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Why Am I So Tired? The Fatigue Phenomenon

It’s no secret that we all live frantic, fast-paced lives. Between families, relationships, work and friends, there’s little time left to focus on our own well-being. Is it really any wonder that we’re kind of exhausted all the time? Turns out that being constantly tired is something of a phenomenon. Beyond general sleepiness that may occur if you miss a couple hours of your usual eight-hour block (or six or seven, if that’s your normal routine), chronic tiredness manifests itself in different

Healthy Morning Habits that Make Your Entire Day Better

The same few rules have been hammered into you for as long as you can remember. Get up at the same time every day. Don’t use electronics before going to bed. Set the thermostat at an optimal temperature. While these tips may help you sleep better, there are plenty of morning rituals that promise to make your entire day better. Here are a few changes you’ll want to make and just watch how they transform your entire routine by setting the tone for a better day, each and every day. Skipping breakf

How to Make a Long-Distance Relationship Work for You

There’s a general consensus out there that long-distance relationships just don’t work. They’ll coast for a few months before meeting an untimely end, usually in the form of some throwaway text message or phone call. And the inevitable fallout — a loud chorus of “I told you so” — roars mightily in your head until you can’t help but agree and wonder, really, what the heck were you thinking? But the general consensus is by no means gospel, as millions who have successfully endured long-distance l

10 Surprising Ways to Relieve Stress

Stress affects us all in different ways. Whether it’s related to relationships, finances or professional issues, chances are stress brings about a negative response more often than not. Stress takes its toll both physically and emotionally, but the good news is that there are ways to relieve stress — and not always in the manner you may expect. Here, 10 surprising stress relievers that should help make life a little easier. Not only does it feel wonderful to cuddle the one you love, but it also

10 Habits to Ditch in 2016

From incessantly worrying about things out of your control to checking your email every two minutes, certain habits have a tendency to weigh you down. Approach 2016 with a new mindset and prepare for a healthier and happier year. According to an Edison Research study, approximately 58 million social media users check their social media accounts “several times per day.” While it’s important to check email and keep up with your friends, constantly treating every free moment as a Facebook-Twitter-

9 Things You Can Do with Baby Oil That Every Mom Should Know

Baby oil is one of those household essentials I tend to take for granted. I always have a bottle around, and especially when it’s cold outside, it makes for a great lotion substitute that’s warming to the skin (slathering ice-cold lotion on in the winter is one of my least favorite things to do, so our family’s usage of baby oil goes up dramatically once the weather gets chilly. Because it contains mineral oil, it locks in moisture and leaves skin exceptionally soft. Once typically reserved for

The Break Up with Anything Guide

Questionable relationships and toxic work environments inevitably lead to stress, stress and more stress. While many situations can be managed and contained, there are others that leave us downright miserable. If you find yourself frustrated more often than not, it may be time to stage an intervention and put a stop to it already. Here’s how to break off the soul-crushing relationships and negative professional connections without losing yourself in the process.

What Lemon Water Really Does for You

If you live by the code of ethics prescribed in Wellness 101, you know that lemon water is very much the real deal. While it’s often uttered in the same breath as edible trends like kale, chia seeds and superfruits, lemon water is held to an even higher standard when it comes to efficacy. Once just a simple concoction with a certain spa-level gravitas, lemon water is now recognized as more than just pure refreshment. It turns out the wellness gurus really know their stuff: There are several rea

Beyond the Bathtub: 11 Genius Uses for Epsom Salts

After a stressful day of running around (and if I ever actually had the chance to spend an uninterrupted 1/2 hour in the tub), I’d run a bath, pour in some bubbles, and soak until the water got tepid. This, of course, was before I learned about the power of Epsom salts. Epsom salts are to grown-up baths what Mr. Bubble is to kids’ bath time. You’ve probably already heard about how people use Epsom salts to reduce inflammation and alleviate soreness if you pour them in the tub—but did you know t

That Time of the Month? o.b.® Tampons Have You Covered

More than ever, we’re creatures of convenience. When life (or someone incredibly genius) throws us an easy solution to a long-suffering task, we’re more than excited to take advantage. This applies to everything from using on-the-fly car services to simplifying our hygiene routines. And as women, many of us have quite the laundry list of beauty and hygiene to-dos. That’s why o.b.® tampons are so incredible. They take the time and guesswork out of finding the perfect form of personal protection,

Delicious Healthy Snacks On the Go: SunRype Okanagan Energy Bars

Ask any busy woman with an insanely packed schedule and she'll tell you that carving out some "me" time to focus on herself is next to impossible. Forget luxurious baths and pampering spa trips; even the prospect of eating healthy and staying fit can be a challenge when time is of the essence. That's why making even just a couple of small tweaks, like adding a nutritious snack to your daily routine, can make all the difference. SunRype Okanagan Energy Bars are a reliable source of energy, perfe

5 Quirky Foods You (Might) Want to Try in D.C.

Unless you're a stickler for stagnation, you know there's nothing wrong with stepping outside of your culinary comfort zone every now and then. How else would you have abandoned all sense of self (and possibly pride) and indulged in cronuts and those kind of gross yet disturbingly beautiful milkshakes? While those two may have been born in New York City, there are plenty of crazy, off-the-wall foods available in Washington, D.C., too. You just have to know where to go to find these creations that you may or may not want to try.

10 Easy Ways to Liven Up Your Kitchen

From mobile islands to pendant lights to window treatments, there are plenty of ways to spruce up your kitchen. This is perhaps the easiest part of the home to revamp, thanks to the many decorations, appliances and details that make up the room. Dress up your containers. Nothing says bland like jar after jar of unnamed flours and sugars. Whimsical canning labels add a little color and charm to each jar, while homemade decals bring a personalized touch to the countertop. If limited counter space

Budget-Friendly Decorating Ideas that Look Expensive

Creating the home of your dreams doesn’t have to be a bank-busting task. From designing your own furniture (easily) to refacing your fireplace to replacing flooring, here are 10 ways to make big changes on a budget. Make your own furniture. This sounds daunting, but even a novice can make magic with a little know-how. Unexpected items can be hidden treasures. For example, a stack of wooden crates (readily available at art supply and home improvement stores) can be varnished, connected and used a

15 Affordable Ways to Revamp Your Bathroom

Whether you’re adding self-decorated shelving, swapping out your shower curtain, adding a new shower head or changing the floor, there are plenty of budget-friendly ways to revamp your bathroom. Get started with one (or more!) of these tips, which will transform your bathroom from simple to stunning in an instant. A quick change of aging fixtures can make all the difference. Depending on the vibe you’re going for, you can change the entire feel of the bathroom. Look for vintage-inspired designs

5 Creative Ways to Decorate with Mirrors

A mirror’s functionality can’t be denied. It lets you know that, hey, you actually do look fabulous today, darling. And its presence in any room can make the space look immediately larger. Beyond slapping a mirror on a blank wall, though, the mirror reflects, if you will, something far greater than the obvious: It’s also a worthy piece of decor that can serve as a functional focal point for any room. Stumped for ideas? Consider these five ways to make creative use of mirrors in the home.