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

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

Note: Links are not endorsements and do not necessarily represent the editor’s opinion. Download the Pocket App to save articles.

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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Favorite Beauty Products

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.

Click here to find out more of my favorite beauty products.

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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 is an Enneagram and why is everyone talking about them right now?

2.    A financial checklist for your newly minted high school graduate.

3.    How to wash your produce.

4.    How to get the best from your immune system.

5.    Why zinc is so important.

6.    The makeup artist for The Bachelorette shares the beauty products she used on Hannah Brown.

7.    Where to donate used clothing.

8.    The best new restaurants according to Food and Wine magazine.

9.    The best free apps and software you may not be using.

10.  A great interview with Will and Harry’s former press secretary, who dishes on what it was like to work for the brothers for 10 years and what their personalities are really like.

11.  How to store baking supplies.

12.  How to freeze grains.

13.  All the kid’s movies coming out this summer.

14.  How to avoid common password mistakes.

15.  How to pack a first aid kit for extended international travel.

16.  Is travel insurance worth it?

17.  Monique’s double chocolate paleo banana bread is a great summer snack low in sugar.

18.  Are your photos safe in the cloud? The real costs of using these services.

19.  The best affordable sources for stationery.

20.  What men can do about low testosterone.

21.  The best coffee in every state 2019.

22.  The case for wearing Airpods all the time.

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Favorite Things

The latest installment of products 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.  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 #TheMugby 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.

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

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

The Editor’s guide to the best things to do, read, eat, watch and listen to this month.

DO

1.  Safety Tips for Travel: Read this article about the dangers of traveling alone. The point of the article is to be smart and prepared. Check out this article on safety tips which should be required reading for anyone interested in solo travel. If you use Uber and Lyft, read these safety tips.

2.  Spring Cleaning: Just in time for spring cleaning, The Home Edit includes tips from popular home organizers Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin. The ladies have over a million Instagram followers and a TV show.

3.  Apps for Productivity: To be productive and save time, you need to use good digital tools. Michael Hyatt rates and reviews his top 10 tech tools to increase productivity. Some of the apps mentioned included Clean My Mac, Copied, Evernote, Bartender, Snagit and Backblaze. He also recommends the Mac Power Users Podcast.

EAT

4.  Bear Cat Cafe New Orleans: I enjoyed a lovely brunch with my parents at Bear Cat Cafe in New Orleans. The menu includes gluten-free, paleo, and vegan options. The paleo pancakes were delicious.

5.  Brown Buttered Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe: This is my new favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. You can substitute Cup4Cup gluten-free flour for a gluten-free version. If you enjoy baking desserts, pick up Zac’s new cookbook, Cooking With Zac. The dessert recipes are my favorite.

READ

6.  Make Something Good Today by Erin and Ben Napier: Erin and Ben are the stars of HGTV’s Hometown. Make Something Good Today is Erin and Ben’s memoir. I liked them even more after reading their story.

7.  Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Chenry: Becoming Mrs. Lewis is about the friendship and eventual love story of C.S. Lewis and Joy Davidman.

8. Bad Blood Secrets and Lies in Silicon Valley by John Carreyrou: Bad Blood details the rise and fall of Theranos. If you aren’t familiar with the Theranos story, here’s the short version: the company promised to quickly give you a complete picture of your health using only a small amount of blood. Elizabeth Holmes founded it when she was just 19 years old, and both she and Theranos quickly became the darlings of Silicon Valley. She gave massively popular TED talks and appeared on the covers of Forbes and Fortune. Carreyrou is the Wall Street Journal reporter who first revealed that Theranos was not actually achieving what Holmes claimed, though her company had been valued at $9 billion. Her net worth neared $5 billion, and her deals with Walgreens and Safeway could have put her technology into thousands of stores, thus measuring the health of millions, until Carreyrou showed that the whole impressive edifice rested on lies.

9.  The Marvelous Millennial’s Manual to Modern Manners by Catherine Wallace & Jessica Wallace Marventano: The Marvelous Millennials Manual to Modern Manners: Professional Success and Happiness With the Help of Business Etiquette focuses on manners as a component of one’s leadership journey, and, they say, the key to success in business and in life. A must-read for recent graduates and anyone wanting to brush up on etiquette. Check out their interview on the She Said She Said Podcast for etiquette tips in social settings.

WATCH

10.  John Mayer Performs How Great Thou Art: John Mayer opened his 2019 world tour a few days ago in New Zealand to honor Christchurch and the country after the mass shooting.

