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10 Favorites: Scandi-Style Christmas Ornaments

I would not part with a single one of the 4,263,193 glittery, sequin-crusted, sparkly tree ornaments my brothers and I made when we were little.<p>But …


10 Awesome Gmail Hacks That Make Life Easier

These top-secret ninja moves will help you take control of your inbox and become a Gmail expert. I'll show you how to save time, avoid mistakes, and add a bit of style to your inbox. Read on, grasshopper.<p><b>GMAIL HACK #1 UNSEND</b><p>Have you ever pressed send only to regret it moments later because of a …

Crispy Green Bean Fries

It's 3 p.m. You're well aware that you should be reaching for something virtuous to snack on.<p>Luckily, we've figured out how to make vegetables more alluring when hunger strikes.<p>These oven-baked green beans are the answer.<p>They're easy, satisfying and not at all bad for you.<p><b>Ingredients</b><p>1 pound fresh …

11 Problems Only Perfectionists Understand

There's no such thing as "good enough."<p><b>1. You're not satisfied unless you see results.</b> You could be scrambling to meet a huge deadline at work or just trying to make the perfect fruit tart. If your dish doesn't look like it should be in a cooking magazine, you're not satisfied and feel like nothing …

Downton Abbey Can Be Yours for the Night

A new online auction will give fans the chance to see what it's like to live like their favorite TV characters.<p><i>Photo: PBS</i><p>One of the experiences includes an overnight stay at the castle where you'll have access to three rooms (two of which serve as Lady Edith's and Lady Cora's rooms on the show), …

Studio Apartment Interiors Inspiration

• 1 |<br>• Visualizer: Atomic3D<p>Gorgeous use of marble here. The partitioning wall, backsplashes and even the bathroom sport it.<p>2 |<p>3 |<p>4 |<p>5 |<p>6 |<p>7 |<p>8 …

17 Packing Hacks That Will Transform Your Next Move

Save time, save effort, and save your sanity with these genius tips from all over the web<p><b>IN THE BATHROOM</b><p><b>1.</b> Unscrew all bottle caps on lotions, sprays, and gels and place a layer of plastic wrap over the opening before putting the cap back on.<p><b>2.</b> Place binders clip on your razors to save yourself …

Is This the Best Use of Neutrals, Ever?

The soothing power of simplicity.<p>This modern and relaxing beach house decorated by Rob Southern reveals the soothing power of simplicity.

Top Pin of the Day: A Sophisticated Outdoor Patio

Today's top pin is an outdoor patio with a chic color scheme. For more inspiring photos and ideas, follow us on Pinterest.<p>In the patio of designer Tobi Tobin's Hollywood Hills farmhouse, handsome gray and white Sunbrella fabrics cover most of the furniture.

Surprisingly, It's Semi-Cheap To Rent Out A French Castle

Planning a vacay on the cheap? Consider renting out a château grand enough to accommodate the entire family—extended and all!<p><b>Castle #1</b><p>14th-century La Chevallerie Château<p>Overlooking the plain of Le Mans, this 7 suite castle has everything from horseback riding paths to car racing tracks. If you're …

Beautiful Mid-Century House Renovation In Neutral Shades

What is special about this house design is woodwork and colors. This mid-century Lincoln house was renovated by Flavin Architects and it implied …


The 6 Tastiest Food Souvenirs to Bring Back From Paris

Forget mini models of the Eiffel Tower—these 6 edible souvenirs, from chocolates to vinegar to truffles, are actually useful, not to mention delicious


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33 Genius Three-Ingredient Recipes

Yep, it really can be this easy.

Easy Homemade Cream of Mushroom Soup

You can make this absolutely delicious, <i>Easy Homemade Cream of Mushroom Soup</i> in just 20 minutes! Perfect for a comforting homemade mushroom soup any …


Woolly Mammoth Tusk Found at Downtown Seattle Construction Site

An 8.5-feet-long woolly mammoth tusk was found at a downtown Seattle construction site. Burke Museum paleontologists are working to remove the tusk …

Modern Genes Reveal 100 Major Population Shifts In Human History

Wherever conquerors go, they leave a little bit of their genetics. Gene analyses of modern people are able to reveal those influences.<p><i>Spread of Mongol Empire. Astrokey44 on Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0</i><p>Violence and love, conquest and assimilation, they're all in your DNA. Literally. As human …

Scientists Discover Universe's Oldest Star

The star is 4 billion years older than any other found to date. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Timothy Beers of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory in Arizona.<p>Transcript<p>(SOUNDBITE OF THEME MUSIC, "STAR TREK")<p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:<p>Scientists have discovered the oldest star in the galaxy. And it's …

What Are the Best Apples for a Crisp?

Simpler to make than pie, warm apple crisp with buttery streusel topping has lots of homey allure. When it comes to what kind of apple to use, many …


50 Amazing Finds on Google Earth

Google Earth is a virtual globe, map and geographical information program. It maps the Earth by the superimposition of images obtained from satellite …

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42 Traditional Finnish Foods That You Desperately Need In Your Life

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ICYMI this week's recipes include Chorizo Nachos with White Queso sauce and French Onion Dip with Greek Yogurt: