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  • Brother And Sister Meet For First Time After She Switched At Birth 39 Years Ago.

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    When we're born, we're given a story, a life. We're told who our parents are and what our name is. Some of us are given a religion to follow and all of us get a country to call our own. We spend the next few years learning to walk and talk. Followed by many years of going to school. Eventually, we go to college, get married, and have a family. What if one day you were told that your entire life was a lie? What would you do? Valentina Suman woke up one day and had to ask herself that exact thing.

    39-years-ago, two beautiful baby girls were born in a hospital in Moldova.

    When both girls, Valentina Suman and Tatyana Muradyan, left the hospital to go home, things seemed to be a bit off with both of them. If you're a parent, you know how trying things can when you first bring home your new baby, but this was different.

    39-years-ago, two beautiful baby girls were born in a hospital in Moldova.

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    This wasn't your ordinary fussy baby kind of situation.

    Both girls had an extremely difficult time eating. They also seemed to cry all of the time, but neither mother thought anything of it.

    This wasn't your ordinary fussy baby kind of situation.

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    Years went by and rumors began to float around the family.

    People in both families found the girls behavior a bit odd, but Tatyana's brother, Anatoliy Lashtur, heard something unbelievable. What he heard would later change the course of both family's lives.

    Anatoliy had heard family members say they didn't think Tatyana belonged to them.

    People began to talk, but eventually everyone just brushed it off, and moved on. After awhile, the Lashtur family made the decision to move across the world to the United States.

    Anatoliy had heard family members say they didn't think Tatyana belonged to them.

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    Before they made the big move, they were approached by a neighbor.

    This neighbor knew both of the families, so she was able to watch the two girls grow up. She also knew of the problems that both families had. She began to believe the rumors and came forward to the Lashturs.

    Before they made the big move, they were approached by a neighbor.

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    The neighbor had began to notice something peculiar.

    "As they grew up, I guess she could tell that the other kid looked a lot like our family and the kid that we had looked like their family.”

    After hearing the news, the Lashtur family knew exactly what they had to do.

    They began to search far and wide for the other family. Unfortunately, they weren't able to locate them before they had to move.

    The Lashturs picked up and moved to North Carolina, but they refused to give up.

    Every so often they would return to Moldova, and when they did, they would continue their search. Finally, the searching paid off.

    The neighbor gave the Lashtur family a glimpse of hope.

    That were given the name Valentina Suman. Tatyana and her younger sister, Victoria, went to Facebook to search the name.

    The neighbor gave the Lashtur family a glimpse of hope.

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    After a bit of digging, they found a match!

    They sent Valentina a message asking her for her name and birthday, and when that matched up, they asked for baby pictures. Once they saw the pictures, the Lashturs believed the rumors to be true, and Valentina was their family.

    After a bit of digging, they found a match!

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    Valentina and the Lashturs needed to know the truth.

    So, Valentina wrote into a Russian television show that did DNA tests and they were invited on to the show! Just like they suspected, the DNA test showed that Valentina and Anatoliy were brother and sister!

    The families were able to be united for the first time!

    Muradyan was able to meet her biological mother, as well! "It was one of those experiences that you know doesn’t happen a lot and when it does, you’ll never forget it. Everybody was crying,” Anatoliy said.

    The families were able to be united for the first time!

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    So, what exactly happened to these two girls?

    While in the hospital both mothers were staying in the same room. The girls were taken out of the room for a bath, and when they returned, they were given to the wrong mothers.

    This isn't something that you would expect to happen, but it happens more than you would think.

    Approximately 28,000 babies are switched every single year. Luckily, these two families figured out what was going on and were able to come back into each others lives.

    This isn't something that you would expect to happen, but it happens more than you would think.

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  • Preschool Teacher Realized Student Was Having Troubles At Home After He Told Father’s Secret.

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    Sometimes in life we come across a sad situation that requires our immediate attention. That is especially true when it involves the happiness and well-being of a child. Nobody wants to see a child suffer in any kind of manner, so we try to do whatever we can to ensure that the children in our lives are happy and healthy. That's exactly the case in this story. This preschool teacher saw that one of her students wasn't doing okay in his home life, so she knew she had to do something to intervene. Something that some would say, made her a hero.

    Nancy Bleuer is a preschool teacher at Washington Charlie Brown Preschool & Childcare in Mason City, Iowa.

    When someone goes into the profession of teaching, they do it because they love it. They love the fact that they get the chance to help mold a child's mind or to be someone the child could trust and depend on.

    Nancy Bleuer is a preschool teacher at Washington Charlie Brown Preschool & Childcare in Mason City, Iowa.

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    Nancy is certainly no exception to that.

    At 54-years-old, Nancy has spent quite a bit of time molding the bright minds of today's future. And she absolutely adores each and every one of her children.

    Nancy loves her children so much, that she can tell when one of them is a bit off.

    So, it's no surprise that when one of her students wasn't acting like his normal self, she knew she had to figure out why. Nancy sat down with 4-year-old Camden for a little chat.

    After speaking to Camden, she realized he was having a bit of trouble at home.

    Nancy never wanted to see any of her students in a rough situation, so she decided to take things into her own hands. Nancy knew she needed to call home to Camden's dad.

    It wasn't the easiest phone call to make, but Nancy got to the bottom of Camden's troubles.

    It turned out that Camden's dad, Darreld Petersen, wasn't doing so well health wise. In fact, Darreld's future looked pretty bleak.

    Darreld's kidneys were unfortunately extremely sick.

    He was diagnosed with renal kidney failure and his kidneys were working at only 20% of their capacity. If Darreld didn't have a kidney transplant, he wouldn't be able to live much longer.

