Four kids, two TV shows, one very happy marriage: It's a lot to juggle, but here's how the model mom does it all without stressing.
On trying to do it all:
"Keeping it all together as a modern woman means multitasking, especially when you work," she says. "I think you always need to try your best, but at the same time you can only do what you can do, and you don't need to beat yourself up about it. I'm not white-picket-fence perfect."
Related: Read the full interview with Heidi Klum
"Family comes first. You're the only thing they have."
"I was a good kid," Klum recalls. "My parents laid rules out for me, and I followed them." Her mother gave her one rule she has never forgotten: "Don't rely on anybody," Klum says. "I saw that you have to work to get what you want."
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On keeping her marriage alive:
"We may be parents, but we can still make time to be a couple," she says. "We'll go shopping together. The
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Four kids, two TV shows, one very happy marriage: It's a lot to juggle, but here's how the model mom does it all without stressing.Read More »from Heidi Klum's Full House
On Passover, as on many Jewish holidays, there seems to be as much emphasis on eating as on the religious observances. Every family has its own special recipes to serve in the middle of the reading of the Haggadah (which tells the story of the escape from Egypt) and a good cookbook is often the secret behind them. Here's some of the tried and true favorites of our Good Housekeeping staff.Read More »from The Best Passover Cookbooks
Miriam Arond, Director of the Good Housekeeping Research Institute (GHRI) swears by Michele Friedman's Chefs' Confidential ($30). Though not specific to Pesach, it includes lots of Seder-worthy recipes.
While Health Director Toni Hope primarily uses an old tattered cookbook passed down from her mother, she also loves Marcy Goldman's A Treasury of Jewish Holiday Baking ($17.79). It wouldn't be Seder at the Hope house without Goldman's 'Lemon Sponge Cake' and 'The Queen Mother's Cake', a flourless chocolate cake that comes from the incomparable Book of Great Desserts ($15.88) by Maida Heatter.
You probably sort paper, plastic, and household metal on a daily basis - but what about the tough stuff? There are reasons to go beyond the usual recycling: Unwieldy household toss-outs take up tons of space in landfills. Worse, items such as computers and cell phones leach hazardous materials like mercury and lead into nearby water supplies. Now, thanks to environmental groups, retailers, and municipalities nationwide, doing the right thing is a lot easier. Here's how.
- Give to a charity. If you have a computer or a component that still works, contact Share the Technology (sharetechnology.org), which will match you with a nonprofit organization that needs equipment.
- If the computer isn't working, take it to a recycling center or a traveling electronics recycling fair. To locate a center in your area or to find out when a fair will visit your city, go to the Web site for Earth 911 (earth911.org), click on Electronics, and put in your zip code.
You've snagged an invite to Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding - congratulations! But are your manners up to snuff, or are you about to embarrass yourself in front of the Queen? Take this quiz to find out.Read More »from Can You Pass Our Royal Wedding Etiquette Quiz?
1. On the invitation, the ceremony attire is stated as "Uniform, Morning Coat, or Lounge Suit." There is no official dress code for women. What should you wear?
A. Street length dress or suit with covered shoulders, hat or fascinator, and gloves
B. Dark-colored dress with sleeves and a large hat
C. Ball gown, hat or fascinator, and gloves
2. How do you address the queen?
A. Your Royal Highness upon first greeting, and then Queen Elizabeth II thereafter.
B. Queen Elizabeth II upon first greeting, and then ma'am thereafter.
C. Your Majesty upon first greeting, and then ma'am thereafter.
Related: Take the Full Etiquette Quiz
3. The attire for the evening reception is stated as "white tie." What should you and your date wear?
A. For men: black tuxedo, cummerbund, and
Being eco-conscious doesn't have to mean outfitting your home with pricey solar panels. Many key improvements can be made for cheap - or even free. Try these:Read More »from 10 Cheap Home Improvements to Save Energy
1. Monitor Your Energy Use
You can reduce your monthly electric expenses - typically by as much as 15 percent, according to a recent IBM study - by knowing how much power you're actually using and where you can most effectively cut back. Add a plug load monitor ($25 and up) to any outlet where you plug in an appliance or device; the monitor will display how much energy the device is consuming and when, helping you decide which ones should be turned off and at what time. Some models are programmable, to cut power automatically.
2. Install Dimmer Switches
Not yet ready to say buh-bye to incandescent bulbs? Then consider that simply dimming a light by 10 percent more than doubles the bulb's life - and switches only cost about $10.
