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25 Fun Facts about the Best Boy Bands

Let’s be honest, you still busta move every time “Bye Bye Bye” comes on your shuffle, right?

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Ahh, the 90’s shuffle…

The 90’s and 2000’s had the BEST in pop music, and our favorite boy bands helped pave the way to some of the best dance songs of all time!

Whether you loved JC, JT, or AJ, this list of 25 Fun Facts about the Best Boy Bands is sure to give you all the nostalgic feels!

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25 Fun Facts about the Best Boy Bands

NSYNC

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  1. NSYNC is an acronym using the last letter of each member’s first name: JustiN, ChriS, JoeY, JasoN, and JC.
  2. After failing to make the cut to join The Backstreet Boys, Chris Kirkpatrick came up with the idea for NSYNC and pitched it to Lou Pearlman, who launched NSYNC’s career.
  3. “It’s Gonna Be Me” is the only NYSNC single to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
  4. Lance Bass dated Boy Meets World star Danielle Fishell from 1999-2000.
  5. Pearlman and his record company, Trans Continental, was sued by NSYNC in 1999 for defrauding them of millions of dollars.  The lawsuit, which settled out of court, got NSYNC out of their contract with Lou, allowing them to sign with Jive Records.  Lou is now serving 25 years in prison for running a Ponzi scheme.
  6. In 2000, their second album, No Strings Attached, sold a record-breaking 2.4 million copies within the first week of release.  The album ultimately sold 11.1 million copies (and counting!), and is the second-biggest selling album of the 2000’s, after The Beatles’ 1.

Backstreet Boys

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  1. Howie Dorough was the only member of The Backstreet Boys to study dance professionally.
  2. Kevin Richardson received the most fan mail of all The Backstreet Boys members.
  3. AJ McLean’s mom joined him every time he traveled on a concert tour.  She was the group’s tour publicist.
  4. Their first performance was in 1993 for 3,000 people at SeaWorld.  They were the opening act for Shamu the killer whale.
  5. McLean lived in the same building as Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, and Ryan Gosling (all members of The Mickey Mouse Club) in 1992.  While playing basketball with Gosling one day, McLean asked him if he wanted to join the band.  He actually expressed interest, but it obviously never happened.
  6. Nick Carter had a minor background role in the movie, Edward Scissorhands.  If you look closely during a shot of the neighborhood, you can spot Nick as one of the kids playing on a slip-and-slide.

New Kids on the Block

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  1. Joey McIntyre was only 12 years old when he joined New Kids on the Block!
  2. The New Kids on the Block rose to fame as an opening act for the pop star, Tiffany.  A year later, she was an opening act for New Kids!
  3. In 1991, the New Kids topped Forbes’ list of highest paid entertainers, beating out Madonna, Prince, and even Michael Jackson.
  4. Jonathan Knight left the group in 1994 not just because of his panic attacks and anxiety, but because he was exhausted from hiding his homosexuality from the rest of the group.
  5. Jennifer Lopez once a backup dancer for the group for their performance at the American Music Awards in 1991.

Boyz II Men

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  1. Boyz II Men formed at the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts in Philadelphia.  The group would practice in the school’s bathrooms due to the excellent acoustics.
  2. In 1992, Boyz II Men’s “End of the Road” set a record by staying at the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for 13 weeks straight.  The record was previously held by Elvis Presley.
  3. In 2012, the music industry rewarded Boyz II Men with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  4. Boyz II Men recently performed in a Geico insurance ad singing about the side effects of prescription medication with the tagline, “If you’re Boyz II Men, you make anything sound good.  It’s what you do.”

98 Degrees

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  1. The group 98 Degrees actually formed independently and was then later picked up by a record label, rather than being assembled by a label or producer.
  2. To get recognition while competing with groups like The Spice Girls, The Backstreet Boys, and NYSNC, 98 Degrees emphasized that they wrote their own music and played on the fact that they were signed to Motown, which gave them a little more credibility as far as R&B and soul music goes.
  3. The group also opened for Janet Jackson’s Velvet Rope Tour.
  4. 98 Degrees also appeared in the movie, Mulan, singing “True to Your Heart”.

 

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14 Ways to Hygge Your Thanksgiving

Last week we talked about how to embrace the Danish lifestyle of hygge.  Are you a convert yet?  If not, today’s post might do you in!

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Holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas are basically hygge by nature.  Comforting food, spending time with family and friends…all the things you probably love about Thanksgiving and Christmas are the very definition of hygge.

