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Paul & Joe: 10 hot pieces you need in your life

Fashion brand Paul & Joe is the cute, chic, cat-obsessed label that will give you a kooky Parisian twist. As the new SS18 collection hits stores, here’s our edit of the 10 hot pieces you need in your life right now…

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If you’re a fan of flirty, pretty, French style, you’ve got a lot to thank fashion brand Paul & Joe for. Long before ‘French-girl-cool’ was the Brit fashion fixation it is now, the label was doing exactly that. As revealed in Marie Claire’s Sophie Mechaly Interview, for this Parisian designer the brand is all about “girls with style who just love French chic.” With a fun-loving and playful beauty collection launching in 2002, followed by a casual line of womenswear Paul & Joe Sister in 2006, Mechaly has quickly amplified her label’s boutique feel into a blossoming empire.

Founding her womenswear line in Paris in 1996 – naming the fashion brand Paul & Joe after her two young sons – Mechaly created a label that would combine boyish design elements with a cute and retro femininity. Mechaly’s recipe: take men’s shirts and blazers, and mix with frilly high-necked blouses and 70s-inspired denim. Then, sprinkle with Mary-Jane shoes and delicate jewellery. Et voilà: perfect gamine chic. It’s clear to see, Mechaly’s signature shirting is in her genes. During her childhood, her parents both worked in fashion and ran two successful shirt labels (Julien and Le Garage). After working as a shop assistant for Azzedine Alaïa, Mechaly set up on her own. She decided that French fashion was too conservative and in dire need of some colour and fun.

As a result, there’s no shortage of cool-girls lusting over this effortless style. Kate Moss, Alexa Chung, Kate Bosworth, Vanessa Paradis, Olivia Palermo, Daisy Lowe and Krisztina Bazan are all disciples of fashion brand Paul & Joe. Mechaly has even received royal-approval from The Duchess of Cambridge, who wore a Paul & Joe cape as part of her royal India tour wardrobe in Bhutan. From royals to rock-chic, fashion brand Paul & Joe has it covered.

It’s clear to see, her seasonal shows are a go-to for this classic Parisian flair, and the Paul & Joe SS18 collection is no exception. With a nod to many Summer Fashion Trends, Mechaly says the collection’s print ideas came from a Vegas get-away romance. Picture the “wise girl from a wealthy family who falls in love with a bad boy” as her inspiration. She mixes the innocence of vintage children’s clothing with brocade fabrics. Then adds in retro 60s and 70s designs. It’s the perfect combination for the rebellious pretty-girl and wild-at-heart tomboy behind her collection.

Wish list at the ready!

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Floral print cropped trousers, £277, available at Farfetch.com

These psychedelic trousers are an instant boost of SS18 tropical spirit!

 

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Embroidered cotton-voile maxi dress, £599.93, available at Net-A-Porter.com

A wardrobe classic, this lightweight cotton maxi dress is a holiday essential and has us dreaming of sunnier days ahead.

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Le Logo Joe intarsia cashmere jumper, £382, available at Boutique1.com

Logos a go go! This jumper is right on trend with the best logo fashion pieces that were all over the SS18 catwalks. Soft cashmere, and in a pretty-pastel shade, throw over an outfit for some comfort and instant chic.

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Tourbillon ruffled floral-print silk-crepon blouse, £413.90, available at Net-A-Porter.com

If you’re looking for that Parisian laid-back look, this pretty floral blouse with the label’s signature frills is your Paul & Joe staple.

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White shorts, 295€ approx. £260, available at paulandjoe.fr

Statement Shorts are having a moment in the Summer Fashion Trends we should be investing in, so look no further for some stylish summer tailoring.

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Striped satin-jacquard dress, £415, available at Net-A-Porter.com

Straight to the Riviera in this picture-perfect dress. We’re loving the cotton candy stripes and simple shape for a playful and polished look all in one.

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Prince of Wales check trench coat, 730€ approx. £644, available at paulandjoe.fr

Trench coats are a go-to for the street style set, with the trench coat 2.0 as seen at London Fashion Week stealing the limelight. The best trench coats really are the ultimate investment piece in all shapes and sizes, and we’re loving Paul & Joe’s latest offering in Spring’s It-print, the beloved check.

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Felino printed silk-twill dress, £641, available at Boutique1.com
Living up to Paul & Joe’s kooky Parisian style, this print dress is feline-fabulous.

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Mules, 380€ approx. £335, available at paulandjoe.fr

From office-chic to city-escapes, you’re set for summer with these stylish mules. Pair with the above and you’re good to go.

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Limited edition face and eye colour set, £16, available at BeautyBay.com

Inspired by the look of vinyl records, Paul & Joe’s multipurpose blusher and eyeshadow pigment is cute, quirky, and sure to make your complexion and eyes come alive with a pop of colour. The perfect compliment to any outfit.

 

Paul & Joe, you’ve got us in the mood for summer! So if you’re looking for that straight-off-the-catwalk feel (but for a more accessible price point!), Paul & Joe’s latest spring summer offerings are ready and waiting with their Parisian flair and effortless style.

 

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5 travel systems under $200 that have everything you need

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Travel systems, which come with an infant car seat and a stroller it fits into, are great for new parents, since they make getting around easier. But they can also be pricey, running into the $ 400, $ 500, even the $ 1,000-and-over range.

But there’s no need to spend such lofty sums when there are plenty of more-reasonably priced travel systems out there. Here are 5 of our favorites that deliver 5-star performance and impressive value.

1. Evenflo Sibby

It’s new on the market, so you may not have heard of it yet, and it’s so outrageously beautiful that you may assume it’s expensive. But for under $ 200 (well under, in some cases — the purple model pictured above is on sale for $ 149 right now!), the Sibby looks and works great. It comes with the LiteMax infant car seat, highly rated by parents and narrow enough to be one of our 47 car seats that fit 3 across in most vehicles. And the Sibby stroller has a secret superpower too: a ride-along board that flips up when you don’t need it, and down when you need to carry your new baby’s older sibling — or take it off entirely if you don’t need it (yet!).

Buy it: $ 149-$ 198

2. Urbini Omni Plus

The Omni has a cool feature that makes parents love it — the main stroller seat can be easily converted into a bassinet, so it’s perfect for pushing around infants, if you’d rather leave the car seat in the car. The stroller seat can flip from rear-facing to street-facing too, to accommodate little riders who are sleepy, need attention, or want to look around. Some online reviews complain about the wheels, so if you live on rough terrain, you may want to keep looking. But for those who live close to smooth sidewalks, the Omni Plus is a great-looking bargain with cool features.

Buy it: $ 193.12

3. Graco LiteRider

For every day solid performance, look no further than the LiteRider Click Connect Travel System, which is a shocking bargain at just $ 111. It comes with the SnugRide Click Connect car seat, arguably one of the most popular on the market, and the LiteRider stroller, a stroller so great that it was a 2017 Moms’ Picks finalist for Best Lightweight Stroller. One caveats: maximum weight for the car seat tops out at 22 pounds, so if you expect or have a child on the large side, you may want to try another option. Otherwise, this is a well-working

Buy it: $ 111

4. Baby Trend Expedition Jogger

With two sets of back wheels and one wheel in front, jogging strollers tend to maneuver more easily than strollers with four sets, so if you live in a place where you have to do tight twists and turns, you may want to consider this kind of stroller — with its giant air-filled wheels, it’s great for bumpy rides, too. This travel system comes with the Flex-Loc car seat, a narrow seat that’s one of the 47 car seats that fit 3-across in most vehicles, and the Expedition’s stroller seat reclines flat, so you can safely put your baby in this stroller from birth.

Buy it: $ 167

5. Safety 1st Smooth Ride

The Smooth Ride stroller’s nice features are its agile wheels (which whip smoothly around tight corners, so consider this for city living), and its easy fold: pull one strap in the middle of your baby’s stroller seat and the stroller collapses easily and stands by itself, ideal for those who have to keep their stroller in a closet or another small space. It comes with the onBoard35 LT, which is comfy and well-padded.

Buy it: $ 144

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Get Well Wednesday: Why Your Kids Need To See The Dentist

February is not just Black History Month, it’s also National Children’s Dental Health Month. Here’s why you should

WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT TO RAISE AWARENESS DURING NATIONAL CHILDREN’S DENTAL HEALTH MONTH?

A: Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease in the country.  When people hear the word chronic disease in kids they think asthma, but tooth decay or cavities is more prevalent than asthma. So for this reason alone we have to raise awareness.

 WHY ARE CHILDREN OF COLOR AT GREATER RISK FOR TOOTH DECAY AND WHAT CAN BE DONE ABOUT IT?

Let’s face it – disparities exist. We have things like poverty in our communities, lack of access to care, and behavioral factors that are preventing our kids from getting the basic care that they need.

But let’s talk about 3 things that are either working currently or need to be implemented to tackle the disparities- 1.mobile dentistry is on the rise 2. We need better collaboration between medical doctors and dentists 3. Trust has to be placed back into the community.

WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT TO RAISE AWARENESS DURING NATIONAL CHILDREN’S DENTAL HEALTH MONTH?

Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease in the country.  When people hear the word chronic disease in kids they think asthma, but tooth decay or cavities is more prevalent than asthma. So for this reason alone we have to raise awareness.

AS WITH MOST THINGS, PREVENTION IS KEY. WHAT ARE SOME TIPS YOU CAN SHARE FOR GETTING CHILDREN TO ENJOY TAKING CARE OF THEIR TEETH?
You can find these tips in detail at kidsallsmiles.com

It’s important to remember that our babies are watching our every move, so if you don’t make taking care of your teeth a priority, they won’t be concerned about their teeth either.

Your routine of brushing and flossing twice a day doesn’t have to be boring. Incorporate music, singing, and dancing.

Remember 1 is the magic number.

Limit sugar intake. Rinse with water after eating and drinking

Your babies shouldn’t sleep with bottles.

See the dentist regularly. It’s a team effort.

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Yes, You Need a Career Coach: Ask For What You Want

2018 is the year of the woman! And, that means it is time to ask for what you want. As women are coming together to speak out about issues like #MeToo, #TimesUp, and the gender wage gap, it is equally as important for women to feel empowered to ask for what they want in the workplace. And, a good way women can practice is by partnering with a career coach.

For part three of the Yes, You Need a Career Coach series for the Women of Power Summit, Marsha Haygood, author and founder of StepWise Associates shares three ways to learn how to grow more comfortable with asking for what you want with a coach to enhance your career as you climb.

 

Practice by speaking up

For many women, asserting themselves can be tough, especially if they do not feel like they have the authority or a safe space to speak up. With the help of a coach, women can implement strategies to speak and eventually begin to ask for that they want.

One thing that Haygood stresses to women is to be advocates for themselves. Whether you are in the boardroom or having a meeting with your manager, your opinion matters and that’s why you need to speak up. “If someone needs help asserting themselves, as a coach I would give them an assignment to do so that they feel more comfortable speaking up in meetings. And, I’ll follow up with them to make sure that they’re doing so,” says Haygood. The assignments could include acting out different scenarios. Remember, no one can bring what you do to the table and a part of keeping your seat requires you to speak up and know your value.

 

Know your value

In The Little Black Book of Success workbook, Haygood and her co-authors share that it is important for women to know their worth. They write why it is key to not get your self-worth and your net worth confused. As a professional, career coaches can help you build your confidence. All that requires is an openness to exploring who you are personally so that you can yield different result in the workplace and throughout your career. In the book they also share that, “Another way to acknowledge your self-value is to actively try to increase it.” You were hired because you add value to where you are. Work with a coach to find ways to understand your worth so that you can feel confident in the workplace.

 

Ask

Everything is negotiable even when it doesn’t seem like it is. While it may feel daunting to ask for what you want, it’s essential to muster up enough confidence to do so even when you are unsure of how asking for something will be received. Haygood says, “Just ask.”

“Ask for what you want so that you can get what you need. Don’t assume that someone knows something if they’re not saying it.”

There are multiple layers to being a black woman in the workplace. There are gender, race, and wage complexities. According to a study conducted by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, black women only make 64 cents of the same dollar as their white male counterparts although they are more educated and are the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs in the United States.

Ladies, it is time to ask for what you want. Well, it’s been time. Now that you have this information, get ready to learn how to yield the best return after investing in a career coach for part four of the series.

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Everything You Need to Know About Christopher Bailey’s Last Burberry Show

Welcome to Runway Matters, where we’re delivering notes straight from the runway so you can quickly digest the most important trends and noteworthy moments from the F/W 18 shows.

It was easy to predict that Christopher Bailey’s final Burberry show would be an emotional peak of February’s London Fashion Week. The designer is much-loved across the industry, and his longstanding tenure at the British heritage brand has seen global growth and many an It piece (anyone else remember those blanket scarves with great fondness?) but the swansong started quite simply with a heartfelt Instagram post just a few days prior. ‘My final collection here at Burberry is dedicated to and in support of—some of the best and brightest organizations supporting LGBTQ+ youth around the world. There has never been a more important time to say that in our diversity lies our strength, and our creativity,’ said Bailey upon launching a new house check that features a rainbow woven in. The simple visual of a swatch pinned onto the invite set the tone, leading to a blazing all-out celebration of inclusivity. Keep reading to see how that came to life…

A darkened warehouse space took industry members and celebrities totally off the normal grid—way out west and on the surprising doorstep of Westfield mall. Swinging spotlights moved to the music—either dancing or perhaps swaying in a sort of faux wind machine, slicing through a cloud of smoke to bring further drama to the occasion. The Burberry check-clad crowd could only really be seen as they filtered into the building, after that point it was a more private affair thanks to the mood lighting. Emotive dance-era tunes filled the space, starting with Runaway building up to a laser-beam extravaganza set to Don’t Leave Me This Way for the finale.

The generation that partied when clubbing felt new and essential, when punks, mods, ravers and new-age hippies were moving in unusually similar circles, when surf culture was building and accessible travel broadening minds… they are the crowd that would understand many of the reference points Bailey pulled together for his version of luxury streetwear. Baja hoodies were worn over ballgown skirts. Shellsuit jackets were thrown on with zero sense of irony. All of the fabrics and visual codes you’d associate with the time—fleece, tie-dye, graffiti, crafty knits, nylon—were all present in one form or another, with our money being placed first onto the Burberry-emblazoned sling bags being a smash. They will be closely followed by the patchworked trench coats and heritage-check visors, if this dedicated group is anything to go by. It was all or nothing for the designer’s last turn, and he definitely turned up the nostalgia dial to the point where we were practically back in time.

It was the range of rainbow options at the very end of the show that will undoubtedly secure the most Instagram coverage of all—who could resist Cara Delevingne (pictured above) swooping down the runway in a technicolour dream coat? A little rainbow mesh market bag is the more casual route in, but the aforementioned rainbow/check hybrid will certainly become a part of Bailey’s legacy. More than the literal symbol of inclusivity, you couldn’t help but sense the gender fluidity of the entire collection—the boys kilt-trousers will no doubt be snapped up by women, every hoodie and jacket bore no stereotypical signs of being destined for a particular sex, and more often than not all of the models wore similar sneakers.

Christopher has gathered quite a loyal following over the years—Anna Wintour, Kate Moss, Alexa Chung, and Sienna Miller were all in attendance to support, along with the biggest audience of international editors any one show can house during the LFW circuit. The runway models that have been part of the brand’s family for some time were also present, with current campaign girl, Adwoa Aboah opening the show. The finale ended in a standing ovation when Bailey took his bow—praise indeed for a few hundred people with sore feet at the end of a busy day.

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Florida Victim’s Mom Gives Tearful Plea on CNN: ‘Action! We Need It Now!’

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The mother of a victim of the Florida shooting gave an emotional plea Thursday afternoon for President Trump to “do something” about gun violence, reducing a CNN anchor to tears.

19-year-old Nikolas Cruz allegedly shot and killed 17 people on Wednesday afternoon at Marjory Douglas Stoneman High School in Parkland. Law-enforcement officials have yet to establish a motive, but a Florida white-supremacist group claimed Cruz had trained with them last year.

In a taped HLN interview that re-aired on CNN, Lori Alhadeff—mother of victim Alyssa Alhadeff, 15—called on the president to reduce school shootings by enhancing security at schools and curbing access to firearms.

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A Heart for Fashion: What Black Women Need to Know about Heart Disease

It’s fashion week here in New York City and last week the American Heart Association painted the town red for their Go Red for Women Red Dress Collection fashion show presented by Macys. Thousands of people gathered at the Hammerstein Ballroom in Midtown to raise awareness about Heart Disease. Actress Lynn Whitfield and Zuri Hall, E News correspondent, were among some of the stunning women to take the runway in red designer dresses at the star- studderaising; but they made it clear that it was not about them. For them it was about raising awareness about the disease that kills more women than all of the cancers combined. Vice Admiral Jerome Adams who is the 20th United States Surgeon General and Cardiologist Dr. Nakela Cook, chief of staff at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute were also in attendance to raise awareness and stated that black women need to pay attention to the silent killer because of the different risk factors associated with them.

Actor Lynn Whitfield walks the runway during the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection 2018 presented by Macy’s at Hammerstein Ballroom on Feb. 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for AHA)

The event couldn’t come at a better time as it is both Fashion Week and Heart Awareness Month. In fact, 1 in 3 women will be impacted by heart disease and every 80 seconds a woman passes away from heart-related complications. That is why at this year’s Women of Power Summit we are partnering with the AHA to help women go red and get fit with fitness expert Uti Middleton who will be teaching women new ways to prioritize their heart health.

Listen to your heart

For Whitfield, being in the room was about honoring her late grandmother and charging women to take responsibility for their heart health. “My grandmother in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, had a heart attack when she was 55-years-old putting on a corset. She was an amazing woman but was not as conscious as she should have been about heart health.”

Hall was excited to be in the room and raise awareness as a black women who has family and friends who have struggled with their health and says that women don’t have to wait until something is wrong to go to the doctors.

“I felt a weird murmur a few months ago and I went to the doctors and I talked about it and he recommended me to a specialist. I was in the clear but I did that and that was necessary for me to know that I was fine, thank God. But, the unfortunate truth is that some people may go and find out that everything is not fine but at least you know and you can do something about it,” said Hall.

Listening to your body and staying on top of your heart health is key, especially for black women.

“One of the things that is really unique about women is that often we don’t recognize when there are problems with our hearts. So I would say that it’s important to not only to pay attention to prevention and make those small changes and making the changes in your diet but to pay attention to when things aren’t quite right…and recognize those signs and symptoms and seek out medical care,” said Dr. Cook.

