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The Best and Easiest Vegan Chocolate Milkshake Ever

<i>Every other Thursday, Gena Hamshaw of the blog Choosing Raw shares satisfying, flavorful recipes that also happen to be vegan.</i><p><i>Today: A smooth, chocolatey milkshake, with frozen bananas and almond milk standing in for dairy. Stop what you're doing, and make one now.</i><p>This milkshake recipe is so …

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! …

Cooking

How to Work Your Back When You Don't Have Gym Equipment

Traditional pullups and rows aren’t the only way to get a sculpted back.<p>Having a strong, toned back means so much more than looking slick in a halter dress (not that <i>that’s</i> not awesome, too): Strengthening these muscles is key to good posture—or in most people’s cases, reversing the sitting slouch …

Healthy School Lunches & Snacks

Make school lunches healthy and fun with these easy brown bag lunch ideas. Transform classic lunches, from tuna to PB&J to turkey and cheese, into healthier recipes. Kids will also love the healthy snack ideas that will keep them full throughout the day.<p>The simplest and healthiest foods stay …

Eating

12 Speedy Breakfasts for Busy School Day Mornings

I'm trying to be brave today. I'm not very good at brave when it comes to my children and growing up.<p>ER visits? Gnarly splinters? Friendship woes? Anything involving blood? I'm your gal.<p>Outgrowing a newborn onesie? First day of kindergarten? Graduation? You'll find me I'm in a puddle of tears, …

Tomato Grilled-Cheese Soup

Try pouring the soup directly over the sliced sandwich for an irresistible cheesy bread soup.<p>Ingredients<p>4 tablespoons (½ stick) unsalted butter, plus ½ cup (1 stick) at room temperature, divided<p>1 medium red onion, chopped<p>Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper<p>2 tablespoons tomato paste<p>2 28-oz. cans …

Recipes

5 New Lunges to Try, STAT!

Your basic lunges aren’t cutting it anymore

Send Easter Eggs in the Mail

When you’re a kid, getting something in the mail is a pretty big deal. (Heck, even as an adult I get excited about anything that isn’t a bill or …

10 DIY Journals in All Shapes and Sizes

Don’t you just love a journal? There’s something about a blank book that’s just plain inspiring. And a journal that you made yourself? That’s …

10 Simple, Budget Furniture Makeovers

Now that you’ve gotten some spring cleaning done, are you ready to update the look of your house? If you’re on a budget, buying new furniture isn’t …

Make a Yard Yahtzee Game

• 4×4 post, on hand or about $7 and up<br>• Black Sharpie, on hand<br>• Dry erase board or chalkboard, on hand or $1 and up<br>• Bucket, on hand or $1

Make Twine from Scrap Fabric

What do you do with your scrap fabric? I have a whole box of little leftover bits that I’ve hoarded away for future use, but for the most part all I …

DIY School Lunch: Helping Kids Pack Healthy Meals

I’m gonna be honest with you and admit that I dislike packing lunches every morning. It’s one of my most-loathed chores. This year, my boys are old …

10 Handy Sewing Tutorials to Up Your Game

Want to up your sewing game? These handy sewing tutorials help make your projects – from plushies to clothing – look finished and professional.<p>1.</b> …

11 Ways You Should Definitely Be Using Zucchini This Summer

Here, 11 innovative ways to use as much zucchini as possible while it’s in its prime.<p>Sometimes zucchini is so plentiful during the summer, it can …

The 10-minute, 100-calorie burn workout

What are your biggest excuses for skipping your workouts? No time? Money? No space? Well I have great news for you: You don’t need any of those things to burn fat and calories. The following exercise can be done anywhere and with very little space. If you work your hardest, you can burn up to 100 …