Michelle Nelson-Brewer

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Brain scans could better predict your future

<b>(CNN) —</b> Forget horoscopes or fortune tellers. There's a new way to tell your future, and it involves a much more reliable medium: human neuroscience.<p>A new study looks at over 70 scientific publications about brain scans such as functional magnetic resonance imaging or electroencephalography, …

The Brain

9 Reasons You Should Bring Your Toddler to Ireland

My wife and I love to travel. It's always been our passion and eats up most of our disposable income. When we found out we were pregnant, there were no shortage of people who would bemoan the end of our traveling days. "Your traveling days are over!" was something we had to force ourselves to hear …

Ireland

The 8 Ways Soda Is Hurting You

High calorie counts, insane amounts of added sugar, and unnatural additives. We all know soda is by no means healthy. It has become a major focus in the media and public health policies for good reason. America is faced with a grave issue, obesity. According to the CDC, close to 35 percent of U.S. …

Nutrition

Time Capsule: WWI Soldier's Bedroom Remains Untouched

(Image credit: Matthieu Bock for Europe1)<p>When WWI French second lieutenant Hubert Rochereau died while fighting in Belgium in 1918, his heartbroken …

Jackets

10 Tips To Make Any Small Space Feel Bigger

Small Spaces

Fortune Finding Fun: Party Games & Activities

(Image credit: Pablo Enriquez)<p>Maxwell and Ursula planned a series of activities for their recent Halloween party, and both kids and adults joined in …

Origami

Black Tara Fixtures by Dornbracht

Brand new in 2014 and just spotted over at Patricia's No Glitter No Glory, Dornbracht is selling their classic Tara series in matte black. YUM. Check …

Selling

Mystic Chic: Decorations & Favors

(Image credit: Pablo Enriquez)<p>A mystical theme calls to mind fortune tellers on a boardwalk, tarot readings, and the spectacle of discovery. For the …

Decorations

The Beautiful Art of Doing Less

I was manically flitting around my apartment the other day, doing what I like to call a "whirlwind clean" — where I stress myself (and anyone else …

Injustice

On Cultivating Holiday Rituals

The holidays are approaching and you know what that means: pie! Maybe that sounds like a joke, but eating pie (and most holiday foods) is a perfect …

Pie

7 Things You're Probably Forgetting to Clean

When I worked on the doorknobs and light switch plates, I realized that even those of us who consider ourselves pretty clean have things in our homes …

Neat

Compassion 101: Lessons From My Son

<b>It's embarrassing to admit this, but I don't always handle my relationships with all the compassion my family deserves.</b><p>I'm thinking of my 12-year-old son in particular.... He's a wonderful kid: outgoing, funny and smart. But with different personalities (and hormones), we occasionally clash like a …

Tweens

Growing A Family: Preparing For The Unexpected

<i>By Gabrielle. Tattly with glittery sparkles, designed with love by Bekka Palmer.</i><p>When Addie sent me her birth story, she did so as sort of a favor. Or …

25 Reasons Why I'm a Cool Mom

My older son has always been a big-time Mama's boy. That is, until the current school year, when he became a third grader and I became a source of embarrassment. It's literally as if overnight, he's gone from this child who insisted I chaperone his class field trips, to this meanie who makes me …

Parenting

Welcoming Motherhood

As a new mom, I am finding myself full of emotions. Some days I am exhausted (well, most days), some days I feel extremely happy and strong, some days I want to cry my eyes out, and other days I don't even know how it went from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.. The new mom emotions are also coupled with the fact …

Parenting

How One Song Gave My Son Back His Hope in the Future

Dear Kip Moore,<p>I love you.<p>No, seriously.<p>You see, we have this little boy to raise and it isn't always easy.<p>Sometimes he gets angry and throws chairs, breaks doors off of hinges or takes a permanent marker to everything in the living room.<p>Sometimes he screams that we're not his family because, …

Parenting

3 Ways to Live Like a Child (And Why You Should)

<b>Have you ever looked around and wondered why no one seems to be having fun?</b> Do you spend time thinking about how simple pleasures were so much more enjoyable when you were younger? Do you reminisce with friends about how great it was to be a kid because you had nothing to worry about?<p>I remember …

Happiness

Raising Compassionate Kids, Rethinking Compassion for Adults

<i>"That which is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor. That is the Torah. The rest is commentary." -Rabbi Hillel</i><p>The Golden Rule has been around a while. Some think it was first taught by Confucius. Yet, according to religious scholar and worldwide compassion ambassador Karen Armstrong, this …

Empathy

Foods For Clear Skin

To keep blemishes at bay, try incorporating the following seven foods, recommended by nationally recognized dietitian and nutritionist Elisa Zied, author of <i>YOUNGER NEXT WEEK: Your Ultimate Rx to Reverse the Clock, Boost Energy and Look and Feel Younger in 7 Days</i>, and internationally renowned …

How to increase your energy

<b>Your Breakfast is Too Small</b><br>A handful of berries mixed into a container of Greek yogurt may sound like the perfect healthy breakfast, but it can set you up to binge in the afternoon. Not only is it just not enough food, but it’s also lacking in some nutrients that are key to ensuring you feel full …

9 Diet Changes Real Women Made to Lose More Than 50 Pounds

8 Diet Changes Real Women Made to Lose More Than 50 Pounds<p>You're definitely going to want to steal at least one.<p>When you've got a lot of weight to lose, deciding where to begin can be super-overwhelming—but we've got a good place for you to start. We've talked to dozens of women who completely …