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  • 6 Ways to Make Family Memories on Super Bowl Sunday

    By Jackie MacDougall for GalTime.com

    Turn the Super Bowl into 'family time'!Turn the Super Bowl into 'family time'!Over 100 million people tuned in to watch Super Bowl last year. That means, according to my non-scientific guestimation, there were approximately 50 million ticked off partners and kids, feeling completely tuned out and neglected by the sports fanatic in the house.

    I'm here to tell you, Super Bowl Sunday doesn't have to drive a wedge between family members. In fact, it's actually a great opportunity to bring your family unit closer together and maybe even create a spark in your relationship.

    Guest List Whether it's just your small brood, some close friends or the entire neighborhood, in this game -- you make the call. While Maci and her husband go wherever the social scene is, Christine and Byron have turned Superbowl Sunday into a day of tradition. "We have watched it with the same group of people for years -- since before kids! Just lots of fun!"

    Related: Throwing a Super Bowl Bash on a Budget

    Atmosphere With the holiday

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  • Your Guy's Valentine's Day Gift, Decoded!

    By Marianne Beach, GalTime.com

    What does his gift mean?...What does his gift mean?...What does your guy think of Valentine's Day?

    a) A great opportunity to express his love in an exciting, romantic way?

    b) A pressure filled nightmare where he's forced to produce...or else?

    Yes, the dreaded V-Day can be a minefield for men, says Marcus Osborne, of StraightMaleFriend.com. Sure, some guys absolutely love it or see it as an opportunity to score brownie points with their lady friends--even though couldn't care less about the holiday. But many guys live in fear--knowing it's going to be a night in the doghouse with Scooby Snacks for dinner if they don't come through.

    "Valentine's Day is the holiday where only the guys can really lose," Marcus insists. "Because even though he could not give a rip about being on the receiving end of a V-Day gift, he knows full well he'd better bring it for his lady love. Every guy knows that even if she tells him, 'Oh you don't have to worry about getting me anything for Valentine's,' he'd

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  • Celebrity Stylists Reveal Their Top 5 Fashion Trends

    By Saba Salehi & Laura Schuffman, GalTime Stylists

    Tangerine is tops for 2012!Tangerine is tops for 2012!It may be cold outside, but let's dream of warmer weather... and the latest Spring collections! (They're so inspiring!). Here are five of our favorite trends that you will see in the coming months:

    Peplum: The word peplum is not in everyone's fashion vocabulary, but it will be soon! Without being too wordy, peplum is simply an added flare or flounce at the waist, and can be found on jackets, shirts, skirts or dresses. We're not talking rows and rows of volume or tutu fullness here, we're just talking about a little extra fabric that makes a big, fashionable difference.

    This trend has a very lady-like feel, and adds a little volume in just the right place. A peplum jacket paired with skinny jeans or pants is a look that will take you right through the summer.











    This top screams flirty and fun!This top screams flirty and fun!




























    Zara Lace Top With Frills, $59.90

    Statement Sunglasses: If you are like us, you have a simple pair of chic sunglasses that you love to use over and over and

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  • Something to Wag About: Fostering a Pet is Tax Deductible!

    By GalTime's Consumer Watchdog Mary Schwager

    Your furry friend could be tax deductible! Your furry friend could be tax deductible! When it comes to tax deductions, there's something to wag about for animal lovers, rescue groups and for people who foster (or are considering) fostering a pet: It's now tax deductible!

    A new landmark court case has volunteers barking up a storm about the paw-sitive news! What are the keys to getting the deduction? Massachusetts-based tax attorney and CPA Kevin Long says, "The basic requirements are that the expenses have to be directly related and solely attributable to the rendition of services to a qualified 501(c)(3) organization."

    Long continues, "In addition, you need to have documentation to support the expenses, and the organization needs to provide written acknowledgement for expenses over $250. The written acknowledgement must contain a description of the services provided, a statement of whether or not the organization provided any goods or services as reimbursement, a description and good faith estimate of the

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  • My Teenager Wants to Be a Housewife

    By GalTime Teen Parenting Expert, Barbara Greenberg, Ph.D.

    What would you say if your daughter wanted to be a housewife?What would you say if your daughter wanted to be a housewife?Dear Dr.G.,

    My teenage daughter has recently told me that she only wishes to become a wife and mother, and has no ambition of going to college anymore. This is so shocking to me because I am an avid feminist, and my daughter has always talked about a career. Should I support her decision, or convince her otherwise.

    A Feminist Mother

    Dear Mother,

    I have both questions and suggestions for you. First, I wonder if your daughter knows that going to college and being a housewife are not mutually exclusive. Many housewives have gone to college.

    Second, there is nothing inherently wrong with being a housewife. Many mothers choose this lifestyle because they want to be home to raise their kids. Other women can't stay at home given the cost of living AND sending their kids to college. Yet others prefer to focus on their careers.

    Related: Mothers and Daughters: Can You Be Too Close for Comfort?

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  • The 4 Things You MUST Do to Build a Life Around Your Passion

    By Stephenie Zamora , GalTime.com

    Thumbs up to following your passion!Thumbs up to following your passion!If you're like me, there's probably something in your life that you're deeply passionate about. You would love to build your life around this passion, your purpose, or your craft, but you "just can't".

