Mason JarsFrom bell-bottoms to skinny jeans, from Led Zeppelin to Beyonce, what's hot is ever-changing. I'm very far from a trendsetter, but am a major trend-follower. I jumped on the bacon bandwagon (and my thighs paid for it). I'll proudly admit that I know every word to Britney Spears' "Hit Me Baby One More Time," and I cruised through the "Hunger Games" trilogy in two weeks flat. Recently, I've been hooked on all things Mason jar.
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You can see these antique-looking jars decorating every Pottery Barn catalog, lining the shelves at Walmart, and holding drinks in bars throughout the country. But did you know that John Landis Mason invented the Mason jar in 1858 for preserving foods? Did you also know that the Mason jar was popular well into the 1950's when processed food became a big hit? Me neither. Trends come and go, and 60 years later the Mason jar is making a comeback. One big difference: Now you'll find these jars holding everything from pencils to
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Mason JarsFrom bell-bottoms to skinny jeans, from Led Zeppelin to Beyonce, what's hot is ever-changing. I'm very far from a trendsetter, but am a major trend-follower. I jumped on the bacon bandwagon (and my thighs paid for it). I'll proudly admit that I know every word to Britney Spears' "Hit Me Baby One More Time," and I cruised through the "Hunger Games" trilogy in two weeks flat. Recently, I've been hooked on all things Mason jar.Read More »from 4 New Uses for Mason Jars
Everything you need to save your skin is sitting in your pantry or fridge right now.
1. The problem: Dry, aging skinRead More »from 10 Natural At-Home Skincare Recipes
The fix: A decadent, antioxidant-packed cocoa mask replenishes moisture and gives skin a restored, youthful appearance. "As skin ages, the moisture barrier begins to break down leading to dryness; the immunity layer of the skin weakens," says Jasmina Aganovic, founder of Bona Clara skincare line. "Hydration is the most important skin saver at this stage!"
Recipe: Combine 1 tablespoon cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon sour cream, 1 tablespoon honey, and one egg white. Apply to face and let dry before rinsing. The powerful ingredients make this a multi-tasking wonder-cream: Sour cream is a form of lactic acid that hydrates as it gently exfoliates; honey is a humectant that also boosts hydration while the protein in the egg white tightens and firms skin.
For extra wrinkle-fighting power, try Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair ($20, amazon.com) or RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream ($17, amazon.com).
2. The problem: Rough hands
The fix: Debra Jaliman,
The germiest places in your kitchen could be the ones you least expect.If you're not careful about keeping the kitchen clean, it can become a hotbed for bacteria and other organisms that can make you or your family sick. A study by NSF International found that the germiest places in your kitchen could be the ones you least expect (and don't clean often enough). Study participants thought the microwave keypad would have the most harmful organisms, and it didn't even make it onto the germiest list! Luckily the dirty half-dozen can be kept clean and safe by following a few simple tips.Read More »from 6 Germiest Items in the Kitchen
1. Refrigerator Vegetable Compartments
Dark, moist environments are breeding grounds for bacteria, even inside the cold confines of a fridge. Crispers for produce are a feature on all of our best refrigerators. These compartments come into direct contact with your fruits and veggies, so it's important to clean them monthly, if not more often. If you can, remove the drawers. Wash them in warm water with a mild detergent using a clean sponge or cloth. If you sniff out any
Overcome common weight loss barriers.
Fess up: You've got about 100 reasons why now isn't the time to get healthy, right? Consider your excuses busted! Samantha Cassetty, MS, RD, the Good Housekeeping Research Institute's Nutrition Director, and Michelle Blakely, president of Chicago-based personal training company Blakely FIT, address common weight loss barriers and share tips on how to overcome them.Read More »from 9 Bogus Excuses that Prevent Weight Loss
1. Excuse: "I don't have time to cook nutritious meals or exercise."
Solution: Save time on meal preparation without compromising nutrition by purchasing convenient items such as rotisserie chicken, frozen fruits and vegetables, precut produce, and instant brown rice. If you order takeout, check the nutrition information for menu items online before settling on a healthy option, says Cassetty.
Assess how you allocate your time to determine when you can squeeze exercise into your schedule, says Blakely. For three days, log how you spend your day - you may discover that you relax each night in front of the TV for
Look what happened when the fried donut joined forces with the French croissant!From sufganiyot in Israel, to beignets in France, to bomboloni in Italy, there are dozens of donut varieties made around the world. Yet the American donut that we all know and shamelessly love has become such a cultural icon that it's even one of Homer Simpson's favorite foods. From the donut's role in WWI to the innovative "cronut" hybrid, let's take a look at how the humble donut secured its spot as a timeless American treat. Then celebrate National Donut Day (June 7th) with a FREE donut. Read on to find out where to get one.Read More »from A Short but Sweet History of Donuts
Prehistoric: According to anthropologist Paul R. Mullins in his book Glazed America: A History of the Doughnut, archeological evidence suggests that donuts (or at least flour cooked in oil) existed in North America in prehistoric times.
1700s: Although the exact origins of the American donut remain uncertain, many believe that it evolved from olykoeks, or "oily cakes," made by Dutch settlers in the 18th century.
