Jacqueline Atkins

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4 Ways to Eco-Consciously Declutter Your Home

The secret to joy? Getting rid of your stuff. So promises Marie Kondo in her latest best-seller, <i>Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of</i> …

Minimalism

13 IKEA Planter Hacks for the Ultimate Outdoor Patio Garden

How to Boost Your Creativity

<i>By John Swartzberg, M.D.</i><p>Do you sometimes feel like you're surrounded by creative people--musicians, writers, artists, builders, inventors--but have no muse of your own? Maybe you've said to yourself, "I'm not creative. It's a personality thing and I'm just one of those logical left-brained …

Creativity

I Re-Watched 'The Cosby Show' And It Was Brutal

I watched "The Cosby Show" for the first time in a year over the holiday weekend. Last fall, I'd unofficially sworn off the series that had raised me after the numerous allegations of rape and sexual assault against Bill Cosby resurfaced in the news. My decision not to watch the show (which, before …

Comedy

Natalie Cole: 10 Essential Songs

R&B singer and daughter of Nat King Cole passed away at 65<p>By<p>Natalie Cole had music in her blood — her father was the legendary baritone Nat King …

Forget resolutions—use these nerdy lifehacks to make life a little better in a lot of ways

It’s New Year’s. You want to set goals, and achieve them. But, realistically, you’re probably not going to. Researchers find that anywhere from 40% to 8% of Americans who set New Year’s resolutions successfully stick to them.<p>The problem is that people often aim to completely overhaul their lives, …

Nutrition

Critical Thinking & Textual Analysis: an example

<i>This is an example that accompanies my Edutopia blog post,</i> Teaching Literary Analysis<i>. Remember that the questions posed and the answers provided</i> …

12 stunning snowflake photos you won’t believe were taken by an amateur photographer

Amateur photographer Alexey Kljatov uses a simple Canon PowerShot to capture these pristine photos of snowflakes.No, these designs aren’t the latest …

Photography

15 Thanksgiving Appetizers and Snacks for Maximum Overeating

When I was growing up, Thanksgiving was always a marathon day of food. Sure, dinner was an elaborate affair, but we actually started eating hours before sitting down at the table, and the appetizers were as important as the turkey and mashed potatoes. We blamed the snacking on the fact that dinner …

Cooking

How Handwriting Sharpens Your Mind

The earliest forms of writing date from approximately 5,000 years ago. Throughout our history, written communication has played a central role in the dissemination of culture and concepts. Our social brain has fine-tuned this motor skill to be much more than a simple hand gesture. Yet in the past …

Doodling

8 Tips for Penning a Thank-You Note That Will Be Treasured

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Whenever someone does something nice for you, it’s always a good idea to show your appreciation. However, if you want to stand out from the crowd, don’t send a text or email. Send a handwritten note instead.<p>With the proliferation of …

Calligraphy

Daniel Řeřicha's Fine Art Black and White Landscapes

<i>All images by Daniel Řeřicha. Used with permission.</i><p>Photographer Daniel Řeřicha was born in 1972 in Krupka, Czech Republic and has been living there …

Learning the lost art of cursive writing

With a pencil still in hand, eight-year-old Mitchell Cait-Goldenthal takes a break from the handwriting exercise he’s working on to explain why it’s important to have good penmanship.<p>“When you’re older, if your writing is sloppy for something really important – like if you’re playing Major League …

Calligraphy

How To Create a Photo Book in Lightroom and Send it to Print

Capturing a collection of photographs and assembling them into a physical photo book can sometimes seem like more trouble than it is worth. Different …

People Just Found Out How Bad Smartphones Are at Photographing the Moon

Most people use their smartphones as their go-to snapshot camera these days, and the impressive image quality of the latest models is great for …

Supermoon

11 DIY Beauty Remedies Your Grandma Always Talked About That Actually Work

Every abuela has one: that wild concoction she whips up from ingredients in her kitchen and swears by every time you have a pimple, dry skin, unruly hair — you name it. As kids, most of us rolled our eyes and went along with it, but we've done a little digging, and it turns out maybe Grandma wasn't …

Skin Care

11 Must-Know Style Rules for the Minimalist

If you subscribe to the minimalist philosophy of dressing, then you know there's more to it than a stripped-down uniform of clean, monochromatic …

Tutorial: Lettering with Watercolors

Learn calligraphy online at istilllovecalligraphy.com. You’ll learn the basics of pointed pen, flourishing, addressing envelopes and developing your …

9 Things Professional Organizers Do Every Day

There's a reason they never lose their keys.<p>We're not sure if organizing pros are born or made, but good news: Tova Weinstock (aka "Tidy Tova") bets on the latter. The professional organizer says that anyone can make a few tiny changes to their everyday routine to get (and keep) their house in …

Donna Karan in Her Own Words: An Exclusive Excerpt From Her Upcoming Memoir

Donna Karan<p><i>In her upcoming memoir, design icon Donna Karan reflects on her early days in fashion, creating her groundbreaking label—and embarking on her latest chapter.</i><p>Finding Her Fit in Fashion<p><i>A young Donna is hired by Anne Klein—and winds up in the top job.</i><p>The first thing I learned when I took …

35 Killer Ways to Use Your Empty Vertical Space

You probably don't even realize how much untapped vertical space you've got in your home and garden. Think about those empty corners, the space above your stove or toilet, the exterior walls behind your flower beds, even the half-an-inch behind your furniture -- all of that space can be used to add …

Scientists studying starlight can tell you: Our universe is going dark

We know that our universe has already lived through great number of exciting phases. But new research released overnight shows the universe has long passed its peak and is slowly but surely dying.<p>The research was presented at the year’s largest gathering of astronomers at the International …

Black Holes

Using OneNote to Create a Genealogy Toolbox

Today during the DearMyrtle "Mondays With Myrt" we got to talking about Toolboxes. I wanted to share a photo of the toolbox I made in OneNote and had …

How to make the best-ever sangria

What makes sangria the most loved drink of the summer? Is it the wine? The brandy? Or the stirring with love?<p>Is there a more summery drink than sangria? The answer is no. (Back off, mojito). When it comes to seasonal sipping, sangria fits the bill for the fairest season of them all. Simply put, …

How to Start Writing a Book

It's rare to meet a person who hasn't thought at some stage in their life, "I want to write a book." Whether its memoir, fiction, a children's picture book, creative non-fiction, historical or erotica, most of us believe we have a story inside us that is literally aching to be told.<p>But of all the …

Writing

16 Amazing Plastic Bottle Reuse For Home & Garden • Recyclart

Pollution

Twine-Wrapped Terracotta Pot

with just a roll of twine and a glue gun, transform your ordinary garden into an Anthropologie ad. #twinening<p>66<p>326

Crafting

Watercolor and Oil Paintings

Create beautiful marbled oil and watercolor paintings! This is a fun activity for crafters of all ages.<p>Get the instructions for ––> Watercolor and …

Painting