Tips For Group Trips

Wrangling up all of your best companions for an outing may seem like an outlandish idea, however we’re here to help. We’ve assembled ten of our best thoughts for an enjoyable and life-changing trip for you and your crew.

Ship Your Luggage

This concept may sound loopy at the start, however give us a minute. Imagine travelling together with your besties on a dream trip and no longer having to fear about your bags at ALL. No more schlepping your stuff around and no getting caught on the bags carousel. All you’ll need to fear about is your neck pillow, your mags and your plane snacks. Use a carrier like LugLess to send all your bags (or skis, golf golf equipment, and so on) beforehand of time, where it will be waiting for you when you land.

Track It All

At the point when you’re going with a major gathering there are such a large number of subtleties to track. Travefy can assist you with figuring out each and every one of them. Utilize the application to design every day’s agenda, inquire about the day’s events, vote on choices and visit with everybody to work it hard and fast. Likewise, you can effectively import travel records, share maps and gather cash for any common costs for your group’s experiences.

Return to Summer Camp

On the off chance that you’ve been feeling the loss of your day camp days, it may be a great opportunity to recover your childhood at the Summer Camp Hotel in Martha’s Vineyard. There’s a lot of wistfulness like the inn’s “flask” where you can go for a bite or huge ping-pong tables to keep everybody occupied. But at the same time it’s route cozier than the twin beds back in your old camp bunk. The best part is that you’ll be on Martha’s Vineyard with every one of your companions, so you can appreciate the sea shore just as the best cafés and exercises on the island.

Take On a Unique (Airbnb) Experience

We’ve all known about Airbnb, however, you probably don’t know about their most current creation: Experiences. This is a great way to stay in shape while you’re traveling. You can participate in exercises like housetop disco yoga in Los Angeles, surf school in Bali, taxidermy class in London or glassblowing in Chicago. Any place you and your companions are going, search through the site and attempt to locate some great experiences to add to your trip.

Track Money

CashApp is another must-have application in the event that you plan on taking off with your friends. The application permits you to keep a running tab of all the cash you owe each other all throughout the trip. In the event that you spring for film tickets on night one and purchase everybody tacos on day three, CashApp will monitor everything. Every individual can monitor the totality of the costs they’re responsible for, and at the end of the outing, you can all effectively pay each other without a pile of receipts and IOUs.

Let Disney Plan Your Trip

Disney may appear as only an option if you’re traveling with kids, but it’s actually a great choice if you’re simply with older friends. Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., is the greater of the two U.S. stops and can offer long periods of fun  past the Magic Kingdom. Additionally have Epcot (eat your way around the globe!), Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios.

Go on a Scavenger Hunt

A fun way to spend time for you and your companions is a scavenger hunt. Keep in mind that you probably won’t be in the mood for arranging one yourselves, but there’s an application you can utilize instead. Goose Chase can assist you with arranging your whole scavenger chase. It permits you to create your own game by giving your hunt a name, picking various kinds of missions and keeping tabs on everybody’s development continuously.




‘Law & Order: SVU’ star running for New York Congress

Actress Diane Neal played a district attorney for over 100 episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Now she wants to be come a lawmaker in real life.

Neal, who played Assistant District Attorney Casey Novak on Law & Order: SVU, took to Twitter on Tuesday to announce her independent run for New York’s 19th Congressional District seat.

“Ok, so it’s ON!!! But I’m doing with nearly no staff, no donations (yet), with no party,” Neal tweeted. “Website will be up later today (fingers crossed) and all ready to go. But goal is bigger than parties. Goal is no negativity. Goal is HIGH ROAD all the way.”

The 42-year-old is running for the congressional seat currently held by Rep. John Faso (R) who was elected in 2016. Neal’s own political beliefs are a mix, she told The Daily Freeman.

“I’m a little Libertarian, I’m a lot liberal, mostly progressive, but I have this amazing ability to be able to take really complicated policy and break it down into edible sound bites, which is something most progressive liberals cannot do,” she said.

Neal needs 3,500 signatures in order to secure a spot as independent on the November ballot.

Six Democratic candidates have already announced their intention to against Faso run for the congressional seat, according to The Daily Freeman. A Democratic will take place June 26th.


