The BritList: Tetris Lighting, Muppet Babies & More

Can you believe it’s August 24th? Where did the summer run off to? As fall approaches, we’re thinking about healthy and sweet lunchbox snacks, swooning over non-traditional engagement rings, and taking advantage of all the fresh fruit we can get in the form of berry mojito slushies. Here are 10 things that didn’t quite fit into this week’s articles, but definitely made us look.

1. Floor Plans of TV’s Best Homes: THe minute we saw this we thought to ourselves, how can we recreate the set of Friends right here at Brit HQ?

2. Tetris Constructable Light: We’ve seen our share of Tetri-inspired objects, but this one has quickly made it to the top of our wish list. Made of seven interlocking pieces, you can stack your light in any combination and only turns on when pieces are stacked together. These aren’t quite ready to ship, but will be in stock over on Amazon in late October.

Handmade Muppet Hats

Can you say, muppet babies?! These are too adorable. Thanks to Swiss Miss for the great find.

4. Literary Jukebox: A simple project that pairs a daily quote with a thematically matched song, the Literary Jukebox is one that made us look, listen, and read.

5. Pencil Pushers: Oh Bakerella, you’ve done it again. These almost make us wish we were going back to school!

6. Dog Shaming: As Brit’s darling pup Pixel goes through his teenage months, eating one passport, book, and pillow at a time, we turn our attention to Dog Shaming. This blog definitely made us giggle.

7. The Dipr: Umm, a spoon designed specifically for Oreos? While the concept of “no sticky fingers” and a “germ-free dunking experience” doesn’t quite sell us, this is a pretty hilarious gadget and one we might have to test drive here at HQ.

Counting Sheep with Path Data Science

If you’re not on Path yet, get there and check out Brit’s completely biased review of Path’s latest update. Now that you’ve taken care of that, be sure to check out this blog post describing the sleep patterns of Path users by age, social habits, gender, and more. The section above represents age – click here for the full infographic.

9. Logitech Washable Keyboard: No matter how clean you think you are, it’s likely your keyboard has started to look a little grimy. You’ve tried taking a q-tip to it to clean in between the keys, but nothing quite does the trick and those drops of Dr. Pepper are starting to look petrified. Get yourself a sleek washable keyboard!

Tori, Our Summer Intern

Finally, how can we keep waxing poetic about summer without giving a proper shout out to our rockstar summer intern, Tori Lewis?! Contrary to what the photo above might tell you, Tori is not actually a toddler but did catch the baking bug rather early. She’s an English and Communications major at Stanford. She loves happiness and Oxford commas, is a cupcake and hummus connoisseur, and believes in living passionately, creatively and originally. Check out all of her Brit + Co. articles here and be sure to follow her on Twitter. (And if you’re interested in interning here in the fall, apply here.)

As someone who's from the Outer Banks of North Carolina, I immediately formed an attachment to the characters in the Netflix show. It's just pure fun to watch, and not only is it full of action and adventure, but the themes of friendship, loyalty, and resilience are very inspiring. Not to mention the clothes are super cute (read our interview with costume designer Emmie Holmes!). We finally got a trailer for the newest season, and I, for one, cannot wait to go back home ;). Keep reading for everything you need to know about the new season of Outer Banks.

Watch The Full Outer Banks 3 Trailer Here

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The Pogues race for a new treasure, getting swept up into a more danger than they've ever been before. Even without knowing the ins and outs of the plot details, this trailer is enough to get us excited for the release. It looks like it's full of action, angst, and some romance too. Sign us up!

What Is Outer Banks 3 About?

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After outsmarting Ward Cameron and Carla Limbrey in season 2, the Pogues find themselves on a desert island they name "Poguelandia." They swim, they fish, and they enjoy some hard-earned relaxation, but it doesn't last long when they realize that their hunt for the treasure isn't over. The group finds themselves in a race against Ward and Rafe, as well as a Caribbean Don — and this time they're running for their lives.

When Will Outer Banks 3 Be Released?

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The new season of the series will be released on February 23, 2023.

