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Mardi Gras: Bread Maker King Cake


Laissez les bontemps roulez! That is, let the good times roll… because today is Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday,” when New Orleans fills up with parades, masks, beads and—yum—king cake. Really an iced bread, traditional king cake was originally created to use up flour that would become forbidden after Lent. Lucky for us, we can all enjoy it now.  But have you ever thought of making one in a bread machine? All the fun and festiveness with a lot less work!  If you don’t already have a bread maker, check out three top rated machines:

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Digitize Your Oscars


Um, so I’ll be headed to the Oscars this weekend. My husband worked his tail off this year on some pretty cool movie projects, so I get to reap the rewards by putting on a fab dress and locking arms with him for the ultimate date night.

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Smackdown: Clarisonic vs. Olay Pro-X Facial Brush


Everyone needs an indulgence now and then, and I can’t think of a better winter mini-break than a facial. But even when I’m prepared to splurge, it’s hard to make time. I can barely fit in a shower, let alone an hour devoted to opening my pores. So if I can do a treatment at home that’s just as good as the pro stuff and saves me precious minutes, I’m all about it.

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Pillow Talk: Do Phones Belong in the Bedroom?

iPhones in the bedroom?

Dear Carley,

My significant other says I’m spending too much time using my phone in the bedroom. But I always do a last-minute email check before bed, and I want to catch up on the videos people have sent me all day. Also, when else can I find time for Words with Friends? Is a little phone time at bedtime really so bad?

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