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Camping Is A Mess. Here’s How To Fix Six Camping Cleaning Problems.

Photo: Ian Espinosa (Unsplash), Illustration: Jake Inferrera Steppin’ Out WeekWith sun-drenched days upon us, the outdoors is your oyster. All this week, we’ve got tips and recommendations for everything from urban park excursions to backcountry backpacking, so let these guides help spark your next adventure.   Perhaps you, a camping enthusiast, can relate to this scenario: You’ve returned to civilization, toted

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Live Between the Belt Holes With These Discounted Leather Ratchet Belts

SlideBelts Leather Ratchet Belts | AmazonPhoto: Amazon SlideBelts Leather Ratchet Belts | Amazon We all have times where our waistline perfectly bisects two holes on our belt. It’s a first world problem, sure, but it’s annoying! But it doesn’t have to be this way. SlideBelts’ uber-popular leather ratchet belts are marked down to $29-$34 in today’s Gold Box, so you

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How to Emulate a Graphing Calculator on Your Phone or PC

Analog WeekJust because ‘there’s an app for that’ doesn’t mean you have to use it. This week we’re going analog, reminding ourselves that we can live—and live _well_ —without smartphones, and seeing what’s worth preserving from the time before we were all plugged in 24/7.   I feel like graphing calculators were only really a “thing” for most people during that

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Parents Should Learn Common Core Math Like a Kindergartner

Photo: Virojt Changyencham (Getty Images) If you have a kid in school, you’ve probably noticed that their math homework looks different than yours did an undisclosed number of years ago. And you may have moaned about it—“What’s with all the crazy steps? These equations took me seconds to answer in Mrs. Winkleman’s fourth-grade class!” Hey, I’m not here to debate

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How to Use a Slide Rule

Analog WeekJust because ‘there’s an app for that’ doesn’t mean you have to use it. This week we’re going analog, reminding ourselves that we can live—and live _well_ —without smartphones, and seeing what’s worth preserving from the time before we were all plugged in 24/7.   I’ve always felt a little left out of the traditional nerd stereotypes. I don’t wear

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This Sleep Mask Is Basically a Weighted Blanket For Your Face

When I was a little kid, I—like many other little kids—had a security blanket, and I became accustomed to falling asleep by sort of draping said security blanket over my eyes. I can’t tell you why it was so soothing to drift off with a blanket directly on my face, I can only tell you that it gave me a

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Low Maintenance Plants Are Actually Terrible for Beginners

Hands up if you’ve killed a succulent. Yeah, me too. Succulents and cacti are great beginner plants in theory because they can survive a little neglect. But that’s actually what makes them terrible for brown thumbs like me and (perhaps) you. But plant blogger Cristina of Throw Some Herbs on That Shit has some sage (get it?) advice: the best

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I Tried to Get Plastic Out of My Beauty Routine

I love makeup. The ugly truth, however, is that makeup is helping ruin the planet. Take a look at your makeup bag. What do you find? Plastic, plastic, and more plastic. My current makeup routine is filled with plastic tubes and compacts that all wind up in the trash when I’m done with them. And I’m not alone. Our cosmetics—from

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Record Yourself Reading Your Kid’s Favorite Books

Photo: Hero Images (Getty Images) The Guardian published a list of advice from children’s laureates on how to raise bookworms. One of my favorite ideas comes from Julia Donaldson, an author I love. (I’ve read The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom to my daughter dozens of times—they are perfection.) Donaldson writes that she used to record herself reading her

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Use Your Android Device As a Security Key on iOS

If you’re one of those chaos-embracing individuals who own and use both Android and iOS devices, Google is now letting you use your Android smartphone as a physical security key for signing into your Google account on iOS. We’ll show you how to set this all up, but we want to first acknowledge concerns that have been raised over this