Today’s link round-up has recipes, essential oil crafts, a guide to buying clothes online, and more.
Upstate Ramblings shared a recipe for a chimichurri burger.
The Chicago Jogger shared a little coffee and cardio motivation to get you moving.
Confessions of an Overworked Mom gathered up eight easy essential oil craft ideas.
The Suburban Soapbox shared a recipe for a tomato and goat cheese crostata.
Songbirds and Buttons gave us a guide to buying clothes online.
A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make faux fur chair covers and cushions.
The Partiologist showed us how to make tie-dye donuts.
Photo credit: Upstate Rambling and The Suburban Soapbox
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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Today’s link round-up has recipes for delicious sweets, organization tips, ways to put yourself first without being selfish, and more.
A Virtuous Woman share an easy strawberry trifle recipe.
Chocolate Covered Katie taught us how to make a chocolate brownie cheesecake ball.
A Beautiful Mess gave us tips for organizing a workshop space.
Seeing Sunshine showed us one of her favorite ways to keep her feet warm.
Mind Body Green told us why it’s not selfish to put yourself first—especially if you have kids.
Crafts by Amanda taught us how to make a recycled plastic lid windchime.
Thrifty Jinxy shared a blueberry muffin smoothie recipe.
Photo credit: A Virtuous Woman and Seeing Sunshine
Okay, let’s all admit it now. We have all been spending the past month living in flip flops. Maybe you’re not wearing them every day but I am betting on most days you have switched out your UGGS and running shoes for flip-flops.
I have. Unless I am working out, I am wearing varying degrees of flip-flops. Some are fancier than others. Some have heels. They are cute and come in 1000s of different colors but at the end of the day, they are flip-flops.
Those nasty little suckers are dangerous. Remember how you felt when you found out the statistics about how most American currency has trace amounts of poop on it? Well, prepare to revisit that feeling.
The University of Miami researchers tested one pair of flip-flops that was loaded with more than 18,000 different bacteria. What? That is so gross that I want to go scrub my feet with bleach and throw away all of my flip-flops. Flip-flops are no longer my friend.
Flip-flops are a summer survival tool at my house. On those crazy hot days when we feel like the heat will suffocate us, we need a breeze everywhere we can get it. But there is a hidden danger lurking there between your flip-flops and your feet: bacteria and lots of it.
Freaking gross. I am pretty sure that I just vomited in my own mouth at the thought of bacteria living on my skin, breeding there in my sweat. Disgusting! Our feet are being bathed in bacteria juice with millions of microorganisms living there without paying rent; squatters of the fungus kind.
You can scrub your feet until they bleed but the minute you put on your dirty flip-flops, all the squatters are back. No matter how clean your feet are, each morning you slip those flip-flops on, you are dipping your feet in cooties. Bacteria need moisture to grow and multiply and sweaty feet are the perfect place for that to happen.
The moral of the story is that everything needs to be washed. You can’t wear flip-flops endlessly and expect them to be hygienic. Exposed feet get dirty, shoes get dirty and unless they are specifically made to be anti-bacterial, bacteria is going to breed and thrive.
Just think of it this way, if you don’t wash your flip-flops, washing your feet is virtually pointless because you are putting your clean feet into nasty flip-flops full of bacteria, just waiting to lurch onto your feet.
Wash your hands and feet after touching flip-flops that you have worn for extended amounts of time. Soak your flip-flops in bleach solution for five minutes every other week or better yet once a week.
If you don’t want to or can not commit to cleaning your bacteria breeding sandals, then may I suggest you start a flip-flop fund and start throwing your flip-flops away at the end of each season because the alternative is too gross to think about. Honestly, isn’t your health worth 5 minutes once a week to prevent infections?
Do you bleach your flip-flops? Will you now?
Photo Source: CameraKarrie
Kendall Jenner is known for fashion that shows some skin, but the 18-year-old model pushed her nudity up a notch on the red carpet of the 2014 MuchMusic VideoAwards on Sunday, June 15 when she left her panties at home.
No, I’m not kidding and I’m not guessing. She and her 16-year-old sister Kylie both wore skin revealing dresses, but Kendall flaunted skin all the way up to her hip bones.
Kendall’s Fausto Puglisi gown was conservative and almost regal on top, but the front of the bejeweled gown was slit from her waist to the floor on both sides. Some talked about the very real possibility of a wardrobe malfunction but it seems that some strategically placed adhesive kept the fabric in place from every angle.
While these young women are gorgeous, I’m sad to see them following this road of racy revealing fashion at such a young age. When Kendall posted snapshots of her gown on Instagram on Sunday night she said, “Why do one slit when you can do TWO!?”
It was Kendall’s first job as an award-show host since her embarrassing blunder at May’s Billboard Music Awards when she started to introduce boy band 5 Seconds of Summer as One Direction, but the show went on without any snafus. Kendall even took a crack at herself with an on-screen joke directed at the cue-card holder when she accused him of trying to cause her goof up her lines.
