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  • 9 Surprising Symptoms of Stress

    By Sarah Jio

    When was the last time you went through a period of stress? Can you remember the way your body reacted? Chances are you didn't feel quite like yourself. Health experts say that stress can come with some pretty surprising symptoms-from forgetfulness to nausea to skin rashes. Is your body sending you an S.O.S. that you shouldn't ignore? Read on to find out if stress is taking a toll on you-and what you can do to reverse the effects.

    1. Tweaked Muscles
    The pain in your neck that you attributed to long hours at the computer could actually be a symptom of stress. "Stress definitely affects our musculoskeletal system, resulting in tight, contracting muscles and/or spasms in muscles," explains Elizabeth Lombardo, PhD, MS, PT, a psychologist and physical therapist in Wexford, Pennsylvania, and author of A Happy You: Your Ultimate Prescription for Happiness. "It gets us ready for fight-or-flight, although unlike our cavewomen ancestors, we don't actually need our bodies

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  • 6 Common Exercise Excuses—Busted

    By Angela Ebron
    6 Common Exercise Excuses—Busted6 Common Exercise Excuses—Busted
    Whether you want to drop 15 pounds or just get healthier by exercising, your own excuses often get in the way. And while your reasons may seem perfectly justified, the truth is, they're a form of self-sabotage. The good news: You can lose the excuses and get fit for good. Here's how.

    1. "I don't have time."
    It could be your job, the kids or any number of other commitments-the bottom line is, you're just too busy. OK, stop right there. Fitness experts have heard this classic excuse far too often to fall for it. The truth is, you don't have to devote hours a day to get the most bang for your fitness buck. "Regular exercise requires only about 5 percent of your waking hours," says John P. Foreyt, PhD, director of the Behavioral Medicine Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. If you're up for 16 hours, that's just 48 minutes of exercise a day! But even a half-hour is a good start. "Breaking it up into bite-size 'exersnacks' gives you just as good

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  • 6 Things Kids Really Need

    By Andrea Atkins

    Should you let your child play unsupervised? Allow her to walk to school alone? In this age of information overload, parenting advice is everywhere. Go online and you'll find a tidal wave of tips aimed at helping you raise your kids. But what is it that they really need?

    Above all else, children need common sense from their parents. Childhood has become "a pressure-packed preadulthood," says Edward M. Hallowell, PhD, author of The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness: Five Steps to Help Kids Create and Sustain Lifelong Joy. "Kids are trying to make partner in the first grade." It's not that their parents don't love them; they've just confused raising children with turning out perfect products. Instead, he says, parents should focus on making their children feel connected to their family and their community, and success (and everything else) will follow.

    1. "I Love You"s

    Of course you love your kids. But do you remember to tell them? "I never knew a kid

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  • Who Should File My Taxes?

    By WomansDay.com Staff
    Who Should File My Taxes?Who Should File My Taxes?
    April 15 is almost here, and you haven't even started your taxes! Dayana Yochim, consumer finance expert at Fool.com, breaks down your options, just in the nick of time.

    1) Programs like TurboTax, TaxACT and TaxCut are sophisticated enough to handle most tax situations and will prompt you through the forms you need. Cost: $20 to $40 for the software.

    2) Use a Chain Preparer like H&R Block or Jackson Hewitt if you need handholding-but only if your finances are uncomplicated. (These folks are trained to fill out tax forms, but many are not full-time tax pros.) Cost for a nonitemized Form 1040: $39 and up.

    3) Hire a Full-Fledged Pro if you own a business, have gone through a major life change (marriage, divorce, children, caring for elderly parents), bought or sold a home, or keep horrible records. Cost: $100 or more an hour. Find one at NAEA.org, AICPA.org, or ACATCredentials.org and look for any of these initials after his or her name: EA (Enrolled

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  • 5 Tips for Ache-Free Gardening

    By Abigail Cuffey
    5 Tips for Ache-Free Gardening5 Tips for Ache-Free Gardening
    Gardening can be tough on your bones and muscles, what with all the bending, kneeling, digging and tugging. Follow these stretching and positioning tips that will help prevent your body from feeling strained.

    1. Warm up. Before you get down and dirty, take a 10-minute walk followed by some stretching: Roll your shoulders back in a circular motion and slowly move your head from side to side a few times to limber up.

    2. Change it up. Never stay in one position for more than 10 minutes to avoid cramping or overusing a muscle group.

    3. Bend at the knees. Whenever you grab something or pull a weed, bend your knees and contract your abdominal muscles to avoid straining your back.

    4. Don't kneel. At least, not on both knees. Keep one foot flat on the ground (in a "marriage proposal" stance) to give your back more stability.

