Couple’s Newborn Assists Dad With NICU Proposal

NICU Proposal
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Everyone has had plans ruined by COVID. Some of those plans may have been minor, like a scrapped vacation or t-ball season. Some of those plans were major, like Teon Kennedy’s plan to propose to his girlfriend at her baby shower. But when COVID struck, Martine ended up being forced to give birth early, and baby Morgan came early at only 25 weeks, requiring a lengthy NICU stay.

But that just paved the way for her to be a part of dad’s perfect proposal, as he decided to stop waiting and pop the question in the NICU. The staff in the NICU helped out, along with baby Morgan, as the couple had grown close with her caretakers over the past months.

Together, they decorated the area outside Morgan’s room with a red carpet, helped Teon organize a Zoom call so family and friends could watch. Teon wrote a love letter to Martine, which the staff read out loud. There were rose petals, streamers, balloons, and the most important decoration of all; their daughter.

Morgan was wearing a special dress for the occasion, with a simple message: “Mommy, will you marry Daddy?”

The answer was YES, so count another W for Dads everywhere, and for the happy couple and their young daughter who will always have an incredible story to tell.

Bud Light Is Here To Save Your Valentine’s Day

Budlight Valentine's Box
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ALERT! ALERT! Valentine’s Day is approaching! Get your asses in gear!

It’s still about 5 days away, so you’ve got some time, but not much. Plus, after a year of pandemic hell, the typical flowers and chocolates might not do the trick. You may need to up your game with candy-flavored mac and cheese and some LEGO flowers?

But f you really want to show your love, Budweiser is here to help, in the form of some heart-shaped beer. Or, at least, a heart-shaped box.

The brewery is ramping up the romance this Valentine’s Day with a heart-shaped 12-pack of Bud Light, because, as the box says: Roses are red, Bud Light is blue…

The catch is that the heart-shaped box doesn’t come with any actual beer. Hey, wait! I’ve got a new complaint. NO BEER? There’s no beer? And it costs how much to reach beer nirvana?

That’s right, it’s just a corrugated-cardboard box shaped like a heart that you can put your previously purchased 12 cans of beer inside of, and it’ll cost you 25 big ones.

The other catch is that your better half might not see the romance in a collection of light beers that cost you at least twice as much as they should have, but that’s not for us to decide.

Follow your heart and go with God and if things backfire then at least you’ll have a 12-pack of Bud Light with which to wash down your heartbreak and brainstorm a new plan.

Weird Al Yankovic Slides Into High School Crush’s DMs 50 Years Later

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When it comes to romance, you gotta shoot your shot. Or, you can plant a seed you fail to check on for 50 years, but when you do, it’ll be a banger of a story for social media. Musical parody legend Weird Al Yankovic lands the latter category. In fact, he’s both the creator and sole member of that category, as he shared a quickly legendary story about a high school crush on social media.

The story starts simply enough, with Weird Al describing that he was also weird (well, awkward, shy and nerdy is how he described it) when he was 12. As an underage high school freshman, this is to be understood. But he had a crush on the girl who sat in front of him in math and wanted to let her know. Being painfully shy, his grand gesture was to draw a picture of her and give it to her. Of course, he didn’t want her to know why he made it, so he made sketches of EVERYONE in the class and handed those out too. But, he said he made Patrice’s picture a lot better, to be subtle about his pick-up attempt.

Predictably, she did not pick up on it.

Fast forward nearly 50 years. Now 61, Weird Al notices a woman on social media claiming to have sat in front of him in 9th-grade math class. So he DMs her to ask if her name is Patrice. It is! So he decided to ask; “hey, by any chance do you happen to remember that one time I drew pictures of everybody in class?”

A minute later, she sent this picture.

Nearly five decades later, and Patrice had held on to the picture from Young Weird Al.

“She had saved it all these years,” he wrote. “I just felt like telling this story because, well… 2020 was arguably a pretty sucky year overall, but there were some real moments of joy sprinkled in here and there – and for me, this was definitely one of them.”

It truly is a cute story.

Heartwarming Doritos Ad From Mexico Features Son Coming Out To Father

Doritos Mexico's heartwarming ad
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Name one TV commercial you remember, and I’ll bet you had an emotional reaction the first time you viewed it — whether it made you laugh, smile, cry, or all three.