Mitzi Shore, owner, founder of the Comedy Store, dead at 87

Comedy Store founder and owner, Mitzi Shore died in Los Angeles Wednesday morning. She was 87.

The Comedy Store, which helped launch the careers of many famous comedians, will be closed Wednesday in her honor.

Shore founded the club in 1972 with her husband at the time, Sammy Shore, and fellow comedian Rudy DeLuca. Two years later she became the owner, and is credited with boosting the careers of comedy greats such as Robin Williams, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Chevy Chase, Jim Carrey, Chris Rock and Richard Pryor.

She is survived by her four children Peter, Scott, Sandy, and Pauly Shore.

Actor and comedian Pauly Shore had openly discussed in the past his mother’s battle with Parkinson’s disease. He took to Twitter to pay her tribute.

“Mom/Mitzi passed Early in the morning at 4.42 am she was 87 years old my heart lays heavy,” he wrote.

The comedy club released the following statement:

“It is with great sadness and very heavy hearts that we report the passing of Mitzi Shore, the legendary Godmother of the world famous Comedy Store. Mitzi was an extraordinary businesswoman and decades ahead of her time who cultivated and celebrated the artistry of stand-up comedy. She was also a loving mother, not only to her own four children, but to the myriad of comedians who adored her. She leaves behind an indelible mark and legacy and has helped change the face of comedy. We will all miss her dearly.”

Pauly shared that Shore was not in pain during her final days, and on Monday had the chance to say her final goodbyes to the Comedy Store.

“Alfred, Mom’s caregiver, and I took Mom/Mitzi to @TheComedyStore this afternoon for her last time. Our maintenance man of 20 years Juan Carlos had the neon lights on for her, and her music playing,” Pauly wrote Monday night.


Brooke Burke opens up about divorce from David Charvet

Brooke Burke revealed this Friday, that she and David Charvet decided to split after six years of marriage. Now the former Dancing With The Stars host and mother of four, has taken to her blog to reveal why the couple made the decision to separate.

Charvet, 45, has yet to publicly comment on their secret split, but on Monday Burke shared her side of the situation in a lengthy post written on Modern Mom.

“I have struggled with trying to find worthy words to speak to this life change my family is going through but I do want to share my personal thoughts,” the 46-year-old actress wrote. “You may have heard that David and I are divorcing. We have tried to keep our separation private for some time out of respect for our children and family. Although I believe this is a positive change, I am deeply saddened because I loved being married.”

Burke and Charvet share two children together– son, Shaya, 10, and daughter, Heaven, 11. Burke also has two daughters from her previous marriage to Garth Fisher.

“It took me a long time to differentiate between giving up and letting go, and even longer to recognize when it was time to do so,” she added. “We are still a family full of love, simply redefining our dynamics. I believe this is a necessary decision for my entire family unit.”

The actress official filed for separation Jan. 23, 2018, citing “irreconcilable differences” and proposed that the two share joint and legal custody of their children.

“There was nothing sensational that caused this divorce and nothing scandalous will surface,” she explained. “Big life decisions are hardest when made for the right reasons. It is sometimes painful to be strong and embrace change. I believe in letting go of ideas and dreams when the time is right. I am in that space right now as a woman and a mother, listening to my heart. I am approaching this with gratitude and unconditional love.”


Fifth Harmony announces indefinite hiatus to focus on solo careers

Fifth Harmony has decided to call it quits after six years of performing together in the pop, girl group formed during The X Factor’s second season.

The group released a statement on their official Twitter account on Monday, Mar. 19 to explain their decision.

“Reflecting on the past six years since we started on X-Factor, we’ve realized just how far we’ve come and we appreciate everything so much, more now than ever. We’ve really had one hell of a memorable journey together and can’t begin to express our gratitude to y’all for coming along with us on this wild ride!”

They continued, “After six years going hard, non stop, we also realized that in order to stay authentic to ourselves and to you, we do need to take some time for now to go on a hiatus from Fifth Harmony in order to pursue solo endeavors.”

In 2016, Camilla Cabello left the group to pursue a solo career and found success with hit singles such as Havana and Never Be the Same.

