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- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money | Thu, Jan 31, 2013 1:56 PM EST | Comments
Move over, Hello Kitty, there's a new destination for the cutest and coolest customers in town. The Barbie Cafe, which opened in one of the busiest shopping districts in Taipei on Wednesday, is filled with classic and modern Barbie memorabilia, features a delicious-looking menu, and takes people where the prim-and-proper "American Girl" franchise fears to tread. "We picked Taiwan because theme restaurants are very popular and successful here," Iggy Yip, a senior manager at Mattel's Greater China division, told the Telegraph. "We are very confident that the Barbie Cafe can promote our brand image."
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- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money | Wed, Jan 30, 2013 2:31 PM EST | CommentsResidents of Vassar, Michigan, welcomed home two of their own on Sunday, when Army Reserve soldiers Master Sargeant (Msg.) Tim Larrison and Specialist (Spc.) Katelyn Larrison ended their yearlong deployment in Afghanistan. The father-daughter team was surprised by a crowd of well-wishers who had spent most of the morning awaiting their arrival.
Father and daughter soldiers Tim and Katelyn Larrison were stationed together in Afghanistan. Both came home safely …
Soldier Adjusts to Life at Home After Afghanistan
"I was so excited to see her [Katelyn's] reaction," Shannon Larrison—Katelyn's mom and Tim's wife—told WNEM-TV. "She immediately started shaking and tears came down her eyes, it was the best."
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"Oh man, a lot of people, it was very exciting, it's nice to be welcomed home," Spc. Katelyn Larrison, 19, told a local news crew.
"Just seeing the support and the flags, it was bigger than I imagined," her dad said.
This wasn't the first time he's returned home from war; Msg. Tim Larrison finished a year in Afghanistan in September 201...Read More »
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money | Tue, Jan 29, 2013 1:59 PM EST | Comments
U.S. economy may be on the mend, but that hasn't stopped it from influencing a generation in an unexpected way: For the first time ever, an annual survey of college freshman has found that first-year students are more focused on their job prospects than their party plans.... The Read More »
According to the "2012 Freshman Norms report," conducted by UCLA's Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) each year since 1966, only 33 percent of college freshman reported drinking beer in 2012, down from 35.4 percent in 2011 and far lower than the 73.7 percent who were knocking back drinks in 1982, when many of their own parents were in college.
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Alcohol industry experts said that they're happy about the change.
"While we recognize there is more work to be done to eliminate underage drinking, today we have a record number of college freshmen who are making the right choices about drinking," Joe McClain, president of the Beer Institute, said in a
- Self Magazine | Work + Money | Mon, Jan 28, 2013 1:29 PM EST | CommentsK. Aleisha Fetters, SELF magazine
You know one of the best places to land a job is online. But, hello, talk about being a needle in a haystack! Here, ways you can stand out among the e-masses.
PIMP YOUR LINKEDIN PROFILE
You'll increase your chances of a recruiter contacting you tenfold if you post links to industry news along with personal insights on your page at least once a week, according to Nicole Williams, LinkedIn's career expert. And while you're at it, beef up your experience section. Profiles that list more than one position snag more page views. Highlight your personal achievements with about five bullet points of info under each gig.
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BE EASILY SEARCHABLE
Parrot words or phrases from the job post in your résumé and cover letter, says Rosemary Haefner, CareerBuilder.com's HR vice prez. Recruiters often weed through hundreds of applications by typing keywords from the job description (such as "experienced in HTML") into a search e...Read More »
- Woman S Day | Work + Money | Mon, Jan 28, 2013 12:47 PM EST | CommentsBy Marlisse Cepeda
Express your gratitude to the armed forces with these rewarding ideas Read more: Support the Troops - How to Help …
Though some servicemen and women may be thousands of miles away, there's plenty you can do from right where you are to show you're thankful for their brave efforts. Sure, you can donate money to any of the worthy military organizations, but many of the foundations that follow offer more direct ways to give back to those who fight for our country. Read through to find your favorite way to help. Photo by Thinkstock.
