Daily Archives April 28, 2015

Engagement Rings and The Stars

Engagement Rings and The Stars

by: Sher Matsen

Whether we like it or not current trends in engagement rings say bigger is so much better. Just have a look at what style engagement rings celebrities are choosing. And of course what’s good for them is good for the rest of us.
J Lo’s engagement to Ben Flick also started an interesting trend of consumers seeking out pink diamonds. In no other time in history have pink diamonds been as popular as right after J Lo placed that pink diamond engagement ring on her finger.
Do any of you remember Marilyn Monroe sexily purring “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend?” Do you have any idea what that did the engagement ring market.
Guys are still paying for that statement...

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Early Breast Cancer Detection

Early Breast Cancer Detection

by: Brenda Witt

Most women are familiar with mammography as our “gold standard” for breast cancer screening. However, there are additional tools available that women can add to their arsenal.
One of the most effective tools in breast cancer screening is breast self-exam (BSE). However, BSE works best when women are appropriately trained in the procedure, and then followed-up with annual clinical breast exams (CBE) from their physicians. In a 2000 University of Toronto study, approximately 20,000 women were screened for breast cancer with BSE and annual CBE, and 20,000 were screened with BSE and mammograms. After more than 10 years, the BSE and annual CBE reported 610 cases of invasive breast cancer, and 105 deaths...

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Five Easy Ways To Bring Family Time Into Your Day;

Five Easy Ways To Bring Family Time Into Your Day; Balancing Work And Family Stresses

by: BZ Riger-Hull

The pace of life seems to quicken every year. More and more time is spent rushing from job to after school activities or evening meetings. It’s easy to get over whelmed and to loose a sense of family and relaxation in our homes. Here are a few ideas to help strengthen your family and to keep some of life’s pressures and stresses out of the home.
~ Be involved but learn how to say No, once in a while. You want to be an involved informed parent but you need to keep your schedule sane. So don’t volunteer for everything and don’t sign your kids up for every after school sport or activity...

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Spotlight on the Asian-Themed Wedding

Spotlight on the Asian-Themed Wedding

by: Blake Kritzberg

Asian-themed weddings are on the rise, and at first this might come as a surprise. After all, nothing could seem further from the Laura Ashley vision we get when thinking of a wedding.
And in fact, that’s one of the forces behind the rising popularity of the Asian-themed wedding: how it turns things upside-down. In fact, in a Chinese-style wedding, white is bad (it’s the color of death) and red and black are good (they’re the colors of luck and prosperity).
You might wonder whether brides that plan Asian-themed weddings are Asian (or marrying someone who is). The answer is, sometimes. Surprisingly often, they aren’t, and the choice is purely aesthetic.
Today’s trends break down into two main types of Asian-themed weddings: the Japan...

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Boost You Sex Life The Natural Way!

Boost You Sex Life The Natural Way!

by: Richard Moore

A look at some natural aphrodisiacs.
There are many well-known ways to boost a sagging libido, from oysters to zinc to Viagra. But what about some holistic alternatives?
First of all, with age our libidos go south — estrogen, progesterone and especially testosterone in men and women,” Cass said.
To combat a low sex drive, Cass first recommends eating right and getting enough fatty acids in your diet. “Fish oil particularly or flax oil because that’s a precursor to the sex hormones.”
There are a lot of herbs that actually enhance sexuality, Cass said. Here are a few:
Sex-Boosting Herbs

Chrysanthemum
Cistanches
Cordyceps
Epimedium (a mushroom)
Jujube

You can get these herbs throught the shops on Everything Health and Beauty: http://w...

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Pearl Jewelry: The Epitome of Elegant Simplicity

Pearl Jewelry: The Epitome of Elegant Simplicity

by: Sam Serio

Pearl jewelry catches attention because of its uncomplicated and serene elegance. It may seem like an oxymoron, but sometimes the simplest things are the ones that are the most attractive. A look at a simple pearl earring, a representative example of pearl jewelry, is enough to dispel all doubt.
In fact, for many kinds of pearl jewelry, the operating principle is “the simpler the better.” At times a single pearl can even say much more than a dozen pearls all lined up. This is why some consider pearl jewelry to be even more beautiful than diamond, more valuable and timeless.
Pearls are formed when a foreign object, such as a grain of sand, becomes trapped in an oyster or mussel...

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What Do You Hope For In Your Life?

