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Instant eye-lif Brighten
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makeup tricks.
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Sweet tooth, anyone?
Halloween candy puts these
decadent chocolate desserts
way over the top.
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Bye-bye, back pain It only
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whole lot of relief.
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giant movie
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Michelle Pfeifer
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The Batman Princess My
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as a bedazzled superhero.
Savor
food and entertaining
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Crocktober It’s the perfect
time to take out your slow
cooker and feed your family
these delicious meals.
Strong
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Beat Back Pain No lie—
that’s all the time you need
to do these soothing, aah-
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Ask a Really Smart Doctor
Get the lowdown on your
trickiest health questions.
Seek
answers to everything
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All By Myself To be truly
happy, I need some alone
time every day.
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8 Dumb Things You
Shouldn’t Do With Your
Smartphone Do you really
want to be the person who’s
texting at the movies?
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Handmade Halloween
Crafty ways to get ready for
the spooky season.
Shine
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this month in notes (page 11) Sarah Michelle Gellar and Robin Williams team up on a new sitcom,
Bridget Jones is back, the scariest shows to watch this season, our book-club pick, and more ...
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Sleep) After four kids and
25 years of marriage, it’s not
easy to get in the mood.
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How to Photograph Your
Pet Six professionals
share their secrets.
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Can This Marriage Be
Saved? He thinks she’s
addicted to prescription
meds. She says the pills help
her cope with chronic pain.
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You Are the Answer Lady
Readers ofer real-world
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looks like, we’ll have what
Michelle Pfeifer’s having.
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Makeup Tricks That Make
Your Eyes Look Younger
Take years of your eyes in
just a few minutes.
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Who Are You Walking For?
We asked women who
participated in a recent Avon
Walk for Breast Cancer.
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Every Bite. See What
Happens. The smart way to
lose weight isn’t a diet at all.
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Readers who follow this column know how much I enjoy cooking, baking and eating. I love to visit the
Journal ’s test kitchen and discuss the finer points of recipes with our Food and Entertaining Director,
Tara Bench, and Assistant Food Editor, Hilary Merzbacher. I often ask them to help me adapt dishes to suit
my family— and they’ve taught me that there’s no such thing as a perfect one-size-fits-all recipe. Take Mac
’n’ Cheese for example: There must be a hundred great recipes out there, from Low-fat Mac ’n’ Cheese to
Meat Lovers’ Mac ’n’ Cheese to Spicy Mac ’n’ Cheese. Now that the Internet
allows millions of home cooks to post and share their recipes online, we all
have access to even more creative takes on the classics. Forget the old adage
that “too many cooks spoil the broth.” I believe you can make a really amazing
broth (or soup or stew) if a bunch of foodies get together and swap delicious
ideas. So I’m thrilled to introduce you to eight new members of our
team. These food bloggers really impressed us with their passion
and their palates. And in the months to come, they’ll be sharing some
of their best tips, strategies and no-fail recipes in the pages of LHJ.
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Gaby Dalkin
I use my KitchenAid
mixer on a daily
basis, whether it’s
to make cookies or
fresh pasta. That
machine makes
my life way easier.
[ blog•What’s
Gaby Cooking ]
Kelsey Nixon
I’m very organized.
I do all my slicing
and dicing before
I even begin
cooking and it
helps me cook
cleaner and faster.
[ blog•Kelsey’s
Kitchen ]
Lisa Fain
My greatest success
is when someone
tells me that one
of my recipes
makes her happy.
[ blog•Homesick
Texan ]
jennifer che
If I could only eat
one thing for the
rest of my life, I’d
choose Chinese
dumplings. They
are the perfect
food: meat,
vegetables and
spices all neatly
wrapped up in a
cute bite-
size package.
[ blog•tiny
urban kitchen ]
Clara Artschwager
My mom is my inspiration. I suppose everyone
says their mom is the best cook, but I feel prety
strongly about mine! She chooses excellent
ingredients and makes everything from scratch.
[ blog•Channeling Contessa ]
Michelle Norris
I’m a huge fan of Ina Garten. I just adore her
casual flair for food and entertaining. Everything
she does exudes class and elegance.
[ blog•Brown Eyed Baker ]
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These days I
love baking with
coconut oil! It’s a
luscious fat that
can replace buter.
It also makes some
incredible popcorn.
[ blog•Joy the
Baker ]
A good mixer is
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She goes by
Sarah Michelle
Gellar
professionally
but changed
her legal
name to Sarah
Michelle Prinze
in 2012.
On my new CBS sitcom, The Crazy Ones . . .
My character heads up an advertising agency
with her father, played by Robin Williams.
Working with Robin makes me a better parent
because I have to keep a straight face no matter
what crazy stuf he does. Sometimes you want to
laugh at the things that come out of your kids’
mouths, but you know you can’t.
Who makes me star-struck . . . Kelly
Clarkson, who guest-starred on our first episode.
She’s one of the nicest mega-celebrities I’ve ever
met. She was so nervous about acting but she said
to me, “This year I told myself I’d do things I’ve
been scared to do.” I found that inspiring.
What keeps me sane . . . Being organized to
a tee. Every Sunday I schedule the week on a big
calendar in the kitchen so my husband [actor
Freddie Prinze Jr.] and I know who’s picking up
the kids and who’s putting them to bed. And I love
my label maker!
Favorite app . . . RetailMeNot. You can use it
when you’re in a store like Bed Bath & Beyond and
it pulls up whatever coupons they’re ofering that
day. There’s nothing better than a good discount.
Staying fit . . . Just pushing a stroller with two
kids [Charlotte, 4, and Rocky, 1] can give you a
workout—L.A. has a lot of hills.
My perfect me time . . . Once a month I have a
night out with my girlfriends. Adult conversation
and a glass of wine can be very refreshing.
—Sonia Harmon
October 2013
Gellar starred
in TV’s Bufy
the Vampire
Slayer from
1997 to 2003.
“Some people
still call me
Bufy when
they see me on
the street.”
CULTURE | BOOKS | FI LMS | T V | MUSI C | YOU
WHAT’S INSIDE THIS MONTH...
The Best Halloween Frights
George Clooney: Lost In Space!
Sheryl Crow’s Country Tunes
Pink’s New Acting Project
Sarah Michelle
Gellar
At age 18
she won a
Daytime
Emmy for
her role
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Notes / Media
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duck dynasty’s wise quacks
His tales are almost as wild as his beard,
and that’s why we’re so fascinated
with kooky uncle Si Robertson
from A&E’s hit reality series Duck
Dynasty. Haven’t caught the
show? You’ll still love his new
autobiography, Si-cology 1,
which is full of LOL-worthy
moments like these:
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out-of-this-world action
We were fascinated to see George
Clooney and Sandra Bullock suit
up for their roles as astronauts
in the new part-action, part-
terrifying movie Gravity. Bullock
plays a medical engineer on her
first shutle mission with a veteran
astronaut (played by Clooney). It
seems like it’s going to be a routine
trip—until their shutle is destroyed,
leaving them tethered to each other
in complete darkness. You’ll be on
the edge of your seat as they float
into the unknown.
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bridget is back!
Bridget Jones’s diaries
continue with Mad About
the Boy, author Helen
Fielding’s third installment
about the hapless weight-
obsessed Londoner. It’s
been 12 years since the last
book, so Bridget’s now
geting herself caught up
in all sorts of social media
dramas. #wecrackedup
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is there anything pink can’t do?
We doubt it. The punk-pop singer aces her first major acting role in the comedic drama Thanks
for Sharing, but it’s just one of many things that make Pink such a multi-talent. See also:
performing high-wire acts in concert, saving her marriage afer an 11-month separation and
becoming the first CoverGirl face “with an edge.” Oh, and she’s raising a 2-year-old. Yup, she rocks!
Pink—a k a
Alecia Moore—
plays a
recovering
addict in her
new fil m.
This Month’s Can’t-Miss List
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we’re also
excited about
PBS’s Shakespeare
series, The Hollow
Crown . . . Cassadee
Pope’s album, Frame
By Frame . . . The
charming film Haute
Cuisine, about a
woman who becomes
the French president’s
private chef.
“When you get
honey in your
beard it’s there for
two weeks. When
my wife kisses me
she’s like, ‘That was
good.’ She doesn’t
know why. She just
thinks I’m sweeter
than most males.”
“ I’m the MacGyver
of cooking. If you
bring me a piece
of bread, cabbage,
coconut, mustard
greens, pig’s feet,
pinecones and
a woodpecker,
I’ll make a great
chicken pot pie.”
“There are a few
things in this world
I fear: poisonous
snakes, losing my
iced tea cup, not
being able to take
a nap and being
left alone in the
dark. Hey, I’m man
enough to admit it!”
The movie
rights have
been sold.
Are you
available,
R enée
Zellweger?
y

sheryl goes country
Moving to Nashville inspired
Sheryl Crow to record her
first country album, Feels
Like Home. Afer taking a
listen we were lef with
one question: How soon is
album #2 coming out?
Surprise! These “fries”
are oven-baked
veggie strips.
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nervous chefs unite!
Not exactly a domestic
goddess? Jessica Seinfeld
can help you fix that with
her latest cookbook, The
Can’t Cook Book: 100+
Recipes for the Absolutely
Terrified. Kitchen-phobe or
not, you’ll definitely want
these fast and deliciously
simple meals
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Our
Pick
For
October
We loved this novel and
think you will, too.
Notes / Media
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3 Terrifyingly Good Ways
To Celebrate Halloween
You know what’s scary? Missing out on the spookiest Halloween moments
in pop culture this month. But never fear—we’ve got you covered.
This novel has
an ingenious
premise: What if
Margot Frank—
who died with
her younger sister, Anne Frank, at
Bergen-Belsen concentration camp
in 1945—had survived and secretly
settled in the United States after
the war? In Cantor’s reimagining,
Margot is now a gentile named
Margie Franklin, an introverted
legal secretary working for Joshua
Rosenstein, an up-and-coming
Jewish attorney in Philadelphia. Set
in 1959, amid the mass excitement
that greeted the release of the movie
The Diary of Anne Frank, the story
finds Margie weary of her disguise
and desperate to locate Peter van
Pels, the son of the other family who
hid with the Franks in Amsterdam,
whom she is convinced also
survived the war. (Perhaps Cantor’s
most audacious fictional leap is to
cast Peter as primarily Margot’s love
interest, not Anne’s.) Her anguish
intensifies when Joshua asks her to
look into the case of a local woman
(also a Holocaust survivor) who
alleges employment discrimination
against Jews. Then there’s the fact
that Margie and Joshua are obviously
in love. All of these torments finally
come to a head for Margie in a
dramatic conclusion that will have
you smiling—and fighting of tears.
MARGOT
by Jillian
Cantor
Go to LHJ.com/bookclub to
get a book-club reading guide
and more cool extras
for this month’s pick.
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We’re not sure
who’s creepier:
Chloë Grace Moretz
as the title character
in the remake of the
horror film Carrie, or
Julianne Moore as her
disturbing mother. It
doesn’t stray far from
the 1976 original about
a high school outcast
with telekinetic
powers, but it seems
even more haunting
than we remembered.

