Blog Posts by Tips on Healthy Living

  • Bethenny Frankel's 6 Tips for Smarter Spending

    If you want to build a nest egg, there's no better time than the present. First, you must realize your weaknesses in order to stop frivolous spending-and truly begin saving money. Get started with these simple budget boosters from Skinnygirl Solutions by Bethenny Frankel.

    Once you've got a handle on saving money, let's talk about the part you probably already know a lot about: spending money. It's addictive, it's fun, and it can suck you dry, but I'm not going to tell you to quit shopping. Instead, let's talk about how to spend smarter:

    1. Spend like you eat. I believe that your diet should be like your bank account, but I've also realized that your bank account should be like your diet. If you splurge, then you need to pull back. If you've been saving, you can afford a few extra luxuries. Spending is a balance, even if you never "count your calories," or keep a budget. You have to at least keep an idea in your head of where you are and what you can and can't do.

    2. Stop

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  • 8 Essential Ways to Prepare a Back-to-School Routine

    By Barbara Reich
    Author of Secrets of an Organized Mom

    As summer draws to a close, busy moms have one thing on the brain: back to school. From doctor's appointments and buying new clothes to school supply shopping and trips to the grocery store, your schedule is jam-packed. This season, make prepping for your special student's first day a cinch by streamlining your schedule and getting rid of last year's mess with easy solutions.

    Re-establish your children's bedtime and mealtime routines
    at least one week before school starts. Include any activities that were suspended during the summer such as pre-bedtime reading and household chores.

    Sort through old clothes. Take some time to go through your children's closets to see what clothes still fit them from last year and which clothes they can share with their siblings as hand me downs. This way you can plan accordingly when going back to school shopping and not purchase things that you do not need.

    Stock up on school supplies. Certain

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  • 6 Hassle-Free Labor Day Cookout Recipes You'll Love

    Photo Courtesy of Edible PerspectivesPhoto Courtesy of Edible PerspectivesBy Tess Bonn
    Looking for some easy recipes to go along with your relaxing Labor Day weekend? Enjoy these classic late-summer favorites that are perfect for the grill, and savor every moment of your gloriously long weekend.

    -Fresh Grilled Veggie Tacos (pictured) (Edible Perspective)
    These grilled veggies prove that barbecues aren't just for meat lovers. Take them to a whole new level by adding some chipotle seasoning.

    -Bourbon BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches and Green Apple Slaw (The Book of Burger)
    You haven't had a burger until you've tried one of Rachel Ray's The Book of Burger recipes. Not a fan of bbq sauce? Don't sweat it-you can swap it out for salsa or horseradish.

    -Salsa (The Homesick Texan)
    Whether you choose canned or fresh tomatoes from your local farmer's market, this zesty recipe will please your taste buds. If you're looking to really spice things up, you can substitute your serrano peppers for jalapeños.

    -Caprese Pasta Salad (Once Upon a Recipe)
    Have a bigger

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  • How to Get the 'No-Makeup' Makeup Look

    Jealous of those women who are perfect without a drop of makeup? Here are three easy ways to get that flawless, natural look from Jennifer L. Scott, author of Lessons from Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris.

    Le No-Makeup Look
    The following are my three favorite variations that I observed while living in Paris.

    Au naturel
    This look is very subtle. It includes a light foundation to even out the skin (either powder or tinted moisturizer), blush, mascara, and a neutral lip color. It is just enough to give you a pretty, professional polish but also looks completely natural. This takes almost no time to apply and is a great look for every day-for when you just want to feel pulled together. The au naturel look is perfect for professional endeavors like job interviews as well as quotidian adventures like running errands.

    Defined eye
    This variation features a defined eye and neutral lip. It uses the same items as the au naturel look but adds my favorite makeup

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  • 3 Stress-free Ways to Get Your Kid Out the Door on Time, Every Morning

    By Carolyn Dalgliesh
    Author of The Sensory Child Gets Organized

    One of the most common trouble times for all families is the morning rush. Many kids are overwhelmed and easily frustrated at the prospect of getting out the door on time, and parents can quickly get overwhelmed and exasperated. Not a great way to start the day! These triggers can be heightened when a child has special needs, such as with my family.

