Rachel Kashdan

Eat your way through the fall in Boston

If swapping out your t-shirts for sweaters and flip flops for boots has got you feeling bummed out, there’s one seasonal switch you can look forward to. Your favorite eateries around town are trading light and zesty flavors for warm, savory treats that will keep you feeling cozy all season long...

Thursday, October 1, 2015, 3:08 PM

Iliza Shlesinger, Joel McHale and all your fave comedians are coming to Boston

Fall means hot apple cider and pumpkin spice everything, but it also means that shorter days, greyer skies, and chilly commutes are on their way. Luckily, some hilarious names will also be coming to town this fall to keep you distracted from that harsh reality for just a bit longer.Iliza...

Thursday, September 17, 2015, 12:30 PM

Upgrade your apartment — without upsetting your landlord

Just because your lease says you can’t paint those white walls doesn’t mean you can’t upgare the place. Don’t let your rental agreement cramp your style. Reham Fagiri, co-founder of used furniture marketplace,AptDeco, fills us in on all the tricks to freshen up a much lived-in space without...

Tuesday, September 1, 2015, 8:10 PM

Set up the perfect guest room this summer

The summer entertaining season isn’t over just yet, and that means it’s not too late to revamp your guest room for company forgoing a hotel to vacation at your place. Cathy Hobbs, interior designer, real estate stager and finalist on season 6 of HGTV’s "Design Star," shares her tips for setting up...

Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 6:00 AM

UPenn’s iD Tech Camp teaches 7-year-olds how to design their own videogames

Kids these days—they’re not just playing videogames; they're making them.“Right now we’re designing levels and puzzles that are mind-bending,” says 13-year-old Vaughn Colestock about his 3D Level Design class at iD Tech Camp at the University of Pennsylvania. “I don’t have an Xbox or a PlayStation...

Thursday, August 6, 2015, 10:00 AM

Why you're so stressed out

Feeling stressed out? With constant pings in our pockets, 50-hour workweeks and hectic commutes it’s hard not to be. Dana Gionta and Dan Guerra, clinical psychologists, executive coaches and co-authors of “From Stressed To Centered: A Practical Guide to a Healthier and Happier You,”are on a mission...

Thursday, July 30, 2015, 12:50 AM

Small on space, big on style

Kim Lewis, interior designer, Ply Gem blogger and regular on FYI’s “Tiny House Nation” is the queen of living large in small spaces. She’s part of a new trend of homeowners and designers who think you’ll live better with less — that is, in homes between 150 and 600 square feet. Those who’ve joined...

Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 3:30 PM

What’s with the giant bagel sculptures in NYC?

You’re on a lunch break strolling through Hudson River Park on a scorching summer’s day, when a stack of larger-than-life bagels comes into view through the haze. No, it’s not a mirage — but don’t try biting into it either. It’s a two-part art installation called “Everything,” from Swedish artist...

Monday, July 27, 2015, 11:53 PM

Chris Harrison on Kaitlyn's haters and the next "Bachelor"

If you’ve been watching ABC’s “The Bachelorette,” you’ll know this season’s repeatedly been called "controversial" and "dramatic”—well, mostly by its host Chris Harrison. So we went straight to the leader of Bachelor Nation himself to clear the air ahead of Monday’s finale, plus get the scoop on...

Friday, July 24, 2015, 12:39 AM

West Elm x Minted: flea market style without the hunt

Trendy Brooklyn-based homeware chain West Elm has plucked from a pool of works by independent designers for its new line of framed wall prints, reaffirming that there is a community-minded sensibility behind all those woven baskets, brass light fixtures and pricey reclaimed wood coffee tables.From...

Monday, July 20, 2015, 3:19 PM

How to eat healthy for $4 a day

You might think you can’t afford to eat well, so you stock your shelves with the cheap and processed stuff, like packaged ramen noodles and Easy Mac. Leanne Brown, a graduate of NYU’s masters program in food studies and policy, however, proves that anyone can afford to eat healthy food every day in...

Friday, July 17, 2015, 9:00 AM

NSFW Gallery: Bare bodies are the canvas at NYC Bodypainting Day

Artist Andy Golub thinks we’re all too buttoned up — in the most literal sense.“When we get dressed in the morning, we convince ourselves, ‘Oh, now I look alright.’ But really we're just hiding things about ourselves that we don’t want people to see,” he says.Golub isn’t alone in thinking we’re...

Thursday, July 16, 2015, 6:00 AM

How to keep the kids entertained on your next family vacation

Ahh vacation — time to relax and unwind, put your feet up and… wait what’s that? “Stop hitting each other!”…“I’m bored!”Family vacations should be when joyful memories are made, but whether you’ve got one kid or four, chaos seems inevitable. With ideas from “On-the-Go Fun For Kids” by Amanda Morin...

Friday, July 10, 2015, 6:00 AM

Simple renovation tips from HGTV's David Bromstad

David Bromstad, one of the hosts of HGTV’s new renovation competition series “Beach Flip” — where four amateur design teams compete for a $50,000 prize by revamping rundown beachfront properties — just loves a good home makeover. But what’s his favorite part?“The transformation — that’s the most...

Tuesday, July 7, 2015, 8:13 PM

Best parties for watching the Macy's fireworks show

From the South Street Seaport to 42nd Street, there won't be a bad seat along the East River forMacy’s Fireworks Spectacular. But you don't have to camp out all afternoon to catch the action. Instead, head to one of these waterfront hotspots (all of which still had tickets available as of July 1)...

Wednesday, July 1, 2015, 7:43 PM

Why you won't need a bachelor's degree

The past two decades of innovation have changed America’s economic landscape in ways that are vast and irreversible. From the gig economyto the sharing economy, it seems like each day our businesses and lives are reshaped by modernization.“We’re going through a digital revolution that’s as large...

Wednesday, July 1, 2015, 1:14 AM

MAP: Where to see July 4 fireworks in all five boroughs

Macy's may put on the biggest fireworks show, but it's not the only one. Here's where to see fireworks displays around the city along with free music, food trucks and baseball games.Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks SpectacularWhen:9:20 p.m.Where: East River,at Fulton Street and from 23rd to 42nd...

Monday, June 29, 2015, 10:11 PM

Channel your childhood to get fit

You already know what they say about all work and no play. So instead of lifting weights and running on a treadmill, why not jump on a trampoline or lace up some roller skates? A look back to your youth is all it takes to add a dose of fun to your summer workout routine.Bounce into shapePut a...

Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 6:00 AM

4 easy floral arrangements for summer parties

Summer is all about fun and ease— and that includes the décor for your next party. And what simpler way to decorate than with materials straight from nature? We’re talking bright, pretty, seasonal flowers.Following in the footsteps of the farm-to-table movement, Great Performances — a catering and...

Monday, June 22, 2015, 2:47 PM

Why you should take a year off before going to college

Thinking of taking some time away from the books before heading into college? Robin Barton, editor of Lonely Planet’s “The Big Trip,” says you’re not alone.“People are seeing gap years not as an excuse to party, but as a part of personal growth,” Barton says. “You can volunteer, you can teach, you...

Thursday, June 18, 2015, 12:43 PM