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Being an American Latina means different things to different women. Las Fabulosas talks to three mujeres about their Latina pride and how nuestra cultura enriches the American experience

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Warmer weather means more time to relax in the sun with a good book -- and there are some fantastic must-read books about to hit the stores (or your tablet). Here are some of the most eagerly anticipated new releases of the spring/summer season

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While talking to my daughter for the umpteenth time about the importance of cleaning up her room, I felt a bit of familiarity that was too close to home. I began to have that dramatic shrill that my mom used to have when she chastised me about something   More  
The most boundary-conscious people are also the most compassionate and affectionate. So how do you create boundaries and stick to them without feeling guilty? Do this one thing, and you'll find success in work, life and love   More  
It's easy, think positive thoughts and happiness will flow into your life. Well, after giving that sentiment a go, many end up frustrated because nothing has really changed. Is there a way to actually get the law of attraction to work? Absolutely, here's how   More  

 

  • Don't know what to get your mom for Mother's Day? Don't sweat it. We've got the best gifts ideas that are sure to make her forget the time your borrowed (and ruined) her cashmere sweater without asking

  • So how can you look sexy and fit this summer without going on a hunger strike? Try the following three rules, and I promise, you will look fabulous in your bikini in a few short weeks

  • I found this quote by Virginia Woolf: 'My mind works in idleness. To do nothing is often my most profitable way.' It suddenly dawned on me that the days when I walk around the city doing very little are actually my most productive work days of the week. Why?

  • Through experimentation, I learned a few killer tips that'll help anyone who is in the process of creating new life-improving habits. Cultivate success with these four easy steps

  • Over the last few years, life has forced me to face many of my fears head on. After the abrupt ending of a seemingly perfect relationship, I had to face the reality of being single again. Shockingly enough, I lived -- and am even much happier now!

  • "Me time" really is what the doctor ordered. Learn the real health benefits of self-indulgence -- and how to reap the rewards

  • You take pride in being there for others, but every once in a while you need to be there for yourself. Here's how to find time and the best way to spend it

  • All the help you ever needed is just a few taps away. Here's the best iPhone apps for moms

  • Making time for your medical needs may be the last thing on your to-do list. But it's essential when you're a mom

  • This is becoming the summer of Women and the Workplace. Or rather, whether women can pursue the same career opportunities as men without sacrificing their roles as mothers

  • Next time you recharge your cell phone, think about giving your own batteries a boost

  • Want to instantly amp up your happiness factor? Try these small things that will light up your life

  • You can read all the books you want, but only experience can teach you what being a mom is all about. Here are some things only a mother will tell you

  • Don't get me wrong; I'm no stranger to mom guilt. Who is? Mom guilt comes in all forms and from all directions

  • These women are inspiring others to feel more beautiful and confident. Here, they share their touching and motivational real-life smile stories

  • Do sad movies always make you cry? That's great. Get ready to feel good afterward

  • Herewith, the ultimate gift guide for sons looking to get disowned. If you'd rather stay on mom's good side, use this list as a guide for what not to buy

  • At least 33,000 American troops are scheduled to leave Afghanistan this year. And talk is rife about accelerating the withdrawal. That leaves Afghan women scared to death

  • In a clip I keep replaying, a young Iranian woman dressed in black runs towards a wall, skips a good few paces up it and flips full circle through the air, landing back on her feet

  • Sodium (including salt) is an important flavor-enhancer, but its use should be limited in your kitchen. Here are some of my favorite tips for creating a tasty meal -- without going overboard on sodium

  • Comfort food doesn't have to mean meatloaf and mashed potatoes. In fact, research reveals that there are healthier staples that can soothe your soul and get you grinning. Incorporate these eight expert picks into your daily diet and you'll score more energy, less stress and even a brighter smile. Consider these your new happy meals

  • An estimated five million women across the country have hired themselves as head honchos and launched their own home-based business. With many working moms out of a job and at-home moms eager to bring in extra income, the idea of being your own boss is becoming more attractive than ever. Here's how you can get started on a business and make it blossom

