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Aldi’s biggest rival plans to enter the U.S. market and open 150 American stores by 2018

Move over, Aldi…You’re about to get some competition from another German hard discount grocery store!

After years of Aldi dominating the low-cost grocery market in the United States, archrival Lidl says it is finally set to make its way to American soil.

BusinessInsider describes Lidl as a cross between Trader Joe’s and Kroger.

The German grocer, which operates 10,000 stores in 26 European countries, is known for its low prices and emphasis on store brands while also stocking a healthy smattering of popular name brands.

RELATED: 9 money-saving tricks grocery stores don’t want you to know

Lidl could open upwards of 150 stores around the country by 2018.  The company is building its U.S. headquarters in Arlington, Va., but has eyes for expansion along the Eastern seaboard from Atlanta to New Jersey.

According to a new report in BusinessInsider, Lidl is considering the following stores:

  • Dover
  • Middletown
  • Augusta
  • Newnan
  • Pooler
  • Sandy Springs
  • Woodstock
  • Aberdeen
  • Annapolis
  • Bowie
  • Eldersburg
North Carolina
  • Burlington (2 stores)
  • Cary
  • Charlotte (2 stores)
  • Eden
  • Gastonia
  • Greensboro
  • Greenville
  • Henderson
  • Indian Trail
  • Lexington
  • Mooresville
  • Raleigh
  • Rockingham
  • Rocky Mount
  • Sanford
  • Shelby
  • Thomasville
  • Wake Forest (2 stores)
  • Wilmington
  • Wilson (2 stores)
  • Winston-Salem
New Jersey
  • Burlington Township
  • Vineland
  • Dover Township
  • Erie
  • Pottstown
  • Royersford
  • Spring Garden Township
  • Springettsbury Township
  • Stroudsburg
  • Uniontown/South Union
  • Whitehall Township
  • Wilkins
  • Wilson
South Carolina
  • Bluffton
  • Columbia
  • Fort Mill
  • Greenville (2 stores)
  • Greenwood
  • Lexington
  • North Augusta
  • Orangeburg
  • Rock Hill (2 stores)
  • Spartanburg (2 stores)
  • Arlington
  • Chester
  • Christianburg
  • Fredericksburg (3 stores)
  • Hampton
  • Lake Ridge
  • Newport News (2 stores)
  • Norfolk
  • Richmond (8 stores)
  • Suffolk
  • Virginia Beach

The average U.S. Lidl is expected to be between 30,000 and 36,000 square feet. The typical Aldi, meanwhile, has about 10,000 square feet of sales floor space. Compare that with the average traditional supermarket that can be up to 45,000 square feet!

RELATED: 5 tips to choosing the fastest grocery store checkout line

Sounds like Lidl might be the Goldilocks of the grocery industry—not too big and not too small…just right!

Finally, we have statistical proof that it takes much more time to be a woman than a man

Most women spend far more time getting ready in the mornings than their husbands and boyfriends. But have you ever wondered how much more time women spend on being women than men spend on being men?

Finally, we have an idea of the answer to that age-old question.

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RELATED: The women of Team USA are redefining beauty by embracing this one trait

From the vanity to the fitting room to the salon, women’s routines take far longer than men’s. Use this evidence against your honey the next time he accuses you of spending too long in the bathroom!

Her quick fix workout is guaranteed to make you sweat, even if you hardly have time to exercise

I’m out of shape and don’t really enjoy exercising — plus, as a working mother of two, I don’t have much time for it. But I enjoy the feeling of accomplishment that only comes from working up a sweat.

So I was thrilled to find these quick workouts on the internet. They’re perfect for busy parents who can’t make it to the gym.

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I love the 15-minute workout, but if that’s still too much time for you, try this quick fix. (Technically, it’s a warm-up to a bigger workout, but Tyson and I think it’s a workout in and of itself!)

Here’s what you do:
  • 25 jumping jacks
  • 30 high knees
  • 10 burpees
  • 10 squats
  • 10 burpees
  • 30 high knees
  • 25 jumping jacks

That’s all! You can do it! And then you can reward yourself with some cheesecake when you’re done!

