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  • 10 Best Valentine's Day Gifts

    Want a Valentine's Day present that will last longer than flowers this year? Hint to your husband that you'd like one of these great - and affordable - gifts.




  • Amazing Jeans Makeover

    Shopping for denim doesn't have to be an exercise in exhaustion. Know the styles and brands that fit and flatter, and you'll look thinner, taller, trimmer


  • 5 Habits for a Healthy Heart

    By Susan Ince

    The vast majority of heart attacks never need to happenThe vast majority of heart attacks never need to happenWhen it comes to preventing heart disease, lifestyle rules. People who follow just five habits are significantly less likely to die of it than those who skip four or all five of them, an analysis of national health survey data has found. The habits: not smoking, getting regular exercise, avoiding obesity, eating well (with five or more daily servings of fruits and veggies), and enjoying one to seven alcoholic drinks a week. Strikingly, even though everyone started the study with normal blood pressure and cholesterol, that didn't protect the rule-skippers. "A healthy lifestyle is more powerful than medicine," says study leader Dana King, M.D., of the Medical University of South Carolina. Moving up from "pretty good" (three out of the five good habits) to "perfect" (all five) reduced people's mortality risk over the two-decade study period by a whopping 50%. It's a whole package: "Some women think they're safe as long as they don't gain weight, but that's not true. A good

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  • 3 Time-Saving Super Bowl Party Prep Tips


    FootballFootballThat's right. It's that time of the year again. The time of the year when you can breathe easy because formal holiday entertaining is far behind you and you can trade in champagne cocktails and "hors d'oeuvres" for Super Bowl-worthy beer and nachos. For me, February 5th will be less about the two titan teams of the northeast battling it out for bragging rights and more about whether I've ordered enough bulk packs of chicken wings to feed my hungry friends.

    Aside from wings and nachos, I've decided to pay tribute to my fair city (Go Giants!) and cook up a few thematically appropriate dishes, such as bagel chips with a cream cheese-based veggie dip and a hot dog bar with all the fixin's (sauerkraut, tomato-y stewed onions, etc.). For you Patriot fans out there, I might suggest serving mini crab or lobster rolls (buttered and toasted hot dog buns cut in half and stuffed with mayo-based crab salad) or having a pot of creamy clam chowder bubbling away on the stove on game day

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  • 5 New Ideas for Bacon

    Bacon recipes

    Each of these recipes calls for 6 slices (6 oz.) of regular bacon.

    1. BAR NUTS
    In 12-in. skillet, cook bacon, chopped, on medium 8 minutes or until browned. Discard fat. To bacon in pan, stir in 2 c. roasted, salted peanuts; 1 tsp. sugar; and ⅛ tsp. cayenne pepper. Cook 2 minutes or until nuts brown lightly, stirring. Makes 2½ c.

    2. BACON-WRAPPED CHICKEN
    Sprinkle 1 tsp. fresh thyme, ⅛ tsp. salt, and ¼ tsp. pepper on 2 lg. skinless, boneless chicken-breast halves; wrap with bacon to cover. Add to ovenproof skillet on medium-high. Cook 5 minutes, turning. Transfer to 400°F oven; roast 12 minutes or until no longer pink (165°F). Transfer to plate; discard fat. Into same pan, stir 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar. Serve over chicken. Serves 4.

    Related: The Best Low-Fat Potato Chips

    3. SAVORY SCONES
    Preheat oven to 450°F. In 12-in. skillet, cook bacon on medium until browned. Drain on paper towels; crumble. Transfer bacon and ¼ c. fat to lg. bowl. Mix in 2

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  • The Two Friends Every Woman Needs

    By Lise Funderburg

    Friendship is pricelessFriendship is priceless — and it can also be agelessI used to form friendships based on how much my gal pals and I had in common. I didn't go so far as to check blood type or astrological sign, but I certainly gravitated toward those who shared my tastes in music, food, fashion, and (what at times could be problematic) men. Inevitably, in the self-contained worlds of classroom learning, dorm living, and career launching - there's nothing more bonding than comparing horror stories of bad dates and awful bosses - we also shared a birth year, plus or minus one.

