Lauren Valle-Acosta

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17 Bizarre Celebrity Couples From The 2000s That Time Forgot

The 2000s were definitely a pinnacle of celebrity couples. Many will always be memorable, such as Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake — those denim …

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8 Apps That Will Make You a Better Cook

<i>By: Joe McGauley</i><p><i>Credit: Screenshot via Kitchen Stories/Jennifer Bui/Thrillist</i><p>Unless you're blessed with as much free time and disposable income for expensive meats and cheeses as Ina Garten, cooking for yourself all the time can be a real pain in the ass. But rather than Seamless your way through …

The Workout You Can Do With Two Weight Plates

You’ll need a pinch grip, too<p>If the only time you pick up a weight plate is to put it on a barbell, you’re doing it wrong, says <i>Men’s Health</i> Fitness Director BJ Gaddour.<p>Weight plates are fantastic strength tools in and of themselves. Just check out Gaddour’s workout—done with two plates and a pinch …

The Best Fluffy Buttermilk Waffles Ready in 15 Minutes

When I was in Italy, I've always dreamed of having one of those food maker machines that you always see in television like the popcorn maker, the cotton candy maker and the waffle maker. In Milan, in fact, is not a common thing to have in your house these products like here in the States where …

13 more European cities you never thought to visit (but really should)

7 Protein Cookie Recipes for Healthier Snacking

Cookies get a bad rap, but if you find the right recipes, they can be mostly healthy and totally filling. These treats fit the bill and are perfect …

In Defense of the Irish Goodbye

I was at a party last night. It was an old co-worker's birthday and she gathered us all at a bar downtown. We were able to snag a large table in the back for our pretty sizable group of 30+ people. We danced to MMMBop, took tequila shots, and swam in chicken fingers. It was all obnoxious and …

What Happened When I Wore a Full Face of Makeup for the First Time... At Age 30

My first impressions of makeup were formed in the early '90s, which is probably why I'm so afraid of it. It wasn't a great time to be too young to understand trends, but old enough to know when a look is <i>too much</i>: a violin teacher with aggressively permed hair gathered in banana clips, a neighbor …

My Struggle With Alcohol: Why I Said Goodbye

Photo credit: George Doyle<p>When I quit drinking, outer appearances said I still had it all together. My life, family and career were intact and fully functional. Like so many problem drinkers--especially mothers--I didn't fit the alcoholic stereotypes.<p>And yet, I came to the painful decision that if …

The Healthiest People In The World Eat A Lot Of Carbs

Mmm, noodles...<p>Japanese people are, as a whole, very healthy: They have the second-highest life expectancies compared to any other country in the world (the U.S. comes in at number 43) and have an obesity rate of just 3.5 percent, which is one-tenth of America's 35 percent obesity rate.<p><b>The reason</b> …

8 Delicious Weeknight Dinners Under 400 Calories

When it comes to weeknight dinners, usually something's gotta give. Maybe you whip up a quick meal, but it's not that healthy. Or you take the time to make a healthy dinner, but it's not that satisfying. But these eight dishes have it all: They're fast, flavorful <i>and</i> fewer than 400 calories per …

The Way You're Applying Makeup Could Give You Wrinkles

<i>By Caroline Solomon, Glamour</i><p>Confession: I spend way too much time thinking about the encroaching fine lines around my eyes, and the vanity mirror perched next to my desk computer is probably doing me no favors (I guess it's a must-have if, as a beauty assistant at <i>Glamour</i>, I'm tasked with sampling …

Valentine's Dinner: 11 Romantic Recipes You'd Find at Your Favorite Steakhouse

This Valentine's Day, you don't need to pay sky-high prices and fight the crowds to enjoy an upscale steakhouse-caliber meal. From Grilled Spice-Rubbed Tenderloin Filets to Potatoes Au Gratin to Molten Chocolate Cakes, these decadent recipes will rival those served at your favorite steakhouse -- …

9 Trader Joe's Beauty Products That Are Actually Amazing

We don't know about you, but when we go to Trader Joe's, we tend to fill a cart (or two) to the brim with a whole lot more than frozen pizzas and cookie butter. In fact, there's a whole land of overlooked potential in the store's health and beauty section -- it's just taken us a while to tap into …

Paleo Recipes That You Probably Never Realized Were Paleo

You might even be a Paleo dieter and not even know it.<p>These are the tenets of a Paleo diet -- eat more protein, fats and fiber, and cut out the stuff our ancestors didn't eat back in the Stone Age (cereal grains and dairy, mainly).<p>Many people now count themselves as disciples of ancestral health …

