioning this eerily accurate interpretation with: ‘God Is A Woman’. Yessss.

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Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake as Lego Batman character

Always one of the best-dressed Halloween couples, the Biel/Timberlakes continued their reign with their awesome lego get-up. Their dedication to costumes is seriously admirable…

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The Red Sox Are Celebrating Their World Series Victory By Silencing Everyone Who Doubted Them on Twitter

Not content to win the 2018 World Series, the Red Sox kept their victory lap going on Twitter.

The Boston team may have beat the L.A. Dodgers 5-1 to claim the World Series title in Game 5 Sunday night, but the Red Sox social media account still had more scores to settle on Twitter by Monday morning.

In a series of home run tweets, the account celebrated the World Series victory by clapping back at the peanut gallery, singling out a few non-believers who tweeted their doubts on Opening Day.

“Better luck next year,” one user had written.

“This year seemed to work out okay,” the team fired back, still basking in their glory with an arsenal of casually braggadocious tweets. The epic trolling only got more savage from there.

Clearly the Twitter account is a star hitter.

This marks the ninth World Series championship for the Boston Red Sox.

See below for a sampling of some of the tweets.

The World Series Championship banner was raised outside of Fenway Park on Monday morning, and the celebration continues at Wednesday morning’s parade in Boston.

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Are You The Breadwinner? Have You Seen Issues When Women Out Earn Their Partners?

When women out earn their partnerWomen breadwinners are more common than ever, and there have been several recent(ish) articles and studies about the issues that crop up when women outearn their male partners. So let’s discuss, ladies — are YOU the breadwinner in your relationship? What issues have you noticed when you out earn your male partner? (For those of you in same-sex relationships, have you noticed conflict or just general noise over who earns more, maybe where chores or parenting duties are concerned?) We haven’t talked about breadwinners in a few years, so let’s discuss!

To jump-start our discussion, here’s an overview of those recent articles and studies about the issues that come up when women out earn their male partners:

  • A 2018 study by the U.S. Census Bureau reported that women who out-earn their male partners are likely to downplay their salaries, or their male partners are over-reporting their own incomes, or both. The paper about the study described this as “manning up and womaning down.”
  • The New York Times recently reported on this study: “Women are now much more likely to have an education and a career. Yet across most marriages, they still do much more child care and housework than their husbands, and men still feel strong pressure to be the family breadwinner. Today, women earn more than men in almost a quarter of couples, according to the new study and previous research, up from 18 percent in the 1980s. Yet 71 percent of people say that to be a good husband, men should be able to financially support a family, a Pew Research Center survey found last year. Only one-third said that about women.”
  • Reporting on the same study, Slate added: “This study echoes others that show women earning more has far-reaching societal costs. In 2013, researchers at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, also using census data, found that marriage rates decline when a woman has the potential to out-earn her husband. When a woman makes more than her husband, the likelihood of divorce increases by 50 percent.

The rise in woman breadwinners is partly because we are are more likely than men to extend our education into graduate school and beyond in many subject areas, including more women than ever enrolling in law school — and a higher level of education often means a higher salary. However, whether women with the same education and experience make the same as their male counterparts is a different matter. Also, since the early 1980s, women have had a lower unemployment rate than men, so even if the husband is capable and qualified to earn more, the jobs might not be there, or they might pay less than before.

To readers in relationships: Are you the breadwinner, or does your partner earn more? Either way, has it affected how you relate to each other? Have you ever felt the need to bend the truth about your salary, whether to a potential date or even friends and family members who may think your partner is earning more than you? Or would you proudly say you earned your high salary, and too bad if anyone doesn’t like it? With regard to chores — is there any link in your relationship to who does more chores and who earns more money? 

Psst: in the past we shared an excerpt from the book When She Makes More, as well as offered advice for dating a guy who makes significantly less money, as well as talked about different married money management strategies.

