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  • 8 Rules for Botch-Proof Haircolor

    You hate it - the smell, the cost, the time commitment - and yet you wouldn't dream of going without it. Coloring your hair can take years off your looks - even if it sometimes feels like a bad habit you can't break. And it can be less onerous. This guide to creating rich, long-lasting hues at home - and getting your money's worth at the salon - is loaded with smart advice and the best damage-control tactics from the pros.

    5 Tips for At-Home Success

    1. Check Your Sides
    The model on the front of a box is there to catch your attention, not to predict your future shade, says Brad Johns, color director of Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spas. The actual colors you can start with and achieve with a kit are shown in photos on the side of the box.Hair Color Help

    2. Lighten Up
    When in doubt, pick a hue that's just one shade lighter or darker than your current one. Feeling more daring? It's easier to correct too-light mistakes (by adding dye over them) than too-dark slipups (which may require you to

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  • 5 Surprising Ideas for Cream Cheese

    White Chocolate CheesecakeWondering what to do with all that cream cheese you bought? Try these delicious recipe ideas! Each of these recipes calls for softened full-fat cream cheese.

    1. Pimiento Spread

    In lg. bowl, mix 8 oz. cream cheese; 8 oz. extra-sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded; ¼ c. mayonnaise; ½ c. pimiento peppers, drained and chopped; ¼ tsp. hot pepper sauce; and ⅛ tsp. salt until well blended. Serve with crackers and assorted raw vegetables. Makes 2⅓ c.

    2. Blue Cheese Gnocchi

    Cook 1 lb. fresh or frozen gnocchi 1 minute less than label directs. Add 1 c. frozen peas; cook 1 minute. Reserve ⅓ c. cooking water. Drain gnocchi mixture. In 12-in. skillet, whisk 8 oz. cream cheese and reserved cooking water on medium-low until smooth. Stir in 3 oz. blue cheese, crumbled; gnocchi mixture; and ½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper. Top with ½ c. walnuts, toasted and chopped. Serves 4.

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    3. Peanut Butter Bites

    Line 8" by 8" baking pan with foil. Spread 4 oz.

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  • 5 Surprising Things We Learned About Laundry Detergents

    By Carolyn Forte

    Tide ColdwaterYou might think that after all the laundry detergents we've tested at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute there really wouldn't be much we didn't know about them. Not true. Every time we undertake a comprehensive product evaluation we learn something new, even in a category we've tested many times before. Here's what our most recent investigation of 74, yes, you read right, 74 liquid, powder, and single-dose laundry detergents taught us:

    1. Detergents are doing a better job in cold water than they used to As consumers have dialed down wash temperatures and opted for more cold water cycles to save energy, detergent manufactures have responded. Many of our test detergents, even those not specifically formulated for use in cold water, did a good job removing stains from the cotton and polyester swatches we washed in cold water. If you're thinking of switching to low temperature washing, give your usual detergent a try. If the results aren't satisfactory,

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  • Our 3 Favorite Foods from Vermont

    This past fall, I visited the Lake Champlain Chocolate factory in Vermont. I had such a good time that I returned this winter to stay at the Stowe Mountain Lodge and have a taste of delicious local specialties. That's arguably the best thing about eating in Vermont: the availability of great local produce, meats, and cheeses, which you can find and identify through the Vermont Fresh Network. But what to do if you can't make it to Vermont? Here are three of my favorite nationally-available state specialties:

    1. Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream: Yes, they are now owned by food giant Unilever, but as I learned on my tour of the factory, most of the ice cream is still made in Vermont. And it's still really, really good, as proven by our vanilla ice cream taste test. My daughter assures me that their current limited edition of Rocky Road-ish is "the best ever." Today (April 3rd), you can get a free cone (any flavor!) in their stores from 12 to 8 pm.

    Ben and Jerry's Vanilla Ice CreamBen and Jerry's Vanilla Ice Cream

    2. Cabot Cheese: I love their

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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).

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    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.
    Unique Flower Arrangements

    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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