  • Comfort food doesn't have to mean meatloaf and mashed potatoes. In fact, research reveals that there are healthier staples that can soothe your soul and get you grinning. Incorporate these eight expert picks into your daily diet and you'll score more energy, less stress and even a brighter smile. Consider these your new happy meals

  • Some people find it virtually impossible to be on time. No matter how important the event, they're always in a mad dash and get there late -- or just under the wire. Sound familiar? Maybe you need to reset your internal clock and stop being late before chronic tardiness costs you a friendship, a promotion or a reputation

  • My wife and I have a solid marriage, but like everyone, we've struggled with the changes that aging brings -- including those that affect our love life. The good news: With simple adjustments, sex after 40, 50, 60 and beyond can be as satisfying as ever, strengthening your relationship rather than becoming a source of conflict and stress

  • Elizabeth Gilbert first seduced us in her best-selling memoir Eat, Pray, Love, then, we watched with envy as Julia Roberts recreated the author's life-changing journey on the big screen. Now you can revive your own spirit at home -- no passport required -- by incorporating some of Gilbert's happiness-inducing discoveries into your everyday life

  • When the going got really rough for these three women, they all found ways to stay positive. These stories can help to build confidence, achieve your dreams and be your best self -- no matter what life throws your way.

  • Between work and family, household responsibilities and a social life, your days are packed. How do you have time to find the energy for it all? The next time you're in need of a pick-me-up, try one of these quick and easy energy boosters. They'll add some oomph to your attitude in less time than it takes to brew a pot of coffee

  • A bad hair day, a wobble on stilettos or a sudden onset of the sweats can send confidence levels south. And it can be worse when those snafus happen during an important meeting or a hot date. We corralled a bunch of experts -- from doctors to stylists -- for their quick tips on tackling seven esteem sinkers.

  • In a perfect world, you'd leap out of bed and cross off half of your to-do list before heading out the door. The reality? It takes three hits of the snooze button and two cups of coffee before you can muster enough energy to drag yourself back to the daily grind. But you can break out of an a.m. slump -- without overhauling your entire life. Work these seven tweaks into your daily routine

  • Becoming a stay-at-home mom doesn't necessarily mean bringing your career to a screeching halt. The possibility looms, however, if you don't maintain your network and keep current with your industry. Stay-at-home moms are advised to keep their career in motion, even if at a slower speed, by devising a short-term career strategy

  • To work or not to work many mothers grapple with that issue. Some moms decide to stay home for months or years, if it is economically feasible. Others continue to work full-time. Still others decide to reduce their hours to part-time, and remain on their career path, although possibly on a slower schedule.

  • Running from place to place throughout the day is really hard on your feet. And since regular pedicures are a pipe dream, you need a quick way to combat calluses, cracked heels and brittle toenails. Thankfully, you can clean up and beautify your feet at home in not much time. Check out these expert strategies for fixing your most annoying foot issues

  • Bad habits aren't limited to things like nail biting and procrastination. For women, one of the most common and insidious habits is being overly critical or judgmental of themselves. What's worse, a pattern of self-criticism can become so ingrained, you might not even notice you're doing it. You can learn to silence your inner critic and become more accepting of yourself, however. Start with these strategies

  • Cleopatra was known for soaking her skin in a rose petal and milk bath to keep it soft. The ancient Greeks used honey and the Romans olive oil as natural skin moisturizers. So what's the real deal? Here, eight skin care essentials from the experts to increase your chances of having great-looking skin

  • When your day is devoted to taking care of your kids, your husband, your job and the many other important things on your agenda, it can seem impossible to schedule time for yourself. But setting aside your own time is key to maintaining your physical and mental health. Here are six expert ways to find hidden moments in your day and how to spend them so you feel energized and invigorated.

