Laurie Sprietsma

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We Picked the 11 Best Historical Novels to Read Now (Beyond Pride and Prejudice)

There's something particularly responsive about reading a romantic story versus watching one. Perhaps it has something to do with the depths of our …

7 Ways to Reduce Stress When You Are Overwhelmed and Need to Prioritize

Starting and finishing any one item on your to-do list will do wonders to relieve overwhelm.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Each day, more and more people struggle with all that life has thrown at them. Between work, family, health, house tasks, the latest political …

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3 Negative Thinking Patterns to Avoid — What to Do Instead

How you think about the events and people in your life can either help you reframe things in more positive ways that help you cope or take you down a …

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This $7 Hydrating Serum Is Flying Off Sephora Shelves

<i>You always want what you can’t have — especially when it comes to beauty products. That’s why we’re getting the inside scoop from your favorite</i> …

If Your Goal Is to Lose Belly Fat, This Is the Routine You Should Be Doing

You've been working out, eating healthy, and losing weight, but you're still not seeing progress in your midsection. What gives? If you can't seem to …

Food Hack: Marinating Your Veggies Makes Them SO Much Tastier

Marinated vegetables are the way to the heart of even the staunchest carnivores. The first time my mom served them to my brother-in-law and husband, they couldn’t believe that they were piling second helpings onto their plate, especially when there were still burgers on the grill. It’s a versatile …

22 Vacations that Will Change Your Life

1 of 22<p>Cooking on the Amalfi Coast<p>Advertisement<p>2 of 22<p>Kayaking Mexico's Sea of Cortez<p>3 of 22<p>Setting Sail in Sausalito<p>Advertisement<p>4 of 22<p>Going Wild …

Our Top Slow Cooker Soup Recipes of 2017

While I often rely on my slow cooker for all sorts of dishes, my absolute favorite thing to make in my slow cooker is soup. No matter the season, …

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The 10 best places for women to travel alone

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Whittle Your Middle and Sculpt Your Waist With These Powerful Oblique Exercises

If you've been trying to work your waistline to no avail, we've got you covered. These oblique-targeting exercises are going to help you sculpt that midsection and create powerful muscles that'll help with all areas of mobility and functional movement. So not only will you get some great …

The Best Retinoid Products—and Why You Should Use Them

Why Retinoids (Still) Rule<p>It’s no shocker that the number of anti-aging products appearing on shelves has skyrocketed over the years. (Between 2007 …

This 8-Move, Total-Body Workout From Kayla Itsines Looks Intense!

When it comes to weight loss and toning muscles, thousands upon thousands of women are all about Kayla Itsines and her BBG program. If you've never seen the amazing before-and-after transformations, they're so inspiring, you just might want to hop on the BBG boat immediately.<p>You can! Kayla recently …

Take your ab workout anywhere with this 2-minute Pilates move

Keeping up your exercise routine while traveling is hard enough, but when your go-to sweat sesh is Pilates, that can complicate things further. A …

The 10 Books Longlisted For The National Book Award For Fiction

Add these books to your must-read pile!<p>The wait is over: The National Book Foundation released its most hotly anticipated longlist, its Award for Fiction, on Friday. The 10 books are a mix of blockbuster titles from high-profile writers, including Jennifer Egan and 2011 National Book Award winner …

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Ask Yourself These 6 Questions To Help Clear Your Struggles.

I don’t care who you are, there are moments in life where you just feel stuck; as though you were never moving in the first place. Those moments can …

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The 25 Must-Read Books Hitting Bookshelves This Fall

If there's one thing we can say for sure, it's that Summer always comes to an end way too quickly. The good news, though, is that along with leather jackets and knee-high boots come some of the most highly anticipated books of the year. From Jennifer Egan to Matthew Weiner (yes, <i>that</i> Matthew …

'Would Everybody Please Stop' Is Serious, Funny And Seriously Funny

Years ago, when my mother-in-law was fighting what would turn out to be a losing battle with breast cancer, she was riding in a golf cart with my two small children when her wig blew off, briefly exposing her head, as bald as a golf ball. My daughter's eyes grew wide with alarm, but my …

How to Clean Dryer Vents (and What Can Happen If You Don't)

If your clothes take forever and a day to dry, it might be high time you learned how to clean the dryer vents. Ask yourself, honestly, when was the …

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The Health Care Debate Is About Money

Republicans are in a jam because there’s no way around this basic fact.<p>Washington snickered when President Donald Trump marveled that “nobody knew health care could be so complicated,” because everyone in Washington knew that. Wednesday’s long-awaited Congressional Budget Office review of the …

The 30-second trick to brightening your dark under-eye circles

Be honest: Do you log more hours with your computer or your BFF? Especially if you need to be in an office all day, your screen time is probably …

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Fun summer vacation destinations that won’t break the bank

Travel<p>Lawson Craddock will likely lose the Tour de France, but it’s about more than the finish line<p>03:22<p>Record number of tourists traveling to Europe — and locals are fed up<p>02:58<p>LA to San Francisco in 36 minutes? A look at the technology behind the hyperloop<p>04:56<p>The great outdoors! Al Roker and …

9 Simple Plank Variations That Will Give You Serious Results

Your abs will be toned like never before.<p>Keeping your core in top shape will do more than just give you a six-pack (though that is certainly a bonus!). Your core muscles hold up your spine, which holds up, well, everything else. And holding a plank (no matter how long) can be one of the best ways …

The quick—but powerful—full-body workout Scarlett Johansson swears by

It’s not easy being an <i>Avenger.</i> Or a Black Widow. Or a mom to a 3-year-old daughter, for that matter. Needless to say, Scarlett Johansson didn’t …

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Taking a Hot Bath May Burn as Many Calories as a Run, Researchers Say

A relaxing soak could be doing more for you than you think<p>If you were about to force yourself out on a run, stop where you are for a minute because a bath might be just as effective as exercise when it comes to your health.<p>Dr Steve Faulkner, a researcher at Loughborough University, says it may even …

Is skipping breakfast bad for us? New study finds links with heart disease and obesity

Skipping breakfast or eating late in the day could raise the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity according to a new study. The study from a group of American researchers suggests that the time we eat our meal is equally as important as what we eat.<p>Writing in the American Heart Association …

Why You Should Start Skipping Breakfast

"Intermittent fasting" burns fat and makes you healthier—really.<p>Put down the bagel and read this carefully: Skipping breakfast could help you unlock incredible health benefits and live longer. Yes, I'm encouraging you to shatter several dietary rules—never skip meals; eat every two to three hours; …

Clean Burnt Residue Off of Pans With Baking Soda

Burnt, stuck-on food may seem like a dishwasher’s worst nightmare but, with the help of baking soda, it can be removed super easily without any …

3 Precision Medicine Stocks to Buy in January

Precision medicine. The term might sound futuristic, but the future has arrived.<p>The National Institutes of Health defines precision medicine as "an emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle for each …