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Arizona's top five scenic drives

Back roads. Byways. Scenic highways. Arizona is chock full of them. Here are five of our favorites.<p>Route 66: small-town America, with a side of kitsch<p>'Get your kitsch on Route 66' might be a better slogan for Arizona's scrubby stretch of Mother Road, with its lumbering dinosaurs, a wigwam motel and …

Hiking

12 Travel Map Apps That Beat Google Maps Whether or Not You Have WiFi

Chunky GPS units are a thing of the past. These days, everyone is finding their way by using their smartphones. Although we’ll be the first to admit that we love the industry standard, Google Maps (especially with the new pit stop function), there are a few things that GM just can’t account for. …

This is what it's really like to live and travel in a tiny house

If you haven't come across a tiny home TV show or Buzzfeed article yet, let me be the first to introduce you to the concept of "tiny living." It's a minimalist lifestyle that's resonating with multiple generations, and some people are going so far as to ditch their four-bedroom homes and white …

The Difference Between an Axe And a Hatchet, Explained

Despite their similar appearance, they are different tools that perform best when used to accomplish the tasks they were designed for.<p>Axes and hatchets are wood chopping tools that have been used for centuries. Given their similar appearance, you might think of these two icons as interchangeable. …

How to Build a French Cleat Shelf to Hold Virtually Anything

French cleats are magical in their strength and simplicity. Here's how to make these amazing joints.<p>French cleats are often used to secure cabinets to walls, but can also be used to build modular shelves that can help organize your workspace. A French cleat system will be just as strong as most …

There's an Abandoned Christmas Ghost Town in the Arizona Desert

A walk through Santa Claus, Arizona.<p>Spotted on CIRCA Old Houses, we couldn't resist sharing the intriguing story of the tiny roadside town of Santa Claus, Arizona, a now-abandoned Christmas-themed desert town. It was founded in 1937 by real estate developer Nina Talbot, who bought the land with the …

Real Estate

Kayak Explore is a cool tool for finding low airfare

Kayak Explore is a cool tool for finding low airfare. Today is the first time I used Kayak Explore after reading the blog post on Points to be Made …

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Banishing Cellulite: The Foam Roller Detox | Goop

Integrative structural specialist and frequent <i>goop</i> contributor Lauren Roxburgh is a bit of a magician. By manipulating the fascia—i.e., the saran …

Yoga

The 22 best small towns to visit in your lifetime

All around the globe, there are lots of small towns with an old-school atmosphere, incredible landscape, and an array of activities for travelers.<p>We've put together a list of 22 delightful small towns to visit around the world, from the coastal town of Positano, Italy, to Bled, Slovenia, whose …

The Mentawai Islands Have Got To Be The Most Beautiful Place On Earth

Paradise.<p>To find the ultimate tropical escape, follow in the footsteps of a surfer.<p>They'll lead you to Tahiti, Bali, and Hawaii, of course, and under-the-radar destinations that'll make your heart skip a beat. Case in point: the Mentawai Islands.<p>The island chain, located in West Sumatra, Indonesia, …

Heated Workwear That Will Keep You Warm All Winter

From working outside, to hunting and tailgating, heated workwear warms your core and protects you from the elements.<p>Keeping warm has never been easier, now that you can wear a jacket that's heated. These function like electric blankets and are made with heated panels that keep your chest and back …

Lower Back Pain Eased by Simple Yoga Poses

Remember the days when we were able to sleep on a rock or a fluffy marshmallow mattress and wake up fresh and ready to play for the rest of the day? Childhood knew nothing about waking up with a strained lower back, because I forgot to put a pillow between my legs and stacked my legs wrong, further …

Yoga

TAG Heuer's Connected smartwatch looks like an actual watch

TAG Heuer unveiled its first smartwatch called Connected at an event today. The 155-year-old luxury watch company turned to its classic Carrera for inspiration. But for the innards of the watch, it tapped into Google for its Android Wear software and leaned on Intel for its sensors and processing. …

Wearable Tech

Indoor Veggie Garden Lets You Grow Your Own Food Right in Your Kitchen

We've sung praises about the farm-to-table movement before, but when the farm is only three-feet away, it's not just local, it's hyperlocal. The …

Aquaponics

7 Reasons to Volunteer on Your Next Vacation

Frontierofficial/ Flickr<p>Travel can offer rewarding, life-changing and humbling experiences. Exploring an unfamiliar environment can open your eyes to a world you never thought existed, teach you important lessons and introduce you to people who will heighten your perspective and understanding of a …

7 Apps That Will Help Improve Your Driving Experience

Find a mechanic, a parking spot, lunch, and a flat fix, all in seconds and without leaving the driver's seat.<p>If you've ever spent more than five minutes circling for a spot, you've probably dreamed up something like parkinmydriveway.com. Thankfully actual programmers have had that thought too and …

The 15 Craziest Things About Being in a Sex Cult

Besides the guru manually stimulating his wife in front of you.<p>The Nov/Dec issue of <i>BUST</i> magazine has an intense look inside the world of a sex cult. The story is by Catherine Plato, who lived in what she calls a sex cult. Her story is fascinating and filled with tons of terrifying tidbits about …

South Dakota's best scenic drives

With jaw-dropping scenery and hundreds of miles of winding roads, western South Dakota is a driver’s playground. These top routes make up some of the state’s best scenic drives. The region is rife with iconic national parks and top attractions, with some history, whimsy, buffalo and badlands thrown …

National Parks

Are Tiny Houses the Next Big Thing?

Tiny living is not a new concept. People in many cultures around the world live in homes of less than 400 square feet. Americans used to, before …

Plant These Trees in Your Yard for Fast Growth and Summer Shade

When picking a tree to turn your yard into a shady paradise, you need one that will grow quickly enough to enjoy after a few years, and that’s also …

Tulips

The Best New Ways to Book Your Flights

Innovative new apps are one-upping the online travel tools you already know and love. And they’re about to make planning trips faster, easier, and …

There Are No Roads in This Town, Just Waterways

Giethoorn, Holland is the kind of city that storybook scenes are made of. Here's why: There are no roads. Instead, the entire city is linked by a …

Woman’s Triple Axle Tumbleweed Tiny House

When this woman wanted to find a better and more affordable housing solution she decided to go with a triple axle Tumbleweed Tiny House on Wheels …

Gut Healing, Cellulite Improving, Wrinkle Reducing Lemonade

Yesterday I wrote an article on the benefits of collagen, you can read all about that here (I’m also giving away three containers of it so make sure …

The 30 best places to travel alone

In fact, there are many reasons to travel alone. Solo travel allows for more self-reflection, and chances are, you'll take in more of the culture.<p>We've put together a list of 30 places that are ideal for traveling alone, from an adventure in New Zealand to a relaxing getaway in Cinque Terre, …

21-year-old U-M student trades dorm room for 170-square-foot tiny house

For many, move-in week at U-M means moving away from home for the first time to meet a new roommate and share a dorm room. For others, it means the …

Remote House is a sustainable modular home that can be anchored anywhere in the world

Located 100 miles away from Chile's capital Santiago sits Casa Remota (Remote House), a beautiful prefab residence that can be constructed in hours …

The Best Drugstore Mascaras

Here's a fun thing to do: Buy a whole basket full of drugstore mascaras, dump them on a table, and stare at them through a kaleidoscope. For one, the …

A cabin that’s a… sanctuary that’s a… camping pod that’s a…

The “Peace Pod™”, (AKA: Euro Pods, Camping Pods, Snugs) are the latest in ultra modern, state of the art, sculptured structures… Beautifully crafted …

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