Blog Posts by Piper Weiss, Shine Staff
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Work + Money – Thu, Jun 23, 2011 1:48 AM EDT
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Wed, Jun 22, 2011 9:38 PM EDT
Courtney Stodden has us nostalgic for the innocence of Rebecca Black. Like Black, Stodden is a teenager with a really silly video that came out of nowhere and went totally viral. But Stodden's video isn't what made her famous this week. It's her husband, Doug Hutchison, a 51-year-old actor who was in "Lost" and "The Green Mile." Hutchison wed the 16-year-old last month in a quickie Vegas ceremony.Read More »from 16-year-old weds 51-year-old "Lost" star. Why we still can't process it.
He posted their wedding photo on his website and it made their age difference even more terrifying. It looks like a prom photo outtake of a lecherous neighbor drooling over the chest of the high school popular girl next door. It's the kind of photo that could get a man arrested, if he wasn't so beloved by Stodden's family.
To be clear: Courtney Stodden's parents LOVE her new husband. Mom Krista gave written consent so her 16-year-old daughter could legally wed her prince charming in Vegas, and bypass the 18 and over law.
"We are totally supportive of this marriage," Krista told
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Shine Food – Wed, Jun 22, 2011 7:02 PM EDT
Mike Blake/ReutersFast food chain Jack in the Box has replaced toys in their kids' meals with parental approval. Less than a week ago, the nation's fifth largest burger chain made the decision to pull the inedible "kid bait" off their menu, and add healthier food options like sliced apples and grilled chicken strips.Read More »from Fast food chain takes toys out of kids' meals. Smart move?
The move is big deal for an industry blamed for the growing childhood obesity epidemic. The focus for the past year has been on McDonald's Happy Meals, the prize-stuffed grease-box that no kid can resist. Last year the burger chain was sued by a watchdog group for "luring" kids to eat unhealthy products. At the same time, new legislation passed in two California counties to ban toy giveaways with highly caloric foods. But the king of fast food doesn't scare easily.
McDonald's has no plans to take Pokeman or Shrek off their menu. Kids are a major part of their recipe for success. Jack in the Box, however, is hoping parents will be their new demo.
"Parents were generally not choosing Jack
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Parenting – Wed, Jun 22, 2011 12:52 AM EDT
Homeschool students partake in the Mid-Missouri Co-op of Home Educators commencement ceremony (Photo by Nick Schnelle/Columbia Missourian)Home-schooled kids don't get a standard senior prom, a homecoming, or a yearbook picture. But as the number of kids educated outside of the traditional high school setting swells to 2 million, they are getting a group graduation ceremony.Read More »from Homeschool ceremonies on the rise. Is graduating without a class sad for students?
In the past few weeks, the home-school class of 2011 has been walking down the aisle to pomp and circumstance in larger numbers, according to the The New York Times. 26 students gathered at the Miami Zoo recently, for what's been called the first official homeschool graduation ceremony in South Florida. In Oregon, Missouri, New York and Oklahoma events were also organized to celebrate the pockets of students who completed their high school experience with few or no fellow classmates. They can even now buy "home-schooling class of 2011" banners and t-shirts online.
It's not always for the sake of the kids, though. "My daughter, Vanessa, really didn't want to do it, because it was all strangers, and she didn't think it was a big deal," Brenda Orr, a
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Fashion – Tue, Jun 21, 2011 11:19 PM EDT
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Parenting – Tue, Jun 21, 2011 2:31 AM EDT
(thinkstock photos)Spanking is no longer up for debate, says one Texas Judge; it's just plain wrong.Read More »from Woman sentenced for spanking child. Fair or outrageous?
On Friday, Rosalina Gonzales was sentenced to five years probation and a $50 fine by Judge Jose Longoria, after pleading guilty to causing injury to a child. The mother was originally arrested when her 2-year-old daughter's paternal grandmother (who has custody of the child) noticed red marks on her bottom.
"You don't spank children today," Longoria told Gonzales.
A recent study published in the journal Pediatrics found that toddlers who are spanked are more likely to become aggressive later on. It's also been linked to addiction, depression and spousal abuse.
What's more, the definition of spanking varies from parent to parent blurring the lines of what's child abuse. Proof of that is in the statement on spanking from the Texas DA's office. "Texas law allows the use of force but not deadly force, against a child by the child's parent, guardian, or other person who is acting in loco parentis."
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Tue, Jun 21, 2011 12:36 AM EDT
Image Credit: Denise Truscello/WireImage.comHere's a day in the life of Heidi Montag: lift weights, run, repeat. For the past two months, the reality star has been exercising from 5 in the morning to 7 at night. "I've been working out really hard because I had this pool party and I was like, 'I have to be in shape,'" she told US Weekly.
But a 14 hour daily workout? It shouldn't really be a surprise, considering her compulsive decision to have a record 10 plastic surgery operations in one day to resculpt her face and body in 2009. She even had her back scooped.
Now she's dropped from 130 to 103 pounds by running and weightlifting, turning several of those pounds into rippling abdomen muscle. If she wants to land the cover of a fitness magazine, she's got it in the bag. (And the Montag-Pratts like their magazine covers). But is that kind of extreme exercise as dangerous as getting extreme plastic surgeries?
"If you're working out 14 hours a day, something is going to blow," Dr. Sharon Chirban, a HarvardRead More »from Heidi Montag works out 14 hours-a-day. Isn't that dangerous?
(Julie Jacobson/AP)Read More »from 11 reasons our new Miss USA is amazing
If you woke up this morning and felt like something was different, not to worry. It's just that we've got a new Miss USA. It's natural for there to be an adjustment period as your body recalibrates from Rima Fakih to Alyssa Campanella.
Fakih was the first Arab-American to win the title and also the first to compete for a WWE contract in a reality show (uh-huh, that happened). But she wasn't the first Miss USA to cause controversy. Fakih's scandalous stripper-style photos were nothing next to Carrie Prejean-gate.
But you already know all that. What you don't know is everything interesting about today's new fearless leader, Miss Campanella, formerly Miss California and today Miss USA. To help, here's a debriefing on the new chief of national silk banners not worn at bachelorette parties.
1) She moved to California 18 months ago, but she's actually from New Jersey (which may have been a selling point for judge and Real Housewife of New Jersey Caroline Manzo.)
2) She's pro medical
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Work + Money – Mon, Jun 20, 2011 8:06 PM EDT
Memo to Match.com: We've got your next commercial right here. Ninety-year-old Molly Holder met 82-year-old Ed Nisbett on the site and wed this past Saturday. Together, they make one of the most inspiring couples ever to be struck by Cupid's digital arrow.Read More »from 90-year-old joins online dating site, finds true love. Feel great story of the day.
The pair first started messaging each other back in November after Holder joined the site "on impulse." Turns out they both love reading poetry and drinking scotch. There's more to their connection than that, but the giddy couple weren't giving all the details. Suffice it to say that when Holder and Nisbett met in person in January their online chemistry held up. She was clutching a yellow rose and he was smitten.
"The picture that she had on Match.com really didn't do her justice," Nisbett told ABC local news in Tallahassee Florida, where the couple lives.
A month later, on Valentine's Day, Nisbett proposed.
"He said I want to marry you," recalls Holder. "I said, well, that's nice 'cause I want to marry you. I should've said,