With summer finally underway, June was definitely a busy month. With school over and vacations starting, The XO Mom has a whole lot of trendy news highlights for this month. With July 4th and vacations coming up, a breakthrough in the cure for cancer, NYC Pride Parade, and The Office being pulled off of Netflix, there is a lot to talk about this month.
- July 4th
Independence Day is coming up soon, and whether you’re having a barbeque with family and friends or a relaxing day at home with the A.C. on blast, there are many sales for this Fourth of July weekend. So, stock up on decorations, hot dogs, ice cream, and more to have a great time this holiday weekend! This weekend is also a great time to go shopping for the rest of the summer with all of the deals and sales coming up this month.
While buying furniture in the summer may seem random, June and July are the best months to shop for furniture and spruce up your place. Yahoo tech columnist David Pogue says that the “new models arrive every February and August, so the best deals on outgoing models are available in January and June/July”. Also, Macy’s Lowest Prices of the Season Sale offers up to 50% off of furniture, including bigger items like beds, sofas, cribs, and more, so this month is the best month to buy furniture.
- Vacation Stock-Up
With summer finally upon us, stocking up for this season is a priority. Whether you are going on a road trip, flying to someplace new, or having a very cozy staycation with your family, stocking up on summer essentials is a must. From towels, water bottles, and sunscreen for the beach to travel pillows and travel bags for the kids for the flight and blankets and movies for an incredible staycation, this month is definitely the time to stock up on vacation necessities and fun!
- Pediatrician Nadine Harris Warns of Dangers of Toxic Stress of Childhood Adversity
As the founder and CEO of a clinic in San Francisco, Dr. Nadine Harris focused on addressing health disparities in the community. Talking with the children and families of the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood, many of her patients who experience the highest level of chronic asthma and other detrimental health outcomes, also live in significant adversity, like growing up in a household where a parent was mentally deficient, substance-dependent, or more. Dr. Harris is expanding her research on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and their lifelong health effects. With Dr. Harris’s research and results, she could greatly improve the health of these children, helping them live long and happy lives.
- Major Cancer Breakthrough That May Lead to a Cure
Professor Koumenis and his team at the University of Pennsylvania have made a major breakthrough in finding a cure for cancer, announcing they have identified its “Achilles Heel”, forcing rumor cells to self-destruct. Dr. Koumenis has found that a chemical called ATF4 controls a pathway in the body that works in tandem with a gene called MYC, which is known to drive cell growth and allow cancer to take over. Dr. Koumenis and his team have found a way to target ATF4 and reduce the effect of MYC. “This means there’s less built-in protection to allow cancer to survive”, explained Dr. Koumenis. Hopefully, with more ground-breaking research like this, we can find a cure for cancer and help save many people.
- A study examines why American moms struggle under societal pressures
Economic, cultural, and technological changes have dramatically altered motherhood in recent decades, piling on new pressures and needs. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, childcare costs on average $12,350 to $13,900 a year, and due to this, moms are working more hours to keep up with the rising costs of raising their children. Add in the pervasiveness of social media, mothers feel increasingly more depressed and anxious than ever. American moms have to undergo many challenges in the workplace as well, like the gender pay gap and the “mommy tax”, where motherhood is tied to a 4% decrease in earnings, according to a 2014 study by the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. With all of these stresses, mothers report more depressive symptoms when trying to be the “ideal mother”. While all of these obstacles can affect your mental health, remember that becoming a mother is an extraordinary gift and you are an extraordinary person for overcoming all of these difficulties.
- Kylie Jenner Says It’s “Hard to Manage Mom Life and Work-Life”
The youngest in the Kardashian family, Kylie Jenner shared a new video which gives her fans an up-close-and-personal look at her life being the CEO of her own company and being the mom of her 1-year-old daughter, Stormi. In this video, her fans could see what being a mom is really like, even for a billionaire. With raw moments, like her baby waking her up early in the morning and having to work while taking care of her baby simultaneously, Jenner admits that she has trouble managing her mom life and work life. Even with a lot of money, being a working mom is undeniably hard!
- Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger are married!
This star duo who announced their engagement in January were married in June at the San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California. A guest at the wedding said that “everything about the wedding was gorgeous. Everyone seemed so happy and honored to be a part of the wedding and Chris and Katherine’s love story.” Congratulations to the happy couple!
- NYC Pride Parade 2019
Thousands march in the streets of New York for WorldPride, and it was filled with amazing stories from diverse communities. In a sea of rainbow flags, many marchers wrapped themselves in pink, purple, and blue, the colors of the bisexual flag, proudly representing bisexual pride. There were also many marchers wearing blue, pink, and white, the colors of the transgender flag. Today’s LGBTQ activists follow a long line of people who blazed trails for LGBTQ rights. Many activists, like Stephen Carella, honored LGBTQ activists who made Pride possible, such as Marsha P. Johnson, Harvey Milk, Sylvia Rivera, and more. And while NYC Pride Parade and other Pride parades around the country were proudly representing their LGBTQ pride, the fight for equality is far from over.
Movies, Television, and Netflix, Oh My!
- Toy Story 4 is one of the highest-grossing movies of 2019
Released on June 21, Toy Story 4 has already made $238,690,140 in domestic gross and $501,677,652 in worldwide gross, making it the fourth highest-grossing movie in 2019, which is impressive for the fourth installment of an animation movie series. Its Rotten Tomatoes critic score is a remarkable 98%, and critic, Matthew Rozsa, said that “the latest installment, ‘Toy Story 4,’ is perhaps the bleakest and most beautiful of them all.” And who knows, maybe we’ll get a Toy Story 5.
- Highly Anticipated Spider-Man: Far From Home
The trailers for Spider-Man: Far From Home have dropped, and it is one of the most anticipated releases of the year. After Avengers: End Game, many fans, like me, are eager to see Peter Parker try to enjoy being a high schooler, but inevitably have to fight the bad guy. Mark your calendars for July 5!
- NBC Is Pulling The Office Off Netflix
NBCUniversal confirmed on June 25 that it’s completely pulling the show from Netflix, and its new home will be on NBCUniversal’s own streaming service. The Office leaving Netflix is a perfect example of a trend that is going on that will eventually drive viewers back to piracy. With too many streaming services, like NBCUniversal, and too many exclusive shows to subscribe to them all, viewers will have to go back to pirating which is the simpler and cheaper alternative. Hopefully, the industry will learn its lesson and let consumers watch their favorite shows on flexible and cheaper streaming TV options.