If you’re looking for creative and easy ways to bring hygge into your home this Thanksgiving, you don’t have to try very hard.  These 14 clever and rustic ideas are great for giving your home a comforting, warm, hygge feel that will make guests all the more thankful!

14 Ways to Hygge Your Thanksgiving

DIY Leaf Bowl

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Printable Napkin Holder

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Fabric Pumpkins

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Gold Painted Pumpkins

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Heart-Stamped Leaves

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Copper Striped Candles

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Knit Coaster

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Stuffed Fabric Pumpkins

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Gold Dipped Candles

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Leaf Place Holders

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Gourd Candles

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Gratitude Sphere

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Knit Leaves

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Felt Garland

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Charming Personality

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“Let me guess, you have a great personality.”
The Emperor’s New Groove

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Gnocchi with Bacon and Brussels Sprouts

You want to know the secret to amazing Brussels Sprouts?  A CAST IRON SKILLET.

And bacon…bacon always…but cast iron for sure!

This Gnocchi with Bacon and Brussels Sprouts dish is so rich and creamy and perfect for a cool fall or winter night.  It truly can be made and ready to go in about 30 – 45 minutes, so it’s great for a last-minute weeknight dinner (and tastes even better for lunch!).

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I used those little frozen Brussels Sprouts for this recipe because they’re much smaller than the fresh ones, but you can easily use fresh sprouts, too.  Just cut them into smaller pieces before putting them in the skillet.

Gnocchi with Bacon and Brussels Sprouts

Ingredients:

  • 1 package gnocchi, cooked and drained
  • 2 cups frozen Brussels sprouts, cut in half (you can also use fresh!)
  • 5 strips bacon, diced
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup white cheddar cheese, grated
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Parmesan cheese (optional)

Instructions:

Place bacon, onions, and Brussels sprouts in cast iron skillet and heat over medium low heat.  Continue cooking until onions turn translucent and sprouts start to caramelize.

Look at this deliciousness.

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Add garlic and continue cooking for an additional 2 minutes.

In a saucepan, add cheese, milk, butter, flour, and nutmeg with the cooked gnocchi and heat on medium low heat until all ingredients combine and cheese is melted, about 5 minutes.  Fold in bacon-sprouts mix and serve!  Season with salt and pepper to taste and top with Parmesan cheese, if desired.

Meanwhile, add cheese, milk, butter, flour & nutmeg to the pot with the cooked gnocchi and heat on medium-low until the cheese melts. Then fold bacon-veggie sauté mixture into the pasta. Enjoy!

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Hygge Week:  The Little Book of Hygge Book Review

There’s a reason Denmark has been named one of the happiest countries in the world.  Despite the cold harsh winds and the snowfall and the dark stormy winters, Denmark remains #2 on the list of the happiest countries (for comparison, the US is placed at number 14).  Put simply, the reason the Danes remain so content is that they are one of the only countries to fully and completely embrace the hygge lifestyle.

As we’ve been talking about all week, hygge is all about being comfortable.  It’s the art of creating intimacy and taking pleasure from the presence of soothing things, such as big comfy blankets, candles, hot drinks, warm socks, and delicious food.  Hygge cannot really be explained…it’s there to be felt.  It’s cuddling up on the sofa with a loved one or sharing a rich pot of stew with your closest friends.  It’s staying in your bed on a Sunday afternoon or listening to the fire crackle as you read your favorite novel.

While you don’t need a book to tell you how to feel comfortable, it certainly can’t hurt!  Filled with great advice on how to turn your living space into a cozy, intimate wonderland, The Little Book of Hygge is your ultimate guide into embracing hygge.  It was the “Bible” my husband and I used to make our home more hygge, and we find ourselves coming back to it again and again for more ideas, recipes, and party suggestions.

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Written by Meik Wiking, the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, this book is best read alongside a cup of hot tea and a piece of cake (or two!).  Meik has spent years studying the hygge lifestyle, and his research has found that hygge really is the magic ingredient that makes the Danes one of the happiest nations in the world.

As we’ve discussed this week, this book was the fuel that encouraged us to embrace the hygge lifestyle and I’m telling you…THIS WORKS.  You can read all the self-help books you want…watch all the shows and read all those quotes on Pinterest…but just the simple act of making your life more meaningful, spending time with the people you actually like, eating foods that are delicious and sensual, and filling your home with soft candlelight, warm blankets, and comfy furniture…this is the secret.  Rather than buying a lamp, try some candles.  Instead of buying wall art from World Market, try making something yourself using natural items.  Rather than buy a blanket from Walmart, knit or crochet one yourself!

