Kristen McDonald

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How to Deal with the Thought of Spending the Rest of Your Life with One Person

First comes the shock, bliss and awe — "OMG, I'm getting married!" Gradually it sinks in sans shock, bliss and awe: "OMG, I'm getting married. Big gulp!" Below, a few women share how they handled the transition from single to on-the-way-to-being-permanently-coupled.<p><b>Marriage Is the "Natural Next</b> …

5 Wrong Things Women Do With Men That End A Relationship Before It Even Starts

Every girl loves the feeling of meeting someone new; feeling that inevitable spark; exchanging numbers; talking to him everyday as the excitement …

6 Books Guaranteed to Make You More Creative

One of the most common misconceptions I come across is the belief that once you’ve somehow “made it,” I / one / you don’t hit ruts, bumps, run into …

Creativity

39 Commonly Misused Words and How to Use Them Correctly

Where the mechanics of writing are concerned, I’m far from perfect. One example: I always struggle with <i>who</i> and <i>whom.</i> (Sometimes I’ll even rewrite a …

The 100 best children's books of all time

<b>PICTURE BOOKS</b><p><b>Curious George</b> <br>H A Rey (1941)<br>The first book of seven about a mischievous monkey who is kidnapped by the man in the yellow hat.<p><b>Where the Wild Things Are</b> <br>Maurice Sendak (1963)<br>A childhood favourite for so many, this went on to inspire a generation of illustrators – and a very poor</b> …

Books

The case against private education: Why we put our kids in public school

It’s chaotic, academically less rigorous and far less nurturing. It’s also giving my children challenges they need<p>Just over two years ago, my husband and I pulled our children out of private school and sent them into the wilds of public education. Now, as they settle into their third year in our …

Nobody cares about your book: Why that “Things I Can Say About MFAs” essay struck such a nerve with writers

A former writing instructor causes outrage by trashing his old job and students — but he makes some good points<p>It was the rant that launched a thousand tweets, open letters and indignant blog posts: Ryan Boudinot's "Things I Can Say About MFA Writing Programs Now That I No Longer Teach in One," …

16 beautiful bookstores that will bind your love for reading

Sure, you can order anything you want from Amazon in two days (or less). You can start a new book with a simple click. But there are some things you …

Easy Basic Pancakes

Nothing says "weekend" like homemade pancakes for breakfast. Our easy pancake recipe will help you whip up this weekend favorite in less than 30 minutes. You'll wonder why you never tried this before!Need recipe inspiration? Sign up for our Everyday Food Newsletter and get our most delicious …

Breakfast

Eat These Foods for Faster Recovery from Injury

To mend muscles and fix fractures more quickly, look no further than your local market<p>When an injury sidelines a cyclist, the natural reaction is to cut back on calories until it's time to ride—and burn energy—again. But the healing process demands fuel, too. "It's like fixing a house," says sports …

9 Ways to Use Salt for Gorgeous Skin, Hair, Teeth, and Nails

This secret ingredient can help you score smoother skin, brighter teeth, and healthier-looking nails.<p>Our bodies contain the same concentration of minerals and nutrients as sea water, so it’s no wonder that sea salt is a natural ally to balance, protect, and restore the body and skin.<p>One of the …

What Writing Has in Common With Happiness

The author Yasmina Reza says that Borges taught her fiction, like joy, is borne of mysterious, instinctual processes achieved in an unconscious state.<p><b>By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature.</b> <b>See entries from Jonathan Franzen, Amy Tan,</b> …

Literature

Best Breakfast Sandwich Recipes | Glitter Guide

Everyone always says breakfast is the most important meal of the day. We rarely pass up the opportunity for a deliciously filling dish—so today, …

He Was, And Will Always Be, Our Friend: Remembering Leonard Nimoy

In 1966, when Leonard Nimoy was offered a minor role on a new space drama, he was thrilled. As he told <i>Archive of American Television:</i> "You have to understand that prior to <i>Star Trek</i> I never had a job that lasted longer than two weeks in any TV show or movie. Never. Two weeks — max. And here I was, …

