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Laser Hair Removal: 8 Things You Should Know

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Do not wax, thread or pluck the hair for at least four weeks before your laser procedure. (Photo by Karen Geswein)
Do not wax, thread or pluck the hair for at least four weeks before your laser procedure. (Photo by Karen Geswein)

Unwanted hair: We tweeze, pluck, wax, shave, thread and epilate it. We spend countless hours and hundreds — maybe thousands — of dollars on hair removal tools.

Related: 5 common cosmetic procedures

Some Carbon Monoxide Hazards are Unique to Winter

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When your furnace’s sidewall vents are blocked with snow or ice, they can push poisonous carbon monoxide into your house. (Photo courtesy of Angie’s List member Robert K. of Fairfax, Virginia)

Homeowners must be vigilant about carbon monoxide hazards throughout the year. But winter brings a unique safety concern tied to high-efficiency furnaces.

How to Get the Most from Your Dishwasher

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If your dishwasher has never been cleaned or it has a lot of lime buildup, you need to do a deep cleaning. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)
If your dishwasher has never been cleaned or it has a lot of lime buildup, you need to do a deep cleaning. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)

A dishwasher can use less energy than washing dishes by hand, but only if it's running efficiently. Learn how dishwasher maintenance can ensure top performance.

The Ornish Diet: A Spectrum of Weight-Loss Choices

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One aspect of the Ornish diet is controlling stress, through activities such as meditation or yoga. (Photo courtesy of Mayo Clinic)
One aspect of the Ornish diet is controlling stress, through activities such as meditation or yoga. (Photo courtesy of Mayo Clinic)

Based on Dr. Dean Ornish's book "The Spectrum," the Ornish diet focuses on choice over restriction while also emphasizing the role of activity and lowered stress in weight loss. But can the program really deliver?

A Nanny's Tips for Hiring the Perfect Nanny

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Look for a genuine love for and interest in children when interviewing a potential nanny. (Photo by Ellen Miller)
Look for a genuine love for and interest in children when interviewing a potential nanny. (Photo by Ellen Miller)

Finding the best nanny to care for your children starts with checking for experience and good references. And observe how the kids get along with the candidate.

Know What You Owe: Taxes on Social Security

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The amount of Social Security that is taxable depends on other income and marital status. (Photo by Jennica Abrams)
The amount of Social Security that is taxable depends on other income and marital status. (Photo by Jennica Abrams)

Collecting Social Security payments? As much as 85 percent of benefits could be taxable in some situations. Learn more before it's time to file your taxes.

7 Steps for Cleaning Your Home to Sell

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Make sure all surfaces are cleaned and wiped when preparing to show your home. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Tyson R. of Washington)
Make sure all surfaces are cleaned and wiped when preparing to show your home. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Tyson R. of Washington)

One of the most important parts of "staging" your home to sell is getting it squeaky clean. Follow these 7 professional cleaning tips to get your house noticed.

What You Eat Can Take a Toll on Your Teeth

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Wait about 30 minutes before brushing after eating — the contact of bristles and teeth will increase the destructive nature of acid. (Photo by Brandon Smith)
Wait about 30 minutes before brushing after eating — the contact of bristles and teeth will increase the destructive nature of acid. (Photo by Brandon Smith)

Your teeth not only can reflect what you eat ... some foods and drinks can damage tooth enamel, which protects the delicate inner structure of your teeth.

Is Your State Working to Reduce Drug Overdoses?

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Maryland is launching a new initiative aimed at lowering the number of fatal drug overdoses. (Photo by Sara Cozolino)
Maryland is launching a new initiative aimed at lowering the number of fatal drug overdoses. (Photo by Sara Cozolino)

Maryland hospitals will now work closely with health departments and addiction specialists as part of a new initiative to reduce the number of drug overdoses.

A Heart-Healthy Diet: 5 Ways to Improve How You Eat

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Many people do not drink enough water throughout the day. (Photo by Steve C. Mitchell)

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America, but what you eat can make a difference. Get started on your heart healthy diet with these five tips.