Who's In The Cast?

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All of our favorites are returning, including Chase Stokes as John B., Madelyn Cline as Sarah, Jonathan Daviss as Pope, Madison Bailey as Kie, Rudy Pankow as JJ, and Carlacia Grant as Cleo. Drew Starkey, Charles Esten, and Austin North return as Rafe, Ward, and Topper, respectively.

Where Can I Watch The Show?

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You'll be able to stream Outer Banks 3 on Netflix.

Excited for the new season of Outer Banks? Us too! Tweet us your thoughts and follow us on TikTok for the latest pop culture content.

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It can be hard to spend your time well when you're trying not to spend money. There is always a new gadget to buy or a new restaurant to eat at, but if you're in need of a savings boost, try out a spending freeze and temporarily eliminate all unnecessary costs. You'll be surprised how many fun *and* free activities you can find!

Not only will a spending freeze help your bank account but it will also make you more creative when it comes to spending your time. Keep reading for some free things to do that don't include going on your phone.

What Is A Spending Freeze?

A spending freeze is budgeting method where you pause (or freeze) any spending that's not essential. We're talking restaurants, makeup, clothes, books, tech. That way, you can add money to your savings account, pay off debt, and move towards other financial goals that you might have, and free up some of your clutter too.

How Do I Start A No Spend Challenge?

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To start your own spending freeze, create a budget and track your spending. We'd recommend doing this for anywhere between two weeks to a whole month so you can get a realistic idea of what you're spending money on. Once you know where your money is going, figure out what you can cut back on (or cut out entirely), like eating out, seeing movies, or buying new clothes. When you're not spending money on these things, you're able to focus on rent and bills, but also put money towards future trips and fun activities that you want to be able to cover.

In addition to decreasing the money that you're spending, you can try to increase the money that you're making. Whether you get a second job for a few months or you create a stream of passive income to give you some extra money, increasing your income will help you take another step towards financial freedom and give you a cushion in case of emergency.

50 Free Things To Do Today

  1. Read a book
  2. Explore a new place
  3. Start an art project
  4. Learn a new skill
  5. Go sledding
  6. Volunteer
  7. Go for a walk
  8. Spend time with friends and family
  9. Make your own hot or iced coffee
  10. Draw
  11. Go for a drive
  12. Have a picnic in your living room
  13. Play board games with friends
  14. Cook dinner with whatever you find in your fridge à la Chopped
  15. Bullet journal
  16. Organize your desk
  17. Host a movie night
  18. Find a free concert near you
  19. Go to the beach
  20. Watch the sunset
  21. Go stargazing
  22. Engage in a few minutes of quiet reflection
  23. Explore downtown
  24. Listen to a podcast
  25. Write in a journal
  26. Build a snowman
  27. Make hot cocoa
  28. Exercise
  29. Go bird-watching
  30. Go fishing
  31. Plant a garden
  32. Explore a new neighborhood
  33. Check out a local library
  34. Go window shopping
  35. Browse Pinterest for inspiration
  36. Set up a DIY photoshoot
  37. Paint your nails
  38. Go for a bike ride
  39. Practice a new hairstyle
  40. Meal prep for the week ahead
  41. Learn a new song on your instrument
  42. Attend a free museum day
  43. Scrapbook memories from a previous trip
  44. Call a family member
  45. Take a nap
  46. Rearrange your decor
  47. Clean your living room
  48. Embroider
  49. Set up your planner for tomorrow's work day
  50. Take a bubble bath

How do you save money? Have you ever tried a spending freeze? Let us know in the comments and check out both our interview with Haley Sacks and our email newsletter for more money saving tips and tricks.

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We live in a world that doesn't have any issue with leaving people in the dust. We work fast, drive fast, eat fast, and move fast, all so we can get to the next item on our agenda (which, spoiler alert, we also complete as quickly as we can). Instead of rushing your way through life, consider making a move toward slow living.

Slow living is all about taking your time so that you can actually enjoy the beautiful things and experiences around you as you go. Who wants to wake up one morning at 85 years old and the only memories you have are the to-do items you checked off your list anyway?

