6 Reasons to Throw a Book-Swap Party
Did you get some summer reading done this year? Give those books away and get new ones free—by throwing a book-swap party! Last weekend, I invited friends to bring over books they no longer wanted to trade for new ones they did—and here’s why you should do the same.
Give Back to Boost Your Health
Photo: Yellow Dog Productions/Getty Yes, giving back is good for you (studies show that volunteering can boost your mood as well as increase longevity), and with these unique opportunities you can help others get healthy, too. Win-win!
10 Things Your Personal Trainer Won't Tell You
Sometimes it can feel nearly impossible to get yourself in shape, which is why personal trainers are so helpful. Not only do they give you that extra push, but you also get the benefits of their expert knowledge and experience. Even with their guidance, however, your efforts will be in vain if you aren’t following the right diet and fitness regimen for you. To find out exactly how you can...
Tips for Dealing with Three Major Financial Crises
The numbers are staggering: A quarter of U.S. homeowners currently owe more on their home than it’s worth, 14.6 million people are unemployed, and the stock market lost 50 percent of its value last spring, causing the retirement accounts of millions to nosedive. Meet three families who faced tough financial times and came out the other side, and find out how you can too.
7 Cardinal Rules of Stain Removal
No matter how conscious you are about cleanliness, sometimes there’s no good way to avoid common household spills. But with a few stain-busting tips, fighting back can be a cinch. From what kind of paper towel to use to the amount of stain remover that’s really necessary, read on for our quick guide on how to start winning the battle against your toughest cleaning woes.
4 Steps to Perfectly Groomed Eyebrows
Photo: Sergio Kurhajec Bring out the natural shape and beauty of your brows with this guide.
Get Professional Beauty Results for Less
Let’s face facts: Keeping up a beauty regimen can be a costly task. And with new pricey beauty treatments, like $400 Brazilian blowouts and $125 airbrush makeovers, just one seemingly-innocent splurge can set your budget into a tailspin. But thanks to the latest finance-friendly products, scoring the same look at home is possible—without spending a fortune. From easy-on-the-wallet blowout...
10 Things You Didn't Know About Coupons
Photo: Getty Images If you’re in the habit of trashing supermarket flyers or pages of coupons from the newspaper, you may want to rethink that impulse. Coupons are rising in popularity again––and for good reason. “On a regular basis I save between 50 and 60 percent a week at the supermarket with coupons,” says Susan Samtur, author of Supershop Like the Coupon Queen. Want...
Guide to 8 Different Types of Headaches
Photo: Jose Luis Pelaez Inc/Getty According to the latest data, as many as 45 million Americans suffer from chronic headaches. They’re a pain, quite literally, and finding the right treatment can be tricky. Here, we’ve tapped the experts to get the latest on the most common types of headaches and their remedies.
3 Mood-Boosting Moves
It’s well-known that exercise boosts the production of feel-good chemicals in your body called endorphins, but you can reap even more benefits by choosing the workout that can best “treat” your negative emotion, says Karol Ward, psychotherapist and author of Worried Sick.
How to Handle Relationship Questions Gracefully
Photo: Shutterstock Thought peer pressure ended after high school? Think again! Couples are often buffeted by pressure from friends and family: to get married, have a child, buy a home and so on. How can a twosome push back—and make key life decisions without a Greek chorus chiming in? Instead of getting instantly prickly, recognize that for the most part, those asking the “When are...
Part-Time Gigs for Tech-Savvy Women
Photo: Shutterstock When career librarian Rachel Singer Gordon, 40, of Lombard, Illinois, quit her job in 2005 to take care of her children and pursue freelance writing, she knew she’d need to find other sources of income to supplement her writing. She dove headlong into couponing and frugality, and became a wizard at finding ways to earn money online. Soon Rachel was bringing in small...
Everything You Need to Know About Chicken
Photo: Kate Sears Chicken is, without question, the most versatile and beloved dinnertime staple. Make shopping for pre-packaged options easier by knowing the parts (breast, wing) and what they’re each best for (roasting, grilling), along with the USDA’s definition of label terms (organic, free range). Additionally, to ensure a delicious—and bacteria-free—meal every time, read up on...
12 Healthy Leafy-Green Recipes
Densely packed with nutrients, dark leafy greens are some of the easiest and most beneficial vegetables to incorporate into your everyday diet. So why are these powerhouse vegetables often still missing from the standard American meal? Contrary to popular belief, leafy greens aren’t hard to prepare, and usually cost about the same as some of the more popular choices in the produce aisle....
Everything You Need to Know About Food Labels
Photo: Kate Sears It’s hard to remember a time when those “Nutrition Facts” labels weren’t plastered on everything, but it wasn’t until the 1990 Nutrition Labeling and Education Act that it became mandatory for most packaged foods to have them. (Some that aren’t: foods sold in bulk, raw fruit, vegetables, seafood and packages smaller than 12 square inches.) While it’s crucial to know...
Careers to Enter Right Now
Photo: Stuart O’Sullivan / Getty Images If you’ve been out of the workforce for a couple years, getting back into the swing of things can be tricky. With the economy still in recovery mode, the job search is not only competitive, but extremely stressful. However, there are some fields that offer more promise than others and focusing on those offers you a better chance of landing a...
Mastering the Art of Persuasion
Photo: Yellow Dog Productions/Getty Images Everyone has little tactics for getting what he or she wants. Some use seduction, others beg, while there are those who use plain-old intimidation. But you don’t have to resort to unseemly methods to get your way. According to Michael Lee, author of How to Be an Expert Persuader in 20 Days or Less, “The power of persuasion rests on...
How to Stay Alert at Work
Photo: Rocko and Betty / Getty Images According to the National Sleep Foundation, 34 percent of people are allowed to take naps during work breaks (16 percent even said their companies provide a spot for the snooze). Unfortunately, not all of us have that luxury, so the next time 4 pm rolls around and an extra dose of caffeine won’t cut it, try one of these reenergizing tricks...
3 Sites for... Workouts While You Travel
Nothing can derail a perfectly good exercise program like going on vacation or traveling for work. But no matter how far from home you are, there are no more excuses for putting your fitness goals on hold. Thanks to these three sites, getting your sweat on while you’re on the go has never been easier. Whether you decide to see the sights while jogging, try out a local gym or get your...
How to Properly Iron a Buttondown
Follow these five steps for a crisply-pressed dress shirt. Photo: Shutterstock
9 Things You Didn't Know About Dreams
Photo: Shutterstock Everyone dreams—every single night—and yet we tend to know so little about our dreams. Where do they come from? What do they mean? Can we control them and should we try to interpret them? We spoke to the dream experts to bring you nine surprising facts about dreams. Read before snoozing. -Sarah Jio