The holidays came early for baby Prince George this year, or so it seems. Photographer Alison Jackson, who specializes in celebrity fakes, has just released a remarkable series of look-alike images of four generations of British royals, set at Sandringham, the Queen's country retreat in Norfolk, that appears to be a peek into their private family photo album. Jackson, who has been staging shoots of mock royals for a couple of years, told the UK Telegraph she had to use five different babies on the shoot because they all got so "bored and grumpy." The festive gathering includes Queen Elizabeth, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, a pack of adorable Corgis and, the center of attention, little George dressed in a reindeer onesie. Just what do you give the boy who as everything for Christmas?Read More »from Royal Family Christmas Photos: Can You Spot the Fake(s)?
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- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Parenting – Thu, Dec 12, 2013 1:14 PM EST
- World Health Organization. On Tuesday, the supermodel posted a snapshot of herself swathed in a white bathrobe nursing her 1-year-old daughter, Vivian, while being fussed over by a manicurist, makeup artist, and hairstylist. It was accompanied by the note, "What would I do without this beauty squad after the 15 hours flying and only 3 hours of sleep #multitasking #gettingready."With a single viral photo, Gisele Bundchen may have just forwarded the cause of breastfeeding more than years of effort from groups such as the
In 24 hours, the picture has received about 100,000 likes on both Instagram and Facebook and generated a heated debate. "Kudos to Gisele for starting the conversation," Ricki Lake, actress and producer of the upcoming documentary film, "Breast Milk", tells Yahoo Shine. "So many women look up to her—she makes [breastfeeding] look effortless. I thought the photo was breathtakingly beautiful." Breastfeeding can use all of the publicity it can get. Despite a huge amount ofRead More »from Gisele Bundchen Rebrands Breastfeeding
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | At Home – Tue, Dec 10, 2013 2:54 PM ESTExtend the life of your tree (Getty Images)
Your Christmas tree should look and smell fresh for at least a month, unless, that is, you start treating it with soda pop, disinfectant, booze, fertilizer, or any other additives that are being touted on the Internet as life extenders. One WikiHow article favors 7-Up and some blogs recommend corn syrup and bleach. "It's my 16th year working for the National Christmas Tree Association," Rick Dungey, director of communications at the organization, tells Yahoo Shine. "And I'm always flabbergasted by some of the crazy concoctions I hear about."
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Dungey says the best way to prolong the beauty of your holiday tree is to make sure the trunk has been freshly cut and to keep it submerged in plain tap water. "At this time of year, I always remember what an old tree farmer told me: 'A tree grows out the field for eight years drinking nothing but rain, and then people get it home and give it a 7-Up.'" Adding nutrients such as sugar orRead More »from How to Keep Your Christmas Tree Fresh (Hint: It Doesn't Want a Soda)
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Healthy Living – Tue, Dec 10, 2013 12:19 PM EST
The ancient Greeks believed that melancholy was produced by the spleen and the English said it was anger, but a group of Harvard medical students is tossing around some other explanations in a recent video send-up of the insanely viral The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?) (which has received more than 275 million hits on YouTube). The new video was created for the 107th Second-Year Show, an annual musical and comedy event put on by medical and dental students.
Dancing around the hallowed halls of their academy to pulsing electronica (probably very, very late at night), the performers describe the essential functions of the other organs and ask, "But there's one thing that no one knows: What does the spleen do?" Some of the cheeky explanations put forward by America's future top docs include "vestigial fin" and "male uterus." Everybody sing: "Ring-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding!" Or perhaps, they muse: "If youRead More »from 'What Does the Spleen Do?' Harvard Med Students Spoof Viral Video
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Decorating Guide – Mon, Dec 9, 2013 2:36 PM ESTVeryFirstTo.com is offering the ultimate Christmas decoration: a jewel-studded wreath worth $4,645,800. Made to order (yes, the company is expecting multiple buyers), it's encrusted with more than 40 rubies and diamonds totaling a whopping 138.8 carats of bling. The stones include a 17.49-carat vivid red ruby and a 3.03-carat fancy yellow diamond. After the garlands wilt and the carcass of the Christmas goose has long been cleared away, you can remove the jewels to seriously impress your neighbors again next year with another wreath or have the stones made into a custom piece of jewelry. Because everybody needs a little pick-me-up treat after all that holiday stress, right?In case you aren't feeling broke like the rest of us during the holiday gift buying season, the luxury goods website
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- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Love + Sex – Thu, Dec 5, 2013 2:10 PM EST
While the guests looked slightly shocked, it wasn't all that surprising when successful video game developer Adam Bohn (better known by his online persona Artix von Krieger) lived out his action-hero fantasies during his recent wedding to his girlfriend Michelle Chang. "Everybody was expecting something," Bohn tells Yahoo Shine. "They just didn't know how far we'd go." A video (shot by Fairytale Productions) posted on Wednesday captures the mayhem.
