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  • The Best Diet and Fitness Plan for Your Personality-Type

    The Best Diet and Fitness Plan for Your Personality-TypeThe Best Diet and Fitness Plan for Your Personality-TypeI'd estimate there are approximately 344,847 diets out there. That's an unsubstantiated, unscientifically backed guess, of course. My point is there are a lot. People are constantly asking me what diet is the best and which one they should follow and why they all contradict each other. The easy answer to the last one is because losing weight is hard, and everyone wants to capitalize on our vulnerability by creating a new diet craze. The not-so-simple answer is because not every diet works for every person, and I'm not just talking genetics and body-type. I'm talking personality-type, too.


    That's right. Your personality may be the reason a certain diet fails for you. It might affect the approach you take when it comes to fitness, too.

    Now, I'm an introvert through and through by every definition of the word. I get anxious when I have to talk to other people. I tend to spend time by myself because actually asking someone to do something is nerve-wracking and unnecessarily

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  • Why I’m Taking a Child’s Approach to Dating

    Why I'm Taking a Child's Approach to DatingWhy I'm Taking a Child's Approach to DatingMy niece Nila looks at the world with innocence and wonder. Children are open, free, and untainted. They don't see color. They don't judge based on height, tone of voice, or looks. Children simply need attention, love, and protection. In reality, that's what we all want in love and life.


    So I've decided to take a child's approach to dating. Instead of seeing the negative first (he's balding!), I will see the positive (he has nice eyes). Here are three other ways that I will date like a kid:

    1. Focus on how he treats me
    When a child has a friend that hugs them and listens to their toddler woes (in baby talk, of course) that friend is their best friend. My niece Nila has about 10 BBFs but only because so many shower her with love and affection. As soon as one of us "crosses her," however, Nila crosses us off of her imaginary BFF list. Same goes for me when dating. I have a checklist of all the great things and take note of the not so great. If a man isn't treating me with love

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  • Not This Time, Mom: 4 Situations You Need to Stay Out Of (PLUS 4 You Can't Ignore!)Not This Time, Mom: 4 Situations You Need to Stay Out Of (PLUS 4 You Can't Ignore!)One of the hardest tasks of parenthood is knowing when you should and shouldn't intervene on your child's behalf. For me, the hand wringing started with my children learning to walk. I hated to see them fall. I wanted to scoop them up every time and hold them by the hand until they were perfectly steady.


    I spent a lot of time at the beach, ensuring soft landings when I did let go.

    As we all know, there is no learning to walk without falling down. But when do you hang on and when do you let go?

    I chatted with my kids, some of whom are now teens, about the sorts of mom situations that moms should probably back away from. Even if it is your first instinct to rush to the rescue, don't. How are your kids going to learn if you don't let them handle the risks, and consequences? I know. It's hard!

    1. The Homework Situation
    You're in the driveway when your kid smacks his forehead. They forgot to do their homework! "Please please please let me stay home today!" they beg. Or worse

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  • 7 Common Arguments Couples Have when They First Move in Together

    10 Common Arguments You Have when You First Move in Together10 Common Arguments You Have when You First Move in TogetherI moved in with my now-husband before we got married. When we went off to college, we decided then that we would take the next step and move in together. It made sense - we'd been together for three years already and since we were both going to the same college, it only seemed logical.


    We fought and got into arguments about the strangest and silliest things. Back then everything seemed like a big deal, but the truth is, it makes sense we clashed. Living together with someone is hard, and while everyone has their own weird habits and quirks, we don't always like what they are - even in someone we love.

    I've been living with my now-husband for 12 years, and we've managed to work through many of those common first-year arguments when it comes to cohabitation. There are some things that I still get quite irritated by, but usually nothing too large. If you've recently moved in with your significant other or you're thinking you will be there soon, here are 7 common points of arguments

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  • Forget the Seven-Year Itch: Affairs More Common After Three Years of Marriage

    Forget the Seven-Year Itch: Affairs More Common After Three Years of MarriageForget the Seven-Year Itch: Affairs More Common After Three Years of MarriageThere is no such thing as a "perfect marriage." I can only imagine that if one partner steps out of the marriage and turns to another person in the form of an affair, it becomes even more challenging. Affairs can happen for a wide variety of reasons from either party, and there's no doubt they can really hurt a marriage.


    We've all heard the common term "seven-year itch," which indicates the most common year of marriage to encounter affairs, but a new survey says that "itch" may actually come a lot sooner in marriage.

    A survey conducted by Ashley Madison, the world's leading extra-marital dating site, revealed that affairs or "the itch" is more likely to happen three to five years into a marriage. Using research data collected from the site's 25 million members located in 35 countries, it showed this "itch" coincides with the time a married couple usually has their first child.

