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When it comes to money and marriage, young women are more likely to know about and manage a couple’s finances.

According to a new national survey by FindLaw.com, the most popular legal information Web site, married women between the ages of 18 and 34 are the most likely among married people to play a significant role in managing the couple’s finances, and less likely to squabble with their spouses about money.

“We found that younger women, in many ways, are the most money-savvy among married couples,” said Stephanie Rahlfs, an attorney and editor with FindLaw.com. “We sought to understand how couples manage their money, how much they fight about money, and how much they know about their financial situation. Younger women are the most likely – among men or women of all ages – to take on responsibility for understanding and managing the household finances, and do it without fighting about money issues.”

•  Younger women are more likely to manage the household finances by themselves, rather than letting their spouses handle it or managing the money together. Thirty-seven percent of young married women say they handle all the household finances, compared with only 30 percent of young married men.

•  Younger women are less likely to fight about money with their spouses. The survey found that while “Money” is the No. 1 issue most married couples fight about, younger women are more likely to fight about their partner’s bad habits than money. In fact, money is tied for third with issues involving relatives and in-laws, after bad habits and having or raising children.

•  Who knows the most about their spouse’s finances when they get married? Whether it’s income, debts, net worth, retirement savings or even credit score, most younger women knew the details about their spouse’s finances before they got married. By contrast, less than half of younger men say they knew their wife’s net worth, retirement savings or credit score before they got married.

“Money and marriage are inevitably intertwined,” said Rahlfs. “Property rights, joint responsibilities and obligations, and legal benefits are as much a part of marriage as vows and wedding rings. How much couples know about their finances and how they decide to manage their money are important issues as couples go through their married life together. Whether married or about to get married, couples should understand the legal and financial aspects of marriage.”

Free Internet resources, such as FindLaw.com (http://www.findlaw.com), can provide helpful information on topics such as marriage, adoption and divorce, including a fiancé(e) and newlywed financial checklist,  guide to adopting a child, and factors to consider in dividing property in a divorce.

The FindLaw.com survey was conducted using a demographically balanced telephone survey of 1,000 American adults and has a margin of error of plus-or-minus three percent.

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 HuffingtonPost.com, 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.

Pregnancy.org, a company dedicated to the lives of women trying to conceive, pregnant or whom have kids already, has released a study with alarming results. The survey, which interviewed over 400 pregnant women, revealed that 78% admit to a poor diet, inadequate exercise or not taking a prenatal vitamin daily. The survey also showed:

  • 61% don’t take a pre-natal vitamin daily as they feel it makes them more nauseous
  • 55% did not seek expert advice on which pre-natal vitamin was suitable for them
  • Over 25% of respondents admitted to consuming alcohol, cigarettes or caffeine
  • Folate and Iron are the most sought after vitamins/minerals in a pre-natal vitamin but over 50% respondents don’t know what foods naturally contain them
  • When asked what they look for in a pre-natal vitamin price was considered more important than absorption rates or ingredient quality
  • 80% don’t change their pre-natal vitamin formula from pre-conception to breastfeeding Founder and General

Manager of Pregnancy.org, LLC, Mollee Bauer, said “Our community boards are always buzzing about how pregnant moms struggle with diet, exercise and taking their daily pregnancy or prenatal vitamin and much of it can be attributed to feeling nauseas. In response we have created the first ever prenatal vitamin with a 100% anti-nausea GUARANTEE and an online nutrition clinic.”

Many women don’t realize that their vitamins may be making them feel unwell, adding to typical morning sickness symptoms. Typically, prenatal vitamins include iron, an essential nutrient during pregnancy, but when taken with other vitamins and minerals it can be hard to absorb and cause an upset stomach. The new anti-nausea formula allows moms to take a separate, highly absorbent iron + Vitamin C capsule and a prenatal multivitamin with B12, which has been shown to reduce symptoms associated with morning sickness.

