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    St. Albans School, boarding school

    The all-boys St. Albans School in Washington, D.C., topped our list of the smartest boarding schools in America.

    That's because students at St. Albans get an average SAT score of over 2100, according to Niche— the highest SAT score of any boarding school in the country.

    Of course, the SAT isn't the only marker of intelligence. In the last five years, 80 St. Albans grads matriculated into Ivies; in the last eight years, 45 students have been National Merit Semifinalists, and 22 Presidential Scholars have attended the school. Some of St. Albans' most notable alumni include a number of politicians, like Al Gore and Senator Evan Bayh, actor Jeffrey Wright, and astronaut Michael Collins.

    "Classes are difficult, and although the environment can be competitive at times, students learn a lot of skills and information that they can take with them to college and beyond," Cameron Thariani, St. Albans' most recent Presidential Scholar and current Harvard sophomore, told Business Insider in an email.

    "I don’t think St. Albans has any particular SAT classes, review sessions, etc.," he wrote. "What St. Albans does offer is incredible writing courses, which help on the writing section, a great math department, which helps on the math section, and an amazing English department, which helps on the critical reading section — and in every class, St. Albans students learn how to think critically, which helps with preparation for the entire SAT and beyond."

    St. Albans School classroomThe boys benefit from small classes, one-on-one guidance from faculty, and rigorous specialized classes like Coding for Cybersecurity (a class in computer programming and cyber defense strategy), The Stream-of-Consciousness Novel (a look at works by Woolfe, Faulkner, and Joyce), or Number Theory (a course in the relationship between numbers with a cryptology component).

    The intensity of the classes is coupled with staff and faculty who push students to strive to be great, and not just good.

    St. Albans School, boarding school"Much at the heart of the school is that one teacher is willing to do whatever it takes to help another boy learn and do the best he can," said former English teacher Paul Barrett.

    Periods are broken up by lunch, worship, and open office hours with teachers. Students take at least four courses a semester, and each Upper School boy does about an hour of homework a night, in addition to writing term papers, studying for exams, and possibly completing independent studies.

    St. Albans School class of 2014 commencement"They arrive here before 8:00, and they don't get home until 7:30, and it's such a rich, rich experience, but it's such a demanding one. I sometimes wonder how these boys do all that they do," said dean of faculty and Spanish teacher Sherry Rusher. "And I think that by the time they get to college they're so well-trained, and anything after this seems doable."

    "The workload, of course, is preparing us for college," said Nicholas Folger, St. Albans class of 2010, "but they're also trying to prepare us for life. St. Albans is trying to bring out everything that there is about you. That's really the St. Albans way."

    St. Albans also came in at No. 15 on our list of the most elite boarding schools in America.

    DON'T MISS: The 25 smartest boarding schools in America

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    Clear Lake, South DakotaCost of living makes a big difference when choosing where to move — and not all places were created equal. 

    We found the most affordable small town in every state.

    To do this we looked at towns with populations between 1,000 and 10,000 whose households spend no more than 30% of their annual income on housing costs. We looked at the average cost of three types of housing — owned houses with a mortgage, owned houses without a mortgage, and rentals — and took a weighted average of these by the proportion of each type of home in the town.

    Click here to read more about our methodology.

    ALABAMA: Fayetteville

    93% of homes are affordable.

    An hour south of Birmingham, Fayetteville is actually named after a town in Tennessee from which early residents migrated. Employing over 33% of residents, retail is the most popular industry here, followed by manufacturing, which employs 15% of residents. 



    ALASKA: Healy

    91.5% of homes are affordable.

    Only 11 miles from the Denali National Park and Preserve, Healy offers several lodging and dining options for park visitors, creating a strong tourism industry in the town. However, more than tourism, coal mining in nearby Usibelli Coal Mine makes up most of Healy's livelihood. 



    ARIZONA: Quartzsite

    93.2% of homes are affordable.

    Just 18 miles east of the Colorado River, Quartzsite is best known for its beautiful assortment of rocks and minerals— as evidenced by its name. On first glance it might not sound like the most exciting industry, but the town's gem trade entices thousands of visitors per year. There is even a two-month-long gem show that starts in January. 



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    Most powerful people under 30 2015 graphic 4x3

    These days more than ever, young people can do almost anything.

    Business Insider ranked the most powerful people under 30 across all industries based on four criteria: how many people they formally command; how much they're worth; how much they have shaped the world; and how much they are likely to shape the world in the future.

