10 of the best historical walks in the UK: readers’ travel tips

From a Tolkien trail in Lancashire to Gloucestershire’s war poet walks, our tipsters reveal trips through landscapes brimming with history

Start the Tolkien Trail at the hamlet of Hurst Green, home to three pubs and no shops, and head north towards the 500-year-old Stonyhurst College, which schooled Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Gerard Manley Hopkins and at which JRR Tolkien stayed numerous times throughout his life. The area around the college is said to have inspired the Shire, the land of the Hobbits. The five-mile circular route features the so-called Cromwell’s Bridge, which the New Model Army crossed to meet the Royalists at Preston in 1648. Magnificent views of Pendle Hill, famed for its witches, and Clitheroe Castle also star in this magical walk.

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Black Journalism Veterans Share Tips on Powerful Storytelling

The energy at this year’s National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) convention was palpable, but it was noticeably different than in years past. What made the difference? There was a deliberate focus on the power of tech to not only drive powerful storytelling, but to also liberate a profession that has typically been tethered to news desks. It was four days to consider the possibilities of media ownership, tech-driven news gathering, and taking control of one’s personal brand.

The theme for a convention that claims to have the largest career fair on earth was “NABJ: Driving Journalism, Technology and Trust.” The kickoff plenary—a highly produced 90-minute, live show with four segments—focused on the topic of tech-first journalism. The show was presented by the Kresge Foundation and hosted by this author and featured co-moderator Linsey Davis an ABC news correspondent.

Be Prepared. Keep Learning.

Former TV-One news anchor, author, and  NABJ Vice President, Digital, Roland Martin kicked off the session with a keynote featuring his review of all the gadgets he recommends for journalists in the field gathering news. With all the battery back-ups, extra LAN cables, wireless devices, and digital photography gear, his most important message was to always be prepared, especially for the unexpected.

University of Arizona Professor Retha Hill implored journalists to learn more about how technology can empower them to tell the stories that need to be told in an era of “fake news” and questionable trust. The former BET executive teaches her students to not only gather news but build apps and code. I asked her for one piece of advice she’d share with communicators.

“Be a life-long learner,” Hill said. “There are so many places where you can get free or low-cost training on every aspect of digital media.  You can take classes on Udemy or Lynda.com or through social media sites themselves.”

Understand the Latest Tech Tools and Social Media

Simone Oliver, editor, magazine and lifestyle partnerships at Facebook was also a part of the panel and had this advice for journalists on how to best leverage the most cutting-edge tech tools to win at their craft.

“Develop an understanding of social analytics. Tools like CrowdTangle, a service used by publishers to optimize their content on social media, allow for journalists to make data-informed decisions about what kinds of stories they put resources into, where their audience is, how they’re engaging with content and more. Since acquiring CrowdTangle, Facebook made it free for publishers and journalism schools to give partners the data and insights they need.”

Jaylen Bledsoe, who made his first million as a teenager, is now 20 years old and scored more than $ 180MM in revenues for his current clients in the past year. He is the president and CEO of Jaylen D. Bledsoe Global Group, which is an investment and holding company. He shared advice about content strategy on social media.

“Take the same story and adapt it to best fit the different mediums. A video of an important message/story you’re wanting to get across will not be presented the same way on Snapchat that it is on Facebook or IGTV.”

Other plenary speakers included the founder of Backstage Capital, Arlan Hamilton, who recently launched a $ 100MM fund for women of color; and DNC Chairman Tony Perez who implored journalists to use every tool available to them to tell the stories that need to be told. Doing so, they advised, keeps people informed about the importance of voting.

Three Helpful Tech Tips for Powerful Storytelling 

Hill, Oliver, and Bledsoe shared three tips for journalists and communicators as they look to use more tech to tell important stories, and here’s what they shared.

Be prepared and armed with tech. “I want people to understand that technology and digital preparedness is challenging but not hard,” said Hill. “If you can learn to speak Spanish, you can learn a lot of the skills to be proficient. You have to have the will—to take courses online, to go to conferences where they talk about future technologies, or to watch YouTube videos on just about any tech. It is out there. Just do it! You have only yourselves to blame if you don’t at least try.”

Be curious. “Regardless of where you are in your career and your role within any given publication, remain curious,” said Oliver. “Curiosity not only makes a good journalist, it’s necessary to when trying to keep up with changing story formats, storytelling tools, as well as platforms and distribution channels.”

Remember to amplify. “Tech is an important tool in today’s world to amplify the reach of a story or message that we’re publishing as journalists, creatives, or storytellers,” said Bledsoe. “Critically in that sentence, I said ‘amplify.’ The story at its core still needs every element of a well-crafted story (that may be printed in a newspaper) to truly benefit from the potential amplification that tech offers.”






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Kim Coles, Dr. Bill Pickard Provide Tips On Getting Your Finances In Order [WATCH]

Actress Kim Coles sits down with author, entrepreneur and financial expert Dr. Bill Pickard to discuss tips on meeting one’s financial goals in this panel presented by AARP during the 2018 Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion.




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A locals’ guide to Kathmandu, Nepal: top 10 tips

The gateway to the Himalayas has been a backpackers’ haven since the 1950s. Now recovering from the 2015 earthquake, it offers a magical mix of chaos and beauty

For most visitors, a trip to Nepal begins in Thamel. This labyrinth of streets and alleys lined with souvenir shops, bars, hotels and restaurants has been the hub for backpackers since the country opened itself to outsiders in the late 1950s. Of the city’s handful of green enclaves, the Garden of Dreams is a serene spot in which to escape the bustle of the streets. Just across from the former royal palace (which is now a museum), the garden, with its pavilions and ponds, is the perfect spot to unwind with a book or take a nap on the lawn mats.

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When Your Customer Refuses to Pay: 5 Tips for Damage Control

Maintaining financial stability in any business can be tricky, and many professionals in the home improvement industry struggle to stay afloat. Dealing with customers is equally difficult, since there is only so much you can do to force clients to pay on time – or at all. If you ever come across a customer who refuses to pay, however, there are several steps you can take to minimize damage to your business’ finances and reputation. Here are our top 5 damage control tips when your customer refuses to pay.

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Be proactive

The best way to avoid payment refusal from clients is by asking them to sign a contract prior to beginning any home improvement project. In your contract, make sure to make crystal clear your payment policies and guidelines that specifically state what will happen should they fail to comply. Workplace insurance and contracts are essential for contractors, and are particularly useful in situations like these.

Another way to avoid late payments is by instituting a company-wide payment policy. Progress payments often work well for construction professionals: by asking for partial payment up front or payment through regular weekly or monthly installments, you can assure at least some amount of financial security for each project you complete. Clients will also appreciate this up-front approach and welcome the opportunity to spread out their payments – especially for long-term and larger scale projects.

Know your rights

If you do find yourself in a situation where clients refuse to pay regardless of any measures you have in place, there are ways to reduce the financial and emotional sting. By doing your research and knowing exactly what rights you – and your clients – have in these scenarios, you can be prepared for whatever happens.

If you and your client have agreed upon certain terms in a contract, they are legally bound to comply with these terms. Making sure your contract is clear and explicit in its terms will help you avoid payment issues and loopholes. In order to make sure your contract is watertight, you can enlist the help of other professionals in the industry or a legal advisor to give guidance and recommendations as to specific clauses and wording.

Occasionally, clients will refuse to pay some or all of their bills because they claim to be unhappy with the work you have completed. This can apply to timescales, materials used, and the quality of work. Depending on their issues and the state you live in, your clients may have a right to refuse payment – you can find out more about these kinds of situations by contacting a lawyer who specializes in construction law in your state.

Keep lines of communication open

While nonpayment can be a stressful occurrence for you as a business owner, it’s important to stay calm. Rather than bringing out the big guns immediately and contacting your lawyer, we recommend speaking with your clients first to find out exactly what is going on. Oftentimes clients will have perfectly valid reasons for late or missed payments for home improvement projects, and it’s just as important to maintain your reputation as an understanding and communicative businessperson as it is to get paid on time. If after speaking to your client you determine they will remain true to their word and contract, you can avoid legal fees and added stress for you and everyone else involved.

Give notice

If you have attempted to communicate with a client about late or missed payments and they have not responded, you can send them a notice of payment. By letting them know that they have a limited time to pay you or they could face potential legal action, you are giving clients a clear and firm reminder that they need to fulfill their end of the bargain – otherwise they will be breaching their contract.

Make sure your notice is clear: for example, after X amount of time passes, your action as a business owner will be Y. Remember to be firm with your deadlines. If your client still refuses to pay or makes no attempt to contact you, move on to your next step.

Contact your lawyer

After following the above steps (and provided your client is not refusing to pay because of anything you have or have not done), your client will hopefully contact you to resolve unsettled bills. If this does not happen, you should contact your legal team. Lawyers will be able to advise you as to what you should do in each individual circumstance, but generally you can:

  1. File a lein – a lein is an official filing of refusal to pay (more formal than a payment due notice), which can be done through your local records office.
  2. Sue – for breach of contract. This is a last resort, and one that should only be taken once all other avenues are exhausted and your client still refuses to pay or cuts communication ties altogether. In this case, your lawyer will ask you for proof that you have completed the work as promised and for any documentation associated with the project (so make sure to keep all these docs all the time, for future reference).

Although legal proceedings will certainly get things moving along in the right direction, it’s important to remember that they also carry significant risk for you and your business. Cases taken to small claims court or civil court will cost you financially and can take up significant portions of your time. Before you make the decision to sue, remember these points and ensure you have attempted every other option first.

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10 of the world’s best street food stalls: readers’ travel tips

Originally cheap meals for workers, street food offers a true taste of local lives and specialities

In the Taiwanese town of Jingtong, I tried what is widely known as “stinky tofu”. At the back of a roadside stall, I sat on a low seat and watched three squares of tofu being cut into four before being plunged into a wok of hot oil. It was served in a bowl with soy sauce and picked sliced cabbage and carrot. It was surprisingly good, not greasy and, although there was a slight smell, it was no worse than a strong blue cheese. With a chilled lime drink, I paid about £2.
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Some tips before you leave for your vacation


Going on vacation is the best, especially if it means taking time away from the stress of work. While you may think you’re ready to go soak up on the sun on your summer break, though, there are some things you should make sure to do before you go. Getting these out of the way will allow you to relax once the vacation starts.

Alert your neighbors

By this, we don’t mean make them jealous about the amazing vacation you’re about to go on. It’s important to keep your neighbors in the loop about your plans so that they’ll be more alert of any suspicious activity while you’re gone. Tell them the dates that you’ll be away and ask them to pick up your mail if possible. It’s a good idea to leave them a set of house keys, as well as contact information, so they know how to reach you quickly if something happens. You can always entrust a close friend with this stuff if you’d prefer, but a neighbor will be able to see if someone tries to break in.

Be cautious

Speaking of which, it’s ideal to take extra precautions when you’re going to be out of the house for more than a few days. While you’ll likely have some valuables with you, some will still be at home. Find somewhere safe to store these, ideally in a place that can be locked. A good way to give off the impression that you’re still home is to have your lights on a timer, so they come in the evenings. You could see if your neighbors will do this manually for you, but that might be asking too much.

Obviously, the most important thing to remember when it comes to taking precautions is to ensure that everything is locked before you go. There’s no such thing as being too paranoid when it comes to safety. Check every door and window before you leave for your vacation.

Save some energy

When you’re not going to be at home for a week or two, the last time you want is to waste money on things you aren’t using. Be sure to lower the thermostat so that you conserve energy, and check that everything is switched off at the wall. There’s no point leaving your television plugged in when you’re not watching it.

If you have any taps that drip, ensure that these are fully turned off before leaving. A few drops of water can build up quite a lot when you’re not at home for several weeks.

Clean out the kitchen

If you’re going to be away for a week, you don’t want to leave anything in your refrigerator that’s going to spoil. That’s just asking for trouble. Make sure to throw any fresh food in the trash and take the garbage out too (otherwise, your house is going to stink). If something needs tending to that can’t wait a week, be sure to deal with it before you leave.

That goes for your bathroom, too. Pour some baking soda down the drains and the toilet, so you’re less likely to have the scent of stagnant water filling your home. Your vacation ending is bad enough without having to deal with that as well.

Pay your bills

Bills are a huge stress that you don’t want to be worrying about when you’re on vacation. If you know that some will be due while you’re away, sort them out beforehand to avoid the hassle. It will give you peace of mind and also prevent you from coming back to any urgent notices.

Vacations are a time for relaxing, even if they usually end up causing us some stress. While navigating the airport or dealing with family dramas might put a damper on your summer break, worrying about your house doesn’t have to.


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10 Tips to Save Money on Subscription Services

Save Money on Subscription ServicesWe recently rounded up several good ways to cut the cord and say goodbye to your cable company forever, and today we thought we’d take a deeper dive by sharing 10 tips to save money on subscription services of all sorts — both the ones you already have and the ones you might be considering cutting.ways to save money on subscription services Readers, we’d love to hear from you — how often do you reassess subscription services? What are your best tips for ways to save money on subscription services? 

First, take stock of the current situation. Take a moment to write down all your current subscriptions, from your gym to Hulu to Hello Fresh — including the ones (like, say, Netflix) that you know you won’t be canceling, and the ones you’ve been meaning to get rid of and keep forgetting about. Check your last month or so of credit card transactions to catch any that you might be forgetting. (Don’t forget to check your Paypal account, and scrutinize charges from regular credit card line items like Amazon and iTunes to make sure you’re not unwittingly subscribing to services.)  Are there yearly subscriptions or paid memberships you’re forgetting about? What is your monthly total for the subscriptions you’ve signed up for, and are there any you’re not even using, or barely using?

