Photo: ThinkstockAuthor and political commentator Donna Brazile reveals six things she never wants to think about again-and you don't need them either.
The words "in my humble opinion." It is never humble and it is never delivered as opinion.
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Energy sucks (a.k.a Negative Nancies, Debbie Downers, and Sad Sids). These are the people who find the cloud around every silver lining. If you can't cut them out of your life entirely, turn your interactions with them into a game. When my neighbor says, "I hate this horrible weather!" I say, "Isn't horrible weather great? It means I don't have to wash my car!"
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Another person to make us complete. Being single isn't the same thing as being alone. Sometimes all it means is that you're responsible for picking up your own socks.
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Bad wine. Life is too short, and good wine too cheap. I like my Chardonnay buttery,
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Photo: ThinkstockAuthor and political commentator Donna Brazile reveals six things she never wants to think about again-and you don't need them either.Read More »from 6 Things You Can Live Without (Forever!)
- Oprah.com | Work + Money – Fri, Jul 29, 2011 7:25 PM EDT
Photo: ThinkstockBy Kate RockwoodRead More »from Packing a Perfect Gluten-Free Picnic Basket? Yes, it's Possible
Picnics are underappreciated: less hassle and heat than grilling, but endlessly more fun than eating indoors. Yet if you're gluten-free, the classic menu--a potential danger zone of sandwiches, crackers, pasta salad, and cookies--can scream off limits. A picnic can be gluten-free, of course, if you find tasty alternatives to the old standbys. Here's what you'll find in my wicker basket this weekend:
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Udi's Sandwich Bread: Whether I'm craving cucumber-cream cheese or mounds of roast beef, I reach for Udi's, a durable rice-and-tapioca bread available in white or whole wheat. Unlike other options, it doesn't require toasting to hold up to messy fillings; you can eat it soft, straight from the loaf.
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Tinkyada Pasta: Tinkyada's pasta-salad-perfect noodles (penne, shells, spirals) are made with brown rice and rice bran (fiber boost!), and stay incredibly chewy. One tip: The directions
- Oprah.com | Work + Money – Fri, Jul 29, 2011 7:03 PM EDT
Photo: ThinkstockBy Corrie PikulRead More »from Free Birth Control Could be Just a Year and a Half Away
Nearly every woman in America has used some method of contraception at some point in her life (the nonpartisan Guttmacher Institute puts that number at 98 percent). But many women haven't been able to use them as consistently as they'd like, or as recommended. Consistent usage can be expensive: Brand-name versions of birth control pills, the patch or the ring can cost more than $60 a month if paid entirely out of pocket. The initial costs of an IUD (preferred by many couples who already have children) are even more intimidating: The medical exam, the IUD, the insertion of the device and the follow-up visits can range from $500 to $1,000.
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Last week, the Institute of Medicine, a leading medical advisory panel, recommended that all insurers be required to cover FDA-approved contraceptives for women free of charge-that is, no co-pays or deductibles required. This is part of a set of eight empowering recommendations that also include
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Is your instinct to wear less makeup in the heat? Congratulations, your instinct is right! You can still look polished, though, with this pared-down routine from makeup artist Tracy Murphy.
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To even out your complexion in summer, use a moisturizer with gradual self-tanner and SPF (like Jergens Natural Glow Healthy Complexion Daily Facial Moisturizer with SPF 20, $8.50).
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Minimize undereye circles and blemishes with a waterproof concealer, like Lancôme Effacernes ($30).
Powdery makeup and perspiration are not a pretty combination; swap your powder blush for a cheek stain (like Benefit ChaChaTint, $29).
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Eyeshadow can be ephemeral in the heat, so retire it until fall. Define your eyes with a waterproof liquid liner (like Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner, $23) and waterproof mascara (like NYC New York Color Show TimeRead More »from How to Keep Your Makeup From Running
It's been said that parenting is the toughest job in the world. Wrong. It's the second toughest: Stepparenting wins hands down. Right now, approximately half of all Americans live in a stepfamily, which means that every day, millions of women are subject to the taunt-sometimes mournful, often angry-"You're not my mother!"Read More »from 4 Things a Stepmother Should Never Say
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I've been a stepmother three times. I know, from hard-won experience, that a great relationship with your stepkids is possible. And if you avoid certain trapdoors like the 4 verboten phrases here, you'll not only get along, but you'll never have to ask them to pick up their socks.
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1. "Go ahead, call me Mom!"
You're not their mother, and you never will be. They're conflicted enough, and pushing them to use a mom-name will only confuse them more.