11. Moldy: Hidden toxic mold in your home or work may be making you sick or impacting your performance every day. The first ever documentary about toxic mold, just came out: watch it here now.

12. The Case Against Adnan Syed: The HBO series explores the 1999 disappearance and murder of 18-year-old Baltimore County high school student Hae Min Lee, and the subsequent conviction of her ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, a case brought to global attention by the hugely popular Serial podcast.

13. The Inventor: Out For Blood in Silicon Valley: The HBO documentary 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.

14. Bon Appétit’s Baking School: Everyone’s favorite pastry chef Claire Saffitz takes you back to baking school. She’s showing us everything that goes into making the world’s most popular baked goods. Watch the first episode here.

LISTEN

15. Therapy & Theology: How Do I Get Through This? In this series, you’ll hear Lysa Terkeurst dive deep into conversation with her personal, licensed professional counselor Jim Cress. The six-week podcast series answers the questions you’re having about the hurt you’re facing.

16. My Saving Grace by Kristin Chenoweth:  Kristen Chenoweth is best known for her role as Glinda in the musical Wicked. I love her collection of songs of faith available for download on Apple Music and Spotify.

17. Ep. 30 Abby Johnson Interview: The Unplanned movie is the true story of Abby Johnson. For those who’ve read her page-turning 2010 book Unplanned, it’s no surprise this story was made into a film. Nowhere before has there been a story that captured such empathy for both sides of a nationally divisive issue as that of Abby Johnson. You won’t believe some of the things she shared in this interview.

In this article, Abby addresses the article from Texas Monthly that has been used as the sole source to try and debunk her life story of being a Planned Parenthood director who became pro-life.

Listen to this podcast interview with the directors of Unplanned and God’s Not Dead. They discuss how the movie was financed and the challenges of making faith-based films. It should be noted the film was rated R and does not contain any bad language or nudity.

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

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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 are stem cells and why do people get stem cell treatments?

2.   From the New York Times, Joe Biden and his son and the case against a Ukrainian Oligarch. Also worth reading, the troubling reason why Biden is so soft on China.

3.    Uber and Lyft safety tips.

4.    36 hours in St. Louis.

5.    Kelly’s sweet cornbread in a cast iron skillet is great with her Texas chilli recipe.

6.    The magic of estate sales.

7.    Does Netflix have a killer problem?

8.    Reference this baking with yeast guide whenever you work with baker’s yeast.

9.    Whenever a recipe calls for something you don’t have, use this interchangeable ingredients list.

10.  This tahini ranch avocado chicken salad is one of my favorite salads. I use Soom tahini.

11.   How deported MS13 gang members sneak back into the US.

12.  With measles on the rise, a concern over the connection to air travel.

13.  Did you see Crazy, Rich Asians? Some great notes about the food in the film.

14.  Buffalo Chicken Sliders are the perfect snacking sandwich.  Whether it be game day or just a normal day of the week, these tangy and spicy buffalo chicken sliders are the perfect appetizer.

15.  David’s chocolate coconut candy bar cake sounds delicious.

16.  The fertility doctor’s secret.

17.  The top 5 ways thieves steal iPhones and how to prevent them.

18.  How energy bar’s became America’s favorite snack.

19.  80 podcasts for business owners and bloggers.

20.  Vidalia onions are just better.

21.  A weekend city guide to Cleveland.

22.  I’m loving the vegetable recipes in Ottolenghi’s latest cookbook, Simple.

23.  After Serial podcast, prosecutors tested DNA evidence in Adnan Syed case.

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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.    The best Instagram apps.

2.    Inside Elizabeth Holmes final months at Theranos.

3.    A terrific guide to Lisbon and Porto.

4.    The discount cable and charger brands you can trust.

5.    The 40 minute face lift with no sedation or scars.

6.    The Caribbean travel guide.

7.    The people who eat the same meal everyday.

8.    Zac Posen’s delicious brown buttered chocolate chip cookie recipe. I substituted Cup4Cup gluten-free flour for a gluten-free version. For more of Zac’s recipes, order his new cookbook. The dessert recipes are my favorite.

9.    I’m saving Gaby’s guide to San Francisco for my next layover.

10.  Tips for flying with a toddler.

11.  As part of an enhanced security process, citizens traveling to the majority of the European Union nations after January 2021 will have to register online and pay a small fee.

