Jillian Baldassarre

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Personal touch makes children’s picture book a bestseller

A charming personalised story book has outstripped even Julia Donaldson’s sales, thanks to technical nous and creative flair<p>If you’re not a fan of <i>Dragons’ Den</i>, or the parent of an under-five, then you probably won’t have heard of last year’s bestselling picture book.<p><i>Lost My Name</i>, a charming tale of …

Books

Movie Review - Trash (2014)

<b>Trash</b>, 2014.<p>Directed by Stephen Daldry.<br>Starring Rooney Mara, Martin Sheen, Wagner Moura, Selton Mello, Rickson Tevez, Gabriel Weinstein, Stepan …

Rio De Janeiro

Lemon and Honey In Weight Loss

Weight loss, overweight, obesity, are the much debated topics these days. They are much debated because they belong to the subject of health and …

The 100 Greatest Novels of All Time: The List by The Observer

Alonso Quixano, a retired country gentleman in his fifties, lives in an unnamed section of La Mancha with his niece and a housekeeper. He has become …

Peter Bradshaw’s top 50 films of the demi-decade

We are now midway through the 2010s. So what trends are emerging in cinema? Peter Bradshaw takes a look – and picks his top 50 films of the demi-decade<p>As far as actors are concerned, the first five years of the 2010s proved that you can’t make it big unless you’re prepared to get into the Lycra and …

Toy Story

The Food Lover's Cleanse 2015 Philosophy + Day 2 Menu

Here's the menu for The Food Lover's Cleanse Day 2. Plus, some thoughts on why the heck it's worth doing this anyway!<p>You’ve tackled your first full day of the Food Lover’s Cleanse…and you’re still standing! Hopefully you’re standing in your kitchen preparing your next gorgeous, energizing, and …

Healthy Eating

Before & After: This Polished White Kitchen Only Cost $5,000

But smart design choices and thrifty shopping make it look like a million bucks. This article originally appeared on GoodHousekeeping.com.<p>Breaking news: This remodel proves that your dream kitchen is not out of reach. When we spotted this makeover on Hometalk, we nearly did a double-take. $5000? …

Christmas dinner: A passionate defence of the humble nut roast

Every Christmas the vegetarian main course is shunted to the side in favour of a meaty feast. But Radhika Sanghani says it's about time the nut roast gets the appreciation it deserves<p>I have had guests refuse to come to my house for Christmas purely on the grounds of the menu. ‘A vegetarian …

Food

10 Books to Read (and Gift) Right Now

‘Tis the season to R-E-A-D. Because what better way to spend cold, wintry nights than curled up on the couch with a great book and a steaming hot beverage? If you’re in search of a new book or gift hunting for that special someone, we’ve rounded up quite the collection of December page-turners. …

Books

Electric Literature’s 25 Best Novels of 2014 – Electric Literature

Year-end lists are always subjective and incomplete, but they are especially tricky for books. A dedicated film critic can watch every wide release …

10 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Hit the Gym After Work

<b>Eat Breakfast</b><br>Setting yourself up for workout success starts within an hour of waking up, says dietitian Wendy Bazilian, co-author of <i>The Super Foods Rx Diet: Lose Weight with the Power of SuperNutrients</i> and an American College of Sports Medicine-certified health and fitness specialist. Even though …

The first 5 online resources to use when learning to code

Even if you think the buzz around "learning how to code" is overkill, you have to admit it's here to stay.<p>Just like it's easier to learn a foreign …

The 10 best films of 2014: No 3 – Inherent Vice

Joaquin Phoenix’s pothead private eye lurches between a wild bunch of star cameos in Paul Thomas Anderson’s hugely enjoyable Pynchon crime caper<p>• The rest of the top 10 films of 2014 • Nominate your choice in our form at the bottom of the article<p>Inherent Vice is a legal term, used in marine …

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The Spice That Promotes Weight Loss

In this study, one group of women was told to eat three grams of cumin mixed into yogurt during lunch and dinner, while the others were simply told to eat yogurt. Additionally, all 88 women were put on a reduced-calorie diet and received nutrition counseling for three months.<p>While both groups lost …

Food

Focus On Play In Kindergarten May Improve Grades Later On, Study Says

BY KATHRYN DOYLE<p>Fri Nov 14, 2014 10:09am EST<p>(Reuters Health) - Training teachers to promote structured play among kindergarteners yields improved reading, vocabulary and math scores that persist into first grade, according to a new study.<p>The technique, called ‘Tools for the Mind,’ seemed to be …

Benedict Cumberbatch breaks code in the Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game

Three decades ago, when playwright Hugh Whitemore decided to fashion a drama from the life of British mathematician Alan Turing, the most notable …

The Babadook is metaphorically rich—and pretty damn scary, too

He stands ramrod straight, in a pitch-black overcoat and matching top hat, like a scarecrow done up in Victorian evening wear. His fingers are …

Horror

Australian film The Mule skips cinemas to top iTunes chart

Local films may flail at the box office, but new indie film The Mule proves Australians are keen to watch online • The Mule review – toilet humour elevated to fiendishly smart art<p>A low-budget Australian film, with minimal marketing budget, has become the No 1 independent new release on iTunes. How …

Top 10: Notorious Video Nasties

1) The Exorcist (1973)<p>Like Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange William Friedkin’s film was never officially branded a Video Nasty, instead though the film …

The coming-of-age story Bad Hair is all dispiriting realism, no catharsis

Coming-of-age stories don’t get much more demoralizing than <i>Bad Hair,</i> from Venezuela, which amounts to an extended power struggle between a single …