My fandom knew no bounds: I even gathered friends together to hold a "Trash or Treasure" party based on a Charlotte quote where she discovered a couple who had met after being discarded by their dates. "What is one woman's trash is another's treasure," she cooed. Sadly, out of a
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- Babble.com | Work + Money – Fri, Feb 21, 2014 2:50 PM ESTSex and the City The year 2004 was a momentous time for me: I visited Mexico for the first time, got married, and on February 22, Sex and the City ended. I still remember the last scene now: The Source featuring Candi Staton song "You've Got the Love" bellowing up as Carrie swung her Manolo bag and giggled on the phone to Mr. Big, who we just discovered was in fact named "John." I could barely see, I was crying so much. I was saying goodbye to four dear friends who I had grown to love over the past few years. Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda had dated the same idiots I had; had stared at a silent un-ringing phone along with me; had attended so many friends' weddings wondering all the while where our "The One" was.
- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, Feb 21, 2014 2:34 PM ESTKids Don't Want
It's not often that you'll encounter a Hollywood star as good-natured, down-to-earth, and genuinely gracious as Lucas Grabeel. Perhaps best known for his role as Ryan Evans, Sharpay's twin brother from the High School Musical series, he is becoming equally well-known for his role as Toby Kennish in the ABC Family drama Switched at Birth. But Lucas has a wide range of talent and a very diverse portfolio of projects. You might have seen him on Boston Legal, Veronica Mars, or even on Smallville, where he portrayed a young Lex Luthor. He was also in Milk, the critically acclaimed film starring Sean Penn.
Lucas' latest project is Sheriff Callie's Wild West, a new Disney Jr. show. He plays Peck, a Barney Fife-like woodpecker who serves as Sheriff Callie's deputy. Lucas he was kind enough to let me ask him a few questions:
What drew you to the idea of playing a law-enforcing woodpecker on Sheriff Callie's Wild West?
I'veRead More »from Kids Don’t Want “Momagers” or “Dadagers,” Says Young Disney Star
- Snow Rage! Smart Ways to Stay Sane Until Spring Last week, as New York City (and much of the Eastern U.S.) was facing yet another big snowstorm, I told myself that it was going to be the last big storm of the season. And the next day, when the temperature was forecasted to be in the teens yet again, well, that was also going to be the last super-cold day this winter. It was my way of maintaining hope that this winter is drawing to a close - or that it will end … eventually.
I know I'm not the only one who is practically begging for mercy from this relentlessly cold, snowy winter. Some, of course, are not just begging for a break. I've even heard the term "snow rage" bandied about. Emotions run high - and low - as people lose hope for warmer days and begin to feel trapped in the Eternal Winter of the Polar Vortex. But what can we do? I haven't had much luck with my "think happy thoughts, and it will all go away" strategy - yet. (And I'm guessing those who are shaking their fists at the sky aren't making any headway, either.)
- Babble.com | Beauty – Fri, Feb 21, 2014 1:33 PM ESTBearded Lady Harnaam Kaur is a 23-year-old woman living in England. Like many women (between 10% and 20% of those childbearing-aged), Kaur suffers from PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome), which has been known to cause excessive hair growth in some patients. In Harnaam's case, her PCOS meant that with puberty came an unexpected development … she began to grow a beard.
After years of attempting to hide her facial hair and enduring name-calling and bullying despite her efforts, even to the point where she contemplated taking her own life, Harnaam decided to live as she is, beard and all, and she says she has never felt more feminine. With unwavering confidence, Kaur told Barcroft TV:
"This is me, this is who I am, it's my inner beauty, it's my outer beauty, it's my oneness, it's my wholeness, I'm different, and I've learned to accept it, fully."
Watching Harnaam speak (and I whole-heartedly recommend you take a moment to watch the video below), it is obvious that she is absolutely at ease withRead More »from 23-Year-Old “Bearded Woman” Embraces Her Beauty -- What We Can Learn from Her
- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, Feb 21, 2014 1:02 PM ESTTiger Mom. Sanctimommy. Smug Mom. Helicopter Mom. Soccer Mom.
Apparently, you can now add Slacker Mom to the endless list of labels we saddle moms with so we can then tear them apart.
As Elissa Strauss over on Salon notes in her article "The tyranny of the bad mother: Slacker moms are just as intimidating as perfect ones," the Slacker Mom is a new kind of mom who excels at lording her bad mommy style over her friends in much the same way as the stereotypical Smug Moms do. Strauss says these moms who brag about being lazy and sloppy can be just as judgy as too-perfect ones:
" … Today's bad mommies are as smug, and even sometimes smugger, than those good mommies they aimed to resist. These parents, products of a culture that thinks it is just so hilarious to tell parents to "Shut the F**k Up" while telling their kids to Go the F**k to Sleep, are the new santcimommies. These women take real delight in being the "worst mom in the world," "scary mommy," the "world's worst mom," "Read More »from “Slacker Mom” is the New “Smug Mom”: Enough with the Mom Labels, Already!
