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  • 5 Uses for Fresh Lemons

    By Woman's Day Staff

    5 Uses for Fresh Lemons5 Uses for Fresh LemonsLemons boast a whole slew of secret services, including cleaning and deodorizing, that prove useful during the day-to-day stretch. Check out five of them below.

    1. Improve flavor. Add lemon to your green tea to reduce the drink's bitterness and help increase your body's absorption of antioxidants.

    2. Get fresh. Use a cut lemon as an all-natural deodorant for your armpits and feet.

    3. Soothe sunburn. Mix lemon juice and cool water and gently apply to your skin. It will help your body recover more quickly from a mild sunburn.

    4. Destain your laundry. Squeeze lemon juice on an ink stain, let sit overnight, then launder as usual. Repeat if needed before drying.

    5. Clean your pots. Make a paste of lemon juice and salt, and rub it on copper to remove oxidation. Rinse well and dry completely.

    For more household tips, watch's 5 Ways... video series.

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  • 7 Make Now, Serve Later Recipes

    By Donna Meadow

    Weeknights can so busy, it's almost impossible to cook a homemade meal for your family. But, don't get overwhelmed. Instead, take action! Choose recipes that refrigerate or freeze well, like the ones we've included below, and spend an unhurried afternoon this weekend preparing one or more of them. Then you can finally stop stressing because your dinner dilemma will be solved.

    Make-Ahead and Refrigerate Recipes:

    1. Chicken Enchiladas

    2. Turkey Chili with Corn Muffin Topping

    3. Beef Stew Casserole

    Make-Ahead and Freeze Recipes:

    4. Bacon-Cheeseburger Mini Meat Loaves

    5. Tamale Pies

    6. Vegetable Curry with Cinnamon Brown Rice

    7. Chicken Caccitore Parmesan

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  • 10 Lessons from Celebrity Fit Club

    By Lisa Arcella

    10 Lessons from Celebrity Fit Club10 Lessons from Celebrity Fit Club

    This season on VH1's Celebrity Fit Club, life coach Rhonda Britten has the huge task of trying to motivate cast members, like Bobby Brown, Kevin Federline, Shar Jackson and former Baywatch babe Nicole Eggert, to lose weight. But it doesn't matter if you have a famous face or not, we all face the same dieting setbacks. "The most common mistake people make when they diet is beating themselves up after a slip," says Rhonda. "It happens; we are all human. Instead, pick up the pieces, renew the commitment and take another step forward." The bestselling author and founder of the Fearless Living Institute is currently touring the country offering advice for those hoping to shape up. The psychological steps to weight loss are just as important as the physical, she says. Here are her top weight-loss tips based on her experiences with the show.

    1. Embrace Selfishness
    Make a decision to feel better about your body and yourself. Then go for it! On Celebrity Fit Club,

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  • Controversial Celebrity Health Advice

    By Olivia Putnal

    Nowadays, it seems like everyone wants to emulate their favorite Hollywood stars, but unfortunately some of those red-carpet idols don't always set the best examples. Doctors around the world often worry that people will take a celeb's ill-advised diet or beauty advice to the extreme. From Jenny McCarthy's anti-vaccination stance to Demi Moore's leech therapy, have a look at seven celebrities that preach what may not be safe to practice.

    Suzanne Somers' Claim:
    The actress known for her role in Three's Company has written a few highly controversial books, including Ageless: The Naked Truth About Bioidentical Hormones, in which she encourages her readers to opt for natural hormones instead of synthetic ones commonly used in hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

    Expert Opinion:
    Almost immediately after the release of her book, a group of doctors quoted, including Erika Schwartz, MD, protested to Somers' publisher, claiming they were misquoted and that

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  • 11 Tax Breaks You May Not Know About

    By Kimberly Fusaro

    11 Tax Breaks You May Not Know About11 Tax Breaks You May Not Know About

    As if tax laws weren't overwhelming enough to begin with, to add to the confusion they change every year. Wondering what's in store for your 2009 return? We chatted with three experts for the lowdown on tax breaks you won't want to miss this year.

    1. Making Work Pay Credit
    Thanks to this credit, you may have noticed a bump in your paycheck last spring. Come tax time, you'll need to fill out a Schedule M form, says Mark Steber, chief tax officer at Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc., which is based in Parsippany, New Jersey. Doing so offsets the extra money you've already received-and ensures you won't have to pay back Uncle Sam.

