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Alright guys, it's a week into 2019. Time for a check-in and a feel-good story to boost your vibes.


It's been a rough week, guys. The government is still shut down, everybody is mad at R. Kelly again - which means his sales are up, and you already forgot about that squat challenge. Awards shows are fun - Christian Bale thanked Satan in his acceptance speech and Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan got into a fist fight not over the Wakandan throne. We've packed up the holiday season and it's back to business as usual. The come-down off this holiday high is a rough one and we could all use a boost in the warm fuzzies.

I got you, fam. What's warmer and fuzzier than a pair of siblings ditching a New Year's Eve party to go surprise their mom who was stuck at work? I mean, I could throw in some cute kitties, but that might be overwhelming and I know half of you are reading this when you're supposed to be working, so I'm trying not to blow your spot. Play it cool, Sharon. Play it cool.



Dreah and her brother Josh are only a year apart, and they've been best friends their whole lives. Spending New Year's Eve together was a no-brainer. It's what they do every year. New Year's Eve 2018 was a bit different than usual, though. It was Dreah's first NYE as a wife, but she wouldn't be able to spend it with her new husband. He's in the armed forces and needed to leave that morning. The siblings lost their father to a tragic suicide a few years ago. Their mom was stuck at work, so she couldn't celebrate with them either.

The dynamic duo tried going to a party (side note: there were cats at the party!) but it wasn't as much fun as it could have been. The dynamic duo is usually more of a terrible trio with mom. Alas, responsibility is what it is, so mom was stuck at work and couldn't come to the party. Cue the light bulb moment.

Mom couldn't come to the party, but the party could go to mom. The pair surprised her at work.

How freaking cute are they?!

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They could have spent the night on the town. Dreah just turned 21 so this would have been the first year she could legally toast with some overpriced bubbly at a venue. They had invites to plenty of events with friends - but when your family are your besties, it's just not a party without them. Not even gonna lie, they look adorably happy.

The first thing Reddit noticed? #BroSwag

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Such a happy family with unfairly good looks! Bro looking savvy af :)

- humachine


Omg your brother is hilarious over there all dapper

- GhostYajuta


Is yor brother single?

- N_DD


Sweet story, and also, how are all three of you so good looking????

- ElysianEcho


Your brother is so cute

- notascarytimeformen

Mom wasn't the only one working on New Year's Eve

I closed the bar tonight. I felt bad because it was me and my girlfriend's first anniversary. There was a 60 dollar cover and so we could spend time together I thought I'd do something a bit special and get her through the door and get a room at the attached hotel. We turned a bad situation into one of the best New Years I've ever had. She decorated the room while I was working and made a cake out of hamms and lil sump's (my favorite beers) and champagne glasses full of my favorite wine. My coworkers got together and rolled some nice new year favors for us all to smoke together which brought us all closer as well . I can sympathize with having to work on New Years, the people you love make your days, not your circumstance. Best wishes to all.

- BigCat3690

Just got home from a nightshift at the ER, finally some bubbles.

- JamesMcghinny


I'm your mom's co-worker, ha!!

- Sweetboylos


I worked overnight in fast food, my Mum said she tried to surprise me but there were too many drunk idiots to get through so she gave up. I believe her completely.

- DivineRedefined


I'm working on new year also. If only my family or friends acknowledge my existence

- Spoodymen

In the end, the whole post got wholesome AF - and we love it. 

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Your mom raised you and your brother right!

- South-Of-Aaron


You're good little kittens. This makes me happy.

- yblame


Aw, y'all are my new years resolutions

- DudeJustLet

Very cool of you both! I bet she was thrilled. These things warm our hearts as mothers. Happy New Year!

- carwoman126


Way to go guys. I'm sure you made your mom a memorable new year. I wish 2019 brings you all the joy to you and yours.

- FMLatex


Be good to mom. That is one thing you will never regret. Happy new years. :)

- QuiteTheChap

So there you go. That wholesome goodness ought to hold you over for a little bit. Things are rough right now and we can't fix it all; but from the looks of things, the kids are alright.

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Life is hard. It's a miracle to make it through with some semblance of sanity. We are all plagued by grief and trauma. More and more people of all backgrounds are opening up about personal trauma and its origins. Finally! For far too long we've been too silent on this topic. And with so many people unable to afford mental health care, the outcomes can be damaging.

All of our childhoods have ups and downs and memories that can play out like nightmares. We carry that, or it follows us and the first step in recovery is talking about it. So who feels strong enough to speak?

Redditor u/nthn_thms wanted to see who was willing to share about things they'd probably rather forget, by asking:

What's the most traumatizing thing you experienced as a child?
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Being single can be fun. In fact, in this time of COVID, being single can save lives. But the heart is a fickle creature.

And being alone can really suck in times of turmoil. None of us are perfect and it feels like that's all anyone is looking for... perfect.

Now that doesn't mean that all of us are making it difficult to partner up. Sure, some people are too picky and mean-spirited, but some of the rest of us are crazy and too much to handle. So one has to be sure.

