• By Meghan Casserly

    Turn a weekend's worth of chores into a profitable endeavor by looking at your items with new (Read: money-hungry) eyes.

    April's almost upon us, which for some means tax-time and for others means the start of gardening season. But for the more, April means Spring Cleaning, the time of year when we bravely enter the corners of our homes armed with dust-rags and trash-bins, clearing the cob-webs and clutter that have accumulated over the preceding three seasons.

    It's a dirty job.

    Top 10 Tricks To De-Clutter Your Office

    It's a dirty job, but someone's got to do it -- and get paid for it.It's a dirty job, but someone's got to do it -- and get paid for it.

    But with a little bit of creativity, web-savvy and a fresh pair of eyes, what can at first seem a bleak way to spend a weekend can, in fact, become quite a rewarding endeavor. Everyone who's seen an episode of Hoarders knows that you can't just keep consuming without getting rid of the surplus, and so for most of us the challenge is turning off the inclination to trash everything we don't want.

    The typical American consumer throws

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  • Are You Up for the Challenge?

    I challenge you to a race…

    A race against time. A race against yourself.

    What could you do faster? Where would a bit lower quality be OK if it saved you time? What is necessary, but you'd like to spend less time on it?

    Perfection is the enemy of time. Distraction is the enemy of time. Overwhelm is the enemy of time. Mindless activities are the enemy of time.

    We are often our own worst enemy of time.

    In many cases, we can do something to save, recover, and take back that time.

    Challenge yourself to a race.

    I'll be doing it along with you.

    Great candidates for a TIME CHALLENGE:

    Email -always at the top of the list

    Social media - another top contender

    Household chores - vacuuming, mopping, dusting, clean up

    De-cluttering and purging - tackle those pile, closets, shelves

    Organizing - rearrange, put items back, restore order

    Filing - just do it

    Phone calls - keep it brief, no chitchat

    Meetings - agenda, timer

    Writing -

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  • Astrology.com Weekly: April 2-8, 2012

    Themes of relationship difficulty mark this week! Venus enters Gemini on April 3 before soon forming a T-square by squaring both Neptune on April 5 and retrograde Mars on April 7. All this occurs in the midst of Mercury turning direct on April 4! Meanwhile, a full Moon in Libra on April 6 emphasizes the importance of tending to your relationships.

    Unearth how your ambition, natural skills and sociability can get you on the fast track to success with a free sample Career Strengths Reading!

    Hesitation just isn't your style, especially as this week begins. Read more...

    Your personal challenge as the week begins: Be flexible. Read more...

    Embrace your community as the week begins.

    It's less about being a big spender and more about setting priorities as the week begins. Read more...

    Put out the welcome mat as the week begins -- and fresh inspiration, a new friend and even the chance of romance might come a-knockin'! Read more...


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  • By Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil

    As childhood obesity rates continue to balloon, sugary beverages are emerging as a prime culprit. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sweetened beverages are the largest source of empty carbs, in the form of added sugars, in children's diets, and the extra calories are helping to expand young waistlines.

    [See: Is Child Obesity an Infectious Disease?]

    Young girl drinking juice.Young girl drinking juice.

    Even among adults, sugary drinks have been linked to not-so-sweet effects that include weight gain, type 2 diabetes, and heart problems. A recent study in the journal Circulation suggests that men who drink 12 or more ounces of a sugar-sweetened beverage a day are 20 percent more likely to develop heart disease than men are who abstain. Most Americans-including kids-get too much sugar. The AHA recommends that men get a total of no more than 36 grams of sugar a day, the equivalent of 9 teaspoons, and that women get no more than two-thirds that much. Children are advised to

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  • Expecting a vegetarian or vegan for dinner? Here are some tips to help any host.

    By Stepfanie Romine, author of "Easy Vegan Meals by SparkPeople: The No-Stress, No-Guilt Way to Reap The Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet"

    • DO be honest. Please don't try to sneak meat, broth, or seafood into the food. If you put bacon in the broccoli salad, chicken broth in the risotto, or lard in the pie crust, tell your guests.

    • DO invite them. I would have invited you, but I didn't think you'd...feel comfortable, eat anything I served, enjoy yourself, etc. Even a serious lack of veggie-friendly food isn't going to stop the fun if the people and atmosphere are warm and inviting. When I became vegan, one of my closest friends stopped inviting me to dinner parties, and it stung.

    • DON'T apologize. You eat cheese. Some people don't. You don't have to apologize for eating animal products in front of most vegetarians, as long as you...

    • DON'T make a big deal about it. Vegans and vegetarians have various
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  • For decades, the word "exercise" has conjured images of overzealous, spandex-sporting, free weight-wielding enthusiasts, seemingly working out to the beat of the all-too familiar - and outdated - mantra: "No pain, no gain."

    We've gained some serious ground since then, exercising the freedom to realize that we have myriad options when it comes to getting and staying fit - none of which require us to accept the boring, the intimidating or the ridiculously expensive when it comes to getting healthy, and staying strong and in shape.

    We've summarized five such options here, all of which are likely to not only feed your passion but also awaken your active self.

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  • How to Grow and Care for Dogwood Trees

    Dogwood trees are a lovely addition to your landscape.

    If you have been bitten by spring fever, you have probably already made a trip to your local nursery and or hardware store. Many now home centers now sell gardening supplies and flowers. One tree you may have wondered about is the ever present southern bloomer, the Dogwood tree. Lining many streets, and prominently blooming in yards all over the south, the Dogwood tree is a favorite for many homeowners.
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  • Aries (March 21 - April 19)
    What was supposed to be a serene night of giggling in the kitchen has turned into a micro-managed cookout. Try not to let anyone get snippy tonight when someone chops the onions instead of dicing them. The meal may not be perfect -- it's the time spent making the meal that counts.

    Today's Aries Reading: Free Sample Chakra Reading

    Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
    Before you take a sip, check the rim of the glass. Is it chipped or broken? Is it clean or is there a lipstick smudge? Be aware of your surroundings today: Assume nothing is as it is supposed to be.

    Today's Taurus Reading: Free Sample Karma Reading

    Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
    At last count, there seem to be more contractors and workers than occupants in your house. With all of the work going on around your home, it must be hard to find a quiet nook to read
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  • 5 Ways to Spruce Up Your Floors

    Create an eye-catching display with paint, stencils and more

    By Ayn-Monique Klahre

  • 10 Smart Digital Appliances You Wish You Owned

    By Heesun Wee, CNBC.com

    Digital advances are emerging as one of the hottest trends in the home appliance space. Think refrigerators that track your food inventory and expiration dates; washers and dryers you control remotely with a smartphone; robotic vacuum cleaners. "2012 is becoming the year, when connected appliances become more mass marketable and more mainstream," says Shawn DuBravac, chief economist and director of research for the Consumer Electronics Association, which produces the annual show.

    The evolution of these new appliances can be traced to the explosion of mobile devices. Another factor is cloud computing, which allows your many devices to easily communicate and sync with one another. Tech savvy consumers want their traditional white-box appliances do the same. In addition to smart technology, more consumers demand energy-efficient appliances. In fact, with higher utility bills and gasoline prices, consumers are more concerned about saving energy and money than

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