Steer clear of these bites and beverages if you're hoping for bedroom blissBy Marlisse Cepeda
Hoping dinner paves the way for a naughty tryst? While nibbles like nuts and dark chocolate turn up the heat, other eats pull the plug on passion. While their side effects don't kick in immediately, spare yourself from so-so sex and avoid these lesser-known anti-aphrodisiacs pre-lovemaking. Photo by Getty Images
Although this festival favorite is certainly a suggestive treat, noshing on wieners isn't a good-time guarantee. The summer staple's high saturated fat content clogs the penile and vaginal arteries, creating not-so-prime circumstances for sexy time, says Jacqueline Richard, PsyD, a certified sex therapist in Santa Barbara, CA. For a healthier handheld treat, Dr. Richard recommends fish tacos. The omega-3 fatty acids aid the cardiovascular system, a boon for sexual arousal.
Bad breath may be a turn-off, but freshening it up might not help your situation in the sack. The menthol in peppermint has been shown to reduce testosterone levels,
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- Woman s Day | Love + Sex – Fri, Apr 12, 2013 12:36 PM EDT
Steer clear of these bites and beverages if you're hoping for bedroom blissBy Marlisse CepedaRead More »from 10 Surprising Foods You Should Never Eat Before Sex
ByKeep your yard looking great for less.Woman's Day Staff
A manicured front lawn makes a good first impression on guests and can keep you in your neighbors' good graces. And thanks to these savvy tips, keeping your grounds green doesn't have to cost much green. Keep reading to discover how to start saving now. Photo by GettyImages.
Keep a lidded container on a kitchen counter to collect food scraps (fruit cores, veggie trimmings, coffee grounds, rinsed eggshells; anything but meat). Toss them into an out-of-sight pile or a compost bin (recommended in areas with foraging wildlife) on your property along with leafy prunings, excluding weeds. Turn the pile every couple of weeks to encourage decomposition, and within a season or two, you'll have a continual supply of nutrient-rich fertilizer.Read More »from 5 Easy Ways to Have a Stunning Lawn for Less
COST Free; $100 and up for an enclosed composter
SAVINGS $15 per bag of fertilizer
Lose the Grass (By Choice)
Give over part of your lawn to ground cover, such as vinca, carex or ferns. These
- Woman s Day | Shine Food – Wed, Apr 10, 2013 11:58 AM EDT
By Danielle Page
Even though the buzzed-about Scope Bacon Mouthwash turned out to be an April Fool's Day prank, the 10 bacon-flavored items that follow are all too real. From snacks to syrup, there's hardly an edible that can't curb a hankering for ham. Click through to discover the most unusual foods and drinks to come in bacon flavor and the stories behind their creation and improvement.
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You don't have to splurge on a gym membership to get ready for swimsuit season. Three simple moves can flatten your tummy while toning the muscles that support your back makes it easier to sit up straight. Click through for three good-for-you workouts (demonstrated by health editor Abby Cuffey), and do them daily for best results.
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Ask yourself these 10 questions to decide which path is best for youBy Natasha Burton
Ending a marriage is one of the most difficult decisions you can make. But sometimes, taking the in-between step of separation before a full-on split could be the right move for you and your family. Here, real women and divorce experts share which questions to ask yourself before you call it quits for good. Photo by Getty Images
1. Do you and your spouse both want out?Read More »from Should You Divorce or Separate?
When one person wants a divorce, and the other wants to work on things, a separation could be a good option, says Jacqueline Newman, a partner at a law firm in New York City specializing in divorce. It gives the reluctant party time to adjust to no longer being married, which may smooth the in-court process. It goes more quickly and amicably when both parties are ready to divorce.
2. Do you know why you want out?
If you aren't completely sure, consider separation, advises Cari Andreani from Jacksonville, FL. She separated from her husband after three years of marriage and is grateful she
So you need cash fast and are considering visiting a pawnshop with your great-aunt's watch. Here's how pawning works: A pawnbroker loans you money-up to three-quarters of the item's resale value-and you'll usually have up to 90 days to pay it back at a high interest rate. If you can't, you're off the hook for the loan, but the shop keeps your things. Because of this risk and the high interest, pawning is often a last resort. But if you decide to do it, here's how. Photo by ShutterstockRead More »from Does it Pay to Pawn?
