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28 stunning photos of the neighborhood that puts on the best Christmas-light displays in America

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  • The neighborhood of Dyker Heights in Brooklyn, New York, puts on a Christmas light display every year.
  • It has become a tourist attraction, with guided tours and buses.
  • Residents spend days thoughtfully planning and installing their light displays, which are just mesmerizing to admire.
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The suburban Brooklyn neighborhood of Dyker Heights is a quiet and friendly area year-round — that is, until the holidays start. That's when the neighborhood is flooded with thousands of Christmas-light peepers anxious to see the area's famed displays. Countless homes in the neighborhood take part, putting up dazzling and awe-inspiring feats of festivity, and likely producing similarly awe-inspiring electric bills. In 2015, I took a trip to Dyker Heights to see the hyped "Dyker Lights" for myself. The displays were mesmerizing and it's always fun to look back on the lights to get in the holiday spirit. Keep scrolling to see some lights that would make Clark Griswold die from envy.SEE ALSO:  Inside New York City's most festive bar, where they spend more than $60,000 a year getting ready for Christmas Dyker Heights is a good half-hour drive from downtown Manhattan, and about an hour away on the subway. Luckily, there are Dyker Lights tour buses that will take you there hassle-free — for a price. You can see most of the best displays between 11th and 13th avenues around 81st through 86th streets. Some of the homes put up stately, elegant arrangements. Others go all-out, with lights, Santas, and nutcrackers galore. The tradition started in 1984, and more homes followed suit every year. Source: New York Post It soon became something of a friendly competition among neighbors to see who could outdo each other with their brilliant displays. This home's glowing sign reads "Buon Natale" — "Merry Christmas" in Italian. And there are more than just the traditional white lights — this home puts on a bright blue bonanza. Many have enormous holiday characters worked into their displays. This house is host to an eclectic group of Mr. Potato Head, Rudolph, and Snoopy, along with Elsa and Olaf from the popular movie "Frozen." Číst dále >>>

24 feminist gifts that give back to empower women and children around the world

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  • There's no better gift to give a feminist than a gift that gives back to empower women and children around the world.
  • We've rounded up 19 feminist gifts that either donate a portion of the proceeds to charities and organizations or support women artists and artisans.
  • If you're shopping for more gifts, you can check out all our gift guides on Insider Picks .
All too often, products that say they're feminist are actually just mass-produced goods that don't represent the principles and values that feminists hold dear. We've done the research to find feminist gifts that give back to women and children around the world, so you can feel good about the gifts you give. Some of the brands we've included donate a portion of the proceeds for every item purchased from their stores, while others have special collections of products that give back. No matter which gifts you choose from our guide, the feminist in your life will probably love the story behind them just as much as the gifts themselves. Most of these items are available with expedited shipping, and some should arrive within a few days' time, so don't stress too hard about your last-minute shopping — just remember that the sooner you order, the better your chances of a timely arrival.Gifts that are handmade by women artisans Shop all artisan handmade goods at GlobeIn   GlobeIn sells Fair Trade, handmade products that are produced in ethical working conditions by workers who are compensated fairly for their labor. Many of the workers are women who would otherwise have no employment or means of supporting themselves or their families. Each product description says where it was made and who made it. You can also read about the positive impact GlobeIn's special gift boxes have had on local communities. Feminist clothing that fights back with every purchase Shop all Wildfang clothing and accessories Wild Feminist Pride Edition T-Shirt, $40   Wildfang was founded by a woman and continues to be run by women. The brand's offerings include cool basics, suiting, gender-neutral apparel, as well as feminist clothing and accessories. We really love the Wild Feminist line , which includes T-shirts, beanies, button-up shirts, sweatshirts, and accessories. Wildfang makes a donation to select charities with every single purchase. "We walk the walk, giving back $400,000 and counting this year," Wildfang's website says, "In 2017, we helped raise over $75,000 for charities including Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, Joyful Heart, and the Tegan and Sara Foundation ... Additionally, a percentage of all full price goods across our entire site go directly to a rotating monthly charity." You can see all the charities Wildfang has supported here .   Lipstick from Sephora that donates $10 per purchase Číst dále >>>

Timo Tolkki exkluzivně: Nevěra s Mexičankou v naší posteli? Je to jinak

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Vše je jinak! Timo Tolkki (53), uznávaný finský hudebník a manžel Dominiky Gottové (43), poskytl Expresu exkluzivní rozhovor, ve kterém promluvil například o údajné mexické milence Claudii či o své blízké budoucnosti. Hlavní cíl je jasný: Získat svou životní lásku zpět! Timo z Mexika vzkazuje, že to nebude žádný problém. Číst dále >>>

Gentleman večera: Vladimír Kratina chtěl pařit, manželka řekla ne, a šlo se domů

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Urostlý herec Vladimír Kratina (67) vždycky platil za milovníka mejdanů, který rád zůstává až do ranních hodin. To ale musí na večírek přijít sám. Jak jde s manželkou, z ramenatého muže se stává poslušný partner. Že by se z něj stal na stará kolena podpantoflák?

