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Homework is wrecking our kids: The research is clear, let’s ban elementary homework

Homework does have an impact on young students — but it’s not a good one<p>“There is no evidence that any amount of homework improves the academic performance of elementary students.”<p>This statement, by homework research guru Harris Cooper, of Duke University, is startling to hear, no matter which side …


16 books that every introvert should read

There's nothing better than a storyline that really speaks to you, so we rounded up 16 books with themes and characters that introverts will really appreciate.<p>Read on for literature real introverts need to read.


10 Parenting Habits to Develop Before Your Child Becomes a Teen

I started parenting habits prior to the "dreaded teen years" that I hope will carry my influence further and create a positive relationship with my …

10 Daily Motivational Habits Of Highly Organized People

Image Source: Ask<p>Organized people are often way too successful than the ones who love clutter. The logic is simple, they don’t waste their time or …

12 Dollar Store Finds That Make Amazing Kitchen Organizers

It doesn't have to cost a fortune to streamline your cooking space.<p>It doesn't have to cost a fortune to streamline your cooking space.

10 Things Most Successful People Do Before Going To Sleep

Most of us either watch TV, listen to music, read a book, talk on phone or play games before going to sleep. But have you ever wondered what most …

7 Easy Arm Toning Workouts That Don’t Require Weights

So you’ve decided to be more fit and healthy this year, especially after seeing your favorite #fitspo stars post about their fitness resolutions. But where and how do you start? You can check out popular personal trainer apps and try some outdoor workouts… or you could experiment with targeted …

17 Books to Read Before Seeing the Movie Version This Year

From the latest Harry Potter to that zombified Jane Austen adaptation.<p>If you're anything like us, you prefer to read a book before seeing the story in movie form. Sure, Jennifer Lawrence may not have been who you pictured as dystopian heroine Katniss Everdeen, but at least you experienced <i>The Hunger</i> …


25 Things Every Grown-Ass Adult Should Have

Small tweaks that will have a big impact on your home and your life.

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You Have To Hear Freddie Mercury’s Isolated Vocal Track On ‘We Are The Champions’

I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of this Freddie Mercury guy, but he was pretty, pretty good. His work in Queen is easily one of the most common to get the “isolated vocal track” treatment, because of his aforementioned unreal pipes (outside of the other head of the coin, the oft-faked isolated …

How to Season Your Cast-Iron Pan for Real

By Rochelle Bilow<p>Food sticking to your skillet? We thought so. Here's how to season cast-iron right, once and for all.<p>No piece of kitchen equipment incites such feelings of fear and anxiety (but also love and obsession) as the cast-iron pan. If you haven't mastered the art of cooking with—and …

Best Ever Barbecued Ribs

This go-to recipe for classic barbecued ribs embraces what we refer to as our "oven-cheat" method -- a technique that'll get you ultra-tender meat …


Roasting Chestnuts Over an Open Fire: The Tradition You Need to Start

I love Christmas music—just the first few notes of a song can conjure up memories of listening for reindeer, decking the halls, and longing to be home for Christmas. Of course, there are some holiday tunes that just don’t ring true for me. The closest I ever came to a white Christmas in Tennessee …

Morning Motivation | Men's Health

Thinkstock<p>2. Sniff Your Way Awake<p>A morning shower wakes you up. But what scent you wash with can have a big effect on your mood for the rest of the day, says Art Markman, Ph.D., the author of <i>Smart Change</i>.<p>Research suggests lavender can help you relax, mint can stimulate your brain, and citrus can …

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How To: The Coffee Press

A step-by-step video<p>Starbucks® partner Chad Moore explains why the coffee press is his favorite brewing method, and shows you how to make a great cup.<p>…


31 Things You Can Add to Your Morning Routine to Increase Your Productivity

It seems like one of the most popular things for entrepreneurs to talk about online is the morning routine.Generally speaking the idea behind it, is …


10 Cozy Ways to Make Your Home Smell Like Fall

It's just not autumn without pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and apple scents.<p>It's just not autumn without pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and apple scents.


42 Super Smart Last Minute DIY Halloween Decorations to Realize

It is time to embrace and enjoy the beautiful Halloween. As fall prepares the scenery for this wonderful holiday and our children are getting excited …

10 haunted house ideas to make your home the spookiest on the block

Halloween isn't complete without a few frights.<p>Besides the food, drinks and the music, your Halloween party has to have the right atmosphere, and …


100 books everyone should read Amazon Goodreads

To celebrate, start working your way through this list of 100 Books To Read in a Lifetime, as voted on and ranked by users of Goodreads, the largest book recommendation site on the web.<p>Amazon, which owns Goodreads, had its editors agonize over their own list, but the two turned out very …


Guillermo del Toro's Favorite Books

Cult film director and horror expert Guillermo del Toro has only just joined Twitter but he’s already treating followers to a bunch of book …


Declutter Your Home: Why Being Organized Saves You Money

If you’ve ever accrued a late fee after losing a bill, thrown away spoiled peaches you forgot to eat, or bought yet another pair of sunglasses …


35 Unique Backyard Ideas to Steal for Your House

Get away from it all (without leaving your home).<p>There's inspiration to be found in even the most manicured landscapes or stately patios.


7 Books That Every Middle-Aged Person Should Read This Fall

Shake the sand out of your summer books and get started on these now.<p>While we still have beach sand in the pages of our summer reading books, we wanted to get a jump on our fall must-read list. Here's what our Facebook followers suggested, including a few oldies-but-goodies we might have missed on …

The Single Most Important Parenting Action We Can Take Today

A few years ago, my dad apologized for being distracted throughout my childhood. "I'm deeply sorry for that," he wrote. "I hope you always knew how much I loved you."<p>My dad didn't go into detail about what he was sorry for... He didn't need to. I knew. I remember.<p>But I remember something more.<p>I …