Every year, I look for new and exciting DIY projects to make during the holidays.
I love to craft new and festive decorations for my home. The focal point of any wintery house is the Christmas tree. This year, I used blue lights to give off a chilly feel, and I’ve been looking for the perfect ornaments to celebrate all things winter.
That’s where this tutorial by Dave Hax comes in. He’ll take you step-by-step through creating an amazing DIY snowflake ornament, and all you need is a glue gun, some glitter glue sticks, and wax paper. It couldn’t be simpler!
You can trace pre-printed designs, or go rogue and design your own snowflakes.
Listen. After seeing what’s going on with Japan’s postal service, I’m going to need the USPS to step its game way up.
Although old mailboxes in Japan look kind of like the guy above sans googly eyes, the people charged with designing post boxes in contemporary Japan take their jobs seriously.
And by seriously, I mean not seriously at all. If you walk the streets of Tokyo long enough, you’re bound to run into something that looks more like a giant children’s toy than a mailbox, and it’s bound to be the best experience of your miserable life.
They might look a little odd at first, but when you take a second to sit with the cuteness of Japan’s postal scene, you’ll realize just how much ours is lacking.
After visiting the pumpkin patch with your family, there’s only one real way to put that freshly picked winter squash to good use: pumpkin carving.
Halloween is the perfect time for artists to let their creativity flags fly. When they’re not creating incredible costumes, they’re putting their carving skills to the test by making some pretty epic jack-o’-lanterns. These men and women create things out of their gourds that I could only dream of.
On the other end of the spectrum, though, are the artistically challenged. Admittedly, I belong in this group. While these guys give it their all to create some kick-ass carved pumpkins, in most cases these creators probably shouldn’t be trusted with a knife.
So to celebrate this Halloween’s pumpkin carving highs and lows, here are 30 of the best and worst pumpkin carving projects on the internet.
1. So that’s what happens when your face starts drooping because of old age.
2. If this were a competition, you’d definitely get a participation trophy.
I recently took an intensive six-week mediation course with psychic and energy healer Kris Cahill to learn how to soothe my anxiety issues.
Throughout her Meditation 1 class, students learn how to “become centered and focused, feel more relaxed while also feeling more energized, learn about being in present time.” Basically, she teaches you how to deal with anxiety and how to prevent bad thoughts from taking over your mind.
Here’s what I learned:
1. First, get into the calming state of mind by playing some relaxing music.
This is called your “grounding cord,” and it’s what connects you to the Earth and new energy. Slowly picture it widening into your entire seat. Your grounding cord can look like anything, as long as it’s a color or pattern that comforts you or makes you feel serene. There’s no right or wrong way it should look.
The grounding cord is basically your highway for exchanging bad energy for good energy. Imagine it bringing you new energy from the Earth and simultaneously pushing out your old energy.
6. Now that you’re in your meditative state, picture anything that’s been stressing you out leaving your body with every exhale.
Your aura is a field of energy around your entire body. Picture your aura as a protective bubble around you that starts 1 to 3 feet away from your body. You might naturally see a color take over your aura, and it can mean anything from security to self-love. There’s not really any bad color.
Your aura tends to take on energy from others, whether it be their worries or even happiness. By pushing out all your old energy, you’re cleansing and refreshing your own aura.
8. Finally, imagine a giant golden sun is above you, and it’s slowly filling your body with warm, happy energy, like water filling up a glass.
It’s easy to get frustrated with our little animal friends, but even at their worst there’s absolutely no excuse for the amount of pain this poor pup was subjected to. At just six-weeks-old, like many young puppies, he chewed on something he shouldn’t have — his owner’s phone.
Instead of behaving like a rational human being, the cruel owner doused the tiny animal with boiling hot water and tossed him out of the fourth story balcony of his apartment in Chengdu, China. That could have easily been the tragic end of this sad story, but luckily someone came by to offer the kindness this sweet boy so desperately deserved.
Warning: the images of his wounds are extremely graphic.
Yan Yingying found the scalded pup lying on the street and immediately rushed him to a vet.
It’s incredible that such a small dog could have so much strength and determination to get well. Thank goodness for the kind humans who outweighed the cruelty of another to give this cutie a second chance at finding trust, love, and happiness.
Having roommates can be one of the most frustrating living situations ever.
I moved in with a couple of friends when I was younger, but that only lasted for about two months. Not only did they go into my room without my permission, but they never cleaned up after themselves. I always wanted to make our house look organized and pretty, but that wasn’t really possible with slobs hanging around.
