Amanda Hoyer

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Ranking The Best New Shows On Netflix You Can Stream Right Now

There are two shows worth checking out this week.<p>For the weekend of May 5, Streamline recommends “Dear White People” in the top Netflix spot for the first time. It’s a relief that a great show has finally come along to unseat “Collateral” from its eight-week-long perch in the top spot.<p>This Netflix …

Handmade Holiday Gifts That Look Luxe (Not Lame)

I want nothing more than to have a lucrative side-gig to finance my extreme love of gift-giving, however, that's just not in the cards at the moment. …

Our Best-Ever Cooking Tips For Your Thanksgiving Day Feast

7 Things Every Mom and Daughter Should Do Together At Least Once

When it comes to family relationships, there’s nothing quite like the bond between mother and daughter. Just look at <i>The Golden Girls’</i> iconic (and …

7 Bedroom Cleaning Ideas You'll Actually Want To Try

Feel like your room is clean in ~no time~.

5 Everyday Spices That Can Help You Lose Weight

Growing up Indian American, my mom didn't know how to make any of the "traditional" American food—we usually ate foods like lentils, curries, rice, …

10 Things You Can Do Today That Will Make You So Much Happier

Trust us, #9 is something you could do right now.<p>A lot of the time, "do this and you'll be happy" lists read like directions on how to make ice …

Happiness

The Best Low-Maintenance, Pet-Friendly Houseplants

As much as I love plants, I’ve never had many for two reasons: I’m terrible at keeping them alive and I have pets. A lot of plants are either toxic …

5 Tips To Starting A Small Container Garden

Living in a tiny house is often about sacrifice. It is sometimes a sacrifice of space, a sacrifice of privacy, and even a sacrifice of sanity. It …

Everything you need to know to assemble and care for a succulent garden

These common varieties would make a great addition to your home or garden.<p>These common varieties would make a great addition to your home or garden.<p>It’s hard to say at what point the growing of succulents went from being a nerdy backwater of gardening to a viral sensation. It might have been the …

3 iPhone Camera Tricks You Should Do Every Time You Take a Pic

It’s likely that unless you have an avid fascination with photography or you’re an actual pro, our smartphone cams have replaced point-and-shoots — sometimes even DSLRs (psst, in case you do have a DSLR, we’re offering a DSLR online class to help you master that too!). Given that more iPhone photos …

Mobile Photography

Ideas for Using the $40 Molger Bench All Around the House

(Image credit: Sean Galland)<p>If your furniture isn't going to be beautiful, it should at least be versatile. Case in point: IKEA's Molger bench. It's …

It's Official: Mindfulness & Meditation Can Improve Your Mind & Body

As a fan of mindfulness (and a wannabe fan of meditation — I'm still working on cementing a practice) it was both surprising <i>and</i> delightful to hear …

If You're Not "Filing" Your Folded Clothes, You're Doing It Wrong

You'll fit more in a drawer, and see everything you own at once. Win!<p>Here's a tough pill to swallow: We've been folding clothes the wrong way our whole lives. Instead of creasing shirts, sweaters, and jeans to be flat, and stacking them on top of each other, we should've been thinking …

Minimalism

7 Pilates Routines That Will Tone Your Bod Every Day of the Week

Having more control in your life is mostly a good thing. It helps you reach your goals, plan financially and feel your best. But we ALL know that control isn’t always possible (that’s an understatement!). That is, until you try pilates, a practice that’s all about concentration, precision and …

Workouts

How to Lose Weight Without Losing Your Mind

The process of losing weight can make the best of us want to stick up that white flag and stuff our faces with cake.<p>I know because I've been there (and I've also had my fair share of cake bingeing).<p>But after years of making it through some of the lowest moments of struggling with my weight and …

17 Indoor Herb Garden Ideas That'll Perk Up Your Kitchen

Click and grow? Don't mind if we do!<p>A lack of outdoor space shouldn't stop a green thumb. Grow your basil and parsley right by the stove using one of these inventive solutions.

Gardening

Work at home? Six gadgets that can make your job easier.

Working at home is already a great option for employees. Adding a new gadget, like a multi-device keyboard or a USB key, can help make working from …

7 Reasons You're So Frustrated With Your Life

I often teach about building a better world by applying common sense on steroids. What has become glaringly obvious is that our society is set up to push us to extreme levels of frustration.<p>A new science is emerging linking happiness to our well-being, which in the final analysis translates to …

4 Must-Know Tips for Your Parent's Hospital Stay

<b>Many women are pleasers and accommodators. But, there's no more important time to avoid being accommodating than when your parent is hospitalized.</b><p>The truth is that, when you're dealing with a hospital, you have to be vigilant and firm -- right from the very beginning. As crazy as it sounds, you …

15 Healthy Foods That are Easy on Your Wallet - Consumer Reports

<b>Refried beans</b><p>Plain or spiced up with a little salsa, they make a quick side, a taco filling, or a hearty dip for veggie or tortilla chips. Their …

6 Rental Updates that Won't Piss Off Your Landlord

I've been in my rented apartment for three years and it's starting to look a little dingy — water stains from a rainy winter have become a white-wall …

365, Whole Foods' Millennial Grocery Store Chain, Opens in 2016

<b>Update:</b> The stores will be called 365, which is also the name of the grocer's in-house brand.<p>Whole Foods announced that they will open a smaller …

Quick Improvements for Your Rental Bathroom

Sometimes you find a great apartment with a kind of awful bathroom. That's the life of a renter. But even if you don't own your place, there are …

Best & Easiest Herbs to Grow in a Garden or Container

So long as there is no snow on the ground, you can harvest herbs in your garden. There is nothing more satisfying and simple than snipping off just …

Steal-Worthy Secrets: 5 Small Scandinavian Balconies

They might have you beat on fabulous city and landscape views, but these smart balcony ideas from Scandinavian apartments show that just because your …

A Dated West Hollywood Home Gets a Modern Refresh

A few renovations and decor updates make it light and airy.<p>A few renovations and decor updates make it light and airy.

Interior Design

8 Cheaper Alternatives to Popular European Destinations

<i>By: Sophie-Claire Hoeller</i><p><i>Credit: Flickr/alcuin lai</i><p>Rome, Munich, the French Riviera -- all European bucket list spots renowned for their history, their culture, and their affinity for chain smoking and tiny cars. But you know else they're known for? Overpriced everything. And hoards of visitors …