Cindy Hatcher

Recent Posts By Cindy Hatcher

How to pick flower arrangements for your next party

Flowers are a central element of bringing a party together. They lighten the mood, visually and psychologically, and are especially important when pulling together a Spring Fling. I spoke with florist Shelley Montoya, of Here Come the Blooms in Los Alimitos, California, on BloomNation. BloomNation is a little like Etsy for florists. You search local florists’ designs–no cookie cutter arrangements here–and they […]

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You’ve Got to Taste This: Oat My Goodness Granola

The Cooking Light staff is full of granola lovers, and every type is represented here: There are those of us who like to keep it loose and light, as well as an equal number who enjoy goop-y clusters. Those of us who fall in the former category (personally, I love to sprinkle loose oats over my Greek yogurt) have found […]

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St Patrick’s Day: Ways to go green (beyond beer)

It’s St. Patrick’s Day, and we’re supposed to be drinking green beer. Really? No thanks. Fortunately there are ways to rep the holiday’s required color without ruining a perfectly good brew. So pour yourself a Guinness and try one of these emerald-hued items to avoid getting pinched. A breakfast: Green Machine Smoothie A snack: Cucumber-Feta Bites A lunch: Ancho Chicken Tacos with Cilantro […]

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Three Steps to Help Tooth Sensitivity

No need to suffer mouth pain. Here’s how to stop being so sensitive. STEP 1: BRUSH BETTER Try an electric toothbrush designed for sensitive teeth. “The ones with small rotating heads are my favorite,” says Nancy Rosen, DMD, a dentist in New York City. When it comes to toothpastes, those designed for sensitive teeth can help when used consistently over […]

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Beauty Editor’s Picks: Oh, Honey!

This sweet nectar is a natural moisture-booster. See what all the buzz is about. JOHN MASTERS ORGANICS Honey & Hibiscus Hair Reconstructor Bolster dry winter hair with the help of hyaluronic acid, hibiscus, and honey. $28, johnmasters.com ELEMENTAL HERBOLOGY Facial Glow Radiance Peel Exfoliate dry spots and keep skin vibrant with fruit enzymes. Makuna honey helps soothe inflamed skin. $66, […]

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Date Night Rescue: Makeup Finds for Transitioning from Work to Date

As Valentine’s Day approaches, I’m thinking about realistic ways to transition my look from day to night. How I picture date night going Friday morning: I’ll leave work a little early, spend leisurely time primping and feeling good while sipping a glass of wine.  How date night actually happens: Get stuck working late on “one last thing.” Quickly touch up […]

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Beauty Editor’s Picks: Feel Like a Ray of Sunshine

Oranges offer more beauty benefits than just an appealing scent. They’re an excellent source of vitamin C, which helps combat damage and improve skin’s texture and the high levels of citric acid found in orange peels can aid in drying up blemishes. OLAY REGENERIST LUMINOUS FACIAL OIL Nine naturally derived oils, including orange, make this powerful treatment serum a skin-softening powerhouse. […]

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Beauty Editor’s Picks: Budget-Friendly Concealers

No matter what you have to hide, these have you covered. 1 FLOWER LIGHTEN UP! BRIGHTENING CONCEALER The four shades of this cover-up are delivered via a soft brush for sheer, blendable coverage. $8, walmart.com 2 SONIA KASHUK ALL COVERED UP CONCEALER Lightweight but long-lasting, with the added benefit of preventing fine lines. Comes in four shades. $10, target.com 3 E.L.F. HD LIFTING […]

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Beauty Editor’s Picks: Cracking the Coconut Trend

This natural moisturizer is going gangbusters in beauty products, with good reason. S.W. BASICS OF BROOKLYN BODY SCRUB Organic sugar mixes with organic shredded coconut to deliver a scrumptiously scented exfoliating body treatment. Organic coconut oil lends a moisturizing hand. $22, swbasicsofbk.com OGX NOURISHING COCONUT OIL HYDRATING BODY MIST Combat winter dryness with a spritz of this coconut oil-rich spray after your […]

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Beauty Editor’s Guide: Three Steps to Red Lips That Last

They’re an instant holiday pick-me-up. Here’s how to leave your mark. STEP 1: SET A GUIDELINE Fill in with a matte pencil close to the shade of your lips. MAC ($16, maccosmetics.com) makes a great range of shades that should have something close to your lip color. This creates staying power when you break out the bright red. Finish with […]

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