We've had another great week on POPSUGAR Girls' Guide! We kicked off the week with an amazing episode of Just Add Sugar where Brandi Milloy showed us how to make One Direction cookies just in time for this weekend's This Is Us premiere. Next, Allison McNamara showed us how to make our own stud earrings on Designer DIY — you can never have too many. Last but not least, we had another episode of Top That! (featuring Miley twerking, of course), along with a great lightning round in which Tyler Oakley and Becca Frucht pair celebrities with the commercials they appeared in before they were big. Check it all out, and don't forget to click subscribe below!
Hitting a few end-of Summer barbecues? It's impossible to resist all the tasty grillables and traditional side dishes, but indulging in the entire spread really adds up calorie-wise. Just how much? Keep reading to find out the calorie amount in your basic barbecue meal.
It seems that even simple Summer fun comes with risks, and if you're cooling off in the pool, on the beach, or with water sports like surfing, you're at risk for a bacterial infection known as swimmer's ear. When your ear is exposed to excess moisture, whether from swimming or bathing, water can become trapped in your ear canal. The delicate skin inside your ear can then become soggy and we all know how bacteria love moist places.
Although commonly brought on by exposure to water, swimmer's ear can also be caused by cuts or abrasions in the ear canal lining from sand, dirt, or irritation from cotton swab use — your mom was right about not sticking anything in your ear! Some people experience insane itchiness, but the ear can also be extremely tender to the touch, or cause pain, ringing, or a feeling of fullness inside the ear.
Antibiotic drops are often prescribed to cure the infection, but here's an inexpensive way to prevent swimmer's ear if you're prone to it or know you'll be spending time in water. Definitely don't stick Q-tips in your ear to soak up the water as it can impact ear wax or puncture the eardrum, setting the stage for an infection. Try this instead: mix 1/4 cup white vinegar with 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol. Squeeze drops of this solution inside the ear before and after spending time in the water and it'll help speed up the evaporation of moisture that gets trapped inside the ear.
There’s nothing like the warm, fuzzy feeling you get when passing out gifts to the ones you love. Except maybe the incredible, thrilling rush that comes from scoring those gifts during the most invigorating shopping season of all!
This year, our friends at T.J.Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods are giving you more reasons than ever to celebrate your holiday shopping victories — by creating a series of fun and inspiring gifting “missions” that you can tackle weekly for a new chance to win!
Readers as well as our favorite lifestyle bloggers will be invited to participate in five missions across T.J.Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods stores, then simply share their experience via Twitter using the hashtag #TheGifter. Each week, one winner will be chosen to receive a $500 gift card! You can also visit #TheGifter holiday gifting hub to explore an ever-evolving gallery of amazing gifts at amazing values — check back often for fresh inspiration and fun ideas.
Make this holiday shopping season your most triumphant yet! The missions are already under way, so start making your gifting list, and click here for more details.
You can be meat-free and still enjoy a burger! Endurance athlete and founder of the plant-based nutrition program Thrive Forward, Brendan Brazier knows that veggies, beans, and seeds can make for a tasty burger. Watch this video to learn how to make his healthy veggie variation of the American classic.
There's nothing better than sipping a cool beer at a Summer BBQ. Unfortunately, too many brews contain a ton of calories and carbs. Watch this video to get the facts about the lightest and most delicious beers on the market. Having this knowledge will help you make an informed choice over the holiday weekend!
The right amount of hydration can make a good run even better, but not drinking enough water can be uncomfortable — and dangerous. Here are seven hydration rules to follow, for both short and long runs.
- Pay attention to your water intake the day before your run. Drinking enough water every day helps keep your cells hydrated so you don't start off a run dehydrated, which can lead to cramping, fatigue, and a high heart rate.
- If your run is an hour or less, then you may not need to bring along a water bottle unless the temperature or humidity is high. Make sure you're well hydrated before your run so you can leave the bottle at home. While this is a rule of thumb, if you find that you are thirsty during your runs, bring along a bottle!
- Hydration is extremely important when you're out on a long run, but you don't need to drink as much as you're losing in sweat, says running coach Matt Fitzgerald. "Go ahead and trust your body's signals. That way you'll get as much fluid as your body can actually use, and you won't increase the risk of having your whole run ruined by GI distress," he says.
