Carol Marks Nicholes

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A Dietitian Shares 7 Effective Tips to Control Your Sugar Cravings

If you've ever felt possessed to eat an entire quart of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream, multiple chocolate bars in one sitting, or a cupcake for breakfast, you're not alone. Sugar cravings are no joke, and excess sugar can lead to various health issues like weight gain and diabetes. POPSUGAR …

Nutrition

15 Incredible Swimming Holes in Northern California

There are so many great rivers, lakes, and ponds to escape to in Northern California, but these hidden gems stand out beyond the rest.<p>Jump from …

Hiking

Here's the Easiest Way to Catch Up on Retirement Savings

And all it takes is a few months of work.<p>It’s no secret that most Americans are woefully underprepared for retirement. But if you find yourself at …

Retirement

How bacteria are changing your mood

<b>If anything makes us human it's our minds, thoughts and emotions.</b><p>And yet a controversial new concept is emerging that claims gut bacteria are an invisible hand altering our brains.<p>Science is piecing together how the trillions of microbes that live on and in all of us - our microbiome - affect our …

Medical Research

The Age You Sip Your First Drink Could Determine Your Risk for Breast Cancer

Depending on how old you were when you knocked back your first drink—and how you drink now—could dramatically impact your risk of developing breast …

Weekend Project: Build your own budget-friendly electric bicycle for under $500

Electric bicycles make commuting around cities and urban areas much easier, but the good ones can be quite hard on your wallet. High quality electric bicycles by top brands like Trek’s Super Commuter 8s or Raleigh Redux IE offer both high performance and high quality in a sleek package. However, …

Electric Vehicles

How a Single Mother and Her Daughters Turned a Hobby Into a Business

The inspiring story behind the new activewear accessory HoodiFit.<p>In 2010, Laurie Russo decided to knit her daughters, Sarah and Melissa, infinity scarves for Christmas. After finishing the wool scarves, she felt like something was missing. "What came to mind was that it could really use a hood," …

Entrepreneurship

Will Closing a Credit Card Hurt My Score?

Actually, it might.<p>Credit cards tend to get a bad rap in the personal finance world, but in reality, they're not only convenient, they're also a …

Refining The 4% Withdrawal Rule

Retirees can live through horrific market conditions using a combination of dividends and principal for living expenses.<p>A spreadsheet tool that …

8 Essentials for Developing Mental Fortitude

Adversity is inevitable, but you have to work to develop the strength to get through it successfully.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Mental fortitude is a necessary element of success. Mental fortitude is defined as the ability to focus on and execute solutions when in …

12 Desserts for a Crowd That’ll Satisfy Any Taste

1<p>Ice Cream Truffles<p>This no-bake dessert serves 30 and couldn’t be any simpler—just roll scoops of ice cream in chopped up candy bars. Place each …

Dessert

This Dietitian's Tip Is For Chocolate Lovers Who Are Trying to Lose Weight

You're trying to be consistent with your healthy eating plan but you're craving chocolate. You think to yourself, "No, I'll eat something healthy instead." Registered dietitian Rachel Paul, known as collegenutritionist on Instagram, wants you to know that, sometimes, answering those cravings is a …

Bay Area San Francisco hikes: 9 trails with waterfall endings - Curbed SF

<i>Editor’s note: This article was originally published in February 2017. It has been updated and republished with the most recent information.</i><p>The Bay Area’s abundance of outdoors activities is no secret, and now that spring <i>and</i> springtime rains are here, there’s no better time to get outside, …

This Former Marketing Student Turned Her Knack for Life Hacks Into 6 Million YouTube Subscribers

Natalie Alzate always wanted to be her own boss and YouTube was the perfect fit.<p><i>In this series,</i> <i>YouTube Icon</i><i>, Entrepreneur speaks with the individuals behind popular YouTube channels to find out the secrets of their success.</i><p>Natalie Alzate started making videos on YouTube four years ago when she was …

The Three Things an Interior Designer Swears By in Each Room

I first met Katie, an interior designer and founder of Katie Hodges Design, over Instagram, when I posted to Stories that I was searching for a rug …

