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A recent article in the March issue of Glamour has caught my attention: Lose Weight While you Sleep!. You must think that this is too good to be true, don’t you? Well, this month I will be putting myself to the test! Why not?! I have nothing to lose but pounds. I normally get close to 6.5 to 7 hours of sleep but the sleep experts say that you must get at least 7.5 hours every night. Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean that you’d lose more pounds with more hours of sleep hahaha. Find out your time to hit the pillows by counting 7.5 hours counter-clockwise from the time you normally wake up. For example, if your normal wake-up time is 6 a.m., you’d need to go to bed by 10:30 p.m. If you have trouble going to bed early, start a routine so that your body associates your activity with time for extra ZZZs. For me, I will start by reading a good book. Sweet dreams!

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Drew Barrymore just looks fabulous each time I see her.  Last month, she landed on the cover of Marie Claire with Jennifer Aniston and Ginnifer Goodwin to promote “He’s Just Not That Into You” – a chick flick to watch with your girlfriend or boyfriend.  Next month in May, you’ll see her again on newsstands featured in Elle.  See pictures below.  I can’t wait to read it.  She is such a happy person but is struggling to find true love.  I think it’s just a matter of time when the right guy comes along.  Side note: if you haven’t seen “My Date with Drew”, you should rent it.  It’s really cute.  I recommend watching the Special Features on the DVD. 

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Let’s face it.  A lot of people are budget-crunching and coupon-clipping in this tough economy so I am looking for ways to save money on a daily basis too.  Here are a few tips that I hope you will find useful.

1) Cut down on Starbucks.  For major coffee addicts out there, Starbucks is planning to introduce their $1 coffee cup in response to our weak economy this year.   However, if you cut down $1 each day, you could save $30 per month adding up to $360 per year.  This means a brand new outfit to ace that job interview!

2) Do-It-Yourself-Beauty Products.  People spend so much money at nail salons.  It’s crazy.  There are so many affordable alternatives out there.  While I was watching the YouTube video of Vanessa Hudgens at the Oscars (see below), the stylist Philip Bloch mentioned Nailene to get Vanessa’s look so  I checked the brand out.  Look at this model promoting their new So Real on their website.  Who is she?  I love their French manicure stuff – so cute! 

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Oh, for shine control and clear pores, I really like Biore’s products.  They’re soo affordable.  My favorites:  Biore Shine Control Clay Mask and Deep Cleansing Pore Strips. 

 

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3) Eat out less.  Not only do you save money but also shed pounds.  Invite friends over for dinner and organize a potluck instead.  If you do go out, order smaller portions and try the kids meals – it’s equally tasty!

4) Look for online deals.  You pretty much can Google the things you like on the internet.  Always check the parent website of the product to make sure that the coupon is valid.

5) Unplug electronics.  We are so wired these days.  It helps to reduce the number of plugins in your house.  This adds up in your utility bill.

6) Buy in bulk.  Costco is really the haven for this.  I know … it gets crazy there but it helps to stock up on things you use on a daily basis.  If this is too much, meet up with friends and split the cost of the bulk items.  I heard the wives in Japan do this as an outing!

7) Date within your budget but be creative.  You don’t need to fork out the cash to have a good time on a date.  With the right person, you can enjoy a simple romantic picnic at a nearby trail, beach or park.  Sunrise or sunset is clearly up to you!

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