    Darreld's kidneys were unfortunately extremely sick.

    Nancy felt horrible about the whole ordeal.

    Not only did she feel bad for Darreld, she was worried about how Camden would be affected. Nancy wanted to do something to help.

    Nancy felt horrible about the whole ordeal.

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    Nancy asked Darreld a very important question.

    She wanted to know what it would take to donate one of her kidneys. He informed her that she would need to get tested to see if she was a match.

    Nancy decided that she wanted to go forward with the compatibility testing.

    After some blood work, Nancy found out the news she had been waiting for. The news that would change everything.

    Nancy was a perfect match!

    Now all she had to do to prepare was fill out some paperwork! And tell Darreld the good news, of course!

    Nancy was a perfect match!

    When Darreld went to pick up Camden from school, she told him the results.

    Then she told Darreld that she would be donating one of her kidneys to him! “He gives Camden this hug from heaven, and Camden’s like, ‘Wow, dad is happy to see me,’ ” she said.

    Darreld was obviously extremely excited about the news!

    “It’s just amazing. There are people waiting every day for a kidney, for an organ in general. I wish there were more people like her. She’s giving me a second chance at life,” Darreld told ABC News.

    Even though it was a huge decision, Nancy was more than happy to do it.

    “I was really excited about it. I was ecstatic. I don’t know what I would’ve done for closure if I wasn’t [a match],” she says.

    After a few months of testing, everything was good to go.

    Darreld and Nancy's surgeries went perfectly, and they were allowed to go home after a week of recovery! It's amazing what happens when someone commits selfless acts of kindness.

    Darreld will forever be grateful for Nancy in his life.

    “She’s a part of my family for the rest of her life whether she likes it or not,” he said. “The Iowa City team is a part of my family. Everything’s just been amazing, and I hope everyone has the same experience I had.”

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  • China's Newest Library Looks Like It's From Another Planet.

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    There are so many reasons to love libraries. They give you a quiet space to study, de-stress, and venture into a new realm. Each book is like a doorway to a world of knowledge or fantasy. But the best part is that it saves you so much money, if you return your books on time. Instead of spending $20 or $30 bucks buying a book, you can rent one out free of charge. How cool is that? But if you think your local library is awesome, wait until you hear about the one that was built in China. It's spectacular, curvy, and beautiful!

    You're about to experience one of the coolest libraries in all of China, and perhaps, the world!

    Made up of 34,200-square-meter glass, this five-story structure has a huge spherical shaped auditorium in the center, which lures you in. Once you're there, your jaw will drop with all the books that are waiting to embrace your imagination.

    The building is one of four other building designed to give the Binhai Cultural District a boost.

    It was designed in conjunction with TUPDI (Tianjin Urban Planning And Design Institute) MVRDV, and GMP Architekten. It's so futuristic and breathtaking that you'll swear you left Planet Earth.

    It wasn't an easy project to take on given all the work that was required to achieve this dream.

    The building, in its curvy perfection, was designed to give patrons different areas to interact in, like the watch zone, think zone, and interact zone. The end result came out better than anyone could have expected.

    The eye becomes the focal point that attracts people into the center of the library.

    The atrium of the Tianjin Binhai Public Library in Tianjin, China looks like one giant 3D eyeball that's staring out at you. It's also kind of nifty feeling like something bigger than yourself is keeping a close eye on you.

    The Dutch architectural firm MVRDV is no stranger to coming up with unique designs.

    They've also created the Jenga towers in Vienna and the Skygarden in Seoul. So, the library in Tianjin is simply the latest. But they've really outdone themselves by hollowing out the building and creating curvy bookshelves and places for people to sit and read.

    A visitor can hang out in the auditorium or the ground floor reading area.

    But they can also visit the first and second floors, which contain even more books than you ever imagined possible and lounge areas to read them.

    The bookshelves provide more than just a curvy interior for people to gawk out in amazement.

    Aside from acting as bookshelves, they also act as stairs and seating areas. It also gives people a space where they can just sit and read.

    You can literally get lost here trying to sift through the thousands of books on the shelves.

    It's a literary mecca that allows people to spend some quiet time reading and expanding their minds. There are books as far as the eye can see, no pun intended. It's almost a shame that you can't move into this library.

    From afar, the outside of the library looks like a giant, hypnotic, glowing eye of knowledge.

    It's impossible to resist going into this library. Once you lock eyes with it, you'll simply have to go in and take a look. But you better clear your calendar because there's plenty to see and read here.

    The bookshelves were designed to stagger in such a way that it looks like an eye socket.

    Fortunately, you never have to worry about there not being enough lighting. You can always sit near the glowing pupil at the center of the auditorium and read or just bask at the design and take a selfie if it's your first time visiting.

    The library offers a lot more to visitors than a place to hang or books.

    The top two floors have offices, meeting rooms to study or discuss some heavily debated topics. These floors also house a series of audio rooms, and computer rooms, in case you prefer researching digitally.

    The building might be made of glass but you won't have to worry about any glare.

    MVRV designed the library to have a cave-life motif that gives readers the impression that the bookshelves never end. The curvature also forms louvres that deflect the sun's glare, to ensure nothing disrupts a reader's attention.

    It's one of the largest libraries most of you have never been to, but you should visit this one.

    The design will really make you wonder if you have to climb the walls to get to your favorite book. Fortunately, it's all an illusion created by the superb design. You don't have to turn into Gomez Addams and walk on the walls or the ceiling for a good read.

    You're certainly in for quite an adventure the moment you walked through the sliding glass doors.

    Whether you're here to study, meet up with friends, or eager to scour the bowels of the subterranean rooms to go through the archives, the Tianjin Library proves that you can be beautiful and book smart all the same time.

