14 Game of Thrones Must-Haves from Etsy

14 Game of Thrones Must-Haves from Etsy

“A mind needs books, as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.” 

-George R. R. Martin

Well, what do Game of Thrones fans need, then? Perhaps stocking up on some Westeros-inspired goodies from Etsy crafters will help us keep our fandom (or stoke our friends’) in anticipation of the show’s fourth season. Below are 15 buys, handpicked for their coolness, eco-efforts, and wonderful geekery. Whether you’re Stark or Stormborn, you’ll likely find something that makes your eyes dance like dragonglass. Happy shopping, plebes. 

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10+ Foods to Eat After Antibiotics

10+ Foods to Eat After Antibiotics

Did you know that over 100 trillion bacteria live in your digestive system? The cells of microorganisms in these organs actually outnumber the human cells that make up the rest of your body by a ratio of 10:1. (They’re really tiny.) This host of both good and bad bacterial colonies, also known as your gut flora, do everything from aiding in digestion, to amping up your metabolism, to making vitamins, to boosting immunity. 

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5 Ways You Can Start Living Greener—Today

5 Ways You Can Start Living Greener—Today

To kick off Earth Month, the UN’s IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) released its (roughly) quinquennial report on climate change. And the results were… grim. Carbon emissions are climbing, extreme weather is becoming a norm, and crop and water shortages are all too common. The long-lasting effects of this are projected to range from widespread poverty, to more easily spread epidemics, to war conflict, to disappearing coastlines. (You can read the full report, here. You’ll probably want to grab a glass of organic wine afterwards.) And that’s the lighter end of the spectrum.

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A Necessary Reminder

A Necessary Reminder

You hear it a lot during cold/flu season. “Ugh. I know I’m sick, but I don’t want to go to the doctor and just to be put on antibiotics.” I was certainly a culprit of this for the past three weeks. Fighting off intermittently worsening aches, mild fevers, and congestion, I had days were I looked like an extra in The Walking Dead, followed swiftly by days where I felt fine and went on with my plans as usual. Then I woke up this morning with blood in my ear (sorry if this is a bit grisly) and crying like a little kid. The kicker is that if I’d only gone to the damn doctor even a day or two earlier, I could have avoided all of this.

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10 (Natural!) Ways to Beat Dry Facial Skin

10 (Natural!) Ways to Beat Dry Facial Skin

The changing of climates, seasons, or even stress levels can lead to a host of skin problems. Among the least disguisable of these is xerosis, aka dry skin. Last week, one of my bride-to-be girlfriends sent me a frantic text, asking how to restore the glow to her lovely mug. With less than two months to go before she walks down the aisle, not to mention a handful of showers and parties in the interim, she wanted crib-sheet pointers from her former beauty-editor pal on how to fix the problem, both superficially and internally. And, like any loving friend of an understandably frazzled bride, I gave them to her.

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3 Cleansing Juice Recipes for Spring

3 Cleansing Juice Recipes for Spring

Apparently, there are some people who actually enjoy spring cleaning. I don’t fall into that camp, but I do see it as a necessary, if not cathartic, evil. As I was vacuuming up the last of winter’s dust bunnies yesterday, I began to realize just how intently I wanted to purge this wickedly bad winter from my home and life. (Damn you, Polar Vortex!)Pretty shortly after that, it dawned on me that no matter how much I scrubbed and sanitized, I wouldn’t really be able to get excited for a new season until I rebooted internally, too.

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11 Gifts Made in Ireland (That Have Few to No Shamrocks)

11 Gifts Made in Ireland (That Have Few to No Shamrocks)

It’s easy to equate Ireland, the country, with St. Patrick’s Day’s stateside shenanigans, but to do so would be a mistake. Beyond the revelry, gaiety, and let’s get native, good craic, the Irish have a history as rich in literature, art, and education, as it is scarred by famine, war, and civil unrest. Of course, that’s getting kind of dark. But Ireland’s been hit with some tough times—and some of them are happening right now. 

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Green Beauty Rx: Veronica Mars Characters

Green Beauty Rx: Veronica Mars Characters

This week, the Veronica Mars Movie hits theaters and gives fans a long-awaited chance to once again witness the feisty, melodramatic, and awesomely complicated life of everyone’s favorite, now grown-up, teenage detective and her peers. Whether or not you watched the show, please enjoy the product prescriptions below for Mars and three of her fellow characters, who are known to be featured in the new flick. From reformulated makeup staples that are new for spring to the latest in eco-friendly sunscreens, there might even be some goodies non-Neptuneites would like to try too. 

