I love writing about little life hacks that make for better, more efficient living because we all need to get more from our time and money. It's also important to exercise and eat right which should always be balanced with some chocolate cake. Throw in a little about living with contentment and happiness and that about sums me up
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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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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.)
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.
A photo posted by Julietta la Doll (@juliettaladoll) on Sep 3, 2013 at 4:15pm PDT
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
You could even take it to the next level and add marshmallows to the mix:
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!
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.
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.
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.
A video posted by M&MFRISEURE (@mmfriseure) on Jul 31, 2016 at 10:24am PDT
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.