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by Miguel Fuller posted Jun 25 2014 9:37AM

We've all had to make these life decisions before. You feel as if your life is going to be destroyed if you don't make the right decision. Here's your guide to help you figure out how to make that important decision.

Suzy Welch is an author who came up with a trick to help you weigh a decision and really figure out which answer is the most in line with your priorities.

 

 

It's called the "10-10-10 Rule."  When you're facing a really tough decision, look at the options and answer these three questions for each one:

 

 

1.  What are the consequences of this decision in 10 minutes?

 

2.  What about in 10 months?

 

3.  And finally, what are the consequence of this decision in 10 YEARS?

 

 

Here's the thinking behind it:  Apparently we're wired to make decisions emotionally.  So by breaking your options down with those three questions, you'll think about them more LOGICALLY, which should clear things up and lead to better choices.

Here's the full article.

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Topics : Human Interest
People : Suzy Welch
by Holly O'Connor posted Jun 25 2014 8:56AM











WARNING: DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!

Brazilian supermodel Barbara Fialho recently revealed that she burns her hair to keep it healthy:


The process involves an open flame - usually a candle - being used to singe and burn off split ends.


It opens up the follicles to make hair more accepting of conditioning without taking anything off the length. Here's what the before/after looks like:


A two-hour treatment costs between $150 and $200, depending on the length of your hair.

Would you try this?? A reporter for the Daily Mail tried this and you can find her journey HERE!
 
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Topics : Human Interest
People : Barbara Fialho
by Holly O'Connor posted Jun 23 2014 8:10AM
A body language expert has passed along 5 indicators that your partner may be LYING to you. So how do you tell?
 

1. They Sound a Little Funny

Liars are sometimes called "fast talkers," but the speed of their speech varies as much as an honest person's within a conversation. Yet liars will alter their speech rates within a single sentence. Typically a liar might begin to speak slowly, because he's trying to figure out his lie—but once it comes into his head, he tries to spit it out as fast as possible.

2. They Slip a Verbal Clue

Remembering the truth about what happened Saturday and the story he wants you to believe is a big mental burden. Many liars will buckle under the strain and make a verbal faux pas, like start-stop sentences ("There are many that I didn't—I hardly had any contact with her."), using past and present tenses in the same story or repeating your question rather than answering it.

3. Their Face Flashes Contempt

Nearly 50 years ago, a researcher discovered that all humans share seven microexpressions—universal ways that emotions are hard-wired to flash across our faces. Whether you're male or female, black or white, young or old, if you're surprised, you make the same fleeting expression. These microexpressions are impossible to fake—which makes spotting one the closest thing we have to mindreading.

Contempt—a feeling of moral superiority and disrespect—is one of the most dangerous microexpressions for a relationship: Contempt shows up as a half-smile smirk, with only one side of the mouth raised. It signals, "I've justified my lie. I'm getting away with it. You're a fool." Researchers can see contempt on chronic cheaters who think they're too smart to get caught.

4. Their Body Is Trying to Run and Hide

Unless someone is incredibly savvy in body language, you can tell where he wants to be in a conversation. People align their belly buttons with the objects of their interest. If he started the conversation with his navel pointed straight at you, and now his body is twisted toward the door, he is aching to leave—that could indicate a hot spot for deception.

When a liar is faced with questions he doesn't want to answer, he may unwittingly cover his eyes, mouth or entire face with his hand, arm or a pair of sunglasses in a subconscious attempt to disappear. Liars may start to squint, as if trying to block you from seeing the truth. Just be sure to put body-blocking behavior in perspective—your husband's baseball cap pulled down low isn't a red flag if he wears it every day. 

5. They Makes You Feel Off-Balance

Practiced liars are uniquely able to distort reality and make us feel like the floor is shifting underneath us, that something odd is afoot, but we just can't put our finger on it. He may spout false information with such conviction that it makes you start to question your own recollections. This particular type of manipulation is called "gaslighting." Standard gaslighter lines include, "I never said that—stop making things up," "How come you are always accusing me of horrible things?" and "What is wrong with you? You are so paranoid." If you get to the end of a conversation and wonder, "Hey, wait a second, what just happened?"—remember that as a generally trusting person, you are a great gauge of dishonesty. Give yourself permission to follow those whiffs of suspicion and to investigate further.

