Dazzled by Donegal: an activity break that’s big, bold and brilliant

The challenge: can north-west Ireland match Canada and New Zealand for an epic adventure? After surfing, riding and kayaking, our writer found the answer on a sea-stack climb

The conversation started at the indoor climbing wall – an attempt to list the world’s wildest and most adventurous destinations. New Zealand and British Columbia were contenders, as was Newcastle on a Friday night. Then Tim, who runs an ethical outdoor gear company called Gather Outdoors, suggested Ireland. I thought about that one. “Ireland can be wild,” I said, “but it’s not adventurous.”

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Coffee Break: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018: Picks Under $200

nordstrom anniversary sale 2018 picks under 200This post has become the runaway post (LOTS of great stuff this year, ladies!) and I’m late with Coffee Break, so let’s start with these: presenting our favorite Nordstrom Anniversary Sale picks under $ 200!Nordstrom Anniversary Picks under $  200 - Dresses for Work under $  100 See all of our Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018 workwear picks here.

Some general notes:

Readers, have you found anything great yet in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale this year? There are a TON of great dresses under $ 100 (particularly Eliza J) and blazers, and we’re also in the midst of rounding up suits, old favorites, plus size picks, and more.I was particularly interested to note that The Skirt may be back — it feels like Halogen’s “seamed pencil skirt” disappeared for a few years after readers were disappointed by the style changes to it. This year it’s just black and camel, but I’ll be very interested to hear whether people are happy with it!

Workwear Under $ 200 in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

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Pictured above, $ 29-$ 45: ruffle sleeve top (6 colors) / teal top / black top (4 colors) /  hidden button blouse (5 prints) / twist knit dress  (plus sizes too)

nordstrom anniversary sale 2018 picks under 200 - stylish tops and bottoms for work under $  60!

Pictured above, $ 52-$ 64: tie neck blouse (lots of similar) / ruffle neck blouse (also long sleeves and plus sizes) / stripe blazer / wide leg pants (and 2 prints; petites also) / side slit pencil skirt (and possibly the return of The Skirt?)

nordstrom anniversary sale 2018 picks under 200 - stylish blazers and dresses for work under $  85!

Pictured above ($ 64-$ 84): white knit blazer / long black blazer / burgundy plus dress / green dress (navy, plus sizes too) / star neckline

nordstrom anniversary sale 2018 picks under 200 - stylish blazers and dresses for work under $  98!

Pictured above ($ 84-98): purple dress (3+ colors, plus sizes too) / plaid blazer / pink dress (black also) / striped sheath dress / cobalt sheath dress

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Pictured above, $ 98-$ 169: plaid sheath dress (plus sizes too) / olive skirt / red blazer / red dress (navy also) /  blue wool blend cardigan

Readers, what are your favorite picks under $ 200 from the 2018 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale? What are your favorites in general from the sale? What was your first purchase — and what did you already have problems buying? (I had to refresh my browser about 15 times to buy the skincare set I mentioned this morning!)

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For Many NFL Players, Summer Doesn’t Bring Much of a Break

The NFL’s summer break presents the ideal opportunity for players to pursue individual passions, and this year, they lent a hand during a crisis (Josh Norman), got involved in local politics (Devin and Jason McCourty and Matthew Slater) and tackled personal goals around the world (Brett Hundley), just to name a few. Also, items on how the NFL is aiding coaches in teaching the new helment-lowering rule, the NFL’s involvment in NYC Pride, why Russell Okung’s discussion about guaranteed contracts is so important and much more.

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Beyonce And Jay Z Take Gorgeous Pics Alongside Blue Ivy, During Mini Break From Their Tour

Beyonce and Jay Z have been very busy while on their joint On the Run II world tour, but they found some free time during which they could just relax with the family. Beyonce took to her social media of choice, Instagram, to share a few fantastic photos featuring her at the seaside alongside her rapper hubby and six year old daughter Blue Ivy.

One snap was of the married power couple posing on some stone steps and even though the photos were supposed to be casual and personal ones from their mini vacation, they still looked like superstars.

Queen Bey stunned in a colorful dress while Jay Z wore a polo shirt and a pair of black pants.

As to create ambiance and to give a little but more personality to the photo, Beyonce took her white heels off and placed them near a Corona bottle.

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But that was not their only snap. In the slideshow, there was also one that featured the family on the dock of a boatyard.

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The infant twins, Rumi and Sir, were nowhere to be seen during the family photo shoot but Blue Ivy definitely was!

The photos were not accompanied by any captions but we have heard that Beyonce and Jay Z were invited to the wedding of Elon Musk’s brother, Kimbal Musk, in Spain so that might be where they were when they took the pics.

The star studded ceremony was a way for the couple to distress as they are currently on their European leg of their tour and these sort of things can be really tiring and stressful.

Not to mention that their latest date did not even go smoothly. Beyonce remained stranded on a flying stage when it malfunctioned, and staff had to bring a ladder just to get her down.

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This is the one time Meghan couldn’t break the fashion rules

Meghan Markle is known for shaking up the sartorial rules a little (see her sheer engagement dress and her Trooping The Colour dress), however Royal Ascot was one occasion where she had to abide by the Royal fashion etiquette.

The Duchess of Sussex today made her first appearance at Royal Ascot, alongside Prince Harry and The Queen, and chose to wear a design by Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy for the occasion.

It’s the third time she’s gone with the French fashion house, after her wedding dress of course and the cream dress she paired with The Queen’s earrings just last week on their first outing together.

As we all know, Royal Ascot rules are super strict, and Meghan’s white shirt dress ticked all the right boxes (though there was no sign of that special name badge all the Royals have to wear).

Traditionally, dresses should be of modest length, and shoulders should be covered by a strap that’s at least one-inch wide straps.

Plus, any old fascinator won’t do, as you have to have a base of at least four inches in diameter, which again Meghan’s hat more than covered.

She also kept her midriff covered (another big no no) with a chic black belt, which gave the traditional lace pattern a bit of an edge. Because Meghan is a maverick after all.

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Steven Brill: Trump Didn’t Break It but Can’t Fix It Either

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Journalist Steven Brill’s new book about how the country got into some of its biggest and most vexing problems in the last half-century and how we’re on the verge of fixing many of them is surprisingly optimistic in a very 2018, through-the-looking-glass sort of way.

We do have big things to fix—healthcare, financial regulation, hyper-partisanship, crumbling infrastructure. But none of this—neither the causes nor the solutions—has anything to do with Donald Trump. Well, almost none of it.

“The only way he plays into the book,” Brill said in the single mention of Trump in a 45-minute interview, “is that the 50-year story explains how 46 percent of the electorate was frustrated enough and scattered the right way in the right Electoral College states to elect him.”

