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Top 25 Islands in the World (Photos)

Paradise<p>There’s only one way to avoid the quickly approaching winter: plan a luxurious—and warm—island vacation. See the 25 top picks for where to …

Why Carved Pumpkins Are Called "Jack O' Lanterns"

The name “Jack O’ Lantern” was originally one of the numerous names given to ignis fatuus (Medieval Latin for “foolish fire”), another of which is …

6 Ways to Find Real Happiness

47 Pie Recipes for Every Season

From classic apple to blueberry—we've got a pie for every season.<p>No matter what the season, pie is one of our favorite desserts. There's not much you can't put into a flaky, buttery crust. From fruity fillings piled high (high pie!) with meringue to rich, velvety chocolate delights, here are our …

An Atlanta House with Bursts of Color

Inside an expansive house with bursts of color.<p>Designer Kay Douglass used a neutral palette for this expansive Atlanta house, then added orange accents and bursts of color throughout each room. For more decorating ideas, read an interview with the designer.

Before & After Makeover: A Dark, Dated Kitchen Goes Light and Bright

Click for the after photos.<p>By painting the existing cabinetry, replacing the countertop, and swapping the ceiling fan for pendant lights, designer T. Keller Donovan transformed his Florida kitchen on a tight budget. Here, he shares his time and money-saving tips for getting a dream kitchen — …

34 Window Treatment Ideas That'll Dramatically Improve Your View

Bonus: Some styles make your windows look bigger, too.<p>Window treatments are a seriously important — and often overlooked — part of a room. They can be functional, purely decor, or strike a balance between the two, depending on your space and the amount of natural light you receive. Whether it's …

Cool Find: A MoMA-Approved Commute

Brooklyn Cruiser's collaboration with the famed art museum makes for an eye-catching ride.<p>The bicycle is no stranger to art museums. In 1913, Marcel Duchamp merged a metal wheel and wooden stool for his <i>Bicycle Wheel</i>; in 1942, Pablo Picasso transformed a humble bike seat and handlebars into his …

100+ Best Room Decorating Ideas - Home Design Pictures

Proof the color can be chic, not singing-preschool-dinosaur-ish.<p>You'll obsess over these sunny spaces.<p>Cross over to the dark side.<p>There's more to white kitchens than shabby chic, k?<p>You might not have been <i>planning</i> a reno, but you are now.<p>Your roommates would hate you for your skillz if you weren't …

9 Tasty (and Healthy!) Pizza Recipes

These amazing and good-for-you pies put take-out pizza to shame<p>There are two ways you can celebrate National Pizza Month: You <i>could</i> order greasy delivery pizza that’s loaded with fat and sodium—or you could fire up the oven and serve one of these healthy—and unbelievably good—pies instead. We’ll let …

How to Become a Morning Workout Person

Even if you're an early bird, getting up before the sun rises to go sweat your butt off can be seriously daunting. The good news: It's possible to become a morning workout person (with relatively little pain). Just follow these 7 steps

The Crazy New Yoga Trend You've Got to Try

This new version of yoga will seriously tone your body<p>Perhaps you’ve seen or tried stand-up paddleboard (SUP) yoga, where you do your downward dogs in the water on a board. And while SUP yoga is great and all, it requires a) a body of water, and b) perfect weather, both of which aren't always …

The Easy Trick for Healthier Grocery Shopping

How to resist bad-for-you packaged foods once and for all<p>You <i>meant</i> to load up on hummus and carrot sticks when you grabbed a cart—but between the allure of sugary cereals (Count Chocula is only around once a year!), chips (you need <i>something</i> to eat on cheat days), and more, it can be difficult to …

The Insanely Effective 15-Minute Workout

<i>By Jessica Smith for Shape.com</i><p>Can you really get an effective workout in only 15 minutes? You bet your abs you can! Maximize every second of your precious time with this simple plan that's as effective (if not more!) than most hour-long training sessions. The secret is that it combines two proven …

The Single Habit That Helps Me Eat Healthy and Save Money

For me, the secret to consistent healthy eating comes down to one routine I've built into my life. Every Sunday, I spend a few hours preparing fresh, healthy meals for the week ahead. This habit saves me time and money overall. If all of my lunches are made in one setting ahead of time, I don't …

Healthy Eating

10 Awesome New Potluck Ideas

Your friends will BEG you for your recipe<p>Potlucks are like the Olympics of cooking: Everyone brings their A-game, and the amateur chef with the first empty platter wins—bragging rights, that is. Go for gold with one of these perfect potluck recipes. (Bonus: None of them rely on tons of fat or sugar …

9 Butt Exercises for a Super-Toned Tush

Yeah, you squat. But aren’t you ready to mix it up a bit?<p>So sick of squats? We hear you. The key to a gravity-defying backside is introducing new exercises that tone every inch of your rear. These 9 moves from the <i>Women’s Health Big Book of Exercises</i> target all the muscles in your glutes and …

The Secret To Staying Motivated? Optimism, Not Anger

Many of us use anger to fight our way back from failure. But as our veterans have proven, optimism is a more powerful motivator than anger.<p>There’s an old idiom, “don’t get mad, get even.” I’ve always loved it, but of course, that just means I’m a hothead. Because if you really break down that …

How to Be Wildly Successful

It was a problem I'd never anticipated: My brainy daughter was having trouble in school. Katie began teaching herself to read at 15 months and tested …

Self-improvement

17 Quotes That Will Help You Discover Your Life's Purpose

Friday Cocktails: Modern Royale

As part of my preparation for an upcoming reporting trip to Iceland, I recently had the pleasure of attending a Taste of Iceland lunch prepared by …

The Technique You Need to Know Now for Pizza on the Grill, Plus 5 Explosively Flavorful Pizza Toppings

<i>"You better cut the pizza in four pieces, because I'm not hungry enough to eat six."</i><p>—Yogi Berra<p>Pizza on the grill may seem like the latest, er, outbreak of a live fire fever sweeping Planet Barbecue. But the grilled pizza dates back at least a quarter century -- and very likely more.<p>The place: …

BBQ

How Bad Are Pumpkin Lattes for You Really?

This will be my last post in the name of pumpkin mania. Really. But before I continue writing about other good-for-you (and not-so-good-for-you) …

30 Homemade Candy Recipes To Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Candy is awesome. Homemade candy is better—here are 30 recipes we love.<p><b>Is there anything better than eating handfuls of candy</b> until you teeter on the edge of sheer bliss and belly-aching agony? We say no. There's only one way to make this time-honored pastime better, and that's indulging in …

Dessert

Make the Country's Best Ballpark Food at Home

Now that baseball stadiums have gone gourmet, ballpark favorites—like Baltimore crab cakes, San Francisco garlic fries, and dressed-up hot dogs—deserve a spot on your dinner table<p>Sorry, baseball purists—we go to the ballpark for the Cracker Jack, not the crack of the bat. Food just tastes better …

Mini Halloween Pumpkin Cupcakes

makes 24 Servings<p>Prep Time: 45 min<p>Total Time: 2 min<p>October 2009Print<p>Ingredients<p>1 cup self-rising flour<p>2/3 cup (packed) golden brown sugar<p>2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice<p>1 large egg<p>1/2 cup canned pure pumpkin<p>1/3 cup vegetable oil<p>1/3 cup sour cream<p>1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract<p>Chopped crystallized …

Dessert

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