Blog Posts by Good Housekeeping

  • 11 Ways to Rev Up Your Metabolism

    Speed Up Your MetabolismSure, your metabolism slows as you get older. But who says you have to take that sitting down? New research shows the best ways to burn more calories - faster!

    Traditional wisdom holds that a sluggish metabolism is a curse of midlife, like needing reading glasses to use a smartphone or starting to worry about your retirement plan. So we fight the slowdown, eating like parakeets for a few days or launching into an intense exercise routine. When a week goes by with no miracles, we give up and resume the same bad habits - sloppy portions, half-hearted workouts, and non-petite servings of imported cheese.

    Ok, put away the Brie and consider this: About 30% of your metabolism is under your control (the rest, devoted to such mundane but essential functions as digesting food and repairing cells, isn't). And as researchers get deeper into the physiology of weight regulation, they're fine-tuning their understanding of what it takes to ramp up that 30% and drop pounds. Happily, it starts with

    Read More »from 11 Ways to Rev Up Your Metabolism
  • 9 Multi-Tasking Gadgets that Give You More for Your Money

    Bang-for-your-buck gadgetsFrom kitchen appliances to music players, these GHRI-tested products do double duty to help you save money - and storage space - while still giving you out-of-this-world performance.

    1. KitchenAid mixers, like the KitchenAid Ultra Power Stand Mixer KSM95ER ($299.99, take culinary multi-tasking to the next level. With a hub for accessories like an ice cream attachment ($99.99,, you'll be ready to tackle nearly any culinary task without the expense of additional appliances.

    2. Not just for mopping floors, the Oreck Steam-It Multi Purpose Steam Wand ($179.99, has adjustable settings for cleaning a variety of surfaces and those hard-to-reach overhead spots. Save money on specialty products and tools since this cleaning wizard claims to clean mirrors, countertops, windows, toilets - and that's just the tip of the iceberg.

    Related: 2013 Good Housekeeping Very Innovative Product (VIP) Awards

    3. A dependable kitchen tool, the Taylor Gourmet Digital

    Read More »from 9 Multi-Tasking Gadgets that Give You More for Your Money
  • 5 Steps to Tweezing the Perfect Brows

    Tweeze the Perfect BrowsMaster the art of eyebrow shaping with 5 easy-to-follow dos and don'ts.

    1. Do seek professional help
    "Everyone should see a pro at least once to get an understanding of what her ideal shape is and instructions on how to maintain it herself," says Joette Balsamo, celebrity makeup artist and brow specialist at the Marie Robinson salon in New York City. From there, try to check in with an expert once or twice a year to make sure brows are on the right track.

    Related: 12 Beauty Rules You Should Break

    2. Don't forget the top
    Sure, it's a good idea to tweeze below the brow to create lift and maintain a clean look -- but don't neglect the top, says Joey Healy, celebrity eyebrow stylist. "You want a nice thick brow," says Healy. "But there's a difference between thick and polished, and thick and messy." Keeping the area above your arch clear of noticeable strays in between waxes will give your brows the best shape.

    3. Do add definition
    To define brows and fill in bald spots, try using an

    Read More »from 5 Steps to Tweezing the Perfect Brows
  • 9 Little Things You Can Do to Make Your Life Better Right Now

    Small Ways to Improve Your LifeFeeling stuck in a rut? You don't need to big changes to make your life better. Make these small, mindful moves to improve your mental and emotional well-being in a big way.

    1. Make a Date With a Friend
    Whenever you're up against a lengthy to-do list, remember this: Time with pals is the last thing you should cut. The more you hang out with friends, says a recent Dutch study, the easier it is to cope with stress. Social ties in general help, but it's face time that matters most, says study coauthor Mariska van der Horst. "Talking about your stress can help you get a grip on it," she says. "And good friends have a way of making you feel that things will work out."

    Related: Your 7 Worst Habits and How to Break Them

    2. Go Play (Outdoors and In!)
    "Every married couple needs an outdoor game, like tennis, and an indoor game, like gin." Julia Bator and her husband follow this tip -- learned from her Quaker grandparents, married 72 years -- with regular rounds of golf and cribbage. "It's our

    Read More »from 9 Little Things You Can Do to Make Your Life Better Right Now
  • 6 Things You've Been Cleaning Wrong

    Don't jam the dishwasher!housThe cleaning habits you've been using for years may not be as efficient as you'd think. Correct these common mistakes and get a better clean with our tips, plus advice from Carolyn Forté, Director of the GHRI Home Appliances and Cleaning Products Department.

