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Want To Sell More Art? Sell Yourself First.

It’s a fantastic time to be an artist. Just a few years ago, aspiring creative entrepreneurs had to take their work on the road, building their …

Lynda Barry’s Illustrated Syllabus & Homework Assignments from Her New UW-Madison Course, “Making Comics”

Cartoonist turned educator Lynda Barry is again permitting the world at large to freely audit one of her fascinating University of Wisconsin-Madison …

Science says these 9 tactics will help you win any argument

We've scoured the research and compiled the following science-backed tactics that will help you win any argument.

Peer-Reviewed

15 books successful people read to their kids

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, reading aloud to your children and talking about pictures and words in age-appropriate books can strengthen language skills, literacy development, and parent-child relationships.<p>What's more, a study conducted this year by a number of pediatricians …

Books

Vania Zouravliov mixes elements of innocence,... • Hi

Vania Zouravliov mixes elements of innocence, sexuality, beauty and decay into his intricate, colorless illustrations. Russian born and currently …

Parenting Advice: Don’t Kill Them

Having had kids before most of my friends, I’ve now reached the stage in life when many in my circle are coming to me for parenting advice.<p>“Your boys …

Living Rooms

8 Effective Ways To Teach Your Children Empathy

Your three year-old may have a tendency to say things like, “I hate my teacher! I never want to go to school again”, without even realizing that the …

New Parent Survival Guide

Let us guess: You've just made it home from the hospital, are totally exhausted, and starting to get a little overwhelmed by all this new mom stuff. …

Pregnancy

4 Things Doctors Aren't Telling New Moms (But Should)

Becoming a parent is both an exciting and scary time, especially for first-time moms. While we’d love for every mom to reach her due date feeling as …

Pregnancy

Fill in Job Applications with Your Target Salary, not Past Salary History

You usually can’t complete an online job application without filling out what you made at each of your past jobs. You don’t have to share your salary …

Employment

13 Playroom Decor Ideas the Whole Family Can Enjoy

Life with kids means that slowly, one toy at a time, they start to take over the living room decor. Figuring out how to make space for both your stuff and their stuff can be a challenge, especially in a small house. It’s nice to have a play space that blends in with the rest of the house, while …

Living Rooms

My First Sweater

Saturday, June 6, 2015<p>I can't believe I knit a sweater. Mostly because I never thought I would have any desire to do so. Before I started knitting I …

London Terrariums

Gardening is having a bit of a moment in London. New flower shops are opening that focus on simple-to-care-for, visually striking plants and plenty of creatives visit the Columbia Road Flower Market every Sunday to buy plants and cut flowers. Some of the most interesting examples of this green wave …

Gardening

15 of the Best Hairstyles for Hot, Humid Weather

It’s almost summertime, and you know what that means? Yes, yummy food and summer sunnies, but it also means that it’s time to fight the frizz. Humidity and our locks are <i>not</i> besties, so it’s nearly impossible to tame the mane during warmer weather. Instead of curling and blowdrying away, why not …

Hairstyling

12 Easy DIY Furniture Projects

You love a good weekend spent at the hardware store. You have a strange affection for the smell of wood chips. Your bedtime whale sounds CD has been replaced with the sweet, sweet sound of hammering. And you traded in your sedan for a truck so it can fit all of your yard sale swag each weekend. If …

Furniture

27 DIY Friendship Bracelets You'll Actually Want To Wear

Any bracelet's a friendship bracelet if you give it to your BFF.

Dominated by a Goddess: Hypnodommes and the Aural World of Erotic Hypnosis

"Trust is the key word here. You can never fully let go if you don't trust your Goddess."<p>Does the idea of a deviant witch putting you under an erotic spell turn you on? Being kept in a mental prison by transgressive powers that far exceed your own resistance, begging, transforming, and coming at …

Hypnosis

Pet- and Child-Safe All-Purpose Cleaner

Tea-tree oil is a powerful antibacterial and antifungal, even fighting off MRSA, making it a natural option to use when cleaning your space. And this spray is great to use on toys, floors, and countertops for a quick clean. Make sure to follow up monthly with a deep sanitizing clean and toss child …

DIY Mold and Mildew Spray

One of my least favorite household chores is cleaning my shower. I’m embarrassed to say I wait as long as possible, which is probably why I don’t …

DIY

DIY naturally antibacterial all-purpose cleaner

A few years ago I started swapping out my all-purpose counter cleaners for natural ones. Then I turned into the gal hauling gallons of distilled …

Vinegar

Banish Dust With This Easy Cleaning Spray

If you feel like you're constantly wiping up dust, make this easy eco-friendly dusting spray that does an amazing job. The cleaner is made with ingredients that basically cost nothing — and you can even make it smell just the way you want it with a few drops of essential oil. Along with helping to …

Spruce Up Your Bedroom With Pantone’s 2015 Color Palette

Okay, okay, so we aren’t just excited about our upcoming book release for <i>Homemakers</i> at Brit HQ (available for pre-order now!), we are also totally obsessed with Pantone’s 2015 spring color palette too… because, ya know, we LOVE color. And while the color of the year has made its way into our …

Home Decorating

21 Tempting Mug Cakes That Are Way Easy to Make

When it comes to quick cooking and baking, we have options. But when even our go-to hacks take too long we’re all about two pretty low-tech tools: a mug and the microwave. This collection of 21 mug cakes employs both to yield tempting treats in practically no time at all. Whether you’re an …

Dessert

5 Mini Dessert Recipes, Made Using 4 Ingredients!

Craving something sweet? Look no further! We’ve teamed up with Triscuit to reinvent five classic sweet treats for the ultimate dessert table. And guess what? Two of these delectable recipes use Triscuit crackers as a canvas — they’re the perfect base for getting creative in the kitchen, even with …

Dessert

10 Space-Saving Tricks for Small Kitchens

You can do a lot with just a little space.<p>A well-designed kitchen has minimal clutter and maximum efficiency. Whether you're redecorating or totally remodeling, here are the best ideas for small spaces.

Biomedicine

Tofu Banh Mi Collard Wraps with Wasabi Peanut Sauce

Certain neighborhoods of Philly are infiltrated with Banh mi. The classic Vietnamese sandwich essentially acts as the Chipotle of the Asian food …

Turkey Meatball Soup - iFOODreal - Healthy Family Recipes

Recipe and photo makeover day. I posted this turkey meatballs soup a while back, but since then a Martha Stewart part of me grew up.<p>My absolutely …

14 Make-Ahead Lunch Recipes to Whip Up This Week

Brown-bagging the same old PB+J for lunch is sure to get old fast, but it’s hard to argue with the ease of a sandwich and some snacks. With a little advance planning though, you can enjoy tucking into a far more exciting meal at your desk all week long. These 14 make-ahead meals will make you the …

Healthy Eating

18 Noodle Recipes to Celebrate Chinese New Year

With Chinese New Year just around the corner, now is a great time to up your noodle game. That’s why we’ve gathered some of the best noodle dishes out there to help you out. Once you’ve collected your ingredients, these 18 delicious dishes will be a breeze to prepare. And after just a few bites, …

Food & Dining