Flickr photo by Athena's PixSomething happened in the Sex and the City 2 movie that really had me thinking, If I was in that situation, what would I have done?
**Spoiler warning ... proceed with caution.**
While on their exotic trip to Abu Dhabi, Carrie ended up running into her ex-fiance Aidan. Ignoring Charlotte's "you're playing with fire" warning, she met him for drinks and dinner, which resulted in accidentally sharing a kiss at the end of the night even though they were both married. Oops.
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Afterward, she did what Carrie always does and analyzed it for hours with the girls. It was a unanimous vote -- all three said that she should not tell Big. After all, it was just a kiss. It wasn't worth the pain that telling him would cause.
Besides the fact that the coincidence of running into an ex halfway around the world is about as likely as getting hit by lightning (twice), let's focus on whether or not you should tell. Upon watching that scene, I blurted
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- The_Stir | SATC – Mon, Jun 7, 2010 10:50 PM EDT
Flickr photo by Athena's PixSomething happened in the Sex and the City 2 movie that really had me thinking, If I was in that situation, what would I have done?Read More »from A Kiss With Someone Else: Would You Confess to Your Partner?
- The_Stir | Work + Money – Mon, Jun 7, 2010 9:56 PM EDT
Miller Lite has introduced a new type of bottle, the Vortex, in hopes of boosting their sales. The new design consists of tiny grooves in the neck of the bottle, creating a "vortex-like" motion as you pour. Because, you know, cheap beer will definitely taste better after being swirled around.
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It's supposed to give it easier drinkability, making it go down your throat faster. Which means they're basically admitting it tastes like crap and the faster you drink it, the less you'll realize how awful it is.
And I can say this because, yes, I do drink Miller Lite. What? It's cheap.
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There have been a few other times when beer companies have had dumb gimmicks in hopes of boosting their sales:
- Coors Light's Cold Activation: The mountains on the label turn blue when cold. Apparently, touching the bottle with your hands just didn't cut
Flickr photo by mecridisToxins lurking in the home scare the heebie jeebies out of me. I'm trying to raise a child here, folks!
But the building biology consultant who showed up in The New York Times' Home and Garden section this week, offering consultations on your toxic home for just $375 didn't exactly set my heart at ease.
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For $375, I can buy a closet full of organic cleaners and a nifty dehumidifer to ward off mold.
And that would actually address the toxic hazards.
But this is the new trend -- in the wake of contaminated drywall from China and toxins as autism trigger warnings, we are willing to cough up the big bucks for plain old peace of mind.
And people are pursuing this as a career option, signing up with the Institute for Bau-Biologie & Ecology, an online school that purports to be "dedicated to bringing together the technical expertise, biological understanding and ecological sensitivity to create healthy homesRead More »from Would You Pay $375 for a Toxic Home Consult?
- The_Stir | Parenting – Mon, Jun 7, 2010 7:03 PM EDT
Right below name of student, date of birth, and other contact information was a list of "medical history" questions.
Only those aren't her medical history. They're mine.
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Before I can register my daughter in a public kindergarten, they want to know: Did you take pain medication during labor?
Paging Mrs. Kravitz, stick your nose back behind that curtain.
It doesn't stop there:
- Were there any problems during pregnancy with this child (ex. high blood pressure, hepatitis, kidney problems, diabetes, etc.)?
- Any problems with labor and/or delivery?
- Long or short labor?
In short, they want me to write my birth story out ... for what? So they can pull it out in third grade and announce in the teachers' break room, no wonder that Sager kid can't conjugate. HerRead More »from Drugs During Labor and More My Kid's School Has NO Business Asking About
Suddenly, it seems like I'm hearing the name BaByliss everywhere.
"I have a BaByliss Pro Titanium, it gets up to 450 degrees," reader Erin wrote on my Facebook page recently. "It straightens my hair wonderfully and quicker than anything else I've used."
"Your stylist should be able to purchase a BaByliss for you at a high-end supply store," added reader Paula. "Just ask ... but be prepared to pay lots of money. They really do make a difference."
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Even Padma Lakshmi told InStyle Magazine that BaByliss hot rollers are the secret to her gorgeous curls.
