Coffee Reads of the Week – the supernaturals

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photography: The language of photography (and how it can help you take better pictures) by Mark Broadhead
Photography and technical jargon go together like a DSLR and a hot shoe mounted flash. If you’re new to photography there’s a lot of lingo to know, particularly around the camera and its equipment. There’s ISO, White Balance, RAW, etc. It can be intimidating to try and navigate the world of photography but it’s worth learning the language — both for practical reasons (most equipment jargon is useful to know before you make a purchase) and also for its beauty. Some photographic terms are wonderfully esoteric and yet instructive in the art of capturing a destination. Here is a selection of some of the more beautiful photographic lingo.

science6 Dream Mysteries – Solved by Hallie Levine Sklar
We’re all fascinated by our dreams, but most of us don’t have a clue what they mean. And the rest of us can’t even remember what we dreamt about. Well, consider this: Experts say that keeping a closer eye on your dreams can actually help you improve your life. “Every night when you dream, you subconsciously assess what’s going on in your life,” says Gayle Delaney, PhD, author of In Your Dreams. “And if you pay attention, you can use it as a way to solve problems.” Here’s how to decipher your dreams, use them to your advantage, and understand why you have them in the first place.

dating: 8 signs He’s Totally Into You by Rich Santos
Unfortunately, after a first date, it’s rarely as simple as: “I like you, I had fun, let’s get together again.” I’m coy after a first date because: I don’t want to look too eager/desperate. I won’t ignore my attraction, but I’ll at least try to temper it. I want to look like I have a life. Even though I don’t have a life, I might try to look a little aloof. I’m not sure if you like me. It’s scary to take the dive and show I’m interested when I’m not sure if the girl is interested. Despite attempts to look calm, cool, and collected, there are a number a things I’ll do around an initial date that clue you in that I’m interested. Here are a few.

relationships: 8 Things You Should Never Say to Your Husband by Denise Schipani
One of the best parts about marriage is being so comfortable with your hubby that you can say just about anything to him. But if you don’t watch your mouth, sometimes the ugly truth comes out in hurtful—not helpful––ways. Though you may have legitimate concerns to express or issues to bring up, doing so in a harsh manner can be damaging in the long term, to both your husband’s feelings and your relationship. According to Judy Ford, psychotherapist and author of Every Day Love, “Speaking kindly is a skill that couples have to learn. Everyone feels battered by life and the outside world. You shouldn’t feel that way at home.” Here, nine statements that you should never utter to your significant other––and the words that you should try instead.

health & wellness: 25 Ways to Cut 500 Calories A Day by Shaun Chavis
The most basic way to lose weight is to slash calories. That’s Diet 101. But how many do you really have to cut or burn to see results? It’s simple: You can drop a pound a week by trimming 500 calories each day. (Calories burned are based on a 150-pound woman.) In fact, do a couple of swaps a day and you can drop 10 pounds in 5 weeks! So try these 25 easy tweaks—and get the slim body you want in no time.

shopping: How to Read Beauty Product Labels by Karla Bowsher
If you’ve ever bought a personal care product because you thought it was natural, hypoallergenic, or wouldn’t cause your toddler to cry in the bath, you’ve probably wasted your money.

health & beauty: The 10 Biggest Skin Mistakes You Can Make by Leslie Baumann, M.D.
Using tanning beds. Not using SPF daily. Getting to much sun. Using the wrong cleanser. Not using a retinoid. Over-exfoliating. Using daytime moisturizer if you have oily skin. Paying too much for skincare. Not knowing your skin type. Not getting a full-body skin exam every year.

health & wellness: Easy Exercises to Keep Your Brain in Shape by Dr Maoshing Ni
Living to an old age isn’t much fun if you can’t remember anything. No matter what your age, you can protect your memory and keep your mind sharp with one habit: practice a mental exercise every day. Practice consistently, and by the end of the month, you will have a new brain-boosting habit that will pave the way for a long and memorable life!

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Coffee Reads of the Week – almost yahoo!

