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How to Clean a Stained Tote Bag

Canvas totes are wonderfully versatile—a plain bag is essential for eco-friendly shopping, while an elegant print (even if it’s DIY) can elevate the standard to a work-appropriate accessory. The only issue: Tote bags can be tricky to clean. To remove a minor dirt stain, rub the soiled area with a dry gum eraser ($0.69, officedepot.com) often seen in art class—you […]

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How to Select and Store Swiss Chard

It’s time to bid farewell to summer produce, and hello to the hearty fruits and veggies that make fall so, well, fabulous—starting with Swiss chard. There are three different varieties, but they differ in looks only. Bunches of rainbow chard are composed of leaves that can have yellow, red, or orange ribs. Red chard is red-stemmed. And white chard has […]

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Are You Wearing Your Bra Too Often?

We all have our favorite bra. It makes sense: Bra’s can be tough to shop for. That doesn’t mean you should wear the same one every day.

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How to Remove Fingerprints from Photos

  We’re so used to digital photos (hello, Instagram!) that sometimes, we forget that tangible pictures are susceptible to the elements. Fortunately, one of the most common form of photograph mishaps—fingerprint marks—is easy to remedy. While minor marks can be gently cleaned away using a 100 percent cotton cloth or T-shirt, greasy fingerprint stains may need the help of a […]

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A Fast Way to Clean Makeup Brushes



Even though I use my makeup brushes every day (on my face, no less), I find the idea of cleaning them properly to be so daunting. Fortunately for me, many experts agree that a deep clean just once a month is fine—and you don’t need a fancy product to do it. Ellen Marmur, a dermatologist in New York City, suggests […]

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How to Speed Up Your Computer

If you’re computer is running like molasses, but you’re not quite ready to spring for a brand new PC, use these three tips, from computer expert JJ Schoch, to help your machine run like new.

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Five Day-to-Night Accessories to Keep at Work

Transitioning your office outfit into a cocktail-friendly ensemble doesn’t have to be a challenge. Just keep these five accessories at your desk: • An extra pair of earrings. Keep two sets handy: one simple, and one elaborate. • Fancy pumps—use this guide to help you find heels that will be comfortable enough to wear through the evening. • Blush. “Bright […]

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Whether to Choose Cider or Juice

With apple season gearing up, you may find yourself craving juice or cider. If you’re having trouble choosing between the two, consider this food for thought: Cider contains an extra antioxidant. According to a study published in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, cider is enriched with approximately two to five times the amount of polyphenols found […]

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How to Prevent Split Ends

Are you ends dry and damaged? We’ve all been there. Since there’s no way to fix a strand of hair once it’s split, start with a clean slate. Head to your stylist for a healthy trim (a half inch to an inch off, depending on breakage), then follow these simple steps to keep your freshly trimmed locks healthy.

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How to Substitute Dried Herbs for Fresh

A recipe calls for fresh herbs but you only have the dried variety. What to do? First, taste the herb to determine if it’s weak or strong. (If your dried oregano has almost no flavor, neither will the sauce.)  For strong herbs, use about a third of the amount of fresh herbs called for in the recipe. For extra-mild dried […]

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