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These viral Valentines from Amazon are hilariously non-sensical

Thousands of moms have shared her post, and Busch tells Motherly,"Nothing builds solidarity quite like a mom fail!"

These viral Valentines from Amazon are hilariously non-sensical
Abbey Busch

Mama Abbey Busch went super-viral this week thanks to a scenario many of us can relate to—she's been busy this month so she ordered some Valentines cards on Amazon.

But her now-viral post proves that sometimes things are lost in translation in Amazon's global marketplace. Busch's V-Day cards appear to have been authored by Google translate or a bad bot.

"All my life, just to make half of you"  ???

"I can't stop laughing: I'm about to go out of town for a few days & I was just trying to make sure I had everything prepared to leave behind for Vday, stuff for the kids, all their class Valentines labeled, etc...Last week I found some on Amazon that came with little plastic animals, showed the Valentines to Ella, & she loved them. I ordered, they came, she put them together...done. I admittedly never sat down to read the captions, until now. They are creepy & MAKE NO SENSE. She's already labeled the backs & is so excited, & made sure each classmate got the "right" animal. Keep in mind these are going out to a bunch of Kindergartners," Busch captioned a Facebook post showing the hilariously non-sensical cards.

"See you appear, feel the whole body is overpowered" ???

Thousands of moms have shared her post, and Busch tells Motherly,"Nothing builds solidarity quite like a mom fail!"

She tells us that she usually reads Amazon reviews and recommends other parents do too if they want to avoid her mistake. "This is the one time I was in a hurry and simply didn't [check the reviews]. Lesson learned," says Busch, who is taking her "mom fail" in stride.

"You sweep the house for me, I sweep the world for you" ???

The first Amazon review on these Valentines explains it all:

"My daughter got these for her 2nd grade class. The plastic animals are great. Even better than we hoped. They are heavy and really cute. However, the messages on the cards are really weird for kids; considering they come with animals, they are clearly meant for kids," the reviewer writes.

They continue: "The photo with these shows a card that says 'Happy Valentine's Day to you' so we assumed they all said that. Nope! Many of the messages make no sense. Our favorite was 'You sweep the house for me, I sweep the world for you.' We also enjoyed 'All my life just to make half of you.' We ended up printing out labels to stick on them, apologizing for the weird messages! Hopefully the kids and their parents have a good sense of humor about it!"

The moms are having a good sense of humor about them, dear reviewer. 😂

Three stars for nonsense 

One confused dad left this three star review:

"I really like the twisty to attach the animals it was easy to prepare. the little animals are kinda wonky and weird shaped...but they were a joy to my daughter. And really that was the only reason she picked them. Each one has its own phrase which was cool but im not sure some are really 100% kid appropriate and some don't make sense."

"Love can not extricate themselves." 

Another parent left three stars, noting: "My son loves wild animals and picked these valentines because he thought the animals were cute. The animals are just as cute in person as they are in the pictures, and the cards are a nice weight. The reason I don't rate this five stars is because the cards have odd or peculiar phrases."

Yeah, we would say the phrase "So fell in love with you, love can not extricate themselves" is pretty odd.

"How I want to accompany you through the crowds" 

This one actually makes more sense than the others. Like sometimes love means going to a theme park you don't really want to visit but that your kids are really excited about, right?

This two star review on Amazon proves that this was probably the best of the messages:

"The 'messages' on the Valentines are very creepy sounding.

Most of the messages also have bad English Grammer. Some of the messages include
1) I am bad, because of you, I am good only for you!
2) I like you, and I live the one who likes you!
3) Dont Forget me. Nobody but you will remember me
4) Lets get together while we are so young.
The animals are cute, but we will not be giving these out to the 2nd graders..I will keep them and use that as a gag gift for my friends."

Thanks for the laughs, Abbey! 

Thank you, Abbey, for posting your "mom fail." We would respectfully disagree with you on it being a fail, though.

During a week when parents are so stressed out about getting cards, snacks and red outfits ready (on top of everything else we've got to do) your viral post made us feel the "ripple of love" or at least a ripple of laughter. 😂


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Motherly editors’ 7 favorite hacks for organizing their diaper bags

Make frantically fishing around for a diaper a thing of the past!

As any parent knows, the term "diaper bag" only scratches the surface. In reality, this catchall holds so much more: a change of clothes, bottles, snacks, wipes and probably about a dozen more essential items.

Which makes finding the exact item you need, when you need it (read: A diaper when you're in public with a blowout on your hands) kind of tricky.

That's why organization is the name of the game when it comes to outings with your littles. We pooled the Motherly team of editors to learn some favorite hacks for organizing diaper bags. Here are our top tips.

1. Divide and conquer with small bags

Here's a tip we heard more than a few times: Use smaller storage bags to organize your stuff. Not only is this helpful for keeping related items together, but it can also help keep things from floating around in the expanse of the larger diaper bag. These bags don't have to be anything particularly fancy: an unused toiletry bag, pencil case or even plastic baggies will work.

2. Have an emergency changing kit

When you're dealing with a diaper blowout situation, it's not the time to go searching for a pack of wipes. Instead, assemble an emergency changing kit ahead of time by bundling a change of baby clothes, a fresh diaper, plenty of wipes and hand sanitizer in a bag you can quickly grab. We're partial to pop-top wipes that don't dry out or get dirty inside the diaper bag.

3. Simplify bottle prep

Organization isn't just being able to find what you need, but also having what you need. For formula-feeding on the go, keep an extra bottle with the formula you need measured out along with water to mix it up. You never know when your outing will take longer than expected—especially with a baby in the mix!

4. Get resealable snacks

When getting out with toddlers and older kids, snacks are the key to success. Still, it isn't fun to constantly dig crumbs out of the bottom of your diaper bag. Our editors love pouches with resealable caps and snacks that come in their own sealable containers. Travel-sized snacks like freeze-dried fruit crisps or meal-ready pouches can get an unfair reputation for being more expensive, but that isn't the case with the budget-friendly Comforts line.

5. Keep a carabiner on your keychain

You'll think a lot about what your child needs for an outing, but you can't forget this must-have: your keys. Add a carabiner to your keychain so you can hook them onto a loop inside your diaper bag. Trust us when we say it's a much better option than dumping out the bag's contents on your front step to find your house key!

6. Bundle your essentials

If your diaper bag doubles as your purse (and we bet it does) you're going to want easy access to your essentials, too. Dedicate a smaller storage bag of your diaper bag to items like your phone, wallet and lip balm. Then, when you're ready to transfer your items to a real purse, you don't have to look for them individually.

7. Keep wipes in an outer compartment

Baby wipes aren't just for diaper changes: They're also great for cleaning up messy faces, wiping off smudges, touching up your makeup and more. Since you'll be reaching for them time and time again, keep a container of sensitive baby wipes in an easily accessible outer compartment of your bag.

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It's science: Why your baby stops crying when you stand up

A fascinating study explains why.

When your baby is crying, it feels nearly instinctual to stand up to rock, sway and soothe them. That's because standing up to calm babies is instinctual—driven by centuries of positive feedback from calmed babies, researchers have found.

"Infants under 6 months of age carried by a walking mother immediately stopped voluntary movement and crying and exhibited a rapid heart rate decrease, compared with holding by a sitting mother," say authors of a 2013 study published in Current Biology.

Even more striking: This coordinated set of actions—the mother standing and the baby calming—is observed in other mammal species, too. Using pharmacologic and genetic interventions with mice, the authors say, "We identified strikingly similar responses in mouse pups as defined by immobility and diminished ultrasonic vocalizations and heart rate."

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