‘Twilight’ Author Stephanie Meyer Has A New Book Coming Soon!

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Listen up, “Twilight” fans! Important news announcement! Put down your lattes. Stop carving that ding-dang pumpkin diorama. Tell your friend to shush about her new glitter mani. And hear this: Stephenie Meyer is releasing a new book!

Yes, you read that right! The queen who brought us the masterpiece that is Edward Cullen is back with a new book.

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Meyer just released the cover and it’s giving us chills:

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The book comes out Nov. 8. Yes, you are going to have to wait a few more days, although you can preorder it now on Amazon for $21.35 for the hardcover or $14.99 for the Kindle version.

The description of the book has us on the edges of our seats already. “The Chemist” follows one woman’s dangerous mission as a spy working for the U.S. government And, true to “Twilight” form, there is going to be a romance, of course. Let’s just hope that “The Chemist” has half the romance and sex appeal of “Twilight” and we will be set for the rest of winter with #relationshipgoals.

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Here’s a short description of the book from Meyer’s website:

She used to work for the U.S. government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn’t even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning.

Resolving to meet the threat head-on, she prepares for the toughest fight of her life but finds herself falling for a man who can only complicate her likelihood of survival. As she sees her choices being rapidly whittled down, she must apply her unique talents in ways she never dreamed of.

Regardless of what happens “The Chemist,” Meyer will go down in history for giving us these works of art:

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What about you? Are you #TeamJacob or #TeamEdward? Or #TeamJasper? Haha, just kidding: No one is #TeamJasper…are they?

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Girl Scout Cookie Cereal Is Coming Soon!

Girl Scout Cookies are a national treasure. Let’s face it, there’s no better time of year than when those little girls start pulling their wagons of cookies around the neighborhood.  Thin Mints. Samoas. Peanut Butter Patties. Shortbread. Your belly just can’t go wrong.

And now, something even more amazing is in the works: Girl Scout Cookie cereal! As Thrillist reports, General Mills has paired with Girl Scouts to offer two amazing cereal options: Thin Mints and Samoas (also known as Caramel Crunch).

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This is awesome for many reasons, among them:

1. Access to Girl Scouts cookies all year long!
2. You can eat Girl Scout cookies for breakfast without any shame.

Because, sure, you can eat Girl Scout cookies for breakfast without them being in cereal form, but that can feel a bit… wrong. It’s like wearing your pajamas outside the house. Sure, you can do it, but it’s kind of like you’re announcing to the world “I give up.”

Now, come January 2017, General Mills will be offering us a “get out of jail free” aka ‘”eat cookies for breakfast without shame” card, so we’ll no longer need to surreptitiously shove Girl Scouts in our month before lunchtime.

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Not to mention, who doesn’t want to support a group of such hard-working girls? Perhaps even better than the taste of Girl Scout cookies is the story behind them. Girl Scout cookies went from being small batches of homemade cookies baked by Girl Scout members to the giant business it is today: Girl Scouts now sell around 200 million boxes per year! Is there anything a determined group of girls can’t do?

We can’t wait to get our hands on a box of Girl Scout cookie cereal come January. If these early photos of the cereal boxes are correct, these flavors will be a limited-edition, so keep your eyes peeled and your cereal bowls will be ready.

(And, no, Girl Scout Cookies are not made from real Girl Scouts!)

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Luke Perry Is On The Cover Of AARP, And We Officially Feel Old

Luke Perry’s role as Dylan McKay on the original “Beverly Hills, 90201” was the heartthrob of ’90s girls everywhere. With that pensive stare and perfectly imperfect mop of dark hair, he was a modern day James Dean.

And… now he is on the cover of AARP magazine. Wow! That kind of has us trippin’ (Yes, we borrowed some ’90s slang. Our bad. Ah! We did it again.)

Indeed, our very own Dylan McKay is on the cover of the popular magazine for those in their golden years.

Hey, it doesn’t matter if he is 50 years old, he definitely still has “it”!

But can you really blame us for being nostalgic for those days? Those days when the most complicated issue was Brenda versus Kelly? Or whether Dylan was ever going to find out who killed his dad? And what the heck was up with that weird little girl who bilked him out of his money? Or how Kelly turned on him because he didn’t rat out Matt for cheating on her when he was high on LSD? Oh gosh, the good old days!

But, speaking of Luke Perry… his real name actually is NOT Luke Perry. Nope, it’s Coy Luther Perry. Coy. How perfect. Considering he played coy with everyone from Brenda to Gina to the Noxzema girl (Rebecca Gayheart, below). Remember her?

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Yeah, that gorgeous girl who tricked every last one of us 90s girls into thinking we could look like her if we just used Noxzema. As if!

The good news is that a “Beverly Hills, 90210” reunion could be in the works! Perry says he would be “down” and he loves the cast. Right now, though, the former heartthrob is starring on The CW’s “Riverdale.” He plays a father to a teenager. Pretty full circle, considering “90210”‘s Mr. Walsh was always after Dylan to straighten up and fly right! But we think Perry has the upper hand when it comes to smoldering looks, even as a dad! (No offense, Mr. Walsh! Don’t ground me).

