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  • 8 ways to appear more authoritative

    by Amanda Greene


    Whether it's your self-assured best friend or that coworker who always garners respect, some people just seem to have a natural air of authority. But while it can feel like a quality you're either born with or not, this type of boldness is actually an attitude you can learn to project. From dressing the part to mastering proper email etiquette, the following simple behaviors can help you exude confidence in every situation-read on to learn how.

    Stand up while you're on the phone.

    It may sound silly, but getting up out of your chair while you're on an important call-whether it's to your insurance provider or a potential employer--can help make your voice sound more authoritative. "Your voice is closely linked to your body and physicality," says Susan Berkley, author of Speak to Influence and president of The Great Voice Company. "When you're standing up and gesticulating, you're going to have more energy than if you're sitting down, relaxing in your chair.

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  • How to Navigate Any Awkward Situation

    by Kimberly Fusaro


    Have you ever run into an acquaintance at a party…and forgotten his name? Or, congratulated a neighbor on her pregnancy, only to discover she's not expecting? Even if you pride yourself on your social graces, every once in a while you're likely to find yourself in a cringe-worthy situation with no graceful way out. Since we've all been there, we spoke with experts to find out the best way to handle eight common instances in which etiquette may have (temporarily) escaped you. Read on to learn how to open-mouth-and-remove-foot without ruining a friendship, relationship and more.


    1. You run into an acquaintance and would love to introduce him to your husband, but you can't remember his name.
    Psychotherapist Karol Ward, a licensed clinical social worker and author of Worried Sick, offers two solutions: If there's time, nudge your husband to indicate that you've blanked on the gentleman's name so he can jump in with, "Hi! I'm Sue's husband, Joe!" Your

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  • Conquer Your Fitness Fears

    by Brynn Mannino


    If you're too afraid to try spinning due to its high-intensity reputation, or your lack of flexibility has made you steer clear of yoga, you could be missing out on a workout that's not only great for you, but something you might really enjoy. Read on to learn the truth about a few of the most seemingly-intimidating exercises around, and learn our tips for how to overcome your fears and get started on one of these fitness routines.



    Spinning

    Many gym-goers think spinning-an instructor-led cardio workout done on a stationary bike-is simply "too hard," says Nadia Zaki, certified spinning instructor at Equinox gyms. But don't be intimidated! While it is in a group setting, spinning is actually a very individualized workout. "Everyone controls his or her own bike's resistance," says Zaki. "So you can work as hard as you want." Instead of feeling pressured to keep up with the class, take what the instructor says as a guideline and go at your own pace. Though

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  • 5 Surprising Mind-Body Connections

    by Amanda Greene


    While you may think most physical symptoms are the result of bodily issues, you'd be surprised to learn that oftentimes they're more about what's going on in your mind. Whether it's boredom-induced hunger or high blood pressure brought on by stress, find out which conditions your brain could be responsible for, and how to outsmart your gray matter.



    Hunger

    When that 3 p.m. slump strikes at work, most of us have the urge to hit the vending machine-even if we're still full from lunch. Why the sudden snack attack? "If you feel bored or stressed, you'll usually turn to behavior that brings you comfort or stimulation. And for most people, that means eating," says Gregory Jantz, PhD, author of Overcoming Anxiety, Worry and Fear. "When people experience stress, the adrenal glands release cortisol, which sends a signal to the brain to react in some way. And often, that request for action is misinterpreted as hunger." Instead of letting your brain zero in on a

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  • 9 Fertility Myths—Busted

    by Jill Provost


    Trying to get pregnant is stressful enough, so the last thing you need is everyone and their neighbor offering you unsolicited advice. Sure, they mean well, but with so much contradictory information out there it's hard to separate fact from fiction. The best advice? Forget everyone else's take on how to appease the fertility gods. Read on to find out which factors really contribute to infertility issues in order to boost your chances of starting, or growing, your family.


    Myth #1: A woman's fertility begins to decline at 35.

    According to Shari Brasner, MD, ob-gyn at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and contributor for BabyCenter.com, a woman's fertility peaks earlier than most would imagine: between 22 and 26, and begins to decline soon after. That's not to say women need to hop on the baby-making train as soon as they're of legal drinking age, says Karen Elizabeth Boyle, MD, fertility specialist in Baltimore, who lays out the not-so-scary stats for us.

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  • Cook Up a Blue-Ribbon BBQ

    by Woman's Day Staff

    This summer, heat up your cookout by putting an award-worthy spread on the table. From chili-rubbed corn to sweet pork ribs, these flavor-packed barbecue staples are guaranteed to have guests lining up for seconds.


