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Elizabeth & Goliath. She may be a Senate newbie, but reports indicate that Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has just landed a seat on the powerful Senate banking committee—the better to continue her crusade for consumers’ financial rights.   It’s...

A Vital Deposit for Your Child

Would you bank the umbilical cord blood of your newborn?    The controversial practice has been getting more air time this fall, thanks to the endorsement of reality show stars Giuliana and Bill Rancic, who banked their newborn’s cord blood.  ...

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...

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...

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...

Best New Giftable Kitchen Gadgets

Whether you’re shopping for the Rachael Ray in your life—or someone who just likes to throw a stylin’ party—you can put some serious spice in her chutney with these gifts ($40 and under). State of the Union ($40, Etsy) Whether she hails from the...

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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