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What We Could All Learn From Sweden's Coffee-Break Ritual

Coffee culture is a beautiful thing the world over. In Italy, cappuccinos are only meant for the morning and in Vietnam, coffee comes with a thick layer of sweetened condensed milk. In many parts of Europe coffee is quickly consumed while standing at a cafe, and in the United States, we often take …


20 Things You Should Deep Clean This Spring

There are a few places you won't need to tackle again until next year.<p>When the weather starts to warm up, it's a sign to bust open your windows — and your cleaning supplies cabinet. Yes, it's already that time of year again. Don't know where to start? Use this list, which includes all the spots …

9 Things to Check For in a New House

These quick fixes will save you loads of future headaches. This article originally appeared on<p>A new house can be so exciting: The decorating possibilities! The organizational ideas! But before you start moving in your stuff and arranging your furniture, check off these must-do …

Oatmeal Breakfast Bars Packed With Protein

Oatmeal breakfast bars packed with protein, peanut butter and chocolate. What more could you want in breakfast, really?<p>Soft-baked oatmeal breakfast bar with none of those weird ingredients that you need to Google to figure out what they are.<p>And then feel all the guilty ickies when you find out what …


20 Indoor Plants for the Small-Space Gardener

All of these beauties are easy to keep alive.<p>If your home wasn't blessed with tons of square footage, that doesn't mean you can't flex your green thumb. All of these plants take up minimal space, require little sun (a <i>must</i> when you only have a few windows to work with), and are basically made for …

22 Easy Decorating Ideas to Make Over a Room in a Day

It's as easy as changing up your coffee table decor.<p>A little wallpaper, paint, or a few colorful accents can make such a big difference in your home. You can tackle each of these ideas in one day, even though the results will look like it took so much longer to pull off.

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The Best Movies & TV to Watch on Netflix in March

It's a new month, and that means a new batch of movies just hit our favorite streaming site. Peruse the best below.<p><b>1)</b> <i>Teen Witch</i> <b>(1989)</b>In this cult classic, a teenager discovers she's the reincarnation of a powerful witch.<p><b>2)</b> <i>Finding Neverland</i> <b>(2004)</b>Johnny Depp plays <i>Peter Pan</i> author J. M. Barrie as he …

What the Color of Your Living Room Says About You

A color expert weighs in.<p>You painted a room a certain hue because you were drawn to it, but do you know why? Color expert Kate Smith reveals the meanings behind your color choices.

Interior Design

Fontus Self-Filling Water Bottle Transforms Air Into Water

<b>Fontus</b> is an innovative water bottle that transforms air into water, it’s a nice self-filling bottle for your bike. Basically, this concept harvests …

4 Fantastic Moments of Animals Acting in Unexpected Ways

Animals can really surprise us sometimes! Whether it's acting like humans, showing compassion, or fantastically dodging fake gunfire, these creatures are doing the unexpected. It's endearing, hilarious, and even educational. And, luckily for us, these moments were caught on video so we can enjoy …

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The High Heel Survival Guide

Party season means countless occasions on which to wear all those sparkly, impractical, towering heels. Here, expert tips and products for getting through the night without winding up as the barefoot girl on the dance floor.<p>Party season means countless occasions on which to wear all those sparkly, …

Best Cookbook Gifts for the Cooks and Food Lovers on Your List

"Central heating, French rubber goods and cookbooks are three amazing proofs of man's ingenuity in transforming necessity into art, and, of these, cookbooks are perhaps most lastingly delightful."<p>- M.F.K. Fisher, <i>Serve It Forth</i>, 1937<p>The holidays are a time for coming together with friends and …


9,000 Human Sand Silhouettes Serve as a Reminder of D-Day

Just a few days ago, British artists Andy Moss and Jamie Wardley, of <i>Sand In Your Eye</i>, produced this incredibly powerful visual display at the D-Day landing beach of Arromanche in France. The two developed this concept, entitled <i>The Fallen</i>, in honor of International Peace Day (September 21) and as a …

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6 Spectacular Make-Ahead Dinner Party Dishes

Six make-ahead dnner party mains, from lamb to seafood soup to eggplant parmesan.<p>As impressive as they look, the best thing about these entrées is that they're prepared in advance, which means you'll spend more time with your guests and less time in the kitchen on party night.