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Think it's impossible? wOw's Jean Chatzky embraced the challenge.
Confession: I punted on wowOwow.com's Question of the Week about which five things - things, as Joan Juliet Buck pointed out, not people, pets, places, but things - I wouldn't want to live without. But that doesn't mean I haven't been thinking about it. I feel like I've been living it for the past month.
It was July 21 that I read a story in The New York Times about a shopping diet. It goes something like this: You pick six items of clothing, then proceed to wear them and only them for the next month. Shoes, accessories, underwear, exercise wear, bathing suits and outerwear don't count. The point is that you save money by not shopping and time by not standing before your wardrobe agonizing over what to wear.
Despite the fact that I had to dress for both work (some of it on television) and play (weekends at the beach), I decided to give it a try. The first five were easy: a purple wash-and-wear dress, a black pencil
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by: Sheila NevinsRead More »from A Dog's Dying, by Sheila Nevins
Today our dog received a death sentence. I thought he had some tick disease and went to the gym. When I came back, I learned by telephone that he had a few weeks to live. The vet said his platelets were 500 times below normal. This son of a b---- , and he was one; this cancer had cornered the mutt of my dreams. It was a leukemia - lymphoma, blastoma, gastlioma, whatever - and there was no cure. All we could do was keep him out of pain.
Cornwallis* is a dog, not a human being. I know that, and yet my human-heart is broken. So is my son's. So is my husband's. He's family. My eyes are swollen, my lips are puffy, I want to hold him and give him some of my own time that's left. That crazy barter is just how much I love him. His liver and his spleen are swollen. They will return my wounded lover tomorrow and I will watch him grow weak and die. Let me tell you about Corny - Corny has seen me through some rough times. He knows my secrets, even the ones I don't tell him. I
- The Staff at wowOwow.com | Parenting – Wed, Aug 25, 2010 9:05 PM EDT
by: Chandra HoffmanRead More »from Thinking of Adopting? 5 Steps to Starting Off Right
Adding a child to your family through domestic or international adoption is a weighty decision, worthy of a mix of soul-searching questions, research, patience and, finally, a lesson in faith and fate. Former domestic adoption program director and aide in a Romanian orphanage Chandra Hoffman shares her insights for those considering adoption.
WHY ADOPT? A FEW IMPORTANT QUESTIONS
What are your motivations to adopt? What do you believe are your strengths and limitations as a parent? Are you interested in domestic (adopting a baby or child born in the United States) or international?
How much does the child's age, race, gender or biological family medical history matter to you? Are you open to a child with special needs?
Do you have strong feelings about open, closed or semi-open adoption? In an open adoption there is ongoing contact between birth and adoptive parents; semi-open involves a more limited, legal contract of photos and letters to be shared with the
by: Julie MorgensternRead More »from 5 Tips to Pare Down for Fall
With the end of summer approaching, August is often our last chance to complete projects around the house that we've been meaning to get to all year. One priority for many people is paring down, which helps identify what's obsolete and allows us to let it go, making room for change. This is a process that I call SHEDing: By eliminating the tangible clutter in your physical space and schedule, you gain the clarity, energy and insight to move forward and discover what's next. The SHED process involves four steps:
*Separate the treasures: What gems are truly worth hanging onto?
*Heave the trash: What's weighing you down?
*Embrace your identity from within: Who are you without all your stuff?
*Drive yourself forward: Which direction connects to your genuine self?
Of course, letting things go is not easy. But in my 20 years of work as a professional organizer, I've learned five keys to success:
1) FIND YOUR CLUTTER "RAFTS" AND TOSS THEM OVERBOARD
by: Jodi Andersen-SpenRead More »from How to pick the perfect dog, for YOU
While countless studies have shown that living with a dog can significantly reduce the stress in your life, living with the wrong dog can have quite the opposite effect - begging the question; How, exactly, does one pick the right dog?
After years of vetoing my husband and kids about getting a dog, I fear I am dangerously close to caving in. My husband is a "big dog" guy and my kids (who are almost college bound) want a dog that is high-energy but cuddly. The property we live on is about one half of an acre and is mostly open space. Any words of advice about how to choose the right dog would be appreciated. I would prefer something that doesn't shed or drool.
Dear … Doesn't Shed or Drool,
I so get where you're coming from! Understanding your family (and their preferences) is the first step to finding the best dog for your clan and - if the fit is right - living with that dog can often be more rewarding than living with your kids. (In case my kids
- The Staff at wowOwow.com | Parenting – Mon, Aug 16, 2010 3:54 PM EDT
How much does the decision to have children really affect your career success?Read More »from The Motherhood Penalty: Can you have children and a successful career?
by: Jean Chatzky
When I graduated from college I remember telling my then-boyfriend's mother: One day I'm going to be the editor-in-chief of Glamour magazine. I was a little full of myself, admittedly. And unaware of the amount of hard work and talent it would take to land as a top editor in Si Newhouse's stable.
I started on the right track. I was an editorial assistant at Working Woman magazine (in the building next door to Conde Nast, where I could watch all the perfectly coiffed girls head to their desks at Vogue, Glamour, Mademoiselle hoping someday it would be me). Then eventually an assistant editor. And, at another magazine, an associate.
And then - then two things happened in a relatively short period of time. I decided I wanted business magazines rather than women's magazines, so I diverted and went to work at Forbes, then SmartMoney. And I got married and started to think about having kids.
By: Barbara Hannah GruffermanRead More »from Damaged locks, anyone? A quick, easy fix
That's what my hair looked like on my 51st birthday. And why not? I had spent the last 30 years blow-drying my naturally wavy hair into submission. On most days, I would stare into the mirror, separate my hair into neat sections and blow-dry each one - tugging and pulling with the brush in one hand, and drying with the other, until my hair was sleek and shiny and completely under my control. Humidity was my mortal enemy.
This love affair with making my hair something it wasn't meant to be started in July 1969 - a summer filled with all kinds of rebellions. I wanted straight hair parted down the middle, just like Michelle Phillips from the Mamas & the Papas. I should have followed the lead of Janis Joplin, who had hair more like mine, but my mind was made up. Even if I had to sleep with my hair slathered with Dippity-Do, rolled up in concentrated orange juice cans (which I did), one thing was certain: My hair would be straight.
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