Blog Posts by Woman s Day

  • 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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  • 50 Things to Do With $5

    By Dayana Yochim
    5 Buckaroos5 Buckaroos
    It may be true that the best things in life are free, but that doesn't mean we aren't willing to spend a little money to look and feel better. So, we rounded up 50 things for the home, the kids or ourselves that cost $5 or less. Read on to check out products that certainly won't break the bank.

    At Home: Watering CanAt Home: Watering Can

    At Home: Watering Can
    Your garden is vibrant and colorful; shouldn't your watering can be, too? You can pick up this one from IKEA for just $1.99.

    Photo: © Courtesy of
    At Home: Paint
    Freshen up your photo display. Give old frames new life by painting a bunch of At Home: PaintAt Home: Paintthem all the same color with a sample pot of paint from the hardware store
    (Benjamin Moore's 2-oz Color Samples are $4.99 each).

    Photo: © Courtesy of Benjamin Moore

    At Home: Candle Holders
    At Home: Candle HoldersAt Home: Candle Holders
    Place simple tapers into Crate & Barrel's sculptured handblown Lumi glass candle holders and add instant elegance to your dining table or mantel. ($2.95- $4.95;

    Photo: © Courtesy of
    At Home: Souvenir

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  • 5 Days to an Organized Kitchen

    By Melinda Dodd

    5 Days to an Organized Kitchen5 Days to an Organized KitchenHow did your kitchen get out of control? You may not have set it up the right way, says Vicki Norris, president of Restoring Order in Portland, Oregon. "Organize based on the way you live." Here's how.

    Day 1
    Move the monsters. Reassign large or rarely used appliances (turkey roasters, bread makers) to the garage or basement. "Make items earn their real estate in the kitchen," says Deniece Schofield, author of Kitchen Organization Tips and Secrets.

    Day 2
    Face the madness. Pull out all kitchen items and group them (dishes, silverware, pans, cookbooks). Toss damaged items; set aside extras to donate. Once storage areas are empty, measure them and make a list of containers to buy.

    Day 3
    Shop for storage. But before you do, "break away from what you think a kitchen should look like," says Joe Provey, author of 1,001 Ideas for Kitchen Organization. "It will enable you to do more with the space." It worked for Julia Child:
    Her kitchen, now at the

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  • 5 Low Cost, Big Flavor Recipes

    By Woman's Day Kitchen

    We're the first to admit that we love walking the aisles at a fancy gourmet grocery store. However, that doesn't mean we can afford to cook expensive dishes every night of the week. For those non-special occasion days when money is tight, the Woman's Day kitchen created the five dishes below-each with its own international flair. Whether you're in the mood for the robust flavors of our Hearty Italian Sausage & Vegetable Soup or prefer a quick and easy version of Pork Lo Mein, each recipe comes in at less than $2 per serving.

    1. Pork Lo Mein
    Cost: $1.41 per serving

    Hearty Italian Sausage & Vegetable Soup
    Cost: $1.69 per serving

    Cuban Black Beans & Rice
    Cost: $1.83 per serving

    Curry Roast Chicken & Veggies
    Cost: $1.96 per serving

    Spinach-Rice Cakes
    Cost: $1.62 per serving

    All photos by Con Poulos

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  • 10 Gluten-Free Desserts

    By Staff 10 Gluten-Free Desserts10 Gluten-Free Desserts

    Whether you're avoiding gluten because you have celiac disease--an autoimmune disorder that prevents the digestion of gluten, a protein that's found in wheat, rye, barley and oats--or are simply sensitive to it (gluten can cause inflammation and digestive trouble in many people), chances are, you deserve some dessert. Cutting out gluten means forgoing flour, which usually eliminates lots of traditional sweet treats, like cakes, cookies and pies. Not anymore! Here are 10 great gluten-free desserts--like Chocolate Mousse Cups and Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies--that will leave you feeling anything but deprived.

