I don't even remember where I got my previous wallet. I'd had it so long, I don't know if it was a gift from family, or even an ex. It was an unappealing checkered print, ripping at the corners from too many years of use - and that mystery black smudge had been there for a long time.

It grossed me out, so I wanted to find a sleek new wallet in a neutral color that would go with everything and last me a long time - that's how I found Ekster.

This online retailer would deliver my efficient, sophisticated, and crisp-looking wallet right to my door. They're known for their high-tech features, like trackability and RFID protection, but they're also high-end and super slim - they fit in your pocket without being bulky.

Here are four reasons why Ekster is the best upgrade I've ever made.

High Quality Leather + High Tech Features

Their leather feels premium and comes in several shades, but more important are the features, which most other wallets don't have. What makes them particularly unique are two things: trackability and pop-up cards.

Adding the tracker to your wallet makes it unlosable - Chipolo's solar-charged, Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa-accessible Bluetooth technology means that if you ever misplace your wallet, you'll be able to find it with your phone. This gives me such peace of mind - I'll never lose my wallet again!

There's also the pop-up feature - with most of their wallets, there's a discreet button on the bottom that when pressed, will instantly "pop up" all of your cards. They stagger evenly at the top of your wallet, so you can get to them without even opening your wallet! I haven't fumbled for my cards once with this feature, and it eliminates awkward moments at the register (it's also super impressive when I pull it out while buying drinks at the bar!).

No Cash

Last year, I got a $5 bill in change from the 1990's. This got me thinking - if it's been in circulation that long, how many people have touched that dollar? What dirty places has it been? And it's obviously never been cleaned?! I'm not even going to go into the statistics on fecal matter on money…

People don't talk about this enough, but cash is disgusting. The Ekster wallet has a band that fits a few bills, just in case, but in general, I use less cash now and don't miss it at all. Everything's more seamless and much more sanitary with their card pop-up design. I also don't have a near-useless pile of pennies lying around either.

Less Is More

Ekster's slim design makes me feel like a modern minimalist. I only use my credit card and ID anyway, and I never realized how much junk was in my wallet. I've had a P.F. Chang's gift card for 6 years and I don't even like P.F. Chang's. Getting rid of ancient gift cards and outdated things (a coffee punch card from a neighborhood I don't visit anymore) really felt like a weight gone from my shoulders and my pockets. Spring cleaning!

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I appreciate that Ekster always has free shipping and free returns, as well as a 12 month warranty. In under a week after ordering, it arrived on my doormat In sleek matte packaging. I ordered the Vachetta Parliament in Torino Tan - the wallet looked even better in person!

This smart wallet is one of my favorite purchases in the past few years - it elevated my look as well as how I deal with money. And if I ever lose it, I'll be able to track it with my phone!

It's a luxury, but it's not priced as one - shipping is free, and the wallets start at $69. There's also a HUGE sale! So if your dirty, overused wallet is holding you back, Ekster's the way to go.

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More people have been suffering from sleep issues recently, and many are turning to mattresses to solve the problem.

There’s some fantastic innovation going on in the mattress world. From memory foam mattresses to smart mattresses to cooling mattresses, there’s no shortage of inventions out there.

The Pod Pro by Eight Sleep and the Casper Wave Hybrid Snow are the two main contenders in this space. Our editors decided to compare them to see which one we’d recommend.

Key Similarities:

  • Both mattresses have cooling capabilities
  • Both mattresses come in various sizes
  • Both mattresses support spinal alignment.

