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  • 9 Boardwalk-Inspired Recipes

    by WomansDay.com Staff


    If you can't make it out to the boardwalk this season, bring the boardwalk home in the form of these nine delicious recipes. Whether you're missing out on hearty sausage and pepper sandwiches, tempting fried-dough treats or refreshing Italian ices, these fun recreations mimic the flavors of the beloved eats served along the seashore, and will give you-and your taste buds-a reason to celebrate summer.

    Melon Granitas Recipe

    Melon Granitas RecipeMelon Granitas RecipeIncredibly colorful and refreshing, this fruity granita is a terrific all-natural alternative to store-bought ices and sorbets. If you're planning to serve it at a party, don't waste time portioning it out-create a few big batches and serve them in the pan, allowing guests to scrape their own.

    Recipe Ingredients:

    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 3 lb honeydew, cantaloupe or watermelon, rind removed, seeded and cut into 1-in. pieces (about 4 cups total)

    Recipe Preparation:

    1. In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and 1/2 cup water and bring to Read More »from 9 Boardwalk-Inspired Recipes
  • 4 Steps to Making Smarter Decisions

    by Emilie Lyons

    decision makingdecision makingEvery day you are faced with hundreds of decisions: You decide what to make for breakfast, how to react to coworkers and whether or not to indulge in a slice of chocolate cake. Yet it's not until after the choice has been made that you discover how wrong it was. For example, the stomachache that resulted from saying "yes" to cake is one indication that you may have chosen poorly; another could be the dissatisfaction youfeel when you discover option B had a better outcome in the long run. But just because you've made some wrong picks in the past doesn't mean you are destined to make them for the rest of your life. The next time you're contemplating what to do, stick to the following tips from our decision-making experts, and you can ward off regret for good. Photo credit: Tim Robberts/Getty Images

    1. Think about what's most important to you.
    We all choose our choices for a variety of reasons, including running out of time, not wanting to consider an

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  • 8 Foods that Help You Live Longer

    by Alexandra Gekas


    If you're tired of reading about must-eat superfoods that are hard to find-and even harder to pronounce; (hello, açai berry and quinoa)-take heart: Your pantry may hold more superpowered wonders than you realize! From chocolate and coffee to red wine and walnuts, the following eight amazing everyday foods can help improve your health.


    Chocolate
    Good news for all the chocoholics out there: Cocoa just might be one of the heart-healthiest foods around! A 2011 Harvard study found that organic compounds called flavonoids that are contained in cacao (the bean used to make chocolate) are associated with reduced blood pressure as well as improved blood vessel health, cholesterol levels and general blood flow. "All of these things are protective against heart disease," says Eric Ding, PhD, conductor of the study and a professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. "But the HDL findings-the increase in good cholesterol-nobody knew

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  • Confessions of a Former Perfectionist

    by Heather LendeConfessions of a Former PerfectionistConfessions of a Former Perfectionist


    I'm watching the tide come in here at the beach near my house on a lovely sunny afternoon, wishing I could be outside. Instead I'm at my desk typing, in my two-fingered way. (Yes, that's how I do it, using only my index fingers-"hunting and pecking," my mother called it.)

    In front of me on the computer screen is an essay for my master's degree in fiction writing. I decided three years ago at age 49 that this was important. But somehow I forgot that going back to college meant I'd have homework, even in the summer.
    At the moment, I am cursing at my laptop as I try to italicize book titles (no more underlining them, like I did when I was in college). The university expects the paper to be perfect. That's my advisor's word. Perfect. I thought no one used that term anymore-in preschool and in yoga class it is not allowed.

    Save time typing with these easy-to-learn keyboard shortcuts.

    I don't believe in perfect anymore.

    I used to. I spent my whole

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  • 8 Light and Easy Shellfish Recipes

    by Mandy Major


    If you want to lighten up dinner this time of year, look no further than succulent shellfish. Lean, quick-cooking and the perfect protein for herbaceous sauces and citrus, it's a fitting seasonal alternative to dense proteins like steak and chicken. At most grocery stores, you can buy a variety of shellfish in the freezer aisle, which are frozen soon after being caught and just need to be defrosted before preparing. When going the fresh route, shrimp, scallops and squid should be plump, firm and cool to the touch; crabs and lobsters should still be alive at the time of purchase as well as clams, mussels and oysters, which should have tightly closed, shiny shells. (Note: When buying fresh shellfish, purchase it no more than 24 hours ahead of cook time as it can go from good to bad quite quickly.) If you're new to cooking shellfish, check out this article for storage and preparation tips, then try one of the easy-to-make recipes below. Whether you're preparing lunch Read More »from 8 Light and Easy Shellfish Recipes
  • 7 Things Your Daughter-in-Law Wants to Tell You

    by Denise Schipani


    Stereotypically, a wife's relationship with her mother-in-law can be tense-even competitive in some cases. There's a good reason for that, says stress-management expert Debbie Mandel author of Addicted to Stress: You have two women who love the same man, albeit in different ways. Add to that the fact that a daughter-in-law may find it difficult to express herself when an issue arises with her mother-in-law, whether out of fear, respect or frustration, and you've got the makings of one stressful family dinner. However, according to Mandel, a healthy relationship can form between the two women. It just takes time--and a lot of mutual respect. So we asked some real-life daughters-in-law to tell us what they feel they can't tell their mothers-in-law, and had experts weigh in on how best to resolve these conflicts so you can both start having a happier family life today.

