Do you love organic food but hate paying the high prices usually associated with it? Well, grocery chain Whole Foods Market may be on the verge of solving your problem. The food retailer on Wednesday announced it would be launching an as-yet-unnamed chain that offers "industry-leading standards at value prices ... a modern, streamlined design, innovative technology and a curated selection. [The new chain] will deliver a convenient, transparent, and values-oriented experience geared toward millennial shoppers." Ah, those coveted millennial shoppers. You'll have to wait until next year for the first of these stores to open, and the details are scant, with more information expected to come "before Labor Day." Still, more availability of organic food at lower prices is something we (and anyone who's spent gobs of money in an effort to eat healthier) can get behind!
What can make a marriage work is surprisingly simple. Happily married couples aren’t smarter, richer, or more psychologically astute than others. But in their day-to-day lives, they have hit upon a dynamic that keeps their negative thoughts and feelings about each other (which all couples have) from overwhelming their positive ones. Rather than creating a climate of disagreement and resistance, they embrace each other’s needs. When addressing a partner’s request, their motto tends to be a helpful “Yes, and ...” rather than “Yes, but ...” This positive attitude not only allows them to maintain but also to increase the sense of romance, play, fun, adventure, and learning together that are at the heart of any long-lasting love affair. They have what I call an emotionally intelligent marriage. Emotional intelligence has become widely recognized as an important predictor of a child’s success later in life. The more in touch with feelings and the better able a child is to understand and get along with others, the sunnier that child’s future, whatever his or her academic IQ. The same is true for spouses. The more emotionally intelligent a couple, the better able they are to understand, honor, and respect each other and their marriage — the more likely that they will indeed live happily ever after. Just as parents can teach their children emotional intelligence, this is also a skill that couples can learn. As simple as it sounds, developing this ability can keep husband and wife on the positive side of the divorce odds
The sun is emerging from behind the clouds. Things are starting to warm up. This means less clothing — shorts, skirts, and soon enough, bathing suits — you get the idea. You may think this is universally good news, but for some, it means a tougher time covering up those pesky stretch marks. An estimated 80% of people have stretch marks, which are often caused by rapid growth, weight changes, or hormonal changes. They're most commonly associated with post-pregnancy bodies. But what if you could change our mindset about them? What if, instead of treating them as some sort of flaw, we looked at them as beautiful battle scars. Stretch marks usually signifies that your body went through a dramatic change — by having a baby or losing weight. They're evidence of your journey. You are a tiger who earned her stripes. That's the idea behind the hashtag #LoveYourLines that's gone viral recently. While the powerful Instagram account @LoveYourLines has been in existence for eight months now, the social media campaign garnered recent interest when model (and wife of John Legend) Chrissy Teigen posted this photo to Instagram showing off her "stretchies," as she's affectionately named them:
We can't help but blush when all these male vocal artists — One Direction, Bruno Mars, and Drake, respectively — tell us we don't need to alter our natural selves to be attractive to them. Because we definitely need their approval. Amy Schumer wanted to thank these guys for giving us their permission to not wear makeup. On Tuesday's episode of Inside Amy Schumer, the comedienne parodied One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful" music video. In her new sketch called "Girl, You Don't Need Makeup," a boy band dances around her as they encourage her to wipe off her makeup, with lines like, "You don't need no lipstick, you don't need no blush, because you've got that inner natural glow." That is, until they actually see her barefaced. "Hold up, girl, we spoke too soon," the boys sing. "We kinda changed our tune on the makeup thing. You'll be the hottest girl in the nation, which just a touch of foundation."
In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, it can be hard to even hear ourselves think. This year, let's resolve to take a moment each day to sit with our children and just listen: listen to the sounds indoors, the sounds in nature, a new piece of music.
But be aware that there's an important difference between listening and hearing. Listening requires a kind of open intention that invites our innate curiosity, but hearing implies you have already categorized and prejudged the sounds. When we join our child in open listening, we promote a deeper sense of exploration and intimacy that will enhance their sense of security.
When the tone of our language is demanding, our children are bound to respond with resentment and defensiveness. Try using language that expresses your feelings and needs without accusations. In doing so, you will open your child's heart to yours.
