How moms are coping right now, from online therapy to forest bathing

Laveta Brigham

Staying at home is a small sacrifice during the coronavirus pandemic, but it’s not without its challenges. How does one ward off loneliness in the absence of community? What can we do to keep anxiety at bay during such an emotionally fraught time? How do we fill the hours stretching out before us, and use this time to make connections, pursue long-neglected hobbies and discover new ones, and inject a little positivity and calm into our everyday lives?

Introducing The Unwind, a new, recurring feature in which Yahoo staffers share the ways we’re finding moments of peace, levity and inspiration during these trying times. From adopting soothing strategies that boost our mental health, to losing ourselves in virtual social calls, newfound passions and other joyous diversions, these are the things getting us through the quarantine. The days may feel uncertain, but beauty and bright spots abound.

As we reach

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‘He better pick a Black woman’: Biden faces Whitmer backlash

Laveta Brigham

Anticipation has been growing for weeks that Joe Biden will make history by choosing the first Black woman as a running mate on a major party’s presidential ticket.

But after news broke over the weekend that Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a white woman, had flown to meet with Biden to discuss the vice presidency, frustration and disappointment boiled over among Black female Democrats — including some in her own state.

“He better pick a black woman. If he picks Gretchen, he’ll lose Michigan,” said Virgie Rollins, chair of the Democratic National Committee Black Caucus, who hosted Biden at her home before his Michigan primary win this spring.

“There are a lot of Black people mad at her [Whitmer] in this state,” Rollins told POLITICO, citing her record on Flint’s lead water crisis and education policy, particularly in Detroit.

As Biden prepares to announce his choice this week, Black women activists

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What to Know Before Using Your Pickup to Tow

Laveta Brigham

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Truck advertisements boast about how much a pickup can tow, with demonstrations of stunning feats such as hauling a space shuttle down a city street. But the reality is, the typical pickup at the dealership has much more humble abilities.

For drivers looking to tow, there are two main things to know: how much weight they’ll tow and which truck can adequately do that job. It may sound simple, but there’s a lot to learn about engines, transmissions, and equipment packages to ensure that they have the right truck for their needs. Understanding all those numbers and what they mean isn’t always easy.

Take Ford, for example. The 2020 F-150 pickup can tow from 5,000 pounds to 13,200 pounds, depending on how the truck is configured. The F-150 most commonly found on dealer lots—an XLT crew cab 4WD with

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Here’s how your small business can be the next ‘Big Find’ brand on QVC

Laveta Brigham

QVC and HSN — two of the biggest shopping destinations —  have helped entrepreneurs achieve their dreams for over 30 years. Now, they’re on a mission to help a new crop of hopefuls have a chance to shine through their new The Big Find initiative. Now through Wednesday, August 19, you can apply here by submitting an application with a video.

Small businesses, like the ones chosen for The Big Find, are the backbone of America. They make our world a better place. Through the initiative, the mega retailers have given these brands — ranging from beauty, apparel and footwear to accessories, jewelry and homeware  — a chance to share their stories and offerings with customers across their digital and broadcast platforms. Even more: QVC and HSN, known for fostering a culture of entrepreneurship, will continue to nurture these companies and support them in their growth. 

If you’re in the

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Here are 10 Pairs to Pick Up Online

Laveta Brigham

The right pair of workout shorts won’t just improve your performance at the gym – they could actually motivate you to break a sweat (even if the gym is now your backyard). Plus, it never hurts to look good while you workout, and of course comfort is always key when you’re on the run or move.

Workout shorts are one of the fastest-evolving pieces of clothing in terms of technology, so the list of the best shorts for working out is constantly changing. However, keeping up with gym gear evolution is essential for staying at the top of your game – whether that’s heavy lifting, HIIT training, crossfit or cardio. The best pairs of workout shorts will wick sweat, prevent chafing and allow you to push yourself to the max. Some workout shorts also boast convenient features such as pockets for your smartphone, keys and other essentials.

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Bloomberg Demands Woman Suing for Harassment Give Up Anonymity

Laveta Brigham

Bloomberg LP thinks people should know the name of the person who is accusing it of fostering a “toxic” workplace for women along with instances of harassment.

