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  • Getting Your Figure Back -- After Having a Baby

    Your hormones are racing. Rolls are in places you didn't know existed. And you want to get your body back, but who has the time? New moms are busy. Postpartum women are overjoyed by the experience of welcoming a new addition to their lives. Simultaneously, they do dream of shedding the 20, 30,40, 50! pounds gained from the pregnancy…

    To inspire new moms to lose the baby weight, we talked to Melissa O'Shea, Registered Dietitian at Exhale Spa in New York City. Melissa's work at Exhale Spa includes group seminars and individual meetings with women before and after their pregnancy.

    Melissa's advice for new moms wanting to drop unwanted pounds from pregnancy -without compromising their health.

    1. Make time for your food: Don't skimp on protein, it's what keeps you full the longest. A drop in blood sugar is what triggers cravings.

    • Try to eat frequently, every 3-4 hours
    • Meals should consist of about 400-500 calories
    • Keep snacks between150-200 calories
    • Overall, aim for
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  • 6 Last-Minute Tax Tips From an Expert

    It's tax season. Time to go through all of your financials, business records and other documents to make sure you fulfill your yearly tax obligations. There is no time like the present to get some handy tax preparation tips.

    Since preparing for filing is often a headache for many, we reached out to Mike Langford, our genConnect financial expert and founder and president of Course Pilot Financial, to get his tips on how to make tax season a little easier this year. Here are some of his recommendations:

    1. Use TurboTax's online service. It saves you time by automatically importing your information from your previous year's return and it will often be able to download your W2s, 1099s and many other statements. It also has a great guide for discovering deductions you might otherwise overlook.
    2. Keep a tax folder or envelope. Start 2011′s today if you do not already have one. What goes in your folder? Receipts for business (if you own one), receipts for medical expenses, daycare expense
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  • Can I Kick My Adult Child Out of the House?

    By: Dr. Janet Taylor, genConnect.com

    Can you kick your adult kids out of the house? Now we live in a time where as parents we've raised our children, they've gone to school, gone to work and even come back home. So we're faced with this dilemma of, especially mothers who are always mothers, do I nurture these kids? Do I have a place for them? Or it's time to push them out of the nest?

    Now we're at a time when our adult parents have parents who are living longer; so there's this sandwiched generation. They're taking care of their older parents and then their adult children come back home. It can be a strain financially, it can be a strain emotionally. There's this real conflict: Do I still actually love my children if I'm telling them I liked my space as an empty nester? Do I want them home anymore?

    So to answer the question: Can I kick my adult kids out? Absolutely! You can kick your adult kids out. And sometimes that's the only way to do it. It can be gradual, where you

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  • Tips for Kate Gosselin on Dating After Divorce

    Kate Gosselin is used to being in the headlines. The star of the TLC hit reality show "Jon and Kate Plus 8″ went through a very public divorce with Jon Gosselin in 2009 after ten years of marriage. Kate recently spoke to E! News announcing her open-minded approach to revisiting the dating scene.

    Related: After Very Public Divorce, Sara Evans' Back With 'Stronger'

    The mother of eight (sextuplets and twins) will likely face some new challenges as she re-enters the world she thought she left behind in her twenties. To help Kate - and the millions of other single women on this journey -- our dating experts offer their advice on dating after divorce.

    1. Time. "Recovering from your divorce is a process that cannot be rushed," says Rachel Sussman, LCSW, a marriage and family therapist based in NYC. "It will take significant time to go through all the emotions you may be feeling - sadness, failure, guilt, anger, elation, freedom and fear. Your progress can be slowed or stopped if you are not

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  • The Aging Process ... by the Decades

    Aging is an ongoing process that generally begins at around age 30. A number of factors contribute to aging, both intrinsic factors that cannot be controlled, and extrinsic factors that can be modified. Factors such as smoking, prolonged and unprotected sun exposure, poor diet, improper hygiene, inattention to skin care, and stress can accelerate aging. Genetics and hormonal changes also play a role. Ultimately, with aging, there is a loss of natural oils, hydration, elasticity, fat, and collagen in skin, leading to dry, sagging skin without volume. It is not possible to stop the aging process; however, it can be delayed.

    In a youth-obsessed and image-conscious society, it is becoming increasingly important to look as good as one feels, or at least to portray that one looks well, even in the presence of illness. This point underscores the idea that beauty comes from within, and that the best approach to feeling great and looking better is one that addresses the internal

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  • Is Victoria's Secret New Cover Girl Candice Swanepoel Too Thin?