What Do You Hope For In Your Life?

by: Cory L. Kemp

What do you hope for in your life?
It’s a simple enough question, but one I find most people are at a loss to answer, or at least uncomfortable considering. I sometimes hear people hope for good weather for an event or a trip, or a sports victory, or even a good parking space at the mall. I rarely hear people hope for anything large or having substance, as if to do so is a voodoo curse.
So, no holds barred, what would you hope for if there were no restrictions, no limits? Health, the perfect job, a comfortable home, an opportunity to travel the world? I challenge you to take a deep breath, exhale, close your eyes and try this excercise. Try to remember the very best, most magical day of your life...

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Breast Feeding – Frequently Asked Questions

Breast Feeding – Frequently Asked Questions

by: Martin Smith

Breast-feeding is one of the most natural things in the world. Many women have questions about breast-feeding. There are myths and facts about breast-feeding. These will be discussed in the list of questions and answers provided below.
Q. What are some myths about breast-feeding?
There are many myths about breast feeding such, as you cannot take any medication while breastfeeding. Most medications are safe for you but you should check with your doctor first. A breast-feeding mother with an infection should not be breast-feeding. Actually she should continue because her milk provides the baby with help to resist infections. If s/he does become ill, it will not be severe.
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What is Dowsing?

What is Dowsing?

by: Sam Stevens

Dowsing is definitely an intuitive art and one of the oldest forms of divination in the world. Perhaps the oldest and most familiar image we have a dowser is what is called a field or map dowser. This person walks over a landscape using a Y shaped or forked stick (sometimes called a doodlebug) to locate subterranean sources of water, oil or even precious minerals. The stick vibrates, crosses or shakes when the substance is found. Some dowsers will use two sticks held in one hand, and when the sticks cross, it signifies that a subtle astral or geopathic force has located the natural resource. This kind of dowsing is also used to locate things such as buried treasure, lost persons, missing jewelry and stray golf balls!
However, the kind of dowsing we are conc...

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Get Rid of Pimples at Home

Get Rid of Pimples at Home

by: Kenia Morales

I am sure almost everyone can relate to the story of getting a pimple on the day of a special event such as a wedding, picture day, meeting, date etc. For some people this maybe their whole life story having to deal with the unruly pimples busting all over their bodies and faces. However, how many pimples you have is not the issue. It is finding a solution to exonerate those unwelcome visitors.
Here I have added several homemade recipes that have being used for a while and many confirm their effectiveness when it comes to getting rid of blemishes.
Egg White: When your pimple is just starting wash your face as you normally would and with cotton swab apply to the affected area.
Got Soap? Make sure you wash your face several times a day...

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Lingerie, Sore Knees, and Male Shoppers

Lingerie, Sore Knees, and Male Shoppers

by: Ed Williams

At the top of the list of things that I most don’t like to do, shopping has a hallowed spot. Granted, there are a couple of things that I would hate to do more, but my editors would have six strokes if I entered into dialogues about any of them here. Being respectful of their wishes, and also respectful of the fact that writing a column that no one would print is rather pointless, I’ll move forward and get right to the point. I was forced into a shopping experience for a computer part today, and while doing that l learned a tad more about women, which is always a good thing.
First off, about my computer – a few days ago I spilled something I shouldn’t have on my keyboard, which necessitated the purchase of another one...

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A Wedding For All Seasons

A Wedding For All Seasons

by: Declan Tobin

In times gone by it wasn’t uncommon for young couples to consult the Tarot as to what month of the year according to the stars would be their best time to wed, this would depend on what time of year their sun or moon sign was inline with Venus the goddess of love, which I would take as a positive sign, and so on. Personally I would like to think that the longevity of a marriage would depend on the love of you and your partner and not on the date you get married.
These days the factors that make us decide differ a little. Each season brings its own style and flavor to a wedding...

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Knowing Your Toilet Paper

Knowing Your Toilet Paper

by: Ed Williams

At work several days ago, I walked into the kitchen area of our office early one morning to grab a large cup of coffee. Having slept nada the night before due to my typically horrible nocturnal habits, I desperately needed some chemical means of survival for the upcoming day. While walking in to grab some that I secretly hoped was stronger than a five day old Nu-Way hot dog, I heard Ray and Bob, two of our carpenters, make the following comment to Lynn, who works in purchasing….
“I always put the toilet paper on the holder however I pull it out of the bag.”
Made perfect sense to me. I wondered why the topic was even being discussed at all. Funny thing was, Ray’s remark didn’t seem to make any sense at all to Lynn. She replied back,
“How cou...

