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  • Fully Loaded ‘Baked’ Potatoes that Never Go in the Oven

    By Woman's Day Kitchen

    Why spend hours in the kitchen when your slow cooker can do the work? This hearty, potato-topping chili takes only 20 minutes of prep time and comes guilt-free with merely 346 calories. Credit: Tina Rupp; Food styling by Christine Albano; Prop styling by Marina Malchin


    Related: Discover foods that keep you full longer.


    Serves:
    4 Edit
    Yields: 4 servings
    Cost per serving: $2.66
    Prep Time: 20 min
    Total Time: 8 hr 20 min


    Related: Learn about 50 surprising foods under 100 calories.


    Nutritional Information

    (per serving)
    Calories 346
    Total Fat 2g
    Saturated Fat 1g
    Cholesterol 28mg
    Sodium 667mg
    Total Carbohydrate 65g
    Dietary Fiber 12g
    Sugars --
    Protein 20g
    Calcium --

    Ingredients
    • 1 can(s) (28-ounce) fire-roasted crushed tomatoes
    • 6 ounce(s) beer, lager or ale
    • 2 tablespoon(s) chili powder
    • 2 teaspoon(s) ground cumin
    • 1 tablespoon(s) brown sugar
    • Kosher salt
    • Pepper
    • 12 ounce(s) lean beef stew meat, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
    • 2 clove(s)

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  • The Surprising Truth About Pit Bulls

    The Surprising Truth About Pit BullsBy Beth Levine

    Learn about the passionate organization working to stop the violence against these gentle companions for good. Photo by Mary Kate McKenna.


    Rescuing the Underdogs

    In 2007, a chestnut-brown pit bull named Sweet Jasmine was carried, skinny and terrified, into a Washington, DC, animal rescue center. The dog, a survivor of football star Michael Vick's infamous Bad Newz kennel (an illegal dog-fighting operation that tortured and killed dozens of dogs), had been badly abused. As volunteer Catalina Stirling helped assess her for placement in a foster home, she felt Sweet Jasmine's pain. "It seemed like she wished the ground would swallow her up," says Catalina, who was so affected by the dog's plight that she adopted her. When Sweet Jasmine died in 2009, Catalina felt she had to do more for other dogs like her. "It was astounding how many pit bulls came into the shelter from abusive homes," says fellow volunteer Kate Callahan. As the two friends talked more, Catalina

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  • 7 Simple Ways to Shrink Your Pores

    6 Simple Ways to Shrink Your PoresBy Woman's Day Staff

    As you age, genetics, sun exposure and stress cause skin to lose collagen and elasticity, making the walls of pores stretch and widen. But you can undo the damage with these hard-working products and tips. A younger-looking you is waiting. Photo by Getty Images.


    1. Nix the soap.
    Washing your face twice a day helps clear dirt and oil from pores so they appear smaller. Use a gentle, soap-free cleanser (soap can leave behind a residue that blocks pores), ideally with zinc as its key ingredient, to balance your skin's oil production.

    Try: Cetaphil Dermacontrol Foam Wash, $10.99; Amazon.com


    Related: Discover 10 ways you make yourself look older without realizing it.


    2. Apply a pore minimizer.

    When skin is moisturized, it looks more even and large pores are less noticeable. Your best approach: Swipe on a lightweight, noncomedogenic (meaning it won't clog pores) pore-minimizing cream in the morning and at night. Or opt for a lotion that contains lentil

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  • 9 Ways You Lie to Your Husband Without Even Realizing It

    pensive womanpensive womanBy Jenna Birch


    Of course you shy away from outright dishonesty with your husband-what kind of relationship would that be? Still, lies of omission can cause just-as-serious marriage problems. From ignoring little issues to pushing down resentment, find out nine sneaky ways you might be keeping too mum. Photo by Thinkstock

    1. When you don't tell him about a new goal.
    If you suddenly want to go back to school, but don't speak up because it wasn't in your original plan, your desire for more may morph into depression. "It becomes a problem touching every aspect of your life," says Match.com relationship expert Whitney Casey. Lay the groundwork for a change. Tell your husband your objective and a timeline for achieving it, say, when the kids are older or when you have more money saved. In the meantime, join clubs and attend events to feed your passion. That way, "you can build a well of happiness to pull from during tough times," Casey says.

    2. When you sacrifice something you've
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  • 3 Sneaky Ways Shopping Malls Trick You into Spending More

    shopping mallshopping mallBy MP Dunleavey

    Don't fall prey to ploys that leave you overextended, cranky and resigned to overspending. Find out three ways retailers fool you into forking over more cash and solutions that'll protect your wallet.
    Photo by Thinkstock

    Related: Discover work-at-home jobs that really pay.

    Trick 1: Clever Mall Floor Plans
    Large anchor stores in malls are spread apart in the hopes that you'll cover more ground and visit extra shops along the way-the more you see, the more likely you are to buy. It's no wonder you're pooped, crisscrossing from store to store and searching for hard-to-find bathrooms. Plus, the head-thumping soundtrack in some retailers will drive you to hand your kids cash while you wait outside.

    The Solution: Plan a sensible, efficient route ahead of time using a map from the mall's website to avoid popping into Victoria's Secret for that $45 negligee that you don't need. Take breaks: Go to the car to drop off bags, breathe and regroup. Also, keep a tally on

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  • The Ultimate Fall Dessert: Easy 3-Ingredient Pecan and Pumpkin Pie

    By Woman's Day Kitchen

    If you can't decide between pumpkin or pecan pie, why not have both? This dessert offers two of autumn's best flavors. Photo by Mark Thomas/Woman's Day


    Related: Discover foods that keep you full longer.