Some of the articles I enjoyed reading over the net are worth sharing, too. Check out my weekly posts via the Coffee Reads series. I’ve got my google reader to back me up so do also check out my shared reads. Enjoy!

career: 4 Ways to Tap Into the Hidden Job Market by Katy Marquardt
The Web is usually the first place people go to find a job, and many fill their days blasting resumes in response to online job postings. That’s a classic mistake, says Donald Asher, author of Cracking the Hidden Job Market: How to Find Opportunity in Any Economy, which will be released in December. In this job market, “people have to do something different to find a job,” says Asher. “If they’re simply applying to posted openings, there will always be someone who’s a little more center-of-the-bulls-eye.”

dating & relationships: 5 signs your date can’t commit by Sherry Amatenstein
At first, everything was going great: your date was attentive, caring, and voiced multiple mentions of the “f” word — future. But just as you let your guard down and began allowing yourself to think, maybe this is it, something shifted. Suddenly, your sweetie is hedging about booking that trip for next spring, or even about whether you two should be seeing each other exclusively. What gives? The sad truth is, you’ve been duped by a closet commitment-phobe: someone who thinks he or she is raring for a relationship, but never seems to be able to cross the exclusivity finish line. Could you have avoided the pain of falling for a person incapable of truly loving you back? Yes. Allow us to share the signs that someone, despite visible attempts to appear emotionally available, is actually the owner of a heart that’s closed for business.

fashion & beauty: Does your makeup have a shelf life? by Sophia Panych
We know how much you love that perfect pink lipstick. Or the eyeliner that’s been sharpened down to no more than a nub. But there comes a point when you have to let go and accept the reality that your favorite beauty products eventually become breeding grounds for bacteria. Here’s how to know what’s still good and what’s past its prime.

health & wellness: 10 Signs You’re Exercising Too Much by Chelsea Bush
Regular workouts are supposed to increase your muscle mass and decrease your body fat, right? Well, yes, with a caveat. Some folks ramp it up too much especially when they start a new training regimen to prepare themselves for, say, a grueling marathon or triathlon. (On a side note, I’m rooting for Chilean miner Edison Peña in this Sunday’s New York City marathon. The 34-year-old trained for his first marathon by running up and down the pitch-black tunnels of the mine wearing his boots and headlamp.) Overdoing your workouts can actually lead to diminished strength and increased body fat—your body’s way of begging for a break. While your body can handle a particularly tough workout, as Peña and the other 43,000 marathoners will see on Sunday, it also needs time to recover from the stress overload, says Corey Stenstrup, performance development trainer at IMG Academies. Peña may want to put his feet up for a week or two afterward.

career: 10 Things the HR Department Won’t Tell You by Kimberly Fusaro
If everything’s going smoothly, you probably won’t interact with the folks in human resources much between the day you’re hired and your last day with the company. But every day in between, it’s their responsibility to make sure you’re doing your job well. Which means they know a lot more than you might think. We checked in with human resources experts to see what your current employer is keeping tabs on—and how your next employer could be judging you based on a whole lot more than the résumé you submitted.

health & wellness: The 7 best fat-blasters by Su Reid-St. John
We all have days when there’s no time to get to the gym. So we wondered: Which close-to-home cardio activities blast fat fastest? Wonder no more. Here are the top seven fat-and-calorie burners, from Los Angeles based celeb trainer Ramona Braganza, who has helped shape the amazing bodies of stars like Jessica Alba, Halle Berry, and Anne Hathaway. Try any one of these, and you’ll boost your metabolism for up to a whole day afterward. One small workout, one giant payoff.

health & wellness: 8 Ways to Stay Full Longer by Danielle Braff
With post-gym starvation, afternoon slumps and evening noshing in front of the TV, it’s super-easy to think that you need more food—even if you just ate. To help keep your caloric intake within a healthy range, we spoke with experts as well as looked into the latest research to find out how you can stay full longer. Below, eight surprising ways to stave off hunger and, ultimately, unwanted inches.

fashion & beauty: Are facials worth the money? by Angelique Serrano
I got a facial recently. It was two hours long. Yes, you read that right: Two. Hours. Long. And you know what? It was heavenly. I visited Isabelle Bellis in New York City, whose studio looks like a small, cozy apartment. She took me through a few relaxation exercises, massaged my face with products for over an hour, and even put on gloves to massage the inside of my mouth! (Totally bizarre, but oddly soothing.)

