Blog Posts by Woman s Day

  • 12 Spending Schemes We Fall For

    By Mary Hunt

    I blame my suspicious nature on my neighborhood grocery store. The store used to be a logically arranged market with bright lights and clean floors-a basic, friendly, functional place to shop. Then the bulldozers morphed it into a big fancy supermarket complete with mood lighting and cushy chairs.

    I have nothing against beautiful spaces and modern conveniences, but I'm no fool. I knew all of this effort was to one end: to get me to spend more of my hard-earned money. Take the "Three for $6!" special of the week. Why not just say $2 each and drop the exclamation mark? I muttered to myself as I placed one jar of spaghetti sauce in the cart. Before I could wheel away I had my answer: I saw several customers dutifully place three jars in their carts. Not two, not four, but three jars.

    That response was no accident. In fact, that's a simple example of how retailers use tricks to persuade consumers to buy more. Retailers hire experts like Paco Underhill, author of Why We

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  • 5 Ways to Start Letting Go

    5 Ways to Start Letting GoBy Susan Candrell

    "Letting go is all about adjusting your mindset," says Pam Peeke, MD, MPH, assistant clinical professor of medicine at the University of Maryland and author of Body for Life for Women. "It starts to happen when the pain of being who and where you are exceeds the work you must do to let go," says Dr. Peeke. "Once you stop saying 'but' and start saying 'and,' you're ready."

    For example, you used to say, "I hate my job, but I don't have time to look for a new one." Now you're saying, "I hate my job, and I've rewritten my resume."

    Letting go not only helps you move closer to change, it also has a positive impact on your health. "When you're holding on to something or stuck in a situation, your body holds on to that anxiety and is in a perpetual state of fight-or-flight-which can do serious damage to your health," says Dr. Peeke. Constant anxiety ups your heart rate, blood pressure and even the production of stomach acid: Research shows people who are under

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  • 4 Eco-Friendly Deodorizers

    4 Eco-Friendly Deodorizers 4 Eco-Friendly Deodorizers

    By Arianne Cohen

    Scented sprays and candles usually only cover stinky smells-and some don't even do a good job at that. Next time a nasty odor is lurking inside your house, why not try an eco-friendly solution that combats it at the source? Below, Mark Sneller, PhD, author of Greener Cleaner Indoor Air, recommends four simple and environmentally-safe ways to keep your home smelling fresh.

    1. Baking Soda
    Mix it with water to create a paste to wash walls or other surfaces that smell, or leave an open box in enclosed spaces that are odorous, such as the bottom of the laundry bin or garbage can.

    2. Borax
    Just as useful as baking soda, but more concentrated. Dump 2 teaspoons in the garbage disposal, wipe down smelly surfaces with a mix of 1⁄2 teaspoon of borax and a cup of warm water, or spray the mixture on plants to kill bugs and mold (and not the plant).

    Find solutions to your toughest cleaning problems.

    3. Vinegar
    White vinegar and water, mixed in

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  • Organize Your Home by Color

    By Brynn Mannino

    Color CorrectColor CorrectColor Correct

    Color-coding offers visual cues that can identify anything from road signs to sports teams. Even doctors' offices use it to track their patients' files. But for some reason we rarely think to apply the system at home. WD has spoken with experts to learn how color can help you organize everything-from your kids' bathroom routine to your home office-with maximum results and minimal effort.

    Laundry RoomLaundry Room

    Laundry Room

    Laundry should be separated anyway, so it's a no-brainer to extend the color-matching practice to your laundry baskets. "Assign like colors to like things," says Laura McHolm, cofounder of NorthStar Moving, an L.A.-based moving and storage company. For example, choose a light blue-rimmed tote for lights and whites, and a navy blue option for darks. Oversize Canvas Carry-All, prices start at $25;



    For anyone with children at home, it can feel like an insurmountable task to keep all their bathing items

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  • Eliminate Kitchen Odors

    By Arianne Cohen

    Eliminate Kitchen OdorsEliminate Kitchen Odors

    The kitchen can be home to many sweet-smelling feasts, but when those aromas are overpowered by a reeking appliance or accessory, the family would probably prefer to stay hungry. If you're battling offensive odors from your garbage disposal, refrigerator, trash can, dishwasher or stove top, read on for easy solutions to keep things clean and fresh-scented year round.

    The Stink: Garbage Disposal
    The Solution: Pour a cup of boiling water through the disposal, which will clean off the blades. Then grind up citrus peels like lemon or orange rind.

    The Stink: Refrigerator
    The Solution: Soak a cotton ball in vanilla extract, then put it in a little bowl on the lowest open shelf. Remove in a few days when dry. (If you prefer the smell of coffee, try a bowl of used coffee grounds instead.)

