Shorten Laundry DayToday's laundry appliances with preset cycles and programmed stain removal tips have taken much of the guesswork out of washing and drying clothes, but there's only so much these machines can do. Doing laundry is, unfortunately, still very much a hands-on activity. Here are three innovations that will make this routine chore easier and faster to do:
1. One of the newest single-dose laundry detergents to hit the market is Wisk's Deep Clean PowerBlasts ($6 for 24-count). Just toss one pack into a regular size laundry load (use two for extra large or heavily soiled loads) and the concentrated cleaners go to work cleaning, whitening, and even removing trapped body soils and sweat. I've never been a fan of messy measuring and drippy detergent bottles, so I love how neat and easy these packs are to use. They dissolve quickly in all water temperatures and I have to say that when I washed my husband's t-shirts with Wisk PowerBlasts, they came out as white as when I add bleach. I'm sold.
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Shorten Laundry DayToday's laundry appliances with preset cycles and programmed stain removal tips have taken much of the guesswork out of washing and drying clothes, but there's only so much these machines can do. Doing laundry is, unfortunately, still very much a hands-on activity. Here are three innovations that will make this routine chore easier and faster to do:Read More »from Shorten Laundry Day! 3 Time Savers
Try these 7 simple fixes to make your hair color last
There's nothing more disappointing than spotting gray roots sprouting after you've just spent time and money coloring your hair. Buy yourself a few extra weeks between touch-ups with these 7 simple fixes.Read More »from Make Your Hair Color Last
1. Clean and color at the same time
Bumble and Bumble's Hair Powder ($19) is a dry shampoo that comes in four shades: black, brown, blondish, and white (sorry, redheads). Hold the 1-ounce can about 10 inches from your head and simply spray onto your part. Voila, no more roots. Let it dry and then shake out the excess. Shampoo adheres best to oils so use it when your hair needs a wash or add a small dab of styling wax before you apply if your strands are clean.
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2. Spray it on
Rita Hazan's Root Concealer ($20) is a travel-size spray designed specifically for women on the go who can't commit to a specific four- to six-week color schedule. It's made with natural ingredients - no alcohol, ammonia, peroxide, parabens, or sulfates - and
If you've wondered what to do with dinosaur media items such as cassette tapes, CDs, floppy disks, or scratched vinyl, let these crafty bloggers help you upgrade them to the 21st century.Read More »from 2 Crafty Ways to Use Old CDs
CD Disco BallsDisc-o Balls
Still got a heap of those software freebies that inundated your mailbox last decade? When chopped up and glued to Styrofoam craft balls, discarded discs make for glimmering décor that will add dazzle to any display. (Affix loops of string to create lovely tree ornaments for the holiday season.)
Get the tutorial from Popcorn on the Stove.
CD Jewel Case VotivesHidden Jewels
The only thing cluttering up your home office more than out-of-date CDs are the plastic they come in. But that's not the, um, case when you use the jewels to create ethereal votive holders. All it takes are some glue, printouts or pictures that will look nice when backlit, and a glass-jar or battery-powered candle.
Get the tutorial from Make Grow Gather.
- By Amy Roberts
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Grilled Angel Food Cake with Strawberries in BalsamicStore-bought angel food cake goes gourmet when it's grilled and topped with sweetened balsamic-soaked strawberries.Read More »from Throw Some Cake on the Grill (Yes, Cake!)
Total Time: 15 minutes
Prep Time: 11 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Yields: 6 servings
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- 1 1/2 pound(s) strawberries, hulled and each cut in half, or into quarters if large
- 2 tablespoon(s) balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon(s) sugar
- 1 (9-ounce) store-bought angel food cake
- Whipped cream (optional)
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1. In medium bowl, toss strawberries with balsamic vinegar and sugar. Let stand at room temperature until sugar dissolves, at least 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
2. Meanwhile, prepare outdoor grill for direct grilling on medium. Cut angel food cake into 6 wedges.
3. Place cake on hot grill rack and cook 3 to 4 minutes or until lightly toasted on both sides, turning over once. Spoon strawberries with their juice
Embarassing Summer Beauty ProblemsSummer is the season of fun, so you shouldn't sweat the small stuff like body odor or breakouts. Here, we offer easy ways to combat pesky, hot-weather woes.
Problem #1: Sweat stains
Solution: While we sweat all over our body, glands are more concentrated in our face, palms, and, yep, underarms. To protect against wetness (and prevent embarrassing pit stains), opt for antiperspirant - deodorants won't cut it. If that doesn't suffice, upgrade to clinical-strength, which is the most potent over-the-counter option. Clinical-strength claims to be as strong and effective as prescription alternatives, says Susan Biehle-Hulette, PhD, a senior scientist at Proctor & Gamble.