- Babble.com | Love + Sex – Thu, Feb 20, 2014 5:50 PM ESTNew Documentary Proves Birth Control Is More Than Just a Feminist Symbol
Not only are the known risks not worth it to me, but the unknown risks of ingesting a hormone that messes with my body for years makes absolutely no sense to me, especially when there are so many other forms of birth control available.
For so long "the pill" has been synonymous with feminism. And yes, being given the control over whether or not our bodies become pregnant is a great thing. But while we've been in control, we haven't been given the full story when it comes to the risks. Now, Ricki Lake is on the case.
Lake, the woman behind the 2008 life-changing documentary The Business of Being Born, has made hormonal birth control the focus of her next documentary. The film, called Sweetening The Pill, will be based on author Holly Grigg-Spall's new book Sweetening The Pill Or How We Became Hooked On Hormonal Birth Control, which hits shelves in 2015. The book,Read More »from Hard to Swallow: Documentary Reveals How Birth Control May Actually Be Affecting Our Bodies
- Why Season 13 Has Me Falling Back in Love with American Idol
I was once a very passionate American Idol watcher. I loved the idea of a national talent search that showed the entire process, from awkward auditions to painful contestant elimination rounds to the wonder of "Hollywood Week." My interest in the show began to fade around Season 5, mostly because the front runner of the show completely annoyed me. It happens. I returned for Season 6, but I just could not get over the Sanjaya situation. Season 8 I watched the final couple of weeks but only because of Adam Lambert. Wow.
Then American Idol and I stopped seeing each other.
It might have had something to do with the shift in the judges. With the addition of Kara DioGuardi as a judge for Season 8, there were four judges, and that was exhausting. Season 9 had Ellen DeGeneres and no Paula Abdul. While Ellen was a cool energy to have on the show, it wasn't enough to have me tune in. Then, the unthinkable happened, Simon Cowell left the show. How could there be an American Idol withoutRead More »from 9 Ways "American Idol" Sucked Me Back In
- What Will Susan Sarandon's
Susan Sarandon comes from an era of Hollywood with fantastically empowered and independent women. When I read that her daughter, actress Eva Amurri Martino, had announced that she and her husband, director Franco Amurri, were expecting their first child, my first thought was, "I bet Susan comes up with an AWESOME grandmother name!"
Susan has already tweeted about her enthusiasm for the news, "Ecstatic bout the new addition to our tribe. Thx @4EvaMartino & @kylemartino. Looking forward to being a grandmother."
A few years ago, Gwyneth Paltrow revealed that her mother, actress Blyth Danner, did not want to be called "grandmother." She told Chelsea Handler, "My mom's hot and she didn't want to be called grandma. So she kept trying to make the Woof thing stick. It's even her e-mail address." Apparently "Woof" did not stick, but Blyth's grandchildren call her Lalo.
Goldie Hawn famously took on theRead More »from What Will Susan Sarandon’s “Grandma” Name Be?
- Babble.com | Parenting – Thu, Feb 20, 2014 4:17 PM EST8 Reasons to Totally Freak Out About Having Another BabyAs excited as I am to be growing our family of three to a family of four, I've got to be honest … I'm also kind of freaked out. I'm trying to focus on the positive (I even wrote a post -- 10 Things I'm Looking Forward To About Having Another Baby -- to help me be more optimistic about it), but I'm not sure how much it's helping. Maybe a little.
The thing is, it seems like I should feel more confident about this seeing as I've already done this whole newborn baby thing before … right? Nope. I'm still super nervous for a myriad of reasons. I thought maybe writing them out would be cathartic … or something like that. Here goes…
Here are 8 reasons I'm totally freaked out about having another baby:
1. I know what's coming
When I had my daughter I spent a great deal of time preparing myself for childbirth, so by the time it rolled around I genuinely went into it without fear. I had no expectations and was maybe a bit naive, but I believed that my body was strong and capable ofRead More »from 8 Reasons Why I'm Totally Freaked Out About Having Another Baby
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Thu, Feb 20, 2014 4:00 PM ESTWhy I'm Changing My Tune on the Paleo DietHi. My name is Heather. I'm a dietitian. You might remember me from a post I wrote bashing the Paleo diet and my ode to it dying a miserable death in a world already overfilled above capacity in terms of diets.
Then, like some sick form of karma, all the ailments that a Paleo diet is said to cure starting falling upon me. My brain was in a fog. My stomach ached. I slept enough but felt like I'd been awake for days upon end. My nails had telltale little white spots indicating a nutritional deficiency despite my well-balanced diet. My joints were sore, I couldn't put on muscle, and forgot every piece of information that entered my brain.
This all happened when my son stopped breastfeeding. That means my diet was finally unrestricted due to his allergies. I was once again free to indulge in whatever I felt like whenever I wanted. It was like I was a relapsing drug addict. I ate cheese. And bread. And more cheese. Oh did I mention cheese? I shoved forkfuls of melty-gooey pasta in myRead More »from A Dietitian’s Confession: Why I’m Changing My Tune on the Paleo Diet