• Children will bloom with creativity when making these seasonally inspired crafts.

    Painted Umbrella

    Coaxed open by raindrops, umbrellas bloom like flowers in spring. Your child can turn hers into the prettiest of them all by painting it with a fanciful pattern. It only takes a few supplies and a child-size umbrella. Give kids this absorbing activity, and on the next wet day, they can show off their handiwork in the rain.

    Nylon umbrella
    Permanent waterproof paint

    1. Follow the paint manufacturer's directions: Some fabric paints require the addition of fixative; others require ironing the umbrella after painting.

    2. Carefully cover the work surface with newspaper before you begin, and have your child wear a smock.

    3. Once finished, keep the umbrella open overnight; the paint must dry completely before you close it or use it.

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    Canvas Checkerboard

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  • Like many objects of value, terra-cotta pots take on character as they age. The clay darkens, assuming a whitish cast from fertilizers and the minerals in water. When kept in the shade and watered frequently, the pots gradually acquire a verdant sheen of algae or moss. But you dont have to wait for that look. These six easy techniques help pots undergo a transformation in weeks -- if not sooner. Start now and you'll enjoy their vintage charm this summer and for many more seasons to come.

    Get the How-to for Aging Pots with Lime


    Accelerate the appearance of white deposits by filling the pot with a highly concentrated fertilizer solution for a few weeks. Pots aged this way are safe for plants, because the salts won't wash from the pot to the soil.

    Tools and Materials
    Wine cork
    Water-soluble fertilizer

    1. Plug pot's drainage hole with a wine cork. (A standard cork will fit a 10-inch pot perfectly. For smaller pots, whittle the cork; for larger

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  • Celia Barbour delves into the messy emotions that come with letting go of our possessions.

    I guess I should have realized that something was up with the laundry room. I used to like doing the laundry; I always think of it as one of those mindless household tasks that give me a feeling of accomplishment. The smell of clean towels, the sight of neatly folded sheets and shirts, the knowledge that I've skillfully separated my lights from my darks -- this stuff quietly confirms that all is right with the world.

    But over the past few years, I'd begun to develop a sort of subconscious aversion to that room in the basement. I would quickly dive in, do only what was necessary, and promptly exit. I figured it was just because, with three kids zipping from school to soccer to games of capture the flag in the woods, simply managing the chaos required an EMT-like attitude: Ignore anything that isn't an emergency. I assumed I was just overwhelmed.

    I was, as it happens. But it wasn't just

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  • 1. Boot Rack

    Muddy shoes and boots should be left at the door, and having a boot rack at the entrance to your home or mudroom can help. Not only will it keep the dirt out of the house, but it will also keep your boots and shoes organized.

    2. Doormat Boot Scraper

    When you come in from the garden, make sure mud doesn't come in with you. Make your own special doormat with boot brushes on each side.

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    3. Custom Doormat

    Welcome guests -- and reassure them that they're ringing the right bell -- with a mat displaying your house number.

    4. Wooden Doormat

    Boards of mahogany and cedar are great for decks -- and doormats, too. This slatted mat (see image above) is sturdy and lets water drain right through.

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    5. Rock-Lined Flower Bed

    Window boxes filled with vibrant flowers are a welcome sign of spring. But when it rains, the soil in them often spatters,

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  • Michelle Obama: 'Don't Be Afraid to Fail or Make Mistakes'

    Not many people can imagine interviewing First Lady Michelle Obama, but a lucky high school senior recently got that opportunity. Nene Sy, an 18-year-old student at The Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem, sat down with Mrs. Obama to discuss failure, success, and how young women and girls can be more confident.

    Their interview was broadcast during the third day of the 5th annual Women of the World Summit. Sy was joined onstage to discuss the interview with Ann Tisch, founder and president of The Young Women’s Leadership Schools, and ABC News correspondent Barbara Walters.

