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Dream Job Alert: Live in a Haunted Ghost Town — for Free!

Talk about having interesting neighbors.<p>It may not be tops on your bucket list, but admit it: The idea of staying, even just for a night, in a ghost town sounds intriguing. Well, now you can — and all for free. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is looking for volunteers to help manage Garnet Ghost …

Articles about prefab home can be built day generates twice energy it uses on Dwell.com - Dwell

A Seattle engineer builds an energy-efficient house with an assist from a prototype smart-home system.<p>John and Paige Damiano are snow worshippers.<p>For this rural Ontario home, building sustainably was less about high-tech gizmos than learning to truly love the land.<p>Construction in a controlled …

Prefab Homes

Articles about smart tech makes modern home ultra energy efficient on Dwell.com - Dwell

Using a combination of passive design principles and active technologies, LGA Architectural Partners forges a smart,...<p>John and Paige Damiano are snow worshippers.<p>If you're looking to make your home work more efficiently and reduce energy costs, the smart home market has a lot to offer.<p>Japanese …

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7 Lost Household Arts You Should Revive

Rediscover the joys of what grandma used to do.<p>Rediscover the joys — and cheap-living benefits — of what grandma used to do.

44 Genius New Uses For Household Items

Hacks out of what's around your house.<p>Use these hacks to make the most out of what's around your house. This piece originally appeared on goodhousekeeping.com.

25 Shockingly Great-Looking Homes Made From Shipping Containers

See how these creatively recycled containers are turned into surprisingly attractive dwellings.<p>See how these creatively recycled containers are turned into surprisingly attractive dwellings.

6 Homemade Takeout Dishes Your Family Will Love

Why spend money on take-out when you can make the same dishes even better at home? These flavorful and family-friendly recipes will one-up your favorite restaurant meals.<p><b>1. Thai Shrimp Curry</b><p>Sweet, plump shrimp are simmered in a rich and fragrant coconut sauce infused with lemongrass, ginger, hot …

Eight Hostels for When You're Too Old to Stay at a Hostel

Sure, college students and party animals may seek out hostels as an ideal way to meet other young travelers and save money on the road, but there comes a point in every traveler's life when showering with flip-flops and playing drinking games with strangers becomes less appealing, and clean bedding …

The 50 Most Essential Kitchen Secrets

Helpful tips and tricks.<p>These helpful tips and tricks, adapted from Rebecca DiLiberto's Penny Saving Household Helper, will save you time and money. This article originally appeared on countryliving.com.

4 Ways To Get Around Hershey's Ban And Buy Cadbury Chocolate

<b>UPDATE Mar. 1:</b> It appears that the good people at the British Chocolate Club have shut down their operations after consulting lawyers. Instead, we recommend Jolly Goods as a satisfactory replacement to get your goodies delivered to you.<p><b>PREVIOUS:</b> Cadbury's chocolate candy is the best, but now that …

Texting this phone number will get you 'anything you want as long as it's not illegal'

What if you could text a number and get anything you want?<p>That's the ambitious goal of a new startup called Magic, a text-messaging-based concierge service that promises to pull strings, place orders, and schedule deliveries all so you don't have to.<p>Magic doesn't have a dedicated app. It instead …

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7 Vegetarian Dinners Even Carnivores Will Devour

Whether you are expecting a vegetarian guest or just want to mix up your family's dinner routine, you'll wow everyone with these meatless meals.<p><b>1. White Bean Ragout</b><p>A quick ragout of white beans, sweet cherry tomatoes and fresh herbs in a robustly flavored broth makes a satisfying vegetarian main …

6 Simple and Satisfying Puréed Soups

Get out your blender! Puréed soups are simple, silky and satisfying -- and a great way to enjoy your vegetables.<p><b>1. Easy Butternut Squash Soup</b><p>This has got to be the easiest butternut squash soup recipe ever. You start with pre-cut squash from the supermarket, then you basically throw everything in a …

15 Packing Tips That Will Forever Change Your Toiletry Bag

We're always in for a good packing hack, whether it's the lazy way to stockpile shampoo or the brilliant carry-on bag that feels like you're carrying nothing at all.<p>One of the biggest packing headaches we face is, well, the stuff for our face (and hair, and nails...). Toiletries and bathroom …

Walker Surging in Iowa Poll as Bush Struggles

To continue reading this article you must be a Bloomberg Professional Service Subscriber.<p>If you believe that you may have received this message in …

