By Adrienne So
No one is trying to deny that yoga and pilates can dramatically improve your general level of fitness, increase your strength and flexibility, and enhance your quality of life. But for all the benefits, there are a number of things that a rigorous daily practice can't give you - variety. The opportunity to escape four stifling walls. In the middle of all of summer's glories, getting in your daily workout shouldn't mean that you have to trudge reluctantly inside. Weight-bearing activities, like running and lifting, help fend off bone thinning and osteoporosis which is an unfortunate side effect of growing older as a woman. Vitamin D can lift your mood, and social activities like boxing - yes, talking to your sparring partner counts as socializing - can make working out so much more enjoyable. Here are ten activities that you can rotate into your workout routine to switch it up and sweat it out this summer. Playlist not included.
Long Distance Running
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- EcoSalon | At Home – Wed, May 30, 2012 2:23 PM EDT
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Grow these bloomers to perfume your garden-and your home.
Lilac (Syringa x 'Declaration')
Star-shaped reddish purple flowers appear in large dramatic clusters in early spring. The scent is spicy sweet-the essence of spring. The deciduous shrub reaches 6 to 8 feet tall and 5 to 6 feet wide; it takes full sun, or light shade in the hottest climates. Most lilacs bloom best in regions with winter chill (Sunset climate zones A1-A3; 1-11, 14-16). In mild winter areas (zones 18-22), try Descanso Hybrids.
'Scarlet Pineapple' sage
'Scarlet Pineapple' sage (Salvia elegans)
This shrubby perennial reaches 4 feet tall, and has bright red flowers and foliage that smells like ripe pineapple. Zones 5-24.
Lemon verbena (Aloysia triphylla)
A tall, lanky deciduous shrub, it has lemon-scented leaves and lilac or white flowers. Zones 9, 10, 12-21.
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Angelwing jasmine (Jasminum laurifolium nitidum)
This semi-evergreen vine has glossy green leaves and pinwheel-shaped white flowers. Sunset
- Parenting.com | At Home – Wed, May 30, 2012 1:18 PM EDT
...about sex, date night, and moreBy Ian Kerner
What Your Husband Wants You to Know
Men talk to me all the time about sex, which is only natural, since I'm a sex therapist and I make my living talking to people about their sex lives. But it's funny how many guys like to talk to me when I'm not working, when I'm pushing my sons in their double stroller or watching them at the playground. Neighbors know what I do, and it seems to draw the men to me --and they open up about certain things that the guys who actually come to see me with their wives just don't. Every time this happens, I end up saying the same thing: "Dude, don't tell me, tell your wife." Then comes the part where he shrugs and says, "Yeah, I guess you're right, I'll do that," but you and I both know it won't happen.
So I'm here, on dads' behalf, to tell you the things they think, but won't always say:
"I want to cuddle."
Guys who were never big on cuddling (except, of course, in the early days when they were trying to get in your pants andRead More »from What Your Husband Wants You to Know (But Isn't Telling You)
Put down the striped tie, and check out these 5 fresh, budget-friendly ideas for Dad that are sure to make his Father's Day special.
Road TorqSafety First
After all those lectures from Dad on roadside safety, turn the tables on him this Father's Day with a multi-purpose Road Torq Spotlight ($30, momastore.com). A combination-spotlight and emergency beacon in one, it also comes equipped with a folding tripod, so in event of a break-down, he can set it up on the side of the road and signal for help. Long spiel on the dangers of letting your gas tank get too low not included.
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The Best of Both Worlds
Combine two of Dad's favorite things - grilling and power tools - with this Motorized Grill Brush with Steam Cleaning Power ($29.99, brookstone.com). Equipped with a sprayer to steam clean and a motor to power through tough grease and dirt, he'll be sure to appreciate the cool-factor this gadget lends to cookout cleanup.
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- Astrology.com Home and Garden Horoscopes | At Home – Wed, May 30, 2012 12:43 PM EDT
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
Become careful about what you ingest and your skin allergies will improve. Food plants and pesticides do not mix. A sharp spray of water dislodges aphids from their feeding, but for a heavy infestation, you may need to go to the master gardener for advice.
Today's Aries Reading: Free Sample Love Meter
Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
Watching the 1947 maritime classic 'The Ghost and Mrs. Muir' might start you on a new decorating project. Soft greens, blues and creams create an alternate nautical color scheme to the traditional navy and white.
