04/09/19 Newsletter: Best Hack For Uncomfy Shoes
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You know that feeling when you find the cutest pair of shoes just to realize that they’re literally the most painful ones you’ve ever worn? Before you toss them, try this brilliant hack. Put on a pair of thick socks with the shoes, and then, using a hair dryer, blow on the tightest parts of the shoes. The heat loosens the material so they aren’t as stiff. Repeat the process until the shoes fit just right.
The next time you lose a contact lens and don’t have your glasses on hand, use your smartphone for some much-needed assistance. Your phone’s camera can help you refocus the blurry world around you no matter how poor your vision may be. Just open the camera feature and take in the view in all of its crisp and clear glory. [Swirled]
When cooking veggies, microwave them to preserve their nutrient content. (Sounds counterintuitive, but it’s true!) And splash them with water first to keep them from drying out. Want more wellness tips like this every week? Sign up for our Daily Fit by Swirled newsletter!
Career + Finance + Tech
There are so many ways you can save more money at wholesale club stores like BJ’s, Costco and Sam’s Club. If you’re new to this shopping lifestyle, enjoy a free trial (up to three months, depending on the store!) before paying for your club membership. Then turn to apps like Ibotta for cash back and Paribus for price drops at wholesale stores. Store and manufacturer coupons will slash prices even further. [Swirled]
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Food + Drink
Yes, there is such a thing as a Trader Joe’s black market, where iconic TJ’s finds are sold at insane markups. The chain has 484 stores around the continental United States, but it doesn’t have international locations or e-commerce business. Enter: Unsanctioned sellers offering popular items like Speculoos Cookie Butter, Roasted Plantain Chips and Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups on marketplaces like Amazon,
Recipe Of The Day: Pack all of your favorite fresh Greek flavors in your desk lunch this week with a super easy (and healthy!) Greek quinoa salad. Make a big batch of protein-rich quinoa, chop some cucumber, tomatoes, onions and parsley, whip up a simple red wine vinaigrette, and toss it all together with some zippy feta cheese. Consider your meal prep officially conquered and dig in! [Destination Delish]
If you’ve been fawning over “rainbow” mountains in your Instagram feed, it’s time to check out the sites for yourself IRL. Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona is a must-see. Spanning 30,000 acres near the Utah border, the rock formations include the famous Wave and Coyote Butte, which you need a permit to trek. But you can easily get one in person at Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Visitor Center in Kanab, Utah. For the best hiking weather, visit between April and June or September and October. [Swirled]
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