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BMW: Meet the 2017 650i xDrive Cabriolet

BMW 650i xDrive Cabriolet (Courtesy of David Taylor)
BMW 650i xDrive Cabriolet (Courtesy of David Taylor)

When I had the opportunity to take the 2017 BMW 650i xDrive Cabriolet for a week-long test up in my neck of the woods, Central...


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    The Go-Getter Mom’s Guide to Baby Steps

    Are you a go-getter mom? You know, you’re a mom who’s trying to crush this mom gig while also pursuing some big non-mom goals. You’re... Read more

  • Rafters float towards the rapids under the high arched New River Gorge bridge in Victor, W.Va. (Steve Heap/Shutterstock)

    Family Adventuring in Wild, Wonderful West Virginia

    As my family continues our mission to visit all fifty states, we recently turned our attention to “Wild, Wonderful” West Virginia. We left with a... Read more

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    6 Lessons I Learned From My Children

    “While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.” —Angela Schwindt, a home-schooling mom in... Read more

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    2017 Hyundai Elantra GT Value Edition

    The 2017 Elantra GT has a dynamic front grille and a body design that personifies an athletic gait and promotes a partnership with the driver... Read more

  • Sibylle Eschapasse and her mother in New York. (Rene-Victor Eschapasse)

    Sibylle’s Favorite Quotes about Motherhood

    As we celebrate mothers today all around the country, I compiled some of the best quotes ever written about this beautiful gift that is motherhood... Read more

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    How to Give Your Kids a Happy Childhood

    Most parents, I think it’s safe to say, wish for their children to have a happy childhood. Our social media feeds, and the endless images... Read more

  • An EMS officer rescues a baby duck from a storm drain in Washington, D.C. on May 8, 2017. (Reuters)

    Baby Ducklings Rescued From Storm Drain in Washington DC

    Eight baby ducklings had a lucky escape on Monday (May 8) after being rescued from a storm drain in the United States capitol. The D.C... Read more

  • You know very well you are one of those that before checking out of a hotel you take all the cute little toiletries for whatever reason! (AOL Screenshot)

    Save Lives by Leaving Behind the Soap at Your Hotel (Video)

    You know very well you are one of those that before checking out of a hotel, you take all the cute little toiletries for whatever... Read more

  • 2017 Chrysler 300. (Courtesy of FCA)

    2017 Chrysler 300S

    The 2017 Chrysler 300S is the second in the collection, positioned over the 300 Limited while being less loaded than the 300C and 300C Platinum... Read more

  • The National Zoo’s 20-month-old giant panda Bei Bei is continuing to mature and show his personality. (AOL Screenshot)

    Watch Giant Panda Joyfully Wrestle a Ball (Video)

    The National Zoo’s 20-month-old giant panda Bei Bei is continuing to mature and show his personality.…... Read more

  • Volvo S90 Mussel Blue (Courtesy of David Taylor)

    Volvo S90 T6: An Underappreciated Premium Vehicle That Begs to be Driven

    When I first drove the 2017 Volvo S90 T6 home and parked it in the driveway, my wife, used to seeing a different vehicle most... Read more

  • A prison inmate and TAILS program participant with his dog.
 (Courtesy of Craig O'Neal)

    Dog Training Changes Prison Inmates’ Lives

    In five Florida prisons, some inmates are learning how to train dogs, with stunning results. The program is called TAILS, which stands for Teaching Animals... Read more

  • BMW i8 (Courtesy of BMW Group Canada)

    BMW: Rolling With the Changes and Building a Sustainable Customer Base

    There may be at least one, ok, two very good reasons that people the world over refer to Bayerische Motoren Werke AG by its more... Read more

  • 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid. (Courtesy of Hyundai)

    2017 Hyundai Ioniq

    The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq will be the first dedicated vehicle platform with three electrified low- and zero-emission powertrain choices. The gas-electric hybrid variant of the... Read more

  • The Newport Oregon Police Department was recently alerted to a cat who appeared to be armed, possibly with a semi-automatic weapon, and had situated itself high in a tree. (AOL Screenshot)

    Police Called After Cat Lurking in Tree Appeared to be Holding Assault Rifle (Video)

    The Newport Oregon Police Department was recently alerted to a cat who appeared to be armed, possibly with a semi-automatic weapon, and had situated itself... Read more

  • Buick Regal TourX (Courtesy of David Taylor)

