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'19 Kids' News: Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard Chose a Covenant Marriage

10/27/2014

Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard created a unique set of rules for their courtship and engagement, so it should come as no surprise that the couple also sought out a rare type of marriage. As People.com reported earlier today, the Dillards agreed to a covenant marriage.

If that term is unfamiliar to you, don't worry. Just three states – Arkansas, Louisiana and Arizona – offer this special type of license. Though a covenant marriage doesn't replace the marriage options available in these states, it simply offers additional opportunities for couples seeking a higher level of commitment.

In order to apply for this type of marriage, Jill and Derick received premarital counseling and agreed that if they ever ran into problems in their marriage, they would seek marital counseling by a member of the clergy or a licensed professional. Covenant marriages in Arkansas (where Jill and Derick were married) do not permit no-fault divorces, or divorces that are granted without evidence that the marital contract was broken. In order for someone in this type of marriage to file for divorce, he or she must prove that their spouse committed one of the following: adultery, a felony or serious crime, physical or sexual abuse of one of their children, is living separatelyfor at least two years (2.5 if they have a child), living separately for a year if there is a child and there was spousal or child abuse.

These marriages are extremely uncommon, with less than 1 percent of couples in these three states applying for this type of license.

But their families have no doubt that this type of commitment is right for these lovebirds. People.com spoke to Cathy Dillard, Derick's mother, who signed their covenant marriage certificate. "It was so special. But it wouldn't matter if they chose that type of marriage certificate or not, those two would still have a covenant marriage."

Be sure to watch Jill and Derick walk down the aisle Tuesday, October 28 at 9/8c.

-- Mara Betsch

More on Jill and Derick:

Jill and Derick's Newlywed Photos

Jill's Wedding By the Numbers

Watch This Exclusive Video of the Happy Couple at the Wedding

Wear Orange for Unity Day

10/21/2014

One out of every three students will be bullied this year. Shocking, isn't it? Luckily, there's a wonderful organization that is dedicated to putting an end to bullying. Every October 22, PACER's National Bully Prevention Center celebrates Unity Day, a time for communities to come together and send a message of support, hope, and unity. And it's easy to get involved!

You can simply wear an orange item of clothings or use #UnityDay2014 on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to let everyone know about the big day. Or, if you'd like to get even more involved, consider signing the digital petition to end bullying. If you're a parent or educator, there are plenty of resources available to help you have candid conversations with students who are both at-risk for being bullied or are bullies themselves.

TLC talent is also joining in on the fun. Though they're successful now, many of the men and women you see on our shows had to deal with bullying, too. Watch as Monte Durham from "Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta" explains his experiences with bullies and why he'll be wearing orange on Unity Day. 

-- Mara Betsch

More on Bullying:

How to Celebrate Unity Day

GLAAD Stands Up to Bullies

My Five Wives Explain How They Teach Their Kids Not to Bully

RIP, Oscar de la Renta. Thanks for Creating These Stunning Looks

Famed designer Oscar de la Renta was known for creating showstopping, feminine gowns for everyone from first ladies to Oscar-winning actresses. Diagnosed with cancer in 2006, the beloved designer kept working throughout treatment, continuing to create iconic works. However, he passed away on October 20 due to complications of the disease, leaving behind an incredible body of work and many people who loved and respected him. Fellow designers and celebrities alike are mourning his loss, and TLC's "What Not to Wear" host Stacy London took to Twitter to share her thoughts, writing "RIP Oscar de la Renta. There will never be a gentleman or romantic designer quite like you." Below are some of his most memorable looks, which showcase his talents as a designer and his knowledge of figure-flattering silhouettes. RIP, Oscar. Our thoughts go out to his family.

 

-- Mara Betsch

More on Fashion:

See Oscar de la Renta on the Academy Awards 2014 Red Carpet

Jaw-Dropping Looks from the Met Gala 2014

Stacy London's Fashion Tips

This Creative Mom Dresses Her Baby Up in Some Seriously Incredible Halloween Costumes

10/20/2014

There is no shortage of clever moms out there who dream up amazing costumes for their children (we've already covered a few of the best family costumes), but Instagrammer and child costume maven Jessica Chavkin is in a class all her own. Starting on October 1, she's dressed up her adorable toddler Noah in all sorts of inspired costumes. From the rapper Ludaris to a Ninja Turtle to Harry Potter, every day brings an even cuter picture of her son, decked out in an incredible get-up, including accessories and the perfect backdrops. We've posted a few highlights below for your viewing pleasure. If this doesn't inspire you to play dress up, we don't know what will!

