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35 DIY Christmas Gifts for an Extra-Special Holiday

There's no reason you can't make these crafts for yourself too.<p>Sure, you could do your holiday shopping online, but two-day shipping can't beat these easy DIY projects. We've found a bunch of homemade presents that are fun to give and even more fun to make. Plus, try our DIY ornament ideas and …

DIY

Ten Haunting Documentaries That Are Stranger Than Fiction

<i>Mugshot of Albert Fish, 1903 | Image: Public Domain / Wikimedia Commons</i><p>Documentary film is my favorite genre, and the linked list of ten …

8 incredible travel destinations inspired by adventure novels

An engaged reader is one whose mind wanders to faraway lands when turning a page. An inspired reader is one whose life changes after shutting the …

12 incredible US destinations that haven't been discovered by tourists

A recent Quora thread discussed unique places in the United States that aren't frequently visited by tourists.<p>From the picturesque False Kiva in Utah's Canyonlands National Park, whose exact destination remains a secret, to the crystal-blue Havasupai Falls in Grand Canyon National Park, here are 12 …

National Parks

Chocolate chip cookies with vanilla and sea salt

These cookies with sea salt chocolate and vanilla make the perfect mid-afternoon snack<p>MAKES<p>9<p>INGREDIENTS<p>425g sea salt chocolate, chopped<br>• 225g unsalted butter (at room temperature)<br>• 170g sugar<br>• 170g dark brown sugar<br>• 1 vanilla pod, scraped<br>• 2 eggs (at room temperature)<br>• 280g plain flour<br>• 5g baking soda<br>• 5g sea …

10 Surprising Ways You Are Making Your Vegetables Less Nutritious

Modern varieties of vegetables, the ones you see for sale in the produce section of the supermarket, are generally sweeter, starchier, and less …

Take a hike. Have a beer. Life is perfect. Here’s where.

Beverage pairings usually mean matching wine or beer with food. But in the recreation-obsessed Pacific Northwest, we’re just as likely to pair our …

How to Make the Absolute Best Scrambled Eggs Ever

These scrambled eggs are super soft and just a little runny, aka exactly how they should be.<p>We believe strongly that "putting an egg on it" transforms almost anything into a meal. But lately we've turned our attention away from our beloved olive oil-fried egg and toward a soft sunny scramble.<p>We …

Breakfast

27 Underrated U.S. Vacation Spots You Should Visit Before You Die

Did your favorite hidden gem make the list?<p><i>Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.</i>

Lake Superior

Summer reading guide: The 136 books you'll want to read

Another summer, another chance to draw up the perfect reading list to see you through those languid, sun-drenched days. Whether you’re stretched out by the pool or nestled in a coffee shop, clutching a hardcover, paperback or e-book, we’ve got more than enough titles to keep you reading through …

Books

10 Guideposts to Help You on Your Journey to Peace and Enlightenment

Buddhaimonia.For as far back as I can remember, I felt like there was supposed to be, “more”. Like there was always something missing. That spark, …

Zen

21 Dessert Nachos You'll Want To Introduce To Your Parents

Sorry not sorry, guacamole.

3 great weekend getaways in central Texas offer something for everyone

Enlarge<br>Slideshow<p>Looking for a weekend getaway? We have selected three destinations in central Texas that will appeal to every type of occasion and …

The USA's Top 10 Hiking Trails: From Coast To Coast

Long Trail, Jay Peak Long Trail North: Jay, Vermont<p>This trail settled in the Green Mountains of Vermont is a true gem that is worth seeing if you are …

Hiking

Adventure 101: Climbing in the Colorado Rockies

<b>Rocky Mountain National Park</b> is an ideal alpine playground, complete with sheer rock walls, steep couloirs, and craggy peaks—everything a budding climber needs to cut his or her teeth.<p>Climbing is a surefire way to get intimate with the park. Searching for handholds on a granite slab, swinging an …

Climbing

The Top 10 Hotels for Wine Lovers

Many hotels serve a functional purpose: a convenient place to rest for the night. But what about hotels that are designed for more – hotels which …

Wine

Do you have a male or female brain? The simple test that investigates your 'gender personality'... and the answer will surprise you

• <b>A person's brain often reflects their gender. However their hands can also indicate if their brain is more female or male</b>• <b><br>Why are some skills or</b> …

49 Maps That Explain The USA For Dummies

The United States is mind-boggling. Right?!

This Adorable Portuguese Town Looks Straight Out Of The Flintstones

Living under a rock isn't necessarily a good thing, but living <i>within</i> a rock? That's totally normal, if you live in an ancient town in Portugal.<p>Welcome to Piodão, a tiny Portuguese town made almost entirely out of schist, a rock found in the region. Perched on the side of a lush mountain within the …

Top Ten Reasons to Take an American Queen Steamboat River Cruise

Did you know that you could cruise for nine days on the "Mighty Mississippi," and on a luxury paddlewheel steamboat?<p>In 2014, I saw an ad promoting a trip up and down the Mississippi River on The American Queen Steamboat, a recreated paddle wheeler that held about 400 people. The idea grabbed me …

7 Super Discreet Sex Toys You Can Hide in Plain Sight

We promise, it will be our little secret...

Your European Vacation Just Got Cheaper: 8 Ways to Explore a Now-Cheaper Europe

<i>Enjoy Europe for less now!</i><p>You know what's the best thing when you're a budget-conscious traveler? When something happens that makes your entire trip cheaper, without you having to change a single thing on your itinerary. That something, in this case, is a steep drop in the value of the euro, making …

Baked Alaska with Chocolate Cake and Chocolate Ice Cream

Ice cream in a 500-degree oven? As long as it's bundled up in a thick layer of meringue, the outside caramelizes, and the inside (chocolate cake with chocolate ice cream) remains brr-illiantly chilly.

Dessert

13 Reasons To Get To Nicaragua Before Everyone Discovers It

Ahh, Central America. While most travelers spend their time plotting escapes to Europe or Southeast Asia, this little nugget sits unassumingly right under their noses (literally -- it's pretty much directly south, and a shorter flight than you'd think).<p>And Nicaragua may just be the best nation in …

How Do You Know When Your Skin Care Is Safe? When It's Invented by a Cancer Survivor

Melanoma and thyroid cancer survivor Hillary Peterson founded True Nature Botanicals last summer when she couldn’t find beauty products that met her personal safety standards. And as the former CEO of Marie Veronique Organics, she had seen a lot of products and reviewed plethora of ingredients.<p>The …

Skin Care

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A Basic Guide To Cheap Outdoors Gear For Broke Adventurers

On a budget but still want to be comfortable and safe on your outdoors adventures? Here's a guide to what you need to spend money on, what you don't …