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#SmallBusinessSaturday Ethical Gift Guide

Calladoodles in Carshalton Village, Surrey. (courtesy Calladoodles)
Calladoodles in Carshalton Village, Surrey. (courtesy Calladoodles)

Dec. 3 is #SmallBusinessSaturday, and as thoughts turn to gift shopping try checking out your local independent stores for unique ethical gifts that give in...


  • Chrysler Pacifica Limited (David Taylor)

    2017 Chrysler Pacifica Limited: A (Mini) Van for All Seasons

    For many people driving the roads and highways of Canada in the mid-1980s, the common perception that this hugely popular mode of family transportation, the... 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

  • George, an orphaned baby wombat who has been taken in by an Australian park has become an Internet sensation. (AOL Screenshot)

    George, the Orphaned Baby Wombat, Becomes an Internet Sensation (Video)

    George, an orphaned baby wombat who has been taken in by an Australian park has become an Internet sensation. His journey to stardom began quite... Read more

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    Holiday Shopping: Not Made in China

    You’ve got your list. You’ve checked it twice. It’s time to shop! Whether you’re braving the malls, heading to your local downtown shops, doing it... Read more

  • A man who rode his horse from South Carolina to Florida is now facing animal cruelty charges. (AOL Screenshot)

    Malnourished Horse Needed Rescue After Being Ridden for Hundreds of Miles (Video)

    A man who rode his horse from South Carolina to Florida is now facing animal cruelty charges. Though his destination was Key West, authorities in... Read more

  • Kya the shiba inu got to meet Santa Claus, and she couldn't have been more stoked. (AOL Screenshot)

    Dog Meets Real-Life Version of Its Favorite Santa Toy (Video)

    This is Kya. She’s a 1-year-old shiba inu, and she’s super into her Santa Claus toy. Kya’s owners thought she’d love the chance to meet... Read more

  • He had a clump of bamboo lodged in his bowel. (AOL Screenshot)

    The National Zoo’s Baby Panda Is Recovering From Surgery (Video)

    Bei Bei, the Smithsonian National Zoo’s resident baby panda, is recovering from lifesaving surgery. The baby bear had to  undergo surgery after a lemon-sized clump... Read more

  • Ford Escape (David Taylor)

    2017 Ford Escape: Driving Through the Rockies

    Throughout the year, all the major Canadian-based automotive manufacturers send out invitations to a select group of automotive and lifestyle writers when they wish to... Read more

  • 2016 Lexus NX 200t Turbo. (Courtesy of Lexus Newsroom)

    2016 Lexus NX 200t Turbo F Sport

    The Lexus 2.0 L turbocharged engine with Dual VVT-i is capable of cranking out 235 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, while delivering multiple levels... Read more

  • It turns out humans and dogs have more in common than typically believed. According to researchers at Budapest’s MTA-ELTE Comparative Ethology Research Group, dogs, like people, possess the power to recall past events. (AOL Screenshot)

    Your Dog Remembers What You Do (Video)

    It turns out humans and their dogs have more in common than typically believed. According to researchers at Budapest’s MTA-ELTE Comparative Ethology Research Group, dogs,... Read more

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    Family Friendly Audiobooks for Long Holiday Car Rides

    If your family is hitting the road this holiday season, along with the millions of other families with the same plan, an audiobook may be... Read more

  • (Evgeny Atamanenko/Shutterstock)

    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

  • Rich plum- and gold-coloured ornaments decorate this holiday tree.  (tatsmis/Shutterstock)

    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

  • A member of staff cleans a new SUV Sportage car at South Korean carmaker Kia Motors booth during a press day of the 66th IAA auto show in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany, on September 15, 2015. 
(ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)

    Kia Tells Sportage Owners to Park Outside Due to Fire Risk

    DETROIT—Kia is telling owners of nearly 72,000 older SUVs in the U.S. to park them outside because an electrical short in a computer can cause... Read more

