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Hundreds of thousands of people have died in Haiti’s earthquake, the prime minister told CNN today.

The country was hit by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake yesterday.   It seems all the hospitals in Port-au-Prince fell, so those injured are not able to get the medical attention they require.

Our hearts go out to the people of Haiti.

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Testers will be asked to use Degree Women Natureffects™ and complete a survey, providing your feedback. Results will be shared on Lipstick Powder N Paint in February.

All you have to do is complete a short qualification survey (please click here) before January 10, 2010. Accepted product testers will be notified via email on January 12, 2010.

Having a first child can be overwhelming – with the new bundle of joy comes the new lifestyle, new responsibilities, new sleep schedule, etc. 

An alarming amount of parents can get overwhelmed, particularly in the first few weeks of bringing the baby home.  This could be a lot less of a stressful experience knowing some tips from the experts beforehand.  

BornFree, the leading chemical and BPA-free baby product manufacturer has provided some tips below to guide first time parents in ensuring a more pleasant experience for mom, dad, and baby:
1. Get your home in order before the baby arrives: Clean, organize, and find a place to store all baby products, so they can be easily accessible.
2. Find the places that are open all night and who will deliver to your home – keep a running and accessible list of nearby pharmacies, grocery stores, etc. and have these numbers readily available. 
3. Keeping your baby safe is the most important. Products that are BPA and chemical free are essential. 
4. Try and lock down a sleep schedule ahead of time to adjust to both your needs and your baby needs. Taking turns between parents is a great way to ensure both parties are tending to the baby while taking care of their own health as well and getting as much rest as they possibly can.
5. Read up beforehand and don’t be afraid to ask your pediatrician questions before the baby even arrives in your home such as what to expect for feeding, sleeping and general care of your child.
About Born Free:  BornFree™ has developed a range of products baby bottles, cups and accessories that is totally free of the potentially dangerous chemicals Bisphenol-A (BPA), Phthalates and PVC.  According to researchers, BPA may cause developmental and neurological problems if it leaches from plastic.

We all know how important it is to exercise, but sometimes life gets a little too busy to squeeze in a workout.  So what can you do to get exercise in your daily routine?
Wellspring Camps offers the following tips to stay in motion while at work and school. According to the experts, just walking and counting your steps can result in hundreds of calories burned.  Here are some simple tips to help you get your workout on: 

  • Record steps per day on a calendar posted at your desk
  • Seek parking spots and further away from destinations
  • Walk to lunch destinations whenever possible
  • Make a game out of guessing the number of steps it takes to go from one place to another

These small steps (no pun intended) will put some exercise into your busy day!

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Here is your chance to try the Slim-Fast bar.  You can get a free sample of Slim-Fast Peanut Butter Crunch Time snack bar from Sam’s Club (no membership number required). Click on the yellow button “Get a Sample Now”.  You should receive your free sample within about 4 weeks.

The new year is here and in the spirit of being healthier the experts at The Skin Cancer Foundation have identified five important reasons to give up tanning in 2010:

1.    Studies Link UV Exposure to Melanoma:  According to a definitive new study by researchers at The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, the genetic mutations that lead to melanoma are primarily caused by UV exposure. 

2.    Tanning Beds Increase the Risk of  Nonmelanoma Skin Cancers:  People who use tanning beds are 2.5 times more likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma and 1.5 times more likely to develop basal cell carcinoma. 

3.    UV Exposure Causes Skin Aging:  Up to 90 percent of the visible changes commonly attributed to aging are caused by  UV exposure. 

4.    Tanning is No Longer Fashionable:  Celebrities, models and fashion insiders all know tanning  is no longer in style. 

5.    Proposed tax on indoor tanning:  The U.S. Senate’s approval of a 10 percent excise tax on the use of indoor tanning beds as part of the new healthcare reform bill (H.R. 3590) is an important step forward in the fight against skin cancer.  To sign a letter in support of this tax, click here.

So if you want a tan you should look for sunless solutions like spray-tan instead.  According to George Van Horn, an IBISWorld senior analyst, “sunless tanning accounted for roughly 11 percent of tanning-salon revenues two years ago and may reach as high as 17 percent for 2009.  And as technology improves for the spray tan, most industry insiders predict that it will continue to lure customers away from traditional tanning beds.”

To learn more about the tanning salon business, click here.

The new year is here and the Atkins diet is back.  For a free kit to get started, click hereYour Atkins Kit will include:

 Atkins Quick-Start Guide

– The Atkins Comprehensive Carb Counter

– 3 FREE Atkins Bars

Your Atkins FREE Quick-Start Guide will be sent to you via U.S. Mail arriving within 10-14 days. It will contain everything you need to get started on the Atkins Nutritional Approach right now, including three Atkins bars.  There is no obligation required. Open to U.S. residents only. Limit one per household.

