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  • Top 7 August Festivals in the U.S

    Ready for a road trip? Hit up one of these fun August fests, where everyone from foodies to music lovers can have their day(s) in the sun.

    By Kristine Solomon for TheNest.com

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    1. Maine Lobster Festival:
    Get your nutcrackers and bibs ready, because this event celebrates everything about your favorite crustacean, from feasting to cooking contests to lobster crate races and more. August 1 to 5. Tickets range from $5 to $25. www.mainelobsterfestival.com

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    2. Burning Man: About 50,000 people attend this annual arts festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. The organization itself, a nonprofit, even has trouble articulated what the Burning Man festival is, but suffice to say it's an event where freedom of expression is embraced and just about anything goes. First-timers: leave your inhibitions at the door. August 27th through September 3rd. $390 per ticket. www.burningman.com

    3. Telluride Film Festival: Head to the cozy mountain town of Telluride, Colorado to

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  • Top 5 Dog Breeds that Can Land You a Date

    Whether you're male or female, these canines may be your best mates when it comes to getting dates.

    By Kristine Solomon for TheNest.com

    For Men: #5: French bulldogs
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    These pups are strong and muscular, and they make excellent companions. No wonder they make men more appealing in women's eyes.

    For Women: #5: Beagles
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    Maybe it's because they have a hunting instinct, or it could be because of their pleasant nature, but beagles make the list of dogs that make women seem more appealing.

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    For Men: #4: Siberian huskies
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    Their striking blue eyes and outgoing personalities make these animals -- and their owners -- a draw for many women.

    For Women: #4: Poodles
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    One of the smartest of all dog breeds, poodles appeal to both sexes -- but it was the men who said these curly haired companions make women more date-worthy.

    Which dog is right for your duo?

    For Men: #3: Labrador retrievers
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    It seems that both sexes are turned on by people who own these playful pups!

    For Women:

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  • 6 Places to Go Before You Have Kids

    These destinations are too sexy, too adventurous and too faraway for tikes. So enjoy them now!

    By Cemile Kavountzis for TheNest.com

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    Moshi, Tanzania


    There's tons to do in this top adventure destination, like going on a safari near the Ngorongoro Crater (a hotbed for wildlife). Hiking Mount Kilimanjaro also sets the "thrill" bar high-like 19,341 feet high-but it takes days of serious hiking to get to the top (you'll sleep in tents along the way).

    Where to Stay

    Located on the southern slopes of Kilimanjaro, the brightly colored Springlands Hotel is outfitted with African handicrafts and supports "green" tourism (from $72; SpringlandsHotel.com).

    Head north from Serengeti National Park for comfy tents at the Ikoma Safari Camp (from $300; IkomaSafariCamp.com) or go east to the Pongwe Beach Hotel in Zanzibar (from $130; Pongwe.com).

    What to Do
    Sign up for a tour with a company like 2Afrika (they'll help plan your safari from bottom to top). En route to Serengeti National Park, stop at

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  • 10 Things You Need to Know Before Adopting a Pet

    Which shelter pet is right for you and your significant other? We've got the scoop -- straight from the ASPCA.

    By MaryAnn Barone for TheNest.com

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    Crossbreeds shouldn't be shunned.

    About 25 percent of dogs in shelters are purebreds, according to the National Council on Pet Population Study & Policy -- meaning the majority of pets are super-cute crossbreeds. What does this mean for you? Crossbreeds tend to be healthier than purebreds because they're more genetically diverse. Purebreds may have issues like hip dysplasia and respiratory problems -- which are much less likely with crossbreeds.

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    Don't assume pets at shelters are "bad."
    The number-one reason cited for pet relinquishment at animal shelters is moving, says Gail Buchwald, senior vice president of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) pet adoption center. It's important to recognize that pets aren't there because they're unloved, unwanted or inherently bad; they're there

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  • Hot Grilling Gadgets for Father’s Day

    Father's Day is approaching -- time for Dad to transform into grill master. Help arm him for the task with this brand-new giftable gear.

    By Sarah Newell for TheNest.com

    Battery-Powered BBQ Light
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    Even if the sun goes down, Dad can still heat up the grill with this magnetic light. Outset magnetic light for BBQ tools, $10, Amazon.com

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    Deluxe Apron and Grill Set
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    This multi-pocketed apron keeps the essential grilling tools at arm's reach so Dad can focus on the food. BergHOFF Orion 9-piece barbecue set in apron, $150, Kohls.com

    Personalized Grilling Accessories
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    You'll know you're eating the finest barbecue when it's stamped with Dad's initials. Monogrammed steak brand & carving board, $56, Williams-Sonoma.com

    Alternative Grilling Gadget
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    What's better than grilled meat? Cheese! Dad can wow guests with a yummy grilled-cheese appetizer. Cheese BBQ utensil, $12, UncommonGoods.com

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    Modern Skewer
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    For the design-loving dad, this

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  • Free Coupons and Deals: Bookmark-Worthy Sites

    We're suckers for online deals. Coupons and promo codes are like free money. And with today's technology, you can find savings everywhere.