It’s no secret that some of the most memorable advertising somehow pulls at your heartstrings. Case in point: the Budweiser Clydesdales, the Apple iPad widower, or the Mac Daddy of them all, the Sarah McLachlan SPCA ads (you’re welcome for that earworm btw).

However, there’s a new player on the list of corporate emotional manipulators, and it’s one you may not expect: Doritos.

Over the holidays, Doritos Mexico launched a commercial that’s since made waves for all the right reasons, especially in the LGBTQ+ community.

It features a divorced father with a college-age son who brought a friend home for the holidays. However, he soon suspects his son and the male companion “are a couple and they do not dare tell me,” so he goes to Reddit for advice on how to break the news gently that he knows… and, more importantly, that his love is unconditional.

The ad — which is based on a true story — ends with a simple, subtly sweet exchange between father & son… followed by the viewer’s own visceral ugly-crying (or maybe that’s just me?).

With everything going on in the world today, it’s the virtual, inclusive embrace we all need right now, albeit from an unexpected source. (Then again, as the saying goes, “If you can’t get a warm, bosomy grandma hug, fill the spiritual abyss with a chips commercial!”)

Here’s hoping it makes its way to U.S. airwaves soon.

Watch the full Doritos Mexico ad (in Spanish with English subtitles) below.

A Grandfather, a Kettlebell, and a Holiday Short That Will Make You Cry

Grandpa Kettle Bell Ad
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Tis the season for holiday shorts that are created solely with the intention of making you cry. Sometimes we need that though, it can be kind of cathartic to feel some tangible emotion, wipe away a few tears, and move on with your day feeling refreshed. I don’t even have to say much about this one to sell you on it. It has no words, and I can’t even tell you the brand it’s advertising because I can’t read German. It all translates though because it’s about a grandfather, and a kettle bell. I don’t want to tell you anymore or spoil the ending, which I DID NOT SEE COMING (ok I did, but only about halfway through).

It will be the most fulfilling 2 minutes you’ll spend on your phone all day.

It features an old man, living alone, who is reminiscing over photos of his family at home. He then goes into the garage and struggles mightily to move an old kettlebell even a smidge. But he trains, day in and day out, in the way only an old man can.

A nosy neighbor phones his family because she doesn’t understand physical exercise and is a rat (this translates into all languages, she is the villain here, mind yo business LADY) at heart. So his daughter comes to check on him, but he continues to train year-round, getting better every day.

Then, at the end of the short, you see the reason he wanted to build a little bit of upper-body strength, and it’s the type of reason that will kick you right in the feels.

The Google Translation of the YouTube description predictably makes little sense, but boils down to your health is the best gift of all, so take care of it so you can spend your time doing what matters in life.

This time of year really pulls out some great onion-cutting content, but this is the pantheon and deserves a solid 10 for the ending and the simple and easy to follow setup.

Italian Man Walks 280 Miles To Cool off After Argument With Wife

Man walks 280 miles after argument with wife
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With anything in life, moderation is key. Though it’s important to find ways to cope with anxiety and frustration, especially during a time as stressor-filled as the era of COVID, it’s possible to take a healthy coping strategy to the extreme. One man from Italy unintentionally proved the importance of moderation following an argument with his wife, after which he was so distraught he decided to go for a walk.

You may be thinking, “how could a walk be excessive? It seems like a perfectly healthy and reasonable way to calm down.” In most situations, you’d be absolutely correct. But this unnamed man walked for 280 freaking miles, and probably would have kept going if he hadn’t been picked up by police for breaking Italy’s COVID curfew.

We’ve all had arguments with our partners, I get it. You’ve had a long, stressful day, and then suddenly you’re being told that you made the bed wrong. Emotions are running high right now, and though we aren’t sure what sparked the couple’s argument, it sounds like a doozy. The 48-year-old spent a full week walking off the squabble, from his northern home in Como all the way to a town 280 miles south on the Adriatic coast.

Even the officers who picked up the unnamed man at 2 AM didn’t believe his story – but after confirming his identity and finding a missing person report filed by his wife a week earlier, the officers’ disbelief turned to perplexity. The man was tired but otherwise ok, he answered questions thoroughly and directly indicating that though frustrated, he was completely lucid.

