• 10 Secret Stressors

    By Sarah Jio

    Got stress? Most of us do. And you're probably already aware of the usual suspects, like money, kids, work, rocky relationships and your health. But maybe you haven't considered the lesser-known stressors in your life. Without us even knowing it, there are plenty of unexpected causes of day-to-day worry and anxiety. Here, our experts discuss some sneaky sources of stress and exactly how to deal with them.

    1. Your Doctor
    You go to visit the doctor to feel better, right? But many women may find that certain doctors' interpersonal skills and lack of "bedside manner" can leave them feeling agitated and anxious. In fact, many women may leave the doctor's office feeling more stressed out than when they arrived. If this sounds familiar, it's time to find a new physician, says Phyllis Goldberg, PhD, a family and relationship expert practicing in Marina Del Ray, California. "This is a partnership, and the relationship has to work for you," she says. "So get

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  • Here at Cook's Country, we put healthier spins on these iconic pasta dishes. Our foolproof recipes are developed to cut fat and calories -- but keep all of the flavor. Which ones will make it to your dinner table?

    Low-Fat Fettuccine Alfredo

    BEFORE: Traditional Fettuccine Alfredo

    Calories: 580
    Fat: 43g
    Saturated Fat: 27g

    AFTER: Cook's Country Low-Fat Fettuccine Alfredo
    Calories: 320
    Fat: 12g
    Saturated Fat: 6g

    HOW WE GOT THERE:
    • Standard recipes contain 1½ cups of heavy cream, a stick of butter, and 2 cups of cheese. Many low-fat Alfredo recipes cut calories simply by switching out the cream for lower-fat dairy products such as half-and-half, whole milk, or evaporated milk.
    • With very little roux (just 1 tablespoon of butter and 2 teaspoons of flour), we were able to thicken the sauce nicely without heavy cream. Instead of using only half-and-half, we settled on ¾ cup whole milk and just ¼ cup half-and-half for a happy medium of creamy texture, rich taste, and reduced fat.
    • As for the cheese, a full
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  • Whether you work from home or outside the home, time is a very valuable thing. Anything you can do to save time in your day helps a great deal. This post will discuss some things that you can do to help save time both at home and at the office.

    • Lay out your clothes in advance - Rather than deciding what you're going to wear in the morning, check the weather the night before and choose what you want to wear based on that. Then in the morning, if you find that the weatherman's prediction was wrong, you can make a quick change.
    • Make lunch in advance, or decide what or where you're going to eat in advance - Rather than waiting until the morning to make your lunch, or deciding what you're going to eat or where you're going to eat, make those decisions the night before. Make your lunch and put it in the refrigerator so all you have to do is grab it on the way out. Same goes for your spouse or children's lunches.
    • Pack up anything else you need in advance - If you work out at
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  • Here's your new plan for swapping out your old habits for new ones:

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    1) START SPECIFIC
    The more concrete you can be about your goals, the better, notes Julie Naylon, owner of No Wire Hangers, a Los Angeles - based professional organizing service - "not just a general Get organized," she says, "but a Clear off my desk by filing my piles of papers."

    2) START SMALL, GO SLOW
    It's easy to get overwhelmed and give up when dealing with life-altering changes. So break big goals into baby steps. If you're trying to stick to a budget, resolve to pack a lunch three days a week instead of going out. You'll feel accomplished making even small changes - and small changes are easier to stick to.

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    3) PRACTICE DAILY
    Whether you're trying to get up earlier or watch less TV, you'll need to be consistent with your efforts in order to see results. "Practicing once in a while or when you think of it is not enough," Charles Duhigg says. "Remember, you want the new

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  • Separating kids from their clutter can seem like a never-ending task. The solution? These 6 creative, fun ways to stash, store, and show off your child's most precious stuff.

    1. Try Bunk Beds



    Look for beds that come with storage options built-in, like drawers and shelves. Toys and art supplies can be tucked away underneath the bed, while books can be at arm's reach for a little bit of pre-sleepy time reading.


    2. Curate an Instant Art Gallery



    Exhibit the latest works from your mini-Monet with an interactive and casual display made of a clothes-drying rack attached to the wall. Use clothespins and binder clips to proudly show off art projects, family photos, magazine clippings, and the ubiquitous photo booth spread.

    Plus: 12 great kitchen-organizing ideas »


    3. Create a Sports Storage Zone



    This wooden container provides storage for items as diverse as pool toys and stuffed animals. A quick coat of paint ensures that it has a decorative place in your child's room.

