Subject: Read This Before Planning Your Next Getaway!

Each summer, 45% of Americans take to the roads, skies, or seas as they embrace the season. Some people skip off to theme parks or tropical getaways, while others pile the family into an RV for a cross country road trip. Whatever your dream vacation may be, there are always ways to make the experience a little smoother. Here’s some advice to help you plan the perfect trip.

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The Best Time To Buy A Plane Ticket

Some people love planning a trip, while others would rather hire a travel agent to handle all the details. Whatever your preference, we can all agree on one thing: Buying a plane ticket is awful! Unless you have a lot of miles saved up, you’re faced with painfully high prices, too many options, and plenty of conflicting information. Should you book your flight sooner rather than later? Does it make a difference when you look at flights first thing in the morning? Is Tuesday really the best day to buy a ticket? Fortunately, a recent study tracked 3 million flights taken last year and determined the best window to book your flight in 2018.

9 Tips For Picking A Good Hotel Online

A bad hotel experience can ruin a vacation, no matter what part of the world you are in. Unless you’ve stayed in a certain hotel before, you can only use what you find online to make a judgement. When was the last time the rooms were upgraded? Are you sure the hotel has A/C? It’s easy for terrible hotels to mislead travelers with touched-up photos and vague descriptions, so check out this expert traveler’s advice for booking a hotel online.

Do I Really Need Travel Insurance?

Every time you plan a trip, the subject of travel insurance is sure to come up. It’s hard to know if you really need travel insurance, mostly because it can be hard to determine what it even covers! This article breaks down what is commonly covered by travel insurance, when it comes in handy, and how to determine if you need it on your trip.

Just For Fun: 14 Best Travel Movies

Need something to pass the time on your long drive or flight? We have you covered! Here’s a list of great movies about wild trips your whole family will enjoy.

Bon Voyage!

 

 

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Read This Before You Start Spring Cleaning!

Spring has sprung, and that means flowers, sunshine, and hours of cleaning. For many people, spring cleaning is an annual tradition. Unless you happen to be an animated princess, you probably don’t enjoy cleaning your whole house from top to bottom. But spring cleaning is a great way to enjoy a fresh start in a new season. Let’s grab a mop, turn on your favorite playlist, and get started with these helpful spring cleaning tips!

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How To Spring Clean Your House (And Keep It Clean!)

How long does it take you to spring clean your home? Six hours? All day? Longer? Spring cleaning is usually a huge ordeal, because our homes can get pretty messy during the winter. This means the best way to spend less time spring cleaning is to keep your home clean! Easier said than done, right? Fortunately, this list outlines the best approach to efficiently tackle spring cleaning and offers doable strategies to keep your home clean all year long.

8 Places Even Clean People Forget To Wash

Alright, so you’ve scrubbed the bathrooms, dusted the bookshelves, cleared out the attic, and reorganized the hall closet. You’re ready to relax on the couch after a job well done. But are you sure you’ve cleaned everywhere? When was the last time you washed your light switches — the thing everyone in your house touches multiple times a day? There are numerous locations around your home that get overlooked, even during a deep cleaning.

Spring Clean Your Life In 10 Simple Steps

Spring cleaning isn’t just about improving your home. You can use the start of spring to improve your life, too. A time of rebirth and rejuvenation, spring is a good opportunity to cut toxic habits or people out of your life. This article offers excellent suggestions for refocusing your goals and ensuring your life is as neat and put together as your living room.

Just For Fun: Loyal German Shepherd Helps Family With The Chores

We could all use some help around the house when deep cleaning. Who would say no to an extra set of hands … or paws? Take a break from you cleaning frenzy to watch how this lovable German shepherd would do anything for his family, even load the dishwasher!

Now go start that spring cleaning checklist!

Gardening Is Not For Everyone, But …

What would you grow in your garden: flowers or vegetables?

Gardening can be a great way to relax after a long day or a fun bonding activity for the family to try together. If you’ve ever thought about starting your own garden, let this year be the start of a new hobby! We’ve even found some tips to help you get started.

