Photo: Reza Estakhrian/Getty ImagesBy Candace Braun Davison
Décor That Gets the P-A-R-T-Y Started
Whether you're planning a birthday surprise or a baby shower, a personalized twist on the classic party banner--you know, the one with the cutout letters--is what can really get the guest of honor gushing. Bloggers Emma Chapman and Elsie Larson include this how-to in their new release, A Beautiful Mess Photo Idea Book.
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For the photos, Chapman recommends choosing simple images with a clear subject--think one or two people, not a crowd shot--so the banner doesn't look busy and hard to read. Then, select a few of the banner's cutout letters and trace each one onto a photo. Cut out the images and glue them to the letters. If you plan on keeping the banner long-term, use an acid-free adhesive, Chapman says.
Photo: Courtesy of Baking for GoodBake Up Sweet Memories
Those dessert photos you post on Instagram look good enough to eat, and with Baking for Good, you actually can devour them. The online bakery lets people
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Add Some Color To Your White Noise
What You Tried: Random, unfamiliar sounds can pull you out of RB sleep and make it hard to fall back into it. Even if you're able to silence every beep, whistle and clang in your home, you can't control nature--or neighbors. Many people swear by white noise machines, which combine sounds of different frequencies to block out audio interruptions.
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What You Should Try: New research highlights the benefits of blended sounds with a consistent frequency. Pink noise, so named because light with a similar power spectrum would be perceived as pink, helped people sleep better and longer--75 percent of study participants reported a more restful sleep or nap with pink noise than with silence.
Go Pink: The study author told Prevention magazine that people can create this sound at home with fans, apps or gadgets that produce steady, uninterrupted sound, like falling rain or blowing wind.
- Oprah.com | Beauty – Tue, Sep 17, 2013 6:52 PM EDT
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For Bridgett Davis, going natural meant losing a lifelong hairstyle--and finding her true self.
She Stopped Relaxing and She Was Fine!
I noticed it on day one: I was the only woman in the room with relaxed hair. While I should've been thinking about the thrilling journey I'd just embarked upon--I was directing my first film, which I'd also written--I couldn't stop looking at the female actors and crew, with their long dreads, chic Afros and springy twists. How was it that I--the writer of a film about a woman learning to reveal her true self, the director who'd purposely cast women with natural curls--was too afraid to embrace my own real hair?
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Well, for starters, maintaining it was a skill I'd never learned. My mother began relaxing my hair when I was 8. I have bruising memories of sitting for hours atop telephone books, roasting beneath a hooded dryer, my hair in rollers. The dryer's heat was uncomfortable; the
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If you have 0 minutes...follow the advice of that classic Nike ad campaign.
Most of us believe that desire sparks the idea to have sex, which ideally leads to us feeling like it's the Fourth of July when it's really the third of March. So if we're not already in the mood, then it's hard to for us to motivate to light some candles and change out of our yoga pants that are too baggy to actually wear to yoga. But the desire-then-sex formula can be limiting, says Laurie Mintz, PhD, a professor of psychology at the University of Florida and the author of A Tired Woman's Guide to Passionate Sex. Research clearly shows that women can have the idea to have sex, start having sex and then become excited, and then become really really excited, Mintz says. Often, the trick is to just do it and tell yourself that you'll be glad you did. What makes the difference between sex-as-foreplay and sex-as-duty is your attitude, says Mintz (who acknowledges that yes, this is harder than itRead More »from How to Get in the Mood for Sex
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Potassium is a vital mineral for the function of all cells, tissues and organs in the human body--i.e., life as we know it. "We also know that potassium is important for controlling blood pressure, and there's a lot of evidence that it reduces your risk of stroke," says Walter C. Willett, MD, chair of the nutrition department at the Harvard School for Public Health. And, as many athletes are aware, it can help prevent muscle cramps and post-workout soreness.