    5. Cool down. End your gardening session with a short walk and some light stretching. Then take a warm bath or shower to help prevent

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  • 6 Must-Know Facts About Clogs

    By Woman's Day Staff6 Must-Know Facts About Clogs 6 Must-Know Facts About Clogs

    1. Clogs damage pipes. They solidify, become highly corrosive and thin the pipe. Damaged pipes can burst and cause serious home damage. So…

    2. All clogs should be cleared immediately. Clogs are like traffic jams: More traffic only makes it worse. You need to address the cause.

    3. Garbage disposals are a major cause. Disposals should only be used for plate scraps. Sink pipes are 1.5" wide-too small for solid items, which clog the pipe where all the household lines meet.

    4. Don't flush tissue or paper towel. Their fibers are designed to cling together when they hit water. Toilet paper is designed to separate in water; that's why it's OK.

    5. Toilets from the mid-'90s are big cloggers. When the government required 1.6 gallons per flush in 1995, some toilet manufacturers simply made the hole smaller. Newer toilets are better.

    6. You can prevent most clogs. Use soap sparingly, and only allow water, natural waste and toilet paper to enter pipes.

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  • 5 Ways with Matzo

    By Donna Meadow5 Ways with Matzo5 Ways with Matzo

    It's Passover again, which means leavened bread is out and matzo is in. If you're looking for different ways to serve it for this year's Seder and your family's weeknight meals, we have five unique recipes that will help make your holiday a little more fun and tasty!

    Spinach Pie
    Serves 12
    This not-too-rich spinach pie makes a great main course for a weeknight dinner.

    3 large eggs
    2 cups milk
    6 matzo
    2 Tbsp oil
    1 medium onion, finely chopped
    2 boxes (10 oz each) frozen chopped spinach, thawed
    3 Tbsp fresh chopped dill
    1/2 tsp salt
    1/4 tsp each ground nutmeg and pepper
    1 pkg (7 or 8 oz) feta cheese, crumbed
    1 container (16 oz) cottage cheese

    1. Heat oven to 350ºF. Whisk eggs and milk in a 13 x 9 x 2-in. baking dish until blended. Add matzo, turning to coat. Let matzo soak while preparing filling, about 10 minutes.

    2. Heat oil in a 10- or 12-in. nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and sauté

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  • 10 Things That Turn Men Off

    By Brendan Tapley

    It's not easy for a man to tell his wife or girlfriend what she does to irritate him. In my experience, confessions like that tend to lodge themselves deep inside a woman's subconscious, never to be forgotten…ever. More than that, women tend to focus so much on their so-called "faults" that it can feel excessive to give you more reasons to be critical of yourselves. But in the name of healthy communication, sometimes it's important for couples to air their grievances. So let's take a different approach: Don't think of this list as the 10 things we dislike about you. Think of it more as the 10 things that will bring us closer together…by you not doing them.


    1. Second-Guessing Your Instincts
    You know that colleague who you think is deceitful? Or that girlfriend of yours who can be condescending? Well, let us save you some time: Your colleague is deceitful, and your friend is condescending. Plain and simple. Sometimes face value is, well, valuable.

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  • Get Your Car Ready for Spring

    By Woman's Day Staff

    Get Your Car Ready for SpringGet Your Car Ready for Spring

    "As the temperature increases, so does our desire to hit the road," says Jody DeVere, president and CEO of the automotive advice site AskPatty.com. Get your car ready for warmer weather with these simple steps.

    1. Get a car wash. Spring for the undercarriage wash to remove salt and road debris, like chunks of asphalt, to prevent rust and make your car more aerodynamic (which improves its fuel efficiency).

    2. Replace worn wipers. Winter can be brutal on your wipers-make sure they're ready for spring showers. Check that the rubber isn't dry or cracked, then turn them on and make sure they're properly cleaning the windshield. If you see a problem, install a new set. DeVere recommends Rain-X Latitude Wipers because the graphite-coated rubber blades deliver a smooth, clean, chatter-free wipe.

    3. Check your coolant. The coolant system works overtime in warmer weather so your engine won't overheat. Have an ASE-certified (master) mechanic flush and

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  • Simple Ways to Donate Old Goods

    By Kimberly Fusaro

    There's a better place for your old furniture, used eyeglasses and outdated computer than your basement or garage. Many organizations make sure that your gently used items find their way to people who could really use them. And donating doesn't have to mean going on a wild-goose chase to find out how to get your stuff into the right hands: Many nonprofits have stepped up their collection programs, setting up nationwide drop-off points, so there's bound to be one near you. Some will let you mail items in, and others will even pick up stuff right from your doorstep. Below, nine organizations that are making doing good more convenient.


    1. American Red Cross
    If your car's broken down and you don't know what to do with it, call the American Red Cross instead of letting it sit in your driveway. Many chapters-there are hundreds nationwide-will pick up vehicles that are no longer road-worthy. If your car can make it a few more miles, drive it to an American Red

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