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Miranda Lambert Say Ex Shelton Is ‘Amazing’

Posted on Nov 30, 2015 by No Comments

Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert called it quits on their marriage last July and stunned fans when it happened. It seemed a match made in heaven, but it wasn’t meant to be.

The divorce happened quickly, rumors swirled regarding why and whose fault, but the two of them have remained quiet about details, which just confirms to me that they really did care and still do on some level.

Those feelings were confirmed this week when Lambert opened up about the split and called her ex “amazing” while be interviewed for a cover story for Cosmopolitan magazine.

In the interview she admitted that’s she’s still trying to make heads and tails out of what happened and that “Marriage is a tough business, and we gave it our best college try.”

As I’ve watched The Voice this season, Blake Shelton looks a little thinner to me like someone who’s gone through stress. I see the same thing in Lambert.

They smile, but the sparkle doesn’t seem to reach their eyes just yet, even though Shelton has moved on to a new romance with fellow Voice mentor Gwen Stefani.

In the interview, Lambert said that she isn’t ready to date and a second marriage isn’t even on her radar. By the way she talked, it seems that, in her eyes, Shelton may be difficult to replace. “I had a great relationship with an amazing man, so I know what good is. I have a great launching pad for the future. I will never take that for granted.”

For now, Lambert says she’s just going to live life to the full, even if that means wallowing in her sorrow a bit more. “Some of that might mean nights on my porch crying, drinking whiskey, and going, ‘Man, this sucks right now.’”

For now she admits she is relying on making music to help soothe the pain.

Photo credits: Nguyen Minh

Elisabeth Hasselbeck Leaving FOX to Stay Home with Kids

Posted on Nov 27, 2015 by No Comments

Back in 2001, Elisabeth Hasselbeck debuted on the hit reality TV show Survivor where she came in fourth place. A year later, she married NFL Quarterback Tim Hasselbeck, and in the fall of 2003 she replaced Lisa Ling as the fourth co-host on The View where she was known to lend a conservative point of view.

Ten years later she made a career move to Fox where she replaced Gretchen Carlson as the morning female co-host of Fox & Friends. Now, a little more than two years later, she has decided she’s putting her career on hold to spend more time with her three children.

As she broke the news to viewers, she said, “I am taking a new position as CBO — chief breakfast officer — at our house with the kids, and that does mean that in about a month, I’ll be leaving my FOX News family. I’m in a season where the kids need the best of me, not the rest of me.”

It’s a big decision, but she’s following her heart regarding what she thinks is best for her family, and I applaud her for that. It’s definitely a sacrifice on her part. In a statement to Fox News she admitted as much saying, “Oftentimes, the most difficult decisions are between two great things.”

As she talked about leaving with viewers and her co-hosts Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade she fought back tears as she talked about her time with the Fox News Channel being such a positive and thoughtful atmosphere and the “best working environment a woman and mother could ask for.”

Hasselbeck will stay on for another month until the end of the year and will be replaced by a rotating cast of co-hosts until the network finds her replacement. I wish her all the best.

Photo credits: wochit Entertainment

Dining with Friends Shown to Be Fattening

Posted on Nov 23, 2015 by No Comments

Many of us struggle with weight and wonder why it’s so hard to lose.

Unfortunately, it’s harder to lose as we age because we gradually lose muscle mass which helps us burn calories. That translates to, we need to eat less and try strength train.

But besides that, there are things we do that contribute to overeating that we don’t even realize. One of those is to eat with other people.

When we get together with others to eat, research shows we consume, on average, 44 percent more food than when we eat alone.

When I first heard this, 44 percent sounded really high, but then I thought about the portion sizes served in restaurants and how often you think you’ve had enough but continue to pick and eat as you visit.

Even when we have a cookout with friends or family in our backyard, I have to admit, I tend to eat more than I would normally.

I don’t know about you, but I eat with a group like this at least twice a week and usually more. For me the habit of eating with others, means the habit of eating at least 44 percent more than I would if I was eating at home!

Plus, meals I prepare at home are usually healthier than what I choose from the menu. So not only am I eating more, but more of fattening stuff for the most part.

