Birthday Benefits and Birthday Freebies

Your birthday is the perfect time to treat yourself — for free! The ultimate list of birthday freebies Hooray, it’s your day! To celebrate, here are a few ClassPass approved places where you can score a freebie on your special day. After all, what’s better than a freebie? A freebie on your birthday! 1. Aveda Pamper yourself with your favorite Aveda products. Become a member of the Pure Privilege℠ rewards program and receive a free gift on your birthday. 2.BareMinerals Sign up for a free FAB (Friends and Benefits) account, and you’ll receive a “totally-you” gift on the big day — in addition to other great perks. 3. Benefit Cosmetics Care for a free brow arch? The Benefit Brow Bar is happy to oblige. All you have to do is sign up for an account at the beginning of your birthday month! 4. Edible Arrangements Celebrate with some fresh (albeit, chocolate-dipped) fruit. Edible Arrangements offers a free birthday box to members of their rewards program. 5. Jamba Juice Toast to another year with a free smoothie …

How and Why Your Tastebuds Change Over Time

Think about your favorite food. No, really think about it. Close your eyes and think through the whole process of anticipating, picking up, biting down, chewing, tasting and swallowing it. Pretty great, right? Now think about your favorite food from childhood. Is it the same? If not, how is it different from your current favorite? Now think of your least favorite food. Something you can’t even stand to bring near your lips because it’s so repulsive. Has that changed since childhood? Any chance your current favorite was your least favorite when you were small? How do your tastebuds change? Taste is such an intricate sensory experience—one we perhaps don’t pay enough attention to, considering how much it can transform over a lifetime. If you’ve recently converted to the Brussels sprouts club (after hating them most of your life) or suddenly find yourself enjoying red peppers—and have no idea why—read on for a possible explanation. The physiology of taste Taste, while experienced most pronouncedly in the mouth, is the product of activity happening in the sensors and cells of …

6 Ways to Make a Half-Year Goal For Yourself

Once January 1 rolls around, there tends to be two types of individuals: those who map out ambitious resolutions, and those who, well, like pizza. (No shame if you’re the latter!) But whether you have aspirations of improving your fitness, skyrocketing your career or embarking on another type of personal goal, just because you don’t start that journey on the first of the year doesn’t mean you still can’t achieve it. In fact, even if you start a little late (say, a half-year later!), the improvements you’re capable of making in your life are truly boundless. How to make a half year goal Here, life coaches offer tips on ways to create the perfect, most achievable half-year goal. Get right into the action It might be more comfortable for you to wait until June 1 to begin your half-year dream chasing, but according to life coach Jane Scudder, if you’re serious about achieving your goals, there’s no better time to start than the present. “First and foremost, start considering the definition of a half-year, which …

5 Water Bottles for Every Fitness Lover

Your kitchen cupboard is probably filled with tons of water bottles, but are any of them as cool or different as these? No matter if you’re more of a yogi or a runner, there’s an option in here for you. The best workout water bottles These are the best water bottles to take with you on your workout: Hydaway 2.0 Hydroflask Glasstic Bindle Bottle It’s collapsible If you’re someone who hikes or travels, consider taking this with you. The silicone bottle folds down to just over an inch tall to easily slip into your pocket, backpack or gym bag. It also comes equipped with a cap lid, flip-up handle and carbon filter disc; plus, it’s BPA-free, non-toxic and dishwasher safe. Get it: Hydaway 2.0, $25 It’s glass, but shatterproof You might like the taste and plastic-less benefits of using a glass water bottle, but your fitness studio? Not so much, especially when it falls and breaks into a million pieces. Thanks to this two-shelled bottle, you can go back to using glass — the outer …

Eight Heartbreaking Body Shaming Stories

By some estimates, 94% of teenage girls in America have been shamed for the way their bodies look. Yes, that means nearly every woman has experienced body shaming before she heads to college or even drives a car. The shame many women experience throughout their lives can have lasting — and potentially debilitating — effects on their self-esteem. As a result, only 4% of women consider themselves to be beautiful. That’s heartbreaking. Body shaming stories you need to read While many people point their fingers at social media and the media at large, body shaming has been around since the beginning of time — today there are simply more opportunities. The statements below speak for themselves — and we’re sure that you’ll see a little bit of yourself in each of them. “I got badly bullied when I was a new student in elementary school, starting in kindergarten when I was five and lasting until I was nine years old. One girl told me every day during recess, ‘You’re so skinny that I can see …