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 – 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 – name it

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: Does your name determine your destiny? by Joseph Brownstein
The idea that our names are intertwined with our destinies goes at least as far back as the book of Genesis in the Bible, when Abram saw his name changed to Abraham, which means “father of multitudes” in Hebrew.

In more recent years, social psychology research has connected people’s names to decisions they make in whom to marry, what street to live on and what they do for a living — all based on how similar the names were to a person’s own name.

love & relationships: “Why I liked his profile” by Kimberly Dawn Neumann
When it comes to online profiles, what is it that captures a woman’s attention — that makes her want to send a wink or an email… or reply to the email you’ve sent? Though different traits appeal to different women, there are certain truths about what works and what doesn’t. With that in mind, we asked several women who’d met someone special online to share their experiences and insights. Learn what wooed these women, and how to apply their lessons when crafting your own “About Me” part of your profile.

 health & wellness: 8 Tricks for Boosting Your Metabolism
Remember how, during your teens and 20s, you could eat practically anything and not gain a pound? Now that you’re hovering around middle age, you’ve probably found that’s just not the case anymore. Part of the problem is that your metabolism decreases as a result of other age-related factors, like decrease in muscle mass. However, there’s no need to give in to a bigger pant size just yet! Read on for eight ways to rev up your metabolism and keep those unwanted pounds from your waistline.

shopping: What are your true colors? The palette that brings out your natural beauty. by Piper Weiss
Just because you love a color, that doesn’t mean it loves you back. The fact is some hues complement your features better than others. A refined makeup palette can enliven your eye color, refine bone structure and reinvent your all-around beauty. Pair your made-up face with a complementary dress and you’re Golden Globe-ready. It’s the kind of classified information relegated to wealthy celebrities, their stylists, and Leatrice Eiseman. As director of the Pantone Color Institute, Eiseman’s job is to consult with industry leaders in fashion, design, and marketing to choose colors that will best enhance their brands. Her expertise also extends to individuals. Eiseman’s “color-time” system uses mother nature to decode flattering palettes for every skin type.

health & wellness: Why Guys Lose Weight Faster than Women and How to Steal their Secrets by Lucy Danziger
Cliche or not, life isn’t fair—especially when it comes to the fact that men lose weight so much faster than women, and usually when they’re trying only half as hard! Seriously, it’s like magic (but more annoying!): A guy will grab his gut, announce that it’s got to go, and—presto!—a month later he’s a slim Jim. Meanwhile, women toil away at the gym for weeks before seeing a 1-pound difference on the scale. What gives? The editors at SELF decided to investigate, and turns out, guys’ slim-down strategies aren’t all that complicated—surprise—and they can work for women, too! Steal these firm-up-fast secrets, and share them with your girlfriends. It’s time to level the slimming field.

love & relationships: 5 viewpoints about soul mates by Barrie Dolnick
We’ve all heard stories about people who lock eyes across a crowded room and know for sure they’ll marry each other. They are soul mates, right? Could be. But that’s not the only way you meet them, and it’s certainly not always instant love. Toss your preconceived notions about soul mates and learn what the experts say. It may surprise you.

careers: 50 Buzzwords You Shouldn’t Use on Your Resume by Karen Burns
You’ve written your resume. You poured a lot of effort into the page that will represent you, and you can’t wait to distribute it far and wide.

Not so fast. Before you send that puppy out, check it for buzzwords. Like “team player.” Or “detail-oriented.” Or “accustomed to fast-paced environments.”

Here’s why you should avoid them: They’re vague. They make your resume look like everyone else’s. They’re probably not among the keywords employers search for. They take up space on your resume that could be used for strong, concrete, specific examples of what you’ve accomplished, the work you’ve produced, and how hiring you would benefit your potential employer. Buzzwords are tired and overused, cliches that have lost their meaning over time.

