• Create a low-stress environment for smooth and focused tax preparation!

    When tax time comes around, are you the plan-ahead type, or do you panic at the last minute? Regardless of your approach, Feng Shui can help you create the low-stress environment you need to tackle this important job.

    Get more personal tips with a Personal Feng Shui report now!

    Most of us dread buckling down to do what it takes to complete our taxes. It usually requires at least a half a day of gathering all the paperwork and then figuring out the forms or navigating tax software -- not anybody's idea of fun. But it can't be avoided, so the trick is to make your process as smooth, easy and error-free as possible.

    That's where Feng Shui comes in. Your first step in preparing for tax day is to give your home office or desk area a once-over well in advance of the deadline (April 15, 2013). Sort through your stacks of papers, unopened mail or whatever else you've let go. Throw out or give away anything you don't need and make special places for items that tend to get strewn

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  • Another reason to put down that cookie.We've all felt like a sloth after eating an entire bag of chips. But in the world of nutrition research, an age-old chicken-and-egg debate still rages on: Does eating junk food make you lazy, or does laziness make you eat junk food?

    New research from UCLA points to the former. Eating sugary, processed, and high-fat foods can actually cause tiredness, a lack of motivation and decreased performance, according to a study published in the April 10 issue of Physiology & Behavior.

    MORE: Is It Really OK to Eat Saturated Fat Now?

    Thirty-two female rats were placed on one of two diets for six months. The first was a standard (read: healthy) rat's diet of unprocessed foods like ground corn and fish meal. The second was made up of highly processed foods that included substantially more sugar, similiar to a human junk food diet. After three months, the 16 rats on the junk food diet became much fatter than the others-no surprise there.

    But they got lazier too.

    As part of the study,

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  • In place of traditional neon synthetic grass, try any of these all-natural, reusable varieties for Easter baskets and decorations.

    24 Excelsior Wood Shred

    Often used as packing material, this neutral filling showcases colored eggs and candy.

    $2 for 3 oz., save-on-crafts.com

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    Sheet Moss

    Use this soft material as a base in decorative baskets or for spring flower arrangements.

    Sheet-moss soil cover, by Mosser Lee, $4 for 325 sq. in., homedepot.com


    Plant the fresh-smelling herb (available at health-food stores) in a plastic-lined basket. Snip some to add to smoothies and juices.

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    Organic Cut Dry Grass

    Eggs look right at home in this lifelike nest. After Easter, add it to the compost bin.

    Tim's Real Easter Basket Grass, $6 for 4 oz., realeasterbasketgrass.com

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  • No road gives you more Golden State fun: 790 miles of surf, spas, wine sipping, and surprises.

     L.A. County Museum of Art L.A. County Museum of Art
    Los Angeles: Art stop
    Miracle Mile's the classic nickname for the mid-Wilshire stretch of Wilshire Boulevard. These days it should be called Masterpiece Way--two major expansions in three years have pushed the L.A. County Museum of Art (pictured) to the top of culture lovers' must-see lists. $15; lacma.org.
    Eat your way through L.A.

    Carpinteria: Call it Carp
    That's the locals' moniker for one of California's prettiest little beach towns. Stroll down Linden Avenue for surf shops and a great steak joint (the Palms, 805/684-3811), then wade at Carpinteria State Beach. carpinteriachamber.org.

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    Santa Barbara: Dine with the rich and famous
    Beaches, the queen of missions, and (in neighboring Montecito) Oprah Winfrey. Santa Barbara has so much star power, it's almost unfair that it has good restaurants too. But it does--so many, you may decide to detour off 101 for breakfast, lunch, and

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  • By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.

    I have about 12 friends who've decided to run their first marathon or half-marathon this year. Meanwhile, the thought of jogging a quarter-mile makes me want to go into hiding for the rest of the day. For years, I've been told that exercise relieves stress. Not so for me. I feel better when I get what needs to be done accomplished, then eat a good meal with interesting people and curl up under the covers.

    Related: 10 Foods That Fight Fat

    Turns out, they're may be more than my convictions to back me up. A new study published in The Journal of Physiology found that the desire and motivation to exercise could be, at least in part, genetic. You heard them: It's not just a matter of busy schedules or laziness.

