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  • 5 Ways to Get Whites Whiter

    By Abigail L. Cuffey

    5 Ways to Get Whites Whiter5 Ways to Get Whites WhiterDid you recently christen your crisp white button-down with a tomato sauce stain? Are your well-worn summer whites a dingy shade of yellow? Not to worry. Keeping your whites, well…white is all about strategy, so follow these proven methods to maintaining your light garments.

    1. Do an Undress Check

    "Inspect white clothing as soon as you take it off," says Steve Boorstein, host of the DVD Clothing Care: The Clothing Doctor's Secrets to Taking Control. Check the underarm, neck and crotch areas for stains, and if you can, launder machine-washable items immediately before messes set or harden. If you're busy or you don't have a full load ready to go, pretreat and hang the item, and wash later.

    2. Talk to Your Dry Cleaner

    Oily stains will need pro help. Make sure your dry cleaner has designated solutions for keeping whites white-a specific machine or dedicated solvent, for example. It helps prevent whites from turning yellow or dull, a common problem when

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  • 10 Things Your Hairdresser Won't Tell You

    By Kimberly Fusaro

    If you're constantly trying to put your best face forward, you'd better be on good terms with your hairdresser. Sure, you're savvy on who and when to tip-but there's a lot more your stylist wishes you knew. Ever wonder what your hairdresser is really thinking when he's elbow deep in your tresses? We asked stylists from around the country to sound off on everything they've been dying to tell you. Photo credits: Photo by Retna (Aniston); all other photos by Shutterstock.

    1. I probably can't give you a celebrity's hairstyle.
    Yes, we'd all love Jennifer Aniston's shiny, sun-kissed locks. But even if your stylist can match a celeb's color and cut, she can't give you access to the team of professionals that the rich and famous have fixing their hair before every appearance. Bringing in pictures is great, but be open to adaptations that take into account your hair texture and bone structure. If you go in expecting a carbon copy of a red carpet style,

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  • Everything You Need to Know About Your Meds

    By Francesca Lunzer Kritz

    Medication is such a part of our everyday lives-about two-thirds of all Americans take at least one drug daily-yet so many of us don't understand important details about them. Research shows that 10 percent of all hospital admissions are the result of patients not taking meds correctly and that most people don't know the active ingredients in the OTC drugs they use. "In a perfect world, a discussion about drugs would be its own doctor visit, so you'd go over all the details," says Michael Cohen, RPh, a pharmacist and head of the Institute for Safe Medication Practices. Here's what you need to know to stay healthy and safe.

    Timing Is Everything

    Some drugs are better absorbed by your body at various times of the day, says Gayle Cotchen, lead pharmacist at McGee-Womens Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. For example, certain cholesterol-lowering drugs like statins are best taken at night because that's when your body produces the

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  • 9 Marital Bad Habits—and How to Break Them

    By Denise Schipani

    9 Marital Bad Habits—and How to Break Them

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    Solid marriages aren't born; they're made. But often, during the course of a marriage, bad habits-from slacking off sexually to talking trash about your spouse-are created. Are you guilty of any of these nine negative habits-and wondering how to break them? Remember that the key is communication, says Karen Gail Lewis, EdD, marriage therapist and author of Why Don't You Understand? A Gender Relationship Dictionary.

    1. Taking each other for granted. "Couples get into ruts," says Sherry Amatenstein, a marriage therapist and author of The Complete Marriage Counselor: Relationship-Saving Advice from America's Top 50+ Couples Therapists. "We tend to try to push our partner down like a jack-in-the-box," she says, which doesn't give him the credit he deserves for evolving and changing.

    How to break it: Talk. A lot. Go out to dinner or open up a bottle of wine and talk about the things you're interested in right now. You may find yourself

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  • Transform Furniture from Cheap to Chic

    By Amanda Greene

    Just because you bought bargain furniture doesn't mean you have to live with a lackluster look. It's easy to upgrade plain pieces with rich detail and add-ons. Plus, that DIY touch is a great way to showcase your personal style. Here, we'll show you how to enhance basic items, from giving a patio table a mosaic top to creating a luxe finish on a simple footstool. Paying less never looked so good!

    Cut It Out
    Making your bargain bedside table look like you paid full price is easy. Give it rich style with a warm paint color, beautiful paper and pretty wallpaper cutouts. This vintage technique is also an elegant way to spruce up smaller items, like jewelry boxes or lamps.

    1. Remove drawers and hardware from nightstand and lightly sand all surfaces.

    2. Use a flat brush to apply several coats of paint to all surfaces, including fronts of drawers. Let dry after each coat.

