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Recipe: The Perfect Guacamole

I grew up in Los Angeles and have a slight touch of Mexican blood in my family, and a neighbor from Guadalajara named Lupe taught me about Mexican cooking. It was her guacamole method that my mom picked up and passed to me through culinary osmosis. Throughout the years, friends …

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Stressed out parents should relax a little bit.

Like most new parents, I was bombarded with advice when I had my first child. Relatives, friends, parenting books, and the ever-present internet (on your phone! While nursing!) all chimed in with conflicting shoulds and shouldn’ts for getting my baby to sleep, eat, learn, and stay safe. How’s a new parent …

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17 Absolutely Delicious Ways to Cook with Coconut Milk

As the early fall days grow cooler, I am eagerly reaching for butternut squash and other autumn vegetables, ready to turn them into silky purées and hearty stews, dreaming of spicy curries and creamy soups. And in these plans for fall cooking, there’s one key ingredient, a magic touch, that …

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Financial Tips for Parents on a Tight Budget

Much of today’s parenting advice addresses parents who are well-off or at least reasonably comfortable with their family’s financial situation. But what if your family isn’t in a good financial place? How can you be the best parent you can be when you don’t have enough money? Here are some …

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The Best Way to Remove Old Coffee Stains from Mugs & Carafes

Peek into my cupboards and you’ll know I drink coffee. My mugs have the stubborn brown stains to prove it. Luckily, I found a cheap, quick way to clean away old coffee stains without any harsh chemicals or special cleansers. All it takes is some baking soda. Sprinkle a little …

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One Pot Rice and Curried Butternut Squash

This one pot rice dish is a staple for fall cooking in my home. Sauté onions and garlic, add in the other ingredients, cover, and let sit for 45 minutes. After that, all that’s left is to eat! The original version of this dish is based on this paella recipe but I’ve …

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5-Minute Freezer Side Dish: Garlic & Sour Cream Mashed Cauliflower — 5-Minute Side Dishes

When you crave the creaminess of mashed potatoes blended with sour cream and butter, but still want something a little lighter and a lot faster, reach for a bag of frozen cauliflower. While you certainly won’t mistake the taste of cauliflower for mashed potatoes, its soft, creamy texture is a …

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Five Ways to Help Misbehaving Kids

Bad behavior is often a sign that children are stressed—and punishment isn’t the best solution. This assumption about the importance of self-control has profoundly shaped how we think about behavior, including that of our children. If only they had willpower and good character, they would be able to behave well …

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Son Learns To Love Himself After Parents Get Divorced

Some marriages must come to an end. It happens. As they say, it’s better to have two separate homes where Mom and Dad are both happy than to have one home where everything is falling apart. While divorce can be the right decision, it can also be the most heartbreaking. …

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