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How to Read People Like Sherlock Holmes: 5 Secrets Backed by Research

We’d all like to learn how to read people like Sherlock Holmes. And research shows understanding things like body language is even more powerful than …

No grades, no timetable: Berlin school turns teaching upside down

Pupils choose their own subjects and motivate themselves, an approach some say should be rolled out across Germany<p>Anton Oberländer is a persuasive speaker. Last year, when he and a group of friends were short of cash for a camping trip to Cornwall, he managed to talk Germany’s national rail …

A Toy Kit For Little Architects And Engineers

The Strawbees kit lets kids use low-tech, inexpensive modular parts to turn plastic straws and cardboard into forts and toy robots.<p>Strawbees, a simple building tool for kids, has been years in the making. It started when founder Erik Thorstensson was growing up in Sweden, and he realized how …

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Roundup: 10 Entertaining DIY Backyard Games

Believe it or not, summer is just around the corner... and with it comes backyard barbecues and lazy summer afternoons with nothing to do. Until now. …

10 of the best alternative city breaks in Europe

If you’re after a fresh spin on the city break look beyond the usual big names for more cool culture and great sights. Here’s our list for 2016<p>• <b>Alt. city breaks 2015</b><p><b>Why go?</b> The island of Malta itself is a sight to behold but within the walled city of its capital, Valletta, built by the Knights of …

5 Google Trip-Planning Tricks That Beat Any Travel Agent

Click, click, BOOM. 👍🏼<p>When planning a trip, your laptop screen usually looks like a tangled mess: Dozens of open tabs, hours upon hours of research and more flight-searching sites than you could ever keep track of.<p>But of course, Google is trying to change that. The tech giant launched a new …

The 10 most spectacular palaces in the world

You can't spend a night in these palaces, (though there are many others that have been converted to hotels), but you can visit them and soak in their architectural splendor and rich history.

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8 Common European Travel Scams—and How to Avoid Them

As a wide-eyed tourist in a strange land, you're vulnerable to all kinds of sneaky schemes designed to steal your valuables. Travel experts advise …

The Food Lab's Step-by-Step Guide to Smoking a Turkey

Everything you need to know to smoke the most perfect, juicy, and flavorful turkey at home, from buying, to brining, preparation, wood type, and a step-by-step process guide.<p>GalleryThe Food Lab's Step-by-Step Guide to Smoking a Turkey<p>Thanksgiving is far and away my favorite holiday, but this year …

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Europe's 10 best rural villas for 2016

For many, the definition of the ideal villa holiday is a rural retreat – a break from the rat race – and perhaps a place where you can turn off smartphones (the Wi-Fi’s slow, anyway). With only the sounds of birds, or the occasional splashing in the pool in the background, you can breathe the fresh …

50 Most Beautiful Cities in the World

We seek beauty in many forms: through art and architecture; from water views and mountain highs; in its people and its history. This list circles the globe, finding the most beautiful cities in the world from Italy to Iran. This gallery was originally published in 2016. It has been updated with new …

Can You Save Money Purchasing Airline Tickets in Foreign Currency?

<i>As TPG Contributor Mitch Berman explains, booking a ticket in a foreign currency can often save you real money if you find the right combination of</i> …

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How to Score a Hotel Upgrade

While surprise hotel upgrades have fallen into my lap time to time, they happen most when I’ve taken some sort of simple, strategic step. It hasn’t …

Parents: Here's how to stop the worst of social media

<b>(CNN) —</b> As the mom of two girls, ages 7 and 9, there are countless reasons why I'm freaking out about the teen years. But topping that list, at the moment, is the thought of parenting in the social media age.<p>My kids won't be allowed to have smartphones until middle school at the earliest, but once …

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A guide to the Oktoberfest tents

The festival, which locals call Wiesn, has 14 main tents, each able to fit between 5,000 and 11,000 people, and each rocking a wholly different vibe.<p>Some tents are more family oriented, others more focused on the food, others again known for their high concentration of tourists. Most serve tons of …

The 7 Room Layout Mistakes Almost Everyone Makes

You begin with an empty room, then you fill it with your belongings. Does the end result welcome and delight you, or does something seem not quite …

11 Quick Ways to Instantly Make Over Any Room

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The Ikea Dresser Hack You've Been Looking For

Custom furnishings are perfect (obviously) but pricey and unless you're a buzz saw pro, they don't exactly fit into the DIY category. Fortunately, Homepolish designers are clever, innovative and really good at using power tools.<p>Custom furnishings are perfect (obviously) but pricey and unless you're …

15 Elegant And Delicate DIY Project Ideas For Beginners

It is a difficult decision the one of choosing the first DIY project to start with. There are tons of ideas out there that seem appealing and easy …

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12 DIY Playhouses You Can Actually Make

Did anyone else get a little playhouse envy from Prince George’s magical treehouse? While we might think his hideaway is the most amazing thing ever, our kiddos actually couldn’t care less if their playhouses are made of blankets, cardboard or twigs. They just want a hideout to decorate, play in …

Living Rooms

12 DIY Art Ideas That Aren’t Another Gallery Wall

Gallery walls always require a bit of panache and a bit of style. There have been lots and lots of suggestions on how to pull the look off, places to get free art to lessen the price tag and pages of Pinterest suggestions for lining up those frames just right. The trend has been around for a WHILE. …

Home Decorating

Make your own bath paint

Today we made our own bath paint!<p>This is so easy to do! It is so much fun for the Kiddies, and best of all, you know what is in it!<p>First we painted …

An Easy DIY Hack For Your IKEA Furniture

Presenting a quick tutorial on how to turn the Ikea Nornᅢᄂs dresser into a perfectly lacquered and brass-hardware-embellished foyer console. See how it's done.<p>Browsing through Ikea hacks on Pinterest is admittedly one of your favorite pastimes. ("They made that from that?!")<p>Well, now it's your turn.<p>…

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Fabric Storage Box - DIY Tutorial | Craft Passion – Page 2 of 2

Ribbons Storage Organizer<p>Due to my recent shopping and frequent trips to craft stores, the box that I used to keep my lovely ribbons is exploded and …

10 tourist traps you should avoid in Italy — and where to go instead

But Italy is big, and it can be overwhelming for first timers, who inevitably, bowled over by choice, fall into overpriced tourist traps.<p>Here are the places you should avoid, and the often cheaper, always more authentic alternatives you should hit instead.<p>If we told you to go see a tilting old …