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  • The Holidays with Carson Kressley (VIDEO)

    Fashion guru and "Dancing With the Stars" alum Carson Kressley celebrated the Christmas spirit with Real Simple magazine's editor Kristin van Ogtrop. Watch the style expert offer his tips on gift giving and more:

    Real Simple magazine takes over Bryant Park with celebrities and experts shelling easy tips on making the holidays less stressful and more fun. Check it out. For more videos with celebrities at Bryant Park, click here.

  • Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Treat: Pumpkin Seeds RECIPE

    Even though Halloween is over, foodies and chefs alike can't get enough pumpkin (Click here to find out which "Top Chef" winner shared their favorite pumpkin recipe with genConnect)!

    Often forgotten after all the jack-o'-lanterns and pumpkin carving is the pumpkin seed. In addition to being a tasty snack, the seeds are packed with health benefiting antioxidants, minerals and vitamins, such as iron, magnesium, sodium and zinc. They have been shown to help promote prostate health , prevent osteoporosis , reduce cholesterol and aid in cancer prevention . Even better -this recipe below is gluten-free and vegan-friendly, which makes it a great addition to any Thanksgiving menu this year!

    Roasted Toasted Balsamic Lime Pumpkin Seeds
    Recipe: Makes 1 cup

    Ingredients

    • 1 cup pumpkin seeds
    • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
    • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground white pepper
    • 1/2 very ripe avocado, peeled, cored and chopped
    • 1 Tbsp. freshly grated lime zest
    • 2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lime
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  • Over-Medication and Your Children: Do You Know the Facts?

    By Rachel Sarnoff

    I first heard the term "Generation Rx" in a speech given by Allergy Kids Foundation's Robyn O'Brien , referring to the abundance of prescription pills available to today's younger generation. O'Brien is a long-time supporter and now board member of Healthy Child Healthy World .

    Click here to watch genConnect's interview with Rachel Sarnoff on protecting your children from harmful chemicals.

    The idea is especially relevant this week, as I read about new study published in Pediatrics that reveals the over-prescription of antibiotics to kids.

    Researchers at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City analyzed nearly 65,000 pediatric visits from 2006 through 2008 and found that doctors prescribed an antibiotic at one out of five visits, writing more than 10 million unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions each year , many for conditions like the flu, allergies and asthma, which are not bacterial and therefore not affected by antibiotics.

    Another study

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  • Unlikely Pair: Squash & Cheese (Recipe)

    An unlikely pair is sneaking its way into this season's recipes: squash & cheese. With the extensive varities of both, the pairing possibilities are endless. Whether it's butternut or acorn, mozzarella or swiss, this duo will keep us drooling all winter long!

    Below are some tasty grilled cheese, squash-infused recipes, a favorite of the fall and winter holiday season. Enjoy!

    This quesadilla has three cheeses in it: the Parmesan lends a nuttiness and crunchiness to the exterior, the Gruyère gives it a seductive creaminess, and the blue cheese provides a pungent contrast to the sweet squash. It's a hearty combination that is perfect of autumn when butternut squash makes its annual debut.

    Makes 4 quesadillas

    Butternut Squash and Blue Cheese Quesadilla, Photo by Maren Caruso Butternut Squash and Blue Cheese Quesadilla, Photo by Maren Caruso

    Ingredients:

    • 1 small butternut squash (about 1 lb), peeled, seeded, and cut in half lengthwise
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • salt and freshly ground pepper
    • 2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
    • 1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
    • 4 large (9- to
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  • 4 Tips for Moms Who Work at Home

    Balancing work & motherhood - literally and figurativelyBalancing work & motherhood - literally and figurativelyBy genConnect.com | Lisa Kanarek

    Kate Gosselin, former reality TV star and mom, just started working from home as a contributor to CouponCabin.com. Many of us who work from home may say, "big deal, we work from home too." But how many of us work with eight kids around?

    It's not always easy to work with children around, but it's much easier when you go in with realistic expectations and a plan.

