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Here are a few fun and informative links from around the web. Hope you enjoy this edition of link love.

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1.    What it means to be respectful.

2.    52 great true-crime podcasts.

3.    This is how long you can keep meat in the fridge and freezer.

4.    How Instagram Stories has altered the way we love, act and play.

5.    How to keep your devices safe while traveling.

6.    How to take better photos and videos on your phone.

7.    Why are nursing homes drugging dementia patients without their consent?

8.    Can you really screen for early pancreatic cancer?

9.    What do you do when you really can’t stand your spouse’s friend?

10.  Los Angeles is first in US to install subway body scanners.

11.  Google admits tracking users.

12.  Chic ways to keep the mosquitos from bugging your party guests.

13.  DNA testing kits ask you to swab and send but what happens to your sample?

14.  This should be one of the biggest news stories of the year.

15.  A Democrat explains why she believes Democratic socialism is a scam.

16.  A cardiologist’s guide for women: how to prevent heart disease.

17.  How Orange Theory grew to dominate the boutique fitness industry.

18.  The first-timers guide to LA.

19.  Portland Maine is the restaurant city of the year.

20.  America’s best new restaurants.

21.  The perfect Irish road trip itinerary.

22.  A local’s guide to Atlanta.

23.  The ace pilot risking his life to fulfill Richard Branson’s billion-dollar quest to make commercial space travel a reality.

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Here are a few fun and informative links from around the web. Hope you enjoy this edition of link love.

P.S. Download the Pocket App or Feedly to save articles to read later offline.

Note: Links are not endorsements and do not necessarily represent my opinion.

1.    Why are healthcare premiums increasing so much?

2.    This easy homemade coffee ice cream recipe from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams is gonna rock your summer.

3.    Are Eurail passes a giant scam or do they save you money?

4.    How to build a stronger gut with digestive enzymes.

6.    Most women undergoing breast reconstruction have complications.

7.    The dark side of Wikipedia reveals how certain info is systematically manipulated and why it’s not really the encyclopedia “anyone can edit”.

8.    How a notorious gangster was exposed by his own sister.

9.    How to respond when you are put on the spot.

10.  What really lies at the root of our culture’s suicide epidemic.

11.  Magnolia Bakery’s famous buttercream frosting.

12.  Why do planes dim lights on takeoff?

13.  A new report says Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was deliberately manipulated.

14.  How to travel with children.

15.  Best apps for international texting.

16.  As the proclaimed Queen of Creole Cuisine, Leah Chase reigns at Dooky Chase’s, the seventy-seven-year-old New Orleans restaurant where the famous and the locals come to dine and pay homage.

17.  The joy of being a grandparent.

18.  What the airline knows about the guy in seat 14C.

19.  How to split the check without accusations and awkwardness.

20.  36 hours in Boise, Idaho.

21.  Toronto travel guide.

22.  Mistakes that can ruin your gluten-free diet.

23.  36 hours in Traverse City, Michigan.

P.S. Share what you read, watched, heard, or did that made you think twice.

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Here are a few fun and informative links from around the web. Hope you enjoy this edition of link love.

P.S. Download the Pocket App or Feedly to save articles to read later offline.

Note: Links are not endorsements and do not necessarily represent my opinion.

1.    The best coffee in every state.

2.    The secret, complex world of boys’ friendships, and how parents can navigate it.

3.    12 things to know about Lyme disease.

4.    9 places to sell your clothing for cash.

5.    The mid-life unraveling.  The basis is that “Midlife” is not a crisis.

6.    A survival checklist for your next trip to New York City.

7.    45 tools you should own.

8.    The first-timer’s guide to what to pack for a cruise.

9.    It is “only a matter of time” until a commercial aircraft is hacked, the Department of Homeland Security and other US government agencies have warned.

10.  The Bachelorette makeup artist shares how Becca Kufrin’s makeup always looks perfect.

11.  Inside Bachelorette Becca Kufin’s coveted closet.

12.   The case for commuting Alice Johnson’s sentence and many other nonviolent offenders also deserve freedom and a second chance..

13.  Getting help for postpartum depression.

14.  A summer reading guide for kids.

15.  What’s going on in your child’s brain when you read them a story.

16.  How to recognize the challenges of your unmarried single friends.

17.  3 simple steps that stop you from being a pushover.

