Netflix in 2018: 6 new developments you should know about

“Strong but not stellar” is the way Netflix describes its latest quarter in a new letter to shareholders.

Why the hint of self-doubt from the leading streamer? Because the service added some 5.2 million members in the second quarter, while expectations were for 6.2 new million subscribers to come on board.

But worries about slowing growth aside, what’s next for the global Internet TV giant? More great content, for sure.

“Internet video is growing globally and we are fortunate to be one of the leaders,” the letter says. “In addition to succeeding commercially, we are starting to lead artistically in some categories, with our creators earning enough Emmy nominations this year to collectively break​ HBO’s amazing 17-year run​.”

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Here’s what’s new with Netflix

If you’re a Netflix customer, here’s what you need to know:

Netflix’s “Smart Downloads” feature is now available

The company’s brand new Smart Downloads feature on Android is geared to members who use the offline mode for viewing.

The beauty of Smart Downloads is it will automatically delete a downloaded episode after you’ve watched it and automatically download the next episode for you.

And because Smart Downloads works with WiFi, you’ll never use cellular data and you won’t clutter up your device’s storage!

Michael Bay’s next feature movie will be a Netflix original

You know him for big Hollywood extravaganzas like Armageddon, Pearl Harbor and the Transformers film series, among others.

But lauded director Michael Bay’s next flick will be for Netflix. It’s going to be called ​Six Underground and will star Ryan Reynolds.

Other famed directors who also have made or are making their next features for Netflix include cinematic luminaries like Martin Scorsese, Alfonso Cuaron, Susanne Bier, Paul Greengrass and Chris Columbus, among others.

“As traditional exhibition focuses increasingly on superheroes and sequels, our on demand service allows us to serve a wide variety of tastes,” Netflix notes.

Netflix just received the most Emmy nods of any network

Last week, Netflix got 112 nominations for the 2018 Emmy Awards, including five best series and best limited series nods.

But beyond that the Netflix nominations recognized 40 different scripted and unscripted series, as well as TV movies, limited series, documentaries, talk shows, comedy specials and series for kids.

“This is a testament to the fantastic creators we work with across all forms of television,” the company said.

Netflix believes it can co-exist in a brave new media world

The world of streaming entertainment is always changing and the competition always getting more intense.

Disney is coming out next year with its own streaming service and older competitors such as Amazon and Apple continue spending on content to draw you into their subscription-based ecosystems. Add to that the merger of AT&T and Time Warner and Fox getting ready to sell assets to either Disney or Comcast.

It all adds up to one crowded Internet entertainment landscape!

Through it all, Netflix says it will remain focused on doing what it does best: Creating and delivering great content at a compelling price point.

“We believe that consumer appetite for great content is broad and that there is room for multiple parties to have attractive offerings…Our strategy is to simply keep improving, as we’ve been doing every year in the past.”

You may see international content being promoted

In its letter to shareholders, Netflix called out a few international productions that it’s having a lot of success with right now. These included launching the second season of 3%, a Brazilian sci-fi original, and the premiere of The Rain, a Danish original thriller that’s found an international audience.

“This serves as another data point that our international originals can be important to specific countries and regions and also play well outside of their home markets,” the company notes.

A higher priced ‘Ultra’ plan may be coming

Sticking with the international theme, Netflix is testing a new premium service in Europe priced at about €16.99, which is around $ 20/month. The ‘Ultra’ plan lets subscribers watch 4K content with High Dynamic Range (HDR) quality on up to four different screens at once.

In fact, two versions of the plan are reportedly being tested, each with small differences on pricing and screen limits.

So why should you care what’s going on for European customers? Well, it could be that Netflix is floating a trial balloon in the Old World. And if the ‘Ultra’ plan plays well with consumers over there, it’s next stop could be over here!

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What's the latest news?

Academy Award nominee Timothée Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name, top) is "in final talks" to star in Dune, according to Deadline. The actor can next be seen in the drama Beautiful Boy, due for release on October 12.

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Jada Pinkett Smith recently revealed she was having trouble with unexpected hair loss, the cause of which has not been determined. Many Black women are challenged by thinning and bare edges and sometimes balding and permanent hair loss. Leading dermatologist Dr. Karen Heidleberg-Barnwell says there are some measures you can take to combat hair loss.

 WHAT ARE THE MAIN TYPES OF HAIR LOSS?

There are 2 main types of hair loss; scarring (cicatricial) and non-scarring  (non cicatricial). Scarring hair loss causes damage to the follicular epithelium, causing permanent hair loss.  Non-scarring hair loss is not permanent. There are also abnormalities that can occur with the hair shaft which can be congenital or acquired. These abnormalities can cause hair breakage.

 WHAT ARE SOME OF THE COMMON CAUSES OF HAIR LOSS?

 Male-pattern hair loss is the most common form of hair loss in men, and female-pattern hair loss is the most common form of hair loss in women. There is an epidemic of avoidable hair loss that we are seeing in young African\-American women based primarily on styling practices.

DOES YOUR HEALTH AND/OR DIET AFFECT HAIR LOSS?

Yes, your physical health and diet can affect hair loss. Calorie and protein malnutrition is associated with hair loss. In addition, hair loss is often associated with chronic diseases, post-surgery, and with medications.

IS ALOPECIA HEREDITY?

Yes, there are studies that demonstrate that the predisposition to male balding is predominantly due to genetic factors. Women with androgenic alopecia often have a family history of pattern alopecia in both male and female family members.

DOES STRESS AFFECT HAIR LOSS?

Yes, stress can affect the hair. Telogen effluvium has been associated with severe prolonged psychological stress. Although Alopecia Areata (AA) is an immune mediated form of hair loss, a link between stress and the development of AA has been described.

CAN CERTAIN MEDICATIONS CAUSE HAIR LOSS?

Yes, medications can cause hair loss.  There are numerous medications where hair loss is a side effect.

 WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HAIR LOSS AND YOUR HAIR SHEDDING?

We have normal  hair shedding where we  lose about 100-200 hairs per day. The amount of hair we shed each day varies between individuals and there are seasonal variations.  This hair shedding does not lead to thinning.

WHAT TYPE OF DOCTOR SHOULD WE BE GOING TO CONCERNING HAIR LOSS?

The specialty of dermatology addresses all medical issues concerning the skin, hair and nails. Therefore, you should seek an evaluation from a dermatologist.

WHAT IS TRACTION ALOPECIA?

Traction alopecia is hair loss caused by too much tension being placed on the hair with styling. It is most often seen around the hairline.  Some of the common hairstyles which cause this type of hair loss include  braids, pony tails, and hair weaves.

HOW CAN HAIR LOSS BE PREVENTED?

The most important  way to avoid hair loss is to understand the causes. Understand the preventable causes of hair loss and avoid those practices.  We know that chronic tension on hair can cause permanent hair loss, so it is best to avoid those styles.  It is also important to seek treatment as early as possible if you are losing hair. The sooner the problem is identified and treated, the better the response you will have .

IS THERE A CERTAIN TYPE OF SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER I SHOULD USE TO HELP STRENGTHEN AND GROW MY HAIR?

 It is important to determine the cause of your hair loss and address that issue specifically. A good shampoo and conditioner may not solve your problem. In general, I recommend a good moisturizing shampoo and conditioner in addition to any medications needed.

DO YOU RECOMMEND ANY SPECIFIC VITAMINS OR SUPPLEMENTS?

My recommendations for supplements depend on the needs of the individual patient.  In general, topical minoxidil is helpful for hair loss and I often incorporate that into my treatment. 

WHAT WOULD YOU NEED TO SEE ON MY SCALP THAT WOULD PROMPT A SCALP BIOPSY?

A  scalp biopsy is often used in the evaluation of a patient with hair loss.  If you have hair loss, don’t be surprised if your doctor recommends a biopsy, which is very helpful in the overall evaluation.

DO I NEED TO TAKE A BLOOD TEST TO DETERMINE THE CAUSE?

There are some types of hair loss where blood work is necessary, but it is not always required.

Dr. Heidleberg-Barnwell answers your ‘Text Tom’ questions on the next page.  

Can anything be done about thinning hair from dialysis? Been on it 4 years and hair has thinned.

Hair loss associated with dialysis is a common problem and can be treated. I would suggest that you see a board-certified dermatologist in your area.

 My hair has not come back from chemo 7 years ago. Any hope that I can regrow hair?

In general, hair loss associated with chemotherapy is usually non – scarring and doesn’t cause permanent hair loss. However, more recently there has been permanent hair loss associated with some chemotherapeutic medications. I would suggest that you see a board certified dermatologist for an evaluation and discuss your previous treatments.

What can be done for women with alopecia? My daughter in law is looking for option.

There are many treatment options for hair loss.  Your daughter in law needs to be evaluated by a board certified dermatologist to identify the cause of her hair loss and based on that, she can receive appropriate treatment.

Is wearing natural hair healthier or better for us, even if we are just braiding it and wearing wigs, weave, etc.?

Wearing tension-causing hair styles, which include braids and hair weaves, can cause permanent hair loss.

How does hair dye effect hair, especially bleaching?

Permanent hair dye penetrates the hair shaft.  As a result, sometimes the hair becomes dry, brittle and breaks more easily.

I have shallow roots. When my hair comes out it, comes out at the roots. Is there anything I can do to stimulate root growth?

It is normal to have hair shedding.  We may lose 100-200 hairs per day, but this varies between individuals.Your hair loss  should  be evaluated by a board certified dermatologist to determine if your hair loss is normal or requires treatment.

How do I find a good dermatologist in South Florida? I have been to dermatologist that were not that good. My son has growth on the tip of his finger under the finger nail. The dermatologist froze it, then burned it but it has come back.

I recommend contacting the American Academy of Dermatology.  It is the largest, most influential and representative dermatology group in the U.S. You can find a listing of dermatologists in your area.

 Does being diabetic cause hair loss?

Hair loss is sometimes seen with chronic diseases. You should have your hair loss evaluated by a board-certified dermatologist to receive appropriate treatment.

My wife loses hair whenever she combs it. She told me that it’s normal. What do you think is happening here?

Your wife is probably correct.  It is normal to lose hair daily with hair combing.  Some people can lose 100-200 hairs daily!  However, if there is a concern, she should be evaluated by a board-certified dermatologist to see if her hair loss is normal.

I have a 2-year old granddaughter and her hair has patches. What can we do now to restore her hair?

There are many causes of patchy  hair loss in children. I suggest you take her to a board-certified dermatologist for evaluation.  Most causes of hair loss in children can be treated.

 I have had universal alopecia for over ten years. I’m still hoping for a cure.

Alopecia universalis is a difficult type of hair loss to treat. The good news is that there are new medications that are being tested. Keep in contact with your dermatologist regarding JAK inhibitors.