    Victoria's SecretVictoria's SecretVictoria's Secret models are world renowned for their bodacious bodies, curves, and sex appeal, but the super-thin Candice Swanepoel have many wondering if the company has picked someone simply too thin this time.

    The 22-year-old Swanepoel posed with other Vicki models, Alessandra Ambrosio and Adriana Lima, in Hollywood this week as Victoria's Secret launched its 2011 swimwear collection. But the pictures of Swanepoel's twig-thin legs and non-existent stomach are causing some talk. Some have noticed that the blonde beauty - who is becoming one of the most popular Victoria's Secret models and is on the cover of the Swim 2011 catalogue - is significantly thinner than she was in pictures from earlier this year.

    So has the company that has boasted beautiful, more curvy supermodels such as Tyra Banks, Heidi Klum and Naomi Campbell gone too far in making such a thin model it's new star?

    More on health and beauty:

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  • 10 Tips to True Happiness

    What really makes you happy? Big bank accounts? A clean bill of health? Love? Brian Johnson, spiritual guru and author of A Philosopher's Notes, offers the 10 Principles of Optimal Living.

    1. Optimism

    It all starts with Optimism. If we can't tame those gremlins in our minds and learn to shape the contents of our consciousness, the rest of this stuff doesn't matter. Optimism isn't helplessness and the results of a disempowered mindset can be depression/anxiety and ick. There are a range of great teachers who have a lot to say on how to Get Our Optimism On-from Marcus Aurelius and the classic Stoic philosophers to Buddha and modern Zen teachers plus Viktor Frankl, Byron Katie, Esther & Jerry Hicks and Positive Psychologists. De-gremlin-ify your mind and Rock Your Optimism!

    2. Purpose

    Purpose. All the great teachers talk about it. Confucius tells us that an army can lose its commanding officer but even an average person is in trouble without a purpose, while the Bible, the Gita, the

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  • How Sadness Makes You Brave

    The Dalai LamaThe Dalai LamaWhat if I told you that the way to change the world was not to be bold, resolute, brilliant, or even compassionate? What if I told you that the way to change the world was to be sad?

    It sounds so improbable. When we think of those who have taught us the most about meaningful change, we think of people who are very, very brave, say, Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi, The Dalai Lama. Unwavering. Deep. Devoted to others and willing to die for what they believe, quite literally.

    How do you get to be such a person?

    Well, I have no idea, but I would put money on the idea that the ground, path and fruition of their lives is sadness.

    When you look out at this world, what you see will make you very, very sad. This is good. You are seeing clearly. Genuine sadness gives rise, spontaneously, naturally, completely, to the wish-no, the longing-to be of benefit to others. When your wish to help is rooted in love (i.e. sadness), it is effective. There is no question.

    But

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  • The 3 Types of Dating You Should Know

    Dr. Pat Allen believes there are three different kinds of dating:

    1. Duty Dating®,
    2. Real dating
    3. Courtship.

    Dr. Pat Allen's Duty Dating® is when you are practicing dating skills, it's not based on chemistry. It's practicing. Real dating is when you are mutually attracted to someone and you go out, and courtship is when you know you are looking for a relationship and both parties are looking to mate.

    While you're Duty Dating®… Dr. Allen recommends that you date at least three different people at a time, for at least three dates each, unless they are repulsive, immoral, unethical or illegal. Or, as Pat puts it, date them three times unless they are wearing an orange jumpsuit with a number on the back.

    The chemical oxytocin is ruling your love life.

    Oxytocin is a powerful 'feel good' hormone that's released when women have sex, or become physically intimate with a man. It's also known as the 'bonding' hormone. Young women, especially teens, confuse this

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  • How to Keep Sex Sexy: A Guide to Mastering Monogamy

    You've heard me say it before -most mammals are not naturally monogamous. And yes, this includes you. So, keeping monogamy satisfying is probably a bit more challenging than you expected it to be - and you are not alone.

    Research demonstrates that most couples find sex with the same partner less pleasurable as time passes. BUT there truly are things you can do to counteract this process. One example involves embracing the sexier aspects of sex.

    What do I mean by "sexier", exactly? Well, I'm talking about sexual activities that are not a part of your normal routine, and that require you to extend yourself a bit beyond your comfort zone - to your sexual edge. Thus, sexier means something different for everyone, since everyone has a different barometer for determining what is fun between the sheets. Your sexy edge could be:

    • Wearing a garter belt and high heels to bed
    • Going out to dinner without panties
    • Allowing your partner to tie your hands behind your back before
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