Health and Fitness
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5 Decisions To Make You Happier

There is always some annoying (happy) person out there who says something like, “Well, if you’re miserable, then you’re choosing to be miserable.” The same person says things like, “Why are you all...

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Deciding What to Eat With No Judgement

  I want to talk to you about food messages today. I just completed  “The Whole 30”  nutritional eating plan with a friend of mine.  A brief summary of how it works: For 30 days “we eat real food – meat, fish, e...

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Generations of Beauty

I drew in a quick breathe of delight as I looked down at my May InStyle magazine – finally they smartened up and put Isabella Rossellini back on a cover. Sanity returned to the media industry and they remembered who the true ...


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Who Defines Real Beauty?

It’s official. I’ve turned into a conspiracy theory-ed, middle-aged female who believes the entire mediated world is plotting to reverse women’s meager progress in this God Forsaken patriarchal society. Case in point R...

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Top Beauty Bargains

Last week, I wrote about Walgreen’s new approach to the beauty business in Beauty Unites. This past spring, I traveled through two states conducting training sessions for Walgreen’s Senior Beauty Advisors. To kick off each ...

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Should You Do Crunches for Back Pain Relief?

Back pain. If you’re a frequent desk jockey, like most of us these days, your back hurts more than you’d care to admit. Sitting is just brutal for the health of your back and your overall well-being, as I’ve a...


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Beauty Unites

I came full circle this week – I began my beauty career in the corner drugstore of my hometown, and this week I ended up back there – in a manner of speaking. I led several days of beauty training for our hometown drugstore...

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Leaving 7-Eleven

I basically ate my way through last week, and opted not to exercise because I was too busy eating and feeling lousy about myself to possibly squeeze in something as mood elevating as exercise. Three days in row I started off wi...

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Tails for the Urban Cyclist

It finally happened. That resplendent moment each year when the temperature warms ever so slightly, the sun feels warm on our face, and we remember why the hell we live in Chicago in the first place: a blessed day of spring wea...


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3 Ways to Boost Your Energy Naturally, without Caffeine

If you’re like me, you’re really sensitive to the effects of caffeine. One cup of coffee or shot of espresso and your sleep is disturbed for days. Or perhaps you’ve used so much caffeine in your worklife that you’re imm...