Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner - and that means more backyard time! Outdoor lights are not only essential, but they can also transform your yard into a summer oasis where the whole family can kick back and relax. There are no rules when it comes to outdoor lighting; mix-and-match all the options below to create your own magical nighttime haven.
Candles are the easiest to set up and add instant charm. Just be careful of open flames. Also keep in mind that candles are only a temporary form of lighting - they can burn out and need replacing before the evening's over.
Colored Paper Lanterns are available in lots of different shapes and sizes, allowing you to use your own creative flair to personalize your outdoor area. Also consider glass lanterns, which although more expensive, can last through many summer seasons.
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Lighted Table Centerpieces are perfect for any themed event and can be fashioned out of different textures,
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Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner - and that means more backyard time! Outdoor lights are not only essential, but they can also transform your yard into a summer oasis where the whole family can kick back and relax. There are no rules when it comes to outdoor lighting; mix-and-match all the options below to create your own magical nighttime haven.Read More »from Find the Best Outdoor Lighting for Your Backyard
1. Lose the Layers
Sweltering weather means sweatier, oilier skin, which breaks down makeup. And the more layers you put on, the likelier they are to slip and slide. Who wants to slather on extra products anyway? Instead, look for a light-feeling multitasker like Neutrogena Healthy Skin Compact Makeup SPF 55 ($14, drugstores) - hydration, coverage, and SPF all in one.
Related: Makeup with Sun Protection2. Pencil It In
Opt for eye and lip pencils over liquid liner and lipstick. Their waxy formulas resist dissolution on damp skin; plus, lip pencil under gloss makes the shiny layer last longer by giving it something to adhere to, says Chantel Miller, senior makeup artist for the MAC Pro Team. For super budge-proof color, look for waterproof formulations. Try Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye and Lip Pencils ($18 each, Sephora), and store them in your fridge. The cold solidifies the wax for easier sharpening and application.
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Pink is in again! Well, for pork at least. Newly revised recommendations from the USDA have confirmed that it's safe to eat pork cooked to 145ºF, which is 15ºF lower than previously advised. For years we've been drying out our chops in fear that they would make us sick, but for this upcoming Memorial Day weekend we can all enjoy a tasty cut of grilled pork, now juicier than ever.Read More »from New Temperature for Perfect Pork
According to the new guidelines, all cuts of pork can be safely cooked to 145ºF, which is the same temperature that the USDA recommends for lamb, beef, and veal. Undersecretary Elisabeth Hagen states that having all of these meats at the same recommendedTel temperature "will be much easier for consumers to remember and result in safer food preparation."
The USDA has also released a recommendation of a "rest time" of three minutes for pork, lamb, beef, and veal, during which these meats should be left to stand at their final temperatures after they're removed from their heat sources. During this rest, the
There's a whisper going around among women over 40. Perhaps you aren't there yet. Perhaps, owing to some wonderful cornucopia of self-esteem, you never will be. But for the rest of us, there's the question that cannot be stopped: "Can I still wear shorts?"
Even in shorts that don't do more than expose the bottom half of one's leg, it's still a minefield. Sure, knees are adorable on toddlers, are hopefully functional on athletes, and are what separate us from cacti, but can anyone say they're attractive?
Depending on genetics and lifestyle choices, when you no longer have just the Not-Very-Attractive knee, you reach the age of the NVA knee with newly flaccid skin above it. You're standing there, waiting for your dry cleaning or your number to come up at the deli, and you look down to see - aaarh! - the dermatological version of an origami crane. But it's the last warm day of autumn, so you cover up and try to forget.
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Ahh, 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 anRead More »from 7 Smart Ways to Save More at Outlets
Nothing says you've embraced summer like a sun-kissed glow, and we've got all the best DIY self-tanning tips to achieve it. Going the tan-from-a-tube route may even help protect you from sun damage, recent research shows: Beachgoers educated in self-tan techniques and the dangers of UV rays were less likely to sit in the sun without protection and experienced fewer sunburns over the course of the summer than their nontrained fellow loungers. (It's not that self-tanners contain SPF - most don't; rather, bronzing safely can change your sunbathing habits.) Read on for the pros' product picks and techniques for believable color (no orange tans here).
