Category: Love & Relationships

Dining with Friends Shown to Be Fattening

Posted on Nov 23, 2015 by No Comments

Many of us struggle with weight and wonder why it’s so hard to lose.

Unfortunately, it’s harder to lose as we age because we gradually lose muscle mass which helps us burn calories. That translates to, we need to eat less and try strength train.

But besides that, there are things we do that contribute to overeating that we don’t even realize. One of those is to eat with other people.

When we get together with others to eat, research shows we consume, on average, 44 percent more food than when we eat alone.

When I first heard this, 44 percent sounded really high, but then I thought about the portion sizes served in restaurants and how often you think you’ve had enough but continue to pick and eat as you visit.

Even when we have a cookout with friends or family in our backyard, I have to admit, I tend to eat more than I would normally.

I don’t know about you, but I eat with a group like this at least twice a week and usually more. For me the habit of eating with others, means the habit of eating at least 44 percent more than I would if I was eating at home!

Plus, meals I prepare at home are usually healthier than what I choose from the menu. So not only am I eating more, but more of fattening stuff for the most part.

According to the study, dining with four, six, or eight or more friends coincided with meal amount increases of 69, 70, and 96 percent, respectively.

This is partly due to the amout of time we spend together at the table, but it can’t only be attributed to that because it has been shown that people who read while they eat take significantly longer, but don’t eat more.

Equipped with this information, one of the things I’ve started to do at restaurants is to ask for a to-go box when they bring my food. I put half of the entrée into the box before I start eating.

At get-togethers like birthdays, cook-outs and pot lucks, I make sure I don’t take seconds and usually skip dessert.

Having a plan to eat less before you get together can really help, but even then you’ll need an extra measure of will power.

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Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani Officially Dating

Posted on Nov 10, 2015 by No Comments

I’d seen little snippets here and there on the Internet saying that Blake Shelton and Gwen Stafani were a new couple. I dismissed it as unconfirmed rumor until now.

For all I knew, it was someone’s idea to promote The Voice, where the two of them work as coaches and mentors. Plus I thought Gwen was married, but since found out she is newly single after her life blew up earlier this year. In fact, it happened a month after Shelton and his wife, Miranda Lambert called it quits.

As a fan of The Voice, I couldn’t help noticing the flirting going on between the two of them on the show. This was followed by sightings of the two of them together at various Halloween parties in October, and reports said they were even spotted holding hands.

Now Stefani’s rep announced the two of them are officially dating, in a statement to Us Weekly, saying: “Gwen and Blake are longtime friends who have very recently started dating.”

The two of them experienced traumatic breakups that happened very fast. I’m not going to dip my toe back in the rumor pool of who did what to bring those divorces about, but I do wonder about rebound dating.

Some say such relationships are healing, but most are short-lived. This is blamed on lingering emotional instability related to the painful break up. As a result, it’s recommended that serious dating is avoided until the tumultuous emotions have subsided. So hopefully this isn’t serious but just fun dating.

Divorce is hard for just about everyone, and I can’t imagine being under the spotlight like Shelton and his ex, Miranda Lambert at the CMA awards on November 5.

It was just days after the announcement about Shelton and Stefani dating. Stefani wasn’t there, and Shelton and Lambert respected each other, but things seemed strained.

When hosts, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley made a lighthearted joke about the breakup, Blake took it good-heartedly but he’s moving on. It’s always easier when you’re moving on.

I felt for Miranda, but at least she brought home the award for Female Vocalist of the Year telling her fans that she “needed a bright spot this year.”

Photo credits: The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon

Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell Celebrate 33 Years Together

Posted on Nov 4, 2015 by No Comments

I recently watched a video of Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell playing the Newlywed Game. If you’ve ever played that game after being together for decades, you know it can be a bit challenging.

The first question they were asked was what did they do on their first date. That first date was over 30 years ago, and yet they both got it right, albet with their own versions. For instance Goldie used the word snuggled while Kurt said they had sex. They laughed and Goldie said he told it the “boy way.”