  • SafetyNet members (L-R) Alex Steeves, Abdullah Mostafa, Suzana Vukovic, Thomas Le, and Herman Liao at the University of Ottawa on Nov. 20, 2016. (Rahul Vaidyanath/Epoch Times)

    Startup Weekend More Than Transforming Ideas Into Reality Quickly

    OTTAWA—Startup Weekend provides the water and sunlight from which a remarkable transformation takes place in about 48 hours. An exuberant and perhaps naïve individual with... Read more

  • (Eugenio Marongiu/Shutterstock)

    9 Ways to Simplify the Holidays This Year

    The holiday season is a wonderful time of year, complete with family gatherings, meaningful traditions, delicious food, and presents galore.  It is precisely these elements... 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.
(Courtesy Toby Peach/(c)Richard Davenport)

    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

  • (Yuganov Konstantin/Shutterstock)

    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

  • (Desert Bus For Hope/Flickr/Creative Commons)

    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

  • A series of strange white cross-like formations can be spotted above a section of Arizona desert, and an investigation has revealed that they were part of a secret project by the U.S. military to spy on enemy territory during the Cold War. (AOL Screenshot)

    Unraveling the Mystery Behind Strange White Crosses in Arizona Desert (Video)

    Nearly 12 years ago, a pilot was flying a small plane when she saw a strange formation in a section of a desert in Arizona... 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

  • Claire Olsen's grandson called Papa John's to deliver pizza to her Palm Coast, Florida, home as a way to conduct a wellness check on her after Hurricane Matthew on Oct. 9. (WFTV)

    Family Sends Pizza Deliveryman to Conduct Wellness Check on Grandma After Hurricane

    A pizza deliveryman brought more than a pepperoni pie to one Florida grandmother—he delivered a sigh of relief to her family nearly 1,700 miles away. As Floridians... Read more

  • The sunny Dickie Fitz restaurant in Fitzrovia London offers contemporary Australian cuisine. (Courtesy Dickie Fitz)

    Australian Chefs Bring Fresh Flavour Fusions to London

    LONDON—The flavours of the Mediterranean or the tastes of Asia often burst through dishes that are cooked the contemporary Australian way. It’s another fusion food... Read more

  • Button and Ferby. (Courtesy of Walter Rue)

    Celebrating Outdoor Cats

    When I was a young woman many years ago, one Mother’s Day I was feeling particularly lonely. My mother had died a few years before... Read more

  • (Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Fitbit)

    What We’ve Suspected About Fitbits All Along Is True

    Wearing a fitness tracker may help you keep tabs on how many steps you take, but the devices themselves – even with the lure of... Read more

  • (halfthrottle/Reddit)

    Dad Charged $40 To Hold Baby, Highlights Childbirth Costs in US

    A detailed, itemized medical bill of a Caesarean section delivery for one family highlights the miscellaneous cost of childbirth in the United States. Reddit user... Read more

  • The Benicia Police Department purchased a bicycle for Jordan Duncan who walked eight miles to work everyday. (Facebook/ The Benicia Police Department)

    California Police Buy Bicycle for Teen Who Walked a 5-Hour Daily Commute

    A California Police Association collectively raised money to purchase a bicycle for a teenager who has been trekking eight miles to work everyday. Corporal Kirk... Read more

  • William Maillis graduated from high school and is now a college student already working on his own theories of how the universe was created. (AOL Screenshot)

    9-Year-Old Boy Graduates High School and Starts College (Video)

    William Maillis graduated from high school and is now a college student already working on his own theories of how the universe was created.…... Read more

  • Denver Broncos outside linebacker Brandon Marshall led the team in tackles in 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

    Store Owner Cancels Event After Denver’s Brandon Marshall Doesn’t Stand for Anthem

    After Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall joined the protest against the national anthem in the United States, he faced some backlash. Stephen Kurtis Martin, the... Read more

