6/19/19 Newsletter: A DIY Project Has Major Health Benefits

Summer is a great time to start a home-improvement or apartment-sprucing project. Did you know that the benefits reach well beyond your home’s aesthetic? When you take on a new DIY project, you can boost your health in a handful of ways, since DIY projects can be quite therapeutic. Something as simple as cleaning out your garage or getting rid of unnecessary furniture and clutter in your home can increase your overall feelings of happiness and satisfaction. As you engage your brain in the project, your mathematical, organizational and problem-solving skills improve and you acquire brand new skills as you learn and try new things. By the end of it, you’re smarter, more confident and able to do something new, which is bound to uplift your mood. Read on for other benefits of DIY projects. [Swirled]

Life Hack Of The Day: All-Natural Cleaner Edition

Get that tub or sink squeaky clean with this hack. Slice a grapefruit in half, sprinkle some salt on it and start scrubbing. This method cuts out the need for any harsh chemicals and leaves a fresh and citrusy scent.


We’ve been told countless times to cut processed foods and sugar for baby-soft skin, but you might be chowing down on other foods that could be causing flare-ups. The tannins in wine, particularly red wine, can cause you to develop rashes or hives. And we can’t believe it either, but even healthier eats like avocados are rich in itch-promoting salicylates that can exacerbate a condition like eczema. [Swirled]

Career + Finance + Tech

You’re not alone if you’re unsure about your financial future. Some research shows that 60 percent of women worry they won’t have enough money for retirement. However, only one in three Americans has a budget in place. Tap through to see a detailed budget worksheet and the five steps that can help you get your future on track. [My Domaine]

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Food + Drink

Summer is one of the best times to explore all the fresh produce that’s available, but delicious, fresh produce is available all year long depending on the season. Check out this handy month-by-month guide to buying seasonal produce and make the best of each season. [The Daily Meal]

Recipe Of The Day: Don’t be intimidated by a strata, it’s basically a savory bread pudding and so delicious. In a large oven-safe dish top slices of firm white bread with prosciutto (or bacon), goat cheese, onions and basil. Separately, mix together milk, eggs, mustard and pour it over the bread and the other ingredients. Cover and refrigerate overnight so that all the ingredients have a chance to combine. When you’re ready to eat, let the strata come to room temperature and bake at 350 degrees for an hour. Invite your friends and impress them with your brunch skills. [Food 52]

A quick tip from yours truly: For a crispy golden brown top layer on your strata, pop it under the broiler for about 30 seconds to one minute. Don’t forget to make sure the dish is broiler-proof!

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


Stick to your travel budget with some strategic bargaining. Avoid overspending at the local market or bazaar by acting casually interested in a product. If you go in wide-eyed and bushy-tailed they’re likely to double the price of the souvenir. Talk the talk of a cold-blooded bargain hunter and you’ll reap the rewards (and cool trinkets). [Swirled]

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