If you find yourself unpleasantly surprised (or even shocked) by your list, you can tackle the problem by using these 10 tips to save money on subscription services, now and in the future:

1. If you sign up for free trials for any services, don’t forget why they want your credit card number. As soon as you start a free trial, always immediately mark your calendar with the last possible day to cancel and set up a reminder to alert you a few days ahead of time. That way, you’ll avoid an “Oops, that was a 7-day trial and not a 30-day trial?” situation. After I recently signed up for a free 30-day trial for Showtime through Amazon’s Prime Video Channels, I somehow didn’t cancel after the first month as planned, then ended up paying for one or two months’ worth [affiliate link].

2. Find out if there’s a family plan. Subscription services don’t always go out of their way to publicize the opportunities to share content and benefits with one or more people in your household. Amazon Household allows you to share certain Prime benefits with someone else, for example, and with Family Library, you can also share ebooks, audiobooks, apps, and games [affiliate links]. (Either or both of you can choose not to share your content if you prefer.) Using music streaming services for another example, Spotify Family costs $ 14.99/month and gives you Premium accounts for you and up to five people in your home (don’t worry, you can keep all your playlists), and for the same price, you can sign up for a family plan with Apple Music or Google Music, as well as share access to apps and music with Apple Family Sharing.

3. Look for cheaper and/or better options first — or even free ones. Some services you may not know about are CBS All Access, Mubi, Tubi TVPlutoTVScribd, the brand-new Walmart eBooks, and Stitcher Premium. Lifehacker has a list of both free and affordable streaming services (all 100% legal). If you’ve never heard of a particular subscription, you may want to google for reviews before committing. Don’t forget about your local library, either — see below!

4. Don’t forget about the library! So many people seem to forget how much money you can save by using the library. (And libraries are just great places anyway!) I borrow books regularly, and we borrow movies on Blu-ray when we can’t find them on streaming. (The DVD bonus features are a … bonus.) I have to say that borrowing ebooks has always seemed more complicated than it should be, however (YMMV). After being turned off by the seemingly complicated process before, I finally tried it recently. After waiting a week or two for my turn (which is another aspect that bugs me — having to wait to borrow non-physical books), I realized I accidentally borrowed … the audiobook version. Sigh. (Kat’s ed. note: I love using the library for Kindle books, movies, audio books and more!)

5. Try to find out about any discounts that come with membership. Besides searching for any discount codes, find out if the professional organizations and other groups you belong to offer reduced rates on subscriptions/memberships, either career-related or not. For example, because I’m a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, I can get discounts on things like LifeLock Identity Protection (umm, remember this, though?), a subscription to AP Stylebook Online, LexisNexis access, and more. Check your alumni association’s membership benefits, too — and even AAA. (Psst: here’s our last discussion on how to find and join great professional organizations!)

6. If you have cable, check out all the potential substitutesI’ve been happily cable-free for a decade, and Kat recently ditched her cable company, too. In our recent post on cutting the cord, we shared many good options. Still, the world of streaming isn’t a panacea; as more companies launch their own services (like Disney’s upcoming offering, rumored to be called “Disney Play”) and remove their content from other streaming services, the “a la carte” cable alternative that we’ve been demanding for years might turn into a “Be careful for what you wish for” situation. If you sign up for enough streaming services, you may find yourself paying even more than you were before.

7. Remind yourself that you don’t need to have every subscription at once. Some people rotate streaming subscriptions, for example; they’ll have Netflix for a while, then Hulu, etc. (Did you know Hulu lets you put your subscription on hold?)

8. If you have Amazon Prime, get familiar with all its benefits, not just the well-known ones. If you have Spotify, for example, check out Amazon Music, which lets you stream two million songs. (The unlimited plan, which for Prime members is discounted to $ 7.99/month or $ 79/year, has “tens of millions” of songs.) If you’re paying $ 9.99/month for Kindle Unlimited, which includes one million books, plus magazines, look at Prime Reading, which lets you download up to 10 titles at a time from 1,000+ books and magazines. I recently signed up for online access to The Washington Post through Amazon Prime for $ 3.99/month (starting with a six-month free trial) — vs. the newspaper’s own rate, which is $ 10 every 4 weeks. Audible Channels, which are free for Prime members (normally $ 60/year), offer commercial-free podcasts and audiobooks, while Prime Photos gives you unlimited photo storage. I recently wrote about the new service Prime Wardrobe — I like the idea, and I’ve used it twice, but readers had mixed reactions. [affiliate links]

9. Figure out if a warehouse club membership is really worth it. If you’re considering joining BJ’s, Costco, or Sam’s Club, this article from Money Crashers (although it’s a few years old) has a thorough list of pros and cons to consider. To help you decide, you can use a one-day guest pass from Sam’s Club or BJ’s. (If you actually buy anything, Sam’s Club charges a 10% service fee. BJ’s charges 20%, but if you join within seven days, that goes toward a membership.) For Costco, which doesn’t offer day passes, you can visit with another member (but not buy anything yourself). Here are a few other helpful articles: Costco vs. Sam’s: A warehouse club showdown (Costco won), The Best and Worst Things You Can Buy at Wholesale Clubs, 18 costly mistakes to avoid making at Sam’s Club or Costco.

10. Look into the apps Truebill and Trim. They sound pretty promising! The writer of this Money article, which explains how they work, says that Truebill, “an app that promises to help users track spending, identify subscriptions they’ve forgotten about, and cancel unwanted ones,” saved her $ 276, while the writer of this Lifehacker article shares that she prefers Trim for “finding all of your active subscriptions and doing the legwork of cancelling those that you no longer need.”

What are your favorite ways to save money on subscription services? Which are your must-have subscription services that you would never cancel? Have you decided to part with any for budget reasons? Which services have you decided to pay for after the free trial ended (and which didn’t seem worth it)? If you have Amazon Prime, do you use a lot of its perks or mostly have it for Prime Shipping?

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 Do you keep a handle on how much money you're paying for subscription and membership services? You'd be surprised how quickly those costs add up! We rounded up 10 tips for saving money on subscription services, whether it's the gym, a professional membership organization, Netflix, Hulu, or more:



Bold Moves to End Sexual Violence: Three Tips for Talking About Prevention

Ms. is a proud media sponsor of the 2018 National Sexual Assault Conference, co-hosted by the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault, the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. This year’s NSAC theme is “Bold Moves: Ending Sexual Violence in One Generation.” Leading up to the event, we’ll be posting pieces by presenters and major speakers highlighting their plans to make those moves right here on the Ms. blog. Click the banner image above or this link for more Bold Moves posts.

It’s tough to talk about sexual harassment, misconduct and abuse. Despite our best efforts, sometimes prevention gets lost in translation. 

Once they get engaged, it’s easy for people to understand the individual actions they can take to be a better bystander, take personal responsibility, participate in self-defense classes or have one-on-one conversations about actions and behaviors. But prevention must go beyond education and individual behavior change. We don’t live in a vacuum: We’re connected to groups, communities, organizations and institutions, and these structures have the power to create safe environments and help change the way our society views sexual violence and our responsibility to prevent it.

Efforts to prevent and stop sexual violence are underway in communities across the country—and while it’s not always clear that our small actions can result in big cultural changes, prevention is possible, and it’s happeningTalking about the progress we have made is also challenging—and that’s why RALIANCE teamed up with the Berkeley Media Studies Group to release a new report to guide individuals on how to talk about prevention

Here are four key highlights.

A sign posted at the Singapore Slutwalk in 2012. (Tamara Craiu / Creative Commons)

#1: Messages are never first.

The first step is knowing what you want to change, how to change it and why it needs to be changed. Your mission comes before your message—then you dig in to expressing it.

#2: Messages have to be flexible.

There are a lot of moving parts when it comes to a strategic communications plan—from the specific strategy, to messenger and audience. All of this is also set against a political or cultural backdrop that changes.

#3: Your messenger is just as important as your message.

For a messenger to be persuasive, the audience has to identify with and trust them. (General rules for the road? Speak plainly and think about word choices and lingo. Focus on conduct, not character when talking about people who commit sexual abuse and assault.)

Ready for a test drive? Learn more about simple tips and tools in the messaging guide. Be a part of ending sexual violence in one generation! It’s on all of us to make prevention understandable.

Julie Patrick is the National Partners Liaison for RALIANCE and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. Her work focuses on changing the conversation about sexual violence through efforts with the news media as well as advocates, allies and survivors. Prior to RALIANCE, Julie served for over a decade as the Senior Special Projects Coordinator with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Alexandria, VA and managed the National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse & Exploitation.

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3 Simple Networking Tips To Position Yourself as a Leader

Nowadays, being recognized as a leader in your field takes more than social media followers, titles, and credentials after your name. It takes strategy as a well as a commitment to build mutually beneficial relationships not only for you but for others as well. Here are three simple networking tips to position you as a leader.

Become a Resource Online

Regardless of your industry, a resourceful person will always be needed. One of the fastest ways to grow your network online and become recognized as an authority in your field is to share industry related news, trends, and hot topics across your social channels.

Most importantly, add your insights or unique perspectives about the content to your caption area. Not only does this prompt like-minded people to engage with your content, it attracts new followers to your platform and expands your professional network. For instance, let’s take a look at recent news and trending topics across two industries:

  • Sen. Kamala Harris introduces a bill to fight black maternal health – In this case, a doctor could share his/her advice for decreasing the risk of death during labor. On the other hand, a founder of a moms group for black women can share a quick story about her personal struggles with childbirth and emphasize the need for support and community for women.

  • “Kylie Jenner’s Company: Kylie Cosmetics, Reportedly Worth 1 Billion Dollars.” If you work in finance, you could challenge Forbes’ valuation and share your perspectives on what it takes to determine what a company is worth. However, if you’re a branding expert, you could talk about how to brand your small business like Kylie’s billion-dollar company.

Both of these examples can help you amplify your voice as a leader, grow your network and turn followers into clients, or opportunities for a job interview, media coverage, or speaking engagements.

Become the Connect, and Stop Looking For One

Many people approach networking thinking 1) What can I get from this person? But if you’re ready to stand out as a leader, set a goal to become a super connector.

Ask yourself – “How often am I creating opportunities for other people in my network?” When is the last time I created an opportunity for someone? Consistency breeds trusting relationships so be intentional about connecting with people you’ve met at events, followers you often chat with on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, colleagues, mentees, and potential clients.

Designate a follow-up day – For several years, I’ve lived by a Follow-up Friday theme. This means on Friday, I may write a follow-up email, make a virtual introduction, check-in with my mentee or mentor, or ask a social media friend if they finally want to meet in person for a lunch or happy hour meetup.

Network With the People Around You

Some people can set their networking sights too high by spending their days tweeting Oprah or spamming the Instagram influencer with 500,000 followers. They think to themselves: Who is the person who can help “put me on” so that I can fast-track my success. But Issa Rae said it best, start with the people around you: “Who’s next to you? Who’s struggling? Who’s in the trenches with you? Who’s just as hungry as you are? And those are the people that you need to build with.”

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Keep an Eye on Your Child’s Backpack – Heed these Safety Tips

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 14,000 children are treated annually for backpack-related injuries.

Eleonora Kleyman, MD, a pediatrician at Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center, encourages parents to pay special attention when choosing backpacks for youths.

Backpacks that are worn incorrectly, not fitted properly or are too heavy, can cause backaches, shoulder pain, poor posture and neck injuries.

A full backpack should never weigh more than 10 to 15 percent of a child’s body weight. To put this in perspective, if a child weighs 75 pounds, his or her backpack should weigh no more than 11 pounds.

Dr. Kleyman suggests these additional tips:

  • Fit the backpack closely to the body, resting it in the middle of the back.
  • Don’t let the backpack sag. Avoid it falling more than 4 inches below the waistline.
  • Place heavier items closest to the center of the back.

Last minute tip on rolling backpacks:

Although some parents may be tempted to purchase a rolling backpack, users tend to overload their rolling backpacks and if the pack has to be lifted continuously, it can cause wrist and/or shoulder strain.

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8 Tips for Remodeling a Tiny Bathroom

Stuck with a small bathroom? Simple remodeling strategies, including a fresh color, flooring, and custom countertops, can help you enlarge the space without knocking down any walls.

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14 Tips for Prepping for Houseguests from 5-Star Airbnb Hosts

The short-term vacation rental business has exploded on the internet in the last decade. It’s been a boon for travelers as well as for those who are interested in earning a little extra money from their spare space. But how do you stand out on a platform like Airbnb, where guests have SO many great options? Check out our best tips for becoming a 5-star host with satisfied customers who will book again and again.
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Tips for saving money while on vacation


You’re excited about going on vacation, you’ve been saving up for months to be able to get away for a while, but that means you can’t spend as much cash as you would like to when you get there. If you aren’t careful, you can spend a ton of money without realizing it when on vacation, so staying on top of your finances is a must when you’re away. We have got some helpful tips to make sure you save as much money as possible while still having a great vacation.