According to the study, dining with four, six, or eight or more friends coincided with meal amount increases of 69, 70, and 96 percent, respectively.

This is partly due to the amout of time we spend together at the table, but it can’t only be attributed to that because it has been shown that people who read while they eat take significantly longer, but don’t eat more.

Equipped with this information, one of the things I’ve started to do at restaurants is to ask for a to-go box when they bring my food. I put half of the entrée into the box before I start eating.

At get-togethers like birthdays, cook-outs and pot lucks, I make sure I don’t take seconds and usually skip dessert.

Having a plan to eat less before you get together can really help, but even then you’ll need an extra measure of will power.

Photo credits: pixabay

Thanksgiving Nail Art

Posted on Nov 19, 2015 by No Comments

The holidays are a fun time of year. When it comes to Christmas there’s a ton of clothing, decorations, and nail art to choose from, but when it comes to Thanksgiving, we are left to our imagination a little more.

In our home, one thing we do is put up a Thanksgiving Tree which takes up a wall in the kitchen. We try to get it up in October so we have at least a month to add leaves for all the things we are thankful for. When it comes to clothes, I pretty much move on to fall colors, sweaters and such.

But when it comes to my nails I wanted something special for Thanksgiving this year, and I found exactly was I was looking for. Turkey feather fingernails.

The technique used to get a marbled effect includes the use of water (something I hadn’t seen before), so I thought I’d share it with the rest of you out there looking for a fun idea for Thanksgiving nail art.

How to Create Turkey Feather Nail Art

To start, you’ll need to choose colors. For a more traditional look pick colors like red, orange, and yellow.

You’ll also need a white base coat, and a small container that holds about 3 ounces of filtered, room-temperature water. The cup/bowl should have a small mouth or opening.

Nail Polish Bulls Eye Feathers
Add polish colors a drop at a time in the center of the cup/bowl to create a bulls-eye. Then take an orange stick and draw a line from the outer edge to the center of the bulls-eye.

Dip the point of the orange stick to stop the line. Wipe the excess from the stick and then start from the opposite outer rim and draw the stick through the bulls-eye and connect at the center to the first line.

This divides the bulls-eye into 2 halves. Divide one of the halves in two, and then into fourths. This creates the turkey feathers.

Dip your prepped nail into the water collecting the feathered (marbled nail polish onto your nail). Have a cleanup stick handy to clean up extra paint. For a visual of how this is done, watch the video.

Finish Touches

The rest of the turkey nail art is painted free hand. You’ll need brown, white and black nail polish and a dotting tool. If you don’t have a dotting tool you can try a toothpick.

Using brown or bronze, paint the tip of the nail creating a half-moon to serve as the turkey’s body. At the top of the half moon add polish to create the head. When that dries, add white and black to create the eyes and a touch of orange to create the beak.

Once it is thoroughly dry, add a topcoat to protect your nail art.

This may sound complicated, but it is easier than you think and creates professional looking nail art perfect for wearing on Thanksgiving Day.

Photo credits: Mucking Fusser

Actress Pauley Perrette Assaulted by Homeless Man

Posted on Nov 16, 2015 by No Comments

I’ve been an “NCIS” fan since day one. My family and I joke that the cast are our “friends in our TV.”

It’s hard to say I have a favorite character, but Abby Sciuto played by Pauley Perrette is a quirky, tattooed, Goth Forensic Scientist who is a loving, giving brainiac, scientifically brilliant and yet exudes a childlike innocence that sees the best in everyone. I love the complexity of this character.

True fans of Perrette know that that same kind loving, giving Abby nature that sees the best in others is part the actress’s real life. She devotes time to helping protect the homeless and animals.

So when she tweeted that she was assaulted overnight by a “psychotic homeless man” who said he was going to kill her, I was stunned. She actually tweeted a document describing the whole event.

She described how the man grabbed her, pinned her down and punched her in the face repeatedly saying his name. “William … don’t forget that! I’m going to kill you.”

She said “I was alone, terrified and trapped.” Behind her stood an empty garage. She knew if he got her in there she was as good as dead and she wasn’t strong enough to overpower him. She prayed and finally said, “William is a beautiful name, I have a little nephew named William.”

