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Wild Desserts: Pink Zebra Cake that Struts Out the Stripes - Cretíque

At the heart of every memorable celebration is a great cake; be it a beautiful wedding or an unforgettable birthday party. But what if you can make …

Don't Book a Return Flight: 6 Destinations That Are Pricey to Reach, But Cheap to Stay

Airfare has been killing us recently. Fuel prices may be plummeting, but that simply means more cash for airlines, rather than more savings for passengers. So, unless consumer demand drops (which we don't expect anytime soon), flying just about anywhere in the world will remain a costly affair. But …

Dominican Republic

50 Must-Read Personal Development Bloggers That’ll Change Your Life

Tired of reading the same blogs over and over? Looking for fresh articles to read? A new angle on your favorite personal development topics? I got …

Self-improvement

Walking to Petra: 7 Pillars of Beauty

Rated among the 15 best treks in the world by National Geographic, one anticipates a great deal in walking across southern Jordan to Petra. Seven reasons why this section of the Abraham Path still exceeds anyone's expectations.<p><b>1. Descending Wadi Dana</b><p>On the King's Highway towards Dana village there …

Hiking

4 Things to Do Today to Sleep Better Tonight

It's the stuff of nightmares: You're so stressed that you can't sleep, which leaves you even more tense the next day. Annnnd... repeat. These genius hacks will help you end the madness—for good:<p><b>See the light.</b> Within five minutes of waking, try to expose yourself to up to 30 minutes of sunlight to …

The Top Adventure Destinations of 2015

There are trips, retreats and vacations--and then there are adventures.<p>Adventures are the experiences that can't quite be put into words, despite your best efforts. They bring on a series of transcendent moments--you are open and observant, while simultaneously humble and grateful--you are your …

Travel

9 Ways To Fall Asleep Faster (Without Counting Sheep)

<i>By Alex Orlov for Life by DailyBurn</i><p>If you feel wide awake when your head hits the pillow at night, you're not alone. Approximately 60 million Americans report having experienced insomnia in any given year, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Even worse, 40 …

Sleep

You Won't Believe These 17 Photos Are Real (But They Are)

At Oyster, we're known for our honest, undoctored hotel photography, and in our Photo Fakeout series we've shown just how different from reality some marketing images can be. But we've also encountered plenty of hotels that were truly as beautiful as advertised. These photos we took at various …

Aegean Sea

Chinese New Year: How to make a traditional Jiaozi dumpling

The new Chinese year, The Year of the Monkey, begins on Monday 8 February 2016, with festivities kicking off the day before New Year and continuing until the 15th day, when the Lantern Festival takes place.<p>The <b>Lunar New Year</b> is the most important festival for Chinese people in mainland China and …

How to Talk Finance, Money, Budget in Your Relationship From Merrill Lynch Senior VP

It's almost Valentine's Day, and while you'd <i>probably</i> rather spend a romantic night with your significant other cozying up on the couch with a movie or going out to a fancy dinner, you two actually have something really important to talk about: money. It might not be the sexiest of topics, but study …

What's The Right Mix Of Investments For Me?

Retirement investors often struggle with understanding the right mix of investments for their goals. And that’s understandable. If investing were easy anybody could do it, right?<p>Wall Street takes full advantage of the nagging doubt we feel about our investment choices. If you are a self-directed …

Investing

Nine things we get wrong about love

Bestselling behavioural scientist Paul Dolan - also known as 'Professor Happy' - busts a few myths about love<p><b>1. Scratch and sniff dating would work better than online dating</b><p>The evidence on online dating versus speed dating shows that the criteria people have in very objective, cold, rational states …

Here’s How Meditation Boosts Your Health Beyond The Brain

A new study clues us into how meditation can improve our physical health.<p>One of the most interesting things about mindfulness meditation is how its benefits seep beyond our brains and into our bodies. So not only does it help decrease stress and improve focus, but it can have an impact on your …

Mindfulness

Bulletproof Coffee and the Case for Butter as a Health Food

Shares 2.5K<p><i>Photo: Pond5</i><p>Butter is making a comeback — and it has nothing to do with Paula Deen. Once maligned as a high-calorie, artery-clogging …

7 Most Romantic Caribbean Resorts

<i>By Dalia Colon for the Orbitz Travel Blog</i><p>Vacation is meant to be an escape -- from the kids, from errands, from that irritating guy at work who's really into gratuitous lunchtime meetings. So if you're thinking of booking a Valentine's Day getaway this year, a carefree, all-inclusive resort makes a …

Dominican Republic

7 Ways Meditation Can Actually Change The Brain

The meditation-and-the-brain research has been rolling in steadily for a number of years now, with new studies coming out just about every week to illustrate some new benefit of meditation. Or, rather, some ancient benefit that is just now being confirmed with fMRI or EEG. The practice appears to …

Mindfulness

13 ways to control your blood pressure without medication

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is not just a health condition, it’s a disease.<p>Blood pressure is the body’s reflection of the tension in the blood vessels— the more tense they are, the higher your blood pressure is and harder the heart has to work, said Dr. Vincent Bufalino, a spokesperson …

Diabetes

10 Things to Do Before You Go to Bed

Everyone is obsessed with how successful people start their day.<br>And if you’ve decided to do something about the quality of your life, you’ll start …

Productivity

4 Foods That Burn Belly Fat

Research shows that our bodies' inner eat-and-sleep clocks have been thrown completely out of whack, thanks to cues we send it all day with the wrong foods. The result: You're caught in a "fat cycle": a constant flow of hunger hormones that makes your cravings almost irresistible. But if you tune …

8 Surprising Ways You're Slowing Your Metabolism

<b>You Ditched Dairy</b><br>Muscle is essential for keeping your metabolism humming, and women who consumed three to seven servings of dairy per day lost more fat and gained more muscle mass than women who downed less, according to research from McMaster University. Check out these 10 portable protein-packed …

The science behind brain farts

It happens to you all the time. You're mid-sentence during a meeting with your boss, working on <i>The New York Times</i>' crossword puzzle, typing up an …

National Geographic Travel

The 101 Most Beautiful Places on Earth

We're pretty sure none of you has seen all of the most gorgeous spots on the planet, but we'd love to hear how many you've made it to so far!

14 Incredible Meals We Ate in 2014

14 Incredible Meals You Need to Try Before the End of the Year<p>From fish to French toast, these were our favorite foods of 2014. Eat up if you missed out<p>We’re always hungry for something more. That’s why we cook recipes from chefs in our own home kitchens for sharing on Guy Gourmet. Sometimes we …