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  • Why Can't I Remember Little Things?

    By Dr. Joe Pace, Organizational Psychologist for GalTime.com

    Why do I keep forgetting?Why do I keep forgetting?3 school-room strategies to improve memory

    Most people struggle with a loss of memory to one degree or another. In conversations, our brain is working so fast that while you're talking, you're brain is actually still thinking. I call these "taking side trips". The brain moves five times faster than we speak so it fills in the void, getting you side-tracked or forgetting your original point all together.

    Wait. What were we talking about?

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    Consider that on average we have about 50,000 thoughts a day, most of which are negative. We tend to remember things that are important to us. The brain will associate what's important with "why" it's important and "what's in it for me" - the value.

    But how do we remember the things our brain doesn't naturally retain?

    UNDERLINE IT

    A good teacher will say something like, "Pay attention, this is going to

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  • How to Take the Very Best Family Photos This Holiday Season

    By Mom Generations Audrey McClelland for GalTime.com

    Capture the BEST holiday photos this season! Capture the BEST holiday photos this season! Tips for taking cherished holiday photos

    As soon as the Halloween candy is out of our house, it's full-fledged holiday happenings around here! That's right; November 1 st starts the oh so joyful preparations for holiday gatherings and celebrations. From Thanksgiving football games to cookie swaps, this season is all about reliving traditions and making memories as a family. What better way to savor the season than through photos? Here are my top tips for taking the best photos this holiday season:

    • Set the self-timer and get everyone together for a group photo. The most beautiful thing about the holidays is how everyone from Grandma to grandbaby is brought together under one roof. Pulling everyone together for a moment - away from the dinner table for a family photo - is a special opportunity not every family takes advantage of, or is fortunate enough to be able to do. It may be tricky, but you'll be glad you seized the
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  • GalTime Gift Guide: What to Splurge on for Moms

    By Author and Type-A Mommy Emily Liebert for GalTime

    Hand Painted Clutch Hand Painted Clutch 10 gifts mom doesn't (necessarily) need (but totally wants) for the holidays

    'Tis the season to be jolly…and stressed out. After all, selecting the perfect present for everyone -- especially a mom -- on your holiday list can be daunting, not to mention time-consuming.

    Blender? Boring! Gift card? Impersonal! Bathrobe? Blah! In light of this annual conundrum, we decided to do the legwork for you, with a focus on that special mom in your life. While she may not (necessarily) need these fabulous picks, we're pretty sure she'll flip for them.

    Hand-painted clutch perfect for Girls Night Out

    Even moms need a break from mac 'n cheese and chicken fingers. That's why we love this aptly named "Girls Night Out" evening clutch designed by Houston-based artist, Hanh Tran. Made of canvas, Hanh's purses are hand-painted and inspired by her abstract and postmodern impressionist pieces as well as nature, art, and fashion. Dress up

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  • Wow Your Guests with These Savory Sidekicks

    By GalTime.com

    Wow your guests with these Thanksgiving sides. Wow your guests with these Thanksgiving sides. They may not be the star of the menu, but they'll certainly win the award for best supporting cuisine.

    Herb Butter

    Ready to wow your guests? Stir up one or more batches of my easy herbed butter. You can make it several days ahead (one or multiple batches), then use it on the turkey, vegetables, biscuits, and more.

    5 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

    3 tablespoons finely chopped shallots

    3 tablespoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley

    2 teaspoons finely chopped tarragon

    1 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon zest

    1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

    3/4 teaspoon salt

    1/2 teaspoon black pepper

    Stir together all ingredients in a small bowl until combined well. Cover and chill until ready to use. Makes about 2/3 cup.

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    Decadent Doctored Gravy with Marsala, Mushrooms & Rosemary

    This gravy is an ideal accompaniment for any poulty dish. No lumps!

    2 tablespoons unsalted butter

    1 large

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  • Why You Shouldn't Buy Her a Ring for the Holidays

    By Marina Sbrochi for GalTime.com

    CAUTION: Do Not Buy Her a Ring this Holiday Season CAUTION: Do Not Buy Her a Ring this Holiday Season Hey, guys: Do you feel pressured by all the engagement ring ads you see on TV, billboards, radio and magazines? If you don't cough up two months' salary are you less than a man? Is someone putting the high pressure on you to get her a ring for the holidays? Are her parents giving you the stink eye every time you come over and don't ask her father for her hand? Is she dropping hints like, "I really like round diamonds better than emerald cut, you know, in case you were wondering."

    Here are three reasons to skip the little velvet box presentation at Christmas, Hanukkah, at a big family gathering, over hot cocoa, on New Year's, while ice skating or on a carriage ride through the city.

