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11 Heartwarming (and Hilarious) Thanksgiving Quotes

11/19/2014

Thanksgiving is just a week away (I know! How did that happen?).  Even if you're not the one whipping up a massive feast, this annual holiday can cause some serious stress -- did you know the day before Thanksgiving is among the top 10 worst days to travel? Probably, if you've ever tried to leave the house then. But even if your flight is delayed or you burn your pies, these thoughtful quotes and funny sayings will keep your mind off of all the hassle and on what's really important that day -- friends, family, and delicious food.

-- Mara Betsch

More on Thanksgiving:

How to Make Memories on Thanksgiving

A Duggar-Sized Turkey Day Feast

Mmmmm! Make These Delicious Turkey Sandwiches with Leftovers

Mom Pop Hilariously Spoofs Pop Songs "Shake It Off" with "Knock It Off" and More!

11/17/2014

Many people are quick to tell you being a mom is one of the greatest experiences in life; but they aren’t as fast to tell you about the moments that make you question your sanity. From trying to project an image of keeping it together (meanwhile your yoga pants have pancake mix from this morning’s not-so-together breakfast on the left leg), to the yearning to hang out with adults to feeling defeated and serving Corn Flakes for dinner (we’ve all been there). Of course you love your little angels, even if they are covered in glitter glue. This is why we love MyLifeSuckers parody videos, which cleverly spoofs pop songs through the eyes of a mom. We have a feeling Deva -- the creator -- first heard these songs because her kids were playing them on loop and thought "if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em!"

“Knock It Off” – Taylor Swift – Shake It Off Parody

Favorite Lyric: “The kids are gonna play play play, the in-laws gonna hate, hate, hate  - I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake – don’t lick your plate, plate, plate.” 

 

“I Just Need Some Space” – Megan Trainor – “All About That Bass” Parody

Favorite lyric: “What’s that on your face, on your face, you’re in trouble – I just need some space, need some space.”

 

--Melanie Owens

More Pop Culture:

Hilarious 'I'm So Pregnant' Parodies Iggy Azalea's 'Fancy'

Daddy and Daughter Adorably "Shake It Off" to Taylor Swift  

 

 

 

7 Holiday Money-Saving Tips for Your Inner 'Extreme Cheapskate'

11/14/2014

It's hard to not get wrapped up in the spirit of generosity that comes along with the holiday season. In fact, people spend an average of $730 on gifts, food and other purchases during the Christmas/Hanukah/Kwanza season. However, depending on your budget, that may leave you broke by the new year. If you don't want to receive the gift of credit card debt, follow these so-simple steps for being a clever cheapskate and saving lots of cash this holiday season.

Hit Up Free Turkeys

Many grocery stores give away free turkeys to regular patrons. For example, the chain ShopRite asks you to use your Price Plus club card, and when you spend the required amount (differs by store, but usually between $100-400), you get a free turkey, ham, lasagna or tofurkey (if that's your thing). Plenty of other chains have similar deals, so be sure to ask if your store has any holiday promotions. 

Wine and Dine Wisely

Hosting doesn't have to break your budget. Keep things festive and frugal by making a single cocktail instead of stocking a full bar. You can buy inexpensive (but delicious) sparkling wine for a punch and no one will no the difference. Serve appetizers like deviled eggs, which are economical and filling. And don't worry about pricey desserts -- freshly baked sugar cookies or ice cream hit the spot and are much less expensive that pies or cakes.

Book Flights 8 Weeks in Advance

According to the Today show financial editor Jean Chatzky, booking flights in advance can save about 19 percent! Even if you are cutting it close, try buying a ticket on Sunday. According to new reports from the Airline Reporting Corporation, this is the best day for you to get deals.

Skip Black Friday

According to a recent analysis by Savings.com, the best sales actually occur prior to Black Friday. Over the past five years, the sales typically peak 6-7 days before Thanksgiving. So you can skip the lines and chaos and scope out deals throughout the months of November and December.

Get Deals on Décor

To get a beautifully decorated home on a budget, try checking out sites like save-on-crafts.com to save money on hundreds of décor items. When purchasing a tree, try going during the week, when the pace is slower and you can haggle a bit. Be sure to save the boughs trimmed of the bottom to create your own wreath, especially if you like to DIY. When it comes to blinging out your home with lights, save a little money by using LED lights. They're more expensive than incandescent lights, but they can cut costs on your electric bill.

Gather Up Your Gift Cards

Did your lovely great-aunt give you a gift card to a store you never step foot in? Trade it in! Sites like Cardpool.com or Giftcardgranny.com allow you to buy and sell gift cards, letting you unload ones you'll never use and pick up others to your (and your family's) favorite stores.

Do Your Retail Research

If there are particular items on your Christmas shopping list, be sure to check pricegrabber.com to compare prices before you make the purchase. The first store (or site) might not be the cheapest. And don't miss any additional deductions by checking retailmenot.com or couponfollow.com to make sure the store you're buying from doesn't have any secret discounts. 

And if none of these work with your budget, there's always the gift of kitty litter facials, according to Pelin from "Extreme Cheapskates."

-- Mara Betsch

More on Saving Money:

Quiz: Are You a Cheapskate?

Michelle Duggar's Best Money-Saving Tips

Unexpected Ways to Cut Costs

 

These 7 Kids Are Proud Members of the "Picky Eaters Club"

11/04/2014

Are your kids picky eaters? You are definitely not alone, and Ilana Wiles, a mom and the blogger behind Mommy Shorts, decided to capture these fussy foodies in a gut-busting blog. After posting about her own daughters' quirky eating habits, she was inundated with stories of equally picky eaters. Deciding that these children's idiosyncrasies were too funny NOT to blog about, Wiles came up with her own Picky Eaters Club, posting a child's eating offense next to his or her adorable mug shot. We've included 7 hilarious examples below, but be sure to check her blog for even more.

And if your own child is part of this exclusive club, you can post a picture of him or her on the Mommy Shorts Facebook page (or on Instagram hashtagging #pickyeatersclub and tagging @mommyshorts). Include their first name and their specific food hang-up in the caption for a chance to be mentioned in a future post. But for now, just sit back and enjoy these choosy children.

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-- Mara Betsch

More Cute Kids:

7 Mini Fashionistas in Training

Hilarious Kids Says "Apparently" About a Dozen Times

Watch What Happens When Adults Do Exactly What Kids Say

How TLC Stars Celebrated Halloween

11/03/2014

Your favorite TLC families celebrated Halloween this weekend, and the results were charming (and chillling). Scroll through this recap of the best costumes and spooky celebrations and share your own ideas for making Halloween a night to remember.

Jen from the "Little Couple" snapped these pictures of her son WIll and daughter Zoey dressed up in their Toy Story costumes.

"Something Borrowed, Something New" co-hosts Kelly Nishimoto and Sam Saboura try to spook us with their scariest poses.

Kelly dressed up as a geisha for Halloween --- she made the costume herself!

Though we didn't get a glimpse of "Long Island Medium" Theresa Caputo, Larry Caputo looks unrecognizable in this beard.

Leah Remini and Cheryl Burke had an Addams family Halloween in these spot-on costumes.


Buddy "Cake Boss" Valastro shared this awesome pic of his boys dressed up in some pretty incredible costumes.


-- Mara Betsch

More on Halloween:

Chills and Thrills from TLC

A Sweet Halloween Treat Recipe

How the Amish Celebrate Halloween

'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

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