Blog Posts by Woman s Day

  • 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.

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  • 10 Essence-of-Summer Dishes

    by 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.

    • 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;

    "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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  • Exercises That Can Backfire

    by Olivia Putnal

    Though most of us would agree that any exercise is better than none, fitness experts have found that some tried-and-true moves, when done incorrectly, can cause more harm than good. WD spoke with top-notch personal trainers, instructors and physical therapists to better understand why certain exercises can be harmful and what alternative moves can help you achieve the same results.


    Sit-ups are easy to do anywhere and definitely work your abdominals, but unfortunately, the exercise also puts strain on your spine and can cause back pain. "The mechanics of the movement and position of the body throw the [momentum] into the lower back, forcing your hip flexors to pull directly on the spine. Over time, this will leave you with lower back pain," explains Jon Gallo, CPT, certified fitness trainer and founder of Now I'm Fit, Inc. and Cycle Revolutions. Photo: Thinkstock

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  • 8 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Period

    by Amanda Greene

    Despite the fact that most women get their period every month or so, it's still a surprisingly mysterious phenomenon. Many of us know approximately when it's coming and what to do when it arrives, but as far as the mechanics of how our bodies actually function, there's still plenty to learn. Shed some light on the subject by reading these eight surprising facts about your menstrual cycle.

    1. A cycle's length not only varies from woman to woman, but from month to month.

    "An average cycle is typically 28 days, though it's normal for it to be anywhere between 21 and 35 days," says Jennifer Wider, MD, spokeswoman for the Society of Women's Health Research and author of The Savvy Woman Patient. When calculating the length of your cycle, day one is the first day of your period, and the last day is the day before your next period arrives. According to Dr. Elizabeth Lyster of Holtorf Medical Group in California, it's the first phase of the menstrual cycle that

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  • 12 Secrets of Home Design Professionals

    By Woman's Day Staff

    Decorating your home can be tricky-but sometimes, all it takes is one element to make a space come12 Secrets of Home Design Professionals12 Secrets of Home Design Professionals together. From lighting to artwork, learn the go-to tricks that interior designers and style experts use to transform a room.

    • "Paint your furniture. Whether it's a hand-me-down wall unit or a coffee table you found at a yard sale, paint will give it a facelift until you can afford to replace it, and painting a couple of pieces can help mismatched items work together. A high-gloss black paint creates a modern feel, while distressed white will look beachy or shabby chic." -Libby Langdon, Libby Interiors, Inc., New York City;

    • "Add an angle. Most people position their furniture to hug the perimeter walls, so angling one piece will feel unexpected. In the living room, try an area rug- angle it 30 degrees from the sofa to invite you into the seating area-or angle your dining table if the room opens up into the kitchen. It's so surprising,

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  • Think Like a Man—and Reap the Rewards

    By Beth Levine

    We all know that men and women think differently. But once you move beyond the Mars and Venus stereotypes, you find that the sexes actually have quite a bit they can teach each other-and women don't necessarily have the upper hand. The truth is, we'd do well to take a lesson or two from the guys.

    Men Don't Worry Obsessively

    That's not to say they never worry-they do. But they don't immediately jump to the worst-case scenario. Women, however, can make the leap in record time-probably because our worry meter never really resets to zero. Consider: "Research shows that at any given time the rate of generalized anxiety in men is 33 percent," says Holly Hazlett-Stevens, PhD, associate professor of clinical psychology at the University of Nevada in Reno and author of Women Who Worry Too Much: How to Stop Worry & Anxiety from Ruining Relationships, Work, & Fun. "In women, it's a whopping 66 percent."

    Simply put, we're constantly fretting about something. "Women

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  • How to End Any Relationship Amicably

    By Kimberly Fusaro

    Sure, you can tell a guy, "I love you, but I'm not in love with you," as a way to end things, but how do you cut ties with a subpar personal trainer or a masseuse who's rubbing you the wrong way? Breaking up is hard to do, but when a relationship-personal or professional-no longer works, it's time to bring it to an end. If you need to say "goodbye" but can't find the words, our experts' tips will help make your breakup easier so you can move on.

    Exercise Buddy

    You took up running (or Zumba or fitness walking) together-but now you feel like your exercise buddy is holding you back. When you're ready to change your exercise regimen, tell her you want to work out longer, faster or more often, and ask if she'd like to join you, suggests psychotherapist Tina B. Tessina, PhD, author of Money, Sex and Kids. If she says no, you're free to respond, "I've really enjoyed working out with you, but I really want to try this new thing." Photo: Creatas Images

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