Sometimes, important lessons slip away as the years pass. You might not trust a younger version of you with a credit card, but there are some money matters that your school-aged self could teach you now. If that person could divulge her important lessons, she would remind you of these six things.
Some of us wear our hearts on our sleeves, some of us wear them around our necks, and some of us keep them covered up. In honor of Feb. 14 and all things sweet and filled with love, we've collected snapshots of adorable creatures who wear their hearts proudly on their coats. Treat yourself to a guilt free Valentine's Day delight!
Jennifer Aniston turns 44 today, and the yoga devotee and healthy California girl looks better than ever, whether in a tiny bikini on the beach or meeting with a POPSUGAR reader for an I'm a Huge Fan interview. How does the Friends-star-turned-movie-star stay healthy, happy, and in shape? Follow this look back at some of her most inspiring and sound fitness and health advice to find out.
It's a sad but common tune: debt threatens to divide or break up an otherwise strong couple that hadn't set up any financial ground rules. Love and money don't always go hand in hand, which means it's crucial to consider the long term repercussions of sharing your life and bank account with another person. There's no magical credit card or anti-debt potion, but here are some tips for keeping the communication lines open, piggy bank full, and both of you crazy in love.
It's true what they say: 80 percent of success is just showing up. Once you're there — you're there. This advice can be hard to take when, after a late night of fun, your alarm goes off before the sun is up. Propelling yourself to the gym, pool, mat, or trail can feel like a hurdle in its own right, but it's always one worth jumping. If you've resolved to work out more this year and get fit for 2013, motivate yourself to keep on sweating with these tricks.
- Channel that glorious post-workout feeling. Whenever you feel the instinct to skip a sweat session, imagine how accomplished and energized you feel after just 30 minutes or an hour of exercise. Just get there already.
- Make a date with a friend or fitness trainer. If you set a time to meet someone, you'll feel obligated to go, even when your mind and body are telling you otherwise. If you're looking to get your sweat on outside of the gym, here are some of our favorite ideas for fitness dates, from rock climbing to ice skating.
- Create a healthy post-workout routine and make time for it, too. Reward yourself after a workout by scheduling extra moments to relax in the steam room, blow out your hair to perfection, or get a hot coffee or a protein-rich smoothie.
Spinning your wheels at the office might earn you a paycheck, but it's unlikely to put you in line for a raise or give you much satisfaction. Fulfilling your responsibilities is good; trying harder can make you great. Step up your work game by putting in more effort in subtle ways that may just get you noticed.
Every job is different, but most bosses seek the same set of basic characteristics in their employees. You can wipe out some of the stress your manager causes by learning and anticipating her quirks, understanding her expectations, and talking to her about shared goals and needs. Get a head start by making sure you are radiating these attributes in the workplace.
As we grow older, it's hard not to giggle over the passing of time and the realization that most of us are just taller, grown-up versions of that little girl in tapered jeans who felt shy presenting in front of her class. Sure, our fashion sense, skin, self-confidence, and business savvy have improved over the years, but the major rules and coping tools for daily life are still very much the same.
I recently leafed through the Girls' Life Ultimate Guide to Surviving Middle School and flat out LOLed over the fact that the advice for today's preteens mirrors the career advice I share with friends and SavvySugar readers. Maybe it's true what they say: the more things change, the more they stay the same. To see how, keep reading.
Mondays can be rough. You spent all weekend relaxing at the beach, brunching, catching up on Netflix with a glass of wine, and suddenly you're back at your desk typing away and daydreaming. Here's a vintage kitty outtake to help get you through it. This "Negative Nancy" petulantly exclaims "No! No! No! No! No!" in a child-like purr voice. Over and over. It's either a fluke, opposite day, or kitty is practicing her karaoke jamz.
There are few things as adorable as two (or three!) animals huddled together in an embrace of love, warmth, jest or just for the heck of it. Call it cuddling, getting cozy, spooning, or just plain cuuuuuute. Get your daily dose of cuddly goodness here.
