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I’ve pinned children down for unpleasant procedures (snot suctioning, nail trimming) so many times I’m a pro. But when the doctor told me I needed to give my young toddler eyedrops, I thought that was the limit of my talents as a parent. Not so: there’s an easy way to do it.

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You probably keep medications out of reach of small children, and wouldn’t dream of leaving caustic cleansers where your kids could get to them. But cosmetics can also be dangerous, and a recent study found that children regularly suffer poisoning and chemical burns from cosmetics.

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There are those of us roaming this Earth with the knowledge that no matter how closely we sit to the citronella candle, no matter what clothing we wear or what time of day we wander outdoors for a bit during the summer, we will get bit by mosquitos through the layer of bug spray we swear we just applied.

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For months, I struggled with my grip while lifting; I’d find the barbell slipping from my hands during a deadlift, though I often felt like I could lift more. Much of that changed when I began using chalk, the saviour of gym tools.

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Once you've mastered hygge, the Danish concept of coziness, there are plenty more northern European ideas to explore. Swedish lagom can help you balance your life; Niksen is a Dutch relative of mindfulness. But these countries have some ideas that are even more life-changing, and perhaps they should get their turn as international trends.

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Monkey bars were hard enough when I was a kid. But this week I tried them again, older, wiser and with more muscle than I had back in the day. And you know what? They’re still really, really hard.

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I used to feel awkward and self conscious pointing a camera at myself at the gym. My thoughts went something like: I’m no selfie-obsessed Instagrammer. What are people thinking of me? But I’ve had a change of heart: I now whip out my pocket-sized tripod to video myself at least once every workout, and my lifts are better for it.

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You’ve got a good pair of shoes, a supportive sports bra (if needed), and some comfortable clothes. But when you head out on a run, there’s one more apparel-related issue you have to solve: where to put your phone.

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This month we’re going to get outside and exercise on the playground! Swings, slides and monkey bars all make great workout equipment, plus you’re usually surrounded by park benches, trees and other structures to use creatively. This is gonna be fun.

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The most efficient way to lift a weight is to pick it up, and then put it down. Sounds easy, right? But sometimes we struggle to move our bodies in the right way to accomplish that. If your coach keeps talking about how your “bar path” is going all over the place, there’s now an app to show you exactly what that means.

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The last few weeks before a marathon are a special kind of hell. For months, your top priority has been training consistently. Now, all of a sudden, your runs are getting shorter. Some of them drop off your calendar altogether. It’s new territory, both mentally and physically, and it’s totally normal to kind of freak out.

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Five people have recently told me they were going to "try keto" — the most recent after gushing about a mutual friend who has been doing keto, aka the popular ketogenic diet, and getting awesome-looking results. You've probably heard rumblings about keto, but what the heck is it? And is it too good to be true?