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Family Circle

Family Circle May 2019

Every issue is filled with quick-fixing, delicious recipes ... do-it-yourself decorating ideas ... fashion and beauty secrets ... plus advice for raising a healthy, happy family - and more!

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Meredith Corporation
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2 min.
family album

Son: Matthew Dad: Joaquin Mom: Judy Son: Michael “I will say this about my kids: Both of them are level-headed. They don’t get into trouble because they know the consequences.”—JOAQUIN“Food, movies and our love of black, white and gray bring us together. We all just love those tones. And we don’t like to stand out.”—JUDY“Whenever my mom asks what she should make for dinner, I always say meatloaf. It’s a running joke in our family. But her meatloaf is really good!”—MATTHEW Brother: Matthew “There’s never a dull moment with Matthew in the house. He makes life more fun—even when he’s making fun of me and I feel like taking garden shears to his hair.”—MICHAEL“Joe and I met in college when he switched from being an architecture major to a graphic design major, like…

3 min.
because managing family is a full-time job

Source: Jessica Barr, national trainer, and Erika Woelfel, VP of Color and Creative Services and color expert; both at Behr. WARM WISHES Iced coffee is great, but room-temperature “hot” coffee? Pass. The minimalist-chic Ember mug will keep your liquid energy warm for one hour, or all day on its adorable charging coaster. You pick the ideal temp and control it with the corresponding app. Ember Ceramic Mug, ember.com, $80 T-SHIRT REFRESH If your family’s tees are plagued by food stains and yellowed armpits, it might be time to step up your basics. For Days keeps the fam fresh with T-shirt memberships, and it’s only $8 to swap out a soiled one (you can pick a new color or style if you like). Everything you send back gets sorted, sanitized, broken down and blended into fresh,…

2 min.
hiding gray roots

If You Have… No Time Sometimes, all it takes is a quick hairstyle change. “Grab a wide headband and push it just past your hairline to cover gray roots,” says Rita Hazan, owner and colorist at the Rita Hazan Salon in NYC. She also recommends changing the side your part is on or doing a zigzag part to camouflage the grays. Of course, these tricks don’t actually cover them, but they can buy you a few days until you carve out time for a color session. In a pinch, “your mascara or eye shadow can double as a root cover-up,” says Miguel Angarita, a colorist at Oscar Blandi Salon in NYC. Daub it on after you get dressed, so the color doesn’t transfer as you pull on your clothes. 5 Minutes If you just…

5 min.
the seasonal closet swap

So Long, Winter □ Pull out your winter clothes plus all your cold-weather outerwear—coats, gloves, scarves, snow boots—and assess what you and your kids will really still want to wear next year. (“Fast fashion” chains make it way too easy to binge on cute coats and space-hogging sweaters!) Everything you don’t want, you can donate or sell. □ Machine or hand wash all the keepers before putting them away. Machine wash knit hats and gloves in cold water and hang to dry. Wash sweaters in cold water on the gentle cycle, then lay them flat to dry. □ Machine wash puffer coats in cold water with a special detergent formulated for down, like Nikwax Down Wash Direct (nikwax.com, $11). If you put them in the dryer, use the fluff cycle and toss in…

4 min.
family dinners

“Pasta is my go-to pantry staple and I’m known for my baked ziti and lasagna. Luckily, Livi’s a big fan too.”—KEISHA“The absolute WORST thing my mom tries to feed me is spinach. I can’t stand it, either raw or cooked.”—OLIVIA BBQ Bacon Cheddar Burgers Peel 2 small zucchini, then grate. Pat dry and place in a large bowl. Add 2 lbs ground turkey, ¼ cup barbecue sauce, ¾ tsp salt and ¼ tsp pepper. Shape into 6 patties. Heat broiler to high. Broil burgers, flipping once, 14 to 18 min. Add a slice of cheddar to each burger and broil 1 to 2 min more. Transfer to split brioche rolls and top each with 2 tbsp barbecue sauce and 2 slices cooked turkey bacon, breaking slices in half to fit in bun.…

2 min.
health news

SLEEPY SNACK Warm milk’s cooler cousin is here to help you get some shut-eye: Nightfood ice cream contains less sugar, plus more calcium and magnesium. “It’s simply a sleep-friendly, better-for-you ice cream formulated for bedtime,” says Sean Folkson, founder and CEO of Nightfood. We’ll take a pint of the Cookies n’ Dreams, please! Nightfood.com, $5 MIND OVER Menopause THERE’S A NEW WAY TO AVOID yelling at your kid when your hormones go haywire. Mindfulness may reduce menopause symptoms like irritability and depression, according to a new study. “Stress is woven into the fabric of menopause,” says the study’s lead author, Richa Sood, MD, a women’s health specialist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. “But the more frantic you feel, the more likely mindfulness can reduce symptoms.” The study didn’t focus on a particular…