It's all about being intentional with the choices that you make, and spending your time more meaningfully. As someone who lives in one of the most fast-paced cities in the world, I understand if you're feeling hesitant. But even if you aren't ready to overhaul your life, there are a few practices from the slow life movement you can add to your day-to-day to fight burnout. It can be as small as following accounts like Slow Stories that encourage you to live intentionally, or buying a normal alarm clock so your phone is in another room overnight.

Recent trends like quiet quitting or how Marie Kondo isn't tidying anymore reveal how many people have realized that this crazy pace is really just running us into the ground. You're not a robot, so you shouldn't expect your body to go at a superhuman speed! It's vital to set up boundaries so that you are actually able to recharge. We talked to Danielle LaPorte, author of How To Be Loving and creator of the Heart Centered Membership, and Dr. Beth Pausic, Director of Behavioral Health at Hims & Hers, about different ways we can implement intentionality into our daily lives, and how it can benefit our minds and our bodies.


As we get older and busier, it can be tempting to speed up your life to make room for absolutely everything that comes your way. In reality, we should be doing the opposite. "Most of our personal growth is a lesson in learning to slow down. In our productivity-obsessed societies, slowing down is a revolution," says LaPorte.

"Our psyche and bodies are aching for stillness. But the very concept of slowing down can make us panicky," she continues. "The absence of distractions can make us feel vulnerable, exposed to the whims of our emotions (I'm steady! I'm falling apart! I want the city vibe! I want a 'do not disturb' sign for my entire life!)."

Even though forcing yourself to rest can leave you feeling overwhelmed by thoughts and emotions at the beginning, it's actually beneficial for your mind to process everything that has happened over the day. It'll get easier as you get the hang of it, and will help regulate your emotions and improve your focus.

"Feeling constantly rushed will lead to increased stress," says Pausic. "There are numerous impacts that stress can have on our health, both physical and mental. It isn’t sustainable for our mind and body to remain in this state for long periods of time and you will notice the impact." Slowing down and reducing your stress can improve your sleep, decrease anxiety and irritability, and even give you a stronger immune system and improved digestion.

It's fun to discuss the benefits of stillness, but actually putting the lifestyle into practice is easier said than done. After all, it's hard to slow down when you're used to going 100 miles per hour! We've definitely come off a busy week, or even a busy afternoon, and barely been able to sit still.

"Slowing down is about sequencing. It’s not about grinding to a halt or dropping out of your career ambitions (though I highly recommend sabbaticals and radical change.) It’s about when you create stillness," says LaPorte. Make room for these moments in your everyday, like always taking a 10:30 am break for coffee, or implementing a hard stop at the same time every day of your work week.

LaPorte also recommends what she calls a 'stillness sandwich.' "It’s like this: be still in the beginning, rock ’n’ roll in the middle, and be still at the end," she says. At the beginning of anything you do (whether it's the day or a relationship), give yourself time to be still instead of jumping right into your agenda. Since your brain is a blank slate in the morning, LaPorte says it's best to not check your phone, but instead take part in rituals like breath work or gratitude journaling.

"Then, toward the end (of the day, of the project,.. or of a relationship), wrap with active stillness. Think about what you learned that day, where you felt expanded, where you felt contracted. Be still," she says.

Use your cozy night routine to let your mind wander or to practice box breathing (inhale, hold, exhale, and hold for four counts each). Being present, intentional, and grateful can help you focus on what you have instead of always working toward the next big thing. How much of your life right now did you work, pray, or wish for? Were you aware of that fact when you received it, or did you immediately shift to wanting something new?

Letting your brain and soul move slowly can also help you be more aware of the people around you so that you can be a better friend or family member to them. Let's get into some specific areas in which you can practice slow living (plus some book recs from the B+C team):

Work

It might seem counterintuitive, but slowing down can actually improve your workflow. Think of it like charging your phone. If you don't let your phone get all the way to 100%, it will die a lot faster, so giving your brain time to rest will mean that it will work better tomorrow.

