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  • Easy College Care Packages

    Diane Schmidt is a blogger who shares her thoughts with us at SheSpeaks

    One of my favorite memories of college, was receiving care packages that my family would send. It was such a treat to go to my mailbox and a package was waiting for me! My aunt would send me homemade cookies, books and other treats.

    Are you putting together a care package? Here are some of the popular items your college student will like:

    • Hometown newspaper
    • Magazines
    • Holiday decorations
    • Gift cards for local restaurants or fast food
    • Quarters for laundromats, bus fare, and vending machines
    • Instant oatmeal, granola bars, dried fruit
    • Vitamins
    • Razors
    • Body lotion
    • Toothpaste
    • Dental floss
    • Anti-bacterial wipes
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Facial tissues
    • Mac n Cheese
    • Scotch tape and scissors
    • Over-the-counter cold medicine and pain reliever
    • Recipes for favorite dishes
    • Band-aids
    • Ointment
    • Extra cell phone charger
    • Soap
    • Ramen noodles
    • Gum
    • Vinyl
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  • Happy Earth Day

    Melissa Jarus is a blogger who shares her thoughts with us at SheSpeaks









    Did you know that April 22nd was Earth Day? Did you remember to buy her a present? I hope it wasn't one of those cheesy, musical greeting cards that belts out Carole King's "I Feel the Earth Move" - Mother Earth is more of a smooth jazz kinda lady…

    Earth Day started in 1970, as a way of raising public awareness about air and water pollution. Gaylord Nelson, founder of the Earth Day movement, felt compelled to take action after seeing the devastating effects of the 1969 Santa Barbara (CA) oil spill (EarthDay.org). Over the years, the movement has grown to the global initiative that it is today.

    So how will you celebrate Earth Day? Plant a tree? Recycle your trash? Walk instead of drive? If you're looking for inspiration, you can visit EarthDay.org for ideas on ways to take action and even sign the Act of Green Pledge.

    As for me, my Act of Green pledge is

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  • Celebrate Earth Day in Style!

    Zigi is a blogger who shares her thoughts with us at SheSpeaks










    After a massive oil spill in California in late 1969, environmental concerns were brought to the forefront with the help of Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin. As a result, on April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans (that's right 20 million!!) organized rallies coast-to-coast against the deterioration of the environment. Groups that had been fighting against all different environmental concerns suddenly realized they shared common values, creating a rare political alliance with support from both Democrats and Republicans.

    Since it's creation many groundbreaking laws have been passed including the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act. Today, over 192 countries and more than 1 billion people participate in Earth Day activities, making it the largest civic observance in the world. How amazing is that?!

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  • Is a Feeding Tube the Latest Bridal Accessory?

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    We've all heard of brides going the extra mile to drop a few vanity pounds before squeezing into their gowns, but recent reports of a bride-to-be using a feeding tube days before her wedding seem a bit over the top for many.

    The New York Daily News reports about the lengths some brides are now going to in order to look svelte on the big day. One Florida bride, Jessica Schnaider, was so eager to drop a few pounds that she paid $1,500 to have a feeding tube inserted through her nostril for ten days.

    The feeding tube gives patients a protein-based formula with a small amount of calories and fat, but absolutely no carbs. The patient keeps a small bag with the formula attached to the tube in a purse by their side at all times. Rapid weight loss occurs when the body begins to go into starvation mode, known as ketosis, burning its own fat rather than sugar.

    This type of extreme diet , known as enteral proteic nutrition, has been used

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  • Ashley Judd's Response to the Media About Her "Puffy Face"















    The media's recent frenzy over Ashleys Judd's "puffy faced" appearance seemed similar to the countless gossip reports we've heard in the past about the way celebrities change or how they choose to dress. But what made these reports a little different was the intelligent and obviously well-thought out response Judd herself made chastising the way media treats and talks about women.

    News sources everywhere recently reported about a photo taken of Judd where her face looks a little plumper than usual. And from there, reporters went wild questioning and scrutinizing her appearance, asserting a variety of reasons why she looked a little different like plastic surgery, weight gain, a sinus infection, and more. So-called experts were called on to add their opinions of what type of surgeries she had done and why her cheeks looked plumper than usual.

