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  • The Best New Way to Use Leftovers

    Photo: ThinkstockPhoto: ThinkstockBy Lynn Andriani

    Resourceful cooks know that if you have eggs, cheese and some sort of grain, you can probably assemble a decent dish out of leftovers from last night's dinner. Frittatas, stir-fries and soups are all in the repertoires of anyone whose mantra is "there's no reason to toss this perfectly good food." Except sometimes, there is a reason: you're sick of frittatas, stir-fries and soups.

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    The solution is as easy as a hand-held treat that also happens to be one of the most foolproof baked goods you can make. I'm talking about muffins, which allow for infinite variations. While they're best known in their sweet form--blueberry, lemon poppy seed, banana-cinnamon-nutmeg-applesauce-walnut--savory muffins are just as delicious. Here's how to turn three common leftovers into the perfect breakfast, snack or lunch or dinner side.

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  • 3 Ways to Wake Up to Gorgeous Hair

    Photo: ThinkstockPhoto: ThinkstockBy Amber Kallor

    Leaving wet hair loose overnight means you might find a surprise (e.g., cowlicks that can't be controlled, layers that won't lie flat) in the morning. Blot hair with a towel (like this microfiber version) to absorb as much water as possible, says Gibson, then try one of these quick styles to eliminate bedhead...

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    Wake Up to More Volume

    Fine hair has a tendency to fall flat. These four fast steps will add body overnight:

    1. Spritz all over with a volumizing spray (like Aveda Volumizing Tonic, $16), which swells the hair shaft as it dries and makes hair look thicker.
    2. Pull it all into a high pony at your crown and twist the tail-winding it onto itself to create a loose bun. Why loose? Because a too-tight chignon not only prevents hair from drying all the way through but also could lead to breakage (especially if your hair is relaxed).
    3. With a few long bobbies, pin the bun in place.
    4. In the morning, let your hair down and

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  • 3 Simple Ways to Wake Up More Refreshed

    Photo: ThinkstockPhoto: ThinkstockBy Melissa Gotthardt

    Binnie Wikane, a driver's license examiner's assistant in Allentown, Pennsylvania, loves almost every minute of her life. But there are moments that Binnie definitely doesn't enjoy; specifically, the very first ones of the day. "On one level, when that alarm goes off, I'm happy to see the day," she says. "But on a deeper level, my mind and body don't agree. I have to fight with everything I've got to get out of bed."

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    Like many women, Wikane is a victim of sleep inertia, a sluggish state that makes getting out of bed one of the hardest things she does. "When we wake up, we all go through a certain amount of sleep inertia," says Deborah Sewitch, PhD, clinical director of the Center for Sleep and Ventilatory Disorders at the University of Illinois at Chicago. "For some, it can take ages to get it together; an hour later, they're still feeling groggy and not really 'there.'" Not surprisingly, the most common reason that

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  • Store-Bought Shortcuts: What's Worth It, What's Not

    Photo: ThinkstockPhoto: ThinkstockBy Lynn Andriani

    Refrigerated Pizza Dough

    Worth it. If you don't have an Italian deli or pizzeria nearby that sells homemade dough, most supermarkets-as well as specialty stores like Trader Joe's and Whole Foods-carry plain and sometimes whole wheat varieties (though they may be frozen, not refrigerated, and will take several hours to thaw at room temperature). Liz Weiss, co-author of No Whine with Dinner and co-creator of MealMakeoverMoms.com, prefers brands with short ingredient lists over the mass-produced versions you'll find near the slice-and-bake cookies. One more thing: Check the expiration date, since old dough will be dryer and harder to work with. Weiss likes to defrost frozen chopped spinach, mix it with Parmesan, light cream cheese and shredded, part-skim mozzarella; spread it over the dough and bake it. You can also turn the dough into garlic cheese sticks or empanadas--or cinnamon rolls for breakfast.


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  • Be More Giving in Your Relationship—Without Feeling like a Maid

    Photo: ThinkstockPhoto: ThinkstockBy Corrie Pikul

    Research shows people whose spouses did thoughtful things for them were the happiest with their relationships. Here are 4 ideas.

    Throw a "Just-for-Him" Item into Your Cart

    This could be the extra-hoppy beer only he loves (men tend to have less sensitivity to bitterness than women do), the hot sauce only he can handle or goat-milk ice cream only he'll truly appreciate (it won't aggravate his lactose intolerance like regular ice cream).


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    Write Him Secret Messages

    Scribble a note on the steamed-up bathroom mirror. It'll fade by the time you leave but will reappear when he emerges from his own shower. He'll be touched by your thoughtfulness, and impressed by your Jane Bond-like cunning.


