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How Michelle Obama expanded the definition of a first lady | Margo Jefferson

The rules imposed on her were constricting. So she expanded them and, in the process, won people over without betraying herself<p>When Michelle Obama entered the White House, she had to contend with two onerous legacies. The first was a stale clutter of expectations and prohibitions about the proper …

Draw the Circle

• <b>Author:</b> Mark Batterson<p>Do you pray as often and as boldly as you want to? There is a way to experience a deeper, more passionate, persistent, and intimate prayer life.<p>Drawing from forty days of true stories, Mark Batterson applies the principles of his New York Times bestselling book The Circle …

The 7 Least-Visited Islands?From Antigua and Burmuda to Montserrat

Caribbean islands are already readying themselves for their annual onslaught of winter visitors. And while certain destinations never fail to draw travelers in the hundreds of thousands, there remain a number of under-the-radar locales that offer everything from picturesque capitals to hikes in …

Confidence Isn't Inherited, It's Born Through Practice

Is it time to do some spring cleaning with the group of people who make up your circle of acquaintances, colleagues and friends? There are probably …

Self-help

11 easy ways to boost your willpower and concentration

Fortunately, there are dozens of ways to filter out distractions and improve your ability to concentrate for extended periods of time. To find out what some of these strategies are, we sifted through the Quora thread, "How do I improve my concentration and willpower?" and highlighted the most …

Hurricane Katrina, Then and Now

Powerful Short Film Challenges Beauty Ideals That Govern Skin Color

In discussions of mainstream beauty ideals, it's not uncommon to hear media outlets discuss the prominence of certain body types, addressing disorders like anorexia and bulimia in the process. However, for many women, particularly women of color, these are far from the only harmful ways myths and …

Lady Gaga is a Couture Clad Vampire in 'American Horror Story: Hotel'

Sucking blood in YSL and Vivienne Westwood.<p><b>Update, 10/3:</b> As Countess Elizabeth on the upcoming season of <i>American Horror Story</i>, Lady Gaga is sure to steal the show—not only with her sick, twisted performance (as we've seen in previous trailers, she oversees a group of bloodthirsty vampiric …

Horror

Obama On Climate Rules: 'This Is Our Moment To Get This Right'

New limits would cut power plant emissions 32 percent by 2030.<p>WASHINGTON -- Describing climate change as "one of the key challenges of our lifetime," President Barack Obama on Monday formally announced one of the most significant actions his administration has yet taken to address the issue.<p>"We're …

10 Things You Didn't Know Your iPhone Could Do

You may be missing out on some of the iPhone's most powerful features.<p><b>1. Take Siri to School</b>Tired of Siri pronouncing things wrong? Next time she screws something up, tell her "That's not how you pronounce X," and then pronounce it for her. She'll give it another try, and offer you a few options …

25 Lazy Ways to Keep Fit

Feel good and stay healthy by following these easy tips—you won't have to lift a finger.<p>Feel good and stay healthy by following these easy tips—you won't have to lift a finger.

17 Ways You're Eating Breakfast Wrong

The morning meal is more complicated than you think.<p><b>1. You fry eggs in a pan.</b> Scramble eggs in a microwave-safe mug and cook until firm (usually about one minute). You'll get super-fluffy eggs without greasy cooking oil and extra dishes.<p><i>Kathleen Kamphausen</i><p><b>2. You open new cereal from the top of the</b> …

Recipes

5 Fool-Proof Ways to End Procrastination Today

“Never put off till tomorrow what may be done the day after tomorrow,” quipped Mark Twain. Waiting until later is one of life’s guilty secrets, but …

Procrastination

Elle Varner – Don’t Wanna Dance Ft. A$AP Ferg

Taken from her forthcoming sophomore LP entitled <i>4 Letter Word</i>, <b>Elle Varner</b> recruits the <b>Trap Lord</b> BKA <b>A$AP Ferg</b> for a male point of view in the official …

New Music: Wale f/ Jeremih – 'The Body'

