The Parasitic Plant With Viking Roots I’d always figured mistletoe for a benign holiday decoration at best, and at worst, an invitation for office-party antics in movies set in the 1980s. Aside from being a tiny bundle of green leaves and white berries under which creeps occasionally try to mouth-assault you, what exactly is mistletoe and why did people start kissing under it? Mistletoe, or Viscum album, is a parasitic plant. Read More
YA? Why Not? This past summer, my plan to read Sarah Dessen novels while dangling my bare feet over a lakeside dock was rudely interrupted by a scowling article in Slate insisting adults should feel embarrassed reading YA novels, because they’re “books for children.” I felt a twinge of shame. After all, I often make a point of doing grown-up things, like drinking bourbon, listening to NPR, and transferring my credit-card balances. But I’ve also discovered that YA novels are infinitely readable and intelligent in ways that other popular fiction isn’t. Read More
Pack Like a Champ This Holiday Season Travel can be a real pain, but being a skilled packer definitely simplifies things. As a hardcore globe-trekker, I’ve developed a knack for packing on the fly, tucking away essentials into my lightweight, durable suitcase during trips to East Africa, New Zealand, and in-between. Whether you’re hopping a train or stuffing yourself into a plane’s economy class, these tips will maximize your packing options when you’re heading home (or wherever) during the holidays: 210681. Read More
This Simple, Healthy Dessert is Like an Explosion of Autumn Goodness Total Time: 1½ hours Active Time: 30 mins Makes 16 pieces Cost per serving: $1.30 Baked apples are the perfect fall sweet treat, but here, they're paired with what you might not normally think of as a dessert ingredient: the equally autumnal sweet potato. Ingredients: 1 1/2 lbs sweet potatoes,  washed whole 8 red apples 2 Tbsp. refined coconut oil 2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup 2 tsp. grated fresh ginger 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon 1/4 tsp. salt 1/2 cup pecan halves 2 tsp. refined coconut oil 1/8 tsp. Read More
Fresh linens, minus the chemicals Tips and Recipes For a Cleaner, Greener Wash Walk the laundry aisle of your local supermarket, and you’ll see images of snow-capped mountains, vibrant lavender fields, and serene rivers. That’s way more appealing than what they’re concealing: toxic chemicals and dyed animal fats. Fortunately, we’ve got choices when we wash our clothes, and it’s damn easy to whip up homemade alternatives that clean well, don’t harm the environment (or your skin), and save you money. Read More
It doesn’t take an expert to tell you that stress-eating Doritos at your computer probably isn’t going to help you finish your to-do list. But we’ve all been there, reaching for the quickest comfort food we can get our hands on when times get tough. Still, processed foods aren’t going to give your body the boost it needs to deal with day-to-day anxiety. Read More
Plus Size Clothing Swaps Make Secondhand Sexy Clothing swaps are the best. Reducing, reusing, and recycling all in the name of a brand-new-to-you pair of glitter pants? Yes, please! However, if you’re not the same size as your buddies, it’s easy to get left on the sidelines, with nothing but a printed scarf to dry your tears. Thankfully, that’s changing—large and most definitely in-charge ladies across the country are joining forces to host fashion swaps that cater to sizes 12 and up. Read More
Heads up, BUSTies! Speed Rack is an amazing bartending competition and breast cancer fundraiser coming to NYC, and this is your cheat sheet for everything you should know about the event. Enjoy! Five Things You Need To Know About Speed Rack From Lynnette Marrero and Ivy Mix, Co-Founders of Speed Rack   What is Speed Rack? The service industry can sometime be thought of as a man’s world. Read More
Fans of ethereal folk songstress Angel Olsen may be shocked to learn that her first musical project was a Christian ska-punk band she fronted in high school. “I just sang and ran around on stage like an idiot,” the 27-year-old St. Louis native says, laughing. “I wrote lyrics that I’d probably slap myself for now.” Soon after, Olsen bought an old Airline acoustic guitar, and it wasn’t long before she added a stint in Bonnie “Prince” Billy’s band the Babblers, two solid records, and countless sold-out shows of her own to her résumé. Read More
The Babadook is a thrilling throwback to the golden age of psychological horror movies, where the real sources of terror are the things lurking in the shadows of our minds. Amelia (Essie Davis) is a harried single mom whose son Samuel (Noah Wiseman) finds a creepy book on his shelf. With its spare letters and simple drawings of a lurking figure in a top hat and overcoat, Mr. Babadook is utterly terrifying to Samuel, and it unsettles Amelia too. She hides it, she rips it up, she even burns it, but it keeps reappearing. Samuel, by nature a clingy, poorly behaved child, is getting worse. Read More