• Have you been putting off buying that wedding gift? You know, that wedding from last summer? Well, it’s no surprise, everything the couple has registered for… is now gone! Anja Winikka, site editor for theknot.com has some great suggestions. She recommends choosing a gift based on the couples interests. Think outdoor activities and hobbies.  For example, if they enjoy tennis, buy them a lesson at a local tennis club. If the newlyweds are theater lovers, tickets to a Broadway show. But if you’re really stuck, Winikka says, buy a wedding gift for their kitchen. According to the theknot.com, the kitchen is the number one area that newlyweds like to upgrade.

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  • Would You like a Work Email Blackout?

    By Cindy Perman, CNBC.com

    Do you check your work email on an iPhone, BlackBerry or other smartphone after-hours?

    Take my email away — what? Sorry, I can't hear you.Take my email away — what? Sorry, I can't hear you. Join the club: More than 80 percent of workers say they continue to work from home even after they leave the office, according to a recent survey from mobile-research firm Good Technology. Nearly two-thirds said they check their work email before 8 a.m., and a whopping 40 percent admitted to checking email at the dinner table!

    "All you have to do is go out to a nice restaurant and look at all the people checking their emails in between courses to see how pervasive it is," said Michael Crom, the chief learning office at the Dale Carnegie Institute, a corporate training organization.

    Some people say checking email after-hours helps them get organized, get through the crush of email and better balance their work-family life. Others say it's becoming a huge problem - one that's masking other issues.

    [Related: Best Jobs for Loners]

    "Checking, sending and receiving work

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  • Checking Into Hotel Checking Into Hotel Etiquette expert Peggy Post's tipping guidelines - whether you're staying at a hotel, motel, or B&B

    Takes luggage from your vehicle to the front desk, hails you a cab and opens the door; particularly at luxury hotels.
    Tip: $1 to $2 for carrying luggage; $1 to $4 for getting a taxi (the higher end if it's raining or if the doorman had trouble flagging down a cab); none required for opening the door.

    Front-desk clerk
    Checks you in and out and can also provide help with very brief requests: directions, information about the city, etc.
    Tip: None required.

    Takes your luggage from the front desk to your room; also runs errands like delivering faxes and packages to your door.
    Tip: $1 to $2 per bag, depending on the quality of the hotel, but not less than $2 total; $2 to $3 for bringing a requested item.

    Related Link: 15 Tips for Traveling with Pets

    Provides an array of services - from giving directions to making dinner

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  • Aries (March 21 - April 19)
    Your words are inspirational to others today, in both good and bad ways. Don't complain too loudly or you may spark a riot. And don't brag too loudly either, or you'll find plenty of competition where you're used to having the field all to yourself.

    Today's Aries Reading: Free Sample Life Path Reading

    Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
    It feels good to have a few extra chips for a change. In fact, it's a downright sensual experience! Don't luxuriate in it, though -- they won't last long, and the memories will hardly seem worth it. Be sure to sock most of this windfall away.

    Today's Taurus Reading: Free Sample Love Meter

    Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
    You and an old friend have some catching up to do. Unfortunately that involves sizing each other up, financially and otherwise. No matter which end you
    Read More »from Astrology.Com Daily FinanceScopes -- Thursday August 9, 2012
  • Most people think they know the keys to career success: Keep your head down and nose to the grindstone. Avoid personal, emotional, or awkward subjects (in fact, any elephant in the room) at all costs. Well, guess again. Here, experts reveal five on-the-job maxims that are worth challenging.
    By Patrick Doyle

    Jetta Productions/Getty ImagesJetta Productions/Getty ImagesStay Away From Emotional Topics
    In my opinion, you should always bring a problem out into the open, even if it's personal, difficult, or awkward. Say you and a colleague have different work styles or have clashed over a project, and as a result there is serious tension between the two of you. Tiptoeing around the issue may cause your productivity to suffer, so it's crucial that you confront your coworker. You can say, "You seem to dispute every point I make, and I don't understand. Did I do something to upset you?" If you talk about it, the situation won't spiral out of control or become a pattern.
    Sean O'Neil is a management consultant based in Pelham, New York, and

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  • When it comes to work, everyone needs advice. Whether you're not sure how to tackle an assignment or want to talk through an interesting job offer that came out of left field, there's nothing better than having a few mentors to help you out along the way. But, unless your company offers a formal mentorship program, it's not always easy to find people like that. Who should you to turn to? And, more importantly, how do you approach them and build relationships with them over time? The process is a little different for everyone-some mentoring relationships happen naturally, while others require extra effort. But there are three types of mentors that everyone should have-and we've put together a guide on how to get them.