Key Differences:

  • The Pod Pro by Eight Sleep has Dual Zone technology that heats or cools either side of the mattress separately - The Casper Wave Hybrid Snow only cools the entire mattress at once
  • Eight Sleep has an app that controls the Pod Pro
  • Eight Sleep can track your sleep and your Respiratory Rate, Resting Heart Rate, and Heart Rate Variability.
  • Eight Sleep has GentleRise™ technology that acts as a smart alarm
  • The Pod Pro by Eight Sleep costs $3,095 for a Queen - the Queen-sized Casper Wave Hybrid Snow costs $3,195

The Pod Pro by Eight Sleep Overview

This smart cooling mattress is super impressive. It’s both a cooling and heating mattress. It has sensors that measure the room temperature, allowing the Pod Pro to automatically change the temperature to meet your ideal thermal environment.

It even has Dual-Zone cooling and heating technology, which means you can control the temperature on each separate side of the mattress from 55-100 degrees. No more fighting over the AC with your partner! You control everything with the Eight Sleep app on your smartphone. The app also tracks your sleep stats and factors of your physical wellness such as your Respiratory Rate, Resting Heart Rate, and Heart Rate Variability.

One editor was thrilled to see that they’d slept a whole 8 hours straight on the Pod Pro - this was definitely due to the temperature control. They normally toss and turn for hours during the night. Who knew finding the right temperature is all we needed to do?

Besides the temp control, the mattress is insanely cozy. It's a 12" premium foam mattress with 5 layers that help relieve pressure points and support spinal alignment. The incredibly soft 2" Airflow Top Layer provides airflow, elasticity, and instantaneous response to body impressions.

One feature unique to the Pod Pro is the GentleRise™ technology which naturally awakens your body by gradually cooling down the mattress with gentle vibrations at the chest level. No more setting 10 alarms on your phone or drinking 3 shots of espresso first thing in the AM!

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The Casper Wave Hybrid Snow mattress is also pretty impressive. It has supportive gel pods and Zoned Support™ Max that help relieve any discomfort in your back and shoulders.

Like the Pod Pro by Eight Sleep, the Casper Wave Hybrid Snow has cooling technology. Their AirScape™ 3+ cooling gel and Snow Technology generates airflow and draws heat away from your body for 12+ hours, so you don’t awake overheated and sweaty.

However, if you need heating capabilities, it doesn’t do that.

After feeling how soft this mattress is, our editors were excited to try it out. A combination of top foams and their signature knit cover creates the Signature Casper Feel™ that makes this mattress extra cozy.

Although this mattress is comfy and has cooling technology, it lacks many of Pod Pro’s exceptional features.

Final Verdict

We can’t deny that both of these mattresses are comfortable. But we’re recommending the Pod Pro by Eight Sleep - what a no-brainer.

The Pod Pro has tons of innovative features that the Casper mattress lacks, such as the Dual-Zone technology which allows you and your partner to both be comfortable. Then there’s the revolutionary GentleRise™ tech that wakes you up naturally. Thanks to this feature we actually wake up refreshed for once!

We love controlling everything with the Eight Sleep app and reviewing our health stats. Plus, you can even connect the mattress to your Alexa or Smart Coffee Machine!

At $3,095 for a Queen-sized mattress, the Pod Pro by Eight Sleep is the more affordable option. Whereas, the Casper Wave Hybrid Snow Queen mattress costs $3,195.

Another fun fact about the Pod Pro is that it won’t run up your bills. It actually works out cheaper than running the A/C or heater all night! It’s an investment that will pay off, literally.

So if you’ve been wanting to try a smart or cooling mattress, check out the best, the Pod Pro by Eight Sleep.

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Hairstory New Wash is an alternative to shampoo that also conditions your hair. New Wash cleans without harmful detergents found in other big-name shampoos, which strip the hair and scalp of their natural oils and leads to overproduction. That means you find your hair feeling greasier, limper, and you’re back in the shower sooner.

No matter what it is you love about your unique tresses, Hairstory’s cleanser can get your #hairgoals on track without piling on products or breaking your budget.

While you wait for your next order of Hairstory New Wash to arrive, check out all the weird hair facts we uncovered:

1. Shedding like crazy. No need to blame shedding on your furry pets; There are 100,000 - 150,000 strands of hair on the average human head and the average adult sheds about 50-150 strands of hair a day.

