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Why You Shouldn’t Boil Pasta in a Pot That’s Too Small

Ever feel tempted to cram a box of pasta into a questionably small pot in order to save both boiling time and space in the dishwasher? Here’s a good reason to not to, beyond just broken noodles. By overwhelming the pot, there’s a good chance your pasta will end up sticky and gummy. “When you add pasta to a small […]

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It’s Time to Buy Pajamas!

Get ready to slip into some nice new cozies. These popular Christmas gift items go on sale in November as retailers try to appeal to shoppers with well-priced packaged sets.

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A Simple Way to Enhance Your Moisturizer

Looking for a way to give your moisturizer a little more oomph? Try a drop of oil. Adding drop or two of grapeseed or coconut oil into your daily moisturizer will help boost hydration without clogging pores, says Jasmina Aganovic, an MIT-trained chemist and the CEO of Bona Clara, an all natural skincare and wellness company based in Boston. If […]

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A Tip for Making Great Holiday Videos

Looking for a way to make your holiday videos really come alive? Take this advice from Adam Cosco, a video expert at CyberLink: Quirky is way more interesting than pristine. That’s right; it’s the imperfect moments that make for great holiday videos. Says Cosco: “Be on the lookout for the not-so-perfect moments—the dishes piled up in the sink after a […]

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How to Recycle Your Halloween Costume

After a long weekend of Halloween festivities, you probably have a slew of candy (er, candy wrappers) and discarded disguises on your hands. It’s easy to figure out what to do with all those sweets (hint: make some delicious desserts), but finding a place for worn costumes may present more of a challenge. Instead of tossing the get-up you spent […]

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Pretty Cookie Packaging Idea from Loverly

[Photo by Elizabeth Messina on Kiss the Groom] Cookies are always a good idea. Sending guests home with yummy takeaways will make any celebration (wedding, baby shower, birthday party) all the more memorable.  And here’s a presentation idea worthy of a steal: Wrap homemade treats in glassine bags and seal with pretty patterned paper. Find even more unique and creative […]

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A Quick Way to Test the Quality of a Fabric

Here’s a trick to use before buying a silk or knit item—and it won’t cost you a thing. Simply pull your potential purchase across width and lengthwise, testing the resilience. Lesser-quality material tends to sag, while higher quality will stay firmer. According to Beth Amason, a fabric coordinator for New York City clothing manufacturer Vandale Industries who has sourced materials […]

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Daylight Savings Ends This Weekend!

A quick reminder: If you live in an area that observes Daylight Savings time, it ends Sunday, November 3, at 2:00 a.m. Be sure to turn your clock back one hour—hello, extra hour of sleep! If you’re looking to seize the extra time, check out our ultimate to-do list. (But shut-eye is an excellent way of celebrating, too.)

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How to Make Your Clothes Smell Good

If your clothes are clean but have lost that freshly-laundered smell, Kim Castellano, author of The Dirty Side of Fashion (To buy: $20, fashionfirstaid.com), recommends tossing your garments into the dryer with a sachet of lavender.

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How to Get Lipstick Off of Skin

If someone’s ever planted their pucker on your cheek with freshly-applied lipstick (hello, Aunt Bea!), or if you’ve been a little bit too overzealous with your Halloween makeup, you can understand how difficult wiping away a heavy lipstick stain can be. The next time you’re in a crunch and don’t have any makeup remover handy, try this trick. Dissolve the […]

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