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25 Packaged Foods That Are Healthy And Kid-Approved

Finding snacks for your kids that are healthy, quick, that they'll actually <i>want</i> to eat is nearly impossible.<p>To solve that dilemma, Parents magazine has compiled a list of the best packaged foods of the year. In addition to passing a taste test from 75 kids and parents, each item was evaluated for …

7 Incredible Grand Tours You Can Actually Afford

Sometimes a one-week vacation just isn't enough. From a safari journey around Africa to an extensive cross-country tour of the U.S., we've rounded up …

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Ten countries that deserve more tourists

The beaches may be beautiful and the coastline inviting, but you can understand why Tuvalu doesn’t get much through-traffic. It’s tiny for a start; one of the smallest nations in the world, and not much bigger than Vatican City. It’s also about as far from the beaten track as possible – right out …

8 Amazing All-Inclusive Caribbean Resorts

How does an all-inclusive resort for under $100 a night sound? Now, imagine eight of them along Mexico’s Riviera Maya, where infinity pools and …

10 Effective Ways To Choose The Right Floor Plan For Your Home

One of the most exciting times in your life can be choosing a home! From what city you will live in to what neighborhood you decide to raise your …

Dark Floors: A Dramatic And Elegant Detail That Can Be Adapted To A Multitude Of Decors

When decorating a space, whether it’s an apartment or something else, one of the first things you need to take care of is the flooring. Usually, wood …

Wooden Kitchen Accessories from a Dutch Design Duo

Dutch designer Daphna Isaacs Burggraaf and Laurence Manders are the designers behind Daphna Laurens, a multidisciplinary studio in Eindhoven. The two …

A Super Stylish Small Space Apartment

‘The Inhabited Fold” is what its makers would like to call it. We would call it a peek into a new way of life. Made to showcase a vision of what the …

Katikies Hotels in Oia

Katikies Hotels is a line of boutique hotels in Oia, Santorini, Greece.<p>Located in a veritable paradise, the hotel is stark white walls in striking …

Create Some Color: 30 DIY Projects for Labor Day Weekend

The three-day weekend is here! Although Labor Day usually heralds the start of fall, fight it off for a few more days with these fun and bright …

Labor Day

101 Decorating Secrets from Top Interior Designers

Experts share their best tips.<p>The experts — Christopher Peacock, Myra Hoefer, Carleton Varney, and 97 other inspiring designers — share words to live and design by. Plus, see 101 easy makeovers from interior designers.

Update your outdoor lighting with lanterns

Summer may be gone, but that doesn't mean we can't have a little fun outdoors. The fall season offers us the perfect opportunity to create a visual …

Landscaping

Masculine – Dark Apartment Interior Design

When it comes to interior design, bright and airy spaces are almost always more appealing than dark spaces. However, this doesn’t mean that dark …

Materials that aren't really "dry clean only"

Linen<p>Those linen pants hanging in your closet might get a lot more use if you didn't dread wearing them because you have to take them to the dry …

Washing Machines

100 Bedroom Designs That Will Inspire You

These cozy escapes will make you want to bliss out on all the bedding.<p>Bedrooms can often be the forgotten room in your home because no one else sees it — but it should be the exact opposite, because it's the one space where you get to <i>recharge</i>. With 100 different designer styles, there's an idea for …

The Biggest Kitchen Design Mistakes

Here's what not to do.<p>These kitchen designers have seen it all, from stainless-steel overload to poor-quality cabinetry. Here they share the dos and don'ts of kitchen design.

The Most Fashionable Rooms of the Week

Our roundup of the Web's most fashionable interiors. This week: Nicole Richie, Margherita Maccapani Missoni, and more<p>Our roundup of the Web's most fashionable interiors. This week: Nicole Richie, Margherita Maccapani Missoni, and more

Home Decorating

The 33 Most Beautiful Places In America

We asked—you answered. From the beaches of Hawaii to the plains of the Midwest, here are the 33 most beautiful places in America, according to you.

In 2002, Brazilian engineer Alfredo Moser invented a simple way to bring the sun’s light indoors: fill a clear plastic 2 liter bottle wit…

In 2002, Brazilian engineer Alfredo Moser invented a simple way to bring the sun’s light indoors: fill a clear plastic 2 liter bottle with water and two capfuls of bleach, then make a hole in the roof and secure it with a waterproof sealant.<p>The result: 40 to 60 watts of free, natural light.<p>How does it work? The bleach keeps the water from turning green, and the water refracts sunlight. To see this innovative but simple invention in action, watch the the ecoideasnet video above (with captions …

Simple Homemade Blackberry Sauce . Kitchen Explorers . PBS Parents | PBS

Picking wild blackberries along the side of the road is a rewarding summer pastime. One by one these plump, dark, juicy berries fill containers …

Curtis Stone's Blueberry Pancake Recipe

Sexy chef Curtis Stone shares his recipe for a brunch favorite: blueberry pancakes.<p>HOTCAKES WITH DELICIOUS BLUEBERRY COMPOTE<p><b>Serves 4</b><p><b>BLUEBERRY COMPOTE</b><p>18 ounces fresh blueberries1/4 cup sugarGrated zest and juice of 1 lemon1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh mint leaves (optional)<p><b>HOTCAKES</b><p>1 cup fresh …