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Some Good Things That Actually Happened in 2020

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Let’s just state the obvious: this year was awful. Coronavirus killed 1.7 million people globally, and record unemployment and financial hardships have touched us all. Police brutality in the United States led to worldwide protests and we’ve lost some of the greats including Kobe Bryant and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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However despite all of our struggles, there have been a few good things that have happened this year (Hard to believe right?). But before you ring in 2021 and hope/pray it will get better, let’s take a look back at some positive things that actually happened in 2020.

It’s Been a Historic Year for Space Exploration.

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History was made in May when Earth’s first private company (championed by Elon Musk), launched astronauts into space. NASA also launched its most advanced rover in July, and landed a spacecraft on an asteroid in October.

The Pandemic Reduced Carbon Emissions.

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Staying at home benefited the environment. According to new research, global greenhouse emissions fell by roughly 2.4 billion million tons this year, which is a 7% drop from 2019 and the largest decline on record.

Joon Ho Became the First Korean to Win the Best Director Oscar.

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In February, South Korean Bong Joon Ho became the first person of Asian descent to win Best Director Oscar for his film “Parasite.” The film went on to take home Best Picture, the top award at the Academy Awards.

Trained Dogs Have Saved 45 Rhinos From Poachers in South Africa.

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In March, we found out that a group of trained dogs have protected and saved 45 rhinos from poachers in South Africa. The dogs, mainly beagles and bloodhounds, were trained since birth to track down poachers in the Greater Kruger National Park. Since 9,442 African rhinos have died from poaching, this is a wonderful initiative to save wildlife by the Southern African Wildlife College and Ivan Carter Wildlife Conservation Alliance.

Asian Americans Made History in Major League Baseball.

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In October, Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts became the first manager of Asian descent to lead his team to a world series Victory. In November, Kim Ng became the first woman to hold a position in MLB when she was named the Miami Marlins new general manager.

John Krasinski Hosted HeartWarming Events on “Some Good News.”

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In an effort to lift people’s spirits in an unprecedented time, John Kraniski created Some Good News, a weekly YouTube show to share people’s inspiring, feel-good stories. Since the class of 2020 had to miss out on some defining events, John Kraninski announced he would be throwing a virtual prom and graduation for those who weren’t able to attend these events this year.

During prom, multiple guests popped up on the Zoom screen including Rainn Wilson, the Jonas brothers, and Billie Eilish. As for graduation, the class of 2020 celebrated with commencement speeches from Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Malala Yousafzai, and Jon Stewart. Just when you thought Kraniski could not get any sweeter, he also hosted a heartwarming and virtual 2020 Office reunion as a surprise for a couple who got married over Zoom. To watch some of these touching videos, check out Some Good News Youtube Channel. You will not be disappointed.

Pfizer and Moderna Releases COVID-19 Vaccines.

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No list would be complete without mentioning the best news yet: the remarkable and quick development of COVID-19 vaccines. In November, Pfizer announced it had created a vaccine that was more than 90% effective. A few days later, Moderna also announced it has developed a drug that is 94% effective. The vaccines rollout has begun, with vaccines being administered to health care workers beginning on December 14th. And as the year comes to a close, more than 2.1 million doses have been administered, with millions more to come.

2020 was a struggle for all of us but in the midst of this all, this year has shown us some glimmers of hope that there is indeed a light at the end of the tunnel. Through it all, we’ve found that perseverance and good will wins. 2021 bring it on, we are ready for it!

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Must-Try Tropical Scented Shower Products

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We’re almost at the halfway point of the month of April, and to be totally honest, we couldn’t be more excited for summer! Seriously, what’s not to love about long days spent at the beach, family cookouts and lounging around the pool with a cocktail?! The correct answer is: nothing! While we certainly love to dress the part (sun dresses, glasses and hats, yes please!) smelling the part is equally as important.

