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Prink Shop T-shirt

Digging this I Am Not Perfect T-shirt, which donates $5 to Crisis Text Line with each purchase. Every day, millions of Americans in crisis feel like they don’t have anyone to turn to, but no one has to suffer in silence.

Glacier wedding elopement

Glacier wedding elopement

This rad couple got married on a glacier in Antarctica. The only guests were four polar experts; and the expedition leader officiated. How awesome is that? Writes Brian (right) on Instagram: “Me: Let’s just get married solo at the courthouse downtown on a weekday, then get some waffles. Also me: Let’s fly, trek and sail 8.7K miles to the bottom of the planet, risk our lives kayaking past pods of orcas and leopard seals, and get married on an iceberg.”

The easiest mac n' cheese by Smitten Kitchen

If you’re ever craving a single-serving, 15-minute mac n’ cheese (is the sky blue?), Deb has your back.

Wooden vases

Guys, spring is only SIX DAYS AWAY. For those early blooms, IKEA has cute vases, and these wooden ones have a cool ’70s vibe.

P.S. More fun things, and a funny thing about relationships.

(Antarctica wedding photos by Rustic White Photography.)

  1. Sasha says...

    I make Mac and cheese very similarly, but as cream cheese. It’s easy to add and makes it even better. Tiny bit of garlic in the roux, a little yellow mustard too. And then stir in chopped up regular cream cheese into the milk/roux sauce, as much as you want. Then stir in your hot pasta into the sauce, THEN add your cheese. If you put the cheese in too early it cooks out the flavor. You just want it to meet together.
    Ok, I feel like I need to make this now!

  2. I love all of these four things?? I don’t know how you do it but every time I absolutely love your four great things or six links etc.

    xx

  3. Deb’s the best. I’m reading her latest cookbook at the moment, and it feels like the voice of a favorite girlfriend I want to drink a bottle of wine with while binging on Netflix!

  4. Kate says...

    I saw this post this afternoon and literally changed my plans to go straight to the store after work, buy what I needed to make that mac n cheese, and go home. I had the mac n cheese with some buttery peas and a glass (OK 2) of cheap sauv blanc and I’ve never felt so classy eating something so easy.

    • Kristen says...

      Same.

  5. Yay for the Antarctica wedding! Great photographers and great floral designers planning their party!!!

  6. Elizabeth says...

    I truly adore this site. But…why refer to your readers as guys?? Gah, it might be my personal peeve, but I’m so tired of reading and hearing it. I’m not a guy and it’s not a gender neutral term…is it?? Am I missing something?

    • Lisa says...

      This bothers me so much too! I thought I was the only one!

    • Hannah says...

      In the part of New Jersey where I live, we use the term guys to refer to any group of people. In fact, you is used in the singular, yous is its plural, you guys is also its plural, and yous guys just emphasizes that you mean a lot of people.

    • Rosie says...

      I notice this all the time! haha.

      I’m a teacher and this is a major topic in schools these days. Some terms to consider replacing “guys” with are y’all, people or folks. Personally, I use folks and people for my students because y’all just doesn’t feel natural.

      :)

    • Emily says...

      Maybe it’s a regional thing, but it’s very gender-neutral in the plural form in California.

    • Elizabeth says...

      But, in it’s sense, it means man, right? Try calling a group of men ladies or gals…we don’t do that. I’m puzzled how this word for man/men became truly gender neutral for so many…when I hear it, I’m hearing the loud and clear defer to the masculine. We definitely don’t need more of this in the world.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my gosh, i NEVER think of guys = just men. i’ve always thought it was completely gender neutral. i’ll say “come on, guys!” to a group of female friends, or my sister and mom, or a co-ed group, etc. i had no idea it wasn’t gender-neutral in other areas/regions — i’ll keep this in mind!!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      these links are fascinating. thank you so much for sharing.

    • Stella says...

      It is considered a gender neutral term in different languages when plural…amigo is male friend, amiga is female friend, but amigos could mean a combination of male and female friends. However, the female version, amigas, is used ONLY when speaking to girls. Once I knew this, it never bothered me to be in a group of “guys”.

