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10 Ways to Beat Sickness/Stay Healthy During Winter

If there’s one thing better than overcoming sickness in the dead of winter, it’s staying healthy in the first place. So many tips exist to help navigate us through cold and flu season. I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV, so whether or not these are 100% FDA-approved, hey, they…

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Warm-Yet-Ugly Sweaters

Alright, so shoot me: I like warm and beautiful sweaters. They may be flowing tunics, or sweater-coats, or more apres-ski looks, but the point is, they’re warm-and-cute. In other words, they’re the direct-opposite of warm-yet-ugly. Maybe it’s an age-related thing, but lately, the number of warm-yet-ugly sweaters in my closet is multiplying. A girlfriend actually…

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The CDC & Avoiding Alcohol During Pregnancy

It’s hardly news to tell women not to drink while pregnant. But the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention raised the bar (no pun intended) on Tuesday when they advised a potential target group of 3.3 million women, aged 15-44, not to drink. These are women who are sexually active and not using birth…

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Monday Mottoes – #126

Dogs who cuddle are right up there with jetting around the world, well-mannered children and chocolate chip cookies. I mean, what could be better? Our Scotties, Misha and Grisha, love to be sandwiched in-between us on the couch as the family watches a movie together. They enjoy being salsicce side-by-side in the car. At night…

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Snow Prep for DC/ MD/ VA

Snowmageddon is coming, they say.  A blizzard to the US mid-Atlantic East Coast.  Let’s all pray for safety and commonsense (stay home!) for all involved. Meanwhile, make preparations, if you have not, already. Meaning: bread, milk and toilet paper. If the grocery store shelves are already bare in your area (that started around Tuesday… hopefully…

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The Realities of FAS in Kids… and Adults

The epic snow and winds of Winter Storm Jonas are heading toward the East Coast of the United States, meanwhile the Russian Ruble’s freefall continues past 80 Rubles to the Dollar and oil prices are tanking. Thinking of blizzards and rubles already, as a Russian adoptive parent, the recent Washington Post article on Fetal Alcohol…

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The Beauty of Bing

Some days, it’s simply too tempting. The computer opens to Bing and sure enough, there’s a fabulous photo just waiting to take your breath away. No fair. How can I get any work accomplished on the computer when such spectacular animal or landscape pictures stare back at me? I consider the photos to be on…

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Ashley Olsen, Amanda Knox, and Italian Incidents

For many years, my husband and I were a fixture on the Italian scene. Locals often assumed that we lived there because we popped in and out for a few-day-getaway, or work-related visits. One thing that always concerned us was the behavior of American kids abroad. Maybe university or art-school students, their risky lifestyle choices…

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Drop the Baggage

Hey! There’s a new year coming— wipe the slate clean, try, try again, get up and go, make those dreams come true! But before you do, you, here’s a tip: drop the baggage, just drop it. As a matter of fact, dump it— it’s only going to hold you back. I remember a song that…

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Chillax: Top Ten Ways to Alleviate Holiday Stress and Pressure

About now, a lot of responsibilities and deadlines may be coming at you. It’s the end of the calendar year for business, for sales, the end of the semester for students, the holidays for many… about the time we hope to kick back and relax, other issues of life are looming. Loved ones may be…