Blog Posts by Woman s Day

  • 4 Dieting Traps- And How to Avoid Them

    By Joy Bauer, RD

    Q. I've been getting invited to a lot of parties and I'm worried about what to eat since I don't have control over what's being served. Any tips?

    A. When you're not cooking for yourself (or even ordering for yourself, like in a restaurant), you have to accept that you won't be able to eat "perfectly"-but that's OK. You never want to show up completely hungry, so try eating a salad or broth-based soup, like my Skinny Veggie Soup, before you leave home. If you've already lost some weight, wearing something that's a little fitted can also help4 Dieting Traps—and How to Avoid Them4 Dieting Traps—and How to Avoid Them you show off your new figure and remind you not to overdo it. And when in doubt, just follow the rule of one: That means one small plate of hors d'oeuvres, one reasonably full (but not overloaded!) plate of food and one sliver of dessert. Even if you do end up eating too much, remember that it's just one night. Start off the next morning on the right foot with an invigorating cardio workout and a healthy breakfast to get

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  • 5 Breast Cancer Bloggers Share Their Stories

    By Amanda Greene

    Receiving a breast cancer diagnosis can elicit many emotions: fear, sadness and disbelief, just to name a few. And while no two women will have the exact same experience, the five women below have two things in common: They've had or have breast cancer and they blog about it. Whether they started their blog to keep family and friends informed about their progress or just as a way to sort out their emotions, each will attest it's been a life-changing experience. Read on to learn how blogging has impacted each woman's journey.

    Read more true stories about how blogging changes people's lives.

    Ann Silberman of But Doctor...I Hate Pink!

    Ann Silberman was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in August 2009. She has undergone treatment and will be receiving Herceptin infusions until December 2010 and tamoxifen for five years, and is looking forward to reconstructive surgery this November.

    Almost the first thing I did when I heard the words "You have breast

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  • 10 Things Your Mother-in-Law Wants to Tell You

    10 Things Your Mother-in-Law Wants to Tell You10 Things Your Mother-in-Law Wants to Tell YouBy Denise Schipani

    Poor mothers-in-law-they always seem to be the brunt of the joke (think: Marie Barone in Everybody Loves Raymond). They're portrayed, more often than not, as overbearing, meddling-or sometimes even downright evil. But being a mother-in-law (MIL), especially when you're a mother of a son and therefore acquire a daughter-in-law, can be fraught with tension. It's often said that a mother "loses" her son to the woman who becomes his wife and, while some of these by-marriage relationships are lovely and warm and others are frosty and distant, there are often things left unsaid between the two women because of this. We asked a few mothers-in-law what they would tell their daughters-in-law if they had the chance. Read on to discover their unspoken words.

    1. Don't push me aside.
    It's common for mothers-in-law to get a rep for being…intrusive. But even mothers-in-law who don't pop in unannounced for coffee or criticize how you're raising your kids often feel

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  • 10 Things the HR Department Won’t Tell You

    By Kimberly Fusaro

    If everything's going smoothly, you probably won't interact with the folks in human resources much between the day you're hired and your last day with the company. But every day in between, it's their responsibility to make sure you're doing your job well. Which means they know a lot more than you might think. We checked in with human resources experts to see what your current employer is keeping tabs on-and how your next employer could be judging you based on a whole lot more than the résumé you submitted. 10 Things the HR Department Won't Tell You10 Things the HR Department Won't Tell You

    1. Background checks have gone beyond Google.
    Before calling in applicants for a job interview, HR will snoop around online to make sure there are no virtual red flags. "Social media 'stalking' has become the norm-especially at larger companies," says Mary Hladio, who worked in human resources for more than 15 years and is currently CEO of leadership group Ember Carriers. "Beyond typing names into a search engine, companies will also employ

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  • 10 Driving Mistakes You Probably Make

    By Amanda Greene

    When it comes to driving mistakes, most people are in the "it's not me, it's you" camp. Everything from minor scrapes to major collisions can easily be blamed on the other driver. But what if it is actually your fault? We spoke to the experts and discovered that oftentimes, you (yes, you!) really are the one to blame. The good news? You're not alone. Read on to find out the most common driving mistakes people make, and what you can do to improve your road skills.

    1. You're not paying as much attention to the road as you think you are.
    Distracted driving is a huge cause of accidents, and cell phone use is one of the biggest culprits. Think you're in the clear because you're wearing a headset? E

    10 Driving Mistakes You Probably Make10 Driving Mistakes You Probably Make

    xperts agree that even if you're talking hands-free while behind the wheel, you're still endangering yourself and others. "You're driving a two- or three-thousand-pound piece of metal, and anything you do that distracts you from driving is a danger," says

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  • 5 Spooktacular Wine Bottle Crafts

    By Woman's Day Staff

    This Halloween, bring empty bottles back from the dead to haunt your home.

