Blog Posts by Tips on Healthy Living

  • 10 Unique, Affordable Mother's Day Gift Ideas

    If you haven't already bought Mom the lovely, hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind gift she deserves, it's time to break out the big guns. With less than a week to go, we can't afford to lose valuable time surfing cookie-cutter gift sites.

    Here are 10 great gifts you can procure easily or make yourself, package, and hand deliver (or hey, because their pricetag is low, you can still afford to spend a little on shipping). Bundle several together for a nice gift basket, or recycle a simple straw basket, galvanized metal tub from the 99-cent store, or cute clementines crate to hold your gift. The end result will have Mom beaming with pride.

    -Best Books for Mom (Simon & Schuster)

    -Homemade Scented Bath Oil (Homemade)

    -Adorable D.I.Y. Stuffed Owls (Efemera Ink)

    -"You Are Entirely Amazing" handmade wooden card (Etsy, cardtorial, $10)

    -Homemade sugar scrub in jars (Maybe Matilda)

    -Mad Men-style Retro Apron (Etsy, 4RetroSisters, $36.95)

    -"Mom, You Are My Sunshine" art

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  • Try This: Cinco De Mayo Margaritas Recipe

    Have all your other dishes ready to go, then mix up a pitcher of margaritas from The Fire Island Cookbook by Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen. Ole! Let the fiesta begin.

    To rim a margarita glass, cover the bottom of a small plate with coarse salt. Put a little bit of water in another small plate or bowl, and dip the rim of each glass first into the water and then into the salt. When filling, be careful to pour into the center of the glass so you don't "knock" the salt off.

    16 ounces Cazadores Tequila Reposado
    8 ounces Cointreau
    8 ounces fresh lime juice
    3 ounces agave nectar
    Coarse salt, for rimming the glasses
    2 limes, cut into wedges

    Mix all the ingredients in a big glass pitcher filled with ice. Stir well with a wooden spoon. Pour into 8 glasses that have been rimmed with coarse salt, filled with ice, and garnished with a lime wedge. ¡Salud!

    You can get more recipes, plus helpful lifestyle advice, parenting info, and relationship tips

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  • Laws of Desire: Does Making More Money Make You Less Sexy?

    Is a rich, successful career woman a turn-off? In The Richer Sex, author Liza Mundy explores why some men are sexually shunning their breadwinning wives and girlfriends.

    If there are sexual problems that arise from women's financial ascendancy, my interviews suggest that they may be more likely to emerge in existing relationships, when women find themselves outperforming partners in a way that puts men off or makes the women uncomfortable. Contrary to the idea that men are the ones who want sex, and think about sex, and have to have sex all the time, quite a few breadwomen confided that they were eager to have sex with their husbands and partners, but found to their dismay and confusion that their partners had become unwilling to have sex with them. This is one of the most painful problems female breadwinners face in their personal lives. Sometimes, men became uninterested after suffering job losses and setbacks that made them depressed and self-doubting; sometimes the men felt

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  • A 1-2-3 Plan to Spend Smart, Plus 10 Ways to Be Financially Happy

    By Alice Wood
    Author of Wealth Watchers

    Knowing where you stand with money is the key to financial happiness. Wealth Watchers is a 3-step program that can get you there. All you need to do is:
    1. Evaluate
    2. Determine
    3. Track

    Here's how to put the 1-2-3 into play:
    Evaluate how much money is coming in (or not coming in) each month and figure out how much money has to go out each month. Feel free to estimate if your numbers change from month to month.

    Determine how much is left after covering all of your monthly expenses. Subtract that number from your monthly income. Divide that figure by the number of days in the month to reach your daily spending goal. Why break it down to the day? Because blowing your budget by as little as $5 a day will leave you in debt by almost $2,000 by the end of the year. And any savings multiplied by 365 is a worthwhile goal.

    Track all of your spending as you're spending money. It forces a "think before you spend" moment.

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  • How to Banish Migraine Headaches, Naturally

    Sick and tired of migraine meds that leave you drowsy and too many doses of over-the-counter cures? Since the Excedrin recall has many of us migraine sufferers scrambling for alternatives, it's time to explore other options. These natural products have shown impressive results in the treatment of migraine headaches, according to Michael T. Murray, N.D., author of What the Drug Companies Won't Tell You and Your Doctor Doesn't Know.

