Chelsea Ajieren

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The Best Breakfast Is Easy, Healthy and Affordable

Eating breakfast every morning is important, but what you choose to eat is likely even more important. If you want to prevent spikes in hunger pangs …

Breakfast

The Best Chocolate Lava Cake Comes from the Slow Cooker

Coat a 3 1/2- to 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray; set aside.<p>Whisk the flour, granulated sugar, 2/3 cup of the cocoa powder, baking powder, …

How Martha Stewart Makes Cheesecake in the Slow Cooker

Slow Cooker Cheesecake by Martha Stewart<p>Serves 6<p><i>For the crust:</i> <br>Cooking spray <br>3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs <br>2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted <br>2 …

Father's Day: To anybody who thinks an imperfect man can't be a great father

One of the saddest trends in American life is the demotion of fatherhood to secondary status. While a mother’s love is rightly acknowledged as one of the strongest and most mysterious forces in the world, a father’s love is often treated as weaker and less significant. While mothers are rightly …

The Only Thing Standing Between You and Chocolate Cake Is One Pot and 40 Minutes

Baking is a very soothing activity for me. I like standing in my kitchen quietly, cracking eggs, measuring flour, swirling butter on a stovetop pan as it browns and starts to smell nutty and fragrant. I like the feeling of making something with my hands, and I love bearing witness to the alchemy of …

Dessert

This is for the moms

This is for the strength. Strength unmatched.<p>Strength in the face of chaos. Strength in the face of exhaustion. Strength that, when it's needed for a child, no matter the age, no matter the time or the place, can be summoned in a way only other mothers can understand.<p>This is for the real …

25+ Hilarious Mother's Day Gifts For the Moms of Toddlers

Being the mom of a toddler is a struggle. It means dealing with not only their best moments but also their worst, and there isn't enough coffee or wine in the world on some days to get through toddler-mom life in one piece. However, for the mamas to a toddler (or two), these unique and hilarious …

Parenting

Kids Should Not Be Punished For Simply Being Human

Part of my daily routine after I get the kids off to school is to shut my daughter’s bedroom door. Every time I look in there, it makes me stabby. …

This is It! A Concrete Plan for Parents who Want to Start Free-Ranging!

This is an amazing new tool — simple, clear, interactive — from Outsideplay.ca (Canada) that helps parents see the importance of giving their kids …

19 Ridiculously Good Five-Ingredient Pasta Recipes

Because you can up your pasta game without spending a ton of money.

12 Skillet Lasagna Recipes That Have Minimal Cleanup

News flash: Lasagna cravings don’t have to be postponed until you have time for cleaning up the massive mess left behind. One-pot skillet recipes are your go-to for busy weeknights, and that includes your favorite lasagna. Whether you’re a fan of classic style or you prefer to go the Alfredo route, …

Cooking

Medium – Read, write and share stories that matter

Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Sweat the Tough Parenting Moments

If you have to deal with another night of your newborn screaming, you’re going to run far, far away. Don’t freak out now, mama. Parenting is a cycle. It will get better, then worse, then better again, and, well, you get the point. It’s ridiculously rad one day and ridiculously bad the next. You’re …

Parenting

Depicting Internal Conflicts

External conflicts are obvious to the audience and easy for storytellers to conceptualize. The hero either defeats the villain or they get beat; they …

Don’t Picture Your Readers in Their Underwear: Writing Stage Fright

While touring for my first book, an older gentleman I knew sidled up to me to ask about my main character’s love interest. He said, “So who’s this …

If America becomes a dystopian hellscape, it might look like this

A haunting new novel lays out a nightmarish vision of America’s future.<p>It’s 2075 and America is sunk deep in its second civil war.<p>Everything has gone to hell. Coastal cities have disappeared under a rising sea; a weaponized plague has killed almost a third of the population; fossil fuels (after …

Books

How to Edit Your Story Like a New York Publisher

You have finished writing the first draft of your story, a version of your whole story from beginning to end. Now it is time to edit, to revise your …

Why Your Hero Should Eavesdrop and Make a Bad Assumption (in 4 steps)

If every story had perfect communication between characters, Romeo and Juliet would have lived happily ever after.<p>Alas, the messenger never reached …

Taste Beyond The Tongue

Conquer Your Writing Insecurities With an Editing Tool

Even the best writers need a little help sometimes.<p>Writing is not easy. We so often hear from creative, innovative people that they find it …

Creative Writing

Thirteen Great Tools That Will Make Your Writing Shine

Writing is hard, even at the best of times. Putting down your thoughts in an orderly and compelling manner can be excruciating, so much so that …

Before & After: A Room With a View (and Some Unsightly Cabinets)

Lizzie's upstairs bedroom came with a great view and some not so great cabinets. She's a renter, so removing them was out of the question, but she …

To the author who has quit after two novels didn’t make it to print, I recommend getting a lot better at dealing with rejection<p>Oh, Anonymous. I read your piece in the Guardian last weekend – about being a “failed novelist” – with a mounting sense of disbelief.<p>It’s not that I don’t sympathise with …

Books

Why did the editor miss errors in your book?

What is the price of perfection? When you pay for professional editing, shouldn’t you be assured that your book will be error-free? Accuracy rates …

Good exposition examples: Narrating your story’s background

What do we mean when we talk about ‘exposition’ in stories? ‘Narrative exposition’ is important information that gives readers your story’s …

37 Of The Most Heartbreakingly Beautiful Lines In Literature

"Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt."<p><b>2.</b> "We accept the love we think we deserve."<p>– Stephen Chbosky, <i>The Perks of Being a Wallflower</i><p>Submitted by Carly Black, Facebook<p><b>3.</b> "Till I die and after I die, and when I find my way out of the land of the dead, I'll drift about forever, all my atoms, till …

25 Best Words of Encouragement for Writers and Creative Thinkers

For a new writer starting always seems tough. In fact, at the beginning, it becomes hard for them to figure out what to write exactly.<p>Writing has …

How to Write a Journal: 6 Tips

Do you keep a journal? I do. It is how I remember the travels I’ve taken, the life experiences I’ve enjoyed, and the litter boxes I’ve cleaned.We are …

The 35 Most Instagrammable Recipes We've Ever Made

We've combed our archives for dishes that are all about the beauty shot<p>We can't stop scrolling through the gorgeous food photos all over our …