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Parents Leave Their Daughters Home Alone to Watch The House, Return to a Jaw-Dropping Surprise!

Lea Lomas




If you’ve paid even a lick of attention to Hollywood during your life, you’ll know that kids at home alone are prone to throw a party. At least, that’s what the movies tell us, right? When Karen and Chip Schoonover decided to take a much-needed vacation, they opted to risk their home turning into the set of Party X by letting their daughters watch the property. While they enjoyed their vacation, their daughters got busy creating the surprise of a lifetime. Are you ready to hear how four daughters change their parent’s lives forever?

The Home Alone Conundrum

There comes a day in every mom and dad’s life where they must make a decision. Do they trust their kids to be old enough and mature enough to stay at home by themselves? While the decision seems silly and harmless, it is actually a monumental one. After all, all parents want to know that their children are taken care of, right?

What Could Go Wrong

Of course, leaving your children alone can come with consequences. Even the most well-behaved kids might grow tempted by their sudden dominion over the family home. When Chip and Karen began pondering about going on a vacation, they were at least slightly concerned about what would happen while they were gone. Would their four daughters throw an off-the-wall party? Would they come back only to find their home in ruins?

Making the Major Decision

While Karen and Chip’s thought process would prove to be unnecessary, they had unexpectedly stumbled upon a nugget of truth. While they were away on their vacation, their daughters WOULD do something to their home. Instead of turning their home into a disaster, the Schoonover’s would find something rather different when they returned! 

Meet the Daughters

Before we leap into the nuts and bolts of what brought you here today, we should take a moment to meet the stars of this story. Here we see the beautiful Schoonover daughters with all of their personalities on display. Hollie, Halice, Haley, and Heather. Do you think that their names had any sort of theme? The daughters ranged in age with Heather being the eldest.

Raised in South Carolina

While the Schoonover’s had called North Myrtle Beach their home for many years, they weren’t originally from the area. Before moving to South Carolina, the Schoonover family had called Florida their home. After deciding that they wanted a change of scenery, the Schoonover’s made their way to their current residence. 

Coming Up With a Plan

After debating whether or not to leave their children behind, Karen and Chip would decide to go on their vacation. What did this mean? Well, it meant that ALL systems were a go for Operation: Surprise Mom and Dad. The only problem was that they’d have to incorporate their eldest sisters into the plan. We’ll learn more about them in a little bit! What we should reveal is that by this point in time, Karen and Chip were ready to leave.

The Work Begins

With their parents out of the house, Heather, the oldest sister, made her way down to the family home. This was when it became clear what their plan was. The four sisters had decided to renovate their parent’s entire home while they were on vacation! They knew how hard their parents worked, so it was important to them to create a Christmas present that would honor them.

Paying Attention to Detail

While none of the sisters had experience in the field of home renovation, they figured that they could learn as they went. In order to make the renovation a success, they would have to pay attention to every little detail. Who knew how much work could go into renovating a family home?

Nonstop Work Around the Clock

With only a week to accomplish the renovation, a robust schedule was crafted. Pooling their resources together, the Schoonover sisters decided that they would work day-and-night in order to finish the renovation before their parents got back. After all, if their parents returned halfway through the renovation, their surprise would be ruined.

Racing Against their Parent’s Return

While the sisters were truly racing against the clock, it didn’t mean that they weren’t having fun. There is something special about working on a hard project with people that you love. The experience would serve not only as an honorary gift to their parents but also as a way to bond together.

Mom and Dad Blissfully Unaware

Of course, while the four sisters put in some serious work, their parents were blissfully unaware. As far as anyone knew, Karen and Chip didn’t think anything was going on. What’s more, Karen and Chip were probably worried that their daughters would wreck the house. Oh, how little they knew!

Mastermind Behind the Plan

Now that we are well and truly underway, let’s take a moment to meet the mastermind behind the group. Here we see Hollie, the person who originally came up with the idea of renovating the family home for their mom and dad. Hollie was the one to pull her other young sisters into action while organizing the entire operation.

An Interior Designer on Accident

While Hollie had never planned on being an interior designer, she wasn’t unfamiliar with the world of creativity. Hollie had made plans to perform as an actress and a singer. While she hasn’t made her professional debut yet, her ability to pull of this wonderful scheme has to say something for her acting skills. How did she not give away the gift beforehand?

Other Half of the Dream Team

While Hollie was in love with working on camera, Haley was in love with working behind it. Haley, the youngest sister of the bunch, has professional skills when it comes to working with makeup. With Haley’s artistic vision, the sisters knew that they could do something wonderful as a Christmas present for their parents.