Interestingly enough, Whitfield comes from a family of physicians and she says that while her family was more focused on medicine she is more focused on taking responsibility over her health for the best outcomes.

Hall also takes her heart health extremely seriously as a black woman who knows that she is at risk.  “African American women are the group least likely to name heart disease or a stroke as a concern. For women, the truth is, it is. And, as an African American woman I think that that’s something that we should know,” said Hall.

Put yourself first

A huge part of taking care of your heart is to take good care of yourself which means that you have to put yourself first.

“Women tend to take care of their children, homes, and community before they take care of themselves and we want them to understand that you can’t take care of the community if you don’t take care of yourself,” said Surgeon General Adams.

Some of the ways that Whitfield practices self-care is by putting herself first, eating right and exercising. “You know what I’m finding out? I’m finding out that I really don’t do as well at everything else if I don’t pay attention to those areas, you know? She also has modified her diet to be about 30% raw and she has taken on a holistic approach to living.  “I have nice program of fitness and a trainer who is a mature woman who is really helping me to integrate it in a way that I can really keep up with it and I also try to keep my psyche and my spiritual life going in the right direction,” says Whitfield.

Hall also has incorporated more exercise into her daily routine and cut back on junk foods which she says wasn’t easy and schedules time to be by herself.

TV personality Zuri Hall walks the runway during the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection 2018 presented by Macy’s at Hammerstein Ballroom on Feb.8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for AHA) ***

“I’ve learned in the last few years that it’s the most important thing because you cannot pour from an empty cup and I had nothing left to give and I was ready to burn out and I realized that if you can’t even enjoy the fruits of your labor then what is the point in the labor? So, I carve out time for myself the same way that I carve out time for my friends for brunch, or for my business meeting, or for an office meeting with my boss. And the same way that it’s from 2pm-3:15pm… If someone hits me up and says ‘let’s get drinks at five…I say, ‘I can’t I’m busy.’” said Hall.

Little steps toward heart healthiness will take you a long way. Surgeon General Adams says that just 22 minutes of exercise every day which adds up to be two and a half hours of exercise a week can make a big difference in your heart health. Avoiding or decreasing your intake of tobacco, scheduling regular appointments with your physician and limiting the amount of junk food you intake can result in a healthier lifestyle.

Life goes on

In raising awareness about heart disease for women Whitfield, Hall, Surgeon General Hall and Dr. Cook have all been transformed by their work. And, they encourage all women to listen to their hearts, learn their heart health numbers and take preventive measures to ensure their health.

“This work has changed my life in a number or ways; as a father of a young girl who is at risk for heart disease, as a son of a mother who has heart disease, as a brother as a sister who’s at risk for heart disease it’s very personal to me. So I’ve been changed by knowing that we are at risk and I’ve also been changed by know that we can do something about it,” said Surgeon General Adams.

Whitfield want women to know that, “Your health is the quality of your life and since we are vessels and in those vessels we carry our purposes. Without health it is very difficult to manifest that which we’re destined to have.”

If you want to take better care of your heart health and learn ways to prevent heart disease, join us and the American Heart Association at the Women of Power Summit.

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If You Need a New Car, WalletHub Says Now Is the Time to Hit the Gas

Itching for a new set of wheels? You might be wondering: When is the best time to buy a new car

Well, turns out now might be a good time to buy, according to WalletHub’s recently released auto financing report for first quarter 2018.

WalletHub reports that the car buying market seems to be currently tilting in favor of the buyer rather the seller.

“Interest rates for new cars are at one of their lowest point in the past three years,” WalletHub claims.

Still, rates will vary based on where you finance your vehicle.

WalletHub found the best interest rates for financing a new car tend to come directly from car manufacturers — with the average rate of 1.87%. Credit unions offer the next best deal — with interest rates averaging 2.61% for new cars.

National banks tend to offer better deals than regional banks, and regional banks tend to offer better deals than community banks or small banks.

Those who choose to purchase a used car will find similar trends. A credit union will likely offer the lowest interest rate, and national banks will beat out regional and community banks for the best interest rates.

However, interest rates for used cars will be higher than those for new models.

For example, the average interest rate for financing a used car at a credit union is 2.87% while the rate for a new car is about 2.61%. Financing a used car from a regional bank comes with an interest rate of about 4.73%, but a new car owner could get a 4.01% interest rate at a regional bank.

Finding the Best Deal

Choosing which car you want to buy is a personal choice, but WalletHub found some manufacturers seem to offer better deals and more transparency over others.

Of the 22 manufacturers WalletHub analyzed, Nissan, Hyundai, Mazda, Ford, Subaru, Toyota and Dodge currently offer 0% financing.

Car shoppers looking to lease instead of buy will find Toyota, Hyundai, Lexus, Jaguar, Mazda, BMW and Subaru provide the best leasing offers with interest rates under 4%.

WalletHub also looked at how transparent car manufacturers were during the auto leasing process and scored each using a 10-point scale. Infiniti, Mini, BMW, Mercedes, Honda, Volkswagen, Toyota, Nissan, Audi and Hyundai all earned a score of 6, the highest any manufacturer received.

Credit Matters

Speaking of scores, one factor that will impact how much you’ll spend on a car purchase is your credit score.

Buyers with a fair credit score will end up paying about five times more in interest than those with excellent credit, according to WalletHub.

For example, someone with fair credit might pay $ 7,723 in interest over the life of a $ 20,000, five-year loan, while someone with excellent credit might pay $ 1,456 in interest for the same loan — a difference of $ 6,267.

Check your credit score before you start the car-buying process (Credit Sesame and Credit Karma are two great apps). If it’s less than stellar, here are some tips to improve your credit score.

Nicole Dow is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder.

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‘The Tick’ Season 1: Part 2 Review: The Silly, Sweet Superhero Series We Need

SPOILERS for Season 1: Part 1 of The Tick.

The Tick released the first half of its inaugural season and it was a smile-inducing shot in the arm for superhero television. But, with only six episodes to consume, it like an appetizer instead of a full course meal. Now, with the second half of the season hitting Amazon on February 23, we finally have a better look at how the first season of The Tick shakes out.

And to no surprise, it’s still a delight.

Grown-up Silliness


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The best weapon in The Tick‘s arsenal is how knowingly dopey it is. Yes, there are some bits of meta-humor that are a little too wink-wink, but it never devolves into such self-awareness that it pulls you out of the story and the characters. The show remains light and accessible enough that both casual viewers and hardcore fans will find things to enjoy.

Probably the thing that sets The Tick apart from its peers is its balance of adult content and cartoon elements. This is a show aimed at adults but doesn’t feel the need to be overly adulty. That’s a problem that the Netflix/Marvel shows like The Punisher often falls into. The Tick isn’t afraid to deliver jokes and plotlines for mature audiences, but it also never draws attention to these moments in a shock value way. They feel as natural to the world of the show as the overtly

The Good, the Bad, and the Goofy

As we learned at the end of Season 1 Part 1, The Terror is alive and planning some big supervillainy. Jackie Earle Haley really gets to shine in this second half of the season. His performance makes The Terror as bonkers and enjoyable as Peter Serafinowicz’s Tick. In fact, everyone in the cast nails their characters. Granted, these are fairly light characters so there isn’t a huge amount of psychological depth to them, but they still make the best use of their time.

While the show might not reach the heights of lunacy that previous incarnations of The Tick have achieved, it still offers that ludicrous tone that personifies the character and his world. The overarching story isn’t a fantastic one but it gets the job done and sets up the characters for some entertaining scenarios.

Probably the biggest knock against The Tick is its budgetary restraints. This show is definitely a case where its reach exceeds its grasp, but it’s endearing to see it reaching for such lofty goals. It wants to be on par with other television superhero fare but provide something a little breezier and dorky. It mostly succeeds at that, but the seams are a little too apparent to ignore during certain climactic showdowns. In fact, the show isn’t too focused on big action. That’s okay when it’s working on pure comedy, but fans of superhero action might find the show to be a tad lacking.

Is The Tick Good?

It is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. There is such a clear love of the inherent absurdity of superhero stories, and a lot of comic book adaptations try to approach these things with the straightest of faces. The Tick has no such interest in that. Yes, it does treat its characters with respect but never at the cost of a hearty laugh.

The Tick is probably the best live-action version of a Saturday morning cartoon that’s available. That comes with ingrained flaws but they aren’t so detrimental that it stops you from having a good time.

The Tick Season 1: Part 2 debuts Friday, February 23rd on Amazon Prime Video.

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What You as an Investor Need to Know About the Stock Market Plunge

On Monday, the Dow plunged more than 1,500 points throughout the day, finally losing 1,175.21 points, placing the stock market in correction territory. According to CNN, the drop in the market made it the single worst day ever for the Dow since August 2011.

The Dow lost approximately 4.6% in value and impacted the stock markets around the globe, causing many global markets to decline.

Reason for the Drop

There is not one single reason, but a few things rolled into one.

First things to consider, the economy is strong and healthy. A recent jobs report indicated wages have increased approximately 2.9%, up from the previous year and more than 200,000 jobs were added to the workforce. In addition, the unemployment rate has remained steady overall (although black unemployment went up to 7.7%).

Because of the healthy economy, the Federal Reserve is expected to raise interest rates throughout the year. When interest rates increase, the cost of borrowing increases as well. As rates rise, stock prices begin to fall.

Also, bond yields have risen, which could be disturbing news for stocks. Investors are likely to pull money out of risky investments such as stocks and bonds when there is turbulence in the market.

Lastly, the Federal Reserve has just sworn in the new chairman, Jerome Powell, to replace Janet Yellen. This also brings slight uncertainty to the market.

What Should Black Investors do?

Stick to your retirement goals. You have to understand your long-term purpose. If you are investing in the stock market for retirement and it will be several years or more before you will need the money, then you should stay put and keep the money invested. The market has seen corrections and declines before, therefore it is important to stay the course.

Make certain you are well diversified – The next thing to keep in mind is to make certain you are well diversified, meaning that you don’t have all of your eggs in one basket. And, of course, this will depend on your risk tolerance, but if you are a younger investor, you should consider investing in a portfolio that consists of a higher percentage of stocks and a smaller percentage of bonds. However, if you are moving toward retirement, it may be a good time to review your portfolio to ensure you are not investing too aggressively, since you may need your money soon.

Finally, this is a great time to meet with your financial adviser. Discuss any concerns you have regarding your investments and what steps you should take.

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The Need for Speed: Fast Stroke Treatment Saves Lives

For Kaiser Permanente member Bob Wilms, it was a November Sunday morning like many others: The 69-year-old had played 18 holes of golf and then went home to watch the 49ers game at his home in Cupertino, California.

But when he woke up from a brief nap during the game, he experienced double vision and one side of his face was numb.

His wife, Vickie, immediately drove him to the Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center Emergency Department. After being evaluated by neurologist via video conferencing, Wilms was diagnosed as having a stroke and received a shot of alteplase (also known as intravenous r-tPA), the only medication approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat acute ischemic stroke. This all happened 22 minutes after Wilms arrived at the hospital.

“Within minutes of getting the infusion, everything started to come back,” said Wilms, a retired college admissions officer. “It literally resolved the whole thing.”

‘Get With the Guidelines’ award

Kaiser Permanente stroke patients receive this clot-busting medication more than twice as fast as the national average. Recently, all of Kaiser Permanente’s eligible 37 medical centers — in Northern California, Southern California, Oregon and Hawaii — were recipients of a 2017 “Get With the Guidelines” award given by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association. The honor, which analyzes nearly 3,000 hospitals in the U.S., is awarded to hospitals that demonstrate high commitment to following guidelines shown to improve patient outcomes, including quick diagnosis and treatment.

Wilms’ fast recovery is attributed to Kaiser Permanente’s adoption of an integrated, neatly choreographed telemedicine program, which begins when paramedics or other medical staff provide advance notification that a stroke patient may be on the way. Emergency department staff then align their efforts:

  • Pharmacy staff prepare clot-busting medications early so they’re ready to go when the patient needs them.
  • An on-call, specially trained stroke neurologist uses videoconferencing to examine the patient with a telestroke cart, which includes a video camera and link to test results and the patient’s electronic medical record.
  • A radiologist quickly reads neuroimaging studies.
  • The stroke alert team reviews a checklist to ensure r-tPA can be administered safely.
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Patient receiving remote telestroke care.

“When a stroke happens, minutes matter,” said Mai Nguyen-Huynh, MD, MAS, vascular neurologist and research scientist with the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research. “Faster treatment with r-tPA, which dissolves the stroke-causing clot and restores blood flow to the brain, is strongly associated with better functional outcomes for stroke patients.”

The AHA and ASA guidelines recommend “door-to-needle” times of 60 minutes or less for r-tPA. Studies show that less than 30 percent of acute ischemic stroke patients in the United States are currently being treated within this window. In Northern California’s 21 hospitals, door-to-needle times for r-tPA averaged just 34 minutes within nine months of implementing the telestroke protocol.

“Processes that used to happen sequentially during a stroke alert, one after another, are now happening at the same time, allowing us to quickly, safely and confidently provide evaluation and treatment with r-tPA to stroke patients who can benefit,” said Jeffrey Klingman, MD, chair of chiefs of neurology for Kaiser Permanente Northern California.

“When minutes count, Kaiser Permanente’s telestroke model delivers,” explains Navdeep Sangha, MD, who leads telestroke efforts in Southern California “If a patient with stroke symptoms arrives to the local emergency department, the care team can connect virtually to a trained neurologist in a couple of minutes. For our patients, our coordinated process provides precious time to receive potentially life-saving care for an ischemic stroke.”

‘Like watching an orchestra’

After being in the hospital for four days so the staff could closely monitor his recovery, Wilms and wife Vickie were given the all-clear to go home.

Wilms now plays golf every day and hikes as if “nothing ever happened.”

“Thanks to the folks at Kaiser Permanente, I’m still alive,” said Wilms.

Vickie also commented on her husband’s excellent care.

“Even though I was in shock, it was an incredible experience to watch. All the staff that assisted him were so synchronized and knew exactly what to do. It was like watching an orchestra. Everyone knew the steps to take to save my husband’s life.”

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Streaming services, such as Crunchyroll and Funimation, have dominated the anime market in the West. However, despite their extensive libraries, they are still missing a few noteworthy titles. So, here are seven anime series that are unavailable on major streaming services (including Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime) that we want to watch — legally.

Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin


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Taking place ten years after WW2, Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin follows six teenage boys at Shounan Special Reform School. Assigned to the same cell, they meet and form a close friendship with their cellmate Rokurouta Sakuragi, a former boxer.

Together they endure severe and undue punishment from the ruthless Ishihara, a senior guard, and the pedophile doctor, Gisuke Sasaki. They must gather all their strength to withstand this hell before they can re-enter society. But, will they survive these brutal conditions? And, if they do, what awaits them outside of prison?

The series gives a face to the hardships that took place after the war. Of course, the abuse that the characters endure leaves a lasting impact on the audience. However, it also teaches viewers about empathy, positivity and the consequences of criminal behavior.

Aoi Bungaku Series


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Aoi Bungaku adapts six modern classics of Japanese literature: No Longer Human, Run, Melos!, Kokoro, Hell Screen, The Spider’s Thread, and In the Forest, Under Cherries in Full Bloom. The themes that this series touches upon are universal. From its post-war themes, such as suicide and depression in No Longer Human, to Kokoro’s straightforward storytelling about love, these adaptations of Japanese classics have a piece of their respective authors in them. We would love to see this powerful series hit a major streaming service soon. It would be a great way to introduce Japanese literature to the masses.

Nana


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Released more than a decade ago, this anime drama series has become a cult classic. But, unfortunately, Nana is not available on streaming services, such as Crunchyroll or FUNimation.

The anime tells the story of two young women with the same given name, Nana. First, we have Nana Komatsu, a naive girl who depends on and clings to those around her. So much so, that she ends up traveling to Tokyo to chase after her boyfriend.

Second, we have the enigmatic punk rocker Nana Osaki, who has dreams to make it big as a professional singer. Like Komatsu, Osaki travels to Tokyo but leaves her band and boyfriend behind.

By chance, the two young women meet and end up getting an apartment together. As time wears on, their friendship grows stronger, with each becoming each other’s support system.

Bartender


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They say that bartenders make perfect therapists. They lend a listening ear to their patrons and serve them drinks. Such is the case with Ryuu Sasakura, the bartender of a little bar, in the anime series, Bartender.

He serves each customer a delicious cocktail dubbed “The Glass of the Gods” along with some helpful advice. But besides offering booze-filled therapy sessions, the show regales viewers with history and facts about alcohol. For example, did you know that Tequila is one of the world’s four great spirits? Neither did we.

The anthology anime series has an overflowing amount of in-depth discussions on mundane issues. A “feel good” anime, each episode we watch Ryuu try to heal his patrons with advice, alcohol, or both. If you are a fan of character-driven narratives and slice-of-life anime, then Bartender is for you.

Hell Girl (Seasons 1 through 3)


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After nearly ten years, a new season of Hell Girl finally premiered last year. The series follows Ai Enma who runs the Hell Correspondence website. Along with her three companions, they grant revenge wishes. But, there’s a catch. Once you condemn a soul to hell, you will also face eternal damnation.

While the latest adaptation of the Hell Girl has been a bit disappointing, the previous seasons did manage to gather a few loyal fans. But, unfortunately, those seasons are no longer available on popular streaming services.

Katanagatari


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The Edo period is synonymous with lavish sword-fighting styles. Shichika Yasuri possesses a unique style, Kyotouryuu, a technique which allows the user to wield his or her body like a blade. But, despite how cool this is, Shichika and his sister live in exile on an island.

One day, Shichika meets a stranger only known as “Togame.” She persuades the young man to join her search for the 12 Deviant Blades crafted by Kiki Shikizaki, a reclusive swordsmith. Out of the many highly regarded swords he created during the last war, only those 12 were crafted with the aid of magic.

Set in Edo-era Japan, Katanagatari is unlike the other anime series that take place during this period. It is a visual treat that showcases an era rife with art, culture, and swordsmanship.

Shion no Oh, The Flowers of Hard Blood


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Shion has had a hard life. When she was five years old, her parents were murdered in front of her. But instead of killing the only witness to the crime, the killer orders Shion to forget the gruesome murder.

Now, eight years later, Shion has found happiness with her adopted family, the Yasuoka, and has become one of the best shogi (Japanese form of chess) players around. However, fame comes at hefty price, as Shion encounters jealous rivals and her parent’s murderer.

The shogi tournament takes center stage in the series, framing the narrative of this wonderful anime. The story, mystery, and Shion evolve with every shogi move. As a result, the series builds a dark ambiance — a theme any mystery aficionado would love — that comes to an epic conclusion. Unfortunately, Shion no Oh is not legally available on any well-known streaming site.