    Next, check out Tokyo's futuristic library.

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  • Woman Rescued A Special Cat That No One Wanted And It Turned Her Life Around.

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    The internet’s obsessed with cats, that’s no surprise. With the help of countless adorable cat videos on social media, people have been warming up to these furry animals who were once stereotyped in the media, (and wrongfully so) as temperamental, and angry beings who love hissing and scratching people for no good reason. Lately, it seems like everyone’s on board the “I love cats” train, with more and more people becoming fascinated with these mysterious and hauntingly beautiful creatures.

    And even though most of us love cats, caring for one is a totally different story. Particularly if the animal is special-needs. Thankfully, people like Karyn Poplin and her husband, of Kitty Adventure Rescue League Sanctuary, from Fort Worth Texas, opened their heart and home to care for one special-needs kitty who was looking for a place to finally call home.

    Karyn Poplin and her husband manage the animal rescue and sanctuary, “Kitty Rescue League & Sanctuary,” where they rescue felines with special needs.

    These animals, who are sometimes pretty hard to find a home for, have all kinds of ailments, and disabilities. But when Karyn stumbled upon a fragile kitty with radial hypoplasia, she didn’t know that this furry animal was about to change her life.

    Karyn Poplin and her husband manage the animal rescue and sanctuary, “Kitty Rescue League & Sanctuary,” where they rescue felines with special needs.

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    Her animal sanctuary is a no-kill shelter, although she does state on her Facebook page that every case is different.

    But the moment she came across this lovely kitty, Karyn knew she needed help…and a home. The poor cat had trouble with the openings of her nose, and had a serious condition that made her arms “twisty” which meant she had trouble walking.

    Her animal sanctuary is a no-kill shelter, although she does state on her Facebook page that every case is different.

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    The kitty was facing some serious ailments due to her condition.

    Not only did she had two different sized nostrils, but she was also paired with some form of cleft palette deformity. When animals are impaired or need special care, it can be a lot harder to place them in a home.

    The kitty was facing some serious ailments due to her condition.

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    The shelter takes in strays and rescue animals that are supposed to be there for a limited amount of time.

    The whole point of Karyn and her husband’s shelter is to find special needs cats a home. After her time was running out on another shelter, a rescuer decided to keep the kitty at his house, providing a temporary solution for the shelter’s “special girl.”

    The shelter takes in strays and rescue animals that are supposed to be there for a limited amount of time.

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    Unfortunately, they weren’t able to find a family who’d want to deal with the trouble of caring for a special-needs kitty.

    Every time they could see the light at the end of the tunnel, it ended up in disappointment, as many adoptions ended up falling through. It seems as though this poor kitty was destined to be homeless, until the rescuer decided to reach out to Karyn.

    Unfortunately, they weren’t able to find a family who’d want to deal with the trouble of caring for a special-needs kitty.

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    Karyn and her husband knew they needed to step in and offer a helping hand to their little friend in need. They opened their home to this adorable kitty who wanted nothing more than to be loved and cared for.

    She immediately started playing and hopping around, after the couple adopted her and brought her home.

    They named her “Grave Digger," after the giant monster truck. But she’s not the only kitty who needs special care at the shelter. Truckasaurus the cat, also known as Emmy Lou Sugarbean, looks so similar to Grave Digger, they almost look like twins!

    She immediately started playing and hopping around, after the couple adopted her and brought her home.

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    Karyn says that Grave Digger’s transition into the shelter wasn’t always easy, but it was damn worth it.

    Since the cat hasn’t been that much around other animals, she’s had her ups and downs, and has been a bit grumpy. But she’s slowly getting better at socializing with other special needs kitties in the shelter. Thankfully, she found a place to call home thanks to her new human parents who care for her.

    Karyn says that Grave Digger’s transition into the shelter wasn’t always easy, but it was damn worth it.

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    If you’d like to check out more of Grave Digger’s adventures with her new little furry brothers and sisters, follow their story at Kitty Adventure League Rescue & Sanctuary on Facebook.

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  • 23 Pics That Prove We Need Humor To Have A Happy Family.

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    Families are full of love and happiness, but there needs to be some laughter in the mix, as well! What would family be if you couldn't play a few harmless jokes once in a while? There's nothing like a riveting game of hide-and-go-seek with your sister's keys right before her date. Or making your parents angry by pretending that you dropped out of college, when you're actually just home to visit for the weekend. Laughter helps keep us sane, and honestly, without it Sunday dinners at Grandma's house would be a lot more boring.

    #1. "My father is an obstetrician. On Christmas Day, he was asked to come to work. These are the clothes he was wearing when he left."

    Christmas party, birthday party…No matter the occasion, he's ready to party!

    "My father is an obstetrician. On Christmas Day, he was asked to come to work. These are the clothes he was wearing when he left."

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    #2. "My aunt and uncle put photos of the entire family in the toilet."

    Don't mind us. We're just checking things out.

    "My aunt and uncle put photos of the entire family in the toilet."

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    #3. "My wife has just finished Police Academy, and her sister sent her a bunch of donuts."

    They knew exactly what she would want!

    "My wife has just finished Police Academy, and her sister sent her a bunch of donuts."

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    #4. "I convinced my nephews that this is a marshmallow farm."

    I think we've all thought the same thing at some point in our lives.

    "I convinced my nephews that this is a marshmallow farm."

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    #5. "My mother-in-law thought this present would embarrass me, but she was wrong."

    What's there to be embarrassed about anyways?

    "My mother-in-law thought this present would embarrass me, but she was wrong."

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    #6. "My wife, my daughter-in-law, and my mother-in-law are completely identical from the back."