    The 2018 Buick Regal Sportback

    WARREN, MI—When word came down from on high that Buick was going to introduce the sixth generation of the Buick Regal ahead of the 2017... Read more

  • An EMS officer rescues a baby duck from a storm drain in Washington, D.C. on May 8, 2017. (Reuters)

    Baby Ducklings Rescued From Storm Drain in Washington DC

    Eight baby ducklings had a lucky escape on Monday (May 8) after being rescued from a storm drain in the United States capitol. The D.C... Read more

  • You know very well you are one of those that before checking out of a hotel you take all the cute little toiletries for whatever reason! (AOL Screenshot)

    Save Lives by Leaving Behind the Soap at Your Hotel (Video)

    You know very well you are one of those that before checking out of a hotel, you take all the cute little toiletries for whatever... Read more

  • The Newport Oregon Police Department was recently alerted to a cat who appeared to be armed, possibly with a semi-automatic weapon, and had situated itself high in a tree. (AOL Screenshot)

    Police Called After Cat Lurking in Tree Appeared to be Holding Assault Rifle (Video)

    The Newport Oregon Police Department was recently alerted to a cat who appeared to be armed, possibly with a semi-automatic weapon, and had situated itself... Read more

  • Joe Estevez (R) and his wife Constance. Estevez has managed to have a busy career in Hollywood without the negative consequences of fame. “I’m the luckiest person in the world to be doing what I love to do,” said Estevez. (Tim Wahl)

    Joe Estevez: Leading a Quiet Life in Front of the Scenes

      “Movie Stumpers,” a question category on the popular TV game show “Jeopardy,” did not stump this contestant: “When the star wasn’t available, his brother... Read more

  • A Pearland police cruiser in Texas was taken off the streets for an unusual reason. (AOL Screenshot)

    Police Cruiser Taken off Streets After Bird Sets Up Nest on Vehicle (Video)

    A Pearland police cruiser in Texas was taken off the streets for an unusual reason.…... Read more

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    Housing Families: One Approach to Homelessness

    In a previous article, “Books to Help Us Understand Homelessness,” began the process of approaching the problem of homelessness. Part 2 looks at one private... Read more

  • Chef Ismet Saz prepares lamb patties at Turkish Cuisine Night, the first in a monthly series called Global Tastes International being held at the Agriculture and Food Museum in Ottawa in honour of Canada’s sesquicentennial. (Philippe St-Jean)

    Turkish Chef Demonstrates Art of Culinary Diplomacy in Ottawa

    OTTAWA—Instead of baking a cake for Canada’s 150th birthday, executive chef Ismet Saz had another treat for guests at Turkish Cuisine Night, co-hosted recently in... Read more

  • A deputy in Volusia County, Florida, drove away from a gas station with the pump nozzle still attached to his car. (AOL Screenshot)

    Florida Deputy Leaves Gas Station, Takes Pump Nozzle With Him (Video)

    A deputy in Volusia County, Florida, drove away from a gas station with the pump nozzle still attached to his car.…... Read more

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    The Way to Finding Powerful Human Connection

    Human connection is not so common in our age of connectivity. We see lots of people, but find our little cocoons to hide in. As... Read more

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    8 Books With Simple Truths to Remember All Year Long

    At the beginning of a new year, I like to review the past year and think about positive things in my life that I might... Read more

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    5 Ways to Simplify Your Life

    I recently had a bout of vertigo, which kept me out of the kitchen for a while. When I started cooking again, I realized that... Read more

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    Practical Ways to Practice Being Present

    There are a lot of amazing benefits to being more present and mindful, but one of my favorites is this: you’re not missing the beauty... Read more

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    Photo: Boys Help Man in Wheelchair Shovel Snow in Milwaukee

    A father captured the moment his two young sons opted to help a man in a wheelchair shovel snow in Wisconsin. On Dec. 12, Daniel... Read more

  • Ben Hooper began his four-month journey on Sunday, leaving from Senegal's coast. (AOL Screenshot)

    Ben Hooper Begins Swim Across Atlantic Ocean (Video)

    Almost 2,000 miles separate Ben Hooper and history. After years of training, the 38-year-old Brit began his swim across the Atlantic Ocean on Sunday.  If... Read more

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    Soaking in the Wonder of the Emerging Moment

    Lately I’ve been using the image of an empty cup to find a more peaceful state of mind. One of the most peaceful, meditative states... Read more

