“Life doesn’t always introduce you to the people you want to meet. Sometimes, life puts you in touch with the people you need to meet to help you, to hurt you, to love you, and to gradually strengthen you into the person you were meant to become.” — Unknown Author
Are you currently in your 20s? The 20s can be a confusing time for many of us. It’s always when we have lots of things going on in our lives – college/getting an education work, starting a family, finding a life partner, purchasing your first house and so on. It’s also that time in our lives that we are discovering ourselves in a much deeper way and establishing our identities. 20s is also the time of youth. And like it or not, it’s usually dubbed the “golden era” of our lives and This will be the decade where you are at the prime of your life – the most energetic, the best looking, little responsibilities, and tons of opportunities at your feet.
So how then can we make the most of these 10 years? And not just that, what sorts of habits could we establish in our 20s that will set us on a good path for the rest of our lives? I outline some of my thoughts in these series of posts (more to come in the near future), gathering observations from strangers, friends and most of all, my own life.
BPA/BPS is found in receipts. It mimics estrogen activity and can cause the following:
PCOS, infertility, premature delivery, miscarriage, and other reproductive effects in women
Reduced libido and sperm quality, and altered sex hormone concentrations in men
Altered thyroid function
Obesity and diabetes
Impaired liver and kidney function
Impaired immune function
Neurobehavioral deficits such as aggressiveness, hyperactivity, and impaired learning (3)
“Hand sanitizers and other skin products (e.g. soaps, sunscreens, lotions) contain “dermal penetration enhancers” that are designed to enhance the delivery of the active ingredients they contain. Previous studies have found that dermal penetration enhancers can increase the absorption of estradiol, a chemical very similar to BPA, by as much as 100-fold.”
Avoid using hand sanitizer and other skin products like sunscreen or lotion prior to handling receipts.
Avoid handling receipts even with dry hands for long periods of time. If you are a cashier, make sure to wear gloves.
Use glass and stainless steel containers at home for food storage. Be aware that the lids of Mason and Kerr brand canning jars contain BPA. There are BPA-free lids, but they still may contain chemicals with estrogenic activity, and I’ve been told they’re made with formaldehyde. Weck makes 100% glass jars that are a good alternative. Crate and Barrel sells them here. My favorite stainless steel containers are from Lunch Bots.
Use glass, stainless steel, or silicone instead of plastic for freezer storage. Seethis article for recommendations.
Use a stainless steel water bottle (like the Klean Kanteen) instead of plastic bottles.
Don’t drink bottled water from plastic bottles, especially when they’ve been exposed to sunlight.
Parents: use glass baby bottles instead of plastic. Evenflo is a commonly available brand you can buy at Target, Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Rite-Aid, etc. and online at Amazon and other retailers.
This post has a ton of my tips on international travel, airports, study abroad, etc. and this post has a huge packing timeline that I follow when I’m going on trips!
I would say my top travel hacks are:
Have a folder or large wallet that you can store your passport, boarding pass, and any paperwork in
Always carry a pen. If you’re traveling out of the country you’ll need to fill out one of those little papers that says what you’re bringing back into the country
Buy mini versions of your favorite makeup products or use some creative storing hacks: use a pill container/contacts container to store different foundations, concealers, etc. Get a mini brush set. If you’re going somewhere for an extended period don’t bring full size items like shampoo/conditioner, lotion, razor, etc…just buy it when you get there.
Always bring a scarf and socks on the plane…it gets cold and the scarf can double up as a blanket or pillow
Get a universal power adapter for international travel
Wear your heaviest items on the plane…they’ll never tell you that you can’t carry a huge coat and hat, but in reality youre just saving suitcase space
Rolling your clothes saves space but only for items that aren’t super thick
Take a photo of your luggage before checking it. If your bag is ever lost this will speed up the process
Get a small translation guide for whatever country you’re visiting…you know just terms like hello, thank you, how are you, do you have… Personally I think it is so disrespectful to travel to another country and just assume they can understand you and not even put an effort into speaking their language. At least ask if they speak english first…when I was in Paris the first thing I asked to everyone I was speaking with was “parlez vous anglais” before proceeding to talk in english
Carry an empty water bottle with you through security and fill it up once you’re through
I’m sure there is more but I can’t think of any right now…If anyone has suggestions feel free to add them!
Hope this helped:)
Petroleum, Petrolatum, Mineral oil, Petrochemical, *Paraffins, Terms ending in “anol”, like isopropyl alcohol or isopropanol, methyl alcohol or methanol, butyl alcohol or butanol, ethyl alcohol or ethanol
Absorbed through the skin; toxic to brain, kidney, respiratory system