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Co bude dělat Jágr během svátků? První Vánoce a Silvestr, kdy nevím, říká hokejová legenda

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Fanoušky má po celém světě a kamkoliv přijde, je středem pozornosti. Přitom žije velmi osamělým životem. To se ukázalo během živého streamu mezi Jaromírem Jágrem a jeho kamarádem Petrem Větrovským. Legendární hokejista neuměl odpovědět na banální otázku, kde bude trávit letošní Vánoce.

Z vnadné dračice jeptiškou: Eva Perkausová se vedle partnera naprosto změnila

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Bývaly doby, kdy byl Instagram Evy Perkausové (25) plný ňader, zadků a lascivních póz. Byla to dokonalá pastva pro pánské oči, vždyť také dvakrát pózovala pro erotický časopis. Jenže teď jako by někdo luskl prstem a ze sexy blondýnky se stala žena, která se více zahaluje, než odhaluje.

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The best humidifiers

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11.12.2019 23:25
Christian de Looper
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  • An excellent humidifier can make your home's air much more comfortable to breathe, particularly when the air becomes too dry. 
  • There are a number of great humidifiers to choose from, but our top pick is the Pure Enrichment Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier  because it's stylish, inexpensive, and versatile enough to suit most people's needs.
When the air gets too dry, it could lead to health issues like bloody noses, cracked lips, itchy skin, and more. Not only that, it can be uncomfortable to breathe in dry air. This is common during cold weather when a home is heated, and besides making our bodies feel discomfort, low humidity could also damage porous things like wooden furniture and framed art. Which is why an air humidifier can help. A humidifier is an electrical appliance that uses water to humidify the air. Humidifiers come in different shapes and sizes, but for this guide, we focused on portable units that are affordable and can be easily purchased. Still, there are various types of portable humidifiers. Hot or cold? In general, humidifiers are divided into "warm mist" and "cool mist." Warm-mist humidifiers release moisture into the air by heating it, which kills bacteria in the water. But, if there are children or animals in the house, warm-mist humidifiers can be hazardous because of how hot the appliance gets, as well as the potential for accidentally spilled hot water. Within the cool-mist humidifier segment, there are three types:
  • Ultrasonic humidifiers use high-frequency waves to split water drops into particles, which are then released into the room.
  • Evaporative humidifiers take the room's air and pass it through a filter with water in it, creating a mist. That mist is then blown out the other end of the humidifier.
  • Impeller humidifiers are similar to ultrasonic humidifiers, but instead of using ultrasonic waves, they break-up water drops using a rotating disc. These humidifiers operate louder than the others.
Which option you choose depends on your environment. The Mayo Clinic recommends cool-mist humidifiers if you have children, because of the aforementioned safety concerns. It also said both cool-mist and warm-mist humidifiers are equally effective. However, cool-mist humidifiers require more cleaning because they have a higher chance of bacteria and mold growth. It's also recommended that distilled or purified water be used instead of tap water. As mentioned, warm-mist humidifiers disperse steam by heating water, rather than using a fan. They're quieter and they can heat up small rooms, according to appliance maker, Luma Comfort. However, they also require more energy to operate. There are pros and cons to both, and the best option will depend on your needs. We looked at a variety of humidifiers to find the best ones, at a variety of price points. Here are the best humidifiers you can buy:

Atleti jsou posledním osmifinalistou. Bayern zdolal Tottenham, PSG rozdrtilo Galatasaray

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Fotbalisté Bergama postoupili při premiérové účasti v Lize mistrů do osmifinále. V závěrečném 6. kole základní skupiny jim k tomu pomohla venkovní výhra 3:0 nad Šachtarem Doněck a zároveň porážka Dinama Záhřeb 1:4 s Manchesterem City. O výhru anglického týmu se zasloužil hattrickem během 20 minut Gabriel Jesus. Poslední postupové místo pak zaujalo Atlético Madrid díky výhře 2:0 nad Lokomotivem Moskva.

