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  • What You Can Learn from Marriage Studies

    By Denise Schipani

    It seems like you can't open up a newspaper, click on an online article or watch a morning TV show without hearing the results of a new study about relationships, marriage and divorce. But what are you supposed to do with all this information? While you can certainly glean good advice from the findings, it's not one-size-fits-all, says Sherry Amatenstein, a marriage therapist and author of The Complete Marriage Counselor: Relationship-Saving Advice from America's Top 50+ Couples Therapists. However, if a bit of research resonates with you, there are commonsense ways you can apply the messages to your relationship. Here, eight recent studies, and the marriage lessons you can learn from them.

    1. Economic upheaval can bring you closer-or pull you apart. According to a new survey conducted by the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, the current recession is having a double-edged impact on American marriages. On the one hand, couples who are

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  • Do You Qualify for Free Tax Help?

    By Sharon Epperson


    Take a load off your mind this tax season and get help with your taxes-for free. Sharon Epperson, CNBC's personal finance correspondent, breaks down four categories of people who qualify for free assistance with their taxes-and where they can get it!

    If you earned $49,000 or less in 2010, seek out the IRS's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (800-906-9887 for locations), a network of IRS-certified volunteers who prepare federal returns for free.

    If you earned $58,000 or less in 2010, use Free File software to prepare and file your federal return (visit IRS.gov to link to participating companies). Answer simple questions, and it fills out the form for you.

    Check out 5 free and easy online tax tools anyone can use.

    If you're age 60 or older, try AARP's Tax-Aide (888-227-7669 or AARP.org/TaxAide for locations). At more than 6,500 locations, trained volunteers help you file federal, state and local returns.

    If you're part of a military family,

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  • How She Does It: Brooke Burke

    By Olivia Putnal

    Brooke Burke is an inspiration to moms everywhere. Not only does she cohost Dancing with the Stars, one of the most watched television shows in America, she's also a proud mother of four, engaged to former Baywatch star David Charvet, author of the new book The Naked Mom, co-CEO of the online community ModernMom.com, and founder of the online retail store BabooshBaby.com. Just how does this popular star handle her hectic schedule? WD chatted with Burke to find out how she manages her love life, children, exercise regime and career.

    What advice would you give to moms who are juggling so many things in their lives-work, marriage, raising kids and more?

    I think it's really about taking it day by day and committing and knowing that you're important in the whole process, too. Moms don't always have to be last on the totem pole, which is what I believed for a long time. Mothersneed to know they can accomplish everything that's important to them and have

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  • 9 Interior Decorator Secrets

    By Brynn Mannino


    While some of what you see in home decorating magazines can only be chalked up to creative genius and big budgets, even the most inspired decor follows basic design rules. Below, experts share their little secrets, from how to use color to their favorite luxe tricks, so you can give your own home that magazine-ready finish.

    1. Designate a theme.

    The best way to ensure decorative "flow" is to work within a theme, says art expert Jen Bekman, founder of 20x200.com, a website that sells artwork at affordable prices. Whether sports- or Paris-inspired, the focus (even if only loosely adhered to) immediately grounds the designer's creative options. For a DIY decorator, this rule of thumb is especially important, as it will help focus an otherwise overwhelming task. "As you continue to shop around, you'll notice pieces within your premise everywhere, giving you a chance to compare and contrast," says Bekman. So, not only does a theme create parameters to work

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  • 8 Gadgets to Help You Get Organized

    By Brynn Mannino


    Ducks in a Row

    Have you got business cards littering your bag, computer passwords you can't keep track of or coupons that you always forget to use? Whatever your clutter dilemma, check out these easy and efficient ways to get your stuff in order.








    Paperless Filing

    If you're like us, then it takes you all but five minutes to misplace a receipt-especially one you need for a tax return or expense report. Finally, a real solution to keeping those slips in order: This compact device extracts and digitally organizes vital info into the PDF of your choice, including a digital contact list, tax record and more. NeatReceipts, $199.95; NeatCo.com





    Coupon Clipper

    For avid coupon clippers, this 24-tab portfolio is the key to a better shopping experience. Sized to fit in your purse, the pretty planner, available in a number of adorable patterns, also attaches to your shopping cart so you can quickly find deals as you peruse the aisles. Purse Size Deluxe

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  • 9 Beauty Rules That Don’t Apply to Everyone

    By Jennifer Tzeses


    They've stood the test of time, handed down from one generation of women to the next. Those age-old beauty commandments-"Thou shalt shampoo daily," "Thou shalt slough away dead skin"-have been faithfully followed for years without question. But did you ever wonder how these universal decrees could possibly apply to all of us? Here, we give you the lowdown from the pros on who really needs to follow these rules and who can-and even should--break them.

