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A Couple on Their Honeymoon in Sri Lanka Ended up Buying Their Hotel

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Couples on their honeymoon are relaxed and often spending some time lounging on beaches with drinks in their hand. For one London couple, the power of making decisions while under the influence of some rum-filled cocktails proved real. Gina Lyons and Mark Lee were married in June last year and were backpacking through Sir Lanka for three weeks on their honeymoon in December. While most couples would come back with some souvenirs from their travels, such as market trinkets or even just some pictures at different famous landmarks, this couple came back from their travels with much more.

After a series of events, Gina and Mark become the owners of the hotel where they were staying. The newlyweds decided to spend the night at a slightly rundown, but still cozy hotel in Tangalle, a beach town. The couple quickly fell in love with the views of the water and the hotel that gave off a tree house vibe. The couple went out for drinks one night and discovered from locals that the lease was coming up on the property. What happened next may be a blur for the couple, since they consumed 12 glasses of rum that night while chatting. When they woke up, while still hungover, Mark and Gina learned that they had offered 30,000 pounds and that their offer for the hotel had been accepted. While the couple may have had a chance to get out of their hotel deal, then went through with it and sealed the deal wearing their beachwear and quickly started preparing for the rewards and challenges that owning a hotel can bring.

Many other people will do a lot of stupid things under the influence, such as get into fights or send texts that will get them in trouble. Some do more permanent things, like Mark and Gina, and elope. For many, these decisions don’t pan out. However, for Gina and Mark, their decision to buy the hotel has worked out for them. Shortly after their purchase, they found out that Gina was pregnant, so they worked hard to refurbish and fix up the property and started immediately promoting it to travelers. The couple later welcomed their daughter in December 2018, according to an Instagram post.

The hotel, named The Lucky Beach Tangalle, is now advertised as a destination for flashpackers. It has great reviews from guests. There is a dedicated staff and Mark and Gina balance running the hotel along with careers they have built up in London. The hotel features a bar and restaurant, although there is no word if any deals are being made by guests getting a little too drunk off of cocktails there. Reviewers state the hotel is in a great location and that the rooms have sea views and are nicely done. Guests rave about the staff and say that they feel welcome and would recommend the property to others. The location is not far away from Tangalle Lagoon and Mulkirigla Rock Monastery. Guests who want to stay at the hotel can book through booking.com and see some gorgeous pictures from the hotel’s Instagram account. The Instagram account also shows the changes the couple made to the hotel in the story highlights. The account also features photos of food and drink, likely from the hotel bar and restaurant. Just be careful with some of those drinks, since you never know where those drunken nights are going to take you. For Gina and Mark, it turns out some drunken decisions do pay off.

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Mom Forgets Her Baby at Airport

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In a plot that could make a Home Alone movie, a plane had to turn around after a mom informed a flight attendant that she forgot her child at the King Abdulaziz International Airport. The mom was on a Saudia Airlines flight when she realized she left her baby in the boarding area at the airport. She got on the plane, sat through the takeoff process, and then realized that she didn’t have her baby. The pilot was able to make arrangements to turn the plane around. In the viral video, the pilot is asking air traffic control if they can come back because a passenger forgot the child.

Every mom has had some forgetful moments, including before they even become a mom and are going through pregnancy. They don’t call it pregnancy brain for nothing. While it’s possible a mom can forget to pick up a child from school or maybe turned her back in a grocery store, causing a toddler to run around for a few minutes, nothing is as bad as leaving your child at the airport.

Traveling with kids can be hard and it’s an exhausting experience, but forgetting a child in an airport seems like a new level of forgetfulness.

The flight was from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. When the plane had already taken off, the mother frantically informed the crew that she had forgotten the baby in the boarding area. A YouTube video captured the conversation between the pilot and the air controller operator and the video has gone viral, with over 1.8 million views. The pilot requests that the flight come back because a passenger forget the baby. He adds in the quote “the poor thing.” The air traffic staff needs the pilot to confirm the story, probably because they think it is so outrageous. The pilot confirms the story and says that the passenger refuses to continue the flight. Finally, air traffic controllers agree that the plane can head back to the gate and admit they haven’t heard this before.

