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  • My latest obsession? Creepy crawly insects (that's right, bugs!) on throw pillows, lamps and even wallpaper. Here, 14 of my favs:

    By Katie Anderson for
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    Bugs and food don't usually mix -- unless you're talking about these fun party plates (great for dessert and apps). And yes, the elegant lamp is a splurge, but you'll keep it forever.

    Natural World Dessert Plate from Anthropologie, $18

    Crabrones Insect Plate at Jayson Home, $88

    John Derian Red Beetle Tray at Neiman Marcus, $48

    Christian Lacroix Butterfly Parade Dessert Plate at Gracious Home, $70

    Fornasetti Printed Lamp from Farfetch, $1,144.70

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    Want to get in on the trend without busting your budget? This collection of throw pillows starts at just under $25.

    Threshold Beetle Toss Pillow from Target, $24.99

    The Pillow Collection Nkan Dragonfly Pillow at Hayneedle, $61.99

    Dermond Peterson Entomology Butterfly Pillow at AllModern, $168

    Winged Fancy Pillow Set at Lulu & Georgia, $86.76 for two

    Make a statement with a chic

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  • Weeknight Dinner Ideas: 3 Quick and Fresh Dishes to Try Now

    Bored with your go-to dinners? Get inspired with this week's top picks (and tell us which one you'll make first!).
    By The Nest Editors for

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    Tilapia Tostados with Roasted Corn

    Why we like it: These fresh fish tacos -- filled with a delicate white fish, avocado, corn, onion and salsa -- are the perfect dish for dinner on the patio.

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    Spinach Ricotta Pizza

    Why We Love It: Garden-fresh tomatoes star in this irresistible meatless pizza; save time by making it with store-bought pizza dough.


    1 portion Homemade Pizza Dough
    Cooking spray
    1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
    3/4 cup New York-Style Pizza Sauce
    2 tablespoons grated fresh Parmesan cheese
    1 1/2 cups loosely packed baby spinach leaves
    1 teaspoon minced garlic
    1 1/4 cups (5 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
    1/3 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
    2 plum tomatoes, cored and thinly sliced


    1. Remove Homemade Pizza Dough from refrigerator; let stand at room temperature 1

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  • 10 Annoying Things Every Couple Does (But Never Admits To)

    Congratulations! You're in a blissful relationship. We, your single friends, are happy for you. But… a favor? Resist the urge to do this:
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    1. You answer every question with "we."

    "We think that sounds great!" "We understand completely." "We just LOVE this pesto sauce!" We, we, we. This is no big deal when done sporadically. We all do it. (Oops.) But non-stop? On a superficial level it's irritating, and on a deeper, more troubling level, it makes us think you've lost your own identity.

    8 annoying (yet lovable) husband habits

    2. You think every event has to be couples-only.
    Think you should ONLY hang out with other couples, as if the fifth person at a dinner table would be so uncomfortable, so flummoxed, that to spare them public shame, they shouldn't even be invited? It's okay. We can handle it. Single people are people too.

    3. You gush about your love on Facebook.
    Facebook posts like this should be illegal: "I love you so much booo booo! When we met

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  • Trips for Two: 7 of the World’s Biggest Food Fights

    Splattered tomatoes! Stomped grapes! Tossed fruitcakes! For a vacation that's anything but boring, play with your food at one of these epic festivals.
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    La Tomatina

    Where: Buñol, Spain
    When: Last Wednesday of August
    It's the Super Bowl, World Cup and Mardi Gras of food fights: every year, 30,000 people gather in a sleepy town near Valencia, Spain, to pelt each other with 120 tons of squashed tomatoes. For an entire week the town transforms into the sloppiest party on the planet. (Tip: Wear safety goggles.) Expect live music, greasy poles, half-naked revelry and the steepest dry cleaning bill of your life.

    Battle of the Oranges (aka "Battaglia delle Arance")
    Where: Ivrea, Italy
    When: The Week of Fat Tuesday
    This festival has been going on for years-900, to be exact. In the 12th century, a cruel dictator was ousted and the townspeople of Ivrea celebrated his downfall by throwing beans. (Because why not, right?) In the 19th century they switched to

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  • What Does Your Favorite Ice Cream Flavor Say About You?

    By Rachel Sylvester for

    Whether you prefer plain 'ole vanilla or crunchy rocky road, it turns out your taste in ice cream and your personality go hand-in-hand. In honor of National Ice Cream Month, Baskin-Robbins partnered with Dr. Alan Hirsch (a smell and taste expert, who knew?) to reveal just what your favorite ice cream flavor says about you.