    Researchers bred mice over many generations in order to separate them into two distinct groups: those who happily spent hours on running wheels and those who, for the most part, avoided them. Brain activity in the more active rats showed they were

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  • Source: The Sneaky Calorie Bombs That Are Busting Your Diet

    It may seem like a little mayo here and there isn't so bad, but the those dollops add up. In fact, just one tablespoon of mayo adds an extra 90 calories to your sandwich, and ketchup is full of added sugars. This printable poster is a reminder that every little bit helps when it comes to dropping pounds.

    Instead of dousing your salad with dressing or slathering on the barbecue sauce, try asking for your condiments and dressings on the side so you know just how much of it you're eating. And when you're ordering a sandwich, save calories by substituting healthy options like avocado or hummus for fat-filled mayo. Remember that forgoing your favorite condiments doesn't have to mean that you're stuck with a flavorless chicken breast for dinner every night. Low-calorie, real-food options like a spritz of lemon juice, homemade salsa, or Dijon mustard add a lot of flavor without the calorie bomb. These healthy, low-calorie

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  • Source: The Best Way to (Re)commit to Your Bikini Body

    If you haven't exactly stuck to your healthy goals for 2014, there's no reason to get down on yourself! Now is the perfect time to recommit to a better lifestyle in order to feel strong and confident on the beach this Summer. Here's how to make it happen.

    Start small: If you're ready to make a real change, don't say you'll start tomorrow. The time is now, and small changes add up. When you're feeling inspired, grab an extra glass of water, reach for a lighter lunch, or head out for a run. Write down sustainable goals and a workout schedule you can realistically make happen.

    Get (reliable) friends on board: Developing a support system can make all the difference in your ability to meet your goals. Reach out to positive people in your life who are serious about an active lifestyle and, most importantly, will stick with the game plan.

    Schedule your workouts in advance: Scheduling workouts for the week helps you stick to

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  • POPSUGAR FitnessSource: Listen to Olympian Gabby Douglas: Sometimes You Need to Take a Break

    Whether you're a serious athlete or a SoulCycle regular, hitting your fitness goals has as much to do with resting as it does with the amount of hours spent in the gym. This is especially true if your muscles are feeling tight, sore, and overworked. This reminder to let the body slow down is something that has helped send gymnast Gabby Douglas straight to the top of an Olympic podium. "I work out so much that rest is really important," Gabby shared with us at a recent Nike Training Club event. "I find that when I don't rest, my trainings are sluggish, and I'm slacking. And that's really not good for me, because every day is important," she says.

    While we might not all be training for the Rio Summer Games, after a few days spent running on the treadmill and another few lifting weights, it may be time to give your body a rest. After all, Gabby gave herself a full nine months to slow down after her big

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  • Source: Avoid the Flu! How to Prevent Getting Sick at the Gym

    You think you're doing your body good by hitting the gym regularly - exercise is one way to strengthen your immune system - but sweating it out at a gym can be like walking into a germ factory. You're working out and breathing so closely to others, sharing air and equipment, it's almost impossible to avoid contact with other people's sweat and germs. Here are a few tips on how to prevent getting sick.

    Wash and Repeat Hit the bathroom or locker room as soon as you arrive at the gym to ditch any germs that may already be on your hands from work, public transportation, or wherever. After using any gym equipment, be it dumbbells or the treadmill, wash your hands. And to avoid germs that may be lurking on equipment, keep antibacterial wipes handy to give a thorough rubdown before you touch them. Pay special attention to areas commonly touched such as handles and buttons.

    Never Touch This
    The number one way germs are

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  • Source: The Weight-Loss Formula You Need to Know, Just in Time For Summer

    If you're counting down to a warm-weather vacation or wedding or just want to look your best for Summer, now's the time to get the weight-loss formula right. We spoke to Tracey Mallett, founder of The Booty Barre, for her simple tips on losing weight and feeling your best the smart way. Read on for her advice.

    • Make it a mix: Once and for all, don't avoid those weights if you want to lose weight. "The best way for people to want to lose weight is a combination of cardio and strength training activity to increase muscle mass," advises Tracey. Gaining muscle will help shrink your body even faster as you increase your metabolism. You don't even have to lift weights - these 25 body-weight exercises will sculpt muscles fast.
    • Start slow, but be consistent: When you're not used to a workout routine, you could be setting yourself up for burnout if you take on too much too soon. "What happens with people is
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