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Link Round-up: DIY Ornaments, Glittery Napkins, Activities for Preschoolers, and More

Posted on Nov 18, 2014 by 2 Comments

Today’s link round-up has DIY ornaments, glittery Thanksgiving napkins, fall activities for preschoolers, and more.

Crafts by Amanda showed us how to make Thanksgiving napkins with glitter leaves and acorns.

Kids’ Activities Blog shared some fall activities for preschoolers.

How Does She taught us how to make a simple, chic headband.

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A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make oversized photo booth prints for under $10.

Pizzazzerie taught us how to make cute acorn drink stirrers.

Create Craft Love shared a tutorial for a reindeer wreath.

Crafts ‘n Coffee showed us how to make a felted snowball ornament.

Photo credit: Crafts by Amanda and A Beautiful Mess

Fresh Prince Cast Shows Support on DWTS

Posted on Nov 17, 2014 by No Comments

“Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” star Alfonso Ribeiro has been holding his own this season on “Dancing With the Stars” despite injuring himself when performing his famous Carlton dance.

While I had hoped he’d go back to his Fresh Prince roots and perform the dance, I’ve been worried about him trying to compete and re-injuring or aggravating the injury. But he’s pushed through it and been amazing, and fans have been encouraging him along the way.

This past Monday, it turns out that his fictional Banks family showed up to show their support this past week, too.  His fictional sisters and co-stars Karyn Parsons and Tatyana Ali were there. We knew them as Hilary and Ashley Banks. They were joined by Joseph Marcell who played the Banks’ British butler, Geoffrey.

Ribeiro, who is now 43, gained his stardom on the 90s sitcom as the character, Carlton. It was fun to see him reunited with members of the “Banks” family on DWTS after all these years.  He told Us Weekly that it was “really cool” to have his lifelong friends watch him perform and offer their support.

“Joe’s [in] all the way from England. Just having [all of] them here was wonderful. They’re family to me. They’ll always be family.” – Alfonso Ribeiro via Us Weekly

Riberiro had told Us in a previous interview about how the cast of Fresh Prince had remained close after the show ended in 1996 and it showed on DWTS. It turns out that, Alfanso’s wife, Angela Unkrich, is even friends with Tatyana and Karyn.

Some people might think this was all a ploy to get more votes for Riberiro, but I think the support was genuine. The cast has remained close, and for years fans have hoped for a “reboot” of the show to bring the stars back into our living rooms each week.

However, E! News recently reported the revival of the 90′s favorite won’t be happening because of the death of James Avery last year. Guess we’ll have to settle for mini reunions like this one as well as Will Smith’s impromptu “Fresh Prince” performances.

Photo credits: Celebrity TV

Big Bang Theory Star Dies at 62

Posted on Nov 13, 2014 by No Comments

The Big Bang Theory fans received bad news this week when Carol Ann Susi passed away. If you don’t recognize her name, you might recognize her voice, for that’s what she was to the show. The brash Brooklyn voice of Mrs. Wolowitz, Howard’s mother.

CBS along with executive producers of the show released a joint statement saying, “The Big Bang Theory family has lost a beloved member today with the passing of Carol Ann Susi, who hilariously and memorably voiced the role of Mrs. Wolowitz.” The actress was only 62 years old when she passed following a brief fight against an aggressive form of cancer.

The statement went on to say, “Unseen by viewers, the Mrs. Wolowitz character became a bit of a mystery throughout the show’s eight seasons. What was not a mystery, however, was Carol Ann’s immense talent and comedic timing, which were on display during each unforgettable appearance.”

Even though I didn’t see her on the show, the news leaves a hole. It makes me think about how much stars can bring to a program even if they aren’t seen. It’s also sad that it took her death to make me take notice of who she is/was.

Her representative released a tribute to the actress that tells that she was passionate about Doctor Who, cooking and the Magic Castle, and drew fervent circles of followers. They referred to her as a “spunky Italian gal from Brooklyn.”

They also went on to say that she was fiercely loyal to her friends, and was as a “culinary genius.” She even won blue ribbons for competitive cooking competitions at the Los Angeles County Fair.

She had moved to LA in the 70s seeking a career in entertainment. While she didn’t become what you might think of as a “big name,” she appeared on Cheers, Doogie Howser, M.D., Mad About You, Just Shoot Me, Seinfeld, and Six Feet Under. That’s pretty big in my book.

In her most recent role, she played the role of Ms. Mancuso in a short film titled A Life, Taken which is yet to be released.

Hearing of her passing is sad news. Farewell Carol Ann, you will be missed.

She is survived by her brother, Michael.

Photo credits: SideReel

Sadie Robertson Gets Biblical on DWTS

Posted on Nov 10, 2014 by No Comments

Famous Duck Dynasty darling, Sadie Robertson, has become a favorite with viewers on Season 19 of Dancing With the Stars.

