Planning a big Halloween party this year? Instead of going for the typical cobwebs around the house and pumpkins on the front doorstep, check out these 20 unconventional DIY ideas for your big soiree. From Beetlejuice-inspired black and white stripes to an entire party that would make Dexter Morgan squirm, we've definitely got something for you.
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Dianna AgronSometimes no matter how much sleep we get (or don't get), we wake up with tired-looking eyes - under-eye circles, puffy eyes, and worse. The good news is that you don't have to walk out the door looking tired. In fact, with a few quick makeup tricks, you can look way more awake than you feel in just minutes-no trip to Starbucks required.
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Camouflage with Highlighter
As much as we like to think of concealer as the "holy grail" of makeup, sometimes it needs a little help. Apply a shimmery highlighter under the eyes on top of your concealer to truly banish those dark circles.
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Dabbing white or light cream eye shadow in the inner corners of your eyes makes you look instantly more alert and wide-eyed. If you're suffering from serious insomnia, take the trick up a notch like Dianna Agron. Apply the color in the corner as Read More »from 5-Second Makeup Tricks that Make You Look More Awake
- Ellen's Good News | Author Blog Posts – Fri, Oct 25, 2013 4:31 PM EDT
Usually when a mother puts their baby to sleep, they get some rest themselves, but one imaginative mom turned her son's naptime into a work of art.
Sioin Queenie Liao is a freelance artist living in California. She's a mother of three, and loves including her children in her artistic endeavors. She was particularly inspired by her then 3-month-old, Wengenn.
"I grew up indulging myself in fairy tales," Queenie tells us. "Every day just before Wengenn's nap, I would imagine him being the main character in one of my favorite episodes, and 'paint' a background setting with plain clothes, stuffed animals, and other common household materials, just like how an artist would with her paint brushes."
"After Wengenn fell asleep, I would place him at the center of the theme I'd created and start taking pictures," she continues. "My vision was to create a series of photos portraying him exploring his imaginary, enchanting fairytale-like world."
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- BabyZone | Author Blog Posts – Thu, Oct 24, 2013 2:28 PM EDT
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- The Daily Meal | Author Blog Posts – Thu, Oct 24, 2013 12:35 PM EDTPeople can't seem to get enough butternut squash.Each fall, a butternut squash craze sweeps the nation. People can't seem to get enough butternut squash soup, ravioli, and pizza, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. Butternut squash is loaded with vitamin A - just one cup cubed contains 298 percent of the recommended daily value. And it's also a good source of vitamin C and dietary fiber.
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Its beige skin is easily removed using a vegetable peeler, and for the ultimate convenience, it's also available precut into cubes. But if you're looking at a fresh, whole butternut squash, make sure it's free from blemishes and has at least one inch of stalk left at the top. It is best stored in a cool area away from moisture and light, but there is no need to refrigerate it since it will keep for several months.
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Roasted in the oven, the yellow-orange flesh of butternut squash takes on a mellow sweet flavor that
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Refinery29As any mildly intelligent human being knows, what you eat can have a direct impact on the way you look. So, it makes sense that we would want to do everything in our power to ingest the things that will make our skin look its glowiest, smoothest, and healthiest. This, at least is the thinking behind the latest skin-care craze, drinkable collagen.
Originating in Asia, liquid collagen first started popping up on our shores all the way back in 2012. Since then, the hype around these supplements has exploded, with tons of products hitting shelves everywhere from your local drugstore to VitaminWorld. Some women, eager to share their newfound "miracle" product, are now throwing collagen-drinking parties. Botox parties are so 2008, you guys.
The theory behind these beauty elixirs is that by drinking the collagen-and-vitamin cocktails on the daily, you'll help boost collagen production in your skin, which will in turn lead to a healthier, youngerRead More »from Why is Everyone Drinking Collagen?
- By Erika Stalder, Refinery29
Refinery29You pretty much had to have been in a coma to miss Angelina Jolie's New York Times May op-ed about her BRCA-mutation diagnosis, and the public discourse that followed. Now, Quest diagnostics, the country's biggest medical-lab testing company, has announced it will offer breast cancer-gene tests at its centers, which serve about half of the doctors' offices in the U.S.
But, with all the excitement about the testing and the false idea that a positive BRCA-mutation diagnosis allows women to preemptively strike against - and avoid - cancer, it becomes increasingly important to slow down and take a sober look at what this relatively new technology can and can't do. The test may be trendy, but not every woman needs it.
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- Babble.com | Author Blog Posts – Thu, Oct 24, 2013 11:15 AM EDT
"An imagineer or a scientist. Or both. I want to be both," she replied. "Or a soccer player."
The "what do you want to be when you grow up," question is one I often ask her, just to see what is on her mind, and sometimes it inspires some pretty interesting carpool conversations. But her reply in the last six months has been the same: imagineer, scientist and/or soccer player.
And while these three may seem completely unrelated, it turns out that there are some strong bonds between them.
First, Disney imagineers must have a firm grasp on physics in order to properly engineer rides, so science would come in quite handy. So how does soccer relate to science, especially for someone like my daughter? As it turns out, according to a recent study- as reported by NPR News - "physically active girls were much better at science than their peers. That held true forRead More »from Study Shows Physically Active Girls Do Better in Science
- Ellen's Good News | Author Blog Posts – Wed, Oct 23, 2013 6:49 PM EDT
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The World Series begins tonight (Boston Red Sox vs. St. Louis Cardinals), and it's a really big deal for American sports enthusiasts and probably to someone you know, which means there's a good chance you'll be watching it.
Just because you're not the biggest sports fan doesn't mean you can't have the time of your life.
Here are 10 ways to enjoy the rivalry without having kept up with baseball, or ever having watched a game in your life. Time to get your game face on!
1. Make a bet. This raises the stakes and gives you a reason to send tactless puns to your friend. Bet on which team will steal the most bases, hit the most home runs, fail at sliding, or repeatedly yell at the refs. Loser gets put on airport pickup duty.
2. Talk a good game on Twitter. Check the trending hashtags to see what's most important to tweet about, and then offer a comment. You can also just tweet "Wow… #WorldSeries" every so often.
3. Buy a team hat. People don't wear hats enough these days, and life can
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