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    The Sublime Beauty of a Supervolcano: Watch Time-Lapse Video

    Yellowstone National Park sprawls over one of the most powerful supervolcanoes on Earth. The steamy mist and swirl of colors in the surrounding geothermal features blend... Read more

  • Actress Angelina Jolie in Hollywood, California on January 16, 2016. (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

    Iceland Green Lights the Name Angelina

    Iceland will now allow parents to name their daughters Angelina – just like one very famous American actress – a name which like many others... Read more

  • Icelandic sagas are under-appreciated in the world of European literature. (Oscar Wergeland [Public domain]/Wikimedia Commons)

    Guide to the Classics: The Icelandic Saga

    Iceland has been in the news quite a lot lately, mainly because of its young soccer team’s outstanding performance in the Euro 2016 football tournament... Read more

  • (Monika Wisniewska/Shutterstock)

    Can the Way We Move After Injury Lead to Chronic Pain?

    When people suffer musculoskeletal pain – that is, pain arising from muscles, ligaments, bones or joints – they change the way they move. Sometimes these... Read more

  • (Anna Shepulova/Shutterstock)

    Cooking with Adaptogens: Powerful Herbs/Fun, Functional Foods

    During the Cold War, Soviet scientists began researching herbs that could give their soldiers, athletes, and even champion chess players an edge. They called these... Read more

  • (Lunov Mykola/Shutterstock)

    Milk Thistle Heals and Protects the Liver and Acts as Poison Antidote

    In many ancient cultures, spiky plants known as thistles are a symbol for protection and respect. But there is much more to these weeds than... Read more

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    Antibiotic Tonic Recipe

    By Derek Henry, Holistic Health Coach for Healing the Body  Bacterial infections happen. How your immune system deals with them, along with what you eat,... Read more

  • (Camila Paez/Shutterstock)

    What Is Exposure Therapy and How Can It Treat Social Anxiety?

    Most of us experience a level of social anxiety at some point in our lives. We worry about what people think of us, about being... Read more

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    9 Lifestyle Principles For Longevity

    A trip to the library changed Luann Alemao’s life—and the small city of Cedar Falls, Iowa—forever. While browsing the new-book shelf a few years ago,... Read more

  • (Billion Photos/Shutterstock)

    Eat Lots of Fiber or Microbes Will Eat Your Colon

    It sounds like the plot of a 1950s science fiction movie: normal, helpful bacteria begin to eat their host from within, because they don’t get... Read more

  • (Wei Ming/Shutterstock)

    Getting to Know Third Hand Smoke

    Evidence proving the chronic health problems that smoking causes dramatically changed society’s attitude toward the habit (eventually). Only a few decades ago, smokers were free... Read more

  • (vchal/shutterstock)

    Study Finds Surprising Results in Vaccine Debate on Zuckerberg’s Facebook Post

    If you want to start a fight on social media, just bring up vaccines. It gets tempers flaring in no time. One case in point... Read more

  • (al1962/Shutterstock)

    7 Reasons to Eat More Dates

    One of the oldest crops on the planet, humans have been eating dates for over 6,000 years. Modern nutrition and science are just starting to find... Read more

  • (PanicAttack/Shutterstock)

    Health Benefits of Foam Rolling

    Foam rollers are a powerful therapeutic tool that you can use at home to maintain optimal physical health. The idea is simple enough: Using your... Read more

  • (jill111/pixabay)

    Mindful Breathing Could Save Your Life

    Breathing. We do it all the time, but do we notice it? When we get stressed or upset, do we realise our breathing changes, quickens,... Read more

  • (Maridav/Shutterstock)

    6 Ways Exercise Makes Your Brain Better

    Many people exercise every day to build muscles, build aerobic power, keep their bones strong, improve their breathing, and lose weight. But apart from physical... Read more

  • (Evgeny Atamanenko/Shutterstock)

