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1.   Because humans are starting to judge other humans by the masks they wear, or do not wear, here’s what some experts have to say about the mask requirement outside hospitals, plus CDC pre-COVID advice.

2.    Everything you need to know about Venmo.

3.    Ina Garten shares her tips for freezing food.

4.    How to freeze just about anything.

5.    Tips for freezing produce.

6.    A healthier version of whipped coffee, also known as Dalgona coffee.

7.    Where to order your favorite pantry staples online.

8.    The easiest crunchiest baked macaroni and cheese.

9.    The airline business is terrible. It will probably get even worse.

10.  How to set your social media to control who sees what.

11.  A list of restaurant suppliers offering home delivery across the country.

12.  Home Town couple Ben and Erin Napier’s unbelievable journey to HGTV stardom.

13.  A popular chef in New Orleans shares her sweet potato biscuit recipe.

14.  A collection of  Tex-Mex recipes.

15.  This chocolate almond swirl cake sounds delicious.

16.  Forced face masking is a civil rights offense.

17.  Great running spots across America.

18.  The ultimate list of where to buy seafood online now.

19.  5G has almost nothing to do with improving your lives; it’s all about controlling your life, marketing products, and harvesting your data for Artificial Intelligence purposes.

20.  A Pentagon study and other supporting data suggest flu shots increase the risk of coronavirus. An EU study also suggests a correlation between the flu vaccine and coronavirus deaths.

21. How people who have been living alone during the pandemic have been coping.

22.  Air travel may be bad for a very long time.

23.  The secret to looking good on Zoom.

24.  The Rockefeller Foundation’s white paper, National COVID-19 Contact Tracing Plan lays out a strategic framework that is intended to become part of a permanent surveillance and social control structure that severely limits personal liberty and freedom of choice.

25.  Face masks pose a risk to a healthy person.

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1.   The owners of Nashville’s Biscuit Love shares his favorite biscuit recipe.

2.   How to set up your medical ID on your iPhone.

3.   President Trump was right to cut off travel from China as soon as it was clear how big the pandemic was going to be in the world.

4.   After the Trump administration announced travel restrictions on China, it is important to note the reporting.

5.    Get the most out of your fancy smartphone camera.

6.    The best true crime documentaries on Netflix.

7.    Why peptides may be the secret to brighter and tighter-looking skin.

8.    When all your friends have kids.

9.    36 hours in Queenstown, New Zealand.

10.  A delicious low carb grain-free lasagna.

11.  This Chocolate Guinness Cake is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.

12.  Here’s everything we know about Neck Care 101.

13.  A gluten-free chocolate chip cookie recipe developed by a famous pastry chef.

14.  36 hours in Basel.

15. What to Do in Lisbon, Portugal.

16.  Yucca fries are delicious.

17.  These flight booking tips are helpful.

18. This story of one solitary American with a unique experience fighting for his child’s life in China’s communist healthcare system.

19.  What’s really driving the homeless crisis?

20.  How to run your small group ministry online.

21.  If we stay calm and rational, we can defeat the coronavirus.

22. Do you know the right way to sew a button?

23.  Understanding Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.

24.  Some fantastic educational resources for online learning.

25.  China has suppressed and censored information in coronavirus outbreak.

26. These underlying health conditions are increasing the coronavirus risk. The elderly have a lot of these. You may have some, too. Get the facts and find out what to do about it.

27. Things to do in Kauai.

Supplements that may prevent a respiratory virus:

*Argentyn Silver: 2 to 3 droppers full twice a day (hold under tongue for 20 seconds then swallow or gargle for 20 seconds then swallow
*Ultra Potent C: take one tablet twice a day
*Zinc:  take one tablet twice day
*Vitamin D3 Liquid: Zinc and Vitamin D support your immune system.
*Vitamin A drops: Vitamin A is effective at killing bacteria and viruses as is higher-dose Vitamin C.
*Liposomal Glutathione: This antioxidant is essential in helping the body’s cellular defenses and immune system function at full capacity.

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1.    The coronavirus outbreak has exposed the United States’ dangerous dependence on China for pharmaceutical and medical supplies, including an estimated 97 percent of all antibiotics and 80 percent of the active pharmaceutical ingredients needed to produce drugs in the United States.

2.   Instagram’s new feature.

3.    Who owns your DNA?

4.    Workouts you can stream at home.

5.    How to hide your Instagram story from users.

6.    The best travel apps for traveling in Europe.

7.    Gaby’s guide to London.

8.    Why are so many young people unhappy? Part 1 and Part 2. A must-read for parents of teens and young adults.

9.    A pocket guide to Copenhagen.

10.  Why uterine fibroids are the most commonly overlooked tumors in women.

11.  Molly’s Keto King Cake recipe is delicious.

12.  The ultimate Keto Nachos.

13.  36 hours in Whistler.

14.  How much do face masks prevent the spread of viruses?

15.  New regulations may limit emotional support animals on flights.

16.  Etiquette tips for kids.

17.  The best breakfast tacos in Austin.

18.  Who is the pastry chef behind the Bob’s Red Mill recipes?

19.  How to choose the best chocolate.

20.  The best girl’s trip destinations.

21.  This is how the Instagram algorithm works in 2020.

22. How to travel with a group and not go crazy.

23. A new study suggests many people with subclinical hypothyroidism may be taking thyroid hormone unnecessarily, particularly older adults.

