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  • 10 Ways to Inspire Your Kids

    By Tori Rodriguez


    You probably already know how important it is for kids to indulge their creative side, but even when they're up for being imaginative, many projects are mostly a lesson in following instructions. That's certainly valuable, but true creativity also involves figuring things out for themselves. Neal Bascomb learned this lesson while writing his book, The New Cool. The author followed a team of 31 high school seniors in Goleta, California who, in the span of just six weeks working alongside mentors, built a robot for an international competition. "This project-based, interactive experience inspires kids like nothing I've ever seen," Bascomb says. Read on for tips on how to inspire your own children.

    1. Practice what you preach.

    "Mentor and coach alongside your children," advises Bascomb. "It's incredibly inspiring for kids to work with their parents, instead of simply taking directions from them." This way, they'll see that you're truly invested in their

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  • Make Your Own Granola

    By Mandy Major


    Crunchy and sweet, affordable and portable-there's a lot to love about granola. But the store-bought stuff often contains an excessive amount of fat and calories. Sugar is also a concern, says Connie Guttersen, PhD, author of The Sonoma Diet. "Most people don't realize the amount of sugar [in a store-bought mix] because they're focused on lowfat and high-fiber granola," she says. "You need to keep your blood sugar at a healthy level. If you want to do that, you can't buy commercial granola. You need a little more protein, more nutrients from whole grains and less sugar." While a homemade version isn't going to magically make these concerns disappear, it will allow you to control what's in the blend, minimizing additives while maximizing flavor.

    Creating your own mixture, ultimately, is as much about creativity as it is nutrition. The goal is to make something that you love-and it couldn't be easier. Most granola mixes require three things: rolled oats, a

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  • 8 Pizza Toppings Around the World

    By Olivia Putnal


    Though pizza is thought to have originated in Italy (or at the very least in the Mediterranean), in the last century it's become a favorite around the globe. While the classic Napolitano version is crust, sauce, fresh mozzarella and basil, and Americans love pepperoni, cheese and other assorted meats and veggies, pie toppings vary tremendously from country to country. From fried eggs in France to canned tuna in Germany, have a look at eight unique pizza toppings.

    Australia

    When it comes to pizza, Australians like to do things their own way. A well-liked combination consists of barbecue sauce, emu, crocodile and kangaroo. Definitely a different kind of meat lovers' pie! Another popular combo is barbecue sauce, shrimp and pineapple-fruity, savory and spicy all at the same time.

    France

    Growing in popularity around the world, fried egg as a pizza topping is already common in France. In a version available at pizzerias throughout the country, the egg,

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  • 11 Super-Spicy Dishes Around the World

    By Brynn Mannino


    From hot wings in the United States to curries in Southeast Asia, these dishes stand as a testament to the popularity of mouth-scorching meals. Read on to check out some of the hottest fare across the globe. But taste at your own risk, and don't say we didn't warn you!

    Phall-United Kingdom

    Many cuisines have embraced curry-a general term applied to dishes simmered in a mix of spices that often includes cumin, ginger and cardamom. But the United Kingdom is actually home to the spiciest version: phall, a British take on Indian-style curry, jokingly named in reference to the word phallus (in other words, only someone "man enough" can eat it). The dish gets its heat from the (at least) 10 hot peppers (including Scotch bonnet and habanero) cooked into each batch.


    Otak-Otak-Southeast Asia

    Indonesians, Singaporeans and Malaysians feast on this spicy fish cake, traditionally served in a steamed or grilled banana leaf. What makes the finger food so spicy?

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  • Ensure All of Your Clothes Fit Perfectly

    By Amanda Greene


    You know that one prized pair of pants that fits you just right? Well, stocking your wardrobe with similarly flattering items is not as tough as it may seem. While the perfect pants, dress and blazer may seem elusive, it's just a matter of knowing what to look for in the dressing room. We talked to the experts and learned what to zero in on-and when to head to the tailor to let them work their magic.

    Dress Pants/Trousers

    "Generally, the rule of thumb is that you should be able to put two fingers inside the waistband to have a little wiggle room," explains Christine O'Donnell, boutique manager at Madame Paulette, a custom alteration and couture cleaning company in New York City. Since most women aren't the exact same size each day-"sometimes you're bloated," she says, for example-it's important that your trousers won't suddenly become too tight.

