This New Program Gives New York City Residents Free Entry to 33 Museums


New York has joined a growing list of other U.S. cities with libraries that offer free passes to museums and botanical gardens.

The passes are a particular bargain in a city where adult tickets have soared to $ 25 at several of the most popular museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

If you’re a resident of one of the five boroughs and you have a library card, you can soak up all that culture for free under a new program called Culture Pass — which will grant access to 33 cultural institutions in the city.

The New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library and Queens Library announced this week that the passes can be reserved online — and were promptly deluged by requests, causing the Culture Pass website to crash, said Queens Library spokeswoman Elisabeth de Bourbon.

The site was up and running again after the first day, and people have since been snatching up reservations to the historical, cultural and art museums and gardens on the list. They span all five boroughs and include diverse offerings such as the New York Transit Museum, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

The program’s cultural destinations are donating 58,000 passes a year, and the libraries have a grant from three foundations to administer the program.

A new batch of about 5,000 passes will be released on the first of every month, said Fritzi Bodenheimer, a spokeswoman for the Brooklyn Public Library. So reserving early seems to be a better strategy than waiting.

Just enter your library card barcode number and pin on the Culture Pass website and either print the passes on your computer or show them on your cellphone when you get to the museum or garden.

Patrons 13 and older can call dibs through the website up to two months in advance, and each one-day pass will admit two to four people, depending on the institution.

If your favorite museum or garden isn’t on the list, check back in the next few months because the program intends to add more. Libraries across the country offer similar passes to museums in their areas, so check with your branch for the local rules.

A welcome side effect of Culture Pass is that the libraries have seen an increase in applications for new library cards. Queens, which has about 800,000 cardholders, had more than 400 sign-ups on Monday — the first day for Culture Pass — a 37% increase compared with the previous Monday, de Bourbon said. The New York Public Library, with 2 million cardholders, received more than 2,000 new card applications online Monday — seven times more than usual, spokeswoman Nora Lyons said.

“We’re thrilled that so many people are taking advantage of the passes and… becoming cardholders,” de Bourbon said. “It’s a great entry point to New York City’s libraries and to their cultural institutions.”

Susan Jacobson is an editor at The Penny Hoarder.

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AW18 Trend Report: All the looks you’ll be wearing this autumn

Autumn trends 2018: it might not feel like it, but it’s time to get ahead and jump on board the new season trend train – here’s our ultimate guide to the hottest key looks to start stocking up on…

Autumn trends 2018

Yes, we know the phrase ‘autumn trends 2018’ isn’t really music to the ears right now. And yes, we know your mind’s probably occupied by summer fashion trends 2018 like crayola brights and how on earth to wear suit shorts. The current weather conditions don’t really have you thinking, ‘MUST buy more Arran knits’. But never has the saying ‘success is 1% inspiration, and 99% perspiration’ been more apt. The last model stalked off the last Paris Fashion Week AW18 catwalk a while ago. And after traipsing round the four fashion capitals, we’ve filtered all the shows into the best Autumn Winter 2018 trends for you. So come on, fashion fans. Time to put that Ganni sundress down and brace up.  A teeny bit of brow-mopping in the changing rooms and clever summer sales blitzing now and you’ll have your entire autumn/winter wardrobe sorted – while other, less organised beings are still panic-buying bikinis on their way to the airport. Mwah ha ha.

So, what did we learn from the NY/London/Milan/Paris AW18 Fashion Week whirl?

The buzzword of the coming season is ‘protection’ – whether it’s from the mean streets, or just from the elements, the options for cosseting and swathing yourself in layers of coverage are endless. It might not sound that welcome now – but when the chill winds start a-blowing, you’ll see this mega trend in a whole, grateful new light (we promise). Parkas, puffas, blankets, double, even triple coats – if in doubt, it’s all about adding another layer. And we’re starting from the head down. Balaclavas, silk headscarves, beanies, glamorous Little Red Riding Hood style hoods for evening… basically, it’s going to be a really good season for bad hair days. Hurrah! Without further ado, here are the trends to start planning your AW18 wardrobe around.

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Autumn trends 2018: Check print

Autumn trends 2018

Her Majesty appearing in Richard Quinn’s frow, Prince Charles’ support of the British Fashion Council, the fashion furore surrounding The Wedding…the royals are on trend as never before. And fashion loves them right back – stiff upper lip style in the form of trad tweeds, plaids and Balmoral-perfect silk headscarves are everywhere. Quinn worked foulards (the classic patterned silk scarf) into crazy layered looks, while Paul Andrew crafted archive foulard prints into chic shirtdresses for his Ferragamo debut.

Autumn trends 2018: Colour blocking

Autumn trends 2018

Designers including Marc Jacobs and Francesco Risso at Marni brought all the joy by showing off their skills as colourists – beautiful, unusual palettes were everywhere, reminding us of some of our favourite artists. Full-on Keith Haring neon at Prada, refreshing David Hockney pastels at Eudon Choi, tonal blocking a la Rothko at Marni and amazing Matisse style primary colour combos at Marc Jacobs.

Autumn trends 2018: 70s fashion

Autumn trends 2018

It’s the decade that won’t die when it comes to recent trends. And the sepia-tinged retro mood continues for autumn. But which 1970s character are you? Roksanda’s uptown girl, Marco de Vincenzo’s flares-wearing preppy or Louis Vuitton’s sporty jersey dress fan? Whichever way you go, remember – it has to be caramel, tan, toffee, tobacco..any colour as long as it’s a variation on camel, basically.

Autumn trends 2018: Boho clothes

Autumn trends 2018

Womens’ rights, LGBTQ rights, anti-sexism, anti-Trump, plastic in the oceans…you name it, we’re feeling strongly about it. Maria Grazia Chiuri has stoked controversy – and sales – with her political slogan t-shirts at Dior. And there was another heavy waft of CND-protest feeling in her AW18 Dior collection – nuclear disarmament symbols, tufted woven-rag knits, flat caps…Elsewhere, Missoni and Peter Pilotto also made a strong case for studenty knits and tie-dye.

Autumn trends 2018: Floral prints

Autumn trends 2018

We all love a floral dress for summer, but designers are amping them up with a dark, dramatic twist for this winter too. Rendered on black backgrounds, flowers look dark and decadent – at Saint Laurent, Anthony Vacarello covered his signature micro Dynasty dresses with flowers including sequinned poppies. Over at Preen and Erdem, there was a more historical mood, with blowsy roses winding over coats and silk dresses.

Autumn fashion trends 2018: Leopard print

Autumn trends 2018

Zebra is galloping into the spotlight as the animalia du jour – see Tom Ford’s OTT red take – and luckily for the Bet Lynch at heart, there’slots of amazing leopard. And there’s a lot happening in the world of furry coats – after Gucci’s recent announcement that they would no longer use real fur, we’re pleased to say that other major luxury houses are following suit. Designer of the moment Claire Waight Keller produced silky, standout leopard coats at Givenchy – and they’re all faux. Hur-roar…

Autumn fashion trends 2018: Hats

Autumn trends 2018

Whether it’s all about drama, a move towards the modest or just being plain toasty warm – covering your head is autumn’s biggest accessory message. Raf Simons set the tone at Calvin Klein during New York Fashion Week with standout knitted balaclavas – watch out for homages galore coming to a high street near you soon. Versace was all about the 1980s-tastic coloured beret, and the large silk headscarf is your best new accessory friend. Your mum will be so pleased.

Autumn trends 2018: Puffer jackets

Autumn trends 2018

‘Protection’ was the buzzword bandied around during the shows – a sense of clothes as urban armour, whether you’re stalking the mean streets, or just battling the elements. Shows like Balenciaga, Maison Margiela and Marni sum up the season’s styling – take a functional, sports-inflected polo, pile on a coat over a jacket, and add a puffa (and then another one)…

Autumn trends 2018: Blanket coats

Autumn trends 2018

Cape lovers – there’s a new update in town. Say hello to the blanket. And it’s not even a ‘blanket coat’ as such – it is quite literally a blanket. They were draped round the girls at shows including Roksanda and Isabel Marant,  for an insouciant take on covering up for the cold. Easy to whip on, easy to take off and use for emergency winter picnics. Just joking – Roksanda’s cashmere would definitely demand a table, not grass.

Autumn trends 2018: Graphic print clothes

Autumn trends 2018

If delicate winter blooms aren’t your thing, there’s a whole other bold, non-pretty pattern trend to make a statement with. Choose from a host of graphic prints with a strong 1980s urban art vibe: Burberry’s graffiti squiggles looked as if they’d been lifted from the side of a New York subway carriage, while Jeremy Scott paid tribute to Lichtenstein cartoons at Moschino and Mary Katrantzou did bold Bauhaus lettering.

Autumn fashion trends 2018: Pajamas

Autumn trends 2018

The perfect antidote to animal print, bold colours and aggressive outerwear – say bonjour to the new AW18 update on robe dressing. Silk pajama suits, flowing belted robe coats and Natacha Ramsay-Levi’s pretty lace-trimmed separates at Chloe. And relax…

Autumn fashion trends 2018: Silver clothes

Autumn trends 2018

Global Bacofoil shortage incoming. That’s right, cool futuristic silver is the metallic to shine in. At MM6, it was head to toe (and wall to wall – the presentation took place in a blinding silver-lined room) – from trenches to boots. At Balmain, it was all about the glamazon that Olivier Rousteng loves so much, dressed in high shine lame. There was good old-fashioned movie star glamour courtesy of Givenchy’s swishy silver beading. Butif all this is making you think ‘Beam me up, Scotty’ – fear not. There are also cool, less ‘Hollywood’ takes on the trend – like the parkas at Marques Almeida and a holographic trench at Sies Marjan.

Autumn fashion trends 2018: Accessories

Autumn trends 2018

Autumn trends 2018

More is more is more. Our favourite kind of season…cowboy boots have been taking Instagram by storm and they’re set to continue as the must-have footwear trend for autumn. In keeping with all the layering going on, even scarves are getting in on the act – Karl Lagerfeld piled different coloured versions round the models’ necks at Chanel, and we are obsessed with Miu Miu’s punky retro knitted scarf-lets (is that a word? We say yes). Also on our wishlist: the giant squashy clutch, the fluffy Muppet bag, OTT earrings…and lastly – the cheap and cheerful banana clip. Splash out on a designer version – or hit the bargain bucket at the local chemist. You’re welcome!

 

 

 

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We now have the full specs of the Galaxy Tab S4, thanks to a new leak, and it’s almost as good as you may have hoped.

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This is the one thing that Love Island contestants are banned from bringing into the villa

It all makes sense!

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Love Island 2018 is underway and while a lot of us thought we’d be watching it ironically (this writer included), we’re now hooked.

We want the water bottle with our name on, the endless beauty supply, but more than anything we want Jack Fincham as our boyfriend – don’t worry though, we’d never do that to Dani!

Yes, everyone’s desperate to get into that villa, with it even emerging this week that some people are going to extreme lengths – with it reported that there are at least five attempted break ins on the villa every day.

But for the contestants who actually are allowed in the villa, there are apparently a few rules, from no smoking in public areas and no masturbating, to no nudity and no drunken or unsafe sex.

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One reported rule that we didn’t expect however was no paper and pens, with islanders reportedly banned from bringing the items into the Majorcan villa.

While the rule may seem odd, it does make sense – being able to write secret notes would deter islanders from having difficult conversations in public, something that makes the show more watchable.

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Of course there are ways around it – when Zara left the villa last month, BFF Ellie wrote her a note to put in her suitcase, writing with eyeliner on a piece of toilet roll. But on the whole, the islanders are just encouraged to say what they’re feeling.

Works for us!

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90’s Cartoons to Stream on Hulu This Summer

Have you binged Rick and Morty maybe one too many times? Need a new animated series to fill up that summertime TV programming lull? Instead of waiting for new content, watch something from the 90’s!

This decade was full of awesome animated shows, some of which were arguably better than the most popular series today. Luckily for animated series fans everywhere, Hulu is bringing tons of 90’s cartoon realness to your screen.

Check out this list of great 90’s cartoons you should totally stream on Hulu this summer:

Hey Arnold

If you’re a 90’s kid, you will probably remember this Nickelodeon cartoon classic, Hey Arnold!  The show stars a hip 4th-grader, Arnold, who lives with his grandparents Phil and Gertie in the Sunset Arms boarding house. It takes place in Hillwood, an amalgamation of Portland, Seattle, and Brooklyn– so basically imaginary hipster town. This kid grew up in a housing co-op, in a room that most millennials would only dream of, had a fine appreciation for jazz, and a slick fashion sense.  Arnold was too cool for school, but he would always be there for a friend in need.

When the show premiered in 1996, it was groundbreaking entertainment. It was the first ever Nickelodeon cartoon to use actual children to voice characters on the show. It is also still considered to be the most diverse cartoon of all time, portraying characters from many different ethnic backgrounds. Hey Arnold is sophisticated, timeless, and entertaining for kids and adults alike. Definitely add this one to your watchlist.

Home Movies

Next on this totally retro list is Adult Swim’s flagship cartoon, Home MoviesConceived by Brendan Small (Metalocalypse), Loren Bouchard (Bob’s Burgers), and H. Jon Benjamin (Bob’s Burgers, Archer), this underrated animated series is considered to be the precursor to Bob’s Burgers. 

Brendan Small portrays his younger persona, a nonchalant, sarcastic 3rd grader who loves making home movies with his friends after school. Small does not even pretend to act like an 8-year-old and approaches every situation with hilarious wit. This dialogue driven show focuses less on visual storytelling and more on funny conversations. It first aired in 1999 on a different network, but later moved to Cartoon Network to lead the way in their new late-night adult programming block, Adult Swim. It is not a visual masterpiece, but it is definitely a must see for every legit cartoon fan out there.

Daria

Daria is the quintessential 90’s animated sitcom. This Beavis and Butthead spin-off was about the daily life of a slightly misanthropic, disaffected, teenage outcast named Daria Morgendorffer. When the series premiered on MTV in 1997, it became an instant hit.

Daria’s off-color brand of cleverly placed sarcasm helped form the critical voice of the millennial generation. Daria was the embodiment of teen angst, the girl who perfected shade-throwing, the black sheep that was somehow 100% relatable. We loved her long before hipsters stole her look because she wasn’t afraid to live her truth. Her melancholic, malaise truth. With a Daria reboot coming down the pipeline, we couldn’t be more excited about this addition to Hulu.

Doug

Doug was one of the greatest 90’s cartoons. Premiering originally in 1991 on Nickelodeon, the show later moved to Disney in 1994. (It was so great, Disney didn’t want to the show end.) Doug was a nerdy, goofy guy who brought a lot of relatable realness to your Saturday morning cartoon block. Doug loves journaling, hanging out with his dog, and debating with his hip, thespian sister, Judy.

Though the show may be a bit juvenile for older audiences, it never ceases to captivate with its awesome storytelling and its feel-good vibes.

Animaniacs

From the mind of Steven Spielberg and the creators of Pinky and the Brain, came a zany animated variety show, Animaniacs. Oh, Animaniacs. These mice … dogs? … Monkeys? We’re pretty sure they’re supposed to be monkeys. Whatever they are, these silly siblings have a place in every 90’s kid’s heart.

Each episode was a series of short skits, featuring a huge cast of characters, centering around the Warner brothers, Yakko and Wakko, and their sister Dot. It first aired on Fox in 1993, and it helped pave the way for many other animated series in the mainstream. Many believed this show was the pinnacle of Warner Bros. cartoons during the Animation Renaissance of the late 80’s and early 90’s. Hulu thinks this cartoon’s zany, nonsensical humor stands the test of time, so they are planning to reboot it in 2020. Better start watching now to prepare yourself!

There are tons of other great 90’s cartoons that didn’t make the cut because they are not yet on Hulu, but we think they still deserve an honorable mention: Ed, Edd and Eddy, AHH Real Monsters, Dexter’s Laboratory, Rocko’s Modern Life, Angry Beavers, The Wild Thornberrys, Cow and Chicken, and Rocket Power.

Happy streaming, everyone!

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Omni 20 USB-C battery pack review: If you try this $200 battery, you’ll never go back

Best USB-C battery pack for laptops: Omni 20 USB-C review

I remember introducing the rest of my family to rechargeable battery packs about seven years ago, just as everyone was migrating from Blackberries onto a mixture of Android and Palm Pre (!) devices. At the time, a 2,000mAh device that fit in a backpack and gave you 60 percent more battery life was the most magical thing I could remember.

Fast-forward to 2018, and battery packs can do a whole lot more. Thanks to improvements in battery technology, a pack the size of a few decks of playing cards can charge your phone for a week, and USB-C technology means that much bigger and more powerful devices can take a charge.