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Miami Giving Spree: Drake Donates More than $100,000 to Those in Need

Well, there’s one platinum-selling rapper who’s making philanthropy part of “God’s Plan.” Aubrey “Drake” Graham has been spreading the love like it’s Christmas with recent acts of kindness in Miami. According to reports, he recently footed the bill for customers’ groceries at local supermarket Sabor Tropical and then ventured to a women’s shelter to donate big bucks.

On Monday, after a surprise visit to Miami High School where he reportedly gave $ 25,000, he set social media abuzz when he stopped by Sabor Tropical and paid customers’ tabs to the tune of $ 50,000. The generosity continued on Tuesday when he made a stop at the University of Miami to gift a student a $ 50,000 scholarship and continued to the Lotus House Women’s Shelter to give another $ 50,000.

Apparently he’s on an achievement high since his current single “God’s Plan,” a song which he’s shooting a video for at various locations in Miami, hit No. 1 on the Billboard singles chart. It also broke Spotify and Apple Music’s single-day streaming record. Billboard reports that in its first two weeks on the chart, the song has had “two of the five biggest streaming weeks of all time,” and it has reached 83.3 million U.S. clicks, in its second frame. Last year, Drake was one of the top five most wealthy hip-hop stars, earning an estimated $ 94 million, according to Forbes, from tours and endorsements for Nike, Apple, and Sprite. The young boss, who backed Virginia Black whisky and launched his own October’s Very Own (OVO) record label, tour, merch, and clothing line, has also recently set his sights on the lucrative world of entertainment, recently partnering with Apple Inc., Netflix, and other film studios to produce and star in his own sports-centered content.

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So, you want to turn your best Instagrams into cold hard cash. How do you do it? Well, you may want to achieve some specific numbers to increase your chances of landing a covetable #ad. What you don’t need, however, are millions of followers. Footwear News tapped Aliza Licht, who serves as EVP of brand marketing and communications and Alice+Olivia and wrote Leave Your Mark, to offer words of wisdom on becoming an Instagram influencer. She spoke about the importance of engagement, which is social media speak for likes, shares, and comments—and is arguably more important than your follower count. 

Licht said that brands wanting to pay an influencer should look for specific engagement rates. “When it comes to valuable engagement, Licht suggest anywhere between 1 and 3 percent is ideal,” Footwear news explains. What does that mean in simpler terms? If you have 25,000 followers, your posts would garner around 500 likes, while 50,000-follower accounts would get roughly 1000 likes. 

“If I were a brand, I’d be going after people who have very niche audiences,” Licht said during a fashion panel, per Footwear News. “We find that micro influencers have a much higher engagement than the influencers that we all know.” So there you have it: You don’t have to be Aimee Song to make some dough off your Instagram. 

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New ‘mutant’ crayfish species is entirely female and don’t need no man

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Something incredibly bizarre is going on right now in the world of crayfish, and it all started back in 1995. A single female slough crayfish spontaneously spawned an entirely new species thanks to her ability to essentially clone herself and create offspring without the need for genetic material from a mate. Now, the new species, called the marbled crayfish, is devastating areas where it has been introduced, and scientists aren’t sure how to stop it.

The story began when a hobbyist bought what he thought was a perfectly normal slough crayfish that was found off the coast of Florida. He took the creature back home to Germany where he kept it as a pet. One day he noticed that his aquarium had some new inhabitants. Several baby crayfish had seemingly been born to a virgin mother, and that’s when things started to really go off the rails.

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This Is Us Fans Need a Personal Day After the Mystery of Jack’s Death Finally Unfolds

Well, This Is Us just broke the internet.

In a special post-Super Bowl episode, the hit NBC series finally aired the moment fans have been anxiously anticipating for over a year: the death of beloved-yet-flawed TV dad Jack Pearson (Milo Ventimiglia).

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As it turns out, Jack doesn’t actually die in the fire. He dies later that day, in the hospital, after going into cardiac arrest while wife Rebecca (Mandy Moore) was getting a candy bar from the vending machines. The devastating episode rocked fans to their very cores — and earned Moore, 33, high praise for her emotionally charged scenes.

“Can I take the day off tomorrow? I’m grieving,” tweeted one fan.

“Mandy Moore didn’t act,” tweeted another. “She nailed it.”

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Fans had long been theorizing about the precise manner of Jack’s death, ranging from a plane crash to a heart attack to a drunk driving accident (he was a recovering alcoholic). Ventimiglia, 40, previously told Entertainment Weekly that the event was going to be absolutely “soul-crushing.”

“Once you figure out the moment where it’s going to happen, you may get some hope — and then it’s all going to go away,” he said. “I think the best thing I can say — or the worst thing I can say — is: It’s going to be f—ing painful.”

This Is Us returns with an all-new episode Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.


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Shannon Miller on Why You Need to Make Your Health a Priority

When the world first got to know gymnast Shannon Miller, she was competing in the 1992 and 1996 Olympics as an elite global athlete. But fast-forward to 2011, and a tough workout for Miller involved two trips around her dining room table — that’s how much ovarian cancer took out of her.

“I couldn’t open a bottle of water by myself for almost a year,” said Miller, who was the emcee for the 2018 Voices of the Year Health Awards at the inaugural BlogHer Health event. “I wasn’t competing for gold. I was competing for life.” The seven-time Olympic medalist shared her story to drive home the importance of women speaking up when something doesn’t feel right about their bodies. “I urge you to take care of yourself and your own health,” she told the audience. “It is not selfish to make your own health a priority.”

Despite the fact that ovarian cancer is the fifth-most common cause of cancer death in women, it’s not one that’s talked about much — something Miller is working to change. Initially, she overlooked common ovarian cancer symptoms, like a persistent stomachache, bloating and fatigue, writing them off as part of everyday life. During a routine medical appointment, a doctor found a baseball-size cyst, which turned out to be cancerous, on her ovary.

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“I thought maybe it was my post-baby body — it was a little out of whack,” Miller said. “Maybe it was stress; maybe I ate something bad. It was so easy to find numerous reasons why this wasn’t a big deal, and I pushed all of these symptoms aside. I should have listened to my body. I should have told my doctor how I was feeling, and instead, I told him I felt fine. The fact is, we know our bodies better than anyone else; we just have to pay attention. We have to speak up when something isn’t right.”

After that, Miller began aggressive chemotherapy to treat the cancer and embarked on her post-treatment journey. She said that at the time, she wishes she had more resources to help find her “new normal” as she recovered. But more than resources, she said that people going through ovarian cancer — whether themselves or a loved one — need a community. “You need access to others going through a similar diagnosis,” she said. “We all need those stories of hope to get through.”

In addition to using the power of her own story, Miller highlighted the work of other women who received Voices of the Year Awards in health for using their voices and creativity to make a difference. The awards, now in their 11th year, honor content creators, influencers and advocates whose work deserves to be heard, seen and read — this year, specifically in the health and wellness space.

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“It’s an honor to be part of the first ever VOTY Health Awards, which recognize the achievements of women who have used their voice to make a difference,” Miller said. “I’m thrilled to have partnered with Tesaro to share my story with ovarian cancer and educate others about an important program called Our Way Forward that provides resources for those facing ovarian cancer and their families.”

Other VOTY honorees included: Jessamyn Stanley, an internationally recognized yoga teacher and author of Every Body Yoga (the VOTY: Health Inspiration Award); Cleo Wade, a poet and author of the new book Heart Talk (the VOTY Award for Heart + Soul); Daysha Edewi, a former video producer for BuzzFeed who chronicled her journey to health (the VOTY Award for Authenticity); Jen James, a Crisis Text Line founding supervisor for her “My Life as a Survivor” article about overcoming her own struggles with suicide (the VOTY Courage Award); and Kimberly Zapata, a writer and mental health advocate for her article in which she points to the death of the Linkin Park frontman to destigmatize suicide (the VOTY Spotlight Award). Finally, singer and Harvard student Brynn Elliott received a VOTY Award for Empowerment Through Artistry and opened the celebration with an acoustic performance of her single, “Might Not Like Me.”

“Congratulations to all of the Voices of the Year Health Awards honorees, who bravely wield their influence and experiences to bring about positive change,” said Samantha Skey, president of SheKnows Media. “Their work makes us feel, think, reflect and want to be part of the solution as it relates to important issues affecting women’s health and well-being.”

As women like Miller and the VOTY honorees remind us, before we can create change in the world, women must first care for themselves.

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Your best friend whatever the season, ankle boots never go out of style. These are the boots we’re swooning over for spring…

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Finding the perfect pair of ankle boots is an essential shopping goal. From heels to flats and Chelsea boots to biker boots, a good pair can be styled all year-round, no matter the weather.

From Celine to Topshop, the past few seasons have seen ankle boots all over the runways, while our favourite street style looks at London Fashion Week teamed floaty dresses with tough, androgynous combat styles, or leggings tucked into white boots and finished with an oversized knit.

Perfect for that tricky winter to spring transition, ankle boots should be a staple of every wardrobe. So to help you find your perfect new pair, we’ve broken down the season’s key boot trends below.

Whatever your style, here’s where to start the ankle boot hunt.

Flat ankle boots

We’re taking our cue from the style set and embracing flat ankle boots—there’s no reason not to be comfortable and stylish, after all. We’ll be teaming ours with unexpected pieces from midi skirts, à la Alexa Chung, to long floral dresses like our favourite street style star Veronika Heilbrunner.

With this season’s love of all things androgynous, we’ll be digging out our oversized jumpers and palazzo trousers too (hello Victoria Beckham).

Shop now: Alfie Croc Boots, £92 from Topshop

Heeled ankle boots

While flats are still a mainstay among the street style set, last season’s high heel revival continues for S/S18, and new collections are full of heeled boots packing bold colours, clashing prints and embellishments.

The unexpected return of the kitten heel is still in the mix too, so make the most of it if you’re not great with towering heel heights.

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Shop now: Isabel Marant Darilay Ankle Boots, £460 from 24 Sèvres

Leather and suede ankle boots

Classic suede boots are still are a firm fixture as one of the best ankle boot styles of the season, but luxe, high-gloss leather finishes are offering hot competition—and not just because they’re weather-proof.

Look for wear-forever classics with directional accents, like these polished Acne Studios boots; an investment well worth making.

Shop now: Acne Studios Cliffie Boots, £600 from Net-a-Porter.com

Print ankle boots

This season is all about bold boots. The catwalks, and in turn the high street, have ushered in a seductive selection of second-skin stocking styles that look great under culottes, cropped raw hem jeans and kick-flares.

Think brocade, florals or chinoiserie prints, or, if you’re feeling bold, embrace the trend for neon skin-tight ankle boots paired with a colourful dress. Go big or go home is your motto here.

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Shop now: Floral Embroidered Ankle Boots, £69.99 from Mango

Red ankle boots

If you haven’t noticed, red is everywhere at the moment, and the more the better. That means red jumper, red trousers and red ankle boots if you’re brave enough. If not, this trend looks incredible with black leggings or denim; let your bold boots serve as the only pop of colour for extra impact.

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Shop now: Red Stretch Ankle Boots, £49.99 from Zara

White ankle boots

At London Fashion Week white boots were everywhere. The street style set wore their Off_White and Balenciaga heels with stirrups, checked suits or floral midi dresses. Look for leather kitten heels, knitted sock boots or block heels to keep things feeling modern.

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Shop now: Balenciaga Slash Leather Booties, £655 from Matches Fashion

Pink ankle boots

Pink is still the hot ticket this season, so if you weren’t sure about investing in a pair of pink boots last season, go for it this time around. Any shade goes, whether it’s hot fuchsia, soft pastels or Millennial pink.

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Sock ankle boots

Blame Balenciaga and those floral boots, but if you’re going to invest in just one trend this season, it has to be sock boots. Whether they’re knitted, mesh, metallic or plain, anything goes, as long as it’s a second-skin sock boot.

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Shop now: Loeffler Randall Kassidy Sock Boots, £400 from Net-a-Porter.com

Biker ankle boots

When in doubt, biker boots or combat styles are always a winner. They toughen up a floral dress like nothing else, and work equally well with your trusted denim. Look for fun twists from buckles and studs, to bows and patent panels, to dress them up a bit.

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Shop now: Ash Studded Buckle Strap Boots, £343 from Far Fetch

Scroll down to shop more ankle boots, and be sure to check out our edit of the best winter boots and the best knee high boots, too.

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You Don’t Need Dough to Get a Chocolate Croissant at Au Bon Pain on Jan. 30

Tuesday, Jan. 30 is probably one of the best days of the year.

Why, you ask? Because it’s National Croissant Day, silly goose.

To honor such a holy day, the saints over at Au Bon Pain will offer a free mini chocolate croissant.

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The deal runs from 2-5 p.m. local time at participating locations. All you have to do is show up.

Some locations have shared Facebook events, but you’ll want to call the one nearest you just to make sure it’s participating.

Not much tops croissants in my book, except for free croissants. So don’t flake on this deal, or you’ll feel pretty crumby.

Until our paths croissant again.

Stephanie Bolling is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She has a slight penchant for croissant puns.

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Who is Jack Brooksbank? Everything you (probably don’t) need to know about Princess Eugenie’s man 👑

He’s British, he’s called Jack and he’s about 31. All the insider info on Eugenie’s new man…

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Hearty congrats to Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank on their engagement news. Much like the Wendy Cope poem, we wait years for one royal wedding and then two trundle along at once!

But who exactly is The Firm’s newest recruit, how did he and Eugenie meet and when is their wedding expected to happen?

Here’s everything you didn’t know you needed to know (and probably still don’t!)

(Can we also just take a moment to appreciate The Duchess of York’s Instagram account? Is that Lao Tzu quote, Fergs? Loving your work)

Who is Jack Brooksbank?

He’s a British chap called Jack Brooksbank! His parents (who we’re assuming are pretty delighted about how things have panned out) are Nicola and George Brooksbanks. The latter is an accountant and company director.

Brooksbank went to the private Stowe School and then decided against University in favour of a career in hospitality (more on that later).

In case you’re wondering (you’re probably not) the name Brooksbank is an old English surname that derives from the Middle English ‘Brikes’ bank – a person who works or lives near a riverbank.

How old is Jack Brooksbank?

He’s 31.

What is Jack Brooksbank’s job?

Brooksbank is in hospitality. He started out as a waiter, working at Chelsea’s Admiral Codrington pub and the Markham Inn, where he befriended Eugenie’s cousin Prince Harry and his all-weathers friend-in-waiting Guy Pelly.

Brooksbank then moved to manage Chelsea nightclub Mahiki, where virtually every Millennial royal has enjoyed a few Jolly Rogers at some point (K-Middy was a frequent flier back when she wasn’t burdened by the heavy yoke of Royal duty – producing heirs, opening squash courts etc. etc).

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank

How did Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank meet?

Eugenie and Jack began dating nearly seven years ago after meeting in the Swiss ski resort of Verbier. ‘There was an immediate attraction and since that meeting, they have barely been apart,’ a source told the Daily Mail. Other than the two years of long-distancing they did when Eugenie moved to New York in 2013…

How did the couple get engaged?

At the beautiful private island resort of Calala in Nicaragua over the New Year. A step up from Prince Harry’s decision to pop the question to Meghan Markle after a roast chicken dinner at their cottage (Calala Vs. Chicken Cottage? We’re so Team Calala).

What’s Princess Eugenie’s engagement ring like?

Very pretty! A blush-colored padparadscha sapphire ring (nope, us neither) nestling in a ring of diamonds. It’s strikingly similar to her mother Fergie’s ruby and diamond engagement ring – as the beady-eyed Royal experts at Majesty Magazine were quick to point out.

When is the Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank wedding?

In Autumn 2018 at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, where Meg and Harry are also tying the knot on 19th May.

P.S: Beatrice, if this isn’t a golden opportunity to upstage all proceedings (including your sister) with another octopus hat, we don’t know what is.

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Overweight Women May Need More Frequent Mammograms

BMI is a measure of body fat based on height and weight, with overweight defined as a BMI of 25 or more. High BMI is associated with a number of health risks, including diabetes and heart disease. However, BMI is not considered as part of breast cancer screening guidelines. For the new study, conducted at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, researchers set out to identify risk factors associated…

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Overweight Women May Need More Frequent Mammograms

BMI is a measure of body fat based on height and weight, with overweight defined as a BMI of 25 or more. High BMI is associated with a number of health risks, including diabetes and heart disease. However, BMI is not considered as part of breast cancer screening guidelines.

For the new study, conducted at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, researchers set out to identify risk factors associated with tumors not being detected until larger than 2 centimeters (cm), or about the size of a peanut, and to examine the implications for long-term prognosis. The 2-cm size is important because it is one of the parameters used to separate stage I and stage II cancers. In addition, tumor size is known to be strongly associated with prognosis, according to study co-author Fredrik Strand, M.D., radiologist at the Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden.

Dr. Strand and colleagues studied 2,012 cases of invasive breast cancer that appeared from 2001 to 2008. The researchers followed the patients until the end of 2015, and looked for how disease progression was related to BMI and breast density.

For cancers detected at screening, both BMI and breast density were associated with having a large tumor at diagnosis. However, for interval cancers, or cancers detected within two years of a normal mammogram, only BMI was linked with having a large tumor. Women with higher BMI had worse prognosis than women with lower BMI among interval cancers. Breast density showed no significant association with disease progression.

Dr. Strand said the findings provide more information for physicians and patients when deciding about optimal screening approaches.

“Our study suggests that when a clinician presents the pros and cons of breast cancer screening to the patient, having high BMI should be an important ‘pro’ argument,” he said. “In addition, our findings suggest that women with high BMI should consider shorter time intervals between screenings.”

Besides the larger interval cancers, women with high BMI may have other factors that put them at risk for a worse prognosis, including the molecular composition of the tumors and hormone receptor expression levels that make them harder to treat, Dr. Strand added.

The study was carried out in Sweden, which has 18- to 24-month intervals between screenings — longer than the 12 months recommended by some U.S. organizations like the American Cancer Society, but not the 24-month screening interval recommended by the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). In addition, there are fewer women with high BMI in Sweden than in the U.S.

In the near future, Dr. Strand intends to look at how breast density is associated with delayed detection. Longer-term, he wants to study artificial intelligence as a way to triage mammographic screening examinations into different pipelines based on the risk of breast cancer and the detectability of a potential tumor.

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What you need to know about checked bags

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Flying is always exciting and gives you the chance to see the world as it should be seen. The anticipation of going on vacation is sometimes too much, and, for many of us, the build-up can bring a mixed bag of emotions and feelings. There are a lot of things you can do to alleviate the worries you might have. Think about the stress and chaos that can sometimes come with flying home for the holidays.

