Discover the best (and least awkward) ways to ask for loanersBy Marisa Cohen
You hate to ask...but you also hate to spend money on things you'll only use once-like that wedding-bell-shaped pan to bake a cake for your sister's shower. It's a big pain in the wallet to pay for certain items, especially if your neighbor already has the pan sitting in her basement. Still, no one wants to look cheap or put a friend in an awkward position if she has to say no.Photo by David Bowman; Hair and makeup by Rene Rattler for Moore Creative Talent
But neighborly swaps are a great way to save money and create less waste, says Alex Michael, who blogs with his wife about saving money at TheThriftyCouple.com. "If you do it the right way, borrowing also creates an opportunity to become even closer with your community," he says. To figure out the most graceful ways to ask for a loaner, we sent Molly Leifeld out in the field for a week. Here's what she learned-and how much she saved.
The tester's take: "I feel most comfortable borrowing from someone who will ask to
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Add these extra ingredients to your favorite recipes to lift your libidoBy Brianna SteinhilberRead More »from 10 Simple Ways to Turn Your Meal into an Aphrodisiac
Hoping things will heat up after dinner-or breakfast? Luckily, you don't need to rethink your daily dishes to get in the mood. The following one-ingredient additions to your go-to meals can get those sparks flying. Find the 10 easiest ways to work aphrodisiacs into your regularly scheduled meals. Photos by Getty Images
1. Add figs to a smoothie.
This plump fruit is packed with amino acids, which help blood flow to sex organs. And that's vital for getting aroused, says Meryl Rosofsky, MD. "It causes penile and clitoral erection, vaginal lubrication and other parts of the sexual cascade, from desire to orgasm," she explains. Adding two to three figs to your smoothie will take it from a refreshing beverage to an erotic libation. Try a milk-banana-fig combo with honey for a double dose of aphrodisiacs.
2. Toss garlic into a veggie stir-fry.
Whipping up a stir-fry for dinner? Throw in some garlic, and you might be stirring up more than just veggies. "Garlic
woman with dog by carBy Leslie GoldmanRead More »from Canine Caregiver
Once a week, Susanna Beirich and her dog, Toby, pull up to a hospital in Temple, TX. With his tail wagging, the 4-year-old Spaniel mix bounds out of the car wearing his little red therapy vest and offers a nuzzle to everyone he meets. "Patients line up outside with their wheelchairs and walkers waiting for us to show up, they're so excited," Susanna marvels. As he walks down the halls, the cheer he spreads is visible in the smiles and pats he receives. "Just being in his presence is healing," she adds.
Susanna, 44, knows this firsthand. A few years ago, Toby was taking care of her. In August of 2010, Susanna needed major surgery to address inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), an autoimmune disorder that left her with crippling pain and fatigue. She returned to her Killeen, TX, home weak and exhausted. And although she had her husband, Mark, a sergeant first class in the army, and her two sons, Joshua, now 12, and Zachary, 16, to help her with the recovery,
- Woman s Day | Love + Sex – Tue, May 21, 2013 12:19 PM EDT
Banish unhappiness by avoiding these mistakes By Jenna BirchRead More »from 11 Ways Women Sabotage Their Marriages Without Even Knowing It
Of course you want the happiest marriage possible, but little things you do-some of which you don't notice-may be damaging your relationship. In fact, you may intentionally opt for these actions because you believe they're helpful, even though the opposite is true. Steer clear of the following mistakes to keep your marriage on the right track. Photos by Thinkstock
1. You wait for your husband to speak up if he needs something, especially sex.
Men want to be strong, not vulnerable, and many feel they can't admit to having additional needs. If he senses you're too busy for, or not open to, hearing his desires, he'll stay mum-and miserable. "Ask him what he's thinking and wanting," advises clinical psychologist Andra Brosh, PhD. "Don't wait for him to bring it up because he probably won't."
2. You don't tell your husband you appreciate him.
Whether he's the breadwinner or a stay-at-home dad, acknowledge his efforts, or your man may feel you take him for granted. "Even
Look your best by tapping into the health perks of your hormonesBy Leslie PepperRead More »from 5 Surprising Ways to Lose Weight and Feel Great
Hormones have a bad reputation. Feeling bloated? Cranky? Craving carbs? Blame it on that time of the month. But hormones provide a host of health benefits and can help you lose weight, sleep better and stay sharp. Learn five ways they can help you be your best-and how to harness their positive power. Photo by Getty Images.
Soothe stress with endorphins
HOW THEY HELP: These "feel-good" hormones can ease pain and create an overall sense of well-being.
Kick up the heat. Spicy foods can activate the nerve endings on your tongue that prompt your body to produce endorphins. Add a dash of cayenne pepper to roasted potatoes or popcorn, try hot sauce in scrambled eggs or on grilled cheese, or add chopped pickled jalapeños to sandwiches or potato salad.
