Blog Posts by Woman s Day

  • 8 New Proven Tricks that Make Your Marriage Stronger

    married couplemarried coupleBy Jenna Birch

    A romantic getaway isn't the only way to reignite the spark in your marriage. Likewise, there are options beyond running to a marriage therapist if you're disagreeing about key issues. Certain everyday habits can bring you and your spouse closer, though you might not think of these on your own. Here are eight surprising tips to bolster your marriage that are too easy not to take. Photo by Getty Images.

    1. With sex, aim for quantity over quality. When spouses don't get busy regularly, they can lose physical connection. Clinical sexologist and marriage therapist Kat Van Kirk, DHS, author of The Married Sex Solution, suggests "removing the expectation of having long, technical lovemaking sessions." Whether it's a quickie in the shower or making out like teenagers before bed, "10 focused minutes can build more intimate moments than many couples have experienced in years," she says. What's more, "this can turn into longer lovemaking sessions."

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  • 7 Spring Cleaning Moves that Can Save You Money

    By Woman's Day Staff

    1. Use less.

    When cleaning with a spray, a small amount typically does the job. Avoid product waste by spritzing the cleaning cloth instead of the surface. Photo by Getty Images.

    2. Help the fridge stay cool.

    The refrigerator can be one of the least energy-efficient appliances. Vacuum the coils (located along the front bottom or in the back) about twice a year to remove any dust or dirt-and save up to 30% annually. Cut cold air loss by minimizing the time the fridge and freezer doors are open. Also, avoid storing things on top. This prevents heat from escaping, making it harder for the machine to remain cold.

    ANNUAL SAVINGS $16.50*

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    3. Shine a brighter light

    The dust on a dirty lightbulb can absorb up to 50% of the light it's emitting, causing you to switch on another lamp in the room, doubling your electricity usage. Rub cooled-off bulbs with a damp rag once a month or when they

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  • The Amazing Progress Two Boston Marathon Bombing Victims Have Made

    daily news coverdaily news coverBy Jane Bianchi

    With less than a half-mile left of the Boston Marathon, Carol Downing, 58, was giddy with excitement. For a woman who hadn't taken up running until the age of 40, she was proud to be in the "Super Bowl" of all road races. "I was picking up speed, the adrenaline was pumping and the crowd was getting thicker," says Carol, a retired massage therapist. "I couldn't wait to see my family at the finish line." Photo by New York Daily News/Getty.

    All of a sudden, "everything just stopped. I hit a wall of runners. Then I heard sirens," says Carol. She didn't hear the bombs go off, but one of them had exploded less than 15 feet from her daughters, Erika Brannock, 30, and Nicole Gross, 32, and Nicole's husband, Michael, 33.

    "I remember big flashes of orange and yellow, then I blacked out," says Erika. "When I came to, I smelled burnt metal. I thought, I need to get up, then realized that I couldn't. I closed my eyes and had a conversation with God. I told Him, 'I'm

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  • 10 Random Things You Never Knew Came in Peeps Form

    By Tracy Saelinger

    Poor jellybeans and chocolate rabbits-somehow, they've become the also-rans of the spring candy season. Unlike the almighty Peeps, no one argues about whether it's best to eat them fresh, stale or microwaved. No one sponsors diorama contests around them, and their merchandise is considerably less cute (seriously, just look at this Peeps dog plush toy!). For whatever reason, the 60+-year-old Peeps have quite the cult following-and the goods to prove it. Check out these clever iterations, even if you don't like the real thing.

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  • The Spouse Who's More Likely Than Ever to Move for a Partner's Career

    By Martha Sorren

    Newsflash: Not all husbands feel threatened by their wives' careers. In fact, a new survey conducted by the moving company Mayflower shows that nearly half of Americans know someone who recently moved for the wife's job, and far more than that would support relocation for that reason. Photo by Getty Images.

    Surprised? Don't be. "You can track that change to the shift in the number of women going to college," points out Fred Medway, PhD, a psychology professor for the University of South Carolina. The increase of graduates means women aren't just getting more jobs; they're getting better jobs. "Hiring really depends upon the educational factor. Companies want to hire the most competent person," says Dr. Medway.