12.  How high do you hang art?

13.  36 houses in St. Augustine.

14.  Things to know before your first visit to Paris.

15.  Hotel travel hacks.

16.  Who decides what news is fake news. Is it an attempt to control a narrative?

17.  How to win the Bachelor. Somehow, after 23 seasons and some very clear patterns, the contestants of America’s greatest dating show do not know how to work the system.

18.  What locals eat around the world.

19.  This guide to copywriting is excellent.

20. Where to eat in Pittsburgh.

21.  How to use iPhone abroad without going broke.

22.  How to Marie Kondo your Twitter feed.

23.  I’m reading Dr. Gundry’s new book The Longevity Paradox: How to Die Young at a Ripe Old Age.

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1.    How to make Tate’s style thin and crispy chocolate chip cookies.

2.    The real reason you are losing Instagram followers and what to do about it.

3.    What to say and what not to say to someone who’s grieving.

4.    This French onion soup recipe is perfect for this time of year.

5.    The beginning of the end of Robocalls.

6.    How to make time with family and loved ones count.

7.    How to stop feeling jealous of other people’s success.

8.    Professional organizers share their favorite products.

9.    This chile relleno casserole is full of flavor and a family favorite. It is loaded with cheese and green chiles between each layer of tortillas and submerged in an egg mixture.

10.  Why you should always take a copy of the restaurant receipt.

11.  How our gut affects our mood.

12.  Why 800 numbers are getting their own robocalls.

13.  5 ways to secure your iPhone or iPad.

14.  The Vieux Carré Cocktail is a classic cocktail with roots in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Make it to celebrate Mardi Gras or enjoy it in lieu of an old-fashioned.

15.  I made the switch to reusable glass straws.

16.  Why we think cats are psychopaths.

17.  This fabric shaver and lint remover is a lifesaver.

18.  I’m currently reading Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan. It’s the story of the unlikely friendship turned love story of C.S. Lewis and Joy Davidman.

19.  US authorities are investigating Johnson & Johnson, spurred by concerns about asbestos contamination of its talc products, such as baby powder.

20.  How to avoid buying a bad mattress.

21.  The true cost of fake hate crimes. Should we punish fraudulent victims as vigorously as real criminals?

22.  Going on a cruise? Here’s what not to buy onboard a cruise ship.

23.  An interview with Erin and Ben Napier stars of HGTV’s Home Town.

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My Favorite Beauty Products

Favorite Beauty Products

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

1.     TANGLE TEASER DETANGLER: I use this brush in the shower. You can use it to detangle, and it can be used to help evenly distribute shampoos, conditioners, and treatments through your strands.

2.    AQUIS LISSE LUXE HAIR TOWEL: It absorbs more water from your hair post-shower and therefore cuts down on drying time.

3.    SILKE HAIR TIES: These ties are so pretty and protect my hair from damage.

4.    OUI RAZOR: I use this razor to avoid ingrown hairs and irritation. It’s weighted and comes with thin, interchangeable blades for the closest, smoothest shave.

5.    NO CREASE HAIR CLIPS: Since, I use Revolve hair treatment for hair growth, I have new hair growth. After blow drying the front section of my hair, I use these clips to smooth out the short hairs. I leave the clips in my hair until I finish blow drying the rest of my hair. I use this serum after I style my hair. I also take Nutrofol. I experienced hair loss due to thyroid disease. Once I started supplementing, my hair loss eventually stopped.

6.    SAIAN ACNE SPOT REMOVER: This acne spot treatment treats break-outs overnight. Kills germs and bacteria, disinfects and dries blemishes to treat even the most severe and cystic acne without leaving red spots and discoloration. No added color, fragrance, glycerin, fillers or preservatives.

7.    OSMOSIS EYE MAKEUP REMOVER: I use several products from Osmosis. The Melt Away Gelee is my favorite eye makeup remover. It does not irritate my eyes and removes mascara easily. I leave it on a few minutes then remove it with a cotton pad.

8.    MUJI TRAVEL CONTAINERS: I use these travel containers for my beauty products and toiletry items. Before I discovered the Muji brand, I used the Container Store travel containers. I did not like the mess with some of the containers leaking during flight due to pressurization. The Muji containers do not leak if sealed properly.

9.    ETURE COTTON PUFFS: Each one is like a little pillow and the fluff never ever comes out of the sides or ends up on your lashes.

