Alina Skarbovsky

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Why are kids so bored, impatient, and fragile these days?

<b>Kids' social, emotional, and academic functioning has been declining for years, which suggests we need a new approach to parenting.</b><p>A friend of mine, …

Things to Know about Layovers & Connecting flights

Things to know about Layovers and Connecting FlightsI’m a fan of layovers and connecting flights. I think I might be one of the few travelers who …

Flying

A 3-Day Deodorant That Actually Works

Travelers who pack light need to pare their personal hygiene products down to the essentials. And for many of us, a good deodorant is truly a must-have, especially on trips where you won’t be able to shower daily.<p>Enter Lavilin, a roll-on first developed by an Israeli company that wanted to find a …

Today, Kids Need To Learn More Than Facts, But To Solve Problems And Innovate

We need to shift from teaching how to answer questions to learning how to ask them.<p>Traditionally, we went to school to attain knowledge. The smart kids knew that Columbus discovered America in 1492 and that the square root of 64 is eight. They studied diligently at home so that when the teacher …

Plants That Grow in Full Shade

Searching for plants that grow in full shade is an endeavor fraught with challenges. The difficulties begin with the very language we use to discuss …

Plants

The 10 Best Apps For the Outdoors

Turn your phone into a star chart, a 360-degree camera, a botany expert, and more with these handy programs.Love ‘em or hate ‘em, smartphones have …

How to Prune Lilacs and Rejuvenate an Overgrown Plant

Most flowering shrubs need regular pruning, to keep them vibrant. Lilacs are no exception. To keep your lilac thriving and blooming, some periodic …

75 Insanely Clever DIYs Every Parent Will Wish They Knew About Sooner

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13 Must-Download Apps to Help Make Your Home Renovation *MUCH* Easier

If your Pinterest boards are overflowing with marble kitchens, statement wallpaper, and mid-century modern Amazon finds (two-day shipping, y’all!), it may be time to *seriously* consider embarking on a springtime renovation. But because renos are practically synonymous with stress, we’ve decided to …

The 7 Best Apps For Planning a Room Layout & Design

What a time to be planning room layouts! Lucky for us, we now have access to a treasure trove of user-friendly apps to help us create floor plans and …

10 Products for Sleeping on Planes That Look Ridiculous but Are Actually Amazing

Just trust us.<p>There are two types of travelers in this world: those who can sleep on planes, and those who can’t.<p>This one ability — or lack thereof — …

19 Etsy Shops to Boost Your Home's Cool Factor

If you've ever browsed Etsy blindly, you know how overwhelming it can be. Even when typing in a specific category to help narrow the search, you still have to navigate seemingly endless pages of stuff you aren't remotely interested in. Having a go-to list of Etsy shops you can count on for finding …

This Heartbreaking Ad Shows What It's Like to Be the Mom of a Sick Kid

A powerful new video from SickKids Foundation will have you bawling.<p>A new ad from SickKids Foundation, an organization that promotes the health and wellbeing of children and supports parents of kids with serious illnesses, is bound to leave you feeling absolutely shattered. The clip, released in …

The Best Children’s and YA Books of April 2017

From a bunny who yearns to fly to a starfish who to longs to shine, to a new mystery series for middle grade readers and a YA love story for …

Books

The most famous book that takes place in every state

Whether you come from the California coastline or the snowy forests of Maine, reading a book set in your home state can make you feel a warm nostalgia for that beloved place.<p>After scouring the internet and surveying our colleagues on their picks, we rounded up the most famous book set in every …

16 OTHER Online Stores You Definitely Want to Know About

Oftentimes, I lie awake at night, wondering about all the online home decor stores I might be missing out on for lack of knowing (kidding, I sleep …

Powerstrip

15 Bullet Journal Hacks That Are Going to Totally Transform Your Life

Type-A perfectionists, prepare to swoon.<p>If you've spent any time on Instagram, you're likely intrigued by (or obsessed with) bullet journals. A combination of a diary, to-do list and planner, a "bujo" organizes just about everything in your life. Get in on the hand-lettering trend by adding these …

25 Tiny Changes That Will Make You a Happier Person

Doing what you like is freedom, liking what you do is happiness.<p>Most of us spend over half our waking days at work. And too many of us consider it a necessary sacrifice, something we're required to do to provide for ourselves and our families and make it possible to enjoy the time we have for …

The Problem With Sensitivity

Being sensitive is a great gift, but it rarely starts that way. Usually I see boys and girls struggle with their deep feelings and quick reactivity. …

Mentoring

IKEA for Grownups: 5 Next-Level Scandinavian Shops

Although we would never want to put an age limit on shopping at everyone's favorite Swedish superstore, a new study by the lending company Earnest …

Spending 10 Minutes a Day on Mindfulness Subtly Changes the Way You React to Everything

Leaders across the globe feel that the unprecedented busyness of modern-day leadership makes them more reactive and less proactive. There is a solution to this hardwired, reactionary leadership approach: mindfulness.<p>Having trained thousands of leaders in the techniques of this ancient practice, …

Mindfulness

Knitters Shopping Guide: Where to Buy the Best Yarn, Needles + Patterns

Curious and excited to join the yarn movement but lacking the know-how and tools to take the first step? Fret not, the KOEL Magazine team is here to …

Crochet

Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know About Arm Knitting

Oversized knit blankets crafted from chunky yarn and PVC-pipe needles have been floating around Pinterest for a few years now. And while the finished …

Knitting

New wooden standing desk is Scandinavian-inspired and totally cute

It’s also 100% U.S.-manufactured and eco-friendly<p>Using standing desks is—in theory and in practice—a great way to incorporate a tad bit more activity into ones workaday life. Aesthetically speaking, however, the tall tables, typically clunky and industrial-looking—are less than pleasing to behold. …

12 Of The Best Hiking Routes In Washington State, USA

Whenever I think of Washington, I think of lush green forests, the gorgeous city of Seattle, and, of course, snow-capped mountains that seem to go on …

Hiking

27 Cheap Ways To Upgrade Your Home

Get your dream home without breaking the bank.

14 ways you can control your home with your voice using Amazon's Echo and Alexa

But then what? Adding to your shopping list? Setting timers? Asking about the weather? Great, but it's pretty similar to Siri in what it can do, and using your voice to buy things from Amazon isn't super exciting.<p>Alexa can do so much more than that, especially for your home. With the help from …

Smart Homes

15 Awesome DIY Ways to Organize Your Kids Rooms

When it comes to keeping your kids organized, the task can become nearly all consuming. Little kids (or kids of any age, really- we weren’t exactly …

10 Must-have smart home devices you need right now

Share17<p>Tweet<p>Share2<p>+13<p>Shares 22<p>What if all the devices in your life could connect to the Internet? Not just computers and smartphones, but everything: …

How to Find Your True Calling

Many people are in search of their purpose, or true calling, in life.<p>And this is certainly a worthy endeavor - research has shown that knowing your sense of purpose adds up to 7 years of extra life expectancy.<p>But finding your purpose can be quite challenging since it can be an abstract and …

Happiness