Redditor NotElizaHenry knows my experience all too well. She even got rid of her messy roommate so that she could have the kitchen of her dreams! Two weekends and $100 later, she’d transformed her boring kitchen into a beautiful space.
She hated how the room looked while she was living with her messy roommate, so she first got right to work on scrubbing everything clean.
Something tells me that NotElizaHenry is going to keep that kitchen looking gorgeous. If you love what she did with this space and want to replicate it yourself, you can find the full instructions here.
In Perry Township, Pennsylvania, locals saw something that was equal parts saddening and strange. When they first noticed that a black bear was in their midst, their first instinct was to leave the area as quickly as possible.
But then they realized that something upsetting was going on — something so awful, it made them walk right up to the animal. Watch what happened when they approached it.
Here’s the worst part. Until these citizens stepped up, nothing was being done to help that poor bear. Game commissioners said that there was nothing they could do. Fortunately for the bear, these heroes were on its side.
No one has ever claimed that dogs are the smartest creatures on the planet, but they sure are lovable!
After Sophie’s human took the screen off of their front door, she wasn’t quite sure if it was safe to come inside. Maybe she’s run into the screen too many times or has gotten scolded for scratching holes in it, but either way, she couldn’t wrap her head around the magical rectangle where a barrier used to be.
Watch as Sophie contemplates crossing the threshold. Even the promise of a treat isn’t enough to lure her inside.
This silly pooch was having a similar problem. Luckily, she has a very understanding daddy.
If you’ve ever wondered whether snake pits like the ones Indiana Jones is so afraid of actually exist, you’ll want to see this. A man recently attached a GoPro to a drone and flew it into a snake pit, and it was really filled with a gaggle of snakes. Needless to say, they weren’t pumped about the intrusion.
Growing angrier by the second, it was only a matter of time until they struck. What happened at the 2:15 mark will have you jumping out of your seat!
Well, I know what will be fueling my nightmares until further notice. If that guy tries this again, he might need Indy’s help!
If I had to choose a favorite side, anything with potatoes would probably be it. But if you forced me to narrow it down further, it’d be a tie between french fries and mashed potatoes.
On the one hand, mashed potatoes are so smooth, but I love that fries are crunchy and super salty. But what happens when you combine my favorite aspects of both…and throw in some cheese and bacon? Well, you get this ridiculously tasty recipe for mashed potato spring rolls!
Kids love to dress up like and imitate their favorite animals.
Personally, I loved to act like a peppy dog. It’s an adorable phenomenon, and the videos that pop up online after Halloween each year are too cute to handle. The video below, which shows a little tyke pretending to be a lion, is one of the sweetest things I’ve ever seen.
Watch the cuteness that happens when the toddler’s parent tries to get their little lion to roar.
Animals in nature are truly spectacular things to witness. The wild is where they belong and where they thrive.
Unfortunately, that freedom is stolen from far too many wild animals.
That’s just what happened to these two bear cubs just outside of Moscow. They were likely bought illegally and kept as pets, and as if that wasn’t bad enough, they were then abandoned in the woods when they became too big for their owners to care for.
The authorities were alerted when local residents saw the bears still wearing the collars given to them by their previous owners. Found dehydrated and highly unprepared for life in the wild, the scene could have ended tragically had this team of officers not rescued them just in time.
While these bear cubs could be saved, there are still countless other animals lost to captive living every year.
Finding out that a new baby is on the way is always exciting, but this father-to-be’s reaction is especially precious.
In less than a minute, he goes through a roller coaster ride of emotions, using not one, but two languages to vent his shock and excitement. From “I don’t believe you” to “Oh my god!” his hilarious expressions of joy will make you feel all warm and fuzzy.
Watch this future dad’s adorable reaction to the big surprise in the video below.
While olympians in general are absolutely incredible, paralympians are particularly inspiring.
Not only do they have to qualify, but they must do so with what most people see as physical limitations. That being said, watching them in action proves that they have absolutely zero limits. This British advertisement for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio is proof positive of that fact.
The word “can’t” isn’t even in their vocabulary.
Okay, I was pumped about all this before, but now I’m losing my mind. These athletes are amazing!
With climate change issues on many people’s minds these days, many families are trying to find new ways to make their homes more eco-friendly.
And with the holidays fast approaching, wrapping paper and gift bags will fly off of store shelves, only to be later discarded. For families everywhere, finding nice ways to present gifts while being good to the environment can be difficult.
Thanks to ViralNova, your family and Mother Earth can breathe a sigh of relief, because these 19 eco-friendly gift-wrapping ideas will help keep your gifts looking fabulous while cutting back on the amount of waste they produce.