    Sy asked Obama if she had any advice for a first-generation college student such as herself. “Know that you can do this,” said Obama. “You can’t do this alone, nor should you...Don't be afraid to ask for help. ... And call your mom and your dad once a week at least. ... For me, I’ve learned to turn doubt into energy ... I know it’s my obligation to show up big. … Put in the work and don’t be afraid to fail

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  • Rashida Jones: 'Girls Can't Invest In Their Looks'

    Actress Rashida Jones caused controversy last fall when she tweeted her frustration about the over-sexualization of young pop stars. She was immediately bombarded online for “slut shaming.” In response, the actress penned an article for Glamour magazine called “Why Is Everyone Getting Naked?” on what she called the “pornification” of pop culture. In her essay, Jones wrote that she was fed up with overly sexual images of artists such as Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, and Nicki Minaj. “Every star interprets 'sexy' the same way: lots of skin, lots of licking of teeth, lots of bending over. I find this oddly ... boring," she wrote." Can't I just like a song without having to take an ultrasound tour of some pop star's privates?"

    On Saturday, the third day of the 5th annual Women In the World Summit, Jones revisited the topic of sexual exploitation with 16-year-old high school junior Winnifred Bonjean-Alpart, actress in the encore series Slut: The Play and psychologist Tomi-Ann Roberts. Their

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  • By Caroline Golon

    Contrary to what some people may believe, cats are active, personable pets. Cats are sweet, loving, funny pets who are oft misunderstood by those who haven't had the pleasure of owning - or, rather, being owned by - a cat. As a result, cat people often hear misguided comments about their life with their cats.

    Here are seven things that you should never say to a cat person - unless you want to get swatted.

    I like dogs better. They're friendlier.

    So, you're basically saying that your cat-loving friend doesn't like friendly creatures? That makes no sense. Why would anyone share a home with a little furry jerk? Just because cats might not bound over to you with goofy abandon the minute you walk in the door doesn't mean they're not friendly. Cats often take a little time to assess the situation and the people around them before they cozy up. Some are more outgoing than others, but plenty of cats are simply scoping out the landscape before selecting the most comfortable lap.

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  • By Amy Sinatra Ayres | vetstreet.com

    NBC Washington -- Sam and Dave were immediately put on oxygen after they were saved from their burning home.Between classes at their high school in Arlington, Va., on Thursday, Sydney Davis ran across the street to her house with her friend, Amanda Burtin, to get some tea. But when they arrived, they could see thick black fog through the window, and they were hit with a big blast of smoke as they opened the door.

    "The first thing that came to my mind was saving my dogs," Davis said. The dogs, Sam and Dave, were trapped inside in their cages. They called 911 and threw a rock through the glass door to shatter it. "We were just calling them and calling them and we didn't hear a thing," Davis said.

    "I just jumped inside and looked for their cage." But the teens couldn't breathe and knew they had to get out of the house. Firefighters arrived just in time to free the dogs, with the girls' guidance. The Wheaten Terrier and Australian Shepherd were immediately put on oxygen and survived thanks to the teens' lucky timing and quick thinking. - Watch it at

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  • The second day of the 5th Annual Women in the World Summit brought more women's issues to the forefront, including the lack of female representation in Congress and the need to raise the minimum wage, topics touched on by U.S. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)  and Susan M. Collins (R-Maine). The senators shared the stage to chat with moderator Mellody Hobson, president of Ariel Investments.

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    When asked about the difference between the attitudes of men and women who are running for office, Collins shared this example: “I always hear women say, 'I’m not ready,' ... If a woman is running for office, she feels she has to have a PhD in international economics to talk about trade policy. A man just feels he needs to drive a Honda.”
    When Hobson asked, “Kirsten, did you ever feel you weren’t ready?” Gillibrand quickly answered, “Not me! Women are made differently [than men], and because of those differences, we can offer

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  • Here's how to get a sunnier start to your day.

    By Corrie Pikul

    Photo: Thinkstock

    Have a little tulip with your coffee.

    Why it works: Evolutionary psychologists believe that we see flowers and plants as a subconscious cue of safety ("Things can grow here-let's set down roots"), reward ("All that foraging paid off") and promise ("These buds mean that fruit is on the way"). So the sight of a colorful bouquet in the morning, they theorize, can convince you that everything's coming up roses today.

    Strange, true thing that might convince you: In a study led by Harvard Medical School psychologist Nancy Etcoff, PhD, women who saw flowers when they woke up reported feeling happier (and less anxious) at home, as well as more energetic at work.

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    Sleep on your right side.

    Why it works: It will influence your dreams. Turkish researchers found that people who tend to sleep on their right side have mellower dreams, with themes of relief, joy, peace and love. They

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