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Practical Tips for Maintaining Your Meditation Flow

Photo Credit: micky8910 via Compfight cc<p>"If you lock your meditation in like a seamless ritual, it will just flow without thought."<p>Ayurveda teaches that the ideal times to meditate are between the hours of 5 a.m. and 7 a.m., and between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., because these times of the day are at the …

11 Genius Storage Tricks for a Tiny Kitchen

When you don't have much space, make every inch work extra hard.<p>When you don't have much space, make every inch work extra hard.

10 Healthy Kitchen Tools That Will Change The Way You Eat

There's no shortage of fancy, expensive gadgets that promise to save you time in the kitchen, but it's often the simplest cooking tools that make the …

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The Best Prints for Your Kitchen Walls

Posters shouldn't only be relegated to dorm rooms—these deserve prime real estate on the walls of your kitchen. (And in bedrooms, bathrooms, and even …

Wall Art



Life hacks: things you didn't know you could do with a microwave

Need to revive stale bread or peel a butternut squash? The microwave can help<p><b>Revive stale bread</b><p>Want to make a sandwich, but your bread has gone stale? Don’t throw it away. Wrap the bread in a moist tea towel, or piece of dampened kitchen roll, and heat it in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds. …


Lane Bryant's #ImNoAngel campaign celebrates body diversity

<b>(CNN) —</b> Lane Bryant has come up with a devil of an idea to market its lingerie while poking fun at a competitor.<p>The plus-size clothing retailer has launched an ad campaign for its Cacique line titled #ImNoAngel, seeking to "redefine sexy."<p>In a commercial posted on You Tube, a group of plus-size …

Plus Size

Cool and Crunchy Melon-Cucumber Salad

This summer, add cucumber to a melon salad to make it extra-crisp. We cut watermelon and cantaloupe into cubes and balls for a beautifully geometric presentation that can be eaten with toothpicks. We also tossed them as a salad, dressed with yuzu juice (available at Asian supermarkets and specialty …

Healthy Eating

Breakfast Cookies

Martha loves these cookies. Packed with nuts, fruit, and seeds, these wholesome treats are the on-the-go alternative to granola--no bowl, spoon, or milk required.


Homemade Ice Cream Recipes

Here's the scoop: Homemade ice cream is the ultimate treat and not hard to make. Try one of our classic recipes.<p>Rich, creamy, and custardy, this is the real deal, made with vanilla beans and heavy cream.


DIY Paper Pie-Slice Boxes

Follow template instructions for cutting, and align edges of pie box to the left side of the Mini Scoring Board. Score. Align tabs and score as well.<p>Punch along the top and sides of the box with the Edge Punch.<p>Form box and adhere sides together with double-sided tape.<p>To make the tag, punch the full …


Sweet and Salty Dessert Recipes

A pinch of salt brings out the sweetness in all types of cookies, candies, cakes, and other irresistible desserts.<p>Sweet and Salty Cake<p>This fantastic three-layer chocolate cake from Baked Bakery in New York City is a delicious example. Co-owner Matt Lewis' recipe is filled and frosted with Whipped …


Julie's Flatbread

1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, combine yeast, 1 1/2 teaspoons flour, and sugar. Stir in 1/4 cup of the warm water, and let stand until foamy, about 10 minutes.<p>2. Whisk together the remaining 3 cups flour, cornmeal, rosemary, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1 1/2 …


Home Renovation Dos and Don'ts

After a yearlong renovation in his home, Editorial Director, Decorating Kevin Sharkey is sharing his dos and don'ts for a successful transformation. Read on to benefit from his wisdom and avoid future home headaches.<p>Start pulling everything and anything that you like or think you would like to see …

Home Improvement

Quiche 101

It's about time quiche reclaimed its spot in the brunch hall of fame, and this is the version that will bring the savory tart back to favor. Follow our step-by-step guide to making a deep-dish quiche with the ultimate ratio of custard to crust.<p>Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to a …

Spread It Around: Peanut Butter Recipes Worth Talking About

April 2 is National PB and J Day, and as die-hard peanut butter fans, we’re ready to lay it on thick. Out of respect for the venerable spread, however, we’re thinking beyond jam and bread.<p>Save the sandwiches for quick lunches -- today calls for a special treat. These bars are guaranteed to make …


9 Desserts You Won’t Believe Are Kosher for Passover

Some things are too delicious to give up for a whole week. Luckily, you might not have to let go cold turkey. Read on for our all-time favorite, too-good-to-be-true Passover dessert recipes.<p>Raspberry Macaroons in Chocolate Shells<p>With a hint of salt, sweet-tart fresh raspberries, and just the right …


Bite-Size Desserts

Shape thin tuile cookies into a shell for this tiny tart.


Vegetarian Lunch Sandwich Recipes

We've got hearty and delicious vegetarian sandwiches that will fuel you all afternoon. Enjoy fresh and healthy hummus and vegetables on whole grain bread, toasty panini, roasted vegetable wraps, and lots more.<p>Layer cheese, tomatoes, and fresh parsley on ciabatta bread and weigh the sandwich down …


Martha's Homemade Stock Recipes

Martha makes her own stock. With chicken, beef, and vegetable versions stored in the freezer, she can make soups and stews all winter long. And she's sharing her recipes from Cooking School to inspire you to make your own stock.<p>This versatile chicken stock is essential for , , chicken and …


Spice Cake Recipes

Add some zing to your baking repertoire with these sweetly spiced cakes, including chocolate-ginger, pumpkin spice, apple spice, and more.


A Call to Order: Maximizing Your Closet Space

Hard-to-reach areas are a closet's no-man's-land. A spring-loaded pull-down rack, which you can install yourself, solves the problem. A light tug on a handle positioned in the center of the rod brings clothes to you. The racks are sold on the web and through some closet and organizing stores.<p><i>For</i> …


Healthy Snack Recipes to Pack for School or the Office

A combination of yogurt, papaya, blackberries, raspberries, mint and granola, this snack (or dessert) only has 164 calories and 1 gram of fat.


Fudge Recipes

Condensed milk gives this fudge its smooth richness, while pretzels add crunch and a touch of salt. Feel free to use trail mix, your favorite chopped candy, or crushed cookies in place of pretzels.


Cleaning Your Fridge

The refrigerator is one of the hardest working appliances in your home -- and one that often takes a beating. It's subject to spills, varied odors, and overcrowding, and it's the one appliance that never gets a rest.

Domestic Technology

Meditation Beats Anxiety By Activating Certain Brain Regions, Study Finds

Mindfulness meditation -- nonjudgmental awareness of thoughts and emotions -- is known for its anxiety-busting powers, and now scientists are getting a better understanding of <i>why</i> it has this impact in the brain.<p>Researchers from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center found that meditation has effects on …