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DIY Idea: Smartphone Projector Made From a Shoebox

(Image credit: The Meta Picture)<p>One of my favorite parts of fall nights is hunkering down in the house with friends, hot cocoa, popcorn and a movie. …


9 Rooms That Prove You Can Be a Pet Owner Without Giving Up on Design

There's hope for pet owners everywhere.<p>To everyone who says, "I have a pet, so I cannot have nice things," there's hope. Here's proof that being a pet owner and having a gorgeous home aren't mutually exclusive.


Tonight's Must-Try: Easy, No-Fry Cauliflower Nuggets

Photo: Courtesy of Erin Phraner.<p>Cauliflower, once snubbed for its tastelessness and — <i>ahem</i> — acoustic aftermath, is now the wholesome, workhorse …

Dijon Mustard

Slurp-Worthy: 16 Ramen Soup Recipes

Packaged ramen. It served its purpose as a quick and budget-friendly meal as we studied away in our dorm rooms throughout college. Then we learned a few hacks, and transformed the instant noodles into so much more than just soup. Now, it’s time to come full circle and bring ramen back to its roots. …


Put a Filter on It: Avocado Toast

<i>It's no secret -- we love a good 'gram. Here, we'll be posting our favorite Instagrams from the food world, on a different theme each week.</i><p><i>Today, we're distracting ourselves with avocado toast.</i><p>So you had a bad day -- and who could blame you? All you've been hearing about is summer's swift demise. …

8 Ways to Upgrade Your Gin and Tonic

There's nothing simpler than a classic gin and tonic. But the old-school cocktail can be made fizzier, boozier and more intense. Mad genius Dave Arnold reinvented the G&T with high-tech equipment, but there are easier ways to do it at home. Here, eight ways to dress up and remake one of the world's …


Green Tacos

Makes 4 tacos<p>This green tacos recipe is vegetarian but incredibly flavorful and hearty, daring to prove that not all tacos need meat.<p>Print<p>Ingredients<p>3 tablespoons olive oil<p>1 small sweet potato, peeled, grated<p>1 garlic clove, finely chopped<p>4 cups Tuscan kale, ribs and stems removed, torn into …


Clean Eating Made Simple: A Healthy Cookbook with Delicious Whole-Food Recipes for Eating Clean

• <b>Author:</b> Rockridge Press<p><b>Learn how uncomplicated your life and diet can be with unprocessed and unrefined foods from Clean Eating Made Simple.</b><br>Eating healthy doesn't have to be complicated. <i>Clean Eating Made Simple</i> will walk you through the basics of a life-changing clean eating diet, with common sense …

Potato Salad Recipes

Not just picnic fare, potato salad is a goes-with-everything summer side. Pick out a classic recipe or discover a new twist on a favorite.<p>Basic mayonnaise-based potato salad gets a little zing from lemon zest and chives.

14 Satisfying Low-Carb Lunch Recipes

If you’re like us, you try to be carb-conscious and eat healthy in between slices of outrageous layer cakes. To help out, we’ve gathered some low-carb lunch recipes that definitely earn the #NotSadDeskLunch hashtag. In the mood for a sandwich? Whip up a batch of cauliflower protein bread and get …

Healthy Eating

17 Pepper Recipes to Spice Up Your Life

We’ll eat peppers any way they come… raw, cooked, cracked and in any of their vibrant colors. We love finding different uses for the delicious vegetable, so we’ve put together 17 recipes to share the pepper love. You can stuff them, dip them, purée them and make tons of delicious sandwiches and …


Mashed Avocado with Hummus

This protein-packed guacamole makes a killer spread for quesadillas and sandwiches.

