Recently, one of my friends who is pretty much in the dictionary under "goal oriented," told me she's going to ease up a little on her life to do list. For someone who is ambitiously over-scheduled, it seemed like the most brilliant thing I'd ever heard. Duh: if you've spent years trying to completely overhaul your love life, body, and career, at some point, you will hit a wall. You will need to lie in the dark and watch hours of reality television and eat barbecue spareribs. You will be burned out.
We're a country of multi-taskers, but if there were ever a time to make things simple, it's during the summer. My brain barely works during crazy heat and humidity. It's like nature itself is pleading with us to take stock of the craziness that is daily life and see if it's really working. Was there ever a better time to focus on the one thing you really want?
I've been thinking lately about the conceit of making over our lives. It's so tempting to do it all at once, to go full throttle
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- Sarah McColl, Shine staff | Makeover – Thu, Jul 8, 2010 3:39 PM EDT
Recently, one of my friends who is pretty much in the dictionary under "goal oriented," told me she's going to ease up a little on her life to do list. For someone who is ambitiously over-scheduled, it seemed like the most brilliant thing I'd ever heard. Duh: if you've spent years trying to completely overhaul your love life, body, and career, at some point, you will hit a wall. You will need to lie in the dark and watch hours of reality television and eat barbecue spareribs. You will be burned out.Read More »from Mono-tasking your makeover: What one thing do you want most from life?
- Sarah McColl, Shine staff | Work + Money – Wed, Jul 7, 2010 3:58 PM EDT
image via etsy.comRemember when you were a tyke and summer felt like the longest possible stretch of time imaginable? Well, sometimes it still feels that way when you're a mom. That's why we culled the internets for items to help keep the kids in line and on task. Think reward systems, charts, and fake money. And while some of these are purchasable finds, you could easily pull out the art supplies and make this a DIY project you do together. Suddenly, summer looks a lot less scary.Read More »from 5 cute, clever tools to keep your kids productive (and out of your hair) all summer long
1. Summer Planner with Tickets
This planner is the pretty much the epitome of keeping kids on task. Download a completely customizable (and free!) summer calendar of chores and rewards. When kids read for half an hour or cheerfully complete chores, they're rewarded with tickets that can be redeemed for a trip to the zoo or a slumber party. View the sample here.
2. Time is Money
If your kid is turning into a couch potato, wearing down a path from television to refrigerator, it might be time to limit screen time. Mario
- Sarah McColl, Shine staff | Work + Money – Tue, Jul 6, 2010 4:19 PM EDT
Jen Larsen is one of those rare writers who writes about things that happen to her in a way that makes everyone else go, "OMG, that's exactly how I feel" and "How did you get in my brain?" She is also a woman who decided to get weight-loss surgery and write every day about what it felt like to be transforming, how becoming the person you always thought you wanted to be isn't, it turns out, all carousels and sno-cones. Here, she answers some of our questions about what she's learned along the way.Read More »from Real-life expert: Weight-loss surgery didnâ€™t fix me
You decided to have weight-loss surgery. Why?
I was fat my whole life, and for my whole life I thought it was something I had to fix, but I didn't know how. Diets didn't work. Diets, frankly, suck. I was angry that I couldn't eat the way everyone else seemed to be able to eat, whatever they wanted in whatever quantities they wanted. I was naturally unathletic, and angry that I had to actively work at being someone different, that it wasn't easy, and I wasn't smart enough or disciplined
"Live each season as it passes, breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit and resign yourself to the influences of each." --Henry David Thoreau The cult of busyness comes up against its hardest opposition in July. For the first (and maybe only) time of the year, there is an expectation that we won't be running around like headless chickens and that maybe, just maybe, we'll be swinging in a hammock.Read More »from 10 ways to slow down and savor the summer
The habit of seeing ourselves as Busy and Important can be a hard one to break. Without multitasking, we're more likely to actually pay attention to our lives and the details of our days. And as uncomfortable and foreign as that might feel at first, it's definitely a good thing that can lead to less daily stress and anxiety. Read on for ten ways to downshift and savor the summer.
1. Eat a peach over the kitchen sink. Is there anything more quintessentially summer than a ripe, messy peach? Eat it over the sink or with a napkin and savor each juicy bite.