The details of why and how the mother forgot the baby haven’t been released. Many people are trying to fill in the blanks and are asking if the mom was perhaps just too sleep deprived to notice. Maybe she thought her husband or someone else in the party was carrying on the child. Maybe she had older kids who were also flying and she got too distracted trying to take care of them all. Luckily, baby and mom were reunited at the airport after the plane turned back and everyone made it home safely.

Reactions on social media were mixed. Some can’t fathom how a mom forgets a baby at the airport, but there are plenty of stories were children were left at malls or the grocery store. Many people are shocked that it was an airport, out of all places. One Twitter user pointed out that planes will rarely take off immediately once you are boarded, so you have to sit there waiting and waiting and it seems pretty hard to imagine that during that time period, she didn’t notice her baby was missing. Some are also pointing out how nobody in the airport noticed an unattended baby. Some people are calling out the mother as careless and neglectful, while others are more sympathetic and understanding that mom life is difficult and things can happen. Everyone is glad that the baby is okay and one day this child will have a story that can top every other story when it comes to moms forgetting their children. 

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Stuck In Ice: Mom Gives Birth In Car

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It is generally said that “when the going gets tough, the tough get going.” This is just what a Wisconsin mom has proven along with her family. This whole thing happened when mom Pilar Gauthier gave birth to her son while on the way to the hospital. Before even getting into the car to head to the local hospital, her husband, Matt Grall had called 911 for an ambulance to come to their aid. But little did he know that his wife’s current condition and the seemingly harsh environment would hamper their journey to the hospital. 

Already, ice had covered the road thereby making it too slippery for the ambulance to get through. With labor fast progressing and coupled with the delay, Matt had no better option left than to get into the car with his wife and head for the hospital. Obviously, it was difficult to drive on the icy roads but they just had to get going to beat time. Unfortunately, things didn’t work out as planned. 

Noticing how Pillar’s contractions ramped up, it was clear that there wasn’t ample time to make it to the hospital. To this end, Matt had no other choice but to pull over to attend to the situation. He had to find a place to park the car and attend to his wife. Other than film the whole situation, there was no much work for him to do at this point as he had already played his role by bringing the family to where they are now. 

Right on the side of the road, it became evidently clear that Gauthier will see herself through labor to give birth to her child without medical assistance. Whether they like it or not, the baby was right on the way and they had no other choice but to make preparation for their child’s arrival. They were certainly in for an unconventional delivery. 

Not long after they had pulled over, baby Mayan came along. There was no much time to struggle as things moved very quickly. According to Matt, the whole delivery thing lasted for about 5 minutes. One interesting thing that happened at the time was having everyone work in tandem to make things work. The family’s younger children all had some fantastic roles to play during the delivery process. In fact, one of them had to use a shoelace to tie off the umbilical cord after the baby’s arrival. 

The Deputy Sheriff Sandra Finger came to the scene a few minutes after Baby Mayan was born in the car. Basically, she had to stay around to ensure that both mom and baby were safe as they waited patiently for the arrival of the ambulance. According to her, she even had to provide a blanket to keep them warm from the freezing cold. Dad had to continue what he was doing to help his wife. 

Due to the icy condition of the roads, it was entirely difficult to get to the hospital. In fact, a plow driver had to come to their aid to plow the route to enable the ambulance to get to the hospital. Even at that, the roads were too slippery for the plow to get on with work. Thankfully, they were still able to make it to the hospital. 

Obviously, the coming of the newest addition to the family and the circumstances surrounding his birth was very challenging. Kudos should be given to the family for the courage they took to weather the storm and ensure a safe delivery process. Despite the challenge before them, it is just interesting to see how everyone remained calm and collected throughout the entire time. 

