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  • TCM MUST-PACK TRAVEL ITEMS

    These Maiyet silk scarves will keep you looking chic whether your mode of travel calls for plane, train, or automobile. Buy now, or read our full list of carry-on must-haves before you jet off in style this spring!

  • HOW TO: A DO-ANYWHERE DIY FACE MASK

    Making your own beauty products can be both fun and inexpensive!  You can use ingredients straight from the nearest grocery store - or even room service! At home, most of these items are right in your kitchen cabinet. My favorite DIY mask is 1/3 cup dry oatmeal, about 2 cups of papaya, and 1 tablespoon of honey. Mix the ingredients together and leave on your skin for about 10-15 minutes. Wash with lukewarm water.  It's the perfect remedy for tired, sluggish, run-down travel skin!

  • How To Learn Your Love Languages

    In his New York Times best selling book, The 5 Love Languages, author Dr. Gary Chapman identifies the idiosyncratic ways a person can feel loved. According to Dr. Chapman, the 5 love languages are:

    •  words of affirmation
    •  acts of service
    •  receiving gifts
    •  quality time
    •  physical touch

    Like a fingerprint, the way you interpret being loved is specifically your own. Perhaps it’s a grand gesture that leaves you breathless, or maybe it’s a simple “I love you” that kicks up those butterflies. It’s not to say that we can survive on one love language alone, but a sprinkling of the other four love languages with a heavy concentration of words of affirmation is enough to sustain us. It’s not a cure-all, but after learning other love languages exist, we are not only more in tune with our significant other's needs, but can better communicate what ours are too.

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