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3. Add a Motion Sensor
Add motion sensor to your outdoor lighting
1. Prep Properly
"A primer fills in pores and fine lines so that foundation glides on evenly instead of sinking into imperfections," says makeup artist Joanna Schlip. But using a primer, a moisturizer, a sunscreen, and a foundation results in too many layers - and a cakey finish. Instead, choose a multitasker to prep your skin, like triple-duty Stila Hydrating Primer with SPF 20 ($34, Sephora).
2. Lay the Right Base
Picking the right foundation shade and formula guarantees a natural, not masklike, result. "A yellowy-beige - based color works for most women," says celebrity makeup artist Sarah Lucero, "and on aging skin, liquid formulas are more forgiving than powders." To find the right hue, swipe some on the side of your nose, the area that tends to have the most discoloration. Use a finger to blend; then evaluate. If you're between shades, go slightly darker; a too-light base makes skin look ashen.
Related: The Clear Skin Makeover
3. Soften Lines
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If you've learned to add oil to your pasta while it's boiling, it's time to unlearn it. The technique prevents the pasta from sticking to itself, but it also keeps them sticking to the sauce. In the best pasta dishes, the noodles absorb some of the sauce and get super tasty. In our March story, our recipes follow a tried-and-true Italian formula that results in the most delicious pasta dishes:Read More »from 5 Simple Secrets for the Perfect Pasta
Read more: 3 Easy Pasta Cooking Tips
1. Get lots of salted water boiling. Make sure the pasta has enough room to move around while cooking. You need a big pot, like this cool one that GH Kitchen Appliances Director Sharon Franke featured.
2. Add the pasta and stir. You don't have to stir the whole time, just enough to keep it from sticking. Tongs work well for this task.
Read more: Past Plus 5 Ingredients
3. Undercook the pasta. Really. Cook it until the noodles are still a tiny bit hard in the center, just before al dente. After tons of testing, we concluded that it's generally 2 minutes
If just the thought of spring-cleaning makes you feel anxious and overwhelmed, here are some chores (based on your comments posted to our Good Houskeeping Facebook page) you might shortcut, delay, or even skip entirely to get the gain without all the pain!
1. Dirty windows
Yes, spring cleaning is all about letting the sunshine in, but if time is short, skip washing the inside of the glass and concentrate your efforts just on the outside (which is the dirtiest part of the window, anyway). If your windows tilt in, washing both sides may be relatively easy to do. But if they are like mine (double-hung windows with separate storm windows), there are actually four surfaces to wash on each window and it easily takes me two days to do all the windows and doors in my house! So, stick to just washing the outside panes (and recruit a helper, if you can) and you'll cut the time spent on this chore in half. Remember, too, to pick a cloudy day to do the job or start with the windows onRead More »from 5 Spring Cleaning Chores You Can Forget About
- Good Housekeeping | Work + Money – Tue, Mar 29, 2011 6:07 PM EDT
The Good Housekeeping Research Institute recently evaluated high-definition televisions (HDTVs) to find the best options ranging in size from 32" to 55". Check out a few of the winners and discover more recommendations here.
32" TV: Vizio E320VA ($469)
This television provides good picture quality at an affordable price. Testers loved the layout of the menus and the ease of navigating them. There aren't many extra features included, but if your main concern is picture quality, this television won't disappoint. Available on vizio.com
- Very sharp quality (HD Dark and HD Bright)
- Good clarity (SD Bright and SD Dark)
- Good sound clarity
- Easy to navigate through menu options and settings
- Easy to change inputs and video sources
- Fairly easy to handle the remote control
- Fairly easy to find additional features on the menu option
- At various viewing angles, there were very few noticeable changes in picture quality
- Thick panel (3.2")
When you settle on a vacation destination, chances are, the plan includes visiting specific attractions in that locale. But don't assume you'll have to pay full price for amusement parks, theater shows, or museum visits. Check out these resources for deals before your next trip.Read More »from Discounts on Vacation Attractions
Related: All-Inclusive Vacation Deals
Internet Ticket Consolidators Goldstar.com (which specializes in events such as plays, concerts, and sports), Viator.com (which specializes in tours and "experiences"), and SmartDestinations.com (which specializes in attraction packages) all sell cut-rate tickets.
Related: Insider Tips for Hotel Bargains
The Website of the Attraction Itself Just as resorts do, attractions (particularly theme parks) may have online-only prices for purchasing admission in advance of your trip.
Related: 4 Ways to Find Luggage That Lasts
Your Company's Human Resources Many have relationships with discounters such as Working Advantage to offer bargains to their employees. Also, don't forget to