18.  Signs of low calcium and what to do about it.

19.  The murder of Mickey Bryan, a quiet fourth-grade teacher, stunned her small Texas town. Then her husband, a beloved high school principal, was charged with killing her. Did he do it, or had there been a terrible mistake?  Part I and Part II is here.

20.  The owner of Bird Bakery in Texas shares her popular banana pudding recipe.

Question of the Day:

What books are you planning to read this summer? I’m looking forward to reading The Lost Vintage by Anh Mah.

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Here are a few fun and informative links from around the web. Hope you enjoy this edition of link love.

P.S. Download the Pocket App or Feedly to save articles to read later offline.

Note: Links are not endorsements and do not necessarily represent my opinion.

1.    These tips will change the way you shop at Trader Joe’s.

2.    Why Right to Try is way better than just wait to die.

3.    The problem with buying cheap stuff online.

4.    Try this healthier version of chicken enchiladas.

5.    The best way to sign off on your emails.

6.    Colorectal cancer screening should start at age 45 not 50.

7.    36 hours in Sacramento.

8.    How to use Instagram as a travel guide.

9.    What we know about the alleged sex trafficking cult, NXIVM.

10.  Meghan Markle’s facialist says Meghan does this face massage regularly.

11.  The unedited footage on The Bachelor finale was a lie according to Arie  Luyendyk.

12.  Meghan Markle’s makeup artist shares the products used for her wedding.

13.  The Korean sunscreen Meghan Markle used on her wedding day.

14.  Why no one answers their phone anymore.

15.  An update from the makers of WP Thyroid and Naturethroid.

16.  Why CarMax makes more money on used cars than any other.

17.  Use the Washington Post’s vacation finder to plan your next trip.

18.  What’s the deal with the food at TJ Maxx?

19.  Understanding how iCloud stores data.

20.  The funny life of David Sedaris.

21.  What is considered a normal cholesterol level?

22.  A guide to cell phones and international travel.

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Link Love

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Here are a few fun and informative links from around the web. Hope you enjoy this edition of link love.

P.S. Download the Pocket App or Feedly to save articles to read later offline.

Note: Links are not endorsements and do not necessarily represent my opinion.

1.    This note from one of the freed North Korean hostages is powerful.

2.    The best food guide to Rome.

3.    How to prepare your smartphone for travel this summer.

4.    How to conquer cystic acne.

5.    How to maintain sibling relationships.

6.    A week of salads to eat.

7.    How to stay safe on public wifi networks.

8.    How to survive your 40s.

9.    Many have contracted Lyme disease over the last decade. How to stay tick-free this summer.

10.  The best brunches in America.

11.  Save this Houston travel guide to plan your next layover.

12.  Over 35, single, and childless truly does have its own kind of grief, especially on holidays. Whether you’re single or married it’s worth a read, either to better understand your own struggles or another’s.

13.  What happens to hormones after 35.

14.  5 awesome features of the latest Google Maps update.

15.  Amazon’s fake review problem.

16.  Is free Spotify really worth it?

17.  Make these traditional sour dough pancakes this weekend.

18.  10 important things to know about celiac disease.

19.  How to watch Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding.

20.  Brazilian cheese bread made without grains and dairy that tastes good!

21.  5 cheapish things to help you with spring cleaning.

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The Chic List: Find out my favorite movies, documentaries, cookbooks, music, and events I recommend.

The Chic List: Personality Test, Embassy Tours and Rules for Life

What to Do, Eat, Read, Watch and Listen To

The Chic List features the best things to do, eat, read, watch and listen to this spring.

DO

1.    ENNEAGRAM TEST: The Enneagram is a profound and powerful guide to understanding your personality and inner workings. The Enneagram is an ancient personality typing system that identifies Nine Personality Types that are expressed individually and in relationship to others. Unlike Marston’s DiSC Assessment or the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, the Enneagram acts as a unique tool for understanding and explaining human behavior, and the underlying motivations that drive behavior and the gifts we all have for the transformation of non-productive encounters with others.

Want to know your enneagram type? Just take this simple 5-minute enneagram test.

ENNEAGRAM BOOKS:

THE ROAD BACK TO YOU AN ENNEAGRAM JOURNEY TO SELF-DISCOVERY | Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile: This book allows you to understand more about each of the Enneagram types. Beginning with changes you can start making today, the wisdom of the Enneagram can help you get on the road that will take you further along into who you really are leading you into places of spiritual discovery you would never have found on your own, and paving the way to the wiser, more compassionate person you want to become.

