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  • Roasted Vegetables, 5 Easy Ways

    Add one of these roasted veggie dishes to your holiday menuAdd one of these roasted veggie dishes to your holiday menu

    Add one -- or more! -- of these roasted veggie dishes to your holiday dinner menu. Prepare vegetables (2 lbs. per recipe) as directed, then toss with 1 Tbsp. olive oil and roast at 450 degrees F on rimmed cookie sheet.

    1. Brussels Sprouts
    Roast halved sprouts 20 min. Toss with 1/4 c. finely chopped walnuts and 1 Tbsp. chopped parsley. Serves 8

    Related: Chic (and Cheap!) Centerpieces

    2. Turnips & Squash
    Roast 1-in. chunks 35 min. Sprinkle with 1 Tbsp. chives. Serves 8

    3. Broccoli & Cauliflower
    Roast 2-in. florets 20 min. Sprinkle with 1/4 c. finely grated Parmesan cheese and 1 tsp. grated lemon. Serves 8

    Related: How to Prepare a Perfect Turkey

    4. Red Onions & Fennel
    Toss 1/2-in. wedges with 1 tsp. chopped thyme leaves; 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced; and 1/4 tsp. black pepper. Roast 30 min. Serves 8

    5. Potatoes
    Toss 1-in. chunks and 1 Tbsp. chopped rosemary leaves; roast 35 min. Serves 8

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  • 5 Things You Can Do Now to Avoid Alzheimer's Disease

    Just a few small changes can make the world of a difference later.Just a few small changes can make the world of a difference later.

    Talk about scary: Though rare, early-onset Alzheimer's can begin as early as your '30s and '40s. And this can include everything from forgetting things that are important or getting lost in a familiar place to having difficulty managing money, according to Richard B. Lipton, M.D., a neurologist at Montefiore Medical Center in New York.

    But if you occasionally forget your wedding anniversary, don't freak out. Only 5% of Alzheimer's cases -- about five million Americans over age 65 have the disease according to the National Institute on Aging -- are early-onset and they're usually genetic. Even better: Research has also found that adopting healthy habits now may significantly reduce your risk for developing it later. Here are a few recommended steps you can take:

    Related: The Ultimate List of Reasons Why You Should Be Exercising

    1. Ditch the junk food.
    Clear out the junk and stock up on more whole foods. Dr. Lipton suggests following a Mediterranean-style diet full of fish,

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  • 5 Habits of the Happiest Couples

    Take note for a more blissful union.Take note for a more blissful union.

    When you come across a loving husband and wife, do you ever wonder what's their secret? We know the feeling. But as most contented partners know, being in a happy relationship isn't the luck of the draw. It takes work -- and a lot of collaboration. Blissful couples also share a lot of the same patterns. And luckily, we've uncovered some of their easy-to-adopt tricks. You may want to mark them down.

    Related: 12 Easy Ways to Make Your Partner's Day

    1. Communicate a lot
    Every conversation doesn't have to be a deep one. Sometimes it's nice to just check in to see how your other half is doing. Emails and texts also apply. Feeling flirty? Send a sexy emoticon (yes, they do exist) for a little fun.

    2. Make time for outside friends
    When you let other people into your world, you don't put so much pressure on your spouse to be Mr. Everything.

    Related: 8 Things Happily Married Couples Do Every Day

    3. Show gratitude
    It's cliché; but it really works. And it's easy to do.

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  • This Mom Thought She Had a Headache, but it was Really a Stroke

    Here's how Amy McDougall saved her life — and possibly yours too.Here's how Amy McDougall saved her life — and possibly yours too.

    On the night of April 21, 2012, Amy McDougall had a headache that really frightened her. She would get migraines from time to time, but this was different. The pain, which had started in her jaw a few days earlier, seemed like a toothache at first. Then it morphed into intense pressure in her head, leading her to believe she had a sinus infection. A trip to an urgent care clinic confirmed her suspicion, and the doctor gave Amy a prescription for antibiotics.

    The evening the headache really kicked in, Amy was at a friend's house in Silver Spring, MD, for a home jewelry show. She began to feel woozy, and a spring rain's pleasant patter in the background suddenly intensified -- except the rain wasn't falling harder: The storm-like sound was inside her own head.

    Amy felt flushed and confused: "Everything was a blank," she says. The sound kept getting louder: shhshhshhSHHSHHSHHSHH. She told the other women, "I hear this whooshing sound in my head." Although she felt panicked, Amy

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  • 3 Surprising Things You Can Eat While Pregnant

    Don't fall for those old rules.Don't fall for those old rules.

    You can finally put some of those mom-to-be diet rumors to rest. "Pregnancy is not a state where you have to be frightened that anything you do will result in a bad outcome. Most of the time pregnant women are very strong, and as long as it's not in excess, you can eat almost anything," says Dr. Bruce Young, M.D., and the Director of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the NYU School of Medicine.

    "What's bad for mom is stuff that's raw -- especially raw fish or raw meat -- and raw vegetables that haven't been washed thoroughly," he explains. "There are certain things like unpasteurized milk that can make you sick, but these are things that will make the mom sick and won't hurt the baby."

    Here are the surprising foods that researchers and doctors alike agree are A-OK for expectant women to consume:

    Related: Why This Mom Ate Her Placenta

    1. Fish
    "When doctors say don't eat fish, they're talking about people who eat a great deal of fish, especially the kinds of

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  • 8 Clever Uses for Olive Oil

    This kitchen staple is great for so much more than cooking.This kitchen staple is great for so much more than cooking.