  • Toby Peach relives the moments when he was diagnosed with cancer twice, at 19 and 21, in his solo show “The Eulogy of Toby Peach” that he recently performed in the West End, London.
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    Facing Mortality: Cancer Is a Personal Journey

    There are few things more terrifying in life than cancer: when your cells malfunction and gang up on you, when you lose your hair through... Read more

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    Gratitude to Cure the Impulse to Buy More Stuff

    It’s funny that two days with such opposing spirits come back-to-back in our calendars here in the United States: Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday. One... Read more

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    New Study Suggets Selfie ‘Lurking’ Could Lower Self-Esteem

    People who spend a lot of time looking at selfies on Facebook and other social media sites may have low self-esteem and feel less satisfied... Read more

  • Technological inventions have made life easier around the home and have meant fewer and fewer chores for the kids. (shutterstock)

    ‘It’s All About Me, Me, Me!’ Why Children Are Spending Less Time Doing Household Chores

    In August, Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison warned that “Australia has a generation growing up expecting government handouts.” Researchers have labeled this the “Me Generation.” Some... Read more

  • Officer Chase Miller is credited with saving the life of 3-year-old Brayden Geis, to the relief of his parents (L) Miller was awarded the Life Saving Award on Oct. 18. (Twitter/City of Grandbury)

    Texas Officer Saves 3-Year-old Who Suddenly Stopped Breathing

    A Texas family says their 3-year-old son would not be alive today if it were not for the actions of one local police officer. John Geis, Bethany... Read more

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    Why Facebook May Fuel New Mothers’ Insecurity

    You haven’t showered in a few days, and you haven’t brushed your teeth yet this morning. But your baby is one month old today. You... Read more

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    Workout of the Month: 5K Training Schedule for the Non-Runner

    May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. Life Fitness is here to encourage ways to be active during May and beyond. Good luck! Back... Read more

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    How to Cut 6 Vegetables the Right Way

    It’s a great idea to widen the variety of vegetables you eat. This helps keeps meals interesting, nutritious, and makes you feel good. That’s until... Read more

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    3 Vinegar Uses for the Hair

    Aside from being a kitchen essential and a worker of small miracles in the bathroom, vinegar is also a dynamo in the beauty department. Applied externally, vinegar... Read more

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    Lower Cholesterol Naturally With Strawberries

    LDL cholesterol and triglycerides can be lowered naturally by eating strawberries. The health benefits of antioxidants are well known, and strawberries are packed with these... Read more

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    US Beef Exports to China Will Resume If the US Will Import China’s Chickens

    US Cattlemen and ag professionals are ecstatic over China’s willingness to accept US beef imports for the first time in 13 years. Yet few reports... Read more

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    Personal Music Playlists May Reduce Medication Use With Dementia

    Nursing home residents with dementia who listen to a personalized music playlist may need less psychotropic medication and have improved behavior, a recent study suggests... Read more

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    6 Vegan Alternatives to Honey

    Honey is not vegan, but luckily there are delicious alternatives to replace it in any recipe. Try these vegan alternatives to honey! The honey question... Read more

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    7 Kinds of Coughs and What They Might Mean

    A cough is a symptom, not a disease in and of itself, that’s often indicative of an underlying condition. A cough can accompany a common... Read more

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    These Other Factors Sway Who Seems ‘Too Fat’

    Gender, race, and age influence our perceptions of people as “too fat” or “thin enough,” research shows. “It looks like obesity is in the eye of... Read more

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    Don’t Drink the Water! Diarrhea From US Swimming Pools Rising

    As warm weather approaches, U.S. health officials are warning that outbreaks of diarrhea caused by swallowing swimming pool water containing parasites have doubled in the... Read more

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    Energy Drinks May Affect Heart Health

    Drinking 32 ounces of energy drink is associated with potentially harmful changes in blood pressure and heart function that are beyond those seen with caffeine... Read more

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    The Do’s and Don’ts of Post-Baby Recovery

    French women have a secret to bouncing back and feeling great post-baby: They embrace postpartum physical therapy. Six weeks after birth, French women begin “la... Read more

  • Physicist Albert Einstein playing the violin in 1931. (-/AFP/Getty Images)

    The Power of Being Different

    Albert Einstein, Nikola Tesla, Leonardo da Vinci—some of the greatest minds in history came with unusual quirks. Many of Einstein’s scientific breakthroughs, for example, emerged during... Read more

