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  • One Hour a Week is All You Need to Get More Stuff Done

    Take this advice to finally tackle that nagging to-do list.Take this advice to finally tackle that nagging to-do list.

    It's a secret of adulthood: Nothing is more exhausting than a task you never start. I've known this for a long time, but nevertheless had managed to accumulate a lengthy list of small, mildly unpleasant tasks that I kept putting off -- for months, sometimes years. Granted, these projects weren't urgent (which was why they didn't get done), but they weighed on me, made me feel overwhelmed, filled my brain with I need to… and Don't forget…! I had to fix the problem, because it was making me crazy.

    I decided to come up with a habit that would help me cross those items off my list. But what? How could a single habit cover a bunch of nonrecurring, unrelated to-do's? Then I hit upon an idea. Once a week, for one hour, I'd steadily work on nagging chores. An hour felt like enough time to get stuff done, but not too long.

    Related: 13 Little Ways to Make Your Life Even Better

    During this hour, I'd tackle only tasks with no deadline, no accountability, and no pressure -- because these

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  • These Rose Scents Smell Better Than Flowers

    These rose fragrances are a must-have for February 14.These rose fragrances are a must-have for February 14.

    This Valentine's Day, treat yourself to some roses of a different sort: one of these romantic, rose-infused scents we love. Some are classics, some are new, but they are anything but stuffy.

    1. Givenchy Very Irrésistable ($71 for 1.7 fl oz)
    While this fragrance from Givenchy features a blend of five different roses and launched in 2003, it still feels young, fresh, and not too-flowery.

    2. Chloé Eau de Parfum ($75 for 1 fl oz)
    The original Chloe, one of my current favorites, delivers a hint of rose along with peony, freesia and lily of the valley. It's a clean, sophisticated scent that's certainly romantic without being too girly. But for the real rose lover, Chloe now has an edition of the original, Roses de Chloe, a more romantic twist that highlights fresh cut roses.

    Related: 5 Beauty Tips to Wow Your Valentine

    3. Lancôme Tresor Lumineuse ($52 for 1 fl oz, launched in 2013)
    Like a sweet scent? This modern twist on the classic Tresor is lighter and features

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  • Could Your Marriage Survive an Injury like This?

    The Modersohn's were faced with a huge hurdle just two years into marriage.The Modersohn's were faced with a huge hurdle just two years into marriage.

    Less than two years after Linda and Cory Modersohn married in 1985, Cory was in an accident that left him paralyzed. Here's how they've overcome this hurdle -- together.

    When Linda Modersohn got the news that her husband, Cory, had been in a motorcycle crash, her feelings went beyond fear. "I was terrified," she says of that awful day. But it was worse when she saw Cory at the hospital, facedown and strapped to a board. "His back was totally deformed. He said, 'This is really bad. I can't feel or move my legs.' I realized that life as we knew it was over."

    At 24, Linda was suddenly faced with caring for a paraplegic: "A doctor with a clipboard ran through a list of scary risks -- the suicide rate, the divorce rate. The more he talked, the harder I cried. He said we'd never be able to have kids. That was the blow of all blows."

    Related: What to Do When Your Husband Seems Distant

    For a few months, Cory lived in a rehabilitation facility, and Linda moved in with her

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  • Catching Up with Olympic Figure Skating Champion Kristi Yamaguchi

    Kristi Yamaguchi has gone from Olympic skater to supportive skater-mom.Kristi Yamaguchi has gone from Olympic skater to supportive skater-mom.

    She does it all: Clothing designer, best-selling author, philanthropist, mother, and, of course, 1992 Olympic Figure Skating Champion. We talked with Kristi about transitioning from skater to supportive parent, getting active, and giving back.

    Q: What was it like growing up as a rising athlete?
    A: I didn't get real serious with the skating until 3rd or 4th grade. Through junior high I started to compete within California. By the time I was about 15 or 16, I started to do international competitions.

    My mom was the one who was around the most. She took me skating every morning, got me up before school, and sometimes drove me after school as well. She really knew that I had a passion for it, and that I was dedicated and ready to do whatever it took to reach my goals. She was great at balancing that "mom role" of unconditional support, yet pushing me and giving me that constructive criticism when I needed it.

    Related: You'll Never Look at Figure Skaters in the Same Way After This

    Q: Your

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  • How to Tame Date-Night Stains

    Don't let a spill or stain ruin your romantic evening.Don't let a spill or stain ruin your romantic evening.

    1. Chocolate
    Chocolate soaks into fabric a bit more slowly than other liquids, so get to it quickly and you'll have the most success. Start by gently scraping as much of the chocolate as you can from the fabric's surface with a spoon. Apply a laundry pre-treater or rub in a little liquid laundry detergent. Wash the item in the hottest water and with the type of bleach (chlorine or oxygen) that's safe for the fabric.

    Related: The Best Store-Bought Valentine's Day Treats

    2. Red Wine
    Quickly blot up as much of the wine as possible with an absorbent cloth and then generously sponge the stain with cool water. For a very large stain, soak the entire garment in cool water for about 30 minutes. Apply a laundry pre-treater and launder the garment as you usually do with a dose of chlorine or oxygen bleach added.