Science Fiction

7 Natural Remedies to Common Beauty Problems

Totally easy DIY fixes for your biggest hair and skin issues<p>Dealing with a major forehead zit? Or cracked, dry skin? Before you hit the drugstore for a fix, check your pantry and medicine cabinet—you may already have everything you need for natural antidotes to these all-too-common conditions (and …

10 Secrets To A Happy And Healthy Relationship

Over lunch with a friend one day, Kevin was asked about the “secret of your obviously happy and healthy love relationship.”<p>Kevin responded, “I …

Leonard Nimoy's final tweet is beautiful, and it broke my heart

My dad was — and is — a huge <i>Star Trek</i> nerd, and when I was a kid he'd excitedly show me episodes of the original series in syndication. It was a show that he watched in college, he'd say, explaining why Kirk was Kirk, Bones was Bones, and most importantly, why Leonard Nimoy's Spock was Spock. One …

22 Morning Routines That’ll Inspire You to Get Out of Bed

Mornings. You either love them or hate them. If you’re trying to convince yourself to be more of a morning person, these Instagrammers definitely provide some convincing inspiration. Whether it’s relaxing moments with a good cup of coffee, spending a little time working on a creative hobby or just …

Cute

9 Secrets Women with Glow-y Skin Know

Follow their routines to keep your complexion in tip-top shape.<p><i>This article was written by Maria Del Russo and repurposed with permission from Refinery29.</i><p>Perfect skin is like the beauty holy grail. We mix up potions, keep our dermatologists on speed dial, and read up on tips and tricks to get our …

Demystifying the Muse: Five Creativity Myths You Should Stop Believing

With creativity becoming a commodity that so many people trade on, it's more important than ever to have ideas constantly flowing. But are these …

Creativity

Five things Alice in Wonderland reveals about the brain

Lewis Carroll’s popular tales contain some hidden truths about the human brain that are still inspiring neuroscientists to this day. David Robson takes a leap down the rabbit hole.<p>Lewis Carroll was remarkably modest about his masterpiece. “The heroine spends an hour underground, and meets various …

Literature

Secrets of a power marriage: The Disraelis were the Clintons of their time

The story of a great Victorian statesman and his rich, vulgar wife offers clues to the world’s strangest romances<p>It's not exactly a love story, "Mr. And Mrs. Disraeli: A Strange Romance," the new dual biography by British writer Daisy Hay, or at least not in any conventional sense of the word. He …

7 korean beauty brands you’ve got to check out

seriously amazing stuff<p>The Korean beauty industry is pretty much always one step ahead of the game. After all, one of our holy grails—the BB cream—comes from Korea. And, luckily for our product-loving souls, Korean cosmetics are increasingly easier to come by in the US: They’re now sold at Urban …

How long can we stay awake?

We can fight off the sandman for a while, but after a certain point, sleeplessness leads to temporary madness and – just maybe – death, discovers Adam Hadhazy.<p>People start to hallucinate and go a bit crazy<p>It’s surprising how we spend our lives. Reach your 78th birthday and according to some …

Neuroscience

The Fine Art of Ambiguous Writing

The author Reif Larsen says Joseph Conrad and Anselm Kiefer taught him how to practice omission without infuriating his readers.<p><b>By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature.</b> <b>See entries from Jonathan Franzen, Amy Tan, Khaled Hosseini, and</b> …

Literature

9 Ways to Use Vinegar for More Beautiful Skin and Hair

Even if you never cook, you'll definitely want to grab a bottle.<p>Contrary to popular belief, vinegar—apple cider vinegar, to be exact—may not help you lose weight. But it <i>can</i> help you step up your beauty routine. This multi-tasking ingredient can be used to prevent acne and make nail polish last …