Studies Show Children Get Most Of Their Genes From Maternal Grandmother

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New studies have shown that children get most of their genes from their maternal grandmothers, and honestly, I believe it without even seeing proof! It’s been two years since my maternal grandmother passed away, and upon digging out her old photos when she died, we discovered a photo of her when she was my age. The resemblance is striking!

The research shows that we inherit DNA, temperament, tastes, and even emotions from our maternal grandmothers. Alejandro Jodorowsky, a Chilean essayist, offered this research after writing a book called Metagenealogy: Self-Discovery Through Psychomagic and the Family Tree. It explains the genetic influence that maternal grandmothers have on their grandchildren.

Photo of a maternal grandmother and her grandchild at the same age
Photo of a maternal grandmother and her grandchild at the same age / Goodfullness

Why we look like our maternal grandmothers

Alejandro explains that it’s not uncommon for genes to skip generations, meaning that genes from our grandmother skip our mothers and get passed down to the grandchild (3rd generation) of the bunch. This is why some children might look more like their grandmother, or even their aunts or uncles, than they do their own parents!

Even if they don’t look like a spitting image of their grandmother, some children can have a small blemish, the same smile, or even mannerisms that mirror their grandparent.

Photo of a maternal grandmother and her grandchild at the same age
Photo of a maternal grandmother and her grandchild at the same age / Goodfullness

Research conducted from scientists at the University of Cambridge has proven that the genetic bond between the grandmother and the grandchild comes from the X-chromosome. With that being said, grandmothers will pass 25% of their X-chromosomes to all of their grandchildren, allowing them to inherit those genes.

Additionally, paternal grandmothers only pass on their X-chromosomes to their granddaughters but not grandsons. 

Photo of a maternal grandmother and her grandchild at the same age
Photo of a maternal grandmother and her grandchild at the same age / Goodfullness

Alejandro also states that grandchildren can inherit emotional experiences from their maternal grandmothers. This means that the emotions that the grandmother feels while pregnant with the grandchild’s mom can be passed onto any future grandchildren. This is because emotional information is recorded in the DNA.

This means you might also share the same emotions as your grandmother. Can you think of any that you might share with yours?

Photo of a maternal grandmother and her grandchild at the same age
Photo of a maternal grandmother and her grandchild at the same age / My Heritage

Interested in learning more about your DNA and family genetics? Check out this interesting video that explains it all!

We bet every single grandmother has had at least one of these things in her house; did yours?

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You Can Now Buy Adorable DIY Tiny Homes On Etsy

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The tiny home movement shows no plans of slowing down. While there are many tiny home communities popping up around the country, especially for veterans, there are also tiny homes available that you can build yourself. Of course, it seems much easier to pay someone to build a tiny home for you, but you can save money if you’re handy!

If you have the skills, DIY prefab tiny homes are starting to become available on Amazon and even Etsy, the place to buy homemade gifts and crafts online. Many of these prefab homes are available for under $10,000 (although, no word on how much shipping would cost… guessing it would be pretty expensive depending on how far they have to ship the materials).

See photos of this adorable tiny home available on Etsy

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Prefab tiny home on Etsy / Etsy

This tiny home is 16 feet by 20 feet. It sounds like it comes in pieces, so you can set up the home wherever you’d like to stay put. It was made in Indonesia with reclaimed and recycled timber. It also features terracotta tiles, carved railings, and original paintings. It sure looks like a piece of art!

The seller of this home is called TrulyJogloWoodenHome and they appear to sell other prefab homes and furniture from Indonesia. At the time of posting, the homes seem to be sold out, but we bet they will put more up soon if they are becoming that popular!

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DIY tiny home on Etsy / Etsy

According to their Etsy page, “Arif Joglo is founder, owner, and CEO of Truly Joglo Kudus. Specialized in recycling timbers, manufacturing carved house designs and Architecture of Javanese prefab wooden houses. Antique collector and passionate about custom design wooden houses.”

All of the pieces they are selling look very vintage, antique and gorgeous. People truly don’t make items like that anymore. They even offer an option for custom orders. Can you imagine creating a custom tiny home with these kinds of features? It would be so much fun!

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The stages of the live edge desk in our bedroom! We are in love with the textures and grains of this piece! We will be adding shelves and a little stool soon! We can’t wait to sit here and gaze out the window while writing or blogging! #skoolie #skoolieconversion #schoolbuslife #schoolbustinyhome #tinyhouse #diytinyhome #tinyhomeonwheels #bemidji #tinyhomebus #homeiswhereyouparkit #minnesotaskoolie #schoolbusconversion

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These tiny homes would make a great tiny home of course, but it would also make a nice shed or getaway in your backyard. What do you think about this new DIY tiny home movement? Do you think you could build your own tiny home (with instructions of course)? Or would you leave it up to the experts?

