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For a Happier Life, Rethink Your Commute

The more time you spend in the car, the more miserable you're likely to be, says a new study. Here are some alternatives.<p>Here's a trifecta of scientifically proven facts about happiness and well-being:<p>Commuting is generally one of the activities that makes people most miserable<p>Exercise improves mood<p>…

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<i>Wooden you like to learn something new? In this week’s How-Tuesday post, Australian designer Beci Orpin shares a tutorial from her bright colorful new book,</i> Find & Keep: 26 Projects to Spark the Imagination. <i>Read on for her creative tips on making painted wooden blocks full of personality to use as</i> …

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28 Excellent Books You Can Read For Free

The problem is that in order to read a lot of books, you have to buy them from the Kindle bookstore. Yes, there are other options out there - you can check out some e-books from your local library, for example - but the selection is often really limited.<p>Naturally, my frugal side wanted to find ways …

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Summer Drinks to Cool the Body and Calm the Mind

Are you finding yourself beyond parched on these desperately hot days? With the temperature in the upper 90s, we are all savoring cool drinks to keep from overheating. There are ways that you can cool down and calm the mind, without using A/C, though the cool air certainly helps every now and then, …

Looking for a Light (but Satisfying!) Summer Recipe? Try This Zucchini Salad

I've simplified this pasta salad for your lighter summer appetites. It's tossed with good-for-you veggies like summer corn and zucchini—perfect for lunch or a simple dinner.<p><b>Summer Zucchini Salad</b><p><i>Serves 4</i><b>Ingredients:</b><p>12 oz. gluten-free pasta<p>*2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil<p>1 package (10 oz.) frozen …

The Easiest Way to Slash Your Fat Intake

There’s a new way to boost flavor and cut fat at the same time<p>There’s a reason fried food tastes amazing: It’s chock-full of fat. But new research suggests there’s a way to boost flavor without fat—and save a whole lot of calories in the process. Low-fat meals flavored with spices taste just as …

Fisherman and Sunset

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I’ll admit, I’m not a huge summer-lover. I flourish wearing cozy sweaters, curling up with a cup of tea, and cuddling with my pup when it’s cold out. But seeing as seasons change with no regard to my preferences (how dare they!), I’ve decided to be super-excited about putting summer’s delicious …

Raw Honey Lemonade

<b>Raw Honey Lemonade</b> <i><br>Yield – 8 cups</i><p><i>Using a blender to quickly emulsify the lemon and honey, enables the cook to preserve the beneficial enzymes and</i> …

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Healthy Breakfast Ideas: 7 Refreshing Summer Morning Meals To Beat The Heat

Holy heat wave! When you're awoken by humidity rather than the buzz of your alarm, the last thing you want to do is turn on the oven or the stove to whip up some breakfast.<p>Sure, you could grab a breakfast bar and call yourself set (and prepare to crash: the amount of sugar in those babies is …

Top 10 Travel Snacks for Family Vacations

<b>Homemade Trail Mix or Granola</b> – Choose a simple, store-bought trail mix or bag up some yummy homemade granola cereal that you can just eat dry out of …

Top 10 Travel Products for Families - Classic Play!

by Jillian Crocker, posted on June 27th, 2013 in Traveling With Kids<p>Time for another <i>Traveling With Kids</i> post. This time I thought I would share some …

14 Easy Ways to Make Your Backyard More Fun

Encourage your kids to explore, build, create, or just relax in the outdoors with these fun, creative, and inspiring ideas for your lawn.<p>Inspire imaginative play with these no-sew theater curtains. You’ll need 6 yards of red burlap, a clothesline, and clip-on curtain rings. Cut fabric into two …

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‘Blurred Lines’ Goes Viral: Rating 15 Mash-ups, Parodies & Covers (VIDEO)

From Bill Clinton Kermit the Frog, Kevin Fallon judges the best and worst “Blurred Lines” viral videos.<p>These days, there’s two signs that a tune has …

8 Wallet-Friendly Getaways

A roundup of affordable vacation destinations around the world<p>We've rounded up more affordable alternatives to pricey vacation destinations around the world, from the new European Riviera to the fashion set's Mexican beach spot

Skillet Peach Cobbler

8 Servings<p>When peaches are in season, there's nothing that tops a classic peach cobbler recipe crisped to perfection in a cast-iron pan. And this recipe garners some bonus points with whipped cream doctored with crème fraîche. Decadent and delicious.<p>August 2011Print<p>Ingredients<p>2 cups all-purpose …