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After Super Bowl loss, students blame Falcons for school tardiness

Monday morning wasn't easy for Atlanta Falcons fans.

The Falcons made history Sunday night in Super Bowl LI, but not in the way fans had hoped. The team blew a 25-point lead over the New England Patriots in the the worst collapse ever seen in a Super Bowl.

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Many struggled to get out of bed and make it to work on time Monday, and it was no different for students.

At Greater Atlanta Christian School in Gwinnett County, Georgia, several students admitted their reason for being late had to do with the Super Bowl. But one student’s reason takes the cake.

Under “reason” on the tardy list, the student wrote, “Failed to rise up."

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The school posted the list on its Facebook page, saying, “This might be our favorite tardy excuse … ever.”

So for everyone who spent time trying to come up with clever excuses for being late, it turns out that honesty really is the best policy.

>> See the post here

This might be our very favorite tardy excuse...ever. "Failed to rise up." #riseupPosted by Greater Atlanta Christian School on Monday, February 6, 2017

Cavs' J.R. Smith holds premature baby girl for first time in heartwarming photo

NBA star J.R. Smith shared a heartwarming moment with his Instagram followers Monday.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard posted a photo of himself holding his premature baby daughter, Dakota, for the first time. 

"Today is one of the greatest days of my life. Today I get to hold my youngest for the first time! GOD is GREAT! #DakotaStrong," wrote the father of three.

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Today is one of the greatest days of my life. Today I get to hold my youngest for the first time! GOD is GREAT! #DakotaStrong A photo posted by JR Smith (@teamswish) on Feb 6, 2017 at 9:10am PST <script async defer src="//"></script>

Smith and wife Jewel Harris revealed in January that Dakota was born five months early.

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"We decided to share with the world what’s been going on with our family the past five days," Harris said in a video posted Jan. 7. "We know a lot of you guys congratulated us on the expectancy of our little baby girl, but we had her five months early. She’s 5 days old today, and her name is Dakota, and she weighs 1 pound."

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.@TheRealJRSmith and his wife share difficult family news.— UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) January 7, 2017 <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script>

(h/t WJW-TV)

10-year-old inspires people around the world with motivational speeches

A 10-year-old New Jersey boy is inspiring people around the world with his motivational speeches.

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Nyeeam Hudson loves to spread positivity. He has built a YouTube and Instagram empire to spread his messages of encouragement under the name “King Nahh.”

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He is currently working on publishing a book called "We Are All Kings," which aims to inspire young men. He also has plans to publish a sequel, "We Are All Queens," aimed at young women.

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Must-see: Mom shares photos of niece's hilarious babysitting hack

A teenager’s babysitting hack is making a lot of people smile on social media.

When 15-year-old J’Ann Sorhaindo was keeping an eye on her 2-month-old cousin, Ava Pemberton, she had a sudden hankering for a sandwich.

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Mom Claudia Sorhaindo shared photos of her niece's solution to Facebook.

“So I had to run out the house for a quick min, so I asked my niece to babysit Baby Ava. A few min later I received a text saying that J’Ann wanted to make a sandwich but didn’t want to let baby Ava out of her sight,” Claudia wrote. “Creativity at its finest!”

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So I had to run out the house for a quick min, so I asked my niece to babysit Baby Ava. A few min later I received a...Posted by Claudia Sorhaindo on Friday, January 27, 2017

The Lakeland, Florida, mother told “Today” that she was amused by the photo and is thankful that her nieces help out with taking care of her baby.

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“J’Ann knows how protective I am with Ava,” Claudia said. “Some might say I’m a little paranoid. I’m always checking to see if she’s breathing, so J’Ann showed me she is making sure she is keeping her eyes on Ava.”

Claudia’s Facebook post has been shared more than 270,000 times. She created a GoFundMe account to raise money for mass production of a pants design to "help caregivers everywhere." 

'Get off your phone': Day care sign chastises parents

A sign posted at a Texas day care urges parents to get off their phones and pay attention to their children. 

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"You are picking up your child! Get off your phone!" the sign reads. "Your child is happy to see you. Are you happy to see your child? We have seen children trying to hand their parents their work they completed, and the parent is on the phone."

The sign went on to cite a specific example of a parent neglecting their child and a strong opinion opposing the action. 

"We have heard a child say, 'Mommy, Mommy, Mommy ...' and the parent is paying more attention to the phone than their own child," the message said. "It is appalling."

A photo of the sign, posted on Facebook by Juliana Farris Mazurkewicz, has been shared more than 1 million times on the social media platform. 

The post has garnered thousands of comments. 

"Sign of the times," one user wrote. "And we wonder where our kids get it from."

Another user said the situation depended on the nature of the call and that important work calls should be acceptable to take. 

Another user claimed the sign was out of line, as parents should raise their children how they see fit. 