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    Healthy Grilling Tips to Minimize Carcinogens in Your Food

    The topic of grilling carcinogens is probably the last thing you want to focus on while heading up for a summer cookout. The truth is when... Read more

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    Even With Free Sunscreen, Most People Don’t Use Enough

    Offering free sunscreen to people at public events might not be enough to motivate them to properly protect themselves from harmful rays, a recent experiment... Read more

  • A prison inmate and TAILS program participant with his dog.
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    Dog Training Changes Prison Inmates’ Lives

    In five Florida prisons, some inmates are learning how to train dogs, with stunning results. The program is called TAILS, which stands for Teaching Animals... Read more

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    A Publisher That Champions Beauty

    NEW YORK—If Martine Assouline has a motto, it might be that “beauty is necessary—or that culture is the best accessory.” “I strongly believe that when... Read more

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    Practical Ways to Practice Being Present

    There are a lot of amazing benefits to being more present and mindful, but one of my favorites is this: you’re not missing the beauty... Read more

  • Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan speaks at a rally for Senator Durenberger on Feb. 8, 1982. (Photo by Michael Evans/The White House/Getty Images)

    An Inspirational Walk Through the Reagan Library

    After the 2016 U.S. Election, some people, especially many young voters, may have been disappointed and depressed. However, many amongst the elder generation in California... Read more

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    Gratitude Good for Your Mind—and Our World

    Studies show that consciously counting our blessings has verifiable health benefits. But if giving thanks is so great, why do our blessings often seem so... Read more

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    20 Inspiring Quotes for Families Who Love to Travel

    Whether you could use a little encouragement to pull the trigger on your next family vacation, or (like me) even the thought of travel makes you... Read more

  • Human rights campaigner Malala Yousafzai in June 2016 in London. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

    Malala Yousafzai Speaks Out for Love and Education

    Malala Yosafzai, the youngest to ever receive the Nobel Peace Prize, has a message for everyone, a message everyone can apply to their lives. “A... Read more

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    Young Choir Sings to Honor Fallen War Hero on Flight

    Diane Hollifield Cupp was on a flight from Germany when she saw an Army private in uniform escorting the remains of a World War II... Read more

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    Four Teens’ Free Lawn Service Lifts Louisville Community

    It’s not every day that someone asks you if they can mow your lawn for free. But four teens in Louisville, Kentucky, are doing just... Read more

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    Father Surprises Little League Son on Birthday

    A Philadelphia little league baseball player was devastated when he learned his father hadn’t purchased him anything for his birthday—or so he thought. Braheim Fowler,... Read more

  • TV personality Robert Herjavec from "Shark Tank" visits LinkedIn for an Interview with Daniel Roth at LinkedIn Studios on April 26, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)

    Robert Herjavec of ‘Shark Tank’ Offers to Replace 4-Year-Old’s Stolen Prosthetic Leg

    Frank Brenes is “crushed” that his 4-year-old son’s prosthetic leg was stolen at a California beach over the weekend. Brenes and his family and friends were... Read more

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    A 6-Year-Old’s Dream Comes True: Garbage Man for a Day

    Six-year-old Ethan Dean, who at just 2 weeks old was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, says he wants to be a garbage man when he grows up.  ... Read more

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    Police Officer Saves the Day for Woman and Son Stranded on Highway

    Angela Brown was waiting on the side of a Virginia highway for a tow truck after her mother’s car broke down, when police approached. “Henrico... Read more

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    Modern Knights Revive Chivalry as Cultural Reform

    Chivalry-Now is a movement that introduces a new form of chivalry for the 21st century. Founder Dean Jacques is a retired social worker. Throughout his... Read more

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    Creativity Makes the Everyday Vibrant

    While some enhance their creativity by reading books on the subject, such as “Wired to Create, Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind,” others study those who... Read more

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    Rental Car Employee John Goodlett Lends Helping Hand to Mom With Twins, Kindness Goes Viral

    Good isn’t only in John Goodlett’s name—he embodies it. When Coty Vincent entered a Tulsa, Oklahoma, Enterprise Rent-A-Car office on July 13, she encountered “one of... Read more

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    Children’s Hospital Uses Pokemon as ‘Sneaky Way’ to Get Kids Exercising

    A pediatric hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is using the recently launched Pokemon GO game to “help patients get out and see the world.” “It’s kind of a... Read more