THE PATH BETWEEN US | Suzanne Stabile: Suzanne Stabile’s new book on the nine Enneagram types and how they behave and experience relationships will guide readers into deeper insight about themselves, their types, and others’ personalities so that they can have healthier, more life-giving relationships.

ENNEAGRAM PODCASTS:

THE ENNEAGRAM JOURNEY PODCAST

THE ROAD BACK TO YOU PODCAST

2.    PASSPORT D.C. EUROPEAN EMBASSY TOUR: The Delegation of the European Union to the United States and the Embassies of 28 EU Member States to the United States will open their doors to the public during the EU Embassies’ Open House Day in Washington, D.C. The day will offer a unique opportunity to experience the country’s cultural heritage and national traditions.

EAT

1.    TRUE ROOTS | Kristen Cavallari shares her collection of clean recipes. Pick this one up if you are looking for easy gluten-free and dairy-free recipes. If you liked Gwyneth Paltrow’s cookbooks, this one is similar.

Recipe Links:

Kristen’s Breakfast Egg Nests

Spinach Artichoke Dip

2.     MAGNOLIA TABLE | Joanna Gaines shares the Gaines family’s favorite recipes as well as ones from their two eateries, Magnolia Table and Silos Baking Co. Recipes include chicken pot pie, white cheddar bisque, fried chicken with sticky poppy seed jam, and chocolate chip cookies. Jo also shares stories and photos about her life.

Recipe Links:

Jo Jo’s Biscuit Recipe

Chocolate Chip Cookies

READ

1.    THE RATIONAL BIBLE | Dennis Prager: Why do so many people think the Bible, the most influential book in world history, is outdated? Why do our friends and neighbors dismiss the Bible as irrelevant, irrational, immoral, or all of these things? This explanation of the Book of Exodus, the second book of the Bible, will demonstrate that the Bible is not only powerfully relevant to today’s issues, but completely consistent with rational thought.

The Rational Bible is the fruit of Dennis Prager’s forty years of teaching the Bible to people of every faith, and no faith. On virtually every page, you will discover how the text relates to the contemporary world and to your life.

2.    MARLON BRUNDO’S DAY IN THE LIFE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT | Charlotte Spence and Karen Pence: This children’s book is written by Vice President Mike Pence‘s daughter, Charlotte, and illustrated by his wife, Karen, and tells the tale of how one cute little BOTUS (Bunny of the United States) experiences White House life. It is well written and beautifully illustrated. Proceeds from the book will go to an art therapy program called Tracy’s Kids and a nonprofit, A21, that’s working to end slavery and human trafficking.

3.    12 RULES FOR LIFE: Jordan Peterson: Jordan Peterson is a psychologist whose writing combines science and common sense. The book covers his twelve rules for life. Peterson believes that the cure for society starts with curing the individual. Peterson’s well-known advice to clean your room is a reflection of the truth that if you can’t even manage the most basic and mundane responsibilities of life, then you have no business dictating to others how to fix society.

WATCH

1.    MY FAIR LADY: My Fair Lady returns to Broadway’s Lincoln Center Theatre. Henry Higgins, an English professor of phonetics, makes a bet that he can transform Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl, into a lady. The musical is nominated for 10 Tony Awards.

2.    WILD WILD COUNTRY:  Wild Wild Country is a new six-episode Netflix docu-series about a religious cult from the early 80’s. Led by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and his personal assistant, Ma Anand Sheela, the movement successfully convinced many thousands of well-educated people to move to the tiny town of Antelope, Oregon, where they attempted to establish a utopian city called Rajneeshpuram. The cult followers clashed with local residents and the government in the process.

3.    TERMINAL: Terminal stars Margo Robbie and Mike Myers so that’s reason enough to go see this one. The story follows two assassins with a sinister mission, a fatally ill teacher, an enigmatic janitor and a waitress with a double life. Murderous consequences unravel as their lives meet at the hands of a criminal mastermind wanting revenge.

My favorite movies so far this year include the following:

I CAN ONLY IMAGINE

BEIRUT

CHAPPAQUIDDICK

LISTEN

1.     MIDLAND | They just won Best New Band at the ACM’s. I love their traditional country sound.

2.    LEON BRIDGES GOOD THING | The highly anticipated follow-up to his hugely successful debut album Coming Home.

If you have some recommendations, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

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P.S. Download the Pocket App or Feedly to save articles to read later offline.