    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

  • (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

    Fitness Is Not a Punishment

    “I have to work off all the food I ate yesterday at Thanksgiving dinner!” (Please, no.) Indulging around the holidays is quite common, and while... Read more

  • A woman gets an eye exam  (Photo credit should read Jason RE/AFP/Getty Images)

    Flex Spending Account: Your Tax-Free Health Care Piggy Bank

    Insurance is supposed to pay for your health care expenses, but what about care needs that fall outside your umbrella of coverage? Instead of paying... Read more

  • (Evgeny Atamanenko/Shutterstock)

    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

  • (Samuel Zeller/Unsplash.com)

    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

  • Screengrab via Diane Hollifield Cupp/Facebook page

    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

  • (Via GoFundMe)

    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

  • (Joseph Sohm/shutterstock)

    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

  • (Nejron Photo/Shutterstock)

    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

  • (Courtesy of Marian Dioguardi)

    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

  • Coty Vincent's Facebook page. (Facebook)

    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

  • patient-gaming-on-phone-Mott-Children’s-Hospital-released

    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

  • (Photo courtesy of James Karagiannis)

    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

  • (Facebook/Success For Fred)

    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

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    Texas Woman Making and Donating Superhero Capes for Children of Dallas Police

    A woman of Frisco, Texas, wanted to honor real heroes and to give solace to children in pain. Alicia Lopez has been making superhero capes... Read more

  • Screengrab (YouTube/NationSwell)

    Professor Becomes Street Librarian, Delivers Books to the Homeless by Bike

    A writing professor is hoping to give homeless people in Portland, Oregon, fodder for more stimulating conversations by giving them access to literature. Laura Moulton cycles... Read more

  • Essynce Moore, 13, and her mother Starr Barrett in New York City on July 13, 2016. Moore is a fashion designer, author, spa owner, and was recently named Teenpreneur of the Year by Black Enterprise. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    With Mom’s Support, This 13-Year-Old Entrepreneur Is Taking the World by Storm

    Doing something you love is the inspiration behind unstoppable 13-year-old Essynce Moore—who proves that with a little support, opportunities are endless.  Moore’s drive and determination have allowed her to accomplish things... Read more

  • American flags at the graves of U.S. soldiers buried at Arlington National Cemetery, in preparation for Memorial Day in Arlington, Va., on May 21, 2015. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

    Hundreds of Landscapers Volunteer at Arlington National Cemetery

    Hundreds of landscape professionals joined forces Monday to beautify Arlington National Cemetery, the final resting place for hundreds of thousands that served in the U.S... 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

  • Rich plum- and gold-coloured ornaments decorate this holiday tree.  (tatsmis/Shutterstock)

    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

  • M2 Tile & Design (Courtesy M2 Tile and Design)

    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

  • A dedicated room just for an office is a luxury most people would like. It can be separate from the rest of the house, in a spare bedroom, or unused basement room. (irina88w/iStock)

    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

  • (Courtesy Eieihome.com)

    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

  • (Courtesy of EiEiHomes.com)

    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

  • Laundry detergent makers introduced miniature packets in recent months such as this one photographed Thursday, May 24, 2012, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

    Laundry Pods Poison More Children Every Year

    Laundry pods may be convenient, but they come at a price.  A study published in Pediatrics on Monday showed that more children were being poisoned... Read more

  • <> on April 13, 2016 in Milan, Italy.

    Neglected Treasures Freshly Innovated in Milan Furniture Fair

    MILAN—Big Italian furniture brands turned out collections at the 55th Milan Furniture Fair that included forgotten or neglected treasures from their archives, along with fresh... Read more

  • This April 28, 2004 photo taken near New Market, Va., shows an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly perched on some Creeping phlox, a ground cover. (Dean Fosdick via AP)

    Gardeners Can Help Protect Butterfly Populations

    Bees aren’t the only pollinators suffering from a massive North American die-off. Butterflies and moths, those flying flowers of the insect world, are disappearing too... Read more

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    Why This Incredible Creation Should Not Be Called Dr. Seuss House?

