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These 8 foods do more damage to your teeth than candy

With Halloween right around the corner, we’re feeling tempted to indulge in the sweets of the season.

But what about the persistent belief that candy destroys your teeth?

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RELATED: These 10 foods you eat all the time are seriously damaging your teeth

While you probably shouldn’t take this information as an excuse to eat all the candy you want, dentists now say that it isn’t sugar that’s destroying people’s teeth — rather, it’s acidic foods and drinks.

To keep your teeth in top condition, stay away from highly acidic foods, such as:

  • Saltines
  • Goldfish crackers
  • Dried fruit
  • Cough drops
  • Grapefruit

Also, avoid or limit consumption of certain beverages, including:

  • Coffee
  • Diet soda
  • Bottled lemon iced tea

RELATED: This simple homemade mouthwash removes stubborn plaque in no time at all

If you really want to know which everyday foods are doing the most damage, use some pH testing strips. Try to eat more foods that are as close to neutral (7.0) as possible.

She shares exactly how to make your house look more expensive on a budget — you’ll never believe the before and after

Sure, the “after” photos of this interior designer’s house are beautiful. But you’ll appreciate them even more once you see the “before.” She has totally transformed a standard-looking builder’s home into a custom palace. And the best part: she reveals her secrets.

With a little paint, some baseboards, and tons of creative thinking, she upgrades 10 areas of her house on the cheap.

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RELATED: How to decorate your new home for less

First, she tackles the small entryway by adding ceiling accents, which bring the viewer’s eye up, taking the focus away from the low ceiling.

Just past the entryway, a full-length mirror that starts at the floor makes it seem like the first floor is twice as big as it actually is. Who doesn’t want that trick in their home?

Adding a small swoop at the bottom of the staircase opens it up to multiple rooms and makes the whole area look much more grand and expensive.

RELATED: No space? No problem! Here are some tips for decorating a tiny apartment

In the kitchen, simply removing a row of upper cabinets changed up the whole room into a more open concept.

A mirrored wall in the master bedroom makes the room look larger and more elegant. The mirrors are actually IKEA wardrobe cabinets, which add much appreciated closet space.

Watch to see the full reveal, and we promise you’ll be amazed.

Enjoy bite-size flavors of fall with these easy mini pumpkin pies

I love treats, but sometimes, I go overboard. So, I make miniature versions of my favorite desserts, which means I feel way less guilty about eating one or two (or several). Denial works, right?

In honor of fall, I whipped up some mini pumpkin pies for Tyson and me. They’re like regular pumpkin pies, but I shrank them down to mini muffin size.

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RELATED: Slow cooker pumpkin pie? It exists, it couldn’t be easier to make, and it’s delicious

This is a very Pinteresty thing to do, if you’re hoping to look like one of those “look at me, I’m so fancy, don’t you wanna be like me, my life is so perfect” social media moms. But, it’s also a fun baking activity that a genuinely want to do with my daughter.

You will need:
  • 2 refrigerated pie crusts
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 cup cream cheese
  • 1 cup pumpkin
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

You’ll also need mini muffin tins and a 3-inch cookie cutter. If you’re like me and you don’t own a 3-inch cookie cutter, just use something round, like a drinking glass.

Don’t forget to top your pies with whipped cream and more pumpkin pie spice!

More holiday treats from Elissa the Mom

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How online dating is changing who we marry in unexpected ways

Thanks to the rise of numerous dating apps and sites, such as TinderOKCupid or Match.com, dating culture has experienced a significant shift over the past two decades.

» RELATED: Tired of swiping for love? This new dating app sends you straight to the first date

And though online dating has received its fair share of bad press with accusations of fueling hook-up culture, stories of scam artists and of first dates gone wrongnew research shows online dating has influenced the nature of society in some positive ways.

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For their study, economics professors Josue Ortega at the University of Essex in the United Kingdom and Philipp Hergovich at the University of Vienna in Austria examined how online dating has changed the racial diversity of society.

» RELATED: Report: Every 3 hours, an online dater gets scammed

The authors hypothesized that internet dating services may be a driving force behind stronger marriages, interracial partnerships and a primary way for people to connect with those outside their social circles.

“Understanding the evolution of interracial marriage is an important problem, for intermarriage is widely considered a measure of social distance in our societies,” the authors told MIT Technology Review.

They created a simulated model network of men and women of different racial backgrounds in which everyone wants to marry a person of the opposite sex, but can only marry someone with whom they have a connection.

» RELATED: Atlanta ranked among worst cities for dating 

The model is a reflection of society, which Ortega and Hergovich said is essentially “a web of interlinked nodes.”

According to the professors, most people are connected to close friends and family (and some others) with about 100 nodes. And changing the network, like building new highways, can completely change how the network functions, they said.