    The Stink: Garbage Can
    The Solution: Try SimpleHuman Charcoal Filters. These ingenious strips of charcoal stick to the inside of the lid, and can be recharged by

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  • 10 Reasons to Go Gray

    By Nancy Hall

    10 Reasons to Go Gray10 Reasons to Go Gray

    A look in the mirror told me it was time for a change. At 50, I had the auburn hair of a 35-year-old, but I was not that woman anymore-nor did I want to be. I'd taken up painting and bookbinding. I regularly traveled to the mountains for weeklong silent meditation retreats. I had earned my first-degree black belt in karate. I felt good in my own skin-why not in my own hair? That day I decided I'd only keep coloring if I could come up with three good reasons to. Instead, I thought of plenty of reasons to put down the dye. Gray? Bring it on!

    1. Gray saves time and money. Life is short and gray hair is easy and (mostly) free. As my newly gray friend Maureen says, "I don't even want the stylist to spend time chatting with me. Cut it and let's go-I've got a life to live!" If I still had all the money in my pocket that I'd spent coloring my hair, I could take a European vacation…a nice one.

    2. Gray is earth-friendly. We eat pretty low on the food chain at my house. We

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  • WD Reviews: At-Home Hair Removal Products

    By Alexandra Gekas

    When your seasonal wardrobe consists of tank tops, bathing suits, skirts and shorts, there's no room to slack on shaving. To help you maintain your summer look, we tested 13 at-home hair removal products-including creams, epilators and trimmers-rating the smell, pain, time and results for each on a scale of 1 (worst) through 5 (best) to find out which products lived up to their promises and which were less than impressive.

    Schick Quattro for Women TrimStyle

    Score: 4.8
    What WD had to say: Specifically intended for the bikini line, the Schick Quattro for Women TrimStyle has a four-blade razor at one end and a waterproof hair trimmer at the other. "Once I got the hang of the trimmer I found it easy to use-it reminded me of when I would help my husband trim the hair on the back of his neck," our reviewer said. "For women who aren't into waxing the bikini area, this item is a must-have for bathing suit season." Photo courtesy of Schick.

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  • Haircolor Maintenance 101

    By Woman's Day Staff

    Haircolor Maintenance 101Haircolor Maintenance 101

    Coloring your own hair can be an intimidating process. With the myriad shades, brands and formulas to choose from-not to mention the maintenance of your new 'do-how do you know what's best for you? We consulted hair care professionals for the answers to your most pressing questions. From color upkeep to dye allergies, find out how to maximize the effects of boxed formulas and keep your mane looking beautiful.

    How often will I need to color my hair?

    To keep up with gray roots, most people need to reapply color every 4 to 6 weeks. The good news? You don't need to apply color to your whole head. Instead, divide your hair into several sections and apply color just to the regrowth areas along the roots. The pros also suggest using a cotton swab to help evenly spread color to targeted areas.

    How long should I wait to wash my hair?

    After the initial wash to rinse out the haircolor, try to wait 24 hours to shampoo it again. This allows the color to

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  • Denise Austin’s Essential Stretches

    By Denise Austin

    Post-Walk Moves
    Post-Walk Moves

    It's best to stretch after you walk (or do any kind of workout) because that's when your muscles are warmed up and more flexible. Though you might be tempted to skip it altogether, stretching is essential, as it increases overall flexibility, helping to prevent injuries, pain and soreness. Remember to: 1) Breathe comfortably-the muscles you're stretching need oxygen; 2) Hold for at least 20 seconds; 3) Do them often-flexibility takes consistency. Flip through for a few magic moves.

    Chest/Leg/Thigh Stretch
    Chest/Leg/Thigh Stretch

    Stand with both feet hip-width apart. Bend your left knee and grab your left foot with left hand. With your knee pointing toward the ground, extend your right arm straight up. Hold for 20 seconds, then switch sides.
    Hamstring/Butt Stretch
    Hamstring/Butt Stretch

    Bend over slightly and shift your weight onto your left foot as you extend your right leg straight in front of you. Keep your right heel on the ground and toes pointing to the ceiling. Place your hands on Read More »from Denise Austin’s Essential Stretches
  • 6 Skills Every Teen Should Learn

    By Melissa Gaskill

    Before I left for college, my father summoned me to the front yard and had me change a tire. He wanted to make sure I at least knew that much about cars.

    For Andrea Ellinor of Tulsa, Oklahoma, the need-to-know topic was laundry. "I'd never washed my own clothes," she says. So once she was settled into her dorm room freshman year, her mom marched her down to the dorm's basement for a crash course in using the washer and dryer. "That semester, I made a lot of phone calls home with laundry questions," she says with a laugh.

    Our parents had the right idea, if not the best timing. "When kids enter high school, it's time to decide what responsibilities we want them handling by graduation," says Carl Pickhardt, PhD, author of Stop the Screaming: How to Turn Angry Conflict with Your Child into Positive Communication. You have four years to help your teens learn to take care of themselves, so come up with a list of life skills you want to pass on, suggests Dr.

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