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  • 10 Surprising Facts About Orgasms


    By Sarah Jio

    Psst-you over there! Don't be shy…orgasms are as much a part of women's health as dental floss-but a lot more fun. For all the things you've been dying to find out as well as things you've never even thought of, expand your knowledge about the "big O" with this list of enlightening facts.

    1. Orgasms can relieve pain.
    Got a headache? Maybe you should have sex after all. "There is some evidence that orgasms can relieve all kinds of pain-including pain from arthritis, pain after surgery and even pain during childbirth," notes Lisa Stern, RN, MSN, a nurse practitioner who works with Planned Parenthood in Los Angeles and blogs at Gynfizz.com. "The mechanism is largely due to the body's release of a chemical called oxytocin during orgasm," she says. "Oxytocin facilitates bonding, relaxation and other positive emotional states." While the pain relief from orgasm is short-lived-usually only about eight to 10 minutes-she points to past research indicating that even

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  • Social Networking to the Rescue


    By Alexandra Gekas

    While some may argue that social networking tools, like Twitter and Facebook, are a waste of time, and others consider them to be innocent fun, there are a few people who would say these innovations are so much more. For example, one woman saved her friend from home invaders after seeing a plea for help on Facebook, while another was rescued by emergency personnel after tweeting for help when she was injured and lost in the woods. Learn about seven real-life cases where a tweet, status update or an application was a lifesaver.

    Twitter: Lost Snowboarders in the Swiss Alps

    In March 2009, 29-year-olds Rob Williams and Jason Tavaria went on a ski trip in the Swiss Alps and became separated from their group during a snowstorm. A member of their team used Twitter to get phone numbers for the missing snowboarders. Tavaria was contacted on his mobile phone and used his Google Maps application to send rescuers the longitude and latitude of his location.

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  • 3 Fat-Blasting Walking Routines


    By Karen Asp

    Walking is one of the easiest ways to get fit. It's free, you can do it just about anywhere and it burns up to 200 calories in 30 minutes. That's why we enlisted Bob Harper, one of the trainers from NBC's The Biggest Loser, to create a walking program that blasts calories by including strength-training moves. Aim to walk four to six times a week, ideally picking a different routine each day. For motivation, check out the stories of four women who each shed major pounds mainly by walking. In just a few weeks, you'll be on your way to becoming the next weight-loss success story!

    See before and after photos of women who've kept their weight off for years.

    Walk #1: Muscle Up

    Location: Your neighborhood
    Goal: Increase upper-body strength by alternating cardio and strength moves. Throw a resistance band in your pocket before you leave.
    Total time: 38 min

    5 min Warm up: Walk at easy pace.

    1 min Walk fast, pumping your arms.

    3 min Stop walking

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  • Easy Repairs for Common Household Emergencies


    By Arricca Elin SanSone

    Life is full of surprises-and not all of them are good. Whether you have an overflowing toilet or flooded basement, there's no need to panic. "With a little know-how, you can prevent small home emergencies from becoming big ones," says Jodi Marks, home repair expert and author of Fix It in a Flash. "And many situations require only basic tools found at any hardware store." Here's how to handle common home emergencies as well as prevent potential disasters.

    Emergency: Overflowing Toilet

    DIY Fix: Turn off the water supply (it's the little oval knob on the water line going into the tank). Place a toilet plunger with a bell-shaped end in the bowl, covering the hole. "Push the plunger up and down quickly a few times, at the speed you'd use to shake a martini," says Marks. For stubborn clogs, use a toilet auger, a long coil tool with a cranking handle that is a must-have item in your home repair toolkit (available at most hardware stores as well as at Lowes.com

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  • 7 DIY Candy Corn Decorations


    By Woman's Day Staff

    Eye Candy

    Like pumpkins, ghosts and witches, candy corn just screams Halloween. Sure it satisfies your sweet tooth, but the tasty confection's visual appeal also makes a great decoration for the holiday. (And with over 35 million pounds of candy corn manufactured each year, there's plenty of it to go around!) The seven decorating ideas below-from stringing the candy into garlands to using it to decorate tabletops--are proof that sometimes playing with your food is more fun than eating it!

