Melanie Kooser

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Crack Potatoes Recipe

"They call these 'crack potatoes' because you can't stop eating them!"<p>Ingredients<p>1 (28 ounce) package frozen hash browns<p>2 (16 ounce) containers sour …

Recipes

6 Fascinating Plants Your Home is Missing

So, you're thinking about doing some redecorating. And, in addition to switching up your wall art and accent pillows, maybe you want to introduce …

Plants

What is gaslighting? And how do you know if it's happening to you?

It’s an unfortunate reality that happens in personal relationships and by public figures to the peoples they serve.<p>“Oh come on. I never said that.”<p>“You’re just being overly sensitive.”<p>“I don’t know why you’re making such a big deal out of this…”<p>Psychologists use the term “gaslighting” to refer to a …

Domestic Violence

These Are Not Emotional Problems, They Are Problems With Negative Emotions Attached to Them.

Do you sometimes feel like you must have something terribly wrong with your brain, that you respond to things inappropriately or with too much …

Self-help

The Best Foot Peels (Beyond Baby Foot), According to Foot and Nail Experts

Sandal season often goes hand in hand with unsightly calluses and cracked heels, since the thwacking of a clog or flip-flop can harden the soles of …

Skin Care

9 Houseplants That Can Help Repel Bugs

There are few things more unpleasant than being curled up in bed with a good book, your pup on your feet, about to sink into sleep... and then …

Plants

40 Cool PVC Hacks That Can Make Your Home More Beautiful

As you may have noticed, we love discovering new and ingenious ideas when it comes to repurposing old stuff or using basic items to create unique and …

DIY

Brilliant Tip for Painting in Tight Quarters

Did you ever wonder how to paint behind a toilet or radiator without moving or disassembling it? Try the world’s thinnest disposable paintbrush. Glue …

Painting

The Best—And Worst—Foods For Diabetics

If you have type 2 diabetes or are at high risk for the disease, you know that soda, candy, and doughnuts won't exactly do you any favors. That's because eating too many of these sugar-loaded refined carbs over time can lead to consistently elevated blood sugar levels and insulin resistance—which …

Nutrition

All You Need Is 1 Dumbbell For These 20 Intense, Muscle-Building Moves

Get in an amazing workout by incorporating these unique strength-training moves — they only use one dumbbell. Some of these exercises work both sides of the body at once, while others target one side at a time, which may reveal to you which parts of your body are weakest. This will help to …

Workouts

Low-Maintenance Perennials for Your Southern Garden

No green thumb required<p>Who wants to fuss with annuals when you can tend a garden of lovely perennials? Perennials are great foundation plants for …

How to Build Invisible Bookshelves

Create these incredibly simple no-shelf bookshelves that'll leave your guests scratching their heads.<p>Stick two hoop strips to the center of the back …

7 Easy Ways to Lose Belly Fat (and Keep It Off!)

If you've been battling a thicker waist for years, here are seven things you can do every day to effectively ditch belly fat for good!

Fitness

9 signs you’re dealing with an emotional manipulator

We all know what it feels like to be emotionally manipulated. It can be extremely effective, which is why some unscrupulous individuals do it so much.<p>…

Emotional Intelligence

15 Awesome Storage Ideas for Small Laundry Spaces

Your laundry space may not be your <i>favorite</i> room in the house, but you bet we can all agree that it is often overlooked and overworked. Since we spend …

Here Are the 14 Habits of Highly Miserable People

How to succeed at self-sabotage.Most of us claim we want to be happy—to have meaningful lives, enjoy ourselves, experience fulfillment, and share …

Self-help

Hunting for a lost Dutch masterpiece looted by the Nazis... and finding it 70 years later

In September 2015 a small party assembled in Mansion House, London, for a private tour of the institution's world- renowned collection of Dutch and Flemish paintings. Among the group was a sprightly 94-year-old Dutch woman, Charlotte Bischoff van Heemskerck, along with members of her family and …

An illustrative guide to common words people tend to misuse

We’ve all been there. There are just certain words that sound so much alike even though they have completely different meanings. And sometimes, when …

10 Truths to Keep You Going When Everything Goes Wrong

<i>“Today, on my forty-seventh birthday, I reread the suicide note I wrote on my twenty-seventh birthday about two minutes before my girlfriend, Carol,</i> …

This Photo Breaks Down Which Foods Help You Burn Fat — and Which Ones Make It Harder

Eating healthy is more than just about shedding pounds — though that's definitely a perk. More importantly, a good diet will result in increased energy and help you feel better overall. According to fat-loss coach Chad Hargrove, "This stuff isn't rocket science. There's no special diet." But there …

Nutrition

The 56 Most Brilliant PVC Hacks You’ve Ever Seen

What can’t you do with PVC pipe? Here are 56 incredibly smart (and cheap!) ways to use this do-it-all material around your home and workshop.<p>Keep …

The FBI says you should reboot your router. Should you?

Last Friday, the FBI issued a report recommending that everyone reboot their routers. The reason? "Foreign cyber actors have compromised hundreds of thousands of home and office routers and other networked devices worldwide."<p>That's a pretty alarming PSA, but also a somewhat vague one. How do you …

Wi-Fi

This Product Meant for Babies Transformed My Skin

I have access to all the "grown-up" products I could want, but I'll stick with this one for babies.<p>As a beauty editor, I get to test a lot of new and …

14 Most Clever Gardening Tips And Ideas

Whether you like to get your hands dirty in the garden or not, it’s nice to have a few gardening tips and ideas up your sleeve. Here are some of my …

These Crispy Asparagus Fries Are Packed With Flavor — but Are Still Good For You!

<i>Lighten up your fries by swapping heavy potatoes with crunchy asparagus! Spears are tossed in cheesy nutritional yeast and almond meal for a dose of healthy fats and protein, via PaleoHacks.</i><p>Spring is in the air with this garden-fresh French fry alternative. No need to sacrifice flavor to achieve …

Food

How to delete your Google history

Like Facebook and Apple before it, Google has introduced a new user privacy policy to comply with a new European data privacy law -- General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) -- that goes into effect on May 25. Google's updated privacy policy makes it easier to understand what information it …

GDPR

If You Want To Master Your Life, Learn To Organize Your Feelings

People who are controlled by their emotions typically have something in common: they tend to only do what feels most comfortable. In other words, their emotions are organized into “feels good” and “feels bad,” not “feels good” or “does good.”<p>Processing trauma doesn’t feel good but it does good. …

Self-help

Why you eat more at night — and how to curb your hunger

It's not simply a lack of willpower fueling your nighttime binge. Your brain is wired to seek food in the evening.<p>We’ve all heard the advice to close down the kitchen after a certain time, which makes sense: nighttime snacking can quickly get out of hand, and has the potential to seriously derail …

University of Pennsylvania

This husband-and-wife team ran with wolves for years. Here’s what they learned.

For six years in the 1990s, documentary filmmaker Jim Dutcher lived among a pack of wolves in Idaho. His wife, Jamie, joined him in 1993, and together they witnessed acts of wolf devotion, compassion and rivalry. The Dutchers have documented the sights and sounds of their pack mates, producing six …

Wildlife

This Is the Nutrition Program That Helped Haley Drop 30 Pounds in 3 Months

Usually when people are on a weight-loss journey, they change up their workouts and their diet, but Haley only did one of the two. She kept up her normal workout schedule, but she completely altered her diet, thanks to Renaissance Periodization. Within just three months, she lost around 30 pounds. …

Fitness