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  • NO Bake Brownies: Easy Super Bowl Crowd Pleaser

    Looking for a simple crowd pleasing dessert this weekend for the Super Bowl? We were, so we turned to award-wining recipe star and cookbook queen Camilla Saulsbury for her best--and easiest-- football fan fare.

    The winner: NO BAKE BROWNIES

    The simplicity of chocolate brownies is one of life's greatest (eating) pleasures. Here the well-loved confection takes shape in a quick and easy no-bake bar. You can doctor this brownie recipe to suit your taste in the same way you would regular brownies. For example, replace the vanilla with a different extract (e.g., peppermint, brandy, rum, orange, maple), use any nut of your choice, spice it up with cinnamon or a dash of red pepper, or a add a favorite purchased or homemade frosting. This recipe is from my new book, The Ultimate Shortcut Cookie Book: 745 Scrumptious Recipes That Start with Refrigerated Cookie Dough, Cake Mix, Brownie Mix or Ready-to-Eat Cereal.

    2 1/2 cup finely crushed chocolate graham cracker crumbs

    2 cups

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  • The Things You Can Do With $5

    Everyone's looking for a way to save a buck (of course) with consumers scrutinizing every purchase, scouring sales fliers and, yes, clipping coupons. According to the Promotion Marketing Association's Coupon Council, Americans increased their coupon use by approximately 20% during the first half of last year. "Coupons are even more influential in consumer purchasing decisions today due to the economic downturn as shoppers realize it's the smart thing to do," says Charles Brown, Co-Chair of the PMA Coupon Council. "Both manufacturers and retailers are promoting at a greater pace to appeal to consumers who are seeking deals to stretch their budget and changing their spending habits in ways that are expected to continue permanently, even when the economy recovers."
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  • BIG Hair 2010-Style

    Va-Va-Voluminous Hair By Kerri Winick and Andrea Krivelow

    In the 80's, tresses were anything but tame! Teasing, mousse and a generous helping of hairspray- this is how women achieved the coveted "big hair" look.

    Celebrity hairstylist Philip Pelusi says, women today still crave va-va-volume, but there's a more modern way to set the style. Put away the scrunchies and the Aqua Net. Here are Philip Pelusi's tips for achieving hair with height in 2010:

    When it comes to volume…

    Volume really never goes out of fashion, but it is the type of volume or
    the finish on the hair that goes "in" and "out" of style. (For example, either a soft or a crunchy finish.) Some amount of volume really compliments anyone. If someone wants to look younger, thick and voluminous hair helps achieve that. If someone wants to look alluring and sexy, voluminous hair does that, as well.

    When it comes to bangs…

    Steer clear of short, puffy

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  • Girl Auctions Virginity To Pay For College

    As the mother of four daughters, I got nauseous when I googled college aid and up came an article (near the top!) about a teenager in New Zealand who was so desperate for tuition money that she auctioned off her virginity!

    The 19 year old offered her virginity to the highest bidder on . She used the name "Unigirl" and decided not to post a photo in order to remain anonymous. What was the response? She says more than 30,000 people viewed her post, more than 1200 made bids...and she's accepted one for $45,000 New Zealand dollars, which is $32,000 U.S. dollars. She hasn't delivered yet and still has the right to change her mind, according to the Website.

    Is this what outrageous college costs are forcing young women to do in order to get an education? Put their lives and health in danger? (By the way, prostitution is legal in New Zealand, so Unigirl isn't breaking any laws.)

    Years ago, I researched a story on female college students selling their eggs

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  • By: Mary Schwager, Consumer Watchdog


    It's the holiday that sparks fear deep into the soul of every guy: Valentine's Day.

    "There are all these commercials that make you feel like if you don't go all out, come up with two dozen roses or sparkly jewelry then you're some dolt!" That was the exact quote this author heard from a good-looking guy recently when talking about February 14th.

    Ladies, perhaps you want to share this article with the man of your dreams, or even if you're just hanging with "he may not be Mr. Right, but he's Mr. Right Now", in case he decides to venture into the Valentine's Day shopping zone. Oh sure, you may tell him, "Don't worry about a gift, it's just a holiday created by florists, jewelers and candy makers to keep sales alive until Mother's Day!" But many wise men know that when your co-worker gets two dozen roses from her boyfriend and nothing shows up for you it equals one thing: dog house. So don't let him get overcharged or

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  • Hot Frocks: Bold and Bright For Spring

    By Kerri Winick and Andrea Krivelow

    Hey, hot stuff! Ready to paint the town red…or purple, pink, or green? This Spring, bright and bold is back.

