Tara Smith

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15 houseplants for improving indoor air quality

A breath of fresh air<p>In the late '80s, NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America studied houseplants as a way to purify the air in …

10 Easy DIY Free Greenhouse Plans

Gardening is a relaxing and rewarding hobby. If you are a person who seeks to be independent, a garden can help you achieve that. In that regard, …

Gardening

Comet Will Buzz Mars Sunday: How to See It in Telescopes

A comet is on course for a super-close approach to the planet Mars this Sunday (Oct. 19) in a rare celestial encounter. And if you have a …

85 Homemade Pasta Sauce Recipes That Aren't Marinara

These non-marinara, creative pasta recipes will come in handy when you want to give red sauce a rest.<p>We'll always love marinara, but it's time we started seeing other sauces. From vibrantly green pesto to fiery chili oil, these pasta toppers are perfect for when you need a break from the red sauce.

No-Boil Mac and Cheese

8 Servings<p>Active Time: 30 min<p>Total Time: 1 min<p>Skip a step when making mac and cheese by not precooking the pasta. Instead, mix the dried pasta with a thinner-than-usual bèchamel sauce, and it will bake perfectly in just 30 minutes.<p>January 2013Print<p>Ingredients<p>1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, …

How To Make a Fruit Fly Trap

We've all experienced it at one point: fruit flies, first a few then an infestation surrounding your fruit bowl. They're pesky little critters, but …

Cleaning

Pumpkin Cinnamon Overnight Pull-Apart French Toast with Vanilla Maple Butter

<i>Updated on</i> <i>by</i> Averie Sunshine<p>If a crockpot is the equivalent of a set-it-and-forget-it dinner solution, this is the parallel equivalent for …

Top 10 Ways To Master Self-Control

From staying up too late, to checking emails obsessively, to eating too many carbs, self-control is something we all struggle with on a daily basis. Although some of us may fail to believe it, we all possess the ability to develop self-control. It is a quality that separates us from the animal …

Top 5 Moves to Increase Energy and Focus at Work

<i>(Lunch-time workout with http://www.FindtheBest.com)</i><p>There are days when we are fired up, <b>taking on any challenge</b> that comes our way with beaming energy. Then there are days that feel like they drag on forever, when curling up on a couch with a good book would be preferable. Unfortunately, the latter …

Yoga

5 Things You Need to Stop Telling Yourself if You Want to Be Happy

Too many of us are content to live a good enough life. If we were asked what happiness means, we wouldn't have an answer, because we gave up on happiness long ago.<p>There are many people in some really difficult situations; they're living through things that we'll never understand, but there are …

Happiness

21 of the Best Budget Skincare Buys Under $8

Ladies, pampering yourself is sooo important. Finding a skincare routine that works for you is crucial to showing off beautiful and flawless skin. But what’s a girl on a budget to do when all those fancy skincare products seem to cost an arm and a leg? Fear not. We’ve found several fabulous …

Skin Care

21 Beauty Oils That Should Be on Your Vanity

For the longest time, oils got a bad rap in the beauty industry. But not all oils are created equal — and, in fact, some of them have been shown to be very, <i>very</i> good for you. We took a trip down the oil slick before, and we’re going once again. From the oil cleansing method to hair conditioners and …

With the Right Camping Stove, You Can Eat Like a King in the Backcountry

Let’s get one thing straight: there is no “perfect” stove. Most work <i>just well enough</i> to provide a meal in an unfamiliar place. The trick to buying …

9 Soups to Make with Leftover Roast Chicken

From classic chicken noodle to fantastic a Vietnamese-inspired version, here are nine amazing soups that take advantage of leftover roast …

15 Healthy High-Fiber Foods That Make You Feel Full and Satisfied

Fill up (and not out) with these good-for-you, high-fiber foods

How To Meditate Part III: Mindfulness Of Feelings

In a previous post, I explored the first foundation of mindfulness, mindfulness of the body.<p>The second foundation of mindfulness is mindfulness of …

This Is What Your Skin Looks Like Before And After Sunblock

You're definitely going to want to wear sunscreen after watching this.

Cold-Brew Coffee Like a Pro

It used to be the sole domain of coffee connoisseurs but now it’s the must-have sip of the summer: cold-brew iced coffee. Why cold brew? The long, cool soak allows coffee’s nuanced aromas and rich flavors to come through, minus the bitterness and acidity released by contact with hot water.<p>Jonathan …

Coffee

Bean chilli recipe

A colourful vegetarian chili made with kidney beans and black beans in a thick tomato sauce<p>SERVES<p><i>6</i><p>INGREDIENTS<p>1½ tbsp groundnut oil<br>• 2 onions, roughly chopped<br>• ½ red pepper, halved, deseeded and cut into cubes<br>• ½ green pepper, halved, deseeded and cut into cubes<br>• 500g (1lb 2oz) butternut squash, peeled and …

Gas Station Karaoke Funny

How to Take Professional Quality Photos With a Phone by Household Hacker

Household Hacker demonstrates how to take professional quality photos with a phone in a new instructional video. To pull off this technique, users …

Broiled Chicken - How to Grill Chicken in the Oven

41 Quick & Easy School Lunch Ideas to Pack for Your Kids

It's back-to-school time, and we've got 41 quick and easy lunch ideas to keep your kids happy—or at least relatively so.<p>Sometimes, parents write small notes of appreciation to put in their kids' lunchboxes. Which is sweet. But you know what they say: Actions speak louder than words. Make one of …

Cold-Brew Iced Coffee Concentrate

Makes 5 cups concentrate<p>Cold brew goes down easy, but watch out: This is high-octane stuff. For a clear liquid, use coarsely ground coffee. (Finely ground beans make for a cloudier drink.)<p>July 2012Print<p>Ingredients<p>12 ounces coarsely ground fresh coffee beans<p>Milk (optional)<p>Recipe Preparation<p>Place …

A Quantitative Description of the Sounds of Cracks During Roasting

Photo by Michael Allen Smith<p>A University of Texas acoustician with a personal passion for coffee has led research toward a potentially automated …

How the Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony Works

The Ethiopian coffee ceremony is much more than sipping a good cup of joe. It's an important cultural ritual that's been passed from generation to …

10 Best Coffee Grinders for Every Budget (Updated for 2018)

<i>Last Updated October, 2017: We’ve added other expert opinions on the 10 best coffee grinders as well as additional info on brewing better coffee.</i> …

The Best Coffee Maker You Can Buy

Thanks to our friends over at FindTheBest, we've found 10 incredible coffee makers on the market right now.<p>FindTheBest rated the coffee makers based on six criteria: features, Carafe, type, SCAA approval, CoffeeGeek.com rating, and Amazon.com rating. They then aggregated those scores and created a …

Coffee

9 Famous Geniuses Who Were Also Huge Coffee Addicts

You can't even make it out of the house without a double cappuccino, and you can't survive that two o'clock meeting without your trusty espresso shot. Oh, and sure, you've read the conflicting evidence about the health benefits of your coffee consumption, and the possible health risks of …