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6 Signs That You Are in Need of a 'Mental Health Day'

I first heard the term "mental health day" my junior year in college. Coming up the stairs for an afternoon class, I saw one of my dormmates in her jammies sitting on the step.<p>"Are you okay?" I asked.<p>"Yes, I just needed to take a M.H.D.," she replied.<p>"A what?"<p>"A mental health day. I was just …

12 Weird Beauty Uses for Coconut Oil

Is there anything it can't do?!<p><i>By Augusta Falleta for Beauty High</i><p>Finding a good beauty product is like making a new friend. But finding a product that can help with practically every beauty issue out there is like finding the holy grail. Coconut oil, which is all-natural and available at just about …

7 Life-Changing Lessons I've Learned Living on a Caribbean Island

Lessons are learned every day -- or at least they should be. Whether positive or negative, life is full of daily experiences that change us and affect us. Living on an island in the Caribbean for two years has taught me many valuable lessons I may not have learned living Stateside. In case you …

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9 Things That Mess with Your Hormones

The seemingly innocent habits that throw your body for a loop

Workout Classes You Can Stream From Home

Life is busy. Life is hard. Life is too short to drive all over town just to exercise. When you need to squeeze in a quick workout, stream it straight from your laptop. Here are some of the best fitness options on the web.<p><b>FITFUSION</b><p>Meet your new best friend, FitFusion. It's basically Netflix for …

5 Signs You're Not Relaxing Enough

I spent much of my life as an achiever. From college to a management consulting firm to a technology startup, I always thought that if I did more, it would be better.<p>Except that it wasn't.<p>I was eating compulsively, I felt exhausted by my social commitments and I had no idea what I actually wanted …

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15 Clean-Eating Thanksgiving Recipes

A Turkey Day sans plates on plates of pumpkin pie, fluffy sausage stuffing, sweet tater soufflé, and green bean casserole would be just plain wrong. Thanksgiving is a mighty celebration of calories and you'd be lying if you said you haven't fallen victim to over-indulging at least once on this …

5 Crazy-But-True Ways to Boost Your Fitness Motivation

You won’t believe the surprising tactics that will actually get your butt in gear.<p>Motivation is a tricky thing—and sometimes the best ways to cultivate it aren’t completely obvious. When it comes to these research-backed strategies, that couldn’t be truer. Here are some of the most surprising ways …

The Highlighter Supermodels Swear By

Their secret to such glowy, radiant skin<p><i>This article was written by Phillip Picardi and repurposed with permission from Refinery29.</i><p>About three years ago, celebrity makeup artist Katey Denno told me that I "absolutely needed" this little highlighter pot. "Nine times out of 10, when a beauty editor …

My Journey to Personal Happiness

At the start of each year, I set an intention. The intention is typically summed up in a word. My intention for 2014 was personal happiness. Not just happiness but PERSONAL happiness. It's my favorite feeling of them all!<p>Everyone's definition and understanding of happiness is different.<p>I know …

Make Everything More Fun!

I recently heard a super simple question that has changed the way I approach everything... and that is, "How can I make this more fun?" My friend, Kate Northrup, asked that question during her recent keynote speech at a Hay House event when referring to managing finances, but I've taken that …

3 Keys of Life

1.<b>Gratitude.</b><p>We all have a lot of good things in life. Good health, education, nice family, beautiful home, car, etc. -- the list is endless. What is important is to be grateful for all the blessings that we have. There are millions of people who don't have even the basic amenities of life, like …

Your Kitchen Sponge Is As Revolting As It Smells

The kitchen sponge is <i>the</i> single dirtiest item in your house. Yes, it's nastier than the toilet seat, the garbage can and the diaper genie.<p>"It has a lot of nooks and crannies, so as you clean up a mess with potential pathogens in it, some of the organisms become lodged in between the sponge," Dr. …

Is Mindfulness a Religion?

Mindfulness is truly having its moment right now. It's the Year of Mindful Living, the age of the Mindful Revolution. Mindfulness is branching out from clinical and therapeutic settings and entering classrooms and boardrooms, congressional offices and military bases. Each day, scientific research …

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Why You Need to Love Yourself Unconditionally

I recently spent the weekend at a silent meditation retreat with my fiancé. It's so rare we get extended periods alone to unpack and sort through our thoughts these days.<p>At first it felt a little strange, and it was really hard to resist the urge to share my thoughts and experiences with my fiancé, …

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Love Your Pan: What to Cook (and What Not to) in a Cast Iron

Steak is made for cast iron cooking. A bolognese? Not so much.<p>If we could, we'd shout it from the mountain tops: We love cooking with cast iron. They're durable, efficient, endlessly useful, and make a pretty photo to boot. And yet, for so many, cast iron pans remain tucked away in the furthest …

11 Surprising Perks of Practicing Yoga

There are so many upsides to doing downward dog.

