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  • Libido Boosters: Fact and Fiction

    Libido Boosters: Fact and Fiction


    It's date night. Should you serve oysters? Ask your significant other to feed you clusters of grapes? Are chocolate-covered strawberries worth the effort? And should you swap out that little black dress for a red one?

    There are a lot of rumored libido boosters, but only some will actually help you get in the mood. We've separated the fact from fiction below.


    Libido Booster: Oysters

    Mostly fiction.

    In theory, oysters contain testosterone-boosting iodine and zinc, and trace amounts of amino-acid-interacting "triggers" that should boost libido. Here's the catch: you'd have to down about fifty of these famous aphrodisiacs for any real benefit. Binging on seafood is hardly attractive.

    Pumpkin seeds also contain that libido-boosting zinc. Fun note: pumpkin pie and lavender are listed among the most arousing scents for men; so eat the seeds and make a pie!

    Almonds, walnuts, arugula, and avocados are better food choices than raw oysters when it

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  • Seventeen Surprising Uses for the Dishwasher

    Surprising Uses for the Dishwasher

    Cleaning is a real pain in the neck. It's a never-ending cycle that dries out my hands and strains my back, and I'm always looking for the latest shortcut to cut down the amount of time I spend scrubbing and sweeping. I was surprised to learn that there's an overabundance of unconventional items that can be cleaned in the dishwasher. While most people cringe at the thought of washing sweaty shoes with forks, it's actually extremely hygienic as the heat and soap of the dishwasher kill any lingering bacteria. Though most of us use this appliance solely for washing dishes, that spray of hot water with soap can be used to clean so much more.


    1. Baseball Hats
    Baseball hats can get extremely smelly. When run through the clothes washer, they lose their shape. However, placed on the top rack of your dishwasher they'll come out stink-free and perfectly in shape.


    2. Kitchen Sponges
    I'll never be able to explain why or what that revolting smell is in kitchen sponges

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  • What to Stock Up on in March

    What to Stock Up on in March

    Most of us buy new products whenever we need them-a vacuum cleaner when our old one decides to quit, beauty products when we run out, and winter coats when we can no longer stand the cold. Apparently, this isn't the best way to buy, especially if you're looking to save some cash.

    Some products have a get-it-cheap month or season-you just need to know when to buy. Looking for wrapping paper in December? That's a no-no; buy it in January instead. Want to invest in a new television? Best wait until April.

    With a little planning, you can save money in the long run by stocking up when the time is right. Here's what you should focus on in the month of March.

    China and Flatware

    1. China and Flatware: If you still have the same set you received as a wedding present, now is the time to update. March is a great month to shop around for dishes; it's right after Christmas and entirely avoids the wedding rush. You might get patterns from last season, but you'll get them for a great price.

    Perfume

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  • How Did You Pick Your Wedding Song?

    How Did You Pick Your Wedding Song?

    Nothing compares to that moment at your wedding when the lights dim and you and your sweetie take the floor to dance together as husband and wife for the first time. But finding the perfect song to express your love and launch your new life together can be a daunting task. Do you go with the song was playing on your first date for sentimental value, or do you pick the tune that best summarizes your mutual feelings? Do you pick a soul-stirring ballad that will have everybody reaching for their hankies, or do you pick a booty-shaker that's sure to get the party started? Tell us: how did you pick your wedding song?

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  • 10 Simple Truths Smart People Forget

    Some of the smartest people I know continuously struggle to get ahead because they forget to address a few simple truths that collectively govern our potential to make progress. So here's a quick reminder:


    1. Education and intelligence accomplish nothing without action.
    It doesn't matter if you have a genius IQ and a PhD in Quantum Physics, you can't change anything or make any sort of real-world progress without taking action. There's a huge difference between knowing how to do something and actually doing it. Knowledge and intelligence are both useless without action. It's as simple as that.

    2. Happiness and success are two different things.
    I know an extremely savvy businesswoman who made almost a million dollars online last year. Every entrepreneur I know considers her to be wildly successful. But guess what? A few days ago, out of the blue, she told me that she's depressed. Why? "I'm burnt out and lonely. I just haven't taken enough time for myself lately," she

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  • Ten of the Worst Artery Cloggers in America

    When it comes to eating out, America has no shortage of unhealthy options. While many of the artery-clogging, calorie-packing, and waist-expanding choices are obvious, other fast food items are deceptively deleterious. And although some can be enjoyed on occasion, most you're better off avoiding-for good.


