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Beauty Bad Habits

A few months back, I posted about my nail-biting habit. I got many great ideas about how to quit from all of you. I thought I’d follow up and let you know that, although I have not kicked the habit entirely (hey, it was 43 years in the making), I have become more mindful of when I’m biting—and, therefore, more […]

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Test Your Picnic IQ

Before you get busy packing the basket, take a second to find out if you’re smarter than the average bear. (Answers below the photo!) 1. If you’ve been stung by a bee, what can you use to remove the stinger? (a) A credit card (b) A needle (c) A spoon 2. How long can food sit in the sun before […]

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Wednesday Trivia: The Perks of Ben & Jerry’s

Think of your dream job: We imagine that instead of a cubicle and paperwork, you’d probably prefer to be surrounded by ice cream and puppies. Not-so-coincidentally, according to Serious Eats, that’s what a day in the life at Ben & Jerry’s looks like! Of the 14 Things You Might Not Know About Ben & Jerry’s, perhaps the most delightful factoid […]

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Wednesday Trivia: Dancing Animals

Sure, your dog can get up on his hind legs when he wants attention, but does he know how to boogey? According to Radiolab, there are only two animal species who really “know” how to dance—as in, respond to a beat and matching motion to a music, as opposed to just moving rhythmically. Think you can name them? The answer […]

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On Body Image

Show of hands: Who has struggled with their body image? Okay, put your hands down (I’m lowering mine). Now, who has finally grown secure in her own skin only to have her pre-teen or teenage daughter begin to question things like why she doesn’t look as thin as so-and-so and why her thighs are so “blarby”? Okay, put your hands […]

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Home Tips 101

Have your home ec skills gotten a little rusty over the years? Never fear—The Today Show did a beginners’ crash course on tips and tricks to know around your house, featuring Real Simple‘s associate home editor Steph Sisco. See how to hem pants, fold a fitted sheet, and more in this video: Need a slower demo on folding a fitted sheet? See ours here.

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Wednesday Trivia: In Movies, More Women, More Money

You may be familiar with the time-old, eye roll inducing argument that major audiences don’t want to pay money to see women in movies—at least, not women actually talking to each other in movies about things that aren’t related to the men. While anyone who’s seen how successful Frozen is knows that cliché is simply not accurate, it’s been proven […]

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An April Fools’ Day Prank from Real Simple

Happy April Fools’ Day! We got in on the pranking fun this year (and even tricked a few readers) with this Instagram video on new uses for a whoopee cushion: Looking for a way to pull a prank tonight? You’ve still got time! Try serving our Mashed Potato and Gravy “Sundae.”

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Top 11 Beauty Products I’d Take to a Desert Island

This weekend, as I was spring cleaning, I did a fun experiment (well, fun by beauty editor standards, anyway). I tried to pare my cosmetics down to 10 items. I did it to clear clutter, of course, but also because I think it’s a good way to determine which products are really working for me. Hopefully the 11 (in the end, […]

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Happy 125th Birthday, Eiffel Tower!

The Eiffel Tower first opened in March 31, 1889—exactly 125 years ago today. Interested in the history of the iconic symbol of Paris? TIME has a lovely write up here. On the other hand, if you’re looking for an excuse to celebrate, check out these easy (and in many cases, last-minute) French recipes. And of course, you can always celebrate […]

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