    Related: How to survive the 7 stages of marriage

    I can say from personal experience that one of

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  • Teens React to Nirvana: The Good, the Bad, and the Grunge

    Teens React to Nirvana: The Good, the Bad, and the GrungeTeens React to Nirvana: The Good, the Bad, and the GrungeThe upcoming 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death has had him, and Nirvana, on my mind a little bit more than usual. As a fan of the band and of grunge in general, I can't help but wonder what they may have produced had he not died. It's still a waste and a shame and a sad story - hasn't gotten any less so with time - but one thing eases the pain, and that's how great the music was and is.


    I obviously think Nirvana holds up well with time, as some of the best rock music recorded in the '90s or any time, really. The Fine Brothers' Teens React to Nirvana video that hit the Internet this week is a fun confirmation of that, for the most part. The band and their more conceptual, strange videos were not the favorite of every teen who participated in the clip, but that would have been the case in 1992, too. Different tastes and all that. But the young people who got Nirvana now? They got it as clearly as those of us who got them way back when.

    Adam, 18, for example? Cannot stop

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  • Could Genes Be All to Blame for Your Kid Being a Picky Eater?

    Could Genes Be All to Blame for Your Kid Being a Picky Eater?Could Genes Be All to Blame for Your Kid Being a Picky Eater? My middle child, a boy, has always had strong opinions about his preferences. From the way his socks feel on his feet, to the way foods taste in his mouth, his sensitivities and aversions have caused many moments of frustration and tears in our house. For some reason, we parents are more apt to go along with the somewhat strange idiosyncrasies of clothing preferences and bedtime routines that can't be broken or bent, than we are with their sensitivities to food, often labeling them as picky from barely a year old. Grandparents and older generations surely have a part to blame in how negatively we view and handle food aversions. Often times we as parents of "picky" eaters have to hear time and time again how tough older generations had it, and there was no allowance for picky eaters, as they were all just lucky to have food. And of course there's always the reminder that there are starving kids all over the world who would be thankful to have a meal to eat.


    While of course all of

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  • How Weight Gain Changes Your Personality

    How Weight Gain Changes Your PersonalityHow Weight Gain Changes Your PersonalityEarlier this month, research was published showing how personality affects your ability to lose weight, but would you be surprised to hear that gaining weight can also lead to personality changes? It seems to all be connected in a slightly chicken-and-the-egg fashion. Since weight is often such an emotional issue, researchers wanted to see if a change in weight had an effect on personality (as opposed to personality causing a change in weight). They poured through data of almost 2,000 subjects, including their weight and personality characteristics over a span of almost ten years. Turns out, people that had a 10 percent weight gain also had a change in personality. What was it? They became more impulsive. I can certainly see the flip side - being impulsive could lead to weight gain, given the likelihood of diving into a plate of food without second thought. However, even though the weight gainers were more likely to give in to temptation, people who gained weight also tended to think Read More »from How Weight Gain Changes Your Personality
  • Common Core: Why Are They Making Math Harder?

    Common Core: Why Are They Making Math Harder?Common Core: Why Are They Making Math Harder?As I've mentioned before, math is not my thing. I still don't have my multiplication tables memorized and generally farm out the tabulation of a 20 percent tip because numbers equal brain hurt.

    My oldest child isn't in elementary school yet, but I'm starting to hear lots of rumblings about Common Core math. The latest is a frustrated father who posted a subtraction problem from his second-grade son's math quiz on Facebook this week with a note to the teacher calling it ridiculous.

    The worksheet shows a complex Common Core formula for solving a math problem as opposed to just subtracting the small number from the larger one. The worksheet instructs the student to explain why a fictional kid named "Jack" should be using common core strategies to solve the problem: "Jack used the number line below to solve 427 - 316. Find his error. Then write a letter to Jack telling him what he did right, and what he should do to fix his mistake."

    Jeff Severt's reponse:

    "Dear Jack, Don't feel

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  • Wil Wheaton’s Awesome Response to a Little Girl About Being Called a Nerd

    I thought I couldn't love Wil Wheaton any more than I already do. I mean, Stand By Me -- COME ON! And if you aren't following his Twitter feed you're missing out.

    But you should know that Wheaton isn't just some guy from Star Trek or The Big Bang Theory, he's a husband and father and a self-proclaimed nerd.

    I spotted this story on WTVR, and it's a good video to show your children. Nerds aren't the dorks with tape around their glasses our generation knows them as … Nerds are cool guys like Wil Wheaton and every single character on The Big Bang Theory. I mean, who doesn't love Sheldon?

    So a little girl asked Wheaton a personal question during his appearance at Denver Comic Con last June. The question:

    "When you were a kid, were you called a nerd and how did you deal with it?" a child asked Wheaton.

    Wheaton's powerfully emotional response was recorded and is now trending as a viral video.

    "When I was a little boy I was called a nerd all the time because I did not like

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