    Rule 1: Wash Your Hair Every Day

    You may be trained to cleanse your mane like clockwork, but you could actually be causing your tresses unneeded distress. "Generally, only women with fine or oily hair need to wash it every day to prevent strands from getting too greasy or weighed down," says Nexxus Creative Director Kevin Mancuso. Those with dry or coarse hair can usually wait a few days before lathering locks, he says, as this helps your scalp's natural moisture rebalance itself and keeps color looking

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  • Must-Have Spring Fashion Staples

    By Woman's Day Staff


    The New Classics

    The snow is melting and the temperature is rising, which means it's time to break out your warm-weather wear! But while spring definitely calls for a wardrobe uplift, that doesn't mean you have to buy all new clothes. These essential items are enough to make your wardrobe shine-without breaking the bank.








    Double Breasted Trench Coast

    Wear this updated classic come rain or shine, thanks to its versatile color and figure-flattering cut. The knee-grazing hem works equally well over skirts, pants and dresses. But be sure to choose a sturdy cotton or poplin fabric, says Goodman. "It will help your coat retain its shape and keep you from looking disheveled." Worthington by JCPenney trench, $99.99; JCP.com.






    Sharply Tailored Shirt

    On its own or layered under a jacket or sweater, this wear-itwith- anything top is a go-to day after day. "When you find a fit you like, consider buying several in different colors," suggests Read More »from Must-Have Spring Fashion Staples
  • What You Should Be Eating for Lunch

    By Olivia Putnal


    We've all suffered from hunger pangs that always seem to hit around 3 p.m., causing us to reach for a candy bar, chips or some other unhealthy snack. What that grumble in your stomach really means is that you didn't eat the right foods during lunch to sustain you for the rest of the afternoon. To make sure you're fueling up properly, have a look at these filling foods that will help hold you over until dinnertime.

    Complex Carbohydrates

    Skipping complex carbs at lunch is sure to land you in the hunger zone later in the day. Not only does your body digest them slowly, keeping you full longer, but they also happen to be very nutritious. "Whole grains are rich in fiber, which is key for a healthy digestive tract and preventing several types of cancer," says Mark Spielmann, RD, nutrition manager of La Rabida Children's Hospital in Chicago. When choosing bread, make sure it has at least two or three grams of fiber per slice and is made with 100 percent whole

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  • 8 Things Your Doctor Wants to Tell You

    By Amanda Greene

    Whether you're feeling sick or trying to stay healthy, there's one person who you can always call for guidance. But while your general practitioner is a pro at assisting you, it turns out there are a few things you can do to lend him a hand as well. From what you should bring to your appointment to important changes to report, find out eight ways you can help your doctor help you.

    1. Come with an open mind.
    If you're like most people, you probably search the Internet to find out what is wrong with you before heading to the doctor. But just because you came up with a Web diagnosis, doesn't mean you shouldn't be open to other ideas. "While I do welcome every patient's input, please hear us out," says Cheryl Wu, MD, a pediatrician at LaGuardia Place Pediatrics in New York City. "Good doctors have all received vigorous training in asking the exact right questions, ticking off mental checklists and performing an objective physical exam. Extensive training and

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  • The Caregivers Survival Guide

    By Gail Sheehy


    You can only care for another person as well as you care for yourself. Imagine yourself as a parent on a faltering plane. When the oxygen masks drop, you put yours on first, then your child's. The same thing goes for a caregiver. To be a good care manager, you need to take care of your own health.


    Keep your routine.

    If you normally get up and stretch and shower before sipping coffee as you get dressed and watch the news, don't stop. Even if you're more anxious about catching the doctor than catching up with the latest world crisis, stick with what's most familiar. It will calm you and your family, especially if you still have children living at home.


    Get serious about self-care.

    Don't skip your regular checkups! Make sure you get your annual exam and tell your doctor you're caring for a sick loved one. Even better, ask to have your necessary tests performed at the same medical center where you take your loved one and try to schedule them on the same

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