Friday, April 18, 2014

'The Fabulist': Kristin Cavallari's TV show hosting maternity style (PHOTOS)

Mama-to-be Kristin Cavallari has been styling her bump well on her new E! Fashion trends show The Fabulist with co-host Orly Shani. 

We love watching the show to get one step ahead on the latest hot things in fashion but we also have been enjoying the former MTV reality TV star's cute maternity looks. 

Cavallari and her husband NFL's Jay Cutler, quarterback for the Chicago Bears, are expecting their second child. They are parents to 1 year old Camden Jack.

Check out some of the show & behind-the-scenes pics the E! network posted on its website. 

photos: E!


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Creepy scary vintage Easter Bunny portraits with Kids scared senseless

What's scarier than a bad Santa? A bad Easter Bunny of course. Buzzfeed poured over Tumblr blogs and other online sites and found some of the creepiest, weirdest and scary pics of vintage photos of kids posed up with "The Easter Bunny" for the holiday.

Here are our faves:

source: 'Buzzfeed
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Chelsea Clinton announces she is pregnant with first child

Former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton is pregnant. She announced the news that she and her husband Marc Mezvinsky are expecting a baby during an event in New York today. She told friends and fans on her Facebook page that the baby is due in the fall.

"Marc and I are so thrilled to be expecting our first child in the fall!" she wrote on her Facebook fan page. "Thank you for all of the kind words!"

Chelsea and Mezvinsky, a hedge fund manager, married in 2010 in a dual denominational ceremony. This will be the first child for both. Chelsea's dad, former President Bill Clinton once told  a crowd at the 2011 World Economic Forum that his wife Hillary Clinton won't be happy until she becomes a grandmother, USA Today reported. "It's something she wants more than she wanted to be president," he said.

Now the question is whether and how will this baby impact Hillary's 2016 run for the next President of the United States.

Congrats Chelsea! As has been said, is this like a Royal pregnancy for Democrats?

photo: Facebook
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Easter Maternity Fashion: Get inspiration from these celeb moms

If you are currently preggers and planning what to wear to church this Easter, here are some Throwback Thursday pics of celebrities who looked fashionable and delightful in dresses that would be suitable for Easter Brunch, an Easter Egg Roll or an Easter Brunch. 

Go casual in a flowy maxi dress under a denim jacket like Kristin Cavallari did during her first pregnancy with son Camden jack two years ago or a billowy-sleeved Bohemian top under cropped pants like what  Korean actress Kim Hee-sun wore during a GAP maternity campaign in 2009. Halle Berry and Angelina Jolie also dressed up and down the maxi dress and you can too.

If you're looking to look more formal, go with bold and pastel colors or cream mid-length dresses like how Kate Hudson, Christina Applegate,  Jolie, Gwen Stefani and Reese Witherspoon during their respective last pregnancy.

Happy Easter!

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Would you Take THIS Job? (VIDEO)

Of 2.7 million people who saw a job posting by a Boston agency for a 'director of operations' position, just 24 applied. That's likely because of the brutal requirements.

The website posted the job and paid for ads, hoping to get the right applicant. So what is required from the right applicant? Here's the entire list:

  • Must be able to work 135+ hours a week
  • Ability to work overnight, associate needs pending
  • Willingness to forgo any breaks
  • Work mostly standing up and/or bending down
  • Must be able to lift up to 75 lbs. on a regular basis
  • Ph.D. in psychology or real-life equivalent
  • Crisis management skills a must
  • Ability to manage a minimum of 10-15 projects at one time
  • Ability to communicate at all levels (basic to advanced)
  • Ability to improvise
  • Proficient in handling sticky situations (literally and figuratively)
  • Ability to coordinate multiple, often conflicting, schedules
  • Ability to make independent decisions on behalf of others
  • Ability to work with associates with minimal ability
  • Ability to work in a chaotic environment
  • Frequent travel; minivan driving experience a plus
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a collaborative approach
  • Flexible when it comes to surprise requests
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in negotiating, counseling and culinary arts
  • Unlimited patience
  • Understanding of social media, mobile devices and video games
  • Understanding of finance
  • Understanding of medicine
  • Selflessly driven
  • Valid driver's license, CPR certification and Red Cross membership
  • Ability to wear several hats, professional and domestic
  • Positive disposition at all times

Those requirements all for a job that pays $0. So who would hire for a such a job? Only one way to find out. Click play to watch their interviews and real-time reactions and, believe us, it's worth it to watch to the end.

