Try these helpful hints for a successful marriageEveryone knows successful marriages take work but wouldn't it be great if we could uncover a secret formula to marital bliss? It turns out, researchers have done just that! Read on to discover small yet powerful ways to improve your marriage.
Your "how-we-met" story speaks volumes.
Next time someone at a dinner party asks, "How did you two meet?" pay attention to how you respond. Your answer can predict whether your marriage will make it, says John Gottman, PhD, a psychologist at the University of Washington, Seattle's Family Research Laboratory (aka "The Love Lab").
Gottman took oral histories from 52 couples married an average of five years, analyzed their stories and physiological responses, and checked back with the couples in three years. Their story predicted with 94 percent accuracy which couples would stay together. (The figure was 88 percent in a separate study in which Gottman followed newlyweds.) Happy couples spoke with laughter and nostalgia, even when
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Try these helpful hints for a successful marriageEveryone knows successful marriages take work but wouldn't it be great if we could uncover a secret formula to marital bliss? It turns out, researchers have done just that! Read on to discover small yet powerful ways to improve your marriage.Read More »from The Science Behind a Great Marriage
Tea KettleYear-round, we drink tea-the beverage that results from steeping leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant in water. The plant, native to Asia, has been consumed in China for at least 3,000 years. Of course, tea has since spread to the west, and in the U.S. dozens of jars of tea leaves line the shelves of specialty shops. Still, a mystique clings to tea. We drink it for health, taste, warming in the winter, and cooling in the summer. Here are five things you may not have known about the ancient beverage:Read More »from 5 Things You Didn't Know About Tea
1. All tea comes from the same plant.
White, green, and black teas all come from the same plant, Camellia sinensis, an evergreen. Leaves are picked every one to two weeks, depending on the kind of tea desired. Whether the tea is white, green, or black depends on how the leaves are processed and oxidized. Herbal teas, such as mint or chamomile, are a separate category (tisanes). So are red teas, made from a shrubby plant native to South Africa.
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BreadThat's the question on many people's minds considering everyone from The New York Times reporters to Miley Cyrus are pondering the merits of a GF diet. But the answer, it turns out, isn't so simple.Read More »from Should You Go Gluten-Free?
For some people, about 1% of the population with celiac disease, eating foods with gluten causes severe damage to the lining of their intestines, which can lead to a host of uncomfortable symptoms as well as an increased risk of cancer. For them, avoiding gluten is crucial and no amount is safe. Families living with someone who has celiac disease have to take special precautions to avoid cross-contamination, say by devoting a toaster to gluten free foods and by taking care not to use the same serving utensils for dishing out foods that contain gluten along with foods that don't.
Far more people suffer from gluten sensitivity, a condition with complaints that range from headaches to fatigue to diarrhea. Doctors aren't sure why, but these people also feel better after removing
Sleep BetterScientists like their zzz's just as much as you do - and have put their (hopefully well-rested) brains to studying what really helps you get a good night's sleep.Read More »from At Last: The Secret to a Good Night's Sleep
1. Pump it Up
Regular aerobic exercise - bicycling, walking at a moderate pace, swimming laps - for 30 to 40 minutes, four times a week, improves sleep quality. You can break it up into two 20-minute sessions if that fits better into your life. But don't schedule it in the evening; while exercise helps regulate your sleep/wake cycle, the stimulation that comes from a workout in the three hours before bedtime may cancel the benefit.
2. Combine Carbs and Proteins
Carbohydrates help your brain use tryptophan, an amino acid that causes sleepiness. And proteins help your body build tryptophan. Get the duo in a light bedtime snack of peanut butter on toast or low-fat cheese and crackers.
3. Choose Cherry
The fruit is rich in melatonin, which helps the body regulate its sleep/wake cycle. When study participants drank eight
These 18 terms will help you know more to maintain healthy hair.1. Amino Acids
Amino acids, the building blocks of protein, are commonly found in shampoos, conditioners, and leave-in products. The acids are small and make up keratin, the key structural component of hair and nails, allowing them to penetrate deep into the hair shaft to repair and strengthen.
Beeswax is a common ingredient in pomades and creams. "It can also be used to help with emulsification to provide rich cream formulations of many uses," says Rolf Mast, chemist with Number 4 Haircare. Beeswax protects hair from moisture loss and environmental damage, while also providing volume and sheen.
