What to do when you already love your life? Help improve someone else's by volunteering or donating to a charity. Don't have the funds to give? Here are a few ways to make some money for your favorite cause-and have some fun while you're at it.
School bake sale or carnival
If your cause centers on children, connect with your child's school to plan an afternoon family fund-raiser.
Try selling these delicious, easy chocolate crackles
Local retailers and boutiques will love the opportunity to showcase and promote their new looks, and fashion-conscious guests will have fun in the audience.
We're loving these new spring trends
If your social circle enjoys playing golf or tennis, enlist a club to host a tournament and publicize the event, then solicit local businesses to sponsor the holes for a set price. A sports tournament encourages whole families - especially the guys! - to get in on the fun.
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What to do when you already love your life? Help improve someone else's by volunteering or donating to a charity. Don't have the funds to give? Here are a few ways to make some money for your favorite cause-and have some fun while you're at it.Read More »from Four Fun Ways to Raise Money for Charity
photo credit: Alexander Crispin/Getty ImagesClimbing the walls because the weather is keeping you and your kids inside? We've got tried-and-true solutions from real moms to keep the kids from going stir-crazy (and you from going crazy) on rainy days.Read More »from The Best Rainy-Day Activities for Kids
Combat these other motherhood challenges.
"We don't let a rainy day keep us inside: We get bundled up and get outside to play in the puddles! But if it's raining too hard, we like to head to an indoor gym to be active." - Rachel Zetooney, 37, Eatontown, NJ
Learn how to have stress-free family time.
Paint the Town Red (and Blue, Green, Yellow . . .)
"Living in Alaska, we spend a lot of time playing inside. I stock up on one-dollar items from Michael's - small sticker books, wooden 3D puzzles, and foam animal kits. Then I let my sons, ages 1 and 3, go to town playing. We also finger paint, blow bubbles, make collages, and use medicine droppers to combine different colors of water to make new colors." - Robin Klein, 26, Delta Junction, AKphoto credit: Frank Schnabel/Corbis
These fun crafts will get you
- Redbook | Work + Money – Fri, Mar 26, 2010 5:41 PM EDT
It's easy to get lazy when it comes to laundry...we've all been guilty. But will you really notice a difference if a few whites get mixed in with the darks or if your silk top gets tossed into the wash with your t-shirts? With time, you certainly will. Get into a habit of following these simple steps and the money you invest in clothes will go further than ever before.Read More »from Little Laundry Habits That Make Your Clothes Look Better
Choose an appropriate cycle. The regular cycle is suitable for most cotton garments, and delicate/gentle should be used for lightweight and loosely woven materials like silks. The permanent press (or easy-care) setting is great for minimally soiled clothes because it agitates for a shorter time, finishes with a cool rinse, and spins more slowly than the regular cycle.
Don't let laundry sit in the washing machine. In just hours, wet laundry can breed bacteria or mold. Your terry-cloth towels may come out of dryer smelling fresh, but as soon as they get damp again (as you're drying off after a shower), they'll stink of
Naturally curly hair: 65 percent of the women in this country have it, and about 90 percent of those women struggle with it. Curls are unpredictable, means that many women with beautiful curls would rather wrestle their hair into (straight) shape a with a brush and blow-dryer.
These women went all out. See their shocking hair makeovers.
It now longer has to be that way. We spoke with two Lords of the Ringlets-Ouidad of Ouidad Salon and Lorraine Massey of Devachan Salon, both in New York City-who set us straight on the curl issue. Here at last, the secretstaking control of your curls to .
Take a hair cue from Hollywood's hottest starlets.
"Curly products" exist for a reason. According to Massey, "Curly hair is naturally dehydrated. So you want to leave a little scalp sebum behind -- it's the best conditioner out there."
- Try a non-stripping shampoo, like DevaCurl Low-Poo; the low-lather aspect (because it's sulfate-free) is strange at first, but we promise it'll clean your
Cavity-free doesn't necessarily mean worry-free when it comes to oral health: Seemingly minor problems such as bad breath and canker sores not only cause embarrassment and discomfort, they may also signal more serious health concerns. In fact, studies suggest that the bacteria that contribute to bad breath and gum disease also raise the risk of heart disease and stroke. Learn what's behind oral-health problems along with simple, health-enhancing solutions.Read More »from Nix 4 Common Oral-Health Problems
1. Bad breath
The cause: Poor oral health-care habits are a major factor in halitosis - infrequent brushing and flossing allow the buildup of oral bacteria that produce stinky sulfur byproducts, explains Kimberly Harms, D.D.S., an American Dental Association (ADA) consumer adviser in Farmington, MN. Anything that dries out the mouth, such as alcohol or caffeine, can also leave breath less than fresh, since saliva works to rinse teeth clean of problem-causing bacteria, and it naturally contains antibacterial agents.
