Blog Posts by Woman s Day

  • Plan a Chic Fourth of July Party

    by Woman's Day Staff

    This Independence Day, take a creative cue from designer Eddie Ross. Inspired by old fashioned taffy candy, Ross lent the holiday's traditional color scheme a charming lemon yellow twist, among other festive decorative touches, to help bring his party to life. Click through to see how he pulled the sophisticated soirée together.

    Welcome Your GuestsWelcome Your GuestsWelcome Your Guests

    Greet guests with a few trays of yummy appetizers. Enlist neighborhood kids or friends as free-of-charge servers, then switch to self-serve after the first hour of the party.

    Photo: © Laura Moss/Woman's Day

    Create a Candy Bar

    Create a Candy BarCreate a Candy Bar

    Splurge on a few higher-priced candies like old-fashioned lollipops ($20 for 8;, stir sticks ($7.95 for 5-oz box, and taffy ($16.90 for 5 lb; that look as good as they taste, and fill out the table with colorful penny candy. Set out cellophane bags for guests to stuff with sweets as party favors.

    Photo: © Laura

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  • Road Rules for Healthy Eating

    by Joy Bauer, RD

    Just about now you're probably planning your summer getaway. Vacation is the time to kick back and take it easy, but making wise food choices while you're at it is hard. You'll be glad to know it is possible to have something other than salad without arriving home with extra "baggage." Use my guide to navigate chain restaurants, rest stops, mini-marts and more.

    Best Bets At Chain Restaurants
    Whether you're pulling off the highway or running through the airport, it's pretty easy these days to find meals that taste good, include nutritious ingredients and won't eat up your entire day's worth of calories. Here are some of my top picks:


    Fruit & Maple Oatmeal: (ask for the kind without the brown sugar; add just 1 tsp on your own) 260 calories, 4.5 grams total fat, 2 grams saturated fat
    Egg McMuffin: 300 calories, 12 grams total fat, 5 grams saturated fat
    Fruit 'n Yogurt Parfait: 160 calories, 2 grams total fat, 1 gram saturated fat

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  • Break Out of Your Exercise Rut

    by Olivia Putnal

    While commitment is key to a successful fitness regimen, practicing the same routine over and over is not. In fact, when you perform identical exercise moves day in and day out, your body begins to adjust, causing your calories burned to dwindle and progress to stall. The solution? Switch things up! Whether you love running, biking, Pilates or walking, you can spice up your current exercise routine-WD spoke with the experts to find out how.

    Exercise Rut #1: You always do the same strength-training moves.

    Lifting weights is a great way to build muscle and burn calories, but if you're always doing the same exercises with the same weight amount and number of reps, it's time to challenge yourself.

    Variation: Pace
    "One way to increase the benefits [of strength training] is to start doing the movements extra, extra slowly-triple the time you would normally take to lift and lower the weight," says American Council on Exercise (ACE) national

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  • Hot Dog Recipes Across the Country

    by Woman's Day Staff

    Ketchup and mustard not cutting it? From Chicago's griddle-cooked dog in a poppy-seed bun to Atlanta's coleslaw-slathered version, try these condiment combos relished by locals around the U.S.

    And check out our hot dog taste test: The Best Beef, Turkey, and Chicken Hot Dogs

    New YorkNew York

    New York

    The Empire State serves up its beef hot dog boiled or cooked on a griddle, then topped with mustard, sauerkraut and sweet red onions.

    Photo: © Alexandra Rowley/Woman's Day


    TexasTexas Influenced by its south-of-the-border neighbors, the Lone Star State enjoys its Tex-Mex hot dog grilled or griddled and topped with chunky salsa, Monterey Jack cheese and sliced jalapeños.

    Photo: © Alexandra Rowley/Woman's Day

    Our Favorite Tex-Mex Slow Cooker Recipes

    Tucson, Arizona

    Tucson, ArizonaTucson, Arizona

    Named for the area's famed desert, the Sonoran hot dog is a beef frank wrapped in bacon, then cooked on a griddle and piled with pinto beans, grilled onions, chopped tomatoes, mayonnaise or sour cream,

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  • 8 Ways to Enjoy Seafood on the Grill

    by Staff

    Think your grill is only good for burgers and franks? Think again! Seafood stands up extremely well to the open flame, which renders it succulently flaky and slightly smoky. Opt for meatier varieties that can take the heat: shrimp, thick-cut swordfish and lean, firm fish like mahi mahi or red snapper. Finished with a cool splash of citrus or tangy tapenade, the following creations are the perfect counterpoint to hot summer nights.

