Esmeralda Ordaz

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10 Proven Ways to Raise Smarter, Happier Children

<i>Children have never been perfect at listening to their parents, but they have never failed to imitate them.</i><p>When you ask parents what they want for …

Seasonal Scents

Do These 9 Things And You'll Never Need Couples' Therapy

Marriage counselors spill their secrets (and save you a fortune on therapy bills).<p>The honeymoon may be over, but there are ways to keep the good feelings and fun times rolling—and to weather the inevitable storms without totally sinking. We talked to relationship experts who have tons of experience …

The Lazy Girl's Guide to Waist Training Like Kim Kardashian

How to get Kim's itty bitty midriff in six easy (but uncomfortable) steps.<p><b>Day 1 of waist-training.</b> Photo: Courtesy of Danielle Prescod/Instagram<p>A few months ago, Kim Kardashian posted an Instagram of herself in the gym wearing a corset by shapewear brand Ann Chery. After I got past the white …

12 Years Since My Father Ended His Life

© Kerry Payne Stailey<p><b>Father</b><p>I adored you.<p>Fiery red hair, flashing blue eyes, and a laugh that engaged your every cell.<p>You were electric.<p>I feared you and your heart that moved from tender to cruel with each drink you took, learning early to tiptoe through eggshells, not knowing when they'd crack, …

Mental Health

Healthy Recipes You Can Cook in a Crockpot

Even though slow cookers are a convenient way to make dinner, they haven’t always been used to turn out the healthiest of meals. Many recipes from …

How To Increase Productivity By Employee Happiness

Whether you are an entrepreneur managing a startup, or a corporate executive with thousands of employees, it’s hard to ignore the evidence of big value from happy employees. For example, the Harvard Business Review a while back included an analysis of hundreds of studies showing an average of 31% …

A Church Without God

I now have the privilege of watching a remarkable experiment unfold -- up-close and personal.<p>And where better to observe an experiment than at a research university?<p>My new colleague and friend, Bart Campolo, is the principal investigator. Bart is the new Humanist Chaplain at the University of …

Legacy of the First World War Christmas truce lives on

The memory of those moments of happiness they managed to savour during Christmas 1914 should both inspire, and give us hope<p>One hundred years ago this Christmas, on the bitter, battered no-man's land between the German and Allied trenches, bands of cold, demoralised, scratching, bewildered men, …

National Geographic Travel

Angela’s Assets

She may be the world’s most powerful woman, but German chancellor Angela Merkel has governed with the utmost caution—one of several contradictions that make her an enigma at home and abroad. After a year that forced Merkel into confrontations with Putin and Obama, Maureen Orth explores how a once …

Black Friday looks promising, but these big retailers are in the hot seat

The so-called “Super Bowl” of retail is finally upon us.<p>On Thursday afternoon, major U.S. retailers kicked off the annual shopping bonanza known as …

11 Economic Lessons to Make You a Smarter Shopper For Black Friday

When you hit the stores this weekend, remember three things: Shopping is a sport, this is its Super Bowl, and retailers are better at playing it than you.<p>The first and last rule of prices is that nobody knows what anything is worth. Shoppers are guided by shallow clues ("this is cheaper than that") …

Want Blue Eyes With That Baby?: The Strange New World of Human Reproduction

Should a woman’s own 55-year-old mother bear the woman’s (gulp) triplets? Well, it’s happening. Where should society draw the lines here?<p>Welcome to …

The 5:2 diet helps beat cancer and Alzheimer's, study finds

Modern diets of three meals per day plus snacks are "abnormal" in terms of human evolution, while periods of fasting can shrink tumours and protect brain cells, according to new paper<p>Fasting regimes such as the ‘5:2’ diet could help the body guard against diseases including cancer, diabetes and …

After The Sun Incinerates Earth, Life Could Evolve On Titan

In about 4 billion years, our sun will become a red giant star, engulfing the inner planets and basking the outer planets in its ebbing heat. When …

Moon

Mom Jeans Are Back! 15 Ways to Style the Trend

Apparently mom really does know best. Remember when we used to tease her when she pulled on those faded, high waisted jeans? Well, it looks like we’re going to have to eat our words, because the vintage jean is popping up left and right on the street style scene and is even being sold by high-end …

Rise in Weight Linked to Cognitive Decline in Older Adults

Obesity could cause shrinkage in a brain area critical to long-term memory.<p>An expanding waistline may lead to a shriveled brain, new research suggests.<p>In a long-term study of people in their early 60s, a brain region called the hippocampus shrank close to 2 percent a year in those who were obese—a …

Books to Empower Women (That Men Should Read Too)

Not too long ago I compiled a list of 10 Business Books Every Savvy Entrepreneur Should Read [+ GIVEAWAY]" …

Framing