Other members of the group have also embarked on solo ventures during their time with the group. Dinah Jane worked with RedOne, Daddy Yankee and French Montana for Boom Boom. Lauren Jauregui teamed up with Steve Aoki on All Night.

Normai Kordei made an impressive showing on Dancing with the Stars in 2017, and also collaborated with Khalid in Love Lies. Ally Brooke lent her voice to the electronic music ballad Perfect by Topic.

In Monday’s statement, Jane, Jauregui, Kordei, and Brooke thanked their fans for their support, promising that this decision wouldn’t affect tour dates through the end of 2018.

“To our Harmonizers, thank you for everything we have been able to build as Fifty Harmony. With your love and encouragement we will continue to build on ourselves, support one another in everything we do, and keep making you proud, each other proud and ourselves proud.”

They concluded, “We do have some upcoming shows through the end of the year which will still happen as planned, and we can’t wait! All our love, from the bottom of our hearts, Dinah Jane, Lauren, Normani and Ally xoxoxo.”


Selma Blair clears up Cameron Diaz retirement rumors

Word spreads fast. Actress Selma Blair took to Twitter on Monday to clear up the rumors that her good friend Cameron Diaz was retiring from acting.

In an interview published by  Metro News UK on Sunday, the 45-year-old recounted her latest get together with her The Sweetest Thing (2002) costar that sent Diaz fans into a frenzy.

“I had lunch with Cameron the other day,” Blair told the news outlet. “We were reminiscing about the film. I would have liked to do a sequel but Cameron’s retired from acting. She’s like ‘I’m done.'”

She added, “I mean, she doesn’t need to make any more films. She has a pretty great life, I don’t know what it would take to bring her back. She’s happy.”

But after gossip spread about Diaz retiring at the age of 45, Blair quickly made it clear that she was only joking.

“BREAKING NEWS,” she wrote, “Guys please, I was making a joke in an interview. CAMERON DIAZ is NOT retiring from ANYTHING.”

Jokingly, she also added, “And for more breaking news: I am NOW retiring from being Cameron Diaz’s spokesperson.”

Diaz has not appeared in a movie since her 2014 performance in the Annie remake. In 2015, she married Good Charlotte’s Benji Madden. The actress’ career has shifted to more focus on being a wellness ambassador.  In 2013, she released The Body Book, and followed it with The Longevity Book in 2016.

Insider sources told Us Weekly in January that “Cameron hasn’t wanted to work” and is focusing on expanding her family. “She is enjoying being at home and being a housewife. She would love more than anything to be a mom.”


Chrissy Teigen joins other celebrities in Snapchat ‘boycott’

Chrissy Teigen has had it with Snapchat.

The model and cookbook author announced over Twitter on Saturday that she had stopped using the social media platform because of several factors– including the controversial advertisement Snapchat ran earlier this month, that alluded to the 2009 domestic violence incident between Rihanna and Chris Brown.

The advertisement was for a game of “Would You Rather,” which in turn asked users if they would rather slap Rihanna or punch Brown.

“I stopped using snap,” Teigen, 32, tweeted. “The update, the constant complaints of people not being able to find me, plus the Rihanna poll…no bueno.”

The Lip Sync Battle host’s complaints come two weeks after Rihanna took to Instagram to give a heated statement about the incident.

“Now SNAPCHAT I know you already know you ain’t my fav app out there!” She posted to her Instagram story,”But I’m just trying to figure out what the point was with this mess! I’d love to call it ignorance, but I know you ain’t that dumb! You spent money to animate something that would intentionally bring shame to DV victims and made a joke of it!!!”

CNN reports that the platform lost $800 million in stock market value after the pop star’s statement.

“This isn’t about my personal feelings, cause I don’t have much of them…but all the women, children and men that have been victims of DV in the past and especially the ones who haven’t made it out yet…you let us down!” Rihanna, 30, continued.
“Shame on you. Throw the whole app-oligy away.”

This all comes less than a month after Kylie Jenner criticized the app’s new design, tweeting, “Sooo does anyone else not open Snapchat anymore? Or is it just me… ugh this is so sad.” Jenner’s tweet resulted in a reported $1.3 billion loss in market value for the company.