Further reading:

  • When Women Earn More Than Men [Psych Central]
  • Millennial Women Are ‘Worried,’ ‘Ashamed’ Of Out-Earning Boyfriends And Husbands [CNBC Money]
  • 7 Ways To Make It Work If Your Spouse Earns Less Than You [Huffington Post]
  • Women Earned Majority Of Doctoral Degrees In 2016 For 8th Straight Year And Outnumber Men In Grad School 135 To 100 [American Enterprise Institute]

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When women out earn their partners or husbands, YES, there can be relationship issues and power struggles, even in 2018. We took a look at some fun studies (including one called "manning up and womaning down") and asked the readers if THEY'RE the breadwinners in their relationship -- and if so, how their earning power has affected their marriage or partnership...

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I should start by saying that 99.99% of my wardrobe items never see the inside of a tumble dryer. Not even panties, loungewear, yoga wear, sleepwear, and especially not bras. I tumble-dry my socks and camisoles, and that’s it. The rest is hung dry in an empty closet or sent to eco-friendly cleaners. That’s because I believe that tumble-drying ruins the fit of your clothes, tortures delicate fibres, wears out fabric, makes the colour fade, and takes the polished and crisp integrity out of them. So I go to the effort of hang drying and ironing as needed. It’s extra effort and time, but worth it to me.

That said, every once in a while I carefully use the tumble dryer to deliberately adjust the fit of my clothes. I don’t recommend this strategy unless you’re prepared to take a risk, but I haven’t had any disasters yet. Here are two recent examples.

The first is a pair of Carpenter Straight Leg Jeans (see them in action here). They are the perfect length for my white Western shooties, but a little long for short-shaft Chelsea boots. I thought about having them shortened about half an inch because I am that pedantic about the lengths of things. Instead of having them altered I decided to shrink the length with the dryer. First I washed the jeans and hung dried them in the closet till they were almost dry. I then popped them in the dryer for ten minutes on regular heat. Afterwards, I pressed them to look pristine. They successfully shrunk half an inch in the length, and not at all in the width. I thought this might happen because they are 100% cotton woven fabric and very thick, stiff denim. Stretchy, soft and thin denim tends to shrink all over (and bag out later). Now the length is perfect to wear with my shooties, low-shaft Chelsea booties AND my hi-top sneakers for that matter (see the exact boot styles below). 

I’ve worn the jeans several times post the tumble dry, and they’re currently my favourite jeans. I will NOT be putting them in the tumble dryer again.

The second example is a lovely oatmeal surface interest knit top that I bought in the Netherlands a few months ago. It fits very fluidly, and I semi-tuck for more structure. I thought I’d be a devil and tumble dry it to create a snugger fit. First I washed the top and hung dried it in the closet till it was almost dry. I popped it in the dryer for ten minutes on regular heat. There was no need to iron it since it’s a crease-resistant top. It shrunk all over to exactly the fit I wanted, which was more luck than wisdom. Knits shrink in the dryer when they have a high cotton content, but they can often shrink too much in one direction. I love that the fit across the armholes, shoulders and sleeve width is narrower after the tumble dry. The top is still quite fluid, but less so. It’s also shorter and a better match for my new capsule of jeans with high rises. The top has retained its new fit after a couple of wears. I will NOT be putting it in the tumble dryer again.

Over to you. Have you ever deliberately shrunk clothing items in the tumble dryer? And was it successful?

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Voiced by Jean Vander Pyl, the Jetsons’ robot maid was based on Shirley Booth’s performance of a wise-cracking maid on the 1960s sitcom Hazel. Hazel called her boss “Mr. B,” so Rosie called George Jetson “Mr. J.”

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Here’s why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are postponing their USA tour

And it all makes sense.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are currently undertaking their first official long royal tour, journeying through Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and the Kingdom of Tonga together.

To say that they have been a hit would be a huge understatement, with the royal newlyweds making viral news every day, from their sweet comments about their future arrival to their warm greetings with members of the public.

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From Meghan staying up late to bake banana bread for their host family to Prince Harry having his beard stroked by a very young fan, these two might have accomplished one of the most successful (and friendly) royal tours ever.

It’s hardly surprising therefore that there is a high demand for the royal couple to visit other countries too, with many questioning when a tour around the United States would take place.

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Well, according to TMZ, a royal tour of the USA was supposed to take place in Spring 2019. It has now however been postponed.

But why the push back? Well, for their baby!