The media and finance terminal company demanded in New York court last week that the woman who sued it in early June — a former saleswoman who alleges during her 18 months with Bloomberg she experienced a “gender-biased” culture that is demeaning and prohibitive to women, was urged to “dress provocatively” and that female coworkers were ranked by “hotness,” among other things — reveal her full identity in order for the case to go forward.

“Plaintiff’s claims of employment discrimination, retaliation and sexual harassment — the latter of which is premised on one alleged comment about plaintiff that was reportedly relayed to her secondhand — do not constitute the type of highly personal and intimate matters that courts have found to be worthy

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Here’s what you need to know about unemployment benefits eligibility

Laveta Brigham

Some of the requirements for unemployment insurance have changed and the more than 30 million Americans receiving benefits will have to check more boxes to stay eligible.

When applying for unemployment benefits you have to file a claim with your state’s unemployment insurance program as soon as possible after losing your job or getting hours cut.

Many Americans who are ineligible for unemployment insurance (UI) may qualify for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) that covers self-employed individuals, contractors, and others and is available until the end of January 2021.

Employment insurance claims in Canada during the Coronavirus pandemic
Employment insurance claims in Canada during the Coronavirus pandemic

What are the requirements for UI?

The first requirement is that you should have lost your job through no fault of your own and you lost your job because of a lack of available work.

The second requirement is to meet the criteria for wages earned or time worked. In most states,

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YouTuber Jackie Aina launched a self-care company, so just take all my money now

Laveta Brigham

For a YouTuber, attaining a level of privacy and mystique probably is as hard as finding a needle in a haystack. After all, fans don’t just want the highly-curated, glossy and glam videos anymore. They want to know every move their favorite celeb makes. And, yes, YouTubers are celebrities.

Of course, that can make holding a secret, like a brand new product launch, a bit of a challenge. But Jackie Aina has proven where there’s a will, there’s a way.

Aina, a beauty content creator with over 3.5 million subscribers on YouTube alone and one of the first Black women to cross the million mark on the platform, just launched her own company. And it’s not beauty-related. Well, sort of.

Credit: Jackie Aina
Credit: Jackie Aina

Over the past few months, Aina had been sharing snippets to an Instagram account titled Forvr Mood, which is the name of her new company. Although none

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It’s my job to help tackle online hate and structural racism

Laveta Brigham

Prince Harry talks social media hate and structural racism
Prince Harry talks social media hate and structural racism

The Duke of Sussex has said it will take “every single person on the planet” to tackle racism, as the author of a controversial new biography claimed the monarchy missed a unique opportunity to have “diversity, inclusivity and representation” at its heart.

Prince Harry said that expecting charities to solve racism was “like throwing a bucket of water on a forest fire,” suggesting that it was now so ingrained in society that structural change was the only answer.

His intervention came as Omid Scobie, co-author of Finding Freedom, published on Tuesday, that racism “really did play a role” in the couple’s decision to quit royal life, stating that the “level of ignorance” within palace walls “made it very difficult for Meghan.”

He said: “History will remember them as a couple that were perhaps failed by the institution of the monarchy.”

The

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Buckle Up 7% on Solid July Sales, Online Business Bodes Well

Laveta Brigham

Shares of The Buckle, Inc. BKE have increased 7.4% since the company released robust sales numbers for July on Aug 6. Moreover, the company’s online business, which has been open throughout amid the COVID-19 crisis, is performing outstandingly. Coming to sales data, total net sales for the four-week fiscal month ended Aug 1, 2020 grew 3.8% to $70 million from net sales of $67.5 million recorded in the four-week fiscal month ended Aug 3, 2019. This marks the second-straight sales increase on a monthly basis.

We note that the company had seen an increase of 26.8% for June, following a sales decline of 16.8%, 80.8% and 50.2%, respectively, in the preceding three months. Further, net sales for the 13-week fiscal quarter ended Aug 1, 2020 rose 6% to $216 million compared to net sales of $203.8 million recorded in the year-earlier 13-week fiscal quarter. Moreover, online sales for the same

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