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How to start working out: 1 exercise to do every day - TODAY.com

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by a diet or weight-loss program? Or are you just short on time and looking for little things you can do to feel better about your body? We have a cheat sheet to help you get started.<p>Here's a list of small exercises you can do for five areas of your body. Each day has a …

Workouts

The Happiness of Writing

I was a shy girl when I was much younger — afraid to talk too much, hesitant to open up to new people, and generally not very comfortable in …

Writing

Here's How Much the Average Airbnb Host Earns in a Month

And how you can max out your home's earning potential.<p>Airbnb has changed the way the world travels since its launch in 2008. The company, which is …

Hospitality

These 5 yoga moves will tone your lower abs—and strengthen your practice

Leaving yoga classed totally blissed out and centered is a great feeling, but knowing that you also got a killer ab workout takes the amazingness up …

Yoga

20 Ideas For Making Your Home Look Classy AF For Under $20

Pretty doesn't have to be pricey.

Holding on to my son’s fading childhood, through music

One of my first acts as a father was to sing to my son. After learning how to hold him like an over-inflated football and changing that first odorless diaper, I sang to help him fall asleep.<p>It is a ritual we have maintained for almost 12 years. No matter how tired he is or how angry about some …

Bruce Springsteen

10 Ways Smart People Stay Calm

You can preempt much of your stress with these vital practices.<p>The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance. TalentSmart has conducted research with more than a million people, and we’ve found that 90 percent of top performers are skilled …

7 ways to make your window air conditioner work — and look — better

I have a love-hate relationship with my air conditioner; I hate living with it, and I can’t live without it. I, like many who dwell in old apartment buildings and houses, muddle through the summer heat and humidity with window units that not only obstruct views and restrict access to natural light …

How I Finally Broke My Plastic Wrap Habit

After trying out the reusable, beeswax-coated Bee's Wrap for our "Green Your Clean" series, I wondered how easy it would be to make my own …

Know How to Make These 6 Chinese Sauces, Make *Any* Dish More Flavorful

To try reducing the myriad sauces of China to a few representatives is an exercise in futility. There are just too many to choose from, for China is as big and as complex as Europe, with thousands of years of culinary experience under its belt. In other words, <b>Chinese sauces go way beyond soy; think</b> …

How Negative Thinkers Can Train Themselves to Stop Being Grumps

Positive thinking has a ton of benefits, from expanding your creativity to boosting your health, but if you’re prone to a more negative outlook, it …

The Yoga Hip Openers That'll Finally Loosen Up Your Lower Body

Release tension with these magic mobility moves.<p>There's a really good chance you spend most of the day on your butt even if you work out. Just think …

Lentils And Rice With Caramelized Onions

Super comforting!<p>Servings: 4-5<p><b>For the caramelized onions</b><br>1 medium red onion, thinly sliced<p>1 tablespoon of olive oil<p><b>For the lentils and rice</b><br>½ medium red onion, diced<p>2 cloves of garlic, minced<p>1 tablespoon olive oil<p>1 cup green lentils<p>1 cup long grain rice<p>1 teaspoon salt<p>1 teaspoon cumin<p>½ teaspoon …

How to make your Apple iPad kid-friendly

Giving a kid an Apple iPad, even a used hand-me-down model, opens up a wide world of videos, games and educational apps. But taking just a few minutes to run through the settings menus goes a long way toward protecting their safety and your peace of mind.<p>Apple has conveniently built powerful …

Kids Who Do Chores Are More Successful Adults

When your kids balk, science is on your side.<p>Want your kids to grow up to be successful? Make them do chores. When they balk (and trust me: they will probably balk), you can tell them that scientific research supports you.<p>It sounds great, and it's true--but there is a catch. (We'll get to that in a …

Kids

How Reframing Your Self-Critical Thoughts Can Help Ease Anxiety

<b>“Don’t let the sadness of your past and the fear of your future ruin the happiness of your present.” ~Unknown</b><p>I know what it feels like to be scared.<p>I …

The 50 Best Books for 11- and 12-Year-Olds

Eleven and twelve is a time of big change for kids, both emotionally and physically. Which is why reading coming-of-age books becomes very relevant …

Books

GOP Health Care Bill Gains Momentum From Key House Republicans

The GOP health care bill received a major boost Friday as critical Republicans who had been opposed pledged to support it after being offered changes to the legislation. The movement has given House Republican leadership a shot of confidence, scheduling a vote on the American Health Care Act before …

Infographic shows the 100 top websites based on monthly traffic

We all know that the internet is big – really big. But while there are over 1.1 billion websites out there, it’s the top 100 that bring in most of …

The Way You Parent Your Child May Affect Their Emotional Intelligence

What exactly is positive parenting? Of course, it's a positive way to approach raising your child, but it's much more than that. <b>Rather than being</b> …

Exercising in Your 40s, 50s, 60s, and Beyond

You’re getting older.<p>And with aging comes a certain amount of change, especially when it comes to your body.<p>Activities that you could easily do in …

Yoga

Want to Raise Kids with a Moral Center? Always Do This

They will imitate what you do and say. Make what you do and say worth imitating.<p>We're all born imitators.<p>One of the reasons a baby learns to smile so young is that the parents are always smiling. We mimic what we see and hear. In some cases, what we see and hear isn't so great.<p>When my kids were …

Parenting

Teach your kids about money with this must-read book

Using the right tools and products can make a world of difference when it comes to dealing with your financial matters. With that in mind, each week we will be featuring one Finance Collective member approved product or tool that can help make your financial life a little bit easier. This week we …

Kids

Brilliant tiny house features $500 DIY elevator bed built with free plans (Video)

The ethos of doing-it-yourself in a resourceful, space-saving way is at the root of the tiny house movement. That said, one of the most amazing …

This Sauce Makes Everything Taste Better

Here’s a plan of action that works for dinner any night of the week: Melt some butter; add in some minced garlic, herbs, spices and a squirt of lemon; then pour it over whatever you have your heart set on eating. With almost no effort, you’ll have a sauce that makes anything taste better.<p>It works …

24 Ridiculously Clever Ways To Organize Your Crafting Supplies

The better for crafting, my dear.

These 8 Toys Can Make Your Kids Smarter

As schools (and the Department of Education) encourage children to pursue in science, technology, engineering and math, the toy industry has been …

Kids

What to do with a controlling 7-year-old?

<i>Q: My son is 7, and basically every day we argue with him about getting dressed. He often asks us to dress him, which of course we don’t do. Every night when he brushes his teeth and goes to the bathroom, he asks for or demands company in the four minutes it takes to complete those tasks. When he</i> …

Why is my otherwise polite 8-year-old so rude at home?

<i>Q: I have an 8-year-old daughter who is by all accounts friendly (if a little shy) and polite to others at school and elsewhere, but at home she often speaks quite rudely and can be dismissive of others’ feelings. It’s been going on for a while, and nothing we’ve tried — talking to her about it,</i> …

Parenting

Improve your Speaking by Doing this 1 thing for 10 days

A dysfunctional family is more than disagreement or constant arguments. Anything from plain neglect, to abuse and even verbal and physical violence …