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How to Be a Better Cruiser

<i>Photo by SIME / eStockPhoto</i><p>Whether you're embarking on your first cruise vacation or have been at sea before, there are steps you can take to be a better cruiser. We gleaned these tips from talking with hotel directors, crew members, and passengers.<p>1. <i>Really</i> read the daily newsletter.<p>Not reading …

10 Easter Brunch Recipes That Will Become Family Favorites

Whether you are looking for something sweet, savory, healthy or indulgent this Easter, I've got you covered. And the best part -- all of these Easter recipes are incredibly easy!<p><b>1. Spinach & Cheese Strata</b><p>This elegant brunch strata -- really a savory bread pudding with spinach, cheese and cubes of …

The Differences Between the Iconic Rides at Disneyland and Disney World

<i>Which rides or attractions that exist at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World are markedly better in one version or the other?: originally appeared on Quora: The best answer to any question. Ask a question, get a great answer. Learn from experts and access insider knowledge. You can follow Quora</i> …

How to Score the Best Travel Freebies Using Social Media

<i>By: Sophie-Claire Hoeller</i><p><i>Credit: Shutterstock.com</i><p>Forget credit card rewards and frequent flier miles: all you need these days to score travel freebies is a Twitter account. Hotels and airlines are trading discounts and perks -- like free stays, upgrades, and airport lounge passes -- for little more …

10 Easy DIYs That Prove You Should Gild Everything

Whether you need last-minute New Year's Eve decorations or just want more gold in your life, we've got you covered with these 10 easy projects.<p><b>1. Gilded Ombre Flutes</b><p><i>Francoise et Moi</i><p>This five-minute DIY will make your New Year's party — or any celebration, for that matter! — at least ten times …

What Are the Major Differences Between the Disneyland and Disney World Experience?

<i>How different is Walt Disney World from Disneyland?: originally appeared on Quora: The best answer to any question. Ask a question, get a great answer. Learn from experts and access insider knowledge. You can follow Quora on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.</i><p><i>Answer by Michael Lee, Bi-coastal Disney</i> …

These Scandinavian Design Trends Are About to Take Off

They go way beyond stark minimalism.<p>Scandinavian design—an aesthetic marked by minimalism and functionality—has been influential since its inception in the early 20th century, but design ideas are still coming out the Nordic region to this day. Here's what's trending in the world of Scandinavian …

Home Decorating

A Peek Inside Tiffani Thiessen's Stylish Bathroom

The actress's chic bathroom in Los Angeles.<p>In actress Tiffani Thiessen's Los Angeles bathroom, one movable mirror does the work of two without blocking the view. Find out how to get the look, and for more, check out the actress's organized, A-list closet here.

How to Make Baked Brie Without a Recipe

<i>Here at Food52, we love recipes -- but do we always use them? Of course not. Because once you realize you don't always need a recipe, you'll make your favorite dishes a lot more often.</i><p><i>Today:</i> <i>Skip the cheese plate and opt for a simple, oozy baked Brie that anyone can make -- and everyone will enjoy.</i><p>A …

11 Things You'd Never Guess About L.A.

<i>by Iva-Marie Palmer, Condé Nast Traveler</i><p>Los Angeles is the "City of Angels," but it may as well be called the "City of Secrets." And we're not just talking about deals brokered in secret in Hollywood boardrooms--L.A. also has plenty of history and things to do that goes beyond Tinseltown. Read on …

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How I Became a Sexpert in My 20s

"The ass and the G-spot are the two things people are most obsessed with wanting to know more about."<p><i>Kait Scalisi</i><i>, 26, is a sex educator, the Director of Education and Training at sex toy retailer</i> <i>My Secret Luxury,</i> <i>and the founder of Passion by Kait.</i><p>I first got involved in the sex-positive world in …

6 Korean Beauty Products That Will Change Your Beauty Routine Forever

Hint: There are blackhead strips that get rid of all of your blackheads in minutes.<p>Chances are you have your favorite staple beauty products that you buy stateside at your local drugstore and Sephora, but what you <i>really</i> need in your life are some Korean beauty products from abroad. "The Koreans are …

11 Sneaky Ways to Use Adhesive Hooks

They're great for so much more than hanging your keys by the door.<p>These organizing super stars are great for so much more than hanging your keys by the door. This piece originally appeared on GoodHousekeeping.com.

