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9 Things That Mess with Your Hormones

The seemingly innocent habits that throw your body for a loop

What If Antibiotics Stopped Working?

We're on the brink of a dangerous era in which everyday diseases—ones that we're used to knocking out with pills—could become virulent killers. Inside the scary rise of the superbugs—and what you can do to stay healthy.<p>The burning. The urgency. As soon as it started, Melissa, 31, recognized the …

40 Gardening Tips to Maximize Your Harvest

The best way to keep top-quality, organically grown produce on your table year-round is to grow as much as you can, and preserve plenty to eat for …

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21 Recipes That Prove Fried Vegetables Are The Best Vegetables

If you've got a compelling argument for cooking them any other way, I'd like to hear it.

13 Recipes Starring Your Cast Iron Skillet

In the pantheon of kitchen greats, brightly colored KitchenAid mixers and stately Le Creusets -- the kind of gifts you might receive for a wedding (or get married so that someone gives them to you) -- might first come to mind. Or your attention may dart to the gleaming knife that fits perfectly in …

The Total-Body Workout You HAVE To Try

Meet the cure-all for that annoying gym plateau<p>The secret to busting out of a fitness rut is doing something totally out of your comfort zone. You need a workout that’ll surprise your muscles and keep you engaged the <i>whole</i> time. The fix: an intense series of supersets and fat-burning cardio …

Turn a Vintage Painting into a Cabinet

Step-by-step instructions for crafting a piece of art into a useful storage space<p>Step-by-step instructions for crafting a piece of art into a useful …

Homemade Herbal Medicines for Common Ailments

Somewhat glumly, I celebrated my 61st birthday this past July. In the back of my mind, I’ve been sure for 45 years that God would make an exception …

Turn a Thrift Store Dresser Into a Bathroom Vanity

One of the more popular posts here at AOC has been How To Turn a Dresser Into a Vanity. I had always wanted to take an old dresser and convert it …