    Mentor #1: You in One Year

    Think about your short-term career goals: Where do you want to be at this time next year? Look for a person who's currently there, and seek her out to be your "where I want to be in a year" mentor. Ideally, this person is someone who's Read More »from The 3 Career Mentors Everyone Should Have
  • In this month's Harvard Business Review, global search executive Claudio Fernandez Araoz listed nine winning qualities when it comes to evaluating a candidate's leadership potential.

    - Flexibility

    - Empathy

    - Organizational awareness

    - Relationship management

    - Curiosity

    - Insight

    - Inspiration

    - Determination

    - Motivation

    What's even more interesting is that top-level recruiters are also looking for people who have switched it up a good bit. That is, ideal candidates have moved around, taken risks and yes, even failed. Moving around includes changing jobs, changing careers, going from corporate to consulting, small business to big companies (and the reverse), moving from one country to another and taking up new hobbies, causes and interests.

    Why would such a peripatetic course be so compelling? The answer might come from successful start-ups. About 70% of superior small companies wind up succeeding in businesses that were not in their

    Read More »from Career Advice from HBR: Zig, Zag, Zoom!
  • Courtney Rubin, SELF magazine

    Twitter can get you noticed--or totally mess you up if you use it wrong. We deconstruct some winning messages (and a few epic fails). Now the power is in your hands.

    The share

    @LawyerLisa0!0 Went for a 5-mile run today--a record!
    #Win Make one in four Tweets about you, not about work.

    "Showing your personality creates a connection, which can help turn a follower into a new boss or business associate," says Deb Dib, coauthor of The Twitter Job Search Guide. What's too personal? Sex (duh!), spats, politics and religion (unless you really want the last two as part of your personal brand). And if you've just created an account, post 10 Tweets before following anyone. You'll gain tweeps of your own faster.

    Related: 20 Superfoods for Weight Loss

    The overshare

    @PartyPrincess!!! Way too much tequila last night. Hangover city!
    #Fail If it isn't something you'd want your manager (or Mom) to know, don't go there.

    The rant

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  • Aries (March 21 - April 19)
    You're the first one to jump on an opportunity today -- and the first one to win or lose big. Exactly how it affects your bottom line can't be predicted but you'll live to tell the tale.

    Today's Aries Reading: Free Sample Daily Grind Reading

    Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
    Change is the only constant in life, but sometimes it doesn't happen at the pace you want. Things are moving along, Taurus, even if you can't see the telltale signs just yet. Your financial blessings are in the pipeline.

    Today's Taurus Reading: Free Sample Career Strengths Reading

    Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
    Everyone's standing around talking but no one is taking any action! If you're the only one taking notes, then you're in the best position to take the initiative. Why wait? The sooner you act, the more you'll earn in the
    Read More »from Astrology.Com Daily FinanceScopes -- Wednesday August 8, 2012

  • Maureen CampaiolaMaureen CampaiolaSummertime is one of those times of the year that we can really go overboard with over spending. There's something about all that nice weather that makes us reach into our pockets and spend.

    We have vacations, graduations, weddings, just to name a few of the reasons. But you don't have to go broke this summer trying to manage all these events and your well deserved down time. Follow these tips to better manage your cash this summer so you won't be broke by fall.

    1. Plan Ahead

    This tip might not help you this year as much as it will help you next year, but I have to share it. For those of you who read my newsletter regularly, you know I value planning. Events like birthdays, weddings and the like should be well thought out and planned for so you know you have the cash on hand.

    Review what you spent last year and figure out if you have any special events coming up in the year ahead. Maybe Mom and Dad are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary. If so, you know that you

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