Calling in sick? Here’s the #1 excuse your boss will actually believe

Paid sick time policies are an effective way to prevent the spread of contagious illnesses at work, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

However, over 40 million private sector workers don’t have access to this benefit.

Even those who do get paid sick leave may be hesitant to use it because of pressure from their boss to show up at the office, healthy or not.

If you have a supervisor like that, is any excuse good enough? Researchers wanted to know.

RELATED: 6 ways to avoid catching the flu (without getting a flu shot)

The Sun reported that a survey of 1,000 senior business leaders found that having the flu was the number one reason to miss work – satisfying 4 out of 10 bosses.

Back pain and injury caused by an accident were also among the most believable excuses.

Interestingly, the report said workers are more likely to lie if they need to take time off for mental health issues compared to physical ailments.

Here are the top 9 excuses from the study:
  1. Flu
  2. Back pain
  3. Injury caused by accident
  4. Stress
  5. Elective surgery
  6. Depression
  7. Anxiety
  8. Common cold
  9. Migraine

If you’re truly not feeling well, Clark Howard has said in the past that if you have paid sick leave or PTO (paid time off) as part of your benefits package, use it.

You’re potentially being more loyal to your employer — not less — by staying home.

RELATED: Your daily commute is making you fat

If you go to the office while sick, your work performance may slip and you’ll make mistakes – or you could even get your manager sick as well.

Who do you think your boss would be mad at then?

Photos: Men's costumes for 2016

Video: Horse pulls wakeboarder across ditch in Florida

A man from Palatka posted an Instagram video of himself being pulled by a horse on a wakeboard.

In the video that has over 14 million views to date, Jett Counts is seen shredding some water in a ditch while being pulled by a galloping horse. 

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After the horse, ridden by Counts' brother, reaches full speed, Counts said "How fast we going?" to the person riding in the car recording the film.

The man replied, "20!"

Posted by Jody Coe on Thursday, September 22, 2016

Officer offers to drive grieving man 100 miles to be with family after sister's death

An Ohio law enforcement official is making headlines for his heartwarming act of kindness for a grieving man who had just learned about his sister's death.

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According to "Inside Edition," Mark Ross found early Sunday that his teenage sister had died in a car crash. Ross, who doesn't have a car, asked an acquaintance to drive him from Indiana to Detroit to be with his family.

"Of course we were speeding, trying to get back to Detroit," Ross wrote in a Facebook post that has been shared nearly 85,000 times. "And we got pulled over in Ohio."

Ohio State Highway Patrol Piqua Post Lt. Joe Gebhart told WHIO-TV that Sgt. David Robison pulled the vehicle over for speeding on Interstate 75, just south of Piqua.

Unfortunately, the driver had a suspended license and "ended up getting locked up," Ross told "Inside Edition." The car was towed.

Ross was worried that he'd go to jail, too, because of an outstanding petty warrant in Wayne County, Michigan, but officials there refused to pick him up because of the distance, Ross wrote on Facebook.

"I explained to the officer that my sister had died and that I needed to get to my mother ASAP," Ross wrote. "I broke down crying, and he saw the sincerity in my cry. He reaches over and began praying over me and my family."

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That officer, identified as Sgt. David Robison, of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, offered to drive Ross 100 miles to Detroit, Ross said. He instead asked troopers to drive him to the Miami County Jail, Gebhart said, where friends or family picked him up to drive him the rest of the way to Michigan.

"Everybody knows how much I dislike cops, but I am truly grateful for this guy," Ross wrote on Facebook. "He gave me hope."

