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  • Transform a Supermarket Bouquet

    By Woman's Day Staff

    "In" Blooms

    Not all bouquets are created equal. But, if displayed thoughtfully, any bunch can blossom. Need a few fresh ideas? Flip through the slides to see how we converted four sets of low-cost stems into eye-catching decor accents à la celebrity decorator Eddie Ross.

    Mini-Rose Hedges

    If your batch of roses are lacking va-va-voom, turn their luck-and look!-around by placing them in a plush pot.

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    Carnations in a Bottle

    Using spray paint and a vintage-looking wine, medicine or food bottle, create a vase and flower duo to die for.

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    Birdcage Orchids

    This sweet birdie bungalow will give your orchids both protection and personality.

    Click here for complete how-to instructions.

    Mums & Limes Topiary

    Bring the greenery indoors by organizing your spiky mums amongst a pyramid of bright limes.

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  • Wedding Superstitions Around the World

    By Amanda Greene

    Most American brides are sure to have something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue on hand when they tie the knot. But for women across the globe, it's more likely they'll have a good-luck chimney sweep at the church or fortune-bearing coins tucked in their shoes. Read on to learn about interesting ways that couples summon happy and long-lasting marriages.


    Finnish brides don't leave a passionate marriage to chance. To make sure their love keeps burning throughout their union, they've been known head to the alter carrying an appropriate symbol: A match.


    When it comes to Chinese wedding traditions, timing is everything. In order to ensure they start their marriage off with good fortune, couples consult with a monk, fortune teller, calendar or almanac (and these days, the Internet) to find the luckiest wedding day. The selection has to do with a variety of factors, including the bride's and groom's birthdates. And

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  • Little-Known Sunscreen Facts

    By Abigail L. Cuffey

    Wearing sunscreen daily is a must to lower your risk of developing skin cancer. But the type you choose and how to apply it makes a difference, too. Read on to ensure you're approaching sun protection the right way.

    Go for broad protection. The label should say "broad spectrum" or "UVA/UVB protection." (Or just look for the new Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Recommendation.) The reason: UVB rays cause you to burn and increase your risk of skin cancer, but UVA rays break down skin elasticity, which causes wrinkles and lines, says Albert M. Lefkovits, MD, associate clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. Any sunscreen you buy should also have an SP F of at least 15-which means that you can theoretically stay out in the sun 15 times as long as you could without any protection before burning. (SP F 30 is even better.) Remember to reapply at least every two hours.

    Put sunscreen everywhere... like the skin on

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  • The Beginner’s Guide to Running

    By Olivia Putnal

    Starting a new type of exercise can be intimidating, but it doesn't have to be if you know where to begin. Running is a popular workout option because it's rewarding and affordable-all you really need is a pair of sneakers. But there's a lot to know before hitting the road. WD spoke with professional runners and exercise experts to find out how you can incorporate this high-intensity exercise into your life. Read on for tips on how to get started, stay motivated and avoid injury.

    Who Can Start

    While it takes little more than motivation and a pair of sneakers to start running, speak to your physician first. "Always get your doctor's clearance when starting any exercise program-especially if you're age 45 or above," says Keri Cawthorne, fitness supervisor and running coach. If you have cardiovascular or underlying health problems , consult your doctor regardless of age. And, "if you've been inactive or are overweight, be cautious when first beginning," says

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  • The Truth About At-Home Medical Tests

    By Linda DiProperzio

    There are many at-home tests on the market, all promising consumers a fast, convenient and-for the most part-cheap way to monitor a preexisting condition or provide a diagnosis for a new one. But not all of these tests are created equal, and many MDs caution against playing doctor at home. "Many times the results are straightforward, but more often than not there are hidden clues that doctors rely on to make a diagnosis," says Victor Perkel, MD, an endocrinologist at Redlands Community Hospital in Southern California. "Evaluation involves a good history and an examination with labs providing confirmation of the suspected diagnosis." Below are a few of the most common at-home tests, along with expert opinions on whether you should add them to your shopping cart or save your money.