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are set to welcome their newborn in Spring 2019, with an exact due date not yet announced.

It’s hardly surprising therefore that the royal couple want to wait a bit before they travel to America.

They’re sure to have their hands full!

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Duke and Duchess of Sussex want a ‘normal’ life for their child

OHMYGOSSIP — The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are determined their child will live a “normal” life.
The royals – who recently announced they’re preparing for the arrival of their first child – reportedly hope that he or she will be able to live as normal a life as possible, despite the inevitable interest of the public.
A source told the Sunday Times newspaper: “That word ‘normal’ looms very large for Harry and Meghan when it comes to their child’s future.”
Although the baby will be the seventh in line to the throne, he or she will not be given a royal title unless the Queen decides to intervene.
And the Duke and Duchess – who tied the knot at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in May – are apparently eager to follow in the footsteps of the Princess Royal, whose children have established their own independent careers.
Meanwhile, it’s been announced that the Duchess – who was known as Meghan Markle prior to marrying the Duke – is cutting back her schedule during the ongoing royal tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and Tonga.
Despite previously saying the pair would not be cutting down any planned events on their current tour, it’s been decided that it would be best to let the Duchess “rest”.
Looking ahead to their planned schedule, a royal aide said: “After a busy programme, The Duke and Duchess have decided to cut back The Duchess’s schedule slightly for the next couple of days, ahead of the final week and a half of the tour.
“The Duke will attend the cycling as scheduled this morning, and The Duchess will join him for this afternoon’s engagements. The Duke will continue with the engagements on Fraser Island as planned.”

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It was quite the scene Monday night at Anthony Scaramucci’s Hunt & Fish Club in Times Square, where he’d invited the faithful to celebrate him and his book glorifying President Trump and his own 11—not 10!—days as White House communications director.

The guys who were there, and it was mostly guys, were the sort of guys who aren’t terrible guys or great guys and, you know, they used to be Democratic guys, or at least some of them. Queens son Andrew Cuomo might have felt at home. A lot of the bridge-and-tunnel people there, though, followed Trump, because Trump is kind of one of them.

The Scaramucci set is garish and fiercely familial and smart and somewhat anti-intellectual. Anthony even boasts in his book that there was hardly a book in his house growing up. He’s a working class Long Island kid who liked motorcycles and made a fortune. Nice suits and cigars, Yankees tickets, pretty wives, and the ability to take care of your 85-year-old mother, who, by the way, was at the party. To some extent this is the dream Trump sells.

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Prince Harry just made a very public speech about Meghan Markle and their baby

And it’s too much!

Ever since Prince Harry showed off his parenting skills, jokily scolding a little boy for pulling his wife’s hair and then catching two-year-old Emily Henson stealing his popcorn at last year’s Invictus Games, fans have been waiting for the 33-year-old Prince to become a father himself.

And now it seems the time is here.

Yes, after tying the knot in May, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced last week that they were expecting a baby, arriving in Spring 2019.

The news broke soon after the royal couple’s arrival in Australia for their royal tour, with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex reportedly telling the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Prince William and Kate Middleton at Princess Eugenie’s wedding.

Following the official statement by Kensington Palace, the future parents have spoken out about their excitement.

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‘Thank you for the welcome you have given Meghan and I over the last few days,’ Prince Harry announced in his speech at the Invictus Games opening ceremony. ‘I have been so proud to be able to introduce my wife to you and we have been so happy to be able to celebrate the personal joy of our newest addition with you all.

Unsurprisingly the comments have set the internet alight with excitement, and it’s not the first comments the couple have made about their future arrival, while on tour.

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While visiting a family in Dubbo, New South Wales, Meghan is said to have opened up about her pregnancy with mother Emily Carroll, who has 13-month-old daughter Ruby.

‘Meghan told me that she’s feeling pretty good so far, which is great, and that she’s running on adrenalin,’ Emily explained. ‘She said they’re doing 76 engagements in 16 days, with maybe one rest in the middle.

Emily continued: ‘She’s made for this royal business, isn’t she? They’re both great with kids.’

