Blog Posts by Woman s Day

  • Are You Sabotaging Your Diet?

    By Jill Provost


    You walk with your girlfriends at lunch and have sworn off candy bars in exchange for lowfat snacks. So why is the scale not budging? Despite our best intentions, we all fall prey to habits that are plumping us up-even if we don't realize they are. Here, sneaky traps that can sabotage weight loss and what you can do about them.

    Your lunch buddies are voracious eaters.

    You've heard of the brat pack, but what about the fat pack? According to a recent study, self-control (or lack of) is contagious. If you dine with ravenous or junk-food-loving friends, you'll unconsciously mirror their eating habits. But don't reserve a table for one just yet-especially if you're a heavy eater. Some of us fall into our worst habits when no one's watching, says Brian Wansink, PhD, author of Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think. Your best bet: Eat with people who practice portion control.


    You put yourself in temptation's way.

    News flash: You cannot satisfy your

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  • 10 Interesting Facts About Marriage

    By Alexandra Gekas


    "Love and marriage, love and marriage…go together like a horse and…" well, you know the lyrics. While we've been singing songs, writing poems, living for and dying over matters of the heart for centuries, how much do we really know about wedded bliss? Whether it's the traditions that surround it or the biology that fuels it, here are 10 little-known facts about-you guessed it-love and marriage.

    White Wedding


    Wedding dresses weren't always white, according to TLC. In fact, they were traditionally red, blue, purple or even black, with gold and silver stitching. It wasn't until 1840, when Queen Victoria wed Prince Albert in a white bridal gown, that the "chaste" color became the status quo.

    Pucker Up

    Men who kiss their wives in the morning are said to live five years longer than those who don't. So pucker up and start your day off right!


    Give It Away

    A 2006 study found that altruism leads to marital bliss. Participants were asked whether they

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  • How to Hydrate Dry Winter Hair and Skin

    By Woman's Day Staff


    Hydration Station


    The icy winter air, as well as indoor heat and blow drying, certainly has a way of sucking all the moisture out of your hair and skin. But you don't need to suffer until spring: Fight back against brittle locks and dull skin now by replenishing your body's lost moisture. Read on for 12 thirst-quenching products for every type of parched skin and hair.




    Quench Thirsty Hair

    Whether you're indoors or out, winter's wrath is unavoidable. Inside, forced heat and the much-needed blow dryer are sapping moisture from your mane. Outside, low humidity, gusty winds and the mandatory hat (which can absorb your hair's precious oils) are doing the same. The remedy: hydration. "Each week, condition with a treatment containing a humectant like glycerin that attracts and locks in moisture, and in turn restores shine," says Rodney Cutler, owner of Cutler/Redken Salons in New York City and Miami.







    If Your Hair Is... Curly

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  • Slow-Cooker Tips from the Pros

    By WomansDay.com Staff


    One of the major perks of using a slow cooker is that it makes preparing meals extremely user-friendly. But to get your recipes just right it helps to know a few tricks and tips. Read on for pointers about how to safely slow cook your way to a delicious meal.

    Set It and Forget It

    A slow cooker, which is designed for safety, doesn't generate enough heat to be dangerous in your kitchen, explains Beth Hensperger, author of Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook. But she recommends using the lowest setting anytime you plan to leave the house or cook overnight. (While a cooker doesn't need constant tending, high should be used only when you're home.)

    Make your favorite comfort foods in the slow cooker with these helpful recipes.

    Fill It Two-Thirds Full

    While the dish cooks, the ingredients expand-so if you overfill, the liquid could spill over onto the electrical parts and ruin the machine, says Hensperger.

    Take a Peek

    If you're a

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  • Movie Theater Snacks from Around the World

    By Brynn Mannino


    In the U.S., moviegoers snack on typical vendor fare like nachos, chocolate-covered candy and popcorn. But what's served in America isn't necessarily the norm around the world. Whether it's V.I.P. audiences in Russia feasting on caviar, or Norwegians enjoying dried reindeer meat, check out all the favorite munchies of international filmgoers.

    Japan: Iwashi Senbei

    At first glance, these brown crispy flakes look like bacon strips. However, they're actually bags of sardine (iwashi) rice crackers (senbei). To capture the notorious sweet-savory umami flavor of Japanese cuisine, the mini-fish (including their mini-skeletons) are baked in sugar and soy sauce and usually sold prepackaged.


    Korea: Dried Cuttlefish

    In Korea, prepackaged cuttlefish (similar to squid but with a meaty texture and briny-sweet flavor) is served dried and shredded. But the delicacy is not served in place of popcorn-it's served with it, as the two snacks' opposing textures (chewy

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  • Is My Child Old Enough to Babysit?

