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Expert advice to ace container gardening this summer

I need some advice on the best practices to use for gardening with containers. I want to add some color to my patio this summer.<p><i>— Debbie Johnson, Woodstock</i><p>Start by purchasing a high-quality growing medium for your containers. It is best to use a commercial, lightweight, soil-less growing medium …

Gardening

How to Travel With Your Significant Other Without Breaking Up, According to a Relationship Coach

Traveling with your significant other for the first time should be exciting, but it might not always come without its challenges. Yes, there are …

Travel

Why Your Hip Flexors Are Key to Your Athletic Performance

If you follow any fitness accounts on social media, you have likely come across multiple posts on the dangers of "tight" hip flexors.<p>According to …

Biomechanics

9 of the Best Bars in Prague

Quench your thirst in one of Europe's top cities for beer.<p>If you ask around in Prague, you’ll often hear the claim that the city has the highest concentration of bars per square mile in the world. Whether or not that’s been mathematically proven, it’s definitely hard to walk more than a few yards …

European Travel

These Are the 10 Best Food Cities in the World, According to TripAdvisor

Number one should come as no surprise.<p>As food experiences become more important in travel, people are spending significant amounts of time …

Tourism

The 13 Things I Always Get on Boxed, My Favorite Bulk-Buying Website

A mild hoarder’s tale of stocking up for less on an excessive amount of sugar, butter, paper towels, and sharp cheddar.<p>I have never run out of paper towels, because I’m a low-level hoarder. I buy in bulk and keep backstock of every household necessity and pantry staple so I don’t have to run out to …

Arrested Development

I've studied happiness for years — here are the 12 best pieces of advice I'm giving my daughter

"Drift" is the decision we make by not deciding, or by making a decision that unleashes consequences for which we don't take responsibility.<p>You go to medical school because both your parents are doctors. You get married because all your friends are getting married. You take a job because someone …

Happiness

How to make your home a Smart Home

Your life is about to get a whole lot easier.<p>The smart home is no longer a dream stuck inside a Disney movie. It's real, it's attainable and it's a lot easier to set up than you think. CNET's Guide to Smart Living, launching today, is going to show you exactly how.<p>To do this, we outfitted a home in …

Hacking

36 Hours in Lisbon

Forget Lisbon as the budget capital of Europe. Yes, the seafood is still (relatively) cheap, as is the wine. The old canary-yellow trams still rattle along steep hills, and you’ll never pay more than a euro and change for a pastéis de nata, the classic Portuguese pastry. But today the Portuguese …

European Travel

How to build your own Alexa skills with the new Alexa Blueprints

‘Alexa, roast my friends and family’<p>Amazon is making it possible for almost anyone to make their own Alexa skills with its new Alexa Skill Blueprints program. That means it’s now easier than ever to get Alexa to say whatever you want.<p>Sure, third-party Alexa skills have been around for years, but …

Smart Homes

Spanish Olive Oil Bread (Pan de Aceite)

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, combine the yeast, sugar, and ¼ cup lukewarm (95°F) water. Set aside until the yeast has risen …

Baking

Eight Happy Hour Specials to Try In Chicago Now

Happy hour specials are important. The discounted prices are a great tool to bring Chicagoans into bars and restaurants no matter the weather. It’s been almost three years since state lawmakers legalized happy hour, lifting obsolete restrictions that prevented restaurant and bar owners from offer …

Texas

Whole Foods will end its rewards program and fold it into Amazon Prime

Whole Foods will shut down its rewards program, digital coupons, and customers’ online accounts on May 2nd and fold everything into Amazon Prime, according to an email to customers this week. The email, as spotted by <i>Marketwatch</i>, says unused rewards will not roll over to Amazon Prime, so customers …

eCommerce

20 New Spots for Chicago’s Patio Season

It may seem like spring will never truly arrive in Chicago but think positive thoughts because warmer days are (presumably) ahead. And when temperatures finally do rise, many of the city’s newest restaurants will be ready to unveil their patio spaces. Beat the crowds by checking out the list below …