Mellow out with mint. Chewing peppermint gum or smelling potpourri that includes mint can help stimulate a nerve near your nose that signals your brain to make endorphins.
Focus and stay alert with dopamine
HOW IT HELPS:
By Woman's Day StTurn an old frame and some burlap into a pretty, practical catchallaff
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Use it to keep reminders, invitations and bits of inspiration in sight-and out of that stack on your desk.
The crafter Artist Emily Boan sells repurposed vintage pieces at local boutiques in Charlotte, NC, and through her Etsy shop. Photo by: Alison Gootee/Studio D; Craft & prop styling by Shana Faust.
TIME 3½ HR
· Decorative frame
· Several yards of burlap
· 1 piece of mounting board, cut to fit frame
· Spray adhesive
· Craft knife
· 3 pieces of self-adhesive mounting board, each cut to fit the frame width and about ¼ its height
· Pencil or pen
· Heavy-duty adhesive
· Hot-glue gun and sticks
· Books or clamps
· Staple gun, staples1. Remove glass or backing from frame.
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- Woman s Day | Pets – Thu, May 16, 2013 3:28 PM EDT
By Arricca Prevent your dog or cat (and the rest of your family) from getting sickElin SanSoneRead More »from 10 Weird Things You Never Knew About Fleas and Ticks
No pet owner wants to see her furry family member scratching constantly, but fending off fleas and ticks isn't just about keeping the itchies at bay. "Every year, serious illnesses and deaths occur from diseases these parasites transmit," says Susan E. Little, DVM, researcher and professor of veterinary parasitology at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK. Plus, "when we protect our pets, we protect people too." Here's what to know to keep these bugs out of your and your pet's lives. Photo by Getty Images
Pet parasites threaten your family's health too.
Fleas are opportunists; while they prefer to feed on animals, they'll bite people if given the chance. The result: itchy, red welts, just like your pet gets. Fleas also transmit illnesses such as bartonellosis, also known as cat scratch disease, and tapeworm. And while everyone's heard of Lyme disease, other serious diseases ticks transmit include anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever
Learn how to deal with even the most difficult woman for your family's sake.By Rachel Rabkin PeachmanRead More »from 10 Things Never to Say to Your Mother-in-Law
It's no secret that daughters-in-law and mothers-in-law have complicated relationships. "Both women can feel threatened," says Deanna Brann, PhD, psychotherapist and author of Reluctantly Related: Secrets to Getting Along with Your Mother-in-Law or Daughter-in-Law. Daughters-in-law want to establish their place in the family, while mothers-in-law want to ensure they're not excluded. Even when the women love each other, their roles can be hard to figure out. To avoid causing family stress, we asked real mothers-in-law (and some daughters-in-law too) about comments that have rubbed them the wrong way-and asked experts how you can address issues peacefully. Photo by Getty Images
1. "You're welcome to come over any time. We're always here for you."
An open-door policy is bound to backfire. For instance, Judy's* daughter-in-law told her she'd be there for her if she needed anything. "But when my husband developed Alzheimer's she went AWOL," leaving Judy hurt
Kickstart your motivation to get healthy for life.By Woman's Day Staff
When it comes to weight loss, Dr. Oz has seen it all. Since launching The Dr. Oz Show in 2009, he's met and featured hundreds of people who have lost more than 100 pounds just by changing their habits. The secret he's learned from those who have succeeded long-term is to set yourself up to stay motivated. "Once people start to lose weight, they feel good and they're excited to keep going. But that fades. To combat this, build in some easy lifestyle changes that will keep you focused on your health. Eventually, those changes become permanent," he says. In other words, automate your lifestyle. Here, Dr. Oz helps you tackle the most common weight loss hurdles that squelch motivation so you can drop-and keep off-5, 10, 25 pounds or more! Photo by Brian Doben; hair by Anne Sampogna; makeup by Linda Melo; prop styling by Joe Maer; T-shirt by Hanes Cool Dri Tagless Available at Hanes.com
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DR. OZ SAYS: Eat the same foods every A.M.
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- Woman s Day | Shine Food – Tue, May 14, 2013 11:30 AM EDT
Find out why the hitmaker's next number-one just may be a cookbookBy Anna Dysinger
Pat Benatar knows how to rock. Her feisty tunes have earned her four Grammys and three American Music Awards, and she was the first female artist to be featured on MTV. But the 60-year-old mom of two (Haley, 28, and Hana, 19) isn't stopping yet. She and her husband, Neil Giraldo, are just finishing a small spring concert series before beginning their main tour across the US and Canada on June 7, 2013, all while recording Neil's Christmas album. While the singer's no stranger to the stage, she's just as likely to be in her kitchen. Between shows, Pat chatted with WomansDay.com about her family recipes, her garden in Maui, HI, and her cookbook that's coming out this winter. Photo by Beth Herzaft.
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