Las Fabulosas http://www.lasfabulosas.com Las Fabulosas en-us Copyright ©2014 Studio One Networks Wed, 10 Sep 2014 02:42:02 EST Wed, 10 Sep 2014 02:42:02 EST Health sonCOMAND http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss 60 Las Fabulosas ../programsend/programunit.png ../programsend/programsum/programsend.html I sweat a lot when it's hot outside. Is there anything I can do to prevent excess moisture and bad odors? http://www.lasfabulosas.com/expertqa/stay_cool_beat_sweat/index.html Though remaining cool in the midst of intensive activity may be beyond our control, it is possible to battle excessive sweating with these tips:

Choose the right product: Start by using antiperspirant. There are many over-the-counter options or even prescription alternatives if you are looking for higher strength. Deodorants fight odor, not moisture, while antiperspirant-deodorant combos tackle both.

Choose the right time: The products you use are just as important as when you use them. Dermatologists recommend applying antiperspirant before bed and then reapplying it in the morning for the best results. At night your skin is completely dry so there is a much greater chance for the antiperspirant to get into the sweat glands and block them. It should be applied directly to the “problem” areas. Beware of any irritation, and avoid those areas again in the future.

Dress strategically: Choose clothing that will help you battle the elements. Lightweight, breathable fabrics will help air you out when yofu’re moving around, or even when you’re just sitting down. Powders, which are made specifically for feet, are a great way to soak up foot moisture.

Moderate body temperature: Cold showers and drinking ice-cold water, as well as any other activity that can quickly lower your core temperature, will also help minimize sweat.

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Expert Q&A http://www.lasfabulosas.com/expertqa/stay_cool_beat_sweat/index.html Tue, 1 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EDT
After a long winter, my kids have become used to staying inside. Are there any outdoor actividades to get the entire familia moving again? http://www.lasfabulosas.com/expertqa/help_family_get_active/index.html Relaxing at home with la familia is tempting. But increasing outdoor playtime is a must for everyone’s health. Here are some fun ways to get moving.

Plant a vegetable patch. Creating a garden, even a simple one, is one of the best ways to learn about environmental sustainability. It is also an opportunity for parents and kids to work together as a team as they care for seedlings during the maturation process.

Go fruit-picking. Visit a pick-your-own-fruit farm market that offers seasonal produce, such as strawberries, blueberries and cherries. Then let the creative fun continue at home by creating a dish using each of the fruits or vegetables you picked.

Take night hikes. Everyone knows they can hike or camp at one of our many national parks. But what about exploring wildlife and habitats after the sun sets? Ask your local nature center about organized noche trips for the family.

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Expert Q&A http://www.lasfabulosas.com/expertqa/help_family_get_active/index.html Fri, 25 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT
When I start looking <em>palida</em>, I always swipe a bit of blush. But there are so many to choose from that I don’t know where to start. http://www.lasfabulosas.com/expertqa/blush_makeup_for_latinas/index.html Like mascara, a touch of blush can be applied in a flash for an instant pick-me-up, so it’s well worth doing some research to find the perfect rouge. Here’s a quick Blush 101 to get you started.

Color
Vivid makeup isn’t going anywhere; fall runways featured plenty of fuchsia lips and extra rosy cheeks. The après ski, wind-blown flush is a fun, fresh look if you’re feeling sassy. For a more natural feel, coral shades are fairly foolproof and lend warmth to nearly every complexion.

Crème or Powder?
If your skin is at all dry, a crème blush will add dewy, youthful color without looking chalky. On the other hand, powder blush is excellent for combating oily skin and creating a clean matte look.

Stain
If you favor a no-fuss, bare-faced look, cheek stains are ideal. They give long-lasting, lightweight color that lets your gorgeous skin shine through.

Multi-Taskers
Last but not least, multi-taskers are great for the girl on the go who doesn’t have time to coordinate the perfect lip and cheek color. One product does it all!

