Blog Posts by Woman s Day

  • Why Do Women Cheat?

    By Densie Schipani
    Why Do Women Cheat?

    Lisa,* a mom of three who lives in the Midwest, calls her extramarital affair mostly a matter of closeness, connection and communication. "Ninety-nine percent of it was about talking, and only 1% about sex." Why did Lisa stray from her marriage? "After three kids, I was feeling unappreciated and unattractive," she says. "I didn't feel like a sexual person anymore." On top of that, Lisa's spouse wasn't, in her eyes, fully participating in parenting. "I felt like he was my fourth child, not my husband." Eventually, Lisa's husband found out about the affair and the two of them still remain married. But is her reason for cheating the same for most women?

    Turns out, there's no simple answer to the question "Why do women cheat?" But there are generalities. "Lots of women are in relationships with pieces missing: sex, affection, romance, companionship, communication-you name it," says Mira Kirshenbaum, author of When Good People Have Affairs. "At some point, the pain

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  • How to Deal with Annoying People

    By Petra Guglielmetti

    Ever feel like you have to bite your tongue, smile and nod just to get though your day? We asked etiquette experts for their best tips on how to deal with eight irksome personalities you're bound to encounter often, whether on the job, in your family or out on the town.

    The Close Talker

    As portrayed in a memorable episode of Seinfeld, the close talker positions her face mere millimeters from yours, making it exceedingly difficult to carry on a conversation (you're too focused on dodging spittle and avoiding direct inhalation of funky breath smells). When taking two steps back feels rude and obvious, here's an alternative: "What I tend to do is take one and pivot it to the side so my body is no longer directly facing the person," says Palm Beach-based etiquette expert Jacqueline Whitmore. If you're at a crowded party, you can also hold your cocktail out from your body to encourage the space between you to gradually widen. Keep in mind that the close talker

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  • The Best Time to Do Everything

    By Beth Levine

    The Bible tells us, "To every thing there is a season." And though the ancients probably couldn't have foreseen how complicated our lives would get, there's still truth in that verse: There is a good time to do certain things-and sometimes there's an even better time.

    Best Time to Get…

    Gas: If you've heard that the best time to buy gas is on the weekend because prices are lower, don't believe it-there is no best day. But gas station managers do tend to change their prices in the late morning. Before you go, check out the state of the oil market suggests John Casazza, associate director of the New York State Association of Service Stations and Repair Shops, Inc. Get your gas before 10 a.m. if prices are rising, after 12 p.m. if they're falling. Also, don't buy right after they've refilled the station; it dredges up impurities.

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  • Dealing with a Difficult Mother-in-Law

    By Kimberly Fusaro

    When a friendship or relationship gets difficult you can always end it, but you can't exactly sever ties with your mother-in-law. So what's a levelheaded woman to do when faced with a case of the crazies? Rather than flat-out ignoring her (or letting her walk all over you) consider the advice below from pros who have helped solve our trickiest mother-in-law run-ins. Their strategies will help you get through your next visit-without letting your mother-in-law get the best of you.

    Type 1: The "He'll Always Be My Baby" Mother-in-Law

    What She Does: She drops by your home with his favorite casserole-plus, more for the freezer!-even though you know full well how to cook. She's also been known to stop by with new T-shirts and socks a few times a year. ("Mama knows the kind he likes best!")

    What You Should Do: This mother-in-law knows no boundaries, so it's up to your husband-especially early in your marriage-to define them. Decide, as a couple, where and when

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  • 15 Easy Ways to Cut 150 Calories Every Day

    By Abigail L. Cuffey

    Want to know a secret? You don't need to deprive yourself to lose weight. In fact, sometimes the littlest swaps or tweaks can make a big difference. If you cut 150 calories per day through diet or exercise, that equates to 54,750 calories per year, which equals almost 16 pounds! We asked three experts-a doctor, a nutritionist and a trainer-for some easy ways to lose 150 calories daily; here's what they said.

    Kim Lyons, Trainer

    1. Make gardening a workout and pull weeds for 30 minutes.

    2. Sit on the floor and stretch for one hour during your favorite TV show. Bonus: You'll increase your flexibility!

    3. Use mustard instead of mayo on sandwiches.

    4. Buy 6-inch low-carb, whole-wheat tortillas instead of the 10-inch flour ones. Not only will you lose calories, but you'll also get four times the fiber!