    Here are a few simple ways moms can work from home:

    1. Make arrangements for childcare before you start working from home. You can't (and shouldn't) count on the TV or your child's naptime to keep him or her busy and entertained while you work or make business calls. There are several options to consider, from family daycare (your child goes to someone else's house) to at-home child- care (a baby sitter comes to your home) to a baby-sitting co-op (you and other parents get together and take turns watching the kids).

    2. Find a preschool you and your child like. If you have a toddler,

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  • 5 Reasons Girls Should Celebrate Movember (aka Prostate Awareness Month)

    Mo Bros is a term widely used to describe men who support Movember , a movement during November where men grow moustaches for one month to raise funds and awareness for men's health issues, specifically prostate cancer.

    Mo Bros effectively become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November. Movember participants host parties all over the world, everything from free drinks for Mo Bros, to the epic Gala Parte that closes out each Movember. Moustaches are hot right now, with stars like Johnny Depp bringing the mo' back into fashion.

    In the last few years, women - Mo Sistas - have found their own ways to participate. From flaunting faux mustaches to the end of freaking out about their partner's and father's creepy moustaches, here are 5 reasons why all sexes should support Movember:

    1. 1 in 6 men in the U.S. will be diagnosed with prostate cancer . That's a new case every 2.4 minutes.

    2. A man is 35% more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than a woman

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  • Help Loved Ones Cope with Addiction

    (c) Shutterstock(c) ShutterstockWhen it comes to drug and alcohol addiction, there's no one more important in the life of the addict than the friends and family around him or her. It's rare when addicts decide on their own that they're in trouble and need help; therefore, it's up to those around them to intervene and help rid their loved one of that addiction.

    "How many women see their friends getting into a car after having too much to drink and picking up their children?" asked Anne Brown, PhD, RNCS of Aspen Progressive Addiction Solutions and who is in private practice specializing in addictions, couples and families. "Every opportunity you get you have to intervene."

    Brown says many people write off someone's substance abuse problem as something that may only happen once in awhile - but that's not a good excuse.

    "I think the most challenging part of addictions is, at the time the individual has to make the best decision of his life [to get help], his brain cells are in the worst of shape," Brown

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  • New York City Marathon: 6 Tips to Prepare

    By Dr. Pamela Peeke

    The New York City Marathon is Sunday, and the premier running event - which draws nearly 100,000 participants every year - offers a chance for both new and practiced marathon runners to run through all of the Big Apple's boroughs and experience an athletic event few can match.

    Dr. Pamela Peeke is an internationally recognized expert, physician, author and veteran marathon runner. Currently training for the Boston Marathon in April, the leader of The Peeke Performance Center for Healthy Living has run the New York City Marathon in the past and is a pro when it comes to the physical, mental and emotional tools one needs to cross the finish line after those long 26.2 miles.

    We reached out to Dr. Peeke for marathon techniques that even the beginner marathon runner can use to get through the miles.

    "For any marathoner, whether it's your first or your 50th, we all know it's 80 percent mental, 20 percent technical," Dr. Peeke said. Particularly for

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  • 6 Quickie Celebrity Marriages

    Kim Kardashian has reportedly filed for divorce from Kris Humphries after a 72-day marriage. Kim and Kris aren't the only celeb couple whose marriage ended before reaching a one-year anniversary. Below is a look at other quickie celebrity marriages. Click Here to View More Short-Lived Celebrity Marriages

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  • Lessons Learned From Kim Kardashian's Divorce

    Kris Humphries and Kim KardashianKris Humphries and Kim Kardashian

    Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries' fairytale wedding may not end happily ever after, according to numerous reports. The LA Times says that Kim has filed for divorce - just 72 days after marriage.

    The divorce news sparked our interest and surely yours as well. So genConnect reached out to the premier breakup expert Rachel Sussman , LCSW, and author of the upcoming book The Breakup Bible (Three Rivers Press, Jan, 2012).

    The problems that were looming before they tied the knot may have become magnified once they really said "I Do," says Rachel, a licensed marriage and relationship counselor in New York City. "When you're in love with someone and want to marry them, couples can make promises to each other during the engagement. You need to REALLY be honest about certain promises - especially about relocation."

    Related: Should Women Take the Husband's Name After Marriage?

    The wedding - which cost an estimated $20 million , aired on national television, received

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