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16 sayings only people from the Midwest will understand

The American Midwest is known for its cornfields, cheese, and friendly folks. But if you're visiting the Midwest, you may hear some phrases you're unfamiliar with. Here are 16 quintessential Midwestern sayings, from someone who grew up in the Midwest. What is known as a "water fountain" or "drinking fountain" most everywhere else in the US, in some parts of the Midwest, it's known as a "bubbler."

The differences between 10 different types of milk — and how to know which you should be drinking

With so many choices out there, the type of milk you choose really comes down to what health benefits you are looking for, what limitations you have, and your personal preference. INSIDER spoke with several dietitians about the potential benefits and drawbacks of 10 different types of milk. Cow's milk is a high source of important proteins, vitamins, and minerals, Lauren Smith, MS, RD, LDN, of Dietitians of Palm Valley told INSIDER.

10 of the most beautiful lattes from around the US

Good coffee is great, but even better when complemented with beautifully intricate designs, bright colors, and glitter. In recent years, it's clear latte art has become a more appreciated art and is now basically competitive sport. To give you a sense of the seriousness of latte art, INSIDER found the most stunning lattes you can find around the country.

9 signs you may need to lay off the spicy food

In 2017, 90% of US consumers said they enjoy eating hot and spicy food in a Kalsec survey. Despite the growing popularity, spicy foods do have a downside — they can cause health problems, especially if you have too much. INSIDER spoke to several doctors to find out how spicy food can affect your health and what signs you should watch out for if you're overdoing it.

9 major differences between French and American beauty

When it comes to the French approach to beauty, skin care is a priority.wavebreakmedia/ShutterstockThe French approach to beauty often involves optimizing a person's natural features in an effortless manner. The way the French seem to work the natural, understated look makes you wonder what Americans can learn from their, usually quite simple, beauty routines.
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12 easy baking hacks that professionals swear by

Fall is officially here and that means it's time for pies, cobblers, and bread. But if the mere thought of any kind of baking puts you into a panic, check out these 12 baking hacks INSIDER discovered by talking to professional bakers. These hacks will be sure to put your mind at ease and save you the extra work of making many common mistakes.

12 easy supermarket shopping tips that will save you money

Going to the grocery store is a weekly habit for most; and for many of us, it's a chore that we dread. Waiting in long lines, bumping into fellow shoppers, and figuring out what you need to buy for the week while trying not to overspend are just a few of the annoyances you have to go through when grocery shopping.

12 teddy bears that are worth a fortune

As of the 1970s, teddy bears have become collector's items around the world. And some teddies have sold for tens of thousands of dollars if not more. The question is why are people willing to pay such prices for a toy? The answer lies in a few commonalities. Top-selling teddy bears have the following attributes in common: low production, they commemorate a special occasion, and in one case, is the sole surviving example, according to Jacquie Denny, co-founder of EVERYTHING BUT THE HOUSE (EBTH).

What teddy bears looked like the year you were born

In 1902, shopkeeper Morris Michtom and his wife Rose created a stuffed fabric bear in honor of President Theodore Roosevelt, naming it "Teddy's bear." Meanwhile, a German company named Steiff was also beginning to produce soft toy animals around the same time, which included a stuffed bear of its own.

7 breakfast foods you thought were bad for you, but actually aren’t

The diet craze has turned many people off of foods they used to love. From bread to dairy to anything containing fat — the list goes on and on. And when it comes to breakfast choices, eliminating dairy, bread, and fat can really limit the options. But what if we're casting aside foods that aren't actually that bad for us and missing out on the things we really enjoy?

6 reasons you should pack your own lunch instead of buying a 'healthy' lunch

What's listed as "healthy" may be, in fact, very unhealthy based on the ingredients, portion size, and the way it was prepared. INSIDER talked to dietitians and nutritionists about why you may want to skip purchasing a "healthy" meal on the go and opt to pack your own lunch. When you buy food out, you don't know exactly what ingredients went into your food.

7 ingredients in your skin-care products that are making them so expensive

In this day and age, people will go to great lengths to do what it takes for beautiful, young-looking skin, which usually means shelling out a lot of cash. And even in our own personal skin-care routines, many of us are willing to spend a little extra for better results. But are you aware of how much certain ingredients in your skincare products may be costing you?



I've previously written for: Pursuit, The LA Culture Trip, Wisconsin Public Radio, Madison Commons, and Channel 3000.

Currently, I write for INSIDER and am always looking for new outlets to freelance for covering topics such as: lifestyle, beauty, health, technology, science, art, music, food, and environmental issues.

I also have done some copywriting at a few organizations I've worked for in the past including the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center and Radio Disney.

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