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  • Six Ways to Beat the Stress Out of Your Life

    By Jennifer A. Powell-Lunder, Psy.D.,

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    When the alarm goes off at 5:00 AM, I know I have to get up right away. Even a second of dozing off is a second too long of lost time. The day takes off from there and does not stop until my head hits the pillow at bedtime. "Stop the world, I want to get off," I want to shout, but who has time?

    This gets me thinking. In an effort to live life to the fullest, are we all overdoing it? Perhaps, but when I signed up to be a working mother no one explained that while you can have it all, there is a price to pay. After all, nothing in life is free, right?

    When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008, I remember my initial reaction being not of fear or sadness, I knew I was a strong woman who would beat it; no, I was annoyed. Annoyed because it meant that I would have to slow down just a bit to make time for chemo , then surgery, then recovery. Even then I pushed it. I snuck into my office a week and a half after surgery (I was

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  • 8 Tips for Writing Wonderful Wedding Thank You's

    By Amy Lowry for

    Thank You CardsThank You CardsThe wedding was wonderful, you're back from your honeymoon and you and your new hubby have unwrapped a mountain of wedding gifts. Now it's time to put pen to paper and express your thanks to your guests. You feel panic... stress... and the desire to procrastinate!

    I've got good news-- writing out your wedding thank you notes doesn't have to be a bland, dull task to be put off indefinitely. It can actually be a lot of fun and a wonderful way to remember your wedding day and stay in touch with the people who are most important to you.

    1. Get Organized: In the weeks after the wedding, put your thank you notes in a package that can fit in your purse, and pack a pen too. Whenever you've got some time to fill, you're thank you notes are ready for you to work on. They can be completed virtually anywhere-- on the plane as you come home from honeymoon, at the doctor's office or any time you have an opportunity to work on them.

    Related: 6 Ways to

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  • Spring Gardening: You Reap What You Sow

    By Dianne Venetta, GalTime Garden Guru

    Spring GardeningSpring GardeningTime to address those delightfully colored seed packets clenched tightly in your hand--yes, I know you're excited, as well you should be--it's planting time! One of the best times in the garden, second only to harvest.

    Sowing seeds is a wonderful step in the process because it's filled with the thrill of anticipation, a dash into un-chartered territory, the belief that all things are possible. It's this enthusiasm that will ensure your seeds get a good start on life. Forget they do this kind of thing on their own, all day long, in nature everyday...

    YOU are the master of your garden (not to be confused with master gardener). You control what grows where and when (all important factors). You are ultimately responsible for the success or failure of the plants in your garden (make sure you know where the hose is prior to sowing). Sure Mother Nature does this all the time, but now it's your turn. Ready?

    Related: Get Your Garden Growing!

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  • Why You Need to Check Out Google + NOW

    By GalTime Nerd Chick Andrea Eldridge

    Google+Google+By now, you've probably at least heard of Google+ and you may be wondering what all the fuss is about? Is it really the new Facebook? The answer is a bit "yes, no, maybe so" While Google+ isn't Facebook, it has definitely built some attractive features that may tempt Facebook users to transfer some of their online social interactions.

    The first big thing Google+ has going for it is its integration with other Google applications. Google + connects with gmail, Google Calendar and Google Docs, and it uses Google Search to inform its "Sparks" feature. Does your daily dose of updates from your favorite TV show start your morning off right? Instead of fan pages and like buttons, use "Sparks" to track just about anything from Harry Potter to Starbucks. News that posts anywhere on the Internet about your "Spark" will show up in your Stream (Google+'s version of Facebook's News Feed). The buzz is that Facebook is moving in a similar direction

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  • A Dozen Tips for Dating in a Facebook World

    By Marianne Beach,

    'Like''Like'Dating in a Facebook world? "It's complicated!" to say the least. And a netiquette no-no can put serious strain on a new relationship-or end it all together.

    We decided to bring in the expert to help us navigate the shark-infested waters of dating in a social media world. Julie Spira is an online dating, relationship and netiquette expert. She writes about looking for love in a web 2.0 world on and is working on her second book, The Rules of Netiquette: How to Mind Your Manners on the Web.

    No "Friending" on the First Date

    It may be terribly tempting to friend request the guy you met at the bar last night-especially if his Facebook page is locked up tight. After all, how else can you spy on those old photos of him and his ex that he hasn't gotten around to taking down yet?