Practice expanding your emotional vocabulary, and your children will learn how to appreciate and express shades of feelings too. This simple skill has the power to regulate our emotions, mend breakdowns in communication and transform power struggles that come from rigid black-and-white perspectives.
Before I became a mom, my style was a huge part of my identity. Image was everything in my original career (acting), and I spent a few years working in the fashion industry before opening a boutique in Miami Beach. I insisted on filling my store with unique pieces from independent designers instead of the mainstream fair. But something shifted when I was pregnant — right around the time I started to show. My body looked different. It moved differently, and I certainly wore clothes differently. Tiny-waisted 1950s dresses, a staple of my wardrobe previously, were out of the question, and the outrageous accessories that I loved so much suddenly started to feel over the top. Who was this woman? After wrapping up my nine months with a belly bigger than anything I could have ever imagined, I moved into the PJ-cloaked, sleep-deprived days of life with a newborn. Then it was a year with a nursing baby. Who knew I'd ever do so much shopping for clothes to allow easy access to my boobs? Life with a toddler comes with its own demands for flexible clothing that allows for lots of bending and crawling and stretching without a lot of flashing or tearing. Safe to say my style has evolved quite a lot over the last three years, and practical has replaced perfectly-put-together on most days. And I'm not ashamed to say that I'm most confident when I feel like I look good, so I now employ a few tricks to maintain my sense of style with very little effort.
I left my corporate job several years ago to follow my heart and become a travel writer. Today I get to work from anywhere in the world, doing what I love. Just today, while in Barbados, I met a woman who was surprised I was traveling alone. She said to me, “You are so brave; I don’t think I could travel alone.” She smiled with her eyes as Barbadians (Bajans) seem to do, but her words stuck with me. I realized many of us make excuses or rest behind our fears instead of following through on our hearts’ desires. What she really was saying is “I would love to travel alone, but I'm too scared.” If we aren’t careful, fear will stop us from truly living a purposeful life. Maybe you love to travel but you don’t have a buddy to venture out with. Or maybe you don’t feel like you have enough money to go to the places you keep dreaming about. Think about the excuses you use, and see how they're blocking you from doing what you truly want.
used to believe that to be a good mother, I had to sacrifice my needs for those of my child. It was fine when our needs aligned, but there were times when they weren't compatible (like when I needed quiet, solitude, a thriving career or sex with my husband). I was constantly under pressure to get things done right and right away. I was tired. I felt guilty all the time for not being a good friend, for losing patience with my kids, for not always enjoying time spent with my sons or for giving up on the finer parts of grooming. I believed I had let my business partner down, and resented that my thriving business was stalling because I couldn't put in the hours to nurture it. My story is but one among a growing number of professional mothers who struggle to be great in all they do. But, then a light bulb dawned and I realized...
I had just asked a client how she was doing after learning she'd recently filed for divorce. "I'm fine," she said tightly. "It's hard but I'm doing... fine.""Really?" I said. "Next to losing a loved one or a child you've just gone through one of the most traumatic things a person can experience. You're going to tell me you're fine?"Her breath quickened on the phone. I had touched something deep she was desperate to avoid. I'd shone a light right into that dark place.Slowly she said, "I know. I don't know why I think I have to be strong all the time."And this is what we capable, self-possessed women who get it done DO. We hold it together, stay strong and power through because we believe there's no alternative. We think if we crack, everything else will too."It's hard," I said to my client, "to let go of being strong all the time when we believe there's no other option. So tell me, what does being strong look like to you?"
As California's historically bad drought has progressed, some companies have come under fire for bottling water in the state and selling it at a huge markup. Starbucks' Ethos brand, which donates a small portion of its profits to "support water, sanitation and hygiene education programs in water-stressed countries," had been sourced and bottled in water-starved California. On Thursday the coffee giant responded to the criticism by pledging to move its source to Pennsylvania within six months. Hopefully this will spur more nationwide awareness of the conditions in California, which show no signs of abating. What do you think of Starbucks' announcement?
