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  • Does it Pay to Buy Energy-Efficient Appliances?

    woman shopping for energy-efficient applianceswoman shopping for energy-efficient appliancesBy Brooke Showell

    There's no doubt that energy-efficient appliances are good for the planet-they use less power and lower greenhouse gas emissions. But is paying up to 20% more logical? That depends on the machine you replace, your lifestyle and how you shop. Here's how to ensure you're making a cost-effective move. Photo by Corbis.


    Who knew?
    Refrigerators built in the early 1990s use twice the amount of energy that today's models do. A bottom door freezer is the most efficient type.


    • The average U.S. family runs its dishwasher 110 times a year. Pre-1994 models tend to add about $40 per year to your utility bill.

    • On average, a new energy-efficient washing machine costs only $85 to run each year and uses 20% less energy than a regular model.


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    √ Do your research
    There are more than 60 categories of energy-efficient products, and there can be a big difference between two very similar-looking models. LookRead More »from Does it Pay to Buy Energy-Efficient Appliances?
  • 'I was Adopted...By A 70-Year-Old Single Woman"

    By Juanita Hotchkiss, as told to Barbara Hustedt Crook

    In 1986, Woman's Day ran an article about Marjorie Hotchkiss, a 70-year-old single woman in upstate New York, who adopted a baby girl (Juanita [left] was 5 when our article appeared). Click here to read it. Here is the rest of her story. Photo by Susan Pittard/Studio D; hair and makeup by Jen Navaro

    No child should go through what I did-which is why I turned my own tough times into a career helping others.
    When I was little, I knew my life wasn't like other kids'. My mom was as old as their grandmas, for one thing, and didn't drive, so friends would take me to doctor's appointments and dance class. But she was warm and wonderful, always singing show tunes and reading me poetry. It was her lifelong dream to have a child, and I felt very loved.


    Related: Discover 11 things that mean more to men than "I love you."


    Then, in 1990, when I was 8 and she was 78, she was diagnosed with cancer. I was terrified that she'd Read More »from 'I was Adopted...By A 70-Year-Old Single Woman"
  • How to Burn Calories Without Exercise

    Getty ImagesGetty ImagesBy Denise Schipani


    Splurging on a gym membership isn't the only way to weight loss. What you eat is obviously important, but how you eat can also help you reach your goal weight. Click through for nutrition tips that could help boost your metabolism. Try these pointers for yourself and you could drop 10 pounds-no sweat! Photo by Getty Images.


    Rev Up Your Metabolism with...

    Healthy Fats

    Research has found that eating fat for breakfast turns on your fat-burning switch and helps your body use more calories all day long.

    Try these foods in the A.M.:

    2 eggs cooked in 1 Tbsp olive or canola oil

    2 Tbsp peanut butter on whole-wheat toast

    Sliced avocado on English muffin with 1 slice of cheese

    Cold Water

    One study showed that drinking two 8-oz glasses of water increased metabolism by 30%-and cold water boosted the burn a bit more.

    Sip a glass of water (or unsweetened iced tea, which will also give you a shot of caffeine) with each meal. For added

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  • The 4 Biggest Myths About Cholesterol--and the Truth Behind Them

    woman holding heartwoman holding heartBy Erin Quinlan


    Keep your finger on the pulse of medical thinking as three Woman's Day Heart Health Advisory Board members share tips for a healthier ticker. Photo by Getty Images


    Myth 1: 'Bad' cholesterol is the best measure of risk.

    Cholesterol is an alphabet soup of lipids: There's HDL (the "good" kind), LDL (the harmful kind that combines with other substances to form plaque) and triglycerides (proteins that stoke inflammation). To cut the risk of heart disease and stroke, you may assume your top priority is squelching those last two troublemakers. Not so fast. For women, having a low level of HDL-the good cholesterol-may be a greater risk than having a high level of the bad cholesterol. Safe limits for LDL vary depending on your personal risk factors. A healthy nonsmoker with no family history should aim for an LDL of less than 160 mg/dL, while a woman who has multiple risk factors should keep her LDL under 100 mg/dL. Since your body depends on HDL to fight

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  • Give Old Sweaters New Life with This $2 Craft

    By Woman's Day Staff


    For our second DIY Challenge, we asked you to show us creative new uses for old sweaters. The winner? This woolly wreath from Anna Chase of DeSoto, TX. Photo by Sarah Anne Ward/Studio D; Prop styling by Gerri Williams.


    Anna, who blogs at LassotheMoon.Typepad.com, cut six sweaters into 4" x 4" squares, folded them in half and strung them onto a 26"-long piece of 12-gauge aluminum beading wire. Then she twisted and interlocked the ends of the wire to secure.


