7 Things You'll Find In The Perfect Recipe For Impressing Your S.O.'s Family On Thanksgiving

7 Things You'll Find In The Perfect Recipe For Impressing Your S.O.'s Family On Thanksgiving

There's no such thing as too many pleases, thank yous, and smiles!

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There is absolutely nothing on the planet that is more nerve-wracking than your first holiday dinner with you significant other's family. Not only do you have to impress their immediate family, but it's extremely likely that there will be extended family there as well and this may be your first impression on them. While you're playing every worst-case scenario through your head, relax and remember that this is also a huge opportunity to impress your potential in-laws and earn some major brownie points.

With these few etiquette tips, Thanksgiving dinner will be nothing but a breeze. Here are a few pointers on surviving Thanksgiving with your partner's family:

Dress appropriately

It's obvious that ripped jeans are a major no for Thanksgiving, but that doesn't meant that every other outfit option is a good idea, either. It's a good idea to talk to your significant other before the big Thanksgiving feast to get an idea of how his family dresses. Are jeans okay? Is a dress going to be too much? You definitely don't want to be underdressed, but being overdressed can be just as awkward.

Don't show up empty-handed

Whether it's a pie and bottle of wine to share or a gift card for the hosts, it's always a smart idea to bring something for the family hosting (and will earn you major brownie points as well). After all, they are feeding you all of that yummy turkey!

Come with conversation starters

You never want the conversation to be all about you, and it's important to show a genuine interest in his family and their personal lives. Come to dinner prepared with questions to ask his family to keep the conversation flowing and to prove that you're interested in their lives. Where do his parents work? Is Grandpa interested in golf? How is his brother's favorite football team doing? Here's a handy list of over 250 conversation starters, just in case.

Know your limit

Wine at Thanksgiving is completely okay. Getting wine drunk in front of your significant other's family definitely is not. Know your limit and watch your intake!

Eat the food, but not all of it

Don't be afraid that they're judging you for how much you're eating. It is Thanksgiving after all! Trying all of the food is a major compliment for whoever cooked and prepared the meal. However, don't be that person who scarfs down all of the food and leaves nothing for everybody else. Instead of helping yourself to your fifth round of potatoes, let somebody else have the rest.

Offer to help with clean up

Cleaning up the mess is definitely the least glamorous part of the day. While you don't really want to help clean up, neither does the family that's hosting. When you notice things are starting to wrap up, ask how you can help with the clean up. Even if they reject your help, they'll appreciate your thoughtfulness and willingness.

Manners, manners, manners

It should be a given, but there's no such thing as too many pleases, thank yous, and smiles!

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An Open Letter To The Girl In A Toxic Relationship Who Doesn't See The Signs To Let Go

"it took letting go to realize that I was holding onto nothing" -R.H Sin

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Dear you,

I hope you're doing well. I once thought I was too. I once thought that if he would just change, for me, everything would work. However, my sweet girl, you should not have to change people, you should not have to push people to be better, for you. You cannot help anyone, that does not want to help themselves.

In the movies, we learn to love a bad boy that needs changing. However, it isn't always your job to be boys saving grace. However, his shaming and emotional abuse is not just something you should put up with so that you can love him. That is not loving.

Love is not a constant competition of who could belittle the other one first. Love is not asking for a hug and being told no. Love does not make you feel stupid for bringing up things that hurt your feelings.

Love does not grow angry because you talk to your mom about your feelings. Love does not body shame. Love does not constantly change the passcode to their phone.

Love does not laugh when you find out they're unfaithful. Love does not tell you that you are not smart enough to accomplish anything. Love does not force their hand up your thigh when the words "no" slip out of your mouth.

Love is the warmth of a hand on your cheek when you get anxious. Love is getting your backpack out the car for you. Love is turning around when you need them. Love compromises.

Love is encouraging. Love is proud. Love is forgiving. Love sees you for who you are. Love knows you are worthy.

God is your Father and you are His daughter, so do not believe for one second that this abuse is the love you think you deserve.

Love will not always be easy. Love will be challenging and a constant prayer to not anger so quickly.

However, do not mix up challenging with the abuse. If you are losing the good pieces of yourself, then it isn't love. I know that you put a lot of time and effort into this relationship, but it is no good, you are holding on to someone whose heart is not in the right place to love you.

I connected with a poem from R. H. Sin, once I left my toxic relationship which reads, "it took letting go to realize that I was holding onto nothing."

Darling girl, you are so loved by so many people, do not let this relationship hold you back or make you feel less worthy than you are. I have always been the girl with her nose stuck up in the air smelling for smoke, to follow the trail to a burning house to find a boy that needed saving, but it is more than likely a boy that lit the fire in the first place and needs changing.

So, do not be me, be better. Be the girl that lights her own world on fire, for her work, for her family, for God. You are you and you are amazing, so do not fear being without him.

You will feel as if you have come up for air after drowning in an ocean that you had no idea you were swimming in.

The emotional abuse that this boy has put you through and maybe even physical abuse will leave you building walls around your heart. It will make other relationships hard, but you are so so strong.

You will meet someone that makes you so happy and feel so easy to love, you will never understand how you stuck around with the one that hurt you for so long.

You deserve to grow from this, and I promise you will.

Let go.

xoxo,

The girl who learned from a toxic relationship

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Being Far Away From My Boyfriend Actually Strengthened Our Relationship Instead Of Forcing It Apart

While we were apart, we became closer.

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Before I really start this article, I just want to say that my relationship isn't truly a long distance relationship. We are both college students at the same university eight months out of the year, but the other four months we live quite a distance apart. Even during those four months, we are only about 150 miles from each other as the bird flies, but really about three hours from each other.

Being in a relationship where I'm not able to see my boyfriend every day or even every week has been a real challenge. But it's been a good challenge. It hasn't been a challenge because I've felt unfaithful or fallen out of love with him in any way. It's challenging because I miss him. We both work jobs and our schedules aren't the same and oftentimes we aren't able to talk to each other unless it's early in the morning or late at night. There are times when all I want to do is talk to him and tell him about how my day went and get a big bear hug from him. Unfortunately, I'm not really able to do this.

I firmly believe that being apart from each other for days, weeks, or even months have brought us closer than we could've ever imagined. We knew that this would be difficult, and we knew that there would be bad days, but we decided to power through it. It has made each time that we are able to see each other so much more special and meaningful.

Seeing each other has become more of spending time with each other than just laying around on the couch playing around on our phones. It's become really getting to know each other better and catching up on all the things we had missed. It's become a time for us to simply be in each other's presence and enjoy being able to talk face to face without a phone in the middle of us. We go on more adventurous dates, we take more pictures, and I think we would both easily say that we fall more and more in love with each other after each opportunity we have to spend time together.

Spending time together is no longer a daily activity, but it has become a right to be earned through hard work and several paychecks as travel can become expensive. We no longer take opportunities to see each other for granted, and it has made us grow closer because we aren't able to spend time together often. We look forward to the days when we won't have to worry about being apart but know that this is only a stepping stone in our relationship.

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