Blog Posts by Woman s Day

  • Score Free Beauty Products and Treatments!

    By Woman's Day Staff

    woman getting a facialwoman getting a facialYou'd be amazed at all the beauty freebies you can snag. We've rounded up our five favorites.

    Mario Badescu Skincare First-time customers: Fill out a questionnaire (is your skin oily or dry? do you have wrinkles?) at You'll get four to six sample products tailored to your skin type in the mail. Photo credit: Getty

    Benefit Cosmetics Swing by one of Benefit's Brow Bars on your birthday to receive a complimentary brow wax-just present an ID card with your birth date on it. Visit to find a location near you.

    See the best short hairstyle for you.

    Olay Professional Pro-X Sign up at and you'll receive a special headband. Snap and upload onto Olay's site a picture of yourself wearing it and get a personalized skin analysis. Repeat the process every few months to see if the skincare products you use-whether Olay or not-are working.

    Merle Norman Cosmetics A free facial? You bet! Stop by one of Merle Norman's Read More »from Score Free Beauty Products and Treatments!
  • How to Tame Heartburn

    By Alyssa Shaffer

    The Gastroenterologist Says: Check for GERD

    If you have heartburn more than twice a week, you could have a condition called GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease. With GERD, the muscles in the lower part of your esophagus (which connects your stomach to your throat) don't fully close after you eat or drink, so the food, along with stomach acid, splashes back up into your esophagus. This is what gives you those unpleasant symptoms, including a pain or burning in your chest and/or the feeling that food is stuck behind your breastbone Photo credit: Shuttershock

    Some people also experience a sore throat or coughing, or have trouble swallowing. Over time, stomach acid can damage the lining of your esophagus, which can put you at risk for ulcers and even a precancerous condition known as Barrett's esophagus, so it's important to treat it.

    Find out which foods are best for every body part.

    Making some basic lifestyle changes, including quitting smoking

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  • 13 Summer Finds Under $20

    By Woman's Day Staff

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    Brighten Up Your Day

    Make a splash this summer with these 13 brightly hued bargains for your home and wardrobe. Photo credit: Factory Direct, Lulu's, All The Rage, PetCo, Sur la Table

    Mood Lighting

    Hang a few from the trees for stylish outdoor dining. Catalina Cove Floral Paper Lantern, $6.95; for stores. Photo credit: Pier 1

    Feel better with 7 mood-boosting foods.

    Pare It Down

    This paring knife's nonstick blade and sturdy handle make for controlled cutting. The sheath protects blade and fingers when you're done. Kuhn Rikon Nonstick Paring Knives, $12 each; Photo credit: Factory Direct

    Colors of the Rainbow

    A simple way to add a shot of color (every one in the rainbow, in fact) to your basics. Multi Color Thread Wrap Bangle, $13; No longer available. Photo credit: All the Rage

    Strap Yourself In

    Forget the flip-flops. For a few dollars more, you can snag stylish gladiator sandals with

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  • Your Summer Weight-Loss Plan

    By Karen Ansel, RD, and Abigail L. Cuffey

    Here's how it works:

    If you could design your dream diet, what would it include? Lots of variety so meals and snacks never get boring? Plenty of treats? A day to cheat a little? Well, we hear you-and we've worked all that into our program. Follow this easy plan for a month and enjoy real food (not just rice cakes and cottage cheese), your favorite treats, even a glass of wine. The keys: smaller portions, more protein and healthier carbs. Just mix and match one breakfast, lunch and dinner plus two treats for six days of the week. Then, on day seven, indulge with a cheat day. Photo credit: Thinkstock



    1. Peanut butter and apple quesadilla: 8" whole-wheat tortilla + 1 Tbsp peanut butter + 1 sliced apple

    2. Apricot ricotta breakfast sundae: 1 cup nonfat ricotta cheese + pinch nutmeg + ½ tsp agave nectar + 4 chopped apricots

    3. 1 egg scrambled in 1 tsp oil; 1 whole-wheat bagel thin; 1 turkey

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  • 3 Simple Summery Crafts

    By Woman's Day Staff

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    Summer Fun

    Check out three easy crafts you can do this summer! Photo credit: Ericka McConnell/Woman's Day

    Whip Up a Ring-Toss Game with the Kids

    Pour 1 Tbsp acrylic paint into a clean 12-oz glass soda bottle (choose one with a label that can be removed).

    Roll bottle to distribute paint; invert it to allow excess to drip out. Set bottle upright and let dry. Repeat with 10 or 11 more bottles, using 3 paint colors. Arrange bottles in a fruit crate.

    Loosen screw on a 3" embroidery hoop (typically $1-$3 each) and discard outer ring. Apply a dab of hot glue to outside of inner ring. Attach a piece of yarn and wrap it around the ring; cut off excess and secure end. Repeat with 11 more embroidery hoops, using 4 yarn colors.

    Set up bottles and play! Photo credit: Miki Duisterhof/Woman's Day

    See clever uses for 15 household items.

