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Aromatherapy, fragrance oils and other yummy scented thing

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Posted by Colleen McKie
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There are several studies floating out there that make the connection between certain scents and well being.  Cinnamon, vanilla and pumpkin pie are known to relax.  Other scents, such as orange and grapefruit are thought to stimulate the mind.  Each of us has certain scents that help relax us and others that might kick in the flight or fight in us or bring on feelings of sadness.  Usually these scents are closely associated with an important …

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Taking the Plunge… By Which I Mean the Chop

Ladies, the tables have turned! After five years of having very long hair, which I have to admit I think is one of my best features, the time has come. My appointment is February 25, and I’m anticipating chopping off about 12 inches. (I may need a glass of wine first.) I’ll be donating my briefly orphaned strands to Locks of Love, which I’m really excited about because frankly, who doesn’t want to do something …

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Parabens and other nasty stuff

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Posted by Colleen McKie
Categories: Advice, Health,

We quite often read food labels to be aware of what we are putting in our bodies.  But how about what we’re putting on them?  You might not think too much about what’s in your make-up, shampoo or body lotions, but maybe you should.  Some of the most popular ingredients in beauty products can also be harmful. Parabens There has recently been much controversy over the use of parabens in products with both sides of …

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Target Women: A look at the hilarity of holiday jewelry

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Posted by Andru Edwards
Categories: Videos, Women, Jewelry,

You’ve gotta admit, this episode of Target Women is fairly hysterical. I mean, how often do we see those commercials on TV where a guys surprises his girl with some sort of diamond-encrusted piece of jewelry, which then portrays the woman to be just about the happiest person on earth? We’re just happy that someone has finally taken these advertisers to task. Nice work. Your thoughts? ...

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What’s Your Locker-Room Body Image?

Shortly before I got married last May, my amazing mom—who knew I’d been wanting to get back in shape—gifted me 20 half-hour sessions with a personal trainer. Fast forward five months. I received a call from 24 Hour Fitness; it seemed they checked their records and I still had 18 of my 20 sessions remaining. (Oops.) Did I want to come in and use them? Damn, I thought. But my summer of blissful post-wedding eating …

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Recipe: Coconut Crunchy Shrimp

Yesterday in Chicago the weather was sunny and 65… in the middle of February!  It was spectacular.  I was inspired by the warm weather to create something that reminded me of summer or my favorite warm weather place, the Caribbean.  The first time I ever tried coconut shrimp was at a restaurant I worked at in college.  They fried them up and served with a sweet plum sauce.  I absolutely loved them and ordered them …

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5 Ways to Romance Your Man on Valentine’s Day

As I’ve said before, guys just aren’t allowed to ignore Valentine’s Day.  First of all, it’s advertised everywhere in every store you could possibly shop in. Secondly, the retailers make it ridiculously easy for men to pick something up for us.  Whether it’s a heart shaped box filled with chocolates, some silly stuffed animal, or a bouquet of flowers, guys have it easy.  But what about us? What the hell do we get for our …

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Turning over a green leaf

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Posted by Colleen McKie
Categories: Advice, Health,

I am, in some cases, a true girly girl. I love beauty products. Lotions, lip glosses, body washes, perfumes, I love them all.  I had totes of them stored in my closet because I ran out of room. And I probably had enough to open up my own drugstore. You’ll notice I said “I had”. I have recently started thinking long and hard about all of my beauty products, what was in them, and really …

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Recipe: Panko Crusted Salmon

One of my favorite, recent creations is a light, alternative to fried fish that is easy but still packs a ton of flavor. Panko Crusted Salmon is a great go-to meal during the week that literally takes maybe 20 minutes to prepare and broil. In this recipe, I used Norwegian Salmon, mostly because it always looks so great at the seafood counter but also because the flavor is amazing. Most fish would work with this …

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Recipe: Lobster Macaroni and Cheese

As a Foodnetwork addict I am constantly experimenting with great recipes from from my favorite shows.  On Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello on an episode entitled “Pot luck challenge”, Jan Birnbaum, chef and restaurateur, caught my eye with an upscale, hearty mac n’ cheese. The original recipe called for shrimp, which I was all about, but after visiting the seafood counter at Whole Foods, husband and I couldn’t resist the lobster meat (shrimp vs. lobster? …

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