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My life as a little person

Fri, 12 Sep 2014 09:24:36 EDT

The world often treats little people like Cara Reedy as less than human. She's learned to stand up for herself and shout back.

Inside Tommy Hilfiger's home

Mon, 11 Aug 2014 09:30:33 EDT

Tommy and Dee Hilfiger have planted their flag on a glorious stretch of beachfront just north of Miami with a home defined by a commitment to 'Wow!'

The secret to juicy turkey burgers

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:33:30 EDT

Grilling a turkey burger that tastes every bit as meaty, tender and juicy as the beef kind is a tall order -- until now.

'Pillows of happiness' in Shanghai

Mon, 29 Sep 2014 07:31:57 EDT

Shanghai's most famous dish is perhaps xiao long bao, or soup dumplings. Anthony Bourdain "researches" them and more in the season premiere of "Parts Unknown."

Don't make these 12 laundry mistakes

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:13:55 EDT

Are you using too much detergent? Overloading the washer? Overdoing the bleach? Find out the answers to these questions and more.

Make positive changes in your life

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:02:40 EDT

Easy tips on how to improve everything from your dinner order to the song in your head to your career.

How to live off the grid

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 08:30:46 EDT

Your home leftovers are creating new homes in the mountains of New Mexico. Want one? Prices range from $250,000 to $1.5 million.

Best restaurants in NYC are...

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:36:47 EDT

The Michelin Guide rolled out the results for New York City's 2015 Michelin Guide today. See which 73 were honored with stars.

Wesleyan frats to go co-ed

Thu, 25 Sep 2014 13:35:00 EDT

Citing "equity" and "inclusion," Wesleyan University officials announced Monday that residential fraternities will be required to accept both women and men as full members.

"Breaking Bad" actor pays it forward

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 08:33:58 EDT

RJ Mitte has cerebral palsy and is on a mission to show kids with disabilities there are no limits to what they can do.

Best restaurants in NYC are...

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:36:47 EDT

The Michelin Guide rolled out the results for New York City's 2015 Michelin Guide today. See which 73 were honored with stars.

To spank kids, or not to spank

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:58:16 EDT

The indictment of NFL star Adrian Peterson on child abuse charges has revealed sharp differences in cultural, regional and generational attitudes toward using physical force to discipline kids.

Books for mothers and daughters

Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:52:56 EDT

Mother-daughter book clubs can empower girls and steer them through the mess of adolescence.

10 best restaurants in the South

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 08:47:55 EDT

It's not just fried chicken and pimento cheese (though they're certainly on the menu). These Southern spots are bringing something different to the table while honoring their roots.

Secret to brilliant banana bread

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:31:28 EDT

Banana bread should taste like bananas, right? America's Test Kitchen's recipe makes a moist, marvelous, crispy-topped loaf that's never too heavy.

Why we fall for pumpkin flavors

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:58:43 EDT

Hankering for a pumpkin latte, muffin or donut? It's all in the marketing.

How to talk to kids about race

Wed, 10 Sep 2014 16:20:42 EDT

The situation in Ferguson, Missouri, after the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager, throws America's problem with talking about race into sharp relief.

How to be vegan on the road

Thu, 11 Sep 2014 08:56:23 EDT

You might not think that Prague and Vienna would be hotbeds of meat-free culture. You'd be surprised.

What's a 'real name' on Facebook?

Wed, 24 Sep 2014 16:42:46 EDT

A Facebook policy that asks users to provide real names on profiles has people from all walks of life worrying their accounts might be in jeopardy.

Return of the teen horror king

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:06:07 EDT

Author R.L. Stine has returned to the evil street that made him famous in the 1990s.

How to live off the grid

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 08:30:46 EDT

Your home leftovers are creating new homes in the mountains of New Mexico. Want one? Prices range from $250,000 to $1.5 million.

1994 summer rewind

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:47:48 EDT

Run, Forrest! Run all the way back to the summer when Forrest Gump, The Lion King, boy bands and Ace of Base raced to the top of the charts.

Microbrew sales boom at strip club

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:04:07 EDT

Topless ladies? That's so passe. The nation's strip clubs are in a period of peak innovation, including in-house beer brewing.

Women face baldness head on

Fri, 02 May 2014 11:50:35 EDT

Prom night sends most teen girls on a dizzying quest for the perfect dress, accessories and hairstyle to make their ensemble complete.

What to drink with a big ol' steak

Fri, 26 Sep 2014 19:45:14 EDT

A luscious, pan-seared steak deserves a mighty red wine. Here's what the experts suggest.

Quilt tells survivors' stories

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:36:09 EDT

Survivors of rape and abuse share stories and find solidarity in crowd-sourced "Monument Quit" touring the country.

