7/15/19 Newsletter: Can Stress Be Good For You?

If you didn’t know — not all stress is created equal. Studies have shown that temporary stress can increase rates of autophagy, the process in which cells are recycled and new molecules are formed. So what does that mean in basic terms? Some forms of stress, like an hour-long sauna session, can help your body adapt to more severe stressors and fight off disease and illness. [Swirled]

Life Hack Of The Day: Garage Edition

Quickly gauge the space in your garage by hanging a tennis ball in the area where your windshield will hit. You’ll be able to park better and know if you’re going to hit the wall before you do it. 


If you’re feeling nauseous from your daily subway trip or a turbulent flight, you probably have motion sickness. For some natural relief, check out these hand tips. Eating ginger or peppermint can help to soothe your stomach and keep nausea away. If possible, try and breathe in fresh air. And while we don’t usually encourage putting your face directly in front of a fan, this will help in a pinch, too. [Swirled]

Career + Finance + Tech

Station yourself in the kitchen or shared area for a few hours a day and get to know your office neighbor. If you work in a co-working space or an office where you don’t have the opportunity to interact with colleagues regularly, this can be a great way to branch out. Start slowly and get to know them on a basic level before you start handing out business cards. By having a more casual approach, you’ll be able to make some meaningful connections that won’t feel forced. [Swirled]

Editors’ Picks:

It’s Amazon Prime Day (yay!) and our cart is filled with all our faves.  Check out our top finds — happy shopping! 

7 Doggone Good Pet Products: As pet pawrents, we know that there’s no better feeling than spoiling your pup — because you know they deserve it.  Here are seven of the best buys you can find on Amazon for your petsYou’re welcome!

Must-try Grill Tools: There’s no better time than now to upgrade your grill game. From an apron that hides all the stains to our pick for the best charcoal grill, we’ve got you covered so you can master the grill.

7 Awesome Fruit & Veggie Gadgets: If your excuse for not eating fruits and veggies is that it’s too much work, it’s time to think again. There are ridiculously cool gadgets out there that make slicing, dicing and pitting as easy as can be. Oh, and they’re affordable too.

Food + Drink

Collagen-infused water, boozy tea, puffed snacks and protein balls are just some of the latest food trends soon to be popping up on grocery store shelves everywhere. Many of these food trends are reinvented classics, like electrolyte drinks minus the sugar or burger puffs inspired by the flavors of the Beyond Burger that might rival your favorite rippled chip. For those of you who like to stay ahead of the curve, keep an eye out for these and more trending treats. [The Washington Post]

Recipe Of The Day: Quick pickles — also known as refrigerator pickles — are an easy recipe to make with the abundance of fresh veggies all season long. Cut one pound of cucumbers into rounds or spears. To two wide-mouth pint jars add a mix of herbs and spices like thyme, dill, whole peppercorns or mustard seeds, then add the cut veggies and pack tightly. Set aside and start the brine. Boil a mix of vinegar, water, salt and sugar (if making sweet pickles) until everything is dissolved and pour over the veggies. Tap the jars to remove any air bubbles and add more brine if necessary. Seal the jars, let cool to room temperature and refrigerate for at least 48 hours. P.S.: these pickles are not canned (i.e., shelf-stable) so they need to stay in the fridge. [The Kitchn]

A quick tip from yours truly:  Don’t limit yourself or stop at just cucumbers. Green beans, cherry tomatoes and carrots are perfect to pickle. (I’ve even seen a recipe for pickled avocado!) Experiment with different kinds of vinegar and spices to make your own signature pickle.

Do you have a kitchen tip to share? Let us know: [email protected].


Warmer weather and long weekends can make you want to pack your bags, but your bank account may say otherwise. Whether you want to recline beachside or hike up a winding mountainside trail, we have the best affordable getaway destinations for the summer. Grab your swimsuit, a good book, and some sunscreen before you head out to one of our fave summertime spots. [Swirled]

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