by Mandy Major
Come fall, what could be better than baking with ripe, juicy apples? Picking them yourself, of course! Though New York, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Washington are the top four apple-producing states, there are orchards across the country with troves of Golden Delicious, Gala, Honeycrisp and other delicious varieties ready for the picking. Plan your trip sometime between mid-September and early October, so wherever you're located, the foliage will be lush and the plucking prime. To help plan your apple-picking adventure, we spoke with Allison Parker, director of consumer health and education for the U.S. Apple Association, to find out which orchards have a variety of apples available on family-friendly grounds. We narrowed the list down to the 10 below-but before you head out, call the orchard to make sure it's open as well as confirm that the apple varieties you want are available (they often vary based on weather and time of year). Then, you'll be ready to take a bite
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By Trisha Calvo
You've heard about the symptoms. But the truth is menopause doesn't have to be miserable. It turns out your attitude towards the hormone shift can make a big difference in how you handle it. "Women who know what to expect and have a positive outlook often have an easier time," says Karen Deighan, MD, chair of obstetrics and gynecology at Loyola University Health System at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Illinois. But knowing the facts helps, too. "Being prepared gives you a sense of control … which may lead you to make healthier choices and help you feel better overall," she adds. Read on to learn what you should expect and surprisingly easy ways to weather the post-period storm.
Consider taking birth control pills.
As your hormone levels become erratic, foggy thinking and PMS-like mood swings can happen, and taking the birth control pill can help by evening out your hormones, says Steven R. Goldstein, MD, president of the North American Menopause Society.Read More »from Take Charge of Menopause
- 9 Things Your Nail Technician Wants to Tell You You probably drop by the local nail salon regularly to get your hands and feet buffed and polished, but have you ever wondered what your nail tech really thinks about your unshaved legs, or how you can tell if a salon properly sanitizes their equipment? We enlisted the experts to share the inside scoop on what really goes on behind the scenes at nail salons. Read on to learn little-known facts about what you should expect at your next appointment, as well as the services you're better off skipping on.
1. Shaving calluses is illegal in most states.Read More »from 9 Things Your Nail Technician Wants to Tell You
At some nail salons, your pedicurist might offer to shave your calluses with a credo blade (that handheld device that looks like a cross between a razor and a vegetable peeler). But, however tempting the allure of callus-free feet may be, Rosanne Kinley, salon owner and former president of the National-Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology, suggests turning down the offer. According to Kinley, any
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every year one out of six Americans gets sick from foodborne illness, and of those people, 128,000 are hospitalized. Given the public concern about this issue, in 2009 the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) compiled a list of foods regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that are most likely to infect people with foodborne diseases, such as salmonella, E. coli and listeria. Though two years have passed, experts still consider this "a pretty reliable list of the riskiest food items," says Catherine Adams Hutt, PhD, RD, a food safety consultant based in Texas. Luckily, there are precautions you can take to decrease your odds of contamination. So from leafy greens to ice cream, read on to discover which 11 eats cause the most concern-and the specific measures you can take to protect yourself against sickness.
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By Melissa Matthews Brown
There's nothing wrong with investing some money in a pricey gloss or moisturizer that you love. But for everything else, there's usually an affordable, effective option to be found right in your local drugstore. Our beauty editors scoured the aisles to find the best products around-flip through to see their finds.Cheekbone-Defining Blush
The curved brush of L'Oréal Paris Studio Secrets Professional The One Sweep Sculpting Blush ($12.95) deposits a highlight color along cheeks and a contour shade below. In four colors, including Nectar, shown.
See the five essential makeup brushes you need for your cosmetics collection.
For all-day staying power, tint lips with NYC New York Color Smooch Proof 16HR Lip Stain ($4.99). The marker-like tip helps you apply the matte pigment precisely. In 10 shades, including Forever Fuchsia, shown.
