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See your lawn through a bird’s eyes with YardMap

Wild animals, especially birds, aren’t confined to wild spaces. They creep into backyards, hop through parks and crawl through any bit of green space …

Cut the Sugar in 3 Easy Steps

No one enjoys the cravings, guilt, and health problems that come with the processed sugar in many desserts, snacks, and candies. Here's your go-to …

8 Of The Worst Sunburn Destinations In The Entire World

We're seen some pretty unfortunate sunburns in our day, and we know the places we're most likely to get them: beaches, hiking trips, and the like.<p>But some sunburn spots might surprise you, and they can scorch you harder than you think. Lather up before hitting these seemingly harmless destinations, …

At least 8.8 billion Earth-size, just-right planets found, study says

Space is vast, but it may not be so lonely after all: A study finds the Milky Way is teeming with billions of planets that are about the size of Earth, orbit stars just like our sun, and exist in the Goldilocks zone -- not too hot and not too cold for life.<p>Astronomers using NASA data have …

Federal appeals court temporarily halts horse slaughter for human consumption

A federal appeals court has temporarily put the brakes on plans to resume horse slaughter for human consumption in the U.S., after a New Mexico judge last week dismissed a push by animal rights groups to stop the practice.<p>The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver on Monday issued a temporary …

11-Year-Old Keeps Singing In Face Of Hate

It's not often an 11-year-old boy gets to sing the national anthem twice during the NBA Finals.<p>But, as our friends at The Two-Way reported, it's been a surprising week for Sebastien de la Cruz of San Antonio.<p>Known as "El Charro de Oro" (or, figuratively, the boy with the golden voice), Sebastien …

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How-To: Crocheted Rainbow Baby Sweater

My cousin just had a beautiful baby girl, so I’ve definitely got baby gifts on the brain. I’m not generally a bows and pastels kind of gal, so this awesome rainbow-colored Eloise Baby Sweater crochet pattern from the Moogly Blog immediately caught my eye. It’s the perfect project for fall and …

DIY Wooden Necklace

This handsome wooden necklace made by Elizabeth of Knacks and Whimsey, with the invaluable help of her father, is a great reminder to always consider the skills of the people we know in order to make new projects that we’ve never tried before.

How-To: Embroidered Cat Pillow

Stitch up your own cute, cranky kitty decor with this embroidered cat throw pillow tutorial with free downloadable embroidery pattern that Ama from Ohoh Blog shared on U Create!<p>Ready to get stitching? Head on over to U Create to see the full how-to.

Make a Bat Headband

Need a creepy accessory for this weekend’s Halloween parties? Try this cool headband via Martha Stewart.

Foreign Airline Perks Have Convinced Us Never, Ever To Fly Domestic Again

It shouldn't surprise you that American airlines fail to top "World's Best Airline" lists. All airlines have their issues, but U.S. air carriers seem to be the worst.<p>When the Skytrax World Airline Awards were released earlier this year, foreign airlines received all the accolades -- while American …

Etsy says sellers can now use factories for handmade goods

The move will allow those who use the online marketplace to build larger businesses<p>Oct. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Etsy Inc., an online marketplace for handmade and vintage goods, will let its sellers use outside manufacturers and hire as many employees as they need, loosening rules amid confusion over …

31 in Florida infected by bacteria in salt water

Patty Konietzky thought the small purple lesion on her husband's ankle was a spider bite. But when the lesion quickly spread across his body like a constellation, she knew something wasn't right.<p>After a trip to the hospital and a day and a half later, Konietzky's 59-year-old husband was dead.<p>The …

Debt ceiling crisis has other nations angry and scared

<b>At the start of the current US budget standoff, other countries viewed the situation with a mix of sympathy, concern and bemusement. With the 17 October deadline for raising the debt ceiling approaching, however, the international view has changed to fear and anger.</b><p>While many abroad have considered …

Economy

Banana Bread, Gooey Chocolate Cobbler, Oatmeal-Stuffed Baked Apples, Chocolate Layer Cake & How to Make Crêpes

How's your sweet tooth feeling? In need of a fix? Excellent. This week, we shared all our favorite quick weeknight desserts, from warm banana bread …

Dessert

The Secret to Making the Ultimate Chocolate Gelato

<b>By Caroline J. Beck</b><p>This past summer, I was overcome by the latest trend to turn just about anything into a frozen edible. From Bloody Mary popsicles at brunch to Saffron Courvoisier granita for a dinner finale, sassy sorbets were all intriguingly laced with herbs, spices or hip new libations. But …

Hobby Lobby Boycotts Jewish Hanukkah And Passover (UPDATE)

<b>UPDATE:</b> 10/4 6:20pm<p>Hobby Lobby has promised to begin to sell Jewish holiday items in areas near large Jewish populations.<p><b>UPDATE 10/4/13 10:15am:</b> Hobby Lobby President Steve Green has issued the following statement on behalf of the company:<p>We sincerely apologize for any employee comments that may …

Spider Infested Chocolate Chip Cookies

Creep out your Halloween party guests by filling your cookies with chocolate chip spiders. oh so creepy!<p>Get the instructions for ––> Spider Infested …

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yosemite Closes on Its 123rd Birthday

Dodging Muggers, Bandit Ambushes and Tribal Warfare in Papua New Guinea: Travel Troubles on the Looney Front

I first realised this was not a run-of-the-mill trip when the driver taking me from the airport to the Kavieng Club hotel drove smartly past the front entrance, where the tall iron gate was chained shut. He sped onto the bumpy golf course behind, and drew up sharply at a narrow gate where beefy …

Papua New Guinea

17 Photos of Hawaii Rainbows To Brighten Your Day

<b>A passing weather system caused some uncharacteristic weather in Hawaii on Tuesday: bouts of heavy rains and strong winds. The "storms" gave us the perfect excuse to think about all the rainbows that would eventually be falling majestically over the islands.</b><p>Below, for your viewing pleasure, 17 …

$11 a month? Obamacare super-cheap for some, feds find

Bare-bones health insurance could cost just $11 a month for a family of four in Indianapolis on the federal government's new exchanges, which start serving customers next week.<p>A similar family in New Orleans might pay as little as $23 a month, although they’d have to shell out $282 for a more …

Health Care

How to Make Your Own Treadmill Desk

Today I have a different kind of recipe for you…<i>a recipe for health</i>. [Cue the echo chamber and the dramatic music.] All melodrama aside, a few months …

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A few months before summer started, I finally — after years of lamenting — bought an ice cream maker. I have to say it was one of my best (and most used) purchases this year. So far I’ve made nearly thirty flavors, and I’ve experimented with custard bases, non-custard bases, dairy-free and sorbets. …

Prettiest Spas And Hot Springs Of The World Make Us Want To Take Tomorrow Off

Because on certain Thursdays, you just want to get away from it all more than usual.<p>Whether made by man or Mother Nature, these calming retreats would be the perfect destinations for a three-day weekend... if we had a three-day weekend.<p>1. Blue Lagoon, Iceland<p>2. Springs Eternal Spa at the Omni …

Hungry Healthy Happy by Dannii Martin

California's fourth-largest wildfire fills Yosemite Valley with smoke on holiday weekend

Smoke from a huge wildfire blanketed Yosemite Valley for the first time on Saturday, a blow to tourists -- and their health -- on one of the busiest weekends in one of the nation's most popular national parks.<p>"I'm in Yosemite Valley right now, and I cannot see the cliffs around me," park …