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  • 12 Beautiful New Blooming Plants

    By Deb Wiley


    In Bloom

    They've got original looks, new color schemes and lots of pizzazz. From hundreds of recent introductions, we've selected annuals, perennials and shrubs you'll want to consider planting in your yard.







    'Secret' Series Coneflowers

    Old-fashioned Echinacea now comes in vibrant shades of red, orange, pink, purple, yellow and white, and in a dazzling array of shapes and sizes. This 'Secret' series has double, anemone-like flowers in sassy colors like the orange-pink blend of 'Secret Desire' and the orange and pink 'Secret Lust,' among others. Zones 4-9. Available at: SoonerPlantFarm.com and TerranovaNurseries.com.





    Starlite Prairieblues Baptisia

    Jim Ault, a plant breeder at the Chicago Botanic Garden, endowed native baptisias with wonderful new colors like these periwinkle blues with a luminous buttercream base that grow 3 feet tall. Plant in full sun and common garden soil- they're not fussy. Zones 4-8.

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  • Bathroom Fixture Buyer’s Guide

    By Nancy A. Herrick


    Unless you're a serial remodeler, when it comes to toilets, sinks, showers and tubs, most of us have no idea where to start. And since the life expectancy of a porcelain toilet can be as long as 50 years, and a castiron tub even longer than that, you'll want to put some serious thought into your choices. We've gathered the facts to help you do just that.

    Toilets

    Price: Expect to pay from $100 to $350 for a standard one- or two-piece gravity-flush toilet; a pressure- or vacuum-assist model (which has more flushing power) will cost an additional $150 to $400. For around $400 to more than $1,200, you'll find toilets that feature distinctive styling, designer colors or greater efficiency.
    Design: Toilets are almost always made of ceramic (also called porcelain or vitreous china), whether they mimic antique shapes or have pareddown lines. Standard dimensions for a round-bowl toilet are 24 to 28 inches from the wall, with a tank that is 19.5 inches wide

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  • 9 Floral-Inspired Finds

    By Woman's Day Staff


    Fresh Picks

    Spring is rolling in slowly this year, but the season's fashion and decor is already in full bloom. Featuring fresh colors and floral themes, these pretty pieces-from blouses to throw pillows-will have you smelling the daisies in no time.











    Clutch Cargo

    Tote a charming camellia clutch to Mother's Day brunch. ($69; ShopMarysol.com)









    Shoulder Style

    Silky sewn-on petals give this top a bold shoulder. (Elle, $36; Kohls.com)









    Bracelet Blooms

    There's nothing prettier than an armful of flowers . ($35; SpringStreetDesign.com)







    Perfume Peddler

    A blossom-topped fragrance diffuser makes perfect scents for a mantel or desk. (Zodax, $59.95; HomeDecoratingClub.com)

    Freshen up your indoor space and garden with these spring-awakening home accents.








    Daisy Dos

    A bouquet of cheery daisy appliqués updates this cardigan. ($98; BodenUSA.com)









    Tootsie Rose

    Long-stemmed beauty: That's you in

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  • How to Pick the Right Vitamin

    By Sara Reistad-Long

    The market is flooded with supplements for just about every type of nutritional deficiency, so separating the good from the bad requires some know-how. Below, the experts have broken down which factors to seek out, like reputable brand names, and which to stay away from, like potentially dangerous additives, when shopping vitamins .

    Look for:

    1. Reputable brands. "Brand names (including Nature Made, GNC, Nature's Bounty, etc.) have more on the line and are less likely to put together a formula that could be controversial or get them in trouble with the FDA," says Elizabeth Somer, RD. You can also check to see if the product has been certified by either the United States Pharmacopeia ( USP.org) or NSF International ( NSF.org). These are not-for- profit groups that monitor supplements for safety and purity. If you want to do extra research, the for-profit website consumer-lab. com tests hundreds of vitamins every year. Because vitamins lose potency

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  • How to Conquer Your Compulsions

    By Gail Saltz, MD


    Almost every day I hear a friend-or a patient-talk about being "addicted" to something: chocolate, exercise, email, a TV show. Are these really addictions? No-not if you follow the classic definition of addiction-but they're still potentially problematic.

    Let me explain: Addiction, by definition, means being psychologically and physically dependent on something. If you're addicted to alcohol, tobacco or drugs, for example, you'll experience withdrawal symptoms like a rise in blood pressure , nausea, sweating and tremors if you stop taking it. That's because these substances change body and brain chemistry.

