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Stop Losing Your Keys (Your Wallet, Your Phone, Your Everything!)

Have you entered those fun years of misplacing your keys, the remote control, your purse, even your cell phone (bonus points for doing so while talking on it)? Welcome to the club. Nervously joking about having Half-heimers doesn’t make the situation any less frustrating as you frantically do laps around your house, begging for a solution to stop losing your keys to the car every five minutes.

Get set to say a big thank-you for the Tile app. It’s a clever Bluetooth-powered system involving an app and sensors (either little tags or adhesive stickers) that you attach to frequently lost items. When the item that’s Tile’d goes missing, the system will alert you to its location when you are within 100 feet of it, and can also tell you where you last had it. For things that are still hidden, Tile will connect you to the world’s largest lost and found community to see if you can crowd-source your way to get your reunited.

We think Tile offers a fantastic way to avoid the old “retrace your steps” routine. Smart women we know use if for everything from favorite umbrellas to their iPads. Systems start at $25 for the app with one tracker tag, and a 3-pack of stick-on sensors adds $8. Luggage tags available, too. Check out www.thetileapp.com.

– Janet Siroto

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Tea Is Aging Boldly!

Back in the day, tea was simply the stuff with the Lipton label on it. Good, basic, but no surprises. Then, over the years, in swept the herbal varieties (Red Zinger, anyone?), the green, health-boosting versions, the rooibos (still struggling to pronounce that one …) kind, and more. We longtime and recent tea lovers rejoiced!

Now, in most cities and towns across America, there are many, many more types of tea. And some of the newest ones are worth discovering this summer. Bubble teas or boba teas are found in cafes and mall shops, offering concoctions that hail from Taiwan. They’re usually served icy cold, in tall glasses with wide straws, because along with the tea, milk, and flavorings are tapioca pearls or other jelly-like beads that add a fun, offbeat texture (at least to U.S. palates) to the drink. 

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Sweet Fun

These drinks are a fun indulgence instead of ice cream as the temperatures tick up—and when we say indulgence, that’s code for calorific. They are often blended with sweetened condensed milk instead of regular milk, bringing the calories into the 300 to 600 range! (You can ask to swap in different milks to bring it in line.) Now that we’ve shared the buzzkill details, let’s focus on the fun. Often brightly colored, these teas come in all kinds of enticing flavors. At Boba Tea KC in Kansas City, Missouri, you can sample honeydew, lychee, mango, or taro, the latter being a root vegetable.

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Fruit tea is refreshing. YiFang offers several flavors. Image: Little Foodie/Instagram

Another kind of tea to try: Fruit tea. One chain, Yi Fang Taiwan Fruit Tea, serves up tea with different levels of sweetness and ice, and you pick the fresh fruit that gets chopped up and added to your drink. Pineapple, passion fruit, winter melon, green plum, apples, and oranges are among the options. And if you want to go all in, you can get fruit tea with the boba/bubbles in it. Regardless of what variety you try, it’s a fun way to cool off this season and a perfect way to break out of the afternoon “Want to get an iced coffee?” rut. — Janet Siroto

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How Old Is Madonna? 60! Happy Birthday to the Material Girl | NextTribe

Happy Birthday to the Material Girl

Look who’s turning 60! Madonna, the world’s best-selling female recording artist and the culture-changer we all grew up with. You may not like her fake British accent but let’s recognize that not only is she showing she can pack a stadium at this life stage, but she’s also a pioneer in a million and one ways.

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