Blog Posts by Good Housekeeping

  • 6 Key Things Every Good Friend Should Do

    Move from occasional buds to BFFs with advice from our relationship experts.Move from occasional buds to BFFs with advice from our relationship experts.

    1. Find the time
    Build a get-together into your schedule (join a committee or attend weekly yoga together), so you see each other regularly. "Then after class, get a smoothie or tea to spend quality time talking and sharing," says Shasta Nelson, CEO of GirlFriendCircles.com, a women's friendship matching site. Most women consider someone a friend after six to eight interactions -- about two months into the weekly fitness routine.

    2. Pump up the positive
    Vent sessions and heart-to-hearts are healthy, but in moderation. Compliment your friend on an accomplishment, try something new together, and take photos. "Powerhouse female friendships are relationships where women are cheering, supporting and both publicly and privately affirming each other," Nelson says.

    Related: 15 Celebrity BFFs We Can't Get Enough Of

    3. Use (don't abuse) social media
    Liking a pal's post or leaving her a quick note is a great way to remind a friend you're thinking of her, but don't let your

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  • 6 Winter Chores that Can Replace Your Next Gym Session

    These winter chores double as quick calorie-burners.These winter chores double as quick calorie-burners.

    These around-the-house tasks burn the same amount of calories as your workout routine. You'll be shedding pounds and checking items off your to-do list.

    1. Shoveling Snow: 373 Calories/Hour
    According to CalorieLab, a 164-pound woman (the average weight for an American woman) burns 373 calories per hour shoveling snow -- the same amount you'd work off in an hour of vigorous weight-lifting. So consider getting in on this cold-weather chore when the next snowstorm hits rather than leaving it to your husband, kids, or anybody else.

    Related: Here's Why You're Not Getting Results From the Gym

    2. Cleaning Snow off the Roof: 224 Calories/Hour
    This chore doesn't just protect your home from leaks and other damage: It burns 224 calories per hour, the same as an hour-long water aerobics class. (Bonus: You don't have to put on a bathing suit.) For your safety, make sure you do it with a buddy, only on a gently sloped roof, and when it's stopped snowing.

    3. Scraping Ice off

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  • The Biggest Mistakes You're Making Washing Your Face

    Avoiding these common face-washing blunders will help you get better skin.Avoiding these common face-washing blunders will help you get better skin.

    1. Overdoing it
    Too much washing can age your skin. Do it no more than twice daily, though an extra wash pre- or post-workout is okay.

    Related: The Best Makeup Remover Wipes for Your Skin

    2. Using a harsh cleanser
    Consider swapping out soap -- which can strip your skin of its natural oils and cause irritation - for a non-soap cleanser, like Yes to Carrots Fragrance Free Daily Cream Facial Cleanser ($8, Target.com), particularly if you have sensitive skin. Also, look for cleansers with calming ingredients, like green tea, that will soothe sensitive skin. And if you have oily, acne-prone skin, use a face wash with salicylic acid.

    3. Either over-exfoliating or not exfoliating at all
    Using an exfoliator can enhance the texture and tone of your skin. "As we get older, our own enzymes that normally exfoliate our skin are no longer as effective so complexions can look rough and dull," New York dermatologist Jeannette Graf, MD, told Good Housekeeping. She recommends

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  • The 6 Biggest Mistakes You Make Cleaning Your Bathroom

    If you're missing these spots, your bathroom may be dirtier than you think.If you're missing these spots, your bathroom may be dirtier than you think.

    Let's face it: Cleaning your bathroom is never going to be a fun task. Get the job done efficiently and effectively by avoiding these common blunders and following advice from Carolyn Forte, the Good Housekeeping Research Institute's resident cleaning expert.

    1. Not using your exhaust fan enough
    Be sure to flip the switch on for your exhaust fan before you get in the shower, and leave it running for 15 to 20 minutes afterward to remove moisture and help cut down on mildew. Don't have a fan? Opening a window works as well. You can also use a squeegee after each shower to remove lingering moisture.

    Related: The 7 Tools You Need to Clean Your Bathroom

    2. Using one product as a catch-all
    If you think using a disinfecting wipe on every surface is sufficient, think again. Each area of the bathroom deserves its own product. Use your favorite tub-and-tile spray cleaner on the shower tiles, sink basin, and tub, but save the spray glass cleaner for mirrors.

    3. Only cleaning

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  • Why You Need a Daily Dose of Cinnamon

    New research proves that cinnamon can improve your heart health.New research proves that cinnamon can improve your heart health.

    Cinnamon may have benefits beyond jazzing up your favorite hot cereal, says a new scientific review published in the journal Annals of Family Medicine by scientists from Western University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy, the Western Diabetes Institute, and the University of Connecticut schools of medicine and pharmacy.

    Related: An Amazing New Benefit to the Mediterranean Diet

    The researchers found that regular users of the aromatic spice experienced declines in total and LDL cholesterol -- the bad kind of cholesterol, which can put you at risk for a heart attack -- and triglycerides, which are fats stored throughout the body that come from excess calories, sugar, and alcohol. Among cinnamon lovers, the research also found a slight boost in HDL levels (that's the good kind of cholesterol). Read: Cinnamon could help your heart.

