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Somewhere along the way, we all got sold on the idea that looking great means committing to an expensive multi-step, multi-product skin regimen every day. Not true!  At 71 years old, I frequently get asked about my morning routine. People don’t believe me when I tell them that my daily routine takes me just five minutes. Seriously! With minimal effort and very few products, I’m up, ready, and out the door in the same amount of time that it takes many people to get through just their first step.  First things first, I’m lucky that I inherited my mother’s excellent skin. Also, I’ve always been careful about staying out of the sun and wearing sunblock, which helps me avoid the fine lines and skin discoloration that plague many others. But, I’m convinced that with a simple, daily routine and a few great products, anyone can have clean, clear, beautiful skin. …

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It’s bound to happen. You’re at a party and you set down your glass to hold a plate, or to show someone your Amalfi coast vacation photos on your phone, or maybe just to visit the restroom. Then, when you look back, there are two other glasses where you set yours that look exactly the same. It’s happened to all of us and, when you’re the one hosting the party, it’s likely to happen to you several times throughout the evening because a host’s duties often require both hands.  When guests are all drinking similar beverages, glasses are likely to get mixed up, particularly as the evening progresses. For guests, it can mean risking drinking after someone else. For a host, it can mean wasted beverages and extra dirty glasses.  Fortunately, some clever, innovative people have created some charm-ing solutions. Better yet, many of the options available will fit on…

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It’s so wonderful to be able to get together with friends again. Even though I’m almost always in the mood to entertain, hosting a weekend brunch may be one of my favorite ways to gather with friends and family. There’s a certain casual comfort to brunch that makes it easy to pull together and even easier to enjoy. Brunch is meant to be a breezy affair. That’s why I’m always looking for recipes that I can feed a group with and that come together quickly and easily. The host shouldn’t have to stand over a stove. In fact, if you’re standing over a stove, you’re not really hosting. Great brunch recipes allow you to get the meal started and then enjoy a mimosa (yes, please!) before it’s time to serve your guests. What I love about this recipe for Hash Brown Cups is that it’s a perfect combination of potato, cheese,…

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