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    Buffalo’s ‘Ice Creamcycle Dude’ Gives Away Cool Treats and Enables Warm Hearts

    James Karagiannis, known as the Ice Creamcycle Dude, is not a typical ice cream peddler.  Karagiannis, 36, recently started a pay-it-forward campaign to bring free ice... Read more

  • Kyle Bigler at his job (Joanna Griffiths/Facebook)

    Man Who Walked 16 Miles to Two Jobs Gets a Free Car

    A man in New Hampshire walks 16 miles per day between his two minimum-wage jobs. Kyle Bigler works at both Dunkin’ Donuts and a Big... Read more

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    Homeless Student Lives in Tent Before College Starts; Then Community Helps

    While tensions have heightened between police officers and civilians in some places around the country, two security officers went out of their way to help a... Read more

  • Sibylle Eschapasse and her mother in New York. (Rene-Victor Eschapasse)

    Sibylle’s Favorite Quotes about Motherhood

    As we celebrate mothers today all around the country, I compiled some of the best quotes ever written about this beautiful gift that is motherhood... Read more

  • A trimmed boxwood hedge, rattan chairs, and a black ceramic pot matching the front door gives this home a clean and tailored look. (ppa/Shutterstock)

    Tips for Eye-Catching Curb Appeal

    After a dreary winter, the exterior of your home and yard may be looking a little drab and unkempt. Whether you’re getting ready to sell... Read more

  • Pull colours from artwork into a room’s accessories. (Africa studio/Shutterstock)

    Decorating for Spring

    Make your home lighter and brighter this spring with some simple, fresh updates. Breathe new life into your space and get ready to greet the... Read more

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    Small-Space Living: Multi-Functional Furniture Doubles as Storage

    Living in a condo or an apartment usually means space is at a premium, and finding storage solutions is often top of mind for most... Read more

  • Stylish, simple, and monochromatic is the epitome of Scandinavian-style decorating. (PlusONE/Shutterstock)

    Scandinavian-Style Decorating

    Scandinavian-style decorating—also known as Scandi—is clean, simple, and uncluttered in a super-stylish, natural way. This comfortable and casual decor is organized and functional, never fussy... Read more

  • Adding an electric fireplace to the living room creates a warm and inviting atmosphere. (Breadmaker/Shutterstock)

    Luxury Items for Condo Living

    Most of us would welcome a little more luxury in our lives, especially when it can be easily incorporated at home. The good news is, even if... Read more

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    Quick and Easy Theme Decorating for the Holidays

    Each year the holiday season rolls around it provides a new opportunity to transform your home into an oasis of warmth and style. Decorating both... Read more

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    Adding Originality to Homes: One Tile at a Time

    John Pasquariello is the effusive owner of M2 Tile & Stone, a forward-thinking tile and stone retailer who represents a superior product line second-to-none, which... Read more

  • A home in Vashon Island, Wash., featured in the book "Prefabulous Small Houses" by Sheri Koones. The Vashon Island house, built with structural insulated panels and a timber frame was designed by FabCab and is 1,750 square feet. (Dr. Dale Christopher Lang via AP)

    Author Turns Focus on ‘Prefabulous’ Small Homes

    Author Sheri Koones believes that prefab houses (or “prefabulous,” as she calls them) are the homes of the future. She’s written five books about them... Read more

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    Choose Home Office Furniture That Inspires

    Shopping for functional and stylish home office furniture? You’re definitely not alone. The home office has become an increasingly important room in the Canadian home... Read more

  • A feminine cottage style bedroom with romantic soft floral print curtains and pillows. (KhongkitWiriyachan/iStock)

    Style File: Cottage Decor

    The cottage decor style is very welcoming and cozy. It is bursting with romance and personality and intended to make family and guests alike feel... Read more

  • A sophisticated living room which has layered floor coverings perfect for playing on the floor and plenty of soft or curved surfaces to create a safe space for little ones. A child-friendly space doesn't have to look like a playroom. (Victoria Pearson/Nathan Turner via AP)

    Ask a Designer: Homes That Work for Both Kids and Grown-Ups

    For new parents, the urge to keep little ones entertained and enriched can often lead to a home so full of baby gear and toys... Read more

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    Style File: Coastal Decor

    Style File explores the breezy, beachy world of coastal interior decor. Coastal is a real feel-good style that finds its anchors (pun very much intended)... Read more

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    Australian Couple Raffling Tropical Island Resort for $36 a Ticket

