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Five of the best meditation apps

Boost your mindfulness and try to rise above digital distractions with these apps to carve out time for peaceful reflection<p>The first rule of mindfulness might be to switch your smartphone off. From checking emails at bedtime to constant, needy push notifications from mobile games, our phones can …

Meditation

This All-Natural, DIY Air Freshener Has a Surprising Secret Ingredient

Ah, the smell of home. There’s nothing like it. But what is that smell to you? Short ribs braising in the Le Creuset? Freshly laundered linens? Salty sea air wafting up from the shore? A pot of basil growing on the windowsill? Freshly brewed coffee?<p>If, like three out of four Americans, you …

10 Great American Hikes That (Almost) Anyone Can Do

(Photo: Thinkstock/Purestock)<p>Hiking is the most democratic of American pastimes: Almost everyone can do it, and there's no special equipment necessary. All you need is a pair of sturdy, comfortable shoes and a spirit of discovery. And it's an activity that can be enjoyed nearly year-round, by young …

Hiking

The 11 Most Zen Places On The Planet

More than just vacation destinations, some places have long been revered for their natural beauty and spiritual power. Whether sparkling lake, clear-blue ocean or majestic mountain, these spots will help you find your inner om.<p><b>Mount Kailash, Tibet. View Panoramic.</b><p>This mountain in western Tibet is a …

Panoramic Photography

12 Books That Will Lift You Up When You Are Down

Sometimes, you need a pick-me-up. You're feeling blue, down in the dumps, maybe even dealing with a lump in your throat. Whichever idiom fits your situation, you're just not feeling like your best self.<p>To abate the waves of sadness, or palpitations of dread, we've compiled a list of books that can …

Books

41 trips to take before you turn 40

You probably have the means and time to take some epic trips around the world.<p>From the canals of Venice to the desert of Namibia, here are 41 destinations to check off your bucket list.

National Parks

12 bizarre moments in tech history revealed in archive video

A million minutes of archived video footage has revealed a strange and awkward new look at the history of technology.<p>Associated Press and British …

Loch Ness

Get Toned in 10 Minutes with Kayla Itsines

Ab #goals from Instagram's hottest fitness sensation.<p>We realized just how major the fitness sensation Kayla Itsines has become when we met the Instagram star in Central Park, and a group of fans (#kaylasarmy) bottle-necked to watch. With more than 3 million Instagram followers, Kayla Itsines is the …

10 Easy Pieces: Outdoor Dining Essentials

I’d argue that the only essentials needed for outdoor dining are fresh air and something delicious to munch on. But if you’re in the mood to elevate …

Secluded Beaches Worth The Trek

What comes to mind when you think of the perfect beach? Do you hear the sound of ocean waves crashing on the shore, feel white sand shifting beneath your feet? Maybe there are even a few surfboards or kayaks waiting nearby.<p>Whatever your ideal sandy spot, we're willing to bet it doesn't include …

Beaches

The Azores Islands Are The Atlantic Ocean's 'Best-Kept Secrets' For Excellent Reason

The only thing better than an unspoiled paradise is one that nobody you know has visited yet.<p><i>Some</i> people can say they’re familiar with the Azores, a group of nine islands some 800 miles off the coast of Portugal. But by and large, these rugged, salt-sprayed islands are what USA Today calls “some of …

European Travel

20 fascinating facts that make you think twice

Luckily, the folks over at Reddit have a collection of true facts about life, and we've combed through them to find our favorites.<p>From a creature that can survive the harsh vacuum of space to the odd state sport of Maryland, you're bound to learn something that makes you think twice.<p><i>Note: A shorter</i> …

Reddit

19 Real-Life Ads from the Mad Men Era

Volkswagen, April 11, 1960 Early in Season 1, Don Draper comes across this Volkswagen ad in an issue of LIFE Magazine. H<p>... VIEW MORE<p>LIFE Magazine<p>1 …

TV

Playful Photo Booth Portraits Showcase Adoptable Dogs' Sweet Personalities

There's no shortage of pets that need a good home, but how do you best show people that their new pal is waiting for them at the shelter? The Humane Society of Utah has an ingenious way of enticing potential owners to adopt homeless dogs. Photographer Guinnevere Shuster captured the pups' colorful …

The Craziest Places to Stay on Vacation

Sure, you can always book a hotel or an Airbnb rental, but there will come a time when you might want to shack up in a truly unique abode. And for that, we've got you covered.<p>Play Swiss Family Robinson in <b>one of these treehouse hotels</b>.<p>Get the royal treatment at a <b>rentable château or palace</b>.<p>Keep an …

Beaches

These 8 Tiny Islands Are Hidden Where You'd Least Expect Them

Paris, Venice and Rome are all famous tourist draws with one <i>very</i> particular thing in common: they all have islands hidden within them.<p>And since teensy isles are kind of our new favorite obsession, we've culled together some of our favorites for your viewing pleasure. A bonus: certain islands come …

South African 'maidens' perform annual reed dance - in pictures

Photographer Marco Longari captures the annual ceremony in Nongoma, South Africa

Tented Camp Hotels – For a Different Kind Of Vacation, Closer To Nature

Camping was very fun when you were a kid but now it just doesn’t seem like something you’d enjoy, mainly because of the lack of comfort. But what if …

Arches National Park

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Red Wing Shoes By Tenue De Nîmes by Asim Iqbal

Tenue de Nimes got in bed with Red Wing and produced a finite version master piece of hand-dyed innate Red Wing indigo boots. The pair appears to be …