Melissa Stephens

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Will You Be Able to Help Your College-Age Child in a Medical Emergency?

Early one October morning, Sheri E. Warsh, a mother of three from Highland Park, Ill., stepped out of the shower to a ringing phone. On the other …

Obama Almost Allied with ISIS Against Assad in Syria

RUSH: I happen to have here in today’s audio sound bite roster an example of something I just mentioned about how the left disqualifies people from …

DIY: Hanging Garden Shelves for a Small Space

Do not be scared off by the power tools. Designer Ben Uyeda’s hanging garden shelves are actually easy to make (well, at least according to the …

Garden Tech: An App to Water Your Lawn

What can’t a smartphone do these days? It can buy you lattes, find out the baseball score, and measure how many steps you take in a day. It can check …

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Ten of the best herbs to grow in containers

After describing the benefits of growing herbs at home in containers, our vertical veg man picks his favourites<p>Herbs are one of the most rewarding container crops. Most are also easy to grow. Still, there are a few things to bear in mind if you want to make sure your potted herbs reach their bushy, …

Alys Fowler: how to repot a houseplant

It was a distraction tactic; I was supposed to be cleaning my house for a guest who would notice if my floor didn't sparkle, but instead I repotted my houseplants. Life is too short to be judged on your housework, but I would hate anyone to notice that my mother-in-law's tongue is less than …

Tag: DIY

DIY: How to Clean and Care for Garden Pruners<p>by Erin Boyle<p>How to Repot an Orchid (Without Killing It)<p>by Kristina Hacker<p>How to Navigate the NYC Flower …

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6 Ways to Avoid Having a Health Insurance Claim Denied - Consumer Reports

Whether you're shopping for a new health insurance plan during this open-enrollment period, or decide to stick with the same insurance, you might run …

Photos That Sell Your House - Consumer Reports News

Used to be that curb appeal was the best way to get home buyers in the door. But now most people start house hunting online where they can click …

Portable Inverter Generator Tests - Consumer Reports News

Honda EU7000is<p>There’s nothing like the approach of a possible hurricane, such as this season's first named storm, Tropical Storm Arthur, to get …

Tastiest Salad Dressings | Consumer Reports

Prevent Dehydration - Consumer Reports News

Why water matters<p>Photo: somchaij<p>Without water, most of us would perish within a week. It accounts for up to 75 percent of our body weight, and even …

Luggage Buying Guide

Leading an adventurous and well-traveled life comes with baggage. Well, luggage at least.<p>If your kit and kaboodle has seen some mileage, buying new …

Laundry Care Tricks from a Costume Master

Luke McDonough knows a thing or two about laundry care. As costume master of the Public Theater — which stages the iconic Shakespeare in the Park productions every summer in Central Park — McDonough has to make sure the wardrobe worn by the actors every night is spotless, even through extreme heat …

6 Reasons to Nix Hosting a Sleepover Party

It starts with the cajoling from your daughter: "Please, please, please, can I have a sleepover party for my birthday?" followed by promises that she'll be good and everyone will go to sleep early and it will be totally great! Something inside you resists, in large part because the idea of shushing …

6 Hygiene Products You Should Never Share with ANYONE

<b>Razors</b> <br>Case studies of razors contributing to the transmission of hepatitis B, C, and HIV all abound, according to dermatologist Bethanee J. Schlosser, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Women's Skin Health Program for Northwestern Medicine. "Sharing of razors has also been known to cause transmissions …

Identity Theft | Traveling - Consumer Reports News

The last thing you want to deal with while you're on vacation is a lost or stolen credit card, drivers license, or smart phone. Luckily there are …

The Ultimate List of Online Resources for Being a Better Photographer

We thought it would be helpful to put together a list of resources that photographers generally use and how they use them. This is a bit of a “living …

Tone Your Abs on a Mat: 5 Moves Better Than Crunches

<b>Modified V-Up</b> <br>Lie faceup on the floor with your legs straight and your arms at your sides <b>(A)</b>. In one movement, quickly lift your torso into an upright position as you pull your knees to your chest <b>(B)</b>. Lower your body back to the starting position. That's one rep.<p><b>Foam Roller Reverse Crunch with</b> …

8 Ways To Make Your Road Trip Even Better

8 apps to download now.<p>Everyone knows the essentials for a successful road trip—good company, good music and A LOT of snacks. Whether you're planning to head to your favorite cross-country vacation spot or hopping in a car with no destination at all, be sure to add these apps to your must-have list.

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Booking a Hotel? These Cities Have the Highest Hotel Taxes -- Consumer Reports

Tourists expect to pay a princely sum for a sweet suite in glitzy San Francisco or New York. But double-digit hotel tax rates in many destinations …

Understanding Golden Hour, Blue Hour and Twilights

We all know that light is the crucial element in photography. Understanding how it behaves and the factors that influence it is mandatory.<p>For …

Flatten Your Belly with This Killer Ab Workout

Exercise 1 Basic Workout: Plank<p>Starting at the top of a pushup position, bend your elbows and lower yourself down until you can shift your weight from your hands to your forearms. Your body should form a straight line. Brace your abs (imagine someone is about to punch you in the gut) and hold for …

The Day I Left My Son in the Car

The day it happened was no different from most; I was worried, and I was running late. I was worried because in a few hours’ time I was going to be …

13 Google Search Tricks That Make Life A Whole Lot Easier

You <i>think</i> you know how to Google? You don't know how to Google.<p>Even the most seasoned Googler might not know every tip and trick available with just a few extra keystrokes in the search bar. Consider this your instructions manual for the world's most popular search engine.<p>Define A Word<p><b>The Scenario:</b> …

Freedom to Marry & Dissent, Rightly Understood

Historically and across cultures, marriage has been the institution that unites <b>a man and woman as husband and wife to be father and mother</b> to …