Blog Posts by Woman s Day

  • 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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  • A Foolproof Party Menu for Every Occasion

    by Mandy Major

    However beautiful the decorations or terrific the music, there's one thing guests will remember most about a party: the food. If it's your turn to entertain this summer, wow partygoers by creating a versatile and guest-friendly spread. Whether it's for an anniversary, birthday or bridal shower, Linda Japngie, executive chef at Cafeteria in New York City, says it all starts with planning. A couple of weeks before the party, select a few recipes that you're familiar with-or have time to test.


    To ensure you'll have enough food, follow the rule of thumb that there should be at least four to six "bites" per person (a bite is one appetizer portion; so, for example, one mini-tart). Also, take into account special diets and food allergies by including one or two meatless appetizers as well as a nut- or wheat-free dessert. Once you've got your recipes set, round out the menu with store-bought basics, like fresh fruit, cheese, mixed olives and nuts, which can be

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  • Greek Yogurt Taste Test

    by Mandy Major

    With its ultra-thick texture and pumped-up protein level, it's no wonder Greek yogurt is quickly becoming a favorite choice for yogurt lovers across the U.S. Wholesome and healthy, it's delicious plain or dressed up with fruit, honey or nuts. Given all the buzz surrounding this super-satisfying snack, WD decided to find out for ourselves which brand is the best. We dipped our spoons in plain nonfat yogurts from seven different companies; read on to find out which is the creamiest and tangiest of the bunch.

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    Score: 4.6 out of 5
    What WD had to say: Our testers were delighted by this "rich-tasting," "silky-smooth" and "creamy" yogurt that had a "slightly sour" tang to it. Although the sourness was a bit too much for some testers, it was generally a hit-and the yogurt's texture made up for the difference. "My hands-down favorite of the bunch; it's so creamy and satisfying, it's hard to believe that it is nonfat," said one reviewer.


    Dannon Greek

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  • 10 Essence-of-Summer Dishes

    by WomansDay.com Staff

    Hot temperatures, shorts with sandals, the end of school-there are plenty of things that signify the start of summer. But there's nothing quite like the taste of familiar seasonal foods to welcome the warm weather. So fire up the grill, stock up on in-season produce (like corn, peaches and watermelon) and bask in the joy of outdoor dining. To help you get started, we've rounded up our favorite entrées, sides and desserts that tell our taste buds summer has finally arrived!

    Finger-Lickin' Chicken with Broccoli Slaw and Corn

    Finger-Lickin' Chicken with Broccoli Slaw and CornFinger-Lickin' Chicken with Broccoli Slaw and CornThis simple and scrumptious trio has everything you'd want to eat on a summer afternoon: barbecue chicken, grilled corn on the cob and broccoli slaw tossed with light mayo, sour cream, cider vinegar and sugar.
    RECIPE INGREDIENTS:


    Slaw
    • 1/4 cup each light mayonnaise and reduced-fat sour cream
    • 3 Tbsp cider vinegar
    • 1 Tbsp plus 1 tsp sugar
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1/4 tsp pepper
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  • A Couples Guide to Sharing Beauty Supplies

    by Gina Way


    Just because they're your beauty products doesn't stop the men in your life from using them. So why not consolidate? Here, dermatologists weigh in on which products can do double duty-and which should stay on your own side of the medicine cabinet.


    His: A man's grooming arsenal is geared toward basics (Razor? Check. Deodorant? Check.) with a few problem-solvers.

    Nighttime Facial Moisturizer

    Here's his incentive to use Clinique Skin Supplies For Men M Gel-Lotion: "Softer skin is less prone to razor burn," says Amy Wechsler, MD, a dermatologist in New York City. $21; CliniqueForMen.com

    Deodorant
    "Men usually sweat more than women, so they may need a higher percentage of aluminum-based active ingredients," says David Bank, MD, president of the New York State Society for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery. Dove Men+Care Antiperspirant/ Deodorant, $3.97; at drugstores

    AfterShave Balm
    "Razor burn usually occurs after a dull blade scrapes the

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  • 8 Dating Rules You Should Break

    by Denise Schipani


    There's a hilarious scene in the movie Sleepless in Seattle when Tom Hanks's character contemplates getting back into the dating game and wonders if the rules have changed. If that describes you, back in the saddle again after a hiatus, divorce or widowhood, know that yes, the rules have changed-and for the better. Old credos, like waiting a certain number of dates before having sex or insisting that the guy should always pick up the bill, may be officially outmoded, but they still linger in many people's minds. Why? "Because one of these rules might have worked in one situation with one person," says Gary Lewandowski, Jr., PhD, associate social science professor at Monmouth University in New Jersey-which by no means makes it something that everyone should live by. Read on for eight dating rules ripe for the breaking.


    1. Don't have sex on the first date, but be prepared to jump into bed on the third.

    Rules about when or whether to hit the sack with a

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  • How to Complain Effectively in Any Situation

    by Vanessa Geneva Ahern


    Life may give you plenty of opportunities to gripe, but knowing the right way to complain and get a positive result in return can be tricky in most everyday situations. Elizabeth Lombardo, PhD, author of A Happy You: Your Ultimate Prescription for Happiness, says that you can strike a balance between passively keeping your complaints to yourself and screaming about cold coffee by being assertive when an issue arises. Ask yourself if the aggravating situation will matter in a week or a month, suggests life coach Valorie Burton, founder of the Coaching & Positive Psychology Institute and author of Where Will You Go from Here? If the answer is yes, then learn how to complain effectively by following this situation-based advice.


    Your neighbor's dog does number two in your yard…again.

    If you're tired of finding surprises left by Fido, before approaching your neighbors for the first time, give them the benefit of the doubt in order to avoid a huge

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