Sadie Cornelius

Sadie has been exploring the world since she was young - her first international adventure when she was 16 to Japan. She's traveled Europe and throughout the U.S. and loves to experience new places and things. When not writing, she can be found cooking vegetarian food, practicing yoga or enjoying museums and various cultures around DC.

Interview With Richard Hill: A Quest To Find Birth Parents Through DNA Testing

Richard Hill with adopted family

Richard Hill discovered he was adopted as a teenager and then spent a good part of his adult life trying to piece together the puzzle of finding his birth parents. Thanks to at-home DNA tests the process was much easier than expected and he was able to uncover some exciting facts that led to some significant discoveries in his life. Since then, he’s written a book and makes it his mission to help others do the same. We got the chance to interview him and are happy to share his story with our readers in hopes it will inspire others too…

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Shutterfly Review: Custom Creations for Every Occasion

Shutterfly book (caption: Shutterfly Review)

Want to relive your travel, reminisce about a special occasion or celebrate a loved one? Personalized gifts are a unique way to showcase life’s favorite moments on items for yourself or others. From custom phone cases to pillows, pint glasses, pots, photo blankets, puzzles, paperweights, plates and more. The ideas are only limited by your imagination. Learn what makes Shutterfly so popular and how you can start making your customized creations to show off to your friends and family…

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Living DNA Review: Discover Your Family Heritage

Living DNA test

Did you that know a simple swab of your cheek can reveal where your genetic ancestors came from thousands of years ago? Sitting inside your mouth is data that can provide insight into who you are and where you’re from. Thanks to Living DNA’s ancestry test, I found answers and discovered more about my past and genetic heritage than I ever thought possible. You can too! And it’s more affordable and easier than you may think. Read on to learn how you can start digging deeper into your family history with our Living DNA ancestry review (along with our firsthand experience testing of the kit)…

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Tips for Starting an Airbnb Business

Airbnb bedroom

It’s no surprise, we’re big fans of travel and exploring the world. With the rise in popularity of vacation rentals, we wanted to share some insights into renting out your home to make some cash. So when we met Sarah Rylee, who manages two Airbnb properties in New York City, we were intrigued to learn more about what it’s like to be on the other side. Read our interview with Sarah where we learned firsthand what you will need to know when starting an Airbnb business and tips to be successful…

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Best Home Brewing Kit: BrewDemon vs Mr Beer vs Northern Brewer vs Brooklyn Brew Shop & More!

People toasting beers

The craft beer industry has exploded in recent years, giving ale drinkers a wide-selection of flavors and varietals to choose from. It’s also created a culture of beer consumers who have a whole new appreciation for the craftsmanship that goes into creating fine beer. According to the American Homebrewers Association, more than 1.2 million people are brewing their own beer in the U.S. alone. That’s a lot of guzzling! And for good reason since it’s easier than ever to join the movement and brew your own thanks to home brewing kits. No matter your level of passion for beer, there’s nothing more satisfying than enjoying the crisp taste of a frothy beer that you made yourself. It’s not only fun to do, but it’s also more affordable than you might think. We’ve researched the best brewing starter kits available so you can impress your friends and start hoppin’ to it…

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Great Courses Plus Review: Engage Your Mind

The Great Courses Plus on iPad on desk

Do you want to have a better understanding of the universe, learn the secrets of great mystery and suspense fiction, or master Tai Chi? What if you could do all these things without leaving the comfort of your home? Instead of binge watching TV shows, put your mind (and body) to good use binge learning thanks to The Great Courses. You’ll have access to courses that you can view anytime, taught by some of the world’s top professors in their field, for around the same cost as a Netflix membership. So sit back, relax, and find out why you might want to try this great learning adventure…

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GiftRocket Review: What Do You Get Someone That Has Everything Already?

Giftcards (caption: GiftRocket Review)

When it comes to choosing the right gift for that special someone who has everything, choices are limited. This can also turn a process that should be fun into one of frustration. GiftRocket presents a unique solution to the age-old problem of those that are hard to buy for: a service that allows users to send gift cards for local stores or cash-based greetings. We’ll take a deeper look at GiftRocket and what makes it so special…

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Best iPhone Photo Apps To Up Your Photo Game

Person holding iphone taking photo (caption: Best iPhone Photo Apps)

iPhone owners can attest to the sheer number of apps that are available to perform just about every function possible. One of the more popular uses for the iPhone is its ability to take stunning photos. Currently there are hundreds of iPhone photo apps that enhance and edit photo, create collages, Photoshop effects, red eye removal, color adjustments and more. But with so many options to choose from, how do you know which is the best photo app for iPhone? Below you will find some of the more popular iPhone photography apps, a few of the best free photo editing apps and the basic functions and pricing for each. Ready to start snapping?

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What Are Escape Rooms & Did We Escape?

Clues on table: What are Escape Rooms?

The Exploring Life’s Mysteries team has done multiple escape rooms. We quickly learned that these were not only addicting but a great way for us to bond as a team. In addition to team building, escape rooms also offer a great experiential activity for family fun, a friend hangout or even a first date…

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What is FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)?

Person waving hand in crowd: What is FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)?

As technology continues to creep into every aspect of our lives, do you ever feel that you are getting left in the dust? Or constantly in a state of updating your operating system on your devices? Websites are being created constantly and technology is ever evolving – how do you keep up? In this article we take a look at a term called FOMO (short for Fear of Missing Out). Technology gives us constant connection to what friends and the world are doing but this could make you feel that the world is passing you by and you are missing out on the “next big thing”…

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