    It may be subjective, but power is always subjective. And everyone on this list, from celebrities to tech moguls, has it in spades.

    At the top of our first annual list is 24-year-old Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel. Although his company has only a few dozen employees, this guy has created an incredibly popular and extremely disruptive social media platform, and the sky's the limit for his company, as seen by its soaring valuation. Spiegel himself is supposedly worth near $2 billion.

    28. Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin, cofounders of The Skimm

    Keeping up with the hordes of news stories that break every day can be overwhelming, especially for the young professional on the go. Enter The Skimm, a daily email newsletter that brings easy-to-digest summaries of the day's biggest news stories straight to your inbox. And with more than a million subscribers — including Oprah — it's proven pretty effective.

    Founders Weisberg and Zakin, both 28, started the service in 2012 as a way to keep busy young women informed, and it's caught on. They've recieved over $7.8 million in funding, and they plan to continue expanding the subscriber base as wide as possible.



    27. Alex Banayan, venture capitalist

    During his first semester at USC, Banayan became obsessed with the careers of successful people like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. He set out to write a book on success and a year later came across Ernestine Fu — then Silicon Valley's youngest-ever venture capitalist — and sent her a cold email. Fu agreed to meet with him and set up an interview for him at Alsop Louie Partners where she worked. A few weeks later, Banayan joined Alsop Louie, becoming the youngest VC of all time at just 19 years old.

    As a VC, Banayan, now 22, travels the country making pitches, attending conferences, and hosting events. He's also advised on projects for Lady Gaga and Zappos founder Tony Hsieh, according to ForbesBanayan has written for both Tech Crunch and The Washington Post and is still working on his book about career success.



    26. Veronica Roth, author

    During her senior year of college, Roth, 26, a creative writing major at Northwestern, spent hours holed up in her room writing a novel instead of doing her homework. But her dedication paid off, and her book, "Divergent," a dystopian teen novel, became the first of a best-selling trilogy.

    "Divergent"— along with subsequent sequels "Insurgent" and "Allegiant"— quickly became a national phenomenon, selling a combined 6.7 million copies in 2013 and nearly another 4 million in 2014, as well as spurring a series of films starring Kate Winslet and Shailene Woodley. The first film performed well at the box office, raking in $288 million worldwide, and the second is set to release this spring. 



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    Emma Watson Brown University Graduation

    Brown University is consistently named one of the smartest colleges in the country

    The Ivy League school has gained attention over the years for its celebrity students, most of whom enroll in the school's prestigious Theatre Arts and Performance Studies (TAPS) department. But the school also counts incredibly successful alumni in business, finance, and tech.

    From media mogul Ted Turner to actress Emma Watson, here are the most successful Brown alumni.

    CNN and Turner Broadcasting founder Ted Turner says he spent "three very interesting years" at Brown before his expulsion in 1963. He was expelled for living with his girlfriend on campus while he was on suspension. Turner was commodore of the yacht club, vice president of the debating union, and he pursued studies in economics and the classics.

    Source: Brown Daily Herald



    "Harry Potter" Actress Emma Watson graduated in 2014 with a degree in English literature. Despite the occasional "10 points for Gryffindor" comments, Watson says that the students and university were great about respecting her privacy. Watson is now a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador and has delivered compelling speeches at the UN and Davos advocating for gender equality with her HeForShe campaign.

     Source: Huffington Post, Huffington Post, Business Insider



    Standard Oil heir and philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr. sang in the glee club, managed the football team, was the president of his junior class, and graduated Brown with a Phi Beta Kappa key. Since his 1897 graduation, the university has lauded Rockefeller with many awards and named the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library in his honor.

    Source: Brown



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    hillary clinton yaleU.S. News & World Report just released its list of the best law schools for 2016.

    The top seven schools remain exactly the same as last year.

    Yale topped the list, followed by Harvard and Stanford, which tied for second.

    The consistency in results between this year's and last year's rankings is somewhat surprising, given that U.S. News made a change to its law school ranking methodology for 2016.

    This year, law schools that had a large number of graduates who went on to work jobs funded by the law school or university ranked lower than if the graduates had been employed by law firms or government agencies.

    A recent American Bar Association report noted that jobs funded by law schools and universities are often temporary, and less desirable than law firm, government, or corporate law jobs. Last year, U.S. News weighed post-law school employment the same, regardless of where the job was held.