Haven't seen enough? There are plenty more available on her Instagram account. And be sure to note her great Sharknado Halloween costume from last year. What are your favorite costumes for kids?

-- Mara Betsch

More Halloween Content:

11 Absurdly Cute Family-Friendly Costumes

Is That Honey Boo Boo or Kim Kardashian?

A Big Fat Gypsy Halloween

Watch Second Graders Eat Caviar, Lobster and Snapper

10/16/2014

One of the world’s finest restaurants was recently challenged with pleasing some of their toughest customers -- second graders. Six students from a Brooklyn grade school were given a peek into the life of fine dining at acclaimed French restaurant, Daniel, located in New York City’s posh Upper East Side. The bunch was treated to a 7-course tasting meal, which normally costs $220 a person. Chef Daniel Boulud exposed the youngsters to “a lot of flavor, a lot of layers [and] a lot of textures,” -- and with that price tag, I’m sure many of those flavors, layers and textures are foreign to adults!

The kids had a decadent dinner with plates ranging from lobster and ravioli to snapper to steak and fried broccoli. It wouldn’t be a meal without dessert, which proved to be a real crowd -- pleaser among the diners. The gang seemed to enjoy all their courses; although when Chef Daniel Boulud mentioned doing “Macaroni and Cheese” next time, they replied and an enthusiastic “Yayyyy!!” (Sometimes it can be as simple as noodles and cheese! Phew!)

They concluded their dinner with a toast, as if there is any other way to end a 7-course dinner. The kids certainly have a jump-start on dinner etiquette and I’d like to make a toast to their lovely manners!

Watch the video created by the New York Times and notice how both the kids and Chef Boulud take the meal very, very seriously. How adorable!

 -By Melanie Owens

More Kids Being Darling

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GLAAD Has Spirit, Yes They Do. GLAAD Has Spirit -- How 'Bout You?

10/15/2014

No one likes a bully, and there's a great opportunity for you to show support for those who are especially at risk for bullying. October 16 is GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) Spirit Day, an annual event that invites everyone to take a stand against bullying. Since 2010, millions of people have "gone purple" on Spirit Day to provide encouragement for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth. Why purple? On the rainbow flag, purple symbolizes 'spirit.'

If you want to get involved, there are plenty of opportunities. The easiest is adding a purple overlay to your Twitter and Facebook profile pictures (This tool makes it super easy!). You can also simply wear purple, use the #spiritday hastag on all forms of social media, pledge your support or join GLAAD's Facebook event. Your friends (and your favorite celebs) are already getting excited!

TLC talent is also joining in on the fun! Mama June, the matriarch of "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," is a huge supporter. You can watch her get ready for the GLAAD awards in the video below and hear her important message about loving yourself:

What are you waiting for? Show your sprit!

-- Mara Betsch

GLAAD Resources:

See #SpiritDay Photos and Videos

Get the Anti-Bullying Resource Kit

Learn All About #SpiritDay

11 Absurdly Cute Family-Friendly Halloween Costumes

10/13/2014

If your child hasn’t already reminded you 837 times, Halloween is just around the corner. As this ghoulish holiday inches closer, the excitement of creating a fun costume that will make others “ooo” and “aww” is the name of the game. The fun isn’t just for the kiddies either! We found some parents who really got into the spirit of the season with some of the most epic and adorable family costumes we’ve ever seen. So before you buy a prepackaged Batman ensemble, check out these clever costumes. Isn’t it always more fun when everyone joins in, anyway?  

1. Pillsbury Doughboy and Baker

Warning: Costume may induce poking of the stomach

2. Family of S’Mores 

For the family who loves the great outdoors - s'more what?

3. Goldilocks and the Three Bears

These costumes look juuusssttt right.

4. Dumb and Dumber

Classic.

5. The Beekeepers

Don't leave the pup behind! 

6. Candyland

Isn't Candyland what the holiday is all about? Trick-or-Treat!

