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  • Fashion APPS For Free

    Malise Terrell is a blogger who shares her wisdom with us at SheSpeaks.


    Macy's. Macy's launched the Macy's iShop APP. This APP lets you shop right from your phone. This cuts down your shop time. And impulse shopping. :)
    "Our favorite store now fits in your pocket! Macy's iShop puts our entire online store right on your iPhone or iPod touch, so you can shop whenever (and wherever) you want! Plus, you can find stores near you, get calendars of in-store events and find money-savings offers for use online, on your iPhone or in our stores!"

    eBay has taken it to the Digital Age with their eBay Fashion APP. This wildly popular APP is revolutionizing shopping for all fashionistas. See the eBay YouTube Demo Video here.. eBay has all the shopping Tips you need even Couples MakeOvers and more right on the APP. It's all FREE.

    ShopStyle. Shop Style is another awesome FREE APP. This one compares hundreds of brands, styles and prices to get the best deal and lowest pricing for

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  • Social Media: It's a Woman's World So What Would you Like?

    When it comes to social media, there is now proof that women are leading the pack when connecting with friends, family and colleagues. Mashable reports about a recent study conducted by Rebtel that finds women utilize social media sites like Facebook and Twitter far more than men.

    Rebtel CEO, Andreas Bernstrom explains, "Our findings show that men tend to lag behind women when it comes to communicating with others through social media, which debunks other recent studies that suggest that men are more savvy networkers between the sexes."

    Given the recent staistitics showing women dominate social media it would make sense that these sites have women users in mind as they change and grow. Facebook recently rolled out some new changes to the site's layout and function in an attempt to keep up with Google+ (and get ready because there are more major changes to come.)

    So how do women feel about the Facebook changes? We had an overwhelming amount of responses on our Facebook

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  • How To Make Your Own Autumn Spice Blends

    Ellen Christian is a mom and blogger who shares her wisdom with us at SheSpeaks.

    As the weather cools down, I find myself in the kitchen much more than I do during the hot and humid days of summer time. I love to bake but it's not something that I do an awful lot of during really hot weather. As the season changes to autumn, I look forward to spending time baking again.

    Baking can get expensive when you have to purchase a lot of specialized ingredients. While I always have staples in my kitchen like flour and sugar, I may not always have more specialized ingredients like spice blends I only use once or twice a year. I don't want to buy an entire jar of something that is going to go bad again before I used it.

    These spice blends are very simple to make by yourself so you can make as much or as little as you like using the spices you probably already have in your spice cabinet.

    Pumpkin Pie Spice

    1/2 tsp cinnamon
    1/4 tsp ground ginger
    1/8 tsp

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  • Early Twenties Too Young To Say 'I Do'?

    A recent SheSpeaks poll reveals that almost 60% of our members think that between the ages of 25 and 29 is the perfect time for nuptials. Only about 11% feel 18 to 24 year olds should be planning a wedding and there may be a good reason for this.

    Though there is no magic number for when you should tie the knot, research does show that your marriage has a better chance of surviving if you wait to make that commitment until you are in your mid-twenties or later. The fact that many women have already been through college by the time they turn 25 could have something to do with marriage success.

    A Cosmopolitan magazine report points out some research that reveals women with more education usually have more lasting relationships than women who have received less schooling. Terri Orbuch, PhD, author of Five Simple Steps to Take Your Marriage From Good to Great, reveals why women who already have college degrees fare better in marriages. Orbuch says, "Educated women tend to be

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  • Ode To Mix Tapes

    Laura Lee juggles her gig at SheSpeaks with life, hubby, and two spirited preschoolers.

    Once upon a time, a twenty something in the big city made a new friend who introduced her to the joys of mosh pits, small smoky clubs, and a wide range of wonderful, obscure bands. And he augmented her musical education with his series of "Best of" yearly tapes with bands that later did do well like Nirvana as well as those that didn't like The Loud Family.

    I still have all of those tapes and a few of my own that I spent hours laboring over even though my tape player is now a thing of the past. I loved the effort and thought that went into constructing them with a sequence of songs that worked, proper intervals between songs and getting the appropriate volume and mix settings right.

    My husband has made me some wonderful mixed CD's for me since then--tangible and treasured as much as a love letter, especially since love is the topic of most of the songs.

    I have decidedly mixed

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  • Fresh Peach Streusal Pie

    Julee Morrison is a food blogger who shares her wisdom with us at SheSpeaks.