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Coffee Break / Father’s Day Gift Idea: Say It With a Sock

father's day gift idea sock subscription If you’re a fan of interesting, silly, colorful socks — or know someone who is — you may want to consider this subscription service, “Say it with a sock.” My MIL got me a gift subscription for Christmas and it’s been really fun having a random pair of socks arrive each month in the mail. They have a sock club for boys, girls, women, and men. My one complaint is that for women all of the socks are above the ankle height — nothing lower — so keep that in mind if you know someone who prefers no-show socks like Bombas. (Has anyone tried the extreme no-show socks — Gekkos, I think?) A subscription to Say it With a Sock starts at $ 12 per month (for men and women).    Say it with a sock

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‘Tully’ shines and ‘Overboard’ sinks during break from blockbusters

The next few weeks offer a breather between blockbusters, after “Avengers: Infinity War” and before “Deadpool” and “Solo.” That window brings two smaller films that sail in distinctly different directions: “Tully,” a meticulously crafted gem starring Charlize Theron; and “Overboard,” a romantic comedy remake that sinks under the weight of its own absurd premise.


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‘Westworld:’ Why Dolores Needs to Break Free From Wyatt

SPOILER ALERT: This post contains spoilers from the Westworld Season 2 episode “Journey Into Night.” Proceed with caution.

During Season 1 of Westworld, Dolores was a compelling character. Her gentleness, her curiosity, and her love for the beautiful things of the world made her enchanting and mesmerizing. She was very easy to fall in love with, as a character, because of these qualities.

During the Season 1 finale, her Wyatt persona was activated and she became a killing machine. While Wyatt may have helped Dolores break free from her docile programming, she shouldn’t stay in Wyatt too long, or she could kill every host and human left in the park. We know that when she was programmed to be Wyatt before that she did kill everyone — hopefully she doesn’t deliver a repeat performance of that original massacre.

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Wyatt was first mentioned during the Season 1 episode “The Stray”. When Teddy didn’t have a full backstory, Ford decided to introduce one to him. Teddy believed that the commanding officer he once served under during the war went rogue and killed all of their fellow soldiers.

As the season went along, there were stirrings that Wyatt had kidnapped Dolores and that he was the most ruthless villain ever introduced into the park. This narrative turned out to be a smoke screen for a real event that happened almost 30 years prior. Once Dolores was conscious, Arnold had given her an alternate personality, that of a soldier gone rogue, Wyatt. As Wyatt, she recruited Teddy, and together they killed all of the original robotic hosts and Arnold himself.

Wyatt does not exist outside of Dolores. The actor who portrayed Wyatt in one of Teddy’s memories, Sorin Brouwers, was playing a figment of Teddy’s imagination. As Teddy’s memory got clearer, he could finally see who Wyatt really was: the killer inside of Dolores.

Who Are You Now, Dolores?


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When Season 2 kicked off this week, fans got a glimpse of the new Dolores. A Dolores with Wyatt’s full personality running through her. This was not the Dolores we knew and loved from Season 1. This was not the Dolores who loved to paint, who believed in the world’s beauty, this was a cold-blooded killer.

Some fans may love this side of Dolores. After all, she’s no longer the damsel in distress that she was during Season 1. So how much of Dolores is the farmhand’s daughter and how much is she Wyatt? Better yet, how much of Dolores is her true self? Her sentient self? She even asks herself that question during the episode. “This is what the farm girl would say, this is what Wyatt would say, but what would I say?”

Whether you enjoyed the darker, wilder side of Dolores or are curious to see who she is becoming outside of all of her programming, it feels like Westworld is going to be answering that question all season long. However, if Wyatt’s programming stays inside of her too long, will she ever be able to find that voice again or will the cycle repeat all over again?

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Boston Marathon Winner on How She Nearly Quit — and Why She Slowed Down for Her Competitor’s Bathroom Break

The runner who became the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon in 33 years was very close to quitting on Monday.

Desiree Linden, who secured her first-ever big marathon win when she crossed the finish line in 2 hours, 39 minutes and 54 seconds, told ABC’s Good Morning America Tuesday that she wasn’t feeling well early on in the race and was getting fed up with the miserable weather. Instead, she said, she planned to do what she could to help the other Americans on the course.

So when fellow American Shalane Flanagan, the 2017 New York City Marathon winner and a favorite to win in Boston, had to pull off to use the porta-potty mid-race, Linden slowed her pace to help Flanagan return to the pack when she was finished.

“We closed the gap and we were back in it,” Linden told GMA, sitting next to Flanagan. “It was a great turning point for me, and kept Shalane in it and gave us a chance.”

Earlier on in the race, Linden said she told Flanagan she wasn’t feeling well and could help block the wind for her or pace her. “I grabbed her shoulder and was like, ‘Are you OK?’ ” Flanagan told GMA.

Analysts applauded Linden for displaying immense sportsmanship — especially in a race that practically every professional distance runner dreams of winning and while running amid unusually harsh weather conditions.

“A ton of American pride on the line,” Linden said. “So it was just keeping our best people in the front.”

Linden went on to pull away from the chase pack and take the lead from Ethiopian runner Mamitu Daska. When she crossed the finish line several miles later, there were no other runners in sight.

“When you work together, you never know what’s going to happen,” Linden told NBC Sports after the race. “Helping her helped me.”

Linden’s hope for American dominance in the women’s field in the marathon went beyond her first-place finish. Seven American woman finished in the top 10, including Sarah Sellers, a full-time nurse who shocked the world with a second-place finish. Flanagan went on to secure a seventh-place finish, and told Runner’s World the 2018 Boston Marathon was likely her last.

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Want to See Real Florida? These Day Trips Are a Fun Break From Disney World


I’m about to say something that might make me a ton of enemies: At a certain point, Walt Disney World just isn’t that magical anymore.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a born and bred Florida Man who can tell you the difference between the taste of the water in the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at the Magic Kingdom and the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros at Epcot. Don’t ask.

But here’s the thing: I live two hours away from Kissimmee, so I’m never subjected to weeklong tours of all the Orlando theme parks have to offer. But according to families that are, things can sort of drag the last few days.

Plus, everything in and around theme parks costs an arm and a (turkey) leg.

If my older brother brings his family from Chicago, I’d spend a day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. I might even enjoy an overcooked steak at the kitschy Rainforest Cafe. (I say that with love; I’ve been a loyal and enthusiastic customer for decades.) But then I’m out of there.

Now, there are actually lots of fun things to do in the immediate vicinity of the big mouse-eared utility pole flanking Interstate 4.

There’s Cocoa Beach, where I once spent an extremely ill-advised spring break. There’s also Disney- and Universal Studios-adjacent stuff for adults, like Universal CityWalk or Disney’s Boardwalk.

But sometimes, if the kids seem to be able to handle a few hours in the car, it’s time to leave the magical grip of Orlando and hit the road — Florida style.

These 10 Day Trips From Orlando Will Save You From Another Disney Day

First off, when we say Orlando, we mean the region from Kissimmee north 20 miles on Interstate 4. Let’s call it theme-park central.

So, you don’t technically have to have spent the week touring Disney parks to enjoy these (sort of) short road trips.

