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A Free App for Making Healthy Choices

Sure, you may read all about eating healthy on the go, but when you’re out and about—and hungry—it’s easy to forget which items are actually the best choices for you. Fortunately, the (free!) Google Search app takes the guesswork out of it and lets you compare the nutritional value of virtually any two foods. Just press the mic on your […]

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How to Get Your Mail-In Rebate

Dastardly. Tricky. Confusing. If that’s how you feel about mail-in rebates, you’re not alone. You painstakingly fill out the form only to get rejected worse than when your seven-grade crush said that he was actually in love with your best friend. But fear not! These tips will have your mailbox full of rebate goodies. • Know your dates. It sounds easy enough, […]

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A Smart Trick for Landing a New Job

Here are two words sure to fill you with dread: job hunting. Whether you’ve lost your position from economic downturn or are just looking for a change, job-hunting is stressful, time-consuming, and can feel absolutely endless. Here’s the good news: You can stack the odds in your favor. Nicole Williams, the resident career expert at the career networking site LinkedIn, […]

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How to Fix Crystallized Honey

Hard, crystallized honey, though perfectly safe to eat, probably isn’t what you’re looking for to sweeten your cup of tea. If you prefer your honey runny, try this trick to bring the sweetener back to a luscious, drizzly state:

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How to Extend the Life of a Blow-Out

You shell out a lot of time and good money for a blow-out—don’t let it go to waste by washing your hair the next day (or even that night!). In fact, certain hair types can keep a blow-out sleek for up to five whole days. Naeemah Carre, a former stylist at Blow NY, a salon in New York City, advises […]

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Home Tips 101

Have your home ec skills gotten a little rusty over the years? Never fear—The Today Show did a beginners’ crash course on tips and tricks to know around your house, featuring Real Simple‘s associate home editor Steph Sisco. See how to hem pants, fold a fitted sheet, and more in this video: Need a slower demo on folding a fitted sheet? See ours here.

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What to Do With Stale Bread

Though you had grand plans for fresh garlic bread, the loaf you brought home from the bakery the day before yesterday is still sitting on the counter, untouched. Wait, wait–don’t throw it away.

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A Better Alternative to Rain Boots

There’s nothing wrong with a galosh, but with April showers upon us it’s a good time to think about stepping up your waterproof game. Rain boots don’t have to be that classic, clunky shape; they now come in all kinds of silhouettes so you don’t have to sacrifice your outfit to the weather gods. Try out one of these options […]

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How to Use a Pastry Bag Without Making a Mess

Decorating cookies and cakes is a lot of fun… and time consuming… and a headache to clean up after, especially if you’re using a pastry or piping bag. Fortunately, this genius why-didn’t-I-think-of-that method from YouTuber KarensCookies at least keeps the mess part of the production to a minimum: Of course, if you have a baking project that doesn’t require a […]

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How to Fix a Snag

You’re favorite shirt has a snag. Before ditching the drab garb (and, perhaps, shedding a tear), use this smart advice to bring your shirt back to life:

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