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My brother and I grew up with Shake 'n Bake, the big Ziploc bag, the glass baking dish coated with Pam spray. The first time I ever saw a naked pork chop it was at a friend's house, and I was at a ridiculously advanced age. I was both amazed and dismayed. Pork chops without a tasty faux breading did not seem real, or possibly edible. Chicken without a seasoned coating did not exist.
It's been years since I've had Shake 'n Bake--at first because I never cooked for myself once I left home, but now because I've actually read the back of the Shake 'n Bake package. Have you seen how much sodium is in that stuff? Enough to set your heart screaming and your blood boiling up, is how much. But there is--as there is, all too often--something about the coated deliciousness, the crispy crunchiness that comes from that easy mix, and I miss it, like the desert misses the rain. There are also--as there often, happily is--an adult, healthy, and insanely tasty-looking alternative to the boxed crap.
Hi Everyone! This is Suze's intern Christy again. Today is my last day at Glamour so Suze asked me to pick my five favorite moments from my internship this spring. In no particular order, here they are:
1. Appearing on the Today Show in a swimsuit! Do you remember this post?
2. Working behind the scenes at a bra photo shoot - it was only my second day!
3. Casting real women around New York for a denim story (it took two weeks and I got a ton of rejections, but I met some amazing people!)
4. Wearing Oscar de la Renta on the Early Show - too bad I couldn't keep the outfit.
5. Yesterday, when Suze gave me this Tibi jumper that I absolutely adore:
Suze also thought it would be fun to do a retrospective on what I wore, so I pulled together some of my favorite outfits from this spring. I like to take risks when it comes to getting dressed in the morning - too much?
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Today is the seventh annual National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. It's organized by a non-profit, non-partisan group and directs teens to a website that offers a quiz to encourage them to think about what they would do in certain sexual situations. I'm all for creative ways (and websites) that drive home the very real possibilities of pregnancy and infection when you're sexually active. But I fear that the message of the day, "Sex has consequences," will be heard by teens as another "Just say no" command that has no bearing on their everyday lives. Truth is, the average age of first intercourse in the U.S. is about 17--and that's been essentially unchanged for the past decades (and quite possibly the past century). And about 25 percent of teens don't use any form of contraception the first time they have sex. So how do we balance acknowledging teens' sexuality with breaking through their feelings of invincibility? As a gyno who has many teen patients, I want them to know that IRead More »from It's National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
Torn between a giving mom something practical and giving her something indulgent? Let us introduce you to our current obsession: this luxe, oversized toiletry bag-cum-clutch from the brilliant Anya Hindmarch. The quilted, dove grey patent leather wipes clean with a cloth, so mom can feel safe packing it with shampoo bottles and toothpaste on a big trip. Once in the hotel, she can unpack the products and take the pretty thing out to dinner in place of her purse.
For more useful, beautiful finds, check out our mother's day gift guide.
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It's crazy-busy in the office today but I just couldn't help spending precious time playing around with this fun new website called hairmixer.com. One of the creators of the program, Parham Aarabi, Ph. D, stopped by earlier to show me how it works and now I'm hooked. Basically the site lets you merge a picture of yourself with a celebrity photo to see what you would look like with different hairstyles. I, of course, picked out looks that I knew would look totally ridiculous. Check it out:
Ok, so I struck out with finding a great new look but the good news is, you can upload your own celeb pics from the web if you don't see exactly what you're looking for. Has anyone else tested out this site yet?
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Had he not already had a side table, I would have gotten this for my son's nautically inspired room. It would also be chic in my tasting room...if I had a tasting room. I feel like writing about the reuse of wine barrels could be a little cliche, but if you like slightly rustic wood, this could be just the table you are searching for. After a couple years doing its job of imparting complexities unto fermenting grapes, these barrels generally find themselves tossed in landfills. This side table, handmade in Georgia, is a great example of finding a creative way to get the most out of something valuable - oak. What results is a well-crafted, salvage piece that honors the curvature of its predecessor.
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As a proud owner of a Wii, I was pretty excited to find out about the Wii Fit. Wii's are fun, way fun. I'll be winding up to strike the mallet in Wii Carnival Games and after a lot of game play, I start to get tired and then realize, duh, waving your arms around for half an hour straight is a little more active than sitting there flicking your thumb on a joystick. Even something as benign as Guitar Hero for Wii involves freedom of movement so you can crank up your guitar neck in order to gain a blast of popularity (not that I play it excessively or anything, but yeah, I wield a mighty axe). And the Wii Fit? What a great way to sneak in fitness!
However, I found out that Wii Fit, marketed as a weight-loss tool, is basically a balance board that tops out at 330 pounds. Certainly that covers a decent percentage of the bell curve when it comes to average poundage, but I'm still a little surprised to see that it's so low if they're serious about using this as a weight-loss tool. I know
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