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Portugal’s top 10 hidden beaches

Beach map<p><b>NEAR PORTO</b><p>1. Praia Forte do Paço<b>,</b> Viana do Castelo<p>In Portugal’s north-western district of Viana do Castelo, an hour north of Porto, wooded hills give way to a coastline of coves, dunes and secret beaches, of which Praia Forte do Paço is the best. The 800-metre stretch of sand gets its name …

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Eggplant 101

Get to know the basics of cooking this dark, mysterious nightshade.<p>Different Varieties:<p>Like other veggies, eggplants come in many varieties, but the …

Time to teach your children that I’m not their friend. I’m a grown-up.

By Meredith Hale<p>It was unusually calm for a Saturday. My husband and I were enjoying a few quiet moments, silently eating breakfast before the chaos of soccer and sibling warfare invaded our weekend. In the family room, our 8-year-old daughter giggled with a friend who had come over for a play …

Recipe: Nopalito’s Paletas de Cafe con Leche

Makes 12 ice pops<p><b>Ingredients:</b><p>¾ cup coffee beans, coarsely ground<p>2 cups water<p>2 medium (8-ounce) cones piloncillo (unrefined cane sugar) or 1 cup brown …

Jalapeño Biscuit and Chorizo Queso Gravy Skillet

Go ahead and have all the fun you want on Saturday night. This spicy, cheesy, one-skillet version of everyone’s favorite biscuits and gravy will have …

Food

Tough week ahead? Try Hillary Clinton’s Benghazi hearing relaxation technique

If you’ve got a marathon week ahead, perhaps it’s time to take inspiration from Hillary Clinton.<p>The Democratic presidential nominee endured an 11-hour hearing last week that included questions about the Benghazi terrorist attacks and her emails, along with a heavy dose of partisan criticism and …

Research-backed secrets to a great relationship

I've posted a lot about the science around love, including how to tell if your spouse is cheating and why high heels are sexy.<p>But what about the stuff we <i>need</i> to know to be happy. Platitudes don't cut it and though the poets are often right they're frequently vague.<p>Is there an expert who can give us …

The Simple Way to Living A Mindful Life Today

Mindfulness is about simply being with what is. Whether that's a quiet mind or a busy mind. Whether that's deep compassion or shallow annoyance. Whether that's bliss or agony. Mindfulness is simply the practice of being with what is. Well, here's what I've learned about living mindfully:<p><b>For a long</b> …

Mindfulness

Michelle Obama tells teenage girls: 'Stop Instagramming pictures of food'

#62milliongirls: The First Lady has teamed up with Charlize Theron, Beyonce and Julia Gillard to campaign for girls' access to secondary education<p>The teacher looked out across a huddle of Harlem students. Bouncing with energy and enthusiasm, every one of the teenage girls sat before her was …

10 Yoga Poses That Help With Bloating, Back Pain and More

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How to Prioritize and Focus When You Have Many Interests

<b>“A man who limits his interests, limits his life.” ~Vincent Price</b><p>I can't stay still.<p>As a kid, I ran around, misbehaving, climbing everywhere—I was a …

12 remote hotels where you can unplug completely

Our fast-paced lives and increasingly hyper-connected world may be fun and exciting, but it can also be exhausting.<p>When we think of a real vacation, we picture escaping the bustling cities and swapping car alarms for crickets.<p>While backpacking up a mountain could do the trick, we're more inclined …

How to Be More Attentive in Life

A friend of mine has made the argument to me that you learn as much from fiction as you do from non-fiction.<p><i>The Art of Hearing Heartbeats</i> supports …

How the expansion of the universe is affecting galactic speeds

Warp speed galaxies come up when I talk about the expansion of the Universe.<p>Perhaps it's dark energy acceleration, or the earliest inflationary period of the Universe when EVERYTHING expanded faster than the speed of light.<p>Imagine our expanding Universe. It's not an explosion from a specific place, …

12 Commandments Of Happy, Long-Lasting Relationships

It's the little things that count most.<p><i>By Charles J. Orlando</i><p>When it comes to creating successful relationships, you need certain critical traits in place. Traits not just merely "present," but existing in a real and genuine way that emanates from each partner through their own want (not because …

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Dr. Randy Cale’s Terrific Parenting: Are you sick of the arguing and negotiating?

Dr. Randy Cale<p>Do you notice that kids argue and negotiate about almost everything these days? It’s not just in line for ordering a pizza, but …

The Science of Sounding Smart

When you’re trying to convey the quality of your mind to your boss, or to a company that’s considering you for a job, your best ally may be your own voice.<p>Although some people may assume that their ideas and intellect would come across much better in written form, it turns out that using your voice …

5 pieces of wearable tech for meditation & mindfulness

Calling itself the world’s most advanced breath and posture tracker, Prana is another yogi-inspired wearable intended to encourage better habits over time.<p>Featuring a waistband clip that lies flat when wearing, Prana’s unique angle is to turn the mundane task of improving posture and breathing into …

After 27 Years Teaching Yoga, I Got A Job At The Mall

I started practicing yoga in 1987, when yoga was an aardvark. I turned it into my full-time job in 1993 and much of my adult life has revolved around …

7 Horrible thoughts that hinder success

Getting control of your mind is one of the toughest challenges entrepreneurs face and something you will likely work on your whole life. It’s normal …

Behold the Mysterious Beauty of a Black Hole Collision

Toss a pebble in a pond and watch the tiny ripples radiate outwards. The waves you’ve created bear striking resemblance to another phenomenon, one …

Physics

8 Anti-Inflammatory Foods To Include In Your Diet

In our fast-paced society today, we seem to be in a constant struggle to keep up. While the advancement of technology has its benefits, we are now …

17 Of The Most Underrated National Parks In America

Move over, Yellowstone.

National Parks

Solar and Wind Just Passed Another Big Turning Point

Wind power is now the cheapest electricity to produce in both Germany and the U.K., even without government subsidies, according to a new analysis by …

The Problem With Atheism

I’ve been writing Daily Zen since I was 14. When I was in high school, I found myself intoxicated by various introductions to new ideas. I became …

Now it's OK to eat FAT: Normal milk and butter safe but low fat versions could KILL YOU

Their report, published today in the British Medical Journal, says by contrast that consumption of industrial trans fats was associated with a 34 per …

11 Pixar Short Films That Are Guaranteed To Brighten Up Your Day

All the emotion of Toy Story or Wall-E, but in just a few minutes.

Animation

17 Ways to Cook With Sumac, Your Next New Pantry Obsession

Sumac is the best seasoning you're not using. It's lemony, astringent, and tangy—and we love adding it to these 17 recipes.<p><b>Sumac isn't a pantry staple across America—yet</b>. But with its bright, astringent flavor and use-it-with-everything versatility, this deep red Middle Eastern spice is ready for …

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