    An Australian couple is raffling their tropical island resort and scuba diving business, after living there for more than two decades. One lucky winner will... Read more

  • Parents and adult children, as well as grandchildren, are coming together to live under one roof. (Courtesy eieihome.com)

    Building For Multi-Generational Households

    As housing prices continue to skyrocket and the inventory of Canadian homes becomes increasingly smaller, multi-generational homes have begun to experience a renaissance. Parents and... Read more

  • This photo taken April 8, 2016, shows town homes at The Cannery, which is set beside the plowed field of the small, urban farm that is a centerpiece of the community in Davis, Calif.  (Michelle Locke via AP)

    Agrihoods Take Root: A Housing Trend Rooted in Agriculture

    DAVIS, Calif.—”How ya gonna keep ’em down on the farm?” asks the old song. The answer may be: Build them an agrihood. Feeding off the... Read more

  • A living room designed by Betsy Burnham of Burnham Design. A couple's contrasting tastes are both represented: Sleek, modern furniture and lighting mix beautifully with soft floral drapes and colourful, patterned pillows. (John Hugstad/Burnham Design via AP)

    Ask a Designer: Advice for Couples Blending Two Homes Into One

    For couples setting up a new home together, it’s a challenge: how to merge two sets of stuff and two decorating styles into one space... Read more

  • This undated photo taken in Puerto Rico shows a weeping fig tree.  (Lee Reich via AP)

    Gardening: Tropical Houseplants Need a Little Coddling

    A winter trip to the “Isle of Enchantment,” Puerto Rico, left me feeling sorry for many of my houseplants back home. The effects of steam-bath... Read more

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    Costly Real Estate Market Drives Home Renovations Industry, says EiEi Home.com

    Home renovations are big business in Canada, outstripping even residential real estate transactions. EiEiHome.com has tapped into the flourishing home renovation industry by establishing a... Read more

  • An outdoor entertaining space with a fireplace and comfortable seating. (Courtesy eieihome.com)

    How to Create an Outdoor Room

    Finally, the warmer weather is here to stay. That means dining alfresco on freshly grilled delights. Instead of hiding indoors, time will be spent trading sips... Read more

  • 2017 Hyundai Elantra GT. (Courtesy of Hyundai)

    2017 Hyundai Elantra GT Value Edition

    The 2017 Elantra GT has a dynamic front grille and a body design that personifies an athletic gait and promotes a partnership with the driver... Read more

  • 2017 Chrysler 300. (Courtesy of FCA)

    2017 Chrysler 300S

    The 2017 Chrysler 300S is the second in the collection, positioned over the 300 Limited while being less loaded than the 300C and 300C Platinum... Read more

  • Volvo S90 Mussel Blue (Courtesy of David Taylor)

    Volvo S90 T6: An Underappreciated Premium Vehicle That Begs to be Driven

    When I first drove the 2017 Volvo S90 T6 home and parked it in the driveway, my wife, used to seeing a different vehicle most... Read more

  • BMW i8 (Courtesy of BMW Group Canada)

    BMW: Rolling With the Changes and Building a Sustainable Customer Base

    There may be at least one, ok, two very good reasons that people the world over refer to Bayerische Motoren Werke AG by its more... Read more

  • 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid. (Courtesy of Hyundai)

    2017 Hyundai Ioniq

    The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq will be the first dedicated vehicle platform with three electrified low- and zero-emission powertrain choices. The gas-electric hybrid variant of the... Read more

  • Buick Regal TourX (Courtesy of David Taylor)

    The 2018 Buick Regal Sportback

    WARREN, MI—When word came down from on high that Buick was going to introduce the sixth generation of the Buick Regal ahead of the 2017... Read more

  • Nissan Joni Paiva (Courtesy of Nissan Canada)

    Nissan: An OEM With a Very Strong, Durable Foundation

    Here’s a fun fact that may surprise: Nissan, is considered the sixth largest automaker by volume in the world after Toyota, General Motors, Volkswagen Group,... Read more

  • 2017 Infiniti QX30. (Courtesy of Infiniti)

    2017 Infiniti QX30 Premium AWD

    The 2017 Infiniti QX30 is available in six models, with the Premium AWD positioned just below the Sport model. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price is... Read more

  • 017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen. (Courtesy of Volkswagen)

