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  • Revamp Your Skin Care Routine for Spring

    How to care for your skin this springWinter has come and gone and, unfortunately, it left behind some chilling effects. With a forecast of brighter days ahead, it's time to make over your skin care regimen.

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    Step up sun protection
    The number one anti-aging product that all dermatologists can agree on is sunscreen. For maximum protection, use a tablespoon of broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 for the face and a shot glass for the body. Pick a moisturizing sunscreen formulated with antioxidants to block UV rays and protect skin from free radical damage and environmental pollutants, says Howard Sobel, MD, founder of Skin & Spa in New York City. He's a fan of DDF Weightless Defense Oil-Free Hydrator SPF 45 ($37, amazon.com). Sensitive to chemical sunscreens? Use a physical blocker with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, such as SkinCeuticals Physical UV Defense SPF 30 ($34, skinceuticals.com).

    Skin cancer aside, sunscreen is also important for women who are prone to

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  • Top 4 Apps for Word Lovers

    Word lovers, check out these four apps for your phone or computer.1. Word A Day Pictures & Audio ($1.99). The title of this app tells its story. Every day, the app presents you with a new word. Most of the words are common-like mine today, "nirvana"-making the app perfect for refreshing you on words you've read dozens of times but whose definitions, for whatever reason are kind of hazy. A brightly colored cartoon gives life to each definition, a handy memento that's likely to give you an edge in remembering the word. For "nirvana," a beaming man is kicked back in a hammock suspended from the only two palm trees growing on a desert island, and you can almost hear the tunes playing from his bedside radio. On this app, you can take a quiz of past words of the day. Also, bookmark favorite words in an alphabetized list.

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    2. 7 Little Words (Free).
    If you're a fan of thinking word games like crosswords, Scrabble, and Scattergories, you'll love 7 Little Words. After playing a first game, you'll quickly play ten more. The

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  • 14 Sweet Recipes Turned Savory

    Savory French ToastPut a savory spin on traditionally sweet dishes like tarts, pancakes, and pies. Just swap fruits and chocolate for vegetables and cheese to make recipes that will impress your guests next time you host brunch or dinner.

    1. Overnight Savory French Toast

    Instead of dousing bread in cinnamon and sugar, use Gruyere to make a crusty, cheese-y take on the breakfast classic. Bonus: Soaking the bread overnight means you can hit the snooze button in the morning.

    Get the recipe for Overnight Savory French Toast

    2. Asparagus Tart
    This asparagus tart looks as good as it tastes, with its fresh veggies and creamy quiche-like custard. Season with basil or add your favorite herbs.

    Get the recipe for Asparagus Tart.

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    3. Ham and Pepper Jack Souffle

    Flavored with pepper jack cheese and green chiles, this recipe has a slight kick. Serve the light and fluffy soufflé with a green salad that will impress even your foodie friends. (They'll never

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  • Time-Saving Product Must: Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer

    Save some time with Vaseline's new moisturizing sprayLet's face it, on weekday mornings, when you're rushing to get the kids off to school and to work on time, every second counts. And if, like me, you often skip body lotion, because you just can't wait the few minutes it takes for it to be absorbed into your skin before getting dressed, I have good news for you. Brand new Vaseline Spray & Go ($8 at drugstores) delivers on its promise to "moisturize in seconds so you can put your clothes right on".

    As I definitely liked the soft and smooth feeling Vaseline Spray & Go left on my skin and the fact that its aerosol simply uses compressed air and no harmful VOC's, I decided to put it through a mini scientific test on myself here in the Beauty Lab.

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    After taking baseline hydration measurements with our Corneometer probe on each of my forearms, I sprayed on the Vaseline Spray & Go and spread it over my skin.

    When my arms stopped feeling tacky, which took about 30 seconds; I took another set of 15

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  • 8 Ways to Make Money by Sharing (Yes, You Really Can!)

    Make money by sharing with these helpful tipsBy harnessing the power of collaborative consumption, you can save money. If you're unfamiliar with the term, collaborate consumption refers to the sharing of goods and services. For example, it could involve sharing bikes, cars, and homes, exchanging or selling clothes or electronics, or the bartering of services and tasks. With the rapid proliferation of mobile apps, social media tools, and web-based services, we're in the midst of a radical revolution for the consumption of commodities. Traditional sharing, bartering, lending, trading, swapping, and the like are being redefined by peer communities. Forbes recently estimated that the revenue from the so-called "share economy" that will wind up in peoples' wallets will surpass $3.5 billion this year alone.

    Here are a few of the shared economy approaches available:

    Unloading or Swapping Products - Just because you no longer need something, doesn't mean it's reached the end of its usable life. Whether your kids have outgrown

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  • 10 Recipes for Garlic Lovers

    One of ten garlic recipes, Baked Honey-Lime Drumstick, are sure to please any garlic lover.

