Raquel Parker

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Here's Why Your Kids May Start Asking You to Paint Rocks

Summer is finally upon us which means schools are closing and working moms need new activities for their kids that don’t involve screens. …

How to paint rock mandalas

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Obama describes his bond with Jay Z

Jay Z made history Thursday by becoming the first hip-hop artist to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.<p>The man who helped present the award was another trailblazer, the nation’s first black president, Barack Obama. The two have much in common, as Obama mentioned in his speech.<p>Perhaps the …

11 Life-Changing Lessons I Learned from My Mother After She Died

<b>“Those we love never truly leave us… There are things that death cannot touch.” ~J.K. Rowling</b><p>Growing up, I was glued to my mother’s hip, ready to …

They look like crab cakes, but these vegetable patties can hold their own

You look at the photo and think, “crab cakes,” right?<p>Nope. These are made from hearts of palm and artichoke hearts, spiked with a little Old Bay and nori flakes, with no jumbo-lump anything included.<p><i>[Make the recipe: Hearts of Palm and Artichoke Cakes ]</i><p>So why wouldn’t I call them Vegan Crab Cakes? …

Recipes

Crispy Thai Roasted Cauliflower Tacos [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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Recipes

General Tso’s Tofu

This past Friday, the chef many believe was responsible for creating the titanic Chinese-American favorite, General Tso’s Chicken, passed away. …

Power is no problem for vegan athletes

"I don't want to be vegan," David Carter once said to his wife. "That's for weaklings."<p>At the time, Carter was an NFL defensive end, weighing in at more than 300 pounds. Growing up in Los Angeles, he was raised on barbecue at his family's restaurant and felt that meat was his source of strength, so …

Nutrition

How To Be Happy Now in Three Simple Steps

I wake up happy. It comes naturally. I look forward to facing my day with positivity. My outlook is fueled by optimism. I see my cup as half full.<p>No, I am not a goody two-shoes. I do, however, consider myself to be one of the lucky ones who has the ability to triumph over my adversities, with a …

Vegan Thanksgiving Menu

• Thanksgiving• <b><br>Vegan Thanksgiving Menu</b><p>Skipping out on animal products doesn't mean skimping on comforting, carb-y dishes—it actually means you can focus on bolder flavors brimming with spice and explore textures beyond the usual seven kinds of creamy. Give this menu a peek and tell us you're not …

The Purpose Of Life Is Not Happiness: It’s Usefulness

For the longest time, I believed that there’s only purpose of life: And that is to be happy.<p>Right? Why else go through all the pain and hardship? …

The 30-Minute HIIT Workout That Makes Time Fly By

If you spend most of your workout staring at the clock, watching the seconds slowly tick by, it's time to switch things up. This total-body HIIT …

Workouts

7 Ways To Prepare For Death That Will Change Your Life

Get ready for some hard -- but important -- conversations.<p>What’s your ideal death?<p>For many people, a good death means having the chance to say goodbye to loved ones, making sure to let them know what they’ve meant to you. But, of course, no one can plan when or how they’re going to die, so this …

Path to Simplicity: 25 Simple Living Ideas

<b>Path to Simplicity: 25 Simple Living Ideas.</b> Simplicity…it sounds like such an easy breezy thing to do. But…if you’ve lived a certain way for most of …

The 10 best CrossFit workouts to improve your endurance

If you want to build endurance and stamina, you should probably just go run or bike for a really, really long time, right? Sorry, but no.<p>If you’re …

20 strategies that could help you radically cut your food expenses

People often spend far more on their food than they realize.Justin Sullivan/Getty Images<p>The average American family spends $151 a week on food, according to this Gallup poll.<p>That's actually quite a lot of money when you consider that the average week contains just 21 meals and that it’s relatively …

A Vegan Menu Plan Full of Takeout Recipes that You Make at Home!

Shares 529<p>This week’s vegan menu plan will have you looking forward to having dinner at home. I love takeout food, but it can be expensive, not so …

Grilled Marinated Tofu

Step 1/6<p>Juice orange. In a bowl, combine soy sauce, 5 tablespoons orange juice, honey and chile flakes. Stir to combine. Set aside 4 tablespoons of …

15 Ways To Get Rid Of Negative Energy In Your Home

Because nothing is worse than feeling bummed out in your own house.<p>Everyone experiences gloomy Sunday afternoon feelings from time to time. But if your home feels like it's been in a constant state of the blues, it's time to banish those negative, sad and downright depressing vibes that can have a …

Cleaning

31 Ways to Improve Your Life in Just a Month

Imagine the possibilities of a life filled with these simple acts of joy that can be done in minutes. Here's a template to get started.<p>Before this 31-day plan became a lifestyle, I first had to remove the tumors of self-gratification and hubris (trust me, the attitude ruling my life in the old days …

Here are 25 habits that psychologists have linked with happiness

It's the little things.<p>Some habits just seem to have the power to lift your spirits.<p>Whether it's taking a few minutes to dive deep into your favorite …

Happiness

Photos: World's best places for vegan dining | CNN Travel

Whether you're finding the best vegan burger or a vegan-friendly strip-club, these cities have your animal cruelty-free needs covered

Food & Dining

Easy Vegan Mayonnaise (With Aquafaba) Recipe

This chickpea-based mayonnaise ends up light, creamy, completely grease-free, and stiff enough to hold its shape when you mound it up, but loose enough to spread easily over a sandwich. I'm not tasting it side by side with real, egg-based mayo because I'm still staying vegan this month, but I'd put …

19 Vegan Thanksgiving Sides That Won’t Have You Missing Turkey

In the past, following a plant-based or vegan diet may have meant your choices were limited at holiday meals, even beyond the turkey: Mashed potatoes are made with buttermilk, there are eggs in rolls and green bean casserole is usually made with bacon — so many Thanksgiving dishes off-limits. As an …

Cooking

How To Abandon Your Flat Iron For Good

Are you tired of attacking your hair with heat, chemicals, and products? Do you spend hours on Pinterest admiring women with big, natural curls? They …

Hair

Plot Twist: The Most Genius Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Is Also Vegan

World, this is the genius chocolate chip cookie we've been waiting for. <b>Oh, and one other thing: It's vegan.</b><p>Notice that I didn't say it's genius <i>for</i> a vegan chocolate chip cookie or <i>in spite of</i> it. This cookie, which comes from Ovenly founders Agatha Kulaga and Erin Patinkin, can rest entirely on its …

Dessert

By Any Name, Rachel Bockheim Will Do Anything For Roller Derby

The munchies kicked in 10 years ago, when Rachel Bockheim joined up with an outfit called Grand Raggidy back home in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and got …

11 Reasons You Should Try Roller Derby

Introducing the most badass sport in the world.<p>If you haven't heard of roller derby, you NEED to hear about it right now.<p>It's a fast-paced full-contact sport in which two teams of five skaters compete to score points by overtaking each other on a flat track. Inevitably there are bruises, and the …