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How to Enjoy Flowers and Stay Allergy Free

Beautiful flowers are always a quick way to brighten up your home, but what do you do when allergies leave you terrified of incorporating them into your decor? Turns out, you don’t have to avoid them all. So grab a bouquet and breathe easy knowing you can enjoy your blooms, too!

“Strong fragrance can be an irritant to the nose and can cause allergy-like symptoms but may not trigger allergies,” explains Dr. Clifford Bassett, diplomat of the American Board of Allergy and Immunology. “However, male plants often cause more of a reaction to those who are sensitive to pollen.”


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How to Be Road Trip Savvy

Planning a road trip this summer? Well, you won’t be the only one. According to a recent Jiffy Lube International survey, our less-than-stellar economy has about 71% of travelers planning to jump into their car for a road trip. But it’s important to know your stuff and make sure to be car savvy before hitting the road, as AAA also announced that an anticipated 7.3 million drivers will experience car troubles this summer. Check out the quick checklist to make sure your car doesn’t leave you stranded—and seriously pissed—on the way to your vacation:


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Staff Health Challenge: Me? Anorexic? Nah…

Over the course of a rough 2008, I lost an alarming 10 pounds. Not much to some, but when you’re already treading through underweight territory, it can be downright dangerous.

My wake up call finally came late last summer, the morning after I’d weighed myself in at 76 pounds. I nearly blacked out in the middle of the street on my way to work and spent the rest of the day in the hospital. As bad as my immediate diagnosis was (a scary combo of starvation, dehydration and exhaustion that lowered my blood pressure), I had a tougher pill to swallow several weeks later.


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How to Be Road Trip Savvy

Planning a road trip this summer? Well, you won’t be the only one. According to a recent Jiffy Lube International survey, our less-than-stellar economy has about 71% of travelers planning to jump into their car for a road trip. But it’s important to know your stuff and make sure to be car savvy before hitting the road, as AAA also announced that an anticipated 7.3 million drivers will experience car troubles this summer. Check out the quick checklist to make sure your car doesn’t leave you stranded—and seriously pissed—on the way to your vacation:


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Staff Health Challenge: Top Tips to Gain Weight

Although I’ve always wanted to be fuller, I never really knew how to gain weight the right way. The thought of stuffing my face with a mountain of food as often as possible killed my appetite so I usually went about it the seemingly easier (read: unhealthy) way by choosing burgers and fries or any other greasy option on the menu when I ate out. Well for this challenge I wanted to pack on the pounds while keeping my risk for heart failure at a minimum. So I turned to nutritionist Christina Persaud for a list of healthy foods containing good-for-me fats.


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Staff Health Challenge: Saying Adios to Body Hang-Ups

I just got back from a wonderful trip to the Dominican Republic, and frankly I wish I was still there—soaking up that Caribbean sunshine, diving into the buffet food and chilling by the pool while checking out the eye candy.


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Undercover Lover: One Lucky Lady Tests Out the Tinge "Razor"

For the ladies who love toys but shudder at the thought of Mami finding it around your house, check out the Tinge Razor ($99, mytinge.com): this pretty pink contraption is really a vibrator in disguise! The cordless pleasure toy is water-resistant, a fully functional razor and a lot more discreet than some other gadgets out there (I’m talking about you, Rabbit).

But as someone who embarrasses easily, I wasn’t going to take the company’s word for it. So, I went out to test how discreet the Tinge really is.


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Staff Health Challenge: The Tai Chi Slowdown

If you’ve ever seen tai chi being done at a class or at the park, you know it looks like an interesting dance—at a snail’s pace.

Up until this week, I never had.


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Staff Health Challenge: Getting into the Groove

I might have gotten off to a rocky start, but since seeing some results I've gotten on track. For starters, I’ve been eating breakfast before I walk out the door in the morning instead of four hours after I wake up. Nutritionist Christina Persaud said that not only was I missing out on chances to pack in extra calories to my diet, but that I was also messing around with my metabolism by having my first meal so late. And she was right. I’d often get a headache during my commute and get to work ravenous and cranky: an awesome recipe for inattentiveness.


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Staff Health Challenge: Immediate Results, Please!

I’m unbelievably impatient and will quickly lose interest if I don’t see results right away. Previous attempts to gain weight by eating greasy burger after greasy burger were always short-lived because I wouldn’t gain a pound. I’ve since learned that eating just one big meal and slacking off for the rest of the day was not going to cut it.

Well I’m thrilled to say that I’ve already seen the numbers go up on my scale! I’d leveled off at 80 pounds since November and in the past four weeks I’ve gained—drum roll please—five pounds!


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