Meet Lucy, The 1 In 48 Million Baby Who Has The Same Birthday As Both Parents

How often do you meet someone born on the same day as you? Chances are, most of have met a birthday twin or two.

But what if you ended up dating that person? Or not only dating them, but marrying them? The odds would be much lower. Well, how about if you meet someone born on the same day as you, marry him/her, and then have a baby together who is also born on the same day? At this point you are looking at odds of 1 in 48 million.

This is exactly what happened to Caitlin and Tom Perkins of Australia. The couple were both born on Aug. 16, 1986, just 50 minutes apart. When Caitlin became pregnant and the due date was set for August, of course everyone was thinking how cool it would be if baby arrived on mom’s and dad’s birthday—and, remarkably, she did. Aug. 16 rolled around and Caitlin went into labor naturally, making baby Lucy a beautiful birthday gift for both Caitlin and Tom.

The doctor who delivered little Lucy shared the story of this rare occurrence on Facebook:

Aug. 16 will forever be a very special day for this family as they celebrate three birthdays every year.

9 Easy Pallet Projects That Won’t Break The Bank

You’ve probably heard that pallets are a budget-friendly way to decorate your home. Maybe you’ve even collected a few (I had five in my garage at last count) in hopes of completing a Pinterest-worthy project.

Still confused about what you can actually make with a pallet? Well, look no further. We’ve got nine cool—and totally doable—ideas for you.

1. Pallet Flower Box

Flip the pallet around to turn it into shabby chic flower boxes. This upright planter is an adorable addition to any garden.

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The Micro Gardener

 

2. Coffee Table

You are going to need more than just sandpaper and paint for this one—but not too much more. The extra effort is worth it. Not only does the table look amazing, but it easily moves out of the way to give you some extra space when needed.

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3. Wall Decor

Pallets can be transformed into amazing personalized wall hangings. One of the most popular I have seen is the rustic American flag, but you could also paint it and add your favorite quote to add some inspiration to your home decor. Pallets are ideal for these projects because they can be made to fit any space.

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The Garden Glove

 

4. Basic Bench

What’s fabulous about benches is that if you screw something up, you can always hide it with a pillow. Typically, that’s what everyone notices first anyway. There could be nail holes in the wood or random printed letters on the side, but as long as the pillows look great, no one will ever notice.

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Wooden Pallet Furniture

 

5. Book Shelf

It’s simple, rustic and it can be painted to suit any home decor. What’s not to love about a pallet book shelf?

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6. Entry Table

This table makes a lovely first impression in the entryway, but it’s sure to get noticed no matter where it is placed.

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Pallet Furniture DIY

 

7. Hook Board

With a few hooks, your pallet can give you some extra cabinet or closet space. Use the hooks to hang coffee mugs, as shown below, or use it for scarves, purses, belts—you name it!

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Craft Project Ideas

 

8.Wine Rack

This rustic rack will get all of your bottles and glasses organized. And with the right tools, this cool project will only take about an hour-and-a-half to complete.

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Instructables

 

9. Outdoor Bar

Thanks to its sleek design, this outdoor bar won’t consume your space. It will, however, give you back some room on your outdoor dining table.

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1001 Pallets

 

When your pallet project is complete, make sure you share it with us on Facebook so we can all “oooh” and “ahhh” over your success.

12 Clever DIY Halloween Costumes That Won’t Cost A Fortune

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How does Halloween manage to sneak up on us every year? You know it’s coming and think you have plenty of time to get a costume together—and then, all of the sudden, you need to be at a party in an hour and you’ve got nothing! Well, not this year. We’ve got you covered with 12 creative costumes that won’t break the bank.

1. Charlie Brown

Start with a pair of black shorts and a plain yellow T-shirt. Then use black duct tape to make the zig-zag line around the bottom of the shirt. To complete the look, carry a football or bring your dog with you. (Hopefully he is black and white, and looks at least a little bit like Snoopy.)

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All For The Boys

2. Circus Performer

This is a glamorous option—you basically get dressed up with full makeup and add a feather to your hair. The more sparkle the better.

Backstage #circus #headpiece #vintage #showgirl #sideshow #freakshow #makeup #burlesque #backstage #braid #costume

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3. Medusa

All this DIY headpiece requires is toy snakes (you can buy ’em cheap on Amazon), a headband and some twist ties or glue to attach the snakes. Give your creation a coating of gold spray paint and—bam!—you’ll be the evil monster from Greek mythology in no time.

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4. Snail

Use craft paper and ribbon to make a wearable shell, and a headband, craft paper and painted styrofoam balls for eyes. The result is adorable, and the instructions are fairly simple.