Think the vampire
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Some evenings, when I’m feeling
especially wiped out, I indulge in
a secret little ritual. “We’re out of
toothpaste,” I tell my husband. “I’ll just
run to the drugstore.” Before he and our
toddler can react, I slip out the door.
Then I take a leisurely five-block
stroll to the pharmacy, where I pick
up the product that was my pretext for
escape and wander through the aisles. I
inspect the new merchandise (eyelash
conditioner—who knew?), flip through
a magazine and spritz on some perfume
from a tester. After 15 blissful, aimless
minutes of head clearing, I walk home.
Yeah, I know—as alone time goes,
this is pretty feeble. But as an often-
overwhelmed working mom, I’ll take
what I can get. Over the years I’ve
discovered that having time to myself
every day is absolutely vital to my well-
being, even if it’s a measly 25 minutes
spent on a bogus errand. I’m convinced
it’s something every woman needs.
And by the way, by “alone time” I
mean more than simply being solo.
If you’re sitting on a park bench
going through your email, you may
technically be alone, but you’re still
answering to the needs of others. The
alone time I’m talking about is the kind
that truly replenishes your spirit, and it
occurs if and only if you’re answering
to no one’s needs but your own. You
claim the time and spend it exactly as
you like—even if you’re just looking at
the sky and staring at clouds.
Sadly, most women I know rarely make
this kind of time for themselves. Even
All By Myself
Of course I adore my family and friends, but to be truly happy I need
some alone time every single day. And I refuse to feel guilty about that.
By Jancee Dunn
ANSWERS TO EVERYTHI NG
Alone in a café,
engrossed in a
good book. This
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if they do manage a few unscheduled
moments, they’re usually compelled
to do something useful, like tackling
the laundry. Or they feel at loose ends.
(Hint: If you call a friend to announce
that you’re enjoying a little alone time,
you’re not actually having it.)
Why does the idea of solitude make so
many of us uneasy? Part of it, contends
sociologist Eric
Klinenberg,
Ph.D., author of
Going Solo, is
that there’s still
a social stigma
attached to being
alone. “Many
people retain
a junior high
mind-set,” he
says. “They want
to signal that
they’re attractive,
successful and
interesting, and
they fear that
being seen alone
in a theater or
restaurant will
send the opposite
message.”
Women in
particular seem
to buy into this
message: I’m by
myself—I must look like a loser. Even
in private, many women shrink from
being alone. They confuse solitude
with loneliness (not the same thing!) or
balk at the self-scrutiny that solitude
provokes. Others feel guilty at seeming
to indulge in something selfish (hence
the sudden urge to do laundry). “I think
women often feel that if they’re not
doing something productive at all times,
they’re being lazy,” says Bobbi Emel, a
psychotherapist in Los Altos, California.
Then there’s the fact that time alone
is critically important to your health.
For starters, it lowers stress, which
Seek / Mind
brings a host
of benefits,
from a stronger
immune system
to better sleep.
It also sharpens
your thinking.
“When you take
a breather, the
prefrontal cortex
in your brain
gets a rest,” says
Susan Biali,
M.D., author of
Live a Life You
Love. “And we’re
learning that the prefrontal cortex is
where a lot of our impulsive decisions
come from.” The more you detach and
unplug, she says, the more likely you
are to make better decisions at the end
of a long day (like avoiding that second
glass of wine or a what-the-hell online
shopping spree).
Alone time can even improve your
memory. In a recent study at the
University of Edinburgh, subjects were
asked to remember information from
two stories they’d just heard. After one
story, they sat in a darkened room with
their eyes closed; after the other they
immediately began a new task. The
subjects were able to remember many
more details from the first story—and
to retain them a week later—even
if they were simply daydreaming in
the dark room and not consciously
thinking about the story.
This research really hits home
with me. When I’m caught up 24/7
in the daily whirl of work, family and
social obligations, my memory is
atrocious. I’m so busy thinking
ahead that I barely take in what’s
happening right now, let alone savor
it. So present events don’t register
in my brain sufciently for me to
recall them later.
Another casualty of the lack of
alone time is creativity. I like nothing
better than losing myself in an
absorbing activity—playing the piano,
painting or making craft projects with
(yes, really) seashells. Alone and
caught up in what psychologist Mihály
Csikszentmihályi has famously
dubbed “flow,” my conscious mind
shuts of, my awareness of myself melts C
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How I Spend
Time Alone
I like to sit in
my rocking
chair with a
cup of tea and
my cat curled
up on my lap
and look out at
the mountains.
It helps me
appreciate the
beauty that
surrounds me.
Kaye Queen
Colorado Springs,
Colorado
How I Spend
Time Alone
I love to run—
just me and my
iPod, stocked
with ’70s hits.
Susan Schreiber
Montgomery,
Texas
How I Spend
Time Alone
If I have a few
minutes of me
time, I like to
knit. Not only is
it relaxing,
but in a short
time you end
up with a
cute scarf or a
cozy throw!
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away and I’m totally immersed
in the task at hand. It’s lovely to
realize that, for the next half hour,
the only thing I need to think
about is applying Mod Podge to
the lamp shade I’m holding. In
this state—which happens only if
you’re alone—creativity blossoms
in a thousand tiny ways.
Creativity, of course, is about
more than making something:
It’s about looking at the world in a
fresh way. Here, too, being alone
is a boon: “It breaks the train of
everyday thought, letting the brain
sort of rearrange itself,” says
Herbert Benson, M.D., of
the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine
at Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital. What
Dr. Benson calls “release triggers”—solitary activities
such as meditating, jogging or even taking a shower—
can spur you into this creative zone. When your mind is
clear, ideas and insights seem to pour in out of nowhere.
And while it seems counterintuitive, being alone can
strengthen your relationships. Think about it: Does
your family really want you to be around all the time,
but with the world’s shortest fuse? My sister Heather, a
stay-at-home mom, sets aside a half hour a day for tea
and reading. When she shuts her bedroom door, she
tells her kids not to bother her
unless there’s a crisis. When she
emerges, she’s smiling, refreshed
and calm. (Therein lies one of the
great virtues of alone time: A little
goes a long way. No need to retreat
to a yurt in Mongolia to reap its
benefits—a mere half hour behind
a closed door can work wonders.)
Granted, your family may not be
thrilled with your disappearing
act. Be consistent and eventually
they’ll come around. Or, as
happens after I’ve spent an hour
gardening, they’ll have a vague
but pleasant sense that the house
clutter isn’t such a big deal after
all. A simple way to begin is to
recognize opportunity in little
pockets of time throughout the
day. Eat your lunch outside, take
the dog on an extra-long walk or simply turn the radio of
when you’re driving. “The silence of your car can be
a wonderful place to just breathe and think,” says Emel.
And for true replenishment, ditch your iPhone or
BlackBerry and get comfortable with not being
entertained every second of the day. Email can wait.
Once you’re in the habit of carving out alone time,
commit to it by putting it on your calendar, says
How I Spend
Time Alone
There’s nothing
like being
the first one
up. I love the
simple rituals
of morning:
grinding cofee,
pouring milk
and watching
my two cats
play at my
feet. During
the dark winter
months, I love
to catch the
sunrise.
Leslie Woods
Gales Ferry,
Connecticut
How I Spend
Time Alone
I read! read!
read! Or bake
cookies—and
eat as much of
the dough as I
want. I also like
watching bad TV
and not having
to explain my
poor choices
to anyone.
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New York
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psychologist Sherrie Bourg Carter,
Psy.D., author of High-Octane
Women. “If it’s important to your
health and well-being—and it is—it’s
important enough to make time for.”
What if your schedule is already
jam-packed? “The comment I hear
most often is, ‘My plate is too full
already to add anything,’ ” says
Bourg Carter. “I counter by pointing
out that if you take time to reboot,
you’ll increase your concentration,
which will almost certainly
improve your productivity.”
I’m firmly with her on that: In the
three years since I started taking
daily walks, I genuinely believe that
my time-management skills have
improved. More important, I’m
happier. When I’m pulling weeds
in my terrace
garden,
humming a
little tune,
it takes me
back to being
a child, when
I spent hours
in my room,
dreaming,
doodling
and making
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(still) full of possibilities.
Last year I worked my way up
from daily walks to an occasional
lunch. It was daunting at first to eat
alone, so I brought along a book or a
journal for diary-style jottings. Now
I even take myself on a monthly
“date for one” to the movies. It’s
sheer heaven. A jumbo box of
Raisinettes. No husband along
to complain about having to sit
through yet another Judi Dench
movie. I can just sink back in my
seat and enjoy the show. Taking
pleasure in your own company is
healthy and empowering. Another
Raisinette? Why yes, I believe I will!
How I Spend
Time Alone
When I play the
piano, hours will
pass without
my realizing
it. I imagine
I’m elegantly
dressed,
performing
on stage with
other musicians.
Ha. Still, it’s
a pleasant
daydream.
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Versailles,
Kentucky
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At the movies? Don’t check
your phone. The light is
distracting to everyone
around you. And didn’t
you pay, like, $12 to see the
movie? For that price you
could at least watch it.
Stop trying to talk on
your phone while you’re
in an elevator. The call
always drops and no one
wants to listen to you
repeat, “Hello? Hello?
HELLO?” Trust us, yelling
won’t solve the problem.
Don’t use an irritating
or cutesy ringtone.
And choose your
cell phone case
wisely: If yours could
be mistaken for a
14-year-old girl’s, it’s
time to invest in a
classier one.
Don’t talk at top volume.
Just because you’re not
speaking directly into
the mouthpiece (unlike
when you use a landline),
it doesn’t mean that
the other person
can’t hear you. If the
connection is bad, call
the person back—don’t
keep screaming.
Avoid talking on the
phone while you’re
paying for something
or ordering at a
restaurant. It’s rude
to the person helping
you and it wastes their
time. You’re not the
only customer!
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Crafy ways to get your house ready for the spooky season, courtesy
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Seek / D I Y
eye candy Decorating with
sweet treats at this time of
year is a no-brainer. We love
this clever idea: Display
colorful candy in elegant
glass vases, then attach
cheeky labels. White
chocolate–covered pretzels
are “crows’ bones,” candy
corn becomes
“pumpkin teeth.” Set
everything on brown
Spanish moss to
complete the fall look.
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craft store) with metallic
spray paint, loose glitter,
gold thumbtacks and
geometric stencils.
blog | sequin crush
sidewalk art Use card stock,
glow-in-the-dark paint and wooden
skewers to create spooky skulls that
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Sonia Kashuk Twist-Up Long Wear
Eyeliner, $8. A smooth, budge-proof liner
that works great day and night. The rich,
intense color has a bit of
shimmer, so it really brings out
my eyes. The built-in sharpener
is a nice bonus.
ÃAstrid Malone, 30
2/DAY CREAM
Roc Multi Correxion 5 in 1 Daily
Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad
Spectrum SPF 30, $29. I travel a great
deal, so I need products that can stand up
to different climates. This day
cream kept my skin hydrated
and healthy-looking in a variety
of environments.
ÃJoCeal Urbaniak, 52
3/LIP GLOSS
Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Luminous
Lip Gloss, $18. A sparkly gloss thatÕs pretty
and practical. It adds a nice shine
and a hint of color to my lips. I love
the subtle vanilla scent, and the
built-in mirror is genius.
ÃAriel Cohen, 21
4/BB CREAM
Aveeno Clear Complexion BB Cream
Broad Spectrum SPF 30, $17. This beauty
balm makes my morning routine so simple.
It blends in with my skin tone,
adds a bit of brightness and
covers slight flaws so I can skip
concealer. Plus itÕs got sunscreen.
ÃErica Smith, 35
5/MASCARA
Maybelline New York Volum’Express The
Rocket, $8. True love at first swipe. My
naturally short, stubby lashes
are the longest and fullest I have
ever seen them. People ask me
if IÕm wearing false eyelashes.
ÃAllison Venuto, 27
6/SELF TANNER
Bare Minerals Faux Tan Face, $24. The
tinted formula is easy to apply
and because itÕs gradual, you
donÕt go from ghost white to
tanned goddess overnight.
ÃJennie Lang, 29
7/ANTIAGING TREATMENT
Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream,
$25. This moisturizer has a rich, luxurious
feel and smells great. It costs less than my
pricey night cream and it works
better. After a few months, my
jaw line seems firmer and my
laugh lines look a little smoother.
ÃPamela Dollar, 47
8/LIPSTICK
Shiseido Perfect Rouge, $25. With a
beautiful, creamy texture, it glides on
smoothly and the color lasts for
several hours. Perfect, perfect! IÕve
tossed every other lipstick in my
bag and now just use this one.
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9/NAIL POLISH
CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail
Gloss, $5.50. Super-impressed! There
wasn’t a single chip for the whole week I
wore it—amazing. It glides on
easily and you don’t need to
add a topcoat. At this price I
can stock up on lots of colors.
ÃLori Hoetger, 26
10/HAIR VOLUMIZER
Nioxin Thickening Spray, $14.50. I spritz
my hair with this before a
blowout. It adds lots of extra
volume and body and the style
holds for most of the day.
ÃSara Gross, 34
11/CURLY HAIR-STYLING PRODUCT
Ouidad Curl Recovery Whipped Curls
Daily Conditioner & Styling Primer, $26.
You can use it as a styler, daily conditioner
or leave-in treatment. My curls haven’t
looked this healthy in years.
They’re soft and bouncy, even
though I use every heat-styling
tool known to man.
ÃLori Hill, 34
12/DEEP CONDITIONER
L’Oréal Paris Total Repair 5 Damage-
Erasing Balm, $7. I have spent ridiculous
amounts of money over the years looking
for a conditioner to help with
dryness, but now my hair is
super-soft, shiny and full of body.
The search is over!
ÃStephanie Rader-Lapidus, 48
13/SHAMPOO
Pantene Pro-V Age Defy Shampoo, $9. I
am so in love with this shampoo.
My dry hair feels healthy and
smooth and no longer gets frizzy
after I blow-dry or flat-iron it.
ÃAshley Feimster, 22
14/CLEANSING TOWELETTES
Garnier Soothing Remover Cleansing
Towelettes, $6. They easily remove my
makeup, including mascara,
without irritating my sensitive
skin. Perfect for nights when I’m
too tired to even wash my face.
ÃAriel Cramer, 23
15/HAIR COLOR
John Frieda Precision Foam Colour, $13.
I’m thrilled with how well it covers my grays.
The creamy formula is easy to
apply and because it’s a foam,
you don’t have to worry that the
color will drip onto your skin.
ÃJas Gill, 43
16/PORE REFINER
Neutrogena Naturals Acne Spot
Treatment, $8.50. I was skeptical about
whether a “natural” treatment would make
a real difference, but this one works
wonders. It clears up breakouts
without overdrying my skin and
has a fresh, citrus scent that’s
not overpowering.
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Beauty Award
WINNERS
2013
“This Stuf Works”
17/EYE CREAM
Philosophy Miracle Worker Miraculous
Anti-Aging Retinoid Eye Repair, $65. The
texture is so silky it sinks into my skin. My
under-eye bags, dark circles and
lines are way less noticeable. I’m
the mom of a 10-month-old and
5-year-old, so this is no small feat.
ÃKimberly Franklin, 38
18/FACE CLEANSER
Clarisonic Aria Sonic Skin Cleansing
Brush, $199. I normally use a washcloth to
exfoliate, so this high-tech tool is a major
improvement. It’s powerful but
gentle—the first speed setting is
perfect. My complexion is much
fresher, brighter and smoother.
ÃDanielle Boroumand, 27
19/SUNSCREEN
L’Oréal Paris Sublime Sun Sheer Protect
Sunscreen Oil SPF 50+, $11. The protective
spray leaves my skin feeling soft and
not at all greasy, and the blend
of oils gives me a pretty glow.
I’m also a fan of the light and
feminine scent.
ÃKathy Earls, 53
20/HAND CREAM
CeraVe Therapeutic Hand Cream, $11. It
moisturizes and soothes my super-dry
hands. My poor, pathetic cuticles
look so much healthier that even
my busy manicurist made time
to compliment me.
ÃValerie Hoffman, 53
21/EXFOLIATOR
StriVectin-SH Advanced Overnight
Resurfacing Serum, $69. At my age I need
to exfoliate or my face gets very
dull. This nonirritating product
smoothes away dry patches and
makes my skin look brighter.
ÃVictoria Dougherty, 53
22/BODY LOTION
Jergens Daily Moisture Dry Skin
Moisturizer, $7. A simple and effective staple,
this lotion feels very nice when you
apply it and it has a silky, smooth
finish. The scent is fresh and light,
not overpowering or heavy.
ÃNicole Beckley, 30
23/BRONZER
Too Faced Endless Summer 16 Hour
Long-Wear Bronzer, $30. The silky powder
has the perfect blend of gold and brown—
no fake orange tones. And it has
just the right amount of shimmer
to give a natural glow without
accentuating lines and wrinkles.
ÃMary Johnson, 54
24/TEETH WHITENING
Crest 3D White Arctic Fresh Toothpaste,
$4.25. A simple way to whiten your teeth
without dealing with gels and
plates and lasers. After a week
I saw a noticeable difference in
the brightness of my smile.
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first date with the man I married: the
Greenwich Village restaurant, our
heads tilted in conversation as if drawn
by magnets. I can recall exactly what
I wore, how I asked him to zip up my
dress when he arrived early and the
electric charge I felt as his hand grazed
my back. I remember the long walk
home, the urgent kisses on the couch—
all that ardor and passion.
Fast-forward almost 25 years. We
brush our teeth side by side and climb
under the sheets. The body pillow that I
embrace to ease my back lies between
us. (Bob calls it my boyfriend.) We
murmur good night and within a
minute I can hear his gentle snores. He
knows that because I’m exhausted and
a morning person, there is not a prayer
he’s getting any nooky tonight.
What happened to the sultry young
woman who melted with just one
meaningful glance from her husband?
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Okay, I’ll say it: Afer four kids and 25 years of marriage, it’s not
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Where did she go? How did we morph
from the couple who couldn’t keep our
hands of each other to a couple who
need a monthly planner to even think
about conjugal relations? To be honest,
I can take or leave sex, and mostly I’d
rather leave it. Oops, did I just say that?
Not So Hot
After a glass of wine at book club or a
girl’s weekend away, I’m not afraid to
ask my friends about how much sex
we are all (not) having. And once I
introduce the subject, the floodgates
open. They all start divulging the dirty
little secret that binds many of us in
that middle place in marriage—the
admission that we often prefer a great
night’s sleep to an orgasm.
It’s easy to see how I got from aching
desire to near apathy. Following
those cuddly newlywed years, Bob
and I did what most couples do: We
let escalating responsibilities get in
the way. With marriage and a career
came four children, a mortgage, fatigue
and familiarity. Whatever is new
