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30 Days of Spring Cleaning Tips for a Sparkling Home

It's time to pull on your gloves and get to work.<p>It's time to pull on your gloves and get to work.

Suspicions mount in slaying of noted Honduran environmentalist

MEXICO CITY — When two gunmen left an award-winning environmentalist and indigenous leader dead in her home in rural Honduras this month, they also inadvertently left behind a witness.<p>Gustavo Castro, a Mexican colleague of Berta Cáceres’s and the only other person in the house at the time, was also …

Belly bloat? 10 bad habits to break, from chewing gum to eating fast

Feeling self-conscious about your puffed-out belly?<p>Before you torture yourself with a fad diet and stomach crunches, consider that your "fat" belly may actually just be bloated — and it could be caused by a few common eating and drinking habits.<p>Take a look at these 10 everyday habits that …

​iskra lawrence’s 10 point guide to loving your body

Kicking off National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, plus size model and body image activist, Iskra Lawrence (AKA fashion’s finest superhero) shares with us her guide to a more body positive future.<p>I didn't even realise how brutal battling my body was. I couldn't understand why it was changing, or …

20 kitchen techniques that guests taught us that we still use today

Over the last two decades, we've learned a lot of essential kitchen techniques from our guests. In celebration of our 600th episode, here are 20 …

Chronic pain and infertility: the trauma of untreated pelvic inflammatory disease

<i>This article is part of our series examining hidden women’s conditions. You can read about bacterial vaginosis, chronic thrush and other pieces in</i> …

21 Weird Garden Remedies That Might Make You Look Crazy But That Actually Work

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Gardening

Why Rainwater Collection Works And How To Do It Correctly

Rainwater collection isn’t just a trend for experienced gardeners with established plots, either. According to the survey, about 15 percent of …

8 Houseplants That Improve Air Quality

Plants clean the airA study out of NASA called “Interior Landscape Plants for Indoor Air Pollution Abatement,” published in 1989 and intended to help …

Plants

The 8 Best Exercises for Lower Abs

Moves to tackle that lower-belly fat and build a strong core.<p>The term "lower abs" is actually a misnomer—your rectus abdominis muscle, or abdominal …

Zika virus continues to spread; CDC expands travel alert to 22 destinations

Health authorities have added eight tropical destinations to a travel alert about an illness linked with a severe birth defect and spread by mosquitoes.<p>The updated alert issued Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention brings the total to 22 destinations, most in Latin America and …

6 Surprising Ways a Houseplant Can Save You Money

If you have considered adding a houseplant to your home or office decor, you may be surprised to find just how much they can improve your life and …

Plants

23 Easy Peasy Packed Lunch Ideas

Shop-bought lunches are SO 2015.

20 habits to get mentally stronger

Everyone wants to start out 2016 strong, but it’s finishing strong that’s also important. Many resolutions and goals are never reached because we get …

Happiness

12 Smart Home Apps That Will Save You Serious Cash

It’s a new year, which means it’s time to reassess the annual budget. This year, you can actually save on some serious cash AND energy usage by upgrading your home and smartphone with high-tech apps. From smart AC controllers that automatically switch off when you leave the house to a home security …

15 Healthy Drinks to *Finally* Replace Coffee + Soda in 2016

Giving up soda or sugar-laden coffee drinks is a popular New Year’s resolution for many people every year. Studies show that making positive habits (especially when it comes to diet) is easier when you <i>add</i> rather than subtract, meaning you think about all the things you can still drink: infused …