    Here is U.S. News' new ranking of the top 10 law schools:

    1. Yale University

    2. Harvard University (TIE)

    2. Stanford University (TIE)

    4. Columbia University (TIE)

    4. University of Chicago (TIE)

    6. New York University

    7. University of Pennsylvania

    8. Duke University (TIE)

    8. University of California – Berkeley (TIE)

    8. University of Virginia (TIE)

    BUSINESS INSIDER'S RANKING: The 50 best law schools in America

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    mark twain

    First we scoured coast to coast to find the most famous book set in every state. Now we're hitting the books to discover the most famous author from every state.

    Not all the choices were cut and dry. To qualify for this list, the esteemed wordsmiths had to be born in their respective states, but not necessarily live out their years there.

    We considered the authors' fame in terms of ubiquity, literal acclaim, and financial success — and awarded bonus points if the author showed state pride by setting their works there.

    Did we get your state right? Let us know in the comments if you have another pick.

    Click the map below to learn more about each author.

    Most Famous Authors From Every State graphic

    ALABAMA: Harper Lee

    Known for: "To Kill a Mockingbird"

    Harper Lee was born and raised in Monroeville, the inspiration for her classic novel's fictional town of Maycomb. The Monroe County Courthouse, where Lee watched her father practice law as a child, currently operates as a museum.

    The University of Alabama alumna continues to live there, just a short drive from the Mockingbird Grill and Radley's Fountain Grille.

    Click to buy her book »



    ALASKA: Marty Beckerman

    Known for: "The Heming Way"

    Marty Beckerman got his start in humor writing as a freshman at the Anchorage Daily News, which published his weekly column about trying to pick up girls.

    In his twenties, he self-published "The Heming Way," a cheeky guide to masculinity based on the life and works of Ernest Hemingway, and it hit No. 1 on Amazon.com for parody.

    Click to buy his book »



    ARIZONA: Jeannette Walls

    Known for: "The Glass Castle"

    Jeannette Walls' memoir examines her struggle as a child and young adult to overcome poverty and become self-sufficient. Her dysfunctional family were nomads of the Southwest, but the first place she remembers living is a small trailer park in Arizona.

    A veteran of "writing what she knows," Walls more recently published a biography of her grandmother, an iron-willed Arizona cattle rancher, titled "Half Broke Horses."

    Click to buy her book »



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    Horse Brass Pub, Portland Oregon

    You don't need to go to Dublin for a true Irish pub experience; it's likely there's already an authentic pub right in your neighborhood. You just need to know where to look.

    With St. Patrick's Day coming up, we found the best Irish pubs in 19 big cities around the US, according to Yelp, with the best drinks, the best food, and the best craic (that's Gaelic for "good times").

    ATLANTA: Brick Store Pub

    125 East Court Sq., Decatur

    When three friends searched for a neighborhood pub that poured a great pint and couldn't find one, they decided to open their own. The Brick Store Pub rotates 22 draft beers, and offers another 75 in bottles. The upstairs is devoted exclusively to Belgian beers.

    On Saint Patrick's Day the pub will have live music, special beers, and "food features" available for customers.



    AUSTIN: Draught House Pub & Brewery

    4112 Medical Pkwy.

    The Austin, Texas, beer scene is buzzing, and a lot of the action happens at Draught House. With more than 70 beers on draft, many from Texan breweries, Draught House also offers a few home brews of its own.

    The food is solid, too — not made in house, but from pub-curated food trucks that park outside ready to serve the regulars.



    BALTIMORE: Mick O'Shea's

    328 North Charles St.

    Mick O'Shea's happily mixes its Irish heritage with a liberal sprinkling of Baltimore pride. Regulars rave about the happy hour deals, as well as the local Maryland crab soup.

    On St. Paddy's Day grab yourself a traditional Irish breakfast, starting at 9 a.m., and then come back at 5 p.m. for live music.



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    Flying Pie Pizzeria

    While it's hard to find a bad slice of pizza, plenty of pies definitely come in at the head of the pack.

    From taco pizza in Kansas to white clams in Connecticut to classic deep dish in Chicago, we found the best pizza in every state through expert reviews and local recommendations.

    Did we get your state right? Let us know in the comments.

    ALABAMA: Dubbed Alabama's "Hottest Pizza Place" by GrubStreet, Post Office Pies' appeal starts with the crust. Chef John Hall — who previously cooked at NYC's Per Se and Momofuku Ssam Bar — serves up perfectly charred crust from dough fermented 12 hours at the Avondale joint.

