Hannah's Headlines- 1/11/2018

IKEA Magazine Ad Doubles as Pregnancy Test

Ikea is using some creative marketing to feel cribs. The Swedish furniture giant has asked women who think they may have a bun in the oven to urinate on its latest print ad to find out for sure. If the test is positive, discounts on baby furniture await!

Here's how it works. The ad is running in Swedish magazine "Amelia" and has a picture of a baby crib with the text, "Peeing on this ad may change your life" at the top of the page. If the test is positive, a discount code is revealed for the advertised crib.

"This ad is also a pregnancy test. Pee on the marked area and wait a moment," the print says. "If you are expecting, you will get a surprise right here in the ad."

The agency behind the campaign said there were even "technical advancements made" while crafting the pregnancy test technology to work from a magazine page. Apparently, those advancements may have the potential to improve medical diagnostics in the future. 

Source: UPI

Diet Coke Has Four New Flavors

Get ready Diet Coke junkies, your lifeblood has a whole new look. Coca-Cola has given the beloved beverage a makeover and along with a new can, they’re rolling out four new flavors this month.

But those loyal to the classic flavor can rest assured the original Diet Coke will still be available in all of its regular forms - glass bottles, 12-ounce cans, and such. But the newbies come in something taller. The new design still holds 12-ounces, but the can is skinnier and taller with a vertical red stripe, which is “a Coca-Cola red disc that has gone for a walk," according to James Sommerville, the vice president of Coca-Cola Global Design.

As for the new flavors, after Coca-Cola tested more than 30 new Diet Coke flavors, here’s what you can look forward to:

  • Ginger Lime - It’s like a Moscow Mule without the vodka.
  • Feisty Cherry - This one will make Cherry Coke fans happy
  • Zesty Blood Orange - Does orange work well with Diet Coke? You’ll have to decide.
  • Twisted Mango - Another unique flavor offering.

Look for the four new flavors, as well as the original Diet Coke in its new packaging, this month, sold as individual cans and in eight-packs.

Source: Delish


Brilliant Parenting Hack Helps Babies Self-Soothe While Sleeping

As sleep-deprived parents of infants, we all want our little ones to learn to sleep through the night so we can all get more shut-eye. And one mom may have found the smartest hack for making happen and it couldn’t be more simple.

It comes from Laura Gerson, who watched her three-month-old daughter, Amelia, on the video monitor struggling to find her pacifier in her crib after it fell out of her mouth. The mom watched on as her baby girl cried all night trying to find it. So since then, this clever mama has been putting the infant to bed with 10 pacifiers all around her, that way she can always find one.

Laura says she tried it out the next night and it worked, so she’s been doing it since. She says that 99% of the time, Amelia just wanted her pacifier to soothe her back to sleep and that when she has lots of them in there she’s quite calm and falls asleep with them in her hands, too.

The photo of baby Amelia surrounded by all her pacifiers and the sleep tip were shared by Laura on The Motherload Facebook group and it’s since gone viral, and we totally get why: Now that Amelia’s almost one, she’s sleeping between 12 and 13 hours a night! That’s any mom’s dream, so it’s worth a try, right, mamas?

Source: PopSugar

Doing Work At Home On The Phone Hurts Your Relationship According to Study

Americans struggle with work-life balance, with 50 percent admitting to checking work email in bed, 57 percent while on family outings and 38 percent at the dinner table, according to mobile-software firm Good Technology. But when you handle work-related business on your cell phone while at home, not only do you suffer, but it hurts your spouse too, according to a new study published in the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology.

Indeed, this behavior both creates tension in your relationship and negatively impacts your spouse’s job performance, according to the study, which surveyed 344 married couples who work full-time and have a smartphone or tablet. Spouses whose partners used their phone for work-related issues frequently at home ranked themselves both as weaker performers on the job and as less satisfied with their jobs.

So why does your cell phone use impact your partner’s job performance? For one, “what the relationship is experiencing is tension that is created by this device use,” Crawford says, which can lead to “feelings of resentment toward your spouse” and arguments. And those kinds of feelings and issues don’t just go away when you wake up to go to work the next morning.

Plus, it’s “symptomatic of other issues in the relationship — that your partner may be neglecting you, or that their work is more important than the relationship,” says career coach Roy Cohen. “If you’re feeling angry or frustrated and you’re finding that because of your interaction with your significant other, those feelings are [likely] emerging for [you] at work” and thus negatively impacting your job performance, Cohen explains.

How do you learn to put your phone away at home?

Ask for an upfront notification

“You’ve got to triage it,” recommended executive coach Marc Dorio. In other words, figure out just how serious an after-hours issue is, perhaps by asking your colleagues to call or text if an issue is important; otherwise to email and you will address that issue the following day.

Clock out

“I set the 9 p.m. rule,” said etiquette expert Karen Thomas. “I tell colleagues I would prefer not to be called [after the time]… A lot of people I know, like higher-level executives, use the 7 p.m. rule, or even go with the 6 p.m. rule.” Thomas still conceded that you can’t always disappear off the grid in the case of work-related emergencies, but that having rules can help minimize work interrupting family time.

Speak to your manager

Thomas suggested that employees have a frank but polite conversation with their supervisors to block out periods when they need to be online and when they don’t — such as during their kids’ weekly sports games, for instance. “Be honest and put forth what you feel are good boundaries and see if they’re a good fit for that position,” and don’t be afraid to tell your manager that you’re happy to be flexible, but “[you] need their flexibility, as well.”

Involve your partner

Finally, Thomas concluded, sometimes you can’t get out of answering that late-night or weekend phone call, so include your family in the process of finding a solution. “You want to bring that person into the solution as well.” You might say: “I realize that my job [requires me] to be available. What do you feel would be fair to you when I have to take a call at 9 o’clock at night?”

Link: https://nypost.com/2018/01/09/doing-this-could-inadvertently-sabotage-your-partners-career/



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