    The Condition: High Blood Pressure

    The Test: Omron Automatic Blood Pressure Monitor with Large Cuff ($49.99, at drugstores and

    How It Works: You simply

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  • 9 Things Your Pharmacist Wants to Tell You

    By Alexandra Gekas

    Prescription drug use in the U.S. has steadily been on the rise, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2007-2008, the number of Americans who had recently taken prescription drugs rose to 48 percent, a jump from 44 percent 10 years earlier. If you are part of this growing trend of prescription drug takers, it's important to learn as much as you can about your medication like why you are taking it and what the potential side effects are-and pharmacists can help provide this vital information. Woman's Day spoke with three pharmacists to find out what patients need to keep in mind when it comes to prescription medication. From protecting your family from drug abuse to opting for generic brands, here are nine things your pharmacist wants you to know.

    1. Pharmacists are medical experts.

    While you may think pharmacists are more like technicians, they're actually far more qualified than that. "A lot of people think the level of

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  • Get in Shape for Wedding Season

    By Amanda Greene

    With wedding season just around the corner, everyone from bridal party members to event attendees is eager to jump-start their fitness regimen in order to look their best when the big day arrives. And while it's impossible to achieve an overnight transformation safely, there are quite a few nutrition and exercise tricks that can provide speedy and lasting results if you start integrating them now. Read on for eight ways to get party-ready, starting today.

    1. Try circuit training.

    "Mixing cardio and weight training will produce results fast, because you're burning fat, shedding calories and building muscle at the same time," says Monica Vazquez, personal trainer at New York Sports Clubs. While doing cardio, like running or spinning, will burn calories, it's essential to integrate strength training into your routine because muscle burns fat, even while you're resting. Boot camp-style classes are an efficient way to achieve this balance, because they combine

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  • 5 Pain-Fighting Foods

    By Alexandra Gekas

    Whether it's migraines, back pain, joint pain or arthritis, 35 percent of American adults (that's 105 million people) suffer from chronic pain, according to the American Chronic Pain Association. Furthermore, a 2006 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey showed that 26 percent of Americans age 20 years and older (an estimated 76.5 million) have problems with pain that lasts 24 hours or more. Pain is often a symptom of inflammation, which is how your body reacts to injury. "Inflammation is a normal process. Acute inflammatory responses [short-term inflammation of an injury like a sprained ankle] can cause pain, but are beneficial. Without those immune responses, used to heal and prevent infection, we'd all be in trouble," says David Maine, MD, director of the Center for Interventional Pain Medicine at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore. "But chronic inflammatory changes [in rheumatoid arthritis, for

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  • Make the Perfect Pancakes

    By Woman's Day Staff

    Pancake Prep

    I think we can all agree: Pancake making is an art, which requires the right skillet and some savvy spatula know-how. Using our easy guide, familiarize yourself with these essential steps to ensure you whip up a perfect stack every time.

    Step 1

    To make four servings (12 pancakes), in a large measuring cup or bowl, whisk together 1 cup all-purpose flour, 2 Tbsp sugar, 1⁄2 tsp baking powder , 1⁄4 tsp baking soda and a pinch of kosher salt. In a separate measuring cup or bowl, whisk together 3⁄4 cup whole milk and 1 large egg. Add the milk mixture to the flour mixture and whisk until fully incorporated (a few small lumps are fine).

    Step 2

    Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. (Tip: If your nonstick skillet is past its prime causing the pancakes are sticking, add 1 tsp of canola or vegetable oil and heat it before pouring in the next batch.) Check the heat by sprinkling it with water-when the water

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  • 3 Elegant Easter Egg Decorations

    By Woman's Day Staff

    Shell Shocked

    Move over, food dye! Egg decorating just got a whole lot swankier. Below, get instructions for perking up your batches with patterned paper napkins, glitter and more from celebrity decorator Eddie Ross.

    Egg Topiary

    Feather your nest with topiaries made from paper napkin-covered plastic eggs glued onto Easter grass-covered Styrofoam cones.

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    Paper Napkin-Covered Eggs

    This Easter, lend a personal touch to your decor by dressing your eggs in a paper napkin pattern that catches your eye.

    Click here for how-to instructions.

    Glittered Egg Box

    As if they aren't already, this pretty iridescent glitter will make your eggs-and holiday decor-the center of attention.

    Click here for how-to instructions.

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