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    Recipe Ingredients:

    • 1/2 cup whole-grain mustard
    • 1/2 cup Dijon mustard
    • 1/2 cup apple juice
    • 1/4 cup white vinegar
    • 2 Tbsp olive oil
    • Black pepper
    • 10 lb bone-in chicken pieces
    • 2 medium yellow onions, cut into 1/2-in. wedges
    • 2 medium red onions, cut into 1/2-in. wedges


    Recipe Preparation:


    1. In a glass measuring cup or bowl, whisk together the mustards, apple juice, vinegar, oil and 1/2 tsp pepper. Divide the chicken, onions and mustard marinade between 2 large resealable bags. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours and up to 8 hours.

    2. Heat grill to medium-low. Remove the chicken from the marinade. Grill the chicken, covered, turning occasionally, until cooked through, 30 to Read More »from Cook Up a Blue-Ribbon BBQ
  • How to Make Homemade Lemonade

    by Woman's Day Staff


    When Life Hands You Lemons...When Life Hands You Lemons...

    When Life Hands You Lemons...


    There's nothing like an ice-cold glass of lemonade to help you cool off on a hot summer day. Fortunately, it couldn't be simpler to make it yourself-all you need are a few tools and three ingredients. So forgo the powdered stuff and blend a tasty batch of your own with this easy step-by-step guide.

    Photo: © Con Poulos/Woman's Day






    Step 1
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    To make 8 servings, in a small saucepan, combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer (do not stir) until the sugar dissolves, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool completely.

    Photo: © Philip Ficks/Woman's Day







    Step 2
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    Meanwhile, place a small strainer over a measuring cup. Cut about 10 lemons in half crosswise and, using a reamer, squeeze 1 1/2 cups juice into the measuring cup. (Tip: If your lemons are firm, roll them on a cutting board while gently pressing down to soften-this will make them easier to juice.)

    Photo: © Philip Ficks/Woman's

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  • Career advice from successful women

    By Amanda Greene


    Whether you're searching for a new job, are interested in a career change or just want to reinvigorate your professional life, having guidance is essential. But mentors can be hard to come by in today's dog-eat-dog world. So, we spoke with 10 women-from a bank president to a Hollywood sound engineer-who've succeeded in their respective fields, and got their advice on getting ahead. To find out the best way to achieve a work-life balance, how to make an opportunity out of a setback, and more, read these practical and inspirational words of wisdom.

    Anne Lynam Goddard
    President and CEO of ChildFund International, a global child development organization dedicated to helping children in poverty thrive and bring positive change to their communities

    What advice would you give women who are considering a new career?
    Learn as much as you can about your chosen field from every perspective. Take on jobs or responsibilities that you're not crazy about so you

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  • Made in America: 15 Fashionable Finds

    by Woman's Day Staff


    These days, it seems as if most of our favorite goods are foreign made. But American ingenuity is actually alive and well, as we discovered when we scoured coast to coast in search of alluring, beauty-bolstering finds. From mascara to blue jeans, these homegrown wares flaunt American heritage and charm-and could use your support. And what better chance to buy USA-made than the anniversary of our country's independence? It's time to start celebrating!


    Volume Mascara

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    If you want great mascara, look to its original inventor: Maybelline. Founded in 1915 by a chemist, the New York-based business is now the number one cosmetic company in America. $8.15, Maybelline.com.








    Yes to Carrots

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    This relatively new company, which has quickly become a skincare sensation, operates right out of San Francisco, and uses natural ingredients-like carrots, soy beans and avocado oil-that are cultivated around the U.S. $8.99; YestoCarrots.com.



    Do

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  • Balancing Friends, Family and Finances

    by Amanda Greene


    They say that friends and money don't mix-and for good reason. Finances can turn relationships sour on a dime because "there are power and etiquette issues involved," says Laura Rowley, personal finance expert with Yahoo! Finance. "The way that you handle money can trigger a lot of emotions in terms of how you see yourself in the world." Because of how tightly feelings are intertwined with finances, people often don't speak up because they don't want to be seen as cheap or ungrateful, which can lead to resentment and possibly ruin the relationship. But you don't have to suffer in silence anymore! Whether your friend is a notoriously bad tipper or you aren't sure how to ask your colleagues to contribute to a charitable cause, below are 10 common cash clashes with etiquette advice on how to settle them.

    Your brother wants to borrow money, but he never paid you back the last time you lent him cash.

    "If you're going to give money to a family member, you have to

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