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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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Season of Firsts: My first car

You've seen the commercials or driven past one of many car lots in your town and there it is: that new, shiny car you want. You imagine yourself in it, how cool you'll look driving it and how you will be the envy (and chauffeur) of all of your friends. Yes, having a car is all about independence, freedom and access, but acquiring a car is not only about looking cool. You have to take into consideration necessities like gas, maintenance and insurance.

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Your First Vacation Budget

By on July 13th, 2015 • Budgeting, Managing your money, Savings, Vacation, Life

The great thing about traveling on your own or with friends is that you don't have to worry about your parents calling the shots. When you go away without your folks, you won't have to deal with mandatory sibling bonding or countless dorky family photo shoots along the way. Instead, you'll be able to kick back, relax and stick to your own agenda.

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