8 Foods You Should NEVER Ever Freeze

Low temperatures ruin the texture, flavor, and appearance of these foods.<p>by Jill Neimark, for Rodale"s Organic Life<p>1. Water-Rich Vegetables<p>PHOTOGRAPH BY JASON VARNEY<p>These include crunchy celery, lettuce, cucumbers, radishes, and watercress. The fact that they are water-rich means they freeze …

90 Percent Of People Trying To Lose Weight Forget This 1 Thing

Could be why so many diets fail...<p>Gym membership, food diary, portion control: Check, check, check. Clothes that fit, cardio, emergency snacks: Three checks again.<p>You think you know everything there is to know about dropping pounds, but a recent survey commissioned by healthcare services company …

San Bernardino shooting: Carnage was 'unspeakable,' police say

<b>(CNN) —</b> The gunpowder was still lingering in the air as San Bernardino Police Lt. Mike Madden and three other officers approached a conference center where a mass shooting had been reported.<p>Bodies had fallen outside the meeting room in San Bernardino, California, where a holiday party with about 80 …

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Why Hotel Check-Out Times May Become a Thing of the Past

Some hotels are getting rid of traditional check-in and -out times to cater to a new kind of traveler.<p>A few weeks ago, I was staying at the in Washington, D.C. while in town for a story. Since I work for <i>Condé Nast Traveler,</i> I have hotels pretty much figured out—or so I thought. When I came …

29 'Toy Story' Secrets That Will Toy With Your Head

Uh, what happened to Andy's dad?!<p>Ever since its release in November 1995, "Toy Story" has remained a family classic and one of Pixar's most successful creations. In honor of the iconic movie's 20-year anniversary, here are some fun facts and fan theories that will be sure to blow your mind.<p><b>1.</b> The …

What the Length of Your Engagement May Say About Your Relationship

While the amount of time you've been dating before your partner puts a ring on it is definitely telling, turns out so is the length of your engagement as well! From a few weeks to a few years, we asked a bunch of relationship experts to dissect exactly what it says about you, both individually and …

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Speaking Your Truth to Your Partner

People often believe that they are withholding their truth to spare their partner pain, but their real intent is to protect themselves from the response they fear. Speaking your truth can open the door to renewed love.<p>Mark sought my help because he was thinking of leaving his wife, Linda. He had …

7 Ways to Keep Your Relationship Growing

Many relationships and marriages often fail because of how two people grow together. The relationship either grows into love and harmony - or it grows into suspicion, doubt, resentment - eventually leading to a break up or divorce.<p>Improving our relationship is an ongoing adventure, because a sexy, …

Buying These Organic Foods Is A Waste Of Money

<i>By: Kara King</i><p><i>Credit: Shutterstock</i><p>People choose to eat organically for many reasons -- it's better for the planet, it's supposedly healthier -- but often these folks are misguided. Although it's true that USDA organic products must be free from synthetic ingredients and grown on farms that strive to …

5 Christmas Cookies That No One Will Guess Are Actually Healthy

'Tis the season to eat cookies, and for many that means family baking parties and cookie exchanges.<p>But what if you're minding your healthy lifestyle and don't want to blow the progress you've accomplished?<p>Watching your waist should NEVER hold you back from doing the things you love most! In fact, …

8 Foods These Experts Avoid At All Costs

<b>A quick note from our founder-</b><p>Over the past year, my friend Dave at PaleoHacks has been working on a secret cookbook with world-renowned Le Cordon …

Perfect Pumpkin Pie

Fall is supposedly here in Santa Barbara, but with temperatures in the triple digits, one would never guess Autumn is technically in full swing. Never-the-less, it's my husband's birthday today and every year for his birthday, he requests one of three desserts: carrot cake, strawberry shortcake or …

Disney Princesses Reimagined as Pinup Girls With Tattoos Are Seriously Badass

Simply stunning.<p>You've seen what happens when you give Disney princesses Instagram and cell phones, when they're not wearing makeup, if they had realistic body hair, and what they'd look like reimagined as velociraptors, but if you thought you'd seen them all, you're wrong, because there is <i>always</i> …

Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig most reliable for weight loss, study says

Dieters looking to maximize their chances for long-term weight loss should consider trying Jenny Craig or Weight Watchers, according to a new review of clinical trials.<p>People who used the Jenny Craig program lost 4.9% more weight after one year than their counterparts, who only got dieting …