Flight snacks

You aren’t allowed to bring drinks through airport security anymore, but that is not the rule for food. Stuff a load of flight snacks in your carry on luggage to make sure you don’t have to spend a fortune on the airplane snacks. The markup on these food items is considerable, so you’ll be saving yourself almost the equivalent of a taxi ride from the airport just by avoiding buying these. You can make your own trail mix using granola and dried fruit, and that will keep you going throughout your flight. Many airports now have places you can fill an empty bottle with water after you get through security, saving you a couple of dollars buying that too.

Your own two feet

You can save yourself so much money by avoiding using public transport where possible. If you are visiting a city, then walk around it, immerse yourself in the atmosphere from the street, rather than in the back of a taxi cab. If where you are planning on heading to is too far to walk, look into renting a bicycle or scooter, they are considerably cheaper than a cab will be and you can go at your own leisurely pace through your vacation destination.


We need to talk about souvenirs, ask yourself if you really need to buy them at all. Have you noticed the other souvenirs you bought people just lying around their homes getting covered in dust? They are a nice gesture, but your vacation is for you, not your loved ones back home. If you really must get souvenirs to bring home then make sure you shop around. The prices will vary from location to location and don’t leave it until getting to the airport to buy them, they will be incredibly overpriced in the airport store.

Don’t pack too much

If you really are prepared to save some money make the brave decision to only bring carry on luggage with you. The price of checking in a case can be pretty substantial, sometimes as much as a flight. By packing light, you can ensure your money will be better spent when on vacation, maybe on a nice dinner or something. When looking for hotels, find one that has laundry facilities to allow you to pack fewer clothes.

Coffee lovers

If you have to start your day with a freshly brewed coffee, then the cost can really add up when on vacation. There is a solution though! You can buy a small French press coffee maker, meaning all you’ll need is some beans, and you should be good to brew fresh hot coffee every morning for a fraction of the price it will cost at the local cafes.

The cost can really add up when you are on vacation, so being able to save some money here and there will go a long way. Try following these tips to ensure your vacation doesn’t bankrupt you, or leave you having to wait years before you can afford to go on another one again.


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4 Essential Tips Before You Start Playing ‘We Happy Few’

It can be daunting when first starting We Happy Few. Dropped into a terrifying alternate version of Britain in the 1960s, all you have at the start is the clothes on your back and a dream of freedom. Exactly where do you go from there?

Even though We Happy Few doesn’t rely on its survival mechanics to quite as an extent as it did during the Early Access release, it can still be very important to ensure you’re gathering enough resources from the world around you in order to stay alive and make progress right from the go.

So, let us be your guide in your opening moments in this intimidating new land. Keep these tips in mind in order to survive the psychedelic nightmare that is Wellington Wells.

Fill your pockets with loot

Sure, We Happy Few isn’t the intense survival game it started out to be, but you’ll still need to do a fair bit of scavenging throughout the game. Pretty much everything you gather — whether it’s from sneaking into someone’s house or rooting in the nearest — has a use to you. Food? Water? Bits of old metal? You want it all.

If you do rummage through everything in sight, it won’t be long before you’re inventory is full to the brim with all sorts of components for crafting materials, but there are definitely a few things you should prioritize. One of the absolute essentials is Gilead Petals, which can be picked from the red-flowered bushes dotting the countryside and mushed together to make Healing Balm. It’s always useful to have some of these on you to heal in a pinch.

You’ll also want to keep an eye out for Bobby Pins, which are needed to create lockpicks. Security is pretty tight in many of the game’s areas, so being able to break in through a back door to avoid the Bobbies is always a bonus. They can also be used to open sealed chests and lockers to yield even more loot, though we would recommend keeping some saved for their main purpose.

Speaking of Bobbies, one other item to loot whenever you see it is Scotch. You can use this as an intoxicating bribe to get past a pesky guard blocking your path, so it’s always worth having a bottle or two with you.

Choose the right skills

In the first act of We Happy Few, you’ll play as Arthur. He’s a pretty terrible fighter, but he’s stealthy and quick on his feet. And while many of the choices on offer aren’t all that exciting, there are a few options that take best advantage of Arthur’s proficiencies.

Sensibly, the game’s tutorial encourages you to take “Sweet Dreams” first, which allows you to choke enemies unconscious from behind or suffocate them while they’re sleeping. It’s an incredibly powerful ability that’ll have you clearing out rooms or entire buildings without making a peep.

Further down in the stealth category, both “Ear to the Ground” and “Tech Friendly” are nice pickups. The former allows you to see an enemy’s footsteps from further away, while the latter means many of the game’s high-tech surveillance options won’t be able to see you. Both make the whole sneaking approach so much easier. In the same branch, “Oh You” is a useful timesaver as it stops people from being suspicious of you if they see you running or jumping about. That’s just what you’re like!

Elsewhere, “Herbalist” is worth consideration if you keep finding yourself getting into scrapes. The bonus healing will significantly lessen the demand on some of your resources. As of the others, they can be avoided unless they really suit your own playstyle. Outside of the handful of standout options, the choices you make on the skill tree aren’t massively impactful.

Don’t be afraid to run

Often you’ll find the stealthy approach is optimal in We Happy Few, given how easy it is to knock out enemies from behind and how clunky the combat can be if a mob of Joy-guzzling citizens descends upon your Downer. And while it may be tempting to wildly swing back at them with a cricket bat, fleeing is often the more sensible approach.

The tactical retreat is especially effective when playing as Arthur in act one. He’s not exactly the greatest fighter, but he does have the ability to sprint away very quickly from his pursuers. Fortunately, anyone who becomes hostile to you doesn’t give chase for too long either. Call it a fault of awkward AI — or maybe all the citizens are tripping so hard that they suffer from rapid memory loss.

Essentially, if you put enough distance between you or duck out of sight for long enough, they’ll return to their seemingly pleasant routines in no time. You can even go back to talk to them and they’ll have forgotten all about you!

Benches can also be very useful blending-in spots if you think you might get caught. If your dose of Joy is about to expire or you think a local is getting suspicious, just take a seat and whip out the daily paper for a quick browse until the moment passes. Or duck into one of the many hideouts across the world for instant safety.

Expand your wardrobe

If you want to make it a lot less stressful to blend into the various regions of Wellington Wells, then it’s important to have a diverse wardrobe. Wherever you go on the island, the locals can be incredibly judgemental folk, deciding whether they want to give you a pleasant hello in return or chase you down with a frying pan with one quick look at your clothing.

The less fortunate souls on the outskirts will want to see you in a Torn Suit, something effortlessly made if you find a rock to scuff the hell out of it. Be sure to save a Proper Suit and Shoes for when you return to the fancier regions, though, or they’ll look down on you as a Wastrel.

We Happy Few offers a number of other more specialized outfits, too. It can be handy to have a Boiler Suit on you when entering municipal or construction areas — no one will think twice about someone fiddling around with electronics wearing that. Fisticuff fans might want to consider the Padded Suit for some extra damage reduction, though it doesn’t seem necessary. On the other hand, a Gas Mask is definitely essential when heading into some locations to avoid damage from toxic fumes.

As for the Rubber Cat Suit? Well, we’ll let you discover all about that one for yourself!

And there you have it: a few words of wisdom for your new life in Wellington Wells. Remember, if it all goes wrong, you can always just pop a Joy and live in blissful ignorance forever!

We Happy Few is now available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

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A local’s guide to Córdoba, Spain: 10 top tips

This ancient Andalucían city boasts world-famous Moorish architecture, beautiful courtyard patio houses and a revitalised riverside full of cafes and bars

The Mezquita-Catedral is the attraction everybody talks about, because it’s incredible. Originally a mosque, built in the 10th century, it later became a cathedral. Being local I don’t pay to get in, but anyone can get in for free by showing up at 8.30am while they’re preparing for the service – although they push you out at 9.20am. There’s a tower with a nice view, though it’s best to stand inside in a corner, in front of one of the hundreds of columns, and take in the whole space. Córdoba is one of the warmest cities in Europe, so this building, which stays very cool, is a good place to be.
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5 Tips For Healthily Detangling Your Hair

Detangling is the foundation on which all natural styles are built, but there is a right way to do it and a, well, more difficult way. You can’t just start tear into your locks hoping for the best or you will literally tear your hair up.

Check out these five quick tips to detangle your hair with the least amount of damage.

Slippery When Wet

The first thing you need to avoid snags while detangling is moisture. According to Curly Nikki, you should drench your hair with water and liberally apply a conditioner. This will give your hair lots of slip, making it easier to smoothly separate your curls.

leave-in conditioner may be best for this step, but you can also use a regular conditioner if you don’t mind a little extra work. There are also a handful of new detanglers on the market that will coat your hair nicely so you can comb through as needed. For some it’s best to detangle before washing, others may prefer after. If you’re feeling ambitious, you could also use this step to do a quick co-wash. YouTuber Naptural 85 has co-wash and detangle routine that should save you tons of time!

Divide & Conquer

Getting organized makes for easier work when detangling your hair. Separating your hair into sections helps you to focus your attention and be deliberate on combing through your hair.

Most of us will part our hair into two or four sections, but YouTube Vlogger Chizi Duru suggests parting your hair into five sections. Instead of splitting the hair at the center of your scalp into different sections, it would become its own section. This helps to reduce the tension on hair in that area.

Work Your Way Up

Never, ever, start detangling from the root of your hair. That will lead to nothing but breakage, damage, and heartache. If you love your strands, begin combing or brushing from the ends of your hair and slowly work your way up the shaft to the root. This method will also prevent you from creating new knots to detangle.

Have The Right Tools On Hand

From what I’ve observed, many people start detangling their hair by using their fingers first and then incorporate a wide-tooth com later into the process for more detailed detangling. However, according to Natural Hair Queen, your hair porosity determines when you should begin detangling. For example, the blogger suggests that people with 4C hair wait until their hair is at least halfway dry before they detangle to avoid further damage to their hair.


Be prepared to detangle more than once in a day. If you’re doing a full-on wash routine, then detangling will need to happen before and after you actually wash your hair.


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Our Best On-Campus Interview Tips and Resources

on-campus interview tips and tricksWith OCI week coming up at different schools, I thought now might be a great time to round up some of our interviewing resources, as well as to ask the readers — what are your best on-campus interview tips? Do you think on-campus interviews need a different set of skills than regular interviews? What’s the best interview advice you’ve ever gotten? If you’re coming up on OCI week, how are you prepping for it? If you’re on the other side and someone who interviews people for on-campus interviews, what are YOUR best tips? 

For my $ .02, I definitely think on-campus interviews are a bit different — the stress level is through the roof because you have a ton of them in a very short period of time, plus many of your friends are going through the same experience you are, which somehow normalizes it and amplifies it all at the same timeon-campus interview tips and tricks - image of a young stylish law student having a great interview during OCI week. That said, I think in the real world, just getting to the interview stage of things is a journey, particularly if you’re more of a generalist and don’t have special skills or clients — so OCI week can be really easy from that perspective. Plus, in OCI week most interviewers and interviewees have a good sense of a shared timeline, whereas in the real world you may interview and hear back that afternoon — or hear nothing for months. (I’m a weirdo in that I still have really good memories of OCI week, but that’s probably just me!)

With that said, here are some of our best on-campus interview tips and tricks…

What to Wear to an On-Campus Interview

Resume Advice

Interview Tips and Tricks for On-Campus Interviews and Regular Interviews

After the Interview: Dealing with Anxiety, Following Up, and More

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If you're hunting for the best on-campus interview tips and resources, look no further -- we've rounded up all of our best tips, tricks and advice in one post! Whether you're dealing with a law school's OCI week or another slew of on-campus interviews at a college or business school these tips should help!



These are the best tips from the Fabled Beauty Rituals panel

Get ready to be your best you

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To mark Marie Claire UK’s 30th birthday, we have launched our Womankind campaign, hosting a series of trailblazing events to inspire and motivate us in all areas of our life.

This week saw the third Womankind event in the series, which was held at Fabled by Marie Claire’s store in London’s Tottenham Court Road, the ultimate destination for premium and unique beauty brands

In front of a packed audience, the evening saw Marie Claire Deputy Editor, Andrea Thompson, host a panel of woman that included Marie Claire’s very own Senior Beauty Editor Fiona Embleton, consultant dermatologist Dr Anjali Mahto and author, podcast host and beauty blogger Estée Lalonde.

Our incredible panel discussed the night’s theme of beauty rituals and being your best you, and we came away not only loving ourselves, but confident in how we can feel our most radiant 24/7.

With each panellist focussing on different aspects of to feel your best, every member of the audience left with tips, tricks, mantras and motivations of how to get the best out of life and themselves, whatever their age.

Here’s what we learned from our incredible panellists:

Dr Anjali Mahto

Dr Anjali Mahto is a consultant dermatologist. She treats and is an expert in a range of skin problems, including acne and psoriasis, as well as being an expert in injectables (botox and fillers). Dr Mahto is also a spokeswoman for the British Skin Foundation.

Dr Mahto on ageing

‘After the age of 25, you lose 1% of your collagen per year …. about 80% of the signs of ageing is because of the sun’

Dr Mahto’s beauty rituals tips

  • ‘Use an SPF
  • Use retinol
  • Use AHAs’

Dr Mahto on adult acne

‘More and more people are developing acne after the age of 23. We don’t know exactly what is causing it… it’s not just down to hormones and genetics.