Corollary: "We're going to be one big, happy family!"
You might eventually become the happiest of stepfamilies, but it
- Oprah.com | Healthy Living – Wed, Jul 27, 2011 10:49 PM EDT
Photo: Dan SaelingerBy Tova GelfondRead More »from 4 Reasons to Eat Seaweed (and Other Food From the Ocean)
A staple in Asian diets since ancient times, seaweeds are among the healthiest foods on the planet, packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. And now we know they're great for the waistline, too: A 2010 study found the algae can reduce our rate of fat absorption by 75 percent, thanks to its inhibitory effect on a digestive enzyme called lipase. (Scientists at Newcastle University are about to begin clinical trials on a "wonder bread" made with alginate fibers and designed to speed weight loss.) Here are four briny plants to sample, all available at Whole Foods or edenfoods.com.
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Wakame (Undaria pinnatifida) Pappardella-like leaves with a salty-sweet zest
Nutritionist Gillian McKeith, PhD, author of the You Are What You Eat Cookbook, calls wakame the woman's seaweed because it is loaded with osteoporosis-preventing calcium and magnesium and acts as a diuretic (which helps reduce bloating).
- Oprah.com | Love + Sex – Wed, Jul 27, 2011 9:42 PM EDT
Photo: ThinkstockBy Leigh NewmanRead More »from At Last: Proof That Men Love Cuddling...More Than Sex
Men, I now believe, love a lot of things as much sex. They love doughnuts as much as sex. They love a solid night of sleep under a heavy down duvet. They love an hour in the bathroom with a newspaper with nobody banging on the door. They love when people buy them clothes one size bigger than they are emotionally ready to deal with, cut off the tags, and pretend the L's are M's.
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Now the British Telegraph tells me that, "Acts of affection like hugs ... were more important to men than women." Research by sociologists at the Kinsey Institute, the paper reported, confirmed that "men who said kissing and cuddling were a regular part of their relationship were on average three times happier than those who did not."
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Even better, the 1,000 couples interviewed were aged 40 to 70 and had been in a relationship for an average of 25 years.
I find it uplifting that cuddling wins big in
- Oprah.com | Work + Money – Wed, Jul 27, 2011 9:06 PM EDT
Photo: ThinkstockTrue happiness comes when you do what you are most passionate about. Life coach Cheryl Richardson says that the clues are all around you.Read More »from How to Find Your Passion - and Start Living Your Dream
Step One: Get Quiet.
For most people, the road to connecting with passion begins with practicing good self-care. This means slowing down, spending time with yourself, taking good care of your body and mind, nurturing your spirit, and engaging in activities that will move you out of your head and into your body.
Once you become passionate about your self-care, you'll know you're on the right track.
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Step Two: Become Sensitive to Your Environment.
Once you're more connected to your feelings, you'll be ready to do a little exploring to discover the specific, personal things that best ignite your passions. Spend one week paying close attention to what excites you, touches you, inspires you to think in a whole new way, or even frustrates you. Watch for clues. Stories in newspapers, programs on television or
Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio DBy Adam GlassmanRead More »from What's the Right Way to Wear Cropped Pants?
Q: Once and for all, who can wear cropped pants, and how do you do it right?
A: Capris, pedal pushers, high-waters-whatever you want to call them, pants that hit above the ankle tend to shorten your frame, which is why petites struggle with the look.
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But women of any height can wear them by focusing on creating the longest line possible: Stick to plain, straight-leg versions, à la Jackie O., free of cuffs, bulky pockets, and other bells and whistles.
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Add height with wedges or slingback heels, or try flats with elongating pointy toes. (If you prefer open-toes, keep your pedicure neutral.)
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Make sure your blouse falls below the waist, and add a blazer or belt in similar tones-short, boxy shirts and contrasting colors interrupt your silhouette.
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A cold shower doesn't just temporarily cool you down. "It lowers your skin temperature and can actually reregulate how much you sweat," says Loretta Ciraldo, MD, voluntary professor of dermatology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Post-shower, towel off and sprinkle powder (like Zeasorb Super Absorbent Powder, $8.50) over areas that tend to be particularly sweaty.
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If your feet get slippery in summer, use the cool setting on your hair dryer to dry them completely, then pat powder on them (don't miss between your toes). And consider upping your antiperspirant power. Secret Clinical Strength ($8.50) and Degree Clinical Protection ($9) contain the highest over-the-counter concentrations of an effective sweat-duct-blocking ingredient (aluminum zirconium tetrachlorohydrex glycine, FYI).
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