Out: Carla. In: Valerie.Move over Carla, there's a new first lady in France. Valerie Trierweiler is next at bat as Premiere Dame now that that Francoise Hollande has beaten Nicolas Sarkozy in the country's presidential election. Like Carla, Valerie is taller, better looking and perhaps more well-known in certain circles, than her partner. But the similarities between the two women end there. Let's compare:
Carla: Singer-songwriter, actress, ex-supermodel.
Valerie: Journalist. She originally wrote about politics for Paris Match, but has switched to arts and culture due to, ahem, a major conflict of interest.
NUMBER OF KIDS
Carla: 2. Her youngest, Guila, was born last year, while Sarkozy was in office.
Carla: Marie-Antoinette. As wife of the "bling bling president" Bruni-Sarkozy has developed a reputation for living big. When she's not photographed cavorting on exotic beaches with her husband, she's busy dressing in Chanel and trying to adapt the
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Work + Money – Mon, May 7, 2012 4:24 PM EDT
Out: Carla. In: Valerie.Move over Carla, there's a new first lady in France. Valerie Trierweiler is next at bat as Premiere Dame now that that Francoise Hollande has beaten Nicolas Sarkozy in the country's presidential election. Like Carla, Valerie is taller, better looking and perhaps more well-known in certain circles, than her partner. But the similarities between the two women end there. Let's compare:Read More »from France's New First Lady Valerie Trierweiler Vs. Carla Bruni-Sarkozy. No Comparison.
- CNBC | Work + Money – Mon, May 7, 2012 3:10 PM EDT
By Shelly K. Schwartz, CNBC.comRead More »from The Inflation of Life — Cost of Raising a Child Has Soared
The cost of raising a child from birth to age 17 has surged 25 percent over the last 10 years. Your little bundle of joy is going to require a wad of cash.
The cost of raising a child from birth to age 17 has surged 25 percent over the last 10 years, due largely to the rising cost of groceries and medical care, according to the Department of Agriculture, which tracks annual expenditures on children by families.
The government's most recent annual report reveals a middle-income family with a child born in 2010 can expect to spend roughly $227,000 for food, shelter and other expenses necessary to raise that child - $287,000 when you factor in projected inflation.
And, no, the bill does not include the cost of college or anything related to the pregnancy and delivery.
"If you sat down to tally up the total cost of having children, you'd never have them," says Timothy Knotts, a father of four and a certified financial planner with The Hogan-Knotts Financial Group in Red Bank N.J. "It's a very expensive adventure."
Talk about a life-changing
By Elizabeth Alterman, CNBC.comRead More »from Should You Say 'I Do' to a Wedding Planner?
19 percent of 18,000 newly married couples surveyed employed a wedding planner. When it comes to planning a wedding, no bride wants to run up additional expenses, but what if the single add-on of a wedding planner could point you in the right direction for everything from florists to photographers?
Planners can also run interference between the couple and opinionated relatives while simultaneously averting potential disasters on the big day.
According to TheKnot.com & WeddingChannel.com 2011 Real Weddings Study, 19 percent of 18,000 newly married couples surveyed employed a wedding planner.
That number has held steady since 2008, says Anja Winikka, editor of The Knot.com, who points out that hiring a planner doesn't need to be an "all-or-nothing" experience.
While some planners can supply a bride with everything but the groom, many also offer partial-planning services as well as day-of coordination. Fees, depending on location and level of involvement, can range from $250 to more than $15,000, industry experts say.
- Astrology.com FinanceScopes | Work + Money – Mon, May 7, 2012 1:12 PM EDT
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
Life is all about action. If you weren't moving forward -- or trying to -- you'd be on the way out. So if it feels like you're never satisfied with what you have, that's just an excuse to keep on going.
Today's Aries Reading: Free Sample Career Strengths Reading
Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
You may not only reach an important financial goal but transcend it. Now what? Don't wait -- set your sights on the next level! Now that you believe in the system -- or in yourself -- working in increments is possible.
Today's Taurus Reading: Free Sample Personal Astrology Profile
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Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
It goes without saying that everyone imagines their investment will pay off, in the extreme. But how many times have you actually found something no one has heard of, that paid off big? Be sensible
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There is a new site in town that allows you to write about knowledge and share your tips with readers; it's called Experts 123. This site lets you choose assignments, or you can write your own articles about something you are an expert in.