Note: Links are not endorsements and do not necessarily represent my opinion.

1.    A fantastic Dallas travel guide.

2.    A beginner’s guide to traveling on your own.

3.    The Menopause-Alzheimer’s connection.

4.    In LA, celebrities and professional athletes are trying exotic, and sometimes unproven, techniques for injury recovery and prevention, such as  hyperbaric chambers, cryotherapy, compression therapy and IV drip.

5.    How one person dissolved her fibroadenoma without surgery. A fibroadenoma is type of breast cyst.

6.    Every single place to eat in Houston now.

7.    What it was like to finally write a will.

8.    High heels are the worse and why women are finally ditching them.

9.    How to avoid a renovation nightmare.

10.  5 Instagram pro tips.

11.  These gluten-free and dairy-free cross-hatch cookies are delicious.

12.  A long but worthwhile read on a con man.

13.   Michelle McNamara wrote the book on the Golden State Killer until she died. Some think her work led to his arrest. Sadly, she didn’t live to see the arrest that took place this week.

14.  The budget airline flying under the radar.

15.  10 tips for creating a glamorous entertaining space.

16.  How to save when you don’t have much to save.

17.  Hero pilot saw flying as a ministry.

18.  Hair loss and your thyroid.

10 Awesome Books I’m Reading This Spring

10 Awesome Books to Read this Spring

10 awesome books I’m looking forward to reading this spring.

1.    THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT | Chris Bohjalian: A powerful story about the ways an entire life can change in one night. A flight attendant wakes up in the wrong hotel, in the wrong bed, with a dead man and no idea what happened.

2.    I’LL BE GONE IN THE DARK | Michelle McNamara: For more than ten years, a mysterious and violent predator committed sexual assault and murders of dozens of victims. Then he disappeared, eluding capture by multiple police forces and some of the best detectives in the area.

Michelle McNamara, a true crime journalist who created the popular website TrueCrimeDiary.com, spent many years trying to solve the case of California serial killer and rapist she’d dubbed ‘The Golden State Killer’. Her investigation is detailed in her book.

3.    THE KREMLIN CONSPIRACY | Joel C. Rosenberg: New York Times best-selling author Joel C. Rosenberg’s latest novel is a political thriller. The plot is about a rising Russian czar hungry for power and plotting military action. It reminds me of the current political narrative in Russia.

4.    LADY RED AN INTIMATE PORTRAIT OF NANCY REAGAN | Sheila Tate: As the First Lady’s press secretary, Tate was at Mrs. Reagan’s side during some of the most tumultuous and controversial moments of President Reagan’s first term in office, including his attempted assassination. Tate, who considered herself a close confidant of Mrs. Reagan up until her passing in 2016, draws on her relationship with Mrs. Reagan as well as interviews with many friends and political figures to reveal stories that have never been told before and showcase a more complete and surprising picture of the former First Lady.

5.    THE LIGHT WITHIN ME | Ainsley Earhardt:  Ainsley Earhardt is the co-host of Fox and Friends. Her new memoir is an uplifting look at her life and her spiritual journey, reflecting on her family, her faith, and her successful career. I wanted to be a news reporter so I’m looking forward to reading about Ainsley’s path to success as well as her spiritual journey.

6.    THE PATH BETWEEN US | Suzanne Stabile: Suzanne Stabile’s new book on the nine Enneagram types and how they behave and experience relationships will guide readers into deeper insight about themselves, their types, and others’ personalities so that they can have healthier, more life-giving relationships.

Most of us have no idea that others don’t see us as we see ourselves nor do they process their experience in the same way we do. Whether with intimate relationships, friends, or co-workers, a person whose go-to stance in life relies on feeling and another whose orientation is toward thinking or acting will respond completely differently to everything from simple request in an email to a life crisis. Understanding the motivations and dynamics of these different personality types can be the key that unlocks sometimes mystifying behavior in others, and in ourselves.

You can take the Enneagram test here.

Suzanne also hosts a podcast about the Enneagram Journey.

7.    BACHELOR NATION | Amy Kaufman: Kaufman is a Los Angeles Times reporter and a fan of The Bachelor. For her book, she interviewed dozens of contestants and producers. If you are a fan of Bachelor nation, it’s a juicy read.

