I Eliminated This From My Weekend (And I’m Never Going Back) 

You’re about to judge me, and that’s okay. Here’s why: Last weekend, I drove to Asbury Park to have a nice Sunday at the beach with some friends. I have a car phone charger, and — being the phone addict I am — I plugged my phone in before we even made it out of Fishtown. The problem: For whatever reason, my phone, despite being plugged in, wasn’t charging at all for the entire trip.

This messed with my head.

When we got to Asbury Park, I wasn’t thinking about running into delightfully splashy waves. No … I was thinking about how my phone battery was in the teens and, WTF am I going to do without Instagram at the beach all day? Is the beach even worth going to if you can’t post a basic AF story featuring some waves and a Turkish towel?! Honestly?! How will I know what my friends are doing during these five hours if my phone dies?! No, really, these were real thoughts running through my head.

Then, instead of heading straight for the beach, I dragged my fiancé to the Asbury Hotel (a truly lovely place, by the way), and made him and our friends who met us there sit inside with me as I charged my battery to the level I deemed sufficient. Which took kind of a long time because my phone is embarrassingly old and (see above) has trouble charging.

Cue the head shaking. But I’m willing to bet that, because it’s the 21st century, many of you out there are guilty of exhibiting similarly cringe-worthy behavior in the not-too-distant past. Am I right?

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A Scientific Explanation for Why This Wegmans News Makes People So Happy

We may never be able to fully explain why people love Wegmans SO much, but we can put a little science behind why people love this recent Wegmans news so much. Last week, we told you guys that Wegmans and Instacart had expanded their same-day delivery service in the Philly area. Meaning, granted your zip code is within the delivery range (they can’t deliver across state lines, and only deliver in certain areas), you can now shop your favorite grocery store without ever actually, well, going to the store. Needless to say, people were overjoyed at hearing this. And now, as the Atlantic reports, a new study points to why that is. Read more »

How to Not Lose Your Mind When You’re Stuck in Shore Traffic

It’s Fourth of July weekend, people! Which means the inevitable Fourth of July Shore traffic is in many of our very near futures. To make sure you don’t turn into one of these people screaming obscenities out your car window, we asked mindfulness coach and meditation teacher Ali Tomlinson, of In-Power Performance Coaching, for her top tips to stay sane when stuck in Shore traffic.

First step? Submit to the fact that — despite your best intentions and your very early alarm — you will, most likely, get stuck in traffic. Then, read on for the rest of Tomlinson’s tips to deal once you are.
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10 Excuses Not to Use When You Just Don’t Feel Like Hanging Out

A long weekend is upon us, and during long weekends, I like to take at least one full day to do nothing but indulge myself in homebody activities I don’t usually get to enjoy on a regular 48-hour weekend. These activities include but are not limited to watching “My Strange Addiction”-level amounts of Grey’s Anatomy, trying (generally unsuccessfully) to become a person who bakes stuff, like gluten-free, matcha-infused muffins, reading the giant pile of magazines on my kitchen table that I’ve neglected for the past three months, and dancing to a curated playlist made up mostly of Beyoncé and Rihanna music in my bedroom mirror for a minimum of two hours straight. (Even when I’m being a shut-in, I still like to get a workout in.)

And a key part of enjoying these homebody days is this: I’m alone. With no one else to entertain but myself. All. Freakin’. Day. It’s how I recharge and maintain my sanity and I love it OH so much. But inevitably, whenever I’m having such a day, a text from a friend — dropped like a bomb into my schedule of doing, essentially, nothing, nothing and more nothing — asks the question, “Want to get drinks/get brunch/go to the movies/whatever?” And I all of a sudden find myself having to come up with some excuse — well, lie, if we’re being honest — for why I can’t. “Sorry, dancing to Rihanna,” just doesn’t feel like it cuts it.

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The Bullet Journaling Trick That’s Helped Me Stay Sane This Year 

There was a period in recent months when nearly every time I inhaled — so, often — it felt like a troop of butterflies was beating their wings around inside of my stomach. And not in that lovely, oh-my-gosh-I-totally-have-a-crush-on-that-cute-barista way. More in an oh-my-gosh-I-think-I’m-on-the-verge-of-a-panic-attack way.

Now, before you get the wrong idea and assume that this was alarming to me because I am generally a spitting image of Deepak Chopra leading a YouTube meditation video (admirably calm and collected, that is), it’s important to know that this is not entirely unusual for me. I’ve been known to wake up in the middle of the night in a full-blown state of panic. That said, for me to feel constant anxiety during a week when I wasn’t actually consciously worried about anything at all was not normal.

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The Checkup: Ick! These Are the Germiest Spots in Your Kitchen

• New research out of Drexel found the germiest spots in Philadelphia kitchens, so you’re going to want to read their breakdown (highly frequented areas like the fridge and the sink both make the cut), then bust out the Lysol immediately. Fair warning: They found fecal bacteria in nearly half kitchens they looked at. Gross, we know. [TIME]

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Take Notes: How 7 Philly Yoga Pros Smash Stress

I don’t know about you, but it’s incredibly likely that I will still be checking my e-mail at 9 p.m. tonight. And, let’s be honest, probably taking a peek at my Slack work channel, just to make sure nothing is going on, too. Needless to say, this feeling of worry interferes with me really getting to my place of after-work, stress-free calm while watching Chef’s Table and drinking red wine.

When you’re constantly busy and feel like you’re working 24/7 — which so many of us do nowadays — it can be hard to turn off (both mentally, and to literally shut down your phone and laptop) and de-stress. (As a baby step, you can try  turning off your phone’s vibration so you’ll stop compulsively checking it, or start mandating no-screen time before bed.)

With addict-like technology and work habits running rampant, it comes as no surprise that, in a 2015 study by the American Psychological Association, 75 percent of adults reported experiencing moderate to high levels of stress, and nearly half reported that their stress had increased in the past year. Then there’s the whole competing for “most busy” prize that happens at work, which just adds to stress.

So the question: How the heck can we de-stress?

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The Checkup: The Coffee Mistake to Blame for Your Mid-Morning Hanger

• There was a time in a my life when I would drink not one, but TWO Venti White Mochas from Starbucks every. Single. Day. My point: I’m not here to judge. That said, if you feel your energy slumping and hunger setting in after your sweet morning mocha (or chai, or whatever your syrup-laden caffeinated drink of choice is), even though you JUST ate breakfast, you might want to try a plain ol’ black coffee, says dietitian Keith Kantor. [Women’s Health]

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The Checkup: Exactly What Happens to Your Body When You Stop Working Out

• If you’ve ever wondered about what exactly is going on in your body when you take a week or month (hey, it happens) from working out, here’s the breakdown of what happens to your body when you stop your sweat sessions, from how quickly your muscles start to shrink to how your body starts storing sugar as fat rather than as energy for your gym time. [Outside]

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The Checkup: These Are the Two Happiest Ages of Your Adult Life

• Womp, womp: If you’re like me, the happiest years of your life — that would be ages 23 and 69, according to research — have either passed are in the very, very distant future. We wonder: Any coincidence those ages seem to line up with around when many folks are just entering the work force and when they are leaving it? [Well + Good]

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