» RELATED: What happened the year interracial marriages increased more than 400% in Georgia?

“Our model predicts nearly complete racial integration upon the emergence of online dating, even if the number of partners that individuals meet from newly formed ties is small,” Ortega and Hergovich told MIT Technology Review.

They then compared the model results with the rates of interracial marriage in the U.S.

Since the 1967 Loving v. Virginia U.S. Supreme Court case that legalized marriage across racial lines, intermarriage has increased steadily, according to the Pew Research Center.

In 2015, Pew found that 1 in 6 American newlyweds (17 percent) married a person of a different race or ethnicity. In 1967, only 3 percent did.

“It is intriguing that shortly after the introduction of the first dating websites in 1995, like Match.com, the percentage of new marriages created by interracial couples increased rapidly,” they said.

But it’s possible that, as MIT Technology Review noted, the reduction in the percentage of white Americans was a contributing factor in the rise of interracial marriages in the U.S.

» RELATED: RE:Race – AJC staffer Pete Corson on interracial marriage

Still, research authors said the change in the population’s composition can’t fully explain the huge increase in intermarriage.

Overall, according to Pew research, more and more American adults (approximately 39 percent in 2015) say interracial marriage is generally good for American society.

In 2010, 24 percent of American adults said it was a positive trend.

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The professors’ model also predicted that marriages established online are more robust and less likely to end in divorce, a hypothesis backed by previous research from the University of Florida in 2013.

The pre-published version of the study is available online at arxiv.org and is currently undergoing its full peer-review process.

Jerk dog gives man a surprise by peeing on his back, and his reaction is priceless

This hysterical ViralHog video was captured by a CCTV camera in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, according to the video’s description.

The clip begins with a man sitting on a curb and looking at the screen on his phone. Perhaps he was scrolling through Twitter, or maybe he was reading a really intertsting article. Whatever it was, it prevented him from noticing the stray dog sneaking up behind him. He sits there oblivious as the dog sniffs his back and then lifts its leg. It’s clear what’s about to happen.

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RELATED: A reporter was hilariously upstaged by a house cat during a live news broadcast

The dog urinates on the guy’s back, and the guy finally snaps back into reality. But it’s a reality he’s rather forget. His back is wet with dog piss and there’s nothing he can do to change it. He lashes out at the dog in anger, but to no avail. He attempts to kick the mutt but misses as it runs off down the street, stops and turns to look at its urine-soaked victim.

It’s almost like it’s mocking him.

Kevin Hart announces an aptly-named nationwide comedy tour

Actor, comedian and best-selling author Kevin Hart will bring “The Irresponsible Tour” to cities across the country beginning in December through next year.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 20, and will be available online at ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets range from $48 to $118, plus fees.

For tickets and show information head over to https://t.co/zYmyZu3oIz #IrresponsibleTour — Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) October 16, 2017

Hart, who is currently finishing up another tour, posted dates and cities on his website but said he plans to release more schedules for a second leg and a third international leg of the tour later.

that is only the 1st leg of the tour, if you didn’t see your city don’t worry, I’m definitely making all stops #IrresponsibleTour — Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) October 16, 2017

Here are all the shows he posted so far:

Dec. 30 – Uncasville, Conn., at Mohegan Sun Arena Dec. 31 – Orlando, Fla., at CFE Arena Jan. 12 – Knoxville, Tenn., at Thompson-Boling Arena Jan. 13 – Estero, Fla., at Germain Arena Jan. 14 – Southhaven, Miss., at Landers Center Jan. 19 – Fargo, N.D., at Fargodome Jan. 20 – Sioux City, Iowa, at Tyson Events Center Jan. 21 – Madison, Wis., at Alliant Energy Center Jan. 27 – Dayton, Ohio, at Ervin J. Nutter Center Jan. 28 – Evansville, Ind., at Ford Center Feb. 2 – Minneapolis, Minn., at Target Center Feb. 9 – Kalamazoo, Mich., at Wings Event Center Feb. 10 – Cedar Rapids, Iowa, at U.S. Cellular Center Feb. 11 – Springfield, Ill. at Bank of Springfield Center March 10 – Portland, Maine, at Cross Insurance Arena March 11 – Syracuse, N.Y., at The Oncenter March 16 – Wilkes-Barre, Pa., at Mohegan Sun Arena At Casey Plaza March 22 – Reading, Pa., at Santander Arena

HART’S RECENT PROJECTS

Hart’s memoir, “I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons,” debuted at No. 1 on The New York Times best-seller list and has remained on the list for nine consecutive weeks. Earlier in the year, Hart voiced a title character in “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie.”