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A Pig’s Sad Story Finds A Happy Ending

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A recent story from Harris County, Texas that horrified local animal lovers has a happy ending for the adorable pig at the center of the news. The pig was found abandoned in a condemned home, where his owners had also left piles of junk, garbage and old furniture. Despite the mess everywhere, there was little food or water for the pig to eat and no way for him to get outside. Pictures of the home went viral online thanks to the repulsive nature of the environment and the pig’s excitement at seeing people again. Luckily, deputies found the pig before he sustained much physical harm and were able to find a safe place to take him. 

The pig, who was given the name Maverick, was taken to a qualified local animal rescue to get checked for any long term damage that he may have suffered. While it did not seem that he had been alone for long, the deputies had no way of knowing how long he was there without regular attention. The staff at the Houston Mini Pig Rescue examined him and determined he was both happy and healthy. He now lives in a group with other male pigs, where he can learn to socialize and engage in the behaviors that pigs enjoy, including sleeping in a pile for most of the day. While he enjoys interacting with humans and may one day go back to living in a family home, for now he appears to have adapted well to the environment. 

Unfortunately, abandoned pet pigs are not rare in the United States. The American Mini Pig Association reports that having a pig takes plenty of effort, as they require exercise, a specific nutritional diet, anti-flea treatments and visits to a vet. While they may start out small and snuggly, mini pigs can grow to be too large to live indoors all the time. Even a purebred miniature pig can grow to be 150 pounds in size and require regular grooming, like hoof and tusk trimming. They may require an outdoor enclosure, where they can get fresh air, munch on grass and cool down in the mud. If the family does not have a backyard where they can create a space for the pig, the animal may become aggressive.  Pigs may or may not get along with other pets, like dogs or cats, so they may not be able to share an outdoor space. If the pig is not spayed or neutered before it hits maturity, it will have more aggression and be even more difficult to contain.

This need for regular care and maintenance can exceed what some families are prepared for, which leads to pig abandonment. Some pet owners choose to move and leave the pig behind, or give it up to a rescue farm. 

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How to Save Your Towels with This Laundry Hack

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Picture this in your head. You step out of the shower, grab a towel, and attempt to dry off. After a few minutes go by, you still aren’t dry and your towel isn’t doing what it’s supposed to do. The issue could be the way you are washing your towels. Towels are meant to dry off water and absorb it, and not just spread it around.

Are you washing your towels using fabric softener and dryer sheets? If so, you are helping create this problem. Fabric softener does have some benefits. It can help give your clothes a fresh scent and make them softer, just as the name suggests. Everyone loves a nice soft towel, so it makes sense that you would reach for the fabric softener on laundry day. Dryer sheets and fabric softener are designed to help with wrinkles in clothing, but when used in the towels, they can leave a silicone residue on them that interferes with the absorbency. The residue left on the towels can also lock in odors, making your towels have a mildew scent.

Plush towels aren’t meant to last forever, but there are ways to keep towels nice and soft without interfering with the absorbency. This process will also work for towels that have been damaged by cycles using fabric softener and dryer sheets. Instead of using fabric softener and dryer sheets, add a quarter cup of distilled vinegar to the wash cycle. If your machine is newer and has a space for detergent, you can add the vinegar right where the detergent goes. Once that cycle is done, run the cycle again, but add a cup of baking soda instead of the vinegar. If the scent is too much with the vinegar, you can dampen a washcloth and add a few drops of an essential oil, then put it in the dryer with the rest of the towels.

Fabric softener isn’t just bad for towels. You should also avoid using it when cleaning some other materials as well. When washing microfiber, skip the softener since it can destroy the effectiveness of the threads to trap dust and quickly absorb any spills. Sportswear is designed to wick away sweat from the skin to help keep you cool when working out. Fabric softener will also coat these fabrics so that the material won’t do a good job of wicking away the sweat. Children’s sleepwear is required to be flame resistant to help reduce the risk that it will catch on fire. However, when you wash your kid’s pajamas in a load with fabric softener it will impact the flame resistant properties. This also goes for any water repellant fabrics. It impacts the ability to repel the water and once that happens, there is really no point in using those types of garments.