1. Send books and more.
There's nothing better than a good read, right? Service members think so, too, despite their limited downtime. After signing up with Books for Soldiers, you'll be able to see soldiers' requests via forums for books, comic books, DVDs and magazines. If you own one of the sought-after items or want to pick it up for a soldier, just send it where the service member asks-the organization suggests using flat-rate boxes from the USPS. If you're interested in sending gifts to multiple soldiers at once, check out the foru
- Babble.com | Work + Money | Wed, May 22, 2013 11:26 AM EDT | CommentsOwning a home has long been part of the American Dream. For many, that dream means sacrificing for up to 30 years to ensure the mortgage payment is made on time each and every month. Many financial experts highly recommend paying off a mortgage loan before planning to retire to keep monthly living costs as low as possible.
Here are 5 tips for alleviating mortgage debts earlier:
1. Set Up Automatic Payments
If your lender allows it, you can set up your mortgage payments to coincide with your payroll dates. Many lenders will let you pay weekly or bi-weekly based on when you get your check. The good part of this method is there are some weeks where you are paid three times in a month which would mean extra payments are going towards your loan.
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2. Send a Little Extra
When you make your monthly loan payment, write the check out for more than what is required. For example, if your loan note is...Read More »
- Babble.com | Work + Money | Wed, May 22, 2013 10:06 AM EDT | CommentsIf you're looking for the best pet-friendly restaurants, vets, and apartments, the new app "Where My Dogs At" is here for you. It's kind of a Yelp for dogs, and their people. The app also helps people find a myriad of other dog-related services: dog walkers, groomers, dog parks, pet supply stores, you name it.
The app has many of the features of other social networking tools, although instead of checking in, you "mark your territory." Businesses and locations are rated on a scale of zero to five paws.
Like Facebook, Where My Dogs At can also be used to share photos and meet other dog-minded people.
The app is free and available in both iPhone and droid formats. Co-founder Jonathan Kolker told the LA Times that he plans to monetize the app by offering geo-targeted ads, and offering an upgraded version people would pay for.
Kolker said he already plans to update the current app with sections for pet-friendly hotels and pet-related events....Read More »
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- Forbes.com | Work + Money | Wed, May 22, 2013 7:55 AM EDT | CommentsBy Caroline Howard, Forbes Staff
For our 10th annual Forbes Power Women list, our mission is to redefine power. We've selected 100 women go beyond the traditional classifications of the power elite (political and economic might). They are actually shifting our very idea of clout and authority and transforming the world and in exhilarating and novel ways. This annual snapshot of the 100 women with impact are top politicians and CEOs, activist billionaires and celebrities who matter. In roughly equal measure you'll find next gen entrepreneurs, technologists and philanthropists -all ranked by dollars, media momentum and impact (see full methodology here).
This year the list features eight heads of state -- including our No. 1 for the eighth time, German Chancellor Angela Merkel -- who run nations with a combined GDP of $9.9 trillion. The 24 corporate CEOs control $893 billion in revenues and of 16% of the women here have founded their own companies, including two new billionaires to the lis...Read More »
- Babble.com | Work + Money | Tue, May 21, 2013 11:55 AM EDT | Comments
Before you book your summer vacation, check out what these hotels with the best kids' clubs have to offer. While you are relaxing on the beach, the kids can take surf or snorkeling lessons in the water. These top-rated kids' clubs are filled with fun and educational activities for children of all ages. All are safe and guaranteed to show you kids an amazingly fun time, whether in the sun, indoors, or whatever venue you choose. You are both sure to have a vacation to remember. Click through for 7 of the best hotel kids' clubs in the world! -By Jamie Morrison Curtis
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- Astrology.com Financescopes | Work + Money | Tue, May 21, 2013 11:53 AM EDT | Comments
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
Don't charm your way into whatever it is you want today. Curb your own self-interest for a change and think of the other person. You need to do more with your money and abilities than simply indulge yourself.
Today's Aries Reading: Free Sample Romantic Compatibility Reading for two
Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
You are going to SCREAM if you have to face your regular routine for even one more day! Or are you? You come up with an interesting new twist on something very, very old today and it makes all the difference in the world. If you could bottle it, you'd be rich.
Today's Taurus Reading: Free Sample Karmic Love Reading
Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
Take what you want, but eat what you take. If that wasn't your parents' dinnertime mantra growing up, then
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