    But Spira says: think before you friend. Chances are, you're not on the same digital page yet. And a virtual friendship could ruin your

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  • Dealing with Your Doctor's "Chronic Lateness Syndrome"

    By GalTime's Consumer Watchdog Mary Schwager

    Does your doctor have 'chronic lateness'? Does your doctor have 'chronic lateness'? How many times have you rushed to the doctor's office to be on time for an appointment, and then ended up waiting so long you have enough time to catch up with every email in your blackberry AND read two of the bad magazines in the waiting area? Then, when you finally once get some face time with your doctor, you feel like you're hurried through everything.

    A new poll by consumer review organization Angie's List found nearly 40 percent of patients admit to feeling rushed through appointments and don't feel they have time to communicate problems with their doctor.

    We polled Galtime readers who echo those concerns. Kristine Schriber says, "The best part is you wait. And wait. And wait. Then you get in the room. And wait. And wait." PJ Schott recalls, "Walking out of a doctor's office... and telling the receptionist to reschedule me before I started billing the doctor for my time!" Gloria Bauer attributes it to our health care

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  • Don't Sweat It: Figure Flattering Workout Wear

    By Jessica Conway,

    Workout in style! Workout in style! When it comes to working out, my main concern is staying fit, but looking cute while burning calories is a close second!

    Put away those baggy tees and oversized exercise pants! From fitted track jackets to trendy board shorts, there are plenty of figure-flattering ways to show off the body you've worked so hard for!

    Fitness expert Nicole Glor gives GalTime the 411 on workout wear that will have you looking (and feeling) good!

    Fitted zipper jackets, like the Lululemon Define Jacket ($99), will help slim your arms and flattern your tummy. These styles are also great for keeping you warm during outdoor workouts or yoga sessions. Glor always wears fitted zipper jackets during her on-air fitness segments!

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    Longer tanks will also help minimize the stomach, and some can even camouflage that dreaded muffin top! Tanks like the Lululemon Practice Freely Tank ($58) give you room to breathe, while hiding a larger midsection.Their loose, flowy

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  • How to Help Kids Transition to a New Home

    By Danielle Miller,

    Moving with Kids Moving with Kids Life is full of changes. Often times these changes affect children more dramatically than adults. A child's perception of change and the way he or she handles change will differ depending on the child.
    This is certainly true when a child is faced with one of life's most significant and complicated changes: moving from one home to another.

    "Transition is hard for anybody at any age. Children are no exception. In fact, the emotional effects of change often influence children more intensely than even their parents may realize," advises licensed marriage and family therapist Arlene Licata-Miller.

    While some children tend to struggle with change, there are several tools parents can utilize to ease the seemingly larger than life transition from one home to the next. Licata-Miller advocates being proactive and talking to your children as directly as possible while remaining loving and open to any opinions or feelings they may have to share.

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  • Joy is to Be Shared

    By Nan O'Brien for

    Joy can be shared! Joy can be shared! TODAY'S DAY STARTER

    Much of the pleasure of life is reduced by the innate tendency to compete with others, whether in terms of possessions (house, car, electronic gadgets), opinions (political, religious, parenting), and/or experiences (places visited, people you know or have met).

    Life is not about having a contest, it is about being authentic and truthful, and embracing experiences for the experience's sake.

    It's okay to disagree. It's respectful to share an opinion but not try to 'one-up' the other person. And if someone tries to engage you in this kind of competitiveness, the only response to keep the pissing contest from expanding is to agree with the other person.

    Related: Three Things You MUST do to Feel Joyful

    Theirs is bigger - so what? Theirs cost more - that's nice! Their opinion is right - hey, it's great to have convictions, whatever they may be!

    This kind of response ends the discussion. Why, then, is it

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  • Wines to Drink with Your Sweetie

    By Amy Reiley for

    Wines that are perfect for drinking with a love one. Wines that are perfect for drinking with a love one. This month, I decided to theme my wine picks around perfect wines to give to or drink with that special someone.


    Prosecco Brut DOC

    Something sparkling can always spark romance and when it's both Italian and affordable, well, somehow that just makes it even better. This wine has both aphrodisiac baking spice notes as well as a citrus freshness, which helps keep the mood light and your palate primed.


    2009 The Chocolate Block

    By the name alone you can probably guess why this is one of South Africa's best-selling wines. An unusual blend of Cab, Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Viognier, its raspberry, blackberry and nutty notes are perfect for pairing with dark chocolate.

    Related: 7 Easy Tips for Pairing Wine with Food

    Georges DuBoeuf

    2009 Saint-Amour

    Georges DuBoeuf is most often associated with Beaujolais Nouveau, a wine most of us drink once each year simply to join in the party. But

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