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Archive for January, 2009


How to be Smarter: Don’t waste your time on hold when calling customer service. Hit “0″ and 90 percent of the time you will be connected directly to a live operator. 

How to be Prettier: No going on a job interview without a French manicure, your hair away from your face, and eyebrows that were recently done. 
How to be (less) Awkward: Please don’t ask where the “little ladies room” is. You’re not five. “Where is the closest restroom?” is the phase to say. And never say it at the table–it is not polite conversation. Say “excuse me,” get up, and ask the hostess or a wandering waiter where to go. 

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How to be Smarter: You want to run out for coffee because the office break room brew is disgusting, but don’t want to get caught with a still hot coffee at 3pm from your jaunt around the block when you should have been working….what you do is when you get back to the office quickly grab one of the office coffee cups and transfer the good coffee to the office cup. 

How to be Prettier: If you know you should drink more water but hate how boring water tastes, drink sparkling water instead. 
How to be (less) Awkward: If everyone else is lip-singing along at a concert, but you don’t know the words and do not want to stand there like your mouth is zippered shut, just mouth the word “watermelon” while bouncing your head in time to the beat. It looks like you know what you are doing then. 

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How to be Smarter: Don’t get stuck in a rut with anything. Wake your senses up. Today, try a Carmel Apple Cider with whipped cream from Starbucks. What a beautiful drink. 

How to be Prettier: Pale pink nail polish flatters every skin tone, and chips are less noticeable in a lighter color. 
How to be (less) Awkward: Keep your iPod headphones at an appropriate volume. Yes, you like to listen to the My Best Friend’s Wedding soundtrack on high. Who doesn’t? Maybe the kid sitting next to you in the library. 

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How to be Smarter: Take a few minutes out of your morning to look at the word of the day on Then try to find a way to use the word in regular conversation or an email. This will not only improve your vocabulary, it will make you a force to be reckoned with in Scrabble.

How to be Prettier: Wear your belt so that it buckles on the side instead of in the front. This will get rid of the unsightly bulge at the front of your waist and makes you feel prettier.

How to be (less) Awkward: Celebrities are people too, so if you see one on the street, running toward them screaming like a fangirl isn’t cute. Instead, try to approach them like you would an acquaintance you haven’t seen for a while. A quick hello is one thing, professing your undying love and asking them to have your babies is a whole other thing entirely. Stick with option 1.

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How to be Smarter: Most people seek privacy by going to the back of the bathroom, so there is less bacteria in the first stall. An ABC news source verified that the first bathroom stall is the cleanest. 

How to be Prettier: Dip your fork into your side of salad dressing, then put the salad piece on the fork, then eat it. You get less calories from the salad dressing and can still enjoy the taste.
How to be (less) Awkward: Smile when answering the phone. The caller can hear your voice sounding friendlier. This is especially important when it is a love interest calling. 

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