eventually becomes old. Or tired. Once,
after being away for weeks on business,
my husband rolled toward me with
anticipation. But after taking care of
our young twins day and night, I said,
“I’m all touched out.” I could feel Bob’s
disappointment. But those intense
years of parenting were more about
self-preservation than what my mother
called “tending to the marriage.”
Somewhere between the midnight
feedings and work deadlines, the
chasm grew between my husband’s
needs and my desire. He once joked
that he has the strength of 10,000 men
after sex, and it seems to be true. So,
like many a wife before me, I am not
beneath doing it even when I don’t feel
like it just so he’ll use some of that
postcoital power to get the household
chores done. (Unclogged drain joke,
anyone?) There have been times I’ve
even faked my own pleasure (oh,
please, we’ve all done it) so I can just
go to sleep already. But honestly, when
things get going, once the motor turns
over, well, it’s pretty enjoyable on my
end, too. It’s getting there mentally
that’s the problem. Many days my
libido feels like a shrunken head.
One of my friends sent me a French
maid costume while my husband was
recovering from a serious injury.
Implicit in the gift was the message
that I could “help him get better.” Did I
mention this was a friend? I was so
unenthusiastic about role-playing it
took at least a month before I got the
nerve to show Bob the costume. I had
been waiting on him hand and foot as
well as caring for our children, all while
trying to act cheerful and lift his spirits.
Flouncing around in a lace-up, cleavage-
baring mini was not on my list of care-
giving duties. But when I pulled out the
costume and a feather from the black
mules got stuck in my mouth, we both
giggled. And then there it was, the
flicker of our old selves, ignited by the
sexiest gift a long marriage has to
ofer—a shared sense of humor.
“Put it on!” he begged with a smirk.
So I did, and as I pranced around,
half-horrified that a child might enter,
we convulsed into genuine belly
laughs. What happened next is
strictly confidential.
Getting Our Groove Back
As the years rolled along, I assured
myself that once I got enough sleep, or
the kids got older, or we had the house
to ourselves that earlier passion would
return. It had just been in hibernation,
right? But no one warned me that the
“smooth sailing” period in life is a
myth. Just as our twins were getting
more self-sufcient, there were aging
parent issues and then (yikes)
menopause. Once again a good night’s
sleep became my holy grail.
“So, are we ever going to have sex
again?” my husband asked me recently
as we were both undressing for bed.
The question stung because I knew he
was right to wonder about it. I started
flossing so I could procrastinate for a
minute before answering. “Of course
we are,” I mumbled. And I began to
wonder what I could do to stop the
mud slide. Over the years I’d bought
products to make things tingle and
glide, the sexy underwear that raised
an eyebrow, the tools and toys found in
the backs of magazines. These props
were enough to resuscitate us, but was
it enough to put us in normal marriage
category? What is “normal” anyway?
We are road-tested now, grayer
and more wrinkled. Marriages have
seasons. And while there’s something
sexy about conjuring up the old us,
there’s a peace in accepting that we are
past the “skyrockets in flight” period.
Sure, when we find ourselves home
alone or together in a hotel room while
we’re traveling, the spark often returns.
And when it does, it renews my faith
that we want to keep trying.
I adhere to the definition of marriage
that says you fall in love with the same
person over and over again. Things
ebb and flow. And during the ebb
times, love and passion can manifest
themselves in other little ways, like
sharing our morning cofee, dreaming
about backpacking through Burma
or even just taking an after-dinner
walk with the dog.
Am I giving up? Not a chance. I may
not be as frisky as I used to be, and he
may wish that I’d initiate things more
often, but at our core we are still
determined to make it better. And in
the long run, that’s what really counts.
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OR WE HAD THE HOUSE TO OURSELVES
THAT EARLIER PASSION WOULD RETURN.
IT HAD JUST BEEN IN HIBERNATION, RIGHT?
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To get him to look at
the camera, ask questions.
Anything will do—it’s all
about the tone of your voice.
Treats can backfire unless
the pet is really well trained.
Danielle Moss
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It’s always best to wait until the
animal is relaxed—don’t chase or
rile her up. For instance, I like to
photograph my cat just after his nap.
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level and hang
out with her so
she can check out
the camera and
see that it’s not a
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get great shots
that way!
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You can’t talk
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moments are just
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Joe: 50, construction worker,
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Married: 25 years
Kids: Ashley, 21, and Rose, 19
the counselor
Robin Newman
Huntington, New York
the backgroun:
Ever since she had cancer surgery,
Abby has been moody and suspicious.
Joe thinks Abby’s behavior is related to
the pain meds she’s been taking. Abby
says Joe is totally unsympathetic.
(
joe Abby had ovarian cancer and
she says she’s still in pain and needs her
pills. I’m not so sure. Her doctor told
her to cut back on her drugs, but then I
caught her looking through my gym bag
for an old prescription of mine. I’m no
expert, but I think she’s out of control.
If she’s not addicted now, she will be
soon unless she gets a handle on this.
(
abby Seriously, do I look like a drug
addict? Joe doesn’t get it. Two years ago
I had a malignant tumor in my ovary.
It was a terrifying experience. I was in
a lot of pain after the hysterectomy, so
my doctor gave me Vicodin. It helps but
I’m still not pain-free. The doctor thinks
there might have been some nerve
damage during the surgery. That’s why
I still take the pills. But I don’t take that
many and I don’t feel high, so there’s
no way I’m addicted. Besides, the
doctor wouldn’t have prescribed this
medication if it wasn’t safe. Joe makes
it sound like I’m shooting heroin.
I was able to go back to work six
weeks after my surgery, but with the
after efects of the operation, chemo
and radiation, I still don’t feel great.
The pain pills really help me cope and
carry on with my life. So when the
doctor told me it was time to taper
of them and refused to renew my
prescription, I panicked.
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pills help me
cope with
chronic pain.
joe says
I think she’s
addicted to
prescription
medication.
Yes, he nags me
about it.
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Then I remembered that Joe had
taken painkillers when he tore his
ACL recently. I scrounged around
in his gym bag and discovered a
half-used bottle of Vicodin. When I
finished those, a woman I work with
said she could get them for me.
(
joe Abby claims she’s taking “only
a few pills.” Try ten a day—and the
recommended dose is six a day, max.
I can’t believe she started buying
prescription drugs on the black
market. We’re not that kind of people,
or at least I didn’t think we were.
(
abby Oh please, that’s an awful
thing to say. It’s not like I’m a criminal
or something. I’m grateful that my
friend at work realized I was sufering
and wanted to help. I wish I could get
that kind of empathy from Joe.
(
joe Look, I can’t imagine the hell
that Abby’s been through. When
I first heard the news about the
cancer, I broke down. Considering
what she’s dealing with, I feel like
a jerk complaining. But living with
her is not easy. She has these wild
personality swings. I married a sweet,
happy woman, but now there are
times when she’s a raging bitch.
Abby takes everything I do the
wrong way: If I sit down on the couch
and turn on a baseball game when I
get home, she thinks it means I don’t
want to spend time with her even
though she used to love to watch
games with me. She also has this
totally irrational idea that I’m having
an afair with my boss. Maybe she’s
worried I’m cheating because she and
I never have sex anymore, but that’s
Abby’s choice, not mine. It’s not like
I have the time or energy to have an
afair—I’m physically exhausted! I
leave before 6 A.M. for the construction
site. Then at 4 P.M. I go to my second
job at an event-planning company
and start setting up tents, tables and
chairs. Instead of accusing me of
being unfaithful to her, Abby should
be thanking me for what I’m doing to
put our daughters through college,
and for all the extra grocery shopping,
cleaning, and cooking I do when she’s
not feeling well.
(
abby Why is he surprised that I
get nasty sometimes? I’m stressed
because I’m so afraid that the cancer
will come back. I admit that I have
zero interest in sex these days. It’s
just not on my radar anymore. Joe
and I have definitely been arguing a
lot—mostly about his boss, Nancy.
She calls his cell at all hours and often
asks him to work late. Joe is charming
and I’m used to women flirting with
him, but Nancy really bugs me. I just
don’t trust her. When I say that, Joe
calls me crazy. He does help
out when I’m feeling really terrible,
but I can tell he doesn’t want to be
with me because when he comes
home, he walks into the den, turns
on the baseball game and zones out.
I might as well be invisible.
(
joe I never know who I’m going
to meet when I get home—the nice
Abby or the one who snaps and
snarls. Obviously the pills are a huge
problem. The other night I found Abby
passed out on the floor in the den and
she couldn’t remember how she got
there. That scared the hell out of me.
(
abby I think I was just really tired.
It was getting late and Joe still wasn’t
home, so I poured myself a glass of
wine and turned on the TV. The next
morning, Joe told me I’d blacked out
and gave me an ultimatum: Stop the
medication or he’d move out. He also
insisted we get counseling.
(
joe She’s really in denial. I told her
I wouldn’t tell our daughters about the
Vicodin problem, but unless she gets
help now, I will. I really love Abby but
I’ll move out—for her sake if not mine.
(
abby I’m glad we’re getting
counseling. I love Joe and I hate the
fighting. Maybe talking to a therapist
will help him understand that I’m
under a lot of stress. And if taking a
pill makes me feel better, then don’t
I deserve that?
THE COUNSELOR
After Abby and Joe told me their
story, I didn’t mince words. I told
Abby, “Your husband is right. Your
mood swings, anxiety and volatility
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are classic signs of addiction. If you
want to save your marriage—and
your life—you need to begin a detox
program immediately.”
Like many people, Abby believed that
pain medications such as Vicodin,
Percocet and OxyContin aren’t
dangerous because they’re prescribed
by a doctor. In fact, these drugs are
highly addictive. Most abusers start
taking them for legitimate medical
reasons, which morphs into a
psychological addiction—they feel
they can’t cope without the drugs.
And as the body develops a tolerance,
they need to take even more pills to
achieve the same efect.
Abby really loved Joe and was
prepared to do anything to keep him.
As a first step I convinced her to see
a psychiatrist, who was licensed to
dispense a drug called suboxone,
which blocks the receptors in the
brain that crave the painkiller.
The psychiatrist agreed it would
help Abby. He also prescribed an
antidepressant. Over the course of
several months she was able to stop
the Vicodin completely and cut back
to one suboxone a day, with the goal of
eventually stopping entirely.
As Abby began to take fewer pain
pills—and to feel less depressed—she
could see more clearly that Joe wasn’t
doing anything wrong. I encouraged
them both to talk more openly about
their feelings, so they could better
understand what the other was going
through and resolve their conflicts
more peacefully. I also suggested that
they join a support group for couples
who have been afected by cancer.
When Abby told me she thought
her husband was falling out of love
with her, I suggested that her concern
might be linked to her hysterectomy.
“When you feel like less of a woman,
it ramps up your anxiety,” I said. “Are
you afraid he’ll leave you?” Abby
burst into tears and admitted she
was. When Joe heard this, he assured
her it wasn’t true and made more of
an efort to be afectionate and to let
her know that she’s always beautiful
to him. In turn, she makes sure he
knows how grateful she is that he’s
working two jobs and helping out so
much around the house.
We spent time during each session
discussing how difcult it is for
couples to live under the shadow of
serious illness. Although Abby is
currently cancer-free, every survivor
knows the disease can return. The
antidepressant helped her out of the
dark place she’d settled into, but she
also needed to learn other ways to
keep her mood stable. “When life is
filled with unknowns,” I said, “it’s
critical to stay in the moment. When
you’re feeling hopeless, remind
yourself, ‘Today I’m alive.’ Or ‘Today I
have the energy to do the things I love
to do.’ Count your blessings because it
will build your confidence and make
you feel happier.”
Finally, we talked about why they
weren’t having sex. I wasn’t surprised
that Abby’s desire had vanished,
since having a hysterectomy throws
your body into menopause. I
advised her to speak with her
gynecologist about the problem. We
also discussed the importance of
staying physically connected—giving
each other back rubs, walking hand in
hand, snuggling on the couch—which
could help Abby get in the mood. Sure
enough, after a while, their sex life
returned. “That old saying, use it or
lose it, seems to be right,” Abby said.
“Having sex really does make you
want to have more sex.”
Although they ended weekly
sessions after a year, Abby regularly
checks in with me by phone. She still
isn’t happy about Joe’s crazy work
schedule, but they both acknowledge
it’s essential until their daughters get
out of college. Abby finds it easier to
manage her feelings now that she’s
of the pills, and Joe has been making
an extra efort to reconnect with
her when he gets home. She’s still
taking one suboxone daily, a typical
maintenance dose that many people
stay on for as long as three years.
“I finally feel normal,” she told me. “I
have my life back.”
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going to a friend’s for dinner.
At times I’ve brought my
own food or eaten before
going over. It’s about getting
together, not about the food!
Lisa Allison I would go
ahead and serve the menu
as planned but would also
make sure to have a couple of
gluten-free options for her.
That’s what friendship is all
about, and I would certainly
want to support my friend in
her diet change.
Rachel Huf Cox If she’s
so obsessed, why can’t she
bring her own favorite dish
instead of putting it all on
her friends?
Kelly A. Walter Instead
of substituting food
choices, perhaps consider
substituting your friend
choices. Gracious friends
are so much more fun to be
around at dinner parties!
Sheila Kraemer If
your guest has a dietary
limitation, whether for
health reasons or not,
you need to take it
into consideration.
My husband got me an
expensive necklace that
just isn’t my style. He
was so proud and I feel
terrible. Do I tell him?
Or just wear it?
Kimberly Bower Wear it
with pride! You can always
buy yourself jewelry, but
you can’t buy the time, efort
and love that he put into
picking something out for
you. It’s like wearing the
bead necklace your 3-year-
old made for you. There are
more important things than
your personal style.
Amy Sides Schultz The
same thing happened to me
with a ring. I told him that
I loved the thought he put
into it but asked if we could
go back and exchange it
together. I wound up with a
lovely necklace that I wear
autistic. I really do try limit
it, but sometimes I can’t help
myself. If one of my friends
is tired of me talking about
my kids, she just brings up
another topic and I go right
along with the flow.
Katie Curcio Be a good
friend and just deal with
it. Maybe that’s all she
has to talk about.
My friend (who’s
recently gone gluten-
free but doesn’t have
Celiac) got mad at
me for serving pasta
when she was over for
dinner. Am I supposed
to cater the entire meal
to her now?
Rachel Carmen
Batenhorst I have several
food allergies and always
ask about the menu before
every day. Just because you
don’t like a gift doesn’t mean
you don’t love the thought
that’s behind it.
Sarah Chastain I would
wear it from time to time.
If he asks why you don’t
wear it more often, just
tell him that you’re saving
it for special occasions.
Jamie Morse Tell him the
truth. If you can’t be honest
with your husband, then you
have a problem bigger than
an unwanted necklace.
I have a friend who
constantly turns the
conversation to her kids
and it’s driving me nuts.
What should I do?
Patricia Mullis Be honest
and tell her this bugs you,
but be kind about it.
Stacey Adams I always end
this kind of conversation by
saying “my kids are great
too, thanks for asking.”
Tina Schrader I am
probably guilty of this,
but my three kids are all
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by janice kaplan \ photographs by ruven afanador
62 L ADI ES’ HOME J OURNAL | OCTOBER 201 3
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why did you decide to take a break from acting?
I didn’t decide to take that time of. It just sort of happened.
When the kids were small I used to take them with me on
location. But as they got older I didn’t want to pull them
out of school, and the idea of traveling to make a movie
became harder and harder. I started putting caveats on
everything—like I’ll do a movie only at a certain time of
year, or in a certain location—and I negotiated myself out
of work. If I was going to do something that took me away
from my kids, it had to matter. Moms often think, “Oh, I
should be home when the kids are babies.” But I think
they need you more when they’re a little older.
how did you like being a stay-at-home mom?
I was so busy with my kids, which was incredibly creative and
improvisational and certainly challenging. But I’m a real homebody.
I’m happy puttering around the house and doing my own thing, even
if it’s isolating. When the kids were in school I painted, mostly portraits.
Both painting and acting are about paying attention to detail and seeing
things in a diferent way. I got so immersed in painting that I didn’t read
scripts or return my agent’s calls. I probably would have done more movies
had I not taken up painting. Of course, once my kids got older they started
saying, “Mom, aren’t you going back to work soon?” They missed the craft
services table [laughs]. We don’t keep junk food at home.
When Michelle Pfeifer lef Hollywood nine years ago, her
career was riding high. She had her pick of leading roles and
had already earned a handful of Oscar nominations for such
films as Dangerous Liaisons and The Fabulous Baker Boys.
But Pfeifer and her husband, TV writer-producer David E.
Kelley (Ally McBeal, Boston Legal), and their two children,
Claudia Rose, then 11, and John, then 10, felt the pull of
a simpler, paparazzi-free life. So they packed up their
Los Angeles home and moved north, to just outside
San Francisco. “We got there and it was like, ‘What
have we done?’ ” says Pfeifer. “We didn’t know
anyone. It was like we were the Beverly Hillbillies
coming to town.” ¶ Now that both kids are in
college, the former supermarket checkout girl
from Orange County is ready to focus on her
work. This month she costars with Robert De
Niro in The Family, a black comedy about a
Brooklyn mobster who enters a witness-
protection program. ¶ In a rare interview,
Pfeifer talked to us about her latest return
to the spotlight, her secret for aging so
gorgeously and why—white-hot career or
not—she always puts her family first.
64 L ADI ES’ HOME J OURNAL | OCTOBER 201 3