You know that charge of electricity that runs through the room when the wedding officiator intones, "Speak now or forever hold your peace...?" At this event, family and friends were right to be nervous (and amused) because that solemn invitation unleashed a spectacle of villainous wedding crashers, including a knight, a troupe of ninjas, Iron Man, and Batman.
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Throwing a party seemed like a fabulous idea three weeks ago, but now you are in a panic because there is less than one hour to go before the doorbell rings. Maybe you were held up at work or got stuck in traffic. Or perhaps you just procrastinated — whatever the reason, you need to tidy up fast and save a few minutes to spruce yourself up as well. Fortunately, you don't need to deep-clean your home to get it party-ready.
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"Your kitchen and your bathroom are the most important rooms to tackle when you have guests coming over," Frank Trotta, owner of urbanmaidgreen.com, which was named the best green cleaning service in 2011 by New York magazine, tells Yahoo Shine. "No matter how big your house is, everyone always congregates in the kitchen." Trotta recommends cleaning any shiny surfaces that might catch the eye, including appliances, fixtures, and mirrors. He's also a fan of microfiber cloths—they are miraculous, reusableRead More »from How to Fake a Clean House in 45 Minutes or Less
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Healthy Living – Tue, Dec 3, 2013 2:56 PM ESTThere was no Zumba in 1965, no hot yoga, CrossFit, spin nor many other faddish exercises that modern-day moms plunk down their money for to stay trim and healthy. But, there was a lot more housework, like cooking, cleaning, and childcare — and a lot less passive entertainment, like watching television, which may explain weight differences between moms about 50 years ago and mothers today.
According to a new study published in the medical journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings, over the last 50 years, mothers have become significantly less active overall and require about 1,200-1,500 fewer calories per week to stay at a healthy weight compared to their 1965 counterparts. The authors say that this energy imbalance — calories consumed versus calories burned — is contributing to the obesity epidemic for both women and their children.
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"I'm not saying that women should do more housework, but they need to add physical activity back into the day," leadRead More »from Why Today's Moms Need Fewer Calories Than 50 Years Ago
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Work + Money – Wed, Nov 27, 2013 2:01 PM EST
If you are missing an ingredient for your Thanksgiving meal, you can just dash out to the grocery store at the last minute, right? While more and more retailers are opening their doors to shoppers on Thursday, hoping that the convenience of an extra shopping day and first dibs on Black Friday sales will boost revenues, many retail workers are, understandably, against the idea.Read More »from Whole Foods Employees Strike Against Working on Thanksgiving
In Chicago, a group of Whole Foods employees held a strike on Wednesday to protest some of the stores' decision to open on the holiday and bring attention to the what they say are hardships faced by people who are scheduled to work. "They feel like they should have the right to be with their families on Thanksgiving," Deivid Rojas, communications director for the Workers Organizing Committee of Chicago, a union of retail and fast food workers, tells Yahoo Shine. "And they are concerned with the general trend of retailers being open on the holiday."
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Everything Guide to Entertaining – Tue, Nov 26, 2013 4:42 PM EST
4,500—that's what the Calorie Control Council estimates most of us consume during our annual holiday feast. If you aren't up to speed on daily calorie allowances, the average adult requires only about half that number spread over a whole day. You won't put on a significant amount of weight eating one humungous meal, but you will stress your digestive system and feel bloated, groggy, and maybe even nauseated.How many calories does it take to induce the average American's Thanksgiving food coma? About
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The irony is, many of the components of a Thanksgiving meal are actually very nutritious and not especially high in calories: turkey, vegetables, salads, fall fruits. "Food is meant to be enjoyed," Angela Lemond, RDN, national spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, tells Yahoo Shine. "You can make your meal smarter and not sacrifice flavor." Lemond likes to use healthy fats like olive oil, experiment withRead More »from Thanksgiving's Worst Calorie Bombs: What to Skip and Where to Splurge