10.  HEROINE MAKE MASCARA: I really love this mascara. It never clumps. You can’t really compare its effects to eyelash extensions or fake eyelashes. However, it’s one of the best drugstore mascaras that you can buy. I use Osmosis Eye Makeup Remover to take it off at the end of the day.

11.  DYSON AIRWRAP: I have made an effort to protect my hair from heat damage by investing in the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer and Dyson Airwrap. The Dyson Airwrap is easy to use. It’s clipless and sucks your hair onto the wand, and as you move the wand closer to your scalp, it automatically curls hair around the wand. No twirling, clipping, or wrapping. I also recommend the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer. Both products keep my hair smooth and healthy looking.

12.  PRETTY PERFECT INSTANT BRONZE: Tracy Anderson uses this self-tanner. It’s quick drying, easy to use, all natural and gives you the perfect bronze and glow. It also does not smell bad. I use a sponge to smooth out the product after application.

Click here to find out more of my favorite beauty products.

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1.    Meet the Guardian of Grammar who wants to help you write better.

2.    Green New Deal would barely change earth’s temperature.

3.    My favorite brand of thermals.

4.    Behind the Lion Air crash, a trail of decisions kept pilots in the dark.

5.    How to save on your next Apple purchase.

6.    Why you should be careful about 23andMe’s health test.

7.    How to protect your newborn from an overzealous sibling’s affection.

8.    What are the right words to use when dealing with customers?

9.    A list of common toxic chemicals and how to avoid them.

10.  The lesser known Google Map features that will change the way you travel.

11.  Joanna Gaines’ guide to open shelving.

12.  Why Tony Romo is a genius at football commentary.

13.  That perk at being a flight attendant comes at a price.

14.  The latest wellness treatments.

15.  The best crime documentaries on Netflix.

16.  Dan Mallory, who writes under the name A. J. Finn went to No. 1 with his début thriller, “The Woman in the Window.” His life contains even stranger twists.

17.  How to get started researching your family’s history.

18.  The strangest true crime story yet.

19.  Books that will change your life.

20.  This tamale casserole sounds delicious.

21.  Can suicide be prevented?

22.  These sweet potato enchiladas are filled with healthy ingredients including spinach, black beans, sweet potatoes, and peppers.

23.  How Girl Scout cookies shaped the heart of America.

24.  A list of common grammar mistakes compiled by a copywriter editor.

25.  Why those six digits on your boarding pass are actually a big security flaw.

26.  I’m currently reading Pull It Off: Removing Your Fears and Putting on Confidence by Julianna Zobrist.

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Best Buys of 2018

2018 Best Buys

Here are my favorite items I purchased in 2018:

1.    TARGET FIELDCREST RESERVE BATH TOWELS: If you want to spend less for plush terry towels, the Target Fieldcrest Reserve Bath Towel is a good-quality towel at a bargain price.

2.    DYSON AIRWRAP: I have made an effort to protect my hair from heat damage by investing in the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer and Dyson Airwrap. The Dyson Airwrap is easy to use. It’s clipless and sucks your hair onto the wand, and as you move the wand closer to your scalp, it automatically curls hair around the wand. No twirling, clipping, or wrapping. I also recommend the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer. Both products keep my hair smooth and healthy looking. By investing in quality products, I am saving money by styling my hair myself. I do not go to blow dry bars. I also use Oribe styling products.

3.    APPLE AIRPODS: The clarity and sound-quality for conversations is unparalleled. Already have AirPods? Install this cool program on your Mac computer so you can connect your AirPods with one click.

4.    KIRKLAND SIGNATURE EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL: The best olive oil according to chefs. This is the best deal at Costco. It is also the olive oil Chef Samin Nosrat recommends in her best-selling book Salt, Fat, Acid Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking. If you are looking to improve your cooking skills, it is a must-read. It also makes a great gift for newlyweds and college grads. She also has a show on Netflix.

5.    SIETE TORTILLAS AND CHIPS: The best grain free tortillas and chips on the market. I prefer this brand over any other brand based on the taste. If you have celiac disease or follow a Paleo diet or similar program, you must try their products!

6.   BREVILLE ORACLE ESPRESSO MACHINE: I decided to invest in a good quality espresso machine for my home. I was spending way too much money at local coffee shops when I could make my own drinks at home. The Breville Oracle is remarkably easy to use, despite how complicated and fancy it looks. It’s also great for entertaining guests in your home.