It’s not hard to make your home a happy place.  Some simple changes can not only improve your dwelling, but can maybe even improve your overall happiness.  So get those winter socks out of storage…wrap yourself up in a cozy blanket and turn off that freaking phone.  Make some rich hot cocoa or some tasty spiced cider and give yourself over to the magical world of hygge.

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Hygge Week: How to Hygge in 10 Simple Steps

Happy Hygge Week!

For those just joining us, we’ve been embracing hygge (Hoo-gah) all week this week, and today, I’m going to help give you the basic steps you need to bring the hygge lifestyle into your home.

As I’ve said before, hygge is not something to define, it’s something to be felt…so any number of things could really contribute to a space feeling “hygge”.  A cozy fire on a rainy afternoon – very hygge.  A stew cooking on the stove as you read a mystery thriller under the covers – very hygge.  Hosting a game night with wine and cake – very hygge.  Stressing over tomorrow’s meeting while texting your friends and ordering nasty food on GrubHub – not so hygge.  Make sense?  Hygge is about setting an atmosphere for comfort and relaxation.

So here are a few things you need for a proper “hygge” night.  And feel free to improvise here.  Don’t have candles or a fireplace?  Dim the lights or use soft lighting to help set the mood.  Don’t like knitting?  Scrapbook or read…whatever helps you to turn your mind off and relax.

How to Hygge in 10 Simple Steps

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  1. Light candles
  2. Get cozy with a big blanket or homemade scarf
  3. Cultivate closeness with the people you love
  4. Be present (turn off your phones and the TV)
  5. Eat cake
  6. Learn to knit
  7. Read or write
  8. Drink something warm
  9. Invest in cozy wool socks
  10. Bring the outdoors in with houseplants

Want to learn more about how to embrace the hygge lifestyle?  Stay tuned tomorrow to learn more about how my husband and I converted and how we’re never, EVER going back.

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Hygge Week: Woven Felt Heart

You may have made these in middle school or girl scouts, or maybe you saw them hanging on your grandma’s Christmas tree every year.  Often made with red and white paper, these woven hearts are traditional in Scandinavian households…and are almost always found in hygge rooms, especially around Christmas.

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There are countless ways to cut and design your paper hearts, but for today’s project, we’re going to go with the classic woven heart.  I also decided to use felt instead of paper since that’s what I had on hand, but either will work!

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You can use this little heart “basket” to hold goodies for Christmas or Valentine’s Day, or fill them with potpourri and hang them around your home.  You can use red and white, which is traditional for these woven hearts, or mix and match your favorite colors to add this cozy festive touch to your décor!

Woven Felt Heart

Materials:

  • Two pieces of different colored paper or felt (bigger pieces of paper equal bigger hearts)
  • Scissors

Instructions:

  1. Fold each piece of felt in half hamburger style.
  2. Cut the folded felt in half.  You’ll only need one half of each color.
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  3. On the unfolded side, cut to round the tops.  This will become the top of the heart.  I cut both of mine at the same time so they were the same.  If you want to use a pattern, you can find one to your liking online.
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  4. On the folded side, cut your strips for weaving.  Four strips should be enough for beginners.  Don’t cut all the way through, just about an inch from the top.
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  5. The weaving can get confusing, so rather than explain it with words here, I suggest checking out this YouTube video to see it in person:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jur29ViLEhk
  6. Continue weaving until your heart is complete.  Once done, open your heart to reveal the pocket!  Add a handle if you want and fill it with whatever you like!
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  7. I made another heart with the remaining two halves of felt, this time cutting 6 strips on each side.
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Hygge Week: Happiness

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“Happiness consists more in small conveniences or pleasures that occur every day than in great pieces of good fortune that happen, but seldom.”
The Little Book of Hygge

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Hygge Week: Danish Curried Meatballs

Happy Hygge Week!

It’s time to get cozy…time to forget about the fact that it’s Monday and to just find your happy place.  It’s time to dig out your woolen socks, wrap yourself in that thick-knit blanket you bought on Etsy when those were a thing, and sip a hot cup of tea, coffee, milk chocolate or cider as you read or listen to your favorite jazz record.  It’s time to hygge.

I first heard about hygge on NPR when the author of The Little Book of Hygge, Meik Wiking, was interviewed after the word “hygge” was named the Oxford English Dictionary’s Word of the Year in 2016.  He spent about 10 minutes trying to explain how to say “hygge” (it’s pronounced HOO-gah), then went into explaining the idea behind this Danish lifestyle.

