Patrick J. Adams Jokes New Baby with Wife Troian Bellisario Has ‘Taught Me How Much Sleep Means’

Patrick J. Adams has joined the no-snooze club!

Two weeks after welcoming his first child, a daughter, with wife Troian Bellisario, the Suits alum is getting candid about the reality of new parenthood.

“Oh man, we are two weeks in. It has just taught me how much sleep means,” Adams, 37, told PEOPLE with a laugh Tuesday at the Mortal Enemy launch event in Los Angeles.

“But it is good, it’s great,” added the actor and proud new dad.

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I cannot express how grateful I am. To the people who have protected us and kept our growing family safe and respected our privacy. To our tribe for expanding with grace and exponential amounts of love. To my @halfadams for being so supportive during every moment of my pregnancy and her birth. And to whatever incredible force of fate that brought this baby girl into our lives. I couldn’t be more proud to be her mother. To bring a new girl into this world and to do my best to raise her to be kind, strong and whatever the heck she wants to be.

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Adams and Bellisario, 32, announced their daughter’s arrival on Oct. 8 alongside a photo of the newborn baby girl grasping her parents’ hands.

“The world just got 8lbs heavier. Thank you to everyone who fought for and protected our privacy during this incredible and beautiful time in our lives,” wrote Adams. “Everyone is happy and healthy and loving every moment of this. I could not be more excited to bring a baby girl into this world at this moment. We will raise her to be powerful, to always speak her mind and heart and to live without fear. It’s a brand new day and a brave new world and they are both beautiful.”

“I cannot express how grateful I am. To the people who have protected us and kept our growing family safe and respected our privacy. To our tribe for expanding with grace and exponential amounts of love,” added Bellisario alongside the same snapshot. “To my @halfadams for being so supportive during every moment of my pregnancy and her birth. And to whatever incredible force of fate that brought this baby girl into our lives.”

Continued the former Pretty Little Liars star, “I couldn’t be more proud to be her mother. To bring a new girl into this world and to do my best to raise her to be kind, strong and whatever the heck she wants to be.”

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While Bellisario never confirmed her pregnancy, the actress was spotted out and about in August sporting her baby bump in a casual ensemble while taking her beloved dogs for a walk in Los Angeles.

While she and Adams may have kept mum about their not-so-little secret, Bellisario’s friend and former costar Lucy Hale couldn’t help but rave about the star’s pregnancy.

“I think we’ve all known for a bit,” Hale, 29, told Us Weekly in August. “I’m really happy for her.”


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92 Gorgeous Photos That Show What It Really Means To Be Trans

 

Last summer, HuffPost Gay Voices asked transgender people to share photos of themselves on Twitter using the hashtag #WhatTransLooksLike in an effort to show just how diverse — and beautiful! — the trans community is.

We were absolutely gobsmacked by the response we received. In fact, people were so excited about #WhatTransLooksLike that we received countless requests for us to do another call out.

So, that’s exactly what we did. And it couldn’t have come at a better time. In the 12 months since our first #WhatTransLooksLike story, the “transgender tipping point” has tipped even further. 

From Caitlyn Jenner’s gorgeous Vanity Fair cover and emotional ESPY Awards speech to Jazz Jenning’s reality TV show debut to news that transgender soldiers may soon be able to openly serve in the military, we’ve continued to see stunning wins for the trans community in the last year.

Of course, there’s much work left to do. Trans people still face inordinately high levels of prejudice and are regularly targeted for violence. And while representations in the media of what it means to be trans are becoming more varied and nuanced, for the most part, the images, stories and experiences of trans people still do not receive the attention they deserve.

So, for all of those reasons — and because we simply wanted to showcase another collection of beautiful photos — we bring you #WhatTransLooksLike2.

 

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Caitlyn’s Vanity Fair spread broke the internet! My initial reaction was wow, she’s beautiful! However, after seeing updates on my various social media newsfeeds, my reaction shifted from joy to that of frustration.

I’ve seen posts that compared Caitlyn’s bravery to others who were, “braver.” I’ve seen posts that compared Caitlyn to other celebrities who underwent other changes. I believe that a certain group of people are missing the point here.

Bruce Jenner’s transformation to Caitlyn Jenner isn’t about some kind of point system of who’s braver than who, or why this act of transformation is accepted while others are not. This is about finally being able to live an authentic life and repair relationships.

