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  • 11 Quick Health Fixes

    By Madonna Behen

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    Everyday Health Issues

    You're standing at the kitchen counter cutting the juicy watermelon you just hauled home from the supermarket. You can't wait to sink your teeth into it and... ouch! You sink the knife into your finger instead. Wincing in pain, you have to make a split-second decision: Bandage or cold water? In many cases, what you do (or don't do) first matters most. Knowing the right course of action will help you make the best choice. Whether it's treating a sunburn or stopping a bloody nose, read through for quick ways to treat common ailments. Photo credit: Thinkstock

    BEST WAY TO...Treat poison ivy and bug bites

    That long walk in the woods gave you a lot more than an appreciation of nature: It left you with a terrible, itchy rash. Photo credit: iStock

    · CONTAIN IT. The oil on the plants' leaves and stems-whether it's poison ivy, oak or sumac-causes you to itch. When you scratch, the oil-and the rash-spread. Wash any area that might have

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  • How to Start a Swim School

    By Locke Hughes

    swimming teacher with students at poolswimming teacher with students at poolRita Goldberg, 62, Sunrise, FL, turned her lifelong passion for the pool into a thriving business that's teaching kids how to swim safely. Photo credit: Keith Lathrop/Hair and Makeup by Georgette Rojas


    British Swim School, with locations in FL, MD and IL


    Schools that teach skills plus safety


    $2.2 million in sales last year

    Turn your clutter into cash.

    Her Success Secrets

    DO WHAT YOU LOVE. Rita swam competitively in Britain until she was a teen, but it didn't cross her mind to turn her hobby into a career until years later. "One day I accompanied a friend to her child's swim lesson, and as soon as I saw the coach interacting with the kids, I knew that's what I wanted to do for the rest of my life," Rita remembers. She quit her teaching job and opened her own swim school. "Each day I go to work excited to help my students learn skills they'll always have," she says.

    FILL A NEED. "When I started

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  • 5 Uncommon Foods to Cook on the Grill

    By Mandy Major

    Ribs? Check. Vegetable kebabs? Check. Pound cake and lettuce? Whoa. It might sound bizarre to throw these items on the barbecue during a cookout, but-believe it or not-they're delicious, and worth a try. Once you get past the old standbys like burgers and brats, you'll be amazed at what foods are ripe for the grilling. From avocados and peaches to pizza and PB&J, it simply takes a little inventiveness and sense of adventure. Just ask the five food bloggers we turned to for ideas. Whether you attempt one of their sweet options or go the savory route, chances are you'll be saving those hot dogs for another time.

    1. Quesadilla

    Maris of is fearless about grilling-and this tasty a.m. option proves it. Simple and satisfying with all the flavors you love about breakfast (think: eggs, bacon and cheese), this protein-packed recipe puts a unique grilling spin on a typical classic. "Just be sure to keep an eye on cooking times so that you don't

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  • Q&A: Olympic Gold Medalist (and Mom) Jennie Finch

    By Chanel Parks

    olympic softball pitcher jennie fincholympic softball pitcher jennie finchJennie Finch just may be the most famous softball player in the world. She pitched for the gold-medal-winning USA National Softball Team that competed in Athens in 2004. Later, she became a mom to sons Ace, now 6, and Diesel, now 1. A Los Angeles native, Finch is a Family Activity Good Life Guru for Hershey's Moderation Nation, a website dedicated to encouraging healthy habits for kids and families. As the London 2012 Olympics draws near, she spoke with about how her mother influenced not only her athletic achievements but also her life with kids.

    How do you keep your children healthy?

    It's important to keep them active. Of course you can control what goes into their mouths, but it's also about putting the active back into family activity. Go outside with them, live in the moment and encourage them. That'll help you find fulfillment in your life as well.
    See 50 delicious foods under 100 calories.

    How did your mom motivate you as an athlete?

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  • 9 Marriage Problems that Are Actually Good for Your Relationship

    sad womansad womanBy Stephanie Emma Pfeffer

    Every marriage has its uh-oh moments that leave you questioning your compatibility as a couple. While some behaviors, like cheating, are obvious deal-breakers, other seeming threats can actually have a positive impact on your relationship. Below, nine marital mannerisms that may seem ominous but truly can be good, according to experts. Plus, what to watch out for so things don't go too far. Photo by: Thinkstock

    1. You both fantasize about other people.

    "Fantasies are an ancient aphrodisiac," says Iris Krasnow, author of The Secret Lives of Wives: Women Share What It Really Takes to Stay Married. "A vivid imagination allows you to open up to your partner physically and emotionally." So thinking about a sexy neighbor, for example, can improve your marriage-as long as those racy visions stay in your mind. That means leave it out of pillow talk; neither of you needs to know exactly who-or what-the other is thinking about. And don't let daydreams

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  • 13 Family-Friendly Vacation Destinations

    By Olivia Putnal

    The kids are out of school and the whole family is ready for some summer vacation fun-but choosing the right destination for everyone can prove tricky (not to mention expensive). Luckily, has the inside scoop on 13 wallet-friendly cities around the country that are jam-packed with activities for the whole family. Whether you're looking to hit up an action-packed theme park or a relaxing beach-side resort, there's a vacation spot here that meets every family's needs. Read on to get the nitty-gritty on the offerings in our top family-friendly cities, then hit the road for a trip the whole clan will never forget.