    Related: 8 Cleaners That Need Cleaning

    1. Dishes, glasses, and utensils
    Don't fall into the habit of jamming items in the dishwasher like in a game of Tetris. Utensils nested together won't get an even washing, so alternate placing spoons handles up and down, but keep forks tines up for best cleaning. In addition, make sure not to mix silver and stainless steel flatware, as the silver could get pitted if they touch. Never stack items, either, because the water spray won't be able to reach the dishes on top. Place extra-dirty items on the bottom rack facing the center so they're near the spray arm. And if you're using a detergent pod, place it in the dispenser - if tossed in, it'll dissolve too quickly.

    2. Shower curtain

    Read More »from 6 Things You've Been Cleaning Wrong
  • 20 Surprising Things You Can Pickle

    Best Pickled Fruits and VeggiesBest Pickled Fruits and VeggiesSavor the flavor of your favorite fruits and vegetables long after the harvest season has passed. All you need is a surplus of vinegar and a few canning jars to become a pickling pro. Get started with one of these unexpected pickles!

    Related: Pickling 101: A Beginner's Guide

    For several millennia, we've relied on pickling as a means of food preservation and storage. Since then, pickling has evolved into a culinary trend and art form that extends well beyond the standard cucumber. You can pickle almost any fruit or veggie to create briny snacks, colorful relishes, and tasty recipe garnishes. So round up those Ball jars, pick your produce, and start pickling.

    Related: 9 Melon Recipes You've Got to Try

    Pickled fruits:
    1. Watermelon: Pickle leftover watermelon rinds to create a sweet yet savory condiment that pairs well with pan-seared pork chops.
    2. Pears: Try these tangy, pickled pears in an arugula salad or enjoy them as a stand-alone snack.
    3. Figs: Pickled figs make for a delectable

    Read More »from 20 Surprising Things You Can Pickle
  • 6 Smart Beauty Swaps that Save You Big!

    6 Multitasking Beauty Products6 Multitasking Beauty ProductsOut of an essential beauty product? While it may not be in their job description, many products can be used in a slightly different way to take the place of something else. Here, 6 smart swaps to try the next time you find yourself in a beauty bind.

    1. Conditioner instead of shaving cream
    If you reach for the shaving cream can only to find it empty, grab another shower staple: hair conditioner. It offers the same slip-and-glide surface, which is key to helping prevent nicks and cuts. Apply a thin coat over the appropriate areas.

    Related: Best Beauty Picks Under $10

    2. Lipstick instead of blush
    When you're low on cheek color (or just don't have it with you), lipstick can do double duty, posing as cream blush. Dab a little bit onto fingers, then rub onto the apples of your cheeks, blending well. Start with a small amount, because it's easier to add more than to remove. It may go without saying, but this swap is best reserved for pink and red hues.

    3. Mascara instead of eyeliner

    Read More »from 6 Smart Beauty Swaps that Save You Big!
  • The Moistest Banana Bread Ever

    The Only Banana Bread Recipe You NeedSweet, moist banana bread makes a delicious quick breakfast, snack, or healthy dessert.

    Serves: 12
    Total Time: 1 hr 15 min
    Prep Time: 15 min
    Oven Temp: 350

    Related: Luscious, Low-Calorie Summer Desserts

    - 2 cup(s) white whole wheat flour
    - 1 1/2 teaspoon(s) baking powder
    - 1/2 teaspoon(s) baking soda
    - 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
    - 1/4 teaspoon(s) ground cinnamon
    - 1/2 cup(s) packed brown sugar
    - 2 large egg whites
    - 1 large egg
    - 1 1/2 cup(s) (from 4 medium bananas) ripe bananas, mashed
    - 1/3 cup(s) low-fat buttermilk
    - 3 tablespoon(s) vegetable oil

    Related: 15 Quick Breakfasts to Get You Going!

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly coat 9- by 5-inch loaf pan with nonstick baking spray.

    2. In medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.

    3. In large bowl, with mixer on medium-high speed, beat sugar, egg whites, and egg until almost doubled in volume. On medium speed, beat in bananas,

    Read More »from The Moistest Banana Bread Ever
  • 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

    Read More »from 3 Free Apps that Will Save You Hundreds
  • 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

    Read More »from Creamy Mac ‘n’ Cheese with an Added Nutritional Boost


(1,196 Stories)