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5 Honeymoons for Adventure-Loving Couples
Your honeymoon is a chance to take extra time off and book the vacation of a lifetime. Here are five destinations perfect for couples with a sense of adventure.
For adventurous couples, a honeymoon is more than chance to relax after the wedding. It’s a rare opportunity to take a longer vacation than most people feel comfortable taking all at once. Having the time to travel further, stay longer, and see more means kicking off married life with the adventure trip of a lifetime.
These days there...
Girls’ Getaway Ideas: Outdoor Adventure in Costa Rica
What does the ideal girlfriends’ getaway look like? If your friends are adventurous and outdoorsy, it looks like five unforgettable days in Costa Rica.
Sure you can have your chilling-out time at the spa, with umbrella drinks and everything. But you can also: hike in the rainforest, zip-line across the forest canopy, spot sloths in the treetops, and learn to cook amazing local food.
If this sounds like you and your best girls, read on for the best ideas of things to do on your memorable trip ...
Grab Your Bicycle: 8 Great U.S. National Park Bike Trails
Cycling in National Parks and Refuges in the U.S. can offer easy family bike trails or high adventure, with plenty of scenery and wildlife along the way.
Vacations in U.S. national parks bring to mind scenic vistas, days of hiking and remote camping. But how about bicycle riding?
Our national parks, not to mention national wildlife refuges and national recreation areas, can be fantastic places to go cycling. You’ll find bike trails accessible to kids and casual bike riders, as well as paths t...
GRASS-ROOTS BUSINESS; Gone to Seed And Back, Again
GARDENING metaphors are popular in business: Start-ups seek seed money. Mature businesses fertilize to branch out.
But for W. Atlee Burpee & Company, the seed maker that introduced America to backyard favorites like the Big Boy tomato and Yellow Nugget marigold, the most apt metaphor may be that it is pruning back for a future threatened by a possible drought of avid gardeners.
Retreads: Chic revival
If you’re like me, your shelves and dresser overflow with T-shirts. They’re mostly freebies, collected over the years at fun runs and new-product promotions, and occasionally bought at a rock concert or for charity. They’re all extra large—even if you’re not—and so instead of getting good wear out of them, you’ll sleep or exercise in them for a year or two before tossing them in the Goodwill pile or the garbage.
Hannah Rogge has a much better idea.
In our gadget-filled world, it’s all too easy to waste electricity. Devices like DVD players and printers have been dubbed household vampires because they suck up almost as much juice whether they’re on or off. Cell phone and other chargers often stay plugged in, draining electricity even when they’re not in use. Then there are the computers and air conditioners that we could turn off when we aren’t using them, but for the sake of convenience, we don’t. These electrical indulgences add up.
There are many health-related and ethical reasons to avoid cow’s milk—veganism, lactose intolerance, a desire to avoid hormones and antibiotics, to name a few. But finding a reliable substitute can be overwhelming, because store shelves are packed with nondairy milk choices.
Buy a Condo at a (Sort Of) Celebrity Book Signing?
Would you buy a condo at a book signing? I pondered that very question the other day after attending one for Laurie David, ex-wife of Larry David, who has written The Family Dinner, a how-to guide on reclaiming the family dinner hour. It was an intimate event, held in a posh highrise apartment near Wall Street in Manhattan, and cohosted by Divalysscious Moms, a company that organizes social events for mothers who can still afford Jimmy Choos and actually wear them to playdates.
Co-op buyers beware: The routine costs covered by monthly co-op maintenance fees have been rising fast and furiously over the past few years.
Shopping for Mother's Day Gifts
This Mother's Day, retailers are pushing an array of offbeat and customized presents, offering everything from flowers stamped with Mom's picture to "bouquets" made from cookies and fruit.
Red Envelope, an online gift store, has broadened its line of tailored products this year to include a tote bag you can have decorated with photos of the kids. Wal-Mart's Web site is now selling items such as monogrammed straw handbags and decorative stones for the garden painted with family members' names....
Floral Expert Buys Flowers
Ariella Chezar, a floral designer and author of a book on flower arranging, shuns daffodils, which she says bloom too quickly. She likes anemones and lilies, though, because they stay vibrant longer than some other flowers.
Environmentally Friendly Homes
Homes made with materials and techniques that are kind to the environment are becoming increasingly popular with consumers, say builders and real-estate agents. Here are three properties for under $470,000.
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PLACE/PRICE: Denver, Colo. / $439,900
PROPERTY TAX*: $1,745 per year
Getting New-Car Quotes Online
Rather than wasting gas traipsing from one new car lot to another, car-shoppers are increasingly connecting with dealers online through free price-quote services.
A Bartender's Home Bar
Brian Van Flandern, bartender at the buzzy New York restaurant Per Se, shuns sugar when he makes mixed drinks at home. It doesn't dissolve well -- so Mr. Van Flandern uses a smaller amount of corn syrup.
A Paint Pro Paints a Home
When most people paint a room, they do all the edges first and then circle back to the middle part of the walls. Not Bill Dodd, resident paint expert at Lowe's Cos. Mr. Dodd does each wall in its entirety before moving on to the next one -- otherwise, he says, you can wind up with a patchy look after the paint has dried.
Because the same color of paint can vary from can to can -- enough to be noticeable -- if Mr. Dodd knows he'll need more than one can for a large room, he mixes the cans toge...