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1.     When things go wrong during an AirBNB stay, the company’s secretive safety team jumps in to soothe guests and hosts, help families and prevent PR disasters.

2.    The art of saying no: how to effectively communicate and set boundaries.

3.    What people are really doing when they play hard to get.

4.    How to work with a manipulative person.

5.    The espresso martini is everywhere again.

6.    How to watch the Tokyo Olympics. 

7.    Where Americans can travel right now.

8.    Is blue zone living one of the secrets to a healthy life?

9.   A great article about the U.S. Women’s gymnastic team.

10.  How to end a long-term friendship without hurting anyone.

11.  How to analyze, tear down and rationalize the false narratives we believe.

12.  A detailed review of the emerging evidence demonstrating the efficacy of Ivermectin in the prevention and treatment of COVID-19.

13.  How to read newsletters without clogging your inbox.

14.  Visit this spice store on your next trip to NYC.

15.  How to feel at home in a new city.

16.  The best affordable places to live.

17.  Scientists are only just discovering the enormous impact of our gut health and how it could hold the key to everything from tackling obesity to overcoming anxiety and boosting immunity.

18. Beware of beauty products that claim to be clean. There is no formal definition of what types of products can qualify as clean and no governing body to regulate the label.

19.  What is the difference between a charcuterie board and a cheese board?

20. If you like the idea of a Roth, then you’re going to love the supersize version, known as a mega backdoor Roth.

21. Britney Spears conservatorship nightmare.

22. The Pioneer Woman shares photos from her daughter Alex’s wedding.

23. If you’re visiting anytime soon, check out these Asheville recommendations.

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1.     A 79-year-old man from Alberta, Canada, went to beauty school last week for a lesson on how to do his beautiful wife’s hair and makeup amid her vision failing.

2.    Why some people are not taking the vaccine.

3.    12 highly specific steps for the best chocolate chip cookies.

4.    The unrivaled arrival of Trevor Lawrence.

5.    Flour Bakery’s popular banana bread recipe.

6.    Why vaccine passports prolong lockdowns.

7.    Gigi Hadid’s spicy vodka pasta recipe.

8.    A deep dive into the celebrity world of beauty brands.

9.    5 helpful tips for Google maps outside of navigation.

10.  The price of the stuff that makes stuff is surging.

11.   A new alternative to big tech platforms.

12.  Why having friends of different ages matters.

13.  I like this creamy avocado cilantro dressing.

14.  7 tips to improve your sleep.

15.  The key to reading people.

16.  Why Mezcal is the hottest liquor on the market.

17.  The Biden administration asked for a global waiver on vaccine intellectual property protections. What is this waiver? Why does it matter? Why did Biden stand up to big pharma?

18.  Beef is expensive so why are cattle rancher’s going bankrupt?

19. This Instagram handle is also a website, where you can find an unbelievable list of recipes organized by ingredient.

20.  An introduction to IV Therapy.

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1.     Prince Philip’s life in pictures.

2.    How to restore your privacy and security tools.

2.    The most helpful new iOS 14 feature you may have missed.

3.    Flavorful add-ons that take your bone broth to the next level.

4.    How to download your Instagram photos.

5.    Michael Solomonov, the chef behind Philadelphia’s acclaimed Zahav, also runs a vegan falafel shop in the city. Here’s the recipe for the Goldie falafel.

6.    What are life’s biggest decisions and biggest regrets?

7.    The best food podcasts.

8.    Do we know enough about the safety of quat disinfectants? The use of quad disinfectants has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic on airplanes.

9.    Here’s how you can create a world class video on a budget.

10.  The wild true story behind Lady Gaga and Adam Driver’s Gucci Assassination Movie.

11.  Brazilian butt lift: behind the world’s most dangerous cosmetic surgery.

12.  Great tips for spring cleaning your email inbox.

13.  Some great tips for moving.

14.  The best streaming services you can watch for free.

15.  This Reddit-famous banana bread recipe has been in 1 family for 4 generations. Turns out it came from a church cookbook.