I am 31 years old. Within the last 2 years, my hair has thinned out a lot & will not grow anymore. My hairdresser has even commented on the thickness and my length. Is there anything I can do to increase the thickness and get my hair to start growing again? I don’t wear braids or hair extensions.

Sometimes we can damage our hair with heat and styling practices. These practices can make our hair break and become shorter and thinner and it seems that the hair isn’t growing.  Of course, there are other things that can make your hair thinner.

I would suggest that you see a board-certified dermatologist to evaluate your hair.  The dermatologist can help to identify the cause of the hair loss and make appropriate recommendations.  It doesn’t sound like permanent hair loss which is great!

 Dr. Karen, how do I find a qualified Black dermatologist in my area?

The National Medical Association (NMA) is the leading organization of African0-American physicians. The NMA is the largest and oldest national organization representing African-American physicians and their patients in the United States.

Is a visit for hair lost diagnosis and treatment covered by insurance or is it considered cosmetic and you have to pay out of pocket? And if that is the case, about how much would this cost run you?

The coverage for a  hair loss evaluation by a dermatologist depends on your insurance.  Check with your policy and they can estimate your out of pocket expenses.

I’m a 70 years. young woman  with thinning around my hairline. I prefer wearing my hair away from my face. I have thick head of hair, thank God, however does thinning hairline come with age?

Thank God for thick hair! What a blessing!  Make sure that your hair styles are not putting tension on your hairline because this styling practice can cause thinning.

I’m 48 and have what I think is the typical male-pattern baldness…I call a sunroof….is there any treatment for someone my age?

As I mentioned in my interview, male-pattern hair loss is the most common form of hair loss in men. You should be evaluated for your hair loss. Depending on the extent of your hair loss, you may respond to therapy.  Therapy my include topical medications, oral medications, injections, laser, or a combination of these treatments. If all else fails, there is always hair transplants!

What can I use for eczema and flakes on my 9-year-old daughter’s scalp? Is there any oil that is safe to use on the scalp for adults or children?

The treatment of a flaky scalp often requires medical treatment if it doesn’t respond to over the counter remedies such as tar shampoos.

 

Dr. Karen Heidleberg-Barnwell, best known as  “Dr. Karen” is a board-certified dermatologist, with a successful practice in Detroit, Michigan.  She received her medical degree from the Howard University College of Medicine and completed her internship in internal medicine at George Washington University Hospital. She did her dermatology residency at the Mayo Clinic. At Heidelberg Dermatology, Dr. Karen is the managing partner and chief physician. 

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It seems like only yesterday that we were mourning the loss of Dusty Depot and celebrating the new superheroes who came to town, but already Season 4 in Fortnite is over and Season 5 is bearing down upon us at a rapid pace.

For weeks we have seen hints of what is to come, the crack in the sky the rocket created seems to have opened some kind of time rift and that has brought in some strange items while removing others. But what does it all mean we hear you ask, well we still don’t know all the details of what Season 5 will bring, but we have a pretty good idea.

When Can I Play Fortnite Season 5?

Season 5 is available right now and servers seem to be fairly stable, however this could change when more people head home at the end of the day, so don’t be surprised if there are a few tech issues at some point today.

The season will run until September 25th, giving you plenty of time to earn those sweet new skins.


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The new Redline, Drift, and Huntress costmetics.

How Much is the Season 5 Battle Pass?

As always you will still be able to enjoy the classic Fortnite experience without having to pay a penny, and you will also get to experience more than a few changes coming with Season 5, such as the map changes.

However to get the full seasonal experience you will need to drop some cash on the Battle Pass. Once again the Battle Pass will set you back 950 V-Bucks, which is around around £8 or $ 10USD in real money.

Or you can get the Battle Pass and instantly unlock the first 25 tiers for 2800 V-Bucks.

What does the Fortnite Battle Pass give me?

Fortnite‘s Season 5 Battle Pass is pretty similar to the previous ones we have seen. They offer access to exclusive cosmetics and skins, that are often only available to battle pass owners. Some will be unlocked as soon as you buy the pass, others will have to be earned through completing challenges and quests tied to the Battle Pass. There’s also a ton of XP boosts and V-Bucks to be earned by unlocking the 100 tiers.

As soon as you purchase the Battle Pass you will get the Drift and Huntress skins. The latter is a viking shield maiden, while initially the former just looks like a fairly standard guy. However he has alternate styles that can be unlocked which make him a lot cooler.


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The new Sledgehammer, Rook, and Sun Strider cosmetics.

As you progress through the tiers you’ll unlock other cosmetics such as Redline, a female biker, Sun Strider, a lifeguard skin, Sledgehammer, which bears a striking resemblance to Blackbeard from Rainbow Six Siege, and Rook, which seems to be some kind of secret service agent style skin.

Finally if you hit tier 100 you will get your hands on Ragnarok, an upgradeable skin that really is the best of this season so far. It will take a lot to earn this, or you can just buy tires with V-Bucks if you have a load of spare cash, but the reward is pretty sweet.

Finally you’ll also have access to the weekly challenges. This time three of them will be available to those without Battle Passes, while another four will be Battle Pass exclusive.

What is Season 5’s theme?

Unlike Season 4 where everything was clearly related to superheroes in some way, Season 5 seems a little more disjointed. In fairness, this makes sense with the Worlds Collide theme.

Many of the skins are based around historical times, whereas a lot of other cosmetics seem to be based around the beach, perhaps because of the new desert biome on the map. Seeing Vikings next to a lifeguard with an inflatable unicorn back bling certainly wasn’t what we were expecting, but we are not complaining!

Having a general theme such as Worlds Collide means that Epic can do literally anything and it would make sense here, so expect the rest of the season to throw up a lot of surprises and things we could never even imagine.

What changes has Season 5 Brought With it?

A new season means a big old patch, and with it comes a lot of gameplay changes. The big new addition is the All-Terrain Kart, a four-person vehicle that can transport your entire squad around the map. It functions just like the two-person cart, but is just a little bigger and its roof acts as a bounce pad, which is sure to lead to some amazing stunts once people learn how to use it.

The map has also seen some pretty big changes. A new desert biome has been added to the south east corner of the map, destroying the Moisty Mire. This area has been totally overhauled, with some massive hills and mountains added and even some dinosaurs to scare the living daylight out of you when you round a corner to see one.


Fortnite Season 5 map Paradise Palms
Let's go to Paradise Palms and see some dinosaurs.

This has also resulted in the prison in this corner of the map disappearing, being replaced with a new area called Paradise Palms, which certainly seems to be more interesting than the prison ever was. Elsewhere, Anarchy Acres has also been replaced — this time with a golf course known as Lazy Links. Oh, and Dusty Divot is slowly returning to its former glory as even more trees have sprouted in the crater.

A few smaller changes have tweaked how shotguns work, meaning you can’t fire another shotgun for a short while after firing your original one. Pellet hits are now shown in the reticle and spread is now consistent and not random, which should reduce those infuriating moments where you aim a pump directly at someones head only for every pellet to miss.

The circle has also been tweaked in the later stages to be slightly more random. The Switch version has been given motion controls and the mobile sound indicator is now available on all platforms, but your game sounds will be muted if you use it. Of course there is also a whole host of bug fixes and smaller tweaks that you probably won’t even notice for quite a while.


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This is just the beginning. With 10 weeks of Fortnite Season 5 content coming our way you can be sure that there will be even more new additions. Expect new cosmetics, challenges, map tweaks and most likely some massive, game-wide events such as the rocket launch we saw just a few weeks back.

These rifts that have opened up could literally result in anything from any time coming into the world of Fortnite, and with the team at Epic Games already showing off how crazy some of their ideas are you can only expect things to get strangers as the season progresses.

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Keri Russell Is Joining ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’; Here’s What We Know So Far

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Idris Elba to Turn Villainous in ‘Fast and Furious’ Spin-off; Here’s Everything We Know

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What ‘So Money’ Host Farnoosh Torabi Wants You to Know About Credit Scores


Do you know your credit score?

Better question: Are you sick of hearing us tell you over and over how important it is to check your credit report and know your credit score?

It may seem like we’re beating a dead horse, but the truth is, you can’t ball on a 450 credit score, and we’re committed to putting more money in your pocket so that you can be the baller you’re meant to be.

A survey released by the Consumer Federation of America and VantageScore suggests the advice is working. The percentage of respondents who said they’ve obtained their credit scores in the past year rose from 49% in 2014 to 57% in 2018.

Credit expert Farnoosh Torabi, who hosts the “So Money” podcast, says she isn’t surprised.

“There’s been momentum building ever since the recession,” she told The Penny Hoarder.

News coverage of rising interest rates impacts lending, which trickles down into people’s credit lives and wallets.

Another aspect fueling the rise is easy access to credit scores.

“I’ve been covering personal finance for all of my career, and back in the late ’90s and early 2000s, there was no go-to place to get your credit score as a consumer,” Torabi said. “But now, there are more ways to access it.”

Great, You Know Your Credit Score. Now What?

Knowing your credit score is nice and all, but it means very little if you don’t do anything about it.

But you all are doing something about it.

The number of people who’ve checked their credit score has increased, and so has the number of people taking steps to increase their scores, according to year-over-year findings from Chase Slate’s 2017 credit outlook survey.

These steps include paying off debt, keeping credit usage low and making an effort to pay down credit statements in full.

We can all agree it’s easier to take the initial steps to improve your finances when you know what’s going on and exactly what you need to do.

A Lot of People Are Still Confused About Credit

The Consumer Federation study showed large majorities could correctly identify three key factors used to calculate credit scores:

  • Missed payments, 86%
  • High credit card balances, 81%
  • Personal bankruptcy, 79%

But significant minorities incorrectly thought that age (41%) and marital status (38%) are used in this calculation.

“Some people think the older they are, the better their credit score will be,” Torabi said. “I think they confuse that with the length of their credit history.”

A lot of people also incorrectly believed tax liens (64%), medical collection accounts less than 6 months old (62%) and civil judgments (63%) are used to compute credit scores.

Most people knew steps to take to improve your credit score, but little more than half (56%) knew all of them.

Here’s Why Credit Scores Are So Important

“Largely we think of credit scores and their ties to qualifying for homes, loans and credit cards, but there’s other stuff, too,” Torabi said. “I think if [people] knew the extent to which [their] credit score actually makes an impact, it would make people more interested to see what their credit score is, and learn how to improve it.”

When you sign up for cable plans or insurance, providers will often do a credit check to make sure you’re paying your other bills on time. And if you’re renting, landlords and property managers will also run a credit check and review your credit score.