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Former Real Housewives of Orange County castmember Lydia McLaughlin is expecting

One of the most positive and genuine persons on the Bravo TV show Real Housewives of Orange County cast, Lydia McLaughlin, only stayed one season. And now, the full time managing editor of Beverly Hills Lifestyle  magazine and her husband Doug are expecting their third child.

"“Baby number 3! Praying for a GIRL," the religious media heiress captioned her pregnancy announcement she posted on her Instagram account.

McLaughlin who struggled to fit in between all the catty ferocious fighting, backstabbing and name calling that is common on Housewives series shows apparently couldn't take all the drama under the prying eyes of the cameras and spotlight and is back to work on her magazine and jewelry business, Lydia M. Jewelry, while waiting for baby.

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5 Tips to Keep Kids Brushing Daily

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease.

While many parents are aware that proper and frequent brushing is one of the most important steps in protecting their tot’s pearly whites, getting kids into the bathroom to brush – without kicking and screaming – can sometimes be a challenge.

The makers of Coral Kids Toothpaste, a fluoride-free formula made with EcoSafe™ ionic calcium from above-sea coral, knows that yummy toothpaste may not be the only trick parents need up their sleeves to sustain little ones’ interest in clean teeth. The makers share some of its favorite tips for getting kids keen on the teeth brushing routine: 

1.       Pick the perfect toothbrush. Take your little one shopping to select a special toothbrush. Favorite animated characters, spinning heads and flashing lights are just some of the enticing possibilities that may pique their interest. Letting them choose will boost their “big kid” confidence and make them more vested in brushing.

2.       Offer toothpaste that tastes like a treat. Appeal to small senses with a healthy toothpaste that tastes extra special, like Coral Kids’ in Xylitol-sweetened, safe-to-swallow berry bubblegum. But beware bells and whistles created with harmful chemicals, such as artificial colors and sweeteners, which may entice but can also lead to serious health concerns.

3.       Bring fun into the bathroom. Brushing should be taken seriously, but it doesn’t have to be serious. Encourage kids to make big, circular brush strokes like train wheels; create as many “mouth bubbles” as they can; or pretend they need to clean their “big dinosaur teeth.” When brushing is playful, there’s less pressure.

4.       Find a kid-friendly dentist. Make first trips to the dentist fun by choosing a provider who caters to children with music, puppets, toys and more. If the experience is positive, they’ll be more prone to want to impress the dentist (and possibly get a special treat) with their good at-home brushing habits.

5.       Set a good example. Show your kids that brushing is an easy, everyday routine by modeling frequent and scheduled brushings, such as right after breakfast, before bed or following a sweet treat. It can even be a family affair! When little ones see brushing as a simple daily habit instead of a chore, there will be less protest.

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Drew Barrymore hosts backyard baby shower

Mom-to-be for a second time Drew Barrymore had a star-studded baby shower at her Hollywood Hills home this weekend, US Weekly reports. 

Guests attending the April 12th backyard event include Cameron Diaz, Gwyneth Paltrow and Reese Witherspoon. It was reportedly a coed shower as her Barrymore's husband Will Kopelman attended along with other family and friends of both gender. 

The two are parents to one year old Olive. 

The fact that there are no social media pics of the event means either some outlet has exclusive photos that will be shared later or simply she asked guests to respect her privacy and not blast pics out for the world to see. Either way, cool. 

We love us some Drew!

Top 12 Family Vacation Attractions and Destinations

If you're planning for Spring or Summer vacation, consider one of the top twelve vacation attractions that are part of Family Fun magazine's Travel Awards.  In a survey of over 2,000 respondents in four regions of the US - West, Midwest, South and Northeast, a few spots stood out among of the over 400 in six categories. 