    2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen 1.8T S

    This VW Golf wagon is a performance wagon. The performance credential is bolstered by a 1.8-liter turbocharged inline-four TSI engine with direct injection and inter... Read more

  • Jaguar I-Pace (Courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover)

    Jaguar Land Rover: A Niche Luxury Automobile Company That is on a Roll

    Sitting down with executives of automotive companies at all levels to talk about new vehicles, technology, and innovation or just what’s new is nothing unusual... Read more

  • 2018 All-New GMC Terrain SLT (Left) and Denali (Right) (Courtesy of General Motors)

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    This Free Lunch for 5,000 People Was Made From Food That Would’ve Been Wasted

    We’ve all heard the phrase, “When in doubt, throw it out.” Chances are, that mentality has contributed to the pitching of perfectly good leftovers into... Read more

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    How to Make Your Own Compost Tea

    By Ali Lawrence, Organic Lifestyle Magazine If you’re still using plain old compost, you’re living in the past. These days gardeners are raving about the wonders... Read more

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    Swede Designs Tiny Bike-Car for Healthy Commuting in Tough Weather

    Mikael Kjellman really likes to bike, but where he lives (in Sweden) the weather is not always conducive to biking. Fortunately, Kjellman works as a design... Read more

  • Clear skies provide good views of The Milky Way, Kosciuszko National Park, New South Wales. (Luke Tscharke/WWF-Aus)

    Earth Hour: Community Action Key

    SYDNEY—Earth Hour, conceived in Sydney in 2007 as a one-off community event, is now a global phenomena. On March 19 this year, over 172 countries... Read more

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    Understanding the Heart of Chinese Medicine

    Modern people typically believe that the brain rules the body. But according to ancient Chinese doctors, the heart is in charge. In traditional Chinese medicine,... Read more

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    Green Living: The Most Effective Oven Cleaner

    By Natalie Miller, Organic Lifestyle Magazine Cleaning your oven with baking soda and vinegar will leave it sparkling clean and shiny, without you having to rely... Read more

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    A Healthy Way to Build Communities

    Mark Winne, an author and anti-hunger activist, often says that the most important word in “community garden” isn’t “garden.” I saw this firsthand not long... Read more

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    How to Use Vinegar and Baking Soda to Clean Your Home

    PPBy Allene Edwards, Organic Lifestyle Magazine When it comes to cleaning your home, how do you choose products? Marketing companies try to convince us that scrubbing... Read more

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    Is the Meat Industry More Sustainable Than California’s Almond Plantations?

    By Ethan A. Huff, contributing writer to Natural News When “progressives” speak about unsustainable food production, they often go after meat products as being among the worst... Read more

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    All National Parks to Offer Free Admission on 16 Days in 2016

    WASHINGTON—The National Park Service turns 100 years old in 2016 and wants everyone to celebrate! All national parks will waive their entrance fees on 16... Read more

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    Why Gardening Is Good for Your Mind as Well as Your Body

    More than half the planet’s population now live in cities, with limited access to the natural world. For Europe and Latin America, the figure is... Read more

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    How to Get Rid of Black Mold for Good (Infographic)

    If you detect black mold in your house, it is important that it be removed as soon as possible. Toxigenic black mold can quickly take... Read more

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    Simple DIY Rose Water

    It’s rose water season! Can you get your hands on some fragrant rose petals? If yes, then you can make some amazing rose water that you... Read more

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    Cowspiracy Will Expand Your Perception of the Modern Meat Industry

    If you haven’t had the pleasure of getting your mind ripped wide open by the movie Cowspiracy, I will tell you it is a highly intelligent... Read more

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    Malta: Sacred to the Gods

    In the very heart of the Mediterranean Sea lies the tiny archipelago of Malta with its mysterious 7,000-year-old history. The first people to arrive on... Read more

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    Family Adventuring in Wild, Wonderful West Virginia

    As my family continues our mission to visit all fifty states, we recently turned our attention to “Wild, Wonderful” West Virginia. We left with a... Read more

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    Gozo: Malta’s Island of Joy

    The Malta archipelago, located in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea just south of Sicily, consists of the three major islands of Malta, Gozo, and... Read more

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    A Jewel in Mankind’s Heritage: Chateau of Chambord (Video)

    An easy two-hour drive south of Paris to the Loire Valley is all it takes to experience one of mankind’s architectural jewels. Built in 1519... Read more

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    Discovering New York’s Catskill Mountains

