Jessica Hartvigsen

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9 Apps to Try if You Want to Learn Something New Every Day

Sure, smartphones and smartphone apps can waste our time and bring out the worst in people, but they can most definitely also be a force for good: …


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11 spectacular waterfalls in the US you need to see in your lifetime

With all due respect to TLC, you should definitely, <i>definitely</i> go chasing waterfalls.<p>There's pretty much nothing more stunning than cascading water …

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26 Insanely Adventurous Home Design Ideas That Just Might Work

Go big or go (to a boring) home.


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Crispy Green Bean Fries

It's 3 p.m. You're well aware that you should be reaching for something virtuous to snack on. Luckily, we've figured out how to make vegetables more alluring when hunger strikes. These oven-baked green beans are the answer. They're easy, satisfying and not at all bad for you.<p>It's 3 p.m. You're well …


Road Trip: Great Smoky Mountains

Travel<p>From the May 2012 issue of National Geographic Traveler<p>In the early 1900s, outdoorsman Horace Kephart likened the Great Smoky Mountains to an “Eden still unpeopled and unspoiled.” A century later, the range the Cherokees once called the “land of the blue mist” stars as the showpiece of …

28 Colorful Kitchens That Will Inspire You

From classic pastels to offbeat colors.<p>Bored with your pure white kitchen? Try adding a dose of light — or bright — color to liven up your favorite room.

A Scratch-Off Globe to Track Your Travels

Enabled by lotto-ticket technology.<p>With passport stamps approaching extinction thanks to biometric chips, consider this decidedly low-tech way to log your journeys: a scratch-off globe from the folks at Animi Causa. Assemble the flat-packed pieces to make a 3-D world map that's covered in gold …

Laser-Cut Wooden Landscape Rings

Etsy user CliveRoddy creates imaginative sets of laser-cut rings made from birch that make a landscape when worn together.<p>[via Whimsebox]

Make a Rubber Band Gatling Gun

If you’ve ever been in a rubber band fight, time spent reloading can also be time that you’re getting hit with a spongy projectile. This rubber band Gatling gun should allow you to dominate the battlefield for quite some time before reloading.<p>Although it’s not an extremely simple project, one …

10 Easy Shrimp Recipes Everyone Will Love

These shrimp tacos are perfect for a casual and fun summer dinner party. You can prepare most of the recipe ahead of time, then just fire up the grill and lay out all of the components for everyone help themselves.<p><b>1. Ginger, Garlic & Chili Shrimp</b><p>In this quick and easy recipe -- adapted from The …


Nat Geo Staff Picks: America’s Best Beach Towns

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>Is there a magic formula for the perfect beach town? No, but America could offer up more than a few candidates if they were doling out the title.<p><b>Here are just a few of them, recommended by Nat Geo Travel staffers:</b><p><b>Cannon Beach, Oregon:</b> “At only an hour-and-a-half drive away, …

The 20 Best Airlines In The World

We found the world's best airlines for flying economy class, and, for the second year in a row, Singapore Airlines has taken the top spot on our list.<p>To create this annual list, we devised a ranking system based on the two most important factors for a pleasant trip: an enjoyable experience in the …

"Pick Your Own" Apple Orchards in North Carolina

For many people, fall means that it's apple picking season in North Carolina. Whether you're picking a batch of apple pies, making homemade …

30 Insanely Clever Gardening Tricks

No green thumb required.

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33+ kids activities for summer fun

While not strictly home and garden, if the kids are out of the way (and having fun) you can end up doing more in the home AND garden, right?<p>So here …

25 Uses For Lemon Peel - You Won't Believe All the Great Uses

Lemon juice has so many household uses, but don’t toss those peels after squeezing your lemons! Use the whole lemon – juice, pulp, rind, and all. …

23 Children's Books You Need To Read Again As An Adult

With help from The New York Public Library's Youth Materials Specialist, Betsy Bird, we put together a list of 23 books worth giving a second read.

7 Reasons to Work Out in the Morning

Because who wants to blow off an ugly sweater party just to go to the gym?


Scotland Really Is A Place To Love, Here Are Some Reasons Why

It's hard not to love Scotland, especially this week, when the country became the 17th in the world to legalize gay marriage.<p>Scotland is a small country packed with wonders, both natural and manmade, and a culture that's vibrant and welcoming. If you're not already smitten with Scotland, these 22 …

Best Places to Stay: Northern Lights

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>If you’ve never seen the northern lights, there’s still time to catch the spectacular display this year. The aurora borealis–named, aptly, after the Roman goddess of dawn and the Greek word for the north wind–can appear on a clear night from September through April, and is …

Northern Lights hotels: 19 amazing places to watch the aurora borealis

Northern Lights Resort & Spa, Canada<p>Sheldon Chalet, Alaska<p>Hotel Arctic, Greenland<p>Nellim Wilderness Hotel, Finnish Lapland<p>Levin Iglut, Finnish Lapland<p>Apukka Resort, Finnish Lapland

These 10 Hiking Trails Will Blow Your Mind

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Saint Nicholas to Santa: The Surprising Origins of Mr. Claus

Santa's evolution includes a round-the-world ride that rivals the one he does on Christmas Eve.<p>This story has been updated. It was originally published on December 20, 2013.<p>Any kid can tell you where Santa Claus is from—the North Pole. But his historical journey is even longer and more fantastic …

10 Holiday Traditions Around the World

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>Discover favorite winter activities from different travel experts.<p>For those of us blessed (or cursed) with incurable wanderlust, the allure of an unexplored city or destination is hard to resist. But, this time of year, what I crave is tradition and a deep-rooted sense of …