With Christmas on the horizon many of us will be getting on a plane and heading home, and there are all manner of problems that can occur when you fly. Delays and cancellations, passport issues, and checking in, not to mention having to lug your Christmas presents home. So, these are some of the things you need to know about checked bags to make your experience pain free.

You can check in online

God bless the internet! It has made all aspects of travel and flying so much simpler, and now you can check in online before your flight. Of course, you’re still going to have to bring your bags to the airport with you, but, checking in online is going to save you a lot of time and effort having to queue and check in when you’re there. You can also preselect how many bags you have, and purchase extra if you need to. This is an excellent way of making sure you prepare and save yourself some stress in the future.

Check what flights have free bag checks

There are some airlines out there that make themselves much more attractive as a result of their customer-centric benefits. These include giving customers free baggage checks, something that proves invaluable for saving money over the festive period. Southwestern Airlines, for instance, offer customers free bag checks for their first two suitcases. There are other airlines that offer some great free bag checks as well – make the most of these as much as you can because they will save you a lot of time, stress, and cash!

Know what to pack

You’re in a rush, you’ve packed for a couple of weeks at home, and you’ve got some pretty epic presents with you as well. Just make sure you have checked that everything you’ve packed is copacetic. That means ensuring that you don’t have anything packed that is prohibited because this is going to cause all sorts of problems. A little research beforehand can make a big difference, and help you understand what you can and can’t pack.

Protect the contents

Because you’re transporting gifts, you need to make sure you protect the contents of the cases. Now, usually you would take anything expensive or valuable in your carry on, but this might not be possible this time because of gifts. So, you should get a lock for your case to make sure everything is protected. Some airlines will be able to give you a fragile sticker to help keep the stuff safer; it will also mean that when you’re at baggage claim, you’ll get the bag much quicker.

Flying home for the holidays doesn’t have to be a stressful experience, and, by using these tips, you ensure that it isn’t. There are so many great things you can do to look after your luggage and make the bag checking process easier. By looking after your bags you start the trip off on the right foot, and this makes everything else better.

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Need Help Landing That First Internship? Check Out This 4-Step Guide

When you’re in college, you can’t turn a corner without someone talking about internships.

And it’s for good reason: Internships are a great way for students to gain hands-on, practical skills in their field of study.

In the competitive world of internship programs, having experience in your chosen field can give you an advantage over other applicants.

But if you don’t have experience, that doesn’t mean you’re out of luck. It just means you may have to work a little harder.

Use this roadmap to land an internship when you’re a little thin on experience but filled with ambition.

Step One: Landing an Interview

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The most challenging part of snagging an internship is getting your foot in the door.

Write Your Resume

Resumes might be a drag to write, but you’ll almost certainly go unnoticed without one.

Don’t worry if you don’t have a lot of job experience to add to your resume. There are other ways to punch it up.

Make sure your resume is customized to the internship you are applying to,” advises Holly Harper, professional resume editor at Resume Rescue. “Highlight any courses, projects or student organizations that align with aspects of the position.”

“Try to figure out what the employer’s work culture is like and mention relevant interests,” recommends Bart Turczynski, career expert and editor at career advice website Uptowork.

“Just remember to always provide the prospective employer with details,” he adds. For example, he says, blogging can be a “mere hobby,” or it can show an understanding of the basics of HTML, WordPress and social media.

Write Your Cover Letter

Next, it’s time to write a captivating cover letter.

“Make your cover letter shine! This is a chance to display your emotional intelligence, which is what employers are after if someone has no on-the-job experience,” Harper says. “Make the cover letter all about ways you can add value to the company and why you want to help this company via the internship.”

Apply Everywhere

Take your newly minted resume and cover letter and apply for an internship at any company that’s even remotely in the ballpark of your field of study.

“Send out loads of applications,” says Valerie Streif, senior advisor with career services company Mentat. “If you don’t have experience, you can’t be selective.”

“Find as many opportunities as you can that somehow relate to your field of study or interest, and apply, apply, apply!” she adds.

Ask for a Signal Boost

Don’t be shy about asking people to spread the word that you’re looking for an internship.

“Ask friends, parents’ friends, other connections for a good word,” says Streif. “If they know about opportunities or are connected to people who will give you a chance, this is a great way to get your foot in the door. It’s also an excellent way to start networking and get in the habit of reaching out to people to find positions.”

Polish Your Elevator Pitch

You never know when opportunity will strike, so be ready to explain your internship goals anywhere, anytime.

Your elevator pitch should consist of what you’ve done, what you’re doing now, and where you want to be in  five to 10 years,” says Jason Patel, the founder of college prep company Transizion. He recommends having a quick elevator pitch of 15 to 25 seconds for informal meetups, as well as a two-minute pitch for internship interviews.

Step Two: Preparing for the Interview

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Once you’ve landed the interview, now it’s time to prepare for it.

Do a Dry Run

Before your interview, it’s a good idea to rehearse it a few times. But the goal isn’t to memorize possible answers ahead of time.

A rehearsal gives you an idea of how you present yourself to hiring managers and provides an opportunity to polish up your interviewing skills.

“Sit down with a friend, and in totally informal conversation, talk about your experiences in the classroom, in life or working side jobs,” says Patel, adding that you should record this conversation on your phone.

Afterward, listen to your conversation and draw important details from it. Is there a common theme? Did you mention something that you forgot to put on your resume?”

Do Your Research

One of the worst mistakes applicants can make is to show up for an interview uninformed about the company.

I am amazed at the number of people applying for internships who have never even Googled  the company they’re interviewing at,” says Harper. “If I know someone hasn’t done research, I immediately know that I won’t hire them no matter how solid their resume is.”

Spend some time researching the company to glean all you can about its history, culture and mission.

[B]asically just stalk the heck out of them before the interview. It will show you are prepared and motivated,” Harper notes.

Scope Out LinkedIn

Most hiring managers will check out your LinkedIn profile before an interview, and it’s completely fair for you to peep theirs.

“Review the LinkedIn profile of the person interviewing you, and be able to give them a compliment on their previous work or articles published,” says Kerry Wekelo, managing director of human resources and operations at Actualize Consulting.

“Another option is to ask a question about their background,” she adds. “For example, ‘I see you have worked at Actualize Consulting for close to 13 years… [C]an you tell me what your experience has been and why you have stayed with the firm so long?’”

Step Three: Acing the Interview

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Interviews make almost everybody nervous. Here are some tips to help you get past your jitters and put your best foot forward.

Fake It ’Til You Make It

Don’t let a lack of job experience shake your confidence.

Kim Grotto, owner of Grotto Marketing, has hired several college-age interns and college graduates with limited experience.

The number one quality I look for in an intern is that they are not afraid to try,” says Grotto. “Someone who is motivated and pushes through their fear to take action is someone I know I can teach and launch into a position that will be beneficial to both my business and their career.”

Let Your Personality Shine Through

No one likes talking to someone who gives monotone, wooden responses, so don’t be afraid to loosen up (a little).

“Focus on having a conversation rather than simply answering questions” says Grotto. “The more you understand — and can demonstrate your understanding — that life is about relationships rather than transactions, the more successful you will be.”

Arm Yourself With Examples of Your Achievements

Interviewers want to know about what you’ve done and what you’re capable of, so tell them. It’s not bragging; it simply helps them understand why you’re the perfect internship candidate.

Be able to give concrete examples of your school and work experience by providing examples of challenges you faced,” says Wekelo, adding that you should also be able to explain how you overcame challenges and what you learned from them. “We want to know you can handle all types of scenarios.”

Step Four: Following Up After the Interview

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Once the interview is over, take a few minutes to review what went well and what you could improve for future interviews.

You’ve got one more thing left to do until you can kick back and wait for a phone call from the hiring manager.

Send your interviewer a thank you note. It’s an important last step that just might seal the deal.

A Final Note

Internships aren’t mandatory to prepare you for your career path, so if you have trouble finding one or decide interning isn’t for you, check out these 5 productive routes to take instead.

Lisa McGreevy is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. Her college internship was a blast but had exactly nothing to do with the career she ended up in.

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Introducing our first ever sportswear range – your gym bag NEEDS this

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At Marie Claire HQ, we’re kicking off 2018 in hugely exciting fashion by launching our first ever athleisure range – meet Marie Claire Sport.

Tapping into our stylist’s inimitable fashion expertise and our Editor-in-Chief’s unique understanding of what women really want to work out in, we’ve created 19 scientifically crafted pieces that fit, flatter and, thanks to the technological fabric, help you to get the most out of your workout.

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Everything You Need to Know About Curling for the 2018 Winter Olympics

Curling is our strange quadrennial winter sports obsession. Depending on one’s taste, it’s either a compelling chess match on ice, or glorified shuffleboard with no proper place in a global sporting spectacle. But once the opening ceremonies of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics begin on Feb. 9, you — or someone you encounter regularly — will suddenly start caring about curling. You know, that winter Olympic sport with the stones and the brooms and that dartboard-looking-thing on the TV.

For NBCUniversal, the Olympics broadcaster, curling is a consistent ratings winner. CNBC goes from picking stocks to sweeping rocks during the Games, as the network will air hours of evening curling coverage during the Olympics.

So it pays to know the basics of the sport. Here’s what you need to know about curling’s rules, positions, scoring, equipment and more:

What is the history of curling?

The origin of curling traces back to 16th century Scotland, where the sport was played on frozen ponds and lochs. The first recorded match took place around 1541: a Scottish notary recorded a challenge between a monk at Paisley Abbey and a relative of the abbott. Scottish immigrants spread the sport to North America: the first Canadian curling club opened in Montreal in 1807, and the first American club appeared in Pontiac, Mich. in 1828. The Royal Caledonian Curling Club in Scotland, the so-called “mother club” of curling, wrote the first official curling rules in 1838.

Curling first appeared as a medal sport at the 1924 Olympics in Chamonix, France. Only the men held a tournament, and Great Britain won gold (the entire team was Scottish). Curling made five appearances as an Olympic demonstration sport — in Lake Placid in 1932, Garmisch-Partenkirchen in 1936, Innsbruck in 1964, Calgary in 1988 and Albertville in 1992 — before the sport was added to the Olympic program in Nagano in 1998. Since 1998, Canada has won three Olympic golds in curling on the men’s side — including the last three — while Switzerland and Norway each won one. Both Canada and Sweden have earned two women’s gold medals in curling; Great Britain won the women’s gold in 2002.

Olympic curling stones weigh between 38 and 44 pounds; the granite is harvested from Ailsa Craig, an island off the west coast of Scotland that resembles, from a distance, a curling stone.

How do you play curling and what are the rules?

A key driver of curling’s appeal is its relative simplicity. Though the sport may have unfamiliar terms, and thus seem complicated, it’s actually pretty easy to follow.

A curling match consist of 10 ends, which are equivalent to innings in baseball. In each end, the four players on both teams alternate throwing stones. The lead throws first, followed by the second, then the third — or vice-skip — then finally, the skip. Each of the four players on the competing teams throws two stones per end, for a total of 16 stones. The “skip” is the most important player on the team. The skip not only throws the last stone in an end — which often determines the scoring — but also directs the overall strategy.

To execute a shot, a curler pushes a foot off the hack, a piece of rubber akin to a starting block. The curler slides across the ice, or sheet, to the hog line, and must release the stone before it touches the line. The stone then heads for the house — the area with four concentric circles on the other side of the sheet that loosely resembles a dartboard. The house is the scoring area.

How does curling scoring work?

Only one team can score during a curling end. The team with the most stones closest to the curling bullseye — the button — is awarded points. So if, after 16 stones are thrown, Team A has a stone right on the button, and Team B has a stone a few feet off the button, Team A scores a point. If Team A had one stone on the button and a stone a few feet off the button, while Team B had a stone on the outer edge of the house, Team A scores two points.

The team that fails to score in an end gets the hammer, or the advantage of throwing the last stone, in the next end. If no stones remain in the house after an end, no points are awarded: the team with the hammer in a scoreless, or blank, end retains the hammer in the subsequent end. The team with the most points after 10 ends wins the match.

What’s with the curling brooms?

After a curler throws a stone, his or her teammates will often start sweeping the ice in front the stone as it glides down the ice. Why is sweeping the activity that requires the most exertion in this particular Olympic sport? Physics! The sweeping warms the ice and reduces friction, allowing the stone to travel farther and straighter. Depending on the path of the stone and its intended target, a team’s skip will instruct the other curlers to either start sweeping like a teen whose parents are returning home early to an illicit house party, or to lift their brooms.

What’s new for curling at the 2018 Winter Olympics?

A mixed doubles tournament! Olympic organizers have added a mixed doubles curling event to the PyeongChang program to complement the men’s and women’s competitions. Mixed doubles curling teams consist of just two players — a woman and a man — instead of the usual four players per team. Matches are eight ends long, not 10, and the two players alternate throwing five stones per end instead of eight: one player throws the first and last stones, while the other throws the second, third, and fourth rocks.

Mixed doubles adds a wrinkle. A sixth stone for each team isn’t thrown, but set on the ice before the start of the end. The stone of one team is positioned in the middle of the ice, guarding the house, while the other team’s stone is set in the house, near the button. The team with the hammer decides where the stone is positioned; if the team places its stone as the guard, however, the other team gets to take the last shot of the end.

Once per game — but not in tie-breaking “extra ends” — the mixed doubles team with the hammer can decide to exercise a “power play.” In the power play, the pre-positioned stones are shifted to the side.

In a perfect world, would curling power plays involve broomstick fighting and a penalty box like they do in hockey, rather than moving rocks around? Probably. But a more genteel game will do just fine. Mixed doubles scoring is the same as the traditional curling game. The team with the most stones closest to the button earns the points in that end.

Who are the American curling competitors at the Olympics?

For the third consecutive Olympics, John Shuster, 35, will serve as skip for the U.S. men’s team. He’s the first American men’s curler to make four Olympic squads; Shuster, a Chisholm, Minnesota native, was lead for the 2006 Olympic team that won bronze in Torino. Shuster’s Olympic skip record isn’t so sterling. Faced with high expectations after the 2006 bronze medal, the Americans finished last in Vancouver and ninth in Sochi.

Joining Shuster on the team are John Landsteiner — who competed with Shuster in Sochi — Tyler George and Matt Hamilton. Hamilton’s sister, Becca, made the U.S. women’s team, joining fellow first-time Olympians Nina Roth — the team’s skip — Tabitha Peterson and Aileen Geving.

The Hamilton siblings, who hail from McFarland, Wisconsin, will be busy in PyeongChang. Older brother Matt, 28, and sister Becca, 27, will represent the U.S. in mixed doubles.

Millions will be watching their PyeongChang power play.

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Everything You Need To Know About ‘PUBG’s Zombies Mode

PUBG Zombies is a bit of an oddity. Brendan “PlayerUnknown” Greene’s original vision of a Battle Royale spawned from his desire to speed up the combat-focused parts of DayZ — a game ostensibly about surviving a zombie apocalypse. To make his vision a reality, he removed the zombies (and made dozens of other tweaks). It’s ironic, then, that so many players find themselves drawn to a PUBG mode which adds the shuffling undead back into the game.

Of course, there’s a twist here. The zombies in PUBG Zombies are controlled by players, not AI, and they drop alongside the humans. If you’re a human, you have to kill all the zombies — and there’s a lot of them. If you’re a zombie, you simply have to kill the humans. The mode itself started as a bit of a hack — though not the bad kind — and has grown into something of a phenomenon itself.

How To Play ‘PUBG’ Zombies

Getting into a game of Zombies is super easy, although it relies on there being a custom game available.

All you need to do, when at the main menu for PUBG, is click Custom Games and sort by Zombies in the filter. You should be able to see any available Zombies games — click on one from the list and you’re off and running.

Bear in mind, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll get to play as a human. It’s actually one of the problems with the mode in the eyes of Twitch streamer Stabbies, a PUBG Partner and the OCE region’s pre-eminent PUBG shoutcaster. Stabbies runs Customs games for Oceanic players on the regular, changing the rules of PUBG to create wildly varied game experiences. Modes like Demo Derby — where players only have cars — and Western War — where participants are limited to Win 94s and Revolvers — are extremely popular. But Stabbies has a firm rule against running Zombies as a mode.

“It’s fun, but it’s pretty boring if you’re a zombie,” Stabbies explained. “The rhythm of the game is thrown. In a regular game a lot of people drop down, gather loot and then all converge into a circle. But for Zombies that rhythm is ruined. You can’t loot as a zombie, it’s hard to communicate with other zombies and it’s generally not a lot of fun if you land near the survivors early and can’t form a giant horde with [your undead teammates].”

How To Play As A Zombie

That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t play Zombies, by any means. If you’re all about those brains, there’s a bunch of fun to be had. You just have to work for it. If you’re playing on the Zombies team, press Ctrl-T until it says “Voice Chat Unmuted” so you can hear your teammates. Try to get them to land somewhere central — School or Pecado are good options on each map. Zombies can’t use vehicles, so the closer to the middle of the map you are, the less time you’ll have to spend travelling to get into the circle.

If there are vehicles — the host can turn them off, but probably won’t — punch out the tyres by crouching next to them and hitting. It’s something to do, but it also restricts the Human player’s options when they come near.

You’ll probably have to make your own fun for a little while. The humans probably won’t come close until they absolutely have to — when the circle forces them to. Try to follow crates if you can — when you’re unarmed any weapon is powerful, but an M249 is more powerful than most.

When they come close, remember your strength is in numbers. While some of the zombies are bee-lining straight at the humans, see if you can predict where they’re going to run next and try to cut them off. If they manage to knock you, try to find a space where your teammates can get you back up — just like you would in regular PUBG.

Most importantly, have fun. You’re a zombie, just a cell in a larger organism. Victory comes when the humans die, regardless of whether or not you are the one who gets the kills — all the cells win when the organism wins.

How To Play As A Human

Right off the bat, you should know that as it currently works you’re unlikely to get to play as a Human in a Zombies mode custom game. Generally the lobby host will set it up so that they can control who plays on the human side — although very rarely you’ll find some true open lobbies. As custom game controls become more robust, hosts will ideally be able to assign people to certain teams for doing well as zombies and other things.

If you do manage to play as a Human, there’s a few things to keep in mind! Don’t carry too many heals, first of all. Once you start to really get hit by the swarm of zombies, your opportunities to stop will be near non-existent, so you’re really just wasting space carrying every First Aid Kit you can find. Instead, grab every bit of ammo you can. In regular PUBG, any of the other 96-99 players on the map could kill your enemies for you, but in Zombies only your squad can stop the Zombies menace.

