It’s no secret that a lot of people love their cars. But it seems some people really love their cars, and they do way more than just keep them clean and running smoothly.
A new survey finds that 60% of Americans consider their cars part of the family, with 56% saying they actually name their vehicles. As for how they pick those names, 42% name them after a prominent feature like the color or sound it makes, while 20% are inspired by movies, TV shows and songs, and 17% are inspired by famous cars or celebrities.
And like people are doing these days with baby names, many choose unique monikers for the four-wheeled member of their family. Some of the funniest names folks have given to their cars include:
- The Bug Slayer
- Earth Mover
- Baby Sweet Lil’ Kayden
- Fancy Jenny
- Grease Lightning
- Uriah (Note: “because it was a heap”)
- Lil’ Speedz
- Miss Tigglywinkle
- Muscle boy
- Optimus Punto
- Professor Yaffle
Source: SWNS Digital
We hear about how important self-care is and how we should all be doing more of it, but the trend is all about taking the “me time” we all deserve. It’s important for everyone, especially moms who don’t always feel like they have enough time away from the kids to spend time with friends or enjoy their hobbies. And that’s why one psychologist wants to take self-care one step further and send moms on a real vacation from their kiddos - a “momcation” - even if it’s just to the day spa.
According to psychologist Nava Silton, moms need to get away from the stresses of being a mom so they can feel refreshed and rejuvenated. She points out that a “momcation” isn’t just good for the mother, but for the whole family. That idea is backed up by a study which finds that women who take vacations at least twice a year are “less likely to become tense, depressed, or tired, and are more satisfied with their marriages.”
Of course, not every mom can hop on a plane and leave their kids, partner, and life behind while she recharges on a beach with a book in her hand. But therapist Dayna M. Kurtzexplains that the idea of a “momcation” is more than taking an annual solo trip. It can be adjusted to fit a mom’s budget and time limitations, but taking time for herself is essential for a mother.
Kurtz calls “momcations” a necessity, not a luxury. She says they’re a key part of what she calls “mothercare” - things that restore and revitalize our energy so we can provide healthy, loving care for our kids. She says it’s simple, “We need to make sure mothers are getting the time off they need, to get the job done.”
Valentine’s Day is supposed to be a holiday about love and chocolate, but it can bring a lot of pressure and plenty of people experience low self-esteem as a result, whether they’re single, in a new relationship, or married. There’s this idea that even if we’re part of a couple, it has to be a perfect relationship and we have to have this perfect Valentine’s celebration, but the reality is that nothing is perfect. So no matter what your relationship status is this February 14th, these tips can help you get through Valentine’s Day and feel good about it.
- Be all about that self-care - Shake off the Valentine’s Day negativity by taking plenty of time for self-care in whatever form feels right for you. Don’t wait for someone else to bring you flowers, get them for yourself, or treat yourself to some candy or a mani/pedi or anything that gives you a boost and brightens your day.
- Focus on all types of love - Valentine’s Day isn’t just about couples, it can celebrate all types of love, so reach out to your friends and family to tell them you love them and let that boost you up.
- Make other plans - If you feel like your self-esteem will take a hit on February 14th, turn it into something you’ll look forward to by making plans that get you excited. Book a beach vacation or even brunch with a friend to improve your mood.
- Get out & volunteer - Giving back feels good, helps others, and keeps you from feeling isolated and alone.
- Treat it like any other day - Stick to your regular routine and ignore the hyped-up holiday if you’re not into celebrating this year. It’s still just another Thursday.
- Practice gratitude - Research has shown that gratitude can boost your overall well-being and this is a great time to test if for yourself. Help shift your mindset by keeping a gratitude journal to remind you about all the things in your life that you’re thankful for.