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Oh Happy Day

5. Rosie The Riveter

High-wasted pants, button-down shirt and a red bandanna—it doesn’t get easier than that. You may have to do a few pushups before you head out. If you’re going to be flexing all night, you may as well have those biceps popping.

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6. Strawberry

Add some white or black spots to a red shirt or dress and then glue together a green stem hat. This could work for various fruits, from pineapples to grapes. Get some friends together and go as a fruit salad!

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7. Bat

After dressing head-to-toe in black and following these instructions, you will have turned into a bat. Good thing you had that old black umbrella on hand.

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8. Baby

Get out your adult-sized footy pajamas—you know you have some or at least want an excuse to get them. Then snag a stuffed animal and a pacifier (or ring pop, for a sweet option), and you’re done.

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Thread Ethic

9. Waldo and/or Wenda

If you can manage to find a red and white hat with a pom pom, it will make this costume. Otherwise, you just need some jeans and a striped shirt.

10. Fortune Teller

This is such a flexible costume that you are sure to have what you need on hand. With just some hoop earrings and a few scarves, you can pull this off pretty quickly.

11. Mime

This will require a black-and-white stripped shirt with a red bandana tied around the neck. Add a bowler hat from the dollar store and perhaps some white gloves, and voila—you are a mime!

#lifeisacircus #party #mimemakeup #mimecostume #mime #hfarm #hparty #hcircus

A photo posted by RitaPetrilli (@rita_petrilli) on Jul 24, 2015 at 6:37am PDT

12. Garden Gnome

The reason this costume works is because there are so many different ways to put it together. Any pants with a button-down shirt will do. Maybe throw a brown belt around your waist. A pointy red hat could be made from paper or felt depending on your time frame. Finish it off with a beard (you can get one on Amazon for $7.99).

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When all else fails, use one of these puns to get yourself out the door in a flash:

Aircraft Carrier: Carry around a toy airplane all night.

The Seven Seas: Pin seven Cs to your shirt and call it a night.

Identity Thief: Wear a bunch of “Hello my name is…” stickers with different names on them. Bonus points for using names of people who are at the party.

Cereal Killer: Attach a few bloody cereal boxes to your shirt with some plastic knives sticking out.

Breadwinner: Grab a loaf of bread and any cheap medal ( you can find.

 

This Teen Turned An Old Camper Into A Gorgeous ‘Glamper’

How did you spend your summer?

Ellie Yeater, a 14-year-old in West Virignia, spent her summer turning a 1974 Wilderness camper into a “glamper” (glam camper). How did she do it? As detailed on the blog Woodworking Adventures, Ellie saved up $500 of birthday and chore money, and got a lot of support from her family.

Ellie purchased the camper for $200 with a vision of a space to call her own. Of course, she would need to park it close enough to the house to still use her parents’ electricity and Wi-Fi, not to mention air conditioning when it gets too hot.

Here’s what she started with. You won’t believe how this creative girl transformed the space!

Before really getting started, Ellie had to gut the inside of the camper and clean it. Once the camper had been stripped down, the real work of replacing flooring and painting could begin. The dark brown exterior was painted a light blue. And for the inside, Ellie chose a color scheme of peach, grey and light blue.

Ellie finished off her masterpiece with Pinterest-inspired details like statement pillows, strung lights and a dress form.

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Woodworking Adventures

For Ellie, the camper will be more of a “she-shed” than something to take out into the woods. Just like any other teen, Ellie wanted a spot to hang out with friends and a quiet place of her own. Nice work, Ellie! We see an interior design career in your future.

Read more about the camper’s transformation and see more pictures on Woodworking Adventures.

Move Over Sangria, Red Wine Mixed With Cola Is The New Must-Try Cocktail

Get ready to try your new favorite sunny afternoon refreshment. Sometimes called “poor man’s sangria,” the kalimotxo (pronounced cal-ee-mo-cho) is a blend of just two ingredients.

The drink, popular in Spain and Uruguay, is gaining popularity in the States.

Simply pour equal parts cola and chilled red wine over ice and you have a refreshing drink to enjoy during these final weeks of warm weather.

When you brighten it up with a little lemon or orange, this cool beverage really hits the spot.

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Dry Red Wine

Use a dry red wine for this drink because it helps to balance the sweetness of the cola.

There’s no need to splurge on a nice bottle because the cola masks the finer flavors of the wine anyway. In fact, some say the cheaper the wine the better.

As for the cola, whatever you have on hand will work, but if you have the choice grab a cola made with real sugar rather than corn syrup.

RELATED: Now you can tote your wine around with these awesome portable wine glasses!