    The little girl has absolutely no idea what's going on.

    "My wife, my daughter-in-law, and my mother-in-law are completely identical from the back."

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    #7. "My aunt’s outfit was way cooler than all of ours."

    Kim Kardashian would be proud, that's for sure.

    "My aunt’s outfit was way cooler than all of ours."

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    #8. "Why don’t I take a selfie while my sister is in labor?"

    They both look thoroughly pleased with the situation.

    "Why don’t I take a selfie while my sister is in labor?"

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    #9. "I took my son to meet his Uncle Joe."

    Him and Uncle Joe will forever have an awkward relationship.

    "I took my son to meet his Uncle Joe."

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    #10. "My mother-in-law’s present to me."

    It's a really nice bottle, though.

    "My mother-in-law’s present to me."

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    #11. “Grandma wanted a photo with her Thanksgiving table settings. Nobody thought to check the mirror.”

    She looks extremely happy with the situation.

    “Grandma wanted a photo with her Thanksgiving table settings. Nobody thought to check the mirror.”

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    #12. "My 84-year-old grandmother was too shy to wear a nightgown in front of us, so I decided to support her. Well, it is really comfortable."

    He probably made his grandmother's day with that outfit!

    "My 84-year-old grandmother was too shy to wear a nightgown in front of us, so I decided to support her. Well, it is really comfortable."

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    #13. "This is how my family reacts to my father’s jokes."

    He's not the kind of fella you bring to fancy places.

    "This is how my family reacts to my father’s jokes."

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    #14. "After watching TRON, my daughter was scared I would get sucked into the computer. She saw this in the morning."

    I'm sure there's plenty of people that suffer from the same fear.

    "After watching TRON, my daughter was scared I would get sucked into the computer. She saw this in the morning."

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    #15. "My daughter asked me to present her with Frozen gifts. This is what she got."

    It was totally worth it for a reaction like that.

    "My daughter asked me to present her with Frozen gifts. This is what she got."

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    #16. "My cousin broke a plate. This is how he tried to hide it from my aunt."

    Solid effort on his part. Looks like he just needed a bit more tape.

    "My cousin broke a plate. This is how he tried to hide it from my aunt."

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    #17. "My mom sent me this photo. As it turns out, she broke a knife while cooking."

    Luckily that's not real because her first reaction was to take a picture. Priorities.

    "My mom sent me this photo. As it turns out, she broke a knife while cooking."

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    #18. "My parents told my brother that we had another brother who turned into a mushroom because he didn’t like to have a shower. To make the story more plausible, they even added a photo to our family album."

    And what a cute little mushroom he is!

    "My parents told my brother that we had another brother who turned into a mushroom because he didn’t like to have a shower. To make the story more plausible, they even added a photo to our family album."

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    #19. "I asked my girlfriend to send me a photo in her underwear. This is how her dad answered."

    Pretty sure that means it's time to lose her number.

    "I asked my girlfriend to send me a photo in her underwear. This is how her dad answered."

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    #20. "I wonder if my nephew likes this present?!"

    Who wouldn't want that face staring at them all the time?

    "I wonder if my nephew likes this present?!"

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    #21. "My nephews and nieces didn’t appreciate my Christmas presents this year."

    At least Uncle Dave is smiling!

    "My nephews and nieces didn’t appreciate my Christmas presents this year."

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    #22. "This is just me going fishing with my grandfather."

    He should probably wash those after.

    "This is just me going fishing with my grandfather."

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    #23. "My uncle won first prize in a competition. This is the best Ursula I have ever seen!"

    The mole and nail polish really bring it all together!

     "My uncle won first prize in a competition. This is the best Ursula I have ever seen!"

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  • Photographer Shoots Her Friends In 2000 And In 2017 To Show How Time Changes People.

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    A lot can happen in 17 years, particularly to our bodies. Just ask any A-list celebrity out there and they'll tell you that time does some interesting things to our faces. But you don't have to be a star to know that. You've probably gone to your high school or college reunion and seen how everyone else is different. Well, photographer Josephine Sittenfeld from Providence recently went to her college reunion, and it was inspiring. She decided to reach out to some friends to create a before and after portrait called Reunion. And let's just say that the difference between these shots from 2000 and 2017 are incredible.

    #1. This is Josephine Sittenfeld's friend, Sophie, one of her classmates from Princeton.

    You gotta love the change between 2000 and 2017. She looks feminine, delicate, and strong, but while she looked younger and tentative 17 years ago, she looks wiser, cautious and even more amazing in 2017.

    #2. Sittenfeld rubbed elbows with the unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt before she was unbreakable.

    In 2000, actress Ellie Kemper looked absolutely baby-faced and naïve. But she's aged well over the years, and her career skyrocketed after staring in epic comedy show,The Office.

    #3. She photographed friends like Larry on medium-format film way back in 2000, but forgot about them.

    Years later, Sittenfeld remembered she had them and decided to recreate some of them. As you can see, a lot has changed for Larry, like that baby he's now carrying in 2017. But he's still trapped behind the glass door.

    #4. In the early shots, folks like Ethan look a bit chaotic and resistant in front of the camera.

    Fast forward 17 years and you'll find that Ethan now knows how to tuck his shirt in and he's got a more relaxed body posture. He's also looking a little more handsome in those glasses.

    #5. One thing Sittenfeld learned is that the more things change, the more they stay the same.

    Just look at Becky over here, who seems to have aged in reverse. She definitely looks much younger in 2017 than she did in 2000. But one thing that hasn't changed is her posing in front of a car with her hands in her pockets.

    #6. If there's one thing about Eveline that doesn't seem to change it's her fierce stance.

