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  • 5 Fun Cleaning Tools Your Kids Will Actually Want to Use

    Yes, it is possible to get your kids excited about helping out around the house.Yes, it is possible to get your kids excited about helping out around the house.

    We know you don't need to be told this: With kids, come messes. But that doesn't mean they can't be part of the cleanup, too. We found five great, chemical-free tools that are easy enough for kids to use -- and they might even have a little fun while they're at it.

    Related: 10 Things You Should Never Say to Your Kids

    1. Fred & Friends Dust Bunny ($15, fredandfriends.com): Kids respond to specific instructions better than large tasks. For instance, instead of saying "clean your room," hand them this microfiber mitt and ask them to dust their shelves instead. You can toss it in the washer for quick and easy cleaning. Bonus: It's adorable.

    2. Casabella Microfiber Stainless Steel Cloth ($10, casbella.com): Your kids will feel a sense of accomplishment wiping away smudgy fingerprints on appliances with this lint-free washable cloth. It cleans and brightens stainless steel, chrome and aluminum, and won't scratch the finishes. Use it wet or dry, and when it's ready to be cleaned,

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  • Would You Try Sriracha Lip Balm?

    Sriracha really is everywhere.Sriracha really is everywhere.

    The motto on the tube reads, "Like making out with tasty napalm!" While that doesn't have us totally convinced about Sriracha Rooster Sauce Lip Balm, J&D's newest product, we're certainly intrigued.

    Related: 9 Amazing Ways to Get Your Sriracha Fix (Other Than Lip Balm)

    J&D's, the former "America's Funniest Home Videos" champs and inventors of BaconSalt and Baconnaise (yes, bacon-flavored mayonnaise), have teamed up with TheOatmeal.com to bring you the flavored lip balm you never knew you needed.

    Related: These Foods Will Give You Gorgeous Skin

    While user reviews on Amazon ding the product for not tasting quite like real Sriracha, sentiments are generally positive -- at least, coming from people who like feeling like their lips are on fire.

    Tell us: Would you try sriracha lip balm?

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  • How One Mother Overcame Her Prescription Pill Addiction

    Dawn Lindner's drug and alcohol abuse was hurting her friends and family. Here's how she regained control.Dawn Lindner's drug and alcohol abuse was hurting her friends and family. Here's how she regained control.

    With her long, straight blond hair, Dawn Lindner, 48, who is from East Gull Lake, Minn., looks like the girl next door -- a grown-up Marcia Brady. But after working for years in her family's media business and being the guardian of her mentally disabled brother for more than a decade, Lindner became addicted to pills. "I was in emotional and physical pain," she says.

    In 2009, after a difficult, lengthy custody battle with her ex, "a wave of depression came over me," she says. Then, in quick succession, she was diagnosed with menorrhagia (excessive menstrual bleeding) and interstitial cystitis (a painful bladder disorder). Lindner had a hysterectomy and suddenly found herself taking a slew of prescriptions from several doctors, all on automatic refill -- including antidepressants, pain relievers and anti-anxiety medication. "It felt like my body was turning on itself," she says. She had never been a drinker, but on the pills, she began craving wine by the bottle. Things got ugly

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  • A New, Disturbing Fact About How Sleep Affects Your Brain

    Here's yet another reason why you need to get more zzz's.Here's yet another reason why you need to get more zzz's.

    We've all heard about the millions of studies that say getting eight hours of sleep a night is really, really good for you. But for the first time, scientists have found that not sleeping enough could actually damage your brain. That's pretty scary stuff.

    Related: 9 Reasons You Can't Sleep (and What to Do About Them)

    Researchers from the Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology at the University of Pennsylvania subjected test mice to just four to five hours of sleep over a 24-hour period, similar to the sleep patterns of people who do late-night or shift work. After three days of this, the poor sleep-deprived mice experienced a 25% loss of locus ceruleus (LC) neurons in a particular section of the brain stem. LCs are brain cells that play an important part in alertness and cognitive function.

    Related: Eating These Foods Could Help You Sleep Better

    The study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, is the first one to show that sleep deprivation can lead to permanent

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  • We Tried It: The Pink Beauty Sponge that You See Everywhere

    Is this egg-shaped tool worth the price?Is this egg-shaped tool worth the price?

    You could buy the most expensive makeup in the world, but if you're not applying it well, it's never going to look right. If you've been looking for a way to put on makeup faster and more flawlessly, you might want to try the Beauty Blender ($20, sephora.com), a makeup sponge that has become a cult favorite. BirchBox, beauty lovers' favorite monthly subscription service, even named it one of their favorite Fashion Week products last year. You can use this egg-shaped tool to apply all kinds of makeup -- even powders -- though the most common use is for foundation and concealer.

    Related: These Genius Beauty Fixes Take Just 2 Minutes

    Here's what we thought of the beauty blender when we tried it out:

    Pros: Because it's a reusable sponge, it should last you a few months, as long as you keep it clean and take care of it. No more amassing a million dirty, used sponges in your makeup bag (tell me I'm not the only one!).

