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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


    Related: Find foods that keep you full longer.

    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
  • 10 Times You Have Absolutely No Reason to Get Jealous

    10 Times You Have Absolutely No Reason to Get Jealous10 Times You Have Absolutely No Reason to Get JealousBy Caitlin Moscatello

    Everyone gets a little jealous now and then. Instead of letting it make you crazy, get to the bottom of your feelings. In these scenarios, it's more likely that his "bad behavior" is in your head. Photo by Getty Images.


    1. When he looks at random women.
    Researchers at the University of Stirling and the University of Glasgow recently found that men are more likely than women to find someone they've never met before attractive. But just because your guy is biologically primed to look doesn't mean he's looking to cheat. "Jealousy is driven by fear of losing your partner, or fear you're not good enough," says Leslie Becker-Phelps, PhD, a psychologist in Basking Ridge, NJ, and author of the upcoming book Insecure in Love. "What counts is having a great sex life and complementing each other."

    2. When another woman looks at him…and he likes it. "Be like, 'That's right, he's mine,' and be proud!" suggests Amber Madison, a sex educator and therapist in New York

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  • 9 Surprising Fruits and Vegetables that Last a Long Time

    9 Surprising Fruits and Vegetables That Last a Long Time9 Surprising Fruits and Vegetables That Last a Long TimeBy Marlisse Cepeda


    With the week's dinners, school lunches and inevitable snack cravings, it's easy to leave the grocery store with an overflowing shopping cart. Considering that 40% of the land-grown food in the U.S. doesn't get eaten, chances are some of your purchases will spoil and end up in the trash-along with the money you paid for them. A better idea: Buy berries, bananas and other fare with notoriously short shelf lives sparingly, and stock up on food that can stick around to please your family's unpredictable palates. Read on to find out which produce items stand the test of time. Photo by Getty Images.


    1. Cabbage

    The hearty star of cole slaw and savory salads has another talent-it can last up to two weeks or longer, says Lindsay Malone, RD, of the Cleveland Clinic. The leafy green's life span is credited to its low production of ethylene, a chemical that causes ripening, and its many layers, she explains. To keep cabbage fresh that long, JJ Virgin, author of The Virgin

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  • Now's the Cheapest Time to Cruise, and Other Money-Saving Cruising Tips

    Now's the Cheapest Time to Cruise, and Other Money-Saving Cruising TipsNow's the Cheapest Time to Cruise, and Other Money-Saving Cruising TipsBy Tracy Saelinger


    1. FALL AND EARLY JANUARY ARE THE CHEAPEST TIMES TO CRUISE

    September to mid-December and the first two weeks of January are generally the least expensive, says Paul Motter, editor of CruiseMates.com and a former cruise ship staff member. Last-minute deals pop up throughout the year, but cruise pricing is a lot like airline and hotel pricing-it's based on demand, so if you see a bargain, grab it. And don't forget to check out cruises from smaller local ports like Baltimore and Seattle, as they can be less expensive to get to than, say, Miami. Photo by Corbis.


    2. USE A TRAVEL AGENT

    Travel agents book about 80% of cruises; the cruise lines pay their commission. They can get you perks like free transfers from the airport, says Motter. Also, ask your travel agent for a lower-deck room. These are less pricey (and more stable in case of rough seas).


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    3. PACK LIGHTLY

    Ship quarters can be tight,

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  • From Outcast to Popular: How Facebook Changed 5 Women's Lives for the Better

    From Bullied to Popular-How Facebook Changed These Women's LivesFrom Bullied to Popular-How Facebook Changed These Women's LivesBy Christina Vercelletto

    Some of us remember high school as the best years of our lives. But others…not so much. And had social media not come along, we'd likely still see ourselves (and our classmates) the way we were then, for better or worse. Meet five women for whom Facebook was the great equalizer, and then some.


    'I turned nemeses into friends.'
    Maralin Gray, 49, Bellmore, NY

    "Two weeks into high school, two girls invited me to interview for their sorority. They sat me in someone's dark basement and shined flashlights in my face while asking me stupid questions. Refusing a second 'interview' started the bullying. In English class, one flicked paper balls and paperclips at my head and made nasty comments every time I got a paper back with a good grade. The other regularly threatened to kick my butt. Three years ago, when I discovered Facebook, I saw the clip-flicker on a mutual friend's post. Then, I saw posts about forgiving others for your own peace of mind. I

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  • The 10 Worst Things You Can Do when You Start a New Job

    The 10 Worst Things You Can Do When You Start a New JobThe 10 Worst Things You Can Do When You Start a New JobBy Deborah Skolnik

    You've got a new job! Reach for the stars-but get the lay of the land in your new workplace first. It'll impress everyone if you blend in fast and make yourself valuable, and you can by dodging the gaffes below. They may sound like good ideas, but keep reading to find out why they aren't.

    Newbie no-no #1: Bringing in a batch of your famous cookies.
    Everyone who tastes your choco-pecan fudgernutters loves them, so how could it be wrong to wow your new coworkers with them too? Unfortunately, baked goods won't help you rise in the workplace. "If the boss talks about your great cookies instead of your great ideas, then your raises and promotions can take a hit," warns career expert Katie Donovan, founder of Equal Pay Negotiations LLC.


    Instead:
    Act however the higher-ups do. If your boss is a banana-bread-baking fiend, sure, bring in treats once in a while, but not often. It's better to be known for your work than your goodies.

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  • 8 Ways Women Control How Happy Their Marriages Are

    couple laughing on couchcouple laughing on couchBy Jenna Birch


    A wonderful marriage depends upon a lot of things. But the biggest factor just may be you. A new study from the University of California, Berkeley, showed wives tend to control the happiness of their unions, especially when it comes to diffusing conflict. "Women have more influence than they realize," says marriage therapist Carin Goldstein, creator of BeTheSmartWife.com. "Men are reactive, while wives are introspective and take a more effective approach." Beyond disagreements, you're likely to be more adept at helping your marriage in the following areas. Photo by Getty Images.


    1. With the in-laws. Besides having an innate desire to nurture relationships, "women are typically better at picking up familial nuances and dynamics," says Match.com relationship expert Whitney Casey. That's why it makes sense for you to take the lead on connecting with in-laws. Set times to spend with them (and apart from them) and establish what is and isn't acceptable with them-and

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