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  • Save the Dates! Your Holiday Savings Calendar

    By Jeanette Pavini for

    Save the date! Save the date! When and where to find the best holiday deals

    Everyone knows November and December are the busiest retail months, but consumers are often left wondering how to shop for the best deals throughout the holiday season.

    Look no further than this calendar of savings to help stretch your dollar further this holiday season!

    • November 10th: Fill Your Toy Chest Day. Toy retailers are expected to have the highest percentage of items go on sale two weeks before Thanksgiving!
    • November 15th: Clean Your Refrigerator Day. How can you stock up on all those Thanksgiving Day favorites without first making room in your refrigerator? Clear space for the turkey and all the necessary ingredients and don't forget to make room in the freezer for all those yummy leftovers!
    • November 18th: Get Your Frozen Turkey Day. The average turkey (feeding 10 people) weighs 16 pounds, which equates to four days of thawing time. Purchase your
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  • Did the Kids Get the Election Right?

    By GalTime Sr Editor Jessica Ashley
    We nab it every time!We nab it every time!They did!

    More than individual popular votes, more than coffee cups, the best predictor of the presidential race? This year, as it largely has been since 1988, the best barometer are the kids.

    While adults were standing in lines, snapping pics of "I voted!" stickers and watching real-time voting stats through the Facebook-powered election site, kids in this country were rocking their own vote.

    In schools and online, childrens' opinions were heard in an election that elevated health care, contraception, abortion, war, foreign policy and taxation in the headlines. The issues might be big, but the tiny voices have been mighty -- and correct. In five of the six last elections, underage voters on the site Kids Pick the President have accurately elected the president. This year, the overwhelming choice by a half-million kid voters was President Barack Obama, with a final tally of 65%-35%.

    Although turn-out on the site was down from a

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  • Why Do Moms Want "Freemium Apps"?

    By Carissa Rogers for

    What's a 'freemium' app? What's a 'freemium' app? What does 'Freemium' mean when we're talking about mobile apps?

    Hint: It DOESN'T mean FREE! That's what.

    Free + Premium = Freemium
    According to Wikipedia: "a business model by which a product or service is provided free of charge, but a premium is charged for advanced features, functionality, or virtual goods."

    In mom-speak: it's an UPGRADE system. You download the free app, game, service or book without all the bells and whistles. But you must pay for additional levels, information or services either 'In-App' or by downloading the 'Full' software after the free download.

    Often, you can test the free app and determine if it's worth the upgrade to the premium version. For example, you can read the first book in the series, play the first couple levels or learn more about what the full app can do. But expect ads and incomplete games; sometimes even a time-out period of use (see #3 below).

    I've found several apps worth upgrading

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  • 4 Lessons of the Heart from Post-Sandy NYC

    By Dave Romanelli / Yeah Dave for

    Lessons we can learn from Sandy...Lessons we can learn from Sandy...This is #48 of 108 Ways to Livin the Moment. Let's take back our lives one beautiful, funny, and delicious moment at a time.

    As you have probably heard, everything south of 39th St in Manhattan went without power, and for many, without cell phone service.

    Here are 3 lessons I learned last week, walking the streets of Lower Manhattan, constantly and worthlessly checking my iPhone like a phantom limb.


    When my wife and I finally walked past the frontier (north of 39th St.), we got a signal and checked all the news and Twitter updates. But some of the Twitter updates were inaccurate, or underestimated the impact, or were from people in Chicago saying it was a wussy storm.

    I realized the most relevant news is not what's happening on CNN or Twitter but what's happening at home, in your immediate vicinity, with the people you can touch and talk to.

    Thanks to the Internet,

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  • Wedding Drama: How Do You Handle Difficult Family Members?

    By Life Love Shopping's Amy Hoglund for

    Looks like someone is involved with some wedding drama... Looks like someone is involved with some wedding drama... You've been dreaming of this day ever since you were a little girl playing with Barbies. I'm talking about your wedding day! You've got it all figured out, except there's one problem. Your extremely difficult family who forgets that it's YOUR special day rather than their own.

    Seating arrangements, the venue, pictures, who is doing/saying what, yada yada yada… there is always something to be said!


    I spoke with Tina B. Tessina, PhD, (aka "Dr. Romance") psychotherapist and author of Money, Sex and Kids: Stop Fighting about the Three Things That Can Ruin Your Marriage. She puts it simply, "If you're grown up enough to get married, you're grown up enough to take charge and begin to handle your parents differently."

    RELATED Mother of the Bride Etiquette

    It seems simple enough, but I'm sure many people out there can understand how it's much easier said than done.

