Blog Posts by Woman s Day

  • How to Housebreak a New Puppy

    How to Housebreak a New PuppyHow to Housebreak a New Puppy

    By Jessica Walberg

    So you've just recently made an adorable addition to your family-a brand-new puppy. Puppies can be lovable and playful, but they're also a little messy! Dog expert Cesar Millan, star of National Geographic Channel's popular Dog Whisperer show, recognizes that housebreaking your puppy can be a challenging and sometimes frustrating task. Luckily, Millan shared a few secrets with WD that should help make potty-training your pup a cinch!

    1. Be consistent. According to Millan, daily consistency is the key to a housebroken dog. If you feed and walk your puppy early one day, you should do so every day. (Yes, even on weekends and holidays.) By developing a routine for your dog to follow, you are teaching him or her to expect exercise and food at certain times of the day when you are prepared to provide them. You may like sleeping in on Sundays, but it's just another day to Fido. If you're still tired after a morning walk, you and your puppy can return to bed for

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  • How to Have a Successful Yard Sale

    By Arianne Cohen

    Your Goal: To empty the house of junk in one weekend, no matter what.

    How: The best yard sale. Ever.

    Time: 2 days (plus prep time)

    Possible? Totally. Here's your guide to getting rid of all those duplicates, triplicates and other stuff you never use.

    Getting Started

    Go through your house and decide what you want to sell. Don't forget furniture, games, kitchenware, and kids' sports equipment and toys. Non-holiday, warm weekends from April to September are good sale days-everyone's around. Set the date, then advertise!

    Buy an ad in your local paper to run on the Friday before your sale. Include time and location, and list the types of items ("Lots of Furniture!" "Kid Mecca!") and the line "must sell everything!", as well as desirable brand names such as Pottery Barn or John Deere, or quality items, like a treadmill. And of course, get legal: Call city hall a week before to see if you need a permit, and confirm that it's OK to hang signs on telephone poles in your

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  • Conquer Your Credit Report

    By Mary Hunt

    If the words 'credit report" give you a queasy feeling, relax-you're pretty normal. Most of us would rather undergo a root canal without anesthesia than cozy up with a credit report. But as uninviting as the process may seem, it's one of the most important things you can do to get your financial house in order. So, let's do this together.

    Everything You Need to Know

    1. A credit reporting agency (CRA), also called a credit bureau, is a profit-making company that gathers, compiles and analyzes credit information about individuals and then sells it to banks, mortgage lenders, credit card companies, landlords and employers so they can determine the credit rating (credit-worthiness) of a customer. There are three nationwide CRAs: Experian, Equifax and TransUnion.

    2. Think of your credit report as a rap sheet. It lists all manner of allegations about you, including where you live, whether you pay your bills on time, whether you've been sued or filed for bankruptcy.

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  • 10 Tricks to Make Your Home Look Bigger

    By Kimberly Fusaro

    No matter how generous your home's square footage, chances are, at some point it will seem like the walls are closing in on you. Perhaps you favor bulky bedroom furniture or painted your dining room walls dark maroon on a whim. Or maybe your knickknack collection mysteriously multiplied and has taken over your living room-seemingly overnight. Whatever the reason, your rooms appear smaller than they actually are. The good news: You don't have to take this downsized version of your life lying down. Whether you're ready to do a little remodeling or just want a $20 something-or-other to help visually clear out a room, our decorating experts have 10 easy tips to help you reclaim your living space.

    1. Trick the Senses
    Just like pinstripe pants make your legs seem longer, a striped floor will make a room appear to go on for miles, says designer Kelly Edwards from Style Network's Tacky House and HGTV's Design on a Dime. Use an oversize mirror to enhance the

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  • 7 Online Services That Make Your Life Easier

    By Petra Guglielmetti

    If you've ever envied celebrities because of their entourages of on-call professional helpers, you're not alone-whose life wouldn't be a little easier with a personal chef or 24/7 chauffeur? These days, though, it's not just the rich and famous who can enjoy such perks. You can find personalized advice and assistance from pros-at prices the average person can afford-by looking no further than your home computer.

    Personal Trainer: GymAmerica

    These days, it's easy to find free workouts online, but they're no replacement for the one-on-one advice and motivation that a personal trainer offers. One notable exception is GymAmerica, which generates personalized, well-rounded exercise routines for you based on your age, gender, experience level, personal goals and progress. "Our software's artificial intelligence uses your results to adjust your program and better guide you toward your weight-loss and fitness goals," says Ted Decareau, senior vice president of

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  • Decor Updates That Add Character to Your Home

    By Ginevra Pylant

    Creating a uniquely designed space in your home doesn't have to be costly. Try these clever ideas for a creative look.

