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  • 9 Refreshing Summer Drink Recipes

    Watermelon Slushie Watermelon Slushie

    Cool off with these refreshing fruit drinks and summer cocktails.

    Watermelon Slushie

    We combined antioxidant-rich pomegranate juice with fresh watermelon and ice to create this ruby-red summer slushie.

    Sparkling Lemonade Sparkling Lemonade

    Sparkling Lemonade
    Cool and refreshing on a hot day, this sweet-tart beverage takes only minutes to prepare.

    Red Strawberry Tea Red Strawberry Tea
    Red Strawberry Tea

    Serve thirsty guests strawberry tea garnished with frozen tea cubes and skewered blueberries.

    Mint Tea Mint Tea
    Minty Iced Tea

    Flavored with fresh mint and lime juice, this refreshing iced tea is well-suited to accompany almost any type of food.

    Related Link: Summer Grilling Cookbook

    Watermelon LemonadeWatermelon Lemonade
    Watermelon Lemonade

    Juicy melon perks up a kids' favorite.

    Sangria Sangria
    Simple Sangria

    This ruby-red concoction is truly the essence of any proper fiesta. Stud your pitcher with whatever fruits look good at the market, making sure to load up on sangria's signature citrus.

    Berry Lemonade Berry Lemonade
    Berry Lemonade

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  • 12 Things You Didn't Know About Bethenny Frankel

    Bethenny Frankel"I don't really have a secret," admits Bethenny Frankel of maneuvering the work-mom-wife balance. "Giving up exercise for sleep, maybe?" And life is only getting busier for the reality star, who has a new daytime talk show, Bethenny. Here, how she spends her few off hours with husband Jason Hoppy and daughter Bryn, 2

    As a mom, what's the best part of your day?

    Going into Bryn's room when she gets up. She's so excited - like a little bird hatching out of a shell: Let's do it!

    What's a parenting rule you never break?

    I'm diligent about making sure she tries a variety of foods. And she never eats off the kids' menu. I want her to eat what I'm eating.

    And one you always break?

    We don't have a lot of rules yet - this is her time in life to have fun.

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    Three words that describe you as a mom?

    "Thrilled," "grateful," and "amazed."

    Five things you always have in your purse?

    Lip gloss, powder, hand sanitizer, a hair

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  • How to Get Rid of Summer BBQ Stains

    July 4 barbecueHave big backyard BBQ plans for the holiday? Although you may savor delicious food, removing smears and drips on your clothing from cookout eats afterward is no picnic. Here are some tips from's Stain Buster tool for fighting some stains you may encounter during your holiday festivities.

    Sticky Drippy Watermelon: Scrape off any excess melon and flush the fabric under cold running water. Wash in the warmest water specified on the garment's care label, using the type of bleach that's safe for the fabric.

    Related: Summer Stain Removal Guide

    Ketchup: Working from the back of the stain, rinse well with cold water. Pretreat with a liquid laundry detergent, tamp the stain, and let it stand for several minutes. Then rinse again, sponge with white vinegar, and rinse well. Repeat these steps until you've removed as much of the stain as possible. If any remains, use a prewash stain remover before laundering. If the ketchup is so stubborn it's still there

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  • 10 Crazy Dog Behaviors - Explained

    Help your shy pup feel comfortableHelp your shy pup feel comfortableTackling reader questions about barking, biting, digging, and more, dog trainer Kathy Santo helps you to understand what's behind your dog's behavior problems - and explains how you can address it.

    Help Your Shy Pup Feel Comfortable

    Q: We recently got a four-month-old Havanese puppy from a pet store who is very scared of people, especially my husband. She barks at him and pulls away when anyone on the street stops to pet her. How can I help her become comfortable with new people and situations?

    A: For fearful dogs, I usually try a technique called counter-conditioning that involves, in your case, having the person she's afraid of always arrive bearing gifts - usually in the form of special food such as cut-up chicken breast or a piece of cheese. Initially your husband may have to throw the treat near your dog and gradually work up to handing it to her. Remember Pavlov's dog? In the end, as a result of this technique, your dog will associate the person with something

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  • Tips for Taking Great Night Photos

    Night photo

    Capturing night photos can definitely be tricky. It's always tough to strike that balance between illuminating the people in your image with a flash and capturing the scenery too. It doesn't take a fancy SLR to get the right exposure, however; just a little fiddling with your digital camera's settings and a few time-tested photography tricks will make sure you get the picture every time.