"I thought it was pretty funny and relevant," Mazurkewicz told WTSP. "I've seen parents on the phone picking up, but not to the extent that the staff does, I'm guessing ... I think that it needed to be said. It's a good reminder to all of us. The day care is awesome. They are very loving and obviously have the best interest of the children in mind. Their business is our children."

Posted at the daycare today!Posted by Juliana Farris Mazurkewicz on Friday, January 27, 2017




Woman goes to hospital for back pain, learns she's pregnant with quadruplets

Brianna Chambers contributed to this report.

A Georgia woman and doctors at a Georgia hospital made history with the arrival of the hospital's first-ever set of quadruplets.

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Julie and Justin Davidson welcomed four daughters Saturday at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville.

McKenna weighed 3 pounds, Teagan weighed 3 pounds 2 ounces, Callie weighed 2 pounds 6 ounces and Sawyer weighed 2 pounds 10 ounces. The babies and their mother are doing well.

Mama and babies are doing good! McKenna weighed 3 lbs, Teagan weighed 3lbs 2oz, Callie weighed 2lbs 6 oz, and Sawyer...Posted by The Davidson Quads on Saturday, January 21, 2017

According to a post on the couple's GoFundMe page, Julie was shocked to learn they were expecting quadruplets. Before she knew she was expecting quadruplets, Julie went to the emergency room about six to seven weeks into her pregnancy for back pain.

"We knew we were having a baby but had no idea that we were having quadruplets until I had went to the ER for bad back pain and had an ultrasound," Julie, 23, wrote.

She told the Associated Press that she knew she was having one baby, but she feared the back pain indicated a potential miscarriage.

"Then when the guy said there are four, I freaked out," Julie wrote on the GoFundMe page.

The news of the foursome was especially unexpected because the children were naturally conceived and multiples don't run in Julie's or Justin's families.

Justin, 25, was excited from the moment he found out.

"Justin had went to get me apple juice while we waited on the doctor, and I called him crying telling him he needed to come back now," Julie wrote. "From the moment I told him, he's had the biggest smile and has been positive and my rock, and I'm so thankful for him!"

"Four babies?" Justin asked. "She was crying and I was like, 'This is going to be awesome, like super fun,'" he said.

The couple also cares for Bentley, Justin's son from a previous relationship. They are asking for help to support their now family of seven. If you would like to donate, click here.

The couple has already reached out to church and family members for help with their new additions.

"They say God won't give you more than you can handle. I'm like, maybe he's got me mixed up with someone else," Julie jokingly told the AP.

NC pastor, wife expecting twins after losing sons in deadly crash

A Charlotte couple who lost both of their children in a crash in 2015 is expecting twins.

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Hadley and Gentry Eddings made the announcement Sunday on the Prayers for the Eddings Family Facebook page.

Gentry, who is a pastor at Forest Hill Church, and his wife Hadley, who teaches 4-year-olds at the church, expressed their gratitude to the community, which has supported them since the Memorial Day weekend accident.

"Y'all have held us up in prayer and we are so grateful," the post reads. "Now we ask you to add two more (Eddingses) to your prayers! We are expecting twins this summer!" 

Y'all have held us up in prayer and we are so grateful! Now we ask you to add two more Eddings to your prayers! We are expecting twins this summer!Posted by Hadley Eddings on Sunday, January 22, 2017

Matthew Deans, 28, was sentenced to 27 to 32 months in prison after the truck he was driving rear-ended Hadley's car on Highway 17. The family was returning from Gentry's sister's wedding on Memorial Day weekend when Deans crashed a box truck into the family's cars at a red light near Wilmington, North Carolina.

Dobbs Eddings, 2, was killed immediately. Reed Eddings, who had not yet been born, was delivered by emergency C-section but died at a hospital. Hadley Eddings was eight months pregnant.

Posted by Hadley Eddings on Thursday, May 28, 2015

"The Lord has not left us for one second in our grief of losing our two boys almost 2 years ago," the couple said in a statement. "God is a redeemer and a restorer! God blesses us beyond what we deserve or could ever imagine. We are excited that Dobbs and Reed are going to be big brothers to twins! We are so thankful for our family and so many friends who have prayed for us and cheered us on our way. We're rejoicing, and thank Jesus for these two precious little ones."

Deans pleaded guilty and apologized to the Eddingses in an emotional court hearing in September 2015.

The couple publicly announced that they forgave Deans.

"We are thankful that Matthew Deans was willing to accept responsibility for what has happened. We believe he was sincere in his apology. Our hearts still have compassion for him, and we were glad to have the opportunity to express our forgiveness to him directly. Our hope and prayer is that he would be restored and live a good life," the Eddingses said in a statement.

White House photographer shares his favorite pictures of the Obamas

White House chief official photographer Pete Souza has shared many photographed moments of the Obamas.

Over the years, he's repeatedly been asked to name his favorite photo. So, as he gets ready to leave the White House, he decided to share that favorite moment.

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It came in 2010, when Washington, D.C., was covered in snow, and Souza was forced to sleep in his office at the White House because he knew he probably couldn't drive there in the morning.