In fact, the man had been so lost in thought during his week-long hike that he himself didn’t realize how far he’d wandered. Averaging 40 miles a day, he accepted food from strangers and rested along the way. After a week apart, police notified the man’s wife of his location – he paid the fine for breaking curfew, spent a night at a hotel in Fano, and waited for his wife to pick him up.

Whatever fight prompted the 48-year-old to disappear without contact for a full week, it was likely nothing compared to whatever took place during the couple’s ride home. With time, this will likely become a story that the pair laughs about – but for now, we wish them the best of luck.

Amazing 10-Yr-Old DJ Learned From the Best, Her Award-Winning DJ Dad

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Finding activities that you and your kids can enjoy together can be both exciting and challenging. Sure, you can use a Slip N’ Slide and have it be socially acceptable for the first time since you yourself were a child, but finding year-round hobbies that help you bond with your kids often requires some trial and error. It’s no secret that kids learn by example, so if you get lucky, sometimes shared hobbies come naturally simply by continuing to do what you love.

For 16 years, Ever Lee has been a DJ. In 2006 he won his first championship, but it wasn’t until 2009 that he decided to make a career out of DJing. 2009 was an eventful year for Lee, aka DJ Shake One – not only did he change the course of his life by pursuing his passion full-time, but he also became a father.

Valentina, Lee’s daughter, grew up around music. From the time she was a baby, she watched her dad practice and perform, and the two began to form an incredible musical bond.

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“But as she got older,” Lee told The Dad, “I started showing her some of the equipment and just playing around for fun every once in a while. When she was around 7 is when she really started showing interest, and I was absolutely amazed how fast she caught on.”

At just 8 years old, Valentina took the world by storm when she emerged as DJ V Star. Of course, it’s adorable watching dad and daughter perform together, immersed side-by-side in their biggest passion. But even on her own, the young DJ has an enormous amount of talent. DJs V-Star and Shake One began posting videos on social media, and it wasn’t long before V-Star began to gain traction in the world of DJing.

“It’s been pretty cool seeing so much positive response,” said Lee. “One of our favorite DJs in the world (A-Trak) has shared our videos. Will Smith’s son (Trey Smith) shared our (Just the 2 of us) video. And America’s got Talent has reached out as well.”

Now 10 years old, V-Star has accumulated thousands of followers across her social media pages, and performed countless times as a DJ in her own right.

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“I’m with her by her side at every gig she does,” says Lee. “And we’ve also made a lot of videos together. During the pandemic, we had fun doing live-streams from home together.”

The dad-daughter DJ Duo (say that five times fast) have accomplished so much both together and on their own. Though Lee and Valentina’s mom separated, they work together to support their daughter’s success and happiness. No matter where her career takes her, one thing’s for sure – V-Star will always have her parents there to keep her on the right track.

Couple Celebrates 60th Anniversary in Same Clothes They Wore at the Wedding

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There are a lot of ways to celebrate an anniversary. When it comes to celebrating your 60th, though, you’ve probably exhausted most of those ways. And then there’s one Nebraska couple who found an adorably heartwarming way to celebrate, with a photoshoot wearing the same exact clothes they got married in six decades prior.

Anniversaries are a big deal. But when it comes to the big ones, you gotta zig when you usually zag. And that’s why the photoshoot is a money move, it’s the perfect way to capture a special moment (and the truly heartwarming ones go viral, like the daughter of a fallen soldier with her dad’s unit).

So when Lucille and Marvin Stone decided to celebrate 60 years of marriage with a photoshoot wearing the same formal wear they wore down that aisle six decades ago, it was bound to work. Especially with an awesome photographer. Nebraska photographer Katie Autry worked with the couple on the shoot, and she said it was one of her favorite sessions to date.

I mean come on, how cute are these pictures?

Lucille even made her dress herself, because that was back in the times when people did things like that. Autry asked the still happy couple what their secret was for a long-lasting marriage and she shared their answer on her Facebook post.

They both said, “work hard, be kind to one another, think before you speak, rely on each other’s strengths to overcome your weakness, and stay strong in your faith.”

Not bad advice to live by just in general, honestly. And it’s tough to argue with the result, as the years speak for themselves.

