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 – is the keyboard clean?

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: The Top 10 Time Wasters at the Gym
Warm up for too long. Trips to the water fountain. Talking to the hot guy/girl. Rest. Not pre-planning your workout. Spas. Waiting for machines. Pretending to workout. Sitting on the toilet. Working out too much!

science: The Downside to the Recovery of the Ozone Hole by Amanda DeMatto
While the hole in the Earth’s protective ozone layer is slowly healing, its recovery might have a downside, scientists say: Climate change could change wind patterns and send ozone from high in the atmosphere down to the surface, where it is a major component of smog.

health & fitness: Diet Type or Calories Lost, What’s Best for Weight Loss? by Margaret Furtado, MS, RD
A 2009 study published in The New England Journal of Medicine examined longer-term dieting, and asked what was more important for losing weight: the composition of the diet (that is, the proportions of fat vs. protein) or caloric intake.

science: Discovering the Virtues of a Wandering Mind by John Tierney
At long last, the doodling daydreamer is getting some respect.

In the past, daydreaming was often considered a failure of mental discipline, or worse. Freud labeled it infantile and neurotic. Psychology textbooks warned it could lead to psychosis. Neuroscientists complained that the rogue bursts of activity on brain scans kept interfering with their studies of more important mental functions.

fun: 8 Countries with Fascinating Baby Naming Laws by David K. Israel
Here in the U.S., you can name your kid almost anything, but that’s not the case everywhere in the world. Let’s take a look at some countries with pretty strict or otherwise fascinating baby-naming laws.

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.

science: How to Clean a Dirty Keyboard and Why You Should by Adam Hadhazy
Computer keyboards can get easily besmirched with food, dirt and germs just like other frequently touched items such as door knobs and money. But beyond just looking grimy, a filthy keyboard might actually make you sick, so it’s important to maintain some desktop hygiene. In this article, TechNewsDaily will walk you through a proper do-it-yourself keyboard cleaning, but not before putting the fear in you of how scummy your keyboard might just be.

social media: Engagement or Relevancy – What is more important in social media? by Paul Sutton
Conventional wisdom states that there are two types of followers in social media. There are those who share your content, ‘like’, retweet or comment on your posts, and interact or converse with you…and those who don’t. Or, in social media speak, those that are engaged and those that aren’t. But let me introduce to you a different scenario, one that’s relevant whether or not any given follower is engaged or not. Have you ever stopped to consider the ‘value’ of a follower or group of followers, irrespective of whether they interact with you or not?

social media: 10 Beautiful Social Media Infographics by Grace Smith
Infographics help communicate information in a digestible manner as they creatively present data in an understandable and engaging format. With social media growing at an ever increasing pace, there is now a wealth of data about how people interacting with one another on the web. Naturally, infographics have proven an excellent aid in expressing high volumes of social web information in a clear, visually appealing manner. Here are 10 infographics that prove as beautiful as they are interesting.

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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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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 – mythical secret no more

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business: 7 millionaire myths by Claire Bradley
Millionaires don’t pay their taxes. They just inherited their money. They feel rich. They have high-paying jobs. They all drive fancy cars. They hang around the golf course all day. And they’re elitists!

health & fitness: 25 best nutrition secrets by David Zinczenko
Drink a second cup of coffee. Keep serving dishes off the table. Think before you drink. Practice total recall. Eat protein every meal. Choose whole-grain bread. Think fish. Sign-up for weight-loss emails. Cut portions by a quarter. Turn off the TV. Put your fork down when you chew. Choose rye (not wheat) bread for breakfast toast. Eat a handful of fruit and vegetables a day. Sip green tea. Work out before lunch or dinner. Hung over, choose asparagus. Sleep 8 hours a night. Discover miso soup. Drink two glasses of milk daily. Take a zinc supplement. Go ahead, eat your favorite foods. Snack on popcorn.Or snack on walnuts. Scramble your breakfast.

personals: 9 things teachers wish parents knew
Don’t be a stranger! Learning doesn’t stop at 3:15. Stay involved – even when you don’t know the material. Keep your child organized. Let your child make mistakes. Raise a good reader. If the teacher deserves a good grade, give her one. The teacher’s on your side – give her the benefit of the doubt. There is a secret to better grades.

health & fitness: How long does it take to fall out of shape?
I’ve been out of the exercise routine for almost a month now. I haven’t gained much weight since I stopped and fascinatingly, I felt like I even lost a few pounds more since I arrived in Geneva. Despite this, I still somewhat feel that the strength and speed I used to achieve are now starting to wane. So this is a must read for me then!

green lifestyle: Signs of a green hypocrite by Lori Bongiorno
Recycles regularly, but shops constantly and uses a lot of disposables. Buys only organic food, but eats meat at every meal. Owns a hybrid, but drives all around town alone. Built a green house, but it’s enormous and it’s a second home. Takes an eco-vacation, but flies thousands of miles in first-class to get there. Carries reusable grocery bags, but fills them with bottled water and packaged junk (blame Migro and all the rest of the supermarkets!). Who’s guilty? Raise your hands.

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