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.
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
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 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.
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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
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
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.
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
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
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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.
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
Who knew there could be a book that is universally appealing to boys and girls alike and is all about science? Leave it to National Geography to figure out how to make this happen.
Okay, so what are two of my girls’ favorite things, aside from American Girl dolls, National Geographic and Barbies? Angry birds and Star Wars! Yes, they are completely crazy for angry birds and anything that includes Princess Leia makes them happy.
So you can imagine how they reacted to National Geographic’s latest book, National Geographic Angry Birds Star Wars: The Science Behind the Saga! They went nuts. I have to admit, I loved it too. Anything that gets my girls interested in science is awesome.
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away the worlds collided. Angry Birds, Star Wars and National Geographic united to take their fans on a mission to uncover the science behind the science fiction.
Included in this book are true stories, inventions, and the incredible real science behind the epic blockbuster series Star Wars. Chapters will correspond with the Star Wars films and individual levels in the Angry Birds Star Wars games. Talk about the best of both worlds.
Discover how closely the movies are to true life by exploring the discovery of a real Tatooine planet or learning just how a hovercraft works and how it many ways it resembles the land speeder from Star Wars. You also can find out if a light saber will ever be a real thing in our lifetime.
Your child will walk away from this book thinking possibilities are endless with science. Anything we can’t do, we will be able to do someday through science and invention and if the Star Wars science isn’t enough to keep them interested, the angry birds aspect will keep them engaged.
This book is full of fun science facts, movie trivia and gorgeous,vibrant photos that will keep your little one engrossed for hours. The book also includes a great list of astronomy and robotic books for the young scientist who wants to take their grasp of scientific knowledge even further than the book provides.
A comprehensive glossary of scientific terms and of Angry Birds Star Wars terms will insure that your young scientist understands every aspect of the book.
National Geographic Angry Birds Star Wars: The Science Behind the Saga! is a fantastic companion to the Angry Birds Star Wars games. It takes fun and makes it a teachable moment that we can all be happy about.
Photo Source: NationalGeographic.com