Another reason to hope the government shutdown ends soon: To save Joshua Tree’s trees

January 13, 2019 at 07:11AM by CWC If you’ve been to Joshua Tree National Park in southern California, it may have been to experience one of the best hiking and rock-climbing spots in the country. Or maybe you went to a sound bath in the Integratron, a dome structure built in the 1950s by an architect … Continue reading Another reason to hope the government shutdown ends soon: To save Joshua Tree’s trees

How to eat healthy at Panda Express, according to a registered dietitian

August 09, 2019 at 06:00AM by CWC With restaurants in every single state—and most airports—Panda Express is the easy go-to when a craving for Americanized Chinese food hits. Regardless of which location you go to, the fast food chain is reliable for offering all the popular classics, like fried rice, orange chicken, and teriyaki chicken. … Continue reading How to eat healthy at Panda Express, according to a registered dietitian

Costa Rica’s “pura vida” lifestyle prioritizes happiness, and you can harness it no matter where you live

August 09, 2019 at 03:00AM by CWC When I first arrive in Costa Rica, I’m met with an exercise of seriously delayed gratification. It’s after dark when my plane lands, and even though I know I’m almost certainly surrounded by spectacular scenery, all I can see on my ride in from the airport is the … Continue reading Costa Rica’s “pura vida” lifestyle prioritizes happiness, and you can harness it no matter where you live

How to eat healthy at the Whole Foods hot bar, according to a registered dietitian

July 17, 2019 at 06:00AM by CWC The siren call of the Whole Foods hot bar can be strong. (Specifically, the smell of the jalapeno mac-and-cheese.) Maybe it lures you in on days when you want to treat yourself to a lunch you didn’t have to meal prep. Or maybe it calls to you on … Continue reading How to eat healthy at the Whole Foods hot bar, according to a registered dietitian

10 companies that give back so you can feel extra good when you shop

July 09, 2019 at 04:01PM by CWC It used to be that the fashion industry existed in a completely different realm, offering little in terms of solutions to pressing societal issues. But now, thanks to an influx of social- and eco-conscious companies that have baked giving back right into the business model, every dollar you … Continue reading 10 companies that give back so you can feel extra good when you shop

By scheduling time to do nothing every day for a week, I learned the secret to creativity

July 04, 2019 at 06:00AM by CWC I recently fell down an internet rabbit hole that taught me the scintillating history of—I kid you not—boredom. I closed my laptop with a newfound appreciation for the family road trips of my childhood that, at the time, made me want to cry for the sheer purpose of … Continue reading By scheduling time to do nothing every day for a week, I learned the secret to creativity

Ditch the plastic cutlery at your summer BBQs for Target’s new biodegradable tableware

July 02, 2019 at 11:47AM by CWC Ah, summer. When we spend as much time as we can enjoying the great outdoors, while also creating a lot of waste by using single-use plates and utensils at cookouts and picnics. But, Target is here to save us from this paradox. The mega-retailer now carries plant-based, compostable … Continue reading Ditch the plastic cutlery at your summer BBQs for Target’s new biodegradable tableware

8 eco-friendly clothing brands to give your wardrobe a totally chic (and sustainable) makeover

July 01, 2019 at 05:00PM by CWC Often when people decide to start living a more eco-conscious life, the first step is ditching plastic straws or investing in reusable totes for the grocery store. Now don’t get me wrong—both of those changes are doing good for the planet, but if you want to make an … Continue reading 8 eco-friendly clothing brands to give your wardrobe a totally chic (and sustainable) makeover

The Caribbean island of Nevis celebrates its 44 varieties of mango with a fruity food festival

June 25, 2019 at 05:00PM by CWC Mangoes have completely stolen my heart. They’re the perfect combination of sweet and juicy, and taste as good plain as mixed into a smoothies or sorbets. Basically, they’re a shining star of the produce aisle. I’ve been totally satisfied with the one type of mango my grocery store … Continue reading The Caribbean island of Nevis celebrates its 44 varieties of mango with a fruity food festival

TV dinners have finally gotten the healthy upgrade they deserve

June 24, 2019 at 06:49AM by CWC Let’s face it: TV dinners don’t exactly conjure up the image of a healthy meal. For decades, the sectionalized paper trays of processed meat, frozen veggies (both likely covered in a thick, mystery sauce) and, if you’re lucky, a bite-sized brownie went largely unchanged. Ones that were considered … Continue reading TV dinners have finally gotten the healthy upgrade they deserve

