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Facebook Envy Leads Moms to ‘Financial Insecurity’

Dan Kitwood/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Showing off on social media isn’t just for the rich kids of Instagram. New research shows the majority of moms feel pressure to appear well off on social media.

For every day people — moms included — a daily visit to Facebook is often an assault of cyber friends’ new cars, expensive strollers and pricey family vacations.

“Keeping up with the Joneses is actually keeping up with the e-Jonses, thanks to Instagram and thanks to Facebook,” said Laura Gelman, lifestyle contributor for BabyCenter.com.

It all leads to what experts call financial insecurity. BabyCenter’s Cost of Raising a Child Report found 60 percent of moms feel pressure to appear well off on social media as well as envy or embarrassment about their own financial situation.

Nicole Perez, mom of a 6-year-old tot, said the constant influx of material possessions on social media “makes you feel as if you are a failure as a mother. It’s heartbreaking when your child says ‘mom, when you get enough money can I get that toy?'”

Perez said that family trips to Disney are all over her Facebook news feed, something that’s just not possible in her current financial situation.

She’s not alone. Colleen, a mom of two who preferred to use her first name only, admitted to “a habit of checking out the material ‘clues’ in the backgrounds of people’s Facebook photos: kitchen cabinets or expensive furniture. I suppose it sort of creates a ‘keeping up with the Joneses’ feeling, and I’m sure I’m projecting all sorts of comparisons that might not even be there.”

Gelman said beyond the emotional stress these feeling can cause, there are very real financial concerns.

“There’s a lot of maxing out of credit cards and buying things you can’t afford. Which is really unfortunate just so you can go online and say ‘look what I’ve done for my kids,'” she said.

Robin Danks is a recently divorced mom of two who tries to see beyond what she sees on social media.

“You take every picture like that on Facebook and I think you uncrop it. And what do you see outside of that? Every one of us is going to have something outside of that, whether it be the child that takes an hour and a half to do 20 minutes of homework or the sick parent in the next room or the empty alcohol bottle. There’s something in everyone’s life,” Danks said.

While quitting social media is always an option, it’s not an option for everyone.

“No way could I quit,” said Perez. “I’m too nosy. Also there are good things about it — seeing happy families enjoying themselves, that’s a beautiful thing. It’s not their fault it makes me feel bad.”

Danks also agreed getting off social media wasn’t something she wanted to do.

For anyone who has been in the dumps after being on social media, she said, “I would suggest people really think about their life. There’s at least one good thing in your life that you can’t buy with money and instead focus on how important that is.”

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Saints Owner Tom Benson Makes Record $11M Donation to Football Hall of Fame

Stacy Revere/Getty Images(METAIRIE, La.) — New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson has agreed to pledge $11 million to the Pro Football Hall of Fame — it’s the largest contribution by any individual in the history of the establishment.

$10 million of Benson’s donation will go towards the renovation of Fawcett Stadium, which will be renamed “Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.”

The remaining money will be used for the Hall of Fame’s Legends Landing Program. This program will be a mixed-use residence that includes a room for retired players and Hall of Famers.

He has also challenged the other 31 owners to match his $1 million donation towards the Legends Landing Program.

“This is a donation that I feel very strongly about,” Benson said in a statement. “I have taken great pride in the recovery and renaissance of my home city, New Orleans, not only prior to but, more importantly, post-Katrina. We have done great things in our city, and today we can proudly present New Orleans as a city that is a role model to other communities. We are proud of that. So when approached to make a donation to the Pro Football of Fame in Canton, Ohio, I did not think long at all about why we should help.”

Benson has owned the Saints since 1985, and is one of the NFL’s longest tenured owners.

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Facebook Envy Leads Moms to ‘Financial Insecurity’

Dan Kitwood/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Showing off on social media isn’t just for the rich kids of Instagram. New research shows the majority of moms feel pressure to appear well off on social media.

For every day people — moms included — a daily visit to Facebook is often an assault of cyber friends’ new cars, expensive strollers and pricey family vacations.