    After all, you have responsibilities -- to your family, maybe even your children or your spouse. Maybe you have a responsibility to that bank that holds your car loan. You can't just give your whole life two weeks notice and start living your dream tomorrow. Besides, what would people think?!

    You figure that you'll create a life around your passions, later. When the bills are paid and the timing is right.

    But you're not happy, because you want MORE. You want a life that's centered around the things that light you up.

    So what's a gal to do?

    How to Build a Life Around Your Passion

    You need 100% commitment. You need 100% commitment. Commit, 100% to Becoming The Person You're Meant to Be

    Related: Why You're Not Where You Thought You'd Be By Now

    The MOST IMPORTANT thing

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  • Be Mine! Shoes We Heart for Valentine's Day

    By Kerri Winick, GalTime.com

    Chinese Laundry Hotness, $79.99Chinese Laundry Hotness, $79.99This Valentine's Day...you have a date with a hot pair of shoes! Whether you're sitting down to a romantic dinner, or dancing the night away with friends, let your shoes be the finishing touch to an outfit you heart.

    Here are some styles that GalTime and Shoes.com are head over heels for!











    Add some pop with this colorful shoe. Add some pop with this colorful shoe.

















    Jessica Simpson Weema, $99

    Nude and black are very classic... especially together! Nude and black are very classic... especially together!

















    Ivanka Trump Bliss, $145

    Related: How to Save Your Soles this Winter

    Wedges are in (and comfortable too!) Wedges are in (and comfortable too!)

















    Matisse Monet, $128.99

    Nothing says 'fierce' like an animal print! Nothing says 'fierce' like an animal print!

















    Sam Edelman Yasmine, $115

    Related: How to Avoid the High Heel Hangover

    Flats are a fabulous choice for those not comfortable with heels. Flats are a fabulous choice for those not comfortable with heels.















    Report Gonzalez2, $75


    The pink platform will jazz up any outfit. The pink platform will jazz up any outfit.
















    dv by Dolce Vita Boston, $99

    Related: Trend We Love: Chunky Heels!


    These heels are perfect if you're aiming for an 'edgy' look. These heels are perfect if you're aiming for an 'edgy' look.

















    Vince Camuto Fast, $126.65


    These shoes have flirty and feminine written all over them! These shoes have flirty and feminine written all over them!
















    Fergalicious Montage, $43.99

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  • 5 Marriage Secrets for Valentine's Day

    By Author Dr. Harriet Lerner, Ph.D., for GalTime.com

    Use the holiday of love to help improve your marriage!Use the holiday of love to help improve your marriage!Valentine's Day is the holiday for romance and romantic gestures. Why not take advantage of this day dedicated to love to improve your marriage? With a few simple switch-ups, you can put some practices in place that will improve your marriage -- for Valentine's Day and beyond!

    1. Pick Three Things to Warm His Heart

    Celebrate Valentine's Day by practicing kindness and generosity, even if your partner is behaving badly. Do the little things that make him or her feel loved, valued, and chosen. Remember that you can communicate interest, generosity and love in nonverbal ways, as well as with words and language. A simple gesture-a hand on a back, a nod, a smile-can make your partner feel seen and cared for.

    No matter how distant your marriage has become, and no matter how dense you claim to be about relationships, come up with three specific actions you can take to make your partner feel loved and respected on

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  • 4 Brilliantly Simple Ways to Save Money

    By GalTime Frugalista Kristen Hagopian

    Check out these frugal ways to start saving money in no time!Check out these frugal ways to start saving money in no time!Last January, I detailed a list of inexpensive "investments" on my blog that could help put more cash in the bank by year's end. Suggestions included: a Warehouse Club Card (often pays for itself in the first month!) and a Crock Pot (have you seen what it could do to the cheapest cuts of meat?). I also recommended continuing education (learn how to change the oil in your car, do your own hair color, paint the bedroom walls, etc.), a library card (a wireless device that gives you access to thousands of books, DVD's and CD's... for free), and making one extra mortgage payment this year by simply stashing $5/day into an untouchable bank account.

    Well, last year's list got rave reviews from fabulous readers like yourself. Considering it's the new year, let's make one of yours keeping more of your hard earned cash in the bank where it belongs, with a fresh crop of Brilliantly Frugal Investments you can make for 2012!

    1. AAA

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  • 8 Heart-Healthy Valentine's Treats

    By Tara Weng, GalTime.com Health Editor

    Mmm, nothing is tastier than healthy treats!Mmm, nothing is tastier than healthy treats!You may be tempted to opt for champagne and oysters for your Valentine's Day (which also happens to be National Heart Month), but experts say there are better, heart-healthier options for your love. Here are 8 heart-healthy options to indulge in on that special day.

    • Red Wine - Pinots, shirahs, merlots - experts say all red wines are a good source of catechins and reservatrol to aid 'good' cholesterol"

    • Dark Chocolate, (70 percent or higher cocoa content) - Nutritionists report that truffles, soufflés and even hot chocolate can be a good source of resveratrol and cocoa phenols(flavonoids) as long as dark chocolate with a high content of coca is used

    • Salmon/Tuna - Especially white, or albacore, tuna and salmon are excellent sources ofomega-3 fatty acids, and canned salmon contains soft bones that give an added boost of calcium intake

    • Flaxseeds - Experts recommend

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