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  • Doing your own work-outs at home become addicting once you realize how easy it is. With one set of dumbbells, you can create your own custom routines to work out every major muscle group in your body.

    Thankfully, the internet has a plethora of exercise demonstration videos to give you ideas for how you can work those dumbbells on a regular basis to get your strength training done. Here are 7 exercise videos you can do in the comfort of your own living room with just two dumbbells and your willingness to get off your butt.

    1. A-List Legs With Holly Perkins. The title speaks for itself. Do these dumbbell exercises and you will be able to show off some movie star legs at your next gala! WATCH VIDEO HERE

    2. Arm-Toning Exercise Routines For Women. Celebrity Trainer Kathy Kahler demonstrates dumbbell work-outs for triceps, biceps, chest, back of arms and shoulders.

    3. How To Do Dumbbell Squat Press Exercises

    4. 20-Minute Dumbbell Work-Out


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  • May Is Perinatal Depression Awareness Month: Why You Need To Pay Attention

    Just last April, The Junior Leagues of California's State Public Affairs Committee (SPAC), working with Assembly Member Pedro Nava (D-Santa Barbara), sponsored Assembly Concurrent REsolution 105 (ACR 104) to designate the month of May as "Perinatal DepressionAwareness Month" in California. On behalf of mothers and mothers-to-be everywhere, this is tremendously uplifting news. The fact that this is only our first month honoring PerinatalDepression Awareness Month means that there is still much more work to be done.

    Perinatal depression refers to the different mood disorders that affects a woman during pregnancy and after the birth of her child. A woman can be depressed before birth, after birth, or both. This is not at all a rare or unusual occurrence that only affects a slim percentage of all mothers; up to 20 percent of all women experience pregnancy-relateddepression or anxiety, which means that 1 in 5 pregnant women are affected by perinataldepression. Though the birth of a new life

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  • Kick Addictions With These Expert Tips

    One in eight Americans have a substance abuse problem and not to be cynical but I'm sure at least another five are suffering from addictions as well. Addiction is prevalent in our society in so many ways. Every day, knowingly or not, many people struggle with addictions to caffeine, food, stress, sex, gambling, online gaming or even just television. Although it is not uncommon to have to face down an addiction (even a small one like my Diet Coke habit), it isn't usually an easy process to kick it for good. With any addiction, it takes making a conscious choice to want to beat it. Here is some advice from some of our Intent Voices, professionals in the wellness & health fields to help you do just that!

    Get Some Buddies

    It works for Girl Scouts, depressives, and addicts of all kinds. I remember having to wake up my buddy to go pee in the middle of the night at Girl Scout camp. That was right before she rolled off her cot, out of the tent and down the hill, almost into the creek. Our job

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  • Somebody wise once said the secret to happiness is having constant fun treats. You don't need the excuse of Valentine's Day, a birthday or an upcoming anniversary date to give a fun romantic gift to your significant other.

    Never underestimate the power of a sweet little gift that comes out of nowhere with no ceremonial strings attached. A small, thoughtful gift spurred by romantic spontaneity can completely turn around a bad day for the recipient. For the giver--just the act of giving works wonders as well! Plus, relationships with a lot of mutual giving are much more likely to last longer than couples who only think about their own self-centered needs. Talk about major win-win.

    1. A sweet treat. Who doesn't love free sugary goodies? No matter how old you are, a cookie, brownie or a donut that comes out of nowhere is sure to make your significant other smile. (It definitely does for me!)

    2. A mini-houseplant or herb plant in a pot. Flowers are awesome and

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  • What To Eat After You've Hit The Gym

    You just busted your butt at the gym for an hour, it's dinner time and you're starving! It's no wonder; after working hard you need to eat! But what exactly?

    The first thing you need is carbs. Yep, the one thing everyone tells you to stay clear of is actually the most important; 60% of the calories from your post-exercise meal should be from carbohydrates in order toreplenish your body with the glycogen it has used to fuel your muscles. Of course, I doubt you need to hear it again, but these should be "good" carbs. They are usually spotted by not being bleached carbs. The less refined and more whole grain the better because your body can not only break them down but also use them, whereas bleached carbs do absolutely nothing for your body besides sit there. Gross.

    Next, pack on the protein! On average after exercise, a person should get in 10-15 grams of protein. While carbs refuel you, proteins pump you up by restoring and building muscle tissue. If you plan on getting in

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  • Single? Start Fresh!

