Adriana Velez

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I'm a single mom and a blogger which means trouble. Before joining The Stir I contributed to blogs like Civil Eats and One Little Bite. I know how to spatchcock a chicken, build a tomato cage out of chicken wire, and shoot a bow and arrow. I've lived in New York City for almost 20 years, which makes me official. I lean in because I'm hard of hearing.

 


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    Another day, another morning where you're trying to figure out what to do with your hair! Why not a braid? Maybe an amazingly creative braid that will take you all morning and frustrate you to no end and cause you to be late? Um ... no, thanks.

    Let's be real -- you don't have all morning to play with your hair. But you'd like to do something other than the same old same old. Here are three braid ideas that are a little bit different, but are still quick and easy to pull off.

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    So, you've met your soul mate and you're ready to live happily ever after. And then, ye gods! You have the worst week -- a week filled with conflict and misunderstanding. What happened? Were you wrong about each other? Is your relationship doomed?

    It is, so long as you keep seeing yourselves as fated. A new study shows that people tend to either see their relationship one of two ways. Either they think they're soul mates, or they see their relationship as a process: "Our love is a journey, look how far we’ve come." Guess which couples struggle more with conflict?

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    You've probably seen all of the houseplants in this slide show. They're all lovely -- and they're all poisonous. When I talked with landscaper Lisa Cangialosi of When In Bloom about protecting kids from plants, she told me something a little shocking: Poisonous houseplants can sometimes be more toxic than garden plants. Fortunately, most of them cause so much pain in the mouth your child is not likely to swallow them as well.

    That doesn't mean you shouldn't keep any of these poisonous houseplants in your home at all. Cangialosi recommends you keep them well out of reach of babies and small children. For that matter, you should make sure your pets can't get to these plants, either, as they can be harmful to animals as well.

    If your child does happen to eat or taste any of these toxic houseplants, the New York Botanical Garden recommends contacting your local poison control center. Find out how much your child ate and watch for any adverse symptoms.

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    Ask a man what kind of sex tips they'd give women if they could, and wow. Is it me, or is it getting hot in here? We've been gathering (mostly) anonymous suggestions from men and the bottom line is, they want everyone to enjoy themselves. But you want more specific details than that, right? It's not always easy for us to tell our partners exactly what we want. And I can't promise your man wants everything on this list. But I think most of these tips will work for most couples. Here's what men would love more women to do in bed.

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    Despite the efforts of aid workers and humanitarian organizations, the deadly Ebola virus epidemic is raging through western Africa, worse than ever before. Doctors Without Borders director Bart Janssens says that the world "has never known such an epidemic." He adds, "This epidemic is unprecedented, absolutely out of control, and the situation can only get worse." So far 670 people have died. There is no vaccine and no cure for the virus, and it's fatal to 9 out of 10 victims.

    Two American aid workers and the lead Ebola doctor in Sierra Leon have been infected, and one of Liberia's top doctors died this weekend.

    These headlines are deeply troubling. But should you be worried about the virus spreading to the U.S.? Here's everything we need to know about the Ebola virus outbreak so far.

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