Shopping online for a new man? Don't get too visual! Comedian and author Niecy Nash offers great been-there-done-that advice in her book, It's Hard to Fight Naked.
1. Skip the photos at first. At the beginning of your search, try to jump right into reading profiles without going through all of their pictures. Don't worry, you'll eventually get to see how the guys look, but you should be reading profiles without any preconceived notions about looks. This way, you won't eliminate an otherwise great catch who may not look like someone you'd typically date-and you won't cut any cuties too much slack for things in their profiles that will ultimately turn you off.
2. Trust your instincts. We can only do so much about our looks, but we have a lot of control over what we write. If someone sounds a certain way on the page, chances are he's going to come off that way and then some in person. Does he seem arrogant? Nerdy? Shy? Boring? If any of these are no-go's for you, you may need to move
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Shopping online for a new man? Don't get too visual! Comedian and author Niecy Nash offers great been-there-done-that advice in her book, It's Hard to Fight Naked.Read More »from What to Look for in a Guy’s Online Profile
Did you know toxins called "obesogens" can disrupt your metabolism? From nicotine to BPA to antibiotics in meat, obesogens increase the number of fat cells you have, decrease the calories you burn, and change the way your body manages hunger, say Roni DeLuz, RN, NJ, PhD and James Hester in 1 Pound a Day: The Martha's Vineyard Diet Detox and Plan for a Lifetime of Healthy Eating. Here's how to avoid them.Read More »from 20 Ways to Reduce Toxins in Your Diet
Obesogens enter your body from what you eat and drink, from chemicals and dust in the air that you breathe, and through your skin from the cosmetics and household cleaners you use. You do not live in a bubble. Living in the modern world makes exposure to these toxins inescapable, but you can take steps to reduce your exposure. Every little bit helps. Here are some changes you can make that will protect you and your family.
1. Eat organic produce.
2. Eat meat and poultry that has been raised without hormones or antibiotics. Grass-fed beef and free-range poultry are good choices.
By Jennifer Margulis
Author of The Business of Baby
Who says you need a fortune to start a family? According to the USDA, the average American family spends over $13,500 a year on raising just one child-and that number doesn't factor in the cost of college or even medical expenses. Does it really have to cost so much? Savvy moms know you can stick to a budget without compromising one minute of your baby's childhood.
Savings start in utero. Instead of spending $50 a month on expensive prenatal supplements, you can save money by eating healthy whole foods. Did you know one serving of kale contains enough folic acid to meet a pregnant woman's needs? Plus it's exactly the type of healthy whole food your growing baby needs to grow and thrive. Try raw kale in salads, sauté kale with garlic and orange slices, or blend a bunch into a smoothie.
Learn one simple skill before you leave the hospital. Or not-so-simple, if your experience is anything like mine.Read More »from How to Raise a Baby on a Shoestring Budget
- Tips on Healthy Living | Author Blog Posts – Wed, Aug 7, 2013 3:04 PM EDT
Authors of The Creativity Cure
Sometimes we have to fight the urge to sink beneath the weight of our emotions. Just as you would remind yourself not to slouch--"Stand up straight, dear," as my mother-in-law urges my father-in-law-remind yourself to follow these five steps for unlocking happiness, and you can turn your grimace to a grin.
Motion works. Swing, skip, run, dance, or move through your garden on a weed-pulling mission. Quickened pulses pump up moods.
Get it over with. Action lightens the load. Do all the things you dread in one day and you will feel great when you're done: Clean the closet, pay the bills, check off the to-do list, as fast as you can without cutting corners. One fell swoop releases you from mood-plummeting procrastination. Fast and furious frees up energy and produces upbeat daydreams.
Plan an activity with a group of 8. Bring your close friends together and have an interesting themed meal: Mardi Gras,Read More »from Is it Hard to Be Happy? 5 Simple Secrets for Unlocking Happiness
- Tips on Healthy Living | Author Blog Posts – Wed, Jul 31, 2013 3:22 PM EDT
By Dwayne BallenRead More »from The Importance of Addressing Early Signs of Autism in Children
Author of Journey with Julian
One recent morning I watched my son, Julian, walk down our driveway and get into the van that takes him to school every day. As the van disappeared from view, my thoughts ran to how far he has traveled in his brief 19 years. From a diagnosis of autism at age four to high school graduate, it's been a journey of twists, turns, reversals, forward leaps, and ultimately triumph. All of it, I strongly believe, has been made better because my wife Martina and I made the decision when Julian was a toddler to address obvious signs of his slower than typical development.
