Kristie Wolfe opened her first Hobbit Hole vacation rental through Airbnb this spring, with two more planned in a 5-acre village along an Eastern Washington hillside that could be from The Shire of J.R.R. Tolkien.
Greens, skins and outer leaves of vegetables offer nutritional bounty, so wash and eat those veggie peels, chop or braise those outer leaves, and simmer those vegetable odds and ends for a healthful broth.
Summer at the beach is a wonderful place to play and have fun with your children, even if it's just for one day. Make the most of your time there by thinking about and preparing around your child's dominant sense. Know what aspects they will enjoy and what parts will cause anxiety, to make sure you and your child have a wonderful experience to remember.
Keeping cool during the summer doesn't have to be difficult when Honeywell's portable folding fan is in tow. The fan, called the "Turbo on the Go!", opens up to sport a wide upside down U-shaped handle that can be used for hanging the fan from a doorknob, the top of a tent (given there are ties) or elsewhere.
Readying the crib is a common task for most expectant parents, but in the case of Adam Levine, he's put his up for sale. The singer-songwriter and his wife, model Behati Prinsloo, have listed their home in the Beverly Crest area for $17.5 million.
After making names for themselves online, YouTube stars are finding a built-in audience for their books. From memoirs to novels to self-help, books by YouTubers are pretty much "must-reads" for fans - but kids eager for fresh voices may find a new favorite, too. Here's a rundown of the ones kids are begging for:
Parents need to know that "The BFG" - which was directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Roald Dahl's beloved fantasy book - is about a Big Friendly Giant (BFG) and Sophie, the young orphan he first snatches and later befriends. The movie has a dark tone, and tense moments of peril and danger punctuate the story from the beginning. After Sophie is kidnapped, she expects the BFG to cook her for dinner, and later she's hunted by the other giants, who love to eat children. Death is also referenced in not-so-subtle ways: Sophie bluntly states that her parents are dead, and the BFG alludes to another human child he used to be friends with who was clearly eaten by the other giants. While the scares are enough to keep the littlest audience members away (or at least with their eyes firmly covered), this tale about discovering friendship and family in the unlikeliest places also offers sweetness, humor, and heart - as well as themes of courage, empathy, and perseverance. (Oh, and some fart jokes.)
Salad is defined as a mixture of raw or cooked food, seasoned with a dressing and often served cold. As you might guess from the definition, salads can be quite diverse and range from very light and low calorie fare to heavy and hearty depending on the ingredients. In fact, salads are one dish that can easily incorporate all five food groups.
Parents need to know that "Trials of the Blood Dragon" is a downloadable motorcycle action game with elements of platforming and side-scrolling combat. Players take control of a pair of young teen orphan siblings recruited into the military. They soon learn that their father, a soldier presumed dead, may still be alive and in need of rescue. The story, set in the near future, is actually a parody of 1980s-era action movies, with frequent jokes about Vietnam, communism, cartels, and Indiana Jones-style adventuring. Much of the humor is focused on violence, and the kids end up killing countless human and humanoid characters with a mix of guns and vehicles. Puffs of colorful blood often accompany enemy deaths. The dialogue has several lines in which "f--k" is bleeped out, and text on-screen frequently includes the words "s--t" and "damn." During one mission the kids are exposed to a high volume of a fictional narcotic called "turbocrank," causing them to hallucinate heavily.
When you have friends and family showing up, you don’t want to have to think too much about the price of the wine you’re uncorking. Besides, young and fresh reds tend to taste great with ribs, grilled chicken, hot dogs, burgers, pizzas and steaks.
In a forest in Lithuania where 100,000 people were murdered during the Holocaust, there had long been the story of an escape tunnel, dug by 80 prisoners over 76 nights. But despite attempts to find it over the years, the exact location and trajectory of the tunnel remained unknown.