Filled Cupcake Oreos Are Coming — and We Got a Sneak Preview

Originally posted 02/02/2016 10:19AM

Forget the Iowa caucus! The topic everyone should be talking about this morning is the Oreo cookie, because Nabisco just announced that it is releasing yet another new limited-edition flavor. And, without any interruption from Donald Trump, I can tell you that flavor is (drumroll, please) …. Filled Cupcake! We had a tip off that these might be coming back in October, but now it’s confirmed.
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FILED UNDER: cookies , Food News , Snack , We Tried It

We Tried It: How Marie Kondo’s Tidying Method Turned This Packrat Into a Clutter-Purging Believer

Originally posted 01/29/2016 12:27PM

What Is It: Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo‘s method (a.k.a. “KonMari”) of getting rid of all your junk and rearranging your home—and your life—for the better.

Who Tried It: Rennie Dyball, PEOPLE senior news editor

Level of Difficulty: 10. This is no ordinary purge.

I am a recovering packrat. I used to hold on to everything with even a shred of emotional significance: clothing that I no longer wore but had a good back-story, ticket stubs from college, letters from high school boyfriends, childhood birthday cards…you name it, I kept it.
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FILED UNDER: Home , We Tried It

We Made Up Our Own ‘Burger Cleanse’ Diet For the Good of All Humanity

Originally posted 01/28/2016 12:11PM

What Is It? The Burger Cleanse, a totally made-up, but totally delicious detox inspired by The Taco Cleanse.

Who’s Trying It Out? Grace Gavilanes, features writer-reporter

What’s the Point? Why even question it? Where there are burgers, there is life. Also, I refused to leave my house during the blizzard and wanted to make my time indoors as fulfilling as possible. Enter: burger-inspired meals.

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We Tried It: A Muscle Relaxation and Recovery Class Taught by Kelly Osbourne’s Trainer

Originally posted 01/27/2016 01:25PM

What Is It: Treat While You Train is a relaxation and recovery class taught exclusively at 24 Hour Fitness locations nationwide, based on the method developed by celebrity trainer Jill Miller (who works with Kelly Osbourne and Elisabeth Hasselbeck)
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We Tried It (and Feel Pretty Relaxed): Float Therapy in a Soundproof, Lightproof, Salt-Water Tank

Originally posted 01/26/2016 11:23AM

What Is It: Just Float is a float therapy center that allows clients to spend an hour effortlessly floating in a private salt-water tanks
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FILED UNDER: Health , We Tried It

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We Tried Gwyneth Paltrow’s 2016 Goop Detox — and Here’s What Happened

Originally posted 01/15/2016 03:08PM

What Is It: Gwyneth Paltrow’s 2016 Goop detox

Who Tried It: Catherine Kast, Style Editor

Level of Difficulty (on a scale of 1-10): 9 (if you have a full-time job)

You all knew it was coming: Gwyneth Paltrow‘s annual January reset diet plan. The 2016 Goop Detox is a set of recipes and guidelines to help undo everything that was done to your body during the overindulgent holiday season. After trying last year’s detox, I wanted to jump right in for this year’s. published full detox on Thursday, Jan. 7, and I needed to start as soon as possible.
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Does the Taco Cleanse Actually Work? One PEOPLE Staffer’s Brave Journey

Originally posted 01/15/2016 01:15PM

What Is It: The Taco Cleanse, a tortilla-based wellness plan that involves eating tacos for every meal

Who Tried It: Maria Yagoda, Features Writer-Reporter

Level of Difficulty: 10. You have to be very strong and brave.

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FILED UNDER: Food , Food News , We Tried It

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Jennifer Lawrence Invented This Insane Spaghetti-Chili-Pizza Sandwich…So We Made It Ourselves, Naturally

Originally posted 01/11/2016 01:47PM

What Is It: Jennifer Lawrence’s crazy chili-noodle-pizza sandwich concoction

Who Tried It: Shay Spence, associate food & lifestyle editor

Level of Difficulty: 2 (on a scale from 1 to 10)

Why We Did It: Because it involves Jennifer Lawrence and pizza…? I don’t understand the question
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We Tried It: A Dance Class Based on Justin Bieber’s Music Video ‘Sorry’

Originally posted 12/14/2015 04:19PM

What Is It: Broadway Bodies is a dance studio in New York City that specializes in teaching the choreography to pop songs, music videos and musicals. I heard they were offering a class inspired by my current favorite song, “Sorry,” by Justin Bieber. The music video is worth obsessing over, and a few friends and I were itching to learn the dance moves.

Who Tried It: Alisha Williams, PEOPLE senior designer

Level of Difficulty: 5 (on a scale from 1 to 10). No particular dance knowledge needed — there were a range of skills represented in the room. But expect to  sweat! The high-energy, hour-long class is packed with step-by-step instruction to break down even the most complicated moves, which we repeated to perfection.

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We walked into the no-frills studio, not sure what to expect. But when the overhead lights went off and the dance lights came on, I knew it was going to be AWESOME. The class was taught by the crazy talented Alistair Williams, studio director of NYC Broadway Bodies. His years of professional experience shined through as he started the class with a series of warm-up moves, all to the Bieb’s greatest hits.

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We quickly moved onto the choreography of the “Sorry” video, starting with the opening pose. Williams broke down the beginning of the dance into three sections for the class to tackle. We repeated each section as we went along, building on what we’d learned until we had memorized the steps for the first 90 seconds of the song. Questions were encouraged — Williams is super patient! — and he turned tricky moves into doable dancing.

Before we knew it, we were performing what we’d learned in its entirety, first as a group, then in smaller groups so we could really show off.

The Verdict: I loved it! The atmosphere, choreography, instructors and all-around feel of the cardio session would bring me back in a heartbeat. We couldn’t learn the entire video in an hour-long class, but if this were offered as a series of classes, I’d be at every one. The choreography didn’t mimic every move of the video step-for-step, but I appreciate Broadway Bodies’ less-challenging version for people like myself! The choreography was easy enough to pick up in an hour, but it still felt like a solid workout.

—Alisha Williams, @alishaw

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We Tried It: Yaye, a New Fitness App Featured on Tyra Banks’ FABLife

Originally posted 10/15/2015 11:18AM

What It Is: Yaye (pronounced “yay”) is a free wellness app that allows you to share your fitness activity with friends and family, praise each other for healthy behaviors and stay on track with your goals.
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FILED UNDER: Fitness , Health , We Tried It

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