9 Ways to Use Vinegar for More Beautiful Skin and Hair

Even if you never cook, you'll definitely want to grab a bottle.<p>Contrary to popular belief, vinegar—apple cider vinegar, to be exact—may not help you lose weight. But it <i>can</i> help you step up your beauty routine. This multi-tasking ingredient can be used to prevent acne and make nail polish last …

8 Beauty Uses for Baking Soda

Because baking's not the only thing this ingredient is good for<p><i>By Aly Walansky for Daily Makeover</i><p>Baking soda has been a kitchen staple for generations, but it’s also a major player in the beauty realm. The inexpensive product is amazing for tons of DIY beauty and hair treatments. Here’s how you can …

Parsnip Soup With Apples and Walnuts From 'Marcus Off Duty'

If you're of the 'judge a chef by his soup' mindset, this vibrant bowlful from Marcus Samuelsson's new cookbook, <i>Marcus Off Duty</i>, should earn him some high points. Bright as the autumn sun and perfect for a cold day, the warm earthiness of the parsnips and vaguely floral sunchokes fills your mouth …

5 Easy Fall Vegetable Dishes Your Family Will Love

<b>1. Butternut Squash And Tomato Penne With Anchovy Butter Sauce</b><p>You don't have to love butternut squash to love this dish. My husband who doesn't like sweet ingredients in savory dishes can't get enough of this pasta! It's hearty, healthy, colorful and absolutely delicious. Grate a little fresh …

The Best Indian Flatbread to Make at Home

Andrew Zimmern serves up a recipe for Kulcha, a lesser-known Indian flatbread that's more versatile (and easier to make) than naan.<p>North Indian …

Home-Cooked Sundays: Lentil Mushroom Chili

These days, it seems everyone's going "flexitarian." We're dabbling in meatless on Mondays, gluten-free on Tuesdays, and some other dietary decree the rest of the week. Then, come the weekend, we let loose. Balance reigns inside our kitchens; outside, bring on the decadence.<p>It's all quite sensible, …

How Is Vodka Made?

<b>For more food drink and travel videos visit www.potluckvideo.com</b><p>In the video above we went to Cognac, France - the home of Grey Goose - to find out how one vodka goes from grain to bottle.<p>Vodka production starts with a starch, and for most commercial production, that means beginning with wheat. For …

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A Salad for Dinner That Won't Make You Depressed

This isn't your run-of-the-mill leafy green salad; it's got buttery, nutty white beans, charred broccoli, salty anchovies, and a touch of shaved parmesan. Healthy, satisfying, and flavorful, it's an excellent weeknight dinner option.<p>Get the Recipe: White Beans and Charred Broccoli with Parmesan

10 Ways to Roast Pumpkin Seeds Leftover from Jack-O-Lantern Carving

Unfortunately, not all of us can grow fully formed Jack-O-Lanterns like this Frankenstein of a farmer. Instead, we have to carve them and that means …

This Easy Make-Ahead Chickpea Salad With Cumin and Celery is Even Better the Second Day

We all have priorities in life. I'm the kind of guy who, even when I'm roughing it, likes to make sure that both I and those around me are well-fed. Invite me along to your camping weekend? Sounds good. But be prepared to eat, and I'm not talking trail-mix here.<p>For me, the ideal car camping food is …

Don't Wait for Thanksgiving to Try This Pie

A flaky, buttery, pecan pie that'll make you excited for Thanksgiving.<p>Thanksgiving is on the horizon, which means you should probably start experimenting with pie recipes. You know, for practice purposes—not just as an excuse to sample flaky, buttery, bourbon-flavored, sticky-sweet pecan pies like …

10 Asian Noodle Dishes You'll Want to Eat Every Day

<b>1.Yaki Udon</b><p>This dish is so simple yet so flavorful - Japanese udon noodles stir fried in butter and soy sauce and topped with chopped scallions, shredded nori and bonito flakes. A top choice for bar food in Tokyo, pair these thick and chewy noodles with a cold beer for the full izakaya experience.</b> …

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Pomelo and Star Anise From 'Plenty More'

Roasted Brussels sprouts were a thing of beauty in my book already, but in <i>his</i> book, <i>Plenty More,</i> Yotam Ottolenghi created a masterpiece with them, and they're unlike any roasted Brussels sprouts I've ever had. The sprouts and shallots are simply blanched and roasted with salt and pepper, and in the …