How to Stress Syllables in English

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Article written by By Kenneth Beare

Words are made up of letters and those letters create syllable sounds. You can recognize a syllable by remembering that each one contains a vowel sound. For example, in the word computer, there are three syllables: com / pu / ter. The word bike, however, has only one syllable. A single syllable may contain as little as just one letter, or as many as five:

idea – i / de / a (three syllables)

cough – cough (one syllable)

In words that have more than one syllable, one syllable will be stressed. In English, there are a number of word syllable stress patterns.

Counting Syllables

You can check how many syllables a word has by putting your hand under your chin and saying a word. Each time your chin moves to make a vowel sound, count a syllable. For example, the word difficult moves your chin three times. Therefore, difficult is three syllables.

Exercise

Count the number of syllables in each of these words. Answers are below.

  1. house
  2. jacket
  3. glasses
  4. encyclopedia
  5. employer
  6. information
  7. troublemaker 
  8. thought 
  9. happy
  10. incoherent

Answers

  1. 1 (house)
  2. 2 (ja / ket)
  3. 2 (gla / sses)
  4. 6 (en / cy / clo / pe / di / a)
  5. 3 (em / ploy / er)
  6. 4 (in / for / ma / tion)
  7. 4 (trou / ble /ma / ker)
  8. 1 (thought)
  9. 2 (ha / ppy)
  10. 4 (in / co / her / ent)

Word Syllable Stress

In multi-syllable words, the stress falls on one of the syllables. The other syllables tend to be spoken quickly. This leads to sounds that are not clear (muted) on unstressed syllables. In order to improve your pronunciation, focus on pronouncing the stressed syllable clearly. However, don’t be afraid to mute (not say clearly) the other unstressed vowels.

For example:

Listen to these specific examples. Notice where the syllables are stressed:

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  • PersonNEL
  • TOtally
  • InDUstrial
  • ToMAto
  • FanTAstic

One Syllable – Stressed

All one-syllable words have the stress on the one syllable. The intonation should go down. 

Listen to the general pattern.

  • EAT
  • DRINK
  • SIGN
  • WELL

Two-Syllable

First Syllable Stressed

Listen to the general pattern and these specific examples:

  • GIant
  • PICture
  • HEAting

Second Syllable Stressed

Listen to the general pattern and these specific examples:

  • toDAY
  • aHEAD
  • aLLOW

Three-Syllable

First Syllable Stressed

Listen to the general pattern and these specific examples:

  • ENergy
  • Operate
  • ORganize

Second Syllable Stressed

Listen to the general pattern and these specific examples:

  • meMORial
  • aSSUMPtion
  • caNAdian

Third Syllable Stressed

Listen to the general pattern and these specific examples:

Four-Syllable

Second Syllable Stressed

Listen to the general pattern and these specific examples:

  • psyCHOLogy
  • eVAporate
  • cerTIficate

Third Syllable Stressed

Listen to the general pattern and these specific examples:

  • poliTIcian
  • indiVIdual
  • repuTAtion

Double Vowel Sounds

It’s not the number of letters that make up a syllable, rather it is the number of single vowel sounds. Sometimes, a number of vowels combine to make just a single sound. For example:

tree = 1 sound

goal = 1 sound

because = 1 sound

Common Double Vowel Sounds

It’s important to learn spelling patterns for these sounds. Here are some of the most common:

ay – (diphthong EI sound) play, say, may

au – (long A sound) fault, launch, haunt

augh – (long A sound) caught, taught, daughter

augh – (short A sound as in “cat”) laugh

ee – (long EE sound) tree, see, three

ea – (long EE sound) each, peach, teach

ea – (short E sound) dead, head, health

ea – (long EE sound) break, steak, great

eu – (long U sound) deuce, sleuth

ei – (diphthong EI sound) beil, eight, weigh

ey – (diphthong EI sound) they, grey

eigh – (diphthong EI sound) eight, freight

eigh – (long EE sound) seize

eigh – (diphthong AI sound) height

ie – (long EE sound) thief, pice

ie – (long I sound) die, tie

oo – (long U sound) moo, boo

oo – (short U sound) book, foot

oa – (long O sound) boat, moat

oe – (long O sound) hoe, Joe

oi – (diphthong OY sound) soil, toil

ou – (long O sound) soul, your

ou – (short U sound) tough, rough

ue – (long U sound) cue, muse

ui – (long U sound) fruit, juice

Schwa for Unstressed Syllables

Unstressed syllables keep the correct sound, but are muted. Sometimes, unstressed vowels become a schwa sound – like a soft uh sound.

Listen to these specific examples:

  • Little
  • Repeat
  • Tomato

At other times, the vowel is pronounced but not stressed. Listen to these specific examples:

  • Industrial
  • Noisily

Generally speaking, stressed syllables retain a clear vowel sound, while unstressed syllables tend to soften towards a schwa-like sound.

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Hispanic Heritage Month

Time to learn about this 30-day celebration that honors all of the contributions Hispanic-Americans have given to the United States — and the world.

Article by Selena Barrientos for goodhousekeeping.com

What is Hispanic Heritage Month?

Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to recognize the impactful contributions and influence Hispanics have had on the United States. According to the official website, the month is meant to “[pay] tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.”

As of 2019, Hispanics make up the country’s largest minority group with a total population of 60.6 million. This makes up 18% of the U.S. population, with New York, California, Texas, and Florida among the states with more than a million Hispanic residents.

When is Hispanic Heritage Month?

Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from September 15 to October 15 every year. The start date is historically significant because it marks the Independence Day of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. The following day, September 16, is Mexico’s Independence Day, while Chile celebrates their independence on September 18, and Belize on September 21.

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The Church of San Andrés Xecul in Guatemala.

What is the history of Hispanic Heritage Month?

In 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the National Hispanic Heritage Week bill into law. Nearly two decades later, in 1987, Representative Esteban Torres of California submitted a bill to expand it into Hispanic Heritage Month.

“We want the public to know that we share a legacy with the rest of the country, a legacy that includes artists, writers, Olympic champions, and leaders in business, government, cinema, and science,” he said.

The California representative believed that the month-long celebration would “allow our nation to properly observe and coordinate events and activities to celebrate Hispanic culture and achievement.”

