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10 Books You Must Read if You Loved 'Gone Girl'

From the editors of Cosmo.com, they're all written by women, too.<p>Like every person I knew during the summer of 2012, I read Gone Girl as if my life depended on it. I read it at the beach, I read it while eating a salad at work, I read it past my bedtime, falling asleep with my glasses still on my …

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

You can bake these up to ten days ahead and store in the freezer, without cutting into bars; wrap the baking sheet tightly in plastic.

Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies are a go-to favorite dessert, sweet snack, or after-school treat. With our easy, three-step recipe, you'll have soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies to serve and enjoy in no time.

Breakfast Quinoa

Usually served in savory side dishes, -- a high-protein seed -- also makes a wonderful hot cereal.

Wave to Flush: Touchless Toilet Kit for Increased Bathroom Hygiene [Video]

<b>KOHLER Touchless Toilet Flush Kit</b> is an accessible toilet upgrade for modern home owners in search of increased bathroom hygiene. The DIY retrofit …

Oven-Roasted Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Saucy Pulled Pork Sandwiches.<p><i>by</i> Jessica <i>on</i> May 9, 2014 78<p>Sometimes you just need some pork. You know?<p>I know. Oh do I know.<p>This recipe is so totally ME …

Black Bean Hummus with Baked Cumin-Lime Chips

Not long ago I shared some of my experience with fitness and weight-loss. One of the reasons I finally bit the bullet and published that post after …

The Safest Ways to Prep and Cook Chicken

<i>Today: Worry no more -- watch Food52 editors show you the safest ways to prep and cook your chicken.</i><p><i>This article is brought to you by Just BARE® chicken. Vote for your favorite</i> <i>chicken plus 5-ingredient recipes for a chance to win $250 in groceries.</i><p>There's a lot of lore -- scary lore -- over how to …

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HereO's GPS kid's watch isn't the first of its kind, it's just cuter and cheaper

GPS leashes trackers for kids are hardly new, but damn if this isn't the cutest we've seen so far. Like other trackers of this sort, the HereO watch allows parents to create so-called safe zones around schools, et cetera, and then receive alerts should the child leave or enter the area. …

A Complete List of the Independent Spirit Award Winners: Jared Leto Thanks “Future Ex-Wife” Lupita Nyong’o

<i>12 Years a Slave</i> is heavily favored to win best picture tomorrow night at the Oscars, but, for today, its filmmakers can bask in the glow of being the most honored at the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards. The Indie acting awards were also handed out to tomorrow night's likely winners, including …

Tiny Houses: A Big Idea to End Homelessness

Real Estate<p>Advocates tackling the nation's homeless problem are thinking small.<p>In Austin, Texas, a village of 200 tiny houses is being built for the homeless. In upstate New York, Rochester Greenovation has designed a prototype for small-scale individualized shelters. “Homeless No More Survival …

It wasn't always wine, roses and 'Wall Street' for Leonardo DiCaprio

Driving to Silver Lake the other day to visit his father,<p>Leonardo DiCapriopassed through the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Western Avenue, the neighborhood where he spent the first nine years of his life. Back then, DiCaprio says, he'd be in the car, riding to and from school, and see …

The Best Home Improvement Websites and Apps

Renovations can be grueling. But a new crop of digital tools helps contain the chaos and keep things sane. See the latest and best home improvement websites and apps to check out or download.<p><b>Websites</b><p>While many social-networking sites are not much more than platforms for chatter, others have evolved …

Apps

Dazzling Christmas Tree Decoration Ideas

That brilliantly lit, beautifully <b>decorated Christmas tree</b> in the living room is a symbol of happiness and love during the holidays. We put so much …

Grandma's All-Occasion Sugar Cookies

These are my rendition of my grandmother's sugar cookies, the ones she used to make for us every week, sprinkling the tops of the cookies earmarked …

15 Natural Beauty DIYs for Under $15

How much money have you shelled out on facial masks, bubble bath, trips to the spa, and “miracle skin rejuvenation” products? Too much? It’s okay, we’re here to curb that spending habit and help you ramp up your inner kitchen witch. We’ve rounded up collection of 15 natural beauty tutorials that …

Skin Care

How To Banish Blackheads (Without Scarring!)

Illustrated by <b>Caitlin Owens</b>.<p><i>When it comes to our faces, we don’t rely on just anyone to tell us what our skin needs to get that ever-elusive glow.</i> …

Top 25 Islands in the World (Photos)

Paradise<p>Top 25 Islands in the World (Photos)<p>There’s only one way to avoid the quickly approaching winter: plan a luxurious—and warm—island vacation. …

Sandwich on Board Box

Another aluminum lunch box? Can we be so lucky? Apparently so. This handy little lunch box is from black + blum, and, just as expected, it looks to …

40 Kids Playroom Design Ideas That Usher In Colorful Joy!

Designing the right <b>children’s playroom</b> can be a tricky affair at times. There are several different ingredients that you need to get right to create …

32 Books That Will Actually Change Your Life

And all you have to do is read them!

Simple Springtime Dishes

Simple Springtime Dishes

Five Easy Meals Every Woman Should Know How to Cook

5 meals every woman should know how to make<p><i>*Note: If fresh seasonal fruits are sparse, try dipping dried fruits such as apricots, figs, apples, and dates.</i>

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