Experts 123 has you fill out an application and await approval before you can begin writing for them. They ask you to share what kinds of things you have expertise in on your profile, and they have you give a writing sample in the application.
Once approved, you can begin to write your articles; assignments on a wide variety of topics are available, and your articles can also be published once you have achieved approval.
Experts 123 also has a question and answer section, so you can share your expertise with other users that way as well. It really is a fun interactive writing site. What I like about it, is it's very professional and only allows serious writers to join its site. I also like the wide variety of assignments available.
an occasional workplace misstep. I've made my fair share of these types of mistakes, and have learned that while messing up is hard, learning how to apologize for what's happened can be even harder.Unless you were blessed with super-human powers, you've likely experienced
Chances are, your co-workers will forget what happened faster than you will, but your recovery will be much smoother if you quickly and sincerely own up to your error and find a way to resolve it. Here's some advice on how to say "I'm sorry" and power through a workplace faux pas.
1. React QuicklySeriously. This sounds simple enough, but after a big "oops" moment (hitting "reply" instead of "forward," anyone?), our natural inclination is often to freeze, and wish-really hard-that it never happened. But instead of becoming paralyzed with guilt or fear, channel that heart-pounding energy into a quick response. When you've made a blunder, it should be you (not someone else) delivering the news to the people Read More »from Made a Mistake? 5 Steps to Saying "I'm Sorry"
By GalTime's Consumer Watchdog Mary Schwager
Happy Mother's Day!Are you on the hunt for a Mother's Day gift? According to the National Retail Federation spending on presents for dear 'ole mom is expected to increase to about 152 billion dollars, up from last year's 140 billion.
If you don't have a big budget there are plenty of ways to let your mom know you love her.
Mom Saver-in-Chief Lisa Reynolds from Redplum.com shared some low cost Mother's day gift ideas with GalTime.
• Give her "me" time - Being a mom can oftentimes be busy and hectic. Give mom an upcoming Saturday, Sunday or full weekend all to herself. She can spend the day getting pampered, catching up on a movie with friends, or just enjoying her personal time. It may seem small, but the additional "me" time will mean a lot.
Related: Mother-Daughter Recipe for Radiance
• Check your local library for free arts and crafts - Homemade gifts mean the most. This is a great opportunity for dads to involve the kids in a giftRead More »from Mother's Day on a Budget
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Smart Dogs by Lightlife. (Photo by Sarah Afshar)
We need a president who embraces a comprehensive and positive values agenda: standing for the sanctity of life, protecting traditional marriage, defending religious liberty and basic human rights at home and abroad,
combating poverty and disease within the world's poorest communities, fighting for better quality of life for our citizens, and winning the War on Terror.
We need a president who has the right economic values. We too often place the economy and culture in completely separate spheres, content to worry about "social issues" when (and only when) our paychecks are secure. This is exactly the wrong approach. Governor Romney understands that the health of the economy and the health of the family are inextricably intertwined. There can be no long-term prosperity without healthy families, and it is a profound moral problem when we pay for the sins of the present by bankrupting our
So let's start with the obvious
"WE ALL LOVE
- Eye Spy | Work + Money – Sun, May 6, 2012 6:55 PM EDT
Check out Lovvvit.comEYE SPY a new web/app company that you must immediately check out. It's called Lovvvit and it combines the best elements of Yelp, YouTube and Groupon to offer all of us online shoppers a more entertaining and genuine user recommended video experience attached to a deal! Lovvvit is the place where we are able to show the world videos about our favorite places to eat, drink, play and love. These videos created will have the opportunity to be chosen by the merchant to be featured on the Lovvvit website or application attached with a deal. Lovvvit will also be the platform that will allow customers and businesses to communicate and reward each other in a unique way. There is much to learn about Lovvvit and the experience for both the merchant and user. We simply wanted to introduce this upcoming web/app to you and our EYE SPY featured pick of the day!Read More »from An EYE SPY Pick of the Day - Lovvvit - a New Web/App
Well, wait?! Did we say "video"? Let us clarify for you. Next time you are out at a local favorite spot, take your phone and video yourself
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