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What really happens when you swallow gum?

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Ever since we were little kids, swallowing gum was a big no-no. Parents and teachers would scare us to our core saying things like “that sticky glob will stay in your stomach forever!” 

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Now that we’re adults, it’s time to disclose the truth. What really happens to your body after swallowing gum?

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Gum has been around since the Ancient Mayans. They would harvest resin from a Sapodilla tree and dry it into a “gum like” piece. According to history, Mayans chewed this to avoid hunger and freshen their breath. Since this gum was more “natural” scientists believe it was easy on the digestion system.

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Obviously gum has evolved since the Mayans, but it’s not necessarily for the better. Today gum is usually formulated with a ton of artificial ingredients and sweeteners #YUCK. With that being said, gum is not easily digested by the body. Your body treats gum similar to other foods we can’t fully digest such as corn and certain nuts. 

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With that being said, gum does NOT stay in your body – it just takes longer to break down.

However, the potential of clogging your digestive track is possible if too much gum is swallowed.

According to Insider, An 18-year old Israeli woman suffered a serious stomach blockage from swallowing gum. She reportedly would ingest five or more pieces daily, which lead to a health scare. Doctors were forced to go inside her stomach, break down the build-up, and then fish it out of her. 

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Long story short? DON’T SWALLOW YOUR GUM!

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Holiday Makeup Must-Haves

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C’mon, admit it. These days, most of us are not doing a full face beat in the morning. Maybe your makeup has expired or collected a layer of dust from just sitting around. Even worse, bacteria grows on brushes and products over time. NASTY. With the holidays right around the corner, you’re probably going to have to get yourself dolled up at least once. Why not treat yourself a loved one to some of these gorgeous holiday-inspired makeup sets?

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You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch! Safe to say, this is a collaboration that nobody saw coming! Makeup guru Kylie Jenner has teamed up with The Grinch himself to deliver her “Kylie x The Grinch” collection. This Christmas inspired collection is packed with limited edition products. Nine to be exact! The bundle comes with eyeshadow sticks, shimmer eye glaze, a lipstick set, matte lip kits, lip gloss, pressed powder, a Kyliner, a Kylighter, and blush. The complete bundle retails for $281, but you can buy individual items for a lower cost.

Too Faced: Pumpkin Spice Palette

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Pumpkin spice and everything nice! Too Faced is at it again with another sweet holiday treat! Their Pumpkin Spice palette is not only gorgeous, but the eyeshadows are scented. The palette comes with 18 different shades are super versatile, ranging from sparkly to matte. You can create a natural daytime, or a sexy nighttime look using these shades. Want a slice of this product? It can be purchased at Ulta for $49!

Tarte: Tartelette Give, Gift and Get

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The gift that keeps on giving! The best part about this set from Tarte is that you can keep one for yourself, and gift the other two. Sharing is caring right?! This set comes with three palettes: the Lil’ Bloom, Lil’ Toasted, and Lil’ Juicy! Tarte’s products are known for their use of Amazonian Clay, which has been shown to elongate wear. This means no smudging or fading, making these palettes the perfect option for holiday parties. The set can be found at Sephora and costs $49!

Benefit: Magnificent Brow Show

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In need of a shape up this holiday season? Benefit has got you covered! This holiday season they are offering a Magnificent Brow Show set, featuring five of their award winning eyebrow products: their Gimme Brow gel, two pencils, brow pomade and a shaping/setting gel. The best part? Not only will you have killer brows this holiday season, but the products are full sized, making this a bargain you will not want to pass up.

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You’re going to need something to apply these amazing products with, so why not treat yourself to some new brushes! Or, if you need an inexpensive stocking stuffer for one of your pals, this is a great option that is super practical! The brushes you apply your product with has an impact on how your makeup will appear, and how long it will last. Plenty of brands like elf offer sets that not only are good quality, but budget friendly! To keep your brushes in the best shape, you can even buy brush shampoos.

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Holiday Gifts for $10 Dollars and Under

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Let’s be honest: holiday shopping can get very expensive very quickly. It is hard enough to find the perfect gift for a loved one, let alone what to get for co-workers, your secret Santa, second cousins and neighbors while also staying within your budget.