    1. Trust that I know how to raise my children.

    The topic of children--how they're raised

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  • Paperless Billing 101

    by Woman's Day StaffPaperless Billing 101Paperless Billing 101

    Paper bills are a huge source of clutter, says Heather Cabot, the Web life editor at Yahoo! "So paying bills online is one of the most effective things you can do." If you're hesitant to venture into the world of online bill paying, take a deep breath and follow these steps.

    1. Change your payment dates to the same week.
    Simply call all your creditors-utilities, insurance, credit cards, etc.-and ask them to make the change. (The vast majority of companies have an end-of-month option.) Have the service representative verbally confirm the new due date before you hang up. Make a list of each bill and the new due dates.

    Check out 10 ways to use your credit cards wisely.

    2. Opt for paperless billing.
    Set up your online profile and paperless billing option with each major company you pay regularly. Once you're set up, payment due notices will be sent to your email account and you can go to the website to download the bill. Each new bill will

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  • 4 Bad Pet Habits—Fixed

    by Woman's Day Staff

    4 Bad Pet Habits—Fixed4 Bad Pet Habits—Fixed

    Cat got your furniture? An overactive pooch driving you barking mad? These trainer tips will put a stop to bad animal behavior.

    The Problem: Your dog scratches up your floor.

    The Fix: "Dogs love to dig and usually do it out of boredom if they aren't spending enough time outside," explains Victoria Stilwell, host of Animal Planet's It's Me or the Dog. She suggests making a small sand box or pit in your backyard and hiding his toys in it-he'll be able to indulge his digging instinct without being destructive.

    Avoid these common mistakes made by dog owners.

    The Problem: Your cat claws at your sofa.

    The fix: Cover commonly targeted areas with double-stick tape like Sticky Paws ($14.99; StickyPaws.com) to deter your puss from scratching, suggests Marilyn Krieger, certified cat behavior consultant and author of Naughty No More! Also buy a scratching post and place it near your furniture. "Cats scratch to stretch their muscles, so buy a post

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  • 8 Showstopping Fruit Pies

    by WomansDay.com Staff


    What says summer more than ice cream, corn on the cob and barbecue? Old-fashioned fruit pie, of course! Packed with seasonal produce like peaches and strawberries, and finished with classic lattice-style pastry or crumble topping, these homespun desserts are a sweet ending to any warm-weather meal.


    Old-Fashioned Peach PieOld-Fashioned Peach Pie

    Old-Fashioned Peach Pie

    Buttery homemade pie crust is filled with fresh peach slices that have been tossed with sugar, flour and lemon juice, then topped with pecan-vanilla streusel before it's baked until golden-brown.
    Recipe Ingredients:

    CRUST

    • 2 Tbsp cold water
    • Yolk from 1 large egg
    • 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 stick (1/4 cup) plus 2 Tbsp cold unsalted butter, cut in small pieces
    • 1/8 tsp salt

    FILLING

    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
    • 3 lb ripe peaches (about 9 medium or 7 large), peeled and cut in 1/2-in.-thick wedges (about 7 cups)
    • 1 Tbsp lemon juice

    STREUSEL TOPPING

    • 1/2 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
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  • 6 Dream Mysteries—Solved

    by Hallie Levine Sklar

    6 Dream Mysteries—Solved6 Dream Mysteries—Solved

    We're all fascinated by our dreams, but most of us don't have a clue what they mean. And the rest of us can't even remember what we dreamt about. Well, consider this: Experts say that keeping a closer eye on your dreams can actually help you improve your life. "Every night when you dream, you subconsciously assess what's going on in your life," says Gayle Delaney, PhD, author of In Your Dreams. "And if you pay attention, you can use it as a way to solve problems." Here's how to decipher your dreams, use them to your advantage, and understand why you have them in the first place.

    Learn 7 things you didn't know about sleeping.

    What Happens When We Go to Sleep

    In the first 90 minutes of sleep, you go through deepening stages-ranging from light sleep to deep sleep. Upon entering REM sleep, your heart rate and breathing become irregular, your eyes move rapidly and your brain activity rises toward the same level as when you're awake. That's when you

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