have you always felt fairly in
charge of your life—that you
could make things work out the
way you wanted to?
I have, even though sometimes I had no
right to think that way. People who don’t
manage on their own completely bafe
me. What do you mean you can’t figure
it out? Just do that, and then do that. I
remember when I was 8 years old I asked
my mother if I could cut my own hair. I
said, “I promise if I mess up I’ll get a
pixie cut”—which is how she wanted me
to wear my hair. I had really fine baby
hair that was always getting matted.
So I cut it and it turned out exactly how
I’d envisioned it. Of course, it looked
hideous—but it was the way I wanted.
when do you feel vulnerable?
how do you handle that?
I still think I’m going to be fired in the
first week of every new job I take.
Always. In fact, before I even start a
movie I’ll try to get myself fired or think
of a reason I should quit. I guess it’s fear
of failure. I tend to choose parts that are
a stretch for me. It’s like I’ll throw
myself into the deep end and think I’m
going to drown for a very long time.
have you ever wanted to work
with your husband?
I cherish my relationship with him
so much that I never want to put it in
jeopardy. I’ve seen other couples in
Hollywood do it and it seems that as
soon as they do a project together, within
a couple of years they’re divorced. I like
coming home after a long, hard day and
knowing that I can bitch about all the
wrongs done to me and that he’s going
to be on my side. That doesn’t work if
I’m bitching about him!
for years you were referred to as
one of the most beautiful women
in the world. what pressure does
that put on you as you get older?
Having to watch yourself age on a giant
movie screen is simply not natural. It
can wreak havoc on your psyche. My
dermatologist said to me once, “You
know that 10X magnifying mirror that
you have in the bathroom? Throw it
away.” It was the best advice anybody
ever gave me. Of course, now my eyes
are weaker and I can’t see to put my
makeup on without that mirror! But
once you get over a certain hump there
actually is less pressure. You can begin
to look great for your age. You don’t have
to look young anymore. I’ve moved over
to that other side—I’m 55, which is a
little too close to 60, but looking great
for my age is okay now.
why did you become a vegan? has
that helped you feel good, too?
A few years ago I saw a special on CNN,
“The Last Heart Attack,” about how
to prevent heart disease. I’m not really
at risk for that but my father died of
cancer and my mother has advanced-
stage dementia. And I have people close
to me battling cancer. Seeing both of my
parents sufer has made me think a lot
about longevity and quality of life. And
while it’s open to debate, if there’s any
chance we can prevent a lot of chronic
illnesses by the way we eat, why not try
it? So I cut out meat and dairy and after
two months my cholesterol shot down
83 points. I also try to exercise five days
a week—I run, do free weights. But I
haven’t always been healthy. When
I was in my 20s I smoked two packs of
cigarettes a day. I lived on Marlboro
Lights and Coca-Cola.
looking back, what’s the biggest
challenge you’ve had to overcome?
The toughest thing for me has been
balancing being a working mom. I
learned early on that you can have it
all but you can’t do it all. I sacrificed
some things in my work to be a better
parent—but I also sacrificed some
parenting in order to do what I love.
are you terrified or excited now
that both kids are in college? it’s
been a long time since you and your
husband were just a twosome.
My husband and I sit around and talk
about what we want to do and where
we want to live. I’ll say, “Honey, should
we take up golf? Do you want to play
golf together?” And he’ll say, “Golf? I
don’t know. That takes so much time.”
Then I’ll say, “Maybe we should plant
a vineyard. Why don’t we make wine?”  
Besides working a little more, I don’t
know what we’ll do. It’s scary, but it’s
also exciting to think about. Once I get
past the shock of having an empty nest,
I’m going to be really happy with my
newfound freedom.
Roles Of A Lifetime
In Scarface, 1983:
“I was 24 years
old, working
with Al Pacino
and other
established
actors. I was
terrified.”
With Cher and
Susan Sarandon
in The Witches of
Eastwick, 1987:
“My hair just got
bigger and bigger
as this movie
went on.”
In Married to
the Mob, 1988:
“I loved working
with director
Jonathan Demme.
I laughed more
than I’ve ever
laughed on a set.”
In The Fabulous
Baker Boys, 1989:
“I enjoy singing in
movies. But I’m
not sure I’d want
to sing on top of
a piano in that
dress again!”
In Batman Returns,
1992: “Geting
into my catsuit
everyday was an
ordeal. They had to
powder me down
because it would
stick to my skin.”
With Robert De
Niro in The Family,
2013: “This movie
is like what would
have happened if
my Married to the
Mob character had
stayed married.”
With her husband,
in 2012: “We had
kids right away.
Now that they
are out of the
house, it feels like
we’re in our honey-
moon phase.”
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Who Are You
Walking For?
That’s what we
asked some of
the 3,300 women
(and men) who
participated in
a recent Avon
Walk for Breast
Cancer. Their
answers will
inspire you.
Colethie Adams, 33
I signed up last year to
honor my grandmother,
who died of breast
cancer when I was very
young. Then, just three
months later, my doctor
found a lump and I was
diagnosed with it at 32.
It was surreal. I tried
hard not to think about
the pain. I did the walk
only two days after
finishing chemo. My
doctors didn’t want
me to, but I did it!
Right afterward I had
to start radiation.
photographs by ronnie andren

