Ah, the simple pleasures of summer: ice cream, sand between your toes - and hitting the outlet mall while you're on vacation. Try these smart but simple strategies for getting the very best deals; they'll have you snagging unbelievable bargains - up to 90 percent off. (Bonus: They work year-round, so tuck them away for holiday shopping.)
1. Cash in on Coupons
Who knew? Most outlets trim at least 25 to 65 percent off retail, but you can also score coupons on top of that - ka-ching! Visit the outlet center's website (two websites that serve multiple outlets are tangeroutlet.com and premiumoutlets.com) to print out savings offers for favorite stores. For instance, I printed a 15-percent-off Kate Spade coupon for both sale and full-price merchandise before I left for a mega-outlet mall. When I got there, I saw the beautiful sparkle tights I had seen on katespade.com a couple of months before but resisted buying because they were $32 a pair. The outlet store was having an
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Ah, the simple pleasures of summer: ice cream, sand between your toes - and hitting the outlet mall while you're on vacation. Try these smart but simple strategies for getting the very best deals; they'll have you snagging unbelievable bargains - up to 90 percent off. (Bonus: They work year-round, so tuck them away for holiday shopping.)Read More »from 3 Ways to Save More at Outlets
These tales of growing up, hanging out, and falling in love remind us just how much can happen in a few hot months.Read More »from 10 Summer Movie Classics
1. Dirty Dancing (1987)
It was the summer of '63 - before Kennedy was shot, before the Beatles invaded, and when Baby and Johnny had the time of their lives.
2. Grease (1978)
Drift into those sweet summer nights and watch the roles that made John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John cultural icons.
3.Stand by Me (1986)
Four childhood buddies embark on one last adventure together and ask the eternal question: If Mickey's a mouse and Pluto's a dog, then what's Goofy?
Related: 10 Summer Beach Reads
The Griswold family's cross-country summer vacation turns into a hilarious adventure of mishaps.
5. A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999)
Kevin Kline, Christian Bale, and Michelle Pfeiffer are just some of the all-star cast that helps bring this magical Shakespearian classic to life.
6. Roman Holiday (1953)
The chance meeting of a princess and a reporter makes a
Was it Jerry Seinfeld who said, "There's no such thing as fun for the whole family"? Award-winning author, and Good Housekeeping's happiness expert, Gretchen Rubin disagrees - but family vacations can definitely be a challenge. She's found these strategies can help to keep that time fun.Read More »from 5 Secrets for Surviving a Family Vacation
1. Make time for your own kind of fun.
I've learned that I need to make time for the activities that I find fun on vacation - which in my case means reading. If I spend my entire day chasing my children with a bottle of sunscreen, or going to a movie about chipmunks, I'm not going to be having a good time. I need some time for my own kind of fun. Along the same lines, sometimes I think, Why am I just lying here, reading, on such a beautiful day? I should be going for a run/playing in the ocean/learning to play tennis. I love to read, and now I let myself read as much as I can get away with, given the realities of a family vacation. Everyone will have more fun when everyone has fun, so it's not selfish
No time to run to the local party store for miniature flags and bunting? No problem! Check out decorator/blogger Courtney de Wet's picks for easy, festive, and mostly free decorations that you can print from the comfort of your own home. Happy Fourth!Read More »from Quick and Easy Fourth of July Decor
Purchase and print these adorable cupcake holders, pictured at left, from Paper and Cake.
Frame this festive free sign to greet guests as they enter from Crafting Chicks.
Guests won't waste cups, or forget names with these free drink tags from Fresh Home.
Related: How to Display the American Flag
Set out these sparkler favors from Delightfully Noted in a basket for guests to take out at dusk.
Sweeten up beverages with these straw tags available at The Sweet Occasion.
Not having your own party but attending as a guest? Don't forget to take a bottle of wine adorned with this clever gift tag by Erin Vale Design.
How are you planning to decorate for the Fourth of July? Tell us in the comments!
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Thirty billion a year - that's about how much Americans spend on slim-down products, many of which don't even work. A better way to get real weight-loss results? Go grocery shopping. New research points to more than a dozen foods, from beans to beef, that can help you fight hunger, kick your candy addiction, boost your metabolism - and ultimately shed pounds. And some of these superfoods deliver health bonuses too.Read More »from 5 Foods to Help You Lose Weight
Skip the bagel this morning. Eggs, which are full of protein, will help you feel fuller longer - a lot longer. A multicenter study of 30 overweight or obese women found that those who ate two scrambled eggs (with two slices of toast and a reduced-calorie fruit spread) consumed less for the next 36 hours than women who had a bagel breakfast of equal calories. Other research has shown that protein may also prevent spikes in blood sugar, which can lead to food cravings.