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This $19 app helps you easily add video and animations to your presentations

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In short: if you want to produce presentations that are memorable and engaging, using a tool like Cloud Animator can help you out quite a bit. You can seamlessly integrate videos, images, animations, audio, music, and text into an animated presentation without needing to rely on the help of a design team. Cloud Animator even leverages design templates perfect for a number of different business applications so the work can be minimal on your end.  Read more…

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How This World Cup Photographer Captured the ‘Pure Excitement’ After Croatia’s Victory

Photographer Yuri Cortez has been shooting for Agence France-Presse for 27 years. The job has brought him around the world, covering everything from conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq to natural disasters in Haiti and Mexico.

But last Wednesday’s 2018 FIFA World Cup match between England and Croatia offered Cortez a whole new experience: He found himself at the bottom of a pile of Croatian soccer players as they celebrated star striker Mario Mandžukić’s extra time goal against England — the game winner, it would turn out, punching Croatia’s ticket into Sunday’s final against France. It was Cortez’s fourth World Cup, but his first time at the bottom of a goal celebration.

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Yuri Cortez—AFP/Getty ImagesCroatia’s forward Mario Mandzukic (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring his team’s second goal during the semi-final game on July 11, 2018.
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Yuri Cortez—AFP/Getty ImagesCroatian defender Josip Pivaric celebrates with his teammates.

Following his goal, Mandžukić ran to the corner to celebrate with his teammates directly in front of Cortez. “When the second goal happened, I was taking pictures with a 400mm lens,” says Cortez. “When I saw Mandžukić running towards me, I quickly switched cameras. Suddenly more players were coming closer and closer.” As Croatian players ran over to celebrate the goal, Cortez was pushed over and found himself beneath the celebration pile.

“At that moment I was taking pictures of their faces the whole time. Capturing their joy,” he says. “The scenes that I saw that that moment was pure excitement.”

Yuri Cortez—AFP/Getty ImagesCroatian forward Mario Mandzukic offers to help AFP photographer Yuri Cortez after falling on him during the celebration.

As the players got up, Mandžukić extended Cortez a hand and asked, “Are these your glasses?” He then placed the glasses on Cortez’s head and shook his hand. Croatian defender Domagoj Vida then gave Cortez a kiss on the forehead before the team returned to the field, leaving him stunned with a glowing smile. “It’s a historic moment for them and a great moment for me,” he says. “Really incredible”

Mladen Antonov—AFP/Getty ImagesMario Mandzukic shakes hands with photographer Yuri Cortez after helping him up.

Cortez says his phone has not stopped ringing from people and publications who are interested in the photographs. But his focus is now on the final game — where he says he’ll be rooting for Croatia.

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It was an especially sweet victory for Williams, a 23-time champion, who survived harrowing complications when she gave birth to daughter Alexis Olympia just 10 months ago. Following the baby’s delivery, Williams had a number of health issues, including a pulmonary embolism and a hematoma, which led to her having multiple surgeries.

Williams isn’t taking her time at Wimbledon for granted, noting in a post-game interview that she “didn’t expect to do this well in my fourth tournament back.”

“It’s not inevitable for me to be playing like this,” Williams said. “I had multiple surgeries and nearly didn’t make it when I gave birth. I’m enjoying every moment.”

Williams will face off with Kerber on Saturday; if she is victorious, she’ll tie Margaret Court’s all-time record for grand slam singles titles.

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13 Places You Can Get Delicious Deals on French Fries This Friday


Mmm… fries. There are so many versions of this magical food: shoestring fries, crinkle-cut fries, steak fries, waffle fries, curly fries, straight-cut fries, home fries — just like shrimp, the list goes on and on.

There are also many ways to enjoy fries, including dipping them in more traditional condiments like ketchup or more creative dipping sauces like ranch dressing, mayochup, nacho cheese or even milkshakes. (Don’t knock it until you try it.)

You can also top them off with a combination of bacon, chili and cheese with a little bit of sour cream. (I’m so hungry.) You can even put chicken Parmesan on top of french fries instead of pasta, like they do in Australia.

With so many ways to enjoy them, it’s no wonder they have their own special day: National French Fry Day!

Celebrate National French Fry Day With These Freebies and Deals

No matter how you choose to eat your french fries, here are some places you can enjoy them for cheap (or even free) this Friday, July 13.

1. Arby’s

Last year, Arby’s celebrated National French Fry Day by giving away free curly fries and a drink with the purchase of a brown sugar bacon sandwich. Now, we do know that some places like to keep their deals and freebies a secret until the day of (plus we have not received a response from Arby’s yet to confirm the deal).

So, if you really want to celebrate National French Fry Day with some Arby’s curly fries, I suggest keeping an eye on their social media channels. I could be wrong, but I think this Facebook post might be a hint of something to come.

2. Bite Squad

This food delivery service is celebrating National French Fry Day by offering $ 5 off orders of $ 20 or more with the promo code FRYDAY. This service is available across several locations in the U.S. To see if the squad is in your area, enter your city and state here.

3. BurgerFi

This fast-casual burger joint prides itself on serving fresh, natural ingredients and 100% Angus beef free — and this Friday, you can enjoy a free order of BurgerFi’s fresh, hand-cut french fries with any purchase.

4. Checkers and Rally’s

If you’re a sucker for the seasoned fries of Checkers and Rally’s — and apparently most people are, because they took the No. 1 spot on “The 10 Most Craveable Chain Fries” last year — then sign up for the Flavorhood email club and you’ll receive a coupon for free large fries with any purchase. The coupon is good for two weeks after receiving the email.

P.S. These are the ones to dip in milkshakes. I know what you’re thinking, because it’s the same thing I thought: “Seasoned fries dipped in a milkshake? Yuck!” But really, just try it.

P.P.S. They now have funnel cake fries on their menu, so I’m thinking about making an order of these my purchase to get the coupon for free large fries… Too many fries? Not on National French Fry Day.

5. Dunkin’ Donuts

Dunkin’ Donuts recently released a different spin on french fries: donut fries. And on Friday, July 13, Dunkin’ will be giving them away for free. According to a Dunkin’ Donuts press release, “Donut Fries feature individual pieces of delicious, buttery croissant-style donut dough that are tossed in cinnamon sugar and served warm.”

Mmm, 🍩 fries.

Just be warned: This freebie is only available to the first 100 guests at 25 participating restaurants between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. So if you live near Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City or Tennessee, put on your magic shoes and make a run for one of the Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants on this list.

6. Farmer Boys

If you live in California or Nevada, stop by your local Farmer Boys for an order of free fries with any burger purchase. And if you’re a Very Important Farmer member, you can double that offer. Simply scan the receipt from your purchase on National French Fry Day and another offer for free french fries will be loaded into your account.

7. IHOP

IHOP may have faked a name change to promote its burger menu — and joked about it on Instagram — but you can still celebrate National French Fry Day at the International House of Pancakes.

And if you order from the new Ultimate Steakburger menu, you can chow down on unlimited fries and wash it all down with a drink, which are included in the steakburger combos starting at $ 6.99.

8. McDonald’s

If you have the McDonald’s app, you can get free medium fries with any $ 1 purchase — simply claim the deal through the app this Friday, July 13. What’s even better is that McDonald’s has turned every Friday into Fryday for the rest of the year as this offer is good through Dec. 30, 2018.

Pssst… here’s a little secret: If you like dipping your fries in that McDonald’s Szechuan sauce people went crazy for last year, try this recipe.

9. Sonny’s BBQ

Sonny’s is celebrating Fryday with a “Sidekick-sized” serving of crinkle-cut fries for just 50 cents. This offer is available for dine-in only and is limited to one per guest.

And if you love french fries so much that you’re willing to splurge a little, you can try the limited-time loaded BBQ Fries – that’s crinkle fries topped with creamy queso, fried onion straws and sweet barbecue sauce, along with your choice of chopped brisket, pulled pork or chicken. Did I mention I’m hungry?

10. Taco Bell

This deal may not be specific to National French Fry Day, but Taco Bell is bringing back its Nacho Fries just in time for the occasion.

Rumor has it an order of Nacho Fries will cost a little over $ 1, and additional Nacho Fries menu items will include Nacho Fries Supreme, Nacho Fries Bell Grande and a $ 5 cravings box featuring an order of Nacho Fries, a Beefy 5-Layer Burrito, a Doritos Locos Taco and a medium drink.

11. Wayback Burgers

If you want to celebrate National French Fry Day by eating as many fries as you possibly can, head to your nearest Wayback Burgers location to indulge in free bottomless fries with the purchase of any burger or sandwich.

12. Wingstop

This also isn’t a National French Fry Day deal, but you can still get some free fries from Wingstop this Fryday — or any other day that ends in “-day” — when you sign up for The Club.

To become part of The Club, enter your name, birthday and email address here and you’ll instantly receive a coupon for a regular order of fresh-cut, seasoned fries (which is valid for two weeks after receiving the email).

13. Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar

If you live near one of these East Coast burger bars and are a member of the VIP Club, stop in for a free order of hand-cut fries with any purchase. This offer is limited to one per table.

Jessica Gray is an editorial assistant at The Penny Hoarder. She plans on incorporating french fries into every meal this Friday, including dessert. Yes, she is a fan of french fries dipped in milkshakes.

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This Cowgirl Shaman Earns $90/Hour Reading the Minds of Horses


Nearly three decades ago, Terri Jay was leading a horse therapy program at an elementary school in her home state of Nevada.

As she helped a little boy with cerebral palsy into the saddle, she heard him say: “Ouch, there’s a cramp in my hip.”

After she adjusted him, she heard him ask: “You can hear me?”

Not thinking much of it, she replied affirmatively before leading him around the field. They chatted about homework, friends and the school play. When it was over, one of the volunteers pointed out that Jay’s conversation had been one-sided — the boy was completely non-verbal.

“It didn’t dawn on me at the time that he wasn’t talking out loud,” Jay says.  

Deeply confused, Jay went to the boy’s classroom, where she says he’d typed up “horse lady can hear me” on his communication device. His teacher was in disbelief, according to Jay, as was she.

“I was just in shock,” she says. “I’d never had anything like this happen to me before.”

From Skeptic to Believer

Though Jay didn’t understand how, she knew she’d heard that boy speak.

“My first thought was it’s a bunch of BS,” she says. “I’m very down-to-earth and pragmatic; to think about hearing thoughts was way out of my realm of possibility.”

But she figured if she could hear a non-verbal child, she could also hear horses — and make her equine therapy program safer.

At the time, Jay was married to a horse trainer who often dealt with problem horses. As she practiced listening to their thoughts, she discovered most of them had pain issues — and was able to make a big difference in their lives, as well as their owners’ lives.  

“It just sort of all segued together,” she says.

Psychic Jobs: The Business of a Real-Life Horse Whisperer

Word of Jay’s ability spread throughout the horse community, and people began asking her to help them figure out what was wrong with their horses.

Her growing business reached new heights when she built a website, and was then again buoyed by the release of “The Horse Whisperer” book and movie in 1995 and 1998.

Further technological advances — like accepting payments through Paypal, marketing through Facebook and attracting visitors through search engines — allowed her to offer her services throughout the country and even overseas.

She now works full time, or as she says, “seven days a week and holidays.” Most of her readings are one-on-one, over the phone; she usually does three in the morning and three in the afternoon.

Jay charges $ 50 for a 30-minute session and $ 90 for an hour. Customers rarely ask for refunds, and when they do, Jay says the clients often apologize later because they realize she’d been right.

She’s also expanded her services over the years.

When a horse client mentioned that her daughter had recently passed away, Jay asked the client if she’d like to speak to her.

Jay revealed that the client had been looking through her daughter’s jewelry for a bracelet the day before — and was correct.

“So that’s when I found out I was a medium,” she says.

Today, 40% of her income comes from work as a horse psychic, and 30% comes from work as a medium.

The rest comes from her books, online training and other services, which include:

  • Finding lost pets by telling owners what their pets are seeing, smelling and hearing
  • Determining the location of gold by feeling for its energy on the map
  • Remotely inspecting homes for people buying a house site unseen
  • Communicating with non-verbal people who are in comas or have severe autism or dementia

How Jay’s Readings Work

To understand how she does what she does, Jay recommends a movie called “What the Bleep Do We Know?!” about quantum physics. She says its release was “a big turning point” in her life.

“It helped me a lot because I realized there’s no woo-woo to this stuff,” she says. “It’s just physics — I’m just a big cell phone tower that picks up on vibrations that people are missing.

“That [movie] made me feel so much better because I’m a down-to-earth cowgirl and things have to be grounded and rooted for me to accept them.”

When she communicates with another animal or person, Jay says she doesn’t receive words or sentences. Rather, she receives “pulses of information”; whatever tastes, sights, sounds and feelings the other person or animal is experiencing.  

“Any time you’re talking to a dog or cat or horse, it’s almost like the first thing you get are smells,” she says. “You have to have no preconceived notions.”

As an example, Jay says a client asked if her dead mother-in-law had seen what they’d done for her. Jay responded the family had planted a tree in her honor. The daughter-in-law asked what it looked like, and Jay said it had tiny pink flowers.

“And then of course I hear dead silence,” she says. “Because I was right.”

The Highs and Lows of Life As a Cowgirl Shaman

Jay admits her work can be draining, and has learned over the years she can’t do too many readings in a day.

“You do things with visualization and intention to protect yourself and stay plugged in,” she says. “You also need a lot of protein; it’s like you burn extra protein when you do this work.”

Because “everything has a vibration and frequency,” Jay is constantly being “bombarded” with information. She can’t listen to music, and also says shopping is difficult.

“I’m on all the time,” she says. “I don’t have an off switch.”

But, even though it’s tiring, she loves her work and finds it extremely rewarding.

“When people are grieving and they get a reading, they’re not the same when they’re done,” she says. “You’re helping people feel better. It truly is healing work.”

Do You Believe It?

Jay says she’s not a magician — just someone who’s learned to tune in better.

“I believe anybody can do this, I really do,” she says. “It’s picking up things without conscious thought.”

We’re all born with 10 senses, Jay explains: the five traditional ones, plus intuition, clairvoyance, clairsentience, clairaudience and claircognizance.

To develop her skills, she read books like “Kinship With All Life” and “Talking With Horses” — but says the most important factors were healing herself and finding happiness.

“You’ve got to get out of your own way,” she says. “Learn to feel instead of think.”

As for the skeptics, she gets it.

“I’m even still skeptical if that makes any sense,” she says. “But I always say I can’t make this [stuff] up — it ends up being too specific.

“It’s not my job to convince people. My job is to relay information; what they choose to do with it is up to them. I joke and say I’m just a messenger.”

Susan Shain is a freelance writer and digital nomad. She covers travel, food and personal finance (basically, how to save money so you can travel more and eat more). Visit her blog at susanshain.com, or say hi on Twitter @susan_shain.

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This Is Why It’s So Crucial to Have Short-Term AND Long-Term Savings


You hear a lot about saving for retirement and having an emergency fund. What you don’t hear as much about is saving for things in between, like a car, replacing broken appliances or supplementing your income if you become unable to work.

There are things you already know you need to save for, and others that you’ll wish you’d been saving for when it’s too late.

If you want to avoid taking out payday loans, personal loans or going into credit card debt, you need short-term and long-term savings.

Short-Term vs. Long-Term Savings

For the purposes of this article, a short-term savings account is for money that will only stay in the account for a short time, and a long-term savings account is for money that will sit for a long time.

Still with me?

The definitions of long and short are relative, but short-term savings is typically money you’ll spend six months to three years out, and long-term savings is usually money you won’t touch for more than three years.

You can (and should) include saving for both long-term and short-term expenses every month in your budget. You never know when you’ll need your savings, and having money set aside can determine whether a situation is a crisis or just an inconvenience.

A Guide to Your Short-Term Savings Account

This account is where you sink funds for things like vacations, biannual auto insurance payments and holiday gifts. It can include money for goals like a buying a new laptop or a down payment on a house. It’s also for occasional unplanned expenses like repairs, replacements or low-cost medical emergencies and procedures.

A short-term savings account should be easily accessible. That means you should be able to withdraw cash from it or instantly transfer it to your checking account online.

You can estimate how much some things, like vacations and gifts, will cost so you’ll know exactly how much to save. In case of emergencies, it’s recommended that you have three months of expenses saved.

You can use the savings component of your checking account, but I find the more you see the money, the easier it is to spend it. To limit that temptation — and earn a little interest — you can put it in a high-yield savings account.