7.   NORWEX ODOUR ELIMINATOR: Odour Eliminator from Norwex is an enzyme-based, organic odor-remover that can be sprayed in the air, around or on the source of the odor. Odour Eliminator works to remove the source of the odor, rather than simply masking it. If you have pets, this works great to alleviate pet odors. I love that the smell does not give me a headache.

8.   NURTAMILK: The Nutramilk makes a variety of nut butter and milks in a short amount of time. You can use a VitaMix to make nut milks, but you have to soak the nuts overnight then strain the milk, while this does everything for you. It will save a ton of money after a few months of use and is worth the investment.

9.    WEATHERMAN UMBRELLA: I finally found an umbrella that is durable and stylish. It’s truly the best umbrella you’ll ever use. Weatherman was designed by a meteorologist.

10.  PALEO CHEF KETCHUP: This ketchup tastes delicious with NO added sugars or high-fructose corn syrup. I also use the steak sauce for marinades. Check out Steve’s other products. Everything is gluten-free, and Paleo approved.

11.  LASKO HEATER: I use this heater in my bathroom and when I’m working at my desk. It provides just the right amount of heat during the cold winter months.

12.  IKEA DISH TOWELS: I use this insanely cheap cloth for everything from cleaning up spills to drying herbs. They are a steal at 80 cents each. Buy several at a time like I do and don’t fret when it’s time to toss one.

What products did you fall in love with in 2018? Tell me in the comments.

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

Note: Links are not endorsements and do not necessarily represent the editor’s opinion.

1. What you need to know before buying a weighted blanket.

2. Privatize TSA for better security, faster lines, and to avoid hassles during government shutdowns.

3. Baltimore and Washington sit atop bed bug cities listing.

4. Inside Facebook’s cult-like workplace, where dissent is discouraged, and employees pretend to be happy all the time.

5. How to make the most of the tax cut.

6. The secret world of Amazon’s power reviewers.

7. Spice organization tips and tricks.

8. The joy of being a woman in her 70’s.

9. How “The Price is Right” became America’s longest running game show and TV’s ultimate comfort food.

10. How to get blurry backgrounds in your photos.

11. All the best tips from Marie Kondo’s Netflix show.

12. I can’t wait to try these paleo chocolate chunk tahini cookies.

13. How to make the best bone broth.

14. The world’s healthiest cities to visit. I was surprised Miami was the top U.S. city.

15. I’m making this chicken and avocado soup this weekend.

16. What it’s like to rent out your home out for movies and TV shows and how you can do too.

17. How air traffic control works.

18. Inside the secret world of hostage negotiation.

19. I’m going to try this sweet potato vegan nacho cheese.

20. How to declutter and organize your tech devices.

21. 36 hours in Scottsdale.

22. I’m reading When It All Comes Together: How God Can Redeem Your Brokenness for His Glory by Riva Tims.

23. I like this travel makeup case.

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

The Editor’s guide to the best things to do, read, eat, watch and listen to this month.

DO

CELERY JUICE: I started drinking celery juice in the morning on an empty stomach, and I noticed a difference in the way I felt almost immediately.

This article explains the benefits of drinking celery juice. 

You should see and feel results in as little as seven days after starting your celery juice habit. If you’re really not feeling well, you may want to start slowly with 6-8 ounces and build up to 16 ounces from there. You should notice a difference in digestion and gut health in as little as 4 to 5 days.

Listen to this episode of the Medical Medium podcast and learn about the benefits of drinking celery juice and how to get started. Be sure to check out other episodes of the Medical Medium podcast

BIBLE READING PLANS: if you’re considering reading the Bible through this year, it’s not too late! Here’s a great resource for various Bible reading plans.

READ

IT’S NOT SUPPOSE TO BE THIS WAY | Lysa Terkeurst: Whether you’re dealing with small disappointments or devastating heartbreaks, this book will help you honestly deal with your pain.

WELCOME TO ADULTING: NAVIGATING FAITH, FRIENDSHIP, FINANCES, AND THE FUTURE | J.P. Pokluda: This a must-read for young adults. Pokluda is the leader of The Porch, the largest weekly young adult gathering of its kind in the country. 

JP lays out a roadmap for how to navigate your life as an adult, addressing topics such as:

• finding a spouse
• finding your career calling
• resolving conflict
• controlling anxiety
• dating
• recovering from addictions
• discovering your purpose on this earth

You can also listen to his weekly podcast, View From The Porch.

