Chip & Joanna Gaines! 'This Is Us' ! Unicorn Frappuccinos! 100 Reasons to Love America Right Now

In honor of our nation's birthday, we're celebrating some of our favorite people (like Chip and Joanna Gaines!) plus the places, things and ideas that make our country great

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CHIP & JOANNA GAINES

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The HGTV stars are experiencing a wave of popularity like no others. “Sometimes I wonder, ‘Why us,’ ” says Chip. “What was it that we did that was interesting and unique. The fact that people watch our show, buy our products and come to Waco to visit our store. It’s still sometimes a bit like a dream.”

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THIS IS US

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The show that makes us think about how we got to be the way we are. Missing it? Enjoy these hot pics of Papa Pearson until the series returns for season 2 in September.

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WONDER WOMAN

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When girl power collides with box office power! The feel-good film earned more than $100 million its first weekend, a record for a movie directed by a female — Patty Jenkins. “I think Wonder Woman has thrived for 75 years because she is filled with greatness and strength but also love, beauty, kindness and truth,” says Jenkins. “She is purely good and deeply lovable.”

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BOOMER PHELPS

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Cutest baby alive? We think so.

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MELISSA MCCARTHY AS SEAN SPICER & ALEC BALDWIN AS DONALD TRUMP

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Their impressions helped raise SNL’s ratings bigly. McCarthy credited the prosthetics for getting into character. “You mess with your ears, and it really changes the shape of your head,” she told Ellen DeGeneres. To inhabit Trump, Baldwin told Stephen Colbert, “left eyebrow up. Right eyebrow down. Shove your face like you’re trying to suck the chrome off the fender of a car.”

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COKE'S PATRIOTIC BOTTLES & CANS

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For every patriotic or USO logo bottle sold on ShareaCoke.com, The Coca-Cola Company will donate $1 to the USO.

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TRADER JOE'S

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As much religion as grocery store.

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FEARLESS GIRL

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Initially installed for one month facing the Wall Street Charging Bull statue, the bronze figure by Kristen Visbal has been granted a yearlong extension. There’s been push-back by the sculptor of the bull — and brief harassment from a peeing dog statue. Still, she persists.

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THE GOLDEN GIRLS CAFÉ

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The upper Manhattan eatery pays homage to Rue McClanahan with wall-to-wall memorabilia and personal effects — including her 1987 Emmy — and her ashes, cemented under a star-of-fame in the entryway. Try Sophia’s 16-hour lasagna al forno.

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UNICORN FRAPPUCCINO

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Love it or hate it, the limited-edition crème drink that changed colors and flavors sold out fast. But not to fear: there are many items on the Starbucks secret menu to quench your thirst.

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THE SIMPSONS

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¡Ay caramba! America’s longest-running sitcom turns 30 this year.

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ADIDAS STAN SMITHS

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More than 40 million pairs sold since 1971.

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ARIANA GRANDE

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Her kindness, compassion and courage in the wake of the terrorist attack at her Manchester concert showcased her beauty inside and out.

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SNAPCHAT VOICE CHANGER

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If only it had existed for Kevin in Home Alone.

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NEON MUSEUM IN LAS VEGAS

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Where iconic signs go to live.

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CHRISSY TEIGEN & JOHN LEGEND

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Couple goals. So much so, we've covered their love story extensively.

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THRIVE MARKET

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This site will ship healthy groceries at wholesale prices; if you buy a year membership, another is given to a family in need.

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MERRIAM-WEBSTER TWITTER

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It trolls politics brilliantly, though it couldn’t explain “covfefe.”

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THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA

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Now open to transgender boys.

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FRONT PORCHES

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A place for your chair and your flag.

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MELINDA GATES

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The philanthropist has mastered the art of giving back. "One of the things I love most about America is that we’re a nation of optimists," she says. "We’re always striving to invent a better future."

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PINTEREST COOKING FAILS

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When you want to feel better about yourself. (Psst: check out some of our favorites.)

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DEAR EVAN HANSEN

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The Tony-winning treasure, starring Ben Platt in a breakthrough performance, recognizes those on the outside looking in. Celebrities can't get enough.

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KISS CAMS

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They capture the love — except when they don’t. Thankfully, these celebrities have generally been ready for their moments on the jumbotron.

