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LeeAnn Whittemore

LeeAnn Whittemore

Former Digital Trends Contributor

LeeAnn Whittemore is a writer, artist, and graphic designer who grew up in the Midwest before moving to the Gulf Coast. As a Creative Writing undergraduate, she was selected to read in the Chicago Citywide Undergraduate Poetry Festival and has since earned six Hoosier State Press Association Awards for her work in advertising. When she’s not working, she enjoys reading biographies, questing to listen to every podcast ever recorded, and curling up with a good Netflix binge. Please reach out to The Manual editorial staff with any questions or comments about LeeAnn’s work.

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How to cook rice perfectly every time, no matter how you choose to make it

We've got two tried-and-true methods for preparing rice: in a rice cooker and on the stove. Here's how to make sure your rice turns out perfect every time.
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The 7 Best Roast Turkey Alternatives to Try This Thanksgiving

Maybe you should try one of these best roast turkey alternatives this year and really knock it out of the park.
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The Best Anti-Aging Eye Cream: A Difference You Can See

Use anti-aging eye cream to refresh your tired eyes and make a difference that you can clearly see.
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10 Fun Facts About the Fourth of July You Probably Forgot

Before you start celebrating, bone up on some interesting history with these Fourth of July fun facts you've probably forgotten since your last history class.
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How to Throw the Perfect 4th of July Cookout

If you're considering hosting a party this Independence Day, don't stress. We've got some helpful 4th of July cookout ideas that will make planning a breeze.
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5 Scenic Boating Destinations to Set Sail

Without a shadow of a doubt, the U.S. has some of the best boating destinations in the world. So pack your bags and set sail to these destinations.
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How to Cook Bacon in the Oven, Stove, and Microwave

How to cook bacon? From the oven to the stove to the microwave, we've included instructions for the three most common (and delicious) methods of cooking bacon.
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9 History Podcasts You Need to Listen to Right Now

Here are our picks for the best history podcasts to listen to in 2020.
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Tips and Recipes for Meat-Eaters Who Are Grilling for Vegetarians

So, your idea of a summer barbecue is hamburgers with a side of hot dogs, and you just found out you’ll be hosting some vegetarian guests at your next cookout. Don’t panic! There are so many easy vegetarian grilling options that are so damn delicious, you might skip a burger or two.
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How to Make Your Own Beef Jerky at Home

Learning how to make beef jerky at home is easier than it sounds. We enlisted Minneapolis-based chef Thomas Boemer to explain the process and share a beef jerky recipe.
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Adam Richman Dishes on His Favorite Indoor Grilling Recipes

TV host and chef Adam Richman teaches us how to turn even the tiniest apartment into an indoor grilling paradise and share some of his favorite (and simple) recipes.
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The 5 Best Podcast Apps for 2020

Enhance your listening experience with one of the five best podcast apps and RSS readers. Even better? They're all free.

Hurricane Preparedness Checklist: How to Get Ready for the Next Storm

Hurricanes, tropical depressions, and tropical storms can be swift and unpredictable, so it’s important that you prepare well and prepare early. Follow this guide to hurricane preparedness to stay safe during the next big storm.
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5 Alternatives to College for Both Young and Experienced Professionals

If you're looking to change or advance your career, a four-year degree isn't always the best option. Here are five alternatives to college for young and experienced professionals alike.
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How to Get Rid of Mosquitoes: Tips for Keeping Pests Away

For expert advice on how to get rid of mosquitoes, we turned to Karen Reardon of Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment (RISE)
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The Sweet, Sweet Science of Chocolate: Why Does It Taste So Good?