WATCH

QUEEN OF THE WORLD HBO: Queen Elizabeth II has given privileged access to Oxford Films to capture the Queen, her staff, her family and her residences to tell the story of how the Commowealth has been a central focus and passion throughout Her Majesty’s life. Recently released on HBO, have a look at the trailer below.

SHINE ON WITH REESE EP. 1 | DOLLY PARTON: Reese Witherspoon interviews Dolly Parton at her home in Nashville.

TIDYING UP WITH MARIE KONDO |NETFLIX: In a series of inspiring home makeovers, world-renowned tidying expert Marie Kondo helps clients clear out the clutter in their homes.

MASTER THE MESS | HELLO SUNSHINE NETWORK: It features The Home Edit team, a traveling duo of professional organizers made up of Nashville-based Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin. You can browse The Home Edit Instagram account to see more beautifully organized spaces, and you can also subscribe to their blog to learn more tips and tricks for home organization.

EAT

SABA NEW ORLEANS: Alton Shaya’s new Israeli restaurant is now open in New Orleans.

EAT WITH SAFTA: Alton Shaya expanded his growing restaurant empire with a new Israeli restaurant in Denver.

EAT FIT KING CAKE: Molly Kimball, registered dietitian and founder of Ochsner Eat Fit has worked closely with John Caluda of Caluda’s Cottage Catering to develop this Eat Fit King Cake that’s also Gluten Free, Grain Free, Low Carb and Keto-approved. For the current list of Eat Fit King Cake retailers and more information visit OchsnerEatFit.com and follow @EatFitNOLA on Instagram and Facebook for daily updates.

ALL ABOUT CAKE | CHRISTINA TOSI: I love Christina Tosi’s creativity and passion for baking. Her latest book is a collection of cake recipes.

Here’s a selection of recipes from her new book.

BURNT MISO POUND CAKE RECIPE

CHERRY COLA CAKE RECIPE

LISTEN

MICHAEL BUBLE LOVELove is Buble’s most romantic record to date, beginning with the lead single “When I Fall in Love.”

UNEXPLAINED MYSTERIES E27: Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Less than one hour into its flight, Malaysia Airlines flight 370 disappeared from the skies. Despite all of the geo-location technology that exists, and more than $160 million in a search and recovery effort, the whereabouts of flight MH370, and the circumstances of its disappearance over the Indian Ocean in 2014 remain a mystery. The hosts present a very detailed account of the incident.

UNEXPLAINED MYSTERIES E28: Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Pt. 2: In this episode, the hosts analyze the theories and mysterious circumstances surrounding this event.

DR. GUNDRY PODCAST|MENOPAUSE AND PERIOMENOPAUSE: Dr. Gundry explores the connection between modern diet, hormones, and the changing nature of menopause.

THE ULTIMATE MARRIAGE PODCAST: Ultimate Marriage is hosted by Dale and Veronica Partridge. The podcast is about understanding and implementing God’s ultimate design for husband and wife. It’s about love, humilty, and truth. Dale and Veronica haven’t innovated some revolutionary approach to marriage. They simply committed to doing what the Bible instructs even when it’s uncomfortable, unpopular, or down right difficult. If you are single, you can still benefit from listening.

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

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

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

1. The benefits of celery juice

2. Five carry-on essentials for travelers who love to pack light.

3. The pleasure of Ina Garten.

4. What you need to know before your first trip abroad.

6. How to get through airport security with your skincare routine intact.

5. An Inside Look at the legendary Botox factory in Westport, Ireland.

7. How to make the most of your health care savings account.

8. Where to travel in 2019.

9. Tipping may be the norm but not for hotel housekeepers.

10. 90 second keto bread.

11. The secrets to great customer service.

12. I always love reading Architectural Digest’s top places to travel in 2019.

13. The most anticipated books of 2019.

14. How to avoid yeast infections.

15. Getting scammed by a “celebrity influencer” on Instagram.

16. Hoarding in the time of Marie Kondo.

17. The best hush puppies.

18. Savannah, Georgia travel guide.

19. Airport wifi can be a security nightmare. Here’s what you can do to stop cyber criminals.

20. How Herb Kelleher made the world a whole lot smaller. The Southwest Airlines cofounder was a pioneering entrepreneur who changed the way we travel. He was also a world-class wit, a bon vivant, and a not-so-closet intellectual.