    Seattle, Washington

    This waterfront city has a welcoming atmosphere and offers plenty of options for everyone. Kids will want to watch sea lions feast along the shore's edge or check out the boats coming in and out at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks. Then, there's the Carl S. English Jr. Botanical Garden, home to over 500 species and 1,500

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  • 8 Exercises to Do with Your Dog

    By Alexandra Gekas

    Once it's warm outside, everyone wants some fun in the sun. But if you're a dog owner, you may feel badly when you head out for exercise while your pooch whimpers from behind the window. Instead of facing a daily guilt trip, bring along your furry friend! Believe it or not, there are plenty of activities you can do with your pup that'll give both of you a wonderful workout. From swimming to biking to fetch, here are eight ways you can get fit with Fido. Photo credit: ThinkStock


    It's one of the most common ways dog owners stay active with their pet, but there are better (and worse) ways to go about it. "Walking is easiest for everybody because it requires no special training and it's the one activity that poses the least risk of injury to pets," says Marty Becker, DVM, pet expert at and author of Your Cat: The Owner's Manual. "But don't start out too brisk with your pets, especially if they're overweight or obese." Instead, begin

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  • Danielle Steel’s All-Time Favorite Reads

    By Woman's Day Staff

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    Steel's Loves

    A powerhouse author, Steel has penned more than 100 best-selling novels-and she's still going. Her latest work, Hotel Vendome, will be released November 1. But churning out dazzling fiction isn't her only hobby; the popular novelist also loves to revel in the work of others. Click through to see which tomes have inspired her the most. Photo credit: Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images

    Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

    One of fiction's earliest portrayals of a strong, independent woman. "I love the humanity of Bronte's work." Photo credit: Len Lagrua/Woman's Day

    Decode the body language of people around you.

    It's Your Time by Joel Osteen

    "This book makes you feel as though you can make something better of yourself and your life, no matter what has happened to you." Photo credit: Len Lagrua/Woman's Day

    Bonjour Tristesse by Françoise Sagan

    Published when the author was just 18, this novel is about the power struggle between a young girl and

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  • 5 Bigger (and Better) Burgers

    By Woman's Day Kitchen

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    Make the Perfect Burger

    Ketchup, fine. Cheese, sure. But why not take your patties to a happier place with surprising fixings that will please every palate? No matter which of the following five fabulous burgers you cook up, these grilling tips will guarantee patty perfection. Photo credit: iStock

    1 Heat grill to medium-high. Start with 1 1/4 lb ground chuck (we like 85% lean) and gently form into 4 balls. Don't overwork the meat-this can result in a tough, dry burger.

    2 Flatten each ball into a 3/4-in.-thick patty. Make sure the top and sides are the same thickness throughout.

    3 Using your thumb, make a shallow 1½-in.-wide indent in the top of each patty (this will help the burgers maintain their shape while they cook). Season the patties with ½ tsp each salt and pepper.

    Lightly oil the grill. Place the patties on the grill, indent-side facing up, and cook until the burgers release easily from the grill, 4 to 5 minutes (don't press or

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  • 75 Tips for Summer Fun

    By Woman's Day Staff

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    Summer Love

    Hello, summer! To make the most of it, read our best advice from over the years for every sunshiny-day activity, from backyard cookouts to fun getaways. Photo credit: Thinkstock

    For the King of Cookouts

    1 | Simplify the menu. Try to make everything ahead so you have only one last-minute food to prepare, in addition to grilling. July 1991 Photo credit: iStock

    2 | Charcoal is ready for cooking when it's covered with white ash. September 1979

    3 | Space food evenly on the grill and two to three fingers' width apart. About a quarter of the grill should be left empty, so you have room to move food away from any flare-ups. June 2011

    4 | Find and remove all standing water. A few flowerpot saucers can produce enough mosquitoes for the whole neighborhood. July 2010

    5 | Barbecued foods are messy; balancing plates and glasses is hard. Make sure every guest has a seat at a table. July 1991

    6 | Figure a little more than a pound of meat

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