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Why New Jeans Stain Your Hands (and Clothes)

Ever noticed that after you wear a new pair of dark jeans, you end up with Indigo dye on your hands, your shirt, your purse, and whatever else comes in contact with your pants? There’s actually a name for this—crocking—and it happens naturally with most denim. (You have to use a lot of ink to get a rich color.) Here’s […]

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A Trick to Get the Kids to School On Time

Getting the kids up and at ‘em is no small feat in most households. Instead of nagging your child to get dressed for the umpteenth time, try turning the morning suit-up into a game.

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Tips for Balancing Your Jewelry

One of the keys to pulling an outfit together is striking the right balance of jewelry. While there are many ways to do this—a minimalist look might require no jewelry at all, while others prefer to layer on as much as possible—there is one simple equation to help get it right every time. Think of it as a trifecta: 1 […]

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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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