The truth is, being single is confusing, no matter how much we try to match. So let's try to understand...

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Whether you're an at home parent, a college student just leaving the nest, or a Food Network junkie, there are a few basic tips that everyone should know.

Chef's gave us some of their top tips for amateurs and beginner at home cooks that will really make a difference. They are trained professionals with years of experience in the kitchen, so they definitely know what we're all missing.

If you're looking to improve some of your cooking skills and techniques, but you're still learning how to boil water correctly, this list is for you.

Redditor BigBadWolf44 wanted in on the secrets and asked:

"Chefs of Reddit, what's one rule of cooking amateurs need to know?"

Let's learn from the masters!


What a common mistake!

"A lot of the time when people add salt to a dish because they think it tastes flat, what it really needs is an acid like lemon juice or vinegar."

- Vexvertigo

"Instructions unclear I drugged my dinner party guests and now they're high on acid."

- itsyoboi_human

"Yes! Or tomatoes. They're pretty acidic too and go with so many things. Our dinners are so much better once the garden tomatoes are ripe. Or if a dish is too acidic, oil/butter or a little sugar can help add balance to it."

- darkhorse85

"Like tomato and eggs. Every Chinese mom makes those slightly differently and I haven't had a tomato egg dish I didn't like yet."

- random314

"There's a book called 'Salt Fat Acid Heat' that comes highly recommended to amateur cooks."

- Osolemia

"Reading even just the first chapter about salt made a lot of food I cooked immediately better, because I finally understood salt wasn't just that thing that sat on the dinner table that you applied after the meal was cooked."

- VaultBoy42

"Salt is important for sweets. A batch of cookies without that little hint of salt doesn't taste quite right."

- Osolemia

Unfortunately, this tip might not be accessible to everyone. Many people who contracted COVID can no longer use their sense of smell the way they used to.

"Have a friend that lost his smell from COVID, and now he only recognizes if food is salty, sweet, sour or bitter."

- AlphaLaufert99

"Just wait until he gets his sense of smell back and a ton of foods smell like ammonia or literal garbage now. Yeah, that's fun... It's been 7 months for f*cks sake just let me enjoy peanut butter again!!!!!!!!!"

- MirzaAbdullahKhan

You can't take back what you've already put in.

"You can always add, but you cannot take away."

- El_Duende666

"I find people's problems usually are they're too scared to add rather than they add too much."

- FreeReflection25

"I see you also grew up white in the mid-west."

- Snatch_Pastry

Safety first!

"Not really a cooking tip, but a law of the kitchen: A falling knife has no handle."

- wooddog

"I'm always so proud of my reflexes for not kicking in when I fumble a knife."

"If I drop anything else, my stupid hands are all over themselves trying to catch it (and often failing). But with a knife the hardwired automatic reaction is jump back immediately. Fingers out of the way, feet out of the way, everything out of the way. Good lookin out, cerebellum!"

- sonyka

"Speaking of KICKING in. On first full time cooking job I had a knife spin and fall off the counter. My (stupid) reflex was to put my foot under it like a damn hacky sack to keep it from hitting the ground. Went through the shoe, somehow between my toes, into the sole somehow without cutting me. Lessons learned: (1) let it fall; (2) never set a knife down close to the edge or with the handle sticking out; (3) hacky sack is not nearly as cool as it could be."

- AdjNounNumbers

"Similarly, NEVER put out a grease or oil fire with water. Smother with a lid or dump baking soda in there (do not use flour, as it can combust in the air making things worse)."

- Metallic_Substance

How else will you know it tastes good?

"Taste the food."

- OAKRAIDER64

"Also don't be afraid to poke and prod at it. I feel like people think the process is sacred and you can't shape/flip/feel/touch things while you cook them. The more you are hands on, the more control you have."

"No, this does not include situations where you are trying to sear something. Ever try flipping a chicken thigh early? That's how you rip a chunk out of it and leave it glued to the pan until it's burnt."

- Kryzm

Here's one just for laughs.

"When you grab a pair of tongs, click them a few times to make sure they are tongs."

- Kolshdaddy

"People really overlook this one. You've gotta tong the tongs a minimum of 3 times to make sure they tong, or else it can ruin the whole dish."

- BigTimeBobbyB

If you're looking to get into cooking or to improve you technique, pay attention to these few tips.

Salt generously, add an acid to brighten things up, and don't forget to taste your food!

If all else fails, you can always order take out.

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As part of the learning process, children often do embarrassing things before they learn a little more about the world and all the different implications therein. While the inappropriate moment is usually minor and ends in laugher some instances are truly mortifying.

One such instance involved a little sister who was around 6 at the time. It was the 90s and at the height of the youth-focused PSAs (think the frying egg representing your brain). One type was a safety PSA about stranger danger. The speaker would remind the children that if a stranger tried to take you anywhere to yell “Stop, you're not my mommy/daddy" to raise the alarm.

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