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–tips in a flash

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!

health & wellness: Six Tricks to Double your Calorie Burn by Diane Mizota

A plateau is a lovely thing when you get to it after hiking all day. It’s not, when describing your fitness efforts! Plateauing means that despite dragging your body to the gym every day, it’s gone into slacker mode. Your weight won’t budge, your muscles go into hiatsus. Bikini season is only three months away. This is no time for your workout to conk out.

health & wellness: 10 Simple Tricks for Eating Less

Drink first, then eat. Eat consciously. Eat less, more often. Take your time. Don’t wait your body to tell you it’s full. Follow your fist. Do not stock sweets. Drown food when you’re done. Allow yourself small indulgences.

health & wellness: The Health Benefits of Tea by Alyse Levine

The media has exhaustively publicized the numerous ways drinking tea is good for you: from fighting certain cancers, to decreasing the risk of heart disease and ALzheimer’s disease, to controlling cholesterol and even reducing tooth decay! Although most people are aware of tea’s health benefits, they are not aware of which teas are most beneficial. So, from a health perspective, are all teas created equal?

career: Teenage Entrepreneurs by Geoffrey A. Fowler

Here is one indicator of the allure of Silicon Valley’s entrepreneurial culture: Diane Keng just launched her third start-up – and she is still in high school. In March, the 18-year-old launched Internet company MyWeboo.com to help teens manage their digital lives and social-network identities in one place. She is now pitching the company to venture capitalists, and earlier this week presented at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco.

love & relationships: The Science of a Happy Marriage by Tara Parker-Pope

Why do some men and women cheat on their partners while others resist the temptation? To find the answer, a growing body of research is focusing on the science of commitment. Scientists are studying everything from the biological factors that seem to influence marital stability to a person’s psychological response after flirting with a stranger. Their findings suggest that while some people may be naturally more resistant to temptation, men and women can also train themselves to protect their relationships and raise their feelings of commitment.

health & wellness: 10 best beauty timesavers to get you pretty in a flash by Sarah McColl

We’ll make this quick: you’re time starved, and you’re looking for ways to get out the door looking pretty and polished that take a hot minute. Or you’re just really, really lazy. Either way, we feel you. Here are 10 timesavers to get you gorgeous so you can save more minutes for living a beautiful life.

personal finance: 11 budget-planning mistakes to avoid by Ann-Marie Murphy

Whether you’re living paycheck to paycheck or you have a surplus of savings built up, learning to budget your money – and maintaining an ongoing budget planner – is vital to proper money management.  There’s no one right way to budget your money. Some people like to jot income and expenses down on paper, others keep a sophisticated budget spreadsheet and still others prefer using a free, online budget planner that does most of the work for you. It doesn’t really matter how you keep your personal budget so much as picking a method that makes sense to you and one that will maintain regularly. To make sure your budget does what it’s supposed to, be sure to avoid 11 budget planning mistakes.

personal finance: 10 Retirement Myths by Ryan Guina

There are many unknown factors when it comes to retirement, especially if your proposed retirement date is a decade or more away. Though we can’t predict the future, we can dispel some myths that make retirement planning seem more daunting than it really is. Here are ten retirement myths to look out for.

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Coffee Reads of the Week – less is more

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!

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

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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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Coffee Reads of the Week – nice to try

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health & fitness: Five Weight Loss Myths by Holly Robinson Peete
Carbs are the Enemy. Never eat after 8PM. It’s not a workout unless you sweat. Weight-lifting bulks you up. Muscle weighs more than fat. Yes, a pound is a pound.

personal: The 15 Money Rules Kids Should Learn by Jeff D. Opdyke

health & fitness: Boost Your Metabolism by Jen Ator
When you roll out of bed, eat a good breakfast, sip Java, and guzzle your water cold. When you’re at work, pick protein for lunch, brew up some green tea, and undo damage with dairy. When you go food shopping, choose organic produce, seek heat, and grab some metal. When you work out, mix things up with intervals, take it slow, and pop pills. When you get home, eat Nemo’s pals (sorry!), skip the second mojito, and hit the sack, early!

love & relationships: Happy Marriage: How Not to Be the Starter Wife by Gretchen Voss
In our culture of disposable “I dos,” many new marriages end in splitsville. But you’re not playing house, you’re playing for keeps! Read this to make sure your bond stays strong.

health & fitness: Food That Can Fix (Almost) Anything by Cara Birnbaum & Eilene Zimmerman
If someone told you there were eight foods that could make you more beautiful and help you feel a lot healthier, you’d want to eat up, right? Consider this your grocery list.

health & fitness: Trick out your Triceps
The exercises here work each part of the muscle to exhaustion. Keep it in you schedule and you’ll notice a very sexy back-arm bump within four weeks.

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