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How to Make No-Bake Fruit and Nut Bars at Home

<i>It's always more fun to DIY. Every week, we'll spare you a trip to the grocery store and show you how to make small batches of great foods at home.</i><p><i>Today: Jennifer Farley of Savory Simple makes a homemade version of store-bought fruit and nut bars that are filling, flavorful, and just as sweet as</i> …

Don't Panic! Here Are 5 Things You Can Do When It Rains On Your Vacation

Your moment is finally here. You've been saving money all year, carefully planned out your beach reads and swimsuit purchases, and you even packed three different pairs of flip flops, for variety's sake.<p>But when the plane lands ... it's raining. And the weather reports show no sign of a sunny day …

8 Decorating Ideas to Steal From Instagram

Interior designers, bloggers, and tastemakers have taken to the visual-heavy app to capture life's most captivating moments.<p>Interior designers, bloggers, and tastemakers have taken to the visual-heavy app to capture life's most captivating moments. Here, we compile some of the most inspiring …

Home Decorating

The Lazy Girl's Guide to Staying Svelte

For the lazy girl in all of us, here's a guide on how to stay slim.<p>Eating clean and consistent workouts are proven to boost metabolism, increase muscle (and therefore after burn) as well as blast fat. But if the Polar Vortex has you skipping both in the name of maintaining mental and stay warm …

Danica Patrick becomes first woman to lead lap at Daytona 500

Danica Patrick made more history at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday.<p>She became the first woman to lead a lap and was the highest female finisher in the famed Daytona 500. She led five laps and finished eighth. Janet Guthrie had the previous best finish for a woman in the Daytona 500 -- …

Beautiful Satellite Photographs of the Earth, Courtesy of the ESA

Well, thanks to the US Government shutdown, space photography lovers who frequented site’s like NASA’s <i>Astronomy Picture of the Day</i> are left looking …

The Ultimate Travel Destination

I’ve been transcribing two boxes of travel journals I keep stashed under my desk. I’m far from finished (deciphering bus-bounced scrawl on coffee-stained pages takes time), but a clear pattern has emerged. Wherever I was making my entry – geographically or mentally – one key part of the journey …

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Serial Trespasser Bradley Garrett Takes Insane Photos Of Off-Limits Places

Bradley Garrett calls himself a "place hacker." In this strange hobby, the Oxford University geographer wiggles under locked gates and scales barbed fences to sneak into some crazy off-limits spots, from forgotten subway stations to dilapidated theaters to coal mines shut down long ago.<p>Some of his …

10 Words to Cut From Your Writing

This story originally appeared on PR Daily<p>As Mark Twain famously wrote, "I didn't have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead." His point? Strong writing is lean writing.<p>When you want to make your writing more powerful, cut out words you don't need--such as the 10 included in …

Mark Twain

How to Develop and Share Photos with Lightroom

Photographers have long favored Photoshop for editing digital images. Because the software is so powerful, many artists don’t much consider other …

How Positive Thoughts Build Skills, Boost Health, and Improve Work

Positive thinking sounds useful on the surface. (Most of us would prefer to be positive rather than negative.) But “positive thinking” is also a soft …

Happiness

Sunshine & Happiness Study Links Time Outdoors To Improved Mood

Are sunny skies overhead the key to a sunny disposition? New research from the United Arab Emirates shows a strong link between positive moods and time spent outdoors in sunlight.<p>"This is just a pilot study and we need larger sample size but we found that behavioral change is associated with mood …

16 Motivational Life Lessons from Bruce Lee

Why Listen To Bruce Lee’s Life Lessons?<p>If you’re a martial artist, then it’s pretty obvious that Bruce Lee is <b>a person that is worth modeling</b>. The …

Top 25 Photographs from the Wilderness #16

We are rediscovering that only through sharing will we save this magnificent planet. Social media gives us the ability to share photographs, thoughts, ideas, and knowledge almost instantaneously with powerful effects. A great example of this is National Geographic’s “The Great Nature Project”. This …

How to Find Your Passion

Your passion is the reason you wake up in the morning, and just the thought of it can keep you up late with excitement. Passion can also be a quieter …

Coffee Grind Chart

How do I Grind My Coffee? What Equipment do I need? What Grind Level? Sounds like hell for the amateur, and heaven for the Coffee Nerd. Mainly …

Hitler’s Killer Women Revealed in New History

A new book pulls back the veil on the widespread involvement of women in the Third Reich’s most murderous and brutal activities. An exclusive excerpt …

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Loneliness

The World's Most Dramatic Coastlines

Summer has officially drawn to a close, and the sunny days of sprawling on the sand are numbered. For fans of the coast, though, the end of summer doesn't necessarily mean the end of beach trips. The world is still full of spectacular coastlines to explore, many of which are more famous for their …

Great places to stay on the world's loveliest islands

Don’t waste precious travel time dragging your flip-flopped feet to the beach. We’ve rounded up ten places to stay on some of the world’s most beautiful islands – and they’re all a stone’s throw from the beach. Best of all, you don’t need to sell your granny to enjoy an island getaway, we’ve picked …

Trails

Understanding Exposure Value in Photography

Before explaining <i>Exposure Value</i> (EV for short), it helps to know what <b>Light Value</b> (LV, for short) means. When you find something (whether it’s a …

Top 15 travel experiences in Sikkim, India

One of the Himalaya’s best-kept travel secrets, Sikkim is a welcome diversion from all conventional notions of an Indian holiday. Far from Rajasthan’s royal trail, Goa’s beaches and Kerala’s backwaters, this tiny Indian hill state prides itself on pristine alpine forests, lofty snow-capped …

Sikkim

Return to Knoydart

Thirteen years ago (this month), I traveled to Scotland for the first time.<p>I was a student and I was quite seriously broke—I remember well my empty refrigerator and the simple zeros in my bank balance until one fine September day when my housing deposit return showed up in the mail. I cashed the …

How Texting Turns Us Into Liars

Information systems professor Tom Mesnervy, who co-authored a new study on communicating, says it’s because “people can easily conceal their identity and their messages often appear credible.” That’s no lie.<p>We already know that people will lie to us–especially if they’re tired–but new research …

Psychology
Architecture

Manipulations of Space Create Mesmerizing Optical Illusions

These colorful optical illusions by photographer Georges Rousse are so mesmerizing! In his work, the Paris-based artist transforms deserted buildings into site-specific artwork. He arranges materials and paints that blend with the architecture, and then documents and presents the work through …

Digital Art