||Let "the gifting"
true…we're at 30 days and counting. You have my permission to
steal these holiday gift ideas and make them your own:
for coffee lovers:
java lip balm,
thermal carafe, home coffee roaster kit
foot massage cream, wrist-mounted
safety whistle, music transporter pack
for people on the go:
portable laptop light,
mobile office tool, auto desk
||Donate (it's good for you):
sneakers—you know, the five pairs that are piled and
forgotten in the corner of your closet—to Nike, who will have
them ground into tiny pieces and used to top tennis courts and
Your old eyeglasses to a national
eye-care center or eyeglass
recycling program, where they will be retrofitted and sent
to Third World countries
Your has-been cell phone to a
violence program, where it will be reprogrammed to dial
911 at the touch of a button and given to a victim in need.
their cheapest online fares on Wednesdays, when they try to
fill their weekend flights. These great fares—especially to
Florida—are usually offered for Saturday through Monday
travel, says Anastasia Mann of the Corniche Travel Group in
it on the grapevine:
Screw caps are
replacing corks as the stopper of choice to ensure flavor
consistency and eliminate the possibility of cork rot. This is
good news since I keep breaking that air-pressure corkscrew
||Weight a Minute:
How do you
enjoy the holidays and avoid putting on the
Remember, EAT before you meet, says Prevention
magazine. Have this small meal before you go to any parties: a
hardboiled Egg, an Apple and a Thirst quencher (water,
seltzer, diet soda, tea).
I am a
spy. I'm addicted to finding out what's new, what's next,
what's what and how to get it. I'm not talking about the
trendy or the hyped-up, but the real deal. My most prized
info-nuggets come from just listening to and observing the
people around me—a casual chat in the hallway, my fitness
trainer's ramblings while I work my you-know-what off,
eavesdropping on a restaurant conversation. I pay attention.
hallway: "We're staying in suite 1265. It has
the best views on the island." (The hotel is the Halekulani; the
island is Oahu, Hawaii.)
The fitness trainer: "You should join
Wine Brats. You taste
all kinds of wines and it's a great way to meet people."
The restaurant: "My wife has this
program on her Palm Pilot® and she just punches in the check
total and the percentage she wants to tip and that's it."
(It's called Check
Please. I asked.)
gathered all the sticky notes and scraps of paper, added the
information I come by working for this network (whose very
essence is to be the ultimate resource) and created Notes To
Self. But I can’t do it alone. I need your help to fill me in,
set me straight, inform your fellow beings.
... and let's get started!
like you mean it
OK, guys, women
like a man whose face feels smooooooth, and that's all about
technique. Here are five simple steps to the shave of your
1. Use hot
water to soften skin and hair.
shaving cream on a brush and use a circular motion to build up
the lather on your face.
3. Apply a
thick coat of lather—it packs the hair with shaving
downward and forward with the growth of the hair. Going
against the growth can cause a rash, and we know how sensitive
use aftershave. It contains alcohol, which closes the skin's
pores and dries out the skin. Instead, use shaving oils to
replenish the skin's moisture.
P.S.: Avoid shaving in
the shower: It wastes up to 30 gallons of water.
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