Dr Mahto on when to start anti-ageing products

‘The best age to start with anti-ageing products is probably 25 to 30. If you have very fair skin, I would probably start closer to 25′

Fiona Embleton

Fiona Embleton is an award-winning beauty journalist and Marie Claire’s Senior Beauty Editor. Prior to joining Marie Claire, Fiona worked on titles including Stylist, Women’s Health and Cosmopolitan.

Fiona’s skincare routine advice

‘I think a good routine is finding what’s good for you and using it consistently… it is navigating what works for you’

Fiona on the benefits of Vitamin C

‘Vitamin C is great for kind of giving your skin a kind of a glow’

Fiona’s tips for city dwellers

‘Living in the city or working in the city, antioxidants play a key role’

A common beauty routine error

‘A big mistake is they apply their eye cream last in their routine’

Fiona’s beauty rituals secret

‘If you’re going to invest in any skincare product it has to be a serum… a serum actually gets deep down into your skin’

Estée Lalonde

Estée Lalonde is a Canadian writer and YouTuber, who makes weekly lifestyle and beauty videos while talking openly and honestly about her life and motivations. She released her debut book in 2016 and launched her podcast series, The Heart Of It, last year.

Estée on her journey to becoming a beauty blogger

‘When I was a teenager I didn’t know anything about skincare… even after all these years I truly feel like I’m learning so much’

Estée on her beauty motivations

‘I’m also so passionate about what beauty can do for people and how it can make them feel’

The three products Estée can’t live without

My favourite face mask that I always feel cleanses my skin is the Fresh Umbrian clay facemask… I can’t live without serum – right now I’m using a brand called Gallinée and I love rosehip oil’

Estée on the power of social media

‘I’m just fascinated about all the Instagram trends, it’s amazing if somebody puts on a purple eyeliner it could be a huge trend the next day’

Estée’s advice for budding beauty bloggers

‘I think things have changed so much since I started. The main thing is consistency and remember that all the successful beauty bloggers you see didn’t start like this…If you don’t comment on people’s posts and you don’t go to events no one will ever discover you. Try to be something unique: what can you offer that isn’t out there? It’s always interesting if you’re doing something different’

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9 Tips to Up Your Appointment Game for a More Likely Sale

Finding new leads as a contractor can be a tricky business. There are many ways you can up your marketing game during the search process, but the best way to secure a sale is by making a great first impression. The first appointment you have with potential leads will set the stage for your business relationship, so making sure to wow new clients during this meeting is a must. Here are 9 of our top tips to help you up your appointment game for a more likely sale.

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Get your ethos straight

The number one rule of marketing is knowing your business inside out. If you can pinpoint and communicate the key aspects of your company to potential clients, your confidence will rub off on them and they will be more likely to strike a deal with you.

Create a memorable brand

Quality branding is essential for any business, regardless of industry or specialty, because a memorable brand will stick in the minds of potential clients. Before reaching out to new clients, make sure you are happy with your logo and tagline – and make sure they are memorable for the right reasons.

Come prepared

Once you have decided on an impactful and quality logo, invest a bit of time and money into business cards, stationery, and pamphlets that clearly showcase your brand in the best possible light. Don’t forget to bring along these materials to an initial appointment with new clients – they will be impressed by your preparedness and the quality of your brand.

Keep it clear

When quoting prices and filling out information for flyers, make sure that your information is correct and current. In particular, check that your marketing materials all have an updated pricing structure and current contact information, list your most recent qualifications and projects. Don’t forget to include links to any website or social media accounts for your business – these are a fantastic marketing and communication tool for any 21st century business.

Stay organized

When the date for your first appointment with a client finally rolls around, make sure you come to the meeting prepared. Having all your materials sorted, collated, and ready to go will help create that fantastic first impression you should be striving for. Remembering the little things like a calculator, scrap paper, and extra pens and pencils will help with your organization and save you from getting flustered during your appointment.

Stick to a schedule

As any business owner knows, client meetings can easily get off track and run on – wasting both your time and the time of your clients. By staying focused and keeping to a predetermined schedule, you can avoid too many off-topic discussions and tangents. Wear a watch or discreetly check your phone to keep things moving along, but try not to appear aloof or uninterested in your clients’ questions and concerns. After all, the customer is always right!

Be a professional

While this point is certainly true for initial appointments with potential leads, we always recommend keeping a positive and professional relationship with your clients. This means never badmouthing other companies, even if a client initiates the conversation or asks your personal opinion about a particular professional or business. You can politely deflect these kinds of interactions by referring back to your own skills and avoid any ill-will with other pros in the future.

Be positive

Perhaps one of the most important points to remember during your first meeting with potential clients is to stay positive. Of course, this is often easier said than done for passionate business owners who are the first to point out their own faults. By highlighting your best traits and trying not to self-deprecate, you will come across as confident and self-assured.

Above all, be honest

Positivity goes a long way towards securing a sale, but honesty is even more valuable to many clients. If you have made mistakes in the past that get brought up in your appointments, don’t lie about them. Instead, think of them as learning experiences: how have you grown since then? What aspects of your business have you changed to prevent these mistakes from happening again? If you can answer these kinds of questions, you will be prepared for just about anything with any future sales you make.


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Cape Town: Best Travel Tips

FIRST-CLASS WINES, beautiful beaches, powerful history–how do you take it all in when visiting one of Africa’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities? At the Silo, a new hotel perched atop the continent’s largest modern-art museum, concierge Hoon Kim has a plan for your Cape Town trip.

Emerging neighborhood: Woodstock used to be quite industrial, with lots of factories, but it has become an area filled with interior designers, graphic artists, artisanal breweries, and contemporary galleries like SMAC and Whatiftheworld. There’s a famous Saturday market at the Old Biscuit Mill, which started Woodstock’s renaissance a few years back. We call it the Brooklyn of Cape Town.

A weekly food market in Woodstock. Per-Anders Pettersson–Corbis/Getty Images

Best new restaurant: At the very cool Janse & Co., chef Arno Janse van Rensburg is all about local produce. The food is experimental and creative–I recently had a sensational grilled leek dish with cream cheese and almonds–but it’s not fine dining. The restaurant is very simple, with dark walls and candles on the tables. There’s a wonderful courtyard, too; sometimes I go there just for a nice glass of chilled wine.

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Janse & Co.’s Chef Arno Jansevan is all about the local food. Courtesy of Jessamy Hindle

Urban escape: Franschhoek–Afrikaans for “French corner”–is about an hour from Cape Town and is known as the culinary capital of South Africa. It’s where the Huguenots first settled around 1600 and today is home to some of the country’s best restaurants and wine estates. Everything in this quaint town has a French feel, which is really weird and wonderful in the middle of South Africa. Haute Cabri?re is a familyowned boutique wine estate here.

Terrace of restaurant at Haute Cabriere Vineyard Estate, Franschhoek Pass, Franschhoek, Cape Winelands
Terrace of restaurant at Haute Cabriere Vineyard Estate in Franschhoek, the wineland of South Africa. Blaine Harrington III–Getty Images

Beach break: Because of melting icebergs from the South Pole, the South Atlantic Ocean surrounding Cape Town is actually colder in the summer than in the winter. Most people here prefer suntanning to swimming, but surfing is definitely very popular. Camps Bay and Clifton Beach are famous surf beaches, but I like Muizenberg Beach on the southern coast for its sand and milder water temperatures.

Locals’ secret: Reverie Social Table is a proudly South African farm-to-table eatery located in the quirky Observatory neighborhood. The chef, Julia Hattingh, is young and ambitious; I’ve never seen anyone as passionate about local produce and wine. She creates the five-course menu around a rotating wine selection. It’s served at a long table that accommodates maybe 12 people max, so you have to like sitting with strangers.

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Reverie Social Table has one shared table to create the ultimate dining experience. Courtesy of Adrian Beck

Must-have souvenir: South Africa is famous for leather goods, especially ones made from ostrich. Cape Cobra Leathercraft is a boutique whose owners, the Schafer family, make everything by hand, from belts to credit card holders to fabulous handbags, using very high-quality local leather.

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Family owned boutique Cape Cobra Leathercraft offers local, handmade leathergoods. Courtesy of Cape Cobra Leathercraft

Things to avoid: Tours of Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, are government regulated and not the best run. To learn about the painful memories of the apartheid era, try the District Six Museum instead.

The $ 10,000 Day

We asked Kim to plan us a special, singular day in Cape Town: The day would begin with a dramatic, scenic helicopter trip over the Cape Peninsula, affording jaw-dropping views of the waterfront, Table Mountain, and the Cape of Good Hope. Upon the guests’ return to the city, we’d whisk them off in a Maybach limousine for a tapas lunch at Chef’s Warehouse Beau Constantia in the heart of wine country. After lunch, guests would return to Cape Town for a luxurious sunset yacht excursion aboard the Only One, where, in between sips of South African bubbly and bites of gourmet canap?s, they could go for a swim before zipping out for a spin around Table Bay. And to conclude the day: a relaxing full-body massage under the stars on the rooftop of the Silo hotel.

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Guests enjoy the infinity pool on top of the Silo hotel. Courtesy of the Silo Hotel

A version of this article appears in the August 1, 2018 issue of Fortune with the headline “South Africa’s Mother City.”



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10 great road trips around the world: readers’ tips

Our tipsters drive through Transylvania bear country and the bayous of Louisiana, stargaze in Chile and enjoy the solitude of Siberia

This is a wonderfully underrated road-trip destination. From Bucharest, take Road 1 towards the Carpathian mountains, to the well-preserved medieval towns of Braşov and Sighişoara. On the way, you’ll often be surrounded by dense, dark woodland and craggy peaks, where there are bears and wolves, and pass the time spotting castles and horse and carts. In Zărneşti, we stayed at Pensiunea Hora cu Brazi (doubles from £28 room only) near Piatra Craiului national park and enjoyed a slower pace of life, sitting in the farm’s garden and enjoying the homemade and traditional food, wine and spirits.
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A local’s guide to Edinburgh: 10 top tips

The Scottish capital’s big draw is its festivals but the quieter corners are alive year round – with stylish cafes and bistros, moody bars and thriving art spaces

Dovecot Gallery and Tapestry Studio

The Infirmary Street Baths, built in 1885, were the first public swimming baths to open in the Scottish capital, with the aim of improving public health. Today, the Dovecot Gallery occupies the old Ladies Baths space, while the Dovecot Tapestry Studio is in what was the main pool. Dovecot Gallery will appeal to anyone with a passing interest in contemporary art, but craft and textiles enthusiasts are especially well catered for. Exhibitions showcase art forms such as weaving and jewellery, and summer’s major show is Liberty Art, Fabrics & Fashion (28 July-12 January 2019), exploring 140 years of Liberty London. The tapestry studio, which makes tufted rugs, is not open to the public but can be observed from a viewing balcony.
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Employment Tips: Resource Roundup for New Grads

If you’re a recent graduate, you are probably looking to put your new skills into practice by finding a job in your field. Regardless of what stage you are at in your job search, the blog posts we’ve gathered provide useful information so that you can be ready for your next big opportunity.

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How to Organize Your Job Search

When you’re applying for many different jobs over a short period of time, it can be difficult to keep track of where you applied and even which version of your resume and cover letter you used to apply for each job. This post provides tips for organizing your job search, like:

  • Creating a filing system for your different resumes and cover letters by making separate folders for each job application and using standard naming conventions (that you come up with) for all your job search documents.
  • Using a spreadsheet to track your job applications that has various columns like the name of the company you applied to, the date you applied, and the resume and cover letter versions you used.

Applying for Jobs Online: Common Problems and Solutions

Walking into a business and asking for a job is basically a thing of the past. Instead, companies generally prefer prospective job searchers submit an online application. While the internet is certainly a more convenient way to apply for jobs over hitting the pavement, it’s not without its flaws. This post offers solutions to common problems experienced during the online job hunt.

6 Common Cover Letter Mistakes

Since an employer can receive hundreds of applications, they often narrow down candidates by looking at each applicant’s Cover Letter.

Having a Cover Letter that stands out and accurately conveys your skills and abilities is essential for you to get an edge over other applicants. Some Cover Letter tips that this post includes are:

  1. Ensuring there are no typos, spelling errors, or grammatical errors in your letter
  2. Trying not to focus too much on yourself, and focusing on how your qualifications and skills can solve the company’s problems instead
  3. Trying not to discuss too much — or too little — of your previous work history
  4. Avoiding clichés
  5. Trying not to make your Cover Letter sound like fan mail — highlight your skills and how they apply to the company rather than sounding like the company’s “super fan”

4 Ways to Ask for a Job Reference

If you make it to the interview process, chances are high that the employer will ask you for professional references from people who can attest to your work ethic and character.

This post offers information and tips on different ways that you can approach colleagues and superiors to ask for job references.

The Job Offer and the Employment Contract

4 Things to Consider Before Signing an Employment Contract: Part 1

Once you’re offered a job, it can be tempting to fill out the paperwork you receive as quickly as possible, since you’ve probably already discussed things like job title and salary with your new employer.

Before you sign the dotted line on your Employment Contract, it’s important to make sure that all the agreed upon terms (like job title, salary, responsibilities, overtime, and benefits) are clearly outlined and match what you and your future employer talked about in the original offer.

4 Things to Consider Before Signing an Employment Contract: Part 2

In Part 2 of our post, we did more research and compiled a list of four more things you should consider before signing an Employment Contract.

For instance, some jobs require you to travel, whether it be locally, nationally, or internationally, so your Employment Contract should specify what your travel compensation will be for things like meals, gas, travel time, accommodations, etc.

