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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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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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How to Do At-Home Ombré Hair

People frequently ask me whether the ombré look (darker roots, lighter ends; sometimes referred to as dip-dyed ends) is in or over. I consider the look a new classic and, as such, not one that’s every likely to become passé.  In fact, it’s a nice option for women like myself who can’t commit to a full-head of highlights but like […]

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What to Do If You Get Stuck at the Airport

Delayed flights can be extremely stressful, especially when you’re already at the airport, and can’t leave for a few hours. To make the wait more bearable, National Public Radio contributor Harriet Baskas suggests first and foremost not to sit and stew, but rather to find an information booth to see what the airport has to offer—you’d be surprised at the […]

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How to Make Better Sugar Cookies

Surprising Fact: According to a survey conducted by PAM baking, holiday bakers will discard over 200,000 sweet treats due to less than perfect results. If you’re planning to churn out a batch of holiday cut-out cookies this weekend, use this tip to ensure your goods aren’t among those in the waste basket.

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Easy Styling Tips for Winter Boots

Every year they eventually become a necessity—not sleek, pretty, leather boots, but down-to-business, weather-proof, maybe-shearling-lined true winter boots. It’s easy enough to stash a pair of flats in your bag to change into at the office, but if you’re going to be outdoors, running errands, or just generally spending a significant amount of time in these serious shoes, here are […]

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