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We all know that 2020/21 have been the years of self-care. Luckily, this has given us the chance to try out so many amazing products. We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite self-care products that smell like paradise! Let’s get started

Nivea White Peach and Jasmine Body Wash

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We’re just gonna come right out and say it: peach is one of the ultimate scents and flavors of the summer! There really is nothing more refreshing than biting into a fresh peach on a warm day, or sipping on some ice cold peach iced tea. If you’re looking to smell as fruity and fresh as a peach this summer, we highly recommend this body wash from Nivea! It smells so delicious, and the scent lasts all day long! The best part is that it leaves your skin feeling oh so soft and hydrated!

Dove Crushed Almond & Mango Butter Exfoliating Body Polish

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If you’re anything like us, you take shaving very seriously, especially during the summer. While there is nothing wrong with embracing your body’s hair, we prefer to keep ourselves clean and landscaped *down there,* especially during bikini season! To get a close and smooth shave, it is essential to exfoliate and get rid of any dead skin cells.

This exfoliating body polish from Dove has been a holy grail product lately, because not only does it make your skin so smooth, but it lathers up just as well as soap! The cherry on top, of course, is the mango scent! We’ve been pairing this with the Nivea body wash as part of our everyday shower routine, and have been getting so many compliments! This one gets five stars from us!

Sol De Janeiro Creams

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Of course, no shower or self-care routine is ever complete without using a fire moisturizer! While we do love to get jiggy with everyday moisturizers from the drug store, it’s worth it to splurge sometimes! One of our all-time favorites is Sol De Janeiro’s beloved Brazilian Bum Bum Cream. It’s not only super hydrating but even has skin-tightening powers. Yes, you read that right!

We did some more research on some of Brazilian Bum Bums other products, and thought it would be worthwhile to share their Coco Cabana Cream. We think that the name says it all for this one! The cream is made with coconut oil, acai oil and cupacu butter, and the fragrance notes are all-star: coconut cream and warm vanilla!

Replica Beach Walk

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Looking to smell beachy all year round? Replica Beach Walk is gonna be your new go-to! The fresh smelling perfume is described by Sephora as “salt air, the perfume of sunscreen, the glow of sunkissed skin…Replica Beach Walk women’s fragrance evokes the memory of endless summer days” While this perfume does have a higher price point some less expensive tropical scents that are still delicious are Caribbean Water by ALT, Island Vanilla by Pacifica and Coconut Passion by Victoria’s Secret!

Happy Showering!

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Best YouTube Workout Programs

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Happy April, y’all! Spring has officially sprung and before we know it, summer will finally be upon us! Not sure about you guys, but we cannot wait to be somewhere on a beach, cocktail in hand, and not a worry in the world!

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However, as women, we know that confidence can be a huge issue during this season, which is why lately, we’ve been making sure to take care of ourselves as best we can so we can feel sexy and bathing suit ready! While we firmly believe that every body is a bikini body, we have been loving online workout videos to prepare ourselves for the long awaited days of lounging in the sun that are just right around the corner!

Here are some of our favorites!

Lilly Sabri

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Let’s face it, not everyone has a wallet big enough to pay for monthly workout memberships like Nike, and Peloton (they are still great though!), which is why we love YouTube workout because they are quick, fun, and still get the job done!

Lilly Sabri is the founder of Lean With Lilly, as well as a licensed physiotherapist, pilates instructor and influencer. Of her program, Sabri said, “Over the years, I’ve educated and empowered hundreds of thousands of people around the world to live a healthier lifestyle in a way that encourages increased body confidence regardless of shape, size and fitness level.”

On her channel, Sabri has hundreds of videos, short and long, that target different areas of the body. If you’re a beginner, she even has modifications to make things a little easier.

Chloe Ting

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You may remember Chloe Ting’s program from the OG quarantine era in 2020, but the fitness influencer is still at it, a year later with plenty of workout videos and challenges, available for free on YouTube! The Certified Personal Trainer’s expertise certainly appears to be in her impressive physical ability, but she also is a fantastic cook, and her website has plenty of healthy recipes that supplement her challenges immaculately!