Although his bill wouldn’t come to fruition, Senator Paul Simon of Illinois later submitted a similar one which successfully passed Congress. President Ronald Reagan signed it into law on August 17, 1988.

Who celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month?

Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates “the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America,” per the official website. The U.S. Census elaborates that it’s observed by “Spanish-speaking nations.”

While the terms “Hispanic” and “Latino” are interchangeably used, their difference lies in the primary language spoken. Hispanic describes “a person from — or whose ancestors were from — a Spanish-speaking land or culture.” This excludes Brazil because Portuguese is the official language, but it includes Spain. Meanwhile, Latino, Latina, and Latinx describe a person from Latin America, which includes Brazil, but excludes Spain.

Across the United States, Hispanics celebrate their heritage each and every day through their cuisine, music, shows, and more. From Jennifer Lopez to Guillermo del Toro to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Hispanics bring their one-of-a-kind perspective to different spaces, continuously redefining what America represents. September 15 marks the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month, a time to applaud the accomplishments of Hispanic, Latinx, and Latino-identified communities, and spotlight an array of beautiful cultures and backgrounds.

Source: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/a33636920/what-is-hispanic-heritage-month/

Patio heaters and fire pits for staying toasty outside

By Scott Nyerges for Cheapism©

Slide 1 of 10: As the weather cools and the days grow short, it's time to squeeze every last minute of fun out of your backyard patio or deck with a patio heater or a fire pit. What kind you buy depends largely on how large a space you have and how you use it. Freestanding propane patio heaters are best for open spaces where people are circulating, such as a pool area, or large deck or patio. They're designed to be portable, providing warmth where it's needed, though some are easier to maneuver than others. The chief drawback is that the propane tank will have to be replaced periodically, same as you would with a gas grill. Some freestanding patio heaters can be converted to natural gas, a nice option if you already have an existing gas outlet on your patio.Electric patio heaters, which use quartz or infrared elements to radiate heat, are better for small, defined spaces where people stay put and need concentrated warmth, such as an outdoor dining area. Most of these are designed to be affixed to a wall or ceiling, though there are some freestanding and tabletop models available. If all you want to do is sit around a roaring fire outside and chill in the backyard, skip the patio heaters and invest in a fire pit instead. Bear in mind that patio heaters are (pardon the pun) a hot item with consumers, particularly in autumn. If you see a model you like on sale, buy right away — it may be sold out later.Prices and availability are subject to change.Related: 25 Grilling Accessories You Didn't Know You Needed

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Keep the Party Going

As the weather cools and the days grow short, it’s time to squeeze every last minute of fun out of your backyard patio or deck with a patio heater or a fire pit. What kind you buy depends largely on how large a space you have and how you use it. Freestanding propane patio heaters are best for open spaces where people are circulating, such as a pool area, or large deck or patio. They’re designed to be portable, providing warmth where it’s needed, though some are easier to maneuver than others. The chief drawback is that the propane tank will have to be replaced periodically, same as you would with a gas grill. Some freestanding patio heaters can be converted to natural gas, a nice option if you already have an existing gas outlet on your patio.

Electric patio heaters, which use quartz or infrared elements to radiate heat, are better for small, defined spaces where people stay put and need concentrated warmth, such as an outdoor dining area. Most of these are designed to be affixed to a wall or ceiling, though there are some freestanding and tabletop models available. If all you want to do is sit around a roaring fire outside and chill in the backyard, skip the patio heaters and invest in a fire pit instead. Bear in mind that patio heaters are (pardon the pun) a hot item with consumers, particularly in autumn. If you see a model you like on sale, buy right away — it may be sold out later.

Slide 3 of 10: $99 from Lowe's Shop Now This 21-pound steel fire pit measures just under 30 inches in diameter, small enough to fit on a patio but large enough to swallow an armload of firewood for an all-night campfire. More than 600 people give it an average score of 4.5 stars out of 5, though it's worth pointing out that some otherwise-satisfied owners say assembly can be tricky and the lid may not fit snugly. For more great gift guides, please sign up for our free newsletters.

Garden Treasures Wood-Burning Fire Pit

From Lowe’s

This 21-pound steel fire pit measures just under 30 inches in diameter, small enough to fit on a patio but large enough to swallow an armload of firewood for an all-night campfire. More than 600 people give it an average score of 4.5 stars out of 5, though it’s worth pointing out that some otherwise-satisfied owners say assembly can be tricky and the lid may not fit snugly.

Slide 4 of 10: $135 from Amazon Shop Now Good luck finding this one it stock; it's consistently sold out. No wonder, given that it's cheaper than most other commercial patio heaters of similar size and power. It's rated at 46,000 BTUs, enough to heat a space of about 18 feet in diameter. Top Ten Reviews recommends this propane patio heater, naming it a value buy, and more than 2,000 Amazon customers give it an average score of 4.3 out of 5. Most buyers are satisfied, though several note that assembly was more challenging than expected. Related: 15 Stylish and Durable Outdoor Rugs to Transform Your Backyard

AmazonBasics Commercial Outdoor Patio Heater

From Amazon

Good luck finding this one it stock; it’s consistently sold out. No wonder, given that it’s cheaper than most other commercial patio heaters of similar size and power. It’s rated at 46,000 BTUs, enough to heat a space of about 18 feet in diameter. Top Ten Reviews recommends this propane patio heater, naming it a value buy, and more than 2,000 Amazon customers give it an average score of 4.3 out of 5. Most buyers are satisfied, though several note that assembly was more challenging than expected.

Slide 5 of 10: $140 from Lowe's Shop Now This wall-mounted, indoor-outdoor electric patio heater is powerful enough to heat a gazebo, small deck, or garage workspace, according to owners. The majority of buyers say they're very happy with their purchase (and provide photos to prove it), but some grouse that the 6-foot power cord isn't long enough, and a few complain that the instructions are unclear. If this model is sold out, Home Depot sells a nearly identical model for the same price that also gets good marks from owners.Related: Best Cheap Electric Grills for Indoors and Out

Well Traveled Living Electric Patio Heater

From Lowe’s

This wall-mounted, indoor-outdoor electric patio heater is powerful enough to heat a gazebo, small deck, or garage workspace, according to owners. The majority of buyers say they’re very happy with their purchase (and provide photos to prove it), but some grouse that the 6-foot power cord isn’t long enough, and a few complain that the instructions are unclear. If this model is sold out, Home Depot sells a nearly identical model for the same price that also gets good marks from owners.