I admit, I wondered how she would come across with her parents and grandparents micromanaging her costumes and moves. I actually appreciate their proactive approach to helping their daughter make choices, but I wondered how it would affect her routines. So far she’s been stunning.

This past week (week 8), Robertson and her partner Mark Ballas performed a contemporary dance as Adam and Eve to Alanis Morissette’s “Uninvited.” They did a fantastic job, with some very professional and difficult moves.

Sadie admitted that at first she was a bit uncomfortable about her partner’s hand being on her glute as she was held over his head. However, she learned it was a safety precaution, and that if he didn’t hold her properly she could “potentially roll off and hit her head.”

Mark Ballas has been a good partner on several levels, and he took the time to show her the importance of being held correctly. He said, “I took my hand away and we put a mat down, of course, to be sure. It’s all counterbalance, so if you don’t have your hands in the right place, that’s how… injuries happen or people fall.”

The judges loved the intensity of the routine, and Julianne Hough said “there was a maturity that we haven’t seen from you and that was, to me … beyond anything that we’ve seen and it was so perfect for what you obviously portray.”

Bruno Tonioli was also impressed with Sadie’s performance. He said, “You’ve come such a long way, my darling. The detail in the choreography and the difficulty that we’ve thrown at you, it’s unbelievable how you did.”

The couple scored a 38 for the night, and I begin to wonder if Sadie Robertson could go all the way and win this season. I’d love to hear from other DWTS fans to see what you think. Do you think Sadie’s got what it takes to win?

Photo credits: Steve Lee

Nick Cannon Covers Mariah Tattoo with New Ink

Posted on Oct 14, 2014 by No Comments

Since Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey’s separation became public, Nick Cannon has found himself in the spotlight.

Everyone wants details, and in a recent interview Cannon admits that he understands that, but finds the way some people judge how you deal with personal life is a little harsh, but that along with that he says he knows it’s what he has signed up for.

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Personally, he deals with it better than most. The separation is not easy, and he admits he’s not the type to ignore people or to say nothing. So that makes him a prime target for reporters digging for the juicy details.

On top of that, he admits it’s hard listening to people dissect his personal life.

I love him as the host of America’s Got Talent…his sense of humor, his interaction with both contestants and judges, and it doesn’t hurt that he’s good looking. But this past season of AGT I could see he was a little troubled, though he covered it well.

In a recent interview with Huffington Post, he put it this way. “I’m not Kanye. I’m not going to be wrestling at the airport. And I’m also not somebody who’s gonna keep silent.”

When Extra asked him how he’d dealing with all of it he said, “I’m just trying to be the best person I can be.” I love that answer. It shows he cares how things are handled and wants to do things the right way for all involved, but at the same time, he’s moving on.

His Mariah tattoo is gone. He used to have a large tat of her name across his back which was actually a wedding present for her. Now that tat is being transformed into a new piece of body art – a crucifixion tattoo.

It’s still in the process, and he was a little upset when paparazzi caught him with his shirt off before it is done. It’s going to take over 40 hours in the chair, plus he’s getting a sleeve done. We’ll have to wait and see what he walks away with.

His kids are currently on tour with Mommy, and Nick says that it is all good. They are in constant contact, and he wishes Mariah all the best.

When the media doesn’t have details, they like to make up stories based on the little they know. Breakups are hard enough. I wish both Nick and Mariah all the best as they try to move forward.

Photo credits: The Talk

Joan Lunden Hopes to Empower Others with Cancer

Posted on Oct 7, 2014 by 1 Comment

At 64 years of age, former Good Morning America host, Joan Lunden, has undergone chemotherapy and a lumpectomy since her diagnosis with triple negative breast cancer three months ago.

The mother of seven went public about this aggressive form of cancer while speaking with cancer survivor Robin Roberts and told People magazine, “I was handed an opportunity to learn everything that I can about this and try to help others.”

Lunden received some valuable advice from Roberts who shared that waiting for your hair to fall out is excruciating. So Lunden decided not to wait.

Instead she owned it and took matters into her own hands one week after her first chemo treatment. She voluntarily shaved offer her beautiful blond hair and when she did she realized how much it affected her.

“I’m almost reluctant to say it because it sounds superficial. But when you lose your hair, it just affects the way that you look at yourself in the mirror. You feel less feminine, pretty or desirable, and it’s not an easy thing to go through.” – Joan Lunden

When she had the opportunity to make the cover of People, she had a decision to make. To wear her wig or pose without it. She decided going without the wig might be a way to help others and show women that losing your hair  ”isn’t the end of the world.” She found the experience empowering in a big way.

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Lunden hopes to be a voice for the quarter of a million women diagnosed with breast cancer every year. She said, “I wanted to show that your health is more important than your hair.” She will continue her fight against cancer as a special correspondent for the Today show next week as they kick off their Breast Cancer Awareness month coverage.