Fun fact: before her internet fame, Ting was a statistician, and received a masters in Philosophy!

MadFit

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Let’s be real, not all of us can rock with a “HIIT” workout, but what most of us can rock with, is a dance workout! MadFit is a YouTube channel run by 25 year-old Canadian, Maddie Lymburner. Her dance based workout videos have lead her to achieve an immense following on YouTube, and has even earned her the title of Canada’s #1 YouTube creator in 2020. Yup, the videos are just that good!

Some of Maddie’s “dance party workouts” include amazing mixes from the 90s, hits from TikTok, and even classic Disney tunes. We can’t get enough of these, seriously! If you’re not in the mood to bust a move, Maddie also has an array of apartment friendly/low impact videos, and even yoga!

Caroline Girvan

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Sometimes, workouts that solely rely on using your own bodyweight just aren’t gonna cut it! We love using small weights during our workouts, but sometimes it’s hard to navigate what moves will target what muscles, and how many reps we should be doing to really get the most out of what we are doing! That’s why we love watching Caroline Girvan on YouTube, because not only is she totally qualified (just look at this girl…she’s shredded), but she has plenty of videos that use weights, and target different areas of the body like arms and legs.

Pro tip: throw one of her videos on after cardio as a finisher! It can be a killer, but it hurts so good!

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Must-Shop Asian-American Owned Brands

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If you haven’t seen headlines already, many Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders have been the victims of hate crimes in recent months. These are heartbreaking acts, and should be condemned. We like to keep it light over here at Miss Domesticated, so we won’t get too into it, but we still feel it important to talk about in some form. As a way to show support for the “AAPI” community, we’re going to be highlighting some awesome Asian-American/Pacific Islander owned brands.

Let’s Get Into It!

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Skincare: SUPEREGG founded by Erica Choi

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You know that we could talk about our favorite skincare for days, which is why we are ecstatic to talk about SUPEREGG, an Asian-American-owned skincare line founded by Erica Choi. Before Choi founded her brand, she was a licensed esthetician and even worked as the VP of Digital Design for Barney’s New York. Super impressive. With her knowledge and heritage in mind, she created the SUPEREGG line, which is totally vegan.

High End Fashion: Vera Wang

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Okay, but who else was not aware that fashion icon Vera Wang is 71 years old?! Vera Wang is most widely known for her iconic and gorgeous wedding dresses. However, before she became the queen of the wedding industry, her resume includes editing at Vogue, and working for Ralph Lauren. She’s designed wedding dresses for an impressive list of celebs, like Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, and Victoria Beckham. However, you don’t have to be an A-list bride to be seen flaunting her gorgeous designs! She even has a line at Kohl’s, which is full of affordable and beautiful options for everyday wear.

Sustainable Fashion: SVNR

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Sustainability, especially in the world of fashion is a huge topic right now. If you like to wear trendy products that are also environmentally friendly, Christina Tung’s “SVNR” (pronounced like souvenir) line is what you need. Tung founded SVNR is Brooklyn, New York in 2018. Their jewelry is especially unique, as it is made from upcycled, natural materials. Yes, please! Besides jewelry, they sell everything from gorgeous silk dresses to home décor.

Kitchenware: Wok Shop

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If you’ve ever been to Chinatown in San Francisco, then you may have popped into The Wok Shop, a family owned store that has been selling woks for decades. Though the pandemic may not permit you to check out the store in person, they have a website where you can buy genuine Asian kitchenware like woks (obviously), sake sets, and rice cookers. DIY hibachi night just got a whole lot more exciting!

Shoes: Yuul Yie

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If you’re anything like us, you have a shoe collection that just can’t stop growing! A pair of Yuul Yie shoes might just have to be your newest addition! Founded by Sunyuul Yie, this brand is easily one of the most trendy in the game right now. The brand launched in 2010, and has become known around the world for unique heel structures, mary-janes and gorgeous pump style heels. You can find Yuul Yie shoes on the Nordstrom website, among plenty of others.

What’s your favorite Asian-American owned brand?

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