Slide 7 of 10: $158 from Walmart Shop Now Fire Sense is one of the few patio heater brands that earns the attention of professional reviewers like Best Reviews and Top Ten Reviews, and Walmart shoppers give this 46,000-BTU model an exceptionally high average score of 4.8 stars out of 5. This eye-popping turquoise-colored heater is also the only heater we found that comes finished in something other than stainless steel or rubbed bronze, which may explain why it's frequently sold out. Related: 11 Home Projects for Fall — and Products to Make Them Easier

Fire Sense Propane Patio Heater

From Walmart

Fire Sense is one of the few patio heater brands that earns the attention of professional reviewers like Best Reviews and Top Ten Reviews, and Walmart shoppers give this 46,000-BTU model an exceptionally high average score of 4.8 stars out of 5. This eye-popping turquoise-colored heater is also the only heater we found that comes finished in something other than stainless steel or rubbed bronze, which may explain why it’s frequently sold out.

Slide 8 of 10: $209 from Home Depot Shop Now This 42,000 BTU glass tube patio heater can warm an area of about 115 square feet. Some owners say the heat output is weaker than they would like, but they rave nevertheless about this propane-powered radiant heater's sleek, modern design. The biggest sticking point, as is the case with many patio heaters, is assembly, which some buyers say can be time-consuming. Related: 10 Tips for Reviving Your Outdoor Furniture

Hampton Bay Patio Heater

From Home Depot

This 42,000 BTU glass tube patio heater can warm an area of about 115 square feet. Some owners say the heat output is weaker than they would like, but they rave nevertheless about this propane-powered radiant heater’s sleek, modern design. The biggest sticking point, as is the case with many patio heaters, is assembly, which some buyers say can be time-consuming.

Slide 9 of 10: $354 from BBQ Guys Shop Now A telescoping, freestanding patio heater like this one gives you the portability of an umbrella-style propane heater with the focused intensity of an electric model. Rated at 1,500 watts, this heater can warm a space of about 150 square feet, according to the manufacturer, and the height-adjustable stand has wheels on the base for portability. Unlike propane-powered models, this one can be used indoors or out. Assembly is relatively straightforward, buyers say, but the cord is only 6 feet long. Related: The Best Picnic Blankets for Enjoying the Backyard

Fire Sense Electric Infrared Patio Heater

From BBQ Guys

A telescoping, freestanding patio heater like this one gives you the portability of an umbrella-style propane heater with the focused intensity of an electric model. Rated at 1,500 watts, this heater can warm a space of about 150 square feet, according to the manufacturer, and the height-adjustable stand has wheels on the base for portability. Unlike propane-powered models, this one can be used indoors or out. Assembly is relatively straightforward, buyers say, but the cord is only 6 feet long.

Slide 10 of 10: $580 and up from Amazon Shop Now At about $600, the Bromic isn't cheap, but it is powerful: designed to heat up to 160 square feet, which is far more than the other infrared heaters in this roundup. Owners like the included remote, which allows you to adjust the level of heat output, although some say it's too fussy to use. One potential drawback: This electric patio heater also requires a 240-volt electrical outlet, which not all homes have. Related: How to Keep Your Backyard Pool Clean and Clear

Bromic Smart-Heat Infrared Electric Patio Heater

From Amazon

At about $600, the Bromic isn’t cheap, but it is powerful: designed to heat up to 160 square feet, which is far more than the other infrared heaters in this roundup. Owners like the included remote, which allows you to adjust the level of heat output, although some say it’s too fussy to use. One potential drawback: This electric patio heater also requires a 240-volt electrical outlet, which not all homes have.

And then there’s this:

Slide 2 of 10: $29 from Amazon Shop Now Take the glow wherever you go with this portable, single-use campfire. The tin weighs just 4 pounds and the soy wax and paper briquette filling will burn for up to 3 hours, according to the manufacturer (some buyers report up to 6 hours of use). Most consumers say it's money well spent; the fire gets toasty warm as it burns and doesn't give off too much smoke or unpleasant odors.

Radiate Portable Campfire

From Amazon

Take the glow wherever you go with this portable, single-use campfire. The tin weighs just 4 pounds and the soy wax and paper briquette filling will burn for up to 3 hours, according to the manufacturer (some buyers report up to 6 hours of use). Most consumers say it’s money well spent; the fire gets toasty warm as it burns and doesn’t give off too much smoke or unpleasant odors.

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Your Next Career Move

By Kathleen Furore, Tribune Content Agency

An early September poll from Monster shows that candidates are optimistic about the jobs market moving forward. In fact, 90% of respondents said they’re ready to reassess and reflect on their goals at this point in the year, and 64% said searching for a new job is at the top of their to-do list.

a person holding a sign: If you’ re one of the myriad people considering a job switch soon, looking at job categories that are poised to grow is a good place to start.

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When I read those statistics, I immediately wondered: If you’re someone considering a job reset, how can you make sure your next career move is one that will meet your personal as well as your professional goals?

Keeping the right fit top of mind will help ensure your values and the company’s values align, according to Monster career expert Vicki Salemi, who notes that the “right fit” can encompass many things: job responsibilities, title, salary, room for growth, company culture, employee benefits, perks, camaraderie and relationships with your potential boss and colleagues, the commute and/or ability to work remotely among them.

Outlining goals and prioritizing what you need most, then conducting what Salemi calls “copious research on employers” before you begin the job search are other important steps.

“For instance, if the job seeker needs more balance between their personal and professional lives and wants to work from home a few days each week and in an office the remaining days, this should be a priority in their must-haves for their next job — and they must remain steadfast during their job search to ensure the new role meets this requirement,” she says. “[Then] leverage the interview as an opportunity to interview employers the same way the employer is interviewing them.”

