Category: Entertainment

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

Link Round-up: Keep Your Laptop Safe, Fridge Scrabble, Snacks, and More

Posted on Sep 2, 2014 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has tips for keeping your laptop safe, a way to play Scrabble on the fridge, snacks, and more.

Aunt Peaches showed us a cute seating card display ideas—it uses paintchips.

What the Fork Food Blog showed us how to make homemade peach ice cream.

Southern Girl Ramblings taught us how to make pumpkin cheesecake bars.

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Chocolate Covered Katie shared a recipe for secretly healthy chocolate fudge balls.

A Simple Pantry showed us how to make spicy cilantro lime popcorn.

About a Mom shared some tips for keeping your laptop safe.

I Love to Create Blog showed us how to set up an ongoing Scrabble game on the fridge.

Photo credit: Aunt Peaches and Chocolate Covered Katie

Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey Calling It Quits

Posted on Aug 26, 2014 by No Comments

Last week the Hollywood gossip mill claimed that Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon had been living apart for months and that their marriage was heading toward divorce. The fact that they are living apart is a fact. That they are divorcing is another fact. The why behind that is where the rumors swirl.

According to the New York Post’s Page Six, Mariah allegedly suspected him of cheating and even hired security guards “to make sure he stayed away from other women during club appearances.” If that is true, that’s no way to make sure your husband stays faithful because it is forced. Some rumors even bring Kim Kardashian into the mix as the reason for the break up.

I admit I’m a Nick Cannon fan. I think he is one of the best talent show hosts out there, if not the best. He brings his comedic talent to the stage and makes the perfect connection between contestants, judges, and those of us watching America’s Got Talent from home.

When I learned he was married to Mariah Carey, I was a bit surprised because their personalities are so opposite, but then opposites attract, right?

According to recent reports, Nick is the one who is deciding to call it quits and believes the decision is best for his family because in his view Mariah’s mental state isn’t healthy for his family. He fears the environment generated around his soon-to-be-ex is toxic for his kids.

The way he describes it is as a chaotic living situation. He claims Mariah’s people’s primary concern is making money. Considering she’s made a living as a diva with a great voice, I could see how “her people” might think the biological clock is ticking on her career as she approaches 50.

Nick says his goal in leaving the marriage is to create a safe haven for his kids that is separate from the chaotic home environment with Mariah. He believes the kids have already shown signs of emotional upset with the current situation and he wants to change that.

As with any divorce, there are two sides to the story and they are the only ones who really know the whole story. Mariah is 44, Nick is 33, and their twins are 3.

Photo credits: Thorston Heil

Kelly Osbourne Launches Stories Clothing Line

Posted on Aug 25, 2014 by No Comments

Kelly Osbourne is launching a brand new clothing line called Stories with Chapter 1 available in late September. The contemporary line includes 13 looks designed for all women with sizes ranging from 0 to 24 (US sizing).

Prices will run between $55 and $170 and will be available exclusively through HSN for the first month. One month after the launch, the brand will also be available on Bluefly, which delivers to several markets around the world. Osbourne’s goal isn’t to become number one but to provide quality fashion for all sizes at fair prices.

“My collection is titled Chapter One. We’ll go onto Chapter Two as we develop. My mission is not to be the number-one fashion designer in the world. I’m not trying to change or come up with anything that people haven’t already done. I’m just trying to make fashion fair and make good quality basics available to all women.” – Kelly Osbourne to Women’s Wear Daily

Osbourne has dreamed of starting her own fashion line for a decade. During that time she has grown as a TV personality, and now the 29 year old has joined with the Australian brand Jupi to make her dream come true.

According to WWD, the designs available in Chapter 1 include 13 ready-to-wear designs. Singers Taylor Swift and Ciara have already ordered four items including a cap-sleeve sheath dress, a polka-dot jumpsuit, a Union Jack-inspired drop-waist dress, and a rose adorned polyester chiffon blouse.

I like the “Stories” branding with the release of collections as chapters. It’s a creative idea that actually relates to the product. Osbourne says, “I believe that every time you wear something, you have a story of where you wore it, whether it be good or bad.” She’s got a point, but let’s face it, it’s another chapter in this TV personality’s career, too.

Photo credit: The Heart of Truth

Zoe Saldana Shows Off Baby Bump in Ice Bucket Challenge Video

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 by 2 Comments

I first fell in love with Zoe Saldana as Uhura in the movie Star Trek and the sequel Star Trek Into Darkness. She also stars as Gamora in the Guardians of the Galaxy as the lethal green-skinned superhero with a heart of Gold.

Buzz about Saldana being pregnant started surfacing last July, but I don’t pay much attention to rumors like that. Think of Jennifer Aniston and how many times rumors have circulated she has a baby on the way. I’d rather wait until the person is ready to actually share their news with the world.

The rumors about Saldana expecting weren’t confined to tabloids. Other media outlets like E!News and The Hollywood Reporter said their sources confirmed the rumors to be true. But until this week, Saldana neither confirmed nor denied the rumors. She just didn’t go there.

However that all changed when she showed off her baby bump in an video for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge posted on Aug. 19.

