To be successful at any big undertaking - starting a new career, salvaging a shaky marriage, mastering a foreign language - you have to "give it 110 percent," as the saying goes. But when it comes to what may be the most important change of all - revitalizing your health - you may be better off giving only 10 percent and not worrying too much about the other proverbial 100.
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Micro-improvements do more than chip away at a larger objective - they accomplish plenty on their own. Some of these are cumulative; do several and you'll see an even bigger benefit. Here are five small shifts that can reward you with a big health payoff.
1. Take Your Dog for a Walk
The small change: Up your exercise 10 percent. Even if you're completely sedentary, your body burns at least 1,000 calories a day (depending on your weight and age). Boosting that by 10 percent translates to a mere 100 calories - an amount you could expend by taking a 28-minute walk.
The big gains: A burn of
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To be successful at any big undertaking - starting a new career, salvaging a shaky marriage, mastering a foreign language - you have to "give it 110 percent," as the saying goes. But when it comes to what may be the most important change of all - revitalizing your health - you may be better off giving only 10 percent and not worrying too much about the other proverbial 100.Read More »from Five Small Steps to a Healthier You
A closet filled with tangled tops and mismatched shoes is tough to navigate in the morning. If you're tired of the hassle and disorder, put a stop to it with these easy habits.
Where to begin: Hold your own once-a-year fashion show. Empty the closet, then try on each garment in front of a full-length mirror. Does it fit? With what outfits and on what occasions will you wear it? Does it need mending? Will you ever be able to get out that ink stain? Separate pieces into four piles: keep, mend, donate, throw away. Follow the same steps for shoes. Now you can start organizing the keepers, eking out extra space with over-the-door storage and hanging shelves.
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- Toss mismatched hangers: Their irregular shapes take up more space, and the wire ones that dry cleaners use are hard on your clothes. Try a coordinated set, like the Huggable Hangers ($14 for 12, HSN; hsn.com).
- Keep your clothes stored by outfit: For example, store
- Where to begin: Hold your own once-a-year fashion show. Empty the closet, then try on each garment in front of a full-length mirror. Does it fit? With what outfits and on what occasions will you wear it? Does it need mending? Will you ever be able to get out that ink stain? Separate pieces into four piles: keep, mend, donate, throw away. Follow the same steps for shoes. Now you can start organizing the keepers, eking out extra space with over-the-door storage and hanging shelves.
- Good Housekeeping | Fashion – Tue, Apr 6, 2010 10:29 PM EDT
Problem: You love your clothes, but they just don't last long enough. Yes, you love to shop for new clothing, but you'd also love to keep your favorite frocks looking their best, for as long as possible. We have the fixes for your biggest clothing problems.Read More »from Make Your Clothes Last Longer With These Easy Fixes
The Problem: Dingy Whites
Believe it or not, many mixed-color garments, like white sport socks with blue trim, can be whitened safely by using chlorine bleach. Follow label directions, spot-testing the bleach first, then add just the recommended amount. Don't use chlorine bleach on any item whose label clearly cautions against it.
Learn how to remove stains from anything using bleach
The Problem: Faded Blacks
Just as whites don't stay white, black clothing often fades to, well, off-black. This happens because the excess dye that's put on when the fabric is made so it looks really black in the store wears off quickly. Add to that a trace amount of chlorine in wash water and soon you're seeing gray. While there's no fix-it once
Delicious spring vegetables are now available at your local farmers' market and grocery store. But how on earth do you get the kids to enjoy them too? Roast them - it's that simple,Read More »from A Surefire Way to Get Kids to Eat Veggies
Sharing that tip is one way of contributing to the Let's Move campaign launched by Michelle Obama and the White House. The campaign's mission is to make school lunch choices healthier and to make fresh, healthy food more affordable and accessible. Helping kids get healthy and be fit is an issue about which I care deeply. It was championed by Good Housekeeping in our March issue, in which we offer delicious, healthy roasting recipes for readers and their families.
This effortless technique makes vegetables as sweet as candy and creates a crust as crisp as fries. My daughters love the crunchy edges and juicy centers of roasted Brussels sprouts, so I made a big batch, tossed with grapes and olive oil and simply seasoned with salt and pepper, for a play date. The kids gobbled them up. When my brother-in-law
Craving a midday snack but not the extra calories? Opt for one of these satisfying 100-calorie snacks and you'll be thrilled with your decision.
