Growing up, parents, teachers, caretakers–just about any authority–probably urged us constantly to eat our vegetables and fruit. Even today, we may still skirt some of Mother Nature’s sustenance, despite knowing better.
The National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month is a movement established in 2019 by The Produce for Better Health Foundation. Have A Plant is their latest brand identity that champions bold, new initiatives, particularly to us Millennials and Gen Z’ers, to create consumer demand for fruits and vegetables. The foundation believes in tapping into our emotional connection to the fruit- and vegetable-eating experience by inspiring long-term, sustainable behavior changes and thus creating demand. Their goals are brought about by educating consumers through various communication tools and digital platforms, inspiring them with compelling reasons to believe in the powerful role fruits and vegetables can play to fuel happy, healthy and active lifestyles.
Their socials and website are full of tips, recipes, articles, photos, and more from industry ambassadors and experts to help followers get the most out of their produce! I need to try some of the storage and prep hacks to keep my fruits and veggies longer!
Let’s Have a Plant and make our parents, teachers, caretakers proud that we’re eating healthy!
Here are some additional recommendations for celebrating National Fruits and Vegetables month or how/why to implement more into your life:
Ohio gave birth to Wibur and Orville Wright, the men who gave birth to modern aviation. Over a century later, they’re honored in the National Museum of the United States Air Force among three hundred and fifty other aircraft, missiles, and other artifacts related to flight’s history and development. With free admission and parking every day of the week, this is a great place to spend one or two days while in Dayton, Ohio!
Situated on the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the museum is home to over eleven galleries that highlight aviation’s contributions to wartime conflicts and scientific developments in the field. Several craft are furbished to allow visitors to walk through the hulls and peek into the cockpits. Some even have models or simulations of the aircraft driver’s seat. My personal favorite was the Presidential gallery, a display of the aircraft that carried America’s leaders. Even some momentos like dishes, itineraries, and menus are shown.
A Centennial exhibit honoring the museum itself is planned to open May 20th.
Other attractions and amenities at the museum include: free guided tours; virtual and audio tours; touchscreen games and information panels; some hands-on STEM integration activities; handicap access and motor carts; an Aviation Hall of Fame; a gift shop; and concessions. Out on the grounds are the Air Park, with a playground and exhibits of Boeing aircraft, a control tower, and Nissan Hut from WWII; and the Memorial Park with statues and plaques for those who gave their lives in the Air Force. For a fee, visitors can get tickets to experience one of their 3-D or VR simulator rides or the museum’s own movie theater with specialty films.
This museum is very much “Toast Pop approved”! I can’t think of any other feature destination this budget-friendly and steeped in heritage! Just wear good walking shoes and don’t forget to look up as many displays are structured overhead!
I’m not a huge car person, but thankfully the men in my life are! Growing up, my dad worked for a couple automotive production plants and also owned a 1974 C4. My husband is a commercial truck driver but he knows his way around civilian vehicles quite well himself, having tinkered with mine since we’ve known each other.
My husband’s work has taken him through Bowling Green, Kentucky countless times but two years ago, we were finally passing through for pleasure after Thanksgiving and had time to stop at the National Corvette Museum–someplace he’s been wanting to go, and one I genuinely enjoyed myself given to some extent by my dad’s associations with the classic vehicle.
The museum is on the aptly named Corvette Drive and can be seen from Interstate 65. It’s also a quarter mile from the Bowling Green Assembly Plant, where Corvettes have been produced since 1981. Plant tours are a possibility, though separate from the museum admission and experience, of course. The 115,000-square foot facility showcases over eighty models throughout its seventy-year production, along with other displays of the company’s history and memorabilia. They’ve even dedicated an exhibit to the collapse of its Skydome floor in 2014–a sinkhole developed under the floor of that section in the building, and swallowed eight rare and one-of-a-kind Corvettes among other debris. The area with extra precautions, and displays have been integrated to illustrate the sinkhole location, a simulation of the disaster, some of the geography behind it, and the recovered or damaged vehicles after the fact.
A current, limited-engagement feature is a gallery for the Legendary Creations of Carl Casper, the man behind “The Batman Returns” Batmobile, Turbo Shark Corvette/ Cosmic Invader, Young American Dragster/ 51 Merc “Knight Cruiser” and more exotic custom creations. Also, an education gallery opening April 28th will offer hands-on STREAM activities for younger visitors to enjoy.
Amid cruising the showcases, hungry visitors can dine at the museum’s Stingray Grill that serves diner-style burgers, salads, desserts, and drinks. The museum’s Corvette Store offers Corvette accessories and car care products in addition to typical souvenirs. Right in the lobby is a Corvette driving simulator in which participants drive a C6 on a virtual racetrack. The real driving experience is offered seasonally at the NCM Motorsports Park across the highway.
