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  • Learn to Love the Way Your Body Looks

    By Tori Rodriguez

    love your bodylove your bodyWhile the advice to "love your body" seems easy enough, a surprising number of women have a hard time taking it to heart: According to an estimate from the National Eating Disorders Association, 80 percent of women in the U.S. are unhappy with the way their bodies look. So you're not alone if you've ever felt less than thrilled with the reflection in the mirror. But if the body blues have you down more often than not, it's time to boost your satisfaction when it comes to your one-of-a-kind physique. Read on for nine tips that will help you start loving your body as it is.

    1. Curb the comparisons.

    A 2010 study from the University of Louisville found that women's perceptions of their bodies were negatively influenced when they compared their appearances to those of others. When you find yourself making comparisons, stop and thank your body for all the things it allows you to do instead of what it looks like. No matter how you feel about it, "your body

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  • 8 Things Never to Say to Adoptive Families

    By Arricca Elin SanSone

    Adoptive families hear lots of things from friends and strangers alike. But many remarks and questions make these families uncomfortable, even if you don't mean to be intrusive. "People unfamiliar with adoption may think they're showing interest or support by asking questions," says adoption educator Ellen Singer, a licensed certified clinical social worker with the Center for Adoption Support and Education in Burtonsville, MD. "But some comments can be upsetting or damaging to families." Here are the top eight things you should avoid bringing up, what you can say instead and when to keep quiet. Photo by Thinkstock

    1. Which one is your real child?

    This question is a button-pusher for many families with both adoptive and biological children. "Every child in the family is their child," says Amanda Baden, PhD, a licensed psychologist specializing in adoption in New York City and associate professor at Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ. "This

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  • When Should Your Child Eat Organic?

    mother and child in grocery storemother and child in grocery storeBy Mandy Major

    Feeding a family is never easy. Putting the right foods i front of your brood takes time, money and thoughtfulness. But what exactly does
    right mean? It's tough to know, given all the competing information about organic vs. nonorganic foods. "Buy most things organic if money's no object; but for most people, this isn't the case," says Bridget Swinney MS, RD, LD, author of Eating Expectantly, Baby Bites and Healthy Food for Healthy Kids. "I suggest families look at what their children eat on a regular basis and then look online to see how those foods rank in number of pesticides." Then, buy organic versions of the favorite foods that are high in pesticides and standard items for the rest. Or take a look at this cheat sheet from nutrition experts on which kid picks are worth buying organic-and which aren't. Photo by Thinkstock

    Buy Organic: Apples and Celery

    Sliced apples and ants-on-a-log are quintessential kid food, but think twice before buying nonorganic apples and

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  • In the Aisle: Pickles

    By Woman's Day Staff

    Sweet, sour or dill, the following pickles are our summer favorites-as a side, in salads or as a grab-and-go snack. Photo by Thinkstock

    Dill/Kosher Dill

    Tangy, in a vinegary brine with seasonings (such as mustard and coriander seeds) and dill (fresh, seeds or oil). The only difference with kosher dills: garlic for extra kick.

    WD PICK Vlasic Kosher Dill Baby Wholes ($2.99 for 24 oz).

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    Crisp pickles in seasoned brine without vinegar. In the first six to eight weeks after pickling, they're half-sours (sold refrigerated), with cucumbers' fresh taste and bright color; they then turn into sour pickles, which taste...sour.

    WD PICK Ba-Tampte Half Sour ($3.49 for 32 oz).

    Bread & Butter

    Savory and sweet, with seasonings, vegetables (onion, celery) and sugar or corn syrup. A great alternative to relish on burgers and hot dogs.

    WD PICK Claussen Bread 'N Butter Chips ($3.79 for 24 oz).

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  • Justice for Police Dogs

    disabled dog with police officer by a truckdisabled dog with police officer by a truckBy Marti Attoun

    On November 12, 2010, as Officer John Jorgensen, 39, and Major, his K-9 partner, headed home from the Roseville Police Department in Minnesota, the pair heard a radio call: A security alarm had gone off at a truck-parts company. Photo by Adam Hester

    Within minutes, John, Major and another officer were on the scene. John shouted, "Roseville Police K-9. Surrender, now!" and got no answer, so he unleashed Major, who headed toward a wooded area, searching for the intruders.
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    Suddenly, Major's cries of pain shattered the silence. "I'd never heard him yelp like that," says John, who radioed for backup, then frantically searched the woods for his partner while the other officer went after the intruder. When John's flashlight fell on the dog, he was horrified by what he saw. "There was blood all over," he says. As help arrived, John rushed Major to the squad car and sped to a nearby veterinary hospital.