    If you grew

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  • Top 7 Ways to Keep the Happy in the Holidays

    By's Jeanette Pavini for

    Keep the 'happy' in the holidays! Keep the 'happy' in the holidays! How to stay happy this holiday season

    The holidays are supposed to be a time of joy and good cheer, but for many of us the season brings its share of high stress. The good news is that it doesn't have to be that way. Say "bah humbug" to the holiday blues with these seven simple ways to keep the happy in your holidays!

    1. Establish clear gift giving guidelines. When organizing a gift exchange, establish a price limit. While money talk might feel uncomfortable, giving is sure to be more enjoyable when you know that the gift you'll be giving and the gift you'll be receiving are within a comparable price range. Shopping can be stressful enough without having to worry whether your gift is too big or too small!

    RELATED 5 Gift Ideas to Replenish the Soul

    2. Downscale your holiday party. You want to be able to enjoy your guests, not be tied to the kitchen the whole night! Serve dishes that can be assembled ahead of time

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  • Kids Count! Great Election Books and Activities

    By GalTime Ambassador Jenny Tiegs

    Kids and the Election Kids and the Election election 2012: books and activities to give kids a voice

    In the eyes of a child, this election could look a bit odd with donkeys, elephants, and adults pointing their fingers at each other until they're red in the face and gray in the hair.

    If you have a little politician in your home who is asking questions and is interested in the election, books and activities are fantastic way to start a conversation and share information about the issues, the process and history of our county.

    They are also a great way to add some humor during what is a very intense time of the year. Here are the books and activities we are choosing for our little ones this election season.

    Woodrow for President Woodrow for President

    Woodrow for President, A Tail of Voting, Campaigns, and Elections
    by Peter W. Barnes and Cheryl Shaw Barnes.

    Full of funny rhymes and "mouse-isms," Woodrow for President explains the complexities of what it takes to run for president. Woodrow is a political mouse

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  • Kristen Stewart Can't Wait to Be a Mom

    By GalTime's Entertainment Diva Andrea Krivelow

    Photo by PR PhotosPhoto by PR PhotosKristen Stewart is currently doing press for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2. In the film, she and (on-again?) boyfriend Robert Pattinson are parents to a daughter named Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy).

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    When asked if she's ready to have a child of her own, the actress answered:

    "Dude, no. I can't wait to be a mom, but like, no. I can wait."

    As for her role in the highly anticipated film, it sounds like Kristen enjoyed the whole experience.

    She continued:

    "I think that it might be something that you're born with or not born with. Some people have really, really strong natural instincts and desires to be a mom. That was one of my favorite things about the story. It was one aspect of [Bella] that I was really excited to play."

    Pattinson shared similar feelings:

    "I actually quite like working with kids and I like working with

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  • 4 Ways to Exit a Relationship Gracefully

    By Dating Diva Jennifer Oikle, Ph.D. for

    How to exit a relationship gracefully...How to exit a relationship to break up with your head held high

    You know it's time to move on from your current relationship, but every time you think of it, you cringe.

    You hate to be the bearer of heartache, so you've been putting it off. But now things are getting worse: he knows something's up, the irritations are piling up, or the energy is draining you.

    Bottom line? You've got to woman up and get the job done so you can both move on with your lives.

    But not just any break up will do. How you call it quits is important. It can either be so ugly that it makes it hard to move on or, if done elegantly, it can be a useful springboard to your next relationship. Thankfully, there are some savvy exit strategies which will ensure that both you and your new ex are able to transition as smoothly as possible from one romance to the next.


    As long as you think about breaking up as breaking his

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  • Foods to Shrink Your Belly and Holiday Stress

    By Erin Palinski RD, CDE, LDN, CPT for

    Shrink your belly and holiday stress! Shrink your belly and holiday stress! Lose the stress and the extra weight before the holidays hit.

    As the holidays approach, no doubt your stress level starts to rise. And when under stress, your body increases the production of stress hormones -- pesky chemicals that can actually increase belly fat. That means that not only can the holiday food pack on the pounds, but the hustle and bustle of the season can expand your waistline as well!

    And not only can stress cause the scale to increase, it can also be quite damaging to health.

    It's estimated that as many as 90% of doctor's visits are for symptoms that are at least partially stress-related. Chronic stress can lead to complications such as obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and even depression. But the good news that just by making small adjustments to your diet, you can actually cut stress levels and burn up stubborn belly fat! In my newly released book, Belly Fat Diet for Dummies, I point out the

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