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Q: Dark undereye circles make me feel exhausted.
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A: I see you were too tired to ask me a question. You need to determine the cause of your dark circles before you can treat them. The main cause for shadows under the eyes is rubbing provoked by allergies-both seasonal and product induced, says Cheryl M. Burgess, MD, medical director at the Center for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery in Washington, D.C.
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The second most common cause is excess pigment that may be hereditary, and the third is visible veins. If your problem is due to allergies (your eyes are itchy and watery; rubbing them causes shadows), you'll want to use a mild, soapless cleanser and a moisturizer for sensitive skin. You might also need a .5 percent hydrocortisone cream to relieve the itching.
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Dark circles due to excess pigment (press down on the discoloration-if it doesn't
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Photo: Gregor HalendaMmm, dark chocolate with yogurt-covered pretzels, rainbow sprinkles, and salty potato chips.
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Or-oh, God-milk chocolate with pumpkin seeds, dried raspberries, and flaxseeds.
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No-wait-white chocolate with toffee bits and Fruity Pebbles. Hungry?
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Sites like chocri.com, chocomize.com, and chocbite.com let you customize your own bar from scratch, with scores of sweet, savory, and spicy add-ons.
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Chocolate with Pop Rocks, anyone?
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Photo: Getty ImagesI always had a penchant for falling in love. Every time I found myself without a mate, I fell into a state of low-sizzling panic. I was so devastated by my second divorce that I had a nervous breakdown. That was when Ted [Turner, Fonda's third husband] first asked me out. But in January 2000, when Ted and I separated, something felt different.Read More »from Jane Fonda's Aha! Moment
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Right after we decided to part ways, Ted flew me to Atlanta to stay at my daughter Vanessa's house. She was in Paris, so I spent my first two weeks at her house alone. In the past, I'd always tried to stay busy to avoid hurting, but this time I knew I needed to be still for a while. So I raked leaves in her yard, read, and went for long walks. On my third day there, I was in a tiny bedroom with my golden retriever, Roxy, when suddenly it hit me: "I don't need a man to feel whole." In my marriages, I'd lost parts of who I was because I was trying to mold myself into
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Binocular Scavenger Hunt
Make a list of outdoor things you can see from various windows, using-surprise- binoculars. Be sure to vary the items from the teeny-tiny (say, a broken but beautiful bit of green glass) to the exceptionally large (say, an oak tree in the shape of a jolly giant), as well as from the very far to the very near. The first child who checks off every item on the list as "spotted" gets a prize. Our favorite reward: freedom from sharing toys for 15 minutes.
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Paper Airplane Relays
Step 1: Make a respectable and earth-friendly airplane from a piece of previously drawn-on paper.
Step 2: Elevate the kids by lifting them onto your shoulders, standing them on a bed or perching them on a counter (with supervision).
Step 3: A long, elaborate countdown with extended, fantastical drumrolls. The plane that flies the farthest without breaking a lamp wins.
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If you come across cranberry beans at your greenmarket this week, make room in your basket alongside the peaches and tomatoes. These are some of the sweetest beans you'll ever find, and they're moist, too, which means they cook fairly quickly, in just 10 to 30 minutes. The beautiful legumes--which look like fat string beans, except they're pink- and white-speckled--are in season right now in many parts of the country. It's true that they will lose their gorgeous markings when you cook them, but they'll still taste vibrant and nutty. Also called shell beans or borlotti, they're delicious dressed simply with olive oil and sea salt, but here are six more seasonal preparations to try.
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Cranberry Bean, Cherry Tomato and Cucumber Salad from La Tavola Marche
This pretty salad + crusty bread + a wedge of pecorino = your best lunch of the week.
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Photo: Robert ElmesBy Katie Arnold-RatliffRead More »from Cool Job: Rachel Sussman Photographs the World's Longest-Living Things
For a human being, turning 100 is a landmark achievement, but for the subjects of Rachel Sussman's photographs, turning even 1,000 is mere child's play. An encounter with a 2,000-plus-year-old Japanese cedar set Sussman's imagination ablaze in 2004, inspiring the 36-year-old artist to point her lens at many of the world's oldest living beings.
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Yet the project's roots, she says, go even further back. "I remember being 9 years old, looking at a map of the solar system," says Sussman. "I recognized that our lives are just drops in a bucket. I want the photos to make us consider our place in the grand scheme of things."
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Sussman's quest has taken her to the Mojave Desert (home to what are thought to be 12,000-year-old yucca specimens, fenced off in the middle of an ATV range), the reefs of Tobago (where Sussman dived to find 2,000-year-old coral after earning her scuba
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Fans of this thigh-quaking class lift hand weights, do modified push-ups, and work their core with crunches-all while furiously peddling spinning bikes.
Favored by celebrities like Kelly Ripa and Emmy Rossum, Physique 57 shifts between isometric exercises, like leg scissors and pulse squats, and deep stretches.
Created by a Swedish trainer and dancer, this unlikely hybrid of Pilates and boxing marries flexibility with fancy footwork and punching drills.
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Remember Pink's midair performance in a silk hammock at the 2010 Grammy Awards? AntiGravity has created a yoga-infused class full of similar aerial moves.
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Is there love after love? After a painful breakup, it can feel like you'll never want to see a certain someone again. You might even want to, say, dump all his (or her) overpriced, pretentious, toasted-gold-and-ego flavored coffee into the cat litter box, stir it up, and the scoop it all back into the coffee bag--so that he (or she) will have a delightful early morning drink the first morning in his (or her) new, much larger (!) apartment.
AP reported that a clerk in the California University of Pennsylvania mailroom found a 53-year-old letter tucked into a magazine. The envelope, bearing four 1-cent stamps postmarked 1958 was addressed to Clark C. Moore. The stamps were turned upside down (a symbol, like red roses, of romance), and the letter inside was signed, Love Forever, Vonnie--the woman who was soon to be Clark C. Moore's wife and mother of his four children.
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1. Work Before Play
"It can be easy to sit down with a cup of coffee and get sucked into surfing the Web," says Stack, who suggests that working women shower and get dressed before they start any morning tasks. For moms, she adds: "If you miss that chance to take care of yourself first, then later, when your kids start tearing each other's hair out, your makeup just isn't going to happen."
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2. Get Future-Focused
Simply laying out clothes the night before won't cut it. "Think like you're in a time machine and prepare as much as you can for the next day," says Stack. Her own family of five goes over the details every evening. "It runs from, 'Where are your soccer cleats?' to 'What's the weather going to be?'"
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3. Prep Your Meals
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We recently reminisced about friendship bracelets and how this simple accessory can link us to those we love most in our now grown-up worlds.
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So when we spotted O's fashion department wearing nOir's Shaka Lanyard Bracelets ($25) we couldn't wait to share yet another fashion throwback find with you.
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While we recall rainbow piles of plastic string and hours spent making keychains with our bunk mates, the gold toggle clasp and sleek design of this bracelet take this arts and crafts activity to a new level.
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Brighten up a friend's day with one of these colorful bangles-all without having to re-learn the lanyard box stitch. Bonus: These bracelets are water-friendly, meaning the recipient won't have to worry about getting them wet while she's washing dishes or enjoying the remaining days of summer at the beach.