    It might seem weird to stick a bottle of olive oil near your makeup mirror, in your hall closet, or next to your workbench, but after you try these household and beauty hacks, you may be tempted to permanently relocate your supply from the pantry.

    1. Silence a squeaky door.
    Lubricate a sticky hinge or creaky knob with a few drops of oil to quiet an irritating noise without harsh chemicals or a toolbox.

    Related: 12 Problems That Can Be Solved With Baby Powder

    2. Free a stuck zipper.
    If your jacket's zipper pull just won't budge, try rubbing the teeth with a cotton swab dipped in olive oil. It should help ease it back on track.

    3. Moisturize your body.
    Packed with good fats and nutrients, a little bit of olive oil soothes crusty cuticles, relieves dry skin, fights frizzy hair, and can even fill in for shaving cream in a pinch.

    4. Return rain boots' luster.
    If your rubber wellies get chalky after a few wears, rub them with olive oil to erase the white marks.

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  • 8 Foods to Avoid Before Having Sex

    These eats can kill your vibe with gas, bloating, and more. Yikes.These eats can kill your vibe with gas, bloating, and more. Yikes.

    Some snacks are the perfect aphrodisiac, but others can put a stop to your night altogether. Avoid these mood-busting culprits:

    1. Coffee
    Too much caffeine raises your cortisol levels, which is the stress hormone. According to Nicole Kasal, a health and wellness coach and founder of Cleanse Culture, high amounts "make it more difficult for your body to relax, and lower your libido."

    Related: 8 Reasons Why You Should Have Sex Tonight

    2. Anything too salty (think French fries or movie popcorn)
    They increase water retention and bloating explains Dr. Robert Kominiarek D.O., FACOFP, author and medical director of the Alpha Male Medical Institute. Another downside? "Blood flow is what makes an orgasm possible, and too much salt will make it more difficult to get to that point," says Kasal.

    3. Fruits
    Avoid them, especially post-meal. "Fruit digests really quickly -- a lot more quickly than anything you could possibly eat," explains Kasal. And that can lead to cramping,

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  • 11 Other Ways to Use Tweezers

    This handy tool is for more than just your brows.This handy tool is for more than just your brows.

    We all know they're great for plucking hairs, deboning fish, and removing ticks from pets. However, there are plenty of other reasons to have a second pair of tweezers in your purse, house, or office.

    1. Remove cracked eggshells when cooking.
    We've all been there: You're whipping up the perfect omelet and bam, broken shells fall into the bowl. For emergencies just like this, keep a clean set on deck. The best part? They're dishwasher safe.

    2. Grab crumbs from under stove burners.
    Not only is it safer than using your fingers (ouch!), it keeps your kitchen smoke-free.

    3. Tighten loose screws on your glasses.
    Don't have a miniature screwdriver on hand? Use a pointed version to fix your glasses instead.

    Related: 5 Surprising Things You Can Do With Your Food Processor

    4. Apply false eyelashes.
    You'll avoid sticky fingers from the glue, and get a more precise application.

    5. Design a fancy manicure.
    Ready to up your nail art game? Use a pair to decorate

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  • 12 Annoying Problems that Can Be Solved with Baby Powder

    This medicine cabinet staple is handier than you think.This medicine cabinet staple is handier than you think.

    If you believe baby powder is only for keeping skin smooth and fresh, you're really underestimating its power. Try sprinkling it some on these household woes to unleash its full potential.

    1. A knotted necklace
    Never waste time desperately tugging at tangled jewelry again. Loosen the knot with a little baby powder and use a pin to pull it apart.

    2. Musty furniture
    "I like to keep drawers fresh with a sprinkle of baby powder under drawer liners," says Becky at Clean Mama. "This is especially great with antique furniture that has that old smell."

    3. Greasy hair
    Most dry shampoos are starch-based, so baby powder has a similar effect in a pinch. Sprinkle some on your hands and massage it through your scalp to soak up excess oil.

    Related: 9 Cleaners You Can Make Yourself

    4. A sweltering summer night
    Crawling into a hot, sticky bed is no one's definition of nighttime relaxation. Dust powder between your sheets to help absorb sweat and keep things cool.

    5. A

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  • 10 Kisses You've Never Tried

    Get ready to pucker up!Get ready to pucker up!

    Does kissing your spouse mean a quick peck on the lips before you leave for the office? Spice up your love life with these 10 new kisses to try.

    1. The Butterfly Kiss
    Bring your face very close to that of your partner and then flutter your eyelashes rapidly. For the ultimate fringe effect, glue on a pair of temporary false eyelashes and wink away.

    2. The Earlobe Kiss
    Suck your husband's earlobe, taking care not to make any loud noises or sudden movements that might startle him. Bonus points if you whisper something sexy.

    3. The Finger Kiss
    While relaxing with your spouse, take his fingers and suck on them slowly.

    Related: 12 Easy Ways to Make Your Partner's Day

    4. The Foot Kiss
    Gently suck on your partner's toes and then kiss his foot very lightly. If you or your spouse is self-conscious about odor, take a relaxing shower or bath together beforehand.

    5. The Forehead Kiss
    Sweetly brush your lips across your hubby's forehead.

    6. The Freeze Kiss

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