It's the time of year for indulging in delicious sweets and maybe an extra festive drink, but Maymo proves that even health food is beloved by dogs — any time of year. This silly pup has won our hearts over and over, proving we can't get enough of the adorable Lemon Beagle. Click to watch this silly pet video of the day that might have you reaching for cabbage instead of dog food the next time you are at the grocery store.
Keep your pup in great shape with these healthy low-fat dog biscuits, which are easier than you think to make. Instead of heading to the store for artisan treats, you can toss these together with simple organic ingredients that only cost a couple of bucks. Plus, you can easily tailor the biscuits to your pup's taste.
Free of sugar, oils, additives, and preservatives, these munchies are just the right thing to keep your loyal friend happy, healthy, and begging for more. Rather than using peanut butter as a base, these healthy low-fat dog biscuits are made with organic pumpkin puree and fresh spinach. Pumpkin is beneficial to your pup's digestive health, full of antioxidants, and aids in keeping your dog at his ideal weight. And spinach is packed with vitamins and iron.
- Get way too drunk. You're allowed to have some alcohol, but make sure you pace and limit yourself. If you want to know how much you can drink, Grub Street has a neat infographic that cites the right amount of liquor each type of employee should imbibe.
- Stick to your tribe. If you already belong to a clique in the office, use the party as an opportunity to stray away from the pack. After all, you see those familiar faces all the time. Who knows? You may develop great new friendships outside of your circle.
- Talk about work the whole time. Seriously, don't talk about the broken copy machine or how much work you're going to have to do when you get into the office tomorrow. Try to think of nonwork topics to lighten the mood. Talking about the daily grind may seem second nature to you when you're around colleagues, but it can stress people out because it's reminding them of work.
- Gossip or complain. Don't be a debbie downer and moan about work or talk about the latest office gossip. People can easily overhear what you're saying so you might want to save your personal comments for another time.
- Invite too many people. This party isn't an opportunity for you and your friends to take advantage of the free food and booze. Just invite one person with you to the party if you're allowed to. Remember to check to see if you can even bring guests to the party to begin with. Remember, the point of the party is for you to mingle with your colleagues, so it's better to fly solo for this event.
- Ignore the dress code. Do dress appropriately for the party, and if you're new at the company, ask other employees who were at last year's holiday party about the dress code. Leave anything short, tight, and skimpy at home — this is still a work function.
- Be tongue tied. If you're generally a shy person, you might not know what to say when it comes to talking to a superior or a colleague you're not acquainted with. Do some prep before hand to brainstorm a list of prompters so you'll never have to worry about awkward silences.
- Forget to thank the organizers. Make sure you take the time to thank the people who coordinated and organized the party. They obviously have put in a lot of effort to make sure you'll have a good time and they'll definitely appreciate the acknowledgement from you.
- Things you think will make you happier at work (but really won't) — LearnVest
- How to sleep on a plane — Real Simple
- How this guy sold his blog for $3 million — Wise Bread
- Contractor gets fired for voicing an opinion — The Billfold
- Everything to know about personal finance in 10 sentences — Lifehacker
- Is it kosher to ask your boss to help with networking? — Corporette
- What sheer happiness looks like — HuffPost Women
- Easy DIY toys and treats for your dog — All You
Matt Smith kicked off his first post-Doctor Who role this week, taking to the stage in London as murderous yuppie Patrick Bateman in the American Psycho musical, based on Brett Easton Ellis's satirical, though disturbing, take on '80s consumerism in the book of the same name. Sure, it "sounds like the worst idea for a musical in history," but that's kind of why fans are so curious to see how the dark violence of the 2000 Christian Bale movie translates to something as seemingly happy-go-lucky as a musical. Plus, the character considers himself something of an '80s cheesy music connoisseur, which is given a nod in the songs written by Duncan Sheik.
The show runs through February 2014 and unsurprisingly thanks to its hit star, is totally sold out. If you weren't able to get tickets, or, you know, can't fly to London right now, take a peek at Matt like you've never seen him before in more official production and rehearsal photos. Oh, yes, the infamous business card scene is definitely included. See the photos after the jump.
