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Vacation like the locals do in Japan

You’ve cruised the neon streets of Tokyo, snapped photos of the cherry blossoms in Kyoto and snarfed down a whole lot of sushi. Great. But have you …


Healthy snack

Make super easy open sandwiches on wholemeal bread thins to pack in three of your 5-a-day. A great way to enjoy cheese in a low-calorie lunch<p>Top our …


A Stanford dean on adult skills every 18-year-old should have

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora: What are the skills every 18 year old needs?</i> <i>Answer by Julie Lythcott-Haims, Author of NYT bestseller How to Raise an Adult; former Stanford dean; podcast host.</i><p>1. An 18-year-old must be able to talk to strangers<p>Faculty, deans, advisers, landlords, store …


Travel by design

A trio of design insiders – Arren Williams in Portugal, John Baker in Japan and Hedvig Alexander in Uzbekistan – share how an adventure abroad can open your eyes to a new style of living<p>Hotel Casa Modesta.<p><b>OLHAO, PORTUGAL</b><p>"Why Olhao?" It's a question we often get asked about where we're currently …

My accordion sketchbook from Christmas and New Year's in Japan

5 0 Edit this post<p><b>[By Peggy Wong in Japan]</b> My husband and I spent Christmas and New Year’s Day in Tokyo, Kyoto and Nagoya, Japan. The trip had plenty …


19 Books To Read Before The Movie Comes Out In 2016

2016 is going to be an exciting year for books and movies! In order of movie release date.


10 destinations that are more popular with holiday travelers than ever, according to Airbnb

Airbnb set out to answer this question by analyzing the growth in reservations for destinations with at least 100 bookings for New Year's Eve.<p>They then ranked the destinations according to their increase in popularity over the last year.<p>From white-sand beaches in Europe to bustling cities in Asia, …

São Paulo

5 creepy new British books guaranteed to scare you this Halloween

LONDON — Perhaps unsurprisingly for such a spooky and haunted isle, Britain never ceases to inspire ghoulish tales.<p>This autumn, a slew of ghost …

43 Books You Won't Be Able To Stop Talking About

OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG<p><i>Note: Some entries have been edited for clarity and/or length.</i>

All About Workout Tips and How to Lose Weight

We’re about to enter the season of eating and indulgence, so get ahead of that defeated feeling and start shoring up your discipline and resolve. By this point, the benefits of exercise are well known, but that doesn’t stop readers’ voracious appetites for all manner of workout tips, shortcuts and …

Banana, walnut & chocolate chip loaf

Paul Hollywood shares his banana bread recipe - this delicious bake is dotted with chocolate and nuts<p>Ingredients<p>4 ripe bananas, peeled<br>• 250g caster …


The 51 Best Fantasy Series Ever Written

Whether you're a Swords and Sorcery type of fantasy reader, a fan of battles and betrayal, or you just want a few more goddamn elves in your life, there's something for you here. These are the truly great fantasy series written in the last 50 years.


9 Simple Habits to Start Now for a More Energetic Day Tomorrow

Let’s just accept the fact that most of us don’t cook healthy meals every night, hit the gym every morning or have the best sleep habits. However, there are some simple ways to start working on healthy habits that don’t require you to have the discipline of a drill sergeant. Pick and choose which …

Mayo Clinic

How to Set an Elegant Table—No Matter What Kind of Day You've Had

<i>Today:</i> <i>Planning a "tablescape" sounds more like a geography test than an art project. But with versatile pieces</i> <i>(inspired by our new, exclusive ceramics from Moonstar Pottery!)</i><i>, it can be as inventive or easy as your day allows.</i><p>Some days, decorating for a dinner party is the kind of thing that's …

The Toughest Short Workouts

<b>Row the Distance</b><br>Time: 20 minutes<p>Do it: Row or run for 20 minutes straight. Your goal: Go the greatest distance possible.<p>Try to increase your distance every time you do this workout. Eventually you’ll reach your mental and physical limit—and that’s where true fitness breakthroughs happen.<p><b>Bodyweight</b> …

24 photos that will make you want to visit Japan

From its tranquil and picturesque Mount Fuji to cutting-edge robot restaurants in Tokyo, here are some of the country's most magnificent sites.


12 Healthy Snacks for Guilt-Free Grazing

Please put down the Cheetos. Try one of these tasty and healthy alternatives.<p><b>Cheesy Oven Baked Green Bean Fries</b><p><b>Cocoa Dusted Almonds</b><p><b>Roasted Edamame</b><p><b>Buffalo Chicken Meatballs</b><p><b>Spicy Roasted Chickpeas</b><p><b>Summer Rolls</b><p><b>Roasted Herbed Veggie Chips</b><p><b>Fancy Deviled Eggs</b><p><b>Energy Bites</b><p><b>Crispy Mushrooms</b><p><b>Falafel Patties</b><p><b>Dried</b> …

Healthy Eating

15 Satisfying Low-Carb Breakfasts That Go Beyond Eggs

Eggs are great and all, but when it comes to low-carb breakfast choices a little variety is goes a long way. These 15 satisfying selections go beyond the usual scramble to infuse mornings with a little more excitement. You can enjoy knowing that these muffins, pancakes, breads and more won’t spike …


The 2-Minute Workout That Works Your Abs From Every Angle

How strong is your core? Find out with this ultimate ab challenge<p>Ripped abs are reason enough to add some core moves to your routine. But a strong torso can also give you the foundation you need to lift more weight with less risk of injury. "Crunches alone won't get the job done, though," says Todd …