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Dry January: How to take a break from alcohol so you’ll actually stick with it

It’s been a while since I quit drinking (a choice I made mostly because alcohol plus a panic disorder and clinical depression either don’t mix at all, or mix all too well), but I still feel awkward sometimes at bars, and experience the occasional craving after a crummy day. Generally, I feel more secure and happier without alcohol — largely because […]

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Sleep on this: Consumer Reports rates the best pillows for better sleep

In our quest for a good night’s sleep, most of us focus on the mattress. And that’s understandable — it’s expensive and we’re going to live with it for many years. Just don’t overlook the pillow. All too often, pillows are an impulse purchase, something you grab when you see a sale. You spend about […]

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The physical and mental strategies that helped this woman lose 82 pounds

Name: Vanessa Baldwin Age: 37 Residence: Skokie, IL Job: Operations director for the Archdiocese of Chicago Family status: Divorced, raising a 17-year-old daughter Peak weight: 226 pounds Current weight: 143 pounds Height: 5 feet 6.5 inches When Vanessa Baldwin left her home country of Peru and came to Missouri for college, she picked up on […]

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How to ask for a raise (and get one)

If you’re like most workers and feel that money flies out of your bank account the second your direct deposit hits, or that you’re carrying the workload of two or more people, then you’ve probably dreamed (or griped) about getting paid more. The good news? It is possible to get compensated more at your current job whether […]

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Cleaning this weekend? This interactive room-by-room guide will make it easier

If deep cleaning is an item that never seems to get checked off your weekend to-do list, there’s still time to tackle a few of these niggling tasks before the holiday season gets really hectic. This guide assumes you’ve got a regular cleaning system in the works — whether it’s a weekend marathon cleaning session (guilty) or a regular […]