Sally Bremenkamp

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5 great recipes to celebrate National Banana Bread Day

Happy National Banana Bread Day, as if you needed a questionably designated reason to celebrate the stuff. The method is a perfect way to use ripened bananas, the fruit lending moist texture and rich flavor to your baked goods. Banana bread, whether a classic take or a riff on the old school …

12 Dollar Store Finds That Make Amazing Kitchen Organizers

It doesn't have to cost a fortune to streamline your cooking space.<p>It doesn't have to cost a fortune to streamline your cooking space.

Kitchens

Why Creating A To-Do List Is Derailing Your Success

Most of us make them, but to-do lists make us more stressed and don’t account for how long tasks take. Here are three things to do instead.<p>Nearly two-thirds of professionals write to-do lists, but 41% percent of all to-do list items never actually get done, according to research from the …

Some people are more likely to get bitten by mosquitoes — here’s why

Meanwhile, others seem immune to the pesky things, which have gained increased notoriety lately thanks to the fast-spreading Zika virus, which is transmitted via one species of mosquito.<p>As it turns out, how attractive you are to a mosquito might have less to do with how your blood tastes and more …

How To Take Care Of Your Eyelashes, Because You Really Should

Don't want to lose your lashes? Listen up.<p>If eyes are the windows to our souls, then we definitely want to make sure we're taking care of the curtains -- aka our eyelashes.<p>Beyond enhancing the appearance of eyelashes with mascara, we often don't think about their general health. But we should. …

26 Feelings You Should Experience At Some Point In Your Life

Embrace ALL the emotions.<p>With a birthday coming up, I've been thinking about feelings. I have a lot of them.<p>If there's anything I've learned in my short time on this earth, it's the importance of being in touch with yourself on an emotional level. Each interaction and experience you have sparks a …

What If Your Anxiety or Depression Is Actually "DDD"?

An increasingly common psychological disorder called depersonalization may be going undiagnosed.<p><b>This article originally appeared in the April 2007 issue of ELLE.</b><p>There are many analogies Sandy Gale uses to describe her affliction: It's as if she is separated from others by an invisible barrier, as …

Mental Health

This New Journal Will Teach You to Be More Mindful

It sometimes seems like everyone and their cousin has a must-try solution for our daily anxiety and stress. Between the coloring book sessions, aromatherapy approaches and wearable tech options, sorting the standouts from the duds can be overwhelming. Calm CEO and co-founder Alex Tew saw that …

Mindfulness

This simple illusion shows that you can literally hear with your eyes

Listening to someone speak is a simple process. The sound waves leave their mouth, enter your ear and travel to your brain, where your neurons get busy making sense of those random sounds. It all seems pretty straightforward, right?<p>Well, not quite. As the video below shows, sometimes this very …

Botox, Cough Syrup, And An Anesthetic Are All Being Tested As Antidepressants

Pharma companies are looking at old drugs — including a common cough suppressant, an opiate addiction treatment, and even Botox — for new ways to treat depression.<p>Despite the dozens of prescription drugs on the market for treating depression, up to half of depressed people can’t find relief.<p>That’s …

23 Free Health And Fitness Apps You Need To Download Immediately

Whether you're trying to lose weight, train for a 5k, or just track your sodium intake, there's an app for that.<p>Response in this post have been edited and condensed for clarity.

What you think you know about how men and women shop is wrong

American men spend $10 more than women on clothing and accessories each month, according to a new survey from the Boutique @ Ogilvy, a fashion public-relations firm. The company's poll of 1,232 men aged 18 and up found that they spent an average of $85 per month, compared to the average woman's …

A Must-See Renovation of a 19th-Century Stone House in Texas

Most of us would have considered this Texas Hill Country home far beyond repair.<p>When a couple took on the renovation of a unique home in the Texas Hill Country they found some unexpected delights.

Dining Rooms

Top 10 Books That Will Change Your Life in 2016

Photograph courtesy Getty Images<p>These titles will make you reflect, say yes and choose joy in the year ahead.<p>Our preview of 10 carefully selected …

15 Email Etiquette Rules Every Professional Should Follow

Despite being glued to their reply buttons, plenty of managers still don't know how to use email appropriately.<p>The average US employee spends about a quarter of the work week combing through the hundreds of emails we all send and receive every day.<p>But despite the fact that we're glued to our reply …

Body Language

6 Things the Happiest Families All Have in Common

Family life is hectic. Most of us play it by ear and hope it works out well.<p>Or maybe you haven’t started a family yet but when you do you want to do …

You've Been Eating a Banana Wrong This Whole Time

This sh*t is literally bananas.<p>Bananas are ideal for smoothies and protein shakes, no-churn ice cream, and even Bluth-style chocolate-covered frozen treats. But what most of us don't know is that we're totally overlooking one of its best quality—and tossing it in the trash.<p>Apparently banana peels …

Nutrition

How to Attract Good Luck: 4 Secrets Backed by Research

Ever had a run of bad luck? It feels like the world is actively conspiring against you.<p>Ever wonder if you can improve your luck? And I don’t mean …

Before & After: A Townhouse Kitchen Brightens Up

This kitchen transformation is gorgeous for so many reasons (color! texture!) but I simply can not get over how much a difference the lighting made! …

DIY the $150 Mermaid Pillow

A couple weeks ago the internet was blowing up over this “mermaid pillow.” Everyone was astonished that the sequins could move to reveal a shiny silver side or a matte navy side. I mean, it’s pretty cool and moving the fabric around is pretty addictive, but I thought we all wore dresses like this …

Sewing

16 Perfect Dogs Who Literally Could Never Do Anything Wrong

They're PERFECT.

Psychologists say one behavior is the 'kiss of death' for a relationship

But the minute you open the door and drop your keys on the counter, you find yourself knee-deep in an argument about how he or she bought the wrong type of pepper.<p>Don't worry: It's perfectly normal to get into arguments like these with your significant other every once in a while, John Gottman, a …

Why Some People Are Hurt More by Break-Ups Than Others

A friend once grumbled that, given the choice, she’d rather see her ex miserable than herself happy.<p>Few things in life are as traumatic as the end of …

Try These 6 Money-Saving Challenges Now

Do you have a major goal to spend less or save more in 2016? I'm sure many of us do. But if you're anything like me, you need a challenge to get the …

The Most Overlooked Quality Needed for Relationship Success

How do we know if the person we're dating is the right choice for our long-term happiness? What steps can we take when the partnership we have is becoming less rewarding?<p>Picking the right partner is essential to a relationship's success. Most of us understand this foundational principle, and enter …