Good Head on Her Shoulders

Halice may not have followed her sister’s more creative pursuits, but that doesn’t mean she was working less hard than them. Halice decided that she wanted to attend University in order to pursue her education. Halice would attend Coastal Carolina University where she would earn her Bachelor’s degree. After graduation, Halice would go on to grad school where she would study physical therapy.

Returning to Roost for the Big Surprise

While the three younger sisters were ready to rock and roll right away, they still had to bring their oldest sister back home. Heather lived in South Carolina at the time, though she was quite a ways away. Heather had moved away from home in order to pursue a career alongside her husband. Heather currently works for a real estate company. Still, Heather knew that she had to make the drive home to help enact the plan.

Transplants From Florida

All four of the sisters were born in Seminole, Florida, where they spent the bulk of their childhood. Despite calling Florida their home during their formative years, the Schoonover sisters soon fell in love with South Carolina. How could they not? North Myrtle Beach is a wonderful place to live and their parents were clearly in love with the area. After all, you don’t just relocate four young girls on a whim!

Back to the Action

As the kids progressed on their work, they quickly realized how cool the outcome of the renovation would be. The Schoonover sisters decided that they would record the entire process on video so that they could share it with their friends and family on YouTube.  Viewers began to flow in steadily and before the sisters knew it, they were going viral. While the whole internet may know what the sisters were up to, Karen and Chip certainly didn’t.

Getting Rid of the Old

If you’ve ever renovated a home, you know how much junk you run across. It is hard to believe how much we can stack up inside of our houses without realizing it! More than just renovating, the sisters soon came to realize that they would have to throw out quite a few things. Of course, the sisters would only remove what they knew their parents would no longer miss.

Starting From Scratch

The process became so involved that the daughters were essentially starting from scratch. They worked through each and every room in the house in order to strip it down to its core. While no sledgehammers were involved, the sisters definitely made it look like some serious mayhem had taken place. In fact, throw a couple of red cups on the floor and you might be convinced that this was a party. Hey, that’s actually a good prank idea!

Getting Help From Their Friends

While Hollie believed that they were being overly ambitious, that didn’t mean that they were flinching from their work. Instead of growing concerned by the scope of their plans, they enlisted the help of their friends. Soon four pairs of hands grew to six! Work began to progress at an incredible speed and soon the Schoonover sisters were starting to believe in their goal.

A Home Makeover Needs New Furniture

If you want to surprise your family with a home makeover, you can’t leave the old furniture sitting inside of the home. Hollie and Heather realized that this would be the perfect opportunity to give their parents the furniture upgrades that they so desperately had wanted but had foregone purchasing in order to afford their vacation. The girls weren’t wealthy, but they still pooled enough money to bring home nicer furniture.

Heather’s Unique Skills Come Into Play

Outside of the home, Heather had become something of an accountability maven. Possessed of determination and motivation in spades, Heather had become the leader of several workout accountability groups. Halice was also another fitness addict. They used their love of hard work to keep everyone motivated and pushing forward. Would their enthusiasm be enough to keep the sisters focused?

Raised As a Family

As we progress toward the end of the renovation, we have to stop to compliment the family. The Schoonover family perfectly exemplified how a family unit should operate. From youngest to oldest, the Schoonover sisters worked together in order to honor and show love to their family. In doing so, they also showed care and love for one another.

Workload Unexpectedly Widens

As it turns out, one half of a renovation involves tearing down the interior of the home to its core. At one point in time, the girls felt like they had made a major mistake. After all, looking through the home would lead you to believe that a tornado had just ripped through. Despite the doubts that were at the back of their mind, they continued working even when the job was tough.

No Rest For the Weary

Even the most ambitious of sisters need help from caffeine every once in a while. As the work grew increasingly more involved, the sisters came to realize that they would have to sacrifice some of their own leisure time to get the job done. This meant that the kids had to get up early and stay up late. This is where their fridge filled with energy drinks came into play.

Team Work Makes the Dream Work

Even though they were caffeinated and motivated, they still welcomed help from any friends that would offer it. The work ended up taking significantly more time than they had anticipated and that meant that there was little room to spare. Here we see the kids carefully painting the entirety of the house while also sharing a few laughs.

Hitting the Halfway Point

All of a sudden the week was more than halfway through. In just a few days their parents would be returning home and the building was still in shambles. The home was bereft of furniture and only half-painted. If you were the type of person to worry, then would have been the perfect time to start! 

Losing Help By The Moment

As the week dragged on, the sisters began to see their extra help wane. The work had simply been too strenous for their friends. Their own legs and backs ached from the work, but they knew that they couldn’t stop now. Literally, the sisters knew that if they quit at this point, their parents would be less-than-enthused with half of a makeover.

