Category: Lifestyle

Improve Your Gut Health – Better Living

Improve Your Gut Health – Better Living

  We can’t see or feel it. But inside our gastrointestinal tract (aka the gut) lives an interconnected system of microorganisms totaling approximately 100 trillion cells housing up to 2000 types of bacteria. What’s incredible is that this invisible colony  living inside our guts, which also includes fungi (yeast) and viruses too, collectively weighs about the same as our brain at approximately 3 pounds.  Bacteria conjure up feelings of wickedness, but most of the bacteria in our guts are there to help us. In fact, this network of “good bugs” makes up 70-80% of...

How Gray Malin Does Father’s Day

How Gray Malin Does Father’s Day

How Gray Malin Does Father’s Day Elephants, zebras, and giraffes checking in to the Parker hotel in Palm Springs. Color-happy balloons floating through the kingdom of Bhutan. Beach balls in Antarctica. And aerial shots of some of the most beautiful places in the world—from Lake Tahoe to Lake Como, Boston to Barcelona. Fine-art photographer and author Gray Malin’s work sparkles with joy, playfulness, and whimsy. Art prints, books, home décor, furniture, stationery, sunglasses—the wildly talented and prolific Malin does it all. This summer, that “all” includes a collaboration with his favorite restaurant on Nantucket, Cru. The...

How to Stay Fit at Home

How to Stay Fit at Home

Better Living uses affiliate links. If you make a purchase through them, we may receive a small commission (for which we are deeply grateful) at no cost to you. Getting in shape and staying fit doesn’t have to always have to equate to joining a gym. In fact, you can get a great workout and reach your fitness goals right from the comfort of your own home. Sure, having access to a lot of equipment in a flashy space is nice, but the “gym scene” doesn’t work for everyone. And staying fit at home...

How to Declutter Your Digital Life

How to Declutter Your Digital Life

Photo courtesy of Ian Bartlett/The Licensing Project How to Declutter Your Digital Life As a certified KonMari consultant, Katherine Picott is well-versed in the art of getting rid of what no longer serves you. But what’s often overlooked, she says, are our digital worlds: We spend so much time in our email inboxes, on our phones, and on our laptops, but we don’t dedicate the same emotional and practical consideration to decluttering them. “Digital clutter doesn’t just slow your devices down—it can slow you down as well,” she says. Here, she takes us through...

Layering Skin Care for Summer: A Step-by-Step Guide

Layering Skin Care for Summer: A Step-by-Step Guide

Photo courtesy of Jim Lafferty/The Licensing Project Layering Skin Care for Summer: A Step-by-Step Guide Do you put sunscreen on first or last? Does the serum come before the spritz? What about the oil? Layering skin care in hot weather involves some strategy—the key is choosing textures that sink easily into skin—but the payoff is fresh, glowing, healthy-looking skin all season long. Step 1: Vitamin C No matter your skin type, put vitamin C on first thing in the morning. It’s especially great in summer because it helps fight free radicals from UV rays and...

Strawberry Pecan Salad With Strawberry Vinaigrette

Strawberry Pecan Salad With Strawberry Vinaigrette

  Made with fresh strawberries, pecans, feta, red onion, baby spinach and then dressed with an essential fatty acid-rich strawberry vinaigrette, this healthy salad is bursting with tangy and naturally sweet spring flavors.   Calling all strawberry lovers! This superfood recipe for Strawberry Pecan Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette is the perfect way to enjoy everyone’s favorite heart-shaped berries throughout the springtime when they truly shine.  Healthy and packed with nutrients, you’ll want to make this salad over and over. Not only is the dressing absolutely delicious and made with a few simple ingredients, but you...

How Vitamin D Levels Impact Vaginal Health

How Vitamin D Levels Impact Vaginal Health

Photo courtesy of Michael Blank/The Licensing Project How Vitamin D Levels Impact Vaginal Health By Denise John, PhD Your vagina has its very own microbiome. When it’s balanced, it is home to a diverse population of microbes that includes many Lactobacillus species, like L. crispatus, L. gasseri, L. iners, and L. jensenii. These bacteria produce lactic acid, creating the optimal pH for the vagina—a moderately acidic range of 3.8 to 4.5. This pH prevents the overgrowth of harmful microbes that can lead to various infections. An imbalance of Lactobacillus species is largely associated with an...

Celebrate the Strawberry Festival at Peddlers Village Historic Shopping This Spring

Celebrate the Strawberry Festival at Peddlers Village Historic Shopping This Spring

Peddlers Village, a colonial 18th-century style village nestled in Pennsylvania’s picturesque Bucks County countryside, is celebrating its annual Strawberry Festival through the month of May.  Quaint and surrounded by lush gardens that change drastically through the seasons, Peddler’s Village is a great place to shop small with its 65+ open-air shops. Here you can stroll along winding brick flower lined pathways while browsing unique boutiques with everything from home goods and clothing to  To call Peddlers’ Village is so much more than a shopping village. One of the state’s, a 70 room inn, and even...

3 Wanderlust-Inspiring Designers

3 Wanderlust-Inspiring Designers

AGUA BY AGUA BENDITA DRESS, goop, $440 3 Wanderlust-Inspiring Designers We have a weakness for clothing that can transport us elsewhere. The kind that makes us feel like we’re breathing in salty ocean air, eating an arepa streetside, or strolling through a buzzing, brightly colored bazaar—even if we’re just sitting at our desk. These are the three brands doing it best, through voluminous sleeving, punchy patterning, and silky weaving that we want to live in. NACKIYÉ Turkish sisters Basak and Defne Kocabiyikoglu grew up in quaint seaside towns where local clothing was flowy and blissfully...

The Father’s Day Gift Guide

The Father’s Day Gift Guide

Photo courtesy of Nicki Sebastian The Father’s Day Gift Guide Gift categories for dads, brothers, uncles, boyfriends, and husbands have not seen much in the way of innovation. But rather than reinvent this wheel, we decided it would be more fun to goop the sh*t out of it. Here, 52 cool, unexpected, and absolutely extra takes on traditional guy-pleasers (actual guy-pleasers—wink, wink—included). SHOP NOW Chef’s Kiss He cooks, he cleans (his face, mostly), he takes vitamins. TRUFF Hot Sauce bundle goop, $35 Truffle-infused hot (and hotter) sauce. SHOP NOW Alexis Steelwood Walnut Butcher’s block goop,...