Written on June 6, 2014 at 2:59 pm , by Danielle Hester
Prom isn’t only about the glitz and glam of whose wearing what anymore. It’s also about making a viral statement in a memorable way. 2014 prom season showed that your teen isn’t necessarily as superficial and out of touch as you may think. From teens uniting to support a friend with cancer to one bold high schooler getting the attention of Vice President Joe Biden, the Internet was constantly buzzing about teens and prom.
Teen takes great-grandmother to prom
19-year-old Austin Dennison had the Internet singing his praises when this video went viral. The Ohio teen deiced to take his 89-year-old great-grandmother, Delores, as his date to prom. Delores, who recently had a heart attack and stroke, was never asked to prom. Austin even had the DJ play Frank Sinatra’s “I Love the Kisses of Delores,”—a song his great-grandfather used to sing to her—as their first dance. How sweet!
Virginia teens unite to support a friend with cancer
Seventeen teens of Osbourn Park High School in Virginia made a powerful and heartwarming statement when everyone decided to wear protective masks in support of Jared Hill. Jared was diagnosed with testicular cancer last September, and is currently undergoing chemotherapy. His doctor told him that if he wanted to take his girlfriend to prom, he would have to wear a protective mask. So, everyone in their prom group did the same. This photo captures the memorial night that unified everyone.
Classmates of slain teen pay tribute
After the lost of 16-year-old Maren Sanchez, who was stabbed to death in the hallway of a Connecticut high school, classmates decided to pay tribute to the beloved teen by dressing up and bringing out the gown she would have worn to their junior prom. The group photo taken was a bit controversial, with some saying it was inappropriate. But the sentimental gesture was felt around the world. The school even postponed the dance, but Sanchez was named prom queen.
Teen asks Joe Biden to Prom
When you want something go get it, right? That’s exactly what 18-year-old Talia Maselli did. The Newington High School senior mailed a handwritten note seven months ago, requesting that Vice President Joe Biden escort her to the dance. Her note was very straightforward: “I could only tolerate a high school dance if I was to be escorted by the most delightful man in America.” Of course, she didn’t expect to hear back. But to her surprise, Biden did eventually respond the day before the prom, with a note and a corsage delivered to Maselli’s home. What a way to get the attention of someone!
Written on June 2, 2014 at 1:20 pm , by Danielle Hester
By Reisa Feigenbaum
We could all benefit from better sleep. While The Better Sleep Council raised awareness about the importance of a good night’s rest in May for Better Sleep Month, we’re sharing a slew of products that take beauty rest to a whole new level.
1. Laneige Water Sleeping Mask, target.com and select Target stores, $23
Revive dehydrated skin with an overnight leave-on mask. Highly concentrated mineral water moisturizes parched skin, while rose and sandalwood stimulate relaxation and deliver a pleasant floral scent.
2. Pantene Pro-V Repair & Protect Overnight Miracle Repair Serum, drugstores, $8
Don’t lose sleep over your dry, damaged tresses. Try this leave-in serum that strengthens hair at its weakest points. You’ll wake up with shiny, smooth locks and no sticky residue on your pillow.
3. Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy Pillow Mist in Lavender Chamomile, bathandbodyworks.com and Bath & Body Works stores nationwide, $10
Doze off to the calming scents of lavender, chamomile and vanilla. These essential oils sooth the body and de-stress the mind for a more peaceful sleep. Simply spray onto your pillow or sheets and let the relaxation begin.
4. Sephora Collection Instant Depuffing Eye Mask, sephora.com, $6
Get the ultimate shut-eye with a refreshing eye mask that contains HydroSenn+, a natural ingredient that seals in moisture. Perfect for traveling, it reduce puffiness and dark circles instantly.
5. Julep Oxygen Nail Treatment, sephora.com, $18
Apply this treatment before bed once a week and allow your nails to breathe as they grow, with a pretty glossy nude finish.
6. Dermelect Cosmeceuticals Self-Esteem Beauty Sleep Serum, dermelect.com, $42
Brighten and tighten all night long while the exfoliator reduces pore size, lightens hyperpigmentation and penetrates your pores. This serum boasts powerful anti-aging ingredients including collagen-boosting vitamin C and moisture-rich glycolic acid.
Written on April 15, 2014 at 1:50 pm , by Danielle Hester
Here’s something everyone will appreciate, especially moms. The video below was created by Boston agency Mullen, who posted this job listing online for a “director of operations” position at a company called Rehtom Inc.
