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Wouldn’t it be awesome if full-coverage wet suits were this summer’s go-to beach style?
Maybe not. But it’s that kind of logic that led us to film three exercise videos with Will Torres, the handsome, muscled trainer behind the new private gym Willspace, in the West Village.
We asked Torres for moves that would give us immediate results (as in, how to make biceps look tank top-ready in five minutes or less). He gave us nine: three each for abs (above), legs, and arms.
We’ll tell you right now: They’re pretty tough (our out-of-shape editor had to lie down between takes).
But they’re easier than trying to figure out how to wear Spanx under a bathing suit.
Willspace (201-780-0351 or willspace.com). Want to keep exercising in front of your computer? Check out the videos we did with Tracy Anderson.
Music: “Test Drive,” by Zapac
Parental responsibility No. 425: teaching your kids that Thanksgiving is more than a long weekend bookended by parades and leftover pumpkin pie.
Get the message across with a gratitude jar. Before the turkey is served, gather your pilgrims and ask them what they’re grateful for. Write down each gem on a slip of paper (Mom and Dad, you do it, too) and tuck the notes into a jar.
When setting the table for your fall feast, use the jar as a centerpiece of riches to share with family and friends.
And because not everyone is so fortunate, we’re using our bounty to spread the word about Future Fortified. More than 200 million kids don’t have diets with enough essential nutrients — and Future Fortified wants to change that.
Join us on Twitter this week (#thankfulforthefuture) and share what you’re thankful for.
So we can build a better future for all.
Our friends at Future Fortified have created a message template to help get your family’s gratitude jar started. Find out more about their effort to rid the world of malnutrition at futurefortified.org.
The majority of the adult American population requires an excuse (read: Halloween) to indulge its gemstone-and-feather-costume fantasies (drag queens, Katy Perry, and Big Bird excluded).
But every day is a dress-up day for the 6-and-under set. Which is why we think a mask bar ensures success at a Halloween fete — or on an average Thursday afternoon.
We suggest prepping felt mask shapes — owl, octopus, bunny, superhero — ahead of time. Then gather jewels, glitter, pipe cleaners, fabric scraps, jingle bells, and any other accoutrement that goes well with glue. Unload the supplies on a table and let little revelers have their way.
We bet the results will be too cute to keep undercover.
Looking for more creative ideas? Harvest art is still in season.
Your little’s relationship with produce is less than fruitful. If it’s not juiced, pouched, or rolled up, she’s not interested.
But we have a way to stamp out the problem once and for all.
It just takes a little creativity — and a lot of paint. Turn apples into lunchtime art, celery into floral masterpieces, and potatoes into just about anything at all. Slice, dip, stamp, and play.
We’re sure they’ll fall for it.
If artisanal ice cream is the new cupcake, what to do with all those cute cupcake wrappers?
We’ve found six ways to turn the humble, pleated paper cup into your party’s main attraction. From ice cream bowls and name card holders to garlands and flowers — it’s a cupcake wrapper celebration you’ll eat up.
Without a smidge of frosting.
Cupcake wrappers available at bakeitpretty.com.
Glitter and glue sticks go together like Lewis and Clark — it’s always an adventure.
But as much as we love a good art project, we’re also a bit crazy about an orderly play space. That’s why we’re building a case for the bookcase craft center.
It’s simple enough that even the most artistically challenged parent can pull it together, small enough that it fits into a kid-size bedroom, and organized enough that a 4-year-old can manage the cleanup.
Don’t believe us? Just watch.
When it comes to being the fun parent, there’s no contest — Dad always wins.
On Father’s Day, help him keep his cool cred with a scavenger hunt on ice. In today’s video (our first-ever Kids production), we show you how your chips off the old block can have a chilled-out time with dear old Dad.
All you need is distilled water, a few toys that can get wet, a freezer, and the foresight to prep the activity in advance.
But that shouldn’t be a problem. Moms are cool like that.
Your rallying cry from May through September: “Long live the maxidress.”
But sooner or later, you’re going to have a midriff reveal (the beach, swimming lessons, bra fitting, sex). And though a little jiggle in the middle is a well-deserved badge of honor, the truth is you’d be prouder of rock-hard abs.
So we asked fitness guru Tracy Anderson for her tips on re-engaging the core after having a baby. With her help, you’ll be on your way to a bikini faster than you can say crop top.
Want to keep going? Check out all our exercise videos with Anderson (including combating love handles, batwings, and saddlebags). To buy her Metamorphosis DVD collection, go to tracyandersonmethod.com.
Love: Ain’t it grand? Except when it’s not — and you have to stay in bed, because small things (minivan commercials, the store being out of Cool Ranch Doritos, happy couples) make you sob.
To help us remember when it was all cupids and hearts, we enlisted the help of some children, all 5 to 8 years old. We asked them about everything from whom they love (and if they have boyfriends/girlfriends) to how to mend a broken heart.
One little girl, who was initially shy, boldly proclaimed she’d recently seen her parents kissing — on the lips. Another said she doesn’t want to get married unless it’s to her little brother.
Which should be enough to get us through Valentine’s Day, with or without chips. Want another feel-good video? Here’s one in which we asked people about what makes them happy.