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NUGGET GUY

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Carter Wilkerson, 16, of Reno scored a year of Wendy’s chicken nuggets for the most retweeted tweet of all time.

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APRIL THE GIRAFFE'S LIVE-STREAMED PREGNANCY

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The webcam at Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York, registered more than 232 million live views. You can still check out April, her mate, Oliver, and their calf Tajiri at aprilthegiraffe.com.

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WAFFLE HOUSE

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Satisfying breakfast cravings 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, since 1955. Stars are in on the secret, too.

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CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL LOS ANGELES

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The nonprofit institution has saved thousands of children, including Jimmy Kimmel’s baby Billy, born on April 21 with congenital heart disease. Kimmel used the platform of his late-night show to praise CHLA and to advocate for health care for all children, regardless of financial need or preexisting conditions.

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PUPPY BOWL

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A big serving of stress relief, complete with a kitty halftime show and bunny cheerleaders. It airs right before the Super Bowl.

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AZIZ ANSARI

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A gentle voice of reason in a harsh world. If you're not watching his Netflix hit Master of None, you should be.

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EMPIRE STATE BUILDING

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It's an Art Deco landmark in a city full of them, and lights up in honor of all sorts of holidays and celebrations every night.

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MAUI’S HALEAKALĀ NATIONAL PARK SUNRISE

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Prepare to arrive early — sunrise occurs between 3 and 7 a.m. — and shiver at an altitude of 10,023 ft. to see what Mark Twain called “the sublimest spectacle I ever witnessed.”

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SCOTT HAMILTON

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The Olympic gold medalist and cancer survivor puts life in perspective in his PEOPLE/Entertainment Weekly Network docuseries: “A day is a day. I want more of those.”

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SPAM

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The canned mystery meat turns 80 this year. Try the Spam musubi in Hawaii.

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JEEP

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A model of Yankee ingenuity.

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HUNTER MCGRADY

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Sports Illustrated's curviest swimsuit model isn't afraid to talk about her journey — and the societal pressures on women today.

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FIVE GUYS BURGERS

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It recently unseated In-N-Out as best burger chain in a Harris poll. And don't even get us started on the fries.

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BARRY JENKINS

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His film Moonlight, about growing up black and gay, won Best Picture at this year's Academy Awards — in dramatic fashion.

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KEITH MORRISON'S NARRATION ON WAZE

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Uh-oh. Policeman ahead.

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CARRIE UNDERWOOD

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The seven-time Grammy winner, activewear designer, wife and mother of a 2-year-old calls herself “a normal person with a really cool job.”

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DOUGHNUTS

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From coast to coast and everywhere in between, we have the best: Whether it’s cake or yeasted, glazed or bacon-topped, there’s a flavor made just for you. Try Federal Donuts in Philadelphia, Glazed and Infused in Chicago, Shipley Do-Nuts in Houston or Astro Doughnuts in D.C. if you have a hankering.

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MEGHAN MCCAIN

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The cohost of Fox News Channel’s Outnumbered has her own list of what makes America great: “Freedom, the men and women who serve in the military, country music, Kentucky bourbon, the Grand Canyon, blackjack in Las Vegas and barbecue.”

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FLYING CAR

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Google cofounder Larry Page’s electric vehicle operates over water and promises to be available by the end of the year.

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HOME TOWN

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HGTV’s Erin and Ben Napier rescue homes in the South.

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AMERICAN CHEESE

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A slice of heaven to add to your barbecue spread.

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THE GEORGE BUSH-MICHELLE OBAMA FRIENDSHIP

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Crossing party lines with a shared sense of humor. "Anybody who likes my sense of humor, I immediately like,” the former president told PEOPLE.

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TAKE YOUR CHILD TO WORK DAY

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It's an easy way to spend quality time. (Almost as good? June 23, a.k.a. take your dog to work day.)

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SHARK TANK

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The show that can change your fortune; after all, it turned a sponge called the Scrub Daddy into a $50 million sensation.

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HOUZZ

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A home-improvement app where you can find anything from inspirational photos to interlocking pavers.

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DARCI LYNNE FARMER

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The 12-year-old singing ventriloquist is charming viewers with her talent and overall adorableness. America’s Got Talent for sure.