‘We also genuinely couldn’t think of a better place to announce the, er, upcoming baby,’ Prince Harry said during a speech last week. ‘Whether it’s a boy or a girl. So thank you very, very much.’

These two!

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have received their first baby gift, and it’s very appropriate

You’ll never guess what it is…

Less than 48 hours after the announcement that Meghan Markle is pregnant and the couple have already received a gift for their first child.

Kensington Palace announced on Monday that the baby is due in spring 2019 – although people already reckon they’ve worked out Meghan’s due date.

While the royal family found out the news on Friday, it’s thought that Meghan shared her pregnancy with this person a couple of months before.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had a jam-packed first day of their royal tour in Sydney, meeting Invictus games representatives as well as visiting a zoo and the Royal Opera House.

At the beginning of the day the pair were presented with a cuddly kangaroo by Australia’s Governor General, Sir Peter Cosgrove, to which Meghan exclaimed, ‘Our first baby gift!’

Later they also received a tiny pair of Ugg boots that we’re sure will come in handy – although Meghan already has a gift for her future daughter, which she’s had for years.

At Taronga Zoo the couple also met a pair of baby koalas that had been named after them in honour of their nuptials, according to The Sun. We’re jealous.

‘We genuinely couldn’t think of a better place to announce the upcoming baby, be it a boy or a girl,’ Harry said of the baby news.

Watch this space for more pictures and updates from Meghan and Harry’s tour as we get them.

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This New Tool Can Help Parents Find the Best Sport for Their Kids

Kids these days: they have so many options when it comes to sports. There are organized travel teams, it seems, for every game: soccer, lacrosse, hoops, the works. While a child’s decision about which sport to play might not be as formative as, say, picking a college, it can sure feel that way. And potentially cost as much: fees and travel expenses for some club teams skyrocket to $ 10,000 per year and beyond.

In trying to navigate today’s youth sports scene, any guidance helps. That’s why a new tool released Thursday by the Aspen Institute’s Sports & Society Program, called the Healthy Sport Index, couldn’t be more timely. The handy website allows families to weigh three factors in deciding what sport makes the most sense: safety, physical activity, and the sport’s psychosocial benefits. The index then provides a customized ranking of ten sports, based on where a child lands on a sliding scale of “low emphasis” to “high emphasis” for each of the three factors.

So say, for example, your son wants to put maximum emphasis on psychosocial benefits: he wants a sport that will help him develop social skills, cognitive skills, and otherwise enhance his mental health. He cares about a sport’s safety, but is willing to take some injury risk; so here, he falls in the middle of the scale. But he’s ambivalent about physical activity: your son doesn’t care how much energy he expends in practice. He gives it the lowest possible emphasis on the Heathy Sport Index scale. Based on this mix, the Healthy Sport Index puts swimming on top, while lacrosse comes in tenth.

Meanwhile, your daredevil daughter can care less about getting hurt, but places the highest possible emphasis on working out hard while playing her sport and developing useful life skills, like setting goals. Healthy Sport Index says: sign her up for tennis! (Cheerleading falls to the bottom here. The ten girls’ sports ranked by the Healthy Sport Index are basketball, cheerleading, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. For the boys it’s baseball, basketball, cross country, football, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field, and wrestling.)

The Aspen Institute, in consultation with medical experts, compiled data for the index from a variety of sources. The National High School Sports-Related Injury Surveillance Study, produced by the Colorado School of Public Health, provided injury rates for various sports. For the psychosocial component, the Aspen Institute surveyed almost 1,300 high school athletes from across the country, and asked students whether their sport helped them improve in areas like sharing responsibility and patience. Researchers from North Carolina State University observed almost 700 hours of varsity practices to document the physical activity levels of each high school sport. The architects of the index were keen to account for the positive benefits of different sports, to counterbalance the downside risks.

“We talk a lot about injuries in youth sports, for good reason,” says Dr. Neeru Jayanthi, director of sports medicine research at Emory University. “But it’s important to look at all aspects of the athletic experience. If you just focus on one, you’re missing the boat.”

