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  • 15 Everyday Things That Affect Your Sex Life

    By Kristin Koch

    Sex Drive for Dummies

    Sex Drive for DummiesSex Drive for Dummies

    Sure, we all know that sick kids, long hours at the office and lack of sleep can put a damper on our sex lives, but did you know that your period, pet and state of mind can also have a real impact? Check out these little-known libido enhancers (and killers) that can have a surprising effect on your love life.

    Menstrual Cycle Menstrual Cycle Menstrual Cycle

    Experts say that the female sex drive ebbs and flows throughout a woman's cycle. While it's different for every woman, for many, mid cycle (around the time of ovulation) is when both estrogen and testosterone levels peak, which combine to boost a woman's libido and increase her sensitivity to sexual pleasure, says Debby Herbenick, PhD, a research scientist at Indiana University and author of Because It Feels Good: A Woman's Guide to Sexual Pleasure and Satisfaction.

    Medication Medication Medication

    "A huge issue that many people don't realize is how the medication they or their partner takes is affecting their sex life,"

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  • WD's Guide to Online Dating

    By Amanda Greene

    Dating is complicated enough on its own; when you add in the confusion of online dating sites, it can be just plain intimidating. But it's easier--and more fun!--than you think. Not to mention effective: Each day, an average of 236 people who met on get married. That's over 86,000 people a year! So, how do you go from logging on to finding your perfect match? There is a technique to navigating the virtual playing field. "I equate online dating to looking for a job," says Julie Spira, cyber-dating expert and author of The Perils of Cyber-Dating. "You'd want a rock star résumé for your perfect dream job, and you should feel the same way about your online dating profile." And the profile is just where it starts-we have plenty of expert tips, from sending the perfect first e-mail to picking your first date location. Here, everything you need to know to find love on the World Wide Web.

    1. Your Profile Picture
    It can seem difficult to stand out in

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  • Look and Feel Better—Instantly

    By Melissa Matthews

    Let's get one thing straight-no one is perfect! So when you take a glance in the mirror and notice that your eyes look tired or a pimple formed overnight, remember, you're not alone. And now you won't be helpless, either. We've rounded up some really helpful tips to battle your head-to-toe "off day" imperfections.

    Hair Help
    Last-minute plans happen. So, when you're suddenly expected to look your best and your hair is not cooperating, try an updo. "This quick-fix style is easy to create and will turn your hair from drab to polished in minutes," says Gary Howse, co-owner of the Gary Manuel Salon in Seattle.

    1. Divide dry hair into two sections. Run your thumbs through your hair from the top of each earlobe to the center of the back of your head. Create a ponytail and secure with an elastic band.

    2. Next, pull the bottom section into another ponytail (right below the first) and secure with an elastic band.

    3. Twist the top ponytail

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  • At-Home Haircolor Done Right

    By Melissa Matthews and Maggie Blaha

    At-Home Haircolor Done Right At-Home Haircolor Done Right

    "Unlike selecting a shade of lipstick, coloring your hair is a big commitment," says Garnier hair color expert Chuck Hezekiah, who gave us some helpful tips on how to pick the right shade to achieve the best results. So, before diving into that box of color, please read on.

    1. Let the experts handle drastic changes. Sometimes it's OK to be dramatic, but not when it comes to coloring your hair at home. When shopping for your color, stay within one or two shades of your natural hue. The color guide on the side of the box is a good indicator of the results you can expect. So, if your current hair color is not pictured on the box, the color won't work for you.
    Related: Reinvent yourself with 10 quick tricks.

    2. Don't use haircolor past its prime. Unlike wine, haircolor does not get better with age. Check the box's expiration date before buying, because the color will not develop properly if it's old.

    3. Prep. Create an at-home

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  • 10 Things Your Babysitter Won’t Tell You

    By Petra Guglielmetti

    You leave her in charge of the most precious people in your entire universe. So do you ever wonder what the babysitter is thinking (and doing) after you scoot off down the driveway? We asked part- and full-time sitters from around the country to share some of the things they wish they could tell you-if they only had the nerve.

