Originally created 05/27/01

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SCHOLARSHIP CONTEST: Kraft Foods will award $10,000 scholarships to 12 winners of its I Want the Blues contest. The winners will also appear on special edition boxes of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese and get a trip to Orlando, Fla. To enter, children ages 4 to 12 should express how much they love Kraft Macaroni & Cheese through one of the following: a poem, jingle or story of 100 words or less; a one-dimensional drawing or a video of two minutes or less. Entries must be received by July 31. For information on the contest visit www.thecheesiest.com or call (800) 288-4024.

This python print swimsuit is by Liz Claiborne.

WHAT WOMEN WANT: No matter how many times bikinis appear on magazine covers with a cutline saying all women will look great in a two-piece, one-piece bathing suits are still the choice for most. Retailer TJ Maxx cites a random survey by Caravan Research, which found that 72 percent of women selected one-piece suits as their preference. "One-pieces elongate elegantly. They're a classic - perfect for every figure type," says T.J. Maxx spokeswoman Laura Cervone. "Best off, they are both comfortable and supportive." Some top styles for this year include bold florals on a dark maillot, deep V-neck halters and skirted suits.

THREAD COUNT: When looking for bed linens, always look at the thread count number on the package. The higher the number, the more expensive the sheet. The sheet will have a tighter weave, and more than likely it will be made with all natural materials. Anything with a number of 300 or above is a good (but in most cases expensive) sheet.

AUTO TIP: In this area's humid climate, you may want to change your car's air filter more frequently than if you lived in a less humid area. In moist areas mold may grow in the filter fibers and worsen the air quality in the passenger compartment.

CASUAL MATERNITY: Old Navy has added a maternity collection to its online stores (oldnavy.com). Old Navy Mom-to-Be has the same design team as the women's line, taking the key looks and translating them into maternity clothes, explains Jonathan Finn, director of public relations and promotion. The spring line includes capris, boot-cut jeans in dark denim and graphic T-shirts. All pieces cost $38 or less. The Gap, which introduced its maternity line last year, has expanded it to include jeans, pants, shirts, sweaters, activewear, accessories and a new starter kit. While the clothes are offered only on the Web sites, garments ordered online can be returned to stores.