That said, if you know you can pay off what you owe, travel reward credit cards will be a neat way of earning free flights and hotel stays. Here are some good options:
- Sign-up bonus: Earn 10,000 Starpoints after your first purchase and an additional 15,000 if you spend up to $5,000 in six months.
- Earning points: Get one Starpoint for every dollar spent on most purchases and five Starpoints on every dollar spent on SPG hotels.
- Transferring points: Transfer Starpoints to about 30 airlines. The conversion rate for most airlines is one to one, so you'll be getting one mile for one Starpoint. You get a 5,000 Starpoint bonus when you transfer 20,000 Starpoints to a frequent flier program.
- Annual fee: No annual fee for the first year, then a $65 annual fee for subsequent years.
- APR: 15.24 percent, 17.24 percent, or 19.24 percent.
- Cons: There is a foreign transaction fee of 2.7 percent if you use it outside of the US. American Express isn't accepted everywhere. There is also a pretty high annual fee and APR.
- Sign-up bonus: Earn 20,000 bonus miles if you spend at least $2,000 within three months of signing up.
- Earning points: Get two miles for every dollar spent on net purchases. Miles don't expire, and there is no limit on earning miles.
- Transferring points: You can transfer rewards to any other US miles or point accounts.
- Annual fee: No annual fee for the first year, then a $59 annual fee for subsequent years.
- APR: 13.9 percent, 16.9 percent, or 20.9 percent.
- Bonus: No foreign transaction fees.
- Cons: People with weak credit scores may not qualify. There is also a pretty high annual fee and APR.
- Sign-up bonus: Earn 40,000 bonus points if you spend at least $3,000 within three months of signing up. That equates to $500 toward a flight.
- Earning points: Get two points for every dollar you spend on travel and restaurants. Get an extra point for travel expenditures when you book a hotel or flight through its Ultimate Rewards program. You get one point for all other purchases.
- Transferring points: Transfer points to participating mileage and hotel reward programs like United MileagePlus, Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards, Marriott Rewards, and Hyatt Gold Passport. The rate is a one-to-one transference with no transfer fees. So one Ultimate Rewards point equals one hotel reward point or one mile when you transfer it.
- Annual fee: No annual fee for the first year, then a $95 annual fee for subsequent years.
- APR: 15.99 percent, but may vary with different people.
- Bonus: No foreign transaction fees. You get 20 percent off your flight, hotels, car rentals, and cruises if you redeem your points through Ultimate Rewards. You'll also get 24/7 access to an expert service adviser. You get triple points if you dine out on the first Friday of every month through 2014.
- Cons: Very high annual fee and APR. There is also a limited selection of participating mileage and hotel reward program partners if you compare it to other cards like American Express Starwood Preferred Guest Card, which provides you with about double the amount of options.
- Sign-up bonus: Earn 20,000 bonus points if you spend at least $2,500 within three months of signing up. That equates to $200 toward a flight.
- Earning points: Get five points for every dollar you spend on flights. You get one point for all other purchases.
- Transferring points: You can't transfer points to any airlines or hotels, but you can purchase airfare with those points.
- Annual fee: No annual fee.
- APR: 9.99 percent.
- Bonus: No foreign transaction fees. You can access a 24/7 concierge, and you'll get VIP lounge access to over 350 airport lounges worldwide.
- Cons: You have to be a Pentagon Federal Credit Union member, but it's quite easy to join even if you don't belong to one of the qualifying organizations. You can also opt to pay a one-time $15 donation to a qualifying organization instead. American Express isn't accepted everywhere.
- Sign-up bonus: Earn 40,000 HHonors bonus points if you spend at least $1,000 within four months of signing up. That equates to a free night at a Hilton property.
- Earning points: Get six points for every dollar you spend on a hotel under the Hilton Worldwide portfolio. Earn three points for supermarket, drugstore, and gas station purchases. You get two points for all other purchases.
- Annual fee: No annual fee.
- APR: 14.24 percent.
- Bonus: No foreign transaction fees. You can redeem your points for hotel stays, car rentals, partner airlines, and more.
- Cons: The APR is pretty high, and you'll need to be a regular Hilton customer to best reap the benefits.