Home Decorating

A Lovely, Low-Maintenance Alternative to a Tile Backsplash

Tile backsplashes are nice, but if you don't fancy cleaning all those grout lines, or you're just looking for something a little more sleek and …

Home Improvement

A Rhubarb Custard Cake Somewhere Between Pudding and Heaven

And you don’t need any fancy equipment.<p>It’s that time of year again, when 70% of my Instagram feed is taken over by moodily-lit galettes laden with pink celery. And guess what? I LOVE IT. It means spring is here, there’s more day time for naturally-lit photos, and more stuff at the farmers market …

Dessert

Invisibilia: We All Think We Know The People We Love. We're All Deluded

<i>Welcome to a new season of</i> Invisibilia<i>! The NPR program and</i> podcast <i>explores the invisible forces that shape human behavior. Episode 3 involves two brothers who are happy about the polite, helpful tenant who moves into their mother's house, until they start to suspect he has sinister motives. Here</i> …

Psychology

Sculpt Legs and Core With 1 Move — All While Rehabbing Your Knees and Back

Pilates is an incredible style of exercise for a number of reasons, especially because you can completely transform your body while rehabilitating injuries. But the all time <i>best</i> Pilates move ever? According to Andrea Speir, founder of SPEIR Pilates in Los Angeles, it's Knees Off — and you don't …

6 Things No One Ever Tells You About Retirement

To make your retirement years truly golden, understand what may be coming your way.<p>Many of us look forward to retirement as the reward for a lifetime …

6 places you can collect your own crystals

Crystals are so ubiquitous here in Los Angeles that I’m beginning to feel like a gem hoarder—everywhere I go, it seems like someone hands me a small …

Best Napa Valley Wineries to Visit

The best Napa Valley wineries to visit feature a tasting room in a cave, artisanal cheese pairings, on-site sommeliers and more <i>—Megan Krigbaum (with</i> …

5 student loan myths — about forgiveness, repayment, interest and more — that everyone should know

Student loan misunderstandings are all over the place, whether you graduated years ago and are thinking about consolidation or refinancing — or …

Yield Hunting: The Biggest Retirement Pitfalls And How To Avoid Them

The seven Pitfalls to avoid and how to avoid them.<p>These are the biggest retirement mistakes people make before and during retirement.<p>Some might be …

The Best and Breathtaking Resorts That Hikers Will Love

Summer may be for long walks on the beach and… well, you know the drill. But brisker months offer an incredible opportunity to warm up by breaking a …

Denmark braces for one of most gruesome murder trials in its history

<b>Copenhagen, Denmark (CNN) —</b> There is nothing routine about the murder trial opening Thursday at the City Court of Copenhagen.<p>Nearly seven months after the mutilated torso of Kim Wall washed ashore, Danish inventor Peter Madsen is expected to take the stand, charged with killing the 30-year old …

Crime

How to Make Potato Skins

In a world where people eat food out of carved pineapples, halved eggplants, and hollowed-out coconuts, the OG food boat will always be the potato …

I hear you, but your home is still a lousy investment

Home must be where the heart is, because my Feb. 19 column on homeownership being a lousy investment annoyed readers mightily. I may as well have spit on motherhood, apple pie and the girl next door.<p>But my basic point remains true.<p>Readers’ biggest gripe: What about rent? Overwhelmingly, folks …

Home Ownership

5 Remarkably Powerful Ways to Boost Your Confidence

Confidence gives you the power to conquer the world. Here's how you can learn to be confident in all you do.<p><i>"Low self-confidence isn't a life sentence. Self-confidence can be learned, practiced, and mastered--just like any other skill. Once you master it, everything in your life will change for the</i> …

The Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies Our Staff Can’t Stop Eating

I was five, maybe six or seven or eight, sometime in the late ’90s. There was a bake sale at my elementary school. Cookies, cakes, brownies, blondies, the usual suspects—except wait!—except for those, those sugar-crusted, dark chocolate cookies with peanut butter bellies and the very cutest name:</i> …

Dessert