Unfortunately, our situation is not the norm in the black community. The reality is that African-Americans lag behind greater society when it comes to dealing with autism. The facts make this very clear. According to a study by Florida State University professor Martell Teasley, black children with autism are diagnosed on average at age five, compared to age three for their white
Email can be a huge source of time-wasting clutter. These rules from organizing guru Barbara Reich will help you stay on top of it more efficiently. From her book, Secrets of an Organized Mom.Read More »from How to Waste Less Time on Email
Most of us spend a large percentage of our time on the computer either writing or responding to emails. Email is a huge source of clutter (and time-wasting) in our lives. Here are my rules for more orderly emailing:
• Consolidate your accounts. If possible, have all of your personal email accounts come into the same program.
• Answer your emails daily, and open each only once. In your personal life, you can get away with checking email once a day-first thing in the morning or at the end of the day, whatever works for you. In truth, if you have a smartphone, you're likely checking email all day. Either way, the key to staying on top of correspondence is to make a decision and respond. Then there are only three options once you've responded: Delete the email, put it in an email folder, or print
- Tips on Healthy Living | Author Blog Posts – Fri, Jul 12, 2013 9:10 AM EDT
Translated from Vonnadorian by Matt Haig
Author of The Humans
If you are ever unfortunate enough to find yourself on the mediocre planet known to its inhabitants as Earth, then I recommend that you fall in love. Love is just about the only thing that makes life on Earth bearable for more than, say, fifteen minutes.
Here are some ways to make a human fall in love with you.
1. Be incredibly good looking. Humans are quite superficial, so being very physically attractive (by human standards) is a major asset.Read More »from 21 Ways to Make the Average Human Fall in Love with You
2. Be incredibly rich. See point 1.
3. Be incredibly famous. See points 1 and 2.
4. Sing songs in the key of G. This seems to work.
5. Take a human to a restaurant, and buy them food, and listen to them talk about themselves for at least three hours.
6. Act like you care.
7. Don't yodel. Yodeling generally doesn't help.
8. Generally, on Earth, quadratic equations and vertex configuration does not have the same erotic effect as it does on Vonnadoria.
By Elizabeth Dunn
Co-author of Happy Money
Now that the average American wedding costs almost $30,000, some of my friends swear that when they get engaged, they'll just tie the knot at a courthouse and spend the money on a down payment for a house. As someone who's usually careful with money, I think this sounds sensible. But as a happiness researcher, I'm not so sure.
Surprisingly, research suggests that owning a home has almost no impact on happiness. Instead, it turns out that people typically get more happiness from buying experiences than from buying material things. And a wedding can be one of life's great experiences. Of course, it's easy to get sucked in to spending lots of money on wedding expenses that won't make any difference for your happiness. Drawing on two decades of scientific research, here are a few tips for squeezing the most happiness out of every dollar you spend on your wedding.
Harness the pleasure of planning. Many couples say that the day ofRead More »from 3 Steps to a Happy, Budget-Friendly Wedding
- Tips on Healthy Living | Author Blog Posts – Tue, Jun 25, 2013 3:41 PM EDT
Claire Cook wrote her first novel in her minivan and walked the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere of the adaptation of her second novel, Must Love Dogs, starring Diane Lane and John Cusack. Her new novel Time Flies centers on a high school reunion, and she shares her insights and her characters' here.
She makes an entrance at every high school reunion. Impossibly tight dress, no visible movement to her face, elaborately foiled platinum hair, her emerald eyes a color that occurs naturally only in cats. She looks like she hasn't eaten since the last reunion five years ago, and you wonder if her ordinary-looking husband is walking a few steps behind her to catch her if she falls off her 12-inch heels, or because his job is to record the stunned reactions of her classmates with his iPhone and play them back to her later.
She hasn't changed a bit. She's changed completely. But guess what? She's not having any fun. Her classmates check her out from a distance, and keep thatRead More »from 5 Solid Reasons to Go to that High School Reunion You’re Dreading
- Tips on Healthy Living | Fashion – Wed, Jun 19, 2013 4:13 PM EDT
By Julie Inzanti
It seems like our carefully curated transitional wardrobe may never see the light of day, literally. April showers have decamped to June, extending or our seasonal affective disorder. We haven't had the necessary handful of balmy days of May and June to brown our gams for the general public. And we can't just unsheath our bottom half all at once-it happens inch by inch. For capricious climates, call on these essential ankle-length pieces.
The maxi: Dress or skirt, A-line or full-circle, classic, or Boho, the maxi is another perfect transitional piece. Don't go too long (you will pick up all sorts of unwanted debris on the city streets) or too short (that lower-calf region is prime for a matronly look.)
You can wear a maxi skirt or dress with layers and sandals on hot days or with boots or wedge sneakers for cold days. Tall or short, curvy, or straight-the long sweep of a maxi is slimming and flattering for all.
Nadia Tarr is the master of the maxi. HerRead More »from Get a Cute Summer Transitional Wardrobe that Starts at the Ankle