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No need to worry: we found 8 adorable and affordable gifts to make sure everyone you are shopping for this year gets a little holiday joy.

The Dash Mini Waffle Maker: Perfect For The One Who Enjoys A Sweet Breakfast

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I think we can collectively agree that waffles are delicious. This mini-waffle maker is an adorable DIY gift for anyone who wants to chef it up in the kitchen or for that person who is always in a rush and looking for a quick and easy breakfast on the go. For only $9.99 on Amazon and available in 19 different designs, you cannot go wrong with this gift.

18K Gold Plated Initial Necklace: For The Niece or Daughter Who Loves Jewelry

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This necklace is a simple yet fashionable gift for any woman in your life who loves jewelry for only $7.99 on Amazon. These necklaces can be found at much higher prices at high-end stores but for only a fraction of the price, these necklaces are a great quality and a perfect stocking stuffer. Available in gold, rose gold, silver and all are 26 letters.

Personalized Friends Illustration: Perfect For Friends

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What’s more heartwarming for the holidays than a sentimental drawing of you and your friends? This designer on Etsy will illustrate in the special people in your life and keeping your happiest memories alive with a beautiful keepsake. Starting prices begin at $8.17.

3D Dinosaur Illusion Night Light: For the Child Obsessed With Dinosaurs

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This is the perfect addition to your child’s bedroom; a 3D dinosaur night light. Imagine how cool this would have been during our childhood! This nightlight has 7 different colors and creates an optical illusion of being 3D. It is also battery operated and touch mode. Only $9.99 on Amazon.

Elderflower Mimosa Soap: Perfect For A Skincare Fanatic

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Two words: mimosa soap. This soap bar has a honey citrus fragrance and reviewers are raving about how much it reminds them of their favorite alcoholic beverage. For only $8.00 on Etsy, this is a perfect gift for a friend or co-worker.

Apple AirPods Case – For the One Always Carrying Their AirPods

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Anyone with AirPods knows that moment of panic that sets in when misplacing these small yet super expensive earbuds. The original case is so tiny and easy to lose for someone who is often forgetful like me. These Silicon AirPods cases come with a keychain attachment perfect to attach to keys, belt loops or wallets to avoid these problems. Available in 10 colors and only $6.00 on Amazon.

Personalized Leather Key Chain Bottle Opener – For The Man in Your Life

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This hand-made leather keychain has a dual purpose; a bottler opener and a keychain. This personalized gift has a choice of 6 colors and 5 styles for only $7.27. Perfect gift for any man in your life!

Groot Flower Pot: Perfect for the One Who Binge-Watches Marvel

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Groot is cute no matter how old you are. This Guardians of the Galaxy flower pot is the best Christmas gift idea for your friends or anyone who loves the Marvel series. This is a super cute and fun way to grow some succulents to put on your desk at work or home. Available in 3 colors and for $10.66 on Amazon.

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Deck your kitchen cabinets with these awesome Holiday cups!

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One of the BEST parts of the Holiday season is the excuse to buy more themed items for your home!

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The garland is up and the lights are twinkling but are you sipping your drinks from a Holiday themed cup?!?!

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It’s time to drink in Christmas style!

1.) Mr. Grinch Flutes

Oriental Trading /$19.99

Come together with friends and sip champagne in these disposable/reusable Grinch themed glasses!

2.)Light Bulb Sipping

Neiman Marcus/$18.99

Whether it’s water or a Mai Tai (no judgement) this cup is SUCH a fun way to sip your beverage of choice during the Holidays!

3.)Bougie and Bedazzled

Etsy/$128

Yes, we are aware that this cup is almost $130 BUT…how cute? This custom Starbucks cup is made with Swarovski crystals and can come personalized with an initial on the back of the cup. #FancySipper

4.) Jingle Juice Tumblr

Etsy/$11.95

This “jingle juice” tumblr is insulated to keep your drink of choice hot or cold! The tumblr comes in 10 different colors and can be custom made to say whatever expression you’d like (although we love Jingle Juice).

5.) Funny Christmas Wine Set

Wayfair/$30.99

Buy them for yourself or treat a friend to these cute and quirky “tipsy” themed wine glasses!

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