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It’s Time To Cry: Bride’s Favorite Mascot Walks Her Down The Aisle After She Loses Her Father

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When Jennifer Sullivan unexpectedly lost her father to a heart attack six months before her wedding, she brought in her favorite mascot to walk her down the aisle. “I knew that I would be thinking about him the entire time,” Sullivan told WSVN News. “I knew I needed to do something really special to take my mind off of it and make the moment as lighthearted as possible.” Sullivan is a hardcore University of Miami fan, and a former employee of the school’s athletics department. Sebastian, the Miami Hurricanes mascot, was all too happy to step in on her special day, wearing a jersey with her late father’s nickname, Big Walt, on the back. It couldn’t have been a more fitting tribute. [CosmopolitanWSVN News]

Homeless Pets Are Now Featured In Some Ikea Showrooms

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Ikea stores in Tempe, Arizona, and Singapore have teamed up with Home for Hope and the Arizona Humane Society to add life-sized cardboard cutouts of homeless animals to its showrooms. The cardboard critters, which are based on real photos of shelter cats and dogs, will be placed in the spots a real-life pet might hang out — on couches, rugs and bunk beds. The cutouts even have bar codes customers can scan to learn more about the animals. So far, all six of the pets featured in the Tempe store have found homes, and more cutouts will be placed in the store starting on July 29. Here’s hoping this spreads to other stores! [Apartment Therapy, Business Insider] [Image via Home For Hope]

Even The US Government Is Playing Kim Kardashian’s Game

Kim Kardashian Game

Last night, the Twitter account for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Water accidentally tweeted that they’d made it to C-List celebrity status in Kim Kardashian’s super-addictive iPhone game. Someone at the EPA must be really hooked. Everyone needs a little downtime to just play games now and then, even if their job is saving the earth, right? The good news is the EPA handled it like champs instead of just pretending it never happened: Keep reading »

27 Things That Don’t Define Your Self-Worth

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Chaotic and ever-changing as life is, it’s no wonder that we look to external factors to define who we are and how we’re doing. It’s easy to lose sight of how our success in life shows up in intangible stuff, like the way we treat people, how we handle tough stuff, and how much love we put into the world.

Here are some things that never define your self-worth and if they all changed tomorrow, you would still be you: Keep reading »

Start Stockpiling Hershey’s Bars, Because Chocolate Prices Are Going Up

Start Stockpiling Hershey's Bars, Because Chocolate Prices Are Going Up

Hershey announced last week that its prices would increase due to a rise in the cost of chocolate ingredients. Very soon, those amazing Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Creme bars (or am I the only one who likes those?) will now cost eight percent more, and so will every other treat the company makes. Other candy companies will probably follow suit. The price increase is effective immediately, and it’s time to stock up on chocolate in case the price goes up even higher in the future.

By sales, Hershey is the top candy maker in the US, and it also sells 40 percent of dark chocolate in the country, so we’re pretty much at its mercy to cut us a deal on our chocolate fix. The rise in the price of ingredients can be attributed to a growing chocolate market in Asia, and chocolate consumption is still rising in the US, which makes the demand that much greater. Researchers have predicted that there could be a one million-ton international cocoa bean deficit by 2020. Halloween is going to be a struggle this year. [Quartz]

Tim McGraw On Hitting An Audience Member: “It Was Pure Instinctive Reaction”

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  • Tim McGraw sort of addressed hitting a grabby audience member during a concert last week, saying, “It happened in a split second, it was pure instinctive reaction, I think you just got to move on. Nobody feels good about it, but there’s nothing that could be done about it.” Well, that’s not exactly a ”sorry.” [TMZ]
  • New couple alert: Ian Somerholder and “Twilight” star Nikki Reed are dating. [US Weekly]
  • Anna Paquin talked about her bisexuality with HuffPost Live last week and reminded viewers that monogamy and bisexuality are not mutually exclusive.  [US Weekly]
  • Kim Kardashian has “no sympathy” for her brother Rob’s problems, including a recent sudden weight gain. I guess that attitude explains why he bailed on her wedding? [People] Keep reading »
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