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The Chocolate Swirl is an amazing dessert company founded by Lisa Bracigliano.   Some of the yummy treats include brownie pops, truffles, cakes, and cupcakes.   They come in a huge variety of delectable flavors including chocolate butterscotch ripple, red velvet, cookie dough, coffee, and toasted almond, among others.   If these pictures are making your mouth water, The Chocolate Swirl will be at the BUST Magazine Craftacular at World Maker Faire, at the New York Hall of Science in Queens.  The Craftacular is open Saturday from 10 am - 7 pm and Sunday from 10 am - 6 pm.

Something I can get behind: a man critically evaluating how society views traditional “manhood” and how this limiting perspective is affecting women all over the world. Tony Porter is a co-founder of A Call to Men, an organization that works to end violence against women by promoting healthier attitudes about masculinity. Porter and his co-founder Ted Bunch have spread the message of A Call to Men everywhere from the NFL to West Point to the U.N.

If you haven't seen the debut episode of BUST covergirl Mindy Kaling's new show, The Mindy Project, you probably need to drop everything you're doing right now and get in the loop. As Mindy's same-name character tells a five-year-old in the first episode: "You're boring. Contribute something!" And contribute we have - everyone's been recapping, buzzing, and writing critically about the show for the past week after FOX streamed the show early. We'll be recapping all the episodes as they happen, too, but the season premiere has been beaten and praised to death this week.

With bacon jam appearing on restaurant menus and artisan pickles piled high at farmer’s markets, it’s clear that canning has made a comeback. It’s a great way to enjoy your favorite fresh produce all year long; it’ll stay shelf-stable and botulism-free, as long as you follow the directions carefully. If you’ve wanted to try “putting up”—the old-timey term for preserving at home—but didn’t know where to start, kick things off with water-bath canning; it works for foods with a high acidity level, like tomatoes and fruits.

Fall means one thing to me: New Girl is back on FOX! I’ve been waiting all summer to see what’s up with my favorite manic-pixie-nightmare-girl, Jessica Day (played by former BUST cover girl Zooey Deschanel). Turns out, she hasn't been up at all. The premiere began with Jess oversleeping, in typical Jess-blunder fashion, and subsequently running through the apartment attempting to get ready for work.

This weekend at the BUST Magazine Craftacular, you can stock up on awesome pop culture accessories from two lovely ladies named Nicole.   Nicole Krecicki strives to create social change through wearable art. Her apparel line, Rainbow Alternative, includes T-shirts, baby clothes, ties, and pins with LGBT pride slogans and pop culture references.  All designs are hand-stenciled and spray-painted by Nicole, which means each item is one-of-a-kind. I love her “Yes, Really” T-shirt and The Nightmare Before Christmas ties.

  Daniel Barnz directs this narrative sister to the school-reform doc Waiting for Superman, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis as two Pittsburgh mothers who want to fix their kids’ failing elementary school. Gyllenhaal plays an Erin Brockovich-like character with tattoos, heels, and an “I’m not an activist, I’m just a mom working two jobs” mentality. Her daughter is dyslexic, but neither her child’s tenured teacher nor the administration offer any help.

Eve Ensler is a total rock star. See? She’s best known for writing and starring in the groundbreaking play The Vagina Monologues—heck, even your grandparents have probably heard of it. Not being one to rest on her laurels, she founded a nonprofit, V-Day, that combats the epidemic (and yes, folks, it is an epidemic) of sexual and domestic violence happening all around the world.

Plastering your nose with a blackhead-removing strip and then looking at the gunk that comes out of your face is one of life’s most beautiful and disgusting pleasures. But who wants to spend money on what’s essentially sticky paper? Here’s how to make your own strips. Combine one tablespoon of unflavored gelatin with one to two tablespoons of milk. Microwave for about 10 seconds until the mixture becomes liquid, then stir and smear on your face. Once it hardens, peel off and stare at the results in horror and amusement.

  Recent college grad Sami Jo Jensen turned her passion for frugal crafting into a successful business: Poor & Pretty Bath Sweets and Body Treats. Poor & Pretty’s signature item is Cupcake Soap. Sure, it looks like a delectable treat you’d like to nosh on, but it’s 100% suds-inducing goodness. Sami packages bath “truffles” and whipped soap “frosting” in deliciously appropriate (and environmentally friendly!) containers.
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