Alyssa Villani, 19 / Michelle Villani, 54
alyssah This was my second walk, Mom’s fourth. She
was diagnosed in 2010. Her mother died from breast
cancer. So we have a very personal connection to the
cause. michelleh This was a great way to spend time
with Alyssa. It’s important to give back, but I want to
make sure she understands breast cancer could be an
issue for her, too. A long walk is good for talking.

72 L ADI ES’ HOME J OURNAL | OCTOBER 201 3
Meg Ogura, 45 / Sue Trinh, 42 / Lucy Chi, 66 / Gina Mililo, 52
suehI found out I had breast cancer in November 2011. One
of my sisters was diagnosed five years earlier with stage
III, and another sister was diagnosed with stage IV ovarian
cancer. We did testing and we don’t have the BRCA genetic
mutation. But because of my family history, I’ve been getting
mammograms since I was 32. Mine was stage I, and I feel so
lucky to have caught it early. I have two daughters who need me,
so I walked to celebrate my recovery. These women with me
were my rocks. lucyh I think of Sue as a daughter. We wore our
shirts saying we are team “Sue-per Women” because we wanted
to honor her strength. We raised nearly $10,000.
Beth Hacker, 40 / Claudia Calderon, 39
bethh I don’t have anyone in my immediate circle who has
had breast cancer but I wanted to do something meaningful.
Now this is my favorite way to spend time with my girlfriends.
claudiah The walk is a “nonnegotiable” on the calendar.
It usually falls around my birthday, so this year I’m going to have
a party and ask for donations in lieu of gifts. At the finish line, no
matter how bad my knees hurt or how bad the blisters are, I just
break into tears and think, “I did it. I’m helping someone else.”
Ivona Hertz, 46
Before the event I told everyone I was walking for
my grandmother, who survived the Holocaust and
breast cancer. But not many know I was diagnosed
with breast cancer myself in 2009. I was lucky it
was caught early and I only needed a lumpectomy
and radiation. I never wanted people to pity me, so
I kept it to myself until the walk, and then I wanted
to scream my story from the rooftops.

