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After a 14-year wait, the much anticipated “The Incredibles 2” hit theaters last week. And while fans are thrilled...there's one problem - and it’s why you’ll see warnings at theaters.

The Disney/Pixar movie has a lot of strobe and flashing light effects in it, and one blogger found out it could trigger health problems. Enter Veronica Lewis, who got a photosensitive migraine from watching the film. She immediately called Pixar, but didn’t get a response.

Luckily for Lewis, she's a blogger and took to social media so that others - especially people with epilepsy - could avoid any problems. For those who don't know, folks with epilepsy can suffer seizures or other negative reactions to the light effects. Lewis didn't even want a boycott - just for people - and producers - to be aware.

And while some took the studio to task for not thinking ahead, the fact is, they appear to have gotten the message. Now theaters showing the flick will post medical warnings.

  • In case you didn’t know, about 3.4-million Americans have epilepsy. It results in unpredictable seizures, as well as abnormal behavior, sensations, and sometimes loss of consciousness. They are most likely triggered by certain light patterns, like strobes. For more info check out the Epilepsy Foundation.

Source: BuzzFeed

For as long as we’ve been wearing it, most of us have spritzed perfume on our wrists and then rubbed our wrists together. But it turns out, this common practice isn’t necessary and in fact, it’s actually not helping your favorite scent at all.

We are getting it right by spraying fragrance on our wrists, putting it on pulse points warms it up so it gives off scent all day. But rubbing them together can actually “dull top notes and accelerate evaporation.” Top notes are the most delicate part of the fragrance and could very well be the reason you love that scent in the first place. And mixing your natural oils vigorously with the perfume could change the way it smells and nobody wants that.

So what’s a girl to do? Just take it down a notch and lightly dab your wrists together instead, then let the fragrance air dry. And using an unscented moisturizer could help, too because the more hydrated your skin is, the longer your scent stays with you.

Source: PureWow

Amazon’s virtual assistant is coming to hotels this summer. The tech giant has announced that Marriott will be their launch partner in Alexa for Hospitality. Starting this summer, Alexa will be at your service at all of the hotels under Marriott’s umbrella.

That means key info like checkout times, pool hours, and breakfast hours will be just an “Alexa” away. You’ll also be able to contact housekeeping, make spa appointments, get room service…whatever amenities they have. Alexa will even be customized by every hotel so that it can be used as a smart home feature to control lights and the TV and more.

But that's not all. You'll be able to access your iHeart Radio app (YAY!), some third party apps, and TED Talks. Amazon also plans to expand the service to vacation rental companies, too. And PS? If you try and pack it with those hotel towel and robes you're swiping, they’ll get an alert…so leave it behind!

Source: Tech Crunch

How much time do you think you spend thinking about being on vacation? According to new research, it’s a lot. A new survey from Travelex on the travel habits of 2,000 Americans reveals we spend more than 113 hours every year thinking about getting away from our daily routine, which adds up to 284 days over our lifetime.

And it’s no wonder we’re dreaming about a vacay all the time, the average respondent sees an average of 2.4 vacation photos on social media every day that make them jealous, which is 891 pics a year giving us getaway envy. But FOMO isn’t the biggest reason people feel inspired to travel, the survey shows 58% of folks do it just because they need a break from everyday life.

Some people want to travel to party abroad, or find a far off adventure, the majority of respondents (52%) say “relaxing” is their biggest priority when choosing a trip. And most of us do feel more relaxed on vacation, 71% say they smile more then and 71% also say they feel less stressed. Of course, there’s always a downside, and with vacations, it’s money - 56% say it’s their top concern when taking that long-awaited getaway.

Source: New York Post

There’s a new pink drink at Starbucks, but this time, they’re actually calling it “magenta.” Their new Mango Dragonfruit Refresher has just been added to the permanent menu and its vibrant hue isn’t even the best part about it. This beverage gets its color without any artificial colors and has no artificial sweeteners either.

The Mango Dragonfruit Refreshers, which are tea-like drinks, are made with real pieces of dragon fruit, which gives the drink its bright magenta color. So of course it’s perfect for Instagram, where people are already sharing pics of their purchases.

Starbucks claims there are more 170,000 ways to customize any of their beverages, and one way that works well for the Mango Dragonfruit Refreshers is swapping coconut milk for water. These new drinks hit stores this week and will be here to stay.

Source: PopSugar

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