• Do you remember that first spark of hope you felt when you watched The Secret? I clearly remember the desire that filled my heart, knowing that - Yes, I can make my dreams come true - FINALLY!

    But how many of you soon saw that hope dwindle into frustration? How many of you (and be honest now) started muttering things like:

    - "It seems to work for other people, but I just can't get it right."

    - "I'm frustrated that sometimes I can get it to work, but sometimes I can't. What's the trick?"

    - "Why am I having so much trouble?"

    - "I think the universe is against me."

    - "I'm trying very, VERY hard but still nothing is happening!"

    Don't worry, you're not alone. About 97% of people also couldn't make the Law of Attraction work for them the first time round. Think about it, just like anything else, you have to practice many times before you see success. A child doesn't learn to walk without falling over a couple of times, right?

    But in practice, everything is easier said and done. When

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  • Breakfast was protein pancakes with blueberries.

    1 scoop pp splash vanilla extract cinnamon 2 tbsp or so of almond milk 1 tbsp blueberries

    After the gym I had an awesome almond butter banana smoothie. No picture.
    Dinner was a chicken "casserole" I read a few different variations of this but I can't remember where. I'm sorry :/ but it's great because you can really modify with whatever veggies you want and use mozzarella cheese or parmesan, we just had feta in the house.



    2 cooked chicken breasts cubed - ours was grilled from the weekend 1/2 cup non-fat greek yogurt
    1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    2 tbsp Lizzie's Kitchen (below)
    few dashes of garlic powder 4 oz feta cheese 1 cup chopped spinach 1/2 onion diced
    6 large mushrooms chopped
    3 celery stalks chopped
    2 large carrots peeled and chopped
    5 asparagus chopped
    Directions:
    I cooked the carrots and asparagus in a skillet for about 5 minutes to soften them up.
    Mix together all veggies, olive oil and spices.
    Mix in

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  • The scary news that bed bugs might be carrying drug-resistant bacteria, including the superbug MRSA, provides all the more reason to make sure your mattress is as clean as it can be. But even if you don't have bed bugs, your mattress could still be causing you to feel sick-and it might even trigger asthma symptoms in those who suffer from dust allergies.

    If you consistently wake up with watery eyes, a scratchy throat, or a runny nose, you might be allergic to your bed. According to Web MD, dust mite droppings are among the top allergens that trigger asthma symptoms and aggravate allergies. And your mattress and pillows are prime hiding places for these common allergens.

    Luckily protecting yourself from both germ-ridden bugs and dust mites is simple. Follow these steps to make sure your place of rest is as clean as can be.

    1. Invest in hypo-allergenic mattress covers.

    Experts suggest covering your mattress and pillows with plastic or vinyl casings that seal in dust mites and other

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  • Your car made healthy

    IstockphotoIstockphotoBy Susan Hall

    Having a comfy car is a priority (second only, of course, to staying safe) if, like the average American woman, you spend an hour or more a day behind the wheel.

    Here, the latest road-tested must-haves to make your time in the car safer and less stressful.

    Health.com: How safe is your car?

    Use your head(set)
    Fiddling with your phone can jack up your accident risk by 300%. If you must call while moving, have your cell phone hooked up to a Bluetooth-compatible headset.

    Our pick: the Jawbone Icon ($99.99), which has noise-canceling technology and works with most newer model phones that allow you to automatically dial a number by saying the person's name.

    Bonus for screeners: A voice (you choose) whispers the caller IDs.

    Health.com: Your emergency car kit

    Make a clean sweep
    A recent study found that most cars harbor nearly 300 types of bacteria in just one square inch-some of which contribute to funky smells.

    Clean all surfaces, especially smudges on your windshield

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  • With the change in the seasons comes the homeowner's overwhelming desire to change the home's interior. What affects more change than a fresh coat of paint? Cost-effective and simple to do -- and just as easy to do alone as it is to do it with a group -- interior painting can be a short weekend day project. There are seven interior painting supplies that are a must-have for any job. It's a good thing that Walmart's online paint supplies department carries them all!

    1. 5-in-1 Painter's Tool

    This useful little gadget removes putty, opens up cracks for quick clean-out, spreads spackle and scrapes old paint from rollers. Use this tool to break the seal of inexpertly closed paint cans and rejuvenate the can rim to once again tightly close the paint against the elements. Rely on this 5-in-1 tool to greatly reduce paint tray clutter.

