Blog Posts by Woman s Day

  • Creative New Use for Old Books: A DIY Vase

    Check out the winner from WD's first-ever DIY Challenge.By Woman's Day Staff

    Candice Caldwell, Chicago


    To make this clever vessel, Candice cut out the covers and pages of the inside books with an X-Acto knife, then hot-glued them together. Pop in any container (water glass, milk carton) to hold the flowers.

    Materials


    TIME
    30 MIN
    COST $5

    4 to 5 hardcover books about the same height
    Ruler
    Razor blade
    Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
    White craft glue
    Brush
    Rubber bands

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    Step 1

    Place the book with the prettiest front cover on a protected surface, front down. Align the ruler with the bottom edge. Holding it firmly in place, use the ruler as a guide as you slice through the back cover with the razor blade, 1" from the bottom; stop 1" from the book's spine.

    Step 2

    Align the ruler with the book's spine. Hold it firmly in place and use it as a guide as you slice through the back cover with the razor, 1" from the spine. Remove the cover cutout and discard. You'll be left

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  • Quick, Healthy Meals for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    Get time-saving, pro-approved recipe ideas that are delicious and nutritious By Joy Bauer, RD

    As important as eating well is, sometimes there just isn't enough time (or money) to make every dish a nutritious one. To the rescue: speedy, good-for-you eats approved by health and nutrition expert Joy Bauer, RD. Keep reading for her secrets on whipping up healthy eats in no time. Photo by Getty Images

    Breakfast

    My mornings are chaotic. I have to get three kids out of bed, brew coffee (major priority), pack three lunches…and the list goes on. Here are two tricks I use to ensure that every Bauer has a wholesome meal before stepping out the door:

    Make eggs in the microwave
    For a quick protein-packed option, mist a mug with cooking spray, and add one raw egg (stirred) or two raw egg whites. Nuke it for about 45 to 60 seconds, then pop the cooked eggs on a toasted whole-grain English muffin with a tomato slice and a squirt of ketchup. Instant sandwich!

    Related:
    Discover 50 surprising foods under 100 calories.

    An egg slicer (like the one above from Progressive, $11.98,

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  • The Surprising Way You're Throwing Away Money—and How to Stop It

    Learn how to reevaluate your By MP Dunleavey, Editor of DailyWorth.com

    As life changes, so do your spending priorities. By reconsidering outdated decisions, you can better fund your current needs. If your circumstances have shifted but your game plan has not, you're wasting money-plain and simple. Photo by Corbis

    1. Do an inventory
    My husband and I have a "whoa" conversation four or five times a year-we take a look at the bills we're paying, and say "whoa" to the ones that no longer make sense. In our last talk, we noticed a recurring charge on a credit card: Back in 2012, fired up with New Year's resolve, my husband signed up for a $10.99 monthly gym membership-then he pretty much never used it. That's about $130 a year that we're spending by rote on nothing.

    So many expenses are no longer conscious choices, but passive account withdrawals based on decisions you made long ago. You grow used to paying for a big house-then the kids move out. You lower your retirement contributions when you need to chip in for your

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  • The Most Amazing Relish that Combines 3 Unexpected Ingredients

    Get ready to relish the tastiness of this dish. Orange, olive, and onion add a sweet and unexpected twist to classic grilled sausages.Get ready to relish the tastiness of this dish. Orange, olive, and onion add a sweet and unexpected twist to classic grilled sausages.By Woman's Day Kitchen

    Here's one sophisticated relish you can't find in a jar at the supermarket. This Sausages with Orange, Olive and Sweet Onion Relish recipe will elevate your BBQ menu.

    Serves: 4

    Total Time: 20 min

    Ingredients

    4 large (about 1 1/2 pounds total) sweet or hot Italian sausage links
    2
    tablespoon(s) olive oil
    2
    oranges
    1/4
    sweet onion, finely chopped
    1/4
    cup(s) small pitted green olives, quartered
    1/4
    cup(s) roughly chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
    Kosher salt

    Pepper

    4
    rolls

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    Directions


    1. Heat a grill, grill pan, or skillet to medium-high heat. Coat the sausages with 1 tablespoon oil and cook, covered, turning occasionally, until just cooked through, 12 to 15 minutes.


    2. Meanwhile, cut away the peel and white pith of each orange. Working over a bowl, cut the orange into segments, the bowl will catch any juices. Cut the segments into 1/2 inch pieces.


    3. Add the onion, olives, parsley, remaining tablespoon oil, and a pinch each salt and pepper to

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  • 10 Important Love Lessons from the Bachelorette

    Pick up tips from the hit reality show that can improve your relationshipsBy Kimberly Fusaro

    If you take the show at face value, The Bachelorette doesn't offer much dating guidance. And after watching current Bachelorette Desiree Hartsock get surprise-dumped by suitor Brooks Forester on part one of the season finale, the only advice might be, "Don't date on reality TV." But if you dig deeper, nine seasons of The Bachelorette (never mind 17 seasons of The Bachelor) have turned up some relationship truths that apply to reality TV and regular old reality. Here are 10 love lessons we've picked up-plus, relationship experts' tips for applying these to your off-the-camera dating life. Photo by Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images

    1. Be on high alert for phonies.
    Guys with good intentions exist, but "your BS detector needs to be out," Ali warned Desiree on the current season's Men Tell All. The less-scrupulous men of The Bachelorette have been out to promote their careers (see: Justin "Rated R" Rego on Ali Fedotowsky's season), while your real-life date might want

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  • 10 Things You Suspect He Thinks About but Never Actually Does

    Learn why the topics you suspect are on your guy's mind actually aren'tBy Jenna Birch

    You know your way of thinking varies drastically from your guy's. Still, reality and what you think you know about your husband's thoughts are often different. Here, experts share what isn't likely to cross your man's mind and what he's more likely thinking instead.Photo by Thinkstock

    1. Copying your way of doing things.


    So he never folds towels "your way" or arranges utensils in the drawer how you prefer them? That's because he's not taking mental notes on how you approach tasks; he prefers to do things however he deems most efficient. "We want people to mirror us, especially if we have a more controlling personality," says marriage therapist Carin Goldstein, creator of BeTheSmartWife.com. "But different doesn't necessarily make it wrong," Goldstein says. Consider relinquishing some power. "When you accept your differences, you'll have an easier time finding common ground."