16.  Claire’s oatmeal and pecan brittle cookie recipe is a popular recipe in her new cookbook.

17.  Are high status people more likely to lie?

18. An overview of the current evidence regarding the effectiveness of face masks.

19.  How to make stunning croissants at home.

20.  How to ripen avocados quickly.

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1.    The best private search engines.

2.    A curtain buying guide.

3.    America’s best winter hiking trails.

4.    Washington, D.C. is home to a fascinating labyrinth of tunnels.

5.    Blair House spares no shortage of fascinating history.

6.    Nancy Silverton’s famous pizza dough recipe.

7.    If you love enchiladas that are plump, juicy, full of filling, with a lot of sauce and cheese, this is the enchilada recipe for you!

8.    How to choose the right paint color.

9.    3 apps that help you manage your subscriptions.

10.  4 ways to do more with your smartphone camera.

11.  From tech stocks to high gas prices, Goldman Sachs has engineered every major market manipulation since the Great Depression and they’re about to do it again.

12. Intelligence made public this month reveals strong circumstantial evidence the coronavirus came from Wuhan Institute of Virology.

13.  How to actually change someone’s mind.

14.  Dating a co-worker? Here are the do’s and don’ts when it comes to dating someone at work.

15. These quick and easy loaf cake recipes make for perfect desserts, afternoon snacks, and even breakfasts.

16. The unsettling truth about the ‘mostly harmless’ hiker. His emaciated body was discovered in a tent, just a few miles from a major Florida highway. His identity and troubled past were discovered by the internet.

17. This thread on people’s favorite Trade Joe’s products is fun to read.

18.  Here’s what happened with GameStop, Reddit, and Wall Street for people who aren’t into stocks.

19.  How to organize your kitchen according to a professional organizer.

20.  The 50 best places to travel in 2021.

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1.    How will we all know that a Covid-19 vaccine is safe?

2.    An award-winning pastry chef doctors up boxed cornbread.

3.    Sister Pie’s buttered rum shortbread cookies.

4.    Shirley Corriher’s roasted pecan chocolate chip cookies.

5.    Bravetart’s triple oatmeal cookies.

6.   80’s tangy lemon icebox cookies from Gourmet magazine.

7.    How to make a cheese board that’s beautiful.

8.    NPR’s best cookbooks of the year.

9.    The best cookbooks of 2020.

10.  An interview with Ina Garten.

11. Your guide to the many types of tacos in Texas, where to find them, and how to enjoy them!

12.  A fascinating interview with Julian Assange’s fiance.

13. Why did a former crime reporter upend her life and stability for Martin Shkreli, one of the least-liked men in the world?

14.  What’s next for the church in America?

15.  How doctors die.

16.  A collection of gluten-free dessert recipes.

17.  The biggest star on TV right now is the Barbour jacket. P.S. I love mine.

18.  These are some of the best photo editing apps for the iPhone.

19.  A brow guru shares her tips for at-home brow maintenance.

20. How to make roux like a pro.

21.  Mouth breathing may be ruining your sleep. Here’s how to fix it. P.S. I’m reading James Nestor’s new book, Breath.

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Here are the best products I purchased in 2020:

1.     STEAMER: This steamer does not leak like some of the other compact sizes. It’s small enough that it can be used for travel. I also love the design.

2.    HAND WARMER: I purchased this electric hand warmer because I was using so many disposable hand warmers. It has three adjustable temperatures and can last for up to eight hours. It also works as a phone charger.

3.    TOUCAN HAT PACKABLE WIDE BOW SUNHAT: This is the perfect packable hat for travel. The bow is available in several colors.

4.    BISSELL STEAM MOP: I use the Bissell Steam Mop to clean my tile and hardwood floors. It cleans and sanitizes hard floors with the natural power of steam instead of harsh chemicals.

5.    PILATES IQ REFORMER: Since my local Pilates studio closed, I decided to invest in this reformer. There are several online pilates reformer classes. I like Pilates on Fifth and Pilates Anytime. Both offer a free trial subscription.