Photo: Corbis Images

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Expert Q&A http://www.lasfabulosas.com/expertqa/blush_makeup_for_latinas/index.html Thu, 6 Mar 2014 00:00:00 EST
Should my college kid look for paid internships or work while in school, or should I support him so he can focus on his studies instead? http://www.lasfabulosas.com/expertqa/part_time_work_paid_internships/index.html There is no golden answer. But if you are helping your child with expenses, create a reasonable budget with him or her that simultaneously teaches responsibility. “The child should understand that they must run their college career the way they would if they were receiving the income from a job,” says Denise M. Zapata, CEO and President of Zapata Private Wealth Management, receiver of the 2011 Celebracion de la Mujer award. “Teach kids good habits, because bad ones are easy to take on.”

Encouraging part-time work college will help get your child’s feet wet in the “real” working world, while managing money they worked hard to earn. Another invaluable lesson: Building multi-tasking skills -- a crucial strength in today’s working world. A good place to look for part-time work is at the college bookstore or other local business that will work with their academic schedule.

 Paid internships and tutoring related to their field of study will not only help him pay for expenses, but prepare him with resume-building experience post-college. “Many college students end up making a side income by doing something they are interested in and enjoy doing,” says Zapata. Suggest your child visit a professor they trust or the office of their academic major for ways to find paid internships.

Zapata also recommends continuing to save for your own retirement before thinking about supporting your child during college. After all, there are loans for college, but no loans for retirement. If you decide to support your child during college -- tuition and beyond -- “It’s okay to take a short-term vacation from retirement savings in order to help your kids,” says Zapata, “Try not to borrow it though.”

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Expert Q&A http://www.lasfabulosas.com/expertqa/part_time_work_paid_internships/index.html Mon, 16 Sep 2013 00:00:00 EDT
In the next few weeks, I’ll start buying school supplies. How can I reduce my spending while giving my kids the feeling they’re getting everything they need? http://www.lasfabulosas.com/expertqa/school_supplies_budget/index.html A new school year means an uptick in the annual long list of school supplies. In fact, the average familia spends nearly $700 on back-to-school purchases. Luckily, there are easy and creative ways to reduce school supply expenses, without sacrificing your kids’ needs. Gina Lincicum, blogger at Moneywise Moms, shares her wallet-friendly tips.

  • Embrace the splurge/save concept: “Spend more on quality items that will take a beating -- like a backpack and lunchbox -- and shop the penny and quarter sales for basic supplies on the list,” says Lincicum. If possible, avoid buying a character or trend backpack your child might outgrow quickly.

  • Verano shopping: It’s never too early to start school shopping. “Instead of waiting until the last minute, shop throughout the summer to save on bulk supplies before they’re out of stock,” she says. Lincicum snaps a photo with her phone of each child’s supply list provided by the school. “I have it with me and can take advantage of sales as I come across them, while I do other shopping.”
  • Split the savings: Team up with amigas or vecinas with similar-aged kids, and split the cost. “For example, if each 4th grader needs two red pens, but they come in packs of eight to 10, I’ll share the cost of these items with other moms.”
  • Be savvy with sales: Take advantage of office stores’ rewards programs, sales ad coupons and other promotions. Back to school sales are the best time to stock up on pencils, crayons and art supplies. Involve your kids to see who can clip the most coupons. “Buy enough to get you through the year, so you don’t spend more mid-year,” says Lincicum.
  • Add your own pizzazz. Often, cost comes in the form of jazzed-up accessories like pencil cases and backpacks. Instead, buy plain items and get creative with your kids. Visit a crafts store and add embellishments for fun and truly unique supplies. 

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Expert Q&A http://www.lasfabulosas.com/expertqa/school_supplies_budget/index.html Fri, 9 Aug 2013 00:00:00 EDT
I constantly crave chocolate chip cookies and other sugary foods. How can I break my addiction? http://www.lasfabulosas.com/expertqa/sugar_cravings/index.html The American Heart Association recommends limiting daily sugar consumption to 7 percent or less of our daily caloric intake -- that's about six teaspoons (100 calories) for women and nine teaspoons (150 calories) for men. If you find yourself reaching for sugary foods and regularly exceeding those limits, you may need to take steps to curb your cravings.