I’m not doing this to be interesting. I’m doing this to live.

–Caitlyn Jenner, Vanity Fair

The transformation was simply bravery at a different capacity.

Comparing is a major downfall in life that can hinder people from ever accomplishing their goals. I’ve seen this happen sometimes in the spiritual/holistic community, where people feel like they don’t deserve (i.e. a satisfying income, valuable clients) because their business isn’t a “real business.”

For example, when I started my spiritual business in 2010, I could have easily compared myself to other spiritual entrepreneurs who were famous and think, how can I possibly do what they have done or something better and be successful? Or, maybe think that my spiritual gifts aren’t as profound.

Then there’s the question of why now? Well, I have an answer for that too. I’m 100 percent sure that if Bruce Jenner decided to become Caitlyn in the ’80s or ’90s, she likely would not have been accepted, and we would probably have never heard of her again. At best, Caitlyn would only have been acknowledged by a few and her career would be all but over. After reading the interview, I believe that now was the right time for the transformation.

The last question I’ve heard is, “Why continue to get married and have children?” My response is the following:

– It really is none of our business to try to ascertain the mindset of Caitlyn and her actions. That’s a conversation reserved solely for her and her family alone.

– But, let’s think about the social climate at the time and what (formerly) Bruce represented. She was an Olympic hero. Were there any times when we decided to live up to people’s expectations and put our own thoughts and emotions to the side? The answer is most likely “yes.”

– Let’s take a look at ourselves and think about the things we do or don’t do — before we start to over-analyze or condemn a person for their decision.

Divine timing is important.

While it is people’s prerogative if they choose to agree or to not accept, or even acknowledge Caitlyn, what we can take away from this whole situation is that Caitlyn (like Laverne Cox) are symbols of courage and transformation. They are the symbols for the teenager who feels alone, for that adult who was living a lie to fit into society, and to that person who was once narrow-minded.

They represent courage. They are the visual aid that many people need to help them break personal barriers in their lives.

Spirituality speaking, this is a huge event because we are constantly changing as individuals. I can personally say that I am not the same person I was five years ago. We are constantly shedding our old selves to live authentically, and embrace the new us — whatever form it may be.

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What It Means to Be the Daughter of a United States Marine

I am the oldest daughter of a United States Marine. Born in the Pink Doctor Building during the final years of a Cold War conflict we did not win, I learned to walk on Honolulu’s sandy beaches, waving to the improbable sky hippopotamus that hovered over the sea behind my base house, its tandem rotors thumping rhythms I felt in my bones, its lights flashing red and green, port and starboard, my father’s way of signaling his love to my mother and me as we collected blue glass balls that washed up on our beach. The glass balls, my father said, once floated fishing nets in far-away Japan.

My father, USMC Captain Theodore Thomas Long, Jr., piloted CH-46 Sea Knights during the final gasps of the Vietnam War. He earned his nickname, “Machine Gun,” when he asked his CO to transfer him from an assault squadron to a unit that flew medical rescue missions. Anybody who knew my father knows he could not have flown a gunship. He was not that kind of guy — he was the kind of guy who wept every time he read the ending of A Tale of Two Cities, who sang “When You Walk through a Storm” so clear and sweet it gave you goose bumps.

My father joined the ROTC in college, where he majored in Political Science. Dad started his thesis with the intention of defending the Vietnam War and the United States’ role in it. Upon researching the subject, he concluded that the war was indefensible. Then he graduated and went to fly helicopters in Vietnam anyway, because that’s what you do when you love your country: you support it, right or wrong. And my Dad, the fatherless liberal Democrat Mormon boy from Utah, loved America.

Here is what it means to be the daughter of a United States Marine who served in Vietnam. Your first word is “jet” (“No, helicopter! Helicopter!” my Dad would say). You belt out, “From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli” while the other kids are singing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.” You are never, ever allowed to say the word “Army.” When you forget to do your chores, your Dad yells, “Drop and give me 20,” and you do. On Sundays, the only movies you can watch are the following: Patton, The Great Escape, Victory at Sea, and Chariots of Fire. But mostly Patton. You and your siblings can reenact the entire film.

