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Spring is here, which means it’s time to flaunt florals. This detailed, easier-than-it-looks design by nail artist extraordinaire Miss Pop is made using real (!) dried flowers, perfect for sprucing up your hand sitch while keeping a little plant magic at your fingertips. You’ll need a few specialized items, including a bonding top coat, a wax pencil for petal placement, and, of course, teeny-tiny dried flowers specifically purposed for nail art, which can be found on Amazon (just search “nail art dried flowers”) or at...
The ink was still drying on my divorce papers when I traded in the family SUV for a 2016 Shadow Black EcoBoost Mustang. And what’s the first thing a new muscle-car owner wants to do when she finally has the horsepower she’s dreamed of since she was 16? Drag race. I’ve always loved driving, and driving fast. It’s a freedom thing. And that rush is real when you realize your speedometer is reading over 100 MPH. I knew I’d have to find a way to...
The New York City Commission on Human Rights is issuing new guidelines under which singling out individuals based on their hair or hairstyle, at work, school or in public spaces, will now be considered racial discrimination, The New York Times reports. Individuals who have been harassed, punished, demoted, fired or threatened because of their hair are given legal recourse through these guidelines. Those found in violation can be fined up to $250,000. Businesses that infringe on the new protocol can also be forced, by the...
In Mexico, a mostly female team of researchers have potentially made an important discovery in eradicating HPV, or Human Papilloma Virus. HPV is a sexually transmitted infection “that can lead to some cancers, particularly cervical cancer, and warts” according to Brit + Co. HPV is the leading cause of cervical cancer, which is the second-leading cause of death of women in Mexico. Eva Ramón Gallegos, who led the team, “was able to completely eradicate the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) in 29 patients” reports El Universal. The...

  The first 20-plus times I went dumpster diving, it was out of necessity. I was raising three small children and to supplement our meager grocery budget, I’d sometimes make use of the “expired” goods that grocery stores threw out. Thanks to random dumpster scores, I learned how to cook with zucchini and ate the best-tasting, juiciest mango of my life, discarded because it was just over-ripe.  At its core, dumpster diving is punk rock—most people find the idea of climbing into a stinky bin abhorrent—and an...
I grew up surrounded by crystals. When I was a child, my father hung an amethyst in the center of a dream catcher above my bed to bring me protection from my nightmares, and my mother gave me a rose quartz necklace to help me build confidence. While I wore my crystal necklace and slept with an amethyst above my bed to enable sweet dreams, I didn't fully understand the power and potential crystals and gemstones have on the body, mind, and spirit. “Crystals are a...

A cup of tea is the cure for any ill. And, in times of shock, the more sugar the better. This maxim was as true in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries as it is today. There was no illness, personal loss, or otherwise calamitous event to which tea could not be applied with sympathy—and vigor. Much of the historical advice about administering tea in times of trouble was given in relation to invalids. An invalid could be suffering from any manner of affliction, from emotional...
We’ve all been guilty of putting our needs on the backburner when we are busy. The issue with this is that we tend to forget our needs—most of which are crucial to our well-being. Daily stresses may prevent us from taking extra care of ourselves, leading to exhaustion and anxiety to blossom within. When we exhibit emotional and physical burnout, it’s a result of our bodies, hearts, and minds being pushed to the limit. However, there are ways to avoid feeling stressed all the time. Taking...
Who doesn’t love pudding? It’s soft and homey and yummy and a great way to get rid of leftovers. Got a carton of milk you need to use up? Turn it into chocolate pudding. Day-old bread? Perfect for bread pudding. Soft, old bananas? You guessed it: banana pudding! It’s a dessert that can satisfy any craving. Sweet and Corny Chocolate PuddingDid you know the world’s easiest chocolate pudding skips the eggs and aggravation and uses cornstarch for thickening instead? In a saucepan, mix a coffee cup...

All four Queens in the Tarot represent and embody four different types of women, and are classified by the four elements: the Queen of Wands (Fire), Pentacles (Earth), Swords (Air), and Cups (Water). They represent the doer, the provider, the intellect, and the nurturer, respectively. The Queens embody all sides of the feminine spirit, as they are the manifestation of the element (suit) which they represent. They represent our feelings and emotions, aiming to give energy and sentiments to situations. The ultimate feminine and most...