    A recent trip to the Catskill Mountains, located 100 miles north-northwest of New York City, turned out to be a delightful discovery of idyllic parks,... Read more

  • Hotel Parador San Estevo de Ribas de Sil, a reconverted ancient monastery in Galicia. (Carole Jobin)

    Spain: The Galician Way

    The Camino de Santiago (St. James Way), a pilgrimage route in Galicia in northwestern Spain, attracts an endless stream of pilgrims, hikers, cyclists, and even... Read more

  • Puerto Vallarta Famous Los Muertos Beach

    Exploring Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

    And now for something completely different: Dinner in the Sky! The air was balmy, the moon was full, and the stars were twinkling their amusement... Read more

  • David Lawes surfing in Peru. (Courtesy David Lawes)

    A South American Surf Adventure

    Sitting on a palm-lined beach in Bocas del Toro in the 30 °C tropical sun, sipping on a cold cerveza and speaking in semi-coherent Spanish... Read more

  • Shopping street in Wernigerode. (Wibke Carter)

    Mythical Moments in Germany’s Harz Mountains

    For centuries, the Harz has been a mythical and much-feared mountain range in central Germany. Residents in the surrounding villages and towns believed that demons... Read more

  • Major's Hill Park in downtown Ottawa. The glass and granite building is the National Gallery of Canada. (James Peltzer)

    A bicycle tour of Ottawa and Gatineau

    Drifting in a hot air balloon high above Canada’s Parliament Buildings in Ottawa, I look down upon the Ottawa River Valley, the cane-shaped Rideau Canal,... Read more

  • The gates at Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto, Japan. (Annie Wu/Epoch Times)

    Enchanting Kyoto: A Japanese City Steeped in Culture and Good Eats

    KYOTO, Japan—The paper screen doors slid open, revealing a garden of neatly arranged rocks amid vibrant green trees and a small pathway lined with stone... Read more

  • Honfleur’s Vieux-Bassin (Old Harbour) is lined with beautifully restored 16th- to 18th-century houses. (Janna Graber)

    Paris to Normandy: River Cruising in France

    As we approach the water, I see it stretched along the river. The MS River Venture is a small luxury vessel that can hold 136... Read more

  • The Cinderella Castle at Disney's Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Fla., on May 22, 2016. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

    10 Rules You Must Follow When Visiting Walt Disney World

    If you and your family are heading to Disney World soon, first let me say, I am so excited for you!!!!  Okay, okay, deep breaths... Read more

  • Mongolian Yurt. (Vlatka Jovanovic)

    By Train from St. Petersburg to Hong Kong (4)

    The journey on the legendary Trans Siberian Railway is one of the greatest travel adventures of our age. The Trans Siberian Girl is traveling on... Read more

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    Celebrating Carnival in Germany’s Dusseldorf

    The guy sitting next to me on my AirBerlin flight to Dusseldorf was heading to the city on the Rhine to enjoy its famous Carnival... Read more

  • Cross church Irkutsk, Siberia. (Vlatka Jovanovic)

    By Train from St. Petersburg to Hong Kong (3)

    The journey on the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway is one of the greatest travel adventures of our age. The Trans Siberian Girl is traveling on the... Read more

  • A U.K. travel company called Blue Marble Private is planning to launch a tour where guests will be able to view the wreckage of the Titanic about 13,000 feet deep in the North Atlantic Ocean. (AOL Screenshot)

    UK Company to Offer Tourists a View of the Titanic Shipwreck for $105K Each (Video)

    A U.K. travel company called Blue Marble Private is planning to launch a tour where guests will be able to view the wreckage of the... Read more

  • Nevis Botanical Gardens, a lush oasis of tropical plants and other flora from around the world. (Janna Graber)

    Nevis, the Caribbean’s Best-Kept Secret

    “Watch your step,” our guide says as we follow a narrow path up the mountainside. The trees are so thick that only narrow rays of... Read more

  • Leaving Moscow behind. (Vlatka Jovanovic)

    By Train from St. Petersburg to Hong Kong (2)

    The journey on the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway is one of the greatest travel adventures of our age. The Trans-Siberian Girl is traveling on the world’s... Read more

  • The Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel and Spa in Interlaken. (Mohammed Reza Amirinia)

    Bern and Interlaken: Pearls of Switzerland

    In September of last year I spent a few days in Switzerland and visited Bern and Interlaken. Although Switzerland’s busy capital city, Bern projects the... Read more

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