parents fighting near a child and a teddy bearBy Alexandra Gekas
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parents fighting near a child and a teddy bearBy Alexandra GekasRead More »from 9 Rules for Fighting in Front of Your Kids
Going away to camp can be one of the most rewarding experiences in a child's life-you just have to consider a few important details, like which camp is best for her and how to prepare your family for the long separation. Whether your kid is a seasoned camper or is embarking on her first summer away from home, these tips we've gathered from camp counselors and directors across the country will help guarantee your child has a summer she'll remember forever.
1. Relax-we know what we're doing.
It can be nerve-wracking to leave your child in the care of people you hardly know. And movie depictions of lazy teen counselors who care more about sunbathing than keeping an eye on the kids don't help ease your worries. But rest assured: The vast majority of counselors take their jobs seriously. "We train our staff on everything from how to manage a group of kids to how to teach effectively and how to perform first aid," says Sarah Horner Fish, director atRead More »from 10 Things Camp Counselors Want You to Know
By Joy Bauer, RDA: Stock up on a mix of convenient, healthy fresh and packaged foods that don't need much prep. For breakfast, go for low-sugar cereals, skim milk (or your favorite milk alternative) and quick-cooking oatmeal. For lunch, dinner and snacks, buy fresh produce, whole-wheat bread, natural nut butters (peanut, almond, etc.), nonfat yogurt, precooked chicken breasts, frozen turkey and veggie burgers, microwavable pouches of brown rice, whole-wheat pasta, jarred marinara sauce, and frozen vegetables and fruits. Also, keep a stash of a few frozen entrées and canned soups, but look for ones that have short ingredient lists, are made from whole grains and have no more than 600 mg sodium, 4.5 g saturated fat, and of course 0 g trans fat. Photo by: Thinkstock
Q: I can't find the time to cook so I mostly eat packaged foods. How can I eat better?
Check out these snacks under 100 calories.
Q: Which salad dressings are the healthiest? Or should I just use plain oil and Read More »from Q&A: The Right Foods for Your Body
guide horse and womanBy Melody Warnick
Instead of choosing a guide dog, a blind woman puts her trust in a surprising choice-and it has transformed her life. Photo by: Mali Azima/Getty Images
When Renata di Pietro walks into a store near her home in Cleveland, GA, jaws drop, cameras click and strangers want to talk. "It's like the paparazzi are after me," she says, laughing.
Decode the body language of people around you.
The classically trained singer, who is legally blind, is used to an audience, but these days the main attraction is her miniature guide horse, Angel. Just 28 inches tall-not much bigger than a Great Dane-Angel has been trained, like a Seeing Eye dog, to help Renata navigate her way around town.
For years, Renata relied on guide dogs, but ultimately, she found it heartbreaking: A dog's working life is short-just six to 10 years before it either ages out of service or dies. "It's very painful, because you love each one with all your heart," says Renata. The time it took toRead More »from A Special Seeing-Eye Animal
restaurant chef chopping vegetablesBy Mandy Major
Despite what reality TV would have you believe, most restaurant kitchens aren't filled with filth and egos. Yes, things can get loud back there during the dinner rush, but more often than not, you'll find teams of creative and hard-working cooks who love life behind the scenes. To separate restaurant fact from fiction, we turned to chefs and culinary insiders. From cleanliness to who's really cooking your food, read on to find out what it's truly like behind those double doors-and how it affects your meal. Photo by: Getty Images
The head chef doesn't usually cook.
The more famous the chef, the less likely they're doing day-to-day work. "Diners are often surprised, but a head chef isn't actually cooking their steak," says Missy Robbins, chef of A Voce Columbus and A Voce Madison in New York City. "People always think I'm back there cooking their fish." Instead, a head chef is probably focusing on big-picture issues, such as crafting menu dishes, hiringRead More »from 8 Things Restaurant Chefs Won’t Tell You
By Woman's Day Staff
apple shaped woman in red top scarf and black pants"Whittle My Middle!"
"I've always wanted an hourglass figure," says Diane Arlotta of Dumont, NJ. Frustrated by the lack of flattering options in larger sizes she finds at her local malls, Diane tends to go with baggy solids that do nothing for her apple shape. Instead of livening up her wardrobe with youthful prints and colors, she tries to add flair to her basics with blousy scarves, but these only add bulk to her already full chest. Diane's shopping challenge is finding stylish pieces that will give her a shapelier silhouette. Photo credit: Perry Hagopian
This printed kaftan has an inner elastic band that cinches Diane's waist and blouses out below, carving out curves. The ikat-inspired white lines visually slim her torso and give her bust a lift. Miss Tina by Tina Knowles Aztec Batik Scoop Neck Kaftan, $17; Walmart.com for stores. Photo credit: Perry Hagopian
Slimming dark-wash denim capris that taperRead More »from What to Wear If You're Apple-Shaped
before and after pictures of a woman who lost weightBy Abigail Cuffey
BEFORE 226 lbs
AFTER 123 lbs!
The reality of an empty nest forced Joyce Anderson, 41, of Richmond, KY, to change her focus. Here she shares how she finally got fit and took back her life. Photo by: Joyce Anderson
My secret binge eating started when I was 13, after my grandpa died. I really looked up to him and we were very close, so when he passed away, I turned to food to comfort myself. In high school, I was very active and ran cross-country, but I still gained weight because I was overeating when no one was around. At 19, I shed about 30 pounds in the months before my wedding by going on a crash diet. But after I had my daughter and son, the weight gradually crept back on and before I knew it, I was over 200 pounds. I felt so unattractive that I hardly have any family photos from that time. Occasionally I'd lose 30 pounds but then I'd gain back 35 more. It was a vicious cycle.
End emotional eating with these strategies.
→ Focusing on me
how to be more productiveBy Alexandra Gekas
While your co-workers start every day enjoying a cup of coffee together in the break room, you're barely able to find time to call your doctor. While they're taking lunches, you're rushing through another meal at your desk. Sound familiar? Here's the good news: This apparent discrepancy may not mean you've got a bigger workload or that you're a harder worker. Instead, it may mean that they've mastered certain time-saving skills and habits that you haven't-until now. From prioritizing your workload to learning which projects don't need to be perfect, read on to discover eight workplace habits that'll boost your productivity and lower your stress levels. Photo by: Thinkstock
1. They make it a point to take breaks.Read More »from 8 Habits of Highly Productive People
Americans seem to think that constantly working is synonymous with being productive, but unless your brain is functioning at its maximum level, you may not be getting as much work done as you think. "[Taking breaks] is like hitting the reset
You don't have to go big to go green. This April 22, take on small, super-convenient tasks that won't cost you time (or a dime), but will make a big difference in protecting the environment. And if they inspire you to be eco-friendly all-year-round, then we've done our job.
1. Bring old electronics-including DVD players, flat-panel TV s and computers (no matter what brand)-to any Best Buy store, and their recycling partners will salvage them for free (there's a $10 charge for TV s and monitors in some areas, but you'll get a $10 store credit). Visit BestBuy.com/Recycling to get a state-bystate listing of items they'll accept. Photo: Thinkstock
Find out the easiest ways to recycle your old electronics.
2. Pledge to give your old cell phone to PlantMyPhone.com. Just pop it into the prepaid mailing envelope provided. Once they receive your old phone, they'll sell the recycled materials and use the proceeds to plant trees. Photo: Thinkstock