    • Sarah says...

      Joanna – I think it’s a Michigan/mid-west thing! I’m from the thumb and never even thought of “guys” not being gender neutral until about a year ago. And I’ve lived on the east coast for 10 now!

  7. Marti says...

    No shame in saying I have made that mac n cheese recipe THREE TIMES (doubled it for my husband and I) and it is amaaaaaazing!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      great to know!!

  8. Laura says...

    Brian from the Antarctica wedding reminds me of the main guy from the show Catastrophe.

    Adventurous wedding idea!

    • Lily says...

      Yes!!

  9. Heather D says...

    The mac n cheese recipe cracked me up. Who knew you could buy a massive bag of orangey cheese powder on Amazon!?

  10. I love the T-shirt in the first picture too. In fact I am digging her whole outfit, from the hair to the makeup.

  11. Jessie says...

    I was expecting that one sentence to read “their only guests were four polar BEARS.”

    • Lindsay says...

      Arctic= polar bears; Antarctic= penguins. And never the twain shall meet.

  12. Lindsay says...

    Ha, my parents totally had a wooden vase just like that when I was growing up. It held the same dried plant for DECADES.

  13. ” Let’s fly, trek and sail 8.7K miles to the bottom of the planet, risk our lives kayaking past pods of orcas and leopard seals, and get married on an iceberg.” <– Love this!

    Everything is special about the Antarctica wedding!

  14. brianna says...

    Totally inserted bear after polar because Antarctica.

    • Emily W says...

      Totally did that at first as well.

  15. K says...

    Thank you for sharing about the crisis text line! I was having a hard time a few days ago and ended up calling my mom for support. After I calmed down I was saying to her that I wished there was a hotline or text line for people to call when they are having a hard time… and here it is!!
    One issue I have with therapy is that it’s not available “in the heat of the moment”. This text line is an option for when you really need to talk (text) but you haven’t preplanned your crisis to coordinate with your scheduled therapy slot ;)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes! such a wonderful way to get support. sending you a hug, K! hope you’re feeling better today.

    • Ro says...

      I have used that text line before and I was so much more comfortable with it than calling a crisis line, which I bet I’d never do! I’m impressed by whoever had the idea and thank them for creating it.

  16. love the Antarctica wedding

  17. Kelli says...

    Thank you so so much for featuring the tee shirt from Crisis Text Line. I just became a crisis counselor and it’s one of the best, most rewarding things I’ve ever done. Not only is it wonderful to be able to help people, but my fellow counselors are an awesome group.

  18. Anu says...

    Those vases are cute but, I would go crazy if I couldn’t see if they were dirty inside or couldn’t clean them.

    • Laura C. says...

      Hahaha, same here! But they are very pretty though.

  19. lauren says...

    I just love the photos from the Antartica wedding- started following when The Home Edit shared their story. Breathtaking all around

    But mainly came here to say that I made the stovetop mac and cheese last week and it is SO GOOD. To make it a bit more nutritious, I mixed in some steamed broccoli and I think it made it even tastier (although my son ate around the broccoli)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yay! good to know!!!!!

      her line made me laugh: “nobody ever tells you how much broccoli you’re going to steam when you become a parent” = so true.

    • Molly says...

      Me too! It made me so upset when I saw Brian lost thousands of followers because he posted photos of his wedding, so I followed him. I’m not really into home decorating Instagrams, but his wedding photos are amazing, and I wanted to follow him to show my support! My husband and I sat and watched all his wedding videos and looked at the pictures for like an hour.

  20. Lily says...

    That wedding looks incredible! I follow Brian on Instagram and he is hilarious. Wishing him and his husband all the best.

    • Amy says...

      Me too! I followed him because Clea from The Home Edit (🙌🏼) was outraged in her stories that he had lost nearly a thousand followers over his wedding. And was trolled horribly. The most incredible wedding and a gorgeous couple