    By Mary L. Pulido, PhD

    A recent study of11- to 13-year-old babysitters found that almost all of them know whom they should contact if faced with an intruder or sick child, but 40 percent said they had left children unattended and 20 percent had opened the door to a stranger.

    Learn about 3 websites where qualified babysitters can register for assignments.

    Figuring out whether your child is up to the task really comes down to knowing your child. (Note: Some states do set the minimum age for a babysitter at 12.) Does she generally make good decisions? If she has younger siblings, how does she interact with them? If you're confident that she would be reliable, then suggest she take a babysitting class. The American Red Cross offers a one-day course for 11- to 15-year-olds (RedCross.org/Babysitting).

    You can also help your child prepare by rehearsing different scenarios, such as what to do if the doorbell rings or a stranger phones. And it's a good idea to ease her into the

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  • How to Handle 5 Sticky Parenting Situations

    By Beth Levine


    Teaching manners to my now 18-year-old son was always clear: Say thank you, use your indoor voice. What was, and still is, harder to figure out was the proper way to deal with other parents and other children-like the dad who made a crack about my son's lack of athleticism at our kids' soccer game. (Would it be OK to slug him? I know, I know, it wouldn't.) Or the mom at the store the other day who was oblivious to her child's tantrum. (Can a total stranger say something?) When it comes to parenting, it's a virtual manners minefield. So here's what to do if…

    …an adult criticizes your child. Like any parent, you'll immediately want to go on the offense and come to your child's rescue. But before you say anything to the adult, take a minute to step back and "assess whether the criticism is earned," says Michele Borba, EdD, author of The Big Book of Parenting Solutions. If the comment is about your child's behavior-say, she was being mean to another child and

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  • 8 Procrastination Pitfalls You Can Overcome

    By Lori Murray


    Ever wonder how you can while away the day without eliminating a single item from your to-do list? Even when you have the best of intentions, excuses seem to get in the way of you accomplishing your goals. Maybe the tasks are boring, overwhelming or difficult. Perhaps it's simply easier to put them off until another day. But left unaddressed, procrastination can rob you of happiness and personal fulfillment. Knowing that, we uncovered some common procrastination pitfalls and the strategies to help you overcome them.

    Scenario #1: You vowed to start a new workout plan beginning today, but you can't seem to get off the couch.

    Starting to exercise is never easy, so it's best to remind yourself of the long-term goal. In other words, consider why it's worth putting in the effort now for some future benefit. Then realize that you have to start with something small. "Don't think about the entire workout. Instead, simply start to stretch," says Tim Pychyl, PhD,

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  • WD’s Guide to Making Clothes Last

    By Arianne Cohen


    If your favorite jeans could talk, they might cry. Their existence is, frankly, harrowing: endless days spent absorbing sweat from one side and dirt from the other before a week or two crumpled in the laundry basket, then sudden submersion in a water-filled machine that hurls and spins. And then there's the dryer-extreme heat combined with flying through the air. (Lint is clothing that's coming apart, folks.) And these are your favorite jeans, the ones you care about. You'd be in a bad mood too.

    As women, we know how to shop. The problem is, many of us aren't so good at taking care of our clothes, which shortens their lifespan and can as much as double our clothing expenses. So I put some experts through the wringer to find out the best way to care for our duds.

    Buy Smart

    Believe it or not, that $10 shirt might survive until 2030, while the $100 one might not make it though the season. "Price doesn't always equal quality," says Billie Collier, PhD,

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  • How to Update a Vintage TV Tray

    By Ashley Campbell

    Have an old TV table or serving tray you're ready to toss? Don't throw it away just yet. Follow these easy steps to transform a dated-looking piece into a pretty table with a floral stencil and spray paint.

    Materials

    • Metal TV tray (this one is from a thrift store; find a similar set of 4 laminate trays for $49.95 at VermontCountryStore.com
    • Fine-grit sandpaper
    • Spray-on rust primer (we used Rust-Oleum Rusty Metal Primer Spray, $4.24; The Home Depot stores)
    • White spray paint
    • 12" square of floral scrapbooking paper (we used Andrea Victoria "Petals" by My Mind's Eye, 79¢ per sheet; ShopHSS.com)
    • 14" square of cardboard
    • X-Acto knife
    • Repositionable adhesive (we used Krylon Easy-Tack, $6.99; Michaels stores)
    • Newspaper
    • Blue painter's tape
    • Red spray paint (or color of your choice)

    Directions

    1. Remove the legs from the tray. To remove loose paint and rust, sand the top and legs. Working

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