“Keeping up with the Joneses is actually keeping up with the e-Jonses, thanks to Instagram and thanks to Facebook,” said Laura Gelman, lifestyle contributor for BabyCenter.com.

It all leads to what experts call financial insecurity. BabyCenter’s Cost of Raising a Child Report found 60 percent of moms feel pressure to appear well off on social media as well as envy or embarrassment about their own financial situation.

Nicole Perez, mom of a 6-year-old tot, said the constant influx of material possessions on social media “makes you feel as if you are a failure as a mother. It’s heartbreaking when your child says ‘mom, when you get enough money can I get that toy?'”

Perez said that family trips to Disney are all over her Facebook news feed, something that’s just not possible in her current financial situation.

She’s not alone. Colleen, a mom of two who preferred to use her first name only, admitted to “a habit of checking out the material ‘clues’ in the backgrounds of people’s Facebook photos: kitchen cabinets or expensive furniture. I suppose it sort of creates a ‘keeping up with the Joneses’ feeling, and I’m sure I’m projecting all sorts of comparisons that might not even be there.”

Gelman said beyond the emotional stress these feeling can cause, there are very real financial concerns.

“There’s a lot of maxing out of credit cards and buying things you can’t afford. Which is really unfortunate just so you can go online and say ‘look what I’ve done for my kids,'” she said.

Robin Danks is a recently divorced mom of two who tries to see beyond what she sees on social media.

“You take every picture like that on Facebook and I think you uncrop it. And what do you see outside of that? Every one of us is going to have something outside of that, whether it be the child that takes an hour and a half to do 20 minutes of homework or the sick parent in the next room or the empty alcohol bottle. There’s something in everyone’s life,” Danks said.

While quitting social media is always an option, it’s not an option for everyone.

“No way could I quit,” said Perez. “I’m too nosy. Also there are good things about it — seeing happy families enjoying themselves, that’s a beautiful thing. It’s not their fault it makes me feel bad.”

Danks also agreed getting off social media wasn’t something she wanted to do.

For anyone who has been in the dumps after being on social media, she said, “I would suggest people really think about their life. There’s at least one good thing in your life that you can’t buy with money and instead focus on how important that is.”

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Small Fire Reported At Primrose Retirement Community

11/24/14 – 4:54 A.M.

A small fire was reported at an area retirement home last night. Firefighters were called to the Primrose Retirement Community at 8580 Marion Township Road 237 around 9:45 p.m. Evacuation procedures were put into place, but the flames were extinguished quickly. A responding sheriff’s deputy was able to put out the fire, which started in a dryer.

No injuries were reported.

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Iran Nuke Talks Extended for Lack of a Deal

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius (L) and US Secretary of State John Kerry talk as they meet for the dinner at the residence of British ambassador in Vienna on November 23, 2014. (JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)(VIENNA) — The United States and its negotiating partners have agreed to extend talks with Iran over its nuclear capability, rather than concluding a long-sought deal by Monday’s deadline.

The talks, which have been conducted in Vienna, are now set to resume in December at a site yet to be determined, sources told ABC News.

The framework for the talks extension set a new deadline of March for a political agreement, with details of the arrangement to be hammered out by July 1 — essentially a seven month extension.

Secretary of State John Kerry has been at the talks in recent days, but a last minute push failed to close the gap on the two sides.

As the talks wound down, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani sent a subtle message by posting a photo of himself on Instagram walking past a mural of the word “hope,” written in Farsi.

In the hours before the extension was announced, Secretary of State John Kerry tweeted: “We’re continuing to chip away in Vienna. P5+1 united,” referring to the negotiating group of the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China.

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Nearly Everyone Sides with Those Forced to Work Thanksgiving

OJO Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Thanksgiving Day shopping is just three days away.

With more retailers than ever throwing open their doors on a day which once meant a holiday for everyone, PBS.org has conducted a poll to ask whether retailers should remain open on Thursday.

Apparently, Americans feel a lot of compassion for those who have to work Thanksgiving Day because about 98 percent of the 12,300 respondents have thus far agreed, “No, employees should be able to spend Thanksgiving at home.”

