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Music Training Speeds up Brain Development in Children

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Observing a pianist at a recital – converting musical notations into precisely timed finger movements on a piano – can be a powerful emotional experience...

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Would Marilyn Monroe’s Career (And Life) Have Been Different If She Had Acted on Stage?

On their first evening together, four years before they married, Arthur Miller encouraged Marilyn Monroe to pursue a career on the stage. It was something she never forgot. In all that has been written about her, surprisingly little has been …... Read More


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    Beyond Team Sports—Fun Activities That Promote Fitness

    Despite the message you may be getting from the copious minivan stickers you pass on your morning commute, not all moms are soccer moms, and ... Read more

  • The Thomas Jefferson Memorial on the Presidents Day holiday, in Washington on Feb. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

    Ideas for Parents Celebrating President’s Day

    Presidents’ Day in the United States affords many of us a delightful, long weekend, and perhaps an excuse to don a powdered wig. (As if... Read more

  • 2017 Subaru Legacy. (Courtesy of Subaru)

    2017 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Sport

    The 2017 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Sport may just be the safest car manufactured. The Legacy has perfect 5-Star overall ratings across the four testing categories... Read more

  • A small and furry yet fierce mammal called a fisher has been spotted in Iowa for the first time in roughly 150 years. (AOL Screenshot)

    Trail Camera in Iowa Spots Mammal Not Seen Since 1800s (Video)

    A small and furry yet fierce mammal called a fisher has been spotted in Iowa for the first time in roughly 150 years.…... Read more

  • Marriage comes with a number of practical perks like tax breaks and family insurance plans. According to researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, it can also provide a significant boost in battling stress and maintaining good health. (AOL Screenshot)

    Study Finds Stress Hormone Levels Lower Among the Married (Video)

    Marriage comes with a number of practical perks like tax breaks and family insurance plans. According to researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, it can also... Read more

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    2017 Kia Cadenza Limited

    The all-new 2017 Kia Cadenza is completely redesigned from headlights to tail lights. The personality of the vehicle is captured in the “distinctive sculpted lines,”... Read more

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    4 Children’s Books That Encourage Healthy Habits

    The more kids can learn about the foods they eat, where they come from, how they affect their bodies, and what choices available to them,... Read more

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    School Lunch: 5 Ways to Make Lunchbox Prep Easier

    Though we parents are busy and it’s all too easy to beef up our children’s lunch accounts and send them on their way, the food our... Read more

  • MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 13: Children play as a mothers group meets at a local park on May 13, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. Tony Abbott's Coalition government will deliver it's first federal budget tonight and is expected to reveal several welfare spending cuts and tax increases as well as increases in defence and infrastructure spending. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

    6 Inspiring Parenting Experts and Where to Find Them Online

    Some days I still can’t believe those seemingly reasonable nurses and doctors at the hospital just let my husband and me (who were still freaking out... Read more

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    Family Fun for a Cold Winter’s Night

    The heart of winter, with its short days and cold temperatures, beckons us to the family home. All of this inside together time can have... Read more

  • A kestrel has decided that a Highways England traffic camera stand is the perfect prey lookout place and has pretty much made it her home. (AOL Screenshot)

    Bird Takes Up Residence on Traffic Camera Stand, Provides Officers Hours of Entertainment (Video)

    A kestrel has decided that a Highways England traffic camera stand is the perfect prey lookout place and has pretty much made it her home.…... Read more

  • A wall unit with open shelving and storage can be used as a room divider to separate different living areas. (ESB Professional/Shutterstock)

    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

  • 2017 Honda Ridgeline. (Courtesy of Honda)

    2017 Honda Ridgeline AWD RTL-E

    Honda introduced the Ridgeline way back in 2006, but only this year have I had my first opportunity to drive this truck. Over the last... Read more

  • Fiona was born six weeks early and weighed only 29 pounds, making her the lightest hippo calf on record. (AOL Screenshot)

    Zookeepers Are Nursing This Preemie Hippo Back to Health (Video)

    The Cincinnati Zoo has a big struggle on its hands. It’s caring for a tiny hippopotamus. Fiona the hippo was born Jan. 24 — six... 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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    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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    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