Even if you think you got enough ammo, you probably didn’t. That moment when you realise you have to ration your ammunition — that you’ve been wasting it on speculative pot shots from a distance — that’s when the panic sets in.

When the swarm is upon you, be sure to juke as if your life depends on it — because it basically does. You can throw a few zombies off if you about face and run back at them for a few moments before continuing on your way. If you unequip your weapons until you’re going to use them, you run faster (which is also good to know for when you’re chasing the circle in regular PUBG).

The other key thing to do when playing as a Human is to realise that you’re only going to have fun if the Zombies are having fun. If you go in with the idea of victory as your key goal, and you play it like you’re chasing a chicken dinner, you’ll find the Zombies are more reluctant to return for another game. If you restrict yourself and your crew to only using vehicles for transport, or to not wearing armour, or ditching the 8x scopes, the zombies won’t feel like they’re completely out of options.

“You almost have to role-play it,” Stabbies said about playing as a Human. As a PUBG Partner he’s able to set up a Zombies Custom match, and the games we played together as humans were populated in seconds. “You don’t want it to be boring for the zombies [players] so you have to hold back. Everyone can have a good time [that way].”

The games he set up restricted us to just the Western War weapons, with the addition of sniper rifles. The only Automatic weapons available were the VSS, the Glock and anything we might get out of a crate — although Zombies flocked to the crates every time.

In our games, we didn’t finish zombies off until the last few circles, essentially rewarding the cheeky players who tried to attack us early with a second chance. We hopped out of our vehicles to fight, we ran for our lives when we had to, and it was obvious we were never going to win. But the Zombies seemed to have fun, and even though we didn’t win, so did we.

One other thing worth doing is turning off ReShade — which you’ll have on if you followed our guide. Something about the normal palette of colours in PUBG lends itself very well to the Zombie apocalypse. You can also fiddle with ReShade settings in-game to make things a bit more apocalyptic if you want — although make sure you save your settings for when you return to the regular game!

PUBG Zombies can be fun, but it requires a certain attitude from all involved. When everyone is in that mindset, it’s chaotic and terrifying — but for now those experiences can be few and far between. Fortunately there are dozens of other Custom Games happening at any time — maybe you’re better off checking those out instead! If you’re in OCE, try out Stabbies stream – he plays a heap of other games as well.

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Justin Timberlake Is Your 2018 Super Bowl Performer. Here’s Everything You Need to Know.

Justin Timberlake will take to the Super Bowl Halftime Show’s stage in Minneapolis this year, marking his third time singing at the annual NFL playoff event. P!nk, meanwhile, will be performing the “Star-Spangled Banner” before kickoff on Feb. 4 at U.S Bank Stadium. He follows last year’s high-flying Lady Gaga and 2016’s Coldplay as headliner for the show.

Timberlake first sang at Super Bowl XXXV back in 2001 during the heyday of beloved boyband *NSYNC. The quintet rocked out to perennial favorite “It’s Gonna Be Me” alongside Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, Britney Spears and others. Soon after launching his solo career, he graced the stage as one of the lineup of stars MTV recruited for 2004’s Super Bowl XXXVIII show — which also famously featured Janet Jackson. At the end of Timberlake’s performance of “Rock Your Body,” he famously ripped off Jackson’s breastplate, exposing her to the nation — and the millions watching — in an incident that would be subsequently coined “Nipplegate” and drawn out in an extended legal battle involving Jackson, the FCC, CBS and Viacom. Timberlake apologized for the controversial “wardrobe malfunction.”

Now, Timberlake is back for round three. And he’s got new music to promote: he just released his latest single, “Filthy,” on Jan. 5 and is following it up with his third solo album, Man of the Woods, due out just days before the Super Bowl. on Feb. 2. Odds are we’ll be treated to a mix of his tried-and-true classics (“SexyBack,” anyone?), family-friendly hits (“Can’t Stop the Feeling”) and some of his new tunes to finish it off.

As for the singing of the national anthem? That honor goes to P!nk, another of Timberlake’s early-aughts-era pop star cohort. Looks like the 2000s really are back in vogue.


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Need a Change of Scenery? These 8 Cities Are Looking Good for Renters

It’s 2018. New year, new me, right?

If that means trying out a new town, given how expensive rent seems to be across the U.S., we have some good news and some bad news for you.

First, the bad news. Even though there were slightly fewer renters in 2017 — for the first time in more than a decade — the cost of rent still rose more than 2%, according to an annual analysis of the rental market conducted by Abodo.

The good news: of the 85 cities Abodo analyzed, a few are affordable.

To give you a better picture of where you might consider starting your new year, we looked at the change in income and population of those 85 cities, according to the latest available data from the U.S. Census Bureau, along with the local unemployment rates from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

We then weighed the affordability and strength of each local economy, along with the latest rental rates for one-bedroom apartments from Abodo to bring you the cities that are growing, getting richer and are actually affordable in 2018.

These 8 Affordable Cities Are Growing and Getting Richer

You want to live where the jobs are, right? All of these cities have unemployment rates below the national average of 4.1%. We’ve also tried to come as close as possible to the 30% rule when it comes to the amount you spend on rent.

And finally, we looked at the industries in each city to find which ones employ the most residents, then created our list of eight affordable cities that are on major upswings.

1. Lincoln, Nebraska

Rent: $ 648

Average income: $ 27,585

Unemployment rate: 2.1%

Population: 217,283

Biggest industries: Education and healthcare; manufacturing; retail

2. Lubbock, Texas

Rent: $ 550

Average income: $ 24,535

Unemployment rate: 2.7%

Population: 192,965

Biggest industries: Education and healthcare; retail; arts, recreation and entertainment

3. Fort Wayne, Indiana

Rent: $ 466

Average income: $ 24,135

Unemployment rate: 3.1%

Population: 200,592

Biggest industries: Education and healthcare; manufacturing; retail

4. Wichita, Kansas

Rent: $ 513

Average income: $ 25,668

Unemployment rate: 3.7%

Population: 297,709

Biggest industries: Education and healthcare; manufacturing; retail

5. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Rent: $ 680

Average income: $ 27,370

Unemployment rate: 3.3%

Population: 475,826

Biggest industries: Education and healthcare; retail; professional, scientific and management

6. Omaha, Nebraska

Rent: $ 809

Average income: $ 28,545

Unemployment rate: 2.5%

Population: 343,864

Biggest industries: Education and healthcare; professional, scientific and management; retail

7. Columbus, Ohio

Rent: $ 690

Average income: $ 25,781

Unemployment rate: 3.5%

Population: 664,580

Biggest industries: Education and healthcare; retail; professional, scientific and management

8. Lexington, Kentucky

Rent: $ 736

Average income: $ 30,502

Unemployment rate: 3.2%

Population: 252,060

Biggest industries: Education and healthcare; retail; arts, recreation and entertainment

See a city that piques your interest? Keep an eye on The Penny Hoarder Jobs page on Facebook to see if anything pops up there. And make sure to check out our tips on moving cross country if you decide to pack up and move.

Bon voyage!

Alex Mahadevan is a data journalist at The Penny Hoarder.

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Serena Williams Pulls Out of Australian Open: ‘I Will Need a Little More Time’

(MELBOURNE) — Defending champion Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Australian Open, saying she is not ready to return to tournament tennis.

The season’s first major starts on Jan. 15 at Melbourne Park and seven-time Australian Open champion Williams will be missing it for the first time since 2011.

Williams was pregnant with her first child when she won here last year to collect her Open-era record 23rd Grand Slam singles title.

She gave birth to her daughter, Alexis, in September.

Williams played in an exhibition tournament last week in Abu Dhabi and indicated after her loss to French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko that she might not make it to Melbourne.

“After competing in Abu Dhabi I realized that although I am super close, I’m not where I personally want to be,” Williams said in a statement released Friday by Australian Open organizers.

“My coach and team always said ‘only go to tournaments when you are prepared to go all the way.’ I can compete – but I don’t want to just compete, I want to do far better than that and to do so, I will need a little more time.

“With that being said, and even though I am disappointed about it, I’ve decided not to compete in the Australian Open this year.”

The 36-year-old Williams needs one more Grand Slam singles title to equal the all-time record held by Margaret Court, who won 24 titles before and during the Open era.

Her withdrawal comes less than 24 hours after fellow former world No.1 Andy Murray withdrew from the men’s event with a chronic hip injury.

Several other stars, including top-ranked Rafael Nadal, six-time champion Novak Djokovic and 2014 winner Stan Wawrinka, also are dealing with injuries.

Williams last year beat sister Venus in the final, and later revealed she played the tournament despite knowing she was pregnant.

Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley said Williams waited as long as she could before letting organizers know she wouldn’t be able to compete.

“I’ve been in constant contact with Serena and her team and know this is why she has pushed it and pushed it until the 11th hour to make her final decision,” Tiley said.

 


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7 Things You Need to Give Up to Be More Stylish

Knowing what to do to be more stylish can be a bit elusive. Sometimes you just need to hear tangible advice that can help you reach your full style potential. With the end of the year quickly approaching, we got to thinking about the steps a fashion-loving girl can take to reach her full style potential in the New Year. And while we’re all for advice on what to wear to look more stylish, sometimes it’s helpful to get a little guidance pertaining to what not to wear.

With this in mind, we compiled a constructive list of seven things that can easily be achieved to dress better next season. While it’s most important to wear what you love and feel most confident in, just a few subtle wardrobe tweaks can give your wardrobe a boost that will make your outfits even better, thus improving your confidence and satisfaction with said outfits. From the shoe styles to toss out to the type of skinny jeans to avoid, these are the seven things to give up to be more stylish (and what to swap them for).

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If you want to stand out, swap your old black coat for something a little more vibrant and interesting. Because in the colder months, your outerwear is sometimes the only way to show the world just how stylish you are.

Sloppy, Ill-Fitting Sweats

With so many stylish athleisure options on the market these days, there’s no reason to rely on your old sweats when you want to be comfortable. Instead, invest in polished activewear-like track pants, leggings, and cropped hoodies.

Outdated Footwear

Still reaching for rubber flip-flops, wedge sneakers, and boots on occasion? It’s time to swap them out for more forward options, like sock boots, kitten-heel mules, backless loafers, and white boots and heels.

Fast-Fashion Pieces Everyone Has

While the draw of a popular item can be hard to resist, do a little legwork and seek out more under-the-radar pieces that express your individuality.

Anything That’s Too Short or Too Tight

Fashion girls have abandoned “sexy” outfits in favor of more modest and even oversize styles. For example, instead of wearing a body-con minidress for a night out, try a silky midi dress or a midi skirt. 

Chunky Costume Jewelry

If you love oversize jewelry that makes a statement, opt for pieces that are more sculptural and modern for the most of-the-moment vibe, or stick to delicate layered pieces for something a bit subtler.

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‘TIS THE SEASON: More than halfway to its goal of collecting 125,000 donated coats, this year’s annual New York Cares Coat Drive has less than a week to go.
New Yorkers can drop off coats at multiple locations including the group’s West 31st Street warehouse, any New York Police Department precinct, all Queens library branches and Grand Central Terminal or Penn Station through Dec. 31. Those who don’t have jackets to give can text “coat” to 41444 to donate money that will be used by the nonprofit to buy and deliver coats. The city has at least 1.7 million people living below the poverty line including 60,000 who are without permanent housing, according to a New York Cares spokeswoman.
The group has collected and donated 1.8 million coats to New Yorkers in need over the past 29 years. This year’s requests from shelters, social service agencies and schools is an increase compared to last year’s tally of 109,000 coats.
Another local group, The Fashion Foundation, recently wrapped up another charitable initiative. Founder Amanda Munz helped to brighten the holidays for 100 students in three different Brooklyn schools by arranging for each of them to receive a complementary gift-laden backpack. Rebecca Minkoff and Calvin

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Why You Need A Side Hustle Right Now!

First, let’s be clear on what a side hustle is:

A “side hustle” is additional income that is separate from your paycheck. It’s not a part-time job, it is something you have created, and it can be hugely gratifying. I have always recommended side hustles or multiple streams of income. I call it “financial protection.” A side hustle helps you build confidence and security, especially if you’ve always been an employee and have never worked for yourself. Even a small amount of extra income feels great because you made it happen.

Why you need your own side hustle

A side hustle can give you a level of financial insulation if you were to lose your job or become sick and cannot work your full-time job. A side hustle can be an online pursuit such as editing manuscripts and résumés, being a virtual assistant, or making money from a blog. So if you were to become unemployed, you would still have money coming in and that would enable you to continue to pay your bills.

People often wonder how to save more money; a side hustle can help you with that. If, after you pay all of your bills, there is nothing left, you need a side hustle. Living paycheck to paycheck leaves you financially vulnerable (most people don’t have enough money in savings to handle an emergency). It is important to build up money in a savings account and an emergency savings account for the “what ifs” that can happen.

If there is something that you are truly passionate about or an area you want to explore, you can try it out through a side hustle. Sometimes a 9-to-5 is just a 9-to-5 and you may be harboring a desire to try something else. This is the time to do it and with a lot less risk.

A side hustle will bring more happiness and flexibility to your life. When I first started out as a financial writer and expert, I was writing on the side, but every time I got paid for my work and for something I truly wanted to do, I was elated! I was also able to save this money which increased my financial security. The feeling that you get from creating something of your own and being successful at it cannot be beat!

 

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My two littles (Evie, 2 1/2, and Annie, 10 months) and I were on week three of our colds when we arrived at my friend’s home for a playdate. It took almost an hour before I could smell the oil being diffused in the air, but I soon found myself breathing better. I wasn’t the only one who noticed. The other mama at the playdate had lots of questions about the oil diffusers too.

And apparently there was a fourth member of our group that day. After I got home my friend sent us this: “This was on my Amazon app when I just opened it. Was Alexa listening to our conversation?! Don’t think too much about it. It will freak you out. But here is good info!”

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I chose to not think too hard about it, as my friend suggested, and was grateful for Alexa’s contribution. Aromatherapy and essential oils are something I’ve tiptoed around. I know of a few oils I like and the reasons they are good for me: Lavender, peppermint, tea tree, but I haven’t gone full-hog and rid my medicine cabinet of all my over-the-counter medications.

At this point, though, I’m ready to try almost anything to help my littles with their colds. I can’t give them medicine to help with the mucous so it’s been steam, snot suckers, and comfort cuddles to help them. An aromatherapy oil diffuser would be another comfort measure and/or it might actually help them recover and keep from getting sick.

Since it can get confusing here is a brief summary of the differences between vaporizers, humidifiers, nebulizers, and oil diffusers:

Vaporizers: These add steam to the air and the heat destroys the healing benefits of essential oils.

Humidifiers: There are warm mist humidifiers that boil water and cool water humidifiers that add moisture to the air using a fan. Many humidifiers are plastic and using oils can destroy them. Essential oil expert Megan W. says, “You’re also not supposed to put oils in humidifiers because some oils eat away at the plastic, like lemon oil, put a drop on styrofoam and it literally melts it!”

Nebulizers: Use oil and no water, which allows for a very concentrated scent.

Ultrasonic oil diffuser: utilizes electronic frequencies causing a small disk under the water to vibrate breaking the essential oil into tiny microparticles and dispersing them into a fine mist.

Everyone I spoke to had their favorite oil diffusers so I think it comes down to preference for the most part. There are lots of options.

Here are five that came recommended by fellow mamas.

1. This beautifully designed diffuser has a LED display, runs for eight hours with automatic shut-off, and is extremely quiet. It has a reach of about 400 feet. NOW Ultrasonic Faux Wood Essential Oil Diffuser (Amazon, $ 35.85).

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2. This simple diffuser runs six to seven hours, has seven color changing LED displays, four timer settings and auto shut-off. It has a reach of about 200 square feet. URPOWER 2nd Generation 300ml Aroma Essential Oil Diffuser Ultrasonic (Amazon, $ 25.99).

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3. The doTERRA brand is well known among essential oil users. Their oil diffuser has optional LED displays, automatic timers, and offers a soft ambient light as well. It reaches 330 feet its light mist. doTerra Petal Diffuser (doTERRAR, $ 62.66)

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4. This diffuser has a lot of options from seven LED settings, automatic timers, and continuous mist from 8-12 hours depending on mist strength. Covers a 215-270 square foot area. Aroma Essential Oil Diffuser, Olive Tech 400 ml (Amazon, $ 42.99)

5. The PureGuardian Spa utilizes Silver Clean protection to prevent mold, is simple to clean, and is quiet. Simple is key with these diffusers. PureGuardian Spa Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Oil Diffuser, two pack (Costco, $ 59.99)

All diffusers have different bells and whistles, but the key is buying good, clean essential oils. The Dollar Store sells oils, but there is a vast difference between what is in those bottles and what you’ll find in a DoTerra, Young Living or Edens Garden bottle. You don’t want to be breathing in any chemicals. Megan P. says, “Kind of like with burning a candle you are breathing in the smoke from the wick. You want pure oils in the air so you aren’t breathing in anything bad.”

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What are your favorite oils to use and why?

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7 Reasons Women Need to Get Their Vitamin D Levels Checked…Now!

Originally posted: May 24, 2015

Are you getting enough vitamin D?

If you’re like most women in the U.S., you may not be.

We’re supposed to get our daily supply of this important nutrient from the sun and from food, but according to recent studies, many of us are falling short.

· Worldwide pandemic: In 2008, researchers reported: “Vitamin D deficiency is now recognized as a pandemic.” They cited lack of sun exposure as part of the reason, and noted:” “Very few foods naturally contain vitamin D, and foods that are fortified with vitamin D are often inadequate to satisfy either a child’s or an adult’s vitamin D requirement.”

· Three-quarters of Americans coming up short: In 2009, researchers reported that three-quarters of Americans were deficient in vitamin D. This was a startling increase, as between 1988 and 1994, only 45 percent of those studied (over 18,000) were deficient. African Americans were especially low, with just three percent having recommended levels, compared to 12 percent in the previous study period. Researchers considered 30 nanograms per milliliter (ng/mL) of blood to be adequate.

· Deficiency and disease: A 2011 study looked at vitamin D levels in nearly 4,500 participants and found that over 41 percent were deficient. Over 82 percent of black Americans were deficient, and nearly 70 percent of Hispanics. Researchers also noted that those who were deficient were more likely to have low levels of HDL “good” cholesterol and to be obese and in poor health.

These studies are concerning because low levels of vitamin D have been linked to a number of health problems—some specific to women.

 What is Vitamin D For?