    Post Office Pies



    ALASKA: Branch out from your typical pie at Moose's Tooth Pub and Pizzeria, whose creative toppings include everything from spicy Thai chicken to apricots to cream cheese. At this Anchorage favorite, diners can choose from a selection of handcrafted beer from the restaurant's own brewery.

    Moose's Tooth Pub and Pizzeria



    ARIZONA: Both USA Today and Food & Wine Magazine listed Phoenix's Pizzeria Bianco among the best pizza spots in the country — and for good reason. James Beard Award-winning chef Chris Bianco uses only the freshest ingredients, including Sicilian oregano and homemade mozzarella, to concoct simple, yet flavorful pies.

    Pizzeria Bianco



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    Gather and Brew, Boston

    Boston is a well-balanced metropolis of professionals, academics, college students, and families. It's this diversity that makes it such a great place to start a venture and add even more life to the city.

    The small business scene in Boston is blossoming. From a make-your-own-beer brewery to a steakhouse speakeasy, we found the coolest new businesses in Beantown.

    Angela & Roi

    Online, based in Boston

    What it is: A handbag company that has a unique charity donation policy.

    Why it's cool: Angela & Roi handbags come in all sorts of colors, but when choosing, most customers don't just think about the color they like, but the "color" they're donating to. A portion of each bag sale goes to the charity whose color coordinates with the bag — red is for HIV/AIDS, pink is for breast cancer, etc. Angela & Roi bags are also eco-conscious, made without animal products or sweatshop labor.



    Beat Hôtel

    13 Brattle St., Cambridge

    What it is: A bar, restaurant, and event space inspired by the Beat Generation 

    Why it's cool: Don't be fooled by the name! Beat Hôtel isn't actually a hotel; it's a bar and restaurant inspired by the Beat and Hippie movements of the '50s and '60s. Filled with live music of those eras, the Cambridge brasserie caters to carnivores and vegetarians alike with tasty-yet-casual food and drinks.



    Blank Label

    36 Bromfield St.

    What it is: An easy-to-use bespoke clothing service.

    Why it's cool: Blank Label outfits customers with perfectly fitting custom-made shirts, trousers, suits, and blazers. Customers can book an appointment at the office or choose from more than 6,000 custom shirts online. Blank Label's tailors will take measurements and ask some fit preference questions to create a personal size pattern, or "fit blueprint," and custom-make everything in no more than two weeks.



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    The James Beard Foundation just announced its 2015 nominees for the best new restaurant.

    The Foundation live tweeted the finalists for the prestigious award on Tuesday. Contenders for the award are restaurants that have opened within the last calendar year that "displays excellence in food, beverage, and service, and that is likely to make a significant impact in years to come."

    Selected by a panel of well-known critics and restaurateurs, these seven restaurants were narrowed down from a list of over 38,000 entries. The final winner will be announced on May 4.

    Here are the seven finalists for best new restaurant:

    Bâtard, New York City

     

     

    Central Provisions, Portland, ME

     

     

    Cosme, New York City

     

     

    Parachute, Chicago

     

     

    Petit Trois, Los Angeles

     

     

    The Progress, San Francisco

     

     

    Spoon and Stable, Minneapolis

     

    SEE ALSO: The 45 best restaurants in America

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    Johns Hopkins Medicine

    When choosing where to apply to medical school, there are a ton of things to consider. Some schools specialize in research while others highlight patient care. 

    We asked a panel of 15 doctors with different backgrounds and specialties to weigh in. Each panelist listed which schools they believe train the best primary-care doctors based on their experience and professional opinion.

    The panelists are affiliated with some of the best hospitals in the country, including the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Mount Sinai, and Boston Medical Center.

    We broke ties using the schools' average Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores and acceptance rates.

    The University of Washington took the No. 1 spot, followed by the University of California at San Francisco and the University of Wisconsin at Madison. While big state schools beating out Ivies for the top spots might seem counterintuitive, these schools line up with other primary-care rankings and show how doctors feel.

    "The [state] schools have state support with a mission to produce primary-care physicians," said Dr. Ronald E. Drusin, a professor of medicine at Columbia. "They are not private, research-based schools."

    25. University of Kansas Medical Center

    Average MCAT score: 30

    Acceptance rate: 8.5%

    The University of Kansas Medical Center is the only medical school in the state. With a main campus in Kansas City, and two others in Salina and Wichita, KUMC offers a top-notch education at an affordable tuition. Graduates match into some of the best residency programs in the country, including Johns Hopkins Hospital and New York Presbyterian. More than half of the class of 2014 planned to become primary-care physicians.