- Sign-up bonus: Earn 40,000 bonus miles if you spend $1,000 in the first three months. That equates to a $400 credit toward travel expenses.
- Earning points: Earn two miles for every dollar you spend. Get 10 percent miles back when you redeem your miles for travel. No limit on earning mileage points.
- Annual fee: No annual fee for the first year, then $89 for subsequent years.
- APR: Zero APR the first year, then the APR is 14.99 percent or 18.99 percent.
- Bonus: Free subscription to TripIt Pro mobile travel organizer ($49). No foreign transaction fees.
- Cons: High annual fee.
As always, be careful when you're using credit cards, and if you don't have the means to pay it back in full before the end of the month, you should consider spending less.
Time to hit the slopes — areas around the country are experiencing Decembrrrr, which means that there is plenty of incoming rain and snow. This morning, some parts of California were colder than Anchorage, AK; and Denver, Great Falls, MT, and Portland, OR, all experienced record lows.
Stay on top of the weather forecast with iOS and Android apps that'll let you know exactly when the Winter weather will hit your neighborhood. Whether you're a daredevil park shredder or a two-planker, turn to these downloads for the latest information on trails, snowfall, and peak conditions.
- All Snow (free for iOS and Android) was built for skiers and snowboarders in search for the best white stuff around the world. The app provides conditions and forecasts for over 2,000 areas worldwide. Purchase in-app upgrades for the ski resort of your choice ($1 each), and get access to trail maps, discounted lift tickets, and see your stats from each run (top speed, vertical drops, and more).
- SkyMotion (free with ads for iOS and Android) is designed for rainy areas, offering detailed information on exactly when and where the wet weather is due to arrive. To ensure the most accurate information possible, the app also integrates ground-level observations and provides a unique forecast for every .6 square miles.
- SnoCountry (free) is our editor's pick for ski report apps because of its clean and simple design. It's only available on iOS, unfortunately. SnoCountry is a great place to research before hitting the trails. It provides trail maps and forecasts for major resorts, and new snowfall, plus base depth, information.
- REI Snow Report (free for iOS and Android) has a great interface for viewing new snowfall, temperatures, and base depths at a glance. You can get push notifications for new snow and when trails open. It also includes some trail maps from major resorts around the world.
- Open Snow is a free website that's worth pinning to your homescreen. The site provides "hand-crafted reports" by real-life local forecasters who offer updates from the ground. There's a fantastic Powder Finder which is an interactive map that shows new snowfall depths all around the country.
We know, we know... the novelty of chalkboard paint as a cool DIY material is probably something you're already schooled in, but that doesn't mean you're using it to your advantage. As much as we get a kick out of the seemingly endless options of household items that can be painted, there comes a point where chalkboard paint loses its amazing functionality (ahem: chalkboard globes). Behold: three surprising chalkboard paint ideas that will have you hitting up your local hardware store this week!
Narrow Supporting Walls
You know the type – those awkwardly dimensional walls that can only handle bite-size art. Instead of trying to find something small enough to accessorize the narrow surface, make the entire wall its own piece of floating art. The result looks much more fluid and tricks the eye into thinking that the ceilings are higher.
Dull Dining Chairs
Who needs place cards when you can have place chairs? While you might be hesitant to take a paintbrush to new chairs, chalkboard paint will give mis-matched flea market finds a more cohesive look and dress up older, more lackluster chairs.
Keep reading for our final chalkboard makeover favorite!
Although 2013 had a lot of design highlights, it's time to play favorites. Starting with the heart of the home, here are the seven kitchens we loved over the last 12 months. From an unbelievable reno to a perfectly styled celebrity space, these rooms hold the recipe to success. Click through to see the best kitchens of 2013 and how they can inspire you heading into the new year!
- The fandom moments of the year we wish we could forget — BuzzFeed Geeky
- Insane ways people are spending money on Xbox One — Cracked
- The mobile payments revolution hasn't happened just yet — ReadWrite
- Bill Nye pleads for a bigger planetary science budget — Geekosystem
- Bring Batman to life with Lego Wayne Manor — /Film
- One eradicated disease is making a comeback — Newser
- The secret to picking a perfect smartphone wallpaper — Lifehacker