    1. Diamonds shouldn't be produced out of pressure

    NEVER EVER EVER do anything because you feel pressured to do it! You don't need to buy anyone a ring. Are you feeling the pressure because you are inundated with ads telling you that you would be a lesser

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  • Three Ways to Save Big on Your Thanksgiving Feast

    By Galtime's Kristen Hagopian, Author Brilliant Frugal Living

    Save money on your feast this Thanskgiving! Save money on your feast this Thanskgiving! How to save money on your Thanksgiving celebration

    Greetings, fellow frugal fans! Now that my cupboards are stuffed with Halloween candy (purchased at a delicious 75 percent off), it's time to begin preparations for one of my favorite holidays - Thanksgiving.

    I've been hearing lots of talk from people who are used to spending $250 or more for a table of eight at Thanksgiving. With food costs on the perpetual rise, the cost of entertaining during the holidays can get expensive. The good news is that Turkey Day doesn't have to be a budget buster, especially when you follow these three simple tricks on how to host a fabulous feast for less.

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    1. Turkey: Turkey prices can go upward of $1.69 a pound or more, depending on the brand name and grocery retailer. Do yourself a favor and procrastinate with purpose! Purchase your turkey from a big retailer less

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  • Channing Tatum is PEOPLE's Sexiest Man Alive!

    By GalTime's Entertainment Diva Andrea Krivelow

    PEOPLEPEOPLEHe had some tough competition this year, but Channing Tatum earned the title of PEOPLE's sexiest man alive!

    The 32-year-old, who wed actress Jenna Dewan-Tatum in 2009, had a surprising reaction upon hearing the news:

    "My first thought was, 'Y'all are messing with me'. I told Jenna after we'd been in the bathtub washing our dogs because they'd gotten skunked. She was like, 'What?'"

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    Channing adds:

    "Yeah, she calls me [the Sexiest Man Alive] now."

    The Alabama native also reveals that he and Jenna are eager to start a family (and those are going to be some good-looking offspring!):

    "I'm ready; I think she's ready. The first number that pops into my head is three, but I just want one to be healthy and then we'll see where we go after that."

    He later jokes:

    "It's really easy for us guys to say, 'I want like 15 kids'. Jenna will be like, 'Well

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  • 10 Tips for Tackling Turkey Day

    By Dawn Sandomeno & Elizabeth Mascali, of Party BluPrints for GalTime.com

    Tips for Tackling Turkey Day Tips for Tackling Turkey Day Don't let Tom get the best of you! Here are some tips for getting it under control. Start now and avoid the stress of last minute holiday preparations!

    1. Confirm number of guests.

    2. Decide on sit down or buffet or combo ( we always have 20+ guests, but love to have everyone gathered at one table. So we serve food buffet style and have everyone sit at a long Thanksgiving Table we create from lining up smaller tables - it runs from the Dining Room to the Living Room!)

    3. Regardless of how you plan to serve your Thanksgiving feast, you are going to need to seat all your guests somewhere, so make sure you have enough seats and space.

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    4. Launder and press tablecloths and napkins.

    5. Decide on your signature cocktail. This is great for welcoming guests from a road trip, a glass of prosecco is one of our favorites. Select the wine

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  • Top 5 Reasons You're Unhappy and Stressed Out

    By GalTime Teen Expert Jennifer A. Powell-Lunder, Psy.D.

    Top Reasons You're Stressed Out Top Reasons You're Stressed Out You have a busy, fulfilling life. You have much about which to be proud. You are smart, street savvy, confident and determined, everyone says so.

    "Then why," you wonder to yourself, "do I feel so stressed out and unhappy?

    Regardless of whether you are young or older, married or single, working outside, working from home, or a stay at home moms when asked what makes you unhappy and stressed, the concerns and complaints are quite consistent.

    Here is a list of the top five stressors which seem to translate into feeling overworked and overwhelmed:

    1. TOO LITTLE TIME TO GET EVERYTHING DONE

    Not matter how many hours there are in a day and how much you are able to accomplish, most of us still feel like there is always more to be done.

    The simple solution: Accept the reality that no matter how much time you have available, you will always feel this way.

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  • 5 Things You Can Do to Lose 5 Pounds

    By Lisa DeFazio, Certified Registered Dietitian for GalTime.com

    How to Lose 5 Pounds How to Lose 5 Pounds Have you ever said "I just want to lose 5 pounds." There are a few things you can do to make it happen. An easy way to remember these tips is the word "LOSES". Each letter represents a tip.

    "LOSES"

    Lots of fruits, vegetables, and water.

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    Omit fried food, fast food, sodas, ice cream, regular salad dressings, and cheese.

    Subtract 500 calories/day from current diet to lose 1 pound/week. 3500 calories = 1 pound fat.

    Exercise Burns calories, decreases fat and sugar cravings, improves mood.

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    Stay On Track- If you splurge on a high calorie food or meal, get back on track at the next meal, do not let it trigger a week long binge!

    If you put your mind to it, resist temptation, and stay on track, you can do it. Make a list of reasons why you want to lose weight and post it on the refrigerator. This will keep you

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