When we fall in love, we take a leap into thin air. That’s why it’s called falling. I did it at 12 years old; it didn’t take maturity, consent or intention. It was a feeling, which happened to me. All I had to do was be: I met a boy with grey-green eyes who make jokes and called me by a special name. Because of the euphoria we feel during the initial stages of a relationship, we make certain assumptions about what love is or means that prove detrimental in the long run. Love is complex, and sometimes difficult. But through better understanding love, we can learn to love better. Here are four essential truths about keeping love alive, through thick and thin,
As a former anxiety sufferer and recovering addict, I am all too familiar with the pressures we put on ourselves to look a certain way. I've struggled with being underweight for a large portion of my life, leading to the extreme use of dietary supplements and excessive eating in order to look "normal." But no matter how many weights I lifted or how many protein shakes I drank, my body never met the standards I thought it should. As I struggled with depression, addiction and thoughts of suicide, I was embarrassed by my own misfortune. The last thing I needed was someone tearing me down. Yet sometimes my friends did just that, ignorantly thinking their insults would inspire me to change. To make matters more challenging, my professional success seemed predicated on how I looked. At the time I was an up-and-coming personal trainer. I was often pressured by other trainers to lift more, get bigger and look leaner — to the point that I became obsessed with how my body looked. Exercising was no longer something I did for fun; it was a full-time job. Based on my own journey, I have compiled a list of five things to consider if you'd like to break free from body image anxiety and begin the process of rediscovering your truth.
You May Also Enjoy Gretchen Rubin On 7 Simple Habits To Help You Eat Better (Infographic) Chances are there's something you'd like to change about your life — maybe it's losing weight, maybe it's reading more often or learning how to cook. Whatever it is, you're probably still trying. Why Read Spring is a time of renewal. As the air warms up and flowers begin to bloom, most of us feel inspired to feel a sense of rebirth in our own lives. For many, that means some form of spring cleaning — decluttering our closets, wiping down our spice cabinet, you know the deal. And whether or not these choices are conscious, I see them happen all around me.That said, spring is not just a good time to get rid of those old racing t-shirts that you only wore once (you know you have them). The sense of a fresh start in the air means it's also a great time to discard self-sabotaging behaviors, even if it feels uncomfortable to do so. And I'm not just talking about starting to be more strict with your self-improvement goals, like trying to work out more or eat more kale. What about trying to be more patient with yourself? What about trying to treat yourself more like a friend would
Anyone who knows our daughter Kira knows that she fills up a room with her bright energy. Her enthusiasm for life bubbles over as she goes through her day, and is apparent even in the littlest things. She's been this way since the day she was born. And while she radiates positive energy, she is always authentic and honest. She started talking quite early, at only a few months old, and has been "telling us like it is" ever since. I often marvel at my daughter and her seemingly endless reserve of energy and confidence. I watch in awe as Kira approaches whatever she tries with joy, focus and a tremendous amount of patience — sports, academics, art, performance, reading, writing, musical instruments, foreign languages — and I wonder how she got this way. Although she certainly takes after her Dad more than me in many ways, neither of us can take credit for her radiance — it’s all her. I also often wonder if confidence is just the natural state of all children, and therefore all people, unless it becomes suppressed somehow. Maybe confidence isn't built, but either allowed to thrive or not. I frequently feel that my children are teaching me way more than I am teaching them, and that my job — other than keeping them fed, safe, and clean — is to stand back and watch with appreciation as they create their lives.
I believe one of the greatest things we can do as children is appreciate our parents.
As a tribute to mothers everywhere, I've put together 17 photos of yoga moms with their kids from multiple shoots I've conducted over recent years. From the Jersey Shore to somewhere off the coast of Vietnam, I was able to capture these beautiful moments of what it means to be a mother; what it means to be a yogi.
Happy Mother's Day to all generations of moms everywhere — from grandmothers to great-grandmothers, expectant mothers and stepmothers, to the matriarchal figures for those without mothers. You will always live through us, even long after you are gone.
As the primary breadwinner for a family of four with two kids under the age of three, I understand how hard it can be to carve out quality time with your kids when faced with an overwhelming amount of work. Meeting the needs of home, family, work and career is challenging for any working mom.Over the past two years, however, in the name of quality being more important than quantity, I've set a few ground rules as a mom that I don't break, no matter what's going on at work. Here they are.
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