Maria Ochoa

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Banana-Oat Snack Cake

12 Servings<p>Loaded with oats and bananas, this is a great treat to have on hand after soccer or baseball practice.<p>Print<p>Ingredients<p>6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into ½” pieces, melted, plus more for baking dish<p>1½ cups old-fashioned oats<p>1 cup all-purpose flour<p>2 teaspoons baking powder<p>1 teaspoon …

Breakfast

15 Great Brand Name Beauty Buys Under $10

Sometimes, a small beauty purchase is enough to satiate that urge to try something new. If you're trying to keep your beauty budget on the low side, …

Skin Care

5 Beauty Products That Are Worth The Splurge - Michelle Phan

The price we’re willing to pay for beauty can vary a great deal. You can be wiling to pay an arm and a leg for practical beauty tools or stand firm …

Baking

Hazelnut meringue torte

This decadent chocolate dessert is a Swedish favourite for celebrations<p>For celebrating birthdays, there is nothing more Swedish than whipped cream. Combined with chocolate, hazelnuts, and meringue in this recipe, it makes for a decadent dessert worthy of anyone’s special day. This recipe has been a …

What to Do Before, During, and After a Workout So You Don’t Break Out

<b>Remove Your Makeup</b><br>"The combination of sweat and wearing makeup can cause a buildup of excess oil," says David E. Bank, M.D., a dermatologist in Mount Kisco, New York. "Since pores open up while sweating, we don't want to block the skin's natural ability to breathe by clogging it up with makeup." …

Five novels every runner should read

Whether we run to escape, to create memories, or to ritualise masochism, being a similarly solitary medium, the intimacy of the novel is perhaps the best way to capture the runner’s psyche<p>Why do we run? In his book on the subject<i>,</i> Mark Rowlands complains that most books about running reframe this …

Books

Emotional Intelligence: The Social Skills You Weren't Taught In School

You're taught about history, science and maths when you're growing up. Most of us, however, aren't taught how to identify or deal with our own …

Emotional Intelligence

When Leaving Becomes Arriving: Poet and Philosopher David Whyte on Ending Relationships

“Sometimes everything has to be inscribed across the heavens so you can find the one line already written inside you.”<p><i>“To love without knowing how to love wounds the person we love,”</i> the great Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh cautioned in his illuminating treatise on love. But even when this incremental …

Literature

15 Easy Crock Pot Meals You Can Prep in 20 Minutes or Less

There’s nothing like the slow cooker to make cooking easy, but during the week it can still be rough to get a home-cooked meal on the table. Happily, with only 20 minutes of prep required (or less!), these 15 recipes make crock pot cooking practically effortless. Whether you’re looking for …

Cooking

The Anti-Aging Products You Should Be Using in Your Twenties, Thirties, and Forties

<b>Sunscreen and Antioxidants</b><br>Beating sun damage to the aging punch is especially important in your twenties. Sun exposure over time is proven to accelerate aging, as it damages the elastin that makes skin look youthful. Jaliman says to use a broad-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen in the morning to protect …

Skin Care

100 Motivational Quotes That Will Inspire You to Be Successful

As entrepreneurs, leaders, and bosses, we must realize that everything we think about we are projecting into the future.<p>Read on to find the words of wisdom that will inspire your heart, motivate your mind in building your business, leading your life, creating success, achieving your goals, and …

Motivation

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

<b>1. Balancing Mask</b><br>Both salt and honey have anti-inflammatory properties to soothe skin and calm breakouts and irritation. They also help to balance oil production and retain hydration in the layers of skin where it's needed most.<p><b>Try it:</b> Mix two teaspoons sea salt (preferably finely ground) with four …

Skin Care

7 Skin Care Ingredients You're Not Using But Should

By now you know the drill: Every few months a new wunderkind skin care ingredient is discovered in a Tahitian jungle or other remote locale, and pretty soon it's everywhere: masks...

