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The Secret to Freezing Fresh Herbs

If you always find yourself with leftover fresh herbs when you’re done making a recipe, don’t throw them out, or let them linger (and wilt) in the refrigerator. Instead, make herb ice cubes—perfect for tossing in with pasta, stews and sauces. Here’s how: Fill ice-cube trays two-thirds of the way full with chopped herbs and cover with oil or melted […]

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Never Leave Sneakers in the Car

Here in the Northeast, late summer/early autumn is often an ideal time for outdoor exercise, but unpredictable temperatures should remind you to properly care for your shoes. Though keeping sneakers in the car is a convenient way to be prepared for a spontaneous workout, beware of extreme weather: Both hot and cold weather can wear down the rubber in your […]

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Easy Fall Outfit Idea

Fall weather always poses a fashion conundrum—will it be chilly? Warm? Maybe chilly in the morning and then summer-hot in the afternoon? How do you dress for that? The good news: There is one super-simple outfit you can create in no time that will work in any number of situations (and temperatures). Try pairing slim jeans with a tee and […]

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Is Your Child Safety Seat Safe?

To culminate National Child Passenger Safety Week (September 15-21), stop by a National Seat Check Saturday event in your area on September 21.

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When to Replace Potting Soil

The key to healthy plant life is hearty soil—and fortunately, the nourishing earth that sits underneath your plants is easier to maintain than the greenery itself. Here’s how to check if it needs replacing: • If mold or a fungus grows on the soil’s surface (this happens when soil is always moist), repot the plant entirely. Same goes for soil […]

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Yes, You Can Still Wear Your Maxi Dress

Autumn may be right around the corner (and these chilly New York temps certainly signal it’s arrival), but that doesn’t mean you have to put your favorite maxi dress away until next summer.

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Keep Lipstick Marks Off Your Drinking Glass

It happens all the time: The lipstick which you’ve worked hard to apply just right (careful blotting included!) coats your drinking glass or coffee mug the moment you take a sip, leaving your lips for good. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent the annoying marks. Of course, a standard plastic straw is the age-old remedy, but if you’re in a […]

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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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