When I saw the dresses worn by the Jenner sisters, I couldn’t help but wonder if they were tying to keep up with their older sisters, Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney Kardashian. One expert told Hollywood Life that’s exactly what they’re doing.
“Kylie and Kendall are acting out their sibling rivalry by ‘keeping up with the Kardashians’ who have made their fame and fortune by flaunting their sexuality.” – Dr. Carole Lieberman
I don’t have to ask what the parents think about all this. To them its success, but I could think of a few other terms I would use.
Photo credits: Clevver News
Today’s link round-up has photo tips, life lessons happy people know, an Anna papercraft, a DIY desk idea for you or your kids, summer shoes, and more.
A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make a raspberry mocha angel food cake.
Spoonful shared an Anna (from Frozen) papercraft.
A Cup of Jo showed us some cute summer shoes that will go with everything.
Kenarry shared some tips for taking the best photos.
Mind Body Green told us 7 life lessons happy people already have figured out.
Simply Kierste shared her spin on lemon water.
Shanty-2-Chic taught us how to make a corbel desk for $85.
Photo credit: A Beautiful Mess and Kenarry
Rihanna is no stranger to pushing the envelope, but when she arrived at the CFDA Fashion Awards on June 2, her fashion sense got a whole lot of attention.
The 26-year-old singer arrived in a sparkling gown custom-made by designer Adam Selman. The slinky floor-length design was a backless number adorned with more than 230,000 Swarovski crystals and was accented with a light pink feather boa, gloves and a glittering turban.
She completed the look with jewels by designer Paul Morelli which included limited edition cat’s eye moonstone and diamond earrings and an imperial topaz and diamond ring.
The dress was glamorous and reminiscent of 1920s fashion. To say it turned heads is an understatement. It wasn’t just the low cut back and sparkling crystals that had heads turning. It was the fact that you could see through the dress. Not just a little bit, but clearly.
It was fishnet and crystals.
Her stylist, Mel Ottenberg told Style.com, “It’s so naked. I don’t know if it’s shocking – I’m with her all the time, so my shock gauge is off – but I told her that I thought she was ready for this dress a while ago, and that I wasn’t. I’m a prude, and I’m just catching up.”
I’m with her, except I don’t want to catch up.
But it seems that the fashion icon’s dress was readily embraced by others in the industry. Vogue Magazine tweeted “Rihanna has become the rare celebrity who does not follow fashion — she affects it.” It was Vogue Editor-in-Chief, Anna Wintour, who presented the award to Rihanna at the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards (CFDA).
When asked if she was comfortable walking around wearing such a revealing dress she said, “Yes I am! Why? My t*ts bother you?”
What if they had answered, “What bothers me is that you feel the need to dress like this to be fulfilled, accepted, loved…. You are so much more than physical beauty. Embrace that!”
Photo credit: Just Show
Today’s link round-up has marriage tips, a patriotic wreath, a twist on s’mores, Father’s Day gifts, and more.
Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons showed us a cute way to make popsicles the perfect Father’s Day treat.
Mind Body Green offered 9 tips to save your marriage from being totally boring.
Create Craft Love shared the how-to behind a patriotic burlap wreath.
Cupcakes and Cashmere shared the recipe for Superba Snack Bar S’mores.
Craftaholics Anonymous showed us how to make a cute sunglasses case.
Chica and Jo taught us how to make the ultimate summer cookout food—hamburger cones.
Dollar Store Crafts showed us how to make washi tape Father’s Day cards.
Photo credit: Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons and Craftaholics Anonymous
Tyra Banks is slated to come back to daytime TV next year as the executive producer and host of a new lifestyle show. As of this time, the show doesn’t have a name, but once again it promises to be a hit for women.
Banks herself has said the new show will be “the fire to inspire women to help them to blaze new paths.”
According to Banks, the show, which is scheduled to launch next year, promises to “usher in a new era of lifestyle, beauty and entertainment that will inspire women to be the CEO of their lives via honesty, humor and the newest tips and tricks without being intimidating.”
Topics covered on the show will include fashion, beauty, entertainment and individual enterprise. I find that to be a nice mix because it addresses more than how women look and has more substance that just entertaining us.
Banks plans to welcome a mix of celebrities, experts, everyday people, and “internet influencers” to come and share their knowledge and experiences on various topics. The new show will air from Los Angeles, and along with Banks will be produced by Disney-ABC’s Summerdale Productions.
While I’m not a huge reality TV fan, I confess I’ve watched several seasons of America’s Next Top Model which was also produced by Banks and aired 238 episodes. She brought her modeling experience into the spotlight and shared it with a whole new generation.
She also had her own daytime talk show, The Tyra Banks Show, which ran from 2005-2010. Now, with this new opportunity, the producers think she is the ideal personality to infuse lifestyle content with fresh energy, humor and the practical information daytime audiences are looking for. I have to agree with them. She’s relevant and real and knows how to entertain as she delivers to the audience.
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