In sixth grade, on your dad’s advice, you read The Iliad, holding your breath: “Sing, goddess, the wrath of Achilles.” In high school, you have your first crush on Lawrence of Arabia and begin to contemplate the oxymoronic problem of heroism in the Modern Age. You learn what the word ambiguous means. You learn that things are not black and white. You learn to love America anyway.

In 1991, when you are home on break from college, driving with your dad, who has just been diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia (a war he will not win), you find your way blocked by barricades, a parade with tanks and ticker tape to honor heroes of the Gulf War. Your Dad starts to cry. “They spit on me,” he says. “When I came home, they spit on me.”

Here is what it means to be the daughter of a United States Marine who served in Vietnam. When your father dies at age 50, they bury him near Hill Air Force Base, in the shadow of mountains, beneath the flight path. A bugler plays “Taps.” The guns salute. They hand your mom a folded flag. You don’t know whether the cancer that killed him was part of a cluster that afflicted Vietnam pilots, or whether it was because he was born in Reno, Nevada in 1944, or whether it was just one of those things.

You love America anyway. Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.

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What Your Kid’s Favorite Color Really Means

Roses are red, violets are blue, what a favorite color says about a kid is really, really true. It’s common knowledge that girls like pink and boys like blue and that there’s no changing that.

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Well, I did some digging into what a child’s favorite color actually says about their identity, and the results are astounding.

Red

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Boy: Their favorite color is red.

Girl: Their favorite color is red.

Yellow

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Boy: Their favorite color is yellow.

Girl: Their favorite color is yellow.

Green

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Boy: Their favorite color is green.

Girl: Their favorite color is green.

Blue

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Boy: Their favorite color is blue.

Girl: Their favorite color is blue.

Purple

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Boy: Their favorite color is purple.

Girl: Their favorite color is purple.

Pink

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Boy: Their favorite color is pink.

Girl: Their favorite color is pink.

Black

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Boy: Their favorite color is black.

Girl: Their favorite color is black.

White

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Boy: Their favorite color is white.

Girl: Their favorite color is white.

Burgundy

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Boy: Their favorite color is burgundy.

Girl: Their favorite color is burgundy.

Chartreuse

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Boy: Their favorite color is chartreuse. And they have an advanced knowledge of the color palette.

Girl: Their favorite color is chartreuse. And they have an advanced knowledge of the color palette.

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In this powerful follow-up to her Essence bestseller Forbidden Fruit, Betty DeRamus explores the ingenious ways slaves wrestled freedom for themselves and their loved ones. In Forbidden Fruit DeRamus told the real-life love stories of enslaved African Americans whose relationships with each other and whites flourished in spite of the horrendous circumstances of the antebellum period. With the same lyrical style and attention to detail, Freedom By Any Means explains how African Americans resorted to using extraordinary methods to maintain their seemingly impossible personal relationships during this time of terror. Besides the tactics of running away together or raising money to buy their freedom, loved ones filed successful lawsuits, became military spies or counterspies, and used rumors of voodoo to create bluffs and tricks. Riveting and surprising, Betty DeRamus captures the tumultuous lives of the humans in inhumane situations who were able to salvage their families and marriages and achieve freedom together in spite of tremendous odds. Freedom By Any Means also features the return of many of the beloved figures from her previous book Forbidden Fruit, including Lucy Nichols, Al and Margaret Wood, and Sylvia and Louis Stark. This inspiring account steeped in rich historical research attests to the resolve of the human spirit and is a welcome addition to the library of American historical texts on this period.

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Whatever you’re doing, put it on paws.

Lifetime released the first trailer for the new movie, “Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever,” and it’s basically the best present anyone could ask for.

The trailer, which features Internet star Grumpy Cat bringing her cantankerous personality to life, seems pretty standard overall. There’s “Parks and Recreation” star Aubrey Plaza providing some pessimistic zingers as the voice of Grumpy, there are plenty of shots capturing the cat’s signature frowny face and, of course, there’s a giant explosion and a scene of the Grumpy shooting people with a paintball gun.

You know … pretty standard.

Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever” premieres Saturday, Nov. 29, at 8:00 p.m. ET on Lifetime.