"Most times, feeling overwhelmed is a combination of the reality of a hefty workload coupled with time management," says Pausic. "Be mindful about how you are spending your time at work. Be aware of how you are adding to your own stress...Understand that every priority is not a priority. Take some time to figure out what is really important to accomplish first."

Know what your limits are and plan your days and your weeks with those boundaries in mind. You have to protect your time ahead of time so that you don't end up regretting all your commitments retroactively. As far as work itself goes, a clearer focus will help you get your checklist done better and faster.

How Can I Try This?

Set aside time dedicated to only checking emails, take a full lunch break, or give yourself enough time to relax before a meeting. "Plan ahead if you are meeting someone or have an appointment so that you arrive a bit early," Pausic says. "Enjoy not feeling rushed and stressed from being late."

Mornings

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Not everyone is a morning person, but giving yourself enough time to actually enjoy your mornings before launching into work will make your day more enjoyable.

"The idea behind an earlier wake up time is so that you don’t feel rushed," says Pausic. "You don’t want to use that time to add in more to do’s. To preserve that extra time as yours, try and prepare what you can the day or evening before. For example, have your outfit picked out or have your bag ready by the door. Use your morning time for self-care, setting your intentions for the day or simply doing nothing."

'Nothing' definitely includes staying off your phone as long as possible. "The mind is very impressionable when we first wake up," says LaPorte. "It's a blank slate, which is why it's best to not check your phone first thing — you are literally programming your brain to fire fire fire on social media's high speed dopamine race." No thanks.

How Can I Try This?

Make a full breakfast and enjoy it sans Netflix, go on a nice walk, or stretch before sitting down at your desk. Wait until you start work to check your phone, or buy a regular alarm clock so that you can keep your phone in the next room all night long.

Time Off

We've all come off a vacation feeling just as tired as we were at the beginning...right? It can feel like we're programmed to rest on vacay, but it is definitely another time where you really have to protect your boundaries and figure out what rest looks like for you.

According to Pausic, the key is an intentional schedule. "Look at ways to block times for either minimal or relaxing activity. Time permitting, set aside the last day of vacation to do the least amount of running around. Having a day to decompress before you return can help with the fatigue of an otherwise busy holiday."

The common thread between every ideal vacation is making sure you don't overbook yourself, and giving yourself permission to do nothing if that's what you need. Somewhere along the lines we decided that doing nothing was harmful instead of beneficial, and that's just not the case, especially when you're overworked.

How Can I Try This?

The most important thing that you can do is tailor your vacation based on what you know you need. If you are short on sleep and need a physically restful vacation, sleep in everyday. If your brain needs a break, spend all day walking around town or going to an art museum, and if you need to rest your hands, engage your mind with a personal growth book or some creative writing prompts.

Self-Care

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A variety of the elements that make up slow living can also be found in self-care, which means that you can engage in both at the same time! Mindfulness, self-awareness, and relaxation are all key ingredients to our favorite kinds of self-care days. "Be aware of small things throughout the day," Pausic says. "What is your first taste of morning coffee like? Notice the light during the winter afternoon or other seasonal changes."

Giving your brain the space it needs to create original thoughts and work through emotions can help you zero in on the areas of your life that need a little TLC.

"The first rule of self-care is to actually do something that is self-care!" says Pausic. Scrolling through Instagram or filling your free time with to-dos won't make you feel anymore rested.

"Self-care activities should be something relatively healthy that you enjoy and makes you feel good," she continues. "Only you can define that for yourself. If you want to set up a regular practice for self-care, then you have to be mindful about setting time aside to do those things. Don’t think of it as an indulgence, but as something to be incorporated into your routine that will benefit your well-being and make it easier to deal with things when they do get overwhelming."

How Can I Try This?

Spend time on an activity that allows you to set the pace but also engages your mind and your hands, like crafting the perfect iced coffee or doing a puzzle.

Subscribe to our email newsletter for the latest health and wellness content, and check out our interview with Erin Loechner to learn more about slow living.