    Grilled Mahi Mahi RecipeGrilled Mahi Mahi Recipe

    Grilled Mahi Mahi Recipe

    Recipe Ingredients

    • 1/4 tsp each chili powder and salt
    • 1/8 tsp each ground cumin and pepper
    • 4 mahi mahi fillets (about 1 1/2 lb)
    • Mango-Avocado Salsa
    • 1 firm-ripe mango, pitted, peeled and diced
    • 1 firm-ripe avocado, pitted, peeled and diced
    • 1/2 medium red onion, diced
    • 3 Tbsp lime juice
    • 2 Tbsp chopped cilantro
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • Nonstick cooking spray
    • Lime wedges

    Recipe Preparation

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  • Are You in a Codependent Relationship?

    by Denise Schipani

    If you believe the song lyrics, soap operas and romantic movies, loving another person more than you love yourself--or life itself--is enviable, even desirable. But what that sentiment actually refers to is codependency, defined as a relationship in which one person (or sometimes, both) loves the other to such a degree that they exclude their own needs, wants and desires.

    "A small amount of codependency is normal," explains Tracy Prout, PhD, assistant professor of psychology at the College of Mount St. Vincent in Riverdale, New York, and a therapist in private practice in Manhattan. "Sacrificing your own needs in moderation, or temporarily, can be good for a relationship." It's when you are totally out of touch with your own needs and feel that your partner "completes" you that your behavior can imply something unsettling: that you're not OK on your own. Read on to learn what you need to know about codependent relationships, how to figure out if you

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  • Easy, Elegant Ways to Upgrade Your Decor

    By Sara Bliss

    Summer is the perfect time to make some changes to your home decor-it's bright and sunny outside so why not give your home a glow too? You don't have to spend a lot to get the look you want-from painted bamboo blinds to ribbon trim curtains, discover how to take your classic pieces and refresh your abode's feel. For full shopping details, click here.

    Window Treatment

    Those Roman shades you've had since you moved in? Update them with stripes of black and white paint. And instead of buying pricey new curtains, add a grosgrain-ribbon trim to your existing pair. Ambria Bamboo Blinds in Java Natural, $33.96;

    Click here for how-to instructions.


    Paint reinvents a piece with great bones. On the edge of your seat about fabric pattern? Create your own stamped design. Brody Walnut Finish French Bench, $181.99;

    Click here for how-to instructions.

    Photo: © Kate Sears/Woman's Day


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  • 10 Road Trip–Ready Kids' Apps

    by Olivia Putnal

    As soon as the kids start their summer break, many families pack up and go on vacation. But while road trips can be a lot less taxing (and more affordable) than flying, you'll need plenty of distractions to avoid hearing "Are we there yet?" every five minutes. Nowadays, with smartphones and iPod Touches, it's easy to let technology take over in the back seat. So before you hit the road, check out WD's favorite kid-friendly apps, the perfect distractions for long hours spent in the car.

    123 Color: Talking Coloring Book

    If your toddler's car stash has deteriorated to melted crayons and filled-up coloring books, try this educational "coloring book" instead. The 123 Color: Talking Coloring Book app teaches number, letter and color recognition using art, music, animation, sound effects and voices. There's even a finger painting program called "Perfect Paint" that won't allow kids to color outside the lines. 99¢; available for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. For

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  • Decode Your Pet’s Body Language

    by Alexandra Gekas

    A flick of the tail, flattened ears, loud barking-most pet owners are familiar with these common behaviors, but what, exactly, do they mean? As with humans, animals have a number of ways to express themselves; the trouble, experts say, is that we don't always know how to understand them. From the angle of the ears to how fast the tail is wagging, read on to discover what your pet is trying to tell you.

    For Cats:


    Felines express a lot with their ears. In fact, it's one of the quickest ways you can tell what kind of mood your kitty is in. "If the ears are forward, they're generally happy or relaxed. If they're airplaned out to the side or flat back, that's an upset cat," says Trish McMillan Loehr, CPDT-KA, animal behaviorist at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. "Pinned-back ears mean a really, really upset cat-so ears are a good thing to watch." Photo: GK Hart/Vikki Hart / Getty Images


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  • Get the Best Seat in the House

    by Amanda Greene

    Anyone who's ever boarded a flight only to get stuck with a seat that doesn't recline or is located inches away from the lavatory probably regrets not planning a little better. Or what about arriving at your hotel exhausted, only to be kept up all night by noise from the street? When it comes to making reservations, there are tricks that will land you the most ideal seat, table or room for your money-you just have to know what to ask for.


    Nabbing a good spot on a plane isn't as simple as paying extra for a premium seat, which many airlines are offering these days. "People really have different preferences when it comes to what they consider a good seat," says Matt Daimler, founder of, a website that provides feedback from real travelers about the best and worst seats on nearly every airplane. "And paying more doesn't necessarily mean you'll get a better spot on the plane," since many premium seats don't offer much more than being

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