Best Buys 2021

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Here are the best products I purchased in 2021:

1.  Aurora Liposomal Glutathione: I started supplementing with Liposomal Glutathione after reading Dr. Ben Lynch’s book, Dirty Genes. He’s a brilliant doctor. I have not been sick in a long time. It works. It also helps with the detoxification of the liver. This article published in Science Direct explains the efficacy of glutathione in the prevention of COVID-19 pneumonia.

2.   Caddis Blue Light Blocking Glasses: I like this design of blue light-blocking glasses to protect my eyes from screen time. Caddis lenses block 45% of harmful blue light at and surrounding, the most harmful wavelength (455 nm). This is more than other brands. The lens is nearly clear, which is hard to do. The anti-reflective coating helps to mitigate reflections and glare. The coating is designed to prevent smudging.

3.   Somavedic: This is a fantastic product to use in your home, hotel room, car or office for protection against harmful EMFs. I also place a glass or plastic water bottle next to the device for the night. I’ll drink the water room temperature the following morning and during the day. It helps with detoxification.

4.   Sauna Space: My favorite sauna for gentle, effective detoxification.

5.  Living Libations Ozonated Healthy Gum Gel: I use this gel to help receding gums.

6.  Ice Cream Maker: This machine is easy to clean. I love the old-fashioned ice cream makers, but they require salt and ice. This device makes ice cream without salt and ice.

7.  GE Opal Ice Maker: I purchased this ice machine on Amazon Prime Day. It makes ice fast and makes a drink cold, quickly. I use the ice for lattes, smoothies, and other beverages.

8.  Lululemon Fleece Running Tights: Since I like to run, I needed some warm tights for Baltimore and my layovers in the winter months. This pair from Lululemon is not only warm but comfortable.

9.  Panther Coffee East Coast Espresso: This is the espresso I use at home with my Breville espresso maker. Panther Coffee is located in Miami.

10. Thera O3 Bubbler: I use this device for food and water sterilization.

11. Silent Pocket Faraday Sleeve for iPhone: I use the silent pocket Faraday Sleeve for privacy protection.

12. Thera O3 Air Tech: This portable device is an affordable option for ozone therapy. There are so many benefits to ozone therapy. Read more about ozone therapy here.

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Best Products I Purchased in 2020

Favorite Products 2020

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.

Best Buys 2019

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Favorite Things

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. Once you open up a new candle, the first thing to do is 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.

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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My 12 Best Buys of 2019

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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Favorite Things

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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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?

Flight Attendant’s Favorite Beauty Products

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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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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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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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.

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

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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.

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11. The secrets to great customer service.

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

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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.

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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.

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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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