By Lauren Le Vine, REDBOOK.
You know who would totally have a kick-ass blog? Laura Ingalls Wilder. She was the original Pioneer Woman - not only did life take her from the big woods of Wisconsin to the prairies of South Dakota to Missouri, she carefully chronicled the hardships, achievements, and other adventures her family encountered along the way. Heck, Little House on the Prairie has an entire chapter on building a door for your sod house. If that's not DIY, I don't know what is.
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The do-it-yourself pioneer woman spirit is alive and well in modern-day females, too, but while Wilder was churning her own butter because it was the only way for the family to have it, women today are doing so because it fulfills an artistic and creative longing. In a piece called "The Rise of the Crafty Hipster, Michelle Goldberg talks about legions of hip young women who choose to engage in domestic pursuits for a living. Whether they feel stifled by the corporate
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- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Thu, May 9, 2013 5:11 PM EDT
Amanda Knox, which aired Tuesday night, is getting some unexpected attention from critics. Wednesday, Gawker likened Chris Cuomo's sit-down with Knox to sexual harassment, calling his aggressive line of questioning about what he repeatedly called her "freaky" personal sex life. (You can watch an excerpt of the interview here or watch it in its entirety when it's rebroadcast on Saturday night.)CNN's interview with
On Thursday, after a barrage of negative viewer feedback on Twitter, a CNN spokesperson defended the interview, telling Yahoo! Shine, “In this interview, Cuomo wanted to give Knox the opportunity to speak to the prosecution’s theories. He asked tough questions that reflected those of the prosecution, not his own ideas or beliefs. We encourage people to read the full transcript and watch the entire interview for full context.”
But an inside source at Harper Collins, where Knox's book was published, had a very different take. Apparently, some folks involved with the book felt theRead More »from Amanda Knox's CNN Interview was 'Intense,' says Her Publicist. Others Call it Bullying.
With summer rapidly approaching, we're all looking for ways to slim down and get beach ready. Well, this May marks Mediterranean Diet month-a celebration of healthy eating! The diet, created by Age Management Specialist Dr. John Pierce based on the eating habits found in the the Mediterranean region, places an emphasis on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes found in that part of the world. It limits red meat and dairy consumption, as well cuts back on salt and sugar. Need more convincing? Here are some of its health and weight loss benefits.
It Keeps You Heart Healthy This diet is filled with healthy fats, such as olive oil and omega-3 laden fish, which will help monitor blood pressure and lower the risk of heart disease.
It Helps Prevent Cancer Cruciferous vegetables (like broccoli and spinach) and legumes (like chickpeas and lentils), are known as cancer-fighting foods because they are packed with antioxidants.
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I have always been an admirer of Gwyneth Paltrow, I am not afraid to admit it. She was so good in my favorite movie, A Perfect Murder. I also think her secondary career as a lifestyle guru is rather inspiring. If there wasn't a GOOP, I would not have an eye-mask that has hollow indentations so that your eyes can blink.
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The Cut When Gwyneth came out with her newest cookbook, It's All Good, I was really excited. I have her other cookbook, My Father's Daughter, already. It is a really good cookbook for the average woman (me). There are some healthy recipes and there are some delicious recipes. One time I had a dinner party and I made beer-battered fish tacos from that book and everyone liked them. This is saying a lot because usually my dinner parties are miserable failures in which people start ordering sushi in front of me like I'm not even there.
This new cookbook of Gwyneth's has an interesting genesis.
By Corrie Pikul
There are products out there for every sleep conundrum...and while we can't guarantee their effectiveness, at least none of these have the potential side effects of sleeping pills.
detoxing The flowers are blooming, the grass is greening, the world is feeling new and fresh and you want to feel new and fresh, too. You've spring-cleaned your house, planted your garden, re-organized the garage and purged all of the junk that has accumulated over the past year, and now you're thinking about doing the same with your body: cleaning out the junk, giving it a fresh start, maybe losing a few pounds in the process. You're thinking of trying one of those detox juice cleanses you've seen advertised in the health food store, or your friend told you about, or you read about online.Read More »from Clean Slate: What You Need to Know About Detoxing
But, wait, what exactly is detoxing. What does it actually do? Is it safe? Is it effective? Will it leave you feeling fresh and new and free of all that "junk" your body has been accumulating?
