My boyfriend Nick and I recently made a new relationship rule: as soon as either of us feels any inkling of a bad mood coming on, we tell each other ASAP. Just a quick heads up, like, “Hey, I’m feeling a little irritable right now.” Announcing your bad mood before it causes a problem lets your partner know they shouldn’t take any crankiness personally, and forces you to be accountable for your own emotions. This is such a quick, easy thing to do, but it has worked wonders for our relationship. The success of the Bad Mood Rule inspired me to compile a list of other quick, easy tips that just might save your relationship. Read on for 10 more ideas from The Frisky ladies and me, and please feel free to add your own tips in the comments! Keep reading »
Most of us have a stack of cheap bangles from Forever 21 that were, like, 50 for $1, but sometimes it’s nice to invite some higher quality, more unique pieces to our arm parties. The solution? Etsy, of course! Whether your style is more hammered gold or rainbow hemp, click through to check out 10 vintage or handmade bangle sets from Etsy, at prices to fit every budget!
“We could put a special tag on each piece of clothing, saying: ‘From the happy workers of Bangladesh, with pleasure. Workers’ well-being guaranteed.’ When consumers saw that a well-known and trusted institution had taken responsibility to ensure both the present and the future of the workers who produced the garment, they wouldn’t mind paying 50 cents extra.Consumers would be proud to support the product and the company, rather than feeling guilty about wearing a product made under harsh working conditions.”
–In an op-ed piece for The Guardian this weekend, Bangladeshi economist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus sketched out a solution to the garment industry crisis that was brought to the world’s attention in the most jarring, tragic way when the collapse of Rana Plaza became the deadliest incident in the industry’s history… Keep reading »
Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield has been entertaining and educating all of us here on Earth with awesome YouTube videos and tweets during his five-month stay aboard the International Space Station. He returns to Earth today, but he made sure to leave us with a bittersweet farewell that is also the first music video ever recorded in space. As he tweeted yesterday: “With deference to the genius of David Bowie, here’s Space Oddity, recorded on Station. A last glimpse of the World.” [YouTube]
Just in case you were still not convinced that hippos deserve a place on our list of animals that are total assholes, does Paul Templer have a story for you. Templer was working as a tour guide on Africa’s Zambezi River when his group of kayaks came across a two-ton bull hippo who wasn’t exactly thrilled to see them. The hippo overturned one of the canoes and as Templer paddled over to help his comrades, the hippo lunged and swallowed him:
“I was aware that my legs were surrounded by water, but my top half was almost dry. I seemed to be trapped in something slimy. There was a terrible, sulphurous smell, like rotten eggs, and a tremendous pressure against my chest. My arms were trapped but I managed to free one hand and felt around – my palm passed through the wiry bristles of the hippo’s snout. It was only then that I realized I was underwater, trapped up to my waist in his mouth.” Keep reading »
Pippa Middleton hit up a London nightclub with her BFF Princess Eugenie (ah, the life of royals and royal in-laws) wearing a pair of high-waisted printed pants that are giving me mad flashbacks to my high school art teacher. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, because my high school art teacher was awesome, but I know the printed pants thing isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. What do you think of Pippa’s look? [Photo: Splash News]