  • 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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    31 Time Savers to Free Up Your Week

    If you’re like most people, you’d like to find more time in your day to accomplish more tasks or achieve a goal that’s been on... Read more

  • Greenpeace activists fly a kite displaying a giant corn cob to protest against the cultivation of genetically modified maize. According to Greenpeace, the US company Monsanto disseminated transgenic seeds of the type MON810 on the field. (Michael Kappeler/AFP/Getty Images)

    15 Things You Should Know About Monsanto

    I’m sure you’ve probably heard of Monsanto but just in case you haven’t let’s recap some of the things you should know about this company. Monsanto is... Read more

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    5 Easy Tips To Walk Off Excess Weight

    Most people opt for running, strength training or HIIT when they decide to get in shape. They don’t realize that walking can help them lose... Read more

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    7 Best Ways to Detox Correctly

    By Derek Henry, Holistic Health Coach for Healing the Body As people become more aware of the toxins woven into their daily lives, they also... Read more

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    How to Help Your Eyes Recover From Staring at Screens

    Sixty-five percent of Americans report having symptoms of digital eyestrain. And it’s no wonder. Almost 60 percent of us use digital devices for more than... Read more

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    Talk to Babies and Let Them Babble Back to Bridge Word Gap

    Even infants can have conversations with mom or dad. Their turn just tends to involve a smile or some gibberish instead of words. That’s a... Read more

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    Wanting Someone Else to Fulfill Our Lives

    I have a friend who is lonely, who has such a good heart, and desperately wants to find a partner who appreciates that goodness to... Read more

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    Alzheimer’s Didn’t Cause Memory Loss for These 90-Year-Olds

    Scientists looked at the brains of eight people older than 90 who had superior memories until their deaths. They were surprised to find widespread and... Read more

  • Author and Psychotherapist Nancy Colier at her home in Manhattan on Feb. 9, 2017. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

    Beating Technology Addiction

    Smartphones provide an endless source of connection, information, and entertainment. But a growing body of evidence shows a darker side to our device habits: addiction... Read more

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    9 Science-Backed Health Benefits of Almonds

    Almonds have been prized since ancient times as one of humankind’s most beloved nuts. They were popular in the diets of ancient Egyptians and Indian populations. Ancient... Read more

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    The Most Important Thing You’re Not Discussing With Your Doctor

    Politicians and policymakers are discussing what parts of the Affordable Care Act to change and what to keep. While most of us have little control... Read more

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    Surgeons Rude to Patients May Pose Problem In Operating Room

    Surgeons who are rude to patients and others may pose a problem in the operating room, according to a study linking unprofessional doctor behavior with... Read more

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    Alzheimer’s: Every Minute Counts (Video)

    Alzheimer’s disease has grown to be one of the most pressing and tragic public health issues facing the U.S. With no known cure and the... Read more

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    Stress Hormone Drops Faster in Married People

    Married people have lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol than those who never married or were previously married, new research shows. This evidence lends... Read more

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    What’s The Difference Between Mindfulness And Meditation?

    A recent study found that meditating can give you more control over your emotions, even if you’re not naturally good at being mindful. Reporting in the journal Frontiers... Read more

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    Get the Most From Your Green Tea

    If you’ve ever found it curious how devoted the English, Chinese and East Indians seem to be about keeping their tea times (not tee times),... Read more

  • "Italian Dream" (Aline Coquelle)

    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

  • (Rawpixel.com/Shutterstock)

    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

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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

  • A wall unit with open shelving and storage can be used as a room divider to separate different living areas. (ESB Professional/Shutterstock)

    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

  • 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

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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

  • 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

  • 2017 Subaru Legacy. (Courtesy of Subaru)

    2017 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Sport

    The 2017 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Sport may just be the safest car manufactured. The Legacy has perfect 5-Star overall ratings across the four testing categories... Read more

  • 2017 Kia Cadenza. (Courtesy of NetCarShow.com)

    2017 Kia Cadenza Limited

    The all-new 2017 Kia Cadenza is completely redesigned from headlights to tail lights. The personality of the vehicle is captured in the “distinctive sculpted lines,”... Read more