    A recent article from the Daily Beast transcribes all that Judd had to say

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  • Bacon on Your Ice Cream? Hot Dog in Your Pizza?

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    Recently, we've seen a lot of changes from fast food restaurants as they try to keep up with their competitors, like Burger King's addition of beer and wine to the menu, home delivery options, and new healthier menu. But now it looks as though BK's new menu revamp may not include only healthier fair. The fast food restaurant is testing a new bacon sundae that is available exclusively in Nashville, Tennessee. Customers can get the usual toppings like fudge and caramel, but a strip of bacon will now be included for those who want to give it a try.

    A CBS News report discusses the new Burger King bacon sundae as well as Pizza Hut's foray into the unusual menu option.

    Pizza Hut restaurants in the U.K. are now offering customers a different kind of sausage on their pies. The "Hot Dog Stuffed Crust" pizza is exactly what it sounds like, a hot dog baked inside the crust of the pizza with a mustard drizzle to top it off. Maybe this will get

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  • Hospital Bans Obese Employees: Should This Be Legal?










    A few years ago we heard the story of a Pennsylvania college where students were being required to take fitness courses based on how high their body mass index (BMI) was. If they refused to take the course, they could not graduate. Now, it seems that a Texas hospital is taking it one step further by banning obese workers all together.

    A recent FoxNews report discusses how the Citizens Medical Center in Victoria has instated a policy that requires its employees have a BMI of less than 35. For instance, if a person is 5 feet 5 inches tall, they can not weigh more than 210 pounds if they want to work at this hospital.

    The policy states the reasoning for the refusal to hire obese people as stating that an employee's appearance, "should fit with a representational image or specific mental projection of the job of a health care professional." It goes on to say that the appearance should also be "free from distraction" for the patient. It

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  • Tori Spelling Debunks Breastfeeding Myth: You Can Get Pregnant!















    Many new moms feel that one of the perks of breastfeeding is that they get a break from their monthly cycle a little longer and can feel safe relying on it (at least in the first month or so) as contraception. But as Tori Spelling can now attest, you can never be too careful if you're not trying to get pregnant again soon after having a baby.

    Spelling recently revealed to People that news of her now fourth pregnancy came as a total shock while her third child was just 4 weeks old. The Craft Wars host told Today, "It was the second biggest shock of my life. The first was when they said [5-month-old] Hattie was a girl when she was born, because we thought she was going to be a boy. And the second was that I was pregnant after my newborn had just turned one month old. We were shocked. I can dispel the old wives' tale that you can't get pregnant while you're breastfeeding."

    Though Spelling and husband Dean McDermott

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  • "Time Out" - Does it Really Work?

    Crystal Porter is a blogger who shares her thoughts with us at SheSpeaks

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    I'm a mom of a 5 year old boy. I'm constantly telling him "If you don't stop, you'll have to sit in time out". I never follow through with it though. Recently he has started acting out more and getting sad faces in school.

    I know, I know--I should follow through when I tell him things. I just don't want to be the "mean mommy". We take video games away from him, but that just doesn't seem to work. I need a way of punishing him.

    I've read parently blogs where moms say that time out works for their kids, but I want to know from you. Does it REALLY work? How long do you put them in time out? How do you get the children to understand that time out is a punishment?


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  • How to Throw a No-Fuss Cinco De Mayo Taco Party

    Daisy Kuchins is a blogger who shares her thoughts with us at SheSpeaks









    A make-your-own taco bar is a no-fuss option for your next Cinco de Mayo celebration. Hosting a taco party at your Cinco de Mayo event allows you to stay out of the kitchen and enjoy your guests. Provide a variety of savory fillings, fresh sauces and tempting toppings, and let your guests have fun assembling unique, tasty tacos. This taco bar serves about 10 guests; however recipes can be doubled or tripled to accommodate the number of guests attending your party.

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    Here are a few crowd pleasing Cinco de Mayo taco bar ideas and recipes.

    Set Up:

    • Set out plates and warm tortillas at the beginning of the taco bar followed by the fillings. Next place the salsas, sauces, vegetables and condiments. At the end of the table, place the rice and beans. Also provide spoons, forks, tongs, or the appropriate serving utensils for each item. Finally, provide plenty of napkins
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