Melissa Scales

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You'll Win Every Halloween Contest With These Hysterical Costumes

If you're anything like me, a lot of thought goes into a Halloween costume. I used to come up with ideas months before to try to be something equal parts cute and funny. However, I would normally wait too long to pull it together and then my clever idea would give way to a store-bought costume that …

Costumes

This Woman 'Enrolled' In Student Loan Forgiveness -- And Then Learned This

Mary Carroll has spent her career in public service.<p>Like many public servants, in exchange for her public service for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, she intended to benefit from public service loan forgiveness for her federal student loans.<p>Carroll, now 39 and living in …

College & University

Screens are killing your eyeballs, and now we know how

The "blue screen of death" is taking on a whole new meaning.<p>Blue light’s rap sheet is growing ever longer. Researchers have connected the high-energy visible light, which emanates from both the sun and your cell phone (and just about every other digital device in our hands and on our bedside …

Blade Runner

The Vindication of Cheese, Butter, and Full-Fat Milk

A new study exonerates dairy fats as a cause of early death, even as low-fat products continue to be misperceived as healthier.<p>As a young child I missed a question on a psychological test: “What comes in a bottle?”<p>The answer was supposed to be <i>milk</i>. I said <i>beer</i>.<p>Milk almost always came in cartons and …

Low Fat

Why health insurers track when you buy plus-size clothes or binge-watch TV

To an outsider, the fancy booths at last month’s health insurance industry gathering in San Diego aren’t very compelling. A handful of companies …

Health Care

We all cut cable, and now we’re just as screwed on streaming

Cutting the cord doesn’t look like such a bargain these days.<p>First, Sling TV raised the price of its base package last week by $5. Just a day later, …

Sling TV

20 Gonzo Facts About The Muppet Show

The namesake series starring Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy, created by Jim Henson, debuted on American TV screens over 40 years ago. And the zany …

We Found The World's Best Dark Spot Serum At Sephora

Whether you struggle with acne scars, aging spots, hyperpigmentation, sun spots, or just dull skin–everyone needs a dark spot serum in their beauty …

7 Excellent Plus-Size Fashion Brands, According to Tess Holliday

SELF cover star, the plus-size model and fat positivity activist Tess Holliday, is intentional about the fashion brands she supports. “I choose to …

10 Illuminating (and Disturbing) Documentaries About Sex on Netflix

Netflix may not be best known for its documentaries, but the streaming site is full of illuminating docs on a wide variety of subjects, including sex. If you've ever wondered what life is truly like for porn stars or how the sex trade affects women across the world, Netflix has a number of …

Jada Pinkett Smith Gets Explicit in Conversation With Willow About Sex and 'Self-Pleasuring'

Jada Pinkett Smith is opening up a candid conversation about sex.<p>On the latest episode of the actress' hit Facebook Watch series, <i>Red Table Talk</i>, Jada …

How My Dating Life Changed When I Started Demanding I Orgasm Every Time With Every Partner

In the summer of 2015, I came across an interview with Nicki Minaj in <i>Cosmo</i>. In it she said, and I quote, “I demand that I climax. I think women …

Funny Period Jokes That Are, Like, 110% Accurate

"Going to the bathroom to check if your period started even though you know it hasn't..."

The One Thing I Wish I Knew Before Picking New Flooring

You know the material and style you want, but make sure you consider how the new flooring will fit in your space—literally.<p>One of the most …

7 Lava Cakes You Need to Try That Aren't Chocolate

What more is there to lava?<p>June 09, 2018<p>When it comes to fave desserts, mine hands down would have to be chocolate lava cake. With its fudgy cake …

30 Classic Southern Recipes Everyone Needs to Make This Summer

These sensational summer favorites are ripe for the picking.<p>In the South, summertime is best spent with classic Southern comfort food that makes the …

33 Sweetened Condensed Milk Recipes to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Take your dessert to the next level with a can of creamy condensed milk. This pantry staple adds delicious flavor and texture to pies, fudge, bars …

10 Meats That Make Up a Well-Done Charcuterie Board

Pino Tomini Foresti opened Dolce Vita Fine Foods with his wife, Pia, in 1978 after migrating from Calabria in 1972. Almost 40 years later, the …

You've Been Painting Rooms Wrong All These Years

Paint is one of the best ways to dramatically change a room, especially on a low budget. It may seem as simple as deciding on a color, buying paint, …

I'm Still Piecing Myself Together After Living Through Years of Childhood Trauma

<i>According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, approximately 18.5% of adults in the United States experience mental illness every year. That's</i> …

When good TV goes bad: how Frasier Crane destroyed Cheers

There is barely a sitcom from the past 30 years that doesn’t owe some sort of debt to Cheers. Premiering in 1982 and running for 11 seasons, it invented or perfected many of the genre’s most recognisable conventions. Story arcs. Cold opens. The workplace-as-melting pot format of its titular Boston …

How I added four hours of battery life to my smartphone every day for free

I’ve had big-time battery drain issues on my last three iPhones. I just figured it was my fault — maybe I’m too addicted to apps, take too many photos, or just use my phone too much?<p>It’s an issue I’ve gone to Apple for help with many times. But the Genius’s — Apple's retail support — were …

Apps

These Lemon Ricotta Pancakes Are Fit for a Royal Brunch — Delicious Links

<i>Kitchn's</i> <i>Delicious Links</i><i> column highlights recipes we're excited about from the bloggers we love. Follow along every weekday as we post our …

I Tried Taking CBD Oil For My Anxiety To See If It Made Me Calmer

When someone first suggested I take cannabidiol (CBD) to help me calm down, I flat-out refused. "I hate weed," I said firmly, recalling the last time …

The Surprising Ingredient For Better Chocolate Chip Cookies

I consider myself a chocolate chip cookie connoisseur. I’ve rarely had a bad chocolate chip cookie, but there is a world of difference between an …

5 Ways We Perpetuate The Orgasm Gap That You Never Realized, According To A Psychologist

You’ve probably heard of the pay gap between men and women, but another equally effective measure of gender inequality is the orgasm gap— the …

Wherever you are in the world, time is running out for treating gonorrhea

Mark King has had the clap so many times he's renamed it "the applause. "<p>The first time King had gonorrhea, he was a teenager in the late 1970s, growing up in Louisiana.<p>King visited a clinic and gave a fake name and phone number. He was treated quickly with antibiotics and sent on his way.<p>A few …

Public Health

From Pizza Crust to Fried Chicken: The Most Outrageous Ice Cream Flavors You Can Try This Summer

These crazy scoops from parlors across the country are for adventurous dessert eaters only

This 3-Ingredient Creamer Will Upgrade Your Iced Coffee Game

Have you had the vanilla sweet cream in your iced coffee at Starbucks? They rolled out this cold brew creamer two summers ago and I immediately fell …

What’s the Difference Between Cake Flour, Bread Flour, Pastry Flour, and All-Purpose Flour?

How is cake flour different from pastry flour? What makes bread flour and all-purpose flour distinct? Can you substitute one type of flour for …