Kelly Clarkson defends herself after eliminated ‘Voice’ contestant calls her ‘small minded’

Kelly Clarkson took to Twitter to defend herself after eliminated contestant Molly Stevens, who is openly gay, called the original American Idol winner ‘small minded’ for comparing Stevens to fellow gay artists.

“One other thing. @kellyclarkson compared me to @melissa_etheridge and the @indigogirlsmusic,” Stevens said in a now deleted Instagram post, “While I’m extremely honored to be in that category of talent I do believe that comment did us all a disservice and only threw us into a labeling trap. It felt small minded to me and exactly what I feel we need to bring attention to the world.”

Stevens tagged both Clarkson, 35, and The Voice in her original post, and the three-time Grammy award winner and LGBTQ advocate didn’t take the criticism lightly– pointing out that her comments had nothing to do with sexuality.

“Wow. This really bums me out. I need everyone 2 hear me & hear ALL OF THE WORDS I SAY,” the Love So Soft singer tweeted, “I compared Molly to Melissa Etheridge, Patty Griffin (a name that was left out conveniently), & the Indigo Girls purely because of the rasp in her voice & that she’s an amazing storyteller.”

Stevens later took to Twitter to apologize to her former coach.

“I sincerely apologize for any hurt I may have caused with my words,” she wrote. “This was not my intention at all. For the people who know me well, you know my heart well too. I strive to live in truth and light. @kelly_clarkson I truly apologize for thinking differently. I look up to you.”

The Voice airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on NBC.


Cosby trial enters second day

The woman accusing Bill Cosby, 79, of drugging and sexually molesting her at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004 was seen entering the courtroom on Tuesday, according to ABC News.

Andrea Constand, 44, is a former employee of the basketball program at Cosby’s alma mater, Temple University. Bound under the terms of a confidential settlement reached with Cosby in 2006, she has never before spoken publicly about the incident.

On Monday, Kelly Johnson testified that Cosby pressured her to take a large white pill and then molested her in 1996 at a Los Angeles motel.

On Tuesday, Johnson’s mother, Pattrice Sewell, corroborated her story, saying Johnson was upset during a phone call in 1996 and feared Cosby would try to get her fired from her job.

Explaining why they did not report the incident to police at time, Sewell said Johnson’s father, then a Los Angeles detective, was afraid of the ordeal she would be subjected to.

“Her father didn’t want her to be humiliated and feel shame and embarrassment as he had seen other women go through when they went to the police at that time,” said Sewell. “He didn’t want that.”

Cosby’s defense team is raising questions of Johnson’s credibility with jurors, pointing to discrepancies in her stories, including when the alleged molestation occurred.

If convicted, the former TV star could get 10 years in prison.

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‘Wonder Woman’ is a big hit

In a smashing debut over the weekend, Patty Jenkins film ‘Wonder Woman’ grossed $103.3 million in North America, according to a report by ABC News. This sets a new record for a movie directed by a woman.

“Maybe this raises awareness that female directors are a force to be reckoned with, ” said Paul Dergarabedian, in the report.

‘Wonder Woman,’ which stars Gal Gadot in the title role made famous on TV in the 1970s by Lynda Carter, is just the 15th superhero film to debut domestically at $100 million or more, a report by Hollywood Reporter said.

“I am a filmmaker who wants to make successful films, of course. I want my film to be celebrated,” said Jenkins in the ABC report. “But there’s a whole other person in me who’s sitting and watching what’s happening right now who so hopes, not for me, that this movie defies expectation. Because I want to see the signal that that will send to the world.”

The film begins as World War I aviator Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) crashes his plane on the island of the Amazons. He meets Princess Diana (Gadot), whose training by her warrior aunt Antiope (Robin Wright) and desire to end the war begin her metamorphosis into Wonder Woman.

“Patty’s vision mesmerized the audience. She is a real talent,” said Jeff Goldstein, president of domestic distribution for Warner Bros. “Clearly, this is a movie that is resonating with moviegoers around the globe. I am sure we will be seeing a lot more of Diana on the big screen.”