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  • Easy Ways to Add Life to Any Room

    By Ayn-Monique Klahre




    You don't have to gut and revamp your entire space to make it look new again. Try a few expert-recommended decorating tricks, like replacing knobs or swapping in punchy lighting for old fixtures, to breathe new life into your home on the cheap.

    Start with one pattern. A bright indoor-outdoor fabric inspired this room's palette. (The Jane Churchill Belmont fabric shown on the window treatments is only available through designers; browse JoAnn.com for similar fabrics.)





    Freshen up what you have. Transform a wood desk with a coat of glossy paint and whimsical new knobs.

    Learn how to transform used or inexpensive furniture from cheap to chic.




    Hang art that has personality. We love these two examples: These Dandelion Iron Spheres ($261; ArteriorsHome.com for stores) and a painting by Presley.










    Bring in modern materials. Lucite, lacquer and stainless steel accents make a space feel more youthful.






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  • 10 Ways to Get Your Marriage Back on Track

    By Kimberly Dawn Neumann


    First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes happily ever after. End of story, right? Not quite… While it's true that couples relax a bit after they think they've nabbed the matrimonial Holy Grail, the reality is that they may also find themselves dumbfounded if their fairytale starts slipping away. "Many people think that marriage is about marrying the right person, so when things go wrong, they automatically go to the 'Crap, I accidentally married the wrong person' place," says Alisa Bowman, author of Project: Happily Ever After. "Although you do want to marry someone you are basically compatible with, marriage has a lot less to do with marrying the right person than it has to do with doing the right things with the person you married." In other words, relationships are a constant work in progress. To keep the happy connection that made you say "I do" in the first place-or maybe even create a newer-and-improved version-try out these 10 tips to rehab Read More »from 10 Ways to Get Your Marriage Back on Track
  • Second-Time-Around Marriages

    By Denise Schipani


    Linda Thornton, JD, author of 20 Things to Know About Divorce, describes her marriage this way: "We were together for 30 years, not including that break when we were divorced." She's not trying to be cute or facetious: Once she and her husband got back together (infidelity broke them up), "we were so solid and inseparable; it was as though that time apart didn't matter." Sadly, Thornton's husband passed away in 2009, but she's not the only woman who has walked down the aisle with her ex-husband. Below, meet four other once-divorced, now-remarried couples and discover what they learned about making a marriage work-and what you can learn, too.

    Suzann and Clinton Sines, Gaines, Michigan

    In 1995, Suzann and Clinton Sines were 20- and 19-year-old newlyweds against the world. Well, against their families' approval, anyway. "We were very immature, and part of the decision to get married was because my mother was against it," explains Suzann. In eight years of

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  • Joy Bauer’s Supermarket Smarts

    By Joy Bauer, RD


    Shopping for groceries can be daunting, and for good reason: My local supermarket sells more than 80 types of cold cereal, at least 20 varieties of bread and nine different types of milk! To add to the confusion, shoppers are lured with promotions (like "buy one, get one free"), which often translates to buying products you really don't need. But you can beat the system and buy only what's good for you, and I'm here to show you how.

    Produce

    Choose a variety to get the widest range of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. The brighter, the better: Deeply colored fruits and vegetables like berries, spinach, kale, red bell peppers and carrots have the highest levels of disease-fighting antioxidants and nutrients. If fresh produce is hard to come by, head to the freezer section; frozen fruits and veggies retain as many nutrients as fresh, if not more. Go organic when you're buying the following: apples, bell peppers, blueberries, celery, cherries, imported

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  • 8 Ways to Recommit to Your Health Resolutions

    By Amanda Greene


    You've probably heard of "January joiners"-those eager gym-goers who sign up to get in shape at the beginning of the year, only to fall off the wagon by February. There's a reason it's such a common phenomenon: Sticking to health resolutions is difficult, especially when your ambitions are too high or not measurable. So we spoke to the experts to find out about common goal-setting mistakes and how to recommit to more obtainable aims. Read on to learn eight ways to revisit your wellness resolutions--and make them stick this time around.

    1. Shrink your goals.

    One of the most common reasons people fail at keeping their resolutions is because they bite off more than they can chew. "I find that my clients make New Year's resolutions that aren't really realistic," says Cristina Rivera, RD, president of Nutrition in Motion, PC. "They're great for about a week, but people can't keep them up forever." For example, one of her clients made a goal to give up soda,

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  • 10 Health Benefits of Owning a Pet

    By Alexandra Gekas


    Pet owners know how much their furry friend improves their quality of life. But it's not all about unconditional love-although that actually provides a wellness boost, too. On an emotional level, owning a pet can decrease depression, stress and anxiety; health-wise, it can lower your blood pressure, improve your immunity and even decrease your risk of heart attack and stroke. But the positives don't stop there. Read on to discover all of the incredible health benefits that can come with owning a pet.

