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The Children of Strangers

Sue and Hector Badeau adopted twenty children who needed a home—but there were always more.<p>When Sue Hoag was twelve, she read a book, “The Family Nobody Wanted,” about a couple in the nineteen-forties who adopted a multiracial posse of twelve children, despite having very little room or money. Sue …

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7 Make-It-Yourself Games To Beat The Winter Doldrums

Cold weather giving you cabin fever? Here are 7 easy, do-it-yourself ways to have fun indoors.<p><b>1. Mini Golf</b><p><i>Oh Happy Day</i><p>You can't hit the (mini) links when it's 20 degrees out and snowing, but there's no reason you can't practice your swing. This incredibly adorable DIY tabletop mini golf game from …

12 Unexpected Uses For Vodka

Forget about martinis and vodka sodas, these surprising uses for vodka are about to change how you look at liquor<p><i>Getty Images</i><p>It's time to rethink how you use vodka. Sure, the spirit is still perfectly capable of creating potent adult beverages, but these new uses for the liquor may leave you …

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If You're Looking for The Formula for Happiness, Read This.

How many times have you said to yourself that you’re going to do something but you end up not following through with it because you weren’t motivated …

9 Things You Should Know Before Booking Your Next Cruise

<i>kansasphoto / Flickr</i><p>With meals, entertainment and accommodations wrapped into one reasonable rate, cruising offers a convenient and affordable vacation option. Many cruises today offer stimulating onboard enrichment programs, unique culinary experiences and immersive shore excursions (think: …