Valerie Klutkowski

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Tri NOLA: 175 Things We Love About New Orleans

175. Disembarking the Creole Queen to explore historic Chalmette Battlefield, where the Battle of New Orleans took place<p>174. Tipitina’s summer-long …

New Orleans

The Best Rain Boots

Wellies, billy boots, gumboots, or rain boots—whatever you call them, they’re made to get wet, muddy, and maybe covered in fish guts. We walked 14 …

Backpacking

7 Fitness Subscription Boxes That Are Better Than A Gym Membership

A new month is upon us, meaning you likely had to throw money at your gym membership and any other recurring subscriptions you have. You might be …

Fitness

Grandma's Baking Powder Biscuits Recipe

"This is my grandmother's biscuit recipe. It is my all-time favorite and has a really good flavor to it. Be sure not to roll out too thin, you want …

Dessert

NASA’s Maps of Global Soil Conditions Are the Future of Farming

Find water anywhere.<p>The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is now using data collected from the first NASA satellite mission dedicated to measuring …

Farming

The Travel Gurus You Should Use to Plan Your Next Trip

The hotels in our guide to the best new hotels in the world were nominated and vetted by this global roundtable of 34 global travel gurus—whose day …

11 No-Fuss Party Platters That Will Make Guests Think You Got It Catered

Who doesn’t love a good party? Party prep, on the other hand… can be less of a blast. From cooking countless dishes to mixing pitchers of cocktails …

Food

Romaine Riddle: Why the E. Coli Outbreak Eludes Food Investigators

Scientists searching for a toxic strain of E. coli that has raced across 25 states, sickening 121 people and killing one, have been able to identify the general source as the Yuma, Ariz., growing region. But as the outbreak enters its second month, they still cannot find the contamination itself — …

E.coli

A new Monsanto-backed company is on the verge of producing the first fruit made with a blockbuster gene-editing tool that could revolutionize agriculture

In a move aimed at securing a place in the rapidly evolving food technology scene, the agricultural giant Monsanto has invested $125 million in a gene-editing startup called Pairwise.<p>The alliance could tee up Monsanto, long known for its controversial dealings with farmers and its role in …

The 8 Best Camping Blankets of 2018

When it comes to camp bedding, the sleeping bag reigns king. It makes sense — a sleeping bag’s mummy-style construction makes it adept at providing …

Why the 5 Least-Visited National Parks Are Worthy of an Adventure

A century ago, America invented the idea of the National Parks System to preserve rad wilderness. The parks were places largely un-screwed-with by …

25 Vegan Recipes That Won't Mess With Your Weight-Loss Goals

If you're vegan, you know that if you don't meal plan ahead of time, it's very easy to fall into the pasta-and-tomato-sauce trap. Once that happens, any and all weight-loss goals go totally out the door. Healthy veganism is about focusing on whole foods with plenty of vegetables and plant-based …

Healthy Eating

How To Feed Yourself When You're Depressed

An extremely cool feature of depression is an overwhelming indifference to the concept of staying alive. Eating is a prerequisite for life, so it …

Mental Health

You have Netflix, Hulu, and the rest — you just need this $20 HDTV antenna to replace cable

These days, it seems like every card-carrying millennial has cut the cord and embraced the cable-free lifestyle. At first, it seems fun and exciting. …

Smart TV

Quitting sugar to improve your health not the answer

Not long ago, fat was the evil dietary villain. Before that it was salt. Now the sugar-free diet has exploded onto the health and wellness scene — …

Nutrition

5 tips on how to relax and reduce stress after a day at the office

Stress experts often talk about “setting boundaries” between work and home. But in this day and age of mobile phones and other devices that connect …

Mindfulness

The protein-packed brownie recipe you can totally eat for breakfast

There are some moments in life (weekend movie marathons, celebrating after you cleaned your entire apartment, waking up with a random chocolate …

21 Travel Quotes From Books To Inspire Your Next Adventure

With spring break just around the corner, it's about time to pack up your suitcase and head off on an adventure. If you're anything like me, half the …

Travel

10 Cool Trailers and Campervans You Can Rent For Your Next Adventure

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9 Great Margarita Recipes You Need to Make Now

The fact that it’s National Margarita Day is a good enough reason to make your own tequila cocktail. Hell, even if it’s not, there’s always a good …

Cocktails

You Need This: The Best Long Underwear to Buy for Winter

For as long as I can remember, I have practically repelled warmth.<p>It’s a perplexing reality: I was born and raised in Nebraska, where we have notoriously brutal winters. I’ve survived dozens of blizzards and severe weather advisories. I once walked two miles in the middle of a winter storm to open …

How to Satiate Your Senses in Sedona, Arizona

The unique beauty of Sedona, Arizona, confronts you unexpectedly. With a gentle bend of Highway 89A, the sere lowlands drop away and a craggy turret …

Mercedes-Benz

Costa Rica Active Adventure

Day 1San José<p>Arrive at any time.<p>There are no planned activities during the day, so check in to the hotel and explore the city. If you arrive early …

Central America

How to Blend Two Exposures in Photoshop

Landscape Photography: How To Blend Two Exposures in Photoshop<p>The video below is fairly self-explanatory. Here I demonstrate and narrate how to blend …

Landscape Photography

The scientifically proven best ways to spend time if you want to be happy

Whereas a loss of $100 today has the potential of being earned back tomorrow, a lost hour cannot be recuperated. Deciding how to spend time is a clearly consequential decision.<p>But what may not be so obvious is exactly how our decisions about how to spend time relate to our moment-to-moment and …

Acadia National Park: 15 Top Hikes & Sights, Camping, and Where to Stay Nearby

The first national park in the East, Acadia National Park in Maine began in the early 20th century, when wealthy property owners on Mount Desert …

National Parks

These 10 destinations are perfect for winter in the Pacific Northwest

In the wintertime, many Pacific Northwesterners live by the credo: "If it's raining here, it's snowing in the mountains." This perspective-flipping …

Hot Springs

The 6 Best Off-Road Trailers of 2018

<i>Last Updated January, 2018: This post has been updated with new picks for 2018.</i><p>There was once a time when exploring the great outdoors on wheels …

Winter Hiking in the High Peaks Wilderness, New York

98<p>SHARES<p>The wind whips up a flurry of snow from beyond the threshold of our three-walled shelter and deposits it onto my sleeping bag. I crack an …

Hiking

Couples Getaways That Actually Rock

Couples are thinking way beyond Champagne and chocolates these days. If you're ready to celebrate your relationship with something a little more …