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This Must-Watch Video Teaches Consent To Kids

In the wake of the Stanford sexual assault case and other recent conversations in the media about what defines sexual assault, many parents are wondering at what age they should begin teaching their children about consent.

With one in four girls and one in six boys sexually assaulted before the age of 18, it is clear that parents shouldn’t wait to discuss issues of bodily autonomy and consent with their children, yet many find the conversation daunting. How can we use words that kids will understand, without scaring them and without introducing them to mature material?

Rachel Brian, mom to 7-year-old Lola, has come up with a great solution. As Hello Giggles reports, Brian was inspired to make a kid-friendly video about consent after her daughter dealt with unwanted physical attention at school. Another child repeatedly hugged and touched Lola against her wishes, and went so far as to kiss her when the teacher wasn’t looking. Lola was left feeling angry, helpless and embarrassed, just as most adults feel when they are touched without consent.

Eager to do something, Brian, an illustrator and former teacher, channeled her energy into creating this short, kid-appropriate video about what consent is, why it is important and how to practice it.

This informative, empowering video is a must-watch—and share—for kids and parents. Check it out here:

The video helps kids (and parents) understand that kids have the right to say “no” to any touching they don’t want, even if it is just a hug from Aunt Stella or a kiss from Grandpa. If we teach kids to ignore that uncomfortable feeling they get when they don’t want to be touched, we open them up to the dangerous idea that adults have the right to touch them even when it feels scary or bad. This also suggests to them that it’s OK to replicate this behavior in their own lives, such as by grabbing schoolmates and kissing them against their will, as Lola experienced.

The bottom line is that the earlier kids learn about consent, the better, and parents should maintain an ongoing conversation reinforcing its importance. As the video says, “This is your body. And you get to decide what you do with your body. No one else is entitled to tell you what to do with your body.”

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Pumpkin Dioramas Are Halloween’s Most Creative Trend

Glitter pumpkins. Painted pumpkins. Glow-in-the-dark pumpkins. Been there, stenciled that. If you think you’ve seen just about every way to bring creativity to Halloween, then you are in for a surprise.

Pumpkin dioramas are the new way to take pumpkin art to the next level. Yes, art! How else could you describe something so epic?

The best part about this breath-taking trend is that it’s actually pretty simple! Forget painstakingly carving vampire teeth onto a pumpkin, or sweating up a storm as you try to lay a stencil on perfectly straight. No, with pumpkin dioramas, anything goes!

It’s safe for the little ones to be hands-on, so you don’t have to worry about them grabbing onto the sharp edges of the pumpkin cutter. Plus you don’t have to worry about cleaning up the mess, as these dioramas are made with plastic or foam pumpkins!

Check out this cool example from Eat, Knit and DIY:

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Seriously, how amazing is this? Your kids might not even want to go trick-or-treating when they have this creation to gaze at in awe.

How about this pumpkin diorama from Lone Girl in a Crowd?

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Well, who are we kidding!? Your kids are definitely not going to want to miss out on the candy. But they will also love being part of this craft.

Here is how to get started:

1. Pick out an appropriately sized artificial pumpkin. Get one that is wide—you are going to be using it as your ‘stage,’ so you don’t want to limit yourself with too narrow of a space. Art of Doing Stuff recommends you use a serrated pumpkin-carving knife to cut a large hole in one side of the pumpkin, but you may need to experiment (carefully!) with a sharper blade like an X-ACTO knife if the pumpkin carver doesn’t do the trick.

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2. Do you want to paint your pumpkin? If so, now is the time to do it. Rich black and creamy whites make for a great background, but you can also do a pop of color like hot pink. Stripes are also a unique idea, like this one from Plaid!

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3. Use a piece of cardboard or a flat small piece of plywood as the base of your diorama. You need something flat and level inside the pumpkin. You could even use a book or small notepad. Then cover the flat surface with fake grass, dirt, leaves, or colored sand.

4. Hot glue is your friend! If you do any sort of crafting, a hot glue gun needs to be in your toolbox of tricks. For instance, create a tiny disco ball (use sparkly nail polish and a small pebble or Styrofoam ball) and then hang it from the “ceiling” of your diorama with the help of a hot glue gun. You can also glue tiny pieces of black/white fabric around the diorama to create mini ghosts.

5. Consider the scene. Are you creating a spooky graveyard? Check out your grocery store’s baking aisle or the Halloween aisles at your local Target. You will probably find all manner of cake/cupcake toppers that will work perfectly in your diorama, from tiny skeletons to tombstones. Or, create your own with nothing other than a rock and black Sharpie! “RIP” is easy to write, and scrawled writing will just make it look more spooky, so don’t worry about making it perfect.

6. Don’t make it too complicated. Yes, you could spend hours gluing tiny bones and bats to your pumpkin, but you could also lay down some fake grass and put a Halloween cake topper inside. Or a spooky plastic haunted house would work just fine. Add sticky bats to the outside of the pumpkin. Or how about a chic woodland scene? Check out this one from Hello Lidy:

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So simple and so perfect. You will definitely be in the mood for candy corn and monster movies after making one of these!

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