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Hello readers!

I would like to take a moment to introduce to you another blog of mine, The Inspired Diary. It’s a brand new project that I just started this past week, and so far I absolutely love it. This blog is a bit more personal, and has different topics for daily posts. I’m so excited about it and would like to encourage you all to check it out and let me know what you think! Hope you all have a wonderful Friday!

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Hello everyone!

In case you didn’t already know, Busy & Living Pretty is now on Pinterest! I’m addicted to this site!

Check out our page here: Busy & Living Pretty on Pinterest

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Yes, I know Valentine’s Day is over, but that’s no reason to stop showing your love! Since romance is in the air, I think I’ll be posting some more relationship and love based posts, along with the usual ones.

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Dear readers,

I decided to start a blog about my boyfriend’s and my relationship when I found out we would be taking it long-distance. I thought that someday, it might be nice to look back and see how it went, in terms of thoughts and maybe it could even help other couples going through the same sort of things. So that’s all this is; a collection of photos, graphics, stories, and diary-type entries. Feel free to comment, ask questions, or just plain read through the blog. It is however, a work in progress. Soon I hope to have fun links, helpful advice, and more.

http://loveandseparation.wordpress.com/

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by Guest Blogger Rob Wildman Ph.D. on January 28, 2011

Over the last few decades of research — and my simple observation of glowing mommies-to-be and their bouncing babies – I’ve come to see that nutrition is absolutely critical to a healthy pregnancy and infant.  

As a nutritionist to many mommies-to-be and a proud father of two, I’m often asked what are the best foods for pregnancy?

I’ve made it easy with a list of seven foods that can make every bite count toward a healthy pregnancy. These foods are practical and also enjoyable during a time when a woman’s tastes, cravings and lifestyle are all in constant states of change.

Here are my top seven:

  1. Coconut Water – It’s typical for a woman to gain more than 15 pounds of water during pregnancy as her blood volume expands and she creates amniotic fluid, not to mention the water going into the developing bundle of joy. Be sure to get at least 8 cups of fluid daily, including water and non-caffeinated beverages. Coconut water is an especially nice and delicious option because it provides natural electrolytes, such as circulation-supporting potassium.
  2. Yogurt – Yogurt provides protein, calcium and probiotics to build bacteria that supports the immune system, healthy blood glucose levels and the digestive tract. Also, because constipation is common during pregnancy, some women can help keep regular by eating yogurt daily.
  3. Cranberries – Pregnancy brings an increased risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs). Cranberry acts as a natural antibiotic in the urinary tract by providing special nutrients that decrease the ability of bacteria to stick to the wall of the urinary tract.
  4. Spinach – This leafy green contains vitamin A, calcium, B-vitamins and folate for energy and neural tube development. Spinach is also well known for its eye-protective properties because of its lutein content, which literally functions as sunglasses for the eyes, helping both you and your baby.
  5. Omega-3 Fat – Omega 3 fatty acids from fish and algae — as well as flaxseed — support a healthy, developing baby brain, as well as circulatory system.  

Cheers!

Rob

Robert Wildman, Ph.D., is a nutritional expert and registered and licensed dietitian with a focus on teaching people how to eat to live longer and healthier. He has authored several nutritional books including The Nutritionist: Food, Nutrition, and Optimal Health.

source: http://healthbistro.lifescript.com/2011/01/28/7-super-foods-during-pregnancy/

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You’ve got a killer resume and aced the interview, but according to a new survey, your future boss is judging you on your Google search results, too. Here’s how to make sure that what’s on the Web won’t come back to bite you in the butt.

By Mina Azodi

 

Early this summer, Katie Couric delivered the commencement address at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Her advice to graduates? “Clean up your Facebook page.” Okay, so those words aren’t exactly change-your-life inspiring, but she makes a (very) important point. According to a recent survey of HR professionals, 79 percent of employers review online information about job applicants—and 70 percent say they’ve rejected a candidate based on stuff they’ve found. Yikes. And get this: Only 7 percent of job seekers thought their online rep affected their job search. We asked a top career expert for tips on how you can take control of your online info, so you can get the job you deserve.

 

Go Private
You already know you should de-tag any unflattering pics of you on Facebook—that means any that show you drinking excessively, dancing on top of bars…pretty much any photo you wouldn’t print out and show to your boss in real life. But you also need to make sure you’ve set your profile privacy settings to “Friends Only” (the other options are “Friends of Friends,” “Friends and Networks,” and “Everyone”). This minimizes the chances that a potential employer (or your current boss) can take a peek at your profile. The same applies to Twitter—make those tweets for your followers’ eyes only by going to “Settings” and clicking on “Protect my updates.”

Still, you’re not totally in the clear. A Facebook status update or photo upload still can pop up on an employer’s news feed, if they’re friends with someone in your network who comments on your post. And with Twitter, any of your followers can retweet what you say, broadcasting it to a whole new network of people you have no control over. That’s why it’s smart to never post anything you wouldn’t be totally comfortable with a higher-up seeing…because there’s always a chance that they will.

 

Know What’s Being Said About You
It’s pretty much a given that a potential employer may Google you, so it’s crucial that you search for your own name to see what they’re judging. Before you do, be sure to log out of your gmail account if you have one (on the Google homepage, click “sign out” on the top right hand corner). Since Google keeps track of what you click, your results will be different than what an employer sees. By signing out, your results will appear as they would to a stranger who searches your name. Next, you’ll want to create a Google alert for your name to keep tabs via e-mail on any new results that may pop up. You can do this by signing back in and clicking “Settings” in the upper right hand corner of the Google homepage, and then selecting “Google Account Settings.” Next, click on “Alerts” under “My Products” to create one for you. Just type in your name with quotation marks, select how often you want to receive the notifications, and you’re done.

 

Bury the Bad Stuff…
Okay, so when you Googled yourself, you probably saw a link or two that you weren’t exactly thrilled about. And unfortunately, it can be difficult to get them removed. (You have to ask the Webmaster of the specific site, not Google, to delete the info—and since the site likely owns the content, they get the final say. That said, it’s always worth a shot!) For an even more proactive approach, you can hide those search results by creating new stuff that shows up first in a search. The easiest way to do that is to register for your own Website, like http://www.janedoe.com, or sign up for a blog on WordPress or LiveJournal that has your name in the URL. Almost always your site will show up first in a search, pushing anything negative down the list. You can also take advantage of social networking sites like LinkedIn, Flickr, and Vimeo, since their pages rank high in Google and will be at the top of search results of your name. Simply open an account, input the bare minimum amount of info, and set it so that it can be publicly searched—you don’t have to actively use the site.

 

…And Pump Up the Good.
When employers search for your name, they’re not just playing online cops—they also want to see evidence that you’re the kind of employee that would be the right fit for their company. So while you don’t have to actively use the personal webpage or LinkedIn profile you created to bury content, those sites are an awesome opportunity to show off what you’ve got. Fill in your LinkedIn profile with details from your resume, publish photos of your hiking trip to Flickr, or post videos from a recent 5K you ran to Vimeo—all of these things let an employer see you as the well-rounded, impressive job candidate they can’t pass up.

Source: Alexandra Levit, career expert and author of New Job, New You and MillennialTweet

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source: www.cosmopolitan.com

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