Tricking Their Parents as a Gift

Finally, the special day arrived. Their parents had returned home, and they were only a short while away from the house. In order to keep their parents at bay while completing the final touches, they sent their eldest sister to greet their parents as a decoy. Heather’s presence was a surprise and soon both Karen and Chip were beaming. Little did they know what was on the other side of their front door!

The Big Moment Arrives

Hollie and the rest of the sisters were nervous. Suddenly their parents were walking toward the front door. When they came inside, would they be surprised? Would their parents be furious? Would they be sad at the changes? With nothing left to do, the sisters threw on their best smiles and waited for their parents to enter into their new home.

Karen and Chip Are Speechless

Within an instant, Karen knew that there was something different from the house. The surprising part was that Karen’s instincts had kicked in before the front door had even opened.  As Karen crossed into the home she asked the kids, “Alright, who cleaned?”  While Karen had no expectations, what she was about to see would bring tears of joy to her face.

Marvel at the Before and After

As their parents looked over the home, they were speechless. Karen and Chip couldn’t understand what had happened, but their faces said everything. As you can see from all of these pictures, the daughters had done more than a good job at renovating the home, they had done an amazing job. Within a moment, Karen was shrieking with joy. Chip was speechless but he was practically glowing with pride. It’s not every day that your daughters band together for a huge construction project!

Home Makeover Complete (Dog Included)

Can you imagine coming home to find that your property had been improved and renovated? While their home had never been ‘bad’, it certainly could have welcomed some positive updates. Karen and Chip were soon dancing in the room with their little pug following excitedly along. Their gratitude was echoed only by the love that their daughters beamed right back to them.

Peeking Inside the Bedrooms

The Schoonover daughters had thought of everything, and they had accomplished everything. Each bedroom had been updated. With new carpet, fresh paint, and brand-new beds, it was hard to imagine what was going through Karen and Chip’s minds. As far as presents go, this had to be up there!

Celebration of Family

As we draw our story to a close, we have to commend everyone involved with the project. Karen and Chip had raised a family that worked together to create something beautiful. What’s more, their daughters were so proud and caring toward their parents that they would put their bodies and minds through a ton of stress just to surprise them. Now, we have to wonder, what will they do for their parent’s next year?



Could There Be Answers to the Famed Peanut Allergy on the Horizon?

Mackenzie Freeman



Peanuts are incredibly delicious as they permeate candy, condiments, snacks, and numerous other parts of the food industry. At the same time, peanuts also contribute to one of the most common food allergies on the face of the Earth. Those who are allergic to peanuts often have deadly allergies, known as anaphylaxis. This reaction can cause someone to stop breathing if they even simply inhale some of the dust associated with peanuts. As a result, many kids have to carry around an EpiPen that might be needed to save their life. Therefore, peanuts, peanut oil, peanut butter, peanut chocolate, and more can pose a serious health risk. Indeed, some kids will never know the delicious taste of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Some people might even be shocked to hear that peanuts can be found in potato chips, icing, and more! It is hard for people who have severe food allergies to have a normal life. Furthermore, peanut allergies have actually been becoming more common. Many schools have even banned peanuts to protect their students from harm. This is a drastic, but necessary, measure in the eyes of many people.

Now, there might be an answer for those who have been waiting for what seems like forever. Scientists from Australia have recently announced that they might have found an answer to this common problem. A team of researchers have been using a novel treatment method called immunotherapy to help children get over their allergies to peanuts. In this treatment option, patients are intentionally exposed to something that they have a serious reaction to. In this case, that item would be peanuts. Of course, this exposure takes place in a controlled setting to minimize the potential health risks that might come with an intentional allergic reaction.

When children in this experiment are exposed to peanuts, the immune system reacts. After all, this is the basis of an allergic reaction. Over time, the body is exposed to doses in higher and higher amounts. With the right treatment, the body learns to handle the reaction and the allergic reaction gradually subsides. This is called tolerance. Essentially, the body “gets used” to the peanuts. In this clinical trial, which lasted for 18 months, about four out of every five children who were involved in the trial had developed a tolerance to peanuts. Now, five years later, most of the kids who devleoped a tolerance are still eating peanuts to this day. This represents a breakthrough in the field of medicine that has the potential to help children all over the world who suffer from severe peanut allergies.

It can be exhausting for parents and children to go around constantly wondering if they are going to be exposed to peanuts that might lead to an allergic reaction. It can be hard to carry around an EpiPen every day. Now, there might be a way to get around this problem. At the same time, this is only one study. There is still a long way to go and parents should not go around giving their peanut-allergic children allergens to force a reaction. The next step is to try to replicate the results of this study on a larger scale. Then, this therapy needs to reach the open market to be distributed. At the same time, this study still represents a tremendous hope for those who suffer from allergies. If the results of this study can be replicated on a larger scale, it might provide a way to help people who suffer from food allergies.

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Does Freezing the Earth Lead to the First Animals?