High-yield savings accounts can return up to 2%, which isn’t much, but it’s better than the 0.06% most banks give, and your money will still be easy to access.

How to Use Your Long-Term Savings Account

Long-term goals can include saving for a car, home repairs or retirement goals that require savings beyond tax-sheltered account limits. It can also include your emergency fund for large medical bills, expensive procedures or savings in case of a job loss.

Like short-term expenses, some long-term expenses can be budgeted for and some can’t. You’ll want to have three months of your regular expenses saved in this account, too, in addition to whatever other goals you’re saving for.

You actually don’t need to have a second account for long-term savings, but if you want to maximize your savings, you can keep this fund in a taxable investment account.

This is just a regular ol’ investment account, minus the tax benefits of 401(k)s and IRAs. What this account lacks in tax benefits, it makes up for in flexibility. You can open one with any brokerage company and withdraw from it at any age, for any purpose, with no penalties.

The reason it’s a good place for your long-term savings: You’ll be able to access the money within three days, which makes it a little hard to “accidentally” spend, and it earns whatever your investments earn. (Stocks produce an average real return around 6.8% annually, although any investment has risks.)

Companies like Vanguard, Fidelity and Schwab offer taxable accounts you can save in. In this type of account, you’ll want to withdraw as infrequently as possible so that interest can compound and hopefully make you more money.

That said, if you expect to need the money anytime soon, save it in your short-term savings account.

If you’re concerned about losing money, consider a certificate of deposit, or CD. Like checking accounts, CDs are insured by the FDIC. Interest rates are typically higher than what you’d earn from a savings accounts, but lower than what you’d earn from investments. The drawback is you typically have to stay vested in the CD for anywhere from three months to five years before you can touch your money.

And if saving for your kid’s college is one of your long-term savings goals, look into a 529 college savings plan. These plans allow you to choose investments for your child’s future tuition, and contributions are exempt from federal income tax.

How to Prioritize Your Short- vs. Long-Term Savings

Ideally, you’d add to your retirement AND both your long- and short-term savings accounts every month, but that’s not possible for everyone.

A simple emergency fund of at least three months’ worth of your bare minimum expenses is where you need to start. Then you can start saving for the rest of your goals and building out your emergency fund to six months of expenses.

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

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10 Can’t-Miss TV Panels At This Year’s San Diego Comic-Con

Do you feel that excitement in the air? That’s the energy of superfans across the U.S. gearing up for another amazing week of panels and activations at San Diego Comic-Con 2018.

This year’s convention, taking place July 19 through July 22, is filled with more TV content than ever before. But with so many events to keep track of, how do you know which are the must-catch moments? FANDOM has rounded up the 10 most exciting TV panels to give you the perfect list of Comic-Con content.

Charmed


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The cast of ‘Charmed’

Thursday, July 19 (11:15 AM-12:15 PM, Ballroom 20)
The CW is rebooting Charmed later this fall and convention attendees will be given a sneak peek at the magical series’ pilot episode. The reboot follows a new trio of sisters who discover they’re powerful witches after the death of their mother. The show’s stars, Melonie Diaz, Sarah Jeffery, Madeleine Mantock, and Rupert Evans, will all be in attendance for both the screening and the panel discussion that follows.

Nightflyers


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George R.R. Martin

Thursday, July 19 (3-3:50 PM, Indigo Ballroom)

Are you a Game of Thrones fan? Then you’ll want to check out the panel for Nightflyers, an upcoming SyFy series from GoT author George R.R. Martin. The new psychological thriller takes place in 2093 and follows a group of scientists flying through space as they explore the universe. Panelists will include Jeff Buhler, Gretchen Mol, Eoin Macken, David Ajala, Gene Klein, Jodie Turner-Smith, and David Bartis.

The Walking Dead


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Andrew Lincoln in 'The Walking Dead'

Friday, July 20 (12:15-1:15 PM, Hall H)

If you’re sad about Andrew Lincoln leaving The Walking Dead after the upcoming ninth season of the zombie series, then you’ll want to see him talk all about it at the show’s Comic-Con panel. Moderated by Yvette Nicole Brown, the panel will also feature cast members Norman Reedus, Danai Gurira, Lauren Cohan, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Melissa McBride, as well as director and special effects makeup supervisor Greg Nicotero.

Star Trek: Discovery


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Sarek meets with the crew of the USS Discovery

Friday, July 20 (1:30-2:30 PM, Hall H)

Boldly go where no fan has gone before at Comic-Con’s Star Trek: Discovery panel, which will also be celebrating 50 years of the space franchise. Panelists, including stars Doug Jones, Shazad Latif, Sonequa Martin-Green, Mary Wiseman, Anthony Rapp, Wilson Cruz, Mary Chieffo, and Anson Mount, will take a look back at five decades of Star Trek history, and also provide a little preview into the space spinoff’s upcoming second season.

The Gifted


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Jamie Chung as Blink in 'The Gifted'

Saturday, July 21 (2:30-3:15 PM, Ballroom 20)

When The Gifted returns to FOX for Season 2 this September, the Mutant Underground will reconnect with their friends and family who left with Hellfire Club after the explosion of the Atlanta Station. Executive producers Matt Nix and Jeph Loeb will be on hand at Comic-Con to share an exclusive look at the upcoming season, alongside series stars Stephen Moyer, Jamie Chung, Sean Teale, Emma Dumont, Natalie Alyn Lind, Blair Redford, and Skyler Samuels.

Supergirl


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Melissa Benoist in 'Supergirl'

Saturday, July 21 (3:30-4:15 PM, Ballroom 20)

Supergirl fans will get a sneak peek at the upcoming fourth season with an exclusive video presentation at the show’s Comic-Con panel on Saturday. Cast members Melissa Benoist, Chyler Leigh, Katie McGrath, Jesse Rath, Mehcad Brooks, and David Harewood will all be in attendance to tease snippets from Season 4 and help you work through all your emotions after the CW show’s recent Season 3 finale.

Arrow


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Stephen Amell as Green Arrow in 'Arrow'

Saturday, July 21 (4:15-5 PM, Ballroom 20)

Arrow shocked fans in the Season 6 finale when Oliver Queen publicly unmasked himself as the Green Arrow, and its stars will be available to talk you through it all at the show’s Saturday afternoon panel. Cast members Stephen Amell, Emily Bett Rickards, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Echo Kellum, Juliana Harkavy, Rick Gonzalez, and Colton Haynes will all be on hand to discuss how the revelation of the superhero’s secret will affect his journey in Season 7.

Supernatural


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Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles in 'Supernatural'

Sunday, July 22 (10:30-11:30 a.m., Hall H)

After 13 years together, Supernatural fans have been through a lot with the show’s stars, Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki, and there’s a lot to discuss. The actors will be joined by costars Misha Collins and Alexander Calvert for a Q&A panel segment to talk about Season 13’s finale and to preview what’s ahead for the monster hunters. There will also be a video reel that celebrates some of the best moments of the series, as it prepares for its upcoming 300th episode.

Riverdale


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The cast of 'Riverdale'

Sunday, July 22 (11:45-12:45 PM, Hall H)

There are a lot of characters to love (or love to hate) in the town of Riverdale, and luckily for fans, they’ll nearly all be appearing at the CW drama’s Comic-Con panel on Sunday. Cast members KJ Apa, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, Lili Reinhart, Marisol Nichols, Madelaine Petsch, Ashleigh Murray, Mark Consuelos, Casey Cott, Skeet Ulrich, Mädchen Amick, Luke Perry, and Vanessa Morgan will all be in attendance to discuss what dark secrets and surprises await us in Season 3.

Legion


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Dan Stevens in ‘Legion’

Sunday, July 22 (2:15-3:15 p.m., Hall H)

Originating from Marvel Comics, FX’s Legion tells the story of David Haller, a troubled young man who is discovering he is not your average human. Executive producers John Cameron and Marvel’s Jeph Loeb will be on hand to discuss the recent Season 2 finale of the series, which stars Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, and Aubrey Plaza. No word yet on which cast members will make an appearance on the panel, but the discussion will center around what to expect in Season 3.

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This is why Kate Middleton always wears white at christenings

The Duchess of Cambridge chose to wear an Alexander McQueen outfit for the christening of Prince Louis today at the Chapel Royal at St James’ Palace in London.

It’s a nice nod to the christenings of Prince George in 2013, and Princess Charlotte in 2015, as she also opted for Sarah Burton designs then, in a similar shade of cream.

This time round, the dress featured a simple v neck and slightly padded shoulders, and was nipped in at the waist, with a flared skirt.

She accessorised with a 1940s style hat by Jane Taylor and pearl cluster earrings in the shape of a flower.

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Kate Middleton at Prince George’s christening in 2013, wearing Alexander McQueen

While there’s no Royal etiquette rule that says what the mother of the baby can and can’t wear to Christenings, Kate has carried on this little tradition herself.

First off, wearing cream matches the Royal Christening Robe, which is a replica of the fine Honiton lace gown made in 1841 for the christening of Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter, Victoria, Princess Royal.

The original gown was subsequently worn for all Royal christenings, including The Queen, her children and her grandchildren, until the youngest of The Queen’s eight grandchildren, James, Viscount Severn.

The family were photographed together for the first time

The Duchess of Cambridge also wore a cream Alexander McQueen dress for Princess Charlotte’s christening in 2015

Secondly, there is the connotation of the colour, which often represents purity, innocence and new beginnings – very apt for a christening.

But there might be another significant detail in Kate’s outfit this time round: the fact that she wore floral pearl earrings. You see Princess Diana’s favourite flower was a white rose, and while the shape is more that of a daisy than a rose, it could be a subtle nod to the late Royal, who never got the chance to meet her grandchildren.

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How This Guy Turned His Obsession With Snakes Into a Career Milking Them


Have you ever witnessed a room full of 50 first-graders suddenly go pin-drop silent?

All it took was a southern copperhead snake baring its fangs to them before chomping down to release a stream of venom.

I saw — and heard — this myself at the Reptile Discovery Center, where owner and director Carl Barden spends his days extracting venom from the 1,000 or so snakes in his collection.

Protective glass safely separates the kids from the reptile and Barden, but it makes the demonstration no less tense.

Field trips are a big part of the crowds that regularly visit Reptile Discovery Center, which shares the building with Barden’s Medtoxin Venom Laboratories in Deland, Florida.

Barden does presentations twice a day Thursday through Saturday and once on Sunday.

For his first demonstration of the day, the 53-year-old venom extractor disappears for a few seconds among three aisles of plastic bins that reach toward the ceiling. He emerges with a bin slightly larger than a shoebox, which holds a beautiful red and yellow coral snake, whose small size belies the danger it poses.

Barden’s soothing, pre-recorded voice plays over the speakers, informing the audience that four to five milligrams of the serpent’s toxin is enough to kill a human adult.

After allowing the snake to slither around the table for a few moments, Barden calmly grabs it by the head and body, holding the reptilian star up to the glass to give his audience a better view. He then steadies the snake over a covered receptacle; it bites into and releases a yellowish death liquid into the cup below.

For this presentation, Barden also extracts venom from cobras and rattlesnakes. He uses two or three snakes of the same species to extract venom, but none of them produces enough to fill a vial that could fit in the palm of your hand.

The kids don’t seem to mind, though — they’re enthralled.

Milking a Snake

Carl Barden and Mara Roberts prepare a southern copperhead snake for venom extraction as a crowd watch behind a glass window at the Reptile Discovery Center in Deland, Fla. Aileen Perilla/The Penny Hoarder

An older term for venom extraction — milking a snake — still circulates, but Barden uses an updated process.

“In the old days, you would see those guys put those snakes up on the glass and they would squeeze those venom glands, mash their head, and we just think it’s hard on the snake,” says Barden, who also breeds snakes. “So we allow him to bite.”

But how does he get the snake to do it? “I’ll tickle him, I’ll squeeze his tail a little sometimes, I’ll aggravate him because I want him to bite — but he decides what he gives us,” Barden says.

Barden, who describes himself as more of a farmer than a scientist, understands a title as striking as “snake milker” is hard to shake.

“People come in all the time and say, ‘What time are you milking the snakes?’ Because that’s the term, and that’s fine — we get it.’”

Snakes on a Plane (Yeah, I Went There)

Barden began handling snakes at a young age and became determined to build a career around them. His brother suggested a career in aviation, where he invested 22 years, to help achieve his ultimate goal of having a serpentarium. Aileen Perilla/The Penny Hoarder

Barden simply can’t resist the snakes’ charm.

“It’s almost on the level of an obsession,” he says. “In a sense, it’s been wonderful, because it has literally given my entire life a direction.”

Barden started collecting snakes when he was 7 years old. At age 12, he discovered his future career while watching a segment on “60 Minutes” about a man he fondly recalls: Bill Haast, the former director of the Miami Serpentarium Laboratories in Florida.

“When you’re 12 years old and you’re a snake fanatic and you see that guy, that’s the end of that equation,” Barden says of the man he eventually met and considered a mentor.

Barden may have known what he wanted to do, but he didn’t know how he was going to do it. After completing a bachelor’s degree in liberal science with an emphasis on biology at the University of Central Florida, Barden received some  advice from his oldest brother, an airline pilot.

The brother suggested that a career in aviation could give him the money and extra time Barden needed to launch his serpentarium and venom collection business.

Barden worked as a commercial airline pilot for 22 years, balancing his time between flying and building his snake business, which he initially ran out of his house.

By 1999, he had made enough money to buy land and build his serpentarium.

Surviving a Snake Bite

Every morning Barden goes over a specially created safety extraction checklist in case of a snake bite. Barden, who developed an allergy to snake venom, started working with a local hospital, which set up a team that is prepared to go into immediate action if they get an emergency call from him. Aileen Perilla/The Penny Hoarder

Barden has nearly loved his job to death 11 times — that’s how often the snake milker has been bitten by venomous snakes.

And that’s not the worst of it.

He’s also allergic to venom — as in, 10-minutes-or-less-and-he’s-dead anaphylactic allergic.

As harrowing as it may seem, many snake handlers develop venom allergies, Barden explains, because of long-term exposure to dried venom, which ends up on cages or in the freeze-dried form that Barden uses to sell and ship his product. The venom contains foreign proteins that enter the body.

Depending on the snake, a bite can kill you. The CDC estimates that 7,000 to 8,000 people get bitten by venomous snakes in the United States each year, but only about five of those people die, mostly thanks to early interventions and the availability of antivenom medications at medical facilities.

So let’s say you get bitten by a cobra. How long do you have to get to the emergency room for antivenom treatment before you’re dead? Estimates clock in around 30 minutes. Unless you’re like Barden, who only discovered he was allergic to snake venom when he was bitten by a cobra on March 26, 1993. Barden says that when it happened, he momentarily thought he could simply drive to the emergency room with his antivenom since he thought he was fully prepared for bites.

Barden pulls out a southern copperhead snake from its holding bin for venom extraction. The Reptile Discovery Center houses around one thousand snakes; 800 of them are venomous species. Aileen Perilla/The Penny Hoarder

But in less than a minute, Barden began experiencing the onset of serious symptoms, starting with the telltale sensation of a warm rush through his body. Because he had learned about snake bite-induced anaphylaxis years earlier, Barden recognized the peril and told his then-girlfriend to call 911.

He injected himself with two EpiPens before passing out.

At that point, his airway was constricted from a lack of oxygen, and he began convulsing and turning blue. Guided by the 911 operator, Barden’s girlfriend performed CPR until paramedics arrived and intubated him.

By the time they reached the hospital, Barden’s girlfriend had contacted another snake expert, who was able to explain to doctors which kind of antivenom Barden needed.

After his recovery, Barden says he started working with a local hospital, which set up a team that is prepared to go into immediate action if they get an emergency snake-bite call from him.

And Barden no longer sticks around for help to arrive.

“We don’t wait for an ER evac anymore,” Barden says. “We get in the car, I do my injections, we put on an airway kit and we take off. And then what we usually do is meet the ambulance or the fire truck on the way.

“And we’re on the phone with 911 — they know us, as you might imagine.”

A Career in Venom

Barden freeze-dries, labels and refrigerates the venom he extracts before shipping it off. He says that one container in his fridge holds about 10,000 cottonmouth venom extractions and is worth $ 100,000. Aileen Perilla/The Penny Hoarder

Although the Bureau of Labor Statistics doesn’t track numbers of how many snake venom extractors there are in the United States — they’d likely fall into the broader zoologist category — Barden estimates there are only six institutions like his in the country.

Snake venom is mostly used to produce antivenom, which is essential for treating the estimated 1.8 million to 2.7 million people worldwide poisoned by snake bites each year. Researchers also study venom for its potential medical uses, such as the treatment of cancer, arthritis and Alzheimer’s disease.