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PEGGY WHITSON

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The 57-year-old astronaut from Iowa broke the record in April for the most accumulated time in space — 534 days and counting — aboard the International Space Station.

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MAPTOTE

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Show your city pride with a customizable, eco-friendly tote bag.

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PROMPOSAL GUY

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Jacob Staudenmaier

Arizona teen Jacob Staudenmaier didn’t get the girl — Emma Stone — but his epic La La Land-inspired video raised the bar for high school seniors everywhere.

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2020 PRESIDENTIAL TICKET: DWAYNE JOHNSON AND TOM HANKS

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As announced on the season finale of SNL. Bring it on!

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MILLENNIAL PINK

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This sweet hue has been everywhere—from decor to dresses—this year. (PS: This top is a total steal at just $15!)

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STRANGER THINGS

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The unique mystery series — starring Winona Ryder and one very cool cast of kids — puts the Original in Netflix Original.

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HOMEGOODS

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Where to go for everything you never knew you needed. We've done a deep dive into the obsession (don't worry, you're not alone).

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DRIVE-THRUS

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Fast food, even faster.

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NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON

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The host of StarTalk on National Geographic fell in love with astrophysics at age 9 and has learned how to ignite a passion in the public. “With the issues that we have before us like climate and energy, science literacy is urgent,” he says. “I try to always connect science to elements of pop culture that I know people care about.”

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AIRBNB

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Go global, stay local. Celebrities do it, too.

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VIOLA DAVIS

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The Oscar, Emmy and Tony winner has mastered the arts of acting and the acceptance speech.

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MAGIC MIKE LIVE

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Conceived and codirected by Channing Tatum, this striptease revue has taken up residence in Vegas at the Hard Rock Hotel.

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ANCESTRY DNA

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Don’t you want to know where you came from? This company makes it easy — for just $99.

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WILL AND GRACE REVIVAL

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It returns to NBC this fall — and we haven't been this excited in a while.

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR ON INSTAGRAM

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US Department of the Interior

Spectacular photos from more than 400 national park sites.

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JACK SCHLOSSBERG

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JFK's grandson weighs in on his country. "I love that America represents a beacon of hope and opportunity in a world of uncertainty. I love that I am free to say that I don’t love the new trajectory of American leadership. I am horrified by our government’s proposed immigration ban, I’m embarrassed that the United States pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement, and I’m frustrated that our government is attempting to take away health care for millions," he writes for PEOPLE. "I love how many Americans are speaking out against these developments that are antithetical to the values that have made America the greatest nation on earth."

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GLOSSIER

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The no-makeup makeup has achieved cult status.

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KATHRINE SWITZER

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The first woman to run the Boston Marathon in 1967 completed it again 50 years later.

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APPLE CAMPUS 2

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A 2.8 million-sq.-ft. vision of the future designed by architect Norman Foster.

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LA CROIX

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Don’t let the fancy name fool you: The trendy sparkling water comes from La Crosse, Wisconsin.

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S-TOWN

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The spellbinding story of Alabama clock restorer John B. McLemore was the podcast of the year.

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THE PIONEER WOMAN

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Food Network star Ree Drummond makes us all feel at home at the range with her cooking show and hot new magazine.

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AMAZON ECHO

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Alexa has more than 10,000 skills, is a good listener and asks for nothing in return.

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FINAL FIVE

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The Olympics Dream Team — Simone Biles, Laurie Hernandez, Madison Kocian, Raisman and Gabby Douglas — that we still can't get enough of nearly one year later.

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MUSEUM OF ICE CREAM

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With a sprinkle pool and a chocolate chamber, it’s the hottest ticket in L.A. Open through August.

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FIREWORKS

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Celebrating Independence Day with a bang since 1777.

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MARTHA STEWART & SNOOP DOGG

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America’s odd couple first bonded during a Comedy Central roast of Justin Bieber in 2015. “It was like, ‘We’ve got to get back together again,’ ” says Snoop, 45. Their show Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party began last year on VH1. When it comes to cooking, Stewart, 75, says, “His fried chicken was very good, not as good as mine.” But Snoop gets his just dessert. “She makes the better cakes,” he says, “but brownies? That’s my land right there, man.”

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'MARCH' MADNESS

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Standing up for women, science and more to exercise our rights of freedom of speech and freedom of assembly.