But the biggest reason to know your score has nothing to do with what you want to do in the future. It’s all about what you’ve done — or rather, haven’t done — in the past.

Credit reporting mistakes and identity theft are common occurrences, and they’re not going away anytime soon.

So even if you’re not planning on buying a house, financing a car, or opening a credit card in the near future, it’s still super important to know your credit score and monitor your credit report.

At The Penny Hoarder, we publish no shortage of articles telling you why you should check your credit score, how to improve your credit score and how amazing life has gotten since so-and-so raised their credit score.

Maintaining healthy credit is just like maintaining a healthy body.

“If you’re trying to stay healthy in your physical life, you should get on that scale and face that number, as hard as it can be,” Torabi said. “Numbers don’t lie. [Your credit score] will give you the honest truth, and from there, you can improve.”

Jen Smith is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She gives money saving and debt payoff tips on Instagram at @savingwithspunk.

This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017.

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Vanessa Kirby Joins ‘Fast and Furious’ Spin-off ‘Hobbs and Shaw’; Here’s Everything We Know

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Jim Carrey Tapped As Villain in ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’; Here’s Everything We Know

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What You Need to Know About World Cup Player Jimmy Durmaz

On Saturday, Sweden’s national soccer team took on Germany during their 2018 World Cup Group F match up. Unfortunately for Sweden, the tight game came down to a winning free kick for Germany precipitated by a mistake made by Swedish player Jimmy Durmaz late in the game. This is soccer: it’s a beautiful game, yet mistakes happen all the time. But Durmaz has since become the target of racially-charged invective on his Instagram, suffering online abuse that questions his nationality.

In a statement video released Sunday, Durmaz addressed the backlash, backed by the support of his teammates.

“I am a footballer at the highest level; being criticized is something we live with,” Durmaz says according to ESPN’s translation from the Swedish. “But being called ‘f—ing immigrant’ and ‘suicide bomber,’ and having death threats made against me and my children is completely unacceptable,” he went on. “I am Swedish, and with pride I wear our shirt and our flag. I want to thank the fine, wonderful people who spread joy. It warms us all. We stand united. We are Sweden.” His team also rallied behind him, as did the Swedish Football Association, which reported the abuse to police on Durmaz’s behalf, according to the Guardian.

In the caption for the post, he added in English, “I’m humbled and overwhelmed from all the lovely messages I’ve received from all of you. It really warms my heart after what happened last night. Keep posting love so it will overcome all the hate out there.”

Where is Jimmy Durmaz From?

Durmaz is Swedish. His Assyrian parents made their way north to Sweden from Turkey, according to the Associated Press.

Where does Durmaz play?

Currently, Durmaz plays for the French football club Toulouse as a midfielder; he was signed in 2016. During the 2018 World Cup in Russia, he has been rotated in as a substitute for the Swedish national squad. He’s been playing professional soccer since his teens, starting out with Swedish clubs before playing for Turkish, Greek and now his French team. This is his first World Cup.
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When will Durmaz play next?

Despite their loss, Sweden is still in the mix for the 2018 World Cup. They’re facing off against Mexico Wednesday in their final Group F match. While Durmaz is not on the starting lineup, he may play as a substitute. Both teams are hoping for a win to secure their advancement chances, although draws could also work in their favor.

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Rebecca Ferguson Joins ‘Shining’ Sequel ‘Doctor Sleep’; Here’s Everything We Know

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Now, according to Variety, the remake has found a director. German filmmaker Fatih Akin (Head-On, In the Fade) will helm the movie, working…

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‘Solo’ Writer Jonathan Kasdan Working on ‘Indiana Jones 5’ Script; Here’s Everything We Know

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Jared Leto to Star in ‘Spider-Man’ Spin-off ‘Morbius’; Here’s Everything We Know

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We've been hearing a lot about Jared Leto and his various continuing exploits as The Joker (above in Suicide Squad). But it turns out that Leto will be starring as another comic-book character, Morbius, in another cinematic universe. Read onward for all we know.

Who is Morbius?

A spin-off in the new, steadily expanding Spider-Man cinematic universe, Morbius (the film) will revolve around the Marvel comic book character Morbius, the Living Vampire. First appearing as an antagonist in…

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The name showed up on an electronic copy of the script the actor waved about in a new Instagram video, where he also admits to being confused about there being a sequel, due to a spoilery element of Avengers: Infinity War. Watch below. 

 

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Xavier Dolan and Will Beinbrink Join ‘It: Chapter Two’; Here’s Everything We Know

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What's the source material?

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First ‘Unfriended: Dark Web’ Trailer May Scare You Off the Internet; Here’s Everything We Know

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Those fears were explored in Unfriended, a chilling suspense story about a group of teenage friends who are haunted by a fellow student who was bullied into committing suicide. Reportedly budgeted at $ 1 million, the film earned more than $ 64 million at…

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Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins Share First Looks at ‘Wonder Woman 1984’; Here’s Everything We Know

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Gasps could be heard around the world this morning from Wonder Woman fans seeing Chris Pine in a tracksuit in a new image from the set of Wonder Woman 1984. Not only was it the sound of happiness of seeing Steve Trevor back and also wearing a very becoming outfit but it was also the sound of stunned amazement that Steve Trevor is somehow still alive and has not aged in the sequel. 

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Nurse Alice: What Women Need to Know About Their OB-GYN Appointments

Another lawsuit against a doctor accused of sexual misconduct? Does it ever end?

Six women and former college students at the University of Southern California have filed lawsuits against OB-GYN doctor George Tyndall, who has had numerous complaints of sexual misconduct over the years. Even the doctor’s staff complained about his behavior. What’s even more tragic is that the school was aware of the complaints and did nothing until he was finally removed from his 30-year tenure just last year.

In light of this and all the other sexually inappropriate things happening in society today, what’s a young woman to do?

For many young women away at college, going to your first gynecological appointment without the help or advice of your mother, grandmother, or some other female support person can be scary, awkward, and even overwhelming. Although a woman’s first OB-GYN visit is recommended to occur between the ages of 13 to 15 or when they first become sexually active, it doesn’t usually happen that way. Let’s face it, many young women go to a pediatrician throughout their late adolescence, and probably not even on a regular basis if they’re otherwise healthy.

Many times, a woman goes to her first gynecological appointment after she has concerns: e.g., heavy or irregular menstruation, concerns about sexually transmitted infections, exploring birth control options, or because they suspect pregnancy. Nevertheless, this is a very important first appointment that includes a general overall health exam and questioning about general health and lifestyle, and then one more focused on the health of your sexual and reproductive organs and system.

Empower yourself with knowing what to expect. Here are eight important things women should know when having their first gynecological appointment.

  1. Familiarize yourself with what to expect. The medical office and provider should instruct you on what to anticipate before you step one foot into the exam room. Examinations should be performed with only the necessary amount of physical contact required to obtain data for diagnosis and treatment. And an appropriate explanation should accompany all examination procedures.
  2. Having a female chaperone present is standard of care unless you decline the offer. But the key here is that you were offered one, regardless of the gender of the provider. You should be allowed to undress and put on a patient gown in privacy. Never dress or undress in front of your doctor.
  3. The doctor should be explaining and educating you throughout the exam so you know what’s happening and why before it happens. The physician-patient relationship can be damaged when this does not occur, and leaves room for misinterpretation of touching during the exam.
  4. Health professionals are expected to wash their hands and put on gloves when doing any invasive exams or procedures and that involve touching bodily fluids. A doctor should never be doing a pelvic or rectal exam on you without gloves.
  5. Both health providers and patients should avoid sexual innuendo and provocative remarks. Sexually offensive or suggestive language or jokes should be avoided. Keep things professional.
  6. If you feel uncomfortable at any time during the exam, you can stop the exam immediately and tell the doctor you don’t feel comfortable. This also allows the opportunity for the provider to clarify what’s happening should it truly be a misunderstanding.
  7. If you believe there was any misconduct or you feel violated, please notify the medical administrator immediately while the occurrence is still fresh in your mind. This helps you to retell an accurate story and intervene to prevent any potential further misconduct from happening to someone else.
  8. Physicians and medical administration aware of instances of sexual misconduct on the part of any health professional have an obligation to protect the safety of the public by removing said person from patient care immediately and reporting such situations to appropriate authorities, such as institutional committee chairs, department chairs, peer review organizations, supervisors, or the medical board. You can report this as well. And if you do, always do it in writing.

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Update: The first trailer for Halloween has arrived and it's every bit as terrifying as we hoped it would be. Jamie Lee Curtis returns as Laurie Strode in a thriller that takes place after the events in John Carpenter's 1978 classic.

Watch the trailer and then catch up with everything we know about the film in our previously-published posts below, starting with the initial reaction to the footage at CinemaCon in Las Vegas back in April 2018.

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14 Things You Need to Know About Mortal Engines

This time last year, I traveled to Wellington, New Zealand to check out the set of Universal’s Mortal Engines, the first adaptation of Philip Reeve’s YA book quartet. Mortal Engines is the directorial debut of longtime Peter Jackson-collaborator Christian Rivers, who is supported on all sides by the Lord of the Rings/Hobbit powerhouse trio Jackson, Philippa Boyens, and Fran Walsh.

Across two days and seven soundstages, I saw the interiors and exteriors of London, now a traction city, meaning it travels around Mortal Engine’s post-post-apocalyptic world on wheels, devouring other cities for resources. In the slideshow below, you can discover the most interesting things I learned while on set.

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170,000 birth control packs have been recalled: Here’s what you need to know

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Women who use the birth control pill Taytulla should check their blister packs ASAP.

That’s because 170,000 physician sample packs have been recalled due to a potential mistake in packaging, CBS News reported. Allergan — the maker of Taytulla — issued a nationwide recall earlier this week after becoming aware of physician sample packs with misplaced capsules that could result in unintended pregnancies.

A physician report revealed that four placebo capsules were placed out of order in a sample pack of Taytulla. The packs should have 24 pink capsules with hormones followed by four non-hormone maroon capsules, CNN reported. However, a faulty pack had the four maroon placebos at the beginning of the treatment.

Here’s what a recalled pack looks like:

And here’s what it should look like:

“As a result of this packaging error, oral contraceptive capsules, that are taken out of sequence, may place the user at risk for contraceptive failure and unintended pregnancy,”Allergan said in a news release. “The reversing of the order may not be apparent to either new users or previous users of the product, increasing the likelihood of taking the capsules out of order.”

So yeah. This is kind of a big deal — considering most women are probably taking Taytulla to specifically prevent pregnancy.

Allergan will be notifying customers via a recall letter. The drug maker is also arranging for the return of all sample pack products marked Lot #5620706 Exp. May 2019, according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. If you have a sample pack with the recalled lot number, you should contact your physician to arrange a return.