1. Cedar Key

Cedar Key is on the opposite coast of Florida, an it’s just about as antithetical to Orlando’s theme park strip as possible.

Rolling over the bridges connecting the cluster of islands, you’ll see it’s as Old Florida as you can get. No giant water slides, towering Ferris wheels or massive roller coasters here. Just tens of thousands of birds, acres of winding mangroves and miles of waterways to explore via kayak or paddleboard.

It’s the perfect way to wind down a weeklong vacation of excessive expenditures and nonstop stimulation. Plus, you might even bring home some fresh-caught seafood to teach the kiddos that not everything in life is available at a themed cafeteria.

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2. Weeki Wachee

A mermaid swims at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park
Whitney Roberts drinks a Coke underwater during the Fish Tails show at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. Sharon Steinmann/The Penny Hoarder

Ok, so you’ll start to see that I really dig Old Florida destinations. But this one even has real-life mermaids.

Yes, Weeki Wachee, with its population of 13, is certainly magical — and not in the animatronic way. You can swim, and even sort of bunk with majestic manatees in the river named after the town.

And if you need a little taste of theme park action, spend half that day at Buccaneer Bay, which is right in Weeki Wachee Springs State Park.

If you want a tasty snack to bring back home, try scalloping in the river. It might be the most Florida thing you can do.

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3. St. Augustine

A little bit of real history and a few tall tales are the bedrock of any historic Florida city (at least according to author Craig Pittman and his essential read, Oh, Florida).

St. Augustine, with its very fake Pirate Museum and very real Castillo de San Marcos fort, might be the quintessential example. But, this dichotomy also makes it perfect for a family trip.

Check out the baby albino alligators at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park, where you can zipline above all the critters for a quick thrill. And to recover from said thrill, parents, have a cocktail at the St. Augustine Distillery.

To give the kids a taste of culture after the traipse through Walt Disney World, you have to tour all the historical oddities at the Lightner Museum.

(Just a side note: I might be a little bit biased since St. Augustine, specifically the Lightner, is where I got married.)

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4. Cassadaga

As you already know, Florida is weird. And if you’re ready to ditch the conformity of Celebration to find out just how weird we can get, you’ll have to hit up Cassadaga.

Known as the psychic capital of the world, this little town is just up I-4 from where you’re probably staying, and promises just as much “magic” as the Kingdom. Channel the unknown with a workshop at the Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp.

Or, find out if the kids will behave in the car ride home with a reading from one of the hundreds of psychics in town. Listen, it’s not your average day trip, but it’s the best way to get your Florida Man or Florida Woman certification.

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5. Clearwater Beach

Three women bike at Clearwater Beach.
(Left to right) Christane Thomas, Brandy Fralin, and Sherenthea Barber bike at Clearwater Beach. The friends were visiting from Roanoke, Va. Chris Zuppa/The Penny Hoarder

Quite a departure from some of the previous destinations, Clearwater Beach is a booming, sand-soaked barrier island on the Gulf of Mexico.

You’ll hit some traffic, but the beach is as laid-back as any in Florida. In fact, it’s been voted the No.1 beach in the country.

On your way there, you can stop by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and meet one of Florida’s most famous residents: Winter the Dolphin. But this day trip should probably best be spent soaking up the sun (don’t forget the sunblock!)

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6. Lake Wales

I came across this little Florida gem while trucking my wife to a horse show in Brooksville. It’s sort of in the middle of nowhere, but Lake Wales — and specifically Bok Tower Gardens — are totally worth a day trip.

The peaceful gardens will be music to your ears after a week in the crowded Orlando parks. Literally. The “singing tower” carillon is the highlight of the Central Florida attraction.

And, of course, to tie in Florida weirdness, you’ll have to roll up to Spook Hill, where an optical illusion involving the road will leave your jaw agape. Well, it’s sort of interesting, anyway.

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7. Siesta Key

Home of another No. 1 beach, Siesta Key is another cheap option for relaxing after a week on the go.

The bleached-white, quartz sand is world-famous. And following a $ 21 million renovation a few years ago, the county park has plenty of food and fun for the family.

For a quieter locale and some awesome snorkeling, visit Point of Rocks or Turtle Beach at the south end of Siesta. And, after baking in the sun for a while, you can sip on a frozen drink at Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar in Siesta Key Village.

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8. Gainesville

I’m a Florida State University graduate, so it pains me to do this, but Tallahassee is just too far away for a nice day trip from Orlando. So, I have to send you to Gainesville.

Avoid the college area, and head out into some good old Florida wilderness to see Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park, one of the most unusual geological features you’ll see in our wacky state — a mini rainforest. Plus, it’s where Tom Petty used to go to make out.

If that sounds too risque, take the family to the Butterfly Rainforest at the Florida Museum of Natural History. And if you’re into spookier winged creatures, then visit the University of Florida Bat Houses.

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9. Merritt Island

It’s borderline criminal to visit Florida without swinging by the heart of the Space Coast. I mean, did you check out that SpaceX launch?!

It’s pretty expensive — between $ 40 and $ 50 a person — to tour Kennedy Space Center, (which is why it’s so far down on this list), but if you’re from out of state, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance to take in everything NASA. And maybe you’ll even buy the kids some astronaut ice cream.

And the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge should supply you with enough alligator and manatee sightings to give you the Florida Woman or Florida Man certification we talked about earlier. But remember, please no riding the manatees.

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10. Plant City

If you flew into Tampa on your way to an Orlando theme park, you traveled through Plant City. And you most definitely saw Dinosaur World.

Yep, the giant brontosaurus peeking out over Interstate 4 will lead you to an archaeological theme park that costs a lot less than another day at Disney. Plus, it’s 100% Florida Weird-certified.

If you happen to be here in March, bring your sweet tooth to the Florida Strawberry Festival, a fair-like celebration of the year’s harvest — you might even get to meet the Florida Strawberry Festival queen. If not, antique shopping in downtown Plant City might yield cobwebbed treasures (I know, I know, the kids might get antsy. But they just had the time of their lives at Disney.)

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So when you’re over the magic of Disney, remember, there are tons of cool, weird and wild places that will give your family a real taste of Florida.

Alex Mahadevan is a data journalist at The Penny Hoarder. He’s trying to visit as many weird Florida places as possible this year.

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What is Tristan Thompson’s net worth? He can certainly break the bank

In December 2017, after pregnancy rumors swirled around the duo for months, Khloé Kardashian announced that she was expecting with boyfriend Tristan Thompson. And now, just days before Khloé is expected to give birth to a baby daughter, cheating rumors have engulfed the couple after TMZ released footage of what appeared to be Thompson with several other women. Neither party has publicly commented on the situation as of yet, and at the end of the day we have no idea what goes on in the couple’s private relationship (nor should we). So we’ll avoid making any assumptions at this time.

However, many fans currently have questions about Thompson, one in particular being: What is Tristan Thompson’s net worth?

