By: Jean Chatzky
I started planning my daughter's bat mitzvah party - which went beautifully, despite a storm that downed trees, closed streets and took out the power - with a budget in mind. And like all good budgets, it had many line items. There was one for decorations. Another for food. Yet another for party favors. And another for entertainment.
Months passed as we planned, and we managed to stick fairly close to those numbers. When the thank-you notes from the stationer where we ordered invitations seemed too pricey, we found look-alike substitutes from a different company. When it became clear that we were going to spend more than expected on a balloon arch for the entryway, we replaced the pricey lamb chops with an Asian station.
And then one day, a couple of weeks ago, I capitulated. On lighting. Washing the walls pink and turning the ceiling into a starry night was going to cost more than I planned on, but I became convinced that we needed to do it to make the party. And
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By Erica ManfredRead More »from Triumph of the Ex-Wives Club: Winning an Oscar, Sweet Revenge
So how many divorcées were cheering for Kathryn Bigelow at the Academy Awards? She proves that getting an Oscar is the best revenge - especially when you beat out your ex for the award.
For those of you who don't follow Hollywood gossip, Bigelow and James Cameron were once married for two years in the late '80s. Cameron, who directed "Avatar" and "Titanic," has been married five times. He has a pattern of dumping wives when he starts a new film and meets another woman on the set who intrigues him.
While he was making "Titanic," he was married to Linda Hamilton. He met his current wife, Suzy Amis, on the set and left Hamilton for her. According to an interview with Hamilton in Britain's Daily Mail, "He always wants what he can't have - at least as far as women are concerned."
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Cameron also has a reputation as the scariest man in Hollywood. On the set of "True Lies," he is reputed to have warned the cast that they were risking their jobs if they
- The Staff at wowOwow.com | Healthy Living – Wed, Mar 10, 2010 8:52 PM EST
By Binnie KleinRead More »from Violent Zen: 5 lessons from the benefits of boxing
When I took up boxing in my mid-50s, the reaction from friends and family was always the same: "You?" Why, after all, would a middle-aged psychotherapist with no previous history of athletics take up boxing? There are many stones left unturned in the course of a lifetime, but there are also those that you do pick up, and some of them are … weird. Like when you decide to train for a marathon at an advanced age, when you purchase a box of art supplies although you've never painted, when you embark on the study of the most arcane, least-financially profitable pursuit, like the migration of butterflies or the bisexual proclivities of Bonobo chimpanzees. Boxing was my weird stone, and it took me way beyond the ring. Here are five lessons I learned that became remedies for my own struggle with aging:
12 Easy Ways to Get Healthy, by Nutritionist Patty James
1. Push the envelope and get out of your comfort zone. By my mid-50s, I had become that most embarrassing of all
By Christine L. HohlbaumRead More »from 7 Ways to Self-Indulge - Without Food
You've just finished a fulfilling - yet exhausting - day at the office and all you want after dinner is a glass of red wine, a bath and bed. Just as your head hits the pillow, your mind starts reeling about that big presentation the next morning and the budget cuts that are forcing you to let some of your favorite people go. Or maybe you fall asleep for a few hours, only to wake up in the middle of the night with 13 things on your mind. How are you going to get it all done when so many people are counting on you? Another sleepless night might just push you over the edge, but when the alarm goes off, you get up anyway. You watch the invisible gauge on your mental tank plummet to zero.
Whether you have a super-demanding career, or are a parent to an unhappy child, or are stuck in a one-way relationship with someone, you feel the toll it can take to be there for everyone else but yourself. Countless studies also conclude that feeling overly stressed can have
- The Staff at wowOwow.com | Work + Money – Wed, Mar 3, 2010 5:18 PM EST
How old are you, really? Whether it's the result of good genes, plastic surgery or a double dose of joie de vivre, more and more modern women appear much younger than their actual age. On the other extreme, more and more starlets are fast-forwarding the hands of time right before our very eyes. From Demi Moore and Ellen DeGeneres to Renee Zellweger and Amy Winehouse, wOw's found 15 women whose perceived age is far from their actual. Flip through this slideshow, and then tell us if you think age is a descriptor for appearance.Read More »from What's My Age Again? 15 Women Who Do NOT Look Their Age
DOB: September 15, 1986 :: © PR Photos
Too much plastic surgery has turned Heidi Montag, 23, into a 40-year-old-looking woman who had too much work done in her attempt to look like a Barbie doll.
