Weekly Article Round-Up: June 9-15

Y’all. I slept in until almost 11. Considering that I’m usually wide awake at 0700 on Saturday mornings (since I was 15, I’ve referred to the 7-7:30 time frame as “sleeping in”), this is virtually unheard of for me.

That said, though, my gawd does it ever feel amazing to get a metric ton of sleep. I feel like a different person when I’m able to get so much rest, and I’m always amazed by how big of a difference it makes. Sleep FTW!

Anyways, all that is by way of explanation for why I’m a wee bit late in posting this week’s article round-up. Grab some beverage and enjoy!


Health & Fitness:

NYT: An “Up” Outlook Can Improve Our Health

Greatist: 52 Healthy Meals in 12 Minutes or Less

NYT: How Accurate Are Fitness Monitors?

MindBodyGreen: 10 Things I Wish Every American Knew About Health

NYT: Nestle Adds Premium Brand in Still Water Arena (This one is my personal favorite, purely due to the unintentional comedy of this whole marketing campaign)


Stress Relief, Happiness, and Well-Being

How to Find Balance, No Matter How Chaotic Your Life Is

HuffPo: 10 Things To Stop Tolerating, Because Life is Too Short

Greatist: #WTF is a Vision Board?

Regret-Free Life: Getting Back Your A-Game

MindBodyGreen: When Did It Become Cool to be Busy?


Gender Issues:

HuffPo: Debenham’s ‘No Photoshopping’ Pledge: Company Promises to Never Adjust Women’s Body Sizes

Atlantic: The Distinct, Positive Impact of a Good Dad

Slate: Triumph of the Bronies: Hasbro Turning My Little Ponies Into Sexy Human Characters. Neigh.

Atlantic: The End of the Battle of the Sexes: The Rise of Women Doesn’t Have to Lead to the Downfall of Men

Slate: Turns Out We Don’t Stereotype Female Politicians. We Just Don’t Get Them At All.


Humor and Warm Fuzzies:

HuffPo: Cheerios Parody: Hilarious Spoof of Bi-Racial Ad Responds to Haters

BuzzFeed: Feminist Taylor Swift Twitter Feed is Hilarious

Happy Place: 5 People Who Totally Ruined This Week for Us

BuzzFeed: Your Entire Workday, Explained by Dogs

Weekly Article Round-Up: May 26 – June 1

Good morning, everyone, and welcome to June! (I’m, um, still stunned by how fast this year is flying by. Please pardon me while I look at my calendar in total bewilderment.)

I must say, there are a ton of things I’m looking forward to this month: new movies to see (namely Now You See Me and Man of Steel), new recipes to try…the list goes on!

For now, though, I hope y’all hare having a lovely weekend so far. This week’s article round-up is below — enjoy, and happy reading!


Fitness & Health

NYT: “Fat Talk” Compels, But Carries a Cost

NYT: The New Rules for Sunscreen

Greatist: Sitting is Making Us Fat and Achy

NYT: Is It Better to Walk or Run?

Greatist: The 30-Minute Bodyweight Glute-Building Workout


Relaxation, Stress Relief, & Life Management

Huff Po: How to be an Optimist: 10 Habits That’ll Help You Look on the Bright Side

Regret-Free Life: So Many Options, So Little Time

Mind, Body, Green: Radical Self-Care: 5 Easy Steps You Can Take Today

MSN: Serenity Now! 10 Stress-Busters

The Daily Love: You’ve Already Arrived, Darling!


Gender Issues

Huff Po: TV vs. Movies: Which Does Better by Women?

XOJane: Successful, Female, and a Little Scary? Let Me Translate That for You: “Crazy.”

Slate: Watch the Men of Fox News Freak Out Over Women Breadwinners

Atlantic: The Real Problem With the “Babies Are a Focus-Killer” Theory: Bad for Business


Humor and Warm Fuzzies

CNN: She Donates Kidney, He Proposes

Buzzfeed: The Cutest Gifs in the History of the Internet

Buzzfeed: 27 Reasons Why Parents Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Text

Huff Po: Sir Patrick Stewart Helps Fan Move on from Her Abusive Past

Happy Place: “Prancercize” Is Ridiculously Funny

Article Round-Up: May 19-25

Y’all. I slept in until 9:45. Considering that I’m usually up and at ’em around 7 on weekends, this is unheard of!