    5. Avoid soda and drink water or unsweetened tea instead.

    Shaila Singh, MD
    Diplomat for the American Association of

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  • 6 Common Sex Dreams—Decoded

    By Sarah Jio

    You're happily married, so why did you have a sexually charged dream last night about…the copy guy at work (who, um, has a mullet!)? Could it mean that you're unhappy in your marriage? Secretly crushing on a man that's not the least bit your type? Have some kind of embarrassing sexual secret or problem? According to Debby Herbenick, PhD, author of Because It Feels Good: A Woman's Guide to Sexual Pleasure and Satisfaction, the answer is none of the above. Sex dreams are normal, she says (not to mention out of our control), and women shouldn't be embarrassed about them. Here, she and other experts decode the most common sex dreams.

    1. The Same-Sex Dream
    As shocking as it may sound to some, this dream is pretty common, says Dr. Herbenick. "Many women dream about having sex with another woman at some point in their lives, even if, in waking life, they're excited only by men," she says. So why does it happen? "Well, for one, American culture has been a bit obsessed

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  • 5 Ways to Express Concern

    By Abigail L. Cuffey

    When someone you know is going through a hard time such as the death of a loved one, job loss or divorce, knowing what to do can be tricky and awkward. That's why we went to an expert-Darcie Sims, PhD, director of the American Grief Academy and author of multiple books such as Finding Your Way Through Grief-to find out the best ways to offer support.

    1. Do something. Most people have no idea what to say and they think silence is the best option. They don't realize that silence is one of the most painful things bereaved people can experience. It's never too late to express care and concern; whether it's a week, month or even a year later.

    2. Make it personal. A handwritten note (not an e-mail, Facebook message or tweet!) or phone call makes a huge difference. Simply tell the person, "There are no words that will make this better, but I want you to know that I'm here and I care about you."

    3. Never, ever say, "I understand," no matter what. Even if

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  • Cheer Up Your Home Decor

    By Suzanne Morrissey

    When the days turn dark before dinnertime and the sky has a certain pallor, it's easy to get the winter blues. But a few simple ideas can spiff up any space and keep it springtime bright, even if the temperature outside is chilly. Read on for a few tricks to keep rooms at their peak in the bleak midwinter.

    1. Add Snappy Accent
    Feeling color-courageous? Fill a bright, white room with colorful furnishings to amp up the interest in a dull space. Here, happy-hued flea-market finds fit amiably with a cherry red sofa.

    2. Punch of Pattern
    Pep up built-ins or bookcases by lining the back of the case with bright patterned craft papers (the kind used for scrapbooking works very well) or wallpaper scraps. Use spray adhesive or double-stick tape to adhere the papers.

    3. Shed Layers
    Lighten a room by removing objects and knickknacks. One, three or five key pieces will have a greater impact than a cluttered mess of collectibles. Donate them, have a

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  • So-Happy-Together Dishes

    By Woman's Day Staff

    It's true: When teamed together, the makeup of some foods can help your body better absorb the nutrients in another. For example, vitamin C helps your body absorb iron and the interaction of two different types of flavonoids, one which can be found in apples and the other in grapes, can help prevent blood clots. Amazing! Read on to find out about four more flattering food pairs.

    1. Wheat Berry Fruit Salad
    Apples plus grapes helps prevent blood clots by combining the flavonoids quercetin and catechin.

    2. Broccoli Tomato Pizzas
    Broccoli paired with tomatoes provides an antioxidant blast for more cancer-fighting power.

    3. Avocado Bean Wrap
    Avocado is a "healthy" fat that helps you absorb more nutrients from vegetables.

    4. Salmon with Curry Yogurt Sauce
    Salmon (rich in vitamin D) helps your body absorb the calcium in dairy foods like yogurt.

    5. Orange Chicken with Wilted Spinach Salad
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  • How to Tackle Any Tough Time

    By Abigail Cuffey

    Bouncing back after a rough experience like job loss, divorce or death in the family is difficult. But it's possible to become more resilient when things get shaky by adopting four key habits, says Robert Wicks, PsyD, author of Bounce: Living the Resilient Life.

    1. Debrief Daily
    Right before you go to bed, think about the ups and downs of your day. This helps you recognize what particularly stressed you out or upset you, as well as what lifted your mood. Identifying your triggers will prepare you to deal with them in the future.How to Tackle Any Tough TimeHow to Tackle Any Tough Time

    2. Be Good to Yourself
    Find things that renew and encourage you, and enjoy at least one of them daily. It could be exercise, a hobby, time spent with a pet-whatever makes you happy will distract you from a stressful situation.

    3. Live In the Moment
    Stop fretting about what will happen in the future and pay attention to what's going on in your life at that very second. When you're eating dinner, don't ruminate over

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