By Mandy Major
Conventional wisdom may be guiding your produce choices-telling you to buy the big, round tomatoes at the supermarket and toss your spuds once they've sprouted at home. But just how wise is that advice you've been following? To separate fruit-and-veggie fact from fiction, we turned to top produce pros. From selection to storage to sanitation tips, here are their expert insights about popular picks. Photo by Thinkstock
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desk with blue wallIn early 2011, interior designer Vanessa de Vargas (Turquoise-LA.com) and design consultant Vanessa Kogevinas (VanessaKogevinas.com) came up with a unique idea for a good deed: to make over a residence at Los Angeles' Good Shepherd Center for Homeless Women & Children where women live for up to two years as they move from homelessness to self-sufficiency. Within six months, 30 local designers had transformed one room apiece, working nights and weekends and using donated furnishings to complete the makeovers. "We wanted to inspire these women to move beyond the hardships they've suffered," says de Vargas. Here's a look at some of the character-rich spaces they created, plus some tricks of the trade that could work in your home. Photos by Erika Bierman
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The Look: Easy Elegance
"I wanted this room to be an oasis, a place that gives a sense of calm." - KRISTINE KAMENSTEIN, DESIGNER, JacksonPaige.com.
credit cardsBy Daisy Chan
The latest scams to steal your personal information are scarily simple-and effective. Learn how to protect yourself by following the steps below. Photo by: iStock
If your identity is stolen, follow these five steps:
1. Put a fraud alert on your credit reports. You only have to contact one credit bureau (Equifax.com, Experian.com or TransUnion.com). They, in turn, will alert the other two.
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2. Get copies of your credit reports. Once you place a fraud alert, you're entitled to a free copy of your credit report from each credit bureau. Check each report for unauthorized charges.
3. Notify your bank, creditors and utility companies about any affected accounts. Speak to someone in the security or fraud department; follow up in writing.
4. Call 877-IDTHEFT or visit FTC.gov to alert the Federal Trade Commission.
5. File a police report. It will be helpful if creditors want proof of a crime.Read More »from Dealing with Identity Theft
By Woman's Day Staff
blonde mother before a makeover Before the Makeover
Robin Johnstone, like most moms, is perfectly happy putting her own needs aside to look after her family. What is unusual is that, over the years, the family she and husband Tom have raised has included more than 20 foster children. "I've always felt a need to help children, and opening up our home to them has been a great experience," Robin says. When her daughter Madelyn Johnstone wrote to us about the good work her mother's doing to help women in need, we decided to honor the mom of six and foster parent with a Mother's Day makeover. Photo credit: Joseph Michael Lopez
A very blended family
In addition to the many kids the family has fostered since 1993, the Johnstones have three daughters of their own (Elizabeth, Madelyn and Mary) as well as three adopted sons (Richard, Marc and Emmitt), who have lived with them since birth. "When we were fostering Richard and Marc we didn't realize that adopting was an option," RobinRead More »from Make Over Our Mom!
hands on top of the otherBy Woman's Day Staff
Age-Proof Your Hands
It's not just your face that can give away your age-your hands can also be a telltale sign. Here's how to keep them smooth and wrinkle-free. Photo by: Thinkstock
The Makeup Trick
Looking to instantly camouflage fine lines and age spots? Add a pea-size amount of liquid (not powder) foundation to a dollop of hand cream and rub it over the top of your hands, suggests L'Oréal Paris consulting makeup artist Collier Strong. This will help even out your skin tone and smooth the look of wrinkles.
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Go for a hand cream with SPF 15 or higher to block harmful UV rays, which cause skin-plumping proteins like collagen and elastin to break down quickly, explains dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, MD, director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City.
The Medical Solution
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woman sleeping in bed with white blanketBy Woman's Day StaffAnswer:
Question: You're crampy, cranky and craving a hot fudge sundae. How do you stop PMS from taking over your life? Photo by: Thinkstock
The psychiatrist says...
PMS is not only a physical issue, it's also an emotional one, and many women suffer from mood swings, fatigue and irritability. One out of every 20 women has a more severe form of PMS called premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). For PMS, eating well, exercising and getting a good night's sleep can reduce both the physical and emotional symptoms. But most women with PMDD need more help, and taking antidepressants such as Prozac and Zoloft during the later half of your menstrual cycle can help tremendously. Bright light treatment (sitting in front of a box that gives off UV light, at home or in the doctor's office) and traditional psychotherapy may also ease PMDD.
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turkey sandwichBy Woman's Day Staff
It's amazing how many calories-and how much fat!-can live between two slices of bread. Why not choose fixings that are both good for you and delicious? Photo by Thinkstock
START WITH THE BREAD
For the most nutritional benefit, "make sure the first ingredient on the label is 100% whole-something," says Katherine Tallmadge, RD, past spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Smart options: Whole-grain wheat, rye, oats, multigrain.
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PACK IN PROTEIN
Anchor your sandwich with a lean meat, fish or other protein. Make sure deli meat doesn't contain nitrates (chemicals that may be linked to cancer).
Smart options: Turkey or chicken breast, canned tuna, slices of tofu.
It gives flavor and heft to lunch, adds more protein and is high in bone-strengthening calcium. Cheese is also high in fat, so use it sparingly or choose a lowfat version.
By Woman's Day Staff
Designer Tracey Butler of New Jersey's b.home Interior Design weaves a timeless tale in a spacious South Jersey bathroom. To set the scene, she first worked on what stone to use. The right marble can tell a room's story: The gray and gold veins of Calcutta Gold, seen on the walls, floor, counters and tub surround, infuse a traditional stone with contemporary appeal. Photo credit: Trevor Dixon
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The dark tones of the vanity and mirror frames supply a sharp contrast to a largely white color scheme, warming the space with a nod to the contemporary. A matching set of sleek faucets complete the look. Perrin & Rowe Edwardian 3-Hole Low Level Spout Widespread Lavatory Faucet with Cross Handles, $1,026; RohlHome.com. Photo credit: Perrin & Rowe
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man in military uniform with wife and babyBy Arricca Elin SanSone
Women and men in the military are amazing-and so are their families. You may want to comment on or ask how a service member's spouse juggles everyday chores with parenting solo, infrequent phone calls from her partner in a combat zone and regular moves to new states and countries. Sometimes, though, your well-meaning words may be upsetting. Here's what never to say to a military family and what you can say instead-as well as when to say nothing. Photo by: iStock
My spouse is gone a lot for business, so I know how you feel being a single parent.
You may think you're being empathetic, but it's not a fair comparison. "These experiences aren't similar," says Barbara Van Dahlen, PhD, founder and president of Give an Hour, which helps meet the mental health needs of military and their families. "A military spouse is in significant danger, and they may not have access to a phone, email or video chatting for weeks on end." Instead of drawing parallelsRead More »from 10 Things Never to Say to a Military Family