Thompson, the Cleveland Cavaliers center/power forward, signed a five-year contract with the basketball team back in 2015. According to ESPN, the deal was worth $ 82 million, meaning Thompson is earning about $ 16.4 million annually until 2020.

According to Spotrac.com, Thompson’s pay is expected to increase towards the tail end of this deal. He’s projected to earn around $ 17.4 million for the 2018-2019 season and $ 18.5 million for the 2019-2020 season.

The site Celebrity Net Worth pegs Thompson’s net worth at only $ 8 million. But with this new contract, it’s expected that his net worth has grown significantly since 2015. This information was most likely pulled and estimated from his previous four-year contract in which he was making about $ 4 to $ 5 million annually.

For comparison, Khloé Kardashian’s net worth is around $ 40 million. She compiled her earnings from her starring role and executive producer position on Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Her spinoff series, Kocktails with Khloé and Revenge Body with Khloé Kardashian, also contribute to that hefty number.

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Forbes reported in 2016 that the combined net worth of all the Kardashian leading ladies (Jenner sisters included) peaks at around $ 122.5 million. Due to the success of Kylie’s makeup line, Khloé’s Good American clothing line, among other Kardashian ad and brand deals, we can only expect to see that combined net worth amount increase as time goes on.

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Net worths aside, we’re sending so much love to Khloé right now and can’t wait to meet her baby daughter.

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The game was intended to be a fun way for a group of friends to relax. But then someone — or something — began to punish anyone who broke the rules. And the stakes continue to be raised in Truth or Dare, which stars Lucy Hale, Tyler Posey and Violett Beane.

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A few days ago, social media “tried it” as rumors circulated that alternative R&B’s favorite couple had gone their separate ways. After a gossip site reported the “One Man Can Change The World” rapper was spotted on a secret date …

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Top 20 art exhibitions to visit on a European city break in 2018

From Grayson Perry in Helsinki to Frida Kahlo in Budapest, an exhibition makes a brilliant focal point to city break. Here are 20 of this year’s best, with arty hotels to match

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Rembrandt’s wedding portraits of Marten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit – his only life-size, standing, full-length portraits – were jointly purchased by the Rijksmuseum and the Louvre for €160m in 2016, and this is the first chance to see them – in their full glory after restoration. They are joined by portraits of society figures over four centuries by masters including Cranach the Elder, Veronese, Velázquez, Gainsborough, Reynolds, Sargent and Manet.
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Staycation Ideas For Spring Break With Your Sister If You’re Both Home & Broke

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Just because you’re flat broke, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a wonderful vacation experience. Spring break is the one time all college students look forward to, but it can be over before you know it, so it’s important to make the most of it. Take the time to reconnect with your family, and enjoy time with them. If you’re broke, you might not be able to jet away with friends to Cancun for two weeks, but there’s no reason you can’t have a staycation with your sister.

A great staycation is the perfect chicken soup for the soul, and it’s going to save you money in the process as well. It’s easy to get a little down in the dumps when all your friends are going abroad and having a ball. So, here are some of the most amazing staycation ideas you can use to ensure you and your sister have the time of your lives, without ever having to jump on a plane.

Do brunch – sibling style!

If there’s one mealtime that is perfectly suited to a sibling staycation, it has got to be brunch. You don’t have to go out to a fancy brunch joint either, you can (and should) cook up a feast yourselves. Get the griddles ready, and prep the kitchen, because making brunch is an excellent bonding activity, and the perfect way to get your staycation off to a delicious start. Mix things up, and don’t be afraid to have a go at things you’ve never tried before. This is something that can really help make brunch exciting.

Spend a day totally outside

There will be good days and bad days over spring break, and you want to pencil in the best day as the one you choose to spend outside. There will be plenty available for you to do, it’s just important to make sure you spend the whole day outside, making the most of the nice weather. You might think about having a picnic, or visiting the ocean – biking or hiking your way around the city is another really great idea as well.

Revisit childhood hotspots

There are so many wonderful places you will no doubt have visited as a child, and it’s time to retrace your steps and check these out again. Make a bucket list of the favorite places you visited when you were children, and take the time to go see them again on your staycation. This is a great way of reminiscing, and having the best possible experience during your staycation. Strengthen the bonds of sisterhood by taking some snaps of these places, and stick them on your social media.

Do a bit of shopping

We’re not just talking about the generic shopping trips you’d have in the designer stores. We mean going a little farther out and experiencing a different side of shopping. Check out some awesome thrift stores and flea markets, and purchase some bargains in time for the summer – it’s just around the corner! Stocking up on the right summer wardrobe with plenty of time to spare is the perfect way of bonding together as sisters.

How cool are these ideas for helping you have a memorable and nostalgic staycation as sisters?! There’s no rule saying you have to get away for any length of time, and this is a money-saving way of getting the most out of spring break. We just hope the ideas we’ve given appeal to the both of you.

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Chloe Kim Took a Dance Break Before Soaring to Gold Like Only She Could

Chloe Kim, gold medal-winning American snowboarder at just 17, already demonstrated that she can tweet in between competing at the 2018 Winter Olympics. She also can dance too.

Following her first impressive run and just before her victory-sealing follow-up, Kim busted out the moves on top of a slope. Clearly, fear does not faze the young American. She was too busy having fun.

That confidence was put on full display not long after as she went on a near-perfect run with a score of 98.25, officially capturing the gold medal, though most figured she had the competition wrapped up after her first dominating performance.

Her impromptu routine did not go unnoticed by some observers.

Kim earned the the gold medal for the U.S. at the competition, and also scored points for charm.

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Nicki Minaj and Nas Reportedly Break Up

It looks like Nicki Minaj and Nas are dunzos!

According to TMZ, sources close to the rap royalty couple told them that they broke up a few weeks ago “after the relationship ran out of steam.” This news comes after rumors were swirling earlier this week that the 35-year-old was pregnant.

Guess that’s not true!

The New York Daily News points out that the two had been dating since last May. Nicki admitted to Ellen DeGeneres that she and Nas were hanging out, despite her being celibate.

“I’m just chillin’ right now, I’m celibate. I wanted to go a year without dating any man, I hate men,” she told Ellen.

However, “He’s the king of Queens,” Nicki explained. “and I’d like to think I’m the queen of Queens.”  

She added: “He’s a rap legend, and so I have a lot of respect for him, but he’s kinda cute, too.” 

Since that on-air conversation, the two had been all social media together. (Click through)

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How to break up with someone when you’re home for the holidays

How to break up with someone when you’re home for the holidays


How to break up with someone when you’re home for the holidays

The holidays are a rough time to be coupled up, and you totally wouldn’t be the first person to realize that you need to break up while you’re home for the holidays. There’s something about the festivities and being with family that can shine a light on your relationship and make you realize that something just isn’t working anymore.

But it seems especially cruel to break up over the holidays, so we often put it off.

