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Disrupting Meditation: Can An App Really Teach Mindfulness?

I spent a week learning to meditate through tech. I even convinced a Buddhist priest to try a mindfulness app. Here’s what happened.<p>For more than 20 years, I’ve considered learning meditation. Quiet spaces! Clean robes! Shaved heads that require no fancy organic hair products! The life of Buddhist …

Meditation

Where to Get the Best Sandwich In Every State

From sea to shining sea—and ham to melted cheese.<p><i>This story was written by our friends at Spoon University.</i><p>There is nothing more freeing than being able to hold an entire meal in the palm of your hand and know that a superb variety of flavors and textures await you with every bite. Okay, maybe not …

Sandwiches

There's a 3-step process to figure out when it's time to retire

But at its core, I think choosing the best time for you to retire comes down to three simple steps.<p>1. Only retire once you have a plan for how you will spend your time and what will give you meaning.<p>2. Only retire when your financial expectations are in order and you have practiced living on your …

Retirement

How retirement planning for childless couples is different

The number of Americans without kids has been increasing steadily for decades, with the percentage of women ages 15 to 44 who are childless nearing 50% as of the last Census report. At first glance, childlessness may seem to be the trend that bodes the best for financial stability, especially for …

Retirement

Will You Regret Taking Social Security ASAP?

Attention Baby Boomers who will soon be turning age 62 and are planning on taking Social Security benefits early, be sure to do your homework before you sign the paperwork.<p>A Nationwide Retirement Institute survey of 909 U.S. adults aged 50 or older found that many of those who claimed their Social …

Retirement

Life Reimagined

Retirement

5-Ingredient Parmesan Garlic Spaghetti Is What Solo Dinner Dreams Are Made Of

I am not exaggerating when I say nothing brings me more joy than the combination of pasta, garlic, and parmesan cheese. My undying love for that comfort food paired with my busy schedule means I make this parmesan garlic spaghetti recipe more often than I'd like to admit, and once you try it, I'm …

Italian Food

Social Security: 3 Great Reasons to File for Benefits at 70

Image source: Getty Images.<p>Social Security provides a critical income stream for most Americans in retirement. Full benefits are available to retirees at their "full" retirement age, which is specified by the Social Security Administration. For most of us, it's 66 or 67 or somewhere in between. You …

6 Books That Will Transform Your Mindset About How to Grow Your Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Successful entrepreneurs are readers. They understand the value a book can provide at a fraction of the cost of traditional education. Today, you can walk around with an entire college course inside of your smartphone. Digital books take …

Entrepreneurship

7 Decorating Mistakes That Make Your Home Feel Smaller

Even if you have space to spare,<p>you're going to want to read this.<p>When it comes to great design, every inch counts. And, as anyone who's ever owned …

Handy

Sopa de Lima (Yucatán-Style Lime Soup) Recipe

My wife, Adri, and I just got back from a week spent eating our way around Mérida and the rest of Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula. Of all the things we ate, <i>sopa de lima</i>, the Mayan poultry and lime soup that's popular up and down the Yucatán, seemed most easily adaptable to cooking back home. It's also …

Food Preservation
Real Estate

10 Home Renovations That'll Make You Rich | Men's Health

Follow this 10-step home improvement plan to make your house the envy of your block.<p><b>STEP 1: Decorate Your Doors</b><p>Swap any old knobs, hinges, and cabinets with finished metal pulls and handles, Fanuka says. You’ll drop just $3 to $5 per piece at most hardware stores, and your guests will take …

5 Tips for Making Pizza the Roberta's Way

My obsession with the Brooklyn pizzeria Roberta’s is well-documented—I’ve been trying to perfect their dough in my own tiny, dysfunctional oven for years. So you can imagine my joy when I got to join Roberta’s Pizza Czar, Anthony Falco, behind the scenes in their kitchen (and dough production …

The Most Unsung Fruit Is Sitting in Plain Sight

Banana ice cream and two-ingredient pancakes that'll take the most ignored fruit in your kitchen from sidepiece to main squeeze.<p>Peel, eat, and repeat. Eating bananas isn't all that glamorous. Sweet and self-contained, they're the quickest and easiest grab-and-go meal we know—a failsafe but never a …

Breakfast

The 20 Quickest Vehicles That Also Get 30 MPG

When Burning Rubber Doesn't Mean Burning Through Fuel<p>Motor Trend tests dozens of vehicles every year, everything from fuel misers to speed demons. Among them are a number of cars that are quick in a straight line and also surprisingly fuel efficient. In celebration of Earth Day, here are the 20 …

Fuel Efficiency

The Dry-Age Shortcut: How to Fake 45 Days in 48 Hours

Meet koji, the miracle grain that's going to change your steak game forever.<p>You could shell out $75 for a 45-day dry-aged rib eye, and then even more for the bottle of red that goes with it. Or you could—stay with me—make it for yourself, at home. Look, dry-aged meat is amazing and certainly worth …

BBQ

Soul Food Recipes

Collard greens, creamy grits, classic fried chicken and more—all of your southern favorites are covered here.

Cooking

15 Fat Burning Foods - Eating Your Way To Natural Fat Loss

Quickly, can you name 15 fat burning foods in the next 30 seconds? How did you do? Well, there are a wide variety of fruits and vegetables that are …

Headboard Tutorial - Kiki & Company

I was asked over and over again how I made my headboard in my room. It really was a fairly quick and painless activity..one my husband and I whipped …

How to Build a Dining Table From an Old Door and Posts

Tools and Materials:<p>drill and screws<br>pocket-hole jig<br>power sander and sandpaper<br>chop saw<br>under-leg plastic disc (protect hard wood floors from …

Slow Cooker Meals

The appeal of a slow cooker is obvious: throw some ingredients into your pot in the morning and come home at night to a hot, ready-to-eat meal. <b><br>How</b> …

Cooking

Is Lidia's Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine the Only Italian Cookbook You Need?

I started reviewing cookbooks in 2008. Since then, I have encountered seemingly infinite Italian cookbooks: Enough Italian cookbooks that if they …

America, We Need to Talk About 401(k)s

America is facing a retirement crisis. If you live and work in this country, you already know that and feel it as you and your family wonder how you're going to prepare for the future. But the cause of this crisis may not be what you think. Over the last few decades, there has been a deliberate …

Retirement

10 Ways to Add Value to Your Home for Under $500

While it’s not necessary, or even feasible, to take on a full blown remodel, there is still plenty you can do to add value to your home without …

This Is How You Train Your Brain to Get What You Really Want

Approximately six months ago, I got serious about my goal to become a professional writer. I had written an eBook and was anxious to know how to traditionally publish it.<p>I decided literary agents would be my best source of advice. After all, they know the publishing industry back-and-forth --  or …

Self-improvement