8.    LOVE LIKE YOU’VE NEVER BEEN HURTJentezen Franklin: A helpful book to deal with different situations involving conflict. It’s challenging to get along with people who reject us, cause us pain, attack our views or cause other hurts. This book is about reconciliation and establishing healthy boundaries. It is also not an invitation to not be used as a doormat. I can’t recommend this one enough.

Check out this podcast episode featuring Jentezen Franklin.

9.    THE WIFE BETWEEN US | Greer Hendricks: Vanessa, recently divorced from Richard, learns he is engaged again and envies the new woman, Nellie. Richard is a hedge-fund manager and may be deceiving one or both women. Read this is you like Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train.

10.  THE GRAVE TENDER | Eliza Maxwell: Haunting, disturbing, yet beautifully written The Grave Tender is a shocking tale of deception and betrayal and one woman’s attempt to reconcile the truth about her family and the secrets that they keep.

Looking for more good books, check out all my recommendations here.

QUESTION OF THE DAY:

Have you read anything good or memorable lately?

Tell me in the comments!

Link Love

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Here are a few fun and informative links from around the web. Hope you enjoy this edition of link love.

P.S. Download the Pocket App or Feedly to save articles to read later offline.

Note: Links are not endorsements and do not necessarily represent my opinion.

1.    The last conversation you’ll ever need to have about eating right. This is great!

2.    How to keep Facebook from over sharing your information.

3.    Airdrop is iPhone’s most underrated tool.

4.    This French Onion Soup recipe is so good.

5.    The do’s and don’ts of being interviewed.

6.    The best women’s running clothes for every kind of weather.

7.    Why long haul flights expose flight crews and passengers to radiation.

8.    Five tips for blocking spam from your inbox.

9.    A terrific guide to Dublin.

10.  The 5 red flags of deception in email.

11.  The Bachelor Makeup artist shares on set beauty secrets.

12.  Are you easily discouraged? A psychologist says it all comes down to this one thing.

13.  Introvert friendly tips for the dreaded first date.

14.  The original Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe.

15.  Private clinics in Germany sell cancer patients hope  and mixed results at exorbitant prices.

16.  How to spend 48 hours in Memphis.

17.  The top three things you need to know about storage.

18.  The ultimate printable party planning checklist.

19.  A step by step guide for flower arranging.

20.  Here are the ages you peak for almost everything in your life.

21.  I like Kristin Cavallari’s spinach artichoke dip.

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My Favorite Beauty Products

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My Favorite Beauty Products

Here’s a roundup of some of my favorite beauty products.

1.    GRANDE COSMETICS GRANDEBROW FILL: GrandeBrow FILL is a tinted brush-on gel made with fibers and peptides. The gel adheres to even the finest hairs, leaving them fuller and more defined with a single application. This helps to shape and build your brows leaving them looking natural, while filling in thinning areas. Available in Light & Dark Shades. This is my secret to filling in my brows naturally.

2.    BRAVON MAGNETIC EYE PRIMER: I have tried lots of eye primers and this one is my favorite. Sometimes I just apply the eye primer and do not wear any eyeshadow. It makes the eyes look that good. It is the secret to flawless eye makeup application that will last for hours.

Bravon Beauty was founded by Bravon Pascua. He’s also a former model and was the International Makeup Artist and Trainer for Bare Escentuals. This brand has a similar price range but has much higher-quality products. 

Bravon’s cosmetics are paraben-free and have been composed using high performance, professional grade formulations.

3.    BRAVON BEAUTY PIGMENT EYESHADOWS: The colors are beautiful and stay on all day. I work in an industry that requires makeup for very long days. I need a product that does not crease, flake or irritate my eyes.

Be sure to follow Bravon Beauty on social media for makeup tips.

4.    ESSIE GEL COUTURE POLISH: I switched to Essie Gel Couture Polish for my at home manicures. It lasts longer than regular polish and is easy to apply. My favorite color is Perfectly Poised. I apply two coats of polish followed by Essie Gel Couture Top Coat.

5.    DERMA ROLLER 0.25 MM SKIN PEN: Dermaroller is a hand-held Microneedling roller with a surface of tiny needles. It helps to reduce acne scars and large pores. The Derma Roller is a far less intrusive version of the micro-needling procedure that costs hundreds of dollars for a single treatment. My makeup looks better since I started using the Derma Roller. The Derma Roller 0.25 is for beginners.