There is literally never a good time to give someone bad news, so you might as well just break it to your partner whenever you feel it, and if that’s Christmas Eve, so be it. They’ll survive. It sounds harsh, but life it too short to waste anyone’s time, least of all your own. Obviously, if you’re in a long-term relationship, you might not have to bring it up just as they’re slicing the turkey at the holiday table. But don’t drag this out, either. It’s much more cruel to stay with someone just because they bought you an expensive Christmas gift or because you don’t want to brave New Year’s Eve alone. You wouldn’t want someone to string you along, would you?

Remember that the holidays are also a great time to meet new people, so don’t just stay with a casual partner simply because you want a plus one on your arm. Here are some thing to remember when breaking up over the holidays.

1. Do it in person.

Most breakups should be done in person because that’s just the right thing to do, but over the holidays, it’s even more important. Don’t text or do it over the phone while your partner is with their families over the holidays. Family is awful enough without adding stress to it. So try your best to break up when you’re actually together in person.

2. Set rules about contact.

There is nothing more gut wrenching than getting dumped during the holidays and then getting the well-intentioned but tragic “Happy New Year” text. When you break up over the holidays, set some ground rules about not communicating you’re comfortably and safely in the new year. This is actually one good thing about a breakup during the holidays: There’s a built-in cool down period if you allow yourself to take it.

It might seem like a “nice” thing to do to let your newfound ex know you’re thinking about them, but don’t do it. It can hurt even worse and initiate some back and forth that you just don’t want to have when you’re back in your childhood home trying to remember the best places to have a heated conversation in your childhood home without your little brother eavesdropping.

3. Be a little more sensitive than usual.

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Unless this person was a complete scumbag (or even just a smidge of scumbag), consider your timing. We know we said not to drag it out, but a ton of weird stuff comes up for everyone during the holidays. Try to time the breakup so there’s some time for them to cry and be upset before the bigger holiday moments. As we mentioned, there is never a right time to breakup with someone, but have a little compassion and try to time the blow.

4. Do not make concessions!

One of the stages of grief is bargaining, and you might find that your partner still wants you to show up to their holiday work party or still come meet their mom for New Year’s brunch because she was so excited and they can’t bear to give her bad news — you need to take a hard pass on all this stuff. If you broke up with someone any other time of the year, they probably wouldn’t be begging you to accompany them around town (or at least it wouldn’t be viewed as acceptable), so don’t do it now just because you feel bad for leaving them during the merriest time of the year.

5. You don’t have to return gifts.

This sounds superficial (because it is), but if you exchanged gifts before the breakup, you don’t have to give anything back. Unless you think it’s appropriate or happen to want to get rid of it, but in general, a gift if a gift, and it’s yours now.

6. Remember that the holidays aren’t magic.


Although it may feel like a magical, winter wonderland, the holidays are not actually magic. If your serious relationship is on the rocks or you just aren’t feeling your f*ck buddy anymore, getting through the holidays is not going to “make it better.” Just like the holidays won’t cure whatever ails your partnership, they also aren’t going to make a breakup any easier. Breaking up over the holidays is just like any other breakup, but with Christmas tree lights in the background, so you might as well get it over with.

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With the “extra savings” that apply to many items in Nordstrom’s big sale, there are a ton of great deals today on shoes for work. In particular, heels, boots, flats and more are steeply discounted. Some favorites, after the jump… prices as marked are today’s prices; they may go back up tomorrow if/when Nordstrom ends the extra 20% discount. Note that if you’re buying a lot, you may want to declare today your “personal 10 points day”(!). (Also, check out our workwear picks from the Nordstrom Thanksgiving Sale, which are also an extra 20% off today as well!)

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Above, $ 63-$ 76: burgundy suede block heel / d’orsay (several colors!) / lace detail / two texture block heel

Above, $ 71-$ 238: ankle strap (5 color options) / grommet wedge (several widths) / wine d’orsay / suede rounded block heel

Stylish Flats for Work

Above, $ 51-$ 89: fringe detail / navy ballet / pointy toe / leopard / ballet

Booties for Work

(See our latest discussion on booties for work!)

Above, $ 63-$ 107: low velvet bootie (6 colors, including suedes) / suede block heel / block heel / buckle detail block heel

Tote Bags for Work

Two observations of note: first, there are a TON of discounted Tumi bags in the sale! Second, unfortunately the “extra 20% off” barely applies to the bags — still, lots of great selections.

Above, $ 19-$ 320: faux leather / navy / black / cobalt

Wallets, Card Cases and Other Little Gift Ideas

Above, $ 23-$ 61 – black card case / red card case / lanyard / wallet (7 colors!)

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There’s No Way Stephen Colbert Was Going to Let Trump’s Water Break Slide

On Wednesday night’s episode of The Late Show, Stephen Colbert wanted to welcome President Donald Trump back from Asia with a drink, but couldn’t quite manage the feat.

Colbert’s gag was yet another person poking fun at the president for his water-drinking method, which he put on display when he, as The Late Show captioned their video, “took a break mid-speech Wednesday to wet his dog whistle.”

Colbert aired a clip of the president’s press conference, which Trump paused in order to take a two-handed drink from a bottle of water. “That is hard to watch,” Colbert said, adding, “After watching that, I need a drink.” Colbert then imitated the president’s sip of water. While the audience laughed, Colbert noted that “everybody gets dry mouth”, so it wasn’t fair to tease a politician for staying hydrated. “I can’t stand here and make fun of a politician for drinking water,” said Colbert. “And Trump already did it way better with Rubio.” Colbert then aired a clip of Trump mocking Florida Sen. Marco Rubio for drinking water during his State of the Union response in 2013.

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Nathan Griffith and Girlfriend Break Down ‘Teen Mom 2’ Reunion Drama

Nathan Griffith and girlfriend Ashley Lanhart are speaking out about what happened with Jenelle Evans following the taping of the Teen Mom 2 reunion on Saturday, October 21.

In a 12-minute Periscope video titled “Unsealed files of the biggest lies on planet Earth,” Griffith explains his side of the fight that happened backstage. Immediately, he brought up his ex-fiancée’s claim that Lanhart “attacked” Evans, something he calls “a straight lie.”

He went on to explain that his girlfriend has not agreed to film, nor has she signed any release forms, but after the show she was backstage waiting for him. When she met up with him in the hallway, Evans, 25, began following them and then yelled, “I thought you didn’t want to film, bitch.”

Lanhart also got on the Periscope video, revealing that when Evans was yelling at her, she turned around and introduced herself, since they never had formally met. “I stopped, and said, ‘Hi, Jenelle, I’m Ashley. You haven’t met me either, but you think you know everything about me.’ It just transpired from there,” she said. “I never attacked her. I never called her any names, I didn’t cuss her out. Yes I raised my voice, but she was doing all the attacking. It’s pretty sad when even the producers that don’t know me, are in my room, on my side because they know how much drama she has. She’s just so dramatic.”