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    Don't Pick Everything Up

    Leave things you know he'll like--a witty cartoon (bonus if it references one of your inside jokes), an anticipated Netflix DVD, a bottle of

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  • 3 Ways to Wear Pajamas During the Day

    Photo: Ben Goldstein/Studio DPhoto: Ben Goldstein/Studio DBy Clarissa Cruz and Jessica Silvester

    Wear Pajamas at the Office

    A silky pajama top becomes work appropriate when paired with a pencil skirt and platforms.

    Shirt, Equipment, $218, equipmentfr.com


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    Photo: Ben Goldstein/Studio DPhoto: Ben Goldstein/Studio DWear Pajamas to Date Night

    The pj piping pulls the outfit together, and the fitted silhouette has a dressier feel.

    Piamita, $250, The Webster, Miami Beach, 305-674-7899; Pants, Piamita, $260, Barneys New York

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    Photo: Ben Goldstein/Studio DPhoto: Ben Goldstein/Studio DWear Pajamas Over the Weekend

    Wear the pajama-inspired bottoms as you would palazzo pants. Jeweled accents add oomph.

    Pants, Elizabeth and James, net-a-porter.com $325.


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  • 5 Tiny—but Powerful!—Life Tweaks for a Happier, Healthier You

    Photo: iStockphotoPhoto: iStockphotoTime Major Decisions

    During the week before ovulation, both estrogen and testosterone increase in order to help prepare the egg," says Rebecca Booth, MD, author of The Venus Week: Discover the Powerful Secret of Your Cycle...at Any Age. "Estrogen is going to make you more creative and emotional, while testosterone will raise your assertiveness and your self-confidence." So the week and a half after your period is the ideal time to work on projects that require insight and out-of-the-box thinking, or to tackle something you need courage for, like asking for a promotion. However, she cautions against making relationship decisions during this time. "The estrogen will make you sappy, and the testosterone can make you rash," says Booth. "So if you feel like doing something big and sweeping, give yourself a few days to think it over."


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  • The 9 Fastest Dinners on the Planet

    Photo: Lynn AndrianiPhoto: Lynn AndrianiBy Lynn Andriani

    1. Spaghetti with Garlic and Olive Oil
    Put a pot of water on to boil. Separately, sauté 10 whole peeled garlic cloves in olive oil. Cook the pasta, drain and then toss with the garlic, grated Parmesan, a generous amount of freshly ground black pepper and chopped parsley. Depending on how much cheese you use, you may not need to add salt.

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    2. Chicken Sausage Hash
    Use chicken sausage that's fully cooked (this is the only way we've ever seen it sold), so all you have to do is warm it. Brown the sausage in some olive oil, take it out of the pan and add peeled, diced turnips. Let the vegetables brown for a few minutes, then pour in a cup of apple cider. Scrape up any bits of sausage or turnip that have stuck to the pan, season with salt and pepper, put the lid on and simmer until the turnips are soft, about 5 minutes. Remove the lid and keep simmering until the cider reduces to a glaze. Put the sausage back in the pan and continue cooking

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  • 5 Packing Secrets from Travel Pros

    Photo: ThinkstockPhoto: ThinkstockBy Amber Kallor

    Follow these 5 expert tips to make the most of your makeup bag.

    1. Choose the compact car over the SUV of makeup bags: Finding things quickly in cosmetic pouches with lots of bells and whistles-like a vibrant pattern, silk lining or enough room for a family of four and your entire makeup wardrobe-can be a challenge. Makeup artist Kristofer Buckle, who has carried his kit all over the world from Moscow to Los Angeles, suggests looking for something that's smaller than you think you need (to ensure everything inside stays snug and won't break from bouncing around), that's transparent (to locate the concealer that got lost in the shuffle) and that can be cleaned with soap and water (because spills happen). Try this cost-effective and TSA-approved Modella cosmetic case, $6 (Walmart.com for stores).


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    2. Don't just dump:
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  • 4 Game-Changing Beauty Shortcuts

    Photo: ThinkstockPhoto: ThinkstockFind the Right Shade of Blush

    Take a very brisk walk to the drugstore or department store. When you get there, look for a blush that matches your natural flush, says makeup artist Molly Stern. Here's where to start:

    If your skin is fair, pastels (like baby pinks and peaches) work best.

    If you have an olive complexion, try fuchsia and orangey tones.

    If your skin is dark, choose a coppery or golden shade.


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    Photo: ThinkstockPhoto: ThinkstockGet Rid of That Ponytail Crease

    You know the bend that's left in your hair when you take a ponytail out of its elastic? Here's a trick for getting rid of it, from Tommy Buckett, a stylist at New York City's Marie Robinson Salon. Lightly dab a little water on the bend. Part your hair down the middle from front to back and separate each section in half. Then, with the nozzle of your blow-dryer directed down over a flat brush, run the brush through each section from roots to ends. (If you have curly hair, let

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