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Homemade deodorant and scalp treatment recipes

If you're intrigued by the idea of using simple ingredients mostly found in your garden or kitchen to help care for your hair and skin, there are a number of books that offer guidance — among them, Annie Strole's "Homemade Beauty: 150 Simple Beauty Recipes Made From All-Natural...

  • 'Amazing Race's' Phil Keoghan finds global opportunities to stay fit
    'Amazing Race's' Phil Keoghan finds global opportunities to stay fit

    Phil Keoghan gets around. The host of CBS' Emmy-winning "The Amazing Race" since its debut in 2001 is a 47-year-old native of New Zealand who has worked in more than 70 countriesas host, producer, writer and cameraman on adventure-related shows over the last 30 years. A serious cyclist, he's...

  • The Gym Rat: Ultimate Sandbag class
    The Gym Rat: Ultimate Sandbag class

    Sometimes, in this high-tech era of fitness apps, vibration platforms and electro-stimulation, it's the simpler, more basic stuff that stands out most — like moving a bag of sand.

  • Companies make healthful food options more readily available to workers
    Companies make healthful food options more readily available to workers

    You're trying to eat more healthfully, but like many of us, you're also working harder. So what happens when you really need a snack before that late-afternoon staff meeting? Too often, the easiest option is a candy bar from the vending machine in the break room.

  • Small steps everyone can take to arrive at greater joy
    Small steps everyone can take to arrive at greater joy

    Chances are you could be happier — and it would probably be worth your while, as research shows that happiness breeds health, money, stronger relationships, better marriages and more. But who has time to cultivate joy when there is so much to worry about?

  • The loopholes that help bad habits block happiness
    The loopholes that help bad habits block happiness

    Habits can make or break happiness, says Gretchen Rubin, the author of "The Happiness Project." Habits, she says, are "the invisible architecture of everyday life and a significant element of happiness."

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