He started to punch her again and then told her “to get the […] out of here.” The 46-year-old actress escaped and collapsed on the sidewalk in shock. Some guy on his phone walked around her with his dog. At least the dog stopped and licked her face but the man did nothing.

Perrette texted a next-door neighbor, who happens to be a police officer who goes to her church. She drew a sketch of the homeless man who had attacked her and said that he was “headed towards Hollywood Blvd. with murder in his eyes.” Her friend actually located the homeless William and they got him for felony assault.

Turns out the guy’s name wasn’t William after all. It was David. He’s currently being held on $100,000 bond.

As Perrette reflected on her ordeal in the note she posted, she said, “We need full mental health care. We need housing and help for the homeless. We need to support our cops. We need to not walk alone. I need to heal.”

She closed by saying, “I almost died tonight.”

Photo credits: wikimedia

Heidi Klum Wows In Elaborate Jessica Rabbit Costume

Posted on Nov 12, 2015 by No Comments

Halloween 2015 is now a thing of the past, along with all the decorating, candy eating, and the effort of finding or making the perfect costume is behind us for one more year.

But just like the day after Christmas is a great time to find deals, this is the time of year to get ideas for next year as this year’s celebrity costumes come to light.

This year many celebrities dressed as popular super-heroes. For instance, Kourtney Kardashin and her family dressed up as super heroes including the Flash, Spiderman, and Captain America. Beyonce went with an X-men’s theme and dressed as the sexy superhero Storm, but by next year superheroes costumes could be a thing of the past.

One celebrity costume that stood out from the rest in my book is Heidi Klum’s Jessica Rabbit.

If I were handing out awards, she’d get it for daring to sidestep what’s trendy and thinking outside the box. Granted, her Halloween costume as the “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” bombshell included larger-than-life prosthetics worthy of the hit TV reality show Faceoff so it isn’t something the average trick-or-treater is going to pull off, but it was a unique idea and well executed.

Heidi Klum Halloween 2008

Heidi Klum Halloween 2008

Each year, Heidi Klum throws a Halloween party. This year’s bash was held at Lavo in NYC on Halloween night. Like usual, it was a star-studded affair.

This year Jennifer Lopez and her beau Casper Smart dressed as sexy skeletons, Emily Ratajkowski wore a Marge Simpson costume, Ashanti wore blue body paint as a Smurf, and Gigi Hadid chose to be Sandy from Grease.

Over the years Klum has come up with some pretty elaborate costumes. One that sticks in my mind is her 2008 many-armed, blue-skinned Hindu goddess of destruction. That one garnered some discontent from the Hindu community, but aside from that I wondered how she’d maneuver getting into the car to get to the party.

Turns out that this year’s curvaceous Jessica Rabbit hips created a bit of a challenge when it came to getting into and out of the car, but Klum creatively navigated the situation and arrived to rave reviews of her costume.

Photo credits: ChoorV, Modelinia

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani Officially Dating

Posted on Nov 10, 2015 by No Comments

I’d seen little snippets here and there on the Internet saying that Blake Shelton and Gwen Stafani were a new couple. I dismissed it as unconfirmed rumor until now.

For all I knew, it was someone’s idea to promote The Voice, where the two of them work as coaches and mentors. Plus I thought Gwen was married, but since found out she is newly single after her life blew up earlier this year. In fact, it happened a month after Shelton and his wife, Miranda Lambert called it quits.

As a fan of The Voice, I couldn’t help noticing the flirting going on between the two of them on the show. This was followed by sightings of the two of them together at various Halloween parties in October, and reports said they were even spotted holding hands.

Now Stefani’s rep announced the two of them are officially dating, in a statement to Us Weekly, saying: “Gwen and Blake are longtime friends who have very recently started dating.”

The two of them experienced traumatic breakups that happened very fast. I’m not going to dip my toe back in the rumor pool of who did what to bring those divorces about, but I do wonder about rebound dating.