The company enlisted the help of Beverly Hills Registered Dietitian, Deborah Klein, to develop the new anti-nausea vitamin. “In the last fifteen years of practice I’ve worked with thousands of moms-to be and as a mom myself I know the importance of getting enough nutrients and choosing the right prenatal supplement. Our aim was to create a pre-natal vitamin with everything a mom and baby needs that could help alleviate nausea not create it. If mom’s try any of the products and it doesn’t help we offer a 100% anti-nausea money back guarantee!!”

The new range of prenatal and pregnancy vitamins are exclusively available through Pregnancy.org. The clinic also provides information on how to eat right during pregnancy and online consultations with Registered Dietitians.

Photos by Mario Testino/Vogue

Who were the most fashionable women of the decade? Well Vogue magazine wants you to vote! 

Looking back over ten years of red carpet, runway, and regular moments, the magazine selected its favorite ten looks from every year.

Now, they’re asking fashion lovers to vote on their favorites and help whittle the list down to the top of the decade.  To cast your vote, click here.

The winners will be posted on January 25, 2010.

  • The holidays can be a stressful time, and giving the current economic climate, the nation will likely be getting less sleep this season as they worry about finances, according to Sleepbetter.org.  The company released a Holiday Slumber Index with some interesting findings: 
     
    Losing Sleep Over the Holidays?
     
    44% of parents say they are worried about affording the holidays this year
  • 35% of all Americans are worried about affording the holidays (16% much more/19% somewhat more)
  • Hispanics are more worried about affording the holidays this year – 46% (vs. 35% for the general population
  • Women (21%) are more likely than men (13%) to say they lose sleep in the run-up to Christmas.

The Night Before Gifting, All Were Not Sleeping…

  • 66% of parents will get six or fewer hours of sleep the night before gift-giving
  • 17% of parents get less than five hours of sleep the night before
  • And on the flip side – three in ten (30%) parents receive 7 to 8 hours of sleep, while few (4%) slumber for more than 8 hours the night before gift-giving
  • 49% of the entire population gets less than 6 hours of sleep the night before gift-giving
  •  Two in ten (19%) parents say that their children get 6 hours or less of sleep that night. 44% of parents say their children get 7 to 8 hours of sleep, and 34% get 9 or more hours the night before gifts.

This was a national telephone survey (1001 respondents) conducted by IPSOS and commissioned by Sleepbetter.org.

Oprah Winfrey recently announced she will end her daytime talk show in 2011 to reappear on the Oprah Winfrey Network – her OWN cable company.

Winfrey made the decision because there were more and more viewers watching less and less of network television and she saw her audience dwindling.  In short, there are just too many choices too many other places.

With a station devoted solely to Oprah, what can we expect?  24-hour programming of Oprah-deemed-worthy movies and books?  Is O-TV the new Lifetime or Oxygen

 

marriage businessOften the “business” of a relationship (who’s picking up the kids, what’s there to eat for dinner, how are we doing on our family budget?) can get in the way of the closeness that’s necessary in a marriage. “The intimacy can diminish from a couple’s love-life: not that they love each other any less, but that closeness, that feeling of true connection can fade. What usually happens next? Women complain about their plight but men leave,” says Dr. Noelle Nelson, relationship expert and author of Your Man is Wonderful.

“Men don’t necessarily leave physically,” notes Nelson, “but whereas women speak up loudly in relationships about what’s bothering them, men respond more often than not by simply leaving. First emotionally, then mentally, lastly physically.”

Nelson believes men are trained by our culture and society not to whine or complain, but to be stoic and put up with hardship. “They bring that attitude into their relationships as well,” says Nelson. “Which is why a wife is often surprised to find her mate has strayed. She assumed that since he wasn’t complaining, all was well.”

Nelson offers these suggestions to couples who want to keep (or rekindle) the closeness they felt when they were first married:

  • Pay as much attention to the connection side of your relationship as you do to the business side.
  • Openly express your appreciation to your mate every day, let him or her know how valuable they are–to you, to your family, to the world.
  • Purposefully join in those activities your spouse enjoys, be that the ballgame on Sunday afternoon, her new interest in tennis, or his fascination with a new software program.
  • If you can’t join in, be supportive, interested and enthusiastic.
  • Be engaged in his or her work, show interest in what makes up your spouse’s day, and engage your spouse in yours.