7. The Chef and the Lobster 

Ooh la la, how gourmet -- perfect for the foodie! 

8. Dr. Evil and Mini Me

Just the two of us. 

9. Charlie Brown and Lucy   

It's the great pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

10. Surfer Attacked by Sharks

Stay out of the water!

11. Curious George and The Man With The Yellow Hat

A curious little monkey, indeed!

Tell us all about your family fun Halloween ideas! 

by Melanie Owens

A Great Reason Not to Splurge on a Fancy Wedding (and Gigantic Engagement Ring)

10/08/2014

WeddingGood news for many of the soon-to-be-grooms out there! It turns out that money doesn't buy love, and you don't need to go broke buying your fiancée's ring bling.

As it turns out, spending less than $2,000 on an engagement ring and less than $10,000 on a wedding leads to longer, perhaps happier marriages, according to the study "'A Diamond is Forever' and Other Fairy Tales: The Relationship between Wedding Expenses and Marriage Duration" by Emory professors Andrew M. Francis and Hugo M. Mialon.

Francis and Mialon collected the results from an online survey of more than 3,000 people, and even after controlling for demographic and relationship characteristics, they found an inverse association between money spent on engagement rings and weddings and the duration of marriages. The less money people spent, the longer their marriages were.

The average cost of an engagement ring is $4,000, no matter what Kim Kardashian or De Beers ads tell you, but going under-budget may benefit you in the long-term. According to this survey, spending between $2,000 to $4,000 is associated with a 1.3 times greater chance of divorce compared to spending between $500-2,000. Just don't avoid the ring all together – those who bypassed engagement rings had higher divorce risks, too.

The same rule applies for your big day. The risk of divorce in couples spending more than $20,000 on their wedding is 3.5 times more than the risk of divorce for couples spending between $5,000 and $10,000 on a wedding. With weddings averaging about $29,858, per theknot.com, it's not surprising that 50 percent of marriages end in divorce.

So what gives? The experts speculate that spending a lot of money, especially money that you don't really have to spend, can cause what they call "wedding-related debt stress." Because financial or economic stress is a known cause of divorce, starting your marriage with money troubles may intensify other lingering issues, too.

But, there is a silver lining. Having all your friends and family present at a large event didn't seem to have a negative effect on marriage, and neither did going on a honeymoon, no matter how much your post-nuptial trip costs.

But guys, be sure to check with your fiancée before downsizing her engagement ring. Keeping your wife-to-be in good spirits is important before you walk down the aisle. Remember, happy wife, happy life!

-- Mara Betsch

More on Weddings:

See Celebrity Ring Bling

'Say Yes to the Dress' Dream Weddings

What's Your Bridal Style?

Big Budget Brides

Mom Records Her 4-Year-Old's Best Insults

10/06/2014

Kids say the darndest, and sometimes devious, things (see: Honey Boo Boo). Most parents have been the unfortunate receivers of at least one pint-sized insult, and this mom is no different. In the video below, Johanna Stein, mom and author of "How Not to Calm a Child on a Plane and Other Lessons in Parenting from a Highly Questionable Source," decided to record a day in her life. Her routine includes an unwanted (and slobbery) wake-up call, coffee, and several put-downs and callous questions from her brutally honest daughter, including ""Are you going to make yourself pretty today, or are you going to look like you always do?" Ouch! We're sure Stein and her daughter will one day laugh at this, but for now, enjoy this hilarious video. Does it hit close to home?

-- Mara Betsch

More on Parenting:

Dad and Daughter "Shake It Off" to Taylor Swift

Son Writes Mom Hilarious Letter from Camp, Spares No Detail

7 Kids Who Have More Style Than Most Adults

Charming Baby Girl Flexes Her Muscles for Dad

10/03/2014

This daddy's girl can't help but giggle as she shares a sweet moment with her father. At just 8 months old, Hadley, the little girl in the video below, playfully shows off her growing muscles for her doting dad. Together, they do their best impressions of bodybuilders as they flex and, yes, even grunt in front of the mirror. Though neither of them look like they'll be winning any strength competitions in the near future, they sure are giving us (and maybe even themselves) and ab workout with the belly laughts they're inciting in this hilarious video. Watch them in all their glory below:

-- Mara Betsch

More Adorable Babies:

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