Based on the amount of research being done, the demand for venom changes from year to year.

Some venoms sell quarterly, some venoms sell biannually, says Barden, who then rattles off a list of federal, state and local agencies he must work with for licensing and other regulations. “We produce about a kilogram of material a year of about 30 different venoms, but you’re never selling everything you’re producing.

“Venom is very uncertain — it is a very tricky market.”

Due to non-disclosure agreements, Barden can only say that his clients include antivenom producers, universities, private labs and research and diagnostic facilities. About half of them are international.

A young visitor of the Reptile Discovery Center leans on the protective glass as Barden holds a venomous monacled cobra just before extracting its venom. Aileen Perilla/The Penny Hoarder

Project contracts can range from $ 50 to $ 50,000, says Barden, so his earnings fall between $ 50,000 and $ 100,000 most years.

But people who only see the dollar signs might not understand just how long it takes to get tiny amounts of venom. Barden notes that it’s necessary to allow snakes to rest between extractions to reduce the chances of stress and injury.

So what do clients pay for his product?

“At the low end, you might see cottonmouth [venom] at $ 100 a gram, and at the high end of that is coral snake venom — it fluctuates a little — but probably north of $ 4,000 a gram,” Barden says. “On a cottonmouth, seven snakes will give me a gram; on a coral snake, it might take 150.

“They can only be handled every two weeks or every month — it depends on the snake, so it takes you a long time.”

Roberts turns on the sound system that consists of rainforest sounds as part of her early morning routine to open the Reptile Discovery Center for the day. Aileen Perilla/The Penny Hoarder

His goal each week is to extract venom from 300 snakes, which comes out to milking approximately 50 to 100 per day based on a five-day schedule Barden designed for his own safety.

Years ago, I would do 300 snakes in a day,” Barden says.“You can’t do it — you would have a bite at 276. You can’t concentrate that well that long. So now I do groups of 30, 15, 21, and I can really focus. And consequently we haven’t had a bite in 12 years.”

To amateur collectors dreaming about starting their own venom business, Barden has some advice.

“People email me every other month and say, ‘I’m going to build a venom business,’” Barden says with a laugh. “My answer is always, ‘Don’t quit your day job.’”

Psychology of Snake Handling

Barden and Roberts begin the day checking on each other. “The snakes are at 100%, so you don’t want to be messing with them when you’re at 50,” says Roberts. “If I’m thinking about 800 other things, it’s just no good.” Aileen Perilla/The Penny Hoarder

When you’re constantly a millimeter away from a brush with death, you have to be on your game every day, so Barden prioritizes staying calm and relaxed.

“I come here in this great mental place,” he says. “I’m never freaking out… It’s a safety thing.”

Mara Roberts, his assistant and the only other full-time employee, agrees that a self-assessment each day is important, since mistakes can result in a lost limb or death.

“The snakes are at 100%, so you don’t want to be messing with them when you’re at 50,” says Roberts, who adds that she has never been bitten by a venomous snake. “If I’m thinking about 800 other things, it’s just no good.”

OK, so being calm and happy is great, but after watching Barden speak fondly about milking snakes, flying planes and riding motorcycles (a hobby of his), I have to ask him: Is he simply one of those guys who loves to live on the edge?

“I would never say to you I’m a risk taker, and I would never say to you I think my job is dangerous,” Barden says. “It is, but I don’t ever come here thinking this is dangerous. I always think it I have the know-how and the skills to make this completely safe.

“If you were terrified, this would be a disaster.”

Tiffany Wendeln Connors is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She has what she considers a healthy fear of snakes, alligators and platypuses.

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The Galaxy S10 will arrive in three flavors next year, a new report from Korea revealed, including a cheaper Galaxy S10 that will join the expected Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ models. All three phones will feature fingerprint sensors located under the display or on the sides, that report said. But that won’t be the only signature feature of the Galaxy S10.

The best version of the phone will feature a triple-lens camera on the back, and, of course, there’s a rumor about said camera setup.

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This Breezy Wrap Skirt Is the Epitome of Summer Fashion

A wrap skirt — even one that only looks like a wrap style — is one of our favorite summer essentials. It’s the perfect desk to drinks piece and can easily be worn from the office to a date or to dinner. They’re flirty and airy, making them a must for super hot summer days. Naturally, when we found the cutest affordable breezy faux-wrap skirt we had to share the spoils.

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The Lucy Paris Sophie Striped Faux-Wrap Skirt is an adorable addition to any summer wardrobe. Created with a banded waist and allover stripe design, this flouncy skirt is the perfect casual style to wear to any summer occasion. The faux wrap front and asymmetric ruffled hem detailing provides a breezy, free-flowing piece that is great for a day out in the sun.

Pair the comfy skirt with wedge sandals to elongate your legs and add a touch of height. While most sandals will pair well with this skirt, we recommend wearing nude block heels and a cute bodysuit for a sophisticated finish. Don’t forget a floral clutch to complement the look!

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This is why you should never spray perfume in your hair

NEVER. EVER.

If there’s one thing that’s true about hair, it’s that it’s great at holding on to scent.

But although we all like our hair to smell great, you should never spray regular perfume directly on your hair.

This is because perfume contains alcohol, which is incredibly drying for hair and can leave it brittle, haystack-like and more likely to suffer breakage.

Hair mists on the other hand are still perfumed, but with a much lower concentration of alcohol, so you can spritz away to your heart’s content. Plus they last ages, due to your hair’s ability to trap the smell, so no need for top-ups throughout the day.

With this in mind, we’ve picked some of our favourite hair mists from the perfumery world we’re obsessed with (and you will be too).

Balmain Hair Silk Perfume, £9.95, Lookfantastic

A designer favourite, the dreamy scent of pine, peach blossom, woods and raspberry is enriched with argain oil and silk protein to treat your hair while you wear it. Win-win.

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Byredo La Tulipe Hair Perfume, £48, Space NK

Tulips are actually scentless, so this gorgeous floral scent is founder Ben Gorham’s imagination of what it would smell like. It’s the perfect balance of sweet florals without being too sickly, combining freesia, rhubarb and blonde woods.

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Maison Francois Kirkdijan Baccarat Rouge 540 Hair Mist, £65, Selfridges

Baccarat Rouge 540 is a delicious combination of cedar, saffron and amber gris, combining for a rich, slightly fruity overall scent – so you can imagine our delight when it was turned into a scented hair mist. It’s the perfect fragrance to wear all year-round.

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Coco Madameoiselle Fresh Hair Mist, £34.20, House of Fraser

Recently revealed as the most popular perfume of 2018 so far, it’s only fair that we give a shout out to Chanel’s fresh hair scent. A timeless classic, this is the perfect buy if Coco Madameoiselle is already your signature scent.

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Apologies in advance for starting your new hair perfume addiction.

Here’s to great hair (mist) days for everyone.

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Thank a Teacher If You Can Read This — and Maybe Win $1,000 From Crayola


Break out the crayons.

Crayola has launched a student art contest that’ll award $ 1,000 to 10 lucky winners, in addition to money and goodies for their schools and favorite teachers.

The contest centers around getting students to show their appreciation for teachers. From now through August 25, students can enter the contest by uploading photos of their best handmade teacher thank-you notes.

There are a few stipulations though. Those darling drawings from your second grader won’t make the cut for this contest. Students must be at least 13 years old to enter.

Participants must have their parents’ permission to enter if they’re under 18. They’ll also need permission from the teacher they choose to thank. (Do teachers check their emails during summer break?)

If your kids can check off those boxes — plus abide by the other official rules — then they’re good to let their creativity run wild.

Speaking of creativity, the contest judges will be looking for a spark in the thank-you notes along with artwork that shows originality, inspiration, discovery and superior image quality. The submissions will undergo two rounds of critiques before judges select the winners.

The 10 contest winners will receive $ 1,000 in the form of a prepaid debit card, but they won’t be the only ones to benefit from their show of teacher appreciation. The teacher they thank also will win a $ 1,000 gift card, and so will the teacher’s school. The school will also get a $ 10,000 check for a classroom makeover, a year’s supply of Crayola products and the opportunity to participate in Crayola’s professional-development program.

One grand-prize-winning thank-you note, chosen from among the 10 contest winners, will be featured on a box of Crayola crayons.

If your kids aren’t artistically inclined, there’s still a chance for them to win some money. Crayola is running a sweepstakes in conjunction with the art contest.

To enter the sweepstakes, students have to nominate a teacher to thank, but they don’t have to create a special thank-you note. Winners will get a $ 500 gift card for themselves and one for their nominated teacher.

Crayola will select five sweepstakes winners each week through the end of the contest period. The first round of sweepstakes winners will be selected on or around July 10.

Nicole Dow is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder.

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11 Dew Products That Will Make Your Skin Glow This Summer

The beauty industry is full of buzzwords. Longwear, glazing, ampoule, skin barrier, glass skin, hydrating, anti-pollution and the newly controversial anti-aging. But the latest It term in the space is all about the dew.

Dew has its name on everything from highlighters to eye treatments to mists to serums. Usually, it’s associated with magically turning problem skin into glowing skin. Or it’s another way of bragging that the product is a super moisturizer.

But not all dewy products are created equal. So we went ahead and hunted down the best ones that had glowing reviews. We’re talking a blush that gives a natural, baby pink hue, a cream/powder hybrid that promises a dewy finish without the stickiness, and a much-loved highlighter in a limited-edition rose gold shade. Read on for 11 dew products that really deliver.

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This week’s drops roundup features Supreme, Heron Preston, Ignored Prayers, FTP, Gucci, Gosha Rubchinskiy x Burberry, Vetements, BAPE, and Drake‘s tour jacket commemorating his fifth studio album, Scorpion.

With a busy first half of the year, Supreme has continued to push an assortment of provocative collaborations, along with its staple mainline collection. This week is no exception as the drop sees bold graphics from the AK Football top, and absurd 7’10” Advanced Elements Packlite inflatable Kayak (complete with oar), and a Supreme x O’brien life vest. Elsewhere, Heron Preston‘s eponymous label releases its SSENSE exclusive NASA-themed capsule. BAPE goes back to its colorful ways for Fall/Winter 2018, combining vintage sporting silhouettes with relaxed cuts — seen in the track pants, track jacket, stadium jacket and long coach jacket.

Supreme Spring/Summer 2018 Drop 20

We’re now at drop 20 of Supreme‘s Spring/Summer 2018 releases and so far, this week looks to be relatively quiet. Since there are no special collaborations, the most noteworthy pieces are the box logo accessories — a Supreme x Advanced Elements Packlite Kayak (an inflatable one-person kayak with a pump and oar) and a Supreme/O’Brien Life Vest. The water activities theme will extend to a few unseen items releasing this week, which will include an embossed beach towel, taping water shorts, mesh strip tank tops, tracksuits, crusher hats and more. It appears that this will be the last Supreme SS18 drop. We’ll update this post as more info rolls through, so keep checking back.

When: July 5, 11:00 am GMT (for London), 11:00 am EST (for NYC); July 7 for Japan
Where: Supreme NYC, LA, Japan, European locations and online at Supreme’s web store

BAPE Fall/Winter 2018 Collection

Continuing its string of releases, BAPE recently unveiled its Fall/Winter 2018 collection. Already looking towards the colder months ahead, the range features the Japanese imprints signature graphics, camo print, tiger head embroidery and an emerging barcode-style logo. The Desert-camo print that appears on bomber jackets, caps and waist bags expresses the strong military influence BAPE went with the range. While new footwear styles, including new BAPESTA colorways and high-top sneakers complete with the classic shark-head graphics center the FW18 collection in the streetwear realm.

When: July 7
Where: BAPE’s web store and physical stores

Vetements Fall/Winter 2018 Graphic T-Shirts

A slew of bold graphics emblazon the much-anticipated debut of Vetements’ Fall/Winter 2018 collection. The concise assemblage include T-shirts and hoodies with prints inspired by astrological signs and nostalgic children’s drawings; “World’s Best Dad”, “I Have a Drinking Problem” and the satirical “I Heart NY” motifs grace the garments.

When: Now
Where: DSM London web store

Gosha Rubchinskiy x Burberry Fall/Winter 2018 Collection

Gosha Rubchinskiy and Burberry prepares for a limited edition collaborative capsule. The Russian designer’s take on classic British style is reinterpreted in a range of trench coats, duffle coats, button-ups, scarves and loafers. Burberry’s iconic trench coat makes an appearance while the traditional duffle coat features beechwood toggles and a detachable hood that comes in check, dark green and claret. Other standout pieces include the duo-check flannels and cashmere scarves, while plaid bucket hats and burgundy loafers round out the capsule.

When: July 7
Where: Burberry’s web store and physical stores

Gucci Spring/Summer 2018 & Pre-Fall 2018 Collection

Gucci has released new pieces from its pre-fall 2018 and Spring/Summer 2018 collection, which offers signature kitschy extravagance and nostalgic wear including logo tracksuits, cartoon graphic sweaters, bowling shirts and more. Notable pieces include the all-over GG print tracksuits available in jacquard, chenille and jersey versions, the SS18 runway “Never Marry a Mitford” knit pullover, which references the infamous aristocratic family of the ’50s, as well as the the Snow White sequin jumper and the Bugs Bunny wool sweater, which features a SEGA-inspired “GUCCY” logo on the back.

When: Now
Where: Gucci’s web store and physical stores

Heron Preston NASA Collection & SSENSE Exclusives

Heron Preston‘s NASA pieces from his Fall/Winter 2018 “PUBLIC FIGURE” collection have released along with SSENSE exclusive black colorways. The aerospace agency-themed range features cozy lounge pieces such as hoodies, sweat pants, long- and short-sleeve tees, hats and socks. All pieces feature embroidered NASA and American flag patches, printed text, and an orange logo stripe at the back for the tops. The SSENSE exclusive black colorway features contrast orange stitching, whereas the mainline red and white colorways come in tonal makeup.

When: Now
Where: SSENSE

Drake Scorpion Tour Jacket

With Scorpion SZN reaching fever pitch, you can now personalize your very own Tour Jacket for Drake’s fifth studio album. Similar to the themed Varsity Jacket circulating before the project’s release, the back of the customizable jacket features the album’s title expressed boldly at the top followed by “TOUR/TWENTY EIGHTEEN” and “by DRAKE.” While the front of the left chest area found in the front features an area for fans to place their name under “EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY.”

When: Now
Where: Drake’s official merchandise web store

FTP Spring/Summer 2018 Collection

With summer finally upon us, Fuck The Population recently returned with its latest Spring/Summer 2018 collection. Comprised of streetwear staples, the warm-weather offerings feature a mixture of colorful tones and heavy graphics. With light jackets and hoodies dominating the range, the FTP put its spin on zip-up trucker jackets, anoraks, vests and pullovers with bold branding motifs and embroidered patches. While the graphic emblazoned T-shirts and choice headwear tie the Americana-inspired collection.

When: Now
Where: FTP’s web store

Ignored Prayers Spring/Summer 2018 Delivery 2

Following up its initial Spring/Summer 2018 release, Ignored Prayers recently returned with the second delivery of its latest seasonal range. This time around a greater focus on graphic stories is found in addition to an extended use of the different inks, pigment dyes and printing techniques employed in the initial set of offerings. Expressing a lived-in washed look, the SS18 Delivery Two pays homage to icons like William S. Burroughs and Grace Jones, along with expressions of vintage trademark designs and NASCAR Racing accents. Some notable pieces include the Public Image Ltd.-inspired Sacred Alphabet T-shirt, collage-style Power T-shirt and the Chaos-embroidered Six Panel Cap.

When: Now
Where: Ignored Prayers’ web store

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This is how to find the right bra size

Never wear the wrong bra again

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Did you know most women wear the wrong bra size? Well this wouldn’t be the case if we all knew how to find the correct bra for our size, including measuring ourselves, would it? So we thought we’d grill two lingerie experts on everything you need to know about the subject, including how often to change bras, how often to wash them and everything else you need to know about the lingerie staple.

How to tell if you’re wearing the wrong bra size

Check the cups

Figleaves Garment Technologist Victoria Shelton says, ‘The cups should fully encase your breasts with no spilling out or sitting away.’

Check the underband

Debby Duckett, Buying Director at Boux Avenue, explains, ‘if it is rising up your back, lifting up at the front, or is too tight that it’s causing discomfort, we’d recommend going for a bra fitting.’

Check the straps

Victoria says, ‘The straps should sit comfortably on your shoulders with the majority of the support coming from the underband. The underband should be snug, supportive and sit level without riding up.’