Resigning from a Job

Resignation Letter Etiquette

As a former student, it’s likely that you have a job that helped you raise extra money to cover expenses and living costs during your time at school. Now that you’ve graduated, your current job might not be in your field of study and you probably want something that will use your education, or maybe you just want a different opportunity in general.

Even if you are planning on never returning to a company or you don’t particularly like your current job, it’s important to resign as amicably as possible so you don’t squander any future opportunities. This post has tips for resigning on good terms, including what to include and what not to include in your Resignation Letter.

5 Ways to Quit Your Job on Good Terms

Even if you are leaving a job that you are planning to never return to, or you have negative feelings towards the people or the place, it’s always best to quit on good terms. Writing a good Resignation Letter is important, but this post also goes through some other things that you can do to leave a good impression with your former employer:

  1. Give notice to your employer. Giving some notice that you are leaving (usually two weeks, although the amount of time can vary depending on how long you’ve been employed at your job) will help your employer plan for when you’re gone.
  2. Offer to tie up any loose ends. It’s recommended that you make yourself available to finish up any projects that you’ve already started and hand off any remaining tasks to your coworkers.
  3. Help with the hiring process. You can help your employer by offering to write the job posting for your position or go through applications to help create a list of candidates that you feel would make good replacements.
  4. Help with the training process. If you’re employer finds a replacement for you, you can offer to help train the new person so they are ready to go in their new position when you leave.
  5. Be present during your notice period. Since you’ve given your notice already, it’s easy to “check out” and not do your job to the best of your ability, since you’re leaving anyway. However, you should continue to give your best effort to avoid early termination or a bad reference.

Finding Meaningful Employment

Finding a job right after graduation might be daunting, but by following the information in these posts, you can help prepare yourself in the best way possible to maximize your current and future opportunities.

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A local’s guide to Poznań, Poland: 10 top tips

Polish musician Daga Gregorowicz reveals the rebellious side of her home city, with its buzzing bars, street art and excellent, cheap restaurants and local cafes

Under the tourist radar and just the right size to explore, Poznań is full of surprises, from cafes in hidden courtyards to riverbank summer pop-ups. Its bourgeois facade masks its anarchic, rebellious side, and it has friendly people, an entrepreneurial spirit and artistic vibe. I also appreciate its intimacy whenever I return from tours, and its flat, bike-friendly geography giving the sense that everything is nearby, including the countryside. With all that, I think Poznań – halfway between Warsaw and Berlin – might be the best starting point for tourists new to Poland. After all, this is where our country was founded, back in the 10th century.

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Tips for a fun — and safe — 4th of July with young children


Michelle Stein

posted in Parenting

What’s not to love about Independence Day: cookouts, fireworks, parades, family and friends. Fun and games aside, without the proper precautions, these new experiences and unfamiliar environments can pose safety risks to young children.

Here are a few tips to ensure your Fourth of July celebrations are fun — and safe — for the little ones.


The safest bet, according to the AAP, is for families to attend community fireworks displays run by professionals. For those planning on setting off fireworks at home, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers the following safety guidelines:

• Don’t allow children to play with or ignite fireworks. (Even sparklers come with risks. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, sparklers can burn at more than 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit and account for 10 percent of fireworks-related injuries.)

• Always have an adult supervise fireworks.

• Avoid buying fireworks packaged in brown paper. This typically means they were made for professional displays and could be dangerous for consumers.

• Make sure everyone watches fireworks displays from a safe distance.

• Call 911 immediately if someone is injured from fireworks.

It’s important to keep in mind, too, that while many kids love fireworks displays, some babies and younger children may become scared or upset by the loud booms. (It’s not particularly great for their hearing, either, depending on how close you are to the fireworks.) So be prepared for the possibility of changing plans if the whole “first fireworks experience” ends up being a dud.

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Large crowds

Community fireworks displays and festivals tend to draw crowds, making it easy for a small child to slip away from caregivers. We all hope it never happens to us. But it doesn’t hurt to be prepared. Here are some measures to consider:

• Have your child memorize your phone number in case she gets lost. For younger children, consider writing your name and phone number on their hand and then coating it with a liquid bandage so the ink doesn’t smear.

• Take a photo of your child in the morning so you have an up-to-date image of him in case he gets separated. You’ll easily be able to give a description of his clothing and hair this way, too.

• Talk to your children about what they should do if they get lost. How do they identify workers/helpers? Where should you plan on meeting up?

• They may be controversial, but backpack harnesses for spirited toddlers can provide an added layer of safety in large crowds.

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Grill safety

Unfortunately, instances of food poisoning peak during the summer months because of the warmer temperatures that allow food-borne illnesses to thrive. So it’s always a good idea to brush up on food and grilling safety if you’re planning on having guests over for a cookout. Here are some pointers from the CDC:

• Separate: While out shopping, grab meat, poultry and seafood last and be sure to separate them from other food in your cart to avoid cross-contamination.

• Keep it chilled: Make sure to keep meat refrigerated until it’s time for cooking. When transporting, keep the temperature below 40 degrees in an insulated cooler.

• Clean: Wash your hands before and after handing raw meat. Don’t forget to do the same with surfaces, utensils, and the grill.

• Cooking: Use a food thermometer to ensure you’re cooking meat hot enough to kill harmful germs. (See this chart for details.)

Last but not least, make sure children know that playing near the grill itself is strictly off-limits. Keep those little fingers safe!

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What safety tips do you have to offer? What are your plans for this Fourth of July?

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This post was originally published in July, 2017.

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Expert Tips for Selecting the Right House Plan

The Winchester plan offers a great open
concept kitchen and family room for informal
entertaining and a separate dining room for
more formal events!

It can be a little overwhelming to decide between so many fantastic options so we asked Diego Rizzardo of SanDiego Homes to share some of the tips he uses to help homeowners pick the best home plan for their lot at their Lakeside Living community in Innisfil!

LIFESTYLE Consider the daily needs, activities and hobbies of those who will live there. If you love to cook, a kitchen with plenty of pantry and workspace is a must. If you are a fitness buff, choose a plan that allows space for a gym. If you work from home, you will need space for a home office. Another important aspect is your entertaining style. “If you often have a large number of guests, a flexible, open concept space is a must,” says Diego. “If you prefer a more intimate setting, you may want a plan like The Winchester that has a separate, formal dining space.” You will also want to consider bedroom space if guests often stay overnight.

The Strathmore plan offers bungalow style living
with plenty of space for guests, perfect for
those who love to entertain and want a home
that will allow them to age in place.

CURRENT AND FUTURE NEEDS It is important to consider how your needs may change over the next 5-10 years. A newlywed couple may feel that a two bedroom plan is perfect for them but if they plan to have children in a few years, they will outgrow that plan quite quickly. For older homeowners, it is important to consider future health and mobility needs. “We offer a variety of bungalow style plans that will allow homeowners to age in place without costly renovations down the road,” says Diego. “Wide hallways are also standard in all models to ensure ease of mobility.” A main floor laundry, master bedroom and bathroom may not seem like a necessity right now but may greatly affect your ability to live independently in the home later in life!

PROPERTY AND LOCATION The lot you are building on and the surrounding area may also affect your decision. How will the position of the sun and wind direction affect the home? What is located on each side of the property? Large windows that take in a beautiful view of the sunset are great but those same windows facing the side of the neighbor’s home are much less enjoyable. “Choose a plan that will take advantage of the best aspects of your property.” says Diego, “But also consider available outdoor space and choose a plan that leaves space for outdoor entertaining, gardening or other outdoor activities you enjoy.”

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Project Cost Tips: 3 Dos and Don’ts of Creating Estimates

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As a contractor, finding the balance between profit and positive customer relationships can be tricky if you own your own business. Of course, you know that there are many factors that go into creating an estimate for a home improvement project, and that no two jobs are exactly the same. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to strike a balance by giving your clients an accurate and fair price without compromising on costs. Here are top dos and don’ts for creating estimates.

Be accurate

Estimates are essential tools for contractors, and not only because they outline the specific costs of a project for potential clients. These figures are also useful for your records because they help shape your future estimates. That’s why it’s so important to include everything that you view as a cost for each project. Some of the most common costs include:

  • Materials
  • Labor
  • Miscellaneous costs, including:
    • Building permits
    • Administrative and other fees
    • Rental vehicles and equipment

Methodically listing and pricing each individual cost—or stick estimating, as it’s called in the industry—is a common way of accurately estimating a building project. However, it can be very time consuming. Some contractors now prefer to estimate by using unit costs instead, while others make use of construction estimating software to make the job even quicker and easier.

If you opt for the high tech route, we recommend checking out a variety of programs and choosing one that suits you and your business best. If you need help choosing, other construction pros love the estimation software from companies such as BuilderTREND, Quick Bid, Sage Estimating, and Procore.

Whichever estimation method you choose, remember that accuracy is key. Ballpark figures aren’t good enough here; although it is just an estimate at the end of the day, your past projects will provide enough information to help you produce an estimate that is right on the money (so to speak!).

Be honest

If there is one thing more important to your customers than a good price, it’s honesty. This applies to the entire process of a building project, of course, but is particularly useful to remember when producing estimates for potential clients. If, for whatever reason, you decide to quote a price that is much lower than you actually anticipate, know that your decision will become evident sooner or later.

While under-estimating may secure a new lead and boost your clientele initially, rising costs throughout the course of the building project will soon become apparent. Once your client knows that the price you quoted isn’t exactly accurate, you will lose their trust and, most likely, their business. A positive client-professional relationship is more important than a high profit margin at the end of the day, because happy clients will be more likely to become repeat customers who give you great reviews and more business.

Be professional

In any business, professionalism goes a long way towards creating a brand that is both reputable and successful. For contractors, staying professional during the estimation process means:

  • Being honest – By following the recommendations outlined above, you will be able to provide your clients with an accurate and honest estimate for their home improvement work.
  • Keeping a paper trail – Always provide written estimates for your clients to look over (it’s also a good idea to keep a copy on file for future reference).
  • Communicating your costs – Arrange a meeting to discuss a breakdown of your estimate with your clients, taking time to answer any questions or concerns they may have about the itemized prices.

If, after costing a project for a potential client, you feel like you can’t commit to the expenditure, service, or time scale required, let them know as soon as possible.  Part of your job as a contracting professional is making sure you are the right person for the job, so if it turns out you aren’t, your clients will understand and appreciate your honesty.

Producing an estimate for every construction job you undertake may sound time-consuming and monotonous, but the benefits far outweigh the drawbacks. If your estimates are accurate, truthful, and clear, you will establish a positive relationship with new customers from the very beginning. This transparency will be appreciated by your leads and stand you and your business in good stead for a financially viable and successful future.

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10 of the UK’s best waterside pubs: readers’ travel tips

On canals, coast and riverbanks, readers pick their favourite pubs for a drink in the sunshine while taking in the action – or lack of it – on the water

Waterside pubs are an amazing link with the past on the UK’s 3,000 miles of canals. One of the very best is the Admiral Nelson at the locks near the entry to the Braunston tunnel. The very cosy interior is supplied with a pile of foodie books by an enormous fireplace. You can watch the stream of canal boats and colourful work boats with their gorgeous decorations as the locks are operated, two boats up and then two down. There is a ghost in the part of the pub that was once the canal worker’s morgue. She walks through the wall into the bar, apparently. The Nelson has always been a meeting point for boaters with stories of canal trips around England, and has been for 300 years.
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Tips to Help Lower Your Cholesterol

It is never too late for you to decide to change your eating habits and work to improve your health, and when it comes to preventing high cholesterol levels, diet plays an important role. So, here are two ways to use food to help.

1. Choose fats that are good for you. Far too many Americans are consuming too much fat. According to doctors at the Mayo Clinic, “saturated fats, found primarily in red meat and dairy products, raise your total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, the “bad” cholesterol.” As a rule, they suggest that you should get less than 7 percent of your daily calories from saturated fats. You can choose from a list of foods like avocados, olive oil, dark chocolate, eggs, and fish such as salmon, trout and mackerel, to help get good saturated fat into your diet.

2. Limit the amount of trans fats you consume. In simple terms, trans fats are created by adding hydrogen to vegetable oil. It allows for foods to have a longer shelf life but can lead to insulin resistance, inflammation, high cholesterol and belly fat accumulation. The easiest way to cut back on trans fats is to limit the amount of processed oils –vegetable oil, corn oil and lard – and junk food such as snack cakes, chips, cookies, and other processed foods. Check the labels and read the ingredients to determine what you are consuming and be aware of labels stamped as fat-free. Food manufacturers are allowed to place a fat-free label on products that contain small amounts of trans fats.

Following these two tips could help you to maintain good cholesterol levels and good health.

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Digital Marketing Tips for Today’s Residential Contractor: How Consumer Trends are Shaping the Roofing Industry

Roofers tend to think in terms of regionality, not demographics. After all, being able to identify materials that will withstand an area’s high winds or stand up to a sudden hailstorm is pretty useful information for customers. The contractor’s mind is packed with practical insights and solutions to counter the logistical challenges of weathering the elements.

However, given how the construction industry lags behind other fields in terms of marketing, some knowledge of what attracts customers and drives their purchasing decisions could be enough to propel a business toward previously overlooked markets. Roofers who include more digital marketing channels will position themselves well for the future, especially since digitalization is beginning to seriously impact consumer behavior. Download our eBook to learn how today’s roofers can take advantage of several burgeoning consumers trends to grow their markets and attract and wider range of homeowners. 

