Thomas Rhett opens up about ‘jerky’ moment in marriage

Thomas Rhett adores his wife, Lauren Akins, but he’s the first to admit he hasn’t always been the perfect husband.

The country music star, 30, opened up about reading Akins’ new memoir, “Live in Love,” Friday on “The Bobby Bones Show” and revealed he was a little embarrassed that Akins wrote about some of his “jerky” moments.

“Reading the book, I laughed a lot, I cried a little bit. There’s a couple parts where I wish that I wouldn’t have been made out to look like such a jerk,” he shared. “But there were certain parts in our marriage, for sure, that I was a little bit jerky, if you will.”

The “Marry Me” singer, who tied the knot with Akins in 2012, recalled a phone call when Akins was in Uganda during the adoption of the couple’s oldest child, Willa Gray, 4. Akins was pregnant at the time with

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Best hotels in the Catskills (Updated September 2020)

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As New York continues reopening following shutdowns due to the novel coronavirus, many city dwellers are eager to get away, even if just for a weekend. But with all the uncertainty still surrounding travel, many vacationers are looking to stay close to home. 

Roughly two hours outside of Manhattan, the Catskills offer a scenic outdoor escape. The area has seen a resurgence in recent years as developers and hoteliers have been quick to revitalize hotels around the region in the hopes of attracting the next generation of urbanites looking for fresh air to go with their cup of locally sourced artisanal coffee.

Historically, the Catskills have been known as a spiritual retreat, from iconic Woodstock to the quaint town of Phoenicia. In the 1970s, everyone from Janis Joplin to Jimi

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An interior designer and former house flipper turns used RVs into stunning tiny homes on wheels

  • Trina Sholin is a self-taught interior designer, and her husband Steve has a background in construction.
  • Using those talents, the couple has flipped over a dozen houses together.
  • They started doing the same sort of renovations on RVs eight years ago as a hobby.
  • In 2019, they made it their full-time job and founded RV Fixer Upper, buying used RVs and turning them into stylish tiny homes to sell them for a profit.
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RVs are hotter than ever right now, with companies seeing huge spikes in sales and rentals.

While some of us are only just discovering the joys of travelling with our own bathroom and kitchen, Trina Sholin has been doing it for years.

Her only problem: RVs are ugly.

“The dark dated, drab interior — after many months, it was more than I could handle,” she told Insider.

So the interior designer

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The Artist Using His Body to Tell Stories

“I’m a son, a brother, a nephew, a cousin, an uncle, a godfather, and a patchwork reflection of my ancestors,” says designer and artist Najee Wilson. Born and raised in South Carolina, the multi-hyphenate artist currently lives in Brooklyn, where his work involves set design, installation design, costume design, image-making, and telling stories through the body and movement.

Modeling is his main art form, but he thinks about it in a more expansive way than most people — for him, it’s a performance in which he uses his body to creatively influence others. He refers to himself as “a constant friend to a chosen few and an inspiration to many artists as a Muse.” In all of his work, he focuses on Black culture and identity. Both the painter Kehinde Wiley and the performance artist Marina Abramovic are major inspirations, as well as the film Dancing at Dusk — A

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55 Best Gift Ideas For Your Girlfriend

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Christine Giordano

We get it — shopping for your girlfriend is hard. You want to get her something she can actually use, rather than something that collects dust around her house (or worse, gets regifted). That’s why we’ve rounded up the best gifts for girlfriends, no matter what the occasion is. These gifts will become staples in her vanity, closet, kitchen, and elsewhere around her home, making you a serious MVP.

If you’re trying to go ham on a gift for that big anniversary or milestone birthday, don’t be afraid to invest in that $700 Dyson vacuum she’s been eyeing or a $1,000+ custom Teressa Foglia hat–both obvious winners. On the flip side, there are some things you can buy that will be just as meaningful even though you didn’t spend a ton of money on it. A month-long Masterclass membership is only $15 and will give her access to

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Wedding postponed, cancer takes over their engagement

Their source of strength is their love for each other and the promise of better days

Soon-to-be married couples worldwide had to cancel, postpone, or change their wedding plans because of Covid-19. Ryan and Trisha know this traumatic experience by heart as the lockdown was mandated just days before their big day which was originally set back in March. To make things worse, their rescheduled celebration for August was halted again due to the continued presence of coronavirus. As if this wasn’t enough of a hurdle, the couple and their families simultaneously found themselves facing a greater plight: Ryan’s battle against cancer. Amid these painful ordeals, Ryan and Trisha share their journey with us and how their relationship has become stronger in their efforts to encourage one another to keep moving forward.

Where were you in the wedding planning when Covid-19 hit?

Ryan: Everything was already set in place. Planning

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Reasons To Plan A Socially Distanced Trip To Scotland

From adventures in the Scottish Highlands to isolated island boltholes, a series of new openings and outdoor experiences make Scotland the ideal location for your future socially distanced retreat.

The recently launched 57 Nord

Having opened last summer and been closed for much of this year, 57 Nord is still being introduced to the world. This remote hideaway for two lies where mountains meet sea on the coast of Wester Ross, just minutes from Skye in the Scottish Highlands. This property combines its celebration of the surroundings—expressed through the emulation of a traditional Scottish crofter’s dwelling and panoramic views of Loch Duich, Eileen Donan Castle and the Kintail Mountains—with contemporary design fusing Scandinavian aesthetics with artisanal Scottish details. A stay here could see you tucking into freshly caught crayfish, delivered by

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Miss the Washington State Fair? Set up some fun at home with games, exhibits, food and more

Sticky masses of people, greasy junk food, livestock, the midway … Going to the fair is fun and exciting and a hallmark of every summer — except this one. The 120-year-old Washington State Fair, usually held in September, is yet another coronavirus casualty.

But we’ve got several ideas for bringing some of the spirit of the fair home, minus the crowds.

Host an animal exhibition

The critters at the Farm at SillyVille are going to be missed: the mama sows with their piglets, the sheep, the llamas, the goats, the cows, all of it.

The fair is where 4-H kids and their animals really get to shine. At home, have your kids show off some animals, whether they’re stuffies or willing pets, if you’ve got them. The kids can clean and groom the animals, then explain how to take care of them. Hand out ribbons for “Best of Show.” If

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Sensational Yorkshire self-build with Dutch and Australian influences

EU Vintage trader Bauk Mayer sought inspiration from his native Holland and from Australia when building his fabulous home

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Updated Friday, 4th September 2020, 10:26 am
The kitchen area with one of Bauk’s vintage finds – an old cutting table from a factory now upcycled as a dining table

Bauk Mayer and his wife, Jayne, are a match made in heaven when it comes to property as both are seasoned renovators. The couple’s prowess and impressive contact list was invaluable when it came to building this sensational house in Cowthorpe, near Wetherby.

“We thought we were buying a renovation project because there was an old bungalow on the site but it was in such bad condition we decided to knock it down and start from scratch,” says Dutch-born Bauk, who designed the house and project managed the build.

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When My Dad Turned Off the Internet

The pandemic tension in my house reached its peak this summer the night my dad switched off the Wi-Fi. He claimed that “You spend too much time on your phones and not enough time with the family! I never had the internet when I was your age; we used to play on the streets.”

With all due respect, when he was my age — 16 — it was the 1980s, and the world was not in the middle of a pandemic. My parents are doctors who have both had the virus and are well aware of the impact of this pandemic. Dad is just saying what many parents say because they are unsettled by how much time my generation spends online. But teenagers are wired to be social, and right now the internet is one of the few places we can safely socialize.

Later that evening I sneaked downstairs with

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