Claire Swinarski

Claire Swinarski lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A proud Wisconsin Badger, her writing has been featured in numerous publications.
The Grocery-Store Tea That Changed My Life
I tried it all: Tylenol, Ibuprofen, hot packs, exercising, wishing for a quick and painless death. Then, I discovered relief in a common grocery-store tea.
Oct 20, 2020
Why Does the Pumpkin Spice Latte Endure? An Investigative Report
It’s officially fall, which means boots crunching on leaves, scarves pulled tight, and pumpkin everything (lattes, in particular). Starbucks’ beloved Pumpkin Spice Latte, or PSL for short, is known for causing quite a fuss. Although the coffee conglomerate doesn’t share their sales figures, a spokesperson said that the PSL is their best-selling holiday beverage (no surprise there). The drink even has its own Twitter account. So, what makes it so good?
May 1, 2019
Why We Give Out Candy on Halloween: A Short History
A short history of this extremely sweet tradition.
May 1, 2019
10 of My Favorite Meals to Bring to a Friend in Need
Recently I’ve had quite a few friends who are going through tough times. Whether it’s a joyful transition, like a new baby; or a rough patch, like chemotherapy, I’ve found that the best thing I can do is to bring them food. After all, feeding someone in their time of need is one of the oldest, purest acts of love. I look for recipes that are relatively easy, as well as nutritious and delicious — a win-win for you and your friend.
Apr 25, 2017
An Investigative Report: What Makes Movie Theater Popcorn So Good?
Is there anything better than movies and popcorn? They go together like Beyoncé and Jay Z. When you think of one, the other automatically pops into your head. And movie theater popcorn, in particular, is a special breed. As soon as you walk into the theater, it hits you: the buttery, salty smell of popcorn. It beats the microwaved version every time.
Jul 25, 2016
5 Tips for Making the Most of Your Vacation Days
It’s safe to assume we all look forward to vacation days, whether you’re planning to spend them on a beach with a frosty drink in hand or at home, sleeping in and catching up on Netflix. But did you know that taking time off has real benefits for our mental and physical well-being? “A great vacation changes up your routine, renews your energy, improves your outlook, and helps you re-engage with your life,” says Dr.
Jun 14, 2016
The Grocery-Store Tea That Changed My Life
I tried it all: Tylenol, Ibuprofen, hot packs, exercising, wishing for a quick and painless death. Then, I discovered relief in a common grocery-store tea.
May 24, 2016