March 5, 2014 at 9:44 am , by Amanda Wolfe
Want to see our April cover girl Maria Menounos in action? Check out this exclusive clip from her new reality show on Oxygen, Chasing Maria Menounos, which premieres March 18 at 10 pm ET.
January 30, 2014 at 3:28 pm , by Amanda Wolfe
It’s one thing to lose weight, but how do you successfully keep it off? In his new book, The Doctor’s Diet, Dr. Travis Stork from The Doctors has smart strategies for not only losing weight, but also learning how to eat healthy for life. We asked him to share his three top tips for rethinking the way you eat.
1) Be carb smart. “If you got to the gym for an hour, or you’ve been on your feet all day long, it’s okay to eat good, complex carbohydrates like whole grains. But if it’s a day when you’ve been stuck at your desk, cut back on the carbs. Carbs are energy. If you’re not burning that energy, it’s going to get stored as fat.”
2) Recreate your food cravings. “You never lose your cravings for the foods you love, but you can learn to make them in a healthier way. I now make a pizza that’s actually a vegetable delivery system: I’ll take a really thin whole grain crust and top it with chopped veggies, shredded chicken and spices like oregano and basil. All of a sudden something “unhealthy” becomes healthy and you can eat it the rest of your life.”
3) Think long term. “Maintaining weight loss is really about maintaining your health. When you learn to eat healthy and lose weight, all of a sudden your blood pressure goes down, and you’re blood glucose levels are normalized. That’s a huge victory–and should be the real incentive for keeping weight off.”
Hungry for more? Check out Dr. Stork when he talks to three leading weight-loss bloggers featured in the March 2014 issue of Ladies’ Home Journal on The Doctors February 10. And learn more about Dr. Stork’s new book, The Doctor’s Diet.
December 2, 2013 at 8:30 am , by Amanda Wolfe
We love the annual Build-A-Bear Workshop Toys for Tots Toy Drive, which will take place December 6 – 8. You can donate new, unwrapped toys at stores across the United States or make and purchase a stuffed animal to donate. Throughout the weekend, volunteer members of the U.S. Marine Corp will be on hand at select stores to collect the toys, which will then be distributed to local kids in need.
You can also make a monetary donation to support Toys for Tots at checkout registers and online at buildabear.com throughout the holiday season. The donations will be used to provide toys for children who might not otherwise receive a gift on Christmas morning.
August 28, 2013 at 12:14 pm , by Amanda Wolfe
Okay, so they probably won’t last forever. But buying a new pair of boots is a big investment—even cheaper boots aren’t usually cheap, especially if they’re real leather. (For the record, they should be leather if you want to wear them for more than a season.) After you fork over your hard-earned cash for a cute new pair, there are some easy steps you can take to keep your boots looking like new, or at least aging gracefully. So we asked David Mesquita of Leather Spa in New York City to spill his secrets. Busting out the shoe polish isn’t the most exciting way to spend a Saturday afternoon, but getting years of wear out your sexy boots is definitely worth it.
The rules for general upkeep: Condition the leather periodically (2-3 times per season) and finish with a water and stain repellant spray. FYI: Water-proofing your boots once when you buy them, or at the beginning of the season, isn’t actually enough if you wear them all the time. For tall boots, you really do need to get inserts (or stuff with paper) to keep them upright and prevent weird creasing. We like these genius blow-up boot shapers that deflate (and don’t take up tons of space) when you don’t need them. And always be sure to store your boots in a well-ventilated area.
When your boots get dirty or worn: First you want to clean the leather by wiping off any dirt or dust. Use a slightly damp (not wet!) sponge or leather cleaner. If the color is faded, try using a colored cream or polish. Some creams also condition so you can skip the leather conditioner if you go that route. If you use polish, go old school and brush and buff your shoes after wiping off polish to get that new-leather shine. For non-leather boots, use a sponge to clean them with water and a mild detergent. If your boots get creased, you can’t actually de-crease but you can make them look less worn by using your leather polish in the same shade as your boots to fill in the color.
What if your boots get totally soaked in a snowy, salty, slushy winter mess: You have a one-to-two-day window to clean them before the stains set in. Never dry leather boots with a hair dryer or any other heat source! Instead, stuff with newspaper to help absorb the water (replace as needed) and air dry. For salt and stains, combine 1/3 cup white vinegar with 1 cup water and apply with a sponge or paper towel. If your at-home triage doesn’t work, it’s time to call the professionals but take your boots in asap. The longer the stains sink in, the less chance you have of saving them.
What to do about stinky boots: Always wear socks or tights if you can. If you do go barefoot in your booties, sprinkle powder (we like Gold Bond) in the shoes before wearing them. If they’ve really gotten smelly (hey, it happens), try Leather Spa’s Odor Bloc which helps kill the bacteria that make your shoes smell.
July 24, 2013 at 4:13 pm , by Amanda Wolfe
We say you should never feel guilty about watching random YouTube videos—they’re for stress relief, obviously. Here are three of our faves.
We dare you not to laugh when this pint-sized team loses their rhythm and their workout goes completely astray.
Yup, it’s exactly as ridiculous as it sounds, but it’s so mesmerizingly funny you won’t even care.
Hilarious and charming: Jimmy Fallon convinces the former Office star to lip-sync to Boyz II Men and Katy Perry.
July 16, 2013 at 2:03 pm , by Amanda Wolfe
It’s been a while since we tackled your email questions and comments so here we go. Some of them were a little … er, unique? Oh well. Our job as Your Straight Male Friends is to simply answer the questions as honest as we can. You’re allowed to ask or present any dating situation you can think of — no matter how oddly out of place it seems. Here it goes…
In today’s society, do you still feel you have to be the “provider?” —Pamela, Santa Barbara, CA
The question is, do you still feel that your man, whoever he may be, has to “provide” for you? I mean, that’s such a loaded question. Look, every guy has the built in societal pressure, fair or not, of having to be the primary provider for his family or girlfriend or wife. Is that fair? In this day and age, probably not. We believe that an independent, smart, resourceful woman like yourself can and should be able to stand on her own two feet, and that no woman or man should expect that anyone is going to take care of them. It’s 2013 not 1948. That said, if a woman seeks that in a relationship and she finds a guy who seeks the same traditional set up, then more power to them both. Whatever works. I will say this though — if you want that type of relationship, the traditional man-hunt/woman-cook set up — make that clear to your guy sooner rather than later.
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July 11, 2013 at 11:55 am , by Amanda Wolfe
Enjoy the beach while you can! Soon enough we’ll be heading back to school and the office. If you’re a busy woman who wears many hats (of course you are), you likely need a wardrobe that can effortlessly go from work to play and season to season. Who has time to change out a closet four times a year?! I’ve gathered some grown-up pieces that can also work at a soccer game, pot-luck dinner, or conference.
Here are the five wardrobe essentials every woman needs going into fall.
Nicole Feliciano is the Editor and Founder of Momtrends.com, where moms head for fashion tips and style advice. Nicole is also the Co-Founder of the Fashion Forward Conference, a one-day blogging event for women who want to use style as a means to build a business, harness social media and connect with other women. Click here for more information on the September 11th event in NYC.