    Related: 4 New Ways to Cut Your Heart Disease Risk

    The daily "dose" you need? As little as a small sprinkling (less than 1/8 teaspoon) could

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  • 10 Simple Ways to Battle Dry Winter Skin

    Keep your skin moisturized throughout the winter.Keep your skin moisturized throughout the winter.

    These easy, everyday changes will help keep your skin moisturized all season long.

    1. Keep your hand cream handy.
    Your hands tend to get especially dry during the winter. We say: There's no such thing as too many tubes of hand cream. You can keep them on your desk, in your bag, and on your nightstand. And use a moisturizing cream that really works, so you don't have to constantly reapply it throughout the day. The Good Housekeeping Research Institute (GHRI) recommends Eucerin's Intensive Repair Extra-Enriched Hand Crème.

    2. Only wash your face once a day.
    In the humid, sticky summer weather, you can wash your face twice a day. But in the winter, switch to just washing at night so you don't dry out your skin. You can also try replacing your face soap or wash with a cleansing oil that's extra gentle on already roughened skin.

    Related: The Biggest Mistakes You're Making Washing Your Face

    3. Use a moisturizing body wash.
    This definitely helps, especially if you're a

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  • How to Spot a Scammy Email

    Before you open that fishy email, take a look at these warning signs.Before you open that fishy email, take a look at these warning signs.

    Worried that the email that's landed in your inbox might be a computer virus in disguise? Here's how to tell if it's legitimate... or just a phishing lure.

    1. It doesn't contain your name, or it says "undisclosed recipients" or uses another vague term -- a clue that this is a bogus email.

    Related: Are Your Kids Staying Safe Online?

    2. The sender's address doesn't match the name or email address in the signature. Even if the email seems legit, hover your cursor over the address to see where it really came from; if there isn't a match, be wary.

    3. Bad grammar, weird capitalization, and spelling mistakes are a giveaway that it's a fake email. Legit businesses proofread their communications.

    Related: Don't Fall for These Email Scams

    If you do spot a scammy email, be sure you:
    - Don't open attachments unless you're sure the email is from a trusted sender; they may contain malware.
    - Don't click on a link; it may take you to a fake site where your personal info will

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  • 3 Ways Money Can Buy Happiness

    Three simple ways to improve your happiness and free up your cash flow.Three simple ways to improve your happiness and free up your cash flow.

    "There are people who have money and people who are rich," Coco Chanel once proclaimed. She was right: The things we usually prize most -- family, friends, experiences -- don't come with a price tag. But even though we may say money can't buy happiness, many of us secretly believe we'd be happier if we had a little more dough. And in fact there is a connection between happiness and money -- you just need to know how to spend your cash. Money is "currency"; that word comes from the Latin root for "to run" or "to flow." Here's how to make it flow more freely and joyfully in your life.

    Related: Why Volunteering Is Proven to Make You Happier

    1. Open your palm.
    How you feel about money has a powerful effect on your ability to get more of it. A philosophy in martial arts posits that an open palm signifies receptivity to what comes, while a closed fist emphasizes combative self-reliance. Similarly, when people's hands are clenched tightly around their cash, they're expressing the

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  • How to Make Creamy Soup (Without Adding Cream)

    Follow this simple method to turn a creamy soup into a diet-friendly meal.Follow this simple method to turn a creamy soup into a diet-friendly meal.

    A steaming bowl of creamy soup can be a satisfying meal on a chilly day. But if you're wary of adding high-fat cream to an otherwise resolution-worthy dinner, there are ways to get the same velvety texture without mixing in any dairy.

    The general method is so simple, you don't really need a recipe:

    1. Sauté aromatic vegetables (onions, garlic, shallots, leeks) in olive or canola oil until softened.

    Related: Eek! These Foods Are Secretly Loaded With Salt

    2. Add chicken or vegetable broth and lots of chopped vegetables (choose one or a combination: carrots, winter squash, broccoli, cauliflower, fennel, parsnips, potatoes, beets).

    3. Simmer until tender.

    4. Puree the soup in your blender (in batches) or with a hand blender. If you prefer some chunks but still want a soup with lots of body, puree only half the soup, and leave the other in chunks.

    Related: Lose Major Weight With This Meal Plan

    5. Reheat, if necessary, then top with chopped fresh herbs, croutons.

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  • 6 Reasons Tony Goldwyn is the Best Husband Ever

    Tony Goldwyn

    The Scandal and Divergent actor shares his tips for a happy marriage. And he should know - after 26 years, his wife Jane is still The One.

    1. It's all about communication. It's too easy to make assumptions about the people we're with all the time - what they're thinking or feeling - without actually talking.

    2. My best accomplishment is the time I've put into our two daughters. But now Jane and I are empty nesters, and all of a sudden we can do whatever we want, which is exciting.

    3. We have a Sunday ritual where I make a really great breakfast, like waffles; later we follow it up with a big home-cooked dinner.

    Related: 7 Reasons Luke Bryan Is The Perfect Husband

    4. My wife is impossible to surprise, but for her 50th birthday, I had about 70 friends from all over the world waiting when she walked into the restaurant - she was shocked.

    5. 5. A "guys' night out" for me is…being with my wife! Since I'm at work a lot, I want to be with her when I'm home.

    6. The best

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