Ice Cream Treat

Michael Gordon, chef at BKW in Brooklyn takes this drink to a whole other level by turning it into dessert.

He serves kalimotxo with scoop of mascarpone gelato.

However, Gordon assures that a decent vanilla ice cream will do just fine. A little wine in your ice cream float? Don’t mind if we do!

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If nothing else, this cocktail is the perfect way to use up a so-so bottle of cheap red wine that’s been collecting dust.

Calimocho weather ☀?#calimocho #kalimoxto #redwine #cola #cocacola

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Red Wine Hot Chocolate

Looking for another way to take your red wine game to the next level? Consider this recipe for red wine hot chocolate.

When you feel like having a lazy night in and cozying up on the couch, red wine and hot chocolate are two of the ultimate choices.

It can be hard to choose between the two drinks, but luckily now you don’t have to.

Blogger Yeah Immaeatthat has an awesome recipe to make your own chocolatey cup of red wine, and boy does it look decadent.

If you’re into rich desserts, this drink is for you. Cue the Netflix and a cozy blanket!

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All you need are milk, dark chocolate chips and your favorite red wine (preferably something full-bodied), and you can make a creamy alcoholic drink in just a few minutes.

Just combine the milk and chocolate chips in a saucepan until you have a warm chocolate milk, and then pour in the red wine, continuing to heat until everything has become warm.

Pour into your favorite mugs, and get those movies going.

This recipe comes on the heels of other amazing wine combinations, including wine ice cream and wine ice cream floats.

You could even take it to the next level and add marshmallows to the mix:

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As previously noted, this drink is rich. This makes it the perfect beverage to split with friends and sip slowly. Cool fall weather has never sounded more appealing! You can get the full recipe from Yeah Immaeatthat, so you too can make a smooth, chocolatey wine all on your own.

Can’t get enough hot chocolate? Try this Red Velvet recipe – yum!

There are those rare occasions when you just can’t bring yourself to finish a bottle of wine, and after you learn this trick, you may find yourself leaving a little extra at the bottom of the bottle a little more often. You can freeze leftover wine to create little wine ice cubes, and this genius hack will come in handy more often than you think.

Make Cooking With Wine Easier

Have you ever left wine out of a recipe because you didn’t have any on hand or didn’t want to open an entire bottle just to use a little bit of it? I know I’m definitely guilty of this. Well, with these little wine ice cubes, you’ll never have to do that again.

Whether you’re looking to make a tasty drink, just want a mini-popsicle or you’re cooking an entrée that calls for wine, you’ve got just enough wine to do the trick without pulling out that wine opener.

As PureWow pointed out, creating these ice cubes is as simple as pouring leftover wine into an ice cube tray, covering with saran wrap and placing in the freezer.

Simple, huh? This is sure to better your life in ways you never knew you needed. To see what I mean, check out five ways you can start using wine ice cubes, well, as fast as you can freeze them.

1. Wine Slushy

Frozen wine ice cubes will help you create just the right consistency for a wine slushy. What a great way to cool down once it’s finally warmer out, don’t you think? Get the recipe.

2. Pork Loin With Wine And Herb Sauce

A dry white wine combines with heavy cream, chicken stock and herbs to create a flavorful sauce to drench a pork loin in. This is an even better use for wine than drinking it, if you ask me. Get the recipe.

3. Skillet Chicken With Bacon and White Wine Sauce

Ok, this has two of my favorite things in one dish. Bacon and wine. It seriously doesn’t get better than this dreamy concoction. Get the recipe.

4. Hanger Steak With Red Wine Sauce

Red meat drenched in a red wine sauce sounds like the perfect thing to soak your taste buds in tonight, doesn’t it? Get the recipe.

5. Cheesecake Bars With Wine Gelee

Nothing pairs as well as cheesecake and wine, so why not combine them into one dessert using your leftover wine? Sounds like a great idea to me! Get the recipe.

And now you’ve got the makings for an entire meal — the drink, the main dish and dessert. So, get those ice cube trays full of wine in the freezer, stat!

[h/t: PureWow]

Marine Sings Moving Rendition Of ‘Home’ On His Way Stateside

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Another aeroplane
Another sunny place
I’m lucky, I know
But I wanna go home
Mmmm, I’ve got to go home

-“Home,” Michael Buble

It is not just this marine’s beautiful voice that will bring a smile to your face as he sings Michael Buble’s “Home.” It is the obvious joy emanating from the plane full of soldiers. They have spent months away from families—and finally they are on their way home.

