Blake Lively Thinks Post-Baby Body Expectations Are "Unfair"

Kelsey Clark

Happy Wednesday! Welcome back to our Take 5 column, where we invite you to take a hump-day break with the week’s most revitalizing lifestyle stories. Ready for a breather?

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Take 1: If losing your post-baby weight sounds like a nightmare

Blake Lively is doing the talking for you. The actress and soon-to-be mother-of-two recently told Australia-based Sunrise that she thinks the undue pressures put on a woman's post-baby body are "unfair" and that "a woman's body after having a baby is pretty amazing. … You just did the most incredible miracle that life has to offer: You gave birth to a human being!" Watch Lively’s full video interview online.

Take 2: If you haven't had time to take a summer vacation

These travel-inspired “vacation candles” are the next-best thing. From a romantic getaway to Capri to a pilgrimage to India’s holiest city, Mind Body Green’s Victoria Lewis has a hand-selected scent for every destination. Shop her creative candle picks on MindBodyGreen.com.

Take 3: If your air conditioning bill is out of control

Fortunately, there are strategic ways to cut down on your bill that don’t involve turning off the AC for good. PopSugar’s Kate McKenna got a little creative in the home improvement department, offering up some truly inventive ways to beat the heat without breaking the bank.

Take 4: If the end-of-summer blues are starting to kick in

Try one (or all) of these eight delicious foods proven to boost your mood. Believe it or not, pumpkin seeds, grass-fed lamb, organic eggs, green tea, and more all fight the stress hormone cortisol and give our brains a much-needed jolt of vitamin B.

Take 5: If your single self is tired of seeing engagement photos

There are plenty of other life milestones to celebrate via Facebook photo shoot, as newly employed Benita Abraham can attest. Upon landing a new job after seven arduous months of searching, Abraham felt it appropriate to announce her accomplishment via Facebook photo shoot—and it’s hilarious.

Your afternoon pick-me-up:

Superfood-packed popsicles exist, and you can even make them at home. Pick up some ice-pop molds first and follow this simple recipe from Well+Good.

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