    Gluten-Free Dessert Recipes:

    1. Baked Fruit Compote

    2. Chocolate Mousse Cups

    3. Cherry-Coconut Snowballs

    4. Mini-Mochaccino Puddings

    5. Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

    6. Truffle Cake

    7. Deep-Chocolate Hazelnut Cake

    8. Strawberry-Yogurt Swirl Pops

    9. Fruit Kabobs with Two Sauces

    10. Chocolate-Peanut Butter

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  • 10 Ways with Store-Bought Poundcake

    By Staff10 Ways with Store-Bought Poundcake10 Ways with Store-Bought Poundcake

    Poundcake straight from the grocery store is the perfect starting point for lots of tasty treats. The rich dessert's name comes from the four basic ingredients: one pound of flour, sugar, butter and eggs--but plenty of lighter versions are available today. Its dense texture and buttery flavor makes it an ideal base for layering on decadent add-ons--like coffee and custard for our No-Bake Mocha Roll or vanilla pudding and chocolate ice cream to make a Boston Cream Pie Loaf. The best part? There's no baking required, but everyone will assume you spent all day in the kitchen. Here, 10 delicious poundcake recipes--some ready in as soon as 7 minutes!

    No-Bake Poundcake Recipes:

    1. Strawberry Short Stacks

    2. No-Bake Mocha Roll

    3. Chocolate-Raspberry Trifle

    4. Boston Cream Pie Loaf

    5. Layered Poundcake with Cherry Sauce

    6. Strawberry Lemon-Cream Trifles

    7. No-Bake Mini Heart Cakes

    8. Strawberry Trifle

    9. Twinkle, Twinkle

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  • Is Your Family Disaster-Ready?

    By Crystal Tate

    Recently, natural disasters have been making huge headlines, and rightfully so: The victims of the earthquakes in Chile and Haiti (as well as the less-recent Hurricane Katrina and Asian tsunami) found their lives devastatingly changed in a matter of minutes. Perhaps you've wondered, what would you do if a disaster struck close to home? "Preparing for disaster can be overwhelming, but taking the first step is essential," says Kara Desmarais, preparedness expert for the American Red Cross. Since disaster can strike at any time, here's a handy guide to help you and your family before you need it.

    1. Have a Kit

    Make sure you have everything you need on hand. "You'll first want to gather your supplies and keep them in an easy-to-carry kit in an accessible location that you can use at home or take with you if you need to evacuate," says Desmarais. To find out what items you absolutely must have, check out 8 Emergency Kit Essentials.

    Include medications and

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  • 10 Things Men Wish Women Knew About Them

    By Brendan Tapley

    Here's the standard line on men: We're simple, straightforward, limited-and usually perfectly happy to leave it there. Why? Because it keeps your expectations of us low. But here's the single biggest thing women don't get about men: Masculinity is a complicated performance we agree to in order to be seen as men. Unfortunately, that performance is more designed to conceal than reveal us. For instance, it's easier and more "masculine" for us to talk about the great sex we had rather than describe the great conversation afterward. So, a woman ends up knowing the male script, but not the man. Breaking character, then, I give you (in random order) 10 things he wishes you knew about him.

    1. Even Men Like Compliments Every Once in a While
    Real guys, or so the story goes, don't need praise. Especially not about girlish things, like if those jeans show off our assets. But the truth is, men enjoy a little well-intentioned objectification. A squeeze of the biceps

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  • Adopting the Perfect Pet

    By Annemarie Conte

    Adopting the Perfect PetAdopting the Perfect Pet

    Getting a new pet is a big decision, and if you want to adopt one from a shelter, there are several factors to consider. Betsy Saul, cofounder of, a website that lists pets available for adoption from shelters and rescue organizations, helped get 2.5 million pets adopted last year. Betsy, who owns 20 rescues (a calf, two goats, a sheep, two horses, two cats, two turtles, two guinea pigs, seven chickens and a 15-year-old dog named Jim, whom she found in Costa Rica), knows a thing or two about finding the perfect match.

    1. Get to know your shelter. Some shelters and rescue groups have lengthy questionnaires, required home visits and expensive adoption fees. Others are animal control units-you pay $8 and you can walk away with a pet. Most shelters fall somewhere in between, charging an adoption fee of $100 to $200. "It can be anywhere from an intense relationship to no relationship with the shelter, so check out the policies, fees and attitude of the

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