For more info on the science of chocolate — and how to craft the tastiest chocolate pairings — we turned to Thierry Muret, executive chef chocolatier at Godiva.
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8 Tips on How to Quit a Job Like a Real Professional

Quitting your job can be awkward even in the best circumstances. These tips will help you stay prepared and professional.
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9 Job Interview Tips That Will Help You Land Your Dream Gig

Do you have a job interview coming up? We’d like to share a few advanced tips that will help you stand out from the crowd and make you analyze whether you are a good fit for the company.
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6 Best Productivity Apps for 2022

Whether you're trying to achieve a better sleep schedule or curb your proclivity toward procrastination, the best productivity apps will help you manage your to-do lists this 2022.
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5 Ways to Enjoy Spring Break, Even if You Don’t Technically Have One

Sadly, adulthood doesn’t tend to come with built-in breaks, but that doesn’t mean it’s not important to take one from time to time. Even if you don’t have the time or budget to take an extended vacation, you can still enjoy a well-earned spring break.
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7 Best Finance Apps for Budgeting, Money-Saving, Investments, and More

They say money makes the world go round, but trying to manage your finances can also be incredibly stressful. Here are the best finance apps to help you get the most out of your income, whether you need help budgeting, investing, saving money, keeping track of expenses, and more.
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Your Sheets are Filthy: Here’s How You Should be Taking Care of Them

How often do you wash you sheets? What's the best way to fold fitted sheets? Where do you store them? We turned to the experts at Brooklinen for the answers to theses questions and more.

8 Apps to Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions in 2022

Every year, millions of people make New Year's resolutions. Achieve your 2022 goals — whether they be fitness, financial, or something in between — with the help of these apps.
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How to Write a Letter for Any Occasion

Knowing how to strike the right tone in written correspondence is a vital skill whether you’re writing a love letter or a letter of resignation. To help you stay on the right track, we’ve put together this guide on how to write a letter for any situation.
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Snow Peak’s New Fire Resistant Outerwear Will Save You From Sparks

Enjoy winter campfires without getting burned with Snow Peak's new collection that is fire resistant, meaning you'll never lose a jacket to a stray spark again.
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Upgrade Your Kitchen Essentials with Material’s New Iconics Collection

Tired of kitchen tools that have seen better days? Treat yourself to an upgrade from Material with The Iconics Collection, which includes nine of the most used and practical kitchen tools and utensils all done in Material's high-quality style.
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Why You Really Should Make Your Bed Every Morning

National Make Your Bed Week is the perfect time to start the healthy habit of making your bed every morning. Here are a few tips and reasons why you should.
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Tepui’s Latest Rooftop Tents and Gear Are Raising the Bar on Outdoor Adventuring

From rooftop tents to portable kitchens, Tepui's latest outdoor gear makes spontaneous camping easier than ever. Here's a sneak peek at the new additions coming to the lineup in fall 2018 and spring 2019.
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This New Clothing App Will Spice Up Your Wardrobe Without Wasting Your Time

Not everyone has time to hit up a personal stylist or wants to embark on a grueling all-day shopping spree to overhaul their wardrobe. That’s what inspired Cayenne Clothing, a men's clothing app to help all the guys who want to look put together but don’t enjoy shopping
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The Cauldryn Is a Travel Mug That Does Everything

Attention all outdoorsmen, coffee lovers, and smoothie enthusiasts: The travel mug you’ve been waiting for has arrived. The Cauldryn is a hand-held powerhouse for anyone who has experienced the let-down of cold coffee, the hassle of blended drinks, or the unique challenges of campfire cooking.
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Samsonite Gets Tough with New Kevlar-Reinforced SXK Line of Bags

Samsonite released the SXK Line, a collection of business and lifestyle bags that are reinforced with Kevlar – the very same material used in bulletproof vests and bicycle tires because of its intense-yet-lightweight strength.
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5 Reasons You Should Be Embracing the Tongue Scraper

To truly battle bad breath, you need the focused design of a tongue scraper. Here are the top five reasons why you should be using one.
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8 Ways to Keep Your Drinks Cold on a Hot Day

From Corkcicles to king-sized ice cubes to insulated bottles and beyond, these are the best products for keeping your drinks — alcoholic or not — cold on a hot day.
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How to Cook Spaghetti Squash the Simplest Way

Spaghetti squash has all the yummy qualities you love about other squash varieties and its noodle texture makes it a perfect delivery vessel for your favorite pasta recipes. To get the most out of this unique vegetable, preparation is key. Find out how to cook spaghetti squash in our step-by-step guide.
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Shore Thing: 10 Beach Essentials Every Guy Needs

This is our definitive guide to the 10 things you need to have a great beach day. From sunscreen to games, it's all here in our list of beach essentials.