21. Instagram stories tips and tricks.

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1.    Kate Middleton and Pippa Middleton’s mother, Carole Middleton, has given her first ever interview. As well as discussing her royal grandchildren, Carole opened up about how life has changed since her daughter married Prince William.

2.    36 hours in Denver.

3.    Where to stay and what to eat in Miami.

4.    I’m adding several books from Stephanie’s reading list for hosting and design enthusiasts.

5.    Drug and suicide rates rise in the U.S.

6.    Bestia is a famous Italian restaurant in Los Angeles. Here’s the recipe for their ricotta and beef meatballs.

7.    In a world of doubt, I’m not afraid to have faith.

8.    Alison Roman’s spiced chickpea stew with greens and coconut milk is one of her most popular recipes to date.

9.    Why people wait 10 days to do something that takes 10 minutes.

10.  Nashville travel guide.

11.  36 hours in Anaheim.

12.  Inside the pricey war to influence your Instagram feed.

13.  How to take charge of your medical care.

14.  Rising Instagram stars are posting fake sponsored content.

15.  The ignored story of America’s biggest serial killer.

16.  The uphill fight against fake prescription drugs.

17.  Why most of America is terrible at baking biscuits.

18.  The stuff our parents left behind.

19.  The high’s and low’s of legal pot.

20.  These 5 questions Andy Stanley explained to Don Miller for effective communication are excellent.

21.  The definitive guide to life insurance.

22.  Tips for taking travel photos.

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

1.    I have never ordered anything from Rent the Runway but loved this behind the scenes look at the business and how it’s growing.

2.    Who pays on a date?

3.    I liked this interview with Ina Garten. Her latest cookbook is out.

4.    A Bachelorette composer reveals how he drums up drama and romance on reality tv.

5.    These Buckeyes are a great dessert for fall events.

6.    The hidden reason Alzheimer’s caregivers are so stressed.

7.    Dating without texting.

8.    A beautiful read about living through the death of a parent.

9.    How to do everything but delete your Facebook profile.

10.  The college that makes everyone’s tuition free and every student is given a job.

11.  The healing benefits of celery juice. Celery has an incredible ability to create sweeping improvements for all kinds of health issues.

12.  Try Gina’s turkey pumpkin chili for dinner this week.

13.  These salted tahini chocolate chip cookies are delicious.

14.  36 hours in Chicago.

15.  What really happens when you don’t turn your off your cell phone on the plane.

16.  ‘Do Not Track,’ the privacy to0l used by millions of people, doesn’t do anything.

17.  Tyrosine may help ease anxiety and panic attacks.

18.  Weekend plans should include these paleo and gluten-free cinnamon rolls.

19.  Why isn’t God answering my prayer?

20.  How to clean an instant pot pressure cooker.

21.  The complete lineup of 2018 Hallmark Christmas movies.

22.  Chocolate cake with espresso buttercream is the perfect cake for a coffee lovers.

23.  Everything you need to know about buying plane tickets.

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1.    Why porn and destroying a name are the same thingBefore you read this essay, bear in mind that it was written long before any of the current American political events.

2.    For older women with breast cancer, surgery may not be the best option.

3.    This paleo pumpkin loaf is perfect for a fall festival party.

4.    Why kids want things.

5.    Fall’s best cookbooks.

6.    The Vampire facial becomes a real horror as spa clients face HIV testing.

7.    How to stay warm on a long haul flight.

8.    What to do if your phone or tablet won’t charge.

9.    Why raising kids around grandparents is beneficial.

10.  The TSA is also plagued by a “toxic” workplace culture where senior officials’ misconduct goes unpunished and those who threaten to speak out face retaliation, according to a report.

11.  What you need to know about the FAA Reauthorization Bill.

12.  Try Kelly’s Buttermilk Biscuits recipe this weekend.

13.  FlightsFrom.com is one of those powerful online tools that makes finding the best flights easier.

14.  Typhus reaches epidemic levels in parts of Los Angeles.

15.  36 hours in Nashville.

16.  5 places to go in San José, Costa Rica.

17.  An investigation has found that a large number of Trip Advisor reviews on the site seem to have been uploaded by websites which offer glowing praise for a fee.

18.  These gluten-free crab cakes are easy to prepare.

19.  Loneliness is a serious health problem. The lonely are not just sadder; they are unhealthier and die younger.

20.  The 100 best songs of Q3 2018.

21.  Why facts don’t change people’s minds.

22.  The 100 greatest places to experience this year.

23.  How to get free Kindle books with your library card.

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