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Expert Gardening Tips For Beginners

Early spring is the perfect time to start your own garden, but it’s easy to get so swept up in the thrill of picking out new plants that you accidentally set yourself up for failure. Your friend with a green thumb can tell you that keeping a successful garden demands more than sunlight and watering cans. Fortunately, Reader’s Digest found some clever tricks to help you get started on the right foot. These tips are so good even veteran gardeners might learn something new.

What’s Your Grow Zone?

If you have a greenhouse, you can grow whatever you want all year long. Unfortunately, most people don’t have a greenhouse, so they are at the mercy of their local climate to determine what they can grow and when they should start planting. The first step to a successful garden is knowing your “grow zone.” Just input your zip code and start planning the perfect garden for your hometown.

Gardening Without A Backyard

How can you have a garden without a lot of yard space? You get a little creative! Vertical gardens are part garden and part work of art. They’re perfect for the gardener who doesn’t want to spend all day digging up a patch of their backyard. With a little ingenuity, you can turn your kitchen, balcony, or patio into a thriving garden. Recycled soda bottles and old dressers have never looked so good.

Just For Fun: Most Amazing Gardens Around The World

While most of us are happy to keep some flowers alive through the summer, to others, gardening is like an extreme sport. Thanks to careful planning and a lot of water, incredible gardens around the world will take your breath away.

 

What will you grow?

Find Your Creative Courage

For all of human history, people have loved art. We draw, sing, and create new things to express ourselves. Museums around the world are dedicated to celebrating our artistic accomplishments. But art isn’t reserved for those who have canvases hanging in expensive collections. We all have a creative spark waiting to be unleashed.

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7 Science-Backed Reasons You Should Make Art

In school, you might have felt like you were either good at math and science, or you were good at art. Many people still feel this way, and while some people are more naturally inclined toward certain skills, this doesn’t mean only “left-brained” people should do art. In fact, there are a number of scientific reasons why we should all pick up a paintbrush.

How To Incorporate Art Into Your Daily Life

Alright, you’ve decided you want to appreciate art a little more. But between working full time and taking the kids to their extracurriculars, you don’t really have the time to break out the canvas. That’s okay! Being more artistic doesn’t require throwing yourself into the role of a disciplined artist. Just picking up a good book or listening to a new radio station can help you bring art into your life.

What Sort Of Artistic Career Should You Choose? 

Slaving away over a canvas isn’t for everyone. Some people enjoy sketching flowers during long meetings, while others find joy belting out karaoke songs. The best way to bring more art into your life is to find the kind of art that most resonates with you. And whether or not you make a career out of it, this quick quiz might be able to point you in the direction of your true passion.

Just For Fun: Unusually Awesome Works Of Art

Great art isn’t just paint or marble. The world is full of opportunities to create something one of a kind. Some artists have shown that even spilled coffee can make you say wow!

To finding your inner creativity,

Why Aren’t You Having More Fun?

Every April kicks off with a holiday some people adore, while others might call a it bit childish: April Fools’ Day. Pranks and practical jokes aren’t for everyone, but the celebration of fun is something we can all get behind. In the spirit of April Fools’, we’re looking at why fun is so important and how everyone can add a little fun into their lives.

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Why We All Need To Have Fun

We live in a world where time is money. Productivity reigns supreme, and anything unproductive seems like a waste. Things we do “just for fun” often get axed from our day-to-day lives. This is troubling because fun and play are important parts of being human. Denying yourself fun has been shown to be detrimental to your mental health. Kids learn a lot through play, and believe it or not, adults need play, too.

How Grown-Ups Can Have More Fun

As an adult, it can be hard to give yourself permission to have fun. We have responsibilities, like going to work or taking care of our families, which require us to be more serious. But just because we’re responsible doesn’t mean we have to banish fun from our lives entirely. If you want to have a little more fun today, here are a few suggestions to help you get started.

47 Fun Things To Do This Weekend

Having fun doesn’t require spending a lot of cash or traveling across the country. When was the last time you played a board game with your family or made a picnic lunch? There are so many simple ways to spend your time doing something genuinely fun! If you need help thinking of fun things you can do this weekend, this amazing list might come in handy.

