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  • Rediscover Sex After 10 Stressful Situations

    By Molly M. Ginty

    There's a lot more that contributes to a healthy sex life than romantic dinners and skimpy lingerie. When your life has been rocked by major events, like illness, job loss and foreclosure, it's likely that the last thing you want to do is stoke the flames of passion. "Trauma can temporarily quash the chemical signals that affect arousal and desire," says Holly Hein, PhD, a Los Angeles-based psychotherapist and the author of Sexual Detours. However, it's important to note that Dr. Hein says the negative affects are just temporary-there is, in fact, a way to bring your mojo back. To put the heat back into your love life, read these tips tailored to different libido-stealing situations.

    Childbirth

    You're up all night changing diapers, you have stitches down there and your bloodstream is being flooded with a hormone called oxytocin, causing you to focus on bonding with your baby-not making love to your partner. "On top of these physical changes come emotional

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  • 6 Steps to Short-Circuiting Stress

    by Abigail L. Cuffey

    You've probably felt this way hundreds of times. You know stress is bad for your physical and mental health, but when it comes to relief, you either don't do what you know you should (go for a walk, do some deep breathing, take a yoga class) or are too busy to work it into your schedule. What's going on?

    "For many women, there's a major disconnect between knowing and doing," says Susan Girdler, PhD, director of the Stress and Health Research Program at the University of North Carolina. "We recognize that destressing is a good idea in theory, but with jobs, children and everything else going on in our lives, carrying through is pushed to the back burner." Not to mention the g-word: guilt. "One survey showed that the vast majority of women approved of other women taking time out to destress, but didn't think it was OK for themselves," says Alice Domar, PhD, executive director of the Domar Center for Mind/Body Health and assistant professor of obstetrics

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  • The Best Fall Handbags Under $50

    by WomansDay.com Staff

    It's In the Bag


    This fall, the sky's the limit for handbags, with bright colors, unique shapes and playful textures coming to the fore. Slip one on your shoulder to instantly update your look at a fraction of the cost for a new wardrobe. Here, we've rounded up 10 of our favorite affordable finds.






    Orangetini

    This bright bag is your one-stop-shop for accessorizing. But its on-trend shade isn't the only thing to love about it: the roomy interior and zip-top closure make it a cinch to carry everything you need in one convenient tote. Agra in Orange; $45, AldoShoes.com.






    Learn the secrets wardrobe stylists know.



    Saddle Up

    Oversize bags have seen their day in the sun; for fall, try something more demure on for size, like this miniature satchel with a very equestrian edge. ASOS Saddle Satchel; $34.48, ASOS.com.










    Fringe Elements

    Fringe may be in, but finding the right way to wear it can be tricky. Avoid flower child overload by

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  • How to afford going back to school

    by Daisy Chan First, figure out what you want to study. Then take these steps:

    Step 1: Look beyond private colleges.

    Getting a degree from your community college or some online schools is often the most affordable option, costing on average $5,426 for a two-year degree, according to The College Board (as opposed to $54,586 for a two-year degree at a private college if it offers an associate's degree). Don't worry about not going to the most prestigious school out there. "Companies we've seen who need workers with two-year degrees aren't differentiating between a two-year degree from an online or community college and a two-year degree from a traditional school," says Anne Edmunds, Chicago metro regional director for the international recruiting firm Manpower.

    The Department of Education's College Navigator ( NCES.ed.gov/CollegeNavigator) is a good place to start searching for schools that offer the courses you need. You can also check a school's accreditation and find out

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  • How to Hang a Picture

    Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth Mayhew gives tips from her book Flip! For Decorating on how to hang your picture straight and securely every time. But before you begin: Position your picture on the wall so that its center rests at eye level. If it's hanging in a room where people are typically seated, lower the picture accordingly. Click through to Step 1, or here to see a video demonstration.









    Step 1

    Hammer a 1.5-inch finishing nail through the center of a yardstick, making sure that it pokes out the back end and that the head of the nail isn't completely flush with the yardstick.




    Follow this step-by-step guide to painting a room.





    Step 2

    Hang the wire or bracket of the picture from the sharp end of the nail. (Don't rest the entire weight of the picture on the nail, since the yardstick isn't strong enough to hold it; just rest enough weight so that the wire is taut.)