    2. Multi-surface Painter's Tape

    I once had a professional painter assure me that he didn't need painter's tape. He was certain of his steady hand. Needless to

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  • By Hilary Meyer, Associate Food Editor, EatingWell Magazine

    We're big burger fans in the EatingWell Test Kitchen-and we're not the only ones. The average American consumes approximately 156 hamburgers a year. It's a food that is near and dear to our hearts. Maybe a little too near, in an artery-clogging, waist-expanding sort of way. A single hamburger (without fries) at popular sit-down chain restaurants can top off at around 800 calories, with the same amount of saturated fat (around 15 grams) that you'd get if you ate 12 1/2 strips of bacon.

    Related:
    The Bacon Calculator: How many slices does your dinner equal?
    Potato Salads That Won't Pack Pounds

    But don't take burgers off the table yet. Our three tips for making a healthier burger will help you enjoy this classic favorite without compromising any progress you've made toward bathing-suit season.

    Don't Miss:
    6 Expert Ideas for Flavoring Your Burger from Meat Master Bruce Aidells
    Peach-Blueberry Cobbler and

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  • Professional organizer Andrew Mellen helps you tame your overstuffed closet.

    Joy Booker makes every inch of her closet count. Photo: Bjorn WallenderJoy Booker makes every inch of her closet count. Photo: Bjorn WallenderMy clients have a lot of "someday" best. "Someday I'm going to fit into these again." "Someday this trend might return." "Someday I'm going to wear this." The problem is, "someday" doesn't exist; there's only today. Here's what to do with what's being worn only by your hangers.

    1. Clothes That Don't Fit
    If you've gained weight, keep the smaller-sized clothes that you'll get the most use from and work on fitting into them again. If you've already lost weight, don't keep a whole closetful of big clothes as though one day you're going to suddenly be struck fat; donate them.

    Related: The right way to break fashion rules

    2. Trend Items
    If you're waiting for something to come back in style, don't. Even if it does return, it will look dated-and so will you.

    Related: How to pull off the season's best fashion trends on any budget

    3. Special Occasion Outfits
    The rule that says "If you haven't worn it in a year,

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  • I spent a recent afternoon searching out new and exciting things for my girls to do this summer, something to supplement their music and drama camps. And the options for teens are endless - how are they going to choose between the LMAO Facebook Status Update workshop and the Cute Boy symposium? That's a full day right there.

    So I decided to take a break and have some lunch, and this is what I found when I went to grab a plate from the cabinet:

    This is what happens when you ask your daughters to unload the dishwasher, and they're in such a rush to watch Gossip Girl they forgot that the dishes can actually be lifted up and stacked properly

    Which confirms my suspicion that this is the most useless toy ever invented and taught them absolutely nothing:
    So then I started thinking that what my girls need this summer are not more expensive camps. Do they really need to learn the bass-line to Poker Face, or take a two-hundred dollar workshop where they learn how to act like a lemur or cry on

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  • Household duties such as vacuuming, washing the car, or grocery shopping, may not be fun, but they can help you reach your fitness goals! We used WebMD's calorie-burning calculator to estimate how many calories a 150-pound person would burn doing these and other everyday chores and the results were a staggering 700 calories! That's more than enough to make you think twice about putting off until tomorrow what you can do today! See how many calories each of the following duties burns and feel twice as good when you accomplish them.

    Vacuuming for 30 minutes
    Calories Burned: 119
    It's no wonder that vacuuming burns calories as it actually mimics common training moves such as lunges and arm weights. You can turn this chore into a mini-workout by performing a lunge with each push and alternating which arm you use. Before you know it you'll feel the burn in your thighs, biceps and triceps and your carpet will look stunning, too!


    Shopping for one hour

    Calories Burned: 157
    We didn't need a

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  • Courtesy of Macy'sCourtesy of Macy'sBy SELF magazine

    If you haven't yet, it's about time to swap out your heavier winter makeup for lighter formulas and springtime shades. But choosing your new "go-to" products can be a little confusing. Here are a few tips on giving your winter beauty routine a spring cleaning!

    First, assess the situation: The best way to start is to see what you already have! Separate your makeup into groups: moisturizers, foundations, powders, shadows, lipsticks/glosses, eyeliners and mascaras. Toss anything that's broken or old and past it's expiration date (need a hint? Check these guidelines).

    Then, sort it out: Next, go through your colors. For spring, you're likely to use lighter, brighter shades. But it's OK to keep darker ones you like for evening and formal occasions.

    Related: How to Appear 5 Years Younger Naturally

    Now, update your categories:

    Moisturizer: You were probably using a heavier formula in the winter to keep your skin from getting dry. But when it gets warmer, these can feel a

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