The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted this week to ban restaurants from handing out toys with meals that don't meet its minimum nutritional standards. In order to include a toy, meals will have to contain less than 600 calories, 640 mg of sodium, and 35% of calories from fat. Since toys are very appealing to children and are often the reason they ask for a specific meal in a restaurant - and parents frequently meet their children's requests - this action is intended to give restaurants the incentive to offer healthier foods. This hotly-debated topic brings up a number of issues, from childhood obesity to healthy school lunches.
Related: Your Healthy Guide to Eating Out and Healthy Fast Food Options for Kids
While the ban won't go into effect until December 2011, parents still need to be wary of fast-food toys. Recently the Good Housekeeping Research Institute (GHRI) investigated the safety of toys that are distributed by chain restaurants and found that they are not necessarily
Blog Posts by Good Housekeeping
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted this week to ban restaurants from handing out toys with meals that don't meet its minimum nutritional standards. In order to include a toy, meals will have to contain less than 600 calories, 640 mg of sodium, and 35% of calories from fat. Since toys are very appealing to children and are often the reason they ask for a specific meal in a restaurant - and parents frequently meet their children's requests - this action is intended to give restaurants the incentive to offer healthier foods. This hotly-debated topic brings up a number of issues, from childhood obesity to healthy school lunches.Read More »from Happy Meal Toys Under Fire
At last, you can retire your ancient, tattered sweatpants-jeggings are the optimal solution when seeking style and comfort. This love child of jeans and leggings combines the coverage and second-skin silhouette of skinny jeans with a variety of options. Some include real (or faux) zippers, back pockets, and other detailing. Unlike regular denim, they contain more Lycra, so they're easy to slip on and move around in. New York Magazine credits the British brand Topshop with coming up with the phrase "jeggings" in 2009, and they've graced the bums of everyone from Gwyneth Paltrow to Beyonce.Read More »from Top 5 Jeggings for Every Budget
Worried that jeggings will make you look bigger than you really are? Just opt for a dark pair that will go with everything from a basic tank or t-shirt to a tunic or even a long cardigan. Try to stay away from extravagant and oversized patterns, for they will only draw the eye straight to that area. Here are styles for every budget that deserve to be in your denim dossier.
1. Best for Small Budgets
Here's what you can do, to keep the digital junk mail at bay.
Activate Spam blockers that your e-mail provider offers or set your Inbox security to "exclusive." You can choose whether 1) the service will move messages that seem suspicious straight to your Spam or Junk folder, or 2) it'll only permit messages from senders in your address book or those you indicate are "safe" into your Inbox. You'll have to review the Spam folder periodically to make sure messages you want to receive aren't being sent there by mistake. (You can easily mark them as "not junk," and they'll pop right into your Inbox.)
Enable image or content blocking. This prevents the images (also called "content") in a message from downloading simply because you've opened it. Those images often contain tracking software, which beams back info as soon as they're viewed, so spammers know they've hit an active e-mail account. If you do want to see the message in its entirety, you'll have the option to fully downloadRead More »from How to Cut Down on All Kinds of Junk Mail
What eats up your paycheck: food, clothing, your home, your car? Well, you might be making these 5 common money mistakes or missing out on valuable savings. Here are a few simple money-saving tricks for your most common purchases.
Don't miss 104 more money savers you may not know about.
- Stock up on grocery staples right after Thanksgiving. It's prime time: More food coupons are issued in November and December than in any other season.
- Try amazon.com for nonperishables. Its "Subscribe & Save Program" typically gives 15 percent discounts (plus free shipping) on items such as paper towels.
- Stop buying bottled water: At $1.50 per 20-ounce bottle, a family of four that goes through 20 bottles a week could save about $1,560 annually. The equivalent water from the faucet? Maybe $1. And it takes just seconds to fill a glass or a reusable water bottle.
- Don't buy premixed: You can pay up to 50 percent more for foods with sugar, spices, or sauces already mixed in. Juice in
Read More »from Top 5 Habits of the Happiest Couples
Good Housekeeping blogger Andrea Frazer shares the secrets of happy couples.
1. Reach Out
In the words of an old commercial, "Reach out and touch someone..." But not just anyone. Your spouse! They'll be sure to thank you for it. And while you might not be having sex with the pool man or the cashier in the grocery store (or maybe you are, but that's a different blog post) there's no reason you can't break through that wall we all put up with a friendly, "Thanks. Hey, how is your day going?"
Related: 18 Clues He's Still Crazy About You
2. Make Friends
If you're like me, you'll find that when you let other people into your world, you don't put so much pressure on your spouse to be Mr. Everything.
Related: The Five Girlfriends Every Woman Needs
3. Be Thankful
Yes, it's a bit cliché, but it works. I wrote a poem recently expressing just how thankful I am for the little things Rex does to keep this household running. I have continued writing in my journal also. When I see on paper just
Trick or treat! These ghoulish guises are some of the top-selling children's Halloween costumes.
Related: The Most Popular Halloween Costumes - for Pets!
