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Super Easy, Super Tasty Summer Smoothies

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What's better than sipping on an ice-cold smoothie on a hot summer day? Whether you’re poolside minding the kids or stuck indoors doing laundry, smoothies offer a refreshing alternative to calorie-laden colas. All you need is a few ingredients,…

How Dare You! The Perils of the Cardio Slog and Benefits of Circuit Training

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You have a routine. You walk into the gym, head for your favorite cardio machine, and prepare for your tried and true daily workout. But then there are those days when you find yourself snarling at a woman plugging away on your treadmill/elliptical/stepper/bike/etc.…
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How to Keep Your Ego in Check

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“If you want to reach a state of bliss, then go beyond your ego and the internal dialogue. Make a decision to relinquish the need to control, the need to be approved, and the need to judge. Those are the three things the ego is doing all…
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Vipassana Meditation: Why Ten Days of Silence Will Calm any Latina

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No phones. No music. No writing. No reading. No talking. I began to digest the fact that this seemingly contemptuous litany of ‘no’s’ also meant: no whining, complaining, venting, tweeting, texting, blogging, blabbing, pinging, poking,…
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Shake Up Your Asanas!: Where Yoga Meets Dance

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For many of us, yoga equals a serene state of quiet stillness, a zone in which to work on balance, tranquility, and alignment. But sometimes you need to shake things up. Why not try a more communicative yoga practice, one that takes the phrase…
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I'm Not the Nanny, Says This Latina Mom

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We were at a Manhattan water park when it happened. I was with my then 3-year-old daughter, Luna, playing in a sandpit on a foul, chilly morning beneath clouds that looked like ripped paper. It was no day to be outside, but living in a city…
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Tips to Empower Your Daughter

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When one comes from a culture of kids being seen and not heard, it's important to empower your daughter through words and actions. Validating her voice. Children are meant to be seen and not heard. Not now, honey, Mami’s talking. Oh…
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Are Women's Magazines Depressing You?

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As you guide your grocery cart toward the checkout line and past the magazines, an impossibly toned bikini-clad beauty catches your eye. The headline reads ‘Christina Milian’s Amazing Post-Baby Beach Bod!’ You want to keep pushing toward…
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Why I Regret Having an Only Child

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UPDATED August 1st, 2016 On a sunny afternoon in June, I sat on my friend’s porch as we watched her two boys and my 7-year-old son bounce themselves silly on a trampoline. On the other side of the row of baby blue hydrangea bushes,…