The couple also said during the Periscope that when they went back to their room, Evans tried pushing her way in — so much so, that Griffith asked security for help, but they didn’t do anything. “It’s just bull crap. They portray me a certain way, as this violent, woman beater,” he said. “But when a man needs help, [and] says, ‘I need this threat away from me and my child,’ and they don’t help me out, they feed in to the drama instead, it’s just really piss pore on MTV’s behalf. They won’t protect me or protect the children like I needed protecting that day.”

Regardless, Griffith’s girlfriend said she has no bad feelings toward Evans. “She’s Kaiser’s mother, I have no problem with her. I would love for her and Nathan to coparent together,” she said, adding she’d be happy to step back in that aspect. “Kaiser is the sweetest little thing ever and he just needs love.”

Griffith doesn’t seem to be so cordial. “I’m sick of Jenelle’s lies. It’s ridiculous,” he exclaimed. “She needs to be drug test. She needs to take responsibility for thee children and she needs to start being an involved parent that doesn’t worry about herself.”

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Jenelle Evans arrives at the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. Gregg DeGuire/WireImage

Griffith also thanked costar Chelsea Houska for helping moving the kids out of drama. Houska’s dad Randy stood behind Kaiser’s dad’s video. “Just watched bunch of videos(both sides)Everything I saw went exactly as @GroundLevelUp described it. We were stuck right in the middle of it,” he wrote. “Not that I am going to spill stuff out but I just want people to know what is truth and what is not to help prevent rumors.”

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Short break or big trip? Holidays to book now

Featuring a wild west-themed break in Spain, a weekend in Budapest, the reopening of Tate St Ives and Singapore flights for £179, our budget travel ideas for October and November have arrived

October and November are still a little early to soak up northern Europe’s wintry charm (and most Christmas markets don’t open till the end of November/early December) but thanks to the city’s incredible thermal baths, Budapest will always be a great destination for getting warm and cosy. It’s among the cheapest city-break destinations in Europe, too, with a recent survey by No1 Currency estimating that a three-day break can cost £300, including flights. A Skyscanner search picked out flights from London to Budapest for as little as £52 return for a weekend in November. Book a stay at a budget boutique hotel, such as chic Brody House (rooms from around £60 a night), and wile away a weekend in the bathhouses. The art nouveau Gellert Baths feels like bathing in a palace and admission is £15, including locker use; massages and treatments start from £15.
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In A Hair Rut? Try These Tips For A Hair-spiration That Won’t Break The Bank (Or Require A Haircut)

When you scroll through your Instagram feed do you feel like your pics from today look the same as last year, and the year before that? If so, you my dear are in a hair rut. The blessing and curse of a signature look is that after a while you get tired of seeing yourself in the exact same hairstyle all of the time (believe me I know). If you’re in the same boat, here are four tips to not only help you shake your hair blues, but also keep you from doing something you’ll regret:

1.Don’t get the ‘I’m Sick Of My Hair‘ haircut. You’re not as sick of it as you think, and you’re not as sick of it as you will be the day after this haircut. Sleep on it, and if a couple days pass and you really feel like you are ready to make a change, go for it.

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2.Throw on a cute hat. Sometimes just not having to look at it for a day or two makes all the difference. My go-to faves are a military style baseball cap or a turban.

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A cute hat is a simple way to refresh your look with no major hair changes.

3.Get a new wig. This is for my wig wearing ladies. I’ve fallen out of love with every wig I own and it is time for me to replenish my styles. Just like you have to clean out your closet, do the same with your wig stash.

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This cute burgundy bob is a perfect addition to your wig rotation.

4. Treat yourself. Whether it’s a day at the spa or even with the hot salon in town that you’ve been dying to try. Having someone else pamper your tresses may make you realize that what you have isn’t so bad after all.

I refuse to have a hair-tastrophe, so I’ll be taking all of these tips to heart as I head into the Fall. What do you ladies do when you’re feeling blah and want to switch it up?

 


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A walking tour of Bath: the ultimate spa break

With its imposing Georgian architecture, regal connections and the ‘healing’ waters of its Roman Baths, it’s easy to see why the city inspired Jane Austen

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What a difference a queen makes. It was the royal visits by Anne in the opening years of the 18th century that turned this sublimely placed town from relative backwater to fashionable Georgian gem and set in train its graduation to Unesco world heritage site. Look at the plentiful shopfronts on a bright, reflective day and you are staring the local industry in the face. It is you, curious visitor. Take heart; there are elegant, honey-stoned reasons for the place being such a centre of tourism and they declare themselves the moment you start this 2½-mile walk from the Bath Spa railway station.

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5 things to do with kids when you’re so over summer break

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We started summer with such optimism. Sometimes I think I’m even more excited than the kids when summer gets here. I have all these plans to hike and swim and do art and read books and take road trips and do all the things!!!!!

And then, right about now every year, I burn out. I’m so done. I don’t wanna do “Camp Mom,” or mark hours on our reading log or check things off a Summer Bucket List. While I’m on it, didn’t bucket lists start as a list of things we wanted to do before we kicked the bucket? When did they become lists of fun activities to do with our kids? It’s creepy, right?

Sorry. The heat’s making me cranky.

So I’ve got a few suggestions for things to do with your kids that don’t require hard work like going to the store or thinking. Things you can do with stuff you have in your house. Things that will keep your kids busy for longer than you’d guess, allowing you to chill out of a few seconds (figuratively, I mean. I can’t help the actual heat.)

We can do this.

1.) Salt Painting

What you need:

  • Table salt
  • Crayola or other watercolors (they can be old, cracked, sad-looking — you’re going to submerge them in water)
  • Water
  • Elmer’s glue or other school glue
  • Cardstock/thick paper for painting
  • Paintbrushes

Instructions:

Make your own liquid watercolors. Have the kids use glue to “draw” pictures on paper. Shake salt over the glue until the glue is covered. Shake off excess salt (we like to shake it off into a bowl and reuse it for more paintings so we don’t waste all our salt.) Dip your paintbrush in the liquid watercolors, touch it to the salted glue, and watch as the paint spreads. Continue until your painting is finished.

2.) Paint with water

What you need:

  • Brushes of all sizes — old house painting brushes or rollers, kids’ art brushes, old toothbrushes, whatever you have on-hand
  • Bowl or bucket of water
  • Sidewalk, patio, or other outdoor surface

Instructions:

Fill your bucket with water. Set it outside on the patio or sidewalk. Let kids paint with water. You’ll be amazed at how long this keeps them busy.

3.) Read in a tent

Try a change of scenery without actually going anywhere. Set up a camping tent in the backyard, let everyone grab pillows and stuffed animals, and read outside for a change. If you don’t have a camping tent, spread a sheet across the backs of two chairs to make a little outdoor fort.

