• Last year, the Boston Marathon turned to tragedy for hundreds of participants and spectators. But this year, it turned into a celebration of love and overcoming for adversity.

    Greg Picklesimer proposing to Carla WhiteGreg Picklesimer was among the participants in last year's marathon; he finished the race well before the bombs went off but says the tragedy helped put everything into perspective. He ran again this year, and after completing the race, he proposed to his longtime girlfriend Carla White at the finish line. "After last year, I realized the people you love and your life can be taken so quickly," he told CBS. "I didn't want to lose that, so I decided to come back and seal the deal."

    Tom Louden was prepared to run his seventh marathon in Boston this year, but an injury sidelined him. Since travel plans had already been made, he and his girlfriend, Mary, decided to enjoy the weekend in Boston anyway. On Saturday before the race, they took a walk along the route, and Louden proposed at the finish line "of

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  • Save Money EverywhereSave Money Everywhere

    If you want to pay less every time you pull out your wallet, try these smart strategies on your daily rounds. Learn to shop smart and spend less at the mall, the big-box stores, the gas station, the pharmacy, and at warehouse stores.

    Related: Get the Best Online Freebies »

    Track Sales at the Mall
    Many clothing departments mark down items four to six weeks after introducing a new line. Observe your favorite store's schedule, or ask a friendly salesperson about the best times to find deals.

    Check the Labels
    Alterations and dry-cleaning bills add up. If the pants you covet need tailoring or you notice a "dry-clean only" tag, think about whether you'll really want to pay for those services in the future.

    Find Printable Coupons
    Join store e-mail lists and check your in-box for coupons. Also try searching "printable coupons" and the store name on Google, and print your findings before you head out.

    Plus: 9 Easy Couponing Tips »

    Keep Your Eye Out for Damaged Goods

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  • By Amy Sinatra Ayres

    Lucey, an 18-month-old pup from Iowa, won the top honor at Drake University's annual Beautiful Bulldog contest on Monday.Dazzling in a pink tutu and painted toenails, 18-month-old Lucey lapped up the attention as she won Drake University's 35 th annual "Beautiful Bulldog" contest in Iowa on Monday.

    Lucey topped a field of 49 other wrinkly contestants to take the crown - and win her own cake. She was calm and collected as always when she took the prize. Her owner, Dr. Tiffany Torstenson, who's a breast surgeon, says she often brings her dog to work. Her patients love Lucey so much that Torstenson plans to start training her as a therapy dog.

    "She is very docile, and she doesn't get really excited," said Torstenson, who lives in Iowa. "Every room we go into, she's in that room. She likes to sleep in the bed, and hog the bed. And she loves cheese." The Beautiful Bulldog event started in 1979 to honor the English Bulldog breed, and to find a real dog to represent Drake's mascot, the Bulldogs. Lucey will continue her reign until next year's contest. - Read it from the AP via the

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  • By Raechel Conover, Cheapism.com

    With fond memories of cabin mates, campfires, swimming pools, and s'mores, it's no wonder parents who went to summer camp want their children to have the same enriching experience they enjoyed. Whether kids go to sleep-away camp or a day program, they can gain new skills, experiences, friends, and their own memories to cherish.

    All this comes at an average cost of $690 per week for each overnight camper and about $300 for each day camper, according to estimates by the American Camp Association. Still, there are plenty of city, state, and non-profit groups that offer cheap summer camps for kids. Nine out of 10 ACA-accredited camps offer financial aid to help families with the expense. Our guide to cheap summer camp programs can help you find day and sleep-away options that are a good fit for your child.

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    • YMCA: This worldwide organization is an excellent source of cheap summer camps for kids that
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  • By Josue Ledesma Cheapism.com

    Compost, often referred to as "black gold" by gardeners, is a soil enhancer that helps plants of all stripes to thrive. Better yet, compost is free and organic, and returns nutrients to the soil. It makes use of yard and food waste that would otherwise go to landfill and becomes a fertilizer that doesn't produce polluted runoff or leach beneficial organisms from the soil.

    Related: Best cheap compost bins buying guide and recommendations

    When it comes to composting, what's good for the environment is also good for your wallet. Organics "By Gosh" points to savings on expenses such as water bills and lawn maintenance. Compost aerates the soil and helps plants retain water, which means less watering with hose and sprinkler. Compost also helps suppress plant diseases, so there's less need for chemical fixes. The site estimates that all the organic and energy goodness from a cubic yard of compost would cost more than $550 to acquire through a

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  • Refinery29By Justin Sedor, Refinery29

    The word "porn" remains a serious lightning rod in our culture. Some see it as a positive, empowering expression of sexuality, while others see it as degrading. It's clear, though, that porn isn't any one thing - and, it plays a significant role in the way we interact with sexuality. In order to get a more nuanced, impartial handle on the many sensitive issues involved in the porn conversation, we spoke with Dr. Chauntelle Tibbals, a sociologist who specializes in the adult entertainment industry.

