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Brett Blumenthal is founder of Sheer Balance and bestselling author of 52 Small Changes: One Year to a Happier, Healthier You, Get Real and STOP Dieting!, and A Whole New You: Six Steps to Ignite Change for Your Best Life. While pregnant with her son, she launched Tiny Toes Design and her shop, where she sells nursery art, art for children and animal art.

She has 20 years of experience in wellness promotion and almost 10 years experience in management consulting; including branding, change management and training strategy and development for Fortune 100 companies. Brett received her MBA from Johnson at Cornell University, where she graduated as a Park Fellow; she also earned her bachelors degree from Cornell University. She is certified by WELCOA (Wellness Council of America) and AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America).

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Boost Your Child's Self-Confidence This Back-to-School Season

(0) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 2:50 PM

The "Back to School" season is in full swing. Although many of us are excited to see our kids off to a new school year, many of us can't help but wonder (and sometimes worry), that although our children will embark on the year confident and self-assured, they may leave...

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Angelina Jolie: Genetics or Lifestyle -- What Is Most Important?

(7) Comments | Posted May 21, 2013 | 11:11 AM

If you were told you had an 87 percent risk for breast cancer, would you undergo a double mastectomy as a preventative measure to eliminate or drastically reduce your risk? Essentially, this is what actress Angelina Jolie did. She announced in a New York Times piece that she...

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Boston Marathon Bombings: It's Different This Time

(4) Comments | Posted April 16, 2013 | 11:49 AM

I'm reeling. The Boston bombings from April 15th's Boston Marathon have hit hard. Living and working in Boston makes it feel like déjà vu: it was nearly 12 years ago when I lived and worked in New York City and witnessed the events on September 11th, 2001. Although these events...

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Yes, You CAN Get Your Children to Eat Their Vegetables

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2013 | 12:50 PM

Is your child a picky eater? Does he or she claim they hate fruits and/or vegetables? Do you find the foods they do tend to like are unhealthy and don't provide much nutritional value? In order to help educate children on the benefits of healthy eating and to potentially thwart...

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Thar She Blows! (I'm Officially a Whale)

(4) Comments | Posted February 20, 2013 | 2:00 PM

I've been blessed. Throughout my pregnancy, I've received countless compliments -- "You're glowing!" "You are so tiny!" "You are carrying beautifully!" All of these compliments usually resulted in a guess that my husband and I were expecting a boy. The jury is still out on that, but we'll see.

Before...

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Would You Get Rid of Your Pet if Your Baby Was Allergic?

(4) Comments | Posted January 24, 2013 | 12:40 PM

When my mother was pregnant with me, my parents had a Great Dane named Lucifer. Don't let the name fool you; Lucifer was anything but the devil. He was a loving, gentle dog. As her due date approached, many people expected her to "get rid" of the dog. That wasn't...

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Stress-Reducing Tips to Manage the Nursery and Registry Planning

(0) Comments | Posted January 18, 2013 | 10:22 AM

During the first trimester, I was able to keep a lot of questions from friends and family regarding baby-planning at bay. I had a good excuse: after my first miscarriage, planning anything around the baby-to-be seemed premature. Once my 14th week hit, however, the questions and eagerness for planning soared....

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The Importance of Self-Awareness and the New Year's Resolution

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2013 | 12:20 PM

Every new year brings an onslaught of New Year's resolutions. Many will make resolutions to eat better, to lose weight, to exercise and to give up something they love (like chocolate). Personally, I always find myself making resolutions that are less about health and more about self-development. This year, among...

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The Most Important Resolution You Could Make in the New Year

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2012 | 12:20 PM

If I were to ask you what are your biggest fears, would you have the answer? Your ability to answer this very basic question could be at the root of finding true happiness and achieving what you want in the new year.

In A Whole New You:...

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If the World Ends, Will You Leave Happy?

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 11:00 AM

As an architecture student, I chose to do my thesis on creating a mobile health care facility that could reach the indigenous people of Copan, Honduras -- descendants of the ancient Maya. I've always found Mesoamerican cultures -- the Inca, Aztecs and Maya -- to be intriguing and mystical,...

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A Better, More Successful Approach to the New Year's Resolution

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2012 | 12:30 PM

It is hard to believe the New Year is almost two weeks away. The general trend we will see over the next few weeks will include lots of eating, drinking and celebrating. When New Year's Day arrives, however, many of us vow to make change in the New Year. As...

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Managing Stress As a Single Parent

(5) Comments | Posted December 11, 2012 | 5:39 PM

Parenthood is challenging enough, but parenthood as a single mom or dad can be much more stressful. Yet, not properly managing stress can cause us to become less effective as a parent, but also in life. In order to enjoy single parenthood, here are a few tips to reduce stress:

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Loss at the Holidays: Dealing With Holiday Cards, Loneliness and Relatives

(6) Comments | Posted December 5, 2012 | 7:10 AM

A week or so ago, I spoke to a bereavement group about staying healthy and happy through the holidays. The discussion quickly moved from holistic wellness (mind, body and spirit) to getting through the mental side of dealing with loss at the holidays.

Losing a loved one is...

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Handwritten Holiday Cards: A Tradition Ready for Extinction

(5) Comments | Posted December 4, 2012 | 4:20 PM

Growing up, every Thanksgiving weekend represented several traditions: a big gathering of friends and family on Turkey Day, a holiday tree-trimming party and writing holiday greeting cards.

When I was young, I remember the stacks of holiday cards my mom would write; in each one, a thoughtful note or sentiment...

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Feel Like a Thanksgiving Turkey? Get Unstuffed From the Holiday Weekend

(0) Comments | Posted November 28, 2012 | 10:35 AM

If you were like me this past Thanksgiving weekend, you might be feeling a little sluggish, a couple of pounds heavier and a bit anxious about the next month of holiday splurging. The best thing you can do is to hit the "reset" button now, so you don't...

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Not Feeling Grateful? Why You Should and How to Start

(3) Comments | Posted November 19, 2012 | 7:14 AM

The month of November is one of my favorite months, and Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. This is so for many reasons, but one of the biggest reasons is that this time of year reminds us to give thanks.

Practicing gratitude means appreciating aspects of your life...

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Holiday Travel: Staying Smart and Stress Free With Travel Changes

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2012 | 2:50 PM

The holiday season is fast approaching, and that means holiday travel. With flight delays due to inclement weather and storms, and crowded airports, it is easy for the stress to mount.

As we've seen with Hurricane Sandy, some things are out of our control. Most...

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Miscarriage and My Battle With the Internet

(6) Comments | Posted November 6, 2012 | 2:00 PM

When I had my first ultrasound during my first pregnancy, I knew something was wrong. By my calculations, I was sure I was six weeks and four days into the pregnancy, yet the midwife was measuring the embryo at a mere five weeks. My heart sank. The midwife asked us...

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Sandy's Wake Up Call: Disaster Planning for Your Family

(12) Comments | Posted November 2, 2012 | 12:37 PM

Super Storm Sandy has left many of us with questions: Is this a sign of what's to come? Was it a result of global climate change? How often will these types of storms occur in the near-future?

No doubt, Sandy left an impression. Her devastation is unfathomable and the destruction,...

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Avoiding Trick-or-Treat Candy Over-Consumption

(2) Comments | Posted October 30, 2012 | 5:32 PM

Halloween is here, and for many moms and dads this means the extremes of sugar highs and sugar crashes. Although we all want our kids to enjoy the fun and sweetness of Halloween, we all know there can be "too much of a good thing" when it comes to Halloween...

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