    Her hairstyle might have changed, but she's still truly powerful. Just look at the way she continues to stand with her hands on her hips. This is one gal you don't want to mess with.

    #7. Confidence isn't always easy to achieve, but life has a way of shaping you and making you stronger.

    Anna over here seems to have bloomed with an abundance of confidence. Just look at the difference in the body language. She certainly seems a whole lot more sure of herself and she looks absolutely striking!

    #8. True friends stick together no matter what and only grow stronger as the years go by.

    Over the years, Ryan seems to have dumped the glasses for some contacts, and the flip-flops for boater's shoes. But he and Tenley have something in common. They're both wearing the same printed shirt. Hm!

    #9. It's amazing how 17 years can make a whole lot of difference in some of our food choices.

    Aili seemed to be hooked on junk food in 2000, but then again, when you're in college, and cramming for tests, a good meal is optional. But today, Aili looks beautiful and has traded snacks for bottled water.

    #10. Sadly, some photos reflect how much people change over the years and what we've lost.

    In 2000, Katie and Amanda seemed inseparable. But as to why Katie isn't in the photo in 2017 is a mystery Sittenfeld has not revealed. The simple answer is that they might not be that close anymore.

    #11. The thing about this "Reunion" photo project is that you realize how much you miss things.

    Chris, Connor, Sam, and Seth looked like a freaking boy band in 2000. But in 2017, Sam grew a beard, but lost some hair, Chis finally embraced flip-flops, and Connor is nowhere in sight. But at least Seth still has all his hair.

    #12. Getting out of bed in the morning can be tough when you're a college student who parties.

    Josephine certainly seemed grumpy in 2000. Clearly, she wasn't a morning person, and in 2017, Sittenfeld proved Josephine still wasn't. She's also still struggling to find bed sheets that will actually fit.

    #13. In 2000, Craig, Denise, Amy And Jess appeared to be lost and looking for their place in the world.

    In 2017, Craig got tanned, and learned how to wear a hat properly. While Denise and Amy are now smiling, which means they've found their path. But poor Jess still seems to be searching for the ultimate truth.

    #14. Olympia has probably dealt with a lot of people's stinky situations between 2000 and 2017.

    17 years later and she's still looking fierce with her hands folded against her chest. Now this seems to be one gal who won't put up with anyone's B.S.

    #15. Ethan, Ellie, and Christina seemed like the cool kids everyone wanted to hang out with.

    But in 2017, the cool kid, aka Ellie had a conflict in her schedule, as she's filming "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" which resulted in her career really taking off. This just gave Ethan and Christina more time to catch up.

    #16. Jess is the epitome of both plain and profound, which is what this portrait project is all about.

    This before and after pic of Jess is both moody and casual. In both portraits, she seems to eye the camera with a sense of indifference. But then again, if capturing everyone's individuality was the goal, mission accomplished.

    #17. Ann reminds us a bit of a grown-up version of Eleven from "Stranger Things" in 2000.

    It looks like Ann has moved on to a better place where the weather is a little less chilly, so she could finally wear short sleeve shirts. And she still looks very young, and really rocking those jeans!

    #18. Time changes people and places, but not when it comes to Chris, who looks about the same.

    He's still wearing plaid shirts and has those amazing bushy eyebrows that scream "Peter Gallagher". And while his hair has grown just a tad, he's pretty much the same guy who still hasn't figured out to put on this hat.

    Sources:
    DeMilked,
    Jo Sittenfeld

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  • 25 DIY Thanksgiving Decor Ideas To Make Your Holiday Extra Special.

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    Thanksgiving is next week and you know what that means: it's time to feast! And if you're hosting the holiday dinner party this year, you should add some thanksgiving decor to your home to create a more festive setting! Now we know so much money is already being spent on the food, but don't worry — we have 25 do-it-yourself decor projects that anyone can do.

    Want something decorative to hang from the walls? Need a new centerpiece for the dining table? Want to provide some decor for the kids table this year? Look no further!

    #1. Create a thank you jar for your guests.

    Provide popsicle sticks and a marker for each of your guests to jot down what they're thankful for. You can also provide small pieces of paper as an alternative.

    #2. Transform a few mini pumpkins into centerpieces.

    You can use either orange, white, green, real or fake pumpkins! If you prefer the white pumpkin look but don't have any, you can also paint it. Simply wrap the pumpkins with some bittersweet vine and voila! Be sure to use U pins to hold the vines in place.

    #3. Create a garland out of pine cones and wooden beads.

    This garland will bring an earthy vibe to your home that's perfect for Thanksgiving. All you need to make the garland is rope or twine, pine cones, wooden beads, scissors and a hot glue gun.

    #4. Spruce up the dining table's utensils.

    Wrap dining utensils up in jute or burlap to recreate this pretty autumn aesthetic. You can add fall leaves for extra decor.

    #5. Fill a vase with floating apple candles.

    This is the perfect front door decoration. Simply cut a hole into the tops of a few apples with a knife. Once you're done, use a spade drill bit to secure votive candles to the top of the apples.

    #6. Filter light beautifully on your table with this centerpiece.

    Wrap a bunch of copper wire together to form a hollow pumpkin. After you're done, you can place a mini candle inside for an ethereal look.

    #7. Repurpose a few empty wine bottles for your holiday decor.

    Spell out the word "thanks" on empty wine bottles and fill them with wheat or flowers. These will go perfectly on a mantle or even on the front porch!

    #8. Incorporate a tree log into your house's decor this Thanksgiving!

    It may sound a bit over-dramatic, but a full wooden tree log would actually make a great centerpiece. Pair it with some fall leaves, pinecones and mini pumpkins!