Cleaning

How to Make the Ultimate Mac & Cheese.... Because It's Important

Our digital food editor walks you through the steps to creating the perfect mac & cheese—a recipe everyone should know how to make.<p>There's not really a debate at this point—macaroni and cheese is pretty much universally accepted as the ultimate comfort food. But the dish comes in many forms, and …

17 Cheesy Relationship Things Every Twentysomething Secretly Wants

Relationship inspo ahead.<p><b>1. A fort to binge-watch Netflix in together.</b><p>IDGAF if you buy your own alcohol and get excited about 401(k)s. Snuggle caves are for all ages.<p><b>2. Heart-shaped pizza.</b><p>The only thing better than pizza is pizza with your main ❤️.<p><b>3. To visit every single state together and create</b> …

1 Block of Feta Cheese, 5 Ways to Use It

<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 -- or your seasonal produce -- every which way.</i><p><i>Today: Jess Schreibstein of Witchin' in the Kitchen shows us how to transform that</i> …

Our 86 Favorite Weeknight Dinner Ideas

Monday-Thursday you need dinner and you need it fast. We've got all the recipes you'll need.<p>These are our most popular, best-loved, and greatest weeknight dinner recipes of all time—and we're coming up with even more as we speak.

14 Things You Didn't Know About New Orleans

Mardi Gras season is well under way. This year, around one million tourists are expected to flock to New Orleans to partake in the festivities. If you’re one of the lucky million and it’s your first time in the Crescent City, make sure to prepare yourself for the unique wonderland you're about to …

11 Things You Never Knew About Disneyland's Main Street U.S.A.

<b>Main Street, U.S.A. is America at the turn of the [20th] century – the crossroads of an era, the gas lamps and the electric lamp – the horse-drawn car and the auto car. Main Street is everyone’s hometown . . . the heart line of America. - Walt Disney</b><p><i>Disney stands in front of a rendering of the Park</i> …

Top Southern Chef Shares Where to Eat Now in New Orleans

When I recently hit New Orleans for the first time, I had only 24 hours to consume what so many chefs tell me is one of America's best food cities. So I enlisted the aid of one of the South's most talented chefs, Derek Emerson of Jackson, Mississippi's highly acclaimed Walker's Drive-In, Local 463, …

How We Did the Maldives on the Cheap

Come on, dream with me for a moment. Imagine you're on a beach. You're lying in a hammock, body as loose and floppy as a rag doll. The soft strains of playful island music kisses your ears, its provenance indeterminable. Your skin is warm to the touch -- the sun gilds it with its penetrating golden …

The 20 Best Dessert Recipes EVER. Or Are They?

There are a lot of superlatives being thrown around the Internet these days. It's hard to believe that something is actually "the best" because just about <i>everything</i> is being called the best thing EVER. Either we live in a world where a lot of things are really, really good, or that title is …

Would Life Be Easier if You Wore the Same Outfit Every Day?

I tried it for a week to see what would happen.<p><i>Cosmopolitan.com asked writer Helin Jung to see how life would be different if you never had to worry about what you were going to wear. This is her story:</i><p>Somehow it didn't sound like an insane thing to do when my friend, Cosmopolitan.com's style …

5 Guacamole Commandments From Chef Aarón Sánchez

Chef Aarón Sánchez of Cooking Channel’s Taco Trip doesn’t play around when it comes to guacamole.<p>Chef Aarón Sánchez of Cooking Channel’s <i>Taco Trip</i> …

The Top 100 Restaurants In America, According To Yelp

To determine the best restaurants, Yelp combed through millions of US restaurant reviews over the past 10 years, weighing recent reviews more heavily.<p>From top rated BBQ to a cafe located in a laundromat, here are the best restaurants in America:

The Top 25 Hotels In The World, According To Travelers

The top 25 winning hotels offer exceptional service and amenities while also providing unforgettable experiences to travelers.<p>The hotel that TripAdvisor users picked as the 'best in the world' is a luxury bungalow retreat in the Maldives that implements a strict "no news, no shoes" policy to help …

Glass Houses: A Magical Belgian Bed and Breakfast, $170 a Night

Belgian architect Bruno Erpicum transformed a small stone outbuilding, creating a glass-walled, one-bedroom bed and breakfast in the Belgian …

Jake Gyllenhaal turns down superhero supergroup Suicide Squad

Jake Gyllenhaal has turned down the chance to replace Tom Hardy in star-studded supervillain movie Suicide Squad, Variety reports.<p>Gyllenhaal, currently hot property following a much-praised turn as a cutthroat videographer in Dan Gilroy thriller Nightcrawler, was approached by studio Warner Bros …