Even if you’re not a car geek, time here at the National Corvette Museum can be time well-spent with any vehicle enthusiasts in your life! This attraction gets “ToastPop Approval”!
General tips for falling asleep often entail a combination of drinking or not drinking certain beverages, avoiding naps or not napping for too long, taking medicines or supplements, exercising and/or relaxing, breathing or laying a certain way, maintaining a regular routine or doing things at a certain time, limiting electronics, light, diet, room temperature before bed or in the bedroom…All the do’s and don’ts are exhausting enough, especially if the efforts outweigh the intended benefits. However, one recommendation you won’t find on many lists is ASMR media (or just ASMR for short), a recent, but effective phenomenon in the world of sleep-inducing tricks and habits.
If you’re familiar with white noise, ASMR can be more intense and more sensory-oriented. ASMR is an acronym for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, which are pleasant tingling, static, or goosebump-like sensations triggered by particular sights or sounds. Some compare the tactile feelings to a brain massage, or even a brain or ear orgasm and the emotional responses tend to be euphoric and sedate.
ASMR media is either audio or audio-visual productions that cater to triggering/inducing ASMR sensations.YouTube, Twitch, and Spotify are big outlets for it. What makes it unique are the sights, sounds, and even equipment used to produce the sensory responses. ASMR content creators will use either two microphones or binaural microphones and techniques to simulate a three-dimensional environment. The triggers they perform can be sounds or actions like:
keyboard/typing or button-pushing sounds
finger, nail, or surface tapping, touching, tracing, or scratching
manipulating soft-noise items like paper, fabric, bubble wrap, containers of liquid, rice, sand, etc.
personal attention (i.e. grooming/self-care, putting on makeup, performing a check-up or exam, speaking compliments, conversations, or positive affirmations)
soft or repetitive voices, whispering, or mouth sounds
a combination of triggers in a roleplay/cosplay
ASMR also has a “word-of-mouth” quality to it. The phenomenon took off around ten years ago, so science is still trying to dissect it and explore its effects. But what’s been gleaned from early research and anecdotal reports is generally positive:
ASMR is an interesting combination of both arousal and relaxation. The physical sensation is typically accompanied by feelings of happiness, calm, or sleepiness.Some people also report pleasant feelings of relaxation, calm, sleepiness, or well-being.
Its best-known application is as a treatment for insomnia. In one small survey, 82% of respondents in a survey reported that they used ASMR to induce sleep.
ASMR may ease people to sleep by reducing stress, improving mood, or distracting them from intrusive thoughts.
It can help the brain release endorphins and neurohormones, promoting relaxation and theta brainwaves and leading to deep, healthy sleep.
ASMR appears to activate regions of the brain associated with calming, sleep-inducing hormones like dopamine and oxytocin.
People who enjoy ASMR often report reduced anxiety, fewer headaches, lower blood pressure, and more. It even seems to promote chronic pain relief.
Even Google has taken notice. In 2016, searches on their browser for ASMR tended to peak around 10:30 p.m., regardless of time zone, when people are winding down for the evening. “ASMR sleep” was also one of the top related terms.
If you want to give ASMR a try, here are my favorite ASMRtists:
I recommend using headphones or earbuds to best experience the effects of ASMR. Make sure both ear parts are working. You might even consider investing in headphones for sleeping. Make sure they’re charged before extended use; some may “talk” to you when the battery is low.
Once you’ve started ASMR on your preferred device, limit any further light exposure by either turning off the screen or setting the device facedown. If you don’t want it running all night, you might set a sleep timer.
The only downside to streaming ASMR directly online is that the ads may wake you up if you don’t have an ad-free subscription to the service or auto-play is left on.
ToastPop was initiated twelve years ago. James and I were young college students blogging about things that interested us, as well as other college students and young adults. A lot has changed for me, James, and the world in that time, but not our passion for writing and young adult interests. We’re young at heart. If anything, I’d say we’ve become better writers and content creators while we’ve grown up, put college behind us, and established ourselves in jobs/careers/adult life.
For instance, I got married in 2022! I’m far from the accredited Huffington Post journalist or blogging influencer I imagined I was starting this gig way back when. Even now, ToastPop has had over two-thousand views on its better days, but I hope somewhere in the mix are some current or future brides/married partners-to-be looking for advice on planning a wedding with minimal stress.
Marriage Matters Most
The key thing to remember is that the marriage itself is what matters most. Wedding planning is planning out the day dedicated to celebrating love and unity between two people who have decided to commit the rest of their lives to one another. It may entail either a ceremony, reception, or both. However, the legal/religious act of marriage can happen just as easily at the courthouse as it can in a church or some other venue and with or without excess pomp and circumstance. It’s all up to what you and your future spouse wants. I’ll allude to that idea a lot, by the way.