RELATED: Kevin Hart throws his pregnant wife a lavish baby shower amid cheating rumors

He will appear in the Sony reboot of the classic film “Jumanji” alongside Dwayne Johnson and Jack Black. In March 2018, Kevin will star alongside Bryan Cranston and Nicole Kidman in his first dramatic role, in “The Untouchables,” for The Weinstein Co. Hart will soon begin shooting the feature comedy “Night School” for Universal, a film in which he co-wrote under the Hartbeat production banner and will also star in.

Hart’s recent movie projects include the animated film “The Secret Life of Pets” (Illumination Entertainment); the biggest grossing live-action comedy, “Central Intelligence,” (New Line Cinema and Universal Pictures); Universal’s “Ride Along 2,” which grossed over $100 million worldwide; Screen Gems’ “The Wedding Ringer”; and Warner Brothers’ “Get Hard.”

Hart is also a force in television, executive producing the show “Real Husbands of Hollywood,” which is currently in season five. In addition, Comedy Central will launch two standup comedy series: “Kevin Hart Presents: Hart of the City” and “Untitled Kevin Hart Stand-Up Series.”

COMEDY TOUR

Hart’s live comedy show has sold out eight tri-state area arenas, including Madison Square Garden, Barclays, Prudential Center and Jones Beach, selling over 100,000 tickets in the New York market. He was also the first comedian to sell out an NFL stadium, selling over 50,000 tickets in one show.

The internet is going nuts for this creamy 3-cheese spaghetti — one taste and you’ll understand why

If you love pasta and cheese (and who doesn’t?!), this will, without question, become your new favorite dinner.

This three-cheese spaghetti from Delish is so delicious and creamy — the ultimate comfort food.

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RELATED: She puts spaghetti and meatballs on a stick, and it’s sure to get people talking

And, believe it or not, it’s ready in only 15 minutes, so it can even be a last-minute dinner. What’s not to love?

You will need:
  • 12 ounces spaghetti
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • ¾ cup chicken broth
  • ¾ cup shredded Italian cheese blend
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

Get the full recipe from Delish.

If you need a perfect holiday side dish, look no further than these Southern smothered country green beans

Southerners make the best side dishes. They’re rarely healthy, but they’re always delicious.

This recipe for smothered country green beans is no exception. Chef Kevin Callaghan of Acme Food & Beverage Co. in Carrboro, N.C., is the mad genius behind the dish.

“We had the beans, Senator Russell’s Sweet Potato Casserole, turkey, stuffing, and sliced canned cranberry sauce,” Callaghan told “Garden & Gun” of his family’s Thanksgiving table. “Other newfangled things would make appearances, but the big five were always there.”

RELATED: You don’t have to be Southern to enjoy these divine hush puppies

The secret to these green beans is bacon fat. And, as we’ve said time and time again, bacon improves everything.

You will need:
  • ½ cup bacon fat
  • 2 cups shallots or sweet onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 pounds fresh green beans, strings removed, snapped into ½-inch pieces
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • Salt and pepper

Get the full recipe from “Garden & Gun.”

More delectable side dishes

Bryan Cranston invaded Colin Farrell’s personal space while recounting a naughty sex story

“Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston appeared on a recent episode of “The Graham Norton Show” and told a rather risque story involving his frisky European honeymoon.

Cranston and his new bride were chilling in a carriage on a train journey through the Alps. The journey through the mountains was pitch black, and their travel agent had informed them that there would be three stretches of darkness during the journey lasting five, eight, and 50 minutes.

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RELATED: Colin Farrell admits during interview that fans keep mistaking him for Colin Firth

Well, it transpires that the Cranstons had misunderstood the travel agent. “50” was actually “15.” And so, as the train exited a tunnel, the carriage was flooded with light and the Cranstons’ fellow passengers were treated to a sight they’d never forget.

Cranston used plenty of gesticulation when retelling the story, which clearly made his fellow guest Colin Farrell slightly uncomfortable. But the cheeky Irishman wasn’t too traumatized, as he was able to crack wise and congratulate Cranston: “15 minutes though man!” he quipped, to the delight of the studio audience.

These 6-ingredient, no-bake Reese’s Krispie cookies are absolute heaven

If a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup and a Rice Krispie treat fell in love, their baby would probably look a little something like this.

Sweet, sticky and oh-so-chocolatey, the Reese’s Krispie cookie is perfect for the holidays, but who says it can’t be enjoyed year-round?

RELATED: How to make peanut butter s’more Rice Krispie treats

This tasty treat from Incredible Recipes from Heaven only has six ingredients and requires no baking. Perfect.

You will need:
  • 4 cups Rice Krispies
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1¼ cups creamy peanut butter
  • 5 Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
  • ½ cup milk chocolate chips

Get the full recipe from Incredible Recipes from Heaven.

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