According to Monster’s Jobs & Hiring Report: Trends for Fall 2020, these are three questions you might consider asking in your next job interview — particularly if you are concerned about the safety of the workplace and/or if working remotely is important to you:

  • Have you needed to alter the workspace to make it easier to maintain proper distance?
  • Have many people returned to the office full-time or is telecommuting more the norm right now?
  • Have you found your current work from home/flex time policies to be successful?

If you’re one of the myriad people considering a job switch soon, looking at job categories that are poised to grow is a good place to start. Monster’s Jobs & Hiring Report: Trends for Fall 2020 shows the following jobs demonstrated consistent growth from June to August 2020 and are predicted to offer the best opportunities through the end of the year.

  • barber/cosmetologist
  • insurance underwriter
  • laboratory technician
  • loan processor
  • medical biller
  • personal care aide
  • pet care worker
  • quality inspector
  • registered nurse
  • warehouse worker
  • web developer

Good hunting!

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Home Improvement Tricks

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Slide 1 of 17: Staircase remodeling can cost a lot, and this trick will save you money if you do it yourself. Sarah Logan, editor of The Bunny Hub, recommends that you paint your staircase so that it looks like it has a carpet runner. “This gives you the cozy look and feel of a carpet, without the maintenance of owning a carpet,” she says.If you’re going to take on this task, remember that painting can be a bit of a messy job. “Although we cover furniture and wear old clothes, often people forget about their phone,” says Jen Stark, founder of Happy DIY Home. “Place your phone in a simple plastic Ziplock, bag and it will stay paint-free and you can still use the screen.”

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1) Add a touch of color to your stairs

Staircase remodeling can cost a lot, and this trick will save you money if you do it yourself. Sarah Logan, editor of The Bunny Hub, recommends that you paint your staircase so that it looks like it has a carpet runner. “This gives you the cozy look and feel of a carpet, without the maintenance of owning a carpet,” she says.

Slide 2 of 17: Upgrading a room doesn’t have to break the budget. “Without undergoing a major renovation or gut job, you can give your kitchen and bathroom a facelift by replacing handles and knobs,” says Bonnie Heatzig of The Luxury Real Estate Authority. “You can find knobs at places like Anthropologie or an antique store to add character and invoke your personality into your home.”Consider replacing light fixtures to change the vibe of the room. They’re also pretty easy to install. “Think chandeliers in an entry foyer or over the dining table or new lighting over the bathroom vanity,” says Heatzig.

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2) Focus on those fixtures

Upgrading a room doesn’t have to break the budget. “Without undergoing a major renovation or gut job, you can give your kitchen and bathroom a facelift by replacing handles and knobs,” says Bonnie Heatzig of The Luxury Real Estate Authority. “You can find knobs at places like Anthropologie or an antique store to add character and invoke your personality into your home.”

Consider replacing light fixtures to change the vibe of the room. They’re also pretty easy to install. “Think chandeliers in an entry foyer or over the dining table or new lighting over the bathroom vanity,” says Heatzig.

Slide 3 of 17: It’s a quick, easy and affordable way to update a room. “For each space, I typically pick a finish to mimic,” says Leann Greto, head of product development/merchandising at Garrett Wade. “For example, I swapped all of my kitchen switch plates for stainless to match my appliances and give the room a more cohesive look. If you have a bit more time you can create your own custom plate with an easy decoupage method.” Start by photocopying or printing out a textile in your room. It could be embroidery on a pillow or a stripe or texture from a window treatment. Once printed, cut the paper about 1/3 inch larger than the plate all around, brush the front of the plate in varnish, press paper to the plate, fold over the edges to the back and trim corners. Use a sharp knife to slice the switch hole open and again carefully fold to the back, folding over the edges to the back and then just again brushing on the varnish on the back of the plate to secure the paper. Allow to fully dry before securing to your wall.

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3) Update your switch plates

It’s a quick, easy and affordable way to update a room. “For each space, I typically pick a finish to mimic,” says Leann Greto, head of product development/merchandising at Garrett Wade. “For example, I swapped all of my kitchen switch plates for stainless to match my appliances and give the room a more cohesive look. If you have a bit more time you can create your own custom plate with an easy decoupage method.”

Start by photocopying or printing out a textile in your room. It could be embroidery on a pillow or a stripe or texture from a window treatment. Once printed, cut the paper about 1/3 inch larger than the plate all around, brush the front of the plate in varnish, press paper to the plate, fold over the edges to the back and trim corners. Use a sharp knife to slice the switch hole open and again carefully fold to the back, folding over the edges to the back and then just again brushing on the varnish on the back of the plate to secure the paper. Allow to fully dry before securing to your wall.

Slide 5 of 17: Liz Jeneault, vice president of marketing at Faveable, recently upgraded her home by adding trendy storage ottomans to her living room and daughter's room. “I feel it's something that every woman and mom should try,” she says. Not only do storage ottomans add an aspect of elegance to your living space, but they're also great for storing toys, blankets, magazines, and other items that end up getting tossed around. “If I need to pick up my living room in a hurry because a friend is making a surprise visit, I just simply throw my toddler's toys and other items in the storage ottoman and then the room looks perfectly clean,” she says. Having a storage ottoman is a simple home improvement trick that can help make things just a little bit easier on women and moms everywhere.

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5) Spruce up your storage

Liz Jeneault, vice president of marketing at Faveable, recently upgraded her home by adding trendy storage ottomans to her living room and daughter’s room. “I feel it’s something that every woman and mom should try,” she says. Not only do storage ottomans add an aspect of elegance to your living space, but they’re also great for storing toys, blankets, magazines, and other items that end up getting tossed around.

“If I need to pick up my living room in a hurry because a friend is making a surprise visit, I just simply throw my toddler’s toys and other items in the storage ottoman and then the room looks perfectly clean,” she says. Having a storage ottoman is a simple home improvement trick that can help make things just a little bit easier on women and moms everywhere.

Slide 10 of 17: If you have a boring mirror, this is a great way to make it one of a kind, according to ProTip resident handyman and pro Rob Shaw. You’ll need a chop saw, construction adhesive, and eye protection. First, choose a trim that would look amazing around the mirror edges. Measure the dimensions of your mirror, noting the longest measurements from corner to corner. Set the chop saw's table to a 45 degree angle and cut. Be mindful that you will need to move the table to -45 degrees for the next cut, you should end up with a 45 and -45 cut on each piece for perfectly joined corners. Size up your pieces before applying adhesive and paint, and decorate accordingly. Then apply construction adhesive to the back of trim pieces and use masking tape to hold them in place starting low and finishing with your top piece last.