Roughly translated to mean “cozy”, hygge is a lifestyle concept.  It’s about making your atmosphere cozy, about building in elements of togetherness, savoring simple pleasures, and encouraging yourself to embrace relaxation.

Think about the ultimate cozy afternoon…a storm brewing outside…a big blanket on your feet…a fire raging while you read your favorite murder mystery book…this is all hygge…and it’s amazing.

After hearing about hygge on NPR, I stored it away in my brain and meant to come back to it, but honestly totally and completely forgot about it…that is until one of my dear friends suggested I read this book called, The Little Book of Hygge and write about it on The Hobbee Hive…and here we are!  Thanks, Bridget!! ❤

My husband read The Little Book of Hygge first and was instantly hooked.  I read it after him and also fell in love with this lifestyle.  We immediately began incorporating hygge into our life…being more present at home, cooking delicious meals together while listening to jazz music, even removing the TV from our living room to encourage more discussion and togetherness with friends and family.

Hygge has become such an important part of our lives that I couldn’t wait to share it with all of you!  I wanted to wait until the fall/winter to make it easier to embrace hygge, as it is harder (but not impossible) to be hygge in the warmer months.

And there’s no better way to experience a full hygge experience than with a rich, delicious, stick-to-your-ribs comfort meal!

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Pulled right from The Little Book of Hygge, this meatballs recipe is so delicious and will make your home smell AMAZING.  Turn on some Sarah Vaughn and let yourself embrace the night with this tasty and comforting hygge recipe!

Danish Curried Meatballs

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup breadcrumbs or 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 egg
  • 2 finely chopped onions
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4½ lbs. ground pork
  • 4 cups beef stock

For Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 heaping tablespoons mild yellow curry powder
  • 1 large chopped onion
  • 1 large chopped leek
  • 5 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish

Place the breadcrumbs or flour with the egg, onions, garlic, salt and pepper in a big bowl and mix well. Add the pork, mix it again and leave in the fridge for one hour.

Using a spoon, form the mixture into the meatballs. Boil a pan of water, add the beef stock and the meatballs and let it simmer for five to ten minutes (depending on the size of the meatballs). Remove the meatballs from the liquid, but retain it.

Melt the butter in a pot, add the curry powder and let it brown for a couple of minutes.

Add the chopped onion and leek and let them, too, brown for a couple of minutes. Add flour, and mix well. Then add some of the cooking liquid, little by little, stirring until the sauce thickens. Add the cream and the meatballs and simmer for about 12 minutes.

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Garnish with parsley and serve with rice, noodles, or garlic mashed potatoes, like I did!

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The Snowman Book Review

Remember this scene in The Office where Dwight tortures Jim with a bunch of snowmen?

Now add an alcoholic police investigator, an insane killer out for revenge, and a few body parts tucked comfortably into those icy cold torsos and you’ve got Jo Nesbo’s crime thriller, The Snowman.

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The inspiration behind the recent film of the same name (which SUCKED, by the way), The Snowman is the seventh novel in the Harry Hole detective series, but you don’t have to have any prior knowledge of his books to enjoy this one.

Set in Oslo, Norway, The Snowman is a murder-mystery thriller that will leave you questioning everyone in this story.  Just when you think you have the murderer pegged, something changes and you’re left right back where you started…and you’re not alone.  Police investigator, Harry Hole, is left just as confused…for the closer he gets to the killer, the terrifying game the killer is playing with him is suddenly revised.

Always striking after a fresh snowfall, the killer chooses his victims specifically and with reason…then leaves clues for the police buried inside a freshly made snowman.  Some snowmen sport decapitated heads, others hold cell phones or scarves.  The victims all have something in common…the only question is what?

Though this book was somewhat slow to start, once it got started, The Snowman was impossible to put down. Fiercely suspenseful, this novel is filled with amazing characters that seem to come to life right on the page. I have to admit that this book had me guessing the whole time and the ending was totally worth the wait, if I do say so myself!

Now, if you’re the kind of person who thinks, “Why read the book when I can just see the movie?” do yourself a favor and actually read the book this time.  The movie makes the killer way too obvious and leaves out MAJOR plot holes that heavily drive the story along in the novel.  Even though Michael Fassbender is in it, I’m telling you it’s not worth it.  Watch him in Shame instead.  Trust me, you’ll thank me later.  😉

A cold-blooded murder mystery thriller that will have you looking twice at any snowman that pops up in your neighborhood, The Snowman is a creep-tastic novel that will chill you to the bone.  Bundle up for this one…just like the first snowfall of winter, this book will leave you cold and shivering.

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