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  • The 11 Biggest Problems Couples Face in Winter--and How to Solve Them

    By Jane Bianchi


    The winter months can take a toll on relationships. For one, cuddling is complicated in puffy coats. For another, a caress from an ice-cold hand is hardly a turn-on. Daylight is scarce, which can bring you down, and holidays such as Christmas and Valentine's Day carry expectations that can lead to disappointment. But there are easy ways to prevent the chilly season from derailing your romance. Take a look at these common winter problems and the simple solutions that'll keep you smiling until spring. Photo by Getty Images.


    1. You're spending too much time with your guy. If your partner's the only person you've talked to in the past week because you live together and haven't ventured outside, you're bound to get on each other's nerves. "Schedule phone and Skype dates with long-distance buddies," recommends Samantha Sutton, PhD, a life coach and founder of Samantha Sutton PhD Life Solutions. Just talking to other people-even if your partner is in the next Read More »from The 11 Biggest Problems Couples Face in Winter--and How to Solve Them
  • 7 Things Shoe Salespeople Wish You'd Realize

    By Woman's Day Staff


    1. WORK OUT THE COST PER WEAR

    Finding shoes on the sale rack is a thrill, but stop to think about whether, even at that dazzlingly low price, they're truly worth it. A seemingly great deal will cost you more money long-term if the shoes wind up sitting unused in your closet. "Investing in boots that you'll wear many times a week isn't that expensive when you price them out over time," says LaRonda Denkler, owner and buyer for Vince Canning Shoes, a 61-year-old shop in Delray Beach, FL. But if you spend that cash on a pair you only wear twice-even if they were half off-"now that is a pricey shoe," she says. Photo by Getty Images

    2. SHOES SHOULD BE COMFY FROM THE BEGINNING
    Don't assume they'll break in unless they're hiking or cowboy boots. Most shoes should feel good the minute you put them on, says Jill Schmitt-Adler, manager for The Shoe Box in Black Earth, WI, one of the country's largest shoe stores.


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  • By Olivia Simone

    Skeleton racer Noelle Pikus-Pace made the comeback of a lifetime at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. After breaking her leg in a training accident back in 2005, which left her unable to compete in the 2006 Olympic Games in Turin, Italy, she took some time off from her sport to start a family with her husband, Janson Pace. She made it to the Winter Olympics in 2010, but placed fourth, narrowly missing a medal. She announced her retirement from the sport and gave her daughter, Lacee, now 6, a brother, Traycen, now 2. When she was 18 weeks pregnant with her third child, she lost the baby. The devastating miscarriage prompted her partner to urge her to return to her beloved skeleton racing. Photo by Getty Images.


    And what a return she made. The 31-year-old Orem, UT, native picked up a silver medal in Sochi, finishing just over a second behind Britain's Lizzy Yarnold. Without batting an eye at the conclusion of her race, she headed to the stands to hug her kids and husband.

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  • The 9 Biggest Secrets of Photogenic Women

    By Kelly Stoddard


    You know those women who look beautiful in every single snapshot? While some may be genetically blessed, the real reason they never take a bad picture is because they know how to work the camera. We talked to photogenic women, professional photographers and makeup artists to get their sneaky-yet-simple tricks that go well beyond the tired "hand-on-hip" rule. Photo by Getty Images

    1. "We don't allow photos taken from an angle below our chins."

    "A picture from a direct or higher angle is more flattering," says Colleen Morrissette of Boynton Beach, FL. The pros agree. "Shooting down at a slightly higher angle helps avoid a double chin," says South Florida-based photographer Kim Stanton. It makes eyes pop too, which is why photographers often shoot from chairs and ladders at weddings. So ask whomever is taking your picture to stand on a step or slightly higher ground-or at least to hold the camera or phone at eye level or higher and tilt the top away from them

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  • The 7 Worst Things to Lie About on Your Resume

    magnifying glass on resumemagnifying glass on resumeBy Stephanie Emma Pfeffer


    You really want the job. But don't even think about stretching the truth on your resume to get it. "It's never appropriate to misrepresent yourself," says Kevin M. Rosenberg, managing partner of executive search firm Bridgegate in Irvine, CA. First, if you get the job, you can lose it as soon as your lie comes to light. Second, it's a huge risk: Rosenberg says most companies conduct background checks, verify degree completion and confirm past employment. Third, your reputation is on the line: "Integrity is everything to employers, so don't call yours into question," says Rosenberg. Read on for the most frequently lied-about elements on resumes-and what to do instead of altering reality. Photo by iStock

    1. Title

    People embellish job titles to drive up compensation or seniority, but it could backfire, says Rosenberg. If you apply for a senior manager role while claiming director as your former position, a recruiter might think you're overqualified.

