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Yoga: Poses To Tone Your Butt

<b>Warrior III</b> Standing on one straight leg, lean forward with your chest until it is in line with your lifted back leg and parallel to the ground. Extend your upper chest and gaze forward as you flex your back foot, keeping your leg straight and all of your toes pointing down. Stay here or extend …

39 Amazing Facts for National Trivia Day

Here's a little-known fact: January 4th is National Trivia Day! Here are some fun facts to impress your neighbors.<p>1. In Japan, letting a sumo …

Pop Culture

How-To: Baking Soda Dough Tea Bag Holders

Tired of fishing for wayward tea bags? Keep those stubborn leaf packets in line with this clever tutorial for making baking soda dough tea bag holders by Misako Mimoko for Handmade Charlotte.<p>This dough is smooth and silky, nice to manip­u­late. It’s non­toxic and safe for kids of all ages. It can …

Crafting

DIY: Mosaic Ornaments from CDs + Video Tutorial

I've been itching to make holiday crafts all year and I'm so excited to share my first one. For this week's DIY project, I'm making some sparkly …

Wrought Iron, Except It's Not.

Before I start talking about this awesome project, I have to give some props to the blogger who inspired it. Her name is Suzy. She has a sitcom. I …

{it’s in the news}

Oooh, all the nifty and thrifty things you can create from old newspaper!<br>This time I decided to weave them into a little basket. It turned out to …

Faux Stained Glass Mosaic Luminary

I’ve always been in love with luminaries. They are very easy to create and the results are so visually stunning that I could stare at them for hours. …

How-To: Diamond Stitch Blanket

It looks like diamonds could be a crocheter’s best friend with this sweet diamond stitch blanket tutorial from happy in red.<p>[via Thread Party]

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How-To: Faux Calligraphy Hand-Lettering

Fancy up your hand-lettering with no additional skills required! Check out these helpful tips for bringing the look and weight of calligraphy to your own handwriting from Emily at Jones Design Company.<p>Ready to give it a try? Head on over to Jones Design Company to see how it’s done.

Typography

How-To: Single Serving Pie in a Jar

This single-serving pie in a jar tutorial from Our Best Bites just might be the cutest dessert idea ever.<p>Plus, you were looking for something fun to do with those mini mason jars that you’ve been collecting, right?<p>Ready to bake some tiny pies? Head on over to Our Best Bites to see how it’s done.

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Flute virtuoso's rare instruments destroyed by US customs

When Canadian flute virtuoso Boujemaa Razgui flew to JFK en route to Boston, his 13 handmade flutes, made from rare reeds, did not arrive with him. …

How the Universe Was Born: An Animated Explanation from CERN

The question of why the world exists has not only puzzled some of history’s greatest minds but has also, at one point or another, occurred to just about every human being. And yet the more we learn, the more we understand how little we actually know: The Big Bang, for instance, turns out to have …

How Long It Takes to Form a New Habit

<i>“We are what we repeatedly do,”</i> Will Durant observed in summarizing Aristotle. <i>“Could the young but realize how soon they will become mere walking bundles of habits, they would give more heed to their conduct while in the plastic state,”</i> William James wrote. But how, exactly, do we rewire our habits …

How to Worry Less About Money: Financial Planning Lessons from Goethe

The question of how people spend and earn money has been a cultural obsession since the dawn of economic history, but the psychology behind it is sometimes surprising and often riddled with various anxieties. In <b>How to Worry Less about Money</b> (<i>public library</i>) — another great installment in The School …

How Should We Live: History’s Forgotten Wisdom on Love, Time, Family, Empathy, and Other Aspects of the Art of Living

<i>“He who cannot draw on three thousand years is living from hand to mouth,”</i> Goethe famously proclaimed. Thomas Hobbes extolled <i>“the principal and proper work of history being to instruct, and enable men by the knowledge of actions past to bear themselves prudently in the present and providently in</i> …

The F**k It List

Yep, this is the time of year when everyone has stated their resolutions, hopes and other long lists of <i>to-dos.</i><p>Perhaps, you may have even assembled a "bucket list"? <i>Well... welcome to my "f**k it list."</i><p>Taking life too seriously leaves little space for any new, exciting adventures to make their way …

Lower Body Travel-Friendly Workout

Exercise 1 Glute Bridge<p>Loop a mini band above your knees and lie faceup on the floor, knees bent and the soles of your feet turned toward each other <b>(a)</b>. Raise your hips so your body forms a straight line from knees to shoulders, then drive your knees outward <b>(b)</b>. Pause for up to three seconds, then …

Abs Exercises Better Than Crunches

10 Abs Exercises Better Than Crunches<p>Sayonara, situps! Kick your abs workout into overdrive by trying one of these killer tummy-toning moves.<p>If you still think that doing crunches will score you amazing abs, you're in for a rude awakening. Flattening your belly requires multi-muscle exercises that …

Why do we kiss under the mistletoe?

Because it remains green year round, this parasitic plant has long been associated with fertility.<p>To the best of my knowledge, I never saw live mistletoe until after relocating to Europe. But the leafless trees in Germany make it plain that mistletoe is everywhere here.<p>European mistletoe, <i>Viscum</i> …

Why breakfast is essential for losing weight

A breakfast routine of healthy, tasty choices can help you shed the pounds, and keep them off.<p>So you’re looking to lose weight and need some easy …

Exercise is Medicine

Can Exercise Replace Medication?<p>A new study suggests that working out is even more powerful than we thought<p>Thinkstock<p>Only about a third of U.S. doctors prescribe exercise in primary care—but new <i>British Medical Journal</i> research may encourage them to add physical activity to their arsenal. Exercise …

4 Yoga Moves for a Better Butt

These poses are the fastest way to a backside that will make everyone jealous<p>There are some seriously cute yoga pants out there that can take you from mat to cocktails, but here's the catch: They're all pretty tight. The good news is that you don't need to hit up Google for the best butt workout …

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