  • Healthy hair starts with a well-balanced diet. Specific nutrients play key roles in hair growth and maintenance, and if any are missing from your diet, your strands could suffer. Check out this guide to foods that encourage healthy hair, and start feeding your follicles at breakfast, lunch and dinner

  • We've all heard the stories: A mom has a big idea, such as inventing a device to prevent toddlers from unrolling an entire roll of toilet paper, and overnight she becomes a millionaire. It sounds easy -- but is it? Here's myths -- and realities -- about becoming a successful mompreneur

  • Sharon Reed Abboud, author of All Moms Work: Short-Term Career Strategies for Long-Range Success, writes about 'the new mommy track,' or the trend towards mothers finding creative ways of combining work and family after their children are born. Abboud says telecommuting, freelancing, and owning your own business are all ways to make it possible

  • It's time to whip your self-confidence into shape. Hasn't anyone told you that you can learn to be fabulous? It's not about your looks -- it's your thinking. Your happiness, appearance and relationships all hinge on how you perceive -- and present -- yourself

  • Women excel at taking care of the needs of others. But when it comes to persuading someone to do something for us, it can feel awkward or be difficult. Well, not anymore! You can learn to be persuasive without being bullish. The path to getting what you need is filled with obstacles, but if you present your case the right way, you will find success. Here's how

  • A friend calls crying because she's going through a tough time. You want to comfort her, but for most of us, the first impulse is to give advice. It turns out that jumping in with suggestions isn't always the best way to comfort someone. Later, after you've heard her out, try these strategies for providing comfort during some of life's most challenging situations

  • Parties are the perfect time to let loose, catch up with friends and just have fun. And in general, party etiquette follows the standard rules of good manners: Bring your cheer, be friendly and always thank the host. However, you can sometimes find yourself in an awkward situation. Follow these strategies and you'll emerge from these sticky situations as the polite and gracious woman

  • These days, more and more people are sleeping fewer and fewer hours. But we don't need to tell you that. Keeping up with your kids, household and the rest of your life has likely made you a living, breathing -- and exhausted -- example of today's sleep-deprived woman. Most adults need seven or eight hours. Not hitting the magic number? Here are some innovative ways to squeeze in an extra 30 to 60 minutes of sleep each day.

  • In a tough economy, the tendency is to hunker down at your job -- if you still have one -- and hold on for dear life. But the truth is, now might be the right time to branch out and learn something new that will boost your employability. Here are four great ways to gain more skills without spending much

  • Sure, we're worried about the economy, but just how much of an impact is it having on women's health? Actually, quite a lot

  • Is your Mother's Day celebration actually causing you stress? Don't let the party planning hijack your day of relaxation. Here's five party-planning steps to keep you the star of the festivities

  • After giving birth, if you're not changing diapers or establishing a feeding schedule, you're washing onesies or rocking your newborn to sleep. Here are a few easy ways to nourish your body and spirit, even with a baby on your hip

  • Naturally, nothing matches a new mom's love for her baby. But when you've totally given up on romance, work is a nightmare, and your personal interests seem like distant memories, it's time for a balance check

  • There's no way to know what sleep deprivation truly feels like until you have your newborn at home. It's true: The first six weeks are brutal. But, there are strategies that can help. Here are five of the most surprising sleep tactics to help you reclaim your rest

  • Unless your dishes are piled so high they might topple overnight, and unless the dust bunnies in your living room are coming to life, most chores can be put aside until the next day

  • It should shock no one. Sexism has long been a powerful campaign tactic. It's a maliciously effective tool in undermining a female candidate's chances of winning

  • Our experts evaluate five famous faces and the secrets of success they applied to achieve their goals

  • These six strategies can help women fight the odds of facing financial trouble in retirement

  • For twenty- and thirty-somethings, the constant search for the perfect career can be both a blessing and a curse. The grass-is-always-greener mentality can serve as motivation, but it also has a tendency to become a trap, causing us to live in the future rather than enjoying the present

  • Clearing out the cupboards and sprucing up the garden aren't the only things that need a little attention this season; you do too. These 10 self-makeover tips can put a little spring in your step and a smile on your face