It’s amazing what a good night’s sleep can do. Now that I’m comfortably settled into my 30s (and thus no longer trying to be cool by going out and partying on the weekends), I find that I get really excited about the idea of going to sleep. There have been many, many times when I find myself thinking — usually sometime around 7 p.m. — “Man, I can’t wait to go to bed. Sleeping is going to be awesome.”

Sho ’nuff, it is. Sleeping FTW.

Anyways, all that is meant to explain why I’m late in posting this — but hey, better late than never, right?

I hope everyone is having a fantastic weekend, and that some R&R is in everybody’s future. Happy reading!


Health & Fitness:

NYT: For a Better Smoothie, Just Add Chia Seed

Time: Mediterranean Diet Better Than Low-Fat Diet in Keeping Aging Brains Sharp

NPR: Fifteen Years After Vaccine Scare, a Measles Epidemic

Guardian: Walking Works – So Why Are We So Sedentary?

Huff Po: Breakfast Around the World – Healthy Ideas from Abroad


Stress Relief, Happiness, & Life Management:

Psychology Today: Find Your Passion, Find Your Strengths

Blisstree: Morning Time-Savers: Get Ready for Work Post-Gym in 15 Minutes or Less

Greatist: 10 Unexpected Ways to Meditate Every Day

Mind, Body, Green: 10 Fun Ways to Reduce Your Cortisol Levels

Huff Po: Happiness Tips – 9 Simple Steps to Joy


Gender Issues:

Atlantic: Towards a More Expansive Definition of ‘Princess’

Huff Po: Honoring America’s Women in the Military

Slate: Meteor Employee Shoots Bulls-Eye Against Sexism, With Help from the Hawkeye Initiative

Atlantic: You Don’t Have to Have Kids to Be a Great Mother


Humor & Warm Fuzzies:

Huff Po: Dogs and Babies Sleeping Are What The World Needs Now

Huff Po: This Memorial Day, a Simple Act of Kindness

Buzzfeed: 25 Signs You’re Addicted to Reading

Buzzfeed: One Team Has Perfected the Post-Game Photobomb (*this one made me laugh so hard I cried)

Grown-Up Saturday Morning Cartoons: Article Round-Up for May 12-18

Good morning, and happy Saturday!

I hope everyone’s weekends are off to a good start – what are y’all up to this weekend? Is anyone planning to see the new Star Trek movie? (Not gonna lie: I’ve been looking forward to that for months – I can’t wait to see it!)

In addition to our Trekkie plans, I’m excited to do some cooking that will, pleaseohpleaseohplease, yield better results than this week’s Great Crock Pot Experiment. GF blueberry pancakes, Mexican breakfast scramble, and these banana bread protein bars from Oh She Glows are all on deck — the kitchen will look like a disaster area once I’m done, and I’ll probably start weeping when I see all the dirty dishes, but oh well.


16 Reasons Adele Is A Flawless Angel Walking Among Us


On the workout front, I decided to go running yesterday and give my muscles an extra day of recovery before my next lifting session. I fired up my beloved Charity Miles app and busted out a few miles for Girl Up, a United Nations Foundation campaign that enables American girls to help raise awareness and funds for UN programs focusing on women and girls in the developing world. (How cool is that? I seriously wish these sorts of things had existed when I was a teenager, because I would’ve been all over this like white on rice.)




Anyways, since I ran yesterday, today’s workout will involve getting my strength training on. For now, though, I’m doing some reading while enjoying a cuppa joe.

I apologize for the fact that there are so many articles in this week’s round-up. There are just so many good ones, and I couldn’t decide which ones to post…so I posted all of them. (Sorry, sorry!) I figured this would allow y’all to decide which ones you want to read instead of me deciding for you. It’s a mo’ betta approach, right? 🙂

Happy reading, and have a lovely Saturday!


Health & Fitness:

Mind, Body, Green: 10 Free Ways to Optimize Wellness

Greatist: 15 Key Resources for Women’s Health

NYT Well: When Athletic Shoes Cause Injury

Greatist: The Advanced No-Gym Workout

Kylie Bisutti, Former Victoria’s Secret Angel, Reveals Drastic Weight Loss Methods Involved


Stress Relief & Happiness:

HuffPo: Boost Your Mood: Simple Moves To Help You Feel Happier

NYT Well: Shaking off Loneliness

HuffPo: Meditation for the Time-Deprived

Mind, Body, Green: Use Your Unique Gifts to Serve the World


Gender Issues:

Atlantic: What if Men Stopped Dating Much Younger Women?