Bread

4 soft skills LinkedIn says are most likely to get you hired in 2018 — and the online courses to get them

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Project Management

30 Easy Skincare Tips You'll Wish You'd Known About Sooner

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Skin Care

Arlo Pro 2 is the best wireless home camera system ever, and it’s never been this cheap

Netgear is a market leader in several different product categories, but there’s one in particular where there’s really nothing else that even comes …

Home Security

The Pec Pumper: Workout to Blow Up Your Chest

Workout Summary<p>Main Goal<p>Build Muscle<p>Workout Type<p>Single Muscle Group<p>Training Level<p>Intermediate<p>Program Duration8 weeks<p>Days Per Week<p>1<p>Time Per …

Workouts

The best to-do apps

Plenty of people still rely on pen and paper, but it's inarguable that smartphones have become the more common way to keep tabs on what needs to get done. And while Apple and Google both offer basic reminder apps, many people might crave something a little more robust. Fortunately, both app stores …

Apps

Peanut Butter Silk Cake Dessert - Jamie's Feast

This cake is one of those delicious cake recipes that can make you forget about your diet regimen! Well, at least that’s my story this winter… I …

Dessert

The 25 Most Important Bourbons Ever Made

If you asked a spirits expert a quarter century ago to name the most important bourbons ever made, they might have wondered whether America’s …

Whiskey

9 Mistakes to Avoid When Cooking Chicken, According to Chefs

While there are whole schools of thought on cooking steak—grilling evangelist Meathead Goldwyn pushes the reverse sear method, for example—chicken, …

BBQ

This Crispy-Skin Salmon Method Never Fails and Makes Me Feel Fancy AF

By Alex Delany<p>The best part? It works on pretty much any fish.<p><i>Welcome to Never Fail, a weekly column where we wax poetic about the recipes that never, ever let us down. This week: the crispy-skin salmon recipe that associate web editor Alex Delany just couldn't live without.</i><p>I rarely mistake my …

Aquaculture

The best Venetian recipes are all in this new cookbook

Skye McAlpine, who grew up in Venice, is about to publish her first cookbook, A Table in Venice: Recipes from my home. With over a hundred Venetian …

Italian Food

A Casual-But-Genius Menu to Celebrate Spring

Throwing a dinner party doesn’t have to be an over-the-top affair with 10 courses and days of prep. (Although, power to you if that’s what you want!) Our ideal gathering is simple, intimate, and includes at least one dessert. But if we’re going to go simple, every dish should shine. And so we turn …

Recipes

6 Crowd-Pleasing Chicken Recipes to Get Your Whole Dinner Party Blabbing About Instant Pot

Here, the best Instant Pot chicken recipes for the most on-trend kitchen appliance out there.<p>You’ve probably heard a lot about the pot that everyone …

Cooking

An Eater's Guide to Chicago

Chicago is no longer a simple meat and potatoes town. Restaurants in the nation's third-largest city have grown to a level of sophistication that rival any food scene in the country. Consider this your guide to the best food and drink the city has to offer.<p>Welcome to the Land of Fine Dining …

Texas

21 lessons for how to get the most out of life, from a guy who retired at 50

This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org.<p>Six years ago, at 50, I took early retirement, sold almost everything I owned and began …

Happiness

This CBD Tincture Makes Me Super Productive… In a Chill Way

Cordial Organics CBD tincture is for getting stuff done without feeling like the Energizer Bunny.<p>In this special time that some have christened the “Cannabis Renaissance,” the non-psychoactive compound found in marijuana known as cannabidiol (CBD) has become something of a wellness darling. These …

CBD

This 22-year-old college student makes $10,000 a month off Amazon's Alexa

David Markey, a 22-year-old senior studying applied mathematics and economics at Brown University, got his first Amazon Echo during the e-commerce …

Smart Homes