24. What happens if your Uber or Lyft driver takes a different route than promised?

24.  I can’t wait to dive into Allison Pataki’s new historical novel “The Queen’s Fortune” set in the era of Napoleon.

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1.    Scientists warned in 2017 that a SARS-like virus could escape a lab set up that year in Wuhan, China, to study some of the most dangerous pathogens in the world.

2.    How negativity can ruin a relationship.

3.    36 hours in Buenos Aires.

4.    Do these 10 things to have an easy moving day.

5.    Apple Airpod tricks.

6.    This chocolate almond coffee smoothie tastes delicious.

7.    Gaby’s guide to Mexico City.

8.    This Maryland hot crab dip recipe is perfect for a Superbowl party.

9.    Hashimoto’s Disease puts patients on a thyroid rollercoaster.

10.  10 tips to reverse thyroid hair loss.

11.  Ali’s tips for where to eat, stay and visit in Istanbul, Turkey.

12.  A guide to understanding infertility.

13.  The ultimate guide to grits.

14.  Dr. Ashley’s elderberry syrup recipe. Studies show they are effective in preventing and treating colds and the flu.

15.  David’s recipe for thin and crispy chocolate chip cookies.

16.  Understanding ADHD.

17.  Tips for baking gluten-free chocolate chip cookies.

18.  The best hikes in every state.

19.  The best-paying jobs in 2020.

20.  While the gluten-free diet effectively treats 70% of celiac cases, up to 30% of patients may experience ongoing symptoms and intestinal inflammation.

21.  Just a few months before his first full season as LSU head coach began, Ed Orgeron’s wife, Kelly, nearly lost her life in a medical emergency.

22.  36 hours in Honolulu.

23.  How to report spam texts to your mobile phone carrier.

24.  How to stop eating sugar.

25.  I’m reading Total Gut Balance: Fix Your Mycobiome Fast for Complete Digestive Wellness by Dr. Mahmoud Ghannoum. If you have issues with recurrent yeast infections and other digestive issues, I recommend this book.

26.  I never travel without Argentyn 23 Sovereign Silver. It can help prevent virus-caused illness. Note: not all silver products are the same.

27.  Stephanie’s recipe for a healthier White Russian cocktail is perfect for your New Year’s resolution happy hour.

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Here are my favorite items I purchased in 2019:

1.    YETI MUG: It keeps my coffee warm for hours at a time. I love how the handle feels on my hand.  It’s available in a variety of colors and under $25!

2.    APL SNEAKERS: The most comfortable and stylish sneakers.

3.    WEATHERMAN TRAVEL UMBRELLA: I finally found an umbrella that is durable and stylish for travel. It weighs under a pound and is less than 12 inches long. Reinforced fiberglass plastic defends against inverting and breaking, Teflon-coated fabric repels water, and the canopy fights off winds up to 45 mph. It’s truly the best umbrella you’ll ever use.

The umbrellas are all backed by a lifetime warranty and designed by a meteorologist. I also have a collapsible design.

4.    LAKE PAJAMAS: These pajamas are so cute.

5.    ZOJIRUSHI STAINLESS STEAL 16-OUNCE MUG MATTE GOLD: This mug does not spill! The locking mechanism allows me to throw it in my tote or gym bag without the fear of it leaking. It also keeps my coffee hot for hours. I also love the color. Other colors are available.

6.   EQUILIBRIUM NUTRITION SINUS SUPPORT: This product is amazing for sinus relief. It cleared up my recurrent sinus infections for good.

7.    PELETON BIKE AND CLASS PASS MEMBERSHIP: I invested in the Peleton bike so I can exercise at home. Peloton offers a no-risk 30-day trial. If you purchase the bike, you pay $39 a month membership for the classes. The Peloton app includes full-body workouts, stretching, yoga, running and more classes you can stream.

If you are visiting New York, you can take a class at the Peloton Studio in Chelsea. You can also schedule a class using Class Pass. I use Class Pass when I travel to take fitness classes at a reduced rate. Instead of paying $25 or more for a class, I can take classes for $10 or less. I also use it locally to take pilates reformer classes.

8.    ICE ROLLER: I keep my ice roller in the freezer and use it in the morning to help with de-puffing my skin. It is also helpful to relieve dark circles.

9.    MADE IN COOKWARE: I love my non-stick frying pan and butter warmer. These non-stick pans are free of PFOA and built to last. The cookware line features premium-quality cookware at a discounted cost made in America. It’s also very popular with chefs.

10.  FIELD COMPANY CAST IRON: I love this skillet. It’s not heavy like other brands. I use it for making the perfect pancakes. It’s also great in the oven for casseroles. Field Company products are made in the USA.

11.  EKOUAERTHERMALS FLEECE UNDERWEAR: These fit better than other brands. If you are traveling to a cold-weather destination, these will help keep you warm.

12.  NATIVE UNION WIRELESS CHARGING PAD: This charging pad is stylish and keeps my iPhone charged wirelessly.

More of my favorite products purchased in 2019:

More of my favorite products purchased in 2019:

1.    PORTER CERAMIC TO-GO MUG: I use this mug when I travel. The slick style is made of BPA-free plastic and dishwasher safe. Most coffee shops offer a discount for using your mug..