6.    FELLOW ELECTRIC POUR OVER KETTLE: This kettle is so beautiful displayed on my stovetop. It heats up super fast and will hold its heat for 60 minutes. You can even adjust the temperature, with the range being 135°F to 212°F.

7.    HEILALA PURE VANILLA PASTE: For serious bakers, this is the best vanilla ever! I use Heilala Pure Vanilla Extract and Heila Pure Vanilla Paste.

8.    MIELE COMPACT VACUUM: Since my Dyson vacuum needed to be replaced, I ordered the Miele Compact Vaccum. It is so powerful and has multiple settings for rugs, tile, and hardwood floors.

9.   ChiliPAD SLEEP SYSTEM: The ChiliPad Sleep System has made an enormous difference in how I sleep. The ChiliPad Sleep System is a mattress pad with a cooling and heating temperature control system. It regulates the surface temperature of your mattress by actively circulating water through a network of micro tubes. If you are having hot flashes or night sweats, the ChiliPad Sleep System may help you sleep better. I like to use it instead of an electric blanket during cold nights.

10.  SECRET TREASURE TIGHTS: I wear these tights with my work uniform. They are a great price and very comfortable.

11.  MEGASPOREBIOTIC: I have consistently taken probiotics for many years. This brand works well for me without side effects like headaches and bloating. I also recommend the MegaMucosa Support Formula for anyone with digestion issues like IBS, Leaky Gut, and constipation.

12.  BULLETPROOF CHOCOLATE DIPPED COLLAGEN BARS: These bars taste so good. They are also keto friendly.

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1.    Can your employer make you get a Covid vaccine?

2.    There’s never been a story like Britney Spears.

3.    The UK government has granted pharmaceutical giant Pfizer a legal indemnity protecting it from being sued. Pfizer’s UK boss refuses to explain why the business needs protection.

4.    How to make coconut milk.

5.    How to cook with cast iron.

6.    These brown butter espresso cookies are great for a cookie exchange.

7.    How to fight puffiness.

8.    The best iPhone home screen widgets.

9.    How expert worship is ruining science.

10.  12 surprising ways to use cauliflower.

11.  What may be causing your hair loss.

12.  How to make crawfish etouffee.

13.  Facebook’s tracking tools are even worse than we feared.

14.  A guide to the common types of Covid tests.

15. The head of the infectious disease department at the biggest hospital in France fears the Pfizer vaccine has such serious side effects that only people at extreme risk from Covid should take it.

16.  What is old bay seasoning? P.S. It’s my favorite seasoning.

17.  10 essential tips and tricks to make the most of Whats App.

18.  50 most popular recipes of 2020.

19.  How chaos at chain pharmacies is putting patients at risk.

20.  How to use the renter’s market to your advantage.

21.  Understanding Glutathione and the immune system.

22.  I’m currently reading the Pioneer Woman’s new book of short stories.

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

1.    MAISON de SABRÉ PHONE CASE: My favorite new iPhone case. MAISON de SABRE offers complimentary monogramming in gold or silver foil. Never grab the wrong phone from the table again.

2.   LELE SADOUGHI MASKS: I purchased several packs of Lele Sadoughi masks for work. I like the designs and more importantly the fit and comfort of these masks! I’ve gotten so many compliments on all of them! Most designs feature a contoured fit, two-layer design, super soft t-shirt lining, adjustable elastic ear straps, and an opening for a filter pocket. Here’s a link on where to order filters online.

3.    BOY SMELLS WICK TRIMMER:  I use this wick trimmer which is pretty enough to leave out by candles on a countertop. The first thing to do once you open-up a new candle is to trim the wick. It should be about 1/8″ high. Keeping it short means you’ll have more control of the flame, therefore keeping the candle clean.

4.    HOUSE DRESSES: I love the designs from Hill House Home and Doen.

5.    GLASS STRAWS: These are so pretty and great for travel. They also don’t leave an unpleasant metal taste in your mouth like stainless steel straws.

6.    CUYANA WALLET: I invested in the Cuyana wallet to match my Cuyana tote. I also love the zipper wallet. Cuyana products are a great investment.