- 1 Whole Foods Market Two-Bite Brownie
- 1 Healthy Choice Mocha Fudge Swirl Bar
- 1 pouch Keebler Sandies Right Bites Shortbread Cookies
- 1/2 cup Sharon's Lemon Sorbet with 1/4 cup blueberries
- 1 Skinny Cow Fat Free Fudge Bar
- 1 Nestlé Butterfinger Stixx
- 12 chocolate or vanilla Miss Meringue Minis
- 5 Nabisco Nilla Wafers
- 3 Country Choice Certified Organic Ginger Snaps
- 1 Deep Chocolate Vitamuffin Vitatop
- 1 Blue Bunny FrozFruit Chunky Mango Cream Bar
- 1 pouch O'Coco's Organic Chocolate Crisps
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Fruits & Veggies
- 2 cups raspberries
- 1 cup mango chunks
- 28 grapes
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1/2 medium cantaloupe
- 15 strawberries dipped in 1/4 cup Cool Whip Lite
- 1/2 small apple with 2 teaspoons peanut butter
- 45 steamed edamame
Summer vacation is just around the corner, and just because times have been tough doesn't mean you have to deprive yourself and your family of a fun vacation. With a little planning you can enjoy a great getaway without forfeiting the college savings fund.Read More »from Five Strategies for a Cheaper Family Vacation
Time it right
Try surfing the Web for wallet-friendly airfares Mondays (after 3 p.m. ET) through Wednesday nights, says Rick Seaney, CEO of farecompare.com. That's the window airlines have been using lately to clear out their extra seats. They usually post fare increases on Thursdays, which competitors match on Fridays through Sundays, so even though the weekend is your most convenient time to hunt for bargains, it's when you'll find the fewest.
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Find secret sales
Try the airline equivalent of a private sale by signing up with airfarewatchdog.com. It can help you find the best-kept secrets in air travel: "promo code fares," offered by individual airlines for select dates and routes.
It's easy to add springtime cheer to your Easter table! We'll show you how to make the perfect centerpiece or display colorful eggs with these DIY ideas. You can also find 4 more clever craft ideas and our most popular Easter dinner recipes and spring desserts here.Read More »from Easy Easter Table Toppers and Decorations
Extra Speckle Here's a spot-on Easter decorating idea: Showcase DIY speckled eggs in a nest of wheatgrass. First, dye hard-cooked eggs in pastel shades. Then make flecks: Dilute brown acrylic paint with water until it's the consistency of cream. Dip an old toothbrush into the paint and, with the brush a few inches from the egg, run your finger across the bristles, splattering paint onto the shell (lay egg horizontally, splatter, let dry, rotate, and repeat). To arrange, turn over a ceramic bowl; place a terra-cotta pot base on top. Pile up eggs; tucking in cut wheatgrass to make a nest. But note: These eggs are adorable, not edible.
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- Good Housekeeping | Parenting – Wed, Mar 31, 2010 5:57 PM EDT
While you shouldn't micromanage your child's social life and friendships, there's one time, however, when you absolutely need to intervene: if you're concerned for your kid's physical or mental safety. Jodi Campbell, supervisor of public education at the mental health organization KidsPeace, worked with a couple whose 13-year-old son was having trouble sleeping. With a little prodding, they found out that a former friend not only had "dumped" their son, but also was encouraging others to bully him at school. Fortunately, the situation was resolved when the parents contacted the school.Read More »from Warning Signs that Your Kid Might be Getting Bullied
If it's not an in-school issue, don't automatically call the other parents, says Campbell. "Regardless of where the problem happens, a guidance counselor is a good first resource," she says. "The school will tell you what they can and cannot do to help, and can often make very good suggestions." Other options include pediatricians, ministers or rabbis, therapists who specialize in adolescents, and
- Good Housekeeping | Parenting – Mon, Mar 29, 2010 8:52 PM EDT
I was appalled to see that in the last two weeks, four recalls have been issued by the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) on children's hooded sweatshirts from four different manufacturers because they didn't comply with the CPSC guidelines. (Related: Stay up-to-date with the latest recalls) The reason this is so upsetting to me is that these guidelines were issued way back in 1996! Certain states have even made it illegal to sell kids' jackets, sweaters, and coats that have drawstrings. The fact that the recalled products come from small companies is simply no excuse. Any manufacturer that's making and selling items to the public, and let's face it, particularly for kids, should know and follow the industry standards that were put in place to keep us all safe. (Related: Children's products recalled because they contain lead) Too many times in the apparel business, I've seen manufacturers ignore the guidelines either because they didn't know they existed or because they got inRead More »from Killer Sweatshirts: What You Need to Know to Keep Your Kids Safe
Get the eyelash style you desire with these application tips and product picks.Read More »from 4 Ways to Fake Great Lashes
The Look: Long & Lush Start with dark liner from the tear duct to the outer corner. "This gives the illusion of length before you even apply mascara," says Brett Freedman, a makeup artist in L.A. After you curl your lashes and put on primer, slick on two coats of lengthening mascara, wiggling the wand back and forth at the base and extending the color out to the tips.
Product Picks Use a medium-to-thick lengthening formula and a brush with lots of bristles, such as Victoria's Secret VS Makeup Extra-Lengthening Mascara ($12, Victoria's Secret), or Avon SuperExtend Mascara ($8.50, avon.com), with tiny fibers that stick to and elongate lashes. Related: The Best Waterproof Mascaras
Lash Look: Fat & Full Follow curling and primer with two or three coats of mascara, says Kelly Haley, a Sephora Pro Beauty Team makeup artist in Omaha. On the second coat, nudge the inner eyelashes toward the center of your face, the