Whether you’re being dragged out on the town this New Year’s when you’d rather be on the couch or are hosting a big bash, it’s good fashion karma (that’s a thing right?) to ring in 2015 in an outfit you love. Click through for 12 budget-friendly New Year’s dresses…
Joe Riquelme found so much success with his iPhone app Videoshop that he was able to give his parents an extra special Christmas gift this year. Watch their teary reactions when they find out he paid off their mortgage — then at least give your parents a hug or something. [Gawker]
A few months ago, I decided on a whim that I would get my holiday shopping done early, and I’m so glad I did. I tend to be somewhat of a last-minute gift shopper, and when the idea to shop early popped into my head I wanted to make a silly little challenge with myself to see if I could actually do it. I started planning out what to buy for people on my list that same day. I’d had a weird summer and thought I’d need random projects to keep myself from getting aimlessly sad in the fall, so at first, my goal was to have all my presents purchased by the end of October. That didn’t happen, but I did have everything done before Thanksgiving, barring a gift or two!
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When I headed back home to Michigan for the first Christmas since my dad’s death, I didn’t expect it to get difficult until the holiday actually arrived. Since I got here this weekend, my routine hasn’t reflected anything he’d normally be a part of – I’ve been puttering around the house, out with high school friends, working. I flew home for Thanksgiving too, and that had been tough, but it didn’t hit me until my family sat down for dinner. I assumed it would be the same this time around – that his absence wouldn’t be painfully obvious until Christmas Eve and Christmas itself. HAH. Instead, I felt the sadness the moment I walked through the door to my mom’s house. Keep reading »
Ahh, the holidays. It’s a time for extreme awkwardness, forced social interaction and perpetual lies regarding the status of your not-very-exciting life. But perhaps the most uncomfortable encounter of all is when your new boyfriend meets your parents for the first time. Will Mom approve? Will Dad make some kind of unnecessary comment about his gun collection? Will your boyfriend fuck it all up by mentioning his band? Before you make the introduction, watch this video to prepare yourself for what everyone will be thinking during the process, and strategize accordingly. [Glamour]
I’m gonna tell you some cute stories about my nephews! I got to Texas yesterday morning to visit my family for Christmas. I’ve got three nephews who are better than anyone else’s kids, ever, in every single way, especially in cuteness.
The first thing my middle, four-year-old nephew did when I got in the car was ask, “Aunt Becca? How is Uncle?” By that he meant my boyfriend Michael, to whom he has never referred as “uncle” but I guess that’s a thing now (it was SO SWEET). In what I can vouch for as a complete and total accident, the eldest, 10-year-old nephew saw one of his unwrapped Christmas presents (it wasn’t very well-hidden), and was so wracked with guilt over having seen it that he decided he had to tell his parents. And the youngest, two-year-old nephew figured out how to get out of his crib and has been torturing my sister and brother-in-law at bedtime, but last night he decided he had to get out of his bed to give me a hug goodnight. They’re all way too adorable for words.
And, of course, the two-year-old is sick with a cold. I forgot to bring preparatory materials, so I’ll be sick with a cold too. I’m using my poor planning skills to help all of you other people who spend 60 percent of your time alone and another 35 percent of your time around healthy adults to make last-minute adjustments to your packing lists. Keep reading »