Quick Hits!

According to a new study, standing for long periods of time can be hazardous to your health.  Folks who spend a good portion of their day standing are more likely to develop health issues like heart disease and back problems.  The heart issues are caused because when standing, blood pools down at the legs, which puts more stress on the heart to pump it back up.

Source: The Daily Mail 

Saturday is National Teddy Bear Day and in honor of the event, Build-A-Bear Workshop asked 2,000 adults about their favorite furry friends.  56% of those polled have held onto their childhood bear for over two decades, while 72% plan to keep theirs forever.  Half of those polled currently still own a stuffed animal, while 40% still sleep with one.

Source: The Street

Some days the struggle of trying to deal with the reality of the world today feels like too much. Hearing all the bad news on TV and social media can make it harder to cope with our own day-to-day stuff and it’s easy to get overwhelmed. But we can’t run and hide, or escape to a protected little bubble, so we have to find a way to deal with our stress and anxiety. These are some things that could help you feel a little stronger, lighter, more hopeful and ready to face the day.

  • Listen to podcasts - Find something funny, lighthearted, or informative to get lost listening to. Stay away from all newsy stuff.
  • Listen to music - Whatever you’re into that you can listen to loudly and escape with.

(You can do both of the above with the free iHeartRadio app!!)

  • Cook or bake - According to a recent study, participants who did small everyday things like cooking and baking felt more enthusiastic about their pursuits the next day. So you get to distract yourself with making food and your family gets to eat - it’s a win-win!
  • Count your steps - You may feel like staying curled up in bed all day, but you need to motivate and actually leave the house. So let your Fitbit inspire you to pound the pavement instead of overloading your brain with all the bad news of the day.
  • Connect with nature - Head to the beach, mountains, or just take a walk around the block - whatever piece of nature you can get to and take in for a little while is better than sitting in an air conditioned building.
  • Talk to people who understand - Someone out there sees things the way you do, so reach out and share your feelings and thoughts with them. Keeping it all in doesn’t help and sharing just might.

Source: Mamamia

Target is bringing back their popular car seat trade-in program this month. That means when you drop off an old car seat to be recycled, you get a coupon for 20% off your next car seat purchase - and that includes eligible boosters, car seat bases, car seats, and travel systems.

From September 10 to 23 you can drop off your used seat at most stores across the country and the coupon you get is good through October 7. The program is part of a partnership between Target and Terracycle, which tries to find solutions for hard-to-recycle stuff.

Back in April, Target first tried the program out in honor of Earth Day and close to 80,000 car seats were recycled. So now, they’re doing it again to recognize National Baby Safety Month. And this time, they expect to recycle over 700,000 pounds of car seat materials. So you get to save money and save the planet, all thanks to Target!

Source: Good Housekeeping

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