2.    THERA-GUN: TheraGun is a unique handheld device applied to the surface of the skin to boost healing and recovery. I use it after exercising and at night before I go to sleep.

3.    REBEL KETO ICE CREAM: The most delicious low carb, high fat, keto, no sugar added ice cream.

4.    PELETON BIKE: I invested in the Peleton bike so I can exercise at home. Peloton offers a no-risk 30-day trial. If you purchase the bike, you pay $39 a month membership for the classes. The Peloton app includes full-body workouts, stretching, yoga, running and more classes you can stream.

If you are visiting New York, you can take a class at the Peloton Studio in Chelsea. You can also schedule a class using Class Pass. I use Class Pass when I travel to take fitness classes at a reduced rate. Instead of paying $25 or more for a class, I can take classes for $10 or less. I also use it locally to take pilates reformer classes.

5.    CUYANA LEATHER ZIPPER TOTE: The Cuyana is elegant and relatively affordable, costing less than $200 for a bag that’s made in America out of Italian leather. I use the tote organization insert to keep my bag organized.

6.   URSA MAJOR DEODORANT: I tried several natural deodorants and Ursa Major was the most effective. It eliminates underarm odor while absorbing excess moisture and does not irritate my skin.

7.    MADE IN COOKWARE: I love my non-stick frying pan and butter warmer. These non-stick pans are free of PFOA and built to last. The cookware line features premium-quality cookware at a discounted cost made in America. It’s also very popular with chefs.

8.    PRIMAL BLUEPRINT PROBIOTICS: I use these probiotics developed by Mark Sission. This particular probiotic contains Bacillus coagulans. Many probiotics cannot survive the harsh conditions of the stomach and never reach the gut. Bacillus coagulans are extremely tolerant of acidic conditions and survive transit to reach and colonize the gut.

I also recommend Primal Kitchen Salad Dressings, Avocado Oil, Protein Bars, and condiments. Be sure to read Mark’s Daily Apple. Download the Feedly app to read your favorite blogs.

9.    MAISON FRANCIS KURKDIJAN AQUA FABRIC SOFTENER: It adds the best smell to workout clothes and sheets.

10.  EUFY ROBOVAC: This affordable robot vacuum is quieter and fits under more furniture than many others.

11.   SONOS SPEAKERS: Sonos speakers work seamlessly with your favorite streaming services. The Sonos One is the perfect starter speaker for most people. It’s reasonably priced and can be moved from one room to another with ease. It’s easy to set-up using the Sonos Controller app on my iPhone. The sound quality is amazing.

12.  VORNADO FAN: This fan is so great I don’t need an air conditioner. I mostly use it when I ride my Peloton bike.

1.  HEART HOOPS: I wear these heart earrings with my uniform. They are available in gold, silver, and rose gold.

2.  PETITE BLUSH PEARL VELVET HEADBAND: I am in love with this headband. It’s pink, velvet, and studded with pearls.

3.  SIMPLE HUMAN ROSE GOLD SOAP DISPENSER: It is a dispenser that will drop some dish soap on your hands or sponge by a sensor.

4.  DUDLEY STEPHENS HIGHLAND HIGH LOW FLEECE: I ordered a pink fleece and plan to add to my collection. I was surprised at how well the fabric holds up. They are long enough to wear with leggings and great for travel. Dudley Stephens is a US-based, female-owned company that uses sustainable materials and manufacturing processes.

5.  EAST FORK MUGS: Dubbed #TheMug by Instagram, East Fork’s coffee mug is a web phenomenon. Every Tuesday at noon, its web stock is refreshed. They’re also microwave and dishwasher-safe. All of East Fork’s pottery is handmade in Ashville, North Carolina.

6.  PEARL HAIR CLIP: These barrettes are so pretty and stylish.

7. LULULEMON ALIGN PANTS 25″: These lightweight, high-rise pants are the most comfortable workout pants I have ever worn. They are soft and stretch when you move. Lululemon products are expensive, but the fabric holds up for a long time.

8.  JULIA REED’S NEW ORLEANS Food, Fun, and Field Trips for Letting the Good Times Roll: In Julia’s latest book, the consummate hostess and lifestyle expert shares her favorite New Orleans recipes and entertaining tips. I substitute cauliflower rice for white rice.

9.  GARRETT LEIGHT x ULLA JOHNSON PALOMA SUNGLASSES: These sunglasses have the best tint. I ordered the Tortoiseshell design. I also love the rose pink frame.

10. CORNELIA JAMES MERINO WOOL GLOVES: Duchess Kate Middleton owns the Cornelia James Imogen gloves in two different colors, black and brown. In addition to the black and chocolate brown shades worn by Kate, the Imogen gloves come in several colors, including forest green, red, elephant grey, pink, plum purple, navy blue, taupe and biscuit.

11. GRAY MALIN: ITALY: I am a big fan of Gray Malin’s prints. His latest book includes the most beautiful beach photography in Italy. It’s also perfect to display on your coffee table.

12. LEATHER CAMERA SLING STRAPS: These camera straps are lightweight and can be personalized.

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1.   The New York Times just released its annual list of the 52 places every traveler should visit.