Some of the requirements included:
• Standing up most of the time
• Working for 135 hours to unlimited hours per week, no days off
• No breaks
• No salary
• No time to sleep
• Be able to work in a chaotic environment
• Degrees in medicine, finance and culinary arts necessary
• The workload goes up on Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s and other holidays
• Did we mention no salary?!
The video takes somewhat of a while (4 minutes) to reveal who the client is. But, trust us, you’ll appreciate the outcome.
Written on February 20, 2014 at 2:29 pm , by Danielle Hester
You see a boy shivering outside without a coat. What would you do?
Actions speak much louder than words. You may not understand what’s being said in this video, but the acts of kindness are universally understood. Watch as hidden cameras capture how strangers in Norway react to a little boy sitting at a bus stop in the cold without a coat.
The experiment was filmed by the Norwegian branch of the SOS Children’s Villages International charity as part of a campaign to provide warm clothing for displaced children in Syria, according to The Nordic Page.
Share your thoughts on the video in the comments below.
Written on January 22, 2014 at 12:43 pm , by Danielle Hester
There’s an art to taking the perfect selfie—just ask your teen, or James Franco. From how you angle the camera to what your hair looks like to how you smile and tilt your head, it all matters. The point is to appear effortlessly perfect and carefree because, after all, these pictures will live online indefinitely.
Recognizing how hard it is to create such an impression of carefree perfection, Dove challenged a group of young women to confront their insecurities by taking, you guessed it, selfies, and getting their mothers to do so too. In the eight-minute short film simply titled “Selfie” (there’s a three-minute version here), the girls admit to having insecurities that their mothers also express feeling. Through a photography workshop, the teens and their moms begin to have an honest discussion about what beauty is and question the way they define it.
“You have the power to change and redefine what beauty is,” professional photographer Michael Crook tells the girls in the film. “The power is in your hands, because now, more than ever, it’s right at our fingertips. We can take selfies.”
Written on January 9, 2014 at 3:36 pm , by Danielle Hester
Was one of your New Year’s resolutions to hit the gym more often? Watch this video for motivation.
Lakeisha Shurn was 348 pounds when she began recording this diary. In the time-lapse video, she candidly explains how being overweight made her depressed, and shows off her inspirational 100-day journey to lose weight and boost her self-esteem.
“I am overweight. I have low self-esteem. I am going through depression, and I want to change all of that,” she says in the video. “The next 100 days I will be on the journey to losing weight and finding myself…I want you to see how one person really changes everything about their life.”
By the end of the video, you’ll see a slimmer Lakeisha with more confidence.
Written on December 20, 2013 at 1:55 pm , by Danielle Hester
If you’re looking for last-minute Christmas decorating ideas, New York event planner David Stark has some creative ways to spruce up your home. We talked to the designer and author of The Art of the Party at the Target Holiday House Party where he shared three DIY ideas for holiday decorating, entertaining and gifting (listed below). We were wowed by what he can do with a roll of painters tap! For more of Stark’s decorating ideas, check out our “Design File” Pinterest Board.
And, by the way, Target throws one heck of a holiday party! See highlights from the evening here:
Idea 1: Bookshelf. Organize your objects or your books in the shape of a holiday tree.
Idea 2: You can make all the holiday décor you need with a roll of painters tape. You can draw on the wall, write messages like “Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah,” and even draw the mantle you wish you had but don’t. And when you’re done, pull it right off and it’s not going to mess up your wall at all.
Idea 3: Use materials that might have been intended for something else. For example, a blanket. Just because it’s called a blanket doesn’t mean you can’t use it as a table cloth. Blankets and sheets make great dining table cloths. Don’t sweat having to run out and find the perfect table cloth for your holiday dinner.
Written on December 10, 2013 at 12:57 pm , by Danielle Hester
Air travel during the holiday season can be stressful—long lines at check-in, delayed flights, overcrowded planes … just thinking about it puts a damper on my holiday spirit.
But the video above reminds me just how much the holiday season brings out the best in everyone, even airlines.
The airline sets up virtual kiosks at Hamilton and Toronto international airports for two Calgary-bound flights. Passengers scan their boarding pass, prompting a video of a WestJet Santa asking what passengers want for the holidays. Unbeknownst to passengers, there are more than 150 volunteers recording their requests who then run out to buy, wrap and deliver all the presents to the airport upon the flight’s arrival. Passengers are surprised when wrapped boxes with name tags fall out of the luggage carousel.
It gets better. According to the airline, once the “Christmas Miracle” video hits 200,000 views, the company will give out free flights to the Ronald McDonald Charities for families in need. The viral video has already surpassed this goal.
It’s wonderful to see Christmas wishes come true, big and small.