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What Is Mental Load? (And Why Is It Important?)

My daughters were three and five when I learned there was a term for the exhausting running list I’d been carrying in my head since their births.

Although anxiety and sometimes paralyzing perfectionism were states I’ve struggled with my entire life, this felt different. It was the administrative steps I had to go through to replan my workday and provide care when one of the girls woke up sick. It was constantly anticipating both daughters’ needs and cognitively scrolling through all the options

I Tried Roka's Performance Sunglasses For Sports (2024 Review)

Summary: After a month of testing ROKA performance sunglasses during various outdoor activities, I recommend them to anyone looking for stylish, sturdy, and durable sunglasses that stay put during exercise and everyday activities. These are especially good for adventurous people who need prescription sunglasses.
• These sunglasses don’t slip off your face when you sweat and can be worn for long periods without discomfort.
• ROKA has lots of fashionable unisex frames that are suitable for various

Is Birch Luxe Mattress Worthy Of Your Dreams? We Review

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Summary: After one month of sleeping on the Birch Luxe mattress, I highly recommend it as an incredibly comfortable, nontoxic solution to sleep troubles. The layers of cashmere, wool, and steel coils relieved my aches and pains and offered temperature regulation that significantly improved my sleep. In short, it’s divine!
• The Birch Luxe is

7 Heated Blankets For Noninvasive Pain Relief

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Dealing with chronic aches and pains or muscle soreness as you work to meet your health and fitness goals? We feel ya! Relief from those pesky pains can dramatically increase the quality of life and provide faster recovery after high-intensity exercise (or while adjusting to a new workout routine). Since relying on pain relievers and anti-inflamma

The Top 7 Concierge Medicine Services You Can Get Online

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During its peak, the COVID-19 pandemic brought about major advances in virtual medicine, allowing for an increase in the insurances accepted and government protection so folks could get the care they desired without leaving the safety of their homes. The pandemic may be over, but virtual healthcare is here to stay. Even more exciting is that post-

5 Functional Spices To Incorporate Into Your Weekly Meal Plan

Cultures worldwide have incorporated delicious, functional spices in tradition for over 6,000 years, so why wouldn’t we modern-day home cooks follow suit? Thanks to the chemical compounds within, many well-known spices not only up your flavor game but also aid in wellness efforts like fighting inflammation, settling your tummy, and even increasing libido. And you won’t have to do a scavenger hunt to find the spices we suggest — you might even be using them already!

One word of advice when imple

The 5 Best Fitness Trackers for Seniors in 2024 - The Good Trade

As we all know, consistent physical activity is a huge part of maintaining good health. But keeping up with exercise and strength training in our senior years can also become more complex with the onset of common age-related health concerns such as heart conditions and increased risk of injury and falls. In addition, as we creep up in life experience, sleep quality and memory often decline. The truth is many seniors strive to keep up with regular daily activities while also maintaining independe

A ripple effect of volunteerism in Lake Club

Growing up, good-natured Lake Club resident Jay Traverso was told he could do anything if he only had the right tools.

“I have tools I have only used once because I needed it for one job that I will probably never do again,” says Traverso, who says he can now do just about anything when it comes to home maintenance or improvement. “But without that unique tool, I could never have gotten that job done. My dad would tell me to get the tool and try it. He taught me a lot. But mostly he taught me t

Good Chop Review: Responsibly Sourced Meat & Seafood For A Family Of Four

We’ve been an environmentally conscious household for quite some time, and our food is no exception. For philosophical and environmental reasons, we’ve considered a switch to an entirely plant-based diet several times. But both my husband and I have found a plant-based diet that incorporates meat and seafood a few times a week works best for our personal health and energy levels. And in all honesty, our daughters love a good flank steak. We do our best, however, to eat in a way that is kind to o

What Is A Chronotype And How Do I Find Mine?

Confession: I do not like to sleep. And I’ve never followed a consistent sleep schedule. As a teenager, I hated going to bed but was excited to get up and start my day before the rest of the household. As an adult, I must drag myself to bed, even when I am drained, and know I could really use some rest. I fall asleep quickly, but I am roused by a pin drop. Thankfully, the littlest bit of shut-eye allows me to wake up before my alarm starts screaming. Most days, I feel rested enough to thrive unt

How Harmful Are Microplastics To Our Environment And Health?

If you’re in this space, the thought of large quantities of plastic strewn about the natural world makes you cringe. You feel distressed about floating plastic islands, birds feeding plastic to their babies, and turtles getting stuck in plastic can rings. In coastal Florida, it’s now commonplace to see plasticware, straws, cigarette butts, and single-use wrappers washed ashore, dotting our white-sand beaches.

Single-use plastic like water bottles, tampon applicators, plastic bags, food containe

High Hopes. A feature on Dr. Margaret Lowman, arbornaut

Dr. Margaret Lowman is among the most impressive women I’ve ever met.

Her determination has earned her the titles of biologist, educator, mother, ecologist, author, fundraiser, conservationist, public speaker, and National Geographic explorer. She holds an undergrad in biology, a master’s in ecology, and a PhD in botany.

Lowman has decades of experience as a published field scientist who's worked in 46 countries across all seven continents. She’s launched nature research centers and run nonpro

Costco Connection Flavor and function / Supplier Spotlight

Costco sauerkraut supplier Wildbrine hits the mark with taste and nutrition

Mother Nature is a key element behind the sauerkraut from Costco supplier Wildbrine. The Santa Rosa, California-based company sources organic cabbage via partnerships with local California farmers, chasing the sun to ensure they can use the freshest produce year-round.

“Once it arrives, we inspect each head of cabbage before hand-processing it to remove the outer leaves and core,” says Hannah Lewis, Costco member and c

The Sustainable Compression Sock That Gives Back (Bombas Review)

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Few people would consider socks an exciting topic in mainstream fashion. But if you are one of many fortunate enough to have drawers full of socks, you may be blissfully—and understandably—unaware of the portion of the population with no access to even one pair of socks, let alone a good pair.

Bombas believes wearing clean, comfortable cloth