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Women Get Ready, Get Set and Go Global

Women Get Ready, Get Set and Go Global

by: Laurel J. Delaney, MBA

Today, women are starting businesses at twice the rate of men and becoming a major force both in the traditional and the new global e-business marketplace.
In November, The National Women’s Council’s Interagency Committee on Women’s Business Enterprise prepared and presented to the 2000 Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Conference a case study (http://www.nwbc.gov/oecd.pdf) on successful public and private initiatives for fostering entrepreneurship among women...

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Preparation is Key

Preparation is Key

by: Penny Estes

Interviewing for a new job, or a promotion, can be a stressful situation. However, Preparation is the KEY! When preparing for that all important interview, take time to reflect upon your career experiences; and look for at least five good examples of your accomplishments and challenges–we will call them “bragging points”. Make a list of these “bragging points”, and then write a short summary about each situation. Become very familiar with these situations and their details, because they will help you identify certain skill sets (i.e. creativity, leadership, motivation, negotiation, etc.) used in these situations.
The purpose of this exercise is to first help you remember your accomplishments...

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Money in the Bank

Money in the Bank

by: Sibylla Nash

Recently, I was on the phone with a friend of mine from California who just purchased his first home. He’s a single father and he’s in his early 30s. He was upset that his parents had never stressed the importance of owning a home or even talked to him about how to save. “Man, I’m just thinking about all of the money I wasted when I was younger,” he complained. It’s true, before we had kids, what were we spending our money on? Remember when we could shop at the store and it was all about us? Didn’t have to worry about somebody putting Dora cookies or fruit roll-ups in the shopping cart?
It’s an understatement to say that having kids changes everything, especially our financial situation...

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The Women’s Plus Size Clothing Revolution

The Women’s Plus Size Clothing Revolution

by: Donna Monday

Once upon a time, not too long ago, if you were a woman who wore clothes over a size 14 your clothing choices were limited to cheap looking, baggy and unattractive clothes that made you look old before your time.
My how times have changed! There has been a cultural shift in the acceptance of plussize women, particularly in the fashion industry. Women’s plus size clothing is no longer relegated to the back of the isle racks. Now days, it’s easy to find trendy plus size clothes such as: dresses, workout clothes, evening wear and swimwear.
Plus size celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Camryn Manheim, and Star Jones have also helped to usher in the era of plus size fashions...

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To Get That Famous Hair Cut You Gotta Ask

To Get That Famous Hair Cut You Gotta Ask

by: Donna Monday

There you are sitting at your dining room table with all those pictures of hair cuts spread out in front of you. You’ve managed to narrow it down to a few cuts and styles for hair that look just like your favorite celebrity. You’re trying to decide whether or not you want those trendy hair cuts.
It makes no difference whether you’re a man or a woman. Getting a great looking hair cut is important to your self image. Maybe you’re looking at pictures of short hair cuts because you’re thinking of going with a shorter look this time around. Bob hair cuts are always in style.
Maybe you’re looking at long layered hair cuts because you’ve always worn long hair cuts and you don’t want any changes to your “signature style”...

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The Rape Complex

The Rape Complex

by: Tushar Jain

The primary rule of being an intellectual is appreciating the opposite sex, and the secondary rule is to be wary of those whom you are likely to appreciate. Everyday, as I sieve a newspaper to gauge the circumstantial world, somehow one page has the brandished opinions of a volatile feminist’s ire over the umpteen of rape cases that garner up every other day. A particularly intriguing one was endorsed with the following (I shall not provide both, the name suffused in the byline and the exact content as I have no functioning intention to be sued.):
“A seventeen year old girl, a denizen of the capital, was brutally raped on the third of November...

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Can We Really Get Rid of Cellulite?

Can We Really Get Rid of Cellulite?

by: Danna Schneider

It has been the bane of every women’s existence since the dawn of time – the affliction known as cellulite. We all have it to varying degrees, and it seems to get worse as we get older in many cases. So, should we just resign ourselves to the fact that it is here to stay, or is there a way to fight and get rid of cellulite?
Thankfully, the answer is yes, we can fight cellulite, or at least the appearance of cellulite, through several therapeutic treatments that are available on the market today. It is not, however, a one-time deal. Once you stop the treatments, the cellulite will inevitably return...

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