8 Ways to Unplug from Social Media [GUEST POST]

Woman relaxes by reading on a dock
Sometimes we all just need to unplug. (Photo courtesy Canva)

Social media can be great – but taking a break is important for your mental health. Like Jessica in my novel Everything is Fine sometimes I need to remind myself how to find happiness in real life too. Here are some of the things me and my kids do to de-stress.

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National Geographic’s ‘History at a Glance’ is Epic and Awe Inspiring [REVIEW]

Pyramids at Giza

Visit the Pyramids at Giza and other great sites in National Geographic’s History at a Glance. (Photo by foundin_a_attic, Flickr)

Whether I’m watching an old movie, reading a fascinating biography or novel, or planning a trip to a place I’ve never visited before, I always like to delve a little deeper into the history behind an event, person, or place. I don’t always have the time to visit the library and haul out an encyclopedia to look up places like “Giza” (pictured above) and I can’t always rely on what the Internet has to say about a matter. So what’s a guy to do? That’s where National Geographic steps up to help a bro out. Their latest volume, History at a Glance, is the perfect reference book to keep on hand for concise armchair research.  Read more of this post

‘National Geographic Complete Guide to Pet Health, Behavior, and Happiness’ Answers the Questions We Should Ask, but Don’t [REVIEW]

Henry and Heather

Henry is one happy pooch… especially when his mommy takes him for a walk. (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

You guys know we are huge animal lovers. We’ve both had so many pets over the years that we can barely keep track of all of them. But as any pet parent knows, there are times when you simply have questions. Should I buy a purebred or adopt from a shelter? How much food should my fluffy friend actually eat? Do animals have allergies too? Now you don’t have to wait to take your family pet to the veterinarian to get answers. National Geographic has a great new book every family with a four-legged friend should own, the Complete Guide to Pet Health, Behavior, and Happiness by Dr. Gary Weitzman. Read more of this post

Loaded Blue Corn Turkey Nachos [RECIPE]

Loaded Blue Corn Turkey Nachos

Loaded Blue Corn Turkey Nachos are great for lunch, dinner, or even a midnight snack. But be forewarned: They’re addictive! (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

For those of you who know how much we love to cook, I have a confession to make. There are plenty of times we just feel like munching. With busy schedules, making full-blown dinners for just the two of us can be a bit of a chore. There are lots of nights we just want something fast, easy, and yummy that we can nosh on while watching the latest episode of our favorite crime dramas. In those cases, we whip up one of our favorite nacho recipes, like these loaded blue corn turkey nachos. Read more of this post

National Geographic’s ‘100 Dives of a Lifetime’ Makes Us Appreciate This Rock We Call Home [REVIEW]

Advanced level dives - Antarctica

Braving the cold, a diver swims beneath Antarctica’s ice. (Photo by Laurent Ballesta, National Geographic Creative)

I am a child of the sea. From the time I was a little boy and my parents would take me to the beach in Los Angeles, I loved everything about the ocean: the smell of tangy salt air, watching the waves crash against the shore, sailing across its tides, swimming against the current, and exploring all the life that makes its home there. The oceans of the world rejuvenate and fascinate me, which is why I’ll never forget the first time I slipped on my goggles and saw a whole new world fathoms below the surface. Now National Geographic is giving all of us a glimpse into this aquatic wonderland in its breathtaking new book, 100 Dives of a Lifetime: The World’s Ultimate Underwater Destinations.  Read more of this post