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September 2011 (131 posts)
What would it take to change your life for the better? It may be less than you think—we've got mini-makeovers to help you upgrade everything from your workout to your weekend. #27: Exercise your brain along with your thumbs.
A frustrating yet addictive puzzle game in which you manipulate rectangles to free one from its blockade. iTunes, free; full version 99₡. Android, free.
7 Little Words
Each puzzle consists of seven clues that lead to seven mystery words made from 20-letter groups—let the brain racking begin! iTunes; free.
Design sturdy structures—a skyscraper buffeted by hurricanes, a roof bearing a mountain of snow—without breaking your project budget. iTunes; 99₡.
You have a limited number of moves to navigate this visual puzzle, flipping tiles to match a set pattern. iTunes; 99₡.
Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
The magic two: Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and an egg
What they make: Thin cookies that are crispy around the edges and chewy in the center, perfect for stacking.
The magic two: Pumpkin puree and classic yellow cake mix
What they make: An incredibly moist muffin (really, who are we kidding? It's a cupcake) with a nice hit of earthy pumpkin.
•"It really felt spiritual among us:" A man buys an omelette for a stranger and sets off a mass act of kindness.
•You have permission to bring Oreos to the bake sale. The 10 secrets of highly organized people.
•After losing everything in a fire, a Dallas man finds his best friend—and hope—waiting in the ashes.
•Brussels Sprouts... with Turkey Bacon? How to transform 5 other foods you only think you hate.
•A lesson in forgiveness: A woman is violently attacked and forced to change her name. Today, she's letting go of the past by helping imprisoned murderers.
Prepster Desk Set, $25. Notebooks in pink and white, a green ruler and set of pens, and a white tape dispenser will give your desk a little Palm Beach flair.
Apple Slicer, $40. Position this ingenious disc-shaped slicer on an apple and rotate it to release perfect slices for snacking or cooking. Even cooler: If you don't want to eat the whole apple, leave the disc pressed against the fruit, and it won't dry out or turn brown.
Printed Ballet Flats, $25. For this price, buy an extra pair of these adorable python slippers and keep one at the office for days when you just can't take another minute of wearing heels.
Vermont Rolling Pins, $45-$94. These pins are functional works of art, from the sleek Modern to the funky Beehive.
What would it take to change your life for the better? It may be less than you think—we've got mini-makeovers to help you upgrade everything from your workout to your weekend. #26: Impress your guest list with personalized invitations.
Online invitations don't have to be so cheesy—or cluttered by ads.
Punchbowl.com: Customized invites and add-on perks like potluck checklists and a polling tool to help pick the date.
Cocodot.com: Thousands of contemporary invitations to satisfy design snobs and typography geeks.
Pingg.com: Artists upload images, creating a bank of more than four million themes you can personalize with photos or video.
Paperlesspost.com: The virtual version of high-end stationery, these pack the luxe look of letterpress.
1. Sick person coughs on folder.
2. Healthy person handles same folder.
3. Healthy person touches their face and--bam! Turns into dead man walking.
In a post-bird flu, post-swine flu world, we kind of knew that's how the transmission process works, but seeing Gwyneth keel over made us wonder how we might avoid that fate—or the common cold.
Surface-to-person contagion is technically called fomite transmission, says Anna Bowen, MD, MPH, a medical epidemiologist who works for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Generally, germs can live on surfaces for minutes to hours to days, depending on the nature of the germ and the surface." Smooth surfaces transmit viruses better than porous ones.
This is why the CDC is always reminding us to wash our hands. But we wanted to know--is a simple soap-and-water combo better than anti-bacterial gels at protecting us from Voldemort-like viruses?
Why it’s better to go on a vacation than buy a new couch...how spending a lot less and on different things can make you happier.
The book that showed actress Andie MacDowell how "to deal with something that was impossible to deal with." Report from Rwanda: one young American woman keeps risking it all to help the young women of Africa change their lives—from protecting their own bodies to increasing their village power.
Do you know when it's time to say good-bye?
The Life Lifter: Carrie Fisher will put on her teeny-tiny metal Star Wars bikini "if a whole bunch of women over 40 come to Yankee Stadium...and sit around and laugh and talk about the old days when we ate a lot.”