If you just can’t ditch the fabric softener and you dream of wrapping yourself up in a towel that has that familiar scent, you can still use dryer sheets occasionally. Skip a few washes here and there, in order to help your towels maintain their absorbency. Once you start noticing your towels not working as effectively, it’s time for the baking soda and vinegar rinse again. If you are using fabric softener, make sure you are following the directions on the label and you may want to adjust the amount you are using in accordance with the size of the load. Newer washing machines have a specific spot that is just for the softener, in order to properly distribute it during the wash cycle. Also, don’t let any fabric softener come directly in contact with clothes, since it can leave behind stains.

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Tidying Up with Kids: Using Marie Kondo’s Method with Littles

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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

The famous book written by Marie Kondo has given hope and advice to many. Learning to think about what “sparks joy” in your life and what does not can definitely be life-changing. Netflix has helped bring this advice to life by hosting the “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” show. Marie has been going into people’s homes and helping them experience the magic of tidying. The advice she gives seems like grand advice unless you have kids. You start wondering how you could possibly put any of this into effect with children running around. Is it possible?

Absolutely! Below are just a few ways in which Marie Kondo’s method can help parents.

Everything Needs a Home

Remember that old saying, “A place for everything and everything in its place”? One of Marie Kondo’s lessons is about how important this principle is, and I cannot agree with her enough. When kids are involved, it is even more important. I cannot tell you how many times misplaced items end up cluttering my desk, the dining room table, or the kitchen counters, all because my children do not know where they go. Making a place for everything and teaching your children where that place is will cut down on the clutter immensely.

Allow Your Children to Organize Their Own Space

Every person has their own style and preferences, including kids. If a parent forces their style on a child’s space, it probably will not stay that way. However, if the parent allows the child to participate in the organizational style, there is a higher likelihood of success. When I started allowing my daughters to help organize and decorate their own bedroom, it was easier for them to keep tidy. Because everything is organized in a way that makes sense to them, they do not have to think about where their things go anymore.

Let Your Child Decide What Sparks Joy for Him or Her

It can be so tempting to purge your child’s stuff yourself. If you just got in there while they are not looking, they would not have half as many items left and it would so much neater! They wouldn’t even notice those toys gone, right?

Wrong! They will absolutely notice something missing that they love. Just do not even try it! Our children are individuals, and though we do not always understand them, they love what they love. We have to let them decide what makes them happy and what does not.

My five-year-old has a pair of lime green shorts that I would burn if it were up to me. They are old and faded and, truthfully, the style seems to be from when I was little. One day, I put them in a charity bag while she was not looking, but later, I decided I should talk to her about it. She said she did not want to get rid of them. When I asked why, she answered, “They’re my mint-stealing shorts. I can put your mints into the little pockets on the front!” I laughed because she is constantly grabbing mints off of my desk and hiding them in those shorts. I find them and tickle her until her tummy hurts with laughter. To me, those shorts were worthless, but to her, they are a part of our fun and games. We simply never know what emotional attachment they have to things, so we should let them choose what to get rid of.

Tidy Up In Front of Your Children

There are many grown women who have no clue how to clean or organize. Why? Their parents never taught them. Often, they never even saw the cleaning done- it just happened somehow. Allowing your children to see you tidy up and, hopefully, getting them involved will not only instill the tidying habit but also have them ready to care for their own home.

It’s Okay to Purge Kids’ Artwork

I know it can seem like a huge betrayal to purge those beautiful pieces of art that your kids have created, but rest assured that it is not. Often, kids forget before long that they made it for you. Display new art for a while but then keep only certain ones. Some people take photos of the work and make it a digital photo album. I have a wall in my home where they are allowed to display their work for a time. We then decide together what we want to put away and what we can throw away. Making them part of the decision-making process will cut back on any drama.

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