“Connection is automatic when we first fall in love,” says Nelson, “but it must be nurtured if it is to be maintained, and lovingly tended so you remain close, not apart, as the years go by.”

For more marriage tips, go to Nelson’s blog, http://anotefromdrnoelle.blogspot.com/ or follow her on Twitter, http://twitter.com/drnoellenelson.

chocolate study women heartDo you ever wish you could eat chocolate every single day? Well, some lucky women are getting the chance as scientists are looking for women willing to eat chocolate every day for a year — for medical science of course!

Researchers in England are trying to prove chocolate lowers the risk of heart disease and need 40 women to conduct their study.

The majority of the women must eat two bars of “super-strength chocolate specially formulated by Belgian chocolatiers” daily for one year while undergoing several tests on the health of their hearts. The remaining participants will eat regular chocolate as a placebo.

Volunteers for the research should be menopausal but aged under 75 and have type two diabetes. Peter Curtis, the study’s coordinator, said, “A successful outcome could be the first step in developing new ways to improve the lives of people at increased risk of heart disease.”

Photo by lusi

Photo by lusi

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) conducted a new survey about the effect of the current economic crisis on women and their families’ mental health. Here are some of the highlights of the survey of women ages 30 – 54 years:

More than two-thirds (68%) of women feel the current economic crisis has had a negative impact on them and their families.

More than half (55%) said the current problems with the economy have had a negative impact on their mental health.

Despite the negative impact on their mental well-being, most of the women prioritized others’ needs and other responsibilities over their own mental and physical health.

Although 76 percent of women polled say they are participating in more positive activities than they were six months ago, they also report sharp increases in stress, anxiety, frustration and other negative mental health indicators over the same time period.
 
The survey reiterates a woman’s tendency to put others’ needs before her own, and shows how important it is that she addresses her own mental health needs so she can more effectively address the needs of her family. HealthyMinds.org offers women and their families information on mental health and the economy as well as a variety of other mental health topics.

Photo by lusi

Photo by lusi

Dr. Rebecca Booth, prominent gynecologist, author of The Venus Week and Huffington Post blogger, calls this your Venus Week—and has tips to help women harness the energy so they can feel this good ALL MONTH LONG!
 
· Indulge in High-Quality Dark Chocolate: Antioxidant, pro-circulation effect, natural antidepressant, good satiety and it’s delicious! Moderation is key—indulgences should be kept to no more than 1 ounce a day.  The darker the chocolate is the better but watch out for hidden sugar such as sugary fillings, caramel and dried fruits.
 
· Probiotics are Pro Venus: Eat yogurt that’s rich in probiotics; including these cultures in your diet help create bacterial balance in your gut, vagina, mouth, on your skin and scalp.  The benefits of eating Probiotics include: Helping prevent yeast infections, reducing body odors, lessening foot and other skin fungus and even lessening halitosis. Dannon’s Activia Light is an excellent source of probiotics.
 
· Increase Your Intake of Omega 3 Fatty Acids:  It has been proven that Omega 3s reduce damage that comes from the natural process of aging but also increase dopamine, which improves mood and sexual function in women.  Elevating dopamine can help offset mood swings associated with your period (but not with your mother-in-law!) and medications that elevate dopamine have been shown to improve your libido.  A safe way to add in your Omega 3s is adding a fish oil supplement to your diet, but make sure you consult with your doctor if you are taking blood thinning medications.
 
· Heat Things Up with a Daily Dish of Cinnamon: Studies have indicated that cinnamon has an amazing effect on increasing sensitivity to insulin and lowering blood sugar.  The simple dietary addition of ½ teaspoon of cinnamon a day can improve hormonal balance by ensuring better carbohydrate metabolism.  Treat yourself to a low-fat latte with cinnamon sprinkled on top while helping the kids with their homework!


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