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  • 6 Natural Ways to Lower Your Blood Pressure

    woman drinking teawoman drinking teaBy Karen Asp

    Add these steps to your weekly routine to slash your risk of heart disease and stroke. These six all-natural tricks just may keep you out of the pharmacy. Photo by Getty Images.



    Related: Discover 6 all-natural beauty fixes.


    1. Lend a hand.
    New research shows that helping out does more than fill you with a warm feeling; it also gives your heart a boost. Adults ages 51 to 91 who volunteered for 200 hours per year-or about 3 hours per week-lowered their risk of hypertension (high blood pressure) by 40%. Visit VolunteerMatch.org to search for an opportunity near you.


    2. Eat yogurt.
    People who ate at least 6 oz of lowfat yogurt every day were 31% less likely to develop high blood pressure than those who ate yogurt less than once a month, according to a study. One possible reason: Yogurt's a good source of calcium, potassium and magnesium, three important minerals that help regulate blood flow.


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  • 5 Foods that Fight Pain

    pain fighting foodspain fighting foodsBy Joy Bauer, RD


    Before you dash to the medicine cabinet to treat your stiff joints, arthritis or back pain, try the pantry or fridge. Feeling better is much easier than you think. Here, I've handpicked five of the most powerful pain-suppressing foods that should be on your shopping list. Photo by Getty Images

    1. Red Bell Peppers

    A bell pepper has twice the vitamin C of an orange-and C is one of the nutrients most responsible for the health of collagen (connective tissue that aids in joint flexibility). Some research suggests that people who don't get enough vitamin C may have a greater risk of developing certain kinds of arthritis. Bonus: Red bell peppers also contain beta-cryptoxanthin, a compound that helps reduce pain.
    Food Rx: Put diced peppers in omelets and salads, or dunk slices in hummus.


    Related: Learn about 8 calming foods that ease stress.


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  • 9 Foods that Fight Hot Flashes

    foods that fight hot flashesfoods that fight hot flashesBy Martha Sorren

    Is it hot in here? It may feel that way if you're part of the 75% of perimenopausal women in the U.S. who experience hot flashes. This often unbearable body warming is the most common menopause symptom and can crop up anytime over the course of six months to two years. But recent research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that simple changes to your diet could keep you cool. During the nine-year study, researchers found that women were 20% less likely to have hot flashes when they incorporated the following foods into their daily diets. Photo by Getty Images.


    1. Garlic
    The benefits of garlic extend beyond boosting immunity and heart health. They can keep hot flashes at bay too. "Hot flashes result when estrogen levels fluctuate and then drop," says J. Shah, MD, chief medical director at Amari Medical, a spa in Scarsdale, NY. Since garlic contains phytoestrogens, a plant-based hormone that mimics your body's estrogen, eating some

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  • 6 Family Beauty Tips Put to the Test

    By Alexis Camp

    They gave us our looks-and their wisdom. Now, experts confirm that Mom really is always right. Photo by Getty Images.


    1. Brighten your complexion
    "From mi abuela, I learned that even if I have no time to put on a full face of makeup, I should never leave the house without swiping on lipstick. She always wore a gorgeous deep red shade to brighten up her face."

    CARMEN WONG ULRICH,42

    What the expert says

    "The right lipstick shade will wake up your face," agrees New York City makeup artist Adriana Andaluz (BeautyWithATwist.com). "The key is to focus on one feature you love, and have everything else complement it. If you're wearing a bold lip, keep the eyes simple, and don't let your blush compete with your lipstick." When you're in a rush, that swipe of red will make it look like you're wearing more makeup than you really are.


    Related: Discover 75 timeless beauty tips.


    2. Clear your pores

    FROM OUR STAFF…
    "My Aunt Yolanda told me to do a

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  • Secrets to Making 9 Pricey Home Appliances Last Longer

    woman using a dishwasherwoman using a dishwasherBy Marlisse Cepeda

    Stay Out of the Store!

    With most major home appliances costing hundreds to thousands, it pays to get as many years of use from them as you can. Even though each product's exact lifespan depends on the model, a little TLC goes a long way. From how often to clean them to which parts to keep tabs on, following the manufacturer's care manual and referring to the tips that follow will save you big. Photo by Getty Images.



    Refrigerators and Freezers
    According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), refrigerators can last up to 13 years, while freezers have a lifespan of 11 to 12. To get the most out of your fridge, Rick Muscoplat of The Family Handyman Magazine advises dusting off the compressor coils-usually in the back or bottom-every six months. Skip doing this, and the coils won't effectively remove heat from inside, which causes the appliance's compressor to run longer and hotter-and fail faster. Another part to pay attention to: the door's

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