2. The history of dyed hair. In 1950, only 5% of women in the United States dyed their hair. Now, in 2021 that number has increased to 75%!

3. Hair is made up mostly of keratin. Keratin is an important protein in humans and the same substance that makes up animals’ horns, hooves, claws, feathers, and beaks.

4. The speed of stress and aging. It takes less than two weeks (13 days) for grey hair to appear from stress or signs of aging.

5. Red is Rare. Only 1% of our global population has natural red hair, with blonde coming in second place.

6. Chemotherapy color change. After chemotherapy, hair often grows as a different color than normal for the first few months.

7. Expensive locks. On average, women in the United States and Western Europe spend about $800 or more on hair products in a year.

The New Wash approach to cleansing brings balance back to your scalp and your wash routine with a biodegradable formula and tons of natural, hydrating ingredients. Users everywhere are raving over the healthier transformation they’ve seen since using Hairstory – with hair types ranging from straight and curly, to thick and thin.

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2022 is finally here, and chances are you rang it in with personal goals that you can't wait to achieve - meal prep on Sundays, daily meditation, and hitting the gym (again). But if you're a dog parent, you want to ensure that your pup kicks off the new year the right way!

While reviewing your furry friends' New Year's resolutions, you may notice that your goals aren't that different after all. So let's look at what we can do to help our puppy stay fit, happy and healthy.

Here are 5 tips to upgrade your pup's lifestyle in 2022:

1. Get outside and exercise!

2020 and 2021 had their own challenges. But fresh air and daily exercise are important to you and your pup. And not just for your physical health but also mental wellbeing!

In order to make leaving the house more fun, try changing up your routine with walks, runs, and day trips. Instead of walking the same old neighborhood roads day after day, explore new routes. For an extra fun adventure, let your furry friend's nose guide the way every now and again. You'll be surprised where you'll end up!

2. A healthy diet (we love Spot & Tango)

What we feed our pups has a serious impact on their overall health and well-being. For instance, pet obesity is a huge issue that can affect your little one's health. Take a closer look at what goes into their daily meals every day. If you need guidance on high-quality food and intelligent portions, check out Spot & Tango.

Spot & Tango creates fresh, nutritious and vet-developed dog food at an affordable price. Their UnKibble is made from 100% natural ingredients with zero fillers and additives. Plus, Spot & Tango's dog food delivers right to your doorstep.

They have personalized plans tailored to your pup's individual needs and a trial offer with a money-back guarantee so there’s nothing to lose in trying it out. Lets not forget their dedicated customer service team. Simply fill out their 3-minute quiz that focuses on your dog's age, weight, breed and activity level. And get started today with a healthier diet.

3. A new toy, obviously

You probably treated yourself to something nice for the new year. So, why not similarly spoil your pup with a new toy? A stimulating toy is a great way to help your pup stay entertained at home, especially if you’re returning to the office.

Our suggestion would be something you can fill with their favorite treats - it’ll keep them busy for hours. Our editors usually add in Spot & Tango's Yam Yums treats which are made from 100% upcycled USDA sweet potatoes and are incredibly yummy. A colorful chew toy is particularly helpful, especially if they like to destroy your furniture while you're away.

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4. Make time for play dates

Dogs love to hang out and play with their owners but cavorting with other dogs can be double the fun. Just like we enjoy socializing, pups need their own circle of buds, too! The first step is to locate a dog park in your neighborhood.

These parks are not only great for your companion to mingle with others, but for you as well! You can exchange tips and tricks with other doggy parents while also getting in some exercise. But always be mindful of park rules and be cautious when introducing your pup to other canines.

5. Don't miss your pup's annual checkup

Sure, we get it. Annual checkups are annoying. But a visit to your vet once or twice a year is a trip you don't want to skip. Same goes for your annual doctor's appointments, of course.