Lunden believes many women don’t get breast exams because they are afraid of losing their hair. During her own experience, she says, “Your hair grows back after you stop chemo…and then you have your life.”

Photo credits: Amazon, Twitter

Link Round-up: Life Purpose, Fall Treats, Parties, and More

Posted on Sep 30, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has information about living one’s purpose, fall treats, party ideas, and more.

Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons showed us how to make fall owl Rice Krispie treat pops.

Mind Body Green shared five things people living their purpose do differently.

Cupcakes and Cashmere shared five common skincare mistakes—and tells you how to fix them.

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A Beautiful Mess shared two easy party cocktail recipes.

Create Craft Love showed us how to make a Gothic Halloween table setting.

DIY Inspired shared some Little Mermaid party ideas.

Jolly Mom shared a recipe for Frosted Flakes chocolate chip marshmallow cookies.

I Love to Create taught us how to make Halloween burlap pillows.

Photo credit: Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons and A Beautiful Mess

Magician Wins America’s Got Talent First Time Ever

Posted on Sep 22, 2014 by No Comments

I enjoy watching talent shows, and of them America’s Got Talent is my favorite. First of all the judges, Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Mel B, and Howie Mandel are so different from one another and yet work well as a panel.

In fact, I’m surprised to admit, Howard Stern is probably the most astute of the judges and has an eye for talent and the ability to offer constructive criticism that’s actually helps contestants if they are smart enough to listen to him.

Another reason I like the show is that it offers a diverse spectrum of talent. Yes, they have their share of singers and musicians, but all ages are represented. Beyond singing or playing an instrument this year we were thrilled by hand balancers, magicians, comedians, acrobatic acts, and dancing combined with technology with exciting and entertaining effects.

AGT 2014 talent brought to the America’s Got Talent stage was the best ever. Of the top six acts, I thought four of them could be the winners, it was that crazy good. And this year the level of magic brought to the show was astounding.

Acts sent home during the semi-finals in other years could have been the winner, but with the level of talent this year it wasn’t meant to be. Within those semi-finals there were three magic acts and they were all good but of them, only illusionist Mat Franco moved into the top six finalists.

The self-taught illusionist from Rhode Island had dreamed of this since childhood and said, “It feels amazing! It feels great, fulfilling, emotional, all at once in a way that I can’t describe.”

Other finalists included singer Miguel Dakota, 12-year-old soul singer Quintavious Johnson, the jazz quartet Sons Of Serendip, and the daredevil acrobatic group AcroArmy, and then it was narrowed to just Mat Franco and singer Emily West.

Both were worthy of a win, but a magician had never won…until now. Congratulations to Mat Franco. If I make it to Los Vegas I’ll plan to see his show.

Photo credits: AwesomeTalent666

DWTS Celebrity Contestants Announced for Season 19

Posted on Sep 9, 2014 by No Comments

Dancing With the Stars Season 19 is due to air starting Sept. 15. The 13 new celebrity contestants have been announced.

With all the changes that have taken place on the show, I confess I wasn’t sure whether or not I’d watch, but now that they’ve announced the contestants, I admit, I’ll watch at least the first show or two to see how it goes.

While I’m always reminded of how many “celebrities” I don’t know by name, once they tie the stars to their past roles I do recognize most of them.

For instance, Alfonso Ribeiro played Carlton on Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Once I put the name with the actor, I couldn’t help but remember the “Carlton dance” when he danced to Tom Jones’ It’s Not Unusual.

In fact, they brought that up as they talked to the stars on Good Morning America and even mentioned the possibility of incorporating it into one of his routines. For me that’s a hook. I’ll tune in. He’ll be paired up with Whitney Carlson.

Others I recognized include Sadie Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame who will be teamed with Mark Ballas, and NASCAR’S two-time Daytona winner Mike Waltrip who will be dancing with Emma Slater.

I didn’t recognize Lea Thompson’s name right off, but then they said she starred in Back to the Future. Once I Googled her, I knew she played Marty’s mom. Her partner is Artem Chigvintsev.

Others I didn’t know at all, include Tommy Chong, a comedian, Travis Smiley, a talk show host, and Betsey Johnson a fashion designer. And lastly was Antonio Sabato, Jr. from General Hospital. I didn’t recognize him at all, though he is really good looking! You see I gave up the soaps decades ago because for me they were too time consuming.

The last two contestants were Pretty Little Liars actress Janel Parrish, and beauty guru Bethany Mota.

I never know all the celebs when DWTS starts a new season, but by the end of the season most of them are famous in my eyes. I admit I was reluctant to watch with the changes that have taken place, but Alfonso Ribeiro and Sadie Robertson will have me tuning in.

Do you plan to watch this season?

Photo credits: Celebified