The Top 5 Halloween Treats That Are Tricks

The most costume-y holiday (unless you pull out an Easter Bunny suit every spring) is nearly upon us! While it’s a given that you’ll snag some adorably diminutive candy this weekend, whether it be from your own candy dish or your kid’s trick-or-treating haul, not all All Hallow’s treats are created equal. These are the tiny ghouls packing ridiculous amounts of calories in their miniscule little bodies.

While we certainly don’t advocate depriving yourself of that chocolatey treat if you really, really, really want it, if a party pack of Skittles or a tiny Twizzler would satisfy your sugar craving just as well, this list might convince you to opt in that direction instead.

  1. Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkins—At Halloween and Christmastime, Reese’s transforms their flagship cup into the shapes of teensy pumpkins and wee tannenbaums in the spirit of the season. In an accompanying spirit of overindulgence, those treats can pack a serious caloric punch. Each Halloween pumpkin will set you back 180 calories, which is a lot for something that might go down in less than a minute.
  2. Peanut M&Ms—A Halloween favorite because of its ability to induce amnesia (you know you’ve daintily nibbled one, ignored the bag for 20 seconds after finishing, and then started the process all over again as though it never happened), that cheery yellow fun pack will run you 93 calories.
  3. Mr. Goodbar—This deliciously simple concoction of milk chocolate and salty peanut chunks is oh-so-so good. One fun-size bar in your trick or treat pail is 90 calories, which isn’t so bad until you factor in the utter difficulty of eating just one. Curse you, Mr. Goodbar.
  4. Rolos—There’s nothing not to love about this delicious chocolate/caramel concoction. Chocolate and caramel are a perfect pairing, a most holy union, and yet one snack-sized pack contains 171 calories. A truly cruel trick by any measure.
  5. York Peppermint Patties—Snarfing down these minty delicious rounds may leave you with fresh breath and a burst of sugar energy, but at a whopping 165 calories per patty, they just might be the most expensive breath mint you’ll ever eat, diet-wise. We recommend eating 4 rolls of Mentos for a similar effect and calorie punch.

5 Wedding Locations You Didn’t Know You Could Get Married At

Weddings in city hall or a church? No, thank you. You’re an adventurous bride, and you want your wedding ceremony to show your spirit – which means you certainly can’t get married somewhere typical. Luckily, we’ve got your back. Here are 5 unusual, super-secret wedding locations you probably didn’t know you could use for your wedding!

1. The London Eye

British Airways’ London Eye hovers high above the city to afford you breathtaking views and an unbeatably unique wedding day. You are married by a civil ceremony when you reach the top. Up to 20 guests can join you on your ascent and British Airways will provide a champagne toast to your new life on the way down!

2. The Great Wall of China

Get married somewhere where the scenery matches the limitless possibility of your future stretching before you by getting married on the roof of the Commune, a thatch of contemporary modern villas run by the Kempinski hotel group near the Great Wall of China.

3. The Zoo

While it may never have occurred to you to invite chimps and giraffes to your wedding, your local zoo can provide a fun and playful backdrop to your nuptials. Young and young-at-heart guests will love the after-hours peek at the critters! Your local zoo is almost certainly set up to host gatherings like this, so give them a call to discuss rates and dates.

4. A Cave

If you want a ceremony that’s completely private, consider a wedding in a cave – stay with us here. There are some gorgeous groupings of caverns in North America, and many allow you to exchange vows in their staggering, comtemplative natural setting. Check out wedding permit info for Carlsbad Caverns here.

5. A Sports Arena

If you or your intended is a sports fanatic, take your wedding over the top by hosting the ceremony or the reception on a local football field or in a ballpark. You can theme your food and drink appropriately, and toast to a home run marriage.

6 Delicious Summer Scents Under $30

There’s no greater turn-off than a person you can smell before you even see. We’re not talking about funk, although that’s bad too, but someone who takes a bath in their fragrance before they leave the house… especially in the summertime. The point is for people to be attracted to the lightly enhanced smell of YOU. You should choose a scent with a hint of sweetness and no more than a dabble of  seduction.

Here’s a tip: Next time you find yourself in a department store, don’t run away from from the fragrance sellers. Stay and chat with them and test out a few. You never know when you’ll find your knight in shining signature scent armor! In the meantime, instead of shelling out close to $100 on a fragrance you have yet to commit to, follow our list of the best summer scents under $30–these Eau de Toilettes and Eau de Parfums will give you just the Eau you’re looking for to smell light, breezy and carefree as your white cotton dress.


LOVE ETC., Eau De Toilette, 1.69 oz for $25.00 The Body Shop

A sensuous blend of Egyptian jasmine with warm, radiant notes of vanilla sandalwood, pear, neroli, and bergamot.


Philosophy Pure Grace Eau de Toilette Spray, To-Go size, 0.5 oz for $15.00 Sephora.com

A lighter, softer, crisper interpretation of the original Amazing Grace fragrance, Pure Grace is a clean, transparent blend of fresh blossoms and cool greens, laced with sensual, frosty musk.