You need to replace a Derma Roller used on the face after around ten uses to keep treatment as efficient as possible.

6.    STIMULATE HONEYCOMB BATH MITT: I use this bath mitt in the shower. It’s made of thermoplastic urethane, so it’s long lasting, antifungal, antibacterial and quick drying.

7.    VANITY GIRL HOLLYWOOD TRAVEL SIZE MAKEUP MIRROR: I use the Vanity Girl Hollywood makeup mirror to apply my makeup in hotel rooms. Since I work early mornings sometimes, natural light is not available so this mirror really helps. It’s about the size of a tablet with soft dimmable lighting.

I use the full size Vanity Girl Mirror at home.

8.    INVISIBOBBLE HAIR TIE: I use these hair ties instead of the ribbon ties that tend to break my hair. The Invisibobble hair ties do not crimp my hair like a regular hair tie would.

9.    DYSON HAIR DRYER: I switched to the Dyson hair dryer. I think it’s better than Harry Josh. Dyson’s new model is quieter and less damaging to the hair, thanks to its intelligent heat control system, plus it looks pretty, too. I always travel with my hairdryer. It’s not worth damaging my hair with a cheap hotel version.

10.  SHOWER CAP: Yes, this is the chicest shower cap ever.  The beautiful designs are an upgrade from the tacky, ruffled, hair protectors of days past.

11.  EXTENSIONOLOGY HAIR EXTENSIONS: This line of hair extensions look so natural. They were designed by Anh Co Tran and Johnny Ramirez of the famous Hollywood Ramirez Tran Salon. After dealing with coloring extensions to match their clients’ hair color, Anh and Johnny decided to create their own pre-colored extensions. The extensions come in two different lengths, 18 inches and 20 inches. These extensions aren’t as fine as standard extensions. Instead, they’re a mix of European and Asian hair. The extensions need to be retaped every 2-3 months. The hair itself lasts six months to a year.

12.  SHEILA STOTTS WOOD HANDLE APPLICATION BRUSH: This brush was created for people with extensions since extensions tangle so easily, but the secret is that this brush is amazing on all types of hair. Since our hair is the most delicate when it’s wet, using a brush that’s gentle on the follicles and scalp is key. This brush doesn’t pull and break the hair, and it lasts longer than the plastic versions by other brands.

What are some of your favorite beauty products?

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P.S. Download the Pocket App or Feedly to save articles to read later offline.

Note: Links are not endorsements and do not necessarily represent my opinion.

1.     How to spot teenage depression.

2.    The wife of the Pulse night-club shooter goes on trial.

3.    Is there plastic particles in your water bottle? Yes, very likely.

4.    Meet the baker behind the Mrs. Fields empire.

5.    How sincere is The Bachelor franchise?

6.    How to gain power at work when you have none.

7.    What does it mean to die?

8.    How Bachelor contestants get camera ready.

9.    24 hours in Bachelor nation.

10.  Inside the opioid crisis.

11.  How to help children sleep better.

12.  How to care for dry winter hair.

13.  If you don’t have children, what do you leave behind?

14.  How to stop annoying robocalls on your smart phone.

15.  All the details of Chip and Joanna Gaines’ new restaurant.

16.  Tips for blocking spam from your inbox.

17.  A playlist of 100 great songs by artists performing at SXSW 2018.

18.  Why your pharmacist can’t tell you you’re $20 prescription could cost only $8.

19.  How to create covers for Instagram stories highlights.

20.  People are putting oil in their coffee to lose weight.

21.  The keys to raising a happy child.

22.  How to travel with children.

23.  The one thing that protects a laptop after it’s been stolen.

What notable things did you read this week?

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Link Love

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Here are a few fun and informative links from around the web. Hope you enjoy this edition of link love.

P.S. Download the Pocket App or Feedly to save articles to read later offline.

Note: Links are not endorsements and do not necessarily represent my opinion.

1.    Remembering the legacy of Billy Graham.

2.    The faith of the super bowl champions.

3.    A detailed Barcelona travel guide.

4.    Here’s what it means if your plane is labeled for ETOPS.

5.    The 5 best podcast apps for apple and android.

6.    How to prepare your community for a disaster.

7.    Jimmy Buffet does not live the Jimmy Buffet lifestyle.

8.    How sponsored content is changing social media.

9.    This story of the worst roommate ever has gone viral and the Internet’s terrified.

10.  How to stop rushing into love.

11.  These pineapple ginger wellness shots taste good and are good for you.

12.  Black Panther director Ryan Coogler penned an emotional letter thanking fans for coming out to watch and support the new Marvel movie, which has shattered multiple box office records.