  • 2017 Honda Ridgeline. (Courtesy of Honda)

    2017 Honda Ridgeline AWD RTL-E

    Honda introduced the Ridgeline way back in 2006, but only this year have I had my first opportunity to drive this truck. Over the last... Read more

  • Toyota RAV4 (Courtesy of Toyota)

    Toyota RAV4—Introducing the Best-Selling SUV in Canada for 2016

    Taking advantage of a -2.2 percent downturn in sales of the perennial category leader, the Ford Escape, Toyota’s RAV4 seized the Canadian crown in a... Read more

  • 2017 Nissan Pathfinder. (Courtesy of Nissan Newsroom)

    2017 Nissan Pathfinder: Enhanced Safety and Technology

    The Pathfinder’s new 3.5 L  DOHC V6 engine adds Direct Injection Gasoline (DIG), revised intake system, Continuously Variable Valve Timing Control System, and Mirror Bore... Read more

  • (Left: Hans Blesse, president and CEO of BMW Group Canada, Right: David Taylor, CCOTY Committee Member) (David Taylor)

    Automobile Journalist Association of Canada’s (AJAC) 2017 Canadian Car of the Year Awards

    For most people, buying or leasing a brand new vehicle is likely the second largest purchase you might make. And if you prefer the latest... Read more

  • 2018 Ford GT (David Taylor)

    North American International Auto Show 2017 in Review

    At the beginning of every calendar year for some time now, auto show season begins in earnest for eager OEMs, anxious to present their latest... Read more

  • 2017 Toyota Corolla XSE. (Courtesy of Toyota)

    2017 Toyota Corolla XSE

    With the production of the 2017 model, Toyota is celebrating 50 years of manufacturing the Corolla. In celebration, Toyota has restyled its front and rear... Read more

  • 2017 Lexus IS. (Benjamin Yong)

    2017 Lexus IS

    The third generation Lexus Innovative Sedan, or IS for short, was introduced in 2014, and in just two short years has experienced a significant evolution... Read more

  • 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe. (Courtesy of Hyundai)

    2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited Ultimate

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  • A customer pays for goods while shopping at the Atlanta Farmers Market in Atlanta on June 6, 2015. Wage growth has been perhaps the job market's biggest weakness since the recession ended. Pay increases have been both slow and uneven, highly dependent on your field of employment and, for many, not enough to keep pace even with a slow-rising cost of living. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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  • The Treasury Department said Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, that the government-backed retirement savings plan myRA, for “my IRA,” is now available nationwide. (Screenshot/myRA.gov)

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  • RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 07:  Gold medalists Nathan Adrian, Ryan Held, Michael Phelps and Caeleb Dressell of the United States pose on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Final of the Men's 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay on Day 2 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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  • Former world chess champion Garry Kasparov at his office in Midtown, Manhattan, on June 13, 2016. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

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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

  • A view through a canopy of trees in full fall color Oct. 24, 2015, along Skyline drive in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. (Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images)

    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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    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

  • Zebras watch as the walking safari passes by. (Giannella M. Garrett)

    A Walking Safari in Zambia

    Kangachepe Banda poked at a pile of elephant dung with a twig, exposing thousands of undigested acacia seeds. He was about to explain their significance... Read more

  • View of the Sea of Cortez from near Loreto. (Villa del Palmar Beach Resorts & Spa)

    Getting Away From It All in Loreto, Mexico

    At one time the Baja area of Mexico was a hot spot for those seeking a meaningful escape from daily life, particularly Cabo San Lucas, at the southern tip... Read more

  • In Santorini, Greece, whites seem brighter, blues appear more intense, and, romance gets a boost as well. (AOL Screenshot)

    Is This the World’s Most Romantic Destination? (Video)

    In Santorini, Greece, whites seem brighter, blues appear more intense, and apparently romance gets a boost as well. Europeanbestdestinations.com has named the popular holiday spot... Read more

  • The gardens at the Alcázar in Seville. (Manos Angelakis)

    Spain’s Andalucía: Crossroads of Culture

    Andalucía in southern Spain is a land of bullfighting and dancing horses, flamenco and exotic architecture, and warm, welcoming people. Andalucía is the largest of... Read more