Summer Solstice: What It Is and Why it Matters

In short, the summer solstice — which occurs at 6:07 a.m. on June 21, 2018 — marks the official astronomical beginning of the summer season for the Northern Hemisphere. However, this annual event holds a lot more significance than just being the longest day of the year.
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Whiskey Whiskers: Bourbon Grooming Products for Celebrating National Bourbon Day

Olivina Men has a different way to celebrate the popular American spirit: a high-quality bourbon-inspired grooming line, perfect for National Bourbon Day on June 14.
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America’s Best and Worst Cities for a Summer Staycation

The best thing about a staycation is that you can basically do whatever you damn well please. Find out how your city stacks up against the competition when it comes to summer staycation amenities and rankings according to the latest WalletHub report
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Public Speaking Tips: Everything You Need to Know to Nail the Big Speech

How can you temper your fear and deliver a powerful, confident speech? In this public speaking guide, we’ll share tips to help you get comfortable in front of a crowd and tackle your next speaking gig whether you’re stepping behind a podium or leading a meeting.
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Game On: Our Favorite Board Game Podcasts Right Now

From non-gamers to hardcore tabletop fans, there's a series for everyone on our list of the best board game podcasts. Favorites include The Daily Tavern, Married with Board Games, Shut Up & Sit Down, and more.
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A Perfect Summer Starts with Great Patio Furniture

The perfect summer begins in the backyard. Make sure yours is ready for the warm nights, cold beers, and cookouts with this cool and modern patio furniture.
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Summer Vacation Ideas: A Ranking of America’s Most Fun Cities and States

With warm weather and longer days, summertime means fun time for most people. WalletHub conducted full studies on The Most Fun States and The Most Fun Cities in America. Check out our breakdown for some summer vacation ideas.
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How to Apply to Grad School When It’s Been a While Since Undergrad

Applying to graduate school can be nerve-wracking, even for students who just completed undergraduate work. It can be more intimidating if it’s been a long time since you were in school. Here’s our advice on how to apply to grad school and make sure your exam scores are at their best.
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The Best Hemp Oil Grooming Products for Your Skin and Hair

Head-highs and pain relief aren’t all the green goddess has to offer. Hemp seed oil is a powerful and popular ingredient in grooming goods. We've rounded-up some of the best hemp oil products for skin and hair.
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Why Every Man Should Get a Pedicure (Really, It’s For Your Health)

To learn a little more about the health benefits of men's pedicures (and why every man should be getting them) we turned to celebrity manicurist, founder of Organic Body Society, and all-around men’s hand and foot grooming guru Natasha Ray.
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Gettin’ Hitched? Jordan Jack is the Warby Parker of Men’s Wedding Rings

You can find the perfect men's wedding ring without setting foot in a mall or big box jeweler. Don't think it's possible? Jordan Jack begs to differ.
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By the Numbers: What is Costs to Be a Baseball Fan

How much do you pay to support your favorite team for an entire season? All those ticket prices, stadium beers, and team swag adds up.
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This Smart Side Table Will Launch Your Bedroom into the Future

The Sobro Smart Table is loaded with handy features, including app-enabled lighting and built-in bluetooth speakers. But those don't even come close to its best feature. Hint: It has to do with charging your phone.

Party Hard in the Big Easy this Spring at These Boozy New Orleans Festivals

Let the good times roll at these New Orleans Spring festivals, including New Orleans Bourbon Festival, Top Taco Agave Week, and the Top Taco Festival.
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By the Numbers: The 90th Academy Awards

How is this year’s ceremony stacking up against years past? To find out, we turned to the research-wizards at WalletHub, who just released their 2018 Oscars Facts Report, complete with a Q&A with a panel of entertainment experts.