13.  The science of dealing with toxic people.

14.  Are Household cleaning products causing lung cancer?

15.  When it’s your first wedding, but your partner’s second.

16.  An extensive guide to LA’s Koreatown.

17.  An NBC Bay Area Investigation reveals a dangerous concoction of drug needles, garbage, and feces lining the streets of downtown San Francisco. The Investigative Unit surveyed more than 150 blocks, including some of the city’s top tourist destinations, and discovered conditions that are now being compared to some of the worst slums in the world.

18.  Ranchers set to fight back against vegetarian fake meat. I don’t buy these brands. The fake meat tastes awful.

19.  Should there be armed security guards and teachers at every school?

20.  Tim Tebow’s Night to Shine prom inspire special-needs people and their families.

21.  This is the most popular cake recipe on Pinterest.

22. Check out Jennifer Anniston’s home in Los Angeles home.

23.  The care and keeping of bacon grease.

24.  The history of queso dip and how Chipotle got it wrong.

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My Favorite New Podcasts

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The Chic List: Charleston, Olympics, Dating and Real Heroes

 

What to Do, Eat, Read, Watch and Listen To The Chic List features the best things to do, eat, read, watch and listen to this month.

DO 

CHARLESTON FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL FEBRUARY 28 – MARCH 4, 2018: The Charleston Food and Wine Festival is an annual celebration of the Lowcountry’s best food and wine. The four-day culinary event began in 2006. The festival is considered one of the top food and wine celebrations in the United States and attracts chefs, food professionals and winemakers from across the country.

Here are a few of my recommendations if you visit Charleston.

SPERO: My favorite restaurant in Charleston is Spero. The chef is always accommodating and prepares a gluten-free meal for me. If you don’t have celiac disease, you’ll want to try the chicken fat biscuits. The dessert menu includes homemade ice cream. I usually order the lamb minus the bread with European slaw and sweet potatoes.

BLACK TAP COFFEE: Black Tap Coffee is my favorite coffee shop in Charleston.

SUGAR BAKESHOP: This is a cute bakery on Cannon Street in Charleston. Locals line up to buy the cupcakes. They do offer some gluten-free items.

CARRIAGE RIDE: No visit to Charleston would be complete without a carriage ride.

HOTEL BENNETT: This amazing hotel opens this summer.

EAT

Jennifer’s Way Kitchen: Easy Allergen-Free, Anti-Inflammatory Recipes for a Delicious Life: Jennifer Esposito is an actress that owned a gluten-free bakery in New York City until just recently. She has celiac disease. This cookbook includes most of her recipes from the bakery. If you have celiac disease or food intolerances or feel better on a gluten-free or paleo diet, I recommend this book. The recipes have been relatively easy to follow and only need a few minor adjustments for baking time. Some of my favorites include the butternut squash lasagna, grain free bread, banana bread, and grain free carrot cake.

READ

SINGLE, DATING, ENGAGED, MARRIED: NAVIGATING LIFE AND LOVE IN THE MODERN AGE: I’ve read my fair share of dating books, and this has been the best one. The author is Ben Stuart and he spent a longer season being single. I think this gives him a greater sense of understanding that other authors didn’t necessarily experience.

WATCH

THE 15:17 TO PARIS: On Aug. 21, 2015, the three young American friends were on a backpacking trip through Europe when they thwarted a terror attack on a high-speed Thalys train from Amsterdam to Paris, tackling and subduing Moroccan-born Ayoub El Khazzani. He was armed with an AK-47 assault rifle, a 9mm pistol and other weapons. Their bravery made headlines around the world and earned France’s Legion of Honour, various military awards and a visit to the White House. Now, in the latest improbable twist, the three are playing themselves in a Clint Eastwood-directed film about the event opening Feb. 9.

BLACK PANTHER: There is a whole lot to like about Marvel’s $200 million Black Panther.

Black Panther is set in the fictional Wakanda, an idyllic country hidden in the heart Africa thanks to an alien metal called vibranium. This resource not only gives Wakanda the ability to disguise itself as a third-world country but to enjoy an extraordinary standard of living through the miracles of technology and science.

The story follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Chilla is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.

