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Kristen Houghton
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Kristen Houghton is a lifestyle journalist and author. Her new novel,, "For I Have Sinned: A Cate Harlow Private Investigation" will be published by Koehler Books Publishing in the Fall of 2014. It is the first book in the Cate Harlow private detective series.

Top selling books by Kristen Houghton: - Welcome to Hell

'No Woman Diets Alone - There's Always a Man Behind Her Eating a Doughnut'

"And Then I'll Be Happy! Stop Sabotaging Your Happiness and Put Your Own Life First"

Under the name CK Houghton she writes 'nice little horror stories guaranteed to make you check your locks and look under your bed before going to sleep. Her work appears in the bi-monthly The Horror Zine Magazine

Kristen's portfolio includes interviews and reviews for HBO documentaries, OWN, The Oprah Winfrey Network, and The Style Channel, writing for More, Today, the innovative, and numerous other in print and online magazines. She appears regularly on TV, radio, and internet shows.

Kristen Houghton is the former head writer and features editor of Mused Literary Magazine.

A California girl at heart, Kristen and her husband reside in the New York City area.

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For I Have Sinned: A Writer Combines Raw Truth and Fiction

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 1:46 PM

"What's in the news is a fascinating story unto itself simply because it is true," said a grad school writing professor of mine. He was right. True stories make for interesting reading and writers have found that combining raw truth in a fictional tale enhances a good book.

For over...

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Is Envy Controlling Your Life?

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 2:50 PM

"I am seriously thinking of breaking up with Caryn," says my cousin Tony after our weekly tennis game.

"Seriously?" I say. "I thought you were crazy about each other. What's the problem?"

"Nothing is ever good enough for her. Caryn calls us 'have-nots' because all her friends...

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Women Traveling Alone: Top Priority Is Safety

(2) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 12:36 PM

In 2008, a videotape showing a naked ESPN reporter Erin Andrews was being sold to the highest bidder.

The video, which appeared to have been shot from a peephole in a hotel room's wall, had surfaced on the Internet but was ordered to be taken down by...

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To Wax or Not to Wax?

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 2:31 PM

Should you wax or should you shave?

These are the thoughts waxing, excuse the pun, through my mind as I contemplate my long-awaited vacation. I'll be living in swimsuits, so this is an important decision to make.

When you're going to a resort in the Caribbean for 10 days,...

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A Snake Oil Salesman Alive and Well in Dr. Oz

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 9:19 AM

I was born a skeptic, and that is to my advantage. I don't buy products based on someone's glowing claims of success. Even as a woman who has always been looking to "lose a few pounds," I never bought into the absurdness of miracle diets or gurus. There are none....

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Why I Will Get a Facelift

(2) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 4:05 PM

Let me say at the beginning of this article that I like my face but that I do intend to get a facelift some day in the future.

I will acknowledge that that day scares me right now but I'm thinking about it; it's on the list so to...

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A Relationship of Friendly Benefits

(1) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 6:20 AM

How do you politely describe your relationship with someone whose salary is considerably less than yours, with whom you go out socially, and with whom you are having killer sex? The new catchphrase for this type of relationship is "friendly benefits" and it is beneficial for both partners.

One of...

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Lying: A Relationship Deal Breaker

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 6:59 AM

As we get older there are certain things we shouldn't tolerate in a relationship. Our lives are complicated enough; filled with careers, family, friends, our plates are full to overflowing. Add a new relationship to the mix and you have one more issue with which you have to deal. If...

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Be in Charge of Your Own Happiness

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 6:21 PM

In rural parts of India there is a blessing that a mother gives to her daughter on the eve of the daughter's wedding. Holding her daughter's hand the mother says:"Never let any one person be in charge of your happiness."

The bride-to-be knows she is being told that she needs...

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Hillary Rodham Clinton, President And Grandmother: Why Not?

(25) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 6:57 AM

"A grandmother as president? Come on! Seriously?"

It was bound to happen sooner or later. Someone mentioned that Hillary Rodham Clinton was going to become a grandmother this year and the detrimental remarks were being made. I was at a black-tie affair with my husband and unfortunately, had to overhear...

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'Dangerous Friendship': The Story of Martin Luther King and the Jewish Community

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 12:08 PM

If you didn't know that Stanley Levison, a Jewish attorney, businessman, and one time leader of the USA branch of the Communist Party, was Martin Luther King's closest white friend, you're not alone. There are many who know very little if anything about this fascinating part of American history.

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Statistically Speaking... I'm Not a Statistic

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 12:27 PM

I have a problem with my doctor and it has nothing to do with his credentials or bedside manner. He's an excellent professional, is up on the latest medical problems and their treatments and doesn't rush from one patient to another; he will actually sit and listen to each one...

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Mom or Mommy? Parenting Adult Children

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 11:32 AM

I have always been one of those people who want to do something; take a class in documentary filmmaking, make more time for my husband and me, take an exotic vacation; the list goes on and on. My mind is filled with ideas that I put it on the back...

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Helping Your Teen Cope With the Dreaded SATs

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 3:38 PM

This is the time of year when most high school students seriously consider taking the dreaded battery of tests known as the SATs. Many colleges use a student's SAT scores as a crucial factor in their admission process. Though the SATs are scheduled at various times of the year, most...

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Addicted to Men? Maybe You're a Boyfriend-aholic

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 3:39 PM

As if drug and alcohol addictions weren't enough we now have boyfriend-aholics! The definition of a woman or girl who is a boyfriend-aholic is as follows:

Someone who is addicted to being coupled up, finding a new guy for a new relationships as soon as her old...

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The Art of the Office Affair Breakup

(1) Comments | Posted January 16, 2014 | 9:12 AM

You and your co-worker had a dating fling and it was fun. Lunch together, secret glances and smiles in the workplace, after-work drinks, weekend movies and dinners; you did all the wonderful "couple things." To top it off, the sex was great too! You think he is the one and...

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Federal Law: Section 504 Helps Students

(3) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 12:24 PM

In most areas of the country the school year is just about half over. Yet you may be noticing that after four months of school, your child seems to be having problems. If you're educational law-savvy, you know that your child has certain rights. Do you know what educational rights...

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Common Core aka NCLB: Why Neither Can Work

(2) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 1:14 PM

The newest buzzwords in education seem to be Common Core Standards. In fact, 45 of the 50 states in the USA, along with the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and four U.S. territories, recently adopted the Common Core Standards for educational achievement. The Common...

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Can't Bear the Holidays Alone? Plan a Singles Vacation

(0) Comments | Posted November 29, 2013 | 2:29 PM

Holidays really should be like commercials; they abound with happy people. From loving couples holding hands while walking in the snow to smiling families all gathered around a dinner table or seated in front of a beautifully decorated tree, commercials make holidays perfect. There is not one solitary person in...

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Square Pegs in Round Holes: The Problem With Standardized Testing

(13) Comments | Posted November 15, 2013 | 9:07 PM

The school year is well under way; children seem to be passing all their subjects, and parents breathe a sigh of relief. What more can you ask for, right?

Plenty if you're concerned about their future educational growth. This is the perfect time to think, at leisure, about your...

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