For example, football, which has witnessed participation declines due to well-founded worries about head injuries, ranks second among boys’ sports for psychosocial benefits. (Soccer comes in first.) High school football players reported more improvements in social skills and cognitive skills than athletes in any of the nine other sports. The Aspen Institute’s research was less encouraging for, say, boy’s lacrosse, which ranked ninth in safety, ahead of just football, and tenth in psychosocial benefits. Lacrosse players were most likely to cut class, binge drink, use marijuana and smoke cigarettes. In girls’ sports, basketball provided the most psychosocial upside, whereas cheerleading ranked tenth on both the psychosocial and physical activity scales.

Not that cheerleading or lacrosse or any other sport are at all detrimental, say the creators of the Healthy Sport Index. Every activity can have a positive impact on a kid’s life. “It’s better to be playing a sport,” says Jon Solomon, editorial director for the Aspen’s Sports & Society Program, “than to be sitting on the couch all day doing nothing.”

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EastEnders Spoilers: Sharon Mitchell and Keanu Taylor threatened by mystery blackmailer who has evidence of their affair

SHARON Mitchell and Keanu Taylor are left horrified in EastEnders next week when it becomes clear that somebody knows the truth about their affair.

As the week kicks off a proud Keanu, played by Danny Walters, shows Sharon the business cards he’s had made for his new business venture.

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But when they’re nearly caught kissing, they decide to keep things quiet.

Later Sharon, Walford legend Letitia Dean, is stunned when she gets a text message from an unknown number telling her that they know her secret.

Keanu tries to reassure Sharon but it becomes obvious that the mystery texter isn’t bluffing when they send over some pretty damning evidence. Hmm…wonder that that could be.

The couple try to work out who’s behind the messages but they’re rattled when they both get more texts and the anonymous person gives them a dangerous ultimatum.

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Sharon feels forced to end things with Keanu leaving her devastated and him gutted.

When Louise Mitchell finds Sharon upset she decides to do something to cheer her up and begins to hatch a plan.

All glammed up Louise takes Sharon out but she’s stunned when she sees Keanu there.


He discreetly tells her that she knows where to find him if she needs him, leaving Sharon torn.

Sensing she’s missing Phil, Louise tells Sharon to go home and call him. But will she use the opportunity to meet the man she’s really pining for?

And what will happen if their blackmailer finds out?


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3 Women Who Bet on Their Weight-Loss Goals — and Won a Collective $8,900

Could money motivate you to lose weight?

Honestly, you might be surprised. (The human brain is such a weird, mystical organ.)

We’ve talked to dozens of people who’ve bet on their weight-loss goals through a wellness company called HealthyWage.

Here’s how it works: You place a bet on your weight-loss goals. If you meet your goal within the designated time frame, you’ll get a cash prize. If not, you’ll lose the amount you bet.

Now the question is: Is this too good to be true?

3 Women Who Won Up to $ 5,300 Each Through HealthyWage

We talked to three women who signed up for HealthyWage. Each one hoped putting money on the line would be enough to motivate them to reach their goals.

Spoiler: It worked.

1. Jaclyn Brown: Lost 132 Pounds, Won $ 5,294.12

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Diets. Calorie-counting. Weight Watchers check-ins.

Jaclyn Brown thought she’d tried it all. This was 2015, and she weighed 272 pounds.

“Being that big is extremely uncomfortable,” she says. “It’s a struggle finding something to wear in the morning [which] kind of sets your whole day up to be a bad day.”

But nothing seemed to work. On a whim, she Googled “ways to make money by losing weight.” Maybe money could keep her motivated.

That’s when she landed on HealthyWage. She bet $ 100 a month that she could lose 132 pounds in 18 months.

She was left with two choices: Lose the weight and win nearly $ 5,300 or lose $ 1,800.

This was enough motivation. Brown completely changed her lifestyle and guess what? She dropped 132 pounds — nearly half her body weight — and pocketed her winnings.

2. Teresa Suarez: Lost 60 Pounds, Won $ 2,415.28

“It was traumatic to see the scale say 266,” Teresa Suarez recalls. “I was depressed and constantly getting hurt.”

If she didn’t change her lifestyle soon, she knew she’d hit 300 pounds within a few months.

