• On Good Things Utah this morning – For some, an epidural or other medications feel like too much. Nitrous oxide can help them. When Laura was expecting her second child, she was excited to learn that her hospital was offering nitrous oxide for labor. She had used it during her first delivery, and she said it helped her cope with her fears about giving birth. “For me, I really have more anxiety about medical procedures and I am risk-averse,” the 41-year-old from Islip, New York, who asked to have her last name withheld to protect her privacy, told TODAY Parents. “The risks associated with an epidural were more than I was willing to subject myself to.” Nitrous oxide — a tasteless, odorless gas commonly known as “laughing gas” and frequently used at dentists’ offices — “reduces anxiety and increases a feeling of well-being so that pain is easier to deal with,” according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).
  • Plus, love is a many splendored thing, and for one couple, love is proving to be just as splendid as never-ending breadsticks. On July 27, Tennessee-based photographer Shea Cravens posted a TikTok of fiancés Carlsey Bibb and Caden Mills, a couple getting married this October, according to BuzzFeed. Bibb and Mills recently tapped Cravens for an engagement photoshoot and wanted a special introduction as husband-and-wife-to-be. So, they agreed to quite a quirky suggestion. Cravens convinced them to stage an Italy-esque photoshoot at dawn, but didn’t board a private jet to Lake Como to do so. Instead, they agreed to a 6 a.m. photoshoot in front of Olive Garden. “When you want Italy Vibes for your engagement photos, but you live in Tennessee … so you take your photos at Olive Garden,” reads the text on a TikTok posted by Cravens, who owns wedding photography business Hunter LaShea Photography. That video went viral, garnering 254,400 views on TikTok and hundreds of thrilled comments both on TikTok and elsewhere on social media. “This is genius,” read a comment on the photographer’s Instagram.
  • And many of us are subconsciously looking for chaos in relationships? It seems counterintuitive because we believe that all we want is a healthy relationship — but we just can’t have one in the midst of chaos. Until I got into a healthy relationship, I didn’t know I was someone who thrived on chaos in relationships. Chaos was exciting and adrenaline producing and it kept things spicy, which I liked. It also prevented me from finding happiness with another person. Are you subconsciously looking for chaos in your relationship? Knowing the signs will help you know if you are and, if you want to, figure out how to change it. Here are signs you are looking for chaos in your relationship.
    • You’re great at ignoring red flags
      • Do you see that your new person is still stuck on their ex or struggling to keep a job or has a temper or tries to control you? Do all of your friends tell you that those are red flags and that you should run? Do you ignore everyone, because this person, in spite of their red flags, is exciting? When I was single and dating, I met a guy who was cute. He made me laugh. The sex was great. But I could see a few red flags right away. He drank too much. Someone to who he was engaged to walk away. He wasn’t talking to any of his neighbors. He had jumped from job to job. I saw those red flags and I ignored them. The sex was great and we had a great time together. It didn’t take long for our relationship to descend into chaos.
    • You are good at walking away from relationships
      • Are you one of those people who doesn’t stay in a relationship very long? Do you meet someone, fall quickly, get into an intense relationship and then run, screaming, when the honeymoon phase ends? I have a client who does this every time. She tends to meet the same kind of guys online, ones who, like her, fall quickly and hard. We have long conversations about how wonderful a certain someone is and how she can see them lasting a lifetime. And then, within a few months, something shifts. Everything that she liked about her guy before starts to grate on her. She pulls back from him and starts acting passive-aggressively. This confuses her guy and he gets clingy. That pushes her away further and they start to fight. Things go from bad to worse until, one day, she just ghosts him and walks away.
    • Your boundaries around infidelity are “grey”
      • For many people, a healthy relationship is a goal but a healthy relationship is boring. As a result, they try to spice things up by bringing chaos into the relationship. And what better way to introduce chaos into a relationship than cheating on your partner?
  • At the end of the show – You can be a real chef without a lot of bells and whistles! Turns out, more is ​not​ always merrier when it comes to kitchen tools. We chatted with Jessica Lassner, former private caterer and pastry chef at buzzy LA restaurant Koi (and mom to me!), about the best knives on the market, expecting a long list of models or a must-have knife set. Surprisingly enough, she swears there are only three kitchen knives every cook needs. It’s time for the big reveal. Paring Knife – Paring knives are great for small jobs like hulling and slicing a strawberry, or peeling an apple when a peeler isn’t around. It’s also a good knife to have children use when they first start learning to work with knives – it allows their little hands to have more control. Chef’s Knife – Chef’s knives are the workhorse in any and all kitchens. In fact, most chefs use this knife for all of their tasks in the kitchen; it’s like an extension of their hand. The length of the blade is to improve efficiency in work – it’s okay that it takes the entire stroke of the blade to complete a slice or a dice – that’s why the length is there! Serrated Knife – If you like crusty loaves of baguette or a rustic boule as much as I do, then you must have a serrated bread knife. No other knife can break into the crust as safely or as quickly. We hope you tune in for these Hot Topics and so much more this morning on GTU.