Banish unhappiness by avoiding these mistakes By Jenna Birch
Of course you want the happiest marriage possible, but little things you do-some of which you don't notice-may be damaging your relationship. In fact, you may intentionally opt for these actions because you believe they're helpful, even though the opposite is true. Steer clear of the following mistakes to keep your marriage on the right track. Photos by Thinkstock
1. You wait for your husband to speak up if he needs something, especially sex.
Men want to be strong, not vulnerable, and many feel they can't admit to having additional needs. If he senses you're too busy for, or not open to, hearing his desires, he'll stay mum-and miserable. "Ask him what he's thinking and wanting," advises clinical psychologist Andra Brosh, PhD. "Don't wait for him to bring it up because he probably won't."
2. You don't tell your husband you appreciate him.
Whether he's the breadwinner or a stay-at-home dad, acknowledge his efforts, or your man may feel you take him for granted. "Even
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- Woman s Day | Love + Sex – Tue, May 21, 2013 12:19 PM EDT
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Soothe stress with endorphins
HOW THEY HELP: These "feel-good" hormones can ease pain and create an overall sense of well-being.
Kick up the heat. Spicy foods can activate the nerve endings on your tongue that prompt your body to produce endorphins. Add a dash of cayenne pepper to roasted potatoes or popcorn, try hot sauce in scrambled eggs or on grilled cheese, or add chopped pickled jalapeños to sandwiches or potato salad.
Mellow out with mint. Chewing peppermint gum or smelling potpourri that includes mint can help stimulate a nerve near your nose that signals your brain to make endorphins.
Focus and stay alert with dopamine
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By Woman's Day StTurn an old frame and some burlap into a pretty, practical catchallaff
From WD's Pinterest boards
Use it to keep reminders, invitations and bits of inspiration in sight-and out of that stack on your desk.
The crafter Artist Emily Boan sells repurposed vintage pieces at local boutiques in Charlotte, NC, and through her Etsy shop. Photo by: Alison Gootee/Studio D; Craft & prop styling by Shana Faust.
TIME 3½ HR
· Decorative frame
· Several yards of burlap
· 1 piece of mounting board, cut to fit frame
· Spray adhesive
· Craft knife
· 3 pieces of self-adhesive mounting board, each cut to fit the frame width and about ¼ its height
· Pencil or pen
· Heavy-duty adhesive
· Hot-glue gun and sticks
· Books or clamps
· Staple gun, staples1. Remove glass or backing from frame.
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- Woman s Day | Pets – Thu, May 16, 2013 3:28 PM EDT
By Arricca Prevent your dog or cat (and the rest of your family) from getting sickElin SanSoneRead More »from 10 Weird Things You Never Knew About Fleas and Ticks
No pet owner wants to see her furry family member scratching constantly, but fending off fleas and ticks isn't just about keeping the itchies at bay. "Every year, serious illnesses and deaths occur from diseases these parasites transmit," says Susan E. Little, DVM, researcher and professor of veterinary parasitology at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK. Plus, "when we protect our pets, we protect people too." Here's what to know to keep these bugs out of your and your pet's lives. Photo by Getty Images
Pet parasites threaten your family's health too.
Fleas are opportunists; while they prefer to feed on animals, they'll bite people if given the chance. The result: itchy, red welts, just like your pet gets. Fleas also transmit illnesses such as bartonellosis, also known as cat scratch disease, and tapeworm. And while everyone's heard of Lyme disease, other serious diseases ticks transmit include anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever
Learn how to deal with even the most difficult woman for your family's sake.By Rachel Rabkin PeachmanRead More »from 10 Things Never to Say to Your Mother-in-Law
It's no secret that daughters-in-law and mothers-in-law have complicated relationships. "Both women can feel threatened," says Deanna Brann, PhD, psychotherapist and author of Reluctantly Related: Secrets to Getting Along with Your Mother-in-Law or Daughter-in-Law. Daughters-in-law want to establish their place in the family, while mothers-in-law want to ensure they're not excluded. Even when the women love each other, their roles can be hard to figure out. To avoid causing family stress, we asked real mothers-in-law (and some daughters-in-law too) about comments that have rubbed them the wrong way-and asked experts how you can address issues peacefully. Photo by Getty Images
1. "You're welcome to come over any time. We're always here for you."