    Photo: © Shutterstock


    Ear Buds

    At this time of year, it seems candy corn does grow on trees. Pick a few clean-looking branches from your yard and hot-glue kernels onto them in clumps of twos and threes in various spots, concentrating on the ends and the Vs where the twigs branch off. Wedge the trunk of the branch into a small Styrofoam or floral square (available at crafts stores) and rest it in the base of a vase. Fill the vase to the brim with corn to

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  • DIY Disguises: Alice in Wonderland Costumes


    By Shelley Wolson

    Adventurous Ensembles

    There's something about the story of Alice in Wonderland that's perfectly suited for Halloween. Perhaps it's the fantastical nature of the story's adventure, or maybe it's the iconic nature of the four main characters' costumes-but we didn't need a special reason to recreate the signature looks of Alice, Cheshire Cat, Mad Hatter and White Rabbit. Using just a few basic clothing items and craft supplies, it's easy to reconstruct Alice's magical world. Just don't forget to watch out for that rabbit hole!

    Photo: © Tamara Schlesinger/Halloween Celebrations

    Alice in Wonderland

    Every costume is an adventure, and this one is no exception. To transform yourself into Alice, start with a lightblue puff-sleeve dress or shirt and skirt combo. Add a white bib apron edged with light-blue rickrack, white flats and white headband, and you'll be down the rabbit hole in no time!

    Click here for how-to instructions

    Photo: © Tamara

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  • 9 Bad Spending Habits to Break- Now


    By Kimberly Fusaro

    Photo: © UpperCut Images/Getty Images

    Wondering why you can't get your budget on track? Chances are, you're making at least one of the money mistakes that follow. Whether it's a tiny misstep, like buying your kids new Halloween costumes year after year, or a major no-no, like ignoring your credit score, these faux pas can keep you from achieving financial security. Below, experts share the nine most common cash flubs and their savvy solutions for them, which will help you get a handle on your finances once and for all.


    Bad Habit #1: Setting a budget that's too strict.
    Like a super-strict diet, a super-strict budget will eventually lead you to "cheat."

    Savvy Solution: Start by cutting back in just one area. Debt management expert Clarky Davis (a.k.a. The Debt Diva) suggests looking for ways to trim your grocery bill-you might try shopping with coupons and adding some store-brand items to your cart. Once you're comfortable with your new supermarket

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  • 10-Minute Halloween Costumes


    By Woman's Day Staff

    Salt & Pepper Shakers

    You'll Need

    Garment bags
    Black construction paper
    Styrofoam peanuts
    Black pompoms
    Stainless steel colanders
    Shoelaces

    1. Enlarge the hole at the top of two clear garment bags so they're big enough for your kids' heads to fit through.

    2. Cut holes on the sides and bottom for arms and legs. With double-stick tape, attach an "S" cut from black construction paper on one and a "P" on the other.

    3. After the kids have stepped into the bags, fill the "S" with Styrofoam peanuts and the "P" with black pompoms.

    4. Top with colanders tied with black and white shoelaces.


    Goldfish
    Let your toddler stand out in a sea of Backyardigans.

    You'll Need
    Cupcake liners
    Hooded sweatshirt
    Ping-pong ball
    Permanent marker

    1. Cut orange cupcake liners in half and hot-glue them in layers, with the curved edges facing downward, to an oversize orange hoodie (for a toddler-size costume,

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  • Joy Bauer's Guide to Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain


    By Joy Bauer, RD

    Halloween marks the beginning of the holiday season-a fun time of year for enjoying friends and family, but also filled with edible booby traps! Candy for trick-or-treaters is everywhere, and pretty soon we'll be seeing Thanksgiving pies and Christmas cookies, too. But that doesn't have to mean you're destined to herald the new year with extra padding. All you need is some coaching on how to handle the temptations.

    Halloween

    Let's start with Halloween, because it's right around the corner. This holiday may be marketed to kids, but grownups often use it as an excuse to indulge in their favorite sweets. Not a problem if you limit yourself to Halloween night itself, but that can be difficult, since the candy onslaught begins well before the 31st and often lingers for days (sometimes weeks) after. You can survive the caloric nightmare with these three simple guidelines:

    1. Buy the bare minimum of candy you think you'll need for trick-or-treaters.
    2.

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  • 10 Health Benefits of Staying Connected

    By Sarah Jio

    In our hyper-connected world, we sometimes get disconnected-from human contact and touch. For instance, when's the last time you gave someone a hug, or got one in return? Can you remember the last time you called the women in your life and had a heart-to-heart chat? In our busy lives, keeping up relationships-and reaching out to the people we care about-can sometimes be a challenge. But connectedness is so important-and it's so good for your health. Here's why.

    1. Giving a massage-and getting one-can have mega health benefits. What may seem like a splurge or a luxury is quite good for your health. And getting your husband to rub your back not only increases your connection as a couple, it could also boost your health in very real ways. Research has linked massage with stress and pain relief, blood pressure control, help with symptoms of depression and immunity boosting. "Massage can increase levels of oxytocin, which is also dubbed 'the cuddle hormone,' and

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