    Fabulous frocks with a punch of color are perfect for date night, parties, even a wedding. Play them up with chic shoes that compliment, but don't distract. (Hint: Shades like nude, bronze and gold are to-die-for!) Add some dazzling hoops and a clutch…and you've got one clutch outfit.

    Amber Valletta

    Here are some styles that give us Spring fever:

    Shoshanna Pleat Strapless Dress

    Price: $305 on

    French Connection "Wizard" Strapless Cotton Minidress

    Price: $148 on

    BCBG Strapless Gathered Cocktail Dress

    Price: $248 on

    Alice + Olivia Asymmetrical Bustier Dress

    Price: $396.00 on It's a Kristin Cavallari fave!

    Necessary Objects Hot Pink Stretch Sateen Strapless Sweetheart Dress

    Price: $78 on

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  • 10 Important Mistakes To Avoid When Applying For Financial Aid

    By Suzanne Shaffer, www.Parents Countdown to College

    All over the net, on Twitter, Facebook, Mom blogs, and college sites, people are grumbling and complaining about filing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). If you're a parent of a college-bound teen or happen to have one already in college, you most likely are adding your voice to the resounding complaints. Many parents turn to CPA's for help, just as they do to file those pesky IRS forms. But, if you pay attention, read the questions carefully, and check for mistakes BEFORE you file, there's really no reason why you can't fill this form out yourself.

    Here are mistakes you should avoid:

    1. Don't leave any blank answers. If the answer is zero, write "0" or N/A. If you leave blanks you might cause miscalculations and the form could be rejected.
    2. Don't enter the WRONG income tax figure. Provide the federal income tax you paid or will pay based on your 2009 federal tax return-NOT the tax
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  • How To Find More Storage In Any Bathroom

    By Tina Gleisner, HomeTips4Women

    The smallest rooms in the house are typically bathrooms, and we try to stuff quite a bit into them. The problem with too much stuff … is you can't find what you want, when you want (need) it. Let's explore how you can find and/or create more storage in your bathroom.

    bath-door-hooks2-a4who1Hiding Behind Your Door

    Adding hooks to the back of your door is perfect solution most of the time. The door is open and no one even sees what's hanging there. Depending on your door style, you can install hooks on the top and bottom of your door, which is very helpful with young children. Hooks are available as singles, doubles or there is quite a selection of multiple hook fixtures such as the one shown here (purchased at Lowes).

    bath-rolling-shelf-a4whoBathroom Vanities That Work for You

    Vanity height varies from the traditional 30 to 32 inches, when the wash bowl sat on top, to today's taller vanities that are 34 to 36 inches … and don't forget to add 1.5 to 2 inches for the counter top.

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  • "Poop" Dermatitis Making A Comeback. WHAT???

    Research out of Johns Hopkins Children's Center finds skin irritations caused by toilet seats are making a comeback with cases popping up in pediatricians' offices.

    Lead investigator Bernard Cohen, M.D., says, "Toilet seat dermatitis is one of those legendary conditions described in medical textbooks and seen in underdeveloped countries, but one that younger pediatricians have not come across in their daily practice." Cohen, director of pediatric dermatology at Hopkins Children's Center, went on to say that, "If our small analysis is any indication of what's happening, we need to make sure the condition is on every pediatrician's radar."

    The research, published in the February journal Pediatrics, found the culprits responsible for the re-emergence to be harsh cleaning chemicals and exotic, fashionable wooden toilet seats--especially those covered in varnishes and paints.

    Cohen says children can develop irritation with repeated use of a wooden seat or repeated

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  • Disciplining OTHER People's Kids-- A Yes, or BIG No No?

    By Dr. Michele Borba Real Parenting Solutions

    When I was growing up and misbehaved I was set straight by the parent in charge. And if my friends misbehaved at my house there were held accountable by my mom and dad. But these days the parenting rules about disciplining other kids have changed.

    Parents are far much more cautious about disciplining kids who aren't "theirs." One reason is out of self-protection - our society has become so litigious. But the neighborhood block as well as parent support systems where we know each other's children and help raise them has broken down. So how do you navigate those tricky issues of disciplining the "other kids" when the child is in your care and you are in charge?

    My view: it's never intruding when you're protecting a child. You also don't want to offend the kid's parents, but when his behavior is dangerous or harmful to another child, you can't ignore it either. Still, the right response depends on the circumstances-and in this

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