Learn more about this Hawaiian family that lives in a tiny home off the grid with a baby!

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An Insider’s Perspective On What The Jon Bon Jovi Cruise Was Really Like

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Stories have been surfacing from the Jon Bon Jovi cruise that we reported on a few months ago would be taking place in April of this year. A seasoned cruise-goer who also works at PEOPLE magazine made his way to the celebrity cruise to determine if it would resemble a traditional vacation cruise line or be the exact opposite of that.

Upon boarding Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Jade ship in Miami, Shay Spence was pretty nervous, but it exceeded his expectations. Whether you’re a die-hard Bon Jovi fan or not, this cruise might be enough to convert you completely.

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A breakdown of the Bon Jovi cruise

The first thing Shay noticed was that there was a camaraderie onboard that was much different from your average cruise, and this was chalked up to the connection that everyone onboard shared about Bon Jovi. In addition to the friendly passengers, Shay noted the Norwegian Jade was refurbished in 2017 and, while it is a much older ship compared to the Norwegian Bliss and Norwegian Joy, it still offers ample cleanliness and intimacy.

For the weekend lineup, there were bands like Tonic and Collective Soul, and the man himself that everyone was there for (Bon Jovi) wouldn’t be performing until the following night.

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Have never committed to anything harder than I committed to this vibe today | 📸: my new friend @kitavanslooten

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Soon enough, they all had docked in the Bahamas and were getting ready to pick up Bon Jovi! Their port day wasn’t supposed to be until Sunday and ended up being a day earlier, to their pleasant surprise. The night that Bon Jovi was aboard, he played an acoustic storyteller set, answered the audience’s questions, and played some slowed-down versions of his hits.

Shay admits that he knew a lot more songs than he thought he knew!

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Shay Spence meeting Jon Bon Jovi / Shay Spence for PEOPLE

After that show, Shay went for a meet and greet, and the singer was nice enough to take a photo with him! While they would be dropping off Bon Jovi yet again, he would be back for a real treat onboard the cruise line. Shay calls his second performance “electrifying,” as he was not playing his hits, but rather playing on-point covers of other popular songs.

Many people onboard who were huge Bon Jovi fans said this was the most intimate concert of his that they had been to. The ship only held 2,200 people, so it felt like a real personal experience.

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After that once-in-a-lifetime intimate concert experience with Bon Jovi, Shay went to meet him a second time, to which the singer responded, “You’re back.” They shook hands and got another photo together. This would be one of the final days of the trip, as the one following that consisted of an ’80s silent disco and savoring the final moments of being able to enjoy the food at a pop-up version of the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Kitchen.

Shay confirms that this is an absolute bucket-list item for any hardcore Bon Jovi fan. There’s another trip coming up leaving from Spain in August for those who are interested!

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After 4 years of working @people I finally snuck my (sunburned) face into the magazine next to Jon Bon Jovi ⚡️⚡️⚡️ read about my brave journey on the Bon Jovi cruise in the food & travel special in this week’s issue, past all the Meghan Markle stuff

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Check out this first-hand experience of Bon Jovi singing one of his hits, “You Give Love a Bad Name” aboard the ship!

Take a look at some additional information on the cruise coming in August!

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Should You Run Or Walk To Burn Fat And Lose Weight?

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Obviously, walking and running are both great ways to exercise, burn fat, and lose weight. Many people claim that if you want to burn belly fat you should go on frequent walks and if you want to burn fat in general, you should run. It can be kind of confusing which exercise you should choose based on your weight loss goals.

Experts say that running is overall better for fat loss and losing weight. However, if you are not a regular exerciser, it can be very helpful to start with walks and work your way up to running. Running helps lose fat more quickly because it is high intensity and burns more calories.

You need to get your metabolic system activated to lose fat

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Man running / Wikimedia Commons

Some of us are born with naturally high metabolisms. For the rest of us, we have to run or work out to stay slim and trim.

According to PopSugar, Tom Holland, MS, NSCA-CSCS, an exercise physiologist and author of “The Marathon Method” says, “When you work out at a lower intensity like walking, your body will burn more fat as a percentage of total calories. You burn more total calories, as well as more calories from fat, at higher intensities. The higher your heart rate, the greater the metabolic demand and the more energy you will expend.”

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Running can also save you time. To get the same results, you would have to walk for about an hour versus running for around 20-30 minutes. Experts say you should start with walking and work your way up to a running routine. This can help avoid injury. As always, you should talk to your doctor before you start a new workout routine.

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Interval training is also a great way to burn fat. Interval training is basically pushing yourself as hard as you can for a few minutes, resting, and repeating. An example would be to run sprints for about one minute, rest for a minute, and then run at a slower pace for a few minutes and repeat. It can also help to add in hills.