2.   How the Bachelor franchise became a launchpad for Instagram influencers.

3.   Clint Eastwood’s latest movie, “Richard Jewell,” is an engaging story that should be viewed.

4.  How to get digital accounts ready in case of death.

5.   A guide to understanding diabetes.

6.   What to say when a friend gets a divorce.

7.   The best places to eat in Greenville, South Carolina.

8.   The bachelorette Hannah Brown is free to make all the bad choices she wants, but a truly empowered woman would own the outcomes, not make others bear the consequences.

9.   Are Harry and Meghan planning to monetize the monarch?

10.  How to make small talk according to experts.

11.  A guide to understanding Lyme disease.

12.  The best bras might be made in Poland.

13.  Use this browser extension to show you what Amazon books are available at your local library.

14.  What to do if you leave something on the plane.

15.  Is airline food safe to eat?

16.  What airline crews know about managing stress.

17.  How to talk about unspeakable things.

18.  The War Powers Resolution is unconstitutional.

19.  Australia is burning due to the arsonists, not climate change.

20.  The latest in translation apps.

21. The Sussexes have not stepped down from Royal life, but they may have to resign.

22.  You will not be able to tell there is no corn in Dr. Ashley’s version of “cornbread“. For many individuals with damaged guts, corn can cause unwanted symptoms. The addition of coconut flour makes this recipe easily digestible without compromising traditional cornbread texture.

23.  I’m currently reading “A New Way to Age: The Most Cutting-Edge Advances in Antiaging” by Suzanne Somers.

24.  I purchased this travel lighted makeup mirror with 10X magnification. It will be one of my top purchases for 2020 for sure.

25.  Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has made Christianity the foundation of his program, using faith to bring together players and coaches.

26. The L.S.U. coach lifted his football team to No. 1 with his skill and challenged cultural stereotypes with his colorful voice.

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1.    Do you know all the ways you can use your Apple wallet?

2.    21 diseases commonly confused with celiac disease.

3.    The best sheets according to hotel insiders.

4.   How does Spotify know you so well?

5.   How Irish Kerry Gold butter conquered America’s kitchen.

6.    Why I send an article to guests before we sit down to dinner.

7.    The complete guide to bone broth.

8.    The Lion House rolls are the best.

9.    Sally’s chocolate peanut butter no-bake cookies are easy to prepare.

10.  The best places to travel in 2020 before everyone else does.

11.  How to politely decline an invitation.

12.  36 hours in Indianapolis.

13.  The power of one push-up.

14.  Where to eat at the New Orleans airport.

15.  A fantastic interview with the female owner of In N Out Burger. Find out why the company prints Bible verses on their cups.

16.  The baking step you can skip.

17.  Why you should switch to Signal or Telegram from Whatsapp today.

18.  The scam of deadly fitness supplements.

19.  The best cookbooks for new home cooks, according to 8 professional chefs.

20.  Understanding Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity.

21.  Oprah’s favorite things 2019.

22.  This loaded guacamole recipe is a party in a bowl.

23.  Ina’s onion dip recipe is perfect for tailgating.

24.  How to avoid pickpockets in Europe.

25.  Which is better: exchange money or use ATM abroad?

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1.    What Google knows about you might be a shock. Here’s how to manage or delete your activity. 

2.    This creamy dairy-free enchilada soup is easy to prepare.

3.    Kate Middleton’s greatest style moments.

4.    Where to shop online that isn’t Amazon or do some comparison shopping.

5.   Using Global Entry is about to get even easier.

6.   PreCheck, Global Entry or Clear? How to get through airport lines faster.

7.    The best bacon in America.

8.    Bookmark these helpful travel websites.

9.    Ten things to help you emotionally and spiritually when you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer.

10.  How to change the default apps on all your devices.

11.  You won’t believe how easily this reporter was hacked. Here’s how to prevent it.

12.  This Los Angeles travel guide includes some of my favorites.

13.  When does self-confidence become narcissism?

14.  I’m currently making recipes from Amy Chaplin’s Whole Foods Every Day: Transform the Way You Eat with 250 Vegetarian Recipes Free of Gluten, Dairy, and Refined Sugar. I like her nut milk variations and condiment recipes.

15.  Bob Armstrong’s famous queso recipe.

16.  How do you navigate? Google Maps or Waze?

17.  The top 100 toys Amazon predicts will be holiday best-sellers.

18.  Christin’s Greenville, SC guide includes dozens of great recommendations for your next visit.

19.  Beware of these beauty and wellness trends.

20.  Who was Al Baghdadi and why was he one of the most wanted men.

21.  My dream kitchen.

22.  Why does flu peak in winter?

23.  I’m currently reading Something Greater: Finding Triumph Over Trials.

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The latest installment of some of my favorite products that I’m currently enjoying or coveting. I hope you find some inspiration for your gift-giving and some new things to discover for yourself!

1.    PORTER CERAMIC TO-GO MUG: I use this mug when I travel. The slick style is made of BPA-free plastic and dishwasher safe. Most coffee shops offer a discount for using your mug..

2.    THERA-GUN: TheraGun is a unique handheld device applied to the surface of the skin to boost healing and recovery. I use it after exercising and at night before I go to sleep.

3.    REBEL KETO ICE CREAM: The most delicious low carb, high fat, keto, no sugar added ice cream.

4.    PELETON BIKE: I am crazy about this workout. I tested the Peloton bike in a hotel gym. Peloton partners with hotels across the U.S. You can also schedule a test class at a Peloton studio.