  • One strand became two, then three, then 219. At my mother's suggestion, I colored my tresses, and before long I found myself enslaved to a monthly ritual that unites women of every race and creed the world around. And once you begin, honey, there's no going back. Or is there? Lately I've been toying with a subversive idea: Going gray

  • With the help of school programs across the country, from residential support systems to campus lactation rooms, there are options available to women and their children. Here are some of the ways child-friendly college and university programs are helping mothers earn bachelor's degrees

  • This year's International Women's Day celebration was focused on work -- and making sure women across the world have access to the training and technology necessary to be a part of the global economy. For most of us, work is a fundamental part of how we make a living and express ourselves in the world. It provides a livelihood, identity, and purpose

  • In their book, 'Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements,' co-authors Tom Rath and Jim Harter examined the qualities and habits that contribute to high levels of wellbeing in the social, career, financial, physical, and community elements of life. When it comes to daily habits for physical wellbeing, morning exercise is hard to beat

  • Here's how to break out of these common worst-enemy behaviors and become your own best friend

  • Here's two natural herbs and five simple lifestyle habits for youthful legs -- no matter your age

  • Research shows that yoga helps ease stress and may even fend off sniffles. Here, a 15-minute daily routine that will get results

  • It isn't too late to get your yearly tune-up in gear. Top life coaches and some real women share their infallible stick-with-it tips

  • Social connections not only give us pleasure, but they also influence our long-term health in ways every bit as powerful as adequate sleep, a good diet, and not smoking. Dozens of studies have shown that people who have satisfying relationships with family, friends, and their community are happier, have fewer health problems, and live longer

  • It turns out that resilience -- the ability to deal with and adapt to stressful or traumatic events -- is a combination of attitudes and behaviors that help people overcome adversity. Even if your life is going smoothly now, remember these four important ways to build resilience, and you'll be able to clobber any curveball life throws your way

  • Are you starting to stress about holiday shopping? Skip the mall and consider do-it-yourself gifts from the garden instead. No, not bouquets of flowers, but infused vinegars, oils, salts and beauty potions handcrafted from easy-to-find garden herbs.

  • If you're like most women, you think of pumpkin just twice a year: once as a glorified candleholder come Halloween and then again as the indulgent finishing touch to your Thanksgiving dinner feast. But this big orange orb is actually one of nature's nutritional powerhouses. Here are the top reasons this gourd's goodness is a treat you should indulge in all year

  • It's true: Changing the colors you wear can actually change your mood -- and how others feel about you. When I was first trying to learn about color, there wasn't much research out there. So I decided to do the studies myself and fill the obvious gap

  • Megan Fox would seem to have it all. But in a recent interview, she confessed: 'I have no confidence, and because of that I'm always second-guessing myself.' You'd never guess it from her self-assurance in movies, on the red carpet and at photo shoots. Anyone can project A-list confidence, however, by following that old Hollywood mantra -- fake it till you make it. Here's how


  • One hour into my new job on 'Desperate Housewives,' Felicity Huffman asks me, 'You have three kids under three years old? How are you managing it all with work?' I can't even meet her eye as I shamefully reply, 'Work is the best part of my day.'

  • It was April 15. I went and mailed my taxes. It felt surreal, doing this mundane civic chore on the day breast cancer took my mother. I remember being vaguely surprised that taxes were still due, that the world had not stopped, that here was life, going on regardless. Now here we are, 22 years later and I just signed up to walk 60 miles as part of the Susan G. Komen 3-Day For The Cure.

  • Leaving the workforce to be a stay-at-home mom might seem risky these days. But it can be a good decision, particularly if your spouse has a secure job. If you're deciding whether you can afford to be a stay-at-home mom, consider these factors: finances, your partner's support and your own emotional well-being. Here's how to weigh the risks and rewards

  • When it comes to getting a bra, it's so important to have the perfect fit. We want to keep you, er, abreast of what to look for when bra buying.

