Alaskan Adventure: Fairbanks Edition

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The midnight summer sun in Alaska gives you long days to fill with activities, and luckily there’s no shortage of things to do in Fairbanks. Rich culture, incredible wildlife, and spectacular views await you in this hidden gem city. Check out the activities below for a summer trip you won't forget.   Running Reindeer Ranch $55 - $100; seasonal rates Located just north of Fairbanks, this family owned farm allows visitors to spend time with some of their very own reindeer. No Santas are involved; just book an appointment online and take a trek on a guided nature walk with one of the owners, where you learn about the history of the birch forest and the reindeer that live there. The reindeer are tame but not trained, so there are lots of opportunities for some candid, antler-friend featured photos! There are...
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Droolworthy Digs: Queen Anne

seattle-real-estate-queen-anne153 Highland Dr, Seattle, WA 98109
The Seattle housing market is red hot and the homes are going quick. These 5 homes will be no exception, and have unbelievable features and amenities that are sure to give you real estate envy. Check out these not-so-humble abodes in the iconic Queen Anne area. I'M ON A BOAT... HOUSE 2540 Westlake Ave N #5 $1,350,000 Imagine living on the water. Literally. Sitting on Lake Union, this luxury houseboat has super sleek finishes and an open concept layout makes 950 square feet feel bigger than it is. Plus, it boasts three balconies, including a huge rooftop deck that is perfect for grilling, sunbathing, and viewing 4th of July fireworks. The modern architectural design and clean lines gives the space a fresh and hip vibe, making it a perfect spot for young professionals who want a truly unique home in...
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If Your Favorite Male Celebrities Were Dogs

Leonardo Dicaprio vs Bulldog
Anytime I’m bored in public, I like to people-watch and imagine what passersby would be as dogs. Dogs are basically people anyway, just in a furrier, more lovable form. They have distinct personalities, strengths, quirks, appearances, likes and dislikes. Are you imagining what breed your best friend would be? Your hairdresser? Your boss? I’ve imagined some for you: male celebs’ alter egos, dog point o. Leonardo DiCaprio Bulldog. Their bone structure and jawline are surprisingly similar. Everyone likes them – loves them, really – but they don’t seem to win a ton of awards. But when they do, you know it’s gonna be a great speech.  (photo above) Zac Efron Husky. You can’t help falling for those baby blues. I imagine they both check themselves out in the mirror when no one is looking. Huskies are also known to be...
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Summer Lovin’: Which Dating App is Right for You?

Dating is hard. Meeting people is hard. Finding time to do both is even harder. Luckily, there’s tons of sites and apps out there that make this a little easier. Love is at your fingertips... literally. But with the plethora of options out there, which dating app is best for you? Check out the list below to find out. For the Dog Person Meet My Dog Free If your future significant other must love dogs, this app is for you. It helps you connect with nearby dog owners and lets you chat, set up doggie playdates, and see who is already in the area ready for a walk. This app does less “matchmaking” and more “socializing,” so real connections are made in person. Since it’s not made to be a dating site, those who want to find love more organically...
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10 Spring Cleaning Storage Ideas to Get Organized

photo credit: Jannoon028 I’m a baseboard-cleaning, hands-and-knees-scrubbing kind of gal, but that doesn’t mean I don’t accumulate dozens of hardly used spices and mentally suffer when I look under the sink at my disarrayed makeup/hair product/nail polish catch-all. Having a clean house is totally different than having a neat house – but I’m determined to have both. For optimal organization, check out these ideas and products that are sure to elevate your spring cleaning game. 1. Feeling Spicy Pretty much everything has an expiration date, including spices. And it’s harder to go through them if you keep buying cinnamon every time you decide to bake snickerdoodles. While spices don’t “go bad” per se, they do lose their potency and won’t flavor foods as well. Baking agents can also lose their leveling/rising effects. If you’ve had it for more than 4...
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5 Cozy Date Night Ideas