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Coffee Reads of the Week – less is more

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health & fitness: five natural ways to beat the winter blues by Michelle Schoffo Cook
Get outside. Change your bulbs. Take off the sunglasses. Exercise regularly. Eat your vitamins.

finance: downsize your personal stuff, spending habits by Lilia Borlongan-Alvarez
If there’s any “downsizing” or “rightsizing” needed in these hard times, it is not in the workplace, but in people’s lifestyles, and their consumption habits. Consider, for example, how some people have managed to stuff their homes with things they can do without and have bought unnecessary things with money they don’t have, that is, via credit card. Much of a country’s economy is fueled by consumer spending, but American-style consumerism has deluded people into believing that acquisition of material goods brings happiness.

personal: 30 smart time management tips and tricks by Karen Burns
Yes, yes, yes, you are very busy. That’s why you meet deadlines at the last minute. Or after. That’s why you cruise into meetings 15 minutes late. It’s why you forget details or schedule two tasks for the same time or have 500 unanswered emails in your inbox. It’s why you can never take a vacation, or even a full weekend off. Or is it? Maybe poor time management is simply a bad habit. Maybe you can learn to organize and control your time better. Because let’s face it, time management is really self management.

finance: but will it make you happy? by Stephanie Rosenbloom
Current research suggests that, unlike consumption of material goods, spending on leisure and services typically strengthens social bonds, which in turn helps amplify happiness.

health & fitness: how to burn fat with the foods you eat by Andrew Bennett
Eating the right foods at the right time to match your exercise habits and weight-management goals is the most effective way to burn fat. Some foods have potent, natural fat-burning effects on the body, whereas others decrease fat burning and promote body-fat storage. Learning how to time your nutrition with fat-burning foods can help you get lean fast and maintain a healthy percentage of body fat.

health & fitness: how to stop drinking coffee and lose weight by Rachel Nelson
You rely on your morning coffee drink in order to feel alert and ready to face the day. However, some coffees–such as a vanilla bean frappucino with whipped cream–can contain 500 calories, according to Natural News. These coffee drinks come with an unintended consequence–extra pounds gained. Trying to quit drinking coffee cold turkey may be difficult because caffeine can be addictive. In order to reduce your caffeine addiction and lose weight at the same time, take steps to reduce your caffeine consumption until you have given up caffeine entirely.

health & fitness: 5 simple tricks to looking younger by Liz Brody
Age can be so annoying. If birthdays were recyclable, we’d all be environmentalists. But is it worth going under the knife to fake away a few years? (The recent uptick in celebs on plastic-surgery benders is a little unnerving.) Don’t worry: These six switches will make you look younger without a lot of drama.

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Coffee Reads of the Week – practical eurekas

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 Dinosaurs Came to Rule the Earth by Jeanna Bryner
More than 200 million years ago, as North Africa was ripping away from North America, opening up the Atlantic Ocean, hot lava poured out from Earth’s surface. The lava, enough to more than cover the United States, created inhospitable conditions for most life … except the dinosaurs. And new geologic discoveries suggest this climate catastrophe was the ticket for the dinosaur’s rise to rule.

science: Moon’s Water Comes in Three Flavors, Scientists Say
Since the surprise discovery last year of trace amounts of water on the moon, scientists have been redefining their concept of Earth’s rocky neighbor. Now researchers say the water on the moon comes in three different flavors.

web tech: The Difference Between Usability and User Experience by Marisa Peacock
In these days of advanced user interfaces, from mobile devices to e-readers to tablets, has the line between user experience and usability blurred? And if so, what does it mean for web standards and design?

web tech: 7,500 Online Shoppers Unknowingly Sold Their Souls
A computer game retailer revealed that it legally owns the souls of thousands of online shoppers, thanks to a clause in the terms and conditions agreed to by online shoppers. Lesson: Don’t click on I AGREE without reading the terms and conditions.

health & fitness: 6 Weight-Loss Tricks That Don’t Involve Dieting or (Much) Exercise by Deborah Kotz
Eat hot soup before a meal. Don’t eat heavily just before bed. Live like a city dweller. Try a dash of chili pepper. Limit caloric beverages. Weigh yourself once a day.

personal: How to be a Savvy Cheapskate by Katy Marquadt
Don’t judge this penny pincher by his cover. Jeff Yeager may be the author of The Ultimate Cheapskate’s Roadmap to True Riches–which one might assume to be filled with coupon-clipping strategies and saving tricks–but his philosophy isn’t as much about how to get more for less as it is learning to live with less, period.

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