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10) Frame a bathroom mirror

If you have a boring mirror, this is a great way to make it one of a kind, according to ProTip resident handyman and pro Rob Shaw. You’ll need a chop saw, construction adhesive, and eye protection. First, choose a trim that would look amazing around the mirror edges. Measure the dimensions of your mirror, noting the longest measurements from corner to corner.

Set the chop saw’s table to a 45 degree angle and cut. Be mindful that you will need to move the table to -45 degrees for the next cut, you should end up with a 45 and -45 cut on each piece for perfectly joined corners. Size up your pieces before applying adhesive and paint, and decorate accordingly. Then apply construction adhesive to the back of trim pieces and use masking tape to hold them in place starting low and finishing with your top piece last.

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Easy, Effective Ways To Transform Your Health

Article by Alyssa Jung for WomensDay©

Slide 1 of 7: To boost your overall health, it's important to know where you stand now. Make an appointment with or call your doctor for your latest health stats: weight, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, hemoglobin A1c (your average blood sugar over the past three months), etc. This will help you track your progress beyond the scale so you can see yourself getting healthier inside and out. If you have any underlying health issues, be sure to follow your doctor's eating and exercise advice and check with them before starting the program.

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1) Get a health check.

To boost your overall health, it’s important to know where you stand now. Make an appointment with or call your doctor for your latest health stats: weight, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, hemoglobin A1c (your average blood sugar over the past three months), etc. This will help you track your progress beyond the scale so you can see yourself getting healthier inside and out. If you have any underlying health issues, be sure to follow your doctor’s eating and exercise advice and check with them before starting the program.

2) Break a sweat.

This is key when it comes to losing inches, building muscle, and strengthening your heart, lungs, bones, and more. Aim to get in at least 10,000 steps a day and 150 minutes of physical activity a week (that’s what the government recommends). Keep things interesting by trying different types of exercises beyond walking and running — consider biking, swimming, jumping rope, lifting weights, dance workouts, and yoga.

3) Drink up.

There are great reasons to stay hydrated — including that it’ll help keep your digestive system humming and curb cravings. To calculate how much to guzzle daily, divide your body weight in half — that’s the number of ounces to shoot for. Avoid sugary beverages and instead choose plain H2O (jazz it up with fresh fruit or some fresh herbs), sparkling water, or unsweetened hot or iced tea. Love coffee? Drink it black or with low-fat milk or unsweetened nut milk and the sweeteners listed on the next slide.

Slide 4 of 7: Knowing how to create a nutritionally balanced meals is key to adopting good-for-you eating habits that will last. To get you started, here's some advice from Stefani Sassos, the Good Housekeeping Institute's Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.Build a better plate by filling it half with vegetables, one quarter with whole grains or fruit, and one quarter with lean protein for most meals. Need inspiration? Tape our Live Longer & Stronger shopping list, on the next slide, to your fridge for menu help.Cook with olive oil or avocado oil instead of butter, and flavor your food sans salt by experimenting with things like lemon or lime juice, vinegar, spices and herbs, low-sodium tomato sauce, and lots of aromatics such as garlic, ginger, onions, and shallots.When baking (or in your coffee), use just a little of a natural sweetener such as coconut sugar, honey, maple syrup, or dates. If you choose to use an artificial sweetener, stick to stevia or monk fruit and limit your consumption to no more than two packets per day.

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4) Eat your way healthy.

Knowing how to create a nutritionally balanced meals is key to adopting good-for-you eating habits that will last. To get you started, here’s some advice from Stefani Sassos, the Good Housekeeping Institute’s Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.

Build a better plate by filling it half with vegetables, one quarter with whole grains or fruit, and one quarter with lean protein for most meals. Need inspiration? Tape our Live Longer & Stronger shopping list, on the next slide, to your fridge for menu help.

Cook with olive oil or avocado oil instead of butter, and flavor your food sans salt by experimenting with things like lemon or lime juice, vinegar, spices and herbs, low-sodium tomato sauce, and lots of aromatics such as garlic, ginger, onions, and shallots.

When baking (or in your coffee), use just a little of a natural sweetener such as coconut sugar, honey, maple syrup, or dates. If you choose to use an artificial sweetener, stick to stevia or monk fruit and limit your consumption to no more than two packets per day.

5) Your heart-healthy shopping list

The top grocery picks from Stefani Sassos, the Good Housekeeping Institute’s Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, include:

Fruit & Veggies: Artichokes, beets, cabbage, jicama, radishes, sugar snap peas, figs, kiwi, papaya, and plums (fresh or dried — a.k.a. prunes)

Dairy & Nondairy Alternatives: Unsweetened nut milk, skim milk, low-fat kefir, fat-free cottage cheese, cream cheese, yogurt, or skyr, and low-fat cheeses

Lean Protein: Fish, eggs/egg whites, edamame, lean cuts of beef, shrimp or shellfish, skinless chicken breast, tofu, turkey breast or lean ground turkey, veggie burgers, and legumes like chickpeas, lentils, and beans

Nuts: Natural nut butters and unsalted nuts

Whole Grains: Brown rice, wild rice, black rice, quinoa, oats, whole-wheat bread or sprouted-grain bread products, 100-calorie sandwich things, low-sugar whole-grain cereals, whole-grain or seed crackers, and whole-wheat or legume-based pasta

6) Snooze & chill.

The right amount of zzz’s supports a strong heart and helps you get slim (or stay that way). Aim for seven to eight hours a night, and try to wake up and hit the sheets at the same times every day (even on weekends!) to keep your body’s internal clock happy. It’s also important to manage stress — over time, it can mess with your hormones and sabotage your weight goals. Find a chill routine: meditation, a hot soak, or a good read.

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Planning a Christmas or Winter Wedding?

Article by Arricca Elin Sansone for CountryLiving

Slide 1 of 16: If you need a signature cocktail for your reception, this pretty rum drink accented with coconut milk and topped with pomegranate arils is the answer.See more at Half Baked Harvest.