I can work out at home anytime and choose from over 100 live classes each week and access on-demand rides from the massive library.  My favorite instructor is Denis Morton. I like working out to country music, and Peloton offers country rides. They also have fun theme rides.

Peloton is not going anywhere. They just made a public offering on the New York Stock Exchange. If you are visiting New York, you can take a class at the Peloton Studio in Chelsea. You can also schedule a class using Class Pass. I use Class Pass when I travel to take fitness classes at a reduced rate. Instead of paying $25 or more for a class, I can take classes for $10 or less depending on demand.

Peloton offers a no-risk 30-day trial. If you purchase the bike, you pay $39 a month membership for the classes. The Peloton app includes full-body workouts, stretching, yoga, running and more classes you can stream.

5.    CUYANA LEATHER ZIPPER TOTE: The Cuyana is elegant and relatively affordable, costing less than $200 for a bag that’s made in America out of Italian leather. I use the tote organization insert to keep my bag organized.

6.   URSA MAJOR DEODORANT: I tried several natural deodorants and Ursa Major was the most effective. It eliminates underarm odor while absorbing excess moisture and does not irritate my skin.

7.    MADE IN COOKWARE: The cookware line Made In features premium-quality cookware at a discounted cost made in America. It’s popular with chefs. I really love my Made In Cookware. I think it’s better than All-Clad.

8.    PRIMAL BLUEPRINT PROBIOTICS: I use these probiotics developed by Mark Sission. This particular probiotic contains Bacillus coagulans. Many probiotics cannot survive the harsh conditions of the stomach and never reach the gut. Bacillus coagulans are extremely tolerant of acidic conditions and survive transit to reach and colonize the gut.

If you have digestive issues, I can’t stress enough the importance of taking a probiotic supplement.

I also recommend Primal Kitchen Salad Dressings, Avocado Oil, Protein Bars, and condiments. Be sure to read Mark’s Daily Apple. Download the Feedly app to read your favorite blogs.

9.    MAISON FRANCIS KURKDIJAN AQUA FABRIC SOFTENER: It adds the best smell to workout clothes and sheets.

10.  EUFY ROBOVAC: This affordable robot vacuum is quieter and fits under more furniture than many others.

11.   SONOS SPEAKERS: Sonos speakers work seamlessly with your favorite streaming services. The Sonos One is the perfect starter speaker for most people. It’s reasonably priced and can be moved from one room to another with ease. It’s easy to set-up using the Sonos Controller app on my iPhone. The sound quality is amazing.

12.  VORNADO FAN: This fan is so great I don’t need an air conditioner. I mostly use it when I ride my Peloton bike.

What are some of your favorite things? Tell me in the comments.

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1.    How to support the cancer patient.

2.    Ten things to do when your child is being bullied.

3.    Joe T. Garcias copy cat nachos.

4.    The ultimate Joshua Tree National Park guide.

5.    How does Spotify know you so well?

6.    The best Keto fudge brownies.

7.    36 hours in Milwaukee.

8.    How it pays to live near Trader Joe’s.

9.    How to instantly free up space on your iPhone.

10.  Tokyo city guide.

11.  All about coconut milk, cream, water, and cream of coconut.

12.  Inside the cutthroat world of royal correspondents.

13.  Sally’s cream cheese frosting is the best.

14.  A great guide for visiting Charlottesville, Virginia.

15.  How to get rid of heartburn.

16.  Are these items in your emergency backback?

17.  A weekend guide to Denver.

18.  What to pack for every type of hike.

19.  Turkey and the Kurds: why it’s more complicated than you think.

20.  Thick and chewy chocolate chip cookies.

21.  Ina Garten’s lemon chicken recipe.

22. Schools should go back to teaching kids ‘Adulting 101’.

23.  Too much breast cancer and not enough answers.

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1.    What it’s like to live at Highclere Caste, the real Downton Abbey.

2.    Six items to sleep well or at least better while traveling.

3.    Concealer tricks for covering acne, dark circles, discoloration, and more.

4.    Long wait times for treatment are a problem for government-run health care systems like Britain’s National Health Service.

5.    Dallas, Texas is the restaurant of the year.

6.   Edward Snowden whose state surveillance revelations rocked the world speaks exclusively to the Guardian about his new life and concerns for the future.

7.    How to use Siri as your personal assistant.

8.     How to make paleo onion rings.

9.    The secret powers of ovulation. It’s not just for making a baby.

10.  36 hours in Dublin.

11.  Understanding and diagnosing Hashimoto’s and Hypothyroidism.

12.  Great writing tips from Elizabeth Gilbert.

13.   Behind the schoolgirl climate warrior Greta Thumberg, lies a shadowy cabal of lobbyists, investors and energy companies seeking to profit from a green bonanza.

14.  A complete guide to flying in the U.S. with breast milk and pumping supplies.

15.  This baked truffle fries recipe is is full of flavor and ready in under 30 minutes.

16.  The best restaurants in Providence, Rhode Island.

17.  24 hours in Aspen.

18.  The best translation apps.

19.  Sally’s pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are the perfect fall treat.

20.  The most powerful women in the world wear dresses not suits.

21.  I thought I understood Facebook until my dad died. A son’s look at social media through a different lens.

22.  Why are there so many streaming services?

23.  Their flight got canceled. And canceled again. And again. Here’s the story of how passengers on American Flight 988 got stranded in Peru for three days, and what you should do to avoid a similar situation.

