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  • 6 Tips to Make Your Blowout Last Longer!

    Make Your Blowout LastMake Your Blowout Last

    S-T-R-E-T-C-H that style. Don't sit back and watch all your hair go flat or frizzy on Day 2! Try these tricks to keep a blowout going…and going…and going.

    Plus: How to Get the Best DIY Blowout »

    1. Wrap It Up: Before bed, twist hair into a loose bun on the top of your head and secure with bobby pins or a scrunchie to prevent kinks.

    2. Sleep On It: Opt for silk or satin pillowcases; cotton ones can be hard on hair. In a pinch? Wrap a silk scarf around strands.

    3. Stay Dry: Before showering, cover hair with a shower cap that's lined with terry cloth to keep out moisture and humidity.

    4. Lather Less: If dry shampoo isn't already your BFF, it is now. Spritz onto hair between washes to soak up oil and add body.

    Related: 6 Tips for a Better DIY Blowout »

    5. Fake It: If you need to, rinse and re-blow just your bangs or the hair around your forehead. The whole blowout will feel fresh again.

    6. Style and Go: On Day 3 (or even 4), when you feel like you need to wash

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  • Smart Savings: Wise Ways to Invest in Long-Term Financial Health

    Smart Ways to InvestSmart Ways to Invest

    It's always tough to make ends meet, but a few painless moves can improve your long-range financial health.

    Related: Prepare for Taxes in Just Four Weeks »

    Create an emergency fund.
    Try to have at least three to six months of living expenses saved in a stable, interest-bearing account. Money-market funds, available at banks or financial services institutions, generally pay more interest than a standard savings account and still offer you the same access to your cash. Online banks may offer good interest rates as well.

    Save for retirement and pay off debt.
    Both of these financial goals are important. Contribute the maximum possible to your 401(k), Roth IRA or any other retirement account you have. If your employer offers a 401(k) benefit, take advantage of it, especially if your company matches your contributions. Try to pay down your credit-card debt as well. Consolidate balances to one low-interest card.

    Plus: Smart Investment Strategies for Every Age »

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  • Save at the Pump! 6 Quick Tips to Save on Gas

    Easy Tips to Save on GasEasy Tips to Save on Gas

    Filling up sure adds up. American drivers spent $2.2 billion more on fuel in the summer of 2013 than during the same period the year before, according to gasbuddy.com. Gas prices are expected to remain about the same this year, on average, so you might actually be able to cut your fuel costs. How? Make moves right now to ensure that you get more mileage out of every gallon.

    Related: Save Money By Knowing When to Buy Gas, Groceries, and More »

    Save Before You Leave: Give your car a once-over. Check the tire pressure, for example, because properly inflated tires improve a car's gas mileage by up to 3.3 percent. And replace your gas cap if it appears cracked or loose. Missing and damaged caps allow 147 million gallons of fuel to evaporate each year, according to the Car Care Council.

    Save On the Road:
    • Accelerate smoothly and brake gradually. Aggressive and stop-and-start driving can lower fuel efficiency by one third at highway speeds and 5 percent around town. Also, your

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  • Celebrate Valentine's Day with Easy Crafts that Say "I Love You"

    Valentine's Day CraftsValentine's Day Crafts

    Celebrate Valentine's Day with this heartfelt creation. With these thoughtful, budget-friendly felt fortune cookies, there is no need to spend a fortune this Valentine's Day to show that special someone you care

    Related: Secrets to an Inexpensive Valentine's Day »

    Supplies you probably already have:
    • Jar or small bowl (3 1/2" to 4" in diameter) • Black marker • Scissors • Hot glue gun • Printer paper (1 sheet)

    Supplies you might need to buy:
    • Felt

    Total cost: $.33

    Plus: 9 Affordable Ideas for a Romantic Date Night »

    Instructions:
    1. Invert cup on felt and trace around. Cut out, cutting inside black lines.
    2. Fold circle in half to form semicircle. Apply a small dab of glue at center of curve, in between layers. Insert index fingers inside fold and bend semicircle where fingers meet. Apply a dab of glue at crease to hold pinched shape.
    3. Cut a strip of paper, about 1/2" x 2", write a fortune on it, and slip it inside felt cookie. Option: Add a piece of

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  • Easy Ways to Simplify Your Life!

    Simplify Your Life!Simplify Your Life!

    Struggling to keep up with daily tasks? Learn how to simply your life while keeping your household running smoothly.

    Related: How to Quickly Organize Your Home »

    Sort laundry into personal baskets.
    Cut down on laundry piles and eliminate small, water-wasting loads. Give each family member two laundry baskets. Keep one in their bedroom for dirty clothes, and the other in the laundry room for clean. As clothes come out of the dryer, fold and sort into each person's basket. Every other day, switch bins so that the dirty items make it into the wash and the clean ones are put away in a timely fashion.

    Hang it up.
    Keep personal care items―hair brushes, deodorant, tooth brushes, toothpaste and makeup―together by providing everyone with their own cosmetic bag with handles. Install wall hooks to hang them for easy access.

    Plus: Lighten Up Your Life: Inspiration to Redo and Declutter Your Space »

    Round up electronics.
    Establish an area for cell phones, PDAs and MP3

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  • 6 Ways to Conquer a Midlife Crisis

    Are you having a midlife crisis? Are you having a midlife crisis?

