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The perfect mindset for when gifting season feels a bit too much

The perfect mindset for when gifting season feels a bit too much

Subscribe to the Quartzy newsletter to receive this in your inbox each Friday. It recently came to my attention that much of my lifestyle coverage…
Three easy pasta recipes for delicious last-minute dinners

Three easy pasta recipes for delicious last-minute dinners

Dinner. It happens every night, whether you’re ready or not. We all have a few go-to meals for days when we’ve simply failed to plan…
People fall off cruise ships with alarming regularity. Can anything be done to stop it?

People fall off cruise ships with alarming regularity. Can anything be done to stop it?

On May 12, 2016, Samantha Broberg—a mother of two and stepmother to two more—boarded the Carnival Liberty in Galveston, Texas with two girlfriends. Here’s what…
How to have a merry, plastic-free Christmas

How to have a merry, plastic-free Christmas

Research shows that waste can double during the Christmas period, and most of it is plastic from gift wrapping and packaging. The British, for example,…
Food shaming is the worst holiday tradition

Food shaming is the worst holiday tradition

I grew up in a family of three girls. We first two were solidly built little kids, with convex bellies and broad shoulders. My youngest…
The sweetest stoner stocking-stuffer is a good old one-hitter

The sweetest stoner stocking-stuffer is a good old one-hitter

This newfangled age of legal cannabis offers seemingly endless high-end and high-tech products and devices for gift-giving season. Sure, you could make an impression with…
Watch SpaceX launch the first next generation GPS satellite

Watch SpaceX launch the first next generation GPS satellite

Update, 9:33 am: Today’s launch was postponed until Dec. 19 after an as-yet-unidentified issue with the Falcon 9 rocket led to an abort during the…
The funniest responses to Will Smith as the genie in the new Aladdin movie

The funniest responses to Will Smith as the genie in the new Aladdin movie

Disney is continuing its ruthless resurrection of classic animated stories with its new live-action take on Aladdin, the beloved rags-to-riches tale of a street urchin…
WW’s partnership with Kate Hudson sends a clear message to its core audience: bye

WW’s partnership with Kate Hudson sends a clear message to its core audience: bye

The best Weight Watchers meeting I ever attended featured a recurring segment called “food porn.” My meeting leader would bring in an iconic high-calorie food…
Uber is resuming self-driving car tests on US public roads

Uber is resuming self-driving car tests on US public roads

Nine months after one of Uber’s driverless cars killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona, the company is resuming tests of self-driving cars on US public…
Rachel McAdams is just like us, breast-pumping in Versace

Rachel McAdams is just like us, breast-pumping in Versace

A heartfelt thank you to Rachel McAdams and photographer Claire Rothstein for this stunning photo, which underlines the need to normalize breast-feeding and pumping, and…
What flying with children teaches you about empathy

What flying with children teaches you about empathy

One of the hallmarks of modern parenting is that everyone—no matter how little they know of you, your children, or child development—has an opinion about…
Iceland has the best holiday tradition for bookworms

Iceland has the best holiday tradition for bookworms

If your idea of a perfect holiday is exchanging presents with your loved ones, discovering that you have all gifted one another books, and then…
How Air Jordan 1s got to star in “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”

How Air Jordan 1s got to star in “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”

In Sony’s new animated movie, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, some of Spider-Man’s first lines to Miles Morales, the movie’s teenage hero, are about his sneakers.…

The top fashion trends of 2018, if you combine all the top fashion trend lists

One thing you can say about fashion trends in 2018: There were a lot of them. Remember the tiny sunglasses? That one Prada shirt? The…
To free yourself from toxic diet culture, deconstruct its language

To free yourself from toxic diet culture, deconstruct its language

It’s nearly January, which means the clock has run out on feasting and indulging. Tis now the season to abstain. That message is all around…
17 small upgrades and new habits that changed our lives in 2018

17 small upgrades and new habits that changed our lives in 2018

The most meaningful changes we make in a year often bear no resemblance to the grandiose resolutions we made at the year’s start. We don’t…
All the 2019 movies and TV shows you need to know about

All the 2019 movies and TV shows you need to know about

If you’re tired of looking back at the year in entertainment that was and want to look forward at what’s to come, we’ve got you…
Don’t make a New Year’s resolution—make a life thesis

Don’t make a New Year’s resolution—make a life thesis

Have you ever noticed how goals are kind of a scam? You can set them, you can even reach them—but then you find that you’re…
A vegan mocked a Chinese hotpot for not being vegan—and got a vital history lesson

A vegan mocked a Chinese hotpot for not being vegan—and got a vital history lesson

Modern veganism can be a religious choice, an ethical conviction, a dietary preference, or a lifestyle trend. But what veganism should not be is mocking…
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