    We all know how much it sucks to break up. Whether you're doing the breaking or you've been broken, ending a relationship is more than usually a pretty terrible time. But now that you're on your own again, there is no better time to revamp the rest of your life to give you a fresh start. Starting anew while single gives you a great opportunity to focus on what's most important: YOU! By centering your attention on being the happiest and healthiest you can be, you are ensuring yourself a very bright and fulfilling future, with or without a partner!

    Freshen up...

    Your Space

    Just something as simple as rearranging your furniture or buying a new duvet cover is enough to make your space feel brand new and rejuvenate you. Make your living quarters a peaceful and inspiring place for you to create, rest & relax! Check out these 11 Tips to Transform Your Living Space for great ideas on making your home a tranquil place to be.

    Your Look

    Sick of the same 'o same 'o?

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  • Increase Your Super Food Consumption: 5 Delicious Ways To Actually Eat Your Broccoli

    Health experts can't seem to stop singing the praises of broccoli. Listed on a recent Yahoo article as a top 3 superfood for men, this cruciferous green vegetable is packed with vitamin C, folic acid, potassium and fiber. It has been linked with decreasing your risks for diabetes, colon cancer, stomach cancer, and other diseases.

    In a nutshell, you really can't go wrong with eating too much of this stuff.

    So what to do in increasing your broccoli consumption? Thankfully, broccoli is as delicious as it is healthy when you know how to prepare them for your everyday gustatory enjoyment. Here are 8 different broccoli recipes you can start cooking to add more of this extremely healthy and versatile veggie to your life.

    Stir-fried over Asian noodles. Need to whip up dinner fast? Toss broccoli florets and other veggies in a heated wok and throw them over a bowl of Asian noodles. Spice it up with your favorite seasonings and sauce, and you are good to go! Depending on your

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  • Alternative Ideas For Your Next Engagement & Wedding

    Not every girl dreams of an extravagant all-white wedding with a three-tier cake in a fancy banquet hall. How about a tray of wedding cupcakes? A low-key backyard picnic wedding? These days, you can pick and choose which traditions are worth following and breaking depending on you and your partner's personal beliefs, tastes and of course, budget.

    In the spirit of the gorgeous weather that is wedding season, here are alternative wedding ideas for your next holy union.

    1. Forget the diamond engagement ring and the wedding ring. Not too crazy about having a super-expensive chunk of carbon on your wedding finger? Get a simple titanium ring or go eco-friendly with a ring made of wood. You can also search out a custom jewelry maker in your neighborhood to make your matching rings super-unique. If you really want to embody the permanence of your holy union, get matching wedding ring tattoos, or a matching tattoo somewhere else on your body. If rings in general aren't your thing you

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  • Sexual Acts Just Better Left To The Movies

    Oh, the movies. Gotta love 'em. They're so inspiring, taking seemingly real life situations and spicing them up with beautiful people, gorgeous landscapes and incredible sexual effects. Yes, you read that correct. Sexual effects! There is tons of sex in film (and media in general) today that is really just as far-fetched for real life as their death-defying leaps from buildings and lavish wardrobes they somehow can afford as newspaper columnists (coughcoughcarriebradshawcough). Now, I'm not saying these items are impossible or should be off limits. We all have lifestyles. All I'm sayin' is, as an average twenty four year old blogger just living a modern life in America, the following items have mild to serious complications and just need to be relegated to the same place we keep all things made of movie magic- our DVD collection.

    Back Against The Wall- This position takes such a perfect ratio of height, size and strength I really don't feel like it's fit to be considered the

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  • Expert Tips For Ditching The Diets & Losing The Weight For Good!

    Although they seem like a good idea, diets usually don't lead to anything besides the yo-yo effect. I'm sure we're all familiar with this- seemingly successful weight loss followed by the inability to maintain your size. Not only does excessive dieting and the subsequent yo-yo effect affect your dress size, but it also is bad for your health! Extreme dieting has been linked to a myriad of health issues including cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes and altered immune function.

    With summer around the corner, start hitting the gym with these helpful tips to look your best for summer and keep it off through fall!

    Set realistic short-term goals: The best way to think of these is as "mini-goals." When I was actively training in road racing I didn't start out running a marathon. I first started with smaller mileage races and each time I would try to better my time -- and better my distance -- until I was running a competitive marathon. There is no way to reach such a huge

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