    Nowadays, many people also use the term "addiction" to refer to a "need" to repeat a behavior such as gambling, eating, having sex, exercising, working, shopping or surfing the Internet. These things are technically compulsions, not addictions. If a compulsive gambler doesn't get to the casino, he might feel uncomfortable, but he's not going to get the

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  • 8 Secrets of Sexually Satisfied Couples

    By Denise Schipani

    8 Secrets of Sexually Satisfied Couples8 Secrets of Sexually Satisfied CouplesYour sister, your best friend, your cubicle-mate-you keep hearing about these women who enjoy fabulous sex lives with their partners. But how do they manage to keep it hot, especially when they have a couple of kids and more than a few years together? So you don't have to broach the subject yourself, we asked a few lucky women for their secrets to a satisfying sex life. Here's what they had to say-and how you can apply their advice in your own bedroom.




    1. They schedule sex.

    What? Put "Have sex" on your calendar? "Absolutely!" say couples happy with their sex lives. Rather than killing the mood with a lack of spontaneity, scheduling sex tends to "take away all the very real excuses I could otherwise use, like that I'm exhausted after working and getting the kids to bed," says Holly Jenkins,* who has been married for two years and has three boys under the age of 10. "For couples in long-term relationships, planning a romantic interlude

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  • Spring-Clean Allergens Away

    By Arricca Elin SanSone


    Allergy sufferers know that the arrival of spring also means the start of sneezing, wheezing and other seasonal symptoms; according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology, more than 35 million people are affected by seasonal allergies. Aside from reaching for meds, you can also find some relief through your annual spring-cleaning routine. "A thorough once-over of your home helps control both indoor and seasonal allergens," says Sakina Bajowala, MD, Board-Certified Allergist & Immunologist with DuKane Allergy Asthma Associates in St. Charles, Illinois. "You won't completely eliminate allergens, but there are many ways to reduce exposure for you and your family." Here, a few tips to help you tidy your way to an allergen-reduced home.

    1. Avoid bringing the outdoors in.

    "Know your triggers and, to keep offending allergens outside, don't open windows on days when the pollen count is elevated," recommends Andy Nish, MD, an allergist

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  • 9 Royal Wedding-Inspired Items

    By Woman's Day Staff


    Strong British Accents

    Though you may not have received an invitation to the royal wedding, you can still transport yourself across the pond with these majestically fun products. From home decor to genuinely British rainwear, you'll be feeling regal in no time.






    Queentessential

    The queen is definitely in the house with this elegant silhouette wall clock.It's also available in black. $49.95; NakedDecor.com.








    Crown Jewel

    A sterling gift: this silver monogrammed necklace with a crown charm. $26; SilverWren.Etsy.com.








    Special Smear

    Ring in the upcoming nuptials with this engaging commemorative tea towel, created specially for Woman's Day readers. $18; ClaudiaGPearson.Etsy.com.








    Royally Binding

    Display these beautifully bound Jane Austen classics with, ahem, pride. $20 each; Amazon.com.

    Are you a book lover? Check out three

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  • Easter Craft How-to: Peeps Sunflower

    By Woman's Day Staff


    Little Grow Peeps

    Celebrate Easter and the arrival of spring with a cute and sweet DIY project. Though the completed craft is inedible, you'll enjoy looking at it so much you wouldn't think twice about taking a bite. Follow these steps to celebrate the season with a group of your favorite Peeps.





    Materials

    Click here to download the material list.









    Step 1

    Place the foam on a newspaper-covered surface and cut out a 3" x 4" x 3" rectangular piece using the kitchen knife. Place the piece widthwise into the flowerpot so it fits snugly and the foam isn't visible over the top edge.







    Step 2

    On the same surface, paint the dowel green. Let dry. Apply a generous amount of hot glue to the top of the dowel and secure it to the screw at the opening of the embroidery hoop. Let dry.

    Check out some of our favorite Peeps dioramas.






    Step 3

    Remove

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  • 8 Speedy Spring Cleaning Tips

    By Brynn Mannino


    If you don't have time for the big, top-to-bottom seasonal ritual we call spring cleaning, you can still get the job done by tackling tasks that, when completed, send cleanliness vibes reverberating throughout the whole house. We spoke with trusted cleaning experts to find out which items on your to-do list will have the most effect on the overall appearance of your home. Read on for their time-saving suggestions.

    Living Room: Media Center

    As the focal point of the living room, the media center easily becomes the catchall for stray magazines, books, video games, remote controls, etc. If not contained, the pileup can spread throughout the house-not to mention become a huge eyesore. Solve the problem by introducing like-colored boxes and baskets to contain the clutter, recommends cleaning blogger Beth Alcazar at The Neat Get Neater. "A box of old DVDs is much neater than a random pile," she says. Plus, stylish baskets will add texture and depth to your

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