Today's Taurus Reading: Free Sample Karmic Love Reading
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Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
Today is an auspicious day for you to start a nest egg -- a six-month cushion just in case. It's as easy as weaning yourself from the expensive daily latte. At least you'll
beat the heat this summerNo, it's not your imagination-it definitely is getting hotter. The eight warmest years on record occurred over the past decade. And it's only going to get more brutal; all sources say that Summer 2012 is going to be a real scorcher. But staying cool this summer doesn't necessarily mean you have to pay a fortune to keep the air-conditioning running day and night. Here are a few tweaks-most costing less than $25 to complete-that will keep you comfortable and cut the typical $1,000 cooling bill by as much as half. What's needed to get the temperature to drop? Only a little time and a few changes in your routine. Keep reading to learn more.
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Tip 1: Install a Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat lets you preset temperatures for different times of the day, so air-conditioning is working only when you are home. The least expensive thermostat models ($30) let you set four cycles that, unless manually overridden, repeat every day.Read More »from Best Ways to Beat the Heat This Summer
- The_Stir | At Home – Wed, May 30, 2012 11:37 AM EDT
air conditioning unitIt's only the end of May, but plenty of cities across the country are already experiencing summer-like temperatures, especially in the northeast -- where it's 90 degrees this afternoon! It feels like an oven out there, and on days like today, I'm especially thankful that our house has central air conditioning. I really don't know how people live without it -- or at the very least, without air conditioning units in most rooms of the house.
Suffering through sweltering temperatures isn't just uncomfortable -- it can also take its toll on your health by upping the risk of heat-related illnesses. But if you are using air conditioning units to cool down your pad instead of central air, you want to make sure you have them installed properly, and taking the proper safety precautions is a must. The last thing you need on a super hot and humid day is for your unit to overheat and cause a fire!
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For General Care:
First clean with hot soapy water, drain, then choose one of the following cleaning methods.Bring Your Sink To A Shine With These TipsBring Your Sink To A Shine With These Tips
- Use a soft cloth soaked in some white vinegar and scrub the surface
- Sprinkle baking soda around the surface then scrub it down with a damp sponge
For tougher jobs:
- Linda Cobb (the Queen of Clean) suggests mixing 3 parts cream of tartar with 1 part hydrogen peroxide and then using a damp cloth, massage the mix into the surface. Let dry then wipe with a damp cloth.
- 1 part vinegar, 1 part hot water, 1/2 part baking soda. Scrub mixture into surface using a damp sponge or cloth. Rinse well then dry with a clean cloth.
- I've also been told a tip to spray a layer of hot water over the sink to cover, then spray a layer of household ammonia. Cover with a plastic bag (stretched across the top with ends taped down on counter top) and leave overnight. Rinse the ammonia off in the morning then wash with hot, soapy water
Growing up in Scotland, Harry Benson dreamed of being a soccer goalkeeper. Instead, he ended up doing freelance photography covering everything from crime scenes to weddings. In 1964, the night before he was leaving on an assignment for Africa, he got a call from The Daily Express, where George Harrison was writing a column, to accompany the The Beatles to Paris for a few weeks. At first he says he "wasn't happy about it," but soon after, he knew he had been given the job of a lifetime.
Benson recalls he wasn't pushing to be the band's best friend, so they ended up hitting it off naturally and developing a trusting relationship. The result was some of the most intimate, relaxed images of The Beatles ever captured including their famous hotel pillow fight and the "Beatlemania" that ensued during their first visit to the United States. These images and more, some of which have never been published, all with Benson's recollections, are included in a collector's limited editionRead More »from Exclusive Beatles Photos by Harry Benson
By Jenny Lee, REDBOOKRead More »from 18 Ways to Pump Up a Party
Guests mingling.Party Tip #1 "Mood lighting is a key ingredient in every affair, so string up your Christmas lights to everything that's not moving!"
Party Tip #2
"Fill a punch bowl with a jug of inexpensive red wine, toss in a small jar of maraschino cherries including the juice, and add a half dozen each of lime, lemon, and orange wedges. Steep the mixture in the fridge for eight hours for an easy, festive punch to serve."
HINT: More simple drinks that are perfect for a punch bowl: Pomegranate-Wine Punch, Greek White Sangria, or Sangria Blanca With Summer Fruit
Party Tip #3
"It is absolutely worth it to plan your party music ahead of time. Start things out mellow, but make sure the songs get a little bit faster and more fun through the night. Burn the songs onto a CD - and don't be surprised if your guests want a copy at the end of the night!"
Party Tip #4 "I was pleasantly surprised to walk into a soiree where only desserts were served. The best part: a banana-split bar
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