Valerie Van Gelder

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How to Find Coupon Codes You Never Knew Existed

Almost every place you shop online has a "promotional code" box at checkout—but fewer than a quarter of shoppers use it. We asked the experts for …

Berris

For this touching photo series, prisoners wrote letters of advice to their past selves.

When You Feel Down or Stuck: How to Effectively Be What Your'e Not

<b>“Success is achieved by developing our strengths, not eliminating our weaknesses.” ~Marilyn vos Savant</b><p>I often hear the words “be yourself.” I love …

Decorating with Light: 10 Pretty Ways Use String Lights

Many people probably associate strings of lights with the holidays, which makes sense. But a simple string of white lights can be such a great …

Cotton Candy

Creative Photographs of a Person Playing with the Moon

Self-taught, Albanian photographer Adrian Limani has created a playful series of photographs depicting a person playing with the full moon. Using his younger brother as a model, the photographer captures the young man leaping and posing in front of the moon, creating images that show a silhouetted …

What 10 Things Should You Do Every Day To Improve Your Life?

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These Are the Best Mascaras Of All Time

From cult classics to brand new wonders, these are our can't-live-without mascaras.<p>If there's one beauty product we rely on to keep our faces in check, it's without a doubt mascara. That all-important flick frames your face, pulling together your entire look in a few strokes. Here, the tubes we …

design

Get Educated: Recommended Projects and Tutorials

As with most fields that are technology driven, in photography, if you don’t keep moving you’ll quickly find yourself dead in the water. This is why …

Overcome 'Impostor Syndrome' and Believe in Yourself!

You've done it. You've finally achieved one of your biggest greatest goals and it feels amazing! You're flying high and life is glorious! And then... something happens that shakes your confidence. The ugly negative self-talk starts to creep in, saying, "You don't belong here," or "You don't deserve …

John Hodgman's Advice to Writers

10 grammar rules you can forget: how to stop worrying and write proper

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Award-winning teacher publishes writing manual

Although Award-winning educator Lynne Dozier retired from her teaching job, she’s educating more students than ever with her new book, “The Writer’s …

Writing Can Help Injuries Heal Faster

Expressive writing is known to help assuage psychological trauma and improve mood. Now studies suggest that such writing, characterized by …

expressive

Flooded landscape: the Somerset Levels, in pictures

Photographers Jon Rowley and David Hedges capture beleaguered Somerset villages reflected in the still flood waters

Facebook bought WhatsApp for its global reach—except in the world’s biggest mobile market

Facebook just placed a $19 billion bet on the mobile messaging service WhatsApp, which has grown to a staggering 450 million monthly users in only a few years—many of them in fast-growing international markets like India, Brazil, and Mexico. But there’s one market where WhatsApp has failed to make …

Mobile

Google reportedly offered to buy WhatsApp for $10 billion

Yesterday Facebook announced their plans to purchase WhatsApp for a staggering $19 billion, with plans to keep the service running separately, which means that Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp will co-exist, at least as far as the immediate future is concerned.<p>According to Fortune, however, there is …

Android News

Stunning Photos Show What Happens If You Spend Too Much Time In The Sun

In a project titled "Ultraviolet Beauties," Brooklyn-based artist Cara Phillips used ultraviolet photography to expose underlying sun spots and other blemishes in people's faces that the human eye can't see.<p>In an interview with The Huffington Post, Phillips said she was inspired by the medical …

Surreal Sculptures of Disintegrating Animals

Tomohiro Inaba is a creative sculptor who produces eye-catching figures that look like they are disintegrating into thin air. The Japanese artist's steel sculptures titled <i>Promise of Our Star</i> and <i>Next to the World</i> are particularly effective in the visual illusion. Each figure offers a duality that …

101 Decorating Secrets from Top Interior Designers

Experts share their best tips.<p>The experts — Christopher Peacock, Myra Hoefer, Carleton Varney, and 97 other inspiring designers — share words to live and design by. Plus, see 101 easy makeovers from interior designers.

The 5 Days I Fell Hardest For My Wife

Photographer Digitally Adds Herself to Childhood Photos of Her in Double Self-Portrait Series

In the photo series “Imagine Finding Me,” photographer Chino Otsuka revisits her childhood by digitally inserting herself in old photos of her as a …

Photography

Selfie Photo Tips & Techniques

Sometimes we don’t want others to know that we have taken a photo of ourselves. In these cases, it is nice to be able to discreetly take a …

12 DIY Jewelry Gifts Your Friends Will Actually Wear

Christmas is around the corner and <i>gasp</i>! You need gifts for your gal pals. And you’re on a budget. Luckily, we’ve searched the interwebs high and low and found some of the best jewelry you can DIY that your friends will be proud to wear. Let’s start with necklaces!<p>1. Prairie Feather Necklace: Isn’t …