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This summer, keep your kids happy with these essential safety tips


Laura Falin

posted in Life

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:


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. 


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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3 Productivity Tips for New Freelancers

Starting a new freelancing career comes with some unique challenges to productivity that you might not find in a typical office job. It’s difficult for many people to set clear boundaries between work life and home life when they take place in the same physical space, and that can negatively impact a freelancer’s ability to stay motivated throughout their day.

In this post, we’ll share three tips that new freelancers can use to ensure their new self-employed career gets off to a successful and productive start.

1. Create a Separate Work Space for Yourself

It can be difficult to separate your “home” self from your “work” self when you work in the same place where you’re accustomed to relaxing. Many studies on work-from-home productivity show if you don’t set clear boundaries between work and home, it can seriously affect your ability to decompress and sleep—your brain might even start registering your home as “the office”, where you’re not conditioned to rest easily.

If you want to be as productive as possible from home, it’s essential that you create a separate space to work. You don’t necessarily need to renovate an entire room to set up a home office—some people even manage to turn closets into functional office spaces on the cheap—but you need something where you can see a clear division between living space and working space.

A devoted office space will also allow you to keep your work things organized and separated from your personal belongings. There’s nothing worse than misplacing your invoices, client contracts, or other important files because they’re scattered around your house.

2. Set a Schedule (and Stick to It)

One of the common hindrances to productivity when you work from home is the potential for you to lose any sense of structure in your workday. The best way to combat this issue is by creating a schedule for yourself and sticking to it.

Some people will work a typical 9-to-5 day from home, but you do have the option to be more flexible with your schedule. In that case, you should work when you’re most productive (whether that means starting at 6 a.m. or noon), or even splitting your day so you work half in the morning and half later in the evening.

The nice thing about setting your own work hours is that you also have the freedom to pick which days of the week you want to make your weekends. Some people prefer to take days off in the middle of the week, while others prefer to split their weekend up. It’s up to you so long as it doesn’t interfere with your communication with your clients.

Keep in mind, in some cases you might be at the mercy of your clients in regards to meetings, conference calls, or emails, which may involve rearranging your schedule.

3. Don’t Treat Your Work Day Like It’s Just Another Day at Home

If you’re going to keep up the division between work and home, you need to treat your work hours like you would if you were spending them in any other office. This means you should go through the motions of getting ready for the day to get yourself prepared for work.

It’s hard to feel productive when you’re unwashed, unkempt, and hanging out in your pajamas. So when you get up in the morning, take a shower, comb your hair, put on real clothes, and have a good breakfast. It will help kickstart your brain into working mode. And if you’re feeling cooped up in the house, you can always work in a public space like a library or coffee shop.

Don’t forget that in any decent job you get breaks, so remember to take a few! Some people are tempted to graze on junk food and work from sunup to sundown, but you need a genuine break to recharge (and make some real food to help keep your energy up).

Find a Work-Life Balance at Home

The most important thing for a freelancer working from home is to treat their work the same way they would any other job with a regular workspace away from their house. Doing this will also ensure that your days off don’t feel like another day at the home office and hamper your ability to get some genuine rest.

Our brains work against us when it comes to productivity at home because we’re used to relaxing there, so it takes a more conscious effort to maintain motivation. But by employing some of these tips, you’ll find it easier to get through an eight-hour day at home without faltering.

Do you have any tips that help keep you on a productive track when working from home?

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4 Essential Tips On How to Improve Credit Scores In 2018

If you have a credit score that you are not proud of then you are not alone. According to Experian, approximately 1/3 of Americans have a “not so good” credit score. In fact we take our credit and credit cards so seriously, one report says more than 7 million Americans have hidden a bank or credit card account from their spouse or partner. This breaks down to approximately 4.4 million men and 2.8 million women. And if you fall in that number of Americans with poor or fair credit, don’t be alarmed. Here are four tips that are not outdated, on how to improve your credit score.

1. Check your credit annually

First, it is important to see what is actually on your credit report. Keep in mind, you don’t have to pay for a copy of your credit report but you can obtain a free copy of all three reports at annualcreditreport.com. However, in order to receive your credit score, you may have to pay a nominal fee. Taking time to review your reports is essential. Determine if there are any inaccuracies and if so dispute! This way, negative reporting items could possibly be removed, thus maximizing your overall credit score.

2. Add the positives to your credit score

If you review your credit report and find that an account in good standing has not been reported, take action! In some cases, there may be instances where an account that can actually help boost your credit score was omitted from your report. Consider contacting the creditor and request the information is added. Doing so can also help improve your overall credit score.

3. Use a credit calculator

If you are thinking of making changes to your credit situation, consider using an online calculator first. Credit Karma has a cool calculator to answer “what if” scenarios, such as:

What if I pay off a credit card?
What happens if I increase my line of credit?
What changes will be made to my score if I charge on my credit card?
How many points will my score decrease if I miss a payment?

4. Pay down balances

It also essential to have an understanding of what comprises your credit score. Amounts owed and payment history comprise 65% of your credit score! So with that being said, it is not only important to make certain you make timely payments but it is also essential to be mindful of your credit utilization.

So what does that mean? If you have a credit line of $ 1,000 and used $ 600 of your available credit, your credit utilization is 60%! Not a good idea. Using 30% or less of your credit lines can help improve your credit score.

Lastly, remember, you can boost your credit score yourself. You don’t have to pay tons of money to get your credit together! Don’t be discouraged, keep pressing and keep pushing and one day you will have a score that works best for you!


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A local’s guide to Vilnius, Lithuania: 10 top tips

‘Vilnius, the G-spot of Europe: Nobody knows where it is, but when you find it, it’s amazing’ … a bold claim from a recent tourist ad that went viral

The poster produced by two students referring to Lithuania’s capital as Europe’s G-spot really sums the city up: it is not where you thought it was. It is not in eastern Europe, not even in central Europe, but the capital of a Baltic state in northern Europe.

Founded in 1323 by grand duke Gediminas, who attracted Jewish and German tradesmen and merchants with generous tax exemptions, for centuries it became a destination for those fleeing religious persecution (there was even a Scottish Calvinist community in Vilnius) or tough trade guild regulations. The city’s coat of arms features Saint Christopher, the patron saint of travellers.

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Etiquette Tips for the Office Gym and the Gym Near the Office

gym near the office etiquette (and office gym etiquette tips)Here’s a topic we haven’t talked about in forever: what are your best tips office gym etiquette? Whether your workplace has a gym for employees, there’s a gym near the office so you always see coworkers there before, after, or during work — or you’re traveling with coworkers and see them at the hotel gym — what are the dos and don’ts? (ARE there any in 2018?) We’ve talked about a lot of office to gym issues in the past, including how to fit in mid-day workoutswhat to wear to workout in front of your coworkers, and how to handle workouts near the office — and we kind of discussed whether leggings with “daring” mesh cutouts were appropriate in our recent conversation on comfortable workwear for late nights.

So let’s discuss! Various questions:

  • do you really care about how much “cooldown” time you’ve got as a buffer between your gym time, or are you cool to go to a meeting with your cheeks flushed and some sweat still in your hair?
  • If you exercise at a gym before work, is wet hair at work ever acceptable?
  • Are there certain things you won’t wear to the office gym (e.g., bra tops, short shorts, leggings with mesh cutouts, graphic t-shirts, 80s-inspired workout headbands)?
  • Are there any workouts you won’t do in the office gym, like preferring not to do a bouncy aerobics class in a windowed room?
  • Similar to our discussion of the dos and don’ts for salons near the office — do you try to avoid dumping a lot of work on your subordinates and then working out in a more public spot like something viewed from the windows (or being seen in the office hallways with workout gear on)?

For my $ .02, I’ve seen more men make gaffes with “gym near the office etiquette” — I remember one older partner regularly coming into work at like 9 AM straight from his shower at the gym up the street with his shirt completely unbuttoned so his bare chest was on full view… and while I’m not sure it’s a gaffe or not, I do remember one more junior partner who would dump a bunch of work on me and my team members and then loudly announce he had a 4 PM spin class to get to. (Good for him for fitting exercise into his busy day… just maybe keep it more vague?)

All right, ladies, let’s hear from you — what are your thoughts on corporate gym and gym near the office etiquette?

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Work Fashion Tips for Petite Women

work fashion tips for petite womenIt’s on my to-do list today to update a lot of our older posts with advice for where to buy petite-friendly clothes for work, and I thought I’d ask the readers: what are your best work fashion tips for petite women? Do you think certain styles work better than other — or is it all about knowing your body shape and tailoring it? I’m 5’4″, so I’m right on the cusp of petite sizes… these are some of my best tips for petite women, but I’d love to hear yours…

  1. Don’t feel like you have to wear 5″ heels to look professional — it’s ok to be short! (We’ve actually even discussed whether 4″ heels are appropriate for interview heels or other work situations — know your office before you buy a ton!)
  2. Know where to shop. We’ve rounded up the best workwear for petites in the past — but it’s also worth noting that depending on your exact dimensions, sometimes regular sizes may work best for you (for example, as a 5’4″ woman, I often buy petite pants but regular-length skirts) — and many brands offer “short” lengths that are cut slightly differently than petite lengths. Keep an eye to quality and style, but it’s worth noting that if you’re very petite you may be able to shop in juniors’ or children’s size ranges as well. (If you’re on the hunt for the unicorn that is plus-sized petites, check out our roundup of the best workwear for size 16 and beyond.)
  3. Tailor it up. We’ve rounded up the best suiting alterations for women and common tailoring alterations for women — but you can also learn to do some things yourself, such as hemming pants. YouTube is a great source for free tutorials, and you can find affordable online courses at places like Craftsy or Skillshare, as well as in-person lessons at local fabric stores like Joann. It’s also worth noting that some stores provide free alterations on your purchases, at least up to a certain point — for example, Nordstrom offers many free alterations on full-price clothing — “basic alterations are free for many full-price items purchased at Nordstrom and Trunk Club (online or in stores)” — and depending which level Nordstrom rewards cardmember you are, you may be entitled to $ 100 or more of reimbursement for alteration expenses.
  4. Know YOUR body. It’s hard to say “petite women always look great in this” because petite bodies come in all sizes, with all sorts of leg/waist/hip/bust ratios. A structured, shrunken one-button blazer may look great on one petite woman — while a dolman-sleeved sweater may look great on another.
  5. Don’t expect every look to work on you. Learn which styles work well on you and which don’t. For example, a large print may overwhelm your frame — the current trend of “stick a ruffle on it” may really, really not work for you. Start with clean, minimalist clothing in neutral colors, and build from there. Our four-week work outfit challenge may be just what you need to try different work outfit ideas.
  6. A note on looking young (and trying to use fashion to look older): A lot of young professionals who are petite worry about looking like high-schoolers, but we’ve noted in the past, “looking young” has every bit to do with how you hold yourself, speak, and otherwise present yourself — in other words, it often comes down to “acting young” more than looking young. Before you buy designer clothes, get expensive highlights, or buy a slew of uncomfortable heels, you may want to check out this post on executive presence, or this post on how to be taken seriously when you look young, where we advised a 30-something college professor on some beyond-the-basic tips.

How about you, readers? What are your best work fashion tips for petites? Which are your favorite petite stores for workwear — and suits?

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We rounded up 6 easy work fashion tips for petite women -- and asked our readers for more. Whether you're concerned about looking young, gaining height, dressing professionally, or just knowing WHERE to find petite-friendly clothes for work, we've got you covered.

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Nurse Alice: Men’s Health Month Tips for the Ladies

Ladies, do you have #teamus #usagainsttheworld #forever #relationshipgoals? If so, know that June is Men’s Health Awareness Month and whether we like to admit it or not, nine out of 10 times we’re the ones who are nudging (or nagging) our men to go to the doctor. So really, it’s an awareness month for us to remind them. Getting your favorite guy to visit the physician for an annual checkup is a simple and essential step to keeping him healthy. I know he may work your nerves from time to time but whether you’re dating, in a situation-ship, engaged, or married, I know you want him to stick around for a while. So use Men’s Health Month as a reason for him to get checked out. Still need help getting him there? 

Try these tips to get your man/bae/boo to the doctor’s office. 

Make the appointment for him. 

This may make you feel like their mom, but it helps a lot. Half of the time, men just don’t want to find a doctor who is in their insurance network, wait on hold to make an appointment, and look at their calendar. If you do the dirty work for them, then you’ve won half the battle.

Go with him.

You may as well schedule your physical at the same time. Even if you don’t need one, you could always go along and get a flu shot or have your blood pressure measured. There is comfort in company.

Look into his father’s health history.  

Men often identify strongly with their father’s medical history. If you determine that your partner’s father and grandfather all struggled with similar conditions, this may be enough evidence that your partner should go to the doctor.

Bring up the kids. 

Whether you already have children or are planning on having children, remind him that he will probably want to be around for his child’s high school graduation, college graduation, wedding, and more.

Tell him he’s a role model. 

If you do have children, then you can remind your partner that your kids take their cues from him. If he won’t go to the doctor, then why should they?

Give him something he wants.  

Look, men can be like kids when it comes to going to the doctor. Maybe you should just let him buy the wet bar he wants for the kitchen or the video game that just came out. Honestly, that’s a small price to pay if it means he’ll go in for his physical.