    Step 3

    Point the nail at the wall, adjusting the stick until it rests where you want the picture to

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  • 8 Ways to Make a Lasting Impression

    by Brynn Mannino

    make a good impressionmake a good impressionYou don't have to be the smartest, wittiest or most attractive person in the room to make your mark. While some people naturally exude qualities that help them stand out in a crowd, making an impact on someone is a learnable skill. From lightening the mood to knowing when to duck out of a conversation, these eight tips will bring your networking skills to another level. Photo credit: iStock

    1. Be pleasant and full of praise.
    Whether you're making connections at a conference or meeting colleagues from other departments, one of the best ways to get people to remember you is to turn on the charm. "When you make someone laugh, feel happy or admired, they naturally reciprocate those feelings towards you," says psychologist Anne Demarais, founder of behavioral coaching company, First Impressions. For example, when you give someone you've just met a genuine compliment, they'll likely internalize those positive feelings towards you. But it's not enough to just

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  • Bouncing Back from Unemployment

    By Emma Johnson

    lost my joblost my jobYou had a sinking feeling the minute your boss told you to come in and close the door. Getting a pink slip is hard anytime, but with national unemployment hovering at 10 percent for the past two years, it's especially tough right now-14.5 million Americans are out of work, according to the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics data, and joining their ranks has probably left you shell-shocked. For good reason: Sudden unemployment is like a one-two punch of emotional and financial trauma. Photo credit: Matthew Hollister (illustration)

    When most people get the bad news, their first reaction is disbelief. "It doesn't matter if you anticipated being let go," says Susan Fletcher, PhD, author of Working in the Smart Zone. "The loss of a job is so shocking that it can be paralyzing."
    Revamp your style with 10 quick tricks.

    That initial blow hits right at your emotions, and once the news sinks in, you immediately begin to feel anxious, angry, sad, worried and

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  • 4 Ways to Motivate Your Child in the Morning

    by Arianne Cohen


    4 Ways to Motivate Your Child in the Morning4 Ways to Motivate Your Child in the Morning

    Getting out the door in the morning is hard enough without worrying about whether or not your kids have brushed their teeth or can't find anything to wear. Streamline yours-and their-routine by learning how to deal with common setbacks so you can all get out the door on time.

    Problem: I always end up begging my kid to get dressed when we're already late.
    Solution: Have kids dress first.

    For those who have bathed the night before, create the expectation that they'll get dressed before they leave their room. Most kids can't wait to get to the bathroom-so they'll be in their school clothes a minute after waking up.

    Problem: My kid gets distracted.
    Solution: Press play.

    Have kids make music playlists that they like, says Santa Rosa, California, personal organizer Grace Brooke. This is perfect for younger kids or those with a hazy sense of time-they'll know that song #3 means they should be dressed and downstairs. This will help them learn to

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  • 4 Ways to Lower Your Grocery Bill

    By Yasmin Sabir


    4 Ways to Lower Your Grocery Bill4 Ways to Lower Your Grocery Bill

    Supermarket savings is nothing to take lightly. If you're diligent, you could pocket an extra $1,000 dollars per year. And knowing where to find discounts and coupons is half the battle. From Facebook to loyalty cards, these grocery store savings are the real deal.

    1. Use coupons. You've heard it before, but spending 20 minutes a week couponing can save you up to $1,000 a year, according to the Promotion Marketing Association (PMA) Coupon Council. Given that the U.S. Department of Agriculture expects food prices to rise 3 to 4 percent this year, now more than ever it's time well spent. Set up a coupon-only email address and sign up for alerts at sites like Coupons.com and SmartSource.com. Then contact your favorite companies by phone or email. "Say, 'I love your product but I'm on a budget. Could you send me coupons to help out?'" says Faye Prosser, founder of SmartSpendingResources.com, who saved more than $10,000 on grocery and drugstore purchases last

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  • 10 Things the HR Department Won't Tell You

    By Kimberly Fusaro


    career advicecareer adviceIf everything's going smoothly, you probably won't interact with the folks in human resources much between the day you're hired and your last day with the company. But every day in between, it's their responsibility to make sure you're doing your job well. Which means they know a lot more than you might think. We checked in with human resources experts to see what your current employer is keeping tabs on-and how your next employer could be judging you based on a whole lot more than the résumé you submitted. Photo credit: Thinkstock


    1. Background checks have gone beyond Google.
    Before calling in applicants for a job interview, HR will snoop around online to make sure there are no virtual red flags. "Social media 'stalking' has become the norm-especially at larger companies," says Mary Hladio, who worked in human resources for more than 15 years and is currently CEO of leadership group Ember Carriers. "Beyond typing names into a search engine, companies

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