Melodi Leigh Cowan

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5 DIY Avocado Face Masks That Guarantee Glowy Skin in Minutes

You are probably already well versed on the many benefits of eating avocado — and the many delicious ways to do so — but did you know that all those …

Make the Most of Small Spaces with a Garden Terrace

Terrace gardens come in all shapes, forms, and designs, from urban rooftop gardens to secluded suburban patio hideaways. The one thing all these …

Landscaping

8 of the best weekend trips you can take on the East Coast

New England

I Ditched Traditional Beauty Products And It Changed My Skin Forever

<i>As the face behind the holistic-minded lifestyle site The Local Rose, an eponymous line of natural skin care, and a swoon-worthy Instagram feed</i> …

Skin Care

Ride Haleakala

<b>What it is:</b> A 36-mile, 10,023-foot ascent of the Haleakala volcano, one of the highest road rides in the world.<p><b>Why it’s worth it:</b> Nearly any day of the year, riders can dip a toe in the Pacific Ocean at the start in Paia, Maui, and climb on a well-­maintained road through five different alpine …

Brazil

The hauntingly beautiful abandoned buildings where time stands still: Eerie snaps show decaying kitchens, derelict churches and stately manors that are being reclaimed by nature

• <b>Romain Veillon has travelled across Europe and to Africa and South America to photograph derelict buildings</b>• <b><br>The 32-year-old Parisian's mesmerising</b> …

9 places you must go camping

Looking for somewhere truly spectacular to pitch your tent? Camp at any of these ‘pitches’ and you’ll never want to stay in a hotel again.<p>1. Wild …

SKURA Design turns coconuts into beautiful eco-friendly lamps by hand

SKURA Design’s handmade coconut lamps are a beautiful way to add a touch of the outdoors into your home. Lead designer and jewelry artist Neringa …

University of California

He’s been a circus acrobat and set a world record in high diving — plunging more than 100 feet off a bridge. He’s an accomplished author; the Dalai Lama himself wrote the foreword to his book Essential Spirituality. At UC Irvine, he’s a professor of psychiatry & human behavior and holds joint …

Happiness

National Geographic Travel

8 Trips You HAVE to Take Before You Die

There are trips we strongly recommend you take and then there are those that we basically demand. Trust us, as travel experts, we know the getaways that should make your bucket list. Here are eight trips you HAVE to take before you die -- and we even ordered them chronologically with the adventure …

13 Reasons To Get To Nicaragua Before Everyone Discovers It

Ahh, Central America. While most travelers spend their time plotting escapes to Europe or Southeast Asia, this little nugget sits unassumingly right under their noses (literally -- it's pretty much directly south, and a shorter flight than you'd think).<p>And Nicaragua may just be the best nation in …

National Geographic Travel

19 global events worth traveling for in 2015

11 Organizing Tips We Learned In 2014

Is "getting organized" your New Year's resolution? For inspiration, we've rounded up our 11 favorite organizing tips of the year.<p><i>Simon Watson</i><p><b>1. Get a dual-level coffee table.</b> It doubles your display area, meaning you'll spend less time swapping out decor and have two times the room for storage, all …