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Ten of France’s natural wonders

France's smorgasbord of cultural delights could keep even the most avid museum-hopper busy for a lifetime, but don't forget about the great outdoors. France smoulders with natural beauty, so why not go <i>au naturel</i> at mountain ranges, canyons and startling stretches of coast? This round-up of …

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Easy Indoor No Bake S'more Bars Recipe

Take the campfire inside with these toasty marshmallow treats.<p><b>Notes:</b> A handheld butane torch for cooking can be found in kitchen and hardware stores. If you don't have one, place pan briefly under broiler to toast marshmallows. Take care as pan will be hot.<p><b>Read more: Chocoholic: Easy No-Bake Indoor</b> …

Train Better: 10 Exercise Machines to Avoid

Exercise machines aren't always effective—or even safe. Avoid these machines the next time you hit the gym<p>Seated Leg Extension Machine<p><b>What it's supposed to do:</b> Train the quadriceps. <b>What it actually does:</b> It strengthens a motion your legs aren't actually designed to do, and can put undue strain on …

How To Incorporate Plates Into Your Interior Designs

From as far back as the 14th century, when Marco Polo first introduced Chinese products to Europe, plates have been sought after and prized items. …

15 Minute Abs Workout

Here's a fun and easy abs workout for a firmer, flat stomach<p>These moves, designed by Ashley Ntansah, personal-training manager at Club H Fitness in New York City, target your entire abdominal wall, especially the transverse abdominis—the midsection muscle that pulls in your belly like a corset. And …

The (15 Minute) Bye-Bye Arm Jiggle Workout

Strapless dresses expose your upper back, shoulders, upper chest, and arms. This workout will shape all those places. Do these arm exercises one after another with no rest in between. Repeat the circuit, resting a minute between circuits.<p>1. Standing V Raise<p>Hold a dumbbell in each hand and stand …

15-Minute Arm Workout: Armed For Summer

Get firmer, stronger, sexier arms and shoulders with this fast-acting circuit workout<p>The heat of summer is right around the corner, and that means breaking out the essentials: sundresses, tanks, and lots of skin. If your arms aren't ready to see the light just yet, don't freak. New York City …

The Best Times to Eat for Weight Loss

How and when you eat can impact your health—and your weight. Upgrade your eating habits to maximize fat burning and keep hunger at bay<p>Certainly what we eat has an enormous impact on our health and weight status. But did you know that when and how we eat also make a huge difference? Eating at the …

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Going to a Weekend Barbecue? Try This Guilt-Free Potato Salad Recipe

Here's a great recipe for a guilt-free potato salad that you can enjoy during the summer heat. The addition of hot sauce adds a nice flavor punch to each bite—try serving this at your afternoon barbecue for a fun spin on the mayo-drenched store-bought potato salads!<p><b>Mina Harissa Potato Salad</b><p><i>Serves</b> …

The Best Summer Nail Polish Shades for Your Skin Tone

Behold, your summer nail-color cheat sheet. We've got coral, metallic, blue, and neon picks for every skin tone. Time to get painting!

17 Easy Summer Beauty Tricks for Waterproof Hair, Nails, and Makeup

Beachy waves? Check. Fresh pedicure? Done. You're ready for summer fun when along comes sweat to dampen your mood (not to mention make your face shiny and your hair flat). Then, of...

Mocha Brownies

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Spray an 8-inch square baking pan with nonstick baking spray.<p>For the brownie batter: Place the chocolate in a …

Baked Apricots With Brown Sugar Streusel Recipe

Apricots are halved and topped with a brown sugar, oat, and almond streusel then baked in the oven until juicy. Serve them warm alongside yogurt for an easy breakfast.<p><b>Read more: Wake and Bake: Baked Apricots with Brown Sugar Streusel</b><p>Ingredients2 apricots, halved and pitted3 tablespoons old …

Simple Springtime Dishes

Score a Bikini Body Now

It's still not too late to get strong, lean, and sexy, thanks to this metabolism-revving, muscle-sculpting, weight-loss plan<p>MoreHappens every year: You're all gung ho in the beginning of the summer, hitting the gym like it's your job and dutifully counting calories. After all, you have the big …

Chipotle Salsa Baked Chicken Recipe

Dear restaurant chain by the same name, thank you for making <i>chipotle</i> a household word! (And for helping to teach people how to say it correctly—”chee …

Indian Masala Omelet Recipe

<b>Read more: Beyond Curry: Indian Masala Omelet</b><p>Ingredients4 eggsKosher salt1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder2 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro leaves2-3 small green chillis (such as Thai bird chilies) slit lengthwise1 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped yellow onion1 tablespoon finely chopped tomato1 …

I'll Have the Salmon (and Maybe Fewer Zits), Please

Ordering the salmon could be good for more than just your waistline: Eating fish may also help prevent acne.<p>A study out of Italy suggests that unlike a lot of dietary and environmental factors (smoking or eating pasta, meats, sugary foods, or fruits and vegetables), eating fish was associated with …

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The 14 Best Kettlebell Exercises For A Total-Body Transformation

These will get you strong AF.<p>If you've eyed a cast-iron kettlebell at your gym and couldn't imagine a use for it beyond doorstop, keep reading.<p>First things first: The kettlebell is that ball-shaped weight with a U-shaped handle. “That design means the center of gravity isn’t in the middle of the …

Simple Springtime Dishes

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One of the aspects of my personality that I should probably be less proud to admit to is that I can be a tad bit lazy. I often consider doing <i>many</i> …

Cajun Chicken Fritters Recipe

<b>Notes:</b>The more oil you use to fry the fritters, the more they will be able cook evenly on the sides and retain a nice round shape. Less oil will produce a perfectly acceptable fritter, but one that cooks and browns like a pancake. If cooking with more than 8 tablespoons oil at a time, use a …

Buttermilk Oatmeal with Butter-Poached Peaches and Sorghum

We <i>love</i> oatmeal -- really! It's the basis for many of our dishes, both savory, like the Chipotle Sweet Potato Burger, and sweet, like the topping on …

Grilled Romaine Lettuce Salad with Blue Cheese and Bacon

Heat bacon in a 12" skillet over medium heat, and cook, turning once, until crisp and fat is rendered, about 10 minutes. Transfer bacon to a plate, …

Chocolate Strawberry Nutella Cake

I made this cake on a whim. I didn’t feel like making ganache, so in desperation, I reached for the the half-eaten tub of Nutella I’d hidden on the …

How to Easily Tell if You Have Fresh Eggs

Think You Have Fresh Eggs? Here’s How to Tell<p>by <b>Sarah</b> Updated: January 25, 2018 Affiliate linkshealthy fatsComments: <b>64</b><p>Don’t you just love the way …