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  • On the Campaign Trail with Ann Romney

    Ann Romney In a revealing talk with Editor in Chief Rosemary Ellis, the wife of the Republican nominee talks about her struggle with MS, the cause closest to her heart ‐ and why she believes her husband will win.

    GOOD HOUSEKEEPING: Let's start at the very beginning of your story with Mitt. What first made you fall in love with him?

    ANN ROMNEY: We were so young; we started dating in March of his senior year of high school. He was just so engaging, fun-loving, and goofy. Every thought was about him; every moment was about him. I couldn't imagine living without him.

    GH: OK, but I felt the same way about my boyfriend when I was in high school...whom I should not have married and did not marry!

    AR: I guess it went from puppy love to something deeper over time. It was a summer of love. He worked at the Chrysler Corporation as a security guard during the night shift, and then he spent the day with me - so he basically didn't sleep. (Laughs)

    GH: Don't tell Chrysler that! Let's

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  • 11 Scheduling Secrets of Busy Moms

    Write out schedules on paper or online calendars Who's picking up Susie from soccer practice? How are you going to be at gymnastics and piano lessons at the same time? Everyday scheduling conundrums like these beg the question: How does the serene (working) mom do it? Probably with some of these time-saving strategies! Learn how mothers cope with overloaded calendars and endless to-do lists with tips from Lorie Marrero, professional organizer and creator of ClutterDiet.com.

    1. Choose the Right Calendar Yes, you can manage multiple schedules - with the proper tool. Paper planners, such as WhoMi, allow busy moms to organize their work, home, and travel schedules, as well as their spouse's and children's activities, all on one page. Free electronic calendars that consolidate multiple schedules, such as Google and Cozi, are ideal for sharing information between family members. Better yet, these calendars sync with your computer and smartphone. Take advantage of the reminder features to keep you on track on the go.

    2. Use Your

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  • What You Need to Know Before You Buy a TV

    LCD, Plasma, or LED? What's the difference!?Purchasing a new television can be dizzying. What size? What brand? LED or Plasma? They all look so similar! As recent GHRI tests show, the difference between the best and worst TV's these days isn't as drastic as it once was, and differences only become perceptible when side by side. Still, it helps to be well informed before you make a purchase.

    1. Size: TV's keep getting bigger, and you can easily fall into the trap of thinking you need to follow suit. Take a practical look at how much room you have, and how far away you'll be sitting. If you're too close to a screen that's too large, the picture can appear pixelated and dizzying. Rule of thumb: You should be a distance of 3 to 6 times the screen size. For example, if you're going to be viewing from 10 feet or 120 inches away, a 40" set is a good bet.

    Related: How Do I Avoid the TV-Repair Runaround?

    2. LCD/Plasma/LED: What's the difference? They all offer a good picture, but each has slight advantages. First, it's a

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  • Inside the White House with Michelle Obama

    Michelle Obama The First Lady chats with Editor in Chief Rosemary Ellis about the challenges of White House life, the cause she'll never abandon, and the prayer that pulls her family closer.

    GOOD HOUSEKEEPING: One thing I wonder about is how you keep a sense of play in your incredibly busy life - there are viral videos of you playing double Dutch with jump ropes! How do you do that?

    FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA: I think Barack and I have built a life together that is full of play. Over the course of our relationship, he's really helped me not to worry so much. That is more his spirit than mine, though people think he's the stuffy one.

    GH: I wasn't going to say "stuffy," but he does seem like Mr. Serious, while you seem like you can go off script more easily.

    MO: It's true, but he also has the harder job. So there's Barack Obama the President, who's out in the Rose Garden at a press conference, and then there's my guy, who always reminds me life is interesting and that it's about the

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  • 5 Ways to Be Green for Halloween

    PumpkinHalloween brings to mind costumes, jack-o-lanterns, haunted houses and treats, but with concerns for the environment on the rise, I've realized that we also need to think about how we can be eek-o-friendly. How do you celebrate Halloween without harming the planet? Here are five ways to be green for Halloween.

    1. Don't buy a new costume. Generally, costumes are worn once and discarded and many are made with non-biodegradable materials. Instead of buying a new costume this year, decrease waste by participating in a costume swapping event like National Costume Swap Day. With the typical costume costing anywhere from $20 and up, swapping a costume is also a money saver. Why not consider organizing a costume swapping event in your community?

    Related: No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating

    2. Make your own costume. A great costume can be made with items you have at home or buy at thrift stores. Goodwill has a Halloween Boutique, featuring gently used, fully- assembled costumes and mix

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  • How to Get Rid of Halloween Stains

    Get out those stubborn stains after HalloweenAfter the festivities are over, the trick's on you when you have to clean up after all the treats. But don't fret...here's how to clean up after goblins and ghosts.