Blisstree: If You Have ‘Tiny Breasts,’ You’d Better Be Prepared to Make Up for It

Washington Post: No Merida Makeover? ‘Brave’ Director Brenda Chapman on Disney Princesses and ‘Sexing Her Up’

The Frisky: I Was Sexually Harassed At The Corner Store

HuffPo: Men Experience Simulated Labor (side note: the best quote in here is”Stop smiling!“)


Humor and Warm Fuzzies:

Slate: My Husband’s Other Wife

Tiny Buddha: When You Don’t Get What You Want, Something Better May Be Coming

*More tattoo fails!* The Most Blatant Spelling and Grammar Mistakes Ever Seen in Tattoos

Happy Place: Stolen Laptop Returned Bedazzled, Full of Jesus-y Photos

Article Round-Up: May 5-11

Good morning — I hope everyone’s weekend is off to a good start!

Today is gray and rainy here in DC (although we did get an impressive thunderstorm last night, which yours truly luuuuuurved), so it’ll be an opportune time to go see a movie. Great Gatsby: I’m lookin’ at you, kid!

In any event, though, I plan to do quite a bit of reading. For those of you who also love your weekend reading, this week’s article round-up is below — grab a cuppa joe and enjoy!

Health & Fitness

NYT Well: The Scientific 7-Minute Workout

HuffPo Healthy Living: Breast Cancer and Diet: Not Just What, But When

NYT Well: Owning a Dog Linked to Reduced Heart Disease Risk

Greatist: 14 Must-Try Tools to Speed Recovery

NYT: Turning a Smartphone Into a Workout Buddy

NPR: Price Break for Cervical Cancer Vaccines in the Developing World


Stress Relief & Happiness

HuffPo: Reasons to Keep Dreaming

Mind, Body, Green: 11 Easy Ways to Slow Down and Find Balance

Greatist: The Myth of Happiness — And How to Truly Be Happy

Mind, Body, Green: Are Your Limiting Beliefs Keeping You from Happiness?

HuffPo: Learning to De-Stress in the Wake of Bad News, National Tragedy, and Terror


Gender Issues

Slate: Air Assault: Sexual Assaults in the Military are Skyrocketing

Atlantic: What a Mother Needs Most is Time

Slate: The Problem with Merida’s Princess Makeover

Guardian: The Most Incongruous Book Covers of All Time


Humor & Warm Fuzzies

The Calming Manatee

Buzzfeed: The 20 Best Carrot Hugs of All Time

HuffPo: High School Baseball Team Lifts Car off Student; Saves Her Life

Buzzfeed: 47 Tattoos Being Regretted as We Speak

Grown-Up Saturday Morning Cartoons/Article Round-Up: April 29 – May 4

Good morning, y’all — I’m a bit fuzzy-brained this morning after staying up waaaaaaay too late reading, so I’m nursing a behemoth cup of java as I write this.

For me, at least, there are few things more enjoyable than getting totally sucked into a book. I love it when I can’t bring myself to put a book down, even as my eyelids start feeling like they’ve been weighted with anvils. (Eventually the need for sleep wins out, but this is basically the only context in which I’ll fight off the desire to head out to dreamland.)

The only problem with this situation comes when my body decides it wants to wake up early, in spite of having stayed up late the night before. Habits die hard, y’all.

Anyways, this week’s article round-up is below; grab a beverage, read, and enjoy!


Health and Fitness:

MindBodyGreen: 5 Ways to Naturally Reduce Inflammation in Your Body

NYT: The Problem of Breast Pain in Women Who Exercise

NPR: A Sleep Gene Has a Surprising Role in Migraines

MindBodyGreen: How to Shop for Safe Supplements and Vitamins

Huffington Post: May Superfoods in Season This Month


Stress Relief and Life Management:

Blissful Healing Arts: CAUTION: Work In Progress, or The Problem With Perfectionism

Huffington Post: Common Stress Relief Tricks: What Works and What Doesn’t?

