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Author: Karen Barton

The Benefits of Jumping Rope

Jumping rope is not just for kids. In fact, it is one of the most complete, overall workouts that burns more calories per minute than most other forms of exercise, including running. It can be done just about anywhere without anything more than a good jump rope and cross training shoes. If you’re looking to rev up your exercise program, consider adding a couple of days or jumping rope to your regime. Jump Rope Tips Overall fitness benefits to jumping rope A 150 lbs person burns approximately 13 calories per min when jumping at a leisurely pace of 120...

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Top 10 Cities for Single Women

What makes a city a best place to live for single women? This year, analyzed major U.S. cities, with an emphasis on the criteria readers tell us are most important to them: employment opportunities; cost of living; access to travel; entertainment options; social opportunities; ratio of women to men; singles population; and healthy lifestyle, along with a few other lifestyle factors. Our City Picking Method As the country emerges from the worst recession since the Great Depression, employment weighs heavily on the minds of single women and other working-age Americans. With career focus as a given, we disqualified...

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How to Save on Organic Food

The benefits of buying organic foods are abundantly clear to today’s shoppers. In the last ten years organic sales have almost tripled, yet most shoppers still believe that the price of organic food is cost prohibitive. A recent NPR report showed that 52% of shoppers believe that the price of organic food is too high. And the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that organically produced food can cost anywhere from 10% to 30% more than conventionally mass-produced food. 10 Ways to Save on Organic Food Buy Strategically:  In many cases organic foods offer great health benefits, while in other...

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Holiday Cocktails – Kringle Kocoa

Get comfy under the mistletoe after mixing up a cup of this cocktail creation. Even Kris Kringle would approve this bit of holiday cheer. Ingredients 2 oz Van Gogh Dutch Chocolate Vodka 4 oz Hot Chocolate 3 Roasted marshmallows on a small skewer Directions Pour Van Gogh Chocolate Vodka and hot chocolate into a mug and garnish with roasted marshmallows on a skewer. Day 1: The Winter Wonderland Day 2: Spiced Caramel Apple Martini Day 3: Eggnog Martini Day 4: Spicy GingerMan Day 5: Candy Cane Lane Day 6: Turtle Doves Day 7: Berry Merry Xmas Day 8: Kringle...

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Holiday Cocktails – Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake Dessert Shots

Think cheesecake with half the calories! These delicious liquid cheesecakes were created by Celebrity Chef, Jon Ashton. Ingredients 1 can (14 oz) Pumpkin, chilled 3 oz Reduced-fat cream cheese 6 oz Low fat vanilla yogurt 1 Cup low fat milk 1/4 Cup Van Gogh Dutch Caramel Vodka 1/2 Teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 Teaspoon cinnamon 1/8 Teaspoon nutmeg 6 Teaspoons graham cracker crumbs (optional) Directions Place all ingredients (except graham cracker crumbs) in a blender and blend until silky. Pour into shot glasses and top each serving with a teaspoon of graham cracker crumbs. Day 1: The Winter Wonderland Day...

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