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Must-Know Tips for Cleaning Your Clothes

Fabric softener? Turns out, it’s not exactly a necessity (and add chemicals to your clothes!). Must your jeans be laundered every day? Assuming you’re not rolling around in the dirt, you really only *need* to wash ‘em every four or five wears. Real Simple’s Associate Home Editor Stephanie Sisco stopped by The Today Show to share these and other vital laundry, […]

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Four Colors That Flatter Everyone

Certain colors complement your complexion, while others miss the mark entirely. As someone with cool undertones, purple looks great on me, but yellow…let’s just say I’ll let my counterparts with warmer undertones have their pick of blouses on that rack.

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5 Hacks for Lemons to Try Right Now

Lemons: They might make your face pucker and your eyes tear up, but they are a wonderful addition to dishes and beverages alike adding a fresh, light, and citrusy flavor. But these tart little wonders can do so much more. Try these five tricks with your lemons: • Before you go to juice your lemons, place then in your microwave for […]

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How To Layer Necklaces

Statement pieces are great, but a carefully layered collection of necklaces really carries a personal impact. Here are a few simple tips to help you mix and match. 1. Create a graduated effect by mixing shorter, daintier pieces with longer, larger pendants. 2. Add a distinctly personal touch with an initial, a zodiac sign, or a charm that carries meaning […]

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Love Sriracha? Try This Tasty Topper!

This spicy, subtly sweet chili sauce, originally from North Africa, gives heat and body to soups, stews, beans, tacos, and more. Typically it’s made from a mixture of chilies, other spices (like coriander and caraway), garlic, and olive or vegetable oil.

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6 Summer Wardrobe Must-Haves to Beat the Heat

With summer just beginning, it’s time to stock up on wardrobe necessities for warmer weather. Here are six essential items to have in your closet for the season. • White jeans: A pair of crisp white jeans has become a summertime go-to for dinner out with friends or Fridays at the office. • Linen Skirt: Nothing beats a lightweight, flowy skirt for […]

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The Secrets to the Best Fried Chicken

We love no-cook recipes and fresh summer produce as much as the next person, but sometimes you just want need something deep-fried. But does fried chicken, a decadent splurge-worthy meal if ever there was one, have to be quite so bad for you? According to Cooking Light, the answer is a resounding no. While fried foods will never be a […]

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The Best Ice Cream, Ever

Homemade ice cream is magical. Once a summer, at my grandma and granddad’s house in Missouri, where there were enough cousins to take turn churning the old hand crank, we made the world’s most perfectly creamy vanilla ice cream. Weeks later, following our return home to Illinois, nostalgia would set in, and my dad would haul out our own hand-crank […]

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Can’t Afford a Vacation? Think Again!

Ah, summer vacation! When school breaks, the days are long, and the weather is balmy, it’s tempting to plan a family getaway. And, according to the American Express Spending and Savings Tracker, 75 percent of Americans will do just that despite rising costs.

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3 Beauty Cures for When You’re Feeling Like a Hot Mess

You know those days you wake up and don’t even know where to start? So you don’t even try, and then you feel worse as the day wears on? I was having one of those… but fortunately, my job involves meeting with and interviewing makeup artists on a daily basis. So today, when I ran into Yadim, Maybelline’s global makeup […]

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