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In an increasingly digital world, mobile apps change the way we access information, stay connected to friends and family, entertain ourselves, and even manage our mental health and anxiety. Behind every great app is an inspiring fleet of developers who have taken a spark of creativity and turned it into something totally new and useful.

This Black History Month, we’re celebrating some of our favorite Black app creators who have been instrumental in revolutionizing their respective industries. These talented women have used their passion for coding and design to create apps that are both innovative and indispensable.

Aurelia Edwards, Founder of Nailstry

Aurelia Edwards has created the ultimate destination for beauty lovers through her app Nailstry. This exclusive marketplace is tailored to help those aspiring to perfect their press-on nails with unique designs from nail art designers across the country. It doesn't stop there; Aurelia also seeks out opportunities that give back and donates a portion of her sales towards programs like Black Girls Code.

Damilola Awofisayo, Founder of TecHacks

Damilola Awofisay is a young leader making waves in driving the tech industry forward. She is using her coding skills to create apps that address issues such as sign language learning and dyslexia support for students, actively cultivating a more inclusive future of digital innovation. Moreover, she's making STEM more accessible for young women through TecHacks, a nonprofit that brings women and nonbinary individuals together virtually in hackathons.

Dayo Akinrinade, Founder of Wisdom

Dayo Akinrinade is empowering people everywhere with Wisdom, an app that connects users to inspiring advice and a supportive community of like-minded individuals. Through the platform, users can learn from each other on topics ranging from business success to personal wellness in one inclusive setting. Through Wisdom, closed networks are replaced with limitless opportunities for knowledge sharing!

DeShuna Spencer, Founder of kweliTV

Deshuna Spencer translated her passion for storytelling and black culture into creating a platform that celebrated the intersection of the two. She launched kweliTV, a streaming app, features 550 titles from 450 global filmmakers. With almost 50,000 users, kweliTV has earned $800,000 in revenue, 60% of which goes directly back into the film community! This is innovation at its finest; disruption through creativity while still giving back to support others who share this same vision.

Janique Edwards, Co-Founder of EatOkra

Janique Edwards, along with her husband Anthony, are connecting foodies to Black-owned restaurants and culinary experiences through their app EatOkra. Seamlessly streamlining the discovery process, EatOkra is bridging audiences with over 11,000 black-owned eateries across the country.

Kaya Thomas, Founder of We Read Too

Kaya Thomas is a true inspiration! Combining her passions of reading, coding, and writing, she founded We Read Too, an app that enables young people to explore hundreds of books written by authors from diverse backgrounds and featuring characters who look like them. Through this innovative idea, Kaya is bringing equity and inclusion to the literary landscape for children across the globe.

Kimberly Seals Allers, Founder of Irth

Kimberly Seals Allers is an inspiring leader who was driven to make a difference. After her own negative hospital experience, she devoted herself to researching disparities in care for Black and Hispanic women during childbirth. This spurred the creation of Irth, an app designed specifically with these communities in mind so they can have equal access leading up to and beyond their child’s birth.

Simmone Taitt, Founder of Poppy Seed Health

Simmone Taitt is the visionary behind Poppy Seed Health, an incredible app that provides 24/7 on-demand access to midwives, doulas, and nurses for pregnant and postpartum individuals. Driven by her own pregnancy journey, Simmone recognized an opportunity in the tech startup scene to build a community for those embarking on one of life's most beautiful yet challenging journeys: parenthood. The culminating result? A warm digital refuge!

Tanya Van Court, Founder of Goalsetter

Tanya Van Court is the mastermind behind Goalsetter, a personal finance app that has empowered families to help their children realize their financial aspirations. Goalsetter is on an ambitious and compassionate mission. The goal they're setting? Striving for one million Black kids worldwide to open savings accounts!

These are just a few of the creators whose work is transforming industries, connecting communities, and promoting equity within our digital landscape. We hope that they serve as an inspiration to all aspiring entrepreneurs who have bright ideas and big dreams. Be sure to support these incredible Black app creators and the amazing work they’re doing!