    Cons: The tool isn't cheap. While it should last you awhile,

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  • Your 6-Step Guide to Finding the Perfect Sports Bra

    Finding the right sports bra is more important than you think.Finding the right sports bra is more important than you think.

    With so many brands, styles, and features to choose from, finding the right sports bra can seem like a tricky task. But wearing the correct sports bra should be a vital part of your exercise routine.

    Here at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute, we tested 39 medium and high impact sports brasfor women of all different sizes. We put them through the wringer in our lab to see how well each managed sweat, held up during the wash, and maintained its color through perspiration, crocking, and laundering. We then had real testers -- women ranging from A through H cup sizes -- try them out. After more than 23,400 minutes of exercise and 3,900 consumer evaluations, we came up with these best bets. And compiled these tips for finding your right pick:

    Related: See Which Sports Bras Performed the Best in Our Tests

    1. How to Find the Right Size
    Each bra is sized differently, so follow the size recommendations for the individual styles -- and don't be alarmed if your sports bra

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  • Your Scrub Could Be Hurting You (and the Environment)

    Fix your damaging beauty routine, fast.Fix your damaging beauty routine, fast.

    There's been a lot of negative buzz about microbeads in the news lately -- New York state is even thinking about outlawing them. You've seen them: They're tiny plastic spheres that are added to some exfoliating beauty products, like facial scrubs. In some products, like toothpaste, they're a bit less obvious.

    Related: Beauty Myth Buster: Should You Keep Makeup in Your Fridge?

    The problem with microbeads is that they can be harmful for the environment. Because they're so small, waste treatment plants aren't always able to remove them from the water, so they accumulate in lakes and oceans -- scientists estimate there are tens of millions in the Great Lakes. And when fish and other marine life eat the microbeads, there is concern that the chemicals in them may someday make it all the way back up the food chain to our tables.

    If you're like me and can't live without a good exfoliator -- but don't want to contribute to microbead pollution -- here are some suggestions to help you

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  • This Just In: Saturated Fat May Not Be as Bad as You Thought

    Don't reach for the fries just yet.

    Do you feel like your head starts spinning when you hear more news about what you should or shouldn't eat? Well, we've got one more update for you. On Monday, new research published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine cites evidence that potentially debunks the link between saturated fat and heart attacks and heart-related diseases.

    Related: These 5 Fat-Free Foods Are Actually Worse For You

    Researchers pooled data from dozens of previously conducted studies involving more than a half million people, as well as some randomized controlled trials, to come up with the "best evidence to date." In the analysis, people who ate higher levels of saturated fat did not have higher levels of heart disease, nor did those who ate more polyunsaturated fats (a type of unsaturated fat that comes from soybean oil or canola oil) have lower levels of heart disease. The study also found that diets high in carbohydrates or sugars led to increased artery clogging, which often leads to heart

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  • 16 Ways to Fake a Clean Home — Fast

    Get your house looking picture-perfect before the doorbell rings.Get your house looking picture-perfect before the doorbell rings.

    Need to clean up in a hurry? Whether you're expecting guests, the guests just left, or you want to at least pretend that yours is a life of clean and ordered bliss, pick a task, any task, for quick tips to fix your place up fast.

    1. Brighten the Bathroom
    First, flush. Next, grab some bleach. Pour a cup into the bowl; brush around the sides and under the rim. Next, fill a spray bottle with equal parts water and white vinegar. Spritz onto paper towels or a microfiber cloth, and hone in on those telltale soap drips and toothpaste spatters on faucets, mirrors, countertops, and in the sink -- a definite dirty-bathroom giveaway. Next, shake out your rug or bath mat to fluff it up so it looks recently vacuumed. Now, flush the bleach that's been sitting in the bowl.

    2. Put the Living Room in Order
    Run a microfiber cloth over the coffee table and other dusty surfaces, like the TV screen. Pile magazines or books into neat stacks on the end tables; gather all of the stray remotes in one place.

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  • Why One Mother Gave Back Her Adopted Son

    A difficult decision was the right choice for Stacey Conner's family.A difficult decision was the right choice for Stacey Conner's family.

    Stacey Conner, a 41-year-old mom and former attorney from Spokane, Wash., dreamed of having a large family with biological and adopted kids. "The world is a big place with a lot of children in it; we wanted to bring some of those into our family, to give our love to kids without it," she says. After she volunteered in an orphanage in poverty-torn Haiti in 2005, Conner and her husband, Matt, a pharmacist, decided to adopt two children. But the process was so slow that by October 2006, when they brought home their (unrelated) 5-year-old Haitian son and 1-year-old Haitian daughter, Conner had given birth to a son, who was 1. "Having an instant multicultural family was magical," Conner says, "for about two weeks."

    Her older son, whom she calls J here, "engaged every person he met -- he literally crawled into the laps of strangers," says Conner. "But if I said 'It's time to go' or anything that asserted I was in control, he'd rage, bang and scream for hours." Very quickly, Conner had a

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