Anne Hathaway annoys people, but no one knows whyAnne Hathaway is sweet, pretty, and a good actress. She has great style, and is a fantastic role model for girls, unlike many of her peers. But there's something inexplicable about her that rubs us the wrong way. We conducted an informal survey of friends, colleagues, and the Internet, and discovered that yes, Hathaway gets under people's skin, but it's nearly impossible for anyone to articulate why. Nowadays many people turn to Yahoo! Answers when they have a question that needs solving. We discovered the following questions posed there:
-Am I the only person who doesn't like Anne Hathaway?
-Is it just me, or are there others out there who wonder why people make a big deal over Anne Hathaway?
-Does anyone else find Anne Hathaway extremely annoying?
-Who else thinks Anne Hathaway has an annoying face?
-Do you think Anne Hathaway is overrated?
-Does anyone else hate Anne Hathaway?
-Who gets your vote for most annoying actress going around at the moment? My vote: Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway annoys people, but no one knows whyAnne Hathaway is sweet, pretty, and a good actress. She has great style, and is a fantastic role model for girls, unlike many of her peers. But there's something inexplicable about her that rubs us the wrong way. We conducted an informal survey of friends, colleagues, and the Internet, and discovered that yes, Hathaway gets under people's skin, but it's nearly impossible for anyone to articulate why. Nowadays many people turn to Yahoo! Answers when they have a question that needs solving. We discovered the following questions posed there:Read More »from Why Do People Hate Anne Hathaway?
- Babble.com | Work + Money – Fri, Dec 7, 2012 2:53 PM EST
Mommy, I Want That Now: Raising NOT Greedy Kids in the Age of Amazon-itisMy 7-year-old came home from school yesterday asking for a zipper bracelet; a bunch of her friends have one. It sounded cool, like the rubber bracelets that were popular when I was a child. Could be a cute little holiday present, I thought.Read More »from Teaching Kids the Value of a Dollar in an Age of Amazon-itis
"Here, Mommy, I'll show you!" she said. She zoomed over to my desk, did a search on my laptop and found a bracelet within seconds. "Look!" she said. "It's only $3.50!" Um, yeah, and $4.49 shipping. And, um, there was no exact reason for her to get it, even though it was just a trinket.
Sabrina is a whiz on the computer, which means she's also become quite the maven at locating objects of desire. The other day, she announced that she had her eye on some sort of gadget that imprints designs on your nails. It was $350. "That's three hundred and fifty dollars!" I said, incredulously. Sabrina pondered that, then offered to use the allowance she's saved up. I wanted to say "Over my dead body!" but instead said, "I think you should save up your money for
If it seemed like this year's TV slate was particularly entertaining, there's a reason: women. They're not just in front of the camera, they're literally running the show. The Hollywood Reporter's List of the 100 most powerful women in entertainment pulls the curtain back on the CEO's, presidents and creative executives steering the pop culture mothership in 2012. Most of the women in their round-up are TV executives holding down key roles in what used-to-be a boys-only club. You can thank these women for convincing networks to spend millions on a show about storage spaces, convincing a movie star to do a TV movie, and convincing you to watch one more episode of "Kardashians"--even nothing really happened in the last three episodes. Yeah, they get us.
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- Tips on Healthy Living | Work + Money – Fri, Dec 7, 2012 9:52 AM EST
By Philip Galanes
Author of Social Q's
No more scented candles! If we wanted our homes to smell like "Summer Rain" (with its sticky humidity and propensity to mildew), we'd move to Seattle-or buy the stinky candle ourselves. Don't take my word for it. I've got scads of letters to prove it. They come to me care of "Social Q's," the advice column I write for the Sunday Styles section of The New York Times (and now a book of essays about how to skate through the most awkward moments of your life).
The holidays are a few of them. And while we're on the subject of holiday gifting, please put down that "personality" sweater, jaunty hat, sachet of lavender potpourri, and zippy necktie. Now! We don't want them. Trust me.
Cases in point: I am a 35-year-old woman, and my father has given me a silk scarf for every Christmas and birthday since I was 21. Do you know how many silk scarves that is?
Let me guess: Twenty-five too many?
Or this one: My children have decidedRead More »from Gift Guide: What to Give, What Not to Give, and for Re-Gifters, How to Get Away Clean
- Astrology.com FinanceScopes | Work + Money – Thu, Dec 6, 2012 3:43 PM EST
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
Things are pressing, and you may miss something important in all the urgency of the day. Be sure to go over dates, bills, payments and any other items that could put a wrench in the works if they were overlooked.
Today's Aries Reading: Free Sample Destiny Reading
Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
No more grousing, Taurus! All your complaining is costing you and everyone around you a pretty penny. Besides, talk is cheap; if you think you can do a better job, then lead the way.