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How Etsy Changed the Rules & What It Means for Indie Designers

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I’m a conscious consumer. I shop second-hand, I limit my consumption of “stuff,” and I try to keep my purchases local. I believe in voting with my dollars, and I’ve gone so far as to dedicate my career to figuring out what that means.

On occasion, though, when I’m hankering for a new piece of jewelry or a unique gift I can’t find in my local thrift shop, I’ll look to Etsy. If I’m going to dish out the cash on a new item, I know that my purchase has more impact if it goes to the local makers who are working on their craft.

As someone who is directly involved in the maker movement, I’m somewhat embarrassed to say I didn’t pay much attention when Etsy changed its policies last fall. For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, CEO Chad Dickerson announced that Etsy sellers could use outside manufacturers to produce their designs. In other words, items sold on Etsy no longer had to be handmade.

It wasn’t until a few months ago, when looking on Etsy for a new watch that I realized the implications of this change.

I had a specific brown, repurposed leather, wrap-watch in mind. I knew the one I wanted was handmade by a seller in Ohio, but I didn’t know his name. Typing in a simple search for “wrap watch” into Etsy, I proceeded to spend nearly an hour sifting through 50+ pages of three-dollar “wrap watches” from China.

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My eyes scanned over page after page of items I would have expected to find in the kiosks of Daytona Beach, not on a website for handmade goods. I sat at my computer with my jaw on the keyboard, wondering what had just happened. When I eventually found what I was looking for I purchased the handmade watch, for significantly more than three dollars, and moved on. I didn’t think much more about the experience after that.

A few months later, I met an Etsy seller through Factory45, the accelerator program I run for designers and makers. Among other reasons, she applied to my program looking for business guidance on restoring her Etsy shop sales.

She recently told me, “Last year my Etsy sales tripled in the spring and then again in the fall, so I figured things were still looking good. But in May, my views dropped off to about one-third of what they were in the previous months and as compared to last year. I thought they just dipped because of the holiday weekend and the nice weather, but in June they did not pick back up.”

She went on to explain that several message boards had popped up about similar drops in traffic for other Etsy sellers. When I went on the site to see for myself I found threads with titles like, “Are most of you feeling the low traffic, views and sales?” “Can Etsy stop letting Chinese factories sell here?” and “Your Stuff: Made in China?” with diplomatic responses from Etsy administrators encouraging the sellers “to take advantage of the downtime.” (Interesting advice when downtime could mean the difference between paying and not paying your rent.)

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Aside from the issue that independent designers are now competing with full-scale production operations, there is the issue of sheer volume — Etsy now has over 1 million shops. When a seller is competing in a sea of 999,999 other shops, the odds aren’t good.

Now that Etsy shoppers have the option of buying from middlemen selling three dollar watches, finding that handmade wrap watch you’re looking for will undoubtedly be more difficult. From the seller’s perspective, no matter how many times they change their “tags,” SEO or refresh their storefront, the traffic just isn’t going to come like it used to.

So what actually happened?

In the fall of 2013, Etsy shifted their loyalty from the maker to the shareholder as it made plans to further scale its business model. How did this change things?

Because Etsy’s policy changes happened at the maker’s expense, many of the people who were once making a living off of their shops are now seeing a fraction of the sales. The difference between Etsy, and let’s say, Wal-Mart just got a whole lot smaller. At the core, Etsy changed its mission. No longer is it a website for makers of one-of-a-kind, original goods. Instead, it has become yet another website for the mass-produced and cheaply made goods that satisfy our insatiable culture of mindless consumption.

So what’s a seller to do?

If you’re an independent designer or maker with an Etsy shop, there are a few ways to try and get your traffic back up.

  • Create a small network of fellow sellers. Etsy offers the “team” feature but going beyond that, find five other sellers who have a similar target market and non-competing products. Work together to promote each other’s shops using your individual social media outlets and outside networks.
  • Narrow down your niche and create very specific tags. “Screen printed t-shirt” just isn’t going to cut it anymore. The competition is too high. Use tags and keywords you know would appeal to your target market and get specific.
  • Guest post on the Etsy blog. The blog run by Etsy is “consumer facing,” meaning the content is written for shoppers. It’s an entire platform where your potential customers could be hanging out. Come up with a few article ideas that would appeal to Etsy shoppers and pitch the editorial team.
  • Move marketing efforts away from Etsy to Pinterest, Instagram and a personal blog. Etsy ads are not going to be as effective as they used to be, so save your money. Focus your marketing efforts on creating compelling content through your social media outlets. Host contests on Pinterest, run giveaways on Instagram and write about the “behind-the-scenes” of your business on your blog.

