Natalia Shevchuk

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How to make a great coffeecake, plus some useful oven tips

You'll love the subtle tang and light texture of this simple coffeecake recipe from Heirloom Bakery and Cafe in South Pasadena. Brown sugar, cinnamon, pecans and chocolate chips form a crumbly topping that marbles the cake throughout. A slice is sure to brighten any morning.<p>KITCHEN TIP: Do you know …

Affordable Flower Alternatives to Pricy Wedding Flowers

As much as you'd love to throw down a pretty penny on those oh-so-pretty peonies, unfortunately money doesn't grow on trees (or flowers in your case) — and you don't have the budget for them. Bummer, we know. Weddings are expensive, and like many brides, you may not have the luxury of splurging on …

This Stock Has A 12.69% Yield And Sells For Less Than Book

NorthStar Realty Finance Corp (NYSE: NRF) has been named as a Top 10 Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), according to Dividend Channel, which published its most recent <i>”DividendRank”</i> report. The report noted that among REITs, NRF shares displayed both attractive valuation metrics and strong …

Investing

How to Set Better Priorities in a Startup (in 5 Actionable Steps)

<i>To be effective in startups, you need to set better priorities--here's how.</i><p>Priorities can make or break your business. In a startup, you have a finite amount of resources--your revenue will be relatively low, you won't have much flexibility with the capital you have on-hand, and of course, there …

Startups

Why I give my employees $1,000 to do whatever they want

Another one billed us for a $190 real estate course.<p>And then there was the surprise bill for $82 worth of pottery making classes.<p>I signed off on each expense with a smile on my face.<p>These employees are taking advantage of an allowance we're offering Nestio staff: $1,000 a year to do (almost) …

The key to happiness at work isn’t money–it’s autonomy

When I was around 10 years old, my stay-at-home dad went back to work. For the next few years, he switched jobs a lot. For a while he took portraits in a photography studio; another time, he managed a bookstore. He told me more than once that he was looking for a job with plenty of autonomy. He was …

Employment

This startup gives credit ratings based on personality

<i>For more stories from WIRED's mission-driven businesses package, click here.</i><p>Two billion people in the world don't have a credit score or any …

12 Creative Ways to Declutter Your Home

A simplified, uncluttered life comes with its fair share of benefits: less to clean and organize, less stress, more money, and more energy for things …

How To Turn Sadness Into Creativity

A dysfunctional family is more than disagreement or constant arguments. Anything from plain neglect, to abuse and even verbal and physical violence …

This Woman Read 500 Self-Help Books So You Don't Have To

All the lessons of a bookshelf's worth of reading boiled down to five simple lessons.<p>These days, no one suffers from a shortage of reading material. From great online content to endless book recommendations and must-read lists, most of us struggle to fit in all the reading we want to do rather than …

How to Make Your Love Life Work When You're Both Busy as Hell

If it doesn't bring you joy...<p>If your schedule so packed with obligatory dinner dates that you barely get any quality time with bae, it might be time to de-clutter your calendar and scrap all the crap you don't <i>really</i> want to do. (We're talking coffee dates with your frenemy; you still have to pay …

Parenting Is First About My Sin

The single greatest lesson I’m learning in six years of parenting twin boys — and now eighteen months with a daughter — is that parenting is first …

Evernote vs OneNote: The Best App for Note-Taking, Researching and Organizing?

After I accidentally threw my Macbook out of a moving car and couldn’t afford another one, I’d suffered with a Windows machine for 2 years before …

This Ten Minute Hack Will Radically Improve Your Productivity

<i>What tips or hacks have saved you the most time and/or energy in your life? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by David Kadavy, author of Design for Hackers, solopreneur, gentleman neuroscientist</b> …

These 21 foolproof sales tips will help you close deals faster and make tons of money

Sales is hard. Some people say it's more art than science.<p>Selling can get especially tricky in today's tech environment, where things change so fast.<p>To help you master the art of selling, Salesforce recently published an e-book called "100 Sales Tips for 2016."<p>We put together 21 of the best tips …

Salesforce

Lowdown on Barclays' 100% mortgage, a new online bank and news on rent rises

Plus, homes in castles, the ‘Beverley Hills of Britain’ revealed and no-smell socks<p>Hello and welcome to this week’s Money Talks – a roundup of the week’s biggest stories and some things you may have missed.

Why You're a Better Investor Than the Super Rich

New evidence suggests the 0.1% were quick to panic during the financial crisis.<p>The media likes to portray the super rich as savvy — if not, ahem, …

A scone recipe from the Savoy hotel London, plus tips for buttermilk substitutes

They may appear small, but these cute little scones — delicate, flaky and not overly sweet — pack a lot of flavor. The recipe comes from the Savoy hotel in London. The scones are studded with raisins or other dried fruit, and the richness of the butter and eggs are offset by the subtle tang of …

Baking

Dear Teacher, I Think I Need To Explain A Few Things

Dear Teacher,<p>Hey, it’s me. Remember me? The one who accidentally brought peanut cookies to the holiday party, nearly killing two of your students? …

What your husband really wants

Let's assume, ladies, that you married a decent guy. If not, then you probably ought to be reading a different article, one that I'm not particularly …

Relationships

5 Ways Incredibly Productive People Master Their Time

Napoleon Bonaparte said, "Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in."<p>This is a great lesson to remember when we're at war with ourselves; when we know what we should be doing but can't seem to help putting it off.<p>Maybe we put if off for an hour. Maybe …

Planning a Kid's Birthday Party, Pinterest vs. Reality: Star Wars Edition

Pinterest makes DIY kids' birthday parties look great, but the reality behind creating them is a little different. Here's what happened when I tried …

5 Things To Remember Before Launching Your Startup

Avoiding These Five Words Could Save Your Marriage

Avoiding these five words could save your spouse from disappointment and resentment.<p>"It's going to get better."<p>These five words have been the origin of dozens of arguments I've had with my entrepreneur-husband. He would say this whenever I complained about his travels, his depleted energy, or how …

3 Stocks for Beginning Investors to Buy

No matter what your experience investing in stocks, these three businesses are a great place to start.<p>Investing in the stock market might seem …

Investing

Do This Calorie-Blasting Superset Workout Anywhere You've Got Room to Squat

No equipment, FTW.<p>This do-anywhere workout—developed by New York City trainer Alex Silver-Fagan—will zap calories and sculpt you all over, and won't ask for a damn thing besides your body weight.<p><b>Do It:</b> Starting with Superset 1, do one rep of each move, then two reps of each, then three; continue …

The most common marketing mistake startups make

I’ve seen the same basic marketing mistake play out at some of the best software companies in the world: If your marketing team needs help from engineering to update their website (publish new posts, edit copy, upload images, etc.), then they have been set up to fail.<p>This mistake is most often made …

Nana's Chocolate Vinegar Cake Is the Greatest Recipe of All Time

A thrifty Depression-era hack just happens to make one of the fluffiest cakes around.<p><i>You know those recipes we hold near and dear to our hearts because they really are the greatest of all time? Well, our Greatest Recipe of All Time series is where we wax poetic about them. Today, senior designer</i> …

These Verses in the Book of Revelation About Jesus’ Second Coming Have Sparked a Heated Theological Battle — but Who Really Has It Right?

When it comes to the theological circumstances surrounding the Second Coming of Christ — the biblical belief that Jesus will one day return to Earth — American pastors espouse a variety of divergent viewpoints, especially when it comes to the contents of Revelation 20.<p>Charisma House<p>At the center of …