She needed a home-cooked meal. When I saw how her mom made that happen — wow.

She was hundreds of miles from home, but her mom knew exactly what she needed.

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When longtime dog lover Carmen found out that being a husky safari guide in the Arctic was a real job, she was thrilled.

Not many people have an opportunity to guide sled dogs through the Arctic wilderness of Finland. So when this opportunity came along, Carmen's family was super supportive.


But they were also incredibly sad because that meant that Carmen would be moving far away, indefinitely. Fighting back tears, her mom admitted:

Mom wasn't the only one feeling the emotions. Carmen got the feels too.

And after being outside for 16 hours a day in the freezing cold, home is one of the only things on this adventurer's mind.

"All I want is a home-cooked meal. And I want to be with my family. ... My mom will cook it in the kitchen. And I'll be hovering around."

Sunday dinner is what Carmen misses the most. And it's not just the yummy taste of her favorite dish, it's all about the love that goes into making it.

So the folks at Knorr hooked her up with a delicious surprise.

They put Carmen's mom on a plane and flew her hundreds of miles from England to the Arctic, where she secretly made Sunday dinner.

"I know how she likes it cooked. How I make the gravy. How I roast the potatoes. That's all personal." — Carmen's mom

After it was done simmering, a friend delivered the meal.


Carmen's reaction?

"'Oh, my God. That's great. You've been talking to my mom.' Even though I was hundreds of miles away, it was like I was back home again."

Then BOOM — her mom walks out. Surprise!


This makes me want to call my mom. It's awesome to see someone following their dreams who is still grateful for good food and family.

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Scientists predict that in the next 200 years, if the climate crisis is not mitigated, the rest of Iceland's 400 glaciers will meet the same fate.

Next month, the land that Ok once covered will be marked with a memorial plaque. Researchers from Rice University in Houston, Texas, Icelandic author Andri Snær Magnason, and geologist Oddur Sigurðsson—who first declared the glacier's lost status—will unveil the plaque in a public ceremony on August 18.

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"Declawing is a cruel and painful procedure that can create physical and behavioral problems for helpless animals, and today it stops," New York GovernorAndrew Cuomo saidin a statement, per USA Today.

Some people get their cat declawed to stop their furniture and flesh from being destroyed. However, declawing a cat isn't the best way to stop a cat from scratching. In fact, it's probably the worst. "If a person has an issue with a cat scratching, well, first of all, I'd advise them don't get a cat because that is the very nature of a cat. But, secondly, there are ways to change cats' behavior. Get scratching posts. There are vinyl sheathes that could be placed on the nails," Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal said. Rosenthal sponsored the bill and is a cat owner, herself. "[T]here's many ways to address that behavior." None of the ways you address the problem should include taking it's claws off.

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Your dinner plate shouldn't shame you for eating off of it. But that's exactly what a set being sold at Macy's did.

The retailer has since removed the dinnerware from their concept shop, Story, after facing social media backlash for the "toxic message" they were sending.

The plates, made by Pourtions, have circles on them to indicate what a proper portion should look like, along with "helpful — and hilarious — visual cues" to keep people from "overindulging."

There are serval different styles, with one version labeling the largest portion as "mom jeans," the medium portion as "favorite jeans," and the smallest portion as "skinny jeans."

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The woman recently had sex with someone she had only just met, and it was her first time hooking up with someone she had not "developed deep connections with."

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