Shopgirl: Meditate on whether relaxation app helps

Meditation Studio is a new app that guides you through more than 160 meditations and structured relaxation techniques, helping you to de-stress and let go of some tension.


These meditations range in “problem areas” from pain and stress to anxiety and more, so you can select which area you need help with depending on the day and time. It even has a built-in calendar to track your progress and the consistency of your practice.

The app was built and marketed by Gaiam, and you can find it in the App Store.


WHAT’S TRENDY: Have you seen the sketchy clothing retailers advertising on Face­book and other sidebar ads on the Internet? They have amazing prices and really good photography, but you should probably steer clear.

Refinery29 and Buzzfeed have both extensive investigative reporting pieces on ChicNova, YesStyle and other similarly named brands, and the verdict is not good.

Like most things in life, if it seems to good to be true, it probably is. If I’m buying from a retailer I haven’t bought from before, I always Google them to see how the reviews are and if there are any scam alerts about it.

These brands are mainly known for weeks-long shipping, products that don’t match photos and even being linked to fraudulent Chinese companies.


WHAT’S AFFORDABLE: It’s coming down to the wire for Tax Day, and the library system is offering free tax prep help at the Columbia County Library and the Eu­chee Creek Library in Grovetown.

The Grovetown sessions are on Mondays from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the Columbia County Library’s are on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Walk-ins are welcome, but you can get an appointment by just calling the library branch.