Have a plan to pay back your loan-ASAP
To avoid hemorrhaging money, pay back the loan fast-ideally within 30 days. Brick-and-mortar pawnshops tend to charge anywhere from 3% to 25% interest per month, and online pawnbrokers cap out around 10% (by comparison, the current average credit card interest rate is about 15% a year). At the high end, that means a $400 loan could cost you $100 monthly-or $300 if you pay off your loan in three months. Because of potentially super-high
- Woman s Day | Beauty – Thu, Apr 4, 2013 11:54 AM EDT
Learn how to get rid of skin imperfections with easy, inexpensive treatment optionsBy Woman's Day Staff
What is that?! Yep, it's never fun to find unwelcome blemishes setting up camp on your skin. Thankfully, there are easy ways to say sayonara to those pesky spots. Read on to learn the best fixes and product picks as recommended by dermatologists. Photo by Getty Images
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Oh no, I found a... Raised red dot
What is it? Called a cherry angioma, it's a small cluster of pooled blood vessels. The harmless red specks commonly show up on your stomach, chest or back but can also appear on your face, explains Elizabeth Tanzi, MD, dermatologist and co-director of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery in Washington, DC.
The fix: Laser treatments help break apart the blood vessels. But if you don't have the time (or money) to visit a cosmetic dermatologist, your best bet is to use a green-tinted concealer to help minimize the redness.
Try: Almay Smart Shade Perfect & Correct Primer (also has a
By Linda MelLearn how to speed up your metabolism and lose more weight.one, Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)Read More »from 10 Metabolism Boosting Tricks You Never Knew
Hurry It Up!
You know the drill: Eat less and exercise more to lose weight. But when the scale seems stuck a few pounds away from your goal weight, your metabolism may need a boost. Little lifestyle tweaks (like not dieting!) may be the ticket. Here are simple suggestions to jumpstart calorie burning from the latest studies and top experts. Photo by Thinkstock.
1. Keep daily calories above 1,200.
It sounds counterintuitive, but eating fewer than 1,200 calories a day can actually slow weight loss, says Keri Gans, RD, a nutrition consultant in New York City and author of The Small Change Diet. "When you eat much less than your body needs, it may go into starvation mode and store fat," says Gans. A 5'5" woman who's moderately active needs approximately 1,400 to 1,700 calories per day, says Gans. And those calories should come from a variety of nutrients consisting of high-fiber carbohydrates (100% whole
Think outside the litter box and get the scoop on these uncommon companions.By Woman's Day Staff
Sure, dogs and cats are adorable, but if your family yearns for a different kind of critter, they're in luck. The four that follow are just as loveable as their more common counterparts and surprisingly low-maintenance to boot. Read on to see your other pet possibilities and learn what it takes to care for them. Photo by Shutterstock.
Cost to adopt or buy: $129-$169Read More »from 4 Nontraditional Animals that Make Wonderful Pets
Setup cost: $300
Annual cost: $500
Lifespan: Up to 10 years
These incredibly soft rodents are nocturnal and have a lot of energy, so a large multitiered habitat (placed out of direct sunlight) is ideal. Chinchillas should not be exposed to temperatures over 80°F. They rarely need baths, yet have little to no odor. You can train them to do simple tricks, like giving you a quick kiss in exchange for a treat.
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Cost to buy: $30
Setup cost: $100-$150
Annual cost: $260
Check out surprising statistics that could improve your own bedroom behaviorBy Marlisse CepedaRead More »from 9 New Sex Findings You Won't Believe
You know sex feels good and is good for you. But researchers recently tackled some of the things you may not know-like how money affects intimacy-and may think you know-like how many calories doing the deed actually burns. Click through for the sexy scoop on the nine most interesting studies-and their shocking results. After all, the more you know about sex, the more you might get it! Photo by Getty Images
1. The higher a woman's desire for sex, the higher her standards for potential partners.
You'd think the more someone craves sex, the more willing that single would be to settle. Not so with women. According to the June 2013 issue of the Journal of Research in Personality, as a lady's longing for a one-night stand heightens, she becomes more discerning, seeking out only the most physically attractive men. Guys, on the other hand, consider all women as potential partners, regardless of beauty. That's because men just want sex, so they take whatever they can get.