- Make sure you have a water plan before you head out on runs that are longer than an hour. Sick of carrying a water bottle with you? Stash it somewhere along your route beforehand, or run a loop so you can leave your water bottle at a designated spot.
- If you're running a race and you don't want to have to wait in the Porta Potty line right when your race starts, then drink only 15-20 ounces in the morning (after you've already used the bathroom once).
- If you're working out for more than an hour outside in the heat, then sip on a sports drink instead of just water. Electrolytes will give you more energy and will keep you more hydrated than water alone. We love no-sugar Nuun electrolyte tabs — just drop one into your water bottle and go!
- Once you're done with your run, make sure you rehydrate and continue drinking water throughout the day.
If you're craving a cool, refreshing sweet treat and thinking of heading to your local Starbucks for a creamy drink, then consider your choices first. These stats will help shave calories off your order.
|Instead of||16-oz. Caramel Frappuccino Blended Beverage: Coffee blended with caramel sauce, milk, and ice, topped with whipped cream and caramel sauce: 410 calories|
|Go For||16-oz. Caramel Frappuccino Light Blended Beverage: Coffee blended with caramel sauce, milk, and ice: 140 calories|
|Instead of||16-oz. Iced Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha: Espresso, milk, white chocolate flavored sauce, and peppermint flavored syrup on ice, topped with sweetened whipped cream: 500 calories|
|Go For||16-oz. Iced Skinny Mocha: Bittersweet skinny mocha sauce, espresso, and nonfat milk served over ice: 100 calories|
Keep reading for more lower-calorie options at Starbucks.
If you've struggled with tight IT bands, I feel your pain. When this long band of connective tissue, which runs down the outside of the thigh from the pelvis to just below the shin, shortens, it can lead to major pain in the knees and hips. This often-overlooked ailment can come from a variety of exercises or even from a 9-to-5 desk job. While working with a foam roller can do wonders, I'm also partial to these three yoga postures that work to alleviate IT band problems.
This pose opens up your hips and hip flexors, but also really helps with tight IT bands. Remember to stay still for an extended period of time (at least 10 breaths) and let it do its magic:
- From Downward Facing Dog, step both feet together and bring your right knee forward between your hands so your outer right leg is resting on the mat.
- If your hips are more open, inch your right foot away from you. Make sure your left hip is always pointing down toward the mat. If it begins open up toward the ceiling, draw your right foot back in toward your body.
- Stay here with your hands resting on your right leg or walk your hands out in front of you, allowing your torso to rest over your right knee.
- Hold here, breathing into any areas of tightness and tension for at least five breaths.
- Then place your hands on the mat in front of you, tuck your left toes and step your right foot back. Step your left foot forward, and perform Pigeon Pose on the other leg.
One-Legged Seated Spinal Twist
If the one-legged stance of this spinal twist is too much for you right now, try a sweet reclining spinal twist instead:
- Begin seated on your mat with your legs extended in front of you.
- Bend your right knee and place your right heel as close to your right sit-bone as you can. Then bend your left knee and cross your left foot over your right knee. Plant it on the floor so your left ankle is next to your right knee.
- Reach your left arm behind you and place your palm on the floor. Then bend your right elbow and cross it over the outer side of your left knee. Keep your elbow bent, or if you can, hold onto your left toes.
- Keep your left hand on the floor for stability, or bring your left arm around your lower back. Reach for your shirt, or if you can, hook your fingers on the top of your right thigh. Gaze behind you and over your left shoulder. Continue pressing your right arm into your left knee, and use each inhale to lengthen the spine and each exhale to rotate further to the left.
- Stay here for five or more breaths. Then release the twist, straighten your legs out in front of you, and do this pose with your right knee pointing up.
Keep reading for one more challenging pose.
If you're gearing up for a Labor Day camping trip, then take some time out from figuring out where you stashed your sleeping bags and make these healthy snacks. Your nature-loving companions will love the fact that they'll have something healthy and delicious to snack on between meals around the campfire.
Granola and nature go hand in hand, but ditch the fat and the preservatives by making your own batch of granola. This chai-spiced granola is big on flavor but not calories or fat.
These egg muffins make perfect grab-and-go meals if you're gearing up for a hike. Pack these in an airtight container and keep them in your cooler until you're ready to eat.
Making your own dried mango saves you money and calories, so make a batch while you pack up your camping supplies for a simple treat later on. If mango's not your thing, then how about these homemade strawberry fruit leathers?