    Related: If He's Not Into Chocolate, Try These Treats Instead

    3. Lipstick
    Lipstick rarely penetrates a fabric, so the best way to remove it is to push it out

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  • Study Says to Move More to Make More

    New research shows that those who work out regularly have higher salaries.New research shows that those who work out regularly have higher salaries.

    After studying the effects of exercise on more than 2,500 pairs of twins, Finnish researchers found that the individuals who worked out regularly earned more money than their sedentary sibs. One possible reason for this: "Physically active people may also be more persistent; they persevere in the face of work-related tasks and hurdles," says study coauthor Ari Hyytinen, Ph.D. It can "increase their desire to partake in competitive situations," according to the study.

    Related: The Workouts to Get You Moving This Winter

    Those are the qualities that also help you nab a corner office -- and the fat paycheck that comes with it. To make sure you fit in your sweat session, exercise in the morning, before you hit your desk. Studies show that working out in the a.m. boosts your metabolism, helps you feel more mentally alert all day, and makes it easier to achieve long-term fitness and weight loss results.

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  • How to Shop Smart so You Can Return Almost Anything

    If you return items the right way, there's no need to worry or feel guilty.If you return items the right way, there's no need to worry or feel guilty.

    Make sure you can take it back -- without too much fuss -- by following these steps from the get-go.

    "These jeans are too tight."

    "Looks like I bought the wrong adapter."

    "Hmm, now that I see this up close..."

    We've all been there: You bag what you believe is a pretty terrific purchase, only to discover that it needs to go back to the store. How do you deal with that successfully -- even when you've, ahem, already worn that pair of shoes or misplaced your receipt? Use the "W" system: Know where to shop for the best return policies, what you need to have and do to get a refund, and when you should do it. Use these tips to make the process as painless as possible.

    Related: Everything You Need to Know About Credit Card Hacks

    Where to buy:
    I'm addicted to some retailers simply because they have easy return policies (though these are often subject to change). Here, some of the best:

    • Athleta: This store's "Give-It-a-Workout Guarantee" lets you try your purchase and
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  • A One-Day Guide to Boosting Your Immunity

    A 24-hour guide to boosting your immunity.A 24-hour guide to boosting your immunity.

    We've got your daily get-better schedule right here. (Plus, some bonus tips for the weekend.)

    6 a.m.: Eat a healthy breakfast.
    Eat blueberries and grapes. In a lab comparison, compounds in these two fruits were tops in aiding a bacteria-fighting gene.

    Related: Start Your Day Off Right with One of These Quick Breakfasts

    7 a.m.: Hit the gym.
    Exercise can lessen the decline in immunity that occurs with age. Morning is the workout time most people find they can stick with.

    8 a.m.: Shower post-workout.
    Strenuous exercise reduces skin's ability to keep out or destroy microbes. Restore your defenses by showering immediately after a serious workout, then moisturizing to maintain your skin's integrity.

    11 a.m.: Put the kettle on.
    Compounds in green tea stimulate the immune system (targeting the baddies, but not healthy tissue). A few cups a day can also protect skin against UVA radiation.

    1 p.m.: Join a pal for a walk.
    People with more types of social ties

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  • 7 Ways You're Ruining Your Wood Floor

    Make sure you're giving your wood floors the TLC they deserve.

    Our resident expert, Carolyn Forte, Director of the Good Housekeeping Research Institute Home Appliances and Cleaning Products Department, shared these words of warning.

    1. Vacuuming with a rotating brush
    Your vac's rotating brush can be very abrasive to wood floors. Turn off the brush roll or use a floor brush attachment instead. But make sure you vacuum often -- gritty dirt and dust particles can scratch your floor when they sit for too long.

    Related: 6 Cleaning Habits You Need to Avoid

    2. Wet-cleaning too often
    Unless your wood floors get tons of foot traffic, you don't need to wet-clean them more than every one to two months. Instead, keep your wood floors well-vacuumed (see number one) and spot-clean as needed.

    3. Drenching the floor with cleaner
    Today's wood flooring finishes are much more resistant to water than ones in the past, but that doesn't mean you should flood your floors with cleaning solution. When it's time to wet-clean, tackle small areas at a time with a damp,

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  • Is Green Juice Really All that Great?

    What's the 411 on green juices?What's the 411 on green juices?

    Q: I'm seeing green juice everywhere. Is it a good way to get my nutrients?

    A: Not really. You'd think that a drink boasting spinach, kale, and romaine would be loaded with the vitamins and other good stuff these veggies provide, but one brand I checked had just 10% of your daily vitamin A needs. Most juices also lack fiber -- a key reason to eat produce. If you still want to sip, check labels first for sneaky sweet stuff: One bottle I picked up had an astonishing 180 calories and 39 grams of sugar, thanks to its abundance of fruit juices.

    Samantha Cassetty, M.S., R.D., is the nutrition director of the Good Housekeeping Research Institute. She reports on nutrition news and trends, noteworthy products, weight-loss tips, and healthy-eating advice.

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