#BeautySchool: How to Deal with Oily Skin

The products you need in your routine.<p><b>Question:</b> Is it possible to get rid of oily skin?<p><b>Answer:</b> "Yes, you can fix oily skin with the right skin care products," says esthetician Shani Darden, whose clients include Jessica Alba and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. "The biggest mistake I see is that the …

Education

7 St. Patrick's Day Recipes to Celebrate the Luck o' the Irish

Can't make it to Dublin to celebrate St. Patrick's Day? You can still claim the luck of the Irish, and we've got seven recipes for inspiration.<p>After all, what are holidays if not an excuse to eat?<p><b>Chocolate Stout Cake</b><p>Stout beer. Chocolate chunks. Homemade whipped cream. It's a dessert worthy of a …

Cooking

'Spring Forward' With These 12 Quick Brunch Recipes

These 12 quick brunch recipes are perfect to make when you've lost an hour of sleep (thanks Daylight Savings!).<p>For those of us who like sleep (that is, everyone) it's the most dreaded morning of the year: The day we "spring forward" into Daylight Savings Time. The bad news: We've lost an hour. The …

Breakfast

20 Cakes That Will Turn Your Frown Upside Down

Hope you’re ready to turn things upside down, ’cause these 20 tasty treats do just that. Whether you’re team cake or team pie, we have you covered with this selection of goodies. Featuring both upside down and vertical layer cakes, as well as tarte tatins (both savory and sweet), there’s a little …

Dessert

How to Braise Meat without a Recipe (Seriously!)

By Bon Appétit<p>Learn the basics of braising and you can transform even the toughest cut of meat into a tender, succulent masterpiece. Here's how to braise meat—no recipe necessary.<p>Real talk: You don't need a recipe to make the braise of your dreams. Not that there's anything wrong with following a …

Cooking

How Getting and Staying Fit Changes in Your 20s, 30s, and 40s

<b>Your Body's Built for Exercise</b><br>The 20s are prime time for fitness, says Janet Hamilton, a certified strength and conditioning specialist and exercise physiologist at Running Strong in Atlanta. (Okay, maybe you’ve gained a few pounds since you ran high school track, but some of that weight is …

9 Ways to Use Vinegar for More Beautiful Skin and Hair

<b>Facial Toner</b><br>Mix together one tablespoon apple cider vinegar and two cups water. Moisten a cotton ball, and swipe the mixture over a clean, dry face to tighten skin. Don't rinse (the scent will dissipate quickly). Apple cider vinegar's natural alpha-hydroxy acids and acetic acid will stimulate …

9 Killer Recipes From Chefs Who Will Cook at Expo Milano

If you can't make it to Italy for Expo Milano 2015, you can at least try the nine dishes from the chefs in this amazing lineup.<p>This spring, Expo …

James Beard

20 DIY Beauty Products to Get Pampered on Less

From homemade face masks to body scrubs, butters, and more, try these natural, at-home beauty recipes to get gorgeous on a dime<p>As a morning …

How to Hang Pictures Like a Pro

Take these tips from illustrations to your own home.<p>Take these decorator-sourced tips from illustrations to your own home.

10 All-Natural Skincare Staples You Haven’t Tried Yet

In case you haven’t noticed, safe beauty is having a major moment. And it looks like the message is getting even stronger thanks to wellness-obsessed celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Jessica Alba. Now, even mass retailers are swapping out harsh chemicals with all-natural ingredients and new …

Skin Care

37 Roast Chicken Recipes to Learn, Make, and Master

A good roast chicken is one of the most important recipes you can master—here are some of our favorite versions of the classic.<p><b>Is there anything better than a roasted chicken?</b> It's doubtful. One of the most versatile dinner (and lunch!) staples there is, we like to roast whole chickens and use the …

Cooking

5 Sugar Alternatives to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

5 tips to help satisfy your sweet tooth without adding to your waistline<p>Excess sugar is one of the three primary drivers behind weight gain and a number of common health issues (processed foods and "bad" fats are the two others). Throughout our lives most of us have been programmed to believe a few …

Nutrition

8 Ways To Rev Up Your Metabolism

Steven Macari, holistic health practitioner, nutritionist at Drive 495 and founder of the SLVRBK mat, provides 8 tips to tune up your metabolism.<p>Let's start with the most basic definintion of metabolism—the chemical processes by which a plant or an animal uses food and water to grow, heal and to …

Cameron Diaz's Trainer Shares 7 Tips for an Insanely Fit Body

<b>Switch Up Your Arm Strengtheners</b><br>If you want to get seriously strong arms, Bass says it's important to vary the kinds of arm exercises you do and the weight you use—that's what he does with Cameron. "If you normally do 15 to 20 reps, try adding more weight and do 10," he says.<p><b>Be Sure to Feel the …

Exercise