    Decreases Stress

    In a 2002 study at State University of New York at Buffalo, researchers found that when conducting a stressful task, people experienced less stress when their pets were with them than when a spouse, family member or close friend was nearby. Promises Treatment Centers, which specializes in addiction, not only recommends its patients consider getting a pet, but even allows pets in its rehabilitation facilities, according to David Sack, MD,

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  • 7 Marvelous Mardi Gras Floats and Decorations

    by Amanda Greene

    One of the most exciting parts of Mardi Gras is the extravagant floats that flood the streets of The Big Easy from January 6 until Fat Tuesday, the last day before Lent. Organized and paid for since 1872 by "krewes"-nonprofit organizations made up of locals who plan parades and balls throughout the Carnival season-most floats are the artistic mastery of one shop: Blaine Kern Studios. In business since 1947, the float-building company's complex includes Mardi Gras World, which houses many of the floats when they aren't in use. In honor of Mardi Gras, Blaine Kern Studios gave us a peek at some of their favorite (and most impressive) creations. Want to see more? Head down to New Orleans any time of the year for a tour of their enormous facility.

    Bacchasaurus

    Founded in 1968 by local business leaders who wanted to revitalize Mardi Gras, the Bacchus krewe, which now boasts over 1,350 members and 33 floats, is known for organizing one of the most spectacular

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  • 9 Habits for a Cleaner House

    By Arricca SanSone


    Not everyone likes to clean, but everyone loves a clean house. "The key is maintenance so things don't get out of control," says Diana Henley, owner of Naturalcare Cleaning Service in Houston. "Tackling little messes right away prevents them from becoming big messes later on." Here are nine simple habits the pros recommend to help you keep your home cleaner, longer.


    1. Take off your shoes. "Have your family members remove their shoes as soon as they come in the house," says Maria Skokan, co-owner of Nature's Essence Green Cleaning, LLC in Aurora, Illinois. "It's better to prevent dirt from getting in the house in the first place." At the very least, keep machine washable throw rugs at every entrance to your home-both inside and outside-to capture grit, salt and grass clippings.









    2. Do mini-vacuum sessions. Vacuum high-traffic patterns in carpeted areas and shake out entryway rugs a couple of times a week to stop soil from being ground in. Zip around the

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  • 8 Things Parents Should Know About Video Games

    By Tori Rodriguez


    You may not mind if your kid plays video games, but you are probably wondering if there's any harm in letting her log so much time with the game console. We consulted child psychologists and video game experts to get the facts on how you can help your child enjoy the benefits of video games while avoiding their potential pitfalls.

    1. Games have ratings and consoles have parental controls.
    The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) provides information about computer and video games, including a rating system with categories ranging from EC (Early Childhood) to AO (Adult Only). Cheryl K. Olson, ScD, faculty member of Harvard Medical School and author of Grand Theft Childhood: The Surprising Truth About Violent Video Games and What Parents Can Do, recommends that parents bookmark the ESRB's "Resources" page, which links to instructions for the parental controls built in to all game systems and computers. The page also has "links to sites for your kids

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  • Colorful Cleaning Supplies

    By Woman's Day Staff



    Fresh Start

    This season, trade in your dingy, old cleaning tools for brightly-hued ones. Not only are products decorated in oranges, reds and green energizing, but who doesn't love to play with new toys? Pick up one of these pretty finds and you'll be itching to try them out before you know it. Your mood and house will appreciate the upgrade!





    Chirpy Hooks

    Sparrow-shaped clips provide perches for damp towels and linens. $15 for 16; MOMAStore.org.





    Striped Set

    A pan and brush set that'll earn its stripes attacking tracked-in dirt. $26 each; AliceSupplyCo.com.








    Lovely Loofah

    A loofah helps you enjoy the fruits of your dishwashing labor. Loofah-art, $4.99; 800-720-2247.









    Girly Gloves

    The prettiest rubber gloves, hands down. Cupcakes and Cartwheels, $11; 800-896-7266 for stores.

    Get the whole family to pitch in when it comes to spring cleaning.










    Broom Queen

    A true sweeping beauty. $14;

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