    Out in the wilderness of Willow, Alaska, Phillip Weidner built a house for himself that, as he put it, is his “poem to the sky.” His original... Read more

  • : Garages usually end up being a dumping ground for things that we don’t want cluttering up the house. (eieihome.com)

    Garage Storage Solutions: How to fit an Entire Car in Your Garage

    We heard the most unbelievable urban legend today. Apparently, a long time ago, people actually used to put their cars inside of garages, instead of... Read more

  • Chrysler Pacifica Limited (David Taylor)

    2017 Chrysler Pacifica Limited: A (Mini) Van for All Seasons

    For many people driving the roads and highways of Canada in the mid-1980s, the common perception that this hugely popular mode of family transportation, the... Read more

  • Ford Escape (David Taylor)

    2017 Ford Escape: Driving Through the Rockies

    Throughout the year, all the major Canadian-based automotive manufacturers send out invitations to a select group of automotive and lifestyle writers when they wish to... Read more

  • 2016 Lexus NX 200t Turbo. (Courtesy of Lexus Newsroom)

    2016 Lexus NX 200t Turbo F Sport

    The Lexus 2.0 L turbocharged engine with Dual VVT-i is capable of cranking out 235 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, while delivering multiple levels... Read more

  • A member of staff cleans a new SUV Sportage car at South Korean carmaker Kia Motors booth during a press day of the 66th IAA auto show in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany, on September 15, 2015. 
(ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)

    Kia Tells Sportage Owners to Park Outside Due to Fire Risk

    DETROIT—Kia is telling owners of nearly 72,000 older SUVs in the U.S. to park them outside because an electrical short in a computer can cause... Read more

  • Subaru Forester (Subaru)

    The 2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i Limited is Worth a Look

    As a brand, Subaru has been around for some time. In fact, as a manufacturer, a few years back they were, by volume, the 22nd... Read more

  • Jaguar XE (Jaguar)

    Jaguar XE: 10 Years After

    It was 10 years ago when Ford-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), the esteemed British manufacturer introduced the world to their serious attempt to design and... Read more

  • 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid. (Courtesy of Honda)

    2017 Accord Hybrid Touring

    The new, re-styled 2017 Accord Hybrid features the 2nd generation 2-motor hybrid powertrain, which continues to establish its reputation as a leader in environmental friendliness... Read more

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

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    How to Make Your Own Compost Tea

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

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    Earth Hour: Community Action Key

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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

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    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

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    France Has a Great Plan for Its Soil—And It’s Not Just About Wine

    French wine lovers have always taken their soil very seriously. But now the country’s government has introduced fresh reasons for the rest of the world... Read more

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    Goal Zero Venture 30: Rugged Waterproof Power Pack & Solar Charger

    When you need reliable offgrid power for charging phones, cameras, tablets, or other mobile devices, a portable solar charger and power pack are just what... Read more

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    Forget about cakes and cookies–baking soda is one of the most useful items you could (and should!) have in your kitchen, and for more reasons... Read more

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    Underwater Beauty at Key Largo

    Everywhere you look there is life. Even in the shallow bay where tiny seahorses hide among turtle grass. Small shrimp conceal themselves under weeds. Hermit... Read more

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    Family Friendly Audiobooks for Long Holiday Car Rides

    If your family is hitting the road this holiday season, along with the millions of other families with the same plan, an audiobook may be... Read more

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    Hiking the Rugged Appalachian Trail

    I felt miniscule as I stood among the trees lining a towering mountainside while down below the river snaked along endlessly, without a ripple. Inhaling... Read more

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    A Weekend at Stanglwirt in Austria’s Tyrolian Alps

    The song “The Hills Are Alive,” sung by actress Julie Andrews against a stunning backdrop of the Alps in the classic movie “The Sound of... Read more