    Worst Caffeinated Calories: Grande Starbucks Mint Chocolaty Chip Frappuccino® Blended Crème with Chocolate Whipped Cream and 2% Milk

    Grande Starbucks Mint Chocolaty Chip Frappuccino®

    Nutritional info: 530 calories, 19g fat (11g saturated fat), 320mg sodium, 84g carbohydrates

    Whether the drink is a special treat after a stressful day at work or a part of your everyday diet, the calories in all Starbucks beverages beyond black coffee can add up. Even if you get the Mint Chocolaty Chip Frappuccino in the tall size with nonfat milk and no whipped cream (which, let's be real, you're probably not going to do), the drink's calorie count isn't going to drop below 320.

    A better bet: Mint Mocha Chip Frappuccino®

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  • How You May Be Sabotaging Your Willpower

    How You May Be Sabotaging Your Willpower
    If you had more willpower, just think of all the things you could achieve: your goal weight, financial security, six-pack abs, actually finishing a book before book club, world domination. Every day your self-control is tested in myriad ways. Luckily, psychologists are starting to better understand our ability (or disability) to delay gratification or resist temptation in favor of long-term goals. Some of their discoveries, as outlined in a recent report of the American Psychological Association, may surprise and even encourage you.

    What is willpower?

    Psychologists studying self-control describe a "hot-and-cool" system. A person's cool system is cognitive and reflective, and the hot system is emotional and impulsive. Willpower fails when a "hot" stimulus overrides the cool system. It seems people are more, or less, susceptible to their hot triggers, in a pattern that can persist throughout an entire lifetime. Some studies suggest this may be hard-wired in your brain.

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  • How Young is Too Young for Plastic Surgery?

    Lindsay Lohan

    We're used to seeing celebs with boob jobs and nose jobs, but lately, we're seeing stars like Lindsay Lohan, Megan Fox, and Jessica Biel looking pillow-faced and almost bursting with fillers like Restylane and Juvederm, not to mention sporting the lineless Botoxed foreheads of twenty-five-year-olds.

    Except that these stars aren't old ladies trying to recapture their former beauty with Botox-they really are twenty-five! Yet they've been plumped and injected just as much as the Real Housewives. While plastic surgery used to be the domain of middle-aged people to shave a few years off their faces, younger women in their teens and twenties are now flocking to cosmetic procedures, especially non-invasive ones like peels and injectables. Some surgeons even recommend Botox and other treatments to clients in their mid-twenties as a preventative measure to avoid future wrinkles. We're all for a healthy dose of prevention, but Botox at 25? Really? Is that prevention or premature

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  • Six Things You Should Clean–but Probably Don’t

    Six Things You Should Clean but Probably Don't

    Regardless of whether your cleaning routine is a simple toilet-floor-dishes progression or one that borders on mania (like, umm, sanitizing your baseboards), there are some unlikely items in your house that are actually riddled with germs. Here's what you should be sanitizing, but are probably overlooking.


    Reusable Grocery Bags
    According to a study conducted by the University of Arizona and Loma Linda University, 97 percent of consumers never wash their bags. About 50 percent of the bags tested contained coliform (fecal) bacteria, and 12 percent contained E. coli. Especially since many people choose reusable bags to bring their lunch to work, to transport books or clothes, and for many other household uses, washing them after each use is the key to stopping contamination from vegetables or raw meat. Cloth bags can go directly into the washer and dryer, and recycled plastic bags can be wiped down with hot soapy water or treated with a disinfectant spray. Researchers also

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  • Nine Common Weight Loss Mistakes

    Common Weight Loss Mistakes

    Most of us know someone who works out obsessively, logging serious hours at the gym and berating herself after eating the occasional cookie. Every year, countless people try to lose weight with minimal lasting success. These people are dedicated to their goals, but haven't found a tried-and-true method for shedding pounds and-the hardest part of all-keeping them off. I consulted with a personal trainer, a dietician, and a nutritionist and wellness coach in my city to find out why so many of us struggle. Across the board, these industry professionals came across clients making the same mistakes.


    1. Not Prioritizing Ourselves
    Because losing weight and becoming a healthier individual is a lifestyle change, it needs to be incorporated into our everyday lives. It can't take a backseat to work, family, and social lives. "Sometimes you need to become a little selfish," says registered dietician Manuel Villacorta, MS, RD, CSSD. "Make time to go food shopping, to plan your

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