I took a look at the BaByliss website , which states that its products use tourmaline and ceramic technologies to produce smooth, shiny hair. "Tourmaline produces far-infrared heat that delivers faster styling times and releases natural ions to combat static and frizz," the website added. "Combined with ceramic technology that ensures maximum heat efficiency,
Flickr photo by amayzunWe live in a "throw drugs at it" society. Take this pill and you're cured! Take that pill and no more of that! And the misuse of these pills is scary, especially when it comes to libido-enhancing drugs.Read More »from Female Viagra: Bad News?
If you have a condition called hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD), you're not in the mood for sex because of a chemical imbalance in the brain. It's a real disorder and has nothing to do with a decreased interest in lovemaking because your husband doesn't romance you/has bad breath/thinks foreplay is unbuttoning his own pants.
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And HSDD is treatable with a new drug that's waiting for approval by the FDA. It's called flibanserin -- the very first pill to treat HSDD -- and it messes with the chemicals in your brain to make you want sex. And it's being pimped out by Lisa Rinna. Yes, Mrs. Sexy Lips herself. And no, use of this drug will not make your lips (either set) bigger. And yes, it's a little pink pill,
Photo by Splash NewsGwen Stefani could have taken her son, Zuma (21 months old), to her hairstylist and said, "Dye my hair so it's this color."
Baby blonde. Gorgeous for summer. Gorgeous anytime, really.
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Oh and isn't this kid adorable?
This kind of white blonde looks so great on Gwen. Well, anything looks great on Gwen, but it's a super-cool color.
And a tough color to achieve.Read More »from Gwen Stefani & Son Zuma Have Matching Hair Color
Tons of bleach?
And you need a stylist who really knows what she's doing.
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I have dark brown hair, but it did change to a light brown when I was an infant. It eventually went back to dark brown.
My son's hair is blonde and my daughter's hair is a very light brown. I wonder if their locks will change as they get older -- they're just 6 months old.
Does your hair color match your child's -- either naturally or by the box?
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And look who just turned up in one! That's Katie Holmes, out and about last Wednesday night with her husband, whose name I forget.
Oh well ...
Here's how you can get Katie's look for much, much less.
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The closest match to what Katie's wearing has got to be this far more affordable Bebe Striped Tank Maxi Dress ($79). And on an unrelated note, I love the Bebe Lacey Perforated Tote ($159) pictured, which I spotted at the mall the other day. It's gorgeous in person and I WANT IT.
This Stripe Jersey Maxi by Rare ($70, Topshop) is super cute, particularly from behind, where the neckline dips toRead More »from Katie Holmes's Maxi Dress: A Look to Love
Flickr photo by p@r@noidI've been scratching my head over this Lemondrop story about a woman who dated a guy for a year without realizing he was married. This woman wasn't a naive young thing -- she was 35 and had surely been around the block, but she fell for him. And fell hard. On first reading, I was all "Oh, you stupid, desperate little chickie." Then I remembered my own 30s and ratcheted back the judgment -- a lot.
Because it turns out I'm not so perfect, either. I know, I know -- shocking!
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Without getting into the details, let me just say I spent years in my 30s with a long-term boyfriend who always had an excuse to keep me at arm's length. But the initial, crazy honeymoon-phase of our relationship had been so achingly beautiful, it was hard to imagine something so perfect could lead to anything less than perfection in the end.
Just like the woman in the article, I had people admiring how in-love we were, how connected we seemed, how fun we were as aRead More »from Woman Dates Married Man & It's Okay
You're strolling past the meat counter, wondering what to grill this weekend, and you see all of those labels: organic, free range, natural. Natural? What does "natural" mean, anyway? As it turns out, a few of these labels are more than just marketing -- the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has some strict rules about what these labels should mean.
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1. Natural: According to the USDA, a "natural" label means meat containing "no artificial ingredients or added color and is only minimally processed." The label also has to provide more specific information, such as "no added colorings or artificial ingredients; minimally processed."
2. Certified Organic: In order to get the "official" Certified Organic label, the USDA must verify that the animal was given pesticide- and chemical fertilizer-free food and never given hormones or antibiotics -- ever. Meat from animals treated with antibiotics for illness cannot be sold as organic,Read More »from Meat Labels: What Do They Really Mean?