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    Hostess Gift Ideas for Holiday Family Visits

    If your travels this holiday season lead you to the homes of family and friends, you may wish to bring an offering of thanks for... Read more

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    San Francisco: More Than Hills, Fog, and Bridges

    San Francisco: also known as Fog City. Maybe I was lucky, because the day I walked across the Golden Gate Bridge it was beautiful sunshine... Read more

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    A World of Fun and Learning at Legoland

    Plunged into a world of fighting fire dragons, ninjas, and larger-than-life creatures, I realized I had begun a challenging voyage with my two young grandsons... Read more

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    Thanksgiving Travel Tips: How to Navigate the Busiest Travel Season of the Year

    Whether you and your family are hitting the road or flying high this Thanksgiving, you surely won’t be alone in your endeavor. Travel industry group... 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

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    Family Vacations: A Guide to Souvenirs

    Family vacations make for cherished memories we hold onto for a lifetime. They provide adventure, education, enlightenment, and quality time together. It’s no wonder we... Read more

  • Anantara Dhigu resort has 110 villas and suites on the South Male Atoll.  (Courtesy Anantara)

    Island-Hopping in the Maldives

    The 1,190 tiny islands that make up the Maldives are not the easiest place to reach. They stretch across a remote section of the Indian... Read more

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    Where to Feast Your Eyes on Adirondacks Foliage

    The Empire State is so much more than New York City. A northwest jaunt to the Adirondacks region, be it for a day or long... Read more

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    Brussels: A ‘Village’ of European Culture

    As the capital of one of the youngest countries in Europe, Brussels has a lot to offer—from a medieval old town with a rich heritage... Read more

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    Your Family Road Trip Playlist

    Autumn is such a wonderful time to pack up the car and hit the road for a family adventure. The air is crisp, the scenery... Read more

  • Little Venice in colourful Colmar, renowned for its well-preserved Old Town, architectural landmarks, and museums. (Courtesy of Access Alsace)

    Alsace: More Than Just Fine Wine

    For a period of about 75 years it was hard to know whether Alsace, the region bordering Germany and Switzerland that encompasses Strasbourg, Colmar, and... Read more

  • Herrera Square across-from the American Trade Hotel. (Beverly-Mann)

    Exploring Panama: The Canal and Beyond

    A salsa rhythm filled the warm, humid air as I danced to the resounding beat, punctuated by a soft tropical rain. My dance experience was... Read more

  • Rajasthan, India, is home to one of the largest and most visually stunning stepwells in the world. (AOL Screenshot)

    Stunning Stepwell in India is One of the Deepest in the World (Video)

    Rajasthan, India, is home to one of the largest and most visually stunning stepwells in the world. The landmark is called Chand Baori which contains a... Read more

  • The Katharina, a traditional pinisi-style schooner that sails to islands in the Indonesian Archipelago. (Courtesy of Seatrek Sailing Adventures)

    Cruises With a Difference

    For many, the idea of ocean travel conjures of images of huge, overbearing cruise ships crammed with thousands of passengers, where non-stop “entertainment” and restaurants... Read more

  • Lalomanu Beach, island of Upolu. (Joyce MacPhee)

    Samoa: A Tropical Paradise With a Rare View of the Moon

    Samoa. The word rolls off the tongue easily, like a gentle tropical breeze. This tiny country halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii spans less than... Read more

  • Sculptor Gutzon Borglum (L) directs drillers suspended by cables from the top of the mountain as they work on the head of President George Washington at the Mount Rushmore Memorial in the Black Hills area near Keystone, S.D., on July, 22, 1929. (AP Photo)

    75 Years of Mount Rushmore, a Boon for Tourism, Creativity

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D.—It was a historian’s idea: carve gigantic sculptures into the granite pinnacles of the Black Hills of South Dakota, significant Western figures like... Read more

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