Check where the bra sits

Debby says, ‘It’s also worth checking where your bra is positioned. If it’s standing away at the centre front, or if the wire is sat on breast tissue, it’s not fitting you properly. You can check this by pressing the wire at the end; if the wire bounces it means it is sat on breast tissue and isn’t secure.’

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How to measure your bra size

The easiest way to get your bra measurements is by going in for a bra fitting, however if you don’t have time, or would rather do it at home, then Debby says you can do it in three easy steps.

  1. Grab a tape measure and start with measuring your underband, which is the part of the bra that provides the most support. Standing in front of a mirror with the centimetre side facing outwards and keeping the tape measure straight, level and tight, measure the circumference of your body, just underneath your bust.
  2. Use the conversion chart below to find your underband size.
  3. You can then work out your cup size from there, by comparing the new underband size to your previous underband size. If your underband size is now smaller, it’s likely that you’ll need to go up a cup size. If your underband size is the same but your bust is spilling out of the cups, you’ll need to go down a cup size. If the cups are gaping and there is space, go down a cup size.

Conversion chart

Underband
CM Back band
58/60/62 28
63/65/67 30
68/70/72 32
73/75/77 34
78/80/82 36
83/85/87 38
88/90/92 40

How often to go for bra fittings

Your breast size can fluctuate due to varying factors like hormones, ageing, weight gain etc, so experts recommend getting bra fittings every six months.

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How to check your bra fits

Victoria says, ‘I would recommend checking the fit every few times you wear the bra. Check the straps are sitting correctly on the shoulders and with the right amount of adjustment. The underband should be snug but supportive, over time the elastane in the bra will become worn and less supportive, it is vital to change your bra at this point.

How long do bras last?

‘With regular wear, bras can last from 6 months to a year,’ Victoria adds.

When is it time to change your bra?

‘Colour and shape are the two main areas that tell you when it’s time to replace a bra. If the underband is too loose on the tightest hook or the straps are no longer staying in place, your bra is no longer giving you the support you need. If the colour has started to fade and the fabric has gone a little frayed, you have the perfect excuse to treat yourself to some new lingerie!’ Debby says.

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This Simple 7-Day Plan Will Help You Conquer Your Money This Week


One week. Just seven days. When you think about it, it’s amazing what you can accomplish over the course of one week when you dig in your heels and go for it.

You’ve devoted that much time to the gym and the salad bar so you could fit into that outfit before next weekend’s wedding, right?

Now it’s time to give the same attention to your finances. I know it’s not fun, but you’re adulting now, right? Here’s the good news: By tackling just one thing each day for one week, you can boost your financial life now and for years down the road.

Let’s take it one day at a time.

Sunday: Make Money While You Watch TV

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Rise and shine! It’s time to get your seven day financial fix up moving!

Start out your week by earning a little extra money without turning off the TV or even taking your feet off the coffee table. Luckily, you can do all of this on your computer or phone.

Surveys aren’t the quickest way to make money, but they’re a great way to cash in on your down time. Fill them out while you’re watching TV, riding the bus or waiting in line.

One survey site we love is called InboxDollars. It offers several short daily surveys you can take. If you take all of them each day, you could earn an extra $ 730 a year — not too bad.

Monday: Get Your Bills in Sync

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OK, you’ve recovered from the weekend. Let’s not hit snooze on our financial game plan. It’s Monday, and it’s time to get to work. There’s no time to get a case of the Mondays.

Think about all your bills. Rent, utilities, your cell phone. Ugh.

Keeping up with all these bills is tough. It’d be nice to just sync them all and receive automatic reminders for them each month, right?

Rather than manually penciling bills into your calendar, download Prism. The app lets you connect all your accounts — and even pay all your bills — in one spot. Once you’re connected, it’ll automatically sync your bill info and set up reminders for you.

Turn on notifications to get payday reminders and notices when your water bill is due, for example. This will help you plan your month and avoid any late fees. And because you’re making these payments on time, it could even boost your credit score.

The app is free for consumers. (Prism makes its money from the bill provider.)

Download the app, and effortlessly keep close tabs on all your bills from here on out.

Tuesday: Put This App to Work on Your Savings

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Did you know that Tuesday is the most productive day of the week, according to one survey reported by Business News Daily? It’s time to bear down and take a hard look at your finances and what’s lacking.

Saving money is tough. So what if you could do it in a way where you wouldn’t even notice?

Digit makes that possible.

This innovative app automates saving for you. Simply link it to your checking account, and its algorithms will determine small (and safe!) amounts of money to withdraw into a separate, FDIC-insured savings account.

Bonus: Penny Hoarders will get an extra $ 5 just for signing up!

Using this set-it-and-forget-it strategy, Matt Wiley saved $ 4,300 without noticing — read his Digit review.

Digit is free to use for the first 100 days, then it’s $ 2.99 per month afterward.

Wednesday: Get Over the Hump With This Free Check up

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Happy Hump Day! Just four days in, and you’ve already made great strides toward a better financial life.

If you’re saving for your retirement with a 401(k), awesome.

But when’s the last time you truly checked in on your account, adjusted your allocations, addressed any fees and all that other fun stuff?

Try using a robo-adviser to make sure your 401(k) is on track with your retirement goals. Blooom is an SEC-registered investment advisory firm that’ll optimize and monitor your 401(k) for you.

Your initial account check up is free, and you can do it online in less than five minutes. This will help you get to know your account a little more intimately. Find out whether you’re paying too much in investment fees, have the appropriate amount of money invested in stocks versus bonds, that kind of stuff.

If you’re satisfied with the outcome of your initial check up, great! If not, you can enroll in Blooom for $ 10 a month. (Penny Hoarders get one month free.) It’ll automatically adjust your 401(k) to best fit your needs all the way up to retirement.

Thursday: Crush Your Debt

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Did you know Thursday is named in honor of the Norse god Thor? It’s only appropriate, because now it’s time to hammer away at your debt. See what I did there? Thursday, Thor, hammer?

Have you ever considered consolidating your debt? It could substantially lower payments you’re already making and help you save more money each month.

A lot of us are being crushed by credit card interest rates north of 20%. If you’re in that boat, consolidation and refinancing might be worth a look.

A good resource is online lending platform Upstart, which can help you find a loan without relying on only your conventional credit score.

Unlike traditional underwriting models that use only the common FICO scoring model, Upstart’s technology looks at factors like your education and employment history to determine your creditworthiness.

It can help you borrow up to $ 50,000, potentially with better terms (e.g. lower interest or lower monthly payments) than traditional lenders. If managing many different bills and credit lines is a hassle, you can also use an Upstart loan to streamline all of your loans into one.

Friday: Sit Back, Relax — and Get a Free $ 5

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Yes! Stay with me. You’re doing great. Today’s tip lets you take a load off.

If you’re like most of us and wish your money would just take care of itself, consider starting an investment account through Acorns.

Acorns is an app that automatically rounds up your credit or debit card purchases to the nearest dollar and invests the spare change.

That means if you spend $ 10.23 at the grocery store, 77 cents gets dropped into your Acorns account. Once you hit $ 5, Acorns will automatically invest it.

The idea is you won’t miss the digital pocket change, and the automatic savings stack up faster than you’d think. For example, we reviewed how Penny Hoarder Dana Sitar was able to save at a rate of $ 420 a year!

Acorns will give Penny Hoarders a $ 5 bonus for signing up, and average interest earning is around 7%.

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Saturday: Play the Slots — and Boost Your Savings

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You made it! It’s Saturday, and it’s day seven of your seven day financial fix up. You’ve done amazing things! Time for a little fun.

Are you more of the “sit at home and play video games” type of person but you’re making yourself read this because you’re determined to get this adulting thing down?

The folks who created Long Game have you covered with a game that’s fun and helps you achieve your financial goals.  

As you save and accomplish missions you’ll earn coins to play mini games for cash prizes! We’re talking the classics, like slot machines, scratch-offs and spin-to-win wheels.

Penny Hoarder Carson Kohler uses Long Game to save money. Every two weeks, it sneaks $ 5 out of her bank account and rewards her with coins.

In two months, she’s saved $ 35.70, just by playing games on her phone. Plus, her winnings amount to a gain of about 2% — way higher than interest on any other savings account she has.

Once you link your bank account, you’ll earn 300 points, so you can start playing while you wait for payday.

Tyler Omoth is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder who loves soaking up the sun and finding creative ways to help others. He’s declared that Mondays are the new Saturday. Catch him on Twitter at @Tyomoth.

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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Books coming out this week: The Intermission, The Banker’s Wife, and more

Books coming out this week: The Intermission, The Banker’s Wife, and more


Books coming out this week: <em>The Intermission,</em> <em>The Banker’s Wife,</em> and more

Hello and welcome to Monday, which is really sort of like a Thursday this week, because Wednesday is the Fourth of July, making Tuesday like a Friday! You get all of that? Even if you didn’t quick track, it’s fine. Because we’re celebrating a holiday in the middle of the week, and you know what that means: tons of food, family, friends, and rest and relaxation. With some extra time off, now is the perfect time to dip into your TBR pile — and add some of the books coming out this week to it.

But first, I’m excited to announce that our July pick for the HG Book Club is Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton! Pick up your copy and dive right in, because we’ll post the first round of questions on Friday, July 6th. This thriller, which has been described as a modern day version of The Talented Mr. Ripley, is the perfect book to start during the holiday week. Show us where you’re reading with #HGBookClub!

And now, here are eight books coming out this week that you don’t want to miss.

1. The Intermission by Elyssa Friedland, out July 3rd

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We all know that relationships aren’t always what they seem on the outside. But The Intermission takes things a step further, going inside of a marriage that’s on the rocks. It’s about Jonathan and Cass, a husband and wife that decide to take a six-month break from their relationship to see if it’s what they really want. As we all know, there are two sides to every story. And through alternating perspectives, The Intermission delivers both.

2. The Banker’s Wife by Cristina Alger, out July 3rd

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When Annabel loses her husband Matthew, a banker, in a plane crash, she begins desperately searching for answers. Marina, a journalist mourning the loss of her editor and mentor, finds information that could implicate some of the world’s most powerful men in finance. With two strong female characters at the helm, The Banker’s Wife is one of the best thrillers you’ll read all summer.

3. Safe Houses by Dan Fesperman, out July 3rd

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Knopf Publishing Group

Speaking of strong female leads, Safe Houses has three of them, banding together against men who abuse their power. This murder mystery/espionage thriller hybrid unfolds across two timelines. In 1979, Helen Abell, the woman who oversees CIA safe houses in Berlin, overhears a conversation and decides to expose dark secrets. And in 2014, her son has murdered her and her husband. You won’t be able to put this one down.

4. Can You Tolerate This? by Ashleigh Young, out July 3rd

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Can You Tolerate This? is a compelling combination of personal essays about coming of age in New Zealand and observational historical essays. Don’t miss this opportunity to get to know Ashleigh Young and the world around her.

5. Still Water by Amy Stuart, out July 3rd

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Simon & Schuster

If you loved Still Mine, you don’t want to miss Still Water. When a woman named Sally and her son go missing, Claire pretends to be a friend of Sally’s to get to the bottom of what really happened. Let’s just say that everyone is hiding WAY more secrets than you’ll expect. We loved getting to know more about Claire and Malcom, and we’re crossing our fingers for a third installment.

6. How to Be Famous by Caitlin Moran, out July 3rd

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Picking up a few years in the future after How to Build a Girl ends, How to Be Famous is set in 1994. Johanna, a rock journalist, is in love with John, her best friend who has made it big in the music world. So she writes a column under the name Dolly Wilde about fame, hoping to catch his attention and make him feel understood. Though it’s set in the ‘90s, with themes of consent and slut shaming, How to Be Famous rings true in our current #MeToo era. And it’s just as witty and gritty as Caitlin Moran fans can expect.

7. The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan, out July 3rd

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The list of books coming out this week is heavy on thrillers, and we have one more addictive one for you. The Ruin, set in Ireland, follows detective Cormac Reilly as he reopens an investigation from 20 years ago. He’s determined to connect Hilaria Blake’s overdose in the past to her son Jack’s recent death. Get invested now, because there are at least two more Cormac Reilly books coming in the future.

8. Trickster Feminism by Anne Waldman, out July 3rd

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Penguin Books

If that title doesn’t pull you in, we don’t know what will. Anne Waldman’s Trickster Feminism is the poetry of the resistance, and you need this collection on your bookshelf.

Happy reading, and happy Fourth of July!

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James Marino, Michael Portantiere, and Jan Simpson review Carmen Jones @ Classic Stage Company, Girls & Boys @ Minetta Lane Theatre, Skintight @ Roundabout Theatre Company, Log Cabin @ Playwrights Horizons, Songs for a New World @ Encores! Off-Center, Transport Group’s Promises, Promises in Concert, and Sugar in Our Wounds @ Manhattan Theatre Club.   read more
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This Woman is Helping 50,000 Sisters Travel Solo, Affordably

“As women, we need to give ourselves some time. We need to recoup. We must learn who we are, and traveling solo can help us do that,” says Coleitha Banks, the founder of Sisters Traveling Solo. This purpose-driven woman created a 7,000-member Facebook Group community and turned it into 50,000 members in a year.  Sisters Traveling Solo is a company created to help women of color travel solo.

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By offering unique payment plans, travel planning services for your entire trip, and amazing vacations to places like Peru, Bali, Paris, and more, Sisters Traveling Solo is creating a strong support system that allows women to experience the world in a cost-effective way.

Six years ago, Banks needed a break. She yearned for mental clarity and felt that taking her first solo vacation could help provide the peace of mind she wanted. Banks was determined to take her first solo trip to the 2012 Olympics, and she refused to let the lack of money stop her. With this passion in her heart, she developed a financial plan, took her first solo trip, and had a life-changing experience. Now, even with a corporate job, 90% of all of her trips have been solo, and she has traveled to over 21 different countries.

Currently, Sisters Traveling Solo offers nine trips around the world. “We help make women financially prioritize their travel, and we create an entire experience that is life-changing,“ says Banks. Traveling solo can be inexpensive and the Sisters Traveling Solo Facebook Group helps remove that concern. Here are five ways Banks helps her group members find mental peace through travel in the most cost-effective way:

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Sacrifice Going Out.

Sometimes it is tempting to go out and spend money, especially, if it’s available. However, that disposable income can be used for your vacation. Take the money that you would use during happy hour and set it aside for your vacation. Instead of going out three times a week, save the cash you would have spent, and put it toward your next trip. Sacrifice temporarily, to help ensure that you are living the life of your dreams.

Travel on Deals.

There is no need to spend full price on trips when there are websites like The Flight Deal and Secret Flying. On a daily basis, search for their flight deals, and select the destination of your choice.

Make a Down Payment on Your Lodging.  Never Pay the Full Price Upfront.

If money is a concern for you when planning your travel, make sure that you use websites like Booking.com so that you do not have to pay for your hotel in full, up front. Booking.com does not require all the money at once, but instead a deposit. This will allow you more time to save for your vacation, and still have the dates secured.

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Set a Personal Goal, and Make Your Vacation a Priority.

None of this will work if you are not serious. No more complaining. No more getting frustrated. Make a decision and eliminate all other options. Open a separate online savings account with Goldman Sachs, Capital One 360, or Ally Bank, and start setting aside money each month. Stick with it, and make this trip a priority in your life.

Be Flexible.

Be open to departing from other cities outside of your own. By flying from different destinations your flight can be a lot cheaper.

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Got 5 Minutes? This Simple Step Can Set You up for a Happy Retirement


Pause your music for a second. When’s the last time you thought about your 401(k)? Been awhile, right?

You know it’s growing, but is it growing fast enough?

While you’re jamming out to your tunes, a company called Blooom could be hard at work optimizing your 401(k).

That’s money music to our ears.

Grow Your 401(k) Faster

Already contributing to your 401(k)? Great. That’s what you should be doing. But do you know what’s happening to your money after you contribute it?

Probably not. That’s where Blooom comes in. It’s an SEC-registered investment advisory firm that can optimize and monitor your 401(k) for you and set you up to retire when you want to.

The money in your 401(k) account is most likely diversified into a mix of stocks and bonds, but it might not be the right mix for you. Depending on your age, your desired retirement age and how much you can afford to contribute, you might need different settings to make your money grow the best way possible.

That’s where Blooom’s robo-adviser can help. Instead of setting your account and forgetting about it, it’s constantly watching to see that it’s optimized to make your money grow and avoid hidden (investment) fees.

Take a Commercial Break to Fix Your 401(k)

It just takes a few minutes to get a free 401(k) analysis that will show you whether your investments are allocated properly and whether you’re losing money paying hidden fees.