Aquolina Pink Sugar Body Spritzer, 1 oz for $29.00 Sephora.com

Pink Sugar takes you on a journey through the pleasures and flavors of childhood with a playful blend of vanilla and caramel.

Lucy B, Australian Wild Jasmin Roller Ball, .33 oz for $24.00 B. Glowing

Australia Wild Jasmine scents the skin creating a wildly sensual yet fresh Australian Scent while boosting the mood through the flower essences.

Clinique Happy Eau de Parfum Spray, 1 oz for $30.00 Sephora.com

A classic fragrance from Clinique to suit your mood. Contains, Ruby Red Grapefruit, Boysenberry Bush Flower, Hawaiian Wedding Flower.

Fresh, Sugar Lemon Eau de Parfum Spray, 1 oz  $24.50 Sephora.com

A captivating and irresistible scent of sugar infused with refreshing lemon.

A List of Great Lists

Guest contributor: Shelby Jones, ISPA Public Relations Manager

So, you’re back after a 3 (maybe 4?) day weekend, and your to-do list is longer than ever. Even though you may not like all the things you have to get done, everybody loves a list. Whether it’s a top 20 countdown or a simple checklist of groceries there is something oh so satisfying about placing a check mark next to an item. Spa lists are pretty popular as well, with many magazines annually categorizing the best spa getaways in the world. While these lists are all fun, maybe you should stop tracking the top 40 and start making lists that can actually help you out in your daily life and career. Below you’ll find (a list of) articles offering short lists to help you get started in making improvements for both your professional and personal life.

• Take the spa approach to boring situations by turning a menial task into an opportunity for meditation. Here are 6 methods to make the best of boring situations.

8 ways to create your own “A Team” by boosting performance. We pity the fool who doesn’t adhere to these tips.

• There are serial daters, serial killers (yikes) and serial workers. If you can’t seem to ever stop working you may be falling victim to one of these 10 reasons why you can’t get things done.

• Do you run a business? Then you need to play 20 questions with yourself.

Like what you’re clicking? If you’re in the spa industry, we encourage you to become a member of our partner ISPA; weekly e-mails with pointers like these are just one small part of the package to help you succeed!

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Say I Love U(RL)! 2 Pro Daters’ Top 5 Dating Sites

Although this week we’ve been reminding you to #SIGNOFF and enjoy your connections offline… there’s something to be said for all the connection potential online… in the love department. Despite many singles’ worries of scams and fake pictures, millions are finding butterflies and soul mates starting with http://. According to a study by Match.com, 1 in 5 singles are currently in a committed relationship with someone they met on a dating site, and in the last year 17% of couples who married had met online.

We tapped popular dating bloggers Simone Grant, a woman seeking a man, and Nando, a man seeking a man, to share their 5 favorite URLs to get their flirt on, and why.

Simone’s Top 5 Online Dating Sites:

1)     Match.com: The big daddy of ‘em all, I’ve come to appreciate Match in the last few months.  I’ve met several attractive, interesting guys in my target demographic (Manhattan, handsome, 35-ish-50ish) and they all seem to be interested in LTRs (Long Term Relationships).

2)     OkCupid: OkCupid definitely gets my vote for best free site. It’s actually hard to believe that the site is free, as I’d rank its service and features as #1.  And if I were interested in dating 28-year old boys (who were interested in dating 40 year old women) I’d be on 24/7.

3)     Nerve.com: Nerve.com is one of the many portals to fastcupid’s online dating empire.  Nerve.com’s user actually get mixed in with users from lots of other sites.  Whoever is running the show, this site has a great mix of artsy/academic types + a tiered payment system that allows you to ride for free.

4)     Thread: Even though I’ve yet to meet anyone via this application, I’ve started to look forward to my daily Thread updates.  Some of my friends have some very cute friends.

5)     Urban Signals: Officially a mobile dating app and not an online dating site – Urban Signals made my list, anyway, for its ability to turn my iPhone into a matchmaker.

Nando’s Top 5 Dating Sites (in reverse, for dramatization):

5)     Yahoo Personals: It’s gotten me through some long winters.

4)     Adam4Adam.com: It showed me that there are more desperate people than me–and then they set me up with ‘em. F U N !

3)     Match.com: Because they always matched me up with transvetites who owned lesbian cats.

2)     Craigslist: I mean, what other site allows you to find a job, an apartment and date–all in the same day!

1)    GRINDR: Although it’s technically not a dating site but more of a sexy playground–that’s where I found my Mexican prince.

Have you met someone online? Share your favorite online dating hub with Simone, Nando and the rest of us!

For more of Simone’s thoughts on online (and offline) dating check out Sex, Lies and Dating in the City, and read all Nando’s stories and salted advice on Nandoism. Also, watch the live-stream of our big #SIGNOFF this Thursday to hear from Dating and Relationship Expert and Author Andrea Syrtash with the online vs. offline dating dish.