Yes, it’s one of the biggest milestones and decisions of your life, one you and your spouse will remember for a long time. It’s just one day though, organized as the two of you wish. Not every day will be as blissful as that one day, but a healthy relationship between you and your spouse will go a long way when the days are mundane or rough.
A few words about the proposal
Just in case you’re not at that point yet or you think it’s coming soon…I’d say that the proposal act in itself has its own specialness and memorability, no matter where, when, and how it’s done. My husband proposed to me in my tiny apartment kitchen/dining room and I still remember the butterflies I got when he went down on one knee.
The asking part should be so much easier if you and your partner are all-in committed to spending your lives together in that way. You still may be nervous just doing it or experiencing it, so don’t make it any more work than necessary. You can get a “secret” photographer, go to a special place, and have a special evening if you and your partner want, but don’t overstress too many of the details or some of the magic might get lost.
Planning the big day
If you are wondering when the best day and time will be to have your wedding, discussions will be a dime a dozen and I’m sure there are arguments for almost every month of the year. So I think the date is best determined by the wishes and needs of you and your spouse-to-be. Some mutual agreement or compromise will need to be found early when deciding when the big day will be, among other things.
The same mentalities should be used if you’re considering special parts within the ceremony, like special music, lighting candles, pouring sand jars, reciting customized vows or speeches, throwing rice, releasing doves, etc. They may be trendy and appealing to you but your partner may feel differently, if not uncomfortable with particular add-ins. They may also entail more time, energy, and resources into the big day, and your ceremony guests have to sit through them as well. I don’t intend to discourage what you and/or your spouse want but those are just things to keep in mind. Remember the focus is on celebration more than performance. Also, the simpler the ceremony, the less stress, and pressure there will be.
The next important consideration is any logistics behind your intended event, like travel, booking desired venues, catering, entertainment, etc. Taking practical steps early to secure the services or venues early is very beneficial. You may need to save some money to afford them. Some may require bookings several months or a year in advance for the best service. With an early connection, the business can plan for/around your big day, or if they can’t, you have ample time to nail down a backup plan.
The early start definitely served me well. I connected with a caterer I liked in either late 2020 or the early months of 2021—over a year and some months before my wedding. They couldn’t commit to me right away, so I stayed in touch with them until something could be determined for sure. By June or July, I was told there was a scheduling conflict on my intended date, and the other booking had precedence. Since I found out when I did, I had plenty of time to make arrangements with another service.
A couple other takeaways from this anecdote would be to have multiple options on hand if you can in case your first one doesn’t work out. Be open, flexible, and reasonable as you establish your event needs. So hopefully no huge sweat if one commitment falls through or you and/or your partner are indecisive. The other choices could be a plan B.
Having a wedding planner/calendar was a big help too, as it outlined the ideal time frames for completing wedding-planning-oriented tasks. I checked boxes and kept notes as things developed. I had a big one with a couple folder pockets, so I was able to keep close anything else that helped me make decisions and remember particular details. I held onto the emails I exchanged with businesses, I wrote down any questions I had and answers I got, I kept printouts of rental policies and procedures, maybe a few menus and receipts too. It went with me almost everywhere so I could stay on top of things when I had a free moment.
My family and community support was the biggest help of all though. I always imagined my family and friends being involved in my wedding and I suppose I’m very blessed that it was easily a reality. My mother was practically my second-in-command for the ordeal. She was very helpful, yet not overbearing. She gave me the wedding planner and suggested a photographer and someone to hem my dress. She planned my bridal shower, and the creative Alice in Wonderland theme was the brainchild of hers and the cousin who decorated for me (see following pics). My officiant was also my church pastor and premarital counselor. The youth pastor was my AV person. I knew both pastors’ kids through the children’s programs and they were really excited to be a part of things too! Their mothers helped get them ready as well. Another cousin played piano during the ceremony and a family friend played for the reception. Even my sister’s boyfriend got wrangled in, picking up the reception desserts because the bakery I ordered from didn’t deliver.
I hope other brides/married partners-to-be have a reliable network of people that are able to assist and have their backs. Wedding planning is one more thing to do on top of earning paychecks, paying bills, and whatever else fills life. So any task delegation or advice can take one less thing off the busy plate.
Watch for wedding expos or bridal shows in your area to get ideas and connect with various wedding-related businesses in the area.
Services like Zola and The Knot provide a lot of necessities for wedding planning. You can use them to manage a wedding website, guest lists, RSVPs, registries, create invitations, find vendors, get gifts, favors, or accessories for your party, and more! They’re even available as apps so you can plan from your phone or tablet.
Ideas if you’re budget-conscious: when you start talking about wedding planning, there is a chance someone you know may have unused or gently-used flowers, decor, or other items to share. You might even luck out at a yard sale or on Mercari.