One day, while scrolling through Facebook, she stumbled upon HealthyWage. She placed a bet: If she could lose 60 pounds in six months — 10 pounds a month — she could pocket $ 2,415.28. If she didn’t? She’d have to forfeit $ 750.

That was enough to get her to turn her bad habits around. She began exercising and changed her diet. When she weighed in after six months, she’d done it — she’d lost the weight and won the money.

Because she set her own diet and exercise plan — no extreme diets or exercise regimens — Suarez was able to sustain her new healthy lifestyle.

“When I was on vacation in Cancun, I was doing lunges, crunches and burpees in my hotel room,” she says. “I can’t stand burpees, but now I do them.”

3. Christina Castro: Lost 84 pounds, Won $ 1,191

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“You hear the stories about the plane seats, but you never think it’s going to be you,” Christina Castro says.

On her international flight home from her honeymoon, when she couldn’t buckle her seatbelt, Castro realized something had to change. She weighed close to 300 pounds. She wasn’t happy.

The 28-year-old researched ways to lose weight — “even though I’d failed so many times,” she admits.

That’s when she found HealthyWage. “I was like, ‘Wait, people will pay me to get healthy? I don’t have to lose thousands of dollars? I get thousands of dollars?’” she recalls thinking.

She bet $ 50 a month for six months that she’d lose 80 pounds. It took a lot of hard work and diligence, but Castro succeeded — and won $ 1,191.

“I was pulling shirts out of my closet that I hadn’t worn in years, just running around my house screaming to my husband, ‘Look what I’m wearing!’” she says.

How Much Money Could You Win?

It’s important to know that HealthyWage isn’t a magical fix. Nor is it a diet or exercise plan. It simply holds you accountable.

If you want to get paid to lose weight, here’s how to get started:

  1. Start at the HealthyWage prize calculator.
  2. Define a goal weight and the amount of time you’ll give yourself to achieve it.
  3. Place a bet on yourself ranging from $ 20 to $ 500 a month.
  4. Depending on how much you have to lose, how long you give yourself to do it and how much money you put on the table, you could win up to $ 10,000!

If you think money might motivate you to hit your goals, check out the HealthyWage prize calculator to see how much you could win.

Carson Kohler (carson@thepennyhoarder.com) is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder.

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Christina Aguilera Wasn’t Upset Britney Spears Got All the Headlines After Their Madonna Kiss

Everybody remembers the infamous kiss Britney Spears and Madonna shared at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards, but not everybody remembers that Christina Aguilera was there too.

During an interview with Andy Cohen on SiriusXM’s Radio Andy, the television host asked Aguilera, 37, if she felt bothered that her role in the performance didn’t get the same kind of press, even though she also locked lips with the “Like a Virgin” singer.  

“It was weird,” Aguilera, who recently kicked off her Liberation Tour, admitted. “And you know why they cut it? The cut away to get Justin ’s reaction.”

Although Spears and Timberlake had already ended their relationship by the time the VMAs rolled around that year, the split was still fresh and everybody was curious to see how he would respond to the steamy show.

“I saw the newspaper the next day and it was like, ‘Oh — well I guess I got left out of that one,’ ” she added.

However, while some may have been bothered by the oversight, Aguilera says she didn’t mind.

“I mean everything happened so quickly back then and everything was in a whirlwind,” she explained. “But I had my own performance that night. It was “Fighter” and it was with Dave Navarro. It was a kickass performance. So I was okay with that,” the “Acceleration” singer shared.

“She can have her kiss, it’s okay,” she added.

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Cohen also asked Aguilera if she was still close with any of her fellow famous former Mickey Mouse Club costars, which includes Timberlake, Spears, Ryan Gosling, and Keri Russell.

“I guess at this point, I don’t really keep in touch with any of them right now,” she shared, adding that she was very close with Timberlake during their joint Justified and Stripped tour in 2003.

However there is one of her former costars that Aguilera would like to reconnect with.

“I would love to reconnect somehow and have a tea date or something with Britney,” she admitted.

Continuing, she remarked, “I don’t know, I think that would be really fun after all these years, both being mamma bears now.”

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On Sept. 25, Aguilera took the stage at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida for the first stop of her Liberation Tour, named after her latest album — her first since 2012’s Lotus.

