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Organic’s Dirty Little Secret

Remember when Victoria’s “Secret” came out last December? The lingerie company had been buying cotton for its “fair-trade, organic-cotton” underwear line from a farm in Africa that used child labor. This infuriated customers who assumed they had...

Who Has Time to Hang Out in Sephora for Hours on End?

Not us. Running our high-octane careers and lives, we have little time to play with makeup (even though we want to!) Enter curated skin care. A celeb or beauty editor hand-picks your skin care and makeup, giving you a taste of the latest and...

How I Cope With Working-Mom Guilt

I’ve been working since my son was born; I’m also the primary earner in my marriage. My son, now five, is thriving. I’m not. I still filter everything through the lens of my shortcomings, the tally of meals missed and other failures. But he’s...

Take a Volunteer Vacation

Yearning for a getaway, but craving something more compelling than sipping Mai Tais in Maui? A "volunteer vacation" could do you a world of good—while enabling you to do some good in the world. So-called voluntourism is a rapidly-growing segment...

3 Ways to Ease Travel Stress

Whenever you travel, especially around the holidays, keep a few stress relievers up your sleeve:   Emergency exits. When a family visit goes sour, or a canceled flight leaves you stranded, take heart. Smartphone app HotelTonight offers rooms at...

Use Biz Smarts to End Holiday Money Tension

Cramming in 20 end-of-year meetings and events, deciding what to spend on in-laws, kids, charities and (oops!) each other—why do the holidays bring on a firestorm of financial tension? “Money gets wrapped up with all of the typical holiday...

Rethinking Your Holiday Tipping Philosophy

The holiday tip. How did a simple gesture meaning, “Hey, thanks for all your help this year!” morph into a angst-ridden calculation of Who, Why and How Much? Is it because we outsource so many services? Because these days a heartfelt card seems...

Why is it so Hard to Split the Holiday To-Do List?

When I was faced with planning my son’s fifth birthday party a few months ago—in the middle of a work crisis—I finally asked my husband to take over. Then I closed my eyes and tried to smack down the voices telling me a) I was a Terrible Mother...

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