GreatistYou Confessions: Jasmine's Story

We asked our GreatistYou contestants to reflect on their six-week journeys. Jasmine set out to complete the Whole30 program and practice more self-love. Here's how she did it. When GreatistYou came along, I was pretty excited about the idea of building healthy habits. In high school—and even college—I enjoyed working out. But in college I found I was only exercising to balance out my unhealthy diet. It's not that I dreaded working out exactly, but I had turned running into a way for me to burn calories fast. It was no longer something I enjoyed. The first week of Whole30 was hard because I was just trying to gauge my energy levels, but by the second week I was ready to work out more. I started focusing on that idea of self-love and treating my body in a healthy way. It wasn't as hard as I thought it was going to be. I think that's partially because I didn't count days until the challenge was almost over. With Whole30 you're also not supposed to weigh yourself, because counting things numerically is not a healthy way to think about lifestyle changes. I also didn't want to view Whole30 as a punishment or limitation. Instead I saw it as a new way of looking at food and thinking about what I'm eating. I was very secure in the idea that this healthy lifestyle is something I want. At times it was hard because my parents weren't just going to jump on a new diet. But when people see you making lifestyle changes or doing something a little bit healthier, they start to do it too. My sister became my workout partner. And soon, my mom started eating Whole30 foods. She would let me cook for her; she would try out my "experiments," as she called them. Or if I hung out with a friend and I was eating fruits and veggies, they would say, "Let me have some of what you're eating," instead of filling up something like barbecue. Toward the end of GreatistYou, I was honestly eating really well, but the last week, I was on a cruise—and it was super hard. I had already finished the diet, but it was so difficult to eat good foods. I had read there would be fruits and vegetables onboard, but they weren't good. I had to go out of my way to find things. I would go to the salad bar, and then go to another restaurant and ask them to put meat on it, because that meat was less oily than the meats I found in the cafeteria. I didn't expect it to be that tough. But something I really appreciated was having people I could talk to. It's so helpful to have a support system when you're trying to accomplish new goals—especially fitness goals—because you're changing habits you've had for such a long time. You can check out Jasmine's entire six-week journey on Instagram. Or catch up on all the GreatistYou action here.

Why We Screw Things Up When Life Is Good

Have you ever heard of the Oscar Curse? Neither had I until I read an article about how many actors' careers are plagued after winning the golden statuette. What!? Wouldn’t logic dictate otherwise? Curious, I Googled around and found many other articles, everywhere from Vogue to the New York Post, confirming this theory. (Halle Berry and Adrien Brody are two often-cited examples.) How can this be? After more research, I made a connection to a popular self-help theory: Self-sabotage is most common when life is at its best. In The Big Leap, best-selling author Gay Hendricks calls this the “upper-limit problem.” We do something—entirely subconsciously—that cools our bliss and halts our forward trajectory. What this means is we only feel comfortable with things going really well in our lives for a certain period of time. When we hit our set threshold of happiness, something inside of us says, You don’t deserve to be this happy, and we do something—entirely subconsciously—that cools our bliss and halts our forward trajectory. Here are a few common examples: A successful entrepreneur sells a company at profit and then announces he’s getting a divorce. A woman falls in love and gets married but experiences drama with family or close friends. A politician finally hits career milestone and then binges on drugs or alcohol, or has an affair. This isn't intentional. Most people don't mean to screw things up on purpose. But sometimes, our sneaky, fundamental human fears get in the way. Hendricks says this type of self-sabotage is rooted in four hidden barriers that prevent us from fully enjoying success. Feeling fundamentally flawed: This belief tells you to play it safe because you don’t deserve to be rich/happy/successful. This way, if you fail at something, you fail small. Disloyalty and abandonment: This belief prevents you from reaching your full potential because it causes you to feel disloyal to your roots. Guilt over leaving behind people from your past or—despite being successful—failing to meet the expectations of your parents causes you hit the brakes and hold yourself back. Believing success brings a bigger burden: Whenever you have a positive breakthrough, the feeling that your success is a burden upon others dampens it. The crime of outshining: This barrier is common among gifted and talented children and continues into adulthood. Innate skills are accompanied by a feeling of, “Don’t shine too much—you’ll make other people feel bad or look bad.” Do any of these feel familiar? Do you ever experience guilt for “doing better” than your parents, outshining a sibling or friend, or feel scared when things are going too well because deep down you may not “deserve it”? Knowledge of these fundamental fears allows us to help release their power over us. Next time life is going swimmingly for you, but suddenly the upper-limit problem creeps up, ask yourself: How am I getting in my own way right now? How much love/success/happiness am I willing to let myself experience? What harmful belief(s) can I release in this moment? This theory of the upper-limit problem has manifested in my own life more than once (now that I am aware of it). When my business is going great, I realize that I tend to initiate fights with my husband. Whenever I get great news, I tend to overindulge—in partying, shopping, or eating sugary stuff. Now, I'm able to recognize the feeling of This is too good to be true—it can't last! and the inner pull to bring myself back to a familiar emotional set point of good instead of great. I try to identify my self-sabotaging tendencies as evidence of things going right, not wrong, in my life. This can provide a huge sense of relief! Where can you increase your happiness tolerance right now? What part of your life can benefit from you kicking off the artificial lid of how good things can be? Understanding that we have limited ourselves can release a new energy in us. We view opportunities differently. We can see the present moment more clearly. We allow (and welcome) the flow of good feelings more fully. Transcending your upper limits is possible. You can choose an upward spiral. Your very own big leap awaits. Susie Moore is Greatist’s life coach columnist and a confidence coach in New York City. Her new book, What If It Does Work Out?, is available on Amazon now. Sign up for free weekly wellness tips on her website and check back every Tuesday for her latest No Regrets column!