“What an amazing warm welcome back to the stage after 10 years (too many!),” Aguilera wrote on Instagram afterwards, captioning a gallery of photos from the tour. “ felt like coming HOME again!!”

“Thanks to all of you in Florida for your beautiful energy,’ she added. “I feel fulfilled and alive and cannot wait to see you Fighters in New Jersey on Friday. #LiberationTour.”


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More Men Are Wearing Stilettos—if They Can Find Their Size

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Shaobo Han put on his first pair of heels at age 11. The pair wasn’t Han’s, exactly—he’d stolen them from his mother, to practice “prancing around the house when no one was around.” Han thought that boys weren’t supposed to wear heels, so he made sure to play with them in private.

“I have other male-presenting friends who have the same memory of trying on their mother’s clothes,” Han told The Daily Beast. “It’s fascinating that a collective memory exists. Even though nobody taught us how to wear heels, we all tried on our own.”

Years later, Han went to Forever21 to buy his first real pair of heels for $ 40. “I was lucky that my shoe size is a men’s eight, which is a women’s 10,” said Han. “Other people aren’t as fortunate. If they have larger feet than mine, it’s almost impossible to find something that fits.”

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Porsha Williams And Kenya Moore Show Off Their Pregnant Bellies And Fans Love Their Friendship

Both Porsha Williams and Kenya Moore are pregnant, and the ladies keep sharing photos of their pregnancies on social media account after telling their fans the big news. Kenya made her own announcement public for quite a while, and Porsha did the same but more recently.

Porsha is expecting a baby with her boo, Dennis McKinley and she couldn’t be happier these days as you can definitely tell from all her recent posts on Instagram.

‘#Swipe Mommas out on the town! 🤩 & Check out snapback queen Eva #Guhhatl @wetv’ Porsha captioned her post.

Someone wrote in the comments section ‘“Kenya’s been pregnant for too long she should have been had that baby…” well she just announced she was pregnant in March and it takes 40 weeks to carry a baby sooo🤷🏽‍♀️

Another follower wanted to know if Eva Marcille did something to Porsha: ‘Did Eva do something to you? All ya pics your smiling ear to ear and with her you look depressed lol’

.Another follower wrote that they are ‘excited when I see these two together!!!!! Kenya and Porsha would have been friends and worked out everything this season. But since Andy let Kenya go was mess up❤.❤❤❤❤❤🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾😍😍😍😍😍😍

Someone else also gushed over the ladies and said ‘Beautiful ladies🔥❤ I am so excited for the new moms to be!! I feel like I’m family!! Lol Be blessed🙏🏽

A commenter wrote ‘I am really happy for you and Kenya. You all both wanted your family the traditional way, and now its happening. #Godstiming #Glowing’

Another person wanted to know why is everyone questioning Kenya’s pregnancy: ‘Why are people questioning how long Kenya has been pregnant? Kenya announced she was pregnant when she 1st found out. Porsha announced almost halfway through her pregnancy. Big difference so of course, Kenya pregnancy seems long. You are seeing her pregnant the FULL 9 months. While most celebs you only go through 4-5 months of their pregnancy. 🤦🏽‍♀️

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QAnon conspiracy theorists have begun sneaking their QAnon shirts into Trump rallies amid reports that people wearing the shirts have been turned away by people they claim are Secret Service officers staffing Trump events.

QAnon is founded on a series of anonymous clues posted online by a person named “Q” that purport to show a secret world where Trump is engaged in endless battle with a pedophile cabal of high-ranking Democrats and Trump’s foes will soon be banished to Gitmo. It is an inherently ludicrous idea but one that’s managed to gain a ton of traction through Trump rallies, where attendees regularly show up with Q shirts and signs.

Indeed, the conspiracy theory jumped into the mainstream in July, when a number of people with QAnon shirts and signs were shown on TV at a Trump rally in Florida. Other QAnon supporters who get caught on camera at Trump rallies have earned cryptic shout-outs from Q, and believers in the theory scrutinize Trump’s hand gestures at rallies to claim he’s pointing to QAnon believers.

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