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Coffee Reads of the Week – not so perfect

Some of the articles I enjoyed reading over the net are worth sharing, too. Check out my weekly posts via the Coffee Reads series. I’ve got my google reader to back me up so do also check out my shared reads. Enjoy!

relationships: 10 Ways to Make Your Marriage Divorceproof by Samantha Bee and Jason Jones
For starters, no public squawking at each other. Read on for a few more smart (and funny) suggestions from these happily wed comedians: Realize that if you can agree on what constitutes a clean room, you can agree on anything. If you are irritated by your partner, imagine him as a small child. No fistcuffs in public. Marry someone with a backbone who appreciates you that you possess one of your own. Procrastinate. Accept that everybody needs alone time. If you have to fight, walk and fight. Let your spouse in on 90 percent of your day-to-day routine. When you buy gifts for each other, give them at least a full minute of thought.

health & fitness4 Reasons We Slack Off From Exercising by Jenny Everett
Getting to the gym is a hassle — and nearly impossible with your crazed schedule! You’re utterly exhausted. You haven’t seen results and you’re frustrated. You’re bored with your routine.

beauty: From Kitchen Cabinet to Medicine Cabinet – 9 Beauty Substitutes You Already Have
Honey and sugar and mint, oh my! Author and beauty expert Barbara Hannah Grufferman shares how pantry staples could stand in for your beauty standy-bys.

home tips: New uses for lemons
Lighten hair, brighten clothes, soothe sore throat—the secret talents of this citrus staple.

health & fitness: Being imperfect could save your life by Leah Zerbe
Constantly striving to live a faultless life increases your risk of a very imperfect outcome—early death. Experts specializing in perfectionism recently convened at an Association for Psychological Science Convention in Boston to present research looking at perfectionism and its effects on health, ranging from loss of self-esteem and resilience to increased stress and risk of death. It can even interfere with effectively dealing in a crisis situation. “Even though these impossibly high standards are self-imposed, the true perfectionists find it hard to relinquish the high self-expectations of performance, or to settle for more realistic standards, even during times of severe emergencies requiring them to act fast,” explains Prem Fry, PhD, professor of psychology at Trinity Western University in British Columbia. 

health & fitness: The number one way to improve your memory by Piper Weiss
Memory loss is the single biggest fear for Americans over the age of 55. And it’s understandable: over 4 million currently suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, and those numbers are expected to quadruple by 2050, according to the Alzheimer’s Foundation. That may be why products promising to improve your brain function are flooding the market. Sudoku and crossword puzzles are said to improve memory association skills, though critics believe only when put to task by those puzzles. Ginkgo infused soft drinks line the grocery aisle, ever since the root was suggested to combat dementia (it doesn’t). Even celery has been loosely linked to mental acuity. But the truth is there’s not enough hard evidence that any of these things really work.

health & fitness: 12 Little Instant Health Boosts by Alyssa Shaffer
Giggle. Brush and floss. Brew a pot of tea. Pen a thank-you note. Hide your TV remote. Doodle during work meetings. Keep your doctor on speed dial. Squeeze your husband’s hand. Strike a warrior pose. Grill some fish for dinner. Drink milk at breakfast. Pour a glass of Pinot.

finance: 25 Self-Made Millionaires have these 7 things in common by Alyson Shontell
Nick Tart and his business partner are only 22, but they’ve already become experts in Generation-Y entrepreneurship. After interviewing 25 self-made 6-figure+ teenage entrepreneurs, the pair authored the book: 50 Interviews: Young Entrepreneurs, What It Takes To Make More Than Your Parents. What they found is that all the entrepreneurs shared a lot of similar traits. These kids were lemonade stand sellers on steroids, hustling classmates in elementary school and staying in on weekends to work on their businesses. Here is what separated these successful teens from their other, ordinary classmates. Here are 7 traits the self-made, teenage millionaires share.

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Coffee Reads of the Week – smiley or not

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lifestyle: Generation Y Giving Cars A Pass by Jim Ostroff
Selling cars to young adults under 30 is proving to be a real challenge for automakers. Unlike their elders, Generation Yers own fewer cars and don’t drive much. They’re likely to see autos as a source of pollution, not as a sex or status symbol. Motorists aged 21 to 30 now account for 14% of miles driven, down from 21% in 1995.

personal: Mastering the Art of Persuasion by Brynn Mannino
Everyone has little tactics for getting what he or she wants. Some use seduction, others beg, while there are those who use plain-old intimidation. But you don’t have to resort to unseemly methods to get your way. According to Michael Lee, author of How to Be an Expert Persuader in 20 Days or Less, “The power of persuasion rests on getting people to do what you want willingly, resulting in a win-win scenario for everyone involved.” Can’t get your employees to meet deadlines or your husband to walk the dog? Then these 10 secrets are for you.

