• Hello there!Dear Newly Adopted Pet Dog:
    So it's happened. You've found your "forever home." Congratulations to you. It all starts off so well. Some nice human couple, feeling nurturing but still too cowardly for actual offspring, peers at you and smiles. You make you-eyes at them. They coo. You think you have them in the palm of your paw. They murmur nonsense at you and stuff you full of treats. There are toys. There are long walks. There are playdates with other dogs. There are extensive snuggles. There are sweaters and matching booties on cold days. There are beach days and water hoses on hot days. You sleep in their bed, between their big warm bodies. Your tricks are beloved. Your talents are revered. Your misdeeds--a chomped spectacle here, a pee-marked carpet there--are readily forgiven. You think you've got it made.
    And for a while, things are good.
    But watch them. You must watch the lady one especially. Is she sleeping more? Is she getting big and soft? Is there a vague smell of milk in Read More »from An Open Letter to Newly Adopted Pets from Quimby (a 13-Year-Old Dog)
  • The Coachella Music and Arts Festival is back for another two raging weekends of bands, sunshine, and people watching. As always, tens of thousands from all over the globe will gather to battle the desert heat for a unified music fix. And there are always certain types of festival goers you can count on showing up. Here, a dozen of them in cat form. -- With Jennifer Fox

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  • Photo: Corbis And what you can do now to delay--or prevent--problems later
    By Nadia Arumugam, Prevention

    "When we're young, we think we're invincible," says Georges Benjamin, MD, Executive Director of the American Public Health Association. "But we're not." And increasingly, diseases we commonly associate with people in their 60s and 70s are hitting two, three, or even four decades earlier. Why? Better screening and early detection are part of the picture, but lifestyle factors such as poor diet and the fact that we're living more sedentary lives are to blame as well.

    Here, 7 diseases you can do something about today--to make sure you feel better, longer.

    PLUS: Cutting-edge research reveals the seven steps you can take to live longer!


    Typical age of diagnosis: 50s and beyond
    But it can hit as early as: Late teens and early twenties
    What you can do now: Steer clear of tanning salons--even occasional trips to the tanning bed can triple your chances of developing melanoma, according to the

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  • How bad is that beauty habit? Health.com

    by Petra Guglielmetti

    When it comes to our beauty routines, we all do it-cut corners, skip steps, and multitask (but in a bad way). Say you stop shampooing for a few days, or finger-paint on lip gloss-is it any big deal?

    You're going to want to rethink a few of these habits, but as it turns out, sometimes doing "wrong" gives you a surprise beauty benefit.


    Health.com: 18 Fashion and Beauty Mistakes That Age You


    You Clean Your Makeup Brushes Once a Year (If That)

    The verdict: Uh-oh!

    "If you haven't cleaned your brushes in some time and are experiencing breakouts, this could be the culprit," says New York dermatologist Craig Austin, MD. "Makeup brushes are like sponges; they hold on to bacteria." They can even harbor mold.

    Wash sponges and "wet" brushes (for concealer or foundation) every three to four days, because they're more hospitable to bacteria. Dry powder brushes should be cleaned weekly.

    "If the bristles are dirty and sticky," notes New York-based celebrity makeup artist

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  • By Aly Walansky, Daily Makeover

    We know the rules: The ideal is to visit the salon for a trim every six weeks (or is it?). But whether it's an issue of budget or life getting in the way, sometimes six weeks becomes eight. Or longer. Here's how to go longer without visiting the salon (and hide the evidence when we really need to).

    MORE: You're Doing it Wrong: Applying Hair Product

    Create some texture. "Create casual texture on hair that's a bit longer and grown-out by using a styling and finishing spray, like American Crew Alternator ($15, birchbox.com). Spray liberally through slightly damp hair and use hands to push hair off the face for lasting versatility and a controlled messy finish for both men and women with any length of hair," says Paul Wilson, artistic director at American Crew and co-owner of Art + Science Salon in Chicago.

    MORE: Is This the Worst Makeover Ever?

    Updos are a great redo.
    Hair plagued by split ends and way too much over-grown shag? Consider a fun updo. "I like

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  • They may sound healthy and "all-natural," but you don't want any of these ingredients in your grocery cart.
    By Emily Main, Rodalenews.com

    Why "Natural" Isn't
    If you saw "poison ivy" listed as an ingredient in your favorite salad mix, would you eat it? Probably not. But poison ivy is natural, right? Who cares if it gives you a heinous rash and makes you miserable? The food industry might as well apply the same logic to all the other so-called "natural" ingredients it tries to sneak into processed foods. Ingredients made from seaweed, palm trees, and fruit juice may have a healthy halo, but they actually come with more health risks than benefits--no matter how natural they sound.