This check up will even tell you just how much more money your account could earn by the time you retire. You might be surprised at how much that is.

After that, if you sign up, it’s just $ 10 per month to have Blooom monitor and maximize your 401(k). Bonus: Penny Hoarders get the first month free with the code PNNYHRD.

Carson Kohler discovered that working with Blooom could potentially boost her 401(k) by up to $ 247,367 in additional funds by the time she retires. She plans to retire at 60, too, so that’s pretty sweet.

That’s $ 19 per day of extra earnings versus just 33 cents per day the service would cost her.

What Does a Robo-Adviser Do, Really?

Blooom’s robo-adviser looks at your 401(k) as well as factors including your age, contributions and target retirement age to see whether your account is zooming toward your goals or sputtering along the wrong path.

Here are some major factors it’ll keep an eye out for:

Risk: How aggressive are your investments? Depending on your age and the money in your account, you might want to be more aggressive to make that money grow. On the flip side, for some accounts, getting more conservative can help protect a healthy-looking future.

Fees: Many 401(k) accounts are riddled with hidden fees that bog down your earnings. How can you build your money if someone keeps taking little cuts? Blooom finds and minimizes your fees. It’s like tuning up your car to get better gas mileage.

Diversification: Small cap, mid-cap, stocks versus bonds, commodities, equities… who knows? It’s OK if you’re not a pro at investing. Most of us aren’t. The folks at Blooom are. They can balance out your portfolio and keep your account running smoothly. The tool can even change your investments for you as needed when the market changes.

What’s Your Future Worth?

You love your Netflix. It’s okay to admit it. Most of us do. It’s only $ 10 per month, right?

And, of course, there’s Hulu. Have you seen the latest episode of “The Handmaid’s Tale”?” I-N-T-E-N-S-E! That’s just TV. You get your big-screen fix with a movie per day with Moviepass. And on the way to the theater, you rock out to your favorite jams on Spotify, right?

That’s another $ 10… $ 10… and $ 10.

Think about the future you want once you retire. If you can afford to spend money each month to zombie out in front of the television, you should consider investing in your own future.

Just a few minutes now and a few bucks a month could add years’ worth of additional funds to your retirement kitty.

Okay, you can get back to jamming out to your tunes now.

Tyler Omoth is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder who loves soaking up the sun and finding creative ways to help others. Eddie Money is his mood music for writing Penny Hoarder posts. Catch him on Twitter at @Tyomoth.

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If you’re going to be famous and have upwards of a million followers on social media, then you might as well own the spotlight. For celebrities this week, that meant going above and beyond to pronounce their presence on a stage or red carpet. Therefore, it was a seven days filled with supermodel …

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The sun is out and the water is calling. It’s time to hit the beach and get the photos flowing. Like my rhyming skills? Here are 10 swimwear brands (most are Black-owned) that will set your Instagram on fire. Keep scrolling…

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Kylie Jenner Uses This Shockingly Affordable Mascara

Makeup queen Kylie Jenner may mostly wear a ton of own Kylie Cosmetics makeup on the regular, but she still fills up her makeup bag with a variety of different brands just like the rest of us. From her sister Kim Kardashian‘s KKW Beauty brand to Chanel to Dior, Jenner uses a variety of brands to achieve her famous glow.

See it! Dior Diorshow mascara

One of the products Jenner keeps in heavy rotation is the Dior Diorshow mascara, which she revealed during a YouTube makeup tutorial with Vogue. She uses the Dior Diorshow Black Out mascara and adds the rich “Kohl Black” shade to her top lashes to give them an extra pop. She even admits she breaks lash extension rules by applying the mascara, which usually frowns upon applying mascara over your faux lashes.

The waterproof mascara costs $ 29.50 and has proven to be a crowd favorite with a host of 4-star reviews from fans who say it “doesn’t budge” and “really dramatizes a smoky eye.” There’s no wonder it’s such a fave among shoppers and celebrities: the XXL brush coats every lash and adds texture on and between lashes for a super dramatic eye.

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Everyone deserves a second chance, right?

The American Fire Sprinkler Association thinks so — and that’s why it created its Second Chance scholarship.

The scholarship is open to anyone with a high school diploma or GED certificate who is ready to go to college or attend a trade school — even if it’s been a little while since high school.

(And if you’re looking for more scholarship opportunities that can help you pay for school, be sure to like our college page on Facebook. We post awesome new scholarship opportunities there whenever we find them.)

Enter to Win $ 1,000 in the AFSA Second Chance Scholarship Contest

Here’s how you can enter to win $ 1,000 in the AFSA Second Chance Scholarship Contest to help pay for tuition or books.

Amount awarded: $ 1,000

Number of scholarships awarded: 5

To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must:

  • Be a citizen or legal resident of the U.S.
  • Have a high school diploma or GED certificate.
  • Be enrolled or planning to enroll for the spring 2019 semester at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or technical, career or online school. (You can check accreditation through the U.S Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.)
  • Not be related to an AFSA staff or national board member.
  • Not be a past winner of an AFSA scholarship contest.

Applicants must:

  • Submit a completed entry form on the AFSA website.
  • Complete a quiz about fire sprinklers and fire safety that follows the online entry form.

Scholarship deadline: August 31, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Central time.

Five winners will be selected randomly and contacted within 14 business days of the entry period closing.

You can read the rest of the official rules and guidelines here.

Then, be sure to check out our list of 100 more college scholarships you can apply for.

Grace Schweizer is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder.

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5 Songs You Need to Listen to This Week

Drake is back with a vengeance on Scorpion, the Toronto rapper’s first output since last year’s blockbuster More Life. Florence + the Machine once again bestows on listeners a gift of an album, full of ethereal sentiments and her mesmerizing voice. Bayli busts out with a debut single that’s as confident and unapologetic as it is catchy. Liz Huett, a former Taylor Swift backing singer, has plenty of things to say for herself — and in perfect pop style, tinged with humor. And indie favorite Mitski finds a disco groove on new single “Nobody” off of her upcoming album, making a beautifully exasperated case for being alone.


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This Year’s Wimbledon Could Give Tennis Fans Another Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal Classic

At this point, coming up with novel ways to describe the Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal rivalry is like trying to eat just one Skittle out of the bag — it’s a futile exercise. We all know the contrasts that make their tennis duels so compelling. Federer’s the artiste, the effortless ballet dancer, grace on grass. Nadal’s the snarling street fighter, the mental grinder, the…don’t say it, please, okay, here it goes…the swashbuckler. (Dear Grand Slam tournament officials: is there any way to officially retire the Nadal-as-buccaneering-swordsman-cliche at a post-match ceremony?)

So give the producers of Strokes of Genius, a new documentary that explores the classic 2008 Federer-Nadal Wimbledon final — which Nadal won in five sets — credit for juxtaposing the two all-time greats in a way that didn’t feel tired. The film features a clip of Nadal, arms ripped, standing beside Federer, who was sporting a preppy sweater with gold-colored buttons.

“I remember seeing Nadal, in his sleeveless shirt, bulging biceps,” says BBC commentator David Law, host of The Tennis Podcast, in the documentary. Someone wolf-whistles at the chiseled Spanish star as he warms up before the match. “And then right next to him,” says Law, “you’ve got what looked like a prince.”

Strokes of Genius, which airs July 1 at 8 p.m. ET on Tennis Channel, serves as more than a mere nostalgia trip. Sure, reliving arguably the most riveting match in tennis history, which saw Nadal end Federer’s quest to win six straight Wimbledon titles in a four hour, 48 minute epic that included two rain delays and ended in near darkness, is delightful. But the documentary stands out for its timeliness. Who would have thought, a decade after that incredible July day — which saw Nadal squander a two sets-to-none advantage before prevailing in a fifth-set tiebreaker, finally giving him his first Wimbledon title — that both players would still be going strong? That they’d be 1-2 in the world (Nadal No. 1, Federer No. 2) in 2018, when Federer’s 36 years old, and Nadal’s 32? That they’d have won the last six Grand Slams running (Federer’s the 2017 Australian Open champ, the 2017 Wimbledon winner, and the 2018 Aussie champion; Nadal’s taken the last two French Opens, and won last year’s U.S. Open)? That the promise of another Nadal-Federer Wimbledon final, another unforgettable duel a decade later, is very, very real?

Both players participated in the documentary, which is based on the book by Sports Illustrated executive editor Jon Wertheim, who’s also an executive producer of the film (Meredith Corporation owns both TIME and Sports Illustrated). Fans learn more about Federer’s early proclivities for temper tantrums — it’s true, the unflappable Federer almost went all John McEnroe on everyone.

“I [sought] perfection maybe way too early in my life,” Federer says. Footage of a prepubescent Federer making faces and kicking balls and dropping rackets follows. “We sometimes felt very ashamed,” says his father, Robert, who’s spent the last 15 years beaming on millions of television sets around the globe as his son piled up his 20 major championships. “We really took him many times aside and said ‘Roger, I’m not going along with you anymore. I’m not playing the fool.’”

“I used to tell him, your bad behavior is like sending an invitation to your opponent,” says Federer’s mother, Lynette. “Here I am, beat me. I’m ready to beat today. So go ahead.”

Federer listened to his folks. Nadal’s family also supported his rise: his uncle Toni, who’s featured prominently in Strokes of Genius, coached him for years. Nadal makes a comforting admission in the film: When up against Federer, he led the fourth set tiebreaker 5-2, and had two serves to close out the match. But then his mind failed him. “I start to feel nervous,” Nadal says. He missed his first serve, and said he had a feeling he’d double fault. He did exactly that; Federer charged back to force a fifth set.

Superstar athletes rarely cop to mental frailty. Doing so offers comfort for the rest of us.

Nadal’s lapse makes his eventual win ever more impressive. He could have folded, instead, he fought back and won anyway. That victory was Nadal’s first Grand Slam win off of the Roland Garros clay. He’s gone on to win 17 slams, second only to Federer’s 20. Nadal became Federer’s foil: he owns a 23-15 head-to-head advantage against Federer, though Federer prevailed in their last Grand Slam final, when he beat Nadal in five sets at the 2017 Australian Open. Both players continue to push each other to unprecedented excellence.

“I had to embrace the idea of a rival,” Federer says in Strokes of Genius. “In the beginning I didn’t want to have one. And then eventually I realized, there’s something good to take out of these situations. So I maybe have to adjust my game a little bit. I don’t like to do that, per se. But why not? Let’s go.”

Strokes of Genius celebrates a sport’s golden age. All that remains for Nadal and Federer: writing their Wimbledon sequel.

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CrowdStrike, a cybersecurity company, is hiring a remote technical writer. Your job will be to create documents, guides and other written material that break down complex topics into easily understandable content for customers. You’ll work alongside the company’s cross-functional user experience (UX) team on projects to develop and test content.

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This corrector is the only product that will hide my dark circles

‘I’ve relied on the same corrector for over 10 years’

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had dark circles under my eyes.

The whole surrounding area is slightly darker than the rest of my face, and there is a fingerprint’s worth of purplish shadow under each eye. It doesn’t matter whether I’ve had three or 12 hours of sleep, they’re always there.

As my natural skin tone is very fair (my specialist subject is the best foundation for pale skin), my dark circles stand out all the more against such a light backdrop.

Alright, so there are worse problems to have – but it does mean I look tired all the time IRL. That’s why I’ve relied on the same corrector for over 10 years.

I do my make-up on the train to work every day, and am often asked for the name of the magical product I’m using under my eyes; my favourite was the woman who described it as ‘the thing that made you look so awake just now’.

The product in question is Bobbi Brown’s Creamy Corrector, described by the brand as one of her ‘secrets of the universe’ (I’ll say). If I was allowed to wear only one make-up item for the rest of my life, it’d be this.

The shade-matched formula has a hint of pink or peach, depending on your skin’s undertones, to neutralise and correct any darker blue or purple patches.

And with a huge spectrum of more than 20 shades on offer, both very fair and dark skin tones are catered for.

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The brand recommends you follow up with their concealer to cover up the pink pigment, but there is so little in the fairest shade that I usually skip it. Skin tones darker than mine should probably follow this step, though.

I go through a pot of this about every three months, which means my corrector useage works out as 21p a day, so this is truly a worthwhile investment if you have dark circles like mine.

Other correctors are out there, but I’m yet to find one that’s tempted me to stray.

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Pete Davidson Asked This ‘Queer Eye’ Star to Help Him Prepare for Wedding

Here comes the groom! Pete Davidson has called upon Queer Eye’s fashion guru, Tan France, to help dress him for his wedding to Ariana Grande.

France, 35, opened up about the exciting collaboration while speaking to the New York Post’s Page Six on Tuesday, June 26. “He asked if I’d help him, the answer is yes,” said the Netflix star, who previously helped Davidson amp up his look during a March Saturday Night Live promo.

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Earlier this month, Us Weekly exclusively revealed that Davidson, 24, and Grande, 25, had gotten engaged weeks after they started dating. Since then, they’ve moved into a luxury, $ 16 million condo in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood and have gotten tattoos together. The A-list couple also frequently takes to social media to share photos with one another and eagle-eyed fans often point out sweet messages that they leave on each other’s posts.

The comedian confirmed his engagement to the pop star during his visit to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday, June 20. “I feel like I won a contest,” he raved at the time. “It’s f—king lit, Jimmy. It’s so lit … It’s so funny to walk down the street because dudes are walking by … Some dude goes up to me and says, ‘Yo man, you gave me hope.’ I was, like, I didn’t know I was that lucky. I’m a lucky motherf—ker.”

Davidson gifted his fiancée a diamond sparkler that’s reportedly valued at $ 93,000. Grande has been seen sporting the ring during performances and while hitting the streets of NYC hand-in-hand with the Set It Up actor.

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This Arizona restaurant will have you eating in an underground cave

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Enjoy going out for dinner but bored with all the restaurants in your area? Even with different decor, most dining establishments can get repetitive with how they look. We want going out for food to be an experience worth remembering, but so many restaurants have lost sight of that. Until now, at least. If you’re not local to Arizona, you might want to invest in a plane ticket, because they’ve opened one of the most exciting restaurants to launch in years. Ever wanted to eat your dinner 21 stories below the surface of the Earth?

In the Grand Canyon Caverns

Arizona is already famed for its Grand Canyon, one of the biggest landmarks in the United States. The site attracts more than six million people a year, but some of those people might now be making their way over to Grand Canyon Caverns. Located 2 hours away from the national park by car, the Caverns has recently become host to a new and incredibly unique dining experience.

The Caverns Grotto is located 200 feet underground in the Grand Canyon Caverns, which has already been well established as a spot for sightseeing. Regular tours run through this area, but now you can take in the views while you dine on some great, authentic food too.

Underground dining

Set in one of the biggest rooms in the cave, the restaurant sits atop a wooden platform that offers 360-degree views of the Caverns’ breathtaking interior. It’s not often you get to enjoy some sightseeing with your meal. You’d certainly be hard-pressed to find a dining experience that can match the one at Caverns Grotto.

The “classic American comfort food” at the restaurant is served through a pulley system leading up to the surface. Buckets are filled with the food which, once cooked, are lowered down to the diners. Applying electronics 200 feet underground isn’t exactly easy, and it would cause damage to the Caverns, so it’s easier if they cook everything up above.

Limited availability

The chefs won’t have to worry about having too much work on their hands, because the restaurant can only cater to a select few people at a time. The dining space underground isn’t huge, and as such, there are just four tables on the deck. It means bagging a reservation might take a bit of time, but the wait will be worthwhile. Wouldn’t you rather it be quieter down in the Caverns so you can savor the peace and beauty of the caves more?

Paying out

As you might expect, a meal down in the Caverns doesn’t come cheap, but it’s more reasonable than you might expect. Per person, lunch at the restaurant costs $ 49.95, while dinner is an extra $ 20 more. These prices do include a tour of the cave, which would usually cost you $ 22, and the dinner menu is an all-you-can-eat buffet. That’s not bad going for a meal which won’t be like anything you’ve ever experienced before.

The inspiration

Owner John McEnulty said the inspiration behind the establishment came after he visited the Blue Bayou Restaurant in Disneyland. He was blown away by how realistic the setting was, and it struck him that he could offer the public an even more authentic dining experience. It quickly became apparent that he had the perfect space for the restaurant within the Caverns. Being close to the elevator but away from the tour routes, it’s the optimum location for enjoying a meal several hundred feet underground.

If this sounds like an unmissable experience to you, you’d best reserve a table while there are still spaces available.