Here is what you need to know:
Detoxing is based on the idea that our bodies accumulate toxins through the air we breathe and the food we eat: pollution, pesticides, sugars, alcohol, dairy - you know, the usual
- Cosmopolitan.com | Healthy Living – Thu, May 9, 2013 12:03 PM EDT
Unless your dad is a retired CIA agent, kidnapped women are rarely found alive.Here's a disturbing thought: What if some of our everyday habits were actually compromising our safety? We know women aren't to blame for tragic assaults and kidnappings, but we nevertheless want to make sure we're doing everything in our power to stay safe. Candice DeLong, a former FBI criminal profiler and host of Deadly Women on Investigation Discovery, has 21 safety tips every woman should know. Share them with the women in your life today.Read More »from 21 Potentially Life-Saving Safety Tips that Every Woman Should Know
By Dara Adeeyo
1. If walking by yourself, get off your cell phone. A lot of people think that being on the phone is safe because the person on the other line can call 911, but that rarely works out. Chatting can distract you; it's better to be aware of your surroundings. That said…
2. If walking by yourself, hold your cell phone and be ready to make an emergency call. Many phones now have a button on the screen to dial 911 immediately. Go one step further and preset one of the buttons on your phone to call the emergency number.
Want to fill up, whittle your waist, and possibly ward off diabetes all at the same time? Listen up: A recent study from the UK found that mice fed high-fat diets gained less weight if their diets were also supplemented with beta-glucan or inulin, two types of fermentable carbohydrates found in foods such as oats, barley, Jerusalem artichokes, mushrooms, asparagus, onions, and bananas.Read More »from 6 Superfoods that Control Your Appetite
Fermentable carbohydrates are a type of fiber that's broken down--or fermented--by the bacteria in your colon. "When this fermentation takes place, short chain fatty acids [SCFAs] are formed," says Lona Sandon, RD, assistant professor of clinical nutrition at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. "These seem to produce more of the appetite-controlling hormones that help us feel full." They may also help lower levels of dangerous body fat: Preliminary research on obese women found that higher blood levels of the SCFA acetate were associated with lower levels of visceral fat, the dangerous
- Gretchen Rubin | Healthy Living – Thu, May 9, 2013 10:44 AM EDT
We all want to get along well with other people, and one way to do this is to help people feel good about themselves. If you make a person feel smart and insightful, that person will enjoy your company. The point is not to be manipulative, but to help other people feel good about their contributions to a conversation.
Here are some suggestions…
1. Take notes. I'm a compulsive note-taker, and I used to feel self-conscious about pulling out my little notebook and taking notes during a casual conversation. Then I noticed that people really seemed to enjoy it; the fact that I was taking notes made their remarks seem particularly insightful or valuable. Now I don't hold myself back.
2. Refer to a comment that the person made earlier in the conversation. "This ties to your earlier point about…" This reference shows a person that you're tracking and remembering their comments very closely. And give people credit for their ideas! The terrific Ramit Sethi gave me the idea forRead More »from 7 Tips for Making Other People Feel Smart and Insightful
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Thu, May 9, 2013 10:05 AM EDT
weightYou may not be shocked to hear that people who gain weight tend to have certain personality traits, but would you be surprised to hear that gaining weight can also lead to personality changes? I was. Since weight is often such an emotional issue, researchers wanted to see if a change in weight had an effect on personality. They examined data from 1,900 subjects, including their weight and personality characteristics over a span of ten years. Turns out, people that had a 10% weight gain also became more impulsive. Even though the weight gainers were more likely to give in to temptation, people who gained weight also tended to think more about their actions.
One hypothesis of the increased deliberation is negative feedback. The researchers postulated that negative input from friends and family regarding their weight or food choices might have an impact on how they think. One of the researchers also suggested that repeatedly giving in to temptation may make it harder to have selfRead More »from Does Your Personality Change when You Gain Weight?
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