7 Intoxicatingly Good Recipes Made Better With Beer

When it starts to get chilly, we pass on the white wine and head straight for the beer list. But it's not all about what we can sip on. When Oktoberfest is in full swing—and by night we're already a few pints in—we sometimes choose to pour the beer right into our meal instead. Here are seven recipes (that call for a hefty pour) that we have on tap this month. 1. Tomato-Basil Beer Bread The cold, hard truth of bread-making: It’s not actually that hard, if you use the right recipe. This wildly simple spelt-based loaf includes fresh basil and a hefty pour of brew. Try going off-book by adding whole-grain mustard and sharp cheddar, or garlic and tangy feta. 2. Baked Beer-Battered Onion Rings Just because it’s beer-battered doesn’t mean it’s deep-fried. Dip thickly sliced, sweet yellow onions into a mixture of flour, panko breadcrumbs, spices, and lots of hoppy pale ale. Bake until golden and serve with your favorite dipping sauces. If you’re a real champ, throw a few on that frozen veggie burger you’re about to make for dinner. 3. Watermelon Shandy Even if you don’t like drinking beer, we bet you’d like this “watermelemonade” shandy. While typical shandies are beer mixed with lemonade or fizzy lemon soda, this one has a refreshing twist with help from our favorite melon. Mix fresh watermelon juice (purée cubed watermelon in the blender and strain) and lemonade in a tall glass, then pour in a cold wheat beer. 4. Beer Cheese Soup Beer cheese is pretty much exactly what its name suggests—and when used as a dip, makes a German pretzel taste roughly a million times better. Typically full of cream, this less stomach-clutch-and-moan-inducing beer cheese soup calls for vegetable stock to thin out the rich cheese and pale ale. To make matters better, the bisque takes just 15 minutes to put together. 5. Chocolate Stout Cake Chocolate and beer cake. Whiskey frosting. We’ll just wipe away our tears of joy and head to the kitchen. This vegan cake may not have eggs or butter, but once you pour in the frothy, dark stout, you’ll forget all about dairy. Cut a thick slice and maybe pour another glass of beer. PS. Don’t be intimidated by sucanat: It’s just a variety of unprocessed cane sugar. 6. Beer-Braised Pork Roast Having people over for Oktoberfest? Balsamic and beer-braised pork needs just 10 minutes of prep time, then slowly cooks for three hours in a dutch oven. It’s the perfect starter recipe for those who don’t cook a lot of meat; there’s really no way to mess this one up. 7. Beer-Marinated Chicken We always want to impress our friends (and ourselves) by making beer-can chicken, but sometimes time isn’t on our side. These quick beer-marinated drumsticks and thighs—or breasts for non-bone fans)—may look a bit less exciting than the full bird resting atop a can, but it tastes just as good. And isn’t that what really matters?

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