24.  Have online views lost their value?

25.  How Andy Cohen became the ring master of our insane celebrity circus.

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1.    The best 25 productivity tips for 2019.

2.    How to start a cookbook club.

3.    Advice to parents of college freshmen.

4.    The convenience of spray sunscreens isn’t worth the risk.

5.    How to put on a duvet cover.

6.    Sarah’s pan-banging chocolate chip cookie recipe is so popular.

7.    See inside Gal Meets Glam blogger’s charming Charleston home.

8.    How to travel to Highclere Castle in true Downton Abbey style.

9.    I love the idea of starting a supper club.

10.  A quick and easy recipe for Samin Nosrat’s Buttermilk Chicken Recipe from one of my favorite cookbooks.

11.  How to recover something you left on a flight.

12.  What is earthing, and does it cure jet lag?

13.  The head coach of the top-ranked college football team and the defending national champions says life isn’t all about sports.

14.  Sally’s white chocolate macadamia nut cookies are great for tailgating.

15.  The Popeye’s chicken sandwich is here to stay.

16.  Why is Joe Rogan so popular?

17.  Baby travel gear: packing vs. renting.

18.  The best tips for a better Uber or Lyft ride.

19.  A design lover’s guide to St. Louis.

20.  Katie’s guide to Nashville will help you plan your next visit to Music City.

21.  The tech you need at hand when disaster strikes.

22.  How to keep your home address off the internet.

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1.    Finally, tracking for the hotel shuttle van.

2.    Worshipping the false idols of wellness.

3.    36 hours in St. Barbara County.

4.   Never undermine the power of sending a thank you note after your interview.

5.    How to stop SNAIL mail from piling up.

6.    What has Cam been doing since Hannah’s ‘Bachelorette’ Season? He’s dedicated to helping people with Lymphedema.

7.    When did self-help become self-care? It all still revolves around the self.

8.    What to do when the robocalls won’t stop. What’s illegal, what’s not, and what you can do to get rid of them.

9.    When did we start taking famous people so seriously?

10.  How to outsmart travel scams.

11.  13 digital trainers, trackers, and guides for better workouts.

12.  Unravelling the mystery of Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s enabler.

13.  Everything you need to know about natural, organic, and biodyamic wines.

14.  The tragedy of Joshua Harris.

15.  Understanding bi-polar disorder.

16.  Tartine Bakery’s famous oatmeal chocolate chip walnut cookies.

17.  Flight attendant packing secrets.

18.  MRI risks no one told you about.

19.  This ice breaker guide is great for parties too.

20.  If you love a classic berry swirl ice cream, this is your recipe.

21.   What3words: the app that can save your life.

22.  The unconventional, new-age ways people are getting buried.

23.  Things to know about hormone replacement therapy.

24.  This Barcelona travel guide features a selection of veggie friendly places to eat, best coffee, and ice cream bars.

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Tech tips, gluten-free recipes, travel guides and more good reads.

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1.    The man with the golden airline ticket.

2.    The new ways your boss is spying on you.

3.    The pioneer woman’s spicy cowgirl coffee.

4.    The Bachelorette producers are the worse.

5.    These white chicken enchiladas are simple and delicious.

6.    Why Lyft is better than Uber.

7.    Don’t put your work email on your personal computer.

8.    What does travel insurance actually cost?

9.    The best time to buy everything during the year.

10.  Why do so many women get celiac disease?

11.  How to keep kid’s safe when traveling.

12.  How to know if you need vaccinations for your next international trip.

13.  Inflammation plays a critical role in determining how we digest food.

14.  36 hours in Naples, Italy.

15.  The ultimate chocolate chip peanut butter bars.

16.  A must-read interview with Elizabeth Smart.

17.  The Crown season three: everything we know so far.

18.  55 productive things to do when you have downtime.

19.  A list of what those F1 – F12 keys do.

20.  Costco has found immense success by prioritizing the interests of its customers and employees over those of its shareholders.

21.  Khloe Kardashian’s Vogue makeup tutorial.

22.  Tartine Bakery’s famous  carrot cake recipe. *GF

23.  Make this  spinach avocado salad with cilantro parmesan dressing for lunch this week.

24.  22 years after bestselling I Kissed Dating Goodbye, Joshua Harris Leaves his wife and faith.

25.  10 fun things to do when planning your food trip to Paris.

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12 Best Podcasts of 2019

Best Podcasts

Do you listen to podcasts? If not, you’re missing out on great programming. Read on to find out 12 awesome podcasts to try and how to get started listening to podcasts.

If you are not familiar with podcasts, a podcast is a radio show that you can download or listen to online. Podcasts are great company on long road trips as well as daily commutes. I also listen to podcasts if I go for a long walk or while I’m cooking, cleaning, or doing some work on my computer. The best part about podcasts is they are entirely free to download or stream online. Rather than listening to the radio or music, give podcasts a chance.

I listen to podcasts on my iPhone. It’s portable, and there are multiple podcasting apps available for it. I prefer using the Downcast app to download my favorite podcasts. You can create playlists and organize what you download or stream, so you don’t lose precious space on your device. Before that, I used the simple Podcast app on my iPhone.