"People are always asking me to choose my favorite picture of the President. But I just can't do it," Souza wrote on Instagram. "So let me tell you about my favorite day. It was a Saturday in February 2010. Washington was under siege with snow. I slept in my office overnight, knowing I probably couldn't drive to the White House the next day. And then I guessed...and yes, hoped...that the President of the United States would be a dad and play with his girls in the snow. And he did."

A photo posted by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on Jan 17, 2017 at 7:22pm PST

He followed up his original photo with two more of the same special moment in time, each showing President Obama playing in the snow with his daughters, Malia and Sasha. The first was captioned, "Snow angels. 2010."

Snow angels. 2010. A photo posted by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on Jan 17, 2017 at 7:24pm PST

The next was captioned, "Snowstorm 2010. The President with Sasha and Malia."

Snowstorm 2010. The President with Sasha and Malia. A photo posted by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on Jan 17, 2017 at 7:25pm PST

Parents warn others of mold inside popular teething toy

A popular teething toy for infants is susceptible to mold, according to some parents who took a closer look at the inside of the toy.

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Pediatric dentist Dana Chianese said she used to recommend the Sophie the Giraffe teething toy to parents regularly. But that was before she made a discovery in her own children's Sophies. 

Chianese said she noticed an unpleasant smell coming from a hole in the toy when she went to clean it recently. 

"I decided to cut into Sophie out of curiosity and discovered a science experiment living inside," Chianese told Good Housekeeping. "Smelly, ugly mold living in my infant's favorite chew toy."

Warning for parents: your baby's Sophie the Giraffe toy might be full of mold. Last month, mother Dana Chianese...Posted by Julie Dolan on Monday, January 16, 2017

Chianese said she had cleaned the toy before, following its cleaning instructions to use hot, soapy water and a damp sponge. She had always avoided submerging the toy in water, as the instructions directed.

But when she cut the toy open, she found spores of black mold attached to the toy's rubber.

"It still hurts my heart to know that for months I allowed my babies to chew on moldy toys," she told Good Housekeeping. "I no longer buy any chew toys with a hole or recommend any to my patients."

After Chianese's discovery was made public, other parents began inspecting their rubber giraffes and took to social media and product reviews to share their experiences. 

Just cut up Millie's Sophie the giraffe after seeing a post and it's full of mould 😷 disgustingPosted by Jade Mayo on Sunday, January 15, 2017

"Beware! If you have a drooly baby, moisture will get in the hole and you'll end up with mold," one Amazon customer wrote last year. "We've had ours for two years and the entire inside is coated with black mold."

Vulli, the French company that makes the Sophie toy, says moisture should not get inside the toy giraffe.

Other parents said they found their children's Sophie toys to be clean and safe. 

Ok, it's with great sadness that our Sophie the Giraffe came to her end this morning. Luckily though Dougie was very...Posted by Laura Gratton on Monday, January 16, 2017

According to Lyuba Konopasek, an assistant professor of pediatrics at New York Presbyterian/Weil Cornell Medical Center, exposure to mold in toys is usually OK, except in cases in which a child has an immune disorder. Those with mold allergies may experience coughing and itchy eyes.

"The only way to prevent mold inside plastic toys is to make sure they are cleaned and thoroughly dried," said Carolyn Forte, director of the Cleaning Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute.

Forte advised washing plastic toys in hot, sudsy water or in the dishwasher.

But Laurie Schraenen, a spokeswoman for Sophie the Giraffe, said the toy is meant to have its surface cleaned with a damp cloth and that it should not be immersed in the water.

"Each complaint received is taken very seriously and ... the return of the product is always asked for further examination," Schraenen told Good Housekeeping in a statement. "Furthermore, please know that the safety of children and satisfaction of their parents is our main priority. For the past 55 years, we have always strived to exceed security standards and all of our products comply with the most stringent global standards."

Read more at Good Housekeeping.

Even if you clean it really well, there's a good chance the inside is still covered in mold.Posted by Good Housekeeping on Saturday, January 14, 2017

Jessica Alba's Honest Co. recalls organic baby powder over infection risk

Jessica Alba's The Honest Co. is recalling its organic baby powder over risks of eye and skin infections.

The company, co-founded by Alba and Christopher Gavigan, announced earlier this month that it is recalling "all lots" of the product "due to possible contamination with microorganisms, including some species associated with skin infections or eye infections."

"We've decided to voluntarily recall this product out of an abundance of caution," Gavigan said last week in a YouTube video.

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The recalled product has a UPC of 817810014529 and was sold in 4-ounce containers. Customers who bought the baby powder can return it for a refund.

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For more information, call 1-888-688-8653 in the U.S. or 1-888-532-0190 in Canada from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday. Customers also can email with the subject "Baby Powder."

Read more here.

#RECALL: @Honest recalls their Organic Baby Powder due to possible eye and skin infections— Today's Parent (@Todaysparent) January 14, 2017

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