A Quick Way to Boost Your Mood

If you regularly find yourself feeling sluggish and bummed in the early-to-mid afternoon, it’s probably because that’s typically when your levels of serotonin (a brain chemical that helps regular mood) takes a nosedive, according to Eric Braverman, a New York City-based physician. To beat the blues (while regulating your blood sugar, too!), have a small snack that’s rich in mood-boosting […]

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A Gift Idea for Animal Lovers

Have a compassionate friend on your Christmas list who loves animals? Consider giving them the gift of sponsoring a creature in need. Various organizations allow people to sponsor animals year round—it’s similar to a traditional donation to an organization, only your friend will also receive information about the furry (or feathery!) friend whose gift was in their support. A few […]

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An At-Home Tip For Lasting Hair Color

You spend a pretty penny coloring your hair… and you don’t want to see that money almost literally poured down the drain. According to Vicki Casciola, a hairstylist in Las Vegas, showering with hot water can lead to the outer layers of hair strands to swell and peel up, allowing color molecules to escape. Monitor your shower temperatures, aiming for […]

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10k Budget Kitchen from Apartment Therapy

I am constantly amazed by friends of mine that complete home renovations without it dragging on for months and months or breaking the bank. I am starting to learn that you can update the look and feel of a room with a simple can of paint, new hardware–even an updated light fixture or two. That is why I especially love […]

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Match Your Metals

The age-old maxim about wearing all jewelry in the same metal tone (i.e. – silver with silver, or gold with gold) also applies to those metallic shoes that are so on-trend right now. Pair silver heels with silver statement earrings, and gold with a bold gold-tone cuff or necklace. MIA “Edie” flat, $59.95; nordstrom.com.

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How to Give a Toast

Being tasked with giving a toast at any special occasion sends my stomach into knots. With all eyes on you, the pressure is on to deliver poignant, well-chosen words. Next time you’re asked to raise a glass, make it memorable (in a good way, of course!) by following this five-step guide.

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How to Do a Braided Updo

Keep your hair off of your neck on a hot summer’s day with a gorgeous braided updo that’s casual enough for everyday wear, but can easily be dressed up for a wedding or cocktail party.

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We Made 1 Simple Change

On Thursday, June 13, Real Simple, Essence, All You, and Health magazines hosted an incredibly inspiring and provocative discussion about our campaign, Make 1 Simple Change. Here are some Tweet-erps (a new word for excerpts from Twitter???):

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How to Pit a Stone Fruit

One of summer’s many perks? Stone fruits–peaches, plums, apricots, and more–are approaching peak season. These fruits are delicious on their own or in salads, desserts, drinks, and even main dishes, but removing the pit can be, well, the pits. Here’s how to take the fuss out of the task: 1. Insert the edge of a sharp knife into the fruit […]

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How to Avoid Colds and Flu This Fall (Really!)

Welcome Fall! Ochre leaves crunching underfoot, sweet mulled cider, crisp apple picking…and…ahhh-choo! The return of cold and flu season. Ugh. To try to isolate the best, most proven tips for staying well, I recently did a Q & A with Elizabeth Lyster, MD, a board-certified ob/gyn with Holtorf Medical Group in Foster City, California, who had some surprising tips and […]

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