    24. Mayo Medical School

    Average MCAT score: 33

    Acceptance rate: 1.8%

    Mayo Medical School is part of the famous Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Small class sizes and an emphasis on patient well-being in all areas of practice make Mayo graduates some of the best-trained medical professionals. After med school, 98% of Mayo grads report matching with one of their top residency program choices.



    23. Boston University

    Average MCAT score: 34

    Acceptance rate: 2.9%

    When Boston University School of Medicine began it was the first medical school to admit women. The class of 2014 matched to top residency programs, including the UC San Francisco Medical Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. About 37% of 2014 graduates matched in primary-care specialties.



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    Stuyvesant High School

    Some people believe that the best high-school educations come from private schools, but that couldn't be further from the truth.

    Public schools can provide first-class global educations that prepare students for college and successful careers.

    The experts at college data website Niche put together a list of the smartest public high schools in the US based primarily on state-assessment proficiency, the colleges that students go on to, AP enrollment and exam pass rates, graduation rates, and composite ACT and SAT scores.

    Because there isn't a good 1-to-1 ratio for ACT to SAT score comparison, the SAT composite scores are expressed here as a range. You can read more about Niche's methodology here.

    50. Pine View School – Osprey, Florida

    SAT composite range: 2020-2070

    Pine View is a school for the gifted. Like other high schools, Pine View offers the standard state-required subjects that all students learn, but Pine View also gives students a unique intellectual experience with options for self-pacing, independent study, and electives in subjects such as women's studies and history of the Vietnam War.



    49. Poolesville High School – Poolesville, Maryland

    SAT composite range: 1980-2010

    Poolesville High School has been ranked as the No. 1 high school in the tristate area of Maryland, Virginia, and DC for the past three years running. The magnet school excels in its strong STEM programming and an AP course offering of 25-plus classes.



    48. Campolindo High School – Moraga, California

    SAT composite range: 1920-1970

    Students at Campolindo High School receive exposure to an academic core and a well-balanced smattering of arts and technical classes. The school is often frequented by a number of in-state and out-of-state college recruiters, including Yale and the US Military Academy at West Point.



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    A strong network, affordable tuition, and campus location are all important factors to consider when choosing a business school. But these aspects don't matter much if you're not getting a solid education.

    Online grad school guide GraduatePrograms.com surveyed over 10,000 current and former business school students about their programs to find which places offer the best quality of education — schools where students have access to relevant, interesting, and challenging courses taught by qualified professors.

    Students ranked their schools on a scale from 1 to 10, with 10 being a perfect score. The scores for each school were averaged together and then ranked accordingly.

    These business schools earned top marks for quality of education:

    Business Schools with the best Education Quality

    SEE ALSO: The 10 best business schools in the US

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    Booker Texas

    We recently determined the most affordable small town in every state. But we wanted to know which towns are the most affordable in the whole country — period — so we took another look at the data.

    To find the most affordable small towns in the US, we looked at towns with populations between 1,000 and 10,000 whose households spend no more than 30% of their annual income on housing costs. We looked at the average cost of three types of housing — owned houses with a mortgage, owned houses without a mortgage, and rentals — and took a weighted average of these by the proportion of each type of home in the town. Then we ranked the towns.

    With eight affordable towns, Louisiana made the list more than any other state. Texas came in second with seven towns. 

    Click here to read more about our methodology.

    50. Owyhee, Nevada

    90.3% of homes are affordable

    As part of the Duck Valley Indian Reservation — which covers parts of Nevada, Idaho, and Oregon — Owyhee is home to the Shoshone and Paiute tribes. In keeping with their history, farming and ranching remain important industries for those who live on the reservation.



    49. Daleville, Virginia

    90.4% of homes are affordable

    In Daleville, sustainability is a priority. The town features Energy Star- and Earthcraft-certified homes, encourages walking in place of driving to get around town, and offers plenty of green space for residents. Daleville also hosts several community events, including concerts, a farmer's market, and The Virginia Beer & Wine Festival.



    48. Beaver Dam, Arizona

    90.4% of homes are affordable

    Though isolated from the rest of Arizona, Beaver Dam lies close to the Grand Canyon National Park and is only an hour's drive from Las Vegas. One hundred percent of mortgages are affordable for residents, who earn a median household income of $40,982.



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    The most important thing to do after graduating from college, aside from finding gainful employment, is finding a place to live.

    Rent.com polled 1,000 renting millennials to find out the best cities in the US for postgrads. Washington, DC, was the top city for postgraduate-aged people to settle.