Humans have to give up their formula habit when they reach a certain stage of development, but it's perfectly acceptable for animals to hit the bottle at all ages or hours of the day. If you are in need of a midday smile, drink up these touching pictures of cuties quenching their thirst. Sometimes you gotta let loose and party like an animal.
Showing appreciation for co-workers should be as easy as saying, "Thanks, buddy!" But somehow, those two words can sneak through the cracks or come off as disingenuous if they are uttered too often. Office politics, nonstop schedules and confusing etiquette can make thanking your co-workers and boss nerve-racking. Use this simple guide to give gracias to your office mates and when in doubt, just say thanks.
It's hard to believe it's almost June — the mid-way point of 2012. June provides the perfect platform to look ahead and plan what you can realistically accomplish in the second half of the year. But, before we get there, this is the week to get your loose items in order. Make sure to do these five things over the next few days.
Get ready to step up your sandwich skills with bento box lunches. These picturesque meal settings are a snazzy way to dress up leftovers, effective (and plastic bag free) way to pack lunch, and a smart way to encourage your children to eat healthier meals by making nutritious foods look more appealing (Jessica Seinfeld would be so proud). If you are as busy as most moms, you probably don't have time to bento everyday, but invest in $4 worth of bento tools and you'll be ready to add a small mural meal touch to your child's lunch on special days. Browse through these decadent boxes for inspiration.
When a friend passed on Louann Brizendine's The Male Brain ($17) I almost added it to my already sky-high tower of books, but her recommendation was so passionate, I cracked it open during my commute. And I couldn't stop reading. The follow up to Brizendine's bestselling The Female Brain, the XY edition looks at the lifespan of a man's brain — from conception to old age — and how hormones influence growth, behavior, and the stages of life. While many of the book's insights felt like common sense reminders from college courses and pregnancy preparedness guides, I learned (or re-learned) a few fascinating tidbits that have already helped me better understand the men in my life. I highly suggest you pick up a copy, but in the interim, here are a few titillating teasers.
Now that all of the awards have been handed out, the real competition begins! We gathered the most glamourous, gorgeous, and daring looks from the 2012 Oscars red carpet and created a bracket game so you can help us pick the best dressed of the night — the winner will be announced this Friday.
Here's how it works: There are 64 stunning stars in the running, and we need your help to crown the winner. Start by clicking on the image above, and go through the first-round matchups by picking your favorite gown each time. Once you've done that, we'll take your favorites and pair them against each other. Continue to click on the best look until there is only one star left standing. At the end of the week, we'll tally up your votes and crown best dressed. Get started by voting for your favorites here!
Annie and Jay-Z were right: it's a hard-knock life. Sure, there are amazing days that make you smile and affirm how fantastic it is to be alive, but some days you can't help but get bogged down in the day-to-day grind and have to fight to be positive. There's work to be done, to-do items to be checked, bills to pay and people who won't stop pestering you to do things for them. Next time you are sitting at your computer having a "how did I get here?" moment skip sharing your frustration on Twitter or your blog and check out a guaranteed mood lifter website. Remember, we're all in this together.
Decadent, high-calorie, sugary Valentine's Day treats aren't the only way to celebrate the holiday of love. Here are 15 adorable suggestions for chocolate-free, heart-shaped recipes to inspire smiles from your dinner date — no added sugar or creamy filling required. Because nothing says, "You have my heart," like a wholesome meal made with love.
If your idea of the perfect night at home includes a couple of slices of pizza, a glass of wine, and a blockbuster, you aren't alone. What's not to love about cheesy, saucy goodness, right? Delicious though it may be, most pizza is loaded with calories and fat.
Enjoying your favorite foods in moderation is a smart attitude, but if you still want another slice (or two!), try adopting that taste in another form. Cook up a lighter substitute that will satisfy your taste for everyone's favorite food. Here are some scrumptious suggestions to get you started.