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Hide Your TV! - DIY Projects

When living in a smaller home, there isn’t a lot of space to hide those every day items that make our lives better, but don’t exactly add to the …

How to Revive Old Furniture with Woven Wallpaper

<i>Spoonflower staffer Caitlin Topham of the modern quilting blog Salty Oat shares how she gave an old bedside table new life with paint and</i> …

Home Decor - DIY Bench Makeover

Once upon a time there were two cute little benches that I’ve had forever. Here is a picture of how the benches used to look in the beginning<p>and the …

How-To: Create Shelving from Vintage Crates

Sometimes I really can’t tell if my apartment is getting smaller, or if I just need more shelving, either way this HGTV Handmade video tutorial, with the infamous Meg Allan Cole, on using vintage crates to create more shelving space is packed with helpful shelf-making tips.

8 Winter Pet Care Tips

Winter is a tough time for us all, but it can be especially hard on pets. Here are a few tips for protecting your pets this winter:<p>Keep pets indoors …

Mediterranean Diet Garden - Organic Gardening

<i>The Mediterranean diet has been shown to be great for your health. It is also fun and easy to grow! The diet is heavy in fruits, nuts, and vegetables</i> …

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Pastors seek to end war on drugs by decriminalizing use

Clergymen want to end war on drugs by decriminalizing the use of marijuana and other drugs.<p>NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Rev. Edwin Sanders says churches should help heal the sick, feed the hungry and set prisoners free.<p>Even if they smoke pot.<p>Sanders, pastor of Metropolitan Interdenominational Church in …

How-To: Summer Shift Dress

Make your own custom summer shift dress using your favorite t-shirt as the template with this simple tutorial from Leanne at Elle Apparel!

50 cool things about Johnny Depp at age 50

He may not yet have an Oscar, but there’s almost nothing else Johnny Depp doesn’t have: Charisma, guts, an edgy -- but lovable -- persona, and a killer nickname. The actor who could have probably done all right for himself as a pretty boy found a way to prove he was more than just a set of …

Why Does the American Media Get Big Stories Wrong?

A magazine publisher has written a provocative article raising that question. I try to offer some answers.<p>Colin Dunn/Flickr<p>1) Excessive deference to government officials is one factor that causes the news media to get important stories wrong, especially in the realms of national security, law …

Ireland’s best trips: Ancient Ireland

Ireland is a road-tripper's dream, with scenery and history in every direction. To turn your car into an instant time machine, all you have to do is hit the road and wind your way through middle Ireland’s collection of ancient tombs, Celtic sites and monastic cities, covering 3000 years in just …

Five road trips from airports worldwide

London, Paris, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Sydney: all great cities. But let's say you've just landed and want to get away from their urban sprawl as quickly as possible; get out into the surrounding region where you can explore towns and natural treasures at your own pace without hassles of traffic, …

The scenic route: Ireland's most picturesque drives

The Emerald Isle is renowned for its spellbinding scenery. And while state-of-the-art main roads and motorways now link its cities and towns, there are some spectacular alternatives. Turn off the main thoroughfares to discover Ireland’s most scenic stretches of asphalt with these five picturesque …

Ghost town hunting in the American West

Nothing guarantees a Wild West adventure like exploring ghost towns, from abandoned mines where lucky prospectors once struck it rich to dusty frontier outposts where gun-toting outlaws once ran amok. Get ready to hit the (usually dirt) road out to these iconic ghost towns, most within spitting …

Coves, cliffs and lighthouses of Canada's epic east coast

From harbor villages where the scent of fresh chowder wafts through the air to lighthouse-studded coastlines, this winding journey takes you through the best of Canada's east coast.<p>The world's second-largest country has a massive Atlantic coastline, and the best way to tackle its awesomeness is by …

Honduras’ Bay Islands: a laid-back, uncrowded Caribbean paradise

Plenty of Caribbean islands have been labeled with the daydream-inducing word: paradise. If your definition of paradise includes empty beaches, no crowds, and not having to dress for dinner, consider packing your bags for an easy-access option you might not have considered: the Bay Islands of …

How to choose a Caribbean island

The dozens of islands scattered across the Caribbean are a remarkably diverse lot. Pulsing Jamaica has little in common with group-filled Aruba, and even islands in plain sight of each other like St Kitts and Nevis are vastly different not just in appearance but in what they offer visitors.<p>So for …

11 Moments of Zen

Many teachings from Zen-Buddhism are told in short and delightful zen stories. They are usually designed to develop the mind and to free it from …

The Best Bars in America, 2013

It's a tricky time for bars: are they places to escape reality, or are they places to marvel at how a drink gets made? So, as well as adding to our ever-growing list, we assess the state of things: the bars, the bartenders, the drinkers. Drinking itself.<p>It's a tricky time for bars: are they places …

Meditation Tips from a Non-Expert. ~ Heidi Templeton

Let me start off by saying I am not an expert on meditation!<p>For the last year, I’ve made a conscious effort to make meditation a daily practice—just …

How to Speak Your Mind Without Making Someone Else Wrong

<b>“Would you rather be right or free?” ~Byron Katie</b><p>Do you have the freedom to say what you really feel? Do you share your true thoughts and ideas, or …

How Mindfulness Can Save Your Relationship

Mindfulness presents a valuable tool for facing the daily challenges of staying close to our partner. It allows us to become more centered and calm, so we can talk things out instead of spiraling into a screaming match.<p>In my recent blog, "The Many Benefits of Mindfulness," I outlined how a …

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How to control your emotional state through breathing

For centuries, the art of breathing has been one of a myriad of tools employed by Yoga masters in order to calm the body and mind, in preparation for …

8 Ways to Cultivate & Sustain a Creative, Intuitive Home Practice. ~ Andrea Bellini Spilling

Cultivating and sustaining a creative, yummy and intuitive yoga practice and home is possible.<p>Here’s how:<p>1. Stop “shoulda-ing” on yourself!<p>A wise …