Today's Taurus Reading: Free Sample Extreme Makeover Tarot Reading
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Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
Be careful what you wish for -- the universe will be taking you seriously today! Even the smallest oaths or swears made in jest have a ripple effect, even if it takes a while to see the results. Don't take your own words lightly.
6 Tech Tips for Tracking Holiday GiftsIt happens every year: I go to wrap up the presents for the kids and discover that I've bought WAY more for one kid than the others. It's not that I play favorites. It's that I am terrible at tracking what I've purchased. I tend to shop all year round for holiday gifts and sometimes I forget what I've already bought.Read More »from 6 Ways to Keep Track of Holiday Spending
Sometimes I buy the same things twice.
Funny as this sounds, it's not so funny the night before a holiday when I'm trying to find a way to even the scales.Things get even messier after the holidays when it's time to thank people for the gifts we've received. Who gave us that game again?
I'm not completely without resources. I'm armed this year. There's apps out there for people like me.
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Want to stress less this season about what you're buying, getting, and who to thank? Thankfully there are a bunch of ways to track your purchases and say thank you for the gifts you've gotten, including
woman adjusting thermostatBy Laurie Lee
Stay Warm and Save
Dropping temps mean higher heating bills, right? Not always. A few simple strategies can keep you and your family warm and toasty while keeping costs down. Photo by Getty Images.
If your heating bill is through the (uninsulated) roof, a home energy audit might be the answer. This professional consultation, which can be anything from a basic walk-through to using an infrared camera to identify heat loss zones, will leave you with a prioritized to-do list of areas to insulate or other ways to save thousands of dollars in the long run. The service can cost $500 and up, but some utility companies offer free or discounted audits, so call yours first to check. If your home's in pretty good shape, do your own "audit" to check for likely heat loss areas; find a guide at energystar.gov.
Boost the View
Energy Star-rated windows are tops for holding in heat, but at $300 or more each, installing them may not be in the budget. Instead, addRead More »from Trim Your Winter Heating Bill
- betterhealthblog.com | Work + Money – Thu, Dec 6, 2012 11:10 AM EST
How Advisors Can Enhance Their Business OrganicallyFinancial consultants may have a hard time coming up with innovative business solutions, but there some effective promotion strategies that all organizations can benefit from in order to expand their sales. Continue reading to learn 6 of these tips.
Community groups are a must for financial consultants. While most advisers recognize this, they often end up in the wrong group. Advisors should join 2-3 groups where they not only will find their target customers, but where they can contribute wholeheartedly.Reliance on Client Referrals
A business can benefit heavily from client referrals, especially new ones. Referrals can be generated when the business asks the client for leads (solicited), when clients refer the business to other customers (promoted), and when a client comes to the business without any prior action by the company itself (spontaneous).
The last category is a treasureRead More »from 6 Ways Financial Consultants Can Boost Your Business
- The Daily Muse | Work + Money – Thu, Dec 6, 2012 10:25 AM EST
Be Productive After Work
With winter and the holidays creeping around the corner, there seems to be fewer play hours in the day, extra obligations piling up, and more to do on the job. And returning home after a long day's work can feel increasingly daunting with household chores, bills, and errands. So what's a girl to do with more tasks and less time?If only we had the energy we did in college. Remember? You'd come home late, completely wiped from studying or an exam (in my case, it was usually a volleyball match) and despite your exhaustion, you were somehow able to rally yourself for the evening's social activities. Who could resist another 80s party, right? While I'll confess I haven't found that energy again (and while neon spandex and side ponies will always be more enticing than balancing the checkbook), I have found a few ways to rally after work just the same. These steps have made a noticeable difference for me in making my post-work hours the productive (or social) time I want them to be.
By Pamela Brill
Get Gifts for Less
Odds are the children in your life (your actual kids as well as the overgrown one you're married to) have already made it plain which games and gadgets they desperately want this holiday. And you, of course, want to grant their wish lists-without spending a lot. With a little planning, you can. Check out these smart ways to save on the toys that will make them smile widest. Photo by Getty Images.
Related: Check out the 10 things you should never say to your kids.
Reap the Rewards
Pharmacy chains and supermarkets aren't the only stores with loyalty programs. Members of Toys "R" Us's Rewards "R" Us get members-only shopping site discounts and other money-saving perks during the holiday season. LEGO's VIP program uses a point system that gives you $5 off for every 100 points you earn.
Get Gift Cards at a Discount
Check out GiftCardGranny.com, which sells cards for toy and electronics retailers like Target, Toys "R" Us, Sears, Walmart,Read More »from Holiday Toys and Games for Less
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