Happy Monday! (Links)

Hello all, wishing you a very productive Monday morning! Here are a few links from around the web to keep you occupied during your morning commute.

Fraying at the Edges: One woman's hunt for possibility after an Alzheimer's diagnosis.

Bran Stark returns to "Game of Thrones" and he's all grown up!

Also, here's why Jon Snow is dead, even if he lives again.

How many sunburns does it take to get skin cancer?

Jay Z & Beyonce's net worth in 2016. Whoa!

This Translucent Raindrop Cake is one of the most talked-about desserts of the year.

Removing the stigma around talking about periods.

Did you know? 47 percent of Americans would have trouble coming up with $400 to pay for an emergency. Are you shocked by this news?

The average 29-year-old is living with a partner...without a bachelor's degree.

One of my favorite podcasts: Modern Love. The series is based on the New York Time's popular column, Modern Love, and are narrated by celebrities like Dakota Fanning, America Ferrera and Judd Apatow. Here's their latest episode: The entire Netflix history of us.


Potato Pizza!

Have you ever tried potato pizza? I only found out about it recently but apparently it has been a thing in Rome for quite some time. 

Potato is not the first topping I think of when I think of the ideal pie. Pepperoni and ham, yes, pineapple, maybe, but potatoes.... It sounds odd but I assure you, it's ridiculously delicious. Check out this potato pizza recipe from Alexandra's Kitchen. Bon Appetit! 


My Secret to Glowing Skin

I love to find budget-friendly ideas to add to my beauty regimen, it's so much better than buying expensive beauty products that don't always deliver on results. After I read many Indian women have long been using turmeric as a skin exfoliant, I started adding a dash of it to my daily facial moisturizer and the results have been amazing. It's like someone has shone a light beneath my skin. Turmeric is high in antioxidant and is also said to diminish wrinkles. Would you give turmeric a try?

FYI: If you're going to try turmeric, be sure to use gloves because it will stain your fingernails. 


My Quick and Effective Trick to Getting Rid of Armpit Odor

Photo: The Hunter

Usually a few swipes of your favorite over-the-counter antiperspirant is enough to keep your odor in check. However, once summer comes around, keeping your armpits smelling like spring flowers becomes challenging, no matter how strictly you may try to adhere to your hygiene regimen.

I learned about this trick in high school: hand sanitizer will kill bacteria, thus neutralizing armpit smells. Try it, you'll be amazed. 


What It's Like to Have Autism

People with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can experience mild to debilitating sensory overload. Those with sensory sensitivity can struggle to deal with everyday background stimulation that you and I can easily process, such as a dog barking or a group of strangers chatting at a nearby street corner. This video will help you better understand the difficulties of living with ASD.
Photo: Unfreshed


A New Yorker's Guide to the Best Staycation Spots

Photo: Nu Hotel

If you're strapped for cash or just don't want to put up with all the travails of traveling, you're in luck. I've got your guide to the best staycation spots in NYC.


Jones Beach
Located in Nassau County,  Jones beach is the perfect suburban oceanfront to unwind. You can frolic in the white sand, surf, play miniature golf or just enjoy many of its nice restaurants. I even hear, it's an "unofficial nude beach," if you're into that sort of thing :)

Coney Island Beach
Coney Island's rolling waves makes it the ideal summer getaway and since it's open all-year-round, there's really no excuse not to visit. There's a reason why this scenic landmark has remained one of NYC's main attractions. It offers many exciting recreational activities, such as baseball, basketball and volleyball, an amusement park and many well-known events like the Mermaid Parade.

Manhattan Beach
Manhattan Beach is perfect for family picnics or just lounging around and catching some rays. Its features include several playgrounds, swings, a sprinkler system and decorative motifs of marine life. To truly enjoy your respite, leave the car at home as parking can get a little pricey. 

Parks & Secluded Spots

The High Line
Built on an abandoned railway track, the High Line offers visitors an iconic view of Midtown's iconic skyscrapers. Despite the beautiful vista, the park's beauty is in its interior, which is full of wildflowers, benches and arts and attractions. This urban oasis is not to be missed.

Central Park
There's so much to explore at Central Park. In the wintertime, you can have a romantic time at Wollman Rink but as the weather heats up, you can enjoy a nice picnic at the Great Lawn, go bird-watching at Belvedere Castle or even enjoy a free theater performance, courtesy of Shakespeare in the Park.

New York Botanical Garden
Located in the Bronx, this historic landmark is the perfect secluded spot to unwind and become one with nature. Once there, you'll have access to 28 specialty gardens, a conservatory and a 40-acre forest.

Snug Harbor
You can access this hidden 19th century estate by taking the Staten Island Ferry. It houses museums, performing art venues, a greenhouse and a farm.


If you're a foodie, Smorgasburg is where you need to be. It's full of NYC food trucks and delicious fare. Best of all, it's overlooking the Williamsburg Waterfront.

Dreaming of a Mexican getaway? Head to Fonda, its vibrant colors, drink menu and dishes are extensive, not to mention addictive.

Peter Luger
If you've never experienced a New York steakhouse, you must go to Peter Luger. Their dry-aged steaks, creamed spinach and monstrous slabs of bacon are to die for.


Unleash your inner daredevil by taking a trapeze class. Aerial Arts NYC, located on the East side of Midtown, offers private lessons on trapeze, rope, acrobatics and more.

Strayboots Scavenger Hunt
The way this works is that the company sends fun challenges directly to your cellphone that takes you to interesting spots in NYC. After each challenge is completed, you're then rewarded with fun facts about the areas you've visited.

Miniature Golf
Chelsea Piers has one of NYC's premier golf destinations, with a scenic view of the Hudson River to boot.


The Soho House
Although this is an exclusive club, nonmembers can still access its amenities, which includes a rooftop pool. Do you remember when Samantha from "Sex and the City" was denied access to the Soho House and used the alias, "Annabelle Bronstein" to get in?

The NoMad Hotel
It's a little bit of Paris in New York City.  Their chic rooms feature freestanding claw-foot tubs and unique art collections. If you decide to stay at the Nomad, be sure to sample their famed roasted chicken.

Nu Hotel
Brace yourselves. The rooms in this downtown Brooklyn hotel comes complete with hammocks. How fun is that? But don't worry, there are also comfortable beds, too.


Blush is the New Black

I wouldn't say that I had an aversion to blush tones, but I had never fully embraced them - until now. I tend to gravitate towards darker colors but decided to lighten up a bit for the spring season. I'm so glad I did. I've gotten so many compliments when wearing this delicate hue.

If you don't want to jump head-first into this feminine trend, try adding blush accents to your look. This bag from Nordstrom is perfect and is a steal at $58. 
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