1898: William Entenmann emigrates from
Break these 12 beauty rulesRules were made to be broken! Update your routine with these new and improved beauty standards.
Old rule #1: Steer clear of blue shadows.
Blue shadows get a bad rap for looking tacky. Sure they're harder to pull off than neutral shades, but it can be done - and with beautiful effect. For fairer complexions, a sheer wash of pastel blue with hints of gray can help enhance eyes, says Petra Strand, founder of Pixi cosmetics. Olive and medium skin tones can handle bejeweled-laden lids, while darker skin tones can get away with rich, vibrant pops of statement blues. Experiment with a palette, like Yves Saint Laurent Ombres 5 Lumieres 5 Colour Harmony for Eyes in 5 Riviera ($51, amazon.com), that houses a wide range, from dusty blue to navy.
If you've got a stunning pair of baby blue eyes, avoid matching the shadow to your irises. Pair a pastel with dark blue eyes and navy with lighter eyes for contrast.Read More »from 12 Beauty Rules You Should Break
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Old rule #2: Wear bronzer only in summer.
Cheese can plop a hefty amount of calories onto a bed of greens, so use it sparingly.A healthy trip to the salad bar can quickly take a bad turn once you pile on fatty, sugary, calorie-laden toppings. Here, Samantha Cassetty, MS, RD, the Good Housekeeping Research Institute's Nutrition Director, shares which ingredients to steer clear of.Read More »from Top 7 Salad Bar Fat Traps
America's favorite dairy product can plop a hefty amount of calories onto a bed of greens, so use it sparingly, says Cassetty. Resist piling cheese on your salad - just small quantities of bleu, feta, or Parmesan cheese will add a big boost of flavor.
2. Croutons and crispy noodles
Though these often-fried accoutrements give great crunch to a plate of romaine, the extra texture comes with calories and carbs, says Cassetty. Drizzling one-half cup of crispy noodles will add 117 calories to your dish, and the equivalent amount of seasoned croutons will tack on 93 calories.
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3. Candied nuts
Calorie counts can skyrocket when you adorn salads with sugar-coated pecans and walnuts, says
- Good Housekeeping | At Home – Tue, Jun 4, 2013 11:12 AM EDT
Follow these tips to know when it's time to toss it in the wash.Have you ever wondered how long you can go without washing your sheets, pj's, or jeans? Simply smelling or looking at them doesn't always do the trick. On the other hand, washing something too often can shorten its lifetime. Here are some helpful tips on when it's time to toss your pillow and other things into the laundry basket.Read More »from Clothing Guide: When You Should Wash It… and when You Can Let it Slide
Bed sheets should be washed at least every other week. If you sweat at night, wash your bed sheets weekly. On the other hand, pillows and comforters can be cleaned 2 or 3 times a year. An easy reminder: Wash them when the seasons change. After someone's been sick, throw all their bed linens in the washer.
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After a few good nights' sleep, toss your pajamas in the wash. If you're a before-you-go-to-bed showerer, you can wait a few extra nights between washings.
Not everything you wear gets dirty after you've worn it once. Jackets, dresses, or jeans can be worn several times before they need a cleaning. When your denim
Short-term stress isn't so terrible.
Being under chronic stress can wreak havoc on your health, but short-term stress isn't so terrible. Some of life's greatest joys - getting married, having a baby - can be stressful as well as exciting. Here, 7 reasons why stress shouldn't stress you out.Read More »from 7 Reasons (A Little) Stress Can Be Good for You
1. Stress gives life its zing
We are quick to blame stress for a variety of problems, such as heart disease, ulcers, abdominal obesity, and dementia. But Hans Selye, a Hungarian endocrinologist, initially coined the term "eustress," defining it as "stress that is healthy, or gives one a feeling of fulfillment or other positive feelings." Daniel Kirsch, Ph.D., president of the American Institute of Stress, agrees that positive aspects of stress are often overlooked. "Marriage or a job promotion are stressful situations but in a positive way," he says. "We may feel stressed and a little afraid but we're also excited. Those who try to avoid it at all costs have it all wrong. Eustress is what gives life meaning and hope."
Fruits and vegetables will help you look and feel younger.
When it comes to staying young, it's often what's on the inside that counts. Leading a healthy lifestyle doesn't just extend your years - it can keep you looking youthful, too. These 7 easy tips are anti-aging from the inside out.Read More »from 7 Healthy Ways to Look — and Feel — Younger
1. Eat Your Fruits and Veggies
The antioxidants and phytonutrients in fruits and vegetables will help fight wrinkles and keep your skin hydrated and even-toned. Aim to get a wide range of colors on your plate - it's an easy way to ensure you get a variety of vitamins and other health-boosting nutrients. A produce-heavy diet will also help you maintain a healthy weight, which is key to looking and feeling young.
Related: Your Preventative Anti-Aging Guide
2. And Eat Plenty of Fish, Too
Lean protein (skinless chicken, egg whites, tofu) is crucial to maintaining muscle mass as you get older. And fatty fish (salmon, tuna) has an extra benefit: it's full of omega-3 fatty acids, which help protect your skin from the sun, keep your heart healthy, and