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If your birthday is during the holidays, especially December 25th, you can feel cheated. With all the glitter and the fa-la-la, it’s easy to not just have your birthday swept up in all the other festivities going on. Don’t worry, though, Christmas babies, we know you’re pretty special. Those born on Dec. 25th are Capricorns, the ambitious achievers of the zodiac. You may seem like all work and no play, but those who know you best know that when you do allow yourself to play, you take your play seriously too. Holiday babies are in good company.Read Now »
If you are feeling any pangs of guilt from the large array of video games you purchased this holiday season for the younger members of your family, there is now evidence that you may have actually helped them become smarter. A new study finds that video games, specifically 3-D entertainment, may boost brainpower. Researchers decided to investigate this theory on college-age non-gamers. The investigators tracked these non-gamer university students who played either a 2-D or 3-D video game for 30 minutes a day for a period of two weeks.Read Now »
Today, more young women live with their parents than they did seventy years ago when it was commonplace for girls to stay at home after high school until they were married. • In 1940, 36.2% of 18-34 year-old women lived with parents or other relatives.
• In 1960, only 24% of adult children were living at home
• In 2014, 36.4% of young women are living with family members This group of female millennials has failed to move away from the convenience of catered meals by mom and free access to a washing machine. Originally, this trend of returning to live at home was thought to be a casualty of the economic collapse.
You’ve probably heard the familiar cliché at least a dozen times that, “cooler heads prevail.” The meaning behind this commonplace saying is that ideas or influence of less emotional people are superior to over-emotional behavior. At first glance, this is a completely rationale train of thought. Demonstrating anger or ranting behavior in a workplace can blow a conflict out of proportion, promote a hostile environment, and shed a negative light on your job skills. Most believe that overall, this is a terrible idea. Not so fast.Read Now »
VTech, a global supplier of children’s electronic learning products and one of the top 50 electronic global manufacturing providers, disclosed this week that their customer database had been hacked. The stolen information data at VTech included the data of customers who download children's toys, games and books. Most concerning was that the breach included personal information relating to children. It was reported that records belonging to 4.8 million parents and more than 200,000 children were taken.Read Now »
An interest in non-traditional nativity scenes has up ticked since a family in Ohio came under some legal scrutiny for putting up a zombie nativity scene in their front yard for the second year in a row. The family is known for their haunted houses and uses the ghoulish nativity scenes as a way to bond. The nativity scene itself was thought up by St. Francis of Assisi some 800 years ago as a way to teach people the Christmas story. If you’re feeling adventurous, here’s a few ideas of incorporating more modern elements into your family’s crèche. First you’ll need to cast your nativity.Read Now »
Once reviled, ugly Christmas sweaters are now haute. In fact, some are nixing their more traditional holiday party themes and having ugly sweater parties. There are even companies are rolling out ugly sweaters for the holidays, though I much prefer the old-school, cringe-worthy vintage holiday sweaters. Just because you are wearing an ugly sweater doesn’t mean that you have to wear atrocious shoes. Here’s a few favorite pairs to offset those ugli-licious sweaters you may wear. Let it Snow! Snowfall varies state to state, with New York state topping the list in average annual snowfall, at 123.8 in.Read Now »
Its holiday time, but you probably didn’t need us to break this news to you. And along with holidays comes gluttony and increased calories. It is an enormous challenge to pass up the temptation of luscious creamy dips and mouth-watering potatoes swimming in butter. But a new study offers insight for how to manage the walk of shame down the buffet line. A 2013 investigation found that, “Serving healthy foods first in buffet lines improved overall meal selection.” In other words, the first foods encountered on a table of treats are the ones most selected.Read Now »
Pantone color of the year for 2016 is a softer take on color hues, for the first time the top hue for 2016 is a blending of two shades ... serenity and rose quartz. That’s right. The shade color experts at Pantone who have every year picked one color that they believe will be reflected in the following year’s fashion, home décor and design have departed from tradition to predict that the blending of the two colors. These professionals have identified that the dominate color next year will be a merger of delicate pink rose quartz and the soft blue of serenity.Read Now »
Are you passionate about software? If you are fanatical about technology and the development of apps, then 2016 could be a year filled with opportunities and significant salary prospects. Every year, professional services company Deloitte ranks the fastest-growing North American tech companies in its Fast 500 list. As Monster.com revealed on their website, the results are in for 2016 and the software industry dominates this year’s top ten.Read Now »