The body needs vitamin D to do the following:

· Maintain strong bones

· Support muscle strength and function

· Keep the immune system working well

· Deliver nerve messages from the brain to the body

· Maintain a healthy heart and blood circulation

· Protect cells from damage

Severe vitamin D deficiency can cause a condition called “rickets” in children (softening of the bones) and osteomalacia (a similar condition) in adults. This type of deficiency is rare today in the U.S., however.

What is more common is having vitamin D levels that aren’t so low they cause a severe deficiency, but are still far below optimal levels. If we rarely go outside, use sunscreen all the time, or live in the northern latitudes where the sun may be scarce in winter, we can end up not getting enough.

The recommended daily allowance (RDA) for vitamin D is:

·  600 IU for those 1-70 years of age, and for pregnant and breastfeeding women

· 800 IU for those 71 years of age and older

In most studies examining vitamin D levels in blood, researchers consider 30 ng/mL to be adequate, and levels lower than that to show a deficiency. Many researchers today consider 50-60 ng/ml to be the optimal range for physical and mental health.

The body makes vitamin D when we expose our skin to the sun (without sunscreen). We also get some of the nutrient from food, but not enough to meet our daily requirements.

7 Concerns When Women Don’t Get Enough

When vitamin D levels drop below the recommended 30 ng/mL level, women can be at risk for the following health issues:

1. Cardiovascular disease: The heart suffers without enough vitamin D. A recent study looked at vitamin D levels in over 160,000 women and 86,000 men and found that those with lower levels of the vitamin were more at risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, stroke, and heart attack. Among those who did die, nearly 80 percent had low levels below 28 ng/mL. A third study showed that low vitamin D levels were linked to an increased risk of suffering severe stroke, and to poor health in those who had survived stroke.

2. Depression: Studies have linked low levels of vitamin D to depression in otherwise healthy young women. In 2015, for example, researchers tested 185 college students between the ages of 18 and 25 and found that those with lower levels of vitamin D were more likely to have significant symptoms of depression. In another study published this year, participants looked at over 5,000 individuals aged 30-79 years and found that those with higher levels of vitamin D in their blood had a reduced risk of depression.

3. Alzheimer’s disease: It’s only recently that scientists have begun to realize the connection between vitamin D and a healthy brain. In a 2014 study, researchers tested over 1,600 adults aged 65 and older, and found that those who were moderately deficient in vitamin D were more than twice as likely to develop dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

4. Cancer: Vitamin D seems to not only help prevent cancer, but to increase chances of survival once someone has it. A 2015 study, for example, found that patients with colorectal cancer who had higher levels of vitamin D in their bloodstream survived longer, on average, than patients with lower levels. Another recent study found similar results in patients with lymphoma. The National Cancer Institute states that some studies have reported a possible link between vitamin D and cancer risk, with results showing that the nutrient may slow or prevent the development of cancer.

5. Preterm birth: Mothers who are deficient in vitamin D, particularly during early pregnancy, were more likely to deliver early, preterm, than women with adequate levels of the vitamin, according to a 2015 study. Pregnant women are advised to get 600 IUs of vitamin D daily.

6. Pregnancy complications: Moms who don’t get enough vitamin D may also be at risk for developing high blood pressure and gestational diabetes. Particularly moms who live in northern climates should be sure they’re getting enough through supplements.

7. Hip fractures: As vitamin D is important for the maintenance of healthy bone, it becomes extremely important to women after menopause. A 2003 study found that postmenopausal women with adequate levels of vitamin D were less likely to suffer hip fractures caused by osteoporosis. Researchers added that intake of milk didn’t help—women needed supplements to get enough.

A low level of vitamin D has also been linked to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes and fertility problems.

 Can You Get Too Much?

Though there have been some studies in the past suggesting that we can get too much vitamin D, but more recent research makes it clear that our concerns should be about not getting enough, not getting too much.

Turns out that “vitamin D toxicity” (toxic effects from too much of the nutrient) is extremely rare. Researchers from the Mayo Clinic analyzed information from over 20,000 participants, and found that those with a so-called “high” level of vitamin D (defined as 50 ng/mL or more) was only 8 percent, and even those people rarely experienced any problems because of it.

The recommended upper limit of the vitamin is 4,000 IUs a day.

How to Get More

If you find that you’re low on this important nutrient, here are some tips to boost your intake:

· Spend 15 minutes daily in the sunshine without sunscreen.

· Take a daily supplement of 600-800 IUs.

· Eat more fatty fish, beef liver, cheese, and egg yolks.

 

Sources

Michael F Holick and Tai C Chen, “Vitamin D deficiency: a worldwide problem with health consequences,” Am J Clin Nutr, April 2008; 87(4):1080S-1086S, http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/87/4/1080S.full.

 

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Jordan Lite, “Vitamin D deficiency soars in the U.S., study says,” Scientific American, March 23, 2009, http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/vitamin-d-deficiency-united-states/.

 

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Thomas J. Littlejohns, et al., “Vitamin D and the risk of dementia and Alzheimer disease,” Neurology,

David C.R. Kerr, et al., “Associations between vitamin D levels and depressive symptoms in healthy young adult women,” Psychiatry Research, May 30, 2015; 227(1):46-51, http://www.psy-journal.com/article/S0165-1781(15)00108-0/abstract.

 

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Tuija Jaaskelainen, et al, “Higher serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentrations are related to a reduced risk of depression,” British Journal of Nutrition, 2015; doi: 10.1017/S0007114515000689, http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=9630912.

 

“New study shows high vitamin D levels increase survival of patients with metastatic colorectal cancer,” Dana Farber, January 12, 2015, http://www.dana-farber.org/Newsroom/News-Releases/new-study-shows-high-vitamin-D-levels-increases-survival-of-patients-with-metastatic-colorectal-cancer.aspx.

 

Robert Preidt, “Low Vitamin D Levels in Stroke Survivors a Bad Sign, Study Finds,” HealthDay News, February 12, 2015, http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=186897.

 

Bodnar LM, et al., “Early-pregnancy vitamin D deficiency and risk of preterm birth subtypes,” Obstet Gynecol., February 2015; 125(2):439-47, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25569002.

 

Jennifer L. Kelly, et al., “Low Serum Vitamin D Levels are Associated with Inferior Survival in Follicular Lymphoma: A Prospective Evaluation in SWOG and LYSA Studies,” JCO, March 30, 2015; doi: 10.1200/JCO.2014.57.5092, http://jco.ascopubs.org/content/early/2015/03/30/JCO.2014.57.5092.abstract%20.

 

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Hanne Jakobsen, “Pregnant women are often vitamin D deficient,” Science Nordic, March 21, 2013, http://sciencenordic.com/pregnant-women-are-often-vitamin-d-deficient.

 

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Irina Shayk and Blumarine proved to be a solid match last season but the Russian model is out for Spring 2018 in favor of Amber Valletta. Sticking with photographic duo Luigi & Iango, the team heads lakeside for the new campaign, making use of the scenic location in a series of black and white, and color shots. Male model Phillip Mayberry, who joins Amber in a few of the campaign images, is clearly outshined by the American beauty.

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Our forum members immediately noticed the overt use of retouching in the photos. “Looks good for Blumarine, but the Photoshop on her is too literal. She doesn’t look like herself here. Granted Liugi & Iango often retouch a young girl like Anna Cleveland to hell and back, this still looks eerie,” voiced Benn98 the moment the campaign came to light.

“People need to stop hiring Luigi & Iango and just hire graphic designers. At least a designer might create more realistic looking people,” commented lelaid.

Also quick to point out the obvious use of Photoshop was tigerrouge. “I’d definitely buy the technology that enables Amber’s under-eye area to look this good twenty years on,” she pointed out.

“Amber’s always iconic – airbrushed or no filter. Brings it every time, and no exception here,” defended forum member zoom.

“They should have just booked Camila Akrans if they wanted her style. L&I lack experience outside of the studio and this proves that. They should practice more with editorials before they take on a campaign. They lucked out with Amber because any other model would have made this into a total flop,” stated GivenchyHomme.

Apple felt the same way: “Amber is such a pro, she’s amazing in front of the camera. Luigi and Iango need to stop with that same makeup and Photoshop obsession!”

“I wanted to like these because Amber always delivers but Luigi & Iango lack the charm for outdoors and the concept is like Connecticut housewife goes glam. Everything looks nice but nothing attracts,” disapproved TaylorBinque.

Blumarine S/S 2018 : Amber Valletta & Phillip Mayberry by Luigi & Iango

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Blumarine S/S 2018 : Amber Valletta & Phillip Mayberry by Luigi & Iango

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If you’re going to say “radical Islamic terrorism,” you need to say “radical Christian terrorism” too

If you’re going to say “radical Islamic terrorism,” you need to say “radical Christian terrorism” too


If you’re going to say “radical Islamic terrorism,” you need to say “radical Christian terrorism” too

Whenever anything happens that could be described as an act of terrorism, and the perpetrator is Muslim, certain politicians and media outlets can’t move fast enough to be “brave enough” to call it “radical Islamic terrorism,” as if “terrorism” isn’t a good enough a word. Monday’s attempted suicide bombing in the Port Authority of New York City was no different.

According to federal and local New York City authorities, the perpetrator of Monday’s attack had been living in Brooklyn for seven years. Although the investigation is ongoing, he was apparently inspired by the ISIS “Christmas attacks” in Europe the past few years, which means he was radicalized here. Officials are calling it an “attempted terrorist attack,” since the man only injured himself, along with four others who sustained minor injuries.

Donald Trump released a statement after the bombing saying that America could have prevented the attack with immigration reform (though the man is not from a country on Trump’s travel ban list) and did not use the words “radical Islamic terror,” which is pretty interesting.

During the debates last year, he said of then Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, “These are radical Islamic terrorists, and she won’t even mention the word, and nor will President Obama. Now, to solve a problem, you have to be able to state what the problem is, or at least say the name.”

He certainly has a point in one regard: Stating the name of the problem is often the first step. But his lack of tweet storms on Monday about “radical Islamists” is telling (although there’s still time, obviously). It’s highly possible that someone on his team has axed that verbiage from his official statements, since it’s very misleading and could possibly lead to accusations that Trump is, after all, Islamaphobic, since he refused to call other terror attacks that happened this year “radical Christian terrorism” or even “white supremacy,” most notably after after a sniper murdered 58 and injured 546 people in Las Vegas in October and a white nationalist borrowed one of of ISIS’ new methods and drove a truck into a group of protestors in Charlottesville in August, or the countless other attacks of political violence perpetrated by white, Christian, nationalists just this year.

If you want to nitpick, fine. Some, like the New Yorker‘s Masha Gessen, suggests that since these are lone actors and not some “substate groups” that they don’t technically earn the terrorism label. She makes a distinction between “politically motivated” violence and “terrorism,” and warns against using the term (or any term) so broadly risks stripping it of all meaning. For example, there’s no evidence that the  Las Vegas was motivated by politics and so refrains from calling it terrorism, which is defined as “unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims,” according to the Oxford English Dictionary. It does, at the end of the day, change how these perpetrators are tried in American court, if they survive their own violence, and leads to greater charges.

But maybe we’re being too lenient by being afraid to label any act of violence against people as “terrorism” just because it doesn’t work with the idea that all terrorists have be of a certain race, creed, or take people hostage on airplanes. We get what Gessen is saying, but the fact remains that 2001 and 2015, right-wing extremists have killed more Americans than any Islamist terrorist, according to the nonpartisan think tank New America. Where’s the label to account for their political motivations?

The chances of an American being killed in a terrorist attack perpetrated by an immigrant is one in 3.6 million, and that includes the statistically offsetting number of 9/11 deaths. As Zack Beauchamp wrote over at Vox, that means people are more likely to die from their own clothing or a toddler with a gun.

We don’t know about you, but when someone claims to be a white supremacist — like the white man from Baltimore who came to New York with the explicit intent to kill black people, stabbing 66-year-old Timothy Caughman to death, or the Oregon man who screamed at two Muslim kids on a train “we need Americans here!” and then stabbed two men who tried to help to death — that sounds a lot like some sort of terrorism. But you didn’t hear anyone call them “radical” anything. At the same time, Trump insisted that President Obama call the Orlando shooter a “radical Islamic terrorist,” though his allegiance to ISIS was weak at best, and ISIS sort of takes credit for anything they feel fits their brand, according to the New York Times.

It’s one thing to debate the overall meaning of terrorism, and if someone comes up with a better way to distinguish between different violent, politically motivated acts, we’re here for it. But using the term “radical Islamic terrorism” has become such a buzzword and racist dog whistle for ring-wing politicians that we have to demand they be specific (or even acknowledge) all of these acts of racist, political attempts to murder people while they’re commuting to work or shopping in a holiday market.

When people insist on using the term “radical Islamic terrorist,” they aren’t trying to accurately label an act of violence nor are they worrying about how the perpetrator will be tried in court. What they want to do is stoke fear in the “Other,” namely Muslims (but they’d likely be swayed to come up with terms for other religious and racial groups if pressed), in an effort to further right wing, isolationist agendas, whether it’s trade deals or immigration policies.

Labeling some violence “radical Islam” and ignoring the self-identified Christians who bomb abortion clinics, or any other act of violence perpetrated by a non-Muslim, is a way to get people behind “America First” policies, even though it’s most often Americans killing other Americans. If Americans want to use the term “terrorism” loosely and specify a religion or a race when they speak about it, it’s only fair to insist that they drop the qualifiers, “Christian,” “white,” or “male,” when it applies. Chances are, the same people who readily employ the term “radical Islamic terrorism” would be quick to clarify that self-identified Christians who perpetrate violence aren’t representative of their religion or its morals, and would be horribly offended and upset at having their religion associated with such violence. Maybe something to think about when it comes to the millions of peaceful Muslims in the world.

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Need a Tool to Help You Keep Track of Your Finances? Try a Bullet Journal

Usually, when a new trend or fad comes around, it gains steam, sticks around for a month or two and then disappears.

But last year, I heard about something that has changed my life (no, really) for the better — and it seems to be here to stay.

I started bullet journaling in August of 2016. Since then, I’ve built up good habits, squashed bad ones, created routines, learned how to follow a schedule, gotten organized, become more focused and, as if that’s not enough, I’ve finally put my finances in order.

Wait, wait, wait. Journal? Finances? How do those go together?

Not Your Average Journal

The bullet journal isn’t necessarily a journal per se.

It’s actually somewhere between a planner, a journal, a notepad, an organizer and a captain’s log (it’s just that you’re the captain, and your life is the ship — don’t wreck it).

You know that moment when you order a new planner, wait a few days, tear into the packaging, crack the spine and realize that while yeah, this layout will probably work, it’s just not quite what you need it to be?

Not so with the bullet journal.

The bullet journal is a completely customizable organizational system that allows you to create tracking, planning, note-taking and record-keeping tools that work for your specific lifestyle. You create your own “pages,” “spreads” and “trackers” (you can learn more on the official bullet journal website) and are never bound by a system that doesn’t completely and totally work for you.

In short, the bullet journal is whatever you need or want it to be.

Right now, though, I really want to talk about how I’ve been using finance tracking tools and spreads to revamp the way I handle, track, spend and save my money.

How a Bullet Journal Can Help You Fix Your Finances

First, set up the base of your bullet journal with the instructions and guides found here. Then, because a bullet journal is so customizable, you can look at your own problem areas.

Do you need to be better about sticking to a budget? Do you need to pay off debt? Do you have some big savings goals? Great! There’s a bullet journal “spread” (official lingo) for that.

Let’s start where any solid financial plan starts: with a budget.

How to Use Your Bullet Journal as a Budget Tracker

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Because the bullet journal is what you make it, there are an infinite amount of options for setting up your budget spread.

I broke down my budget into categories, starting with the unavoidables (bills, rent, gas and the like) and working forward from there. I included everything, right down to my Spotify subscription and the fact that once in a while I just need to order the more expensive pizza.  

When I start drawing out a new spread in my BuJo (that’s the pretentious bullet journaling way to avoid typing bullet journal every time) I like to do a little search on Google or Instagram to see what kinds of spreads other people are having success with. I use these as a jumping off point, adding a few personalized tweaks of my own along the way.

I drew out my budget spread in bars. This is a monthly spread, so I can visually gauge my budget based on which week of the month I’m in. As I color in the bar each time I spend, I’ll have a visual representation of how much I have left in that category.

At the end of the month, I’ll add up my total spending compared to my total budget, write that down on next month’s budget page, and turn it into a little competition with myself where I try to spend a little less. If I succeed, the extra goes toward paying off my student loans.

How to Track Your Bills in Your Bullet Journal

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I’m a forgetful person.

If something isn’t written down in front of my face, on the wall next to my bed when I wake up, tattooed across my forehead when I look in the mirror or noted in my bullet journal, there’s a good chance it just isn’t ever going to get done.

But paying bills on time is an important part of adult life; I’m on a quest to actually feel like a real grown-up someday, so a bill tracker was a must in my financial strategy.

For my bill tracker, I wanted to create a big-picture spread that stretched from now through the next several months. I drew inspiration from a BuJo blogger (it’s a lifestyle, y’all) I follow and went to work.

I went back through my bank statement to make sure I counted every bill I pay each month. Then I drew my grid, making sure to include a space for the amount, the due date and whether or not I had paid it yet. I decided to leave a few extra boxes at the bottom of my tracker in case I need to add an extra line item or two over the next several months.

I put my monthly bills in one spread, and I’ll put my quarterly and annual bills together in a separate tracker. As I pay each bill, I’ll check the box so I can see at a glance which ones still need to be addressed.

How to Track Your Spending in Your Bullet Journal

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If you’re pretty good about sticking to your budget and paying off your debt (or if you have no debt!), you may decide not to use a spending tracker every month.

Sometimes, though, I like to add a spending tracker into my weekly or monthly section for a financial reboot of sorts. If I ever feel like my finances are getting a little out of control, it helps to see exactly when and how I’m spending every dollar. It’s seriously an eye-opening experience each time I try it.

This one has a lot of flexibility in how you choose to set it up, but the main things I like to include are a space to write the item/food/experience I purchased, the store/venue I purchased it from, the date, the cost, whether I used debit or credit and whether it was a want or a need.

After a month — or even a week — of tracking your spending, you start to see patterns and problem areas that you otherwise might not be aware of.

How to Track Your Savings In Your Bullet Journal

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This one is the most exciting of the financial trackers (in my opinion, anyway).

While all of the other BuJo trackers help you watch your paycheck dwindle away each month, the savings goal tracker gets you amped each and every time you get to fill in a little more of that bar because you know you’re one step closer to that dream vacation or that new, extra-deep couch you can’t wait to curl up on.