    Riboflavin. One of the theories used to explain a migraine headache is that it is caused by reduced energy production within the mitochondria, units of cells of blood vessels in the head. Therefore, because vitamin B2 (riboflavin) can potentially increase cellular energy production, it was thought that this vitamin might prevent migraine. In one double-blind study with riboflavin-400 milligrams (mg) daily-the proportion of patients who improved by at least 50 percent was 15 percent for a placebo and 59 percent for riboflavin. There were no side effects

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  • How to Spice Up Your Sex Life when You're Exhausted

    Bedroom boredom. Parenting pushing private time aside. All work and no spark. Fantasies of other partners. These are all common sexual issues couples face. When TV star Lisa Rinna found herself losing interest in sex after pregnancy, she sought guidance from renowned sex counselor Ian Kerner. Together, they created a plan to rejuvenate romance for others in The Big, Fun, Sexy Sex Book.

    This month we're featuring your questions for Lisa and Ian in a weekly sex column. Here's what they had to say to help our reader Mojo-less Mama.

    With at least one child in my bed every night, my husband and I have no private time to even talk, let alone rev up a dormant mojo. We both work full-time so a little day-time rendezvous while the kids are at school isn't happening. I'm all ears, Lisa and Ian!
    -Mojo-less Mama

    Ian and Lisa say:
    Parenthood is about perfecting the "art of the quickie" and finding moments between the chaos and exhaustion to squeeze in some intimacy.

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  • How Can We Cut Back on Our Deadly Salt Habit? Kristin Sidorov
    Salt is a household staple, and most of us don't think twice about adding a pinch here or a dash there. But lately, salt has come under serious fire for its dangerous health effects if consumed in large quantities-which, as it happens, over 90 percent of us do. Yikes.

    Leading to hypertension, heart disease, and potential stroke, high sodium intake is a dangerous habit that can be compared to the likes of smoking and excessive drinking. But most of us have no clue how much salt we actually consume. In today's market, additives have permeated the majority of our processed and prepared foods, and in no small amount.

    Add that to a lack of consciousness about salt guidelines and some pretty confusing food labels, and you have the makings of a serious health issue. In addition, the body's tendency to adapt to and crave higher levels of salt is creating a full-blown addiction that may be difficult to break.

    A moderate amount of salt is, of course,

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  • What to Eat for Breakfast to Lose Weight (Even If You Hate Breakfast)

    By Keri Gans, MS, RD, CDN
    Author of The Small Change Diet

    Since we were little, we've all heard the same message to "Start your day with breakfast." Some of us have taken it to heart, while others rebel. The bottom line is that our moms were right (once again), we should eat breakfast for so many reasons.

    Think of it this way: You can't run a car on empty, the same way you can't run your body without food. Food is fuel for our bodies-if you want to start your day right, you must eat. Without food it's harder to concentrate, you're more likely to be tired, and you're probably thinking about lunch way sooner than you should. Breakfast is the first step in keeping your day on track.

    I tell my patients to eat within one hour of waking. I know for some people that's truly impossible, therefore I'm a little flexible with this rule and say you should eat as soon as you can. But honestly, the longer you wait to eat, the hungrier you're likely to get-and when you do get

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  • How to Love, Live, and Work Together 24/7

    By Sara Luck
    Author of Claiming the Heart

    Working together 24/7 can be put into context by citing every writer's chestnut. Character, obstacle, goal-that is the essence of drama. We have two characters, my husband and me, both of us are novelists, and the goal is to have each of us complete our novels on deadline. But it's the obstacles that make the drama, and being together all the time does create obstacles. We're both writers, but with more and more people working from home, our situation applies to others as well.

    The first obstacle to be overcome is the need for individual work space. My husband likes to write to classical music; I don't like any distractions. So while we're in the same house, we each have our own writing space. You also must have mutual respect for each other's work, and it can't have a dollar amount attached to it. If one spouse is more successful than the other, then in a family budget, the work of the more successful partner may take

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  • Tori Spelling's Do's and Don'ts of Party Planning

    Limit the cheesiness factor and have a great theme party: Keep it classy with these guidelines from Tori Spelling's CelebraTORI: Unleashing Your Inner Party Planner to Entertain Friends and Family.

    I like a party with a concept. Okay, I'm absolutely mad for concept-driven parties. But even I know that there's such a thing as going overboard. I want you to go over-the-top, but I still want you to keep it classy. Here are some guidelines:

    DO: Maximize your color scheme.
    DON'T: Buy out the Internet with any and everything related to your concept. Get the lay of the land before you make any purchases.

    DO: Dress according to your concept.
    DON'T: Take on some concept-related personality, like speaking with a Spanish accent at a fiesta party.

    DO: Applaud guests for participating in the concept.
    DON'T: Require guests to participate in the concept, or express disappointment if they choose not to do so.

    DO: Go all out with concept-related desserts.
    DON'T: Spend so

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