    What is it like to study porn?
    "The best part is that it's uncharted - that's also challenging, because there's no path that's forged for you. In other areas of scholarship there's a canon that you're looking to sort of plug yourself into. But [the lack of research on porn] is also really exciting because it lets me know that what I'm doing is necessary...there is so little rigorous information known about [adult entertainment]. We don't know scale

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  • Refinery29By Nicole McDermott, Refinery29

    Whether it's a not-so-friendly email from the boss, a hurtful quip from a friend, or a passing-gas-in-public incident (happens to the best of us), a bad memory can haunt us for days on end. What's the best way to deal? A new study suggests we embrace those unpleasant moments - by focusing on their silver linings.

    RELATED: How To Get Exactly What You Want

    Instead of replaying the unfortunate scene on a mental loop, we should take a hint from this new study from the University of Illinois, which proposes we think about the context of the awkwardness instead. By focusing on a memory's happier elements - such as pleasant weather, or a good friend who was there at the time - we may be able to lessen the blow of emotional distress.

    Study participants were asked to share their most powerful negative memories, such as the death of a loved one. Several weeks later, researchers asked them to recall those memories. They then used magnetic resonance

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  • A few of our favorite outdoor rooms provide hints and tips for creating an urban escape.

    Banish boundariesBanish boundaries
    Banish boundaries
    Family room doors pivot open for easy access to the patio.

    Mimic natureMimic nature
    Mimic nature
    The carpet's grasslike texture and hue help unify indoors and out.

    Living wallsLiving walls
    Living walls

    Sedums fill modular cells for a living outdoor wall.
    Living wall how-to

    Out of sightOut of sight
    Out of sight

    A vine-covered fence makes a leafy backdrop for a phormium and hides a carport.

    A piece of shadeA piece of shade
    A piece of shade

    A sunscreen and light fixture are supported by a pole (wiring runs through it) set directly into the dining table. This greatly extends the usability of the space by making it comfortable during the day and bright at night.
    Outdoor dining rooms


    Louvered windows add texture, and, from indoors, frame the yard.

    Space saverSpace saver
    Space saver

    Wide wooden stairs up to the front door serve as bonus seating for parties.

    Secret soakSecret soak
    Secret soak

    A hot tub is hidden away in a corner behind Australian brushwood fencing.

    Light it upLight it up
    Light it up

    The steel firewall backing

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  • By: Ivy Jacobson for TheNest.com Most Friends fans love Monica Geller's 90′s-chic apartment, but hate the fact that Monica and Rachel Green were two struggling twenty-somethings when the show started and only paid $200 in rent. $200 for a two bedroom and two bathroom apartment in NYC's Greenwich Village is laugh-'til-it-hurts funny these days, which is why we love real estate site Movato's awesome study on which TV sitcom characters could actually afford their huge apartments and houses.

    Using their rule of thumb that 30 percent of your monthly income is appropriate for a monthly rent or mortgage payment, the site determined what the character's current income and rent or mortgage payment would be and whether or not they could afford their pad.

    Based on the calculations, I think Full House fans will be pretty surprised that nine people (and one dog) sharing a gigantic Victorian home isn't the smartest financial choice.

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    10 tips for making a small space bigger

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  • Melissa Mainier and Benjamin Olewine IIIWaiting tables isn't such a bad job if you're serving generous customers like Benjamin Olewine III.

    Melissa Mainier from Harrisburg, Pa., is currently a nurse at Pinnacle Health's General Osteopathic Hospital, but it wasn't too long ago that she was serving patrons at Peachtree Restaurant and Lounge. Her life changed when regular customer Olewine, a local philanthropist, decided to take a chance on her.

    The two were engaged in some chitchat in 2010 when Mainier mentioned that she was working her way through college and had massive student loans. "He said, 'I'd love to help you.' I was like, help me? What is he talking about?" she tells the Good News blog. "He elaborated, and he said if I needed help financially, he would be happy to help."

    Mainier was skeptical and turned him down  twice. But the third time Olewine extended his offer, Mainier took him up on it and sent him her tuition bill. The next day, he returned with the bill and a check for the full amount. He went on to pay

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