    1. Your House Grosses Her Out
    Nobody expects a house with kids running around in it to be pristine, but it shouldn't be downright grody. That leaves a conscientious sitter feeling like she has to scrub down the kitchen before she feeds your kids or take a time-out to tend to a germ pit of a toilet. "I once had to give a 4-year-old a bath, and the entire area was orange with soap scum and mildew," says a sitter in Chicago. "It made me uncomfortable because I worried about the child's health! I would never set foot in my bathtub if it looked like that, yet I had to subject a little boy to it." Worse is when employers seem to

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  • How to Be More Photogenic

    By Alicia Ciccone

    How to Be More PhotogenicHow to Be More Photogenic

    Are you fed up with the same unflattering mug shot? Do you scan through online albums, your finger at the ready to de-tag yourself? You're not alone. Plenty of people aren't comfortable in front of the camera, resulting in dull, awkward mementos of life's best moments. But it doesn't have to be that way. New York-based fashion photographer Keith Lathrop says it's all about knowing your body. "Everyone has his or her best angle, so you're going to have to play a bit to find yours," he says. With that in mind, we've rounded up a host of expert tips on how to look your best in front of the lens. From makeup application to hand placement, you'll be primed and ready for the paparazzi in no time.

    1. Know Your Angles
    According to Lathrop, it's all about the angle. "The basic rule of thumb is the three-quarter angle," he says. "Whether you're sitting or standing, you always want to position your shoulders and hips at an angle to the camera." By doing this, you're

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  • 5 unique ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

    By Amy Levin-Epstein

    5 Unique Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day5 Unique Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

    There was a time when glugging Guinness in a crowded Irish watering hole seemed like an excellent way to celebrate St. Paddy's Day. Or perhaps you preferred rubbing elbows with other revelers at a Leprauchan-filled parade, wearing your prized "Kiss Me I'm Irish" T-shirt (regardless of your heritage). Whether you've outgrown those traditions or just want to make some new ones, we've found five fresh ways to go green this March 17th.

    1. Run a 5K for Fun
    Shamrock Scrambles and Leprechaun Leaps are taking a cue from Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trots and bringing a healthy tradition to a traditionally, booze-laden event. Cities like Chicago, Providence and Allentown are all hosting holiday 5Ks. Join them in your town, and you'll feel guilt-free when you sit down to a post-race Irish stew and stout.

    2. Go Beyond Bangers
    Invite your beau to take an Irish cooking class at a local culinary school or a literature class at the local university. You'll

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  • 5 Kitchen Clutter Areas—Tackled

    By Melinda Dodd

    No matter our organizational efforts, there are some household areas that seem to always remain cluttered. And, usually, it comes down to space, or not having a designated home for all the stuff in that space. That's when organizational products, like an extra door-mounted shelf or cabinet rack, can lend a hand. Check out our ideas for controlling pantry pile-ups, garbage messes and more.

    1. Piles of Papers
    As you sift through mail, your kids' homework and catalogs looking for that recipe you left on the counter, a thought occurs to you: I really need a better system. Since paper is one of the biggest clutter culprits in the kitchen, you need a failproof way to process it. If you have a kitchen office, buy folders and containers so you can file papers and other items weekly. Otherwise, create a mini-command center (checkbook, laptop, mail sorter) from an unused shelf, cabinet or portion of counter. Hang a calendar and dryerase board on the wall. (Good ones to

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  • WD's Guide to Tidying Up in a Hurry

    By Kimberly Fusaro

    Maybe you just remembered it's your turn to host bridge night. Or your mother-in-law called to announce she's dropping by. Whatever the reason, your home needs to be straightened up, stat! If you don't have time for a floor-to-ceiling cleaning-and really, who does?-follow our room-by-room tidying guide, which offers expert tips that bring order in a hurry.

    Entryway: Make Room for Visitors' Things
    Use a laundry basket to gather loose accessories, shoes and stray personal items, suggests Stacey Platt, author of What's a Disorganized Person to Do? Straighten out what's left; tuck jackets into the closet and close the door. Gather any loose mail, tossing junk mail and catalogs into the recycling bin.

    Living Room: Do a Quick Pickup
    Grab your laundry basket from the entryway and toss in books, clothing, shoes and whatever else belongs in a different room. Have a few minutes to spare? Vacuum the floor and sofa cushions. Donna Smallin, author of

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  • 10 Things I Didn't Know About Menopause

    By Nancy W. Hall

    I couldn't wait for menopause. It sounded so straightforward. I figured I would just pick up where I left off on the day I got my first period (12 years old, hot summer day, candy-striped shorts, public library-enough said). All you have to do is go 12 months without a period, right? How complicated could that be? Turns out that there were just a few things I didn't know…

    1. When it comes to planning for menopause, you may as well throw your calendar out the window.
    At 47 (the magic number for my mom) I became convinced that menopause was in sight. I was worse than a kid on a car trip: Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Then, starting in January of the year I turned 49, I went 11 months without a period. Certain that I was home free, I prepared to sell my stash of tampons to the highest bidder. Two weeks later, guess what I got for Christmas? Yep. Mother Nature has a cruel sense of humor. (Photo by iStockphoto)

    2. The phrase "Be still, my heart" may take

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