    By Samantha Leal for TheNest.com

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    RetailMeNot.com

    This site has one of the web's most comprehensive collections of printable coupons and online promotional codes. What we love is that you can even enter promo codes to determine their success rate -- so you know whether they've expired.

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    Coupons.com
    Yeah, we know: No-brainer, right? But if you think this site is outdated, you're completely wrong. It has everything you need to save, from loyalty card coupons that you can add to your loyalty card online to local coupons. You can even search for products you want to buy (at a discount).

    MyPoints.com
    This site is the best resource for making the most of online purchases. Basically, MyPoints gives you points for purchases made with its associated retailers. We're talking everyone from Target and Walmart to Madewell and L.L.

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  • 5 Types of Lingerie: Which Turns Your Man On?

    We rounded up five types of sizzling ensembles that suit different types of men. Identify your guy, and then surprise him with a sizzling night of dress-up.

    By Kristine Solomon from TheNest.com

    The Girly Look

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    If you've got a playful, bubbly personality, and your significant other loves nothing more than to bring out that side of you, then he'd probably love to see you in some flirty, girly lingerie. Think a lace baby doll - which, it bears mentioning, does wonders for your body; it's just so flowy and forgiving. And if you don a super-short baby doll, you can show off those sexy gams of yours -- perhaps in a cute pair of peep-toe pumps!

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    The Vampy Look
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    If your hubby likes things mega-hot in the bedroom, indulge his erotic side by dressing up like the sexpot you are! Your best bet: Pull on a formfitting teddy or a corset-and-G-string combo (lacy or satin, it's up to you), and kick up the seduction factor with -- you guessed it -- some thigh-high

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  • Ditch Those Boring Date Nights with These 5 Sexy, New Ideas

    Spice up your date nights with these sexy tips from a relationship guru.

    By Kristine Solomon from TheNest.com

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    Go Out on a Limb for Date Night (or Day!)

    Hitting up your go-to Thai restaurant again and catching a flick afterward? Woo-hoo. Not. "Shake it up by doing something physical on your date!" says "flirt expert" Rachel DeAlto. "Get your blood rushing by playing a one-on-one sport like tennis, volleyball or rock climbing." Make the most of that endorphin rush when you get back home and engage in another contact sport -- in the bedroom. (You might want to shower first.)

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    Spice Up A Dinner Date Night
    Spending the night in with a romantic meal? Great! But please, don't just whip up one of your go-to dishes, turn on the TV and call it a date. "Date night dinners are less about the meal than the delivery," says DeAlto. Your partner's favorite meal might be peanut scrambled eggs, but if it's served by candlelight with your undivided attention (and

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  • 7 Easy Ways to Get Quality Time Together in the Morning

    A couples guide to waking up on the right side of the bed (and staying there!).

    By Anne Jones from TheNest.com

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    Turn off the snooze so you can rise and shine with one of these tips for including quality time a deux in your morning. You may not become a morning person, but you'll feel less guilty about catching up on the DVR at night.

    Serve Breakfast in Bed
    Don't use birthdays and gushy holidays as the only excuse for breakfast in bed. The most important meal of the day is that much more fabulous when it's unexpectedly whipped up and served by your personal at-home chef. Even the most ho-hum oatmeal suddenly seems special when it's delivered in bed. Doing the dishes earns bonus points, and if you're feeling extra-creative, French toast is more fun in your unmentionables...or out of them!

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    Commute Together
    "Commuting" and "fun" are not often found in the same sentence, but planes, trains, and automobiles are more entertaining when you're with

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  • Which Mattresses Are Best for Sex?

    We've got straight up mattress-buying advice for some hot horizontal action.

    By Kristine Solomon for TheNest.com

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    STANDARD COIL MATTRESSES

    Pros:
    - If you like to get your bounce on and let loose your inner acrobat, coil mattresses are for you.

    - Coil mattresses -- especially innerspring mattresses -- are pretty durable, so you can have lots of hot sex on them for years to come.

    - If they're covered in wool or organic cotton, they regulate moisture (read: sweat).

    Cons:
    - As coil mattresses age, they get all saggy, lumpy and out of shape (too bad there are no workouts for aging mattresses). According to a recent study, 25 percent of Americans say their mattresses are saggy after three years. Buzzkill.

    - Also, there's the squeak factor. Fine if you're alone, embarrassing if you have houseguests -- or you're a parent. Or worst of all, if your houseguests are your parents!

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    MEMORY FOAM MATTRESSES
    Pros:

    - Memory foam conforms to your shape, so there are fewer

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