tax form on a computer with a calculatorBy Daisy Chan
Does the idea of filing your taxes make you want to hide in a closet? You're not alone. According to the IRS, last year 10 million people applied for an extra six months to file their tax return! Fortunately, there are ways to make the process a little easier and save you money, too. Illustration by Jenny Bowers
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bottle of pure maple syrupBy Woman's Day Staff
It's spring, when sap rises and syrup boils all over the Northeast-a good time for tips on how to choose and use this nicest of nectars.Buying and Storing
What is it? Produced mainly in eastern Canada and the northeastern United States, maple syrup is the boiled-down sap of maple trees. Though we're most familiar with it as a topper for waffles and pancakes, it's not just for breakfast. Unlike cheaper pancake syrups (many of which contain no maple at all), pure maple syrup has a distinctive earthy flavor that is a great complement to many savory foods.
Whip up perfect pancakes with this step-by-step guide.
Grades: Maple syrup comes in four USDA grades: Grade A Light Amber (a delicate syrup, graded "Fancy" in Vermont), Grade A Medium Amber (the most common table syrup), Grade A Dark Amber and Grade B. The darker the color, the later in the season the syrup was produced and the stronger the flavor. For cooking, stick to the darker grades, as
Free Tips on Saving MoneyBy Mary Hunt
As much as I love the word, I have to admit it makes me suspicious. Just this week I won a "free" vacation, but the fine print says I need to send in a cashier's check to claim my prize. Sadly, "free" is usually a sneaky way to clean out my wallet. Photo by: Comstock
But every now and then an exception comes along that's truly free-no strings attached, no hidden agendas. Here are my favorites, and all you really need is an Internet connection to go online.
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VistaPrint is an online printing company known for its amazing offer of 250 free business cards. They're good-quality, too. Visit vistaprint.com, create your card and all you have to pay is about five bucks for shipping.
Why's it free? VistaPrint would like you to join their 12 million customers who buy printing online, so they offer this enticement. Just know that once you get your business cards, you may hear from them a lot.
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Need more space in your kitchen pantry? Follow blogger Susan Haskins's lead and create zones to give everything from snacks to baking items its own place. Photos by Lucas Allen
As a mom of three teenagers, ages 12, 13 and 17, Susan Haskins of Barrington, IL, spends a lot of time packing lunches, prepping snacks and making dinner. But her kitchen just wasn't up to the job. The main problem: Nothing was organized. "I couldn't find anything," she says. "Canned food was shoved next to bags of flour and boxes of pasta. There was no rhyme or reason; everything was all mixed together." Tired of wasting time digging through her jumbled pantry, Susan decided to roll up her sleeves and create a more efficient space.
Try these unique kitchen storage solutions.
Streamline Your Shelves
Create a Kid Zone
In the Haskins house, the kids head straight to the kitchen after school. They used to ask Mom for a snack. Now they just grab cookies, granola bars,Read More »from Organize Your Kitchen Pantry
mother hugging her school-aged daughterBy Christine Coppa
Regardless of your marital status, motherhood is hard. But single moms just may have it tougher, though not for the reason you'd think: Too often, they face tough questions and judgment just because they lack a spouse. Don't want to be one of the people making life more difficult for these women? Then avoid saying the following 10 things to a husbandless mother-plus, check out the below advice from experts and single moms in the trenches on how to rephrase questions if you just have to ask. Photo by Thinkstock
"It must be so hard to date."
"No kidding," says single mom *Lorie. "Dating isn't exactly a walk in the park-even though I'm always there with my three-year-old daughter!" As any single woman can attest, dating isn't easy, but a single mom has more obstacles-like finding time and babysitters for dates-when it comes to finding Mr. Right. Rachel Sarah, author of Single Mom Seeking, says being concerned about your single mom friend's dating lifeRead More »from 10 Things Never to Say to a Single Mom
Blast fat (and stress!) with this easy kickboxing workout, created by TaeBo founder and fitness expert Billy Blanks.Jab
Billy says: This warm-up also trims your waist and tones your arms and legs.
A Stand with your left leg about a foot in front of you with both knees slightly bent. Bend your elbows so that your fists are just below your chin. All illustrations by Brown Bird Design
B Punch your right arm straight out as you shift your weight to your back leg. Come back to starting position. Do 3 sets of 8 reps, then switch sides.
Trim down and tone up in just 10 minutes.
Billy says: Even though this move focuses on your upper body, it also gives your legs a great workout.
A Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, knees and elbows bent, hands in a fist below your chin.
B Turn your torso slightly as you punch your arm in a hooking motion so it's parallel to the floor. Come back to start and repeat. Do a totalRead More »from Your Easy Kickboxing Workout
- Woman s Day | Work + Money – Mon, Mar 12, 2012 6:36 PM EDT
woman carrying box of belongings down stairs with another womanBy Amanda Greene Kelly
If you haven't lost a job yourself, you probably know someone else who has. And while layoffs are as prevalent as ever, talking about this touchy subject with a newly unemployed friend can be tough. "Much like when someone passes away, others often are at a loss as to what to say," says Jodi R. R. Smith, president of Mannersmith etiquette consulting firm and author of From Clueless to Class Act . "They want to say something--but some comments are more thoughtful than others." Read on for nine common-yet surprisingly offensive--comments that newly unemployed people often hear, and learn what supportive things to say instead. Photo by: Getty Images
"But you hated that job, didn't you?"
Similar to the platitude "You're better off without them," a statement like this can come across as a feeble attempt to soften a major blow. While you might be trying to help your friend see the bright side, says Smith, you're really diminishing her loss. "Sure, IRead More »from 9 Things Never to Say to Someone Who's Lost Her Job
honey, salt, parsley, chamomile teaBy Abigail CuffeyGet more simple solutions to winter beauty Read More »from 4 Doctor-Approved Home Remedies
Sometimes the best feel-better formula is right under your nose-or in your own kitchen or pantry. Check out these expert suggestions for easy (and affordable!) health fixes that don't require a trip to the pharmacy.