Government

Jeb Bush Smoked Marijuana And Was A Bully In High School, Say Former Classmates

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush smoked marijuana while in high school, a personal use of the drug that stands in contrast to his later political stance on the plant.<p>“I drank alcohol and I smoked marijuana when I was at Andover,” Bush, the current Republican frontrunner seeking his party's 2016 …

Flexible Ways To Decorate With Hanging Shelves

Whether they’re store-bought, custom-made or you craft them yourself, hanging shelves are really practical around the house. They’re very versatile, …

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Unplugged Tropical Retreats Where You Can REALLY Escape in 2015

When you've reached the point of needing a true escape, these nine unplugged tropical retreats are just the spots to escape to.<p><i>-- Alex Creange, Oyster.com</i><p><b>Strawberry Hill, Jamaica</b><p>Nestled among the steep, winding hills of Jamaica's Blue Mountain, this former coffee plantation might just be the …

10 Things You Didn't Know Your Microwave Could Do

It goes way beyond just heating up your food.<p><b>1. Give your plants a boost</b><p>Sterilize soil for growing seedlings by heating it up in the microwave first. Colorado State University horticulturist Laura Pottorff suggests filling plastic containers with a thin layer of soil and microwaving them for 90 …

How to Shop for Lingerie in Paris

<i>With its romantic architecture, lose-yourself-in-them cobblestone streets, and cozy boutiques, Paris is undoubtedly a woman’s town. And nobody knows</i> …

7 Ways To Make Your Home A Greener Place

Want to go green, but don't have the time or budget for a complete renovation? Easily make your home more eco-friendly with these seven simple DIY projects.<p>"Living a greener life" seems like a tall order, especially if you're renting or can't afford to renovate your home using eco-friendly …

The best way to invest for retirement income

<i>My wife and I have accumulated a good-size nest egg that we now need to draw on to pay retirement living expenses. Can you suggest a portfolio for generating current income?</i><p><i>—K.G., Dover, Delaware</i><p>When it comes to tapping savings in retirement, many retirees fall into what I call the <b>"</b>Income Investing …

11 Bathroom DIYs That Take One Hour or Less

Have a spare hour and a boring bathroom? These 11 quick DIYs will fill the time—and your space.<p>Want to spruce up your bathroom, but don't have the time for elaborate projects (or budget for the renovation you've always dreamed of?) Don't worry. Tackling a DIY project may seem like a huge endeavor, …

Paris By Neighborhood

Louvre museum (Photo Credit: Flickr/Problemkind)<p>If you want your kids to understand the layout of the French capital, try this visualisation exercise: Start at the center with the first district and imagine a snail as you go around -- it's not easy but it does make some sort of sense! Paris' …

Why monsters haunt Christmas in Europe but not America

The worst isn’t the screams or the snow or the mind-numbing blare of “Night on Bald Mountain” on repeat. It’s the cowbells: a rusty jangle that means the Christmas monsters are coming.<p>Until Jan. 6, demons, witches and monsters haunt Europe.<p>The season of terror actually begins on Dec. 5, the eve of …

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Eaters Seek the Unique in 2015 - Top Trends to Watch

<b>Do me a favor and flavor my salt</b><p>Infused with anything from pinot noir to fresh herbs, chile, citrus, Sriracha, Jack Daniels, dried mushrooms, coffee and much more. Garnish a piece of meat, add a surprising salt rim to your cocktail or make a few jars to give to mom for Christmas. Learn how</b> …

Why You Should Travel Solo At Least Once

<b>"Don't be scared to walk alone. Don't be scared to like it." John Mayer</b><p>Three years ago, you couldn't pay me to travel <i>anywhere</i> by myself, and getting on a plane to go abroad solo was definitely out of the question.<p>It's funny how time changes things and us, and the things you never saw yourself doing …

12 Problems That Can Be Solved With Baby Powder

This medicine cabinet staple is handier than you think. This article originally appeared on GoodHousekeeping.com.<p>If you believe baby powder is only for keeping skin smooth and fresh, you're really underestimating its power. Try sprinkling it some on these household woes to unleash its full …

Christmas Sangria: How to Make Sangria with Whatever You Have in Your House Right Now

Is Christmas sangria a thing? It should be. Here's how to make it without a recipe in four simple steps.<p>Is Christmas sangria a thing? It should be. …