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  • 9 Things Your Dog Wants to Tell You

    By Alexandra Gekas

    We like to ascribe all sorts of emotions to our dogs, but, truth be told, they are much simpler than humans. They're motivated by the basics: food, activity and companionship. That said, a dog's behavior around his owners does have meaning. From the desire to protect you to an intuition about your health and happiness, read on to discover what your dog would tell you if he could speak.

    "I want to protect you."

    You may think your dog belongs to you, but you belong to your dog, as well. That means he is going to claim you and protect you. "When he's sitting on your foot, it's an ownership thing. If his [bottom] is on you, he's marking your foot," says Jennifer Brent, animal advocate and external relations manager for the L.A.-based non profit animal welfare advocacy group Found Animals. "It's not just that he wants to be close to you, he's saying, 'This is mine; now it smells like me, don't go near it.' He does this for three main reasons: to feel secure about

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  • Childhood ADHD—Explained

    By Barbara Brody

    The percentage of children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD , formerly ADD) rose nearly 22% between 2003 and 2007, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but that's simply because we've gotten better at recognizing the symptoms, says Steven Kurtz, PhD, senior director of the ADHD and Disruptive Behaviors Disorders Center at the Child Mind Institute in New York City. What's more, he and other experts believe the condition is still underdiagnosed, because studies show that there are many kids who meet the ADHD criteria but aren't being treated. Girls in particular tend to fall through the cracks. "They're more apt to have problems focusing, but they're often not hyperactive, so they don't get red-flagged by teachers," says Tanya Froehlich, MD, assistant professor at the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

    It's true that misdiagnoses do happen, but

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  • Dinner in 5 Ingredients or Less


    During fall's fast-paced days, it's easy to let home cooking slip by the wayside. But don't be deterred: making dinner doesn't have to involve an abundance of ingredients, dishes or time. By cleverly combining store-bought goods with proteins or grains, you can create a nourishing meal in minutes. Better yet, you can do it with five ingredients or less (not counting the basics every kitchen should have on board-salt, pepper, olive oil and butter). Read on to discover our favorite dishes that can be ready in a flash.
    Ravioli with Sauteed Butternut Squash and Thyme

    Active Time:
    20 minutes

    Total Time: 20 minutes

    Serves: 4

    Store bought cheese ravioli gets dressed up for fall with a savory mix of butternut squash, garlic and fresh thyme, plus a generous dusting of salty Parmesan cheese.

    Recipe Ingredients
    • 2 Tbsp olive oil
    • 1/2 medium butternut squash (about 1 lb), peeled and cut into 1/2-in. pieces
    • Kosher salt and pepper
    • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
    • 1 Tbsp
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  • 11 Seasonal Jobs You Might Not Know About

    by Brynn Mannino

    Looking to earn a few extra dollars in the pre-holiday months? If so, you may want to consider applying for a seasonal job. Not just a great opportunity to supplement your regular income, period-specific positions like these are also a smart way to explore an industry, expand your skill set and network. "[It] could lead to something bigger down the road," says Kerry Hannon, author of What's Next? Follow Your Passion and Find Your Dream Job and job columnist for AARP.org. From summer gardening centers to tax preparation services, here are 11 industries that hire temporary employees throughout the year.

    Fall

    Halloween Stores

    During Halloween season, party stores are looking for employees as fervently as their customers are looking for costumes. Party City, for example, hires 15 to 50 extra Halloween sales associates per average-size store; the associates take on a variety of roles, including cashier, greeter, roadside character, customer service and stock

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  • 10 Unusual Tricks to Teach Your Dog

    By Alexandra Gekas

    You've already taught your dog to sit, stay, roll over and play dead. Now what? There are plenty of lesser-known tricks you can train Fido to do, especially if he's already mastered the basics and follows commands well. From skateboarding and waterskiing to sorting recyclables, read on to discover 10 amazing feats you can train a dog to do-and how to teach yours these impressive tricks.