In the meantime, consumers with questions about the recall can contact Allergan at 800-678-1605 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday.

Has this recall affected you?

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Do you feel the need … the need for speed? Tom Cruise does, as evidenced by the photo he shared from the first day of production on Top Gun 2.

 

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What is the sequel's story?

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I didn’t know how noisy our house was until I got hearing aids

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Laura Falin

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I’m pretty sure I’ve had hearing loss for most of my adult life.

It’s a genetic thing in my family. Although I can’t be certain exactly when it set in, for as long as I can remember, I’ve had to ask people to speak up. When I had a desk job, I always went to other people’s offices to chat, or called them on the phone because I knew talking across the room was futile. I drove my husband a little nuts for years, asking him to repeat himself every time he talked. I’ve had at least one embarrassing conversation where I didn’t want to keep asking someone to say the same thing over, so I smiled and nodded and she looked horrified and wandered off. I’m dying to know what I agreed to.

Pretty sure he said, “I do” just before this. I mean I’m, like, 98 percent certain he did…

After a trip to visit family where we all watched TV together and I couldn’t hear a single thing, I made an appointment with an audiologist, where I discovered that 1) I did, in fact, need hearing aids and 2) they’re not usually covered by insurance. It’s important to note that they are usually covered for children, so please don’t let that stop you if your child needs them. We adults, however, are on our own and those suckers are expensive.

I decided it was cheaper to keep saying “what?” to everyone who talked to me instead of getting them.

In the meantime, we had four children. They’re creative and boisterous and used to having to speak up so I can hear them. They all play musical instruments, which began at 2 years old with them banging enthusiastically on pots and pans. I was so proud.

Sometimes my husband would snap at all the noise, or disappear to our room, or just go stand outside for a few minutes alone, and I always rolled my eyes at his dramatics.

I am sorry to tell you that Kazoo Season was before I got hearing aids. Poor me.

And then through a series of fortunate events I ended up with a lovely pair of hearing aids.

I put them in at the audiologist’s office, where we had the following conversation:

Me: “No. These are too loud. I hear your air conditioning and everything.”
Her: “Yep! That’s just right. These are all sounds you should be hearing.”
Me: “But…I hear myself chewing gum in my own mouth. Ew. It sounds weird and squishy.”

After a few more rounds, she halfway convinced me that these are noises everyone hears all the time. She let me go with stern warnings to keep my new devices on all day long so I could adjust.

I got in the car and almost peed myself when the radio came on at my old volume. I freaked out when I heard my seatbelt click. And I started to realize exactly how many noises I hadn’t been hearing that were going to come rushing at me now.

And then the kids came home.

I picked them up, one at a time, after school. I had a fun conversation with my oldest first. We played a game where he asked things quieter and quieter and I kept yelling, “Yep!! Still hear you! Whatever you used to say under your breath when you were mad at me before — watch it now, buddy, because I HEAR EVERYTHING!! Muahahahahaaaa!” When the second kid joined us, I listened to her tell me about her day without once asking her to repeat herself. I actually teared up.

And then another one got in the car. And another. By the time we pulled into the driveway, everything had blended into one giant cacophony of sound and I couldn’t process it all. Everyone tumbled out of the van in search of snacks, and I just sat there for five minutes without moving. I came inside to find my husband grinning and asking, “How is everyone?” “They. Are. So. Loud.” was all I could manage and of course he did that told-you-so look without saying anything while I stood there in a daze.

I lasted about an hour that day. When I pulled out my hearing aids, my husband mouthed “CHEATER” at me…or maybe he said it out loud. I don’t know. Either way, I couldn’t hear him.

These days, I’m trying to be good. I keep the hearing aids in most days until about 5 p.m., but that’s as long as I can manage. It’s actually a combination of the sound and the fact that it feels so gooooood to take them out. It’s like taking off your bra at the end of the day, I swear to you. I make sure to have them in for school plays and concerts, or when I’ll be out with friends or having conversations with people. I’m trying to work on keeping them in until bedtime but I don’t think I’ve made it that far yet. I know I’m lucky that I have the option of hearing things better when a lot of people do not.

But maybe I’m kind of lucky to have the option to turn down the volume sometimes as well.

Do you have a noisy house? How do you handle it?

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Are Hot Air Hand Dryers Really Germ Cannons? Here’s What You Need to Know


If you’ve been anywhere near the internet recently, you’ve probably seen at least one news report about the horrors of public bathroom air hand dryers.

A new study published by researchers in Connecticut says “there is evidence that bathroom hand dryers can disperse bacteria from hands or deposit bacteria on surfaces, including recently washed hands.”

To be clear, the researchers — from the University of Connecticut, Hartford Hospital, Quinnipiac University and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center — are talking about public-bathroom germs, if you catch my drift.

Yep, gross.

Many news reports stop there, but there’s a lot more to the story and less reason to freak out than you might think.

Researchers go on to say that the results don’t provide clear information on whether hand dryers give bacteria a cozy place to grow or simply blow already germy air around the room.

In fact, even though bacterial spores were found on bathroom surfaces, researchers can’t conclusively say that air hand dryers were responsible.

This isn’t the first time air dryers have been called out for being spore-spreading wind turbines of destruction.

A 1989 study suggested air dryers could contribute to airborne infections in hospitals,                      and subsequent studies support the idea that air hand dryers may be unsuitable in health-care environments.

Yet other research claims “drying hands with hot air dryers is not likely to generate airborne infection.”

In other words, no one knows for sure.

One thing’s for certain: Regular hand washing is a vital part of staying healthy.

If you don’t want to take a chance of getting a blast of bacteria blown in your face by an air dryer (and who can blame you), dry your hands on disposable paper towels, or just let them air dry on their own.

Worried about the environmental impact of throwing paper towels in the trash several times a day? Stock up on hand towels and keep some in your purse or backpack for quick and sanitary drying.

Whatever you do, just don’t walk around with dripping-wet hands. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says doing so can transfer germs to other surfaces and people as easily as if you hadn’t washed your hands at all.

If you’re really skeeved by public bathroom hand-drying options, you can always fall back on hand sanitizer to clean your hands. Just make sure it contains at least 60% alcohol.

Until researchers can definitely say whether air hand dryers are wall-mounted germ cannons, try not to get too wrapped up in scary headlines that don’t tell the whole story.

Wash early, wash often and learn some useful alternatives to handshake greetings because a lot of people don’t bother to wash their hands at all.

Lisa McGreevy is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. Her favorite stay-healthy alternative greeting is waving at people from 50 feet away.

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Things to know before booking a hostel

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Let’s be honest, we would give up our jobs right now and travel the world for years on end if we could – but unfortunately, our bank account would have an emotional breakdown and cry for the rest of its short life. Yep, traveling costs money, which means that your dream of flying from one country to the next just isn’t viable. Everything from the flights, to the insurance, to the accommodation, to the food and the travel within each destination will set you back a fair few dollars, so it’s not even worth thinking about, right? Well, you shouldn’t write it off completely. Although many people often have negative thoughts on staying in hostels, they are one of the cheapest ways to travel the world on a budget. However, you should probably know these things before booking a hostel…

You need to do your own location research

Most major cities and tourist destinations are overrun with hostels – which means that they are all in competition with each other. Unfortunately for lowly travelers, the people who run these hostels know exactly what their potential customers would want from a hostel, which is why they often advertise themselves as ‘centrally located’ or ‘just a five-minute walk to the metro.’ However, these guys will say anything for a sale, so it’s important to do your own location research. Using Google Maps to locate where the hostel in relation to the areas you want to visit, make sure you know what you’re booking.

Always keep your safety in mind

Sadly, you can never guarantee the safety of your belongings when you travel. That’s just the way it is. Every time you leave your suitcase in an airport or in a hostel (or even a hotel) you never know what is going to happen – but you can do your best to ensure your possessions are kept safe. Make sure that you book your hostel in a safe neighborhood, and ensure that you take numerous combinations padlocks with you on your travels. Just to be sure, it’s also a good idea to label your luggage with your name, address and contact number just in case. For your own benefit, take a picture of your suitcase or backpack before you leave to show the relevant officials if your stuff is stolen.

Make sure you’re up to date on the check-in and check-out times

A hostel is not like a 5* hotel – and many do not have 24-hour concierges or even receptionists. Because of this, it’s important to ensure that you are aware of the hostel’s check-in and check-out times, because they may not agree with your itinerary. If you know your overnight train will be arriving in the early hours of the morning, it would be an idea to contact the hostel before you go to see if they will be able to make arrangements to check you in. The same goes for the check-out times.

Each hostel is different

One of the best things about hostels is that each one is different, and they each have their own vibe. Most hostels around the world try to offer their own social scene for their visitors, and may often house their own bar or games rooms to accommodate their guests. By looking at their website, you’ll be able to get a feel for their vibe. If they are a buzzing hub of drinking and DJ’s, the introverted travelers may want to steer clear. If they are in the middle of nowhere that features just one communal kitchen, the travelers looking for a good time may want to choose somewhere else.

Hotels are one of the cheapest ways to travel the world – but you need to know how to choose the right one!

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(Our previous post appears below.) 

 

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Everything you wanted to know about Taiwan

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Many people head to Asia when backpacking, the hot climate, and rich cultural history attract thousands every year. Not many of us take the time to research and uncover the history of the countries we visit, preferring to jump right in and get exploring. It might be worth just taking a second to try to understand the history of Taiwan should you be heading there though.

A brief history

Taiwan is officially called the Republic of China, it neighbors China, Japan, and the Philippines. It is the most densely populated nation that doesn’t belong to the United Nations. Taiwan was ruled by the ancient Chinese Qing dynasty before they ceded the country to Japan in 1895. After World War II and the Japanese surrender to the Allies, Taiwan was once again controlled by China. Taiwan now governs itself, and China has no control over them, despite their protestations saying otherwise. Alright, enough history, where should you visit?

 Taipei

Like most countries, it is always worth swinging by their capital city to get a feel for the culture and vibrancy of the nation. If you visit the city, you must venture out at night to discover the fabulous night markets. These markets offer many local delicacies, and there is no shortage of the street snacks, so make sure you go with an empty stomach to pack as much in as possible. Take a trip out to Pingxi, an hour from the city, and let off a sky lantern. The area is well-known for its Sky Lantern festival in February or March. If you feel like a walk, try hiking Elephant Mountain. Many trails are well marked, and the scenery is unbelievably green, once at the top of the mountain you can take in the whole city. Bring a camera!

Yangmingshan National Park

The national park is one of Taiwan’s greatest attractions and contains hot springs and geysers as well as volcanic rock. Amazingly, entry to the park is free, but vehicles will incur a parking charge. Paid tours are available for those not comfortable setting off on their own. Travelers enjoy walks to the flower clock and strolling through the cherry blossom or calla lily fields.