Baby, it’s cold outside. But that doesn’t mean you can’t stay warm with bae and have fun this winter. Check out these 5 date night ideas for inspiration. 1. Glassblowing Heat things up by taking a class together at Rainier Glass Studio. There are several tiers to choose from, but some of the one-of-a-kind items you could make include an ornament, glass flower, votive, concave bowl, martini glass or vase. There’s even an option to BYOB (blow your own bong). You start with a flaming chunk of gooey, molten glass that you then dip in color and return to the furnace. After, you roll it, blow it, twist and/or turn it as a taffy-like glob hardens into your shape of choice. Master glassblowers will help you through the whole process – no artistic skills are necessary! Rainier Glass Studio ,...
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4 Holiday Road Trip Getaways

photo: Salish Lodge at Snoqualmie Falls by John Westrock via Flickr If there’s one thing we can count on this winter, it’s Seattle’s rain. But, the beautiful thing about precipitation is that a drop of a few degrees and a rise in elevation transforms that constant drizzle into a floating, ethereal delight of white. With mountains encircling us, snowy escapes are waiting at our doorstep – you don’t have to go far to get away. Here’s a list of 4 spots within a 4 hour drive that you won’t want to miss this season. NORTH Bellingham / Mt. Baker Driving distance: 1.5-2.5 hours photo: Artist Point Snowshoe by Sarina Clark What to Do Snowshoeing (or snowmobiling). Mt. Baker holds the record for most snowfall in a single season (95 feet!) and offers countless snowshoe trails off State Route 52 –...
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2017 Holiday Gift Guide: 12 Cool Kitchen Gadgets for Every Budget

For the ones who love to cook with the latest gadgets or the inspiring chefs that need a little help, these kitchen gadgets in our 2017 Gift Guide make a great gift that you can afford on any budget.  On a Tight Budget: Gifts under $20 Norpro Grip-EZ Jalapeno Pepper Corer - $6 If you’ve ever had that fiery-devil-oil-residue on your hands from a jalapeño, this product is for you. The curved design and sharp inner teeth easily removes the seeds and core to minimize skin contact, leaving you with empty shells perfect for stuffing all sorts of cheesy goodness inside. Salad Cutter Bowl by WEBSUN - $11 Simply add your ingredients to the salad bowl , rinse, and slice away using the guided knife grooves for easy cuts without any mess or frustration. It also has two rotation wings...
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5 Best IKEA Hacks

Whether it’s the $9.99 side table or the Billy bookcase, IKEA has budget-friendly staples for every home. Sometimes, though, you want something a little more unique, personal, and let’s be honest, expensive looking. Luckily, the Swedish superstore’s products are versatile and easy(ish) to modify, and with a little DIY magic, those mass-produced, assembly nightmare projects can become one-of-a-kind focal pieces that will make even Pottery Barn snobs envious. I’ve scoured the web and collected the 5 best IKEA hacks to make all of your home décor dreams come true. There’s something about mid-century design that is epically classy. This bookcase turned entertainment stand/sideboard would easily fit in Don Drapper’s office. Or your living room. Get the directions on IKEA Hackers . Classic white with a touch of gold make this campaign dresser extra glamorous. Check out how to build it...
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Four Tips for Flying Cheap

I have a love/hate relationship with booking airline tickets. I love traveling, but hate fluctuating prices and the stress of finding the best deal. There are some general rules that are helpful – don’t book on a Friday (business trip bookings raise prices), fly on a weekday, and purchase a ticket more than two weeks in advance. However, if you really want to find a steal, simply follow these four tips to flying cheap. Search multiple airlines with the flexible date function. There are tons of search engines that allow you to compare airline prices at once. My favorite is Google Flights – it has a calendar view that shows you the cheapest day to travel on all the major airlines (except Southwest, which doesn’t allow automatic search engines to monitor its fares so you'll need to go to their...
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