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A New Way to Hydrate Houseplants

Promote growth and root development in your houseplants with an unexpected ingredient: club soda. According to Deb Donaldson, a blue-ribbon winner at the Philadelphia Flower Show, club soda contains a phosphate, which is good for plants—better, in fact, than tap water. Use it as you would regular water, but be sure that your club soda is flat: The carbon dioxide […]

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How to Keep Track of Your Kids’ Activities

Between play dates, soccer practice, and the math tutor, you might just forget that Junior had a piano lesson scheduled for this afternoon. Who can blame you? Ensure you don’t miss a beat by trading your traditional calendar (complete with those tiny, over-filled boxes) for a dry-erase board in your entryway.

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Last-Minute Recipes for Rosh Hashanah



Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, comes early this year, starting tonight at sundown and ending Friday evening. If you’re looking to ring in the holiday, try these quick, easy, and festive fall foods and drinks: Bagel With Cream Cheese, Apple, and Honey Carrot and Apple Slaw With Raisins Honey-Soaked Feta
 Apple Blintz Pancakes Ginger and Honey Iced Tea Apple […]

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How to Banish Bad Breath

If you’re running to an afternoon meeting, but you’re self conscious about the impact that tuna sandwich you had for lunch had on your breath, just wash it down with a cup of green tea.

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The Best Way to Clean a Coffeemaker

Efficiently cleaning your coffeemaker once a week is important to keeping your caffeine courier in top shape. Many glass or thermal carafes are dishwasher-safe, but some “have plastic handles and lids that may degrade faster in a dishwasher than if they were washed by hand,” says Ted Stachura, who currently manages the coffee program at Equator Coffees and Teas in […]

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Say Goodbye to Flip-Flop Feet

Today’s the last day of flip-flop season (at least in New York City). And after months of traipsing around in skimpy plastic shoes, chances are your feet aren’t looking so fabulous. Here’s how to get them back into shape—without breaking the bank. 1.  Apply cuticle oil to nails and the surrounding skin. 2. Sink feet into a tub filled with warm water […]

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How to Shop at Fast-Fashion Megastores

You may get a great deal on a new blazer at fast-fashion megastores like H&M, but navigating the aisles can monopolize an entire afternoon. Here, Andrea Howe, the founder of style blog FortheLoveOf.net, shares five tips for an easier shopping experience.

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Creative Bridal Shower Idea from Loverly

Would you ever consider having (or throwing) a couples shower? Yep, that means the guys are invited to what is often a girls-only get-together.

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How to Pick the Best Apples

With back-to-school season in full swing and Rosh Hashanah around the corner, now’s the time to start buying apples (farewell, summer fruit). To make sure you’ve picked the best of the bunch—whether at an orchard or at the supermarket—flick the apple near its stem. If the sound is hollow, the apple is a bit too ripe. If you hear a dull […]

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Creative Rehearsal Dinner Idea from Loverly

[Photo by Kelly Oshiro Design on Kelly Oshiro] Hosting a wedding gives you permission to host other parties, too. Right? Engagement party. Rehearsal dinner. Day-after brunch.  (If you find that these celebrations are adding to your planning stress, by all means, skip them.) One fun-loving couple hosted a state fair-themed rehearsal dinner and served duck confit corndogs, sweet tea, popcorn, and more. For these […]

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