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MEGHAN MARKLE

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Once upon a time, an American TV star fell in love with a handsome prince. Before she knew it, Markle, 35, was jetting to London for cozy stays at Kensington Palace — while a smitten Prince Harry, 32, was secretly flying thousands of miles just so they could spend a weekend together in her Toronto home base. Not since Grace Kelly has an American captured the heart of a true prince — and this time Markle is flipping the royal script. Proudly ambitious and independent, she is no fairy-tale princess. She’s better.

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THE CHICAGO CUBS

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The curse reversed for the World Series champs after a 108-year drought.

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GRACELAND

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What better time to visit? There’s a new hotel, and this year marks the 50th anniversary of Elvis’s wedding to Priscilla and the 40th anniversary of his death.

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BETTER MIDLER IN HELLO, DOLLY!

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The queen of Broadway now has a Tony Award for her latest role (and could've won another for her speech).

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DISNEY WORLD'S PANDORA — THE WORLD OF AVATAR

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Opened in May, it’s a whole new world. "It's really pretty magical," Avatar director James Cameron told PEOPLE. "It’s wildly exceeded my expectations for what was possible in the physical world, from floating mountains to all the exotic plant life faithfully reproduced and of course getting to fly on a banshee."

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MAHERSHALA ALI

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An overnight sensation (and Oscar winner) after 17 years in the business!

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SWEETGREEN

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A fast-casual chain with a mission as fresh as its salads: to source locally, cook from scratch and create healthy communities.

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FAITH & TIM'S SEXY SUMMER TOUR

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The country superstars smolder on their first joint road trip in 10 years, Soul2Soul: The World Tour 2017.

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BUTTERBEER

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Now available hot, cold, frozen, soft-serve and other ways at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando. Sweet!

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ANDY COHEN

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Intrepid, irreverent, irresistible. His Watch What Happens Live on Bravo has become a veritable confessional for all sorts of celebs.

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ANTELOPE VALLEY CALIFORNIA POPPY RESERVE

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After a winter of record storms, a superbloom.

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BACKSTREET BOYS VEGAS RESIDENCY AT PLANET HOLLYWOOD

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The ’90s never sounded better than in the guys' show, Larger Than Life, which was recently extended into 2018.

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KODE WITH KLOSSY

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Karlie Kloss, 24, is a supermodel on a mission. Since starting her nonprofit Kode with Klossy in 2015, she has provided 300 career scholarships and hosted nearly 400 girls between the ages of 13 and 18 at two-week intensive coding camps. “This summer we are expanding to 15 camps in 10 cities,” says Kloss. “Our goal is not just to teach code,” she says. “We want to instill confidence and a belief that you can take on any challenge.”

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CHRISTIAN SIRIANO

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The former Project Runway winner recognizes the importance of dressing women of all shapes and sizes. "My goal is to hopefully change people’s perceptions of what’s beautiful and what women should wear," he says. "I don’t go after the young, new It Girl. They’re fabulous, but what’s exciting to me is seeing someone different on the carpet looking amazing, like Danielle Brooks, whom I love so much."

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BUSY PHILIPPS' INSTAGRAM STORIES

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Surviving a creepy Uber ride and other must-see slices of celeb life, straight from the actress's mouth.

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BIG LITTLE LIES

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An addictive soap with scenery as A-list as the stars (Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley and Laura Dern among them).

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THE WADE QUADRUPLETS

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Ohio brothers (from left) Nigel, Zach, Nick and Aaron, 18, were accepted to many top schools, but all decided to attend Yale. “I’m looking forward to the challenge,” Nigel says.

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JANELLE MONÁE

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A singular talent who calls herself “a storyteller who wants to tell untold, meaningful, universal stories in unforgettable ways.”

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GATEWAY ARCH

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St. Louis’s tribute to westward expansion.

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CARDS AGAINST HUMANITY

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Brent Knepper

The ultimate non-PC party game.

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DR. EVAN ANTIN

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PEOPLE's Pet Vet — who loves chasing exotic animals around the globe but can also show you how to brush your dog's teeth — is fearless and fit.

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DAIRY-FREE ICE CREAM THAT TASTES LIKE REAL ICE CREAM

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The secret is almond, soy, coconut or cashew milk.

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