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1) White Christmas Mojito

If you need a signature cocktail for your reception, this pretty rum drink accented with coconut milk and topped with pomegranate arils is the answer.

Slide 2 of 16: If there's anything more charming than this mini gingerbread house/place card, we don't know what it is! The tiny house doubles as a personalized favor that's totally edible! See more at Sugar and Charm.

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2) Gingerbread House Place Card

If there’s anything more charming than this mini gingerbread house/place card, we don’t know what it is! The tiny house doubles as a personalized favor that’s totally edible!

Slide 3 of 16: How perfect for a winter wedding! This darling pine cone fire starter is the ideal themed favor your guests will enjoy using to light their fireplaces or fire bowls at home.See more at Something Turquoise.

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3) Pine Cone Firestarter Favor

How perfect for a winter wedding! This darling pine cone fire starter is the ideal themed favor your guests will enjoy using to light their fireplaces or fire bowls at home.

Slide 4 of 16: Looking for a striking centerpiece for a small or rustic wedding? Snip off single flowers from a poinsettia plant, and place in decorative vases to line the center of the table. One plant yields lots of blooms, so you won't break the bank on your floral budget. See more at Julie Blanner.

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4) Poinsettia Centerpieces

Looking for a striking centerpiece for a small or rustic wedding? Snip off single flowers from a poinsettia plant, and place in decorative vases to line the center of the table. One plant yields lots of blooms, so you won’t break the bank on your floral budget.

Slide 5 of 16: These adorable cookies would look delightful on the dessert table or wrapped in cellophane and given out as favors. See more at Studio DIY.

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5) Stencilled Macaroons

These adorable cookies would look delightful on the dessert table or wrapped in cellophane and given out as favors.

Slide 6 of 16: Dress up the tables at your barn wedding with greenery interspersed with these adorable Mason jars filled with cranberries and floating candles. It's inexpensive yet totally rustic chic! See more at A Pretty Life in the Suburbs.

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6) Floating Candles and Berries

Dress up the tables at your barn wedding with greenery interspersed with these adorable Mason jars filled with cranberries and floating candles. It’s inexpensive yet totally rustic chic!

Slide 7 of 16: These incredibly intricate, lovely wreath cookies look (almost) too pretty to eat! Send one home with each guest, or include them in your dessert buffet.See more at Honey & Lou Baking Co.

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7) Wreath Cookie Favor

These incredibly intricate, lovely wreath cookies look (almost) too pretty to eat! Send one home with each guest, or include them in your dessert buffet.

Slide 8 of 16: Pine cones and preserved greenery make these seasonal boutonnieres stand out with their simple elegance. See more at Lot 450.

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8) Natural Boutoninieres

Pine cones and preserved greenery make these seasonal boutonnieres stand out with their simple elegance.

Slide 9 of 16: Use any cake recipe you like (or try ours!), then decorate with a forest of delicate frosting trees. Use this as your main cake for a small wedding or as the topper at a larger affair.Get the recipe.

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9) Pine Tree Cake Topper

Use any cake recipe you like (or try ours!), then decorate with a forest of delicate frosting trees. Use this as your main cake for a small wedding or as the topper at a larger affair.

Slide 10 of 16: This gorgeous, understated combination of ivory, pink and red roses and anemones, accented with seeded eucalyptus, would suit equally well as your bouquet or as a stunning centerpiece. See more at Julie Blanner.

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10) Seasonal Bouquet

This gorgeous, understated combination of ivory, pink and red roses and anemones, accented with seeded eucalyptus, would suit equally well as your bouquet or as a stunning centerpiece.

Slide 11 of 16: Make this gorgeous gingerbread house your wedding cake, or use it to top a more traditional cake. Or simply use it to decorate your venue. It's guaranteed to add that one-of-a-kind Christmas-y touch for your special day. See more at Sugar and Charm.

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11) Gingerbread House Wedding Cake

Make this gorgeous gingerbread house your wedding cake, or use it to top a more traditional cake. Or simply use it to decorate your venue. It’s guaranteed to add that one-of-a-kind Christmas-y touch for your special day.

Slide 12 of 16: How cute is this for a rustic wedding favor your guests actually will use, er, devour! The DIY kit includes a tiny chocolate bar, graham crackers, and marshmallows. You even can personalize the candy bars with wraps in your wedding colors. See more at Mountain Modern Life.

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12) DIY S’mores Favors

How cute is this for a rustic wedding favor your guests actually will use, er, devour! The DIY kit includes a tiny chocolate bar, graham crackers, and marshmallows. You even can personalize the candy bars with wraps in your wedding colors.

Slide 13 of 16: These pretty and practical napkin roses are simple to fold, and they add a touch of elegance and a pop of color to a traditional place setting.  See more at StoneGable.

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13) Napkin Rose

These pretty and practical napkin roses are simple to fold, and they add a touch of elegance and a pop of color to a traditional place setting.

Slide 14 of 16: A sprig of fresh greenery, a few berries, and a cinnamon stick are all you need to dress your place setting at a small informal event. You could attach a place card, too, for an inexpensive but classic seasonal accent. See more at Julie Blanner.

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14) Seasonal Place Setting

A sprig of fresh greenery, a few berries, and a cinnamon stick are all you need to dress your place setting at a small informal event. You could attach a place card, too, for an inexpensive but classic seasonal accent.

Slide 15 of 16: These lovely clear vases show off gorgeous holly leaves and berries, and they're so simple to make! They work well anywhere you need a splash of color from centerpieces for the guests' seating areas to the buffet table. Mix and match vase shapes for extra style points.See more at 33 Shades of Green.

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15) Holly Vases

These lovely clear vases show off gorgeous holly leaves and berries, and they’re so simple to make! They work well anywhere you need a splash of color from centerpieces for the guests’ seating areas to the buffet table. Mix and match vase shapes for extra style points.

Slide 16 of 16: Dress up each place setting with these gorgeous cookies, which guests can enjoy or take home with them. See more at Honey & Lou Baking Co.

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16) Elegant Place Setting Decor

Dress up each place setting with these gorgeous cookies, which guests can enjoy or take home with them.