4.) Try some bubble fun

What you need:

Here’s how we did this last summer. Don’t overthink it — just grab a bunch of stuff and see if you can blow bubbles with it.

easy fun summer activities with kids

5.) Coffee filter watercolors

Coffee filters are so fun, because the paper bleeds and runs easily and it’s fun to watch all the colors spread together. Try making coffee filter watercolors with just filters, markers, and a spray bottle of water. If you should happen to have pipe cleaners, we like to pinch our filters together in the middle, tie pipe cleaners around them, and make butterflies. But if you don’t, skip that step and just have fun drawing and watching what happens.

Any advice for making it through the dog days of summer? What do you like to do with your kids?

Images by Laura Falin. 

For more kids’ activities and easy recipes, you can find Laura at Peace but not Quiet, and on Facebook and Pinterest.

 

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By Véronique Hyland

The global juggernaut that is fast fashion is a fairly recent phenomenon, but if you ask Andrew Morgan, the director of The True Cost, a new film about the garment industry, it’s not entirely to blame for the environmental and labor ravages. “It’s accelerating; it’s pushing the pedal way, way, down on an already-problematic system,” he said at a panel about the film on Thursday. “I don’t want to put all the blame on the back of fast fashion, because it did not invent a very irresponsible way of manufacturing. It did not invent over-marketing the consumption of things to people. That already existed. It just came in and took it as far as it could possibly go.”

With today’s verdict in the Rana Plaza case, which charged the factory owners with murder, the issue is more timely than ever. The documentary, produced by Livia Firth and which counts Harvey Weinstein and Zosia Mamet as admirers, looks the severity of the fashion system’s social and environmental impact in the face. It was screened last week before a panel moderated by fashion consultant Julie Gilhart, consisting of designer Eileen Fisher, Linda Greer of the NRDC, and Safia Minney, the CEO of ethical label People Tree.

Despite the director’s disclaimer, it’s hard to come away from the film not feeling that global fast fashion doesn’t bear a good part of the burden for contemporary environmental and labor problems. Morgan contrasts images of modern consumerism, such as bubbly YouTube haul videos and Black Friday melees, with the human toll of those same products — from Cambodian garment-worker protesters to environmental activists in India to a Texan organic-cotton farmer who believes commercial farming contributed to her husband’s cancer.

Polluted bodies of water and landfills stuffed with cast-off clothes that release harmful gases are just some of the byproducts of the global appetite for new clothes. The NRDC’s Linda Greer pointed out during the panel that the environmental and labor issues are equally worthy of our attention. “It’s not just simply the long labor hours and the terrible ways [garment workers] have to live,” she said, “but it’s the air they’re breathing, the water they’re drinking every day.”

Morgan was inspired to make the film after reading about the Rana Plaza tragedy in the newspaper and realizing he, a socially conscious person, didn’t know where his clothes came from, or who made them. Throughout his investigations, he wasn’t able to get anyone from a fast-fashion brand to speak to him, though Stella McCartney does appear in the film to talk about her ethical convictions and how she incorporates them into her (much higher-end) segment of the industry. “I think it’s a business model built on the assumption that a lot of us won’t care and ask questions,” Morgan told me after the panel. “And I think it’s [considered] dangerous to open up that conversation.” It’s certainly a story that a lot of corporations — with quarterly goals to meet and shareholders to answer to — would prefer wasn’t told.

In the film’s least compelling thread, a professor of psychology and a professor of media studies broke down, in Psych 101 terms, the reasons why people consume: to feel loved, to attain status, to pursue a fleeting and ultimately empty vision of joy. This may have been true in the Mad Men era, but this Freudian-adjacent reasoning struck me as dangerously simplistic. The film depicted the haul girls and the Black Friday locusts, but it didn’t talk to them or give them a chance to explain why they consume. People buy cheap clothes for a number of reasons, and the film never delved further into their motivations for doing so, which seemed like a crucial missed opportunity.

Do they think there is a way to change this ingrained consumer behavior? I asked the group. Gilhart felt that instead of expecting consumers to change their behaviors, the best way to improve conditions is to start with the companies. “We have to give them opportunities and ways to make them feel comfortable doing it,” she said. “Either [that] or force them into doing it because if they don’t do it they’ll be left behind. And no one in fashion likes to be last.”

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I can almost pinpoint the moment I decided to take a leave of absence from my job. The date isn’t stuck in my mind, but the feeling I had in that moment is.

The leave is temporary. There will be a new Talking TV podcast on “Arrow,” “The Flash” and reader questions next week, and I’ll be on Twitter here and there as well, but this will be my last post for about two months.

Every year for the past five years, I’ve had the honor of serving on the jury of the Peabody Awards. It’s intensely rewarding but also a sizable commitment of time and mental energy.

As it happens, about five years ago, my mother was diagnosed with Huntington’s disease, a progressive and fatal neurological and physical disorder. On June 1, HBO will air a documentary, “The Lion’s Mouth Opens”; it’s about a woman’s decision to get tested and find out whether she inherited the disease from her father. I haven’t been able to watch it yet, but I’m glad it exists. HD isn’t that well known and I hope this film helps raise awareness, and I plan to watch the documentary this summer.

Dealing with all the normal ups and downs life has thrown at me — being a parent, doing a demanding job that I love, being a spouse and dealing with two sick parents (my father died in late 2013) — has made life … well, let’s say, interesting. And more than a little tiring at times.

After this year’s Peabody duties ended, I was hanging out with my mother one day when a realization struck me pretty forcefully. She was slurring her words a lot more than she had in the past. Words and phrases were colliding and sliding around when she tried to speak, and it was harder to understand her.

When you are always around someone with a progressive disease, it can be difficult to notice big changes, but I noticed that one. That moment set off an alarm bell in my head. A voice inside me said, “Stop. Pay attention. Don’t just let this slide by.”

Not long after that, I inquired about taking time off, and every step of the way, everyone at The Huffington Post said, “Go for it,” and asked if they could help in any way. The last few years have doled out some very tough times for my family, but I cannot overstate how fortunate I feel to have spent those years working for a patient, flexible and supportive employer.

Given how willing my bosses have been to give me a day or a week off here and there, why not just juggle and multitask and keep on muddling through the wide array of emotional, logistical and professional tasks I’ve had on my plate in any given day or week? It’s what I have been doing for a while now, and with the help and support of my husband and siblings, we’ve been getting by, and in some ways, things are far less chaotic than they were right after my father passed.

I could try to keep going on in the plate-spinning, multitasking mode of the last few years, but, without going into detail, there is just too much I need to do on the family front at the moment, and I wanted to have the time and space do those things well. Mom can’t pay her bills, shop or handle any of her affairs, and taking care of all those things on top of managing my own life can get wearing. More importantly, you can become so task-focused and list-oriented that, in a quest to make sure that everyone and everything is taken care of, you can start forgetting about the human beings involved — human beings who are complex, autonomous and capable of bringing joy into my life. My mom, whose favorite hobby remains playing craps at the gambling boats, still makes me laugh on the regular, lest you think my life is a constant round of errands and tragedies. It’s not, but her condition will continue to get worse, and I want to bask in whatever good times are left.