Related: Keeping-It-Off Superfoods
You've probably never heard of cholecystokinin, but
Think brushing your hair 100 strokes each night is healthy? Will frequent trims really make your hair grow faster? Read on to discover the simple truths behind great hair.Read More »from 5 Common Hair-Care Myths
Myth #1: Frequent trims make hair grow faster.
Truth: "Hair grows a half-inch per month, whether you cut it or not," says John Barrett, owner of the John Barrett Salon in New York City. Hair may grow slightly faster in the summer, but that has nothing to do with the stylist's scissors and everything to do with hormones, which do speed growth a little. One thing a trim will do: Eliminate split ends, making hair look better.
Related: Hairstyles to Fit Your Face
Myth #2: Stress can make your hair fall out.
Truth: Although your hair is falling out all the time, to the tune of 50 to 120 strands per day, it's possible that you may lose a few more strands when you're "catastrophically" stressed, meaning you have had a major life change such as a divorce, lost job, or surgery, says Gerome Litt, M.D., an assistant professor
Almost 33 million Americans plan to hit the road this weekend to celebrate the Fourth of July with friends and family. If you're among them, don't get behind the wheel until you've read these tips for cutting your car's fuel consumption.Read More »from Save Gas on Your Next Road Trip
Related: Buy Smart Guide: Fuel Efficient Cars
Lighten your load. A bunch of junk in your car's trunk can really weigh you down, causing your car to be less fuel-efficient. For every 100 pounds of cargo, MPG is reduced up to 2% - that's like paying an additional 7 cents per gallon, based on the national average gas price of $3.65. In addition, anything strapped to the roof creates drag, which means your car has to work harder to maintain speeds, reducing fuel economy by up to 5% (and adding up to 18 cents per gallon to the tab). If at all possible, pack your stuff inside.
Plan your fuel breaks before you run low. Convenient right-off-the-highway rest stops are often a huge rip-off. Use mapquest.com to find gas stations and prices (as well as food and
Google can do more for you than provide easy access to websites, photos, videos, maps, news, shopping, and email. It offers a suite of mobile apps to simplify your life. And they aren't just for Google Android devices - you can get many of them on other platforms like the iPhone or Blackberry. The ones below aren't brand new, but they're the ones I find super useful (or just plain fun!) in my daily life.Read More »from 6 Great Google Apps
1. Google Voice Search: If you're a multi-tasking mom, you probably juggle lots of things at once. Google Voice Search gives you a hand (literally and figuratively!) by allowing you to search queries on your phone using voice commands. I also like Voice Actions for "dialing" phone calls and sending texts without tapping on the keyboard.
Use when: You're driving and can't (and shouldn't!) type on your phone.
2. Google Places: The newest of the bunch, Google Places connects you with restaurants and services. Like Yelp, it gives you honest reviews from real people.
Use when: You want the
Even the best-kept home will always have one or two trouble spots... Even being a professional organizer like me does not mean that you won't have something that always bothers you to some degree! The good news is that the majority of these trouble spots can be fixed or at least improved.Read More »from How to Fix Trouble Clutter Spots For Good
Embrace these problem areas as a teaching tool! Observe carefully what is going on so you can figure out how to stop it from recurring.
Here are some questions to ask as you look at the evidence:
• What are the functions of the space? If there are too many major functions in a room it will be difficult to accommodate all of them, and some functions may need to be relocated. Your spare bedroom cannot realistically be a combination home office/guest room/craft room/exercise room/meditation space.
Related: Organizing Tips for Summer Travel
• Does your space have structure, like a "skeleton," to support the functions you require? We see "boneless" spaces most often in garages, where there are bare
Make sure your child is prepared for a great camp experience by packing everything that they'll need.Read More »from 15 Things to Pack for Camp
1. Clothing that can be layered Replace a cold-weather jacket with T-shirts, flannels, and light sweatshirts that will allow your child to shed or add layers depending on the weather. Old clothes are often recommended, and all items should be marked with your child's name.
2. A variety of shoes Appropriate footwear is a must. Pack everything from hiking boots to water shoes, depending on the activities your child will participate in.
3. Swimsuit For those hot summer days when your child will need to jump in the lake or pool to cool off, a swimsuit and any swimming safety equipment (depending on age/skill level) are key.
4. Flashlight and extra batteries Make sure your child is never searching for the outhouse in the dark by packing a flashlight and an extra set of batteries.
5. Small first-aid kit Band-Aids and Ace bandages are important to have on hand for common cuts, scrapes, and