A Los Angeles based writer, editor, storyteller, and mental health advocate, Brandi is a weekend Lifestyle Writer at Bustle. The editor of two anthologies, her writing has been published in more than a dozen magazines and journals. She enjoys wearing hats, all things related to true crime, Stevie Nicks, Lady Gaga, Lauren Graham, and Carrie Fisher, and spending time with her special-needs dog who has to eat all of her meals in a dog high chair.

What I Learned When I Tracked My Phone Screen Time For 4 Days

One of the coolest features in Apple's iOS 12 is Screen Time — a feature that allows you to track how much you use your phone and what apps you open the most. Of course, it can also be one of the most horrifying new features, depending on what you…
By Brandi Neal

8 Ways To Stop A Workout Migraine In Its Tracks

If you've been avoiding your exercise routine because working up sweat also means working up a headache or migraine, you don't have to embrace a sedentary lifestyle to remain headache-free. In fact, there are actually some hacks to prevent a workout…
By Brandi Neal

8 Hacks To Exercise Early If You Go To Work At 9

Research has shown that people who work out in the morning are more likely to make exercise a habit. Let's face it: You're tired at the end of the day, and it's easy to choose Alias Grace over a sweat sesh. If you want to change your ways, and…
By Brandi Neal

18 Memes That Perfectly Sum Up How You Feel About The First Day Of Fall

After the summer swelter of the past few months, you're likely looking forward to pumpkin spice lattes, boots and sweaters, the smell of leaves, and that crisp bite in the air that always accompanies the beginning of autumn. Whatever you favorite…
By Brandi Neal

6 Things All Dog Owners Should Know Before Getting Their Pup Groomed

OK, you took Fido to the dog park and he rolled around in... who even knows what, and now he smells horrible. Now, you probably want to get him groomed. But, is dog grooming safe? There are some things every dog owner should know before taking their…
By Brandi Neal

6 Rituals That Will Help You Harness The Energy Of This Month's Harvest Moon

The full harvest moon Sept. 24 is appropriately named because it's an ideal time to harvest everything you've worked on manifesting this summer. If you're looking to harness the energy of the full moon to reap everything you've sowed, practicing…
By Brandi Neal

If You’re Wondering If Princess Eugenie Can Accept Wedding Gifts, Here’s Your Answer

While it's customary to bring a gift to a wedding, royal couples like Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank want for nothing, which begs the question: Is Princess Eugenie allowed to accept wedding gifts? There doesn't seem to be anything in the royal…
By Brandi Neal

Here's Which Moldy Foods Are OK To Eat & Which Ones You Should Toss ASAP

So you have your heart set on a sandwich for lunch. But, when you start spreading the mustard on the bread you notice a little green spot of mold. Just pick it out and proceed as normal, right? Nope. You really can't eat around the mold on bread, as…
By Brandi Neal

This Is How The Autumn Equinox Affects Sleep — And How To Deal With It

As we near the Sept. 22 Autumn Equinox, the air is getting crisp, nights are cool, and leaves fall from trees in a kaleidoscope of color. But, amid of all this beauty you might feel exhausted, and yes, it does have to do with the equinox. How does…
By Brandi Neal

All The New Ways You Can Use Do Not Disturb In iOS 12

The iOS Do Not Disturb feature is like that sign you hang on the hotel door when you want everyone to go away. And, if you don't like to be bothered, it's pretty much the best iPhone feature out there. With the latest iPhone update, there are new Do…
By Brandi Neal

An App That’ll Help You Figure Out Why Your Plants Are Dying Could Be A Thing Soon

I have a confession to make: I have killed every plant I have ever brought into my apartment. In fact, I'm such a bad plant parent that I've given up on plants altogether. Same? Then this DRYP plant watering app is the Kickstarter campaign you're…
By Brandi Neal

These Are The Main 4 Personality Types People Fall Into, According To New Research

You've likely taken a personality assessment at one time or another, but with so many to choose from, and so many variables that determine your personality type, it can be difficult to know what to believe. Well, it's about to get a whole lot easier…
By Brandi Neal

8 Symptoms Of Post-Treatment Lyme Disease That Are Easy To Miss

Getting Lyme disease is never fun, but the tick-bite induced red, bulls-eye shaped rash and flu-like symptoms tend to resolve after a course of antibiotics. However, some Lyme patients who are treated don't see a reduction in all of the their…
By Brandi Neal

This One Trick Will Help You Fall Asleep On A Plane In Seconds

If you have a hard time sleeping on airplanes, you're not the only one. I have a 14-hour flight tomorrow, and I'm already anxious about arriving at my destination sleep-deprived because I have never been able to sleep on a plane. Same? This trick to…
By Brandi Neal

Here’s What This Month's Harvest Moon Means For Your Zodiac Sign

The Harvest Moon in Aries is coming Sept. 24 so you can finally reap the rewards of all of that manifesting you did during the summer of cosmic chaos. What the Harvest Moon means for you based on your zodiac sign largely depends on your ability to…
By Brandi Neal

Science Just Busted A Major Myth About Drinking Milk When You’re Sick

If your mom ever stopped you from having mac and cheese when you were sick because of that myth that dairy increases milk production, I'm sorry to tell you it was probably all for nothing. As it turns out, dairy doesn't make you produce more mucus…
By Brandi Neal

10 Instagram Captions About Grandmothers To Post This Sunday For National Grandparents Day

There are few people more special than grandmothers. They share their old-timey stories whether you want to hear them or not, they always ask if you're hungry — and make you something even if you say no, and they love you no matter what. Share these…
By Brandi Neal

10 Funny Instagram Caption Ideas For National Grandparents Day This Sunday

They're the ones who took care of you without complaint when your parents needed a break. They helped you build blanket forts, showered you with kisses, and always let you eat freshly baked cookies before dinner. They're your grandparents, and these…
By Brandi Neal

This Is The Best Workout If You’re Not Trying To Mess Up Your Hair

The dilemma: You want to get in a good workout, but the threat of head sweating and hot-mess hair keeps you from hitting the gym. Sound familiar? This is me all day. If you're looking for a workout that won't mess up your hair, but still challenges…
By Brandi Neal

You Should Book Your Flight For Thanksgiving By This Day To Save The Most Money

It's still technically summer, and the fall holidays might feel like they're a long way off. But, if you're planning to fly this holiday season, then you're definitely going to want to know when to book flights for Thanksgiving 2018 to ensure you…
By Brandi Neal