  • View of the Eiffel Tower and the Seine River from La Grande Roue. (Isabelle Kellogg)

    A Fun Winter Weekend in Paris

    I spent a weekend in Paris in early January and participated in some activities that may be more “off the beaten track” for some visitors... 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

  • The Royal Palace Amsterdam is used by the Dutch Royal House for entertaining and official functions, but is open to visitors most of the year. The palace was built as a city hall during the Dutch Golden Age in the 17th century. (Robert Scarth/Wikimedia Commons)

    Amsterdam, a City on the Move

    Amsterdam has been known as “The Venice of the North” for so long, it’s time it shed that appellation and claimed its own special title... Read more

  • The Coromandel Peninsular-Manaia Harbour

    The Secret’s Out: New Zealand’s Favourite Holiday Spot

    New Zealander’s, affectionately known as Kiwi’s have always taken a no frills approach to vacation time. A beachfront patch, caravan or tent is more than... Read more

  • Reading Town Hall is a fine example of the brickwork that reflected the once industrial heart of the city. The town hall houses Reading Museum, home to a finger from the nearby the statue of Queen Victoria, which was damaged when Reading was bombed during the Second World War. (Photo by Mike Jee)

    Historic Reading, England: Well Worth a Visit

    I am standing by St. Mary’s Church with its unique “checkerboard” tower in Reading, England. The church dates back to at least the 11th century... Read more

  • Figure 2 An irori with a jizaikagi (自在鉤), which is a hook consisting of an iron rod within a bamboo tube, and a fish-shaped yokogi (橫木). (Sun Mingguo/Epoch Times)

    Splendour of an Enchanted Wonderland— Shirakawa-go

    Shirakawa-go in rural Japan is a place that comes straight out of a fairy tale especially when the entire valley is covered in snow during... Read more

  • Montreal skyline and the St. Lawrence River. The city is celebrating its 375th anniversary with a plethora of events throughout the year. (Tourisme Montréal, Stéphan Poulin)

    Montreal Tunes up for 375th Anniversary

    Montreal is buzzing with energy as it heads into the Big Event of 2017: the 375th anniversary of the city. Monrealers are justly proud of... Read more

  • An RV holiday is a must at least once in a lifetime. (Gina Nilsen/NTD Television)

    Top 10 Tips for the Perfect RV Holiday

    An RV holiday is a must at least once in a lifetime. Some love the experience so much they adopt this way of life full-time... Read more

  • Plaza Botero in Medellín, dotted with sculptures by Fernando Botero, with the Museum of Antioquia in the background. (Scabredon/Wikimedia Commons)

    Colombia: Enigmatic, Vibrant, Hospitable

    Editor’s note: Canada advises exercising a high degree of caution if travelling to Colombia due to the unpredictable security situation, especially in some rural areas... Read more

  • Pittsburgh's skyline and some of the city's many bridges. (David Reid/VisitPittsburgh)

    Pittsburgh: My Kind of Town

    When it comes to Pittsburgh, the city I like to call the well-known unknown, the skyline seems to be ever-evolving. That’s perhaps because Pittsburgh has... Read more

  • People gather for advent festivities at Hellbrunn Palace, an early Baroque villa in Salzburg. (Austria Tourist Office)

    Silent Night: Christmas in Austria

    It was just a simple poem written by a village priest, but when the church organist composed a melody for it, “Silent Night” became a... Read more

  • Frankfurt's skyscrapers loom above historic timbered buildings along the banks of the River Main. (Frankfurt Tourist+Congress Board)

    Beyond Frankfurt’s Trade Fairs and Apple Wine

    Frankfurt is known as Germany’s most international city—a global hub for commerce, culture, education, and tourism. On my recent trip there it was evident that... Read more

  • Captain Travis watches the antics of a friendly lobster. (Copyright © 2016 John Christopher Fine)

    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

  • The stunning Delaware Water Gap on the Appalachian Trail. (Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort)

    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

  • Part of the grounds at Stanglwirt Bio and Wellness Hotel, with the local village and the Wilder Kaiser Mountains in the background. (Stanglwirt Bio and Wellness Hotel)

    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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