    1. Face Paint: If the paint's oil-based, scrape off the excess with the dull side of a knife or the back of a spoon. Treat the stain with a prewash stain remover and wash in the hottest water the fabric can tolerate. For water-based paint, immerse the stain in cold soapy water and with your fingers slowly work the soapy solution into the stain to help release the paint. If necessary, replace the soapy water and continue working it into the paint. Once the spot is out, wash the item as normal.

    2. Chocolate Candy: Scraping chocolate when it's moist can spread it further into the fabric. Allow it to dry on and harden before you tackle it. Then scrape off the pieces, spritz with a stain remover, and wash in warm water with an all-fabric safe bleach.

    Related: 5 Top Safety Tips for Halloween Costumes

    3. Apple

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  • 7 Spooktacular DIY Halloween Decorations

    Rhinestone PumpkinsRhinestone PumpkinsCast a sparkly Halloween spell with these quick crafts glimmering with bewitching baubles and ghoulish glitter. A little shimmer (or a lot!) adds notice-me pop to any eerie creation.

    The Shining
    Studded with self-adhesive craft store jewels, these blinged out pumpkins prove diamonds are a ghoul's best friend.


    Related: Halloween Treats and Desserts

    Vinyl WitchVinyl WitchWitch Craft
    A dramatic vinyl witch rides through twinkling Styrofoam stars to delight trick-or-treaters. Get the downloadable templates and all of the haunted how-tos.

    Grave ConditionSilver TombstonesSilver Tombstones
    Sugar pumpkins, stacked as skeletons, rest in peace on a macabre mantel. Spray-paint the gourds white, brush them with silver glitter paint, and let dry; create sunken sockets with black permanent marker. The final nails in the coffin: store-bought Styrofoam tombstones, embellished with acrylic silver paint; a leafy garland; and extra gourds lightly sprayed with gold paint.

    Related: Halloween Party Themes and Ideas

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  • Fun Cookbooks for Fall Food Lovers

    It's cookbook season! Like crisp sweet apples and hefty pumpkins, a new crop of books comes out in the fall, just in time for hunkering down at home as the days get colder.

    Canal House Cooks Every Day A fabulous guide to cooking with the seasons is Canal House Cooks Every Day, the new book by Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton, both former food editors who now write, photograph, and publish their own cookbook series out of their shared studio near the Delaware River in NJ. The idea for the book stemmed from the lunches they would make as a break to their workday. While most of us who work outside the home won't be able to do the same, the recipes are incredibly appealing and many of them are simple enough to whip up on a weeknight after a day at work. The October chapter's Sausage & Clam Stew (only 6 ingredients!), is a perfect example.

    Related: Ideas for Leftover Mashed Potatoes

    Soup Sisters In cooler weather, I make soup to provide something warm, nourishing, and, often, comforting to my family.

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  • 10 Things You Should Know About Wrinkles

    Got Wrinkles? If your skin smarts aren't at genius level (whose are?), then read on for expert answers to women's skin care and anti-aging questions.

    Q. Are smile lines caused by smiling?

    A. Not entirely. "Smile lines are the result of age-related collagen loss, which causes cheeks to lose elasticity and sag, producing those telltale folds," says Boston dermatologist Ranella Hirsch, M.D. "But repeated muscle movements exaggerate them." A skin doc can inject hyaluronic acid fillers to lift the cheek; or, for a quick, temporary fix, use a topical wrinkle filler. One to try: Boots No7 Instant Illusion Wrinkle Filler ($19, Target).

    Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle RepairQ. When is the best time of year to start using a retinoid?

    A. Spring or summer. This gold standard wrinkle reducer is often irritating, an effect that can be exacerbated by dry air and cold temperatures. Your skin is better able to tolerate the powerful ingredient in moister, warmer weather, but keep in mind that retinoids increase sun sensitivity, so slather

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  • The Best Free Shopping and Deal Apps

    Stop weighing down your wallet with coupons and loyalty cards and forget the hours of Internet searches trying to find the best deal. With just your GPS, these handy smartphone apps promise to help you find great deals, and keep them all organized and at your fingertips.

    Amazon Price Check1. Amazon Price Check

    No need to second guess a low-price guarantee with Amazon Price Check. This free app lets you hunt by product name to search its expansive database of brick and mortar stores and e-tailer prices. Less reliable, but very impressive, you can also find a product by scanning its barcode, snapping a picture of it, or even saying the name aloud into your phone. If you find a price that's lower than any listed in the app, you can share it with Amazon Price Check to improve its listings even more. While it doesn't offer coupon offerings like many similar price check apps out there, Amazon's excellent database and search capabilities left us impressed.

    Platforms: iOS, Android

    GeoQpons2. Geoqpons

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