Tainan

The former capital city of Taiwan is full of hidden secrets just waiting to be discovered. Head to the Ten Drum Culture Village to witness the huge drum that was converted from a disused sugar refinery. Locals recommend visiting at night due to the lights they have in place around the instrument. Sticking with the theme of transformation, you must visit the Anping Tree House, in the Anping district. This house has been almost entirely taken over by mother nature, and many people draw comparisons to Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Entrance is less than $ 2, so it really is worth a visit.

Taroko National Park

Visit the Eternal Springs Shrine, built to commemorate those who lost their lives during its construction. The shrine is placed within the Taroko gorge and is a must see if you visit the park, visitors to the park recommend heading up to the bell tower near the shrine to get a good view of the scenery. Following the shrine, visitors must hike the swallow grotto trail, which goes through several tunnels, the name comes from the swallows nesting in the cliff rocks. The short hike has many wonderful views and is a peaceful stroll through the park.

Those were some of the places we recommend you check out during your trip to Taiwan. The value for money is incredible, with many attractions costing just a few dollars apiece, which definitely will not break the bank.

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I compare myself to moms I don’t know on Instagram

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Maggie Downs

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The other day I unloaded over the phone to one of my close friends. Fights I’d been having with my husband, frustration with my toddler’s independent/insolent streak, work and other personal challenges. I spilled all the tea, basically.

“Wow, that does not sound good,” my friend finally said. “But at least your life looks great on Insta.”

I laughed, because it was true. But I can’t stop thinking about how strange that is.

The world's cutest toddler runs through a field of orange poppies

You can see the stunning field of wildflowers I posted on Instagram, not the argument we had in the car on the way home. You see my son frolicking on a trail, not the no-nap wildebeest who stomped through the house later.

The world's cutest toddler runs through a field of delicate purple flowers and yellow wildflowers

It made me think about how often I open the Instagram app and gaze at the images from moms I don’t know.

They’re lean and fit, wearing gauzy dresses as they bathe their pudgy, adorable babies in farmhouse sinks. They live in minimalist houses with toys made out of wood. They cook healthy, sensible but whimsical-looking lunches (plus the occasional ice cream cone for #FriYay). They take long walks along a foggy beach with their hot partners, their babies snoozing contentedly in natural-fiber carriers. Even their “Whoops! We made a mess baking cookies!” posts are cozy and inviting.

I have a messy, imperfect life, but these moms have “lifestyles.”

I know that things aren’t perfect for these families. I mean, I know that on a rational level. The things on Instagram are carefully curated images, designed to show a small sliver of someone’s life. There’s no complete picture.

It’s easy to forget that when I scroll through the feed, though, longing for a clean house with gleaming hardwood floors or a baby who coos instead of screams. It’s easy to want what they have. Heck, even jealousy feels authentic and meaningful when you’re looking at mamas who exude wellness and inspiration. (Once I closed the app on my phone, growling, “I want a smoothie bowl in a Mason jar with granola on top! I want to make things that are healthy for me!” So if jealousy motivates you to do things that are good for you, what could be wrong with that?)

But I still look at their profiles and wonder if the perfect lifestyle is just one #vanlife journey away.

A field of orange poppies in California. They are bobbing their heads in the gentle breeze

So what’s the solution? I don’t think weaning myself from social media is the answer. I’ve written before about the connections I’ve cultivated through these platforms, and I believe the good far outweighs the bad. Besides, I really like to look at pretty photos. Instagram still feels like a haven on the Internet, even if it comes with a hefty side dish of envy.

I think I just need to remember what my friend taught me: It’s possible for both the flowers and the fights to coexist. I know that from my own experience.

People are complicated. Our lives as mothers are complex and multifaceted, and there are as many ways to raise a family as there are families. (Some do it in flowy linen dresses; I do it in old tee-shirts and yoga pants.) And while a picture might say 1,000 words, our realities consist of entire libraries. It’s not necessarily a fabrication to only reveal one chapter at a time.

And here’s the other thing: I still want to spend my days frolicking through flowers with my son. Even if it never ends up on Insta.

Do you compare yourself with other moms on social media?

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Her specific role has not yet been revealed, though THR states: "Scientist is said to be in her job description." Brie Larson stars in the titular role under the direction of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. 

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Everything you wanted to know about Singapore

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Located in Southeast Asia, the island city-state of Singapore is an incredible destination to add to your travel bucket list. Packed full of religious landmarks, vast shopping malls and modern gardens, there is so much to appreciate in this beautiful corner of the world. Plus, with its tropical climate, you never need to worry about getting a chill. Doesn’t it sound like a paradise? If this hasn’t convinced you, just read on – there’s so much more for you to discover. Here is everything you’ve ever wanted to know about visiting Singapore.

A little insight

While Singapore may be relatively small, it packs a pretty big punch. It became independent from Malaysia in 1965, and those in charge have since worked hard to establish the area as a multicultural financial hub. They don’t play around – it’s illegal to chew gum or spit in public – but the sun, sights and Singaporeans more than make up for a couple of head-scratching regulations.

Let’s go to the mall

Singapore might be a long way to go to do some shopping, but if you’re in the area, then it’s worth taking a look in some of their malls. Shopping is an increasingly fundamental part of the city-state’s culture, and there are malls everywhere now. The Great Singapore Sale that happens annually is an incredible tourist attraction and worth attending if you’re there at the right time of year.

Get a taste

Singapore has become a hub of cultural delicacies, and not just their own. The mainland boasts fine dining experiences that easily rival its western counterparts, although you might be on the lookout for something a little more affordable. If that’s the case, Hawker centers are the place to go. They offer inexpensive food that embodies the fusion style that Singapore is known for, and are pretty common throughout the city. Food tours are also a regular occurrence out on the streets of Singapore, and they offer the perfect opportunity to challenge your taste buds and sample the local flavor without reservation.

City in a garden

A visit to Singapore isn’t complete without a visit to one of their many glorious gardens. It’s hard to miss them – the area is deeply rooted in nature. The National Orchid Garden is a particular highlight, where you can experience a scented tour of Singapore’s rich history, as well as the Gardens by the Bay. Covering an area of 101 hectares, these waterfront gardens offer a great selection of activities and attractions for everyone, not all of which involve flowers. There are light displays, art installations and even a children’s water park. If you do wish to stare at flowers, however, you can do a lot of that too.

Out for the night

Singapore isn’t generally considered a cheap place to visit, and it’s best to ensure you’ve got enough money tucked away before you make the trip. If you’re looking to have a drink or two in the evening, there are some amazing places for you to venture to, but know now that it might cost you. Drinks in Singapore tend to be more expensive, but a visit to somewhere like Clarke Quay will quickly help you to forget that. Cocktail bars can be found all over the city, and they all put their own little twist on some classic flavors.

If you’re interested in visiting Singapore, don’t let anything hold you back. The area has come into its own so much in the last few decades and has a lot to offer, even if you might have to flash the cash a little.

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7 things you need to know about Kaia Gerber

Kaia Gerber, we salute you. The legs, the wisdom, the hot new Omega watch – we’ll take it all

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As soon as she hit 16 (the legal age limit for models walking on the catwalk, FYI), Kaia Gerber made her catwalk debut at the Calvin Klein show in New York. As the daughter of Cindy Crawford, it was pretty much a given she would follow in her mother’s footsteps into the world of modelling, and last week Kaia Gerber made another debut – working with Omega as the face of its new Tresor timepiece. We met up with the model-of-the-moment to chat style rules, social feeds and what it really means to be a super now.

She’s not a supermodel. Yet…
‘When people refer to me as a supermodel, I think, ‘‘Give me a little time, at least!’’ The word supermodel shouldn’t be used lightly and I definitely think it has to be earned. But it’s an honour to be associated with who was there in the nineties.’


She grew up with Omega
‘To be a Omega ambassador is such a honour for me. My entire family went to the Beijing Olympics with Omega, and I was just in awe of the Omega family. It was on that trip that we got really close and I knew from that moment this was a company I wanted to work with,’ Gerber says, adding, ‘this is the first time I’ve worked with my mom, officially, for Omega; to be able to do shoot together with Peter Lindbergh means the world to me.’ What we would have given to have been a fly on that wall in that shoot, Cindy Crawford and Kaia Gerber together, boom!
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Karlie Kloss gave her the modelling 101…
‘My mom never gave me a catwalk lesson.’ In our heads, the supermodel duo sashay down their hallway all day every day but, alas, non. ‘I’m not catwalking down the hallways of my house, sorry to disappoint you,’ Kaia Gerber laughs. So, apart from her super mum, who else does she admire in the industry? ‘I have always looked up to Karlie Kloss. She started out even younger than my mom, and when I started out she always had the best advice for me.’

…but Cindy is her all-time inspo
It must be pretty inspiring having Cindy Crawford as your mum, Kaia Gerber tells us: ‘She’s so down to earth – that supermodel version of Cindy Crawford wasn’t my mom – she did a really good job of separating her work and home life, and I admire her for that.’

She has a golden style rule and we are SO into it
‘I follow the rule of less is more. I’m a bit of a tomboy, I just like to be comfortable as I’m usually running around. I wear jeans and sneakers every day and look at watches as an accessory, like sunglasses. If it makes you feel good, you should wear it. Watches are a piece of history – that’s what I love about the Omega Tresor – how classic it is. I wanted [the design] to be something true to Omega while giving it a modern twist.’ Hit the full Tresor collection here
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She loves a snoop in her mum’s closet
‘As a kid I would go into her closet and find her watches and jewellery and stack them up, literally weighing my wrists down. But now I have my own Tresor watch, which I wear everyday, I don’t have to steal hers.’ She didn’t just stop at watches though… ‘I definitely take a lot of her vintage pieces, they are the most iconic to me.’

She’s just like us on Instagram
Apart from the 3 million followers, obviously… but Kaia Gerber loves the way she can express herself on the app: ‘Instagram is the closest I can get to being who I really am – it’s easy to get caught up in social media but I don’t let it dictate how I live my life. I think when I was about 13 one person started following me on Instagram and I thought, how did they find me?’ And her fave person to follow? ‘ My brother Presley, because I would not know what he’s doing otherwise! When I’m travelling and he’s not responding to me, I have to check to see where he is. You spend so much time looking at other people’ s lives it’ s hard to live life in the moment. Some of the best advice my parents have given me is to be grateful.’ Words to live by? We think so, too.

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Cover yourself in mud, and get to the choppah, because the first teaser trailer for The Predator is here. The fourth movie in the series about lethal alien hunters — or sixth if we count the Alien vs. Predator crossovers — looks to be a very different take on a property that began with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the jungles of South America in 1987. 