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6 Colors You Shouldn’t Have in Your Bedroom

Article by Emma Taubenfeld for Reader’s Digest

Slide 1 of 7: A bedroom is a sanctuary where we can be our most authentic selves. Most people want the colors of their bedroom to feel intimate and to reflect who they truly are. But at the same time, a bedroom should feel cozy and provide the best night’s sleep. Believe it or not, color choices in your bedroom can largely affect how calm you feel and how well you rest in the evenings. According to experts, keep these colors out of the bedroom. Pair the new paint job with one of these home décor ideas on a budget.

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Matte or eggshell?

A bedroom is a sanctuary where we can be our most authentic selves. Most people want the colors of their bedroom to feel intimate and to reflect who they truly are. But at the same time, a bedroom should feel cozy and provide the best night’s sleep. Believe it or not, color choices in your bedroom can largely affect how calm you feel and how well you rest in the evenings. According to experts, keep these colors out of the bedroom. 

Slide 2 of 7: Besides just darkening a room, a color such as black will create an illusion that a room looks smaller than it actually is. While the darkness may aide in falling asleep at night, it will consequently inhibit your ability to get up in the morning. The darkness will psychologically decrease your energy. “I suggest avoiding painting all four walls top to bottom and instead getting creative with paint placement and choosing a feature wall or leaving the trims out etc,” said Home Décor Designer, Shani Moran. Check out how to create a stunning color scheme for your home.

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Black

Besides just darkening a room, a color such as black will create an illusion that a room looks smaller than it actually is. While the darkness may aide in falling asleep at night, it will consequently inhibit your ability to get up in the morning. The darkness will psychologically decrease your energy. “I suggest avoiding painting all four walls top to bottom and instead getting creative with paint placement and choosing a feature wall or leaving the trims out etc,” said Home Décor Designer, Shani Moran.

Slide 3 of 7: “You should always avoid using neon colors such as electric lime and magenta as they bring excitement and energy into the bedroom,” explained Shad Elia. The vibrance will create a space that makes it more challenging to wind down, which is the whole purpose of a bedroom. Instead, Elia recommends using lighter shades of grey and beige. “These colors are warm and help the body relax when it comes time to sleeping.” See the secret meaning behind these 10 paint colors in your home.

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Neon

“You should always avoid using neon colors such as electric lime and magenta as they bring excitement and energy into the bedroom,” explained Shad Elia. The vibrance will create a space that makes it more challenging to wind down, which is the whole purpose of a bedroom. Instead, Elia recommends using lighter shades of grey and beige. “These colors are warm and help the body relax when it comes time to sleeping.” 

Slide 4 of 7: Yellow is a highly stimulating color as we mostly associate the brightness with the sun and mornings, a time when we are most alert. “While the cheerful tone may be great for daytime, those who opt for a lemon-hued room are more likely to experience difficulty falling asleep at night,” claimed Kimberly Smith, a marketing manager. Don’t miss what paint colors make your home look dirty.

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Yellow

Yellow is a highly stimulating color as we mostly associate the brightness with the sun and mornings, a time when we are most alert. “While the cheerful tone may be great for daytime, those who opt for a lemon-hued room are more likely to experience difficulty falling asleep at night,” claimed Kimberly Smith, a marketing manager.

Slide 5 of 7: Like yellow, red is a striking color. While bold colors, particularly warm-toned reds and bright pinks, can look stylish, they can also evoke feelings of unrest or agitation. “These colors are often used in marketing as they stimulate the senses, and this is not something you want when trying to fall asleep,” explained Karin Sun. These colors are better suited for places that encourage activity, like a gym, or a warmth, like a family room. In the bedroom, it is too much of a reminder of daytime.

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Red

Like yellow, red is a striking color. While bold colors, particularly warm-toned reds and bright pinks, can look stylish, they can also evoke feelings of unrest or agitation. “These colors are often used in marketing as they stimulate the senses, and this is not something you want when trying to fall asleep,” explained Karin Sun. These colors are better suited for places that encourage activity, like a gym, or a warmth, like a family room. In the bedroom, it is too much of a reminder of daytime.

Slide 6 of 7: “In the early days of our marriage, my wife and I thought it would be a good idea to paint our bedroom orange,” said Daniel Carter. “Not the bright, saturated shade you’d normally see on the fruit of the same name, but a lighter hue. We then added green and purple accents. It looked cool and eclectic. We loved how it turned out until we actually had to go to sleep. The room still looked bright even when we only had a night lamp on, so we had to pull the shades down and have all the lights switched off come bedtime, not always an ideal situation. After six months, we repainted it with a muted shade of blue and have been able to arrive at snooze town a lot faster.” Check out these 10 ways to make your bed 10 times cozier.

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Orange

“In the early days of our marriage, my wife and I thought it would be a good idea to paint our bedroom orange,” said Daniel Carter. “Not the bright, saturated shade you’d normally see on the fruit of the same name, but a lighter hue. We then added green and purple accents. It looked cool and eclectic. We loved how it turned out until we actually had to go to sleep. The room still looked bright even when we only had a night lamp on, so we had to pull the shades down and have all the lights switched off come bedtime, not always an ideal situation. After six months, we repainted it with a muted shade of blue and have been able to arrive at snooze town a lot faster.” 

Slide 7 of 7: The darkness of the color provides a sense of heaviness and gloom. This may decrease the motivation of waking up in the morning. “However, if your heart is set on painting your bedroom walls with a color that is deemed not wise, you can opt for their muted counterparts instead, or use them as an accent color, instead of the main color,” claimed Tal Shelef. Now, see what colors you should keep out of the rest of your home. Sources  Shani Moran, Home Décor Designer Shad Elia, Owner Kimberly Smith, Marketing Manager Karin Sun, Founder Daniel Carter, Founder Tal Shelef, Realtor and Co-Founder

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Dark Brown

The darkness of the color provides a sense of heaviness and gloom. This may decrease the motivation of waking up in the morning. “However, if your heart is set on painting your bedroom walls with a color that is deemed not wise, you can opt for their muted counterparts instead, or use them as an accent color, instead of the main color,” claimed Tal Shelef.