    The survey found that increased job potential was the biggest factor in deciding where to live. Rent.com also took into account cities with high concentrations of like-minded millennials, and cities with great nightlife options.

    Here are the 10 best cities for college grads:

    1. Washington, DC

    2. Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota

    3. Denver, Colorado

    4. San Francisco, California

    5. Boston, Massachusetts

    6. Austin, Texas

    7. Seattle, Washington

    8. Raleigh, North Carolina

    9. Baltimore, Maryland

    10. Cincinnati, Ohio

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    It's National Beer Day, the perfect excuse to break out a frosty mug of your favorite brew. Because everyone's tastes and preferences for beers differ so significantly, it can be hard to objectively decide which ones are the cream of the crop.

    That's why we enlisted the help of the experts at RateBeer.com to come out with a list of the best beer from every state.

    Take a look at the map below to see if your favorite local beer made the list, or read the full feature more more information on the best brews.

    US Beer Map Best Beer In Each Sate

     

    SEE THE LIST IN FULL: The best beer from every state

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    chemex 3 cup coffee maker

    Moms do so much for us. They feed us, encourage us, and shower us with love.

    It's only fair to return the favor, but you don't have to break the bank to show mom you care.

    We found 13 gifts under $50 that will make you the favorite child this Mother's Day.

    One-up the framed photo this year.

    Price: $39.95

    Put mom's favorite pictures on a custom iPhone case this year. Casetify has a number of attractive layouts and designs to choose from, and you can even import photos from Facebook or Instagram.

    Get it here »



    Charm her with this stunning charm bracelet.

    Price: Starts at $16

    What do moms never tire of doing? Talking about their kids. This stainless steel charm bracelet can be personalized with the names and birthstones of each of her kids. It's also a great gift for grandmothers, who can add charms for all her children's children.

    Get it here »



    Give her the gift of a green thumb.

    Price: $44.95

    No window box? No problem. Mom can grow her own herbs in the ZeroSoil mini indoor garden — an attractive and mess-less way to display (and eat) fresh, delicious herbs at any meal. It uses a plant nutrient base instead of potting soil, and bonus: It waters itself!

    Get it here »



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    Augusta National The Masters

    Many golf clubs make people jump through hoops to even be considered for membership.

    These places attract the 1% and have become popular among the rich and famous, like Warren Buffett and Justin Timberlake.

    In conjunction with this year's Masters tournament, we decided to look at just how difficult it is to get into some of the most premier golf clubs in the US.

    Augusta National Golf Club is home to the prestigious Masters tournament. Membership at the club is strictly invitation only, with initiation fees ranging from $250,000 to $500,000. Known for being an exclusively male club, Augusta recently opened its doors to three women: former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former banking magnate Darla Moore, and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty. Bill Gates and Warren Buffett are also among the Georgia golf club's 300 members.

    Source: Golf, Ask Men

     



    Located in Pebble Beach, California, Cypress Point Club has about 250 members, including Clint Eastwood. Cypress Point splits its golf course operating costs evenly among all its members, regardless of whether they play or not.

    Source: Links Magazine, Golf



    Seminole Golf Club is so exclusive it turned down golf legend Jack Nicklaus for membership. Every year, members look forward to the Seminole Pro-Member, a tournament where Seminole members are paired with pro golfers to play the course. The Juno Beach, Florida, club was golf great Ben Hogan's favorite course to prepare for the Masters.

    Source: Golf, Golf Digest



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    The Bean Chicago

    Winter temperatures in Chicago are brutal.

    So brutal that most days you're better off just staying inside.

    Which is why Chicagoans (and visitors to the city) are more than ready to take advantage of the warmer weather when spring finally rolls around.

    Our guide will provide you with some ideas for getting outside and enjoying the sun and the city.

    And don't worry — there are indoor activities too for those days or nights where it doesn't really feel like spring.

    Taste bacon-inspired dishes from some of Chicago's best chefs at Baconfest, which runs April 17th to 18th at the UIC Forum.



    Toast to Cinco de Maya with one of Masa Azul's 90 different tequila flavors; the bar has a number of very rare bottles, so chances are you haven't heard or tasted much of the tequila options there.

    For Masa Azul's menu, click here >



    Lounge on the lawn and listen to one of the many artists that perform at Chicago's Ravinia Festival which runs from mid-May till September and features genres ranging from symphony to rock to country.

    For a complete schedule of artists and to buy tickets, click here >



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