3. Pirate (Hint: Save Time and Money with This Easy DIY Pirate Costume!)
Related: Spooky Halloween Crafts and Decor
Related: Which Halloween Candy Is Healthier? Take This Surprising Quiz
7. Star Wars
8. Tinker Bell
Related: No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Tips
Related: Homemade Halloween Treats (They're Easy!)
Related: Is Your Child's Costume Dangerous?
What are your kids planning to dress up as this Halloween?
More from Good Housekeeping:
8 Ways to Spice Up Your Marriage
Look 10 Pounds Thinner - Instantly!
5 Best Haircuts of All Time
How to Speed Clean Everything - in 10 Minutes!
- For More Tips & Tricks You Can Count On: Subscribe to Good Housekeeping & Save!
- 8 Ways to Spice Up Your Marriage
Read More »from 5 Surprising Reasons to Eat an Apple a Day
Beyond its fabulous flavor and perfect portability, apples pack major health benefits. Here, the lowdown on why you should be getting a daily dose.
1. They're Slow Food
Firm and packed with fiber (5 grams, or 20 percent of your daily value), they demand a chewing commitment, giving your body time to register itself "full" before you scarf down too many calories. And the natural sweeteners in apples enter the bloodstream gradually, helping keep your blood sugar and insulin levels steady so you feel full longer - the opposite of many sugary snacks, which produce a quick rush followed by a hunger-inducing crash.
Related: 10 Weight-Loss Myths
2. They Help You Breathe Easy
Kids of women who ate the most apples while pregnant were less likely to wheeze or develop asthma by age 5, researchers from the United Kingdom found recently. The fruit may also protect the lungs of adults, lowering the risk of asthma, lung cancer, and other diseases.
Related: Learning to Live with Asthma
3. They Zap
Thanks to federal apparel flammability standards, parents shouldn't have to worry about a costume quickly going up in flames if a child gets too close to a candlelit jack-o'-lantern. But do all costumes comply?
The Good Housekeeping Research Institute tested 11 children's Halloween costumes for flammability. The GHRI Textiles Lab focused on styles made with iridescent fabric or glued-on sparkles, because in previous investigations those had proved riskiest.
Product That Failed Our Tests:
Sparkle Pixie from the Velvet Collection by Easter Unlimited Inc. ($40, pictured)
Products That Performed Poorly on Our Tests:
- Disney Princess Cinderella by Disguise Inc. ($50)
- Elegant Witch by Rubies ($25)
Products That Passed Our Tests:
- Barbie My Wedding Day by Disguise Inc. ($44)
- Fairytale Princess by Rubies ($25)
- Fairy Witch Velvet Collection by Easter Unlimited Inc. ($45)
- Renaissance Damsel by Foreign Novelties Inc. ($35)
- Disney Cinderella Ballerina by Disguise Inc.
Fall's latest looks are real-woman wearable, plus they do double duty: Every style can swing from day to night.Read More »from 5 Best Office-to-Happy Hour Outfits
1. Trend to Try: Animal Prints
Go ahead, flaunt the full-on flirtiness of animal prints: Pair with polished black peep-toes and a belted white sweater for a crisp, always-classic combo.
Sweater, $78, Ann Taylor. Earrings and ring, Monet. Bangles, Ben-Amun by Isaac Manevitz. Belt, Forever 21. Pumps, Lauren by Ralph Lauren.
Related: Inexpensive, Stylish Fall Shoes
2. Trend to Try: Leather in Hot Hues
So long, subdued shades: This bright blue fall jacket energizes everything in your wardrobe, transforming work basics, like a gray shift, from simple to showstopping.
Jacket, $150, Bradley by Bradley Bayou. Dress, $50, Marshalls. Necklace, ShoptheLook.net. Belt, Suzi Roher. Clutch, Inge Christopher.
Related: Must-Have Fall Accessories
3. Trend to Try: Fur Trim
Layer the charcoal cardigan over a punch-packing purple shell for desk-to-dinner drama.
Sweater, $88, Cupio. Shell,
Cast a sparkly Halloween spell with these quick crafts glimmering with bewitching baubles and ghoulish glitter. A little shimmer (or a lot!) adds notice-me pop to any eerie creation.Read More »from 5 Dazzling DIY Halloween Decorations
1. The Shining
Studded with self-adhesive crafts store jewels, these blinged-out pumpkins prove that diamonds are a ghoul's best friend.
Related: No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating
2. Witch Craft
A dramatic vinyl witch rides through twinkling Styrofoam stars to delight trick-or-treaters. Get the downloadable templates and all of the haunted how-tos.
Related: Haunting Halloween Decorations
3. Charmed Potion
Help guests identify their goblets with shimmery spiders. Spray crafts store arachnids with adhesive, sprinkle each spider with a different shade of glitter, and hot-glue to black pipe cleaners.
Related: Trick-or-Treat Desserts
4. Scaredy Cats
Creating a trio of crystal-accented cats is so simple, it's frightening. Pick large pumpkins for the bodies, smaller ones for the heads (snap off stems; turn upside