7 Cats That Purr-fectly Sum Up The Worst New Year's Resolutions

7 Cats That Purr-fectly Sum Up The Worst New Year's Resolutions

New year, new me(ow).

With a new year comes new beginnings, new endings and a fresh, hopeful attitude.

We make resolutions so that we can begin a new year feeling like a better version of ourselves, and I think that is an absolutely great way to take on the start of 2018.

But, only in theory are new year’s resolutions a good idea; in practice, resolutions are the beginning of a year of disappointment and failed attempts at a “new year, new me."

If you can actually stick to your resolution to eat better, use that gym membership to its full potential, become a more organized human being and so on, then I am proud and envious of you.

I know myself, though, and how my resolutions have been grossly predictable and unattainable, so I decided to stop making them (that doesn’t count as a resolution, right?).

Here are some of the lies I have told myself to keep my dreaded New Year’s resolutions — and what better way to express such self-deprecating humor than with cats?

1. I am totally going to focus on eating better.

Don’t get me wrong, I do try to focus on a balanced diet, mainly because it makes me feel much better about myself and gives me the energy and focus to get through my days.

But the start of a new year does not make the best excuse to be healthy. I have to work on that all year round.

2. I am going to get the most expensive, unlimited gym membership and go every day.

To go along with the whole “eating healthier” attitude, again, working out should be a daily routine for me, but honestly, it is not. So, how do I expect myself to jump right into 2018 with the notion that I will suddenly realize I am in shape enough to work out every day?

Spoiler alert: I am not in shape for that, and setting those unrealistic goals only makes me frustrated. I will work out when I have the motivation and money to do so.

3. I will stop drinking for a whole year.

This is laughable considering most of the outings my family, friends and I partake in involve some kind of alcohol.

I don’t really drink much anymore, anyway, because I simply enjoy being a hermit in my house and not going out to loud bars to spend too much money on sub-par drinks.

Call me a booze snob, but oh well.

4. I am giving up sugar in 2018.

This is way more laughable than giving up all alcohol. Have you even tried mint cookie crumble ice cream?

That being said, I do hope to cut down on my stress eating (always gravitating to the sweets) but when I damn well please, which could be two years from now. Or tomorrow.

5. I will totally become super organized and love every second of it.

This is the most difficult resolution I make every damn week.

I am an untidy mess most of the time, and an organized, chaotic tornado the rest of the time. I need a better organizational strategy that works for me because the simple solution of just keeping my room and work areas tidy is impossible.

Believe me, I have worked for 26 years to be better at being cleaner, but different things help me, and I am slowly realizing those ideas.

6. I will become a morning person and wake up early every day to get my day going and routine started.

Sometimes I accomplish this, sometimes I don’t, but I certainly do not need to wait until the new year to implement this idea.

I like to let my body tell me certain things, and my sleeping patterns are one of those issues my body can figure out on its own. If I am up too early or sleep too late, I feel it, and it sucks.

7. I am going to volunteer more and give back.

I practice this as much as I can. Sometimes I can afford to give to charities or to the homeless I pass by, other times I am struggling to choose whether to pay my student loans or buy groceries.

I don’t need a resolution to make me give more money to a cause. I try my absolute best to give when I can.

These are great resolutions to have, but I cannot in good conscience use a simple “new year, new me” idea to get these goals accomplished.

If I make a list of what I have to do before the end of the year, then I simply will not fulfill those promises and feel worse for “failing."

So, if resolutions really help you, then, by all means, please go for it, and do what is best for you.

Just remember, you do not need a new year to self-improve, and you certainly shouldn't feel obligated if you like where you're at this year, next year and many years ahead.

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Top 5 budget-friendly kids’ fashion tips for 2018

Kids are angels of god and to care for them is very important for every parents.

Raising a child is one of the most fulfilling experiences in the world. There is no manual describing the perfect way to raise a child. When you have an energetic baby jumping around the house, all you can do is just go with the flow. 

Kids grow too fast. They outgrow the cutest clothes in a matter of weeks, and then you are left with the desire to replace those old outfits with new ones that your kid will rock every day. 

Clothes for children happen to be more expensive than those for adults. You find yourself in the children’s clothing aisle frequently while you wear the same shirt on repeat. It is easy to splurge on kids’ fashion, thanks to the amazing styles that hit the stores regularly. Sooner or later, you regret the haul and the dent in your wallet.  

Today, we are going to share 5 tips to help you devise a strategy that can keep your kids looking like a million bucks while you stay on a budget. Try ones that work for you, and you will spot a big difference in your spending pattern. 

Ask family or close friends for clothes their kids have outgrown:

It is the easiest thing to do, and safe for your baby as well. If you have friends and family who have had kids a few years ago, you can get baby clothes from them. Most parents pack away old clothes safely for their next arrival. 

You can keep your kids in top fashion by using what your friend’s kid has outgrown. You’ll find that many of these items haven’t been worn more than 3-5 times and are almost as good as new. 

Manufacturers also send cards and samples to maternity wards. The busy staff forgets to dispatch this lot, so you can ask them if there are freebies around. 

Use coupon websites: 

You will be thrilled to see how coupons can save you money. Coupon websites make shopping more fun. With coupons, you can shop at your favorite outlets at a discounted price. 

For example, at Couponobox.com, you will see a list of brands where discounts can be availed. In fact you can get as much as 50-70% off on your favorite kids’ brands.

Moreover, with coupon websites you can enjoy big seasonal discounts and sales, weekly promotions and much more, saving you some major cash. 

You can even become a ‘Super Couponer’ by paying attention to the right deals. Now you can fill your shopping cart to the brim at your favorite children’s clothing stores. Just use Justice promo codes for kids’ shopping and viola!

