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Arbonne Pure Mint Deodorant - is it good as they say it is?

I run. I clean. I work. I network. I clean. I walk. I do volunteer work...and yes, I'm on television! (that's something new!) Every day I walk at least 5 miles just to get from one place to another. I'm always walking or running from one train station to the next, and I've been cleaning the house for the past 4 weeks! And like everyone else, I don't like to sweat. I have tried quite a few deodorants and not one seemed to work -- keeping me dry, smelling fresh and safe to use, until... A few months ago, I was having breakfast with my dear friend, Maria. And I noticed that her skin was flawless. She smiled and said that she takes care of her skin , don't we all?  So anyway,   I just thought she's born with it, so we went with our regular conversations about our college-bound kids. And then a few weeks ago, we were having our monthly breakfast with friends and I noticed how beautiful her skin was (again) and that's when she mentioned a

Yes, this is the end...

By Marie Aunio “ And ever has it been known that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.” Khalil Gibran Five years and eleven days. After all those years, I finally sobbed and said, “I love you. So much. So much.” In the midst of tears, I began whispering to myself all the things I loved about him and, as I did, waves of gratitude and affection come over me. Then I knew our life together would soon be over. Completely.

Our College Admission Process

Like many mothers, 12 months ago around this time, I was reminding my college-bound son to finalize his list of colleges to apply to. Even though this was the third time I was sending my child to college, the process was different and nerve wracking. There were a lot of what if's.   So in order to narrow down our choices and make the process not as stressful as it could have been, we did: 1) Start Early. Our college selection process started when my son was a freshman in High School. We documented every extra curricular activities and community service. We had a spreadsheet of how many hours he spent on each organization and how many hours he spent giving back to the community. This spreadsheet helped in filling in the college applications. It was my son's responsibility to spend time going over the colleges' websites, identifying admission requirements, deadlines and academic curriculum. We visited various universities. Our list consisted of school

How We Celebrate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

by Jenjen Furer and Roz Furer, as published in The FilAm magazine I am blessed to have been married to a Jewish family. My four children get to experience a little bit of the Filipino Catholic tradition and a little bit of the Jewish family tradition. Mom, as I call my husband’s mother, was born and raised in Brooklyn. Her parents came from Russia and passed through Ellis Island before settling in New York. Mom’s the driving force on why we get to celebrate the Jewish holidays. She believes that tradition and culture need to be passed on to the next generation. Just like her own mother, Mom loves to cook. The kitchen is her favorite room in the house. Weeks before any holidays, she’d be baking and cooking and if she knew that it would make you feel better, she was going to do whatever she had to do to deliver her delicious matzah ball soup. In September, our family celebrates Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. So I asked Mom about Rosh Hashanah. Rosh Hashanah, one of the holiest