You need: 4,700 mg a day
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You get: National survey data shows over 90 percent of Americans don't get the recommended daily allowance, says Willett, who is also the author of Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy: The Harvard Medical School Guide to Healthy Eating.
Good sources: Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables that have higher levels, like broccoli, cantaloupe, winter squash, sweet potatoes and, yes, bananas (these foods should be eaten raw, steamed or baked but not
- Oprah.com | At Home – Fri, Sep 13, 2013 6:25 PM EDT
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Your Wall Collage Is Missing This One Thing
Collecting several pieces of art and displaying them together, collage-style, on one wall is an ever-popular trend, but creating a look that's cohesive--not chaotic--can be challenging. "It is okay to mix different genres and types of art, playing with frame sizes, shapes or no frames at all, but make sure there is some sort of consistent theme or color that brings the pieces together: all white frames, all frames with a wide mat or all black and white art," says Abby Larson, founder and editor of Style Me Pretty and Style Me Pretty Living.
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Photo: ThinkstockYou're Afraid of the Dark
Figuring out the right color to paint the walls can feel like an exercise in futility. You can compare swatches for weeks, in natural and artificial light, and yet somehow wind up with taupe walls that feel a little too mauve, or gray walls that seem just a bit too green. Most often, though, the real
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1. The One Who Never Wanted to Commit--Until He Met You
This sounds like the dream, right? The guy who proclaimed to all that he'd never settle down with anyone ever, and then ate his words when you came along? But the problem is that no matter how wowed by you he is now, the moment things become less exciting, less overwhelmingly amazing between the two of you (and the moment will come), he is likely to have second thoughts. And that will make you feel awful. Maybe you'll sense it happening, in which case you'll probably try harder, to do whatever you can to make sure things don't get less exciting. But that's a basis for a performance, not a marriage.
You need to meet this guy, however, so that when you meet the guy you should marry you can tell the difference. The one you ought to marry will be a person who wants to be in a committed relationship and who will work with you to make your marriage strong. He won't feel he has made a mistake, or been duped, every
By Adam Glassman
Want an alternative to the ubiquitous boyfriend watch? Here are some timely new options.
- Oprah.com | Beauty – Tue, Sep 10, 2013 1:46 PM EDT
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The Kinder, Gentler Flatiron
Instead of two heated plates, this flatiron has one. The other is covered with a fabric pad to reduce hair damage.
Ferrum Professional Styler, $189 | FerrumIron.com
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Photo: Hugh KretschmerThe Klutz-Proof Curler
Clamp a one-inch section of hair between the plates, and watch as it's automatically drawn into a heated chamber. (Not as scary as it sounds.) After a few seconds (eight for waves, 12 for tight curls), release the clamp...et voilà!
Infiniti Pro by Conair Curl Secret, $100 | Amazon.com
Photo: Hugh KretschmerThe Fuss-Free Roller
This set of heat-retaining brush heads works like rollers. Attach the handle to one of the barrels, and roll a section of hair to your scalp while you blow-dry. Click the handle off, then let the roller cool before removing.
Click n Curl, $46 | Click-n-Curl.com
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Spend more time in front of your rearview mirror than your bathroom mirror? Both of these
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7 a.m. Get up when your alarm goes off.
"The worst mistake I see my sleep-deprived insomnia patients make is staying in bed in the morning to try to reach the magic eight hours," says Chad Ruoff, MD, a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at the Stanford University Sleep Center. Sleeping later than normal throws your body off schedule and will make it harder to fall asleep tonight, perpetuating the problem. No matter how tempting it feels to huddle under the blankets, your body won't react well to a snooze-in--and neither will your boss.
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7:10 a.m. Go out on the balcony, the deck or the porch.
"Natural light calibrates your body's clock for the rest of the day," says Michael A. Grandner, PhD, a research associate at the Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology at the University of Pennsylvania. Bright natural sunshine is the strongest and therefore the best, but it's not always easy to find. Bring the sun indoors byRead More »from How to Feel Alert when You Haven't Slept