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  • How to Prevent Identity Theft

    illustration of computer screen displaying Twitter and personal informationillustration of computer screen displaying Twitter and personal informationBy Daisy Chan

    The latest scams to steal your personal information are scarily simple-and effective. Learn how to protect yourself. Photo by: Jenny Bowers

    You thought shredding documents was enough to protect you from having your identity stolen, but thieves have found new ways to rip you off. No wonder 9 million Americans fell prey to them in 2010, according to the most recent data from the Federal Trade Commission. The average out-of-pocket cost to the victim? About $3,000! Here's how to safeguard your identity-and your cash-from the three newest scams.
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    THE SCAM: Trolling social networking sites

    HOW IT WORKS: Thieves check out Facebook and Twitter looking for any piece of personal information they can use to search for your address, such as your name or phone number. "Once they know where you live, they can submit a change of address form and have your mail sent to their P.O. box," says John Sileo, founder of

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  • 9 Solutions for Common Hair Emergencies

    By Jennifer Tzeses

    It's happened to even the best-tressed: hair that looks so scary, hiding it beneath a scarf or hat is the only safe option. Whether your locks took a beating at your own hands or suffered salon trauma, you aren't stranded. Here, advice from the pros for fixing the most cringe-worthy coifs.

    Major Heat Damage

    All that heat from a flat iron and blow dryer can eventually take its toll. "Repeated styling weakens the hair and causes dehydration," says hairstylist Wren from Bumble and Bumble salon in New York City. Hair needs some serious moisture to help mend it. Use a deep-conditioning mask once a week to add luster and reinfuse hydration. Nourishing shampoos and conditioners will help penetrate the hair shaft and add moisture where it's needed most, she says. In the future, protect hair from hot tools with a silicone-based serum to buffer strands from direct heat and make the cuticle shiny and smooth. Photo: Fabrice LEROUGE/Getty Images
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  • 10 Things Never to Say to Brides

    bride in a wedding dressbride in a wedding dressBy Lauren Matthews

    The sight of an engagement ring can make even the most well-intentioned friends and family members start asking touchy questions or offering unsolicited advice. "Most people weigh in because they're excited," says Meg Keene, author of A Practical Wedding. "But people can end up unloading a lot of their own baggage on brides." Avoid accidentally offending an engaged woman by reading these ten common things she'd rather not hear-and what wedding experts suggest saying instead. Photo by: Thinkstock

    1. "Congratulations on your engagement! Did you set a date yet?"

    Friends and family barraged Amy of Long Beach, CA, with wedding questions days after her boyfriend proposed. "I didn't even have a venue, but people were asking, 'Do you have a DJ yet?' and 'Do you have a veil yet?'" she says. "I wanted to say, 'Please, back off!'" Even though you may be genuinely eager to hear about wedding plans, someone who just got engaged likely doesn't have any yet-and all

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  • See the World—Without Leaving the U.S

    family road tripfamily road tripBy Laura Colarusso

    Global Yet Local

    Summer is approaching, and that means it's time to start planning the family vacation. But many of us don't have the big bucks-or even the time it would take-to travel internationally. Don't despair. There are still plenty of fun and frugal trips to take in the U.S. to find the old-world charm of Europe or the rich cultures of Asia. For a break from the everyday that doesn't break the bank, we've compiled a list of first-class spots that are dead ringers for amazing international destinations. And you don't need a passport to visit. Photo credit: Thinkstock

    Pella, IA-The Netherlands

    Pella has been called "Little Holland," and it's easy to see why. Between the tulips, the traditional windmills and the canal that runs through the historic downtown area, this Midwestern spot evokes a sense of old Amsterdam. To find the perfect souvenir, check out the wooden shoes and hand-painted Dutch pottery at De Pelikaan. Looking for a snack? Stop by

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  • Color Your Hair Younger

    hair dyehair dyeBy Rita Hazan

    Not matter how cute your 'do is, if your hair color doesn't complement your skin tone and facial features, it could age you. New York City hair stylist Rita Hazan, owner of Rita Hazan Salon, offers four strategies for getting it right. Photo by: Keith Lathrop

    1. Choose the right base color. "As we mature, our skin loses pigment, so your hair color has to compensate to complement your skin tone. If your hair is too dark you'll look pale, and if it's too light it'll wash you out completely." Rule of thumb: If you're a brunette, lighten your base color one shade; if you're a blonde, go one shade darker.
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    2. Add warm highlights. "Golden highlights bring color to your complexion and make it look youthful. If you have auburn hair, go with golden copper highlights. Brunettes should be more of a caramel, and blondes look best with a honey, golden tone."

    3. Don't go to extremes. With highlights, less is more-a few framing

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