1. Test it out "Self-tanners rely on the ingredient dihydroxyacetone, or DHA, a potential irritant," says Sinead Norenius, founder of faux-glow maker Beautisol. "Over the years, I've found that roughly one in 10 people can't tolerate it. The day before you self-tan for the first time, test a silver dollar-size area
If your clothing isn't coming out clean, there are simple changes you can make in your laundry routine to fix the problem. Rather than wasting more time and money rewashing your load, follow my advice below to get great cleaning results the first time.
- Sort laundry properly. In addition to separating items by cycle, water temperature, and color, keep items that shed lint, like towels, away from those that attract it, like knits and corduroy pieces.
- To save energy, it's best to wash full loads, but always avoid overloading the machine. For the best cleaning performance, stick to a medium-sized load.
- If you have a high-efficiency top-loading washer, push buoyant items like pillows to the the base of the washtub. If you don't, they'll float at the top when the washer fills with water and won't get clean.
- Be sure to use the correct detergent and the correct amount of detergent. Traditional laundry detergents
In recent years, much of the biggest news in food sales has focused on probiotics, microbes that benefit your health. But now they're not the only "biotic" generating headlines. Prebiotics are showing up in health bars, cereals, and more. These are not microbes, but a type of soluble fiber that nourishes the good bacteria in your gut. Prebiotics are often added to foods billed as "high in fiber" (they may be listed on the label as inulin or chicory root extract). But what do probiotics and prebiotics do for you? How do you know whether to try them, or which to choose?
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For prebiotics, answers are still coming. Research suggests they may help increase calcium absorption, protect against traveler's diarrhea, and play a role in preventing colon cancer. What we do know: Taken in a high enough dose - five to eight grams a day - they can bump up the count of beneficial bacteria already in your digestive tract, says probiotic expert and industryRead More »from 5 Probiotic Products That Really Work
Alison Sweeney, host of America's favorite slim-down show, The Biggest Loser, is serving up a similar brand of diet inspiration designed with the busy mom in mind in her new book, The Mommy Diet. Having faced a very public struggle with her own weight, Sweeney knows firsthand how challenging it is to stick with a food and fitness plan, especially while also juggling the demands of work and motherhood. We talked to the svelte Sweeney to find out the get-healthy tip that worked for her, her favorite low-cal snacks, and the single-most important piece of slim-down advice she can give.
Good Housekeeping: What is your advice to moms who have trouble finding the time to work out?
Alison Sweeney: Making the time is the most crucial aspect of weight loss and the thing no one else can do for you. You can get all the advice, [all the] information you want, but if you don't take the time to actually follow through with it, you're going to end up frustrated and disappointed. It's easierRead More »from Alison Sweeney's New Diet Just for Moms
Mother's Day CalendarStill don't know what to do for mom this Sunday? Check out these Mother's Day deals and treats that are too good to pass up.
- On May 7th, Lowe's home improvement store is offering a free workshop where a kid can make his or her mother a special Heart Flower Vase. Simply register a child for the Build and Grow Clinic at your local Lowe's. On the same day, The Home Depot has a free Kids Workshop (ages 5-12) for making mom a Tulip Planter.
- TCBY will be giving moms a free cup or cone of frozen yogurt in their flavor of choice on Sunday.
- Help mom get more organized with a free 1-year subscription to PlumLife, a smart organizational calender that can manage all of her life details, work and home, in one place. (This offer is only available on Sunday, May 8th -- promotion code: LOVEMYMOM).
- At Ikea, not only can mom enjoy scrambled eggs, bacon, potatoes, and coffee gratis, but the rest of the family can too if you get there before 11 a.m.
- To get your mother a free