September 2007


I think I’m in love! My favorite magazine was Martha Stewart’s Living. It’s pretty, glossy, over-sized pages are pleasing to thumb through. My eyes are entertained by the fantastic photography. The articles are well written and timely. But then, I received my first subscription issue of Body + Soul, from the same publishers. This magazine combines everything that interests me.

Body + Soul Sept 07The matte finish pages are printed on recycled paper. The contents can be broken up into departments covering Whole Living, Rejuvenate, Conscious Eating, Green Living, Going Natural, Balanced Fitness, Whole Health and Inner Growth.

Typically, when I first receive a magazine, I flip through all the pages to get an idea of what the issue is about. Then, I go back and read the articles cover to cover. Well, with Body + Soul, as soon as I turned the first page, the topics were of so much interest that I couldn’t help but begin to read. (more…)

I recently wrote an article on a subject that seems to be gaining popularity among financial bloggers/columnists.

I first noticed a post on Wisebread relating to this subject of subprime lending. He clearly outlines the damage that can be done from subprime mortgages even to those who never purchased one themselves. He talks about a decline in property value, loss of homeownership, and damaging economies.

I was also catching up on my Suze Orman column on Yahoo finance. She, too, wrote about these subprime mortgages. Her latest post enumerates the effect these mortgages have on your FICO score. By YOUR, I mean everyone, not just the ones who have/had subprime mortgages. While the lending industry is tightening their reins, interest rates increase for what appears to be absolutely no reason at all. (more…)

Does shopping make you feel better after a bad day? Has shopping become an obsession? Do you buy unnecessary items compulsively? Do you hide what you buy? Keep it a secret how much you spent?

I recently saw a segment on the The Today Show that stated 15 million people can’t stop shopping!

Ann Curry interviewed psychologist, April Benson who wrote I Shop Therefore I am. She said people compulsively shop as a way to fulfill social, psychological and spiritual needs. The shopping provides a temporary ‘good’ feeling but does not address the real issue. (more…)

Whilst continuing research on my current stock, I came across a very good article that articulates what I mentioned in a previous post. Here is a prime example of how to continue learning and following the company in which you’ve invested.

Riding the High Road at Coach. This article validated my gut feeling and confidence that I have with this stock. With the opening of a flagship store in Japan and brand extension, Coach took off in 2006. Their continued sales growth can also be attributed to their Global Business Integrity Program, informing employees and partners of their expectations. With a renewed focus, the Supplier Selection Guidelines were developed as a set of stringent guidelines (more…)

This is a pretty aggressive goal. Especially considering, I’ve been wanting/planning/trying to lose weight for over a year now. Even with all the willing I did, I didn’t lose the first pound. But this time I feel like I’ve got all the keys I need for success. I have the motivation, will power, means, and knowledge to do so.

A friend of mine was just in town, who I will be seeing again in 10 weeks time. She and I both would like to lose 30 pounds but in an effort to set realistic goals (the first key to weight loss), our new goal will be 20 pounds. Being a competitive type person, this was just the motivation I needed. A race to lose the most weight! (more…)

According to a recent article from Dr. Andrew Weil avoiding carbs at all costs does not lead to weight loss. In fact, some carbs are needed for a balanced healthy diet. Only certain ‘bad’ carb should be avoided.

Will banishing carbohydrate-rich foods like bread, potatoes and pasta help you to lose weight – and keep it off? Proponents of low-carb diets think so, and encourage people to replace all carbs with animal protein and fat. However, many nutritionists and dieticians do not agree – and neither does common sense. (more…)

Throwing a party at your home? Want to be a great hostess? I certainly do and for me that meant planning a wine tasting at my home. I wanted to provide something special my guests could take home with them to remember the charming evening. In wanting to create some goody bags that would include items related to wine, I went to my local craft store, Michael’s, and started shopping around for some ideas. Toying around with the idea for this theme party for about 4 months, I had plenty of time to be selective and buy only when I saw good deals. (more…)

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