For my savings tracker, I like to give each goal its own horizontal or vertical bar. As I move money to my savings, I color in the appropriate amount of the bar for the savings goal I’m working toward. Some goals might be small, and some might be huge — but you can move the bigger, unfinished goals from journal to journal as you fill each book.

I’m a visual and tactile person, so being able to see my savings goals and fill them in a little at a time gives me a nerdy little rush of adrenaline.

How to Track Your Debt Payoff in Your Bullet Journal

OK, so this one’s pretty fun, too.

I mean, I know I’m not the only one who gets a little thrill every time I go above and beyond my usual debt payments — and this spread always makes me want to race to the top of the bar.

For my student loans, I make one large bar so I can see exactly how far I have to go. Then, I make several smaller bars so I can break down the total into more manageable — and less discouraging — pieces.

I also like to mark time-oriented goalposts along the sides of the bars so that I have a little self-imposed incentive to pay off a certain amount by a certain time. If I’m trying to reach a debt-payoff goal by a predetermined date, I’m more inclined to allocate my extra dollars and cents there whenever there’s money left over.

BuJo is Life

Once you start bullet journaling, it’s really, really easy to get hooked.

I’ve given it up once or twice when life got crazy (which is when I should have been using it the most, honestly) but I always come back to it after realizing that I have six different notepads, four different spreadsheets and eight different phone apps all doing the work that one single bullet journal could do.

With the bullet journal, I can keep my budget, my spending habits, my savings and my debts all in one place.

Besides, there’s just something special about putting pen to paper, ya know?

Grace Schweizer is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder. She’s still hunting for the perfect pen, so hit her up on Twitter @Schweizer_Grace if you have any good suggestions.

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“Happy Holidays! Thank you for opening your home to my family. Before we can take you up on your generous offer to stay with you — for free — I first have a few questions. I need to know if you have guns in the house. And if so, are they unloaded and locked up?”

That’s just a snippet from the awkward conversation I’ve been preparing in my head. An awkward yet incredibly important conversation. One that concerns the safety of my child.

So why does it feel so weird and pushy?

I have to be honest, it wasn’t even a conversation I’d thought about. Yet I ensure my son’s food is cut into small pieces to prevent choking. I hold his hand when we walk near cars. And I slather him in sunscreen before we go outside.

Mom and child sit with Santa as she contemplates asking holiday hosts about guns in the home

Why then, did I not think to ask about guns in the home of our holiday hosts?

It started over breakfast. My husband and I were talking about fishing, or maybe he was talking. I was somewhat listening. He said his friend Ken goes camping and fishing, sometimes by himself. And in the middle of nowhere.

I commented how it sounded dangerous. My husband told me that he brings a small handgun along for safety.

“Wait, what?” I screeched in horror, suddenly paying the utmost attention to his words. And looking up from my phone for the first time. “Ken, as in your friend Ken who we’re staying with in two weeks? He has a gun?”

“Yes,” my husband replied. Suddenly the dots connected and the planets aligned. His face registered recognition, then his eyes grew wide with concern. “Yes!”

We have a very curious 14-month-old son. He listens as well as most toddlers his age, take that as you will. My husband and I are very much on top of him, especially when we are in someone else’s home. We don’t expect others to parent for us, or babyproof their home when we come over.

Except for guns. Guns are different.

Even with all eyes on him, my son is quick. He’s thrown things in the toilet. We’ve been missing a remote control for a week. These aren’t real issues for us. My husband got a new toothbrush after his swam in the toilet. We can buy a new remote.

A gun encounter is a real issue. A really huge issue. 

Given the severity, why does it feel so awkward to have the conversation? Perhaps because I’m asking someone questions about how they live. Putting demands on what goes on inside their own home. Delivering an ultimatum to a person kind enough to invite me and my family to stay.

It’s a no-brainer for me and my husband. We have questions that will need to be answered before we can stay. And let me make this perfectly clear: This is not a gun issue. This is a safety issue. I’m not saying Ken should or shouldn’t be allowed to own a gun. I just want it far away from my child.

Given my propensity to make a verbal leap from quiet conversation to audible hurricane in under 5 seconds, my husband and I agreed he’d be the one to speak with Ken. When I think of my child’s safety possibly being jeopardized, my mama bear claws come out. My husband will handle it calmly yet effectively.

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And we’ll stay with Ken. Or in a hotel. But we’ll be doing so with all the information needed to make that decision.

Which brings me back to my self-loathing for not asking in the first place. We’ve only ever stayed in my parents’ house and I know they don’t own guns. It was never in my realm of consciousness.

I can’t go back, but as I move forward things will be different. We can’t expect friends and family to offer us an itemized list of the items in the home. We’ll ask. We must ask for our son’s sake.

It might offend some people, no matter how gently we try to phrase our queries. There could be awkwardness. But my son’s safety matters most.

For more of my mom journey follow me on Instagram at Witty Otter.

Have you stayed with someone who keeps a gun in their home? How did you address the situation?

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We don’t blame you if you don’t have a New Year’s Eve outfit picked out yet—you still have roughly three weeks, after all. But it’s never too soon to start planning a pretty outfit for the festive night, and Reformation has you covered if you’re searching for the perfect look. The celeb-loved cult retailer just released its limited-edition New Year’s Eve capsule collection, and we pretty much want everything.

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‘Monster Hunter: World’ Hands On: Big Beasts Need Big Sandboxes

We’ve had to wait a long time for a proper Monster Hunter game on PC. It’s technically not the first. But despite not being a numbered game in the franchise (which would make it Monster Hunter 5), it’s been confirmed that Monster Hunter: World is the official next generation.

That makes it a fully fledged Monster Hunter game on PC as well as console, in which you can take on the behemoths solo or online with friends.

That’s a lot to be excited about, but World also comes with a few new aspects. There are a lot of new monsters to take on — two of which you can see in the above video — as well as lots of weapons to try, but mostly there’s a sense that your hunts take place in a living, interconnected ecosystem.

In contrast to some of the information out there (including the game’s Wikipedia page), what we played was definitely not an open world. The areas are instanced, with large mountains rising on the boundaries and a pterodactyl-like creature flying you to each mission.


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And here we have one of the smaller beasts…

But within that space, there are a lot of moving parts. There are things to explore (keeping in mind your mission is on a timer), and tricks of the world to learn while you’re hunting. You might find a village of Felynes that could help you. You might gather rare materials and insects. Or perhaps you’ll find out where another behemoth is staying, and pit it against your target while you hide in the bushes.

In the above video I stumbled on what I thought was a flower at the time (now I think it might be some kind of toad?) that pops a cloud of stun gas. It immobilises the Anjarath for around ten seconds, which is massive. I’ll definitely be using that as a tool soon.

I’m not sure how easy things were made on me because it’s a press demo, but in this build, these monsters were easily soloable within the time limit. If you’ve played any kind of Souls or Bloodborne game before, you’ll be very familiar with the style of combat that revolves around stamina and invincibility frames. If you haven’t tried that style of combat before, Monster Hunter: World could be a less punishing introduction.

There’s also a peek of the Great Jagras wolfing down some large-scale prey mid-fight. It seemed to change its moveset slightly, but it didn’t do it any good. Despite the Great title, this was the easiest prey I came across.

There’s a lot to find while exploring Capcom’s new dino-hunting fantasy. The scout flies in the video make finding your main prey easy, but there are lots of little nooks and crannies in that massive area to find valuable things off the beaten track.

The early signs are positive. We’ll have more after the beta on December 9th.

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Leave it to Victoria Beckham to design the perfect, modern version of the infamous ruby red sparkly shoes worn by Dorothy in the musical classic The Wizard of Oz. But while the magic red slippers of the past featured a low heel and bow detailing, Beckham’s version is slightly more streamlined, with a pointed-toe front and a slender stiletto heel. Aptly named the Dorothy Pumps, the shoe style is from the designer’s exclusive Tuxedo Collection capsule.

Here, Beckham styles her Dorothy heels with a pair of slim-fitting tuxedo trousers, a long tuxedo coat, and a simple cream-colored top. By sticking with a more monochromatic color palette, Beckham ensured all eyes would fall onto the two statement pieces in her outfit: the sparkly red pumps and the matching clutch.

So if you’ve been on the hunt for the perfect party heels, consider slipping into these Victoria Beckham glittery pumps. Compliments are guaranteed, and heel-clicking is optional, though encouraged.

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The First 5 Dress Shoes You Need to Start a Shoe Collection

When you start a wardrobe, versatility is key because every item has to work with one another. That way, you get the most combinations possible with the fewest items in your wardrobe which save you money. Of course, the same is true for shoes.

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Over the years, I have acquired quite a collection of shoes and today, I have probably several dozens in my collection, however, when I started at zero, things were quite a bit different.

Don’t Get Lured In By Sales – Buy The Shoe Style That Is Right For You

I remember being lured into buying a pair of the Lottusse Goodyear welted dress shoes, they were black, and I thought it was a staple, and after all, they were Goodyear welted when they were on sale.

The problem was their sole was extremely stiff, so it was very uncomfortable to walk in them and they were also a little on the big side but I thought I was getting a deal and so I bought them more importantly, stylistically, they were kind of odd because they were a derby shoe which is more casual than an oxford and they were wingtips with full broguing. At the same time, they were black so it was really hard to combine them and I ended up not wearing them, so it was an inferior investment.

By the way, all of these shoes are from Ace Marks, a supplier of handcrafted Italian men’s dress shoes and I liked them because they are hand burnished and they provide an excellent value under $ 300. I’ve had their shoes in my closet from the beginning, and I liked them quite a bit because they fit me exceptionally well. Are those the best shoes money can buy? Heck no, but they provide a remarkable value that you won’t find otherwise in this price category.

5 Dress Shoes You Need To Start Your Collection

1. Black Oxford Shoes

It’s an all-time classic, especially as a captoe. You can wear it for business, you can wear it to the funeral, and you can wear it for any formal event out there. Also, unlike brown, black comes just in one shade, and so you don’t have to invest in dozens of black shoes, but one is a staple that you must have.

How Do You Wear A Black Oxford?

You can wear it with two-piece suits, three-piece suits, particularly in navy, charcoal, and grey, and any other business appropriate suit. It’s also good with blazers, maybe a navy blazer with gray flannel slacks or you can wear it with your tuxedo for Black Tie events, your dinner jacket, alternatively, also for a white tie or formal morning dress. Probably the most famous black oxford is the Captoe Balmoral style without any form of broguing, however, if I could just invest in one pair, I’d go with the black oxford whole cut because it’s impeccable all around, there are no seams, no extra cap toes, no broguing, and because of that, you can wear it even with the most formal ensembles such as white tie.

The Wholecut Is The Most Versatile Black Oxford

A whole cut is called that way because it’s made from one piece of leather. If you go with bespoke models, sometimes you’ll find a piece that has zero seams off the rack models always have one seam and it’s in the back so it’s very subtle and it’s a very clean silhouette that works for classic, stylish people, as well as minimalists alike. With a black whole cut Oxford, make sure you avoid the medallion on the tip of the shoe that way, you can honestly wear it for all occasions that are formal. This Ace Marks model whole cut has five eyelets which are very classic and an elegant long last with a timeless round toe.

2. Brown Derby Full Brogue Wingtip

A derby is less formal than an oxford. The derby has an open lacing system, and because of that, it’s more flexible, so when your feet are tired, and they swell and get bigger, it’s a more comfortable shoe than an oxford. Because of that, I like it for traveling. I would choose a medium brown color such as this antique brown cognac from Acemark; it’s very versatile, and because they are hand polished and hand burnished, you see different shades of brown at the tip of the shoe than for example at the bottom. The holes you can see in the shoe is called broguing, and it just gives a shoe a much more casual character.

How Do You Wear The Brown Wingtip Derby Shoe?

Basically, you can combine it with anything you know with suits, sport coats, corduroys, slacks, chinos, denim, you name it.

3. Casual Loafer

It’s a slip-on shoe, it’s relaxed, it’s an entirely different style from the other two, yet it’s a timeless classic. It’s straightforward to dress up or down, and they come in different variations; you can have tassel loafers and sometimes people think they’re old-fashioned yet you can actually have them quite young looking and modern but if you don’t like that, go with a penny loafer because they’re really classic and they’re called that way because you used to be able to put a little penny in the front opening.

For versatility, I’d go with a different shade in brown than you chose for your derby wingtip. Ideally, something maybe with a reddish undertone or something medium brown, in any case, it’s something different.

How Do You Wear The Casual Loafer?

It’s an excellent shoe for non-formal outfits; you can also wear with seersucker, or in summer maybe without socks and you should only avoid them with double-breasted suits.

I chose this model from Ace Marks in medium brown because it has a lovely patina on the front, it has also a very nice last that hugs my foot in the middle and that way my heel doesn’t slip out when I walk which is extremely important because you don’t have a lace-up system that keeps things in place.

 

4. Reddish Double Monk Strap

I’d invest in a double monk strap in a reddish color because it’s very versatile, it’s stylish, and it’s young, and it’s just different than all the other shoes that you already have in your wardrobe at this point. This model from Ace Marks comes in a brandy antique brown which means it was hand polished and hand burnished to achieve different color tones. It’s made on a very clean last, there’s no broguing, no cap toes, and the buckles are exactly in the right place and I find the shoe extremely attractive.

Unlike with black, with brown, you want different shades of the same color even though they’re very similar because sometimes one shade pairs a lot better with a suit with some pants than the other. Because you are just starting out, make sure the new brown tone of your shoe is different than the ones you already have in your shoe closet.

How Do You Wear Double Monks?

You can go just with jeans, or with slacks, maybe polo shirts, some people even just have a t-shirt, maybe sweaters, or cardigans, but it’s also very good with a suit; either a three-piece suit, two-piece suit or a sport coat combination. If possible, get a belt in the same color and also try to get a buckle that matches the color of the buckle on your double monks. In this case, if you buy this Ace Marks double monk straps shoe, you can also get the matching belt out of the same hand polished leather with a silver buckle, so it’s immaculate and dapper.

5. Medium Brown Half Brogue Oxford

Here I have an Ace Mark shoe in a lighter antique tan which is once again different than all the other brown tones in my wardrobe. It has a captoe with nice broguing, a medallion, and it’s less casual than the full wingtip derby shoe. I’m adding it to the collection because it’s an in-between the more formal oxford and the more casual derby.

It fits right in between because it doesn’t have a wingtip but it has broguing, yet at the same time, it’s an oxford and not a derby. I had a model like this, and I wore it extensively when I was a student because it would always go with everything I had at the time in my wardrobe.

How Do You Wear The Half Brogue Oxford?

It’s a super versatile shoe that you can wear with almost any suit. It is dark enough to be worn to the office, it’s brown enough to be worn with tweed, and everything in between. In my opinion, it’s a great spring summer and fall staple, and you can even wear it during milder winters.

Hand burnished captoe half brogue Oxford by Ace Marks

Hand burnished captoe half brogue Oxford by Ace Marks

CONCLUSION

So if you invest in these five shoe styles, you genuinely have an incredibly versatile dress shoe closet, and you can hold off on investments and maybe spend on other parts of your wardrobe. If you’re interested in a quality shoe with a flexible sole made out of a soft Italian leather, I urge you to take a look at Ace Marks because they have the classic styles in a very elegant last that is very attractive, timeless, and it won’t break the bank.


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Weight-Loss Surgery: What Women Need to Know

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than a third of American adults are obese, which means that they have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) states that about 40 percent of women are obese, and that the trend keeps increasing.

Meanwhile, obesity has been linked with sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, fatty liver disease, kidney disease, heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer. According to some studies, it also increases risk of early death, included death from cardiovascular events and cancer.

Yet dieting when you’re obese can be frustrating and demoralizing. Even if you do lose a few pounds, it’s usually not enough to significantly improve your health. In 2015, researchers confirmed what many women suspected—that diet and exercise weren’t enough to help obese people drop a significant amount of weight and keep it off.

“Although lifestyle modifications may result in lasting weight loss in individuals who are overweight,” Dr. Christopher Ochner, lead author of the study, said in a press release, “in those with chronic obesity, body weight seems to become biologically ‘stamped and defended.’” The researchers added that obese individuals are “biologically different” from individuals who never experienced obesity.

If dieting and exercise aren’t the answer, what is? Many experts are now pointing to weight loss surgery as the most effective option. If you’re considering it, here’s what the studies have found so far.

What is Weight Loss Surgery?

Weight loss surgery, or bariatric surgery, is a group of surgical weight loss procedures that help obese and morbidly obese people lose a significant amount of weight. It’s usually considered a last resort for those who have tried other methods and failed.

The most common types of weight loss surgery include:

  1. Gastric bypass: In this procedure, doctors divide the top of the stomach from the rest, and connect it to the small intestine. The small intestine is also divided and reconnected. This creates a smaller stomach pouch that restricts food intake. The change in the small intestine results in less absorption of calories and helps suppress hunger. According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), the procedure produces significant long-term weight loss (60 to 80 percent excess weight loss).
  2. Sleeve Gastrectomy: In this procedure, the surgeon removes a large portion of the stomach, leaving behind a smaller, banana-shaped portion that can accept only small amounts of food. The procedure typically produces about the same results as gastric bypass.
  3. Adjustable Gastric Band: This procedure is considered to be the least invasive, and involves placing a soft silicone ring with an expandable balloon in the center around the top part of the stomach. This basically splits the stomach in half, with a smaller pouch at the top of the band. Since it holds much less, it encourages smaller meals. Over time, the food passes through the opening in the band into the rest of the stomach, where digestion occurs normally. It is considered almost as effective as the other two surgeries (results in excess weight loss of about 40-50 percent) and is a reversible procedure.
  4. BPD/DS Gastric Bypass: In this procedure, the surgeon performs a sleeve gastrectomy first, then divides the small intestine and reconnects it to the smaller stomach. The procedure encourages less eating and less absorption of calories. It results in significant weight loss, and over time, allows patients to eat near normal meals.

What are the Benefits of Weight Loss Surgery?

The largest benefit of all of these surgeries is the weight loss that they produce, and how that can result in significant health improvements.

In 2013, researchers reported that for those who are obese, weight-loss surgery was more effective at reducing body weight than any non-surgical methods. They also found that the surgery helped increase the rate of remission from type 2 diabetes.

At present, weight loss surgery is the most effective and sustainable treatment option for severe obesity as long as the individual is motivated to make the lifestyle changes required.

Results from the Veterans Affairs study showed that gastric bypass surgery produced greater, more sustained weight loss than non-surgical options, and that after 10 years, only 3.4 percent of those who went through the study went back to within 5 percent of their initial weight. The surgeries have been associated with better survival long-term, too—patients who went through the surgery were less likely to die between 5-10 years later as controls who didn’t have the surgery.