2. Take a nap in a
- Sarah McColl, Shine staff | Makeover – Thu, Jul 1, 2010 4:17 PM EDT
You've got on a killer dress and your best blingy cocktail ring, but when your host greets you at her fourth of July party cookout, you are suddenly seized with panic; not even your chignon can save you. Take a deep breath, remember that everyone feels a little self-conscious at these things sometimes, and then follow some of these tips.Read More »from How to be a conversational sparkler at all your summer parties
This is the easiest social boon in the world, and one that always works. People feel comfortable talking to someone who is friendly, and a smile with warm eye contact is a wonderfully effective non-verbal opener.
Be General...Or Specific.
Once you've made initial contact with the person you want to talk with through an introduction from your host or just a smile, it's time to start chatting. General topics like the cocktails the host is serving or the weather always get people talking, though they may not lead to the most scintillating talk. Once you feel comfortable, get specific by asking how you each know the host, or compliment a
- Sarah McColl, Shine staff | Makeover – Wed, Jun 30, 2010 3:11 PM EDT
The recent ice cream sandwich makeover got us thinking about our favorite flavors and if they need a makeover, too. Maybe we're in a rut with strawberry and rocky road. Maybe chocolate chocolate brownie and birthday cake batter don't quite have the allure they once did. There are plenty of bizarre, rather unsavory ice cream flavors out there (boogers, anyone?), but we thought we'd whet your appetite with five cold treats you'd actually want to dip into.Read More »from 5 bizarre ice cream flavors that sound crazy delicious
1. Bacon Ice Cream
Sure, it's a combination of sweet and savory that raises some eyebrows. But if bacon works beautifully in a chocolate bar, we have a feeling it just might be divine in ice cream. Buy a scoop in Delaware's Rehoboth Beach, or try your hand at pastry chef and blogger David Leibovitz's recipe.
2. Brown Bread
This sounds like something you'd be more likely to eat in Sweden with some smoked salmon, but it's one of the most popular flavors at ice cream parlor Scoops in Los Angeles. Made with Grape Nuts and caramel, it
- Sarah McColl, Shine staff | Makeover – Mon, Jun 28, 2010 3:29 PM EDT
The news that Americans are overtreated in hospitals during their final days probably doesn't surprise many of us. Western medicine is often criticized for turning to prescription solutions when a natural approach would be just as effective. Here are five common ailments and the natural remedies that can ease them. Use common sense, though, and always remember to check with your doctor before starting on any course of treatment.Read More »from Make over your medicine cabinet: Holistic remedies for five common ailments
Tiger bone was traditionally used in Chinese medicine to treat pain, but Tiger Balm is a topical treatment made of herbal ingredients that was originally developed in the 1870s. It can treat headaches, as well as muscle aches and mosquito bites. Aromatherapy can also help for a mild headache. Try massaging a couple drops of lavender oil on your temples.
2. Cold and Flu
Because it seems so out of place, there's something particularly vexing about a summer cold. Though results are mixed, some studies have shown echinacea can shorten colds. At your
Hello, weekend. Boy, are we glad to see you. If you don't already have a jam-packed weekend, or if you're looking for some ways to have fun that don't involve a $45 ticket to the water park, read on. We've got ten feel-good, budget-friendly ideas for fun in the sun (or the air-conditioning).
Earlier this week, Time reported that at a research clinic in Dallas, psychologist Jasper Smits is experimenting with exercise as a treatment for anxiety and various mood disorders, including depression. If you've ever gone nuts on the elliptical, you know firsthand the soaring endorphin rush that leaves your mood better off than before your sweat session. But is a reliable bad mood buster effective enough to treat the serious symptoms of major depression?Read More »from Would you trade your antidepressant for exercise?
Since 1999, numerous studies have shown aerobic exercise is comparable to Zoloft for the treatment of major depression. "But," reports Laura Blue "exercise trials on the whole have been small, and most have run for only a few weeks; some are plagued by methodological problems. Still, despite limited data, the trials all seem to point in the same direction: exercise boosts mood. It not only relieves depressive symptoms but also appears to prevent them from recurring."
Smits work is still considered "unorthodox," and in some ways we
There's something for everyone here, and that's no small task when it comes to dresses. Whether you're looking for something to flatter your bombshell figure, want a dress that's ankle-skimming, or are open to anything as long as it will keep you cool on the next scorcher and is is way less than a b