And when asked what Goldie would want to burn from Kurt’s closet they both said all of it. Suffice it to say, the two of them are on the same page which defies Hollywood laws and logic when it comes to relationships.

While the two of them have been a couple for 33 years and have a family together, they chose never to get married. Today, Russell is 64 and Goldie will be 70 in November. When they were asked what their secret is, Kurt told ET Canada that that question “is unanswerable in all honesty. You just get up and give it a go – if you want to.”

And Goldie agreed with him saying, “I think that’s it, Honey. You have to want it. Both people have to want it.”

That’s another thing I notice about them. They still use terms of endearment, snuggle on the red carpet, hold hands while walking down the street. They show all those little symptoms that say, we’re in love.

Between them, they have 5 kids including actress Kate Hudson, and they admit they love being grandparents. However, in that role they try their best to offer “zero advice.”

Goldie puts it like this. “I did it my way. She’s doing it her way, but she saw a very good example with the both of us.”

Congratulations to them for not only making it 33 years, but doing it in a way that’s grown them together as a couple.

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New Sesame Street Character Raises Autism Awareness

Posted on Oct 26, 2015 by No Comments

Sesame Street first aired in November, 1969 as children were introduced to the 8 ft. 2 in. Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch (who was orange that first year), Bert and Ernie, Kermit the frog, Cookie Monster, and others.

From the start, the shows purpose was to educate children while entertaining them.

Autism Awareness
One of my favorite memories of the show was when Big Bird’s imaginary friend Mr. Snuffleupagus could finally be seen by others. The Bert and Ernie skits that made me laugh but which also had a point…a moral.

Over the years, new characters were added to the show like Count von Count who taught us how to count, and today the most recent character to join the show is Julia, who happens to be a good friend of Elmo. Her purpose on the show is to raise awareness about children with autism.

This addition is part of Sesame Street’s new See Amazing in All Children initiative which is designed to help kids with autism and to educate the general public regarding the disorder.

As part of this initiative, the show has also introduced a new website which offers bright, interactive tools, including things like daily routine cards and a digital illustrated storybook featuring Julia. Of course, the book incorporates many of the beloved Muppets.

The name of the storybook is “We’re Amazing 1, 2, 3” and was written by Leslie Kimmelman whose son is autistic. She wrote, “We’re all different in some way or another — that’s what makes the world an interesting place. And equally, all of us in our own way are amazing!”

Sesame Street released an official statement regarding this initiative which said that they developed the show “with input from parents, people who serve the autism community, and people with autism.”

If there’s any children’s show that can make a difference by raising awareness regarding autism, Sesame Street is it. The way they put it is that “this project is an extension of the belief we’ve always promoted: ‘we are all different, but all the same.'”

This is such an exciting step in the right direction!

Photo credits: Sesame Street in Communities

What Lip Shape Has to Say About You and Relationships

Posted on Oct 23, 2015 by No Comments

I recently read an article about what our lips say about us. I’m not talking about verbal speech. I mean the shape of our lips. What do they say about our personality?

While these types of things can be fun, part of me worries when experts start to assign meaning to character traits we have little control over. Yes, I’m aware of lip fillers and all that, but the experts even assign meaning to that and suggest people that go that route actually change their intended path in life.

One of these expert face readers by the name of Jean Haner, says that “the most important thing your lips speak to is in relationships and how giving your are.” In her book The Wisdom of Your Face, she talks about how we are born with the features we have for a reason.

For instance, she says those of us who have what I call average lips – not thick or thin and a cupid’s bow that isn’t super-defined but yet is distinct, means we’re pretty even keel when it comes to relationships – not too needy or clingy but we still desire a sense of connection.

And for those of us who get injections for a fuller upper lip, according to Haner, you become needier and more selfish – more out of control emotionally.

The more we plump, according to Haner, the more we invite drama, and if it’s filled to the point of being fuller than your lower lip it means you love to create drama in relationships.