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Date of Birth: January 26, 1958 :: © AP
Is the comedienne, talk-show host, Quintessential CoverGirl and "American Idol" judge pulling a prank on us? At 52 years old Ellen DeGeneres looks far more youthful today than she did during her 1990s sitcom
- The Staff at wowOwow.com | Work + Money – Thu, Feb 25, 2010 7:16 PM EST
By Andrew BelonskyRead More »from Navy's Lift of Ban on Women Serving Under the Sea Goes Seemingly Unnoticed
The Navy signaled yesterday that it intends to lift the ban on women serving in submarines. It won't be for about a year, liberally speaking, until ladies can actually get underwater. The subs have to be outfitted with new living quarters and women will first have to undergo "nuclear training" before climbing aboard a submarine. That's the pace of change.
Women Mentoring Women
The Defense Department quite nonchalantly announced yesterday that the Navy's going to lift its ban on women serving under the sea. Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell explained, "This is fundamentally a Navy initiative, which they recently briefed to the secretary of defense. [Gates] supports it and he notified Congress of the Navy's plans." Congress now has 30 days to protest, but there doesn't seem to be much movement there. No one seems to mind one bit, a sharp contrast to the dramatic debates over Don't Ask, Don't Tell. Not even the conservative group Concerned Women for America,
- The Staff at wowOwow.com | Fashion – Wed, Feb 24, 2010 5:55 PM EST
The eyes are the windows to the soul, so we think the window dressings are equally as important. As time passes by, our lashes and brows may succumb to stress, the environment, over-tweezing, over-waxing … But gone are the days of penciling in your brows and gluing on your false eyelashes. The editors at TruthInAging.com shared with wOw their favorite brow and lash re-growth products. Click through to learn what five items top the list.Read More »from 5 Top Products For The Rebirth of Your Lashes and Brows
Bold Eyes (That Aren't Over the Top)
Hydropeptide Lash ($128.79): Hydropeptide Lash does a great job on eyebrows and makes existing lashes grow - though it's not as effective at growing new lashes. The key actives are a couple of hexapeptides, synthetic peptides that behave like growth hormones. One growth factor, Octapeptide-2 may act as a stimulator of hair growth, at least in part by antagonizing the inhibitory effects of something called BMP4 on hair follicle development. It is also supposed to stop depigmentation in hair. Xylitylglucoside
By Dr. Richard RestakRead More »from 10 Surprising Ways to Improve Your Brain Power
Can't find your keys? Again? As a neurologist I encounter patients on a daily basis who feel as they age that they are losing their mental powers. Forgetfulness is an especially common complaint. But rather than a sign of brain disease, forgetfulness most commonly results from distraction, stress and inattention. That's why it's important to learn to relax, focus our attention and reduce distractions. In addition, in the course of more than 25 years of clinical research I've discovered ten effective ways to increase your brain power. Some of the suggestions, such as playing video games, Jenga and napping may surprise you, but give them a try. I've incorporated them into my own life and can personally attest to their effectiveness.
10 Tips for Less Stress in Your 9 - 5
1. Learn a word a day. Get into the habit of learning even one new word every day. That comes to over 350 words a year, or 3,000 words per decade! (Not bad, since the functional vocabulary of the
By Christine L. HohlbaumRead More »from 5 tips for minding your mobile manners
You're on a blind date, and your mobile rings. It's your best friend text-messaging you, asking how it's going. Do you secretly answer her under the table while pretending to be intrigued by your date's brilliance? It's been years since you've been on a date and now you're worried you may blow it. Or you are at a job interview, and you're stumped when they ask what you think you are worth (earnings-wise). Do you excuse yourself for a moment and conduct a Google search on salary for that industry in the bathroom? WDYT?
While you might know the answer to the second scenario (do your homework ahead of time), the first one poses a contemporary dilemma. How much connectivity, and in what capacity, is appropriate? As alluring as digital immediacy can be, there are some rules of etiquette that, when applied, show you are the savvy, polite Digital Ager you were meant to be.
7 Signs You're an Internet Addict
1. When having a face-to-face appointment, put your
by Dani ShapiroRead More »from 5 Ways to Find Your Spiritual Path
When my son Jacob was five or six years old, he started asking me questions about what I believe. Do you believe in God? he would ask. Do you think there's a heaven? What happens when we die? I had been raised in an Orthodox Jewish home, but had long opted out of thinking about faith. I lived in a fast-paced, secular world. Up until that point, I hadn't felt any great need to think about the Big Spiritual Questions. But suddenly, there I was: in the middle of my life, happily married, the mother of a beautiful little boy, living what by any measure was a good life in rural Connecticut. So why was I starting to feel a vague but chronic sense of disquietude? An anxiety that propelled me awake in the middle of the night? Why did this anxiety feel tied, somehow, to the questions Jacob was asking me?
I began to realize that a spiritual inquiry was necessary. I came across something beautiful Carl Jung had written: Thoroughly unprepared, Jung wrote, we take the step into