Some say such relationships are healing, but most are short-lived. This is blamed on lingering emotional instability related to the painful break up. As a result, it’s recommended that serious dating is avoided until the tumultuous emotions have subsided. So hopefully this isn’t serious but just fun dating.

Divorce is hard for just about everyone, and I can’t imagine being under the spotlight like Shelton and his ex, Miranda Lambert at the CMA awards on November 5.

It was just days after the announcement about Shelton and Stefani dating. Stefani wasn’t there, and Shelton and Lambert respected each other, but things seemed strained.

When hosts, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley made a lighthearted joke about the breakup, Blake took it good-heartedly but he’s moving on. It’s always easier when you’re moving on.

I felt for Miranda, but at least she brought home the award for Female Vocalist of the Year telling her fans that she “needed a bright spot this year.”

Photo credits: The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon

Sanofi Auvi-Q Recalls 490,000 Injectors

Posted on Nov 6, 2015 by No Comments

Epinephrine injectors commonly called Epi-pens are devices used to treat life-threatening allergic reactions in children and adults. These devices carry a single dose of life-saving epinephrine that can be easily carried with you and administered if needed.

Even my five-year-old nephew knows how to use his Epi-pen if he unknowingly comes in contact with peanuts.

Now one of the largest makers of these devices has issued a recall involving hundreds of thousands of their products because they may not deliver the right dosage.

Sanofi’s recall is voluntary and involves 490,000 Auvi-Q injectors currently on the market. Auvi‑Q is packaged with two active devices and one trainer device in the box.

They were distributed throughout the United States via wholesalers, pharmacies and hospitals, and all Auvi‑Q is being recalled including both the 0.15 mg and 0.3 mg strengths.

The recall includes lot numbers 2081278 through 3037230, which expire October 2015 through December 2016. The reason for the recall is that Sanofi has received 26 reports that “products have been found to potentially have inaccurate dosage delivery, which may include failure to deliver drug.”

These suspected malfunctions resulted in patients experiencing hypersensitivity despite taking the drugs, but no fatal outcomes have been reported among these cases.

Sanofi is asking that all Auvi-Q devices be returned and they are offering reimbursement for out-of-pocket costs including the price paid at the pharmacy and the amount incurred for replacement of unexpired Auvi-Q devices.

For more information, call 1-866-726-6340 or 1-877-319-8963 with questions or visit the company’s website for printable directions as to how to return the pens and receive reimbursement.

The numbers above can also be used to arrange return of the product. It will take about 30 days for you to receive your check. In the meantime, Sanofi recommends consumers call their doctors to get a prescription for alternative epinephrine injectors without delay.

Photo credits: Julie Brown

Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell Celebrate 33 Years Together

Posted on Nov 4, 2015 by No Comments

I recently watched a video of Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell playing the Newlywed Game. If you’ve ever played that game after being together for decades, you know it can be a bit challenging.

The first question they were asked was what did they do on their first date. That first date was over 30 years ago, and yet they both got it right, albet with their own versions. For instance Goldie used the word snuggled while Kurt said they had sex. They laughed and Goldie said he told it the “boy way.”

And when asked what Goldie would want to burn from Kurt’s closet they both said all of it. Suffice it to say, the two of them are on the same page which defies Hollywood laws and logic when it comes to relationships.

While the two of them have been a couple for 33 years and have a family together, they chose never to get married. Today, Russell is 64 and Goldie will be 70 in November. When they were asked what their secret is, Kurt told ET Canada that that question “is unanswerable in all honesty. You just get up and give it a go – if you want to.”

And Goldie agreed with him saying, “I think that’s it, Honey. You have to want it. Both people have to want it.”

That’s another thing I notice about them. They still use terms of endearment, snuggle on the red carpet, hold hands while walking down the street. They show all those little symptoms that say, we’re in love.

Between them, they have 5 kids including actress Kate Hudson, and they admit they love being grandparents. However, in that role they try their best to offer “zero advice.”

Goldie puts it like this. “I did it my way. She’s doing it her way, but she saw a very good example with the both of us.”

Congratulations to them for not only making it 33 years, but doing it in a way that’s grown them together as a couple.

Photo credits: Celeb TV