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The long-awaited third installment in an action-crime series, Bad Boys for Life has been set for release by Sony Pictures in 2020, according to The Wrap. The project has been long in development, so let's catch up with everything we know.

Who will star?

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence will reprise their roles as Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett, respectively, who are police detectives in Miami.

Who will direct?

Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah. They began in the Belgian film…

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Truth can be just as prolific as fiction. Sure, Star Wars and Tolkien fantasies can spawn countless stories for fans, but there's also always room for another Abraham Lincoln biopic or World War II drama or TV series or movie based specifically on the nonfiction book Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream.

According to Variety, there's a new feature adaptation of H.G. Bissinger's 1990 publication in the works, and David Gordon Green, who is currently…

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‘Bill & Ted 3’ Is Officially Happening; Here’s Everything We Know

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We've been hearing about a third Bill & Ted movie forever. It almost seemed like just a pipe dream for the fans as well as stars Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves. Well, now you can go back in time and tell your younger self to keep positive, because Bill & Ted Face the Music is really happening. Yes, really.

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The last time we saw Robert Downey Jr. as iconic detective Sherlock Holmes was in 2011. That year saw the release of the sequel Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, and soon after we were supposed to get a third installment. Whether it was a matter of development troubles or RDJ's commitment to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Sherlock Holmes 3 didn't happen right away. 

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4 Bra-Fitting Tips an Expert Wants You to Know

According to Fitzgerald, styles that once worked for you may no longer do your figure justice—especially if your body’s gone through significant changes. Be open to trying on different styles, cuts, and sizes.

Shopping for bras, no matter what size you are, is likely the last thing you want to do. Between navigating the right size and finding a style that makes you feel cool and confident underneath it all, it’s a tedious task. However, if you have the right bra-fitting tips, it can make things a whole lot easier.

Let’s face it—there’s nothing more uncomfortable than an ill-fitting bra. After all, it’s one of the reasons we can’t wait to remove them at the end of the day or go into the braless territory is to avoid the lingerie piece altogether.

We looked to Tiffany Fitzgerald from The Lace Lounge in Los Angeles for her best tips to make sure you get the right bra fit. When you have these in mind, finding the perfect bra that feels comfortable and looks great will be a breeze. Check out her tips now.

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“A woman’s breast size can change several times during her lifetime. Do not get married to a size, go with what fits, and don’t get hung up on sizing,” she says.

Once you’ve added these to your cart, check out how to wash your lingerie to make sure those last as long as possible.

“Most of the time you might wear a 36C, but depending on how a style or brand is running, you may sometimes need a 36B or a 34D,” Fitzgerald says. She also mentions that different fabrics and your breast shape dictate how a bra will fit you.

Fitzgerald says, “28D, 30C, 32B, and 34A are sister sizes. These sizes have the same cup volume but have different band lengths. The band and cup work in ratios. For instance, 30B, 32B, 34B, 36B, and 38B all have the same cup-to-band ratio, but each is one cup size bigger than the other.”

Now shop for some gorgeous bras to add to your own lingerie collection.

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Everything We Know About ‘Avengers 4’ So Far

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10 Things To Know About Former McDonald’s President and CEO Don Thompson

There’s a lot more to C-suite executive Don Thompson—the 2007 Black Enterprise Executive of the Year who gave B.E. an exclusive in-person interview after retiring from McDonald’s in 2015—than you might think.

10 Things You Need to Know About Former McDonald’s President and CEO Don Thompson

  1. He and his wife, Liz Thompson, recently created a $ 1 million endowment for Purdue University’s College of Engineering, according to a statement released by the college; $ 900,000 will go toward scholarships for underrepresented engineering students, and the rest will go to the Minority Engineering Program, or MEP.
  2. Thompson and his wife graduated from Purdue and both majored in electrical engineering.
  3. Thompson has been a Purdue trustee since 2009.
  4. Don and Liz met through MEP.
  5. Their gift to the college will help to ensure that MEP can continue to support students of color pursuing engineering at Purdue. Other colleges have adopted the MEP model, according to the statement.
  6. The Thompsons’ gift will support MEP programs like its Engineering Academic Boot Camp, designed to support the transition of underrepresented students to Purdue campus life.
  7. The Thompsons lead Cleveland Avenue, a privately held venture capital firm that invests in “innovative food, beverage, and restaurant concepts and emerging brands.”
  8. The Thompsons also head their own foundation, the Cleveland Avenue Foundation for Education. Don is CEO and Liz is president.
  9. Don worked for Northrop Grumman Corp. before going to McDonald’s, where he worked for 25 years, the last three as president and CEO.
  10. He has received a number of honors, including a Humanitarian Award from the Illinois Holocaust Museum in 2012.

“Purdue University, and specifically the Minority Engineering Program, opened doors of opportunity for Liz and me,” Don Thompson is quoted as saying in the statement. “Those doors, and God’s grace, ultimately led to successful careers that yielded economic opportunities to enable us to do what we’re doing today. Not only did we meet at Purdue through the program, but MEP helped shape our grit and perseverance—first through the summer engineering camps and then through the support it offered in response to academically challenging courses. At every step, they were there for us and now we want to pay it forward.”

Learn more at the Purdue website.

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John Lithgow Joins Jason Clarke in ‘Pet Sematary’ Remake; Here’s Everything We Know

John Lithgow Joins Jason Clarke in 'Pet Sematary' Remake; Here's Everything We Know

Update 2: John Lithgow (above with Will Ferrell in Daddy's Home 2) has joined Pet Sematary. In the new version, based on Stephen King's novel, Lithgow will portray Jud Crandall, described as "a kindly neighbor," per THR. 

The role was played by Fred Gwyne in the original film; he introduced his new neighbors to the titular memorial park and explained how things worked. We'll have to wait to see if the new version takes a different path with the character. It's…

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The most intriguing Cinco de Mayo trivia you should definitely know before celebrating this year

The most intriguing Cinco de Mayo trivia you should definitely know before celebrating this year


The most intriguing Cinco de Mayo trivia you should definitely know before celebrating this year

For many people, May 5th represents Cinco de Mayo, a celebration of Mexican heritage. However, despite its popularity in the U.S., the holiday is largely misunderstood, and unfortunately, often leads to significant cultural appropriation. That’s why it’s crucial to learn the basics of Cinco de Mayo if you’re going to be partaking in the festivities — along with some solid Cinco de Mayo trivia, of course.

And we know — research can be daunting. Which is exactly why we’ve gathered some of the most important and interesting Cinco de Mayo trivia for your knowledge-loving brain to absorb. Not only will you be better informed after perusing the below, but you might just wow a friend or two as you celebrate the day. So, like, double win.

Read on for knowledge!

1. Cinco de Mayo is not a day to celebrate Mexican independence.

Many people believe that Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexican independence. However, the holiday actually celebrates Mexico’s victory over France during the Battle of Puebla on May 5th, 1862. The French army was much larger but the Mexican people stood their ground in Puebla, and won. While the French eventually did overtake the city, it’s still considered a victory.

2. Cinco de Mayo started in the U.S. in the 1960s.

Some might wonder how this Mexican celebration of victory over the French made its way to the United States. In the 1960s, Chicano activists began to raise more awareness about Cinco de Mayo because they could identify with the victory of indigenous Mexicans. They felt that the Battle of Puebla was a good way to celebrate Mexican heritage, and so it began.

3. There’s an American Civil War tie-in.

If it weren’t for victory at the Battle of Puebla, France may have helped the South during the American Civil War, which could have completely changed the outcome.

4. President Roosevelt made the holiday more popular in the U.S.

In 1933, Roosevelt enacted the “Good Neighbor Policy,” which was supposed to improve relations with Latin American countries. Cinco de Mayo became an essential way to connect the two different cultures.

5. Cinco de Mayo isn’t considered a big holiday in Mexico.

While the day is widely recognized in the U.S., Cinco de Mayo isn’t  considered a federal holiday in Mexico, and celebrations are relatively small compared to those in the United States.

6. The largest Cinco de Mayo event in the WORLD  happens in L.A.

That’s right — Los Angeles! The Festival de Fiesta Broadway is the world’s largest Cinco de Mayo celebration. More than 600,000 people celebrate annually. Two other significant festivals are held in Denver, Colorado and St Paul, Minnesota.

7. The city of Puebla has the largest celebration in Mexico.

While Cinco de Mayo may not be incredibly popular in Mexico, it’s still an important day in the city of Puebla, which is where the historic battle took place.

8. Celebrations in Mexico are totally different than the U.S-based ones.

While many in the U.S. associate the day with happy hour margaritas and guac, in Puebla, it’s referred to as El Día de la Batalla de Puebla (The Day of the Battle of Puebla). The holiday is celebrated with political speeches, battle re-enactments, parades, and fireworks.

9. Americans consume more than 80 million pounds of avocados on Cindo de Mayo.

It’s no secret that guacamole is the dish to eat in the U.S. on Cinco de Mayo. That adds up to a lot of avocados. In fact, the California Avocado Commission says that Americans consume up to 81 million pounds of avocados on Cinco de Mayo every year.

10. It’s also the day Americans drink the most tequila.

Avocados aren’t the only thing Americans are inhaling on May 5th. It’s also the largest tequila consumption day in the country. Since 2002, U.S. imports of tequila have grown almost 50 percent, and in 2008 alone, more than 10.6 million 9-liter cases of tequila were sold.

11. Tacos are not considered the traditional dish of the day.

Aside from guac and margs, everyone knows that Cinco de Mayo is all about the tacos… right? Wrong. In Puebla, the traditional dish eaten on this holiday is mole poblano. Mole (which is pronounced with an emphasis on the second syllable, like guacamole) was invented in the 17th century, and is a thick sauce made of chocolate, chili peppers, and other spices. It’s traditionally served over turkey legs. So if you want to celebrate Mexican heritage on May 5th, put down the tacos, and go to an authentic restaurant.

12. It’s the 7th largest holiday for the U.S. beer industry.

Tequila and avocados aren’t the only items in demand on Cinco de Mayo — so is beer. The beer industry reports almost $ 700 million in beer sales on May 5th.

13. In Vancouver, they celebrate with skydiving boogie.

Vancouver, Canada celebrates the holiday with a tradition called a “skydiving boogie,” which involves aerial acrobatics and an annual air show. Sounds pretty interesting.

Try to keep this Cinco de Mayo trivia in mind when you celebrate this year. The holiday is more special when we understand its context and history.

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(Read our previous post below, published on April 19, 2018, for much more about the movie.)

 

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Late into her shift one night, Hannah*, a new paramedic, went into a medic room at a local hospital to grab new sheets and supplies. It was a cool spring night in Chicago, and her boss was sitting in the room working on his laptop.