Full article courtesy of HuffPost HERE.

by Holly O'Connor posted Jun 18 2014 7:50AM
Former Navy SEAL Larry Yatch
Former Navy SEAL Larry Yatch

A former Navy SEAL recently laid out the four things you should do if you find yourself in a dangerous situation. Which is something he would know a thing or two about.

 

Specifically, he means if someone is stalking you or trying to rob you.  Here are the four things you should do, in this order:

 

1.  Increase your distance.  The farther away you are, the more time you have to react if they DO attack.

 

2.  Introduce a barricade.  Meaning stand behind something, so it's between you and the threat.  And the bigger the better.  So a table is better than a chair, and a car is better than a table.  Again, the point is to give yourself more time to react.

 

3.  Look for a way to escape.  Scan the area for exits, or look for someone who might be able to help you.

4.  Only fight as a last resort.  Which doesn't mean you shouldn't defend yourself if you need to.  You SHOULD.  And you should fight like your life DEPENDS on it.

 

Meaning hair-pulling, eye-gouging, and groin-kicking are all viable options.  But the safest thing to do is RUN . . . and find help.  

Full story HERE.

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Topics : Human Interest
by Holly O'Connor posted Jun 12 2014 9:20AM
Since we're about to be fully immersed in soccer madness for the next month, at least let's enjoy some eye candy while we're doing it. 

This guy? Claudio Marchisio. Plays for Italy. Umm....that's amore. 

CLICK HERE to check out the rest of Vogue's list of HOT WORLD CUP PLAYERS!!
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Topics : Sports
by Holly O'Connor posted Jun 11 2014 9:48AM
My weird-ass self pretending to be in an LFO video (Girl on TV.)
There's a great new website that can tell you a LOT about your personality based on your Facebook profile. Not only that, but it can tell you which of your friends you're most similar to. 

Click on LABS.FIVE.COM to run the report. 

Me personally? Per my Facebook posts, I'm:

SOLITARY
 • 
EASY GOING • CURIOUS • SENSITIVE • FRIENDLY

What about you??

 
by Andrew Hodges posted Jun 10 2014 10:17AM

30 AMAZING USES AND HEALING POWERS OF APPLE CIDER VINEGAR


Apple Cider Vinegar is one of the most incredible healing tonics you will find anywhere, period.  I honestly swear by this stuff.  We'll at least when it comes to weight management.  I use it on the daily and it definitely helps as you will see when you get to number 26.   I found this list of the 30 Amazing Uses and Healing Powers of Apple Cider Vinegar and had to share it.   It really is amazing and very inexpensive.   Check It Out for yourself.   

Here’s a graphic with 20 uses for Apple Cider Vinegar, but to be honest with you, they’re not even the cream of the crop. Wait until you see the list BELOW the picture, that will blow your mind so hard you’ll probably run straight for the pantry and start mixing it into everything before you even finish reading the article.


 

21. Apple cider vinegar can detoxify your home.

This is an acidic mixture which is ridiculously strong, which means yes: It is in fact a cleaning agent. You can use it straight or mix it with water and other soaps to create your own household soaps and detergents to use on your floors, windows, clothes, and dishes. Hell, you can even put it in your hand-soap bottles! With that addition, you save tons of money on cleaning supplies, and drastically reduce the amount of chemicals and toxins in your home.

22. It can make your hair shine.

Apple cider vinegar can be used as a rinse for your hair after shampooing, and will boost your hair’s body and shine. I recommend recycling an old shampoo bottle, then filling it with 1/2 a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and a cup of cold water. Pour the solution through your hair after shampooing several times a week for dramatic results.

