Melanie Mackinaw-Figueiredo

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North Carolina Shark Attacks: Witness Says It Was Like a Scene From 'Jaws'

A witness told NBC News on Monday that it was "like a scene out of 'Jaws'" when a shark attacked a girl swimming in waist-deep water off the North Carolina coast — one of two attacks in quick succession that cost children their arms.<p>Steve Bouser was on the beach at Oak Island when a shark attacked …

What’s the Actual Chance of You Getting Attacked by a Shark?

Experts weigh in after two young people were mauled less than two hours apart in North Carolina.<p>If you go to the beach, it’s probably crossed your mind at least once: Shark attacks can happen.<p>It’s hard <i>not</i> to think about it since they’re in the news every summer. The latest terrifying story is of …

Five Great Local Summer Adventures!

The wide wide world is just waiting to be explored, and it starts right at your doorstep. That's why I asked local moms to share their favorite spots in their own towns. Last week we brought you City Gems from five cities around the U.S. Here are five more! No need to pack a bag to start exploring, …

Magic mushrooms should be used to treat mental health problems, psychiatrist says

Leading psychiatrist calls for lifting of bars on LSD and magic mushrooms so they can be used in clinical trials to treat common mental health problems<p>Magic mushrooms and LSD should be legally reclassified so they can be used to treat common mental health problems, a leading psychiatrist has …

4 Rituals to Keep You Happy All the Time

Tim Kreider got stabbed in the throat.<p>The knife went in two millimeters from his carotid artery. He describes those two millimeters as the difference …

Happiness

The Science of Happiness

What makes you happy?<p>This question is not as easy as it might seem.<p>According to Shawn Achor in the Happiness Advantage, most Americans find free time harder to enjoy than work. Yes, you read that right. <b>It's easier for most of us to be successful than to be happy.</b><p>Why do we have a hard time enjoying …

Why You Should Love Yourself Enough to Walk Away Instead of Settling

<i>Originally published on Unwritten</i><p>I was 18, fresh out of high school and about to embark on the thrilling journey known as college when I met him. He was entering his senior year of high school in a neighboring town: a fact that should have had me running the other way as soon as I found out. I …

DIY Baby: All-in-One Changing Mat with Storage Pockets

If you’ve got little ones at home or a baby shower on the calendar, you’ll definitely want to put this smart, portable DIY changing mat on your to-make list!<p>Whether you’re visiting with friends or taking a trip with kids, I think you’ll agree that, with its compact roll-up design that can be …

Grow Your Own Crystals in Eggshells

Tired of long expeditions into deep dark mines in search of precious crystals? Take the easy route and grow your own!<p>You know that stuff you use in canning vegetables, the ingredient that gives pickles their crunch? It’s called alum, and it’s what you can use to create your very own crystals. You …

From Dating a Woman to Marrying a Man

After being in love with a woman for years, writer Jennifer Baumgardner settled down with a man. Here, she explains why gender doesn't matter.<p>The other night, I met a girl who reminded me of you," my friend Elizabeth said. It was a steamy Saturday afternoon in May, and I was rushing down a narrow …