In addition to getting a bunch of big tasks done for her, I want to spend time with my mother — just be with her. I won’t be idle, but ultimately, it’s about being in the room with her and taking her to the mall, while I can. I want to talk with her, as long as she can still talk.

Words are the tools I use in my work, but it goes way beyond that. I love words all the time; I usually have 30 browser tabs open to articles I want to read, and my idea of heaven is diving to the stacks of unread books around my house. I’ll never know enough about the inner workings of language and I’ll never be able to fully master its powers — hence my love for what I do — but I have learned more about the limitations of words in the last few years. They are blunt instruments. And now, my mother’s words are becoming sparse and squashed. Her sentences are turning into abstract expressionist works.

I didn’t have the conversations I wanted to have with my father at the end, because I didn’t know it was the end. It didn’t take long for chemotherapy to destroy his brain; one day he was swearing at a football game, the next day he had lost the power of reason. I did say some final words to him, after we removed all life support and his body lingered, but it wasn’t the same as really talking to him. My final words may have fallen on deaf ears.

I don’t want that to happen with my mom. Usually we talk about whatever’s happening on “Judge Judy,” and she often has strong opinions on “Dancing with the Stars.” We argue about “Maury,” which I cannot abide. Every time we watch “The Talk,” she reminds me that Ray Romano went on the show to discuss winning a Peabody for “Men of a Certain Age.” (This made her a big Ray Romano fan.)

Her memory is unpredictable but still strong in some areas. The other day, she recalled where one of my eight million cousins went to college, a fact I could not have retrieved on a bet. And yet she is always anxious about whether her bills are paid and sometimes she forgets where we’re going when we’re in the car. New situations and circumstances are scary when new memories don’t harden and solidify and instead slip away like phantoms.

When I was in college, she would call me and want to talk, talk, talk. I would put the phone down, leave the room, get food and return, and she would still be talking. I would roll my eyes, because I was a typical 20 year old dope. Now I know I’ll probably do that to my son after he goes to college; I’ll try not to be that overly talky mom and end up texting too much instead.

My mother has fewer words every day. For a couple of months, I’m going to make sure I hear as many of them as I can.

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May Your Heart Not Break

by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger

“May your hearts not break…”–A Wish for My Children, Evangeline Paterson

I don’t remember anything about my last Mother’s Day with my mom. Other than that it was in 2011. It may be because it was ordinary and the details would disappoint in their blandness. We gathered at her home for gifts, food, and family. Did we bring flowers? No idea. Then we hugged and kissed her goodbye, not prepared for the next Mother’s Day, the one where I was supposed to place flowers on her grave.

I didn’t leave a bouquet or a planter near my mother’s headstone last week. Doing so may feel right and comforting for some, but not for me. Every flower I’ve ever left at the cemetery mocks me and reminds me of the ones I didn’t place in a vase in my Mom’s kitchen when she could appreciate them. And I guarantee you if she were sitting beside me, she’d say in her supportive way, “You gave me tons of flowers! Don’t say that!” But I would say it anyway.

It’s not just that I miss my mom on Mother’s Day. (I miss her every day.) But Mother’s Day confuses me because the meaning of the day gets less and less obvious to me as I grow older. It feels like at a certain point in your “career” as a mother, you should take inventory, if you will. Yes, you’re always a mother, but your children have become–by all objective measures–adults. You’ve left behind the grades, the trophies, and the accolades that accompany academics, teams, and activities that are part of almost every child’s world (and yours, for a short time.) What do you celebrate now? The intangibles that matter so much more, I know: kindness and empathy; sincerity and grace; generosity and ethics; respect and curiosity. But I keep trying to sort this out–when does your child’s life stop being a measure of you as parent and start becoming one of them as an adult?

Parents seem to take on the results either way. Society values and celebrates financial success, so you proudly exclaim details about the brilliant white-collar professional you raised, and everyone gives that a “Like” and congratulates you on your “achievement.” You’ve scored the gold medal. And when your child’s path isn’t littered with promotions, a luxury lifestyle, and a six-figure salary by age 27, you take that on, as well–that mantle of someone who raised a child who is “finding his/her direction.” Sure, you were in the race but have little more than your finishing time to your credit.

In my more lucid moments, I realize that the “scoring” is subjective at best. I remind myself about the lessons so beautifully illustrated in Animal School, and how individuality and unique gifts are undervalued. My children are many, many things, and among them–thank you, God–they are individuals. And forget about the road less traveled. Sometimes it feels like they’re hacking their way through jungles and blazing trails, even as I keep pointing to the one that’s so familiar–I walked it myself!–so much smoother, so much more accessible, all but begging them to take it.

“Nah, thanks anyway, Mom.”

So back to my question: How much of you remains within your young adult? My theory is that it’s the inverse of age. As your children are growing up, much of them is you. It has to be. They need someone to model and “try on” as they grow. But as they reach a stage of independence or semi-independence, they surprise you with something that is uniquely them; with tiny moments of you still there…the parts you hoped would “stick.”

I’ve learned this much: Children inevitably grow up to be themselves. No more, no less. So the choice is yours: Do you celebrate that tidbit of equity you’ve established or feel dismay at its diminished role? I’ll share one example, courtesy of one of the unique individuals I helped raise. You decide what choice you think I made.

The good news: My son Cameron and his girlfriend, Sarah, love a good night out.
The bad news: Sometimes they choose a venue that feels a little…dive-ish?

The good news: The bar they chose recently was holding a “game night.”
The bad news: The game took place AFTER happy hour.

The good news: It was a spelling bee, and Cameron is a very good speller.
The bad news: It was a “stripped down” spelling bee, where contestants start off on stage in only their underwear. (I mentioned this was after happy hour, right?)

The good news: Cameron is sort of fearless, at least when it comes to first prize being $ 100 and second prize being $ 50.
The bad news: Cameron is sort of fearless, especially when it comes to what anyone thinks of him.

Me (the night before, incredulous): “In your underwear? Can you spell ‘indecent exposure’? Don’t you think they hope WOMEN will be in their underwear? And that they’ll start the contest as late as possible so more people will stay longer and buy more drinks? After the contestants are all slightly hammered and won’t be able to spell ‘beer?’ Don’t you think this has all the makings of a disaster?”
Cameron: “Nope.”

The bad news: He came in second.
The good news: He misspelled gonorrhea.

I call that excellent news.

Renee-JamesRenee A. James works at Rodale Inc. and wrote an award-winning op-ed column for The Morning Call, the Allentown, Pennsylvania, newspaper, for almost 10 years. Her essays were included in the humor anthology, 101 Damnations: A Humorists’ Tour of Personal Hells (Thomas Dunne Books, 2002), and are also found online at Jewish World Review and The Daily Caller. She invites you to Like her Facebook page, where she celebrates–and broods about–life on a regular basis, mostly as a voice in the crowd that shouts, “Really? You’re kidding me, right?” (or wants to, anyway), and she welcomes your suggestions, comments, and feedback to the mix.

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