Don’t miss garage sales:

Garage sales are like treasure chests. Those who have experienced a garage sale will agree with this statement. It is the ideal place to look for baby clothes that are affordable. 

Clothes which would normally cost you hundreds of dollars can be bought for $50 or $100 at a garage sale. If you are a keen seeker, almost everything can be bought from a garage sale. You must be at your creative peak when you go to a garage sale because that can help you turn seemingly useless clothes into fabulous masterpieces. 

Pay with cash:

An MIT study found that people were ready to pay 65% more for a basketball game because they were using cards to pay for it. Retailer-branded credit cards have much higher APRs than standard credit cards—23.2% vs. 15% - Time. 

In your case, that adorable basketball t-shirt may be costing you much more because you are swiping the plastic. If you want to keep a tab on your purchases, pay with cash. It will keep you on your target and save a lot of money. 

Layer old clothes with new pieces:

It is not necessary to buy seasonal clothes every time. You can layer your kids in old season’s clothing and put a new jacket as a top layer. Be a little creative, and you will soon master the art of layering your kids in multiple socks, shirts, and rompers to prepare for biting cold while they look fabulous!

Last word:

So, there you go. These are the top tips which can keep your kids looking great throughout the year. You have to think creatively and style every outfit accordingly. Because your youngster is already super adorable, it will only take smart purchasing to dress her to look her best. 

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10 Musical Productions You Don't Want To Miss Out On

From "Les Miserables" to "Miss Saigon!"

Let's be honest here, we all have guilty pleasures, and most of those are musicals. In my case, that guilty pleasure is not that subtle, but nonetheless, just as big. I love musicals, in film, but especially in theatre. So I've made a list with some of the best musicals ever!

1. "The Wiz"

"The Wiz" is generally known for the movie starring Diana Ross and Michael Jackson, but that movie is actually based on this wonderful musical, which is a retelling of L. Frank Baum's 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz'. The musical has great songs, including one of my favorites 'Home'. I saw this musical in my home country, the Netherlands, in 2006.

2. "Mamma Mia!

"Mamma Mia!" is a jukebox musical based on the songs of ABBA. It is generally known for the movie adaptation starring Meryl Streep and Amanda Seyfried. But years before that it was an original musical! My favorite ABBA song features in the show is: 'The Winner Takes It All'. I unfortunately have never seen this musical live.

3. "The Phantom of the Opera"

"The Phantom of the Opera" is cult in musical land and is the longest-running musical on Broadway, till this day. Sierra Boggess is one of my favorite Christines ever (she starred in the 25th anniversary edition!), you can hear her singing my favorite song from the show in the video above. I unfortunately have never seen the musical live.

4. "Chicago"

"Chicago" is also a cult musical and has been in various countries. "All That Jazz" is a classic musical sing-a-long and also one of my favorite songs from the show. Our very own Dutch musical artist, Pia Douwes, plays Velma Kelly on Broadway and that, of course, brings pride to my little country. I have seen a high school performance of the show, but never the real deal. Chicago was also made into a movie starring Renee Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

5. "Into The Woods"

"Into The Woods" is musical containing elements from various fairy tales. It's dark stories and humor make it one of my all-time favorites! It was also made into a movie in 2014 starring Anna Kendrick, Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt and many more. 'No One Is Alone' is my number one favorite musical songs of all time and it is from this show. I have also been lucky to see the show live in the Netherlands, in 2017!

6. "Les Miserables"

"Les Miserables" is also a classic musical, that you have to see at least once in your life (even though I haven't yet, but I NEED to). With classic songs as 'I Dreamed A Dream', 'On My Own' and 'One More Day' it contains incredible musical songs, but my favorite is 'A Little Fall Of Rain'. It was also made a movie in 2012, it starred Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried and many more!

7. "Elisabeth"

"Elisabeth" is the most successful Austrian musical in history. There's no English version, but in the Netherlands it was also immensely popular (when it was translated into Dutch). It's also really popular in Asia, where it has been adapted in various languages. Pia Douwes, known for her Broadway role as Velma Kelly, launched her career with the title role of Elisabeth and has played it in the Netherlands, Germany and Austria. Elisabeth is based on the life of the Austrian empress of the same name. My favorite song can be heard above and I was fortunate enough to see an 'In Concert' version of the show since it hasn't been played in Dutch since in 2001.

8. "Miss Saigon"

We're in the hard part of the list. Since Elisabeth the choices are one, to be honest. I cannot really make a choice between my top 3, but this is the one I made. "Miss Saigon," the musical that launched Lea Salonga's career is one of the best in my opinion. It contains so many beautiful songs, but I choose for 'I'd Give My Life For You'. I have no words for this show, it's so good. I saw it live in its Dutch version in 2012 and it was amazing.

9. "Rent"

"Rent" is a rock musical based on the opera 'La Vie Boheme' and it is one of my favorite musicals ever. It's so inclusive, diverse and doesn't shy away from hard topics. My favorite song is 'Goodbye Love', but songs like 'One Song Glory' and 'Without You' are also favorites. The musical was made into a movie in 2005 starring most of the original cast, including Idina Menzel (Wicked), but also new faces as Rosario Dawson (known now for her role as Claire Temple in the Netflix Marvel series).

10. "Wicked"

My all-time favorite musical must be "Wicked" starring Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel. Although our very own Dutch Willemijn Verkaik is a close second Elphaba (she has played her for years now in Germany, the Netherlands, West End and Broadway). This show tells the story of the Wicked Witch of the West from the Wizard of Oz and it is amazing. I saw in 2014 in the Netherlands, with my favorite song being 'No Good Deed'. It will be made into a movie, scheduled for 2019, with no cast yet announced!

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