    Update Last Year's Flip-Flops

    1. Dot 6 to 7 equally spaced drops of puff paint on both straps of each rubber flip-flop.

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  • Chefs' Favorite Cheap Restaurant Eats

    By Mandy Major

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    Bargain Bites

    These days, chefs and food personalities seem larger than life-they're on TV, they're publishing memoirs and continually mastering dishes we could only hope to recreate. But away from the spotlight, it turns out they're just like us-or, at least, they eat like us, seeking comforting, quick and affordable take-out. Read on to discover the secret (and surprising!) favorite noshes of noted foodies. Photo credit: Culver's, Roscoe's House of Chicken' N Waffles, Popeyes, Chipotle, Rita's

    Butterburgers from Culver's

    For Andrew Zimmern, host of Travel Channel's Bizarre Foods, the Midwestern burger chain Culver's takes the cake. "My family and I love it so much that we've even spent a few Valentine's Days there. Their custard ice cream is legendary, the meat is fresh, burgers are cooked to order and their concrete malts are amazing. But they specialize in a regional superfood called a Butterburger. Don't ask-just enjoy."

    Boost your mood with 7 foods.

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  • Swimsuits for Every Body Type

    By Donna Duarte-Ladd

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    Bathing Beauties

    These 20 budget-friendly suits come with fool-the-eye details, hold-you-in panels and more slimming features. That means the best fit ever, no matter what your shape or size. Photo credit: Ericka McConnell

    Full Middle

    Angela, 52
    "I'm shy about showing my stomach. It's not as flat as I'd like."

    The shirring hides Angela's tummy, and the asymmetrical neckline draws attention up to her face. J.Crew Off the Shoulder Tank, $118; Photo credit: Ericka McConnell

    Trim your tummy with these fitness DVDs.

    Full Middle: Candy Striper

    Diagonal stripes lengthen and slim the midsection from bust to waist. Old Navy Striped Keyhole Halter Swimsuit, $29.94; Photo credit: Ericka McConnell

    Full Middle: Back in Black

    Crisscrossing swathes of gathered fabric camouflage the tummy. Ann Taylor Wrap One Piece, $108; Photo credit: Erick McConnell

    Full Middle: Flower Power

    Strategic seams slim

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  • 10 Foolproof Hot-Weather Hairstyles

    By Jennifer Tzeses

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    10 Foolproof Hot-Weather Hairstyles
    Let's face it: No matter how long you spend doing your hair, chances are your strands won't withstand the ravages of summer heat and humidity. So instead of blow drying and flat ironing your way to silky smooth locks, only to have them frizz up the minute you step outside, why not stylishly surrender your tresses to the season? Here, learn how to easily replicate 10 celebrity-inspired summer styles-from a modern updo to a chic braid-without breaking a sweat. Photo credit: Marianna Massey/Getty Images

    Polished Pixie
    A slicked-backed style like Emma Watson's adds instant sophistication to any look. Plus, "it's a chic way to pull short hair off your face on a hot summer day," says celebrity stylist Umberto Savone. It's also an easy way to give short hair a dressy finish for a formal event, he adds. To create the look, apply an anti-frizz serum to wet hair, comb into a deep side part and blow dry straight or air dry. Once

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  • Surprising Uses for Duct Tape

    By Woman's Day Staff

    We Love Duct Tape!

    Now that the handiest "tool" in the house is popping up in dozens of colors and patterns, there's even more you can do with it. Our favorite ideas:

    1. Accessorize your outfit

    Search for all kinds of project ideas, from zebra-striped purses to rings made of duct tape rosettes.

    2. Rehab a flea market find

    Skip the spray paint-use tape to disguise a scratched dresser drawer, liven up a dull mirror frame or cover torn upholstery with a colorful patchwork.

    3. Organize your pantry

    Add strips of tape to dry-goods containers, then use a Sharpie or an erasable whiteboard marker to note the contents or purchase date.

    4. Laminate your beach pass

    Use waterproof clear duct tape to cover both sides of your beach permit, fishing license or parks pass so it will survive the summer.

    5. Settle disputes in pickup games

    To avoid arguments, mark off the three-point line for your driveway basketball court

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  • How to Open a Mobile Nail Salon

    By Karen E. Klein

    woman giving a manicure to another womanwoman giving a manicure to another womanFrustrated that she couldn't find a nail salon to make homevisits, married mom of three Cinnamon Bowser, 41, ofAlexandria, VA, created Nail Taxi-and now her company is inthe fast lane. Photo credit: Eli Meir Kaplan; hair and makeup: Susan Heydt; nail polish: Todd Huffman


    A mobile manicure/pedicure business that makes house callsand services conferences and events


    $2,000 in 2005


    $200,000 last year


    "I wanted to treat a pregnant friend to a pedicure at home, but I couldn't find a salon willing to sendsomeone. So I decided to start a company myself."

    Cash in on your clutter.

    Her Success Secrets

    GET EDUCATED While I was working full time in public relations, I enrolled in a business planning course at awomen's business center and read every nail industry trade magazine I could. I even took a manicure/pedicurecourse at a cosmetology school! I spent two years learning

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