    By Karen Asp

    Tell your friends that you're having a midlife crisis and they're likely to think you're joking. Everyone has heard the one about the husband who blew his savings on an expensive sports car, but we're less accustomed to discussing the difficulty women have making the transition. Reaching that point in life doesn't have to bring on despair -- in fact, if you do a bit of soul-searching and take the right steps, it can be a positive force.

    Related: Keep Your Mind Sharp »

    1. BOOST YOUR BODY IMAGE. It's no secret: Confidence flags as everything else sags. Crow's-feet, gray hairs and even a little tummy bulge are natural signs of aging. For many women, self-esteem plummets during middle age.
    Take Action: Look in the mirror and focus on the physical attributes you like about yourself. For instance, "I have a nice smile-it's warm and friendly." Create a new, self-affirming mantra such as "I am getting older, but I know I will always have a lovely smile." Train yourself

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  • Gearing Up for Valentine's Day? Plan a Romantic Date Night for Less

    Affordable Date Night IdeasAffordable Date Night Ideas

    Don't nix special Valentine's Day plans just because you're short on cash. You can still have fun (and a little romance!) on a tight budget.

    Related: Valentine's Day Gifts for Everyone on Your List »

    Instead of going to the movies:
    After buying two tickets, popcorn and a drink, a date to the movies can cost you over $40. Cuddling on the sofa is much more comfortable that sitting in the theater's seat, so why not make your own movie night? Try renting a new-release DVD or choose an old favorite, pick up movie theatre sized candy at the drug store and be sure to pop your own popcorn!

    Instead of going out to dinner:
    Rather than going out to dinner, where the meals, drinks, tax and tip can drain your wallet, enjoy a cozy night in for two. Recreate the restaurant experience at home with a candlelit table for two and get dressed up as if you were going out. For the meal serve an easy appetizer, simple salad, then for the main course choose one of your favorite meals.

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  • 9 Gold-Medal Ways to Make Watching the Olympics More Fun!

    How to Throw an Olympics Viewing PartyHow to Throw an Olympics Viewing Party

    Inspiring athletes, close finishes…the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, are bound to have you cheering together.

    Plus: Get the Party Started with Easy and Delicious Dips »

    Set the scene: Make an easy mix of sporty and patriotic touches.
    • Hang paper garlands. Link taped rings of construction paper (in blue, yellow, black, green and red) around the room.
    • Dish up gold-medal plates. Attach red, white and blue ribbons to gold paper plates ($4 for 20, Party City).
    • Rate with scorecards. Write numbers 1 through 10 on separate sheets of cardboard and give everyone a set.

    Serve something tasty: Show spirit with snacks that are good for the whole team.
    • Patriotic nachos: Melt white Cheddar on blue-corn tortilla chips; add salsa. Get extra credit for garnishing with sliced jalapeños in the Olympics logo shape.
    • Mugs of soup: Play up the wintertime vibe by serving hearty chili or soup in cups, making couch dining easier.
    • Popcorn torches: Fill ice cream cones with caramel popcorn.

    Make

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  • 4 Supplements Every Woman Should Take

    4 Super Supplements for Women4 Super Supplements for Women

    Wondering if you should bother spending the cash on vitamins and other pills? For most women, the four super supplements are well worth it.

    Calcium
    Why You Need It: Everyone knows calcium builds strong bones, but this mineral is also crucial for other functions, such as transmitting nerve signals. Women ages 19 to 50 need 1,000 milligrams per day. Figure out how much you get from food and drink, and supplement the rest.
    Daily Dose: Women ages 19 to 50 need 1,000 milligrams per day. Figure out how much you get from food and drink, and supplement the rest.

    Related: Eat Well and Spend Less! »

    Vitamin D
    Why You Need It: Not only does D help the body absorb calcium, it also might play a role in preventing colon cancer, breast cancer and diabetes.
    Daily Dose: 2,000 international units (IUs) of vitamin D-3 in the winter. In summer, drop down to 1,000 IUs or skip it on days you get lots of sun.

    Omega-3 Fatty Acids
    Why You Need It: Low levels of these

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  • 8 Things You Didn't Know About Your Heart

    8 Healthy-Heart Facts8 Healthy-Heart Facts

    Heart disease is (still) the number-one killer of women in the United States, so it's important to keep your ticker in shape.

    Plus: 4 Supplements Women Should Take »

    1. Dogs Provide More Heart-Boosting Benefits Than Other Pets.
    The American Heart Association says that although having any household pet may help lower heart-disease risk, Fido is your best bet because dog owners often get more exercise, by walking and playing fetch, for example, than folks who have other pets.

    2. Wine, Vacations and Flu Shots Can Ward Off Heart Problems.
    Many aspects of our lives are tied to heart health. The flu, for instance, causes inflammation and can result in blocked blood vessels. A recent study found that those who got the vaccine had a 36 percent lower risk of having a major cardiac event the next year. Regular moderate alcohol consumption-one to two glasses of wine or beer per day-has been linked to lower incidence of cardiovascular disease, while vacations lower stress levels

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