As someone who supports the manufacturing movement in the USA, I believe that Etsy sellers should be able to scale production when their sales numbers get too high to manage on their own. My issue with Etsy lies in the lack of a discerning gatekeeper.

It comes down to this: the world doesn’t need another eBay. It needs the old Etsy.

Get more business strategy for your Etsy store or small business from Factory45 here.

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Why I Made a Documentary About What It Means to Be 11

Tell anyone you spent six years traveling the world interviewing 11-year-olds for a documentary, and the first two words you’ll get are always the same: Why 11?

The opening scene of I AM ELEVEN explains that when I was 23, I started working in the newsroom of a major newspaper in Melbourne, Australia. On my first day on the job, I was confronted by images of devastation and loss. The Boxing Day tsunami had just hit, killing over 200,000 people across Asia.

A year later, I took time off work to go overseas for the very first time. I had recently been in a serious car accident, my dad had passed away from cancer, and I was depressed. I didn’t want to lie on a beach somewhere; I wanted to shoot a film in every country I went to.

I thought back to my favorite age in life and why I loved it so much. For me, that was when I was 11: the world felt big in a good way, and it was at my feet. With so much more information available at their fingertips now than we had when I was young, I wondered, are 11-year-olds still happy and excited about inheriting this crazy world? Are they having as much fun as I did when I was 11? Are they hopeful?

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I wanted to make something energetic, optimistic, universal and real. Little did I know I would spend the next six years exploring the world, directing, producing, shooting, editing and distributing my first film.

One mother approached me after seeing the film and said, “It’s like a parenting book written by children.” I love this feedback; it has really stuck with me. I am happy that the children in the film can provide inspiring insights to parents worldwide.

My camera took me from my first stop in Tokyo, to an Indian orphanage, to an elephant sanctuary in Thailand — from the cobbled streets of Prague to Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Kids opened up to me in twelve languages about topics personal and universal. Eleven-year-olds are still sorting out their priorities and opinions — is love amazing or gross? Would you rather have a four-day weekend or a roof over your head? Do I want to be a pilot, or a dancer, or a nurse?

I really wanted the children I interviewed to be comfortable and empowered. The film is not about me, or other adults. You don’t need me laying on the violins or delivering a “Godlike” voiceover telling you what is happening. It feels more authentic to let each of these kids just speak for themselves, and if you’re really willing to listen to what they say, there are a lot of surprises in this film for you.

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I decided early in the filming process that the easiest way to find 11-year-olds in foreign cities would be to go through schools. But I also thought that teachers might nominate the student with the highest grades, or acting experience, rather than the most interesting subject. I wanted the selection process to be more random, so I would hit the streets, go to markets, speak to locals and find children in all sorts of memorable ways. I gave myself three rules: they had to be 11, they had to want to be in the film (not all children in the media are the ones choosing to be in front of cameras, and I never wanted any of the children to be pressured into participating) and their parent or guardian had to give consent. Other than that, I was open to any child from any background.

As I filmed kids all over the world, I realized that 11 is a unique age in ways we don’t always appreciate. I discovered that 11-year-olds really are standing at a cusp, a year of transition when they no longer see themselves as little kids anymore (even though some adults still do). They’re old enough to form their own views of the world around them, and they have an independence and curiosity that’s really inspiring. At the same time, they don’t have the painful self-consciousness of teenagers, and are far less worried about the “image” they’re projecting. They don’t put up as many walls.

I later learned that biology backs up this theory. These are times when your brain makes more connections more quickly, and you’re absorbing massive amounts of information and processing it rapidly. You might see it as the age you begin to become who you are. Alternatively, you could see it as the age when the future is most open.

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What I discovered was that despite these children having loving families and communities around them, some of them relished the chance to be involved in my film. The invitation to sit and speak honestly about global issues with a complete stranger is not something every adult would be comfortable with, but I was impressed by how many 11-year-olds stepped up to the plate with pride. In my grandparents’ generation, children were encouraged to be “seen and not heard.” I think that in many parts of the world that has changed, and is changing. I believe that too often we as a culture focus on what adults can teach children, without acknowledging what we can also learn from young people. This was yet another reason why I feel so compelled to share I AM ELEVEN. I see it as an opportunity to encourage audiences young and old to sit down together, to engage with these children, their ideas, their concerns, their hopes, and then to discuss and dissect what we see.