    #9. Cover some artificial fruits with copper leaf for decor that you can use year after year.

    Artificial pomegranates were used for this photo but you can use any fake fruit you want. Be sure to insert wooden skewers into the fruits prior to applying the copper leaf for easier application and drying.

    Cover some artificial fruits with copper leaf for decor that you can use year after year.

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    #10. Create a beautiful wreath out of corn husks.

    Use a hot glue gun to wrap and attach corn husks to an 18-inch diameter straw wreath. Once you're done, use gold acrylic paint to paint the tips of the husks for a completed look.

    Create a beautiful wreath out of corn husks.

    brian woodcock

    #11. If you want an alternative for the classic door wreath, try greeting your guests with a festive chalk board.

    You can purchase a chalkboard or you can create one of your own. Simply paint the inside of an old tray with chalkboard paint and you're done! Decorate the board with bittersweet berries and autumn branches/leaves to complete the seasonal look.

    If you want an alternative for the classic door wreath, try greeting your guests with a festive chalk board.

    michael partenio

    #12. Include the kid's table in the holiday decor.

    Create a cool and fun tablecloth for the kid's table out of kraft paper. Use a black marker to draw out the table settings. Provide crayons in terracotta pots for a finishing touch. This way, they can draw to their hearts' desire while enjoying their meals.

    Include the kid's table in the holiday decor.

    #13. If you don't want to do the tablecloth you can also create place mats instead for the kids.

    Simply draw plates and utensils onto individual pieces of construction paper. Write each kid's name on top of each place mat and you're done.

    #14. Get crafty with your napkin holders!

    Use cardstock as your napkin holder and stamp your own messages onto them to personalize them! Punch holes onto both sides once you're done to thread ribbons through.

    Get crafty with your napkin holders!

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    #15. Create a moody ambiance in your home with these box grater luminaries.

    By placing candles inside vintage box graters, you're creating a flickering light display. Instead of using real candles, use LED votives so that the metal graters don't become too hot to touch.

    Create a moody ambiance in your home with these box grater luminaries.

    brian woodcock

    #16. Transform a few mason jars into these festive fall luminaries.

    Attach a fall leaf to the jar, paint all over it and then remove the leaf after to recreate this look. Wrap the top of the jar with some twine and you're ready to put the candle in!

    #17. Repurpose some Halloween items for Thanksgiving.

    If you've already got a few of those plastic pumpkin buckets from Halloween, spray paint them gold to turn them into some quick and easy centerpieces!

    #18. Send your guests off with some customized bags for their leftovers!

    Forget the tacky Tupperware, pack up some leftovers for your guests in these customized to-go bags. Simply purchase some plain paper bags and decorate them yourself with a few colorful markers.

    Send your guests off with some customized bags for their leftovers!

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    #19. Embellish your chair with a festive horseshoe wreath.

    This is the perfect accessory to a plain chair this Thanksgiving. Use dried wheat, floral wire and ribbon to recreate this embellishment.

     Embellish your chair with a festive horseshoe wreath.

    brian woodcock

    #20. Decorate your candles with real leaves.

    Do you have a bunch of fall leaves in your front or backyard? Pick up the prettiest ones and press them onto your favorite candles.

    #21. Help your guests differentiate their drinks with wrapped stemware.

    Simply wrap the stem of each drinking glass with different colored embroidery floss. This way there will be no confusion on which cup belongs to who.

    Help your guests differentiate their drinks with wrapped stemware.

    brian woodcock

    #22. Decorate some wall space in your home with these lovely ladle flowers.

    Fill a few silver ladles with small pieces of wet floral foam. Keep the foam in place with floral wire. When you're done, wrap some twine around the handles to hang them from the wall.

    Decorate some wall space in your home with these lovely ladle flowers.

    brian woodcock

    #23. Create a bowl composed of fall leaves!

    It's a lot easier than it looks. Use mod podge to attach artificial leaves ot the bottom of a plastic bowl. Once the mod podge has dried, remove the bowl and voila! You have your very own decorative leaf bowl.

    #24. Combine burlap and pinecones to recreate this subtle decoration.

    Make a pretty pinecone hanger out of pinecones and burlap. You can hang it from the light that's in front of your home or anywhere inside the house! Best part: you can leave the decoration up for winter as well!

    #25. Create place cards our of rosemary.

    You can find crazy long stems of rosemary at your local farmers market. Cut them up to recreate these cute little place cards. All you need in addition to the rosemary is floral wire, scissors, twine and sprigs.

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  • 33 Incredible Inventions That Will Make Perfect Christmas Gifts.

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    Life is complicated. It always has been, which is why we love inventors. They find ways to make our lives so much easier. In fact, it seems like they're always looking for some nifty looking things that will improve the quality of life. Whether it's a simple or a complex invention, we can all agree that we definitely need solutions to everyday obstacles. Fortunately, there's always someone trying to come up with something new or a better way to improve on something already invented. So, from cleaning solutions to traveling and food hacks, here are some of the coolest inventions that make life so much simpler.

    #1. You'll never have to Java in the rain ever again with this cool invention that's sure to keep your dry.

    So you just got out of Starbucks and have two cups of delicious coffee. But Mother Nature has literally started raining on your Java parade. Fortunately, you've got this umbrella with cup holders, so you don't have to juggle so many things.

    You'll never have to Java in the rain ever again with this cool invention that's sure to keep your dry.

    #2. Do your roommates or your co-workers continue to steal your sandwich from the fridge?

    Everyone will think twice before they steal your sandwich if it looks a bit moldy. The moldy sandwich bags have green blotches printed on each side to make it seem like you've got a moldy sandwich. Only you'll know the truth.

