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  • 3 Free Apps that Will Save You Hundreds

    3 Apps You Need to DownloadThese handy smartphone apps will help you snag the best deal every time.

    1. Amazon Price Check
    You never again have to question whether you've paid the lowest price. Amazon Price Check lets you search for product prices in an extensive database of brick and mortar stores and online retailers. Though less effective, you can also look up a product by scanning a barcode, snapping a photo, or saying its name. If you happen to stumble upon a better deal, share it with the app to improve its listings.
    Platforms: iOs, Android

    Related: 13 Cases That Do More Than Just Protect Your Smartphone

    2. Hipmunk
    Thanks to Hipmunk, you can stop chasing cheap airfare. The travel-planning app aggregates flight and hotel options from most major companies (Southwest Airlines not included). Sort airfare by price, number of stops, departure and arrival times, or all of the above. Filter hotels, including Airbnb and HomeAway, based on price, stars, and/or reviews. We like the color-coded timetables and

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  • Creamy Mac ‘n’ Cheese with an Added Nutritional Boost

    Mac 'n' CheeseEveryone loves a big bowl of pasta coated in a creamy, cheesy sauce. Adding frozen spinach and peas is a quick way to boost this comforting dish's nutrient value.

    Serves: 6
    Total Time: 35 min
    Prep Time: 25 min

    Related: Cozy Minus the Calories! Healthy Comfort Food

    - 2 tablespoon(s) cornstarch
    - 2 1/4 cup(s) low-fat (1-percent) milk
    - 1 clove(s) garlic, lightly crushed
    - 12 ounce(s) cavatappi, or corkscrew pasta
    - Salt
    - Pepper
    - 12 ounce(s) reduced-fat (2-percent) American cheese, chopped
    - 1 ounce(s) (about 1/4 cup) Parmesan cheese, grated
    - 10 ounce(s) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
    - 10 ounce(s) frozen peas, thawed

    Related: 14 Delicious Mac 'n' Cheese Recipes

    1. Heat covered 5-quart saucepot of water to boiling on high.

    2. Meanwhile, in 4-quart saucepot, whisk cornstarch and 1/4 cup milk until smooth; add garlic and slowly whisk in remaining milk. Heat to boiling on medium-high, whisking

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  • 5 Things You Didn't Know About Retinol…But Should!

    Why you should learn more about retinol.Why you should learn more about retinol.How much do you know about retinol, the over-the-counter vitamin A derivative finding its way into a myriad of skin-care products? Here, the latest on how it can help your skin.

    1. Is retinol a wrinkle fighter?
    Yes. But it's more than that. It and other retinoids stimulate the production of collagen and decrease its breakdown, to minimize and prevent fine lines. Retinol can also help lighten dark spots by speeding up the rate of cell turnover so skin can shed its top layer of excess pigment. And that increased rate can help unclog pores, making them appear smaller.

    Related: Winners of the 2013 Anti-Aging Awards!

    2. Since the prescription-strength version is more effective, shouldn't I use that instead?
    Not necessarily. Prescription-only retinoic acid is stronger and can give you better results than retinol, but it can be more irritating. Some dermatologists recommend starting with retinol to let your skin acclimate to the ingredient. Plus, retinols are available at a fraction of the

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  • Move Over Brownies! Make These Easy (Crowd-Pleasing) Blondies Instead

    Blonde BombshellsBlonde BombshellsBlonde Bombshells can be made with the baking staples you have on hand: nuts, raisins, and more.

    Yields: 2 dozen
    Prep Time: 15 min
    Cook Time: 25 min
    Oven Temp: 350

    Related: 12 Yummy Peanut Butter Dessert Recipes

    - 2 1/2 cup(s) all-purpose flour
    - 1 teaspoon(s) baking soda
    - Salt
    - 3/4 cup(s) butter or margarine
    - 1 package(s) (1 pound) dark or light brown sugar
    - 1 tablespoon(s) vanilla extract
    - 3 large eggs
    - 3 cup(s) mixed add-ins such as coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts, dried cherries or dried cranberries, chocolate chips, toffee chips, and/or sweetened flaked coconut

    Related: The Secret to Perfect Brownies

    1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease 15 1/2" by 10 1/2" jelly-roll pan. On waxed paper, combine flour, baking soda, and 1 teaspoon salt.

    2. In 3- to 4-quart saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Remove saucepan from heat; stir in sugar and vanilla. Add eggs; stir until well mixed. Stir in flour mixture and

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  • 10 Words Every Hairstylist Wants You to Know

    Speak your hairstylist's language!Speak your hairstylist's language!Not knowing the language hairstylists speak can result in stressful trips to the salon, not to mention terrible haircuts. To help you get the best cut ever, we've deciphered salon jargon. Commit these terms to memory and be as specific as possible when communicating with your stylist.

    1. Layers
    Every cut falls under three categories: layered, one-length, or a combination of both, says celebrity hairstylist Dwayne Ross. Layered locks help lessen density and create movement. One-length cuts, on the other hand, add weight. To avoid confusion and hair mishaps, double-check with your stylist. Regardless of what terminology the stylist is using, Ross recommends always asking, "Will this technique create layers or remove them?"

