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7 Hacks To Affording Your Next Vacation

The tips and tricks to traveling on any budget.<p><b>1) Try hidden city ticketing with FlyShortcut.com.</b><br>Hidden city ticketing is a hack in itself for finding the lowest possible airfare on FlyShortcut.com. It essentially finds a cheaper flight that has your destination as a layover. That way, you can …

The 30 Best Movies of 2014 (So Far)

With Oscar season just around the corner (literally -- we can see it peeking out, all gilded and glittery and begging for attention), we thought we'd run down 10 more of the best movies of 2014. (For those of you playing along at home, this is our third such rundown in three such quarters.)<p>This is …

Roasted Red Peppers with Anchovies, Garlic, and Goat Cheese

<i>When she has the kitchen all to herself, Phyllis Grant of Dash and Bella cooks beautiful iterations of what solo meals were always meant to be: exactly what you want, when and where you want them.</i><p><i>Today: Roasted red peppers with a million anchovies, and a reminder to cook what you want.</i><p>I watch as …

5 Ways to Use a Spent Vanilla Bean Pod

<i>Today, Guest Editor Dorie Greenspan is sharing</i> <i>five ways to capture every last drop of flavor from vanilla bean pods.</i><p>Vanilla is earthy. It's ethereal. It's exotic. It's indispensable in some recipes and, when added to others on a whim, seems essential. And it's <b>expensive</b>. At least the good stuff is, …

Powerful Professional Image: Dressing for Success

People are continuously examining your behavior and modeling perceptions about your personality, competency and commitment. The set of qualities and characteristics that represent perceptions of you in business sphere shape your professional image, which builds or ruins your success and potential …

Clothing

5 Exercises That Will Show Your Lower Belly Who's Boss

One trainer's favorite moves for flattening that tricky spot<p>When you're trying to target your lower abs, all abs-strengthening moves are not created equal. Fact is, some are much more effective at working those tough-to-get-to muscles. So we asked celebrity trainer Michelle Lovitt, an Asics America …

Everything You Need to Know About Garlic

<i>Every week we get Down & Dirty, in which we break down our favorite unique seasonal fruits, vegetables, and more.</i><p><i>Today: We're still all about alliums, and you should be too, assuming you've got a good head on your shoulders -- or a good head of garlic in your kitchen.</i><p>There are many, many varieties …

Even More to Know About Cucumbers

<i>Every week we get Down & Dirty, in which we break down our favorite unique seasonal fruits, vegetables, and more.</i><p><i>Today: Think you know cucumbers? Brush up on additional cucumber knowledge to improve your cucurbit cred.</i><p>Historically, late summer is considered an off-season for news. In the U.S., …

Beyond Gazpacho: 5 Easy Ideas For Eating Raw

Photo: Courtesy of Food52.<p><i>Vegan lunches can — and should — be a lot more interesting than bare salads or carrot sticks and hummus. New Veganism</i> …

Healthy Eating

10 Healthy Office Snacks: The Anti-Vending Machine Guide

These healthy office snacks beat whatever junk is in the vending machine any day.<p>We've perfected the art of the office lunch—but even the most protein-packed lunch bowls can't prevent the inevitable 3 p.m. rumbly belly. Before you give up your quarters to the vending machine, hear us out! There are …

Healthy Eating

10 Easy Shrimp Recipes Everyone Will Love

<b>1. Ginger, Garlic & Chili Shrimp</b><p>In this quick and easy recipe -- adapted from The Splendid Table's <i>How To Eat Supper</i> by Lynne Rossetto Kasper and Sally Swift -- jumbo shrimp are bathed in a brine flavored with salt, sugar and chili powder, and then sautéed with loads of fresh ginger and garlic. It's …

Every Girl With A Bike Needs To Know This Genius Hack

<b>UPDATE:</b> <i>Friday, May 15 is National Bike To Work Day! To celebrate, we bring you this truly genius trick to make sure your skirt stays outta your</i> …

21 Recipes to Help Beat Belly Bloat

<b>1. Chia Pudding</b><p>High in anti-inflammatory omega-3's, this sweet chia pudding is a make-ahead recipe that will save you time, fill you up on fiber, and help you de-bloat. Mix together the ingredients the night before, pop it in the fridge, and look forward to a special treat the next day.<p><b>2. Apple</b> …

The 2-Minute Workout That Works Your Abs From Every Angle

How strong is your core? Find out with this ultimate ab challenge<p>Ripped abs are reason enough to add some core moves to your routine. But a strong torso can also give you the foundation you need to lift more weight with less risk of injury. "Crunches alone won't get the job done, though," says Todd …

Workouts

Here's How Long Your Food Will Stay Safe In The Fridge

There's been a lot of discussion about the right and wrong food to store in the refrigerator and freezer.<p>Once you've cleared up what belongs where, the next step is knowing how <i>long</i> the food will last. Storing food is a delicate matter -- in the fridge, food might get moist and moldy, and in the …

The 19 Items You Need on Your Next Grocery List (Especially #17!)

As my hero and real food champion, Michael Pollan, contends, cooking from scratch is one of the most important things we can do for our health. But, in a world of fancy #foodporn and superstar TV chefs, it might seem that cooking is reserved for the culinary elite. And, cooking healthy? Well, that …

Healthy Eating

Learn to be Assertive and Love it!

Self-help

What to Pack for an Office Snack

<i>There are so many great conversations on the Hotline -- it's hard to choose a favorite. But we'll be doing it, once a week, to spread the wealth of our community's knowledge -- and to keep the conversation going.</i><p><i>Today: We've conquered the desk lunch, now it's time to upgrade the office snack.</i><p>A …

Tuna Niçoise and Strawberries with Ricotta

<i>Every week we take a peek inside the lunches of the luckiest kids in Brooklyn. Read on, suppress your jealousy, and get a little brown bag inspiration.</i><p>As my kids get older -- they're now 7 -- I've been trying to give their lunches more of a grown-up feel. So today's lunch is tuna Niçoise-ish with …