Nicole O'Shea

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How Your Vagina Changes in Your 20s, 30s, and 40s

<b>Normal Shrinkage</b><br>Puberty's totally over (thank gawd), and your organs have reached their adult size. Except, that is, for your labia majora, the outer "lips" that enclose the rest of your privates. Don't be shocked to see these looking slimmer. As you age, subcutaneous fat, including that of your …

5 Health Hacks For Crazy Busy People | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

<i>“Health is a relationship between you and your body” ~ Terri Guillemets</i><p>As human beings with conscious awareness we are the only creatures on the …

Self-improvement

Best Meditation Apps for iPhone: It Keeps your Brain Sharp

Luckily, you don’t have to define out a full Half an hour, twice a day to feel the benefits of growing mindfulness through a frequent relaxation …

iPhone

5 Realistic Things Missing From Disney Romances

For most twenty-somethings, our first introductions to love were the Happily Ever After’s at the end of Disney Movies. We watched Belle and the Beast …

How to Overcome Self-Doubt

<i>“Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.”</i> – William Shakespeare<p><b>Taming the monkey mind</b><p>It’s an all …

Self-confidence

5 Essentials for a DIY Mani-Pedi Kit

A weekly mani-pedi is a luxury I just can’t justify, but I love how glossy nails make my whole look more polished (pun intended, thank you very …

Finally! Our Fave Discontinued Luminizer Is BACK

If you're a frequent drugstore shopper, you'll remember Revlon Skinlights from the early to mid-2000s. The line of luminizers added a subtle and …

4 Steps That Will Help You Achieve Your Goals

There’s a (in)famous expression that states that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again while expecting different …

Biker chic #ootdown it now:-moto jacket-top-b&w stripe pencil-heels

<b>Biker chic #ootd</b><p>own it now:<br>-<i>moto jacket</i><br>-<i>top</i><br>-<i>b&w stripe pencil</i><br>-<i>heels</i>

The Four-Minute Workout

<b>The News:</b> Recent research shows that three four-minute high-intensity workouts a week may be as beneficial as three low-to-moderate-intensity 45-minute sessions.<p><b>Dry Run:</b> I ask Brent Carter, an instructor at Focus Personal Training Institute in new York City, to take me through a sample workout. he …

Exercise

Brown Sugar Berry Crumble Muffins Recipe

Rich with brown sugar and tangy yogurt, these super moist and tender berry muffins are topped with a crunchy buttery streusel.<p><b>About the Author:</b> Yvonne Ruperti is a food writer, recipe developer, former bakery owner, and author of the new cookbook One Bowl Baking: Simple From Scratch Recipes for …

Eggnog Baked Oatmeal with Caramelized Bananas and Vanilla Bean Brown Butter

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a baking dish with nonstick spray. I used a 10×7 dish, but an 8×8, 9×9, round cake pan or another size close …

How to Teach a New Dog Old Tricks* - Stonesoup

My Dad has never been much of a cook. Tea, toast and the odd batch of porridge (oatmeal) on a frosty winter morning is all I can ever remember him …

Christmas Delights

I actually love that Thanksgiving was so late this year, because all of a sudden…BOOM! It’s already Christmastime! And while I wish I had another …

Chocolate Peppermint Chex Mix

I’m fairly certain the name “Muddy Buddies” is trademarked so I’m creatively naming these- but let’s be real: these are Candy Cane Muddy Buddies! You …

Dinner Tonight: Spaghetti Carbonara + Chard Salad

Spaghetti carbonara is one of those dishes that you talk about the entire time you're eating it. It's impossible <i>not</i> to comment on how tasty it is -- hot, salty, a little creamy, a tad smoky, a handful of simple ingredients tossed together result in such pasta magic that it's a little bit creepy. It …

Foodily Blog

Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe

I used to make corned beef around St. Patrick’s Day every year the traditional way: low and slow on the stove for hours. It took a lot of tending …

Cooking

zucchini fritters

Everyone’s got their superheroes; I’m sure when I was younger they were things like Super Grover and later, Jem but these days, they’re decidedly …

naked tomato sauce

Every year at just about this time I renew my obsession with tomato sauce. It’s late August, after all, and just about anyone who has ever gardened …

roasted eggplant with tomatoes and mint

One of the things I’ve been fiddling around with last year is the idea of making bruschetta without, you know, bread. I shared a …

apple pie cookies

As far as reentry* points to on-a-whim cooking go, these cookies aren’t the most obvious choice. I might have gone with something from the market, or …

peppermint hot fudge sauce

You have all of your holiday shopping done, don’t you? I bet everything is wrapped and in gift bags, and that you know how to tie ribbons into bows …

The Best Egg Sandwich You'll Ever Have

Confession: I'm a terrible cook. Long recipes freak me out, and I only flip through cookbooks to admire the photos. When everyone else was l...

chocolate swirl buns

A few years ago, I conquered one of what has to be one of the seven wonders of my culinary world, chocolate babka. Babka, if you’re new to it, poor …

my favorite brownies

I understand that when a website but 5 11/12 years old boasts not one or two but <i>eleven</i> brownie recipes that it’s possible, perhaps, or at least worth …

vanilla custards with roasted blueberries

Today is my sister’s birthday. Every year, I ask her what kind of cake I can make her and do you know what she says? “I don’t want a cake. I just …