    Repurpose your wine corks by discovering brilliant ways to use them around the house.

    Vampire & Ghost

    1. Using a paint scraper, remove labels from empty bottles of wine. Soak to loosen glue, scrubbing with a sponge. Dry. (You can also use Goo Gone, found at most grocery stores.)

    2. With black and white paint pens, draw on faces.


    1. Remove label from an empty green bottle using the instructions for Vampire & Ghost (see above).

    2. Wrap blue painter's tape around the barrel of the bottle, stopping where the base begins to curve toward the neck. Using a pen or marker, draw triangle eyes and a toothy grin in center.

    3. Lay bottle faceup on a dishtowel to keep it from rolling around. Carefully cut along the markings with an X-Acto knife. Peel off the surrounding tape, leaving the eyes and mouth stuck to the bottle.

    4. Using orange spray

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  • Throw a Twilight-Themed Party

    By Woman's Day Staff

    The next installment of the film series doesn't hit theaters until fall 2012, but Twilight fever is far from cooling down. Invite neighbors over at nightfall for a grownup Halloween party with aThrow a Twilight-Themed Party Throw a Twilight-Themed Party vampire vibe.

    Promise a bloody good time by splattering white cards with red nail polish, says Jennifer Sbranti, who writes the entertaining blog

    Arrange branches vertically around a glass cylinder and wrap with twine, says Sabrina Soto, host of HGTV's Halloween Block Party 2010, airing October 16. Add dry ice (go to to find it) for the foggy feel of Forks, Washington, the setting of the story.

    Or try creating an eye-catching Halloween arrangement using branches from your backyard.

    Table Settings
    Place a black charger under a plain white dish and finish with a red satin napkin, says Sbranti.

    Place Cards
    Cut small slits in the tops of red apples and slip in paper

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  • 8 Ways to Make Shoes More Comfortable

    By Brynn Mannino

    Feet Friendly

    Sometimes beauty really is pain, especially when it comes to women's footwear. But it doesn't have to be, thanks to the latest advancements in orthopedic products that specifically cater to ladies' shoe dilemmas. WD found eight solutions to the most common shoe problems, including heel slippage, digging straps and chaffing rubber, so you'll be able to wear all of your favorite footwear-pain-free.

    Photo: © Tetra Images/Getty

    Learn everything you ever wanted to know about heels.

    Pain in the Strap

    Before you relegate agonizing slingbacks and thong sandals to the category of regrettable purchases, strap these on for size. Available in four colors, these thin strips adhere to the inside of your shoe straps to help prevent painful blisters and ugly red marks caused by slipping straps and excess friction. Strappy Strips, prices start at $3.50;

    Photo: © courtesy of

    Cushioned Edge

    Putting an

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  • 8 Anti-Aging Secrets of Dermatologists

    By Melissa Matthews Brown

    Who better to steal anti-aging secrets from than skin doctors themselves? From sleeping to snacking-to where to sit on an airplane-these tricks of the trade will have you looking younger without paying the price of surgery or other invasive beauty treatments.

    1. "Exercise and keep an active lifestyle," says Gary Goldfaden, MD, a Miami-based dermatologist. Working out helps promote circulation and the flow of nutrients to your skin.

    2. "Don't tense your face or neck muscles while working out. Tensing these muscles can deepen fine lines, while weakening the muscles in your neck and promoting sagging," says Frederic Brandt, MD, a dermatologist in Miami and New York City.

    3. "Avoid smoking-it slows the flow of oxygen to skin. It also causes fine lines to deepen and increases skin discoloration," says Paul M. Friedman, MD, a Houston- and New York City- based dermatologist.

    4. When traveling by plane, avoid the window seat. You'll be exposed to

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  • The Foolproof Anti-Aging Skin Routine

    By Melissa Matthews

    Ask any woman of a certain age and she'll tell you that looking younger is at the top of her wish list. But when it comes to figuring out how to get ageless skin, well, most of us wouldn't know the answer if it was staring us in the face. Serums? Creams? Cleansers? What to use and how? This skincare-by- numbers regimen makes it easy to stop aging in its tracks.

    Find out which beauty drinks and supplements really did improve our testers' hair, skin or nails.

    Your Morning Routine

    1. Wash your face. Using a non-soap cleanser and warm water, remove dirt and oil to create a canvas for products, which you'll be applying in order of consistency, from thinnest, like gels, to thickest, like creams, so they properly penetrate skin, says Kathy Fields, a San Francisco dermatologist and cocreator of Proactiv.

    2. Treat your eyes. "The area around your eyes is the first place to show visible signs of aging-fine lines and wrinkles," says Gary Goldfaden, MD, a

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