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The Secret To a Perfect Night’s Sleep

Need a good night’s sleep? The secret, according to this article, is darkness.

Unwanted light in the bedroom stand between you and your best night’s sleep. Learn how to get your circadian rhythm back on track with blackout shades.

If you want to get a great night’s sleep, turn everything off and block out all the light. That should make the difference for you.

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Source: The Ultimate Secret To a Perfect Night’s Sleep – The Finishing Touch

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New James Bond Spectre Trailer – YouTube

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Organize your freezer by labeling your food

Here’s a quick and easy tip to organize your freezer and make sure you don’t let food expire: label it, including a “frozen” date, then organize by date with the oldest food in front. This way you’re always adding the new stuff to the back of the “pile” and always pulling ingredients from the front.

It’s a simple fix, but it works.

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How to retain what you read: write about it!

I sometimes read a book, then find myself striving to remember what was in it a few months (or weeks) later. Has this ever happened to you? Maybe it hasn’t (your memory might be better). For those of you who do have trouble remembering what you read, especially for non-fiction books, here’s a trick to help you retain more: write about it!

Before you run off with the thought that I’m giving you homework, think about it. Just by making notes about what you read you will clarify the key points, the important parts you want to remember. If you have a blog, you can write a post about it. Or you can even write a few paragraphs to post a review on Amazon.

Try it and let me know if it helped.

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Video Pick: Brené Brown at TEDxHouston

Have you met Brené Brown? Let me introduce you:

Dr. Brené Brown is a researcher professor at the University of Houston, Graduate College of Social Work, where she has spent the past ten years studying a concept that she calls Wholeheartedness, posing the questions: How do we engage in our lives from a place of authenticity and worthiness? How do we cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection that we need to embrace our imperfections and to recognize that we are enough — that we are worthy of love, belonging and joy? Brené is the author of I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t): Telling the Truth About Perfectionism, Inadequacy, and Power (2007) and the forthcoming books, The Gifts of Imperfection (2010) and Wholehearted: Spiritual Adventures in Falling Apart, Growing Up, and Finding Joy ( 2011).

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Miss Piggy and Gloria Steinem

So… Miss Piggy got a Feminist Icon Award. And Jezebel Magazine” wrote about it. And she tweeted this really great photo I just had to share.



Miss Piggy rocks.

Image source: sarahtevendale / Pixabay

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Video Pick: How to Peel a Tomato or Stone Fruit with Martha Stewart

Another great video from Martha Stewart:

Peeled tomatoes are sometimes required in recipes, but the delicate skin can be hard to remove. Use this technique for a clean peel every time.
Brought to you by Martha Stewart: http://www.marthastewart.com

Subscribe for more Martha now!: http://full.sc/PtJ6Uo

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Mayor Parker taps 1st woman city attorney

News from the City of Houston:

Mayor Annise Parker has selected Donna Edmundson to be the new city attorney.  Upon confirmation by City Council, Edmundson will become the first woman to hold the position.  She has nearly 30 years of experience with the City Legal Department.

“With just a year left in my term and a wealth of internal talent, I did not see a need to consider an outside candidate,” said Mayor Parker.  “Multiple employees were interviewed from within the department, and I concluded Donna is the best choice.  She has deep and broad experience in matters of law and management.  I particularly like that her recent experience has been in the area of neighborhood protection, which is one of my top priorities.”

Edmundson has been practicing law in the City Legal Department since 1986.  Since 2008, she has served as Chief of the department’s Neighborhood Services Section.  Her current responsibilities include managing 25 attorneys and support staff as well as providing legal advice regarding neighborhood issues to various city departments. She has pursued legal action against the owners of dangerous buildings and works closely with the Houston Police Department (HPD) on gang, drug and vice related matters. Her work targeting a north side gang known as the Hollywood Click resulted in a 40 percent reduction in criminal activity in a 48 square mile area on Houston’s north side.  She was also intimately involved in the settlement that ended long-standing litigation between 16 area topless clubs and the City.  The agreement set new regulations for operation of the clubs and provided funding for creation of a human trafficking unit within HPD.

Prior to being named to the management position of section chief, Edmundson served as a Senior Assistant City Attorney.  She has a law degree from South Texas College of Law and a B.A. from Sam Houston State University.

Edmundson will replace David Feldman, who is resigning effective January 16, 2015, to go into practice with his son.

City Council is expected to consider Edmundson’s confirmation in two weeks.

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Miss Piggy Is Getting A Feminist Icon Award

In an ironic twist, Miss Piggy (yes, the fictitious Muppet character) is going to be honored as a feminist icon. She will be given the Brooklyn Museum’s Sackler Center First Award on June 4, 2015. Odd.

Calling Miss Piggy gritty and tenacious, Sackler added that she “has all of the qualities that…women need to have to face the world as it is, and she gives us a good smile on top of it all.” This is the fifth year that the award has been handed out. The first year, 15 women received the award.

I do agree that Miss Piggy defied the standard “girl” tv characters when she was introduced, with things like karate chops and a more direct personality… but she’s still fictitious. Is giving awards to fictitious characters something they normally do for these awards?

UPDATE  June 7, 2015: Jezebel posted a story about the awards.

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“That’s a job for a man” & other things you should never say to your daughter

"That's a job for a man" & other things you should never say to your daughter (more info at HerBayouCity.com)

I came across this post in Lifehack and thought to myself: “no one says that any more!” At least I hope that’s true. Please tell me we aren’t still telling girls that they have to be ladylike and that there are jobs they can’t do because they aren’t boys. Tell me we aren’t telling them, or encouraging them, to lower their expectations. Tell me that we aren’t discouraging them from being bold and assertive (because they aren’t acting like girls). Tell me that we’ve learned our lessons.

Then tell me we aren’t saying these things to our girls:

  • That’s a job for a man
  • You’re wasting your time
  • That’s not very ladylike of you

Let’s learn new language.

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