Questions To Ask Your Spouse To Keep the Convo Flowing

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Everyone worries about their first date and how well the conversation will flow, but not many people stop to think about keeping that conversation going when you’re five, ten, or fifty years into a relationship or marriage. The truth is, though, that chatting up your spouse doesn’t always get easier as time goes by. “Remember that time I-” is met with, “Yeah, Babe. I was there.” Very quickly your conversations become more like to-do lists or quick decision making than actual time spent bonding. “But, we’re married. How much more bonded can we be?” My dude. There is always room for improvement. Trust.

If you’ve got the “We never talk anymore” comment recently, we’re here to help. Figuring out what to talk about when you’re up each other’s asses can be hard. (Uh, especially if you’re living through a pandemic and suddenly both working from home. Let alone when you add kids into the mix.) Luckily, these questions to ask your spouse will help you start new conversations. They’ll also show your partner that you’re trying and you care. *hint hint*

Questions For Your Spouse About Your Kids

1. What physical or emotional trait of yours do you hope our kids inherit? What do you hope they get from me?
2. Would you change anything about when we had kids or how we had kids?
3. What do you wish we were better at as parents?
4. What do you think I’m really good at as a parent? (Note: You need to compliment your co-parent in return!)
5. Is there anything special about your childhood that you’d like to recreate for our kids?
6. What is your wildest dream when you see yourself with your child?
7. Which do you think would make you happier — going out to eat with or without our child, and why?
8. Exactly how much harder do you think is it to have kids than to have cats?
9. What should our kid’s relationship with technology be? At what age should our kid get their first cell phone? Computer in their room? VR headset?
10. What counts as spoiling?
11. What’s an appropriate punishment or consequence for a child hitting you? How would we approach discipline in our family?
12. What are some of the things—messages, behaviors, beliefs—you learned from your parents that you would like to keep, and what are some you’d like to change, do better, or different?

Questions For Your Spouse About Their Hopes and Dreams

6. What’s the last dream you had? The last nightmare?
7. Was there anything you dreamed of doing as a kid that you still wish you could do?
8. How can I help you achieve your goals?
9. What do you think about when you think about a day when we have more free time?
10. What do you wish we could do together as a couple? As a family? What about on your own?

Questions For Your Spouse About Their Day

11. What made your day good/bad today?
12. How did I contribute to your day being good or bad?
13. What made you laugh today?
14. Is there anything you want to accomplish before we go to bed tonight?
15. What can we do together tomorrow that will make you feel appreciated and loved?

Questions For Your Spouse About Their Memories

16. What was your favorite date of ours?
17. If you could relive a time in your life, when would you choose?
18. What about if you could relive a time just in our relationship?
19. What’s your favorite memory with your siblings/parents/grandparents?
20. What memories do you still want to create?

Questions For Your Spouse To Spark Random Conversations

21. Would you ever want a boat? What kind? What would we name it?
22. What kind of pet would you like to have next (or also)? Why?
23. Where would you go on vacation if we could afford to go anywhere?
24. What is something about yourself that you wish more people complimented you for?
25. What non-super superpower would you most like to have? (Think: Learning languages faster/better or being more influential.)
26. Whats your favorite memory from the holidays?
27. What’s your favorite memory from school?
28. What’s your favorite memory since we’ve been together?
29. What’s your favorite memory since you became a parent?
30. What kind of memories do you want to create?
31. What has the pandemic taught you about our relationship?
32. What has it taught you about yourself?
33. What is the first thing you want to do when all this is over?
34. What small things do you appreciate more since we went into quarantine?
35. What habits of mine have you noticed since we’ve been home together more?
36. Are you an optimist, pessimist, or a realist?
37. What job do you think you would have if you lived in the early 1900’s?
38. What genre of books would you spend the most time looking through in a bookstore?
39. How many days could you go without electricity?
40. If you could have a free punch to someone’s face, who would it be and why?
41. What unsolved historical event are you most interested in knowing the answers to?
42. What is one thing you never did in high school that you wish you did?
43. Did your family grow up with any funny or weird rules?
44. Did you ever make up a secret handshake with a friend, and do you still remember it?
45. Would you rather put together a 20,000 piece puzzle or read a dictionary cover-to-cover?
46. What would you like to create with your own hands?
47. What celebrity should be cast as you if your life was put into a movie?