Jon C. Gould, M.D., wrote a commentary on the study, and noted that bariatric surgery was “vastly underutilized” to help improve the health of obese patients.

Laurie K. Twells, a clinical epidemiologist at Memorial University of Newfoundland, told the New York Times that bariatric surgery was “probably the most effective intervention we have in health care,” adding that most patients, after going through it, say they wish they’d done it 10 years earlier.

Weight-loss surgery provides other benefits, as well. According to a 2016 review of 9 studies, patients going through bariatric surgery experienced substantial and significant improvement in physical and mental health spanning 5 to 25 years after surgery. Compared to those who didn’t have the surgery, they felt healthier, and were less likely to report problems with pain, mobility, daily activities, or feelings of depression and anxiety.

In a 2012 study, researchers reported: “At present, weight loss surgery is the most effective and sustainable treatment option for severe obesity as long as the individual is motivated to make the lifestyle changes required.”

Lifestyle changes after surgery typically include following a designated eating plan, avoiding certain foods, and finding new, rewarding activities that don’t involve food. Those who are successful typically experience a number of health benefits as a result.

Bariatric surgery has a low rate of complications, with long-term success depending on the surgeon’s skills and the patient’s commitment. Gastric bypass surgery, in one study, was found to result in weight loss averages of about 65 percent, with over 85 percent of patients losing and maintaining 50 percent of their initial weight loss. Mortality rates were a low 0.1 percent, and complication rates were 5 percent.

Weight-Loss Surgery Helps Lower Rate of Obesity-Related Cancers & Heart Disease

According to a recent study of more than 22,000 people—of which over 80 percent were women—bariatric surgery was associated with a lower risk of cancer, particularly obesity-related cancers like postmenopausal breast cancer, endometrial cancer, and colon cancer.

Researchers found that the surgery led to a 33 percent lower risk of any type of cancer, along with a 42 percent lower risk of postmenopausal cancer, and a 50 percent lower risk of endometrial cancer.

More specifically, the researchers found that the surgery led to a 33 percent lower risk of any type of cancer, along with a 42 percent lower risk of postmenopausal cancer, and a 50 percent lower risk of endometrial cancer.

“What’s surprising is how great the risk of cancer was reduced,” said Dr. Daniel Schauer, lead author of the study.

Other studies have shown that weight loss surgery helps reduce risk of heart disease, particularly for women. When researchers assessed about 2,000 patients after weight-loss surgery, they found that all patients had a significant reduction in heart disease risk, but that women had a 41 percent reduced risk, while men had a 35.6 percent reduced risk.

“The findings suggest that women may have an enhanced mechanism of response to bariatric surgery,” said lead author Dr. John Morton.

The surgeries have been found to help improve or resolve diabetes, high blood pressure, and sleep apnea, and some research shows they may even improve your love life. According to a study published in 2013, women who underwent bariatric surgery experienced significant improvements in overall sexual function, including increases in arousal, desire, lubrication, and overall satisfaction.

What are the Risks of Weight Loss Surgery?

Like any surgery, weight loss surgery comes with risks—those associated with the surgery itsel

Out of more than 2,300 patients who underwent bariatric surgery, about 20.8 percent of those who got a gastric bypass went on to develop alcohol use disorder within five years of the surgery, while about 11.3 percent of those who underwent laparoscopic gastric banding developed the disorder.

f, which include internal bleeding, blood clots, and infection, and those that may occur after the surgery.

Studies have found that the risks are higher for those who are older than 65, and for men. Out of 16,155 patients who went through the surgery, men had higher rates of early death than women, and mortality rates were higher for those aged 65 and older. Other studies have found that the surgeries are just as safe for people over 65 as for younger patients, though, so women should not be deterred if they’re older. Instead, they should talk to their doctors about their risks, and do what they can to reduce them.

One important finding was that the rates of death were higher in patients who went to surgeons who had less experience, which shows how important it is to be sure that your surgeon has performed a lot of these procedures before. A second study confirmed these results, with researchers reporting that thirty-day mortality after gastric bypass is “closely linked to surgeon inexperience.”

Patients also have to be careful that they’re getting the nutrients they need. Because of the smaller stomach and in some procedures, the changed digestive system, mineral deficiencies can more easily develop, particularly deficits of vitamin B12, iron, calcium and folate. It’s important for patients to work with their doctors and with dietary specialists to keep an eye on nutrient levels.

Some of the procedures are irreversible, too, particularly those that surgically remove part of the stomach, or that divide the small intestine. These surgeries typically result in greater weight loss than reversible types, but it’s important to realize that there’s no going back.

Less invasive surgeries, like the gastric band surgery, can come with other complications. The band may slip or erode into the stomach in a small number of patients, for example. Those who don’t follow their dietary restrictions may experience other issues, too, such as dilation of the esophagus. This procedure also has the highest rate of re-operations compared to the others.

There are other potential risks, as well. We have some evidence that weight loss surgery may increase risk of alcohol dependence. Out of more than 2,300 patients who underwent bariatric surgery, about 20.8 percent of those who got a gastric bypass went on to develop alcohol use disorder within five years of the surgery, while about 11.3 percent of those who underwent laparoscopic gastric banding developed the disorder.

Researchers didn’t say why, but it could be because gastric bypass, in particular—because of how it reroutes the digestive system—raises alcohol levels in the bloodstream faster compared to other procedures.

There is also some evidence that women who have gone through bariatric surgery are more likely to give birth prematurely, and to have babies who are small in size for their age.

Bottom Line: Do What’s Best for You

Considering all this, women may feel overwhelmed when it comes to choosing: weight loss surgery or not?

There’s no denying the serious health risks associated with obesity, and bariatric surgery continues to be associated with significant benefits. The important thing is to examine your own situation, your lifestyle, and your current health status, and then take your time. Ask your doctor about your options, and examine the benefits and risks of each.

It’s important to realize that the surgery isn’t a magic bullet. Afterwards, you’ll still need to watch what you eat, exercise regularly, and make other adjustments to work with your new “smaller” stomach.

It’s important to realize that the surgery isn’t a magic bullet. Afterwards, you’ll still need to watch what you eat, exercise regularly, and make other adjustments to work with your new “smaller” stomach. You may have to give up some of your favorite foods and beverages—soda pop is normally off the list after surgery because the carbonation can create gas and pressure on the stomach—and your digestion may feel different than it used to, depending on the type of surgery you had. You may have to deal with excess skin after you lose weight, as well, which may require cosmetic surgery to correct.

On the other hand, what are the risks to your health and longevity if you do nothing? Staying obese means you’ll continue to be at risk for a number of unpleasant and deadly diseases, as well as premature death. That risk isn’t going to go away. Are there other options you can try?

Talk to those who’ve gone through the procedure, and ask them what they thought of it. Get recommendations for an experienced surgeon. Examine all your options, and then make what you feel is the best choice for your health.

 

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You see them everywhere this time of year: boxes, bins and barrels yawning in bank lobbies, church foyers and office kitchens, hoping for your donations of nonperishable foods.

Do you feel compelled to detour from your daily tasks to pick up a few cans of lima beans or a jar of peanut butter? Or will you rummage through your cabinets for a can of chickpeas your old roommate left behind?

Or have you ever considered donating straight-up cash to that worthy cause instead?

Food drives are noble, but they may not be the best way to get food to those in need.

Sorry, but Food Drives Are Inefficient

In 2016, about 15.6 million households in the U.S. struggled with food insecurity, meaning they don’t always have enough food to sufficiently feed everyone in that household. At the same time, an absurd amount of edible food gets tossed in the U.S. each year.

What can the average person do to help? Organizing or donating to a food drive seems like a great option — after all, you’re able to take a small physical step you can see. It’s right there! The piles of food are right there, and they’re going to a place where they can feed people in need. And if you’re a savvy shopper, you’ve used coupons or otherwise gotten a deal on those cans and boxes.

So why do we keep seeing headlines like this????

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For the love of God, stop donating canned goods to the food bank

Can the Cans: Why food drives are a terrible idea

It’s because food drives may mean well, but they’re not the most efficient way to feed the hungry.

A hodgepodge of donated goods requires work to transport, sort and distribute, and food banks are already often understaffed or struggling to retain volunteer help.

On top of that, canned and nonperishable food isn’t necessarily the healthiest. Feeding America reports that food bank recipients most frequently request milk, and fresh fruits and vegetables. These items aren’t suited for that donation bin that might sit in your apartment building’s lobby for a month.

In a televised interview, the director of one Iowa food bank said that her organization can often get food for half the price you’d pay at the grocery store or less.

Genevieve Ruitort, chief development officer of Los Angeles’ Westside Food Bank, confirmed that food banks often pay less. “We buy food on a wholesale level, and we work with farmers so we can take the dollar you might spend on a single can of beans, and turn it into exponentially more food,” she said in a segment on “Adam Ruins Everything.” The TruTV show debunks misconceptions about how the world — including canned food drives — works.

The are worse things you could do than host or donate to a food drive. You could take your cans of beans and throw them directly into the nearest body of water, for example.

But the greatest impact you can make to reduce America’s food security problem is giving cash — no matter how small the amount.

Lisa Rowan is a senior writer and producer at The Penny Hoarder.

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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8 pairs of Christmas Minnie Mouse ears that you need for the holidays

8 pairs of Christmas Minnie Mouse ears that you need for the holidays


8 pairs of Christmas Minnie Mouse ears that you need for the holidays

Two of our favorite things just combined into one perfect item: Christmas and Disney. If you’re a mouse ears aficionado, you NEED a pair of Christmas Minnie Mouse ears. Fortunately, the Etsy shop emporiumonmain has a ton of different festive styles to choose from. We definitely know what we’re adding to our Christmas lists and stuffing in everyone’s stockings this year.

We can’t wait to get our hands on a pair of these Christmas Minnie Mouse ears and wear them to Disneyland. Or out Christmas shopping. Or to see Santa at the mall. Or at home while putting up holiday decorations. Or anywhere, really. After all, Disney World started decorating for Christmas back in October, which makes “the happiest place on Earth” even happier than usual. Oh, and there are all kinds of holiday-themed treats at the parks to indulge in too. You can ride the lit-up It’s a Small Worle ride and binge on peppermint candy cane churros to your heart’s content. All while wearing your Christmas Minnie Mouse ears.

Sure, we already have a pair of Unicorn Rainbow Minnie Mouse ears, as well as a pair of Rose Gold Minnie Mouse ears. But TBH, can we ever have ~too many~ different pairs of Minnie Mouse ears? Didn’t think so. Here are some of our favorite pairs for the holidays! Bonus: Many of them come in a variety of different colors too.

1. These red and green Christmas Minnie Mouse ears are SO festive.

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2. This pair is more traditional, but will still put you in a holiday state of mind.

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3. Or, you can go all in with these bright ears!

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4. These Christmas Minnie Mouse ears feature adorable snowflake fabric.

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5. This pair has Christmas lights!

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6. These feature Mickey and Minnie all dressed up for the holidays.

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7. This pair of Christmas Minnie Mouse ears has a very stylish-yet-cozy buffalo check pattern.

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8. And finally, these child-sized reindeer ears are perfect for the Disney-loving kiddo in your life.

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Love Blazers? You Need to Try This Dress Style

Blazers are having a mega moment in fashion—the look du jour is styling an oversize version with vintage denim and various trend-right accoutrements (white boots, anyone?). The menswear-inspired staple isn’t only seeing an uptick in its original form—dresses riffing on the design are also enjoying the spotlight.

Here, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley sports an intricately detailed piece by Attico, featuring a double-breasted silhouette, bow-tie waist, and sequin- and bead-embroidered fabric. Paired with glittery heels (and the brand’s signature ankle cuffs), the look takes a classic silhouette and catapults it into forward territory. The best part about the hero piece? You can wear it as a dress (seen here) or pair it with matching trousers for a modern (and proper) suiting look. How’s that for double duty?

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We Need Women’s Voices in Media—Beyond Their Stories About Powerful Men

Our media landscape is currently flooded with women’s stories.

Harvey Weinstein’s flagrant history of sexual assault and harassment, ironically, temporarily allowed women representation in key commentary forums. A snowball effect in the wake of his own downfall has led to a landmark moment in the fight against sexual abuse—one in which survivors appear to finally be gaining ground and garnering victories and offenders are, at long last, facing consequences for their own bad behavior.

This temporary amplification of women’s experiences is crucial; their voices are helping to end the culture of silence surrounding sexual violence. But will the #MeToo-shrouded media frenzy finally grant women credence—with men and within the systems they control?

Women have been reporting on and talking interpersonally about the trauma caused by sexual harassment and assault for decades. There is nothing unique about Weinstein’s behavior or his peers’ acceptance of it; indeed, his case has even led us back to the testimonies levied against Bill Clinton, Clarence Thomas, Donald Trump and Bill Cosby, among others. Of course, cases involving high-profile men and high-profile victims sell more papers—but journalism purports to have a higher moral purpose than selling advertising and earning a profit.

According to the American Press Institute, the purpose of journalism is “to provide citizens with the information they need to make the best possible decisions about their lives, their communities, their societies and their governments”—yet media institutions have, by and large, provided us with the same white male voices on repeat since their establishment. That means that citizens and decision-makers alike aren’t getting well-rounded perspectives on the issues, and it means that information about issues that affect people’s lives and communities is disconnected from those lives and communities from its inception.

The press is currently allowing women to narrate a tiny sliver of the world—the lovely “sexist men of Hollywood” beat—but even in this way, women’s voices are being defined in relation to powerful men. Women have much more to say, not only about powerful men and their shameful behavior but about their own experiences and issues.

Despite the increase in women submitting and publishing opinion pieces, the Women’s Media Center regular research shows that the men are still by far the reporters and arbiters of most of our news. One study, which tracked the number of political analysts on the three major networks between March 1, 2016 and November 11, 2016, found that only 28 percent of analysts on morning and primetime television were women, and only 4 percent were women of color. On a “Heavy Hundred” list of news and opinion radio hosts classified as “talkers,” only 13 of frequent talkers were women. The highest one ranked was coming in 20th place.

Although we’ve seen an all-out assault on women’s reproductive rights in recent years, men are writing the stories about reproductive health 52 percent of the time—and they are also the majority of voices quoted. Ninety-one percent of reported rapes and sexual assault victims in the U.S., and specifically on campuses, are women, yet men are more likely to cover these cases—and they are also more likely to include quotes from men and highlight the impact of these cases on the alleged rapists rather than the victim.

The only topics that women have parity or slight majorities in reporting on within the major media are lifestyle, health and education. The Op-Ed Project, founded in 2008, aims to change the world’s conversation by increasing women’s participation at “front door” commentary forums, like op-ed pages—which are heavily dominated by men, by margins of up to 80 percent, at every major news outlet. These forums are critical predictors of ideas, and the individuals that publish within them become influential. A 2008 Rutgers University study found that 97 percent of op-eds by academics in the Wall Street Journal were written by men; over the next five years, a study revealed an increase of women thought leaders in key commentary forums from only 15 to 21 percent.

It is important who reports the news. The lack of women skews the content of the news, gives the impression that women don’t count and makes it difficult for women to gain credibility with men. If we don’t have credibility, it doesn’t matter who we tell about sexual harassment and assault.

Women are not allowed to shape media narratives—and their voices, therefore, don’t count because they simply aren’t there to be counted and heard when they should matter most. While the media alone isn’t responsible for rape culture, its institutions have allowed men to ignore women’s stories, opinions and expertise on myriad topics for too long. Those institutions didn’t create silence, but they also haven’t taken enough steps toward shattering it.

Let’s be clear: Women cannot change the unequal systems and power dynamics that create these criminals like Harvey Weinstein. Women cannot prevent sexual harassment and violence. Women have been telling men for decades how damaging and traumatic sexual aggression of any kind is to their lives and their careers. What have men been doing in that time to show that our voices, stories and experiences matter to them?

Weinstein’s victims told people about their experiences long before the New York Times aired their stories on the front page. People listened. People knew. And people didn’t act—not only because Weinstein is powerful, but because he is also seen as more credible than his victims by virtue of his sex and the power it has afforded him. Members of the media need to examine their role in perpetuating the systemic undermining of women’s credibility that allowed men like Weinstein to abuse women and simultaneously control their stories.

Journalists have a responsibility to ensure that credible women and men narrate the world—even when their stories fly in the face of our antiquated power structures.

Colleen Hennessy is a social policy researcher and writer. She also helps non-profits and public agencies  write about their impact.  She is an alum of The OpEd Project’s Write to Change the World Seminar. You can read more at colleenhennessy.com or tweet her @colleenhenness4.

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Merve Burma founded Grav Grav, a Turkish-based handbag line, back in 2011 as a sustainable, “slow-fashion” label that uses natural materials—oak, walnut, and beech wood—to create one-of-kind backpacks, clutches, and over-the-shoulder purses that can best be described as stunning, wearable pieces of art.

Currently available on Grav Grav’s site are five different handbag ranges, with each collection (and its accompanying name) alluding back to natural materials from which they are made. The Backyard line is crafted out of wood and ceramic, while the Cocoon collection features five different styles made out of dark walnut wood (think a circle shoulder bag or a wood backpack that doubles as a crossbody.)  

The bags range between $ 190 and $ 880, depending on materials used. And while this may seem like a steep price tag, remember one thing: Slow-fashion is all about high-quality, well-made products, which doesn’t always come cheap.

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5 Anime Remakes You Need to Watch After the Original

There are many reasons why an anime studio would want to do a remake. Some want to follow the source material more faithfully. Others want to tell an alternate version of the tale. And some may not have been satisfied with their first attempt adapting the series. Whatever the reason, the second go-around of a popular anime series is always welcomed. So, here are six anime remakes that you should watch after the original.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood


Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood

Fullmetal Alchemist (FMA) as a must-see series. The anime gained a large following throughout its run in the early 2000s. But despite its popularity, the remake, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood holds the coveted title of best FMA anime adaptation.

Fans prefer the anime remake over the original because FMA didn’t follow the manga, which was still in development when the anime was in production. As a result, FMA suffered from having many filler episodes and storylines that weren’t in the source material. But, when Brotherhood made its debut in 2009, the Fullmetal Alchemist manga was coming to a close, which made it possible for the new anime to be more faithful to the manga.

Rebuild of Evangelion


Rebuild of Evangelion

Neon Genesis Evangelion was an acid trip. Some fans loved it due to its themes and imagery, while others would have preferred spending their time watching something else. But, whatever your opinion of EVA might be, it’s hard to ign