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Celebrate the Earth: Tips for Healthy People and a Healthy Planet

Taking care of our planet is important and we can contribute in many ways — both big and small— that also benefit our own health and well-being. Try some of these tips for healthy people and a healthy planet.


Take time to unplug … and plug in

Unplugging is important for both electronics and for humans.

  • Unplugging chargers and small electronics from the wall socket when they are not in use can save energy. For people, disconnecting from our ever-present devices and getting out in the fresh air can help us to refuel.
  • Consider plugging in. An electric or hybrid car can significantly reduce fossil fuel consumption and air pollution. There are more than 300 electric-vehicle charging stations available at Kaiser Permanente facilities, with more planned.

Eat sustainably

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A great way to eat more sustainably is to visit your nearby farmers market to seek out small, local farmers who use fewer synthetic chemicals to grow food.

Move more

Your commute and short trips can be an opportunity to get outdoors and add physical activity to your day.

  • Leave the car at home. Whether you walk, jog, ride a bike, skip or turn cartwheels, finding alternatives for short trips can help you to be more active and reduce pollution in your community.
  • Use public transportation. People who take public transportation are more likely to walk 10,000 steps a day than car commuters. And walking the recommended 150 minutes per week happens quickly if you include 15 to 20 minutes each way getting to and from work.

Hydrate and landscape responsibly

Water is an important and precious resource.

  • Drink plenty of water, but avoid single-use plastic bottles to save money and reduce plastic waste.
  • Save water — and save on your water bill — by regularly checking for and fixing leaks, as well as being conscientious in your water use. Taking shorter showers and waiting to run washing machines or dishwashers until they are full can save gallons of water each time.
  • Choose native plants for landscaping to save both water and energy.

Curtail chemicals

There are several ways to reduce exposure to toxic chemicals.

  • Make your own household cleaners — white vinegar and baking soda are non-toxic and work on almost everything.
  • Choose healthier products, including soaps, lotions and other personal care products without synthetic chemicals or fragrances.
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.

Manage waste

One of the best ways to reduce waste is to avoid producing it in the first place.

  • Where possible, consider buying durable and reusable products and limiting purchases of goods that are less necessary.
  • When you do consume, recycle more. Increasing numbers of communities have curbside pick-ups for compost and plant waste, so food scraps and garden clippings don’t have to go to a landfill.
  • Be sure not to flush unused or expired medications down the drain. Wastewater treatment plants are generally not designed to treat pharmaceutical waste. Learn about the FDA’s guidelines on proper drug disposal or search out drug take-back programs in your community.
  • When you have household hazardous waste such as batteries, make sure to dispose of it properly to avoid contaminating the soil or water in your community.

Learn more about Kaiser Permanente’s efforts to protect the environment and the health of communities, as well as additional tips for your home.

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7 tips to planning a music festival trip with your girlfriends


Summer is finally on the way, and all those music festivals are about to hit. After years of dreaming, you and the girls are finally off on your adventure! But there are some things to remember before loading up the car and setting off.

Which bands matter?

You’ll be making a list and checking it twice as you sit with your besties and decide who is a top priority to see. Sadly, there could be two bands on at the same time. As much as it would be great to see them, no one can be in two places at once. It’s all about working out who will be the best to see as well as who goes on tour more than others before making your final decisions. Plus, you may have to sacrifice seeing one of your bands in favor of your friends.

Final check

As much as you have planned, many festivals may change their lineup shortly before the big event. It’s time for another night of gossiping as you go through the schedule one more time. Has anyone been added? Is someone missing? Although everything may not go according to plan, at least you know when the main ones to see will be playing. Who knows, the festival may have even kept one of the leading acts a secret until the final few days. The suspense is too much to handle!

Expect the unexpected

Of course, the headliners may have been the ones to draw you to the festival in the first place. However, there are plenty of other bands and musicians in the lineup, too. One of the best parts of heading to a festival is getting a chance to enjoy all the new music on offer that you may never have heard before. By being open to new plans, you could soon discover a new favorite band. As well as new music, you could walk past a stall or food truck that is offering up a brand new experience. After all, you only live once.

App check

Smartphones are wonderful inventions, and now there are many apps to give us even more excuse to be on our phone. Before heading off to the festival, have a look and see if there is an app available to download. It could include a planner for your time away, or even offer up unique camera option to capture the perfect moments with your squad. Plus, everything will then all be in one unique place without the worry of losing those precious memories or that ever important schedule.

Keep hydrated

It’s all too easy to forget to drink water, but spending all day in the sun and walking around can quickly leave you dehydrated. Team that with any drinking and it could spell a recipe for disaster. The last thing you’d want after forking out on the tickets and planning all the details is to miss your favorite bands down to something so avoidable such as dehydration. Many festivals will let music lovers carry an empty bottle around with you to keep yourself topped up at all times.

Portable chargers = lifesavers

Many festivals now offer up opportunities to charge your phone while your out and about with their various outlets dotted around. However, what happens if you haven’t had a chance to get some juice and you’re wandering around the festival grounds all day? Plus, there is always the chance that you could get split up from your group. What if your cell dies? Having a portable charger means you’ll be able to keep on top of taking all those incredible pictures, as well as having a backup just in case you need someone in an emergency.

Shoe worries

Yes, those new high heels look beautiful. Are they suitable for a festival? Probably not. Going to a festival is the perfect excuse to buy a new pair of shoes, but it’s vital to think about how comfortable they will be after walking around for hours. Will you still be able to enjoy yourself with massive blisters? Chances are, it will be a good mood ruiner. Instead, opt for something that will be comfortable to wear all day rather than something that will look good in an Instagram post.

The most important thing to remember while at the festival is to have fun. After all, why else would you be there? Music festivals offer atmospheres like no other and create everlasting memories with your girlfriends. Now you all know how to make the most of your time away.


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A local’s guide to Kraków: 10 top tips

It’s Kraków’s striking medieval old town, one of the finest in Europe, that attracts visitors, but the city’s youthful restaurants, bars and cultural hangouts are well worth checking out, too

Hotel Forum was a monstrous concrete carbuncle of a hotel built during the Soviet era (started in 1978, it took 11 years to complete) next to the Vistula river in the middle of the city. It represented unprecedented luxury in Poland at the time, and featured a swimming pool, mini golf and a casino. But it only stayed open for 13 years – a design fault led to the basement constantly flooding, and it stood decaying and abandoned for many years. The long-term fate of the building is still uncertain, but five years ago, a group of creatives set up Forum Przestrzenie, a contemporary cultural centre with a bar and a good kitchen, which is now one of the hippest venues in the city. Local beers cost about 8zl (£1.65), pizzas from £6.30. Alongside concerts, movie screenings, food and fashion shows, locals come to relax on deckchairs and enjoy the sunset, with Wawel Castle across the river. DJs provide extra ambience. It has a very relaxed atmosphere in a retro setting.
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7 Money Tips to Slay Your Dream Summer Vacation

Summer is right around the corner, making this a prime time for travel adventures. According to WalletHub, 49% of Americans say they need a vacation more this year than last year, and 56% actually plan on acting on the urge. Whether it’s a simple state-to-state road trip or an international voyage, taking the time to get a bit of relax-relate-release from all the pressures of life is essential for one’s mental health and can strengthen family and friendship bonds.

Anyone who travels knows navigating the trip financially can be a bit challenging without proper research and planning. WalletHub reveals telling facts about this year’s travelers and a few insights into how to circumvent the worries and get to the fun.

7 Money Tips to Slay Your Dream Summer Vacation

  • Americans spend more than $ 245 billion on international travel each year. According to WalletHub, several banks and card issuers offer incentives including travel rewards or cut foreign transaction fees altogether. Some also offer services like insurance for lost luggage, free overnight replacement cards, and courtesy worldwide acceptance. (Check out this list on the most popular credit cards on the market that are travel-friendly for international treks.)


  • 47% percent of travelers worry about money, yet 35% of people think travel is worth getting into debt forExperts say planning makes perfect. Instead of going into debt, try creating a savings plan that you work throughout the year and make realistic goals for a vacation budget. Get realistic about what type of trip you can afford and try cost-saving sites like Groupon.


  • Search out cards that offer points for the essential purchases you make daily and you might have enough for that 2019 trek through Europe without spending a dime.


  • 40% of travelers have used credit card rewards to pay for at least part of a vacation. 


  • 50% of travelers worry about a weather issue, 45% about travel delays, 38% about theft and 33% about illness but the good news is that 70% of card issuers offer financial assistance for travel emergencies. Contact your bank or card issuer to find out your options before your trip or check out this list.


  • 40% of Americans think about post-vacation credit card bills while on vacay. Why struggle with future worries instead of enjoying the moment? Setting up automatic withdrawals and sticking to a true budget will help with the issue of being overwhelmed when it’s time to return to business as usual. Experts also recommend paying some bills before you leave so that you can put your mind at ease when it’s time to face upcoming ones.

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17 self-care tips for moms who have no freaking time or money


Maggie Downs

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Self care is the buzzword du jour, I guess.

After I gave birth, everybody talked about it, including the doctor, my friends, my mom’s group, and a random person in the drugstore aisle. And while they meant well, I always wondered how?

How can you possibly care for yourself when time is in short supply, money is tight, and all your energy is given to the tiny human who depends on it?

Selfie of mom with sleeping baby

I do think it’s true that moms – and new moms especially – require a solid dose of self-care as a necessary part of caring for others.

But putting on the oxygen mask first before you care for others feels counterintuitive as a new mom. Moms routinely eat cold food as they feed their own children first, abstain from sleep to tend to another, and do without the resources they need in order to provide for the babies. It doesn’t surprise me that women report higher rates of extreme stress than men.

Whenever my well-intentioned acquaintances offered suggestions of self-care, like, “You should treat yourself to a pedicure!” I couldn’t help but laugh like a maniac. Yeah, I know my needs should come first, but who will take the baby? How will I pay for it? Is it worth the guilt I’ll feel for spending resources like time, energy, and cash on myself?


Woman swinging and sun shining by her crotch

There has to be a better way to self-care.

After 2.5 years of mothering, I think I’ve finally realized I needed to change my own definition of what it means to treat myself. Self-care doesn’t have to be a costly day at the spa. It doesn’t have to involve spending money. And it doesn’t always mean spending a large chunk of time away from the family.

It’s anything that returns your focus to you. It’s making room for at least one happiness in a day of chaos and poopy diapers. It’s recognizing that you and your health needs are essential.

And then it’s integrating this into your daily routine.

As the writer and activist Audre Lorde said, “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation.”

Here are some suggestions for doing just that:

• Cross something off your to-do list.

• Play your favorite song and have a five-minute dance party with your child.

• Unplug from electronics for an amount of time, whether it’s a half-hour or an afternoon. Put the phone on vibrate. Don’t answer email. Turn off the news.

• Plan some healthy snacks ahead of time. Cut up veggies or fruit, make bean dip, freeze homemade juice popsicles, have a smoothie ready to go.

• Light a candle.

• Put flowers on the table.

• If your child is doing something crafty, join in. It’s fun to draw, scribble, paint, or get your hands in clay.

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• Cuddle an animal.

• Look at beautiful things, whether that means window shopping or an art museum.

• Use your old coffee grounds to make a bath scrub that feels decadent but costs almost nothing.

• Get some fresh air. (During my son’s naps, I often brought the baby monitor outside while I sat on the front steps. Just having a few minutes of air and sunshine made my entire day better.)

• Take a walk.

• Do something nice for someone else.

• Play on the playground. (My non-scientific opinion: Swings are the best.)

• Drink an extra glass of water.

• Stretch. Find some good videos on YouTube.

• Go to bed early.

How do you care for yourself?

Images by Maggie Downs, and Unsplash and iStock

This post was originally published in March, 2017.

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Tips from a family of four who quit their jobs to travel the world full-time


Family time is precious and can lead to plenty of new and exciting memories. These parents took their young family one step further. Prepare for the birth of the @bucketlistfamily! After packing their bags to head on the adventure of a lifetime, parents Jessica and Garett have plenty of tips on how they have made their traveling lives work by creating an online persona for themselves.

Stand out from the crowd

In a world of 7.4 billion people, it can be hard to stand out. However, these parents admit it is vital to find your selling point. Whether it is taking unique photos such as picturesque underwater shots, or traveling to a certain number of countries in a set time; to reach fame you need a selling point that will always keep people coming back for more. For this pair, it is their family life and adventures they share with their three children!

Using your skills

Jessica and Garett admit they have always had a love of journal keeping. So when it came time to decide on their online pages, they opted for a way they could capture all their precious memories forever while also pursuing careers. What skills do you possess? It could be blog writing, photography, or vlogs of your travels. It’s time to put those talents to good use and turn them into a real money maker.

Be yourself

After all, it will be much easier to keep up your online antics if you are just being you. These parents admit that in their vlogs they talk as if they are telling the stories to their friends and family back home. Your followers will love the honesty, and fall in love with your content thanks to its individuality. If you try and act as though you’re someone you’re not, you could find yourself losing out on potential business and upset your fans.

All about meaning

One of the most important parts of creating online pages is to create something that is meaningful to your family, according to Jessica and Garett. The parents admit they use Instagram as a way to hold onto the memories of the family adventures so will only post photos that capture their time together. If you aren’t in love with your content, then it may come across in your posts.