Chanika Perry, 31 / Nicole Saglimbene, 22 /
Dawn Ewing, 53/ Kristen Mercado, 31
dawnh I work with people from underserved
communities, so when I got diagnosed in 2006 I
actually felt lucky because I had a job with health
benefits. That’s why I did my first Avon Walk as soon
as I could. I know the money is going to women who
need it. kristenh Chanika and I decided to do this
after cheering Dawn on that first year. Now it’s like
our annual reunion. Last year we made a new friend
when we ran into Nicole along the way. Her mom
died of breast cancer when she was 14. It was
inspiring for us all to walk with Dawn, who is going
on seven years postdiagnosis.
Amanda Boris, 24 /
Lindsay Gerber, 24
amandah We walked for
Lindsay’s aunt, who lost her battle
with breast cancer in 2012. When
you know that people are dying,
walking almost 40 miles seems
like nothing. lindsayh When my
Aunt Sue-Sue was sick, she was
always so positive about everything.
She didn’t let it ruin her life, and
she fought really hard for five years.
That was what I thought about all
the way to the finish line.
Richard Woods, 25 / Eliot Wall, 24 / Alex Dick-Godfrey, 24 / Taylor Hess, 24
elioth I did my first walk with my girlfriend at the time, whose mom died of breast cancer. I had
such a great experience I convinced three of my buddies to walk with me last year. It’s really a
rush. taylorh I jumped at the opportunity because my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer
during my junior year of college. I know my mom’s life was saved by cancer research, so this was
my way to thank all of the women who’ve been raising money for years.
WHAT
IS THE
AVON
WALK?
Since it began,
in 2003, the
Avon Walk for
Breast Cancer,
which takes
place in eight
cities across the
United States
each year, has
raised more
than $470
million. Each
participant must
raise $1,800 and
walk a course
of either 26.2
or 39.3 miles
over two days.
HOW IT WORKS
The first day’s
course is 26.2
miles long—a
full marathon.
Walkers camp
overnight in the
Wellness Village
of pink tents,
where they hang
out, eat dinner
and bond, then
they wake up
ready to walk a
half marathon
(13.1 miles)
back to the
starting point.
WHERE THE
MONEY GOES
The Avon
Foundation for
Women funds
more than
200 programs
in three key
areas: scientific
research,
access-to-care
programs for
the uninsured
and outreach
programs
dedicated to
early detection.
GET INVOLVED
Head to
avonwalk.org
to learn more
about what the
Avon Foundation
does, and where
and when the
next walk is
happening.

Yes, you can
have your cake
and eat it, too.
(And no, we’re
not kidding.
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76 L ADI ES’ HOME J OURNAL | OCTOBER 201 3
Hey, it happens to everyone. Have you
ever looked down to see that a whole
bag of chips or plate of cookies has
disappeared as if by magic? And you
didn’t even taste those fatty calories
while you were texting a friend or
watching Modern Family? Join the
Mindless Eaters’ Club.
You know you should slow down
while you’re eating. It sounds obvious
and natural, even trendy, like the
Mediterranean diet and Slow Food
movements. But it’s hard when you live
in a “rush and stuf” culture where it’s
common to inhale fast food in the car
while shuttling your kids or to plow
through a sandwich at your desk
between calls. “It takes about 20 minutes
for food to get into your small intestine
and signal the brain that you’re getting
enough,” says Jan Chozen Bays, M.D.,
author of Mindful Eating: A Guide to
Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful
Relationship With Food. “But research
shows that people eat in about 13
minutes, so you override your natural
fullness mechanism.” Then there’s
that difcult “being present” part.
I regard mealtimes as the perfect
opportunity to check Facebook or
thumb through a magazine. And I’m
single. I can only imagine how much
more difcult it is to savor your food
when you have multiple family
members needing your attention.
I didn’t realize how much of a
mindless eater I’d become until I tried
to lose a few pounds by recording my
daily food intake. My online tracker
showed I was eating plenty of calories,
but I never felt like I got enough. Plus I
realized (to my chagrin) that I often ate
on autopilot, loading up my fork with
a new bite before I’d even swallowed
the last one. Yikes. And I couldn’t
blame it all on electronic distractions.
Sometimes I got so caught up in a
conversation with my boyfriend I lost
track of the amount I was shoveling in.
I decided I needed some help.
A TRUE DINING EXPERIENCE
Becoming a more mindful, intuitive
eater goes beyond just being aware
of how much you’re consuming. The
theory is, if you experience your food
fully with all your senses, noticing its
aroma, temperature, color, texture,
crunch and flavor, you’ll develop a real
sense of how much your body needs.
Not only will you enjoy your food more,
you’ll probably eat less. And here comes
the too-good-to-be-true part: If you
can get into the habit of savoring every
morsel of, say, a cookie, you might not
even want another one.
I asked Dr. Bays how this works.
“Every bite should be a party in your
mouth,” she told me. “But to have a
party in your mouth, your mind has to
be invited. If your mind is not present
to enjoy the taste and texture of what
you’re eating, it’s as if you didn’t eat it.”
Yeah, it sounds a little woo-woo to
me, too, but there’s some solid evidence
behind this idea. In one study, a group
of women ate less and lost more weight
after they’d had a series of mindful-
eating therapy sessions. In another
study, obese patients who underwent
a similar program not only lost weight
but showed more self-control and were
less prone to binge eating.
With weight loss as a motivator, I
decided to take action. I heard that a
monastery in upstate New York
conducted public mindful-eating
lunches twice a week, so I signed up.
The program included walking around
the grounds for a half hour and then
eating together as a group—slowly
and (here’s the key) without talking.
I arrived exhausted from nonstop
deadlines so the fresh air in the woods
was a welcome break. But by the time
lunch rolled around I was starving. I
noticed my anxiety surging as I stood
in line waiting for the vegan lunch: I
needed to eat now. The people ahead of
me were taking too long. How could I
get full on this kind of food? As soon as
the blessing was over, I dug into tofu in
tomato sauce, brown rice, squash soup
and salad at my usual frenetic pace.
But then something started to kick in.
Could it be awareness? The calm energy
around me was soothing, and I started
to slow down. I loved not having to
make small talk with strangers and
instead focused on savoring every
succulent piece of squash. To my
surprise, when the lunch hour was
over, I felt perfectly, harmoniously
full. I didn’t even crave my usual
sugary post-lunch café mocha.
Back in my real life, though, I
didn’t have the time or patience to
practice what I’d learned. It felt like
an incredible indulgence. Trying to be
mindful and eat slowly during meals
with my boyfriend made things too
quiet and less fun, frankly, because
I talked less and chewed more. I felt
awkward as he patiently waited for me
to finish my salad. And I’m not sure
somber, quiet chewing sessions were
what my married mom friends have in
mind when they make family dinner
night a priority. Sometimes, a meal just
I felt so cheated. I’d spent an hour making a
delicious healthy dinner of chicken in a balsamic
glaze, Brussels sprouts and wild rice with dried
cherries and orange zest—just for me. “Wow,
you really nailed this,” I congratulated myself
as I breathed in the aromas and tasted the first
bite. Then I got distracted checking email on my
phone. Ten minutes later I looked up from the
screen and realized my beautiful dinner was
gone. Oh, I’d eaten it, all right. But I’d been so
focused on contributing my two cents to a family
squabble that I’d forgotten to notice, let alone
enjoy it. Even worse, I didn’t feel satisfied.
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Say it at
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I will savor
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When you stay
focused, you
feel satisfied
with less.
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has to be a meal—not a transcendent
experience. And despite my careful
cooking and tracking, I still wasn’t
losing weight.
MESSAGE RECEIVED
For my next step I made an appointment
with Alexis Conason, Psy.D., a New
York City psychologist who runs an
eight-week program on mind–body
eating awareness. But before she
started my training, she told me
to stop obsessively tracking every
calorie. I needed to listen to what
my body told me to eat. “You may
be craving a banana because you’re
low on potassium, but you don’t
hear that message because you’re so
disconnected from your body,” she said.
Then Conason took me through an
eating exercise in which I would notice
how my fullness and satisfaction
changed after each bite and rate it
on a scale of one to 10. I was excited
when she cut up pieces of a brownie—
one of my favorite foods. First, she
encouraged me to take several deep
breaths and check in with my body.
Then she asked me to admire the bite
of brownie and smell it before placing
it in my mouth. I had to move the piece
around in my mouth and notice the
flavor and texture before I bit into it,
pausing again before I chewed it, all the
while reflecting on how much pleasure
it gave me. I was shocked at how many
steps there can be to eating a bite of
food and how the taste changes over
time and in diferent corners of my
mouth. At first I felt a little silly, but
the exercise made an impact on me. By
the fourth bite I honestly didn’t want
anymore. I was brownied out.
As I left Conason’s of ce, she
encouraged me to stop dieting for
a week. If I just continued to eat
mindfully, it didn’t really matter what
I chose to consume. I almost laughed
as I thought, “Well, she doesn’t know
me and caramel corn.” Within a few
days I had a PMS-fueled urge to make
the world go away with a box of butter
tofee popcorn with nuts. Sure enough,
after several long bites in which I let
the sugary coating dissolve and the
popcorn collapse on my tongue, I was
actually content to stop.
The real challenge, however, was
vacation—always a diet minefield. I
was going on a boating trip, and do you
have any idea how good potato chips
taste when you’re out on the water?
For the first few days I successfully
managed my chip intake by enjoying
each bite fully. But one afternoon I
noticed I was grabbing more and more
each time I walked through the kitchen
area. By the time dinner rolled around,
I had an upset stomach and was
searching for sugary sodas and juices
to relieve the salty taste in my mouth.
This sensation, experts say, may be
one of the most useful in learning how
to tune in to your body. Of course, this
wasn’t the first time in my life that I’d
overindulged in salty snacks. But I’m
not sure I was ever this aware of how
bad I felt afterward. When I told this
story to Dr. Bays, she said I shouldn’t
beat myself up over it. “You can’t flip
old patterns overnight,” she told me.
“It takes constant practice. You catch
yourself mid-bite and say, ‘Wait! My
mind went elsewhere. I need to bring it
back and pay attention to this food.’ ”
I’ve kept trying, and eating intuitively
isn’t such an efort anymore. My weight
is slowly coming down, too. I don’t
do it perfectly, but I manage to take a
breather now and then during animated
conversation. And I try to close my
computer lid or put away my phone
when I realize I’m halfway through a
meal and still staring at the screen. It’s
a shame not to, especially since I make
such killer balsamic chicken.
How To Eat More Mindfully
Don’t take it all too
seriously. Encourage
your family to be
open to trying it and
talking about the
experience, even if
they want to make
fun of it.
Set your fork down
between bites and
chew your food
thoroughly. Make
a rule: no watching
TV during meals
and no electronic
devices at the table.
Save emotional
discussions or
arguments for afer
dinner. You tend to
eat faster during
tense situations.
Start small. At least
make the first few
bites count. Create a
game with your kids
to see who can eat
quietly and slowly for
the first five minutes
of a meal.
If you have to eat
in the car, park and
savor your breakfast
burrito. If you have
to eat at your desk,
avoid multitasking
and really focus on
that tuna sandwich.
Set aside time for
at least one mindful
meal a week. Let
family members
pick dishes they
love so they can
focus on the pleasure
of the food.
If you want to lose
weight, step it up
a notch and try to
practice mindful
eating full time
for a few days.
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We know it can be a
challenge to focus
on eating slowly.
It’s even harder
to contemplate
every bite. Try
our experts’
easy suggestions
to get started.