The Mediterranean Diet: Wine and More, in Moderation

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The Mediterranean diet recommends that fruits and vegetables be a substantial part of almost every meal. (Photo by Hugh Vandivier)
The Mediterranean diet recommends that fruits and vegetables be a substantial part of almost every meal. (Photo by Hugh Vandivier)

Health and an active lifestyle are primary goals of the Mediterranean diet. But you can use this plan, which includes olive oil and red wine, to lose weight.

The DASH Diet: Speedy Trip to Weight Loss?

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A caprese-style treat of crostini topped with low-fat, part-skim mozzarella, tomato, basil and olive oil fits well into the DASH diet. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Thom C. of Indianapolis)

The DASH diet aims to lower blood pressure with healthy food choices. It also may help you lose weight and improve your overall health. What's DASH all about?

Winter is the Best Time for Basement Organization

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Taking advantage of vertical storage space on walls can help to organize your basement. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Sharon D. of Chicago)
Taking advantage of vertical storage space on walls can help to organize your basement. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Sharon D. of Chicago)

Many homeowners who plan to clean a cluttered basement come spring never get around to it. These five steps can help you to organize your basement this winter.

Replacing Your Interior Doors? 4 Questions to Ask

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When you’re planning to remodel, it’s important to include interior doors in the budget. (Photo by Interior Door & Closet Co.)
When you’re planning to remodel, it’s important to include interior doors in the budget. (Photo by Interior Door & Closet Co.)

Like the perky ribbon on the package, quality interior doors can add the finishing touch to your home. Check out answers to four replacement door questions.

What’s It Worth? Jewelry Appraisal Is Multi-faceted

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There is no such thing as a generic jewelry appraisal that serves all possible functions. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Amanda Lloyd of Keysville, Georgia)
There is no such thing as a generic jewelry appraisal that serves all possible functions. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Amanda Lloyd of Keysville, Georgia)

Are you getting a jewelry appraisal for insurance, tax liability or to know the value of an heirloom? Here’s what to expect when you have an item appraised.

Do Your Teeth Hurt When You Run or Exercise?

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When you run you are increasing blood flow in the body, which can contribute to gum inflammation. (Photo courtesy of Body3 Fitness Center)
When you run you are increasing blood flow in the body, which can contribute to gum inflammation. (Photo courtesy of Body3 Fitness Center)

Tooth pain while running or exercising can be triggered by trauma or an infection. Even temperature can set off dental pain. A dentist can determine the cause.

Stop Drafts with Exterior Foundation Insulation

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Even in cold-weather climates, homes often lack insulation between the finished, occupied portion of the home and the ground. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Paul B. of Bluffton, South Carolina)
Even in cold-weather climates, homes often lack insulation between the finished, occupied portion of the home and the ground. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Paul B. of Bluffton, South Carolina)

Exterior foundation insulation is an often overlooked home improvement. It can help stop drafts, lower energy bills and keep your house warmer during winter.

3 Mortgage Loan Application Mistakes to Avoid

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Always play it safe and disclose everything directly to your loan officer, says Goldhirsh. (Photo by Ray Alderete)
Always play it safe and disclose everything directly to your loan officer, says Goldhirsh. (Photo by Ray Alderete)

Avoid home buying pitfalls by following three simple steps to filling out your mortgage loan application: be accurate, omit nothing and tell it like it is

9 Things to Check Before Your Next Road Trip

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Make sure your headlights, taillights, turn signals and brake lights are working before your trip. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Danielle J. of Columbus, Ohio)
Make sure your headlights, taillights, turn signals and brake lights are working before your trip. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Danielle J. of Columbus, Ohio)

Before you hit the highway with your family on a road trip, check this list of must-do tips. From tires and brakes to lights, make your journey safe and fun.

Turn Your Master Bedroom into Your Sanctuary

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Turn your master bedroom into a master suite by adding a comfortable sitting area. (Photo by Luxury Home Solutions )
Turn your master bedroom into a master suite by adding a comfortable sitting area. (Photo by Luxury Home Solutions )

Whether it boasts a cozy reading nook, custom closets or master bathroom with clawfoot tub, a designer can help you to create the master bedroom of your dreams.

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