Wale kicks off <i>The Album About Nothing</i> with his new single “The Body” featuring Jeremih. The MMG rapper compares his girl to an exotic car while …

Watch: Wale’s ‘Album About Nothing’ Trailer

It’s been many moons since Wale dropped his last LP, <i>The Gifted</i>, last June. While quietly crafting his forthcoming effort, <i>The Album About Nothing</i>, …

Jerry Seinfeld

8 Lesser Known, but Very Useful, Apple Mac Utilities

Your Mac comes with a bunch of Apps pre-installed, neatly organized in the Applications folder. You’ve got the iWork suite, AddressBook, iCal and some other useful applications. Also in there is another folder called Utilities.<p>You might have used a few of the applications within it, but there’s …

The 1,000-Rep Morning Metabolism Igniter

Light your fat-frying furnace for the entire day<p>Mornings are tough and morning workouts are tougher.<p>But the right routine is worth waking up for, especially if it allows you to crank out 1,000 reps in 30 minutes, like this one from Craig Ballantyne, MS, CTT, and editor of EarlyToRise.com.<p>“When you …

14 Ways To Manipulate Your Mind For Success

Have you ever wanted to manipulate your mind for success?<p>Well, as humans we are constantly driven by underlying habits, and it’s almost like we are …

Motivation

Eating for abs: The beach-body diet handbook Men's Fitness

Eating

26 Easy-to-Make Drinks, A-Z Style

Makeup How-To: Wear Light Purple Eyeliner for Brown Eyes

Make your brown eyes sparkle with these light purple shadow and eyeliner combo.<p>Kathryn Wirsing<p><b>Step 1. No need for a brush.</b> Using your ring finger, press on a lavender shimmer shadow all over the lid to the crease.<p><b>Step 2.</b> Use a soft kohl eyeliner for the thickest application. Then apply a light …

Makeup

Makeup How-To: Bronze Smoky Eye

Bronzes, coppers, and light browns make for a sultry date-night look and work on any eye color.<p><b>Step 1 and 2. Bronze shadow works for every eye color.</b> Press a medium bronze shadow from lash line to crease and softly blend the edges. Then, apply the same color underneath the lash line in a thick …

The Supreme Gift

• <b>Author:</b> Paulo Coelho & Henry Drummond<p>"I thought that I had already thought about everything you could think about Love when Henry Drummond’s sermon fell into my hands.<br>My life changed a lot from the moment I read the words in this book and tried to put his teaching into practice."<br>Paulo …

10 Quotes That'll Make You Fearless

When is the last time you missed an opportunity because of fear or self doubt?<p>We’re all guilty of it. Sometimes, it’s staying in your comfort zone in …

Three Rules to Live By These three rules can apply to virtually every area of our existence – work, finances, love, etc. 1. Don't promise when you're happy. When we promise something, we’re making a commitment to do something, no matter what. Promises need to be thoroughly considered and not made at the peak (or valley) of emotion. If we make promises when we’re happy, we may be overly (and unrealistically) optimistic about what we can commit to. Always keep your word. Be a person of honor. If you say that you will do something, do it. If you make a promise, keep it. If you make a commitment, fulfill it. Be known as the kind of person that can be trusted absolutely, no matter what the circumstances. 2. Don't reply when you're angry. Once words are spoken, they can never be taken back. Angry words can cause irreparable damage. When we speak in anger, we may be impulsive and not take the time to sensor our comments. When we are upset, we need to give ourselves a cooling off period -- then we can calmly respond without our emotions taking control. 3. Don't decide when you're sad. Poor decisions are the result of poor judgment. And poor judgment can be a direct outcome of strong emotions. When we’re feeling sad (or angry or hopeless), we’re prone to make decisions from a place of desperation. And then we have to live with the outcome of these poor decisions. Let’s use these rules to live by starting today. They will save us from future headaches. If you enjoyed this, please tell me your thoughts and like, share and comment. Thank you! -*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*- Save up to 70% off with the 2014 Inventory Blowout Sale! ---> http://budurl.com/Blowout2014 <--- -*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-