Some other great podcast apps to try include Overcast. In addition to offering easy-to-find content, this app makes it simple for you to download podcasts for offline listening, which is my favorite feature of any podcast app. You can search for and subscribe to podcasts, create custom playlists, and get notifications when new content is available.

I also like the TuneIn Radio app. This app includes 100,000 real radio stations and more than four million podcasts streaming from every continent. Explore and follow the best in sports, news, music and talk to create your personalized feed.

Podcast Chart is another great tool to discover new podcasts.

You can also listen to podcasts using Soundcloud and Sticher. The Stitcher app is available on Apple and Android devices.

If you are looking for new podcasts, the new and noteworthy section of iTunes for podcasts is a great resource. The Podcast Top 200 lists the most popular podcasts, and the iTunes Essentials: Podcasts is a great way to find popular content. Use this curated library to find podcasts based on interests like “cooking” or “travel.” Also Sampler, a podcast about the best podcasts, is a great resource if you’re looking for more ideas. You can even listen to podcasts on your computer by going to a podcast’s website.

And here’s a quick guide on how to download and listen to podcasts.

Other Podcast Apps for Android:

Here’s a list of new podcasts to try since my last update.

1.   COLD: Susan Powell vanished on Dec. 7, 2009. Her body has never been found. From the beginning, West Valley City, Utah police suspected Susan’s husband, Josh Powell, had murdered her. They never arrested him. Cold dives deep into the case files, uncovering never-before-heard details. You’ll learn why Susan stayed with an abusive husband, why Josh did what he did and how the justice system failed Susan and her two boys.

Favorite Episodes: You need to listen to them all in order.

2.  TO LIVE AND DIE LA: When an aspiring actress went missing in Hollywood last year, journalist Neil Strauss was asked by the family to investigate. The murder was solved as a result of this investigation.

Favorite Episodes: You need to listen to them all in order.

3.   22 HOURS AN AMERICAN NIGHTMARE: This podcast details the horrific events that led to a D.C. power couple, their 10-year-old son and housekeeper being held hostage, tortured and brutally murdered inside their own home. The killings of the Savopoulos family and Vera Figueroa in May 2015 were among the most shocking and mysterious crimes in D.C. history. Three years later, Daron Wint, the man charged in the crime that became known as the D.C. Mansion Murders, was finally brought to justice. WTOP examines the complicated trail of evidence that police say led to finding their killer and why they say he committed such a brutal crime.

Favorite Episodes: You need to listen to them all, in order.

4.   MADDIE: The Maddie podcast series explores what many believe is the well-known story of Madeleine McCann’s disappearance but this is an investigation of the evidence which could make you question everything you thought you knew about the case.

Favorite Episodes: You need to listen to them all, in order.

5.    DR. DEATH:  This podcast explores what happens when a power-hungry doctor is not stopped by the people that should stop him until it is too late.

Favorite Episode: You need to listen to them all, in order.

6.   JUST THINKING: Just Thinking is a podcast that tackles current and social issues from a biblical worldview. The Just Thinking podcast is hosted weekly by Darrell Harrison and Virgil Walker. I have learned so much listening to this podcast.

Favorite Episodes:

Singleness, Dating, and Marriage

Slavery Reparations: Is such an idea biblical?

Immigration and the Gospel: Is it possible to set aside emotions and consider what the Scriptures objectively say about this issue?

7.   THE DROP OUT:  This podcast tells the story of how Elizabeth Holmes’ company Theranos was built on a lie. Though Holmes claimed that Theranos had created a method of testing that could detect a wide range of medical issues with a single drop of blood, it was all smoke and mirrors. The tech didn’t work, even though Holmes had convinced powerful investors to throw their money behind the company.

Favorite Episodes: You need to listen to them all, in order.

8.    UNCOVER: ESCAPING NXIVM: This podcast investigates the bizarre story of NXIVM, a secretive alleged sex cult founded by multi-level marketing guru Keith Raniere in Albany, New York.

Favorite Episodes: You need to listen to them all, in order.

Bonus Episode: Inside the Trial

9.   PETER ATTIA: THE DRIVE: Topics include fasting, ketosis, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, mental health, and much more. The Drive is hosted by Dr. Peter Attia, a Stanford/Johns Hopkins/NIH-trained physician focusing on the applied science of longevity, the extension of human life and well-being.

Favorite Episodes:

Episode 62 | Keith Flaherty, M.D.: Deep Dive into Cancer: History of oncology, novel approaches to treatment, and the exciting and hopeful future.

Episode 13 |Brett Kotlus, M.D. How to Look Younger While We Live Longer: This episode explores the question of how we can maintain a naturally youthful look as we get older.

10.  MAC POWER USERS: Learn about getting the most from your Apple technology.

Favorite Episodes:

#490: Surfin with Safari

#486: Essential iOS Apps

#467: Fitness Apps

11.  REAL CHRISTIANITY: Dale and Veronica Partridge co-host one of the top Christian Podcasts. The first series of episodes are about marriage. Go back and listen to these episodes if you are married or engaged.

Favorite Episodes:

Should Christians Judge Other Christians?

4 Threats to the Christian Marriage and How to Confront Them

12.  RED PILLED AMERICA: Red Pilled America is a story-telling podcast. It features true stories often overlooked by the mainstream media. If you like the format of NPR and Wondery podcast networks, check this one out.  Go back and listen to all of the episodes.