Mackenzie Freeman



The Earth is the only planet we have. While we think of this blue giant as our home, life is actually challenging. For example, descending too far into the ocean can expose the body to pressures that it can’t possibly resist. On the other hand, travel too high and oxygen runs out. People essentially suffocate. Don’t forget about the boiling waters found in some parts of the Earth along with the arctic temperatures found in some corners of the globe. 

On the other hand, despite all of these hazards, life finds a way to persist. In some ways, that defines who we are as Earthlings. We have the ability to resist all of these things and survive. In order to understand just how this is done, people need to turn back the clock to when Earth was just another snowball hurtling around the sun at lightning speeds.

This time period was referred to as the Cryogenian period. Earth, at this time, was a solid ball of ice. Living on Earth at this time would have been challenging. For tens of millions of years, Earth was undergoing a cycle of freezing and thawing. Simply wash, rinse, and repeat. This is far from the ski resort that most people associate with cold temperatures. During this time, there were even glaciers at the equator. This is very different from the Greenhouse gas conditions during other time periods of prehistoric Earth that led to tremendous volcanic eruptions. 

This time period would have been tough for anyone to survive. Yet, during this time, life didn’t simply survive. It actually thrived. There were some great moments during this time. Life made the jump from simple, single cells to the organs, tissues, and multicellular organisms that we see today. Every living thing that people encounter today can be traced back to the dark days of the prehistoric period. That makes this time period one of the most miraculous on Earth. At the same time, in a letter that was published in a well-respected scientific journal, this is not a coincidence. To triumph in the face of adversity is something that defines Earth as a planet. 

Indeed, life might have actually required these conditions in order to grow and develop into the beauty that people see today. To back up this statement, the authors of the letter have pointed to algae. While some people might associate this word with the slippery substance found on rocks, life billions of years ago needed to find nutrients wherever it could. As glaciers continued to travel across the planet’s surface, they ground the mountains into a fine powder. This powder was filled with plenty of minerals such as phosphates. Eventually, the cycle of cooling started to flip. The glaciers then melted and released all of these minerals into the Earth’s water supplies. 

This made these minerals accessible to plants such as algae. The algae were able to absorb these minerals and put them to use. Then, algae started to grow and develop. They spread across the entire planet. This provided food for everything else that needed nutrients to survive. In the end, this led to the evolution of multicellular life. Therefore, every living thing has algae to thank for its growth and development. Algae, in turn, needs to thank the rough conditions that were around during this time period. It turns out that living things on Earth are incredibly resilient. We will find a way to survive and thrive in the future as well. We always have and we always will, as people.

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Shoppers in the Midwest can now enjoy non-browning apples

Mackenzie Freeman



Apples make for a convenient and healthy snack. However, some consumers are put off consuming apples once they have turned brown. It doesn’t take very long for sliced apples to start turning brown. It can be hard for consumers to finish snacking on apples before they start to lose their fresh appearance. 

Most consumers agree that apples don’t look quite as appetizing when they’ve started to brown. In fact, a lot of consumers throw apples away when they start to go brown even though the apple flesh is still edible. A company that distributes apples in the Midwest has addressed this issue by recently developing an apple variety that is genetically modified so that it doesn’t go brown as quickly when exposed to oxygen. This was done using a gene editing tool known as CRISPR. The tool has modified apples by reducing the effectiveness of an enzyme in apples that’s responsible for the tendency in apples to go brown. 

The new apples were developed from regular Golden Delicious apples. They are set to hit the selves at around 400 stores located in different parts of the Midwest. The produce will be made available in bags offering 10 ounces of the new apple variety . This is a big event in the world of genetically modified foods. While genetic modification has frequently been used on crops such as soybeans and corn, using the technology to manipulate the genetic makeup of fruits is relatively new.

In fact, there had previously been only one other genetically modified fruit commonly sold on shelves in the United States. This was a papaya that was genetically modified to resist viruses. The company that has produced this new non-browning apple is hoping to encourage consumers to eat more healthy fruit by making fruit more appealing.

The president of this company was recently interviewed by the Chicago Tribune. In this interview, he expressed that this new apple variety- named the Arctic apple- could help to increase healthy eating while also minimizing the waste of good food.

While this may be the first time that such a product is available on such a large scale, it is not the first time that genetically modified apples have been sold. There were previously apples modified to show reduced browning tendencies that were sold in the United States. These were Opal apples that were modified to show reduced browning. In fact, these apples are still available for sale in some parts of the country and are still available for Americans to eat.  

To some consumers, the issue of genetically modified food is controversial. There has been an effort to protest the increased development, production, and sale of genetically modified foods all across the company. However, scientists have yet to find any evidence that genetically modified foods pose any risk to human health. 

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