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37 Ways To Disguise The Ugliest Parts Of Your Home

People are going to think you run a lifestyle blog (or something).

These 5-Ingredient Recipes Are Proof That Less Is More

PASTA WITH PANCETTA AND PEAS<p>In less than 30 minutes, you can have a dish that looks like it’s been ordered straight from a restaurant. Get the recipe …


17 Dinner Recipes Cozier Than Your Bed

Pair with a glass of red wine for maximum toastiness.

This Indiana Farmhouse Has Every Beautiful Design Element You Want in a Home

Fruit trees, a wraparound porch, and shiplap aplenty? Yes, please!<p>When we think of our dream home, what comes to mind is something pretty close to this house in Zionsville, Indiana.<p>Situated on 18 acres, the pretty farmhouse combines the classic country elements with a hint of fresh, clean, and …

12 Mug Recipes Every Incoming College Freshman Should Know

Learning some tasty microwave tricks is one way to make your freshman year of college easier! Discover Student Loans is also there to help, offering coverage of up to 100% of school-certified college costs.

How to make ice cream without an ice cream maker

Should your once-in-a-lifetime dream cruise aboard the Good Ship Lollipop come to a crashing halt on the rock candy cliffs of some lonely dessert island, wouldn't it be great to whip up a little stash of ice cream? Fear not, dauntless traveler, today we make ice cream without a net. And by "net," …

Hamilton: PBS documentary on Broadway musical to air

<b>UPDATE:</b> During a June 16 press event about all things <i>Hamilton</i>, creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda said, via <i>Playbill</i>, that <i>Hamilton’s America</i> will be …

15 Organizers You Didn't Know Your Bathroom Needed

Tidying up doesn't have to be about yet another plastic bin.<p>Tidying up doesn't have to be about yet <i>another</i> plastic bin.

15 Totally Transformative Furniture Makeovers

We're obsessed with #5.<p>When it comes to furniture DIYs, most ideas are simply surface level. But these pieces didn't just get painted or stained — they got entirely new second lives. Trust us when we say you're about to be inspired to turn your piano into a bar and old tub into a couch.

11 Kitchen Storage Spots You Completely Forgot About

50 Genius Ways to Use Mason Jars

This beloved country staple is good for so much more than canning.<p>This beloved country staple is good for so, so much.

Spooky Eats for a Grown-Up Halloween Party

Halloween isn't just for the kiddos.<p>Halloween isn't just for the kiddos. If you're looking to host an adults-only Halloween bash this year, spook your guests with these bewitchingly delicious recipes.


7 Fall Slow Cooker Recipes Perfect For Dinner

There's something about fall and slow cookers that go hand-in-hand. Maybe it's because school is back in session and easy prep meals are a must? Or maybe it's the cool breeze making me crave something extra warm? Either way here are seven of my favorite slow cooker recipes to heat up this fall.<p><b>1.</b> …


6 Style Lessons by Gigi Hadid on How to Wear Sweatpants Out in Public

Kate Moss has her slip dresses, Taylor Swift, her crop tops, and Kim Kardashian, her skin-tight silhouettes. As for Gigi Hadid's fashion identifier? …

18 Adorable "She Sheds" To Inspire Your Own Garden Escape

Taking a vacation is literally as easy as a trip to the backyard.<p>He got his man cave, now this is all you. From cozy cottages to coastal retreats, these she sheds prove that you don't need a lot of space to have a seriously awesome backyard escape. No boys allowed.

Illuminated Tree Stumps Are a Clever Take on Natural Decor

This might be the coolest lamp ever.<p>If you're looking for a way to bring the outdoors into your home, we'd like to introduce you to Duncan Meerding, a Tasmania-based furniture and lighting designer who transforms naturally cracked tree stumps into lamps.<p>Duncan's work has caught our attention for …

Buy a Cheap Bottle of Booze and Infuse Your Own Flavored Vodka Immediately

Homemade infused vodka: So much easier than you think!<p><i>Associate web editor Rochelle Bilow may work on the internet, but when it comes to cooking, she prefers to keep it old-school. From making her own butter (seriously) to grinding her coffee beans by hand, Bilow’s all about doing things the slow</i> …