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    TIME 40 MIN

    COST $2


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    Materials
    6 to 8 old sweaters
    Scissors 12-gauge aluminum beading wire
    Wire cutter


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    Directions
    1. Choose your favorite sections of each sweater. Using the scissors, carefully cut 4" x 4" squares from the sweater sections, keeping each design or color

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  • 10 Ways Your Marriage Should Evolve as You Age

    couple holding handscouple holding handsBy Jenna Birch


    Shared interests and values often bring couples together, and some things-like the need for romance and communication-remain the same no matter how long you're hitched. But many others don't-and shouldn't. Encouraging changes in your marriage helps you adapt to each life stage with your spouse; ignore your relationship's ebbs and flows and you risk breaking apart. Here, experts share how to conquer them as a couple. Photo by Getty Images


    In Your 20s

    1. Be More Open and Specific About Your Future
    Before you get married, you may talk generally about where you'll live, when you'll have kids and how you'll spend your money-and avoid bringing up goals on which your partner may not agree. But once you truly combine lives, you need to make more concrete plans. Don't hold back about long-term hopes for fear he won't be on board. For example, if you'd like to go back to school, and find yourself worrying about whether he'd support it, ask his opinion right away. If

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  • Two Classic Soups + a Secret Ingredient = Your New Favorite Comfort Food

    By Woman's Day Kitchen


    This hearty, stick-to-your-ribs soup combines split pea soup, tomato soup and bacon to warm you right up on a chilly day. Make it ahead and freeze it in individual portions so you always have something tasty and filling on hand. Photo by Steve Giralt; Food styling by Anne Disrude; Prop styling by Erin Swift.


    Serves: 4
    Yields: 4 servings (cost per serving of $1.13)
    Total Time: 8 hr 15 min
    Prep Time: 15 min


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    Ingredients:
    4 slice(s) (thick) smoked bacon
    1 can(s) (14-ounce) petite diced tomatoes
    2 tablespoon(s) Dijon mustard
    Kosher salt
    Pepper
    1 1/2 cup(s) green split peas
    4 clove(s) garlic, finely chopped
    2 medium carrots, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
    2 stalk(s) celery, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
    1 large onion, finely chopped
    6 sprig(s) fresh thyme
    Croutons, for serving
    Crisp bacon, for serving
    Chopped parsley, for serving


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  • The Best Foods to Eat at Every Time of Day

    woman eating lunchwoman eating lunchBy Jessica Girdwain


    It's not just what you eat, but when you eat that matters. "Our food dictates everything from our mood and energy levels to sleep patterns and cravings," says Marci Anderson, a registered dietitian in Cambridge, MA. So whether you want to feel alert in the morning, blissed-out at lunch or sleepy at night, smart food choices can get you there. You don't have to eat everything that follows in one day; just pick what suits your needs. Read on to find out how to maximize your meals throughout the day. Photo by Getty Images


    7 A.M. Goal: Feel Full
    What to Eat: Oatmeal with Peanut Butter
    Are you hungry when your alarm goes off? Good! "That's a sign that your metabolism is revved up," says Anderson. And eating, rather than skipping breakfast, is associated with better metabolism and health, she says. Eat within an hour of waking up and aim for a balance of complex carbs, fats and protein, which helps control your appetite throughout the morning, according to research Read More »from The Best Foods to Eat at Every Time of Day
  • The 10 Best Dating Tips to Steal from 20-Somethings

    By Anna Schoening


    Millennials may get a bad wrap for posting "selfies" and texting 24/7, but the generation born after 1977 has wisdom to impart on building relationships. "Technology changed dating," says Millennial Hannah Brencher, writer and founder of More Love Letters. And Gen Y may be the tech-savviest group out in the dating world. But they have many more lessons to share about finding love than just "try online dating" (though that's important, too!). Here are their top tips. Photo by Getty Images.


    1. Celebrate your sexuality. Millennial expert Jean Twenge, PhD, author of Generation Me, says young women's attitude today is, "'This is who I am and I like sex'-which was a radical notion not long ago," she says. That comfort makes them more likely to seek out partners. The lesson: "When you're attracted to a guy, go for it." In addition to bucking shame about sex, Kelly Campbell, PhD, associate professor of psychology at California State University, San Bernardino, pointsRead More »from The 10 Best Dating Tips to Steal from 20-Somethings
  • Eating Mistakes Not to Make in 2014

    Eating Mistakes Not to Make in 2014Eating Mistakes Not to Make in 2014By Arricca Elin SanSone


    Munching Missteps
    You watch what you eat and feel pretty savvy about nutrition. But as you're racing from one chore to the next, it's easy to skimp on certain nutrients and overdose on others. The good news: "There's no food or dietary component that you have to eliminate from a healthy diet," says Rachel Begun, MS, RD, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. "But you have to plan a little to balance your diet the majority of the time." Kick off 2013 with a healthy start by discovering women's most common nutrition mistakes and how to fix them. Photo by Getty Images.


    You eat too much sodium.
    The recommended daily allowance for sodium is 2,300 mg. But if you're over 50 years old, have high blood pressure, diabetes or kidney disease or are African American, your sodium intake shouldn't go above 1,500 mg per day. Unfortunately, the average American consumes about 3,300 mg daily, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Read More »from Eating Mistakes Not to Make in 2014

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