I can remember being on the other side of that, waiting for my father to arrive home from duty. Seeing him coming off the plane, holding back until he got across the line where I was allowed to hug him. The tears inevitably began to flow with the emotion of the year’s longing finally bubbling over. He was home. He was one of the lucky ones. He was safe.

The sacrifices of these soldiers and their families go deeper than many will ever know. Enjoy your time home, soldiers, may it be all that your hearts have longed for. You have more than earned it.

Kids Share Hilarious Thoughts About Their Teachers

Families across the country are gearing up for kids to head back to school (if they haven’t already). From buying school supplies and first day of school outfits to planning the family’s new schedule and figuring out how to get everyone where they are going on time—it can be an exciting yet stressful time of year.

In an effort to lighten the mood and remind us of the sweet rewards of all this hard work, take a break from the to-do list and spend a couple minutes putting it all into perspective.

Watch as these children share exactly what they think about their teachers. The kids respond to questions such as “What do teachers do for fun?” and “What kind of gift would your teacher like?” Knowing that kids say the darndest things, the answers are as amusing as you might expect (gift ideas include everything from “monkeys” to “a gift card for Amazon“). Even if you don’t have children, you will be able to appreciate the hilarity.

Enjoy!

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This Crazy Way To Cut Hair Is Truly Something You Need To See To Believe

A stylist at M&M Friseure Salon in Germany has turned the typical haircut completely upside down. No, you will not have all the blood rushing to your head as you hang suspended from your chair. It is your hair that defies gravity during this innovative new cut.

As you can see in the video, in order to accomplish the cut, the hairdresser divides the client’s hair into four very high ponytails. Next, she uses some sort of wax to get the ponytails to stand up straight. After smoothing out the ponytails, a quick horizontal snip on each end is all that is needed to achieve a cute choppy, layered look.

The most shocking part of the whole thing is how good the client’s hair looks when she is finished.

This cut follows up on the barber shop bob cut that was recently trending. In case you missed it check out California’s Fern the Barber in action. His precision is impressive.

Don’t move a muscle??? #FernTheBarber #DeadEndz #ClipperBob

A video posted by • FernTheBarber • (@fernthebarber) on Aug 3, 2016 at 8:06am PDT

You Won’t Believe Which Leggings Trend Is Back In Style

Most of us know that fashion is cyclical. What once was cutting-edge becomes yesterday’s news as new cuts, colors and combinations become en vogue. And what’s old is new again, and this is certainly true in the case of… wait for it… stirrup pants! That’s right, these ’80s gems are back in style.

One question for you: why has it taken so long for this style to come back? No longer do we have to endure our leggings riding up our legs and looking too short. No longer will our leggings look wrinkled and lose. No longer must we tuck and re-tuck them into our boots. Stirrup pants are making a comeback on runways, and I for one couldn’t be more excited.

Cape and #StirrupPants ??#Marni

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I can still remember the pastel purple stirrup leggings I had as a child. I loved those pants until there were holes in the knee. I have been searching for a new pair ever since. Here are a few of the many pairs flooding the stores this fall, plus a few ideas of how you can wear them.

1. Standard Black

Ballet flats, heels or boots will all look amazing with this newest closet necessity. You can dress them up for a night on the town or go slightly more casual for daytime wear.

Express Black Stirrup Stretch Legging, $39.90

2. Athleisure Wear

These pants will be perfect for all your yoga moves as well as for lying around on the couch. The best part is that no matter how you move the bottoms will stay put. Plus, how fun is this pattern?

Knockout By Victoria’s Secret Yoga Stirrup Tight, $64.50

3. Jeggings 

That’s right stirrup jeggings are now available for daily wear. Pair them with an oversized sweater, a blouse or even a T-shirt. These are sure to be your new go-to pants.

Stirrup Jegging, $178

Can You Listen To 1500 People Sing ‘Hallelujah’ Without Getting Chills?

I’m not sure what exactly it is that creates the power behind these moments. Whether it’s the music that is chosen, the individuals who sing it, or the sheer number of people united as one, this video of a 1500-voice choir singing Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” is sure to stir up some emotions.

Choir! Choir! Choir! is a Toronto based group led by Daveed Goldman and Nobu Adilman. The group is open to anyone, and the choir meets twice weekly to learn new arrangements of pop songs.

The group recently came together at the Hearn Generating Station in Toronto and were taught back-up parts to “Hallelujah” prior to Rufus Wainwright (whose cover of the song you may know from “Shrek”) joining them as the lead singer.

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The gathering was diverse, encompassing all different nationalities, ethnicities and ages—making the result even more powerful. So take a moment to join the group by singing along or simply by taking the time to watch.

Whatever way you are a part of this performance, you will undoubtedly be a part of something bigger than just yourself.