    4. Take Advantage of a

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  • For the next month, this delicious, lifesaving set of dinner menus will take all the stress and scrambling out of cooking that nightly meal.
    By Charlyne Mattox and Dawn Perry


    Salmon With Gingery Green Beans and Bok Choy
    Serves 4| Hands-On Time: 30m | Total Time: 30m

    Christopher BakerChristopher BakerIngredients
    2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon canola oil
    1 1/4 pounds skinless salmon fillet, cut into 4 pieces
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    4 scallions, thinly sliced
    2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
    1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh ginger
    3/4 pound green beans, trimmed
    3/4 pound baby bok choy, halved lengthwise
    4 small carrots, cut into thin strips
    Sriracha or Asian chili-garlic sauce, for serving

    Directions
    -Heat 1 teaspoon of the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Season the salmon with ½ teaspoon salt and cook until opaque throughout, 4 to 5 minutes per side.
    -Meanwhile, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil in a second large skillet over medium-high heat.
    -Add the scallions, garlic, and ginger and cook,

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  • hairdryerhairdryer

    By Erin Dailey


    Nope, it's not just for taming your tresses. Photo by: Getty Images


    1. Detach a photo from an album.
    To work a delicate photograph off one of those sticky pages, blow warm air onto the back of the page while gently tugging the photo free.

    2. Dust tough-to-reach places. Set the dryer on cool and point it at dusty shelves or intricate knickknacks to blow the debris right off. (Start from the highest shelf to make gravity work for you.)

    Learn how to clean these common dust collectors.

    3. Dewrinkle plastic shower curtains or table-cloths. Blow hot air onto fresh-out-of-the-bag material to "iron" out wrinkles-just keep the dryer 12 inches from the surface so it won't melt.

    4. Perfect frosting or icing. To harden frosting on cakes or cookies, blow cool air directly on it. To brighten a dull finish, give the icing a hit of hot air.
    Get 8 recipes for delicious layer cakes.

    5. Erase crayon marks or wax spills. Kids gone wild? Blow-dry

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  • FitSugarFitSugarSource: 5 Ways to Feel Reenergized During the Day

    When you feel like you need an extra jolt of energy during the day, sometimes coffee isn't the answer. Luckily, we've got some ways to wake you up without the caffeine hit. Here are five ways to feel refreshed and reenergized anytime!

    1. Drink More Water: Dehydration makes you fatigued and being parched regularly can lead to that foggy-headed feeling that slows you down. Make sure to drink enough water throughout the day to feel alert and hydrated instead of sluggish and slow. Find out just how much water your body needs here.
    2. Exercise Regularly: Regular exercise helps you sleep better at night and have more energy during the day. Stick to a regular workout routine to help avoid that lethargic feeling. And when energy levels are at an all-time low, a few quick moves can get your energy levels back up.
    3. Change Your Surroundings: Often we just need a change of pace to help us feel reenergized again. If you're having trouble

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  • By Hilary Meyer, Associate Food Editor, EatingWell Magazine

    4 Ways to Cook Dinner FasterBefore I had a baby, one minute was one minute. Just 60 seconds. And I had a lot of minutes. I could use them where I wanted, and mostly I chose to use them at dinnertime-leisurely pulling a meal together, eating slowly, sipping wine, then cleaning up. Fast-forward nine months and now my dinnertime routine looks like an episode of Iron Chef. I'm scrambling around, food is flying off the cutting board and I'm yelling, "Hurry up!"

    I'm trying to bank some minutes. I'm now acutely aware of their value and the prospect of having a few of them set aside at the end of a long day after the baby is asleep makes me giddy. Sure, I could just call for takeout, but I don't want to be the mother who develops healthy recipes for a living, then feeds her family Chinese takeout from down the street three times a week. And I don't want to set the precedent that dinner is a race either. So I'm going to use some time-saving shortcuts to

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  • 6 time-saving tips for working moms6 time-saving tips for working momsDo you ever think back to the days of your wayward youth and wonder, "What in the world did I do with all of that free time?" I know I do.

    I recall one semester in particular in college when three days a week the only item on my to do list was to attend a single one hour class. At least once a week this proved to be too much for my 20-year-old self and I would inevitably wake up at lunchtime and have the audacity to feel bitter about the fact that I would have to put on pants to walk to the cafeteria to be served lunch.

    The horror!

    Nowadays, by the time the clock strikes noon I've bathed and dressed myself and two others, packed a gym bag, a diaper bag, and a book bag, gotten the kids off to school, survived an hour-long commute, and am three meetings deep into my day. I am mom, hear me roar -- or yawn.

    Related: 7 steps to a better budget this year

    Balance is something I've struggled with since becoming a wife, a mother, and beginning my career all within the same 12 months. I

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