‘One of My Best Decisions’

American Independence Day may be just around the corner, but Real Housewives of Orange County alum Vicki Gunvalson is celebrating south of the border

The Bravo star, 58, revealed in an Instagram video post on Thursday that she has officially moved into the Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, condo she purchased at the end of May — and she couldn’t be happier with the decision. 

“I took a leap of faith, I ended up closing on a condo last month and I got here last night,” the Chicago-native explained to fans in the video, filming herself in front of a view of the ocean from the condo’s balcony. “And I thought, you know what? This was what was meant to be.”

“Although I was apprehensive to go through with it, I have to tell you all it was one of my best decisions,” she wrote of the purchase in the post’s

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R29 Readers’ Top Stay-At-Home Picks Are All On Sale For July 4th

After spending many, many months indoors recently, it’s very possible that you already know your way around a good cyber sale. But just when you thought you’d be swapping screen time for sunshine in honor of one star-spangled holiday this weekend, let us remind you that the 4th of July is also a major moment for some of the year’s biggest markdowns on everything furniture, decor, rugs, and more.

And while we’re on the topic of that stay-at-home life we’ve grown accustomed to as of late, we’d like to point out that many of our R29 readers’ favorite finds over lockdown (fire pits, desk chairs, and breathable bedding, to name a few) are having their prices slashed, all in the name of patriotism as July 4 draws near. So we’re breaking down the top holiday deals by category featuring the season’s most-loved home items so

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Consumer Privacy Act goes into full effect and much of the state shuts back down

California Gov. Gavin Newsom shuts down indoor business activities through most of the state amid spikes in cases and hospitalizations.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom shuts down indoor business activities through most of the state amid spikes in cases and hospitalizations.

Gov. Newsom orders most indoor business activities to close across much of the state as coronavirus cases continue a swift ascent. And let’s revisit the nation’s most comprehensive data privacy law that went into effect in the Golden State on Jan. 1, but now, can actually be enforced. 

It’s Arlene Martínez with news for Wednesday. 

But first, United Airlines is adding 25,000 flights to its August schedule (video). Just know some of your destinations will require you to quarantine once you get there (more on that later👇🏾 ).

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Shutting back down as cases climb back up

California Gov. Gavin Newsom announces new business restrictions in 19 counties, mostly pertaining to indoor activities. Officials will also close state beach parking facilities during the Fourth of July long weekend.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom announces new
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51 Small Kitchen Design Ideas That Make the Most of a Tiny Space

While small apartments and homes offer plenty of charm, they tend to be lacking when it comes to kitchen space. Luckily, there are tons of small kitchen ideas that maximize storage and efficiency. It’s all about working with the layout of your space, whether your kitchen is confined to a single wall, U-shaped, or tucked in a corner. Ahead, we’ve gathered 51 small kitchen design tips to help maximize your space. Whether you’re renovating and starting from scratch or just looking to refresh your existing space, you’ll want to give these a try!

1. Add a prep area

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© Emily Gilbert Photography

You may not have space to expand or add a full island, so think about bringing in a table that can do double duty as a spot for prep and dining. Even a narrow console can work as a spot to set tools and ingredients on while you

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Australia’s Victoria state introduces suburban lockdowns to curb new outbreaks

By Byron Kaye

SYDNEY (Reuters) – The Australian state of Victoria introduced the country’s first lockdown measures specifically targeted at local suburban areas after a spike in coronavirus cases in Melbourne, the nation’s second largest city.

The new curbs come even as two other Australian states looked to ease domestic border restrictions with other parts of the country where the virus has largely been contained.

From midnight the following day, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said people in 10 affected postcodes around Melbourne must stay home unless they are travelling for work, school, exercise or food for a period of four weeks.

Cafes and restaurants would need to revert to takeaway only, just weeks after they returned to seated diners.

“If we don’t take these steps now we will finish up in a situation (where rather) than locking down 10 postcodes, we will be locking down every postcode,” Andrews told reporters.

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