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How to Get Rid of Your Sweet Tooth

A little-discussed factor that can make dieting difficult is the issue of tolerance. Our bodies get used to a certain amount of fat, a certain amount …

A Little Spice Makes Everything Nice: 16 Cozy Cinnamon Recipes

Is there anything that isn't made better by cinnamon? From braises to baked goods, these recipes all feature cinnamon as a starring ingredient.<p><b>Is there anything that isn't made better by cinnamon?</b> From burgers to baked goods, these recipes all feature cinnamon as a starring ingredient.


The 54 Best Romantic Comedies of All Time

There is no “best” romantic comedy. Something is funny when someone laughs, or romantic when their heart swells, for better or for worse, and we have no right to say why one of these should top another. Your uncle, or cube-mate might say, “That’s stupid. <i>Breakfast at Tiffany’s</i> is obviously the best …

La La Land

10 Household Chores You Might Be Doing Wrong

"Let's spend a beautiful Saturday afternoon cleaning the house," said no one, ever. And yet there you are, scrubbing the bathroom when you could be meeting friends for brunch or taking your kids to the playground.<p>Yes, we all need to make time to tidy up. But whether you own a spacious home for sale …

12 Cocktails Starring Your Favorite Wines

Yes, you can have a glass of red and a fruity mixed drink, too.<p>Yes, you can have a glass of red and a fruity mixed drink, too.

Here are this fall's most important TV premiere dates

That includes top comedies like "The Big Bang Theory" and "Modern Family." And there are addictive dramas like "Empire," "The Affair," and "How to Get Away With Murder." Also, what about the return of comic book series "Gotham," "The Flash," and "Arrow"?<p>Let's not forget fall's new offerings like …


How mindfulness plays havoc with memory

The practice can disrupt the brain’s ability to tell the difference between real and false memories, scientists find<p>Mindfulness, the form of meditation embraced by business leaders, celebrities and the NHS, might not be so beneficial for the mind after all, according to research.<p>The practice, which …


Kristina’s Favorite Chocolate Cake

I have written here on the column before about my family and shared some of our recipes, and even some of my own recipes — and I’m excited to do that …

15 Fall 2015 TV shows to watch

<b>(CNN) —</b> It's that time of the year again.<p>New fall shows are coming, and there will be familiar faces and plot lines that make you say "This reminds me of..." We present to you the 15 shows you probably want to check out for Fall 2015 TV season.<p>"Narcos" (Netflix)<p>Pablo Escobar and the Medellin Cartel …


The Breathing Trick That Puts You to Sleep in Seconds

Sweet slumber can be yours in a minute or less.<p>Nothing is worse than lying awake at night, willing your brain to shut down so you can rest. Warm milk, lavender oil, and counting sheep — we've all tried them. But the new solution could be simply learning to breathe.<p><b>What is it?</b><p>The 4-7-8 breathing …

The Best Wine for Your Zodiac Sign

Not that we're stopping you from serving them all.<p>You could choose your next bottle based on its label — or go for the one that's so you it's practically written in the stars. No, really:'s Astrotwins and Wine All The Time's Marissa A. Ross have found your perfect match.

12 Books That Will Lift You Up When You Are Down

Sometimes you need a pick-me-up.<p>Sometimes, you need a pick-me-up. You're feeling blue, down in the dumps, maybe even dealing with a lump in your throat. Whichever idiom fits your situation, you're just not feeling like your best self.<p>To abate the waves of sadness, or palpitations of dread, we've …


The 51 Best Fantasy Series Ever Written

Whether you're a Swords and Sorcery type of fantasy reader, a fan of battles and betrayal, or you just want a few more goddamn elves in your life, there's something for you here. These are the truly great fantasy series written in the last 50 years.


40 Pumpkin Recipes to Make All Autumn Long

Stock up on your Libby's cans now.<p>Pumpkin is a surprising powerhouse in the kitchen. It obviously shines in muffins, cakes and pies but also works well in savory dishes like pizza and chili. Get cooking, because you'll want to make all of these recipes before fall ends.