    PLUS: 4 NEW Freaky Ingredients Hiding In Your Food

    Behind the label: You may not have any idea what this weird-sounding ingredient is at first glance, but it's derived from seaweed and used in dozens of so-called "natural," and even some organic, foods to keep ingredients from separating. The problem

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  • Exercise cheats that cost you. Health.com

    By Linda Melone, Health.com

    You put in the time and effort, show up at the gym, and pride yourself in not taking shortcuts. So why is the scale not budging? Chances are, poor exercise form or bad workout habits are costing you precious calories. Fitness experts reveal the most common ways people cheat at their workouts without even realizing it, and offer ways to kick those saboteurs to the curb.

    You Hold on to the Handles

    Grasping the sidebars when walking on the treadmill or hanging on tight to the handles of the elliptical trainer cheats you out of the largest possible calorie burn, says Irv Rubenstein, PhD, exercise physiologist and founder of STEPS Fitness, a science-based fitness facility in Nashville, Tenn. "In addition, if you're using your arms to make it easier on your legs, you'll tire faster, because your arms can't work as hard as your legs," he says. Instead, use the rails only as a guide, keeping your fingertips lightly on them. If you find it impossible to maintain

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  • Weekly Astrology: April 20-26, 2014

    Big changes are in the air this week, thanks to another installment of the now famous Uranus-Pluto square. Can you even manage the chaos this week may bring?

    Don't forget to Sign Up for a FREE membership at Tarot.com, and here's the lowdown on the key cosmic events the week of April 20-26, 2014.

    Monday, April 21: Uranus square Pluto

    On Monday, Uranus will square off with Pluto, prompting a significant revolution in the lives of anyone with cardinal planets (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) in the middle degrees. This round of the Uranus-Pluto square may be extra jarring because of what happens on Tuesday...

    Tuesday, April 22: Mars Retrograde in Libra square Jupiter in Cancer

    On Tuesday, Mars Retrograde in Libra will square Jupiter, amplifying the tendency for us to get in our own way. Adding insult to injury, Mars will oppose Uranus and square Pluto on Wednesday. Monday through Wednesday shape up to be volatile days where anything can happen. Take extra safety

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  • Power Your Way to Pleasure!

    Sun in Taurus

    It's time to stop and smell the roses -- literally! When the Sun moves into earthy Taurus from April 19 to May 20, life will shift into a lovely, lazy and much more pleasurable phase.

    Find out if you've got what it takes to go the distance with this FREE Love Compatibility Meter! -- life is about to smell much sweeter!

    Taurus is ruled by Venus, the goddess of love, which surrounds us with beauty and abundance and sensuality. Our senses are awakened to fall in love all over again with the things that make us feel good to look at, touch and taste.

    As the Taurus Sun shines down at the height of spring, we're all encouraged to delight in earthly pleasures. This nurturing of self will ground us, and help us to build strong and practical foundations moving forward.

    Those born from about April 16-22 were born on the Aries-Taurus cusp, and those born from about May 17-23 were born on the Taurus-Gemini cusp. Being born on the cusp simply means that you were born during the

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  • Why I Won't Be Following This Easter Egg Hunt Trend

    Photo: PinterestIt’s Easter week, which means there’s been lots of chocolate-bunny-themed posts popping up in my Facebook feed. I love hearing how friends went on Cadbury egg benders and seeing the cute Easter bonnet shots (and the hilariously creepy Easter bunny shots). But one post made me do a double take: Color-coded egg hunts. As in, each kid gets assigned a certain color egg and is only allowed to collect those pre-designated eggs. At first the OCD-er in me was drawn to the pretty picture with all the order. The buckets match the eggs! I almost hit "like" but then I realized how much I dislike the idea. The post I read touted it as a way to “keep it all fair.” For real? This is so not for me. Here’s why:

    For one, this level of organization just adds more work and feels like part of the Pinterest, whatever-you're-doing-now-is-not-good-enough campaign to stress me out. Can’t we just scatter a bunch of eggs in the backyard and let the children loose? You have to tell kids who just sat still(ish)

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