    1. Baked Honey-Lime Drumsticks

    For a garlicky take on the classic chicken wing, try this recipe. We removed the skin from the drumsticks and topped them with a tangy glaze. It's finger lickin' fun for kids and adults!
    Get the recipe for Baked Honey-Lime Drumsticks

    2. Italian-Herb Roasted Chicken

    A roasted chicken is a perfect excuse to gather the whole family together. This recipe is bursting with flavor, thanks to its combination of dried Mediterranean herbs and garlic. Tip: For extra moist chicken, add water to the pan before cooking.
    Get the recipe for Italian-Herb Roasted Chicken

    3. Sauteed Spinach with Garlic and Lemon

    Pair this leafy green with your favorite protein. This zesty, sautéed spinach is packed with folate, iron, calcium, and vitamins A and C.
    Get the recipe for Sauteed Spinach with Garlic and Lemon

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    4. Tricolor Penne

    For a vibrant pasta dinner that will win over any carb-lover, try this colorful dish.

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  • 7 Things You Don't Know About Headaches

    Combat your headaches with these seven things you may not have known1. What's your type?
    Experts say there are hundreds of different kinds of headaches. But, they fall into three basic groups, says National Headache Foundation director Seymour Diamond, MD. Tension headaches, which can be stress-related, involve tensed face and neck muscles, while vascular headaches can include migraines. The third major group of headaches includes those caused by other health conditions, like a sinus infection or a brain tumor.

    2. Good and bad news about migraines
    About 20 percent of women get migraines, but the painful events are not well understood. Previously, scientists and doctors believed that migraines might boost a person's risk of dementia and cognitive decline but a study of almost 40,000 women found no such link. However, a different study presented this year found that migraines with aura might contribute to heart attacks and strokes in women.

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    3. Blame your period
    Of the 28 million Americans who get migraines,

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  • Snag the Best Deals in April!

    Find the perfect digital camera, for less, in AprilApril sees discounts on some big-ticket purchases - think old electronics moving out to make way for new models and spring-cleaning deals. It's Earth Month too, so look for all sorts of freebies and markdowns on green cleaners, recycled paper products, energy-efficient lighting, and more!

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    1. Digital Cameras: Retailers discount last year's models in the spring to make way for new ones. Here are tips for choosing a sharp shooter:

    • Stop counting megapixels (MP). For most uses, 10MP is probably plenty - they can produce great prints up to 11" by 14".
    • Splurge on a good zoom instead. A lens with a high optical zoom is worth the investment: 5x is good; 10x is excellent. (Ignore digital zoom, though. It can yield pixelated photos.)
    • Look for image stabilization. Again, optical (rather than digital) image stabilization is the way to go, to help prevent blurry action shots.
    • Consider the features. Look for things like
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  • 10 Homemade Hair Cures that Really Work

    Check out these homemade hair cures for every type of hair1.The problem: Thinning hair
    The fix: Fatten it up

    If you have baby-fine hair, your biggest stresses might comprise hiding a visible scalp or worrying about strands you can't afford to lose. Dispel concerns with a protein-rich treatment that can plump up a wimpy mane. Steal this tip from Audrey Davis-Sivasothy, author of Hair Care Rehab: The Ultimate Hair Repair and Reconditioning Manual.

    Make a "banana protein smoothie," which consists of amino acid-rich bananas and eggs to enhance hair elasticity, strengthen, and add thickness. Blend two egg yolks, two ripe bananas, two to three tablespoons of honey, half cup of conditioner, and two tablespoons of olive oil, until fully pureed. Slather all over and leave on for 20 to 30 minutes; rinse with cool water. "Results are immediate," says Davis-Sivasothy. "But keep in mind that it only lasts until your next shampoo." For a drugstore purchase, she suggests Nexxus Emergencée Strengthening Polymeric Hair Reconstructor ($12, amazon.com).

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  • 9 Hearty Breakfast-for-Dinner Recipes

    Mix up mealtime and serve breakfast at night1. Breakfast Tortilla Stack

    Swap your traditional burrito for a breakfast-inspired one. Add eggs to whole-wheat tortillas and sprinkle with your favorite Mexican toppings, such as salsa, cheese, and fat-free refried beans for a healthy meal.

    Get the Breakfast Tortilla Stack recipe.

    2. Baked Eggs and Polenta with Chunky Vegetable Sauce

    For a gluten-free take on the breakfast taco, try our hearty polenta recipe with baked eggs. Serve it as a side dish or make a larger portion and enjoy a high-protein dinner.

    Get the Baked Eggs and Polenta with Vegetable Sauce recipe.

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    3. Southwestern Rice and Corn Frittata

    Made with eggs, brown rice, and corn, this recipe is sure to fill you up (at less than 250 calories per serving!). Garnish with salsa and sour cream for a cheesey, satisfying meal.

    Get the Southwestern Rice and Corn Frittata recipe.

    4. Savory Ricotta Pancakes with Tomato-Chard Sauce

    Put an Italian spin on pancakes!

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