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National Geographic Angry Birds Star Wars The Science Behind the Saga

Posted on Jul 28, 2014 by No Comments

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

Are Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres Calling it Quits?

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 by No Comments

One of the problems with celebrity life is that the media often jumps in with conjecture based on rumor. It’s enough to make me think I’d never want to be a celebrity.

Now rumors are floating about that Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi are headed for divorce. What makes it worse is the fact that de Rossi may have been covertly taping the couple’s fights.

I don’t know about you, but I sure would hate to think some of my most private moments, including fights, could be plastered across the tabloids and social media. According to In Touch, de Rossi taped the violent fights with a plan to exploit Ellen if they should ever break up.

In her defense, who would believe Ellen capable of a violent fight? She always seems so understanding and easy to relate to!

“Portia secretly taped some of their fights. She was drunk. Then she threatened to expose Ellen as controlling and manipulating.” — In Touch

According to the same insider source, it seems the fighting is over Portia thinking Ellen had an affair with one of their mutual friends before Portia went into rehab last May.

This isn’t the first time divorce rumors have swirled around the couple, but in the past Ellen was always quick to dispel the speculation. This time, both Portia and Ellen are quiet, which further stirs the speculation pot. Years ago Ellen agreed to go to couples therapy, and has been willing to put work into making the relationship work.

I don’t know the whole story, but I do know that no marriage is happy all the time. However, sticking your head in the sand and pretending there aren’t problems, when there are, doesn’t work either. Strong relationships can survive these types of things, but it  takes work.

Only time will tell how all this sorts out.

Photo credits: Domi Carole

Skinny Girl Bethenny Frankel Poses in 4-Year Old Daughter’s PJs

Posted on Jul 23, 2014 by No Comments

Former Real Housewife of New York reality star, Bethenny Frankel, has reinvented herself with her own line of “Skinny Girl” beverages and books, but her Skinny Girl lifestyle came under fire this week when she posted a picture of herself on Instagram wearing her 4-year-old daughter’s Hello Kitty pajamas…which fit.

Frankel is 43 and is thin enough to squeeze into her 4-year-old daughter’s pajamas. She posted the pic with the caption, “This is my daughter’s nightgown and PJ shorts. Think we’re ready to start sharing clothes yet?”

If the idea was to stir up a hornet’s nest of controversy, she achieved her goal! Some viewers had no problem with it such as user opinionsnotvalid who said, “Anybody who has a problem with this apparently doesn’t have kids or their kids are depressed because their parents have no sense of humor. Either that or you’re not happy with your self image. Pull the stick out you’re a**es and lighten up.”

Some think it was meant as a joke and others suggest that she has an unhealthy obsession with body image and dieting. Some of the back and forth on Instagram grew kind of heavy and sometimes a bit mean-spirited. While the picture itself isn’t offensive, it’s the various interpretations of what the picture means to individuals that is raising ire.

The concern for me is that Frankel confessed that she used to starve and binge back in 2011. I just don’t want to see her falling back into that pattern to fit into her daughter’s clothes. It could have been a joke, it could have been a PR stunt to promote her line of “Skinny Girl” beverages and books. Either way the controversy has gone viral and she is getting attention.

What do think of her posting this pic wearing her daughter’s PJs? Should we be laughing, concerned, or angry?

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Why Jillian Michaels Is Leaving the Biggest Loser

Posted on Jul 22, 2014 by No Comments

Fans of The Biggest Loser were shocked to hear fitness expert Jillian Michaels is leaving the hit NBC show for the second time. She first announced she was leaving the show in 2010, and left after its 11th season because it was all consuming and she wanted to start a family.

At the time she said she was grateful for everything The Biggest Loser had done for her career, but said it was time to move on. Then she returned to the show in 2013 for season 14 to work with overweight youth.

Michaels talked with People magazine about leaving the show this time, and once again expressed her gratitude to the show and that she was “sad to leave.” However, she also admitted there were “some fundamental differences [with the producers] that have existed for a while.”

Her main complaint deals with how she was being portrayed in a negative light in the recent seasons. According to Michaels, “In the beginning of the show, it was tough love. You saw the tough, and you saw the love.” While in recent episodes, “you saw none of the relationships, none of the bonds that I build with my clients.” In her words, the show portrayed her as being “more harsh.”