Sugar “addictions" are similar to other type of addictions, says Jenny Patrizia, The Sexy Nutritionist. She recommends sitting back and thinking about why you always go after sugary foods. Consider whether it’s a physical or mental addiction and try to solve the root of the problem as much as possible.

Next, remember that it takes roughly 21 days of consistently doing the same thing in order to break the habit. So follow these tips for at least 21 days.

Tips on how to break your sugar habit:

1. Get rid of everything in your pantry that has sugar in it, especially foods containing the following: cane sugar, cane juice, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, corn sugar, dextran, evaporated cane juice, fructose, fruit juice, fruit juice, lactose, malt, sucrose, sugar and turbinado sugar

2. Never shop for groceries when you’re hungry.

3. Add more protein and fiber to your diet.

4. Eat healthy fruits such as strawberries to balance your sugar levels.

5. Eat small meals every 3 hours. This will help you avoid your sugar levels spiking or dropping, which causes these cravings.

6. Use natural sweeteners: Honey, agave, blackstrap molasses, barley malt syrup and maple syrup are all good alternatives to sugar.]]>
Expert Q&A http://www.lasfabulosas.com/expertqa/sugar_cravings/index.html Tue, 6 Aug 2013 00:00:00 EDT
After a long winter full of red wine and chocolate binges, my teeth look so tintados! What can I do to brighten them before summer starts? http://www.lasfabulosas.com/expertqa/teeth_tintados/index.html If los dientes are the gateway to your smile, why would you wait for them to get so yellow? asks Martha Cortés, a New York City dentist. Cortés explains the physiology of smiling: “When you smile, the muscles in your face release oxygen to your brain, and your entire face glows beautifully.” That’s why you need the whitest teeth possible.

1. Learn your ABC’s. It’s no longer just about brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing. Whitening them at least once per year is also important. Skip professional whitening treatments, which can be costly and time-consuming, and look for a whitening system from your local drugstore. They are easy to use and quick to produce results.

2. Protect yourself. If the beverages you’re drinking -- such as tea, coffee or soda (and not just the dark kind) -- stain, try sipping them through a straw. Doing so will bypass the front teeth entirely. It also helps to brush or rinse with water immediately after drinking.

3. Eat the right foods. Some foods can actually help protect your teeth while you eat. Certain fruits and vegetables -- such as celery, apples and carrots -- create more saliva in the mouth, which can remove particles from your teeth. Or, pop a stick of sugar-free gum, which also produces an increase in saliva.

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Expert Q&A http://www.lasfabulosas.com/expertqa/teeth_tintados/index.html Mon, 29 Jul 2013 00:00:00 EDT
I'm looking for surprising ways to celebrate my dad on Father's Day. Any ideas? http://www.lasfabulosas.com/expertqa/fathers_day_ideas/index.html There may be no one harder to shop for than Papi -- and you’re both tired of ties. This Father’s Day (June 16), celebrate the top man in your life by making him feel special and loved. These gift and activity ideas are sure to wow him on his big day.

Make It Yourself

A DIY gift is perfect for El Dia del Padre -- and there are plenty of creative ideas to get inspired. Create a homemade frame out of cut-out cardboard or popsicle sticks, then add a family photo from a fun trip or day. Or use your words: A personalized poem or word cloud will remind Papi of everything you love about him.

Give Him What He Loves

Does it seem like he’s constantly in need of refills for his favorite razor, shave gel and deodorant? Give him a “Basket of Backups” filled with all his top products. You can also surprise him with new ones you think he’ll like.

Support his Tech Obsession

Has he been eyeing that new gadget for what feels like forever? You don’t have to buy it outright: Instead, start a fund for his latest fixation. Attach a photo of the item to a glass mason jar and fill it with some bills and change to get him started. It’ll add up faster than you think!