3. Blow-dry Cream/Thermal Protection
Often sold as a cream or gel, it's a must-have product for anyone who styles hair with heat three to five times a week, as repeated use of hot styling tools depletes hair of moisture and natural oils over time. A blow-dry cream offers stronger protection than a traditional leave-in conditioner.
4. De-tanglerRead More »from Want Healthy Hair? 18 Terms You NEED to Know
De-tangler is a
Personally, I don't understand people who dislike chocolate. Alas, they're out there and I always think about them this time of year. Valentine's Day is a chocolate-lover's dream! But what if your someone special doesn't find something special about a beautiful box of chocolate or handmade truffles?
No need to panic. I'm faced with this question every February, as my dashing boyfriend is not a chocolate eater. Here are some chocolate-free Valentine's Day treat ideas I've accrued over time. Whip up 1 (or 3!) to show your sweetheart just how much you love them…weird food aversions and all!Rice Krispie Treat
1. Giant Rice Krispies Treat Heart (my personal favorite!)
Melt 1/2 stick unsalted butter in a large pot. Add 1 bag mini marshmallows and cook until melted. Remove from heat. Fold in 6 to 7 cups Rice Krispies cereal. Pour out onto a parchment paper-lined surface and shape/flatten into a giant heart with greased hands. Decorate as desired. Mine was 15-inches wide at the top!
2. MiniRead More »from Valentine's Day Treats for Non-Chocolate Lovers
We found designer pieces we love (and their more affordable alternatives) to help you create a beautiful home on any budget.
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SangriaWhen cooking a romantic dinner for two, there are a ingredients with supposedly aphrodisiacal powers that you might have already known about (oysters, red wine? Duh!), but some you might never have guessed (chile peppers and asparagus? Really?!).
Here are some of my favorite get-you-in-the-mood recipes that you can easily whip up on a weeknight for your special Valentine:
Pomegranate Juice: Long considered a symbol of fertility (have you checked out all those SEEDS?), pomegranate's berry-like sweet-tart flavor is delicious in drinks like sangria and margaritas. Just make sure to cut that margarita recipe by half or...don't. We won't judge.
Related: Best Chocolates for Valentine's Day
Red Wine: Not just for drinking on Valentine's Day, red wine can be a star on the plate. Use your leftovers, or pop open a new bottle and drink those leftovers, to whip up these fast and easy recipes for braised mushrooms, steak with creamy herb jus, or a luscious, adults-only dessertRead More »from Top 5 Foods to Get Your Heart Racing This Valentine's Day
A few easy steps to green your pet's habitsIn the quest to go green, you shop with reusable grocery bags, combine multiple errands into one trip, and choose environmentally products when you can. But there might be an area you're forgetting to "green" - we're talking about Fido here.
1. Groom Organic.
Many commercial grooming products are made with harsh chemicals that can irritate pets' skin. Fortunately, you can buy grooming products that are organic and even biodegradable. Check out brands such as Earthbath, Espree, Eco-Me or LuloDog. If you send your pet to a groomer, inquire about what products he carries. If they're not eco-friendly, ask if you can provide your own products or switch to a different groomer, says Heidi Ganahl, CEO and founder of Camp Bow Wow, a network of premier doggy day and overnight camps around the country.
2. Break out the "fine china."Read More »from 7 Ways to Green Your Pet's Habits
Fido and Fluffy might not care about eating or drinking out of plastic bowls, but Mother Earth does. In 2010, the U.S. generated 31 million tons of
Trade your bronzer for a multi-use color stick. Sticking with beloved beauty standbys may not always be a good thing, as old formulas can leave your complexion looking less than flawless. Try these 12 product upgrades that help you put your best face forward.
1. Trade your bronzer for a multi-use color stick. Bronzer doesn't always work on pale winter skin; instead, swap it for a product that can be used in multiple ways, on various skin tones. Joni Powell, makeup department head for the CW's Hart of Dixie, recommends ColorStick from Cargo ($28, ulta.com). Available in five colors, this stick can be used for cheek shimmer, lip color, blush, eye shimmer, and eyeshadow. "It's the perfect product for an overall look," says Powell.
2. Replace your powder compact with finishing cream. Finishing cream is the new little black dress for your beauty regime. Try Revitalift Miracle Blur Finishing Cream ($20, walmart.com). "It will not only mattify and blur imperfections for a skin 'pick-me-up', but it will also provide much-needed sunRead More »from 12 Anti-Aging Essentials Every Woman Needs