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Fall Activities You Can Still Do Despite the Pandemic

 Earlier this week, the CDC released a bunch of Halloween guidelines, and the big takeaway was that trick-or-treating is risky this year.  And, yeah, that’s a drag . . . but there are still a bunch of fall activities you CAN do.  Like . . .   1.  Visiting a pumpkin patch or apple orchard.  As long…

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Things We’re Hardest on Ourselves About

 Life’s tough enough, especially in 2020.  So give yourself a pass every now and then, and don’t be so hard on yourself.  2,000 people were asked to name the top things they’re too hard on themselves about.    Here are the top ten . . .   1.  Bad decisions you’ve made in the past.  2.  Regrettable…

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Are You a Good Husband or Wife by 1939 Standards?

An old marriage test from 1939 is making the rounds online.  It’s supposed to tell you if you’re being a good husband or wife.  But most of the tips don’t translate to 2020 very well.  Guys had it a LOT easier back then.  Women, not so much.    Here are some of the signs you’re…

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Halloween Survey

The National Retail Federation just conducted a survey that reveals that just 58% of us to celebrate Halloween this year. Other findings: – The average person will spend $91.12 on Halloween this year. That’s up from $86.27 last year. -Slightly less than half of us plan to dress up for Halloween this year – 22%…

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Struggles Today’s Kids Will Never Know

– Recording songs off the radio to make a mixtape – The TV guide channel. Waiting to see what was on TV, Only to miss it and have to wait like 10 minutes for it to roll back around. – Having to blow on a video game cartridge to get it to work. – Putting…

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Signs You’re a Bad Driver

Everyone THINKS they’re a good driver.  But spend 30 seconds on any road in America, and you know it’s not true.  So a new survey asked people to name the top signs someone is a BAD driver.  Here’s the Top 10 . . . 1.  Excessive speeding.  61% said it means you’re a bad driver. …

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Want to Get a Whole Lot Healthier? Lose 13% of Your Body Weight

How much weight do you really need to lose to see a big difference in your health?  Well, it depends.  But a new study came up with a number the AVERAGE person should try to hit if they’re really overweight . . .  This isn’t for people who are already in decent shape.  But researchers…

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What Do You Miss Most About Going to the Movies?

Movie theaters have started reopening around the country.  And if you feel like you’ve missed out the last couple months, you’re not alone.  Here are seven things we miss most about going to the movies . . .   1.  Snagging the perfect seat.  Like the first row up from the floor in stadium seating .…

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2020 Toy Hall Of Fame Finalists

The 2020 finalists for the National Toy Hall of Fame have been announced. The 12 finalists include: – Baby Nancy – Created in 1968, Baby Nancy was a baby doll with a dark complexion and textured hair. It began a long-standing demand for ethnically correct Black dolls that the mainstream market had failed to deliver…

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Penn State Pauses After Rise In COVID Cases

By: Thomas Frank Carr   Penn State athletics has paused today after a significant rise in COVID-19 cases this week. The University releases their weekly testing results ever Wednesday and this time around, there were nearly 50 cases. “For the period of August 31-September 4, Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics conducted 920 COVID-19 tests of students with…

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Tips for Eating at Restaurants During COVID

 More people are feeling comfortable eating at restaurants, especially if there are tables outside.  As of September 21st, restaurants will be allowed to operate at 50% capacity, rather than 25%. So here are four tips on how to stay as safe as possible . . .  1.  Bring hand sanitizer.  You’ll want to clean your…

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Five Good Changes Caused by the Pandemic That Might Be Permanent

In the long run, could the pandemic actually end up IMPROVING our lives in some ways?  Here are five good changes we’ve had to make that might be permanent . . .     1.  More work-from-home jobs.  COVID forced companies to figure out how to handle remote workers.  So there’s a good chance you’ll see…

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What You Should and Shouldn’t Buy If You Want to Score a Deal This Labor Day Weekend

It’s Labor Day Weekend!  If you’re staying home and doing some online shopping, here’s what you SHOULD and SHOULDN’T buy . . .   1.  You’ll probably find the best deals on stuff for the house.  Things like furniture, mattresses, and items for your home office, like a webcam or headphones.   2.  Things you’ll want to…

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Five Foods You Should Never Reheat in the Microwave

Some foods don’t do well in the microwave.  Here are the five things you should never put in there, along with the BEST way to reheat each one . . .   1.  Pizza.  If it’s one or two slices, reheat them in pan on the stove over medium heat.  It’s better than the microwave, because…

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Are These Gadgets Worth Buying or Way Overrated?

“The New York Times” tech blog recently ran a list of gadgets you SHOULDN’T buy.  Because they’re not worth the money, or other options are better.  Here’s a quick rundown of what they found . . .   1.  Stop buying Apple chargers and other name-brand cables.  You can find generic cables that are almost as good…

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Five Things to Look Forward to in September

We’re one month closer to the END of this crazy year.  Here are five things you can look forward to in September . . .   1.  The first day of fall is September 22nd.   2.  It’s a HUGE month for sports fans:  The Kentucky Derby is this Saturday . . . the U.S. Open of tennis goes for the…

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Couples Who Diet Together Lose More Weight

Are you still eating whatever you want to get through this dumpster fire of a year?  Or are you trying to shed some of that quarantine 15?    Well, when you do decide to reverse course, you might want to think about asking your significant other to lose weight with you.   A new study…

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Things You Probably Don’t Know About the Pumpkin Spice Phenomenon

Starbucks brought back the Pumpkin Spice Latte this week, which is the earliest it’s ever been on menus.  So here are five things you might be surprised to learn about the whole pumpkin spice craze . . .   1.  The flavor profile has been around for centuries.  Pumpkin was a common ingredient in Native American…

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Frugal or Cheap?

A new survey asked people if different ways we save money are frugal or cheap.  Here are some highlights . . . 1.  Not taking your turn to buy everyone a round of drinks is . . . CHEAP. 2.  Buying generic food products, like Flakes with Frosting, is . . . FRUGAL. 3.  Re-gifting…

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It’s National Dog Day!

Since today is National Dog Day, here’s a new Dog survey by National Today. According to this survey, 23% of men say they would rather spend time with their dog than go on a date. The survey also finds: – 39% of women would rather spend time with their dog than go on a date…