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 – getting social

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!

science: How to Get Lucky by Richard Wiseman
Scientific proof that you make your own breaks. For centuries, people have recognized the power of luck and have done whatever they could to try seizing it. Take knocking on wood, thought to date back to pagan rituals aimed at eliciting help from powerful tree gods. We still do it today, though few, if any, of us worship tree gods. So why do we pass this and other superstitions down from generation to generation? The answer lies in the power of luck.

social media: Is your blog the unpopular kid? by Brenna Ehrlich and Andrea Bartz
Let’s face it — you never really leave high school. Long after you flip your tassel, there are the same hierarchies, name-calling and swirlies (wait, that might just be us … carry on). The internet realm is no different.

social media: How social media has radically altered advertising by Hank Wasiak
Social Media started out as a bit of a novelty — a playground for the “geekerati.” But it has taken hold as a game changing force that will reshape advertising at its very core.

social media: 5 Ways to Clean up Your Social Media Identity by Zachary Sniderman
There’s an implicit pressure on social media enthusiasts to be connected in more than one way. It’s not enough to have a Facebook page, you need a Twitter account as well. What do you mean you’re not on LinkedIn? Well, at least you have a blog on WordPress or Tumblr, right?

business: 40+ Essential Social Business Resources by Zachary Sniderman
Business and social media are becoming more and more inseparable. Most businesses, from big brands to startups, are expected to have an efficient, developed social media presence.

food: 5 foods people fear and how to get over it by Piper Weiss
Like certain foods, some questions really strike a nerve. A few weeks ago, I asked Shine readers to share their biggest food phobias. Responses poured in by the minute. One person wrote: “eggs = dry heaves” another commented: “Onions — they are slimy & crunchy………..need I say more? They are my food in hell.”

home: 2o secret household cleaners you already own
These 20 money-saving cleaning tips can help solve almost any household cleaning problem. Just shop your pantry for these secret cleaners to disinfect, polish and shine.

business: Ten things they don’t tell you in business school by Brett Nelson
If it ain’t broke, still fix it. If you don’t end up working at Goldman Sachs, Forget what you learned about finance. Take your financial models with an Indiana-Jones-sized boulder of salt. Overpromise and try to deliver. If you don’t know who the sucker is, it’s you. If no one “owns”  a project, it won’t get done. Be clear. Business involves people. Read Forbes. Entrepreneurship better be a labor of love (at least at first).

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Coffee Reads of the Week – calories and counting

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!

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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Coffee Reads of the Week – perpetual busyness

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health & fitness: The Chocolate Milk Diet by David Zinczenko
Imagine if everything you needed to know about weight loss, you learned in kindergarten. Well, if your teacher gave you chocolate milk as a lunchtime treat, she was (unknowingly) giving you one of the most powerful weight-loss tools in the nutritional universe. Turns out this childhood staple may be the ideal vehicle for your body’s most neglected nutritional needs. Each bottle delivers a package of micro- and macronutrients that can help you shake off body flab and replace it with firm muscle. And when you served it ice-cold, the creamy sweetness flows across your tongue with all the pleasure of a milk shake. Yum.

health & fitness: Super Foods for Men and Women by Maureen Callahan
Guess what? You have different nutritional needs than the opposite sex. Discover the best foods for you both. One in five women have a history of painful urinary tract infections. “I had three in one year,” says Patty Buxton, a Colorado middle-school teacher. Reading that cranberry juice may help prevent these infections, Buxton went on a regimen a year ago, and since then she’s been infection-free. She thinks cranberry juice did the trick.

culture: Welcome to ‘the new busy’ by John Naish
The launch of Microsoft’s latest global ad campaign for brazenly rebrands the modern, harried life. Firing off e-mails in your leisure time isn’t a sign of a stressed lifestyle. This sort of multitasking is, according to Microsoft’s wisdom, “The New Busy”.

personal: Do you stress out  about taking downtime? by Fiona Macdonald-Smith
The Germans have always been good at coming up with words for those emotions we all feel but don’t have a name for: schadenfreude, for example, or angst. “Freizeitstress” is the latest, a term that literally translates as “free-time stress”.

health & fitness: 10 Small Changes with Big Health Payoffs by Sarah Jio
Does it ever feel like you have to spend hours and hours at the gym, change your diet dramatically or jump way out of your comfort zone to reap any rewards in the health department? Think again. Our experts say that these small changes can have significant health payoffs.