    My son has sensory processing disorder, so when there is a time-pressure element (as there always is with the morning rush), he's on edge right off the bat. In addition, if your child is on any sort of daily medication that takes time to enter the system or that wears off over time, the early-morning period may be when a child is functioning without medicinal support and is more susceptible to frustration, distraction, hyperfocus, and rigidity. Whether your child has any special challenges or not, there are many ways to use structure and routing to streamline the

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  • How to Organize Your Smartphone and Tablet

    By Barbara Reich
    Author of Secrets of an Organized Mom

    These days, being organized isn't just about the state of your kitchen or closet. It's about your smartphone and tablet, too. A well-organized smartphone with useful apps can be a priceless tool in allowing your life to run more seamlessly. Here are some of the ways your smartphone can help you stay on top of your game.

    Utilize iPhone's folders.
    When you press and hold an app, they all "wiggle." You can then drag them on top of one another, and drop them into folders that can be titled. Whether you separate apps by type (e.g., grouping camera and photos) or by frequency of use, having folders eliminates the visual noise of a cluttered screen.

    Limit your home page to one screen. If possible, keep your entire iPhone home screen on one page. The more screens you have to flip through, the more difficult and time consuming it is to find what you need.

    Limit games.
    One or two games can keep you and your children occupied in a pinch,

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  • 10 Ways Yoga Enhances Fertility

    Yoga is especially therapeutic for women who are struggling to conceive, helping you view your body as an ally instead of a source of frustration, all while prepping your body physically for pregnancy. From Be Fruitful: The Essential Guide to Maximizing Fertility and Giving Birth to a Healthy Child by Victoria Maizes, MD.

    1. Yoga is a powerful stress reliever:
    When highly stressed, the body moves energy away from the reproductive system, making conception even more difficult. Yoga reduces stress, bringing the body and mind into alignment.

    2. Befriending your body:
    Women who struggle with infertility or who have just had miscarriages are sad and disappointed, and often they are also angry with their bodies for betraying them. Yoga helps women get in touch with their bodies, not adversarially, but with compassion and understanding.

    3. Proper Posture/Alignment:
    Pelvic floor misalignment can impede pregnancy. So can tight hips or a scooped tailbone. Any type of yoga that focuses

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  • What to Look for in a Guy’s Online Profile

    Shopping online for a new man? Don't get too visual! Comedian and author Niecy Nash offers great been-there-done-that advice in her book, It's Hard to Fight Naked.

    1. Skip the photos at first. At the beginning of your search, try to jump right into reading profiles without going through all of their pictures. Don't worry, you'll eventually get to see how the guys look, but you should be reading profiles without any preconceived notions about looks. This way, you won't eliminate an otherwise great catch who may not look like someone you'd typically date-and you won't cut any cuties too much slack for things in their profiles that will ultimately turn you off.

    2. Trust your instincts. We can only do so much about our looks, but we have a lot of control over what we write. If someone sounds a certain way on the page, chances are he's going to come off that way and then some in person. Does he seem arrogant? Nerdy? Shy? Boring? If any of these are no-go's for you, you may need to move

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  • 20 Ways to Reduce Toxins in Your Diet

    Did you know toxins called "obesogens" can disrupt your metabolism? From nicotine to BPA to antibiotics in meat, obesogens increase the number of fat cells you have, decrease the calories you burn, and change the way your body manages hunger, say Roni DeLuz, RN, NJ, PhD and James Hester in 1 Pound a Day: The Martha's Vineyard Diet Detox and Plan for a Lifetime of Healthy Eating. Here's how to avoid them.

    Obesogens enter your body from what you eat and drink, from chemicals and dust in the air that you breathe, and through your skin from the cosmetics and household cleaners you use. You do not live in a bubble. Living in the modern world makes exposure to these toxins inescapable, but you can take steps to reduce your exposure. Every little bit helps. Here are some changes you can make that will protect you and your family.

    1. Eat organic produce.
    2. Eat meat and poultry that has been raised without hormones or antibiotics. Grass-fed beef and free-range poultry are good choices.

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  • How to Raise a Baby on a Shoestring Budget

    By Jennifer Margulis
    Author of The Business of Baby

    Who says you need a fortune to start a family? According to the USDA, the average American family spends over $13,500 a year on raising just one child-and that number doesn't factor in the cost of college or even medical expenses. Does it really have to cost so much? Savvy moms know you can stick to a budget without compromising one minute of your baby's childhood.

    Here's how:
    Savings start in utero. Instead of spending $50 a month on expensive prenatal supplements, you can save money by eating healthy whole foods. Did you know one serving of kale contains enough folic acid to meet a pregnant woman's needs? Plus it's exactly the type of healthy whole food your growing baby needs to grow and thrive. Try raw kale in salads, sauté kale with garlic and orange slices, or blend a bunch into a smoothie.

    Learn one simple skill before you leave the hospital. Or not-so-simple, if your experience is anything like mine.

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