    Do your roommates or your co-workers continue to steal your sandwich from the fridge?

    Witty Yeti

    #3. With the onion holder you'll never have to worry about losing a finger ever again.

    Onions are delicious, but they make you cry, especially if you cut yourself while cutting one. But this invention looks like a metal comb, and can keep your onion in place while you cut like a professional chef.

    With the onion holder you'll never have to worry about losing a finger ever again.

    #4. You'll never have to worry about ever burning your lips or tongue when you eat noodles.

    The Noodle Cooler comes with a fan that cools off those noodles before they reach your mouth. Also, it's perfect if you suffer from asthma because you won't have to blow on your noodles and risk and attack.

    You'll never have to worry about ever burning your lips or tongue when you eat noodles.

    Noodle Cooler

    #5. Do you ever feel like you never have enough space on your power strip to plug things in?

    The Rotating/interchangeable power strip outlets allow you to pull and plug as many outlets as you need. It's like LEGO block but outlets. You'll never feel frustrated about finding an outlet ever again.

    Do you ever feel like you never have enough space on your power strip to plug things in?

    PUJUN

    #6. You can lock your car, your draws, and now also your coffee mug when you're at work.

    The Lockable Mug ensures that no one will be able to drink from your mug unless you give them permission. Your co-workers will really resent you, but they'll never get access to your cup ever again.

    You can lock your car, your draws, and now also your coffee mug when you're at work.

    Lockable Mug

    #7. The Reusable Candles invention totally proves that there is definitely life after wax.

    If you use candles a lot, then you'll love this. It's called the Rekindle, and while it can't guarantee to rekindle the flames of passion, it will certainly give your candles new life by collecting the dripped wax and reshaping it into a new candle.

    The Reusable Candles invention totally proves that there is definitely life after wax.

    Benjamin Shine

    #8. If you have a baby and you're in a rush, this baby stroller/scooter hybrid can give you a lift.

    It's known as the Roller Buggy, and turns a normal baby carriage into a scooter that any mommy or daddy can ride to get to where they need to go, like that so important playdate at the park.

    If you have a baby and you're in a rush, this baby stroller/scooter hybrid can give you a lift.

    Roller Buggy

    #9. Have you ever traveled on a long lonely road and you're so tired you're afraid of falling asleep?

    What are you supposed to do when there are no hotels in sight? You can crash in the backseat of your car and avoid actually crashing by using this inflatable car bed. It's the next best thing to a mattress at home.

    Have you ever traveled on a long lonely road and you're so tired you're afraid of falling asleep?

    Drive Travel

    #10. The Pizza Scissors may very well revolutionize the way we serve pizza in this century.

    Not only are you able to cut a slice of pizza flawlessly, but it also comes with a spatula, so you can serve. Looks like those days of sloppy cutting and drooling cheese and sauce are a thing of the past.

    The Pizza Scissors may very well revolutionize the way we serve pizza in this century.

    Sagaform

    #11. Diabetics have it tough, but this invention will make checking glucose levels so much easier.

    Forget about drawing blood. The Smart Contact Lenses was designed with Diabetics in mind. It detects a wearer's glucose levels through the tears. If an imbalance is detected, the color of the lens will change.

    Diabetics have it tough, but this invention will make checking glucose levels so much easier.

    Smart

    #12. If you're living in a dorm or share an apartment with roommates, try the Ice Cream Lock.

    Never will you ever have to worry about someone finishing off your Ben & Jerry's ice cream, or any other tub of ice cream. With the Ice Cream Lock, every last spoonful will be yours for the tasting and only yours.

    If you're living in a dorm or share an apartment with roommates, try the Ice Cream Lock.

    Ben & Jerry's

    #13. The Faucet Thermometer will put any first-time parent at ease when bathing their newborn.

    Babies are a lot more sensitive to water temperature than grown-ups, so one company came up with a thermometer that lets you see the temperature. That way, you can be sure that you won't scald your kid.

    The Faucet Thermometer will put any first-time parent at ease when bathing their newborn.

    4moms

    #14. How about a nice way to stay dry that also makes a passable fashion statement in the process?

    This is no ordinary umbrella. When the rain stops, you can change it back into a bag. If it starts to pour, you can turn it back into an umbrella. Okay, so it's not Gucci, but it's still pretty freaking awesome.

    How about a nice way to stay dry that also makes a passable fashion statement in the process?

    #15. Have you ever driven and wondered if you have enough time to cross the road before the light turns?

    Yanko Designs has invented a traffic light that's also a virtual hourglass. So, now drivers will know how much time they have before the light turns, and if it's worth flooring it to avoid the light turning red.

    Have you ever driven and wondered if you have enough time to cross the road before the light turns?

    Yanko

    #16. If you're worried about harmful bacteria entering your mouth, try the water sterilizer.

    The WOW Water Sterilizer can be used on fruits and veggies, or baby bottles and kitchen appliances. But instead of using harsh chemicals, the device uses electrolysis to get rid of germs and bacteria that can make you sick.

    If you're worried about harmful bacteria entering your mouth, try the water sterilizer.

    Wow Water

    #17. Create your very own bike lane using lasers and reduce the risk of a serious accident.

    The Laser Bike Lane uses bright LED lights that are so bright, vehicles will know you're there. This'll prevent the chances of a car hitting you when you are out bike riding late at night, especially in poorly lit areas.

    Create your very own bike lane using lasers and reduce the risk of a serious accident.

    Laser Bike Lane

    #18. This coffee cup is so cool that it'll capture all those coffee drips and leave your desk stain free.

    When you're a guest in someone's home, or you drink coffee at your desk at work, you risk coffee drips staining the surface. Fortunately, A Koreana designer named Kim Keun came up with this to keep your drips from staining.