    Pastry:

    9" pastry shell

    or make from scratch:

    1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour

    1/2 tsp salt

    1/3 cup shortening

    4 to 5 Tbsp. ice water

    Directions:

    In large bowl compbine the 1-1/4 cups flour and salt. Use a pastry blender or two knives to cut in the shortnening utnil mixture is crumbly. Gradually add water, tossing with a fork until mixture is moistened. Form into a ball.

    On floured surface, flatter ball. Use a rolling pin to roll out pastry to a 12-inch circle. Transfer pasty to a 9" pie plate. Trim pastry to 1/2 inch beyond edge of paie plate; flue edge.

    Peach Streusel Pie Filling:

    3/4 cup all-purpose flour

    1/2 cup packed brown sugar

    1/3 cup sugar

    1/4 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2" cubes

    6 cups sliced, peeled fresh peaches

    Directions:

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

    In small bowl combine the 3/4 cup flour, brown sugar and

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  • Communicating With A Speechless Child

    Gina Badalaty is a blogger and mom of children with special needs who shares her wisdom with us at SheSpeaks.

    My 6 year old daughter, Zoe, can't speak. Sure, she has a few words and can occasionally say short sentences, but she is unable to talk like most kids her age. Over the years, we've learned ZoeSpeak, and she has learned more skills to help her communicate. I thought I'd share some tips with you on how to treat and communicate with children who have difficulty speaking.

    Defining a Speech Disability

    Speech disabilities can be caused by a number of issues, such as hearing loss or difficulty processing sounds into speech. In this article, though, I'm referring to disorders where children cannot easily or clearly verbalize their needs, desires, and opinions at an age-appropriate level or are completely speechless. The causes and solutions to these are so diverse, that to go over even a handful would take an entire paper! Rather than give you an exhaustive list of

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  • How Do You Slice & Dice?

    Need a major time-saver in the kitchen? If your hands get tired just thinking about all of the slicing and dicing you do before dinner then you may want to take some advice from our members who review the handy food prep appliances they can't live without.

    Vidalia Chop Wizard
    This simple hand-powered onion slicing tool is our most popularly reviewed chopper and receives 4.2 stars out of 5. Most members are satisfied with this compact and easily stored food processor that allows cooks to chop an onion in seconds without shedding a single tear or having to deal with the smell of onion on their hands. The chopper works for all kinds of fruits and veggies as well. Member MommyMart writes, "I use my chopper all the time. I love it! It saves me time with dinner prep. I use it to chop all my salad veggies, finely chop onions, mushrooms and more."

    Pampered Chef Mix N Chop
    Our members love mixing and chopping all kinds of food with this Pampered Chef product. From

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  • Demystifying Oils

    Ellen Christian is a blogger who shares her wisdom with us at SheSpeaks.

    When I first began cooking, I thought cooking oil was cooking oil. I had one type - the giant yellow bottle of vegetable oil and I used it for everything. As I became more experienced in the kitchen and more aware of what was in the products I was eating and serving my family, I realized that not all oils are the same.

    There are four basic different types of oils that we use in cooking. Monounasaurated fats are fats like olive oil or canola oil. Polyunsaturated fats are oils like sunflower or soybean oil. Saturated fats are commonly butter, coconut, or palm oil. Trans-fats are hydrogenated fats used in things like fast food French fries.

    Monounsaturated fats are the best types of oils for your heart. The best type of olive oil to use is extra virgin because it is the least processed of the olive oils. Olive oil is idea for cooking things over medium heat or for stir frying meats or vegetables.

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  • Halloween Draw String Bag

    Julee Morrison is a food blogger who shares her wisdom with us at SheSpeaks.

    Whether Trick or Treating, hosting a party or doing classroom favors, bags are a fall theme. This draw string bag is simple enough for beginner sewers.

    Halloween Draw String Bag

    Let's start with the pattern:

    Take an 8"x10" piece of paper.

    Draw a rectangle that measure 7.25" x 9.75"

    Cut out.

    Measure down .50" from the top and draw a dotted line across.

    From that line, measure down 1" and draw a dotted line across.

    On each side, measure 5/8" and draw a dotted line down.

    Measure from the top down 6.5" on each side and place a bold dot

    You now have a pattern.

    Directions:

    1.) Cut out pattern piece

    2.) Put fabric with right sides together, creasing along fold line (bottom of pattern)

    3.) Stitch from folded edge to dot (matching dots). Be sure to back stitch at each end of the seam.

    4.) Press seams open. Continue pressing to top edge.

    5.)

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