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The Black Films and TV Shows We Can’t Wait To See This Summer

A number of black-oriented movies and television shows debuted at the American Black Film Festival earlier this month, celebrating the brilliance and creativity of black art. But don’t fret if you missed the festival; there are a lot of black films and TV shows to look forward to this summer. Here’s a list of seven must-see productions showcasing the talent of black casts, producers, directors, and writers.

Insecure (Season 3)



On Monday, HBO released the first trailer for the highly anticipated third season of Insecure, revealing that Issa, played by lead actress and show creator Issa Rae, may finally be over her ex Lawrence (Jay Ellis). In the clip, she is seen enjoying single life with her best friend Molly (Yvonne Orji), Tiffany (Amanda Seales), and Kelli (Natasha Rothwell). However, she may rekindle her fling with Daniel (Y’lan Noel), who also makes an appearance in the promo.

Official synopsis: Modern-day black women might be described as strong and confident; in other words, just the opposite of Issa and Molly. As the best friends deal with their own real-life flaws, their insecurities come to the fore as together they cope with an endless series of uncomfortable everyday experiences. Created by co-star Issa Rae and writer/comic Larry Wilmore (The Daily Show With Jon Stewart), the comedy series looks at the friendship of two black women in a unique, authentic way. It features the music of both indie and established artists of color, and touches on a variety of social and racial issues that relate to the contemporary black experience.

Network: HBO

Release date: August 12


Superfly



Superfly puts a modern-day spin on the 1972 blaxploitation classic, starring Trevor Jackson as the snazzy antihero. Set in Atlanta, the movie is filled with fancy cars, hip-hop, and strip clubs. The Sony and Silver Pictures’ reboot debuted on June 13 earning an estimated $ 1.2 million.

Official synopsis: Cocaine kingpin Youngblood Priest realizes that it’s time to get out of the game after surviving a violent attack from a crazed rival. Hoping for one last score, Priest and his partner travel to Mexico to arrange a deal. The career criminal now finds himself trying to outmaneuver the cartel, two corrupt police officers and all the double-crossers that threaten his path to freedom.

Release date: June 13


Luke Cage (Season 2)



Cheo Hodari Coker’s adaption of Marvel’s Luke Cage has been a fan favorite since the streeaming series first premiered in 2016. The gritty superhero series features an all-star cast of actors of color, including Mike Colter, Simone Missick, Alfre Woodard, Mustafa Shakir, Gabrielle Dennis, and Rosario Dawson.

Official synopsis: After clearing his name, Luke Cage (played by actor Mike Colter) has become a celebrity on the streets of Harlem, with a reputation as bulletproof as his skin. But being so visible has only increased his need to protect the community and find the limits of who he can and can’t save. With the rise of a formidable new foe, Luke is forced to confront the fine line that separates a hero from a villain.

Network: Netflix

Premiere date: June 22


Love Is __



Love Is_ is a new romantic series that promises to bring all the delicious feels of ‘90s nostalgia. The show is based on the real-life romance of award-winning producer Mara Brock Akil—the mastermind behind GirlfriendsThe Game, and Being Mary Jane— and her husband Salim Akil. Set in 1990s L.A., actors Michele Weaver and William Catlett play Mara and Salim when they first started dating back in 1997.

Official synopsis: Michele Weaver and Will Catlett star in OWN’s new romantic drama Love Is___, from award-winning producers Mara Brock Akil (Girlfriends, Being Mary Jane, The Game) and Salim Akil (Black Lightning). Set primarily in 1990s Los Angeles against the backdrop of Black Hollywood, Love Is___ follows Nuri (Michele Weaver) and Yasir (Will Catlett), a couple from seemingly opposite worlds, as they chase their dreams and learn to follow their hearts. Told from the perspective of the couple’s present-day selves, the romantic drama also revisits the social issues and vibrant black culture of that time reflecting on how it all aligned to shape the couple they have become nearly 20 years later—a power couple navigating a complex set of social codes while also balancing successful careers and a beautiful family. Drawing inspiration from creators Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil’s own relationship journey, the series explores the highs, the lows, and the magic of falling (and staying) in love.

Network: OWN

Premiere date: June 19


Sorry To Bother You



Sorry To Bother You is a surreal Afro-futuristic comedy that pushes an anti-capitalist message. Mic describes Sorry to Bother You as a likely “cultural sensation” that “deftly captures the folly of these times.”

Official synopsis: Sorry To Bother You is an alternate present-day version of Oakland. Telemarketer Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield) discovers a magical key to professional success, propelling him into a macabre universe. The ensemble cast consists of Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Armie Hammer, Terry Crews, Steven Yeun, Omari Hardwick, Jermaine Fowler, and Danny Glover. The film is written and directed by Boots Riley and produced by Nina Yang Bongiovi, Forest Whitaker, Charles D. King and George Rush with distribution by Annapurna Pictures.

Release date: July 6


The First Purge



The First Purge is based on a social experiment that lifts all laws in America for 12 hours on Independence Day. The cast includes several actors of color like Y’lan Noel, Lex Scott Davis, and Joivan Wade.

Official synopsis: Behind every tradition lies a revolution. Next Independence Day, witness the rise of our country’s 12 hours of annual lawlessness. Welcome to the movement that began as a simple experiment: The First Purge.

To push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of the year, the New Founding Fathers of America (NFFA) test a sociological theory that vents aggression for one night in one isolated community.  But when the violence of oppressors meets the rage of the marginalized, the contagion will explode from the trial-city borders and spread across the nation.

Release date: July 4


BlacKkKlansman



Extraordinary filmmakers Spike Lee and Jordan Peele teamed up to produce one of the most highly anticipated movies of the summer, BlacKkKlansman.

Official synopsis: From visionary filmmaker Spike Lee comes the incredible true story of an American hero. It’s the early 1970s, and Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) is the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. The young detective soon recruits a more seasoned colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), into the undercover investigation of a lifetime. Together, they team up to take down the extremist hate group as the organization aims to sanitize its violent rhetoric to appeal to the mainstream. Produced by the team behind the Academy-Award® winning film Get Out.

Release date: August 10


Queen Sugar (Season 3)



Season 3 of Queen Sugar debuted with a two-part premiere on May 29 and 30, picking up exactly where season 2 left off. The premiere addressed both the prospective sale of the mill and the resolution of Ralph Angel and Darla’s relationship.

Official SynopsisQueen Sugar tells the story of the estranged Bordelon siblings in Louisiana. At the center of the family are Nova, a journalist and activist; Charley, the wife and manager of an NBA player; and formerly incarcerated father Ralph Angel, who is searching for redemption. Following a tragedy in the family, the siblings must put their complicated lives aside so that they can come together to run the clan’s struggling sugar cane farm. Also involved in the farm are Aunt Violet and family friend Remy Newell.

Premiere date: May 29 and 30

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Summer is almost here! I can’t wait. Our family is so done with schedules and schoolwork, and we’re ready for some hiking and swimming and other outdoor adventures.

But it’s good to be aware of the risks as well. Not so we can sit at home afraid to go out, but so we can be prepared to handle emergencies if we should have to. I fervently hope we do not.

summer safety tips for babies and children

Sun Safety Tips:

-Sunscreen

The FDA, the Mayo Clinic, and most professionals recommend that babies under 6 months do not wear sunscreen, but instead remain out of the sun. This is especially important between the hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. when the sun is at its peak. Be sure to keep your baby in a hat with a wide brim, sunglasses, and sun-protective clothing. All children over 6 months old should wear sunscreen of at least SPF 15 when you go outside. Be sure to reapply often — at least every two hours, and every time after they get out of the water. Also, most people don’t apply enough — be sure to use at least as much sunscreen as would fill a shot glass.

You can find more information on sun safety here. 

-Heat

Be sure your babies and young children are also well-protected from heat stroke. Dress them in light, loose-fitting clothing and keep them in the shade as much as possible. Cool the car before taking them anywhere. Breast milk and formula will provide enough hydration for babies, older children should have plenty of water handy while they’re out and about.

We never, ever want to consider the possibility that we might forget a baby in the car, but it does happen. It’s even happened to me (fortunately, only for about 30 seconds, but enough for me to realize that we’re all susceptible). I once heard the suggestion that you take off your shoes and put one (or both) next to your baby’s carseat when you get in the car to drive. This post has some more great suggestions. Also remember to keep cars locked at home to prevent kids from playing inside.

Finally, be sure you don’t make this common mistake — putting a blanket, even a very thin one, over a baby’s stroller to shield him from the sun can cause the inside temperature to rise and your baby to overheat.

You can find information on heat stroke in babies here. 

Water safety

-When to take babies in the water

In this BabyCenter article, Dr. Howard Reinstein, a pediatrician and American Academy of Pediatrics spokesman, recommends parents not take babies younger than 2 months in pools, lakes, or other swimming places. Newborns are vulnerable to illness and it’s safer to wait until they’re older. When you do take babies swimming, remember that they’re not as able to regulate their body temperature — watch your baby for signs they’re cold and dry them off when necessary. Also, be sure babies and young children do not drink the water in pools, streams, or wherever you’re swimming.

-Help prevent drownings

An estimated 370 drownings and 5,600 near drownings involving children under 15 occur in pools and spas each year, and 77 percent of those are children under the age of 5. The Life Saver Pool Fence’s Guide to Pool Safety recommends multiple layers of protection for pools — access doors that lock, pool alarms, a pool fence, water survival training for children who are old enough to crawl or walk, and CPR and rescue training for parents who own pools. Parents can buy wearable immersion alarms for their kids to wear, which go off if the child falls into the water.

Also, be sure children can’t climb over any fences using chairs or tables, and be sure doggy doors that would allow access are also blocked. Practice “touch supervision” as well — parents should be within arm’s length of a toddler at all times they’re near water.

We always had our babies and toddlers wear a PFD (personal flotation device) fitted for their size — babies are wiggly and I wanted that extra layer of protection. And even now that our kids are older and my husband and I are good swimmers, everyone wears PFDs when we’re kayaking, paddleboarding, or doing other boating activities. Our other personal rule is that no one swims alone with a baby. If something were to happen to a parent (we hit our head, got a cramp, whatever) I wanted an extra person there to help out.

Check here for more information on water safety. 

Tick and Mosquito Bites:

The best way to prevent tick and mosquito bites (and the diseases they carry, such as Lyme disease and West Nile virus) is to make sure the environment around your house isn’t one they like. Keep ticks out by keeping your lawn well-cared for and manicured. Create a tick barrier — a wide strip of wood chips or bark — that separates your lawn from taller grass or brush. Keep deer out of your tick-free zone by putting up a deer fence. Also, ticks get Lyme disease from mice, so eliminate any wood piles or other nooks and crannies where mice like to live. Keep mosquitoes out by eliminating any standing water around your property, including places like flower pots or birdbaths. Make sure you have screens on your windows to keep mosquitoes out of the house.

You can also avoid bites by wearing long sleeves and long pants (I know…exactly what everyone wants to hear in the summer!). Children and adults should use bug spray, but talk to your pediatrician about what kinds of bug spray are for babies and kids, and how old they should be before wearing bug spray.

Inspect kids for ticks when they come inside and remove them immediately with tweezers. And call your pediatrician immediately if your child develops any out-of-the-ordinary reactions, such as a rash, fever, or flu-like symptoms.

Johns Hopkins has more information on ticks here, and the CDC has information on ticks and mosquitoes here.

This post was originally published in May, 2017.

Do you have any summer safety tips?

Photos by Laura Falin and iStock

For more kids’ activities and easy recipes, you can find Laura at Peace but not Quiet, and on facebook and Pinterest.

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It was blisteringly cold in Dayton, Ohio, in late January, but my Bangarang! IPA was keeping me warm and content as I sat inside Eudora Brewing Company across from owner, head brewer and quality control extraordinaire, Neil Chabut.

After years of homebrewing, Chabut opened Eudora back in 2013, during his time studying psychology at the University of Dayton.

My hometown of Dayton has become quite the hot spot for microbreweries and nanobreweries like Eudora. In the last decade, the area has become home to some of my favorites, including Warped Wing, Lock 27, Toxic, Carillon Brewing, Lucky Star, Dayton Beer Company and, of course, Eudora.

This is representative of a much larger trend nationwide as craft beer continues to gain popularity with drinkers of all ages, creating jobs for thousands of beer lovers. Breweries accounted for more than half of the employment growth within the beverage manufacturing industry from 2006 to 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

At the time of the recession in the late 2000s, breweries (including macrobreweries like Budweiser and craft breweries like Boston Beer Company) employed about 25,000 workers nationwide. By 2012, that number had grown to nearly 30,000, and by 2016, it had climbed to almost 59,000 employees. In just six years, the industry had more than doubled.

My home state of Ohio has been at the front of that industry growth. In 2006, Ohio was one of just four states (joined by California, Colorado and Texas) to employ more than 1,600 brewery workers. Today, another 10 states have joined the list.

As someone who loves an ice cold beer — and with the gut to prove it — I understand why breweries are on the rise from a consumer’s standpoint. But I wanted to hear from Chabut why he had chosen to make a career out of brewing and selling beer and what life is like when you spend it creating the world’s most special beverage.

Brewing Beer for a Living

Neil Chabut, owner and head brewer of Eudora Brewing Company in Dayton, Ohio, makes a batch of beer at his business.
Neil Chabut, owner and head brewer of Eudora Brewing Company in Dayton, Ohio, makes a batch of beer at his business. Photo courtesy of Eudora Brewing Company

“What I love about brewing beer,” Chabut told me, “is that it mixes creativity and science.”

After learning the fundamental science behind brewing beer, Chabut has been able to get creative and develop new recipes. He told me he is currently working on a nitro beer and eventually wants to do a full line of nitros, including a hoppy nitro or two.

But brewers in micro- and nanobreweries don’t just flex their creativity when concocting new recipes. They also have to develop a name for every beer they brew and sell, which can be fun — and challenging.

“You have to consider beers named by breweries nationwide,” Chabut explained, “because you don’t want to name yours the same.”

He has trademarked a few of his more popular beers, like Bangarang! IPA and Sundowner.

And how he has named all of the beers?

“The names come from a variety of inspirations,” Chabut said.

Robin Williams fans will recognize Bangarang! from the movie “Hook,” one of Chabut’s favorites. He used another movie — a James Bond flick he watched with his grandfather—to name his oatmeal stout Thunderball. Worm Burner, Eudora’s recent Scottish ale, is named after the golf term.

“Even though I’m a crappy golfer,” he added.

Chabut also had the same challenge every new small business owner encounters: naming the company.

I asked Chabut how he had come up with Eudora, and he smiled while he remembered a sociology class he had taken back in college.

“In this class, I had learned about the major water crisis much of the world is facing. I planned to use my business to help the cause by giving back, so I wanted a name that conveyed that. And Eudora is Greek for ‘good gift.’”

And voila — the brewery had his name.

As for the water crisis, Chabut’s brewery has followed through on the very mission that inspired the Eudora name. A portion of every sale is donated to Charity Water.

Chabut also told me that his donation buckets have been successful. Thus far, Eudora has helped fund projects to bring clean water to people in Laos, Ethiopia and Cambodia, among other countries. The brewery currently aims to raise $ 10,000 to fund a project entirely on its own.

What Brewers Actually Do

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A vat of beer is brewed at Eudora Brewing Company. Photo courtesy of Eudora Brewing Company

With 59,000 employees working in the brewing industry in the U.S., the work is bound to be varied.

I (and my taste buds) have had the pleasure of doing a brewery tour in Washington D.C., as well as the Budweiser tour in St. Louis, where I got to see firsthand what the employees did each day.

While Budweiser had a lot of varied roles — from management to marketing to tour guide to actual beer taster (yes, that was someone’s job) — the smaller breweries are run a little differently.

At Eudora, for instance, Chabut has about 15 employees, yet he is the only one brewing the beer. He also runs the day-to-day operations.

“Every day is different, every week is different,” he told me. “Some weeks I work 50 hours, and sometimes I work 30. Depends on what I’m scheduled to brew and what challenges I run into.”

The evening I visited his taproom, he had just overcome a new challenge he hadn’t yet seen in his four-plus years as a brewer: a broken pump.

“I couldn’t send it away to a professional because I am set to brew tomorrow, so I just ordered a few parts and figured out how to fix it myself,” he explained.

But Chabut also battles the same issues other small business owners must tackle — issues ranging from credit card machines going down to customer service problems. Luckily, though, Chabut said he runs a pretty tight organization, much of which is due to his stellar employees. Many have been around since the beginning.

Most of Chabut’s employees actually work as bartenders, chatting with the regulars and finding them the perfect beer. Chabut also has an accountant (a good call, because in my experience, beer and math don’t mix) and a few employees who manage the customer brewing portion of the business.