While this makes for good reality TV, let’s face it, from Michaels’ perspective, it’s not the kind of reputation you’d want to have as a personal trainer, and that’s her concern. She says, “Millions of people have this warped negative perception of me.”

But that’s only part of it. Last year she was accused of cheating by the producers because she let her team take caffeine pills without the show’s permission. That’s hard enough to deal with, but the controversy hit home when her four-year-old daughter was confronted by another child who said, “I know who your mom is – she is a cheater. I saw it on TV.”

On top of all this, last year’s winner came under criticism for being too skinny when Rachel Fredrickson lost 155 pounds and weighed in at 105 pounds. Michael’s said, “I had to take a hard look at my work […]. I came to the conclusion that moving forward, I need to be able to have an impact on the outcome of what I do.”

And so that’s exactly what she hopes to do. Move on and have an impact on the outcome.

Photo credits: Entertainment Tonight

Daddy’s Little Girl

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 by No Comments

I recently came across the kid’s book, Daddy’s Little Girl by Peter Wilson. I am the mother of two little girls and am very aware of the special bond between a father and his daughter. I saw it happen the moment my husband set eyes on our daughters. He fell in love at first sight.

Daddy’s Little Girl starts at that very moment, when a baby girl is born and her father meets her for the first time. The connection is deep and immediate. The story continues on as she turns from baby, to adoring princess, to sulking teen, off to college all the way through to her wedding day.

No matter what is happening in her life, her daddy is always there to remember no matter what, she will always be daddy’s little girl. This message of love and support is repeated throughout the book.

If you’ve ever read Love You Forever, this book reminds me a lot of that one but instead of addressing the mother/son relationship Daddy’s Little Girl is more about the father/daughter relationship.

It’s super cute and is written in a rhyming way that will keep even the littlest girls attention. Of course, daddy may need a tissue. I adore this book. If you don’t believe me, here is the YouTube narrated version of the Daddy’s Little Girl.

I am getting two copies, one for each of my girls. I will have my husband give them to the girls and let him read them while I sit in the hallway and cry. Honestly, it is that sweet. I may even buy one for my brother-in-law who is about to have his first child, a little girl. I think every daddy and daughter should have a copy.

It reminds you just how quickly our little ones grow up into adults. Enjoy every moment because before you know it, they will be out from under your feet and having children of their own.

Photo Source: Daddy’s Little Girl

Rosie O’Donnell Invited Back to the View but Why?

Posted on Jul 16, 2014 by No Comments

ABC has announced they are bringing Rosie O’Donnell back to The View. This has raised some eyebrows because of the circumstances around her leaving the show in 2007 after just one season. The announcement was made two days after the talk show diva let loose with an obscenity-laced rant before an audience that included everyone from media elite to high school girls.

However, the reasons for her leaving were said to be related to the inability to come to terms when renewing her contract. I thought, “Thank God!” Her negativity and overbearing spirit ruined the exchange that otherwise naturally took place between the panel and their diverse viewers.

Yes, she is a lightning rod that draws controversy and The View is in need of something to energize it, but I think it would be better to give Whoppi Goldberg her own show than to bring Rosie O’Donnell back. Her take is always so extremely negative that it’s enough to make many viewers change the channel.

Back in 2007 when O’Donnell announced she would be leaving the show, Barbara Walters had said she was sad to see her go, and I thought she was just being polite. But since that time, a lot more people have left the show.

Barbara has retired, Elisabeth Hasselbeck has moved on to be part of the Fox and Friends morning team, and Joy Bahar left on her own terms in August. Then just last week Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy also decided to leave. That leaves Whoppi Goldberg and now ABC has called Rosie O’Donnell back.

The show was once a vibrant exchange of ideas from different point of views. I don’t know where they think they’re going with it, but it may be that “the” view will be an accurate title with basically one view discussed between Whoopi and O’Donnell.

That doesn’t make for the type of back and forth that made viewers fall in love with the show. It might be time to get a shovel. It’s an idea that had its time, and it might be better to let it die a respectable death.

Photo credits: SP8CECOWBY

Link Round-up: Slime, Sour Cupcakes, Crafts, and More

Posted on Jul 15, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has fun slime recipes, sour cupcakes, crafts, and snack ideas.

It Happens in a Blink taught us how to make super sour cupcakes.

Mess for Less shared seven easy slime recipes for kids.

Kix Cereal shared a paper plate sea crab craft.

Epic Fun for Kids gave us a recipe for coconapple smoothies.

