Blog Posts by Woman s Day

  • 8 Ways to Enjoy Seafood on the Grill

    by WomansDay.com 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; Lowes.com

    Click here for how-to instructions.








    Bench


    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; Overstock.com

    Click here for how-to instructions.

    Photo: © Kate Sears/Woman's Day







    Bookcase


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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:

    Ears

    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





    Eyes

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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.


    Airplanes

    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 SeatGuru.com, 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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  • 5 Steps to Getting Out of Debt

    by Brooke Nevils5 Steps to Getting Out of Debt5 Steps to Getting Out of Debt

    It's safe to say we know a thing or two about charging purchases. After all, American households, on average, carry $10,115 in credit card debt. But how did the credit card-an American invention-get its start?

    In 1949, New Yorker Frank McNamara finished a business dinner and realized he'd left his money at home. Frustrated, McNamara came up with the idea for a card that could be used in place of cash at restaurants. Soon, Diners Club, the first widely used charge card, was born. The idea of deferring cash payment caught on: In 1958, American Express issued its first charge card, used mainly for travel and entertainment. Eight years later, the BankAmericard became the first that allowed you to carry a balance.

    Nowadays, 54 million U.S. households carry some form of credit card debt. "Beginning in the early 1990s, Americans, even those with lower incomes, were offered easy credit," explains Carmen Wong Ulrich, author of The Real Cost of Living. "Since 70

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  • Overcome Every Type of Anxiety

    by Tori Rodriguez


    Though stomach knots and sweaty palms are certainly no fun, anxiety is actually our ally, since it's a warning system designed to alert us to potential danger. It only becomes a problem when our fear grows out of proportion to the actual threat. Even if your anxiety isn't so extreme that it keeps you from doing things you want or need to do--like a full-blown phobia-it can still make certain situations tough. Fortunately, there are ways to cope. Below, find common anxiety-producing situations, plus tips from experts on how to deal with them. However, keep in mind that if your anxiety has started interfering with your daily life, such as impacting your job because you're too anxious to make presentations, or causing you to drink excessively to cope with social anxiety, it's time to seek help from a therapist.


    Fear of Flying

    "While you may rationally know that you're much safer flying on a plane than driving in a car, it's the complete lack of control that

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  • Better-for-You BBQ Side Dishes

    Barbecues are one of the best ways to celebrate summer, but for all the fun, there's one big drawback: calories galore! With the typical combination of heavy meats-ribs, hamburgers, hot dogs-sweet treats and creamy cold salads, it's easy to pack a lot of calories onto your plate. Fortunately, scaling back can be as simple as swapping those fat-laden sides with fresh ones filled with diet-friendly ingredients such as vegetables, spices and yogurt. To keep your next cookout on the slim side, whip up a few of the following recipes-they're simple, seasonal and won't break your caloric bank.


    Panzanella RecipePanzanella Recipe

    Panzanella Recipe

    Recipe Ingredients

    6 cups cubed Italian or rustic bread
    4 large ripe tomatoes (about 3 lb), cut in chunks
    1 medium red onion, halved and thinly sliced
    1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    3 Tbsp red wine vinegar
    2 tsp minced garlic
    1 tsp salt
    1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
    2 medium yellow peppers, seeded and cubed
    1 large seedless

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  • Our Favorite Hot Dogs

    by Yasmin Sabir


    Let's be frank: Hot dogs are big business come summertime. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day alone, Americans eat 7 billion wieners, according to the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council. To figure out which brands are top dog, Woman's Day chowed down on 65 nationally available varieties to narrow it down to the following six. From uncured beef to organic chicken-you'll find an option for every taste and occasion.


    Beef

    Winner: Nathan's Famous Beef Franks, $5.49*
    One of the most flavorful brands in the bunch, these dogs are salty, peppery and juicy-and downright delicious slathered in mustard.
    Runner-up:
    Boar's Head Beef Frankfurters with Natural Casing, $5.49*






    Angus Beef

    Winner: Ball Park Original Angus Beef Franks, $3.68*
    These filling dogs offer so much flavor-a mix of beef, tomato and smoky paprika-that you can skip the condiments altogether.
    Runner-up:
    Oscar Mayer Selects Bun-Length Angus Beef Franks, $4.69*




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