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Are you one of the millions of Americans who will resolve to exercise more in the New Year?  If so, take advice from the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS) and take it slowly.  Too much activity too quickly can cause a multitude of foot and ankle problems including stress fractures, ruptured tendons, or plantar fasciitis.

The best way to avoid these foot and ankle injuries is to know your limits and to follow a sensible program when exercising.  Preventative measures include:

  • Select the proper footwear for the specific type of exercise
  • Start out slowly when beginning an exercise program following a layoff period
  • Walk and stretch to warm up gradually before running or walking
  • Focus on stretching and strengthening the muscles in the calf
  • Increase running or walking distance and speed gradually, in increments no greater than 10% per week
  • Avoid unaccustomed strenuous sprinting
  • Take the time to cool down properly after exercise

Keith L. Wapner, MD, clinical professor of orthopaedic surgery at Pennsylvania Hospital and President-Elect of the AOFAS, sees many patients with overuse injuries and he offers the following advice, “Plantar fasciitis, tendonitis and stress fractures are the most common overuse injuries.  These can be avoided by remembering to include a stretching protocol prior to your workout and following the “rule of tens” by not increasing your exercise amount by more than ten percent per week.”

By adhering to these simple measures you may avoid painful overuse ankle injuries and achieve success with your New Year’s resolution.  For more information on overuse injuries as well as resources on foot and ankle care go to the AOFAS website  The site also features a surgeon referral service that makes it easy for patients to find a local orthopaedic surgeon specializing in foot and ankle care.

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Between night club cover fees, fighting crowds and finding a designated driver or cab, New Year’s Eve can be more work than fun. 

This year, why not take the less-stressful, less-expensive option of hosting a ladies poker night?  It’s a great excuse for you and your girlfriends to have a fun evening without the dangers of drunk drivers and roofies.

Here’s everything you’ll need to host a marvelous ladies poker night:

  1. A Poker Set:  Our favorite poker set is Pink Poker Night Kit from Thought Hammer ($17.50).  The kit comes with pink playing cards, 200 poker chips, invitations and envelopes, party recipes, and a rule book.  To purchase, click here
  2. Pink Vodka:  It’s not New Year’s Eve (or poker night) with a cocktail!  Our choice beverage is Pinky Vodka ($35) because it is full of real botanicals, violet flowers, wild strawberries, and rose petals, fantastic for any fruit-based cocktail…plus it’s pink!  Click here for a retailer near you.  The company also has some fantastic recipes online, click here to check them out!
  3. Cigars:  If you can play cards like men, then you can smoke cigars like men too!  We suggest Red Rothchild cigars from Gurkha ($32.81/5pk) because they’re mild to medium with a buttery smooth taste. The cigars also have pleasant notes of hazelnuts and vanilla.  To purchase, click here.
  4. Music:  Of course you need music at a party, and for this occasion we suggest The Fame album ($15) by Lady GaGa because it has the very appropriate song, Pokerface.  You can find the album at any Target or Best Buy.  To purchase on Amazon, click here.

Good luck and Happy New Year from Marvelous Girl!

For more tips on staying safe this New Year’s Eve, click here.

It’s supposedly the most wonderful time of the year, but all that celebrating can leave partiers facing some unexpected, life-changing consequences.  Fortunately, Shelby Knox, an expert in sex ed and women’s issues, provided Marvelous Girl with some safety tips for social media, college parties, New Year’s Eve and more.  If you have a daughter you should definitely check out the interview below.

You can also catch Knox on the upcoming PBS documentary, This Emotional Life, January 4, 5, and 6, 2010, at 8pm ET.  To see the trailer, click here.

About Shelby Knox:
Shelby Knox, star of the award-winning documentary “The Education of Shelby Knox,” is a well-known progressive activist who fought for comprehensive sex education at her own school and is now working to make a difference at other schools and communities across the US with her forward-thinking views on women’s issues. In Knox’s recent post on The, she reminds young women about the potential pitfalls during their college years, pointing out that it’s always better to be prepared in the face of certain dilemmas. In her Smart Girl’s Guide, she gives concrete suggestions and ways that young women can prevent pitfalls. Her goal is to remind young women that they need to be savvy and have a plan.

Knox studied government at the University of Texas in Austin, and traveled to speak at high schools, colleges, and community events about comprehensive sex education and youth activism. After graduating in 2007, she moved to New York to work as a freelance writer and consultant to organizations working on young women’s issues.  She continues her work as a sexual health educator in partnership with colleges around the country.

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