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Problem #2: Body odorRead More »from 3 Embarrassing Summer Beauty Problems, Solved
Solution: Just because you're drenched in sweat doesn't mean you'll emit a foul stench. "Sweat actually has no odor," says Biehle-Hulette. "Odor comes from bacteria that naturally live on the skin." Sweat from heat or physical activity is produced from the
Healthy Seven-Layer DipThe classic is undeniably delicious, but it's little more than stacked store-bought sauces, and the dish's total sodium is a staggering 12,000 mg! With homemade refried beans and garden-fresh salsa and guacamole, our hearty appetizer delivers less sodium and more flavor, with only one-sixth the saturated fat and one-third fewer calories.Read More »from The Ultimate Seven-Layer Dip
Total Time: 25 minutes
Yields: 12 appetizer servings
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- 1 pound(s) plum tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped
- 1 green onion, finely chopped
- 1 clove(s) garlic, finely chopped
- 1/2 jalapeño chile, seeds and ribs removed, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoon(s) fresh lime juice
- 1 teaspoon(s) canola oil
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon(s) no-salt-added chili powder
- 1 can(s) (15-ounce) no-salt-added pinto beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 ripe Hass avocado, pitted and peeled
- 2 tablespoon(s) chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 cup(s) (from 2 ears) fresh corn kernels
An hour of pampering at the salon means nothing when you contract a deadly bout of infection a day later.An hour of pampering at the salon means nothing when you contract a deadly bout of infection a day later. Exercise clean and safe practices for the perfect 10 every time.Read More »from 8 Things Nail Salons Don't Tell You
1. Use common sense
It may sound like a no-brainer, but the number one indicator that differentiates an awesome nail salon from an awful one is cleanliness. "When choosing a salon, look for a clean environment, clean work stations, clean employees, and sterilization practices," says Susan Nam, celebrity manicurist and owner of Polished Beauty Bar. For specialty salon services, like CND Shellac (a high-gloss polish that lasts two weeks), check online at cnd.com to make sure the salon is certified, she adds.
2. Be on the lookout
Salons that are committed to the safety and well being of your nails always use sterilized tools. "The only thing that will clean and kill germs well are implements that are put into pouches and put into an autoclave," says Nam. "Make sure that the pouches are opened in front of you
Peach and Toasted Almond Greek YogurtDress up your favorite snack with easy add-ins that transform plain yogurt into a luscious, creamy treat.Read More »from Greek Yogurt, 4 Ways
1. Peach and Toasted Almond
Microwave 2 Tbsp. sliced almonds on plate 1 min. or until toasted. Mix 1 sliced peach and 1 Tbsp. brown sugar in bowl; spoon over a 6-oz. serving of plain yogurt. Top with almonds.
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2. Chocolate and Raspberry
Start with a 6-oz. serving of plain yogurt. Stir in 2 Tbsp. chocolate-hazelnut spread and 1 tsp. raspberry jam; garnish with fresh raspberries.
3. Blueberry and Graham Cracker
Top plain yogurt with 1/4 c. each blueberries and cinnamon-flavored graham crackers, crushed, 1 Tbsp. honey, and 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract.
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4. Piña Colada
Microwave 1/4 c. sweetened shredded coconut on High on plate, 1 to 2 min., until toasted; spoon over yogurt with 1/2 c. chopped pineapple.
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BBQ ChickenWe pumped up the flavor of bottled barbecue sauce with spicy brown mustard and marmalade, but you could make this chicken with your favorite sauce recipe as well (you'll need 1 1/2 cups barbecue sauce).Read More »from The Ultimate (Picnic-Friendly) BBQ Chicken
Total Time: 1 hr 10 min
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 50 min
Oven Temp: 450 degrees
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- 3 (4 pounds each) cut-up chickens
- 2 medium (about 1 pound) onions, sliced
- 2 lemons, sliced
- 1 bottle(s) (18 ounces) barbecue sauce
- 1/4 cup(s) spicy brown mustard
- 1/4 cup(s) orange marmalade
- 2 teaspoon(s) cayenne pepper sauce
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line two 15 1/2" by 10 1/2" jelly-roll pans with foil.
2. Remove skin from chicken, if you like. Sprinkle chicken with 1 teaspoon salt. Arrange pieces, bone-sides up, in lined pans; top with onion and lemon. Cover tightly with foil. Bake 40 minutes.
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3. In bowl, mix barbecue sauce, mustard, marmalade, and pepper sauce.
4. After 40
- Good Housekeeping | Beauty – Thu, Jun 27, 2013 12:16 PM EDT
Don't assume your stylist remembers everythingThe top reason for a bad haircut is assuming your stylist remembers everything. Just as you would discuss your medical history with a doctor, you should brief your stylist on your hair.Read More »from The Top Reason for a Bad Haircut (Hint: It May Be Your Fault)
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A successful recommendation from your stylist is dependent on her knowledge of past treatments and services. The longer your hair, the further back in time you'll need to recall. Even if you've covered up highlights from six months ago, they're still in your hair and will affect how different sections respond to color.
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"There is no such thing as 'do what you did last time,'" says Allen Ruiz, Aveda North American styling director. Jog your stylist's memory by bringing in a picture of yourself with the style you love and explain what you specifically like about it.
- By Jennifer Barnes
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