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    But with the growth in promising career opportunities for women comes the all-too-often necessity of relocating. "The kind of job offers are changing. Now it's about money and

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  • 4 Subtle Spring Makeup Ideas that Instantly Can Transform Your Face

    By Woman's Day Staff

    You update your wardrobe for spring, so why not your cosmetics? Lighten up your look with these flattering ideas. Plus, get tips on how to perfect your technique.

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  • The Prettiest Craft You Can Make This Easter

    By Jane Dunnewold

    Easter and crafts go hand-in-hand, so why not spotlight some seasonal creativity on the dining table. Follow these simple instructions to turn plain napkins and doilies into one-of-a-kind place settings. Photo by Emily Kate Roemer/Studio D; Prop styling by Gerri Williams.

    Fabric Dye

    Create bright colors first. Then, dye away!

    TOTAL 5 min COST $11.95 (enough for a set of 12 napkins and doilies)

    • Measuring cups
    • Hot (not boiling) water
    • Small bucket or plastic mixing bowl
    • Rubber gloves
    • Dust mask
    • PRO Chemical and Dye Inc. Easter Decor Dye Kit (includes salt, activator, dyes and Synthrapol detergent, $11.95;*
    • Measuring spoons
    • 8-oz jar with tight-fitting lid
    • 16-oz jar with tight-fitting lid

    1. Measure 8 cups hot water into the small bucket or mixing bowl.
    2. Wearing the rubber gloves and dust mask (chemicals and dye are not dangerous, but still shouldn't be

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  • The Heartwarming Way a Photographer is Helping Rescue Pets

    By Nina Malkin

    When pet photographer Teresa Berg went searching online for her dream dog back in 2007, she was excited to find the Dallas-Fort Worth Dachshund Rescue Foundation, but the pictures on the site weren't engaging. "There was no eye contact, no personality," she recalls. Still, she read about one dog, a 6-year-old male, who seemed like he might be a good fit for her. When she saw him at the shelter, she was amazed. "I remember thinking, Wow, he's charming and beautiful-nothing like his picture," she says. Photo by Teresa Berg.

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    Teresa adopted the pup and named him Flash. Still, she couldn't shake the thought that none of the dogs' pictures did them justice. She wondered, if their adorableness could come through more clearly online, might they stand a better chance of being adopted? "There's a misconception that animals from a shelter are damaged goods, when in fact many are the healthiest, most loving

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  • The 3 Best Ways to Beat Sugar Cravings

    sugar cubessugar cubesBy Woman's Day Staff

    With the amount of sugar found in common foods, it's hard to avoid the sweetener. Make it easier on yourself (and your waistline) with this easy-to-follow advice. Click through to find out how to nip those pesky cravings in the bud.

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    The physician says…read labels Don't blame brownies for your sweet tooth. As much as half the sugar you consume comes from savory sources such as pasta sauce, salad dressing, condiments, crackers and bread. These stealth sugars are dangerous because they condition your taste buds to expect sweetness. The more sugar you eat, the more you want-and that's when you reach for the brownie. Excess sugar in your diet can lead to a host of health problems, from heart disease to diabetes. So shop smart: Compare labels at the supermarket and choose brands that contain fewer grams of sugar per serving, or substitute a different food entirely. Try using hot sauce instead of ketchup,

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  • 10 Weird Tricks that Prevent Colds and the Flu

    sick womansick womanBy Sarah Burns

    Cold season's arrival doesn't mean you have to be down for the count-or dole out needless dollars at the drugstore. "The newest research reveals certain lifestyle tweaks can boost your body's natural defenses to help you better fend off colds and flu," explains Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, author of Real Cause, Real Cure. Here, 10 side effect-free strategies to keep you in fighting form.

    1. Keep your toes toasty.
    A case of cold feet could lead to a lot of achoo-ing, says Ron Eccles, PhD, director of the Common Cold Centre at Britain's Cardiff University. How? Chilly tootsies tell your brain to conserve your body's heat, he explains. The brain then responds by firing messages that reduce blood flow to areas that lose heat quickly, like the mucus membranes of the sinuses. Decreased blood flow means decreased flow of infection-fighting white blood cells, leaving your body more vulnerable to viruses. Dr. Eccles's advice: Wear warm socks.

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