If you haven’t heard of the challenge I’d be surprised because it is all over the Internet. As of this writing donations to the ALS Association have exceeded $31 million. The money will be used to help provide care services to assist people with ALS and their families and to help discover a treatment and eventually a cure.

In the video, Saldana says, “I am accepting James Gunn’s challenge to take on the ice bucket challenge in support of finding a cure for ALS. Obviously I can’t do it myself….” The 36-year-old star gives viewers a side profile that highlights her baby bump and continues, “So I nominate my husband to take on the challenge.”

She then introduces her husband Marco Perego who is the lucky guy that gets to dumps a tub of ice water over his head and body. It is for a good cause though and Saldana does remind viewers to donate.

Photo credits: Cynthia Cruz

Jennifer Aniston Not Pregnant, Just Gained a Few Pounds

Posted on Aug 12, 2014 by No Comments

I think Jennifer Aniston’s reproductive life is one of the most scrutinized in the media. I don’t think I could count the number of times I’ve seen headlines announcing she is pregnant. And yet, at this time she has never had a child.

Back when she and Brad Pitt broke up some rumors suggested it was because he wanted children and she didn’t. Yet other rumors said, she was unable to get pregnant. I can’t imagine what it’s like to have so many people second guessing such a private part of life. She admitted in a recent interview on Good Morning America that the “kids question” is the one she finds most annoying.

Pregnancy rumors have been flying again recently because the actress is looking a little curvier than usual, and I don’t mean fat at all. She admits she’s gained a few pounds, and now that she’s 45 it’s not as easy to lose weight as it used to be. I can certainly relate to that.

Jennifer is 5′ 5″ and she is usually comfortable weighing between 110-113. I’m only 5′ 1″ and I’d be comfortable weighing that, but unfortunately I haven’t seen numbers like that for more than a decade.

Personally, for her height I think her curviness looks great and could be a sign that she is in a happy relationship and satisfied with life. While she is not overweight she has said if she was being super picky she’d like to lose 5 pounds.

All the speculation about her life must be hard. For the most part she is a healthy eater, and she is not falling prey to the unrealistic pressure of trying to remain ageless like so many others in her profession. She is engaged to 42-year-old Justin Theroux and looks relaxed and happy.

I suggest instead of guessing about whether or not she ran off to get married on the sly, or is expecting a baby, that we let her experience the joy of making the announcement when the time comes.

Photo credits: Hollywood Scoop TV

Link Round-up: Books for Boys, Depression, Contouring, and More

Posted on Aug 7, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up talks about depression, a sexy secret weapon, book for boys, contouring your face with makeup, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie shared a recipe for Nutella brownie batter dip.

Mind Body Green shared five major myths about depression.

A Beautiful Mess gave us some tips for contouring with concealers.

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Written Reality provided a list of 10 of the best middle grade books for boys.

Cupcakes and Cashmere shared her sexy secret weapon. Do you have one?

Hawthorne and Main shared a DIY for a two-tone picture frame.

Little Red Brick House gave us a DIY on a sunburst mirror.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and Amazon.com

American Idol Finalist Michael Johns Dies at 35

Posted on Aug 7, 2014 by No Comments

I’ve watched American Idol for years. I admit I’m not quite as faithful a viewer since the dynamic has changed, but this week when I heard that Michael Johns had tragically died, I knew exactly who it was. He was a good looking singer from Perth, Australia that was on during season 7. He is the first of Idol’s top 10 finalists to die in the shows 13-year run.

According to a friend, he had been complaining about pain in his leg and thought he might have a blood clot because he experienced bad bruising and he hadn’t hurt his leg. Sadly, according to TMZ Michael had gone in to have it checked out, but doctors sent Johns home on Thursday, because they didn’t find anything wrong.

The next day his friend found him in an unresponsive state. He called 911 and performed more than 100 chest compressions as he tried to revive his friend, but Michael did not respond. The friend told the dispatcher that he thought Michael was already dead. By the time the paramedics arrived his fears were confirmed. He had died.

There is no official cause of death yet. They are waiting for toxicology results. Those close to him believe it was a blood clot in Michael’s ankle. And of course because he was in entertainment there are rumors flying about alcohol or “something else.” So time will tell what the cause was.

It is always sad when someone so young dies, and when they pass away so unexpectedly. I guess rumors and speculation are expected, but I don’t like it.

Simon Cowell expressed his condolences via Twitter and American Idol announced his death and condolences in a statement that said:

“Michael Johns was an incredible talent and we are deeply saddened by the news of his passing. He was a part of our American Idol family and he will be truly missed. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and friends during this difficult time.” — American Idol

Photo credits: wikimedia

Link Round-up: Quick Dinner, Beachy Waves, a Movie Review, and More

Posted on Jul 31, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has a quick dinner recipe, tips for creating beachy waves with a flat iron, a movie review, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie showed us a new way to make instant cereal.

A Cedar Spoon shared a 30-minute garden pasta skillet recipe.

Mom Endeavors reviewed Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue.

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Muslin and Merlot shared some tips for making all you refrigerator magnets match (even the freebies companies like to hand out).

The Country Chic Cottage showed us how to make a vacation memory box.

Thrifty Jinxy shared an easy buttercream frosting recipe.

A Beautiful Mess taught us how to create beachy waves with a flat iron.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and Muslin and Merlot