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  • Stress-Less Tips for Perfect Packing

    By Organizer Lisa Zaslow for
    Pack perfectly every timePack perfectly every time

    Does the thought of packing make you almost want to skip your trip? Follow these packing tips and you'll always have exactly what you need, whether you're the type who tends to pack more changes of clothes than Lady Gaga needs for a long tour or someone who packs so little that you forget your toothbrush.

    Determine your essentials

    Whether you're going away for one night or one month, to Boston or Bali, there are certain things you need for every trip. Make a list of your must-have items, from toiletries to basic clothing pieces. Some suggestions:

    • Toothbrush
    • Toothpaste
    • Hair brush and comb
    • Shampoo and conditioner
    • Lotions and potions - from soap to your favorite face cream and make-up essentials
    • Sunblock
    • Implements you don't want to be without - tweezers, razor, etc.
    • Beauty tools - blow dryer, flat iron, etc.
    • Prescription medicines and vitamins
    • Sunglasses
    • Underwear and bras
    • Tops - blouses, t-shirts, sweaters
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  • How to Pick the Right Pediatrician

    By Adam Weng,

    Pediatrician Pediatrician The list of things to do before our first baby arrives seems eternal at times. Between setting up the baby's room and keeping doctor's appointments, my wife and I somehow lost sight of one of the most important prenatal assignments - choosing a pediatrician or family practitioner for our new addition.

    According to Peter H. Short, M.D., FAAP, new parents should begin the process of choosing a doctor for their newborn sometime after the sixth month of pregnancy. This allows time to research several doctors and facilities and in case the baby arrives early.

    "As a new parent, you need to be comfortable choosing someone you can trust," Short explains. "You are asking them to help you care for the most important thing in your life. I tell parents that they will often speak to their pediatrician more often than they speak to most of their relatives, so they have to choose a physician that they are comfortable asking any question about their child."

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  • 5 Bad Relationship Habits and How to Break Them

    By Marianne Beach,

    Bad Relationship HabitsBad Relationship HabitsWe've all heard the infamous break-up line: "It's not you, it's me!" But what if it really IS you that's been sabotaging your relationship-- without even knowing it?

    Psychiatrist Rebecca Gladding, MD, co-author of "You are Not Your Brain: The 4-Step Solution for Changing Bad Habits, Ending Unhealthy Thinking, and Taking Control of Your Life" offers us the top five bad relationship habits we slip into...and how to break them once and for all.

    Bad Habit #1: Pointless arguments

    How to Break it: Stop, assess and refocus

    Gladding says: "If you find that what started off as a legitimate difference of opinion over something specific has devolved into either of you bringing up old issues or simply trying to make a point to win the fight, you need to stop the conversation and take stock of what's happening.

    Rather than blame either person, simply note what just happened, take a breath if you need to, and refocus the conversation on the

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  • Save $$$ by Stockpiling!

    By Discount Dame Terri Storelli for

    Stockpiling Stockpiling Have you considered stockpiling groceries and supplies? Not stashing items away for survival-but rather gathering goods for the sake of saving money.

    If you're afraid that starting a stockpile is going to land you on "Hoarders" you need not fear. You can store items away without having bulk size cans of peas in your bedroom or stacks of paper towels under your kid's bed. Here are some simple steps on how to build a stockpile that is realistic, useful, and easy on the pocket book.

    Step One: Where?
    It's time to choose a spot for your stockpile. Stockpiles should be used and not seen. Think of some places in your home where there is space to safely store some non-perishable items. I have five stockpile locations: the top shelf of the pantry, under my bathroom sink, under my son's bathroom sink, the top shelf of the linen closet, and half of the spare room closet.

    Step Two: What Should I Stockpile?
    Here's a good rule

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  • Beach Cover-Ups for Every Season

    By In Style Swimwear's Susan Bodack for

    Dragonfly Romper by Vitamin A, $65Dragonfly Romper by Vitamin A, $65No need to get your eyes checked, or refresh the Web page. You read the headline correctly: Beach cover-ups aren't just for summer anymore!

    With increasing demand for cover-ups that are both practical and multi-functional, designers are whipping up ready-to-wear styles that can be rocked both on and off the beach…everywhere form casual engagements to cocktail parties!

    Hot To Trot: Nowadays, beach cover-ups come in a wide variety of styles to appeal to different tastes and personalities.

    Jumpsuits, short jumpers, shirt dresses, mini dresses, flowy tunics, and ponchos with fringe detail are all popular beachside (and poolside!) for 2012. (Left: Ava Poncho by L*SPACE, $162, Right: Laurianne Shirt Dress by Melissa Odabash, $189)

    Related: 2012 Swimwear Trends

    PonchoPonchoShirt DressShirt Dress

    The Bold And The Beautiful: Orange is the #1 color this season, especially cayenne hues and soft, fruit inspired shades.

