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FA-YAY! The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is loosening its policy on the use of personal electronics during flight. The new regulations mean that fliers who are knee deep in the Divergent series won't have to turn off their ereaders or tablets for takeoff — as long as cellular service is turned off or the device is in airplane mode.
If, however, your flight has WiFi, you will still be able to connect to the Internet and use Bluetooth accessories with your device. Laptops are the only gadgets that need to be completely stowed beneath your seat or in the overhead compartment for takeoff and landing.
Reading ebooks, playing offline games, and watching videos are fair game for most of the flight. But passengers, at least for now, will need to hold their devices in their hand or place them in the back seat pocket during takeoff and landing.
Don't get too excited for holiday travel just yet. Each airline will need to adopt these new guidelines of its own accord. As of Nov. 1, Delta and Jet Blue began allowing gate-to-gate use of devices, freeing passengers to use gadgets like ereaders at any time during their flights.
Read on for important things to know about the expanded use of personal electronic devices from the FAA.
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When a couple is balancing their finances, it's essential for them to work together. DailyWorth has compiled a list of six common money mistakes that couples make and ways to avoid financial blunders.
Financial Faux Pas
One year into my marriage, I occasionally find myself spending with a newfound guilt. To balance out a shopping spree for myself, I’ll pick up a few things for my husband — mostly out of love but, if we’re being totally honest, also for fear of appearing selfish. So while buying myself, say, a new pair of pumps, I’ll pick up a cashmere sweater for him. My husband could care less about cashmere, and he never gives me a hard time for spending my money. It’s just a voice in my head, likely the same one that whispers other baseless insecurities.
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No matter how squeaky-clean your financial life may have been as an independent single woman, being in a relationship can open the door to a whole new set of emotionally charged financial faux pas.
Here are the top six — and what you can do to make them right.
Nearly one in four women say their partners primarily manage the household finances, according to Pew Research. Whether it stems from self-doubt over making the right financial moves, a lack of interest in money matters, or a controlling partner (or all three), financial planner Brittney Castro sees it all too often. “Even though women may be in control of the day-to-day budget,” she says, “most still have no idea what is going on with the long-term investments.”
Burying your head in the sand can carry a big price. For 34-year-old Amy, a small business owner living in Florida, it came to a whopping $50,000. It was only after she and her husband split that she discovered he’d covertly racked up that much debt on her American Express card.
“Because I had better credit, we opened this card in my name, but with the understanding that he’d use and pay it off every month,” she says. “I was naive. . . . He was my husband. I trusted him.”
Turning a blind eye to your money matters could leave you severely strapped in the event of a breakup or an unexpected expense. “Both people need to be involved in the decision making,” says Castro.
How to get back on track: Improve your knowledge of your financial basics and get the contact information for the financial professionals in your lives (lawyers, financial planners, accountants, etc.). Make sure you could step in and pay the bills in case of an emergency. Take turns managing the accounts each month so you can confidently jump in the driver’s seat on a moment’s notice.
Don’t forget to ask questions if you don’t understand something, especially before signing any joint documents. And be aware that a joint tax return with your signature puts you equally on the hook if the IRS uncovers mistakes or, worse, fraud. So read it carefully.
Off-Ramping Without a Plan to On-Ramp
It’s no secret that opting out completely from the workforce carries major financial risks. But even for those of us who opt out temporarily or “off-ramp,” as it’s known, there can be some financial drawbacks. Sheryl Sandberg writes in her book Lean In that “women's average annual earnings decrease by 20 percent if they are out of the workforce for just one year. . . . Thirty percent after two or three years, which is the average amount of time professional women off-ramp from the workforce."
Of course, with rising child care costs, the math may work in favor of having the parent who makes less — usually mom (though that’s changing) — quit her job and become the primary caretaker. But consider the longer-term financial risks. When your child enters school full-time and you’re ready to go back to work, can you afford to potentially make less money?
How to get back on track: Ignore the voices in your head that tell you a working mom can’t possibly raise happy, healthy kids — a reason some women feel compelled to opt out. The kids are going to be all right. A recent study by the Campaign For Social Science in the UK found no harm done to a child’s literacy, math ability, and behavior if raised by a working mom. And a new paper by the National Bureau of Economic Research says kids with working mothers earn better grades in school.
If you do take time off — no matter the reason — know that there are always ways to keep your earning potential strong, says Stacy Francis, founder of Francis Financial. “Stay in contact with colleagues, continue education, and stay active socially.” This way you’re better prepared and positioned for returning to the workforce.
- Stop looking over your shoulder: When signing your contracts, make sure to find out company policy on using social media while at the office. Hey, it's OK to check your personal email or take a moment to read through texts, but spending office time tweeting takes time away from your job. Make sure to know social media dos and don'ts so you can stop stressing over what's acceptable — and what's not.
- Dress with style: You've got the job and know the company, so it's OK to dress for yourself while at the office. Hey, that doesn't mean showing up in yoga pants is OK (unless you work at a gym!), but sticking with company style and showcasing your personal flair is a great way to feel comfortable while at work. This way you won't be worrying about your wardrobe when you should be focusing on your work.
- Stop editing yourself: Spending time obsessing over spelling errors and grammar mistakes in emails between co-workers can take up tons of time. When writing between those in your team, give things a quick spell-check and reread before sending, but it's OK if there's a mistake here and there.
- It's OK to say no: Even though you've just started, it's OK to say no if things are getting out of hand. Sure, you want to take everything on to prove you're awesome, but if you burn out, it's hard to recover. Take things slow, be honest with your co-workers, or talk with a manager if you're feeling pressured to do extra work.
- Ask questions: Find a buddy that you feel good to use as your go-to person when unsure about office politics or day-to-day routines. This way you won't build anxiety over what happens at the holiday party. Make sure to let your new friend know how much you appreciate their help — but avoid entering into any office gossip.
- Let things slide: Your email may be pinging away, but if you're working on a deadline or focused on a task, let it go. You don't have to respond to every email the second it arrives in your inbox. And it's totally acceptable to set up an automated email response on the days you're super busy.
- Leave work at work: In order to be the best you can be, leave work at work. Putting in extra hours during your downtime can get overwhelming, which may lead to unwanted stress at home. Make time to unwind at the end of the day and enjoy catching up on your favorite show or hanging out with friends. You'll feel refreshed in the morning and ready to tackle the day.
- Be yourself! The most important thing is to be true to you. No matter your new appointment, the reason you got the job is because you are who you are. Trust your instincts, be honest with yourself, and enjoy your new job. You deserve it!
Once you have your list, you can start doing research on where to get the gifts.