You want to make sure your pup's health is in-check and that their necessary shots are up-to-date. Consistent visits are essential to catching any unusual condition early. Go prepared to answer critical questions about your dog's medical history, eating habits, and potty schedule.

Whether you're determined to set a New Year's resolution for your dog, yourself, or both - work toward these goals over the course of the year for a more balanced and fulfilling life.

Once you replace dog food that contains unsafe artificial preservatives with Spot & Tango's UnKibble, you’ll notice a joyful change. It’s a change for the good you will not regret.

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If you love having a drink to relax after a stressful day at work and enjoy having friends over for some booze, laughs, and a good time, this is for you!

It's a New Year and you may have a list of goals you can't wait to reach in 2022. But we all know that most people let go of them rather soon. And it’s no wonder, considering that their list of resolutions includes the same old things like losing weight or going to the gym…

That's why our editors focused on finding something new that's easy to implement. Since we truly enjoy exploring food and alcohol trends, our goal was to find a unique liquor that's better for you than wine and upgrades your lifestyle at the same time.

Because, let's be honest: Aren't you tired of feeling fuzzy and sleepy - not to mention those nasty headaches - the following day? Wouldn't you rather drink something that elevates your mood, something that's easier to digest than wine, but still smooth to drink? If your answer is yes, you’ve got to try 21Seeds Tequila.

21Seeds is a female-founded brand that’s redefining the way people think about tequila. Their three real-fruit infusions are all natural, gluten-free, keto-friendly and just 59 calories per serving. 21Seeds successfully created a tequila as approachable as a glass of wine. No kidding!

We’re genuinely amazed by how delicious and fresh their tequila tastes. Sip straight or just add seltzer, top it off with a garnish, and voila . . . the perfect drink for a memorable girl's night in.

Here are 4 reasons why you should switch out wine with 21Seeds Infused Tequila in 2022:

1. Lower Calories And Easier To Digest

If you're looking to cut calories - but still crave a delicious, refreshing cocktail - 21Seeds tequila is your go-to. 21Seeds is 59 calories per serving, that’s almost half the calories compared to a 125 calorie glass of wine! Looking for a simple cocktail that’s clean and delicious? Mix up a margarita at only 120 calories with fresh lime juice or a Paloma at 100 calories. 21Seeds real fruit infusions do the heavy-lifting so no sugary syrups or caloric juices needed.

2. All Natural, Real-Fruit Infused & Gluten-Free

We had no idea that guilt-free booze existed until we came across 21Seeds! Their tequila is made with all-natural ingredients, infused with fresh fruits, and free of gluten. It’s unbelievably smooth to drink, so you can skip those high-calorie add-ons.

Tequila all by itself has health benefits: agave tequilana - found in the tequila plant - improves the absorption of calcium and magnesium, which are minerals that boost bone health.

3. More Fun To Drink

You know that feeling - you’re sitting on your living room sofa with your friends, sipping wine, and you can barely keep your eyes open. 21Seeds Tequila, on the other hand, is different. Tequila boosts your mood and facilitates good vibes! You can craft their fabulous signature cocktails like Spicy Skinnyseed Margarita or Skinnyseed Paloma and switch up your drinking routine.

4. A Great Variety

Whether you feel like grabbing a quick drink on a school night or serving fancy cocktails to weekend guests, 21Seeds offers options for every taste. Their tequila comes in 3 delicious flavors: Valencia Orange, Cucumber Jalapeño, and Grapefruit Hibiscus.

21Seeds Tequila is our must-have drink for 2022 because it's better for you than wine or any other hard liquor out there! The female trio behind the brand nailed it with a recipe that's easy to drink and digest.

Discover which 21Seeds’ tequila infusion is your favorite - either online at Drizly or ReserveBar or at one of their many national retailers. Find them in the tequila aisle at Whole Foods, Safeway, Walmart, Target, Costco, Sam’s Club or at your local liquor store.