Revlon Age Defying with DNA Advantage Cream Makeup ($14.99)Read More »from Best Beauty Buys at the Drugstore
by Woman's Day Staff
From Cheap to Chic
With some fabric, paint and a little TLC, contributing style editor Eddie Ross freshened up furniture that he found at a twice-annual rummage sale in Somerset Hills, New Jersey, benefiting the Visiting Nurse Association. And following our how-to guides, you can do it, too! To find a sale near you, search the Flea Finder at FleaMarkets.com, and then flip through the slideshow to steal a few of Ross's renovation tricks.
A bench with great legs gets modernized with wood stain (we used Minwax Wood Finish in Dark Walnut from Minwax), a super chic fabric (we used Corn Yellow Zig Zag Stripes on Cotton Fabric from HancockFabrics.com) and trim (we used Premium Broadcloth in Solid Black from Fabric.com).
Smart new feet (they're flat-front drawer knobs!) and a sleek shade (we used a 12"-tall shade for this 20"-tall base) add vintage flair to a basic table lamp.Read More »from 3 Flea Market Finds—Transformed
Getting an organized closet is as simple as figuring out why it's a mess in the first place. We asked a personal organizer, closet designer and psychologist for solutions to your biggest problems-to help you clear the clutter once and for all.
Q: My closets are a mess. Where do I start?
The psychologist, Jerome Yoman, PhD, a clinical psychologist in Beaverton, Oregon, says: First, figure out what's getting in your way. Women typically have three reasons for not clearing clutter: time stress ("I have too many other things to do!"); feeling overwhelmed ("What do I do with everything?"); and negative associations ("Those jeans used to fit but I can't even look at them now"). Photo: Ron Chapple/Thinkstock
If you're pressed for time, schedule one-hour organizing appointments into your calendar. Are you feeling overwhelmed? Make a plan for what you want the closet to look like and schedule in cleaningRead More »from 5 Closet Setbacks—Solved
By Barbara Brody Do You Have Adult ADHD?
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Your house is always cluttered and you can't seem to remember where you put things. You're constantly running late and missing deadlines. You often feel restless and have a hard time sitting still. Sound familiar? Then you just might be one of the 8 million adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD, formerly ADD).
Many people have trouble getting organized and difficulty focusing from time to time; it veers into ADHD territory when these problems are so persistent and severe that they affect your ability to function at home as well as at work. People with (untreated) ADHD make an average of $10,000 less than others in the same job, tend to get fired and quit jobs at a higher rate, and are more likely to get divorced, says Steven Kurtz, PhD, senior director of the ADHD and Disruptive Behaviors Disorders Center at the Child Mind Institute in New York City.
By Annie Finnigan Turn Your Idea into a Business
You have a great idea and you're ready to dive in. But before you take the plunge, follow four steps that will save you time, money and a lot of heartache.
1. Imagine It
Figure out if this is really what you want to do.
"You don't have to have a passion for your particular product or service," says real estate guru and star of ABC's Shark Tank Barbara Corcoran. "But you must be excited about making your business a success, which gives you the stamina you need to get through the ups and downs."
Is the business a good fit with your life? To find out, try the U.S. Small Business Administration's Starting Up Assessment Tool, which evaluates your skills, personal traits and experience.
2. Research It
To determine if your idea is a winner, you need to know if it fills a need, and if there is a market for it. You also need business sense. So talk to everybody. "Don't be afraid toRead More »from Turn Your Idea into a Business
by Alexandra Gekas
Fall for It
Autumn is just around the corner, which means it's time to change out those colorful maxis and breezy sundresses for more structured sheaths and darker prints. To help ease your transition into cooler temperatures, here are our favorite, affordable fall frocks.
Just because the temperature's dropping doesn't mean you can't go sleeveless. Wear this pleated print dress under a blazer and roll up the sleeves for a look that's casual but sophisticated. Gap Pleated Print Dress; $59.95, Gap.com. Photo: © courtesy of Gap
All in the Details
Structured shoulders and an exposed zipper in the back give this knitted frock a much more tailored look than the classic sweater dress. Pair it with tights and knee-high boots and you'll stay warm in style. Gap Pleated Knit Dress; $59.95, Gap.com. Photo: © courtesy of Gap
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