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Help Kids in Need by Sharing Your Food Photos

Foodies of social media, rejoice. Now you can Instagram, tweet, and Facebook your dinners, drinks, and snacks for a cause. Feedie, an app co-founded by Chef Mario Batali partners with restaurants to harness the power of social media for philanthropy. Every time you share a food photo with Feedie at a participating restaurant, the establishment will put 25 cents toward the […]

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Recycle Those Bridesmaid Dresses You’ll Never Wear Again

Your best friend simply had to have her bridesmaids donned in a mint chiffon gown, so you forced a smile and forked over the cash knowing full well you’d never wear the dress again. The good news? There’s no need to let that mint-colored monstrosity take up valuable real estate in your closet.

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Game-Changer: A Hat With Built-In Sun Protection

  Sunscreen is a necessity for summer activities, but this season try upping the ante (and your SPF) with a sun hat with built in UV protection. San Diego Hat Company has introduced hats with a built-in UPF (that stands for Ultraviolet Protection Factor) of 50+, for a chic beach option that shields you from both the glare and the dangerous […]

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4 Summer Drinks Recipes to Try

Sliced, diced, muddled, or straight from the patch, everyone’s favorite fruit is ripe for the picking. Enjoy the strawberry bounty in liquid form with fruity cocktails that come together in under 5 minutes. • Vodka Spritzer: Combine 4 sliced strawberries, 1 orange wedge, and 2 ounces of vodka in a highball glass. Top with ice and seltzer. • Ginger Margarita: Puree 15 […]

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4 Secrets to Wow-Worthy Hamburgers

If you love to cook hamburgers but haven’t yet learned how to make a patty that would give you humble bragging rights, fear not! You’re just a few steps away from creating the perfect burger. First, don’t forget that you’re making a hamburger and not a meatball. Rolling the meat back and forth and packing it too tightly will result […]

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3 Decorating Tricks for Book-Lovers

From the Plato and Shakespeare you pored over in college to the latest best-seller you ripped through on vacation, books are essentially a grown-up growth chart; your collection helps tell the story of who you are and where you’ve been. Given that, is it really any wonder that people struggle to part with their personal libraries? Still, finding room in […]

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How to Treat a Burn

Between grills, campfires, and citronella candles, the chances of burning yourself during the summer is quite likely. Fortunately, treating a minor burn is relatively easy. A first-degree burn—where only the outside layer of skin is burned, but not all the wall through—is typically red, sometimes swelling, and moderately painful, according to the Mayo Clinic. To treat it at home, first […]

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Deodorize Your Fridge With Yesterday’s Newspaper

Has your refrigerator developed an unpleasant smell? Newspaper absorbs odor, so try scrunching up a few sheets and spritzing them with water. Tuck the newspaper balls into corners and drawers, then leave them there overnight to absorb the stench. To keep odor at bay, use sheets of newspaper to line refrigerator drawers; replace every couple of weeks. For help keeping […]

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Three Truths and One Lie About Sunscreen

I have received many questions about sunscreen lately. Here are three truths and one fallacy about the summer’s hottest product—based on your queries. Source: Dr. Ellen Marmur, a dermatologist in New York City, author of Simple Skin Beauty: Every Woman’s Guide to a Lifetime of Healthy, Gorgeous Skin. 1. Sunscreen expires. It’s usually good for three years. Hopefully, you’ll use it up long […]

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How to Disguise Thinning Hair

If you’re looking to grow more luscious locks, we’ve got a complete guide here, but if you’re battling a widening part, try this to disguise the gap in a pinch: Dust a colored hair-thickening powder, such as Toppik Hair Building Fibers Starter Kit ($35, sephora.com), right onto the skin, says Ted Gibson, the owner-stylist of the Ted Gibson salons, in New […]

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