WHETHER YOU’RE
INTO SEXY HEELS OR
COMFY FLATS, WE’VE
GOT YOUR PERFECT
PAIR RIGHT HERE.
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photographs by tom corbett

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C R U S H
CHOCOLATE DESSERTS COVERED WITH HALLOWEEN CANDY? YUP, WE WENT THERE!
by tara bench • photographs by william brinson
C A N D Y
REESE’S
PIECES
CAKE
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CRAZY FOR
CANDY
CUPCAKES

MONSTER
COOKIES
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KIT KAT
CAKE
NO TRICKS HERE—
JUST DELICIOUS TREATS THAT
DEFINITELY RAISE THE BAR.

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Decorate the cake with Reese’s
Pieces turned on their side, making
designs. MAKES ONE 8-INCH LAYER CAKE
Craz
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For Cand
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Cupcakes
Bake these in Reynolds black foil
cupcake liners for a spooky look.
WORK: 1 HR TOTAL: 1 HR
1 recipe Meringue Butercream
(recipe follows)
Orange gel paste food coloring
4 oz semisweet chocolate,
melted and cooled
24 prepared chocolate cupcakes
3 cups candy corn pieces
6 cups malted milk balls
1
Tint half of the butercream orange.
Stir melted chocolate into the rest of
the butercream until incorporated.
2
Use a ¼-cup spring-loaded cookie
scoop to place a small mound of
Reese’s Pieces Cake
We hid flufy peanut buter frosting
between layers of chocolate cake.
WORK: 30 MIN TOTAL: 30 MIN
1⁄₄ cup unsalted buter
1⁄₄ cup smooth peanut buter
2⁄₃ cup confectioners’ sugar
1 tsp milk
1 8-inch chocolate 2-layer cake,
unfrosted
1⁄₂ recipe Whipped Chocolate
Ganache (recipe on page 90)
2⁄₃ cup Reese’s Pieces
1
Beat the buter, peanut buter,
confectioners’ sugar and milk until
smooth. Trim domed tops from cakes.
Place one cake layer on serving dish
and spread with peanut buter frosting.
Top with second layer and frost entire
cake with Whipped Chocolate Ganache,
smoothing the top and edges.
butercream on each of the cupcakes.
(If you don’t have a scoop, mound and
smooth ¼ cup butercream on each
cupcake.) Decorate the orange-frosted
cupcakes with candy corn, placing the
candy very close together. Use malted
milk balls to decorate the chocolate-
frosted cupcakes. Chill cupcakes in
the refrigerator until ready to serve.
MAKES 24 CUPCAKES
Meringue Buttercream
Our not-too-sweet butercream is a
great alternative to frosting made with
confectioners’ sugar.
WORK: 15 MIN TOTAL: 25 MIN
5   large egg whites
1 1⁄₄ cups  sugar
2 cups   (4 sticks) unsalted buter,
at room temperasture
1 tsp vanilla extract
1
Whisk together egg whites and sugar
in a heatproof mixing bowl over a
pan of simmering water until sugar has
dissolved, about 5 min. Test by rubbing
the mixture between your fingers—you
shouldn’t feel any sugar crystals.
2
Transfer bowl to the mixer with a
whisk atachment or use a handheld
mixer and beat on high until it cools and
stif peaks form, 10 to 12 min.
3
  Reduce speed to medium-high and
add buter a few tablespoons at a
time. (Butercream may curdle but will
become smooth as you continue to beat
it.) Add vanilla.
4
  Use within a few hours or refrigerate
for up to a week. Butercream can be
frozen for up to a month. Before using,
bring to room temperature and beat on
low until smooth. MAKES 5 CUPS
Monster Cookies
These addictive cookies are filled
with bits of assorted candy bars (plus
pretzels to add a salty crunch).
WORK: 30 MIN TOTAL: 1 HR 30 MIN
¾ cup (1½ sticks) unsalted buter,
at room temperature
¾ cup light brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp salt
½ tsp baking soda
2 cups sifed all-purpose flour

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¼ cup Dutch processed cocoa
powder
2 cups chopped candy bars,
M&M’s, Whoppers and other
chocolate candy
1⁄₂ cup broken pretzel pieces
1
Heat oven to 350°F. In a mixing bowl
cream together buter, brown sugar
and granulated sugar. Add the egg and
vanilla and beat until flufy. Stir in the
salt, baking soda and flour until dough
forms. Remove and reserve half of
the dough. Blend cocoa with dough
remaining in mixing bowl.
2
Gently fold ¾ cup of the candy into
the vanilla dough and ¾ cup into
the chocolate dough. Use a cookie
scoop to make balls of each dough. Cut
balls in half; combine a vanilla half and
a chocolate half to form each cookie.
Press cookies down slightly on baking
sheets and top with remaining ½ cup
candy and pretzel pieces. Bake until
light golden around the edges and still
sof in the center, 12 to 13 min. Cool on
baking sheet for 2 min, then remove to
cool completely. MAKES 16 COOKIES
Kit Kat Cake
Chilled cake is always easier to
assemble. If you’ve got time, bake the
cake a day ahead and keep it wrapped
in the fridge until you’re ready to use it.
WORK: 1 HR TOTAL: 2 HR 30 MIN
2 boxes white cake mix, bater
prepared
1 recipe Whipped Chocolate
Ganache (recipe follows)
34 mini Kit Kat bars
1
Heat oven to 350°F. Grease a rimmed
13-by-18-inch baking sheet and line
the botom with parchment. Spread
bater in pan and bake cake until done,
about 40 min. Cool, then turn out on a
wire rack and remove parchment.
2
Cut cake to make 3 equal pieces
measuring about 41⁄₂ by 11 inches
each; discard cake scraps or save for
another use. Cut the 3 layers in half
horizontally to make 6 very thin and
even cake layers.
3
On a serving plater top one
thin cake layer with about 1⁄₃ cup
Whipped Chocolate Ganache and
spread in an even layer. Repeat with
remaining 5 layers. Frost the entire
outside of the cake, smoothing the
sides and top.
4
Pipe rows of 1⁄₂-inch dots of ganache
around the base of the cake.
Decorate the edges with Kit Kat bars
and the top with sliced Kit Kat bars. Chill
until ready to serve. SERVES 14 TO 16
Almond Jo
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In A Jar
If you like the classic candy bar, you’ ll go
nuts for this creamy spoonable dessert.
WORK: 30 MIN TOTAL: 30 MIN
1 cup heavy cream
2 tbsp confectioners’ sugar
½ tsp coconut extract
1 box chocolate pudding mix,
prepared
2 cups baked chocolate cake, cubed
10 mini Almond Joy bars, chopped
Toasted sliced almonds
1
Whip cream, sugar and coconut
extract until sof peaks form. Fill the
botom of 6 10-oz jars or glasses with a
few tablespoons of chocolate pudding.
Add a layer of cake cubes and candy bar
pieces, then whipped coconut cream.
Top with more pudding. Add another
layer of cake and candy bar pieces.
2
Dollop coconut cream on top and
garnish with toasted almonds.
MAKES 6
Whipped Chocolate Ganache
Cut this recipe in half if you’re making
the Reese’s Pieces Cake.
WORK: 15 MIN TOTAL: 35 MIN
2 cups heavy cream
½ cup confectioners’ sugar
1 lb (16 oz) semisweet chocolate,
chopped
1 tsp vanilla extract
1
Heat cream and confectioners’
sugar in a saucepan to a simmer.
Remove from heat and pour over
chocolate in a mixing bowl. Let sit 5
min, then whisk until smooth.
2
Set bowl over another bowl filled
with ice and water, and allow
mixture to cool. Stir until ganache is
cold to the touch, about 5 min. Whip
ganache in a mixer until lighter in
color and just flufy (don’t overwhip or
ganache will curdle). Use immediately.
MAKES 4 CUPS
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Thai Brisket Sandwiches
WORK: 10 MIN TOTAL: 5 HR 10 MIN
2½ lb flat-cut brisket
6 scallions
¼ cup mirin (rice wine)
3 tbsp Thai red curry paste
1 cup beef broth
1½ baguetes
Cilantro
Shredded carrots
Mayonnaise
Sriracha sauce
1
Place brisket in a slow cooker, fat
side up. Slice scallions into 1-inch
pieces and add to slow cooker. Whisk
together mirin, curry paste and beef
broth and pour over brisket. Cover and
cook on high until meat is tender, 5 hr.
2
Transfer meat to a cuting
board and let rest 20 min before
slicing. Meanwhile, pour sauce into
a fat separator and discard fat. Slice
baguetes into 6 pieces. Serve meat
on baguetes with a bit of the sauce,
cilantro, shredded carrots, mayonnaise
and sriracha sauce. SERVES 6
Per Serving: 460 cal, 24.5g fat (8g sat), 1087mg
sodium, 17g carb, 130mg chol, 41g protein, 1g fiber
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Orange-Coriander Lamb
WORK: 30 MIN TOTAL: 6 HR 30 MIN
3 lb lamb stew meat
1 tsp kosher salt
½ tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp ground coriander
2 tbsp olive oil
1 cup orange juice
2 sliced onions
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
2 cups cooked couscous
¼ cup chopped mint
¼ cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
1
Season lamb with salt, pepper and
coriander. In a large skillet, heat
olive oil and cook meat in batches until
browned on all sides, about 15 min.
Transfer to a slow cooker, discarding
excess fat. Add orange juice to the skillet
and simmer, scraping up brown bits,
2 min. Add juice and onion to the slow
cooker, cover, and cook on low 6 hr.
2
Stir red wine vinegar into the lamb.
Before serving, toss couscous with
chopped mint and flat-leaf parsley and
serve with the lamb. SERVES 6
Per Serving: 350 cal, 13.5g fat (4g sat), 430mg
sodium, 22g carb, 95mg chol, 33g protein, 2g fiber
Balsamic-Cherry Braised Pork
WORK: 25 MIN TOTAL: 4 HR 25 MIN
1 lb frozen cherries, thawed and
drained of juice
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 cup sliced onion
2 crushed garlic cloves
¼ cup basil leaves
4 lb pork shoulder roast
2 tsp kosher salt
1⅓ cups instant polenta
¼ cup grated Pecorino Romano
cheese
½ tsp ground black pepper
1
Combine cherries, balsamic vinegar,
onion, garlic and basil leaves in a slow
cooker. Trim excess fat from the pork
shoulder, season with salt and add to
slow cooker. Cover and cook on high
until pork is very tender, 4 hr.
2
Before serving, prepare instant
polenta according to package
instructions; stir in Pecorino and pepper.
Serve slices of the pork and cherry
sauce over polenta with extra basil
and Pecorino. SERVES 6
Per Serving: 560 cal, 12.5g fat (5g sat), 945mg
sodium, 60g carb, 128mg chol, 47g protein, 8g fiber