23. It can remove stains from teeth.

Rub teeth directly with apple cider vinegar, and rinse with water. Simple enough instructions to follow, am I right?

24. It can soothe sunburnt skin.

Add a cup of apple cider vinegar to your bath, and soak for 10 minutes to eliminate discomfort from sunburn. Alternatively, if you want to rub it on without a bath, PLEASE mix it with water first. The intensity and strength of ACV if directly put on your skin could really hurt, although afterwards there’s no doubt you’d probably feel freaking fantastic ;)

25. It’s an all-natural massage treatment.

Rubbing apple cider vinegar on your hands and feet will give massage-like benefits and relief to tired hands and feet.

26. Apple cider vinegar can aid in weight loss.

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For daily weight management, add 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to 16 ounces of water. This concoction can be sipped throughout the day. Data shows some limited, yet significant, weight loss benefits from sustained daily intake of acetic acid (which is a main ingredient in apple cider vinegar).

In a 2009 study published in Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry, it was found that subjects that consumed acetic acid for 12 weeks experienced significant declines in body weight, abdominal fat, waist circumference and triglycerides. Triglycerides contribute to the bad cholesterol that we want to avoid.

27. Apple cider vinegar will balance your entire inner body system.

The body constantly strives to achieve a state of equilibrium. Apple cider vinegar helps the body maintain a healthy alkaline pH level. Research shows that higher acid levels (lower pH level) leads to a lack of energy and higher incidences of infection. Hence, my desire to sip some a few times a day for a natural boost of energy.

As part of balancing the body’s pH, apple cider vinegar creates an overall detoxification of the body. Research shows that it can help stimulate cardiovascular circulation and help detoxify the liver.

28. The use of Apple Cider Vinegar is effective in repelling fleas on your pets.

One part vinegar and one part water can be sprayed on your pets fur and rubbed in generously to the skin. Saturate the entire coat, and continue every day for a few days to a week. Any flea infestation will surely be gone.

29. It can help your body get rid of candida.

This vinegar is rich in natural enzymes that can help rid your body of candida—yeasts that are attributed to thrush in humans. Candida also is blamed for creating symptoms of fatigue, poor memory, sugar cravings, and yeast infections.

30. It’s an all-natural room freshener.

Apple cider vinegar will clean your toilets and leave your bathroom smelling like apples! Just pour apple cider vinegar into the toilet, and allow it to sit overnight. 

 

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3 BONUS USES

(there is so much good info, I have to include it all!) 

Bonus 1. Catching Flies

Flies are so bothersome… Take some ACV in a jar or a glass with a plastic lid or some kind of lid. Poke a few holes in it so the air can escape and flies can go through. They’ll get stuck in the drink and you’ll be free from their pesky bothersome ways.

Bonus 2. ACV is great for your lymphatic system.

This miracle vinegar helps to break up mucous throughout the body and cleanse the lymph nodes. Believe it or not, research suggests that apple cider vinegar can help with allergies because of its ability to reduce mucous and sinus congestion. When reducing the effects of allergies, it can also help stave off sinus infections and their related symptoms, such as sore throats and headaches.

Bonus 3. It Cures Athletes Foot Altogether

I have only recently found this one out, but I have personally witnessed it happening right before my eyes. Within a matter of days, with a single daily rubbing of ACV on a foot that has athletes foot, the foot is healed in its entirety, leaving nothing but a few lines as to the old effected area… and even they faded away within a day or two after that.

So as you can see this is why I Mandy Williamson Swear by this stuff.  So glad I came across this website who really breaks it down for you.  You're welcome and Enjoy your new healthy lifestyle with Apple Cider Vinegar ;) 

 



 
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Topics : Human Interest
by Miguel Fuller posted Jun 10 2014 9:55AM
Found a great article from consumerist.com! As a person who holds on to way more stuff than needed, I'm printing this out and posting it!

1. Don't do it all at once.  That's how you get overwhelmed and give up before you start.  Set a timeline and divide the job up into smaller goals.