Greatist: Yoga Isn’t Just Good For Your Mind, It’s Good For Your Genes


Gender Issues:

Feministing: The Cross-Dressing Kurd Men for Equality

Atlantic: Marissa Mayer’s Potentially Revolutionary Paternity Leave Policy

Slate: Stephanie Stewart, Amy Clark, and Others Shine a Light on Pregnancy Discrimination

Atlantic: The Benefits of Men and Women Being Friends, Even if One is Married


Humor and Warm Fuzzies:

NPR: From Battlefield to Boston, Marine Comforts Bombing Survivors

Buzzfeed: Dream Job Alert: Surrogate Gorilla Mother

StudentBeans: 22 Geniously Defaced Textbooks and Exam Papers

Buzzfeed: The Most Ironic Things That Have Ever Happened

Article Round-Up: April 21-27

Good morning, everyone, and happy Saturday!

I slept in until 8:15 this morning, which is basically unheard of for me — true to my grandma status ways, I usually wake up on my own at 7. I get this trait from my dad, who’s also an “early to bed, early to rise” sort of dude; I’m pretty sure my own tendency towards such things is hard-wired and inherited from mi padre.

My sleep habits used to really irritate me when I was in high school (“Why can’t I be a normal teenager who sleeps in until 10 or 11 on the weekends? What am I, a teenage mutant ninja turtle honors student?”), but now I really like it. It gives me quiet time to myself in the mornings, and I use that time to get stuff done. By the time other people are waking up, I’ve checked things off my to-do list and thus feel no guilt about getting some R&R and spending quality time with the people I love. Win!

Anywho, on to this week’s article round-up — grab yourself a beverage, sit back, and read away.

There, now doesn’t that make you feel all relaxed and filled with Saturday morning serenity?

Health & Fitness:

NYT: Do We Have to Cool Down After Exercise?

NPR: Recalls of Diet Supplements Highlight Mystery Ingredients

Mind, Body, Green: The 6 Best Fruits and Veggies to Buy for Spring

NYT: Long Runs or Sprints?

HuffPost: Vitamin P: The Secret to Health and Longevity


Stress Relief & Life Management:

Huffington Post: Easy Stress Relief: 5 Ways to Decompress in 5 Minutes

Mind, Body, Green: My All-Time Favorite Tips for Dealing With Stress

Huffington Post: Want Less Stress and More Happiness? Get ‘FAT’


Gender Issues:

Fast Company Infographic: How Barbie Stacks Up Against An Average, Real Woman 

Atlantic: ‘Messages of Shame Are Organized Around Gender

Slate: How Not To Be an Overt Sexist

Atlantic: Even Candy Land Isn’t Safe from Sexy

NoGym: We All Have Body Dysmorphic Disorder 


Humor & Warm Fuzzies:

Buzzfeed: 21 Photos That Will Turn Your Heart Into Goo

Funny or Die: The Childhood Drawings of Kim Jong Un

 NPR: Masterpiece in a Mug: Japanese Latte Art Will Perk You Up

Buzzfeed: Can You Make It Through This Video Without Happy-Crying?

Buzzfeed: 29 Ways Your Life Could Be A Million Times Worse



Grown-Up Saturday Morning Cartoons: Weekly Article Roundup for April 14-20

Good morning, lovely people, and happy Saturday!

I’d say that it’s an especially happy Saturday after last night’s capture of the remaining Boston bombing suspect. That piece of awesome news ended what was generally a week of awful news (warning: that link goes to an article which makes prolific use of the f-bomb; if you’re not a fan of such things, don’t read it) on a much-needed high note.

Also awesome? We had a huge thunderstorm last night. I love me a good thunderstorm, and this one didn’t disappoint.

Image Source: Capital Weather Gang (Washington Post)

Yesterday my mom and I went to both Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s for an epic food shopping extravaganza, which means that this morning will soon be completed by GF strawberry pancakes. If you hear a strange noise right now, that’d be my stomach growling in anticipation.

In the meantime, though, here’s this week’s article round-up — grab a beverage (or some pancakes) and enjoy!