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    1. Doctor's Orders
    Add a healthy dose of pattern and color to the inside of your medicine cabinet. Remove the shelves, then use spray adhesive to line the back of the cabinet with craft paper or wallpaper scraps.

    2. Tailor-Made
    Spruce up a set of plain store-bought towels with custom trim. Select thick grosgrain ribbon that suits your style, then stitch it along the edges of your linens.

    3. Bar None
    Hang a peg rack or an assortment of coat hooks instead of a traditional towel bar. Or fashion simple, rustic hooks from sturdy branches with good angles. Use a fine-toothed saw to make clean cuts, sand the edges and drill two holes for mounting.

    4. Waste Not
    Repurpose everyday items into one-of-a-kind accessories: A galvanized metal bucket or ceramic planter is an unusual trash can, and screw-top jelly jars

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  • Home Improvement: Choosing a Kitchen Countertop

    By Scott Gibson

    Choosing a countertop is a big decision: Not only does it contribute to the design tone of the room, but it needs to be a workhorse for food prep, cleanup and that school science project due in the morning. Plus, it's a big investment, since any material that can stand up to food, liquid, hiHome Improvement: Choosing a Kitchen CountertopHome Improvement: Choosing a Kitchen Countertopgh heat and frequent use is almost guaranteed to be pricey. Before deciding on a new countertop for a kitchen remodel, consider your budget constraints and lifestyle. There are many countertops to choose from, including the old standbys of plastic laminate or stone, as well as new eco-friendly products aimed at the green building market.

    Stone and Engineered Stone

    Durable and beautiful, granite accounted for about 15 percent of countertops in new homes in 2001 but jumped to 48 percent by 2008, according to the National Association of Home Builders Research Center. The classic look of stone can be expensive, especially with decorative edges. One way to cut the bill is to

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  • WD Reviews: Slow Cookers

    By Mandy Major

    Slow cookers are extremely versatile and ideal for everything from chicken entrées and vegetable sides to cakes and fruit desserts. But which is the best one? We decided to put 10 affordable models ($60 and under) to the test to see which ones would be worthy of our counter space after spring cleaning. To evaluate each slow cooker's features, we tried our own Spring Vegetable & Chicken Stew and Ranchero Pork with Lime-Marinated Onions recipes rating each cooker from 1 to 5 on heat level, ease of use, maintenance/cleaning and attractiveness. Read on to see how the slow cookers stacked up.

    Crock-Pot Countdown Slow Cooker (5 Quart)
    Score: 20 out of 20
    Features: Digital countdown timer; programmable up to 20 hours; shifts to warm setting when done.
    Highlights: Simple controls-one button for temperature and two arrows for time; easy to clean.
    Drawbacks: Runs hot, however the handles stayed cool for easy lifting.
    What WD had to say:

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  • 15 Fiber-Packed Snacks

    By Barbara Brody

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    You've heard that fiber is important for just about everything, from keeping your heart healthy to promoting good digestion and even helping you loose weight. But are you getting the recommended 25 grams a day? "Most Americans are only getting half of the amount they should," says nutritionist Lyssie Lakatos, RD, cofounder of The Nutrition Twins and coauthor of The Secret to Skinny. Fortunately, snacking on these nutritionist-approved treats can help.

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    Delicious thinkThin Bars have 4 grams of fiber and are easy to eat on the run (no crumbs!), says Deborah Herlax Enos, CN, a certified nutritionist and wellness coach and author of Weight a Minute! Transform Your Health in 60 Seconds a Day. They're also high in non-GMO protein (meaning it hasn't been genetically modified). Visit for more information.

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    Sprinkle some ground flaxseed onto yogurt or even a half-cup of ice cream. Each teaspoon you add has 2

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  • 10 Natural Ways to Get (or Fake) Whiter Teeth

    By Amanda Greene

    When it comes to saying "cheese," do you suddenly find yourself tight-lipped? Yellow teeth-whether they're from too much coffee, smoking or just bad genetics-can feel like a serious beauty setback. But you're not alone: There are tons of whitening products on the market now, from creams to gels to miniature capsules, all devoted to teeth bleaching. If applying peroxides and other chemicals seems a bit too harsh, though, don't worry. There are plenty of other natural ways to score a gleaming grin. Check out these 10 ideas to help make your smile appear brighter, au naturel.

    1. All-Natural Formula
    Combine ½ tsp baking soda with ½ tsp table salt to make a teeth cleanser, says Dorie Byers, author of Natural Beauty Basics. Add one drop of breath-freshening peppermint essential oil to the mixture. Wet your toothbrush, then dip it into the mixture and brush. The particles in the baking soda polish the surface of your teeth, while a chemical reaction with the water

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