The fix: Floss
There's no getting around the annual payment to Uncle Sam, but no one wants to pay more than they have to. Yet many do: According to the Government Accountability Office in Washington, DC, in one year alone, more than 2 million Americans overpaid on taxes by more than $400. We got the inside scoop from experts on the write-offs people often don't take advantage of.Read More »from Five Commonly Missed Tax Write-offs
Use the tried-and-true saving strategies of money mavens.
Save When You Spend
For your federal tax return, you can deduct all the sales tax you paid for purchases in the previous year (from clothing to a new minivan) instead of writing off how much you're paying in state and local income taxes. So add up those receipts and deduct whichever amount is higher. No receipts? Use the Sales Tax Deduction Calculator on irs.gov to estimate what someone in your locale and income bracket would have spent on sales tax. "If you have receipts for more expensive purchases, such as a car or boat, add on the tax for those," says Mark
As of Sunday, spring will officially have sprung. We're psyched for cute spring dresses, but not so psyched about the winter flab they'll bare, which is why we've got a two-week plan to set healthy, long-term slimming into motion. Here, the first five days:Read More »from Melt Away Your Winter Weightâ€”A Five Day Plan
Take small steps to slim down.
Do: Start slow: 15 minutes on the bike or a brisk 30-minute walk. Don't plan a big workout and wind up disappointed in yourself for not being able to make it through; a good experience will get you motivated.
Avoid: Your usual (bad) diet. Identify 10 bad habits (like scarfing down your kid's fries). Rank them from hardest to change to easiest and start slowly knocking items off, starting with the simplest.
Get a jump start with this all-over body blaster.
Do: Plan ahead. Stash smart snacks (rice crackers, raw almonds) in your purse to prevent junk-food binges. Bring your gym bag to work so you can head straight to the gym.
Avoid: Get-fit-quick gimmicks. Don't fall prey to the false
John Edwards's former mistress Rielle Hunter is finally talking. And she has a lot to say, especially when it comes to why Edwards cheated on his wife Elizabeth.Read More »from The Real Reasons Men Cheat
Hunter, who has a young daughter with Edwards, told GQ this month, "Infidelity doesn't happen in healthy marriages. The break in the marriage happens before the infidelity. And that break happened, you know, two and a half decades before I got there. So the home was wrecked already. I was not the Home Wrecker."
If you've been a victim of cheating, you've undoubtedly wondered why and how did it happen to you. Counselor M. Gary Neuman surveyed 200 cheating and noncheating husbands to get at the real reasons behind men's infidelity. Check out more of his findings here.
48% of men rated emotional dissatisfaction as the primary reason they cheated.
The problem is that men are less likely than women to express these feelings, so you won't always know when your guy is in need of a little affirmation. "Most men consider it unmanly
There are never enough minutes in the day for busy, working moms. Although the business meetings, soccer practices, scout meetings, and birthday parties aren't going anywhere, you can make it all more manageable. Check out these helpful planning tips and find out if they could work for you.Read More »from Time-Saving Tips for Busy Moms
Map Out Mornings
Begin the day by quickly mapping out where your time goes. The idea is to make the haphazard elements of your schedule as visible to you as if the day were a messy closet in need of order.
It's important to get a sense of what you're trying to squeeze into that closet - and decide if it will fit or not. Sometimes it's not the number of commitments on your schedule but rather the disorder and uncertainty surrounding them. Make your schedule as concrete as possible and share it with your spouse, so you both have a sense of when you're available. By identifying solutions to potential problems early (you have an early appointment so the kids will carpool with the neighbor), it will
Dylan Ellis/Getty ImagesYes, wrinkles make you look old and a fresh glow makes you look young. But there are other ways your appearance can age you (or shave a few years off!). Here's what might get you called miss...and what might get you called ma'am.Read More »from How Old Is Your Face?
Get your sexy back. Here are 21 ways.
WHAT MAKES YOU LOOK OLDER
Receding gums: +10 YEARS
"Everybody's gums recede," says Michael Apa, D.D.S., an expert in aesthetic dentistry. "But when gums recede significantly before your late 30s, it can be very aging."
Get rid of them: Your dentist can restore your gum line with AlloDerm grafts (about $2,000 to $3,000). Or, porcelain veneers applied over your teeth will cover up the receded area ($1,000 and up - per tooth).
Avoid them! Don't slack on your regular professional cleanings. At home, Apa suggests microbe-killing the Natural Dentist Healthy Gums Mouth Rinse, $7.50.
Safegaurd Your Smile. Here's How.John Davis/Getty Images
Veiny hands: +7 YEARS
A study published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery found that the number one thing that