    Also keep in mind:

    • If there's puckering or wrinkling in the front panel, the pants are too tight. And

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  • 5 Nutrients You Probably Need More Of

    By Sara Reistad-Long


    Experts say it's best to get these nutrients by eating the foods that they're found in, but if you suspect you're not getting enough, talk to your doctor about taking a supplement.

    1. Calcium

    Aim to get:1,000 mg (1,200 for women over 50) daily

    Needed for: Strong bones and teeth

    Found in: Milk, yogurt, green leafy vegetables, canned salmon (because you eat the bones)


    2. Vitamin C

    Aim to get: 75 mg daily

    Needed for: A strong immune system ; collagen/ skin health. Has anti-inflammatory properties.

    Found in: Fruits and vegetables (such as citrus fruits , strawberries, kiwi, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, red peppers)

    Discover five other foods that help fight inflammation and pain.


    3. Fiber

    Aim to get: 25 g daily

    Needed for: Healthy digestion and metabolism, stable blood sugar, healthy cholesterol levels. May also help with weight management.

    Found in: Whole grains (oatmeal, whole-grain breads and cereals), nuts

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  • Hire a Reliable Home Repair Person

    By Arianne Cohen


    You suddenly have a spewing toilet, a major termite infestation or water leaking through your wall. No one you know has the expertise to help, so you…do what? Instead of taking your chances on the phone book-and potentially spending a ton of unnecessary money-read on to learn how to prepare yourself, so that you'll know just whom to call when you need to make it all better.

    Finding the Right Pro

    Before you begin, know that not all repair companies are created equal. Pretty much anyone can place an "AA Handyman" listing in the phone book; due to the widely varying licensing and accreditation requirements from state to state, having a license doesn't necessarily indicate skill. What you need is a list of trusted professionals at your fingertips: referrals from people you trust who have worked with the contractor repeatedly.

    Keeping a List

    It's best to have on hand a list of two or three of each sort of professional. That way, if you need to gather

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  • Everything You Need to Know About Onions

    By Mandy Major


    Pickled into a bright pink Mexican garnish; simmered until soft for French-style soup; minced and folded into a doughy Indian kulcha-whatever the preparation, onions are one of the most beloved cooking staples around the world. In America, we can't seem to get enough of them: According to the National Onion Association, they're our country's third largest fresh vegetable crop, with individuals consuming around 20 pounds per year.

    Varieties
    Like its bulb brethren (including garlic, chives and shallots), onions are used to impart flavor and texture in an array of savory dishes-sharp and crisp when raw; aromatic and soft when cooked. They vary in size, shape, color and potency. The most common is the yellow onion, which accounts for 88 percent of America's crop. Outfitted with a darker, heavier skin than others, they are ideal for roasting or caramelizing and using in soups and stews. (They also have the highest sulfur content, so be prepared for tears when

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  • 10 Exotic Fruits You've Probably Never Tried

    By Alexandra Gekas


    They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but what about a cherimoya? Never heard of it? Cherimoya is a fruit native to the highlands of South America that Mark Twain once called "deliciousness itself." While you may be a pro when it comes to pears, avocados and mangos, there are plenty of fruits considered delicacies in other countries. From durian to salak, discover 10 exotic fruits that are cherished around the world.

    Rambutan

    This Ping-Pong-ball-size red fruit is indigenous to Malaysia, and has also been cultivated throughout Thailand, South Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines, India and Sri Lanka. It features a thin, leathery skin covered in tiny pinkish hairs for which it is named (in Malay, rambut means hair). A relative of the lychee, it has a white or pinkish flesh on the inside that is described as juicy and sweet. It's often eaten fresh or canned, in salads and, more recently, in high-end cocktails.


    Durian

    This Southeast Asian

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  • Dating After Divorce

    By Denise Schipani


    Dating after divorce can be a minefield for the midlife woman. Perhaps even thornier than pondering what to wear on a date, where to go, who pays-not to mention how you even find people to date in this brave new world of Internet match-ups-is getting over your reluctance to take a stab at it. Why is it so hard? "A divorced woman may feel very vulnerable at this stage, in part because she used to have a spouse to 'protect' her and now she has to go out into the world on her own," says Diana Kirschner, PhD, author of Sealing the Deal: The Love Mentor's Guide to Lasting Love. But it's also tough, she adds, because once you're on the dating scene you can feel like a teenager again, in that shaky, unconfident, not-sure-if-he'll-call sort of way. So how can you make post-divorce dating-whether you're looking for a good time or a good (relationship-minded) man-less daunting? Read on for 10 tips that will help you get back in Cupid's good graces.

    1. Figure out if

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