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How to Get a V-Cut Stomach

Six pack abs are arguably the most desired physical feature for fitness enthusiasts. And save for the rare case, six-pack abs are visual proof of …

Workouts

'Most Instagrammable Hotel’ in the world is in the Maldives

The world’s “Most Instagrammable Hotel” is in the Maldives, according to <i>Luxury Travel Adviso</i>r magazine.<p>Despite recent violence and a state of …

Los Cabos

How to Refinish Kitchen Cabinets: Bryan Baeumler Breaks it Down

<i>Bryan Baeumler is one of HGTV Canada’s go-to contractors and the host of Bryan Inc., House of Bryan and Leave it to Bryan.</i><p>Updating your kitchen …

Home Improvement

40 Foods That Jumpstart Weight Loss

“It’s time,” you think to yourself. It’s finally time to embark on your weight-loss journey and shed the pounds that have slowly been building up on …

Nutrition

These 9 Plants Will Help You Get a Better Night’s Sleep

Getting a good night’s sleep isn’t easy. Between late-night distractions, those weird-but-persistent anxieties, and mattresses that are less than top-of-the-line, sleep is sometimes more elusive than we’d like. But good news: There’s a simple fix that can make your bedroom more beautiful and more</i> …

Plants

11 Intriguing Kitchen Backsplashes You've Never Thought Of

What you choose for your backsplash — you know, the thing that covers the wall behind your countertops so it doesn't get all mucky and gross — can …

Kitchens

10 habits of mentally strong people

Despite West Point Military Academy’s rigorous selection process, one in five students drop out by graduation day. A sizeable number leave the summer …

Self-improvement

The 10 Best IKEA Bed Hacks of All Time

I'm no stranger to IKEA bed hacks. It's hard to dream up ways to turn a budget item into something that looks like a professional job, and make it …

Hacking

The 15 Best Pizza Places in NYC

New York is a pizza-lover's paradise. There's nowhere else in the world where you can find so many pizza places so close to one another. You’ll find …

New York City

The One Thing I Wish I Knew Before Painting My Thrifted Furniture

There are plenty of reasons to shop antique and thrifted furniture over what’s available in catalogs and online—the lower prices and one-of-a-kind …

Home Improvement

The One Thing I Wish I Knew Before Painting My Kitchen Cabinets

Anyone who’s drastically changed the wall color in a room knows how big of an impact paint alone can make in a space. And it’s a big impact for …

Kitchens

6 Things the Most Organized People Do Every Day

<i>This piece originally appeared on</i> <i>Barking Up the Wrong Tree and Motto</i><p>Your life is busy. Work/life balance is a challenge. You feel like you’re …

Time Management

Writing is Innovation

As an idea, innovation is getting tossed around a lot in education lately.Anytime I see something accepted en masse, I get suspicious. I find it …

Teaching

15 Impossible-to-Kill Outdoor Plants

With summer in full swing, it’s hard not to admire the yards and gardens around town that are filled with greenery and colorful blooms. If you’ve …

Landscaping

Before and After: A Basic Kitchen Says Goodbye to Boring

Everything about this kitchen is enviable — the stainless steel appliances, the hardwood floor, the rich wood cabinets, the granite, the windows — …

Home Improvement

The 16 Most Beautiful Places in Europe Will Take Your Breath Away

Complete with fairy-tale castles, picturesque seaside retreats, otherworldly natural parks, and charming cities, Europe is full of striking places to …

Travel
Hacking

A frequent flier reveals the 2 words that will always get you an upgrade to first class

British expat and New York Times best-selling author Tilly Bagshawe knows a thing or two about flying.<p>She told Bloomberg that she typically flies about 100,000 miles a year and has often managed to get herself bumped up from economy class without paying by deploying a two-word strategy.<p>Even when …

Profit

The Benefits of Meditation

For some folks in the Western hemisphere, meditation is seen as a sort of “new-age hippie” fad, something that you do right before you eat granola …

Teaching Kids to Love Reading: 3 Strategies That Work

If you’re an elementary teacher, you know that the most daunting and wonderful part of the job is opening the world of books and reading to students. …

Being a Teacher in the Land of the AR-15

Like many teachers, every time I read about a school shooting somewhere in the United States, I think about what I would do if some maniac kicked open my classroom door and started firing at my students. I think, I will hurl my body in front of them. I will barricade the room with my body. I will …

This Temple Is Covered in Thousands of Colorful Statues

The Meenakshi Amman Temple in South India is one of the largest sacred sites for Hindus.<p>In the center of the ancient city of Madurai lies one of the largest temple complexes in India. Peeking out from the 20-foot wall surrounding the site, the famous temple is a beacon for the 15,000 devotees who …

How to Wire a Light

Trying to wire a light in your home can be intimidating. After all, wiring involves electricity, and electricity can be dangerous. However, by taking …

One teacher's brilliant idea to stop school shootings has nothing to do with guns

A few weeks ago, I went into my son Chase's class for 
tutoring. I'd e-mailed Chase's teacher one evening and said, "Chase keeps telling me that this stuff you're sending home 
is math—but I'm not sure I believe him. Help, please." She 
e-mailed right back and said, "No problem! I can tutor Chase …

Teaching

A Lovely, Low-Maintenance Alternative to a Tile Backsplash

Tile backsplashes are nice, but if you don't fancy cleaning all those grout lines, or you're just looking for something a little more sleek and …

Home Improvement

How One Woman Minimized Her Spending for a Year (and What She Gained in Return)

It's clear from looking at the popularity of lifestyle trends like Danish <i>hygge</i>, Japanese <i>ikigai</i>, Swedish <i>lagom</i>, and Scottish <i>còsagach</i> that people are seeking ways to put the brakes on their hectic, overrun, overcommitted lives to slow down and appreciate the simpler things.<p>That's the situation …

The Best Ways to See Europe in Just 10 Days

If there’s one thing that Americans get shafted on (there’s not just one; there are loads), it’s vacation days. A 10-day trip will probably eat up a …

12 Unusual (But Great) Things to Try Instead of a Nightstand

(Image credit: My Domaine)<p>What is a nightstand, anyway? Of course we all know what the pieces identified as nightstands at the furniture store look …

Living Rooms

9 Ways Curtain Rods Can Solve Your Life's Problems

Curtain rods are more useful than one would think. Their primary function is obvious — cover windows to block light and gain privacy — but there are …

Laundry Rooms

Everything You Need To Know About Painting Kitchen Cabinets

Painting kitchen cabinets is a big job (even if you have a tiny kitchen!), so it makes sense that you'd have a lot of questions about the process. …

Home Improvement