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12 Eco-Friendly, Unisex Gifts for Toddlers

12 Eco-Friendly, Unisex Gifts for Toddlers

Toddlers are tricky, little gremlins to shop for—especially if you don’t want to go the Disney Jr./Nick Jr./Barbie Jr. route. As the aunt of four girls, I’ve watched each of my nieces grow from adorable blobs into a dynamic, unique, and sometimes totally vexing tiny people between the ages for two and five. As awesome as these changes have been, they’ve also made me keenly aware of the fact that in the age of commercialized apps, foolproof selfies, and way-too-cheap plastic and labor, some of the toy options out there for these rapidly-morphing tykes just feel a little alienating and a lot disposable.

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Five Tips for Surviving the Brooklyn Whole Foods

Five Tips for Surviving the Brooklyn Whole Foods

Any Brooklynite worth their reusable shopping bags is aware of the fact that the new Whole Foods has landed in our borough. While some, like my husband, have greeted the gourmet giant with ambivalent-bordering-on-cynical acceptance—How will this affect small, local shops? Can a mammoth store actually be truly eco-friendly? (Answer: Yes, more than you think.)—others, like myself, have welcomed the market and its hard-to-find wares but acknowledge that the full Whole Foods/Baby Buggy/wheat grass experience can be a little…jarring.

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Taking Beckett’s Advice

Taking Beckett’s Advice

Samuel Beckett is haunting me. Well, not really. (I have a feeling that would be pretty depressing/poignant-to-the-point-of-tears.) But recently, I haven’t been able to escape his work.  Sure, I was kind of fishing for that when we went to see Waiting for Godot—sadly, no Patrick Stewart one-armed pushups—on Broadway the other week. But, then I was reading media whiz, Paul Arden’s career advice book, It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want to Be, when I came across the Beckett quote pictured above.

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Packing for the Holidays: Three Bags, Two Days, One Sherpa Husband

Packing for the Holidays: Three Bags, Two Days, One Sherpa Husband

When we first met, my husband and I bonded over our mutual love of Thanksgiving.  The food, the family time, the football—it’s handedly the best holiday! Flash forward a few years, and that shared sentiment has translated to an annual 40-hour sprint up and down the Connecticut coast in order to have dinner with both of our families on the big day. 

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4 Sets of Yoga Poses to Help You Get Through the Holidays

4 Sets of Yoga Poses to Help You Get Through the Holidays

Surviving the holidays—the food, the family, the frantic multi-tasking—can really take its toll on one’s body and mind. Throw in some athletic shopping, boozy holiday parties, and weekend winter sports, and you’ve got a solid month of sore muscles, sleep-deprived brain cells, and sluggish organs.

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23 Clever Recipes for Thanksgiving Leftovers

23 Clever Recipes for Thanksgiving Leftovers

Waste not; want not. Right? When it comes to holiday dinners, no other meal comes close to having the unparalleled potential of Thanksgiving’s leftovers. From the stuffing, to the cranberries, to the squash, this feast boasts the perfect, ahem, abundance of sauces, meat, grains, and seasonal veggies with which make some incredible next-day creations. 

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12 Phthalate-Free Beauty Products Safe for Expecting Moms

12 Phthalate-Free Beauty Products Safe for Expecting Moms

At this point, it’s pretty much common knowledge that phthalates are no good for expecting moms—let alone the rest of us. In utero exposure to these plactisizers (science speak for chemicals that soften hard plastics) has been linked to everything from obesity, to early puberty to disfigured genitalia (yikes) in children, and the latest study has shown that pregnant women with higher levels of phthalates in their urine, with no other known medical conditions, are much more likely to go into early labor.

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How to Help the Victims of Typhoon Haiyan

How to Help the Victims of Typhoon Haiyan

Relief efforts are underway in the Philippines to help the projected 10 million people who have been affected by the terribly tragic and violent Typhoon Haiyan. With over half a million men, women, and children homeless and an ever-growing death toll, even the smallest donation can make a difference to this devastated country. Below are a few links that will help you connect to worthy causes that are already in full swing.

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Five Easy Ways to Have a Greener Halloween

Five Easy Ways to Have a Greener Halloween

Put aside reusable trick-or-treating bags? Check. Planning to recycle candy wrappers via TerraCycle’s campaign (or a DIY project)? Check. Mapped out a walking route in your hood to avoid driving from house-to house? Check. By now, we’re pretty clear on the basics of celebrating a greener Halloween. But there’s always room for improvement. Below is a short list of ideas on how to have a more mindful All Hallow’s Eve, without scrimping on fun—or spookiness!

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6 BCA Products to Give to Someone Actually Fighting Breast Cancer

6 BCA Products to Give to Someone Actually Fighting Breast Cancer

If the cotton-candy pink products that flood shelves every October are not your speed—or, say, in the tastes of a loved one affected by breast cancer—take heart in the fact that there are many other options out there to help you show your support.

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