5 Family-Friendly Dinners You Need to Try

Is it time to branch out from the same few meals you make over and over again? <i>Everyone</i> in my family gave these recipes an enthusiastic thumbs-up.<p><b>1. Orecchiette with Sausage and Broccoli</b><p>This delicious pasta dish is adapted from <i>Lidia's Italian Table</i> by Lidia Bastianich. Not only is it quick and easy …


5 Ice Cream Sandwich Combos You Need to Try This Summer

I spend a fair amount of my time looking up recipes, reading cookbooks and testing out my own creations. The other day I saw this bomb fruity pebble ice cream sandwich on the Coolhaus Instagram and immediately had to recreate it for myself.<p>That got me thinking: what other amazing ice cream sandwich …

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9 Secret Frappuccinos You Won't Find on Any Starbucks Menu

<i>By: Lee Breslouer</i><p>Everyone knows you can go to Starbucks and order a Venti Half-Caff, Quad, 10 Pumps Vanilla, 7 Pumps Hazelnut, Extra Whip, Extra-Hot Mocha. But people who really know their way around the customizable 'Bucks menu know you can concoct a crazy-good drink that doesn't just sound crazy. …


Babysitter Popcorn

This delicious s'mores popcorn is sweet, salty, crunchy and chewy all at once. With mini marshmallows, chocolate chips, crushed graham crackers and of course popcorn, this sweet treat is sure to please kids, adults and everyone in between.<p>This popcorn does come with a warning however, it is …


The Friend

His wife was just thirty-four. They had two little girls. The cancer was everywhere, and the parts of dying that nobody talks about were about to start. His best friend came to help out for a couple weeks. And he never left.<p><b>Most of September 17, 2012,</b> has evaporated from my mind. I still have a few …

5 Awesome Milkshake Recipes You Wish You Thought of Sooner

Finals are coming and that means one thing: stress eating. Make sure you're fully prepared for a hell of a week of snacking with one of these bad boys. I promise they'll help relieve the finals stress and get you through that last week.<p><b>S'mores Milkshake</b><p><b>Prep Time:</b> 2 minutes<p><b>Cook Time:</b> 1 minute<p><b>Total</b> …

These Blended Frozen Banana Recipes Are Better Than Ice Cream

It’s time to rethink the banana.<p>All you need is a freezer and a blender to transform the potassium-, serotonin- and fiber rich fruit into the creamiest, most healthy treat we’ve had all year.<p>We scoured the internet for delicious ideas, but really, you can’t go wrong: peel and slice some slightly …

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There's No Freakin' Way This Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie Is Healthy... Except It Is

Here's how to make one of my favorite smoothies. It was originally published on my blog taraleighlovesyou.com. It's a mint chocolate chip one and it's awesome. It tastes even better when you make it while rocking out to your favorite music. I got down to a Reba Jam by Phish from Alpine Valley …

The 50 Most Essential Kitchen Secrets

Helpful tips and tricks.<p>These helpful tips and tricks, adapted from Rebecca DiLiberto's Penny Saving Household Helper, will save you time and money. This article originally appeared on countryliving.com.

10 Surprising Ways to Use Magnets Around the House

Everyday items become even more useful with a little magnetic magic.<p>These small, powerful discs or strips (look for them in varying strengths at a craft store) excel at creating vertical storage and a safe space for tiny items. Just remember to keep them away from kids who might swallow them as you …

This Clever Duvet Cover Trick is Going to Change Your Life

The "duvet burrito" makes changing your cover SO much easier.<p>Nothing says frustrating like trying to put on a duvet cover by yourself. In a world of iPhones, robo-vacuums, and all sorts of tech gadgets, you'd think we would have found a simpler solution to this cumbersome housekeeping task by now. …

13 DIY Decor Solutions That Will Make Your Life Easier

25 Light Fixtures That Will Transform Your Kitchen

Track lights and fluorescent fixtures? Please.<p>If you want to update your cooking space without shelling out serious money, you've come to the right place. Lighting is an easy way to make a big difference in your kitchen. These fixtures will make a statement, enhance your existing design, and …