15 Reasons Having A Cousin As Your Sibling Is Simply The Best

15 Reasons Having A Cousin As Your Sibling Is Simply The Best

If you're lucky enough to have a cousin as your partner in crime, let them know you love them!

As someone who grew up an only child, my favorite (and least favorite) playmates were always my cousins. If you have a cousin turned sibling, you'll know exactly what I mean. They get on your nerves the same way a true sibling would, they're at every family gathering, they steal your clothes, they make you laugh, and they make you cry, but they're your person all the same. As the years have gone by, I'm so glad that I've grown so close to mine. She's like a little sister and best friend all in one. Here are just a few of the many reasons that having your cousin as your sibling is simply the best.

1. They know exactly how to bring out your ugly laugh.

And you better believe they'll try to get it on camera, too, if they're not already ugly laughing themselves.

2. They're always there for you.

When you need a date to a dance, they've got you covered (blue lipstick and all)!

3. They tell you when you're being ridiculous.

They know your B.S. better than anyone and can tell you to stop it before you even start.

4. If you need space, you can have it because you don't live together.

That doesn't mean you don't still intentionally annoy each other, but the possibility is still there.

5. Sleepovers. Always.

With lots of slap-happy cry-laughing and getting yelled at to be quiet.

6. You can escape to the other's house when needed.

Sometimes you just need a break.

7. You have a buddy at all family functions.

There's never a dull moment at what may be a long, boring family function when they're there. And lucky for you, they're always there!

8. They know all your family's drama.

It's always nice to have someone to vent to that fully understands your situation and the people involved.

9. You can have full conversations with only random noises and inside jokes.

Enough said.

10. Double the number of outfits.

When you both have slightly different senses of style, you'll always have what you need for any occasion between the two of you.

11. They're the best photographers.

Impromptu photo shoots in unexpectedly pretty places are a must, and they won't leave until you've got the most aesthetic shots possible.

12. Always down for an adventure.

And stupid photos while on said adventures.

13. They're just different enough from you to keep things interesting.

You're not carbon copies of each other, which makes for endless possibilities when you're together (good and bad).

14. They'll tell you if you're looking rough.

Whether you have food in your teeth, your make-up is unblended, your foundation doesn't match your skin, or you're just generally undone, they will be the first to let you know (and help you fix it).

15. They'll love you no matter what.

When it comes down to it, they're your person and you wouldn't have it any other way.

If you have a cousin that impacts your life in the best ways possible, share this with them to let them know how much they are loved and appreciated! It's not every day that you find a best friend for life, especially one that's been there from the very beginning.

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I'm A Woman And You Can't Convince Me Breastfeeding In Public Is OK In 2019

Sorry, not sorry.


Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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10 Things That Happened When God Gave Me A Little Cousin

Because they're not just family, they're a blessing.


I lost my Grandma when I was ten years old. She was the woman I looked up to and as I continue to grow up without her, the more I admire her strength. After losing someone so dear to my heart, it felt like a piece of my world had gone missing. A year later, God blessed me with a little cousin, Emma. Here we are seven years later, and she is exactly what I needed after losing my grandma.

1. I felt like I finally had another "sibling"

The day Emma was born, I immediately took the role of "big sister" and not just because we both only have brothers. Yes, I take it upon myself to paint her toes and go shopping with her simply because that's what we do best.

2. I began to spoil her

From the minute she was born, I couldn't help but go through the baby aisle at Target and grab the cutest new outfit for her. Even now, her big and sweet brown eyes always convince me to buy her that unicorn bath bomb or get her a shirt she spies at the store. Of course, every dollar is worth her big smile.

3. I found my best friend

I could talk with Emma all day long. Listening to her chatter about school or her new toys makes me smile from ear to ear. I could tell her anything and I know she would try her best to understand everything even if it's over her head. I see her as much as I can and miss her like crazy if it's been too long. Yes, she takes up 90% of my camera roll and there's nothing better.

4. I knew what pure joy felt like

I'm not sure the first time I realized it, but in the past seven years I have had multiple "Kodak moments" where my heart feels completely full. Maybe it's her laugh when I tell her a joke or the way we share fun memories together. Whatever it is, I'm a lot happier because of Emma.

5. I started to smile more

Nothing makes me smile more than seeing Emma after a long hard day. Hearing her laugh, going on adventures together, and having countless sleepovers is always the highlight of my day/week.

6. I became more selfless

Emma has taught me that sometimes you should play dolls with her even if you don't want to. You do the right thing even if it isn't the easiest and always think about others before yourself. There has been times when I'm crying and she will immediately stop what she's doing to come sit next to me and hold my hand.

7. I learned that she is who I want to be when I grow up

Even though I'm older than my sweet little Emma, I definitely look up to her. You don't meet very many completely selfless seven-year-olds. I'm lucky enough to know one. Emma would do anything for anyone, she always sees the best in things and is full of faith. She's smart, funny, and extremely outgoing - everything I desire to be more of.

8. I changed the way I looked at the world

Kids often show us that life can be a lot simpler and a whole lot less complicated than we make of it. Emma's innocence has shown me that sometimes I just need to take a deep breath and simplify everything I can.

9. I learned a lot about my faith

You've probably heard about the "faith of a child" and having Emma around certainly has made an impact on my faith. She memorizes Bible verses left and right and loves singing hymns. Seeing such a young heart that is full with God's love is truly inspiring. She is a constant reminder that God is certainly good.

10. She became a reason I needed live

When God blessed my life with Emma, He definitely knew I needed her more than she needed me. Struggling with depression makes life challenging, but she always happens to be a cure when I need it. Once I was at an extremely low time and contemplating suicide when someone reminded me that Emma loves me. Emma needs me around. The thought of her never understanding why I died absolutely struck me. Even on the toughest days, a FaceTime call to Emma or simply browsing through pictures of her brings a smile to my face.

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