Then, he allegedly attacked her. The ambulance commander put the computer down, grabbed Hannah with both hands, and forcibly kissed her with an open mouth, according to a federal lawsuit.

As Hannah said “no” and backed away, her boss kissed her and licked her face, according to the complaint. Hannah put her hands on his chest to push him off.

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Very interesting things you didn’t know about the Statue of Liberty

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The Statue of Liberty is perhaps one of the most well known symbols of the United States. Situated at the mouth of the Hudson River in New York City, once new immigrants heading to Ellis Island saw the statue they knew that they were home and that they were to begin a new, better, more prosperous life. But the statue itself also has an amazing history. Here are five facts to fill you with awe for this totally American icon.

People used to live on Liberty Island

The name of the island where the statue is based in the Hudson River is called Liberty Island, and there have been several people who have tried to make the island their homestead. In fact, there was a couple living on the island as late as 2012. The couple, whose last name is Luchsinger, lived for free on the island. How did they get such a sweet deal? The husband, David, worked for the national parks service and helped with the upkeep of the statue. Sadly, his house sustained serious damage during Hurricane Sandy, forcing the couple to move out of their free New York City home.

You used to be able to climb to the torch

If you visit the statue of liberty today, you can climb (or take an elevator) all the way up to the crown of Lady Liberty. However, at one point you were able to go all the way up to the tippy top of the torch. However, the torch has been off limits to tourists ever since the Black Tom terror attack of 1916. German agents came in and blew up almost 2 million tons of explosives destined for the British. The shrapnel (as well as blast which had the same amount of force as a 5.5 magnitude earthquake) damaged the structural integrity of the torch, and the torch observation deck has been closed ever since. For those who still want to see the view however, there is a webcam on the top.

The statue is modeled after a real person

When sculptor Frederic Bartholdi wanted to make the world’s most impressive and famous statue, he decided that he would model the statue on the most important woman in his life – his mother. Thats right, the woman giving so much hope to so many immigrants throughout the past hundred plus years was the sculptor’s mom. This secret was let out when a French politician accompanied the sculptor to the opera one evening, and saw a woman who happened to look exactly like the statue. When asked, the sculptor wasn’t shy and said “Yes, this is my mother.”

The sculptor wanted another statue

The Statue of Liberty is perhaps the most famous statue in one of the most important trading ports in the world, but the sculptor wanted to make a second statue on the other side of the planet and wanted her to be no less famous. He wanted to build this statue however, in Egypt, at the mouth of the Suez Canal, linking the Mediterranean sea to the Indian Ocean via the Red Sea. According to reports, the statue was set to be of an Egyptian woman holding a lantern to “light the way to Asia.” The project never got off the ground due to the fact that the Egyptians weren’t willing to pay for it.

The statue arrived in pieces

The Statue of Liberty is much too big to have been transported by ship. So each piece was built and sculpted separately, and was ultimately assembled in its present form on Liberty Island. Imagine seeing just a giant head laying on a ship. Oh wait, that picture totally exists.

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When it comes to skin care products, it’s all about the ingredients. The right ones can transform skin but the wrong ones can cause dryness, redness and a smattering of breakouts. Those with sensitive skin know this too well, which is why people with reactive skin are very careful about what they put on their faces. If you’re looking for a soothing ingredient that won’t irritate skin, licorice is an important one to know.

So everyone’s on the same page, we’re not talking about licorice candy, we’re talking about the root of the Glycyrrhiza glabra, a plant native to southern Europe and parts of Asia. In terms of skin care, licorice is beneficial for brightening, lightening dark spots and improving skin tone, saysDr. Toral Patel, leading board-certified dermatologist in Chicago. Patel notes that licorice also contains an anti-inflammatory compound known as glycyrrhizin, which can soothe red, irritated skin.

Unlike divisive licorice candy, licorice skin care is generally well tolerated by the majority, says Patel. The exception is those with a licorice allergy or intolerance, in which case, steer clear. Those who are curious about trying the soothing ingredient can find licorice most commonly in serums and creams. Here are some of the best calming licorice beauty products to try now.

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Everything you need to know about nail art for your wedding day

If you’re searching for a way to help your wedding day manicure stand out in a sea of neutrals, you might want to put nail art on your radar. Enter Paintbox, the New York City-based salon known for turning bare nails into miniature pieces of modern art with inspired designs, two-tone color schemes, and intriguing textures. And, thanks to their brand new bridal menu, their artists now officially offer specific nail art looks that were designed with the bride-to-be in mind. The best part? You don’t have to be planning a futuristic fête to try the trend. “Our bridal look book is broken up into categories to make it super simple for anyone to be able to choose her look based on her mood and style,” explains Julie Kandalec, Paintbox’s Creative Director. Here, she gives a little insight into wedding nail art trends and her advice for brides who want big day manis with a side of Matisse.

The French manicure is on its way out.

At least, it is in New York City, says Kandalec. Instead, women most frequently asked for design like thin lines of glitter, glitter ombré, and crescent slivers. Just as popular? A straight wash of sheer pink or peach—looks like your favorite neutral is safe for another season.

Glitter is on the rise.

“We see a full range of classic to sparkly, but there’s definitely a lot of glitter going on during wedding season!” reveals Kandalec. Not sure what type of glitter to ask for? Look to your engagement ring for the perfect sparkly shade, she suggests. “A bride will always lean towards milky whites, sheer pinks, and pale blush pinks, but I always suggest a bit of sparkle in the same color as her engagement ring.” A lilac base, she adds, is also up and coming.

Courtesy of Paintbox

Nail art won’t overpower the rest of your look.

So you can rest assured. For brides who want to keep things subtle, Kandalec designed Luxe 03 (solid peach base with two squiggly lines) and Graphic 01 (light pink base with a skinny asymmetrical curve). “I designed Luxe 03 to be more than a solid nail but not overpowering,” she says. “Graphic 01 is so minimal—it provides asymmetrical visual interest that’s more than just an angled stripe.”

Classic brides can get in on the fun, too.

Just because you don’t describe yourself as modern doesn’t mean nail art isn’t for you. Kandalec created the “Classic” range with this specific woman in mind—and recommends she start with Classic 01, which is created with opal foil. “It adds just the right amount of glamour to your nails to still be considered classic,” she adds. “Plus, it’ll softly reflect whatever color you’re wearing, making it the perfect chameleon shade.”

Courtesy of Paintbox

Related article: How to buff your nails like a pro for your wedding

Nail art can be tailored around any nail length—but aim to grow them out.

“All lengths can be beautiful, but having some length for your wedding nails makes them more elegant for the formal occasion,” she continues. “Also, I love an almond shape—it’s more timeless than square!”

Do this to make your nail art last through the honeymoon.

Get gel, says Kandalec. “Since gel lasts two to three weeks, it’s definitely best to have it for the honeymoon. That way you can focus more on sipping piña coladas by the pool, rather than filing your nails by the pool!”

This article originally appeared on Martha Stewart Weddings.

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Get Well Wednesday: What You Need To Know About Sarcoidosis

Many of us first heard about the disease sarcoidosis when it was revealed comedian Bernie Mac had been diagnosed with it. Since that time, we’ve learned that Tisha Campbell Martin has also been diagnosed.

 In the United States, sarcoidosis is more prevalent among African-Americans, presenting 10 times more common in Blacks, and occurring two times more frequently in Black females than in Black males.

 WHAT IS SARCOIDOSIS? ARE THERE DIFFERENT TYPES?

Sarcoidosis is a disease that causes your immune system to overreact, which can lead to health issues. We don’t know exactly what triggers this over-reaction, but this is a subject of intense investigation in the research labs across the country. While sarcoidosis can affect virtually any organ in the body including the skin, lymph nodes, heart, nervous system, and joints, over 90% of cases include the lungs.

HOW DOES SARCOIDOSIS AFFECT YOUR BODY? DESCRIBE THE SYMPTOMS.

If you have sarcoidosis, the increased inflammation in your body may cause flu-like symptoms such as night sweats, joint pain and fatigue. This inflammation can lead to scar tissue in your lungs while also making them function more poorly. Some people with sarcoidosis also have skin and eye damage in addition to lung disease. Occasionally, those with sarcoidosis develop granulomas and inflammation in their hearts, which can trigger abnormal heart rhythms and problems with heart muscle pumping strength.

WHAT CAUSES SARCOIDOSIS AND WHY IS IT SO HARD TO DIAGNOSE?
No one knows what exactly causes sarcoidosis, but we do know that people over the between the ages of 20 and 40 years old, and women are more likely to develop sarcoidosis.

Sarcoidosis is difficult to diagnose because of the range of ways it can show up in the body – from skin rashes to blurry vision to respiratory problems – and some patients never have overt symptoms. In addition, sarcoidosis is a rare disease – estimated to affect 200,000 Americans (i.e. < 0.1% of us) making leading to a lack of knowledge among some physicians. Lung doctors tend to have the most experience with sarcoidosis.

 IS SARCOIDOSIS HEREDITARY?
The incidence rate in African-Americans is threefold to fourfold higher compared to Caucasian patients, however the disease has been characterized in all demographics regardless of age, gender or race.

 IS IT ALWAYS DEADLY OR CAN ONE LIVE A FULL LIFE WITH SARCOIDOSIS?
You absolutely can live a full life with sarcoidosis. Sarcoidosis is a confusing disease in the fact that symptoms can come and go, and range in severity overtime. In most of these cases, the disease improves by itself, and up to 30% of patients with sarcoidosis have symptoms improve without treatment.

It is sometimes said that 1/3rd of patients improve without treatment, 1/3 remain unchanged even without treatment, but 1/3rd tend to have progressive disease that may need treatment. In many people with evidence of organ dysfunction treatment with anti-inflammatory medications can be very helpful.

WHAT ARE YOUR SUGGESTIONS FOR INDIVIDUALS LIVING WITH SARCOIDOSIS ON HOW BEST TO MANAGE THEIR DISEASE?
it is very important to involve your doctor in your treatment and management plan with sarcoidosis. By monitoring how your symptoms change over time, you can make sure you are getting the right treatment at the right time, and accessing the support you need.

Sarcoidosis is often treated with the help of a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals. Because the disease can affect so many organ systems, you may work with healthcare providers who specialize in the treatment of the lungs, heart, brain, kidneys, liver, eyes and skin.

Support can come in many forms, and include oxygen therapy for patients with advanced disease who have low oxygen levels in the blood. For such sarcoidosis patients, supplemental oxygen can be helpful to decrease your shortness of breath during everyday activities and feel less fatigued and help keep you active. Pulmonary rehabilitation programs can be helpful for those who have experienced muscular deconditioning after a period of significant exercise limitation due to illness. It is important to keep moving.