Experience Something

Want to pamper him? He’ll love an old-school straight razor shave, now offered at many barbershops. Does he love baseball? Get him tickets to a minor league game in your area. (Bonus: You’ll get to spend some great quality time together!) And if he’s interested in learning a new skill like carpentry or feeding a passion he already has, such as cooking, give him a class at a local community college to show you support his interests.

When All Else Fails…

You can’t go wrong with food! Whether it’s a homemade meal with all his favorites or a dinner out, it’s true that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. For another take, gather a gift of food items he’ll love: a selection of hot sauces, some new seasonings to grill with, or even a movie-night medley featuring popcorn, soda and his choice of candy.

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Expert Q&A http://www.lasfabulosas.com/expertqa/fathers_day_ideas/index.html Tue, 11 Jun 2013 00:00:00 EDT
Lots of people I know are opening accounts at credit unions. What’s the difference between that and a bank? Can I open a credit union account as well? http://www.lasfabulosas.com/expertqa/credit_union_or_bank/index.html According to the National Credit Union Administration, membership in credit unions is currently at more than 91 million members, as Americans make their way through the Great Recession. Wondering if you should swap your bank for a credit union? Consider the differences.

A credit union is a not-for-profit organization that offers deposit accounts, low-interest loans and financial education or counseling to its members. It is owned and managed by its members, who govern the union’s activities through a process of direct voting -- one vote per member. Whenever there is a profit, members decide what to do, such as distributing the extra earnings amongst the members or repurposing the funds to make low-interest rate loans available to other members. 

Banks, on the other hand, are for-profit institutions that work in the interest of its shareholders, who primarily want to recoup their financial investments. Generally speaking, they offer more services, such as financial instruments, more branches, ATMs, and even online banking options. But their monthly services also cost more than they do at credit unions.

Another difference is that while anyone can open a bank account with proper documentation, you have to apply before becoming a credit union member. This is because the law requires credit unions to categorize themselves by a field -- for instance, education, church, community, or similar -- for which customers must qualify before joining.

To decide if credit unions are for you, make a list of your bank’s services along with their monthly fees. Then search for credit unions in your area for which you qualify, and compare the costs and benefits.

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Expert Q&A http://www.lasfabulosas.com/expertqa/credit_union_or_bank/index.html Mon, 3 Jun 2013 00:00:00 EDT
My best friend recently asked me to loan her some money. She promises to pay me back right away, but I’m worried about jeopardizing our friendship. How should I handle it? http://www.lasfabulosas.com/expertqa/how_to_handle_friends_and_money/index.html Friends and money usually don’t mix: Even a happy friendship can turn into a sticky situation quickly when finances are involved.

Here, Cathy Pareto, MBA, CFP, president of Cathy Pareto and Associates, shares her tips for managing a loan to a friend from beginning to end.

Be Prepared for the Consequences
Before you lend a friend money, consider the possibility that you may not be paid back. “Do not lend money to a friend that you need yourself,” says Pareto. If the loan is never repaid, evaluate how you might feel if the relationship ends on a sour note. “If you don’t feel comfortable with that possibility, consider gifting the money or say no,” says Pareto.

Protect Yourself
“Treat the loan as a business transaction,” says Pareto. “Document the loan in writing, signed by both parties.” The document should specifically state the terms (amount, repayment schedule). Pareto suggests the loan be repaid over time rather than a lump sum, so it remains top of mind.

Be Honest
Talk about your feelings with your friend. You can both explore ways in which the loan can be repaid, even if it’s a nominal amount per month. “If your friend shows no interest in repaying the loan, give serious thought to the value of that relationship,” says Pareto. Treat it as a lesson you can learn from in the future.

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Expert Q&A http://www.lasfabulosas.com/expertqa/how_to_handle_friends_and_money/index.html Tue, 21 May 2013 00:00:00 EDT