13 Cocktails Every Rum Lover Should Know

It's time to expand your appreciation of this summery spirit.<p>It's time to think beyond that classic rum and Coke.

The Easy Way to Clean Up Every Annoying Pet Mess

Because owning a four-legged friend shouldn't mean your home always stinks.<p>Because owning a four-legged friend shouldn't mean your home always stinks.

Staving Off Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's - already afflicting well over five million Americans -- is expected to claim more than 16 million of us by 2050 if a cure isn't found. Today it is at the top of the Bad News list of potential diagnoses for almost anyone over 50. Justifiably so, since the Centers for Disease Control and …

Life's Stories

How you arrange the plot points of your life into a narrative can shape who you are—and is a fundamental part of being human.<p>In Paul Murray's novel <i>Skippy Dies,</i> there’s a point where the main character, Howard, has an existential crisis.“‘It’s just not how I expected my life would be,'" he …

21 Picasso Tattoos Everyone Will Fall In Love With

Abso-stractly beautiful.

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Domestic Science: How to Clean a Dishwasher

Used on a daily basis, our dishwashers are subjected to a near constant barrage of food, soap, and grease. Over time all this grime takes its toll in …

Skill Builder: Using an Awl to Sew Leather and Heavy Fabrics

Introduction<p>If you think about tools that we use today that are passed down from ancient people, the knife, or possibly a modern version of the spear might come to mind. Lying somewhere between those two implements in the modern-day usefulness is the awl. Made out of bone in ancient times, the …

The Fireworks-Worthy Key Lime Fizz

Whatcha up to this weekend? 4th of July picnic, you say? And you don’t want to sip on just any ol’ drink. No, you have a discerning, sophisticated palate. Well, have we got a cocktail for you! Enter the <b>Key Lime Fizz</b>.<p>Oh, you’re suddenly feeling real thirsty, eh? Check out the recipe below, and have …

Mignonne Gavigan's Beaded Shark Scarves

You've probably spotted Mignonne Gavigan's work under another moniker, as she was head footwear designer at Rachel Roy as well as the senior shoe designer for Loeffler Randall. But under her eponymous label, she's able to pull out all the stops. Mignonne Gavigan scarf necklaces aren't for the faint …

Oscar de la Renta

53 Books You Won't Be Able To Put Down

What happens next? There's only one way to find out.<p><i>Some entries have been lightly edited for clarity and length.</i>


7 Unexpected Upgrades & Garnishes for Summer Cocktails

Two words: mojito cubes.<p>Take drinks to a whole new level with these impressive add-ons. Plus, try our 40+ best summer cocktail recipes!

14 Scrumptious Summer Crock Pot Recipes

There’s seriously nothing better coming home to the sweet smell of dinner waiting for you. No, you don’t have to hire a butler to make this a reality. We’re talking crock pots, the ultimate kitchen appliance when it comes to stress-free meals. If you can chop an onion and open a few cans, you can …

Domestic Science: How to Clean a Washing Machine

Honestly, I didn’t know that cleaning your washing machine was a thing. I mean, it gets cleaned every time you wash your clothes, right?<p>Wrong. If you …

14 Cocktails Every Flower Lover Should Know

Because the only thing better than a vase full of flowers is a cocktail glass full of flowers.<p>Because the only thing better than a vase full of flowers is a cocktail glass full of flowers.


13 Painting Secrets the Pros Won't Tell You

Just say "no" to plastic drop cloths.<p>Professional painters are fast, efficient, and have mastered techniques that produce top-notch results while making it all look easy. Each painter has slightly different methods and preferences, but the pros all know the trade secrets, including these 13 tips.<p>1. …

5 Power Foods That Can Help You Drop a Size

<b>2. Cucumbers</b><br>More than 90 percent water, cukes are great for beating bloat or when you want a crunchy snack for next-to-no calories.<p><b>3. Strawberries</b><br>A recent study found that munching on these berries instead of other sweets led people to eat an average of 134 fewer calories at their next meal.<p><b>4.</b> …