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  • "Mean World" Syndrome

    By GalTime Parenting Pro, Michele Borba, Ed.D.
    Terrorism. War. School shootings. Pedophiles. Recession. Suicide bombings. Cyberbullying. Kidnappings. Killer floods. Global warming. Earthquakes and tsunamis.

    Let's face it; we live in frightening times. But if you are feeling a bit jittery about current events or a troubled economy, imagine how our kids must feel. Talk of uncertain times permeates the world around them. Television images of real disasters reinforce their fears.

    Make no mistake: the image of the world as a mean and scary place is affecting our kids' well-being. I recently worked with the schools in a glorious Norman Rockwell-type community in Pennsylvania. Picture perfect. Idyllic. Just plain wonderful. I spent time talking to a group of students, as I always do before addressing the parents, community and staff. It's my way of getting a pulse on teen concerns.

    Related: Detecting Stress in Kids

    I always ask the principals to give me a sample of students, so

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  • Create "Luck" in Your Home

    By Candace Vorhaus, Feng Shui Expert for GalTime.com

    Growing up Irish Catholic in the New York suburb of Garden City, NY, meant St. Patrick's Day was a major holiday. I woke up early, dressed in green, and headed off to St Joseph's Catholic grammar school on Franklin Avenue where Sister Theresa and the other teachers handed out white carnations laced in green to all my classmates. Our regular classes were abandoned and we spent the day eating green iced cupcakes, and singing Irish favorites, including, "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling," "I'm Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover," and "Molly Malone."
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    At home, my mother, Molly, who grew up in Louisiana and never learned how to truly celebrate St Patrick's Day like we did up north, still tried to please my dad, Donald Francis Connors, a University of Notre Dame grad, with her rendition of corned beef and cabbage, although never quite winning the approval of my very Irish grandmother, Lilly

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  • The World's Busiest Airports

    By Shira Scott, GalTime.com

    The World's Busiest Airport is right here in the U.S.A. In fact, 5 of the top 10 are red, white and blue.

    The Airports Council International, which governs about 1650 airports across the globe, just released the preliminary numbers for 2010.

    Here are the Top 10

    #1 Atlanta-Hartsfield Airport handles the most traffic with 89,331,622 passengers

    #2 Beijing Airport - 73,891,801 passengers

    #3 Chicago's O'Hare Airport - 66,665,390 passengers

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    #4 London Heathrow: 65,884,143 passengers

    #5 Tokyo Narita - 64,069,098 passengers

    #6 Los Angeles - 58,915,100 passengers

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    #7 Paris Charles de Gaulle - 58,167,062 passengers

    #8 Dallas Fort Worth - 56,905,066 passengers

    #9 Frankfurt - 53,009,221 passengers

    #10 Denver - 52,211,242 passengers

    A whopping 4.7 billion passengers traveled by air in 2010. Thats a 6.3% increase despite

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  • Important New Guidelines for Women and Heart Disease

    By Stephanie Moore, MD for GalTime.com
    There are important new Guidelines for Women and Prevention of Heart Disease and you need to know the risk factors. Heart Disease is the number one killer of women in the United States with stroke coming in at number three. The guidelines in 2011 are much more focused on practical application.
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    Experts recommend that every woman know her risk of heart disease. Studies have shown knowing your risk leads to preventive measures.

    HIGH RISK:

    You have one or more of the following:
    • Existing Coronary Artery Disease (stent, bypass surgery, heart attack)
    • Stroke or Carotid (neck) artery disease
    • Blocked arteries in your legs
    • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (weakened artery in your abdomen)
    • Chronic Kidney Disease
    • Diabetes

    AT RISK:

    You have one or more of the following:
    • Cigarette smoking
    • Sedentary lifestyle
    • Overweight or Obesity
    • Family history of
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  • Is It Really Easier To Fall In Love in the Spring?

    Love is in the air...

    You know how your heart feels happy when the flowers start to bloom... and you can wear flip flops again because spring has finally sprung? Well, there's now scientific proof that your heart doesn't just get happy about the little things-it's also more ready for love--for a variety of reasons.

    Related: Are You Smooching Enough?

    When the weather gets warmer and we see more sunlight, the melatonin in our body decreases, which studies show leads to an increase in energy and vitality. Sociologist Dr. Julie Albright says, "That brings about mood changes that make it easier to find a relationship." She points out that the warmer weather also allows us to shed all those extra clothing layers. Showing a little skin makes it easier to read sexual cues from one another. Galtime relationship expert and therapist Dr. Jane Greer says the bare skin is its own turn-on to many, while the melatonin decrease gives us, "an abundance of energy", which serves as a mood

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  • Are Soft Drinks the New American Addiction?