However, if you’re happy to live with unaltered lips and have a naturally fuller upper lip, it means you’re giving and concerned about the other person’s needs.

And as long as we’re talking about altered lips, those who have an artificially plumper lower lip reveals they want to be pampered but are also want to enjoy life.

Those who have this full pouty look naturally, though, are said to have a strong desire to be a mother and will put others first.

Of course, there’s a lot more in her book than just lips, but my concern is that we’re focusing on physical traits and saying they mean something regarding the type of person we are. I’m not really comfortable with that, are you?

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Bullied Student Hopes to Help Other Bullied Students

Posted on Oct 21, 2015 by No Comments

When my daughter was in fourth grade, a kid from somewhere in the back of the classroom threw a wad of gum and it landed in her long hair.

He got in a little trouble, but you know “kids will be kids” and he got off lightly while my daughter was looking at cutting her hair. Fortunately, I learned about the ice cube trick and after hours of work, we got the gum out of her hair without cutting it.

That wasn’t the case for 15-year-old freshman Hannah Combs of Harker Heights High School. In her case, it wasn’t gum. It was a 14-year-old student who decided to squirt super glue over her hair and scalp.

Hannah told KCEN, “It’s horrific. I can’t describe how awful it is going to school after that.”

In Hannah’s case, she ended up at urgent care with first degree burns. Doctors spent 30 minutes trying to remove the glue from her scalp, but Combs ended up having to shave part of her head.

Hannah Combs

And what happened to the boy who did this? He received a three-day in-school suspension, and his mom says he’s on probation for 45 days. Hannah’s father isn’t happy with the boy’s punishment, and would like to see him transferred.

The boy, who hasn’t been named, says he was just playing around with another student at the time of the incident. He says he didn’t know until after the fact that Hannah had to go to the doctor or have her head shaved.

When he did hear about it, he said, “I don’t really cry, but I just went into tears. I realized at that moment what I had done.”

This is where it gets sticky…pun intended. The Combs’ family is adamant that the boy purposely put the glue in Hannah’s hair and they want to see their daughter in a safe learning environment and don’t feel she should be the one who has to transfer.

On her Facebook page, Hannah is trying to turn a negative into a positive.

She says, “I want to make a difference. That’s my goal in life. Yes I have bin through a lot. Yes I’m just a teenager but I’m old enough to know right from wrong. I’m old enough to help people that are being bullied and even help the bully themselves become better people. Did you know that half of the time the bully doesn’t even know he/she is bullying anyone. But we can fix that I know we can.”

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Chelsea O’Donnell Reveals What It Was Like to Grow Up Rosie’s Daughter

Posted on Oct 14, 2015 by No Comments

In a recent interview with the Daily Mail, Rosie O’Donnell’s 18-year-old daughter Chelsea talked about what it was like growing up as the star’s daughter. And it wasn’t good.

For instance, she talked about that time when she was reported missing last August. This was just two weeks before her 18th birthday. Her ‘frantic’ mom turned to twitter asking for her safe return and even made claims that Chelsea was mentally ill.

According to Chelsea, she never ran away, but instead, her mother had kicked her out.

According to Chelsea O’Donnell her mom’s public persona is ‘phony’ and nothing like real life behind closed doors. She told the Daily Mail, “I find her not genuine a lot of the time. When we’d go out, she was a completely different person in public than at home and I had a hard time with that. It’s like two different people.”

When it came to dinners, Chelsea said, “Our dinners were mostly ordering in pizza or Chinese food because nobody could really cook except for my other mom, Kelli.” (Kelli Carpenter, Rosie’s first ex-wife).

She went on to say that, “Rosie would eat takeout with us and if there were cookies in the house, she would eat them all. She was always coming into our rooms and asking if we had candy.”

She did go on to say that she eats healthier since her heart attack, and has even made the switch from beer to drinking wine and has adopted a new diet.

