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Look Inside Nancy Gonzalez’s Opulent Home in Colombia

With its sumptuous custom-made furnishings, glittering artworks, and exotic accents, the handbag designer’s home in South America is one-of-a-kind<p><i>This article originally appeared in the September 2013 issue of Architectural Digest.</i><p>Nancy Gonzalez’s capacious handbags and slender clutches—made of …

Interior Design

Trending on Gardenista: Japanese Gardens

This week on Remodelista we looked to Japan for inspiration both inside and outside the home, and on Gardenista we’ve rounded up a flowers, plants, …

This One Infographic Will Change Your Homegrown Herb Game

Homegrown basil in just 10 weeks? Yes, please!<p>If you've ever been a little unsure about which herbs you can grow yourself, or which herbs, when mixed together, make fantastic combinations, then look no further.<p>Greenhouse specialists The Greenhouse People have just released <i>The Garden Herb Guide</i> to …

Gardening

Alys Fowler: how to give your seedlings the best start in life

It’s the sign of a new season, the first glimpse of hope that the days are lengthening and it is all beginning again. Perhaps more importantly it is a sign of a happy gardener; I know of many who find a great sense of satisfaction from a windowsill full of seedlings. But what happens if you can’t …

Gardening

Expert Advice: 10 Tips to Get Your Garden Ready for Spring

Waiting for spring can make you as antsy as waiting for Christmas when you were a kid. Will it ever get here? And then it arrives suddenly…and …

Gardening

31 Ways to Improve Your Life in Just a Month

Imagine the possibilities of a life filled with these simple acts of joy that can be done in minutes. Here's a template to get started.<p>Before this 31-day plan became a lifestyle, I first had to remove the tumors of self-gratification and hubris (trust me, the attitude ruling my life in the old days …

America's Insensitive Children?

Perhaps unlike their U.S. peers, kids in Denmark—where happiness levels are the highest on Earth—are taught in school to care for one another from a young age.<p>Contrary to popular belief, most people do care about the welfare of others.<p>From an evolutionary standpoint, empathy is a valuable impulse …

Penguin Random House

'Everyone was madly attracted to my dad Roald Dahl - he had enormous sexual charisma'

At the London film premiere of The BFG in July, all eyes were on Lucy Dahl. It wasn’t just her elegant outfit that was attracting attention on the red carpet – it was her presence as the youngest daughter of Roald Dahl, the beloved children’s author who wrote the story that inspired Steven …

Books

I Visited The World’s Largest Buddhist Settlement To Bring Back These Photos

Marco Grassi is a self-taught landscape and travel photographer. After returning from a one-year trip around New Zealand’s breathtaking scenery, he …

If You Have Only 15 Minutes a Day for Self-Improvement, Here's How You Should Spend It | Inc.com

From diet dos to relationship don'ts, you're likely bombarded with the latest self-improvement tips every day. Magazine articles, news stories, and websites provide endless suggestions for improving your mental, spiritual and physical health.<p>Quite often, the latest self-improvement tips are …

Happiness

5 Life Lessons Most Parents Don't Teach Their Kids

Parents of young children are busy teaching their kids to share and be kind. Ideal behavior is all well and good but parents should also be teaching their kids to expect some less-than-ideal behavior so that when they encounter it on the playground or at school, they will have the resources and …

A minimalist shares his best productivity method

The truth is, productivity is fairly simple, in theory. Even if you have an overwhelming amount to do, the steps aren't hard to figure out:<p>And of course, take breaks. Walk around. Do some yoga. Meditate. Eat something healthy. Socialize. But when you're going to work, focus on something important, …

How to Make Soft Cheese: Three Great Recipes - Real Food

<i>Ricki Carroll’s</i> Home Cheese Making <i>(Storey Publishing, 2002) has become a classic reference for thousands of people who make their own artisanal-style</i> …

10 books that will change the way you live your life

Whether the focus is getting out of bed as soon as the alarm goes off, getting a creative project off the ground, kicking procrastination forever, or figuring out — hallelujah! — what to do for a career, we're all works in progress.<p>But finding the path that'll get us there is a torturous, tender, …

9 Surprising Things You Can Freeze in Ice Cube Trays

<i>This piece originally appeared on PureWow.</i><p>"Grab and go" is kind of our M.O. That’s why we’re stocking up on ice cube trays, because there’s <i>so</i> much …

The 50 Most Delicious Spring Soups

Cooking

If You've Never Made Hummingbird Cake, You're Missing Out

This Southern classic is just what your Easter feast needs.<p>A Southern dessert staple, Hummingbird Cake takes its name from the fact that it tastes so good, you'll hum when you eat it. How can you resist that? Hummingbird Cake is a dense cinnamon-spiced dessert made with ripe bananas and crushed …

Dessert

The Simple Daily Habit That Can Catapult Your Success

It takes less than five minutes, but it has huge potential to affect what you achieve.<p>Get to know any wildly accomplished individual and chances are you're going to discover this person does things differently from your average Joe. It's true--I've repeatedly featured the daily habits of highly …

Zen and the art of getting things done

<b>(CNN) —</b> The new hot trend in Silicon Valley office culture is a Buddh-ish encouragement of workplace mindfulness. Guided meditation is the new free cafeteria meals.<p>But David Allen, the author of the international bestselling productivity bible, Getting Things Done, has been teaching people how to …

How Mindful Meditation Can Actually Change Your Brain

You may have heard Emma Watson, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Katy Perry talk about "mindfulness meditation," but new research has found it's not just a celebrity buzzword.<p>A new study published in the journal <i>Biological Psychiatry</i> discovered that mindfulness meditation, which focuses on breathing and …

Five Mistakes Women Make That Keep Them Single Longer

<b>Accordin</b>g to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 50% of Americans are single, even though there is internet dating, speed dating, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, meet-up groups, games nights, sports bars, running groups, workout groups, chat groups. There are wine tastings, travel clubs, networking …

15 books successful people read to their kids

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, reading aloud to your children and talking about pictures and words in age-appropriate books can strengthen language skills, literacy development, and parent-child relationships.<p>What's more, a study conducted this year by a number of pediatricians …

Books

Can I increase my brain power?

What happens when you attach several electrodes to your forehead, connect them via wires to a nine-volt battery and resistor, ramp up the current and send an electrical charge directly into your brain? Most people would be content just to guess, but last summer a 33-year-old from Alabama named …

Monkeys Raised On Omega-3-Rich Diet Have Well-Structured Brains

Eat right and you too can have a healthy monkey brain<p>You may have heard that omega-3 fatty acids are good for you. They are a prime component of the nervous system, and cannot be made by the body--they must be consumed. But just how important are dietary omega-3 fatty acids for brain development …

The Truth About Jet Lag and How to Overcome it

<i>This article originally appeared on the Crew blog.</i><p>In a couple of weeks I’m flying to Europe, so I’ve been thinking about jet lag recently and how to overcome it.<p>“75% of European digital ecosystem is present at #TNW2018”Are you doing business in Amsterdam in May?Join us<p>I’ve been overseas a few times …

Scientists Reconstruct Brains' Visions Into Digital Video In Historic Experiment

UC Berkeley scientists have developed a system to capture visual activity in human brains and reconstruct it as digital video clips. Eventually, this …

The Brain