    By GalTime's Stephanie Moore, MD
    Now I don't want to alarm anyone, but go check out your refrigerator or pantry. If you see a soft drink you need to read this and pass it along. "Pop" as I called it growing up in the Midwest, appears primed to become the newest health hazard. In 2004, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), obesity actually killed almost as many people in the U.S. per year as tobacco did, and it is predicted to surpass tobacco as the number one cause of death.
    Related: Why 'Glass Half Full' People May Be Healthier

    Guess what? It's preventable. Soda drinks, pop, fizz, whatever you call it has no nutritional value. The bad actors are caffeine, phosphorylated products, sugar and sodium. The answer is not diet soda, either. Though the thought to decrease sugar, thus unnecessary calories is a great one. The artificial sweeteners in diet soda have been linked to increased rates of stroke and vascular events. Even after risk factors for heart and vascular

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  • Could Your Bank Be Tracking Your Purchases?

    By GalTime Consumer Watchdog, Mary Schwager
    Imagine someone having access to all the purchases you made with your credit or debit card. They know exactly what you bought and track your purchases to send very targeted ads your way. Who has this unprecedented access? Who is sharing it with marketers? The answer may surprise you: Banks.

    It's not happening at all banks, but we found some are using your purchases to lure you into spending more money. Each time you pay with plastic they're watching, analyzing and calculating every move you make to create a profile of your buying history.

    When marketing company owner Oren Milgram opened his most recent online credit card statement he found coupon offers mixed in with the rest of his charges-like:

    "Save up to 35% on Tax Software" and "Discount Entertainment".

    If he clicks on the ad, a window pops up warning him he will be taken to a third party website. Oren, who even owns a marketing company, says he's trying to balance his

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  • 7 Steps to Natural Beauty This Spring

    By GalTime Makeup Stylist Andrea Ducharme

    March is finally here, and spring is right around the corner! Time to think about fun, fresh beauty and say goodbye to winter for good! The spring runways featured a range of looks, but my personal favorite was glowing and natural.The makeup counters are chock full of beautiful colors and textures to help you achieve this top trend. Here are some tips:

    1.) Start by revving up your complexion. Mix a few drops of liquid luminizer with your foundation. This will impart a beautiful, yet subtle glow. A few to try are NARS Illuminator, Clinique Up-Lighting Liquid Illuminator and Paula Dorf Face Tint in Jet Set Glo.

    2.) Add a few dabs of a liquid concealer under your eyes and on your lids. This will brighten you up and double as an eyeshadow base. I like MAC Pro Longwear Concealer. It's super concentrated and easy to blend.

    3.) Pick a neutral eyeshadow and sweep across your eyelids, then add something with some pop along the lash

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  • Use Your Tax Refund to Make Money

    By Fabulous & Frugal for GalTime.com

    The deadline for submitting your 2010 tax return is just around the corner, and if you are an early filer, those refund checks are already starting to roll in! Instead of blowing your refund cash on something frivolous, check out financial expert Galia Gichon's tips on how to turn those dollars into a proactive plan for your profitable future!

    Pay Off Your Credit Card Debt

    Using your refund to lower the amount of money that you owe is a fantastic way to strengthen your financial footing. However, don't use your entire refund to pay off your debt. Chances are you got into debt because you had no safety net in the first place- so deposit a portion of your refund in your savings account as well. If you have student loans, pay a little extra towards them as well. Even though it's considered good debt, and the rates are low, why not lower your liabilities and focus on raising your assets!

    Related: How to ATTEND a Wedding on a Budget

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  • Worried About Portion Control With Your Kids?

    By GalTime Nutritionist Elisa Zied, MS, RD, CDN

    Question: My daughter is turning one and seems to eat A LOT! She's very tall for her age and her weight is proportionate. But at what age do I worry about portion control? I try to balance her meals with all the food groups…a typical meal would be chicken, sliced cucumbers, a piece of whole wheat toast, some cheese, and some fruit. ~Julie Crispell, Montreal QC

    Answer: I'm so glad you asked about portions. We Americans have lost sight of what an appropriate portion of just about anything looks like! It's very important that we parents lay a healthful foundation for infants and children to help them meet their needs for growth and development while not promoting overeating that can contribute to overweight.

    Related: Is Mom's Job Making Her Kids Fat?

    Though each child's needs may differ, portions at age 1-2 are typically quite small. In all likelihood, your daughter's increased appetite and consumption likely means she's

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