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16 of the world's top companies are hiring for these remote jobs

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16 of the world's top companies are hiring for these remote jobs

Originally posted on FlexJobs.

Many job seekers begin their search by evaluating companies first. Being a trustworthy company can bring top-tier talent knocking at the door of businesses, and working for such a company can make employees feel connected and enthused about the company's mission.

Forbes recently surveyed people about the companies on the 2018 Global 2000 list, which is a yearly ranking of 2,000 companies based on sales, profit, assets, and market value, to determine which are the best regarded. Companies were evaluated on topics such as trustworthiness, social conduct, performance of the company's product or service and the company as an employer."

We took Forbes' list to find the companies hiring for the most remote jobs.

1. Amazon

Amazon is the largest online retailer in the world. The company sells tablets, furniture, household items, apparel, electronics, music, movies and a vast selection of other products. Amazon maintains a work-from-home program designed to cater to international candidates eager and qualified to work remotely.

2. Colgate-Palmolive

Colgate-Palmolive provides a range of oral care, personal care, home care and pet nutrition products. It is one of the world's most recognized brands, with Colgate, Palmolive, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Murphy, Hills and Ajax among some of its brands.

3. Dell

Dell is a privately owned global computer technology company established in 1984. It is most known for its software, personal computers, printers, cameras, MP3 players, and HDTVs. The company has long supported flexible work and has even come together with FlexJobs to promote remote work opportunities.

4. Hilton

Founded in 1919, Hilton is a global hotel management company. It has a portfolio of 14 of the best-performing brands in its industry. Of its flexible work offerings, Hilton said: "The more flexible we make the work environment, the more we can provide our team members with what they need to manage their lives while feeling trusted and valued."

5. Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson is a well-known household brand that provides health and wellness products. It operates 250 companies in more than 60 countries around the world. The company employs more than 120,000 employees and hires for a variety of remote jobs.

6. Kraft Heinz

Kraft Heinz is a food producer, with several different food brands, including Maxwell House, Oscar Mayer, Cadbury, OREO, Trident, Philadelphia, and Nabisco. The company has partnerships with Feeding America and Stop Hunger Now, having provided billions of servings of food to people in need.

7. LG Electronics

LG Electronics is a consumer electronics, mobile communications and home appliances brand with global sales of more than $55 billion. It employs more than 80,000 people and fosters a workplace environment that encourages creativity, performance and career growth.

8. Marriott

Marriott is a hotel and lodging company with roots that can be traced back to 1927. Its revenues exceed $14 billion and a few of the brands that fall under the Marriott name include Renaissance Hotels, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Courtyard by Marriott, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Residence Inn and the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.

9. Novo Nordisk

Novo Nordisk is an international healthcare company and a preeminent leader in diabetes care. It seeks to be an impetus for comprehensive change in diabetes care, education and public policy.

10. Pfizer

As a leading biopharmaceutical company, Pfizer develops and manufactures high-quality therapies for people and animals following strict safety standards. Its products include a broad range of medicines, vaccines, nutritional supplements and consumer healthcare products.

11. Philips

Founded in 1891, Philips is one of the world's largest electronics companies and a leading provider of acute care, home healthcare, oral healthcare, lighting applications, contemporary art, watches and jewelry, photographs and energy-efficient lighting solutions for global markets.

12. Samsung Electronic

Samsung is an electronic company that's been in business for more than 70 years. It is comprised of numerous affiliate businesses, including Samsung Electronics, Samsung Heavy Industries, Samsung C&T and Samsung Engineering.

13. Siemens

Siemens is an industrial electrical engineering and electronics corporation. Products developed and manufactured by Siemens include industrial controls, energy efficient building solutions, wind turbines, medical imagining technology, train and subway solutions, equity investments and home appliances.

14. Sony

Sony is an entertainment and technology product company with more than 1,000 consolidated subsidiaries. Business units managed by Sony include video games, network services, electronics, music services, motion pictures, medical business and financial services.

15. Walt Disney Company

Founded in 1923, the Walt Disney Company focuses on four business sectors: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment and consumer products. The company employs a staff of 175,000 people worldwide and is the world's largest media and entertainment corporation.

16. Zurich Financial Services Group

Zurich provides multi-line insurance products for customers around the world. The company serves clients in more than 170 countries, and employs 60,000 associates.

Originally posted on FlexJobs.

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Time-saving formula tips our editors swear by

Less time making bottles, more time snuggling.

As a new parent, it can feel like feeding your baby is a full-time job—with a very demanding nightshift. Add in the additional steps it takes to prepare a bottle of formula and, well… we don't blame you if you're eager to save some time when you can. After all, that means more time for snuggling your baby or practicing your own well-deserved self-care.

Here's the upside: Many, many formula-feeding mamas before you have experienced the same thing, and they've developed some excellent tricks that can help you mix up a bottle in record time. Here are the best time-saving formula tips from editors here at Motherly.

1. Use room temperature water

The top suggestion that came up time and time again was to introduce bottles with room temperature water from the beginning. That way, you can make a bottle whenever you need it without worrying about warming up water—which is a total lifesaver when you have to make a bottle on the go or in the middle of the night.

2. Buy online to save shopping time

You'll need a lot of formula throughout the first year and beyond—so finding a brand like Comforts, which offers high-quality infant formula at lower prices, will help you save a substantial amount of money. Not to mention, you can order online or find the formula on shelves during your standard shopping trip—and that'll save you so much time and effort as well.

3. Pre-measure nighttime bottles

The middle of the night is the last time you'll want to spend precious minutes mixing up a bottle. Instead, our editors suggest measuring out the correct amount of powder formula into a bottle and putting the necessary portion of water on your bedside table. That way, all you have to do is roll over and combine the water and formula in the bottle before feeding your baby. Sounds so much better than hiking all the way to the kitchen and back at 3 am, right?

4. Divide serving sizes for outings

Before leaving the house with your baby, divvy up any portions of formula and water that you may need during your outing. Then, when your baby is hungry, just combine the pre-measured water and powder serving in the bottle. Our editors confirm this is much easier than trying to portion out the right amount of water or formula while riding in the car.

5. Memorize the mental math

Soon enough, you'll be able to prepare a bottle in your sleep. But, especially in the beginning or when increasing your baby's serving, the mental math can take a bit of time. If #mombrain makes it tough to commit the measurements to memory, write up a cheat sheet for yourself or anyone else who will prepare your baby's bottle.

6. Warm up chilled formula with water

If you're the savvy kind of mom who prepares and refrigerates bottles for the day in advance, you'll probably want to bring it up to room temperature before serving. Rather than purchase a bottle warmer, our editors say the old-fashioned method works incredibly well: Just plunge the sealed bottle in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes and—voila!—it's ready to serve.



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14 outdoor toys your kids will want to play with beyond summer

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

$30

Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!

$75

Detective set

Plan Toys detective setDetective Set

This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.

$40

Wooden doll stroller

Janod wooden doll strollerWooden Doll Stroller

Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.

$120

Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.

$30

Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

$100

Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.

$40

Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.

$121

Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.

$100

Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.

$45

Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.

$179

Wooden bulldozer toy

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Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.

$100

Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.

$33

Baby forest fox ride-on

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Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.

$88

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