    2. Eco-Friendly Changes
    Did you make improvements in 2009 that rendered your home more energy efficient? Maybe you added insulation or installed a new hot water heater? If so, you may qualify for these credits, says Steber, which are worth up to $1,500, depending on how much you spent. To take the credits, you'll need to

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  • 6 Ways Success Is Sabotaging Your Love Life

    By Amy Levin-Epstein

    6 Ways Success Is Sabotaging Your Love Life6 Ways Success Is Sabotaging Your Love Life

    The New York Times recently reported that women are losing their jobs in smaller numbers than men and are, in many households, becoming the primary breadwinner. While this is a positive thing for women's financial independence, some experts say there can be nasty side effects on a relationship. "Recent changes in economic forces and increasing education achievements of women have led to a change in the last decade, with women increasingly earning more than their husbands. This can become a challenge to the roles of 'husband' and 'wife,'" says Scott Haltzman, MD, author of The Secrets of Happily Married Women. Here are six symptoms that your success is sucking the love out of your love life, and how to make this role reversal work for-rather than against-your union.

    Symptom: He's Not Initiating Intimacy

    Not being the primary provider, or getting laid off, can be a blow to his ego-and his manhood.

    Remedy: Reassure him that he's contributing to

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  • 7 Sanity Savers for Parents of Teens

    By Leslie Pepper

    You thought diapers and sleepless nights were bad? Compared to the teen years, babyhood was a walk in the park. Teenagers go through some pretty intense physical, emotional and intellectual changes-and your parenting style has to change with them. Here's what you need to do to make it through (almost) unscathed.

    1. Be a Parent, Not a Pal
    Forget trying to be a BFF. It's not what kids want or need. "Teens I counsel tell me over and over that they don't want to be buddies with their parents," says family therapist Carleton Kendrick, EdM, author of Take Out Your Nose Ring, Honey, We're Going to Grandma's.

    Of course you want to feel close. But being a pal is not the way to build that bond. "Parents will say, 'You can tell me anything and I won't punish you,' then they're stuck if their child tells them he's doing something that's dangerous," says psychologist Michael Bradley, EdD, author of When Things Get Crazy with Your Teen: The Why, the How, and What to

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  • Must-Have Tax Documents Checklist

    By Jessica Walberg

    Must-Have Tax Documents ChecklistMust-Have Tax Documents Checklist

    It's tax season, which means you have to gather up all the documents you've been "filing" and get them together for the IRS. Where do you even begin? We contacted Elaine Smith, master tax advisor and enrolled agent for H&R Block as well as Mark Steber, chief tax officer for Jackson Hewitt, and put together a simple checklist of what to compile before sitting down to file your taxes. Good luck!

    1. Important Tax Documents
    These documents are "must-haves." Anything that comes in the mail that says "important tax documents" is crucial for filing tax returns. This includes: wage statements (W2), interest from bank accounts, money received for an IRA or pension (1099-R), state refunds (1099-G), student loan documents and mortgage interests.

    2. Receipts
    Receipts that aren't in versions of "forms" can always help. For example, receipts from non-cash charitable donations (Goodwill or The Salvation Army), property tax statements, bills paid, etc.


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  • How to Have a Sex Life—and Kids

    By Denise Schipani

    Once you have a baby, everything changes-your priorities, your sleep schedule, your body…and yes, sex too. But just because it's different doesn't mean that your sex life is over for good, or even that it has to be unsatisfying. A lot depends on you, and how you adjust to new motherhood. "Some women are waiting for things to 'go back' to the way they were before," says Kristen Chase, author of The Mominatrix's Guide to Sex. And, surprise, that usually doesn't happen-and not just because your body's changed. You've changed. A better approach: Acknowledge that your post-baby life, feelings and levels of both energy and desire are different-and move forward from there. Here's how to get your sex-as-parents groove back on.

    1. Forget the six-week rule. You may have heard that six weeks after a normal vaginal delivery you'll be physically ready to have sex again. Huh? "Some women really are recovered and ready for sex in six weeks," says Chase, but many are not. So

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  • WD's Pet Mess Cleanup Guide

    By Arricca Elin SanSone

    There's no question that our furry family members bring us oodles of joy, but every pet owner knows they can also leave a few unwelcome surprises around the house. Then there's fur to contend with, cages that get smelly and nasty critters like fleas who hijack a ride indoors. But living with pets doesn't have to mean living with messes.

    Accidents Happen

    Even the most well-trained pet will have an occasional accident. The good news is, "most stains can be prevented if you act fast," says Larry Cooper, technical director of the Professional Carpet & Upholstery Cleaners Association. "Getting to it sooner rather than later is key."

    If It's Still Wet…

    1. Blot it up. "Get up as much as possible so it doesn't begin to spread into the carpet backing and padding," says Cooper. Scrape up any solids with a blunt-edged object like a spoon. Then place a thick layer of paper towels (white only, so the print doesn't bleed) or an old towel on top of the area.

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