    Pick Up Laundry
    When teaching a complex trick, such as picking up laundry, begin with the last step, says Jaime Van Wye, owner of the dog agility training center Zoom Room in Hollywood, California. "First, teach him to drop an object in a container. Give him an object he likes, such as a toy, then put a container under his mouth and give him the drop command," she says. Once he's dropped the toy in the bucket, immediately give him a reward treat. "Then the dog will understand; 'When I drop it in the bucket I get a reward,'" she says. Next, toss whatever training tool you're

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  • 9 Things Your Parcel Carrier Wants to Tell You

    By Amanda Greene 9 Things Your Parcel Carrier Wants to Tell You9 Things Your Parcel Carrier Wants to Tell You

    Photo: © George Doyle/Thinkstock

    In this day and age, when so much of our mail is sent via the computer, receiving a real-life letter or package can be cause for celebration. Sure, we're excited to see the mailman or parcel delivery person, but what do they think of us? We asked around and got the inside scoop from mail delivery people about signing for packages, keeping to their schedule and more.

    1. Control your dog!
    The cliché is true: Dogs really do chase after the mailman-just ask any courier or parcel delivery person. "I've been bit three or four times," says Ken Krumenacker, a retired postal worker who worked at the Sea Cliff Post Office in Sea Cliff, New York, for 42 years. "It's the home owner's responsibility to keep his or her pets under control when we stop by on our route." To make your courier's job easier, keep your pup secured inside or on a leash in the yard when he stops by. To help condition your pet to be happy and calm when the

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  • 8 Menopause Misconceptions—Explained

    We decided to set the record straight once and for all by asking the experts: Is it true that…

    1. I'll go through menopause at the same time my mom did?

    Maybe not at the exact same age, but it's likely to be close. Still, you won't necessarily have the same experience.



    Learn more about how and why you'll experience menopause like your mom.


    2. If I got my period in my late teens, I'll reach menopause later?

    No. A Dutch study of nearly 4,000 women found no link between the onset of your period and the end of it.

    3. I'll get more pimples?

    Probably not. In fact, you may see your skin clear up as estrogen decreases. More commonly, your skin will get dry, so you'll need a heavier moisturizer, says Jenny Murase, MD, assistant professor of clinical dermatology at the University of California-San Francisco.

    4. My breasts will become more tender?

    If you've had breast pain in the past, you may notice that it goes away as you head toward menopause because your

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  • 11 Kitchen Tools You Don’t Really Need

    by Mandy Major

    These days, it seems like every recipe requires its own special pot, pan or gadget. But do you really need a panini press, mandoline or other expensive gadget just to try out a new dish? Not only does it make you hesitant to experiment in the kitchen, it can also get pretty costly. Tired of shelling out on kitchen equipment-however handy it may be-we turned to Kate Merker, food & nutrition director for Woman's Day, and Cynthia B. Keller, a chef instructor at Culinary Institute of America, for advice on how to use what you already have in your cabinets to achieve what one of these specialty cooking tools can do. The results: A win-win for your pocket book and dinner table.

    Electric Griddle

    Griddles are great for pancakes and fried eggs because they have a big, flat surface to cook on. However, their size (which ranges from 20"x10" to 23"x17") make them a beast when it comes to counter space and storage. But a cast iron skillet with a flat bottom will do the

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  • The Good-Enough Beauty Guide

    by Petra Guglielmetti

    Tweezing and tanning, buffing and blending, combing and contouring-let's face it, if you followed all the beauty advice you come across, you'd be one very busy lady. And while it's fantastic if you love to pamper yourself, it's also perfectly fine to embrace being low-maintenance and no-frills when it comes to your primping routine. Maybe you like the way you look without a lot of makeup, or perhaps you just don't have the time (or money) for tons of products and procedures. Either way, feel free to not feel too bad if…

    …haircuts are a twice-a-year occasion for you.

    Most stylists will gently scold you for waiting more than six weeks between trims, but if you know you're not going to hoof it to the salon that often, there are ways to prevent split ends and keep your cut looking fresh for longer. "Using a good deep conditioner every week will keep your ends from fraying, and a daily leave-in conditioner will also help keep your hair healthy," says New York

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