7.    OSMOSIS HAND SANITIZER: This hand sanitizer does not irritate or dry out my skin. Alcohol-based rubs are also generally less irritating than constant hand washing.

8.    YEAR & DAY: If you’ve been on the hunt for a full set of dishes that are minimal and chic at the same time, Year & Day’s product offering is it.  You can mix and match the full semi-matte ceramics collection because the brand specifically made the line in colors that all look good together. I use the Millenial Pink design.

9.    LELE DADOUGHI PEARL EAR WARMER: Since I do not like wearing earmuffs, I ordered this stylish ear warmer. It is soft and fits perfectly. I also get so many compliments on the style.

10.  VIGILANTE TIN LIZZIE ESPRESSO: I use this espresso at home with my Breville Espresso machine. Tin Lizzie espresso is inspired by the Italian-style of espresso, known for its heavy body, deep chocolate, and caramel tones. When combined with milk, the espresso stands out creating a toasty and chocolatey sweetness in each drink. It tastes great with any nut milk. I use the Nutramilk to make nut milk at home. Vigilante offers free shipping on orders over $25.00. Check their social media accounts for specials.

11.  TRUE COMFORT: Kristen Cavallari’s new cookbook contains over 100 easy recipes. Kristen collaborated with Chef Mike Kubiesa. The recipes are gluten-free and most do not contain dairy or sugar. You can also make substitutions for dietary restrictions with these recipes.

12.  JENI’S DAIRY FREE COLD BREW WITH COCONUT CREAM ICE CREAM: This ice cream is made with a coconut cream base and tastes like a latte.

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My Favorite Beauty Products 2020

Here’s a roundup of my favorite new beauty products. I hope you find the information helpful and maybe some new products to add to your beauty regimen.

1.     Osmosis’s Beauty Recovery Omega and Fat Pad Renewal Elixir: Recovery is a game-changer for me. It has made a significant improvement in my digestive health. My nails have also started to grow longer. After using a couple of months, I have noticed my face and neck are tighter.

Osmosis Beauty’s Recovery is formulated to restore gut health, microbiome balance and plump the fat pads in the face and neck that cause wrinkles and aging. Recovery can replace much of the facial volume loss that occurs with aging. By restoring critical nutrients to reactivate fat cells, Recovery alleviates the need for volume fillers while creating a much more natural, youthful appearance. Recovery’s nutraceutical properties also help restore your unique probiotic population and provides essential fatty acids, like omega-7, supporting health and cellular function.

2.    Foleo Luna: I use the Foleo facial cleansing silicon brush for my second cleanse. There is a light vibration that helps with lymphatic drainage. I don’t like the Clarisonic because the brushes harbor bacteria and are too abrasive on the skin. If you are inflamed or have a lot of breakouts, use the device sparingly until the skin improves.

3.    Osmosis Beauty’s Epic Skin Tool: Micro-needling has become a popular at-home treatment to promote deeper penetration of skincare products, but it wounds the skin, causing potentially permanent damage to the skin barrier. The Epic Skin Tool is designed to maximize the performance of skincare by promoting deeper penetration of active ingredients, without wounding the skin’s barrier or compromising skin health.

The device is meant to be used after applying skincare serums and treatment products and allow time for these to dry. Wet skin is not ideal because it can slip and scratch the skin if it is too wet. The EPIC can be used safely on the face and all body areas. However, you want to use gently on the nose and extremely gently on the eyelids, or skip these areas altogether.

I purchased the device to get the maximum benefit out of my skincare serums.

4.    Jade Roller: A great tool to start for beginners. Jade doesn’t really do anything to your skin, but the jade stone is cool to the touch, so by rolling it across the face the cold temperature promotes blood circulation, lymphatic drainage, and reduces puffiness. Instead of rolling outward, try to massage back and forth to work out the wrinkles. I like to use my jade roller for depuffing the eyes. I store my roller in the refrigerator.

It is important to keep the jade roller disinfected.