health & wellness: 12 Beauty Secrets from Around the World by Liz Brody
Global Travel Advisory: Take your envy meds. Maybe it’s the sleepless hours at cruising altitude. Maybe it’s the fight-or-flight response that kicks in when you have to brave Customs. But, at least in my book, certain countries are hazardous to the self-esteem. You step off the plane and the women look way too good. How on earth do they do it? Save your miles. You can try these international trade secrets without leaving the house.

health & wellness: 9 Signs you’re happier than you think
Your emotional well-being isn’t just about your genes or the kind of home you were raised in. It turns out that some pretty interesting factors—backed by science—play a role in how joyful you feel.

love & relationships: The science behind love at first sight by Helen Fisher, PhD
From the moment she set eyes on him, she adored him. Wanting only to be near him, to lavish her affection on him, she followed everywhere he went. The sound of his voice made her bark.

health & wellness: What’s your body trying to tell you? by Stacey Colino
Every pop, ping, ache, and pain has a meaning. Here’s when to take action.

home: How long can you freeze food? by Lori Bongiorno
When it comes to preparing healthy meals at home, don’t underestimate the value of your freezer. A well-stocked freezer can save you a trip to the store when you’re pressed for time, which could mean the difference between making dinner and ordering in. It also lets you save meals that you prepare in big batches ahead of time, take advantage of discounts at the grocery store, and keep food that might otherwise go to waste.

health & wellness:  6 surprising signs of depression by Liz Brody
Here’s a “what-if” scenario: Your husband starts working late every night, you forget the last time you were physically intimate, and he seems to have lost interest in you. Shall we cut to the chase? The guy’s having an affair. Slam dunk, change your Facebook status.

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Coffee Reads of the Week – calories and counting

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beauty: 13 Questions You Must Ask Your Hairdresser
Will this work with my hair type? Will this flatter my face shape? For hair color, will this work with my skin tone? What shampoo and conditioner do you recommend? How often should I wash my hair? Should I use conditioner at all? Just on my ends? What styling products should I use? How much of them should I use? Where should I apply them (roots, ends, all over)? When should I apply them (right after I shower, hair is somewhat dry)? What styling tools should I use? How should I use them? What are some other ways I can style this cut? Any tricks for days I’m feeling lazy?

health & fitness: How to Keep Your Diet on Track by Marissa Lippert, RD
You’ve been dieting for a few months and have dropped some weight. You’re feeling pretty good about your progress and then—bam!—something gets in the way that threatens to land you back where you started. You’re not alone: I’ve counseled countless clients who assume they’ve mastered the art of healthy eating and then one day realize the number on the scale is sneaking up on them. When I take a closer look, I see that their problems tend to fit into one of five categories. Here’s what to watch out for and how to get back on track in no time.

health & fitness: 5 Easy Ways to Keep Your Brain Sharp
Everyone is forgetful, but as we age, we start to feel like our brains are slowing down a bit—and that can be the most frustrating thing in the world. Luckily, research shows there is a lot you can do to avoid those “senior moments.” Whether it’s relaxation or adding certain foods to your diet, read on for some techniques worth trying.

fashion: The Best-Kept Secrets of the World’s Best-Dressed Women by Leah Bourne
We’ve all been there. Minutes before a cocktail party standing in front of the closet “without a thing to wear!” And this age of fast fashion hasn’t helped. Sure, that $50 party dress ripped from the runway seems like a bargain find, but if you only wear it once, is it really a steal? Plus, how long are those fast and fleeting fashions, well, fashionable?

health & fitness: How to Burn More Calories on the Treadmill
Whether the hot humid weather has made running outside impossible, or you’re a gym rat by nature, running on a treadmill is a great way to burn calories, keep your heart healthy, and tone up your lower body. If you want more from your workouts, try these tips the next time you hop on the moving belt.

health & fitness: What does a 1,500 calorie day look like?
We all know—and you’ve heard me give my registered dietitian spiel before—that to slim down you have to eat less than you burn or burn more than you eat. Same difference.

health & fitness: 101 Weight Loss Tips
The list goes on.

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