    It's helpful to start by learning a little about how a camera works. First of all, at night when there's less light, the shutter speed slows down to allow more time for the small amount of available light to be absorbed. A slower shutter speed means you're much less likely to hold the camera steady as the picture's being taken and movement causes blurry images. Secondly, the flash, especially on point and shoots, is intended only to light objects at close range, or indoors. If you're at a distance from your subject or outside, the flash provides unnatural lighting or will make the background

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  • Ideas for Delicious Summer Ice Pops

    Ice popIn the hot weather we've been having, my love for ice pops has blossomed once again. The start of summer has brought so many beautiful, fresh fruits at the farmers' markets and in the supermarket, so when I see them, my imagination goes wild with thoughts of new pop flavor combinations. People are always impressed with a delicious, homemade, and interesting ice pop and let's not forget that they can even be healthier than ice cream!

    To get started, here are a few quick tips for DIY fancy pops:

    • It's really all about the simple syrup. Dissolving the sugar into water (equal parts of each) to sweeten your pops makes all the difference in texture and the way the pops freeze. For pops with spices, infuse the syrup with the spice by simmering it all together for a few minutes. Try with cinnamon sticks, peeled fresh ginger, star anise, black peppercorns, or even a little lavender.

    Related: Tastiest Low-Calorie Frozen Treats

    • For visual effect, you can create different flavor layers.
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  • 16 Amazing Anti-Aging Beauty Tips

    Tried and true beauty tips to keep your skin looking young and fresh.

    woman looking at wrinkles1. Beauty Math

    Women getting a face-lift speak of wanting to "turn back the clock." But how many years does the surgery actually erase? An average of 7.2, reports a team of plastic surgeons from the University of Toronto. Medical students estimated patients' ages based on before-and-after photos of 60 women and men, ages 45 to 72. For a face- and neck-lift with blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), the guesses peeled 7.5 years off the patients' ages. Adding a brow lift erased 8.4 years, while skipping the eyes dropped the payoff to 5.7 years. "We hope to give people a more realistic idea of what they can expect," says lead author Nitin Chauhan, M.D. And for those who don't want surgery, Dr. Chauhan notes that use of products containing medically active ingredients such as retinoic acid, growth factors, or peptides, along with a healthy diet, exercise, and sun protection, can also shave off years.

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  • Pros and Cons of Online-Only Banks

    Online-only banksRecently, several of my friends made the switch from traditional brick-and-mortar banks to internet-only banks. Because online banks lack many (or any) physical branches, they have little overhead and can offer better interest rates and charge fewer fees. I do much of my banking on the web already, so what would be the difference? Here, some pros and cons.

    Pros of Internet Banks

    • Higher interest rates (or even interest rates at all!) on savings A quick search of shows that a number of internet-based savings accounts pay around 1% interest - not a ton, but better than the piddling 0.08% (sadly, not a typo) my current large brick-and-mortar pays me. And the best rate I found for any bank with branches in New York City is 0.40%.
    Related: Keep More of Your Cash!

    • Checking accounts with interest Internet banks with these types of accounts pay between 0.25% and 0.95%. Local NYC banks: 0.01% to 0.10% - and all require a hefty minimum balance to avoid account
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  • How to Make Your Own Memo Board

    I love memo boards because they allow you to easily switch out pictures or put up little reminders. But it's always hard to find ones that match my décor, so I thought why not make my own? Using picture frames, cork sheet, spray adhesive, fabric, and scissors; it took me just a few hours. If you have to buy everything it may end up costing you more than a conventional memo board but if you have some old frames and fabric you will probably be able to save money and personalize your space at the same time. Here's how to do it and tips for choosing supplies.

    The cork sheet1. Cut the cork to sheet about 1/8 of an inch smaller than the size of the picture frame backing. Using spray adhesive glue the cork to the frame backing and let it dry. Tip for buying cork: Choose cork that's about a ¼-inch thick--if it's too thick you won't be able to use the frame backing and if it's too thin you won't be able to push pins in. Make sure you buy flat sheets of cork not rolled ones which are extremely

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  • 15 Tips for Safe Travel with Pets

    Dog Staring at Camera Dog Staring at Camera We share so much of our lives with our pets that many of us wouldn't even consider taking a trip without them. But traveling with pets can be challenging and involves a good amount of planning ahead. Everything from choosing the right mode of transportation to deciding where to stay and what to do requires careful consideration. Here are 15 tips that will help ensure fun, safe vacation for the whole family.

    1. Make Sure Your Pet is Suited for Travel

    The most important factor to consider is whether you'll be able to manage your pet without sacrificing your own enjoyment. According to New York dog trainer Andrea Arden, "That can be a hard assessment for people to make because they're so colored by wanting their pet to be with them or by feeling guilty for leaving them behind." As a general rule, Arden says that if your pet has a temperament where he doesn't adjust quickly to new environments, you're better off leaving him home with a trusted caregiver or boarding him in a good

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