    This coffee cup is so cool that it'll capture all those coffee drips and leave your desk stain free.

    Lock-Cup

    #19. Never miss a wrinkly spot ever again when you're using your Ironing Board Mirror.

    The mirror ironing board allows you to flip the board, which contains a tall mirror. This will allow you to do a spot check and see if there are any wrinkly areas you might have missed, so you can go out looking flawless.

    Never miss a wrinkly spot ever again when you're using your Ironing Board Mirror.

    Aissa Logerot

    #20. You can clear things up after you get out of the shower and look in the mirror using this.

    The Mirror Mist Wiper acts just like a windshield wiper, except you use it on your bathroom mirror. With just once swipe, you'll never have to struggle in the morning because you'll be seeing things a lot clearer.

    You can clear things up after you get out of the shower and look in the mirror using this.

    Mirror Mist Wiper

    #21. If you're too old to plug in a night light, then these LED Slippers will affair you a grown-up alternative.

    Slippers that can light your path… how cool is that? Now you'll never have to worry about bumping into a cabinet, or a wall in the middle of the night. These sleepers have made walking to the bathroom so much safer.

    If you're too old to plug in a night light, then these LED Slippers will affair you a grown-up alternative.

    Bright Feet

    #22. If you're concerned about your baby getting harsh shampoos and conditioners in their eyes, try this.

    Next to no-tear shampoo, the Baby Bath Umbrella Hat is awesome. Not only does it look cute on your baby, but it also protects their eyes from shampoos and conditioners that may irritate them and make them cry.

    If you're concerned about your baby getting harsh shampoos and conditioners in their eyes, try this.

    Susen

    #23. There's something so millennial about this ring, but it's not just a fashion statement either.

    It's a bottle opener ring, so the next time you're at a bar, or at home, and want to open up a beer, you can use this ring to make life easier. It also makes the ultimate gift for the upcoming holidays.

    There's something so millennial about this ring, but it's not just a fashion statement either.

    Island Dogs

    #24. This twisted fork is easy to hold, soft, and it'll keep your pasta from sliding off.

    Aside from being comfy, the twisted fork will revolutionize who you eat pasta because you'll never stress while you eat. Unlike conventional forks, this one was designed to keep spaghetti where it should be, on your fork, not back on the plate.

    This twisted fork is easy to hold, soft, and it'll keep your pasta from sliding off.

    The Original Pasta Fork

    #25. Feel free to sing in the rain all you want while your dog stays nice and dry until you get home.

    The Dogbrella was designed to keep your dog from getting drenched during a rain storm. It not only keeps them comfortable, but it ensures that they won't ruin the furniture when they walk back in the house.

    Feel free to sing in the rain all you want while your dog stays nice and dry until you get home.

    The Dogbrella

    #26. Since most cat lovers consider their pets to be their children, the Cat Crib is perfect.

    It's not only cute and extremely comfortable for your kitty, it's also such a huge space saver for your house or cramped apartment. You can attach the crib pretty much anywhere, even on the bottom of a seat.

    Since most cat lovers consider their pets to be their children, the Cat Crib is perfect.

    Cat Crib

    #27. Did you know that you no longer need an actual keyboard to use a keyboard?

    The Virtual Keyboard is an invention that displays a virtual infra-red simulation on a flat surface. Then, using Bluetooth technology, it connects to laptop, desktop, or tablet, so you can type as if it were the real thing.

    Did you know that you no longer need an actual keyboard to use a keyboard?

    Virtual Keyboard

    #28. Drinking in public or when you're at work has just gotten so much easier with The Flask Tie.

    Make no mistake! It's actually a real necktie, but it was designed so you could hide your favorite drink, alcoholic or otherwise, around your neck. Now you'll never get thirsty in those long boring meetings again.

    Drinking in public or when you're at work has just gotten so much easier with The Flask Tie.

    Baxbo

    #29. You can put those old LEGO blocks to good use and turn them into a key holder.

    The LEGO Key Holder will allow you to hang up your keys on the wall, so you can finally free up that nice glass bowl for what it was really meant for… candy. Just glue the LEGO blocks on the wall, add a hook, and Voila!

    You can put those old LEGO blocks to good use and turn them into a key holder.

    LEGO

    #30. Are you ready to throw your old work desk out the window because it's so boring?

    The BENDDESK is cooler, and as the name suggest, it's a desk that's bent. But it's so much more than that. It's also a touchscreen. Now imagine having an entire desk that can do whatever you want it with a touch of finger.

    Are you ready to throw your old work desk out the window because it's so boring?

    BENDDESK

    #31. Have you ever wanted to beam yourself or something in and out like they do on "Star Trek?"

    Well, it turns out that it doesn't exist quite yet, but scientists are working on a way to displace someone or something on a molecular level, and then transmit it to another location and reconstitute it. If all goes well, we might be seeing this in the next decade or so.

    Have you ever wanted to beam yourself or something in and out like they do on "Star Trek?"

    #32. You can't technically get your toddler to help out around the house just yet, or can you?

    Fortunately, someone came up the Baby Mop, a onesie for your baby that allows them to crawl around the house as much as they want. But in the process, they're helping you keep your floors nice and clean.

    You can't technically get your toddler to help out around the house just yet, or can you?

    Baby Mop

    #33. With this belt you can literally weight watch and keep yourself from gaining a lot of weight.

    Watching your weight has never been easier. The Weight Watch Belt lets you measure your waistline. So, the larger the number, the more obvious it becomes that you need to cut down on those calories.

    With this belt you can literally weight watch and keep yourself from gaining a lot of weight.

    Weight Watch Belt

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