    "We uncovered quite a few surprising findings when investigating what a person's favorite ice cream flavor says about their personality," said Dr. Hirsch. "For instance, we found that people who prefer Rainbow Sherbet are more pessimistic than you would think, in spite of the flavor's bright taste profile, and that those who prefer Rocky Road are actually very good listeners."

    Cut $50 from your grocery budget

    As a personal mint-chocolate-chip-aholic, I can honestly say that the results seems pretty spot-on. (Well, minus the frugal part). Check out ten of Baskin Robbins' top-sellers below to see just what your sweet tooth reveals

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  • 10 Things No One Tells You About Having a Father-in-Law

    Here's the thing: You know your MIL might not be so easy to get along with (you're heard some crazy stories from your friends), but what about your FIL? Here, Nesties reveal what it's really like with their FILs.
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    "My FIL still intimidates me." - Along52612

    "He tells me he loves me and cares about me, as if I were his own daughter!" - Caroline S.

    "When DH and I got married, he danced with me and said he always wanted a daughter and now he finally has one. He also calls me his little girl." - banda522

    "I'm definitely a lot closer to my FIL than my own dad. He is one of the most genuinely nice people I know and would give you the shirt off his back. He also understands me a lot better than my own dad." - ms12345

    "My FIL is seriously the goofiest guy I've ever met, and it's so heartwarming. He's become my second dad." - hyperion0616

    7 mistakes every newlywed makes

    "My Father-in-Law is exactly like my husband, just 20 years older. It's so

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  • Do You Fight Fair?

    Discover how you both deal with disputes, and the next argument you have will be a lot less...psychotic.
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    Do you remember the last fight you had with your spouse?
    A. Yes, and you'll probably use it as ammo next time you butt heads.
    B. Does bickering over who loves each other more count?
    C. Not really. You get over things pretty quickly.
    D. Yes, but you wouldn't hold it against her/him...too much.

    Your mate starts making cracks about you family in front of your friends. You:
    A. Shoot back a zinger about one of your spouse's loud/cheap/Prozac-popping relatives.
    B. Silently stew. Why bother responding when it won't change anything?
    C. Calmly ask her/him to drop'll talk about it later in private.
    D. Make a snide comment about your spouse quietly under your breath.

    You're cleaning up the garage/den/backyard, and you've asked for help. Your request was ignored. What's your next move?
    A. Launch into a tirade about how for the past six

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  • Best Frozen Treats for National Ice Cream Month

    Nothing says summer like a sweet ice cream treat, and guess what? July is National Ice Cream Month! In celebration, we're serving up 31 days of rich-and-creamy ice cream treats on our site. Get the scoop on our three favorite treats below!
    By The Nest Editors for

    Spice Dreams / The NestCardamom Snickerdoodle Ice Cream Sandwiches

    Why We Love It: These decadent ice cream treats are too good to be true: chewy homemade snickerdoodle cookies sandwich cinnamon spice ice cream, making this a truly inviting treat. Enjoy!

    Cardamom Snickerdoodles
    (Makes 1 1/2 dozen cookies)
    8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
    3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
    1 egg
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla
    1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    1 teaspoon cream of tartar
    1 teaspoon dried lemon zest
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    1/8 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1 teaspoon ground cardamom

    -Preheat the oven to 350°F. Cream the butter and ¾ cup of the

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  • 6 Surprising Signs He's in the Mood

    Relationship expert Lillian Glass reveals the subtle clues that your guy is looking for lovin' (shocker: sometimes he's not!).
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    How do you know when your man is in the mood? First thought: His eyes are open, and he has a pulse. After all, he is a guy, and they are always in the mood, right? Wrong. Men may think about sex 24/7 (studies report that men have sexual thoughts anywhere from every eight seconds to once or twice per hour), but that doesn't mean he's ready to rip your clothes off on the spot.

    And when you're married, the signals might not be as obvious as when you were dating, says Lillian Glass, Ph.D., author of The Body Language Advantage (Fair Winds Press, 2012). "Men aren't as 'on their toes' after you've been together for a while, but there are things that happen automatically -- reflexive responses from his autonomic nervous system -- that tell you if he's feeling amorous," says Glass.

    He's staring you down. The eyes are more than a

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  • 10 Summer Essentials to Beat the Heat

    Whether you're throwing a backyard bash or serving drinks by the pool, we've rounded up a list of 10 summer essentials that will keep you feeling cool-no matter how hot it gets:

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