  • Happiness, researchers say, has a U-shaped relationship with age. People are relatively happy until they're 18 -- then life happens. Mortgages, jobs, children, relationships, disappointments with a capital D. So that youthful feel-good quality heads south until one hits 50. After bottoming out in the early 50s, however, people grow steadily happier

  • I doubt today's working world is what the suffragettes were thinking of 100 years ago when they marched for a woman's right to vote and a few other crumbs of equality. I doubt, too, this is what mid-century feminists expected when they knocked on boardroom doors and corporate glass ceilings.

  • While you may not always be able to control the outcome of situations, you do have a choice about how you react to it. Focusing on your actions is one of the best ways to fend off a bad mood. To stay happy and pay your attitude forward in a positive way, put these tips into practice

  • Women are different, at least in some ways, when it comes to money. For starters, they live longer than men, which means they'll likely outlive their spouse and manage their money on their own one day. They also tend to earn less, partly because they are often the primary caregivers for children as well as their own parents. Here's nine tips from authors of financial books for women

  • Take a look through the Labor Department's data on wages and you'll see an astonishing pattern. Nevermind modernity and women's liberation, men still make more than women in nearly all occupations. If a woman must work but she cannot provide the necessary level of income, her entire household suffers the cost.

  • Whether you're a mom or not, at some point you've likely put yourself on the back burner while turning your attention to the needs of those around you. But moms know this feeling better than anyone: With kids, life isn't only about you anymore. But if you're losing yourself in the process of raising a family, it's time to refocus. Here's how to find a balance

  • When everyone in your family is down for the count with colds and the flu, you're often the one who continues to be the family cheerleader. But keeping a positive perspective can be tough under some circumstances. What's the best way to maintain an upbeat attitude? Here's useful suggestions for rising to the challenge, no matter what you're up against.

  • Sometimes it seems as though there isn't enough time to manage everything on your plate. Never before have moms multitasked the way we do today -- from succeeding at work and taking care of the children at home, to volunteering in the community and making time for our partners and parents. What's a multitasking mom to do when the to-do list gets too long? Here's your step-by-step guide.

  • The media is aflutter about a new study showing a growing number of women out-earning their husbands, a situation that has become more common in a recession in which men are losing jobs at a faster clip. There's even a catchy label to accompany the movement: alpha wives. To which I say: Oh, boy, here we go again.

  • Ladies, you seem to be focusing on matrimony as the answer to your worries -- and overlooking a key truth about marriage today: that tying the knot is becoming more of a boon for men than it is for women. A recent Pew Research Center report confirms what the current recession is bringing home all too clearly, with more men being laid off than women

  • I'm a fan of sensible shoes -- the low-heeled, wide-toed variety that allows me to walk without limping or tripping. I save those shin-torturing, bunion-producing pumps for special occasions. So I don't understand the latest trend in little-girl fashion: kindergartners in high heels.

  • I've often joked that children are the most stressful factor in a marriage, especially for those of us who juggle work and family. Rushed, conflicted and usually overwhelmed, mothers who toil outside the home feel there aren't enough hours in the day to keep up with parenting obligations, job duties and household chores. Life turns into a never-ending to-do list, a blaring alarm that's can't be quieted

  • After a few months' hiatus, I spoke to my best friend from childhood. Though we live hundreds of miles apart, we can tell each other anything, picking up the strands of various subplots -- children, siblings, work, health -- right where we left off. We vent, we rage, we analyze, we pick apart. We laugh. A lot. Mostly, though, we just let it all hang out. And my, my, my, that feels so dang good.

  • Can you both tend the home fires and stoke a high-powered career? Is it possible to juggle the third-grade play with the 11th-hour executive-board meeting? If you take a few years off to raise Suzy and Jose, can you still reach the office mountaintop? These are questions that have been on women's minds for decades, but over the years the so-called work-life balance has become the accepted formula for women who want to 'have it all.' Now comments by former General Electric CEO Jack Welch have reignited the old debate ...

  • Confusing times call for simple pleasures. It's the safest way to indulge with minimal payout. So now friends share frugal tips over store-brand coffee. Staycations have replaced the Riviera. A few have abandoned cars and opted for public transit. It's all about doing more with less, about being happy with enough.