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14 Things Every Woman Who’s The Real MVP Has In Her Bag

June 20th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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When you carry a huge purse, every significant other you’ve ever had has wondered what’s in your big bag. The short answer? Everything. A tampon in an emergency? You’ve got it. A snack when he gets grumpy? On it. A change of shoes when you’ve been walking too long? You don’t really leave the house without them.

Your purse may weigh 20 lbs and is the size of a small suitcase, but everything you need is always on hand. You’re the person that everyone comes to when they need something in a pinch. And now that he knows that your purse is here to save the day, he tries to store his essentials right next to yours.

These are the things we keep in our big bag to keep us prepared for every situation. What’s in yours?

How To Keep Drama From Ruining Your Day

June 14th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Drama is the worst. You came to work, ready to sit down at your desk and mind your own business. Then suddenly, here it comes: a spectacle. Some days it’s your co-worker with all her chaos, and other days it’s your ex bombarding your phone with messages. Wherever it comes from, it threatens to ruin your good day. But why do other people get to be in control of your mood?

Unfortunately, you can’t control the drama that other people bring. But you can control how that drama affects your outlook. Try these guidelines for keeping your life drama free and you will find yourself unbothered when people try to come anything but correct. Bring on the shade. You will be able to shake off that load in no time.

Do you have your own personal tactics for dealing with drama when it gets to be too much? We’d love to add some pointers to our list, so feel free to share yours in the comment section.

Diet Cheating You Can Get Away With During The Summer

June 8th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Summer is the season for getting away with it all. I’m talking daisy dukes, floppy hats and those sky-high wedges. It’s for using up those vacation days, having a few drinks out on the patio, and hitting the grill just because it’s gorgeous outside.

And summer can be the season for cheating on your diet, too. Sure, it’s bikini season, and yes, shorts get shorter every year, so you want to look your best. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t occasionally bend the rules when it comes to indulging.

Whether it’s the food options, the weather, or the fresh air, something about taking a break from your health-conscious meals and trading them in for these summer diet cheats just doesn’t feel that bad. And they definitely make the season much more enjoyable. This summer, you don’t have to be afraid to eat at the beach, in the backyard or at that food festival — as long as you do it right.

Ways To Keep Dry When The Summer Heat Struggle Gets Too Real

June 6th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Summer is one of the best times of the year. Shorts are back in season, restaurant patios are open, and every day feels and looks like the weekend–when you’re not stuck in the office of course. But summer is also one of the hottest times of the year, making it an uncomfortable season for those of us who sweat after being in the sun for just a little while.

With that being said, when the temperature turns up it can wet your wardrobe, sweat out or puff up your hair, and leave you feeling less than fresh. It may be nature’s way, but nobody likes it when they feel themselves perspiring profusely in the middle of the day.

Luckily, there are lots of ways to bask in the summer sun without finding yourself in an uncomfortable situation. These tips help you stop heavy perspiration in its tracks — and deal with it on days that are so hot that a little exudation is unavoidable.

Foods That Give You A Better Buzz Than Coffee

June 1st, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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For those of us who don’t like coffee no matter how many flavors Starbucks tries to sell it to us in, we always feel left out of the mad dash for the best morning buzz. But coffee isn’t the only way to get the energy you need for your work day, nor is it the best source of energy out there.

Some foods are better at giving you that kick. Not only do they skip the caffeine jolt of coffee, they can give you energy for different things. Whether you need to concentrate harder, recover from your morning workout or give yourself enough patience to make it through another overtime shift, there’s food for that.

So if tea isn’t to your liking and energy drinks send your heart rate through the roof — or you just want a different way to get your energy — try out these foods. Keep them at home and at your desk and they’ll give you a pick-me-up when you need it most.

Save That Piece of Advice: 19 Tips You Should Never Follow

May 31st, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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People love to give advice. It’s just a part of human nature. Your grandmother thinks she knows what’s best for your relationship, your boss has opinions on your stock portfolio, and even the stranger in the produce section has tips on picking out plums. But it’s not a good idea to listen to every piece of advice that comes your way.

Even when its well-intentioned, not all advice is good advice. There are some pieces of homespun wisdom that you should never follow. From relationship tips that will wreck your marriage to money advice that will leave you in the poor house, this advice is almost always bad.

The next time someone rolls one of these helpful hints your way, it’s probably best to simply say “Thank you” and keep it moving right along. If someone has given you a disastrous piece of advice, let us know in the comment section so we can be sure not to follow it either.

Changes You Should Make During The Summer

May 27th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Summer sun puts everyone in a good mood. And that’s why it’s a great time to make changes in your life. From doing the big chop to working on a raise at work, summertime is a great time to take on a new project.

But what projects should you tackle? Some self-improvement work is perfect for the warm weather and long days that the upcoming summer season has to offer. Plus, we’ve tracked down a few of the great sales and opportunities that will help you not only make summer changes but try new things at an affordable price.

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The Big Chop

There’s no better time than during warm weather to fully appreciate the benefits of not having any hair on your neck

How To Keep Your Diet From Ruining Your Mood

May 13th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Has anyone else noticed that going on a diet can put you in a really bad mood? Cutting calories and hitting the gym are great for getting on that summer body before the weather warms up. But sometimes, it can be terrible for your attitude.

Some of us are more bothered by it than others. Cut too many calories a day, and you might find yourself snapping at your boyfriend, feeling “up to here” with your boss, and struggling to keep yourself from going HAM on the next co-worker who leaves a mess in the community microwave. (They know better!)

A crabby diet mood can get so bad that it could make you mad enough to say “forget it” and head to your nearest McDonald’s to feel better with a burger, some fries, and an apple pie. To keep your diet from ruining your mood (and keep your mood from ruining your plans to eat healthier) try these diet tricks.

How To Travel With Friends With Zero Drama

May 10th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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We all love to travel, and the more friends and loved ones you can take with you, the better. When you find a good group of travel companions, the world opens up to fill your passport with stamps. But how do you go about finding good partners to see the world with?

We’ve all heard horror stories of friends who started out flying the friendly skies but came home swearing they would never travel together again due to misunderstandings. They do say that you never really know someone until you travel with them. But there are ways to keep that from necessarily being a bad thing.

How do you keep conflict off of your travel itinerary? Plan, plan, plan. Get everything cleared with your girlfriends before the visas are ordered, the passports are out and the plane takes off and you’ll minimize the chance that you’ll have any drama by the time the trip is done.

Surprising Signs You’ll Live Longer Than You Think

April 27th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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The honest truth? Most of us secretly want to live forever. The economy is getting better, we might be getting a woman president, and we can’t wait to see what Blue Ivy Carter and North West will grow up to look like. (Our guess? Fierce fashionistas.)

Lucky for us, people are living longer than ever. Your chances of living until way past your 65th birthday are ten times more likely nowadays, and that’s great news. And some folks are going to live even longer than that.

Why is that? Well, if you so happen to fall into one of these categories, chances are you’re going to live even longer than you think. So start putting your extra long-term retirement plans in order, put together an extensive bucket list and read on to find out some surprising reasons why some people are going to be around for quite a long time.