Sources

  • Shani Moran, Home Décor Designer
  • Shad Elia, Owner
  • Kimberly Smith, Marketing Manager
  • Karin Sun, Founder
  • Daniel Carter, Founder
  • Tal Shelef, Realtor and Co-Founder

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19 Simple Halloween Makeup Ideas to Up Your Halloween Game

CountryLiving article by Jill Gleeson

Slide 1 of 9: If you've decided to forgo the mask route on your quest for a killer Halloween costume this October 31, why not trade up to makeup? After all, since you probably already have most of what you need to re-create the following simple Halloween makeup designs, you can save serious money. And even if you're not sure at all what kind of look you want to sport this year, we've collected enough stunning designs here you're sure to find one you love.Whether you want to go scary, sexy, or sweet, whether you're looking for you, Halloween costumes for the kids, or even DIY men's Halloween costumes, we've got you covered. From superheroes like Wonder Woman, to supervillains like The Joker, plus monsters, ghouls, and even a Disney princess (Brave's Merida is in the house!), we have the greatest Halloween makeup. These designs are so striking you should be a shoo-in for an award at your costume contest (even if it's virtual this year!), and so simple even someone who's never picked up a contour sponge can achieve the looks. So pick your favorite (hey pink skeleton, yeah, we're looking at you!), get your eye liner and lipstick in hand, and get ready to rule Halloween 2020!

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If you’ve decided to forgo the mask route on your quest for a killer Halloween costume this October 31, why not trade up to makeup? After all, since you probably already have most of what you need to re-create the following simple Halloween makeup designs, you can save serious money. And even if you’re not sure at all what kind of look you want to sport this year, we’ve collected enough stunning designs here you’re sure to find one you love.

Whether you want to go scary, sexy, or sweet, whether you’re looking for you, Halloween costumes for the kids, or even DIY men’s Halloween costumes, we’ve got you covered. From superheroes like Wonder Woman, to supervillains like The Joker, plus monsters, ghouls, and even a Disney princess (Brave’s Merida is in the house!), we have the greatest Halloween makeup. These designs are so striking you should be a shoo-in for an award at your costume contest (even if it’s virtual this year!), and so simple even someone who’s never picked up a contour sponge can achieve the looks.

So pick your favorite (hey pink skeleton, yeah, we’re looking at you!), get your eye liner and lipstick in hand, and get ready to rule Halloween 2020!

Slide 2 of 9: This surprisingly simply makeup tutorial not only gives you smokey eyes, but a vampirific pair of neck bites, too.Shop NowRELATED: 25 Best Vampire Quotes You Can Really Sink Your Teeth Into This HalloweenSee the original post on Youtube

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3) Vampire

This surprisingly simply makeup tutorial not only gives you smokey eyes, but a vampirific pair of neck bites, too.

Slide 3 of 9: Not all zombies have to be quite so gory or terrifying as the ones that typically populate pop culture. This Halloween makeup tutorial is perfect for the little ones.Shop NowRELATED: 98 Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids of All AgesSee the original post on Youtube

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6) Zombie

Not all zombies have to be quite so gory or terrifying as the ones that typically populate pop culture. This Halloween makeup tutorial is perfect for the little ones.

Slide 4 of 9: Halloween makeup isn't just for women—men can get in on the fun with this easy Frankenstein's Monster how-to. If you're looking for a classic couple's costume pair this with the Bride of Frankenstein makeup and hair tutorial.Shop NowSee the original post on Youtube

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9) Frankenstein’s Monster

Halloween makeup isn’t just for women—men can get in on the fun with this easy Frankenstein’s Monster how-to. If you’re looking for a classic couple’s costume pair this with the Bride of Frankenstein makeup and hair tutorial.

Slide 5 of 9: No Bride of Frankenstein would be complete without the legendary cone of white-streaked hair, and this quickie lesson includes instructions on how to create it.Shop NowSee the original post on Youtube

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10) Bride of Frankenstein

No Bride of Frankenstein would be complete without the legendary cone of white-streaked hair, and this quickie lesson includes instructions on how to create it.

Slide 6 of 9: One of the most terrifying film creatures in recent memory isn't difficult to re-create thanks to this short lesson, which only uses a few basic makeup products.Shop NowSee the original post on Youtube

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12) Valak from “The Nun”

One of the most terrifying film creatures in recent memory isn’t difficult to re-create thanks to this short lesson, which only uses a few basic makeup products.

Slide 7 of 9: Sugar skulls continue to get all the love on Halloween, so why not jump on the bandwagon with this tutorial that (be)dazzles!Shop NowSee the original post on Youtube

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15) Sugar Skull

Sugar skulls continue to get all the love on Halloween, so why not jump on the bandwagon with this tutorial that (be)dazzles!

Slide 8 of 9: Just grab a bow and a curly red wig, check out this makeup how-to, and you'll be ready to replicate one of Disney's fiercest princesses this Halloween.Shop NowRELATED: 37 DIY Princess Costumes to Live Happily Ever After in This HalloweenSee the original post on Youtube

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16) Merida from “Brave”

Just grab a bow and a curly red wig, check out this makeup how-to, and you’ll be ready to replicate one of Disney’s fiercest princesses this Halloween.

Slide 9 of 9: If your sweetie still prefers Heath Ledger's Joker to more recent takes by Joaquin Phoenix or Jared Leto, this look is the one for him.Shop NowSee the original post on Youtube

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18) Heath Ledger’s The Joker

If your sweetie still prefers Heath Ledger’s Joker to more recent takes by Joaquin Phoenix or Jared Leto, this look is the one for him.

To view how you can duplicate each of these looks, click below:

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Autumn in Chicago

What does autumn look like in Chicago? How about 80 degrees during the day, and 50 degrees at night. It’s more like the feel of autumn, warm days, cool nights. It’s Mother Nature way of lulling us into complacency. Yes dear’s, this will continue forever. Not! For hiding behind the orange pumpkins, fall foliage and Halloween’s ghostly images is The Hawk. That harsh north wind that blows so hard as to make it hard to catch a breath. The frost that kills your perfect mums, and the snow that slowly falls covering everything in sight in a white blanket of icy cold beauty is a gift from The Hawk too. Thanks, Hawk, but no thanks.

Time to move to Florida or just hibernate, that is the question. Join me as I ponder this question, by testing your knowledge of autumn. Yes, I went a long way to get you here, so just enjoy and play along please.