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Los Angeles to Seattle by rail aboard the Coast Starlight

We were nearly 300 miles into our 1,400-mile trip on Amtrak’s Coast Starlight when it dawned on me to check on the kids. I veered down the aisles of two passenger cars to the observation car, where my 9- and 13-year-old sons had secured a table and layered it with books, tablets and enough snacks …

Los Angeles

Why your lawn looks awful, and what you can do about it

How to plant grass seed is a question that eventually crops up for homeowners whose lawns start looking a little thin. In fact, even if your lawn looks perfect, you should <i>still</i> be seeding regularly to keep it in top shape.<p>"Seeding your lawn can make it less susceptible to pests, disease, and …

Gardening

The 15 best movies of 2018 so far

How to watch them, and why you should.<p>2018 is half over. And while most of the films that are hoping to garner year-end awards and accolades won’t come out for a few more months, this year has already seen a number of terrific movies, including a couple of horror films, a biting political satire, a …

Black Panther

11 Brilliant Ways to Fix a Zipper

Before you throw out your tool bag or tent, try using these tried-and-true tips and tricks for fixing a busted zipper.<p>In terms of seeking how to fix …

Sewing

15 tech upgrades you can get for free

You’ve spent so much money already – on a laptop, tablet, computer, router, network extender, printer and smartphone. You’ve signed up for the internet, and you’re paying monthly fees. You’ll be relieved to know that a lot of tech is free.<p>Open-source software is like the generic brands you find in …

Software

51 Travel Essentials Travel Experts Never Go on Vacation Without

Whenever I pack, mistakes are made. Though I'm a meticulous list-maker, I always manage to forget something vital—pads and tampons, deodorant, you …

Skip your pre-sandals pedicure with this genius baking-soda hack

The sudden arrival of seasonal warm weather (and the welcome influx of vitamin D) can leave the best of us unprepared for sandal season. Haven’t had …

This Laundry Soap Has Saved Me Hundreds on Dry Cleaning Charges

In the words of the theme song to <i>Cheers</i>, “Making your way in the world today, takes everything you’ve got.” And, if you’re a woman with a …

Taking a Ferry From Florida to Cuba

The easing of travel restrictions for Americans heading to Cuba has not only opened up new air links between the U.S. and its near Caribbean neighbor …

10 Little-Known Uses for Vicks VapoRub

While many medical treatments from the early 1900s have been vehemently debunked, a handful have managed to stand the test of time. At the top of …

The World's 30 Most Impressive Hotels

Checking in, please.<p>The world's most impressive hotels are far more than a place to crash. Some are underwater. Some bathed in ice, perched atop mountains, or awash in pure opulence. If you've got the cash to book a room, these 30 lodgings will blow your mind.

Hot Springs

Honey-Lime Chicken Enchiladas Recipe

"This has become one of the most-requested dishes I make. When I bring it to a function, it's one of the first dishes to go, and everybody raves over …

The Most Popular Tourist Attraction in Every State, According to TripAdvisor

<i>This slideshow originally appeared on Money.com.</i><p>Whether you’ve planned a trip or you’re making a pit stop on a long drive, a new city has a lot to …

Travel

The Coolest Neighborhoods in European Cities Tourists Don't Know About

Don’t get us wrong, there’s no harm in ticking off postcard sights from your Europe trip bucket list. But in any city you visit, you’re going to have …

European Travel

How to set up a smart garden

We're building a smart garden at the CNET Smart Home.<p>To celebrate the arrival of spring, we're taking a closer look at all kinds of outdoor tech. We already dove into the state of the smart garden, and as the weather warms up, we'll be using smart garden tech to grow tomatoes, bell peppers, …

Not Signing Up For TSA Precheck Is a Big Mistake — Here's Why

Waiting to get through airport security brings out the absolute worst in me. There's something about having to take off my shoes and jacket and remove my laptop from its sleeve that turns me into the most unpleasant human being. And each time I fly, which is pretty often, I <i>always</i> regret not signing …

Flying

24 Grossly Satisfying Cleaning Products You Need In Your Arsenal ASAP

Products that'll help you work smarter instead of harder, like an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner, toilet-cleaning pumice, goo-annihilating solution, and ugly pet hair grabber, just to name a few.<p><i>We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales from the</i> …

10 incredibly useful online sites you didn't know about until now

If you had to guess, how many different websites do you think exist in the world today? From simple blogs to complex businesses, the Internet spans the gamut dispensing and gathering a myriad of information. Keep your answer in your head because, at the very end of this article, I’ll tell the …

Remember the girl who posted about her grandmother's acne busting recipe? She's back with a hair growth hack!

Not long ago we wrote a story about this grandmother's acne busting recipe that was taking over the internet with miraculous results. YouTuber …

hair loss

24 hidden settings that can maximize your Mac

We mean Mac-simize.<p>Apple prides itself on the polish and slickness of its software, and on the surface, macOS proves itself an intuitive and easy-to-navigate operating system. Dig deeper, however, and you'll find a heap of useful settings and options that let you customize your computing …

The 13 Best Spots to Buy Affordable Home Decor Online

When we’re shopping for furniture, we consult our 18 Favorite Spots to Buy Furniture Online, but when we’re looking for all of the decorative touches …

Outdoor Spaces

These Stuffed Pasta Shells Will Make You Forget All About Whole30

Move aside, lasagna—stuffed pasta shells are the ultimate comfort food. Before you roll your eyes (we're looking at you, pasta connoisseurs), we dare …

10 recipes using Oreos (because they are amazing)

<b>Oreos are amazing. The biscuit of dreams.</b><p>Not only do they have the perfect balance between rich dark chocolatey cookie and sweet creme filling, they …

Valerie's Chicken Enchiladas

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil.<p>Add the tomatoes, poblano, onions and garlic cloves to the prepared baking sheet. …

12 Knots Everyone Should Master

<i>Last Updated December, 2017: We’ve updated the formatting on this post for clarity. Links have also been updated.</i><p>Our Go-To: Water Knot<p><b>Climbing</b> …

Our Mega List of After-Christmas Sales to Shop Today

If there are a few things on your wishlist you didn't end up getting yesterday, you can still shop for the items today, and likely get a discount. …

Shopping

Best Apps For Travellers To Europe

Best Apps For Travellers To EuropeIn a world practically ruled by technology, it’s only right that we utilise it as much as possible. Gone are the …

Apps

11 iPhone email tips you'll wish you'd known all along

I can't quit the stock iOS Mail app. I've had brief dalliances with the Gmail app and a handful of other email apps that promise to improve my life, but I keep coming back to the Mail app. As a result, this long-time Mail app Gmailer has picked up a few tricks along the way.<p>1. Archive vs. …