Melissa Valdez

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Inside The Most Kick-Ass Cannes Party Villas

When the stars party at the Cannes Film Festival, they head to the many beautiful villas of the French Riviera—many with colorful, glamorous pasts …

Walking on Fallen Sequioas

Chicken Wonton Soup, A Chinese Recipe with Over 2000 Years of History by CiCi Li

Wontons look a lot like dumplings, and of course both have a specially prepared filling sealed inside a flour-based wrapper. In ancient times wontons …

Food & Dining

Vietnamese Iced Coffee

Makes 1 Servings<p>May 2012Print<p>Ingredients<p>2 tablespoons dark-roast ground coffee (preferably Trung Nguyen Premium Blend or Café Du Monde Coffee with Chicory)<p>2 tablespoons (scant) sweetened condensed milk<p>Recipe Preparation<p>There are two ways to make Vietnamese coffee. The simplest method is to steep …

Coffee

I Loved You Yesterday I Love You Still

10 Moms Give Sanity-Saving Advice to First-Time Parents

Lessons you do not want to learn the hard way<p>If you're on your way to having your first baby, chances are you're freaking out a little—or a lot—about becoming a parent. Totally understandable! To help you as you venture off into the great unknown of mommyhood, we asked veteran moms to spill what …

#WhatIWishAmericaKnew

I read the note cards and my heart sank; the what I wish my teacher knew note cards coming from a 3rd grade classroom that spoke of lives so much …

Entertaining Kindergarten Kids

If you are planning to have a gathering that includes a lot of kindergarten kids, perhaps your child's classmates, you had better be prepared to …

5 Apps To Teach Your Kids About Money

Hey now, April is Financial Literacy Month. Not that exciting, I know. But you know what is exciting? The cool new apps that will help you teach your kids about money. I mean, if your kids are like mine, they’re hogging your phone or tablet all the live-long day anyway. Might as well make them …

23 Cheap And Easy Tricks Every Gardener Should Know

Plant that cash back in your wallet.

23 Simply Brilliant DIY Paper Wall Art Projects That Will Transform Your Decor

Wall art pieces are really hard if not impossible to define as an entire category in just a few words. Sublime copper penny compositions or paper …

16 neon DIY projects to make your home look brighter

Give your home a fresh pop of color.<p>Using bright, neon hues can be a little intimidating, but there are plenty of beautiful (and subtle) ways to use …

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<i>These Berry Cheesecake Crumble Bars are the perfect marriage between cobbler and cheesecake. Featuring strawberries and blueberries in a creamy</i> …

12 Pasta Salads Just in Time for Spring

Changes to your fashion and beauty looks aren’t the only things that need an overhaul come springtime — your collection of recipes could also use a bit of a kick. Let’s face it: Now that the weather is filled with sunny days and sultry nights, the last thing you want to do is to be stuck slaving …

Elephantastic, our annual celebration of pachyderms, takes place from 10 a.m....

Do something about the status of your elephants. They are being treated poorly, in small confinement, beaten with a weapon, caretakers lying about …

Vanilla Coconut Flour Cupcakes

I really adore our coconut flour; it’s one of my favorite gluten-free flours to use in baking. But I do know that coconut flour can be a little …

Conan O’Brien Breaks Out of the Bubble

The Wichita State University mascot is an anthropomorphized stalk of wheat called the Wu-Shock. It has a choppy thatch of fried yellow hair, a …

University of California

Three Simple and Fun Experiments That Can Be Done With Balloons

Dave Hax shares three simple and fun experiments that can be done with balloons in a recent video. The video demonstrates how to prevent a balloon …

Vinegar

While you were sleeping, your brain was working overtime

Sleep has profound importance in our lives, such that we spend a considerable proportion of our time engaging in it. Sleep enables the body—including the brain—to recover metabolically, but contemporary research has been moving to focus on the active rather than recuperative role that sleep has on …

Sleep

Anthropologist explains why we cheat on people we love

Simply put, she says, that person becomes the center of the world. You have an intense craving to be with that person, not just sexually, but emotionally. You can list the things you don't like about them, but all that gets pushed aside and you focus only on what you do like about them.<p>"It's an …

How To Make English Muffins at Home

<b>Make the dough starter:</b> Mix the flour, water, and yeast for the starter in a small mixing bowl. Beat until the batter is smooth and glossy, about 100 …

Spread It Around: Peanut Butter Recipes Worth Talking About

April 2 is National PB and J Day, and as die-hard peanut butter fans, we’re ready to lay it on thick. Out of respect for the venerable spread, however, we’re thinking beyond jam and bread.<p>Save the sandwiches for quick lunches -- today calls for a special treat. These bars are guaranteed to make …

DIY: How to create a vertical garden with upcycled wood pallets

If you were wondering how to turn your balcony or a small backyard into a green oasis, look no further: a pallet garden is an ideal solution that …

The Correct Way(s) To Load A Dishwasher

The dishwasher! The perennial optimization problem. Even the chronically untidy have been known to harbor strong opinions on efficient loading …

Nasa finds evidence of a vast ancient ocean on Mars

A huge primitive ocean covered one-fifth of the red planet’s surface, making it warm, wet and ideal for alien life to gain a foothold, scientists say<p>A massive ancient ocean once covered nearly half of the northern hemisphere of Mars making the planet a more promising place for alien life to have …

Paranormal

IS attacks Christian villages in northeastern Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants attacked a string of predominantly Christian villages in northeastern Syria on Saturday, touching off heavy …

Microsoft Is About To Deal A Harsh Blow To Android

According to The Wall Street Journal, Microsoft will be a minority investor in a $70 million round that values Cyanogen in the hundreds of millions.<p>Cyanogen's Android powers the OnePlus One, a smartphone that got lots of great reviews last year and was so popular that it experienced shortages.<p>The …