Learn how Easter is celebrated in 10 countries all over the globe. By Amanda Greene
Kids in the U.S. grow up expecting a delivery of eggs and candy from the Easter bunny each year, but it may seem odd to an outsider. Brought to this country by German immigrants in the 1700s, the practice is rooted in the belief that rabbits and eggs symbolize fertility and rebirth. While this may be the norm in America, however, other cultures have their own, unique Easter celebrations. Whether it's drenching one another with water in Poland or reading crime novels in Norway, check out 10 Easter traditions from around the globe and the history behind them. Photo by iStockPhoto.
Don't forget a fork if you're in this southern French town on Easter Monday. Each year a giant omelet is served up in the town's main square. And when we say giant, we mean giant: The omelet uses more than 4,500 eggs and feeds up to 1,000 people. The story goes, when Napoleon and his army were traveling through the south of France, they stopped in a small town and ate omelets.
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Discover ways to relieve stress that really workBy Marlisse Cepeda
From relationship troubles to overwhelming workloads, lots of things can stress you out. Thankfully, there are a slew of strategies that promise to help you feel better fast. But do all of them really work? We challenged real women to try out 10 of the most recommended stress busters. Click through to discover what they and experts had to say about them. Photo by GettyImages.
Peel an Orange and Eat it
Why It's Supposed to Work: Peeling releases a satisfying scent and triggers you to anticipate the refreshment of the fruit, says Coral Arvon, PhD, Director of Behavioral Health and Wellness at the Pritikin Longevity Center in Aventura, FL. Once you eat it, your blood vessels relax and blood pressure lowers, adds Nieca Goldberg, MD, Medical Director of the Joan H. Tisch NYU Langone Center for Women's Health in New York City.Read More »from 10 De-stressing Methods Put to the Test
Real Result: Shaunte Wadley, 40, of Lehi, UT found this stress buster "surprisingly relaxing" when she focused on nothing but
- Woman s Day | Healthy Living – Wed, Mar 13, 2013 11:13 AM EDT
Discover how the WD staff is doing good and giving back.By WomansDay.com Staff
Whether you donate to a local charity or help an elderly woman cross the street, even the smallest acts of kindness go a long way. Need a little motivation to do your part? Join WD's 20 million readers in the Kindness Project, and make someone else's day a little brighter. Woman's Day editors are joining in too! Copy Editor Lauren Spencer dug out her car and the one behind her during a recent snowstorm. Beth Haase, Editorial Business Associate, also lent a helping hand by returning a lost wallet after searching for its owner on Facebook. Click through to see how other WD editors are giving back, and get inspired. Photo by GettyImages.
"I saw a mother having a difficult time getting up the subway stairs with her stroller, baby and diaper bag. Everyone was just rushing past her, but I offered to bring the stroller up the stairs while she carried her child, and then I helped them get settled before going back down to catch a train."Read More »from 7 Small Acts of Kindness that Make a Big Difference
By JDiscover things your mate wishes you wouldn't say and what he wants to hear insteadenna BirchRead More »from 10 Compliments Men Hate Getting
You may think saying your husband looks cute trying to fix the lawn mower is music to his ears, but he's hearing a different tune. Women's words of praise can sit the wrong way with their spouses. Sometimes emotional responses, like frustration and excitement, creep into compliments and unintentionally wound guys' pride. "When giving a compliment, put it in the best light possible to show you really appreciate him," says Match.com relationship expert Whitney Casey. Here, experts dish on 10 compliments that could use a man-friendly makeover. Photo by GettyImages.
1. "It's so sweet you want to help me clean up, but I can do it faster myself."
While you may have certain chores down to a science, your man may not. Be gracious when he offers to ease the load, and don't comment on his glacial pace. "We're all guilty of it. You've had a long day and want things done as quickly as possible so you can relax," says Casey. "But men hate feeling like they're not good
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This March 31, prepare a brunch that's as stylish as it is tasty. From Easter eggs to jelly beans, turn holiday staples into delicate dining decor. Click through to find out how to make your Easter meal even more memorable.
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Protect your face and body by learning the facts behind these popular misconceptionsBy Marlisse CepedaRead More »from 9 Skincare Myths You Always Believed
There are a slew of skincare dos and don'ts, but following all of this supposedly sound advice may do more harm than good. And knowing the whole story on skin will get you closer to the glowing, flawless complexion you've always wanted. With help from top experts, get the scoop on nine easy-to-fall-for skin myths that are actually far cries from the truth. Photo by Getty Images.
1. Hot water opens pores.
Despite cleansers, scrubs and other skincare products claiming to have pore-opening powers when paired with warm H2O, this advice just doesn't hold water. Skin's openings neither change in size nor operate like train doors, says Glenn Kolansky, MD, Director of the Advanced Dermatology Surgery and Laser Center in Tinton Falls, NJ. In reality, hot water loosens hardened dirt, oil and makeup within pores, allowing for better cleansing, explains Dornechia George Carter, MD, a dermatologist with Methodist Charlton Medical Center in Dallas, TX. Still, watch the
- Woman s Day | At Home – Fri, Mar 8, 2013 2:04 PM EST
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Get a bigger check in the mail with these finance factsBy MP Dunleavey, Editor of DailyWorth.comRead More »from How to Score a Bigger Tax Refund
What's the Payoff?
By knowing how to claim the right deductions and tax credits, you'll pay less to Uncle Sam.
Why You Shouldn't Avoid It
Filling out complicated forms can be tedious and intimidating, but if you are only taking the standard deduction, you may well be paying too much. Photo by iStock.
1. Consider itemizing
There are a couple of ways to lower your taxable income, and thus pay less: You can either take the standard deduction or itemize.
· The standard deduction is a set amount that you may deduct if you do not itemize. It's $11,900 for married couples, filing jointly.
· Itemizing means adding up various separate deductions using Schedule A (an IRS form) to see if the total is higher than the standard deduction.
But is it worth the effort? My colleague Justine Lackey, president of Good Cents Bookkeeping in Ossining, NY, says many people should itemize, especially if you own your home (or bought, sold or refinanced a home),
Find out what your husband's thinking but would never tell youBy Jenna BirchRead More »from 10 Big Secrets Men Keep from Women
Mum's the Word
Ever feel like your opinionated hubby's holding something back? Men aren't naturally gifted at expressing themselves like women, so they may keep quiet about sensitive subjects. But those secrets can cause marriage problems. "If it's safe for him to speak honestly, that might improve his experience in the relationship," says clinical psychologist Andra Brosh, PhD. Here's what your husband may be hiding and how best to handle it. Photo by Getty Images.
1. "I need you to make me feel like a big, strong man."
Your husband may feel insecure if his masculine qualities, like physical strength, never impress you. "This isn't the '50s anymore, but there are still some genetically determined pieces of men's self-worth," says marriage therapist Mike Dow, PsyD. Since he'll feel even less like a tough guy divulging this need for extra attention, he'll stay mum. So compliment his brawn-even if it's just for popping the lid off the jam jar. Also, give him a chance
Finish off your eye makeup with these wonderful wandsBy Woman's Day Staff
Want the secret to lush lashes? Look for a wand with bristles like a fine-tooth comb, which separate each lash for smooth results. For an even lovelier look, try Beauty Editor Melissa Matthews Brown's tip. "I love full lashes but hate when they stick together (hello, uni-lash!). To avoid this, I apply a second coat when my mascara is still wet." Scroll through for the must-try mascaras that promise a picture-perfect look. Photo by Greg Marino/Studio D.
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