How to make the healthiest, most ethical and sustainable food choices if you eat meat, dairy, and eggs

June 21, 2019 at 09:54AM by CWC The evidence is pretty overwhelming that one of the biggest things people can do for the environment (and their health) is cut back on animal foods. Beef production produces 13 times as many greenhouse gas emissions as vegetable proteins like beans and lentils, according to the Environmental Working … Continue reading How to make the healthiest, most ethical and sustainable food choices if you eat meat, dairy, and eggs

A coffee-cup reader taught me how to see images, messages, and meaning in my mug

June 18, 2019 at 08:24AM by CWC With my Greek relatives being long gone, all I have left to speak for my heritage is my tasseography abilities (which refers to reading coffee cups, tea leaves, sometimes, wine sediments). And a bunch of gold costume jewelry. And 14 photo albums. And a family-heirloom hookah. (Okay, I come … Continue reading A coffee-cup reader taught me how to see images, messages, and meaning in my mug

The healthiest food at Starbucks is hiding in the checkout aisle

May 20, 2019 at 04:00PM by CWC Starbucks makes headlines (and major dollars) for its colorful seasonal drinks and super sweet frappuccinos. But for those of you trying to game the system to make your go-to order a little bit healthier (ahem, off-the-menu drinks), I have news for you: The healthiest part of the store … Continue reading The healthiest food at Starbucks is hiding in the checkout aisle

8 slow fashion brands that are anything but basic

May 11, 2019 at 04:00AM by CWC The fashion industry’s carbon footprint is no joke: Its “long supply chains and energy intensive production” contribute to 10 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions and consumes more energy than the shipping and airline industries combined, according to the United Nations. But, thankfully for Mother Nature and eco-conscious … Continue reading 8 slow fashion brands that are anything but basic

Volunteer opportunities you might not have thought of, based on your interests

May 11, 2019 at 03:00AM by CWC We’re all here to care for and about other people. It’s a simple fact of life. That’s why finding causes that make us feel connected to the world around us feels so satisfying. And when our personal interests collide with volunteer opportunities that give back to the community, … Continue reading Volunteer opportunities you might not have thought of, based on your interests

How to master jump rope double-unders (Step 1: Drop the rope and clap your hands)

May 02, 2019 at 08:09AM by CWC You’ve come a long way since your days on the playground. You’ve swapped swinging from the monkey bars for pull-ups, traded P.E. kickball for an adult kickball league, and stopped climbing trees in favor of bouldering. You’re all grown up. But there’s one childhood exercise that’s effective (and … Continue reading How to master jump rope double-unders (Step 1: Drop the rope and clap your hands)

Certain spirit animals are showing up a lot right now—here’s what they mean

April 18, 2019 at 03:00PM by CWC I’m about as woo-woo-friendly as an evidence-based person can be (crystals and reiki and lunar cycles, oh my!), but I never really understood the whole “spirit animal” thing. I havn’t had dreams where, say, a bear was trying to tell me something. And the eye of the tiger … Continue reading Certain spirit animals are showing up a lot right now—here’s what they mean

Scientists discover otherworldly mineral towers under trash on the ocean floor

April 17, 2019 at 05:00PM by CWC The Gulf of California is a 60,000 square miles of pure wanderlust. Home of the great white shark, the loggerhead turtle, and the majestic blue whale, the sea life alone is a reason enough to add the destination to your “GTFO” Pinterest board. Recently, a team of scientists … Continue reading Scientists discover otherworldly mineral towers under trash on the ocean floor

Oprah bought an avocado orchard because avocados are too expensive

April 15, 2019 at 09:55AM by CWC It is a tough time to be an avocado-lover these days. Shortages are leading to price surges and even Oprah can’t deal. No, seriously. “I think it’s ridiculous to pay for avocados,” she proclaimed on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. Her solution? Buy an orchard. While her … Continue reading Oprah bought an avocado orchard because avocados are too expensive

Finding healthy food at Disney World is easier than wishing on a star with this handy guide

April 12, 2019 at 06:00AM by CWC There are few places people are more passionate about than Disney World. Dubbed “the happiest place on Earth,” the resort has upbeat music playing everywhere, is void of sarcasm and negativity, and there are fairytale characters walking around like it’s NBD. Every year, over 40 million people flock … Continue reading Finding healthy food at Disney World is easier than wishing on a star with this handy guide