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Happy New Year (and Oatmeal Month)!

Happy New Year! Is multitasking better one of our resolutions for 2014? Lucky you—today is also the beginning of National Oatmeal Month, which means you can celebrate both occasions in one sitting. We’ve got ten healthy oatmeal breakfast ideas, an easy DIY on homemade oatmeal hand scrub, and then there’s these yummy recipes for oatmeal cookies: Oatmeal and Pie-Spice Cookies […]

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How to Take a Good Selfie

I don’t know about you, but left to my own (electronic) devices, my self portraits are a mess of funky Victoria-Beckham fish faces and triple chins. So, just in time for New Year’s Eve, I asked a beauty photographer how to take a proper selfie: • Optional but probably seriously great first step: Purchase the Camera+ app. It has an […]

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How to Wear Foundation on Dry Skin

Winter dryness can make your regular beauty regimen a pain. If you normally wear foundation but are hesitant to wear it over flaky skin, follow this advice from  Liliana Grajales, a spa director and makeup artist based in South Beach, Miami: • First, apply your daily moisturizer, and let it sink in completely, for at least five minutes. • Using […]

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The Best Way to Open Champagne

You may want to start the New Year with a bang, but chances are a rouge cork isn’t quite the bang you’re looking for. To properly–and safely–pop the sparkling wine, follow these steps.

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Festive Reception Décor from Loverly

[Photo by Katie Osgood Photography on Society Bride] Ready to celebrate? (We’re actually referring to your wedding day…but this idea is pretty appropriate for New Year’s Eve, too.) Besides the much adored confetti toss, these mini magical pieces can also transform tablescapes. For an elegant look, sprinkle metallic confetti on reception tables for an extra festive and captivating flair. See […]

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Forget to Give Someone a Holiday Card?

If you received season’s greetings from someone you forgot to put on your list, don’t fret. Plenty of people never get around to sending out holiday cards (isn’t there enough to do?!).

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A Clever Tip for Sticking With Your Fitness Goals

Making exercise resolutions for 2014? You may want to invest in a new TV show, too—research shows that watching a personal television while exercising allows people to move at a much higher intensity (thus burning more calories) than those with no entertainment. Celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak recommends choosing a show on a video streaming service like Netflix, and making a […]

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A Clever Way to Use a Lemon

With New Year’s Eve parties coming up, I thought I’d share one of my all-time favorite Real Simple entertaining tips. Here’s a party trick that’s both fun and practical: When you’re serving up hors d’oeuvres on toothpicks (bacon-wrapped dates, meatballs, cubes of cheese), place a lemon on the table to collect all the used picks. You’ll avoid gathering up stray […]

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Ideas for Leftover Candy Canes

Fun fact: December 26 is National Candy Cane Day—perfect timing for making use of the leftover candy canes you might have hanging on your Christmas tree. A few low-maintained ideas for candy canes are using them as stirrers to infuse drinks with peppermint or creating heart cupcakes with them (perfect for Valentine’s Day!). Looking to incorporate the sweet treats into […]

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How to Dress Up Store-Bought Cookies

If you didn’t have time to whip up a batch of homemade holiday cookies, use this tip, courtesy of the experts at PAM baking, to add a sprinkle of cheer to store-bought or semi-homemade treats.

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