health & fitness: 12 Ways to Jump-start Your Metabolism
Use interval training to rev up your workout. Fidget. Keep a small squeeze ball with you and grip and squeeze it frequently during the day. Don’t starve yourself. Put five rubber bands around your wrist every morning. Turn up the heat with hot peppers. Exercise outside. Eat five small meals throughout the day instead of three large meals. Sip a couple of cups of coffee throughout the day. Don’t worry if you’ve been yo-yo dieting. Walk with intent – and intensity. Increase the protein in your diet.

green living: 40 fantastic uses of baking soda by Melissa Breyer
Most of us know that baking soda can be used for more than just making homemade cookies and other dough rise. It’s not uncommon to see an open box of this leavening agent deodorizing refrigerators, for example. But did you know that there are at least 40 different ways to use baking soda?

health & fitness: 5 Top Reasons You Need Vitamin B Complex by Nadine Masseron, MD
The Vitamin B Complex comprises of the essential B Vitamins – Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B9, Vitamin B12 plus the vitamins Biotin, Choline and Inositol. Vitamin B Complex is needed for the proper functioning of almost every process in the body. Here are my 5 top reasons you need to get plenty of B Complex vitamins in your diet.

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Coffee Reads of the Week – at this time and age

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health & fitness: 9 “harmless” habits that age you
You keep your college bedtime. You have a soft spot for sweets. You’re stressed more often than not. You only exercise to lose weight. You blast your iPod. You never see your girlfriends. You eat veggies but not daily. You’ve shunned all the fat from your diet. You can’t recall when you last had sex.

health & fitness: 7 energy bars that deliver by Maureen Callahan
Spreading a little peanut butter on apple slices may be a healthier way to snack, but nothing beats an energy or protein bar for convenience. Trouble is, there are too many choices. So we munched and crunched numbers to find the best bars, ones that delivered on both taste and nutrition. It’s a tricky business since a bar might offer lots of fiber (really good) and then negate things with trans fats (really bad). And sugars, even dried fruit, do add up. Here are our top picks for when you’re ready to grab-and-go.

relationships: 7 steps for the marriage-minded by Ann Marsh
Post your wish right in your profile. If you want to be courted, let another person email you first. Don’t get physical until you’re sure he’s The One. Date at least three people at a time. Give guys a second – and third – try. Once you find him, don’t be afraid to bring up marriage…and then bring it up again.

health & fitness: methuselah’s mixture by David Stipp
For as long as people have been growing old, they’ve been wishing they didn’t have to. The “Epic of Gilgamesh”, one of the most ancient works of literature, chronicles the eponymous hero’s quest for eternal life. Most religions offer an attenuated version of immortality in which some fuzzily defined soul endures even after the body has died. Medieval alchemists hunted in vain for the rejuvenating Philosopher’s Stone; industrial-age quacks got rich off their patent elixirs. Today, cosmetics companies dance around truth-in-advertising laws to imply that their creams and lotions can keep the years at bay.

technology: 15 developer/hacker to follow on twitter by Jolie O’Dell
While women developers, computer programmers and hackers of all stripes are by far outnumbered by men in their field, they’re hardly nonexistent. They blog, they tweet, and they do fantastic work to keep the Internet afloat. We’ve chosen to highlight 15 reader-recommended tech women here; if you know of others who should be on our radar — specifically women with coding skills — please do let us know about them in the comments section.

career: 7 new skills every worker needs by Rick Newman
Agility. Skill combos. Tacit skills. A broad vision. Analytics. Curiosity. Self-reliance.

health & fitness: simple ways to cook 20 vegetables by Carolyn Malcoun
One in 4 Americans don’t eat the 5 to 13 servings of vegetables and fruit (the number of servings depends on your calorie intake) that you’re supposed to eat every day for optimal health. Probably the excuse I most often hear people give when they say they don’t like vegetables is that they don’t like how vegetables taste. I think it’s partially because those vegetables were overcooked (and mushy—ew) or not prepared in the tastiest of ways.

health & fitness: how coffee can energize your workout by Hanna Dubansky
Match the amount to your body. Track your tolerance. Go by the clock (and calendar). Add fuel to the fire. Consider the source. Don’t sweat dehydration.

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