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This airline-compliant dog carrier is comfortable for small dogs and convenient for their owners — here's what we love about it

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Wild One Air Travel Carrier

  • The new Wild One Air Travel Carrier ($125) meets all the needs of your four-legged frequent flier — and yours too.
  • It's a soft-sided dog carrier that's lightweight yet sturdy and keeps its shape as well as a heavy hard-sided carrier.
  • It's also airline-compliant and loaded with extras like a canopy bed and shoulder strap that converts to a leash. And while it was designed for small dogs, I'd even recommend it for cats.
While traveling with dogs can be difficult, finding a pet carrier that meets all the needs of your four-legged frequent flier is a challenge. What you want is lightweight but sturdy, loaded with pockets for pet gear and your own items, as comfortable inside as your dog's bed, easy to get your dog into, and attractive — while meeting airline and train travel regulations and size.  I found dog carriers that were too heavy, too cramped, and lacking added storage, which meant toting an extra bag for dog essentials along with my luggage. I would arrive at my destination with a body that needed a chiropractic adjustment, and a dog who could use one too.  Then I was sent the new Wild One Air Travel Carrier to test. It's a sleek and elegant bag that is loaded with extras.  Wild One is a Brooklyn-based startup that was founded in 2017 by a group of pet lovers with a clean, modern design aesthetic. The company's mission is to "make living the 'pet life' easier and more joyful." To that end, they produce high-quality, functional gear and toys with a classic appeal. They also give back by donating a portion of their proceeds to Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue , a nonprofit rescue organization that helps find homes for dogs from high-kill shelters in the rural South.  Wild One designed a dog carrier that is comfortable for dogs and convenient for their owners I tested the black Air Travel Carrier , but it's also available in tan. Made from lightweight neoprene blended with polyester and spandex, it's soft-sided but with the shape retention of a hard-sided carrier and the look of a sleek weekend duffle bag. Designed to meet airline regulations, it measures 17.5 inches long, 11 inches wide, and 10 inches high and is recommended for dogs up to 16 pounds. My 4.5 pound Yorkie, Buster, can actually stand up in it, let alone turn around per regulations.  Mesh panels cover the sides and the top. They provide plenty of ventilation yet are discreet enough that some might not even notice you're traveling with your dog. Each side panel also has a privacy screen that can be retracted by zipper, and you can partly unzip the sides or the top so your dog can pop their head out. Inside, there's a quilted cushioned mat to keep them comfortable. There are two carry handles, a removable adjustable shoulder strap that doubles as a leash, and a trolley sleeve. The sleeve fits easily over a luggage handle, and thanks to the carrier's sturdy rigid bottom, even with a tiny dog like Buster, the bag balances securely on top of luggage. But if you've checked your bags and will be wearing the carrier on your shoulder or holding it by the carry handles, don't worry — it is actually surprisingly light.  The Wild One Air Travel Carrier is loaded with extras Číst dále >>>

The best travel mugs

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11.12.2019 22:55
Saundra Latham, Lulu Chang and Malarie Gokey
best travel mugs

  • All of the travel mugs we recommend will keep your coffee hot during and after the morning rush.
  • The Contigo Autoseal West Loop is the most versatile, easy-to-use choice for commuters.
Any decent travel mug will keep your drink hot or cold for a few hours without leaking, but consider your habits before buying. Are you a car commuter who needs something that can fit securely in a cup holder? Do you want a mug that can be used one-handed while you scroll through Twitter on your phone? Will you be tossing the mug in your bag so you can savor it later at the office? We combed through other expert reviews and hundreds of owners' feedback to find six of the best options in this crowded category. Our picks include a great all-around option for commuters, a mug that can keep your coffee hot enough to drink for an entire day, and a more rugged option for weekend play. We also include travel mugs with more appeal for design lovers and tea drinkers. Here are the best travel mugs you can buy: Updated on 12/11/2019 by Jen Gushue: Updated prices, links, and formatting. We are testing new travel mugs from Stanley, HydroFlask, and Contigo for consideration in our next update.SEE ALSO:  The best water bottles you can buy The best travel mug overall The Contigo Autoseal West Loop  fits in your cup holders without rattling, its push-button spout won't leak all over your clothes, and you can nab one for cheap. Most people have a shortlist of must-haves when it comes to a travel mug: It has to keep a drink hot or cold for at least a few hours. It has to be c Číst dále >>>

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