    Bright and Beautiful Bright and Beautiful

    Cayenne Dress by Vitamin A, $130

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  • 7 Ways to Afford Your DIY Habit

    By DIY Diva Malia Karlinsky,

    We love crafts! We love crafts! Creating is fun and rewarding-- but the cost of supplies can add up quickly. Aside from swapping extras with friends, here are some ways to keep your crafty costs down.

    1. Interchangeable Coupons: You know that Michaels, JoAnn Fabrics and Hobby Lobby have great deals and weekly coupons. Did you know you can use their coupons (40% off) interchangeably? So don't fret if you get to Michaels and you've already used your time sensitive coupon there... they'll take the JoAnn's coupon, no problem-- and vice versa.

    2. Hold the Phone: Speaking of coupons-- you don't need a "hard copy" at Michael's anymore. Just open the coupon on your phone and they'll scan it!

    Related: 5 Coupon Myths: Debunked!

    3. Look (Far) East, as in Oriental Trading: It's the go-to catalog for moms and teachers everywhere who need to buy toys and party supplies in bulk. But Oriental Trading Company also sells crafting supplies. They have an entire catalog titled

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  • Building a Great Wardrobe: What to Buy Now

    By Olivia Ciardi,

    Just add a couple of these pieces to stand out! Just add a couple of these pieces to stand out! Cozy sweaters, puffy jackets, and corduroys are fun and all. But with winter well underway, chances are your closet needs a pretty pick-me-up. And that got us thinking.

    With a new season on the horizon, what's a girl to do? Go crazy with winter sales, stock up for spring, or play the waiting game?

    Tica Tallent, author of "What is Beautiful: Secrets From a Personal Shopper," shares her top tips with GalTime.

    Risky Business: If you want to stretch your budget, it only seems logical to wait for spring sales, right? Not exactly! If you wait too long, you risk rummaging through an assortment of limited sizes and damaged threads, not to mention some of your must-haves may be out of stock altogether!

    Tallent says the key to getting the best bang for your buck is to look for transitional and versatile pieces that you can wear tomorrow, into spring, and possibly into the summer. Maybe some are on sale. Maybe some aren't. It's really about

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  • Five Reasons to Trust Your Gut when Raising Your Kids

    By GalTime Teen Parenting Expert, Barbara Greenberg, PhD

    Trust your gut!Trust your gut!Like every other new parent, I read every possible book about parenting that I could get my hands on when my daughter was first born. And then with each passing year I added a new book to my collection.

    My daughter turned 1 and yes I bought the book that would reassure me that my daughter was reaching the developmental milestones at precisely the right times.

    If there was any doubt then I would dutifully and compulsively cross-reference with another glossy and promising new book. Amanda turned 2 and off I was to my local bookstore to get the "When Your Child Turns 2" bible. At least it was my bible.

    It may not have been everyone's bible but it sure was mine. My sweet little girl started to have a tantrum and I literally begged her (in my mind and heart) of course, to hold off until I could finish the chapter on tantrums. Nursery school was fast approaching and yes there was my new book beckoning me from the shelf

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  • Everyone Has a 'Shadow'. Face it for a Better Future

    By Romance Recovery's Johanna Lyman for

    What's your shadow?What's your shadow?I write about the shadow a lot. It's a core component to learning how to love yourself. Learning how to love yourself is the key to EVERYTHING, so the shadow is pretty important. The shadow is the part of your subconscious mind where all the bad thoughts you have about yourself hang out. It's where you tell yourself you're no good. It's also where certain behaviors you were told are unacceptable live.

    The yoga world was rocked with a scandal in which John Friend, the founder of Anusara yoga, admitted to sleeping with his students. In the fallout that ensued, several well-known, senior certified teachers have surrendered their Anusara licenses. Some think John should step down. He has agreed to begin therapy immediately, and I'll tell you right now: if he claims to be a sex addict, I'm going to have to call BS on that. I'm tired of people claiming a sex addiction when the real issue is that they don't want to claim their

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  • Sexual Anorexia-- It's for Real

    By Tara Weng,

    The phrase sexual anorexia may seem a taboo one at that, but the truth of the matter is, it's a real, medically studied problem. It's a term that's been coined from the clinical diagnosis: sexual aversion disorder.

    The condition has been described by the experts as "one that goes far beyond inhibition or sexually negative attitudes. It is an obsessive state in which the thought of being sexual by oneself or with others is almost unbearable."

    Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Dr. Paul Hokemeyer, puts it in perspective. "While some people may snicker at the concept, sexual anorexia is a very real phenomenon. Sex is one of the ways we communicate with other people and with ourselves. When the sexual part of ourselves is shut down or limited our psychological life suffers. Just like a a pond needs to be constantly re-fed, so too does our erotic life. When its not, it stagnates and becomes toxic."

    Dr. Hokemeyer goes on to explain that sexual

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