Other eye-opening statements talked about the difference between Rosie’s public affirmation of the importance of family life, and the fact that Chelsea was raised largely by nannies. She went on to say she is actually closer to two of those nannies than she is to Rosie.

And on a personal note regarding family life, Chelsea went on to reveal the heartache she suffered when separated from her brothers and sister to be sent 2,000 miles away to a boarding school when she was 13.

Rosie is speaking out about this deeply revealing interview and feels it is “heartbreaking on every level.”

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Guess Who’s Coming Back to NCIS

Posted on Oct 13, 2015 by No Comments

I’d read that NCIS would be getting back to Special Agent Tony DiNozzo’s love life this season and bringing back someone from his past. Of course my first hope was that Ziva David, played by Chilean-born American actress Cote de Pablo, would be picking up her role.

In fact, at the start of season 13, I’d heard rumors that she might be coming back later in the season, but now TVLine has reported that Scottie Thomson will be returning, possibly for multiple episodes.

For those NCIS fans who don’t recognize the name, we know her as Jeanne Benoit, the doctor DiNozzo fell in love with while he was secretly working under cover.

In true NCIS style, the relationship was complicated because the whole reason DiNozzo got to know her is because he was out to take down her father and arms dealer, Rene Benoit, aka. La Grenouille.

Falling in love was never part of his plan and so DiNozzo found himself between a rock and a hard place, or should I say between the woman he loved and doing his job.

Dr. Benoit went through a lot that season, too. She learned the truth about Tony DiNozzo and that he was about to take down her father. She felt betrayed by DiNozzo, and the truth about her dad was hard to swallow.

Before she could fully process all that, her father was found dead — murdered. It turned her world upside down. She left DiNozzo a letter asking him to choose between her and his job. Of course, we all knew leaving his job wasn’t an option.

I for one hoped she’d come around to face reality and realize DiNozzo was just doing his job, but she chose to leave instead, leaving DiNozzo once again broken hearted. And before she left, she blamed DiNozzo for killing her father and even tried to pin it on him! That was season 4!

With all this history, I have to wonder how they will bring Scottie Thompson back into the story line. I liked her character, but I didn’t like how the relationship ended.

What do all you NCIS fans think? Thumbs up or thumbs down on bringing Dr. Benoit to the show and into Tony’s life? Or are you still holding out for Ziva?

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Brad Paisley One of the Reasons Carrie Underwood Wanted Kids

Posted on Oct 7, 2015 by No Comments

Did you hear that Carrie Underwood said Brad Paisley was one of the reasons she wanted kids? I wondered, what in the world does that mean?

Granted Paisley and Underwood have great comradery and chemistry when they host CMA Awards…something they’ve done for eight years now, but to say something like that was pretty deep.

And couldn’t you see a tabloid running with that comment in the wrong direction?

But Underwood’s reputation doesn’t lend itself to that kind of gossip. It turns out that when Underwood was thinking of starting a family she turned to Paisley and his wife Kimberly as role models because of their close friendship.

She told CMT that Brad “was part of the reason” she was thinking of starting a family. “I would see them and how great they are and how sweet he is with them [his kids]. And as soon as I found out I was having a boy, I was watching them like, ‘Aww, I want my kids to be like that.’”

Underwood and her husband Mike Fisher became parents last February 27 when their son Isaiah was born, and she admits that he has brought more joy to her life.

“I feel overall like I’m kind of a happier person, and that’s kind of weird. I don’t know why, but I just feel like I’m just kind of in a better mood most of the time, unless I’m really sleepy.” – ABC News

Paisley and his wife have two sons, Huck, 8, and Jasper, 6. Underwood has just one child at the moment, and I’d be surprised if she decided to get pregnant any time soon as her schedule is really full for the foreseeable future.

She’s just finished taking part in the Grand Ole Opry’s 90th birthday celebration, and her new album Storyteller is scheduled for release Oct. 23. She and Paisley will also host the CMA Awards again this year in November.

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