Favorite Episodes:

Episode 13: Right To Try

Episode 15: Why is homelessness surging in California?

Episode 11: Sanctuary Cities

So if you’re looking for more podcasts to listen to, you may want to read my other posts:

My Favorite Podcasts Part 4

My Favorite Podcasts Part 3

My Favorite Podcasts Part 2

My Favorite Podcast Part 1

QUESTION OF THE DAY:

What other podcasts do you love?

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1.    Why you need a privacy browser. I use Brave.

2.    Scientist may have found a better way to spot the early signs of dementia: the eyes.

3.    This banana bread with macadamia nut ice cream and dulce de leche is perfect for a summer soiree.

4.    Women share their experience with multi-level beauty businesses.

5.    What may have happened to Malaysia’s Missing Airplane.

6.    The lingering of loss.

7.    James Beard’s favorite burger recipe.

8.    Keep these financial records in your emergency bag.

9.    What to ask your doctor at your next appointment.

10.  Print this life skills list and share with teens and young adults.

11. The difference between Tylenol, Aspirin, Advil and Aleve.

12.  The rise of the only child.

13.  A beginner’s guide to cord-cutting.

14.  Laurel’s keto ice cream is easy to make and tastes delicious.

15.  Why does inflight wifi cut out or slow down?

16.  How to prepare for Amazon Prime Day.

17.  Jo’s Waco city guide.

18.  A comprehensive guide to taking your smartphone abroad for cheap.

19.  Botanica is a popular restaurant in Silver Lake. Here’s the recipe for the famous GF buckwheat brownie recipe.

20.  I’m making this fermented salsa verde.

21.  How to refresh and renew your thoughts.

22.  A weekend guide to St. Louis.

23.  How a record breaking economy is helping those who need it most.

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Flight Attendant’s Favorite Beauty Products

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

1.     PERIOBRITE MOUTH WASH: I use this alcohol-free mouth wash. It helps to heal receding gums.

2.    DEEPLY ROOTED HAIR SUPPLEMENT: I switched to this hair supplement due to age-related thinning hair. You must take four vitamins per day to see results after a couple of weeks. It takes about three months to really see a difference. It’s also helpful for people with hair loss due to hormonal issues, thyroid problems and nutritional deficiencies.

3.    GRANDE LASH BROW GROWTH SERUM: I put it on morning and night, twice a day. It’s like a clear liquid, and you put it on like eyeliner. It takes a couple of weeks to see results. Lash extensions are too expensive and damage the lashes. Grande Lash is the best natural option for growing longer lashes. I also use Grande Brow Serum.

4.    KEVIN AUCOIN BROW PENCIL: If you have sparse eyebrows, or close to no eyebrows at all, this tool will help you create natural-looking eyebrows.

5.    CELANDINE EXTRACT: This is the best natural treatment for corns, ingrown hairs and skin tags. You must use it twice a day. I use a Q tip for application. The herb has a strong odor. Keep away from eyes and mucous membranes.

6.    TWEEZERS: These tweezers were designed by one of New York’s top brow artists, Sania Vucetaj. Sania is known for beautiful natural full brows. I like the slant on the tweezers that make it easy to remove unwanted hair.

7.    IMAGE SKINCARE SPF 50 SUN PROTECTION: I use this sunscreen if I am going outdoors for an extended amount of time. It is not oily and does not irritate my skin. It also does not smell bad. Many of the sunscreens on the market clog my pores. Image Skincare provides safe products without the use of chemical preservatives like parabens.

I also use Osmosis Sun Defense Elixer.

8.    IMAGE SKINCARE HYDRATING HYDROGEL SHEET MASK: The perfect mask to use before a special event for glowing skin. These are great to use after a long flight to hydrate skin.

9.    ELECTRIC CALLUS REMOVER: This electric callus remover easily removes dead, rough, and coarse skin.

10.  DMK PORE REDUCTION DROPS: I use this product to keep my pores on my nose clean. DMK pore reduction drops work to tighten pores without stripping the skin of natural oils. Unlike other pore minimizing products, DMK pore reduction drops do not contain astringents, alcohols or abrasives, which can strip the skin of those natural oils which often increases the skins oil production.

DMK products can only be purchased from a physician or esthetician. I order DMK from Sandra Velandia. You can search for a DMK clinic in your area, here.

11.  OSMOSIS DNA REPAIR C SERUM: I have been using this age-defying serum for over a decade because it works. It heals broken capillaries around the nose and helps diminish brown spots. It also helps with DNA repair and building collagen.

Apply the serum before bedtime to face and neck including eye area, quickly smooth over skin and allow product to absorb.

Vitamin C is extremely unstable in the presence of heat, light, and air, so the bottle that contains the serum needs to be glass or thick plastic and must only be in a pump bottle. The concentration of the serum needs to range from 10% to 20% to be effective.

12.  IMAGE SKINCARE ORMEDIC LIP BALANCING OINTMENT: This is one of the most popular products from Image Skincare. It feels amazing on chapped lips and provides lasting moisture for continued healing. It also contains a polypeptide complex that supports collagen in the lips, so they look naturally firm and full.  It contains zero silicones, parabens or petrochemicals.

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