With two cold-weather babies, I've always envied moms who could plan an outdoor birthday party and take advantage of their backyard or local park. Nature makes the great outdoors ideal for garden parties, water games, messy projects, and sporting events — and best of all, they can be done at a fraction of the price of indoor ones without rental fees. Check out 44 fun parties you can throw right in the yard, without ever worrying about how you'll fit all those kids in your home!
Spending the entire season apart from your love is, well, a Summer bummer. Maybe you're braving the distance because one of you is studying abroad or going on a long trip — or maybe you're part of the permanent LDR club. Either way, one way to keep the love strong is with meaningful goodies as gifts. Put them all together as a sweet package, or mail them separately for surprises that keep on coming. Ahead, check out finds that'll make the break bearable until you see each other again.
Fox has snagged Geoff Stults (that guy you know from Ben & Kate, The Finder, and a ton of other guest roles) to play big brother to a couple of army underachievers (Parker Young and Chris Lowell) in the new Fall comedy, Enlisted. Filled with brotherly love (and hate), plus a little romance courtesy of a fellow sergeant (Angelique Cabral), the series checks a few sitcom stereotype boxes, but does the show's goofy premise work? Find out why we're partial to the new series, debuting as part of this Fall's new TV lineup.
- What it's about: Pete (Stults) is an ace soldier, but his overconfidence on the battlefield gets him sent back to the States, and stationed at the same Florida military base are his two younger brothers. Randy (Young) can barely contain his excitement to see his oldest brother while Derrick (Lowell) can barely contain his eye rolls.
- Where it works: Stults is solid, but it's Young and Lowell who are the standouts here. Suburgatory audiences know Young as lovable muscle-head Ryan Shay, and his character here is admittedly not much of a departure, but that doesn't make him any less hilarious. Lowell (aka Piz from Veronica Mars!) gets snarky, and his audible grumbles over his brother's return qualify him as Enlisted's curmudgeonly voice of reason.
- Where it doesn't: As Pete attempts to get his bearings straight at his new home, he takes it upon himself to train a group of army misfits. They're a colorful group of characters, but the approach (much like in last season's doomed Go On) falls flat. I would much rather see a focus on the relationship between the siblings, rather than dragging in a handful of unnecessary quirky characters.
- You might like this show if: You're obsessed with the movie Stripes.
- When it's on: Fridays at 9 p.m. on Fox
Watch a preview and see some pictures of Enlisted when you read more
Ciaté is known for taking the nail-art trend from the streets to the comfort of your own home with its easy DIY kits, like this Very Colourfoil Manicure Set ($25). The end result is a colorful and intricate design that looks far more complicated than it really is. To see how to use this genius kit, just keep reading.
After four fun-filled days, Bonnaroo has come to a close. And while we may be packing away our concert wares (for now), we've still got one more fashion dispatch fresh from the farm. This Tennessee festival was unlike anything we'd ever experienced before — that applies to the physical location, the music lineup, and, of course, the people watching. Festivalgoers flooded the fields in (as expected) less-is-more attire, dressed in a mix of frayed cutoffs, airy tops, bikini tops peeking through, and a mashup of sandals, beat-up sneakers, and flat ankle boots. For other Bonnaroovians, it was all about flowers in the hair, slick accessories, and lacy white dresses. The best looks from Bonnaroo 2013, here in the gallery.
A Father's Day gift is a great way to honor the dads in your life, but we bet they'd love some quality time with you even more. Instead of the typical Father's Day brunch, make time to do something active with them. Here are a few classic-dad activities to inspire you, but ultimately only you know what workss best for your dad. Since this day is all about him, think of something he'd really enjoy, but will get you both moving.
Let's take a moment to appreciate our favorite dad-isms ahead of Father's Day. Dad may be embarrassing, less-than tech savvy, and a little clueless about what the kids think is cool these days, but that's kind of what makes him so endearing. Plus, you gotta give him props for trying so hard. And that overprotective nature? It's just because he doesn't want you to get your heart broken. He's always been there for us, so let's return the love with some of our favorite pop attributes illustrated by cute and funny GIFs of dads!
Once you've thrown your graduation cap in the air, it's time to face the real world. Although you're not in school anymore, you could still probably stand to keep your living costs as low as a student's because — let's face it — that entry-level salary probably won't stretch very far. Here are some ways you can live a frugal student's lifestyle:
Use student discounts: You still have some time before the date on your student ID is expired, so make use of student discounts (here's a list!) while you can. Use student clothing discounts from J.Crew or Ann Taylor to get yourself a work outfit.
Find roommates: Room with other people to keep living costs down, just like you did in college. But pick carefully — you don't want to end up with a nightmare rooming situation. Do background checks if it's a stranger from Craigslist, or try to stick to people you know. Make sure you ask your potential roommate these five questions before moving in with them.
Make use of the library: It's time to transition from the school library to a local public library! Keep on getting your books for free by patronizing your local library.
Logging the major miles it takes to train for a marathon can take a toll on your body. But a little targeted strength training and stretching can help keep you on the road. Watch this video and learn a handful of must-do moves for marathoners.
And be sure to check out our marathon training program designed to keep your strong as you train to race 26.2 miles.