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A New Food Pyramid: Bring On The Plate

By on June 8th, 2011 • Food Pyramid, MyPlate, obesity, Life

Out with the triangle, in with the plate: last week, the USDA released the new MyPlate dietary icon to replace the former food pyramid as a nutritional guideline for Americans.

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April Foolery: Our Favorite Pranks On The Web

By on April 1st, 2011 • apple, April Fool's Day, Gmail Motion, Kodak, Pranks, starbucks, Life

For the past few months, the content department at brass has been scheming to pull a few April Fool's Day pranks on fellow staffers. We discussed possible plans in hushed tones at staff meetings and exchanged stealthy emails with subjects like, "TOP SECRET!" Then we got knee-deep this week in finishing up the next issue of the magazine and our schemes fell by the wayside.

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Materialism: A Security Blanket In The Absence of Love?

By on March 7th, 2011 • possessions, Psychology, Security, Value, Life

We all know that material possessions don't truly bring happiness. But are possessions a security blanket in the absence of support and love?

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Oscars By The Numbers

By on February 28th, 2011 • Academy Awards, Oscars, Life

Last night's 83rd annual Academy Awards aired to lukewarm ratings. The winners were fairly predictable, critics called the music performances so-so, and reviews of hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco have been mixed. I'm pretty easy to please--woo me with enough glitz and glamour and I'm sold--but even I didn't find this year's show particularly entertaining.

Regardless, the event was still brimming with fashion fodder, star-studded folly, and the occasional acceptance speech faux pas. Here are some figures I rounded up that highlight this year's biggest night in Hollywood.

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Gimmie Gimmie

By on January 24th, 2011 • Saving, Shopping, spending, Life

As a kid, I loved the Berenstein Bears books. One of my favorites was The Berenstein Bears Get the Gimmies, which tells the tale of how the bear kiddos overcome the greedy little habit of wanting everything they can get their paws on.

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Roads Less Traveled: Cheaper alternatives to vacation hotspots

By Ana Barbu on February 1st, 2009 • Traveling, Life

Check out these cities off the beaten path.

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Skinny Science: Weight-loss fads that lighten your wallet

By Stephen Ullmer on February 1st, 2009 • Budgeting, Health Care, Managing your money, Life

All too often we see expansive marketing campaigns for diet pills and celebrity diet crazes that rarely emphasize a balanced diet and regular exercise.

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On The Economic Horizon: What to expect in the coming months

By Bryan Sims on February 1st, 2009 • Inspiration, Investing, Investing, Life, Savings

In light of the recent economic volatility, a lot of people are wondering what's going to happen next. No one can see the future, but I want to paint a broad picture of what could likely happen, and how it will affect you in 2009.

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Surprise! It's Twins

By on April 27th, 2015 • Babies, Managing your money, Starting a family, twins, Life

Editor's note: Experts say that women in their 20's are at their most fertile, but before you start thinking about starting a family, make sure you've worked out the financial pros and cons for you and your loved one. Writer Maurie Backman shares her pregnancy surprise: twins! See how two babies meant double the love and double the cost.

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Get Your Sweat on without Breaking the Bank

Short on cash? That doesn't mean you have an excuse to forgo exercise. Getting your workout in is especially important if you lead a sedentary lifestyle. Here are some free and cost-friendly ways to get a workout in without forking over the dough.

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