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Carolyn’s Homework featured a guest post from An Extraordinary Day, which showed us how to create a little piece of the beach at home.

Simply Kelly Designs combined all her favorite things and showed us how to make an Instagram paper album.

Seasoned Homemaker gave us ideas for sprucing up the backyard.

Photo credit: It Happens in a Blink and Carolyn’s Homework

Harry Potter Nemesis Actor David Legeno Found Dead

Posted on Jul 15, 2014 by No Comments

Harry Potter fans received some sad news last week, when the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department reported that British actor David Legeno, who was known as Harry Potter’s lycanthrope nemesis Fenrir Greyback, had been found dead following a desert hiking outing in California.

The body was discovered by hikers on Sunday in a remote area west of Zabriskie Point. He was only 50. Officials reported there was no sign of foul play and attribute his death to heat related issues, however, the Inyo County coroner is performing an autopsy to determine the official cause of death.

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It’s always sad to hear of someone so young passing away, and Legeno seemed so fit it’s hard to believe this could happen to him. He was a former bouncer with experience as a wrestler and boxer. At the age of 42 he became a mixed martial arts expert and was known in the ring as The Enforcer.

He segued his skills and burly build into a movie career playing tough guy types. In the early years, he was stuck with small roles but then he landed the gig as the ferocious werewolf, Fenrir Greyback, with the Harry Potter franchise.

That role stretched over the final three films and his career could officially be considered a success. He was also in Snow White and the Huntsman, Snatch, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, and Batman Begins. According to Legeno’s credits listed on his IMDB page, he had also just finished production for “The Last Knights” starring Morgan Freeman and Clive Owen.

Lengeno’s body was removed by helicopter from where it was found in Death Valley. He is survived by his daughter, Wendy.

Photo credits: Flicks And the City, Rabbis News

How to Give an Interview that Lands You the Job

Posted on Jul 10, 2014 by No Comments

If you are looking for your first job or planning on returning to the workforce after a motherhood sabbatical you will definitely need to wow potential employers with something extra in today’s economy flooded with potential candidates all vying for the same job.

To get the job, you need an edge.

Be yourself.

If you are trying to be someone else and just give an interviewer what he wants to hear, you may come off as unauthentic and that will raise suspicions with your interviewer. It is one thing to have something in common with your interviewer but don’t be that person who has a story for every topic everyone ever mentions. We all know that person is full of it.

If the interviewer says he loves to hang glide in Brazil, if you’ve never done it or never been, don’t say you have. But you can say that sounds exciting. I’ve always wanted to try hang gliding. Interest is welcome, lies are not.

Be prepared

Always arrive on time, no more than 15 minutes early and never late. Have a current resume on your person and be open and engaging. Do your research and walk in the door with a working knowledge of the company. If you really want to catch your interviewers attention, share an idea of how to improve something at the company.

Deep Breaths

Everyone has butterflies before a job interview; it’s a mixture of stress of a new situation, desire to gain employment and excitement.  But nerves can present in weird ways and sabotage a job interview, so loosen up before your big interview.

Eat well and light the day of the interview, work out to relieve the tension and do some affirmations that morning. I know it sounds hokey but sometimes a little pep talk goes a long way.

Give Your Greatest Weakness a Positive Spin

It’s very likely that your potential employer will ask you the dreaded, “What is your greatest weakness?” question. Be honest. Everybody says that they work too hard or that they are a perfectionist.

If you have issues working with others, just say that you like to work independently but you have learned to consult your manager before making big decisions. This will show a potential employer that you are a go getter and a leader but you know how to follow the chain of command, and it sounds a lot better than saying you don’t like working in groups or having a boss.

Go PG Social Media

Before you ever go into an interview, make sure that you have cleaned up all of your social media pages. In case you are wondering if a potential client might look at your online presence, know this, they already have. So any spring break of 2010 photos that might be floating around or your half-naked selfie of you hitting a bong, these should all be expunged from your FB pages.

Use your common sense, if you wouldn’t want your mom to see it; you do NOT want a potential employer stumbling onto it.

Always Have Questions

At the end of every interview, a potential employer will likely ask you if you have any questions. If you say no, he will believe that you are not interested in the job. Always have at least one ready.

A great question is, “ What are the company’s long and short term goals and how can I help you achieve them?” This lets you know exactly what the company is about and how you can fit into that design.

What is your best tip for a successful interview?

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