    Serves: 8
    Prep Time: 5 min
    Total Time:
    1 hr 10 min

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    Nutritional Information

    (per serving)
    Calories 424
    Total Fat 24g
    Saturated Fat 8g
    Cholesterol 40mg
    Sodium 328mg
    Total Carbohydrate 49g
    Dietary Fiber 3g
    Sugars --
    Protein 6g
    Calcium --

    Ingredients
    • 1 box(es) (37 oz) frozen pumpkin custard pie
    • 1 cup(s) pecan halves
    • 1/3 cup(s) caramel or butterscotch ice cream topping
    • Serve with: whipped cream

    Related: Learn about 50 surprising foods under 100 calories.


    Directions

    1. Bake pie as package directs. Spread pecans in a baking pan or a dish and bake or microwave on high, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes or until fragrant and toasted. Arrange in concentric circles on pie. Spoon caramel

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  • 7 Things Your Cell Phone Salesperson Won’t Tell You

    7 Things Your Cell Phone Salesperson Won't Tell YouBy Tracy Saelinger


    Learn what to save-and spend-on with these smart shopping pointers. Photo by Adam G. Gregor/Alamy.


    1. PLAY HARD-TO-GET FOR A BETTER DEAL

    If your two-year contract is up, start paying month-to-month instead of renewing. Soon, a "retention specialist" will probably start calling to sell you a contract. "Say, 'I'm not ready, but what kind of discount can I get?'" advises Jeff, a former cell phone salesman in North Carolina who asked that his last name not be used. "They have deals we can't offer you in the store."

    2. BUYING A NEW PHONE? SKIP THE STORE TO SAVE MONEY

    Carrier websites offer exclusive online specials, says Jennifer Rosell, a Los Angeles-based district manager for Sprint. You'll need to wait for it to be shipped, but the money and time you'll save online are often worth it. For help setting up the phone, take it to a store where a salesperson will assist you for free.


    Related: Discover 10 surprising things you never have to pay for.

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  • 10 Things Never to Say to a Friend Who’s Been Cheated On

    10 Things Never to Say to a Friend Who's Been Cheated OnBy Arrica Elin SanSone

    It's the ultimate betrayal: Your friend's significant other has been unfaithful. And she's just confided in you. "You'll likely feel angry or hurt for your friend, but it's not the time to share your own feelings," says Karen Sherman, PhD, a psychologist in private practice in Long Island, NY. "Your job is to listen and validate her pain." Read on to find out which seemingly supportive comments can actually hurt your pal even more. Photo by Jamie Grill/Getty.

    1. "Once a cheater, always a cheater."
    Perhaps you feel your friend should never again trust the person who was unfaithful to her. "But this type of all-encompassing comment leaves no room for the possibility of the situation getting better," says Dr. Sherman. "You're squashing all hope, when, in fact, some relationships do heal and improve with work." Instead, focus on her present state of mind and acknowledge the intense pain she's experiencing by saying something like, "I can't even imagine how you

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  • When You Should and Shouldn't Worry About Breast Lumps

    When You Should and Shouldn't Worry About Breast LumpsBy Woman's Day Staff

    Instead of trying to give yourself monthly checks and worrying about whether you're doing it right, some experts suggest an easier at-home method that can help you stay safe: "Become breast aware," says Therese Bevers, MD, medical director of the Cancer Prevention Center at The MD Anderson Cancer Center. Touch your breasts each time you take a shower or bath to get a general sense of where they are lumpy and how your tissue feels. That way, you'll be aware of any changes that may occur. If you find something that doesn't feel right, reach out to your doctor immediately. Photo by Getty Images.

    Related: Learn the 10 things he doesn't think when he sees you naked.

    Fibroadenoma
    What It Feels Like
    You may feel a smooth, but firm, lump-like a gumball. It may or may not be accompanied by pain.
    What It Is
    A growth of benign breast tissue made up of normal cells.
    Who's At Risk
    Women 15 to 35, African-American women and postmenopausal women taking

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  • Sweet Pork Chops Get Dressed Up with Two Fall Favorites

    By Woman's Day

    Fresh apples and apple cider make these pork chops the perfect treat for fall. And though they look like they take hours to prepare, they're ready in just 20 minutes. Photo by Con Poulos; Food styling by Vivian Lui; Prop styling by Marina Malchin

    Related: Discover foods that keep you full longer.

    Serves: 4
    Yields: 4 servings
    Cost Per Serving: $4.89
    Prep Time: 20 min
    Total Time: 20 min

    Related: Learn about 50 foods under 100 calories.

    Nutritional Information
    (per serving)
    Calories 428
    Total Fat 20g
    Saturated Fat 5g
    Cholesterol 103mg
    Sodium 360mg
    Total Carbohydrate 30g
    Dietary Fiber 5g
    Sugars --
    Protein 32g
    Calcium --

    Ingredients
    • 4 crisp red apples, such as Gala or Braeburn, cored and cut into 3/4-inch-thick wedges
    • 1/4 cup(s) fresh sage leaves
    • 2 tablespoon(s) olive oil
    • 4 bone-in pork chops, each about 1 inch thick
    • Kosher salt
    • Pepper
    • 3/4 cup(s) hard cider or dry white wine
    • 1

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