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  • 10 Naughty Books That'll Make You Want to Have Sex Now

    By Kimberly Dawn Neumann

    From House of Holes to Sex Toys 101, these racy reads just might make your nightstand blush!


    Guide to Getting it OnGuide to Getting it OnGuide to Getting It On
    By Paul Joannides (Goofy Foot Press, 2009)

    So good, they published it six times! Also known as, the "Boinking Bible," this 1,000-page book covers everything and we mean everything you have ever wanted to know about sex. Playful comic-book style illustrations (of naked people doing it) give this tongue-in-cheek -- or should we say "tongue in all kinds of naughty places" -- yet seriously educational book the right non-threatening flavor. You'll find yourself reading chapters like "Kinky Corner," "Nipples, Nipples, Nipples," "Fun with Your Foreskin," and "Clean Jeans, Tight Jeans & Shaving Down Below" and feel like you're in Sex Ed again. Guide to Getting it On! is one of those books that you wish someone had given you at age 18 to explain things... but you can still use today. Think of it as the encyclopedia of sex. Now, where's your naughty

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  • When Doody Calls: What's Your Bathroom Behavior at Work?

    What's Your Bathroom Behavior at Work?What's Your Bathroom Behavior at Work?by Jill Provost

    There's dealing with crap at work, and then there's dealing with crap at work. One has to do with a load of asinine assignments and the other has to do with a load of, well, another sort. Today, we want to talk about the latter. In case you're not so good at reading between the lines, yes, we are in fact talking about pooping at work. You can thank the editors at TheFrisky for that -- they're the ones who brought it up in the first place.

    It is a good question: What do you do when doody calls? Do you? Don't you? And if you don't, how in the heck do you control that sort of thing?

    Some people (we'll guess men, mostly) relish this daily endeavor. We even know one person (a man, of course), Rage Against the Meshugenah author Danny Evans, who turned his output into works of art that he liked to show off to his coworkers. For unrelated reasons (we think), he no longer works for the company.

    Then, on the other end of the spectrum, there are those who are

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  • Dollar Store Deals -- What to Buy and What to Skip

    By Jennifer Steil

    A bottle of chili powder for a buck is a great buy. But a roll of paper towels? Not so much. Here's how to spot the real bargains


    Jin Lee/Bloomberg/Getty ImagesJin Lee/Bloomberg/Getty ImagesWho doesn't love a great deal at the dollar store? It sounds promising -- but does it deliver? The answer is yes and no, say consumer savings experts. If you're a savvy shopper and avoid shoddy merchandise or products that are still overpriced at a dollar, there are definitely deals to be had. A word of warning: not everything at every dollar store costs a dollar, says Andrea Woroch, a consumer savings expert at kinoliinc.com. The Dollar Tree charges a dollar for every item but Dollar General offers pricier stuff, too. That's where you need to be careful. Impulse buying could get you into trouble even at dollar stores, says consumer savings expert Regina Novickis. While the values may be terrific, it's easy to get caught up in a shopping frenzy and leave with more than you need. "Just because it's a dollar, doesn't mean it's a deal," says

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  • Jamie Oliver Shares Tips and Recipes for No-Stress Dinners

    By Lisa Cericola

    Chef Jamie Oliver spoke with iVillage about Meals in Minutes, his smart new cookbook that's designed to get a complete meal on the table in under an hour
    Meals in MinutesMeals in Minutes
    One of the perks (and curses) of being a food editor is the constant stream of cookbooks that land on my desk. There are so many great-looking books out there that few really stand out. I'm a big fan of Jamie Oliver and his work, so I was excited to get a copy of his latest cookbook, Meals in Minutes: A Revolutionary Approach to Cooking Good Food Fast. At first glance, it's a lot like his other cookbooks -- pages of beautifully photographed, unfussy recipes. But the format of Meals in Minutes is what's really genius.

    Instead of individual recipes, Oliver and his team organized the book into three- and four-course menus that are written as one long recipe. Each one includes all of the ingredients in a single list and the steps are organized in a way that allows you to cook multiple dishes at once, and as quickly as

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  • One Man's Battle with Breast Cancer

    by Angela Law
    Jackie, top leftJackie, top left

    Dealing with cancer is one thing. Dealing with the stigma of having "a woman's cancer," is another


    My cousin Jackie was always the quiet one in the family. While the rest of us fed into our parents' greed for academic accomplishments, career wins, marriages and babies, Jackie seemed to coast along with little commotion. Moving to New York from China at the age of 16, squeaking through a public high school and bouncing between odd jobs after graduation, Jackie lived (enviably) under the radar until a stage 2 breast cancer diagnosis. At 31, he finally had everybody's undivided attention.