    Related: 10 Cuts to Score the Best Hair Ever

    2. Overdirecting
    This is a cutting technique where hair is lifted and cut over the head to create extra body and volume, says Nick Penna Jr., owner and lead stylist of SalonCapri. Essentially, the end result is a ton of

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  • Boost Your Metabolism in One Day (Really!)

    Get a Faster Metabolism in a DayFollow this simple plan to speed up your metabolism in just 16 hours. Don't forget to repeat the next day!

    6:30 A.M.
    Enjoy your coffee or tea. Women who consume caffeine before working out stay at it longer and enjoy it.

    6:45 A.M.
    Head to the gym before you eat. In British research, exercisers who held off on breakfast burned almost 20% more body fat during their workouts. more, says a new study that measured treadmill activity.

    11 Simple Ways to Rev Your Metabolism

    7:00 A.M.

    Do weights, then cardio within 20 minutes. That's the formula for the most fat-burning, one study found. Cardio done later (two hours, in the study) doesn't have the same payoff.

    8:00 A.M.
    Have a protein breakfast. Aim for 35 grams. Try Greek yogurt (18 g per serving); two turkey sausage links with toast (13 g); and 14 walnut halves (4 g).

    Related: The One Easiest Way to Peel Off Pounds

    12:30 P.M.

    Take a stroll. Whether to the post office or around the company parking lot, a

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  • 3 Things Missing from Your Beauty Routine

    These easy-to-follow guidelines will give you glowing skin and shiny hair from week to week.These easy-to-follow guidelines will give you glowing skin and shiny hair from week to week. Just remember to make time to actually do them!

    Related: 4 Beauty Rules You Break Every Day

    1. Wash makeup brushes.
    It seems obvious, and yet so many of us overlook cleaning the very tools we use on our face on a daily basis. Using clean makeup brushes can improve skin health, help makeup go on smoothly, and even extend the brushes' lifespan to up to a decade.

    New York makeup artist Andie Markoe-Byrne shares her tips on how to care for her brushes: Squeeze a drop of liquid antibacterial soap in your palm. Wet the brush and swirl it around the soap. Next, run the bristles under warm water until it runs clear. Gently ring out the bristles and lay brush flat. Never stand it up in a cup to dry - the water will drip down and loosen the glue that adheres the bristles to the handle, cutting its lifespan in half. If you notice that your brush has lost its shape, the bristles are falling out, or the

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  • 3 Ways to Save on Anti-Aging Products

    Anti-Aging Beauty ProductsSave money on anti-aging products without sacrificing your skincare routine with these simple tips.

    1. Cleanser

    Skip pricey options loaded with fancy ingredients: Face wash doesn't stay on skin long enough to have much benefit. Your best bet is a basic non-soap cleanser - it's budget-friendly and gentler on skin.

    Related: How To Find a True Beauty Bargain Online

    2. Toner
    This type of lotion was originally created to help balance skin's pH after the use of harsh cleanser. But there's no need for it when you use a gentle face wash. Sure, it will remove excess oil if you're especially greasy, but don't expect a big anti-aging boost.

    3. Neck Cream
    Your anti-aging routine should extend below your chin, but most neck creams are just thick moisturizers with ingredients like peptides that can usually be found in a night cream for the face - just use that on your neck, too.

    - By Nina Judar and Melanie Rud

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  • The Best Chocolate Layer Cake You'll Ever Make

    Chocolate Layer CakeNothing says "celebration" like frosted chocolate layers-which may be the reason this cake has reappeared in Good Housekeeping countless times since 1927 (including a 1984 version made with mayo!). To contemporize this classic, we ramped up the richness: The frosting's flavor is more intensely chocolatey, thanks to a one-two combo of cocoa powder and semisweet chocolate.

    Serves: 16
    Total Time: 1 hr 15 min

    Related: 20 Irresistible Chocolate Desserts

    Cake Layers
    - 2 cup(s) all-purpose flour
    - 1 cup(s) unsweetened cocoa
    - 1 1/2 teaspoon(s) baking soda
    - 1 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
    - 3/4 cup(s) (1 1/2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
    - 1 cup(s) packed brown sugar
    - 1 cup(s) granulated sugar
    - 3 large eggs
    - 2 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract
    - 1 1/2 cup(s) low-fat buttermilk

    - 1/3 cup(s) unsweetened cocoa
    - 1/3 cup(s) boiling water
    - 1 cup(s) butter or margarine, softened
    - 2 tablespoon(s) confectioners' sugar
    - 12

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  • 12 Things You Didn't Know About Bug Bites

    Bug BitesProtect yourself from critters like bees, wasps, ticks, spiders, and bedbugs. And learn what to do when a skin-piercing bug attacks.

    1. Clothes and perfume matter
    "If you make yourself smell like a flower, the bees will come to you," says Grayson Brown, PhD, director of the public health entomology laboratory at the University of Kentucky and past president of the Entomological Society of America. He also recommends wearing white when spending time outdoors because insects have a hard time seeing that color, he says. (Think of beekeeper suits.) Another reason to go light: You can spot what lands on you, adds Rosmarie Kelly, PhD, a public health entomologist at the Georgia Department of Public Health.

    2. All spiders are venomous...
    But they're unlikely to severely harm humans unless you're allergic. "Most of them can't produce enough venom, or their jaws are not strong enough to pierce human skin," says Brown. As long as a spider doesn't feel vulnerable, it won't want to

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