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A Money-Saving Refrigerator Maintenance Trick

Fun fact: Today, November 15, is National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day! With the holidays approaching, lots of cooking means relying heavily on yours. As you start to stock up, use this trick to keeping your appliance in good condition: Fill it up Yes, this may seem like an easy thing to do leading up to a big feast, but […]

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How to Take a Better Holiday Card Photo

Do you love the annual flurry of holiday greetings, but stress about which photo puts your family’s best face forward? With a little advice from the experts, it’s possible (dare we say… easy?) to take a great snapshot. Keep it simple. Get in close, and minimize noise (so nix the roaring fireplace and brightly patterned clothing). Light it right. Inside or out, […]

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A Stress-Busting Idea for Traveling With Kids

As if travelling with children isn’t difficult enough, the people who sit next to you for long trips on trains or planes may not always treat you with holiday cheer. To get off on the right foot with your nearby passengers, Mauria Finley, CEO Citrus Lane, recommends befriending would-be Scrooges before takeoff (and temper tantrums): “I once showed up with […]

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3 Easy Ways to Heat Tortillas

Tacos and burritos taste much better when the tortillas they’re wrapped in are warm and toasty. Plus, a warm tortilla is more pliable, making it easier to work with. When I just need a handful, I like to toast them directly over a low flame on my gas stovetop for a few seconds (don’t forget to use tongs!). The flame […]

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Shopping Tips for Tall Women

If you’re blessed with a little extra length, you probably already pay close attention to inseams and where to find jeans and pants that won’t look like waders. But don’t forget to look for sources for the other half of your body as well. “Tall”-specific tops will be cut a little longer (and have longer sleeves as well) without sacrificing […]

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Don’t Set Your Hot Water Above This Temperature

Have you checked the temperature of your hot water recently? According to Ambit Energy, an energy provider in deregulated states across the United States, the water heater eats up as much as 25 percent of your home’s annual energy costs. Here’s how to chip away at that percentage.

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What’s the Difference Between a BB, a CC, and a Tinted Moisturizer?

Here’s a question people have been asking me just about daily since the introduction of the now-famous “alphabet” creams (as in, BBs, CCs, and even DDs): How are they different from tinted moisturizer? If you polled a dozen different beauty editors, you’d get a dozen different answers. In my opinion, the answer is (and it’s one that I’ve heard echoed […]

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A Quick Way to Update Your Couch

Want to spruce up an outdated sofa, but don’t have the budget—let alone time—for a big overhaul? Try throw pillows. Pillows add texture with a modern twist, absolutely no heavy lifting required. You can even rotate them for the holiday season, opting for warmer tones now, and brighter colors come spring and summer. Get more living room makeover ideas.

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How to Make an Updo Last

Styling your hair into an updo is no small feat­—and that’s why it’s so disappointing when your hard work literally falls apart mere hours later. Here’s how to make your style last… perhaps even up to the next day (which is an excellent excuse for going out twice). According to Kristan Serafino, a celebrity stylist in New York City, start […]

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DIY Gift Idea: Freezer-Friendly Meals

f you’re gifting freezer-friendly meals to someone who needs an extra set of hands (think new baby, a death in the family, or new neighbors), label the outside of the bag or the top of the container with dish’s name, the oven temperature, and the cooking time.

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