“Yes, it’s nice to have another option for Black Friday sales” received about 1.5 percent of the vote with the remaining few said they were “Unsure.”

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Visa, Amazon and iTunes Are the Big Three Gift Cards

E+/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Gift cards may be among the most requested gift items this year, according to the National Retail Federation, in part because the choices are seemingly endless.

CardHub, the credit card comparison site, used data from its gift-card exchange service between November 1 and November 20 and listed the most popular gift cards of 2014 with the Visa gift card emerging as the winner.

Here are the top ten:

1. Visa Gift Card
2. Amazon Gift Card
3. iTunes Gift Card
4. American Express Gift Card
5. Netflix Gift Card
6. Walmart Gift Card
7. Target Gift Card
8. Google Play Gift Card
9. eBay Gift Card
10. Starbucks Gift Card

At present, there are 12,647 gift cards available in CardHub’s exchange, which allows users to sell, buy or exchange gift cards.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for CardHub said the company has a commercial relationship, in which CardHub gets a cut of every purchase made on its website, with two companies that issue the gift cards in the top ten list: Amazon and American Express.

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Visa, Amazon and iTunes Are the Big Three Gift Cards

E+/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Gift cards may be among the most requested gift items this year, according to the National Retail Federation, in part because the choices are seemingly endless.

CardHub, the credit card comparison site, used data from its gift-card exchange service between November 1 and November 20 and listed the most popular gift cards of 2014 with the Visa gift card emerging as the winner.

Here are the top ten:

1. Visa Gift Card
2. Amazon Gift Card
3. iTunes Gift Card
4. American Express Gift Card
5. Netflix Gift Card
6. Walmart Gift Card
7. Target Gift Card
8. Google Play Gift Card
9. eBay Gift Card
10. Starbucks Gift Card

At present, there are 12,647 gift cards available in CardHub’s exchange, which allows users to sell, buy or exchange gift cards.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for CardHub said the company has a commercial relationship, in which CardHub gets a cut of every purchase made on its website, with two companies that issue the gift cards in the top ten list: Amazon and American Express.

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Visa, Amazon and iTunes Are the Big Three Gift Cards

E+/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Gift cards may be among the most requested gift items this year, according to the National Retail Federation, in part because the choices are seemingly endless.

CardHub, the credit card comparison site, used data from its gift-card exchange service between November 1 and November 20 and listed the most popular gift cards of 2014 with the Visa gift card emerging as the winner.

Here are the top ten:

1. Visa Gift Card
2. Amazon Gift Card
3. iTunes Gift Card
4. American Express Gift Card
5. Netflix Gift Card
6. Walmart Gift Card
7. Target Gift Card
8. Google Play Gift Card
9. eBay Gift Card
10. Starbucks Gift Card

At present, there are 12,647 gift cards available in CardHub’s exchange, which allows users to sell, buy or exchange gift cards.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for CardHub said the company has a commercial relationship, in which CardHub gets a cut of every purchase made on its website, with two companies that issue the gift cards in the top ten list: Amazon and American Express.

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Seahawks Stymie Cardinals

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(SEATTLE) — The Seattle Seahawks held the Arizona Cardinals to 204 yards of total offense as they went on to win Sunday at CenturyLink Field 19-3.

The loss snaps the Cardinals’ six-game winning streak and moves the Seahawks (7-4) within two games of first place in the NFC West.

Russell Wilson was sacked seven times, three of those by Calais Campbell, but still managed to complete 17 of 22 passes for 211 yards and a touchdown, while also rushing for 73 yards in the win.

“I think we let Russell Wilson be Russell Wilson on too many occasions,” Arizona safety Tyrann Mathieu said.

Steven Hauschka hit four field goals to do most of Seattle’s scoring.

The Seahawks will be in San Francisco on Thanksgiving night to take on the 49ers (7-4).

The Cardinals (9-2) head to Atlanta next weekend to take on the Falcons (4-7).

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