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  • Pamper Yourself a Little

    By Sarah Smith and Lisa Whitmore
    Photos by Victor Schrager

    All it takes is one special product to make you feel-ahhhh-indulged.


    • At the Sink:

    Frédéric Fekkai Brush
    There's no doubt that it's an investment, but this brush is a keeper. The handcrafted brush's boar bristles boost shine, so hair looks healthier.
    To buy: $95, neimanmarcus.com.

    Related: More Hair Styling Tool Tips

    Antica Farmacista Home Ambiance Fragrance

    This diffuser will momentarily beam you to the Mediterranean Sea (sand not included).
    To buy: $62, anticafarmacista.com.

    Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment
    No piña coladas on the horizon? This mask moisturizes and smells like a tropical drink. Its palm-nut oil leaves hair silky, too.
    To buy: $55, sephora.com.

    Shiseido Bio-Performance Intensive Skin Corrective Program
    This two-week regimen is the equivalent of a couple of facials. Just think: no rushing to appointments!
    To buy: $300, nordstrom.com.

    Related: A Step-by-Step Guide to Caring for Your Skin


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  • Healthy packaged snacks you can add to your kid’s lunch without guilt

    These snacks have fewer than 200 calories per serving and contain a daily value of 8 percent or less in total fat, so you can stash them in your child's backpack without the guilt.




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  • Easy Shortcuts for 14 Everyday Tasks

    by Amanda Hinnant

    From running errands to thawing chicken for your dinner, here's how to get everything done faster.



    Run Errands

    Plan the order of your stops in a clockwise direction to avoid time-consuming left-hand turns. Also, schedule your errands so you can drop things off on your way out and pick them up on your way home. And keep a cooler in your car for perishables, too. Then a stop at the market doesn't have to be immediately followed by a run home to the refrigerator.




    Dry Your Tears

    Try sticking your head in the freezer for a couple of seconds after cutting onions. The cold air stops the tears and reduces redness and puffiness by constricting blood vessels. If you're not in the kitchen, try dabbing―not rubbing―away the wetness. Then use an over-the-counter eye whitener to get the red out, or disguise it with blue eyeliner.



    Get Cut Flowers to Bloom
    First try cutting the stems at an angle, then placing the bouquet in warm water. If

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  • The Truth About 12 Health Myths

    By Jennifer Tung
    Images by Holly Lindem


    Learn which adages-about nutrition, home remedies, and more-need an update.

    You've Always Heard That…

    You Shouldn't Cut Off the Bread's Crust. It's Full of Vitamins.

    The truth is:
    In a 2002 German study, researchers found that the baking process produces a novel type of cancer-fighting antioxidant in bread that is eight times more abundant in the crust than in the crumb. That said, it's more important to serve whole-wheat bread, with or without the crust, because it's all around higher in nutrients, such as fiber, says New York City nutritionist Keri Glassman, author of The O2 Diet ($25, amazon.com). Make sure the ingredients list "100% whole-wheat flour." Breads simply labeled "wheat" are usually made with a mixture of enriched white flour and whole-wheat flour and have less fiber.

    Related: Tighten Your Glutes in 15 Minutes


    If You Go Out With Wet Hair, You'll Catch a Cold.

    The truth is:
    You will feel cold but will be just fine healthwise,

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  • Spice Up Your Grilling

    By Sara Quessenberry
    Photos by Marcus Nilsson

    For tastier grilling, try quick, flavorful marinades, rubs, glazes, and sauces.



    Marinades

    The Recipes

    • Southwestern Marinade
      Best with: Boneless chicken breasts, flank steak, pork chops, scallops, mahimahi, bell peppers, summer squash, and zucchini.
    • Lemon-Rosemary Marinade
      Best with: Bone-in chicken pieces, lamb chops, butterflied boneless leg of lamb, shrimp, striped bass, summer squash, zucchini, and red onions.
    • Ginger-Sesame Marinade
      Best with: London broil, pork tenderloin, pork chops, shrimp, salmon, bell peppers, eggplant, and mushrooms.
    Related: The Best Marinades


    To Grill With Marinades

    For all the recipes listed here, combine the ingredients in a large resealable plastic bag, a shallow bowl, or a baking dish. Add 2 pounds of poultry, meat, seafood, or vegetables and refrigerate, covered, at least 20 minutes and up to overnight. (For fish and scallops, marinate for no more Read More »from Spice Up Your Grilling
  • Start With: A Hot Dog

    These three pile-on strategies take the summer nosh from merely hot to haute.

    By Sara Quessenberry
    Images by John Lawton




    Reuben Hot Dog

    Ingredients
    • 1 cooked hot dog in a bun
    • 2 tablespoons sauerkraut
    • 2 tablespoons grated Swiss cheese
    • 1 tablespoon Thousand Island dressing

    Directions
    1. Top the hot dog with the sauerkraut, cheese, and dressing.

    Related: 7 Tasty Toppers for Hot Dogs








    Salty (Hot) Dog


    Ingredients

    • 1 cooked hot dog in a bun
    • 2 teaspoons yellow mustard
    • 3 to 4 bread-and-butter pickle slices
    • 1 slice cooked bacon, crumbled

    Directions

    1. Top the hot dog with the mustard, pickles, and bacon.

    Related: The Best Mustards









    Tropical Hot Dog


    Ingredients

    • 1 cooked hot dog in a bun
    • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh pineapple
    • 1 tablespoon sweet red cherry peppers (such as Peppadews)
    • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves

    Directions

    1. Top the hot dog with the pineapple, peppers, and
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  • Easy Guide to Grilling Everything

    By Sara Quessenberry


    Images by Marcus Nilsson



    Take the challenge out of grilling with this guide to cooking times and proper heat.



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  • Do not make the same old burger: 12 new toppings

    Give your same-old condiments a rest and shake it up with one of the following inventive combinations.



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  • Centerpieces that only take 5 minutes

    Decorating for your party doesn't have to take a long time. These easy centerpieces come together in just 5 minutes, so you can focus on more important things, like how you look.



    For additional ideas, continue reading 20 5-Minute Centerpieces for Every Occasion.

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  • 12 Quick Fixes for Your Household Things

    By Adam Bluestein
    Photos by Hallie Burton


    Fifteen-minute projects that won't put a dent in your weekend.



    Scuffed Linoleum


    Rub the spot with white toothpaste and a dry cloth or with an eraser. Or spray WD-40 on a towel and rub lightly, making sure to degrease the area afterward with liquid dishwashing soap and water.

    Related: Fix It Yourself and Save








    Dry Cutting Board


    Revive your board by gently warming a bottle of pure mineral oil (available at drugstores) in a bowl of hot water, then wiping the oil onto the surface with a soft cloth. Wipe off the excess four to six hours later.

    Related: 66 All-Natural Cleaning Solutions







    Stuck Sliding Windows


    A little silicone spray lubricant (sold at hardware stores) will grease the skids. Spray it onto a rag, then wipe along the tracks, whether they're metal, wood, or plastic.

    Related: Renovation Handbook: Windows and Doors








    Flattened Down Cushions


    Put them outside in the sun for a few hours, flipping them halfway through. (Be

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