Just For Fun: Greatest Pranks Of All Time

Have you ever played Tetris on a skyscraper? Or seen an iceberg float by Australia? It might sound far-fetched, but over the years, talented practical jokers have proven anything is possible.

To having letting lose & having fun

Kick The Sweet Addiction

Let’s not beat around the bush: Sugar is bad for you. While we do need some sugar in our diet to ensure we have enough energy to function, eating too much of it can cause serious problems. Countless studies have found consuming excessive amounts of sugar can negatively impact our physical and mental health.

If you’re looking to lose weight, feel happier, or just eat healthier, consuming less sugar is a great first step. This week, we’ve found some resources to help you kick the sugar habit.

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How To Break Sugar Addiction

Because of how our bodies react to sugar, eating less of it is easier said than done. Consuming sugar releases dopamine, so for many people, sugar is addictive. Breaking an addiction takes a lot of work. Fortunately, this video from The Health Nerd offers helpful steps to successfully put an end to your sugar addiction.

9 Simple Tricks To Eat Less Sugar

Even if you are no longer craving sugar, the sweet stuff can still slip into your diet. Being on constant defense against sugar is exhausting, but you don’t have to run yourself ragged just to avoid it. Dr. Partha Nandi has 9 great tips for eating less sugar and building an all-around healthier diet.

 Infographic: How To Spot Sugar

Americans eat around 19.5 teaspoons of sugar each day, and that’s not because we like to pop raw sugar cubes during lunch breaks. Countless foods have added sugars, and sugar often appears in the places you’d least expect. Did you know a single tablespoon of ketchup has one teaspoon of sugar? If you really want to kick the habit, you need to check the nutrition labels in the grocery store. Here are some of the many “secret identities” of sugar you can find on your nutrition labels.

Just For Fun: Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth Without The Sugar

Cutting down your sugar intake can be hard, especially if you have a sweet tooth. Fortunately, there are plenty of delightful foods that can satisfying your sweet cravings without refined sugars. Here are a few sweet treats you can add to your cookbook, guilt-free.

To kicking bad habits,

Celebrating The Feast Of Saint Patrick

St. Patrick’s Day recognizes the death of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. However, the holiday isn’t celebrated in Ireland alone. Every year, 130 million Americans dress up in green and join the party. This week, we have some great resources to help you brush up on your St. Patrick’s Day knowledge so you can have something more interesting to say than “Kiss me, I’m Irish.”

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The Real History Of St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day celebrates Ireland’s patron saint, but you might be surprised to learn Patrick wasn’t born on the Emerald Isle. And the story about him banishing all the snakes from Ireland? That’s also a misconception. There’s a lot about St. Patrick’s Day we tend to get wrong, and that’s a shame, because the truth about the man and the holiday is even cooler than the legends. Before you break out your green jacket, read up on this one-of-a-kind holiday.

Myth Of The Leprechaun

One of the most enduring symbols of St. Patrick’s Day and Irish folklore is the leprechaun. These small, gold-loving impish creatures are recognized around the world, but did you know the green-clad fellow you might be familiar with isn’t the original version of leprechauns? In traditional Irish legends, leprechauns wore red! If this surprises you, why not learn more about the legends surrounding the iconic sprite?

15 Irish Inventions That Changed The World

In addition to St. Patrick’s Day, there’s another Irish holiday in March: Irish-American Heritage Month. First celebrated in 1991, Irish-American Heritage Month commemorates the contributions of the proud traditions of Ireland and the Irish individuals who came to call the United States home. This month, join the celebration by taking a look at the many incredible inventions Ireland has given the world.

Just For Fun: Top Cities To Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Obviously, if you want to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in style, Ireland is the place to be. Unfortunately, most of us can’t make a trip to the Emerald Isle for March 17th. Never fear! There are several great St. Patrick’s Day celebrations right here in the United States! (It might be too late to travel this year, but it’s the perfect time to start planning next year’s celebration!)

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!