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Sausage-Fennel Minestrone
WORK: 20 MIN TOTAL: 4 HR 20 MIN
1 qt low-sodium chicken broth
2 cups water
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 chopped onion
1 cup diced fennel
½ cup chopped celery
1 14-oz can drained cannellini beans
½ tsp kosher salt
1 28-oz can diced tomatoes
1 bay leaf
½ tsp dried thyme
1 lb hot Italian sausage (casings
removed)
2 cups cooked orecchiete
2 cups chopped kale or Swiss chard
1
In a slow cooker combine chicken
broth, water, tomato paste, onion,
fennel, celery, cannellini beans, salt,
tomatoes, bay leaf and thyme.
2
In a nonstick skillet sauté sausage,
breaking into pieces until browned,
5 min. Drain on a paper towel–lined
plate, then add to the slow cooker.
Cover and cook on high 4 hr. Stir in
orecchiete and kale or Swiss chard.
MAKES 12 CUPS
Per 1-Cup Serving: 255 cal, 12.5g fat (4.5g sat),
741mg sodium, 23g carb, 29mg chol, 12g protein,
3g fiber
Southwest Chicken Potpie
With Cheesy Biscuits
WORK: 20 MIN TOTAL: 4 HR 20 MIN
5 carrots
1 medium onion
1 red bell pepper
2 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs
1½ cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cumin
2½ tsp kosher salt
1 tbsp minced garlic
2½ tbsp cornstarch
1 minced chipotle pepper in adobo
⅓ cup sour cream
1 8½-oz box Jify corn mufn mix
2 tbsp milk
1 large egg, beaten
½ cup shredded Pepper Jack cheese
Cilantro, chopped
Lime wedges
1
Chop carrots, onion and red bell
pepper into 1-inch pieces; add to
a slow cooker along with chicken
thighs. Whisk together chicken
broth, coriander, cumin, salt, garlic,
cornstarch and chipotle pepper
in adobo; pour over chicken and
vegetables. Cook on high 4 hr. Break
chicken into pieces with two forks and
gently stir in sour cream.
2
While chicken is cooking, mix
together corn bread mix, milk, egg
and cheese. Drop 6 mounds of bater
onto a greased baking sheet and bake
at 425°F until golden, about 10 min.
Serve biscuit on top of chicken and
gravy with cilantro and lime wedges.
SERVES 6
Per Serving: 475 cal, 17g fat (5g sat), 1508mg sodium,
41g carb, 190mg chol, 37g protein, 3g fiber
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Your 5-Minute Plan To
Beat Back Pain
We’re not kidding—that’s really all the time you need to try these
soothing aah-inspiring moves.
By Lara McGlashan
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Once upon a time I had great posture—
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But then I got pregnant. Now, nine
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walking like Quasimodo way too often.
It’s no mystery why: When I’m not
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My back has felt
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100 L ADI ES’ HOME J OURNAL | OCTOBER 201 3
Strong / Fitness
of people will sufer from back pain
at some point during their life. 80%
SCat-cow
Get on your hands and knees with your
hands under your shoulders and your
knees under your hips. (A) Slowly
drop your head and round your back,
pulling your belly in toward your spine
and tucking your tailbone under.
(B) Pause, then raise your chin as you
lower your belly toward the floor and
lift your tailbone toward the sky.
JTip Imagine there’s a string pulling the
center of your spine—first toward the
ceiling as high as you can, and then
toward the floor as low as possible.
A
B
WRock-Back
Come into the same starting position
as cat-cow but with toes curled under.
Rock back slowly until your butt nearly
hits your heels and hold for two breaths
(shown). Return to the starting
position and repeat.
JTip This should be a smooth motion—
no bouncing! Focus on the stretch and
release of your hips.

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SElbow to Sky
Come into the same starting position as cat-cow but with toes curled under.
Place your left hand behind your head, elbow extended out to the side.
(A) Bring your elbow under your torso toward your right arm. (B) Twist
to the left, reaching your left elbow toward the sky. Slowly twist back and
forth, holding each position for one breath. Repeat on the opposite side.
JTip Each time you twist your elbow to the sky, try to go just a litle farther to
increase the stretch.
SDead bug
Lie on your back with your head about
six inches away from a wall. Raise your
arms overhead and place your hands
on the wall behind you. Lift your legs
in the air and bend your knees at a
90-degree angle, knees aligned with
hips. Slowly lower your left leg toward
the ground and tap your heel on the
floor (shown). Slowly return to the
start. Alternate legs for one minute.
JTip Keep your abs contracted and your
lower back flat throughout this move.
You can also press your hands more firmly
against the wall to increase stability.
SFloor scarecrow
Lie on your back with your knees bent
and feet flat on the floor. Allow your
lower back to arch naturally. Extend
your arms out to the sides, palms facing
the ceiling, then bend your elbows
and align them with your shoulders.
Slowly raise your arms overhead along
the floor until they’re nearly straight
(shown). Pause, then slowly pull them
back to starting position, squeezing
your shoulder blades together as you go.
JTip It’s okay if your arms and shoulders
don’t rest perfectly flat along the floor—
this will improve as you gain mobility in
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DR. NICHOLAS: It could be
a sinus infection or allergies.
And if you have swelling and
inflammation in your sinuses,
it can cause postnasal
drip, which irritates your
bronchial tubes and
becomes a form of asthma.
But what if I don’t have
a runny nose?
DR. NICHOLAS: Your
cough could be acid reflux,
which happens when
digestive acid backs up
from your stomach into
your esophagus. It’s very
common. Do you have
heartburn afer eating?
Do you burp a lot? Do you
cough more when you lie
down? Your doctor might
have you take antacids and
make some changes to your
diet and see if it gets beter.
What’s the worst-case
scenario?
DR. RACHELEFSKY: Well, a
persistent cough, especially
if you’re coughing up even a
litle blood, can be an early
sign of lung cancer, but
it’s far more likely that it’s
allergies, sinus problems
or asthma. Almost twice
as many adult women
have asthma as men in this
country—nearly 12 million.

Why is the asthma rate so
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DR. NICHOLAS: Changing
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inflammation, which can
bring on asthma symptoms.
Also, some women spend
more time at home, where
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and irritants, such as pets or
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DR. RACHELEFSKY: A lot
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Pregnancy can afect
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I didn’t have asthma
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DR. RACHELEFSKY: We
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many women in their 40s
and 50s develop asthma.
Many have had chronic sinus
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factor in women, too. Then,
once you have asthma,
certain triggers make
symptoms worse. They
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for some, exercising. Stress
and anxiety can intensify
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women have been shown
to develop anxiety about
twice as much as men do.
I thought asthma
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DR. NICHOLAS: When
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symptoms, from minor to
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mild cough and that’s it. Or
you may start wheezing, or
you could even have chest
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walk or talk.
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So if I’m diagnosed with
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These new inhalers get the
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DR. NICHOLAS: Preventive
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passions. So when we made plans
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Princesses” ball held by the charity
Children with Diabetes , I asked her
what she wanted to wear—a costume?
A fancy dress?
“Can I be a Batman princess?” Birdy
replied. My immediate reaction was,
That’s awesome! Of course you can.
Somehow, I would make it happen.
I’m not sure how she came up with
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Why not combine the two? Genius.
I think I was as thrilled about the
costume as Birdy was. I wanted to
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of her!). No crown—she needed a
sparkly mask, so I covered a Batman
mask with black glitter. She chose the
yellow tulle for the tutu. I had to stay
up late making the giant thing but
I was too excited to care.
The costume was a big success.
Birdy was so happy running around
the ball in that outfit. Needless to say,
no other kid there was dressed like she
was. I felt really proud of her for being
so creative and untraditional. My
daughter was one powerful princess.
The Batman Princess
Some girls dream of being princesses. My daughter wanted to dress up as
a bedazzled superhero. I’m not sure which one of us loved the idea more.
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took off the tutu.
Turns out it was
really itchy, but
she wore it for as
long as she could!
If your kid wants
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princess for
Halloween, you can
find instructions
on my blog, Six
Until Me .
She picked out
these gold ballet
flats at Target.
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