An open-door policy is bound to backfire. For instance, Judy's* daughter-in-law told her she'd be there for her if she needed anything. "But when my husband developed Alzheimer's she went AWOL," leaving Judy hurt
- Woman s Day | Shine Food – Tue, May 14, 2013 11:30 AM EDT
Find out why the hitmaker's next number-one just may be a cookbookBy Anna Dysinger
Pat Benatar knows how to rock. Her feisty tunes have earned her four Grammys and three American Music Awards, and she was the first female artist to be featured on MTV. But the 60-year-old mom of two (Haley, 28, and Hana, 19) isn't stopping yet. She and her husband, Neil Giraldo, are just finishing a small spring concert series before beginning their main tour across the US and Canada on June 7, 2013, all while recording Neil's Christmas album. While the singer's no stranger to the stage, she's just as likely to be in her kitchen. Between shows, Pat chatted with WomansDay.com about her family recipes, her garden in Maui, HI, and her cookbook that's coming out this winter. Photo by Beth Herzaft.
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- Woman s Day | Beauty – Mon, May 13, 2013 11:15 AM EDT
Keep your stems looking silky smooth with these savvy skin solutionsBy Woman's Day Staff
Break out the skirts and shorts! These simple, no-surgery strategies will minimize cellulite, veins and more. Photo by CorbisRead More »from Solutions for the 3 Biggest Reasons Your Legs Embarrass You
If you have…
Raised blue, red or flesh-colored lines
The cause A valve in the vein weakens and blood pools. You can thank aging and genetics.
The fix Put your feet up-whether you're sitting on the couch or at your desk. It will lessen the pressure on these veins and alleviate the often painful throbbing sensation that accompanies it. Also try eating a low-salt diet to lessen swelling, and avoid wearing high heels, which can prevent your calf muscles from pumping blood properly.
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Lumpy textured skin on buttocks, hips or thighs
The cause Clumps of superficial fat push out against skin, regardless of your shape or size.
The fix Though there's no cure-all, creams formulated to tone skin or that contain the metabolism-boosting ingredient carnitine can help. Try
Enjoy a getaway without packing on poundsBy Karen AspRead More »from 10 Easy Tricks to Avoid Vacation Weight Gain
Hello, vacation! You're ready to kick back and relax, maybe sip a few margaritas by the pool. Heaven, right? Until you step on a scale and realize you've toted home more than just kitschy souvenirs. About two-thirds of frequent travelers say that exercising and eating healthy while on the road is stressful, according to a TripIt survey. So what's a weight-conscious jetsetter to do? Follow these 10 simple strategies when you're planning your next getaway. Photo by Thinkstock
1. Book accommodations with a kitchen.
Rent a condo or hotel room with a kitchen, mini-kitchen or at least a mini-fridge (which may cost a small fee), so you can stock healthy foods. "Then, you can eat some of your meals in, which can be healthier since restaurant meals tend to be larger and higher in calories," says Molly Morgan, a sports specialist dietitian in Vestal, NY, and author of The Skinny Rules. Since dining out's part of the fun, Morgan suggests eating breakfasts and lunches in your room
- Woman s Day | Shine Food – Thu, May 9, 2013 12:36 PM EDT
By Brianna Steinhilber
Surprise! It's Edible
A star, a blowfish and a long-fingered hand aren't exactly regulars on your menu, but their virtual replicas and seven other wacky-looking items are all good-for-you fruits. Instead of passing these by in the grocery store, click through to find out the unexpected health benefits hiding in the freakiest fruits out there. Plus, pick up some yummy serving suggestions.
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Add flair to a bureau or side table with these easy DIY medallion knobsBy Woman's Day Staff
• Wooden knobs
• White paint
• Printer and copier
• 8½" x 11" paper
• Omni Gel Transfer Medium ($11; Joann.com)
• Mod Podge Gloss
Photo by Alison Gootee/Studio D;
craft & prop styling by Shana Faust
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TIME 30 MIN, PLUS DRYING TIME
COST $17 FOR 4 KNOBS
1 Paint your knobs with 2 coats of primer; let dry after each coat.
2 Paint with a coat of white paint; let dry overnight.
3 Download the design and print it out. Make a color photocopy of the printout (inkjet printers will not work), enlarging or reducing the design to fit your knobs.
4 Following the manufacturer's directions, brush several coats of the transfer medium onto the front of your photocopy; let dry between each coat.
5 Cut out each design to fit your knob. Soak the cutouts in a bowl of water for 10 to 20 minutes.
6 While the paper is still wet, use your fingers to rub the paper backing in a circular