WINTER OLYMPICS: The Winter Olympics opening ceremony is Friday, February 9, 2018. The closing ceremony is Sunday, February 25, 2018.

For a full network schedule, go to the NBC Sports website. If you’re at work or anywhere with access to a computer NBCOlympics.com will be streaming the Games live, in their entirety. If you’re on a tablet or a smart phone, the NBC Sports mobile app will carry the same content as the website. For more help, read this article which details your Winter Olympics viewing options.

LISTEN

Say Something Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton: My favorite song on Justin Timberlake’s new release Man of the Woods is Say Something featuring Chris Stapleton. Timberlake’s signature pop sound meets guest Chris Stapleton’s rich country voice, and their harmonies are a match made in music heaven.

THE PORCH PODCAST VICE AND VIRTUE SERIES: Are you struggling to let go of hurts? If you think you aren’t, are you sure? Bitterness weighs us down and anger is unproductive. When the offense seems too big to forgive, when anger seems justified, we can remember this story of undeserved forgiveness. The entire series is worth a listen.

If you have some recommendations, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

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My Favorite New Podcasts

Good Reads: Banana Buckwheat Bread + Inside Social Media’s Fake Followers + What You Need to Know About DNA Testing + How to Clean an Oven Naturally + Kate Middleton’s Hair Products + Black Bean Soup + More!

Link Love

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Here are a few fun and informative links from around the web. Hope you enjoy this edition of link love. Have a great weekend, friends.

P.S. Download the Pocket App or Feedly to save articles to read later offline.

1.    Everyone wants to be popular online. Some even pay for it. Inside social media’s black market.

2.    A terrific guide to Buenos Aires.

3.    How to keep children safe from abuse at the doctor’s office.

4.    The struggle to conceive with frozen eggs.

5.    What you need to know about C-sections.

6.    How a woman evaded airport security and flew to London.

7.    In-N-Out Managers make $160K on average.

8.    The startling link between sugar and Alzheimers.

9.    How DNA testing botched my family’s history and probably yours, too.

10.  What your period is trying to tell you about your health.

11.  Tom Brady’s water habit could kill an ordinary person.

12.  L.A.’s homelessness surged 75% in six years. Here’s why the crisis has been decades in the making.

13.  Why we should all stop saying I know exactly how you feel.

14.  This banana buckwheat bread is delicious.

15.  Finally a recipe for real sour cream onion dip.

16.  Albuquerque police officer adopts a homeless addict’s baby after a chance on-duty encounter.

17.  The incredible story of the North Korean escapee at the State of the Union.

18.  Kate Middleton’s private hairdresser, Amanda Cook Tucker, has Instagrammed a picture of everything she packs to get the royal’s hair perfect.

19.  How to clean an oven naturally.

20.  Why you should always deliver the bad news first.

21.  This black bean soup has a secret ingredient that makes it over-the-top good!

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Here are a few fun and informative links from around the web. Hope you enjoy this edition of link love. Have a great weekend, friends.

P.S. Download the Pocket App to save articles to read later offline.

1.    These life lessons penned by a 27-year-old woman dying of cancer will make you stop and think.

2.    How to end the opioid crisis.

3.    The movies to look forward to this year.

4.    Male nurses explain why nursing is the job of the future for men.

5.    The geographic areas where people live the longest and clues to why.

6.    A 3 step natural prescription for menopause and perimenopause that works for most women.

7.    This double chocolate bundt cake with chocolate glaze is great for a Valentine’s Day dessert.

8.    The strange brands in your Instagram feed.

9.    Will facial exercises make you look three years younger?

10.  Americans are pretty ugly when parking their cars.

11.  Harvard links chemicals in clothing to flight attendant health complaints.

12.  14 ways to survive 14 hours flying in coach.

13.  How the elderly lose their rights.

14.  90% of workers likely to see more money in pay check next month.

15.   How about a blood test instead of a colonoscopy?

16.  Tonya Harding is no hero.

17.  How to avoid theft when traveling.

18.  These are the cars people keep for 15 years.

19.  Is your ID approved for travel?

20.  Why does Alzheimer’s affect more women than men?

21.  A great guide for buying traditional foods on a budget.

22.  I love this simple and satisfying avocado salad.

23.  How to read a skin care label.

24.  Executive Pastry Chef Maggie Scales of La Boulangerie and Cochon Butcher in New Orleans, Louisiana shares her king cake recipe.

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