 

 

2.  Don't make a "maybe" pile.  Everything should be a "yes" or "no."  That's how you got the junk in the first place . . . by assuming you'd need things later on.

 

 

3.  Have a garage sale.  Advertise well, and offer volume discounts.  Also put out a "free" box with stuff you can give away.  People will be more likely to shop if they think they can get something else for free.

 

 

4.  Post bigger items online.  For furniture and appliances, the best thing is to list them on Craigslist or eBay.  You'll get more exposure and usually a better selling price.

 

 

5.  Use Freecycle.org to give things away.  It's a website where you post stuff you don't want.  Usually there's someone out there who'll want to take it and fix it up.  They probably CAN'T fix it, but that's fine because now it's THEIR junk.

 

 

6.  Donate to charities and local organizations.  A lot of charities will schedule a pickup with you.  Or you can contact places like schools, assisted living facilities, and community centers to see what kinds of things they can use.

 

 

7.  Sell at consignment stores or flea markets.  Do it for things like antiques and special items that you don't want to put out at a garage sale.  Or you could go to a pawn shop or antique dealer, if you have anything that's actually worth good money.

 

 

8.  Put it out on the curb.  If you can't sell it and you don't want it, try leaving it outside.  People will take just about anything.  If they see it sitting there unguarded, they'll think they saw it first, and they'll grab it because they don't want to miss out on a good deal.

 

 

9.  Throw it away.  After the first eight steps, whatever is left goes straight to the trash.  Take it to the dump if you have to, or call a junk removal service.

by Holly O'Connor posted Jun 10 2014 8:44AM
After those 12-year-old girls in Wisconsin stabbed their friend 19 TIMES and blamed it on someone named "Slender Man," the country was interested: who IS Slender Man?

WHO
Slender Man is a fictional character depicted as a thin, unnaturally tall man with a blank and usually featureless face, wearing a black suit and is commonly described with long, tentacle-like arms.
 
WHAT
Stories of the Slender Man commonly feature him stalking, abducting, or traumatizing people, particularly children. The Slender Man is associated with the forest and has the ability to teleport. Proximity to the Slender Man is often said to trigger a "Slender sickness"; a rapid onset of paranoia, nightmares and delusions accompanied by nosebleeds.
 
ORIGINS
The Slender Man was created on a thread in the Something Awful Internet forum in 2009, with the goal of editing photographs to contain supernatural entities.
 
HOW IT GOT BIGGER
The Slender Man soon went viral, spawning numerous works of fan art and online fiction known as "creepypasta": scary stories told in short clips of easily copyable text that spread from site to site. (It began as CopyPasta, a play on the term Copy & Paste.) That’s the site the 12-year-old girls in Wisconsin were visiting- a CreepyPasta Wiki.
 
There’s also a video series called Marble Hornets. The series is published in found footage style on YouTube (think Blair Witch Project), describing the filmers' fictional experiences with the Slender Man. There will be a feature film based on the series. James Moran, director of Paranormal Activity, is attached to the film.
 
WHY SO FASCINATING?
The terror of the Slender Man is his flexibility; people can shape it into whatever frightens them most. This is especially attractive to children, for whom the line between fantasty and reality is sometimes blurry. 

MORE HERE on Slender Man. 
 
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Location : Wisconsin
People : James Moran
by Holly O'Connor posted Jun 6 2014 8:49AM
Could Facebook be listening in on your private conversations? 

Yes and no.

The update to their mobile app allows your phone's microphone to pick up background noise and post status updates according to what you're listening to or watching. The big question is, is Facebook collecting and storing your information? What will happen to all this info?

What does Facebook say? "Facebook is storing the information from this feature indefinitely," Facebook writes in the blog post, explaining, “If we find a match and you don’t post, we log that a particular song or TV show was matched, but we don’t connect this with your profile in any way. We use this to keep a chart of the most watched and listened to songs and TV shows.”

So the information is stored indefinitely, it’s just not associated with your profile.

CLICK HERE to read more about this Facebook update!
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