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  • How to Make the Perfect Omelet

    Follow our easy steps to cook the best omelet for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a late-night snack. Because cooking time is so short, you'll need to have your eggs, seasonings, and fillings at your elbow so you can give individual attention to each omelet. And now, we begin...

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  • 10 Biggest Hair-Care Myths

    Think brushing your hair 100 strokes each night is healthy? Will frequent trims really make your hair grow faster? Read on to discover the simple truths behind great hair.

    -By Melissa Foss

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  • 5 Tricky Pet Problems Solved

    Who can resist a cute pet? Given America's enormous pet population of 86 million cats and 78 million dogs, the answer seems to be "Not many of us." But when animals and people mix, dicey social situations sometimes result. Here, some common ones - and the expert solutions.

    1. When my 7-year-old's friend comes over, he's too rough with our family cat. Saying "Be gentle!" hasn't helped. What should I do?

    It's possible that this kid hasn't had much exposure to animals and doesn't understand what "gentle" means with regard to your cat, so try making it a teachable moment, advises Gail Melson, Ph.D., professor emerita of developmental studies at Purdue University and author of Why the Wild Things Are: Animals in the Lives of Children. You can demonstrate, saying, "This is how Fluffy likes to be petted. Now she's purring!" But if the child is still too rough, put Fluffy in another room - no point in traumatizing your pet. Post-playdate, speak to the child's parent - but don't do it at

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  • 10 Remedies for Dry Skin

    By Mary Clarke

    Spring may be right around the corner, but it's been a tough winter for your skin. Read on for our top 10 tips to help your skin recover in time for the warmer weather.

    1. Keep your hand cream handy. My hands suffer the most during the winter and my knuckles in particular are always looking chapped. I keep a hand cream at my desk, in my bag, and on my nightstand. I use a moisturizer that really works, so I don't have to constantly reapply it throughout the day. GHRI Choice: Dior Capture Totale Multi-Perfection Hand Repair Cream ($56).

    Related: Skin-Soothing Solutions

    2. Wash your face once a day. In the humid, sticky summer weather, I need to wash my face twice a day. But in the winter, I switch to just washing at night so that I don't dry out my skin and it stays balanced. You can also try replacing your face soap or wash with a cleansing oil like Shiseido Ultimate Cleansing Oil ($25, Sephora) that's extra gentle on already roughened skin.


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  • 3 Common Gardening Mistakes to Avoid

    Gardening tipsIt's finally spring, and time to get out in the yard and start planting. If you're a novice gardener, avoid making these three blunders and you'll be rewarded with a thriving garden and maybe even a lifelong hobby.

    1. Starting too big
    It's easy to get enthusiastic when you read catalogs or visit the garden center. But if you plant a large garden the first time around, as the season progresses, you can easily become overwhelmed by how much care it takes to maintain. Better to start small so you don't become discouraged. Think about beginning with container gardening, either in baskets or a small raised bed. Check out Burpee for some of their great containers to get you started.
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    2. Over-or-under watering
    There's such a thing as too much water. If you give plants so much that they can't absorb it all, they'll be standing in water and can drown. On average, a garden needs about 1 inch of water a week. To test whether it's time to water, stick your finger into

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  • 3 Essential Tools for Passover

    If you celebrate Passover, chances are you'll be in a cooking frenzy within the next week. This food-centric holiday poses special challenges. It involves preparing many dishes that chances are you don't serve throughout the year. And if you're observant you need to use utensils that are only used at Passover. Here are some tools, and tips for using them, to take some of the stress out of what should be a joyous festival.

    Matzo BallsMatzo Balls1. Ice Cream Scoop: It's not a Seder dinner without matzo ball soup! But I don't think there's any dish that's more controversial...some people like them big, some like them small..some like them dense, others light and fluffy as air. Personally I've had great success following the recipe on the back of the box of Streit's Matzo Meal.... they always come out feather light and even though I make them HUGE! one's ever failed to finish one. I mix them up early in the morning and then drop them in boiling salted water right before we sit down to read the Haggadah.

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  • "How I Saved Over $300 a Month"

    Slash grocery billsI used to go to the grocery store every week and just buy things depending on what looked good or struck my fancy. As I walked the aisle, I would kinda create meals in my head ...and I would wind up spending about $200 a week. Then, each night after work, I'd go home and look for recipes to match the items in my fridge and pantry. Often, I'd find ones for which I had most of the ingredients, but not quite everything, so I'd end up making an old staple-boring! At the end of the week I'd often find myself throwing away broccoli and zucchini that had looked beautiful in the supermarket but just didn't fit into a recipe.
    How They Saved $10,000 in One Year

    I decided pick out recipes for the entire week every Sunday and go to the supermarket armed with a grocery list of the items I needed to make those recipes. The first week I only spent about $40! It was fantastic! Not only did we save big on groceries but we were eating new dishes and actually looking forward to dinner each night.

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  • What Not to Do for Younger-Looking Hair

    Forget the scalpel and submit to the scissors: These flattering haircuts make you look younger. Here, celebrity hairstylist Jessica Gillin of the Marie Robinson Salon in New York City shares her pro secrets and expert tips for maximizing the youth-boosting power of a new 'do.

    By Melanie Rud

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  • Is Your Makeup Bag a Breeding Ground for Germs?

    Makeup Brushes
    Now that spring is here, it's time to do a cleaning, even in your makeup bag. Now, I do have to tell you that cleaning makeup brushes and sponges is something you should be doing all year long. Clean tools feel nicer on your skin, apply makeup more evenly, and ensure that you're not slapping germs onto your face.

    • Wash Your Makeup Brushes To avoid damaging bristles, use a mild cleaner like baby shampoo (or even your own shampoo) in warm water. Be sure to rinse thoroughly. You'll be amazed (and maybe a little grossed out) by the deep color that rinses out, but it'll open your eyes as to how dirty the bristles were. Lay the brushes on a paper towel to dry overnight. In the morning, the bristles will feel way softer and your face will thank you. After your spring spruce-up, try to do this once a month.
    • Clean Sponges and Foundation Brushes Saturate sponges (or foundation brushes, since they're in contact with liquid makeup) with warm water and squeeze out as much color
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  • When to Worry About Your Kids' Online Habits

    Kids Online


    The more hours teenagers spend using a computer or watching TV, the weaker their emotional bonds with their parents, reports a study of more than 3,000 adolescents published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. On the other hand, teens who spent more time reading and doing homework reported feeling closer to their moms and dads. "Strong attachment to parents" - a bond of understanding, trust, and affection - "is protective against poor psychological health and participation in risky health behaviors," the study's authors note, so "concern about high levels of screen time is warranted."
    3 Smart Ways to Handle Their Screen Time

    • Screen time can make a kid fat. Kelly Laurson, Ph.D., a professor of kinesiology and recreation at Illinois State University, asked more than 700 children to wear pedometers and report how much time they spent watching TV and playing video games. He found that a lack of exercise and a surfeit of screen time each

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