Monthly Archives August 2015

quick hair fix
Not every morning lends itself to complicated braids or that messy, I-woke-up-like-this look that actually takes a solid 45 minutes to style. When you can’t hide it all with your favorite trucker hat, try one of these five-minute styles instead. You’ll look perfectly pulled together even on the most harried of mornings. The Triple Twisted [...]
You have guests over for dinner and suddenly—wham!—someone turns on the overhead light. Before you can say, “Please, no!” your dining room goes from a moody candlelit bistro to an ambiance that’s reminiscent of your middle-school cafeteria. All because your guests couldn’t see their food with the 15 candles you painstakingly placed throughout the room. [...]
grilled watermelon
Grilling is a summer staple, but enough with the burgers and dogs already. Give Bobby Flay a run for his money with these great-on-the-grill options. Pick a fruit, any fruit Something magical happens when grill meets fruit. The natural sugars in the fruit caramelize from all that heat, going a rich golden color and developing [...]
back to school
It’s that dreaded moment: the aftermath of too many sleepovers, movie marathons, lunch at 3:00 in the afternoon and pajamas until noon. Whether it’s summer break or the holidays, vacation is to structure what an overload of sugar is to your child’s diet. When it’s all over, they’re tired and cranky. You’re in for a [...]
sanding wood
There’s something immeasurably sublime about completing a project—the anticipation of the finished product, the sense of pride and accomplishment, the bragging rights. But for some projects—like woodworking—the final steps can be just as important as the long days, weeks or months you spent crafting the perfect piece. Whether you’re creating custom cabinetry or a tiny [...]
ethnic spices
Chicken fingers again? Even your five-year-old is falling asleep in his meal—and it’s not because he missed his nap. Maybe it’s time to mix things up and take a culinary trip around the world—and we’re not talking take-out or Taco Bell. It’s actually simple to whip up ethnic favorites. All it takes is some great [...]
Nothing is more appealing when the temperature drops than the soft amber glow of a crackling fire. But before you light up those logs, there are several steps you need to take to prepare your fireplace, and for good reason. Prepping and cleaning your fireplace can: Improve the air quality in your home Prevent fires [...]
working out
Before you get your sweat on, fuel up with the right mix of proteins, fats and carbs – no one wants to crash mid-squat. And don’t skip the post-workout nosh, either. That’s when your body is in recovery mode and in desperate need of the perfect balance of protein and complex carbs. Read on for [...]

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