Reach out to the fans

The fans are the ones that will make your lives possible! Without a following, it may be hard to live a life on the road as traveling extraordinaires. Jessica and Garett state that it’s better to build up a relationship with a small following than it is to have thousands of fans that never interact with your content. This could be asking questions in your posts, setting up polls, or creating competitions. Whatever it is you choose to do, don’t forget about the people that make your lifestyle possible.

Find the brands

You may be surprised at how many brands are willing to team up with people that are building themselves on social media. If you know you want to work with a particular company, then look at the other content they are putting out there. Could you recreate it with your own unique spin? Brands may not start sponsoring you straight away, and you may just receive some free content in return for some promotions on your page. However, as your fan base continues to grow, the paychecks may just soon start rolling in.

It may sound daunting, but the @bucketlistfamily have shown the world how you can raise a young family while still getting to take in all the sights the world has to offer. Just imagine raising your family in a new country every month. Could you soon be booking your plane tickets to join them on this incredible adventure?


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A local’s guide to Brussels: 10 top tips

The Belgian capital isn’t all boring Eurocrats: a cast of creative types are busy doing their arty things – often with humour and a social conscience

Veer sharply left by the Chanel store on Boulevard de Waterloo and you’ll find yourself in a tiny oasis among Brussels’ busiest shopping streets. The gardens of the elegant Egmont Palace (now the home of Belgium’s foreign ministry) are a public park, one of the most secret in Brussels. It’s home to a charming little statue of Peter Pan, a gift from the children of Britain to the children of Belgium, and the palace’s former orangery is now a cool, modern restaurant, La Fabrique en Ville, that boasts Brussels’ best terrace for brunch in the sun. Poached eggs and homemade hollandaise on an English muffin is on the expensive side at €13.50, but well worth it for brunching like a king in the grounds of a former palace.

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10 of the best early summer breaks in France: readers’ tips

Our tipsters love a pre-season jaunt across the Channel – it’s the perfect time to visit Mediterranean villages and idyllic Atlantic resorts, or to go walking in the French Alps

Cassis, around an hour’s drive from Marseille, is a tiny port town famous for its salty rosé (not to be confused with blackcurrant liqueur crème de cassis, from Burgundy) and herb-scented whites. We had the delight of a vineyard tour at Clos Saint Magdeleine, where the family greeted us like long-lost friends and took us on a journey through the vines, allowing us to sample their beautiful pale rosés made with grenache and cinsault grapes. The town has a great little beach under a towering cliff, Cap Canaille, one of France’s highest. Taking a boat or hiking three or four kilometres you can visit the many calanques (steep-sided limestone inlets) along the coast, which offer deserted bays for swimming. In May, just before the high season begins, accommodation should be that little bit easier to find.
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‘Legion’ Director’s Tips On Decoding the Show’s Complicated Scripts

If you’re a fan of Legion, it won’t have escaped your notice that it’s a complicated show. If you find yourself frequently lost, be assured that you’re not alone. Its confusing nature isn’t lost on series director Tim Mielants, who benefits from the intervention of series creator Noah Hawley and the show’s co-writers to shed light on what’s going on in the scripts. FANDOM asked Mielants to help viewers decode the complex shenanigans of the entirely unique superhero series. Here are his top five pointers.

1. Know That It’s Character Driven

Mielants says to always watch with the characters front and centre in your mind, rather than the events and story per se.

“The character is always at the centre of it. What are they feeling, what’s the relationship, what’s the central feeling of it all?” he says.

“I know where the show is going,” he adds. “I know what’s going to happen with [main characters] David and Syd and I know these two characters are at the centre of it. You’ll always feel emotionally engaged with these characters [as the show progresses], and I think that’s going to be important; I know that’s what the story is about. About them, and about Syd, and about identity. About all these different things that really connect with an audience.”

2. Think of It As Poetry

Rachel Keller as Syd and Dan Stevens as David.

It doesn’t always have to make sense.

“I like to see Legion as an experience where you don’t necessarily have to understand everything,” says Mielants. “It’s like something hypnotic. So, approaching everything from a rational point of view isn’t necessarily the experience [we’re going for]. When I did the first season, I was watching a lot of [Russian filmmaker] Tarkovsky and, strangely enough, I see a lot of similarities. It’s more ‘let the poetry come to you, and just let the images and everything come to you’ rather than attempting to understand everything. Because you might end up very frustrated.”

3. The Showrunner Hires Directors Who Bring Personality

Look at other work by the episode directors to help you understand what you’re watching. And be aware that each individual episode may have its own independent feel.

“Noah pushes you to put your own personality into it and give your own point of view,” says Mielants. “Because he likes to have a subjective point of view from the director in approaching the material. [Reading the script for the first time], I always start crying for a while because it’s so difficult. Am I going to pull it off? But if you just work on it step by step and you keep on collecting ideas, and try differing things out and go back into film history, you always come up with a solution — and that’s always very rewarding.”

4. Put the Marvel Comics Aside and Watch Buñuel Films

You may find more to help you unpack Legion in the films of Luis Buñuel than in comic books.

You may well find yourself more in tune with what’s going on if you look to surrealism.

Mielants says, “From a personal point of view, I’m a director who loves surreal cinema. I’m a big Buñuel fan and I’m a guy who really loves European surrealism, and [artist] René Magritte and [director] André Delvaux. When Noah asked me to do the show, I told him I have no Marvel experience; I know nothing about comic worlds. He said, ‘I just like the crossover from surrealism to the American world and that’s all very interesting, this exploration’.

“The first thing I do is I go into movie history and I steal the hell out of it. Really steal, literally. And then you combine your own ideas and you come to a result, for better or worse. But that’s the way I have approached every episode of Legion so far.”

5. Gen Up on the Works of David Lynch

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The work of David Lynch holds the key to getting to grips with Legion.

Mielants says there’s a definite Lynchian influence apparent in Legion. “I’m a kid from the 80s so you can’t be indifferent from watching [David Lynch’s work]. It sticks with you forever. So it’s there always, whatever I do. And I know it’s the same for Noah. He loves David Lynch.”

So there you go. The next episode of Legion should be a cinch to decode. Cheers, Tim.

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4 Bra-Fitting Tips an Expert Wants You to Know

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

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

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

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

This is so pretty under a tee. Available in sizes XS to L.
You’ll feel so confident with this on. Available in sizes 40E to 42D.
This lilac bra is so pretty. Available in sizes 8A to 16F.
Find the right skin tone for your nude.  Available in sizes 30E to 40FF.
Have you ever seen a cooler bra? Available in sizes 32B to 36C.
This is the prettiest bralette we’ve ever laid eyes on. Available in sizes S to L.
This looks so comfortable. Available in sizes 32B to 36C.
Gorgeous. Available in sizes 32B to 36D.
Pink has never been a bad thing. Available in sizes 1 to 5.
Red will give you so much confidence. Available in sizes 34GG to 46DD.
This color is everything. Available in sizes S to L.
How cute are these little dots? Available in sizes 32C to 36E.
Everyone needs a pretty strapless bra. Available in sizes 32A to 36D.
Because you need a basic bra for your everyday. Available in sizes 32A to 38D.
A longline bra is a nice alternative to your regular pick. Available in sizes 32B to 38DDD.
This is so pretty. Available in sizes S to XL.
You’ll feel so luxe in this bra. Available in sizes 32C to 36C.
Wear this under your favorite blouse. Available in sizes S to L.

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

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

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

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

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

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Surf Tips with Surf Insight | Back Foot Positioning

Tim from Surf Insight walks us through a simple yet vital skill, learning where to place our back foot when surfing.

It’s crucial when you pop up, that your back foot lands towards the tail end of the board. That “sweet spot” can be located right above your fins. This positioning will give you the most power and control as you surf.

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A local’s guide to Nice, France: 10 top tips

The once-sleepy grande dame of the Côte d’Azur is now its vibrant artistic hub, with cool new bars, restaurants and galleries enlivening its classic sights

Nice is booming, despite and in defiance of the terrorist attack that shattered the Bastille Day celebrations here less than two years ago. Irina Brook, daughter of legendary director Peter Brook, who runs the prestigious Théâtre National de Nice, reveals her favourite art venues, restaurants and bars.

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3 Tips for Selling Items in a Divorce Sale

During the divorce process, spouses need to decide how their shared assets will be divided between them.

Sometimes it is easier to sell any shared items or property and distribute the money earned from the sale equally rather than spending time negotiating how jointly-owned assets like items, stocks, or properties will be distributed between partners.

Divorce sales are a way for couples to sell off their shared assets and split the profit instead of trying to figure out who will end up with what. In this post we explore some of the ways you can sell your assets, such as online, in-person (through a garage or yard sale), or through an auction.

Preparing for a Divorce Sale

Before you jump into planning a divorce sale, you’ll want to sit down with your husband or wife and determine which items you both want to sell and which items each of you want to keep for yourselves. It might take a while to go through all your stuff and separate the jointly-owned assets, but it’s worth the effort to minimize the possibility for conflict later on.

If you and your spouse are not able to work together or talk to each other in a productive way, you can look at getting a mediator to help you out.

One of the ways that you both can make sure the final decision on your assets (including property) is official before you get a divorce is by filling out and submitting a Separation Agreement. A Separation Agreement can be used as part of the final divorce proceedings and may lessen the amount of time needed for an otherwise lengthy divorce process.

Items Commonly Sold in a Divorce Sale

Items that are commonly sold in a divorce sale include everything from furniture, appliances, art and paintings, jewelry, and anything else that the couple wants to offload and split the earnings from selling. Typically, a couple sells the matrimonial home as well.

The matrimonial home refers to a couple’s family home, or the home that they lived in during their marriage. Generally, separating couples choose to sell their family home and divide the earnings equally, similar to selling other assets.

However, just because you are going through a divorce, doesn’t mean the house needs to be sold. Instead, either you or your former partner might decide to keep the home for various reasons, such as familiarity for your children or proximity to family.

There are other considerations as well, such as who is responsible for home maintenance and mortgage payments during the divorce process.

Similarly, if there are any jointly owned vehicles or other items that still require payments, you and your spouse will need to work out those financial responsibilities.

Navigating through financial responsibility can be complicated if you and your spouse can’t reach a consensus but remember that you can always hire a mediator to help you both reach a final decision.

Online Divorce Sales

While garage or yard sales and in-person auctions are popular ways to sell your things, offloading your assets online is also a popular option due to the fact that you can reach a wider audience and sell your items without having to leave your home.

As an example, in order to finance his divorce settlement, Russell Crowe held an online auction to sell off some of his possessions. According to the auction site, Sotheby’s Australia, Crowe’s auction raised more than 3.7 million dollars, with some of the items selling above their market value.

Online divorce sales can take place on regular online auction or sales sites like eBay or Craigslist, and sometimes even social media sites like Facebook. Other options are websites such as Worthy that specialize in selling second-hand diamonds and jewelry if you’re looking to offload your wedding ring.

Selling Shared Assets in a Divorce Sale

Divorce is never easy and dividing and selling your shared assets and property can be a lengthy process. A divorce sale is a good way to simply sell off the items that you once shared with your former spouse and split the earnings between both of you have the funds you need to begin your new lives apart from one another.

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‘God of War’: Advanced Combat Tips and Builds

SPOILER ALERT: Warning, this article contains spoilers from God of War. Proceed at your own risk.

Listen here, boy. This is spoiler territory. You’d do best to watch your step around here if you are new to the game.

There are tough fights lurking in God of War. Battles you’ll struggle to win. When it wants to knock things up a notch, it’s a brutally punishing game tied to systems that can leave you reeling from every shot you take from an enemy.

It’s the sort of combat that has earned God of War comparisons with Dark Souls, and like From Software’s masterpiece series, God of War is entirely beatable — in fact, like Dark Souls, winning at God of War will often come down to a state of mind.

Road to Runes

We’re going to be straight up with you — attacking like normal is for chumps. Kratos‘ regular attacks are powerful — you’d hope so, considering — but Runic Attacks are the bread and butter of how Kratos can demolish anyone in his way.

By holding L2 and R1 or R2, Kratos unleashes a devastating attack. You can equip different ones as you find them, and each of Kratos’ weapons can equip different attacks, which means you can tailor them to your preferred playstyle, and even the enemies you’re facing.

Some attacks are single target, others have a very wide area of effect — and there are some that are in between. Finding the attacks that work for you is key, and experimenting is a great way to keep the game feeling fresh as you play it.

Upgrade page for Runic Attacks God of War 2018
Make sure you upgrade your preferred Runic Attack!

Still, once you’ve found your preferred options, upgrade them as soon as you can. They ramp up in effectiveness as you spend XP on them, and because of the way the game works you needn’t worry about not being able to unlock skills down the track because of ‘wasted’ XP.

With your Runic Attacks upgraded, it’s simply a matter of target selection — focus on your meanest target, Runic attack them, hammer them with Atreus‘ arrows, pop the alternative attack and they should be stunned and waiting for a grapple attack.

If they’re not, then here’s the beautiful trick — switch weapons, and runic attack again. The Blades of Chaos (you heeded the spoiler warning right?) Runic Attacks don’t share a cooldown with the Leviathan, so you can effectively pop four runic attacks on an enemy if you need to.

Advanced ‘God of War’ Builds

Initially you’ll just want to make sure your equipment is upgraded at all times, as per our other tips guide, but eventually you’ll want to think about your build.

Damage type resistances never really become *critical* in God of War outside of the insane God of War difficulty — with one major exception being Niflheim Mist Resistance.