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Helen Carefoot


Washington, DC, United States

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Recent articles by Helen:

Exercise keeps 'CBS Evening News' anchor Norah O'Donnell sane

Television correspondents and news anchors have stressful, demanding jobs, especially in today's never-ending news cycle. We asked Norah O'Donnell, anchor and managing editor of "CBS Evening News," how she takes care of herself. After many years as a TV correspondent and a recent stint as co-anchor of "CBS This Morning," O'Donnell, 45, became the third solo female anchor of a network evening… → Read More

Exercise keeps ‘CBS Evening News’ anchor Norah O’Donnell sane

The longtime journalist on how she works out, what she does first thing in the morning, and why she’s always prepared. → Read More

Expert tips to control an overwhelming to-do list

Most of us know the satisfaction of a crossed-off to-do list item (and the nagging weight of a task unchecked). Whether they're in a homework planner at school or on a sticky note on a desk at work, to-do lists are an easy way to lay out what has to be done. But how do you avoid the chaos of dozens of little pieces of paper or a digital document that requires endless scrolling? We spoke with… → Read More

Time-management tips from masters of the to-do list

How to turn goals into actions and chores into accomplishments. → Read More

How to display your books when space is tight

We asked experts for advice on storage and creating a cozy reading nook. → Read More

Are subscription services for household products worth it?

Are your cleaning supplies accumulating into clutter? Here's what you really need. There are a lot of toothbrush options out there. We asked experts for their picks. The best hand soaps, according to a chef, an artist, a dermatologist and more Receiving mail can be a pleasure, especially when it's a monthly delivery of cosmetics samples to test out or a rented designer dress. Since Warby Parker… → Read More

Are subscriptions for razors, sponges and other home products worth it?

A wave of direct-to-consumer companies want to eliminate the need for you to do anything more than peel yourself off the couch and walk to the mailbox. → Read More

Your phone and laptop probably won’t make you sick (but you should still clean them)

They may be covered with microbes, but it’s transmission that counts. → Read More

Affordable fixes that will transform your rental bathroom

The cramped, poorly lighted caves that pass for bathrooms in many rental apartments seem to exist in a different universe from the minimalistic, spalike oases that populate Instagram. But there are ways to make your bathroom less tragic that don't involve making it larger or installing a window. "If you have a rental, you want to do things that don't cost much because you don't own it and you're… → Read More

Unsure of how to treat your windows? Experts offer advice to dress them in style.

How to choose, install and care for blinds, shades, curtains and more, on any budget. → Read More

Expert rules and tricks for decorating with mirrors

Designers say to go big, reflect something you like and complement your furniture. → Read More

Expert advice for making the most out of a small balcony

Don’t let a dull, cramped space go to waste. → Read More

A starter guide to buying furniture on Craigslist and other online forums

Some rules of thumb for first-time buyers. → Read More

Mattresses are expensive. Here’s how to protect your investment.

Cover it, rotate it and replace it when you can’t sleep well anymore. → Read More

How to keep towels soft and fluffy

We asked laundry experts for their advice on making crunchy, stiff towels a thing of the past. → Read More

How to buy a rug you’ll love — and keep it looking great

Experts weigh in on how to make buying a rug less daunting. → Read More

What It's REALLY Like to Be a Woman in Congress

Elaine Luria Age: 43 Former jobs: Owns a make-your-own-mermaid shop; naval commander. Notable: Six overseas deployments during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars; supervised nuclear reactors; mother of three. First foray into politics: “We sell mermaids, but we’re also selling an experience. But we’re not a restaurant and didn’t have the ability to serve wine. It seems like a small thing, but I… → Read More

Shutdown Hacks: Where to Get Married, Go to a Museum, and More

Some alternatives while the government isn't operating. → Read More

How Ruth Bader Ginsburg Got Her Cameo in “On the Basis of Sex”

The biopic's director explains the Notorious RBG's appearance at the end of the movie. → Read More

How Ruth Bader Ginsburg Got Her Cameo in “On the Basis of Sex”

The biopic's director explains the Notorious RBG's appearance at the end of the movie. → Read More