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Walking / Wikipedia

Just make sure to warm up, cool down, and stretch to avoid injuries. Running three days a week is a great way to lose weight and burn fat without risking injury. If you also want to add muscle, try a strength training routine with weights. You can work your way from smaller weights to larger weights as well.

If you still prefer walking, try going on a walk every day, especially if you frequently sit for work or relaxation. Stick to a plan and you will surely see results soon. Do you prefer running or walking?

Studies also show that gardening is a great way to exercise and reduce your risk of a heart attack!

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‘Back To The Future’ Cast Reunites At MegaCon Orlando

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Cast members from the movie Back to the Future had another incredible reunion at MegaCon Orlando last week. Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, James Tolkan and Tom Wilson got together to reminisce about their times together working on the ’80s film. They joined lots of actors from other cult classics at MegaCon.

The cast spoke on a panel in front of thousands of fans and even received a standing ovation when they walked on stage. The cast members seemed just as close as ever as they joked around. It is so nice to see that cast members from movies made so long ago still get along!

See a photo of the reunion below

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‘Back to the Future’ cast reunion at MegaCon Orlando / Facebook

According to Page Six, an attendee said, “The ‘Back to the Future’ members really enjoyed each other’s company. Throughout the panel, they were all in unison —finishing each other’s sentences, intrigued in what each had to say, laughing together, etc. Tom Wilson really took center stage and was one who shared the most with the audience.”

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‘Back to the Future’ cast / Facebook

The cast reportedly talked about their favorite scenes from Back to the Future and discussed the Back to the Future ride at Universal Studios. It was a simulator ride that was inspired by the movie, but unfortunately, it has since been replaced.

Did you ever ride on the ride before it was replaced? In that spot, there is now a Simpsons ride.

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‘Back to the Future’ cast reunion / Facebook

The cast was seen together at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo in Canada recently as well. They had scheduled to reunite a year prior, but Michael J. Fox had some health issues due to his Parkinson’s disease. We are glad that he has been seen at the reunions lately and seems to be doing well!

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Michael J. Fox at MegaCon / Facebook

Back to the Future still has a cult following to this day and is one of the best movies ever!

According to IMDb, the film is about “Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown.” The movie came out in 1985 and won an Oscar. Do you remember seeing Back to the Future in theaters?

Find out what happened at the last Back to the Future cast reunion!

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Texas Movie Theater Allows You To Bring Your Dog And Drink Bottomless Wine For $15

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So, most AMC theaters are complete with comfortable reclining chairs and snacks. What more do you need? Oh, yeah. The ability to bring your dog with you enjoy unlimited wine all for a $15 ticket. That sounds so worth it! A Texas movie theater has started this trend, where you can watch movies with your furry friend next to you and enjoy some wine.

The movie theater is called K9 Cinemas and the theater opened at the end of 2018. It was designed, in particular, to allow dog-lovers to bring their best friend (their dog) along with them to enjoy the movie!

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K9 Cinemas / Yelp / Karly H.

Learn more about bringing your dogs to this one-of-a-kind theater

This concept was created by Eric Lankford and his Australian Eskimo, Bear. His idea was one ticket for a human and their dog, including bottomless wine (or, alternatively, four whiskeys) all for just $15. Additionally, you may bring a second dog for an additional $5 (but no additional humans are allowed in the same ticket).

The cinema doesn’t actually show “new” films, but they hold theme nights and one-off screenings. They actually just hosted a Game of Thrones viewing party over the weekend!

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K9 Cinemas / Yelp / Michaela S.

You know how you can buy as many snacks as you need to accompany your movie-viewing party at a normal movie theater? Well, at K9 Cinemas you can also purchase dog-friendly snacks as well, so your furry friend won’t be left out!

However, if you decide to come and visit K9 Cinemas there are a few rules all visitors need to abide by. This includes cleaning up after your dog and upon your first visit, the owner must bring papers from your vet detailing that your dog is up to date on its vaccinations.

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K9 Cinemas / Yelp / Karly H.

Eric Lankford has posted a statement on the creation of this new concept, saying, “I can’t believe we are breaking ground with a new niche nobody has done before – dogs and movies! We are excited to spread the smiles across your whole families faces, furry included, at a K9C near you coming soon!”

K9 Cinemas is open from 7:30-11pm in Plano, TX for those who are interested. Hopefully, these kinds of theaters will be extending into other states across the U.S. because I would love to take part in this!

Eric, the founder of K9 Cinemas, and his dog Bear
Eric, the founder of K9 Cinemas, and his dog Bear / K9 Cinemas

If you’re interested in learning more about this amazing, new, one-of-a-kind movie theater, take a look at this official news coverage from when it first opened.

Check out this movie theater that has implemented their own double beds while you watch your movie!

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