    2. What you need if you don't tell him.

    If you'd like a 40th birthday party, but haven't

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  • 6 Ways to Up Your Odds of Winning Sweepstakes

    Learn what it takes to win prizes and when you shouldn't waste your timeBy Donna Freedman

    You may already be a winner!
    Or so the junk-mail and email come-ons tell you. But is it too good to be true? Well, yes and no. The odds of your winning any single sweepstakes are tiny. But "sweepers," those who enter hundreds of giveaways a week, do win: vacations, jewelry, cars and cash. Whether entering pays off depends on how much time and energy you're willing to devote, and it won't be worth it unless you… Photo by Getty/Shutterstock

    Do research. The more you enter, the better your chances, so start digging up contests by using free listings such as www.online-sweepstakes.com or the "Promotions" app on Facebook. Some sweepers spend as many hours researching sweepstakes as entering them, but sweeps newsletters, which cost about $60 a year and cull giveaways from all over, can save you time.

    Related: Discover 10 things you never have to pay for.

    Go mobile. If you have a smartphone or tablet, enter extra contests while you're on the bus or waiting for your

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  • A Fruity New Summer Twist on Classic S’mores

    This fresh, fruity twist on the classic s'more is sure to be a hit at any summer gathering. By Woman's Day Kitchen

    Make s'mores more nutritious and delicious by adding strawberries! At just $0.89 per treat, these Gooey Chocolate and Strawberry S'mores are sure to become your go-to summer dessert.

    Serves: 8
    Yileds: 8 s'mores (cost per s'more of $0.89)

    Total Time: 30 min
    Prep Time: 30 min


    Nutritional Information (per serving)


    Calories: 417
    Total Fat: 19g
    Saturated Fat: 11g
    Cholesterol: 21mg
    Sodium: 203mg
    Total Carbohydrate: 62g
    Dietary Fiber: 3g
    Protein: 8g
    Photo by Jonny Valiant

    Related: Try 10 healthy afternoon snacks that keep you full.

    Ingredients

    1
    can(s) (14-ounce) sweetened condensed milk
    1 1/4
    cup(s) (about 7 ounces) bittersweet chocolate chips
    16
    graham crackers, halved
    8
    ounce(s) strawberries, sliced
    1/3
    cup(s) sour cream

    Directions

    1. Place the condensed milk in a medium saucepan and bring to a bare simmer over medium heat, 5 minutes (do not boil). Remove from heat and add the chocolate chips, stirring until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Let cool, stirring occasionally, for 8

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  • 9 Ways Supermarkets Trick You into Spending More Money

    Save money on groceries by watching out for these spending trapsBy Brooke Showell

    How is it that you popped in for a few staples, and $45 later you're leaving with bags of impulse buys? It's not just you: Studies have found that around 20% of purchases are unplanned. That's because supermarkets are designed to make consumers shell out as much as possible. Here's how to get in, get what you truly need and get out-with money to spare. Photo by Getty Images

    1. The Enticing Entrance

    Supermarkets place fragrant flowers, the pretty produce section or the bakery right near the door. "The colors and scents put us in a better mood," says Phil Lempert, editor of SupermarketGuru.com. Remind yourself when you look at the roses (ah, romance!) or smell the pricey croissants that any emotion you feel is fleeting-and a deliberate attempt to suck you in. Unless you came to the store for cake or flowers, power through.

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    2. Supersize Shopping Carts

    Carts are going through a major growth spurt-some megastores even have a

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  • Give Your Chicken a Summertime Spin with Nectarines and Basil

    Sweet stone fruit and fresh basil make for a light and summery main when spooned over simple grilled chicken.By Woman's Day Kitchen

    You don't have to spend extra time in the kitchen to liven up your favorite grilled meat. This Grilled Chicken with Nectarine, Red Onion, and Basil Relish gives a power-punch of protein and flavor and is ready in just 20 minutes.

    Serves:4

    Total Time: 20 min
    Prep Time: 15 min

    Nutritional Information (per serving)

    Calories: 361
    Total Fat: 20g
    Saturated Fat: 3g
    Cholesterol: 94mg
    Sodium: 445mg
    Total Carbohydrate: 9g
    Dietary Fiber: 2g
    Protein: 35g
    Photo by Romulo Yanes

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    Ingredients:


    2
    tablespoon(s) white wine vinegar
    1/4
    cup(s) olive oil
    2
    teaspoon(s) olive oil
    Kosher salt

    Pepper

    2
    ripe nectarines or peaches, thinly sliced
    1/2
    small red onion, thinly sliced
    1/2
    cup(s) chopped fresh basil
    4
    (6 ounces each) boneless, skinless chicken breasts

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    Directions:

    1. Heat grill to medium-high. Clean the grill and lightly oil. In a medium bowl, whisk together the white wine vinegar,

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