5.    Gua Sha: My favorite tool for lymphatic drainage and facial massage. I use the Gua Sha tool designed by Cecily Braden, creator of the Gua Sha Facial Fusion method.

Guasha is an ancient healing technique used for clearing blockages, creating space and movement in the underlying structures so that the skin can function better. By increasing movement through guasha massage, the skin is able to naturally clear blockages that lead to acne, Rosacea, puffiness, dark circles, fine lines, wrinkles, and overall strengthening the immunity of the skin.

To use, gently glide the tool across the skin and down the sides of the neck. A Gua Sha facial works on the face’s connective tissue, the facial fascia, which helps lift and release the facial muscles. The routine, when done right, increases circulation, plumps the skin, and removes blockages.

I recommend viewing Cecily’s tutorials on Instagram. Danna Omari also designed her own Gua Sha tool. Dani has several instructional videos on Instagram.

6.    Stacked Skincare Dermaplaning Tool: The Dermaplaning Tool features replaceable blades that safely remove peach fuzz and dead skin cells for instantly smoother, softer, more luminous skin. By removing dead cell buildup, dermaplaning allows your skincare products to fully absorb into the skin— boosting the efficacy of the products you already own. It is a cost-effective tool to save money on the expensive dermaplaing treatments at a spa. I use the device sparingly to remove peach fuzz on my face.

7.    Living Libations Best Skin Ever Seabuckthorn: Living Libations best-selling skin elixir contains omega fatty acids, vitamins, lipids, and hundreds of bioactive compounds. I use this cleanser for oil cleansing. It leaves my skin radiant.

This video tutorial explains each step for proper oil cleansing.

8.    Pickles Ointment: This ointment effectively removes painful corns and calluses.

9.    Mavala Nail Polish Thinner: This nail polish thinner restores ideal consistency to nail polish and makes it easier to apply in thin coats. Two thin coats will last longer rather than one thick coat of nail polish that will flake or peel within a couple of days. If your nail polish is too thick, add 2 to 3 drops of the product and shake well. Let it stand for 20 minutes.

10. Facial Reflexology Tool: I recently purchased a facial reflexology tool.  Facial Reflexology aims to relax and help remove stress by assisting the body to heal and rebalance itself. During facial reflexology, gentle pressure is applied to different reflex zones and reflexology points on the face.

I recommend watching Danna Omari’s webinar and following her on Instagram for more instructional videos. I also recommend watching Jackie Van Ruler’s YouTube channel for additional training.

11. High Frequency: The “Zit Zapper” is used by professionals to kill bacteria, ease inflammation, and boost circulation through ozone gas. Use a few times a week or when needed. Do not use if you are pregnant or have a history of heart disease.

I recommend watching this instructional video to learn how to use the device for the best results.

12. Cosmedix Opti Crystal Eye Serum: This is my favorite eye serum. It contains copper, spin trap, and alpha lipoic acid which is a powerful antioxidant. It’s firming and hydrating. You only need one drop on each eye.

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3.    Jeffrey’s chocolate chip cookie recipe is so popular. They’re my favorite style of chocolate chip cookie: thin, crispy on the outside, and soft and chewy on the inside.

5.    How to stay safer on mass transit.

6.    Password mistakes that hackers hope you’ll make.

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8.    Angela’s awesome enchiladas.

9.    Inside the NSA’s secret tool for mapping your social media.

10.  You can never have too many pound cake recipes. This one includes cardamom.

11.  Go Get Em Tiger’s famous almond macadamia nut milk.

12.  The best productivity apps in 2020.

13.  There’s no such thing as family secrets in the age of 23andme.

14.  The true story of the heartthrob prince of Qatar and his time at USC.

15.  Storage hacks for a tiny apartment.

16.  Tips for editing Instagram photos.

17.  How to write almost anything.

18. If you have a new address, make sure your essential correspondence and eagerly anticipated packages can find you.

19.  TJ and Lauren Oshie’s McLean mansion is stunning. The NHL star and his family turned to designer Marie Flanigan to help realize a romantic, French-inspired refuge

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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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2019 Best Buys

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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