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS THAT YOU MAY HAVE SARCOIDOSIS?
Sarcoidosis is difficult to diagnose because of the range of ways it can show up in the body – from skin rashes to blurry vision to respiratory problems – and some patients never have overt symptoms. In addition, sarcoidosis is a rare disease – estimated to affect 200,000 Americans making knowledge leading to a lack of knowledge among some physicians.   However, you should contact your doctor if you think you have the flu or are experiencing any of the symptoms – blurry vision, skin rashes, respiratory issues.

ARE THEY ANY SUPPORT GROUPS FOR PEOPLE WITH SARCOIDOSIS?
It’s essential to reach out to others in similar situations to talk and support one another. The American Lung Association has Better Breathers Clubs that meet once or twice a month with a respiratory therapist to learn more about their chronic lung disease and connect with others in similar situations. You can find the Club closest to you at Lung.org/better-breathers, as well as information about our online support groups should travel be a barrier for you.

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I want to hit “pause” on my almost-4-year-old son for many reasons. I just love the stage where he is right now, so cuddly and funny and jokey. I already look back on his baby photos and wonder what happened to that little guy. And, oh my goodness, how can it be time to upgrade his car seat to a booster already?

Lately I’ve been researching boosters and wincing at the prices, wondering how I’m going to wedge a new expense in the family budget.

Almost as if by magic, I found this exciting news from Target: In honor of Earth month, Target stores across the country are holding a car seat trade-in event. They’re helping folks recycle their old car seats while saving money on the necessary new ones. This sounded like the perfect way to get rid of the old, faded infant seat that has been gathering dust in the garage.

Why is it important to recycle your car seat? If you have anything older than six years, it’s probably expired or might not meet current regulations. A lot of car seats can’t be recycled through curbside programs. And car seats that have been in accidents should be replaced immediately. But you don’t want them going to a landfill, right?

An infant car seat that is recycled in the Target trade-in program

 

Here’s what you have to do:

Between April 22 and May 5, bring any unwanted car seat to your local Target. It can be any car seat — even if it’s 15 years old, even if you didn’t buy it from Target, even if you bought it from a sketchy guy named Chet on Craigslist. (Um, especially if you bought it from a sketchy guy named Chet on Craigslist.)

• Receive a coupon for 20-percent off a new car seat, booster seat, car seat base, travel system, or stroller. This is good for any in store or online purchases. (I’ve scoured the terms and conditions, and I didn’t see any off-limit brands. The sky’s the limit!)

• When you go to the store, there should be a big drop-off box in the customer service area, and a Target employee will will give you a coupon in exchange for your car seat.

(Note: The first Target I visited this morning said they were participating in the program, but they hadn’t received their coupons yet. I immediately went to another store, and they had the coupons. So maybe call ahead first just to be sure.)

A cardboard box at Target for the car seat drop-off event.

• You will receive one coupon per seat dropped off.

DEADLINE: The coupon is eligible through May 19, 2018.

The old car seats are recycled through Waste Management and are used to create new grocery carts, plastic buckets, and construction materials. Target has a little bit more info on that, if you’re interested. It’s a pretty big deal. Since launching the program in 2016, Target has recycled more than 176,000 car seats!

This is a win-win-win for me. Because of this program, I can get rid of the old infant seat that cluttering my garage, I know it’ll be used for something instead of sitting in a garbage heap, and the discount takes away some of the sting in buying a new product.

So I guess my son is allowed to grow up just a little more. And then I’ll hit “pause.”

Will you recycle your old car seat?

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Everything You Need to Know About the 2018 World Cup

Miss the Olympics? Well, another major, international, quadrennial sporting event is not too far off: On June 14, the 2018 men’s FIFA World Cup kicks off in Russia — and the competition is expected to be fierce.

The international soccer competition takes place every four years, with fan favorites like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo set to compete on their country’s behalf. But for the first time in 32 years, the U.S. will not compete in the World Cup after the men’s national team failed to qualify late last year.

Here’s what to know before players take on soccer’s biggest stage for the month-long competition.

Where and when is the 2018 World Cup?

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A man takes a photo of a statue of Zabivaka, the official mascot for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, in Manezhnaya square in downtown Moscow on April 2, 2018. MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images

The 2018 FIFA World Cup will take place at cities in Russia from June 14 through July 15. Teams will compete at 12 stadiums in 11 different cities, including Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Sochi, Nizhny Novgorod and Rostov-on-Don, among others.

The opening match, semi-final and final World Cup games will be played at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, FIFA announced last year. That stadium can hold around 80,000 spectators.

The final match for the 2018 World Cup is expected to kick off Sunday, July 15.

What are the teams to watch?

Heading into the 2018 World Cup, Germany, Brazil, Belgium and Portugal were among the highest-ranked teams by FIFA in April. Germany returns with hopes of defending its 2014 title, and Portugal’s squad, led by star Cristiano Ronaldo, are hoping to improve on their Euro 2016 win.

France, Italy, Argentina and Spain are also teams to watch heading into the 2018 World Cup.

As with any major sporting event, there’s a chance for a Cinderella story. Iceland will be competing in its first-ever World Cup after its stunning Euro 2016 run, and Panama will make its first appearance as well. Notably, Peru will return to the World Cup for the first time in 36 years.

Why isn’t the U.S. competing in the 2018 World Cup?

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William Van Hecke—Corbis via Getty ImagesTim Howard of USA stops a ball from Dries Mertens of Belgium during the FIFA 2014 World Cup at the Arena Fonte Nova stadium in Salvador, Brazil. William Van Hecke—Corbis via Getty Images

For the first time since 1986, the U.S. men’s national team won’t compete in the World Cup. The team lost 2-1 in the final qualifying round against Trinidad and Tobago in October 2017.

But the loss wasn’t the only thing that kept the U.S. out of the 2018 World Cup. Wins from Panama and Honduras in their qualifying matches over Costa Rica and Mexico, respectively, secured the U.S.’s missed shot. And U.S. losses against other teams in the CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) did not bode well for the team’s chances.

Soccer in the U.S. has “been set back by several years” as a result, said Jurgen Klinsmann, who was the team’s coach until November 2016 when he was ousted after its lackluster start, according to ESPN. “That was a huge disappointment.”

The lack of qualification comes after an exciting U.S. run in the 2014 World Cup. In fact, goalkeeper Tim Howard captured headlines when he made a stunning and record-breaking 16 saves against Belgium in the Round of 16. The U.S. went on to lose to Belgium, but Howard was named FIFA’s Man of the Match and excited fans went as far to change Wikipedia’s entry for the U.S. Secretary of Defense to feature Howard.

(Disappointed U.S. fans should remember 2016, when the women’s national team won the World Cup.)

Why is Russia hosting the 2018 World Cup?

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko giv
FABRICE COFFRINI—AFP/Getty ImagesRussian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko gives a press conference on Nov. 30, 2010 in Zurich before his country’s 2018 World Cup bid to world football’s ruling body FIFA. FABRICE COFFRINI—AFP/Getty Images

FIFA selected Russia for its 2018 host country as part of a campaign to spread the World Cup to new countries. In 2010, FIFA also selected Qatar as the World Cup’s host city for 2022. “We go to new lands,” Sepp Blatter, the former FIFA president who has since been ousted from his role amid the high-profile bribing scandal, said at the time, according to the New York Times. “Never has the World Cup been in Russia and Eastern Europe, and the Middle East and Arabic world has been waiting for a long time.”

Russia’s bid beat those from England and joint bids from Spain and Portugal, as well as the Netherlands and Belgium.

The Russia bid was riddled in controversy, however, when FIFA investigated claims both Russia and Qatar bribed voters to secure their bids.

Beyond that, there has been growing concern over security as a result of violent clashes incited by Russia soccer fans in recent months. A police officer died from a heart attack after a recent clash incited by Russian fans, according to Reuters. In 2016, violent clashes broke out between Russian and English fans in Marseille during Euro 2016. And in 2017, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said he was “not at all concerned” about potential clashes at the World Cup, according to BBC.

In April, FIFA announced it charged the Russian Football Union with fan racism that came as a result of a match between Russia and France in St. Petersburg earlier this year, the Associated Press reported. Russian fans reportedly targeted black French players with “monkey” chants. And that’s just the latest charge the country has faced with fan racism in Russian soccer.

Alexi Smertin, the Russian Football Union’s anti-discrimination officer, said it was working to identify those involved in the incident. “If these people’s guilt is proven, then there’s a high likelihood they won’t be allowed to attend World Cup and Russian league games,” he said, according to the AP.

The World Cup comes four years after Russia hosted the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, the International Olympic Committee suspended Russia from competing due to a systematic, widespread doping scheme. Individual athletes from the country were allowed to compete under a nameless flag “under strict conditions.” Still, a Russian curler who initially earned bronze in the 2018 mixed doubles event tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs and was striped of his medal.

How can I watch the 2018 World Cup on TV?

Viewers can catch all 64 matches of the 2018 World Cup live on FOX Sports. Thirty-eight of those matches will air live, including the opening match between Russia and Saudi Arabia on July 14 at 11:00 a.m. E.T., as well as the championship match on July 15 at 11:00 a.m. E.T.

Viewers with cable can also watch the games on the Fox Sports GO app on their iOS or Android phones, or on their Apple TV, FireTV, Roku, Chromecast and Xbox.

Telemundo Deportes, the Spanish-language sports network, will also air games from the World Cup on its network and Universo, as well as online.

What is this whole ‘cat’ thing?

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Peter Kovalev—Peter Kovalev/TASSDeaf cat Achilles from the State Hermitage Museum plays at the Respublika Koshek [Cat Republic] cat cafe, his new home. Peter Kovalev—Peter Kovalev/TASS

A white, deaf, German cat named Achilles may predict the correct winner of the 2018 World Cup. (You read that right.)

Russian officials announced that Achilles, who lives at the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, is slated to predict the highly anticipated event’s outcome.

Indeed, Achilles — dubbed the “feline oracle” by the museum — predicted several matches correctly during the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Saint Petersburg. For those matches, the cat chose correctly between two bowls of food marked with the flags of the competing countries.

Achilles now joins the ranks Paul the Octopus — an octopus that correctly predicted Germany’s 2014 World Cup win.

Can I still buy tickets to the 2018 World Cup?

Yes, tickets to the 2018 World Cup are still available. The last-minute phase of FIFA’s ticket selling began in mid-April, meaning that tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

“We would advise football fans to place their order online and as soon as the sales period opens, as high demand can be expected and the most sought-after Tickets are likely to sell out very quickly,” FIFA said on its website.

More than 1.69 million tickets have already been purchased since September 2017.

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