    Jackie had noticed a lump in his chest in August 2009. But, since breast cancer wasn't even in his realm of possible realities, he dismissed it as a wart (albeit a large one) and figured it would just go away on its own. A couple of weeks later, his chest started to hurt, but he just chalked that up to too many pushups. Another week passed. The pain did not subside and the "wart" Read More »from One Man's Battle with Breast Cancer
  • Hauntingly Glam Goth Style for Halloween--and Beyond

    By Venus Tsang

    Defect to the dark side with elegant picks that make being bad look oh-so good

    Stay the Corset
    ALLSAINTSALLSAINTS
    A corset-style top that mixes Victorian-era elegance and goth-inspired sex appeal-how to say no? Especially since, at this time of year, it's also a little bit reminiscent of a witchy costume--but infinitely more wearable. A slight sheen keeps the top playful, whether you're pairing it with skinnies and lace-up boots for a girl's night out or a black maxi, peaked hat and pet kitten for something a little spookier.

    Get it now: All Saints 'Viola' corset top, $160 at allsaints.com



    Vamp It Up


    Bloomingdale'sBloomingdale'sOne of the best things about Halloween is that no one gets to (really) judge you, or even think twice if you're wearing something totally out of the ordinary-like say, that deep rouge you never thought you could pull off. You can. Tonight is your night, sister!

    Get it now:
    Clarins Rouge Prodige lipstick, $24 at bloomingdales.com




    Tough Glove


    Long black gloves are a good investment-for

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  • 10 Ways to Use Greek Yogurt

    By Lisa Cericola

    Michael Rosenfeld/Photographer's Choice/Getty ImagesMichael Rosenfeld/Photographer's Choice/Getty Images Have you hopped on the Greek yogurt bandwagon yet? Here are 10 reasons to give this versatile dairy product a try

    No longer just for Mediterranean restaurants or health food junkies, Greek yogurt has gone mainstream in just a few years. According to a recent story in NPR, food industry analysts predict this year's Greek yogurt sales will total around $1.5 billion (up from $60 million last year). Take a stroll down the dairy aisle of your supermarket and you'll find multiple brands of the creamy white stuff - both flavored and non-flavored.

    Why the sudden love for this dairy product? Many people prefer Greek yogurt for its high protein, tangy flavor and thick texture. Not to mention the fact that Greek yogurt tends to have much less sugar than conventional yogurt. What might surprise you is its versatility.

    You can use Greek yogurt in so many sweet and savory recipes, way beyond the typical fruit-granola parfaits (although those are delicious). And if you opt for

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  • 30 Days, 30 Ways to Improve Your Relationship

    30 Days, 30 Ways to a better relationship30 Days, 30 Ways to a better relationship1) Say Thank You
    Every couple knows the importance of saying "I love you." But, believe it or not, those may not be the magic words your significant other is really longing to hear. "The number one way to improve your relationship is to make your partner feel consistently appreciated," says Meyers. "And the surest way to do this is to say 'thank you' for the little things." Did he take out the trash? Make dinner? Put his socks in the laundry basket? Let him know it wasn't lost on you. Plus, there may be an added bonus in showing your appreciation: Forming new good habits.

    2) Get Your Adrenaline Pumping Adrenaline is like an aphrodisiac in relationships, especially when you've been together for years. It's what infuses some oomph into otherwise ordinary days. "Sometimes things can start to feel stale and predictable in a long-term relationship," says Seth Meyers, PsyD, author of Dr. Seth's Love Prescription: Overcome Relationship Repetition Syndrome and Find the Love You Deserve. "So

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  • Diet Mistakes Even Smart Women Make

    By Norine Dworkin-McDaniel

    These smart solutions will help you stay on track

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    1. Multi-Tasking While You Eat
    We pride ourselves on being able to juggle several things at once, but treating meal time like one more thing to cross off the To Do list can lead to overeating. Why? "There's no satisfaction," explains Jamie Dougherty, a San Francisco health and lifestyle coach. "We end up mowing through whatever is on our plate, but we don't reme mb er eating so we tend to eat more."

    Fast Fix: Disconnect from the electronics when you're ready to eat. "Even if you have to stay at your desk, shift your chair so you're not looking at your email," says Dougherty. "Our bodies want to have a sense of acknowledgement and satisfaction, and we don't get that when we don't use all of our senses to engage with our food."

    2. Snacking On 100-Calorie Snack Packs
    Snack packs are tempting because they seem like a way to indulge in junk food without cheating on your diet. After

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  • Which Is Worse: The Best and Worst of Chinese Takeout

    By Cynthia Ramnarace

    When we're too busy (or tired) to make dinner, Chinese food is the go-to takeout food, but do know which choices are the healthiest.

    Egg Roll vs. Fried Wonton
    Can you think about Chinese takeout food without visualizing an egg roll? But those deep-fried pork wontons are just as crispy and delicious. Which is worse?

    Paul Poplis/FoodPix/Getty Images; FoodCollection/Getty ImagesPaul Poplis/FoodPix/Getty Images; FoodCollection/Getty ImagesAnswer: Egg Roll
    While the egg roll is mostly filled with vegetables, it is much larger and therefore has more surface area to fry. That explains why it contains four times as many calories as one fried wonton -- 220 versus 55. "If you want to nibble on something fried, you're better off nibbling on a fried wonton," says Penelope Klatell , Ph.D., certified health, life and wellness coach from New Canaan , Conn. If you can't stop at just one wonton, even two or three will yield fewer calories than an entire egg roll. Eat more than four and you might as well just have the egg roll.



    Egg Drop Soup vs. Sweet and Sour Soup
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