Courtney Machen

22 Added | 5 Magazines | 51 Likes | 6 Following | 4 Followers | @caramelkissedcm | I am a fun-loving,down to earth, kind of gual, who enjoys the simplicity of life.I also enjoy a vast amount of topics that relate to the human spirit.

5 Spring Organizing Tips

Spring is just around the corner and as you know, it is the season of blooming and awakening! Spring is also the time for spring cleaning.<p>Here are 5 organizing tips you can do this spring to make your life better:<p>1) Spring can be a rainy season so don't forget to put an umbrella holder by the front …

Personal Organizing

Africa's Great Serengeti Wildebeest Migration

The Serengeti National Park, meaning “endless plains” in the Maasai language, is undoubtedly one of the world’s most celebrated wilderness areas and …

Wildlife

The Best U.S. Cities for a Romantic Weekend

The 4 Most Important Things to Say to the People You Love

Forgiveness is a fundamental concept in most religions, but it does not get much attention in modern discussions of manners, morals, ethics or parenting.<p>According to Christine Carter, Kids in the House Sociologist and Happiness Expert, forgiveness is one of the most important factors in long-term, …

Valentine Cupcakes: They're Full of Heart! Recipes

Valentine’s Day Recipe with a Surprise<p>I love this idea because I had all THREE ingredients on hand and it was SIMPLE! My kids helped make them and …

50 Hearty (And Easy) Chili Recipes

Cooking

Stray Kitten Befriends Famous Wildlife Photographer By Using Irresistible Cat Tricks

This adorable orange kitten tried to interrupt Japanese photographer and filmmaker Mitsuaki Iwago’s filming session. Iwago was shooting a special …

Wildlife

A Weekend Escape to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park

Green islands and white sailboats dot the water. Dogs frolic along the rocky beach. Children sit on benches with their feet dangling above the ground, licking ice cream cones as big as their heads. This is Bar Harbor, a quaint town on Mount Desert Island off the coast of eastern Maine, and a …

New England

In Idaho, a festival about all things Basque -- dancing, food and, of course, weight lifting

You don't need to speak Euskera to enjoy the unique Basque culture during an upcoming festival in Boise, Idaho.<p>That said, there will be plenty of people speaking the mother tongue at Jaialdi, a gathering that takes place every five years. It will be July 28 to Aug. 2 at venues throughout …

The Laid-Back Hotels of Mykonos, Greece's Party Island

The Greek island may have a bacchanalian reputation, but the latest openings are bringing the party vibe down a few decibels.<p>Maybe it's because …

Luxury Lifestyle

10 Picturesque National Parks Worth Hiking

Blaze some of the best trails in the country while taking in the breathtaking views at both legendary and lesser-known U.S. national parks<p>Need …

The surprising downsides of being clever

Can high intelligence be a burden rather than a boon? David Robson investigates.<p>If ignorance is bliss, does a high IQ equal misery? Popular opinion would have it so. We tend to think of geniuses as being plagued by existential angst, frustration, and loneliness. Think of Virginia Woolf, Alan …

Psychology

Let's be friends, London.

Ryan Deboodt here @rdeboodt. Unfortunately my weeklong takeover of @smithsonianmagazine has come to an end. I've thoroughly enjoyed being here and hope you enjoyed my photos. Big thanks to @jeffcampagna for asking me to do this. If you want to continue following my adventures both above and below ground give me a follow @rdeboodt! This photo is a brilliant sunbeam inside Hang En. It only occurs on the winter months, December through the beginning of February, in the early morning for about an hour. Thanks again for having me!

Have you ever seen anything like this? An immensity of dunes that are cut by green and blue lakes that give it the appearance of large sheets. This amazing place called Lençóis Maranhenses (sheets of Maranhão) has features dunes like this for 70 km along the Maranhão coast. It is located in northeastern Brazil. In 483 days the @rio2016 Olympic Summer Games will be held and the magic of the games will showcase Rio de Janeiro and shine a light on the country to the world. Get ready! ©Stock photos from Brazilian Tourism Ministry #olympics #rio2016 #lencoismaranhenses

Peak bloom for the #cherryblossoms on the #TidalBasin is pretty amazing! The cherry blossoms on National Mall in Washington, #DC, are expected to reach this stage over the weekend, making it a great time to visit. Photo by Joe Milmoe, @USFWS.

NY, Samantha, Fog and the Hudson River

A sea full of onions waiting to be packed at the Abu Dhabi sea port photo by Natalie Naccache @natnacphotos #abudhabi #onions #onionpacking

Spencer Finch's installation casting color on the floor at the Morgan Library in NYC. #NYC #morganlibrary #art #iphoneonly #manual #nofilter #WHPcolorplay

#sky#berlin

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