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    Recently we painted our living room, and during our planning, we had amassed dozens and dozens of paint chip strips. After we had FINALLY decided on a color, these cheery and bright paint chips just sat there on my desk, collecting dust. But then it hit me: This was an upcycling opportunity if I ever saw one! And you know what? I was surprised by how many awesome paint chip crafts there are out there, including oodles that are easy to do with the kids.

    Check out these 8 super cool paint chip crafts. Which one would you want to try?

     

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    Remember a few weeks ago when we heard about Katheryn Deprill, the 27-year-old mom of three who had once been abandoned, hours old, in the restroom of a Pennsylvania Burger King? She had taken to social media to try and find her birth mother, and we were inspired by her compassion for the woman who many in her shoes may have hated.

    Just three weeks after launching her campaign to find her biological mother, the two were reunited Monday in an attorney's office. Deprill said she felt "pure joy" upon meeting the woman that gave birth to her. She also said, "She is better than anything I could've ever imagined. She is so sweet and amazing. I'm so happy."

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    Everyone knows Channing Tatum is one hot papa, but did you know he is one helluva sweet guy too? And did you know he goes by "Chan"? I didn't know, but Alisa Finley, an 18-year-old from Colby, Kansas, knows. In fact the teen, who has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, is on smooching terms with the Magic Mike hunk -- at least via video. Facing the devastating reality that she might not be here much longer, Alisa made a bucket list of 48 things she wanted to do. Number one on that list? Kiss Channing Tatum.

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    I was visiting a friend this past weekend and we got to talking about baby advice. As you might guess, with four kids, I often get asked what tips I'd give to new moms.

    Over the years, I've come up with some pretty great answers, but the advice my friend gave at a recent baby shower topped any of mine. In fact, it's so awesome, I'll be doling it out whenever I can (with credit to her, of course).

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    Today marks the ninth anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day. Why March 21? It's a little play on numbers, because people with Down syndrome have three copies of chromosome 21 instead of two copies. The purpose of this important day, quite simply, is to bring awareness. Down Syndrome International hopes every year March 21 will be a day to educate people on what Down syndrome is; what it means to have Down syndrome; and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities. And it seems to be working; we, as a society, have a much better knowledge of what Down syndrome is now than we did years ago. And thanks to research, the life expectancy of a person with Down syndrome is 60, as opposed to 25, as it was forty years ago. Pretty amazing.

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    Even if you don't consider yourself a dancer, you'll want to indulge in some celebratory moves after reading about this. It may be just a little in-your-chair-rumba for humanity's awesomeness, but it still counts. Dancer Adrianne Haslet-Davis experienced something devastating during the bombing of the Boston Marathon, which took place last year. When the wreckage was cleared away, Adrianne was left missing a portion of her leg. But she did not let depression take her over. She swore she would dance again.

    This Wednesday, less than a full year after the attack took place, Adrianne took to the stage at the 2014 TED Conference and made good on her vow. With the help of doctors and new technology, Adrianne's back to doing what she was born to do: Dancing. Like Adrianne, Boston won't be held back either. The marathon will continue to be a Boston tradition, but like Adrianne's dancing, there will be some changes made.

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    While most of us think of Princess Diana as someone who was very strong, there is at least one famous person who thinks that Kate Middleton is stronger than Diana was. That person would be singer George Michael, who was friends with Diana. He told Entertainmentwise:

    I think [Diana] would have been incredibly happy for William and Kate. And I think she'd also be really, really pleased that William has met and fallen in love with someone who has the strength of character to be able to deal with the sort of things that she couldn't.

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    I think every mom has been there. You were up all night with the baby and you're dead on your feet. You see a bench and all you want to do is just lie down and take a nap. In public. Well, one mom did just that ... right in the middle of a Fun 4 Kidz play center (think Chuck E. Cheese's without the giant rat). Her story has just gone viral on Facebook ... but moms, it's not what you think!

    See, you're probably guessing that picture shaming this mom is all over the Internet, right? That's how moms do things these days. They judge first, ask questions later.

    Well, unless you're radio DJ Tara Jean Stevens. She spotted that mom napping on the playland bench, and what she did is pretty darn inspiring.

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    Let me apologize in advance for the tears that will inevitably fall once you see this amazing video ... After Gerdi McKenna was diagnosed with breast cancer, her friends decided to surprise her with one of the greatest gifts we've ever seen. The video below shows how deep friendship can go and, in actuality, how healing it can be. 

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    Did Teen Mom 2 star Chelsea Houska just make a major purchase? After years of living in rentals, the stylish single mom to 4-year-old daughter Aubree may have purchased her first home!

    There's no confirmation yet, but through the magic of deductive reasoning, we're pretty sure that the Sioux Falls native finally has her own place to call home where she can put down some roots.

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