Try being your own DJ. Most music services allow you to make your own setlist or offer ones curated specially for weddings. (Making your own can be fun if you and/or your partner love music. I have the “ultimate” wedding playlist on Spotify, BTW.) All you’ll need is a speaker or sound system compatible with the primary device.
Check with the courthouse or appropriate municipal offices to see if or how any of these apply: City-owned venues, like community centers, may offer discounts to city residents. Some places may return your deposit if their rules are followed and their facility is cleaned to their standards after the event. When applying for a marriage license, proof of pre-marital counseling may grant a slight discount, and the fees may vary between states and counties, or even for residents and non-residents.
Consider showing your ceremony online. Wedding/event planning embraced online showings in the COVID/post-COVID world, but the option can also help distant guests feel included if they cannot attend in-person for different reasons.
For students looking to accelerate their college education, taking college classes year round is a great option. By taking classes during the summer, winter, and spring semesters, students can earn credits more quickly, potentially graduating earlier than those who take classes only during the traditional two semesters a year.
One of the advantages of taking college classes year round is that it gives students the ability to create an individualized schedule that works best for them. Students can tailor their academic program to their own needs, such as taking classes that are more difficult during the summer when they have more time to devote to them. It also allows students to take advantage of more diverse course offerings, such as international programs and classes that are not available during the traditional semesters.
Another benefit of taking college classes year round is that it can help students stay on track and graduate on time. By taking classes year round, students can make up for any credits lost during a semester or make up for classes they weren’t able to take. It also helps students avoid having to take extra classes during the traditional semesters, which can be more expensive and less efficient.
Finally, taking college classes year round can provide students with a more flexible lifestyle. Since classes are spread out over the year, it allows students to take advantage of internships and job opportunities without having to worry about conflicting class schedules. It also gives them more time to devote to extracurricular activities and other interests.
Taking college classes year round offers numerous benefits to students looking to accelerate their education. From creating personalized schedules to taking advantage of diverse course offerings, students can reap the rewards of taking classes year round.
As summer approaches, people everywhere are looking for the perfect vacation spot to spend the summer of 2023. Whether you’re looking for a beach getaway, a city adventure, or a cultural experience, there are countless amazing destinations out there to explore. To help you find the perfect summer vacation spot for 2023, here are some of the best places to visit this summer.
For those looking to soak up the sun, the South of France is a great option. With its beautiful beaches, stunning countryside, and world-renowned cuisine, the South of France offers something for everyone. From the glamorous resorts of the Côte d’Azur to the charming villages of Provence, the South of France is the perfect place to relax, unwind, and enjoy the summer.
If you’re looking for an unforgettable city experience, you should consider visiting the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro. From its stunning beaches to its lively nightlife, Rio de Janeiro is a city unlike any other. It’s a great place to explore the culture and history of Brazil, as well as have fun in the sun.
For a truly unique experience, consider a trip to Iceland. This unique island nation is known for its stunning landscape, incredible natural phenomena, and fascinating culture. Whether you’re exploring the capital city of Reykjavik or taking a drive along the breathtaking Golden Circle, Iceland is a great place to experience the best of summer.
Finally, if you’re looking for a truly unforgettable experience, consider a visit to the Galapagos Islands. This archipelago off the coast of Ecuador is known for its incredible wildlife, stunning landscapes, and fascinating history. From snorkeling with sea lions to hiking through the lush jungles, the Galapagos Islands are a great place to explore the wonders of nature.
No matter where you choose to visit this summer, one thing is for sure: you’re sure to have an unforgettable experience. Whether you’re looking for a beach getaway, a city adventure, or a unique cultural experience, there are countless amazing destinations waiting to be explored. So, get planning your summer vacation for 2023 and make sure you don’t miss out on any of these incredible destinations!
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Do you know 76% of total US hospitals employ telemedicine to connect doctors with patients to provide quick and efficient treatment? 
United Medical Group aims to provide a quick and efficient response to every patient. Our group of physicians, specialists and consultants are always available. Instead of waiting for hours in the waiting area of a hospital or clinic, it is better to rely on an experienced and easily-available doctor. You can present your signs and symptoms and describe your condition to them over a call and they will brief you about the diagnosis right away!
Efficient use of Electronic Health Records (EHR)
Thanks to medical technology for bringing innovative approaches that make consultation easier for patients as well as doctors. With the help of accurately registered Electronic Health Records (EHR), you don’t need to repeat your medical history to the doctor in each session. The doctors of United Medical Group have access to your medical history which makes it safer and more efficient to help you out!
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In exceptional conditions, such as our current COVID-19 pandemic wave, prevents individuals from visiting hospitals, clinics and healthcare centers. Did you know 25% of the US adults ages above 50 preferred telemedicine over traditional visits to the hospitals in the pandemic? 
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