Easy dinner recipes: Three quinoa salad ideas for Gluten-Free Wednesday

Fan of quinoa? Perhaps not very familiar with it but curious? If you're looking for a great wheat-free alternative this Gluten-Free Wednesday, quinoa is a winner.<p>A South American grain-like crop, quinoa has come to be recognized as a nutrient-dense superfood. The seeds, or "grains" (quinoa is not a …

Make your own all-natural shampoo (for under a buck!) and more DIYs

You’re a whiz in the kitchen and love sprucing up your home décor. Now, it’s time to add hair-care products to your homemade recipe book.<p>“Not only is it extremely cost-effective, it’s easy to mix up a natural remedy up if I'm in a pinch,” says Jenny Strebe, the hair professional behind the popular …

Hair Care

Easy dinner recipes: Keep cool with 3 summer slaws in 35 minutes or less

When you think slaw, you might think cabbage, or maybe you've even gone so far as to try slaws made from broccoli or carrots. But there's a big wide world of slaw possibilities out there, particularly in the summer, when so much produce is at its prime.<p><b>Zucchini slaw:</b> Zucchini are great cooked, but …

20 Soda Recipes to Add a Pop to Your Day

Sometimes, nothing is better than sucking some bubbles up through a paper straw. Store-bought soda is hardly stirring (though we know of a few that might pique your interest!). If you’re looking for drinks to add a <i>pop</i> of pizzazz to your day, check out these 20 recipes for homemade soda!<p>1. Lemon …

Labor Day

Breakfast Recipes For High-Octane Energy

Photo: Courtesy Of America's Test Kitchen.<p>Ok, yes, we know you've heard it many, many times before. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, …


Baked Tomatoes, Squash, and Potatoes

This baked riff on ratatouille may look sophisticated, but it's surprisingly simple. Serve it for brunch or at dinner parties -- and save leftovers to eat straight out of the dish by the forkful.

10 Fab Pho Recipes to Make ASAP

Why venture out to your favorite Vietnamese restaurant for a bowlful of pho when you can make it yourself at home? Check out these 10 bowls of noodle soup that are sure to wake up your tastebuds. Whether you have only five minutes or over five hours to spend cooking, there’s a recipe here for you! …


This Low-Carb Fried Rice Look-Alike Contains Zero Rice

Cut the cauliflower into florets, discarding the tough inner core. Working in batches, pulse the cauliflower in a food processor until it breaks down …


Before & After: A Graphic IKEA Throw Gets Some Surprising Style

(Image credit: IKEA)<p>You know we love a good IKEA hack, but Kristi really blew our minds with this one. She started with this black and white IKEA …


125 DIY Ideas for the 3-Day Weekend

(Image credit: Kim Lucian)<p>It's turned into a bit of a Labor Day tradition around here - we send you off on this pre-long-weekend Friday with a BIG …

Hung Up

How To Magically Repair Furniture Finish

So… I might have messed up our table. I was making marbled Easter eggs and I spilled acetone nail polish remover. Oops. I hid it for a few weeks …

Quick & Chic: 6 DIY Home Accessories You Can Make in Less Than an Hour

(Image credit: the crafted life)<p>Don't have a lot of time this weekend (especially if you're busy rocking Our Guide to the Perfect Summer) but you …


Small Project Saturday: Easy Abstract Art

(Image credit: Sponsored Post)<p>How do you make a white wall happy? We love a good accent wall, but what if you aren't allowed to paint your rental, or …

Abstract Art

Soap Clouds and Kiddie Soaps

ADVERTISEMENT<p>With a little help from the microwave, a bar of Ivory soap can be magically transformed into a fluffy cumulus soap cloud. What a fun …

100 Weight Watchers Friendly Crock Pot Recipes

Weight Watchers is a great program that has helped so many people achieve their goals of being fit and healthy. Kudos to all of you who are rockin …

101 Decorating Secrets from Top Interior Designers

Experts share their best tips.<p>The experts — Christopher Peacock, Myra Hoefer, Carleton Varney, and 97 other inspiring designers — share words to live and design by. Plus, see 101 easy makeovers from interior designers.

Apartment Therapy

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