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Hike and Rock Climb With Your Cat? Yes.

I once had a cat who loved to take short walks with me in our neighborhood and I have another cat now who enjoys visiting neighbors with me. A friend who adopted one of my past foster kitties, Morocco…

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Warning: #BearSelfies Are A Dumb Idea

Just because someone owns a smart phone doesn't make them "smart." Could this be any more apparent than in Lake Tahoe, California, where a disturbingly stupid trend to rush toward wild bears in an eff…

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10 Winter Camping Tips

Winter camping is a great way to get outside during the cold months, provided you plan ahead in detail. Here are some tips on how to get started. There was a time when winter camping was a way of l…

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7 Fun & Natural Autumn Decor Ideas

Gourds, twigs, apples, acorns -- the harvest season is here. But put your wallet away. Ditch the store-bought hangings, artificially scented candles, and plastic maple wreaths. There are cheaper, more…

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Quick Guide to Green & Healthy Travel

Travel Green: Pack your eco-friendly responsibilities (and healthy habits)! Some airline carriers have carbon offset programs, while certain hotels have been built with sustainability in mind, but …

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7 Ways Gardening Improves Your Body & Mind (Infographic)

Did you know gardening had such a massive impact on your overall health? We all know hobbies, nature and exercise feed the mind and body -- and gardening showcases all three. This classic hobby has an…

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Guide to October Gardening

October... one of my favorite months for gardening. The temperatures are comfortable, the ground is a little softer with fall rains, and there are fewer insects to deal with. Important October gard…

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22 Fun Facts About Apples

It’s not autumn for me until I’ve gone apple picking. One of my favorite fall hobbies, I love the smell of the orchard and the brilliant red fruits ripe on the lush green trees. I grew up in an area r…

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The Brain Benefits of Going for a Walk

Engaging in a moderate amount of physical activity at least five days a week is one of the simplest ways to fend off obesity, cardiovascular disease and numerous negative effects of aging. Fitness …

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Your Inner Child Was Right—Whirling Your Body is Good for You

Many of us felt the exhilaration of spinning in circles as a child. What we may not have realized is that spinning your body like a top may actually be good for you. Based on the centuries-old Sufi ri…

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Dogs are creatures of habit. I would be hesitant, too.

Great advice, thanks Kara. I have been following these rules carefully, the past couple months or s…