It has been an amazing ride — and just as interesting as the actual production have been the interactions with audiences during the release. Because I made the film for anyone who has ever been 11, or will soon be, we cast the net very wide in attracting very diverse audiences. Many parents come see the film with their children, and it promotes insightful discussions among families, educators, students and those interested in a global perspective on our world.

I AM ELEVEN has inspired and provided me endless insight, not only into our world, but also into our future. The audience response has also been overwhelmingly positive, and it has thrilled me to see so many people connect with a very DIY and low-budget documentary. We played for a record 26 weeks in theaters in Melbourne, Australia, and it is a dream come true to now release in the U.S.

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I will never forget the reaction of a young girl from Cleveland, Ohio, who boldly put her hand up in front of hundreds of cinemagoers at the international premiere. She said, “What you have done is very interesting. Most documentary filmmakers choose to show us what is going wrong in the world, but you have chosen to show us what is going right. As kids we want to know about the good stuff!” I became quite emotional, and asked her age. “I am 11,” she said. Of course she is.

Our company is called Proud Mother Pictures. My partner Henrik Nordstrom and I gave it that name. Our films are like our babies: we make them, raise them up, send them out in to the world and hope they have a great life and are warmly received and embraced by others.

So when people ask me, “Why 11?”, I always want to ask what that age meant to them. I don’t think you could watch I AM ELEVEN without finding your own answer.

We would love to share your story with the world. You are invited to take a photo of yourself like these featured on our website and we will include your memory here. www.wheniwaseleven.com

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These Adorable Animals Understand What It Means To Have A Friend’s Back

It’s such a special feeling to have a friend whom you know will always have your back. These animals understand first hand:

Big Dog was nervous for his big date, so Little Dog whispered a tiny pep talk on the way to dinner.

Little Camel made sure his older sister’s sarong didn’t get wrinkled while they traveled to the farmer’s market.

Duck looks like she’s freeloading, but she actually just gave Dog some valuable swimming advice. (Glide, don’t paddle.)

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Egret ensured Elephant he didn’t need to waste his cash on Rogaine. Bald is beautiful, after all.

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Tortoise has always been a little shy. Meerkat’s taken it upon himself to help her come out of her shell.

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Pigaloo and Pigalee love to get a little punny.

Warthog scavenged for berries while Bird sat as lookout for any crazy hyenas.

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“OK,” Turtle said. “We can slide just this once.”


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Dog just complimented Donkey’s pin straight mane, while Donkey’s all like, “No, no, no I love your natural curls.”

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Turtle just got his shell waxed, so Gator offered to keep him dry on the commute to work.

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Opossum gave Baby Deer’s coat a long, luxurious combing before the pair searched for four-leaf clovers together.

Dog allows Frog to take a little seat, so long as he promises to keep away the flies.

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Honestly, Dog just wanted a new profile picture. Horse was like, “Fine.”

Turtle could tell Dog was feeling blue. A ride around town turned his frown upside down.

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Rooster’s job gets him up early, so he often needs to rest his legs. Tortoise understands.

Today was Capybara’s first time giving the kindergartners a ride to school. She felt so proud.

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Turtle told Baby Girl she might as well enjoy her tiny size while it lasts.

It was the night of the dance and Turtle had a few crumbs stuck in his shell. Hedge agreed to pick them out.

Goat missed the bus to school and Hippo overslept. Not a great start to the day, but they’ll get through it.

Dog knew the bunnies would get a kick out of his new friend: Little Chick is one of the best joke tellers of all time.

(And Dog was right.)

It’s not every day that Cat’s willing to take the possums out for ice cream. Today is very special indeed.

Dog and Owl are actually plotting something kind of mischievous. Better not to ask.

Monkey wants to go to the studio to paint pottery. Dog will go because last week Monkey helped him hang his new light-blocking curtains.

Snail was like, “Want to have a shell party?” Crustacean was like, “Shell yeah!”

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