Make middle school less awkward

Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:24:08 EDT

There is a reason why when people post pictures of themselves during their middle school years on Facebook for "Throw Back Thursday," we all stop and take notice. We recognize the fear in their eyes.

An orientation to asexuality

Wed, 24 Sep 2014 09:25:15 EDT

People who identify as asexual feel little or no sexual attraction to other people. And as far as they're concerned, that's A-OK.

Who's in your global family tree?

Thu, 25 Sep 2014 13:27:25 EDT

Not knowing exactly where her ancestors come from has always bothered Kelly Wallace, but she's heartened to learn about some of the famous cousins she never knew she had.

Brides, don't lose your single friends

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:14:23 EDT

Yes, yes, it's your special day, but your friends have lives, too. Yes, even if they're single. Here's how not to alienate them during the lead-up to your nuptials.

Wegman: Why dogs draw him

Mon, 29 Sep 2014 08:05:13 EDT

William Wegman's latest picture book "Flo & Wendell Explore" was inspired by his pet Weimaraners.

Spring's hottest trends

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:43:33 EDT

Lights, camera, fashion.

You should drink a beer today

Sun, 28 Sep 2014 14:30:52 EDT

If you were looking for an excuse to crack open that brewski, here's some good news: today is National Drink Beer Day.

How to be polite to women

Fri, 26 Sep 2014 08:36:49 EDT

Don't listen to the naysayers: Chivalry isn't dead. It just needs an update. Here's where to start.

Young adult books for fall

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 08:40:09 EDT

The impending arrival of fall, one of the biggest publishing seasons, brings a wave of highly anticipated young adult books.

Hard truths for black sons

Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:23:29 EDT

From parent to son, uncle to nephew, there's a raw, private conversation being revived in America in the wake of violence in Ferguson, Missouri.

Legislating sex on campus

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:52:40 EDT

Colleges are working to prevent sexual assault by educating students on affirmative consent, or only "yes means yes."

Why Zara pulled these shirts

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:23:56 EDT

Spanish fashion retailer Zara has apologized for selling a striped T-shirt bearing a yellow star that drew criticism for its resemblance to uniforms worn by Jewish concentration camp inmates.

Every restaurant's unsung hero

Wed, 03 Sep 2014 12:23:54 EDT

Did you have a perfect, seamless meal at a restaurant lately? You have the dishwasher to thank for that.

Perfect your coffee technique

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 07:57:14 EDT

Perfect your pour-over technique and you'll never stand in line at the coffee shop again.

U.S. history without slavery?

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:34:14 EDT

Hundreds of students staged a walk-out in Denver, accusing the school board of trying to censor what they're taught about U.S. history.

Dating app lets women call shots

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 07:25:23 EDT

Siren, a new dating app created for women by women, lets the ladies control who sees their image, who can communicate with them and what type of date to pursue.

Why adults should read YA books

Tue, 10 Jun 2014 07:26:34 EDT

Ruth Graham proclaims in Slate: "Adults should feel embarrassed about reading literature written for children." CNN's Kat Kinsman begs to differ.

Atlanta's 'kimchi missionary'

Thu, 14 Aug 2014 13:47:48 EDT

Second-generation Korean-American Hannah Chung is changing people's perception of a staple dish one funky jar at a time.

A new era of food halls

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:17:42 EDT

Star chefs and young upstarts stand side by side in new urban food halls. But will community members join them at the table?

Meredith Vieira on #WhyIStayed

Tue, 23 Sep 2014 11:24:10 EDT

Why would Janay Rice stand by Ray Rice? Twitter users responded with stories of domestic abuse and hope.

What these videos say about society

Mon, 29 Sep 2014 12:22:02 EDT

For his latest book, artist Doug Rickard snatches frame grabs from videos uploaded to YouTube. He says he found "an inversion of the American dream."

1974 summer rewind

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:44:13 EDT

Remember Rubik's cubes and "Chinatown"? Take a look back at the events and pop culture moments that defined 1974.

What women couldn't do in the 60s

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:26:25 EDT

Can you imagine pregnancy being a fireable offense? Or a woman needing her husband's signature to open a bank account?

Clemson nixes 'sex survey'

Thu, 25 Sep 2014 08:46:10 EDT

Clemson University suspends mandatory online course that asked questions about sex lives, drinking and drug use.

You call that a salad?!

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:04:11 EDT

Salad can take on many forms, but calling meatloaf chunks "salad" was a bit much for this writer.

'Sugar babies' date for cash

Thu, 25 Sep 2014 12:56:19 EDT

Serena Cervantes has been struggling to earn her bachelor's degree for seven years.

Colors you'll be wearing in 2015

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:37:58 EDT

Spring colors rock the catwalks at New York Fashion Week. Here are some of the runway's most vibrant looks.

What's the deal with food recalls?

Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:25:24 EDT

In summer 2014 alone, the Food and Drug Administration has announced 37 different recalls, market alerts and safety withdrawals related to food. What does that mean to you, the consumer?

How often do you wash sheets?

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 10:00:18 EDT

Not to mention your jeans, bras and pillows? Here's a definitive guide to keeping all your quarters clean.

Why our ancestors did tattoos better

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:39:04 EDT

Think your new tattoo is cool? Look at how our ancestors did it and think again.

Best oyster bars in America

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:54:21 EDT

Like a fine wine exhibits its terroir, an oyster's merroir imparts a distinct flavor, from the briny Blue Points of Long Island to snappy Kumamotos of the Pacific Northwest to the bright Malpeques of Prince Edward Island.

Self-made superhero, wannabe dad

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:15:08 EDT

Nick Harkaway's "Tigerman" is about a solider-turned-superhero who just wants to be known as "Dad."

Classic kids' books adults love

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:17:24 EDT

"Real Simple" readers share the classic children's books they still love as adults.

Festival fashion: Then and now

Wed, 13 Aug 2014 10:26:09 EDT

Flowing skirts, crop tops, flower crowns: Today's most popular festival looks come straight from our parents' closets.

My life as a little person

Fri, 12 Sep 2014 09:24:36 EDT

The world often treats little people like Cara Reedy as less than human. She's learned to stand up for herself and shout back.

Punch up your party with these concoctions

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:54:55 EDT

From crystal bowl to trash can, nothing says "party" like a vessel full of punch.

Why dogs are a draw for William Wegman

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 07:55:53 EDT

William Wegman's latest picture book "Flo & Wendell Explore" was inspired by his pet Weimaraners.

Don't call me 'grandma' at the club

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:07:27 EDT

A 43-year-old writes what happened when she was called "grandma" at a club, and what she learned partying with Millennials.

1984 summer rewind

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:48:55 EDT

Loose belts, sky-high hair, workout wear, neon hues and a surprising return to seersucker defined 1984 summer style.

Society vs. facial tattoos

Fri, 08 Aug 2014 08:24:56 EDT

Tattoos have come a long way, but the mainstream doesn't seem ready to accept ink in certain areas -- mainly the face, head and neck. If you're not a celeb, that is.

Ban these books?

Tue, 23 Sep 2014 11:20:21 EDT

Find out what Toni Morrison's "The Bluest Eye" has in common with "The Hunger Games" and "Captain Underpants."

Kendall Jenner comes into focus

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:32:54 EDT

At nearly 5'11" tall, Kendall Jenner fits in with other New York Fashion Week models. But despite adhering to the model aesthetic, Jenner tends to stand out.

Can Ray Rice be forgiven?

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:54:15 EDT

Many superstar athletes from Michael Vick to Tiger Woods were ultimately forgiven by fans and the public. Could Ray Rice also get a second chance?

How Tory Burch works it

Wed, 10 Sep 2014 16:08:20 EDT

Fashion mogul Tory Burch worked with a feng shui master to create a positive atmosphere in her company's Manhattan office.

How fashion blogger makes millions

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:47:29 EDT

CNN's Myleene Klass meets Chiara Ferragni -- the fashion world's biggest blogger.

First Person: A fat girl gets naked

Mon, 29 Sep 2014 11:51:38 EDT

CNN's Lisa France opens up about her lifelong struggle with weight, its physical and mental toll, and what she's doing to lighten the burden.

Don't let these jerks ruin your day

Mon, 11 Aug 2014 11:29:10 EDT

Whether it's the guest whose cell phone shrills in the middle of your vows or a drunken declaration made from your dance floor, there are just certain people who can put a crimp in your carefree wedding day.

His viral letter about Emma Watson

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:09:15 EDT

A 15-year-old British schoolboy has struck a chord with his eloquent response to actress Emma Watson's United Nations speech encouraging men to join in the fight for gender equality.

Never buy chicken fingers again

Fri, 05 Sep 2014 00:47:06 EDT

Store-bought chicken fingers are packed with preservatives. This kid-friendly recipe tastes great and can be made ahead of time.

What depression feels like

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 08:45:41 EDT

Robin Williams was battling "severe depression" before he died, a representative said. CNN's Kat Kinsman says that talking freely about personal mental health and suicidal thoughts can help others.

Orders pour in for this unique syrup

Thu, 07 Aug 2014 12:06:56 EDT

Travis and Joyce Miller make hickory syrup in rural Virginia. Never heard of it? Neither had they until a chance internet search for a retirement plan.

Can a law requiring 'yes' for sex work?

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 18:57:54 EDT

Pepper Schwartz says California is trying, but its law requiring step-by-step consent is just not the way hot and heavy sex proceeds on college campuses.