    Related: The Power of Touch

    Now that I'm a little older (and, debatably, wiser), I've discovered a new set of friends: women from different generations. "Bridging the generation gap not only increases the friend pool, but it also expands and supports mental well-being," says Anna Kudak, Ph.D., coauthor of What Happy Women Do. "Friendships with older and younger people help broaden your perspective, which in turn allows you to have compassion

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  • Anti-Aging by the Decade

    Age may be just a number, but it's undeniable that changes in your skin and hair occur with each passing birthday. Make these moves in your 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s to look your best, no matter the number of candles on the cake

    Age may be just a number, but it's undeniable that changes in your skin and hair occur with each passing birthday. Make these moves in your 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s to look your best, no matter the number of candles on the cakeAge may be just a number, but it's undeniable that changes in your skin and hair occur with each passing birthday. Make these moves in your 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s to look your best, no matter the number of candles on the cake30s
    SKIN Daily sunscreen is a must to ward off discoloration, such as melasma, often caused by hormonal changes during pregnancy and then exacerabated by the sun, says NYC dermatologist Eric Schweiger, M.D. Try L'Oréal Paris Sublime Sun Liquid Silk Sunshield for Face SPF 50+ ($11, lorealparis.com now, in drugstores next month) for broad-spectrum protection.

    HAIR "Preventing heat-induced damage in your 30s will ensure that hair looks and feels healthier - and younger - in your 40s and beyond," says Redken haircolor consultant David Stanko. Avoid daily use and lower the heat on tools to half the maximum temperature while using a heat-protecting product, like Matrix Design Pulse Iron In Thermal Styling Mist ($14, salons).

    Related: Test Your Stay-Young Smarts

    Age may be just a number, but it's undeniable that changes in your skin and hair occur with each passing birthday. Make these moves in your 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s to look your best, no matter the number of candles on the cakeAge may be just a number, but it's undeniable that changes in your skin and hair occur with each passing birthday. Make these moves in your 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s to look your best, no matter the number of candles on the cake40s
    SKIN

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  • Your Connected Home

    Nowadays home tech is just as advanced as the latest laptops and smartphones. New technologies debuting this year promise to keep your home spotless, energy efficient, and secure.

    - by Rachel Rothman and Erik Eibert

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  • 3 Ways to Fight Fatigue

    Sleep is only part of the answer. By adding the right things to your day, you'll have more energy (and more time, too)Sleep is only part of the answer. By adding the right things to your day, you'll have more energy (and more time, too)By Denise Foley

    More than one-third of us nod off unintentionally during the day, says the CDC. The most obvious - and common - reason: We're not getting enough sleep. But our energy levels depend on factors beyond seven to eight hours of sweet dreams every night. We can be laid low by emotional fatigue, too - by being bored, by having too much or too little to do (or too many stupor-inducing chores to get through). Or we (you?) may be surrounded by vampires - and not of the sexy Twilight variety. "Fatigue often has more to do with the emotional than the physical," says Sherrie Bourg Carter, Psy.D., codirector of the Institute for Behavioral Sciences and the Law in Fort Lauderdale, FL, and author of High Octane Women.

    Think about it. Even a bad night's sleep wouldn't keep you from meeting up with your BFFs for drinks after work or going to the banquet to accept your Volunteer of the Year award. Somehow, we always find the time - and the energy - to do the things that bring us

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  • When Bad Friends Happen to Good Kids

    As parents, obviously we want to steer our kids away from toxic friendships. Read more: Parenting Advice - Toxic Friendships - Good Housekeeping As parents, obviously we want to steer our kids away from toxic friendships. Read more: Parenting Advice - Toxic Friendships - Good Housekeeping By Valerie Frankel

    My daughter Lucy's friend - let's call her Maleficent - gleefully told her this story: She and some other kids spent an afternoon hurling snowballs at passing cars. One driver was so surprised by the attack that his car jumped the curb and hit a tree. After the accident, instead of checking to make sure the driver was OK, Maleficent (then 10) and her pack ran away. "It was so funny!" she told Lucy.

    Now, Maleficent might have been lying. She'd been known to exaggerate to get attention. But I felt horror at the possibility that her story was even a little bit true. Lucy, for her part, didn't quite know how to respond. Was the snowball ambush cool - or criminal? I imagined a scenario in which Maleficent seduced Lucy into joining in. "Come on," she'd say, handing Lucy a snowball. "It's fun!" Shudder.

    Related: Parenting Teenagers

    My initial inclination was to cut off Lucy's contact with Maleficent, as in: "That kid is a future psycho, and you're forbidden to see her

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