Among the top destinations by Type (Family Museums, Historic Sites, Kid-Friendly Cities, National Parks and Preservations, Zoos and Aquariums, Theme Parks) were:

1.     Magic Kingdom Park, Orlando, FL

2.     Universal's Islands of Adventure, Orlando, FL

3.     Orlando, FL

4.     The Strong, Rochester, NY

5.     Mount Rushmore National Memorial, SD

6.     Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC & TN

7.     Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, Omaha, NE

8.     Toledo Zoo, Toledo, OH

9.     Yellowstone National Park, WY, MT, & ID

10.  National Mall & Memorial Parks, Washington, DC

11.  San Antonio, TX

12.  Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, IL
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Ciara's pregnancy in 5 Instagram pics

Ciara has been enjoying her pregnancy and sharing many of the moments with her fans and followers on her Instagram account. Check out some of her fun photos including with her boo, fiance Future.

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Study: Acupuncture boosts chances of conception in infertile couples

Many couples trying to conceive a child may turn to modern Western medicines such as hormone, in vitro fertilization (IVF) and other treatments and procedures if they realize they have fertility struggles. 

And some couples are looking to the East and exploring options like acupuncture and other treatments Asia have relied on for years to increase their fertility. Acupuncture involves placing very thin needles at specific points on the body.

Several studies have linked increased fertility to acupuncture. A 2002 study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information found that women who did acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer had double the success rates of those who did not have acupuncture. That German study led by the famous Dr. Wolfgang Paulus was subsequently followed up and repeated with the same results by Dr. LarsWestergaard. A study by Dr. Stener Victorin demonstrated increased blood flow in uterine arteries with the use of electronic acupuncture. And for men, an earlier study showed increased fertilization rates when male partners did 10 sessions of acupuncture in preparation for IVF. 

The Paulus study showed  a success rate of 43% in the acupuncture group vs 26% in the non acupuncture group. The Westergaard study and other follow up studies turned up the same results. 

What generally happens for couples who have failed to conceive naturally is that they could attempt 3-6 months of acupuncture and lifestyle adjustments usually to speed up conception rates, said Dr. John Zhang of New York's New Hope Fertility Center

"The acupuncture treatments would be about once per week and the protocol would be adjusted according to the phase of the woman's cycle," Dr. Zhang  told Bellyitch. "It is recommended for men to do once to twice weekly  during this period to improve the odds."

That number increases to twice a week for couples going through IVF or other fertility treatments with medication. 

Moreover, acupuncture can also be helpful in maintaining the pregnancy and relieving many types of discomfort associated to pregnancy (i.e. nausea, fatigue, headaches, insomnia etc.), while reducing the stress associated to IVF, Zhang wrote in a recent post in

For those considering trying acupuncture, Dr. Zhang shares some of his tips for finding the right acupuncturist: 

  • An acupuncturist should have a minimum of 3 years training but it would be better if he or she had gone through a  4-5 year program. Ask them how much experience they have relation to the treatment  of fertility and see how informed their answer is. 
  • An acupuncturist should know that the treatment (acupoints) should change according to the phase of the cycle (menses, follicular phase, ovulation, luteal phase). 
  • One might ask if they have an additional training in herbs and/or nutritional counselling as they are often a helpful complement to the acupuncture. 
  • It may also be good to know their "needling style" (i.e. are they aggressive? do they do a lot of manipulation?) because some acupuncturist are gentle and others not so much. Both approaches work. It just depends on what is favourable to you (i.e. are you a "no pain no gain" person or a little timid of needles). 

Good luck!
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Sofia Vergara said she froze her eggs for future baby (VIDEO)

Last week, singer and The Game actress Brandy Norwood told Queen Latifah she planned to freeze her eggs for a baby in the future.

And on this anniversary today of the tragic Boston bombings, we are reminded that it was last year around this time that Modern Family  actress described the process of freezing her eggs in an interview on Good Morning America.

Vergara, who is currently 41 and dating a guy who is three years younger than she is and who never had a child said last year she wanted to preserve the opportunity to bear him a child. 

"I just wanted to plan ahead," Vergara told ABC News of the possibility of more children. 

"I have my son, Manolo," she said of her 21-year old son from a previous marriage who was studying in Boston at the time of the incident. "It's not an emergency for me to have another kid, but for Nicky, he's never had a baby."

She admitted to consulting a fertility specialist. 

"Nothing happens that naturally anymore," she said of her options for having more kids at her age. "I wanted to take advantage of science. Why not?"

She added, “I wanted to make sure I already froze my eggs. I wanted to take advantage of science,” adding, “I took them out already. They’re in the refrigerators. Hopefully, they’ll be fresh by the time I use them."

Watch the clip:

ABC US News | ABC Business News

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