Customer brewing is actually something that makes Eudora unique in the Dayton area. I haven’t tried it myself (yet), but Chabut explained that, much like the wine and painting events that have become popular in recent years, customer brewing is a great event to do with friends.

Customers are involved in every part of the process, from grinding to adding hops. They can even design their own logos for the bottles when they pick up their beer a few weeks later.

If you’ve given thought to working at a brewery or even opening your own, you should find a brewery near you that does customer brewing and try it out. Better yet, follow in Chabut’s footsteps and begin brewing at home.

Chabut hinted that it’s not the most lucrative career in the world, but he works with something he’s passionate about every day with co-workers and customers who share that same passion. He met his girlfriend through the beer industry and has even traveled to Denver for the Great American Beer Festival.

“My favorite part of running the business is getting to know the customers and other people in the industry,” he explained. “I’ve met so many awesome people over my beers; it’s like ‘Cheers.’ I have plenty of Norms who each have their own seats. It’s really cool to see this community of people who love good beer.”

So where does the brewery industry go from here?

My (beer) gut tells me it will continue to rise over the next decade, especially if I keep shelling out my hard-earned cash for six-packs. Now is a good time to get into the game, whether you hope to work at an established brewery (there are plenty to choose from—they’ve grown fivefold in the last six years) or to open your own.

Learn more about Eudora Brewing Company here and take a deep dive into the growth of the brewery industry with the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ recent spotlight.

Timothy Moore is a writer, editor and long-time beer drinker. His favorite go-to beers are Lagunitas IPA, Ballast Point Sculpin IPA, New Holland Ichabod Pumpkin Ale and, on a hot summer day, a Leinenkugel Summer Shandy. But for the best IPA of your life, he wholeheartedly recommends Flying Monkeys’ Smashbomb Atomic IPA, which is also just really fun to say.

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Here’s what book to read this summer based on your zodiac sign

Here’s what book to read this summer based on your zodiac sign


Here’s what book to read this summer based on your zodiac sign

Now that we’ve officially kicked off summer solstice, it’s time to get back to our fave summer activities, like reading just for the pure bliss of it. One of the very best parts of summer is finding that perfect summer read to bring with you to the beach or on vacation to while away the lazy hazy hours.

Of course, with so many amazing titles out there, the hardest part is choosing which book is best for you. This is why you might want to turn to the stars and let your zodiac sign nudge you to the right section of the bookstore.

The suggestions below are a beautiful mix of fiction and non-fiction that will undoubtedly speak to the soul of both your inner bookworm and your zodiac sign. And with Cancer season starting this week, this is the perfect time to emulate the homebody crab and curl up with a good book.

Here’s the best summer book for you, according to your zodiac sign.

CANCER

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Being the sensitive and romantic soul you are, Cancer, you don’t mind a good cry. And though you’re an innate homebody, you do long for a grand adventure in someplace new. You’ll love Julia Whelan’s My Oxford Year, a romantic novel set in Oxford, England about an American student named Ella who must choose between her career aspirations and a new love. (Or does she?) Swoon.

LEO

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Hogarth Press

As the lioness of the zodiac, you’re bold, different, and you’re not afraid of a little eroticism. You’ll want to pick up The Pisces by Melissa Broder, which embodies all that you crave. While it might not be titled “The Leo,” you’ll still love this story about romantic obsession between an academic and a…merman. Yes, really.

VIRGO

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Dial Books

What most people don’t realize about you is how deep you can get, Virgo. You love exploring philosophical thoughts and getting in tune with the spiritual side of life. A good place to start with your spiritual quest would be This Moment Is Your Life (and So Is This One): A Fun and Easy Guide to Mindfulness, Meditation, and Yoga by Mariam Gates. Plus, you’ll love the illustrations by Lilly VanderPloeg.

LIBRA

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G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Nobody loves a good old fashioned romance like you, Libra. And if it involves beautiful backdrops and exquisite fashion? Well, then you’re pretty much already infatuated. Which is why you’ll fall head over heels for Melissa de la Cruz’s Love & War: An Alex & Eliza Story, the sequel the bestselling Alex & Eliza: A Love Story about the romance between a young Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schuyler.

SCORPIO

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Bloomsbury USA

For the moody and erotic Scorpio, a thrilling love story with elements of intrigue and mystery is right up your alley. You’ll gravitate toward Adrienne Celt’s Invitation to a Bonfire about a young Russian working-class orphan who gets caught up in a love triangle with her American professor and his brilliant wife.

SAGITTARIUS

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Knopf

You love a good adventure, Sag, especially those which take you to unexplored places where you can tap into new parts of yourself. You’ll fall in love with Kamin Mohammadi’s Bella Figura: How to Live, Love, and Eat the Italian Way, her memoir on moving to Florence and finding love (and self-love) in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

CAPRICORN

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Atria Books

As the practical and ambitious sign of the zodiac, Capricorns appreciate what it means to get ahead in this world. Seriously loyal and just and fair, you’re also not afraid to fight for what’s right. Enter Frederik Backman’s Us Against You, the sequel to his best-selling Beartown, about the lengths a community will go to preserve their reputations.

AQUARIUS

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Workman Publishing Company

Ultra-intellectual and always seeking the uniqueness in life, Aquarians love to be creatively challenged and stimulated as much as possible. No doubt you’ll want to pick up Irene Smit and Astrid van der Hulst’s 50 Ways to Draw Your Beautiful, Ordinary Life: Practical Lessons in Pencil and Paper, a step-by-step instruction guide on the art of drawing.

PISCES

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Pamela Dorman Books

You’re a deep feeling soul, Pisces, who actually likes to feel feelings and get lost in the dramas of other peoples’ lives for a change. No shame. You’ll fall hard for Catherine Isaac’s You Me Everything, which depicts one family’s life-changing summer in the French countryside that’s filled with joy, love, and, yes, feels.

ARIES

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Touchstone

The leader of the zodiac, Aries, you like to stand up and speak up for what you believe in. Which is why you’ll feel inspired and empowered by Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead by Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards. Get ready to unleash your #girlboss prowess like never before.

TAURUS

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Doubleday

You’re filled with desire, Taurus, and you’re a true sensualist in every sense of the word with a penchant for the luxe life. Which is why you’ll get sucked into Tara Isabella Burton’s debut thriller Social Creature, a seductive tale splashed amidst the glitz and glam of NYC.

GEMINI

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Little, Brown and Company

Known for your quick wit and intelligence, Geminis love a good non-fiction yarn that informs, entertains, and makes sense of their world. This pretty much sums up And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready, Meghan O’Connell’s funny-yet-relatable account on becoming a mother for the first time. P.S. You don’t need to be a mom to enjoy it!

There you have it, bbs. Grab your fave book and have yourself a good read. You deserve it!

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This female World Cup reporter was assaulted live on air

No one should be exposed to this

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This week, we learned that certain World Cup results mean an increase in incidents of domestic violence in the UK, and now, a female journalist reporting from the World Cup in Russia has been assaulted by a fan during a live broadcast. Judith Gonzalez Theran, a Colombian correspondent, was delivering a piece to camera when a fan forcibly kissed and groped her.

The incident, which occurred last week, came to light when Gonzalez Theran’s employer, DW, drew attention to the attack by posting a clip on social media. The network emphasised, ‘Sexual harassment is not okay. It needs to stop. In football, and elsewhere.’

After the interruption, Gonzalez Theran continued her report, but has addressed the incident online since then, saying, ‘We do not deserve this treatment… we are equally valuable and professional.’

The incident somehow manages to take an even darker turn when Gonzalez Theran appeared to suggest that this assault was premeditated, as her and her crew had been setting up in the location for two hours previously. She revealed, ‘When we went live, this fan took advantage of the situation… but afterwards, when I checked to see if he was still there, he was gone.’ She added, ‘There are always fans that compliment you and behave respectfully. This one went too far.’

Unfortunately, sexual harassment of female sports reporters is nothing new, and clearly not limited to just football.

Earlier this year, a group of 52 Brazilian sports correspondents banded together and launched a campaign with the slogan #DeixaElaTrabalhar (Let Her Work) to combat harassment from both fans and players when they are working.

On top of this, last year, 21-year-old tennis player Maxime Hamou was banned by the organisers of the French Open for ‘reprehensible behaviour’ after repeatedly trying to kiss a female reporter during an interview, in spite of her clear discomfort.

Time is up.

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How This Woman Landed Her Gourmet Food Brand at Bloomingdale’s Stores

Genelle Drayton left a 10-year career in sports marketing and entertainment to take the entrepreneurial leap into the culinary industry—a sector where many people of color, particularly women, are underrepresented and underestimated. Drayton’s desire for something more paid off. Not only has Sweet Dames Artisan Confections landed in Bloomingdale’s stores, her mouthwatering gourmet macaroons were voted one of the Top Five Desserts in NYC PopMarkets by MetroNYC. Now she’s also sharing her knowledge and talent to help other “foodpreneurs” by participating in events like the SheChef panel series focused on “The Art of Hustle: Branding, Marketing & Launching Your Product.”

“While I learned a lot within the organization there was no opportunity for growth, said Drayton. I was stagnant. I knew that there was more and I was willing to create a life for myself doing something that I loved, so it was time to go. One day while I was still employed and sitting at my desk, I decided I was going to bake for the holidays and gave away baked goods as gifts. People loved the products and began to place orders with me. Six months later, I took the risk and left corporate America to establish Sweet Dames Artisan Confections.”

Here’s the backstory on how she learned more about the food industry and landed in Bloomingdales, a New York-based high-end department store.

When you made the decision to take a leap of faith, what are the first three things you did to learn about the industry and perfect your craft?

Research, education, and networking. I sought the knowledge of professionals within the industry. I’ve worked with Chef Julian Plyter, who taught me all the necessary steps to establish a legal baking business in New York City, and was his intern. I learned the science of baking and various baking techniques at the Institute of Culinary Education. I’m still perfecting, still learning and discovering ways to improve my business every day.

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Image credit: Sweet Dames Artisan Confections

Why did you choose gourmet Coconut Macaroons and CocoMallow sandwiches as your niche? 

Initially, when I started my business I was all over the place, custom designed cakes, wedding cakes, custom cookies, you name it I baked it. That, of course, gets old very quickly. My coconut macaroons were always a part of my offerings, but I noticed clients were ordering them as gifts for the holiday season. They appreciated the uniqueness of the product, flavors, and packaging. My event planning experience and relationships in that space definitely helped me. We now offer custom packaging due to an increase in the corporate space.

The idea of the CocoMallow Sandwiches came to me at home, I love the idea of taking something old, traditional, and making it new again with Caribbean flavors and unique pairings. People get really excited about them.

Did you test the market before delving into your business full time? If so, how?

Yes. Pop-up markets were definitely my testing ground. It’s a great way to get your name and product out there, and see how customers respond, what works, what doesn’t.

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image credit: Sweet Dames Artisan Confections

How did you land an opportunity to sell your macaroons at Bloomingdales? 

Thank God for relationships, I’ve learned over the years the importance of maintaining them. I know someone that works for them, she started her career a few years ago and was promoted to food buyer. She was aware of my brand, loved the product, and invited me in to pitch the company.

What would you say were the top two deciding factors for Bloomingdale’s buyers to accept your product into stores? How did you prove that there was a demand for your product?

The presentation is everything and that’s what definitely drew them in, but they really appreciated the uniqueness of the product and the packaging, I even converted some folks to coconut lovers. The real test was the trunk shows. I sold the product in their 59th street location and did very well, they were very impressed with my numbers. I’ve since sold at both SoHo and 59th Street Bloomingdale locations and will increase over the next few months.

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Years of auto shareholders change — with parts manufacturing and vehicle assembly scattered around the world — leave it nearly impossible to think of cars simply as “American made” or “foreign made.” Still, some cars are more “American made” than others, and at the top of the list is the Jeep Cherokee, assembled in Belvidere,…
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The Alternative World Cup You Might Have Missed This Summer

The FIFA World Cup is in full swing this week. But if you prefer your soccer with a side of politics, the real tournament of the summer was the “alternative” World Cup that wrapped up on June 9, pitting teams from the world’s “nations, de-facto nations, regions, minority peoples and sports isolated territories.”

While World Cup teams play for pride, these teams play for recognition. Started back in 2013, the soccer tournament is organized by the Confederation of Independent Football Associations (CONIFA), a “politically-neutral, volunteer-run charity.” CONIFA oversees 47 teams, 16 of which made the cut for this year’s tournament in the U.K.

The participants came from all points of the globe, from the Abkhazians of northwest Georgia to the Matabelelanders of eastern Zimbabwe. Four teams showed themselves to be a cut above the rest: Szekely Land, Padania, Northern Cyprus and tournament champion Karpatalya. Here’s a brief overview of each.

4th Place: Szekely Land

Nestled in Central Romania, Szekely Land is home to hundreds of thousands of ethnic Hungarians. Originally part of Hungary, it was redrawn as part of Romania (twice, actually) in the treaties following both World Wars. The territory’s name comes from the Hungarian dialect they speak known as Szekel.

For decades, Szekely Land inhabitants were treated as second-class citizens by Romania’s communist dictatorship—they were barred from speaking Hungarian in public life, elections of Hungarian officials were invalidated, and cross-border communication was severely limited. Since the early 1990s and the fall of the USSR, the push for autonomy has been spearheaded by the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania, who seek territorial and cultural autonomy within Romania. Most protests have been peaceful, though a clash in 1990 left five dead.

Unfortunately for them, the Romanian government does not believe their grievances warrant independence. Still, the dream remains alive.

3rd Place: Padania

Padania comprises Italy’s northernmost regions, centered around the Po River Valley. Since Italy failed to qualify for the traditional World Cup, Padania’s 3rd-place finish is likely to be the country’s strongest showing in an international soccer tournament this summer. Padania is notable for another reason too—the group long-pushing for Padania’s break from Rome and the rest of Italy was a party called the Northern League… which recently rebranded itself as the “League” and stormed to second-place in Italian national elections.

For years, the Northern League had derided its Southern countrymen and decried the industrious north’s money being redistributed to the poorer south; those criticisms were muted as the League rose in national prominence. It’s now in an anti-establishment coalition government with the Euroskeptic Five Star Movement, where its strong anti-migration bent has Brussels on its heels. Still, the ambition to secede lives on for some—the “Great North” party is sprung from the remnants of the Northern League.

But it’s difficult to claim unfair treatment when the region’s political champion is now the one calling the shots in Rome. Plenty of others in this tournament would love to have this type of problem.

Runner-Up: Northern Cyprus

Northern Cyprus claimed second place as the losing tournament finalist. Cyprus has been one of the most dangerous flash points between rivals Turkey and Greece for years now—originally under British rule, Cyprus became an independent country in 1960. Today, 78 percent of the population is Greek-Cypriot, and 18 percent is Turkish-Cypriot. Both Turkey and Greece had originally agreed to respect the island’s independence and territorial integrity, but as tensions flared in the 1960s and early 1970s, the military junta in Athens backed an attempted coup by Greek-Cypriots in 1974, triggering an invasion of North Cyprus by Turkish troops. A population exchange between north and south soon followed, as did nearly a decade of failed negotiations. In 1983, North Cyprus declared its independence; to this day, no one besides Turkey recognizes it as an independent country.

Tensions between north and south have been at a relatively low simmer for some time, but so long as the Cyprus issue remains unresolved, it risks becoming a lightning rod for any Greek or Turkish politician seeking a nationalist bump in the polls.

Champion: Karpatalya

And finally, the team of the tournament. Karpatalya is located in the Carpathian mountains in western Ukraine, bordering Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania. It houses nearly 1.2 million people of varying ethnic and religious backgrounds, prominent among them ethnic Hungarians. Amid the mayhem of World War II, the territory—once part of Czechoslovakia—declared independence for 24 hours before being annexed by Hungary. It was subsequently claimed by Ukraine under the banner of the Soviet Union when Europe was being divvied up after the war. When the USSR collapsed in 1991, a referendum saw nearly 8 in 10 Karpathians vote for autonomy… which was promptly dismissed.

What wasn’t dismissed was Karpatalya’s participation in the World Football Cup tournament. Ukraine’s Sports Minister, Igor Zhdanov, took to Facebook to decry the team’s participation: “I call on the Security Service of Ukraine to respond appropriately to such a frank act of sporting separatism. It is necessary to interrogate the players of the team… for the purpose of encroachment on the territorial integrity of Ukraine and ties with terrorist and separatist groups.” A good reminder that sometimes being ignored isn’t the worst thing in the world.

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