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Top 5 Blog Posts of the Week:Marbled Pattern Trend, Natural Cleaning Products, and More

From the marbled pattern trend to natural cleaning products that work, here's our weekly roundup of the shelter blogosphere.<p><b>This week's favorite links:</b><p>On Trend: Marbled Patterns. Centsational Girl<p>Natural Cleaning Products That Actually Work. Little Green Notebook<p>Turning an Armoire into a Home Bar. …

Easy, Kid-Friendly Springtime Home DIYs

We’re in the thick of it now. It’s springtime. Flowers are blooming, allergies are booming and we can finally wear a sundress without having …

24 free things to do in San Francisco

Contrary to what you might expect from such a well known, tourist-heavy city, San Francisco quietly delivers a lot for the money. Many of its hotels offer comfort and location for a third of the cost of a comparable New York or London hotel; public transit is part of the fun (cheaper Market Street …

San Francisco

DIY Projects With Cinder Blocks Ideas, Inspirations

I love writing about DIY projects. It seems that almost every time I do, I come across a new project involving the use of <b>cinder blocks</b>. These …

15 Ways to Use IKEA's Fintorp System All Over The House

(Image credit: Things Bright & Beautiful)<p>Not long ago I explored ways people have used the super affordable Bekvam spice racks all around the house …

Laundry Rooms

Ramp and Mushroom Tart

Heat 3 tbsp. oil in a 12" skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms, shallot, and salt and pepper; stir to coat in oil, and cover skillet. Cook …

Mushrooms

Baked Cod with Miso

<i>Jenny is in perpetual search for easy, weeknight recipes to attempt to feed her family. When they balk, she just eats more.</i><p><i>Today: A revelatory recipe that asks nothing of you.</i><p>Every once in a while I come across a recipe that is so revelatory in its effort to deliciousness ratio that I become a …

A Fridge Stocked with Ground Pork, 5 Dinners

<i>Put time into dinner now, and you can make it last forever -- or at least the whole week. Welcome to Halfway to Dinner, where we show you how to stretch your staples every which way.</i><p><i>Today: Mandy from Lady and Pups shows us why it's wise to always have ground pork on hand.</i><p>In my opinion, if there's …

Farm to Table: Brenda Brock, Founder of Farmaesthetics

Brenda Brock knows a lot about natural ingredients. Her beauty line Farmaesthethetics boasts complete natural ingredients and sustainable cultivation practices. The formulae for her products are kitchen-based as opposed to those concocted in a lab. Her ability to work with natural ingredients does …

Dessert

Tips for Road Tripping With Fido

Steinbeck had Charley. Dorothy had Toto. Heck, even Waldo had Woof for company as he ventured into the Land of Waldos. Real and fictional, canine traveling companions have a long and celebrated history.<p>In the past year, I have driven more than 20,000 miles through 36 states with my two dogs, …

Florida Tries to Blend Its Two Largest Industries, Tourism and Farming

The formula appears simple enough: Take Florida’s No. 1 economic sector, tourism; mix with the state’s second-biggest sector, agriculture. Voila! — …

National Geographic Travel

23 free things to do in Washington, DC

Accommodation aside, Washington, DC, is one of the most, er, capital-friendly cities in the world. From performances in the Kennedy Center to tours of the White House, and the Smithsonian's free museums and galleries (and zoo!), you can spend weeks having fun without spending a dime.<p>Tick off our 23 …

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dolphin Watching in the Gulf of Mexico

I recently had the pleasure of accompanying my husband on a business trip to Tampa, Florida. Even had I done absolutely nothing but lay by the pool for three days, this would have been a delight after enduing one of the coldest, snowiest winters in recent memory. However, I knew I couldn't be that …

Tampa Bay

Utopia by the Sea

Seaside, Florida. Cookie-cutter and picket fence are only two clichés to describe this small town on the Florida Panhandle coast. The perfect architecture and wedding cake style seem in total harmony with the baby blue skies and adorable beach dunes of white sand. The community was designed and …

Coastlines

14 Things You Need To Know Before Driving California's Big Sur

The rugged stretch of California coastline between San Simeon and Carmel has always done its best to ward off interlopers. Even the otherwise-ambitious Spaniards gave it a miss at first. Centuries later, there was still no road through the land that explorers referred to as "<i>el país grande del …

Viva the Family Road Trip

A driving partner, a couple of kids, the family car, and an endless stream of road ahead of you: It’s either Dante’s <i>Inferno</i> or the best thing ever.<p>Me? I love a road trip. Where we are going never matters; and the longer it takes to get there the better. As a kid my brothers and I (and sometimes a …

5 Days, 15 Ways to Feed Your Face in Tampa Bay

The Tampa Bay area is a hotbed of great food experiences, from casual food trucks to elegant fine dining. So many choices, so little time - which is why we've gathered 15 can't-miss dining experiences - breakfast, lunch and dinner - designed to fit the itinerary for any five-day visit.<p><b>BREAKFAST</b><p><b>1.</b></b> …

Tampa Bay

Your East Coast Summer Sorted

As East Coast city dwellers prepare for their seasonal exodus to the beaches of Maine, Massachusetts and more, Jetsetter.com shares the lowdown on five quintessential summer escapes.<p><b>NANTUCKET, MA</b><p><b>WHAT:</b> Just 30 miles south of Cape Cod, the one-time whaling community attracts a steady swath of …

New England

Don Draper's Guide to America

As <i>Mad Men</i> kicks off its seventh and final season on Sunday, we take a look back at some of Don Draper's favorite -- and most famous -- haunts.<p>By Jennifer M. Wood, <i>CNTraveler.com</i><p>PHOTO GALLERY<p>Mad Men<p><i>More from Condé Nast Traveler:</i><p>Weird Natural Wonders You Won't Believe Are Real<p>Stop Visiting These …

Mad Men

12 Top Picks in Princeton, NJ

There's so much more to Princeton, NJ and its environs than just the university. Come for a few days, and though your IQ might not rise to the level of former resident Albert Einstein's, you're sure to have great meals and great fun in this Ivy League town. Here are 12 top picks from attractions to …