A Guilty Pleasure
Motherland, by Amy Sohn, is a fast-paced and delightfully snarky sneak peek into the imperfect lives—and marriages—of hipster families in NYC. Sex, celebrity sightings, and a thief who steals only baby strollers add to the wicked fun. ($25, Simon & Schuster)
Fitting In While Getting Fit
Fitness facilities are like shoes: No matter how great they look, if you’re not comfortable in them, you’ll avoid them. When selecting a work-out venue, factor in price, location, cleanliness, amenities, and class offerings, and also whether you feel like you belong. Prioritize personal comfort and staff friendliness.
Protect yourself from germy mani-pedis with these basic safety tips:
- Make sure the salon has a license.
- If you can’t bring your own tools, make sure the salon disinfects theirs with an autoclave. Soaking in a liquid disinfectant isn’t enough.
- Resist the urge to shave before your pedicure. Even tiny nicks risk infection.
- For the same reason, don’t let the technician cut your cuticles or use a razor.
- Don’t spend too much time under the UV light “drying” your newly-polished nails. The rays can increase your risk of skin cancers.
- Blue is this year’s “it” color; try OPI’s Eurso Euro polish.
“As a busy mom, keeping your digestive system on track may be one of the last things on your mind,” says Keri Glassman, registered dietician and founder/president of Nutritious Life. Probiotics, live microorganisms that support those that already thrive in your body, are available in a variety of forms—capsules, drinks, yogurts—and are believed to treat and/or prevent: diarrhea, constipation, yeast and urinary tract infections, and irritable bowel syndrome. Talk with your doctor about whether they’re right for you.
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