    3. Measure side panels of nightstand and cut two pieces of decorative paper to size.

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  • How to Get the Whole Family Cleaning

    By Arianne Cohen

    How to Get the Whole Family Cleaning

    You know the drill. You say something to your family like, "Guys, could you please clean up the living room?" Nothing happens. You ask again. Still nothing. Sooner or later, guess who ends up cleaning the living room…and the whole house? You. No more. Instead of begging your family for help, try these 10-minute cleaning games that everyone will love.

    If You Have Preschoolers…

    The Strategy:

    Engage them in an activity so that they don't even know they're cleaning.

    Ideas:

    Bin It Set up colored bins in children's rooms, one for each category: dolls, books, Legos, etc. Then sit with them and see if they know which bin each toy goes into. Clap when they do it correctly. They'll think it's fun, and the new system will be easy for them to manage on their own.

    Alphabet Have kids spot things that need to be put away, in alphabetical order: Animals! Board games! Chairs! Dolls!

    I Spy "I spy something blue that's not in its home!" Enough said.

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  • How to Sew a Button

    By Crystal Tate

    Everyday Things You Need to Know
    Woman's Day has always been committed to helping women "live well every day." And while that saying applies to the big things in life, it's knowing how to tackle the little tasks that keeps your day-to-day running seamlessly. That's why we're introducing a new series, All's Well That End's Well, where we'll give you the tips and tools you need to know for solving daily dilemmas. First on our list of things to teach you? How to sew a button. Use these step-by-step photos and tips from Erin Bried, author of How to Sew a Button and Other Nifty Things Your Grandmother Knew if you ever need a quick fastener fix.


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    Step 1
    Gather your supplies- the button, a needle, about 2 feet of matching thread and a pair of scissors. (Tip: To make needle-threading easier, cut the thread at an angle.)

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    Thread the needle. Knot the ends together by making a loop and pulling the ends through. Knot once more.

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  • Workout Routine: 20 Minutes to Slim

    By Denise Austin

    All photos by Hilmar Meyer-Bosse
    20 Minutes to Slim20 Minutes to SlimThe fat-burning routine I've created for you here has 10 moves, each of which you'll do for 2 minutes. (You can use your cell phone or a stopwatch to keep tabs on time.) Do this workout three days a week and you could lose up to 5 pounds in just three weeks!













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    March or jog in place, keeping your abs in tight, back straight, for 40 seconds.













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    Keep marching as you pump and curl your arms toward shoulders (like a bicep curl) for 40 seconds.













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    Continue marching and repeatedly press your arms behind you for 40 seconds.













    Punches DownPunches DownPunches Down

    Stand with right leg slightly bent, left leg extended to side with toe touching ground. With hands in fists, pull right elbow back toward ceiling and extend left arm down toward the ground. As you shift your weight to the left foot, bending left knee, pull left elbow back and up

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  • Wabi Sabi: Making Peace with Imperfection

    By Lori Erickson

    Not long ago, I realized something as I stood in front of the mirror. Even if I squinted hard, even if the light was just right, even if I was wearing makeup and a flattering outfit, no one was ever going to think I was young.

    I saw that the lines around my eyes didn't disappear when I stopped smiling. I admitted to myself that I am now the sort of woman who looks perfectly at home in a minivan.

    And as I stood there, contemplating the changes that had somehow snuck up on me, I felt a twinge of sorrow for my lost youth (Where did it go? Where did I go?)-and then I began to appreciate how wabi-sabi my face looked.

    The concept of wabi sabi is one that I think every woman should have in her mental bag of tricks, particularly when time's winged chariot is pulling into the driveway. Wabi sabi is a term that describes the beauty to be found in imperfection. It originates in Japan, where artists will often leave subtle fractures in the glaze of a vase or a rough

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  • How to Arrange Multiple Picture Frames

    By Woman's Day Staff

    How to Arrange Multiple Picture Frames

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    How you arrange your art makes as much of a visual statement as the art itself. A free-form approach gives off a creative vibe. For a crisp look, go with a grid. And to be casual and modern at once, the ledge is a trendy option.

    Free-form

    This is your best bet when you have a variety of styles and sizes you want to display together. Select your largest piece first and decide whether you want it to be at the center or off to the side. Then, arranging all of your artwork on the floor, place your other pieces around the largest one. Keep the same distance between each frame. When you're happy with the arrangement, transfer it to the wall.




    Gridlock

    If you have four or more paintings of equal size, go for the striking, graphic look of a grid. Precise measuring is essential with this arrangement-if one painting is slightly off, it throws off the crisp look of the composition. Keep the same distance between each

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