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15 Twitter Hacks to Turn You Into a Tweeting Ninja

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog.</i><p>Admit it. Sometimes, your Twitter life is messy. You follow hundreds of people — maybe thousands. Staring at your timeline is about as intelligible as reading a stock ticker.<p>How do you bring organization to your Twitter life? How do you rise above …

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Five Glam Getaways for Mother's Day

For a significant part of a child's life, a mother acts as a one-woman concierge, chauffeur, maid, cook, and more. So the least her offspring (with some help from dad, perhaps) can do is to return the favor, and I say take it up a notch and bring in the hotel professionals. Herewith, five posh …

6 Unforgettable North American Road Trips

Nothing builds bonds in a family more than road trips. Confined to a car with your wife and kids is a perfect time to talk and really get to know them and when you get to your destination, it's time to make memories that will last a lifetime. Here are 6 road trips you can take with the family today.<p>…

5 Unforgettable Vacations for Under $100 a Night

Charming Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, is one world-class destination that won't break the bank! <i>Photo courtesy of Mike Clime/Dreamstime. Article by the Editors of Budget Travel.</i><p>Here at <i>Budget Travel</i>, we know nobody wants to skimp on vacation -- it's the time for great food, luxurious surroundings, and …

Bake The Best Macaroni And Cheese

When it comes to this classic comfort food, don’t skimp.<p>Every once and a while, it’s good to indulge. In fact, indulgence is part of a healthy diet. The best eating plans are ones that operate on inclusion, not exclusion. Think about it: When someone tells you that you can’t eat pizza, what does …

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11 Deviled Egg Recipes with Bacon, Chipotle, Crab, and More

Ditch those over-boiled, dyed Easter eggs and opt for deviled ones instead<p>You start with a blank slate, the eggs. Then, you customize them any way you want: a little bacon fat here, a sprinkling of fresh herbs there, maybe even a garnish of anchovy or salmon roe. So while the kids are dipping their …

Your Perfect Crawfish Boil Is 9 Steps Away

A long winter delayed crawfish season, but it's finally here. Here's how to cook 'em.<p><b>Friday begins</b> the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (colloquially known as Jazz Fest), the two-weekend music festival that showcases the likes of Clapton, Springsteen, and The Arcade Fire. More importantly, it …

20 Places To See Abroad Before You Die

It's a big world out there -- so big that it can be daunting to decide what international destinations to visit in the course of a lifetime. From natural wonders to man-made masterpieces, from wildlife to cityscapes, the choices are seemingly endless. Don't let indecision get you down, or worse, …

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What I've Learned From Traveling and Living Abroad

Today marks the five-year anniversary of my big move from Smalltown, USA to the bustling metropolis that is Seoul, South Korea. I've lived out a number of exciting and unique experiences over the past few years that include riding elephants through the jungles of Thailand, working in the slums of …

17 Drugstore Beauty Finds Every Girl Needs

One of our biggest gripes about winter in the Windy City isn't the increased commuting time or the grim street-parking situation. Rather, it's our …

Ten of the world's best city hikes

Stretch your legs over hours or days, without leaving some of the world’s biggest cities. This article is adapted from Lonely Planet's <i>1000 Ultimate Adventures.</i><p>Tijuca Forest, Rio de Janeiro<p>Aerial shot of Rio de Janeiro surrounded by the Tijuca Forest. Image by Paddy Eckersley / Digital Vision / …

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4 Ways to Prevent Kinky Hair from Meshing Together

Meshing is a term that I gleaned from Chinwe’s blog. It is the perfect term because it really does accurately describe the way some kinky curly …

Top 20 free things to do in Paris

City of love, fashion capital, literary paradise… Paris has many different guises. And while museum entry can be steep and fine dining comes at a premium, the French capital can also be a cheap date.<p>Whether you go weak at the knees for soaring church spires or want to rub elbows at an authentic …

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3 Cheap Alternatives to Expensive Natural Hair Conditioners

<i>By Christina of The Mane Objective</i><p>Let’s be honest here — there is big money in the haircare industry. And at one time or another, we all fall prey to …

3 Ways to Avoid Over-Moisturizing Natural Hair

Like the saying goes: You can have too much of a good thing.<p>OK, so you’ve crossed over to natural hair and everyone’s talking about how important it …

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27 Brussels Sprouts Recipes for Roasts, Sautés, Kimchi, Salads, and More

Here are 27 of our favorite recipes to cook Brussels sprouts—and not just as a side dish.<p>Brussels sprouts—those little cabbage-looking things—are way more than just a side-dish. You can pickle them into a spicy kimchi, bake them on top of a pizza, shred them into salads, and toss them into pasta. …

25 Easy Party Dips You Can Make In 20 Minutes

Okay, maybe a few of them will take you 25 minutes. But all of them are definitely quick enough to whip up another batch during halftime if you run out.

30 Brilliant Networking Conversation Starters

When it comes to conversation, you’re a natural. You can chat up a storm with just about anyone, you’re a pro at listening, and you love meeting and …

10 Phrases Great Speakers Never Say

Want to ruin a presentation in seconds? Just drop in one of these sentences.<p>While it's really hard to immediately win over a crowd, it's really easy for a speaker to lose the room within the first few minutes of a presentation.<p>To make sure you don't lose your audience, here's Boris Veldhuijzen van …

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Chicken muffins ! This is how I eat my chicken most of the time, I can't stand plain grilled chicken all day everyday So your sexy self needs to get into this "CHiCKEN/POLLO muffins " it will change your world believe me: Lean ground chicken : I used and made 36oz and made 4oz size muffins . Green onions 1 whole Romano tomato 1 medium red onion 1 whole egg 4tbs honey mustard 2tbs organic ketchup Garlic to taste 1 tbs Braggs Aminos (will post about it soon) Pepper to taste Mix all ingredients and scoop them into 1/2 cup balls . Bake them babies for 20 mins at 350degrees and oh boy oh boy you can literally grab those to go and they are so tender and delicious plus you can store them up to 4days !!!! ------------------------------------------ Comer pollo puede ser tan ABURRIDO. Asi Es que como yo el pollo la mayoría de veces porque me hartó de tanto pollo. Pues lo que necesitan ustedes mi gente son los pastelitos de pollo. Esto les cambiara la vida 😂😂😂😜 Receta pa'mi gente linda: Pollo molido: use 36oz que dividí en 9 pareces iguales. Cebolla verde Una cebolla roja mediana Ajo Un tomate grande romano 1 huevo (sin plumas lol) 4 cucharadas de mostaza de miel 2 cucharadas de ketchup orgánico 1 cucharada de Braggs aminos o 1/4 de sal y pimienta al gusto Mezclen todo y usen una 1/2 taza medidora para hacer los pastelitos. Asenlos por 20 minutos a 350 grados y les juro que no se arrepentirán. Agreguen cilantro sí quieren ! Les prometo que amaran la receta y pueden guardarlos en la nevera hasta por 3-4 días!

4 Fashion Staples Every Woman Should Own by the Time She's 30

There's a lot of buildup to turning 30—just ask Olivia Wilde.<p>As I approach the big 3-0 myself, I think it's important to be prepared from a fashion perspective in addition to the oft-discussed career-love-life perspective. You're likely no longer angling for your first job, managing your first big …