Health & Wellness

NYT: Why We’re Motivated to Exercise, Or Not

The Atlantic: Relationships Are More Important Than Ambition

NPR: Low Sodium Labels Woo and Confuse Consumers

MindBodyGreen: 10 Ways To Get Healthier at Work


Stress Relief

Huffington Post: Laughter Benefits: Why Humor is the Best Way to Cope

Greatist: How to Manage Workplace Stress

Huffington Post: Teach Yourself How to Relax: Here’s How


Gender Issues

The Atlantic: Good Daycare Was Once a Top Feminist Priority, and It Should Be Again

NYT: An Overwhelmed Mother’s Departure Memo

Cogent Comment: The Rape Culture Project

The Guardian: The Everyday Sexism Project: A Year of Shouting Back


Humor and Warm Fuzzies:

Tressugar: Why You Should See Girl Rising

BuzzFeed: The 15 Most Ridiculous World Leaders of All Time

Huffington Post: Baby Hedgehog Fights T-Shirt To The Death

Maurice Williamson, New Zealand Parliamentairian, Gives Speech on Gay Marriage

EOnline: Allison Brie Imitates Popular Memes

Grown-Up Saturday Morning Cartoons: This Week’s Article Roundup

Great moments in brain fail: last night as I was falling asleep, I thought of a great way to start today’s post — but now I cannot for the life of me remember what it was. I mean, I remember that it was truly awesome and that I was all excited about it, but that’s it. My brain has purged any related memories from its records. Argh.

Oh well: the silver lining here is that the lack of an intro means that we can dive right into this week’s article round-up. 🙂 Enjoy, and have an awesome Saturday!

Health & Fitness:

NYT: How Exercise May Boost the Brain

NPR: Surprise! Organic Apples and Pears Aren’t Free of Antibiotics

HuffPo: The Best and Worst Foods for Allergies

NYT: Ask Well: Exercising Before Bedtime


Stress Relief & Life Management:

HuffPo: Be Here Now: 3 Exercises to Be More Present

MindBodyGreen: 5 Ways to Quiet Your Mind

Regret-Free Life: Smart Risk Management


Gender Issues:

NYT: How Shared Diaper Duty Could Stimulate  The Economy

A Practical Wedding: My Life is Good*

Slate: This Is Me Leaning In: Why Do Accomplished Women Lack Confidence?

NYT: School Vote Stirs Debate on Girls as Leaders


Humor & Warm Fuzzies:

Wedding Message From Afghanistan: Deployed Pilot Films Midair Speech for Brother’s Nuptials

HuffPo: Baby Covered in French Bulldogs Is Even Cuter Than It Sounds

BuzzFeed: 17 Shakespearean Insults to Unleash in Daily Life

Grown Up Saturday Morning Cartoons: This Week’s Article Round-Up

Good morning, y’all!

My morning coffee and reading session got off to an uber-early start today, thanks to my allergies. It was just after 5 a.m. when the congestion and sinus headache became so monstrous that I could no longer ignore/sleep through them, so I decided to resign myself to the fact that when it comes to my springtime allergies, resistance is futile.

(Side note: I often wonder what life is like for people who don’t have severe allergies. I basically need a PICC line of Claritin every spring and fall — pollen, dust, and ragweed are the bane of my existence — and I get insanely jealous of people who can go running outside in the gorgeous weather without losing their ability to breathe.)

Anyways, thanks to the aforementioned allergy haze, the coffee was a-brewin’ by 5:15 — and I’ve been digging up links for the Saturday morning article round-up since shortly thereafter. Enjoy!

Health & Fitness:

Huffington Post: Environmental Factors and Breast Cancer

NYT: Reasons Not To Stretch

NYT: Yes, Healthful Fast Food is Possible, But Edible?

NYT: Ask Well: More Repetitions vs. More Weight


Stress Relief & Life Management:

Blissful Healing Arts: Decluttering Boxes of Guilt and Shame

Huffington Post: 5 Ways Walking Helps To Relieve Stress

Greatist: Restorative Yoga Poses

NYT: How Meditation Might Boost Your Test Scores

Greatist: Bill Cosby: You Can Survive Anything If You’re Laughing


Gender Issues:

Huffington Post: What’s Worse Than Attacking Other Women?

Jezebel: Don’t Call People Fat In Front Of Your Kids Unless You Really Want to Screw Them Up

NYMag: It’s Lonely At The Top: Lady Bosses With No Mentors


Humor & Warm Fuzzies:

TresSugar: Funny Videos For The Week of April 1 (Side note: the 32 video is the bomb diggity.)

BuzzFeed: The Internet Really Is Not Afraid of Kim Jong Un

Upworthy: If You Think Older People Aren’t Nearly As Cool As Younger People, Then You Haven’t Seen This

BuzzFeed: Roger and Chaz Eberts’ Beautiful Marriage, In His Words







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